Breed Standard Ausline Cattle
BREED STANDARDS FOR FULL BLOOD & PURE BRED AUSLINE
Full Blood Ausline cattle are DNA tested and direct descendents of the Trangie and Glen Innes Angus herds. The Pure bred Ausline is the product of a breeding up process needing 93.75% (15/16) full blood for both males and females to be registered as Pure bred Ausline. Inclusion of Native Angus Genetics is also allowed in Purebred register. The following standards apply to both Full Blood and Pure Bred Ausline cattle.
1. GENERAL – Ausline cattle are a pure beef breed. They are directly descended from Angus cattle held at the Trangie research centre, NSW until 1992, which were the Low Line section of the feed trials. DNA testing of the full blood herd ensures its genetic purity. Grading up to purebred status is recognised.
2. COLOUR – Ausline cattle should be a solid Red, solid Black or White Park Pattern. Red and black cattle should be a uniform solid colour. A little white may be found on the scrotum or the udder. This white patch should not extend further forward than the navel, on the underbelly only. It is not permitted on the head, body or tail of the animal. White cattle can also be shown. White cattle also means cattle that display the white colour park pattern. That is predominately white with black or red points.
3. HORNS – All Ausline cattle are naturally polled.
4. SIZE – Ausline cattle up to 130cm in height, measured at the hip, are acceptable for the show ring.
Commercial cattle may exceed this height. Measuring at Royal shows is at the discretion of the Breed inspector.
5. CONFORMATION – Ausline cattle display the phenotype expected from a British beef breed. The Ausline is wide and deep in keeping with its beef producing purpose.
Ausline characteristics should include the following
a. Fertility – There should be evidence of longevity. Bulls are masculine in appearance, virile and with strong libido. Cows are feminine in appearance with a breeding history of regular calving depending on the age of the cow.
b. Sheath – Penis angle approx 25 degrees from the horizontal.
c. Testicles – Testicles must not be rotated. They will be of a size relating to the age of the bull and will be held away from the body, but not allowed to swing too freely.
d. Udder and Teats- The udder is balanced with well attached, moderate sized functional teats and no bottle teats.
e. Skin – Hair will reflect the normal differences expected in areas of extreme cold and heat and the general good health of the animal.
f. Legs and Feet- Squarely set on sound feet with an easy gait.
g. The topline – Should exhibit good strength of spine and support a good barrel. The tail set will be a smooth continuation of the backline.
h. The head – Generally an alert head with wide muzzle, no under or over shot jaw and good width between the well hooded eyes.
i. Disposition –Docility is a key feature of the Ausline breed.