In the early 2000s, Thistle Farms and the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers experimented to determine the viability of Angus genetics in the tropics. Live bulls from Thistle Farms flew by cargo to Colombia for the study. Researchers carefully measured input of feed and growth of the animals at set intervals.
This trial proved that crossing American Black Angus with the regions’ beef breeds supplied a faster-growing animal with higher carcass quality than previously raised animals. Also, the American Angus cross adapted well to the tropical environment. This research provided Colombian coffee growers and other cattlemen in the tropics with research and a means of entering the modern cattle raising era.