Lincolnshire rare breed of cattle makes a comeback


The Lincoln Red, Lincolnshire’s own rare breed cattle, is making a comeback as a result of rising world food costs.

Michael Read, a council member and past president of the Lincoln Red Cattle Society, said the number of registered members has risen from about 40 to 150 in the last ten years.

He thinks part of the reason for this is the rising price of feed.

“You can run the cow cheaply and they can winter outside. They are much cheaper than a continental breed. The Lincoln Red can fatten on grass and little cereals are needed,” he explained.

Alan Howsam, of feed specialists G Howsam & Son, Old Leake Commonside, confirmed feed prices have doubled in the five years, saying: “Feed barley is currently £140 per tonne, but in 2009 after harvest it was £77 per tonne.”

Butchers are big fans of the Lincoln Red too.

Jim Sutcliffe of Meridian Meats in Louth, told The Standard: “The Lincoln Red has darker meat, with a finer texture and a more diverse flavour.”