LIFESTYLE AND SMALL ACREAGE farmers. Australian Lowline cattle. Small, docile and beefy.
What would you prefer for your lifestyle block?
Small docile cattle that are easy on your pasture and fences?
Or the best beef return?
Australian Lowlines will provide both benefits
for lifestyle block and small acreage farmers and are probably the only breed that can. Lowlines are the small Angus cattle, around 30% smaller than a standard Aberdeen Angus, which were developed through the NSW Department of Agriculture line breeding research
into improving the breed. They are extremely suitable for lifestyle block or small acreage farming.
First up, they're small and easily handled. Mature Australian Lowline bulls measure about 110 cm at the hip and Lowline cows about 100cm. The cows are very long-lived, producing calves for 12 to 20 years and the bulls are renowned for their fertility. Australian Lowline steers are usually killed between 16 and 20 months, at which time they weigh between 350 and 450kg. A mature bull weights about 750kg.
Despite their small size, Australian Lowlines are an exceptional beef breed. They're efficient protein converters, producing up to 40% more dressed out beef
to the hectare than other breeds.
So how does the beef compare?
Well, Australian Lowline beef is equal to the very best Angus beef, plus 30% more rib-eye than any other breed, and smaller, well-marbled, family-sized portions. Because the animals are smaller, the beef is more finely grained and exceptionally tender. There is even a health benefit, a higher mono-unsaturated/saturated fat ratio (good in itself) which includes CLA, omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, shown to have positive benefits in heart disease, diabetes and asthma. And because Australian Lowline carcasses are smaller, they fit more easily into your freezer, so you don't need to give so much away to your mother.
If you're both working, the lower management requirements of Australian Lowlines will be a big plus on your lifestyle block. Lowlines are a docile breed with shorter gestation periods, lower birth weights and a high 200 and 400 day growth rate. (Gestation is an average 271 days compared with 280 for other breeds.)They're easily handled by women and are renowned for their problem free calving. You'll also you'll manage with less hay.
If you already have breeding cattle on your lifestyle block, consider using a Lowline sire to produce better beef animals than you are getting at present. Australian Lowline sires significantly reduce calving problems, particularly in heifers (because the calves are smaller
)and pass on many of the Lowline genetically selected traits such as good temperament, earlier maturity, beefiness and higher meat quality. Your home grown lifestyle block beef will be the envy of your friends and neighbours.
Casablanca Lowline Stud, based at Whangaehu near
Wanganui, New Zealand(previously at Kumeu, Auckland) welcomes your contact about Australian Lowline Cattle.
You can ring us on New Zealand 06 342 6670 or Email us
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SMALLER BY DESIGN
For the last 150 years beef cattle have been bred big to produce the huge slabs of meat that were a symbol of affluence for our ancestors. Australian Lowlines have been designed to reverse that trend.
Better educated 21st century markets require smaller higher quality cuts of meat with just the right amount of marbling and only a reasonable amount of sub-cutaneous fat. It is for those markets that Australian Lowlines have been developed.
HOW'S THIS FOR PERFORMANCE?
Purebred Australian Lowline steer Allambie Apocalypse didn't get a look-in at the "on hoof"classes at the Quirindi Prime Stock Expo. Then came the carcass judging. Allambie Apocalypse's 87.567 score on the ABCAS evaluation system was good enough to have won the light weight section at the Sydney Royal Show. At Quirindi, he beat all light weights and was 3rd overall when the heavy weights were included. Australian Lowlines are bred for better beef.
Judy and David Sainsbury, Casablanca Lowline
Stud, 16 Haunui Rd, Whangaehu, Wanganui, New Zealand.
Telephone:(New Zealand)06 342 6670. Mobile:0211433204.