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FC Cattlemen’s Association names Andy Pounders Cattleman of Year 

The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual meeting Jan. 23 at the Ralph C. Bishop Center in Russellville. Activities included a steak meal, door prizes and the business meeting.

The association selected Andy Pounders as Cattleman of the Year. Pounders said he was excited and surprised to be chosen. A resident of East Franklin, he said he enjoys the work he does with his family on their farm, Daybreak Farm.  

“Andy is someone who never gets enough recognition for all of the hard work he does behind the scenes,” explained Michael Pounders, president of the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association. “He’s very passionate about his work.” 

Alabama Cattlemen’s Association former president Jack Batts said Andy Pounders’ selection was well-deserved. “Andy is a good friend, and he’s involved in everything,” Batts said. “He’s very well-known, highly respected and loved. He’s a solid contributing member of the board of directors in this county.” 

Austin Blakenship, new Franklin County 4-H agent, was among the speakers for the evening. “I appreciate the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association for their support of 4-H in Franklin County and for the invitation to speak during the annual meeting,” Blankenship said. “There’s a lot of overlap among programs from both organizations. I have high expectations for our 4-H program, and having the support and input of other organizations means a lot.”  

Other speakers included Franklin County Extension director Katernia Cole-Coffey; Regional Extension Agent Paul Vining; president-elect for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Jim Jordan; and Regional Livestock Specialist, John Sims.

“The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association is a very important organization in Franklin County,” said Cole-Coffey. “They go over and beyond to provide vital educational opportunities for members, scholarships to deserving students in the county, educational information to cattle producers to improve the productivity and profitability of their farms.

“It is great to have an organization that advocates on behalf of its members and is committed to sustaining the future of the beef industry,” Cole-Coffey added. “It was a great crowd Saturday, and it was good to see everyone in attendance.”

Attendee Emily Mays called the annual meeting “a true testament to the strength of the agricultural industry in Franklin County.”

“This event is enjoyed by everyone,” she added, “and is a great opportunity to learn about the issues facing the cattle industry, that affect us on a local and national level. Our Franklin County association does a tremendous job fundraising for scholarships for local students. Their steak sandwich sales are a long-standing tradition that we all love to support.”  

Gannon Nunley gave the annual report and spoke about membership status.  

“We had a wonderful turnout,” said Michael Pounders. “We’re happy to see all the support the people of Franklin County continue to show. We’re thankful for our speakers and guests, and we wish to extend our appreciation for the sponsors and businesses who donated door prizes.

“We also thank the Franklin County Junior Leaders, Board of Directors, volunteers and members for their immense contributions in making the evening a success.” 

For more information about the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association, visit the group’s Facebook page.