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Aberdeen Angus. Objectives. We want to inform our class about the aberdeen angus breed We will inform the class of the characteristics, distribution, why farmers keep them, the advantages of keeping them and the history of the breed. C haracteristics. They thrive well on forage diets - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Aberdeen Angus

ObjectivesWe want to inform our class about the aberdeen angus breedWe will inform the class of the characteristics, distribution, why farmers keep them, the advantages of keeping them and the history of the breed.

They thrive well on forage dietsThey are resistant to harsh weather, undemanding, adaptable, good natured and mature extremely earlyThey are excellent suckler cows, particularly when crossed with british freisians, because you get a high milk yield coming from the freisian side and excellent maternal traits eg.good mothers, good fertility, good longevity, and good conformation from the angus sideA cross between an angus and a friesian gives hybrid vigor that is ie. Better than the parents eg. Hardiness, fertility

Characteristics

The Aberdeen Angus breed are very hardy and are common in America Canada, Australia, New zealand, South America, and of course the British Isles, therefore they do well in all climatesThe aberdeen Angus breed have no horns ie. They are known as polled, polled is a dominant gene, therefore if you cross an aberdeen angus bull with any other breed you will always get a polled calfDistribution

Why do farmers have them?Aberdeen Angus beef is marbled ie. That is there is some fat through the meat, leaving a better flavour than other breeds, it also commands a higher price in the supermarkets, the farmers also recieve a higher price per kilo for the meatAberdeen Angus cows can survive for a long time and some of them may have as many as 15 cowsAnother big advantage with the Aberdeen Angus breed is that they are easily calved and have short gestation lengths, about 283/285 days

The advantages of keeping themThey are easily calved because their birth weights are low (about 42/45 kilos)They are often used on heifers (freisians/continentals etc. because they are easily calved)The Aberdeen Angus cows also calve easily without human help therefore you can use continental bulls on them, eg. Limousin and Charolais, the reason for this is that they have wide pelvic areas

If you use Aberdeen Angus bulls on Aberdeen Angus cows, there is most likely no need to assist them while calving (therefore no late nights)The Aberdeen Angus cows also calve easily without human help therefore you can use continental bulls on them, eg. Limousin and Charolais, the reason for this is that they have wide pelvic areas

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History of aberdeen angus breedThe Aberdeen-Angus breed was developed in the early part of the 19th century from the black cattle of North east Scotland. Hugh Watson can be considered the founder of the breed. He made sure to select the best black, polled animals for his herd.

The breed is famous for its superior carcass quality with a high ratio of lean meat to fat and bone.

Carcass quality

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