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rnrnAngus Beef, also known asrnAberdeen cattle, is a very successful and well known breed of cattle. They originatedrnin Scotland in the highlands of Northern Scotland, in the countries orrn"shires" of Angus and Aberdeen of Angus and Aberdeenshire, but todayrnthey are found worldwide as one of the most successful cattle ever. There arerntwo strains in the Angus breed - Black and Red, and are naturally polled.

rnrnAngus cattle, locally also known as ‘doddies’ or ‘hummlies’,rnwere developed by three Scottish ranchers in the early 1800’s.

rnrnHughrnWatson. Both Hugh Watson’s father andrngrandfather had been cattle buyers and breeders. The family is known to havernowned cattle as early as 1735. Hugh Watson became tenant of Keillor Farm inrnAngus in 1808.

rnrnHe received from his father's herd, six ofrnthe best and blackest cows, as well as a bull. That same summer, he visitedrnsome to the leading Scottish cattle markets and purchased the 10 best heifersrnand the best bull that he could find that showed characteristics of that he wasrnfocused on. The females were of various colors, but the bull was black; Watsonrndecided that the color of his herd should be black and he started selecting appropriately.rnHis favorite bull was named Old Jock. Old Jock had been awarded the number 1 inrnthe Herd Book at the time. The bull was bred by Watson in 1842 and was sired byrnGrey-Breasted Jock. The bull apparently was used very heavily in the herd fromrn1843 until 1852 and was awarded the sweepstakes for bulls at the HighlandrnSociety Show at Perth in 1852, when he was 11 years old.

rnrnIn additionrnWatson heavily used a cow named Old Granny. She produced a total of 29 calves,rn11 of which were registered to the Herd Book. Unfortunately she was killed byrnlightning when she was 35 years old.

rnrnHugh Watsonrnpracticed the fitting and showing of his cattle more than was common by otherrnbreeders of his day. He made his first exhibition at the Highland AgriculturalrnSociety Show at Perth in 1829. During his long show career, he is said to havernwon over 500 prizes with his cattle and did a great deal to increase thernpopularity of the black polled cattle over the British Isles.

rnrnrnrnWilliam McCombie.rnWilliam McCombie took the farm of Tillyfour in Aberdeenshire in 1824 and foundedrna herd from predominantly Keillor bloodlines. His well-documented closernbreeding produced outstanding cattle that he showed widely in England andrnFrance.
Mr. McCombie showed great foresight in planning matings, usedrncareful management, and had unparalleled success in the show ring, and inrnpublicizing his famous cattle. Probably his crowning success in the show ringrnwas at the great International Exposition held at Paris in 1878. There he wonrnthe first prize of $500 as an exhibitor of cattle from a foreign country andrnalso the grand prize of $500 for the best group of beef-producing animals bredrnby any exhibitor. Not only did Mr. McCombie show in breeding classes but hernalso exhibited in steer classes at the market shows.



rnrnProbably the most famous steer that he produced was thernfamous show animal Black Prince, who won at the Birmingham and Smithfield showsrnin 1867 when he was four years of age. From the latter show, he was taken tornWinsor Castle for the personal inspection by Queen Victoria, and later her Majestyrnaccepted some Christmas beef from the carcass of the steer.

rnrnThe English Crown has long been interested in livestockrnimprovement, and Queen Victoria paid a personal visit to Tillyfour a year orrntwo after the visit the famous Black Prince to the castle. Such a tribute to anrnoutstanding breeder naturally attracted great attention to the already famousrnherd. McCombie had the further distinction of being the first tenant farmer inrnScotland to be elected to the House of Commons.

rnrnSir GeorgernMacpherson-Grant. Macpherson-Grant had the oldest herd of polled AberdeenrnAngus cattle in Scotland when he started improving the breed. In 1860, hernbought a cow named Erica from the Earl of Southesk's Kinnaird herd whichrnstarted a famous Ballindalloch bloodline. He was considered one of the greatestrnexhibitors of the breed, and won prizes at all the major shows, including firstrnprize at the Paris Exhibition of 1878.

rnrnBy line breeding and selection for type, these earlyrnpioneers established the foundation for what is unarguably the greatest beefrnbreed in the world.

rnrnSince then, across the globe ranchers have recognized thernAngus breed's ability to introduce functionality and value into their herds,rnwhile cutting operating costs, reducing time and labor requirements, balancingrntraits and boosting profits.

rnrnAngus cowsrnweigh an average of 550kg, while bulls can weigh about 850kg, with high musclerncontent. Their frame is classed as average-sized.

rnrnThey have a goodrnreputation for docility and compliancy. They have high fertility rates, and therncalving process is known to be a smooth operation with little to norncomplications usually arising.

rnrnThey arerngenerally healthy, and common bovine illnesses like eye cancer are rare. Angusrncattle, and even Angus crosses, do very well and often thrive on forage-basedrnproduction systems. Their carcasses provide high saleable beef yields, with arngood ratio of lean meat against waste, like bone and fat. The meat also hasrngood marbling, making for tender beef.

rnrnAngus can alsornwork well for dairy farmers, with some farmers finding the shorter gestationrnperiod (around 1-2 weeks less than average continental breeds) of Angus-crossrncalves a good factor in maximizing milk output. The ease of calving for damsrnmated with an Angus bull improves the milk yield.

rnrnAngus beef often is often promoted as having superior taste.rnThis has been expanded by many fast-food chains promoting the message that 100%rnAngus makes their meat tastier.rnrn

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