The Brangus cattle are a hybrid of the Angus and Brahman cattle. A registered breed ideally is 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus though there have been variations.
|Physical Characteristics||Loose skin with neck folds and a rump on the back|
|Temperament/Personality||Calm and docile|
|Coat Color||Black or red|
|Weight||Male: 816-907 kg Female: 498-544 kg|
|Diet||Forbs like clover, milkweed, and sunflower; leaves of certain shrubbery, and mesquite beans|
|Lactation Period||305 days|
|Gestation Period||279 to 287 days|
|Climate Tolerance||Tolerant to heat and drought|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
History and Development
The first recorded instance of the Brangus cattle comes from 1912 at the USDA Experiment Station at Jeanerette, Louisiana, with the desire for a more heat-resistant cattle breed. Eventually, other breeders and ranchers like the Clear Creek Ranch of Welch, Oklahoma, the Essar Ranch of San Antonio, Texas, and a few independents in the US and Canada began to breed Brangus cattle.
On July 29, 1949, breeders from 16 US states as well as Canada met to form the American Brangus Breeders Association, later renamed the International Brangus Breeders Association. Currently, each US state has representation, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Australia, and South Rhodesia.
While the cattle produce milk, it is usually just for their calves and not enough for mass consumption.
The beef of these cattle is very lean with no excess fat and is tender and marbled.
- A breed similar to the Brangus was developed independently in Australia in 1950 called the Australian Brangus.