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Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:06 AM CDT

Over the years, Tommy Brown watched as semiload after semiload of nice heifers left Alabama for the feedlots. He wanted to see these animals stay in area herds as replacements, helping to improve quality and boost incomes for cattlemen around the state. So Brown set out to shake things up.

The now-retired Extension regional beef cattle specialist became a major force behind the state's Herd Builder Replacement Female sale, now 15 years old. The sale represented a new way of thinking, encouraging area producers to develop heifers and, in many cases, breed them. ...

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