Alabama Cattle


The Alabama Cattlemen's Association, with over 12,500 members, is one of the largest cattlemen's associations in the nation. Every county in the state has its own county chapter. It works to protect, promote, and advance the state's $2 billion beef cattle industry. The Alabama Cattlemen's Association works on behalf of livestock producers to educate consumers, influence farming legislation and promote beef. The "Alabama Cattlemen", the association's monthly magazine keeps members current on new ideas, equipment, and cattle sales.

The livestock industry is one of Alabama's largest agricultural products in terms of cash sales. Many operations consist of small herds having less than 20 brood cows. Cattle operations are located throughout the state with many of them owned by part-time cattlemen on small farms.

Alabama ranks 9th in the U.S. in the number of farms with beef cows. USDA figures show there are 25,000 farms in Alabama with beef cows. Only Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa and Arkansas have more beef cattle operations. Alabama cattle ranchers are mostly cow-calf operators with feeder calves shipped to out of state feedlots for finishing. A statewide network of 27 stockyards provides easy and ready markets for most Alabama cattlemen.

USDA Market Reports

Southern Direct Slaughter Cow And Bull Carcass Report

Opp Stockyard (Thu)

New Brockton Stockyard (Fri)

Moulton Stockyard (Thu)

Linden Stockyard (Thu)

Letohatchee Stockyard (Wed)

Clay County Stockyard (Wed)

 Alabama Feeder Cattle Board Sale (Seasonal)

Russellville Stockyard (Tue)

Arab Stockyard (Wed)

Alabama Auctions Summary (Tue-Fri)

Alabama Weekly Auction Summary (Fri)

Fort Payne Stockyard (Wed)

Montgomery Stockyard (Tue)

Uniontown Stockyard (Wed)

Dothan Stockyard (Tue)

Florence Livestock Auction (Tue)

Kilpatrick Stockyard (Thu)

Roanoke Stockyard (Thu)

Brundidge Stockyard (Tue)

Cullman Stockyard (Fri)

Decatur Stockyard (Fri)

Livingston Stockyard (Thu)

Ashville Stockyard (Tue)

Boaz Goat Auction (1st & 3rd Mon)

Brewton Goat Auction (Mon)

Elgin, Alabama Goat Auction (3rd Mon)

Cullman Goat Auction (Fri)

Alabama Goat Summary Weekly (Mon)

Alabama Feeder Cattle Wtd Avg (Fri)

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Carryall for 3 pt hitch
by 1982vett (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:09:55 GMT+5)
Build a box to attach to rear mounted hay forks.....makes the forks a multi-purpose tool.

John Hinkley Jr.
by Bigfoot (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:04:01 GMT+5)
bball wrote:Bigfoot wrote:Not siden with Hinkley, because he should have never been let out, but I bet they have much better meds now than they did in the early 80's.

Naw, not really Bigfoot. There isn't a ton of money to be made in psych meds compared to other areas, so the pharmaceutical companies haven't added a whole heck of a lot....aleast compared to what they're capable of.

Didn't know that. Makes sense though.

November 8-9th 2016
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:02:28 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:There's a old cow lots are considering.
Idk. You gotta watch her all the time. Can't turn your back on her. And has Horrible hips and udder.
Someone else here said she had a "dried up cooter" too. (I sure don't want to get close enough to verify that--like ya said, ya can't turn your back on an old cow like that)

Pink eye
by Koffi Babone (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:50:50 GMT+5)
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Had some fun today
by dieselbeef (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:44:30 GMT+5)
those real tight races like that are the best....specially when ya cant tell from inside. beats letting out at the end so ya don't slaughter em. that kinda street racing stuff is a blast

btw that bumper turned out real sweet man. winter aint gonna ruin that?

Not to be doom and gloom...
by OldCrow (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:40:11 GMT+5)
JMJ Farms wrote:You don't mess with kids or old people.

I agree, sickens me when phone Cons and blow through salesman take advantage of the elderly people. Had this happen to each set of my grandparents.

Kids being taken is something I think about a lot since I have my own. We are in what is believed to be a safe region but my wife usually doen't go alone with the kids anywhere.

another of the greatest generation gone
by Bigfoot (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:32:44 GMT+5)
One of the most interesting people I ever read about. Thanks for sharing that.

Turkish Coup
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:27:39 GMT+5)
Yes as well as more recently with China and their dash9 line claiming sovereignty over vast swaths of the South China Sea.

Another red line passes away quietly.
In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.

But just two weeks after the July 12 announcement by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague - which at least on paper, appeared to be a humiliating defeat for China - the U.S. strategy appears to be unraveling and the court's ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State expressed satisfaction that ASEAN had issued a communique that championed the rule of law and said the omission of any reference to the arbitration case did not detract from its importance.

He also said it was "impossible" for the ruling to become irrelevant because it is legally binding.

But analysts said it now risks exactly that, not least because Washington has failed to press the issue effectively with its friends and allies.

"We should all be worried that this case is going to go down as nothing more than a footnote because its impact was only as strong as the international community was going to make it," said Greg Poling, a South China Sea expert at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank.

"And the international community has voted by not saying anything. The consensus seems to be 'We don?t care. We don?t want to hold China to these standards.'"

G A R Sunrise
by UG (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:11:09 GMT+5)
First of all I want to provide a disclaimer that I haven't spent a lot of time studying RADG and DMI. I also haven't seen much from AAA in recent years regarding these two traits, and if the EPDs are accurately predicting feed efficiency and feed intake in cattle. That being said, following are my thoughts.

