What’s Going On Wednesday: February 7, 2018

Ok, ok. This weather is truly out of hand. In true Alabama fashion, the weather has us on a roller coaster ride. Sub-freezing temps to mid-70s in February to “drought” conditions and heavy rainstorms that leave us cattlemen in mud up to our knees. The rye grass is coming in slow while the feed sacks are emptying fast. It’s wintertime in Alabama (we think?) and as temperatures are looking to turn north, so are we as we prepare for our biggest event of the year. Keep reading to get an update on Convention and to learn more about what’s going on at the ACA this week. 


 

ACA CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW- EARLY BIRD ENDS NEXT WEEK!

Logo w Alabama Cattlemens Assc_75th Annual_Convention & Trade show_DatesHoof It to Huntsville for the 75th annual ACA Convention! We’ve got a record number of pre-registrants, almost 70 and counting vendors for the trade show and the Embassy is booked full. (Keep reading for hotel information!)

This year’s convention schedule is packed with great speakers, an engaging and interactive trade show, junior cattlemen activities and live entertainment. Here’s the run down!

AshleyGrantOn Friday, March 9, get ready to kick off the convention with Cattlemen’s College 1 which is all about “Cattle Handling and Disease Prevention,” followed by our Opening General Session led by Ranch House Designs Chief Marketing Officer and Alabama-native Ashley Grant. After that, grab your dancing’ boots and head on over to the trade show where Tim Tyler’s Piano Experience will bring the toe-tapping tunes, and we’ll have a delicious menu ready for you to graze around. During that nightly social, we’ll also host our annual PAC Auction with some awesome items including a 2-day, 2-night hunt at “The Swamp Whitetails,” a Winchester Commemorative leaver action rifle, a black baldy oil painting, bull credits, a registered Brangus bull, Stetson boots and SO many more neat items you’ll want to take home! If you’re interested in donating an item to the PAC Auction, give Erin Beasley a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

Now that’s just the Friday fun. Saturday will bring a whole host of exciting Kevin Good_2016educational events starting with the ACA Annual Membership Meeting where you’ll elect your new state officers. After the changing of the guard, Cattlefax Senior Market Analyst Kevin Good will lead our General Session 2 as he discusses market, weather and import/export outlooks. After the Cattlemen’s Luncheon with featured speaker Gov. Kay Ivey, the trade show- with over 75 vendors- will open up and our afternoon of Cattlemen’s Colleges will commence. Topics include estate planning, pasture management and nutrition and information on Extension’s “Pasture to Rail” retained ownership program. Last but certainly not least on the convention agenda is our awards banquet where we’ll induct new members to the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and award over $55,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Following the awards banquet, grab those dancin’ boots again as the Rexton Lee Band amps up our Blue Jeans Ball!

 

Junior Cattlemen are not left out of the fun. This week, your checkoff staff has been working on an elaborate and educational scavenger hunt for those junior cattlemen to enjoy and build those teamwork skills. They’ll also have their own speaker and get to participate in leadership games and activities with ACA Director of Industry Relations & Youth Programs Michael Agar.

 

We sure hope you’ll Hoof It to Huntsville to the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show! It’s sure to be a great time of education, networking and getting involved with your association.

 

Click Here to Register Now! Or call us at (334) 265-1867 to register by phone. The Embassy Suites is BOOKED full. We have an Alabama Cattlemen’s Association block at the neighboring Homewood Suites. Click here or call 256.539.1445 to book your room at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Huntsville Downtown.

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Facebooklogo_homepageAs ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy works diligently to put in county memberships, we encourage county leaders to help her out by setting aside 30-45 minutes to complete a training webinar for the new membership software, i4a. Software training webinars are still happening! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

On that note, we also want to encourage you to keep an eye out for renewal notices as the second renewal mailout is hitting mailboxes this month! Be sure to get those memberships sent to the state office. Over the Top deadline is set for March 31st.

 

COUNTY MEETINGS HAPPENING ACROSS ALABAMA

County annual meetings are in full swing, and your state staff is excited to buzz all around visiting those meetings. If a state staffer isn’t in attendance, then one of our outstanding officers are. This week alone we’ve hit Clarke, Henry, Pickens and Crenshaw counties. Stay updated with the “when” and “where” of meetings by visiting our Cattlemen’s Calendar. If you’re meeting isn’t on the list, be sure to send that information to Jessica.

 

Jessica is also anxiously awaiting your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order to organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica! She is also looking out for information on your upcoming county meetings. Send those dates, times and locations her way to get them included on our online calendar and to line up a state representative to attend the event. If you’d like a county meeting mailout done, please give Jessica TWO WEEKS notice. Those mailouts take a good bit of time to design, print and label, so please give us plenty of notice to do a clean, thorough job for your county.

 

 

Scholarship Notification

If you’re favorite student applied for an Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation tag-_scholarship_apply_copy_web(3)(2)(2)scholarship, be on the look out for a letter and an email THIS WEEK. We’re proud to award over $60,000 in scholarships this year to deserving students across the state. This year’s applicant pool was extraordinary as we had a plethora of students with superb grades and loads of agricultural involvement.

 

We are thrilled to award scholarships to Alabama’s finest cattle kids!

 

 

Hosting Large Animal Bovine Vet Students

The ACA is looking forward to hosting Dr. Misty Edmondson’s large animal bovine veterinarian students this Friday at the ACA building. While visiting along with State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier, the students will tour our building, enjoy lunch and learn more about Alabama’s beef cattle industry and our association. This group stops by for a visit each year, and we appreciate the leadership of Dr. Edmondson to introduce her students to our association.

