Choose Nutrient-Rich Beef for Your Holiday Entertaining

By Jessica Ivey, RDN

 

During the holidays, we all want to enjoy family, friends and food, but all the get-togethers and events can make it easy to get off track with healthy eating goals. Lucky for you, beef is a nutrient-rich protein source that can be incorporated into appetizers, entrees and even side dishes for festive and nutritious entertaining.

 

Beef tops the charts of protein-rich foods, providing 25 grams of high-quality protein and just 150 calories in each 3oz. cooked serving of lean beef. To put that into perspective, you’d have to eat three cups of trendy quinoa to get that much protein, which would pack a whopping 666 calories! Research shows that people who eat a higher-protein diet (about 30% of daily calories from protein) feel more satisfied, which may help prevent overeating (1), so if you’re making an effort to maintain your weight this holiday season, lean beef is a smart choice!

 

In addition to protein, three ounces of cooked beef provides 36% of the daily value of zinc, which helps maintain a strong immune system to keep you from getting sick during the busy holiday season. Feeling exhausted? Each 3oz. serving of lean beef provides 22% and 44% of the daily value of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 respectively, two nutrients that help give you energy. Beef is also a good source of iron, which helps transport oxygen in your blood.

 

If you’ll be attending or hosting a gathering with mostly appetizers and finger foods, be sure to include a source of protein to help satisfy hunger. These Mini Meatball Appetizers with Apricot Dipping Sauce can be made ahead and kept warm in a small slow cooker for an easy-to-transport option, or you can make these Spicy Steak and Avocado Bruschetta for a filling and flavorful twist on traditional bruschetta. For a foodie crowd, these Tapas-Style Pepper-Steak Parfaits are sure to impress.

 

We usually think of beef as being the star at the center of the plate, but have you ever thought about including beef in a side dish? This savory, sweet and tart Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries is equally suited as a one-dish meal or a show-stealing side. Beef and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms deliver a punch of flavor in each poppable bite.

 

An elegant beef roast sets the stage for a special meal, no matter the occasion. Check back in December, when I’ll be sharing some fool-proof tips for the perfect holiday roast. Enjoy a happy and healthy start to your holiday season!

 

 

  1. Leidy HJ, et al. Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, “breakfast-skipping,” late-adolescent girls. Am J Clin Nutr 2013;97:677-88.
  • Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Luscombe-Marsh N, Lejeune MPGM, Diepvens K, Nieuwenhuizen A, Engelen MPKJ, Deutz NEP, Azzout-Marniche D, Tome D, Westerterp KR. Dietary protein, metabolism, and body-weight regulation: dose–response effects. Int J Obes 2006;30:S16-S23.
  • Leidy HJ, Bossingham MJ, Mattes RD, Campbell WW. Increased dietary protein intake consumed at breakfast leads to an initial and sustained feeling of fullness during energy restriction compared to other meal times. Br J Nutr. 2009;101:798-803.

 

(Photo: Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Funded by Beef Farmers & Ranchers.)

What’s Going On Wednesday: November 8, 2017

It’s a whirlwind time at the ACA as we are in the midst of the 2018 membership drive kickoff, board meeting preparations and in assembly mode on the 2018 Beef Checkoff Marketing Plan. Important tasks are in the works, but in a season when we pause to focus on all  we are thankful for, we’d like to simply say how thankful we are for Alabama’s cattlemen. We’re thankful for your hard work to make this industry what it is. We’re thankful for those that came before us and paved the way to make our industry and association what it is today. We’re thankful for today’s cattlemen who take risks, aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, stay involved and work hard day in and out to raise a safe, wholesome and sustainable product. We’re thankful for our young people, for  it’s in them that we have hope for tomorrow’s industry. It is clear that we have a lot to be thankful for this year, but before we head into the holidays, we need to pause to keep our producers informed on what your cattlemen’s association is doing for you this week. Keep reading to learn more…


 

Membership Update

Membership renewal statements for 2018 went out November 1st!  If a member is in question, please call Jessica at (334) 265-1867 as we will be working out the kinks with members who have held memberships in multiple counties in previous years.

Board members: RSVP for the November board meeting! At this month’s meeting, secretaries will receive their login information for the new software as well as some other useful training information.  For those who are not able to attend, you will receive information after the board meeting.

Don’t forget this renewal incentive–> Anyone who renews for 2018 by December 31st will be entered into a drawing to win one of three cash prizes – $250, $150 or $100.  All county memberships will need to be in the state office no later than December 31st to qualify for this drawing.

 

 

2018 CHECKOFF MARKETING PLAN…OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

State Checkoff color_nobackground Last week at the state office, the state beef checkoff team hosted the 2018 Checkoff Task Force Meeting, and it was a day full of great ideas, planning, brainstorming and exploring areas of growth for the beef checkoff program. During this meeting, cattlemen and industry influencers gathered to hear a recap of this year’s program successes, learned about national checkoff goals and perspectives from NCBA’s Season Solorio and offered input and desires for areas of the program such as producer communication and education, retail/foodservice, advertising and social media, youth and issues management. Staff is now busy typing up all the new ideas, budgeting and preparing our more important presentation of the year for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Look forward to all to come and thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their input on the Alabama beef checkoff program.

 

 

Franklin County Youth Field Day

On Saturday, the Franklin County Junior Cattlemen hosted their first-ever 23130946_1896244823724248_4099305148016650878_nfield day. The juniors were educated on proper selection criteria when judging cattle, showing cattle in a pen show setting, took a skill-a-thon test indicating their basic knowledge about cattle, learned about the importance of farm safety and how to work as a team and enjoyed some great burgers. ACA Director of Industry Relations and Youth Programs Michael Agar was in attendance and offered his insight about cattle judging based on his experience with the Mississippi State University Livestock Judging Team. Special thanks to all involved and to Franklin County Junior Cattlemen Adviser Caleb Beason who planned and executed this event. Great work, Franklin County! We look forward to watching to event grow in the future.

 

 

ALABAMA FORAGE CONFERENCE & OTHER EXTENSION PROGRAMS FOR CATTLEMEN

Forage Conference AdvertisementThe Alabama Forage Conference will be held at Lakepoint State Park in Eufala on Nov. 28-29. Registration is now open for this conference on our website, and we encourage you to learn more and sign up! While you’re exploring through our online events calendar, be sure to check out all the many great Extension educational opportunities for cattlemen that are coming up. From QuickBooks for Farmers to Calving Season Emergencies to the Fall Beef-Forage Update and information on Silvopastures, there’s a class out there for everyone! This calendar is updated weekly with new events, courses, county meetings and cattle sales.

