The weather we're having, snow and cold, reminds me of why we try to avoid the bulls that reduce backfat very much. Of course, this is a personal theory so probably nobody will agree. I like the cows, even at BCS 5.5 to 6 to have about 3/8s to 1/2 inch of back fat. When they are sanding around and the snow is piling up on their backs and not melting it shos (to me anyway) that they have enough insulation that they aren't shedding heat. It seems that the less back fat cows always eat a lot more during this kind of weather. Just went out and groped a coming two year old heifer, her udder and up in her arm pits shes still toasty warm, she has about 3 inches of snow piled on her back. Love the easy keeping cows. This is just one reason why there is no one perfect breed or type of cow. In the desert and on range we also prefered some Brahman influence to take advantage of their heat tolerence buty also their natural feeding traits of covering a lot of ground. Here, while they may not be a disadvantage, I still don't think they would do as well in winter as these non-Brahman influenced cows do. Just babbling, what else is there to do, it's still snowing to hard to even go plow the drive way.