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The Craven Heifer - New 6ft sculpture celebrates iconic national phenomenon

A galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer has been unveiled at the cow’s birthplace, the Bolton Abbey Estate, to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer.

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The Craven Heifer- New 6ft sculpture celebrates iconic national phenomenon

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society commissioned Whitby-based sculptor Emma Stothard to recreate the beast which became a national phenomenon in the 1800s.

 

People would pay to see the heifer which was put on show on its way to Smithfield Market, London, and remains the largest heifer ever shown in England.

 

The sculpture, named GYSheifer weighs more than half-a-tonne and stands at 1.8 metres (6ft) tall.

 

GYS director Charles Mills said: "The Craven Heifer was an iconic animal born and bred in the same era as the first Great Yorkshire Show and was the wonder of farmers across England."


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The Craven Heifer was a Shorthorn breed and this year will be the first time that the Great Yorkshire Show will host three national cattle breed shows; including the UK Beef Shorthorn Championships the British Simmental Society Show and the National Charolais Show.

 

The GYSheifer will now pop up at locations across Yorkshire in the run up to the July event.

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