Australian Lowline Cattle of America
About Australian Lowline Cattle
HISTORY - Modern Lowline cattle originated from a herd of registered Champion Angus, purchased in 1929 by the Trangie Research Centre in New South Wales, Australia, where they were carefully selected and bred for high quality and small size. The end result was a breed of small, black, polled cattle with pure Angus genetics. Fullblood cows weigh from 700 to 1100 pounds and stand from 38 to 46 inches at the shoulder. Fullblood bulls weigh from 900 to 1500 pounds and stand from 40 to 48 inches. Similar to Angus, Lowlines come in red and black. They are naturally polled and docile animals.
FEED EFFICIENCY - Lowline cattle are very feed efficient. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional ribeye area per hundred pounds of body weight, which translates to very high yielding, high quality, high value beef carcasses. Crossbred Lowline cows maintain themselves on about half the feed that is required by a full size cow and wean more pounds of calf per acre. Lowline cross cows will wean calves at almost 52% of their body weight as compared to the commercial cowherd who will wean at 46% of their body weight. Lowline cross cows will wean 32.4 pounds per acre compared to the commercial herd at 23.6 pounds per acre, an increase of 37% more calf weight per acre using Lowline crosses.
GRASS FED BEEF - Lowlines and Lowline crossbred cattle are extremely well suited to grass-fed beef production. They gain weight easily and will finish on a high roughage ration, producing high value carcasses with a minimum of input costs. Lowline cross steers will finish at 1,150 to 1,275 pounds on a high roughage diet. These animals require shorter time in the feedlot and will yield excellent carcasses with high ribeye area per hundred weight. Lowline and Lowline cross beef is noticeably fine textured and very tender.
REDUCED COSTS - Lowlines lower labor and veterinary costs and provide many economic advantages. Their small size makes them easy to handle and minimizes equipment requirements. Their docile disposition means it takes fewer people to work the cattle and calves can be easily and safely handled in the field.
EASE OF CALVING - Lowline and Lowline cross cows have smaller, highly vigorous calves, requiring less assistance and resulting in lower cow and calf mortality. Commercial heifers bred to fullblood Lowline bulls have 98% unassisted births with an average birthweight of 68.2 pounds. Fullblood calves average 40-50 pounds. Lowline cross calves average 60-70 pounds. Commercial heifers bred to fullblood Lowline bulls calve easily and breed back quickly, reducing the calving interval.