About the Society
British White cattle first appeared in Australia in 1958 with the importation by Mrs Anthony Hordern of three purebred heifers from the Woodbastwick herd in Norfolk. She developed the herd to a high level first at “Round Hill”, Culcairn and then at “Gledswood”, Catherine Fields, NSW before dispersing it in 1971. From this dispersal a number of herds and breeding programs developed and it soon became evident that a Society was essential to further develop the breed in this country.
The “British White Cattle Society of Australia” was formed following an inaugural meeting of breeders and other interested persons held at the Royal Agricultural Society Show Grounds in Randwick, New South Wales on the 6th April 1982. The meeting was chaired by Mr Anthony Hordern. A committee was elected to draw up a Constitution and Regulations to meet the needs of the nascent society, and to initiate the long and exacting task of inspecting herds and breeder records in order to compile a foundation Herd Book. Significant support for the undertaking was provided by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the British White Cattle Society (UK) and the White Park Cattle Association of America.
The initial constitution defined the principal objectives of the Society as:
- To publicise and promote the breeding, development, exhibition and sale of British White cattle in Australia
- To prescribe a required breed type and characteristics of British White cattle
- To prescribe regulations for the purpose of regulating and controlling the affairs of the Society
- To import or assist with importation of British White cattle, semen and fertilised ova registered in approved overseas Herd Books
- To compile, print and publish at intervals a Herd Book of British White cattle in Australia.
A society logo, still in use today, was designed and drawn foundation council member, Mrs Annmarie L. Ingham of “Mulberry Hill”, Orange. It features the head of her prize bull “Underhill Colonel”.
After official inspection and approval on type and conformation of foundation Herd Book was published in December 1985 after official inspection of all potential animals. The first Herd Book details of 34 British White bulls and 407 British White females. The bulls consisted of 12 “A” class (pure imported bloodlines) and 22 “Foundation A” class. The females comprised two “A” class, 143 “Foundation A”, 97 “Foundation B”, 43 “Foundation C” and 121 “Foundation D” and one “Foundation E”.
Since establishment the British White Cattle Society of Australia has remained faithful to the original objectives and continues to grow. We now have 55 members across all six Australian states and well over a thousand registered animals. A grading-up program is supervised by the society. The Herd Book is now maintained by the Australian Beef Research Institute and is accessible and fully-searchable on-line.
The Society holds meetings twice a year (March and September) in various locations at which new and prospective members are made very welcome. As well as attending to society business these meetings provide an opportunity to update members on issues of interest, interact with other breeders and inspect herds close to the meeting venue.
The British White Cattle Society of Australia offers a number of membership categories including “Full”, “Associate, “Commercial” and “Junior”. You may apply to join our society by completing the “Application for Membership” form.