After several years of inactivity, the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association along with UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County, hosted their first meeting on Thursday, March 14, at the Great Mark Western Cattle Company’s Bar C Ranch. The meeting was very well attended with over 100 cattlemen, cattlewomen, and supporters of the Florida Beef Industry gathering for the association’s first meeting in years.
The meeting began with a prayer and pledge of allegiance followed by a delicious steak supper. The meal was sponsored by Cargill and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Attendees heard an update from several of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association State Officers: President, Alex Johns; Secretary, Pat Durden and Vice-President, Jim Handley . District I Membership Vice-Chair, Lee Bigham spoke about the benefits of membership in the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.
Pete Dola with Cargill gave an informational presentation on cattle nutrition and cattle feed. Following the presentation, Cargill raffled off several bags of mineral and feed. The audience was also able to learn about the history of the cattle industry in Florida and about the infamous cow hunters from Doyle Conner, Jr.
During the meeting, the association elected a new slate of officers. Congratulations to the association’s new officers: President, Ben White; ice-President, Hunter Horne; V Secretary, Saughnessy Tuten; Treasurer, Matt Bishop; Executive State Director, Chris Tuten and Alternative State Director, Stephen Monroe. Under the leadership of this group, the association is sure to be successful.
Membership in the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association also includes membership in the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. The Florida Cattlemen’s Association is active, progressive and engaged in helping cattle producers stay in business. The mission of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association is to promote and protect the ability of cattlemen members to produce and market their products. Along with UF/IFAS Extension, the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association is looking forward to becoming a resource for cattle producers here in Jefferson County.
Interested in joining the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association? Please visit floridacattlemen.org/join/fca-membership or contact Ben White at (850) 528-3846 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.