Lowline Angus - What are they and where did they come from?

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!