The Prince of Wales looks at some Aberdeen Angus cattle at Wotton Farm in Farley, Staffordshire on July 19th, 2002. at the Various in Farley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Food - Drink
Red Angus Beef Vs Black Angus: What's The Difference?
With a large variety of cuts and cattle to choose from, it can be hard for the average consumer to understand the labels on premium beef, but many of us know that Black Angus is a prized breed for some of the best meat. You have also heard of Red Angus, whose popularity is on the rise, and wondered about the differences between the two.
The only difference between Red Angus and the Black Angus cows is their coat color. Black Angus cows are from a line called Aberdeen-Angus, and the breed's origin story says that a Scottish farmer named Hugh Watson was trying to improve his cow herd, and his favored breeding bull was black, so he tried to breed for a black coat.
As you might imagine, Red Angus cattle have reddish-brown coats, but besides their color, these two Angus breeds are the same, and that extends to the meat. Red and Black Angus beef is well-marbled meat and flavorful, and their qualities are so similar that many countries outside the U.S. register Red and Black Angus cows as the same breed.