 

Be sure to follow it and stay up-to-date with all that’s happening in Alabama’s beef cattle industry.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications are now APPLYavailable online at BamaBeef.org/Scholarships and the deadline to apply is less than a month away! We encourage you to visit the site and explore the many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students in Alabama. Each year, the AFC awards over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Check out the many scholarship opportunities, and don’t forget- the deadline is Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE CATTLEMEN & CATTLEWOMEN SAUSAGE BOXES

IMG_6326Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the meat eater in your life? The AU Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen have got JUST what you need in their jam-packed with goodness sausage boxes. For only $30 you can 2-lbs of summer sausage, 1-lb. of jalapeño summer sausage and 1-lb. of a perfectly-paired cheese. Who wouldn’t love a gift like that?!

 

Proceeds from the sale of this year’s sausage boxes will aid in sending our collegiate cattlemen and cattlewomen to the 2018 NCBA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. This is an outstanding educational and networking opportunity for our young people who will soon enter the industry. If you’re interested in ordering a box, call (334) 674-0569, email clb0012@auburn.edu or mail in this printer-friendly order form.

 

 

CATTLE SALE SEASON

We are in the midst of cattle sale season in Alabama, our your state officer team and staff have been burning up the roads visiting the sales and networking with cattlemen from across the state. We’ve enjoyed the sites, the impressive cattle, strong prices and, of course, the hospitality shown by sale hosts. We hope to see you at one soon! View Our Cattle Sales Calendar Online Now

 

 

Stock Show U & BEEF U

Fall2017_Alabama_Grad_Program_page_1We’ve got two exciting youth events headed to Alabama, and we want to be sure you’ve got them on your calendar! Coming up on the calendar first is Sullivan Supply’s Stock Show U with instructors Taylor Harrison and Tad Harper. This event will be held at the Cullman County Ag Trade Center and is FREE to attend, compliments of Sullivan Supply. Be sure to register to attend by clicking here. Next up on Saturday, Dec. 9 is BEEF U led by Extension Specialist Jason P’Poole. This educational and hands-on workshop is for young people ages 5-18 and will be held at the Stanley P. Wilson Beef Teaching Unit at Auburn University. Learn more here

 

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: November 1, 2017

That’s a wrap on October Beef Month 2017 and WOW what a GREAT month it was for beef promotion across our state. County chapters did an outstanding job getting out in the community while your state office implemented big campaigns online to put beef on consumers’ minds. Keep reading to learn more about those online results! 

This is the time of year when we shift focus here at the state office. We not only look back over the past year to evaluate which programs were successful or maybe need tweaking, but we also begin to think toward 2018, and the new membership year as it is now upon us! It’s a busy and exciting time in Montgomery, and we look forward to celebrating 2017 with you while making big plans for 2018.


 

2018 Membership Drive Kicks Off TODAY!

With the start of November comes the start of the 2018 membership drive, and we encourage every membership to re-up on their annual dues and to sign up a new member! Help us beat our 10,000 total membership from the 2017 membership year. Also- here’s some incentive…if you pay your dues by Dec. 31, you’ll be entered for an Early Bird Drawing for three cash prizes: $250, $150 or $100. Can you say return on investment?! Renew or Join Today

 

Facebooklogo_homepageThe new membership software is now complete, and ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy has been working diligently to produce educational videos to help teach county leaders how to use the new program. County secretaries are encouraged to attend the November Board Meeting on Nov. 16 as Jessica will be assigning county login information and discussing where to access “how to” videos.

 

 

2018 Checkoff Marketing Plan…Under Construction

State Checkoff color_nobackgroundSpeaking of return on investment…let’s talk checkoff. This week at the state office, our theme is Alabama Beef Checkoff as we are hosting the 2018 Checkoff Task Force Meeting tomorrow. During this meeting, cattlemen and industry influencers will gather to hear a recap of this year’s program successes, learn about national checkoff goals and perspectives from NCBA’s Season Solorio and offer input and desires for areas of the program such as producer communication and education, retail/foodservice, advertising and social media, youth and issues management. Stay tuned for big plans and ideas, straight from the minds of Alabama’s cattle producers!

 

 

October Beef Month Success

Online promotion was the theme of this year’s October Beef Month, andScreenshot 2017-10-30 09.36.51 we’re proud to bring you the results of this year’s campaigns. Not only was every post centered around beef promotion and education, but we brought some big numbers to the board with digital advertising and couponing. Throughout the month we posted weekly carousel ads on Facebook that presented delicious beef imagery with direct links to recipes on the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner website. Each week, the ads reflected the theme of recipe/cooking techniques we presented on our online properties- burgers/grilling, weeknight meals/skillet cooking, tailgating with beef and stews/chilis/slow cooking. Those ads had excellent reach of over 82,000 Alabamians, driving over 4,500 clicks to specific recipes on the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner website. Post engagement and conversations were also very positive about beef, and Facebook users particularly enjoyed the stew/chili ads…which is expected this time of year!

 

Ibotta App IconOn another digital front, our ibotta coupon- which offered $2 OFF a roast of any brand or variety purchased at most Alabama grocers- encouraged the sale of over 5,700 roasts, provided educational beef messaging to over 16,900 app users and reached more than 539,200 Alabama residents. This coupon featured prominent checkoff logos and well-represented Alabama’s beef cattle producers. Great work, team!

 

 

Alabama Forage Conference & Other Extension Programs for Cattlemen

Forage Conference AdvertisementThe Alabama Forage Conference will be held at Lakepoint State Park in Eufala on NOv. 28-29. Registration is now open for this conference on our website, and we encourage you to learn more and sign up! While you’re exploring through our online events calendar, be sure to check out all the many great Extension educational opportunities for cattlemen that are coming up. From QuickBooks for Farmers to Calving Season Emergencies to the Fall Beef-Forage Update and information on Silvopastures, there’s a class out there for everyone! This calendar is updated weekly with new events, courses, county meetings and cattle sales.

 

Be sure to follow it and stay up-to-date with all that’s happening in Alabama’s beef cattle industry.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications are now APPLYavailable online at BamaBeef.org/Scholarships. We encourage you to visit the site and explore the many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students in Alabama. Each year, the AFC awards over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Check out the many scholarship opportunities, and don’t forget- the deadline is Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

Auburn University Collegiate Cattlemen & Cattlewomen Sausage Boxes

IMG_6326Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the meat eater in your life? The AU Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen have got JUST what you need in their jam-packed with goodness sausage boxes. For only $30 you can 2-lbs of summer sausage, 1-lb. of jalapeño summer sausage and 1-lb. of a perfectly-paired cheese. Who wouldn’t love a gift like that?!

 

Proceeds from the sale of this year’s sausage boxes will aid in sending our collegiate cattlemen and cattlewomen to the 2018 NCBA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. This is an outstanding educational and networking opportunity for our young people who will soon enter the industry. If you’re interested in ordering a box, call (334) 674-0569, email clb0012@auburn.edu or mail in this printer-friendly order form.

