Angus x Galloway
Angus x Tarentaise
Angus x Shorthorn
Angus x Hereford
Highland x anything
My favorites are the ones with Tarentaise or Highland in 'em. Plan on developing more of that in the future. Highlands and Galloways have the hair and toughness for our winter grazing, and Tarentaise in the mix puts more milk, better udders, better feet and some muscle in the recipe. We try to sell everything as beef or seedstock(Galloways), but those that have to go to the auctions get dinged if they have too much hair.
Keep in mind all this is based on the assumption that the individual representatives from each of my choices are outstanding in providing the advertised traits of their repsective breed.
You use crap cows or bulls from any breed, you'll end up with crap. And I've had lots of crap from each of the breeds I've listed. It's not about breed, it's about type. If I thought I could get everything I needed from one breed, that's all I'd have. Right now the best composite cows for our program have a bit of Highland, Tarentaise or Galloway. Those breeds standing alone each present some marketing challenges. To go with one well marketed breed like Angus or Sim in our area, we meet other challenges like finding genetics that haven't been overfed that will work in our system. And so continues the blissful struggle of the everday cattleman thinking he/she can breed the perfect cow.