Heifers on Pasture

What’s prettier than a group of British White cows on green grass?  Our cows and calves and breeding heifers are now out on pasture.  Our yearling heifers are looking great and like to be visited as you will see in the video we just placed on our Gallery page.  Click here to enjoy!


Texan Jimmie West Presents Australian British White Cattle

Caitilin Williams of Shrublands Estate with Jimmie West

Caitilin Williams of Shrublands Estate with Jimmie West


Jimmie West has agreed to give a presentation of her visit to Australian white cattle breeders Caitilin Williams’ and Rod Cameron .  The presentation will be given before the noon meal at our 2014 Open House on April 12.  Come join us for an informative and fun talk by Jimmie about our Australian neighbors.





KT Mac’s Summer Fun

Hi again, it’s me KT Mac, as you can see I grew quite a bit since you last saw me.  Walter and Nancy finally said I was ready to see some heifers in June.

By the tank1The heifers and I spent most of the summer out in the pasture, but in August Walter said the grass wasn’t growing any more so we had to go into the lots where he fed us prairie hay and a little corn and protein pellets each day.  Walter also said that since we were going to the World Beef Expo in September again that we’d need to practice leading around to get ready for the British White Park show.  He started giving me some really tasty food; he called it bull developer feed.  Nancy would spray water on me on hot days and comb my hair; that always made me feel better.  I like to have my back scratched.

Our walks included many interesting places.  My favorite place was where they had corn growing.  Nancy would pull corn leaves off for me to eat. Yummy!!  Nancy said I couldn’t eat too many leaves at once or it might make my stomach feel bad.  I sure wanted more corn to eat though.

Mac likes sweet corn!

Mac likes sweet corn!

Nancy had some flower gardens planted around the house.    I saw her around them a lot this summer, they must need lots of attention.  I got to go see some of the flowers and Nancy’s garden where she grows food for people.  Some of them were okay to eat and others the people can keep.  See the pictures Walter took below to see what all we visited.


Sure smells good  Stop & smell the roses

Basil stinks!!

Basil stinks!!


Adventures of KT Mac

Hi Guys and Gals, I’m KT Mac, a bull born and bred in the USA.  I was born in February of 2012 Columbus Junction, IA on Thistledown Farm, a great family farm operated by Michael Todd and his son Kenan. I’m told my mom, LPJ Snow Queen, and my dad, Nimmer’s Mac, were proud as peacocks.  Mom and I had lots of great times roaming the pastures at Mike’s place.  He’s a veterinarian you know so he took really good care of mom and me.  Kenan and I became great buddies as we got ready to go to the World Beef Expo that fall.  It was my first trip away from home, so my mom told me to be safe and mind what Kenan said. 

At the World Beef Expo barns before the show, Walter and Nancy Bohaty came to visit me.  They looked me over really good and decided they liked me better than all the other bulls at the show.  Nancy decided that she wanted me to come to her place after the show.  She told me that she would introduce me to Crystal and Majeta (those were two heifers Walt and Nancy brought to the show) and some other heifers as well as all the bulls they had at their place.  Kenan said it could be a great adventure, and I’ll admit I was excited to meet all the ladies.  It was a big decision and we still had my class at the show to go to, I had some thinking to do.

During the Expo show Kenan and I walked into a ring with other bull calves and had to walk in circles and then Kenan would stop me and tell me where to put my feet so I looked good for this guy who was looking at all of us, they called him “the judge”.  Pretty soon “the judge” told Kenan to lead me to the top of the ring.  Kenan was pretty excited and told me that we did good, cause we won our class.  Later we had to go back into the ring with the big bull that Mike brought to the show.  When “the judge” picked me to lead this class Kenan told me that I was the Grand Champion bull of the World Beef Expo.  I guess that’s a good thing because everyone was excited and they took lots of pictures of me with a purple ribbon.  It was a great new experience and I decided it would be fun to go on an adventure to the Cornhusker State, whatever that means.  Before I could go home with Nancy and Walter I had to go back to a big ring and walk around again to show everyone that I was the Grand Champion ABWPA bull. 

