Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday- Summer 1974

In honor of our membership drive to reach 12,000 members for 2015, this week’s #ThrowbackThursday goes back to the year the ACA had the most members in our history- 1974. That year, ACA had 18,620 members in the state!

Speaking of lots of folks, the summer of 1974 was a big time for the Cullman County Cattlemen and CattleWomen’s Association as it hosted an annual meeting with over 400 attendees.

Pictured from left to right are the county leaders of that year- Hoyt Perdue, Vice President; Edwin Carter, Vice President; Dois Sims, President; Davis Hassell, Secretary Treasurer; Kenneth Neal, Vice President; W.A. Fullilove, Vice President. The group had a steak dinner and heard from 1974 ACA President, Forrest Killough.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What's Going On Wednesday: July 1, 2015

It's a whirlwind week at the ACA- meetings, deadlines and kickoffs galore! We hope you're ready to hear #What'sGoingOn this Wednesday around the Alabama Cattlemen's headquarters in beautiful downtown Montgomery.

AJCA Round-Up Registration Deadline TODAY

Today's your last chance to register your child for the 2015 AJCA Round-Up to be held at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery on July 23-26! This year's theme is "Catch a Wave." Online registration can be submitted here

Contests for the Round-Up include: Career Development, Showmanship, Sales Talk, Skill-A-Thon, Team Grooming, Build a Better Burger, Volleyball, Photography, Poster, Record Book,
Essay, Ad Design, Public Speaking and Cattle Judging

2015 ACA Membership

It was ACA's goal to reach 12,000 members during 2015, and we are SO CLOSE. If you or your friends and family haven't paid your dues yet, now's the time! Help us reach our goal and get some great benefits in return. Register online or check out our member benefits on our website

Alabama's Best Steak Contest

Alabama’s Best Steak contest kicks off TODAY (July 1) at noon. Visit to submit your nomination for your favorite Alabama steakhouse who serves an outstanding ribeye! 
July 1-31: Kickoff round for nominations. 
August 3-10: Sizzlin' 16 bracket challenge. 
August 11-17: Enticing 8 bracket challenge. 
August 18-24: Final 4 bracket challenge. 
September: a panel of judges will anonymously visit to judge taste, tenderness and juiciness. 
Beginning of October: Winners will be announced to kick off Alabama's Beef Month!

Sysco Central Alabama Spring Promotion

Pictured from R-L is the winner of the Big Green Egg 
Craig Smitherman, CEO of Sysco Central Alabama
David Dickson and Vice President of Sales Danny Ralph
The results are in from the Sysco Central Alabama spring promotion, and they are remarkable! Sysco salesmen were charged with selling the most beef they could during May and June, in efforts to win a Big Green Egg smoker, funded by the Alabama Beef Checkoff program.  The final numbers showed an unprecedented 127,000-pound increase in beef over sales from last May and June.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Independence Day Burgers

The Fourth of July is all about celebrating America and the freedom we found from an oppressive government in 1776. 

It's no secret that a favorite American pastime is eating, and that along with its summertime calendar date is what makes Independence Day weekend one of the biggest grilling weekends of the year! 

This Fourth of July holiday, we at the ACA encourage all to celebrate America with an all-American meal! Grilling up some beef is the perfect way to do just that. We recommend combining two Independence Day classics for your celebration meal- barbecue and burgers! This Zesty BBQ Cheeseburger recipe will have you and your family fired up for fireworks and America, so gather 'round the picnic table with your family and serve up some beef. All you'll need is some fresh sides, a tall glass of sweet tea and a big appetite. 

Keep in mind that ground beef needs to either be frozen or stored at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit until its time to prepare it in order to meet food safety standards. It's also important during grilling to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly. Ground beef is safe to eat when a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit at the center of the burger.

Enjoy and Happy Fourth of July!

For nutrition information and grilling tips visit

Monday, June 29, 2015

Movie Monday: Get Your MBA

Ever thought about going back to get your Masters? Well save your money and let the National Beef Checkoff pay for you to get your MBA- Masters of Beef Advocacy!

Graduates of this program will be equipped with not only the information needed to understand the many facets of the American beef industry, but the knowledge of best advocacy practices. Be a voice for our industry!

If you’ve got questions or are interested in getting your MBA, check out this #MovieMonday and visit this website.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beef Fact Friday: [No] Antibiotics in Beef

Antibiotic use is a hot topic in the agricultural industry.

"Drugs in meat? Not so. Farmers and ranchers work with veterinarians and animal nutritionists in order to protect the health of their animals and the health of consumers."