Aberdeen Angus cattle were first imported to Canada in 1860. The breed was strengthened with further imports from Scotland and the cattle have been registered by the Canadian Angus Association since 1905. Since 1960, animals have been exported back to Scotland and around the world. All Angus animals registered in Canada are 100% purebred and all walking sires are DNA tested and sire verified to ensure the accuracy of our records.
Red and black Angus are both registered in one herd book, but the registration paper easily indicates the colour of each animal. The breed has experienced a significant growth in demand and size and is now the largest and fastest growing breed in Canada.
Angus animals offer numerous economic advantages in addition to their solid red or black colour. They are naturally polled, easy keeping and the females are natural mothers. Over 98.5% of all registered Angus calves are born unassisted, weaning weights usually exceed one half of the cow’s weight. It is not unusual for a cow to remain active and healthy for fourteen or more years.
Angus cattle are extremely fertile but the increased demand for Angus genetics in Canada has been because of the quality of the carcass. Cattlemen using Angus with superior marbling ability open the door for improved beef tenderness and increased consumer acceptance of beef.
Canadian Angus breeders have worked cooperatively with the American Angus Association to improve our Performance Program and provide more accurate genetic evaluations on both Red and Black Angus. All breeders are encouraged to weigh and measure cattle and submit performance data that will provide customers with accurate information to select suitable genetics for their breeding program.
Angus is Canada’s leading beef breed because Angus and Angus-cross cattle make sound economic sense, in the breeding pasture, the feedlot, at the packing plant, and on the table.