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In This Issue…

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GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION 100 Cattlemen’s Drive | P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 | Fax: 478-474-5732 | GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Will Bentley, Vice President of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Association Services: Blake Poole, Director of Communications: Bailey Herrin, Director of Public Relations and Industry Information: Kaytlyn Malia, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, Publication Consultant: Gayla Dease GCA Mission Statement The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance Georgia’s cattle industry. 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. Additionally, the Georgia Cattleman and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association staff and board members are not responsible for advertising errors made in cameraready ads, nor are they responsible for submitted camera-ready ads that may contain non-approved copyrighted text, songs, poems or images. The advertiser or agency will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission from the copyright holder and will pay any copyright fee required for publication in the Georgia Cattleman. 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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Association Reports 6 GCA President’s Report, By Lee Brown 9 Executive Vice President’s Report, By Will Bentley 10 GCA Leadership 21 GBB Update, By Kaytlyn Malia 102 YCC Report, By Caleb Brown Industry News 14 NCBA News & Updates 32 Time Tested and True, By Bailey K. Herrin 74 Dr. Dan Daniel: A Saddle and Sirloin Backstory, By Jimmy Henning 81 Convention Schedule and Registration 88 2018 Leadership Nominees Reader Services 13 In My Opinion, By Matt Berry 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 24 ACC for Beef Update,

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By D. Pringle, J. Wells, R. Detweiler, T. Krause, J. Duggin, J. Segers Heifer’s Hood Ornament, By Baxter Black Associate Members 20th Anniversary of the Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale, By Mike Jones Local Market Reports Management Calendar Calendar of Events

Expert Advice 40 2018 UGA Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program Update




and Tips for Replacement Heifer Management, By Dr. Jacob R. Segers and Jason Duggin Using Alfalfa Bermudagrass Mixtures in the Southeast, By Taylor Hendricks, Dr. Jennifer Tucker and Dr. Dennis Hancock Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Can We Utilize Johnsongrass as Baleage?, By Dr. Lawton Stewart and Camila Sousa Horn Fly Control on Pastured Cattle, By Dr. Nancy C. Hinkle

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ith w n w o D n w o Br GCA President Lee Brown and his wife, Sadie; son, Drew; and daughter, Audrey.

With responsibility comes challenges and with challenges comes opportunity. The GCA leadership went through a three-year strategic planning meeting for the association back in November. Through this meeting, we were able to identify our strengths and our weaknesses. The challenge is to identify and correct the weaknesses and to then create opportunities. Through my travels to local associations throughout the state, it has become apparent to me that one of our challenges is how to best communicate what is going on at the state level with our members. One option is our GCA Leadership Newsletter, from Executive VP Will Bentley, that is sent out monthly to local chapter leaders. This newsletter lays out everything that has been going on with the association and what is coming up. If you are in leadership of your local association, please share the newsletter with your membership. If you are not receiving the newsletter and would like to, please notify one of the office staff. Our goal is to keep the membership informed, and we want you to know we are working on your behalf every day to promote the cattle industry and unite producers across the state of Georgia. Being the President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association allows me to be an ex-officio member of each committee of the association. Our association is similar to a Baptist Church with all our committees, except that we don’t have a fellowship committee – or, better known in the South, aka Fried Chicken Committee. The first committee that I was nominated to serve on years ago was the Awards Committee; and to my simple mind, I thought this would be easy. Boy, was I wrong. This could be one of the toughest tasks that I have been involved in with the association. Despite what the media may want you to believe, we have some of the brightest kids coming out of high school and entering college. Many of these students have interest in agriculture and livestock production. The committee spends countless hours reading through these junior applications and another couple of hours meeting at the office to sort out the recipients. Each applicant is deserving of a scholarship; but unfortunately, we have a limited number of scholarships we have to award. While reading and studying these applications, it is apparent that if 6

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we are able to keep these juniors involved, the future is very bright for our association. Juniors: Keep up the hard work – and in the years to come, you will not regret it. Our Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast is March 1 under the gold dome in Atlanta. We have a responsibility as producers to let our elected state lawmakers hear our challenges and concerns. With some success, this could create opportunities in the future. We have to be proactive and willing to speak for or against issues that affect how we produce and market our product. If you can’t make it to Atlanta that day, I encourage you to reach out to your representative and senator and let them know that you stand with GCA on the issues coming up that affect the beef industry. Our Convention is approaching fast and will be here before we know it. This year’s theme is “Georgia Grown.” This Convention will have speakers and sessions from producers who are trying to add value by marketing under the “Georgia Grown” label. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn ways to add value to the bottom line of your operation. The Trade Show will have vendors from local and national companies showcasing their products. As part of the Convention, there will be a couple of cattle sales with quality cattle if you are looking to add to your herd. The Convention schedule can be found on pages 83 and 84; if you can’t attend the entire Convention, try to make a day trip to Perry on the day of your choice. I am not sure about you, but I’m ready for some spring weather. Winter could be over tomorrow and I can’t say that I would miss it. If Old Man Winter hangs around too long, we will be out of hay. I sure hope the groundhog’s prediction is wrong. I’m looking forward to longer days, trees beginning to bud, and the grass starting to green up and grow. Being livestock producers, we have a responsibility to take care of our stock. When we are faced with challenges, we find solutions and look for new opportunities. GCA has many new opportunities for you to get involved; will you accept the challenge?



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Executive Vice President’s Report Will Bentley Do you ever feel like you have so much going on that you just don’t know where to start? Things pile up on your to-do list but nothing ever seems to get done. I know that can be how every day feels when you live on a farm. There is always something to be done, and most projects seem to overlap each other and require a great deal of multitasking. While the work is never quite as physical as it is on the farm, we always seem to be juggling multiple priorities at the GCA home office too. This time of year seems to be especially busy as we are in the middle of the 2018 legislative session, Young Cattlemen’s Council event, and planning our spring producer tour to California. Additionally, we are preparing for an exciting and educational 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in conjunction with the 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo scheduled for April 5-7, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. I could devote full articles to each of those things mentioned above, but I don’t seem to have the time to write them all and I’m sure you don’t have the time or interest in reading that many words written by me, so I’ll hit the high points. Let’s start with an invitation to each of you to attend our Convention and Beef Expo. We’ve shortened Convention by one day to try to be more efficient with our programs because we know that you are making a big commitment each time you come to one of our events. We’ve still managed to pack in as many educational meetings as always, so plan to be busy while in Perry. Dr. Hancock will be hosting the Forage Conference on Thursday, April 5, to get our Convention started. We will have several Cattlemen’s College segments, which will provide you with information that you can take directly back to improve your operations. Josh White with NCBA, who previously worked as EVP of this Association, will be presenting the findings of the National Beef Quality Audit Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning, we will have a round-table discussion that will focus on finishing cattle in Georgia. I get several calls every week from consumers asking for details about where to buy local Georgia beef, as well as calls from cattle producers asking about the best way to raise, finish and market local beef. This discussion will include information about marketing, regulations, and some exciting opportunities that some Georgia entrepreneurs are pursuing to fill the demand. That will be followed by Mr. Van McCall and his talk entitled “Riding with Agriculture – the Workhorse of American Society.” Van is very entertaining, so you will want to be sure to make plans to join us for lunch. Friday will also provide our grassroots membership with an

opportunity to hear what’s been going on with each of the GCA committees throughout the year at the General Membership Meeting. Remind your chapter leadership to attend, as we will be electing representatives for each of our open leadership positions as presented by our nominating committee on page 88 of this issue of Georgia Cattleman. We’ve had a lot of interest and questions throughout the past several months from people looking to get more involved at the state level, and this is the place to be to have your voice heard. For those of you who enjoy good fellowship and great prime rib, we hope that you will join us and special guest Commissioner Gary Black at the Cattlemen’s Ball on Friday evening. It’s always a fun night filled with great awards and chances to support our PAC and Foundation funds. We will wrap up Saturday with more time in the Trade Show and in the meeting room. We will also have an opportunity to buy top-quality cattle at the last of our three sales that will take place during the Beef Expo. Needless to say, it will be a busy but informative place to be. At this point in the article, I had every intention of providing a quick update on what’s been going on at the State Capitol as we work on behalf of cattle producers every day. But as I learned early on in my time writing this article, sometimes things change and you have to pivot to something else. Unfortunately, this pivot must include some sad news for our Association. Blake Poole, who has served as our Director of Association Services for the past three-plus years, has been given an opportunity outside of GCA that he just couldn’t turn down. While we will all miss having Blake on staff at GCA, we are more than thrilled for the things that lie ahead in that young man’s life. Blake has done a great job representing our membership all across the state and we will definitely miss him. I’ll try to keep tabs on him as he takes on his new role, so that I can always be able to answer the question that all of you ask when I arrive at an event: “How’s Blake doing?” It’s typically the second question people ask me right after they ask what Ember’s up to. I guess it just means I surround myself with good folks and I’m okay with that. Blake, good luck as you head out to greener pastures. I’ll miss having you as a co-pilot on our drives around the state and the many times we came in late at night from chapter meetings. I’ll miss all the many long talks about Georgia politics and your great stories of military officers throughout history that put other passengers to sleep. While I know that each of your 20,000 Facebook friends feel the same way about you as we do, know that you are always welcome in the Georgia Cattlemen’s family! Godspeed and War Eag… whew, almost got caught up in the moment. See you around, General Poole. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Cattlem 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.

Lee Brown President

43 Watson Mill Road Comer, GA 30629 706-207-7048

Kristy Arnold President-Elect

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Brent Galloway Vice-President

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Executive Committee Members

Tammy Cheely, Warrenton 706-465-2136 • Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert 229-938-2187 • Rodney Hilley, Molena 770-567-3909 • David Huddleston, Roopville 404-535-1110 • Nathan Clackum, White 678-628-3509 • Kurt Childers, Barney 229-561-3466 •

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

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Will Bentley Executive V. P.

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GCA Immediate Past President

Kyle Gillooly, Wadley • 478-494-9593 •

NCBA Directors

Randy Fordham, Royston • 706-207-1301 • Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 •

Foundation Chairman

Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 •

CattleWomen’s President

Crystal Smallwood, Monticello • 706-318-7040 •

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-994-3927 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 10: Phil Moshell, 229-881-5823 Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 Region 6: Joe Newton, Jr, 706-595-0520 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Mark Manley, 229-891-1377 Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 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 Dr. Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard Jones, Newnan 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington


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GCA Past Presidents

1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Dr. Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Dr. 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 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton 2013-2014 David Gazda, Athens 2014-2015 Melvin Porter, Jefferson 2015-2016 Randy Fordham, Royston 2016-2017 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley

m e n’s A s s o c i a t i o n Local Chapter Presidents

ABAC | Wayne Manning | 423-488-8594 Appalachian | Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | Ricky Yarbrough | 478-256-2933 Banks | Michele Dalton | 706-499-2899 Barrow | Randy Davis | 770-596-2697 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Blue Ridge Mountain | Sabrina Garrett | 706-747-3793 Burke | Steve Blackburn | 214-912-1993 Carroll | Phil McGukin | 678-776-6517 Central Georgia | Brent Hartley | 478-919-8710 Clarke-Oconee | Chuck Lee | 706-540-3512 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Coweta | Elise M. Farnham | 770-367-3148 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-400-0097 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Johnny Trotter | 706-346-2094 Franklin | Scott Andrews | 706-491-0630 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | Jon Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Brian Walker | 404-535-2104 Harris | John Britt | 706-662-0036 Hart | Jeff Brown | 706-371-0204 Heard | Caleb Pike | 706-302-6281 Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430

Henry | Allen Garland | 678-977-1357 Jackson | Matt Shirley | 706-983-0276 Jefferson | Johnny Jones | 478-697-1016 Jenkins | Horace Weathersby, III | 706-551-8384 Johnson Area | Bray Hutcheson, Jr. | 478-521-2401 Laurens | Travis Young | 478-456-0419 Lincoln | Dalton Tankersley | 706-504-1905 Little River | Joe Newton | 706-595-0520 Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Matt Perfect | 478-973-7164 Madison | Trey McCay | 706-255-8422 Meriwether | Brian McDaniel | 678-850-6640 Mid-Georgia | Cody Ham | 478-394-1642 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Evan Dover | 706-695-9180 North Georgia | Billy Martin | 404-376-6141 Northeast Georgia | DJ Bradshaw | 478-957-5208 Northwest Georgia | Justin Wells | 706-264-8253 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Daniella Adams | 706-614-4293 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187 Piedmont | Newton Mayfield | 770-775-5125

Piney Woods | Charles Davis | 912-367-5395 Polk | Glenn Robinson | 770-815-9122 Red Carpet | Darlene Tierce | 706-625-9897 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | David Rooks, Sr. | 912-422-3233 Southeast Georgia | Charles Harris | 912-288-3437 Sowega | Matt Berry | 229-942-8456 Stephens | Freddie Long | 706-886-8996 Tattnall | Newley Halter | 912-690-0789 Taylor | Wayne Wilson | 706-656-6351 Thomas | Charles R. Conklin | 229-228-6548 Three Rivers | Theresa Molle | 229-315-1466 Tift | Andy Dunn | 229-848-3535 Tri-County | Nora Goodman | 770-562-3531 Tri-State | Jimmy McKenzie | 423-595-2482 Troup | Ben Comerford | 706-604-5098 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Brianna Roberts | 706-340-5468 Walton | Andy Camp | 770-601-3308 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-552-9328 Wayne | Robin Thornton | 912-579-2181 Wilkes | Jenny Reville | 706-678-5269 Wiregrass | Parrish Akins | 229-356-3656 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

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Welcome New Members! Samuel B Acuff, Cartersville Dr. Sam Adams, DVM, Americus Jamie T Allgood, Athens Adam Andrews, Barnesville Anthony Baudo, Tifton Beggs Farm Supply Inc., Canon Rebecca Bowen, Lula Jean Wallace Brown, Griffin Brian Buchanan, Temple Austin Carver, Hawkinsville Paul Chaffin, Cedartown Spenser Check, Nicholson Matt Clark, Jackson Chantel Clemons, Hiawassee Noah Clemons, Hiawassee Jac Cretors, Hawkinsville Virginia Dillard, Tifton David English, Clarkesville Francis Fluharty, Olmsted Falls, OH Larry Garrett, Royston Stephen R Greenway, Alma W J Hatcher, Baconton Marc Hinson, Columbus Jeremy Hobbs, Bishop Kenneth House, Danielsville Devin Hunter, Hiawassee Chad Jones, Sandersville Chase Jones, Preston Ricky Kemmerlin, Metter Jan Kennedy, Collins James K Keyton, Wrightsville Lisa Keyton, Wrightsville Martha Keyton, Wrightsville


