Rare Breeds Survival Trust rewards Mildenhall pupil with five Shorthorns

Esme Harrison
Esme Harrison
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A pupil at Mildenhall College Academy is helping endangered breeds of livestock to survive – and getting a royal seal of approval for her efforts.

Year 10 student Esme Harrison and her family are working with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), a national organisation that aims to secure the future of the UK’s rare and native breeds of farm livestock.

Since 2013, Esme and her father have been volunteering their support to RBST with their work on endangered farm livestock.

They were initially asked to help with a programme to assist the survival of Original Population Dairy Shorthorn cattle, an iconic breed that has supported this country by supplying milk, meat and leather.

From once being the UK’s most abundant breed of cattle, today there are only 65 adult breeding females in existence.

There are now nine females and two males at Esme’s family farm and two of these animals have taken part in embryo transfer programmes.

Prince Charles is patron of the RBST and is supporting the work Esme is doing with the Shorthorn.

Her efforts have been rewarded with a gift from the organisation, of five Shorthorn females from Cornwall.