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A Historical Perspective


"The Aberdeen-Angus was introduced into America in the 1880’s and soon attained high popularity. The first two American herd books were published in 1886 and 1888 respectively. Research of historical cattle show archives from the 1880’s to the present, indicate that the Aberdeen Angus cattle, as well as other breeds, have undergone many different show fads and body styles. They have been bred to the size extremes of both large and small and everything in between. Growing up in the 1950’s, and 60’s, I remember the Angus on our farms as being more practical, easy to keep, moderately sized, square bodied cattle with their fat calves. For me the Lowline Angus is reminiscent of that breed, that populated the farms and ranches of my childhood. The smaller stature of the Lowlines along with their usually docile nature and high quality meat production is what makes the Lowlines so very appealing. Although not large by the ‘bigger is better’ standard, Lowline bulls often reach weights of 1500 lbs (plus) with hip heights ranging from 43” to over 50”. The cows often reach weights of 950 lbs (plus) with hip heights ranging 40” to 47”. As with the original Aberdeen Angus from the pure Scott lineage, the Lowlines still retain that inherent ability to convert low quality grass into high quality beef, without the costly supplementation.
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~ photos and text reprinted with permission from FaithValleyFarm.com website.


Read about the History of Aberdeen Angus Cattle

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Historical Photos

Little Kay Davis with her Angus steer, 1946 

Pen of 50 Aberdeen Angus steers, 1940s 
   

John Wayne admires a Ch. Angus Bull. 1968

Johnny and Lyndal Childress with two
Ch. Aberdeen Angus steers, 1940s 
   

  Grand Ch. Aberdeen Angus steer, 1959 being
considered for a Raw Hide episode

 Angus Bull, 1966
   


Res. Ch. and Gr.Ch. Aberdeen Angus bulls, 1940s


Ch. Aberdeen Angus cow, 1966 
   

Ch. Aberdeen Angus Bull, Southwest Utah, 1968

Walter and Cora McCurry with one of their
Angus heifers, Sept. 1953
   

Aberdeen Angus Heifer, 1966

Top Aberdeen Angus Heifer, 1967
   

Gr.Ch. Aberdeen Angus Heifer,1950’s

Grand Ch. Aberdeen Angus steer, 1967
   


Young Aberdeen Angus bulls being shown at Desoto Parish, Louisiana,
Spring Show, 1946




St. Joseph Interstate Show, 1950’s

Ch. Aberdeen Angus steer, So. West Utah, 1967 
   

Top Aberdeen angus steer, 1966

Ch. Aberdeen Angus Bull, 1968
   

Ch. Aberdeen Angus steer, 1962

Mr. Roebling with Blackcapmere, his
prize Aberdeen Angus Bull, 1930’s
~ photo credits FaithValleyFarm.com

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Why Lowlines - Let's Look at the Data...



Breed Average
Number of
breeding
cows per
100 acres
Pounds of
average
carcass per
head wt at 15 mo. off grass
Pounds of
carcass
weight per
acre
Retail
carcass
yield %
saleable
weight
Pounds of
product per
acre
Simmental
23
556
115.0
69%
79.4
Waygu
38
442
151.1
55%
83.1
Shorthorn
28
532
132.4
65%
86.1
Hereford
30
552
147.2
64%
94.2
Murray
Grey
32 547 157.7 67% 105.7
Angus
33
543
161.7
68%
110.0
Lowline
54
418
203.1
76%
154.3
~From Trangie Research Center data. Regions will vary but similiar averages should apply.


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Data reflecting positive results of using Lowlines influenced cattle for Production
Data from www.FoundationBeefSires.com

COW MAINTENANCE: Commercial Cow Lowline Influence Difference
Weight

1400-1600 lbs 1000-1200 lbs 200-400 lbs
Avg. lbs feed/head/day

42-48 lbs 30-36 lbs 12 lbs
Avg. lbs feed/month/head

1302-1488 lbs 930-1116 lbs 186-558 lbs

This information shows how care and stocking rates can be established. For every 3 head of standard commercial cow, you can increase to 4 head of Lowline influenced cows = more beef produced per acre.

BEEF MAINTENANCE/CALF INFO
(Grain Fed):
Commercial Lowline Influence Difference
Birth Weight

75-100 lbs+ 65-80 lbs 10-20 lbs
Wean Weight

425-615 lbs 550-625 lbs 10-125 lbs
Finished Weight

1280-1400lbs+ 1000-1250 lbs 30-400 lbs
Dress %

(-) 63% (-) 67% (-) 4%


COMMERCIAL LOWLINE INFLUENCE

PRODUCTION RATES (Grain Fed):

Commercial Lowline Influence
Live Weight

1400 lbs 1200 lbs
lbs. Fed for 1 lb. Gain

6.5-7 lbs 5-5.5 lbs
Avg. Days on Feed

267 days 200 days
Dress %

63% 67%
Carcass

882 804
Stocking Rate

3 head 4 head
Total Carcass Rate

2646 lbs (882 lbs x 3 head) 3216 lbs (804 lbs x 4 head)
Increase   Increase +576 lbs by using
Lowline influence

~Data gathered over 7 yrs from Walters Land and Cattle Co. LLC, Fort Lupton, CO

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Percent HCW to the Box with Lowline Influenced Beef
(All grass finished, hormone free, natural raised beef)

60.5%

~Data gathered in 2010 from Muddy Creek Ranch, Wilsall, MT


 

 

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