History of Ausline Cattle
Ausline cattle are cattle that have strong traceable roots to the original Scottish Aberdeen Angus. Four sources of genetics have been identified. Trangie descended cattle, the closed herd of Pinebank Angus in NZ, Irish and Scottish native bred Angus Cattle and Aberdeen Angus cattle that have not had any American Angus influence since 1968.
History of the Foundation of the Trangie Angus Herd – A Unique Resource
“The Department of Agriculture (NSW) founded an Angus herd at the Agricultural Research Centre, Trangie, in 1929 to assist in the establishment and promotion of the Angus breed in the Australian cattle industry” (Parnell 1990).
The stud was founded with the importation of 21 animals from the Glencarnock stud, Brandon Canada. These consisted of two bulls, one cow and calf and seventeen heifers. These were some of the best stock that the Angus breed had to offer at the time and represented all the fashionable cow families (Canadian Aberdeen Angus Journal 1929).
The families were:
- Miss Burgess
- Elba Ericas
- Eisa Ericas
- Enchantress Ericas
The Blackcaps and the Ericas were the dominant families imported in this shipment.
Glencarnoch Revolution 31939
Brave Edward Glencarnock 41195
Cow and Calf:
Blackcap Bixie 2nd 38527
Bull Calf at foot
Blackcap & Blackbird
Rose of Glencarnock 2nd 39850
Glencarnock Elba 29th 41192
Elba Erica (Dam)
Erica Mcgregor 2nd 39550
Glencarnock Elba 21st 39545
Karama of Glencarnock 4th 37755
Kindness Pride (Dam)
Glencarnock Eurotia 4th 41197
Eisa Erica (Dam)
Through her performances in the Trangie herd, Glencarnock Eurotia 4th certainly has been one of the most amazing cows (of any breed) ever imported into Australia. Her paternal grandsire, Eileenmere 4th was bred by J. Garrett Tolan, one of America’s true master cattle breeders. He became the key sire in Tolan’s career, being the progenitor of a long line of famous show bulls and sires (Rhodes, 1996).
Six yearling heifers were imported but they were not individually named by the article in the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Journal (1929). They did note that they were by Edward Glencarnock which is a Blackcap bull and the sire of the bull Brave Edward Glencarnock
There were five young heifers in the shipment they were named by the article but the Canadian Angus registration numbers were not included. They were sired by Blackcap Revolution bull so they would be from the Blackcap family through their sires and their names may give an indication of the families on their dam’s side. It is the naming convention to include part of the cow family’s name in the name of the animal or at the very least both names start with the first letter.
Kate 3rd of Page
Lady 7th of Page
Blackbird Blossom 6th of Page
Ellen E. 2nd of Page
Ellen E. 3rd of Page
Other Angus Importations to Trangie
There were several importations of bulls and heifers between 1936 and the last import in 1956. These were imported from the USA, Canada England and Scotland.
Revolution of Page 28th (USA)
Everside 2nd of Maisemore (England)
Erison of Harvieston (Dalmeny Stud Scotland)
Eblinettee’s General of Ada (Canada)
Pro Ben of Balfron (140928)(Scotland)
Craven’s Revolution Blackcap (Canada)
Lady Glencarnock 4th (Canada)
Between 1961 and 1964, when the herd was closed and remains so to the present day, four bulls were purchased from the four leading NSW Angus studs, Wambanumba Eclipse from the Wambanumba stud, Robert Tout Pty Ltd, Glengowan Gallant of Glengowan angus stud bred by R.P. Petallack, Tulagi Macgregor 18th from Tulagi stud bred by G.J Dohenty and Wallah Felendy of Wallah. It is interesting that the Wallah stud principle was L.T. Sanderson who was instrumental in the formation of the Red Angus breed and was one of the foundation councillor and inaugural president of the Red Angus association. It could be speculated that this is a likely source of the red genetics that we are now seeing in our breed.
Aberdeen Angus Journal . (March 1929). Austrralian Government Buys Fine Lot of Canadian Doddies. Canadian Aberdeen Angus Journal.
Goodwin, S. (2012, Summer). Eye on the World Market from Angus Heart. The Land.
Parnell, P. (1990, January 1). The Trangie Angus Herd – A Unique Resource. 50-53.
Sanders, A. H. (n.d.). A History of Aberdeen-Angus Cattle 1860-1948.
History of the Association
The Ausline Cattle Association Inc began in 2002 under the name of Redline. In 2012 a name change took place to expand its objectives to become a viable commercially orientated alternative breed. Members saw the need to develop an Association that would encourage change enabling them to meet the diversifying demands of smaller acreage producers. We have members in all the Eastern States of Australia as well as a number of overseas countries.
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People with smaller acreage may want smaller framed cattle but they still want to be able to earn a return on their investment and the Ausline Cattle Association’s various registers allows for this.Grading up to pure bred status is encouraged, with a requirement that Pure bred animals have 15/16 (93.75%) full Ausline blood. The inclusion of other genetics in the register also encourages hybrid vigour in their breeding program allowing for diversity and flexibility in a breeding program.
The formation of this Association, with its goals of a realistic, viable, small, not miniature, breed of cattle, has an exciting future both in the stud and commercial beef arenas. The Ausline regulations allow for a progressive Association which is managed by experienced, successful and active members of the beef industry. Transparency and an emphasis on financial responsibility has seen the Association grow with an annual increase in our reserves. Something not too many other breed societies are able to do in this economic climate.