Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself,
Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Oct 18, 2014
For several years, our ranch as raised Angus/Hereford cross Cattle. Mostly Angus on the side of the Dam, with Hereford Bulls. We also raise 1/4 Hereford 3/4 Angus.
The advantages to the cross-bred platform are partially the size/shape of the animal, the color, and ultimately the market value.
As any larger beef producer has come to find out, market value trumps meat quality.
Let me explain.. If black calves are bringing high price at auction, the producers will raise black calves. It's just that simple. Over the history of our country, and following trends mostly set in the mid-west, beef producers strive to fit the mold that the market dictates.
With that said, our Angus/Hereford cross calves usually grow quickly, maintain good build, and bring top price at auction. Something about a white-face Black Angus steer that the buyers just eat up. Often conformation and irregularities, or the animal's weaning weight, will be over-looked in favor of that sought after color. - Go figure.