Grandfather says his Angus cattle herd produced five steer calves which measured up to those produced by modern breeding methods from some of the biggest herds in the US, in the American Angus Association’s national carcass quality contest in 1991. The calves were fed in a feedlot, slaughtered and evaluated by USDA graders, pursuant to the award.
Grandfather followed the 150-year-old methods of the breeders in Scotland, where the Angus breed originated. This method depends on cow family phenogtypic traits, rather than breeding decisions based on evaluating a bull’s genotype.
For example, the bull Euloband of Argobrite, who sired the winning calves, was descended on the maternal side of his pedigree from Erica 843, a cow owned by Sir George Macpherson-Grant of Ballindaloch Castle in 1861. Erica’s greatness resided in her own individual ability to produce great calves of both sexes.
In the Scottish system, all descendants of that cow have names beginning with an “E.”
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