black angus cow

Black Angus Cow

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Description

The Black Angus is a large polled (hornless) breed of beef cattle with a solid black color and a short, compact body.

Size

The Angus is relatively short in stature compared to other cattle breeds. Average market weight is 1,000-1,300 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

The diet of beef cattle consists of grain and hay. Although they are heavier than dairy cattle, they are actually fed less because they do not have the high-energy needs of a milk-producing cow.

Reproduction

Calving typically occurs in the spring. After a 9 month gestation, a cow gives birth to one calf. Twins are rare and undesirable because they are small and weak. Calves are generally kept with the mother until weaning age, which is 4-5 months.

Shelter and Space Needs

Cattle have a reasonably high tolerance for cold weather, although they do need to be provided with shelter from extreme weather. Cosley Zoo's cows have stalls in the barn where they spend the night and an outdoor yard which they share during the day.

Life Expectancy

Because they are domestic animals which are raised for human use, the life expectancy of cattle is uncertain.

Importance to Man

Black Angus beef cattle are popular with ranchers due to their ease of keep and large amount of meat produced. Numerous byproducts can also be made from the bone, hooves, hide, hair, and fatty acids. These byproducts include gelatin, film, baseball gloves, shampoo, cosmetics, and crayons.

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