Frequently Asked Questions
How big are British White cattle?
The breed is an average frame - Making mature cows about 51 inches tall.
A frame 3 cow is 47"A smaller frame size does not necessarily negatively affect the amount of meat they produce. It also does not make them harder calving.
Are British White Docile?
Yes! British White are a docile breed making them easier to handle. This is especially important when running bulls in herds.
How much milk do British White Cattle produce?
British White cattle are excellent milk producers and mothers are know to produce plenty of rich milk for their calves. This allows calves to grow and add weight quickly.
Our cows have well set udders with a minimum of fatty tissue and medium sized teats that hold their shape. It is not uncommon to see cows older than 10 years with tightly set udders and healthy teats!
Do British White make good mothers?
Yes! British White matrons are known for being excellent mothers, even heifers with their first calf.
They have strong mothering instincts, which make them ideal for cow calf pair rearing and produce an abundance of rich milk for their calves.
Are British white easy keepers?
Yes! Being a relatively unchanged wild cow now domesticated, the British White genetic history is one of survival of the fittest and has given the breed a robust hardiness with little disease problems. They have a natural resistance to tuberculosis and viral pneumonia as an example.
The black ears, eyes, nose, teats and dark pigmented skin reduce the threat of cancers and sun or snow burn, while the strong black hooves deter most feet problems.
Their docile nature, intelligence and natural ability to finish on grass helps reduce time spent on maintaining the herd.
How long do British White cattle live?
Perhaps because of the British White breed history or the breeds hardiness, British White cattle tend to lead productive lives for longer. It is not unusual to have a sound breeding matron of 12 plus years. Some breeders report cows as old as 16 or 17 years in age!
Are British White naturally polled? (no horns)
Yes! This means no stressful dehorning and calves and cattle that are easier to handle
Being naturally polled also means they won't injure each other, or you, by accident with their horns.
Polled cattle will save you same, money, and keep you safer!
How do British White cattle handle extreme heat or cold? Are they hardy?
British White cattle are hardy! After surviving in the wild for thousands of years, British White cattle developed a hardiness that enables them to forage and graze under all kinds of adverse weather conditions.
They thrive in either extreme cold or heat.
Do British White cross-breed well with other breeds of cattle?
Yes! British White bulls are perfect for cross breeding. They transmit the superior qualities of the breed to all their offspring.
British White bulls provide that rare quality of throwing a medium to small calf that grows well.
Don’t be surprised to see delightfully black and white roan calves that thrive. Equally don’t be surprised to see the
first cross calf properly marked.
Do British White ever have twins?
Twinning happens on average about 1:50 births.
Cows that have twins are considerably more likely to do it again.
What causes twins? Either 2 eggs are released, or 1 embryo splits. In 2022 we had 3 sets of twins. 2 are almost identical heifers, 1 set is a bull/heifer. DNA pending to determine if she's fertile or not.