​​​James F. Patton

Angus Breeder

Crawfordsville, IN


The Patton Farms Angus herd was established in 1945 by James F. Patton's now deceased father Forest Patton. It is now recognized as one of the Historic Indiana Angus Herds. James and his wife, Randee, have three children, Susan, Steve and Beth and 7 grandchildren. All have been and/or continue to be very active in Patton Farms.

The current operation involves about 60 registered Angus females – most of which are descendants of many generations of nationally prominent Angus cattle bred and raised by James Patton. He makes extensive use of A.I. and embryo transfer in his breeding program. While it has never been a large herd, Patton Farms are well known throughout North America for producing Angus breeding cattle that are very competitive in the show ring and go on to be outstanding performers in the pasture. James and his family have earned many state and national championships with their home raised Angus breeding cattle extending well over 50 years. This includes the Grand Champion Bull at the 1991 National Western Stock Show in Denver, and many more.

Since 2003, James has hosted a very successful annual 'Patton and Friends Angus Sale' year at the farm. Many of these females have gone on to successful show ring and breeding careers for their new owners. One of the 2011 ROV Angus Show Heifers of the Year was produced by a female sold in dam by James Patton.

James has provided leadership as a Livestock Breeder in Indiana for his entire life including:

  • Current member, past director, and past president of both West Central and Indiana Angus Assns.
  • Current and long-time Angus Breed Manager - the Indiana State Fair and Hoosier Beef Congress.
  • Served as Associate Judge at the NAILE Angus Show in 2003.
  • Awarded an Indiana State Fair Lifetime Pass in recognition of 50 plus years as exhibitor.

Congratulations and thank you to James Patton for your leadership and for being a very dedicated cattleman and progressive Angus Breeder.​

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