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Tifton Bull Test Winners, p. 24 • Bred Heifer Purchasing Tips, p. 46 • Georgia Beef Board Annual Report, p. 76

GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • A P R I L 2 0 1 2

April Showers Bring ... • High gains: Two producers' bul l t est s ucc esse s Simmental feat ure, pa ge 34

• G r e e n e r p a s tu r e s : For gr ass-finished beef, they’ r e a key ingr edient Fora ge featur e, pa ge 60

Contents

Volume 40 / Number 4 / April 2012

GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 / Fax: 478-474-5732 gca@gabeef.org / www.gabeef.org

GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF

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Association reports

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GCA President’s Report by Steve Blackburn GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Brenda Brookshire Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Callie Akins

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GJCA Chairman John Reasor NCBA Names New Leadership On the Menu by J.D. Alexander Tifton Bull Test Winners 2012 Convention Interns Announced A Winning Tradition by Dallas Duncan Georgia Junior Simmental Association Activities For Genetic Evaluations, It’s the Biggest Year Since 1997 Something about the Land by Dallas Duncan Grassroots Movement by Dallas Duncan Treating Two Activities as One for Tax Purposes Georgia Beef Board Annual Report

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New Members Funds to Preserve Georgia’s Farmland by Russ Page Good Moos! County Connections Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Associate Members Green Jobs by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of April Calendar of Events Advertising Index

 Industry news

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 Reader services

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 Expert advice

44 Beef Cattle Estrus Synchronization Programs by Sam Freudenthal, Katie Mann, Ward Mills and Lee Jones 46 Tips on Purchasing Bred Heifers by Ted G. Dyer 58 Assessing Demand for Grass-Finished Beef by Curt Lacy 70 Should Your Beef Operation Be Permitted? by Melony L. Wilson

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Executive Vice President: Josh White, josh@gabeef.org Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Dallas Duncan, dallas@gabeef.org GBB Director of Industry Information: Brooke Williams, brooke@gabeef.org Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, tricia@gabeef.org

MAGAZINE STAFF

Editor: Josh White, josh@gabeef.org Industry editorial: Dallas Duncan, magazine@gabeef.org Advertising: Dallas Duncan, dallas@gabeef.org Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, gayla@gabeef.org Contributing editorial: Brooke Williams, brooke@gabeef.org Billing: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Circulation: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org

THE GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

The April 2012 cover of the Georgia Cattleman features a purebred Simmental brood cow grazing bright green pasture in Rodney Hilley’s field. Hilley is a member of the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia Simmental Association and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. He raises Simmental and SimAngus cattle at Powder Creek Farm in Molena.

The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

GCA MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.

GEORGIA CATTLEMAN (USPS 974-320, ISSN 0744-4451) is published monthly by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Subscription rate of $45.00 per year. Periodical Postage Paid at Macon, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER — Send address changes to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. For advertising information, contact Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221. Phone: 478-474-6560.

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Still Kick’n

A S S O C I A T I O N

GCA President’s Report

Make Sure Agriculture is ‘Still Kick’n’ in Future by Investing in Our Youth

What a year! I cannot believe how fast the 50th Anniversary year of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association flew by. As long as I am “Still Kick’n” I will fondly look back on this year and forever be grateful to the GCA family for all the support and warm hospitality extended to me as I made my way around the state. While the year may have been fast for me, I know it lasted 366 days for my family members, home town friends, industry partners and coworkers at Allflex USA that all pitched in to cover my chores while I was addressing GCA business. As many GCA presidents before me have said, these are the folks who make it possible for volunteer leadership to serve. My gracious thanks to all for the support you gave this year. We can all be very proud of the many accomplishments produced this past year by the GCA staff and volunteer leaders. GCA witnessed superb growth in membership with the “Just Ask” campaign, the revitalization of several chapters, the First Annual GCA Summer Conference in years, a big hit with the Fall Cattle Industry Tour, significant upgrades to the magazine and website, growth in GJCA membership and the reestablishment of the Regional Leadership meetings, just to name a few. The everyday business of guarding against overregulation and excessive taxation, publishing a fantastic magazine and promoting beef at dozens of venues was simultaneously and superbly executed. I could never say enough about the great work and infectious enthusiasm of the GCA and Georgia Beef Board staff. We are very fortunate to have this team of talented and energetic folks in our Macon office. The 15 regional vice presidents who also serve as the membership committee really stepped up and took the reins this year. Our Regional Roundup meetings confirmed that we are blessed with many energetic and enthusiastic men and women who are 6 April 2012

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R E P O R T S

GCA PRESIDENT STEVE BLACKBURN

working hard to make their local chapters and the state organization better. The ever-present support from the Georgia CattleWomen’s group was as always central to GCA successes. I tip my hat to you all. If you have not made plans to get to the GCA Convention and Beef Expo April 4 through 7, you better get busy. This is going to be a great year to come and celebrate all the good things going on in the beef business, to pick up some new ideas in the trade show and to hear some superb speakers including the president of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. You just might be the last person needed to help your chapter win a set of Tru-Test Scales being given away at the Fuller Supply booth. Remember to bring or send the $5 raffle tickets so we can draw a winner for the big screen TV or $500. I want to leave you with a few observations as part of my final article. With the record calf prices we are experiencing there may be some temptation to rush calves to market. Hopefully no one gets in too big of a hurry and skips the best management practices that add value and prepare calves for their next phase. Buyers who are paying record prices will have high expectations and will scrutinize the performance of Georgia calves in both the feedlot and the

cooler later. Exceeding buyers’ expectations now will prove to be very beneficial in the marketing of future calf crops. Conversely, a shortcut now will cause an expensive “reputation discount” later. Challenges to animal agriculture will continue to come from animal rights activists and excessive regulations that reduce our ability to be productive and profitable. These challenges can be best addressed by a strong and collective voice. Organizations such as GCA and Farm Bureau are important to our future. More members equal a stronger message in the political halls of Atlanta and Washington D.C. A good offense is also important. I believe we should strengthen our investment in the Checkoff contribution in marketing, education and research to continue growing beef demand and consumer confidence. GBB wisely invested our funds but the buying power of $1 today is significantly less than it was 25 years ago. History has shown that we do better as an industry when we are moving forward rather than when we are standing still holding a target. Finally, as the caretakers of the next generation’s opportunities we must protect the land, the water and the rights to produce cattle in the

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Pro-Start Expo

Georgia Beef Board representatives and volunteer leaders traveled to Atlanta for the Pro-Start Expo on Feb. 10, where steak sliders were served to thousands of culinary arts students interested in learning about how lean beef can be part of a healthy diet -and a future restaurant career!

 Southern Women's Show 

Georgia Beef Board Director of Industry Information Brooke Williams did cooking demonstrations alongside Orchid, a former contestant on “The Next Food Network Star” and shared the power of BEEF with hundreds of attendees during these photos are from the Southern Women’s Show in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 17 through 19.

 Tifton Bull Sale 

It was standing-room only at the 54th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Sale on March 7, where cattlemen and women enjoyed food prepared by the ABAC Cattlemen's Association and watched more than 100 top-quality bulls sell. The top-indexing bull was a Hereford owned by Jack and Sherry Jones, sired by HH Advance 4126P. His index was 9.44, the highest of any Hereford on record in the Tifton Bull Test. 8 April 2012

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Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast

Georgia Cattlemen's Association volunteer leaders and staff cooked up 400 tenderloin biscuits at the Department of Agriculture's kitchen and transported them across the street to feed hungry legislators at the state Capitol, where cattlemen discussed important issues with their state senators and representatives. The event, sponsored in part by Pfizer Animal Health, received excellent feedback from government officials, who make sure the event is on their calendar every year.

A S S O C I A T I O N

Executive Vice President’s Report

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Thanksgiving in Spring

don’t know about you but with the great start we’ve had to 2012 as cattlemen, I don’t think I can wait until November to have a Thanksgiving celebration! Here are a few of the things I’m most thankful for so far this year: • South Georgia has finally received some beneficial rain! Don’t stop praying, because the region can sure use more throughout the spring and summer. If you’re knee deep in mud (NW Ga) don’t pray for the rain to stop, pray for it to move south. • USDA’s January 1, 2012 cattle inventory showed that while South Georgia suffered through a tough drought last year, we still managed to add 10,000 beef brood cows in the state to total 512,000 as of Jan 1.The report also indicated an increase of 5,000 beef replacement heifers over the January 1, 2011 inventory. Declines were reported in the number of yearling steers and lightweight calves. Total Beef and Dairy cattle inventory was down slightly at 1,020,000 head. • A mild winter and good moisture saved many cattlemen throughout Georgia from reducing or dispersing their herds this winter. It was a near perfect year for growing winter grazing. I’ve visited many farmers that report feeding only half the hay they had anticipated this winter. • Knowledgeable Extension Specialists that have helped us grow winter annuals and provided strategies to stretch what hay we had to get us through the winter. • All time record prices have been recorded during late February and early March for all classes of cattle. Visiting with a sale barn operator a few weeks ago he claimed that Barnum and Bailey’s Circus had nothing on the show that they had been putting on the past few months. Now is the time to use every management tool possible to produce a top notch calf. Buyers have been routinely paying a $60-70/cwt. premium for top quality 500 lb steers over calves of lesser quality (visit www.secattleadvisor.com for current cattle prices). • 54th Tifton Bull Test Sale set a new record average at $3,033 per bull. • Exports continue to be strong in the first few months of 2012. Leading export growth so far this year have been Russia and Egypt. This is a testament to the good work the folks at the US Meat Export Federation do in promoting beef throughout the world (funded in part by your Beef Checkoff dollars). Look for more good news on exports later this spring as the U.S. and Korea implement the new Free Trade Agreement which should boost beef exports to Korea.

JOSH WHITE



GCA has enjoyed solid membership growth through the winter and spring with several local chapters being reorganized. I’m thankful that many of you have heeded President Blackburn’s call to “Just Ask”. It is exciting to see the impact that cattlemen can have at the local, state, and national level when they unite and get behind a goal, issue, or project. The 5,000 member mark is within sight! • Many local chapters were able to use the GCA fundraising raffle to raise a significant amount of money to help with local programs. We look forward to evaluating the success of this effort across the state and would love to hear your feedback. Good luck on winning the prize – assuming you bought a ticket. • My wife and I were blessed to be able to take a few days off while the kids were on winter break and take them to Disney for the first time. Each one has their favorite recollection but they all enjoy telling how green I looked as we exited “Mission Space”. Evidently I’m not well equipped for zero gravity. Fortunately GCA doesn’t have any chapters in outer space. • Finally (I’m running out of space!) I must thank the incredible volunteer leaders and staff that work diligently day in and day out to make GCA a strong, positive voice for our cattle industry. As this issue heads to print the General Assembly has made it through 30 of their allotted 40 days in session. The GCA Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast was very successful again this year, thanks to a great group of volunteer leaders that came to help stuff biscuits and visit with elected officials. GCA advocated strongly for House Bill 916, discussed in last month’s article, as an improvement on the CUVA program. It passed the House a few days after our event and is currently in a Senate committee. Hopefully it will have passed and await the Governor’s signature by the time you read this. We also discussed the plague of metal theft on our farms and ranches and both the House and Senate have passed bills to address the issue. We feel certain that meaningful reform will be agreed to this session. A larger tax reform bill is still being discussed but we have yet to see any official proposals. GCA staff and volunteer leaders will continue to advocate for broader tax relief on agricultural inputs. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Easter filled with thanksgiving for the many blessings in our lives and the ultimate sacrifice at the heart of the Easter celebration. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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G e o r g i a C a t t l e m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n GCA LEADERSHIP TEAM

Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. STEVE BLACKBURN President P.O. Box 179 Waynesboro, GA 30830 214-912-1993

Email: sebcofarms@gmail.com

DAVID GAZDA President-Elect

1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

Email: dgazda@angus.org

CHUCK JOINER Vice President

425 Gray Road Carrollton, GA 30116 770-832-7299

Email: chuckjoiner@bellsouth.net

BILLY MOORE Treasurer

172 Hidden Lakes Drive Gray, GA 31032 478-986-6893

Email: nanapapamoore@aol.com

JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560

Email: josh@gabeef.org

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dean Bagwell, Cartersville, 770-382-0747 cdeanbagwell@bellsouth.net Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383 thecannons@prodigy.net

Andrew Conley, Lake Park, 706-781-8656 andrewbconley@hotmail.com

Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Randy.Fordham@boehringer-ingelheim.com Mike McCravy, Bowdon, 770-328-2047 mmcattle@yahoo.com

Melvin Porter, Jefferson, 706-654-8283 porter168@aol.com

GCA REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 burtonfarmandhay@hotmail.com

Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-896-1043 eddiebradley@windstream.net

Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 rcfarms45@hotmail.com

Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 cfarm@bellsouth.net

Region 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070 circlegfarms@gmail.com

Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 tcheely@uga.edu

Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 slennon1@knology.net

Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 danmcleod01@gmail.com

Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 cmburke@ymail.com

Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 tailfeathers862@yahoo.com

Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 jwilliams4718@windstream.net

Region 12: Dr. Jim Strickland, 912-654-2151 drstrick@windstream.net

Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 cmoseley@swgafarmcredit.com Region 14: Terry Harris, 229-498-5732 terry.harris@usda.gov

Region 15: Randy Franks, 912-427-8036 rfranks@uga.edu

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GCA Immediate Past President: Bill Bryan, 706-397-8219 bryanfarms@windstream.net

2830 E Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747

NCBA Directors: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 hopkinsfarms@aol.com Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 sebcofarms@gmail.com Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-595-2885 hopkinsfarms@aol.com

CattleWomen’s President: Brenda Brookshire, Suches, 706-747-3693 firewood@windstream.net

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville

ABAC ....................................Jacob Nyhuis Amicalola..............................George Lyons Appalachian .........................John Pettit, Jr. Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ....Ricky Yarbrough Banks .................................Bobby Whitlock Barrow ....................................Keith Prasse Ben Hill-Irwin........................Ronny Branch Berrien .............................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain......Laurie McClearen Brooks........................................Jeff Moore Burke ..........................................Al Cooper Carroll ....................................Chuck Joiner Clarke-Oconee........................Karl C. Berg Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta..........................................Bill Cline Crawford Area ........................Larry Cooley Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..........................................Ron Ward Floyd......................................... Gary Willis Franklin ...............................Daryl Freeman Grady .....................................Caylor Ouzts Greene Area.................................Jon Dyar Hall .................................Steve Brinson, Jr. Haralson .................................Jason Johns Harris ................................ Sandy Reames Hart .......................................Scott Fleming Heard.....................................Keith Jenkins Heartland ................................Tony Rogers Henry ......................................Marvin Rose Houston.................................Wayne Talton Jackson......................................Cole Elrod Jefferson .....................Donavan Holdeman Johnson Area ............................Will Tanner L.T.D.....................................Brian Goolsby Laurens .................................Brad Childers Lincoln ...............................Stan Tankersley Little River.......................... Michael Griffith Lowndes .............................Andrew Conley Lumpkin ............................Anthony Grindle Macon......................................Ron Conner Madison.................................Dave Stewart Meriwether........................Harvey Lemmon Mid-Georgia .......................Ray Brumbeloe Miller.....................................Trent Clenney Mitchell ..............................J. Dean Daniels Morgan...........................................Ed Prior Murray.......................................Chris Crow North Georgia ..........................Wesley Hall Northeast Georgia................Curtis Ledford Northwest Georgia .............David Holcomb Ocmulgee.............................Raleigh Gibbs Ogeechee ...................................Ray Hicks Oglethorpe .........................Andrew Gaines Pachitla .............................B.J. Washington Peach ......................................Willis Brown Piedmont ......................Charles Woodward Piney Woods ........................D. J. Kimberly Polk ...................................Glenn Robinson Pulaski................................D. J. Bradshaw Red Carpet ..............................Lewis Miller Satilla ................................Alvin Walker, Jr. Seminole................................Bruce Barber South Georgia ..................Donnie Courson Southeast Georgia ............Donnie O’Quinn Stephens ...........................Nicholas Moody Tattnall............................Jessie J. Driggers Taylor......................................Taylor Welch Thomas.........................Charles R. Conklin Three Rivers .......................Derek Williams Tift .........................................Buck Aultman Tri-County .....................Roy Lee Strickland Tri-State................................ Steve Reasor Troup ..................................Ben Comerford Turner ....................................Randy Hardy University of Georgia ..........Ashton Paisley Walton...............................Sammy Maddox Washington ........................Bobby Brantley Wayne....................................Joe B. Harris Webster ...................................Andy Payne Wilkes ..................................David VanHart Worth ..................................Donald Gilman

President’s Report, continued from page 6

future. Looking at the forecasted changes in world population and the competition for alternative uses for land, the next generation of beef producers will certainly need some different skill sets than those employed today. Supporting agricultural education in our local schools with programs such as FFA and Young Farmers and at our land grant universities’ animal science departments, veterinary schools, Extension Beef Specialist programs and 4-H is one of our biggest responsibilities. If we do our job we can hand the reins to a ready and capable generation when the time comes. Make sure your lega-

cy includes helping a young person experience the joys and understands the responsibilities of being a caretaker for the land, water and livestock. I thank all of you for this opportunity to serve as your president for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. It has been a true honor to serve with the members of the GCA Executive Committee, a group of men who always have the best interests of Georgia’s cattle industry in mind. I hope you can make it to the convention in Perry to celebrate the cattle industries good times and to usher in the next president. May you all be “Still Kick’n” in the cattle business for many years to come. GC

GCA-GJCA-GCWA MEMBERSHIP FORM



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Complete and mail this form to:

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Membership dues entitle you to receive a one-year subscription to the Georgia Cattleman magazine. Payment of GCA membership dues is tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. Complying with tax laws, GCA estimates 5% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of direct lobbying activities. Also, charitable contributions to GCA are not taxdeductible for federal income tax purposes. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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W e l c o m e N e w M e mb e r s ! Randy Adams, Colquitt Andria Ashley, Evans Roy Baerne, Louisville Katie Barlow, Eastman Mitchell Barrett, Cleveland Ken Bennett, Blackshear Tiffany Bessinger, Girard Roger Bowen, Rock Mart David Bradley, Statham Andy Brooksher, Winder Charlie Brooksher, Winder Drew Brooksher, Winder Wesley C. Brown, Douglas Cole Carver, Wray Delene B. Clark, Fitzgerald Shepard Clark, Keysville Betty Cole, Bowman Richard Connelly, Camilla Duke Deese Davis, Carrollton Jonathan Davis, Louisville Daniel Del Vecchio, Albany Andy Edwards, Jefferson Danny Edwards, Commerce Jim Edwards, Crawfordville Kenny Edwards, Jefferson Halley Elrod, Talmo Stephanie Elrod, Talmo Mark Fallin, Thomaston Greg Flick, McRae Cody W. Grizzle, Royston Delma Gunn, Keysville Rachel Hammond, Evans Wayne Hardy, Waycross Tracy Hart, Lyons Josh Hill, Ellijay Jake Holley, Conyers James Derrick Horne, Hull Jonny J. Jones Jr., Louisville Charlene Kent, Cleveland 12 April 2012 •

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Glad you h ave j o i n e d us !

