May 2015
In the News

Cattle Producer Presentations

  Linda Newman, Banks, received the 2014 Spirit of BCIA Award.

2015 BCIA Awards recognize exceptional performance.

The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association presented its annual awards at the 72nd Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Huntsville.

The Alabama BCIA awarded Linda Newman, Banks, with the 2014 Spirit of BCIA Award.

The Spirit of BCIA Award is in honorable memory of Jamie Cates and Jamey Clary, and the spirit in which they both actively supported Alabama BCIA. This award recognizes and honors an Alabama BCIA member who exemplifies the commitment to BCIA performance principles within their own cattle operation, and who has also sought to promote the BCIA program to their fellow cattle producers. This spirit of leading by example and the drive to cheerfully help others represents how Jamie Cates and Jamey Clary both served Alabama BCIA and their fellow cattlemen.

Linda Newman has played an active leadership role in Alabama BCIA, previously serving on the Board of Directors as a commercial representative and as president in 2013. She currently serves as an at-large producer representative.

Newman and her husband Cyril began processing records with BCIA in 2000 and still actively maintain herd records. She has been an advocate for Alabama BCIA, enthusiastically recruiting fellow cattle producers to maintain records and take advantage of BCIA opportunities.

Newman Farms is an example for fellow cattle producers with their commitment to performance through use of performance-evaluated herd sires and active recordkeeping. The husband-and-wife team has earned numerous BCIA Gold Star Cow Awards and two Most Improved Herd Awards. Newman Farms was honored as an Alabama Century Farm of Distinction in 2003 by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and also as the 2014 Beef Producer Award from the Pike County Farmers Federation. Linda Newman exhibits a positive portrayal of the beef story and what of Alabama BCIA symbolizes to her fellow cattlemen.

  Randy Moody, Madison County, presented with the 2014 Richard Deese Award.

The Richard Deese Award is presented to individuals who uphold the principles of performance testing and genetic improvement of beef cattle in Alabama. The award has been presented since 1986 and is given in honor and memory of Dr. Richard Deese, who was the Extension animal scientist in charge of the BCIA program in the 1970s and early 1980s. Since 1986, cattle producers, Extension professionals and beef industry supporters have received the award.

For his dedication to the principles of performance evaluation and genetic improvement of beef cattle in Alabama, Randy Moody, Madison County seedstock breeder, was honored with the 2014 Richard Deese Award. Moody serves as a prominent leader and advocate of BCIA bull performance evaluations, especially through the North Alabama Bull Evaluation Center. He has been a member of Alabama BCIA since the late 1990s and has previously been awarded as the 2008 Alabama BCIA Purebred Producer of the Year and a recipient of the 2012 Spirit of BCIA Award.

Moody served as Alabama BCIA president in 2009 and currently serves as a purebred representative on the BCIA Board of Directors. As a prominent leader and advocate of bull performance evaluations, Moody has earned the respect of BCIA members and leaders alike.

The Alabama BCIA named Winslow Farms in Autaugaville the 2014 Alabama BCIA Commercial Producer of the Year.

Winslow Farms, owned and operated by Ricky and Karen Tucker, began in the 1950s with Angus and Hereford crosses. Today, the third-generation cow/calf operation has 150 breeding females with an Angus and Simmental cross herd base.

Ricky and Karen Tucker, Winslow Farms, were named 2014 Alabama BCIA Commercial Producer of the Year.  

Performance records for all cows, sires and calves are maintained through the Alabama BCIA commercial recordkeeping program. Whole herd recordkeeping has been maintained through Alabama BCIA since 1986, and on-farm performance records have been steadily maintained since the early 1980s.

Winslow Farms markets preconditioned feeder calves in August through the Producer Feeder Calf Sale, a cooperative tele-auction, marketing cattle from producers throughout the region at an opportune selling time. A 90-day fall calving season is planned to allow for the August sale. Winslow Farms has been annually honored with numerous BCIA Gold Star Cow Awards for more than 10 consecutive years.

The Alabama BCIA named CK Cattle, Chuck and Katie Madaris of Hope Hull, the 2014 Purebred Producer of the Year.

CK Cattle is a multi-generational, family-owned Chiangus, Angus and SimAngus seedstock and commercial cattle operation run by Chuck and Katie Madaris, Charlie and Carrie Madaris, Bradfield and Kathleen Evans, and their children Ellis Ann and Shep.

CK Cattle has been producing high-quality cattle since 1979, when the operation began with the purchase of four Angus pairs. Today, CK Cattle runs 650 breeding females. Artificial insemination is a key genetic tool within their breeding program. Proven AI sires and CK herd sires are used for predictability and environmental adaptability.

The Alabama BCIA was a significant influence in the development of the CK bull market. The goal to market 2-year-old bulls has been successful, providing customers with older bulls, ready for an extended breeding season in large herds.

CK cattle markets 140 bulls in the Alabama BCIA Fall Round Up Bull Sale, the It’s All Black and White Bull Sale, and by private treaty. The cattle operation also annually markets 100 bred heifers and approximately 50 cows and three loads of feeder calves.

CK Cattle strives to market high-value cattle and operate efficiently to ensure continued profitability into the future.

The Alabama BCIA is a non-profit organization seeking to promote, educate and facilitate the use of performance data, recordkeeping and marketing opportunities to improve the Alabama cattle industry. Formed in 1964, BCIA cooperates with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Auburn University under a formal agreement.