A ONE STOP SOURCE FOR THE BEST IN LOWLINE GENETICS
Simply put…Lowlines offer what any commercial producer is looking for – more profit.
Lowline cattle are easy calving cattle that are very feed efficient and maintain themselves on grass. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional ribeye area per hundred pounds of body weight which translates to very high yielding, high quality, high value beef carcasses.
Lowlines lower labor costs and provide many economic advantages. Commercial heifers bred to Fullblood Lowline bulls calve easily and breed back quickly, reducing the calving interval. Halfblood Lowline cows maintain themselves on about half the feed that is required by a full size crossbred cow and wean more pounds of calf per acre.
Lowline cross cattle are extremely well suited to grass-fed beef production as they are easy fleshing and will finish on a high roughage ration, producing high value carcasses with a minimum of input costs.
Where Did They Come From?
Lowline cattle are essentially Foundation Angus cattle. They are 100% Angus imported from champion Aberdeen Angus lines. They were imported from Canada, the US, England and Scotland during the 1920’s – 1960’s to Australia. The herd was then closed in 1964 after the last bulls were bought from leading studs in Australia. “Low Line” cattle were a result of a 19 year study to determine whether large or smaller cattle were more efficient converters of grass into beef. The complete dispersal of the herd occurred in 1993.
Many ranchers tout the benefits they receive from crossing with Lowline cattle. Walters Land and Cattle has been using Lowline genetics since 2009.
See their data here.
Fulllbood vs. Moderator
Fullblood Lowline cattle are 100% Lowline Angus cattle – dna verified to the original herd.
Moderator cattle are percentage Lowline cattle. They are Lowline crossed with any other breed. Moderators and their progeny can be registered through the American Lowline Registry.
Mature Fullblood Lowline bulls will generally fall into a range of 40-48 inches measured at the shoulder and weigh from 900-1500 pounds. Mature cows range from 38-46 inches and weigh between 700-1100 pounds. Certain individuals will fall outside of these parameters. Birth weights typically range from 48-65 lbs.
The American Lowline Registry recognizes Moderator and Moderator Plus Lowlines. See more info on their qualifications here.