The Brangus is a breed of beef cattle that originated in 1912 in the United States. It was developed by crossing the Angus cattle and Brahman cattle by the Brangus organization that was formed in 1949. The early development of the Brangus was achieved by the USDA at their Experiment Station in Jeanerette, Louisiana.
The intent of the Brangus was to have a desirable beef cattle with the natural ability to thrive in adverse conditions from the Brahman. During the 1930s experimental breeding was underway with many private breeders from the United States and Canada.
The Brangus is 36 percent Brahman and 64 percent Angus and has the characteristics of both breeds. It is disease resistant, hardy, has superior beef quality and excellent milking ability.
To be registered as a Brangus, the animal must be either solid black or red and polled (hornless). The parents must be registered with the International Brangus Breeders Assosiation.
The Brangus cow will increase her weight during the summer. Her calves are generally medium-sized at birth. The Brangus resists heat and humidity well and during the colder months it will produce enough hair for warmth. The breed can thrive in conditions where there is an abundance of feed as well as where feed is limited.
Image Caption: Brangus Cattle cow and calf. Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA ARS/Wikipedia (public domain)