Red Poll Cattle
Red Poll cattle are a traditional British breed, native to East Anglia and were originally
formed by crossing the Suffolk Dun cow (a dairy type) and the Norfolk Red
beefier) in 1870.
they are called red poll(ed) cattle. The cattle are of medium size, long-lived, hardy
(having been bred to live outside through the Suffolk winter) and beautiful with good rich
milk and naturally tender meat with little fat but good marbling. The meat tastes exceedingly
good with a rich, full flavour.
In addition, meat from native, grass-fed cattle typically has higher levels of
polyunsaturated, omega-3 fats than the more intensively reared, grain-fed
Traditional breeds of cattle like the Red Poll thrive in non-intensive, low input, natural
farming environments with a simple grass diet so they are well adapted to life in our lush
green countryside and are ideal for grazing land managed to conserve wildlife habitats
and encourage biodiversity.
The Red Poll has a strong maternal instinct and looks after its calf exceptionally well.
All this means that they are easy to keep and are, therefore, well suited to organic
farming systems and small holders looking for a calm and docile animal, with no horns.
In recent years there has been a notable increase in the numbers of herds and the overall
number of animals but it is still officially listed as a Rare Breed and is protected and
promoted by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.