The Journal of the Red Poll 1949 Excerpts
Red Poll were originally bred in England during the early 1800's. The resulting cross from the now extinct Suffolk Dun and Norfolk Red, they were dual purpose animals. As times changed the cows were milked less and became suckler cows. Their strong bone, easy fleshing and rich milk made them ideally suited for this purpose. Red Poll are a docile breed, efficient feed convertors, easy calving and often used as part of conservation projects to improve pastures. They can also still be utilized as dual purpose cattle.
HLC currently classes Red Poll as "Endangered".