At St.Fillan, we farm both stud and commercial pure breed Red Angus (RA).
Solid Red, pigmented and polled, Red Angus cattle are renowned worldwide for their efficiency in beef production and docile disposition. The Red Angus breed originated in Europe and was introduced to England and Scotland by the Vikings/Norsemen raiding the coasts of England and Scotland back in the days when such was common …
Red Angus cattle have all the attributes of (Black) Angus cattle with the distinct advantages of being homozygous for the red colour and when crossed with red always breed red. Red is the most numerous colour of all cattle breeds worldwide. Commercial breeders of other Red breeds can maintain consistency of colour in their crossbreeding programme by using Red Angus. As genetically homozygous red, Red Angus when crossed with other red breeds will produce red-coated calves. This has an advantage when selling through saleyards of evenness in the line of sale cattle.
Red Angus cattle also excel for temperament, maternal qualities and carcase characteristics. RA and their crosses are keenly sought after commercial producers as a cornerstone for their production system.
Red Angus has the ability to adapt to a vast range of the climatic conditions to be encountered across Australia. The red coat colour reflects the sunlight better than darker breeds and makes the RA cattle a better option for hot environments, a massive advantage on the Australian continent where the lighter red colour assists in handling heat conditions better than black and or darker coated cattle. Red Angus cattle also have advantages over Angus in buffalo fly areas where the buffalo fly is attracted more to black hided cattle.
Red Angus cattle have the inherent ability to range for feed and water in our diverse Australian climates. These red-coated Angus cattle are well designed to cope with drought and heat stress. RA cattle do not suffer from eye cancer and Bos indicus crosses are tick resistant. RA crosses are capable of fast turnoff on native and improved pastures and are highly suited to lot feeding.
Red Angus females reach puberty at a young age, are highly fertile and are renowned for their longevity in the herd. The RA females will calve at less than 2 years of age. The clear bonus performance from early sexual maturity combines well when crossed with later maturing cattle. Their longevity as a breeder unit is of significant economic importance and can be considered as “money in the bank” and an outperformance against other breed markers.
The RA females have excellent milk production and a strong maternal instinct. Combined with easy calving attributes, it’s easy to see why RA females are keenly sought after.
Red Angus cattle are considered by breeders to be gentle natured and easy cattle to work. Worldwide reports support the docile nature of the RA breed.
Australian research conducted by CSIRO Livestock Industries (CLI) and the Co-operative Research Centre for Beef and Cattle Quality (Beef CRC) at Rockhampton have found a positive relationship between ‘good’ cattle temperament, improved productivity levels and overall meat quality whereas cattle with poorer temperaments have comparatively lower average daily weight gains and reduced carcase weights.
“Poor temperament lowers cattle profitability through increased production costs – for example, mustering, maintaining cattle handling facilities and the increased risk of injury to the cattle and their handlers,” We have found from our own experiences at St.Fillan Farm that the RA is a much easier, calmer and more satisfactory breed to work with than the traditional Black Angus.
High quality beef production is synonymous with the Angus breed worldwide, and whether on pasture or in a feedlot, Red Angus beef is highly desired for meat quality. RA’s like all Angus, lay down intra muscular marbling, which is the desirable trait in the quality of the meat.
Red Angus have the great ability to be targeted at a range of market specifications. From the light domestic production through to heavy export specifications Red Angus can be incorporated into your programme to suit your environmental constraints. Many international orders from China and Asia have been discussed with us for RA export cattle, a market at the base of the curve with expectations to consistently expand and grow as the Asian consumer market steadily increases.