 

 

AL Cattlemen Blazed a Trail to Phoenix

27540764_1216722671797067_1299927422476780477_nAlabama Cattlemen’s had quite the showing at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix last week. Your state officers, collegiate cattlemen and others had a successful trip out west to visit the largest industry trade show in the nation and participate in all the meetings and events! We’re proud to announce that ACA Past President Jimmy Holliman was elected to serve as your Region II policy vice president where he’ll represent the Southeast at the policy roundtable.

 

We’re already looking forward to a trip to the bayou next year as convention comes to New Orleans!

 

 

Staffers Head North

ACA staffers Michael Agar and Kayla Greer enjoyed the opportunity to travel 27355700_1216307228505278_4542735662446832632_oacross north Alabama last week to visit with and present the owners at Tennessee Valley Livestock, Fort Payne Stockyard and Sand Mountain Stockyard and with BEEF signage and ACA sorting flags. They also stopped by former Regional Vice President Clay Kennamer’s operation in Hollywood, Alabama and ACA President-Elect Jack Batts’ homeplace in Athens.  We appreciate the hospitality shown and the time everyone took to meet with us. Look for more in the March issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine. Great sales, fine facilities and nice folks along the way!

 

 

Legislature Heating Up

While the legislature is heating up in Montgomery, your Cattlemen’s lobbyist Erin Beasley has been spending time at the State House and planning our upcoming PAC Reception and reception for Congressman Mike Rogers. She is on the forefront of the discussions about the impending ELD extension expiration and is fighting to protect Alabama’s cattle producers from the effects of mandatory electronic logging devices.

 

 

YCLP CLASS V APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

 

Thanks for reading this week’s post! Until we post again next week , we want to remind you that you can stay in touch with us by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

What’s Going On Wednesday: January 24, 2018

After a bitter cold week, who all is enjoying these warmer temperatures!? Cattle…and cattlemen…across the state are getting the opportunity to thaw out and accomplish tasks on the farm in preparation for the spring months that are quickly headed our way! Now, that’s something to be excited out! Speaking of spring, our spring calendar is filling up quick. The two most important events are the ACA Convention & Trade Show and the SLE Livestock Week. Be sure to keep reading to learn more about these events and get important deadline information! 


 

ACA Convention & Trade Show- Early Bird Ends Next Week!

First thing’s first. If you want to attend convention AND save $20/ Logo w Alabama Cattlemens Assc_75th Annual_Convention & Trade show_Datesattendee, be sure to get registered by NEXT WEDNESDAY! Beginning February 1, Do-It-All and One-Day Package pricing will increase by $20/attendee. No exceptions! Also be sure to get your room at the Embassy booked by visiting this link or calling (256) 327-7838 and giving the block code “ACA.”  This will ensure you get a room on the Cattlemen’s Block!

 

Click Here to Register Now! Or call us at (334) 265-1867 to register by phone.

 

Now- for the fun stuff. This year’s convention schedule is packed with great speakers, an engaging and interactive trade show, junior cattlemen activities and live entertainment. Here’s the run down!

AshleyGrantOn Friday, get ready to kick off the convention with Cattlemen’s College 1 which is all about “Cattle Handling and Disease Prevention,” followed by our Opening General Session led by Ranch House Designs Chief Marketing Officer and Alabama-native Ashley Grant. After that, grab your dancing’ boots and head on over to the trade show where Tim Tyler’s Piano Experience will bring the toe-tapping tunes, and we’ll have a delicious menu ready for you to graze around. During that nightly social, we’ll also host our annual PAC Auction with some awesome items including a 2-day, 2-night hunt at “The Swamp Whitetails,” a Winchester Commemorative leaver action rifle, a black baldy oil painting, bull credits, a registered Brangus bull, Stetson boots and SO many more neat items you’ll want to take home! If you’re interested in donating an item to the PAC Auction, give Erin Beasley a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

Now that’s just the Friday fun. Saturday will bring a whole host of exciting Kevin Good_2016educational events starting with the ACA Annual Membership Meeting where you’ll elect your new state officers. After the changing of the guard, Cattlefax Senior Market Analyst Kevin Good will lead our General Session 2 as he discusses market, weather and import/export outlooks. After the Cattlemen’s Luncheon with featured speaker Gov. Kay Ivey, the trade show- with over 75 vendors- will open up and our afternoon of Cattlemen’s Colleges will commence. Topics include estate planning, pasture management and nutrition and information on Extension’s “Pasture to Rail” retained ownership program. Last but certainly not least on the convention agenda is our awards banquet where we’ll induct new members to the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and award over $55,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Following the awards banquet, grab those dancin’ boots again as the Rexton Lee Band amps up our Blue Jeans Ball!

 

Junior Cattlemen are not left out of the fun. This week, your checkoff staff has been working on an elaborate and educational scavenger hunt for those junior cattlemen to enjoy and build those teamwork skills. They’ll also have their own speaker and get to participate in leadership games and activities with ACA Director of Industry Relations & Youth Programs Michael Agar.

 

We sure hope you’ll Hoof It to Huntsville to the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show! It’s sure to be a great time of education, networking and getting involved with your association.

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Facebooklogo_homepageAs ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy works diligently to put in county memberships, we encourage county leaders to help her out by setting aside 30-45 minutes to complete a training webinar for the new membership software, i4a. Software training webinars are still happening! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

On that note, we also want to encourage you to keep an eye out for renewal notices as the second renewal mailout is hitting mailboxes this month! Be sure to get those memberships sent to the state office.

