Rocky Creek Farms, owned and managed by William Womack Jr., Ashford, Ala., has received the Historic Herd Award from the American Angus AssociationSM. William Womack Sr., established the herd in 1941 with the purchase of four cows and one bull. Later his son, William Jr. or Billy joined his father, and continues to own Angus cattle today.
William Sr. purchased his first registered Angus in 1941, after moving to Ashford, from Tennessee. The registered Angus herd slowly grew during its first 10 years, as cotton, peanuts and corn were the main commodities raised by the Womacks. However, in the 1950s the introduction of Bahai grass, a perennial forage, and the inception of performance testing became incentives for the Womacks to put more emphasis on raising Angus cattle. Billy returned to the farm in 1964 after earning his degree at Auburn University. Over the years, the Womack family has been progressive in performance testing and record keeping.
The American Angus Association presents the Historic Angus Herd Award to Angus herds that have been in the continuous production of registered Angus cattle by the same family for 50 years or more.
The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and more than 34,000 regular and junior members nationwide. For more information go to www.angus.org or call (816) 383-5100.