Lowlines originated as the result of several experiments conducted by the Trangie Research Center in Australia. Way back in 1924, the Trangie researchers began with a goal of producing superior Angus cattle that were very efficient, muscular, functional and attractive. With these characteristics in mind, the first Angus seed stock were imported from the Glencarnock Angus Herd in Manitoba, Canada. In 1956, the Trangie Angus herd was permanently closed to all outside genetics.
 
Then in 1974, the Trangie Angus herd was divided up into 3 groups. The smallest animals in the Trangie Angus herd became known as "Low Lines", and they were permanently separated from the rest of the herd. Then in the early 1990's, Australian Lowline Cattle were "officially" recognized as a new beef breed. In 1996, the first Lowline Angus Cattle were imported into the United States.
 
At first, a few of the original importers referred to Lowline Angus Cattle as "Loala" cattle, but in 2001, the American Lowline breeders voted to register their Lowline Cattle as "American Lowline Cattle". Although Lowlines are fairly new in this country-- Lowline cattle have nearly 80 years of government research and breeding behind them!

Lowline 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. Lowlines are also an outstanding new breed for the small acre ranch. Consider some important 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 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).
  • 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 offer excellent value for seedstock producers to meet the growing demand for breeding animals. 
  • Extremely well-suited to intensive grazing situations.
  • Lowlines have been tested free of the dwarfism gene or the Anchondroplasia gene.

 

Source: NEAA - 9/17/2014