The fourth-annual Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, takes place Sunday, Nov. 5. The Angus University general session will feature Edd Hendee, owner of the famous Taste
of Texas restaurant, and Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax. The afternoon breakout sessions will cover subjects including bull and heifer selection; managing consumer demands and environmental regulations; EPDs;
current beef consumer trends; parasite management; low stress cattle handling and more.
EDD HENDEE and his wife, Nina, own and operate the renowned Taste of Texas restaurant in
Houston, which they launched in 1977. The restaurant has gained local and national acclaim for setting the standard of steakhouse excellence and for its consummate Texas hospitality. In 1984, the restaurant
needed a new concept for survival. Hendee embraced the Certified Angus Beef® brand and doubled sales in three years. In 1991, they constructed their own building, leading to a 300-seat hotspot and growing fame
as today’s top volume independent restaurant in the world for Certified Angus Beef®. The restaurant is truly a family business. The Hendees ’ daughter, Lisa, is the chef, while their daughter, Kristin, and her
husband, Corbin, help manage the business.
RANDY BLACH, CEO, CattleFax, was raised on his family ’s ranch in Yuma, Colo., and graduated
from Colorado State University (CSU) with a degree in animal science. Blach received the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumni Award in 2004 and the Livestock Leader Award in 2011. In 2016, he was
inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. Blach joined CattleFax in 1981 and served as director of market analysis for 15 years, accepting his current role as CEO in 2001. Blach and his family remain actively
involved in cattle ranching by managing cow/calf, stocker and finished cattle.