“It’s trending!” Social status in the media age has long been one of whether or not an idea was trending in acceptance or popularity. The cattle industry has its own trend rising, only this one has been around for hundreds of years: Maine-Anjou cattle.
According to the American Maine-Anjou Association (AMAA) website, the breed originated in northwestern France during the 19thcentury. Their name comes from the Maine and Anjou River valleys which are in the region where the cattle stem from.
The dual-purpose Maine-Anjou breed didn’t come to North America until 1969 when they arrived in Canada. In fact, the breed did not make it into the United States until later on when they were utilized as Artificial Insemination Sires, but their popularity has increased in the last several decades.
This National Western Stock Show, the Maine-Anjou breed has a record setting year in terms of entries, exhibitors, and sale numbers. “This is one of the largest Hill show’s we’ve had. We had our highest bull sale average ever, with the high seller being $49,000”, says Blake Nelson, AMAA Executive Vice President.
The Maine-Anjou show at the National Western Stock show consists of both purebred and crossbred shows. Variations of the Maine-Anjou breed being exhibited this week include MaineTainers, Maine-Anjou, and Maine Angus which are designed to bring forth the best qualities of multiple breeds. “We are really excited about the great energy behind the breed,” says Nelson, “as we like to say we are a tradition that’s trending.”