In 19th century Scotland, in what is now the council area of Aberdeenshire, both horned and polled cattle strains were raised.
The modern Aberdeen-Angus, a highly developed beef breed, can be traced back to these two polled strains:
• Buchan Humlie - bred in Buchan and known to be good dairy/beef cattle.
• Polled Aberdeenshire (aka Angus Doddie) - larger and stronger, with a deep chest, a long body, and strong legs. (At that time, they also had underdeveloped hindquarters and were flat in the ribs.)
Today, there are still a few animals which can be traced back to the early herdbooks of the Aberdeen-Angus. These are known as the Original Population Aberdeen-Angus and are under the watch of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) of the United Kingdom.
You can also go to:
The Cow Wall® of Scotland
My Daily Cow® Scotland and read about other Scottish cattle breeds.