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Tim Keyton, Wrightsville Kmc Cattle Farm LLC, Albany Lents Farm LLC, Eton Rhonda Matthews, Mineral Bluff Matt McArthur, White Chad McCloud, Monroe Mark Moore, Atlanta David Nix, Zebulon Oakdale Farms, Rome Eddie J Osborn, Hiawassee Lily Pass, Danielsville Dean Phillips, White Daryl Pike, Elko Katie Pitchford, Clermont Mary Elizabeth Pollett, Wrightsville David Ramsey, Commerce Michael Robison, Leesburg Kody Rylee, Gillsville Chris Tyson, Reidsville Joel P Scott, Sr., Wrightsville Jerry & Dawn Shaw, Cave Spring Richard Smith, Gay Ronald S Smith, Sylvester Jared Tison, Warick Stephen Walden, Madison, Fla. Vivian Walker, Washington Brandon Welch, Buena Vista Mackenzie Wiggins, Adel Mark Wiggins, Forsyth James L Wilbur, Rockmart Johnnie Wilson, Ocilla Kenneth Yeoman, Griffin Steve Young, Buena Vista

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My name is Matt Berry and I am from Americus, Georgia. I am president of the newly started SOWEGA Cattlemen’s Chapter of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. I chose to apply and attend the GCA Leadership Conference with hopes of learning some information about what our state office does for cattlemen, and to take back that information to our local chapter and share it with our members. I knew the basics and thought I had an understanding of the organization, until I showed up to the meeting. Once at the meeting, we were taught what goes on within the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and how it affects us every day. It’s more than just a license plate and a magazine – a whole lot more. I learned more about the part it plays within the industry statewide and its impact on the education of consumers. GCA does a lot behind the scenes that we as producers never know about but impacts us regularly. These range from meeting with representatives at the Capitol in Atlanta and Washington, to dealing with issues affecting us as producers, to helping with marketing beef and providing information and/or education to the public about the industry and beef as a whole, just to name a few. At the meeting, we had the opportunity to talk among ourselves from time to time; in doing so, you realize that no matter where you are from within the state, we all deal with a lot of the same issues. We had the opportunity to tour two different operations. On these visits, we were able to see different types of operations. One operation took advantage of A.I. technology, different breeding techniques and additional technologies to produce a superior product. The other farm discussed how and where government programs through FSA and NRCS, that our Association fights for, could be implemented. Both of these were good examples of how cattle can be produced at an exceptional quality with the tools available to us with the help of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. On the second day, we met at Buckhead Beef in Atlanta and toured their facility. We got to see what the end result of genetic management and good feed looks like. In turn, we got to see the value added to these cuts with these considerations taken into account. From there we went to the Capitol, where we were able to meet with Secretary of State Brian Kemp and see other representatives who speak on our behalf at the Capitol. It was interesting to meet these people and see how accessible they really are to us as producers, not to mention being in the Capitol itself. From there, we crossed the street to the Department of Agriculture and had a discussion about the

Georgia Grown program with Commissioner Gary Black. I am very glad I took the time to attend this meeting. In doing so, I left with a whole new appreciation and understanding about what goes on in the organization and the part it plays in our day-to-day lives. My intention is to bring that knowledge back home and share it with the membership in our local chapter, as well as get more involved at the local and state level when the opportunity arises. As Will Bentley said in the meetings we had, we need to tell our story so it gets told by people who actually know the truth about what is going on and not by people on the outside who want our industry to go away. If you have the opportunity to join the GCA Leadership Conference next year, I hope that you will make it a point to attend and learn more about our industry and the work that GCA does on our behalf.


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NCBA News and Updates NCBA Ramps Up “Fake Meat” Advocacy Efforts as Members Pass Official Policy in Phoenix Fresh off the release of NCBA’s 2018 Policy Priorities, members in Phoenix passed official policy designed to protect consumers and the beef industry from fake meat and misleading labels. The resolution will inform advocacy efforts as NCBA ramps up the fight against imitation meat and franken-foods inside the Beltway. What does the policy say? Recognizing that many products are being falsely marketed as equivalent or substitutes for beef, the resolution notes that NCBA opposes “alternative proteins being permitted to use nomenclature associated with protein sourced from livestock production.”

It further states that NCBA supports “the definition of beef to only include products derived from actual livestock raised by cattle farmers and ranchers and harvested for human consumption.” What does that mean in practice? NCBA will be waging a campaign on two fronts: Ensuring that product labels accurately describe the product and do not disparage beef. Working with the federal government to define clear regulatory jurisdiction over new products.

Rancher Tells Congress: “Turn Us Loose” and Reduce the Regulatory Burden

Regulatory reform was another hot topic in Phoenix, and NCBA and the Public Lands Council wasted no time in pushing that message on Capitol Hill. Last month, Wyoming rancher Niels Hansen appeared before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to highlight a broad range of regulatory challenges facing beef producers, including: • 2015 Waters of the United States Rule: “As a livestock producer, the 2015 WOTUS Rule has the potential to negatively affect every aspect of my operation by placing the regulation of every tributary, stream, pond, and dry streambed in the hands of the federal government, rather than the states and localities that understand Wyoming’s unique water issues.”

• CERCLA/EPCRA reporting: “Congress never intended these laws to govern everyday farm and ranch activity. When the mandate issues, nearly 200,000 farmers and ranchers will be on the hook to report lowlevel livestock manure odors to the government.” • Endangered Species Act: “Cattle producers throughout the country continue to suffer the brunt of regulatory and economic uncertainty due to the abuse of the Endangered Species Act…Years of abusive litigation by radical environmental groups have taken a toll, and the result is a system badly in need of modernization.” Many thanks to Chairman Barrasso for holding the hearing and giving Mr. Hansen a chance to explain the regulatory burdens facing ranchers and beef producers.

NCBA Encouraged by Government Funding Agreement, Urges Yes Vote It was a hectic day on Capitol Hill as Congress worked to avert another government shutdown. Here’s NCBA’s statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act, from our very own Colin Woodall: “The Bipartisan Budget Act put forward by Congress is an important step toward ending the cycle of short-term funding resolutions. In addition to providing a degree of

fiscal certainty, the bill will ensure that ranchers and beef producers harmed by natural disasters in 2017 will receive the federal support they deserve. In particular, the changes to the Livestock Indemnity Program – which are being made retroactive for 2017 – will benefit cattlemen and women who suffered severe losses during hurricanes and wildfires. We urge our elected officials in Congress to vote ‘yes’ on the bill.”

NCBA’s 2018 Policy Priorities • Regulatory Reform. Fighting back against federal overreach and minimizing the negative impacts of government regulations. • 2018 Farm Bill. Key asks include a strong conservation title, robust research title, and fully funded foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank. • Trade and Market Access. Protecting market access for 14

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U.S. beef and expanding export opportunities for producers through bilateral trade agreements. • Antimicrobial Use. Securing a clean reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and continuing action steps from the Key Technologies Task Force. • Fake Meat. Protecting our industry and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels.

NCBA News and Updates Legislative Watch Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 33) Requires congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Farm Regulatory Certainty Act (H.R. 848) The bill will offer increased protection from litigation for agricultural operations that are diligently seeking to address identified environmental issues and working with the EPA. This bill prevents farmers from being targeted repeatedly for the same issue if they are already engaged in legal action or are working with state or federal government to address identified issues. NCBA encourages a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951) The bill would reform the process by which federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes. NCBA encourages a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) To direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes (H.R. 424) NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsors: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (H.R. 631) The bill would permanently repeal the federal estate tax. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsors: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Judgment Fund Transparency Act (S. 565) Seeks to provide increased oversight and transparency of the Treasury Department Judgment Fund, which is used to pay court judgments and settlements in cases brought against the federal government if those costs are not otherwise covered by appropriated agency budgets. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsors: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). Co-sponsors: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) Investment in New Ventures and Economic Sense Today (INVEST) Act of 2017 (S. 1144) The INVEST Act would simplify accounting rules and reform key parts of the tax code to help small and medium-size business owners more quickly recover investment costs and certain other tax-deductible business expenses. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) No Regulation Without Representation Act (H.R. 2887) This legislation prohibits a state from imposing tax or regulatory burdens on businesses not physically located in the state. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key sponsor: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 (S. 1794) This legislation prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible. Key sponsor: Sen. Mike Sands (R-S.D.). Co-sponsors: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Recognizing the importance of the United States-Japan partnership and supporting the pursuit of closer trade ties between the United States and Japan (H.R. 236) NCBA urges a YES vote. Key sponsor: Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990) The bill would reform the national monument designation process by setting clear parameters for the appropriate size of designations, giving voice to local residents and business owners, and requiring environmental studies before sweeping designations can be made. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key sponsors: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) Securing All Livestock Equitability Act of 2017 (H.R. 4058) To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to provide for the establishment of a trust for the benefit of all unpaid cash sellers of livestock, and for other purposes. Key sponsor: Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.). NCBA supports co-sponsorship and passage of this legislation. S. 2050 and H.R. 4211 - A bill to amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to provide to producers partial payments under the livestock indemnity program for livestock sold for salvage. Allows for LIP partial payments in the event livestock were severely injured, but still salvageable. Producers would be able to receive disaster payments for the difference between what a producer would receive at a processing facility versus the LIP payment for the same animal. Key sponsors: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) S. 2053 and H.R. 4210 - A bill to amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to increase the maximum amount of assistance authorized under supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs. Doubles the LIP payment limit in an effort to make certain that ranchers who lose hundreds of their cattle in one disaster can have a chance at recovery. The current LIP payment limit covers about 70 cow-calf pairs. The increased payment limit would also apply to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program. Key sponsors: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) S. 2054 and H.R. 4213 - A bill to amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 to establish a program to provide advance payments under the Emergency Conservation Program for the repair or replacement of fencing. Gives USDA the authority to offer landowners the option to be paid upfront the fair market value of the portion of the fence that the USDA approves to be built or repaired under ECP requirements. Key sponsors: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.)

S. 2049 and H.R. 4212 - A bill to amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 to increase support for conservation practices under the Emergency Conservation Program, and for other purposes. Raises the ECP payment limits to better accommodate the costs of rebuilding fences. Natural disasters such as fires can damage hundreds of miles of fence at a time. This bill would match the ECP payment limit to the Emergency Forest Restoration Program. As fences cost approximately $10,000 per mile to rebuild, the current ECP limit covers approximately 26 miles of fence at 75-percent cost-share, creating a significant gap between the fence covered by the ECP and the fence needed. This legislation would narrow that gap. Key sponsors: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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On Jan. 26, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Board member David Huddleston attended a career day at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton, Georgia, to talk about the importance of the beef industry.

Several members of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board represented our state and interests at the NCBA Convention and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. They enjoyed the informative meetings, warm weather, and hearing how our cattle industry and demand for beef are continuing to grow and thrive. Next year’s convention will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we encourage you to make plans to attend!

On Feb. 3, GCA’s Blake Poole attended the Georgia Young Farmer Conference in Chateau Elan. The son of Brad and Kelly Rahn of Effingham County is shown in the picture.


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Andy Paul served as National FFA President; Abbey Gretsch served as Regional Vice President. Both are from Oglethorpe County. It is believed this hasn’t happened before. Parents are Jeff & Marsha Paul and Fred & Anne Gretsch. Recognition originated with, and arranged by, County Commissioner Billy Pittard. Teachers Travis Sertich, Robert Jackson and Sara Hughes commented on qualities and characteristics of Paul and Gretsch.

The Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association is proud to honor their members annually for the outstanding work they do within the beef industry. One aspect of cattle production is making quality hay. The 2017 Piedmont Cattlemen Hay Contest Winners were awarded as follows (photo right, L-R): Cool-Season Perennial Hay Winner: Frank Pool Warm-Season Perennial Hay Winner: Keith Mitcham Annual Mixed-Grass Hay Winner: Grady and Tim Hodges The 2017 Members of the Year are as follows (photo left, L-R): 2017 Cattle Producer of the Year: Keith Mitcham 2017 Junior Member of the Year: Kade Mitcham 2017 Member of the Year: Scott Craig

The Screven County Moo Moo Classic was held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Ag Center. Forty-six head of cattle were shown by 34 youth from 10 counties. Caroline Burke of Screven County showed her Continental heifer to the Grand Champion spot.


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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information As we get closer to wrapping up the first quarter of this year, the pages of this magazine are filling up with information on GCA Convention and spring sales. We are actively working on the programs and promotions for May Beef Month, which is unbelievably just around the corner. So when I was searching for a recipe for this month, I needed something convenient and quick for this time of year, which gets pretty busy. I went over to the new website, and right there in their recipe collection were the words “one dish meal.” Less mess is right up my alley – and in this collection, which housed many mouthwatering recipes, was one that really stood out to me. This month’s recipe for meatloaf has got it all: the meat and the potatoes, all on one sheet pan. If you’re looking for something hearty and savory, I can’t imagine anything better than this. I cannot wait to try this myself and I encourage you all to do so as well.

Easy Sheet Pan Meatloaf & Vegetables

Ingredients 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (93% or leaner) 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon pepper Cook's Tip: Toppings Cooking times are for fresh or 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. 1 teaspoon dry mustard Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness. Directions 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Reserve 1/4 cup of tomato sauce; set aside. 2. Combine Ground Beef, remaining tomato sauce, bread crumbs, onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. 3. Shape beef mixture into 8x4x2-inch loaf on parchment-lined sheet pan. Vegetables: 1. Toss potatoes with nonstick cooking spray, garlic salt and pepper. Spread potatoes evenly around the meatloaf on the sheet pan. 2. Place sheet pan on the center rack of oven; bake in preheated 400°F oven for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine reserved tomato sauce with brown sugar and dry mustard. Spread sauce evenly over top of the meatloaf, stir potatoes, and continue cooking another 20 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatloaf registers 160°F. 3. Remove meatloaf and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Test potatoes for doneness and return to oven if needed while meatloaf rests. Cut meatloaf into slices. Serve with potatoes. Four-Pepper Meatloaf Variation: Prepare meatloaf as above, adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper to Ground Beef mixture. Picadillo-Style Meatloaf Variation: Prepare meatloaf as above, omitting thyme and adding 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves to Ground Beef mixture.

