Other common names: Aberdeen Angus Cattle; Polled Angus Cattle; Black Angus Cattle
Angus Cattle originated in Aberdeenshire and Angus, Scotland in the 18th century. Angus cattle were first introduced to the United States in 1873. These black hornless animals did not gain popularity until crossbreeding with the Texas Longhorn resulted in good meat quality, less calving problems, and the advantages of polled/hornless cattle (less injuries). Today, the American Angus Association is the largest purebred beef registry in the world.
Some Angus calves are born with a red shade at birth, and because red is a recessive gene, some calves remain red and are considered a separate breed Red Angus Cattle.
Appearance / health:
Considered very close to the ideal body conformation of cattle, the Angus is all black. The body is low and compact. The flesh is considered of high quality. The cow is sometimes born with a red shade at birth, and because red is a recessive gene, some calves remain red and have been regarded as a separate breed (Red Angus Cattle). Angus cattle are hornless, and when bred with horned cattle, the offspring are also hornless. The black coloration is said to protect the cow from the harmful effects of sunburn.
Like other livestock, cattle require regular vaccinations and inoculations (for example, rabies inoculations) for disease prevention and health management. Similar to other mammals, cows can suffer a variety of ailments and health issues. A veterinarian should be on call and provide regular checkups and monitoring for the entire herd.
Behavior / temperament:
Cattle are docile animals that have strong maternal instincts. They are big and bulky, and could, therefore, inflict harm without intending to. Handling and brushing them constantly while juvenile will help train them to be calm and trusting around humans, which is helpful especially when they need to be attended to by the veterinarian or groomer.
The Angus breed is known for its calm demeanor, excellent maternal instinct, and overall hardiness.
Housing / diet:
Housing for cattle is essentially to give them shelter from extreme weather conditions. Barns, rub-in sheds, stalls, and other structures like windbreaks, should be available where the cows graze. Aside from manmade shelters, trees and tall bushes can provide resting places for cattle to minimize heat stroke or wind chill.
Shelters will give the cows the option to seek safe haven from strong winds, extreme heat or cold, and heavy rains. Shelters should be strong, stable, spacious, well ventilated, and waterproof. Barns should be provided with water supply, and stalls should be lined with hay. They should also be cleaned regularly.
Sprinklers and other cooling systems are recommended for areas that overheat during summer months. Professional and humane fencing should be provided. All poisonous plants should be removed from the pasture; and hay should always be kept dry (wet hay grows molds, becoming a health hazard for cows).
A good quality pasture for grazing is the basic dietary requirement of cattle. The recommended pasture size per cow is 10 acres, without which, the diet should be supplemented with hay. The recommended quantity of hay is an average of 2% of the animal’s body weight per day (or 2 lbs. of hay per 100 lbs. of body weight). Supplements include grain mixes, protein and mineral cubes, and salt blocks, depending on the type of cow, its uses, and the local climate.
Providing a constant supply of fresh water is essential. An adult cow consumes an estimate of up to 20 gallons of water per day.
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Calling Dr. Jones
Dr. Jones was one of many in his herd. I named him Dr. Jones after the Aqua song, Dr. Jones. Sadly, there is not much to say about Dr. Jones. He loved him some grass and he was not very friendly. All he did was eat and poop. If you are looking for a low maintenance animal, this might be the one for you.
Dr. Jones was definitely the most boring animal I've ever owned. I would not recommend getting an angus unless you are raising it for food..
From ToriDwight May 5 2015 7:56PM
Like many young ranch kids, I grew up showing cattle. My sister and I both had the opportunity to show some angus heifers and truly enjoyed our experiences with them. Both of our heifers were pure registered angus and demonstrated most of their characteristics. Their names were Pixie and Rosy. One of them in particular, mine, had the truly traditional Scottish angus style blocky head, short and wide body. She grew a ton of hair and could maintain weight on nothing but scrub grass and water. She was FAT. Both heifers were fairly gentle though mine was so gentle we could actually ride her and sometimes did.
Angus in general are known for these characteristics. They 'feed out' well or gain enough fat content in their meat to make them grade easily as choice or prime. They also do so in a fairly quick amount of time. They also withstand cold weather very easily. They tend to not be extremely large cattle so they calve easily. My heifer had her first calf on her own and just showed up the next morning with it. They are also gentle cattle that are easy to manage in a herd or individual setting. Some drawbacks are that they do not yield quite as much meat as larger beefier breeds like Maine Anjou or Charolais. They also tend not to manage heat as well. For this reason they are frequently crossed with these breeds to produce more heat resistant, meatier cattle..
From kb755779 Jan 24 2015 7:01PM
My work with Black Angus cattle was quite a bit in a short amount of time...calving season. I helped a friend throughout college with her family's calving season every year. I'm not going to lie, those mama's were aggressive. It was typical spring weather in MN, one day it was a nice 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the next day it was 35 degrees. When it was a cooler day, we had to bring the calves in the shed to stay out of the cold after they had just dropped. My friend would try to keep the mother from running us over while I was pushing/pulling/dragging this calf up to the shed, and of course, the mother birthed it as far away as she could from the shed. Since these are beef cattle, they tend to not be handled on a regular basis, feeding them twice daily and even then, they're not being handled. Since this was the case, I found them to be a bit aggressive, and I know it was calving season but even other cows were trying to kill us when we were moving those calves.
Other times that I've worked with this type of cattle is for team penning and sorting competitions. This is typically done with steers. They definitely like to stick together in their herds, it's hard to cut one out from the group because once you move in, they all move together, one way or the other.
Obviously, these animals aren't raised as pets and really don't need to be handled all that much but from what I have experienced, they don't have that much human contact and they are protective to keep what they have. This has just been my experience working with them, other families may handle their cattle more than they did. You need to be careful around any cattle in general and they can/will charge you for no reason. It's pretty scary to have a 1,000lb beast running after you!.
From chloek89 Jul 1 2015 7:55PM