Stewart Select Angus, LLC was established in 1954 with the purchase of an entire herd of 34 cows with calves from H. L. (Hal) Royce of Bedford, Indiana.
Arthur C. Stewart and sons, Gilman and John, bought the herd to graze newly acquired pasture located in Greensburg, Indiana. In 1955, SSA joined the American Angus Association (AAA) with the initial membership name of “Stewart and Sons” (campaigned as “Stewart Brothers”), which changed to “Stewart Seeds Inc.” when the business was incorporated in 1976.
In 2005, Stewart Seeds Inc. joined Monsanto, and Stewart Seeds Angus became Stewart Select Angus, LLC. The present owners are Tom Stewart (Gilman’s son), Jim Stewart (John’s son) and Steve Gunn (John’s son-in law).
The Stewart Select Angus herd follows a strict health program. The herd has been certified and accredited free of brucellosis and tuberculosis since 1999. When testing was added the herd has proven negative for Johnes Disease. Respiratory, reproductive and clostridial vaccinations are also routinely given to all animals.
All eligible bulls are examined for breeding soundness prior to being sold. Embryo transfer was discontinued after management believed every female in the herd could produce a bull for the sale group. The calving season became much tighter after this decision was made.
Since the initial purchase only a few outside females have been added with the exception of approximately ten head from each of the following: Gauger Brothers of South Dakota, Premier Angus of Indiana, and Thomas Angus Ranch of Oregon.
Gilman Stewart showed the Indiana State Fair (ISF) Grand Champion Steer in 1934, a Shorthorn. John showed the ISF Grand Champion Steer in 1936, an Angus that was purchased from Holmes Thompson of Cortland, Indiana. Thompson started the Angus family of Eventress females that composed part of the Royce herd, and now make up a large portion of the Stewart herd.
The Stewart Select Angus herd now numbers 200 productive cows plus 50 yearling heifers. The herd is a balanced-trait herd that is strong in economically important traits such as birth, maternal, growth and carcass.
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