Beef Month

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, the beef cattle business in Alabama is one of the state’s largest agricultural industries, representing a $2.5 billion industry; and
WHEREAS, cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves in 2016 reached $480.8 million, which ranks second behind broilers among Alabama farm commodities; and
WHEREAS, Alabama’s 17,698 farms with cattle ranks 8th in the United States and on January 1, 2017 these farms had a total of 1.3 million head of cattle and calves; and
WHEREAS, the total value of cattle on Alabama farms last year was $1.22 million with a $940 value per head; and
WHEREAS, beef is a delicious, nutritious meat containing quantities of zinc, iron, protein, vitamins and minerals with the known slogan “BEEF: It’s What’s For Dinner.”; and
WHEREAS, the beef industry is working hard to produce safe and wholesome products on our family farms across the state; and
WHEREAS, the 10,023 members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, encourage the people of Alabama to enjoy beef during the month of October; and
WHEREAS, October has been proclaimed Beef Month since 1964:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017, as
Beef Month
in the State of Alabama, and I urge all Alabamians to support the beef cattle industry and join with cattle producers in recognizing this important industry.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 28th day of September 2017.
Kay Ivey