Huntsville, Ala. The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named the 2009 Commercial Producer of the Year during their Annual Meeting and Awards Program held in conjunction with the 67th Annual Alabama Cattlemen's Association Convention in Huntsville on February 13.

G. W. Jones & Sons Farms owned by Raymond B. Jones, Elizabeth Jones Lowe, and Carolyn Jones Blue and managed by Raymond B. Jones, Jr. were named the 2009 Alabama BCIA Commercial Producer of the Year. In 1804, the Jones ancestors moved to Madison County, Alabama from Lincoln County, Tennessee for the purpose of farming. For the last 205 years, the Jones family has continued to farm in Madison County, currently operating 2,000 acres for the cattle operation, which began in 1939, and has now been surrounded by the City of Huntsville. The farming enterprises have also expanded over the years and include farming operations in Jackson, Marshall and Limestone counties.

From the 1940's through most of the 1980's, Horned Hereford cattle primarily made up the cow herd. Today, the calf crop consists of half Red Angus and half Gelbvieh. The cow herd consists of approximately 450 cows with a fall calving season. Performance data is collected, maintained, and evaluated using the Red Wing Cow/Calf software. Calves are marketed in June. The steers are sold at an average of 650 lbs in truck load lots directly to a feedlot. A select group of heifers are retained as replacements, with the balance being sold to local cattlemen.

G. W. Jones & Sons Farms has received favorable feedback from their customers on the feedlot and carcass performance of their calves. Their reputation of performance has resulted in repeat customers for the past seven years. Future plans are to continue to improve using all the tools available to the 21st century cattleman. Available tools to improve genetics, record keeping, and forage production will be utilized as the family continues their farming legacy in this wonderful country called America. G. W. Jones & Sons Farms will also be nominated by the Alabama BCIA for the Beef Improvement Federation's Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year Award.

The Alabama BCIA is a non-profit organization seeking to promote, educate and facilitate the use of performance data, record keeping and marketing opportunities to improve the Alabama cattle industry. Formed in 1964, BCIA currently cooperates with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Auburn University under a formal agreement.


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