ABOUT AMERICAN ABERDEEN CATTLE
American Aberdeen cattle are easy calving, good-natured 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. (Source: American Aberdeen Association)
BREEDING PROGRAMS WITH ABERDEEN CATTLE
• Full Blood
100% American Aberdeen cattle—verified by DNA.
• Aberdeen Plus
(25%-87.5%)—Percentage cattle with the non-Aberdeen portion coming from registered American Angus or American Red Angus. Aberdeen Plus must be registered with the American Aberdeen Association.
Percentage cattle (50%-87.499%)—Both sire and dam of a Moderator® must be registered with the American Aberdeen Association.
• Moderator Plus
Percentage cattle (25% to 50%)—Aberdeen genetics on at least one side of the pedigree, and must be registered with the American Aberdeen Association. Either the sire or dam (or both) of a Moderator Plus® must be registered with the American Aberdeen Association.
FACTS ABOUT ABERDEEN CATTLE
• They are 100% Angus.
• They were imported from a herd in Australia which descended from old Aberdeen Scottish lines obtained from champion breeding stock from US, Canada, Scotland and England.
• They are highly feed efficient.
• They excel on grass and are excellent grass converters.
• They are eco-friendly due to their low need for grains and their lower stocking rates.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the average size?
Mature American Aberdeen bulls generally fall into a range of 45-48 inches measured at the hip and weigh from 1,300 to 1,600 pounds. Mature cows generally measure from 42-26 inches at the hip and weigh between 900 and 1,100 pounds. Topline Fullbloods generally fall into the larger end of the scale.
What impact can American Aberdeen cattle make in the commercial industry?
Given their feed requirements for a commercial operation there are less inputs, higher stocking rates and more rib eye area per 100 pounds of carcass weight.
American Aberdeen 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.