James L. Kirby, Martin Colby Kitchens, Gray Anne Marie Kyzer, Waynesboro Sam Kyzer Jr., Waynesboro Ronnie Lancaster, Milan Walt Lipham, Carrollton Steven N. Lord, Tennille Charles “Bo” Lott, West Green Jamie Lozano, Dallas Gabe Martin, Hull Nate McClure, Rock Spring Tim R. McKinnon, Dawsonville Neill McManus, Claxton Larry Meadows, Alto Wes Minert, Jacksonville, Fla. Doug & Marie Minish, Royston Olivia Minish, Royston Mitch Mitchell, Jefferson

Larry Moody, Waycross Lynnanne Moody, Tifton Donald Morrison, Folkston Randy Morrison, Blackshear Katlin Mulvaney, Thomasville Conner Muse, Carrollton Gary Oder, Dry Branch Andrew J. Perel, New York City, NY. Jackson Perry, Athens Donnie Peterson, Patterson Jenny Price, Claxton R.F. Walters Farm, Brooklet Cash Rice, Waycross Jeff & Susan Sharp, Crawford Jonathan Slagle, Richmond Hill Russell Sigrid, Reidsville Leslie P. Smith, Lexington Zollie Smith, Ozark, Mo. Alan Sowar, Temple Connell Stafford, Atlanta C. Deen Strickland, Waycross Danny Strickland, Waycross Vernon Sumner, Vidalia Randy Sutherland, Calhoun Clark Sutton, Clarkesville Kelly Marie Sweeney, Mount Airy Todd Tabb, Cuthbert Greg Thomas, Whitesburg Kelly Thompson, Alto Ruth Williams, Rockyford Blake & Zak Woods, Pine Mountain Amber Yasinski, Senoia Joey & Lisa Yasinski, Senoia

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Share what being chairman of GJCA means and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

ANSWER: Being the chairman of Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association is a lifelong dream to be able to be a public role model to the younger cattle enthusiasts. Through my position I am trying to get as much involvement and eagerness to Georgia’s junior cattlemen as possible.

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Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry.

ANSWER: Being a seventh generation cattleman, showing livestock was never a family ordeal. However, through my 4-H years we started in 4-H projects that have now grown to be national champion livestock across America. I have become the chairman of Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association, a director on American Shorthorn Association and also a director on the American Angus Association. My involvement led me to more nationally renowned events.

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Meet GJCA Chairman John Reasor

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In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today?

ANSWER: I think Georgia’s beef cattle problems would include gaining national recognition for our advanced programs such as our Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation and Georgia junior livestock shows.

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What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA?

Quick Facts:

• John Reasor is a member of the Tri State Cattlemen’s Chapter.

• His take on life at this point: “Pretty much my life is school and cows, and I always manage to make school about cows.” • The family operation is small, but focuses on big picture.

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Tell us a little bit about your operation and your family.

ANSWER: We run a small, elite donor lineup of purebred Shorthorn cattle. Through this we do embryo transfer as well as artificial insemination to focus on the concept of quality ANSWER: I would like to see over quantity. We are now diversifying nationally America’s youth become the into Angus genetics to produce elite forefront of not only the cattle industry show cattle. We are family owned and but the entire agriculture industry as a operated, located in Wildwood, Ga., at whole. We need to promote agriculture the heart of the Appalachian advocates to be able to go out and Mountains. We’re small but we focus face people who are trying to put us on the big picture of raising national out of what we love to do and our fam- champion show cattle as well as proily businesses, such as the Humane ducing crossbred feeder steers for Society of the United States and customers. GC PETA. I would like to be able to turn America back to its agricultural roots starting with its legislative directors. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Nebraska cattleman J.D. Alexander was named 2012 president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville. Alexander officially took the reins of NCBA from Bill Donald, a rancher from Melville, Mont. The 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show attracted a record 8,216 attendees. The attendance eclipsed the old record of just less than 7,000, set at NCBA’s 1998 centennial celebration. Elected NCBA president-elect was Scott George, a second generation Wyoming farmer. Also elected to NCBA posts at the meeting were Bob McCan, Texas, to vice president; Craig Uden, Nebraska, federation division chair; Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma, federation division vice chair; Don Pemberton, Missouri, policy division chair; and Philip Ellis, Wyoming, policy division vice chair. Alexander said the turnout was representative of the enthusiasm in the industry. “If you want a voice, want to make a difference and want to ensure that your family operation stays in the family, you must step up to the plate, get off the sidelines and become actively involved in your industry,” he said. “Together – with our state and national partnership – we will be at the table and off the menu.” Alexander has served as chairman of the federation division and on numerous NCBA committees. George was previously NCBA vice president and has also served on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee and as chair

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and vice chair of the federation division. The next generation of cattlemen and women took an active role in the convention, with more than 1,000 young people registered to attend. Marketing, public speaking, quiz bowl and livestock judging contests were held for youth of all ages. In addition, more than 250 companies and organizations exhibited at the NCBA Trade Show – another record. While convention attendees spent a great deal of time in meetings and at educational seminars, there were multiple entertainment events for them to attend. A Cowboy’s Night at the Grand Ole Opry, with performances by the Oak Ridge Boys, Josh Turner, Charley Pride and others was a highlight of the convention. Alexander called the 2012 Convention and NCBA Trade Show “a convention of a lifetime.” He said it exceeded expectations. “There was a lot of optimism and positive energy at this convention,” Alexander said. “We saw a lot of ranchers and farmers – both young and old – looking to the future and the possibilities it holds. We’ve got a lot of momentum in this industry and in NCBA.” GC

NCBA Rallies behind Chesapeake Bay Legislation

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ational Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.D. Alexander issued letters of support to Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Tim Holden (D-Pa.) for introducing the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act (H.R. 4153). According to Alexander, the bipartisan legislation will provide transparency and accountability for federal funds in the Chesapeake Bay Program. He said the bill also provides states with the authority to carry out water quality programs instead of being dictated down from Washington. “Cattle producers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are committed to protecting water quality but are concerned the current path the administration is headed down is based on flawed assumptions and inaccurate information,” said Alexander. “NCBA is concerned the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) December 2010 Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will not be achieved based on this flawed science.” Rep. Goodlatte said H.R. 4153 would put the watershed on a better path. “Instead of overregulation and intrusion into the lives and livelihoods of those who choose to make the Bay 14 April 2012

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Watershed their home, the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act allows states and communities more flexibility in meeting water quality goals so that we can help restore and protect our natural resources while maintaining the economic livelihood of these communities,” said Congressman Goodlatte. Rep. Holden said the legislation provides a more balanced approach to restoring the Bay. “Agricultural producers who live and work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed care greatly for the Bay’s health and are actively working to improve water quality and wildlife habitat,” said Congressman Holden. “The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act provides more resources, certainty and flexibility to everyone involved in these efforts to ensure watershed restoration continues while minimizing burdens on producers.” Alexander said this legislation is of national importance because EPA has indicated the Chesapeake Bay TMDL process will be a template for the rest of the country. GC

On the Menu N C B A

If you’re not at the table, you risk being on the menu. It’s a phrase you will hear a lot over the course of my term as National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president this year. As cattle producers, we have never faced more exciting opportunities or more risk than we do right now. We have come a long way as an industry, and as an organization, over the past year. The spirit of optimism and energy we saw in Nashville, Tenn., as more than 8,200 cattlemen and women gathered to shape the future of this industry was a testament to how far we have come and it gave me a sense of encouragement about our shared opportunities during the year ahead. As an industry there are significant challenges ahead of us, and it is important for each and every one of you to be involved at the local, state and national levels as we work to protect this business and ensure our opportunity to pass growing and stable operations onto the next generation of beef producers. At NCBA, we will be working hard to eliminate the estate tax this year. If Congress fails to act, estate tax levels will revert to $1 million exemption threshold with assets exceeding that level being taxed at a 55 percent rate. Let’s face it, in today’s environment; it doesn’t take a lot of land, cattle or equipment to quickly exceed the value exemptions. With the help of cattlemen and women and NCBA’s state affiliates, we are going to push for the total elimination of this harmful and outdated tax. There are many operations which are second-, third-, fourth- and in some cases even fifth-generation businesses. What we have received as a result of our forefathers we ought to be allowed to pass onto the next generation without being penalized. We must be able to do that if we are going to protect our rural communities and help the next generation return to the ranch and thrive. We are going to need the next generation to return if we are going to meet the challenge of a growing glob-

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al population. We are already faced with a shrinking supply of cattle, which has been further diminished by drought and other factors. While we cannot force herd growth, we need to create an environment where producers are willing and able to expand when the market signals dictate, rather than trying to unduly influence growth that becomes unsustainable in the future. We expect our cowboys at home to be able to spot a sick steer before it is sick. At NCBA, we rely on our team in Washington, D.C., to be able to do the same thing. We need them to be able to identify potentially damaging rules, regulations and legislation and push back on those items that would be harmful to our sustainability. Although it isn’t always easy to see what's ahead, I can tell you that we will be working to craft a farm bill which levels the playing field for all of us, one which doesn't pit us, as producers, against each other. We will continue to seek fair standards for each of us along the production chain and we will be working hard to fully implement the free trade agreements NCBA worked so long and hard to get signed last year. At the same time, our team will be working to make certain that all of our trading partners are in full compliance with international recognized, science-based standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health. We’ve got safe beef – Period. We want standards that are based on science, not guesswork or hunches so we can compete in the world market.

J.D. Alexander 2012 NCBA PRESIDENT

None of us gets to pick or choose the battles we are going to face in the year ahead. But I can assure you that our team at NCBA, with the constant help from state affiliates, is prepared to face those battles on your behalf. We won’t sit on the fence or back away because something looks too tough. We have a set of policies, based on the marching orders provided by our grassroots and we will follow that policy, but we are going to need help from all of you. We need good voices for our industry. We need good leaders and we need each of you to be involved. At NCBA, our leadership and staff is out there working on your behalf every day because you can't be. But what we would ask of you is to provide your support, recruit new members and give us the strength we need to represent each of you – because if you’re not at the table, we might all be on the menu. Now, let’s get to work. GC

Register Today to Attend 2012 Legislative Conference Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2012 NCBA Legislative Conference April 17-19, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Attending the NCBA Legislative Conference will provide the opportunity to meet with key congressional and agency influencers and articulate policy priorities of our industry for the future. The conference will be held at the Dupont Circle Hotel and reservations can be made by calling 202-483-6000. Please reference “NCBA 2012” to receive the group rate. For more information on the conference and to register visit www.beefusa.org. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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State, Federal Funds Necessary to Preserve Georgia’s Farmland By Russ Page, Oconee County Partnership for Farmland Protection

Ensuring that sufficient, high-quality land is available for producing an abundance of high-quality, inexpensive, available food for our population is imperative to the overall strength of our nation. The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill has set aside funding to help ensure land will remain available for food production. Some states and counties have local programs to complement this, which are almost a necessity if federal funding is to be secured for this purpose.

The Georgia Land Conservation Program had monies available to county programs to help them leverage local funds and thus make local funding much more significant. The GLCP was not just for protecting agricultural lands, but Oconee County took advantage of this funding source to help protect its farmland. Oconee County has a volunteerrun farmland protection program funded by a Special Local Option Sales Tax. The local funding amounts to approximately $75,000 each year. In 2006, the first year GLCP had money available, Oconee was the first county to have its proposal approved for funding and to use this for farmland protection. We were able to leverage the local funds matched by the farmer and the GLCP funds, which were all matched by the USDA funding, to multiply the county’s $75,000 into $1,536,000. These funds purchased the development rights on a 190-acre cattle farm. This 20-fold leveraging of local funds was made possible by the state and federal programs to help protect farmland. For the past three years, however, GLCP has had no money. What difference does this make to local farmland protection programs? This year the Oconee County farmland protection program was only able to multiply the local $75,000 to a total of $300,000, demonstrating the state program was a great benefit in the past. With local, state and federal dollars all working together we can 16 April 2012

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have a much greater impact on preserving farmland. I understand the economy is not great, but funding for this program was not cut by a percentage even close to other departments and programs. It was cut 100 percent. We in Oconee County who have worked with farmland protection for more than 13 years feel perhaps this should be a program run through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Some states such as Massachusetts, which has a land protection program, does not pit farmland protection programs against other types of land preservation efforts. They may both be overseen by the same agency, but certain funds are set aside only for farmland protection. In a time when

the governor and legislature do not feel land preservation is that important, maybe now is the time to put farmland protection under the Department of Agriculture rather than the Department of Natural Resources. It is always important that we protect our ability to feed ourselves, isn’t it? I’m not an Atlanta-type guy, so I need those who are to pound the drum. Please do what you can to support the farmers of Georgia, and ultimately, all of us who eat. GC

More Information

To contact Russ Page and the Oconee County Partnership for Farmland Protection, call 706-540-0979 or email repropro@negia.net.

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Georgia Angus Association Recognizes Past, Present Leadership at Jan. 28 Annual Meeting In photos above, left to right: 2012 Board of Directors: Seated from left are David Williams, Bishop; Executive Secretary Christy Page, Jefferson; President Mike McCravy, Bowden; Vice President Smitty Lamb, Tifton; Carolyn Gazda, Athens; and Doug Williams, Milan. Standing from left are Melvin Porter, Jefferson; Michael Jones, West Point; Randy Daniel, Colbert; Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury; Chris Throne, Lexington; Andrew McPeake, Arnoldsville; John Jarrell, Butler; Roland Starnes, Woodbury; and Larry Bramblett, Elberton. Auxiliary Officers: From left, President Tanya Eidson, Arnoldsville; Vice President Melissa Miller, Athens; and Secretary-Treasurer Holly Alford, Bowman.

Hall of Fame: Sam Ambrose, Newnan, was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Angus Association Hall of Fame. Pictured from left are Harvey Lemmon, presenting the award, and Ann and John Dilts, Ambrose’s daughter and son-inlaw, who accepted the award. Ambrose joins Shirley Myers, Macon, as the 2012 inductees. Myers and family were pictured in the March Georgia Cattleman. Outgoing President: Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association chief executive officer, presents a plaque to Larry Bramblett, Elberton, Georgia association past president. GC

FPL Food, LLC in Augusta, Georgia

is proud to announce the launch of its fed beef cattle program to go along with our existing cow and bull harvest. Producers throughout the Southeast can take advantage of our program and keep our Southeastern raised cattle in the local market to be fed, harvested and merchandised to consumers across our region. The fed program at FPL consists of a traditional commodity fed program where USDA Choice and Select graded cattle are the target. Fed cattle can be forward contracted and/or purchased direct. Cattle will be purchased on a yield and quality grade grid system. Cows and bulls can be purchased direct from your farm or delivered to our facility. If you are interested in supplying cattle for either of these programs please contact Brad Chandler at 706.910.9397 or via email at brad.chandler@fplfood.com. If you want additional information about FPL Food LLC, please review our web page at www.fplfood.com.

Visit our booth at GCA Convention!

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Jim and Norma Strickland, and Tracy Durrence, President of Glennville Bank.

CONSERVATION PROS

Cattle producers Dr. Jim and Norma Strickland of Strickland Farms were honored for their land stewardship by being selected as the 2012 Tattnall County Soil & Water Conservationists of the Year. The couple received the award at the 61st annual Ogeechee River, Soil & Water Conservation District Awards Banquet held Feb. 2. The Stricklands raise purebred and commercial cattle on their 500 acres. “The Stricklands … have utilized numerous conservation practices int heir farming operations, including water conservation, silvo-pasture forestry, permanent pasture in addressing soil erosion, livestock watering facilities and fencing cattle out of restricted water areas,” says Tracy Durrence, president of Glennville Bank. GC

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Lincoln County Cattlemen Recognize Former President

Chris Goldman, who runs Goldman’s Farms alongside his father, was honored at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association for his past three years serving as chapter president. Goldman is married to Marcella Bentley and is the father of two children, CJ and Carlson. He has always been involved with the 4-H cattle programs. Current President Stan Tankersley describes Goldman as proactive rather than reactive. “I remember his first meeting as president. You could tell he had a true passion for the cattle business. He quoted his late granddaddy on a statement that he said many times, ‘Son, you take care of the cattle and they will take care of you,’” Tankersley says. “That statement has struck pretty hard with me.” Share your chapter news, photos, announcements, events and other items of interest with your fellow GCA members. Send to dallas@gabeef.org

Mid-Georgia Association Honors Bob, Betty Nash

The 2012 Middle Georgia and West Central Georgia Steer and Heifer shows were dedicated to Bob and the late Betty Nash, honoring the couple that’s been heavily involved in these two shows since 1969. Bob Nash judged the show for several years. Bob and Betty Nash have been around the showring since the early 1960s, when they helped coordinate the state shows in Atlanta. They held numerous field days, judging events and club calf sales at their farms in Newnan, Barnesville and The Rock, training many 4-H’ers and FFA members to show and fit calves. “Miss Betty” served many meals and goodies at all their events and shows. The Mid-Georgia Cattlemen and CattleWomen appreciate all the years of their dedication to the youth livestock program.

CattleWomen Celebrate New Chapter

Georgia CattleWomen’s Association welcomed the Northeast Georgia CattleWomen chapter earlier this year. Jean Hulsey was elected president and Ann Elrod as secretary. Brenda Brookshire, president of the state association, was the guest speaker for the first chapter meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at North Georgia Technical College. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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By Brooke Williams

am so glad spring has arrived! Even though this Georgia winter was pretty mild, I am thankful that even warmer weather is on the horizon. Spring is a great time to

Brooke decides to de-clutter her diet as well as her house this spring! get up, be active and enjoy the outdoors. This spring season, I decided to “spring clean” my life. While I usually give my house the annual once-over, this year I thought there’s

Recipe from The Healthy Beef Cookbook, published by John Wiley & Sons

RECIPE __________________________ Pasta Salad with Gremolata Dressing Sirloin with Sugar Snap Pea &

INGREDIENTS

Makes 4 servings

1 boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound) 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas 2 cups cooked gemelli or corkscrew pasta 1 cup grape or teardrop tomatoes, cut in halves 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon black pepper Freshly grated lemon peel Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Gremolata Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

With a whopping 32 grams of protein and only 12 grams of fat per serving, this is the perfect recipe to kick start my new BOLD lifestyle!