At last I get to go to Nancy’s place in Nebraska.  Diane led me into their trailer.  It

Bird's Eye View of Walter and Nancy's farm

Bird’s Eye View of Walter and Nancy’s farm

sure was a long trip, but I got to talk to Crystal and Majeta on the way.  Here’s a picture of where I live now at Nancy and Walter’s place.  They made me stay by myself for a whole week; Nancy said it was to make sure I didn’t get sick from all my travels.

Finally, I get to see all their other bulls—what fun this is going to be—I butt heads with all those other guys and they chase me around and then I get to chase them.  Walter comes every morning with feed in a feed wagon and puts it in a cement bunk for all us guys to eat.  The other bulls and I had fun all winter long with lots of good food to keep us warm and satisfied.  What’s even better is that he says this summer I’ll get to spend more time with all the girls.  Can’t wait.


Kick Off July 4th with this Barbequed Beef & Bean Recipe

Hearty Baked Beans

1 # ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
¾ # bacon, cooked and crumbled
2-15 oz cans baked beans (we use Bush’s)
18 oz barbeque sauce (we use Famous Dave’s)
2-15 oz cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed
2-15 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
½ cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Brown beef and onions until no pink remains, drain if needed and transfer to a slow cooker or 5 quart dutch oven.  Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cover and heat on high in slow cooker for 2-3 hours until heated through and flavors combine or bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in the dutch oven.  Serves 18 people.


This recipe has been used at our Open House and Sale for several years and we enjoy pulling it our again for a picnic or barbeque.  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Try it out for your 4th of July celebration.  


Raffle & Door Prize Winners

We’d like to congratulate our Open House & Sale door prize and raffle winners.

First, Don & Lorna McCormick of Elma, NY won our give-away heifer B&B Cabella pictured below.

Give Away Heifer

B&B Cabella

Ten straws of B&B Bonanza semen went to Mark & Katrina Gude of Hamburg, IA.  Ryan Hohenwald of Brook Park, MN won $20 and Myron Riediger of Hinton, IA received a tote bag.  Everyone attending was presented with a complimentary pen and key chain flashlight to commemorate our 30th anniversary in the British White business.

To all our winners and everyone who made it to the Open House, thank you for attending and kicking off the 2013 sale year with us.


Open House Kicks off 2013 Sales Year

Cows & Cranes

Cows & Cranes

We’d like to thank all those who came and made our 2013 Open House & Sale a success.  Many braved winter storms traveling many miles from several states (including New York, Montana, Minnesota & Michigan) to come out.

We’d also like to remind anyone who was unable to attend that Our Open House is designed to give all our customers an equal FIRST CHANCE to purchase the best of what we have to offer.  We sell cattle year round and still have an excellent selection for you to choose from.  To see what we mean, be sure to visit our Sales page for an up-to-date catalog of animals for sale.

We’ve posted a selection of photos from the event below.


Painters & Cranes

Artists & Cranes Visit our 2013 Open House

Courtesy of V....Vaughan

Courtesy of artist V….Vaughan

During our 2013 Open House & Sale, we invited regional artists on the Plein Aire Workshop sponsored by the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art to visit as a part of their tour.  When they arrived, we were all surprised to see a large flock of Sandhills Cranes had also come for the festivities.  While we occasionally have one or two cranes stop over on the farm in the spring, we’ve never seen so many here at one time before.

Painting Workshop

Painting Workshop

Workshop participants attended workshops like the one pictured here led by Michael Albrechtsen (left) and Michael Bingham to improve their technique in agrarian art.



Painting by Michael Bingham

Painting by Michael Bingham

On the right you can see an example of an incomplete work by Michael Bingham which he used to instruct participants on to capture this scene of our barn.

For more photos of the event and of our feathered visitors see the gallery below.


Sale Day!

It’s almost here.  Tomorrow (Friday April 12) we’re kicking off our Open House weekend with presentations starting a 2:00 pm Central Time, but you can come earlier to view the cattle and tour the farm.  Saturday is Sale Day starting with coffee & rolls starting at 9:00 am and the sale itself at 1:00 pm.

We’ve been lucky enough to receive some much needed precipitation this week, so sure to bring your boots and overshoes because the lots will be a little muddy.

For a full schedule of the Open House and Sale please refer to page 3 of our April Farm Newsletter.