Knop Angus Farm was named 2014 Iowa Outstanding Seedstock Producer.

Knop Angus Farm was named the 2013-2014 Iowa Angus Seedstock Producer!

Knop Angus Farm received the Iowa Pioneer Breeder Award!

Introducing our Newest Sire
KAF Top Gun 442-102

He can help our customers reach their goal of weaning 800 pound calves.

Grand Champion Angus Bull & Supreme Champion Bull Overall Breeds
2016 Clay County Fair (Worlds Largest County Fair)

BD: 12-18-2014
Reg: 18172117
BW 76 lbs , Ratio 93
205 day Wt 846 lbs, Ratio 106
365 day Wt 1452, Ratio 106

Sire: SAV International 2020
Dam: KAF Miss Liz 102-601
Dam's Sire: SAV Final Answer 0035

Ratios 3 calves with a 97 Birthing Ratio
Weaning Ratio: 112 & Yearling Ratio: 109

Knop Angus & Collison "Performance Plus" Angus Bull Sale
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

KAF Renown 702-108
Reg # 18836299
Sire: S A V Renown 3439
Dam: KAF Miss Gale 108-K706
BD: 01/10/2017
BW: 82 lbs
205 Wt: 961
Ratio: 114
Photo taken at 10-1/2 months of age and weighing 1325#. 
He will also be one of the many features in our 3-3-2018 bull sale.
KAF Cutting Edge 632-102  "Cutter"
Reg # 18836291
Sire: S A V Cutting Edge 4857
Dam: KAF Miss Liz 102-601 (pictured in cowherd)
BD: 12/19/2016
BW: 81 lbs
205 Wt: 926
Ratio: 110
Photo taken at 10-1/2 months of age with current weight of 1350#. 
He sells in our March 3, 2018 Sale

2017 - 2018

First Feed Efficiency Test Gains (ADG)

Bulls in the test will also be in the March 3rd 2018 Sale

Reg# EID Test
Avg. On
Test Wt.
Test ADG
18836295 6032 630 1168 1218 1240 1229 1376 5.25
18836296 6045 631 1012 1002 1016 1009 1118 3.89
18836305 6027 637 1000 1058 1070 1064 1180 4.14
18914083 6047 701 948 1002 1026 1014 1192 6.36
18836300 6049 703 998 1026 1038 1032 1170 4.93
18836301 6030 704 1074 1110 1100 1105 1304 7.11
18836307 3029 711 862 914 926 920 1066 5.21
18837286 6040 714 760 796 806 801 964 5.82
18836339 6048 717 926 936 950 943 1078 4.82
18836310 6026 723 864 892 890 891 988 3.46
18836311 6031 725 850 870 886 878 962 3.00
18850042 6042 733 668 708 710 709 830 4.32
18836317 6041 737 640 656 660 658 776 4.21
18914036 6036 1635 874 932 940 936 1022 3.07
18914037 6035 1638 1298 1318 1344 1331 1516 6.61

2017 bull calves will be going to efficiency testing October 1st. watch for results.

Show Heifers for sale at Private Treaty

KAF Miss Macey 634-338
Reg # 18836298
Sire: S A V Pedigree 4834
Dam: KAF Macey 338-924
BD: 12/27/2016
KAF Miss Black Bird 626-309
Reg # 18836293
Sire: S A V Renown 3439
Dam: KAF Miss Blackbird 309-301
BD: 11/02/2016
BW: 79 lbs
205 Wt: 813
Ratio: 100
KAF Miss Rosanna 720-116
Reg # 18836340
Sire: KAF Top Gun 442-102
Dam: KAF Rosanna 116-K711
BD: 03/17/2017
KAF Miss Macey 718-105
Reg # 18850038
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Macy 105-718
BD: 03/05/2017
KAF Miss Empress 633-439
Reg # 18836297
Sire: S A V Renown 3439
Dam: KAF Empress 439-230
BD: 12/21/2016
KAF Miss Blackbird 705-329
Reg # 18836302
Sire: S A V Pedigree 4834
Dam: KAF Miss Blackbird 329-908
BD: 01/31/2017
KAF Miss Macey 722-105
Reg # 18850039
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Macy 105-718
BD: 03/06/2017
KAF Miss Hatley 709-330
Reg # 18836306
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Miss Alma 330-B319
BD: 02/05/2017

