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Other common names: Aberdeen Angus Cattle; Polled Angus Cattle; Black Angus Cattle

The basics:
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.

wonderful

good profit, best beef breed, CAB premium, best growth rates, Angus temperament, great mothering abilities

challenging

ringworm, recessive genes

interesting

4HFFA project, CAB brand, Aberdeen Angus, easy keepers, Certified Angus Beef

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