Cattle (Bos primigenius)
Lloyd and Lila are the Farm’s Sussex-cross cow. They’re gardeners’ favourites, providing a regular supply of wonderful manure. These gentle giants are always keen to be fed or have a good backscratch.
Sussex cattle are descended from traditional multi-purpose Landrace: they were used for ox ploughing and farmed for beef. Beef cattle numbers have declined numbers declined after high corn prices in the Napoleonic War, while dairy have increased again to supply London’s milk.
Agricultural uses for cattle:
-Dairy: milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream
-Manure: fertiliser, building materials
-By-products: biofuels, glycerin, animal feed, glue, medicine