Local Angus breeders earn national recognition

Three area Angus breeders have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association. 44 Farms in Cameron, Ryle McClaren of Cameron and Fluharty Farms LLC in Gause have been included in the Association’s Pathfinder Report.

44 Farms has seven registered Angus cows in the Association’s 2011 Pathfinder Report, while McClaren and Fluharty Farms each have one.

Only 2,099 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

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, Bowman says.

Over 1.9 million eligible dams and more than 6.2 million weaning records 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.

The 2011 Pathfinder Report lists 9,083 individual cows and 242 Pathfinder sires. It is published online at, and printed copies are available from the Association. The largest number of Pathfinder cows from a single herd this year is 86.

Star ted in 1978, the Pathfinder Program continues to recognize outstanding breeders participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIRĀ®) Program.

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