The American Angus Association is the nation`s largest beef registry association with over 30,000 adult and junior members. Our goal is to serve the beef cattle industry, and increase the production of consistent, high quality beef that will better satisfy consumers throughout the world. Here you will find information about many of the programs the Association offers its members and the commercial cattle producers who use registered Angus bulls. Just click on the sections that interest you most.
This publication provides an overview of the American Angus Association's programs and services.
Angus Advantages - This brochure explains how Angus genetics can work in producer's herds to improve demand, boost profits and take some of the work out of cattle production.
Angus Beef Chart - A great reference for meat cuts and how they relate to a beef animal. This revised version includes recommended cooking methods. This file requires Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher to view. You can also request color reprints which are '11x17', folded and three-hole punched. Poster size available upon request.
Angus Clip Art and Screen Savers - Screensavers of various Angus scenes are now available. Also, use Angus graphics by Frank C. Murphy to illustrate Angus promotional or educational projects.
Angus Education Center - The Angus Education Center is the AAA online resource for educational materials. These interactive modules, brochures and handouts offer information on programs and services offered by the American Angus Association.
Annual Report - A year-end review of the activities of the American Angus Association.
Educational Videos - Available to both members and non-members to purchase. These videos are popular teaching tools for 4-H and FFA groups.
Century Award - The Century Award was created to recognize its members and their families who have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for at least 100 years. The honorees are recognized at the American Angus Association’s Annual Awards Banquet each November, with an engraved plaque, notice will be given in the Angus Journal, and a list will be maintained on the Association’s website. In addition, publicity will be sent to their local media. Applications are due to the Activities Department by Sept. 1, of the year you wish to receive the award. Please feel free to include additional sheets or copies of relevant historical documents if applicable.
Historic Angus Herd Award - Active members of the Association who have been in the continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 years or more are eligible to apply for the American Angus Association's Historic Angus Herd Award. To qualify, the herd must be owned by the original member or their immediate family and documentation of herd records must be provided. Herds that qualify are presented an official certificate, signed by the president of the Association, and recognition in the Angus Journal. Click here to download a Historic Angus Herd Award application. Click here for a listing of members that have been recognized with the Historic Angus Herd Award since the program was started in 1988.
- To provide programs, services, technology and leadership to enhance the genetics of the Angus breed, broaden its influence within the beef industry, and expand the market for superior tasting, high-quality Angus beef worldwide.
- To be the leading and most progressive, member-driven, consumer-focused beef organization in the world.
- Achieve Angus Excellence Through Information
- Increase Beef Demand With Angus Equity
- Identify and Implement Relevant Technologies
- Optimize Resources
- Create Opportunities
The First Angus in America
When George Grant transported four Angus bulls from Scotland to the middle of the Kansas Prairie in 1873, they were part of the Scotsman's dream to found a colony of wealthy, stock-raising Britishers. Grant died five years later, and many of the settlers at his Victoria, Kansas, colony later returned to their homeland. However, these four Angus bulls, probably from the herd of George Brown of Westertown, Fochabers, Scotland, made a lasting impression on the U.S. cattle industry.
When two of the George Grant bulls were exhibited in the fall of 1873 at the Kansas City (Missouri) Livestock Exposition, some considered them 'freaks' because of their polled (naturally hornless) heads and solid black color (Shorthorns were then the dominant breed.) Grant, a forward thinker, crossed the bulls with native Texas longhorn cows, producing a large number of hornless black calves that survived well on the winter range. The Angus crosses wintered better and weighed more the next spring, the first demonstration of the breed's value in their new homeland.
Early Importers and Breeders
The first great herds of Angus beef cattle in America were built up by purchasing stock directly from Scotland. Twelve hundred cattle alone were imported, mostly to the Midwest, in a period of explosive growth between 1878 and 1883. Over the next quarter of a century these early owners, in turn, helped start other herds by breeding, showing, and selling their registered stock.
The American Angus Association
The American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association (name shortened in 1950s to American Angus Association) was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on November 21, 1883, with 60 members. The growth of the Association has paralleled the success of the Angus breed in America.
In the first century of operation, more than 10 million head were recorded. The Association records more cattle each year then any other beef breed association, making it the largest beef breed registry association in the world.