 

 

Cattle Sale Season

We are in the midst of cattle sale season in Alabama, our your state officer team and staff have been burning up the roads visiting the sales and networking with cattlemen from across the state. We’ve enjoyed the sites, the impressive cattle, strong prices and, of course, the hospitality shown by sale hosts. We hope to see you at one soon! This Friday ACA’s Kayla Greer and Michael Agar will be at Frank Turner and Sons in Hayneville  while this past weekend, staff enjoyed heading out to the CK Cattle Headquarters Sale, Michael enjoyed a trip to The Oaks sale in Grantville, GA while ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley headed north to the Debter Hereford sale in Horton, AL.

 

View Our Cattle Sales Calendar Online Now

 

 

Auburn ANSC Students Learn About ACA and Checkoff Program

ACA Director of Industry Relations and Youth Programs Michael Agar was a guest speaker for Animal Science Orientation at Auburn last Thursday. Michael spoke about the national and state checkoff, BQA and about the work of our association. As a recent graduate himself, he also discussed what he did as a college student to prepare for a professional career in the cattle industry. Many of the students expressed interest in the presentation and stayed after class to ask him questions about the association.

 

 

 

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Pull Out Your Slow Cooker… It’s Crocktober!

By Jessica Ivey, RDN

 

 

Between work and school, extra-curricular activities, and of course, football season, fall is a busy time for most of us Alabamians, but a full schedule doesn’t have to mean fewer home-cooked meals. A slow cooker is one of my favorite secrets for preparing hot, homemade meals ready when we are. Check out my tips for making the most of this versatile kitchen tool.

  • Choose the right cut. Lean cuts of beef, like bottom round roast and shoulder pot roast, become tender when cooked low and slow in a small amount of liquid. Convenient beef stew meat is another good option that can be an economical choice.
  • Get rid of excess fat. Before putting your roast into the slow cooker, be sure to trim away the excess fat. For recipes calling for ground beef, brown the beef in a skillet before adding to the slow cooker using a slotted spoon to drain away the fat. This will result in a lower-fat and more appealing final product.
  • Include vegetables, beans, and/or whole grains. For a well-balanced complete meal, be sure to add a serving of vegetables to your slow cooker. Heartier vegetables, like potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, bell peppers and kale, can be added at the beginning of the cooking time. Add more tender vegetables, like squash, zucchini, and fresh spinach, during the last 30 minutes of cooking to ensure a crisp-tender result. Fiber-rich whole grains and beans are an easy addition to round out a meal and provide additional nutrients.
  • Prep ingredients in advance. Cutting meat and chopping vegetables in advance can help set you up for faster meals on especially busy days. Place prepared ingredients in large zip-top plastic bags or air-tight containers, and store in the refrigerator up to three days. If you have a slow cooker with a removable insert, you can even assemble the recipe in the insert and refrigerate the whole thing overnight; in the morning all you have to do is slip the insert into the base and turn it on.
  • Reinvent leftovers. Instead of serving the same recipe twice, turn last night’s leftovers into a fun new dish. For example, make this After Work Beef Pot Roast Dinner early in the week, and later stuff the remaining meat and vegetables into a loaf of French bread cut in half lengthwise. Top with slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese and bake until the sandwiches are hot and the cheese is melted.

What’s your favorite beefy slow cooker meal? Let us know in the comments or post a picture of your Crocktober creation on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to tag @alcattlemen.

What’s Going On Wednesday- October 25, 2017

We hope it’s evident that it has been quite a busy month in our office since the blog has taken a back seat to October Beef Month for the past two weeks! Never fear, however, because we’re back and ready to report.

Cooler temperatures are finally finding their way into our state, and hay is beginning to hit the ground, much like new calves. We’ve seen some great pictures of cattlemen welcoming their newest arrivals and have very much enjoyed seeing those with unique markings. Keep reading and be sure to check out the November magazine to see a few the most-uniquely marked heifers that are new to the Alabama cow herd.


 

 

Black Rock Bistro AWarded Plaque

BlackRockOn Wednesday, Oct. 11 ACA checkoff staff joined ACA President-Elect Jack Batts, Regional Vice President Jay Buckley and Walker County President Tyler McClendon in Jasper to award Black Rock Bistro with its Bama’s Best Burger winning plaque.

 

The 2017 Bama’s Best Burger contest culminated with the announcement of the winning burger, Black Rock Bistro’s “Alabama Burger.” This dish features a 1/2-pound burger patty topped with homemade pimento cheese and fried green tomato. It’s as delicious as it sounds, and it paired nicely with the sample of brisket restaurant owner Greg Kilgore smoked up for us to enjoy! Black Rock Bistro truly earns two thumbs up.

 

 

Beef Up the Blood Supply

On Friday, Oct. 13 the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association partnered up with Bloodthe Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to host a Beef Up the Blood Supply event with LifeSouth. All who donated blood earned a ribeye steak sandwich grilled up by ACA staff! We surpassed LifeSouth’s donor goal by five donors…just another way to show that cattlemen care!

 

Special thanks goes to Butler County President James Allen Stinson who drove all the way from Georgiana to donate! We appreciated his dedication and involvement.

 

 

Worlds of Work

WOWOn Oct. 12-13, ACA Director of Industry Relations and Youth Programs Michael Agar headed west to set up a booth in the Worlds of Work “Ag World” at Shelton State Community College where over 4,000 8th grade students came by to see him and the beef cuts trailer over the two-day period. Michael had a table of beef cattle byproducts, and the youth were full of questions not having previously known there was “cow” in their favorite makeup, lotions, sporting equipment, vehicles and even in their marshmallows. (That’s always a fan favorite!)

 

 

Partners in Action: Beef Checkoff Relaunches Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Brand

During the middle week of the month, ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley and Director of Social Media and Communications Kayla Greer took a quick trip to Denver to visit NCBA and hear next year’s checkoff promotion plans and learn how to implement those programs within our state.

 

The most exciting part of the trip was learning about the work and tools associated with the new Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner brand relaunch that hit airwaves on Oct. 9. This relaunch included in a new website that combines information about beef from pasture to plate. Not only can consumers visit this site to find delicious beef recipes and explore beef cuts, but they can also meet the farmers and ranchers behind the beef with in-depth feature articles and beautiful videos that transport the consumer to the farm. If you haven’t already, check out the new website and visit the Rethink the Ranch page.

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RISE at UWA

The National Young Farmers Education Association funded a RISE event on the campus of the University of West Alabama in Livingston where ACA staffer Michael Agar was asked to speak on beef cattle production. Being that Michael is not far removed from the classroom, he had lots of advice for the 11th and 12th grade students as they turn their heads toward college and potentially choosing a career in the cattle industry.

 

 

Eclectic Child Development Earns Cookout from Elmore County Cattlemen

A special thank you goes out to Dr. Nealy and Justin Barrett and the Elmore
Elmore County Cattlemen’s Association for grilling up a delicious beef lunch for the youngsters at Eclectic Community Day Care, sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. This group won a catered lunch for bringing the largest group to our summertime event, Slim’s Picnic, and enjoyed ribeye steak sandwiches grilled up by local cattle producers. Great work!

