Our Cattle

Our cattle headcount is composed by Aberdeen-Angus and by the indigenous Alentejo breed, two breeds which produce high quality beef.

Currently on our fields we have 170 Black Aberdeen-Angus and 80 cows of the indigenous Alentejo breed.

Aberdeen-Angus, native of Scotland, is one of the most ancient breeds in the world.

The great boost at international level happens in 1873 when Aberdeen-Angus is exported to the United States. By 1901, in the US, more pure animals were registered than in the United Kingdom, from where the species originated. Today Angus has the largest headcount worldwide.

This breed possesses many qualities, it is used in cross breeding not only for beef but also for milk production, as Angus genetically passes on its famous ease in terms of calving and reproduction, as well as its colour, and the special polled look (no horns).

It has long been considered as ideal for beef production, possessing highly desired characteristics for breeders. Greatly appreciated are its short extremities, developed and fleshy body.

The quality of Angus beef, is without a doubt, the main reason why it has recently had a steady increase in popularity. Even if consumers do not know about the breed in detail, they have certainly heard of “ANGUS”, and connect it to a quality product. It is often called “the best beef in the world”.

Its precociousness, hardiness and easy maturation, make Aberdeen-Angus apt for production based on pasture/foraging. The production of carcasses with an adequate fat cover, contributes to a quicker decrease in temperature of the carcass, and better maturation of the pieces - tenderness.

Natural marbling, typical of this breed, gives the meat great flavour and tenderness.

The Alentejo breed is one of great hardiness and perfectly adapted to the local climate.

The Alentejo is a region where large properties are predominant, and for this reason, the average number of animals per holding is considered high, with a large stocking density.  The animals are reared fundamentally by means of an extensive production system, resulting from different climatic and geographic factors.

The coat is red, ranging from dark to light, and the hair is of only one colour. Animals presenting intermingled coat colour are excluded from this breed.

The vocation of this breed changed from a working animal, to one of beef production. This meant a change in feeding methods as well as in all the production management, resulting in a beef producing animal of excellent quality.

All animals until 7/8 months of age are fed exclusively on maternal milk, afterwards being fed on spontaneous and natural holm oak/cork oak forests.

The whole process, from birth to slaughter, as well as the butchering, refrigeration, maturation and marketing of the meat, is followed by a professional and dedicated team, so as to guarantee a rigorous compliance with all the rules defined by the sector, as well as the objective to obtain a product of high quality.

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