A Balanced Approach

Achieving balance is often easier said than done, but that concept has been Bud Hobbs’ approach throughout decades in the cattle business.

Raising practical, profitable cattle while implementing the latest in genetics and technology; juggling duties at home while serving the industry; expanding into new markets while tending to the current client base – all things that Bud Hobbs, an Angus breeder from Good Hope, has focused on balancing during his time in the cattle business.

Bud was raised on a commercial cow-calf and feeder operation, and grew up helping his dad raise cattle. In 1954, Bud joined 4-H and showed his first Angus steer. In 1956, at the age of 12, he purchased his first Angus cow. Soon after that first cow purchase, he bought three heifers from the Lamoine Valley Angus Association sale. Whether he realized it or not, Bud’s potential as a young cattlemen was noticed and industry leaders soon started encouraging him to become more involved with the Angus breed in Illinois.

“I got involved with purebred cattle through 4-H and FFA. It was at the encouragement of Bruce Bricker, who was a past president of the Illinois Angus Association, that I got more active with the Angus breed,” Bud said.

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