Upcoming Events

February 21 - ACGA Winer Meeting, Phoenix

March 3 - Angus Invitational Sale, Marana Stockyards

March 6 - Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop, Holbrook

March 7 - Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop, Prescott

March 8 - Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop, Sierra Vista

March 10 - Yavapai Cattle Growers' Association Annual Meeting, Prescott Valley

March 12 - Willcox Livestock Auction Bull Sale, Willcox

March 15 - Arizona Cattle Industry Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline

March 16-17 - Cattleman's Weekend, Prescott Livestock Auction, Chino Valley

March 18 - Ranching Heritage Alliance Collaborative Drought Management Seminar, X Diamond Ranch, South Fork

March 19 - Ready For Work Bull Sale, Belen, NM

April 3-5 - 40th Annual AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshops, Utah

April 7 - SACPA Membership Meeting, Chilton Ranch, Arivaca

April 10-12 - NCBA/PLC Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.

April 14 - Bar T Bar Sale, Winslow

April 28 - Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest, UA, Tucson

July 26-28 - 114th Annual Convention of the ACGA, Prescott

August 1-4 - Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, Denver

September 15 - 3rd Annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale, Prescott

February 8-9, 2019 - ACIF Presents "A Cow-Calf Symposium for SW Ranchers", Phoenix

Restore Our Border


Representing ranching families who produce quality beef in a responsible manner


We are the trusted source of information and advocacy for Arizona beef producing families

Core Values

Honorable: Trustworthy – you can believe what we say
Venerable: Built on a culture and history that inform the present and shape the future
Constructive: Decisions are science-based and outcome-focused
Responsible: We protect our animals, environment and consumers


The Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA) was founded over 100 years ago when a small group of concerned cattlemen took it upon themselves to help structure the future of the cattle industry in this great state. Their primary concern, that there be orderly, systematic laws protecting livestock and property. On January 4, 1904, these dedicated cattlemen organized the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA).

More than 100 years later, protecting Arizona's livestock industry is still ACGA's number one commitment. Today, the ACGA has grown into a vital organization representing more than 2,000 beef cattle producers and industry leaders throughout the state.
The ACGA will promote the common interest and perform the common responsibilities of its members by:
  • Performing federal and state legislative activities consisting of proposing and reviewing legislation, and lobbying for or against legislation, as in the best interest of ACGA.
  • Performing public relations activities that will promote the image and heritage of the ranching and cattle industry, build positive relationships with key individuals, media, agencies, consumers, schools, and others important to ranching and the cattle industry.
  • Initiate, enter into, defend, or prepare a response to litigation in the collective good of the common interest and importance.
  • Consistently provide timely and accurate information to the membership that is of common interest and importance.
  • Provide opportunities for members to become educated on issues of importance.
  • Maintain a strong and informed membership base.
  • Build alliances with common interest groups.


The first gathering of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association was held in the Elks Club Building in Tucson on October 12, 1903. According to newspaper accounts, forty-some ranchers attended that first gathering including Governor Alexander Brodie, a rancher himself, and W.S> Sturgis, chairman of the Territorial Livestock Sanitary Board. At this meeting with a standing vote, the membership endorsed the Livestock Sanitary Board, the brand registration law, the brand registration book, and the livestock inspectors. They also applauded the Rangers and the Governor. A band of independent-minded cattlemen had agreed it was necessary to have a Territory-wide association to carry on the work of “properly” representing the cattle industry of Arizona. It was historic.

In early January of 1904 the ACGA met again to formally organize. This time in Phoenix in the legislative council chamber of the State Capitol Building. Three cattlemen were chosen from each county to make up the executive committee. Initiation fee was five dollars, with an annual fee of one dollar. The decision to form an executive committee, made up of the most influential men of each county, as historian Dennis McCargar observed, would set in motion the most powerful body of the Association. It would become the board of directors – a body that even today makes the major decisions.

-Excerpted from Keepers of the Range – The Story of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association


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Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association is a non-profit organization and conducts research on behalf of the industry as directed by its membership.  Indirect cost of research performed by other entities will not be paid by grants from this association.