With reduced frame size (60% of  modern Angus) and feed requirements down by 30% compared to other larger  breeds, they represent a profitable proposition for beef farming.

Lowline Beef features smaller, well marbelled, higher  quality cuts of beef, which are tender with high quality  flavour and the animal can generally be finished off grass. This makes them our  choice of breed for a sustainable future for beef production. Traditional and  feedlot systems of beef production conflict with the high value of grains to  the human population.
The  smaller cuts of beef are well suited to today’s demand for healthy eating. The  performance of the breed is recorded in the USA and at carcase competitions in  Australia, where it has claimed both lightweight and champion carcase prizes at  the Royal Queensland Show in 2009. (Exhibited by Vitulus Lowline Stud).

From  the farmer’s point of view, the ability to maintain a greater stocking rate  coupled with excellent conformation (larger rib eye area) leads to a higher  yield of meat per acre when compared to other breeds. In addition the  percentage of lean meat yield is significantly higher from Lowline carcases at  76% compared to 64% – 69% of other beef breeds.

Breed Average Number of cows per 100    acres * Average carcass wt (lbs) at 15    months off grass Carcase wt. per acre (lbs) Lean meat yield. (%) Weight of saleable meat product    per acre (lbs)
Waygu           23           556           115.0           69%           79.4
Simmental           38           442           151.1           55%           83.1
Shorthorn           28           532           132.4           65%           86.1
Hereford           30           552           147.2           64%           94.2
Murray/Grey           32           547           157.7           67%           105.7
Angus           33           543           161.7           68%           110.0
Lowlines           54           418           203.1           76%           154.3
  • 90% calving rate
  • Data, Trangie         Research Centre Australia, but similar should apply in the UK