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John Garrett Tolan | 1948

Updated: May 2

Leading breeder of Angus and first American to judge at Perth, Scotland, in 1950.

1885-1961 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954)



Impact & Accomplishments


Garrett Tolan was a leading breeder of Angus cattle, exhibiting grand champions at the International Live Stock Exposition for three decades, from Eileenmere in 1929 to Mr. Eileenmere in 1954.


He started his herd near Pleasant Plains, Illinois, in 1900. President of the American Angus Association in 1918, Tolan was named to the Angus Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame in 1983.


He was the first American to judge at Perth, Scotland, in 1950. Garrett Tolan’s partner in Tolan Farms was his son, John J. Tolan.


Did You Know?


At the Chicago International, Tolan Farms showed 102 class winners and 85 champions, bred 15 International grand champions and exhibited 10 Best Ten Head groups.


The Tolan career record for Angus at all shows totaled 845 class winners and 385 champions.


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