Ala., March 3 -- The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (ALBCIA) honored Harold Pate of Pate Charolais in Lowndesboro, Ala. as the 2006 Richard Deese Award recipient during the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held in Huntsville at the Von Braun Center on Feb. 17.
Established in honor of Richard Deese, former ALBCIA Director during the early 1970's and 1980's, the award is presented to individuals who uphold the principles of performance testing and genetic improvement of beef cattle in Alabama.
To say that Pate is a pillar of the Alabama cattle industry is an understatement. He isn't a stranger to success in the business of producing top quality seedstock either. He's been doing it for over 40 years, while also operating in the cattle industry for more than 50 years.
A long-time believer and advocate in the use of performance records, Pate measured and analyzed all performance data available to select the best genetics to produce top quality seedstock. Pate has relied heavily on performance data collected from sire summaries, ALBCIA central bull evaluations and steer feed out evaluations. He also uses the performance data from his farm, where he's made a name for himself in the cattle industry.
Stemming from the exceptional performance of his cattle and outstanding service and dedication to the beef industry, Pate has gained state and national prominence. Pate Charolais has produced numerous top bulls at ALBCIA Central Bull Evaluations. In the 1987-88 Season he was recognized for the top Charolais bull at all 4 evaluations and has set records for gains on grass with two of his most famous bulls, Deacon John 530K and HEP King Grazer 25A.
A former president of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association (ACA) and the ALBCIA, Pate was inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame in 1987. As a charter member of ALBCIA in 1964, he helped pave the way for today's cattlemen. He was Alabama Cattlemen of the Year in 1977, ALBCIA Seedstock Producer of the Year in 1986 and the 1997 American International Charolais Association's Producer of the Year.
Pate has shown his love for the cattle industry by giving back in different ways throughout the years. He's assisted with youth livestock programs, hosted field days and volunteered to assist with judging teams. Pate also served as a leader in several state and national breed associations and helped to establish the Alabama Junior Cattlemen's 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.