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring water to boil in a large saucepan. Add peas and cook 2 to 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Combine peas, pasta and tomatoes in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Toss 2 tablespoons dressing with pasta mixture and set aside. 2. Combine 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon pepper and press evenly onto beef steak. Place steak on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is two to three inches from heat. Broil nine to 12 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning once. 3. Carve steak into thin slices and season with salt, as desired. Add steak slices and remaining dressing to pasta mixture; toss to coat evenly. Garnish with lemon peel and parsley, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 369 calories; 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 216 mg sodium; 31 g carbohydrate; 4.2 g fiber; 32 g protein; 1 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 1.4 mcg vitamin B12; 4.4 mg iron; 46.5 mcg selenium; 5.3 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc, and a good source of fiber.

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no time like the present to de-clutter my diet as well! One way I plan to accomplish my goal is to follow the new BOLD diet. BOLD, which stands for Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet, is the latest addition to a body of evidence that supports including lean beef in hearthealthy eating habits. The BOLD diet is similar to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet, which has been considered the gold standard for a hearthealthy lifestyle. Both diets are rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans and protein amounts, but BOLD incorporates 4 ounces of lean beef per day as the primary protein source, whereas the DASH diet uses primarily white meat and plant protein sources. And let’s be honest, the more lean beef I can eat, the happier I will be! The first sunny day of spring, I want to enjoy the warm weather with a lean protein-packed picnic. This recipe is great for a picnic because you can make it ahead of time and there is no mayonnaise, so you don’t have to worry about it spoiling while you’re enjoying the warm sunshine! With a whopping 32 grams of protein and only 12 grams of fat per serving, this is the perfect recipe to kick start my new BOLD lifestyle! Spring clean your diet with me and find more beefy BOLD recipes online. GC

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CattleWomen’s Report

R E P O R T S

Reflections on the Past Two Years in Office By Brenda Brookshire

GEORGIA CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION www.gabeef.org/gcwa OFFICERS

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“In all your ways acknowledge Him, have visited with third grade students and He will direct your path.” in five of their local elementary Ladies, I want to thank you for the schools. They’ve also been handing past great two years. My out the Beef Cook-Off path has gone all over our recipes. I’m sure there are great state and also over other chapters in our several other states. I have state that have been hard learned a lot of things at work and have been so about the CattleWomen’s busy, they haven’t organization – first and thought about sending foremost, that we stand me a report! I would love ready to take on any job to hear from you and and give it our best shot! share your progress with I have enjoyed visiting the rest of the state’s with all of you during my CattleWomen! BRENDA BROOKSHIRE time in office. Recently it Convention is here, was my pleasure to go to Habersham and with that, I will be handing over County and meet with the newly the reins of our organization to organized Northeast Georgia Nanette Bryan. I know she will do a CattleWomen’s Association. The great job for GCWA. group’s president is Jean Hulsey and Thank you again ladies for all its secretary is Ann Elrod. They have your support. I know we will enjoy already sent me an activity report and working together in the future.

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We are Southern CattleWomen…

e have proven we can face down droughts, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes in the midst of nursing a baby calf back to health. Beef is the centerpiece of our Sunday lunch, wedding receptions and tailgate parties: If someone suggests differently, we overlook them. We know our cows, our kids’ teachers, the Extension agent and the government guys. But more importantly, they know we are BEEF producers. We are promoters of healthy foods grown on land looking out our back window. We will pour you a glass of sweet tea and tell you the story of our way of life, our football team, and what is good and right about our BEEF. Why? Well, we are Southern CattleWomen.

Save the Date

American National CattleWomen Association Region II Workshop May 4-5, 2012 • Montgomery, Ala.

Join American National CattleWomen from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina to develop new and better ways to be advocates of BEEF, including a “meet the press” session, a field trip to Auburn University and a social media course. Visit www.bamabeef.org for a full agenda, hospitality events and registration information!

President: Brenda Brookshire 6179 State Hwy 60 Suches, GA 30572 706-747-3693

President-Elect: Nanette Bryan 2830 E Armuchee Road Summerville, GA 30747 706-397-8219

Vice-President: Carolyn Gazda Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 (706) 227-9098 Secretary: Paula Myers 3488 Gumlog Road Young Harris, GA 30582 706-745-5760 Treasurer: Sara Akins 1177 S. Coffee Rd. Nashville, GA 31639 229-686-2771

Past President: Carla Payne P.O. Box 246 Calhoun, GA 30703 770-480-7004 paynefrm@bellsouth.net

Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe

Directors: Pat Bobo, Christy Bryan, Ann Payne, Ruth Hice, Sara Akins, Linda Crumley, Marcia Callaway, Mary Bea Martin

AMERICAN NATIONAL CATTLEWOMEN PO Box 3881, Centennial, CO 80112 303-694-0313, fax: 303-694-2390

Classic Beef Pot Roast with Root Total recipe time: 3-1/4 to 3-1/2 hours Makes 6 to 8 servings

INGREDIENTS 1 boneless beef chuck shoulder, arm or blade pot roast (2-1/2 to 3 pounds) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes (about 1-1/2-inch diameter), cut in half 1 pound carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1-1/2-inch pieces 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges 1/2 cup frozen peas 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water Chopped fresh parsley (optional) Seasoning: 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS • Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef pot roast. Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Place pot roast in stockpot; brown evenly. Pour off drippings. Season with salt and pepper. • Add broth to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2-1/4 hours. Add potatoes, carrots and onion to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, covered, 25 to 30 minutes or until pot roast and vegetables are fork-tender. Stir in peas; simmer 5 minutes. • Remove pot roast and vegetables; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid, if necessary. Measure 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid and return to stockpot; stir in flour mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. • Carve pot roast into thin slices; serve with vegetables and gravy. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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GEORGIA BULL TEST COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MELVIN PORTER (left) presents the Top Indexing Hereford & Top Indexing Overall Bull plaque to Sherry and Jack Jones of Cochran, in recognition of their Lot #197 Hereford bull.

TOP INDEXING SIMMENTAL Bemen Boatright (left), Midville, of Boatright’s Simmental Farm, accepts the Top Indexing Simmental bull award from Rodney Hilley, Georgia Bull Test Committee member.

TOP INDEXING SIMANGUS Rodney Hilley presents James Fordham, owner of James W. Fordham Farm in Cochran, the plaque for Top Indexing SimAngus bull.

TOP INDEXING ANGUS Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Steve Blackburn (right) presents the award for Top Indexing Angus bull to Melvin (left) and Hutch Porter of Meldon Farms in Jefferson.

TOP INDEXING CHAROLAIS Ted Collins (center) and Chad Collins of Collins & Son Farm in Whigham accept the award for Top Indexing Charolais bull from Melvin Porter.

TOP INDEXING BRANGUS Gabe Parker, Barnesville, accepts the plaque for Top Indexing Brangus bull from Melvin Porter.

TOP INDEXING SANTA GERTRUDIS Melvin Porter awards Wayne Jernigan Sr. of Jernigan Ranch in Buena Vista the award for Top Indexing Santa Gertrudis bull.

TOP INDEXING CHIANGUS Rusty Graydon of J.H. Graydon Farm in Montgomery, Ala., is recognized by Melvin Porter for consigning the Top Indexing Chiangus bull.

TOP INDEXING LIMOUSIN AND LIMFLEX Jimmie Sayer of Sayer & Sons Farm in Ambrose accepts the awards for Top Indexing Limousin and LimFlex bulls from Larry Walker.

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NOT PICTURED Scott Carey of Carey Farms in Madison, Top Indexing %Charolais bull; and Alan Verner of Verner Farms, LLC, in Rutledge, Top Indexing %Gelbvieh bull.

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“We've bought heifers from the Tifton HERD Sale for several years and have been real pleased. Out of the first 17 heifers we bought through the HERD program, all calved unassisted, raised nice calves, and bred back within 90 days.”

Clay Allen, Honeywood, Barnesville, GA

Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

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110 HEIFERS

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, Georgia

Twenty-four progressive breeders entered heifers in this year’s Tifton HERD program. All heifers were born between 9/01/10 - 11/30/10 and are all safe to calving ease bulls. HA Program 5652 was the primary AI sire used this year. Data Available: Pelvic Area, Frame Score, Disposition Score, Reproductive Tract Maturity Score, WDA, ADG

To receive a catalog or other information contact:

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560

Dr. Lawton Stewart Extension Animal Science University of Georgia 706-542-1852 • lawtons@uga.edu Patsie Cannon: 229-386-3683 • ptcannon@uga.edu Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793-5766

Or Contact Your Local Extension Agent

The test center is located 14 miles northeast of Tifton on Georgia Hwy. 125 or 12 miles east of I-75 (Exit 78) on Georgia Hwy 32 near Irwinville.

www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/animals/beef/index.html

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BREEDERS

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Georgia Chianina

P.O. Box 330 • Stephens, GA 30667 706/759-2220

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Chiangus & Chiford Cattle Wayne & Jill Miller, Owners email: talmoranch@aol.com P.O. Box 68 • Talmo, GA 30575 Phone: (706) 693-4133 or FAX: (706) 693-4359

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Rob Postin home: (706) 759-2220 barn: (706) 759-2209

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

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2012 Convention Interns Announced

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board selected five students to serve as this year’s Convention Interns. The communications interns will be in charge of documenting every exciting moment of the event, and the GBB interns will help prepare and serve all of the delicious meals attendees will enjoy. Communications Interns Photography Intern: Anna McIntyre School: University of Georgia Year: Senior Major: Agricultural communication

Print Intern: Mary Porter School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Junior Major: Agricultural communication

Georgia Beef Board Interns Jacob Nyhuis School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Junior Major: Applied science

Justin Gilliard School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Senior Major: Diversified agriculture Jason Chapman School: University of Georgia Year: Master’s graduate, December 2011 Major: Agricultural leadership

Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

2700 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677 706-769-4336 • 706-540-5992 cell

Are you a Shorthorn breeder? Want to increase your visibility with fellow cattlemen? Contact the Georgia Cattleman and start being a valued advertiser today!

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Nyhuis

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Chapman

Rockin H Farm

SHORTHORN BREEDERS

OSBORN FAMILY SHORTHORNS

McIntyre

703 Five Points Road, Milner, GA 30257 Gene and Melaine Hardwick 770 458 2888 • Cell: 770 289 6843 Rockinhfarm@att.net

Great genetics available at all times

Registered Beefmasters

3C BEEFMASTERS

385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times

706-278-7814

Vernon & Carolyn Turner 5147 Mark Brown Rd NE Dalton, Georgia 30721

Thunder Valley Ranch

859 Erastus Church Rd Commerce, GA 35030 Paul Hill 706-296-3979

thundervalleyran@windstream.net “Red or Black Polled Beefmasters”

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHEN SIGNING NEW MEMBERS

GCA Dues Structure

GCA regular dues are $50 per year. This structure includes a standard rebate of $5.00 per member that is returned to the local Association the member is affiliated with. Some local STATE DUES ARE $45. CHAPTERS WITH $5 LOCAL DUES ($50): Amicalola Appalachian Baldwin-JonesPutnam Banks Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien Blue Ridge Mountain Brooks Burke Carroll Colquitt Cook Coweta Crawford Area Decatur Elbert Floyd Franklin Grady Hall Haralson Harris Hart Heard Henry Houston Jackson Jefferson Johnson Area Lincoln

Little River Lowndes Lumpkin Macon Madison Meriwether Mid GA Mitchell Morgan Murray North GA Northeast GA Ocmulgee Ogeechee Oglethorpe Pachitla Peach Polk Seminole South GA Southeast GA Tattnall Taylor Thomas Three-Rivers Tift Tri-Co. Walton Washington Webster Wilkes

Associations have chosen to levy additional local dues beyond the $5.00 which is presented in the information below. Please use this table as you are signing up new members into GCA. CHAPTERS WITH $10 LOCAL DUES ($55): Barrow Clarke-Oconee Greene Area Heartland Laurens Northwest GA Piedmont Pulaski Stephens Tri-State Turner Worth

Chapters with $15 local dues ($60): Red Carpet Chapters with $20 local dues ($65): Satilla Wayne County

Chapters with $30 local dues ($75): Piney Woods

Junior Chapters local dues are $5 ($15): ABAC UGA

All Junior members dues for every chapter is $15: $10 State dues $5 Local dues Troup County collects their own local dues; therefore they pay State dues only ($45). G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 / Macon, GA 31221 (478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5732 • Email: gca@gabeef.org

 New Member  Renewal Business Name_________________________________ Contact ______________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City ___________ State___ Zip ___________________ Phone _______________________________________ FAX _________________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by _________________________________ MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

 Tenderloin Member $600 or more  T-Bone Member

$300 - $599

 Sirloin Member

$ 75 - $149

 Rib-Eye Member

$150 - $299

Contribution Amount ______________

Thank you ... for your membership!

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Membership dues entitle you to receive a one-year subscription to the Georgia Cattleman magazine. Payment of GCA membership dues is tax-deductible for most GCA members as an ordinary business expense. Complying with tax laws, GCA estimates 5% of the dues payment is not taxdeductible as a business expense because of direct lobbying activities. Also, charitable contributions to GCA are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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R E A D E R

S E R V I C E S

Tenderloin Members ($600+)

Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 36 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville, GA Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely United Bank, Barnesville

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Jackson EMC, Gainesville Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie United Community Bank, Carrollton Ware Milling Co., Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla

Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston AG Daniel Company, Eastman Amicalola EMC, Jasper Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Hiawasse, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, and Hiawasse Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Double S Farm, Danielsville Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Echols County Farm Bureau, Statenville Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose Fields Auto Parts, Comer First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haney Farm and Ranch, Rockmart Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Heleski Beef Farm, Cuthbert Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin L NB Equipment, Comer

Fuller Supply Company

Intervet Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Patrick Ag Chemical Co., Danielsville Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Saddle Up Tack and Feed, Hamilton Shepherd’s Building Supply, Moultrie Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington WJM Farms, Luthersville Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, FL Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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BREEDERS

GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION

PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy. 211 N.E. Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036 littledlimousin@hotmail.com VICE PRESIDENT: Keith Wyatt 176 Shirley Road Ranger, GA 30734 678-575-9154 carltonkeith.wyatt@pfizer.com SEC/TREAS.: Lillian Youngblood 330 Youngblood Road Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-4044 229-567-1584 (cell)

JULY 20-21

Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GeorgiaLimousinAssociation for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

Georgia Limousin Association’s annual meeting will be held July 20 in conjunction with Georgia Limousin Association’s annual field day (Jr. Heifer/Steer Show), July 20-21, in Cleveland, Ga.

Attend GLA Annual Meeting A competitive, black polled, halter-broke Limousin heifer will be auctioned off July 21 at the GLA Field Day, and Field Day in Cleveland, with proceeds benefiting the GLA Scholarship fund. Georgia Please contact Skyler Davis or Lillian Youngblood for further information. WHITE ACRES LIMOUSIN FARM

Josh & Erin White 167 White Drive Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 474-4151

Using today’s top AI sires to produce quality Red & Black Polled Bulls & Heifers

Visitors always welcome!

L & L LIMOUSIN FARM Larry&LindaWalker RegisteredLimousinCattle 266SilverDollarRoad BarnesvilleGA30204 770-358-2044

Bulls, Heifers, Cows & Embryos For Sale At All Times!

Registered Purebred, Fullblood & LimFlex Cattle

Nathan & Morris Williams 6160 Broadwater Trail Cumming, GA 30040 Home: 770-887-3708 Cell: 404-886-8003

www.williamslimousinfarm.com

AI sires used extensively in our AI & Embryo Transplant Programs

Dexter and Nicholas Edwards 209 Willard Edwards Road • Beulaville, North Carolina 28518 910/298-3013 • Fax: 910/298-6155 • Nicholas, mobile 910/290-1424 email: edwardslimousin@earthlink.net • Nicholas, email: npedwards07@yahoo.com

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Your Georgia Connection for Limousin Cattle!

WWW.MINCHEWLIMOUSIN.COM

Minchew Farms Calvin and Brenda Minchew 9001 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 478-781-0604 • minchewfarms@bellsouth.net

CMC Limousin

Powerful Limousin & Lim-Flex Bulls/Heifers for Sale Jerry Bradley, manager 678-201-2287 John Spivey, owner McDonough, Georgia Purebred & Fullblood Limousin Club Calves

PINEYWOODS FARMS LOUIE PERRY & SONS ROUTE 6 • MOULTRIE, GEORGIA 31768 (229) 324-2245 324-2433 324-2796

HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires

Larry and Joyce Howard 1350 Old Chattanooga Valley Rd. Flintstone, GA 30725 706-931-2940 • cell 423-596-3819

T.L.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369

931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628

Nila Corrine Thiel Paul Thiel, Herdsman Owner Steven Thiel, Herdsman “Leaner cattle for today’s beef industry”

Sayer & Sons Farm

“Your trusted source of quality Limousin for over 30 years”

Jimmie Sayer 12800 Bowens Mill Rd., Ambrose, GA 31512 912-359-3229 • cell 912-592-1904

Big D Farms, Inc. Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

Home 770-867-4781 Cell 770-868-6668

WYATT LIMOUSIN

Keith and Dixie Wyatt

176 Shirley Road S.E., Ranger GA 30734 678-575-9154 • CarltonKeith.wyatt@pfizer.com

Green Jobs R E A D E R

S E R V I C E S

Baxter Black is a cowboy poet and author. Visit his site at www.baxterblack.com.

As part of the government’s stimulus program they are offering $500 million worth of grants to create and train “Green Jobs.” I’m not sure how they define “green,” but there is certainly one job description BAXTER BLACK, DVM that should be at the top of the list if you’re looking for the purest form of green jobs: Farming. It is a profession that recycles the land, the water, the air, the animals and the crops. Plants take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Farmers take dirt, rain, seeds and sun and convert it to protein, carbohydrates, oxygen, minerals and vitamins essential to life on our planet. Coincidentally, there is high-level discussion concerning the safety of children on the farm, which itself is a controversial subject. The chasm is between two cultures and how they define “dangerous.” Take firearms, for instance. The outdoor, rural side believes firearms are for hunting. The urban and suburban side thinks firearms are handguns

whose primary uses are self-protection or armed robbery. Pocket knives are essential tools to those who work outdoors. In the city they are used to clean fingernails and too dangerous to have in public schools. Driving a vehicle – be it a four-wheeler, tractor or grain truck – on the farm allows a young person to be more useful. To a city kid, getting his permit at 15 allows him to get to school and hang out with his friends. City streets and traffic make driving dangerous.

