There are 1.28 million head of beef cattle and calves in the Alabama. Of this number, 678,000 are beef cows that have calved. These cattle live on over 21,000 farms in Alabama. This makes Alabama rank 17th for beef cow numbers in the U.S. Alabama producers sell over $300 million dollars of cattle each year. There are several programs offered by Animal Sciences faculty and staff to help producers and youth alike. Three faculty members and one program associate work primarily in beef cattle management in the Department of Animal Science. Beef Plus, B.E.E.F. U, Beef Quality Assurance Programs and Alabama Pasture to Rail are coordinated by faculty and staff from the Department of Animal Sciences. Select the images on the right to learn more about these programs.