J.E. Allen was the first family member to join the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders’ Association in 1928. Now ninety years later the fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of Angus breeders are involved in the operation.
The third generation, J.L. Hoskins, purchased his first registered Angus heifers in 1940 for $100 a head. J.L. married Evelyn Allen in 1946 and joined Evelyn’s mother and father, Herman and Hazel Allen, on the current home place farm. In 1949 a daughter, Donna Carolyn, was born.
In 1950, Shaw’s Angus, Ohio, contacted J.L. inquiring about a Eulima Erica cow. The previous year J. Garrett Tollen had the International Champion from the same lineage. Sight unseen, Shaw’s paid $800 for the cow and allowed the herd began to grow. Another daughter, Rita Kaye, arrived in 1955. With the family and herd growing, a farm and house was purchased two miles down the road, on the Casey/Lincoln County line. This farm would serve as the Branch View headquarters for almost fifty years. A creek (branch) ran the length of the farm and Evelyn decided on the name, Branch View Angus.
Averaging 20-30 shows a year during their 4-H careers, Donna and Rita exhibited at the All-American Futurity, National Junior Show, State Breeders Show, Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Sweepstakes Show and Sale, County Fairs, and Central Kentucky Shows and Sales. In 1968 a son-in-law joined the farm when Steve Coffey married Donna and in 1969 a son, James S. Coffey was born. In 2015 the family welcomed David Reid Coffey. He is the sixth generation to live on the farm.
A.I. was first used in 1968, Ankonian Banderole, who was purchased from Ankony Angus, South Dakota. A one-third semen interest was later sold to Dr. Harold Kleinhart of Shadow Lake Farm in Brownstown, Indiana. Banderole went on to sire the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand, and second in three classes at the 1970 Kentucky State Fair.
In 1993 after graduating from the University of Kentucky (UK) and a stint in public work, James Coffey returned to the operation. A.I., AHIR®, embryo transfer, ultrasound, and performance testing were implemented. Starting in the mid 2000’s we fed ours and customer purchased steers at Pratt Feeders in Kansas. We use the harvest and feed data in conjunction with maternal data to guide our breeding decisions.
The operation now consists of 275 mother cows on over 600 acres situated one mile south of Hustonville, Kentucky, Lincoln County. An additional 150 acres of hay ground and timber is located four miles south at the J.E. Allen home place in Casey County. We breed around 200 home raised and customer purchased heifers annually and sell 150+ bulls privately and through our annual sale.
Cattle and tobacco are the basis for everything our family has accomplished. Over the years we have observed many types of Angus cattle, from belt buckles to 8 frames. Most importantly, we have learned what it takes to stay in the beef business.