By Keaton Dodd
Brahman and Angus are certainly two of the most recognizable breeds of cattle on a global level.
In the southern part of the United States it has become common practice to implement a crossbreeding program using Brahman and Angus. As a matter of fact, these F1’s have proven to be extremely popular, valuable, and honestly some of our very favorite commercial cows here at BRC.
This blog will discuss some strengths and weaknesses of both breeds to help producers see where they each may best fit within their respective operation. With that, we think the best of these breeds comes when they are combined together in a crossbreeding system.
- Heat Tolerant– Brahman has become the global choice for adaptability to tropical and subtropical environments
- Longevity- Brahman cattle have a longer and more productive lifespan than most breeds in the business
- Insect and parasite resistance
- Increasing percentage of polled cattle
- Mothering Ability
- Marketability of the Brahman F1
- Great junior program
- Highest hybrid vigor of any breed
- Not as cold climate adaptable, although they do have more success in the crossbred form
- No breed association sponsored beef program, but BRC has developed their Brahman Country Beef Program and it has seen tremendous popularity
- Availability- The most numerous breed for registrations in the United States and there are reputable breeds all across the country
- Adaptable- Especially in cooler climates, Angus cattle have been known to thrive
- Naturally polled
- Carcass Quality
- Calving ease- commonly lower birth weight cattle
- Good Mother and vigorous calves
- Premiums for black hided calves in today’s market
- CAB branded beef program available for producers using Angus genetics
- Another great junior program
- Less heat and humidity adapted
For any ranchers interested in crossbreeding and want to implement Brahman and Angus into their program, we encourage you to visit the American Brahman Breeders Association and American Angus Association website to learn more.
If you are in the market for a low BW brahman bull to cover Angus cows, or are looking to add some Brahman replacements to your herd for crossbreeding we would love to visit with you about what BRC can do to help your program.
If you are also in the market for Angus genetics to complete your F1 crossbreeding system, we would be more than happy to make suggestions on some Angus producers who have outstanding cattle.