 

 

YOUTH PRODUCTION FIELD DAY

Parents, teachers and county junior cattlemen advisers…stop what you’re doing and grab your calendar! Register now for for a Youth Production Field Day on Nov. 11 at Langley Farms in Camp Hill. Dr. Soren Rodning, Sarah Dickinson and Courteney Holland will teach on a variety of topics including BQA, calving demos, body conditioning scoring and forage testing. Registration is available at www.BamaBeef.org/ProductionFD. Lunch will be provided and a farm tour of Langley Farms will follow the morning’s learning opportunities.

 

 

Alabama Calf goes viral

DMxOdJsX4AYFD2MAuburn fan and Lauderdale County cattleman Dan Goode could not believe his eyes when we found this Shorthorn heifer in his pasture. Marked clearly with an Alabama “script A,” this calf was born a fan, by default, of the Crimson Tide. Her markings have made her quite popular and have even spread as far as ESPN, Fox Sports, Sports247, SEC Country, thanks to a little push from Paul Finebaum.

 

This little heifer calf, born on Indian Camp Creek Stock Farms in Florence, will be raised to be shown in 4H, FFA and AJCA shows across the state by the Goode children. Keep an eye out for her, and Alabama fans be sure to give her a “Roll Tide” in passing.

 

 

Scholarships Now Available

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications are now tag-_scholarship_apply_copy_web(3)(2)(2)available online at www.BamaBeef.org/Scholarships. We encourage you to visit the site and explore the many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students in Alabama. Each year, the AFC gives over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Check out the many scholarship opportunities, and don’t forget- the deadline is Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

October Beef Month Activities:Hats Off to County Chapters

ShelbyBeef has been the talk of the town this October Beef Month thanks to the work of county chapters across the state! We at the state office have had an influx of great pictures from counties who have participated in  Cowboys in the Classroom, hosted steak sandwich sales, educated about beef cattle at farm/ag days and even from restaurant-owning cattlemen who have offered a beefy special in their eateries throughout the month. Great job, cattlemen! View photos here or here.

 

At the state office, we’ve hosted the Beef Up the Blood Supply community MAGARevent in partnership with the Alabama Department of Ag and worked hard to educate influencers, such as Auburn City Schools food service representatives and culinary students, through multiple Beef 101 programs. Besides getting out and promoting beef, we’ve amp’d up our social media footprint through beef-specific advertisements and posts such as recipes, beef facts, production practice infographics, how-to videos, cooking tips and more. We’ve worked hard to point people back to the checkoff-funded BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. Our website even took on a new look for the month as it features beef imagery in the background, an “October is Beef Month in Alabama” banner across the top and scrolls through delicious, themed recipes each week throughout the month. So far, we’ve promoted burgers, easy weeknight meals and tailgating appetizers, and this week is all about stews and chilis as fall weather brings a welcomed chill to the state!

 

Ibotta App IconWe also took a leap into unknown territory this month as we partnered with the Ibotta couponing app to drive a $2 OFF roast rebate to consumers across Alabama. WOW at its results! This campaign has been exposed to over 400,000 people and has earn over 4,500 rebates to date. With just a week left in the campaign, we expect to meet our goal of encouraging the sale of over 5,000 roasts of any brand or variety across Alabama grocers. That’s YOUR checkoff dollars at work putting beef on consumers’ tables!

 

 

 

What’s Going On Wednesday: October 4, 2017

October Beef Month has arrived! We’ve kicked off the month with all kinds of exciting promotions, announcements and programs, all centered around our favorite protein- beef! Your state staff is extra busy promoting, preparing for a new membership year, building a magazine, planning upcoming events…all the exciting tasks that come with working for Alabama’s best folks, cattlemen. Keep reading to learn about how your checkoff dollars are at work this week and learn how you can get involved with all that’s happening!


Bama’s Best Burger Announced

AlabamaBurger_BlackRockBistroImagine a half-pound beef patty topped with made-from-scratch pimento cheese and a fried green tomato. If your mouth is watering at the thought of a burger of this caliber, then a trip to Black Rock Bistro in Jasper, Ala. is due in your future.

 

On Monday the 2017 Bama’s Best Burger contest culminated with the announcement of the winning burger, Black Rock Bistro’s “Alabama Burger.” This dish represented the contest’s central region while the Rattlesnake Saloon, Tuscumbia, “Duke Burger,” Montgomery-based Hamburger King’s “Deluxe Cheeseburger” and Our Place Diner’s, Ozark, “Bacon, Egg & Cheeseburger” represented the north, south and gulf regions.

 

Black Rock Bistro will get a visit from our staff as well as a plaque presentation, a year’s bragging rights and an influx of food enthusiasts looking to try Bama’s Best Burger! Congrats to the Black Rock Bistro team.

 

 

 

Membership Update

The new software is still in the works and will be available to all counties who wish to use it by November. ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is working on creating tutorial videos for counties to review.  These videos will focus on specific training in areas that county secretaries will be using to input membership, print reports and other options available should you choose to use those.  Also, Jessica will be leading some training webinars that county leadership can join in on their computers and ask questions live. County secretaries will be receiving information on electronic check option if the county opts to keep electronic check information or county bank card on file at the state office. This option will eliminate waiting on checks to be mailed and processing and will allow for more real time updated membership. You can choose to decline this option and continue to process membership via check by mail.  Also, counties will receive one login and it will be given to the county secretary who enters membership.  Those logins will be sent once we have everything set up and ready to go.  If you have any questions please send those to Jessica and stay tuned for all the exciting updates!

 

In other membership housekeeping: the 2018 dues statements will be mailed out November 1.  It is very important that you email Jessica with the name and address of the person who will be responsible for receiving those remittances.  If she doesn’t hear from you by October 15, the remittances will be defaulted to the state office. Email those addresses to Jessica by October 15. Also, Jessica has mailed membership cards to all counties who did not attend the regional meetings.  We ask that county leadership only issues those cards to the members who have paid their 2018 dues. Last but not least- don’t forget that October is Beef Month in Alabama! Please email Jessica photos of your county activities!

 

 

Beef 101 with Piggly Wiggly & Sysco

On Tuesday, 52 foodservice and retail representatives from Piggly Wiggly 22089787_1143993962403272_2008812051609725435_nand Sysco Gulf Coast joined us at the Auburn Beef Teaching Unit & Meats Lab to learn about beef from pasture to plate. ACA President Richard Meadows welcomed the group, helped lead a conversation about the beef life cycle and gave a background on his cattle operation. Jason and Dr. Misty Edmondson spoke to the group about beef production practices during a live animal evaluation then Meats Lab staff fabricated a beef carcass into retail cuts for the group to see. It was a great program and introduced many of those who sell our product to the production and meat  science aspects of the industry!

