The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) honored Howard Tinney of Tinney Farms as the 2007 BCIA Purebred Producer of the Year during their Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held in Huntsville on Feb. 17. Tinney Farms is located in Hanceville, Ala., and has been a part of the community for over 20 years.
A premier producer of purebred Santa Getrudis cattle, as well as Star-5 commercial females, Tinney Farms aspires to compete on the rail and in the pasture with any breed of cattle. To accomplish this goal, all performance data is utilized to produce the traits required by the marketplace. Presently, Tinney Farms employs Cattle Max software to identify cow and herd sire performance, utilize pasture management, analyze profitability and prepare sale catalogs and other marketing tools.
Tinney Farms actively collects carcass data on all animals by retaining ownership at the King Ranch Feed Lot in Kingsville, Texas, and participates in the Nolan Ryan Tender Aged Beef Program. Extensive DNA testing of the entire herd through the Bovigen GeneSTAR program is also a standard at Tinney Farms to evaluate for carcass quality.
Fifteen sires from Tinney Farms are currently listed in the Santa Gertrudis Breeder International Sire Summary, with three sires that lead the multi-trait summary. The farm has also produced more national champions than any other farm in the Santa Gertrudis Breed.
Howard Tinney serves as the current president of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International and is a former president of the Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association. He is a member of the Alabama BCIA, the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition. Tinney Farms was nominated for the award by the Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association.
The Alabama BCIA is a non-profit organization seeking to promote, educate and facilitate the use of performance testing, record keeping and marketing opportunities to improve the Alabama cattle industry. BCIA is composed of persons, firms, partnerships, and corporations in the State of Alabama who are engaged in the production and marketing of purebred and commercial beef cattle. Formed in 1964, BCIA cooperates with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) of Auburn University under a formal agreement and is guided under a 20 member board consisting of producers, industry leaders, research personnel and extension professionals.