The Historic Angus Herd Award is presented to Angus breeders or immediate families who have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 years or more. The American Angus Association® is honored to recognize Lefevre Angus Farm, Butler, Mo., as a Historic Angus Herd.

Like many others in agriculture, Sam Lefevre’s interest in Angus cattle started with a 4-H project. He purchased his first Angus show heifer from Cloverleaf Stock Farm in Adrian, Mo. Nine years later, he began his own herd using females from Hilltop Angus. The first Lefevre Angus cow was Hilltop Myamy, out of Esquire of Many Trees 26.

Several generations were born from that foundation female. Lefevre kept back many heifers over the years and some of the bulls used in the program include Prompter, New Design, and Frontier 095. Lefevre Angus was home to about 150 cows, up until recent years. Today, Sam Lefevre and his wife, Doris, continue running the herd with 18 cows.

Lefevre Angus joins nine other historical Angus operations recognized by the American Angus Association in 2012:  Walter D. Shealy III, Black Grove, Newberry, S.C.; William B. and Nancy S. Byars, Fortuna, Mo.; Dennis Lopez, Diablo Valley Angus, Byron, Calif.; Bobby Aldridge, Oakview Angus, Yanceyville, N.C.; Weiker Angus Ranch, Fayette, Mo.; Tracy and Mark Pedretti, Prairie Du Chien, Wis.; Randy Kessler, Milton-Freewater, Ore.; Coulter Angus, Congerville, Ill.; and Steven Goodfellow, Goodfellow Angus, Bruce, S.D.