In today's world we thrive on the animals that roam our lands, and one of these animals is the bovine. What is the bovine? The bovine is cattle, and one such breed of cattle is the Angus cow.
The breed arose in northeast Scotland in the counties of Aberdeen and Angus. Excavations have revealed that polled cattle existed there in prehistoric times. Deliberate breeding began at the end of the eighteenth century. The breed was first formally recognized in 1835 with the first heard book published in 1862. The first animals were exported to the USA and other countries in 1878.
Angus are solid black cattle, although white may appear on the udder. They are resistant to harsh weather, undemanding, adaptable, and good-natured, mature extremely early and have a high carcass yield with nicely marbled meat. Angus is renowned as a carcass breed. They are used widely in crossbreeding to improve carcass quality and milking ability. Angus females calve easily and have good calf rearing ability. They are also used as a genetic dehorner as the polled gene is passed on as a dominant characteristic. .
The American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association (name shortened in 1950s to American Angus Association) was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on November 21 1883, with 60 members. The growth of the Association has paralleled the success of the Angus breed in America. In the first century of operation, more than 10 million heads were recorded. The American Angus Association records more cattle each year than any other beef breed association, making it the largest beef breed registry association in the world. .
THe First Angus in America. When George Grant transported four Angus bulls from Scotland to the middle of the Kansas Prairie in 1873, they were part of the Scotsman's dream to found a colony of wealthy, stock-raising British's. Grant died five years later, and many of the settlers at his Victoria, Kansas, colony later returned to their homeland.