Sad farewell to Stepney cows bound for pastures in the sky

10:07 17 October 2013

Leila (left) and Lloyd pictured at Stepney City Farm this week

Leila (left) and Lloyd pictured at Stepney City Farm this week

Archant

They have been popular members of Stepney City Farm for many years, and one even had a spot on hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Nancy and Lloyd the bull on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011Nancy and Lloyd the bull on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011

But next month staff will have to say a sad farewell to Lloyd the bull and his buddy Leila the cow as the hooved pair are set to be culled.

Lloyd featured alongside Strictly contestant Nancy Dell’Olio in 2011 in a Spanish themed sketch, which saw partner Anton Du Beke teach the former girlfriend of Sven Göran-Eriksson how to do the pase doble.

Karen Hart, the farm’s communication officer, said the decision to slaughter them was made after “much deliberation”.

“We are a working farm and apart from producing manure the cows don’t have a use,” she explained.

“On top of this we have very limited funds and have to take into account they cost over £2,000 a year to feed and look after,” she explained.

“They are also getting old which will mean increasing health problems.

The pair can not be moved to another site as they don’t have passports, which, since the foot and mouth crisis, all cattle require if they are to be transported.

“If they had passports, we would have moved them on to more appropriate accommodation,” Karen said. “We’re tried several times to persuade the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to give them ones, but without success.”

Volunteer manager, Katharine Sharp, has spent the last few months explaining the reasons behind the slaughter to volunteers and farm visitors.

“Obviously people are sad that they are going, but they understand,” Karen said.

Leila and Lloyd will not be used for meat, as DEFRA regulations state cows without passports cannot enter the food chain.

“Later this year we will be getting smaller, young calves on the farm which are safer for volunteers and visitors to handle,” she added. “They will be raised for meat sales.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

More Quirky London

Monday, July 6, 2015
Prince William cleans a toilet (Picture: PA Images)

London’s ultra-wealthy are paying thousands for their offspring to get ‘real world internships’ even if that involves scrubbing loos, according to their merchant-bank advisors.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Back to school time (Picture: The Art of Dining)

Claptonwill call the register and tick off a school dinners themed pop-up restaurant offering posh grub, homework and a milk monitor to east Londoners

Friday, July 3, 2015
Ruby the pygmy goat (Picture: RSPCA)

An adorable pygmy goat has been found roaming through St. Helier park, Carshalton and the RSPCA are now appealing for help to trace her owner.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Who could resist this sweet little guy? (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Of course you do! The UK may have been hit by a heatwave but it’s raining cats and mogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - who have seen a 30 per cent increase in unwanted kittens on this time last year.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Eugenie Bouchard (Picture: PA Images)

BBC Tennis tweeted that Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard was given a dress code penalty at Wimbledon for having her bra strap showing, but tournament officials told London24 this was not the case.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Make mine an Earl Grey (Photo: Brew)

There’s nothing Londoners love more than having a nice cuppa, and going to the pub. But until now, these two things have normally been separate.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more