Guest Opinion

Jan 4, 2014
by WLJ

Giving back… Ranchers helping ranchers

These past few months have been devastating to many of our fellow Angus families due to the blizzard in South Dakota. Another disaster that affected one of our fellow ranchers in a catastrophic way was the massive flooding in Colorado.

Angus breeder Keith Russell of Johnstown, CO, has been a mentor and a friend to hundreds of us through the years. During Colorado floods, the Little Thompson River came through at 25 feet above flood stage. Keith lost all of his winter feed and most of his equipment, with severe damage to fences, buildings and his home. Our mentor needs a hand, and here’s our opportunity to give back!

An online auction of top quality Angus semen and embryos has been organized.

Ranchers helping ranchers is the best way, and here’s what you can do to help!

Please go to and help yourself to these great genetics. In doing so, you will be giving back to our great Angus community. Bidding is now open. The sale ends at 12 p.m., CST Jan. 25. Special thanks go to DV Auction for hosting this online sale! Questions? Call DV Auction at 402/316- 5460.

Cash donations are also welcome. Make checks payable to the Keith Russell Benefit Fund and send to P.O. Box 331, Columbus, MT 59019.

Phil Trowbridge and John Patterson put this online auction idea together, and they want to thank all the folks who donated semen and embryos. Questions? Contact Phil Trowbridge in Ghent, NY, by phone at 518/369-6584 or John Patterson in Columbus, MT, by phone at 406/445-2332 or by email at — Phil Trowbridge, past President of the Angus Assn. and John Patterson, Angus breeder