 

COUNTY MEETINGS HAPPENING ACROSS ALABAMA

County annual meetings are in full swing, and your state staff is excited to buzz all around visiting those meetings. If a state staffer isn’t in attendance, then one of our outstanding officers are. This week alone we’ve hit (or will hit!) Shelby, Jefferson, Tallapoosa, Lee and Colbert counties. Stay updated with the “when” and “where” of meetings by visiting our Cattlemen’s Calendar. If you’re meeting isn’t on the list, be sure to send that information to Jessica.

 

Jessica is also anxiously awaiting your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order to organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica! She is also looking out for information on your upcoming county meetings. Send those dates, times and locations her way to get them included on our online calendar and to line up a state representative to attend the event. If you’d like a county meeting mailout done, please give Jessica TWO WEEKS notice. Those mailouts take a good bit of time to design, print and label, so please give us plenty of notice to do a clean, thorough job for your county.

 

 

International Army Wives Visits aca

We had an interesting group stop by The MOOseum this week. The Screenshot 2018-01-24 11.51.35Maxwell AFB International Officer Wives, a group representing over 50 ladies, stopped by to learn more about the beef cattle industry. What’s interesting about this group is that they’re from all over the world. Group members from Romania, Egypt, Brazil, India and even the U.S. brought great questions to their tour. They and their little ones enjoyed exploring The MOOseum, and they even got to visit the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and donor booths on the third floor. We had the unique opportunity to answer their many questions about beef and cattle production while touring. We appreciate this group stopping by to learn about an industry that’s so  important in our home state.

YCLP CLASS V APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

 

Alabama Junior Cattlemen Pacific Tour 2018

Lauderdale County Cattleman Brian Smith and his county Junior Unknown-2Cattlemen are at it again as they headed west on their Alabama Junior Cattlemen Pacific Tour 2018! While on this trip, they visited with the California Cattlemen’s Association located in Sacramento, Cal. and visited the ranch of Tim Koopman where they learned about his California cattle operation and his efforts in environmental management. Look out for more information in the February issue of the “Alabama Cattleman” magazine.

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 17, 2018

This cold weather is NOT playing around today, folks. We hope you’re able to stay safe and warm while caring for your cattle in these unforgiving conditions. After the hay is put out and the water troughs are busted out and you’re back in the house thawing out, take time to read about what’s happening at the Cattlemen’s Building this week. You’ll even get a checklist of reminders to help you stay on top of all the events and programs soon happening across the state. Your state staff is always just a phone call away, so stay warm and always remember that we are here to help you be the best cattleman you can be. 


ACA Office Closed- It’s a Snow Day!

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association office is closed today due to road conditions. State staff is available by email throughout the day and will return to the office when safe passage can be guaranteed.

 

We hope you stay safe and warm while taking care of your cattle, and if you’re fingers aren’t too cold, be sure to snap a few photos and post them to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram or Twitter at @alcattlemen. Click here to post your photos now!

Membership Update

Facebooklogo_homepageTo date, we are at 5,700 members and counting! As ACA Membership Coordinator works diligently to put in county memberships, help her out by setting aside 30-45 minutes to complete a training webinar for the new membership software, i4a. Software training webinars are still happening! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

On that note, we also want to encourage you to keep an eye out for renewal notices as the second renewal mailout is hitting mailboxes this month! Be sure to get those memberships sent to the state office.

 

 

County Meetings Happening Across Alabama

County annual meetings are in full swing, and your state staff is excited to buzz all around visiting those meetings. If a state staffer isn’t in attendance, then one of our outstanding officers are. This week alone we’ve hit (or will hit!) Cullman, Marshall, Hale, Houston, Mobile, Franklin, Coffee and Russell counties. Stay updated with the “when” and “where” of meetings by visiting our Cattlemen’s Calendar.

 

Jessica Kennedy is anxiously awaiting your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order to organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica! She is also looking out for information on your upcoming county meetings. Send those dates, times and locations her way to get them included on our online calendar and to line up a state representative to attend the event. If you’d like a county meeting mailout done, please give Jessica TWO WEEKS notice. Those mailouts take a good bit of time to design, print and label, so please give us plenty of notice to do a clean, thorough job for your county.

 

 

CONVENTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AshleyGrantKevin Good_2016We hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. Featured speakers include Ashley Culpepper Grant, chief marketing officer at Ranch House Designs, Inc., CattleFax Senior Market Analyst Kevin Good and Wilcox County native Gov. Kay Ivey herself. We will also have the largest cattle industry trade show in the state, Cattlemen’s Colleges featuring a variety of educational topics related to the beef cattle industry, our annual awards banquet and fun for the whole family. (Junior Cattlemen events are also scheduled!)  Registration, a schedule of events and hotel information is now available at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or by calling (334) 265-1867. Early Bird Pricing ends Jan. 31! DON’T MISS OUT!

 

Logo w Alabama Cattlemens Assc_75th Annual_Convention & Trade show_DatesCheck out your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events and a mail-in registration form! P.S.- Early Bird Prices are good though January 31. Don’t miss out!