 

 

Buckhead Beef + Golden State Foods

PICThis week, ACA Executive VP Erin Beasley hosted NCBA Supply Chain Relationship Management Director Shelley Bradway to Alabama as she visited several distributors and participated in Beef 101. On Monday, Beasley and Bradway headed to Atlanta to visit Buckhead Beef to discuss educational opportunities and resources available to them through the beef checkoff. Following Beef 101 PICon Tuesday, Shelley along with program staff and AU Meat Sciences faculty toured the new Golden State Foods meat plant in Opelika. This
plant will produce fresh and frozen beef patties for McDonald’s locations across the Southeast, and we’re pleased with the new relationships with both of these beef companies.

 

 

 

Youth Production Field Day

Parents, teachers and county junior cattlemen advisers…stop what you’re doing and grab your calendar! Save the date for Nov. 11 at Langley Farms in Camp Hill for a Youth Production Field Day where Dr. Soren Rodning, Sarah Dickinson and Courteney Holland will teach on a variety of topics including BQA, calving demos, body conditioning scoring and forage testing. Registration is available at www.BamaBeef.org/ProductionFD. Lunch will be provided and a farm tour of Langley Farms will follow the morning’s learning opportunities.

 

 

 

Scholarship Apps- Now Available

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications are now tag-_scholarship_apply_copy_web(3)(2)(2)available online at www.BamaBeef.org/Scholarships. We encourage you to visit the site and explore the many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students in Alabama. Each year, the AFC gives over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Check out the many scholarship opportunities, and don’t forget- the deadline is Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

IBOTTA APP LAUNCH

Ibotta App IconOne week ago today we launched a statewide campaign with a consumer app called ibotta. This app offers rebates on groceries and household items, and starting today, you’ll find a $2 OFF roast coupon for any brand/variety of roasts purchased in most Alabama food retail stores. This campaign will sell over 5,000 roasts throughout the month and will provide consumers with great information about the beef industry!
So far, our stats tell us we’ve earned over 1,200 redemptions on this coupon. That means in just one week, this coupon has inspired the sale of over 1,200 roasts!

 

CLICK HERE TO EARN THIS REBATE 

 

 

BEEF UP THE BLOOD SUPPLY

On Oct, 13 from 10-3 the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will host a “Beef up the Blood Supply” campaign. We have partnered with Alabama Department of Ag and Industries and LifeSouth to bring a blood drive event to the Cattlemen’s Building in downtown Montgomery.

 

The ACA will be providing a steak sandwich to patrons of the event who donate blood.  With the recent natural disasters that have struck our fellow Americans, it is more important than ever to ensure we have an adequate blood supply. Rewarding donors with a steak sandwich grilled up by an Alabama cattle producer is an ideal opportunity to involve the community in this charitable effort while encouraging them to eat beef during October Beef Month.

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: September 27, 2017

Welcome back to the blogosphere, cattlemen! ACA staff has been out and about in the state over the past several weeks as we’ve hosted regional meetings with county leadership. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones while learning from each other. Now, we’ve got your feedback in hand and are already busy at work planning ways to provide cattlemen with the educational programs, activities and information they want most! While we’ve been busy traveling, business has still been booming back at home base in Montgomery. Keep reading to learn more about what all has been happening and what’s to come.


 

Membership Update and Refresher from Regional Meetings

Screenshot 2017-09-27 15.13.07We had great participation and feedback from our Regional Meetings.  Thank you to all who attended!  Out of 67 counties we had 39 represented this year. One of the highlights from the meetings was revealing a little about the new membership software.  This new software will be available to all counties who wish to use it by November.  The new software will be much more user-friendly and is updated quite frequently to improve functionality.

 

In October Jessica will work with Kayla on creating tutorial videos for counties to review.  These videos will focus on specific training in areas that county secretaries will be using to input membership, print reports and other options available should you choose to use those.  Also, Jessica will be leading some training webinars that county leadership can join in on their computers and ask questions live. County secretaries will be receiving information on electronic check option if the county opts to keep electronic check information or county bank card on file at the state office. This option will eliminate waiting on checks to be mailed and processing and will allow for more real time updated membership. You can choose to decline this option and continue to process membership via check by mail.  Also, counties will receive one login and it will be given to the county secretary who enters membership.  Those logins will be sent once we have everything set up and ready to go.  If you have any questions please send those to Jessica and stay tuned for all the exciting updates!

 

On another note, Jessica will be working to prepare for the first 2018 membership mailout.  It is extremely important that you provide her with the correct mailing address for your county contact to receive those remittances.  Last year we had several who went to a previous secretary/treasurer.  Email those addresses to Jessica by October 15.

 

 

Youth Field Days

21740525_1410882059028700_8897799717074976797_nYour Alabama Beef Checkoff dollars went to work to host a Cattle Judging Field Day on Saturday, Sep. 16 at CK Cattle in Hope Hull. We were excited to have 50 youth from counties all over the state join us for the day. To kick off the event, Jason P’Poole discussed the fundamentals and terminology involved in judging cattle. Following the discussion, youth took to the pens to judge three classes, including Angus heifers, SimAngus heifers and ChiAngus bulls. Participants then took a lunch break while scorecards were tallied, and the top three in each age division received prizes for their success. A farm tour of CK Cattle finished out the day. We would like to give a special thanks to ACA Vice President Chris Langley, AJCA Director Chelsea Langley and Regional VP Jim Jordan for attending this event and the folks at CK Cattle for allowing participants to learn from their outstanding cattle.

We encourage parents, teachers and county junior cattlemen advisers to save the date for Nov. 11 at Langley Farms in Camp Hill for a Youth Production Field Day. Dr. Soren Rodning, Sarah Dickinson and Courteney Holland will teach on a variety of topics including BQA, calving demos, body conditioning scoring and forage testing. Register your youth today at www.BamaBeef.org/ProductionFD.

 

 

Judge Roy Moore Wins Senate Race

September 26th marked the runoff election between U.S. Senator Luther Strange and former Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat resulting in an overwhelming win for Moore, securing the nomination for the Republican party. Moore will now face Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) in the general election on December 12. Moore is known for being a constitutional conservative and has served as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court from 2000-2003 and 2013-2016.

Strange was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat when President Trump selected then U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. Attorney General. He served on the Senate Agriculture committee in that time.  One of Governor Ivey’s first acts was to hold a special election for the Senate seat, which has resulted in Moore becoming the Republican nominee for the general election in December.

 

 

ibotta app launch

Ibotta App IconIt’s an exciting day at the ACA as the first October Beef Month celebration kicked off! Today we launched a statewide campaign with a consumer app called ibotta. This app offers rebates on groceries and household items, and starting today, you’ll find a $2 OFF roast coupon for any brand/variety of roasts purchased in most Alabama food retail stores. This campaign will sell over 5,000 roasts throughout the month and will provide consumers with great information about the beef industry!

