Angus Cattle – An Explanation of the differences between Registered Angus, Certified Angus, and Commercial Angus


You may be wondering what the difference is between Registered Angus, Certified Angus Beef and commercial Angus.  If your are looking to buy an Angus bull, this article could be helpful.

Registered Angus have birth record registration papers, similar to when pure bred dog is registered with the American Kennel Club.  This means not only is the animal “purebred” but also that it has registration papers.  Registered Black Angus are registered with the American Angus Association in the United States.  So, if you are looking for purebred Angus with papers, you will want to buy “registered angus.” 

Certified Angus Beef is a marketing program developed by the American Angus Association.  It basically means that the offspring calves are fifty percent Angus and can be marketed as “certified angus beef.”  This is normally for feeder calves, or steers backgrounded for meat processing.  If you have a mixture of regular cows and you have a registered angus bull, you can market your calves as “certified angus beef.”  This may lead buyers at auction to pay a higher premium for your calves.   

Commercial cattle are cattle without any registration papers.  They are raised for beef. They could be any breed, mixed breeds, or purebred without papers.  There are basically two types of commercial cattle operations.  Cow-calf are common types of commercial cattle operations that have normally 10 -50 head of mama cows, and 1-2 bulls.  They keep the cows and bulls, and raise and sell the calves.  

Commercial Cattle Operations often buy Registered Angus, or Certified Angus Crossbred bulls to improve their herd genetics. Most of our customers are commercial cattle operations.  We’ve raised commercial cattle for over 40 years and have used Angus bulls for the last 20.  We find Angus to be the most adaptable and best beef producers. 

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