 

 

Consumer Newsletter Hit Inboxes

Beef. A Pleasurable Protein., the first of many consumer newsletters blasted out to over 10,000 IMG_5979recipients last week. This month’s edition featured lean beef as part of a healthy lifestyle to fulfill those new year resolutions! An article by beef checkoff contract dietician Jessica Ivey, a recipe collection featuring well-balanced meals on the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. website, cuts information and a recipe for a protein-packed breakfast are just a few of the highlights of the January newsletter. We hope this year to send 12 consumer newsletters highlighting everything from summertime grilling, to tailgating with beef and even how to create some flavorful infusions. Stay tuned, and if you’re interested in receiving these newsletters, visit our website homepage and fill out the “Get Updates” box in the top, right corner!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

YCLP CLASS V APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading this week’s post! Until we post again next week , we want to remind you that you can stay in touch with us by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Resolve to Eat Lean Beef

By Jessica Ivey, RDN

 

With the New Year in full swing, many Americans have made resolutions, particularly ones focused on improved health. This year, make a resolution to eat more nutrient-rich lean beef to combine delicious flavor with the power of protein. Beef is a nutritional powerhouse, providing 10 essential nutrients your body needs to be fueled optimally. Notably, beef supplies more nutrition in a smaller package than other protein foods. Each three-ounce serving of cooked lean beef contains 25 grams of protein (that’s 50% of the Daily Value) packaged in  just around 150 calories. You would have to eat three cups of cooked quinoa to get that same amount of protein, and you’d take in 666 calories. Research shows that people who eat a higher-protein diet feel more satisfied, which may help prevent overeating, and that exercise is more effective when paired with a high-protein diet.

 

Concerned about heart health? The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) Study, a checkoff-funded research effort, found that people who consumed lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet saw a 10 percent decrease in their LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend adults consume about 5.5 ounces of protein foods each day, and beef can be incorporated at any meal to help meet the recommended intake. In addition to protein, beef’s nutrient package includes iron, zinc, and vitamins B12 and B6, which play a role in immune and brain function.

 

Lean beef gives you fewer calories to help with weight control. Lean beef choices have less than 10 grams total fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol per three-ounce cooked serving. There are many lean beef choices available, and thanks to advancements in breeding technology, nutrition programs and trimming practices, more than 60 percent of the whole muscle beef cuts available in grocery stores today meet the criteria for lean when trimmed of visible fat. As a rule of thumb, go for cuts with the words “round” or “loin” in the name. Some common choices include SsirloinSteak, Tenderloin Steak, Strip Steak (or New York Strip), Top Sirloin Roast, and 95% ean Ground Beef.

 

While pursuing your New Year resolutions, be sure to enjoy lean beef as part of your new low-calorie, heart-healthy diet. Visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com to find thousands of delicious recipes that are sure drive your weightloss goals without sacrificing fullness or flavor.

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 10, 2018

Hi there, cattlemen! It’s a busy time of year as we begin all the activities, events and programs that come along with the new year. We hope you all survived the bitter cold weather and are thawing out for a few wet and warm days here in Alabama. We’ve got all kinds of information you need to be aware of, so keep reading to stay in touch with your state cattlemen’s association. Board members, be sure to read that membership report real closely and hop on over to our Convention page to get registered today. A little bird told us that Early Bird pricing ends on January 31, and prices will increase by $20 on Do-It-All and One-Day packages. Don’t miss out on a steal of a deal! 


MEMBERSHIP REPORT

ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is anxiously awaitingFacebooklogo_homepage your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order to organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica! She is also looking out for information on your upcoming county meetings. Send those dates, times and locations her way to get them included on our online calendar and to line up a state representative to attend the event. If you’d like a county meeting mailout done, please give Jessica TWO WEEKS notice. Those mailouts take a good bit of time to design, print and label, so please give us plenty of notice to do a clean, thorough job for your county.

 

Also- keep an eye out for renewal notices as the second renewal mailout is hitting mailboxes this month! Be sure to get those memberships sent to the state office.

 

Last but certainly not least, the i4a membership software training webinars are still happening! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

 

CONVENTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AshleyGrantKevin Good_2016We hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. Featured speakers include Ashley Culpepper Grant, chief marketing officer at Ranch House Designs, Inc., and CattleFax Senior Market Analyst Kevin Goode. We will also have the largest cattle industry trade show in the state, Cattlemen’s Colleges featuring a variety of educational topics related to the beef cattle industry, our annual awards banquet and fun for the whole family. (Junior Cattlemen events are also scheduled!)  Registration, a schedule of events and hotel information is now available at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or by calling (334) 265-1867. Early Bird Pricing ends Jan. 31!

 

Logo w Alabama Cattlemens Assc_75th Annual_Convention & Trade show_DatesCheck out your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events and a mail-in registration form! P.S.- Early Bird Prices are good though January 31. Don’t miss out!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

Session in Session

The Alabama Legislative Session started Tuesday, January 9 in Montgomery. Preceding the kickoff, the Ag Coalition began its weekly meetings at the Cattlemen’s Building. This group is comprised of ACA, the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama Agribusiness Council and the Department of Ag and Industries. The group discussed bills of importance to agriculture and rural Alabama. Tonight, the House Rural Caucus will meet at the Cattlemen’s Building for a steak dinner sponsored by the ACA, the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry & Egg Association, the Agribusiness Council  and the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative.

 

 

Welcome, Mike!

Mike Winstead joined the ACA team on January 4, 2018 as our staff Screenshot 2018-01-10 15.49.16accountant. Mike is a native of Southwest Louisiana and a graduate of McNeese State University where he earned a BS in Accounting. Mike and his wife, Carol, have lived in Deatsville, Ala. for the past 18 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.  Join us in welcoming Mike to the ACA team!

 

 

YCLP CLASS V APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

 

New Year, New Magazine

Have you seen the new Alabama Cattleman?! Who loves the new lookScreenshot 2018-01-10 10.57.02 and feel of the magazine? New features include a change in fonts, perfect bind edging, a new finish on the front and back covers, a mast head redesign and a modern, new look to template pages such as the Alabama Report and Cattlemen’s Sale Calendar pages. Kudos to Alabama Cattleman Production Coordinator Nicky Bechard on her design vision and handiwork. Let us know what you think the comments!

