Thursday, May 28, 2015

ACA's Throwback Thursday

Last Week's #TBT 

(So that you can follow the history lesson over the next few months!)

On January 4, 1944, around 60 cattlemen gathered at the Demopolis Inn in Marengo County to consider making changes to the once-existing Alabama Livestock Growers Association (ALGA). By the conclusion of the meeting, it was decided that ALGA would be laid aside and a new organization would be formed. After electing an officer panel including Sen. Bruce Henderson of Wilcox County as president, Sen. Bob Lowe of Madison County as vice president, W.P. Breen of Greene County as treasurer and Tom C. Reid of Montgomery County as secretary, that organization grew to become the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association we know today.

While ACA’s headquarters are now nicely fixed in the heart of Alabama’s capitol city, this plaque, erected by the Marengo County Cattlemen’s Association on April 29, 1976, honors the Demopolis Inn founding place of the ACA and is last week’s ‪#‎ThrowBackThursday‬

Today's #TBT

This week’s #ThrowBackThursday takes us to May 5, 1949 at the Alabama State Fair Grounds in Birmingham, a time when the ACA only had about 200 members. Pictured are members at a convention session during the sixth annual meeting of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. At this meeting, Will Howard Smith was elected president; Ernest Lambert, vice president; Mack Maples, treasurer; and J.E. Mareno, secretary. 


(Information taken from It's Great to be Number One! by Dan W. Hollis)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's Going On Wednesday

Weekly activities, meetings and events around the Alabama Cattlemen's Association are never the same. While the ACA officers pop in from out of town and staffers travel to speak to different groups to promote and educate about beef, AJCA officers are busy planning the next big event and the MOOseum is always buzzing with the sound of young folks learning about the Alabama cattle production and the beef industry. The ACA staff and officers stay busy working for an industry we all love promoting, educating about and bettering.

Here's an update about #What'sGoingOn around the Alabama Cattlemen's Association this week!

2015 AJCA Round-Up

"Catch and Wave" at the 9th Annual AJCA Round-Up on July 23-26 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Round-Up is open to all Alabama Juniors ages 9-21 who have paid their 2015 AJCA dues. Membership forms and a schedule of events are available here. If interested contestants have already paid their 2015 dues, Round-Up entry forms can be found here. The deadline for entry is July 1, 2015.

New Faces: Summer Intern

Madison Tew of Ozark, Ala. will be joining the ACA staff this summer as an intern. Madison recently moved back home after attending Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas for the past two years and competing on the school's Livestock Judging Team. She will be attending Mississippi State University this fall as an agricultural communications major but not before she spends the summer in Montgomery at the Alabama Cattlemen's Association. 

Her responsibilities will center around this year's AJCA Round-Up. Madison, a former competitor of the Round-Up, has seven years of experience with the show and will be an invaluable asset to the AJCA officer team and the ACA staff as they join to plan and promote this year's show. 

Welcome, Madison! We look forward to having you around this summer!

Social Media Takeover

With the shifting of time and technology comes the need to update ways of reaching an audience. Snail mail is becoming a thing of the past, and email and social media blasts are taking its place. Better yet, just post it on social media! 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association recognize the need to stay on top of the newest and best ways to keep in touch with our producers and consumers and has taken the necessary steps in order to do just that. Alabama Cattlemen's has welcomed a new staffer whose job focuses on enhancing and maintaining the ACA and the SLE's presence on social media platforms.

The Facebook (Alabama Cattlemen's Association) is actively posting daily themed posts targeted on educating consumers, keeping members updated on what we are doing with their state and national checkoff dollars and informing producers on upcoming events or legislation. The Twitter (@ALCattlemen) follows suit on educating and promoting the beef industry, while also serving as a vehicle to market this blog. An Instagram is in our future to reach out to our millennial audiences, and we are predicting some social media contests with beefed up prizes in the future. Also in our future is a major overhaul of the ACA website

To keep up with the upcoming 2016 SLE Rodeo dates, check out it's Facebook  and Twitter accounts as well as its website

Exciting things are happening for the ACA and its online presence. Follow us on our pages to keep up with our exciting changes!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Leftovers Edition

Photo provided by the
Cattlemen's Beef Board
Memorial Day Weekend is the nation's #1 grilling weekend for #BEEF, particularly hamburgers! This week's Tasty Tuesday blog post centers around what to do with all those leftover hamburger patties. Here at the Alabama Cattlemen's Association, we suggest adding a flavorful spin on a mouthwatering classic.

What's the flavorful spin, you ask? How about combining two cultural classics- hamburgers and tacos!

Instead of putting that hamburger patty on a bun and covering it in ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles, try wrapping it up in a flour tortilla shell along with salsa, guacamole and jalapeno peppers. By doing this, you'll eat up all those leftover hamburgers while creating a fun meal experience your family will love.

The recipe this week is for Fiesta Burgers Con Queso, and it can be found at (Keep in mind that this post is a "leftovers edition," so our recipe is slightly modified. If you have raw leftover ground beef that's been stored appropriately, you can follow the exact recipe here.)


pre-cooked hamburger patties
small round tortillas, warmed

Optional Toppings:

Thinly sliced lettuce
chopped tomato
avocado slices
finely chopped onion
jalapeno pepper, minced
finely chopped fresh cilantro
shredded Chihuahua cheese, divided
sour cream

"Leftovers Edition" Modified Recipe:

1. Spread guacamole and/or sour cream evenly on a warmed tortilla.
2. Place hamburger patty in the center of the tortilla and top with salsa and other desired toppings.
3. Wrap the edges of the tortilla around the patty.
4. Enjoy!

And remember- Beef, It's What's for Dinner.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

North Alabama Culinary School Farm Tour

On September 12, 2013 the Alabama State Beef Checkoff funded a Farm Tour in North Alabama for 120 culinary students and instructors.  Click on the link below the photo to see a video highlighting pictures from this successful checkoff program!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Most people would probably agree that they want to get the most bang for their buck when they are making purchases.  Whether it is clothes, cars or food that you purchase at the grocery store, we all want to save a dollar along the way.  Well, as you head to the grocery store this next week to gear up for a great weekend celebrating Independence Day, remember these 6 tips.  Your local grocer will be running valuable sales at the meat case prior to the holiday weekend so take advantage of them and stock up on BEEF for your friends and family!