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JUDGE SELECTED FOR ALL AMERICAN ANGUS FUTURITY

For the first time in the 61 year history of the All American Angus Futurity, there will be a judge from outside of the North American continent. The 61st Annual All American Angus Breeders Futurity will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 26th and 27th at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

Over the past 61 years, the All American Angus Breeders Futurity has become one of the most prestigious Angus Shows in the world. Tom Burke, Smithville, Missouri, Chairman of the 2008 All American Angus Breeders Futurity has announced that the Executive Committee selected Carlos Ojea of Buenos Aires, Argentina as the official judge.

This will mark the first time in the 61 year history of the All American Angus Breeders Futurity that a judge from outside North America has presided. It will also mark the first time in over half a century that a judge from outside North America has judged a major Angus show in the United States. The last time being in 1960 at the International Livestock Exposition, Raul J. Bancalari and then in 1961 Raul Firpo, both of Argentina.

Burke states that the All American Angus Breeders Futurity Executive Committee is excited about bringing this new dimension to this year's show.

Carlos Ignacio Ojea Rullan

Descending from a family involved in the cattle business since 1886, Carlos was born in 1964. At the age of 15 he started helping cattlemen at the Palermo Show and when he was 19 he was hired for his first official work with registered cattle. In 1984 he spent three months working at the George Ellis' Beartooth Ranch in Columbus, Montana.

He has been a successful breeder and consultant for the last 25 years. At the moment, he has 22 of the most important cattle companies in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as customers. From these 22, seven of them are within the top ten Angus ranches and three are within the top five Hereford ranches in Argentina.

He is making direct breeding decisions for 100.000 cows in northern, central and southern Argentina and the influence of his genetic planning is touching over 340.000 cows every year.

He was the Beef Genetic Consultant for “C.I.A.L.E.,” the biggest A.l.. stud in the country for five years and then he founded his own A.I. stud “Genética Global”, which after five years in the market has become the third most influential beef A.l. stud in the nation.

His own Angus Ranch, “Surangus” was selected 2005 “Best Breeder of the year” over all breeds and in 2006 that very important award was obtained by Werthein, one of his most important customers.

In 2007 he received the “ClárIn Award” (the number one newspaper in Argentina) for his tremendous support and commitment to genetic improvement in the country.”

Every year he is in charge of an average of 160 heads (both of his customers and of his own) shown in the famous and prestigious Palermo Show plus more than 400 heads in the National and Fall shows of the Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Braford and Shorthorn breeds. In the last 15 years he showed a World record of 44 Palermo Grand Champions, 29 Reserve Grand Champions and 21 Third Best Head of the Show in the different beef brands.

These ranches are very well known for the quality and excellent results of their commercial cattle including a lot of “block test” steers awards.

He organizes 14 cattle sales every year, most of which are very influential at country level with up to 1500 breeders attending. All their averages are in the top 20 percent of each breed, 6 of them are recognized to be within the top 10.

• In 2004 and 2005 he organized a cattle exposition and sale called “Mercocarne”with 25.000 breeders visiting that main event.

• He judged national and international shows in South America for the Angus, Hereford and Braford breeds.

• He has been attending the Denver Show for the last 24 years and he goes to sales, visits ranches and A.l. studs in the U.S. five times a year.

• He bred a lot of the most influential sires and donors in Argentina.

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