 

 

The Land Show

On Wednesday morning, ACA Exec Erin Beasley taped The Land Show with Randall Upchurch of Chambers County to air Saturday morning on stations across Alabama. For thirty minutes, Erin discusses the association and its role in Alabama, our upcoming convention and beef checkoff programs.

 

The Land Show with Dave and Johnny can be heard throughout the state of Alabama Saturday mornings in the locations and stations listed below.

  • 101.1FM WYDE – Cullman, AL – 9:00-10:00AM
  • 93.1FM WACV – Montgomery, AL – 9:00-10:00AM
  • 104.9FM ESPN – York-Livingston, AL – 6:00-7:00AM
  • 101.5FM KIX – Selma, AL – 9:00-10:00am
  • 97.5FM WKGA – Alexander City, AL – 9:00-10:00am
  • 107.7FM WHSL – Butler, AL – 6:00-7:00am
  • 1470AM WPNS – Evergreen, AL – 6:00-7:00am
  • 1240AM WEBJ – Brewton, AL – 6:00-7:00am
  • 1140AM WNWF – Destin, FL – 6:00-7:00am

 

Stay tuned on social media for a link to the recording!

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday- January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope this post finds you well-rested after a busy and full holiday season. We also hope it finds you warm as Mother Nature has really turned down the thermostat in our home state…BUUURRRR. With unseasonably cold temperatures getting cattlemen out early in the mornings to feed hay and bust frozen water troughs, it’s these conditions that make our passion and animal husbandry shine. As we enter into the new year (Geez, 2018 already?!), your Alabama Cattemen’s staff resolves to work harder, promote heavier and go the extra yard for our cattlemen even more so in 2018 than in 2017. What did your New Year Resolutions include? 

The New Year brings a new calendar full of events, new programs in the Beef Checkoff Marketing Plan to accomplish and a legislative session to monitor. Keep reading to learn about all that’s happening this first week of 2018. 


 

January Magazine- Coming to a Mailbox Near You!

Boy, oh boy, do we have a treat for you! We’re not gonna say much, but be on the lookout for the January issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine. They should be in your mailbox very soon…:)

 

 

Membership Report

ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is anxiously awaitingFacebooklogo_homepage your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order to organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica! She is also looking out for information on your upcoming county meetings. Send those dates, times and locations her way to get them included on our online calendar and to line up a state representative to attend the event. If you’d like a county meeting mailout done, please give Jessica TWO WEEKS notice. Those mailouts take a good bit of time to design, print and label, so please give us plenty of notice to do a clean, thorough job for your county.

 

Also- keep an eye out for renewal notices as the second renewal mailout is hitting mailboxes this month.

 

Last but certainly not least, the i4a membership software training webinars are still happening! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

 

Legislative Session Kicks Off Next Week

The 2018 Alabama Legislative Session begins on January 9. ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley is ready to strap on her lobbyist boots and hike over to the State House to play a watchdog role for Alabama’s cattle producers. Leading up to the session, Erin will be participating in legislative seminars this week to gather insight into the upcoming session and meet with legislators on topics of interest to Alabama’s beef cattle industry. Stay tuned for any important updates.

 

 

CONVENTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

FB BannerWe hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers, fun events and the Alabama cattle industry’s largest industry trade show in the works. Registration is now open at BamaBeef.org/Convention. Be on the look out in your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events! P.S.- Early Bird Prices are good though January 31. Don’t miss out!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

YCLP CLASS V APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

 

Resolve to Eat Lean Beef

The new year often comes with resolutions associated with losing weight, eating healthier or changing your lifestyle altogether. Beef is just what you need to power through those resolutions without sacrificing flavor or fullness. Check out this recipe:

 

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: December 20, 2017

As the year comes to a close, and we all settle in our homes to enjoy the Christmas season with friends and family, your Alabama Cattlemen’s Association staff wanted to provide you with one, last update for 2017 and take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope you are blessed this Christmas and that the new year brings all the prosperity we hope for in our resolutions. We appreciate each of you for your membership, your involvement and the role you play in Alabama’s beef cattle industry.

Until 2018, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 


HOliday Hours

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, your ACA staff will be taking a break to enjoy time with friends and family. The office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25- Monday, January 1. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, January 2 and appreciate the time granted to prepare for a busy start to 2018. Many of us, however, won’t get out of work as we will be taking on the life of a full-time cattleman as we trade our business slacks for blue jeans and enjoy a week on the farm. If you should need us, shoot us an email. We will be monitoring our emails throughout the week to provide continued attention to our cattlemen and members.

 

CONVENTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

FB BannerWe hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers, fun events and the Alabama cattle industry’s largest industry trade show in the works. Registration is now open at BamaBeef.org/Convention. Be on the look out in your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events! P.S.- Early Bird Prices are good though January 31. Don’t miss out!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets are on sale now! Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

AJCA Directors Gather in Montgomery

AJCA President Cassidy Catrett and AJCA Adviser Michael Agar are excited to host the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association 2017-2018 Board of Directors in Montgomery this week for their annual planning meeting. Th object of today and tomorrow’s meeting is to plan the 2018 Round-Up as well as discuss several ways to increase membership and make the AJCA more attractive to all youth interested in Alabama’s beef cattle industry.

 

 

Tax Bill Working Its Way to the Oval Office

The massive tax reform bill is well on its way to getting through final passage after the Senate approved the final version early this morning. The bill is now headed to the House for one more vote before it will make its way to President Trump’s office. This tax reform bill will have significant impact on small business and agriculture, including changes to the death tax. Stay tuned for updates on final version of the bill!

 

 

YCLP Class V Applications Now Available

young-cattlemen-logo_websizedThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate our future leaders of the association and industry. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, aims to do just that by identifying the state’s top young cattlemen and developing them into leaders of the future.

