Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Apr 22, 2014
I grew up on a family cattle farm. We raised grass-fed beef. It was a very small (family) operation (both of my parents had other, full-time jobs). We kept about 30-40 head of cattle at a time. When my parents started the farm, they didn't have a clue about what they were doing, and they acquired cattle randomly. Over time, as they learned, they winnowed down the herd to those that were easy to keep and produced the best beef. Thus, we ended up with Angus, Hereford, and Angus-Hereford cross cattle. Angus cattle have great temperaments and are generally very relaxed. It takes a lot to get them worked up. They also make great mothers because they tend to birth easily and are very protective of their babies (other breeds of cattle tend to care less for their offspring). This makes them ideal for a small family farm because my parents never had to worry about anyone getting hurt (lots of breeds of cattle are more than happy to run down and trample a small child if they feel trapped). In addition, they mature quickly and are, pun intended, very beefy. They tend to bring the best market prices for beef across time.