LISTEN: Rare breed Suffolk Punch foal born in Driffield

A rare breed Suffolk Punch foal has been born in Driffield, East Yorkshire. It's the first to be born in Yorkshire for 40 years. 

The Suffolk Punch was developed for farm work, and gained popularity during the early 20th century. However, as agriculture became increasingly mechanised, the breed fell out of favour, particularly from the middle part of the century, and almost disappeared completely. The breed's status is currently listed as critical although number sare said to be steadily increasing.

The colt was born at 6pm on 9th March 2021 and owner and breeder Sally Bates is thrilled. 

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Sally says: "It's just amazing to welcome the foal to the world, we have been waiting with much anticipation but it's great to annouce that mother and baby foal are doing really well.

"There are only 70 breeding mares in the UK so it's vital we do our bit to help preserve the breed.

"We don't have a name for the baby foal yet but we do have a few in mind and we will let everyone know when we have decided."

Sally is also hoping to be able to take the mother and colt to Driffield Show this year which is being planned to take place over 2 days. 

Sally spoke to Great Driffield Radio about the new arrival and you can listen to the interview here: 





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