The Tullyfergus Angus herd in Lyons has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2012 Pathfinder Report.

The Tullyfergus Angus herd in Lyons has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2012 Pathfinder Report.

The cow is owned by Robert and Linda Groom, whose farm is located at 8974 Cole Road in Lyons.

“We've had cows qualify as pathfinders every year since 2006, with five listed two years ago,” said Robert Groom. “The cow (Tullyfergus Ariadne 112) that qualified this year is a 10-year-old cow who has qualified every year since she was first eligible (2006) and has raised two sets of twins.   

“We have been in Lyons since 1998. We are originally from Scotland where we also had a registered Angus herd.”

Only 2,027 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, MO.

The Pathfinder program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, Bowman says. Over 1.9 million eligible dams and more than 6.5 million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status.

All registered Angus cows that meet the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the Pathfinder Report that is published annually by the Association.

The 2012 Pathfinder Report lists 8,761 individual cows and 231 Pathfinder sires. It is published online at www.angus.org, and printed copies are available from the Association. The largest number of Pathfinder cows from a single herd this year is 74. Started in 1978, the Pathfinder Program continues to recognize outstanding breeders participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) program.