CowboyBlue wrote:OK, those answers addressed several of my questions! I think the only reason my son wants the red cows is for the color. The red cows will be "his" cows ...
You haven't mentioned your son's age, and how much experience he has had in breeding beef cattle. It may be true that the red color is the operative reason that your son is interested in the Red Angus cows, and there is nothing wrong with that premise. However, there are many other good, legitimate reasons for selecting Red Angus genetics to incorporate in ones' existing herd other
than what color the calves may display. I would suggest that you use this opportunity for a "learning" session and help your son to make decisions for himself based on good, solid thinking and proven facts by logging onto the Red Angus web site and downloading their information about the breed, and the uses of Red Angus genetics with cross-breeding and straight breeding protocols. 'Dad' might even learn something in the process, making a "bonding" opportunity between Father and Son.
Also - just because you have some some "modest success" with your current operaton doesn't mean that you can't make significant improvement in your management practices. Don't be hesitant to try some different methods for making a profit. Just study a little bit about doing some of your breeding and cattle managing in a proven manner, even if it is a little different than what was "good enough for Dad". The Red Angus Association (and all other Beef Cattle Associations for that matter) will be happy to send you material and information to help you improve your BU$INE$$ methods and operating practices. And doing things correctly is what we all should be striving for, isn't it?
Good luck with your [Search].