"Our Diamonds are in the Pasture"
"Our Diamonds are in the Pasture"
The American Aberdeen Cattle Breed has a rich history with its earliest origins coming from Scotland. The original black hornless “polled” smaller sized miniature cows derived their name from the counties of Aberdeenshire and Angus in north-eastern Scotland.
In 1929, a herd of the Scottish cattle were established at the Trangie Research Centre, on the East Coast of Australia. The herd was sent to provide quality breeding stock for the New South Wales cattle farms.
However, in 1963, the emphasis at Trangie switched to research. The Australian Meat Research Committee asked the Trangie Research Centre to conduct research on the role of performance recording in the breeding program, weight gain and visual conformation score in the selection of replacement cattle.
The research continued through the early 1970’s pioneering performance testing. Then in 1974, the research at Trangie turned to the evaluation and selection for growth rate on herd profitability with the goal to establish whether large or small animals were more efficient converters of grass into meat for the cattle industry.
The program detailed and compared weight gain, feed intake, reproductive performance, milk production, carcass yield and quality, and structural soundness of the cattle. The best cattle for the desired traits were selected from the research and the Aberdeen herd became closed off to other cattle. After 15 years of selective breeding the herd stabilized into the breed characteristics of the American Aberdeen Cattle know today!
Information provided by American Aberdeen Association
The American Aberdeen Association describes the cattle as easy calving, good natured and very feed efficient on grass or pasture. They are docile, friendly and easy to manage and handle.
American Aberdeen cattle are the perfect choice for small acreage and property owners in both suburban and rural areas. Many counties in Texas and other states allow owners to take advantage of agricultural exemptions on property taxes due to owning and/or raising these moderate cattle.
The breed is ideal as show animals for 4-H and other youth projects. Not only do they teach youth animal husbandry, but youth learn responsibility and the enjoyment for caring for animals.
All American Aberdeen Cattle registered with the American Aberdeen Association (AAA), in the United States, trace their ancestry back to the Trangie Research Center in Australia.
The Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) is the Aberdeen Angus (Lowline) cattle registry for Australia. Lowlines are a heritage beef cattle breed with a pure Aberdeen Angus ancestry and cattle registered in both Australia and the US are directly related with descendants from Scottish farms.
Smaller sized newborn calves require very little or no assistance at calving time.
American Aberdeen Cattle make excellent mothers and raise healthy, well-developed calves for small property owners and farms.
American Aberdeen Cattle are free of known genetic defects, including the
dwarf gene . They are moderate size and smaller than other cattle breeds naturally. They are sometimes labeled as "miniature cows", however, they are a heritage breed and have remained the same size as the original cattle on Scottish farms.
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Youth Projects help teach young people animal husbandry; including the responsibility and enjoyment of caring for animals. American Aberdeen Cattle are ideal show animals for 4-H and other youth projects. Major livestock shows in several states, including the Houston Livestock & Rodeo in Texas, are adding youth-only competitions. The American Aberdeen Cattle have come from the farm to the show ring and are not just miniature cows anymore!
American Aberdeen Cattle are very adaptable to hotter climates or extremely cold climates. Depending on the ambient conditions, their hair growth is thick for insulation or slick for cooling. Aberdeen Angus have black and red coat colors similar to standard Black & Red Angus.