Bulls for Sale for Fall Breeding

KAF Ramrod 601-924
Reg # 18501716
Sire: R B Tour Of Duty 177
Dam: KAF Rosanna 924-11A
Dam’s Sire: Bon View New Design 1407
Date of Birth: 01/15/2016

205 Adj Weight: 935  Ratio 109
** Picture taken November 25th,
Adj Yearling Wt is 1581. Gain: 5.25 on test.
KAF Renegade 534-308
Reg #18501714
Sire: R B Tour Of Duty 177
Dam: KAF Rosanna 308-924
Dam’s Sire: S A V First Class 0207
Date of Birth:12/15/2015
205 Adj Weight: 937  Ratio 109
** Picture taken November 1st
Adj Yearling Wt is is 1651. Gain 5.75 on test.
KAF Maverick 445-924
Reg #18172119
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Rosanna 924-11A
Dam’s Sire: Bon View New Design 1407
Date of Birth:12/25/20145
BW: 89#,  205 Adj Weight: 861
Adj Yearling Wt is is 1448

Koltons Miss Gale 605-108
Reg # 18505129
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Miss Gale 108-K706
Dam’s Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682
Date of Birth:01/18/2016
205 Adj Weight: 825  Ratio 109

KAF Blackbird 602-412
Reg # 18505445

Sire: S A V Priority 7283
Dam: KAF Blackbird 412-K301
Dam’s Sire: S A V 707 Rito 9969
Date of Birth:01/16/2016
205 Adj Weight: 786  Ratio 104
Reserve Senior Calf Champion
2016 Clay County Fair

KAF Miss Blackbird 529-309
Reg # 18506187
Sire: Dameron C-5 American Classic
Dam: KAF Miss Blackbird 309-301
Dam’s Sire: Sitz Upward 307R
Date of Birth: 09/15/2015
205 Adj Weight: 790  Ratio 100

KAF Miss Kinley 230-319
Reg # 17564600
KAF Miss Kinley 230-319
Sire: Knops Discovery 530-210
Dam: MAF Rito Bandolier B319
Dam’s Sire: J L B Exacto 416
Date of Birth: 09/01/2012

Mother of the 439 cow

KAF Empress 439-230
Reg # 18172116
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Miss Kinley 230-319
Dam’s Sire: Knops Discovery 530-210
Date of Birth: 11/01/2014
Daughter of 230

KAF Miss Macey 504-105 - Donor Cow
Reg # 18172122
Sire: S A V International 2020
Dam: KAF Macy 105-718
Dam’s Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682
Date of Birth: 01/04/2015
Daughter of 105 Cow

KAF Miss Liz 102-601 - Donor Cow
Reg # 16977265
Sire: S A V Final Answer 0035
Dam: Circle K Miss Abby 601-623
Dam’s Sire: HF Sleep Easy ER 130
Date of Birth: 02/10/2011

KAF Miss Traveler 120-003 (Reference Only)
Reg. # 17237799
KAF Pioneer 002-K068 x KAF Miss Traveler 003-601
Reserve Senior Heifer Calf Champion
2012 Clay County Fair
We are retaining this heifer.

BW: 77 * 205: 859 * YW: 1307

KAF Macy 105-718
- Donor Cow
Registration #: 16970484
Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682
Dam: KAF Macy 718-729
Dam’s Sire: W C C Special Design L309
Date of Birth: 03/02/2011
Calving interval 364 on 4 calves
Birth Ratio 104, Weaning Ratio 108, Yearling Ratio 107

Name: KAF Macey 338-924
- Replacement Heifer
Registration #: 17870439
Sire: S A V 707 Rito 9969
Dam’s Sire: Bon View New Design 1407
Date of Birth: 12/27/13

KAF Miss Blackbird K908-K301 - Reference Donor
Reg. # 16361003
Knops Gridmaker 511-026 x Knops Blackbird K301



New calves in 2017 sired these bulls!!