CONCLUSION With Uncle Sam wanting to put money into green jobs, acknowledging that farming is the greenest job there is and being concerned about farm kids’ safety, let me make a rational suggestion: How about we pour a justified portion of the $500 million into serious vocational training for farm kids, probably through the FFA and agriculture classes? It could be voluntary, approved by parents and start as early as grade school

in a light simulator except it emulates tractors, graders, ATV’s, farm machinery and grain trucks. Finance a course in livestock handling and procedures. In defense of farm and ranch parents, over a period of time they teach their children the vocational skills needed on their particular operation and classes do exist that teach many of the farm skills that fill in the gaps. But there is no doubt that a healthy injection of funding from the “Green Jobs” $500 million fund would be far better spent on farm kids than on budding OSHA regulators, consultants and fly-by-night “clean energy” carpetbaggers. No one denies that farm kids can be put in harm’s way, but it would be much more effective if we as farmers and ranchers made a visible, tangible effort to teach them safety habits and rules. We can sure do it better than the usual urban ham-handed government agencies. What do ya think? Someone get the Department of Labor on the phone! GC

www.salacoavalleybrangus.com

B R A N G U S

David and Susan Vaughan Chris Heptinstall, General Mgr. 706-337-2295 Office 205-363-0919 Cell chris@salacoavalleybrangus.com PO Box 185 Fairmount, GA 30139 www.salacoavalleybrangus.com

Give us a call!

www.theoaksfarm.com Cobus Coetzee, Farm Operations Manager - 678-378-0598 cell Vince Roberts, Cattle Operations Manager - 678-378-4697 cell

BLACKWATER

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CATTLE CO.

For the best in

REGISTERED & COMMERCIAL BRANGUS

Mike Coggins • Lake Park, GA 31636 229/559-7972 Office • 229/559-6097 Fax 229/232-3096 Cell • Email: mike@marker29produce.com Ranch located just off I-75, on the Georgia-Florida line.

Char-No Farm

Registered Brangus and Ultrablacks Black Simmental / Angus Composites

C.E. (CHUCK) & NORMA SWORD 545 Scott Road Williamson, GA 30292 (770) 227-9241• 770-468-3486 (cell) www.charnofarm.com • cnffarm@aol.com

Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

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BREEDERS

Georgia Brangus Breeders

BREEDERS

Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Breeders Angus • SimAngus

www.callawaycattlecompany.com callawaycattlecomp@earthlink.net

John & Marcia Callaway 2280 Coweta-Heard Road Hogansville, GA 30230

Home: 770-583-5688 John’s Cell: 770-355-2165 Marcia’s Cell: 770-355-2166

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

229/561-3466 (mobile) 229/775-2287 (home)

kurtchilders@windstream.net

Established 1963

MIKE CROWDER 733 Shoal Creek Road Griffin, GA 30223 Ph: 770-227-6801 • Cell: 770-605-9376

Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association

Billy Moss, Secretary/Treasurer Phone 706-654-6071 P.O. Box 81564 | Athens, Georgia 30608 • www.georgiasimmental.com

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CATTLE COMPANY Gary Jenkins Moultrie, GA 31776 229-891-8629

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Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223

DANFOWIN Farm

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Balanced Performance Simmentals Edwin Foshee P.O. Box 331 Barnesville, GA 30204 (770) 358-2062

Rodney Hilley Family

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email: powdercreek@yahoo.com

Winning Tradition

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By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

BEMAN BOATRIGHT’S LOT #28 BULL was the top indexing Simmental and second-highest indexing bull overall at the Tifton Bull Evaluation Test Sale on March 7.

BOATRIGHT

FORDHAM

Beman Boatright and James Fordham know what it takes to breed a strong, quality Simmental and SimAngus bull. In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Boatright’s Simmental Farm had the top indexing Simmental bull at the Calhoun Bull Evaluation Test Sale. The only reason he did not in 2008 was because he didn’t have any bulls in the test that year, says Ted Dyer, University of Georgia Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle. The Calhoun Evaluation Tests include bulls born in the fall and heifers born between December and February. Tifton is the opposite, making the two tests complement each other.

“He’s brought us some really good bulls and they perform well in this particular environment,” Dyer says. Fordham’s more recent participation has been in the Tifton bull sale, but he’s also had high-indexing bulls at Calhoun in the 1990s. “In 1994 he had the high indexing bull in the test at Calhoun and in ’95 the first and second highest indexing bulls at Calhoun over all breeds. He also had bulls on the test in 1996 and 1997,” Dyer says. Patsie Cannon, beef program coordinator at UGA, says Fordham is 34 April 2012

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BEMAN BOATRIGHT of Boatright’s Simmental Farm stands amidst a pen of his bulls entered into the Tifton Bull Evaluation Test. He credits his artificial insemination program to his success of top-indexing bulls.

a longtime supporter of both the Tifton bull and HERD programs. His participation in the HERD program began in 2000 and has had outstanding performers and top sellers at the bull program since the early 1980s. “One of his bulls tied for top indexing bull overall in the 52nd annual test. In addition, he had the top-indexing bull overall in the 48th and 32nd tests,” she says. “He had the top indexing SimAngus bulls in the 54th, 52nd, 50th and 48th tests.” Boatright, who also consigns heifers to the Tifton HERD program, has had the top indexing Simmental

bulls in the 49th, 50th, 51st, 53rd and 54th tests. The bull in the 50th test was the top indexing overall, Cannon says. The index is based on two factors: A bull’s average daily gain and his weight per day of age. “When you’ve got your bull in the test, you want your bull to perform at its best in that environment,” Dyer says. “[Boatright and Fordham] have done a good job at home selecting and breeding their cattle to make sure they perform well and they’re meeting the demands of their customers. They made the changes as needed in their selection process to make sure their bulls perform well year in and year out.” At the 2012 Tifton test on March 7, both were at the top: Boatright with the top indexing Simmental and Fordham with the top SimAngus, ranked at second- and third-highest overall indexing, respectively. “This is very unique: If you look at the top 10 high indexing bulls in the sale, six of the 10 bulls are consigned by them,” Dyer says. “That’s pretty impressive. And it starts getting more impressive looking down from there.” Fordham credits his success in the bull test to his cow-keeping choices. Fordham began breeding Simmentals and SimAngus in 1972: He tried them, liked them and has kept them ever since. He has 80 brood cows and does all the artificial insemination himself. For a while, he tried using fullbloods — including cows from Germany and Switzerland — but phased them out and returned to breeding purebreds and blacks. As to why his animals perform so well? “I don’t know,” he says. “I think I just cull good cows.” As one of the oldest consigners to the bull tests, Fordham’s American Simmental Association membership began the year he started his Simmental operation. His ASA membership number is around 1700. Now, the association membership numbers in the hundreds of thousands. “Both of these gentlemen are pioneers in breeding Simmental cattle.

JAMES FORDHAM looks over his SimAngus and Simmental bulls in the pen at the March 7 Tifton Bull Evaluation Test Sale.

They have a lot of history behind their cattle and the genetic improvements they’ve made over the years,” Dyer says. Boatright has been in the Simmental business for around 30 years. “I had a friend who was in the Simmental business and he took some calves to a Simmental show and sale. They didn’t weigh enough so they wouldn’t let him put them in the sale. I ended up buying them,” Boatright says. “After I had them a while and realized how docile they were and what kind of calves they raised, I got sold on the Simmental.” When he started producing Simmentals, the cattle were red, white

JAMES FORDHAM’S LOT #10 BULL was the top indexing SimAngus and third highest indexing bull overall, continuing the farm’s winning legacy of Simmental genetics.

and horned. He says it’s been interesting determining what to breed to and when to test to get the cattle to the current black polled animals popular in the breed. “Both gentlemen are outstanding cattlemen who enjoy what they do and the contributions they are making to Georgia’s cattle industry,” Cannon says. “They appear to pay attention to market demands; they attempt to provide a product that will meet these demands. Other producers have studied the animals that have been produced in the Boatright and Fordham programs. As a testament to the quality of animals that have been evaluated by these gentlemen, potential customers have contacted them after the tests and sales inquiring about any additional animals they may have for sale at home.” Boatright credits his AI program for his successes at the bull tests. He says he usually brings the smallest bulls, but they manage to outgrow everything else because of who their sire is. “When I was winning the test regular, I would breed to the high gaining bulls,” Boatright says. Now he tries to breed to bulls with good growth and good calving ease as opposed to just being high-gainging, but his ultimate goal remains no matter his method: “I’m going to tell the truth,” Boatright says. “I like to win the test.” GC

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Show Some Simmental Spirit! Georgia Junior Simmental Association Activities • 2011 - 2012

GJSA members at GSSA annual meeting awaiting Sweepstakes results

Macy and Landis Seagraves both win buckles at the GA Nat'l Fair

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(Advisors) Richard & Louise Davis preparing for GJSA Round Up Show

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Chris Hart with his Res. Champion Purebred heifer at the Sate Show also Bailey Boling showing his Simmental heifer

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Gibson Priest showing GA born Simmental at the North American International Livestock Exposition

GJSA members celebrating last State Show with Senior Steven Cooper

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Senior GJSA member Steven Cooper at the State Show

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Officers, Board Members and Advisors meeting at the Sate Show to discuss upcoming GJSA events

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JUNIOR MEMBERS accept awards at the 2011 annual meeting.

Don’t Miss It!

The Georgia Simmental Association presents its annual meeting and banquet, to be held Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. The annual meeting is the highlight of the year for the association, where the Breeder of the Year and Golden Book Awards — among others! — are presented. In addition, there will be opportunities to bid on vacation getaways, event tickets and exciting prizes during the auction at the meeting, which is used as the association’s primary fundraiser. The evening’s entertainment will be presented by Mike Dekle, an Athens, Ga.-based songwriter, performer and storyteller. This year’s gala will be held at the Ila Restaurant in Ila, Ga. You don’t want to miss it, so make your reservations now! GC

More Information

To reserve your tickets for the 2012 Georgia Simmental Association annual meeting, please visit the wesbite at www.georgiasimmental.com or call Secretary Billy Moss at 706-654-6071. 38 April 2012

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CONSIGNORS

C and C Farms Mike Crowder Driggers Simmental Woodlawn Pigeon Mountain Select Cattle Jason Johns John Callaway

Joe Fife Lacoda Farms Marty Clark Partisover Oleo Ranch David Sills Burt Jeffords Boatwright Simmentals

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Jessie Driggers, Georgia Simmental Breeder Elected Vice Chairman of National Board

Jessie Driggers of Driggers Simmental Farms in Glennville was named vice chairman of the 16-member American Simmental Association Board of Trustees at the association’s annual meeting Jan. 14 in Denver, Colo. Driggers was honored in the past by being named the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 2007 Seedstock Producer of the Year and is a past chairman on the ASA Growth and Development Committee, which focuses on marketing and promotion. Driggers runs a fall and spring calving herd of registered Simmental and SimAngus cattle and markets his bulls to commercial breeders private treaty. A member of the Georgia National Guard, Driggers now works full time operating the Tattnall Air Force Space Surveillance Station under a civilian contractor. GC

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Driggers Simmental Farm

3649 Hugh Driggers Road, Glennville, GA 30427 • 912-237-0608 email: driggsimm@yahoo.com • website: www.driggsimm.com

Kick Off Your Spring Breeding Season With

” e l g a “War E GIBBS 0571X HY WAR EAGLE

SimAngus • Homozygous Black • Homozygous Polled Sire: MR NLC UPGRADE U8676 Dam: PVF 0304 GINGER 9907 Maternal Sires: GT GAP x WRA TREASURE 1

Spring Special Price: $15 per straw

Bozeman Farms

4839 Main Street • Flora, MS 39701

601-879-8547

D.R. Bozeman Harvey Bozeman www.bozemanfarms.com Owned with Gibbs Farms, Ranburne, Ala.

Birth

CE 9.1

Adj Wt 80

%IMF 2.51

BW -0.2

Ratio 95

WW 48.4

Ratio 78

Weaning

Adj Wt 794

YW 101.3

Ratio 113

Carcass

BF 0.23

MC E 8.9

Ratio 82

Yearling

Adj Wt 1421

Ratio 120

RE A 16.90

Ratio 115

MM -0.7

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For Genetic Evaluations, It’s the

Biggest Year

Perhaps no other improved trait has changed the demand for SimGenetics like calving ease. We are beyond excitement with expectations of how Simmental, Simbrah, SimAngus and all the percentage cattle our members offer can deliver problem-free progeny with exceptional downstream worth. 42 April 2012

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Since 1997

By Jerry Lipsey, executive vice president, American Simmental Association ince January 1997, the American Simmental Association has embraced multibreed genetic evaluation and provided EPDs on all animals in its database regardless of the percentage of Simmental in their pedigrees. This changed the Simmental and Simbrah businesses to a focus on how SimGenetics could offer more value to the entire beef industry.

This is clearly a big year for genetic evaluation at ASA. We are offering three new EPDs that affect the economics and pleasure of producing cattle and beef: Multibreed Calving Ease, Multibreed Maternal Calving Ease and Docility.

Incorporating information from other populations is a powerful feature to make our EPDs more accurate than if we solely relied on our own data. The huge popularity of SimAngus composite seedstock exposed our inability to properly assign CE and MCE EPDs to non-purebred or full-blooded Simmental cattle. We are very proud to announce our first release of CE and MCE EPDs on every animal in our database. As far as we know, no one has ever developed the ability to provide CE and MCE EPDs for crossbred or composite seedstock that utilize calving ease EPDs from other associations.

Perhaps no other improved trait has changed the demand for SimGenetics like calving ease. We are beyond excitement with expectations of how Simmental, Simbrah, SimAngus and all the percentage cattle our members offer can deliver problem-free progeny with exceptional downstream worth. Although Simmentals are usually characterized as easy-to-handle cattle, we can certainly make good cattle better. If the history of making genetic advances applies to ASA’s cattle disposition EPDs, our members will make selection decisions that will please everyone who manage Simmental-influenced cattle in cowherds, feedyards and packing plants. Our future completely hinges on the reality and reputation of our members’ customers pleasing the entire industry. That’s a pretty big job, but the old adage sure applies. “If you like Simmental-influenced genetics, please tell everyone. If you don’t, please tell us.”

We plan to get the science completed and available, so you can make cattle that get better and better. Hopefully that interprets into profit and pleasure for everyone who chooses to use SimGenetics to make America’s favorite food. GC

Being Simmental!

Are you enthusiastic about SimGenetics? Are you an avid Simmental producer? Then it’s time to celebrate your herd’s heritage at the annual Georgia Simmental Field Day! The 2012 field day will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Callaway Cattle Company, which is located near Hogansville, Ga. John and Marcia Callaway will be hosting this anticipated event. All Simmental breeders and commercial cattle producers are invited to spend the day with members of the American Simmental Association. Activities include a judging contest for juniors and a tour of the Callaways’ farm and SimAngus herd. Highlights of the Callaways’ farm include newly established hybrid Bermuda grasses and fescue forages: In the last several years the Callaways have taken land out of pine timber and converted it to grasses for haylage as the primary source of winter feed. This promises to be one of the year’s best field days held in Georgia, so plan to attend and celebrate being Simmental! GC

More Information

For 2012 Georgia Simmental Field Day details, call Billy Moss at 706-654-6071.

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EXPERT ADVICE

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Beef Cattle Estrus Synchronization Programs By Sam Freudenthal, Katie Mann and Ward Mills (UGA DVM Class of 2012) and Lee Jones MS, DVM

any cattle producers find it advantageous to synchronize their females’ heat cycles. When considering an estrus synchronization program, producers should perform a partial budget to determine if this system is economically viable. This is a major undertaking so it has to make economical sense before pursuing.

Thus, a thorough assessment of farm finances and personnel capabilities should be evaluated before pursuing an estrus synchronization program. Potential increased revenues include better quality replacements, improved genetics for feeder calves, a more uniform calf crop and heavier calves. Having calves earlier in the calving season makes for heavier average weaning weights, getting cows bred back sooner as well as having more marketable calves. Potential decreased costs include fewer bulls, seasonal labor and selecting for calving ease genetics. The only decreased revenue from implementing an estrus synchronization program is the lack of the cull value of bulls. The associated costs include synchronization drugs, disposable supplies, semen costs, facilities, labor, management and time.

The Estrous Cycle and the Hormones Involved The hormones in the estrous cycle that can be legally manipulated are prostaglandin, gonadotropin-releasing hormone and progesterone. 44 April 2012

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Prostaglandin regresses the corpus luteum on the ovary, which stops production of progesterone. Trade names for injectable prostaglandin are Lutalyse, Estrumate and In-Sync. The hormone is only effective in cattle that have a functional corpus luteum, between days five and 16 of the cycle, so a non-cycling cow will not synchronize in a protocol utilizing only that prostaglandin. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone controls the secretion of leutinizing hormone, which in combination with follicle stimulating hormone enhances the growth of follicles and synchronizes new follicular waves. Leutinizing hormone will induce ovulation of large follicles and formation of a corpus luteum. Injectable gonadotropin-releasing hormone products include Cystorelin, Factrel and Fertagyl. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum on the ovary to maintain pregnancy and the diestrous phase — days five to 16 — of the estrous cycle. It works in estrus synchronization protocols by inhibiting estrus and ovulation, mimicking the diestrous phase. Progesterone sources available for synchronization use are Controlled Intravaginal Drug Releasing devices and melengesterol acetate. The CIDR device is inserted into the vagina and releases progesterone, which is absorbed by the female. Melengesterol acetate is an oral feed additive for estrus synchronization or suppression. Since progestin exposure can induce estrous activity in anestrus cows these compounds can be implemented in heifer synchronization programs to potentially induce pre-pubertal heifers that are 65 percent of their expected mature weight. Synchronizing Processes Many estrus synchronization protocols combine heat detection with timed AI to increase the chances of getting

the most cows and heifers pregnant. When selecting a protocol, producers should consult their veterinarian or AI technician in order to ensure the program is best for their particular production system and goals. It should also be noted that good facilities, herd health, good nutrition, educated labor and good handling practices are essential for success of ES programs. Estrus detection and conception rates vary greatly depending on several factors. Factors negatively affecting conception rates include low or high body condition scores, inclement weather, improper AI or heat detection techniques, improper use of hormones, improper timing of treatments, anestrus cows and breeding too soon after calving. Most protocols recommend turning a “clean-up” bull out with the females after all have been AI bred to increase pregnancy rates. Timing will depend on the producer. Synchronization Protocols • MGA PG +TAI: Melengesterol acetate is fed at a rate of 0.5 mg/head/day for 14 days. It is imperative for the dose to be given at a one-time feeding to ensure the entire dose is consumed as a bolus and not throughout the day. Heifers will be in heat two to six days following melengesterol acetate removal but this is often an infertile heat and the heifer should not be bred. On day 33, 19 days after melengesterol acetate is discontinued, prostaglandin is given. During the next 72 to 84 hours, heat detection and AI should be performed. On day 36 gonadotropin-releasing hormone is administered to all heifers that were not bred or showing heat in the previous 12 hours and heifers are timed AI bred.

