WCC, i hear you on the lower quarter. that said, it's not that valuable a cut of meat, but why do fitters make it look like arnold, while making the top look like an ottoman where all the $ is? i don't like living low on the quarter, but high on the hog. that lower quarter is probably the most distracting to look at when trying to get an overall perspective of the animal. i think some people call them funnel butts.
Well knabe, it's not the most expensive cut for sure, but it isn't the worst, so it's still the more the better. Plus, the muscle expression in the lower quarter is often and indication of the muscle pattern overall. I can't say I've ever seen one who was really nicely muscled in the lower quarter that was lacking muscle in other places. So, for me, it helps get a perspective on the whole animal. However, that's all hair not withstanding. And yes, some people can get a lot of lot of hair in that area.
WCC- he is just a 2006 calf so no calves on the ground yet. They have him listed as a 2 ** for BW.
I think the picture is of a young bull, would be interested in what he looks like now w/ some maturity.