Updyke Angus Receives National Recognition
Howard and Audrey Updyke, Meshoppen, have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Associationís 2004 Pathfinder Report.
Only 2,099 of the more than 34,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this yearís report, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, reports Bill Bowman, Association director of performance programs. More than 1,330,000 eligible dams were examined to determine Pathfinder status. All registered Angus cows that meet the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the Pathfinder Report that is published annually by the Association.
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