Keller Windchime Angus in the News

CATTLEMAN OF THE YEAR

2017 PATHFINDER SIRE REPORT:

Feb 10, 2015 - Harlan Tribune

From a total of 257,684 sires with progeny records in the American Angus Association data base, this Fall 2017 Sire Evaluation Report lists 2,603 sires with the following qualifications.
The sire must have at least 35 yearling progeny weights in proper contemporary groups on Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR).
The sire must post a yearling accuracy value of at least .40.
He must have had at least 5 calves recorded in the American Angus Association Herd Book since June 1, 2015.
The Young Sire Supplement lists 3,624 bulls born after January 1, 2013, that have at least 10 progeny weaning weights on AHIR and post a weaning accuracy of at least .30.


KELLER WINDCHIME ANGUS PATHFINDER SIRE  2017
​Windchime Program 2513















​​KELLER WINDCHIME ANGUS PATHFINDER
YOUNG SIRES 2017:


Windchime Pioneer 4433​















Windchime Stimulus 3526​















Full reports found at www.angus.org


SHELBY COUNTY Cattleman of the Year Jim Keller and his wife, Kathy of
Keller Windchime Angus​

Cattle banquet a huge success

Jim Keller, Keller Windchime Angus


The 2015 Cattleman of the Year has lived in Shelby County for nearly 15 years and has lived on a farm his whole life.
As a child his family milked cows, along with raising pigs, chickens,and ducks in Sarpy County, Nebraska.  He had his turn milking cows before and after school from an early age until he graduated from high school.  After high school  he went to Omaha to work at the Armour Packing Plant. 
He married a Nebraska farm girl, which gave him another chance to milk cows.  His father-in-law had a Holstein herd which he helped with.  After his father-in-law retired, he and his wife, Kathy, purchased the herd and milked cows for 22 years.  Before they sold the dairy herd, they purchased six registered Angus heifers in 1994.  It was always Jim's wish to raise Angus cattle like his childhood neighbor in Sarpy County.
In 2000 the family moved to Shelby County, Iowa and started Keller Windchime Angus.  They continued to raise registered Angus cattle.  They now develop bulls for a yearly sale at Dunlap Livestock Auction each April.
Their heifers are developed and put back in the herd with the hope of continuing to improve their genetics for themselves and their customers.  Buyers come from as far away as Wyoming, North Dakota, Ohio, and Georgia.  Their operation was first recognized nationally in 2010 by the American Angus Association for having 7 registered Angus cows listed in the 2010 Pathfinder Report. 
The Pathfiinder Program indentifies superior Angus cows based on recorded performance traits that are ecomonically important to efficient beef production.  
In the fall of 2012, Keller Windchime Angus added two wind turbines to their farm.  One powers the silos and the other powers the grain bins and the cattle development operation. 
They have two children.  Their daughter, Kimberly, lives in California with her husband, Charles, and their sons, Luke and Ben.
Their son, Jeff, and his wife, Amy, live on the farm with their three sons:  Colby, Connor, and Caden.   
Jeff has taken over many of the daily operational decisions, along with AI breeding the cows and choosing the sires.  Their goal is to produce bulls that sire profitable calves, which are structurally sound, have good dispositions and work for the buyers. 
Jim and Kathy are members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Irwin.  Jim is a member of Nebraska and Iowa's Cattlemen Associations, American Angus Association, Shelby Co. Cattlemen, and was a board member of the Shelby Co. Farm Bureau.  Kathy is a member of the Shelby Co. FSA committee.  


The Pathfinder Program


The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production.  These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights.

Millions of eligible dams and more than 6 million weaning records are examined to determine Pathfinder status.  

It is published online at www.angus.org and printed copies are available from the Association.  

Started in 1978, the Pathfinder Program continues to recognize outstanding breeders participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) Program.  
 
All of the following report information is from the American Angus Association
The Manilla Times
September 23, 2010
Keller Windchime Angus Have Bull Listed in 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report
Keller Windchime Angus, Manilla, Iowa, owns one bull listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, MO.  Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,871 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com 

"This report provides both Angus breeders and commerical cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer and director of performance programs.  Expected  Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records program.  
The Fall 2010 evaluation includes updated research reports for heifer pregnancy and docility.  EPD's  are listed for growth and maternal traits, as well as carcass, ultrasound and DNA databases.  Decision-making  tools also include $Values, the suite of bio-economic indexes designed to assist commerical producers in simplifying the genetic selection process.  In addition, the Fall 2010 Sire Evaluation Report includes updated research reports for docility and heifer pregnancy.

The semi-annual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report utilizes over 19 million measures used to generate over 55 million EPD's for the Angus breed. 

2017 Pathfinder Report
Only 9598 cows were selected out of the
2,368,610 that were eligible
​Keller Windchime Angus cows selected: 

Windchime Burgess 4012
 Windchime Eralda 4175
 Windchime2 Eralda 9299 
 Windchime2 Dynamo 0413 
Windchime2 Blackbird K 0256
 Windchime Charity 2485
Windchime2 Black Angel 178C
Windchime2 Delia 1491
 Windchime2 Lady 2466
Windchime Burgess 2509
Windchime2 Black Angel 278C
 Windchime2 Blackbird K 2537


2016 Pathfinder Report
Only 9480 cows were selected out of the 2,288,491 eligible.  
Keller Windchime Angus cows selected:
Windchime Burgess 4012  
Windchime Eralda 4175
Windchime2 Eralda 9299
Windchime Dixie 9427
Windchime2 Dynamo 0413
Windchime2 Blackbird K 0256
Windchime2 Lady 1466
Windchime2 Delia 1491
Windchime Black Angel 178C

Pathfinder Sire Evaluation Bull - Windchime Foreman 6278 

2015 Pathfinder Report
Only 9138 cows were selected out of 2,158,974 eligible.
Keller Windchime Angus cows selected:
Windchime Rose 2174
Windchime Burgess 4012
Windchime Eralda 4175
Windchime2 Eralda 9299
Windchime Dixie 9427
Windchime Charity 0385
Windchime2 Dynamo 0413
Windchime Rose 0231
Windchime2 Dixie 0458
Windchime Eralda 0316
Windchime Burgess 0312
Windchime Blackbird K 0256

2010 Pathfinder Report
Keller Windchime Angus cows selected:
Windchime Delia 1052
Windchime Mary 3007
Windchime Black Angel 3203
Windchime2 Rose 4243
Windchime2 Royality 4002
Windchime2 Hope 5230
​Windchime Rose 5279
2014 Pathfinder Report
Only 8842 cows were selected out of 2,133,688 eligible.
Keller Windchime Angus cows selected:
Windchime Rose 2174
Windchime Burgess 4012
Windchime2 Royality 4002
Windchime Eralda 4175
Windchime Rose 5279
Windchime2 Elba 7355
Windchime2 Royality 7121
Windchime2 Eralda 9299
Windchime Dixie 9427
Windchime Rita 9292
​Windchime Charity 9385
In 2009 we had 11 cows on the report
In 2007 and 2006  we had the same 6 cows on the report
In 2005 we had 1 cow on the report
In 2004 we had 3 cows on the report
2002 was our first year on the report with 1 cow
2011 Pathfinder Report
Keller Windchime Angus cows selected:
Windchime Delia 1052
Windchime Black Angel 3203
Windchime Burgess 4012
Windchime2 Royality 4002
Windchime Rose 5279
​Windchime Elba 6067