June 13, 2013


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Photo of Kenneth and Madeline Coulter

Illinois Angus Breeder Honored for Historic Herd
The American Angus Association recognizes Coulter Angus, Congerville, Ill.

The Historic Angus Herd Award is presented to Angus breeders or immediate families who have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 years or more. The American Angus Associationģ is honored to recognize Coulter Angus, Congerville, Ill., as a Historic Angus Herd.

Kenneth Coulter was 15-years-old when he purchased his first Angus heifer in 1937; bred by Eglin Bros. Farm. The heifer was popular in the showring and won championship titles at many shows, including junior champion at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

As a young man, Kenneth helped fit and exhibit the Central Illinois Association show herd across the country. After serving in the Air Corps, Coulter continued his passion for Angus and acquired more cattle to expand his herd.

Many head originated from Timberline Farms and Central Illinois Angus sales. Over the years, they used Timberline bulls, purchased bulls from Ankony Angus and other operations. Coulter Angus was also an early adopter of artificial insemination (A.I.) in the 1960s and still use the technology on the herd today.

The Coulter family grew in a similar fashion. Together with his wife, Madeline, and their four children, they showed cattle at numerous county, state and national shows and were very involved in 4-H. The Coulter childrenís herd then helped finance the four kidsí college education.

The Coulter Angus herd numbers are currently around 50 head of cows with ownership from son Kevin Coulter and grandson Matt Coulter.

Coulter Angus joins nine other historical Angus operations recognized by the American Angus Association in 2012:Walter D. Shealy III, Black Grove, Newberry, S.C.; William B. and Nancy S. Byars, Fortuna, Mo.; Sam and Doris Lefevre, Lefevre Angus Farm, Butler, Mo.; Dennis Lopez, Diablo Valley Angus, Byron, Calif.; Bobby Aldridge, Oakview Angus, Yanceyville, N.C.; Weiker Angus Ranch, Fayette, Mo.; Tracy and Mark Pedretti, Prairie Du Chien, Wis.; Randy Kessler, Milton-Freewater, Ore.; and Goodfellow Angus, Bruce, S.D.

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nationís largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. Itís home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on 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, visit www.ANGUS.org.