Calving ease and vigorous, live calves Even in Canada's sometimes harsh calving season, the Angus cow consistently delivers a calf that hits the ground running, with little assistance required. The Angus mothering instinct is very strong, as is the calf's instinct to get up and suck within the first few moments after birth.
Superb mothers with superior milking ability The Angus cow is renowned for her maternal traits, calving ease and ability to milk producing a calf each year that more than exceeds half her body weight. An Angus mother puts her all into her calf, producing an abundance of milk right up to weaning.
Early maturity, fertility and stayability The Angus cow does her job well, whether it's her first or her fourteenth calf. Stayability (a cow's continuing ability to bear calves) is more than just a word with Angus - it's not unusual for 12- and 13-year-old Angus cows to be productive.
Naturally polled No dehorning is required with Angus cattle as they carry a highly heritable, natural polled gene.
Horns can cause bruising and tearing and good animal care is another reason to choose Angus.
No cancer eye or sunburned udders The dark skin and udders of red and black Angus cattle mean that sunburned udders are rarely a problem. Similarly, cancer eye is not prevalent in Angus cattle.
Adaptable to all weather conditions With winters that can reach -30 degrees Celsius and summers that can reach +30 degrees Celsius, Canada's climate can be harsh. Yet Angus thrive under all conditions with a minimum of maintenance and in all regions of Canada.
Superior feed conversion A recent study of crossbred cow types demonstrated that Angus-cross were among the most efficient, providing higher net returns on investment.
Natural marbling for tasty, tender beef The market is calling for carcasses with more marbling in order to satisfy consumer demand. The inheritability of marbling is moderately high. The correlation between marbling and tenderness is also moderately high so when cattle producers select for marbling, tenderness improves. Using Angus cattle with their superior marbling ability opens the door to improved beef tenderness and increased consumer acceptance of beef.
Preferred carcass size and quality Research demonstrates that Angus sires can be selected to produce progeny that have an increased ability to grade AAA without compromising feed efficiency or animal growth - and without increasing yield grade at the expense of carcass quality.