14 Day CIDR-PG-TAI (Show-Me-Sync): This program uses a CIDR for 14 days and prostaglandin is given on day 30, 16 days after CIDR removal. On day 33, 66 hours after prostaglandin, all heifers should be given gonadotropin-releasing hormone and timed AI bred.

CIDR Select: CIDRs are inserted on day zero and removed 14 days later. On day 23, nine days after CIDR removal, gonadotropin-releasing hormone is given followed by an injection of prostaglandin on day 30. Heat detection and AI are performed for 72 hours. Any heifers that have not been bred will be given gonadotropin-releasing hormone and timed AI bred 72 hours after the prostaglandin injection on day 33. 5 day CoSynch + CIDR: Heifers are given gonadotropin-releasing hormone and a CIDR is inserted on day zero. The CIDR is removed on day five and two injections of prostaglandin are administered six to eight hours apart with heat detection and breeding performed 72 hours after the second prostaglandin injection. Any heifers not bred after 72 hours are given gonadotropin-releasing hormone at 72 hours post-prostaglandin and timed-AI bred. GC

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Tips on Purchasing Bred Heifers

By Ted G. Dyer, UGA Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle

hen purchasing a bred heifer as a replacement breeding female, consider several factors. These factors could include: Age, Breed, Health, Genetic Make-up, Reproductive Efficiency, Uniformity, Visual Attributes, and Management Background. The more information available on the heifer will help with the challenge in determining which young heifer will make the most productive replacement cow.

The objective is to identify heifers that will conceive early in the breeding season, calve easily, provide adequate milk consistent with the feed supply, wean heavy calves, and make a desirable genetic contribution to the calves’ post weaning growth and carcass merits. Let’s discuss the factors to consider in purchasing bred heifers: AGE: Select heifers that breed early in the breeding season, those heifers will usually continue to calf early throughout their life. Heifers should be bred to calve by 24 months of age. Heifers are selected on the basis that they become pregnant early in life primarily for economic reasons.

BREED: Selecting a breed usually involves personal preferences. When selecting a breed or combination of breeds, consider color and markings, shape of head, presence or absence of horns, set of ears, body shape, and size. More than 250 breeds of cattle are recognized worldwide, and several hundred other varieties and types have not been identified with a breed name. HEALTH: Productive animals are typically in excellent health. It is very important to review the heifers health records, which should include vaccinations, PI/BVD (Persistently Infected/ Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus) test results, and deworming schedule. Buy only from known sources and request health papers, especially when purchasing heifers in a sale and transporting across state lines. 46 April 2012

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GENETIC MAKE-UP: Review the heifers’ actual performance data (weights and ratios). If available, look at individual or sire EPD’s (Expected Progeny Differences), genome profile (DNA), and status of potential genetic defects. If known, review the heifers’ pedigree, especially if the sire is registered or the dam’s sire is registered. REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY: Reproductive performance has the highest economic importance of all the economically important traits. If available, review the heifers’ pelvic measurement at or near breeding, reproductive tract maturity score prior to breeding, target weight (reach 65% of their mature weight by 15 months of age), and know their breeding status and how they were confirmed pregnant. UNIFORMITY: Select for an optimum combination of maternal traits to maximize profitability. Consider mature cow size, frame score, color, and type in keeping purchased heifers uniform. VISUAL ATTRIBUTES: A visual appraisal of the heifer will help in predicting the length of their productive life. Make sure the heifer is structurally sound on their feet and legs, show signs of proper udder development, do not have eye problems, seem to have proper fleshing ability, and have adequate disposition (handles quietly, relatively gentle). MANAGEMENT BACKGROUND: Review how the heifer was managed and developed prior to breeding. When choosing replacement heifers, consider heifers that were developed with sound genetics, proper nutrition, good health, and efficient reproduction. There will be several excellent opportunities this spring to purchase quality bred heifers. Keep in mind these important factors when you go to purchase that bred heifer. Remember to avoid purchasing mismanaged or under developed heifers, they will cost a loss of time and money to your beef operation. Good luck purchasing those quality bred heifers. GC

It’s time to Your neighbors to join GCA!

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is close to its goal of having 5,000 members by Convention! Now is the perfect time to JUST ASK your friends, family and neighbors to join GCA and get their 2012 Membership Benefits! When a new member joins or an member renews their membership, they will receive discount coupons in the mail with their membership card to use with our member benefit partners. These companies offer the following moneysaving discounts to GCA members: Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply, 229-432-0622: Save 10 percent off your purchase of electric fencing supplies, cattle handling equipment and cattle scales. Horsetown, 4 locations, 770-898-6330: Save 10 percent off your purchase of boots and western wear. Some exclusions apply.

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Lane Southern Orchards, 800-27-PEACH: Save 10 percent off any in-store purchase

Woody Folsom Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, 912-393-5919: Save $500 off the purchase of any new or used vehicle. Godfrey’s Feed, 877-679-0750: Present your coupon to buy nine bags of cattle feed and get one free at your local Godfrey’s dealer. Priester’s Pecans, 478-987-6080: Save 20 percent off one regularpriced item at the Perry, Ga., store. GENEX/CRI, 478-957-5208: Buy 10 units of beef semen and receive $100 off. Rolling Rock Livestock Systems, 706-202-5742: Save 10 percent off the purchase of WW Livestock Handling Equipment

Celebrate Beef Month in Your Area TENTATIVE AGENDA 10:00 – 10:15 10:15 – 10:45 10:45 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:30 11:30 – 12:30 12:30 – 2:00

May 19, 2012 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Welcome & Introductions Beef Month Materials and Previous Promotions (GBB staff) Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association (2011 Beef Month Winner) County Sharing Talking Beef with Today’s Consumer (NCBA’s Daren Williams) Lunch*

*Daren Williams, Executive Director NCBA Communications, will present a more in-depth Media/Communications training after lunch for attendees who would like to participate. We hope you will stay with us this afternoon and take advantage of this incredible training opportunity!

Thank you for all you do to promote BEEF!! RSVP to Georgia Beef Board, brooke@gabeef.org

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Several from the “Greatest Generation” Pass Away I N D U S T R Y

O B I T U A R I E S

Patricia C. Hoveland Aug. 12, 1927 – Feb. 8, 2012 Patricia Catherine Gisin King Hoveland died Feb. 8 at St. Mary’s Hospice House. She was born in Prescott, Ariz., daughter of United States Army oral surgeon Dr. George and Maxine Sayers Gisin. Hoveland’s family moved frequently, and some of her happiest years were when she and her mother lived with her grandfather, Jim Sayers, who owned a country store by the Elk River in Colorado. At age 13, she lived with her mother and stepfather, a flight surgeon, in a house by of Hickham Field at Pearl Harbor. She remembered Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the Pacific fleet, a traumatic experience for her. Hoveland attended high school at St. Gertrude’s Academy in Denver. She married Karl King and lived in Dallas, Texas, and had three children. She took undergraduate courses at the University of Denver; Shriner Military Academy in Kerrville, Texas; and Florida State University. She and King moved to Athens where he worked as a professor at the University of Georgia until his death in 1977. Hoveland completed a bachelor’s degree at UGA with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She later earned two master’s degrees and became a French teacher and curriculum director at high schools in Oglethorpe and Walton counties. She also worked as a realtor for Grayson and Benny

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Payne Realty, taught real estate courses and earned her broker’s license. In 1988, she married UGA faculty member Carl Hoveland. During their marriage, the Hovelands traveled all over the world. They taught school in the Republic of Georgia and were avid supporters of UGA’s music school and other culture and arts groups in Athens, Ga. Pat Hoveland was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Parish, the Catholic Center and was a strong advocate for women priests. She was known for her genuine friendship, warmth, humor and storytelling. Pat Hoveland is survived by her children: Karlyne and husband Bob in Norcross, Ga.; Karl in Savannah, Ga.; daughter-in-law Mary Ann King in Tybee Island, Ga.; and Kevin and wife Barbara in Colbert, Ga. She is survived by grandchildren Charlotte, Clint, Jennifer, Jessie, Kevin Jr. and eight great-grandchildren, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. George and Kathy Gisin in San Antonio, Texas, and her sister, Beverly DeCordova, in Denver, and her nieces, Ana Lisa and Kristina. Her ashes were spread in Elk River, which she last visited in June 2011, fulfilling her wish of riding in a hot air balloon over Steamboat Springs. Carroll Castleberry Feb. 12, 2012 Longtime Forsyth County Farm Bureau President Carroll Castleberry died Feb. 12. He was 85. Castleberry served as Forsyth County Farm Bureau president since being elected for the first time in 1979. He also sat on the Georgia Farm Bureau Poultry Advisory Committee and the Farm Service Agency County Committees for Dawson, Hall, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties. Castleberry spent 40 years on the Forsyth County Ag-Georgia Farm Credit Board and served terms on the Forsyth County and Georgia Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service committees. In addition to his agriculture-related work, Castleberry served 12 years on the Forsyth County Board of Education, two terms on the Forsyth County Planning and Zoning Board and eight years on the Forsyth County Hospital Board. Castleberry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florene; son Wade Castleberry and his wife Vicki; daughter Cathy Grindle; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; brother Olen Castleberry and his wife Mary Ruth; sister Hilda and her husband Royce Bennett; and several nieces and nephews. Dr. Robert L. McGuire Aug. 7, 1931 – Feb. 27, 2012 Dr. Robert L. "Bob" McGuire of Auburn died Feb. 27, 2012 at University Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. McGuire was born Aug. 7, 1931 to Ralph and Sallie McGuire in Brevard, NC. He attended Brevard High School and Brevard College. In 1954 he married Ann

I N D U S T R Y Cudd of Brevard and moved to Raleigh, NC. McGuire earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry from North Carolina State University, a master’s in animal science from NC State and a Ph.D. in animal physiology from University of Kentucky. His career included time as an assistant county agent in Durham County, North Carolina; as an animal science instructor at NC State; as an Extension animal husbandry specialist in North Carolina; as a University of Georgia Extension animal scientist and 19 years of service as head of animal science at Auburn University, where he was later named professor emeritus. McGuire was an active member of the American Society of Animal Science. He served as superintendent of the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago in the 1960s and later on the National 4-H Animal Science Program Development Committee. He judged livestock shows throughout the United States, instituted the Alabama Purebred Beef Breeds Council and contributed extensively in the development of the successful Stocker700 program. His years in the cattle industry earned him numerous honors, including the Alabama Limousin Breeder of the Year award, being inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and being recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alabama Angus Association. McGuire was a well-known speaker across the state and wrote a popular monthly column for 19 years in the Alabama Cattleman magazine. Outside the industry, McGuire coached Little League baseball teams and enjoyed all sports. He was an ordained deacon at St. John’s Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. His life truly embodied the ideals of the Extension Service creed. He continued as an avid supporter of youth livestock events and was proud of the participation and achievements of his grandsons Clay and Reid. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Ann C. McGuire and his brother Wade McGuire. He is survived by daughter Karen M. Kennedy husband Jeff of Montrose, Ala.; daughter Jan McGuire of Auburn; son Mike McGuire, wife Angelika, and sons Clay and Reid of Auburn; wife Jo Ann Baynard McGuire of Brevard, NC.; sisters Margaret Raines and husband William of Mauldin, SC., and Clara Neill and husband Wayne of Brevard, NC.; and many special nieces, nephews and their families. Robert Lee Sturgis April 28, 1927 - Feb. 19, 2012 Robert L. “Bobby Lee” Sturgis, 84, of Orange Park, Fla., father of Georgia Cattleman magazine designer Gayla Dease, died Feb. 19. He was a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran. He was born April 28, 1927, in Northampton County, Va. His parents were George H. Tucker and Helen S. Tucker. Sturgis was the first of three sons to join the Armed Forces. The first thing he did when joining the Navy was set up a monthly allotment to be sent home to help his

O B I T U A R I E S family. His two younger brothers followed in his footsteps by doing the same when they were old enough to become servicemen. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Sturgis pursued a 20-year Federal Civil Service career at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Throughout his life, he loved sharing stories about fishing, family, his former shipmates and rolling an AceyDeucey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. Sturgis. He is survived by his brother, Franklin D. Tucker of Cocoa, Fla.; two daughters, Sherrill R. White of Middleburg, Fla., and Gayla D. Dease of Orange Park, Fla; grandchildren Sheri D. Baker, Charlene Greene, James F. Murphy Jr., Charles G. Shelton Jr., Tommy L. Shelton and Jenette M. White-Rausch; and many beloved nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

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Mountain Beef Cattle Field Day April 18, 2012 Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, Blairsville

For more information, please contact: Joseph C. Garner, Superintendent, GMRE Center 195 Ga. Mtn. Exp. Station Road, Blairsville, GA 30512 • 706-745-2655 gamtnstn@uga.edu • www.gmrec.uga.edu

Participants: Joe Garner: Superintendent, Mountain Research & Education Center Keith Wood: Extension AgentAgriculture, North Carolina State University Dr. Jim Green: Professor Emeritus, Grassland & Forage Agronomist, North Carolina State University Dr. Glenn Harris: Extension Agronomist, University of Georgia-Tifton Dr. Justin Rhinehart: Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Tennessee Dr. Tim Murphy: Extension Weed Scientists, University of Georgia-Griffin Dr. Nancy Hinkle: Department of Entomology, University of Georgia Eddie Ayers: CEC Fannin County/ANR Gilmer County, UGA Cooperative Extension Dr. Lawton Stewart: Extension Animal Scientist, UGA Cooperative Extension Union County FFA Team

We have a good selection of sons of these breed leading herd sires available at the farm

Power Star 14T

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New Era N315

Pol Frank 103H

Quality females available: Look for four of our quality half-blood Angus/Braunvieh heifers consigned at the Calhoun HERD Sale in June 2012

Lazy S Farm

706-882-7423

Red Angus & Red Simmental

RED ANGUS

Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

Mike and Debbie Smith 2699 West Grantville Rd. Newnan, Ga. 30263 OFFICE FAX

Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6124 • janbil@bellsouth.net

770-253-7099 770-253-1468

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

Jim & Alvina Meeks, owners Raymond Prescott, mgr. 803 Phillips Road 1986 Trinity Church Rd. Greer, SC 29650 Gray Court, SC 29645 (864) 682-3900 (864) 682-2828 bullhill2@mindspring.com

Sam & Georgia Thurmond

Since 1965

Rocky Ford Red Angus 706-335-6441

2412 Waterworks Road Commerce, GA 30529 “Since 1968”

ADAMS RANCH

Registered Red Brahman Cattle

Quality, gentle bulls and heifers for sale. Also have Simmental and Simbrah.

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

(352) 585-1732

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

Field Day and Heifer Sale April 28, 2012 • Kenansville, FL

www.floridabrahman.org

Registered Red Angus

ANGEL FARMS 2445 Gadsden Road S.W. Cave Spring, GA 30124

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968

GEORGIA SANTA GERTRUDIS BREEDERS

Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association www.gasga.org 3175 Bridgeshaw Drive Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678.852.7301 Email: dand007@comcast.net

SANTA GERTRUDIS * * * BULLS * * *

HF

Yearling & Service Age

POLLED

ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280

McLean Red Angus Jim and Alynda McLean 206 Morningside Drive Alma, GA 31510 (912) 632-7985, (770) 595-3542 mcleanredangus@aol.com Registered Red Angus since 1970 “Red, A Step Ahead”

CAMP’S RED ANGUS Registered I-A

Rogeal & Sue Camp Home: (770) 466-8094 Mobile: (404) 210-3965

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

Larry & Holly Hadden 800-348-2584 • 706-831-1679 Breeders of Purebred Cattle Since 1952

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Looking for an article you read a few months ago, but can’t find your magazine? Georgia Cattleman is digital! Check out the archived issues at www.gabeef.org/gca. Want to receive the magazine electronically? Call 478-474-6560 to request yours today. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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BREEDERS

GEORGIA BRAHMAN BREEDERS

JanBil Farms

BREEDERS

Georgia Red Angus Breeders

BREEDERS

For more information on GJAA activities, contact: David & Carolyn Gazda, Jr. Advisors 1985 Morton Rd. Athens, GA 30605 706/227-9098 gazdacattle@bellsouth.net Jr. Dues - $10 per year

For more information on GAA activities, contact: Christy Page 638 Lake Crest Drive Jefferson, GA 30549 706/387-0656 info@georgiaangus.org • www.georgiaangus.org Dues - $35 per year

Mark your calendars for the Southern National Jr and Open Angus Shows June 8-9, 2012 Perry, GA **Entry information will be available in mid-April.

Now selling ad space in the 2012-13 GAA Membership Directory. Please contact the GAA office to reserve your space! Ad Deadline: April 15, 2012

Turnpike Creek Farms

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Clint, Kim, Will & Samuel Smith P.O. Box 820 Wadley, GA 30477 (478) 252-0292 Clint’s Cell: (706) 551-2878

Smitty, SuzAnne, Tatum & Beau Brinson Lamb (229) 386-0491 Smitty’s Cell: (229) 392-1409

Ma t ur e C ow H e r d D i sp e r sa l , M ay 5 , 2 01 2

BARNETT ANGUS FARM

SMITH ANGUS FARM 1095 Charles Smith Road Charles E. Smith Owner • 478/252-5622 Kyle Gillooly Manager • 478/494-9593

SINCE 1947

Marion Barnett, Jr. 1685 Lexington Road Washington, GA 30673

Cell: 706-202-8435 Wilkes Barnett cell: 706-401-9157

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.

• Accredited • Certified

• AHIR

• No Creep • Est. 1979

Windell & Lawanda Gillis (478) 374-4868 2891 Hawkinsville Hwy. Eastman, GA 31023 Cell 478-231-8236

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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 • scummings@bambooroadfarms.com

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s Bu Reg. Blk. Angus & Blk. Simmental itor ll Vis ys Fo s a Certified & Accredited Herd #152 r Alw me Sa le lco We David (229) 362-4716 David T. Doug (229) 860-0320 Williams & Sons 1555 Workmore-Milan Rd. Derek (229) 315-0986 Milan, GA 31060

HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

Home of Hillside Juniatti ND 598 (Third Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Georgina ND 6475 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Dividend 47 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow)

See our menu for success at www.hillsideangusfarm.com

Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming jaytinter@comcast.net

Cloud Brothers Angus

Davis Farms

The Bart Davis Family Bart: 229-881-2110 Trey: 229-881-3510 (Primary Contact)

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744

VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME!!!

