blue cow - ancient cattle of wales

Blue Welsh cattle are traditionally supposed to be superior milkers to Welsh Blacks.  Undoubtedly this belief arose after Shorthorn bulls had been used in some Welsh herds.  The Blue Albion breed was formed in Derbyshire by crossing imported Welsh Black cows with white or roan Shorthorn bulls.  Some blue Welsh cattle may indeed owe their colour to a Shorthorn cross in the past, but the colour was recorded among Welsh cattle before the introduction of Shorthorns, and in North Wales there is a close relationship between the white, line-backed and blue varieties.Blue bulls

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