Well it seems to be the hottest week of the year, which can only mean one thing…it’s time for the AJCA Round-Up. This week’s blog may be a little short and sweet as “all systems are go” as we work to welcome 118 junior cattlemen to Montgomery for a hot weekend full of educational contests and calf shows. If you don’t have weekend plans, join us on the Garrett Coliseum Grounds in Montgomery to support the future of our industry— and don’t worry, the arena is air conditioned! Keep reading to learn more about what else is happening in a week deemed for the summer show!
We look forward to welcoming 118 exhibitors and 170 animals to the 15th Annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up. The weekend is full of livestock shows, family fun and beef industry educational contest. We welcome all to come join us and support the youth of Alabama! Should you wish to see the weekend schedule you can visit www.bamabeef.org/round-up
The statewide membership number ‘o the day is 8,335 members…but we’re not done yet! We are only halfway through the year, and we’ve got our sites set on 10,000. If you haven’t renewed, join us, and help your county president reach his or her goal and earn their signature ACA red coat. That deadline has been extended, but is coming soon— August 31, 2021. Let’s knock out those goals, cattlemen!
Fired Up for Cattlemen’s Cookouts
If you’re a member of the ACA, you’re invited to join us for a summertime cookout! We hosted our first of five regional cookouts last week at Perdido River Farms in Atmore and WHOA what a turnout! We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and state update with more than 100 members from Alabama’s southwest corner! ACA officers and staff will be traveling to other parts of the state hosting membership meetings and meals so we can all catch up, also! If you have not renewed your membership, you’re still invited as we will be accepting membership dues on site. Come on out and enjoy an evening of good food and Cattlemen fellowship! The meeting dates and times are as follows:
EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA: July 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellborn Musclecar Museum (Alex City, AL)
WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA: August 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Big Mike’s Steakhouse (Moundville)
NORTH ALABAMA: August 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Tennessee Valley REC (Belle Mina)
There is no cost to attend this event. All we ask is that you RSVP with your name and the location of the meeting you would like to attend at least one week prior to the event date. This will ensure that we have enough food for all! Simply call or email us at: (334) 265-1867 or [email protected]
ACA Tailgate Tents
Tents are in! If your county Cattlemen’s association ordered a tent at the Board Meeting, then you should have received an email from Ali with an invoice. They will be available at The MOOseum for pick up anytime, or you can wait and pick it up at the August Board Meeting. If you need it before then and can’t make it to The MOOseum, please contact Ali to let her know so she can coordinate getting it to you.
Cattlemen’s Communications Survey
Let’s chat. We want to hear from you!
We are currently reviewing our communication methods regarding membership and association business efforts to ensure that you are able to find the information you need from us in a timely, relevant and accessible way.
We also want to hear from you to learn what our members most value about a membership with the ACA.
We ask that you take a moment to complete this survey, and if you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive one of 3 complimentary trade show passes— valued at $300— to NCBA’s Convention in Nashville, August 10-12, 2021. Please note that you will be contacted by the information you provide below, so ensure a working email and telephone number is entered properly.
Beef 101- Back in Session
Beef 101 programming is back in session! Wallace State Community college will be coming to Auburn on July 22nd to learn more about the pasture to plate story from experts. If you or someone you know would like to attend this session or a later one, or if you would like to schedule your own, please contact Ali Cantrell. The next Beef 101 date will be October 29, but we hope to schedule more between now and then.
Bama Beef Events Calendar
The online Bama Beef Events Calendar is getting a list of new events daily. As Extension begins to normalize, educational programs are popping up across the state. County cattlemen’s chapters are beginning to think about meeting. Sales are lining up. Steak sandwich sales are firing up, and Junior Cattlemen events eyeball those free summer months! Not only that, but summertime means grilling season. We all know that beef is king of the grill, so summer beef promotions are also firing up! Make it a daily task to check out our calendar and keep an eye on events coming near you!