Chuck Madaris named president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association
Posted 11:32 am Thursday, February 2, 2023
by David Lovell
The Lowndes Sign
Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association introduces its officers
Ranchers from across Lowndes County gathered in Hayneville Saturday night for the Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting. Members of the cattlemen’s association look forward to the meeting each year as a time to come together, hear the latest trends in the cattle industry and enjoy a steak dinner.
In addition to the food and fellowship they enjoyed, the men who will lead the local Lowndes County chapter for the next two years were also introduced.
“Nathan Lipscomb will come in as secretary/treasurer, Richard Holladay will move to vice president and Darren Hammonds will move to president,” he said. bradfield evans, current president of the Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association.
Membership will be a focus for the new leadership as cattle associations across the state push to grow their rosters.
“The most important thing that a membership offers, beyond the rights of private property owners and a voice in the state legislature, is access to a lot of education and opportunities,” Evans said. “There are a lot of positives that come out of that membership that takes place behind the scenes.”
It was also announced that local rancher and CK Cattle owner Chuck Madaris would be the incoming president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association for next year.
“It’s very important for organizations like this to have members and representation,” Madaris said. “It is a great honor to be able to follow in the footsteps of great Lowndes County leaders. We have great leadership in Lowndes County and we are a great county for the livestock industry.”
“It’s nice to see a full-time rancher step into this position to be able to lead the state association. He has a wealth of knowledge, a lifetime of experience, and I don’t think we could ask for a better person to be at the helm for the next year,” Evans said.
The evening’s speaker was Max Runge, Extension Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Sociology at Auburn University. Runge spoke briefly about the prospects for the livestock industry and is optimistic about what the trends for the coming years show. “Max Runge did a great job speaking up and I think the big takeaway is the fact that there’s a lot of optimism, particularly as inventory is lower than usual.” Evans said. “Usually when we have low inventory, prices tend to rise due to supply and demand, so there’s certainly a lot of optimism.”
The evening concluded with a live pie auction held each year by the Lowndes County Women Ranchers. This auction raises money for two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to young men and women in Lowndes County who choose to focus on agricultural studies in college. $2,275 was raised from the five cakes auctioned off, funding scholarships for next year. If you are interested in joining the Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association or have any questions, you may contact any of the new officers.