Many of us remember the important milestones in our life. They often revolve around the people we care about—births, weddings, graduations, etc. I remember these, but I also remember my first heifer. Suzie Q, as I called her, was an Angus heifer, given to me by my uncle for my 10th birthday. She was from a fine pedigree. Her mother was Champion at many fairs across Western Illinois. She was the classic 1950s-1960s Angus heifer, small in frame and easy fleshing. Suzie Q was the reserve champion at the 4-H show at the County Fair. While she was a “belt buckle” show heifer that grew up to be the standard size 1,000 pound cow of the day. This would change quickly after the Charolais arrived on the continent, but that is another story.