Harry A. Leonard and Sons, Perry, Iowa, has earned the American Angus Association's Historic Angus Herd Award, which recognizes members who have been in the continuous production of registered Angus cattle by the same individual or family for 50 years or more.

The herd was started by Harry, Gary and Keith Leonard in 1952, with Harry and Gary having primary management and ownership of the herd through the years. Foundation cattle for the herd were purchased from Iowa Angus breeders. In addition to the cattle enterprise, the family also farmed and maintained several acres of hay production. Gary was active in showing cattle and was involved in 4-H and FFA youth programs.

Today Gary manages the herd, which has been reduced to 30 Angus cows.

A certificate commemorating this honor has been presented to the Leonard family on behalf of the American Angus Association.

The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and more than 34,000 regular and junior members nationwide. Its headquarters are in St. Joseph, Mo. For more information go to

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