Rupert Tory's patriotic Friesians back England's World Cup hopes

Bournemouth Echo: ENGLAND JERSEYS? Er, no, they’re Friesians pictured with dairy farmer Robert Tory ENGLAND JERSEYS? Er, no, they’re Friesians pictured with dairy farmer Robert Tory

HERD the one about the football-mad dairy farmer?

While urban dwellers declare their national pride with flags flown from cars and houses, dairy farmer Rupert Tory has hit upon an emphatically rural method for showing his support for England’s World Cup squad.

The Winterborne Whitechurch man has united a can of bright red livestock marker with six Friesian cows to create the nation’s most patriotic herd.

“We have had quite a few people pass comments. Everyone has the same spirit during the World Cup. It’s a case of ‘anything goes’ and people have found it quite amusing,” said Rupert.

He first put paint to cow during the 2006 World Cup in a bid to win a national newspaper competition.

This year, Rupert has selected six of his herd’s calmer cattle to show his East Farm dairy’s national pride, including some veterans of the last international tournament.

“We used the quieter ones. It’s quite a procedure. We have to get them to stand still, and wash them before the crosses are painted. They have to enjoy the whole process,” he said.

The dairy has expanded from 50 to 200 cows under the guidance of Rupert’s father Norman, despite tough times induced by low milk prices. But Rupert believes endorsement from an England player or one of the WAGs could see the cow replace the miniature dog as the companion of choice for the celebrity set.

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“A lot of the cows have to find another home when the reach a certain age. It would be fantastic if we could persuade a player to adopt one as a pet,” he said.

And what of England’s chances of lifting the World Cup? The dairyman is quick to dismiss neigh-sayers who claim his cows will come home before football does.

“If Robert Green hadn’t made that terrible mistake, England would have been comfortable. If the team does well, it will be fantastic for the country,” said Rupert.

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11:08am Fri 18 Jun 10

Syd Poumen says...

Doesn't Rupert realise that England has never won the World Cup when the Torys take control of the herd?!
Doesn't Rupert realise that England has never won the World Cup when the Torys take control of the herd?! Syd Poumen
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12:07pm Fri 18 Jun 10

ngdragon says...

How udderly ridiculous.
How udderly ridiculous. ngdragon
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12:12pm Fri 18 Jun 10

FriendsofKC says...

Pull the udder one !

Is he milking the situation ?
Pull the udder one ! Is he milking the situation ? FriendsofKC
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1:32pm Fri 18 Jun 10

thewave says...

I notice he has only marked the pretty ones.
I notice he has only marked the pretty ones. thewave
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8:18pm Fri 18 Jun 10

smith74 says...

ok then... too much time on ur hands i think...
ok then... too much time on ur hands i think... smith74
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9:22pm Fri 18 Jun 10

contric says...

after the algeria game i think the fresians should have played
after the algeria game i think the fresians should have played contric
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