ABERDEEN-ANGUS HISTORY

Aberdeen angus-breed comes from Scotland, where polled cattle is known for at least for thousand years. Aberdeen and Angus counties produced similar polled, black cattle which were combined as Aberdeen Angus-breed in the beginning of the 1800.

Aberdeen angus breed has been respected because of its meat quality and marbling abilities since very beginning. Angus cows are known for their longevity, fertility, and milking and mothering ability. Inheritance is low in many of the traits, but angus has these traits in the breed. Angus came to Europe and South-America with immigrants. The first angus animals were taken to North-America in 1860s. The breed have been bred to adapt to climates from Alaska to Australia.

The breeders in USA and Canada have had a goal to breed angus with a larger frame, longer body, which grows fast.

ANGUS IN FINLAND

The first Aberdeen Angus animals came to Finland in 1951 when N.G.Borgström bought some animals from Sweden. Angus-breeding was started in the beginning of 1960s when J.W.Walden bought some cattle from Wye Planton-Farm from USA. Wye Planton farm is still a big breeding farm.

Many finnish angus cattle farms have a genetic heritage to Wye-cattle, which ensures the high quality of the angus breed in Finland. Later angus-cattle has been brought from Sweden, Denmark, USA and Canada. Aberdeen angus breed has a strong basis in finnish beef cattle breeding. Angus has adapted very well to Finnish climate and is currently the second largest beef breed in Finland.