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Since 1964, Dr. Curtis and Ann Long have been breeding Angus cattle. "Doc" joined the American Angus Association in 1967 and the Missouri Angus Association in 1974, serving as its president from 2001-2002. Briarwood Angus Farms encompasses over 1,900 acres, with 320 acres native prairie, 150 cropland and 1,500 in permanent pasture. Original genetics that formed the base of the herd came from the Wye Plantation before AI was ever popular. Below is a sample of some of the progressively moderate and broody females from the 1970's and a photo of the first herd sire, Pastor of Wye.70 females

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Today, genetics are still highly selected for functional, good milking cattle that calve easily, without forsaking growth. Briarwood runs a 220 registered cow herd in the heart of the Midwest where the cattle are conditioned to endure a variety of seasonal elements.

Each spring the Longs sell approximately 50 bulls and 40 female lots during Briarwood's Annual Sale. Throughout the farm's history, BWF has worked to produce cattle that work well for the commercial man.

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A charter member of US Premium Beef, Long understands value added products. Briarwood cattle consistently grade over 90% choice, with more than 50% qualifying for CAB. Briarwood Farm finishes approximately 100 head annually for USPB Nature Source and utilizes performance data in all breeding decisions, while aggressively managing health and nutrition to develop bulls and females.

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The son of humble farmers, Dr. Long was born in Ironton, Mo. At age five he moved to Festus, Mo., later enrolling in the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Agriculture in 1952. Dr. Long was a member of Alpha Zeta Agriculture honorary society and earned a BS in agricultural biochemistry. He served on Alpha Gamma Rho's committee that purchased property and helped start the foundation that raised money to build its fraternity.

In 1956, Long returned to Festus to work as a cattle buyer in his father’s meatpacking house. Two years later, he married and moved to Columbia upon acceptance to MU’s medical school. Dr. Long graduated from MU’s medical school in 1963 after intensive surgical training at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He then completed an internship at General Hospital in Kansas City with an emphasis in obstetrics and surgery. Long distinguished himself as a physician who provides an array of essential services to rural patients, including development of a new procedure for a tonsillectomy. For complete medical resume, http://www.fcm.missouri.edu/deptnewslong.aspx

In 1964, the Longs moved to Butler, where “Doc” has maintained his practice for more than 46 years. The 2010 Missouri's Physician of the Year, Dr. Long is also recognized by MU's School of Medicine for developing a residents' training program that teaches new physicians skills necessary for bringing comprehensive care to rural areas.

Long served his community on multiple bank boards and was a founding member and part owner in Community First Bank of Butler. Most recently, he fulfilled five years of service on Bates County Memorial Hospital's board. The Longs also generously back 4-H, FFA, and Cattlemen's Associations.

An advocate of junior Angus programs and the Angus Foundation, Long established in 1998 the Missouri State Fair Angus Carcass Contest, now in its 12th year. The Longs continue to fund scholarships within Missouri Angus Association and heartily contribute to the Angus Foundation, having created a generous endowment to supply awards for the National Junior Angus Carcass Contest for years to come. Junior members benefit, but Long contends the Angus industry benefits as well, knowing young, progressive producers are taking Angus the right direction.

Long encourages the next generation of Angus breeders to focus on the end product. He believes in steadfast commitment to the longstanding reputation of Angus genetics and the youth involved in its industry-leading opportunities. Doc likes to help improve the programs available for junior members and see youth involved and progressing in the breed and in life in general.

 

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Above: Russell Epperson, Sherry Warfield , Dave Warfield, Manager (pictured at right), Ann Long and Doc Long

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