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Aberdeen Angus Information

Why Aberdeen Angus?
Frequently Asked Questions
History of Lowline Cattle



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
ABERDEEN ANGUS

What size are they?
Average size mature cows generally weigh about 650 to 950 pounds and stand from 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder. Average size mature bulls weigh from 950 to 1350 pounds and stand from 39 to 46 inches. The average birth weight of fullblood calves is 42 to 52 pounds.

Do they calve easily?
Yes, due to the smaller size of a newborn calf, assistance is not generally required at calving time and they make excellent mothers.

Do Aberdeen Angus require special handling facilities?
No, Lowlines don’t require expensive handling facilities. Being naturally polled and docile, they make for easier handling. They are an excellent choice for those just getting started in the cattle business.

Do they have special feed requirements or environmental limitations?
Aberdeen Angus thrive on smaller amounts of feed, whether grass or hay because of their efficient conversion of grass to meat. Aberdeen Angus require limited amount of feed and this makes them ideal for smaller acreage and allows for more Aberdeens to be stocked in the same area that would support traditional cattle. Rotational grazing more numbers of smaller animals on a property creates more hoof action that is beneficial to implanting seeds to reestablish grasses and legumes in sensitive areas. This makes Aberdeens a better choice for riparian areas as well as arid or sandy soils. Being of true Angus, they adapt well to all weather conditions and climates.



What impact do Aberdeen Angus make in the commercial industry?
Given their feed requirements for a commercial operation there are less inputs, higher stocking rates and more rib eye area per 100 pounds of carcass weight. A 3 year study, where Aberdeen Angus bulls were used on commercial heifers, that ended in 2006 by North Dakota State University, Dickinson Research Extension Center came to this conclusion for the commercial industry “The
halfblood Aberdeen steers average weight for the three year study was 1221 lbs., 51-52 inches at the hip, and brought 92 cents per pound average. "These bulls produce small calves that grow."

What is the nutritional value of the meat?

Ideal carcass size is smaller and more convenient for thehome freezer or locker. Cuts are smaller, yet very flavourful and lean. Research in Australia has revealed that Aberdeens have 5% more marbling than other breeders, 30% larger ribeye per 100lbs. of body weight and half the backfat of traditional Angus cattle
~from The Canadian Lowline Association website

 

 



What are the benefits of Aberdeen Angus cattle?
Aberdeen Angus cattle are easy calving, good natured cattle that are very feed efficient and maintain themselves on grass. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional ribeye area per hundred pounds of body weight which translates to very high yielding, high quality, high value beef carcasses.

Aberdeen Angus answer the challenges of both the large scale rancher and the small acreage farmers.

For the large scale ranch operation, Aberdeen Angus lower labor and veterinary costs and provide many economic advantages. Commercial heifers bred to fullblood Aberdeen Angus bulls calve easily and breed back quickly, reducing the calving interval. Halfblood Aberdeen Angus cows maintain themselves on about half the feed that is required by a full size crossbred cow and wean more pounds of calf per acre.

Aberdeen Angus are also a perfect choice for small acreage farmers. Their small size makes them easy to handle and minimizes equipment requirements. Their feed efficiency improves the carrying capacity of a farm. They produce exceptional quality beef. They are ideal show animals for 4-H and other youth projects bringing in the next generation of cattle people. They may also offer the tax advantages of an agriculturally based property and business.

Aberdeen Angus cross cattle are extremely well suited to grass-fed beef production as they are easy fleshing and will finish on a high roughage ration, producing high value carcasses with a minimum of input costs.

The American Lowline Registry, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri requires that all Fullblood Lowlines have DNA parentage verification to assure their genetic purity providing a breed integrity that is unmatched among other small breeds. The national registry has also established the tradition of an Annual National Show and Sale and Convention at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, providing a prestigious showplace for the top bloodlines in the breed as well as an ideal setting to share thoughts, ideas and mingle with other Lowline breeders as well as the nation's top cattlemen of all breeds.
~from the American Lowline Registry website www.usa-lowline.org

 



 

 

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