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Old 04-22-2011, 09:55 AM   #11
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...Conversion rate is the amount of feed (in pounds) needed to produce one pound of beef (whole live steer), and the Angus conversion rate is a percentage point or two different from most other cattle types. (I don't recall whether it's better or worse,) but finishing feed costs would be factored in...

I recall reading that Angus cattle reached full maturity faster than other breeds.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #12
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I was always under the impression that is was only a marketing term.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:02 AM   #13
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I was always under the impression that is was only a marketing term.

While Angus is a different breed from the cattle we usually eat, the taste/quality side of the discussion is certainly marketing.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:33 PM   #14
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Just to clarify, Angus, or Black Angus, is a breed of cattle. Certified Angus is a trade mark, and is not, by itself, a quality mark. It is really no different than other marketing names. The Angus association has done a good job of marketing, resulting in higher prices, and I think they do some policing. Hanging in a packing house, there is little distinguishible difference, although a good tagger can pick them out. USDA grading is a quality designation.

I doubt is anyone could tell the difference in a steak after cooking. As many have said, the three most important factors in a quality steak is aging, marbling, and seasoning.

If you want the best steak possible, do what the best steak houses do. Buy whole strips or rib eyes. Pick the one with the largest eye and the most marbling, then store it in the frig for 6 or so weeks in its original Cryovac packaging.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:41 PM   #15
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I have on occasion pulled off Angus logo stickers from meat packages and placed them on packages of select cuts of steaks. These select cuts tasted no better. :)))
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:18 PM   #16
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The timing couldn't have been better. I ran to the local grocery store to get some more butter (2 bricks for $1.99 ea) and what does the bulletin board hold...

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And as you can see, it's "hormonos" free

That's how we roll
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:20 PM   #17
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That must be Greek for hormones
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #18
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The way I read it; They had some black cows, the left them to fend for themselves in a pasture, they never had medical care... and we never said they didn't have hormones... we said hormonos...
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Best deer I ever et was cornfed.
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Best deer I ever et was cornfed.
Good point. Same here.
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