 

CLICK HERE TO EARN THIS REBATE 

 

AFC Scholarships Available Soon

On Sunday, Oct. 1 Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications will be available at www.BamaBeef.org/Scholarships. We encourage you to visit the site and explore the many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students in Alabama. Each year, the AFC gives over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Check out the many scholarship opportunities, and don’t forget- the deadline is Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

International Visitors Stop by ACA

ACA staff was pleased to host representatives from the USDA Africa 21762251_1137067539762581_7624975855271140345_o-2Foreign Agricultural Service. The representatives have to come to Alabama from Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania to learn about American agriculture. ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley answered their many questions about the beef industry, led them on a tour of our building and even grilled up some delicious beef for them to try out!

 

 

Auctioneering Champion Visits Montgomery Stockyards

21751442_1135367606599241_7463567702811998713_nMontgomery Stockyards welcomed Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) World Champion Auctioneer Brian Curless from Pittsfield, Illinois last week to visit the area and sell cattle on sale day. ACA staff enjoyed the opportunity to visit the market, meet with Brian and hear his impressive chant. While in Alabama, Brian also took time to visit Autauga Farming Company with ACA Past President Bill Lipscomb.

 

 

Beef up the blood supply

On Oct, 13 from 10-3 the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will host a “Beef up the Blood Supply” campaign. We have partnered with Alabama Department of Ag and Industries and LifeSouth to bring a blood drive event to the Cattlemen’s Building in downtown Montgomery.

 

The ACA will be providing a steak sandwich to patrons of the event who donate blood.  With the recent natural disasters that have struck our fellow Americans, it is more important than ever to ensure we have an adequate blood supply. Rewarding donors with a steak sandwich grilled up by an Alabama cattle producer is an ideal opportunity to involve the community in this charitable effort while encouraging them to eat beef during October Beef Month.

 

 

Beef 101 with Wood Fruitticher

The fall BEEF 101 programs kicked off last week and welcomed Wood 21752273_1137604979708837_2661577279766390005_nFruitticher (WF) Foodservice, based out of Birmingham. New salesmen from around the state gathered to learn about beef from Pasture to Plate in an effort to sell more product. WF has heavily increased their beef sales over the last two years by focusing on steak cuts and also introducing branded beef items. They primarily sell to restaurants in the state.  Next week, the checkoff is excited to partner with Certified Angus Beef (CAB) to offer BEEF 101 to 50 retail and foodservice people.

 

Remember, if you want to be apart of BEEF 101 or just attend for further education, let us know.  Upcoming dates are:

  • Tuesday, October 3 (10AM-3PM)
  • Thursday, October 12 (10AM-3PM)
  • Friday, October 20 (8AM-Noon)
  • Tuesday, October 24 (10AM-3PM)

 

 

Big News for JBE

For over 50 years the Junior Beef Expo has been hosted by the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) during the rodeo and livestock week in mid-March. Last month, Jimmy Parnell and Paul Pinyan presented a proposal for the Alabama Farmers Federation to manage the JBE under the umbrella of the SLE. The decision was unanimously accepted. The JBE will continue to be supported by the SLE as it always has, but managed and coordinated by Alabama Farmers Federation. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) will continue to provide support to the JBE through funding, volunteers and communication about show.

 

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: August 30, 2017

Happy Wednesday! It’s a busy week with Auburn and Alabama kickoff games this weekend, calving season beginning and the fall months just around the corner. Cattlemen across the state are gearing up for a busy time of year, but we all need to stop for just a moment to send prayerful thoughts to our friends and neighbors to the west. Many Alabama cattlemen work closely with southeast Texas cattle producers, and as a close-knit community, we have to stand and work together during times of catastrophic loss. Keep reading to learn more about this week’s association work and how you can contribute to relief efforts relating to beef cattle.


 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund- Now Live

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As you read this, southeast Texas cattlemen are fighting to protect their herds today while lending a helping hand to community relief efforts. More than 1.2 million head of cattle in 54 Texan counties have been affected by the 46+ inches of rainfall accumulated in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This historical catastrophe has left families evacuated from homes, interstates submerged in flood waters and cattlemen desperately pushing their cattle to high ground. Cattlemen helping cattlemen is a story known all too well by Alabama beef cattle producers who have been on the receiving end of generous donations during times of devastation in our own home state. That is why the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has opened a Hurricane Relief Fund through the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation to raise money that will be donated to relief efforts relating to beef cattle production in southeast Texas. All donations are tax deductible as the ACF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Click Here to Donate –> www.BamaBeef.org/HurricaneRelief

 

 

ACA REGIONAL MEETINGS

save the date

The staff is busy preparing for regional meetings which starting next week.  We ask that all county officers try to attend these meetings as we will be doing the following:

  • A survey for you to complete to help us plan for convention, magazine and website
  • County secretaries will get the first look and some training on the brand new web-based membership program that will be used for the upcoming membership year

We’ll also be bringing October Beef Month supplies, updates, software training and open discussion to your back yard. If you’re interested in an October Beef Month box, you must contact Jessica.

 

Here are the dates:

9/5 Marshall County Dinner

6:30 p.m. Guntersville Extension Office

9/6 Lawrence County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Mel’s Stockyard (Moulton)

9/12 Tallapoosa County Dinner

6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Dadeville

9/13 Tuscaloosa County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Heritage House (Tuscaloosa)

9/19 Clarke County Dinner

6:30 p.m. Big Mike’s Steak House (Thomasville)

9/20 Pike County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Julia’s Restaurant (Troy)

 

For those planning to attend next week’s meetings in north Alabama, we have to guarantee meals by THIS FRIDAY. If you do not RSVP by Friday afternoon, we cannot guarantee a meal. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jessica Kennedy.

 

 

Meeting with ADEM

On Tuesday, ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley and ACA Director of Industry Relations & Youth Programs Michael Agar attended an Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) meeting to receive updates regarding environmental programs.  Topics such as WOTUS were apart of the conversation. Submit your comments on WOTUS here.

 

 

Roanoke Stockyard Visit

Today, Beasley and Agar met with with ACA Vice President Chris Langley fileto visit Roanoke Stockyard. This is just stop on a quest to visit every stockyard in the state over the next six months. It’s a packed house today, despite the dreary weather! Special thanks to Chad, Cal and Don Green for many years of great business.

