Events and News from The Gloucester Cattle Society

3 Counties

Royal Three Counties Show 2018

15th - 17th June
Three Counties Showground, Malvern. 

Visit the GCS stand on the show ground this year, where we will be showcasing the breed & selling merchandise. Remember to watch Gloucester cattle competing from 9am on Saturday in Ring 1 & again on Sunday for the RBST National Rare & Minority Breeds Show (ring number & time tbc). Gloucesters will also proudly feature in the Grand Parade of Livestock in the Main Arena at approximately 4pm each day.

More information about the show on the Three Counties Website: https://www.royalthreecounties.co.uk/

Melton Traditional and Native Breeds Show and Sale

The GCS is pleased to announce that this year we will again be having an Official Society Show & Sale at the Native and Traditional Breeds National Show and Sale, organised by Grassroots Systems Ltd, to be held on 7th & 8th September 2018 at Melton Mowbray Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1JY.

Sale Entries Open - Friday 15th June The sale will open for entries on line at www.grassroots.co.uk/melton.html on Friday 15th June.

Further information here

BBC News: 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.