Bret (son), Kathleen and Jimmy Holliman and Mary Ellen (daughter-in-law)

2017 Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame Inductee

23 February 2017

Jimmy Holliman of Marion Junction was raised on a cattle and cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta. He received a B.S. in Animal Science and a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition from Mississippi State University. Holliman was employed by Auburn University for 38 years at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction. He was named Director of the station in 1989. Jimmy started Circle H Cattle Farm in 1982 where he raises outstanding Black Simmental cattle. He is a member of the Next Step Cattle Company where he serves as President.

Holliman is widely known as a local, state and national leader in the beef cattle industry. He has served as director of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association for 35 years, serving as President in 2003. He is currently President of the Dallas County Farmers Federation.

Holliman served as a Regional Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and President of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was President of the Alabama Purebred Breeds Council in 1990-1992. He was elected as the 68 th President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Jimmy has been an officer in the Alabama Simmental Association and served as Trustee for the American Simmental Association. In 2004 Holliman was elected President of the Beef Improvement Federation, an international organization promoting the use of performance evaluation. He serves on the Policy Division Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is Chairman of the important NCBA Animal Health and Well Being Committee. Holliman has received numerous awards for his service to the beef cattle industry.

He and wife Kathleen enjoy living on their farm where they raised a son Bret who is now married to Mary Ellen and live in Austin, Texas. They are active members of the Marion Junction Baptist Church where he serves as Deacon.