 

 

CATTLE JUDGING FIELD DAY

17190968_1464115086931899_4242343227110361099_n(1)Join the 40+ youth who have already registered for this event! On September 16, youth across Alabama are invited to participate in a cattle judging class with Auburn University Livestock Judging Coach Jason P’Poole, judge a few classes, learn during a questions class and get feedback on their reason-giving skills from P’Poole and ACA’s Michael Agar, an alumni of the Mississippi State Livestock Judging Team. This event is FREE to all youth, and while AJCA membership is not required, it is encouraged.
Registration for the event is now available online. To learn more or to register, visit BamaBeef.org/JudgingFieldDay

 

Also- save the date for our upcoming Youth Production Field Day as well! This event will be held November 11 from 9AM-3PM at Langley Farms in Camp Hill, AL. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

 

 

OCTOBER BEEF MONTH- BRINGING THE BEEF TO ALABAMA

Get ready for an exciting month of beef promotion! October Beef MonthIbotta App Icon plans are coming together nicely…and we are bringing big things to this year’s month-long promotion efforts.  The following programs are planned and will take place during the busy month:

  • Ibotta beef coupon promotion
  • Social Media takeover on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram
  • Beef Up the Blood Drive at the ACA office in partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture
  • Beef Week in Montgomery featuring beef at 5 downtown restaurants
  • Beef 101 educational programs
  • Cowboys in the Classroom reading program (if you want to request books, contact Jessica at the ACA office)

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: August 23, 2017

Hello again to our dedicated blog readers and fellow Alabama cattle producers. While Bama fever and Tiger pride is beginning to grip our hearts and minds, your state Cattlemen’s team is gearing up for a busy fall season ahead. Preparations are being made for our upcoming regional meetings, October Beef Month, Beef 101 programs and all the other exciting events that come when the leaves start to change. While we work away on beef promotion efforts, you’re preparing for fall calving season, your annual sale and fall weaning. Let’s all take a break from the madness to update on all that’s happening with your state cattlemen’s association this week.


 

Membership Software – Loading Now!

Facebooklogo_homepageACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is buried under 50,000 membership profiles and many, long-winded training programs as she works toward launching our new membership software. She is working throughout the day to get herself trained on this new program so that she can train you at our upcoming regional meetings. The plan is to have the software up and running by the kickoff of the November membership drive, with training and plenty of time for questions before the launch.

 

Note: We are asking that NO MORE information be submitted to the Ag Returns software. If you have new county information to submit, please contact Jessica Kennedy

 

 

Bama’s Best Burger- Fiery 4

After an impressive Elite 8 round of the Bama’s Best Burger contest, the 20620882_1101617759974226_3117528004350948988_nFiery 4 finalists have been named. Before we tell you who made it to the top, we want to update you on the scale this contest reached during the week-long tenure of the Elite 8 round. In just seven days, we were able to garner a reach of over 223,500 Facebook users, generate over 26,800 post engagements, encourage over 22,100 clicks on the contestants’ photos and earn 1,149 new page likes on top of the 1,124 from the previous round. This puts us 105 likes away from reaching 20,000 Facebook followers!

Check out who made the Elite 8 cut from each region:

North

  • Rattlesnake Saloon’s “The Duke Burger” (Tuscumbia)

Central

  • Black Rock Bistro’s “Alabama Burger” (Jasper)

South

  • Hamburger King’s “Deluxe Cheeseburger” (Montgomery)

Gulf

  • Our Place Diner’s “Bacon, Egg & Cheese Burger” (Ozark)

Now the fun part is underway! Judges (who shall not be named) are traveling across the state to each venue to try their popular burgers. That’s a pretty good gig! These judges will submit their judging cards at the end of September is just enough time for us to announce the winner of the Bama’s Best Burger contest on October 2 to kickoff Beef Month in Alabama!

 

 

ACA REGIONAL MEETINGS

save the date

The staff is busy preparing for regional meetings which start the first week in September.  We ask that all county officers try to attend these meetings as we will be doing the following:

  • A survey for you to complete to help us plan for convention, magazine and website
  • County secretaries will get the first look and some training on the brand new web-based membership program that will be used for the upcoming membership year

We’ll also be bringing October Beef Month supplies, updates, software training and open discussion to your back yard. If you’re interested in an October Beef Month box, contact Jessica.

 

Here are the dates:

9/5 Marshall County Dinner

6:30 p.m. Guntersville Extension Office

9/6 Lawrence County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Mel’s Stockyard (Moulton)

9/12 Tallapoosa County Dinner

Location/Time TBD

9/13 Tuscaloosa County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Heritage House (Tuscaloosa)

9/19 Clarke County Dinner

6:30 p.m. Big Mike’s Steak House (Thomasville)

9/20 Pike County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Pig Cafe (Troy)

 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jessica Kennedy.

 

 

Monroe/Conecuh Counties cattlemen tour

From what we hear from Monroe County cattleman Tim Tucker, the Monroe and Conecuh Cattlemen’s Tour was a great success! The group of 60 visited four outstanding cattle operations, a rock quarry and Bogs and Boulders ATV park. They enjoyed a hamburger supper at C. R. Pate’s Camp and were joined by many more county members for the meal as well as District Judge Jack Weaver and the Conecuh County sherriff. The county leaders want to say a big thanks to all involved and  to the farms and friends who hosted them throughout the tour!

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Tuscaloosa County Summer Meeting

Tuscaloosa County Cattlemen’s Association held its summer meeting last Saturday, August 19 at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office.  A strong crowd of 130 people were in attendance, and President Steve Ballard had ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley come speak to the group.  YCLP representative, Blake Hamner, also gave a report on the program.  A strong cake auction raised close to $2,500 for the junior cattlemen program in Tuscaloosa County.

 

 

Franklin County Sells Big at Watermelon FEestival

Did someone say watermelon? All we heard about were those delicious steak sandwiches!! The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association knocked it out of the park this past weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Russellville. The event hosted 40,000 people, and the cattlemen sold an incredible 3,200 steak sandwiches at the event. WOW! Money raised from this fundraiser goes to provide at least two scholarships at each of the six public schools across the county. Excellent work, Franklin County!

Sen. Allen Fundraiser

ACA Executive VP Erin Beasley attended a fundraising reception for Sen. Gerald Allen last week.  Senator Allen is a longtime friend of the ACA and represents Tuscaloosa, Lamar and Pickens counties.  You may recognize him by his famous homemade biscuits that he makes each spring at the senators breakfast held at the ACA building!

CATTLE JUDGING FIELD DAY

17190968_1464115086931899_4242343227110361099_n(1)Join the 30+ youth who have already registered for this event! On September 16, youth across Alabama are invited to participate in a cattle judging class with Auburn University Livestock Judging Coach Jason P’Poole, participate in a cattle judging clinic, learn during a questions class and get feedback on their reason-giving skills from P’Poole and ACA’s Michael Agar, an alumni of the Mississippi State Livestock Judging Team. This event is FREE to all youth, and while AJCA membership is not required, it is encouraged.
Registration for the event is now available online. To learn more or to register, visit BamaBeef.org/JudgingFieldDay

 

 

October Beef Month- Bringing the BEEF to Alabama

Get ready for an exciting month of beef promotion! October Beef MonthIbotta App Icon plans are coming together nicely…you’ll even notice a few changes to the promo game plan.  The following programs are planned and will take place during the busy month:

  • Ibotta beef coupon promotion
  • Social Media takeover on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram
  • Beef Up the Blood Drive at the ACA office in partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture
  • Beef Week in Montgomery featuring beef at 5 downtown restaurants
  • Beef 101 educational programs
  • Cowboys in the Classroom reading program (if you want to request books, contact Jessica at the ACA office)

 

 

Fall Armyworms in Alabama

Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in army-worm-660x330eight Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight.

