Branch View Angus History

JE Allen Certificate
1928

J.E. Allen was the first family member to join the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders’ Association. Now ninety years later the fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of Angus breeders are involved in the operation.

J.L. Hoskins, and his calf
1930

The third generation, J.L. Hoskins, and his calf.

J.L. and his parents, William and Pearl Hoskins
1938

J.L. and his parents, William and Pearl Hoskins. Cattle and tobacco are the basis for everything our family has accomplished.

1940

J.L. purchased his first registered Angus heifers for $100 a head.

J. L. with his pair of mules
1940

J. L. with his pair of mules.

current home place farm
1946

J.L. married Evelyn Allen and joined Evelyn’s mother and father, Herman and Hazel Allen, on the current home place farm.

1949

Daughter, Donna Carolyn, was born.

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.

1955

Another daughter, Rita Kaye, arrived. 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.

Evelyn and Rita
1958

Instilling the passion at a young age! Evelyn and Rita.

Donna and Rita averaged 20-30 shows a year during their 4-H careers

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.

Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Champion
1961

Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Champion

Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Champion
1965

Kentucky Angus Sweepstakes Champion

1968

Son-in-law joined the farm when Steve Coffey married Donna.

1968

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.

1969

Son, James S. Coffey was born.

1970

Banderole went on to sire the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand, and second in three classes at the Kentucky State Fair.

James helping feed square bales on Christmas Eve
1971

James helping feed square bales on Christmas Eve.

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.

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.

2006

Inaugural Production Sale

2008

We started feeding 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.

2009

J. L and Evelyn received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Angus Association.

James represented the American Angus Association
2010

James represented the American Angus Association on the Young Cattlemen’s Conference Tour sponsored by the National Beef Cattle Association.

2012

Welcomed guest consigners to annual production sale, becomes the largest Angus sale in Kentucky.

2013

James serves as President of the Kentucky Angus Association.

J.L. receiving the Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture Award from Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner
2014

J.L. receiving the Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture Award from Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer.

2014

Branch View Angus was selected by the Kentucky Angus Association as Performance Breeder of the year.

The family welcomed David Reid Coffey. He is the sixth generation to live on the farm.
2015

The family welcomed David Reid Coffey. He is the sixth generation to live on the farm.

James was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association
2015

American Angus Association (AAA) Annual Meeting James was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Angus Association.

2018

James served as Chairman of the Angus Foundation Board.

Official Certified Angus Beef logo painted on barn
2020

Official Certified Angus Beef logo painted on barn. 40 barns across the country were selected for this honor.

2020

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.

Farm Gate with cattle

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.