Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Aberdeen Angus

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, Jim Mulvey

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Introduction

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Biological Data

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Weight

  • Female:
    • Birth: 25-42kg.
    • Mature: 550-750kg.
  • Male:
    • Birth: 28-50kg.
    • Mature: 800-1000kg.

Height

  • Female:
    • Birth: 64cm.
    • Mature: 120-130cm.
  • Male:
    • Birth: 66cm.
    • Mature: 135-145cm.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • Type varies greatly within the breed, precluding the possibility of a standardized description.
  • The common features of all types are black color (Red Angus is a separate breed) and polledness.
  • The traditional Aberdeen-Angus type, which persists in small numbers, has low withers height (short legs) with a compact, blocky conformation. It is fine-boned and has well-developed hindquarters giving a high meat/bone ratio.
  • It is early maturing and is primarily a grazing breed.
  • The American Angus is the opposite extreme. It is long-legged and tall, with a narrower rangier frame. The conformation is more muscular and it is better suited to feedlot systems.
  • The type of most animals in the breed lies between these two extremes.

Breed History and Information

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Societies

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