News and Events
Congratulations to Syler Kae Martin and Kevin Pezza
These two outstanding youths won first and second place respectively in the Southeastern Youth Fair Steer Carcass Contest. This popular Marion County show has close to 90 steers competing for this award. Bill Freel (Country Oaks Angus Ranch) was proud to accept the first and second place breeder award for these animals. Great job Syler Kae and Kevin!
Country Oaks Bull at Sysco Southeast Launch
Bill Freel, daughter Erin Freel and granddaughter Riley Rowe attended the launch of the Certified Angus Beef Brand at Sysco Southeast in August. Country Oaks even had a bull on site in Palm Beach Gardens to inspire sales associates to sell Certified Angus Beef. The Freel's also put on a breakout session and answered questions regarding life in a typical Angus cattle operation.
2011 Florida Angus Association Jr. Field Day - Apr. 2011
Over 150 parents, juniors and friends attended the 2011 Jr. Angus Field Day at Country Oaks Angus Ranch in Weirsdale on April 30. Team building activities, writing and speaking contests, and an angus cattle show were just a few of the events that took place on this beautiful spring Florida day.
Maus Family Success - Mar. 2011
Our Congratulations to Dillon and Ashley Maus for their success and hard work at the Sarasota County Fair in March 2011. Ashley won Grand Champion for Beef Breeding for her Bred Cow, from a Country Oaks Dam and Country Oaks Bull. She also won Reserve Grand Champion for her Bull from a Country Oaks Dam and Country Oaks Bull Dillon received Grand Champion for his Bull produced from a Country Oaks Dam and a Country Oaks Bull. Dillion also showed the top-dollar steer (Country Oaks) at the Sarasota County Fair bringing $6.00 per pound. The sale average was $2.75.
Grand Champion - Feb. 2011
Bill Freel with Ethan White, winner of the 2011 Grand Champion Hog, at the Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala. Country Oaks Angus Ranch was the Grand Champion Buyer. Congratulations Ethan!
Bill Freel, Country Oaks Angus; Ralph Avila, Director of Exports Buckhead Beef of Florida , Roy Mitchell, Chef and Certified Angus Beef Specialist for Buckhead Beef and Francisco Del Valle, Puerto Rico Sales Buckhead Beef of Florida at the Americas Food and Beverage Show in Miami
Ashley Maus at the Sarasota County Fair with her 2010 Grand Champion Heifer purchased from Country Oaks
Country Oaks Attends Certified Angus Beef Specialist Seminar in St. Augustine
Erin Freel, daughter of Bill Freel attended the Certified Angus Beef brand's annual foodservice seminar in St. Augustine, Florida. She spoke to the group of 165 about her role as a producer and the positive impact the brand has had on the angus industry. Dinners at CAB events are always delicious. (January 2011)
Americas Food & Beverage Show
Bill and Megan Freel at the Americas Food and Beverage Show in Miami to help represent the Certified Angus Beef brand. (October 2010)
Country Oaks Angus Ranch Welcomed Certified Angus Beef and Buckhead Beef Tour
Nearly 40 Buckhead Beef employees and several CAB staff members spent an afternoon on the ranch. What a great visit by these wonderful folks who sell and promote the product we love to raise. Click Here to see more photos. (July 2010)
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Bill Freel Recognized as First Place Carcass Contest Breeder for Youth Fair
Congratulations to Country Oaks Angus Ranch, Dr. Bill Freel who was recognized with the First Place Carcass Contest Breeder for the Southeastern Youth Fair. Over 90 steers were in the Ocala, Florida show. Congratulations to Syler Kae Martin for winning the SEYF 2010 Steer Carcass Contest with her steer appropriately named "Doc." (February 2010)
American Angus Association Announces Top Ten Registering Ranches
The 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in the state of Florida recorded a total of 1228 Angus with the American Angus Association®during fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association. The 10 top recorders in Florida are: Southern Cattle Co, Marianna, 570-head; Country Oaks Angus Ranch, Weirsdale, 282; Jeanne Louise Chitty, Micanopy, 76; Overkill Hill Farms LLC, Lake City, 48; John Benjamin Hill, Marianna, 46-head; Leroy Baldwin, Ocala, 46; RMC Ranch, Arcadia, 45; Journey Circle M Ranch, Howey In The Hills, 40; Van Wagner Cattle, Citra, 38-head; J A Burnette, Kenansville, 37. (September 2009)
Freel Family Featured as Angus Producer Profile on Certified Angus Beef site
The Freel Family and Country Oaks Angus were featured as an Angus Producer Profile on the Certified Angus Beef Web site. The Hardee Family from was also another Florida Angus profile. See all the profiles here. (July 2009)