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Description

Angus cattle are solid black in colour but a small amount of white is permitted on the underline, behind the navel scar. Angus mature earlier than other British breeds. However, larger, longer and later maturing animals have been selected in some herds.

This breed is renowned for easy calving.

Origin

The Angus breed originated in Scotland from groups of closely related cattle breeds native to the shires of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Angus. The existence of these breeds goes back over 1000 years.

First Australian imports were into Tasmania in the early 1820s and to the Darling Downs in Queensland in 1840.

Size

An Angus cow typically weighs between 500 to 800 kgs.

Food

Grasses, grains, greens and cracked corn.

Distribution

Angus are popular in the higher rainfall areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. Their numbers are increasing in northern Australia, and in other lower rainfall areas.

Breeding

The Angus cow is renowned for her maternal traits, calving ease and ability to milk producing a calf each year that more than exceeds half her body weight. An Angus mother puts her all into her calf, producing an abundance of milk right up to weaning. The normal gestation period is 260-280 days.