Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 09, 2014
This breed fascinates me a lot. I saw these cattle for the first time at the age of 15. Even at that age I thought all cattle need have a majestic and coiling horn, so I told my dad "whatever this beast is? but certainly not a cattle". Another erroneous view I had was that it was from Africa for the reason of its predominant black hides. I understand that there are a few red ones.(or at least maroon or something close)
Back then, I soon realized that I was checking up on the cattle more often that would have suggested, even more than my favorite horse. Soon I discovered a lot of good things I liked about it. It is so motherly, well positioned udder for milking. Good calving and feed conversion even when fed with grass alone. This are just a few among other things.
However, I also noticed too many variations as far as rate of maturity, fertility and conformation is concerned due to a popular demand in this breed. Maybe you will like to take note of this before you book a visit with the vet when the days are not adding up.
The popularity of this breed continues to group and this also impact on the marketability of it. ( I guess we should not be talking about marketability for our Pet, they should stay with us as companions, but then are there rules without exception? Yeah!!!)
Some of the prominent disease you should watch out for includes pseudolipidosis, cancer eye, foot rot, grass tetany and others.
They are also prone to internal and external parasite. I mentioned this last not accidental but on purpose to register this has certainly what I found most troublesome about raising Angus Cattle.