The Lowline Breed

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If you are a commercial producer, could you benefit from a 40% increase in retail yield per acre off of grass? Would a stable, value-added beef market be of interest? If so, read on, and check out these facts from the Australian research center.

  • Lowlines have superior carcass traits with 30% larger ribeye area per hundredweight than any other breed and excellent marbling.
  • 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.
  • Finish a tasty, well-marbled product on minimal grain.
  • Lowlines are 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 Lowline Breed Registry after DNA testing to assure purity.
  • Extremely well-suited to intensive grazing situations.
  • Lowlines have been tested free of the dwarfism gene or the Anchondroplasia gene.
  • They're practical, profitable, and fun!
» History
Australian Lowlines, sometimes known as Loalas in the United States, are essentially 'miniature' Angus cattle that resulted from a 30 year research project conducted by the New South Wales State Department of Agriculture at their Agricultural Research Centre located at Trangie, Australia.

The Trangie Stud's Angus herd was established to provide high quality Aberdeen-Angus cattle for New South Wales beef producers. The original registered Angus foundation stock were imported in 1929 from James D. McGregor's Glencarnock stud in Canada.

The lineage of Lowine cattle can be traced to 1889 when Walter F.C. Gordon-Cuming, brother of a leading Scottish breeder, imported 43 head to Canada to form the basis of the illustrious Angus herd of the Glencarnock Farm in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

The development of the herd was successfully guided by James D. McGregor who started in the cattle business in 1877. McGregor was attracted to the Angus for three main reasons: they were polled; they matured to market-finish quicker on grass; and they proved prolific on western Canadian ranges--all traits that are still true today.

Three decades later, Australian animal scientists began to develop the Lowline breed from registered Aberdeen Angus seedstock purchased from the Glencarnock Angus herd. The original Australian importation from the Glencarnock Canadian herd included two bulls, one cow and calf, and seventeen heifers.

The two bulls, "Glencarnock Revolution" and "Brave Edward Glencarnock," were from the famous "Blackcap Revolution" family.

All Lowlines Are Descended From 42 Animals

Approximately 12 bulls and 30 cows/heifers were acquired by Trangie during the 45 year period from 1929 to 1964. The herd then remained closed for the next 30 years. The Lowlin breed was derived from within this herd.

For a twenty-year period, from 1973 to 1993, the Lowline cattle were selected solely on the basis of their yearling weight (adjusted for the age of the dam).

On 30 October 1993, the New South Wales Department of Agriculture conducted a Complete Dispersal Sale. Some 22 bulls, 44 cows, 52 heifers and 29 Lowline calves were sold. These animals, together with a small number sold prior to the Dispersion, form the basis of the today's Lowline herd.

The following is an extract from the Trangie Complete Dispersal Sale Catalogue
(October 30, 1993):

Glencarnock Revolution
- 31939 -
Male (1) Black, born March 5th, 1923
Bred by James D. McGregor, Brandon, Manitoba
SIRE: Blackcap Revolution - 27530

DAM: Pride Perfection 8th - 27527 - by Earl Marshall - 18154
2nd DAM: Pride McHenry 124th - 27528 - by Protine - 7122
3rd DAM: Pride of Elchies 3rd - 5974 - (31988) by Elidor (11625)
4th DAM: Pride of Corrour (23005) by Jolly Fellow of Ballindalloch (9285)
5th DAM: Pride of the Greens (20573) by Vesuvius (7257)
6th DAM: Pride of Morinish (11220) by Justice (1462)
7th DAM: Pride of Tervie (7060) by Young viscount (736)
8th DAM: Pride of Strathspey (4182) by Elcho (595)
9th DAM: Pride of Mulben (1919) by Jim Crow 4th (352)
10th DAM: Pride of Aberdeen 5th (1174) by Bright (454)
11th DAM: Pride of Aberdeen (581) by Hanton (228)
12th DAM: Charlotte (203) by Angus (45)
13th DAM: Lola Montes (208) by Monarch (44)
14th DAM: Queen Mother (348) by Panmure (51)
15th DAM: Queen Ardovie (29) by Captain (97)
16th DAM:  Black Meg (766)

For additional detail about the scientific research
beginning in 1929 that developed the remarkable
Lowline Breed, read about the Trangie Timeline.

» Facts
How long have you waited to finally get in on the ground floor?

Now you can take advantage of this opportunity to join a handful of leading breeders to supply high quality, hand selected Lowline genetics in North America. Spur Cattle Company is offering semen, embryos, and selected breeding animals.

Lowline cattle are not just another novelty breed. While they are naturally quiet-tempered, easy animals to raise, they have a lot more to offer than typical fad-type breeds.

Fundamentally, they are an extremely efficient range animal that produces a high quality meat product with immediate access to the existing beef infrastructure. In addition to the value-added beef products market, they represent a ground-floor opportunity to supply the initial breeder (seedstock) market. Eventually, a sizeable Lowline cow herd in America will produce market animals for a rapidly growing demand by consumers for exclusive, smaller cuts of highly marbled, lean beef.

Commercial producer?
Could you benefit from a 40% increase in retail product per acre?

Lowline cattle showed a 40% increase in retail product yield per acre off of grass...

This was primarily due to higher stocking rate and a significantly higher percent retail product yield. This higher than normal retail yield has been documented repeatedly by ultra sound measurements in the US and Australia that consistently show a 30% larger rib--- eye area per hundred weight. This has translated into a boneless retail product yield of 20 to 30% more retail product per hundred weight of carcass in preliminary totally boned out product testing here in the US.

Ave # of breeding cows per 100 acres*
Pounds of average carcass per head wt. at 15 months off grass
Pounds of carcass weight per acre
Retail carcass yield % saleable weight
Pounds of retail product per acre
Murray Grey

*90% calving rate.
Trangie Research Center data. Regions will vary but similar averages should apply.



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