Inspiring Youth, Beaver Dam Farm

July 21, 2015




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Inspiring Youth, Beaver Dam Farm

Gordon and Robin Keys acknowledged as 2015 Honorary Angus Foundation inductees for incredible support to Angus youth.


Both lifelong Angus cattle breeders, Gordon and Robin Keys of Beaver Dam Farm, Middleburg, Va., are leaving a lasting impression on Angus youth in their home states of Maryland and Virginia, respectively. In 2015, the family established two scholarship endowment funds through the Angus Foundation to benefit junior members for many years to come.

To recognize their dedication to youth, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) inducted Gordon and Robin into the Honorary Angus Foundation during the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla.

“It has truly been an honor to get acquainted with Gordon and Robin,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president  “I remember when Gordon mentioned he and his wife would like to make a major gift to the Angus Foundation. Through many conversations, they are leaving their legacy within the Angus breed and making a difference in the lives of Angus youth.”

Prior to establishing the scholarship funds, the couple had been dedicated donors to the Angus Foundation. Recently, they felt the need to have a more personal impact on junior Angus members in their home states and help support them in their dreams of higher education.

Gordon’s involvement with Angus cattle dates back to his childhood, and he provided the same opportunities to his children growing up. They participated in 4-H, showed Angus cattle and were involved in other activities throughout the agriculture industry — and they remain involved today.

At the 2015 NJAS awards ceremony, the Keys were honored along with fellow 2015 inductees Ed and Wilma Minix, Black Witch Farms, Athens, Ga.; and Thomas and Catherine Chambers, Chambers Angus, Ontario, Ore.

 In 1985, the NJAA Board of Directors established the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and thank those who have shown incredible support of Angus youth. Seven Angus breeders were honored as the first inductees, and each year the NJAA honors up to three individuals.

Any member of the American Angus Association® is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation. A complete list of members can be found online.

For more news and information from the 2015 NJAS, visit to find contest results, awards, scholarships and show photos. Backdrop and candid photos will also be available for purchase online at

Also, plan to tune in to a special episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27 on RFD-TV.


About Angus Foundation

Established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, call the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or go to


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