Friday, October 25, 2013

British White Cattle Sale in Hutchinson, MN - 2013 First Annual Sale


Minnesota British White Cattle Association - First Annual Sale
October 19, 2013 - Hutchinson, Minnesota (Photo by Jodi Olson)

The sale was a great success, this first annual auction was a lot of fun and had some really fine animals from both the ABWPA and the BWCAA.  The sale was attended by folks from all across the USA, including Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska,and South Dakota - and perhaps more.  Lots of folks pitched in, even non- members whose help was invaluable to making this a very successful first sale.  I had a wonderful time, visited with old friends I haven't seen in ages, made new friends, and am so glad I made the journey. Even though the BWCAA sadly made extreme last minute efforts to harm the outcome of the sale - it went very well, one can only imagine how much better it may have been. 

As well as representation from so many States in the USA, also present were 6 Board alumni of the British White Cattle Association of America giving the new Minnesota BWCA our wholehearted support.  There were over 30 lots that sold, here are some pricing highlights from the sale.

B&B Karen
BRED HEIFERS: B&B Nellie $2800; B&B Karen $2700; Coyote Ridge Lucy $2500; Briar Stone Blue Belle $2200; Coyote Ridge Lucky $2200;  Briar Stone Marea $2100;  RLC Farms Willow $2000; RAI Little Rose $1950.  
Briar Stone Abigail and Briar Stone Allison
OPEN WEANLING HEIFERS:   RAI Bud $1800Briar Stone Abigail $1550; Briar Stone Allison $1550; RAI Blossum (donated by RAI British Whites) $1350   
Briar Stone Adonis & Pat Olsen

WEANLING BULL PROSPECTS:  Briar Stone Adonis $1600; RLC Farms Renegade $1500
Dale McDonald, Rambling Creek Cattle Company
Robert Isaacson, RAI British Whites

Walter and Nancy Bohaty, B&B Bohaty's British Whites

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

British White Cattle First Annual Sale in Minnesota

Update:  Click here for the Sale Catalog, and see the Supplemental Listings here.

Last year saw the formation of the first state British White Cattle Association in the state of Minnesota. While formation of regional BWCAA groups has often been discussed and detailed plans made and proposed over the years, no action at the national level to provide for regional cattle groups has made it past the table. There are a large number of Minnesota breeders of British White Cattle, and the herd numbers in that state rival that of most any others in the USA.  Along with dues paying members of the BWCAA, this new State association welcomes members of the ABWPA as well; recognizing that breeders in both associations have much to contribute to one another in both shared genetics and shared friendships with like-minded folks who against all odds it seems at times, continue to embrace and love the breeding and rearing of the very beautiful and ancient British White breed here in America.

The American impact on the breeding of British White cattle is apparent in many fine breeding lines in the USA, and the coming together of the breeders of Minnesota from both cattle associations will contribute to further the development in America of the ancient polled Park cattle of the British Isles.  The photo below reflects two bulls, the older bull is the product of the excellent BWCAA breeding program of RLC Farms, while the bull on the right, is the product of the likewise excellent ABWPA breeding program of Larry Fedler of Iowa.  The bulls are virtually identical, as of course are all the cattle long reared in both Associations.
BWCAA's RLC Farms Nitro and ABWPA's LPJ Zenith, May 2013

The new British White Cattle Association of Minnesota (BWCAMN) is hosting their first annual cattle sale on October 19, 2013 in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Below you'll find the details of the sale from the BWCAMN web site, the sale catalog will be available soon, so bookmark their web site and check back to have a look at the consigned cattle!

For more information contact:
Robert or Karen Isaacson, (218) 843-2779,
or Linda Hohenwald, (320) 279-2790,

"Our first annual sale for this fine breed will be held on October 19, 2013, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds Cattle Barn. It is located at 840 Century Ave SW in Hutchinson, Minnesota, 55350 and the sale will start at 1:00 p.m.  
So far a lot of open and bred heifers are consigned as this seems to be the demand. We also have younger bred cows, some cow/calf pairs and have some bulls that are 15 months or younger consigned.  There is a heifer being donated by Robert Isaacson to be auctioned off; RLC Farms, LLC is donating some straws of Woodbastwick Randolph Turpin semen and other items may be donated.
We are currently working on the sale catalog and it will be available to download here soon so keep checking back.  
You don't want to miss this sale as you will have the opportunity to meet wonderful breeders of British White cattle and make new friends and contacts!
There are rooms set aside at the AmericInn in Hutchinson.  Call 320-587-5515 and let them know you are with the British White Cattle Association of Minnesota.  Come Friday and have more time to view the animals and hang out with us Friday night!
Two vendors will be at the sale for you to purchase refreshments and food. The McLeod County Riders 4H group will serve Coffee, donuts and other snacks and The Red Dogs will have food available to purchase."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

British White Cow and her Newborn Calf

This is J.West's Nell Opal, she calved just a few hours earlier. When I went to check on her this morning they were nestled beneath a stand of yaupon that must be 100 years old. Beneath it is shaded and the cows like to gather there in the heat of the late evening. After I arrived and disturbed their rest, the newborn's curiosity got the best of him and and he came to see me. Nell Opal fusses and fusses at him! She had just passed her placenta, so when she got up of course that was her focus, eating it, and she was none to pleased at my interruption and her little bull's bullheaded interest in checking me out.