NV Cattle

300 Falling Springs Rd Rydal, GA 30171

770-796-4163 - Home • 770-547-6291 - Cell sdv1@frontiernet.net

Steve, Rena, Stephen and Sarah Vaughan “To God be the Glory”

Jerry L. Steverson Jr. Owner / President 478-230-2007

China Hill, GA 478-230-4726

Melvin Durden Marketing Director 678-234-2416

Greg Durden General Manager 478-230-9478

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

229 Cook Road Griffin, Ga. 30224 (770) 228-5914

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

Phil Page: 770-616-6232

BRANCH & LAKE CATTLE FARM 3935 Johnson Lake Rd. Cedartown, GA 30125 Bobby Harrington, Owner 404-634-1040 Jimmy Wright , Farm Mgr. 404-403-2261

The CABE Family Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-7119 home 706-988-0018 Will chancabe@windstream.net www.cabeperiod.com

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Clark and Wally 155 Stover Drive • Canton, GA 30115 Herd Certified & Accredited AHIR 770/479-5947 (Wally)

REGISTERED ANGUS CATTLE

DREW & KAYLAR HOWARD 2576 BELL ROAD SYCAMORE, GEORGIA 31790

(229) 567-2344 Fax (229) 567-2352 paradoxfarms@hotmail.com

~ Pedigree and Performance ~

We have Registered Angus Cattle that combine both elite pedigrees and strong performance. Bulls are available.

PO Box 539 • Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5455 Office • 706-553-5456 Fax

Roland Starnes, Managing Partner • 706-601-0800 James Stice, Customer Service • 863-899-4869 Dan Beckham, Owner • 415-830-0509 www.kensingtoncattlecompany.com “Keeping Business in the Business Breed”

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU!

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU!

Cattle that Work

Line breeding with GRAHAM ANGUS Genetics. Following GRAHAM’S Program begun over 45 years ago. Best of stock. Complete records.

CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738 58 Saint Ives Crossing • Winder GA 30680

PERFORMANCE TESTED REGISTERED ANGUS

Jeremy Dyer Ted Dyer (423) 605-2431 (423) 605-1034 DyerLivestock@msn.com

Wasdin Angus Ranch Cattle and Hay Available Owners: Ed & Dot Wasdin Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230 ********************

"Quality and customers come first!"

Jeff Heuer Jeff@DeltaHRanch.com www.DeltaHRanch.com

1851 Syrup Mill Crossing Greensboro GA 30642 Phone 404-421-0686

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696

Registered

All Natural Beef

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132 www.poefarms.net

Angus

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BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 Highway 11 South Social Circle, GA 30025 (770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Clay Bussell, manager, 478-357-6113

Female Sale: April 21, 2012

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IAF AHIR

Idone Angus Farm Dot Idone 469 Pioneer Road Macon, GA 31217 478-986-6819 www.idoneangus.com Herd Certified & Accredited

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“Whenever we lose a barn, we lose some of our heritage.” Robert Meyers

ROBERT MEYERS’ CHILDHOOD MEMORIES inspired him to write a book about historic barns in Fulton County, including one owned by Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members (above). “Boss Cow,” a Black Baldie owned by GCA member Byron Foster, interrupted the photo shoot to take a look at Meyers’ book herself (above right).

about the Land

By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

Robert Meyers is a man of many talents. He creates delicate glass-blown vases, has an outdoor camera to photograph cardinals at his birdfeeder, and loves to tell stories.

His latest stories are chronicled in the book, Bygone homes and restaurants, might still lose something — their Treasures and Timeless Beauty: Barns of Old Milton County, original character of the rusted roof replaced with shiny now in its second printing. The first 800 copies sold out in new metal. Meyers wants to preserve those images for gena month. erations to come. “Whenever we lose a barn, we lose For two and a half years, he some of our heritage,” the Milton, Ga., drove through north Fulton County resident says. “And who doesn’t love a — which prior to 1932 had been barn? You’re driving around the counMilton County — with a map, tratry road and you’ve never even been in versing down dirt roads to find the a barn, but you see that beautiful red perfect barn stories to tell. barn on the side of the road and it The book features old barns, full evokes emotion in people.” of character in their hand-hewn Meyers was raised up north, but beams and flatrock foundations, and his maternal roots are in Alpharetta, newer ones, built on dreams of being where his mother was born and raised. a successful, modern operation. She had nine siblings, many of whom There are barns for cotton and grew up to be farmers, following the crops, barns to feed cattle and barns roots of their cotton-farming parents. to teach youngsters how to ride dresMEYERS, center, looks through the pages of “I would visit their farms in the ROBERT sage. The stories include those of his book on historic barns with GCA members and sibsummers, play in the barns and I devel- lings Byron Foster and Shirley Morgan, whose Jake Hughes’ silos, which were oped a lifelong love of barns,” Meyers Wildberry Creek barn is featured. bought by the City of Alpharetta says. and turned into part of a park; Twenty years ago, he received a job offer that brought Scottsdale Farms’ modern barn built using time-tested he, his wife and two daughters to Fulton County. They construction methods; and Wildberry Creek Farm, operbought a house in a subdivision that was built on what had ated by North Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members been his grandfather’s farmland. Though his family moved Byron Foster and Shirley Morgan. to a different house in Milton eight years ago, his love for Their barn was built in 1981, replacing one built at the family heritage never faded. turn of the century, Foster says. Inside are relics from their “Probably four years ago I started to think about the father’s collection of antique farm implements, wood old barns in this area, because I could see them disappear- from the original barn and plenty of room for their Angus ing,” Meyers says. “None of the barns that I used to play cattle to enjoy some sweet feed. in still existed, and I knew that eventually all of these old “I don’t go by [my father’s] gravesite,” Foster says. “I barns were going to go. They were going to fall down or see him here all the time. It becomes a part of you, it realget knocked down, either for development or because ly does. And I think [Meyers] captured that.” GC someone wanted to sell barn wood.” For more information, visit www.barnsbook.com. Even barns that were saved, repurposed into stores, G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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EXPERT ADVICE

Assessing the Demand for Grass-Finished Beef

By Samuel Lafayette (Lafe) Perkins, M.S. Candidate Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics and R. Curt Lacy, Ph.D. Extension Economist-Livestock

Grass-finished beef, such as these Herefords raised by Bob and Susan Woodall of Fort Creek Farm in Sparta, is meeting a growing consumer demand for beef from animals that do not eat grain before harvest.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH PREVIOUS RESEARCH

In 2005 and 2006 two separate experiments were conducted in Athens, Ga., and Clemson, SC., to gauge consumers’ willingness to pay for grass-fed beef. A more detailed description of the study is available in the August 2006 issue of Georgia Cattleman. Study participants compared and bid on grass- and grain-finished steaks in numerous rounds, but were not

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told which steak was which until the final round. In each round, participants were given additional pieces of information related to the nutritional and production aspects of the two steaks. They sampled the steaks and judged them on taste, tenderness and juiciness. Overall, respondents considered the grass-fed steaks to be tougher, less juicy and less flavorful than the grainfed steaks. Part of this could be that for experimental design reasons both

steaks were cooked to the same degree of doneness, likely overcooking the grass-finished steak. From a marketing standpoint, the study results relevant to this article are that roughly half of the consumers were willing to pay some sort of premium for grass-finished steaks compared to grain-finished. However, the premium most consumers were willing to pay greatly diminished due to issues concerning tenderness, juiciness and flavor, after sampling the meat. And if the 25 to 50 percent higher production costs for grass-finished beef were considered, only about 20 percent of consumers were willing to pay that premium. Even so, 20 percent of Georgia’s 10 million people is still a big number and amounts to a significant potential market. Other results indicated that contrary to popular-belief, higher income individuals were not likely more to purchase grass-finished beef. However, individuals who spent relatively higher dollar amounts per week on beef consumption were more likely to be willing to pay a higher price for grass-finished beef. We reason the high level of beef expenditures is more a function of

price than quantity. As a result, the market may be those who are willing to spend more and consume less.

CURRENT RESEARCH CURRENT RESEARCH

In winter 2010 and spring 2011 a similar study was conducted by the University of Georgia’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The purpose was to determine the demand for locally produced beef and to determine whether production methods – such as conventional, natural, grass-finished, organic, etc. – or local was more important, and to discover the consumer’s definition of local. Perhaps one of the most useful items to come out of the study is the reaffirmation that humanely-raised, antibiotic-free beef without additional hormones is what consumers most want. Survey-takers were asked to rate on an importance scale of 1 to 5, with 1 not being at all important and 5 being extremely important, their views on different attributes. The top three concerns in order of importance were: 1. Animals humanely treated (76 percent) 2. Traceable from farm to consumer (73 percent) 3. No growth hormones (72 percent)

In both of the studies at UGA beef consumers strongly indicated their desire and willingness to pay for beef steaks that are antibiotic-free and from animals that were humanely treated and not given growth hormones.

Even though grass-finished was not ranked in the top three, more than 63 percent of respondents indicated it was at least important and 37 percent of those surveyed indicated that it was very or extremely important. This is noteworthy because only slightly more than 50 percent of respondents indicated that certified organic was important to extremely important. The implication is that the grass-finished market potential is considerably larger than that of the certified organic beef market.

STUDY LIMITATIONS STUDY LIMITATIONS

As with any economic experiment there are several caveats. The first caveat is the degree of doneness of the grass-fed steaks. The second but perhaps more important one is that these two experiments dealt only with steaks. In the overall scheme, steaks make up a relatively small percentage of a beef carcass. Roasts and ground product comprise a much larger percentage of the weight of the carcass. As a result, more research should definitely be done to determine if the results reported here also hold for ground beef and roasts.

RESULTS & IMPLICATIONS RESULTS AND IMPLICATIONS

In both of the studies at UGA beef consumers strongly indicated their desire and willingness to pay for beef steaks that are antibiotic-free and from animals that were humanely treated and not given growth hormones. While we could certainly talk for a while about the scientific basis of these concerns, the fact is that they are real. In the earlier study consumers indicated that while they desired the positive health benefits associated with grass-finished beef, taste mattered more. The implication is that it is critical for grass-finished beef producers to educate potential customers on the proper method to handle and cook their product. It is also important they develop and implement genetic and management programs to specifically address meat quality differences between grass- and grain-finished cattle. GC

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Bob and Susan Woodall's Fort Creek Farm in Sparta, Ga., is home to a grass-finished herd of Hereford cattle (left). Grass-finished beef takes longer to produce than grain-finished, so calves (below) must stay on the farm until they are between 24 and 30 months old.

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By Dallas Duncan, director of communications, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

hen it was first homesteaded in 1785, the operation now known as Fort Creek Farm was a cotton plantation with a side cash crop of peach brandy. Today, the more than 100-acre farm in Sparta, Ga., is home to a small grass-finished Hereford herd, grazing on green pasture and short-stemmed hay amongst original antebellum buildings. The herd at Fort Creek has been around since 1946. After her father passed away, Susan Woodall and her husband Bob first attempted to care for the cattle long-distance, but eventually decided to move to the farm full-time.

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“With a herd that small and with red cows, selling at the sale barn was not the appropriate thing to do from an economic standpoint,” Bob Woodall recalls. “On top of that, we’d been sort of health-conscious consumers — low-fat meat, high fiber vegetables. We began reading this magazine called the Stockman Grass Farmer and in it there was this fellow whose name kept popping up, Joel Salatin.” Salatin was the catalyst to the Woodalls’ production model. They saw what he did and wanted to emulate it. “The vast majority of cattle are raised first on grass and most are finished on grain, but some are finished on grass,” says Daren Williams, executive director of communications for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Some consumers prefer that product because of taste, some prefer it because they just like the idea of cattle grazing on

pasture all their lives rather than being finished in a feed yard, there’s a variety of reasons. If we don’t provide that choice for them, they might not choose beef — and we want every consumer to be comfortable purchasing beef.” Grass and forage must be the sole feed sources consumed for life, with the exception of milk prior to weaning. The grass can be from pasture, stockpiled forages or vegetative-state cereal crops, says Alex Stelzleni, University of Georgia assistant professor of animal and dairy science. When grass-finished beef is marketed, it can be labeled as either “grass-fed” or “grass-finished,” Stelzleni says. Other labels, such as promoting a grass-finished beef product as healthier than grain-finished, or vice versa, is not allowed under United States Department of Agriculture guidelines. “What I don’t like to see is marketing of any type of beef by making negative statements about anyone else’s production model,” Williams

says. “Market your products on the true merits of your product, not marketing hype. For example, we sometimes hear that grass-finished beef is more nutritious but, in fact, all beef is an excellent source of the same 10 essential nutrients and vitamins.” Studies show grass-finished beef to be higher in conjugated linoleic acids, higher in omega-3 fatty acids, lower in omega-6 fatty acids and lower in overall fat than conventional beef. Though unbiased third parties haven’t concluded whether the CLA and omega-3 content in grass-finished beef has significant health benefits, some studies show CLA has anti-carcinogenic and anti-obesity properties, albeit in large quantities. The World Health Organization says there should be more omega-3 fatty acids as opposed to omega-6 in the diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. The ratio of the two is higher in grain-finished beef than it is in grass-finished beef, Stelzleni says. He cautions consumers against relying on beef as the only source of these, however. While anti-carcinogenic effects haven’t been quantified, it takes 3.6 to 4 grams of CLA to have much effect on obesity. It’s almost impossible to get that amount just from beef, even though ruminant tissues are the primary sources of CLA. “Some people could do it if they’re in a steak-eating contest, but outside of that it could be difficult,” Stelzleni says. “We found that to get 3.6 grams of CLA from grain-finished beef … If we kept everything equal, if both (grain- and grass-finished) products have the same amount of fat in them, then consumers would have to eat 6.4 pounds of beef per day.” The amount of omega-3 in beef is nowhere near the amount in certain fish, so as with CLA, beef should not be the only source of omega-3 in the diet, Stelzleni says. Not to mention, he adds, grass-finished beef might have more CLA as a percentage of total fat, but there’s less fat to begin with. Bob Woodall says less fat means to keep the meat from becoming dry,

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it’s best eaten medium rare. Those who prefer steaks well-done will probably be unsatisfied. “A lot of people tell us that grassfed beef doesn’t have any taste or it tastes like something that’s not meat. We think that is because quite often grass-fed beef is slaughtered under two years old, maybe under 18 months and we don’t think the taste develops until after they’re mature,” he says. “People think it’s going to taste funny. But the secret is that extra age “A lot of them thought we were that you put on them,” Susan crazy but we learned a lot about pasWoodall says. “We liken it to teenage boys: If ture management, forages and supplethey’re growing, unless they’re eating ments and where to buy hay. We got Twinkies, they’re not fat, and people a tremendous amount of help from don’t start getting wider until they’re people who were in the business all their lives.” mature,” her husband adds. Using an advertising campaign That “extra age” is a challenge to grass-finished producers: They need built on word-of-mouth and vehicle to keep calves until they are 24 to 30 magnets, Fort Creek Farm began months old, when they reach a gaining a reputation. The first year they marketed mature weight. It takes longer for them to reach mature weight because product calves the Woodalls sold they’re eating a lower caloric diet three. Now, they sell all of their production calves annually, both to than grain-finished cattle. Susan Woodall says it does cost individuals and grass-finished beef more to keep cattle over an extra sea- restaurants. “Our customers are generally city son, but the couple refuses to people with higher educasell a product consumers’ Bob W tion levels, won’t have a positive experi- grazing oodall dem onstra metho tes his ence with. d. intens ive ro The added cost wasn’t tation the only challenge the Woodalls faced when first becoming cattle farmers later in life. The biggest problem was getting customers and cattlemen to believe that a grass-finished beef animal could, if raised and cooked properly, taste like “real” beef, Bob Woodall says. “When we left the city and moved to the farm, we found out that cattlemen are some of the most wonderful people in the world … We met friendly, warm, sharing, kind people who were willing to share advice with us,” he says. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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higher income than the average and they’re very picky about their meat,” Bob Woodall says. The customers purchase quarters of beef animals, which are harvested at one of three Georgia facilities that meets the Woodalls’ packaging needs. “We have it packaged in mealsized portions … Our customers like that packaging and they are willing to pay more for that packaging. They want to go to the freezer and see what it looks like,” Bob Woodall says. To be successful at raising grassfinished beef, producers must make sure they have the ability to keep calves longer, the right market and butcher and most importantly in the Woodalls’ minds, the right “oldfashioned” breed. “You want small cattle that don’t take a lot of high-energy inputs like grain and that finishes well on grass,” Bob Woodall says. “That may be intuitively obvious, but the big cows don’t do well on grass. A breed like a Hereford or an Angus which has been around for 200 years or more … a lot of those British breeds were not bred to have high grain inputs when they were developed.” The Herefords at Fort Creek eat an organic mineral supplement that includes diatomaceous earth and garlic, plus kelp, which the Woodalls swear keeps their herd from developing eye problems. The herd has access to 30 watering stations filled using deep wells that pull from 10,000 feet of underground pipe. The cattle graze roughly 100 fenced acres, moving pastures at least once a day using a “leader-follower” strategy. The product calves are introduced to a pasture first, cropping the tops off the grass. When they’re out of sight of the brood cow group, those animals are brought into the pasture to eat the grass down to a healthy level. The Woodalls sow Marshall ryegrass and have experimented with growing every variety of clover in the books, but it has trouble taking in the pastures. In the yard, howev-

er, it grows quite well, Bob Woodall chuckles. It hasn’t been the easiest journey transitioning from cityfolk to Hereford producers in about a decade, but Fort Creek Farm is thriving. Their production method, a trend just a few years ago, is now becoming more mainstream in the beef industry, which Williams looks at as a good thing: Each of the country’s 750,000 beef operations is

Bob Woodall shows the height difference between the side of the pasture his calves grazed (right) and the side he rotated them to start on (left).

based on its local resources, land, climate and grass type. And that’s the way the beef community works best, Williams believes. For some producers in areas with year-round green fields, grass-finishing makes sense. For others, it is a better use of resources to raise them on grass and finish them on a healthy, balanced diet of renewable feeds like corn and distillers grains in a feed yard. “There’s room for all production models in the beef industry. To me, it’s really about providing choices for the consumer,” Williams says. “All production models fit in the beef community. When we all work together, we produce the world’s best beef in the most sustainable way.”

