January 5, 2024
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Cutline: The 2024 Angus Foundation Heifer Package, donated by Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, S.C., was purchased by Express Ranches of Yukon, Okla. for $52,500 on January 5 at Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City.
2024 Angus Foundation Heifer Package sells for $52,500
Express Ranches of Oklahoma purchases bred heifer Yon Sarah K1233 at the National Angus Bull Sale in Oklahoma City.
Express Ranches of Yukon, Oklahoma, purchased the Angus Foundation Heifer Package on Jan. 5 for $52,500 to continue the legacy of the Angus breed. The package, donated by Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, led off the National Angus Bull Sale during Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City. Since 1980, the heifer package has been sold to generate unrestricted funds to further its mission of supporting education, youth and research for the breed.
Yon Family Farms generously donated Yon Sarah K1233 (AAA *20450734) for the 2024 Angus Foundation Heifer Package. The bred heifer is a maternal sister to both Yon Top Cut G730 (AAA +*19476453) and Yon Saluda (AAA +*20336998). Yon Sarah K1233 is safe in calf to Yon Toccoa F1054 (AAA +*19306162), with an anticipated due date of March 21, 2024. The heifer package also includes an Advanced Reproductive Technology Package from Trans Ova Genetics, trucking to the buyer donated by Lathrop Livestock Transportation and 30 days of mortality insurance donated by Jeanne Conover, Livestock Insurance Agent with Conover Auction Service.
Yon Family Farms is a first-generation seedstock operation whose focus is to provide high quality, value-added cattle to satisfied customers. They aim for their customers to believe that honesty, quality, service and value are synonymous with their name.
“We just appreciate the opportunity to give back in a small way,” said Kevin Yon.
Kevin and Lydia Yon started the operation in 1996, and now work alongside their three children, Sally, Drake and Corbin, who each returned to the farm after attending college. The Yons host both a spring and fall production sale, selling around 425 registered Angus bulls and 200 females annually.
“The Yon family brought us an incredible female to offer for this year’s heifer package,” said Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director. “Their generosity, coupled with the incredible support from Express Ranches, will help us continue creating opportunities for the next generation.”
Funds raised through the sale of the heifer package will benefit the Angus Fund, which provides unrestricted dollars to further the Foundation’s mission of education, youth and research. The Foundation supports a diverse set of efforts focused on ensuring a bright future for the breed. Academic scholarships, leadership conferences and cutting-edge research are among the many programs sustained by the Angus Fund.
The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has raised more than $2.9 million since the inception of the program. For more information about the Angus Foundation or the annual Angus Foundation Heifer Package Sale, visit AngusFoundation.org.
— Written by Peyton Schmitt, Angus Communications
About the Angus Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth, and research. The organization has distributed more than $4.2 million in youth scholarships since 1998 and has also invested more than $1.3 million in beef cattle research in the past decade.
For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 22,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by more than 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.