Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Jan 19, 2015
As a youth I worked alongside my father at a farm- I took whatever job was next on the list of things to do, so if that meant while he was fixing a tractor I was out mowing the farmhouse lawn. Sometimes it involved feeding and helping to tend the cattle. The owner of the farm was raising a few heads of Angus to sell at the local market for beef and after taking care of them for a few weeks during the beginning of my summer break, I then began to assist in monitoring their diet so that the cattle would be at their best weight and health. For the most part the cattle all seemed to be fairly hardy and easy going. It was a great experience though, getting to know where beef comes from and actually interacting with the animals. While I did not drastically change my diet to exclude beef (I love it too much) I do have a more profound respect for the source of nourishment.
Angus cattle seem to be a popular breed because of the taste of the meat and it is a fairly lean option with superior marbling. The breed is also commonly selected for their resistance to illness and climate changes, as they can adapt quickly to differences in weather. A quality very much so needed in Missouri where the weather can shift from sunny skies in one moment to having a thunderstorm overhead five minutes later. From what I observed, most of the Angus at the farm were easily exercised with little guidance and even-tempered enough to come towards whomever called them without being spooked. As with any herd animal though, concrete floors are not recommended for living areas as well as a necessity to avoid loud sudden noises.
As someone who started without any herd experience I would say that Angus is a highly recommendable breed to keep for commercial and even learning aspects, though it is naturally a good idea to be wary of their size when purchasing cattle for school or extracurricular activities.