As for brisket, I think a lot of it may again have to do with your eyes playing tricks on you, and that an animal with a pinched chest may look like it has a bigger brisket and vice versa.. I like nice cylindrical torsos on cattle... think of a dachshund but with longer legs lolThese topics (re: brisket, "leather", what an animal "...looks like...", "..."nice" this or that physical structures or appearances, ) have been cussed and discussed on these pages ad nauseum in the past, and the comments, for the most part, reveal the 'opinions' of the writers - not necessarily the genetics of the individuals concerned. It was determined many years ago by Producers, Breeders, Universities, Judges of Shows, and Breeders of Registered Livestock that the most desirable method of describing the characteristics of livestock, both positive and negative, was to have a "language", so to speak, by which all breeders and producers could be on the same page and speak the same 'language'. That method has been proven to work very well over the years, and the terminology has been preserved in Glossaries, Textbooks, and millions of articles on beef cattle. By knowing and using these terms, it becomes an easier method of communication within the Industry!
It is interesting to observe how the quality of traits and characteristics of beef Phenotype and Genetics have improved in appearance and function over the years!