Cattle (Bos primigenius)
Lloyd and Lila are the Farm’s Sussex-cross cattle. They’re the 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 the traditional multi-purpose Landrace: they were used for ox ploughing and farmed for beef. Beef cattle numbers around London declined after high corn prices in the Napoleonic War, since then dairy cattle numbers have increased again to supply London with milk.
Agricultural uses for cattle:
- Dairy: milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream
- Manure: fertiliser, building materials
- By-products: biofuels, glycerin, animal feed, glue, medicine
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