Pelton honored as 2010 Red Angus Breeder of the Year

Oct 29, 2010
by WLJ

Willie Altenburg (left) presented the Breeder of the Year Award to Lynn and Sue Pelton.

Lynn and Sue Pelton, on behalf of Pelton’s Red Angus of Burdett, KS, received the 2010 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Breeder of the Year Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Willie Altenburg of Fort Collins, CO, presented the award to the Peltons.

The Peltons run 500 head of registered and commercial cows in their springand fall-calving programs.

Their mission statement is to produce beef that will be genetically profitable for their customers and enhance a desirable eating experience for consumers.

The Peltons earned the coveted GridMaster Award in both 2009 and 2010 for producing superior product with their Red Angus-influenced cattle. Cattle enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program are eligible for the Grid- Master Award if they exceed quality requirements.

The Grid Score balances high percentages of Premium Products, Yield Grade 1s and 2s, and USDA Choice-Grade cattle with minimal percentages of Yield Grade 4s.

The Peltons not only produce premium product with their own cattle, but are committed to helping their customers market their calves through various avenues. In the past three years, they have developed two alliances that provide feedlot and carcass data for their customers’ cattle.

Lynn sat on the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board and served as BIF president in 2005. “He was one of the great leaders of the performance movement and an enthusiastic president,” said Altenburg, who also served as BIF president. “As I got off the board, it was great to watch Lynn provide dependable and enthusiastic leadership.”

Pelton was also involved in BIF’s strategic planning and is currently a member of the RAAA Alliance Committee.

The Peltons were recognized in 2007 as BIF’s Seedstock Producer of the Year.

They are also founding stockholders in U.S. Premium Beef and the Kansas Red Angus Association. — WLJ