 

(Excerpt from Extension Daily article. Continue Reading.)

 

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: August 16, 2017

Howdy, cattlemen! August is scooting past us quickly and bringing the fall months with it. While your staff gears up for an extra busy time of year, we know each of you are preparing for county annual meetings, fall calving season, cattle sales and…let’s be real, this is important…football season. Before we get too focused on touchdowns and newborn calves, get your weekly update from the ACA.


Amping Up Membership…Software Style!

Facebooklogo_homepageIf you’re looking for ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy, she’s buried under 50,000 membership profiles dating back to 2005. What are we talking about, you ask? She’s making a huge leap this week toward activating our new membership software. This week held the big import which moves all our data from the old software (Ag Returns) to the new, web-based program! The plan is to have the software up and running by the kickoff of the November membership drive, and we’ll train our county leaders at our upcoming regional meetings.

 

Note: We are asking that NO MORE information be submitted to the Ag Returns software. If you have new county information to submit, please contact Jessica Kennedy

 

Before we finish up our membership update, we’d like to take just oneScreenshot 2017-08-16 13.54.26 more opportunity to congratulate Franklin, Limestone and Lauderdale counties on being the three largest county chapters in 2017. For those who missed the fun at last week’s board meeting, our largest county with 582 members (Franklin County) was awarded a shiny new outdoor tent and “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” banner, while Limestone County (502 members) was awarded the same banner. Coming in at third place with 350 members, Lauderdale County was awarded a $50 merchandise credit. Congrats to all three hard-working counties!

 

ACA Regional Meetings

save the dateIf you’re a leader in your county cattlemen’s chapter, be sure to save the date for our upcoming regional meetings. We’ll be bringing October Beef Month supplies, updates, software training and open discussion to your back yard. If you’re interested in an October Beef Month box, contact Jessica. Here are the dates:

9/5 Marshall County Dinner

6:30 p.m. Guntersville Extension Office

9/6 Lawrence County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Mel’s Stockyard (Moulton)

9/12 Tallapoosa County Dinner

Location/Time TBD

9/13 Tuscaloosa County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Heritage House (Tuscaloosa)

9/19 Clarke County Dinner

Location/Time TBD

9/20 Pike County Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Pig Cafe (Troy)

 

Board Sales

Screenshot 2017-08-16 13.13.46Cattle sale season is rapidly approaching and board sales have already begun to kick off around the state. This Thursday, ACA Director of Industry Relations & Youth Programs Michael Agar is attending the Piedmont Cattle Marketing Association Board Sale at the ALFA home office at noon in Montgomery. For those interested, the sale can be viewed live at here. Speaking of cattle sales and ALFA, Michael also enjoyed visiting Montgomery Stockyard this Monday with Nate Jaeger of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

 

 

BAMA’S BEST BURGER Elite 8 Challenge

After five successful years of the Alabama’s Best Steak contest and the20620882_1101617759974226_3117528004350948988_n implementation of the #ALSteakTrail, your beef checkoff program is switching its focus to burgers. After a buzzing week of nominations which garnered a reach of over 241,000 Facebook users, the Bama’s Best Burger contest welcomed over 1,000 nominations, which made the task of finding the eight most-nominated even more daunting than usual. Nevertheless, we did, and now our Facebook Photo Challenge is well underway! Check out who made the Elite 8 cut from each region:

North

  • Rattlesnake Saloon’s “The Duke Burger” (Tuscumbia)
  • Big Chief Drive In’s “Chuck Burger” (Glencoe)

Central

  • Black Rock Bistro’s “Alabama Burger” (Jasper)
  • Deano’s Grill’s “Deano Burger” (Jacksonville)

South

  • Hamburger King’s “Deluxe Cheeseburger” (Montgomery)
  • Sheila C’s Burger Barn’s “Cheeseburger” (Auburn)

Gulf

  • Fish River Grill’s “Swamp Burger” (Foley)
  • Our Place Diner’s “Back, Egg & Cheese Burger” (Ozark)

*Those in italics are currently leading the votes in their district* Get involved with our contest, especially for those who share a home county with a contestant. Share our contest on Facebook and submit you vote today! Click Here to check out photos of each contestant’s burger and to vote. The voting window closes at midnight THIS Sunday, and we will shortly after announce the Fiery 4 finalists!

 

 

Flying High with YCLP

Screenshot 2017-08-16 13.42.27Last week’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP) session was a true adventure. The objective of our second gathering can be defined into one word- teamwork. The young cattlemen kicked off the weekend by joining at the Beef Teaching Unit at Auburn University for lunch then traded their boots for sneakers as they headed out to the AU Challenge Course. All throughout the hot August afternoon, the future leaders participated in ropes course challenges to learn all about working together as a team, encouragement and how to rely and trust on your fellow cattlemen. The afternoon wrapped up with a delicious dinner at La Cantina, owned by Jim Collins of Cusseta, Alabama, followed by a tour of DCJ Ranch, led by farm manager Cal Whatley.

 

Day #2 of the session was spent at the Beef Cattle Conference hosted at Screenshot 2017-08-16 13.42.36the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn. The group listened to several guest speakers then joined breakout groups to participate in a calving demonstration, an estrus synchronization discussion and carcass/fabrication evaluations.

 

CATTLE JUDGING FIELD DAY

17190968_1464115086931899_4242343227110361099_n(1)Save the date for our upcoming Cattle Judging Field Day! On September 16, youth across Alabama are invited to participate in a cattle judging class with Auburn University Livestock Judging Coach Jason P’Poole, participate in a cattle judging clinic, learn during a questions class and get feedback on their reason-giving skills from P’Poole and ACA’s Michael Agar, an alumni of the Mississippi State Livestock Judging Team. This event is FREE to all youth, and while AJCA membership is not required, it is encouraged.
Registration for the event is now available online. To learn more or to register, visit BamaBeef.org/JudgingFieldDay

 

 

October Beef Month Planning Underway

October may be a couple months away but your checkoff promotions team already has big plans in the works for October Beef Month in Alabama! While ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley spearheads Beef 101 programs and a restaurant-focused “Beef Week,” ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer is pulling out all the stops on digital promotion efforts. Expect to see catchy Facebook advertising, Snapchat takeovers and a statewide ibotta coupon!

 

 

Here are a Few Handy Links You May Enjoy:

 

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