Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Posted Oct 30, 2013
Black Angus are a breed of cattle commonly used in beef production. They were developed from cattle native to the counties of Aberdeenshire and Angus in Scotland, and are known as Aberdeen Angus in most parts of the world.
They are naturally polled (do not have horns) and solid black or red, although the udder may be white. There have always been both red and black individuals in the population, but in the USA they are regarded as two separate breeds - Red Angus and Black Angus. Black Angus is the most common beef breed of cattle in the United States.
For years, we kept about 40-60 head of cattle at any given time and were always pleased. Black Angus have a fairly calm temperament and aside from purchasing their feed, are fairly easy to care for.
We tried keeping our own breeding bull for a period of time, but he became far too aggressive during adolescence and we did not have a place where we could keep him on his own. I wouldn't suggest keeping breeding bulls on the premises unless you are an expert at caring for cattle or know someone who has extensive experience working with breeding bulls.
The main issue with raising cattle (non-commercially) is paying for vaccinations, branding and renting bulls for breeding. My step-father always said that we kept Angus as a side investment, but I was never actually sure about its validity. While the experience of working with cattle is very eye opening, in retrospect it seems like a fairly challenging "side project" to maintain while taking care of a family and keeping a day job.