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Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update March 2018

By Kaytlyn Malia, Director of Industry Information & Public Relations

Recipe Video with Craft Box Girls Following our Holiday Roast recipe that was shared in December, our second video with Craft Box Girls has been created and shared as well. This recipe was for Healthy Beef Taco Boats, utilizing lean ground beef and colorful peppers for a healthy and fresh way to kick off the new year. These recipe videos are available on our social channels, Craft Box Girls’ social channels, and Apple TV. We’ve received great comments on the recipes as well as the quality of the videos, and we’re looking forward to our third and final video in the next couple of months. “Women’s Influence in Beef Production” Video We shared a few months ago that we were beginning a video project with Growing America highlighting different beef cattle producers around the state. We are proud to say that the first video has been shared on social media, and the outcome has been everything we hoped for and more! This particular video features GCA President-elect Kristy Arnold; she discusses women’s influence in the beef industry through her experiences and story at her farm in Screven, Georgia. On Facebook alone, we received more than 30,000 views with hundreds of positive comments and shares. The video has also been shared on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, and we’ve received the same positive interaction there as well. Thank you to all who shared this video and left positive comments; you’ve helped us share the beef story to the world that needs to hear it and we are grateful that you partnered with us in this mission. If you haven’t seen it, search “Women’s Influence in the Beef Industry” on YouTube. Keep an eye out for the next story; we are excited to keep this beef production conversation going! Media Campaigns for Super Bowl and Winter Olympics Even though college football is over, February has not been short of sporting events and we have made sure that beef is part of that conversation! Ibotta and “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” partnered together with Frito-Lay to share recipes that utilized Fritos and ground beef. These recipes are all focused on Super Bowl meals and appetizers, and we have joined the conversation on social media sharing about this as well. Additionally, the world watched the Winter Olympics and we wanted beef to be a part of that as well. We shared Korean-style beef recipes during the weeks that the Olympics were aired. Not only were we able to share recipes and cooking techniques influenced by another culture, but we also got to share the protein benefits that beef offers; and even though we aren’t Olympic athletes, an active lifestyle at any level can be fueled by beef. What’s to Come: New Website! We are excited to share that we are in the beginning stages of redesigning the Georgia Beef Board website. This will be done by NCBA and we have specific goals of making this a greater and stronger resource to consumers who view it. There will be some great improvements and updates to come and we are so excited! The launch is expected to be at a later date this spring.

Georgia Beef Board Robert Fountain Jr., Chairman P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808


Betts Berry, Vice-Chairman 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049 Chuck Joiner, Treasurer 425 Gray Road Carrollton, GA 30116 770-832-7299 Gerald Long 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Bill Bryan 2830 East Armuchee Rd Summerville, Ga 30747 423-605-0561 Kenneth Murphy 7432 Rocky Mount Road Gay, GA 30218 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 2772 Mountville Hogansville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Brent Galloway 1295 GA Hwy 152 Lyons, GA 30436 678-410-6070 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201 Melvin Porter 168 Hardman Rd Jefferson, GA 30549 706-654-8283 The Georgia Beef Board 478-474-1815


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Growth and Reproduction in Angus Heifers Selected for Feed Efficiency D. Pringle, J. Wells, R. Detweiler, T. Krause, J. Duggin, J. Segers University of Georgia, Animal and Dairy Sciences Department

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wImproving feed efficiency in beef cattle has been identified as a top priority for the industry because of the need to produce more pounds of beef with fixed resources. Feed efficiency has the potential to influence profitability in all segments of the industry, from the cow-calf producer to the feeder. In the feedlot industry, it has been estimated that a 10% improvement in feed efficiency would save $1.2B in feed costs. Since Georgia is primarily a cow-calf state, one might conclude that selection for feed efficiency would not have significant impact on the profitability of Georgia’s beef industry; however, feed costs account for around 65% of farm expenditures in the cow-calf sector. Over half of this feed goes directly to the maintenance requirements of the cow herd. Thus, improving the cow’s feed efficiency has the potential to greatly reduce operating costs for the Georgia cow-calf producer, as well as the Midwestern feeder. Feed efficiency is somewhat difficult to gauge, because it requires an accurate measure of feed intake. Recent development of affordable feed intake monitoring systems, such as the GrowSafe Beef™ system, has renewed the interest in genetic evaluations of feed efficiency; in fact, several of the larger beef cattle breed associations are now reporting a genetic measure of feed efficiency in their sire summaries. Improving feed efficiency would seem to be a reasonable goal for the beef cattle industry; however, little information is available about the impact of selection for feed efficiency on the heifer’s reproductive performance. Thus, we set out to develop lines of cattle that differ in efficiency in order to determine whether this selection will impact the reproductive performance of the cow herd, beginning with the heifers. In order to develop lines that are genetically different in terms of efficiency, Angus bulls that differed in Residual Average Daily Gain (RADG) EPD were mated to the cow herd at the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center in Calhoun, Georgia. The RADG EPD utilizes feed intake, post-weaning


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gain, and carcass composition to predict efficiency of gain, with larger numbers indicating more efficient cattle. The “efficient” bulls ranked in the top 5% of the breed for RADG EPD, while the “less efficient” bulls ranked in the bottom 15%. Half of the bulls in each efficiency group also ranked in the top 10% of the breed for marbling (MARB) EPD, while the other half was selected near breed average for MARB EPD. Heifer growth and body composition were monitored through yearling measurements, after which they were synchronized and bred by AI to bulls from the aforementioned lines in order to assess their early reproductive performance. Growth and reproductive data have been collected on 129 heifers from the first three calf crops of the study. No differences in birth, weaning or yearling weights have been seen between the high- and low-RADG groups; however, the high-RADG heifers were about 20 pounds heavier at yearling than the lowRADG group (Figure 1). This is similar to the findings for their steer siblings. Ultrasound backfat was similar between the two lines at weaning and yearling, as was weaning intramuscular fat percentage (Table 1). However, yearling IMF percentage was higher for the low-RADG heifers, compared with the high-RADG line. This was also noted in the steers from these matings and is most likely due to the fact that marbling EPDs tended to decrease (upper 10% of the breed) in the high-RADG that were also high-MARB bulls even though their accuracies improved, while the marbling EPDs of the low-RADG, highMARB bulls remained in the upper 2% of the breed. One of the most consistent findings from cattle that are grouped based on efficiency is that the efficient cattle are leaner than their less efficient counterparts, but this was not the case in these heifers. The percentage of heifers reaching puberty by 12 months of age was higher in the low-RADG group than the highRADG group (Figure 2). However, this did not appear to affect reproductive performance, since pregnancy rates were

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similar between the groups. In contrast, a higher percentage of the high-RADG heifers conceived after the first AI breeding, and a higher percentage of AI conception was noted in the high-RADG heifers, compared with their less efficient counterparts. Age at calving (avg = 23.8 months) was similar between the two groups, with the highRADG heifers giving birth 7 days earlier than their low-RADG contemporaries. Culling rates for the heifers appeared to favor the high-RADG group (Figure 3), as a greater percentage of the lowRADG heifers were culled before breeding (reasons included: slow growth, temperament, sickness, small pelvic area, and soundness) and a slightly higher percentage of the low-RADG heifers were palpated open when compared with their more efficient contemporaries. Overall, just over ¼ of the high-RADG heifers were culled before their first calf, while just over ⅓ of the less efficient, low-RADG heifers were culled prior to their first calving. As beef prices continue to increase, it becomes imperative that the industry understand every opportunity to improve our production efficiency. If we do not manage our cost of production and provide consumers with a strong perception of value in our products, we may begin to see movement toward alternative protein sources and potential declines in demand for beef. Results from this study show that selection for efficiency, using RADG EPDs, has minimal impacts on successful reproduction in heifers. In fact, there appear to be some small advantages in pregnancy and culling rates for the more efficient heifers. Combining the results from the heifers with those from their steer contemporaries, it appears that we can genetically select for improved efficiency during feeding, with no apparent negative impacts on early reproductive performance in heifers or endproduct value in steers. Further work is needed to determine how selection for efficiency impacts the long-term productivity of the breeding female in a predominantly grass-based production system and to better understand the underlying biological aspects of growth efficiency.


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I read somewhere that the average “practice life span” of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit L.A. practice, they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research, or some other less hazardous profession. Every L.A. veterinarian you know can tell “war stories” that curl your hair. It’s not surprising when you realize that whenever the vet is called out to look at a bull, a horse or a heifer, the critter is sick or hurting. And when it’s not, the vet is gonna do something to it that will hurt or make it uncomfortable. Stockmen the world over suffer from the same hazards. Anybody who has handled much livestock has been bit, stomped, kicked, stepped on, gored, butted, rammed, spit on, run over, or humiliated. All of which brings me to my story. I had been spending most of my nights in the calving barns, sleeping in a bedroll and getting up every hour or two to perform some miracle obstetrical procedure. I was tired to the bone and my eyes were sunk back in my head like a scourin’ calf. The weather was cold, clear and wet the mornin’ I went out to get a newborn calf from the little pen where he’d spent the night with his mother. As Albert opened the gate to let me in, he cautioned, “She’s a little ringy, Doc.” I stepped back and flattened myself against the neighboring pen so she could come out into the alley. She breached the gate, spied me, and charged! I had my right arm up on the gate. She caught me in the ribs as she picked up speed, and off we went down the alley. I was somehow balanced on her head like a hood ornament on a Mack truck! In flight, I reached out with my right hand and grabbed a passing gate. I picked up enough splinters to pick Donald Trump’s teeth and sunk an eight-penny nail in my finger. Three days later, I was putting a heifer back in her little pen. She was a new mother and a little wobbly as I walked her up the alley. Juan, the new exchange student from Chihuahua, didn’t get the gate closed in time. She came back out. I ran her back and forth

several times but she wouldn’t go in. Finally, she decided she’d had enough of my foolishness and got on the fight. She came at me and I set out on a high lope down the alley. My five buckles were splashing through the mud puddles and I was high-steppin’ like a drum major. The heifer was right on my tail! I reached the gate at the end of the alley and flipped the latch; I turned back to look at the critter just in time to hear the latch fall back and lock. She hit me full-speed in the same ribs and proceeded to pound me into the wood. This was Juan’s first exposure to American veterinary medicine and he thought the whole thing was hilarious! The ribs have healed up and I’m getting to where I can see the humor in the situation. But, like a lot of you fellers, I notice as I get older that some parts of my body wake up before others.


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By Bailey K. Herrin

Every child wants to make their Dad proud, even after they are gone. Cooper, Ashley and Cameron are trying to do just that. Every breeding decision, management decision and cull decision is made with their Dad, Bud Hill, in mind. In September 2014, a month before their annual production sale, the Hill family’s lives changed. Bud Hill passed away, leaving the farm in the hands of his children. They had to act quickly and decide how to proceed. “We asked ourselves, do we cancel the sale?” Cooper Hill says. “Do we disperse? What do we do?” Jointly, Bud’s children decided to press on and continue his legacy of Trask LineBred Herefords and Line-Bred Graham Angus in Blairsville, Georgia. “The 2014 sale was one of our best ones ever,” Cooper recalls with a grin. “Dad would’ve been proud. We felt like we did what he would’ve wanted us to do. Then the next year we had a Hereford bull top the sale. He wouldn’t have believed it! This was the first time that had ever happened in more than ten years of having sales.” The decision to continue with the farm was a good one. From 2014 to 2017, the Hills sold all the Hereford heifers they had available to sell. “The demand for our Hereford heifers has been high,” Cooper says. “In 2014, we sold all of our Hereford heifers; in 2015, we kept back three; and in 2016 and 2017, we again sold them all. In an effort to meet the demand we had, we failed to keep enough heifers to replenish our own herd. But it did make us feel good, since the cattle that sold in 2017 were the products of our breeding decisions. People still liked what we were producing.” Learning how to properly make breeding decisions while maintaining a linebreeding program has been an experience for the Hills. Bud believed that line-breeding produced uniformity and predictability. When new genetics were needed, a son produced by breeding an outside bull to one of our cows would be used. Bud often relied on other Polled Hereford breeders that carried some of the Trask bloodline, such as Fowken Farm in Jonesville, South Carolina. “We’ve all done a lot of research,” Cooper says. “Although some matings are obvious because of the current pedigrees and genetics we have available at the farm, we still had to make sure every decision was a good one. Dad didn’t really teach us the logic and method behind his decisions. My brother, Cameron, always says, ‘Dad was painting his masterpiece; we were just handing him the loaded paintbrushes with the colors he needed.’ I think that is a perfect way to describe it. We knew what he was doing, but didn’t fully understand the ‘why’ behind it.” Bud had the approach that running cattle is kind of like the survival of the fittest. The cattle had to be self-sufficient, calve on their own, survive with minimal care, and maintain body condition while raising a calf on minimal forage. This is something the Hill children still seek to maintain in the cattle at Hill-Vue Farm. The farm is managed from a distance, as Cameron lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ashley lives in Suffolk, Virginia; and Cooper lives in Cleveland, Tennessee. Some tinkering to the overall management of the cattle has been implemented since 2014 out of necessity and the need for overall operational efficiency. Early on, it was decided to heavily cull the older cows. Subsequently, they decided to shorten the breeding season by 45 days, which then allowed weaning to happen earlier in the year. “The entire herd has responded really well to these changes, most notably in our weaning weights,” adds Cooper. “We all try to get down here as much as we can,” Cooper explains. “We have a great herdsman who has been with us since the early 1980s. Troy Dyer is a major asset. 32

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Dad hired him to take care of the farm, since we lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, where our Dad’s business was located. After graduating from Georgia Tech and a stint in the U.S. Navy, work originally led Bud to Nashville, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Lorraine. The two settled in Cleveland, Tennessee, which was part way between Lorraine’s hometown of Shelbyville, Tennessee, and Blairsville. Once it was time to retire in 2004, Bud was able to move to the farm full-time, and he and Lorraine helped Troy on a daily basis. He always said that Troy just knew the cattle. He could tell when the slightest thing was off. Now that the farm is back to being managed from a distance, Troy is an asset that the Hills can’t do without. Bud was born and raised in Blairsville, Georgia. The first acreage that would become Hill-Vue Farm was purchased in 1954, when Bud was only 15 years old. Bud bought 40 acres with money he earned delivering the Atlanta Journal Constitution and mowing yards. Eventually, Bud and his father, Clyde, and brother, Bob, were able to piece together 488 acres. By the 1960s, the Hills were ready to put Hereford cattle on the farm. Bud sought out the Trask genetics out of South Carolina to be the foundation of their herd. He liked that the cattle were hardy and would survive on forage only. “Dad liked that Neil Trask didn’t chase trends,” Cooper

says. “He wanted cattle that were functional and adapted well. The cattle were easy keeping, docile, slicked off in the summer, predictable, fescue-tolerant, and would come through winter in a good body condition. That is what we have worked to continue.” The Hills run five breeding groups: two Hereford and three Angus. The two purebred herds provide the Hills with a solid foundation to explore different options in the future. The idea of crossing the Angus cows with one of their Hereford bulls and also putting an Angus bull over their Hereford cows has been tossed around. They would then compare the growth potential and other data such as birth weights and weaning weights between the two crosses. Then they would be able to determine which cross produces the superior Baldy calf that is highly sought after. “Our time-tested genetics, from both breeds, could produce some remarkable Baldy animals,” Cooper says excitedly. “This may be something that Hill-Vue needs to harness in the very near future.” Continuing a legacy isn’t about continuing to do things the exact same way they were done before. It’s about making decisions that would make them proud. Even though Bud Hill isn’t there to provide words of confirmation, the Hills know that he would be proud simply because cattle are still grazing the valleys of Hill-Vue Farm.


