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The Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Division is composed of beef producers from throughout the state. The Beef Division represents these producers on a national, state and local level with committees in every Alabama county. Beef producers who make up these committees come together at the local level and develop policies and program ideas to address their needs and concerns. Those policies are then discussed at the state level and may be transformed into state and national initiatives by the organization. The State Beef Committee is advised by Dr. Wayne Greene, department head of animal sciences at Auburn University; Dr. Walt Prevatt, Extension ag economist and Auburn University professor; Dr. Tony Frazier, state veterinarian; and Dr. Terry Slaten, associate state veterinarian.
Cash receipts for beef cattle production in Alabama ranks second in the state behind broilers. Cattle are produced in all 67 counties. The beef industry represents a $2 billion industry to Alabama.
The state ranks 26th in the nation among all states in cattle inventory with 1.32 million head, but only Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky have more beef cattle farms. This means Alabama ranks 9th in the U.S. in numbers of farms that produce cattle.
Cattle farms in Alabama are primarily cow-calf operations. However, there are numerous stocker/backgrounder operations throughout the state as well. Alabama has been - and will continue to be - a model state for the U.S. beef industry. Alabama boasts some of the top seedstock producers in the nation as well as being known for producing some of the most sought-after commercial replacement females in the industry. Alabama feeder cattle have gained popularity over the past few years as producers have continued to improve genetics and management practices. Alabama beef producers, like beef producers throughout the country, have become very efficient at what they do as they produce more pounds of merchandisable product than ever before. They consistently do this with declining numbers of cows.
The Alabama Farmers Federation was responsible for developing a new method to assist Alabama beef producers in getting top dollar for their feeder cattle and replacement females. A new website, AlFeederCattle.com was launched in 2004, and affords producers the opportunity to utilize the far-reaching capabilities of the Internet to advertise their cattle. Interested producers and prospective buyers may sign up for email alerts that notify them when new lots have been posted to the site.
Much of the success of many of Alabama's beef cattle producers can be attributed to the success of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. The Alabama BCIA affords commercial and purebred breeders the opportunity to track performance in their herds as well as offering them some enhanced marketing opportunities.
Top Producing Counties
The top cattle-producing counties in Alabama are: Cullman, 68,500 head; DeKalb, 64,000; Montgomery, 50,000; Marshall, 43,000; Lowndes, 37,000; Lauderdale, 35,800; Lawrence, 35,800; Blount, 34,800; Geneva, 33,000; and Covington, 33,000. For more details about beef cattle statistics in Alabama, visit the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service website.
||Members of the 2013 Alabama Farmers Federation State Beef Committee are, seated from left, Chairman Clay Kennamer of Jackson County; First Vice Chairman Mike Henry of Montgomery County; Second Vice Chairman Anthony Faggard of Mobile County; Gerry Holmes of Morgan County and Bill Lipscomb of Autauga County; back row, Jim Yance of Henry County; Wendell Wilson of Calhoun County; Phil Slay of Chambers County; Mahlon Richburg of Lee County; Rick Smith of St. Clair County; Gerald Wallace of Colbert County and Federation Beef Division Director Nate Jaeger.
Goals and Issues
Goals of the Beef Division are determined by a state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state.
Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine a focus for the division's efforts. Goals include:
- Develop, expand and promote methods and programs to aid producers in more efficient production and marketing, especially through use of Alabama Feeder Cattle Council website.
- Work with Auburn University, Alabama Extension and other groups to set up Junior Livestock Foundation.
- Continue to help seek funds for Alabama Junior Livestock Expo.
- Conduct a tour to a major production area of the country.
- Continue to monitor National Animal Identification System development.
- Express concerns to policy makers of the negative ipacts of the Conservation Reserve Program on the beef industry in Alabama, especially the Black Belt.
- Coordinate and facilitate effort to establish Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association Foundation.
- Strive to maintain and improve relations with other beef industry organizations in Alabama and around the country.
- Develop Alabama Beef Leaders Conference in an effort to unite allaspects of the Alabama Beef Industry.
The Beef Division works with other state and non-profit organizations to promote beef consumption, improve beef quality and animal health standards. Those groups include the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Beef Improvement Federation, Auburn University, Alabama Cattlemen's Association, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, Alabama Beef Connection and Alabama Livestock Market Association.
Alabama Farmers Federation at Work for Alabama Producers
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As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Beef Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Communications provides communications about important issues and notices through its monthly magazine, Neighbors, and biweekly newsletter, Cultivator.
The Local Connection
County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Farmers Federation. Each county may establish its own Beef Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Beef Producers. You may contact your county beef chairman, the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information.
Why Should I be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Beef Producers?
The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone's benefit. The more producers actively participating in Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Beef Producers, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation, come many benefits.
Did You Know?
- Alabama ranks 26th in the U.S. in the total number of cattle and calves with approximately 1.32 million head.
- More than 100 medicines used by humans are derived from cattle.
- One average-size cowhide can produce enough leather to make 20 footballs, 18 soccer or volleyballs or 12 basketballs.
- Hamburger meat produced from one market-ready steer could equal 720 quarter-pound hamburgers.
- Cattle consume less than two-10ths of one percent of all water used in the U.S.
- Beef is the most readily available source of vitamin B12 in the world.
- Beef demand has risen 25% since 1999, resulting in strong feeder calf prices for our producers.
For more information, contact Nate Jaeger,
Director of the Alabama Beef Producers, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191-0001. Phone:
(800) 392-5705, ext. 4221.