Events and News from The Gloucester Cattle Society

york auction

RBST York Auction Centre 31st Autumn Rare Breed Show & Sale

Saturday 7th October 2017
York Auction Centre, Murton, York YO19 5GF

More information available here: https://www.ylc.co.uk/rare-breeds/
Catalogues out soon, 4 Gloucester heifers entered

3 Counties

Royal Three Counties Show 2017

16th - 18th June
Three Counties Showground, Malvern. 

Visit us inside the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s “Ask the Farmer” area on the show ground this year.
We will be showcasing the breed & selling merchandise.

Melton Traditional and Native Breeds Show and Sale

Adopted as the GCS Official Show & Sale

8th & 9th September at Melton Mowbray Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1JY.

Entries are now open at http://www.grassroots.co.uk/melton.html and close on 30th July for paper entries and 6th August for on line entries.

In order for the Society to gain new members and for the breed to grow, we must use the Society-supported sale to promote our top quality stock and attract buyers. Please support the sale in any way you can; if you would like to offer something other than live cattle (e.g. semen or embryo packages) then please get in touch

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.