improve the genetics of his herd. He uses frame scores to select
replacement females that are neither too large nor too small.
He manages the herd for 90-day breeding and calving seasons.
His biggest steers weigh 800 pounds to 825 pounds when he
sells them. “I wean calves around July 4th and sell them by mid-
August. We group and sell calves in truckload lots. The calves are
vaccinated, and are able to eat from feed bunks when we sell
Artificial insemination is used on replacement heifers in early
December, and in January he turns in bulls to finish breeding
the young females. Estrous synchronization shortens the calving
period, and as a result, he only has to spend a few nights each
year to assist with calving for first calf heifers.
RECEIVES HIGHER PRICES
Langley’s calves are marketed through the Piedmont Cattle
Marketing Association. This is his 22nd year to sell through the
group, which hosts a live auction, with bids by phone and through
the internet. He says he receives 7 percent higher prices than if he
sold through auction markets. He also follows the performance of
many of his calves once they reach feedlots.
Cattle are grazed on about 538 acres. Bermudagrass hay on 160
acres produces about 2 tons per acre per year. “My livestock graze
fescue, clover, and ryegrass,” he says. “I overseed with a grain drill
and plant ryegrass for seasonal grazing.” He emphasizes rotational
grazing to manage pastures and maintain soil health.
Among environmental protection measures are the use of
water troughs in pastures, cross-fencing, and feeding hay on
gravel so cattle won’t be standing in mud. When he cuts timber,
he protects streams with streamside management zones. These
zones provide excellent timber, as well as wildlife habitat, and
enhance water quality. He places water bars on roads and
turnouts to prevent roads from washing.
Langley is proud to have helped others to enter the beef and
timber harvesting businesses. He shares his farm with others,
inviting children in the community who find it difficult to raise
and exhibit their own livestock. He hosts livestock judging teams,
and has built a rodeo arena that his children and their friends use.
He and his family have also hosted petting zoos for the public at
fairs, schools and on their farm.
He is active in a number of organizations. In Chambers County,
he is a member of the Cattlemen’s Association, Farmers Federation
board, and Soil & Water Conservation District board; chairman
and a member of the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and
Development Council; and has been active for many years in Rock
Springs Baptist Church.
At the state level, he has been a member of the Alabama
Forestry Association, Alabama Loggers Council, Independent
Logging Contractors of Alabama, Alabama Farmers Federation,
and the federation’s forestry board. He is an alumnus of Auburn
University’s Ag and Forestry Leaders; a member of the Alabama
Cattlemen’s Association and serves as
its vice president; and is a member of
the Alabama Angus Association.
The Langleys received the 2017
Alabama Angus Family of the Year
award, and he was named a Master
Tree Farmer in 2002. He has also been
recognized for his forestry and beef
production by the Alabama Farmers
Federation, and he and his family were
named as the federation’s Outstanding
Young Farm Family in 1996.
He has been a member of the
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Angus
Association, and in 2001 was named an American Tree Farmer.
Langley’s wife, Elizabeth, is a cancer survivor who retired from
teaching to work as secretary and treasurer in his business. She
has been a longtime supporter of the local and state Farmers
Federation, Cattlemen’s Association, 4-H, Gideons Auxiliary, and
They have four children, who grew up exhibiting livestock. Son
Christopher is a volunteer firefighter, runs a logging crew for Chris,
and helps care for his handicapped grandmother. Son Charlie
attends the University of Arkansas at Monticello on a rodeo
scholarship. Son Chandler is active in the Alabama and Chambers
County Young Farmer programs. Daughter Chelsea attends
Wadley High School, participates in barrel racing, and gives horse
riding lessons to young children.
He built a shop and office next to his home, and all their
children work on the farm, which he hopes to expand for them.
He wants to buy more pasture and timberland, build a new hay
barn, and invest in poultry housing.
Jeff Helms with the Alabama Farmers Federation coordinates
the Farmer of the Year award in the state. Langley was nominated
for the award by Preston Roberts, area organization director with
the Alabama Farmers Federation.
“Chris and Elizabeth are great farmers, leaders, and community
servants,” says Roberts. He particularly admires how the Langleys
encourage their children to come back to the farm.
Langley was nominated for the award by Preston Roberts.