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OSU alumna among five Angus icons featured in new documentary

Friday, December 21, 2018

Minnie Lou Bradley — the first woman to enroll in animal husbandry at Oklahoma A&M in 1949 — is one of five people from the Angus cattle industry being recognized for their greatness in the latest American Angus Association's documentary series, I Am Angus: The Art of Greatness.

While at Oklahoma State University, she was the first woman to win an international livestock judging contest and later the first female president of the American Angus Association Board. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2006. For decades, Bradley has been considered the matriarch of the Bradley 3 Ranch in Childress County, Texas, a sprawling 11,500-acre spread in the panhandle with hundreds of head of cattle.

The documentary airs on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. on RFD-TV and will be available on the Angus TV YouTube channel following the premiere.

Bradley, Dave Nichols, Tom Burke, Mick Colvin and Dr. David Hawkins — all inducted into the cattle industry’s prestigious Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery — will be featured.

"We are thrilled to showcase these five icons and dig into what makes each one great in his or her own way,” said Josh Comninellis, association video production director at Angus Media.

The five are being recognized for their contributions to the Angus industry.

“They discuss how they initiated change, sparked controversy, and how individual and collaborative efforts contributed to society,” said Clint Mefford, of the American Angus Association. “They evaluate what it means to be great, and whether they consider themselves great.”

Portrait artist Richard Halstead, who painted a life-sized portrait of each of the five as part of their induction into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, also offered his perspective.

“Greatness is not something you can weigh or measure scientifically,” Halstead said. “It’s not someone who’s making the biggest splash, the biggest noise. It’s someone who has a lasting quality.”

For more information on the documentary, contact Director of Communications Clint Mefford at 816-383-5143 or

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