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Treating Two Activities as One for Tax Purposes By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Sometimes a farm, livestock or horse activity may be closely connected to an individual’s principal occupation, which comes with certain tax advantages. If two activities are treated as one, deductions and income from each activity can be aggregated in deciding whether the taxpayer has the requisite profit motive under the Internal Revenue Service’s hobby loss rule. In deciding whether two or more undertakings may be treated as one, the IRS will consider if the activities are sufficiently interconnected, the degree of organizational and economic interrelationship, the business purpose served by conducting the activities together or separately and the similarity of the undertakings. The hobby loss rule is helpful for many people involved in farming, ranching and horse activities. For example, a livestock insurance agent might combine that business with his ranch and aggregate the profits and losses. An architect of horse farms might combine that with his horse breeding activity, or an animal supply business might combine that with its dog breeding and showing venture. A single set of books and records should be used to track both undertakings, and both should to be filed in the same Schedule C. But what constitutes an appropriate use of the hobby loss rule? In one tax court case, a holistic dentist argued that his apple farm was unified with his dental practice because patients got samples of his apples and were encouraged to eat them — so that expenses from his dental practice included the costs of operating the farm — but he lost. In another case an attorney argued that his law practice was closely associated with his polo activities because his clients consisted mainly of people met at the polo games and competing in the events enhanced his reputation among clientele. He also lost. However, Tracey Topping of Wellington, Fla., won an important

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tax court case Topping’s design busion this point. If two activities are treated as ness materially beneone, deductions and income fits from her equestriShe argued that her equestrianan-related activities, from each activity can be related activities whereas in the aboveand her interior aggregated in deciding whether mentioned cases design business the taxpayer has the requisite involving a dentist and for barns and profit motive under the IRS’s a lawyer there was second homes only an “incidental” hobby loss rule. were a single benefit. integrated busi“The evidence ness. She argued her equine activities demonstrates that (Topping’s) were necessary to her success as an involvement in the equestrian world interior designer and deducted sub- is the cornerstone of her cultivation stantial horse activity costs against her of relationships with her clientele. interior design income, and the court ruled those expenses were ordinary and necessary advertising and promotion expenses associated with her design business. The court said her competing at horse shows created goodwill that benefited her design business and she marketed the business by competing in horse events. The whole idea is that there was one activity: The horse activity being unified with the interior design business. Topping’s approach, approved by the tax court, consists of entering in and attending horse shows and making contacts with prospective clients at the shows. She later sets up meetings with them. When she competes her name is announced over the loudspeaker and flashed on the leader boards. Topping also relies upon trainers both to refer clients and improve her performance as a competitor. Every trainer she has worked with referred at least one design client to her. She also engages a certified public accountant to handle her accounting matters. Early on in her business, Topping tried to develop clients through her longtime experience playing golf. When golf failed to produce clients, she dropped her golf club membership. The IRS faulted Topping for not using conventional advertising such as equestrian magazines or banners at horse shows, but the evidence showed that traditional advertising of a personal service business is not welcomed by the clientele Topping sought. The court concluded that 66 April 2012

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Given the nature of petitioner's clientele, we find her testimony about the relationship between her equestrianrelated activities and her design business to be credible and logical,” the court said in its decision. GC

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EXPERT ADVICE

By Melony L. Wilson, Animal Waste Specialist University of Georgia

Should Your Beef Operation Be Permitted?

If you have more than 300 cattle in earthen paddocks or on concrete then you more than likely should be permitted. If your cattle are in fields that look like pasture with an established forage base then you probably do not need a permit.

Generally when people think of permitted livestock operations, the first thing that comes to mind is large dairy or swine operation that has large liquid manure storage structures. Although these facilities are permitted, they are not the only livestock operations that may require a permit. Most Georgia beef operations are pasture-based and are not considered confinement. Therefore, the majority of Georgia cattlemen do not need an animal feeding operation permit. However, beef facilities in Georgia may require a permit if certain conditions are met. In Georgia there is Rule 3913-6-.21: Animal (Non-Swine) Feeding Operation Permit Requirements, which includes beef operations that are defined as animal feeding operations. A beef operation is an AFO if the facility has more than 300 head; if it’s a facility where animals have been, are or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of at least 45 days in any 12-month period; and the confinement areas do not sustain crops, vegetation, forage growth or post-harvest residues in the normal growing season.

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Any operation that fits those criteria should seek coverage under the state Land Application System permit or the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The state permit covers medium size AFOs, which are defined as 300 to 999 head of cattle. The federal permit covers operations with 1,000 head or more. Although facilities of this size are required by law to obtain a permit, any facility regardless of size found to be polluting state waters can be designated a AFO by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and be required to obtain a permit. If you have more than 300 cattle in earthen paddocks or on concrete then you more than likely should be permitted. If your cattle are in fields that look like pasture with an established forage base then you probably do not need a permit. The goal of the permitting system is to prevent pollution to state waters. These facilities have a lot of animals that produce tons of manure in a very small land area that does not utilize the manure nutrients to grow vegetation. When it rains, there is no vege-

tation present to keep the manure on the land and it can run off from the production area and contaminate surface water. This is considered a pollutant discharge and it is illegal to discharge manure into state waters. The Environmental Protection Division expects these facilities to implement practices to eliminate manure discharges from the production or confinement area. This is a new area for University of Georgia Extension and the group organized a team of Extension Specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service engineers and agronomists and representatives from Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Bureau to help provide educational and technical assistance for these type of operations. The majority of confined beef facilities are in the arid Midwest because they receive so little rainfall. The typical model for these systems is to construct stormwater retention basins to collect and store all of the normal runoff and manure from the production area plus have enough

open storage, or emergency storage, to hold a 25 year 24 hour storm. This is the amount of rainfall that has the likelihood of occurring once every 25 years. For Georgia, that amount is seven to eight inches of rain in a 24hour period. The collected material is then land-applied according to a Nutrient Management Plan or at agronomic rates. This is feasible to do in the Midwest, but in Georgia that would require open storage large enough to collect a seven- to eight-inch rainfall from the entire production area. As an example, if an AFO had 40 acres of bare production area, that would require more than 1 million cubic feet of storage that is always available, plus storage for normal rainfall and manure production. There also has to be enough crop or forage production acreage to land apply the collected material according to a nutrient management plan. Some producers may decide this is a viable option for their operation. Other options would be to cover the confinement area or to reduce stocking densities so that forage/pasture can be established. GC

MORE INFORMATION: Additional information on animal manure management can be found at the Agricultural Pollution Prevention website. Copies of the CAFO rule and state permit can be found there as well. If you have additional nutrient or animal manure management questions, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

12th Annual Calhoun HERD Program Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:30 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center Livestock Sales Pavilion, Calhoun, Georgia GPS Location: 1286 Hwy 53 Spur SW, Calhoun, GA

SELLING APPROXIMATELY

110 HEIFERS DATA AVAILABLE:

Selling one 3-year-old registered Angus herd sire – Reg. # AAA 16311720 / Selling one 2-year-old registered Angus herd sire – Reg. # AAA 16646478

Pelvic Area • Frame Score •Disposition Score Reproductive Tract Maturity Score • WDA • ADG

All heifers were born between 12/01/10 and 2/28/11 and are all safe to calving-ease bulls. HA Program 5652 (AAA 15161251) was the primary AI sire used this year. To receive a catalog or other information contact: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Ted G. Dyer P.O. Box 27990 Extension Animal Scientist - Beef Macon, GA 31221 NW Georgia Research and Education Center 478-474-6560 P.O. Box 640 / 1 McDaniel Station Road josh@gabeef.org Calhoun, Georgia 30703 706-624-1403 or 706-624-1398 www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/animals/beef tgdyer@uga.edu

Or Contact Your Local Extension Agent • 1-800-ASK-UGA1

a Georgia tradition.

EPDs as of 3/2/2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:30 p.m.

Irwinville, Ga. - Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Selling approx. 110 heifers AI’d to PROGRAM

Calhoun, Ga. - NW Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavilion Reproductive Management Workshop

Calhoun, Ga. - NW Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavilion Selling approx. 110 heifers AI’d to PROGRAM

For more information, please contact:

Patsie T. Cannon • 229.386.3683 • ptcannon@uga.edu Ted G. Dyer • 706.624.1403 • tgdyer@uga.edu Lawton Stewart • 706.542.6627 • lawtons@uga.edu James Umphrey • 325.538.7238 • james.umphrey@genusplc.com

STATE BEEF COUNCIL STAFF POSE WITH JEFF CLAUSEN, head of the Joint Beef Safety Committee, at the 10th annual Beef Industry Safety Summit held March 7 through 9 in Tampa, Fla. In second photo, Laurie Bryant, Cattlemen’s Beef Board member and importer from Reston, Va., was one of the Beef Industry Safety Summit attendees. Here, Bryant signs a pledge that states, “As leaders in the beef industry, representing each link in the beef production chain, we reaffirm our commitment to further reduce the risks associated with food borne pathogens by utilizing scientifically proven production practices and technologies. Our united goal is to produce, deliver and serve wholesome and safe beef for each and every family.”

Safety Professionals Reaffirm Commitment to Wholesome Beef at 10th Beef Safety Summit By Melissa Slagle, Cattlemen’s Beef Board media manager

This year celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Beef Industry Safety Summit, funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, where cattle producers, meat processors, food safety service providers and retail and foodservice operators gathered to reaffirm their commitment to beef safety. Laurie Bryant, importer representative on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, says this is the premier food safety event in the United States. Beef safety professionals reaffirmed their commitment to “further reduce the risks associated with foodborne pathogens by utilizing scientifically proven production practices and technologies” during the event on March 7 through 9. The pledge taken by the 250 in attendance was similar to one signed by those at the first summit in 2003, held in San Antonio, Texas. “This is one of the most important events in food safety in the U.S. because it brings together people from all parts of the trade,” Bryant says. “The whole gambit is here to exchange views and without exception, I think they come here willing to give away their own information and share it with others to the benefit of the whole industry.” The summit is held to facilitate collaboration on beef safety among all sectors of the beef industry, from pasture to plate. Transparency throughout the process is truly a hallmark of this event. Bryant says people come together at the Summit to protect the entire beef industry. “It’s a recognition that with food safety, there are no winners, there are only potential losers,” Bryant says. “And the way in which people come together here is to help each other be a winner because if there’s someone with a problem, someone else is going to be impacted as

well. The meat industry is a chain and being able to protect all elements of that chain is so important.” Opening the program was a keynote session that recounted the history of beef safety since 1993 and the progress the industry has made since the first Beef Industry Safety Summit was conducted. Also on the agenda were sessions on sustaining the food industry, Salmonella, antibiotics, ground beef and consumer market research. More than a dozen research project presentations were also made in a research status update. Since 1993 beef producers have invested more than $30 million through their Beef Checkoff Program in beef safety research and outreach. The Beef Industry Safety Summit is coordinated by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, contractor for the beef checkoff, on behalf of the Beef Industry Food Safety Council. The Summit has become the industry’s premier meeting to discuss current and emerging beef safety challenges. Bryant says beef quality and safety starts on the farm with the individual producer and they should be proud to know their Checkoff dollars are being invested in beef safety programs to ensure there’s a market for their product with consumers. “I think that’s very simple – it’s a good investment of Checkoff funds simply because the whole industry starts with the producer and the producer can only be protected if food safety is an undisputable requirement right through the chain,” Bryant says. “So the way in which we can ensure that happens is by making sure every element of the chain is aware of the issues and has the best information available to be able to deal with them.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Purebred Sale Reports Yon Family Farms 22nd Annual Bull Sale Feb. 18, 2012

113 registered Angus bulls avg $4,095 7 SimAngus bulls avg $4,071 1 registered Charolais bull $3,000 1 registered Balancer bull $3,750 3 commercial Angus bulls avg $3,833 Total: 125 bulls avg $4,075.84 Buyers from SC, NC, GA, AL, TN, WV, MS, FL, KY and AR.

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54th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Test Sale March 7, 2012 51 Angus bulls avg $3,212 1 Brangus bull $4,000 10 Charolais bulls avg $2,480 1 % Charolais bull $2,400 1 Chiangus bull $2,100 1 % Gelbvieh bull $2,100 8 Hereford bulls avg $3,250 3 Limousin bulls avg $2,333 1 LimFlex bull $2,400 2 Santa Gertrudis bulls avg $1,400 15 Simmental bulls avg $2,927

9 SimAngus bulls avg Total: 103 bulls avg 73 buyers from AL, FL and GA.

Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull and Commercial Female Sale March 8, 2012 22 Yearling Brangus bulls avg $2,918 18 Yearling Brangus/Crossbred heifers avg $1,151 6 Brangus/Crossbred pregnant females avg $1,625 Total: 46 lots avg $2,057 Buyers from AR, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN and TX.

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$3,456 $3,033

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COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Feb. 14, 2012 Lot 1: 700 lb heifers $137.00 Lot 2: 715 lb heifers $142.20 Lot 3: 825 lb heifers $134.80 Lot 4: 745 lb steers $148.80 Lot 5: 785 lb steers $147.30 Lot 6: 810 lb steers $144.30

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Feb. 29, 2012 Lot 1: 700 lb steers $155.20 Lot 2: 675 lb heifers $144.50 Lot 3: 635 lb heifers $149.50 Lot 4: 645 lb steers $159.10 Lot 6: 785 lb heifers $137.85 Lot 7: 825 lb steers $144.60 Lot 8: 770 lb heifers $139.70 Lot 9: 790 lb heifers $138.50 Lot 10: 800 lb steers $148.80 Lot 11: 810 lb steers $148.60 Mixed Loads Lot 5: 700 lb steers/700 lb heifers $151.70/$144.70

Hodge Livestock Network March 1, 2012 Lot 1: 685 lb steers $164.50 Lot 2: 600 lb steers $179.25 Lot 3: 685 lb heifers $149.00 Lot 4: 600 lb heifers $155.50 Lot 5: 550 lb heifers $165.75 Lot 6: 550 lb steers $194.00 Lot 7: 775 lb heifers $137.75 Lot 8: 700 lb heifers $142.50 Lot 9: 13 bred heifers $1,175.00 Lot 10: 725 lb heifers $141.50 Lot 12: 40 bred heifers $1,460.00 Lot 13: 635 lb steers $166.85 Lot 14: 910 lb steers $139.10 Lot 15: 860 lb steers $143.90 Lot 16: 845 lb heifers $132.80 Lot 17: 785 lb heifers $133.90 Lot 18: 800 lb heifers $132.25 Lot 21: 875 lb steers $137.50 Lot 22: 825 lb heifers $132.00 Lot 24: 825 lb heifers $132.50 Lot 25: 850 lb steers $141.25 Lot 27: 790 lb steers $145.40 Lot 28: 800 lb steers $140.60 Lot 29: 730 lb steers $145.25 Lot 30: 750 lb heifers $133.50 Lot 31: 875 lb steers $141.60 Lot 32: 740 lb Holstein steers $116.00 Lot 33: 830 lb steers $139.25 Lot 34: 715 lb steers $146.25 Lot 35: 640 lb steers $163.50 Lot 36: 750 lb heifers $133.70 Lot 37: 635 lb heifers $146.00 Mixed Loads Lot 11: 30 cows/30 calves $1,860/PAIR Lot 19: 645 lb steers / 630 lb heifers $150.00/$145.00 Lot 20: 750 lb steers / 725 lb heifers $146.00/$141.00 Lot 38: 660 lb steers / 590 lb heifers $165.75/$157.75 Southeast Livestock Exchange March 6, 2012 1 Load 515 lb steers $196.00

IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY at the 54th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Test Sale on March 7. Producers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida gathered to bid on more than 100 high-gaining bulls, bringing the new sales record of $312,400 for an average of $3,033. Hereford Lot # 197 topped the test and the sale, indexing at 9.44 and selling for $11,500.

1 Load 645 lb steers 1 Load 700 lb steers 1 Load 800 lb steers 1 Load 575 lb steers 1 Load 60 lb steers 1 Load 740 lb steers 1 Load 850 lb steers 1 Load 525 lb heifers 1 Load 525 lb heifers 1 Load 640 lb heifers 1 Load 700 lb heifers 1 Load 775 lb heifers 1 Load 590 lb steers 1 Load 720 lb steers 1 Load 870 lb steers 1 Load 540 lb heifers 1 Load 710 lb heifers 1 Load 650 lb steers 1 Load 625 lb heifers 1 Load 625 lb steers 2 Loads 750 lb heifers 1 Load 750 lb heifers 1 Load 750 lb steers 1 Load 775 lb steers 1 Load 800 lb heifers 1 Load 825 lb steers 1 Load 875 lb steers 1 Load 725 lb heifers 1 Load 825 lb heifers 1 Load 875 lb steers 1 Load 820 lb steers 1 Load 850 lb steers 1 Load 800 lb heifers 1 Load 400 lb Holstein steers 1 Load 520 lb Holstein steers 1 Load 800 lb Holstein steers 1 Load 650 lb Holstein steers 1 Load 725 lb Holstein steers 2 Loads 850 lb Holstein steers 2 Loads 750 lb Holstein steers 1 Load 740 lb steers 1 Load 680 lb heifers

$167.00 $152.00 $145.00 $188.00 $160.00 $148.75 $143.00 $170.00 $169.50 $148.50 $139.75 $133.00 $185.00 $150.00 $140.50 $166.70 $138.50 $163.25 $150.50 $174.75 $138.50 $138.50 $147.50 $147.75 $133.75 $144.00 $141.50 $140.00 $133.75 $142.25 $144.00 $143.50 $136.00 $146.50 $137.00 $114.25 $125.50 $120.75 $116.50 $121.75 $147.00 $141.50

Mixed Loads 1 Load 510 lb steers / 510 lb heifers 1 Load 625 lb steers / 600 lb heifers 1 Load 765 lb steers / 655 lb heifers 1 Load 750 lb steers / 750 lb heifers

$184.00/$176.00 $156.50/$150.50 $148.75/$142.75 $141.50/$136.50

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SENEPOL BREEDERS

Senepol Assoc. Bull Test Sale Saturday, April 21st, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

At the Farm of HJ White Farm Bladenboro, NC Contact SCBA office (800) SENEPOL info@breedercare.com or Test Manager 910-648-6171

The Georgia Beef Board will be hosting a Beef Promotion Workshop on Saturday, May 19, at Georgia Farm Bureau Headquarters. Call 478-474-6560 for details.

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Southeastern Semen Services, Inc.

• Semen Collection • Semen Storage • Semen Shipping • Semen Sales • Storage Tanks • Custom Breeding Scott Randell 16878 45th Rd. • Wellborn, FL 32094 386-963-5916 • Email sssbull@windstream.net Conveniently Located For Accessibility To All Southern States

Hoof Trimming • Photography • Sale Consulting • Clipping • Livestock Hauling • Ultrasound Bill & Stephanie Martin & Family / PO Box 683, Jefferson GA 30549 / 706-367-8349 • 706-654-8883

Daniel Livestock Service

Randy Daniel 348 Daniel Road Colbert, GA 30628 706/788-2533

Distributors for: Pearson Chutes Riverode Galvanized Equip. Paul Scales Stoll Trailers Barrett Trailers

Office (229) 776-7588 361 Doerun Road Fax (229) 776-3509 Doerun, GA 31744 www.tysonsteel.com tysonsteel@hughes.net

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of April

GENERAL Keep a close watch on pasture conditions. Continue supplemental feeding until grass is plentiful. Fertilize permanent pastures according to soil tests if not done previously. Start watching for flies. Order fly control products to be ready when treatment warrants. Consider the type tags or sprays used last year. Change from organophosphate to pyrethroid or vice versa. Use all outside stores of hay; clean out hay storage areas for new hay.

