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Aberdeen Angus

Updated: May 11, 2020

The Aberdeen Angus is predominately black but red does occur. They are without horns, polled.

The Aberdeen Angus originated in north-east Scotland in the early 19th century and descends from the two local breeds of black cattle known as Hummlies and Doddies. Hugh Watson of Keillor in Angus is considered to be the originator of the breed. He bought quality stock from near and far then used only the finest polled black animals for his breeding stock. In 1842 'Old Jock', Watson's favourite bull, was born. Another star of the herd , a cow called 'Old Granny', was born in 1824 and is said to have lived for 35 years and given birth to 29 calves. Most of today's Aberdeen Angus can be traced back to these two animals.

The breed has a reputation for quality beef, established with the help of William McCombie. McCombie founded a herd based on Keillor stock and produced outstanding cattle which he showed in England and France. Development and improvement have continued into the 20th century.

Native to

The British Isles

Now found

On most continents

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