Benefits of Australian Lowline Cattle

Compact beef cattle with a big future

Australian Lowline Cattle are bred pure from Aberdeen Angus genetics originating from Scotland and Canada, developed in Australia to suit sustainable and lifestyle properties. Learn more about the history of Lowline Cattle.

Only the Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) has registered cattle that are DNA-typed and parent-verified to prove the cattle are true Australian Lowlines.

  • Lowline cattle are versatile – ideal for commercial farming, schools, students, families and lifestyle farmers.
  • Lowline Cattle have compact frames, approximately 60 percent of the size of larger breeds, with excellent feed efficiency
  • Improve viability – you can run more animals per hectare and thus make more profit per hectare
  • More effective and efficient use of smaller farms
  • Environmentally friendly – Lowline Cattle have a low impact on paddocks and fences
  • Lowlines are naturally polled, have great temperaments and are easy to manage
  • Low birth-weight calves for easy calving in heifers and cows of any breed
  • Early maturing – steers have the ability to finish on grass from 14-months old

Grow your own beef

  • Beef is an important source of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, especially iron, B12, niacin and zinc
  • Growing your own beef is a cost-effective way to feed your family a healthy diet
  • Lowline Steers are ideal for smaller acreage farms
  • Lowline Cattle are easier to manage, lower maintenance than other breeds and are feed efficient
  • Lowline beef is well-marbled, tender and flavoursome with a beautiful texture
  • Lowlines have moderate-framed carcases – perfect for the freezer

Certified Lowline Beef is an opportunity for ALCA members to establish a farm business to sell their beef. Learn more about producing Certified Lowline Beef.

Using a Lowline bull with dairy and beef heifers

Australian Lowline bulls offer a commercially viable alternative to traditional choices of bulls for heifers in the dairy and beef industries.

  • Low birth-weight calves with fast growth potential
  • Stress-free births allow heifers to start producing milk rapidly after calving
  • Shorter gestation period (+/- 270 days) than other breeds – by using a Lowline bull your dairy heifers could calve 10 to 15 days earlier than other cows – and then advance into milk production earlier
  • Keep your Lowline bulls for longer – higher fertility, early maturity and longevity
  • Produce beefy black dairy-cross calves that attract a high price at markets

Using a Lowline bull in your cross-breeding program

  • Dynamic hybrid vigour
  • Moderate herd frame-size for feed efficiency while maintaining muscle and enhancing beef quality
  • Predictability and quality – calves are uniform in size and grow quickly (genetic dependability)
  • Lowline cross steers and heifers will finish on grass and are quicker than other breeds in a grain-fed operation
  • Steers have minimal wastage and less bone – more kilos of beef per acre means more profit
  • Higher intramuscular fat results in flavour, tenderness and fine-textured beef

Read testimonials from satisfied clients who are now using Lowline bulls in their beef herds and dairy herds.


The following articles further demonstrate the benefits of Lowline Cattle:

Trust Me makes US $85,000 – Stock Journal 2014
2013 Journal – Moderating frame size for profit gain
2014 Journal – Cattle bring students together – Lockyer High School QLD
2014 Journal – School Lowline Team prove high achievers – Dakabin High School, QLD
2014 Journal – School heifer top of Class – Ballarat Grammar, Vic
2015 Journal – What is a Lowline – A True Aberdeen Angus
2016 Journal – Advantages of the Lowline Cow
Lowline Bulls – The Big Advantage