Oklahoma Angus Association Annual Banquet

OAA Annual Meeting & Awards

Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Angus Hall of Fame recipient
The honor of being inducted into the Oklahoma Angus Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made a lasting impact on the Angus breed and association in Oklahoma. Gaye Pfieffer of Pfieffer Angus Farms, Mulhall, Oklahoma is this year’s deserving recipient.

Gaye Pfieffer grew up in Oktaha, Oklahoma and graduated from Oktaha High long time ago. She then attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Home Economics, and taught science for many years. Much to her mother’s demise, she married her husband, John Pfieffer, and they have been married for 40 plus years. Gaye spent many years volunteering in her church and community while supporting her sons in their various school, 4-H and FFA activities. Gaye served as editor of the Oklahoma Angus Association Challenger beginning in 2005 until she took over as Secretary/Treasurer in 2013, where she just finished her term. Gaye can commonly be found helping on the farm, working with the family’s herd of Angus cows, and getting cattle ready for their two production sales a year with Blackjack Angus. If there is a job that needs to be done, she is the one they give it to so they know it will be completed.

Commercial Producer

Commercial Producer recipient
At the annual OAA Banquet, an award is presented each year to a commercial breeder ho has successfully used Angus genetics to improve their operation. This year, Alan Jett of Laverne received the award.

Alan and his family run around 250 cows, depending on the weather. He grew up in the cattle industry in Laverne, and started as a kid with Hereford cows, followed by registered Salers before looking into and finding that Angus best suited his needs. In the early 2010’s they started to focus on higher marbling Angus bulls and haven’t looked back. The bulls they turn out average a 1.49 for marbling, which allowed them to average over $230/head for US Premium premiums in 2022. Additionally, they were at 66.4% prime in 2022. Alan said, “I was skeptical to think they could hit 100 percent choice and still have functional cattle, but I was wrong.”

Alan and his wife, Alyson, have been married 40 years and have two kids, Travis and Brianna, and five grandkids.

Mr. Angus

Mr. Angus recipient
Kelli Payne was awarded the title and honor of Mr. Angus at the OAA Annual Banquet in March.

Kelli was selected for this award based on her assistance and support on the Special Feeder Calf Sale while serving as General Manager of Oklahoma National Stockyards. She is an entrepreneur with diverse experiences serving agriculture in many capacities including serving as Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association North Central District Vice President and Chairperson of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation as well as her family’s agritourism venture.

2023 Oklahoma Angus Oueen

2023 Oklahoma Angus Oueen
Jelani King - 2023 Oklahoma Angus Oueen

Jelani is 17 years old and has been in the Angus Association for 8 years. Jelani had always wanted to be a leader in the Oklahoma Junior Angus Association, so when she was finally old enough, she took the chance to send in an application and is very grateful to have been chosen! Outside of the barn you can find her in graphic design school at Autry Tech, being the president of her FFA chapter as well as being an At-large District Director for the OJAA, managing the social media for her family’s farm as they prepare for their two annual sales every year, and helping other cattle producers with their sales and being an extra hand at shows.

Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship Recipient
Alyson Friesen received a $1,000 scholarship from the Oklahoma Angus Association at the annual OAA banquet.

Alyson is a 2023 Arnett High School graduate; she plans to major in Elementary Education and return to rural Northwest Oklahoma following graduation. While an OJAA member, Alyson competed at many National Junior Angus Shows, and was our Queen when we were the host state in 2020. Alyson also had success while competing in the Certified Angus Beef Cookoff. Alyson loves her Angus family and hopes to someday be able to give back to the organization that has given her so much!

Show Heifers of the Year

Show Heifers of the Year Recipient
Meah Allison of Yukon received the award for Owned Heifer of the Year for her heifer EXAR Envious Blackbird 1837 purchased from Express Ranches.

The Oklahoma Angus Association recognizes juniors each year for their work in the show ring with two prestigious awards. The awards for Owned Heifer of the Year and Bred and Owned Heifer of the Year are based on placings in shows from the county to national levels. A point system determines the winners. Nominations are submitted in spring and traveling trophies engraved with past winners’ names is presented during the annual banquet.

This year, Meah Allison of Yukon received the award for Owned Heifer of the Year for her heifer EXAR Envious Blackbird 1837 purchased from Express Ranches.

Sydney Johnson of Orlando, received the award for Bred and Owned Heifer of the Year for her heifer, J&J Frontier Gal 570.