The three primary goals of the YCLP are:

  • Provide participants with a “pasture to plate” experience of Alabama’s beef industry
  • Equip participants with the tools necessary to become an effective leader and to share their beef story with their peers
  • Create a network of young cattlemen who the ACA can depend on to help with beef promotion and issues management as well as become industry leaders in the future

The YCLP consists of six meetings dispersed across Alabama over the course of a year. The class will be selected by a committee based on applications submitted. Preference will be given to those nominees who are between the ages of 20 & 40, but do not be discouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who falls out of that range.

If you’re interested in the program or would like to nominate someone, find the form in the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine or print the application.

 

Membership Update

ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is anxiously awaitingFacebooklogo_homepage your county leadership updates and county annual meeting photos. She needs the names and contact information of the newest county leaders in order organize the updating of the magazine and website as well as provide the correct correspondence for important letters and emails pertaining to Board Members. Please send those updates to Jessica!

 

Also- i4a membership software training webinars have begun! If you have not signed up for training please send Jessica the days that are best for you and if you want a 12pm, 3pm, or 7pm slot.  Please choose multiple times and days of availability.  She will be doing webinars while the office is closed next week and will be available via email as well. If you’re not a big emailer, give her a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

 

MOOey Christmas Was Udderly Holly Jolly

25188893_1185942548208413_4990884592713265915_oLast week’s 2nd annual MOOey Christmas event was great success! We had a pile of children through The MOOseum to enjoy cookies, cattle and a sit on Cowboy Santa’s lap. The MOOseum Coordinator Kara Harden wants to thank our Cowboy Santa, Bill Lipscomb, Cassidy and Perry Catrett for bringing up cattle for the kids to see, Jason King with Priefert for providing panels for a pen, the Lee County Cattlemen’s Association for the use of their cow barrels and all the schools that came out. We were proud to host Azalea Training Center’s special needs group, United Christian Academy, Carver Pre-K, and Maxwell AFB’s Wilson Elementary.

 

 

Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Need a quick idea for a meal centerpiece? What about a delicious and filling finger food or appetizer for one of the many holiday parties you’ll attend? Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. has got your back with this Holiday Entertaining recipe collection. View it and enjoy Christmas with family, friends and beef! View the Collection 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: December 13, 2017

Who enjoyed the snow that arrived last Friday bringing with it all the white, glisteny cheer of Christmas?! If you or your herd were dreaming of a White Christmas, you certainly got it! We tend to think our four-legged bovine friends were a little less concerned with the snow and more concerned with getting some hay to eat, wouldn’t you agree? They were thinking, “[Snow] way we’re in Alabama.” Be on the lookout for cattle in snow photos in the January magazine and keep reading to get all your Alabama Cattlemen’s Association updates for the week.


 

County Annual Meeting Season

It’s county annual meeting season, and our Bama Beef Events Calendar is bursting with meeting dates. Check it out, and be sure to send ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy your county annual meeting dates for us to share! After your meeting, PLEASE SEND JESSICA ANY PHOTOS YOU TOOK AND AN UPDATED LIST OF OFFICERS. 

 

Facebooklogo_homepageSpeaking of Jessica, she is still working to perfect the membership program. Stay tuned with more information from her and remember that we’re all learning how this new program works together! Secretaries who will be inputting membership can email Jessica or call (334) 265-1867 for their logins and website links.  Before beginning to enter membership, we encourage secretaries to sign up for a training webinar.  Jessica will begin scheduling webinars for next week.  The plan is to have a maximum of 10 people per webinar so that there isn’t an overwhelming amount of questions and so Jessica can provide her knowledge and assistance equally among those tuning in.  Flexibility will be key in signing up for these webinars as Jessica is having to coordinate the attendance of all 67 counties. If you cannot attend your scheduled webinar, you will have to catch the next! Never fear, you WILL NOT get left behind! The webinars will continue until everyone is trained. As always, Jessica will be available for questions and additional training following the webinars, as needed.

 

 

A Very MOOey Christmas

Well, the weather outside was frightful last week, and we had to postpone 16579819-santa-in-cowboy-shoes-sit-on-lucky-horseshoeour 2nd annual MOOey Christmas event to consider the safety of our attendees. The MOOey Christmas has been rescheduled for tomorrow Thursday, Dec. 14 from 9 AM-12 PM.  Cookies and milk, coloring activities, and of course The MOOseum tours will be available, and ACA Past President Bill Lipscomb will still be playing Cowboy Santa for a photo op.  Special thanks to AJCA Officers Cassidy and Cameron Catrett for bringing their cattle reindeer, Priefert for loaning us gates and the Lee County Cattlemen’s Association for allowing us to borrow their welded cattle for reindeer games. Open to all, bring the kids!

 

 

Visiting North Alabama Stockyards

AshvilleStockyard_web ACA Director of Industry Relations and Youth Programs Michael Agar took time this week to drive up north and visit the auction markets in Ashville and Arab, Ala. We want to thank Brad and Tilda Plunkett, owners of Ashville Stockyard, Inc. as well as Robbie Gibbs, owner of Arab Livestock Market, for taking time on a sale day to visit with Michael about the ArabStockyard_webassociation. On behalf of the ACA and th Alabama Beef Checkoff, each stockyard was presented with checkoff signage to display with their respective stockyard name on it as well as some ACA sorting flags for them to use in the pens.

 

 

U.S. Senate Special Election, Jones Elected

On December 12, voters in Alabama went back to the polls for the special election between Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D). Jones beat Moore in a historic win, placing a Democrat in the Senate seat for the first time since 1992. The results have significant impact on the GOP’s ability to carry out President Trump’s major agenda items in Washington such as tax reform, by limiting the number in the Republican majority by one.

