History of the Lowline
Lowline Angus Cattle are 100% pure Angus Cattle. Lowlines originated
as the result of several experiments conducted by the Trangie Research
Center in Australia with a goal of producing superior Angus cattle that
were very efficient, muscular, functional and attractive. With these
characteristics in mind, the first Angus seedstock were imported from
the Glencarnock Angus Herd in Manitoba, Canada. After only allowing
a handful of genetics to enter the herd, in 1956, the Trangie Angus herd
was closed to all outside genetics.
The smallest animals in the Trangie Angus herd became known as "Low
Lines," and they were permenantly seperated from the rest of the herd.
In the early 1990's, Australian Lowline Cattle were "officially" recognized
as a new beef breed. In 1996, the first Lowline Angus were imported into
the United States. Lowline Angus breeders see tremendous value in
raising small, exetremely feed efficient Lowline cattle. Lowlines are ideal
for small acreage beef production and they are able to rely solely on
forage, instead of expensive grain supplementation.
Although Lowline Angus are still considered rare in this country, Lowline cattle have nearly 80 years of government research and breeding behind them! Lowlines may appear to be, but are not, dwarfs. The cattle were specifically selected for these genetic traits. Lowlines are roughly 100 centimetres (three and a half feet) tall and weigh up to 600 kilograms (1300 lbs). They are black in colour and naturally polled. Lowlines are noted for their easy calving ability, with calves weighing 25 kg (55 lbs) and their docile nature.
Lowline cattle are growing in popularity throughout the United States, used as locker beef or as docile pets. They are suitable animals for children to halter train and show. They are not just another novelty breed. While they are naturally quiet-tempered, easy animals to raise, they are an extremely efficient range animal that produces a high quality meat product. Lowlines are an outstanding new breed for the small acre ranch. Lowlines have superior carcass traits with 30% larger ribeye area per hundred weight than any other breed and excellent marbling.
A few of advantages of lowlines for small acre ranch/farms are:
Lowline feed requirements are significantly lower than larger sized animals--at one third the nutritional requirements of larger cross-bred cattle, Lowlines will still wean 40% or more retail product per acre.
Excellent ease of calving
Lowlines are black hided and naturally polled.
Highly adaptable to a wide variety of climates from Canada to the deep South.
Perfectly suited to a premium niche market for beef with a smaller portion, thick-cut steak of excellent tenderness and marbling.
Excellent mothering ability and short gestation length (271 days).
Lowlines are attractive, well-proportioned, and easy to handle.
Lowlines have a lifespan of 12-25 years, are good foragers; hardy, easy keepers.
Lowlines are extremely rare and offer an excellent value for seedstock producers to meet the growing demand for breeding animals.
Extremely well-suited to intensive grazing situations.
Lowlines have been tested free of the dwarfism gene or the Anchondroplasia gene.
MisFit Farm offers a waiting list for heifers and bull calves. Only a limited number available per year. Prices offered upon request.