THE CATTLE

Lowline Cattle are the product of a research project carried out at the  Trangie Research Centre in New South Wales from pedigree registered Aberdeen  Angus stock purchased from Scotland, the USA, Canada and Australia in 1929,  with additional top purebred Angus cattle being brought into the herd.  From 1964 the research herd was completely  closed to additional outside animals.

In the  early 1990s the Lowline herd was released into the open market. Purchased  animals have since moved to New Zealand, USA and Canada and the UK.

Their Qualities

Lowline  cattle are very definitely a beef breed, naturally polled and generally black,  and are 100% Aberdeen Angus, derived from its origins in the original Aberdeen  Angus genetics of the early 1900s.  At  all stages of their growth they are 60% of the size of normal beef breeds.

Gestation time is two weeks less than for  other cattle, which makes the bulls/semen particularly useful for spring  calving maiden and yearling heifers in dairy herds and other complimentary  breeds. Their carcase quality also makes them a suitable terminal sire for beef  cross- breeding programmes.

At birth, calves average 18-24kg (40-53  lbs).   As yearlings they have increased  to about 190kg (420lbs) for heifers and 230kg (510 lbs) for bulls.   Cows at maturity, 3 years, weigh an average  of 320kg (710lbs) in good condition and stand between 95 and 105cm at the  shoulder.   Equivalent aged bulls top out  at over 400kg (880lbs) and stand between 100 and 110cm at the hip.

Lowline  cattle do not carry the Dwarfism gene.    Even first time heifers show ease of calving.   The cattle are naturally docile and very  easily handled and are the perfect breed for the small acre farmer who can run  10 of these cattle compared with 6 Hereford or other similar breed.

Lowline  cattle can be found throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.   They are a versatile breed that adapts well  to both cool and warm climates; they do not need to be over-wintered indoors,  soil conditions permitting.