Aside from getting her boots dirty in the show ring and on the farm, Madison Butler has an eloquent presence at each Angus cattle show with her red jacket and tiara. She is this year’s Miss American Angus.
Butler, 19 year-old from Vincennes, Indiana, is in her first year at Hutchinson Community College. But, she got started in the cattle industry at 10 years-old.
“My uncle bought me my first Angus heifer and asked me if I could show it. I said yes, of course,” Butler said.
From there, she got started in her state association. This led to her getting even more involved in the national association. Her term for Miss American Angus started this past November and will continue until next November.
“I represent the Angus breed at different shows, conferences and also do school tours,” Butler said.
When representing the association, she promotes Angus cattle and Certified Angus Beef to consumers and kids, but also within the breed association.
“I want junior members to also be able to go out,” Butler said. "I encourage them to promote what we do and promote agriculture and the cattle industry."
This is Butler's first year at the National Western Stock Show. She said favorite part so far has been the stockyards and the whole pen/ carload show.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Butler said. "It’s really different to me. It’s a lot of fun to see the commercial aspect of it.”
Butler is excited for the upcoming year as she gets to visit many places she has never been to. She said be sure to say “hi” to her if you see her at a show.
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