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Red Poll Cattle

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Red Poll cattle are a traditional British breed, native to East Anglia and were originally 

formed by crossing the Suffolk Dun cow (a dairy type) and the Norfolk Red 

(which was beefier) in 1870.

They are chestnut red- (as in conker) coloured and are born without horns which is why 

they are called red poll(ed) cattle. The cattle are of medium size, long-lived, hardy 

(having been bred to live outside through the Suffolk winter) and beautiful with good rich 

milk and naturally tender meat with little fat but good marbling. The meat tastes exceedingly 

good with a rich, full flavour. 


In addition, meat from native, grass-fed cattle typically has higher levels of 

polyunsaturated, omega-3 fats than the more intensively reared, grain-fed 

continental breeds. 


Traditional breeds of cattle like the Red Poll thrive in non-intensive, low input, natural 

farming environments with a simple grass diet so they are well adapted to life in our lush 

green countryside and are ideal for grazing land managed to conserve wildlife habitats 

and encourage biodiversity.


The Red Poll has a strong maternal instinct and looks after its calf exceptionally well. 

All this means that they are easy to keep and are, therefore, well suited to organic 

farming systems and small holders looking for a calm and docile animal, with no horns.  


In recent years there has been a notable increase in the numbers of herds and the overall 

number of animals but it is still officially listed as a Rare Breed and is protected and 

promoted by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.




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