Northumberland has (I think) the only herd of wild cattle in Britain. The herd is actually split in two because of the fear of Foot and Mouth disease. If one animal in the herd gets it then the whole lot need slaughtering (not sure why but that's how it is). They took a few animals from the herd to north east Scotland so that if ever the worst happened then the herd's genes would carry on.
The cows are very inbred. Apparently, this is not the problem you might think. Weak calves are not accepted by the herd and die quickly. Therefore, the strong genes survive and only those are passed on. These are considerably smaller than your modern dairy animal. Smaller animals are quicker, need less food and can hide more easily and are therefore more likely to survive. Their udders are also much smaller than those found on dairy herds. These are bred purely to give us milk. Their young do not need anything like the amount that you can get out of a modern purpose bred cow.
These really are wild animals so you have to have a warden with you and you are limited as to how close you can get to them.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.