Holliman named to HOF

Published 9:30 pm Monday, March 6, 2017

Three farmers were recently inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame, including Jimmy Holliman of Dallas County.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the state’s livestock industry.

It was established in 1984 by the Southeastern Livestock Exposition and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and is housed in the Cattlemen’s Building in historic downtown Montgomery.

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Holliman, of Marion Junction, was raised on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta. He received a B.S. in animal science and a master’s degree in animal nutrition from Mississippi State University.

Holliman was employed by Auburn University and at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction, where he was named director of the station in 1989. In 1982, he started Circle H Cattle Farm, where he raises black Simmental cattle. He is a member of the First Step 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 and was 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 and was elected the 69th president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

He and wife Kathleen enjoy living on their farm, where they raised a son, Brett, who is now married to Mary Ellen and lives in Austin, Texas. They are active members of the Marion Junction Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon.

Other inductees were John Downs of Houston County and Jimmy Parnell of Chilton County.