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E x p e r t

A d v i c e

2018 UGA Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program Update and Tips for Replacement Heifer Management

Jacob Segers, Ph.D. and Jason Duggin, M.S – Department of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia It is almost spring, and after a challenging winter, we at UGA Tifton are ready for some warmer weather. As grass begins to grow, many producers across the state will be looking to build or restock their herds after fall and winter culling. With cattle prices trending upward over the last year, the demand for quality females should be high heading into spring sale season. In Georgia, we are very fortunate to have so much success with our statewide heifer development program when other states are still trying to develop programs of similar value. I wanted to take this month to review the UGA Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Programs and give a few recommendations for replacement heifer management. These programs are operated by a consortium of county Extension agents from all districts in conjunction with UGA faculty from the Department of Animal & Dairy Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine with the cooperation of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Much like the bull test program, heifers are developed at either Tifton or Calhoun, depending on date of birth. Females born in September, October and November are developed at Tifton, while December-, January- and Februaryborn heifers are developed at Calhoun. Since their inception, over 5,500 females have been evaluated through the UGA HERD Programs. The Tifton program will be holding its 19th annual sale on April 17, 2018, and the Calhoun site will host its 18th annual sale on May 30, 2018. Heifers purchased in the UGA HERD Program Sales have to meet stringent standards in order to be eligible to 40

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sell. All consigned females are evaluated by a veterinarian for reproductive tract maturity score (RTMS) and pelvic area, growth, disposition, and structural soundness. The heifers receive a balanced nutritional supplement composed primarily of soybean hulls and corn gluten feed in addition to goodquality hay. Gains are managed to develop females so that they can reach 65% of their mature body weight by the time animals are bred and to maintain at least 2-lb-per-day gain. Health management is also important, as they are vaccinated according to a prescribed herd health program intended to guard them from common infectious diseases and parasites. The heifers are artificially inseminated to a calving-ease, Angus sire before being pasture-exposed to similar bulls. There are currently 171 females entered in the Tifton program and 145 at Calhoun. Some of these females are at the stations on consignment only and will not be offered for sale; still, the sale offering at both locations should be exceptional. It may be that you are new to this program or purchasing replacement females for the first time. If that is the case, we hope the following information can be useful to you in your decision-making process. Regardless of breed or breed influences, it is safe to say that the same basic expectations exist: We expect each cow to give birth to a live calf every 12 months. Some producers have controlled calving seasons and some do not. UGA Extension encourages everyone to manage their herds with a defined calving season for a long list of reasons; but even if you don’t, each cow should calve once within a 12-month period. Cows that calve every 14 months,

typically determined one month before breeding. A bovine veterinary practitioner rectally palpates a 12to 14-month heifer to assess the status of the reproductive tract of each individual heifer. Then scores ranging from 1 to 5 (Table 1) are assigned. Those heifers that have not cycled by this age and have no palpable follicles are scored a “1.” These heifers can be selected against; and conversely, those that have cycled and show more reproductive tract maturity can be retained or purchased with more confidence as to their lifetime productivity, assuming that no additional abnormalities exist.

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Table 1. Summary of reproductive tract maturity score (RTMS) criteria for beef heifers RTMS Uterine Horns Ovary Ovary Ovary Ovarian Structures Length Height Width 1 Immature <20 mm 15 10 8 No palpable follicles diameter, no tone 2 20-25 mm 18 12 10 8 mm follicles diameter, no tone 3 25-30 mm 22 15 10 8-10 mm follicles diameter, slight tone 4 30 mm diameter, 30 16 12 >10 mm follicles good tone 5 30 mm diameter, >32 20 15 >10 mm follicles, corpus luteum present good tone, erect Table 1 shows a pattern of larger anatomical structures as you go down each column. In addition, the uterus has more firmness to the touch (tone) as scores rise from 1 to 5. Heifers with a higher RTMS are as opposed to yearly, lose at least one calf over their productive lifetime or $750-$800 in today’s market. This type of cow is more easily detected and removed from a herd that uses a defined calving season. No matter where you go to build or rebuild your herd, make your purchases in such a way as to achieve a first calf by two years of age from a heifer. One of the primary factors in the reproductive success of the cow herd is body condition. This is a simple assessment of the animal’s nutritional status, using only the producer’s eye and a stratified scoring system. The UGA Beef Team currently have guidelines for BCS published on ugabeef. com, but a hard copy of this publication may be found with your county agent. Try to maintain cows and heifers at a BCS 5 or 6. Research from the University of Florida and Texas A&M University indicates that producers see 30% increase in pregnancy rate in cattle that are a BCS 5, compared with those that are a BCS 4. This is equal to approximately 3% more body fat, but represents a major step in the animal’s ability to cycle normally and consequently get pregnant. The trick, as always, is balance. Heifers should be developed in a regimented fashion. While thin females will not cycle with predictability, females that are carrying excessive condition also face challenges during breeding season. Fat accumulation around the reproductive tract can be a detrimental factor for artificial insemination programs. Also, hormones secreted by adipose tissue can influence reproductive hormones as well. At UGA HERD evaluation centers, nutritional management is used to maximize the number of females that conceive a calf in a Southeastern production setting. The success of a beef cow herd and the profitability of individual cows are dictated by the combination of genetics and their environment. Both must be optimal to have a calf every 12 months. Good nutritional management and a herd health program primarily control the environmental portion. In general, cows will perform as expected if their genetics are suited to the environment (i.e., available nutrition, health program, and climate). Yet there are some females that may

not do well, regardless of management. This may be a genetic component that is undetectable during visual selection. These are the females that we hope to eliminate through culling, so that we don’t incur the unnecessary cost of developing unproductive females. Reproductive traits are often lowly heritable, yet they have the most economic impact in cow-calf herds. One method for evaluating heifers as potential replacements is reproductive tract maturity scoring. This is typically determined one month before breeding. A bovine veterinary practitioner rectally palpates a 12- to 14-month heifer to assess the status of the reproductive tract of each individual heifer. Then scores ranging from 1 to 5 (Table 1) are assigned. Those heifers that have not cycled by this age and have no palpable follicles are scored a “1.” These heifers can be selected against; and conversely, those that have cycled and show more reproductive tract maturity can be retained or purchased with more confidence as to their lifetime productivity, assuming that no additional abnormalities exist. Table 1 shows a pattern of larger anatomical structures as you go down each column. In addition, the uterus has more firmness to the touch (tone) as scores rise from 1 to 5. Heifers with a higher RTMS are understood to be earlier to their first estrus, and the hope is that these heifers will also tend to have shorter rebreeding intervals upon future parturitions. Over the last two decades, it has been generally accepted that heifers receiving a score of 2 or higher should perform better than those receiving a 1 with regard to their initial breeding and consecutive years if proper nutrition is available to meet their individual needs. These are a few of the ways that females are evaluated in the UGA HERD Program and a few tips for prospective buyers this spring. We hope to see you all in Tifton on April 17, and in Calhoun on May 30, for two opportunities to find your next cow prospect. For more information, contact your local county Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA-1. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Heifer Evaluation & Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

Selling Approximately 110 Heifers! Tuesday, April 17 • 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center, Irwinville, Ga. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

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Using Alfalfa Bermudagrass Mixtures in the Southeast Taylor Hendricks, Ph.D. Student, Animal and Dairy Science Dept., University of Georgia Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Asst. Professor, Animal and Dairy Science Dept., University of Georgia Dr. Dennis Hancock, Professor and Forage Extension Specialist, Crop and Soil Sciences Dept., University of Georgia Bermudagrass is widely used warm-season perennial grass in the Southeast. While it is characterized by high yields, especially in the improved varieties, its quality is moderate at best and additional supplementation is often needed to maintain productivity and condition in cattle. Another concern with bermudagrass is the need for high levels of nitrogen fertilization, which can be quite costly for producers. The addition of legume species to bermudagrass stands can alleviate both the quality and nitrogen concerns with this forage. Alfalfa is widely used throughout the United States as a feed source with high relative forage quality, digestible energy, and crude protein. Alfalfa’s ability to fix nitrogen allows it to produce high yields without commercial nitrogen applications. With the development of alfalfa varieties that are well-suited to the Southeast’s warm climate, challenging soils, and pest pressures, alfalfa is now a viable option here. Alfalfa and bermudagrass can be managed very similarly. Soil fertility recommendations for both include high potassium fertilization and other nutrients, and they differ only in that no N is needed on alfalfa. They also have similar cutting intervals of about 4 weeks for optimum yield and quality. Growing these two species together can simultaneously reduce or eliminate the need for N fertilization and produce approximately similar tonnage, all while decreasing the need for livestock supplementation. Land grant universities throughout the Southeast are researching the benefits of an alfalfa-bermudagrass system to provide producers with better recommendations on system establishment, management and use. Research on alfalfa-bermudagrass mixtures is ongoing at the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. At this location, 10 acres of a bermudagrass hayfield were established in a trial for the purposes of comparing ‘Tifton 85’ bermudagrass plus recommended fertilization (T85+N) with a mixture of ‘Tifton 85’ and ‘Bulldog 805’ alfalfa with no N fertilization (T85+Alf; Figure 1). These stands have been evaluated for stand composition, harvest yield, and forage quality at each harvest throughout the growing system. Because of an extraordinarily warm fall in 2015 that encouraged the Tifton 85 to grow well into early winter, the plots were established in February of 2016 instead of the normal fall establishment recommended for alfalfa in this area. Despite the late start, the alfalfa established well. Harvests occurred during May, June, July, August, September, October and November in 2016. Since this was the establishment year for the alfalfa, the T85+N treatment produced more tonnage in this first season than the T85+Alf 48

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mixture (10,569 vs. 7,475 lbs/acre, respectively; Figure 2). However, the reverse was true in 2017, as the T85+Alf yielded substantially more than T85+N (11,201 vs. 6,672 lbs/acre, respectively; Figure 2). One of the key differences in these treatments is that, once the alfalfa is established, the T85+Alf produces enough forage to warrant harvest much earlier in the spring and, in some years, may produce more for a late-fall cutting. In 2017, T85+Alf harvests began in March while the T85+N treatment did not produce a harvestable forage before June. Cumulative yield over the study period (2016 plus 2017 growing seasons) shows that the T85+Alf (18,676 lbs/acre) had produced significantly more than the T85+N (17,240 lbs/acre; Figure 3). We plan to continue this trial for at least 1 more year, with hopes for continuing this research until the alfalfa stand thins out (3 years or more) or we can no longer secure grant funding for the project. It is important to point out that the alfalfa was a minor component of the biomass in the first year, which is largely because it was established in February instead of the usual fall planting window. In our on-farm experiences, the alfalfa plays a larger role in the tonnage produced in the first year when the alfalfa is planted in the fall instead of the spring. By 2017, the alfalfa stand density increased, contributing to at least 30% of the composition at each harvest of the T85+Alf treatment (Figure 4). During the 2016 season, T85+Alf had higher crude protein (CP; 14.0% and 11.4%, respectively) and in vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD; 74.1 vs. 71.1%, respectively) than T85+N. The nutritive value analyses for 2017 are currently being conducted. Increased forage quality in the T85+Alf mixture compared with the T85+N may provide producers with a forage capable of supporting higher production with little or no supplementation. Georgia is not the only Southeastern state focusing on these mixtures; at Auburn University, researchers are also focusing on their potential use in Southeast forage systems. Dr. Kim Mullenix, a livestock Extension specialist, has been working to establish research and demonstration sites to study alfalfa-bermudagrass mixtures throughout the state since 2016. At the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama, Bulldog 805 was planted into dormant Tifton 85 bermudagrass that had previously been used for stockpiling experiments from 2012 through 2016. Though the bermudagrass stand was negatively influenced by extreme drought and competition following dormancy, the area is currently being used to limit-graze weaned, fall-born calves prior to sale.

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Figure 1. Research plots at Figure 3. the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia were established in February 2016. Ten 0.5-acre plots were designated as either ‘Tifton-85’ bermudagrass or ‘Tifton-85’ bermudagrass interseeded with ‘Bulldog 805’ alfalfa. Figure 2. Forage yield (in lb/A) at each harvest of the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station research plots during the 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. Bars represent a statistical difference between forage yield of the two treatments at p < 0.05.

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Figure 3. Cumulative forage yield (in lb/A) during the study period (2016 and 2017 growing seasons). Bars represent a statistical difference between the ‘T85’ and ‘T85-alfalfa’ treatments at p < 0.05. Figure 4. A ‘T85-alfalfa’ plot with at least 30% alfalfa is harvested at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station.

