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?
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
Do they have special feed requirements or environmental
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
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
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
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
~from The Canadian Lowline
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
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.
the American Lowline Registry website www.usa-lowline.org