Cattle Breeds 101 – Brangus

Photo Credit IBBA

Photo Credit IBBA

My Cattle Breed 101 post this week has been pushed to Monday. No matter the day I’m excited to share more of my favorite cattle breeds and a little bit on how each breed is unique and their background. This week’s cattle breed is Brangus and I have to thank Brittni with International Brangus Breeders Association for use of photos and descriptions (

Brangus Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptable to harsh climates
  • Docile
  • Disease resistant
  • Heat tolerant
  • Maternal strengths
  • Calving ease
  • Bos Indicus heterosis
  • Longevity

Photo Credit IBBA

Much of the early work in crossing Brahman and Angus cattle dating back to 1912 was initially tested at the USDA Experimental Station at Jeanerette, Louisiana, where the first crosses being made as far back as 1912. During the same period, a few individual breeders in other parts of the United States and Canada were also carrying on private experimental breeding programs. They were looking for a desirable beef-type animal that would retain the Brahman’s natural ability to thrive under adverse conditions in combination with the excellent qualities for which the Angus is noted.

The Brangus breed was developed to utilize the superior traits of Angus and Brahman cattle. Their genetics are stabilized at 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus. The Brahman, through rigorous natural selection, developed longevity, disease resistance and overall hardiness unmatched by any breed. The Angus is the premier beef quality breed. The combination results in a breed that unites the most desirable traits of two highly successful breeds.

Photo Credit IBBA

The outstanding maternal strengths, feedlot performance, and carcass merit of Brangus are advantageous primarily in the West and Midwest. This naturally polled, black hide breed was developed to withstand extreme climates and challenging environments. They are a hardy, disease and parasite resistant cattle that efficiently produce uniform, predictable calf crops. – via IBBA

Last year I worked with a herd of 500 Brangus cattle in Southern Arkansas. They can be some extremely gentle animals, but get on their bad side and they’ll run ya up a tree or knock your horse on the ground. Oh and sometime run through a 4 wheeler if you upset their newborn calf (Just a few of my adventures with those cows). But they really are hardy cattle that make for a great herd where heat and insect tolerance is a must.

In Arkansas we’ll often cross them with a Hereford bull for a “Super Baldy” cross. These black, white face cattle (Baldies) usually have a little Ear (referring to the Brahman influence) and will perform well due to their heterosis. These super baldies would be the subject of my dad’s “dream herd” when the day comes. I have several photos of Brangus cattle in this album.

What’s your favorite thing about the Brangus Breed? Be sure to learn more about other breeds in my Cattle Breeds 101 series.

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About Ryan Goodman (1110 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, Montana, but grew up on a family cattle ranch in Arkansas. He has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country, living in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Tennessee. He is a proud Animal Science graduate of Oklahoma State University and has completed graduate level research at the University of Tennessee, focusing on beef cattle reproduction and nutrition. Outside of advocacy, Ryan is a novice runner, with goals of accomplishing his first Marathon in 2016, and enjoys refueling with a good steak. #TeamBeef!

7 Comments on Cattle Breeds 101 – Brangus

  1. Excellent info, Ryan.


  2. james sullivan // February 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM // Reply

    do you have a good contact for brangus bulls. i am in north la.
    looking for one to put on my mostly angus herd. A few of them have brahmam influence.


  3. Wynn_Media / Cattle Care // November 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM // Reply

    We have five Angus, where would we go to get Brehman cattle to cross breed? North Georgia area.


  4. I have a question. Is it OK for the Brangus to have a little white patch on their stomach just behind their navel? My mother has a 6 month old bull calf and I would like to get him but am concerned about the white on him. Thought they were suppose to be solid black.


    • Mary, thanks for the question. I believe it’s normal that Brangus cattle, much like Angus, make have a white patch behind their navel toward the udder/testicle area. Shouldn’t be anything to worry about as long as the areas is just a different color hair and isn’t too large.


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