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How do you identify a black Angus cow?

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Black Angus cows are typically all black but can have a small amount of white on the underbelly near the navel. However, other cow breeds can also be all black, so there are other characteristics, like the head and body type, to help determine if it is a true Angus.

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Angus cattle are a hardy and adaptable breed from Aberdeen, Scotland. Aside from being all black, the other characteristics that help determine whether the cow is an Angus or not is the body type and the head.

The body type of an Angus cow is on the smaller, less muscular, side, weighing around 2,000 pounds. Bulls are more muscular but are still smaller than other breeds, and they will weigh over 4,000 pounds. Some Angus cows have kept the traditionally smaller body that the Angus used to have in the past. These smaller Angus will only weigh about 950 to 1,200 pounds, while the bulls average around 1,800 to 2,300 pounds.

Angus cattle are more easily distinguished by their heads. The “Angus look” has a wide forehead, pointed and perky ears, and a narrow muzzle. Their lips tend to be wider, but they have a smaller nose. The head will appear smaller in comparison to the body.

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