Lets all give a big thank you to them marketing geniuses with the certified angus beef group. Here in the plant, all it takes to qualify to recieve an angus stamp is that the hide be at least 51% black. You would think that that would open up for a multitude of cattle types to make the angus programs. It would if the people buying from the packers would never visit the plants. We here kill less than 1000 head a day and only about 2 days go by in any given month that we don't have visits from prospective or current customers. Each time a salesman sets up a visit, they press us to provide a full yard of 100% black cattle! Assuming this holds water in most all areas in the country, you can see why the packers are willing to pay a premium for solid blacks with only a sprinkle of color in the pen. Although I personally don't taste any difference between meat from black hided animals and say red or smokey hided animals, I do appreciate the visual appeal of 500ish head of straight blacks lined up in pens for harvest!
To further illustrate this, let me ask; has anyone been to say NYC's zoo. They actually have cattle there. Guess what they look like? Yeah, black and whites, yuk! Now go to the upscale meat markets and look at the pos material in the beef case. What do you see there? The most beautiful sillouette of a perfectly proportioned black steer with the word ANGUS in print. So, to those that never get out of the city, there is a stereotype as to what good beef is. Sorry, but the masses in so called "civilization" are driving us to market!!!