Pasquotank Farms, Elizabeth City, N.C., has received the American Angus Association's Historic Herd Award. W.T. Jackson, Jr., purchased his first purebred bull in 1954 from Springfield Farm, Rapidan, Va. Three years later, he bought a group of registered cow-calf pairs from the Kinloch Farm dispersal sale in Supply, Va., which laid the foundation for the Jackson's Angus herd.
The farm's second Angus bull was also purchased from Kinloch Farm in 1957. W.T. bid one time at $300 to oblige his son who had fallen in love with the orphan bull calf that licked him. W.T. joined the Association that same year. Ten years later Ike Jackson, W.T.'s son, began farming full time with his dad. They utilized Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®), artificial insemination and embryo transfer to make genetic progress on the herd solely consisting of registered Angus.
Until his death in 1999, W.T. remained active on the family farm. Today, Ike and his wife Kathrine manage 35 head of cows on the land that has been in their family since 1879.
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 Jackson's have received a certificate signed by the Association's president to honor this achievement.
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.