In 2017, Mullenix continued to expand Auburn’s research efforts with the establishment of two new areas of alfalfa-bermudagrass mixtures in Alabama. These mixtures have been established at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter and the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville. These locations are part of a larger multi-state regional grant led by the University of Georgia and sponsored by the NIFA-Alfalfa and Forage Research Program. Additional locations are established in Georgia and Florida. This project is aimed at determining appropriate harvest intensity and frequency intervals for alfalfabermudagrass mixtures, as well as developing a method to predict yield of these mixtures using botanical composition estimates and a grazing stick. Producers who are interested in learning more about interseeding alfalfa with bermudagrass and University of Georgia research efforts on the subject can do so by

attending some of our upcoming “Alfalfa in the South” workshops. These workshops will include on-farm visits on Ernie Ford’s farm in Calhoun County (May 1), Scott McRae’s farm in Bacon County (May 8), the site of the aforementioned research at UGA-Tifton (May 9), and Dan Glenn’s farm in Irwin County (May 10). In addition to hearing about how these farms are using alfalfa, we will review our research findings at UGA, and Dr. Mullenix will update us on her research with alfalfa at Auburn University. Registration information and other details about these farm visits and other upcoming forage events can also be found at the website. For additional reading on our success with growing alfalfa in the South, download our in-depth alfalfa publications “Alfalfa Management in Georgia” and “Growing Alfalfa in the South” from www. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Carolina Angus Futurity

SATURDAY • MARCH 17, 2018 • NOON T. Ed Garrison Arena Clemson University, Clemson, SC

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Over 60 Head of Quality Angus Females Many By Leading AI Sires Cow/Calf Pairs • Bred Heifers Open Show Heifer Prospects Bred Cows • Embryos Flushes • Pregnancies

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Dixon Shealy, Sale Chairman 803/629-1174

5th Annual production sale

Rocking W Angus Sunday | April 29 | 2 p.m.

Lunch will be served, cattle will be available for viewing before the sale

Selling 100 Lots! Donors | Bred cows | 3n1s | bred Heifers

RWA 100X W1066 AAA EPD % Rank

CED 11 15%

WW 77 1%

YW 143 1%

Milk 33 3%

CW 63 2%

w1066 sells as a bred heifer Due to calve 9/26/18 by gar scale house

Registration # 18589265 Marb 1.75 1%

re .85 10%

fat -0.039 3%

$w 82.62 1%

$f 110.54 1%

$qg 63.54 1%

$yg 8.70 15%

$B 199.42 1%

Score % Rank Drew Wilson 706.499.4323

Quality Pounds Retained Ownership Index Income Index 152 282 1% 1% Kirk Childress 828.226.2839

Robin Wilson 706.540.0400

4705 Waterworks Road Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Method Genetics

Maternal Production Index 160 1%

$g 72.24 1%

Sale Manager Roger West Consulting, LLC 254.434.1095 | Guest Consignors Hillside Angus Farm • Mathis Angus Farm • Brooks Angus Farm • Tomowillee Ranch • Vista Ranch


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“Passion for Progress” Production Sale Saturday,

APRIL 28TH, 2018 Selling 70 bred Angus females Rayle, GA

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BAF Private Treaty Bull Avg Non-Parent Angus Bull Avg 12 6 0.1 1.4 64 50 113 88 29 24 47 35 0.9 0.53 0.73 0.47 69.8 45.75 145.7 110.33

CAM OAF 100X A6060 18781043

11th Annual Angus Female Production Sale Saturday, April 14, 2018 12 Noon • At the farm near Wadley, Georgia

(Sale is held at Ogeechee Farms / 200 Robert Johnson Rd. / Midville, GA)

Selling 120 Females, Including: 10 Donors 50 Registered Bred Heifers 30 Fall Calving Cows with Heifer Calves

GAR Sunrise 2922 has been and will continue to be a valuable donor that does it all and we’re selling several direct daughters on April 14. 2922 resides in the Pine View Angus program in Iowa, and she’s a full sister to GAR Sunrise 1483, now at Express Ranches and Vista Farms, AL. Offering a 3-in-1 pair by GAR Prophet with a GAR Sure Fire bull calf at side, and also an elite fall weaned heifer sired by GAR Method. In addition, A6060 sells, a great bred heifer sired by GAR 100X bred to GAR Method on 11/12/17.

GAR Sunrise 2922

GAR Sure Fire A653 18724324 GAR 5050 New Design A84 continues to dominate programs across the country. She’s the dam of GAR Fruition and GAR Advance, both in the Select Sires lineup, who stamps value each and every mating. Her maternal granddaughter, GAR Sure Fire A653, shows the same promise and sells on April 14.

Much ink is spent on adjectives used to describe seedstock, when really, great only means good… and subjective quality at best. Quality is quantifiable. Quality is documented. Quality is a pedigree backed by progeny proven ancestors. Genomic tests like i50K and real-time indexes like Method Genetics, actual carcass data, ultrasound and phenotype combine to provide an opportunity metric that defines quality. Southern Synergy combines the parallel breeding and management philosophies of Ogeechee Farms and CAM Ranches, a synergistic partnership determined to provide inherent quality that results in the opportunity for profitability throughout the food chain. Quality defines the animal. Integrity defines the producer. At Southern Synergy, quality means quality.

P.O. Box 820 • Wadley, GA 30477 Clint Smith: (706) 551-2878 • Smitty Lamb: (229) 646-4785 •

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GAR Prophet A6070 18853405

GAR Prophet A6070 is an own daughter of GAR 5050 New Design A145, dam of the high selling GAR Sure Fire heifer in the 2017 Southern Synergy Sale. A145 is now a highly proven donor for Quaker Hill in Virginia and is the dam of ABS sire, GAR Rapid Fire.

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Southeast All Black Classic & Southern Cattle Spring Female Sale Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:00 noon CST

Auction will be held at Southern Cattle Company, Marianna, Florida

Selling 85 Exciting Female Lots! Angus | SimAngus | Simmental Trowbridge Forever Lady

Triple P Ms Complete C236

AAA | 17074511 WS Ms Fortune C58

AAA | 18474576 BF Jade D40

ASA | 3078486 BF Loadee Ruby D50

ASA | 3277395 BF Stars Up D30

ASA | 3277389

ASA | 3277416

For Sale Catalog Contact

Mike Jones, Sale Manager 706-773-3612 Steve Williams, Sale Chairman 334-726-3771

Ken Stewart, Southern Cattle 850-352-2020 Marty Ropp, AlliedGenetics 406-581-7835

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6155 | Basin Payweight x Objective 7125 AIed to EXAR Stud

A6010 | G A R 100X x G A R Destination 1022 AIed to GAR Proactive

6162 | Basin Payweight x TC Touchdown AIed to EXAR Stud

Sale Host: Mike McCravy 770.328.2047 | GA Angus President: Doug Williams 229.860.0320 | GA Angus Executive Secretary: Christy Page 770.307.7178 Regional Manager: David Gazda 706.296.7846 Sale Committee: Todd Alford 706.207.9454 | Alan Bridges 706.340.1421 | Andrew McPeake 478.719.7021 | Phil Page 770.616.6232

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Three-in-Ones • Pairs • Bred Heifers • Bred Cows • Commercial Bred Heifers AI Sires: Quaker Hill Rampage 0A36 • EXAR Stud 4658B • EXAR Resistol 3710B Werner Flat Top 4136 • CTS Remedy1T01• 3F Epic 4631 • HA Cowboy Up 5405

Saturday • April 14 • 11 A.M. (CDST) Cullman Stockyard | Cullman, Alabama Bill & Carol Freeman 15185 County Road 49 • Vernon, AL 35592 Office: 205-695-6314 | Bill: 205-712-0671 | Carol: 205-712-8966 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer • 229-881-0721 • Lic. #5233


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Grassy Valley 25th Annual Production Sale Saturday • April 7, 2018 • Noon • Greeneville, TN

Selling 150 Lots! 75 P erfor m ance Bulls

Largest Selection EVER! | Including 20 Bulls 18 to 24 Months Old Complete Evaluation – Performance, Genomic & Ultrasound Data for Generations Sires Represented: Bankroll, Plattemere Weigh Up, Rampage, Aviator, SAV Brusier, Cash

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Featuring Elite Open Heifers, Bred Heifers, as well as, Fall & Spring Calving Pairs Selected for Performance for Generations! GVF Bankroll 7009

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Lee, Lori, Ashley, Andrew and Alexandra Duckworth 3280 Babbs Mill Rd., Afton, TN 37616 423-234-0506 (H) | 423-552-5405 (C) | 423-552-5404

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Henry Griffin, Owner – 229-881-2707

Moultrie, GA 31776 229-891-8629

Lynn Brewer, Farm Manager – 229-942-5270 582 GA Hwy 32E, Leesburg GA 31763 “South Georgia’s premier source for quality Angus bulls.”

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Making Lemonade out of Lemons:

Can We Utilize Johnsongrass as Baleage? Dr. Lawton Stewart and Camila Sousa, The University of Georgia

Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) was originally introduced to the U.S. as a forage in the 1830s in South Carolina. However, since its introduction, Johnsongrass has since become a noxious weed, especially in the Southeast, in hay fields and row crops. Some producers utilize it as hay; however, curing can be difficult because of Johnsongrass’s thick stems, and additional steps may be needed to crush or cut the stems to reduce the drying time. Johnsongrass is very palatable to cattle and has nutritive value similar to bermudagrass. However, little information is available on how to effectively utilize Johnsongrass as forage; rather, most discuss the control of it. Therefore, if a method of utilizing Johnsongrass in hay fields was identified, it would be like “making lemonade when life gives us lemons.” Johnsongrass is similar in its growth characteristics to Sorghum (i.e., upright growth and thick stemmed) and actually belongs to the same genus. A common practice utilized to conserve sorghum is baled silage, or baleage. In this 64

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practice, the forage is cut with the same piece of machinery as hay. However, instead of curing the hay to approximately 15% moisture, it is baled when the moisture is between 50-60% and wrapped with plastic to allow the forage to ferment. This eliminates the need to cure the forage for proper moisture needed to be stored as hay. To this point, no research has been conducted to evaluate Johnsongrass as baleage. Therefore, a study is currently being conducted to evaluate the yield, nutritive characteristics, and digestibility of Johnsongrass conserved as baleage harvested at four maturity levels (3 Week, Boot stage, Flowering stage, and Dough stage). For this project, a section of a bermudagrass hayfield with considerable Johnsongrass was split into plots. These plots were harvested at the pre-determined stages, wilted, and placed in PVC mini-silos. After 10 weeks, all of the silos were opened, and the forage was analyzed for nutritive value fermentation characteristics. The fermentation analysis indicated proper ensiling at

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all maturity levels. The forage yield data show that total forage increased as harvest interval increased (Figure 1). However, these values are lower than other grasses typically used for hay production, such as hybrid bermudagrasses (approximately 3 tons per acre). The nutritive value of Johnsongrass decreased as maturity increased. Once the forage was allowed to reach the Flower stage, the nutritive value – specifically the energy (TDN) and relative forage quality – decreased to a point that does not allow it to meet the requirements of lactating cows or weaned calves. These results indicate that Johnsongrass can successfully be ensiled. However, to balance forage quality and quantity, Johnsongrass should be harvested at the Boot stage. For additional information on utilizing Johnsongrass, please contact your local Extension office (1-800-ASK-UGA1).

Table 1. Nutritive value of Johnsongrass harvested as baled silage at four maturities. Table 1. Nutritive value of Johnsongrass harvested as baled silage at four maturities. CP, % CP, % TDN, % TDN, % RFQ RFQ

3 Week 3 Week 15.4 15.4 59.4 59.4 109 109

Boot Boot 12.6 12.6 56.4 56.4 92 92

Flower Flower 12.2 12.2 53.7 53.7 86 86

Dough Dough 11.7 11.7 50.9 50.9 78 78

Figure 1. Dry matter yield of Johnsongrass harvested baled silage at four maturities. Figure 1. Dry matter yield of Johnsongrass harvested baled silage at four maturities.

Yield, tons/acre Yield, tons/acre

2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0

Tons Tons

1.5 1.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

3 weeks 3 weeks

Boot Boot


Flower Harvest Maturity Harvest Maturity

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cSr Farms Sale Facility • Alapaha, Georgia Selling 165+ Head of High Quality Commercial Cattle

From these Producers . . . • cSr Farms (Steve & elaine roberts) • Harry Smith • Wasdin cattle ranch (ed Wasdin) • Stellar Farms (ken mast)

Selling 55 Pairs, 50 Bred Heifers, 5 SimAngus Bulls Again the offering will feature Angus, Black Baldie, SimAngus, and Hereford females with calves at side by or bred to primarily Angus and SimAngus bulls. The majority of the heifers have been AI’d to Connealy Comrade 1385.

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Office: 912/565.7640

1188 Lawson Road, Lyons, Georgia 30436

L.G. Herndon, Jr., Owner 912/293.1316

a Division of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.

Mike Coggins Cell: 229/232-3096 • Fax: 229/559-6224 • Email: Tracy Holbert Cell: 979/255-4357 • Email: Ranch located just off I-75, on the Georgia-Florida line.

