Bred animal myself,
Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Oct 08, 2014
When I was 14 years old, I received a USDA loan to purchase cattle as a project through my FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. This taught me a great deal about managing farm finances, working with livestock and the industry of cattle as a whole.
The first cattle I purchased were all mixed breed but most of them were Angus in origin. We crossbred them to my neighbor's bull and started a cattle production enterprise. The first few years were spent raising heifers to the point we could get more calves from them. The bull calves were sold to market and the heifers were maintained to cows for production.
Owning cattle is something that "gets in your blood." It is appealing from a standpoint of nostalgia for the way people used to earn their livelyhood. My current life situation does not lend itself toward having cattle, but I know that someday I will return to it. The cattle all have distinct 'personalities.' Providing care for them becomes a relationship that can't be entirely described in print. They begin to trust the person that cares for them over time, but this trust must be earned from them. It doesn't just happen.
As a breed, Angus cattle are generally very calm and passive. They can get excited when circumstances are out of the ordinary, but they rarely take an aggressive posture, as compared to other types of cattle. Having decent facilities is a must for any herdsman. Please be nice to yourself (and your veterinarian) by having adequate means of catching and handling them (head chute, alleyway, pen, etc.).