MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ANGUS BREED
Main characteristics of the Angus breed
Although the Angus cattle breed is known for its many benefits, its high adaptability to living conditions, an efficient farm management requires detailed knowledge of the race- strengths and also, sensitive points. Here is a list of the most important information about Angus cattle.
- It is one of the most popular breed in Ireland, occupying top 3 most popular breeds in the country. Also called Aberdeen Angus, the breed comes from Scotland from the area whose name it bears.
- They are also called ‘hummlies’ or ‘doddies’ from the names of the two ancestors of the breed, who were raised by Hugh Watson in 1800 and to whom, genealogy of the animals refers even now, in the present-day.
- They have no horns and they are black or red – the only difference is the color pigment.
- Females weigh an average of about 550 kg and bulls about 850 kg. The weight being mostly muscular mass.
- This breed has a very good reputation, the Angus cattle are being considered by many chefs and beef enthusiasts to be superior to other breeds, which can represent an advantage for Angus beef farms.
- Angus cattle live on the pasture all over the year, regardless of the season. Angus cattle do not require shelter accommodation, but if there is a stable, it must comply a few specific requirements.
- The Angus breed thrives in Romania due to its natural nutritious pastures and the climate that does not exceed the minimum or maximum temperature (-40/ +40) at which these animals can easily adapt.
- They have a high life expectancy, which relieves replacement costs for farmers.
- They have increased fertility and calving takes place without complications. With a high yield of milk production for calves, the Angus females are also recognized for the pronounced, maternal instinct.
- Although the breed is a wild one, the lack of interaction with humans does not make Angus cattle aggressive, but rather causes them to hide and to search for a shelter. Once the human presence becomes a habit, they turn out to be very docile.
- Bulls, like all bulls, no matter the breed, can be dangerous to humans, because of their impulsive temper. Therefore, minimum safety systems are recommended.
- A high yield in an extensive cattle husbandry that can be translated in a excellent growth and high carcass yield.
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