From Farm to Show: Preparing our Angus Cows for Competition

Feb 12, 2024 | Angus Cattle

Elite cattle farming is one of our greatest joys at GoldMark farm. Preparing Angus cows for competition is an endeavor that blends artistry with meticulous care. We want to share the intricate process of preparing these cream-of-the-crop animals for national competitions, exploring the rich history of the Angus breed and the pivotal competitions that showcase their excellence.

Preparing for Competition

The journey from farm to show ring is a testament to dedication and expertise. Here are critical steps in preparing Angus cattle for competition.

Nutrition and Diet

Optimal feeding is crucial. A balanced diet, tailored to each animal’s needs, ensures they are in peak physical condition. High-quality forage, grains, and supplements play a significant role in developing a glossy coat and robust physique, the hallmarks of a champion. We grow all the hay used for our cattle on the GoldMark property.

Health and Veterinary Care

Regular check-ups, vaccinations, and parasite control are imperative. The health of each cow is monitored closely, and any issues are addressed promptly to maintain their well-being.

Grooming and Presentation

Grooming is an art. It involves regular washing, brushing, and clipping to accentuate the cow’s natural features. Special attention is given to the coat, ensuring it shines on the show day.

Training and Handling

Training for the show ring begins early. Cows are taught to walk, stand, and behave impeccably. Handlers work tirelessly to ensure cows are comfortable and responsive during the competition.

National Competitions for Angus Cattle

Angus cattle are a staple in prestigious national competitions, where they are celebrated for their quality and breed characteristics.

These competitions are not just about winning; they are about upholding the breed’s reputation and contributing to its legacy.

Brief History of Angus Cattle

Originally from Scotland, Angus cattle are distinguished by their solid black or red color and natural lack of horns. Introduced to the United States in the late 19th century, they quickly gained popularity due to their hardiness, adaptability, and quality. The American Angus Association, established in 1883, has played a pivotal role in the breed’s development, making Angus one of the most popular beef breeds in the U.S. While Angus cattle are bred and used for meat, the cows at GoldMark Farm are specifically show cattle and not bred for food production.

Show Cattle at GoldMark Farm

Preparing Angus cattle for competition is a journey filled with passion, skill, and a deep understanding of the breed. It’s a process that goes beyond the pursuit of accolades; it’s about honoring the heritage of the Angus breed and showcasing the pinnacle of cattle breeding and care. As these magnificent animals grace the show rings, they represent individual farms and the enduring legacy of Angus cattle in the agricultural landscape.

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