Local cattleman rides in Governor's parade
Jason Cannon, FCT Publisher
As Gov. Bob Riley took the stage in Montgomery Monday to deliver his inaugural address, Franklin County residents were on hand taking care of some business of their own.
The event was a political studded gala with attendees from local senators and representatives, but other local officers were also in the collective audience.
Franklin County Cattleman and vice-president of the Alabama Cattlemen Orland Britnell participated in the inaugural parade, which was followed by a meet and greet with the Governor and Ms. Riley.
"They probably spent about 30 minutes talking to us," he said. "They were very hospitable and were very friendly."
Britnell also got some time with Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks who also took his oath of office Monday.
"Both he and governor Riley were very interested to hear how we're handling some problems in the industry," Britnell said, "and both of them said they are working to get us some help."
One of the biggest problems facing Franklin County's cattlemen is the scarcity of hay and the increasing demand for soybeans and corn.
While this translates to good news for hay cutters and corn and soy bean farmers, it's crippled feed availability for cattlemen.
The unseasonably warm weather over the last few months has helped sprout some grazing pastures but this week's hard freeze put a stop to the spread of any more good news.