Angus Australia’s celebrations for its 100-year anniversary in 2019 will include a feature show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
It was decided at a meeting on May 9, 1919, to establish the Aberdeen-Angus Australia Herd Book and so the Angus Society of Australia was born.
The Sydney Royal Angus stud feature show will be held over two days with the bulls judged on April 13 followed by the females on April 14.
Angus feature shows will also be held at the Melbourne and Adelaide Royal Shows.
An “Angus through the ages” conference will be held in Albury on May 23 and 24 and will be celebrating how far the Angus breed has come in Australia throughout the 100 years and the advancements that have been made in the use of research and development.
The event will incorporate a gala dinner that will give Angus enthusiasts across the country the opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievements the Angus breed has made throughout the years.
Events will take place in other states throughout the year as well.
Next year will also mark 10 years of the Angus Sire Benchmarking program.
The Angus Feature Show at the Sydney Royal will be co-ordinated by Tim Lord, manager of KO Angus, Kangaloon, with the support of a sub-committee from within the NSW State Committee.
The minimum age for both bull and heifer classes has been reduced to eight months.
A calf that is shown at foot on a cow cannot be exhibited in either of the eight and not over 10 months classes.
Angus cattle originated in Scotland and the first recorded imports into Australia were eight head unloaded at Hobart in January, 1824. Their genes have survived until this day.
They were regarded by early writers and then by the Angus Society of Australia as the first cattle to come to Australia of a type similar to those that formed the Angus breed in the following 60 years.
A major impetus to the breed’s development in NSW was the establishment of Edinglassie stud at Muswellbrook, by JC and FJ White in partnership in 1880.