Lowline cattle were developed from Canadian Angus seed stock at the Trangie Research Centre in New South Wales, Australia. Animal Scientists started with a herd of registered Champion Angus cattle, purchased in 1929, that were carefully selected for high quality and small size. As a result of selective breeding the result was a breed of small, black, polled cattle with pure Angus genetics. Lowline cattle have their own Canadian herd book.
Lowline cattle are easy calving, good-natured cattle that are very feed efficient and maintain themselves on grass. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional rib eye area per hundred pounds of body weight which translates to very high yielding, high quality, high value beef carcasses. Lowlines are well suited to small acreage farmers. Their small size makes them easy to handle and minimizes equipment requirements. Their feed efficiency improves the carrying capacity of a farm. They produce exceptional quality beef.
Average size mature cows generally weigh about 650 to 950 pounds and stand from 36 to 42 inches at the shoulder. Average size mature Lowline bulls weigh from 950 to 1350 pounds and stand from 39 to 46 inches. The average birth weight of fullblood calves is 42 to 48 pounds.