Shirley Ranch started raising registered Black Angus cattle in the fall of 1983 when we purchased one bull and nine bred cows. We continued to purchase ten to fifteen head of cattle each year for the next five years. Since then we have brought in new bulls from the Bradley 3 Ranch to strengthen the Black Angus genetics within our herd. Record keeping has taken place since the first animal arrived here. Records are kept for every calf’s birth, wean, and yearling weights, each cows hip height and pelvic area are measured and bulls are tested annually.
Over the years, Shirley Ranch has strived to produce a very uniform herd. We have been recognized as a Top Breeder in Registered Angus Cattle Production by the American Angus Association (AAA). The American Angus Association, a National membership group, represents 35,000 members out of those members there are millions of Angus cattle to choose from.
In 2002, Shirley Ranch received the first of many Pathfinder Cow Awards. Every year since 2002 we have been in the National spotlight with 8 total Pathfinder cows chosen from 35,000 members of the Angus Association. The Pathfinder Report identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights. We value average birth weights for easier births and above average weight gains.
In the future we continue to improve our herd through use of AAA performance pedigree records and eye appeal.