The Welsh Black is a native British breed descended from cattle of Pre-Roman Britain in the rough mountain and hill country of Wales. There is evidence that the breed, or its forerunners, existed in Roman times and it has been suggested that the breed is based on cattle from the Iberian Peninsula.
The majority of Welsh Blacks are horned and black, varying from rusty black to jet black, with some white permitted on the underline behind the navel.
The red recessive gene occasionally appears in a black herd and without exception breeds true. The red animal has no black genes and a red bull on a red cow will produce a red calf.
There are naturally polled Welsh Blacks available in increasing numbers, both Black and Red.
This hardy breed that provides high quality meat and milk has much to offer modern farming systems, with its ease of production and award-winning succulent meat.
The Welsh Black has been shown to perform well in a wide range of situations, including lowland beef breeding and finishing systems, its formidable reputation has been built on the breed’s capability to thrive on marginal and upland areas. There, its foraging habit, coupled with hardiness, ease of calving, and mothering ability, comes into its own.