A Review on the Origin and Unique Features of the Angus Cattle Breed

Blog | November 15th, 2018

The Angus cattle breed has a long and illustrious history that dates back to over 1000 years ago to the closely related, native cattle breeds of the shires of Kincardine, Aberdeen and Angus in Scotland. These original breeds were a mix of horned and polled cattle. By combining these breeds together over the years, the breeders perfected the physical characteristics, and the Aberdeen Angus came into existence during the 18th century, which is the forerunner of the Angus polled cattle breed as we know it today.

When Did the Angus Come to Australia?

Angus first came to Australia in the early to mid-1800s in the areas of Tasmania and Queensland. Today, they are especially popular in Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria areas of this country due to the fact that these areas receive substantial rainfall throughout the year. Angus cattle producers sell their beef, animals and even the milk to compete successfully in the Australian cattle market. Also, most ensure that their animals meet the standards of the Angus BREEDPLAN. In addition, Angus are often crossbred with different breeds to strengthen these other breeds.

Unique Features of the Angus Cattle Breed

• No horns exist on these polled cattle. As a result, the breed is less dangerous to deal with up close than horned breeds are at times.

• Since the Angus cows and bulls are moderately sized and muscular when full-grown, they are revered for their carcasses. The carcasses are denser and meatier as a result of their build.

• Superior marbling runs throughout Angus beef making it flavourful, tender and juicy. Many restaurants prefer serving this beef over other types.

• Angus are strong and hardy enough to adapt to all types of environments and climatic conditions. They will thrive in many areas of Australia for this reason.

• Cows have an easy time calving and make ideal mothers. Also, cows of this breed become fertile sooner than the females of other cattle breeds do, which means you receive more calves during their lifetime.

• Angus have mild temperaments and are easy to handle as long as they are raised in the right manner. Any breeder should handle these animals with care, so that they do not feel threatened when humans are around them, feeding them or performing health checks on them.

For additional facts about the origin and unique features of the Angus cattle breed, consult with Southfork Angus. We specialise in breeding and raising prime Angus seed stock that provide the ideal start or expansion for an Angus herd. All of our animals have the potential to be high producers.

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