The DYNEVOR HERD of White Park cattle has an historic lineage dating from the ninth century or earlier 

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  -   Dynevor herd breeding policy; linebreeding, cow families
  -   Bull linear assessment results; weight, length, rump and scrotal 
  -   Special qualities of Dynevor cattle; thrifty efficiency, longevity



The breeding policy at Dynevor continues the successful programme of linebreeding to Dynevor Torpedo and the use of high quality bulls. The recent succession of herd sires saw Catfield David follow in the illustrious footsteps of Dynevor Taoiseach (both sons of Torpedo). David was given the highest rating (AA) on inspection (+15.02% weight, +3.91% length, +9.89% rump, +4.01% scrotal). David concentrated the desirable influence of his sire, but he also introduced some new bloodlines on his dam's side.

Dynevor Taoiseach, one of the outstanding bulls in the breed in recent times, retired from stud duties in 2007 after six years as senior herd sire with the Dynevor and Lavington herds. Taoiseach excelled both in his own assessment (see table below) and in progeny test. His steer progeny had a plus rating of 8.4% at weaning and 13.8% at 900 days (equal to 90 kg liveweight and £100-200 extra carcase value. Young bulls of remarkable merit (Crane Majestic, Smoile Charlie and Wytch Condor) are linebred to Taoiseach.                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                        
Breeding Policy                                                                                                    .    

I own both the Dynevor and Dinefwr herd prefixes, but currently loan the Dinefwr prefix to the National Trust in Wales, to whom I sent cattle to establish a herd at Llandeilo in 1992.
The Dynevor Herd of White Park cattle is the senior herd in the breed. It has exerted a powerful influence since the Herd Book was first published in 1918, and in recent years has produced animals of high genetic merit that have been used widely in the breed. A controlled programme of linebreeding has been followed, based primarily on a remarkable brood cow, Dynevor Tawe 3 (born 1969), and more recently on her grandson Dynevor Torpedo (born 1983) (right on Salisbury Plain © CLL).
Tawe 3 established a dynasty which has produced many bulls used widely in leading herds throughout the breed. She herself produced Ingleyhill and Troubadour (who was the sire of three important bulls - Dynevor Rampant, Hale Thomas and Broom Stephen).
Her daughters, Tawe 7 and Tawe 9, produced Torpedo (unrivalled reputation) and Toddington Daniel respectively. 
Her grand-daughter, Toddington Apple, produced Huntsmorpark Alex
Her great-grand-daughters, Tawe 26, Tawe 27, Tawe 29 and Tawe 43, produced Taoiseach (outstanding bull of the breed), Treorchy, Trumpet, Druid, Talisman (semen available from Breed Society) and Westholme Austin, and her ggg-grand-daughter, Tawe 47, produced Teilo Gruffydd.

All White Park bulls are inspected for registration, and are assessed for mature merit. Records from more than 200 bulls are shown on the Breed Society website, and bulls from the Dynevor herd, or sons of Dynevor bulls, feature prominently in the top ranking bands (see table below). The qualities evaluated for each bull are weight, body length, rump area and scrotal circumference, and are expressed as the % difference from breed average. Bulls previously were ranked in seven groups (see below) but these ranks now have been simplified to Pass Plus, Pass, and Fail.
AA Highest ranking
A   Significantly above average
B+ Middle band plus
B-  Middle band minus
C   Below average
D   Significantly below average (not eligible for registration) 
DD Lowest ranking (not eligible for registration)  
 

Some of the bulls from Dynevor lines are shown below. 

Inspected Bulls                                                                                                        

Bull name

Rank

Sire

Dam

Weight

Length

Rump

Scrotal

Inspected bulls


 

 

 

 

 

 

 








Ash Niknak

B+

Dynevor Calibre

Ash Blueberry

0.06

3.10

10.21

7.63

Ash Poplar

AA

Dynevor Calibre

Ash Dupion

9.59

4.91

13.99

5.06

Bickleigh Hobson

B+

Dynevor Torpedo

March Kate

4.22

-0.29

5.92

0.55

Catfield David

AA

Dynevor Torpedo

Catfield Abigail

15.02

3.91

9.89

4.01








Dynevor Talisman *

AA

Dynevor Taoiseach

Dynevor Tawe 29

10.72

5.19

12.47

-1.03











Hembury Lindos

A

Dynevor Taoiseach

Smoile Emily

10.66

5.47

0.86

-1.41





Westholme Austin

B-

Dynevor Taoiseach

Dynevor Tawe 43

-1.81

0.07

6.47

-7.06

Reference and A.I. sires

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Dynevor Calibre*

A

Dynevor Torpedo

Dynevor Caledon 3

9.57

6.43

3.91

5.50

Dynevor Druid

C

Dynevor Torpedo

Dynevor Tawe 27

-2.54

4.01

-9.31

7.48

Dynevor Rampant*

AA

Dynevor Troubadour

Dynevor Rachel 30

12.43

4.41

15.69

3.36

Dynevor Taoiseach

AA

Dynevor Torpedo

Dynevor Tawe 26

18.24

8.58

13.58

-4.22

Dynevor Torpedo

AA

Gallangad Hector

Dynevor Tawe 7

10.47

10.69

2.63

7.93

Hembury Inca

B+

Dynevor Taoiseach

Dynevor Caledon 4

4.54

5.80

-3.73

4.57

Leighton Oliver

B-

Dynevor Torpedo

Hollygrove Jemima

2.15

3.97

-2.29

5.69

Tilgate Hector

A

Dynevor Rampant

Tilgate Antigone

7.95

4.09

5.79

-0.22

* Bulls available by AI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Special Qualities of Dynevor Cattle                                                                    

The Dynevor herd demonstrates the thrifty efficiency of the White Park breed. It runs on top of Salisbury Plain throughout the year, but the cows still yield abundant milk and strong calves.

Young stock being retained for breeding are not forced and are allowed to develop naturally, so that they thrive when sold to kinder conditions and continue to breed to a great age. Two cows returned to Dinefwr in 1992 continued to breed until 20 years of age, and many breed until 16 years of age. 

Although the Dynevor herd does not show cattle, Dynevor animals in other hands have achieved outstanding success in the showring. Dynevor Rampant (born 1987) (right standing at AI centre © CLL), exhibited by Niall and Sue Osborne, was unbeaten for two years on the South of England circuit, beating the champions of 29 other breeds in the process. Dynevor animals were shown more frequently in the early twentieth century, and Dynevor Evelyn in particular had notable success being Royal Show Champion in the 1920s. 

Stock of all ages usually for sale; enquire for details.