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1188 Lawson Road, Lyons, Georgia 30436

L.G. Herndon, Jr., Owner 912/293.1316


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30 Railroad Street • Royston, GA 706-245-5001 730 Industrial Blvd. Sandersville, GA 31802 478-552-5586 135 Deport St. • Warrenton, GA 30828 706-465-3366 303 Norman St. • Washington, GA 30673 706-678-7536 Town N Country Farm & Pet 59 GA-212 • Monticell, GA 31064 706-468-7211 W.B. Miller 2001 Bob Culvern Rd. Louisville, GA 478-625-3900


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Dr. Dan Daniel:

A Saddle and Sirloin Backstory Dr. Jimmy Henning, Extension Professor, UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment

The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville hosts the portraits of the recipients of the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award – the highest honor given by the livestock industry. The subjects captured in these portraits embody the pinnacle of contributions to the livestock industry. Each has a story, always significant, often moving. This is the story behind the 2001 inductee, Dr. O.G. ‘Dan’ Daniel. Dr. Dan Daniel made significant contributions to the livestock industry, beginning in Oklahoma and later at the University of Georgia, as Head of Animal Science Extension and later Chair of the Division. While at Georgia, he revitalized the 4-H livestock program, formed the Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and supervised more than 40 scientists. He continued to teach undergraduate beef production at UGA even after his retirement in 1981. But to me and literally thousands of former 4H, FFA and college students, Dr. Daniel’s most significant accomplishment was the difference he made in our lives. Dr. Dan, who passed on May 18, 2017, at 97, spent his life helping young people realize their potential. Pete Walls, a former 4-H’er and now an ordained minister, said Dan was the embodiment of John 1:6, which begins, “There was a man sent from God.” Pete tells of how Dan used non-traditional interventions to help him rise to his potential. ”I needed to be humbled,” Pete said. Dan’s sincere interest made his interventions successful. And he impacted thousands. Dan had high expectations of punctuality and responsibility. My father worked in the beef barn for Dr. Dan while a student at Panhandle A&M (now State) University. My dad’s job was, among other things, to take care of the college show string. 74

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Once when the show string was on the road, my dad and another student decided they would come in to work at the beef barn at 5:30 instead of 5 a.m. since the show cattle were gone. After two or three days, Dr. Dan met them at the barn and suggested that if they could not get to work on time, he would find somebody who would. There was no more coming in at 5:30 after that. Dan was not effusive with praise, but found ways to show he had faith in you. I remember as a five-foot-nothing 14-year-old, Dr. Dan handed me the manual to a New Holland baler and a grease gun, and said, “Find the grease fittings and grease it.” That was all. I remember thinking that if Dr. Dan thought I could do it, and expected me to do it, then by gosh I was going to do it and do it right. I made it my business to find every fitting and grease it like never before. I was in charge of the grease gun for all the summers I worked on their farm. Dr. Dan had a remarkable memory for names, especially kids’ names. Once Dr. Dan and his son Randy were walking through the barn at the Georgia state steer show and Dan seemed to know every kid in the barn. Randy asked his

dad how he remembered all those names. Dr. Dan replied in his gravelly voice, “It’s easy if you care.” When asked how Dr. Dan made kids feel special, Randy Daniel simply said, “In his eyes they were special. Pop (Dr. Dan) said you could fool adults but you can’t fool kids.” Dan judged dozens of shows, but believed in spending as much time with the kid with the last-place steer as the kid in first. More than once, Dr. Dan would go over and put his arm around the kid with the last-place steer as he left the ring. One who saw this said that kid left the ring with a smile “like he had just been elected president.” Dan made lifelong connections with kids. A thankyou note from a fifth-grade 4-H’er turned into a lifetime of exchanged letters and conversations. Dr. Dan kept a picture of that 4-H’er and her steer in his office until his death. That 4-H’er? Dr. Laura Perry Johnson, current director of the UGA Extension Service. Dr. Dan loved teaching and taught beef production even after he retired. Class rolls were 100 percent greater than usual when Dan taught. Dan and Miss Nemah, his wife of 72 years, would host these classes at ‘labs’ (cookouts) at their Partisover Ranch in north Georgia. Together, they were a perfect team. As a judge of major steer shows like Fort Worth, Dr. Dan knew the satisfaction of recognition by his industry. I will just bet that he found equal satisfaction from helping an insignificant adolescent boy feel special by placing him in charge of the grease gun. Dan lived his life to grow the most important crop that anyone can: a responsible, confident young person. And that rates a portrait in anybody’s gallery.


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Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:30 AM • Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry, Georgia Auction will be held I conjunction with the Georgia Beef Expo And Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show

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20th Anniversary of the

Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale By Michael Jones

On April 2, 1999, the first Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale was held with 185 females housed outside in portable corrals with a makeshift lane leading to the MultiPurpose Building and sale ring. Leroy Lane helped gather and assemble panels from numerous sources across the state. It was quite a chore building and then tearing down those corrals and then hauling them away. The second year, in 2000, a huge rain-and-lightning storm flooded the corrals. Fortunately, no people or cattle were injured from the horrific lightning but it did prompt the authorities to move the cattle inside the third year. For the next 10 years or so, the commercial heifers were stalled and auctioned in the Beef Barn and in later years moved to the Multi-Purpose Building. Consignors to the first auction in 1999 included Clay Allen at Honeywood Farms, who has consigned cattle all 20 years. Top Georgia cattle producers such as Joseph Fletcher, Leonard Hogan, Mike Crowder, Larry Hadden, Evans Hooks, Clay Sims, James Vaughan, Fred Greer, David Echols, Stuart Griffin, Little Springs, Wakefield and others consigned high-quality females that first year to help establish this historic auction. Galen Fink, of Manhattan, Kansas, judged that first auction and then presented a beef cattle seminar, as did second-year judge Mark McCully (now Director of Sales for Certified Angus Beef ). The first year, cattle were offered in Pens of 3 and Pens of 5. We rapidly learned that the Pens of 3 sold for a higher premium than did the Pens of 5. We, therefore, sold only Pens of 3 until five years ago, when we start selling both Pens of 2 and Pens of 3. 78

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The Georgia Beef Expo was established to offer a venue where all purebred breeds could conduct state breed association sales in one location. This, plus the Tradeshow of vendors of animal products and educational seminars, led to the development of what we now know as the Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention, Beef Expo and Trade Show. The first few years Angus, Hereford, Beefmaster, Limousin, Simmental and Charolais all held state association auctions. Expo Chairman Chuck Sword, along with Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice-President Glen Smith and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Director of Member Services Paul Wall, quickly recognized that there was a missing link in the structure of the Expo: “The commercial cattle producers had not been included.” They, along with other Expo Committee members, immediately initiated the formation of a Commercial Heifer Sale. They contacted Mike Jones and asked him to form the protocol and guidelines for a Commercial Heifer Sale, to manage and auction the event, and to run with it! More than 3,000 females have been sold through the sale ring since that initial auction in 1999. We have seen high cattle markets and low cattle markets during this 20year span. But the stable entity has been that high-quality commercial females have been offered every year, a large crowd has always been in attendance, and a premium for the cattle was paid with regard to the current market. During the first few years of the Commercial Heifer Sale and the Beef Expo, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Annual Convention and the Expo were totally separate events and both were beginning to struggle for attendance. The

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animal supply vendors were participating in both events with modest success. It became evident that a merger of the Convention and the Expo might be the solution to bring a bigger attendance and more vendors together into one event. This merger came with much discussion, even with some resentment; but in the end, after much compromise, it has become a win-win result for both the Expo and the Convention. 2010 saw a major decline in the cattle market. Low prices and low demand for cattle caused all the purebred breeds to cancel their auctions at the Expo. Even the commercial producers were depressed and it was difficult to find cattle for the auction. Mike Jones said, “We have worked too long and too hard to establish the Expo and we are not going to let the market keep us from having an auction.” So he threw all the rules and regulations out the window and went looking for cattle. That year, the Commercial Heifer Sale had registered Angus, registered Simmental, registered Charolais, three Horned Hereford bulls, commercial females from many of the core consignors, and even dispersed the DCD Ranch herd from Holt, Florida. More than 200 females packed the barn that year. “I

feel like we saved the Expo that year by stretching the rules and not letting the auction die,” Mike Jones noted. At the 2018 Expo Commercial Heifer Sale, approximately 175 females will be offered. We are going to recognize those buyers and consignors who have purchased or consigned 100 or more females during the past 20 years. Nine cattlemen will be recognized, including buyers Boggy Creek Farm, Herbert Tante and Paul Sneed. Six consignors will be recognized, including Honeywood Farms, Eddie Bradley, Joe Kennedy Farms, Potts Brothers Angus, Leonard Hogan and Ernie Ford. Twenty years ago, commercial replacement heifer sales were rare. The Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale was on the cutting edge, and its success has helped to spur the birth of numerous auctions of its kind today across Georgia and surrounding states. Credit for the success of this event goes: to the consignors, who have always offered a quality product; to the buyers, who have paid a premium for top replacement females; to the support of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association staff; and to the sales management team and its work crew, who have conducted this auction. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Name: ___________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ City: ____________________ State: _______________ Zip: _________ Phone: (____)____-_______ Email: _____________________________ County/Chapter: ____________________________________________ A packet will be made containing your convention tickets if you pre-register. Your pre-registration packet may be picked up at the convention registration desk upon arrival. List names of individuals or family members pre-registering. 1. ________________________________________

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The 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 5 - 7, 2018

“Georgia Grown" Forage Conference Thursday, April 5


Registration Opens


Welcome and Introductions — Dr. Dennis Hancock, Prof. & State Forage Ext. Specialist, UGA, Will Bentley, Exec. VP, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association


Balancing Calf Performance While Maximizing Profit Per Acre — Dr. Dennis Hancock, Prof. & State Forage Ext. Specialist, UGA


Management Strategies for Intensive, Sustainable Beef Cattle Production on Bermudagrass — Dr. Monte Rouquette, Regents Professor, Texas A&M University


Break — Visit sponsors


Management Strategies for Intensive, Sustainable Beef Cattle Production on Tall Fescue and Winter Annuals — Dr. Paul Beck, Professor, University of Arkansas


Long-Term Impacts of Fertilization and Stocking Rate Decisions on Soil Fertility — Dr. Monte Rouquette, Regents Professor, Texas A&M University


Lunch Break (Visit Display Area) Lunch sponsored by: Boehringer-Ingelheim


Interseeding Alfalfa into Bermudagrass to Reduce N Costs, Increase Yields, and Decrease Supplementation Needs* — Taylor Hendricks, UGA Doctoral Student


Benefits and Limitations to Replacing Commercial N with Legumes in Bermudagrass-Based Pastures — Dr. Paul Beck, Professor, University of Arkansas


Benefits and Limitations to Replacing Commercial N with Legumes in Cool-Season Grass-Based Pastures — Dr. Dennis Hancock, Prof. & State Forage Ext. Specialist, UGA



Georgia Beef

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The 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 5 - 7, 2018

"Georgia Grown"

8 a.m. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 2 - 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 - 5 p.m. 3 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 5

Registration Opens Forage Conference with Dr. Dennis Hancock Cattle Video Tele Auction GJCA Poster & Photo Contest Check-In — Hard copies of photos and posters are due in the registration office. All Cattle in Place Cattlemen’s College – Capturing More Value: For Your Operation and the Beef Industry, Josh White, NCBA; National Beef Quality Audit. Commercial Heifer Pen Show Judging Official Trade Show Kickoff – Join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out the largest cattle industry trade show in the state and check all of the latest products and equipment that our vendors will have to offer. Milk Life Break – Sponsored by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. Membership and Junior Awards Banquet – Come help us recognize individuals and chapters who have done a great job recruiting members, promoting the cattle industry and our product: BEEF! You will also get to watch our top juniors from across the state receive Scholarships and Sweepstakes awards. Everyone will enjoy seeing these amazing young people being awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships and prizes!

Friday, April 6

Registration Opens Trade Show Open – Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health — visit with our industry partners and learn about the latest innovations and techniques available for your cattle operation. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cattlemen’s College – “Finishing Cattle in Georgia” Panel – As consumers continue to demand locally grown beef, our panel will look at the opportunities, challenges and regulations involved with finishing beef cattle in Georgia. 10 a.m. GCWA Cooking Demo – Join the ladies in their booth for a cooking demo. You will be able to check out new recipes and sample some great beef with our Georgia CattleWomen’s Association. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. GCA General Membership Meeting – This meeting is open to ALL GCA members and we encourage everyone to attend. Our GCA committees will report their activities over the past year and plans for the future. You will hear about the financial state of GCA and the Nominating Committee will present the 2018-19 slate of officers. Elections will be held for vital leadership positions. 11:30 - 1 p.m. Cattlemen’s College Luncheon featuring Van McCall – Come hear Van McCall as he speaks on “Riding with Agriculture, the Workhorse of American Society.” Van is an excellent speaker! Bring the whole family and enjoy our ever-popular steak sandwich luncheon. This has been a favorite for over 12 years! 12:30 p.m. GCWA Annual Meeting & Dessert Social – All ladies are invited to join the Georgia CattleWomen for their annual meeting and dessert social. This is an excellent time to get to know other ladies and hear more about what they do! 1 - 5 p.m. Trade Show Open – Visit with our industry partners and learn about the latest innovations and techniques available for your cattle operation.

8 a.m. 9 - 11:30 a.m.


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The 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 5 - 7, 2018

"Georgia Grown" Friday, April 6

Southeast Elite Female Sale – Don’t miss the third annual Southeast Elite Female Sale! The sale will feature 60 elite Angus, SimAngus and Simmental Females. GCWA Cooking Demo – Join the ladies in their booth for a cooking demo. You will be able to check out new recipes and sample some great beef with our Georgia CattleWomen’s Association. Commercial Heifer Sale – Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred Heifers and Open Heifers out of 160 Top Commercial Females. This sale is always standing room only! Come early! Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting Cattlemen’s Ball Reception & Silent Auction – Join us for a fun evening of food and fellowship and bid on great items in the ever-popular Silent Auction. The auction will have lots of items large and small — something for everyone. The proceeds will benefit the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation. Cattlemen’s Ball – We will reveal the Cattleman of the Year, the GCWA of the Year and the Georgia Junior Cattleman of the Year Awards. In addition, there will be a live auction for the back covers of the 2018-19 magazines and items benefiting GCA including the Foundation and GCA-PAC. We will also pass the gavel to our 2018-19 GCA President.

1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

7 p.m.

8 a.m. 8:30 - 11 a.m.

8:30 - 10 a.m.

11 a.m.


Saturday, April 7

Registration Opens Trade Show Open – This is your last opportunity to join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out all of the vendors in the Trade Show and all they have to offer. We have almost 100 vendors with everything from tractors, balers and chutes to seed, finance and insurance, and the list goes on! Come visit with our vendors and let them know we appreciate them coming! They help make our Convention happen! YCC Biscuit Breakfast – Sponsored by Godfrey’s Feed – Join the Young Cattlemen’s Council for a steak biscuit in the picnic areas by the sale ring. This will be a great chance to meet the YCC as well as find out how to become more involved. Come speak with Godfrey’s representatives about the importance of using a mineral program to keep your cattle herd in great condition year-round. This will be an excellent chance to have breakfast, learn more about minerals and visit with fellow producers. Georgia Hereford Association Sale – Offering top quality Herefords that are sure to enhance the genetics in your herd! This sale is always a huge success – be sure to arrive early to get a seat!

