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ALCA fosters development of of Australian Lowline Cattle

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The Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) foster the development of Australian Lowline Cattle nationally and internationally, whilst maintaining the purity and integrity of the breed.

The Association's mission is to:

  • actively promote, develop and monitor the long term viability and beef industry acceptance of the Lowline breed
  • protect and maintain standards and closed herd status of Australian Lowline Cattle
  • increase market demand for the Lowline breed
  • promote the production of Australian Lowline cattle for seedstock and commercial purposes
  • increase the cost effectiveness and range of member services of ALCA
  • enhance the skills and knowledge of members and future members of ALCA

About Lowline cattle breed
Lowline cattle were developed by the NSW Department of Agriculture from registered Angus stock at their research centre in Trangie NSW Australia.The research centre was created in 1929 to provide quality Angus genetics to the NSW cattle industry.

Seed stock were purchased from Scotland, Canada, America and selected Australian Studs to form the foundation of the herd.

From 1929 to 1963, the Angus herd was prominent in the Australian showing circuit and won many major awards. The research herd was closed to outside genetics in 1964 after the purchase of herd sires from leading Australian Studs, Wambanumba, Glengowan, Tulagi and Wallah.

The trial research - funded by the Australian Meat Research Corporation - that produced the Lowline breed began in 1974. 

Towards the end of the trial, a group of interested cattlemen persuaded the Department of Agriculture to sell the Lowline cattle on the open market.

On 8 August 1992, 9 bulls, 23 heifers and 7 cows were sold to 7 purchasers - which formed the Australian Lowline Cattle Association. The complete dispersal sale followed on 30 October 1993, where 20 bulls were sold, together with 44 cows and 51 heifers.

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