Tim Whitley, Horton, Ala., was elected president of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) at the Red Angus National Convention in Reno, Nev., Nov 1-2. Previously he served as a director for Area 8 – Southeast and on the executive committee as Second Vice President.
Whitley’s family has raised Red Angus since 1965. Both of Whitley’s parents, Henry and Jane, served on the RAAA Board of Directors. Whitley and his wife Rhonda are the fifth generation on his family’s farm. His son James Ray and his wife Natalie are the sixth, and grandson Jackson is the seventh.
“Our philosophy is to raise sound, functional and maternally efficient cattle that utilize the available forages and are adaptable to the southeastern environment,” said Whitley. Whitley Red Angus markets their Red Angus bulls and females through on-farm production sales, private treaty and consignment sales.
Whitley Red Angus has been honored as Red Angus Pioneer Breeder of the Year and Personality of the Year, and recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Red Angus history. Whitley has served on the RAAA Re-Apportionment and Fee Structure Committee and as Chairman of the Registration Committee.
Whitley has been a junior and regular RAAA member for over 45 years. His youth involvement included showing Red Angus heifers and steers in 4-H, competing on the Alabama State Livestock Judging championship team, receiving the FFA American Farmer Degree and representing Alabama on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattlemen’s Conference.
Whitley is well known in Alabama’s agriculture sector having served on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Beef Committee, Blount County Oneonta Agribusiness Center board of directors and treasurer, past president of Blount County Farmers Federation, and Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association board of directors. He is the past president of the Southeastern Red Angus Association and Regional Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, and currently serves as treasurer of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
“Through our breed founders’ foresight and core values, I have a deep appreciation of the vision that has yielded increased market share and relevance for the Red Angus breed,” said Whitley. “I look forward to serving Red Angus stakeholders in this leadership role.”