AngusSource program continues to grow
In a year where the cattle business saw continued downsizing, the American Angus Association’s USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) experienced doubledigit growth.
More than 700 Angus cattlemen enrolled 140,315 head in AngusSource during fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. That’s a 14.3 percent increase in number of head enrolled in the program, which documents source, group age and Angus genetics.
“As AngusSource finishes its fifth year as a USDA PVP and gears up for the busy fall season, it continues to build upon the pur pose
from which it was developed—to add value to Angus-sired calves,” Sara Snider, AngusSource director says.
Producers with herds not meeting the genetic requirements of AngusSource can enroll in Gateway, the program’s second-tier verification program documenting source and age.
Introduced in August 2009, more than 120 producers enrolled 19,258 head in Gateway during the program’s first complete fiscal year.
Ranchers using either AngusSource or Gateway can take advantage of the program’s online listing service, which is available at www. angus.org/angussource and features stocker/feeder cattle and replacement females enrolled in the programs. The list is distributed to more than 600 potential buyers each week.
More than 47,000 head were marketed through the online listing site in FY 2010.
AngusSource also continues to operate its feed yard umbrella, assisting farmer feeders and commercial yards in targeting finished, age-verified calves for the Japanese export market.
To learn more about AngusSource or Gateway, visit www.angus.org. — WLJ