November 2013
Farm & Field

Has East Alabama Become Sale Headquarters for Beef Producers?

It seems every time you pick up a beef magazine there is a sale in East Alabama. These sales can be for the commercial or purebred producer. With five sales already planned for 2013 and 2014, beef producers need to mark these high-quality sales on their calendars. These sales can help commercial breeders meet the consumers’ choice beef category.

Here is a list of the sales and the contact information:

Gibbs Farm

Selling over 140 SimAngus & Simmental bulls and 150 head of replacement females.

Sale date and sale facility: Saturday, November 9,on the farm in Ranburne. Sale time is 11 a.m. Website is gibbsfarms.net. Contact Gordon Hodges at 336-469-0489 or Doug Gibbs at 404-717-2264.

Southern Excellence Bull Development Group

A group of beef producers selling Simmental, SimAngus and Angus bulls from across the Southeast. Bulls are being developed at the Rick Whelan Farm on Hwy 77 in Wadley. Also, a select group of bred females will be sold. Sale date and facility: Saturday, December 14,at 11 a.m. at the Whelan Farm. Contact person is Rick Whelan at 404-473-6797. Website is whelanfarms.com.

Lawler Angus Farm will hold two sales at the facility in Opelika.

Southeastern Classic Bull Sale Angus - Bulls from many Angus producers will be available for purchase at the sale. Bull sale date: Saturday, January 11, 2014, at noon.

Female Sale Date- Saturday, May 17,at noon. For more information on both the bull and female sales, contact Jarvene Shackleford at 662-837-1776 (cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastern Elite Bred Heifer Sale

Selling 100 head of high-quality bred commercial females. Many were bred artificially.

Sale date and sale facility: Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Clay County Stockyard in Ashland. Sale time is 11 a.m. Contact Michelle Elmore at 205-646-3610 or Jack Tatum at 205-316-8382 or website: albcia.com.

Next Step Cattle Company

A sale by 10 progressive breeders who have been developing and marketing their bulls through the Sunshine Farm Bull Development Program for the past 15 years. More than 100 head of SimAngus, Simmental and Angus bulls will be sold. Cattle are being developed at Next Step Cattle Co. Bull Development Center in Auburn. Sale date: Saturday, December 7, at 11 a.m. Contact Tommy Brown at 205-755-5431 or John Harrell at 334-524-9287. Website for Next Step is nextstepcattleco.com.

Jack Tatum is a regional Extension agent and can be reached at 205-316-8382.