A celebration of New Zealand's most popular beef breed and the stories of those who have farmed Angus in this country for 150 years.
Author Geoff Bryant travelled throughout the country interviewing and photographing many of the people and places featured in the book, and also researching the early history and sourcing numerous archival images, many from private collections. He writes of the prime breeding stock that laid the foundations for the growth of Angus studs in New Zealand, as well as the importance of shows, national sales, beef expos, Angus youth programmes and the growing influence of on-farm auctions. Prominent too are the early stud breeders and their families, many still farming the same land, the auctioneers, and those who have been instrumental in guiding the breed into the twenty-first century with the shift of focus to commercial beef, the gate-to-plate concept and developing the Angus brand.
Black Angus: 150 Years in New Zealand commemorates the 150th anniversary of Angus beef in this country. Since the arrival of a mere handful of bulls and cows at Blugff in Southland in 1863, Angus has become the dominant breed of beef cattle, with stock numbers now in the tens of thousands.
The book is a broad-sweeping, wonderfully illustrated tribute to the breed and many of the people who have nurtured it through the years.
Geoff Bryant has been a professional writer and photographer for more than 20 years. He has written a dozen books and been a technical editor, contributor and photographer for many more. While his main interest has always been horticulture, he is also involved with farming through Country, Farm and Garden (cfgphoto.com), the internet photo library he runs with Claire Selby. Travelling the country researching and photographing for the Black Angus project has given Geoff a new depth of understanding of the tough, resourceful and determined New Zealand Angus farmer.