Saddle & Sirloin inducts Pat Goggins

Nov 11, 2011
by WLJ

Lifelong livestock marketer and Angus breeder Patrick “Pat” Goggins is the recipient of the 2011 Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award.

“During the last 50 years, Goggins built his livestock auction business into one of the largest and most successful in the country,” says Terry Cotton, general manager of Angus Productions Inc. (API) and chairman of the nominating committee.

Goggins, who resides in Billings, MT, has played a critical role in the industry as an innovative rancher, with the industry’s firstever video sales in the marketing and promotion of seedstock. He also created a voice for rural America with his publication, Western Ag Reporter.

“Goggins is also a committed stockman, having built his registered Angus herd, Vermilion Ranch, into one of the nation’s largest and most successful,” Cotton says. “His ranch is a model of environmental and sustainable stewardship. And the genetics he has developed can be found in herds across America.”

He was honored for his contributions to the industry during a special ceremony in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 13 with a presentation and unveiling of the official portrait in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC).

The Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Collection was founded in 1903 and features an elite collection of oil paintings honoring leaders in the livestock world over the past three centuries. Today, many of the 340-plus portraits are displayed in the West Hall of the KFEC. — WLJ