The Alberta Shorthorn Association is a group of breeders that are dedicated to the propagation and promotion of great Shorthorn genetics.
Shorthorn cattle were developed as a breed in the late 1700’s, along the England/Scotland border lands. The first Shorthorn Herd Book was established in 1822.
These hardy cattle were developed with larger frames and superior mothering ability. They produced above average quantities of milk and made powerful, docile oxen. These first forward thinking cattle breeders developed a breed which was destined to make a huge impact on the international scene. Shorthorn genetics have influenced most modern breeds of cattle.
In North America the breed traces back to as early as 1825. The first Canadian Herd Book was developed in 1867 (the year of Confederation). The first Shorthorns in Canada were often referred to as the universal breed. They provided milk, butter and cheese as well as beef to eat. They also provided the bull power to cross this great continent and plow the settler’s fields.
The traits that the settlers found desirable in Shorthorn Cattle are still in demand today. The modern cattleman are looking for animals with superior mothering ability, easy calving and longevity. Modern science has shown a close relationship between docility and tenderness in the beef. Shorthorns are a hardy, economical bovine that maximizes hybrid vigor with crossbed cows.
Shorthorn cattle come in red, white, red and white and the distinctive roan coloring. The roan is a result of red and white hairs growing side by side in various densities.
For people looking for a versatile breed, or cattle that provide a positive cross, Shorthorns fit the bill.