It isn’t the first time that Bryan Reynolds has had some of his cows win the Pathfinder award for being the best of their breed, but he thinks it may be the most he’s had in a single year. Kuna based Reynolds Bros Angus has been recognized with seven of it’s registered Angus cows included in the American Angus Association’s 2013 Pathfinder Report. The Pathfinder program, started in 1978, identifies those cattle that meet strict standards including performance traits important to beef production. Over two million eligible cows with more than 6.8 million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status. Cows must have had at least three calves to qualify and must maintain a certain level of performance.
With less than eight percent of eligible association members being recognized in the report, it represents the best of the best from Angus herds across the country. The 2013 Pathfinder Report lists 8,680 individual cows and 234 Pathfinder sires. The largest number of Pathfinder cows from a single herd this year is 96.
Bryan Reynolds and his wife Joan are local 4H leaders with Kaveman Kritters 4H Club and their children have shown their cattle over the years at local and state fairs. They maintain a herd of about 100 cattle.