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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 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 Kristy Griffis-Arnold 9 Executive Vice President’s Report, By Will Bentley 10 GCA Leadership 22 GBB Anual Report 79 YCC Update, By Sarah Loughridge Industry News 14 NCBA News & Updates 36 The Science Behind Savory Beef, By Bailey K. Herrin 39 Convention Highlights 44 Madam President, By Bailey K. Herrin 59 Better Test than Guess on Minerals for Cow Herd, By Jill Seiler Reader Services 13 Gathering Together for Georgia Beef, By Elizabeth Stalvey 16 ACC for Beef Update, By Dr. Rebecca Wilkes, Dr. Lee Jones & Dr. Eman Anis 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 27 I Was Only Trying to Help, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 68 Local Market Reports 71 Management Calendar 73 Calendar of Events 76 Goin' Showin' 78 GCA Summer Conference Schedule and Registration Expert Advice 32 Summer Time: It's All About That BEEF, By Dr. Alexander Stelzleni 52 Enhancing Crabgrass Control in Hayfields, By Dr. Patrick McCullough 62 Scouting and Planning for the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot,

By Dr. Lisa Baxter


• May 2018


workin hard KRISTY GRIFFIS-ARNOLD GCA President Kristy Griffis-Arnold and her husband, Robert; daughter, Kayle; and son, Karson.

As we enter a new year for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, I am excited to represent you as the 2018-2019 President. Hello, my fellow cattle producers; my name is Kristy Griffis Arnold. I am the third-generation owner/ operator of Boggy Creek Farms in beautiful Screven, Georgia. We have approximately 350 mature females in our herd and we specialize in growing embryo transfer calves for purebred operations. I am also the wife of Robert (15 years), mother of Kayle (13) and Karson (10), and an active member in my community and church. Today, I am writing to you after the conclusion of the 57th annual GCA Convention and Beef Expo. I would be remiss if I didn’t start this article out with a big “THANK YOU” to all the GCA staff and past leadership of the organization. Lee Brown and all those who came before him have laid the bricks of a solid foundation for our group. I hope that most of you were able to at least attend a portion of the Convention and Expo. It appears to have been one of the most well-attended, fun and educational events we have had in quite a while. The Cattlemen’s Ball was at record attendance with special guest Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, many award presentations, and a thrilling live auction. I was patted on the back numerous times Friday night and Saturday morning, and was asked many times, “Are you ready for this?” Well, my response is in two parts. I am as ready as anyone can be to lead a group with members as fantastic as we have. It will be a great honor. Also, as long as the staff in Macon keeps the wheels moving on the GCA machine, we will all be okay. I have a tremendous amount of respect for all our staff and the Executive Board for keeping the organization moving in the right direction even without my help! Spring is here, with warmer days and rain showers. Hopefully, we will be parking the hay hauling equipment soon. I hope to get fertilizer out and grass growing really quickly. Just as we plan to feed our cattle with a little more ease over the next few months, GCA is gearing up to go to work for you! A group of us headed up to the Capitol 6

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in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago to attend the NCBA Legislative Conference and meet with some of the Georgia Senators, Congressmen and their staffs. While there, we discussed all of the upcoming issues that may affect our way of life here on the farm in the South. The GCA staff, Executive Committee and Region Vice Presidents are all working to grow membership and protect your operations from outside negative impacts. The Executive Committee has recently approved the purchase of new computer software for the GCA office; this software will make tracking membership much easier, and hopefully become a very effective tool for membership growth. As I speak those words, I would ask that each member across the state find one person this spring to add to our roll! With everyone’s help, we can add value to farms from border to border by providing representation, education and leadership to all Georgia cattlemen. We will also be conducting face-toface interviews and hopefully hiring a new GCA Director of Association Services soon. As you’re reading this May issue of Georgia Cattleman, there are about 45 producers preparing to depart on our annual tour, May 7-11. This year, we are excited to be flying as far west as we can go and exploring cattle ranches in California. The tour is going to take us to multiple places to see just how different their terrain and ranching practices are from ours. I plan to give you a full report of our journey in California in the June issue. I will also be joining Kaytlyn and the Beef Board in the Cattle Drive 5K on May 12. Everyone is invited to run or walk with us. Simply go to the Beef Board website to register. I am going to depart with these thoughts. My goal is to travel to as many chapters as humanly possible this year and get to know as many of our members as I can. If you would like to plan a date for me to speak with your chapter or attend any of your events, please feel free to call or email me. Wishing you spring blessings, and may God grant each of you green grass, fat cattle and healthy families.

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Association Reports Executive Vice President’s Report Will Bentley 11.3 miles. That’s the distance that several GCA volunteers walked over a two-day span in Washington, D.C. while making congressional visits during the NCBA Legislative Conference. Granted, a few of those miles were used on a short walking tour of some of the wonderful monuments and memorials to America’s heroes, as we snuck in an opportunity to be tourists before our meetings began. The majority of those miles came from walking between offices on Capitol Hill trying to tell our story and explain the importance of several key policy issues that we are facing in the cattle industry. GCA President Kristy Arnold, YCC Chairwoman Sarah Loughridge and Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association Treasurer Jason Deloach all volunteered their time to go to Washington and make sure that the voices and concerns of Georgia’s cattle producers were heard. They expressed to staffers, some of whom have never been on a cattle farm, the size and importance of the cattle industry to America’s economy. We sometimes take a back seat to other commodities in Georgia because of the independent nature of cattlemen; but when you look at the economic impact that we have toward the state and the nation, it paints a truly impressive picture of a strong industry that should be supported by our elected officials. In Georgia alone, we accounted for $600 million in farm gate value and $3 billion in economic impact, according to the last study released by UGA. Nationwide, cattle production accounted for $63.9 billion in cash receipts in 2016 and equaled nearly 18 percent of all total receipts from agriculture commodities last year. While we discussed several issues with the good folks in D.C., our main priorities focused around three important areas: Electronic Logging Devices, trade, and the 2018 Farm Bill. Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and the existing hours of service (HOS) regulations cause great concerns for our industry. The current federal law caps a maximum drive time of 11 hours within a 14-hour “on-duty” window before requiring a 10-hour rest period. While we certainly respect efforts to increase safety on U.S. highways, this simply isn’t enough time for the majority of cattle coming out of Georgia to make it to their destinations in the feeding areas of our country. When you are dealing with live animals on trailers that are designed to have airflow cool them, pulling over at a rest stop for 10 hours is unimaginable. One of the fixes that is sometimes offered is to have stop areas where cattle can be unloaded while drivers rest. This isn’t a viable option either, as research has shown that repeated loading and unloading of animals creates stress, increases the opportunities for animals to get injured, and also puts the hauler at greater risk of injury. Our industry has been able to secure two 90-day exemptions since December and recently acquired a longer six-month delay while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration makes a determination on the long-term implementation and hopefully

an outright exemption for livestock haulers. We thanked Rep. Tom Graves for his work on the Appropriations Committee to help defund the implementation of this rule while we work on a long-term fix. Our second priority centered around fair trade with our largest export markets around the globe. