Tuesday, November 3, 2009

British White Cattle and Lord Tankerville of Old Attempting to Tinker with History 161 Years Ago

A great read, have some patience and read the whole of this very old article, and very old rational and factual argument. It strikes me as sad, as well as asinine, that pure fact and rational argument was ignored then and remains ignored today in the works of so-called authorities on the origin of the horned Chillingham and White Park Cattle as compared to the polled British White (known as the polled Park breed prior to the late 1940's).
 Both the horned and polled ancient Park Cattle were recorded in the same Park Cattle Society herd book for many many years, bred in the same pastures for hundreds of documented years, yet politics and old money influence have continued to abominably skew the real history of the polled and horned Park Cattle  in the interests of presenting the horned Chillingham herd of cattle as a bovine uniquely blooded and bonded to the history of the British Isles above and beyond that of either the horned or polled ancient Park cattle-- which is an absurd fiction fast becoming accepted as factual history. 

The breeders of both polled and horned ancient Park Cattle need to find a common ground, a mutual wish for resolution, and let the sophisticated science of today explore and resolve this relatively new quibble in the broad spectrum of the history of the horned and polled Park Cattle which reaches back in time before the advent of the written word.

(Note: If the text appears too small too read, just click on each section and you will be taken to the source document on Google books where you can adjust the text size to one for comfortable reading.  You'll also find many more interesting things to read in this publication as well, fascinating reading to history buffs.)

Monday, November 2, 2009

British White Heifers - A video of four pretty heifers

This video shows four British White heifers at pasture in late October.  These pretty little girls were sired by J.West's Carter, an unusual small young bull  produced by a double Popeye daughter and J.West's Mazarati.  Carter is thick and  masculine, all you could want in a herd sire -- yet he is also very short.  At most he will mature to a Frame Score 2, but just barely if he does. 

The decision to give this little guy a try on a set of open heifers last December wasn't made lightly.  Would his calves have low birth weights?  average birth weights?  Or even above average as a potential consequence of linebreeding?  Odds seemed best they would be low to average birth weights. 

Then there was the question of just what would I do with the offspring if they were indeed small.  A wise man told me long ago that it was a whole lot easier to make your cows smaller than it was to make them larger once again.  But, there is a growing interest in smaller cattle for grass fed beef operations and for small farms, so I decided to give Carter a shot at producing true British White Fullbloods of a thick lowline rather than a 'mini' cattle stature.  I think it has been a good decision, and I couldn't be more pleased with the birth weights, or with the heifers. 

The first calf born on Sept. 21 was out of Stella, an El Presidente daughter, and she had an actual weight of 48 pounds, and taped 24".  The next calf born was out Merry Marie, an Elvis daughter, and she had an actual weight of 59 pounds, and taped 25".  The next was out of Doc's Gal, a Mazarati daughter and also a half sister to Carter, and she had an actual weight of 54 pounds and taped 24.5".   The last calf born was out of Elsie Eve, another El Presidente daughter, and she had an actual weight of 55 pounds -- with a taped 27" girth!  I checked, it wasn't a mistake, she is a very thick little heifer. 

Small, highly feed efficient British White cattle with outstanding carcass seems a worthwhile niche to direct a portion of my breeding stock.  It will be interesting to see how these heifers grow over the coming months, and I'm already puzzling over the selection of a bull for them, and whether it would be best to flush them and let a nice big cow carry their embryos.  As that wise man and good friend said, it's a whole lot easier to make them smaller than it is to make them bigger.........

Monday, October 19, 2009

JWest's Colonel Beau - Keep your eye out for daughters of this bull.......

J.West's Colonel Beau is pictured here, sired by JWest's El Presidente and dam is JWest's Maude Rae.  Colonel Beau is thriving under the care of Al and Dalene Ross and looks to be maturing into an excellent herd bull despite the extreme drought conditions of central Texas. Colonel Beau is pictured below at 17 months of age; he measures 51" at the hip and weighs in at a whopping 1580 lbs on that very moderate frame.  See Beau pictured at the close of this blog in October 2008 at 7 months of age, along with his dam, Maude Rae, pictured a few days ago.
Colonel Beau's dam, Maude Rae, is the product of Huck Finn and  a large deep-bodied British White female, CRAE 215G, pictured below.  CRae is a cow of unsurpassed fertility and longevity, outstanding udder, and so much more, she was born in June 1992, and she remains a working female in a British White herd in Texas today at 17 years of age. 

Beau's sire, J.West's El Presidente, is a Frame Score 2 bull of great masculinity and fertility.  El Presidente's mature weight is 1650 lbs packed on his short frame, weight taken October 16, 2009.

El Presidente has proven himself an outstanding sire of thick, moderate framed daughters; his short powerful genetics reduce the frame score of large framed dams without sacrificing body depth and breadth.

Colonel Beau shows lots of potential as being the best El Presidente sired bull on the ground today.  Many thanks to Al and Dalene Ross of Red Rock, Texas for sharing this photo with me, and my apologies for the delay in thanking you for sharing. 

Friday, October 2, 2009

British White Grassfed Beef & Green Chile Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Green Chile Enchilada Casserole

1 14.5. can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
1 10 oz. can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, Mild
1  7 oz. can San Marcos Jalopeno Peppers, sliced
2 lbs of lean Grassfed British White Beef
1 28 oz. can of Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Garlic Powder
Molina's Seasoned Salt (Molina's Restaurant in Houston)
1 package of Corn Tortillas

Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl and mix well, add about 2 tsp of Molina's Seasoning and mix well, set aside.  Brown grassfed ground beef in a large skillet, seasoning to taste with salt and garlic powder. No need to drain the little bit of natural fat and water, it will add to the flavor.

In a large Dutch Oven style pot, spray with your favorite PAM.  Put 4 corn tortillas in the bottom of the pot, add a third of the ground beef and spread evenly on tortillas, add a third of the diced tomato mixture, top with three corn tortillas, then repeat the layers twice more.

Add the 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese to the Green Chile Enchilada sauce, stir, and pour over the layers, tilt the pot around gently to move the green chile sauce through the layers. 

Bake covered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, lower heat to 250 degrees and cook until your husband makes it home for dinner! or until tortillas are tender. 

Warning:  Recipe is spicy, skip the jalopenos to make it mild. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Downer Cow Brutality - The Plight of Downer Cows more Significant than the Plight of Acorn Federal Funds & Acorn's Criminal Activity

Is it not fortunate that this Humane Society undercover investigation was not conducted in Maryland! If so, apparently they would have been sued for exposing this corruption by Maryland.....or would they?

The basics of this investigation and subsequent federal fallout are what one would rationally expect (like a prompt Justice department investigation!) from the current ACORN undercover investigation in the Great United States of America -- appropriate outrage (from those who actually didn't have a clue, and psuedo-outrage from those who kind of had a clue all along). Instead, the quality, the source, of the beef your children eat for their school lunch is of greater importance.

The fallout of the ACORN undercover investigation leaves those youngsters with a Maryland lawsuit for their efforts, malignment and questioning of authenticity by CNN and Network news media, and a much ignored piggy-backed Congressional investigation of these two young people courtesy of the likes of Barney Frank-- Gee, let's all thank BLarney Frank for that, and absolutely hold him accountable. 

Recalled Beef

The footage by an undercover Humane Society investigator hired as a pen worker showed downer cows being beaten, shocked, sprayed with high-pressure hoses, dragged with chains and rammed with a forklift, all apparently so they would walk into the "kill box."

A subsequent recall included some 143 million pounds of beef from the plant, though much of the meat had already been eaten by schoolchildren. In April 2008, the Department of Agriculture told owners of Westland/Hallmark that they were financially liable for $67.2 million in costs associated with the recall.

Westland/Hallmark's president Steve Mendell told lawmakers in a congressional hearing that the plant had rules prohibiting the slaughter of downers. Mendell said he was unaware of such activity at Westland/Hallmark until he saw the video footage.

But the federal lawsuit says Westland/Hallmark gained its government contracts by fraud because it knew all along that it had falsely claimed compliance with government regulation (gee, that sounds like ACORN)s that forbid processing downer cattle.