**Schedule is subject to change**

Brought to you by the Georgia Allied Industry Council


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The 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 5 - 7, 2018

Junior Contests Poster Contest

Divisions: Junior (8th grade & under) Senior (9th grade & above) Theme: All About Beef Deadline: Noon, April 5 or Mailed to GCA Office by March 15. Prizes: Junior prizes are $25, $20 and $15 Senior prizes are $50, $40 and $30

YouTube Video Contest

Divisions: Junior (8th grade & under) Senior (9th grade & above) Teams must include only GJCA members; all team members must appear in the video. Theme: 2 to 4 minute “ag-vocate” video to a popular song Deadline: Videos submitted electronically by March 15. Prizes: 1st place team in each division will win $100

Photo Contest

Divisions: Under 13 • 14 to 17 • 18 to 21 • Over 21 Categories: Landscape, Livestock & Funny Deadline: Entries must be submitted electonically by March 15. Mounted hard copies are due April 5 at convention — The photo should be 8 x 10 in size and mounted on a white mat. Prizes: Winners chosen in each age group for each category ($25); Grand and Reserve Grand win $100 and $50, respectively

Junior Awards

Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Scholarship, Convention Contests and Sweepstakes winners announced!


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A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!







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Tradeshow Vendors ADM Animal Nutrition AgAmerica Lending, LLC AgriBuckle Agri-King, Inc. Aimtrac Allflex Alltech American Angus Assoc Bayer Animal Health Bayer Range & Pasture BioZyme, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim Bridges Angus Farm C & R Fleet Services Cargill Animal Nutrition Cowco Datamars, Inc. Dow Dupont Embry Farm Service Farm Credit Assoc of GA Flint River Mills Furst McNess Co. Ga Cattlemen’s Foundation GA Cattlewomen’s Association Genex Beef Georgia Beefmaster Breeders Georgia Commercial Heifers Georgia Department of Agriculture Georgia Development Authority Georgia Hereford Association Georgia Limousin Association Georgia Pollette’s Association Georgia Simmental Association

Godfrey’s Feeds Graham Livestock Equipment Ivey’s Outdoor & Farm Supply Kubota Tractor Corp Massey Ferguson Mid-GA Farm Services MM Cattle/Callaway Cattle National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc. Oregro Seed Pennington Seed Priefert Equipment Co. Purina R. W. Griffin Industries Ragan & Massey Santa Gertrudis Association Sioux Steel Company Southeast Livestock Exchange Southeast Select Sires Southeastern Animal Labs Southern Silage Sumner Ag Services, Inc. Sunbelt Ag Expo Sundowner of GA The Wax Company Tru-Test UGA Vet School USDA NASS Westway Feed Products Yancey Bros Co. Yon Family Farms Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zoetis GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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2018 Leadership Nominees The following GCA members have been selected by the GCA nominating committee and will be officially nominated and voted on at the GCA annual membership meeting on April 6 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. These individuals meet the qualifications for their respective offices and have agreed to serve if elected.

Kristy Arnold President

Brent Galloway President-Elect

Kurt Childers Vice President

Tammy Cheely Executive Committee

Joe Garner Executive Committee

Mike Burke Region 9 Vice President 88

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Chuck Joiner Georgia Beef Board

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

Cleve Jackson • Region 1 Vice President Cleve Jackson and his wife, Emilia, live in Cave Spring, Georgia, just down the road from where he grew up and just a few miles from his family’s commercial cattle farm. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a degree in agribusiness, Cleve returned to the family operation with an increased focus on animal health, husbandry, and marketing. Emilia brought her eye for good, functional cattle to the operation in 2015 when the two were married and she moved to Cave Spring and began working as an agriculture teacher at Pepperell High School in Lindale, Georgia. By day, Cleve works as a salesman for Bayer Animal Health, covering Georgia and Alabama representing a wide variety of cattle health products. At nights and on weekends, the two enjoy spending time on the farm with the rest of the family, focusing on continual improvement in the operation. Scott Andrews • Region 3 Vice President Scott Andrews and his son Cory are the owners of Andrews Cattle Company in Carnesville, Georgia. Scott and his father have always raised cattle and he is pleased to continue the growth of his operation. Scott has been the president of the Franklin County Chapter for the last two years. Last year, he won the top recruiter award in the state. Franklin County also won the 2016 member contest. Scott has been a Georgia State Trooper since 1992 and is currently the Post Commander at Post 52 Hartwell. Dr. D.J. Sheppard • Region 6 Vice President D.J. Sheppard entered the cattle business at age 12 with the acquisition of a Hereford heifer. Today D.J. and his wife, Maureen, own and operate Twelve Stones Farm, primarily a commercial cow-calf operation. In addition to the commercial herd, they also maintain a small seedstock herd of around 40 registered horned Hereford cows. D.J. has devoted 43 years to agricultural education, having served 33 years as a high school agriculture teacher and the past 10 years as the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Agricultural Education. The Sheppards have four grown children and four grandchildren. The Sheppards are faithful members of Grace Baptist Church. Twelve Stones Farm was named Conservationist of the Year for Hancock County in 2016. Steve Deal • Region 12 Vice President Steve Deal was born and raised in the Savannah, Georgia, area. He relocated to part of his grandparents’ farm in Statesboro, Georgia, around 1987, and has resided in Statesboro since. Steve has been married to Roxanne for 35 years and together they own and operate Indian Hill Farm, which is a Registered Black Angus seedstock operation. Steve has also worked as an executive in the electrical construction industry for almost 45 years. Steve and Roxanne have three grown married children and four grandchildren. Sammy Perkins • Region 13 Vice President Sammy Perkins and his wife, Terri, live in Whigham, Georgia, on the family farm. He is the third generation to run Perkins Farms. He and his son, Lafe, run the day-to-day operations of the farm. Sammy went two years to ABAC and then transferred to the University of Georgia, where he graduated with an Agronomy Degree. After graduation, he married his wife of 35 years. They have two children, Lafe and Samantha. Terri is a retired teacher and is now a cowgirl. The family operation includes cotton, corn, peanuts, pecans, commercial beef cattle and feeder cattle. Sammy is the current President of the Grady County Farm Bureau and a member of the Trinity Church and the Whigham Community Club. Chris Taylor • Region 15 Vice President Chris and his wife, Pat, own and operate Triple T Farms in Baxley, Georgia. They have a cow-calf operation, along with a custom hay operation. The Taylors have two sons: Seth and his wife, Cristy, have two children and reside in Baxley; Will and his wife, Jodi, reside in Richmond Hill, Georgia, with their three children. Chris enjoys the cattle business and the opportunity it provides him to meet and make new friends with the nicest folks in the country.


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R e a d eLivestock r S e r v iReview ces Georgia LPGMN Market News Division P.O. Box 86 Thomasville, GA 31799 229-226-1641




16% 61%

14% 65%

14% 65%



FEEDER CLASSES: 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS HEIFERS 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS BULLS 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS





11% 9%

12% 7%

12% 7%

WEIGHT 850-1200 LBS 850-1200 LBS OVER 1200 LBS 800-1200 LBS

BULK 54.00-59.00 55.00-62.00 55.00-62.00 49.00-56.00



47.00-54.00 50.00-54.00 42.00-48.00

63.00-69.00 63.00-65.00 57.00-63.00

1500-2100 LBS 1000-1500 LBS

78.00-85.00 78.00-85.00

70.00-77.00 70.00-76.00


STEERS MED & LGE 1 180.00-190.00 175.00-185.00 169.00-178.00 160.00-170.00 154.00-163.00 147.00-157.00 138.00-148.00

WTD AVG 184.66 181.98 172.81 166.81 158.75 153.91 141.33

MED & LGE 2 170.00-179.00 169.00-172.50 158.00-168.00 150.00-160.00 144.00-152.00 137.00-145.00 130.00-140.00

WTD AVG 174.15 170.62 163.81 155.30 148.50 140.34 134.23

157.00-167.00 150.00-160.00 143.00-153.00 136.00-146.00 130.00-139.00 126.00-136.00 120.00-126.00 117.00-123.00

161.23 154.07 147.74 141.97 135.59 132.23 124.35 120.00

138.00-148.00 130.00-140.00 125.00-133.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-130.00 117.00-123.00 110.00-120.00 107.00-115.00

175.00-185.00 170.00-180.00 163.00-173.00 155.00-165.00 148.00-158.00 138.00-148.00 132.00-142.00 125.00-134.00

180.83 176.94 168.37 160.46 151.95 142.60 137.56 129.50

158.00-167.00 155.00-162.00 150.00-160.00 140.00-150.00 130.00-140.00 127.00-135.00 120.00-130.00 114.00-123.00 MED & LGE 1-2



MED & LGE 3 160.00-170.00 155.00-165.00 145.00-155.00 140.00-148.00

WTD AVG 165.85 159.88 150.20 145.14

144.31 138.02 129.64 130.63 125.97 121.14 116.74 112.08

130.00-137.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-127.50 115.00-122.00 110.00-118.00

133.58 130.73 124.98 119.79 115.42



163.34 159.53 156.56 145.58 137.47 132.44 125.98 118.64 MED & LGE 2-3

150.00-160.00 140.00-150.00 130.00-140.00 130.00-140.00 122.00-132.00 120.00-128.00

155.40 147.34 138.82 135.52 127.88 123.56



DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 2,069 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 79 HEAD 600-650 LBS 153.00; 72 HEAD 650-700 LBS 137.00; 193 HEAD 700-750 LBS 135.75-136.50; 479 HEAD 800-850 LBS 127.25-135.50; 135 HEAD 850-900 LBS 131.75; 260 HEAD 950-1000 LBS 127.25-128.75. HOLSTEIN STEERS LARGE 3 190 HEAD 850-900 LBS 93.50-94.75. HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 96 HEAD 500-550 LBS 140.25; 173 HEAD 550-600 LBS 141.75-142.00; 87 HEAD 600-650 LBS 141.00; 102 HEAD 650-700 LBS 128.50-135.10; 71 HEAD 700-750 LBS 130.25; 132 HEAD 131.50-131.75.


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Reader Services Eastanolle Livestock January 29 Heifers 290-295 lb Avg $161.03 305-340 lb Avg $154.44 410-445 lb Avg $140.58 450-460 lb Avg $138.20 505-540 lb Avg $135.63 550-580 lb Avg $133.26 600-610 lb Avg $128.51 750-780 lb Avg $112.94 Swainsboro Stockyard January 29 Heifers 250-255 lb Avg $147.77 315-345 lb Avg $143.82 355-395 lb Avg $138.69 415-445 lb Avg $132.59 460-485 lb Avg $128.59 505-545 lb Avg $123.05 Carroll County Livestock January 30 Steers 350-365 lb Avg $183.43 400-425 lb Avg $175.65 550-585 lb Avg $150.63 600-675 lb Avg $142.32

660-675 lb Avg $137.98 755-770 lb Avg $128.47 Heifers 305-340 lb Avg $164.17 350-395 lb Avg $151.32 405-440 lb Avg $146.70 460-470 lb Avg $139.66 500-545 lb Avg $132.44 550-580 lb Avg $130.58 Franklin County Stockyard January 30 Steers 350-365 lb Avg $183.43 400-425 lb Avg $175.65 550-585 lb Avg $150.63 600-615 lb Avg $142.32 660-675 lb Avg $137.98 755-770 lb Avg $128.47 Heifers 305-340 lb Avg $164.17 350-395 lb Avg $151.32 405-440 lb Avg $146.70 460-470 lb Avg $139.66 500-545 lb Avg $132.44 550-580 lb Avg $130.58 605-635 lb Avg $123.80

Dixie Livestock January 30 Steers 370-375 lb Avg $187.48 400-420 lb Avg $173.04 450-495 lb Avg $167.73 510-545 lb Avg $159.65 565-595 lb Avg $150.86 610-620 lb Avg $142.17 680-695 lb Avg $130.26 755-795 lb Avg $133.15 Heifers 350-395 lb Avg $149.07 400-400 lb Avg $143.67 450-465 lb Avg $140.27 605-675 lb Avg $119.70 700-725 lb Avg $116.58 Turner County Livestock January 31 Steers 320-343 lb Avg $187.48 355-364 lb Avg $183.30 400-445 lb Avg $173.80 463-490 lb Avg $167.24 520-540 lb Avg $159.94 553-595 lb Avg $157.29 600-629 lb Avg $155.45

Heifers 250-295 lb Avg $169.11 310-338 lb Avg $166.89 350-395 lb Avg $157.54 400-449 lb Avg $151.89 450-495 lb Avg $144.13 510-548 lb Avg $140.63 Gretsch Bros. Angus Bull Sale Athens, GA • January 20 60 Yrlg Registered Bulls Gross $168,400 • Avg $2,806 12 Commercial Open Heifers Gross $12,475 • Avg $1,039 91 Commercial Bred Heifers Gross $109,900 • Avg $1,207 8 Commercial Pairs Gross $13,225 • Avg $1,653 6 SimAngus Bulls Avg $2,583 Top Bulls Lot 33 GBA Journey 6179 $5,000 Lot 30 GBA Rampage 6187 $4,200 Lot 5 GBA Powersource 6172 $4,000


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General  Provide high-magnesium mineral supplement for cows on winter grazing.  Vitamin A supplementation might be needed if frosted grass, weathered hay or by-products are the primary feedstuffs (35,000 IU/ day for 1000 lb cows).  Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4". Overgrazing can reduce winter production.

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Editor’s Note: This calendar contains a monthly listing of the common management practices needed for commercial beef herd production in Georgia. Some practices are Spring Calving recommended at a certain time of the January, February, March  Check cows frequently during year and others are recommended when calves are a certain age or at a certain calving season. point in their reproductive cycle.  Tag calves at birth. Record birth Each monthly list is divided into dates, tag numbers, ID. three sections: general, spring calving  Castrate, dehorn and implant and fall calving. Management practices calves at birth. in the general category are seasonal  Keep yearling heifers gaining and apply to most cattle producers in weight. They need to weigh about Georgia. The spring calving list is based 2/3 of mature weight at breeding in on Jan. 10 to March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. March. 1 to Dec. 20 calving dates. These dates  Bulls will be turned in with are not necessarily the best dates for heifers in March and with cows in April. Evaluate bulls, trim feet, line all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many up breeding soundness exams and producers use. Establish calving dates decide on buying new bulls.  A cow’s nutrient needs increase based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and by at least 50% after calving. protein requirements increase greatly If possible, separate dry cows at calving and remain high through from cow-calf pairs to feed more the breeding season. It is best to plan efficiently. breeding season for the time of year  Order calf and cow vaccines. when forage quality is at its best. With good winter grazing, fall calving is a Fall Calving good option. If cows are wintered on October, November, December hay, spring pasture offers the best  Breed cows. Cows bred January feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving 1 should calve October 13. season is different, adjust management  Be prepared to remove bulls practices accordingly. from heifers after a 45-60 day Revised by Ronnie Silcox and breeding season. Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal  Use your best feeds now. With average-quality hay, a lactating cow Scientists. Original manuscript by needs 4 to 5 lbs of whole cottonseed, Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists. 1½ lbs of cottonseed meal plus 2

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Beef Industry Calendar of Events

March 2, 2018 Tifton Bull Test Sale

March 3, 2018 Georgia Angus Association Seminar & Annual Banquet Athens, Ga. March 7, 2018 Tifton Bull Test Sale Irwinville, Ga.