KAF Top Gun 442-102

Reg: 18172117
SAV International 2020 x KAF Miss Liz 102-601

SAV International 2020
Reg # 17318795
S A V Harvestor 0338 x S A V Emblynette 5483

R B Tour Of Duty 177
Reg # 16984170
Werner War Party 2417 x B A Lady 6807 305

SAV Pursuit 0160
Reg # 16687663
S A V Pioneer 7301 x S A V Abigale 5650

KAF Maverick 445-924
Reg. # 18172119
S A V International 2020 x KAF Rosanna 924-11A

Jetliner 707 of Conanga
Reg. # 17795918
Rito 707 of Ideal 836 71x Miss Bardcaps 117 of G A R


KAF Mr Rose 820-38Z
Reg. # 16111299
S A V 8180 Traveler 004 x Circle G Rosanna 293

SAV Bismarck 5682
Reg. # 15109865
G A R Grid Maker x S A V Abigale 0451

Knops Discovery 530-210
Reg. # 12372132
Jetliner 707 of Conanga x KAF Miss Dark Star 210-4123

SAV First Class 0207
Reg. # 16687685
S A V Net Worth 4200 x S A V Duke Girl 7348

76 Years of Breeding Angus Seed Stock
2014 Iowa Angus Seed Stock Producer of the Year!

     During the course of the past 75 years, Knop Angus Farm has grown and evolved into a powerful force in the Angus breed. Founded in 1941 by Gene and his three brothers, Fritz, Jute and Herb. The foundation Females were purchased from Elmer Johnson of Kiron, Iowa. Our late father Fred Knop entered the Angus enterprise in 1946 and set the tone that built the Knop “Performance Plus” breeding program into an Angus dynasty. Mr. Knop knew that if this herd was to reach our lofty goals set we would need to use superior bulls either from our herd or someone else’s. At this time we looked for two things; good size and show conformation. Dad liked the show ring and used it for customer contacts, and he also like the color purple.

     Fred remained a part of the enterprise until retirement, at which time he sold his remaining herd to Gene & Colleen. Great bulls from within the herd, and some from outside, were used to build a base for the future. To mention a few, the bull of the 60’s was O’Neill Jingo Ballot 48, a Ballot of Belladrum grandson, purchased from Jim O’Neill. Five sons from the first calf crop went to the Iowa Show & Sale; three were class winners and one was the Open Class Champion. A second bull purchased from outside the herd was Taurus of Briarhill. He grew out to be a “one ton” bull and laid the foundation for the next great cross. That great cross came after the purchase of the bull for the 70’s; Jetliner 707 of Conanga. Jetliner was the bull my father always dreamed of owning.  He had a true performance pedigree, the best of Rito & Wye on the top and bottom. Our thanks to Al Conover for his phone call the day Jetliner was sold at Connelly’s annual sale. Jetliner set many records in his lifetime including: Jr. Champion Bull at the 1974 International Livestock show in Chicago, IL, reference sire for the Angus Association National Sire Evaluation Program, candidate for the 1976 Sire of the Year, ten times a Champion or Res. Champion at major shows. Jetliner made history when he was the winner of two of the five categories measured at the Liberty Bell  Sire Evaluation Contest; sponsored by the American Association. Of the five categories measured, he won feed lot gain and carcass cutability, making him a double winner, the only bull in the contest to achieve this. He was selected by Select Sire stud in Ohio, to highlight their semen sales program. With confidence in the Rito 707 bloodline another high performance bull was produced in the KAF program, KAF Thunderbird 707. Calved in May of 1973, Thunderbird was placed in the Iowa Beef Improvement Association test at Bronson,IA.  He set a new record for the Association test with a weight per day of age of 3.51 lbs. Like Jetliner 707, he was a rare Rito-Wye combination.  His adjusted weights at 205 & 365 days were 818 and 1361, respectively. Two-thirds interest and possession sold to ABS, Wisconsin in 1973. Several Jetliner sons were used in the Knop program including KAF Super Jet who later was sold for export to Argentina. Jetliner daughters built a production base that served the herd for future successful years.  A couple of the great daughters; KAF Miss Jetliner 643-100R and KAF Miss Jetliner 641-1B4.  “643” produced the 1981 Res. Champion Heifer at the National Jr. Angus Show, along with other great progeny. She sold for $15,500.00 to Riverside Angus, Hamilton, Texas, to head up their embryo program. “641”, a many times champion and a fantastic producer for the KAF program, later sold to the Drake Farms at Davis, OK., where she became a valuable donor. She was responsible for the “Empress” line developed by Oklahoma State University.

