Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or would like to know more, please contact the ALCA office.
Where did the breed originate?
The breed, Australian Lowline, has descended from Aberdeen Angus imported from Canada and traceable back to the herds in Scotland. A herd was formed in Trangie, NSW and developed to supply quality beef genetics to the industry. Decades of research and testing ensued and eventually, the “Low Line” cattle were auctioned. Those original purchasers registered the breed as Australian Lowline, then joined together to form the Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA). The breed quickly gained momentum and is now a highly regarded heritage beef breed in Australia and overseas. “Lowline” is the abbreviated name for the breed.
What colour coat does an Australian Lowline have?
They must be either wholly black coated or wholly red coated.* A coat or face of any other colour is not a Lowline – it is a Lowline cross.
*A little white in the area of the scrotum or the udder is permissible. This white patch should not extend further forward than halfway between the scrotum/udder and the navel on the underbelly only.
Do Australian Lowlines have horns?
No – it is a polled breed. Using a Lowline bull over another horned breed generally results in hornless progeny.
What are the benefits of the breed?
The benefits of Australian Lowline cattle are many! However, some of the main benefits of this compact breed include:
- excellent feed efficiency
- low birth weight, reduces impact of calving in heifers
- perfect for small and large farms – can fit more cattle on large farms due to compact size
- a tasty source of beef and medium-sized carcases fit better in freezer storage!
- excellent for breeding in beef and dairy herds, producing healthy cattle that are incredibly efficient.
What are the benefits of becoming an ALCA member?
When you become an ALCA member you will benefit from a supportive and enthusiastic atmosphere, from people who share a passion for the beef and dairy industries, from chefs to producers and hobby farmers! You will have access to our promotion groups and materials, youth activities and support from other members with years of experience with Lowline cattle. Joining ALCA and registering the animals you breed also helps ensure the continuity of this remarkable heritage beef breed.
Do Lowlines produce restaurant-quality, tasty beef?
Absolutely – Lowline cattle produce excellent quality beef that tastes great. Lowline beef is tender and tasty, thanks to being naturally well-marbled with a wonderful texture. There are numerous testimonials from chefs about the quality of Lowline beef and why they choose to put it on their menu.
I’ve heard the compact size of Lowlines can benefit my dairy herd – how?
Australian Lowline cattle are compact, mature early and have low birth weights! This makes breeding smoother, more efficient and effective, with better outcomes. Using Lowlines to breed your dairy herd will place much less stress on your heifers while producing sought after beefy calves that fetch decent prices at markets. Click here for Testimonials.
How do I get NLIS tags for my cattle?
Before you can get NLIS tags for your cattle you must have a Property Identification Code (PIC). Forms for PIC registration are available through your State Government Agricultural Department.
For more information read ‘NLIS Cattle: Getting started for Cattle Producers’ document.