The Huyser Family – M&M Feeders, Lexington, Nebraska
It took patience and prayer, and a big dose of faith to make the move to the middle of the U.S. That’s when Mel and Connie Huyser packed up in Idaho and relocated to central Nebraska in 1992. “We’ve been blessed that we’ve been given this area, and this facility, and blessed with my kids because they love the business,” said Mel. Today, it’s always someone in the family feeding the cattle and giving daily care. They know where each animal came from, how their owners cared for them on the ranch, and what they need to reach their full potential. Strong relationships are the result of weekly conversations and repeat business. For building beneficial relationships and their drive to produce the best, M&M Feeders earned the 2020 Feedyard Commitment to Excellence Award from the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.
2020 Certified Angus Beef Sustainability Award: Wilson Cattle Co. & Beef Northwest
Sustainability was a mindset at Beef Northwest and Wilson Cattle Company long before the term became a buzzword, earning the sister organizations the first-ever Certified Angus Beef ® Sustainability Commitment to Excellence Award. Zach Wilson is the sixth generation to lead Wilson Cattle Company working with Mother Nature to figure out the best economic input that will result in gains in the pasture. Eastern Oregon isn’t known for cattle feeding, but that didn’t stop the fifth generation of Wilson’s from starting Beef Northwest. The family cattle feeding business is led by progressive thinkers who harness resources from the landscape: potatoes. With a french-fry factory just down the road, tater tots, fries and jojos that don’t make spec become the basis for high-quality cattle feed. At the same time, the Beef Northwest team carries on the best traditions of their Western heritage. It’s cowboys and cutting-edge technology, a commitment to excellence in every task.
The Rutan Family – Morgan Ranches, South Mountain, Idaho
David and Ann Rutan live a positive life, with an outlook to make every day a good one. It’s that kind of philosophy that earned them the 2020 Certified Angus Beef ® Commercial Commitment to Excellence award, recognized virtually at the brand’s annual conference. “You have to have a dream and a passion. You have to believe you’re put here for a reason,” David says. “I think I was put here to raise food for people.” Today, David, Ann and two of their sons manage the ranch. Each one brings their own strengths to keep it running smoothly. It takes a vested interest to trust the hands doing the work and making decisions. Memories and plans are shared at the dining table, in a space also known as their board room, all serving to show the blended commitments to managing a successful family business. Sure, the family wants to make a living. But at the end of each day it’s really about striving for excellence and leaving the world better than yesterday. That’s what they’re doing.
Langford Family – Langford Cattle Co., Lockhart, Texas
Bodey Langford is the fourth-generation rancher following the path his great-grandfather, grandfather, father and mother set before him. Strong foundations of care, deeds imparted to future ranchers and education to non-ranch visitors earned Langford the 2020 Certified Angus Beef ® Ambassador Award. “I can’t even begin to count how many people we’ve had out here from foreign countries and other states and people that aren’t in the cattle business, but are recipients and marketers of our products, meat purveyors, restauranteurs and chefs – the sort of people that make our business work, that move product for us,” Langford said. Bodey Langford’s legacy will reside in the hearts of those he touched. Like the fellow ranchers who shared a laugh and heard some well-earned wisdom or the worldwide travelers who saw what it was to raise cattle and a family in south central Texas – the foundation Langford builds will outlast his handiwork.
LOSING GROUND (2019) - Urban Sprawl Documentary (HD)
LOSING GROUND (2019) - Urban Sprawl Documentary (HD) The first film to expose the impact of urban sprawl on American Agriculture – "Losing Ground"—an I Am Angus production. Farmers and ranchers across the country are dealing with increasing urbanization of rural America. With that urbanization brings challenges and opportunities. Hear from six farm and ranch families, including: Lovin family, Lexington, Georgia; Marsh family, Huntley, Illinois; Stabler family, Brookeville, Maryland; John Dofflemyer, California; Mark Nelson, Wilton, California; and the Cropp family, Damascus, Maryland, about how urban sprawl has impacted them and American Farmland Trust CEO John Piotti about the issue as a whole. #IAmAngus ——————————— Be sure to check out our popular I AM ANGUS DOCUMENTARY SERIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJcyEZqHJSY&list=PLB6gtLnbxirDRKgAfotqzDfH762RWjUVp&index=1 AngusTV is a production of the American Angus Association. American Angus is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. 🔴 - Click here to visit our channel and SUBSCRIBE for updates - https://www.youtube.com/c/AngusMedia 🎯 - Click here to JOIN the #AngusFamily - http://www.angus.org/General/gnrlApplInfo.aspx ❗️- Click here to REGISTER your cattle - https://www.angusonline.org/logon.aspx 📕 - Learn even more by visiting http://www.angus.org/ Connect with the American Angus Association on Social Media: 👉 FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AngusAssoc 👉 TWITTER - https://twitter.com/angusassoc?lang=en 👉 INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/angusassoc/?hl=en 👉 NEWSLETTER - https://angusconvention.activehosted.com/f/7 #AngusFamily
2020 BQA Marketer Award - Western Video Market, California
Western Video Market, Inc. was founded in 1989 by veteran livestock marketers Ellington Peek and John Rodgers to help customers sell cattle in an auction format to a national marketplace via satellite, and now the internet. The company as grown to the second-largest video sale company in the United States and in 2016 marketed more than 290,000 head of cattle for approximately 850 consignors. The company works with 21 affiliate auction yard companies and more than 60 individual field representatives to consign cattle from the 16 western states.
2019 Certified Angus Beef Feedyard Commitment to Excellence Award: NA Timmerman Inc
Norm and Sharon Timmerman raised children with diverse skillsets and diverging dreams. While they each pursued their own passions, the roads eventually led home. Now, each member of the Timmerman family plays a role in the cattle feeding business. For their dedication to grid marketing, feeding premium cattle and a call to doing the best job every time, the Norm Timmerman family received the 2019 Feedyard Commitment to Excellence Award from the Certified Angus Beef brand.
Bledsoe Cattle Company Earns Commitment to Excellence Award
Bledsoe Cattle Company recently earned honors from the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. Bob and Grant Bledsoe talk about the importance of partnership in their 7,000-head, Wray, Colorado, feedyard. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit www.CABpartners.com or www.angus.org for more information.