The Aberdeen Angus breed

The Aberdeen Angus breed

The Aberdeen Angus breed (or Angus as it is known internationally) was developed in the early part of the 19th Century from the polled and predominantly black cattle of North east Scotland known locally as “doddies” and “hummlies”. As with other breeds of cattle and sheep in Britain, establishment followed improvements in husbandry and transport. The earliest families trace back to the middle of the eighteenth century but it was much later that the Herd Book (1862) and the Society (1879) were founded. The early history of the breed is the history of its breeders, progressive lairds and farmers, of whom three were outstanding.

Hugh Watson became tenant of Keillor in Angus in 1808. He gathered stock widely and produced cattle of outstanding quality and character. Hugh Watson could be considered the founder of the breed, and was instrumental in selecting the best black, polled animals for his herd. His favorite bull was Old Jock, who was born 1842 and sired by Grey-Breasted Jock.


The Aberdeen Angus breed


What is special about the Aberdeen Angus breed?
      They are resistant to harsh weather, undemanding, adaptable, good natured, mature extremely early and have a high carcass yield with nicely marbled meat.
           What is the Angus breed known for?
Angus are moderate-sized, muscular animals, renowned as a carcase breed. They are used widely in crossbreeding to improve carcase quality and milking ability  Angus is a preferred breed for the Japanese high-quality beef market because of their propensity to marble, their white fat and bright-red lean meat
What is the lifespan of an Angus cow?
Meat or beef cows live for 1.5-2 years in the commercial beef industry. However, the natural life of beef cattle is between 15-20 years.
What is the Angus breed in South Africa?
    The Angus produces fine-textured beef that’s tender, juicy and full of flavour. The Angus breed is found all over South Africa, but is well represented in the Free State, KZN and the Western Cape.


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