National Angus Tour Explores Indiana Agriculture
By Shelby Mettlen
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Before the official opening of the third annual Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., more than 200 producers and members of the American Angus Association attended this year’s National Angus Tour. The tour, sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Zoetis, took participants on an adventure exploring Indiana agriculture. Tour participants enjoyed stops at Willer Time Ridge Angus, Stewart Select Angus, the Hoosier Gym and Coverdale Angus.
Attendees boarded buses bound first for Willer Timber Ridge Angus at Greencastle. There, guests were treated to coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls by the Willer family before browsing pens of cattle on display from guest vendors.
Cattle were displayed at each of the three stops to showcase the area’s prime Angus production. Guest vendors included GHG Angus, Wilson Cattle Co., Grubbs Angus, Horstman Cattle Co., Double R Bar Angus, Linz Heritage Angus, Les Craft Angus, Newman Angus, BCH, Bar-Water Angus, Carr Angus, Wilson Angus, Sherman Angus, Gerber Land & Cattle, and Sankey Angus.
The next stop for tour participants was Stewart Select Angus at Greensburg. After touring the cattle facilities, guests boarded buses for Stewart Select Seed, where lunch, and tours of the seed production facilities and warehouses were provided.
Between farms, the tour took a break from cattle production to stop at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. Attendees listened to a brief presentation, then had the opportunity to explore the gym, take photos and shoot a few baskets.
Coverdale Angus in Frankton was the tour’s final stop. The operation was presented with the American Angus Association’s Historic Angus Herd Award. This honor is awarded to Angus producers or their immediate families who have been producing registered-Angus cattle for 50 years or more.
Geordie and Julia Soutar of Dunlouise Angus in Forfar, Scotland, were new to the National Angus Tour; however, they certainly are not strangers to the Angus business. Their herd includes only genetics from the original native Scottish Aberdeen Angus herd.
The pair was making a bit of a vacation of their visit to the Angus Convention and National Angus Tour before road-tripping through the States and heading back to Scotland.
Randy Mitteness of Minnesota said he decided to take advantage of the National Angus Tour as an opportunity to see agriculture across the United States and connect with other producers.
“I think all of agriculture is pretty much the same,” Mitteness said. “Farmers in Indiana are farmers in Minnesota; we all grow crops and cattle. There are probably a few different ways of doing it, but for the most part, we’re all trying to raise the best food we can for the people of this country.”
Angus Ambassador Cassandra Garcia, Washington, also attended the tour, saying she enjoyed meeting new people and being part of Angus family.
For additional coverage of the Angus Convention, tune in forThe Angus Reporton RFD-TV the week of Nov. 21 and watch for coverage in the Angus Journal and the Angus Beef Bulletin. Summaries, speaker presentations, photos, videos and much more will be posted online at www.angus.media.