The ancestry of all the existing Albions, goes back to the early 1900s when blue-coloured cattle were first developed to graze the hills of west Derbyshire. That’s the reason they’re sometimes called Blue Albions or even Bakewell Blues, after the former spa town in the Peak District. But fortune wasn’t on their side and breed numbers were devastated by a combination of the agricultural depression, changes in farming fashions and, worst of all, outbreaks of the dreaded Foot and Mouth Disease in 1923 and again in 1967. It’s only thanks to a small number of never-say-die enthusiasts scattered around England, including in the Albion’s home county of Derbyshire, that we’ve got a breed at all.
I’m thrilled to have played a role in restoring a part of British farming heritage, delighted to be telling their remarkable story on TV and very proud to show them off to everyone who visits the Cotswold Farm Park. Welcome home to the all mighty Albion – the ultimate comeback kid.