Tatton Red Poll Cows wins Prestigious Best Small Herd Award

August 7, 2017

The Red Poll Cattle Society names the Tatton Herd of Cheshire East Council as winners in their annual awards

Farm assistant Elly Edwards with one of the prize winning Red Poll calves

Tatton Park is famous for its wildlife – particularly its beautiful deer herd – but now its time for another of the park’s animals to be celebrated. This week it was announced that the Tatton’s rare Red Poll Cow herd have been named as ‘Best Small Herd’ in the Northern category of the Red Poll Cattle Society’s annual awards.

Every year, the society select one large and one small herd from the North and from the South of the UK – based on the quality, uniformity and overall health and condition of all the cows in the herd.

Native to the UK, Red Poll cattle are on the Rare Breed Survival Trust watch list. They are a dual purpose breed – meaning they are bred for both milk and beef. The Tatton Red Poll herd has been on the park for over 100 years and currently includes 11 adults and five calves. 

Farm Assistant Sam Walton said: “We’re absolutely thrilled for our herd to have been selected for this award – especially as there are quite a few Red Poll herds in this area. The win is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff.”

Judge Denis Jenkins from the Red Poll Society said: “My first impression of the Tatton herd of Red Polls was how uniform the cows were. Although they are only a small herd, it is still not easy to maintain this level of 'type' as there are considerable variations within the breed. The rich dark colour is a major contributory factor to them looking so good but there are other factors too. They have a real quality of udder which in turn leads to well grown young stock. Another factor is the management, knowledge and enthusiasm for the breed shown by Sam Walton who is responsible for their care.”

Next step for Tatton’s award winning herd will be entry into the national competition, taking place in early September.

Next year, Tatton Park will showcase its farming practices further with the launch of the unique Field to Fork project – telling the story of the park’s agricultural heritage, how farming and food production has evolved and how it can help improve our lives today and in the future.  

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Hyde on 01625 374410 ( carole.hyde@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision