Acquired: Bred animal myself
Virginia, United States
Posted Aug 03, 2012
Cattle are raised strictly for Beef consumption. We do not use them
for human milking purposes, and they do not have horns like other
cattle of their size. They originated in Scotland and made their way
to the USA a few centuries ago. There are two types of Angus, Black
and Red, though their udders can be white. Black Angus is the most
popular, as it's beef is considered lower in fat. The Red Angus gets
it color from one of the many recessive genes found through the
breed. Due to heavy crossbreeding of Angus cattle, there are many
genetic disorders that are common. Dwarfism is high, as well as
difficulty in the heifers to conceive. Another disorder called
“waterhead” can lead to death during foaling or shortly
thereafter. The industry has been diligent over the recent years to
weed out these recessive traits and rebuild the breed. These hardy
beasts are making a terrific comeback.
being said, you still have to know what you are looking for when
buying an Angus. There are still a lot of “bad seeds” out there.
Angus do well in moderate climates, not well in extremely high heat.
This is one reason why you can find Angus more common in Canada than
in Texas. Be careful. Ask questions. And get help or advice before