Pentecost’s Respect, Polling Reds & Touring Bulls – Memories of a Stockman
Eric Pentecost of Cropwell Butler near Nottingham is generally credited with polling the Lincoln Red between the late 1930s and the mid-1950s. What is less well known is the part played by Phil Needham’s dad and uncle in this historic process.
Phil’s dad, John Needham, was an experienced stockman when he went to work for Eric Pentecost in the early 1940s. John worked alongside Roland Tinkler, a close family-friend always known to Phil as ‘Uncle’.
Eric Pentecost was a prominent Nottingham businessman who made his money in lace before buying a farm near Cropwell Butler and turning his attention to agriculture. Eric bred and showed the Aberdeen Angus for some years, claiming 42 champions. He became interested in the Lincoln Red, particularly in the possibility of polling. At the time, the breed was formally known as the ‘Lincoln Red Shorthorn’.