History

A Colourful History

Although black has always been the most prominent colour of Welsh cattle other colour varieties have always existed throughout the ages. References to white cattle with red ears are found in early Irish literature as well in the Welsh laws of the 10th century Welsh king Hywel Dda.

Welsh white cattle have always been associated with Dinefwr Castle, the seat of the princes of Deheubarth (west Wales). The herd was moved elsewhere in 1976 before the National Trust brought them back home in 1992. They are still there, roaming the lands of the Lord Rhys.

Descriptions of Welsh cattle, especially bulls, are found in the cywyddau of medieval Welsh poets. As well as the obligatory black bulls they also mention black bulls with white tails, the red bulls of Glamorgan and a