Thursday, February 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1963

#ThrowbackThursday to Eat Beef promotion in the state of Alabama! Pictured L-R admiring the first “Eat Beef” automobile tags are John Trotman, Comer Sims, E.R. Howard, Selden Sheffield, Ed Wadsworth and Richard Beard. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: February 10, 2016

WHEW! The staffers had mentally prepared for a busy first few months of 2016 but WOW, things are moving quickly. It's all good, exciting things taking place here at the ACA, so keep reading to find out #WhatsGoingOn this Wednesday around the ACA. 

Membership Update

Total membership for 2016 to date is 7,092! Help us reach our goal of 12,000 members! This month is your final opportunity to renew or join at the $30 rate. The dues increase will take effect on March 1st. 

Dates to remember for membership- Feb. 26 is the final chance for your county to go "Over the Top" by five members to qualify for the President's red coat. Congrats to Colbert and Sumter counties who have already gone "Over the Top." Steve James from Colbert County has been hard at working recruiting members, and with the help from his Board, they have gone over by 15 with 162 members! Sumter County also has a new president, Sid Nelson, and is over by eight with 94 members! Good work getting your membership up this year!

April 30 is the deadline for Top Hand Club (see prizes in the January Alabama Cattleman) and for your county to go "Over the Top" to qualify for the Priefert Squeeze Chute. April 30 is also the deadline for the Gator raffle. 

This Week's County Meetings:
Thursday, Feb. 11: Baldwin, 6pm
                               Autauga, 6pm
Friday, Feb. 12: Calhoun, 6pm

Learn more by viewing the Cattlemen's Calendar

Legislative Front

ACA's lobbyist Dr. Billy Powell is monitoring the Legislative Session during the second week. In just two short weeks, over 200 bills have been introduced, and that's why it's important to have an Association representative monitoring and protecting your livelihood while you continue to invest in it. To donate to the PAC, click here.

The Ag Legislative Coalition met Tuesday in the ACA Board Room. The Coalition is watching discussions on raising fuel taxes to be sure that rural bridges and roads are a top priority.

Also on Tuesday, Dr. Powell participated in the Alabama Agribusiness Council Board meeting and Legislative Reception.

SLE Rodeo Kickoff Media Luncheon

Don Gay from Frontier Rodeo Co. as
he is interviewed by WSFA
Wednesday was a busy day as the ACA staff put on its SLE staff hat to help coordinate and operate the SLE membership meeting and the Kickoff Media Luncheon. Fifty-nine members of the Montgomery media enjoyed a delicious steak meal, got the details about the SLE Rodeo Week and heard eight-time world champion bull rider Don Gay talk about the plans to produce one of the best rodeos east of the Mississippi. We appreciate Don for flying in for today's meeting!

View more pics from the event on the SLE Rodeo Facebook Page.

ACA Convention and Trade Show

ACA officers and staff are finalizing plans for the “Iron City Beef Bash” coming up in Birmingham! It's going to be a great time of fellowship and education, so don't miss out.

If you haven't registered for the 73rd annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, then now's the timePre-registration, which would sign you up for meals, closes February 18.

We have a great lineup of guest speakers and a sold-out trade show for the Iron City Beef Bash 
Alabama Senior Senator Richard Shelby will be the keynote speaker at the legislative luncheon while Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., Administrator for the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, will be the general session guest speaker. Other guest speakers include USMEF's Dan Halstrom wh
o will speak on "What Lies Ahead for the Beef Export Market," Soren Rodning, DMV, from Auburn University, nationally-recognized Extension Ag Economist Dr. Derrell Peel from Oklahoma State University and NCBA Executive Director of Producer Education Josh White. 

Our trade show is sold out with over 60 vendors including companies like Tri-Green, Priefert, Fuller Supply, Deep South Livestock, Merck, New Holland North America, Southern Silage Company, Drummonds Farms, BamaWise, Verizon Wireless and many, many more! The trade show alone is worth the trip to the Iron City!

Friday night's Rotational Grazing is going to be a great time for all with fun, fellowship and boot, scoot and boogy-in' to Tim Tyler the Piano Man! Other entertainment and a photo booth sponsored by the Southeastern Livestock Expo will be available as well!

