Concern over survival of rare breed
19 August, 2014
A drop in numbers of Gloucester cattle have led to increased fears the breed could once again face extinction.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has listed the breed as vulnerable saying there are now fewer than 450 breeding cows left.
Intensive farming pressures and TB regulations have been given as possible reasons for the reduction in numbers.
Joe Henson, who helped launch the RBST in 1973, said he was "heartbroken" about the risk of losing the breed.
If the breed became extinct the protected cheese associated with it - single Gloucester - and the trademark-protected "Gloucester beef" would also be lost.