‘I Am Angus’ Broadcasts Thanksgiving Night
By Jena McRell
The American Angus Association gives thanks this holiday season for Angus cattle and those committed to preserving the ranching way of life. A new season of the Association’s documentary series, I Am Angus®, airs at 9 p.m. CST (10 p.m. EST) Thursday, Nov. 24, on RFD-TV. A second broadcast is set for 5 a.m. CST (6 a.m. EST) Saturday, Nov. 26.
I Am Angus travels cattle country and visits individuals and families dedicated to raising cattle, caring for the land and raising the highest quality beef in the world — the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand. The hour-long documentary is produced entirely by Angus Media, and pays tribute to the history and heritage of cattle ranching nationwide.
The Thanksgiving episode, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shares stories of mentorship and growth, and how new leaders are encouraged to contribute to the quality beef business. The program features farm and ranch families from Montana to West Virginia, and Nebraska to Kentucky.
Featured in the Nov. 24 episode are:
- Reese Tuckwiller, Lewisburg, W.Va., shares his story as a young leader in agriculture and his quest for a future in the quality beef business. He is a student at the University of Nebraska, a member of the National Junior Angus Board (NJAB) and multi-generation farmer from West Virginia.
- Steve Stratford of Stratford Angus, Pratt, Kan., explains how mentorship has shaped his success in the cattle business, and how leaders at Pratt Livestock Auction in south-central Kansas encouraged him along the way.
- Caring for an Angus cow herd in the Rocky Mountains has been a lifelong dream for Shawn Christensen of Springvale Ranch. Today, along with his wife, Jen, and daughters, Katelyn and Kara, Shawn cares for the animals that roam the land his grandfather first homesteaded a century ago.
- With roots planted deep in the heart of Kentucky, Charles “Bud” Smith grew up loving the land. He and his family operate Smithland Angus near Russell Springs, Ky., and he shares why his life’s passion is the Angus business.
- Curtis “Doc” Long of Briarwood Farms in Butler, Mo., talks about his start in the Angus business and the beautiful pastures that sustain his cattle operation. Each spring, the fields come alive with native flowers and lush grassland.
- Lazy Lane Farm near Upperville, Va., is a collection of historic pastures that’s home to registered-Angus cattle, horses and crops. Jim Wylie shares a look at the operation and how their herd thrives near the mountains of northern Virginia.
- Rick and Margaret Woodworth own Flying W Farms near Burlington, W.Va., a complete pasture-to-plate operation that relies on registered-Angus cattle to produce quality beef that consumers enjoy in their farm market and restaurant.
- At Poky Feeders near Scott City, Kan., Joe Morgan turns 3,700 head per week, and nearly 37% of Poky-fed Angus cattle earned the CAB® brand last year. He and son, Grant Morgan, share their story.
- Jake and Kami Scott of Krebs Ranch near Gordon, Neb., share how ranch internships help shape young leaders, like Tuckwiller, and develop a life-long passion for cattle production.
RFD-TV is distributed by more than 625 cable operators, and can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information.
Save the date for the second I Am Angus episode Dec. 26, as the Association introduces families involved in the business of raising Angus cattle. To watch segments from past shows, visit the Association’s website or YouTube channel.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.
For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.