February 2015
In the News

Cattlemen Convene

from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association

Cattlemen, cattlewomen and youth from across the state will gather in Huntsville on Friday and Saturday February 20-21 for the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. The convention will be held at the Von Braun Center with the adjacent Embassy Suites Hotel serving as headquarters. This is the 72ndannual Alabama Cattlemen’s Associationmeeting. A very informative program is planned as well as ample time scheduled for fellowship and fun.

"This past year has been a record setting year for the cattle industry," stated ACA president Woody Clark, "and everyone is looking forward to what lies ahead in 2015.

"Anyone interested in the cattle business should attend the convention to hear the experts talk about price outlook and government involvement in 2015."

Duane Lenz, senior analyst from CattleFax in Denver, will discuss the cattle price outlook for 2015 and beyond. Colin Woodall, vice president for Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what we can expect from the federal government for the next 2 years. Season Solorio, executive director of Issues and Reputation Management with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will describe how checkoff dollars have been successful in maintaining consumer confidence in beef.

Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will discuss how the 2015-2020 Ag and Forestry Strategic Plan that focuses on increasing productivity and profitability will benefit cattle producers. In addition, there will be other informative speakers in the five Zoetis Cattlemen’s College sessions.

A convention highlight is the large Trade Show featuring over 50 vendors with the latest in cattle equipment, supplies and information. This year a special program has been planned for youth ages 9 and above on Saturday. A complete schedule, list of speakers and registration form can be found on www.bamabeef.org. Room registrations should be made soon as space is limited in the headquarters hotel. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us in Huntsville.