Nell Opal was flushed for embryo export this past year for Oz Genetics of Australia. All cattle of J.West Cattle Company are dual registered with the American British White Park Association and the BWCAA. These cattle are the ancient polled white Park cattle of England.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

British White Cattle Reacting to an Old Cow Hide

Took this video a few days back when I was moving this herd down a trap to a new pasture. They acted very strange about the cow hide, and it's been hanging there for months and months... I found it a little disconcerting!  The bull you see is J.West's El Presidente.  Sorry for the video quality, I took the video with my new phone and I've got to work out the best way to edit them for youtube upload.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Offshore Wind Turbine Farms in Texas Gulf Coastal Waters

Our Texas Gulf Coast is home to untold numbers of birds of many species, as well being a critical path for the annual migrations of many many other bird species. Already the endless acres of Texas coastal farmland, beautifully productive with fields of cotton and grain out to the horizon, are now littered and forever scarred by acres of wind turbines within miles of the Texas Gulf Coast.  Children now grow up without ever seeing true nightfall, the darkness, the inky black night sky that is an endless vista in the flat lands of southern Texas.  Instead of the awe of gazing up at the starlit sky . . . they have blinking wind turbine lights intruding like low hanging man mad stars - that's their childhood.  I suppose they'll have to go on vacation some where as adults to ever experience a true night sky.
Now, I learn from the following article that there are well progressing plans to put wind turbine farms actually in the waters of the Texas Gulf Coast.  I doubt there is anything that can stop that so-called progress, but I have to say something about it.  One of the beautiful experiences of being out on the flats of the Laguna Madre is the sight of enormous flocks of birds on their annual migrations across the bay - those flocks of birds may find themselves obliterated in the years to come by the blades of wind turbines.  
Besides the great numbers of migrations across the waters of the Texas Gulf Coast, there are the native birds that call it home year round.  One of my favorites is the Roseate Spoonbill, that lives year around along the waters and the shore of the Gulf.  And I can't imagine anyone unfamiliar with the sturdy brown pelican that has lived a largely peaceful existence since time began over the waters of the Texas Gulf Coast.  
Photo and caption by Mark Newman A flock of brown pelicans flying low at the seashore with waves in the background.
Location: Padre Island National Seashore, Texas Coast
The BP oil spill impacted that peaceful existence and both public and private time and money was spent to assist these mighty birds in surviving their drenching of oil.  The entire world was appalled and cried foul at such a travesty.  Below you see a photo of the release of brown pelicans, a total of 65 were released that day, back in to their native habitat, cleaned of oil, winging out in to the air in I'm sure relief their ordeal was over.  Yet . . . we will soon kill them with wind turbines and never even count the dead bodies . . . only a human with a skewed and blind agenda could countenance such a contradiction. 

As First Offshore Wind Turbine Launches In Maine, Is Texas Next?

JUNE 10, 2013 | 3:53 PM
In the race to establish the country’s first offshore wind farm, the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composite Center drifted across the finish line recently, when it launched a small, floating-platform research wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine. The Center hopes to connect a full-size turbine to their power grid by 2016.
In Texas, however, where steady winds and a gently sloped shoreline could make for ideal conditions to harvest wind, offshore wind is racing to catch up.
Offshore wind farms are typically more efficient than their onshore counterparts because there’s fewer physical obstructions and a more predictably consistent flow of wind. But critics of offshore wind cite potential problems, like impacts on wildlife and scenery. Then there’s the hefty price tag: offshore turbines can be twice as expensive to build as onshore ones.
To the north the King Ranch, 825,000 acres (3338 square kilometres or 1289 square miles) with 60,000 cattle.
The Texas Gulf Coast was at one point thought to be the best candidate for the country’s first offshore wind farm, but efforts by companies such as Coastal Point Energy and Baryonyx have yet to launch. But that might change in the next few years.
Off the coast of Texas, a consortium of universities, energy companies and manufacturers have come together to bring offshore wind farms to the Gulf Coast. The Department of Energy (DOE) is partially funding the design of several offshore wind energy projects over this next year, including the Texas Gulf Offshore Wind Project(GoWind), which plans to install three turbines in the Gulf.
GoWind is composed of research teams from several Texas universities, as well as companies like Baryonyx, and turbine and platform manufacturers. In addition to federal funding, the group has contributed between $20 to $25 million of their own money to the project.
John Pappas, director of the Texas A&M Wind Energy Center, is one of the project’s leaders. He thinks that the GoWind project will succeed because of the Gulf’s inherent advantages, like its long history of offshore oil drilling.  
Cleaned pelicans, oiled from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are released at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast . . . Source:  Gerald Herbert, The Associated Press
“What’s good about the Gulf of Mexico, first and foremost, is that we have the infrastructure and the people who know how to work offshore,” Pappas said. “In some other places, they don’t have the infrastructure necessary to bring [turbines] offshore and construct them.”
In Texas, Pappas and the GoWind team, will submit their designs to the government by February of next year. The Department of Energy will then consider their proposal along with six others. Three of them will be selected for full funding, with the expectation that they’ll start generating power no later than the fall of 2017.
Whether or not GoWind is one of those three, Pappas thinks that offshore wind in the Gulf is an inevitability. Within a decade, he projects that turbines off the Texas coast will be able to produce two to three gigawatts of energy. That’s roughly 4 percent of the state’s current peak energy demand.
“It will be something that people are used to and understand and want, because it is clean and because it does have a relatively small impact on the environment, and on people, and on other life as well,” Pappas said. “I think it’s just going to become … more accepted.”
Michael Marks is a reporting intern with StateImpact Texas. 


A Bobolink in flight. (Photo: © Paul Higgins)
Source:  LivingOnEarth.Org

Defined as those bird species that cross the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula to the U. S. Gulf Coast (Texas to Florida). Trans-Gulf migration is characteristic of the following species, but does not exclude the possibility of some circum-Gulf passage either. Bird migration is not black or white. In the biological world there are rules, but there are always exceptions. This is not a complete list. (List Source:  Texas Parks and Wildlife)

Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole