Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 08, 2015
The Black Angus cattle are bluechip when it comes to rearing beasts in NSW. In the southern Hunter these cows often experience varying temperatures in highs and lows, but in my experience, have never shown and exceptional signs of dismay or intolerance.
They are a relatively timid yet calm and placid bunch and are incredibly easy to herd and move around. In the way of health, there is nothing outstanding to say about their poor health and whether it is attributable to the region and their feed I am not sure, but they seem to exist incredibly comfortably without bother. When mixed with a Bull everything goes to plan and calving has provided only some minor problems with the calves maturing quickly and fetching strong prices at auction.
There haven't been any instances in which a cow has acted aggressively towards humans or any other animal (besides a small Beagle). They aren't particularly noisy or curious so keeping them it paddocks close to the house is never an issue, as long as there is enough feed - which there invariably always is.
Unfortunately I can't attest to the taste of my own cattle's beef yet, but Angus beef has a resounding reputation as a delicious meat in Australia...that being said most of our cattle are auctioned for export to Japanese customers - there is a definite market. If looking for cattle that are incredibly easy to rear and are able to be sold then Black Angus are definitely suited best...though there are obvious specifics such as the region and climate that play a part in the successful management of cattle.