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CLOSED HERD,
F
ew can match the long
history of the170-strong
Hampreston herd, but even
NOT A CLOSED MIND
fewer can claim to have
introduced no females since
1913. Run by a third generation
of the Trehane family, the
herd may well be the oldest
Having been closed to females since 1913,
closed herd of black and white
cattle in the world yet it’s no
Dorset’s Hampreston herd holds a unique relic, containing as it does a
position in UK, and probably world, black and
thoroughly modern blend of
genetics and cows that are
white circles. Under the care of the Trehane
managed to average just under
10,000 litres.
family, the herd has continued to prosper over
However, it’s not just the herd
that has an interesting history,
its 97 year history, as Simon Gee discovered for the Trehane family has always
combined dairy farming with a
TOP LEFT Terling Jantrix was an infl uential herd sire at Hampreston during the 1940s.
TOP RIGHT Guy Trehane (right) and herdsman Chris Hill, a prize-winning grower and national judge of sweet peas, with
Sir Richard’s gravestone behind them in the churchyard.
BELOW Sir Richard Trehane inspects Hampreston Romeo Harrier, the result of an MMB contract mating.
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