The Brangus breed was developed to utilise the superior traits of Angus and Brahman cattle. Their genetics are stabilised at 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus.The combination results in a breed which unites the traits of two highly successful parent breeds.
The Brahman, through rigorous natural selection, developed disease resistance, overall hardiness and outstanding maternal instincts.
Angus are known for their superior carcase qualities. They are also extremely functional females, which excel in both fertility and milking ability.
A review of the development of the Brangus breed would take us back beyond the founding of the American Brangus Breeders Association in l949; however, registered Brangus descent from the foundation animals recorded that year or registered Brahman and Angus cattle enrolled since then.
Much of the early work in crossing Brahman and Angus cattle was done at the USDA Experiment Station in Jeanerette, Louisiana. According to the USDA 1935 Yearbook in Agriculture the research with these crosses started in about 1932.
During the same period, Clear Creek Ranch of Welch, Oklahoma and Grenada, Mississippi, Raymond Pope of Vinita, Oklahoma, the Essar Ranch of San Antonia, Texas, and 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 are noted.
The early breeders from 16 states and Canada met in Vinita, Oklahoma, in July l949, and organised the American Brangus Breeders Association. It was later renamed the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, and eventually San Antonia, Texas, where the permanent headquarters have been located since January, l973.
There are now members in nearly every state in the USA as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, Central America, Argentina, and South Rhodesia in Africa.
Used with permission from International Brangus Breeders Association Journal