     Our next outside sire came from the Mon Reposa Angus herd located at Jerome, Idaho. Mon Reposa King 2545 was a great performance-plus herd sire.  He crossed well on the Jetliner daughters and had a very successful show career.  To mention a few championships; Reserve Champion at Kansas St. Fair, Oklahoma St. Fair, Tulsa St. Fair, and Grand Champion at Minnesota State Fair. His daughters were excellent replacement females, one producing the 1982 Grand Champion bred & owned female at the National Jr. Angus show in Nashville, Tenn. We were also honored at the 1982 show when daughter Sheryl won the National Showmanship contest, and son Dan earned his National Jr. Angus Association “Gold” award.

     At the 1978 Sir William’s Angus Farm Sale, Sir Williams Wampum was selected to carry the program to the next level.  Larger frame score was in demand and the Wampum/Jetliner cross fit the bill.  Wampum was produced by the top indexing cow in the Sir William program, a requirement for the KAF program.  Wampum did a magnificent job producing heavier weaning weights and many show winners at the national level.  The Wampum/Jetliner crosses made history at Knop Angus Farm when KAF Sundown 2123 sold for $140,000.00 in our 1982 sale.  He also produced KAF Rocky Gold, setting a record setting sale price of $30,000.00 at the 1984 Iowa Winter Expo. Rocky Gold was a flush mate to KAF Solid Gold who sold for export to Canada.

     Always searching for new performance-plus sires, a bull at the National Western Stock Show caught my eye, Crafts Lucky Strike, a high performance bull and a great champion that day.  I mated him to a Taurus of Briarhill daughter, Taurus Empress 232 and she raised a great son KAF Gold Strike.  Gold Strike was an exceptional performance calf with a 205 wt. of 831# and great conformation.  Gold Strike sold for a record price at our 1981 production sale for $150,000.00 to 12 progressive Angus programs.  He won numerous national shows and as a sire produced the Grand Champion female at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, Colo., for Clyde Nelson, one of the owners.  Her name was Nelsons Golden Girl; she was also Grand Champion at the National Jr. Angus Show.

     1985 brought along a reduction sale at Knop Angus.  The herd was reduced in number to a more manageable level.  The strength of the cow herd remained in tack. The same principles will be adhered to, but we will use new tools available now for the first time making our goals easier to achieve.  Tools like carcass ultra sound, talk of DNA testing, embryo sexing, use of computers in sales program, embryo transfer use more regular, stricter donor selection, sales thru breed association events and more private treaty internet sales programs.

     In 1995 to increase carcass quality Bon View 1407 was used in the A-I program and a mating of 1407 and a Prompter Daughter produced KAF Country 650-11A. He was a performance plus calf with a 205 day wt. of 842# and yrl. Wt. of 1373#.  He was shown twice in his lifetime, 1996 Grand Champion Clay Co. Fair at six months of age and again at the1997 National Western Livestock Show, Denver, Colo., where he stood third to the Calf Champion & Res.Calf Champion in class. He was a great calving ease sire in the pasture and a great sire of show winners.  We place great emphasis on the Get of Sire class and Country was undefeated at the Iowa Winter Expo in this class, a sign of a great breeding bull.

