Based on Brahman and Angus cattle, the Brangus was first developed in the USA. In Australia the breed developed between 1950 and 1960 by selection and development of progeny from crossing Angus cows and Brahman bulls in the coastal tropical areas of Queensland. The proportion of each breed varies from one-quarter to three-quarters Brahman and the remainder Angus.
The breed is confined largely to Queensland and northern New South Wales, with small pockets in other states.
Brangus cattle are black or red, polled, with a sleek coat and pigmented skin. Their ears are medium to large and the skin is loose, with neck folds. The rump is slightly rounded, and the bulls have a moderate hump.
The Brangus is a good forager, and the cows make excellent mothers with an ample supply of milk. Other features claimed are rapid weight gains, average to slightly late maturing, and a carcase without excessive fat. Their ability to do well in the hot areas of the north and their resistance to ticks and bloat are important attributes.
For further information, contact the Australian Brangus Cattle Association Ltd at:
c/- ABRI, University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
Ph: (02) 6773 3373
Fax: (02) 6772 1943
The author thanks the Australian Brangus Cattle Association for assistance in preparing this Agfact.