The First Angus in America
When George Grant transported four Angus bulls from Scotland to the middle of the
Kansas Prairie in 1873, they were part of the Scotsman's dream to found a colony
of wealthy, stock-raising Britishers. Grant died five years later, and many of the
settlers at his Victoria, Kansas, colony later returned to their homeland. However,
these four Angus bulls, probably from the herd of George Brown of Westertown, Fochabers,
Scotland, made a lasting impression on the U.S. cattle industry.
When two of the George Grant bulls were exhibited in the fall of 1873 at the Kansas
City (Missouri) Livestock Exposition, some considered them "freaks" because of their
polled (naturally hornless) heads and solid black color (Shorthorns were then the
dominant breed.) Grant, a forward thinker, crossed the bulls with native Texas longhorn
cows, producing a large number of hornless black calves that survived well on the
winter range. The Angus crosses wintered better and weighed more the next spring,
the first demonstration of the breed's value in their new homeland.