Early Angus History and Angus Cattle
Angus cattle are currently the top beef breed of cattle in the United States so it
is no wonder there is a great deal of interest in early Angus History.
Cattlemen confidently invest in raising Angus cattle for sale knowing they’ll have a
market-ready product and a significant return on their investment within roughly two years. One such cattle ranch
is the No Name Cattle Co in Texas. They are committed to raising high quality Angus cattle for sale, so be sure to
stop in for a visit.
Early Angus History tells us from the very start that Angus cattle are hornless, hardy,
strong, and adaptable, making them an ideal cattle breed for cattlemen across the country. Ranchers in Scotland
during the 1800s must have thought so too. The counties of Aberdeen, Kincardine, Banff, and Angus are located in
the northeastern area of Scotland. The county of Angus was especially known for their quality production of animal
feed, grain crops, and potatoes. Within Angus County was a shire called Strathmore. This area was known as one of
the finest valleys in northeast Scotland and has been credited in the historical origins of the Aberdeen-Angus
breed of cattle. Cattlemen in the United States simply call this impressive breed Angus.
The gentleman credited as the founder of Angus
cattle is Hugh Watson of Keillor. He resided in Strathmore in the county of Angus and was the proud descendant
of a father and grandfather who bought and bred Aberdeen-Angus during the 1700s and 1800s. When Hugh Watson
came of age 19 in the year 1808, he became a resident at Keillor. At that time, he began a cattle buying and
breeding business for himself. His father graciously gave him six of his top quality and blackest cows, along
with one bull. Hugh Watson had an eye for what type of cattle would help him achieve the characteristics of
the Angus breed he hoped to achieve, so he purchased 10 more heifers and another bull from Scottish cattle
markets. Heifers during this time period were characteristically mottled in color, but the bulls Watson had
were solid black. He decided that black was the color he wanted in his herd and began breeding
Although Hugh Watson owned several Black Angus cattle, most of the Angus cattle for
sale today can be traced back to a bull and a cow on Watson’s ranch. The bull’s name was Old Jock (126) and the
cow’s name was Old Granny (125). It is recorded that Old Granny lived 35 good years before she was struck by
lightning and died. However, between Old Jock and Old Granny, 29 calves were produced!
Hugh Watson is credited as a leader in cattle breeding in his day. He was unusual in
that he showed his cattle more than other cattlemen and breeders of his day who raised Angus cattle for sale.
During his lifetime, he won over 500 prizes for his Angus cattle and increased awareness and appreciation for black
Angus cattle as far as the British Isles.
Other contributors to the Angus breed include men by the names of Lord Panmure, William
Fullerton, and Robert Walker. These men also raised and bred Angus cattle during the 1800s. Mr. William McCombie of
Tillyfour (Scotland) is credited in historical writings with the furtherance of the Aberdeen-Angus breed of
So how did Angus cattle come to reside in the United States? A man by the name of
George Grant brought four Scottish bulls to Victoria, Kansas in 1873. At that time, cows and bulls were bred to
have horns, so these hornless cattle were considered freakish and not worth much. However, once ranchers and
cattlemen began to recognize the quality of these animals, they sought Scottish born and bred Angus cattle in order
to produce a more pure breed of Angus in the United States. George Grant died a short five years following his
arrival in Kansas, but the four Angus bulls he had brought from Scotland had a long-reaching affect on the cattle
business in the United States. During the years between 1878 and 1883, American cattle ranches bought Angus stock
from Scotland directly. The Midwest saw an influx of nearly 1200 cattle from Scotland, which created a lucrative
business of offering Angus cattle for sale for many cattlemen.
Ranchers and cattlemen throughout the United States now proudly purchase and breed
Angus cattle for sale. Angus has proven to be a sturdy and impressive cattle breed, weathering all sorts of weather
from the hot summer months to extreme winter temperatures. The No Name Cattle Co, located near Bells, Texas, offers
Angus cattle for breeding and showing purposes and looks forward to helping you choose the best bull or heifer for
Visit No Name Cattle Co for more on Angus History and Angus Cattle For Sale.