History of the White Park Cattle Breed • The ancestors of the White Park cattle are thought to have roamed the forests of the British Isles before the birth of Christ. The term “Park” was added to the breed name when the great estates were fenced, or emparked in the 13th and 14th centuries. White Park cattle first came to the United States just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Fearing a possible Nazi invasion, a small herd was shipped first to the Toronto Zoo, then to the Bronx Zoo and finally to the King Ranch in Texas. In the early 1980’s the entire herd was sold to the Moeckly family in Polk City, Iowa. From there some animals were sold to Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and to The B Bar Ranch in Montana. In addition to the herds at Seed Savers Exchange, The B Bar Ranch and our Wisconsin farm, several other small herds now exist in Nebraska and Virginia. Estimates of the worldwide population are around 1,200.
Breed Characteristics • The White Park breed is fairly large–cows average 1,300 pounds at maturity and the bulls can exceed 2,000 pounds.
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