A new beef breed is now available in Northern Ireland
Jim Morrison (Inch Genetics) has established a herd of Lowline Angus at The Old Town, Ballydugan, Downpatrick.
Lowline cattle meet the growing requirement for the production of beef from low cost grass based systems using a smaller efficient animal.
The Lowline Angus was developed in Australia by careful selection from the original traditional Angus. The breed has now been introduced to USA, Canada, UK and Ireland. Careful selection has produced smaller cattle retaining all the virtues of the original Aberdeen Angus of the early 20th Century. They finish at grass ensuring their future sustainability, and makes them particularly suitable for smallholders, yet still meeting the demands of the commercial beef farmer.
The first purchase was Wessex Apollo (pictured) from Dorset. To date he has been bred with Angus and Holstein heifers. The first calves are very pleasing and can be inspected on the farm. The pick of the bull calves from Pedigree Angus cows will make useful breeding bulls.
Apollo has some semen collected which can be purchased and will be ideal for farmers requiring easy calving. The resultant smaller black calf will make an ideal suckler cow or a quality grass finished steer.
Apollo has now returned to the farm at The Old Town to be used on maiden Holstein heifers and Purebred Angus cows.
If you wish to see the cattle or get some semen please contact Jim Morrison (07903337577) or James Cleland (07714250571).