Founder of the legendary Rosemere Herd, a prominent Angus breeder and international judge.
1882-1967 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Otto V. Battles started raising Angus cattle at age sixteen and founded the legendary Rosemere Herd in Maquoketa, Iowa, winning more championships than any herd at the time.
He formed a partnership with the wealthy capitalist, Chester A. Congdon, in Yakima, Washington, and their 1938 dispersal sale broke all-time sales records.
Battles judged in the British Isles, the U. S., and Argentina, and served as president of the American Angus Association in 1920 and 1934. In 1983, he was inducted into the American Angus Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame.
Did You Know?
As of 1940, Battles was the only American called to Great Britain to judge Aberdeen-Angus cattle.