100% calving success!
(Above and below) Cows at Kingcombe all by Maurits Fontein
Calving at Kingcombe has now finished and we are deligted with a 100% success rate for all 47 of our traditional breed cattle.
Many of you will have seen our herd of traditional cattle grazing the meadows and others reserves. Calving has now finished and we are particularly pleased with a 100% success rate for all 47 cows.
Our herd is a mix of Red Devon, Hereford, Shorthorn, Galloway and Angus breeds as they are best at dealing with the coarse vegetation which makes up our reserves, and therefore keeping them at their best.
Cows are particularly good at this as they are less selective than sheep and therefore produce a more varied sward structure which benefits a wider range of animals and plants.
Currently our cattle are in small groups grazing extensively over large areas for a long period of time. Conventional farmers do the opposite, they graze one field with a large group of cows in a short period of time, until the grass is grazed right down, and then move them to another field.
In summer you may also see our young and non-breeding stock on other DWT reserves in west Dorset, including Peascombe, Bracketts Coppice and South Poorton. Only when the weather gets really tough in the winter do we provide them with some extra food and bring them hay. For more information about our west Dorset reserves, visit our reserve guide.