From the cattle shed to the couch: National Trust shares its signs of spring online

Press release
White Park Cattle and calf at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
Published : 09 Apr 2020

Livestock rangers at Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire are providing a glimpse into calving season this spring by sharing updates from the cattle shed on the National Trust’s digital channels.

New-born twin calves are already lifting spirits online as video footage of the latest additions to the White Park cattle herd was posted on social media this week by the conservation charity.

The move comes as the Trust vows to provide rich content from its places to connect people virtually with nature, beauty and history, following the closure of its houses, shops, cafes, parks, gardens and car parks to further restrict the spread of coronavirus.

The bull and heifer calves, just days old, can be spotted taking their first steps on camera, all under the watchful eye of mum, Quantocks.

Ranger Carol Bailey, who captured the moment and is continuing to film the herd whilst on-site for essential conservation work, said: 

“It really is a privilege to care for the White Park cattle at Dinefwr and to see the twin calves taking their first steps.

“Spring calving season is well underway here and we hope that sharing virtual updates on the herd and our new arrivals will help lift people’s spirits during these difficult times.”

The public have also been invited to suggest names for the new-borns on social media, with Rosie and Jim, Hope and Charity, and Calon and Nerth (Welsh for heart and strength) among the moniker recommendations.

White Park cattle have been at Dinefwr since the year 920 and were referenced in the laws of Hywel Dda. The breed is characterised by their pure white coats and black noses and ears.

As well as their historic importance, the cattle are integral to the conservation of the Trust’s 800-acre estate, with the herd grazing the landscape and helping to maintain flower-rich hay meadow.