Illegal cows caught in Port Meadow round-up

thisisoxfordshire: Jane Wilkinson, from Wolvercote, helped round up animals Buy this photo Jane Wilkinson, from Wolvercote, helped round up animals

IT sounds like something out of the Wild West: the sheriff rounding up cattle to find if anyone’s been illegally grazing.

But it happens every year on Oxford’s Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common.

This year unaccounted cows were found, meaning someone has been illicitly grazing their animals on the ancient meadow.

Wolvercote Common is used by the commoners of the village for grazing their animals, while neighbouring Port Meadow is for exclusive use by the Freemen of Oxford, an ancient right.

Animals using either should be tagged.

Jane Wilkinson, from Wolvercote, helped round up animals.

She said: “It was brilliant. This was my first time, but it was just a really good experience working together as a community.

“It is rare in the city to have a day like this.”

The team rounded up about 300 animals this year, around 30 of which were unaccounted for as they didn’t have a tag.

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10:59am Tue 11 Sep 12

EMBOX1 says...

Where did they moooove the cows to?
Where did they moooove the cows to? EMBOX1
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11:13am Tue 11 Sep 12

bart-on simpson says...

So the Olympic spirit dies a little more.

Who is the victim here? The grass?

Probably a cattle rave, or a flash herd.

Good to see some people living the 16th century life by the way.
So the Olympic spirit dies a little more. Who is the victim here? The grass? Probably a cattle rave, or a flash herd. Good to see some people living the 16th century life by the way. bart-on simpson
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7:00pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

So, apparently the real cows in Oxford are on Port Meadow? Time to sack the current Sheriff of Oxford, since quite obviously she hasn't been spending enough time on Port Meadow.
So, apparently the real cows in Oxford are on Port Meadow? Time to sack the current Sheriff of Oxford, since quite obviously she hasn't been spending enough time on Port Meadow. Myron Blatz
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8:22am Wed 12 Sep 12

Geoff Roberts says...

Are the Freewomen of Oxford also allowed to graze cows on Port Meadow?
Are the Freewomen of Oxford also allowed to graze cows on Port Meadow? Geoff Roberts
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