AAA honors Bradley 3 Ranch with Historic Angus Herd Award
The American Angus Association salutes Bradley 3 Ranch, Ltd., Memphis, Texas, for continued ownership and production of Angus cattle for more than 50 years. Minnie Lou Bradley and Mary Lou and James Henderson were presented a certificate signed by the Association's president at their production sale to honor this Historic Angus Herd achievement. Minnie Lou and Bill Bradley joined the Association in 1958.
Angus cattle have been the livelihood for Bradley 3 Ranch since registered cattle were first purchased and brought home for $160 head from Sulphur Springs, Texas. They had to run all the cattle through the chute to match up tattoos to registration papers. Each animal in today's herd carries a number brand, an ear tag and an electronic ear tag. The Bradleys strive to produce bulls with a set of balanced traits and performance records for the commercial producer and have been submitting performance records since the inception of Angus Herd Improvement Records. Seeing a need for high quality beef for consumers that also rewards cattlemen, the family built a USDA beef processing plant in 1986 that later became the first supplier of Certified Angus Beef brand Natural.
"Cattle are to work for us rather than us working for them" is the philosophy of the ranch. And the Bradleys share their passion for ranch work by partnering with the Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. They have been helping young men and women learn the ranching industry for more than 50 years.
Bill was a director on the American Angus Association Board from 1973-76. Minnie Lou became the first woman president of the Association in 2005. She was also the first woman to compete on an intercollegiate livestock judging team and the first female to earn a degree in animal husbandry from Oklahoma State University. Because she has paved the way for young women in the cattle business, The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inducted Minnie Lou in 2006. Minnie Lou has won numerous awards including the Beef Industry Federation Pioneer Award in 2001, BEEF magazine's Top 40 in 2004, and in 2008 Bradley 3 Ranch received a regional National Cattlemen's Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Award.
The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and nearly 33,000 active members nationwide. For more information on the Historic Angus Herd Award or the many programs offered by the Association, go to www.angus.org or call 816-383-5100.
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