ANGUS BREED HISTORY

When George Grant transported four Angus bulls from Scotland to the
middle of the Kansas Prairie in 1873, they were part of the Scotsman's
dream to found a colony of wealthy, stock-raising Britishers. Grant died
five years later, and many of the settlers at his Victoria, Kansas, colony
later returned to their homeland. However, these four Angus bulls,
probably from the herd of George Brown of Westertown, Fochabers,
Scotland, made a lasting impression on the U.S. cattle industry.

When two of the George Grant bulls were exhibited in the fall of 1873 at
the Kansas City (Missouri) Livestock Exposition, some considered them
"freaks" because of their polled (naturally hornless) heads and solid
black color (Shorthorns were then the dominant breed.) Grant, a forward
thinker, crossed the bulls with native Texas longhorn cows, producing a
large number of hornless black calves that survived well on the winter
range. The Angus crosses wintered better and weighed more the next
spring, the first demonstration of the breed's value in their new homeland.


The first great herds of Angus beef cattle in America were built up by
purchasing stock directly from Scotland. Twelve hundred cattle alone
were imported, mostly to the Midwest, in a period of explosive growth
between 1878 and 1883. Over the next quarter of a century these early
owners, in turn, helped start other herds by breeding, showing, and
selling their registered stock
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