This Thanksgiving, the American Angus Association® asks, “How do you count your blessings?” The I Am Angus® season premiere, which airs Thanksgiving night, bestows its appreciation across cattle country as the documentary series enters into its fourth season.

Produced entirely by the American Angus Association®, the upcoming episode celebrates friends, family and great cattle. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST) Thursday, Nov. 28, on RFD-TV. A second broadcast is set for 5 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) Friday, Nov. 29.

 “The I Am Angus premiere takes us to our roots, and reminds us of all the things we should be thankful for,” says Eric Grant, Association public relations and communications director. “This episode is the Association’s way of thanking America’s cattle producers for their commitment to raising the highest-quality beef in the world.”

Featured in the Nov. 28 episode are:

  • Charles Backus, Quarter Circle U Ranch, a nuclear engineer who worked on the space program’s Mars mission in the 1960s, and now shares why he enjoys the challenge of raising cattle in Arizona’s desolate Superstition Mountains.
  • Lizzie Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., describes her first experience at the National Junior Angus Show in Kansas City, Mo., and what she loves about caring for her Angus cattle.
  • Dave Hawkins, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University, explains what it meant for him to be recently inducted into the famed Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery for his commitment to improving the beef industry and inspiring the next generation of leaders.
  • Bill and Marilynn Paulson, Lone Rock, Wis., share the life they have built together on the farm, Onion Hollow Angus, and why they enjoy working together each day to raise quality Angus cattle.
  • Fred Frey, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, says he is an environmentalist by heart, and witnessing Mother Nature at work is one of the greatest joys on the farm, Frey Family Angus, which has been in operation since 1948.
  • Scott Gaffney, Barneveld, Wis., describes why raising cattle and kids on their farm, Gaffney Family Cattle in southern Wisconsin, is the best way of life for their family. 
  • Joe Mayer, Guymon, Okla., and his family have been raising cattle in the Oklahoma Panhandle for several generations, and despite struggling with drought in recent years, Mayer Ranch remains focused on improving quality and performance.
  • Nine chefs who rely on the Certified Angus Beef® brand visit the picturesque Sitz Angus Ranch, Dillon, Mont., and share what it means to meet the ranchers behind the quality beef they serve in their restaurants.
  • Tom Doud, Stuart, Iowa, says running a farm takes many talents, such as agronomy, animal science, genetics and finance, and he enjoys combining those skills each day on his operation, Doud Farms.
  • Lillian Thorton, Raymond, Miss., was a real-life example of the commitment and hard work involved in agriculture production. When she was 81-years-old, Thorton was featured on the first segment to air on Farmweek, a television program produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.


The program is sponsored by The Angus Foundation, and is broadcast on RFD-TV. RFD-TV is distributed by more than 625 cable operators, and can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information.

And, save the date for the second I Am Angus episode Dec. 5, as the Association introduces families involved in the business of raising Angus cattle. To watch segments from past shows, visit the Association’s website or YouTube channel.