Our family has welcomed the opportunity to participate in all facets of the cattle industry. We are active in the local, state, regional and national beef and Angus organizations.
At the 2015 American Angus Association (AAA) Annual Meeting James was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association. While serving on the AAA Board in 2016 he was a member of the Angus Productions Inc. Board and in 2017 a member of the Angus Foundation Board. In addition to service to AAA James served two terms on the Board of Directors and as President of the Kentucky Angus Association. He also chaired the Promotion and Sweepstakes Committees. J. L. and James both served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Central Kentucky Angus Association (CKAA). J. L. was a founding member of the CKAA, and all family members are shareholders in that corporation. Evelyn was a long time member of the CKAA Auxiliary.
In 2014 Branch View Angus was selected by the Kentucky Angus Association as Performance Breeder of the year. Also in 2014 J. L. received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In 2010 James represented the American Angus Association on the Young Cattlemen’s Conference Tour sponsored by the National Beef Cattle Association. In 2009 J. L and Evelyn received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Angus Association. In 2003 J. L received the Historic Herd Awards from the American Angus Association and the Kentucky Angus Association for over 50 years of breeding Angus cattle.
The family is a member to the Lincoln County Cattleman’s Association, Kentucky Cattleman’s Association (KCA), and National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA). The family has hosted a tour stop on the Kentucky Angus Tour and the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Ad Day. The family also hosted the 2008 Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Farmer-Lender Field Day.
The family has had numerous articles and information published about the operation. These include:
April 2008, Cow Country News; publication of the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association
Our main focus is to produce bulls for the commercial sector. We participate in all marketing channels available to us and our fellow commercial producers. We have sold the lower end of our registered weanlings and commercial steers in the Kentucky CPH-45 sales. In 2006 we did a Structured Sire Evaluation on our first owned A.I. sires, B/R Fastrack 415. In the mid 2000’s we fed ours and customer purchased steers at Pratt Feeders in Kansas so that we could receive carcass and performance data.
In the fall of 2017 we will be partnering with Pratt Feeders, Pratt, Kansas to purchase bull customer steers to feed to harvest. We will collect all harvest data and turn in to the AAA to solidify the EPDs of our bulls and cow herd. We use this data in conjunction with maternal evaluation to shape our breeding decisions.
Participation, whether at the local, state, or national level, is an integral part of our operations.