PERRY MOBLEY JOINS FEDERATION STAFF
Mobley will serve as director of the Federation's Beef Division, Hay & Forage Division and Meat Goat and Sheep Division
MONTGOMERY, Ala -- A Henry County native and former Extension System livestock agent has been named director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Beef, Meat Goat and Sheep and Hay and Forage Crops divisions. Perry Mobley IV, 27, began his new duties April 7.
Mobley, who earned a bachelor's degree in animal and dairy science from Auburn University, previously was the multi-county animal science Extension agent for Autauga and Chilton counties. In that position, Mobley helped significantly expand the number of herds using the Beef Cattle Improvement Association's record keeping system. He also worked with other Extension agents in conducting the Central Alabama Feeder Cattle Marketing Association board sale as well as BCIA heifer sales in Autauga and Chilton counties and was instrumental in organizing a heifer breeding project for his counties.
Mobley filled the position vacated by long-time Federation employee Raleigh Wilkerson, who recently was hired as area organization director for southwest Alabama. Mobley said he hopes to build on the work Wilkerson has done for the livestock and forage producers of Alabama.
Mobley said one of his priorities for 2003 will be passage of the meat goat and sheep checkoff referendum. He also wants to work with the meat goat and sheep committee on getting a packing facility to locate in Alabama. In the Beef Division, Mobley wants to help producers explore marketing options while helping them adapt to changes that may come about as a result of country-of-origin labeling and source verification.Meanwhile, he plans to investigate agroforestry options with the Hay and Forage Crops Division and explore grazing systems that have been successful in other parts of the country as well as places like Australia and New Zealand.
Mobley and wife, Dr. Jennifer Ingram-Mobley, currently live in Plantersville. She is a veterinarian in Montevallo, and the couple has a son, Harlan, 16 months. They are expecting their second child in December.
Mobley said he is excited about the opportunity to work more closely with Alfa Farmers members.