April 5-7, 2018 Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention Perry, Ga. April 6, 2018 20th Anniversary Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, Ga. Southeast Elite Female Sale Perry, Ga.

March 10, 2018 Cut Above Sale Cullman, Ala.

April 7, 2018 Georgia’s Finest Hereford Sale Perry, Ga.

March 10-11,2018 Dust 2 Diamonds Club Calf Sale Nicholson, Ga.

Grassy Valley Production Sale Afton, Tenn.

March 16, 2018 Turner Co. Stockyard Special Breeder Cattle Sales Ashburn, Ga. March 17, 2018 Partners in Progress Production Sale Wadley, Ga. Carolina Angus Futurity Clemson, S.C. March 22, 2018 Super American Bull Sale Victoria, Texas March 23, 2018 Franklin Co. Cattlemen’s Replacement Female Sale Carnesville, Ga. Ridgfield Farms Annual Bull Sale Athens, Tenn. March 24, 2018 11th Annual Southern Tradition Commercial Cattle Production Sale Alapaha, Ga. Georgia Angus Association Sale Bowdon, Ga. NE GA Livestock’s Equipment Sale Athens, Ga. March 31, 2018 D&W Angus 3rd Annual Production Sale Hartwell, Ga.

Wilkes Co. Front Pasture Sale Washington, Ga. April 12, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. April 13, 2018 Friendship Farms Production Sale Canoochee, Ga. April 14, 2018 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Tifton, Ga. Knoll Crest Total Performance Bull Sale Red House, Va. Southeast All Black Classic Marianna, Fla. Southern Cattle Company Angus Production Sale Marianna, Fla. Southern Synergy Sale Wadley, Ga. Timberland Cattle Angus Dispersal Cullman, Ala. April 17, 2018 Tifton HERD Sale Irwinville, Ga. April 21, 2018 Georgia Genetics Hartwell, Ga.

April 28, 2018 Bridges Angus Farm Production Sale Rayle, Ga.

Crimson Classic Sale Cullman, Ala. Honeywood Farms Commercial Bred Heifer Sale Thomaston, Ga. Monroe County HERD Sale Forsyth, Ga. April 29, 2018 Rocking W Angus Production Sale Jefferson, Ga. May 5, 2018 TRM Production Sale Fort Payne, Ala. May 7 – 11, 2018 GCA Farm Tour California May 12, 2018 Genetic Power Female Sale Woodbury, Ga. May 28, 2018 Mead Cattle Enterprises Sale Midville, Ga. June 14, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. August 9, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. September 13, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. October 11, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

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on Pastured Cattle Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D., Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

The most costly pest on Georgia cattle is the horn fly, and Georgia cattlemen spend over $6 million annually to combat it. For the past three years, the University of Georgia has been conducting field studies to identify effective ways to suppress horn flies while minimizing the risk of developing insecticide resistance. Because it has been over two decades since a new active ingredient arrived for horn fly control, cattlemen focus on strategically using available products. Results indicate that despite a nine-month horn fly season and high numbers of horn flies on cattle throughout the state, available products remain efficacious in controlling these flies. By rotating organophosphate, pyrethroid, avermectin, and IGR products, cattlemen can maintain horn fly numbers on their herds below numbers producing economic injury while actively counteracting insecticide resistance and prolonging product use-life. UGA Extension encourages cattlemen to use short-term controls such as sprays, dusts or pour-ons to keep horn fly numbers low early in the season, and then install ear tags once fly numbers exceed the action threshold (200 horn flies per side). Producers are also cautioned not to use products with the same mode of action year after year and to remove ear tags before Thanksgiving. Companies are disinclined to create products for the relatively small livestock market because of cost and limited return on investment (corn, cotton, and soybean products are more lucrative). Getting EPA approval of insecticidal products for use on food animals is challenging, so cattlemen must conserve and use products wisely. Available insecticidal ear tags, or “fly tags,” contain insecticides with only three modes of action, belonging to three classes: organophosphates, pyrethroids, and avermectins. The high risk of developing resistance with continued use of products in the same insecticide class 100

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requires alternation of products with different modes of action from year to year, a technique called ‘rotation.’ Recommendations are that products with the same mode of action should be used only two years in a row, then the herd rotated to products with a different mode of action. So if you used ZetaGard tags in 2016 and Cylence Ultra tags in 2017 (both of which are pyrethroids), this coming summer you should consider an organophosphate or abamectin tag. Insecticide rotation sounds complicated and difficult to manage, but UGA has prepared tables to assist cattlemen in determining which insecticides best fit into their rotation scheme. The Georgia Pest Management Handbook is available online or through your local Extension office. It includes a column for every pesticide labeled “MOA,” which stands for “mode of action.” Products with the same number in the MOA column should not be used more than two years in succession; select a product with another number to rotate and counter resistance development. Cattlemen who do not want to make more holes in their cows’ ears can consider the XP820 strips. Like XP820 ear tags, they contain the active ingredient abamectin; however, they can be attached to the button of an existing ear tag and will provide control comparable to the XP820 tag. The VetGun is like a paint gun, powered by a CO2 cylinder, and capable of propelling a capsule 30 feet. Each capsule contains the suitable insecticide dose for an animal over 600 pounds. The capsules are constructed so that when they rupture upon hitting the cow’s skin, the insecticide spreads over the animal, dissolving in skin oils and (within a matter of hours) distributing over the entire body. While expensive, this option may be a consideration for producers lacking suitable animal-handling facilities. Typically, animals require retreatment at three-week intervals throughout the summer.

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Because horn fly larvae develop only in bovine manure, treating manure pats can effectively eliminate horn fly production on your property. Feed-through fly products (such as JustiFly, Ultralyx, Crystalyx IGR, Altosid IGR block, etc.) can prevent horn fly larval development in cattle manure, but only if every animal in the herd consumes an adequate dose of the product. Feed-through products have no effect on adult horn flies, so flies that migrate in from neighboring properties can populate your herd. Feedthroughs are not digested, do not pass into the cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s muscle or bloodstream, so are not accessible to bloodsucking flies. After the cow ingests this product, the active ingredient passes through the digestive system unchanged and is deposited in the manure, where it prevents fly development. In summary, we have only four modes of action in the pesticides available against horn flies: (1) organophosphates; (2) pyrethroids; (3) abamectins; and (4) IGRs (insect growth regulators). Based on herd management options and insecticide use history, beef producers can select products that simultaneously manage horn flies on their operation and forestall insecticide resistance development. Research was funded through the ACC for Beef. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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A s s o c i a t i o n R e p o r t s • Yo u n g C a t t l e m e n ’ s C o u n c i l GCA’s YCC Board

YCC Update By Caleb Brown

Hello, my name is Caleb Brown and I was born and raised in the small town of Nunez, Georgia. Growing up, I worked on our family farm owned by my uncle, Doug Bennett. On our farm we grew cotton, corn, peanuts, rye and oats, and ran around 200 head of brood cattle. I am currently a junior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Livestock Production. At ABAC, I am a part of the ABAC Cattlemen’s Association and hold the position as the YCC Liaison. My duties require me to work along with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and convey the progress of the cattle industry back to the ABAC chapter. At a young age, my love for cattle grew strong and I realized quickly that the cattle industry is where I wanted to be. Being involved in the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has shown me the endless amounts of opportunities and has led me to meet many new producers. In the month of January, I was able to go to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Emerging Leaders Conference, where I was able to discuss issues within the cattle industry and see the industry from a new perspective. This opportunity showed me how important it is for adults to be involved in the cattle industry at a young age and enabled me to see how much really goes into the cattle industry to make it a success. After attending ABAC and being involved in the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, I have decided to apply for the ranch management program at Texas Christian University. This is important to me because I would like to be able to obtain as much knowledge as I can before becoming a cattle producer myself and starting my own production. After completing the ranch management program, I plan on bringing back the knowledge that I have learned to better the cattle industry in the state of Georgia and continue the legacy of farming and ranching in the future generations of my family.

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Reader Services Dedication & Persistence, p. 32 • The Most Important Part of the Industry, p. 44


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 • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7

Raising them Right and Raising them Red, p. 32 • Animal Health Products & Services, p. 44


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Time Tested Commitment, p. 32 • 2018 Cattle Outlook, p. 40 • The Forgotten Beef, p. 46


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The Value of Performance-Tested Bulls, p. 44 • Alfalfa in the South?, p. 54


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Time Tested and True, p. 32 • Using Alfalfa Bermuda Mixtures in the Southeast, p. 48


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Next Month: Simmental and SimAngus AgAmerica Lending...................................3 AgCo........................................................8 Allflex........................................................5 Alltech.......................................................7 Barenbrug...............................................26 Barnes Herefords.....................................35 BQA........................................................50 Bill Hembree...........................................92 Bridges Angus Farm................................56 Britt Angus Farm.....................................51 Bush Hog..................................................2 CAM Ranches.........................................57 Cargill.....................................................94 Carolina Angus Futurity..........................54 Carroll County Livestock Sale Barn.........93 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer................92 CES Herefords..................................... IFC Commercial Heifer Sale..........................76 Cowboy Logic................................... 52-53 Crimson Classic......................................71 Daniel Livestock Service..........................92 Deer Creek Farms...................................38 Dixie Lix.................................................50 Dogwood Genetics..................................92 Dust 2 Diamonds Club Calf Sale............43 Ed Murdock Superstores.........................92 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.......47 Filson Equipment....................................50 Franklin Co. Cattlemen's .......................46 Franklin Co. Livestock............................93 Friendship Farms....................................BC Fuller Supply...........................................72 Genetic Power Female Sale......................60 Georgia Angus Association Sale...............59 Georgia Angus Breeders.................... 62-63 Georgia Beefmasters Breeders..................26 104

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Georgia Brahman Breeders......................28 Georgia Brangus Breeders........................68 Georgia Chianina Breeders......................26 Georgia Genetics.....................................51 Georgia Hereford Association..................31 Georgia Hereford Breeders......................34 Georgia Limousin Breeders.....................44 Georgia Metals........................................16 Georgia Red Angus Breeders...................66 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders............28 Georgia Shorthorn Breeders....................26 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders.....46 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders.........70 Graham Livestock Systems......................96 Grassy Valley Angus................................61 Greenview Farms.....................................30 Herrin Livestock Services........................92 Honeywood Farms..................................97 John Deere........................................... IBC Knoll Crest................................................1 Kuhn.......................................................71 Kuhn Knight...........................................97 Luke Mobley...........................................92 Malcolm Financial Group.......................94 Manor Timber Company........................93 Martin's Cattle Services...........................92 Mid Georgia Livestock Market................93 Mike Jones, Auctioneer...........................92 Monroe Co. HERD Sale.........................66 Multimin................................................37 Nelson Tractor Company........................92 Norbrook................................................23 Northeast Georgia Livestock...................45 Ogeechee Farms......................................57 Pasture Management...............................98 PH White...............................................68

Predestined Cattle................................ IFC Priefert....................................................72 Purina.....................................................73 Raymond James Financial.......................92 Reproductive Management Services........92 Ridgfield Farm........................................99 Ritchie....................................................43 Rockin R Trailers.....................................93 Rocking W Angus...................................55 Smith Angus........................................ IFC Southeast AgNet.....................................94 Southeast All Black Classic......................58 Southeast Elite Female Sale.....................77 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC........94 Southeastern Land Group.......................36 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc............92 Southern Cattle Company.......................58 Southern Tradition Sale...........................67 ST Genetics.............................................92 Sumner Ag Agency..................................80 Tennessee River Music.............................30 The Bull Whisperer.................................92 Tifton HERD Sale..................................42 Tim Hartsfield........................................92 Timberland Cattle...................................60 Turner Co. Stockyards.............................38 Tyson Steel..............................................93 Wayne Groover.......................................92 Westway Feed Products...........................69 Whitehawk Ranch...................................35 Wilkes Co. Front Pasture Sale.................70 Woody Folsom Trailers............................38 Yancey Brothers.......................................92 Interested in Advertising? Email

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100 Females Including

Donors, ET Calves, Yearling Heifers, Bred Heifers, Fall Bred Cows, Spring Bred Cows, Spring Pairs and 15 Bulls

Progeny selling out of FF Rita 3R30 - FF Rita 6R39 (Reg No. 18569945), FF Rita 6R26 (Reg. No. 18577292), choice of 2 ET heifers sired by HA Cowboy Up 5405, Choice of 2 ET Heifers sired by Quaker Hill Firestorm 3PT1, and a Heifer Pregnancy sired by Byergo Black Magic

Reg. No. 17844127

FF Rita 3R30 of 9Q23 5M2

FF Rita 6R22


BW 3.5

WW 84

YW 146

Reg. No. 18434785

CW 93

MARB .91

RE 1.07

$W $B 75.11 193.02

FF Rita 6R28

CED 10

BW 1.0

$240,000 daughter of 3R30 purchased by Cox Ranch

WW 71

YW 130

Reg. No. 18434784

CW 58

MARB .83

RE 1.15

$W $B 95.52 176.17

$90,000 daughter of 3R30 purchased by Angus of Clear Creek

FF Rito Righteous 6R41

CED 11

BW .9

WW 67

YW 125

CW 65

MARB .97

Reg. No. 18577290

RE 1.21

$W $B 71.60 184.24

$255,000 1/2 interest flush son purchased by Four Son and Rumor Has It For sale book contact

David & Carman Horton 115 Coleman Blvd Savannah, GA 31408 912-663-8085

Clay Jarriel, Farm Manager 722 Herndon Rd Midville, GA 30441 912-614-2404


Georgia Cattleman March 2018  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association

Georgia Cattleman March 2018  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association