 

 

Bama Beef Stocking Stuffer Special

TSHIRT REDSanta Claus is coming to town, and he’s on the hunt for the perfect stocking stuffers for his cattlemen friends. Lucky for him, ACA T-shirts are now available and ON SALE for the Christmas season. Hop on over to our online store where you’ll find our new T-shirts, and be sure to use the code MOOLAH20 to get 20% each shirt. Our “Black & Red ACA Structured Hats” and BEEF Tags are also 20% with the code above.

 

 

Convention Registration Opens FRIDAY

FB BannerWe hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers, fun events and the Alabama cattle industry’s largest industry trade show in the works. Registration opens on THIS FRIDAY, December 15 at BamaBeef.org/Convention. Be on the look out in your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events!

 

 

SLE Rodeo Tickets Go On Sale FRIDAY

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. PRCA 2017 Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets go on sale to the public on THIS FRIDAY, Dec. 15. Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

 

Holiday Appetizer Recipe Inspiration

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: December 6, 2017

MOOey…we mean Merry…Christmas!! As we get into the holiday season, our office is buzzing with Christmas cheer and big plans for the new year. We hope all of you are settling nicely into your winter feeding schedules, especially as this frigid air and wet weather moves into the South. If you’re looking to dodge the chill air for just a little while longer, take a minute to read up on all that’s happening at the ACA this week.


 

Membership Update- County Annual Meetings

It’s county annual meeting season, and our Bama Beef Events Calendar is bursting with meeting dates. Check it out, and be sure to send ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy your county annual meeting dates for us to share! After your meeting, be sure to send her any photos and an updated list of officers.

 

Speaking of Jessica, she is still working to perfect the membership program. Stay tuned with more information from her and remember that we’re all learning how this new program works together! Secretaries who will be inputting membership can email Jessica or call (334) 265-1867 for their logins and website links.  Before beginning to enter membership, we encourage secretaries to sign up for a training webinar.  Send Jessica a list of days and times that work for best for you: Mon-Sun 8am, 12pm, 3pm, 7pm.

 

 

Talking Holiday Roasting on Talk of Alabama

Screenshot 2017-12-06 14.19.52Prime Rib was the talk of the town in the Birmingham area Tuesday morning as Jeff State Culinary Instructor Chef Kenneth Moore joined ACA’s Erin Beasley and Dining Out With Comedienne Joy host Joy King on ABC 33/40’s “Talk of Alabama” to promote holiday roasting with beef. The cooking segment featured Prime Rib and even offered great ideas for repurposing that roast into healthy and delicious meals after Christmas dinner. We got four different spots in the hour-long segment which provided a great educational and promotional outlet to viewers.

 

Even the hosts at “Talk of Alabama” gave this meal two thumbs up!

 

 

MOOey Christmas On Hold

Well, the weather outside is frightful, particularly this week. For those who 16579819-santa-in-cowboy-shoes-sit-on-lucky-horseshoehaven’t checked the weather forecast, you may want to pull out your heavy winter coat and put an extra bale of hay out for your herd. This weekend is going to get COLD. With that and the threat of snow flurries and icey roads in mind, we’ve decided to postpone our MOOey Christmas event to protect visitors from traveling difficulties and exposure to nasty weather. We hope to move the event to next week, so stay tuned for more information!

 

 

ACA T-Shirts On Sale Now!

TSHIRT REDSanta Claus is coming to town, and h’e on the search for the perfect stocking stuffers. Lucky for him,  ACA T-shirts are now available and ON SALE for the Christmas season. Hop on over to our online store where you’ll find our new T-shirts, and be sure to use the code MOOLAH20 to get 20% each shirt. Our “Black & Red ACA Structured Hats” and BEEF Tags are also 20% with the code above.

 

 

PAC, Finance and Nominating Committees Meet

There’s hustle and bustle in the office as our nominating, political action (PAC) and finance committees are meeting today. While the PAC committee seeks to select candidates to make financial contributions to, the nominating committee is working to select a new slate of officers to present at the 2018 Convention. All that meeting makes for one busy day.

 

 

Convention Registration Opens Dec. 15

FB BannerSpeaking of the 2018 Convention, save the dates! We hope you’ll “Hoof It to Huntsville” on March 9-10 to join us at the 75th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers, fun events and an awesome Trade Show in the works. Registration opens on December 15 at BamaBeef.org/Convention. Be on the look out in your January Alabama Cattleman magazine for more information, including a schedule of events!

 

 

December Magazine Available Online

For those of you who are members, the December issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine is now available online. There, you’ll find great educational content, checkoff and legislative updates and a delicious holiday recipe perfect for Christmas morning. Visit www.BamaBeef.org/Magazine to read enjoy it on your smart phone or tablet today. (Password required. If you’re a member and would like to read it, give us a call at 334-265-1867).

 

 

SLE Rodeo Tickets On Sale Dec. 15

The 61st annual SLE Rodeo is coming to town March 15-17 at Garrett sle-logoColiseum. Frontier Rodeo Company’s elite bucking stock, PRCA Freestyle Bullfighting and hometown funny man Trent McFarland are sure to combine to make one excellent show for the whole family! Kids events will be available where your little buckaroo can play in the dirt like a real rodeo cowboy. If you’re in the market for an awesome stocking stuffer idea, you’re in luck. SLE Rodeo tickets go on sale to the public on Dec. 15. Call us at 888-2RODEO2 or visit us online to order tickets to the show and to learn more about the 2018 SLE Rodeo!

