Through the years, we read about breeds for small acreage like ours. We have never had the money to invest in pure breeds that we admired like the heritage beef breed RED DEVON. Well, as luck would have it, we have had wayward bulls jump over our fences, stay awhile and just as mysteriously, disappear. Sometimes the handsome interlopers were black angus, black brangus or red limousine. In about 285 days, according to Wikipedia, we would have nice beefy calves that looked a lot like their papas. "Prepotent" those bulls were - stamping their likenesses on their progeny.
Our mama cows and calves, nevertheless, were a bit leggy - tall. We wanted them to be closer to the grass. So one day, another neighbor had a half and half bull - Dexter & Angus. Dexters are short-legged and very beefy. We traded one of our good young bull calves for this cross which we named "Napoleon". One day Napolean was given the privilege of interloper for about two years. We got some beefy angus looking and sometimes short Dexter looking calves. Over the years we have developed absolutely no "breed". We just look for our best bull at the time - beefy, short legs, straight back, depth of girth, and good length. We have gotten some very nice bull calves which we slaughter for the beef we sell.
About a year ago we visited another neighbor who is raising Belted Galloways - the "Oreo" cow. That breed is very beefy and not so tall. We purchased Little Big Man and he has been the lone bull with the girls for a little over 285 days. Well, we now have three little Beltie cross bull calves with four more calves on the way. Little Big Man is prepotent. These calves look like their papa. We think they are going to make some beautiful young bulls someday.
Granted, we lack consistency in conformation. Nobody at the auction will buy a Beltie because of their loud color pattern no matter how great they look. You cannot give them away there. But we rarely take animals to the auction - unless they are mean. So our loud-colored, beefy animals have a home here where they are appreciated.