I AM ANGUS AIRS HALLOWEEN NIGHT, OCT. 31

Television program explores the history of Chicago International Livestock Exposition – and the ongoing contribution of the city's meatpacking industry.

The American Angus Association® is launching its season of I Am Angus programs with an upcoming broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

The hour-long documentary celebrates the history and legacy of the Chicago Stockyards and the world's greatest livestock show — the Chicago International.

“Much of the history of Chicago – and its influence on the U.S. beef industry – has been forgotten,” says Eric Grant, Association director of communications and public relations. “The personal stories we'll share in this episode shed light on why the city played such a pivotal role in shaping agriculture as we know it.”

The Oct. 31 program features the following people:

• Patrick “Pat” Goggins, Billings, Mont., auctioneer, rancher and livestock marketer. Click here to view more information about Goggins, who will be inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery this fall in Louisville, Ky. The Saddle & Sirloin Gallery was originally founded in Chicago more than a century ago.

• Ron “Jim” Geddes, Clark, Mo., a rancher and herdsman of several prestigious Angus farms, shares his memories of riding the rails across the country alongside prize-winning Angus show cattle.

• Loyal Alumnus IV, the 1941 International Livestock Exposition Supreme Champion Steer, raised and shown by Purdue University.

• Taso TzoTzolis and Jessy Rodriguez, Cermak Fresh Market, Chicago, Ill., retailers who explain their recent success with the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

• Brian McCulloh, Woodhill Farms, Viroqua, Wis., and why he uses the IGENITY® Profile for Angus to reduce risk and improve accuracy in his breeding decisions.

• Richard Halstead, Evanston, Ill., Saddle & Sirloin Gallery portrait artist, shares his thoughts on the importance of the livestock industry and why he enjoys painting portraits of livestock leaders.

• Richard Lindberg, Chicago, Ill., historian and author, explores the history of Chicago Union Stockyards and the rise of the meat-packing industry, and examines how the Chicago experience continues to shape American society.

• Caryl Velisek, Frederick, Md., author of I Studied to be an Opera Singer, but I Married a Cowboy, voices her memories of the Chicago International Livestock Exposition.

The program is sponsored by the IGENITY Profile for Angus and will air at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST) on Oct. 31 on RFD-TV. RFD-TV is distributed by more than 625 cable operators, and can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information.

Subsequent programs are planned for Nov. 21, Dec. 19 and Jan. 2. February and March 2012 broadcast dates will be announced later this winter.

For more information or to watch segments from past shows, visit http://www.angus.org.

The American Angus Association serves nearly 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association's programs and services, visit www.angus.org.







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