Breed Standard

The Gloucester is a Dual Purpose breed and therefore attention should be paid to both milk producing characteristics and body conformation.

Body black brown  

Head and legs black  

Dark muzzle including skin on the nose  

Dark skin around the eyes  

Cow’s horns fine, wide and inclined to turn up, with black tips  

White tail, long hair or bushy switch  

White streak on the back  

Fine short hair  

White belly  

Broad forehead, long cheek and Roman nose.  

(Postscript – dehorning is allowed)


Gloucester Cattle Society

Scale of Points

To be used by breeders to assess their own cattle, by Judges in the Show Ring and by breed inspectors.


Cows

General conformation, Character and Style  30

A dual purpose animal, well fleshed and milky, fine in quality, bright and 

alert but docile.


Body  25

Medium size with a long body, black brown in colour.  A good spring of rib

and well fleshed over the rump and hind quarters.


Head  10

Head feminine and held proud.  Black with dark muzzle including dark skin

on the nose.  Dark skin around the eyes which should be bright and alert.

Broad forehead, long cheek and Roman nose (not dished).

The roof of the mouth and top of the tongue should also be dark.

Horns fine, wide and inclined to turn up with black tips.  (Dehorning is allowed)


Top Line, Tail and Belly  10

Strong level back with white streak.  White tail well set on, preferably free

from coloured spots of hair.  White belly.


Legs, Feet and Gait  10

Strong reasonably straight legs, fine boned with neat tidy fee.  Black in

colour with no white on the lower part of the shank (the bone from the knee

or hock to the heel) or running up from the heel or hoof.  Gait free and straight.


Udder  15

White, full and well attached with properly spaced teats, preferably black.

Skin supple to the touch.

   100



Bulls 

General Conformation, Character & Style  30

A dual purpose animal, well fleshed, strong and alert but docile.


Body  25

Bulls are darker and larger than cows with a long body, black brown in

colour.  Good spring of rib and well fleshed over the rump and hindquarters.


Head, Neck and Horns  10

Head masculine with broad forehead, and shorter in proportion than in the

cow.  Head held proud, black in colour, with dark muzzle and dark skin on

the nose and around the eyes.  Strong with prominent crest.  Horns thicker,

shorter and straighter with black tips.  (Dehorning is allowed).


Top Line, Tail and Belly  10

Strong level back with white streak, strong in the loin.  White tail well set on

and free of coloured spots of hair.  White belly.


Legs, Fee and Gait    15

Strong reasonably straight legs, with good sound feet.  Black in colour with no

White on the lower part of the shank (bone from the knee of hock to the heel)

or running up from the heel or hoof.  Gait free and straight.


Testicles  10

Scrotum white, testicles even sized and firm.

   100