Friday, December 2, 2016

British White Fall Calving at J.West Catte Company



Molly Aces is a great example of a Classic Mini British White cow!  She's just calved her first calf, a heifer, sired by J.West's 20 Ouncer.   I have several fall calving Classic Mini first calf heifer pairs available, including Molly Aces.  Email Jimmie West for additional information.



Monday, December 31, 2012

Comments on Robert Bakewell's Approach to Cattle Breeding -  1856



"IMPROVEMENT OF THE BREEDS OF CATTLE AND SHEEP IN ENGLAND" 

J.West's S.S. Carter sired heifer calf from an El Presidente daughter 
We find the following in Rural New Yorker extracted from the London Quarterly Review for April 1856

". . . The cattle of ancient days were chiefly valued for dairy qualities or for draft, and were only fatted when they would milk or draw no longer. The greater number of breeds were large boned and ill shaped, greedy eaters and slow at ripening, while as very little winter food was raised except hay, the meat laid on in summer was lost or barely maintained in winter. Fresh meat for six months of the year was a luxury only enjoyed by the wealthiest. 
      First class farmers salted down an old cow in autumn, which with their flitches of bacon, supplied their families with meat until the spring.   Esquire Bedel Gunning, in his Memorials of Cambridge, relates that when Dr Makepeace Thackeray settled in Chester about the beginning of the present century, he presented one of his tenants with a bull calf of a superior breed. On his inquiry after it in the spring,the tenant replied, "Sir, he was a noble animal, we killed him at Christmas and have lived upon him ever since." 
      The improvement of the breeds of live stock is one of the events which distinguish the progress of English Agriculture during the last century. Prominent among those who labored to this end was Robert Bakewell of Dishley, the founder of the Leicester sheep. He also had his favorite long horn cattle and black cart horses, and though he failed in establishing these he taught others how to succeed.

     Surrounded by the titled of Europe, he talked upon his favorite subject, breeding, with earnest yet playful enthusiasm, there utterly indifferent to vulgar traditional prejudices, he enumerated those axioms which must be the cardinal rules of the improvers of live stock. He chose the animals of the form and temperament which showed signs of producing the most fat and muscle, declaring that in an ox all was useless that was not beef, that he sought by pairing the best specimens, to make the shoulders comparatively little, the hind quarters large, to produce a body truly circular, with as short legs as possible, upon the plain principle that the value lies in the barrel and not in the legs, and to secure a small head small neck and small bones.
        As few things escaped his acute eye he remarked that quick fattening depended much upon amiability of disposition, and he brought his bulls by gentleness to be as docile as dogs.

. . .  But fine boned animals were not in fashion when Bakewell commenced his career, and to the majority of people it seemed a step backwards to prefer well made dwarfs to uncouth giants.
 . . . In 1798 the Little Smithfield Club was established for exhibiting fat stock at Christmas time in competition for prizes, with a specification of the food on which each animal had been kept. This Society has rendered essential service by making known the best kind of food, and by educating graziers and butchers in a knowledge of the best form of animal. 
      In 1806, in defiance of Mr Coke's toast, "Small in size and great in value," a prize was given to the tallest ox. In 1856 a little ox of the Devon breed of an egg like shape, which is the modern beau ideal, gained the Smithfield gold medal in competition with gigantic Short Horns, and Herefords of Elephantine proportions.  In 1855 a large animal of Sir Harry Verney's was passed over without even the compliment of a commendation -- because he carried on his carcass too much offal and more threepenny than nine penny beef."

Friday, June 29, 2012

Classic Mini British White Cattle now Offered for Sale

All cattle offered are registered with both the American British White Park Association (ABWPA) and the  (BWCAA).  The new August 2013 group of weanling heifers offered for sale are outstanding, be sure and check out their video, see the link to the right for current availability of Classic Mini breeding stock.  Call 409-837-2338, or email jwestcattle@gmail.com.

J.West's Mazey as a Long Yearling, Our Inspiration

Friday, December 2, 2011

Classic Frame British White Cow - Top Choice for Prime Finished Grassfed Beef

This is J.West's Stella, a frame 2 British White cow.  Stella was sired by J.West's El Presidente, and has been an eye-catching thick female since the day she was born.  Stella has two daughters, one out of S.S. Carter that was named J.West's Sassy, and Sassy is maturing in to a frame 2 female, and the heifer at foot in the video below that was sired by Tom Sawyer.  The heifer below is looking to be a clear frame 2 female as she approaches 11 months of age, her name is J.West's Nova.  Check back for current photos of Nova and Sassy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Classic Mini British White First Calf Heifer & her Newborn Heifer

This is first calf British White heifer, J.West's Gidget, an American Fullblood female with a healthy mix of Full English and American genetics.  Gidget was one of the first of the calves I retained for this Classic Frame British White breeding program, and she is about as small as I'd like to see in my Classic breeding females.

Her own dam was a full sister to J.West's Tom Sawyer. The video is a composite of a short clip of her on Sept. 5, and few on the 15th, and then her newborn heifer, sired by J.West's S.S. Carter, that was born September 17th. Gidget put on a bountiful amount of milk, her udder development really surprised me, but then her maternal great grandam is the really awesome standard British White cow, HRH Bountiful, well known for her impressive udder.

Gidget was born 9-23-08 with a birth weight of 57 lbs.  She weaned on 4-26-09 at 285 lbs. Gidget reached a weight of 580 lbs on 6-22-10, standing 40.5 inches at the hip at 21 months of age for an indicated mature Frame Score of 0, although she has matured in to a Frame Score 1 stature. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Classic Frame British White Beef Cattle

The Spring 2011 video below shows J.West's Nell Opal 07, sired by J.West's Mazarati, with her newborn bull calf sired by J.West's Target, and having a birth weight of 58 lbs.