Albert, the youngest of Frank’s seven children, was born in 1924. As a young boy, Albert worked for area ranchers sharpening hedge posts, fixing fence and breaking colts. Later, he helped receive and ship cattle, driving them horseback across the hills to and from the rail yards. When Albert graduated from high school in 1942, his father gifted him seven Shorthorn-Hereford cross heifers.
Albert experimented with the Shorthorn-Hereford cross in an attempt to appease the best buyers in the area. Eventually, in a broad step ahead of his time, he bred his Shorthorn-Hereford cows to Angus bulls. Not long after, he weaned his first set of 600-pound calves, a major feat at the time. As the trend for “black baldy” cows increased, Albert experimented with several breeds, eventually settling with Brangus. The positive results from those cattle led him to begin developing the commercial Brangus herd.
Through the years, the Wiggins Ranch has been involved in multiple research projects studying bull performance traits, carcass data, EPDs and more with several area universities. Albert was influential in the growth of the Brangus breed. He worked closely with Brinks and Camp Cooley developing genetics and was often called on for industry panels and speaking opportunities.