May 4-5 - Ranching Heritage Alliance Workshop with Whit Hibbard and Matt Barnes on Stockmanship, X Diamond Ranch
May 12 - ACGA Board of Directors Meeting, Camp Verde
June 10 - Cochise Graham Cattle Growers' Annual Meeting, Willcox
June 15-18 - Arizona Cowpuncher's Reunion Rodeo, Williams
July 12-15 - Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, Denver
July 26-28 - 113th Annual ACGA Convention, Prescott
The Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association (ACFA), the oldest state cattle feeders association in the United States, was founded in 1934 by a group of Salt River Valley feeders. The organization was launched at a meeting of men interested in the industry and representing more than 40,000 head of cattle. The main purpose of the organization is to assist cattlemen in marketing. During those early years, a temporary office was opened in the Adams Hotel.
Today, Arizona is still a major factor in U.S. cattle feeding with professionally managed feedyards offering cattle feeding with all the amenities: feeding, financing, and risk management. Superior cattle performance is consistent year-round, with feed conversions averaging in the high 5's, with mid 6's being very common. Arizona is the 12th largest feeding state in the Country, marketing over 350,000 fed cattle per year.
Arizona's family ranchers -- cattle producers and feeders -- produce $437 million worth of cattle each year, which generates a total $2.8 billion in economic impact for the state, along with more than 94,000 jobs. Cattle production makes up 5 percent of Arizona's gross product. In many rural areas of the state, cattle production is 75 percent of the gross product.
The ACFA and ACGA are still housed together. ACGA provides clerical and bookkeeping support through a contract agreement. The two organizations speak with one voice through the Arizona Cattlemen's Association. Each maintains a separate Board of Directors and each has an Executive Vice President.
The Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association (ACFA) was founded on January 27th, 1934, at the Adams Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. It started with a group of cattle feeders clustered around the entrance to the Hotel on one mid-December day in 1933. The original founders were bewildered by the economic and political turmoil the country was in, when someone suggested that the formation of a cattle feeders' organization might be useful. Their foresight continues today.
By October of 1934, the Association was a growing concern. Their bank account stood at $1,734, this at a time when the whole country was reeling under the first impacts of the "New Deal," which had started out with closing all the banks for four days in early 1933, repeal of the Volstead Act, going off the gold standard, passage of a Farm Relief Bill (which included the Recovery Administration by which they were awarded "Blue Eagle pennants"), and an announced federal deficit of $7 billion. The government undertook the slaughter of over one million head of livestock, and in May 1934 a dust cloud a mile wide suddenly carried off 300 million tons of Midwest topsoil across 1,500 miles of land into the Atlantic.
Over the years the economic impact of the feeding industry on Arizona's economy has fluctuated. Beginning with a capacity of 40,000 head it grew to 700,000 head and, in 2010, we finished 240,000 head of cattle in Arizona's feed yards.