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The first instance of the export of British White Cattle recorded in the herd book is that of the bull Woodbastwick Jason 411 exported to Columbia in 1928. Between 1949 and 1951, two bulls and six females were shipped to Brazil from the Bawdeswell, Bolwick and Hevingham herds and in 1956 the bull Bawdeswell Nordic 1247 went to Kenya.
It is, however, in Australia and the USA that the breed has taken the firmest grip, both countries having their own breed societies with a considerable number of registrations. There is some evidence that British Whites may have been introduced to the United States in the 18th Century by English immigrants, but what is certain is that in 1941, in the face of the threat of German invasion of Britain, five cows and one bull were shipped to Pennsylvania on the orders, it is said, of Winston Churchill. These animals, with the addition of several bulls subsequently exported from England, form the foundation of today's British White herds in America. The first exportation to Australia consisted of three in-calf heifers from the Woodbastwick herd.
Current details for British White Cattle Associations worldwide are available from Breed Secretary Ruth Mawer.
Links to various overseas members and association websites can be found here.
Semen for AI
Overseas members looking for semen can view the AI bulls available here.
USA: WORLD BEEF EXPO CHAMPIONS 2012
Mike Todd and his son Kenan of Thistledown Farms LLC, Columbus Junction, IA are passionate about American British White Parks, which started as a 4-H project. Mike bought some cows to practice embryo transfer on and some had British White Park markings, so they looked into the breed and now they are hooked!
Jared Todd bought a heifer from Larry Fedler of West Point, Iowa and later Kenan did the same; the heifer Kenan bought later becoming the dam of the 2012 National Champion (pictured left). Being in college, Jared did not have much time to spare so Mike bought his cows and became a member of the Association, his first calf being Huck (pictured right) who was also Reserve Grand Champion at the World Beef Expo as a calf in 2011.
Mike and Kenan are now expanding their herd and Kenan had a nice birthday present with a national championship, beating his dad.
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BRITISH WHITE SEMEN EXPORTS
Recent exports of British White semen to Brazil and New Zealand are to be followed up with further exports to the USA and Australia.
5000 straws of Firtree Barti semen were recently exported to Brazil and are already being used on Brazilian Nelore cattle, 50 straws have also been sent to New Zealand and a further order has been received (UKSS figures). "Now that the temporary ban on semen imports into the USA following the Schmallenberg Virus outbreak has been partially lifted, exports to USA and Australia are expected to resume", says Rob Wills of UK Sire Services.
With British White breed societies well established in both the USA and Australia, the genetics of the breed are spreading internationally as well as in the UK.