- news, features, articles and disease information for the cattle industry

Welsh Black

The Welsh Black is a native British breed descended from cattle of Pre-Roman Britain in the rough mountain and hill country of Wales. There is evidence that the breed, or its forerunners, existed in Roman times and it has been suggested that the breed is based on cattle from the Iberian Peninsula.

Certainly black cattle have been bred in Wales for well over 1,000 years and, as in Scotland and many other parts of Britain, were often used as currency. This gave rise to the description of the Welsh Black as "the black gold from the Welsh hills".

Up until the early 1970s the Welsh Black was regarded as a dual purpose breed for both dairy and beef production. There were two distinct strains of the breed; the stocky North Wales beef type and the more dairy like South Wales or Castlemartin animal.

The successful intermingling of these types over the past 90 years has resulted in an optimum sized animal with an emphasis on beef production. The unique traits of the breed are a result of this heredity and environment.   more...

Latest Welsh Black Breed News

Friday, September 28, 2007
Confidence in future of Welsh Blacks, after a decade of both ups and downs
UK - With the weather hitting the shows hard and then a double wave of foot-and-mouth restrictions seriously disrupting the sales...
Friday, August 03, 2007
Foot and Mouth Disease confirmed in cattle, in Surrey, UK
UK - DEFRA have confirmed that following an investigation of suspected vesicular disease on a holding near Guildford in Surrey,...
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Regulations blow to National Trust's Welsh Black farming initiative
UK - THE National Trust is seeing red because its attempts at green farming with Welsh Black cattle are being hampered by regulations....

If you would like your Welsh Black news published here please contact us for more information. To add a sale / auction or show / event click on the relevant menu links above right to find out how to do this.

Share This

Select a Breeds

Cattle Breeds


Seasonal Picks

Animal Welfare Science, Husbandry and Ethics: The Evolving Story of Our Relationship with Farm Animals