Purebred Cattle

Purebred vs Commercial Cattle: What’s the Difference

Purebred Cattle

If you’re going to be purchasing replacement cattle for your ranch or farm for the first time, then you should take your time deciding what type of cattle you plan to buy.

There are many commercial cattle available, and usually for very affordable prices.

However, you need to determine if you’re more concerned with price or quality, as purebred cattle are quite superior to commercial cattle.

Here is an overview of the differences between purebred and commercial cattle, and why you might seriously want to consider purebred over commercial.


One key difference between commercial and purebred cattle is price, and for good reason.

Commercial cattle are raised in a completely different manner than purebred cattle.

Purebred, 100% Angus cattle are registered at top-notch and experienced breeders like Harrer’s Lost Lake Ranch, and are bred using a technologically advanced program intended to guarantee the quality of the cattle.

Their cattle are very high-caliber livestock, without the vulnerability to disease and other undesirable qualities that many commercial cattle herds experience.

Registered Angus cattle are sold for as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars, while commercial costs average somewhere in the thousands at most.

Different reasons for being sold

Commercial breeds consist of crossbred cattle, and their qualities can’t be guaranteed.

Sure, you could luck up with some high-quality commercial cattle, but again, there is no guarantee, as it’s a gamble.

These types of cattle are sold exclusively for beef harvesting purposes, unlike registered Angus, which are sold exclusively for breeding purposes, due to their extremely supreme health and high stock availability.

This registration generally includes the family tree of their registered parents, proving that none have genetic defects.

A difference in recordkeeping

When it comes to registered cattle, very intensive paperwork must be maintained from the time of birth.

Some of these important registered documents that must be kept track of are: birthweights, weaning weights, yearling weights, and any calving difficulties, in addition to numerous other traits.

Records must also be kept regarding how the cattle were bred, whether by artificial insemination (AI) or natural conception.

Most registered cattle are bred using AI through the use of fake vaginas.

When it comes to recordkeeping for commercial cattle, there is a lot less necessary paperwork to keep up with.

Their weights at different milestones are recorded, but when it comes to traits, they’re generally not recorded.

Uniform beef product

When it comes to purebred Angus cattle that are sold for beef, farmers can count on the cattle to mature at very consistent and similar rates, making it easier for all to be ready for slaughter at roughly the same time, and offering nearly the same amount of meat.

The process of marketing a uniform beef product as well as planning breeding, slaughter, and other important tasks is much easier for farmers.

Calving difficulties

There is an increase in the probability of a cow experiencing calving difficulties with a commercial calf.

100% Angus calves are known for their low body weight, which decreases the likelihood of calving problems.

However, since crossbreeding can result in larger calves with even larger heads, there is an increased likelihood of calving difficulties arising due to these larger sizes.

Calving difficulties can result in loss of the calf, future infertility in the cow, and even ongoing health problems with the calves, long after their birth.

As you can see, there are some major differences between purebred and commercial cattle.

If you want to ensure the absolute best for cattle for your farm or ranch, then you should obviously opt for purebred.

While you will pay more money upfront for this sought-after livestock, you will be happier that you did in the long run, as you will be rewarded with better producing, higher-quality cattle that can earn you a great deal more money than commercial cattle can.

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