Red Angus Association of America

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The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was formed in 1954[1] by seven breeders of reds cropped from best black Aberdeen Angus herds in the United States. RAAA was designed around the new scientific principles of performance testing. The Association's first president, Waldo Forbes, Sr., summed-up the vision of the founding members:

The policy of the (Red Angus) Association is to discourage the more artificial practices in purebred cattle production and to place its faith instead in objective tests, consisting for the most part of comparisons within herds of factors of known economic importance and known heritability... By making this an integral part of the registration system, Red Angus breeders feel that even faster progress can be made toward the ultimate goal of more efficient beef production.

The Association requires performance data for registration of all cattle with the goal to initiate a system to objectively evaluate and select cattle based on traits of economic importance.

The late George Chiga (1913 - 2007) was one of the original founding members of the Red Angus Association of America. George and his wife Vernice Chiga were responsible for creating the 'Choctaw Chief 373', one of the most prepotent bulls of the breed.


The association is managed by a Board of Directors who is led by a president. Past presidents include:[2]

  • 1954-1956 Waldo E. Forbes
  • 1956-1960 George C. Chiga
  • 1960-1962 Walter A. Henshaw
  • 1962-1964 Joseph P. Givhan
  • 1964-1966 Garnett W. White
  • 1966-1968 R.C. Buckner
  • 1968-1970 Bert Crane
  • 1970-1972 Raymond W. Meyer
  • 1972-1974 Kenneth Thatcher
  • 1974-1976 Willam E. Powell III
  • 1976-1978 Kenneth Thatcher
  • 1978-1980 James H. Leachman
  • 1980-1982 Roy G. Beeby
  • 1982-1984 Robert M. Newman
  • 1984-1986 Jack Chase
  • 1986-1988 Darrell Schuler
  • 1988-1990 Roy D. McPhee
  • 1990-1992 John V. Robbins
  • 1992-1994 Melvin Leland
  • 1994-1996 Leland "Lee" Leachman
  • 1996-1998 Howard Bobbitt
  • 1998-2000 Craig Bieber
  • 2000-2002 Linda Andersen
  • 2002-2004 Harold Hughes
  • 2004-2006 Frank Wedel
  • 2006-2008 Steve Andras
  • 2008-2010 Kelli Brown
  • 2010-2012 Joe Mushrush
  • 2012-2014 Tim Whitley
  • 2014-Current Kim Ford

Their current CEO is Twig Marston.[3]

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  1. ^ "The History of Red Angus" (PDF). 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Past RAAA Presidents". 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Marston to lead Red Angus Association of America". 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-06-16.