SPRING CALVING January, February, March For calves to begin hitting the ground around January 10, bulls need to go into pastures on April 1. Check condition of bulls during the breeding season. Provide supplemental feed if needed. Be prepared to remove bulls from heifers after a 45-60 day breeding season. Spot check heifers for activity now to see if they are breeding. CATTLE FOR SALE

season. Brand or otherwise establish permanent IDs for bred heifers.

Cows need to be in moderate to good condition to rebreed. Provide supple-mental feed if spring pastures are slow to grow.

FALL CALVING October, November, December To precondition for shipment, calves should be vaccinated for respiratory diseases 45 days prior to shipment. Check with the local veterinarian now for product recommendations so these vaccines can be ordered. Heifer calves should be calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis at 4 to 8 months of age. Pregnancy check heifers 45-60 days after the end of breeding

Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates, and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best.

HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding Cattle Since 1973 • Williamson, GA

Hereford, Angus and Baldies For Sale Private Treaty Call Harold Leo Corley at 770-567-3942 or 678-333-3509

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October 24 - 27, 2012

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Phone: 828-646-0270 Fax: 828-646-0202 selex@bellsouth.net www.selex-video.com OWNERS/OPERATORS

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 April 3  May 1  June 5

 July TBD  August 7  September 4

 October 2  November 6  December 4

PROUD SUPPORTERS OF NCBA AND STATE ORGANIZATIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.selex-video.com WNC Regional Livestock Center 474 Stock Drive Canton, NC 28716 828-646-3700

Weekly sales each Monday at 12 p.m. Cattle received Sundays 1-7 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7 a.m.

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April 4, 2012 Bunn Family Ranch, LLC. Production Sale Roanoke, Ala. 678-350-5380

April 4-5 Forage Conference at Convention Perry, Ga. www.gabeef.org/gca April 4-7, 2012 51st Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention, Trade Show & Expo Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 www.gabeef.org/gca April 6, 2012 GJCA Team Marketing Contest Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560

Georgia Beef Expo Southeastern Angus Showcase Sale Perry, Ga. 706-387-0656 Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, Ga. 706-773-3612

April 7, 2012 Georgia Hereford Association Sale Perry, Ga. 912-865-5593

14th Annual GCCPA Club Calf Sale Perry, Ga. 912-690-1727

Firm Foundations Elite Angus Offering Cullman, Ala. 334-524-9287 April 13-15 Miami Cattle Show Miami, Fla. 1-800-SENEPOL

April 14, 2012 Britt Angus Sale Facility 12th Annual Cattlemen’s Choice Sale Hartwell, Ga. 859-421-6100 Ridgefield Farm, LLC. Bull Sale Brasstown, NC. 828-837-6324

Edwards Land & Cattle Co. Spring Production Sale Beulaville, NC. 910-298-3012 2012 Carolina Sensations Sale Williamston, SC 979-693-1301

April 15, 2012 Southern Style Production Sale Partisover Ranch Colbert, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 3]

S E R V I C E S April 28, 2012 Florida Brahman Association Field Day and Heifer Sale Kenansville, Fla. 352-585-1732

May 30, 2012 Calhoun HERD Sale Calhoun, Ga. 706-624-1403 [See advertisement, p. 72]

May 4, 2012 Callaway Farms Maternal Matrons Sale Rayle, Ga. 706-302-2675 [See advertisement, p. 93]

June 2, 2012 GSSA Field Day Hogansville, Ga. 706-654-6071

Upper Cumberland Angus Association Springtime Select Sale Cookeville, Tenn. 931-239-9785 [See advertisement, p. 68]

Southeast All Black Classic Sale Greenwood, Fla. 706-773-3612 [See advertisement, p. 47]

Georgia Mountain Beef Cattle Field Day Blairsville, Ga. 706-745-2655 [See advertisement, p. 52]

May 4-5, 2012 ANCW Region II Workshop Montgomery, Ala. www.bamabeef.org [See advertisement, p. 23]

April 18, 2012 Bunn Family Ranch, LLC. Production Sale Roanoke, Ala. 678-350-5380

April 21, 2012 Sunshine Farms 5th Annual Strawberry Classic SimAngus Female Sale Clanton, Ala. 205-755-4203

May 5, 2012 Ogeechee Farms Mature Cow Herd Dispersal Wadley, Ga. 229-392-1409 [See advertisement, p. 5]

Bricton Farm 17th Annual Female Sale Social Circle, Ga. 770-787-1644

Collins Farms Bred Angus Heifers Sale Cussetta, Ala. 334-559-3227 [See advertisement, p. 96]

Burns Farms Herefords Female Event & Commercial Bull Sale Pikeville, Tenn. 615-477-5668 [See advertisement, p. 66]

Southern Unity Beefmaster Sale Calhoun, Ga. 770-546-3527 [See advertisement, p. 28]

Senepol Field Day and Bull Sale Blandenboro, NC 1-800-SENEPOL

April 22, 2012 Quintin Smith Family Angus Sale Lebanon, Tenn. 816-532-0811 [See advertisement, p. 49]

April 23, 2012 Kensington Cattle Company Complete Dispersal Sale Molena, Ga. 706-601-0800 [See advertisement, p. 74] April 24, 2012 Georgia Heifer HERD Sale Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, Ga. 229-386-3683 [See advertisement, p. 25] April 25, 2012 Bunn Family Ranch, LLC. Production Sale Roanoke, Ala. 678-350-5380

June 1, 2012 Georgia SimConference Newnan, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See advertisement, p. 33]

June 3-7, 2012 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop Tifton, Ga. 229-391-5072 [See advertisement, p. 28] June 8-9, 2012 Southern National Junior and Open Angus Shows Perry, Ga. 706-387-0656 [See advertisement, p. 54]

May 11, 2012 GSSA Annual Meeting Ila, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See advertisement, p. 33]

June 27-29, 2012 Senepol Annual Convention Orlando, Fla. 1-800-SENEPOL July 26-29, 2012 GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 17]

May 12, 2012 Generations of Value Sale Simmental and SimAngus Females Colbert, Ga. 859-987-5758 [See advertisement, p. 38] May 19, 2012 Celebrate Beef Month Training Macon, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 92] May 25-26, 2012 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Tifton, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 91]

May 26, 2012 Bridges Angus Farm Passion for Progress Sale Lexington, Ga. 706-340-1421 [See advertisement, p. 20 & 21]

May 29, 2012 Calhoun Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Workshop Northwest Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavillion Calhoun, Ga. 706-624-1403

July 20-21, 2012 Georgia Limousin Association Annual Meeting and Field Day Cleveland, Ga. 770-307-7036 August 18, 2012 Southern Showcase Sale Bruce Van Meter Farm Rome, Ga. 770-547-1433 [See advertisement, p. 43] October 13, 2012 Walden Farms Bull Sale Brantley, Ala. 334-527-3021

October 24-27, 2012 GCA Fall Tour Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 86] November 3, 2012 Sayer & Sons Limousin Sale CSR Farms Sale Facility Alapaha, Ga. February 15, 2013 White Hawk Ranch Beefmaker Bull Sale Marietta, Ga. 678-858-0914

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NORTHEAST GEORGIA LIVESTOCK LLC

1200 Winterville Road Athens, Ga 30605 Ph: 706.549.4790 Fax: 706.549.1701 www.negalivestock.com Manager: Todd Stephens

Come See Us at the 51st G e o rg i a C a t t l e m e n ’ s As s o c i a t i o n C o n v e n t i o n a n d B e e f E x po , B oot h 32 Café Open Serving Breakfast and Lunch

Regular sale every Wednesday @ Noon

Video sale every Wednesday @ 2pm Commission $12.00 per head

Video sale representatives

Todd Stephens: 770-601-6286 Georgia, SC, Tennessee & Alabama Ross Strickland: 770.547.3644 Northwest Ga Mark hart: 706.498.2769 Northeast Ga & SC

Donnie duke: 706.491.6103 Northeast/Northwest Ga & SC Parrish Akins: 229.356.3656 South Ga

A S S O C I A T I O N

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Impact

Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Make an

By Callie Akins, GJCA Convention Coordinator As the senior Georgia Junior how to show. I was nervous about Cattlemen’s Association members teaching her and I thought to myself, prepare to graduate, I am sure that "Do I really know enough to be while donning their cap and gown, teaching someone else?" However, I they reflect on someone who made went to her house and we had a great an impact on their life, their time, and the teaching paid off: She education or their show career. And won her class at State Show! I was so as they reflect, so must we, on the proud of her and she came up and affect these seniors had on our own thanked me for everything she lives and show experience. learned. For me there are way too many But come to think of it, I don't people to count who influenced my know that I impacted her as much as career in the show ring. Some of she had an impact on me. This these special people I met at my very proves true many times when we do first Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s things to encourage others we often Association Field Day! are the ones that leave encouraged. As a young fourth-grader, they Take Convention, for example. The took me under their wing and taught Team Marketing Competition is a me everything, including how to do perfect chance to take some younger the three-legged race and how to hold members under your wing and show my stick in the ring. Even though them the ropes of selling cattle, and they graduated and moved on to maybe you can help a younger different chapters in their lives, I still sibling take photos and create a maintain friendships with these poster to enter into the other people and am reminded constantly contests. of how much they helped me get As a GJCA officer team, one of started in showing cattle. our goals is to have an impact on the The simplest things can have an junior cattlemen. If there is any way impact, whether it is just a simple we can help you please let us know, "good luck" or "good job" to that and I am sure by helping you we will youngster starting out or a long be the ones impacted! Come see us at motivational talk with a senior about Convention and participate in the the next step in his life. This summer many contests we have planned and I had the privilege of helping out a MAKE AN IMPACT! GC young girl who was just learning

Hundreds of GJCA members and their families attended the 2012 Georgia State Livestock Show Feb. 22 through 25. In between the grooming contest, feeding calves and getting pumped up for the show ring, many members feasted at the GJCA State Show pizza party and enjoyed an impromptu Frisbee game and drawings for prizes. For those who couldn’t make it to the pizza party, attendees brought the pizza to them inside the barns so everyone could help the juniors celebrate reaching 500 members!

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P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31210 478-474-6560 http://www.gabeef.org/gjca/

GJCA MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association is to prepare the members of the junior association for membership and leadership in the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, and to offer educational opportunities to prepare them to become industry leaders.

YOUR GJCA LEADERSHIP:

Chairman John Reasor j_reasor@yahoo.com

Convention Coordinator Callie Akins cowgalcal95@hotmail.com Field Day Coordinator Hella Moore hbug@pstel.net

Chapter Relations Cole Brogdon colebrogdon@yahoo.com Chapter Relations Katherine Throne throneke@gmail.com

Chapter Relations Gibson Priest gibson31@bellsouth.net Youth Activities Advisor Dallas Duncan (478) 474-6560 dallas@gabeef.org

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GEORGIA JUNIOR CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION

Turn your WISDOM into WEALTH

at the 2012 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge! $10,000 in scholarships available! May 25 – 26, 2012 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College • Tifton, Ga.

ARE YOU A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE? Do the large dollar amounts of tuition, books and living expenses worry you? BISC is an awesome program designed to offer scholarship money to passionate students who want to engage in handson, real-world scenarios beef cattle producers deal with every day. This two-day event is packed FULL of exciting learning opportunities that will prepare YOU for your future!

10 Stations (25 minutes per station)

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Handling and Health Nutrition Marketing Credit & Finance

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Reproduction Beef Managment Challenge Beef Industry Issues Meat Identification

• Job Interview • Seedstock Merchandising with Keep-Cull Heifers

BISC Official Entry Form: Due April 25, 2012

Team Name: __________________________________________________________ Team Coach: __________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________Email:____________________________ Student Name: ______________________ ______________________ ______________________

Grade*: _______ _______ _______

County and State: __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________

____ $200/team (GA residents**) ____$250/team (Out-of-state) _____$100/Junior team Junior teams high school freshmen and sophomores; senior teams high school juniors and seniors *Grade as of Jan. 1 of contest year **Georgia residents must be current GJCA members

Make check payable and return to:

Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association • P.O. Box 27990 Macon, Ga. 31221 For more information, contact dallas@gabeef.org • 478-474-656 • or visit www.gabeef.org/gjca

SEL L IN G 80 BR ED H EIF ER S On MAY 12, 2012 • 12:30 p.m.

Sleepy Creek Farm near Forsyth, GA

Data Available: • A.I. Breeding & Sire EPD’s • Pelvic Area • Frame Score • Disposition Score • Weight per Day of Age • Average Daily Gain

All heifers will sell confirmed safe in calf to calving ease Angus Bulls. All heifers were A.I.’d at least once to Sydgen Trust 6228 (CED +13, BW -0.4, WW +53, YW +90, Milk +30). For more information or to receive a catalogue, call the Monroe County Extension at (478) 994-7014. Web info at http://www.ugaextension.com/monroe/ Email uge2207@uga.edu; Type HERD in the subject line.

R E A D E R

Next Month: AMERICAN BREEDS, CHIANINA & CHI INFLUENCE, JUNIORS, NEW PRESIDENT

ABS Global 325-538-7238 ....................73 ADM 866-666-7626................................75 Advanced Solutions Network 228-216-3428 ..................................49, 50 Alltech 352-212-6240..............................2 ANCW Region II Meeting....................23 Bagley Farms 706-280-7733 ................52 Beef Checkoff 478-474-6560 ..............80 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge 478-474-6560 ........................................91 Boatright’s Simmental Farm 478-589-7144..........................................32 Bozeman Farms 601-879-8547............41 Bridges Angus 706-340-1421 ........20, 21 Brown & Brown Farms 352-748-2085 ........................................63 Bull Whisperer 478-987-4678............84 Burns Farms Herefords 615-477-5668..........................................66 Calhoun HERD Sale 706-624-1403....72 Callaway Cattle Company 770-583-5688 ........................................40 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383 ........................................84 Classifieds ..........................................84, 85 Collins Farms 334-559-3227 ..............96 Crystalyx....................................................52 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ........................................84 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ........................................84 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789..............85 Driggers Simmental Farm 912-237-0608 ........................................40 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ..............................................88 FPL Foods 706-910-9397 ......................18 Franklin County Livestock ..................85 Generations of Value Sale 859-987-5758..........................................38 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ........................84 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..................................54, 55 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders....................53 Georgia Brangus Breeders ......................31 GCA Fall Tour 478-474-6560 ............86 94 April 2012

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S E R V I C E S

Plan ahead to advertise in these special issues! Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560.

For the General Classified Ad section see pages 84 and 85 GCA Beef Month Training NCBA Leg. Conf. 202-483-6000 ........15 478-474-6560 ........................................49 Natural Resources Conservation GCA Summer Conference Workshop 229-391-5072..................28 478-474-6560..........................................17 Northeast Georgia Livestock Georgia Charolais Breeders 770-601-6286..........................................89 706-200-6655 ........................................69 Ogeechee Farms 229-392-1409 ............5 Georgia Chianina Breeders Pasture Management 706-759-2220 ........................................26 478-230-7733..........................................64 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders....................53 PH White Co. 1-800-344-0115 ..........56 Georgia Hereford Breeders Pigeon Mountain Simmentals 912-865-5593..........................................67 706-638-4220 ........................................43 Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation Powder Creek Simmental 706-336-6830 ........................................95 770-567-3909..........................................41 Georgia Limousin Breeders Quintin Smith Family Angus 770-307-7036..........................................30 816-532-0811 ..........................................49 Georgia Mountain Beef Cattle Ragan and Massey ..................................64 Field Day 706-745-2655......................52 Reproductive Management Services Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ....26 229-881-9711 ..........................................84 Georgia Red Angus Breeders Reproductive Progress 706-882-7423 ........................................53 706-769-0797 ........................................84 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders Rockin' R Trailers 678-852-7301 ..........................................53 1-800-241-8794......................................84 Georgia Simmental Association Select Sires 931-248-3097 ......................7 706-654-6071..........................................33 Senepol Association Bull Test Sale Georgia Simmental Breeders 910-648-6171 ..........................................84 706-654-6071..........................................32 Shoal Creek Farms 770-227-6801 ......32 Gold River Feed Products Southeast AGNet Radio 706-342-5417..........................................84 478-718-0081 ..........................................86 GrassWorks 479-790-1091..................62 Southeast Livestock Exchange Highview Farms 770-567-3942..........85 828-646-0270 ........................................86 James W. Fordham Farm Southeastern All-Black Classic 478-934-2226 ........................................39 706-773-3612 ..........................................47 Jenkins Cattle Company........................37 Southeastern Semen Services Kensington Cattle Company 386-963-5916..........................................84 706-601-0800 ........................................74 Southern Showcase Sale Laura's Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..........84 770-547-1433 ..........................................43 Malcolm Financial Group Southern States ................................56, 69 1-800-884-4820 ....................................86 Southern Style Production Sale Martin's Cattle Services 706-788-2533 ............................................3 706-367-8349 ........................................84 Southern Unity Beefmaster Sale Maternal Matrons Sale 770-546-3527 ........................................28 706-302-2675 ........................................93 Tifton HERD Sale Mid-GA Steel & Supply 229-386-3683 ........................................25 478-508-3015. ........................................84 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ..........84 Mike Jones, Auctioneer Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ..................84 706-773-3612 ..........................................84 Upper Cumberland Angus Monroe County HERD Sale Association Sale 931-239-9785..........68 478-994-7014 ........................................92 Vermeer ......................................................65 Moss Cattle Company Westway Feed 1-800-800-7517..........92 706-654-6071..........................................39 Woodlawn Farms 706-499-2325 ......37

Offers

125 Bred Angus Heifers for Sale Available May 1

Home Raised Heifers - Ultrasound pregnancy checked, many with sexed embryos Will start calving Oct.1 Bred to Easy Calving Angus bulls (most Connealy bloodlines) Average EPDs :

BW: +.8 | WW: +51 | YW +96 | Milk +26 | CW +28 | MB +.41 | REA +.59 | $W +33.65 | $B +64.91

Heifers that will work for you from their 1st, 2nd or 10th calf

First Calf heifer with her 1st calf (3 months old) Follow us online. Scan the QR Code Below:

3-year-old cow with her 2nd calf (4 months old)

COLLINS FARMS

12-year-old cow with her 10th calf (4 months old)

Producing Functional Cattle Since 1944 1070 County Road 481 Cusseta, AL 36852 Jimmy 334-559-3227 • Jim 478-957-6572 www.collinscattle.com

See our 11 consignments to Tifton HERD Sale April 24th


April 2012 Georgia Cattleman