The American Angus Association® salutes Nelson Angus Ranch, Salmon, Idaho, for continued ownership and production of Angus cattle for more than 50 years. Clyde and Ruby Nelson were presented a certificate signed by the Association’s president at their 56th production sale to honor this Historic Angus Herd achievement. The Nelsons joined the Association in 1958.
Clyde’s interest in the breed began early when he purchased 90 head of Angus steers and heifers as his FFA project. He took the steers to market, paid off the bank and kept the heifers to breed. Then in 1953, he and Ruby bought 6 head of purebred cows from a dispersal sale in Coeur d’Alene. By tracking his cattle from farm to rail, he realized that Angus genetics gave them an edge and this jumpstarted their passion for raising quality Angus cattle. In 1963, they purchased an entire herd of Angus cattle from Charles Johnson in Montana.
The Nelsons embrace new technology. They were among the first Angus breeders to incorporate freeze branding for identification of cattle, artificial insemination, DNA testing, and embryo transfer. They have transplanted more than 2,300 embryos in the last 25 years.
Throughout the last five decades the Nelsons have continued to evaluate their Angus cattle through performance, progeny and carcass testing. First AHIR® records were submitted in 1972. The most recent Pathfinder Report declared three Nelson females reached Pathfinder® status. Customers from over 40 states and three countries have purchased Nelson Angus Ranch genetics and are paying $1,700 more on average today than their first production sale in 1966.
The Nelsons have welcomed many tours on their Lemhi valley ranch and donate their time and services to many local, state and national organizations. His progressive farming techniques and service to the community are just a few of the reasons Clyde was inducted into the Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2001.
Clyde and Ruby credit their five daughters for national showring exposure. They bred many national champions in the 1980’s and in 1987 raised the Roll of Victory show heifer of the year. Janna, the second youngest daughter, and her husband, Steve, now manage the daily responsibilities that come with nearly 1,000 acres and 350 cows. Clyde and Ruby now enjoy more time with their 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grand children.
The American Angus Association is the world’s largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and more than 36,000 regular and junior members nationwide. For more information go to www.angus.org or call 816-383-5100.
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