Desirable Characteristics In Beef Cattle

  • High adaptability
  • A thick hide, thick hair
  • High efficiency of feed utilization (or, great forage convertibility)
  • Desirable carcass qualities
  • Beefy with ample muscle and bone structure
  • Greater weight for age and rate of gain either at pasture or on yard feeding
  • The ability to command top prices in the markets as finished beef or as store cattle
  • A higher selling price for breeding stock
  • Greater economy of gain in feeding
  • High percentage of calf crops
  • Lower labor costs
  • Good fertility
  • Good for maternal and rotational crossbreeding
  • Docility and ease of management
  • Lower wintering costs
  • Early maturity and longevity