Very educational thread as usual. Personally, I do not bother paying more for Black Angus as I cannot taste the difference. Having grown up in an area with more cows than people I do have a fixed idea in my head on what a cow should look like. We did not have any Black Angus where I grew up, just Hereford.
I have seen Black Angus, however and they look nothing like my old hometown cows. The Black Angus I have seen have short legs, bulky square shaped bodies and in the pasture look more like a Black Bear, which we also had a lot of in my youth.
I think I know why my farming friends never raised Black Angus:
1: Being a laughing stock is no fun in small community.
2: Intrepid deer hunters from the city bagged more than enough "Hereford deer" each year. Why encourage them:to bag Black Bear Angus as well?
3: Although, a clever lot that could tell a believable tall tale with a straight face they were honest and would never sell bear for cow. Well OK, maybe Stinky Bob would have and he would have made it stick. I can imagine him selling one now:
" Now this here expensive one is a fancy Black Angus, straight from Scotland, note the body weight and short legs, no waste here. Yes they are a bit hairy and have claws but they are adapted to the Highlands of Scotland. Yes they do growl a bit and are a feisty cow, but that's because they wean them on Highland whiskey which makes the meat a gourmet treat."
Sometimes I wonder if Stinky Bob ever did discover Black Angus and started spinning his tales to corporate America.