The ACCA is planning the winter quarterly meeting on December 14, 2017 at 7 PM. The event will take place at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville (adjacent to the Animal Science Building, opposite the Vet School Equine Facility). Additional parking is available in the Animal Science parking area.

The Junior Chapter will have a “Bake Sale” auction with homemade cakes and pies. This fund raiser will support their competition at the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Convention. Please be sure to bring your checkbooks.

The meeting will be co-sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, (represented by Danny Leckie) and Helena Chemical Company (represented by Richard Buker). There will be a discussion about the benefits of early season weed control.

All members are invited to bring their favorite dessert. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and all the Christmas goodies.

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Junior Cattlemen Activities Planned for Fall 2017

The Alachua County Junior Cattlemen have had a busy summer this year. Members attended the Florida Cattleman’s Convention, participating in many of the junior contests and the Quiz Bowl. A large group of juniors toured the new Beef Teaching Unit and the Meats Lab.

Mr. Brian Skipper is the current Adult Advisor for the Junior Cattlemen. Monthly meetings are planned this year. All interested youth are invited to attend. Please contact Mr. Skipper at (352) 363 – 0994 or email for more information.

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The team represented Florida 4-H in the National Western 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, CO. Jan 4-7, 2017. The Alachua County Cattlemen’s Association made a donation towards the team’s expenses for the trip.

The Alachua County 4-H Livestock Judging Team met many challenges on their recent trip to Denver for the 2017 National competition. The cold weather and snow were only part of the learning experience for these Florida kids. They held their own in the competition while judging “western cattle”, including Gelbvieh and Balancer breeds. The team placed 20th overall out of 30 teams in the cattle judging, 15th in goats, and 16th in sheep. The team is getting ready to compete at the Florida State Fair in Tampa and at the State Contest in April, 2017

Team members include Cody Donaldson, Summer Sanders, Cheyenne Donaldson, Hunter Hayes, and Coach Cindy Sanders

This team was 2nd High Team at the Florida State Fair, Tampa Feb. 2016

·       Cheyenne Donaldson was 3rd High Individual

·       Summer Sanders was 10th High Individual


At the State 4-H Contest, Gainesville, April 2016

·       Team 3rd Overall High Team

·       Team 3rd High in Oral Reasons

·       Team 3rd High in Swine

·       Hunter Hayes High Individual

·       Hunter Hayes High Individual in Oral Reasons

·       Hunter Hayes 3rd High in Beef

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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Building Fund

Hines Cattle Company of High Springs has generously donated a bred Brangus cross heifer to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show.  Each donation of $20.00 earns you one chance to own this quality animal.  The heifer will be awarded to the holder of the chosen ticket at the conclusion of the market animal sale on March 8th, 2016.  Proceeds will be donated to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show building fund.

Contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director,                      at (352) 955-2402 for additional information.

The new barn has been erected and will be used to house livestock during the fair.

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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show

From: “Renee Nelms” <>
Date: Feb 18, 2016 3:02 PM
Subject: Upcoming Youth Fair & Livestock Show – March 4-8, 2016

The Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Association is pleased to announce the upcoming Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show.

Youth Fair & Livestock Show – March 4-8, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds

The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products. The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture. Youth will exhibit both livestock and non-livestock 4-H & FFA projects.

“The youth fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture,” said Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director. “Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the youth fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use,” Sanders said. “This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with a large part of the county’s economy.”

A complete schedule of events can be found at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County website

Alachua County 4-H and FFA youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 can participate in the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. Come out and support our 4-H & FFA youth.

For more information, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at (352)955-2402.
An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.

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UF/IFAS Beef Teaching Unit Renovation Groundbreaking

Plans include new fencing, additional farm vehicles, a new barn for the north building complex, as well as a multipurpose building with classrooms, bathrooms and housing for on-site personnel.

By improving the BTU facilities, UF/IFAS will be better positioned to recruit top students and provide greater opportunities for graduate students and faculty members to pursue beef cattle studies.                                                                                     -UF/IFAS Brochure-


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Congratulations to Dan and Sandra Marvel


Dan and Sandra Marvel of Marvel Farms in High Springs were recently recognized at the 2015 Florida Cattlemen’s Convention.  They received the 2014-2015 Florida Premier Award for Premier Brangus Female, Marvel’s Kissimmee 513.  Further recognition came as they were named the 2014-2015 Premier Brangus Breeder.  Congratulations!

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