CROSSBREEDING WITH RED ANGUS
Red Angus has been proven worldwide to fit into many successful crossbreeding and composite breeding programmes. Red Angus has contributed moderate birth, poll genes, solid homozygous colour and carcase quality into these planned breeding systems.
When crossbreeding plan to maintain high levels of heterosis in your system and utilise breeds that complement each other.
Red Angus compliment many other breeds such as the Hereford to produce a highly desirable Red Baldy female. Similarly Red Angus and Gelbvieh have proven to be a popular cross in many countries and are in high demand.
Red Angus cattle have the inherent ability to range for feed and water in our diverse Australian climates. These red-coated Angus cattle are well designed to cope with drought and heat stress. Angus cattle do not suffer from eye cancer and Bos indicus crosses are tick resistant. Red Angus crosses are capable of fast turnoff on native and improved pastures and are highly suited to lotfeeding.
FERTILITY AND CALVING EASE
Red Angus cattle have an undisputed reputation for maternal qualities. They are highly fertile, milk well and will calve less than 2 years of age. This bonus performance from early sexual maturity blends well when crossed with latter maturing cattle. Their longevity as a breeder unit is of significant economic importance.
Angus bulls have a documented reputation for a large scrotal size (per kilo liveweight) and subsequently greater semen production. CSIRO at Townsville have established a link between large scrotal size in bulls being positively related to fertility of sisters and daughters.
A major advantage of Red Angus calves is their low birth weights. Angus are reputed to have fewer calving problems and therefore shorter intervals between calving. For the cattle breeder, this means more live calves on the ground – essential to profits.
One example of the benefits of a Red Angus infusion is that of a commercial cattleman in Central Australia who first bought 20 Red Angus bulls in 1993. Since purchasing Red Angus bulls his calving percentage has increased by 30% (600 more calves per year), the temperament of the herd has improved significantly, saving two weeks on his annual muster and the presence of the polled gene introduced by the Red Angus has saved on dehorning which, in turn, has reduced carcase damage.
SUPERIOR MEAT QUALITY AND CARCASE YIELD EXCELLENCE
Angus cattle are the preferred breed for the high quality beef market. They are renowned for producing quality beef as measured in the AUSMEAT chiller assessment scheme and their ability to quickly produce this quality beef to meet yield specifications is rewarded in the price premiums paid in the quality conscious markets.
In commercially orientated steer trials, Angus cross has proven conclusively that importance of meat quality and cost of production.
Angus cross calves will in the main be polled and the trend to polled cattle assure carcase damage is minimised.
Are your cattle flexible enough to meet changing future market demands? Combine the strengths of Red Angus with other cattle to provide flexibility in meeting varying market specifications.
- Uniform red colour adds to the ease of marketing.
- Beef quality and yield specification gives you added market flexibility with:
- export by improved quality beef
- feeder as lotfed desired types
- local trade with quick turnoff
- crossbred females important for maternal performance
RED ANGUS X BRAHMAN
The Red Angus influence can improve carcase quality whilst still maintaining the adaptive quality of the Brahman. Poll calves and docile temperament are real advantages of the Red Angus in this environment.
RED ANGUS X SANTA GERTRUDIS
What a fantastic cross. Add some finsihing traits and earlier maturity along with the poll gene. The Red Angus influence retains the consistent red marketing advantage. A great cross where the environment requires some Bos Indicus traits.
RED ANGUS X HEREFORDS
The Red Angus influence retains the consistent red marketing advantage and offers increased pigmentation and poll genes across Herefords. A great cross where straight British breeds are preferred.
RED ANGUS X SHORTHORNS
Pick the difference, two highly regarded maternal breeds with renowned carcase quality, Red Angus offers increased heterosis to a shorthorn breeding program.
RED ANGUS X LIMOUSIN
The Red Angus contributes early maturity and finishing advantages to Limousin genetics. Poll solid coloured with excellent growth these breeds complement each other beautifully.
RED ANGUS X SIMMENTALS
A very popular cross here in Australia. The Red Angus contributes early maturity and finishing advantages to the growth advantages of the Simmental genetics. Also offering poll genes and solid coat colour these breeds complement each other beautifully
RED ANGUS X GELBVIEH
Red Angus genetics just work with all the European breeds. Across a range of environments.