The rain is subsiding just in time to dry things off for a busy, beefy holiday weekend! You may not know it, but Memorial Day Weekend is one of the beefiest holidays of the year. Not only is it the kickoff of summer grilling season, but Sunday, May 28 is National Hamburger Day! May is also recognized as National Beef Month, National Burger Month and National BBQ Month. That in itself calls for a delicious celebration!! We hope your family has a happy and blessed long weekend. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association would like to tip its hat to America’s fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. As it has been said, “If you ate today, thank a farmer. If you ate in peace, thank a soldier.” There’s some powerful words for an important day of memorializing America’s finest.
Before the long weekend arrives, though, we have to finish up the work week! Take a break from all the business around you to catch up on all that’s happening with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association this week.
Membership UPdate- Final notices
The membership renewal final notice will go out THIS Friday! All membership remittances will come back to the state office, so be sure to send in all membership before Friday so paid members do not receive a renewal notice in the mail. County leaders: check with the state office to utilize any county credits and expedite the process if available. Call Jessica Kennedy at (334) 265-1867.
We still have plenty of raffle tickets available for each of you to sell for the John Deere Gator drawing. There will be a prize for the person who sells the most raffle tickets. They come in books of 10 and Jessica can mail them out today! Email Jessica
AJCA Round-Up Planning Underway
ACA Intern Logan Strock gathered AJCA directors in the Cattlemen’s Building yesterday under the charge of AJCA President Cameron Catrett to make some very important steps in the finalization of AJCA Round-Up planning. The 11th annual Round-Up will be held July 20-23 at the Garrett Coliseum, and it’s bringing a “South of the Border” flare to Montgomery to help celebrate 11 years of Round-Up fun!
During yesterday’s meeting, directors finalized the show rules and schedule, discussed modifications to the contests and contest rules and planned prizes to be awarded for the contests. Logan would like it noted that there have been a few rule modifications to this year’s AJCA Round Up, so it is important to read the Round Up rules carefully.
Rules and a schedule will be posted online shortly while registration will open June 1 at 8:30 a.m. at www.bamabeef.org/roundup.
Bama’s Best Beef
Bama’s Best Beef is underway and looking delicious! The Week #1 Photo Challenge has kicked off and the competition is fierce between our Asian and Hispanic category finalists!
Old Town Stock House of Gunterville’s “Tteok Galbi” is described as “Korean marinated beef served on house steam buns.” Tuco’s Tex Mex Cantina in Auburn’s “Tex Mex Lasagna” is described as a “three-layer tortilla lasagna of seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and red chili sauce, topped with our delicious Monterey and cheddar blend cheese and finished with pico de gallo and a sprinkle of cotija cheese.”
These two are dueling it out on Facebook this week. At this point, Old Town Stock House is taking the lead in the contest with 189 “reactions” vs Tuco Tex Mex Cantina’s 118 “reactions.” If they’re from your area, be sure to spread the word to VOTE on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page. Help us promote Alabama’s delicious and unique beef dishes!
Culinary Fight Club Alabama “Blended Burger Battle”
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is excited to sponsor the Culinary Fight Club Alabama “Blended Burger Battle” happening Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. at Central in downtown Montgomery. We’re sponsoring the beef as area chefs go head-to-head to craft the best burger in show. Our own Erin Beasley will be serving as a guest judge while staff attends to support the beef-centric event.
It’s sure to be a delicious time! The winner of this contest will move forward to compete on Alabama’s team in the World Food Championship’s Burger category in Orange Beach this November. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased here.
Headed East- Langley Farm Visit
Last but certainly not least, two ACA staffers are spending the day in Lafayette (Chambers County) with Vice President Chris Langley and family. Dr. Billy Powell and Erin Beasley headed east today to visit Langley Farms and explore its operations as well as spend time with Chris to discuss his new role as vice presdient of the association.
We are grateful to the Langley Family for hosting us today and will enjoy getting out of the office to visit a wonderful family and a beautiful farm. If you want to learn more about Chris and his family, click here.
MBA & YCLP Summertime Digital Tool Kit
MBA State Coordinator and ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer has been working to create a “digital took kit” for graduates of both the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program and the Masters of Beef Advocacy program to use during the summertime. The tool kit features graphics, captions, images and ideas about how to effectively post about all that goes on around the beef cattle industry during the summer months.
Recipients will be given beef imagery, tips on how to post about summer farm work such as baling and forage management and ideas on how to put a “face to the beef” by promoting beef as a cattle producer. If you’re an active or alumni YCLP or a graduate of the MBA program, be on the lookout for those to appear in your inbox today! Call Kayla at (334) 265-1867 with questions.
Until then, be sure to celebrate National Burger Day this Sunday, May 28 with a delicious Burger Bar!
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