So you want to start a cattle herd, but aren’t sure which breed you want to use. Perhaps you have a few ideas about the type of cattle you like, but you have some certainties as well.
Where do you start? One of the first tenets of cattle breeds is that there are good and bad animals in each breed. In fact, some folks say there are just as many differences among breeds as there are between breeds. To a degree, this does have some truth to it. Still, breed does matter, and there are some important distinctions among the breeds that make some better for a particular operation than others.
Some of the more popular beef breeds are Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental, Charolais, and Brahman. Many others exist. Angus has emerged as the top breed in the North American beef cattle industry for good reason. The breed is adaptable to many different environments, performs well in the feedlot, and produces a quality product on the rail.
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