Holliman elected president of Cattlemen’s Association
MARION JUNCTION — Jimmy Holliman, of Marion Junction, was elected 68th president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Saturday, during the annual meeting held in Birmingham. Other officers are Woody Clark, Andalusia president-elect; Jim Akin, Lexington, vice president, L D Fitzpatrick, Hope Hull, treasurer and Dr. Billy Powell, Montgomery, secretary and executive vice president.
Holliman was raised on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition from Mississippi State University. Holliman has been employed by Auburn University since 1975 where he worked at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction, serving as Director of the station since 1989. He retired in January.
Holliman started Circle H Cattle Farm in 1982 where he raises Black Simmental cattle. He is a member of the Sunshine Farms Bull Sale Group.
Holliman is widely known as a local, state and national leader in the beef cattle industry. He has served as director of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association for 35 years, serving as president in 2003. He is currently president of the Dallas County Farmers Federation.
Holliman served as a regional vice president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and as president of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was president of the Alabama Purebred Breeds Council in 1990-1992.
Holliman has been an officer in the Alabama Simmental Association and serves as Trustee for the American Simmental Association. In 2004-2005 Holliman was elected president of the Beef Improvement Federation, an international organization promoting the use of performance evaluation. He has been involved with BIF since 1998. He serves on the Policy Division Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Holliman has received numerous awards for his service to the beef cattle industry.
He and wife Kathleen live on their Marion Junction farm where they raised a son Brett, who is now married to Mary Ellen and live in Austin, Texas. They are active members of the Marion Junction Baptist Church where he serves as deacon.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is a service based non-profit organization founded in 1944 and headquartered on Capitol Hill in Montgomery. Producer and member driven, the ACA’s mission is to enhance the business climate of the state’s beef cattle industry, promoting a positive image while educating consumers that beef is a safe, wholesome, nutritious and convenient food product.
The Association has county chapters in all 67 counties and represents 11,500 members statewide.