Ted the calf makes photographic debut

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a PHOTOGRAPHY studio got a surprise when a local farmer brought her four month old Jersery calf in for a photo shoot.

Natalie Stoppard, who runs Rosewood Farms in Ellerton with her partner Rob, brought their new addition Ted along to Venture Photography on York’s Micklegate to get some fun, modern photographs of him to display at the farm.

As Venture welcomes animals into its studios, Natalie decided to take the opportunity to get some professional photographs of the farm’s new rising star.

She said: “Ted is particularly special to us as we’re hoping he’ll help us raise awareness for the forgotten victims of the supermarket milk price wars, young jersey bulls which are often slaughtered at birth as farmers simply cannot afford to rear an animal certain to make a loss.

“Bulls obviously can’t produce milk and there isn’t significant demand in the conventional beef marketplace for smaller breeds either, so jersey bulls really do have nowhere to go. However, we sell direct to the customer, who often don’t want the large quantities offered by supermarkets and appreciate the tender, fine grained beef of smaller breeds.

“So we’re training Ted up to be a star attraction, both here at the farm and out at shows and events to raise awareness about this issue and try to prevent the wastage of Jersey bull calves being slaughtered at birth. The fantastic photos we’ve got from Venture will certainly help.”

Natalie and Ted enjoyed an hour long photo-shoot with photographer Kevin Jacques, who snapped the pair playing around together capturing some fun and eye-catching images for display at Rosewood.

Kevin has worked with many domestic animals and even reptiles before but it was the first time he had photographed a farm yard animal.

He said: “Ted surprised us all as he was very well behaved and seemed really comfortable around people due to Natalie’s training.

“He was a bit of a ‘bambi on ice’ at first on the shiny studio floor but we laid down a special cloth to ensure he had a decent grip.

“It was great to be part of such a unique shoot and see Ted stopping both traffic and pedestrians when he entered our studio on the main street as they stopped to take a look.

“At Venture we believe that pets are an important part of the family and their presence at photo shoots really help us capture the personality of a family and their relationships with one another.

“Natalie was thrilled when we showed her our shots, and I’m sure they will attract plenty of attention from visitors to the farm.”