     Several Schaff Angus Farm premier sires have been used the last couple years.  The goal of weaning 900# calves has been made easier using heavier performance bulls from this herd.  SAV Pioneer 7301 mated to Miss Blackbird 068, a Traveler 234D daughter produced KAF Pioneer 002-068;  the next high performance sire in our program.  A high 6 framed calf with a  205 day wt. of 943#, 365 day wt. of 1578#.  We will wean his first progeny this week and it looks like he will have the heaviest sire group to date at KAF.

     This outlines our breeding program and how we have approached reaching our goals set 71 years ago. This has been a family adventure from day one.  Many thanks to a great leader in my father, Fred Knop for setting such high standards. He loved the show ring and the excitement it created and the customer contact it afforded.  The excitement of winning with a high performance bull made his day and also does mine. The following are some of the winning moments we enjoyed;

JETLINER 707 OF CONANGA - Jr. Champion 1974 International Livestock Show-Twice Grand Champion at Iowa & Minnesota St. Fairs-Sire of KAF Discovery 530, Grand Champion at Iowa State Fair and numerous show in the South for Magnolia Plantation, Georgia – Sire of KAF Northern Jet 1045, Grand Champion at Cow Palace, Intermediate Champion at the National Angus Show, Des Moines, IA., Champion at Western Angus Futurity, Oregon St. Fair, Pacific International Expo, Calgary Stampede, and the Red Dear Expo. – Sire of KAF Miss Jetliner 643 & KAF Miss Jetliner 641 many time champions, and many others.

MON REPOSA KING 2545 – Champion at Minnesota St. Fair, Kansas St. Fair, Oklahoma St. Fair, Tulsa St. Fair, Paternal grand sire of the 1982 Bred & Owned National Jr. Angus Show.

SIR WILLIAMS WAMPUM – Champion at Minnesota State Fair, Calgary Stampede, Jr. Champion at Iowa St. Fair, Nebr. St. Fair, Res. Jr. Champion North American International, - Sire of KAF Sundance – Calf champion at Western States Futurity and sold for $80,000.00 – Sire of KAF Sundown, sold for $140,000.00 to a group of progressive breeders – Sire of KAF Miss Wampum 037 – Res. Champion 1981 National Jr. Angus Show, Nashville, Tenn., - plus many more champions.

KAF GOLD STRIKE – Bull Calf Champion Western States Angus Futurity, Res. Jr. Champion All American Futurity, Illinois St. Fair, Iowa St. Fair, South Dakota St. Fair – Sire of Golden Girl, Grand Champion Denver Livestock Show, open & Jr. Shows, - Sire of KAF Solid Gold & KAF Rocky Gold, record sellers & performance leaders. Sire of the Illinois State Fair 1985 Grand Champion Steer over all breed.

KNOPS DISCOVERY 530-210 – Grand Champion Bull 1997 Iowa State Fair – Sire of First Place Get-of-Sire Iowa State Fair – Sire of Knops Empress 701-532, 1997 Res. Calf Champion All-American Futurity Jr. Show – Class winner at the NAILE and the 1998 NJAS. – Sire of LR Champ 451 owned by our daughter Sheryl & husband Mark Leonard – Topped the efficiency test over 109 bulls at the Purina Sponsored Test at Hays Beef Development Center, Mt. Ayr, IA.  He won with the following stats:

Feed/lb. Gain ADG Cost/lb. Gain
3.35 5.32 $.47
Average of 109 bulls:
6.68 3.08 $.66
Get of Sire - Sired by SAV Bismark
2015 Iowa Beef Expo

Gene & Colleen   
5977 240th Street * Ida Grove, IA 51445
Cell: 480-586-6140
Dan: 712-369-1924