The American Aberdeen, formerly known as Australian Lowline cattle, came from a cattle research project conducted by the New South Wales Department of Agriculture located in Trangie, Australia. The 30-year project began in the early 1970’s with the ultimate goal of producing more beef per acre.
In October 1993, the New South Wales Department of Agriculture had a disposal sale. That sale formed the basis of today’s American Aberdeen herd. The Australian Lowline was then introduced into the United States in 1997.
- The average half-blood calf weighs approximately 59 pounds.
- The average three-quarter blood calf weighs approximately 52 pounds.
- The average full-blood calf weighs approximately 42 pounds.
- The average mature cow is 39 inches tall and weighs 800 pounds.
- The average mature bull is 43 inches tall and weighs 1200 pounds.
American Aberdeen cattle 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. American Aberdeens are also an outstanding new breed for the small acre ranch.
- American Aberdeen have superior carcass traits with 30% larger ribeye area per hundredweight than any other breed, and excellent marbling.
- American Aberdeen feed requirements are significantly lower than larger sized animals--at one third the nutritional requirements of larger cross-bred cattle, they will still wean 40% or more retail product per acre.
- Excellent ease of calving
- American Aberdeens are black or red 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).
- Attractive, well-proportioned, and easy to handle.
- Lifespan of 12-25 years, are good foragers; hardy, easy keepers.
- Finish a tasty, well-marbled product on minimal grain.
- Extremely rare and offer an excellent value for seedstock producers to meet the growing demand for breeding animals. Purebred cattle can be registered through the American Aberdeen Breed Registry after DNA testing to assure purity.
- Extremely well-suited to intensive grazing situations.
- Tested free of the dwarfism gene or the Anchondroplasia gene.