SASKATCHEWAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION
The History of Canadian Angus
The first Aberdeen-Angus cattle were imported from Scotland to Canada in the 1860's and 1870's with the first recognized birth of a calf recorded in North America in 1877 at the Ontario Experimental Farm in Guelph Ontario. The Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association was formed in 1905, incorporated in 1906 and has played a vital role in Canada's beef industry ever since.
The Canadian Association registers both black and red Angus and all animals registered in the Canadian Angus Association herdbook are 100% purebred. The first herdbook specifically
excluded males red in color, but red females were permitted. In 1921 the bylaws were amended to exclude all red animals. Red animals kept occurring in herds and several breeders sought to have them included in the herd book established in1954 by the Red Angus Association of America. In 1968 the Canadian Angus herd books were opened again to Red Angus Cattle, and Red Angus now account for almost half of the calves registered each year with the Canadian Angus Association.
The red factor that results in Red Angus is a recessive gene from the early development of Black Angus in Scotland. Both colours offer the same traits, but Canadian registration papers easily indicate the colour of the animal. Angus can be found throughout Canada, meaning access to cattle is excellent. Strong commercial demand ensures the basic traits of mothering, muscling and marbling are kept in the forefront. Along with the polled factor, natural to Angus, these traits have often been imitated but never duplicated by other breeds.
Canadian Angus has seen dramatic growth in the past few years, and international interest in our genetics continues to grow. Canadian Angus have been exported with great success to all five continents and are generally regarded to be of superior quality in global genetic circles.
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