A special thanks to this year's Convention sponsors Alabama Farm Credit/Alabama Land Credit, Alabama Farmers Cooperative. Alabama Farmers Federation, AgriLabs, Alabama CattleWomen’s Association, First South Farm Credit, Fuller Supply Company/Preifert Ranch Equipment, Morgan Stanley, ServisFirst Bank, Southeast AgNet and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition.

More information regarding this year's convention is in January's issue of the Alabama Cattleman and there will be more in February's upcoming issue. Register online or by mail today by clicking the link above. Reserve your room at the Sheraton: CLICK HERE or call 205-324-500 BEFORE Feb. 21!


2016 SLE Rodeo

The 59th Annual SLE Rodeo comes bucking into town March 17-19. This is a family event you don't wanna miss because this year has all kinds of new events including a parade to kick off SLE week! Tickets are easy to buy:
  • Call 1-888-2RODEO2 and order over phone
  • Visit and order online through Ticketmaster.
  • Visit the Cattlemen's building in Downtown Montgomery or the Garrett Coliseum and buy your tickets in person
  • Mail in a ticket order form, which can her found here

You're not going to want to miss this family fun show packed with entertainment! Frontier Rodeo Company, PRCA's Stock Contractor of the Year, will be bringing their best including PRCA Saddle Bronc of the Year, Medicine Woman! In between the bucking, bulldoggin' and barrels, Pro Rodeo master comedian Lecile Harris
will entertain the crowd while celebrating 60 years in the business! Don't forget your boogie boots because following Friday and Saturday nights' performances, you'll get to go Dancin' in the Dirt to the Sweet Young'Uns (Friday) and the Wes Loper Band (Saturday). Just in case that's not enough excitement, Thursday night is First Responders Night where FREE general admission is granted to anyone who can present a first responders identification. Friday night is Ladies Night where all ladies tickets will be submitted for some juicy door prizes drawn throughout the show! Lastly, bring those battle cries to the rodeo Saturday
The Sweet Young'Uns will perform
Friday evening following the
show, and the Wes Loper Band will
party in true rodeo fashion Saturday! 
 night for College Night, where college students can receive 4 tickets for only $40 with the presentation of a valid college i.d. 

Saddle up and join in the family fun and entertainment for all ages all while enjoying America's original sport, rodeo! Visit our website for more information and a schedule of events.

Social Media Contest

You have until THIS FRIDAY to "share" this picture on the SLE Rodeo Facebook page to earn a chance to win two tickets to this year's Friday night rodeo! Don't miss out on this great opportunity! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tasty Tuesday: Filet Mignon with Herb-Butter Sauce and Mushrooms

Valentine's Day is this Sunday. There's nothing that says "I love you" like Filet Mignon! You and your Valentine can fall in love over #BEEF with this #TastyTuesday recipe for Filet Mignon with Herb-Butter Sauce and Mushrooms! Everyone loves tenderloin, so share it with the one you love! Not to mention a home-cooked romantic! Be sure to half the recipe for a meal for two!

Get more information on this recipe at Beef, It's What's For Dinner

Filet Mignon with Herb-Butter Sauce and Mushrooms

Total Recipe Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings


  • 4 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, straw, cremini, button or chanterelle), whole or cut in half if large
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place beef steaks in skillet; cook 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove to platter, season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm.
  2. Heat butter in same skillet over medium heat until melted. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Add beef broth and thyme to skillet, stirring until browned bits attached to bottom of pan are dissolved; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into mushroom mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  3. Serve steaks with sauce.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Movie Monday: Cutting a Ribeye Steak

There are two things in this world that most folks love- ribeye steaks and saving money. Buying wholesale cuts and cutting them yourself are a great things to connect that love triangle. Today’s #MovieMonday is all about how to do just that.

See a live cutting demo with ACA’s Erin Beasley at the 73rd annual ACA Convention and Trade Show! The Beef Girl is serving up beef, and you’re not going to want to miss it. Register today HERE.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Beef Fact Friday: Family (Not Factory) Farming

Factory farming? Not so fast.

More than 97% of U.S. beef cattle farms and ranches are family owned and operated. How's that for a #BeefFactFriday?

 It's about a legacy of cattle producers working hard 365 days a year -- no furloughs or holidays off, that’s for sure-- to provide a safe, delicious and nutritious food supply for your family and families across the globe.

Learn more about sustainable modern beef production at, and help put consumers in touch with agriculture by spreading the word.