I have a small herd (about 30 head)cow/calf operation in South Florida. The herd is a commercial hodge podge mix. Weaning weights, predictability and uniformity are not very good. I'd like to make a move toward applied genetics and would like to hear the advice and experiences of others. Most important traits in order are 1.Ease of calving 2. Thrive in Florida climate 3.Black 4.Weaning weights. My pastures are clean and quite forageable, but Florida climate is tough on English and Continental breeds. I was thinking I should liquidate my current herd, and re-stock with Continental/Brahman cross cows and Pure Angus bull. Gelbveigh/Braford composites readily available in my area from Braford foundation herd. Any ideas on the best genetic makeup for my desire?