In the USA, to be classified 'Angus Beef' the beast's hide must be 51% black. That's it. There are no other requirements.
Things are a little more stringent Down Under. Our partners at Oakey Reserve Black Angus must check a whole host of boxes to pass muster as true Australian Black Angus.
To be accepted under any Black Angus breed claim, animals must be:
- Sire: Black Angus
- Dam: Black Angus
(That's the father and mother to us non-farmers)
Acceptable characteristics are:
- Straight black and representing Angus phenotype
- Small amount of white underline (no more than 10% of the hide)
- No white legs and feet
- No horns
- Scurs are acceptable, however they must not be fixed to the skull (scurs are small horn-like structures, often present in young cattle)
- No dairy characteristics.
This higher level of scrutiny ensures consistency and quality. And it makes us 100% confident in the premium products from Oakey Reserve Black Angus. And if we're confident, you can be too.