RADG: If I understand the trait correctly, a higher score indicates greater average daily gain on the same amount of feed. So, as long as I can keep the size of my cows at an acceptable frame score, I want as much RADG as possible. It would be interesting to see if there is much of a correlation between RADG and frame score.

DMI: In a perfect world I want my cows to have low DMI and my feeder cattle to have high DMI. But, we can't make high DMI calves from low DMI cows. So, if I was putting much selection pressure on DMI, I think I would aim for moderate DMI scores.

Starving for Fuel- white smoke and power loss
by D2Cat (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:09:18 GMT+5)
Fence, does your Massey have a lift pump?

Your symptoms sounds like what happens when the lift pump isn't working. You have the tank full and enough pressure for the engine to run, but as the fuel level drops you loose pressure (from gravity).

I have a 40HP Ditch Witch trencher, and it would do that. It was gravity feed. I added a 20 dollar, 3PSI fuel pump into the system and it's ran fine since. It is a Continental gas engine, but the same happens to diesel.

What are you willing to PAY ??
by NECowboy (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:38:24 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:JMJ Farms wrote:I'm not being sarcastic I just really want to know from someone smarter than me..... How can a person justify that cost for land to be used for a cow/calf operation or stocker operation? There's no way it can ever pay for itself with cattle unless there's something I don't know.

1) increase stocking rate
2) increase gross margin
3) leverage some leased land
4) sell recreational use
5) move to lower cost area
6) combination of the above

Cows are a challenge because of their forage consumption. There have been periods where stockers could pay for land. This year is not one of them.

I have a friend who is good with the spreadsheets, and he has gone full time with direct sales of grass fed. He is moving towards buying feeders (no cow forage required) and finishing on a mix of perennial pasture and cover crops.

An ongoing ag issue in my area is that deer hunters are driving the land market. Many deer hunters exclude cattle from their properties.

With cost of land now my goal is to use rotational grazing to increase stocking rate. We have some dryland so growing that for feed to increase gross margin by not having to pay for as much feed in winter.

As far as moving, I came here for work from SC as economy in SC was terrible (getting better now but nothing like the economy here which is much much better). SC, GA seems better from a purely cattle perspective - cost of land vs. stocking rate, but would not nearly be as good for my off farm business.

Texas Dove Hunters
by callmefence (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:14:48 GMT+5)
slick4591 wrote:Brute 23 wrote:The days they added are during deer season. Doesn't make a lot of sense.

I don't think it will matter very much. Always sounds like a war going on at the start and near the end there's hardly a shot heard. I figure they are all tired, broke and their freezers full.

That's me . I get tired of Bird hunting after about a week.
,20 more days will help someone sell a lot of shotgun shells.

Daily Inspiration!
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:46:07 GMT+5)
Here is an excellent invitation for today and every day. The word "refuge" really means to trust. We are promised blessings if we trust in Him. There is no better place or person to put your trust in!

Psalms 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Sidearm of choice for concealed carry?
by pdfangus (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:41:21 GMT+5)
my newest is a Ruger Blackhawk model 0446...45 caliber convertible both 45 long colt and 45 auto.

Castrate or Not?
by BC (Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:39:22 GMT+5)
BK9954 wrote:At the auctions I have been at I have not noticed much if any difference in price between steers and young bulls of the same size. . Is it really worth it to castrate? My last 3 calves were bull calves and wodering if it even worth while castrating. I plan to sell them when they aren 9-11 months old. Any opinions?
Last Saturday, I saw $7 to$10 per cwt difference between steers and bull calves over 550 lbs. After the sale, I asked an order buyer for one of the bigger order buying companies if what I observed was right. He showed me his recap on purchases that day. He had two orders for 600 to 675 lb calves of similar quality cattle (one order had to be steers only). The steers only averaged $124.75 per cwt. while the bull yearlings averaged $117.18 per cwt.

If you are going to sell under 400 lbs, it probably does not make any difference, BUT on 600 to 800 lbs yearlings it makes $40 to $80 per head to sell a steer.


“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.” Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
Green grass, blue skies and good cattle greeted buyers and bidders alike at the beautiful Neches River Ranch west of Jacksonville, Texas on April 23, 2016 for the annual spring GENETRUST Registered and Commercial Brangus Female Sale hosted by Cavender Ranches.
In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: “do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?”
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial busted record, while revenue matters to the fortunes of cow-calf operations, cost matters more.
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.
At the December 17, 2015 meeting the Brahman Foundation Board agreed to distribute funds to expand opportunities for Brahman youth. In an effort to support youth programs and developing leaders in agriculture, the group allocated $30,000 for use in scholarships, educational opportunities, showmanship and more for the year 2016.
The E6 and Registered Beefmaster Replacement Female Sale was held April 24, 2016 in Columbus, Texas.
“In times of declining cow-calf margins, it is important for producers to evaluate opportunities to enhance calf value while simultaneously managing cost of production,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his early-June market comments. Peel uses a variety of surveys and studies to underscore his point.
Have you ever thought about what you'd like to eat for your last meal?
Every year, members of the American Junior Brahman Association gather to compete in a variety of contests, showcasing their skills and their cattle. This year, 250 members from nine states will show off their more than 650 entries. The All American will be held in West Monroe, La., at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, July 4-9, 2016.
At the cow/calf and stocker cattle level, production systems are generally built on forage production, pastures, hay, etc. For these operations forages provide the bulk of the nutrients needed for the animals. In many cases because of inadequate management or simply uncooperative weather patterns, forage quality is not suitable for the pasture and hays to maintain the type of digestibility needed for the animal to extract the needed nutrients.
Red Angus Association of America CEO Tom Brink announced that Katie Ochsner, a native of Torrington, Wyoming, has been hired as a commercial marketing specialist.

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