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FAMODA FARM HONORED AS HISTORIC ANGUS HERD

The American Angus Association® congratulates Famoda Farm, Tigerville, S.C., for continued ownership and production of Angus cattle for more than 50 years. Shirley Brown and Doris Blackmon were presented a certificate signed by the Association's president at the South Carolina Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet to honor this Historic Angus Herd achievement.

The sisters, Shirley and Doris, were presented with bred Angus cows in 1958 as a gift from their father, William Paul Brown. $325 was paid for the Homeplace Eileenmere 75 daughter from Caroland Angus Farms, Landrum, S.C. Additional foundation females were purchased from Adams Plantation in Virginia.

As the sisters' cow herd expanded, they took the heifers and the knowledge they had acquired from showing steers in 4-H to junior and open Angus shows throughout the Southeast. A trophy case in their home is adorned with numerous purple ribbons and trophies from their prize winning Angus. Doris and Paul's daughter, Heather, was active in the South Carolina and National Junior Angus Associations, adding many of her own accolades.

In 1962, they borrowed money to purchase more than 300 acres in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains. Famoda, the first two letters in father, mother and daughters, Farm was founded. Shirley and Doris do most of the farm work themselves. They fix fence, mow pastures, mix feed and tend to the herd that once topped 55 cows. The duo has raised many high selling animals for the Clemson and Edisto central bull tests and Carolina Angus Futurity sales.

The Brown sisters have been named the South Carolina Cattlemen's Association seedstock producers of the year, inducted to Clemson University's Block and Bridle Hall of Fame and in 2008 were inducted into the South Carolina Angus Hall of Fame.

Famoda Farm was built on family values, hard work and a love for Angus cattle. Today it is much quieter as they care for 23 registered Angus females and each other.

The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and nearly 33,000 active members nationwide. For more information on the Historic Angus Herd Award or the many programs offered by the Association, go to www.angus.org or call 816-383-5100.

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