Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Mar 29, 2015
My family has raised a small herd (approximately three to ten) of angus ever since I can remember. I no longer live on our family farm, but my father still raises them to this day. In all the years of raising them we have never had trouble with calving. Usually there would just be a calf there the next morning, although there were a few times we witnessed the cow giving birth.
Angus do pretty well in the heat, at least where we live. Hottest part of the summer it gets around 95 to 100. They will stand or lay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, but as long as you keep them with plenty of water, they seem to do well. Cold temperatures never seemed to affect them at all.
Our cattle mostly grazed all day during spring and summer, but came in to be fed grain in the evening. During the winter we would feed them grain in the evening and take out hay bales in the morning. Angus do seem to remember when they are normally fed and will bawl incessantly at you until you feed them. Sometimes this gets really annoying. We had a young steer that would knock you over if you were not careful, especially if you had a feeding bucket in your hand.
We typically do not sell a lot of our cattle. They are mostly raised to provide beef for our family. Occasionally we would sell a few head at auction, and they would usually go for more than other breeds of equal weight/quality.
Angus are good cattle to raise for beef and for profit. They are not flashy or pretty cattle, but they are hardy, easy to care for, and not very problematic. Occasionally you can find a bull that has a bit of an attitude problem, but most of the bulls we have had have also been pretty mellow, at least for a bull. These cattle seem to do well in most climates and pretty much take care of themselves if provided adequate food and water.