American Angus Association inducts Angus Heritage Foundation honorees


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The American Angus Association board of directors selected five individuals for induction to the Angus Heritage Foundation.

Each year, a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions by dedicating their time, knowledge and efforts to the improvement and advancement of the Angus breed are inducted into the foundation.


The 2008 inductees include Minnie Lou Bradley, Memphis, Texas; Joseph S. Schaff, Bismarck, N.D.; Robert Schlutz, Columbus Junction, Iowa and Richard Wilson, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Roy Wallace, formerly of Plain City, Ohio, was inducted posthumously.

A special recognition of the inductees was held during the American Angus Association’s Annual Banquet, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

Each inductee or their family received a framed Angus Heritage Foundation certificate, and their names will be engraved on a permanent Heritage Foundation plaque in the association headquarters.

Roy Wallace

Ohio born, raised and proud, Wallace attended The Ohio State University, where he was active in the Saddle and Sirloin Club, livestock and meats judging teams, Little International and the Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity.

In 1967, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and began his career with Select Sires in Plain City.

He was promoted to vice president of beef programs 20 years later.

Roy traveled throughout the U.S. and to foreign countries and realized the important role European breeds would make on the beef industry in his homeland.

He put emphasis on performance records and assisted in the development of Select Synch and CIDR Select.

Wallace helped launch the Beef Improvement Federation and was later awarded its Continuing Service and Pioneer Awards.

In 2004, he was selected as one of the top 40 people in the beef industry by BEEF magazine.
Roy unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.

Minnie Lou Bradley. Angus cattle have been the livelihood and the passion for Minnie Lou Bradley.
Bradley 3 Ranch, Ltd. strives to produce bulls with a set of balanced traits and performance records for the commercial producer and has been submitting performance records since the inception of Angus Herd Improvement Records.

Joseph S. Schaff

Since 1943, Joseph Schaff has taken an active role in breeding and promoting Angus cattle. A few years later Joe developed his own cow herd, Schaff’s Angus Ranch, at Bismarck, N.D.

Although in semi-retirement now, Joe has been a seedstock producer for more than 60 years and has sold cattle into nearly every state in the nation and several foreign countries.

Robert Schlutz

Robert Schlutz has been a fervent promoter and breeder of Angus cattle for 59 years.
He’s enjoyed showing and judging and has been a huge supporter of youth programs.

For more than 40 years, Schultz has hosted production sales and submitted performance records to the AHIR program.

Richard Wilson

A native of Northwest Missouri, Wilson is the vice president of finance for the American Angus Association.

He started with the organization in 1969 as controller and was promoted to his current position in 2004.

Richard also serves as the secretary and treasurer of Angus Productions, Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and Angus Genetics Inc.

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  1. My great-great grandfather, Thomas E. Melvin was said to have imported Angus to the US in the 1870-80s. His son, Sylvester Melvin raised registered angus on his farm in Greene Co., Illinois, and was a member of the Angus Association. The herd was the Rubicon bloodline (named after the creek bordering their farm.) My grandfather, Maurice Melvin,and his sons (one of them my dad, Gary) showed angus in the Chicago and Denver stockyard shows. In 1954 a severe drought caused most of the herd to be sold. I can find nothing about this herd and all who knew are now gone. Can you help me find more information?


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