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The Angus are medium framed, black or red cattle with short legs and a low-set torso. The torso is cylindrical and has a distinct rectangular shape. The breastbone protrudes quite clearly between the front legs. The head is small and short and this cattle breed is genetically polled.

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The Angus cattle have a high dressing percentage, fine fibrous and good marbled meat and the breed-typical yellow colour of the fat. This breed is early maturing, easy calving and has a good breeding performance. In addition, animals of this breed are robust when it comes to harsh weather conditions and very good natured, peaceful, undemanding and adaptable.

Statistics & Distribution

  • Austria: 12,200 animals
  • Breed proportion in Austria: 0.62%

Angus cattle are distributed worldwide. In addition to numerous European countries, they are also kept in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Ø Beef performance:

   Daily weight gain (g)
  200 days 365 days
M 1 057.2 1 040.3
F 967.2 892.0

Control farms (Herds): 84

Height (cm, Ø): 137

Weight (kg, Ø): 650

Animals in control farms: 3,339

Registered cows: 1,197

Origin: Scotland (GB)


Area of origin: The breed originated in the North East of Scotland in the shires of Aberdeen and Angus. Excavations show that polled cattle already existed back then.

End of the 18th century: Start of focused breeding

1862: Publication of the first herd book

1878: Export of the first animals to the U.S. and other countries

1950: Export of the first animals to Germany

1980s: First Angus breeders in Austria