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Jackson County Cattlemen’s Tour August 13

Commercial cattle herd at Bigham Farms, near Malone.

Commercial cattle herd at Bigham Farms, near Malone.

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association has hosted numerous Farm Tours over its 53 year history.  These tours provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with other cattle producers, and visit a wide variety of operations in the region.  This year the tour is open to any cattle producer in the region who would like to participate.  While Cattlemen’s Association membership is certainly appreciated, it is not required to participate in this event.  The Tour will begin at Bigham Farms north of Marianna on Old U.S. Road.   Once the tour begins it will be challenging to catch up with the group, so participants should plan to attend the entire event, beginning at Bigham Farms.  A sponsored hamburger lunch will be provided, as well as drinks and water at each stop.

Billy Bigham provided an overview and history of their cattle operation.

Billy Bigham will once again host the Cattlemen’s Tour and host the group for a hamburger lunch.

This year the tour will begin at Bigham Farms barn located north of highway 162 on Old U.S. Road at 11:00 AM, Central time.  There, participants will see a baleage demonstration and hear a discussion of this technique of preserving forages with higher moisture.  Following lunch at the Bigham barn, the tour will head to Cindale Farms to tour a working dairy and learn about their grazing management system, and how dairy cattle fit into the beef industry.  The third location on the tour will be at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Beef Unit to see the bulls that have been consigned to the 2015 Florida Bull Test and also tour their working facilities.  The final stop of the day will be a tour of the forage plots at the NFREC to learn about the research that is being done with grass and legume varieties adapted to the Panhandle region.  The tour should conclude at approximately 4:00 PM.

Tour participants will be supplying their own transportation for this event.  The tour will require approximately an hour total driving time, so make sure your vehicle has enough gas for the trip.  Participants are encouraged to carpool as much as possible to limit the total number of vehicles on the tour.


This is a sponsored event, with no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by August 7th, to make sure adequate food is prepared. To RSVP, or get additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Service, 850-482-9620 or email doris.williams@ufl.edu.



Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

Doug Mayo

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