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Preserving ancient British White cattle for breeders in Australia

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The British White Cattle Society of Australia Ltd was formed in 1983 with the purpose of preserving the British White cattle breed for the benefit of cattle breeders in Australia.

The cattle breeders’ society is responsible for maintaining and ensuring the accuracy of Herd Book records, which are held by the Agricultural Business Research Institute at the University of New England.

Strong affiliations with White Cattle societies in both the United Kingdom and America provide the cattle breeders society with the opportunity to discuss and share the latest information and developments of relevance to the industry for the benefit of cattle breeders in Australia.

The cattle breeders society has created a grading up program for the British White cattle breed, which ensures the cross-bred cattle eventually produce pure British White cattle.  

Cattle breeders are advised to use a polled British breed as their base cow, and then adopt the following method:

  • First cross:  "C" Grade female approx 50% BW Blood
  • Second cross: "B" Grade female approx 75% BW Blood
  • Third cross: "A" Grade female approx 87.5% BW Blood females only
  • Fourth cross: "AP" or Australian Pure approx 93% or better - both bulls and cows

In order to attain membership with the cattle breeders society individuals must first be nominated and seconded by a full member.

Following this, they are required to complete an application form and lodge it with the society’s secretary, who will forward it to the Board of Directors for consideration. They may then accept or refuse the application.

Member benefits include Committee voting rights and access to semen from high-quality, purebred British White bulls.  

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