This week's #FarmerFriday is Sumter County cattleman Sid Nelson.
Sid grew up on a beef cattle farm, and after graduating from Auburn, he found his way back to Epes, Alabama to continue on the tradition of raising livestock that his grandfather began in 1912 after moving south from Pennsylvania to start a life in Alabama. Today Penala Farms- named after the family's Pennsylvania and Alabama roots- is a diversified beef cattle and catfish operation that produces over 1.5 million pounds of catfish and runs 275 head of mama cows throughout the year. Sid and his son-in-law, Denzil Dees, also background calves and have begun developing their own replacement heifers. Before he began in the catfish and commercial cow-calf business 30 years ago, Sid stockered cattle for 10 years after returning back to the homeplace from Auburn.
Sid and his wife, Susan, are the dynamic duo of the Sumter County Cattlemen's Association where they make up the officer team in charge. He's also proud of his children- Mary, Margaret, Robert Thomas Floyd, Rebecca Holt and Alex Dees.
Aside from his leadership role in the Sumter County Cattlemen's Association, Sid serves as the
chairman of the board of the Alabama Farmers Federation Catfish Committee, sits on the Catfish Farms of America Board of Directors and is an elder at Livingston First Presbyterian Church. He's a community-minded man with a heart for the agricultural industry. "I was born on a farm, and I always wanted to come back," he said. "I enjoy waking up every day and growing livestock, and I'm proud to pass this farm on future generations." Thank you, Sid, for your work and your contribution to Alabama's beef cattle industry. Our hat's off to you and your team at Penala Farms! #ALCattlemen #StewardsOfTheLand #DiversifiedAg #Beef #Cattle #Catfish #Farm365 #SumterCounty #Alabama #PenalaFarms #BeefItsWhatsForDinner #KnowYourCattlemen #KnowYourFood