ABOVE: Earl Marshall, father of
nine championship winners at the Chicago International Shows and the ancestor of all Australian Lowline cattle alive today.
BELOW: The Hon J.D.McGregor
who supplied the foundation stock for Trangie, including two outstanding grandsons of Earl Marshall.
|Australian Lowline Angus are descended from the very best Angus stock.
In 1877, the Hon.J.D.McGregor founded the Glencarnock stock farms in Manitoba and stocked them with pedigree Aberdeen Angus imported from Scotland. Glencarnock went on to become the largest, single, intensive farming operation in Western Canada. The Glencarnock herd was legendary. It provided the foundation stock for many of the top Aberdeen Angus herds established on the Prairies of both Canada and the US.
Top bull in North America in those days was Earl Marshall, one of the most magnificent Aberdeen Angus that ever lived. He sired nine championship winners at the Chicago International Shows, then the biggest cattle shows in the world.
One of these champion sons was Blackcap Revolution, described at the time as the best Aberdeen Angus bull in the world. Two of his sons, Brave Edward Glencarnock and Glencarnock Revolution were the foundation sires at Trangie Research Centre in Australia. A cow and calf and 17 heifers made up the balance of the Glencarnock shipment.
McGregor's influence on Canadian farming was tremendous. He was instrumental in removing Manitoba's early concentration on wheat and helped to make the new country a land of varied agriculture.But his greatest love was always cattle. He was so respected by North American cattlemen that they hung his portrait in the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Chicago, the greatest honor that a cattleman can receive.
In 1929,the same year that some of his top cattle went to Trangie, McGregor became lieutenant-governor of Manitoba and much of the information on this page (including McGregor's picture) has been provided by the Manitoba Hall of Fame.