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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:31 PM

12. Only 8 cows and 5 bulls survived the 1946-47 winter

Disaster struck in 1947. Practically no hay had been made the previous year, owing to appalling weather, and the winter started in earnest at Chillingham on 22 January. For 60 days the park was snowbound, with some drifts 40 feet deep. At the end of 1946 there were 34 animals; at the end of March 1947, there were just 13 – 5 bulls and 8 cows. It took a while for breeding to resume; no calves were born until the spring of 1949. Numbers climbed back and rose steadily until the late 1970s when there was a period of instability, after which they remained steady at around 40-50 but with a slight decline to 2002. Around then, the size of the sheep flock that shared the park (under a separate grazing tenancy) began to be reduced and the flock was removed altogether in 2005. And now, there are more Chillingham cattle than there have ever been, in their recorded history.


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