 

AU Sausage Boxes on Sale Now

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.

 

 

Weekly Recipe Inspiration- Maple Glazed Roast with Roasted Acorn Squash

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: November 29, 2017

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! Not only has the Christmas season arrived, but bright fall leaves are painted across our farmscapes, new calves are on the ground, hay fills the rings in our pastures and turkeys make way for delicious holiday roasts on our tables. Like we said, it’s the most wonderful time of year!! As your state staff prepares to tie up all the ends of 2017, we are also looking forward to a big year in 2018. Keep reading to catch up on all that’s been going on in Alabama’s beef cattle industry and to get a few very important updates. 


 

Scholarship Application Deadline

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship applications are now APPLYavailable online at BamaBeef.org/Scholarships and the deadline to apply is THIS FRIDAY at midnight! 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 Friday, Dec. 1 at midnight!

 

 

Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Industry Tour

23376572_1166127083523293_8904783250213821888_nThe Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP) Class IV took an industry tour of west Alabama cattle operations Nov. 10-11, and it was an excellent weekend of learning and networking. The tour started out at Alabama Livestock Auction, Inc. at the BCIA Fall Round-Up Bull Sale, headed west to tour Next Step Cattle Company’s bull development facility in Livingston with ACA Past President Jimmy Holliman and enjoyed dinner at Diamond Jims & Mrs. Donna’s. After a good night’s sleep in Demopolis, the crew toured Ralph Cole and family’s diversified cattle and catfish operation in Greensboro then rounded out the tour back in Uniontown where Jim and Jimmy Sealy offered marketing advice to the young cattlemen. Special thanks to all our hosts and all who attended!

 

 

Hot Topic Tuesday: YCLP Leadership Project Success!

Speaking of YCLP, Class IV students Matthew Brady and Blake Hamner 24131447_935034009996162_8307001623857685591_ncompleted their joint leadership project this week and did an excellent job! Sponsored by the Perry and Tuscaloosa Cattlemen’s Associations and Alabama Ag Credit, Blake and Matthew organized “Hot Topic Tuesday,” an event held at the Black Belt Experiment Center on November 28th. Extension Veterinarian Dr. Soren Rodning preformed a live estrus synchronization, a hands-on calving demonstration and presented on hot topics in the beef industry to around 25 attendees. After the program, lunch was provided by Alabama Ag Credit.

 

This is what the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program is all about. Congratulations on a job well done to Matthew and Blake. Special thanks to all who helped make the event a success!

 

 

County Annual Meetings & Membership Update

It’s county annual meeting season, and our Bama Beef Events Calendar is bursting with meeting dates. Check it out, and be sure to send ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy your county annual meeting dates for us to share!

 

Speaking of Jessica, she is still working to perfect the membership reporting process. Stay tuned with more information from her and remember that we’re all learning how this new program works together! Secretaries who will be inputting membership can email Jessica or call (334) 265-1867 for their logins and website links.  Before beginning to enter membership, we encourage secretaries to sign up for a training webinar.  Send Jessica a list of days and times that work for best for you: Mon-Sun 8am, 12pm, 3pm, 7pm.

 

 

A Quick Legislative UpdateTRUCKS

We have been working diligently with leadership in D.C. this week in regards to the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) bill. Last week, a 90-day waiver was granted for the livestock hauling sector of the industry to allow more time to formulate solutions to this mandate. ACA has been working with Livestock Marketing Association along with producers to discuss with Sen. Shelby and Congressman Rogers offices the details as to why ELDs cause issues for our industry from the standpoint of animal welfare. Stay tuned for details as they unfold.

 

 

Last week we met with the Ag Coalition to listen to details about an Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act that will be presented in the legislature in the upcoming session. The bill expands access for private financing for small rural businesses who are either expanding or starting from the ground up.

 

Additionally, the Alabama BEEF PAC Committee will meet next Wednesday, Dec. 6 to evaluate all candidates in the upcoming election. The PAC Committee will decide which candidates will receive financial contributions.

 

 

Alabama Forage Conference

ACA Director of Industry Relations & Youth Programs Michael Agar spent time in Eufala this week at the Alabama Forage Conference. Special thanks to Drs. Kim Mullenix and Leanne Dillard for spearheading this event designed to help cattle produce high-quality forages for Alabama livestock.

 

 

A Very MOOey Christmas

The MOOseum is hosting its 2nd annual MOOey Christmas at the 16579819-santa-in-cowboy-shoes-sit-on-lucky-horseshoeCattlemen’s Building on Dec 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Currently, we have 155 kiddos scheduled to come and give their Christmas wish list to our very own Cowboy Santa, Mr. Bill Lipscomb.  We have partnered with the United States Marine Corps to host a Toys 4 Tots drive, and we are having a competition for the schools scheduled. The school that brings the largest donation will receive a $50 The MOOseum gift certificate to use for merchandise for their classroom.  We will also be honored to have servicemen from the USMC to attend our event.

 

Also, could it be a “MOOey” Christmas without the “Moo?” AJCA President Cassidy Catrett and AJCA Past President Cameron Catrett  are once again lending a hand and bringing live cattle to the building for the children to see. YCLP Class IV student and Lee County Cattleman Markie Hageman is bringing a few cattle reindeer props for photos, and of course, we will be serving cookies and milk! Come on out and celebrate with us…and don’t forget your Toys 4 Tots donations!!

 

 

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.

 

 

SEC Championship Recipe Inspiration

Alabama’s own Auburn Tigers are taking on the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend in the SEC Championship and no matter who you cheer for, we can all agree on one thing…Beef. It’s What’s For Gameday. Cheer on your team with yummy steak nachos!

 

 

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