Press Releases

Commercial cattle producers are the barometer of the Red Angus breed. Their confidence and use of the breed’s genetics help determine market share and, even more importantly, help verify the genetic progress of the breed’s gene pool. 

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently recognized the Bickel Ranch of Firesteel, S.D., as one of the nation’s outstanding commercial Red Angus operations. The Bickels accepted the Commercial Producer of the Year award during the 60th Red Angus National Convention in Lewistown, Mont., this fall.

Manhattan, Mont.,-area Red Angus breeders Chuck and Carol Feddes, Feddes Red Angus, were named the Red Angus Association of America’s (RAAA) Breeder of the Year during the 60th Red Angus National Convention in Lewistown, Mont., this fall.

Halla Pfeiff of Briggsdale, Colo., recently joined the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) as the special projects coordinator, and will focus her attention on RAAA’s DNA department submissions and other special projects for the Association. 
 
Pfeiff boasts both a seedstock and commercial cattle industry background. She grew up working for a 200-head registered and commercial Angus ranch as well as her family’s own operation. Pfeiff earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft.

Blake Angell, of Ellis, Kan. received the 2012 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Industry Service award at the Red Angus National Convention in Reno, Nev., Oct. 31— Nov. 2.

Myron Edelman, director of added value programs and friend of Angell, presented the award. Edelman recognized Angell’s service to Red Angus and to the beef industry.

Seedstock producers and enthusiasts from across the country joined together at the annual Young Guns Conference June 17 – 19 in Loveland, Colo., to network and learn how they could advance the reliability, trustworthiness and overall value of their seedstock for their customers – the cow-calf producers, the feeders and the packers. 

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) will host its 60th Annual National Convention Sept. 11-13 in Lewistown, Mont. This year’s convention – themed “Diamonds in the Big Sky” – will be held at the Yogo Inn with a separate Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium taking place at the Fergus County Fairgrounds. Post-convention events are scheduled for Sept. 14.

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and the American Simmental Association (ASA) are again teaming up to gather forward-thinking producers at the annual Young Guns Conference, July 17 – 19, in Loveland, Colo.

The conference offers a combination of speakers, interactive discussions, tours and relationship-building activities between cattlemen and national staff.

As with any successful business endeavor, setting goals and maintaining a program’s health will enhance profitability. Cattle producers and industry professionals explored these aspects of profitability at the “Manage For Profit” symposium that kicked off the annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention on June 12 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

McKenzie Smith, of Sonora, Texas, recently joined the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) as the media and public relations coordinator, and will focus on enhancing communications and relations with stakeholders while sharing the Red Angus story within the industry.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism from Texas A&M University and completed a multi-faceted internship each year with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, including an editorial internship and a public relations internship.

Loosli Red Angus of Ashton, Idaho, received the 2012 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Pioneer Breeder of the Year Award at the Red Angus National Convention in Reno, Nev., Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Chuck Feddes of Manhattan, Mont., longtime friend and fellow Red Angus seedstock producer, presented the award to the late Lynn Loosli, and Brian and Karen Loosli, owners and operators of Loosli Red Angus. Feddes said of Loosli, “Brian has done an outstanding job of carrying on the tradition and of building this herd.”