Leeds nostalgia: Woman with ‘miracle cure’ for son’s hay fever and asthma was goats’ milk... in 1974

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Shelf, 1974: a mother who started breeding goats to provide milk to relieve her nine-year-old son’s asthmatic bronchitis, became a successful exhibitor at shows throughout the county.

Catherine Luty, of Wade House Road, Shelf, near Halifax, was asked to supply milk to an increasing number of parents of children suffering from digestive disorders, eczema, asthma, and hay fever, after success in treating her son Bruce. Mrs Luty increased her herd of goats to eight and then began exhibiting. At eight shows she gained eight cups and 30 rosettes, plus a reserve champion. She is seen with three-year-old Catherine Edgar preparing one of the animals for the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Show. She also intended competing at the Great Yorkshire Show in July, 1974.

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