In its popular television series I Am Angus, this month the American Angus Associationshares the history of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Tune in on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. Eastern (9 p.m. Central) on RFD-TV for an episode focused on "New Frontiers."
"Cattle history and traditions run deep in Denver," says Eric Grant, director of public relations for the Association. "In this episode, we explore that legacy and how it has shaped the livestock industry as a whole."
I Am Angus focuses on the heart of the cattle business - its people, their heritage and why they've chosen to be involved in agriculture. The documentary series explores each sector of the industry, Angus heritage and how animal agriculture meets the challenge of feeding a growing population.
Featured in the Jan. 5 episode are:
- Dan Green, editor of The Record Stockman in Wheat Ridge, Colo., discusses the history of the Denver Union Stockyards and the growth of the National Western Stock Show.
- Lee Keltner, owner of Crossfire Hats in Denver, Colo., shares his profession as a hatter who works in the Livestock Exchange Building in the heart of the Denver Union Stockyards.
- Walt Browarny, the late owner of Browarny Photographics in Calgary, Alberta. The episode pays tribute to one of the world's greatest livestock photographers and National Western icon, who passed away last summer.
- Charles Albi of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colo., talks about the role of trains in the West's development and the birth of the ranching industry.
- Walt Barnhart, author of "Kenny's Shoes," a biography of meatpacking giant Kenny Monfort, which explores the life and times of the Colorado legend who reshaped the U.S. feeding and packing industry.
- Tom Brink of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding in Greeley, Colo., discusses the development and history of the High Plains feeding industry.
- Francis and Mary Rogers, Wagon Wheel Ranch in Yuma, Colo., share their memories of showing cattle at the National Western Stock Show for a half century.
- Dean Bryant and Ed Burchell, Roseda Black Angus Farm, Monkton, Md., explain their use of the Igenity Profile for Angus to improve performance and beef quality.
- Mark Frasier of Frasier Farms in Last Chance, Colo., talks about how his ranch has worked to protect one of the last intact, native prairies on Colorado's high plains.
I Am Angus is sponsored by the Igenity Profile for Angus. The program is aired on RFD-TV, which is distributed by more than 625 cable operators. The network can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information.
To watch segments from past episodes, visit www.angus.org.