More than a logo
I wasn’t around for the first pound sold.
A decade away from walking this earth, October 18, 1978 came and went.
I try to think back to when I first learned what the Certified Angus Beef ® brand was, where and how I came to know the meaning behind those words and iconic logo.
Maybe it was in college, or some time before then; I don’t fully recall. What I can attest to are the years since.
- A 2010 college internship from afar
- A move to Wooster, Ohio, five days after graduation
- A return home to the ranch to work remote
My story, like so many, is riddled with CAB through its seams.
What’s your story?
I’m all but certain you have one – a special meal, a plentiful payout, a herd with a goal?
There have been moments for me, let me tell you. Conversations across kitchen counters, hand shakes evident of an industry that’s endured, tears that tell stories of victory over defeat. I hold them close, honored to be the girl to bear witness firsthand.
This year, the 40th anniversary of the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, is about those stories: retelling old ones and establishing new.
For starters we kicked off the #BrandtheBarn campaign, celebrating the brand’s heritage through art and appreciation, first in Florida.
“I know my honey’s smiling down from heaven today,” Sharon Baldwin told me.
The matriarch of Baldwin Angus, near Ocala, Fla., was married to and raised three children with her husband, Leroy, before his passing. The early Angus advocate served as the American Angus Association president in 2002.
Family and friends, farmers, brand partners and even the mayor came to see the logo painted. Our hope is many more will see it for years to come.
You see, I don’t look at it as an individual unit, this brand, but rather the ranchers, their cattle, the consumers, their sellers – all intertwined and working as one.
If you’re reading, thanks for being a part of our story. If you’d like to share yours, leave a comment.
Otherwise follow along this year as we #BrandtheBarn.