In the past when anyone has read an article about this breed they have seen mostly history. It is great to know where they came from and how they got to where they now are. As has been stated many times in the past, these "Whites" come from a strong and hardy background. Their history goes back to at least 80 A.D. in England. The most important part of the whole story is that they have come from this long line of great cattle to a modern breed of cattle that fulfill the needs of the beef industry today.
The breed starts with cows that are very strong, fertile and polled. They usually mature at a weight between 1100 and 1500 pounds. Females are easy to settle as first calf heifers and continue to produce calves for many years and very seldom miss a year of production. It is very common for them to be producing at 12-13 years of age J.R. Simonson of Roseville, IL had a cow that was still producing at the age of 20 years.
The calves normally weigh between 70 and 80 pounds and this smaller birth size helps produce calving ease, but they soon make up for their smaller start with quick growth. The calves seem to hit the ground running as they are up and nursing within a very few minutes of being born. The cows are strong milk producers and are protective mothers without being aggressive and mean. They can raise twins as easily as they raise one calf.
The breed produces a high quality finished carcass. As of this writing the amount of carcass data collected is small in comparison to the larger numbers of known breeds, but we do not have to take second place to anyone in quality. Several different feeding and cutout tests across the nation were averaged. The hot carcass weight was 724.55 pounds, ribeye area was 13.7 inches, internal fat averaged 2.37, 89% were choice or above, and an average yield grade of 2.36 was recorded. These numbers are from conventionally fed cattle, but there is also a feed yard in Nebraska that feeds "Whites" in an all natural program and they have a very high percentage that receive premiums. This program has be in operation for several years and those feeding cattle this way have been very satisfied with their results. Breeders of this purebred line of cattle feel that they can be an important part of the future of beef in America.