As one of the very few registered British White cattle breeders in the United States, Pam and Jimmy Burton love to promote and talk about the breed that is unfamiliar to most of us.
Of course, I think I can identify most any breed because I grew up on a cattle ranch, aced breeds in animal science 101, and worked for TSCRA. So, when I first met the Burtons to take photos of the custom gate and entrance that Jeffery designed and built for them, I thought I’d impress them and say how beautiful their White Park cattle were. Jimmy quickly corrected me. British Whites do not have horns. There went my pride … “glup-glup-glup” down the drain.
They didn’t hold it against me and their beautiful faces and custom ranch gate pictures have made the Burtons the poster children of our new website. So, I wanted to tell you more about these wonderful people and their British Whites!
From Baytown to Lipan
Jimmy and Pam met on a blind date 23 years ago and were married three months after they met. When they retired from their careers of 25 years at ExxonMobil (Pam) and 27 years at Chevron Phillips (Jimmy), they were looking for a big change in pace and scenery. So, after living 55 years in Baytown, they moved to their new ranch in Lipan in 2008. They started with a group of Charolais, but switched to British Whites in 2012.
Choosing the Breed
“Several aspects of the breed interested us,” says Jimmy. “First, there are only a few people had that breed (only 170 registered breeders in the U.S.). Second, they are a breed of cattle that are long-lived, fertile, easy calving, have no horns, and are easy to handle.”
JbarP Terri was out of Tara-misu (one of our first purchases in early September 2012). Terri’s calf here is JbarP Magnolia born in March 2017. Magnolia was sold to a new breeder in Arizona just this October 2017.
The Burtons enjoy selling their cattle to other breeders just getting started. And, they are popular for very young kids to show because they are gentle and quick to halter break. All members of the Burton family enjoy petting their cattle.
Jimmy said, “Our goal is to provide healthy, quality cattle to our customers. Pam and I do all the movements from pasture to pasture, vaccinations, tattooing ID numbers in their ears, tagging, and calving duties. My job is to run the cattle into the alleyway and Pam works the squeeze chute.”
The Custom Ranch Gate
Jimmy and Pam spent the first few years in Lipan reworking all the fence on their place and establishing their herd. Then, they called Jeffery for a nice entrance that would give them the peace of mind that it would keep strangers from driving up to their house.
“Jeffery was professional. He presented graphics of our gate design and we got to bounce ideas off of each other,” according to Jimmy.
“Probably the most stressful time was lifting the arch in place. I joked about having that on video in case it fell. However, when it was placed, we could see our vision coming true.”
We’ve loved having the Burton’s as clients and look forward to maintaining their ranch gate for years to come.
If you take one thing away from reading this, hopefully it is that British Whites DO NOT have horns!