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#37 Icelandic Cattle

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Hidden : 05/14/2017
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

About this series:

This series of caches is based upon the life and work of dairy farmers Mark & Pen DeLogg on the Lincolnshire Fens. As well clues to solving the puzzle on each cache page will be a fact about cows and their behaviour, as well as information about particular breeds of cattle around the British Isles and the world.

  • The cache is not hidden at the published coordinates.
  • Steep drops and water may be encounted at some GZs, keep the little ones safe.
  • No animals were encountered when the caches were placed.
  • The cache size was made as large as possible according to the hiding place, varying from magnetic nanos to regular size boxes
  • You may need to provide your own TOTT i.e tweezers
  • Please park sensibly, safely, and considerably.
  • The D/T ratings concern the difficulty to both the puzzle and hides.


Other caches in this series:

#1 Holstein | #2 Limousin | #3 Guernsey | #4 Charolais | #5 Highland | #6 Galloway | #7 Dexter
#8 Belted Galloway | #9 Lincoln Red | #10 Jersey | #11 Shorthorn | #12 Hereford | #13 Gloucester
#14 Aberdeen Angus | #15 Belgian Blue | #16 White Park | #17 Blonde d'Aquitane | #18 South Devon
#19 Aryshire | #20 Brown Swiss | #21 Simmental | #22 Gelbvieh | #23 Fleckvieh | #24 Piedmontese
#25 Normande | #26 North Devon | #27 Sussex | #28 Welsh Black | #29 Luing | #30 Chillingham
#31 Irish Moiled | #32 English Longhorn | #33 Deoni | #34 Ankole Watusi | #35 Murray Grey
#36 Brahman | #37 Icelandic

Cow Fact:

Between 1995 and 2015, doorstep delivery has declined from 45% to 3% of the retail milk market.

IcelandicAbout Icelandic Cattle:
Icelandic cattle are a breed of cattle native to Iceland. Cattle were first brought to the island during the Settlement of Iceland a thousand years ago. Icelandic cows are an especially colorful breed with a wide variety of colours and markings. Icelandic cattle have been genetically isolated for centuries, but are most closely related to breeds in Norway called Blacksided Trender and Nordland Cattle. No cattle are permitted to be imported into Iceland, so they have been protected by strict disease-prevention measures.
The Icelandic cow is a dairy breed with a small body-size. About 95% are naturally polled, but the rest are horned. An average cow can produce about 6,000 kg of milk per year, with the best animals producing 11,000 kg. They are housed for about eight months of the year and fed largely on hay, supplemented with cereals. They are grazed outside in the summer, and to prolong the growing season, cabbage, turnips, barley, and oats are grown for forage. Fewer than 30,000 cows are on the island and their milk is used to create a mild, butter-flavoured cheese.


Now for the puzzle:

Mark DeLogg reared all his own replacement cows from the females/heifer calves that were born on the farm but, he did not have room or the facilities to rear the male/bull calves so he sold them to other farmers or sold them at Newark cattle market every month.

It was on the way back from Newark one week when to his horror, he found someone had dumped a load of rubbish in the gateway of one of his fields.
Fly tipping was becoming an increasing problem for farmers and landowners with more and more rubbish being dumped in the countryside. This was a huge burden on landowners as it was them that had to pay for the removal of the waste. Mark pulled into the farmyard where a familiar face was waiting to see him. It was a local geocacher Corporal Cactus.
The Corporal had already seen the illegal dumping of rubbish in one of Mark's gateways and like Mark he was disgusted by it.

“It's going to cost me hundreds of pounds to get rid of it” exclaimed Mark. “Now the winds got up it will be blown down the lane”.

“I may be able to help you there” replied the Corporal (he’s not really a corporal). “As part of the Geocaching experience geocachers can organise events called CITO, meaning Cache in Trash Out. It's where we get together to pick litter and tidy places up, I could perhaps organise one and get some guys down to tidy the ditches up for you. Since you have allowed me to hide some caches around your farm, it’s the least we can do. I have organised one other CITO event before and it was a huge success”.

“That would be ideal and a great help to me. Tell you what, I’ll organise a BBQ after the event for you all, just to say thanks!” Mark exclaimed.

“Where will you hold it Mark” asked the Corporal?

“ Ha Ha Ha” laughed Mark, "Can’t tell you that, but I’ll give you the waypoint for it”.

The Corporal smiled and shook Mark’s hand.


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Yrsg unaq fvqr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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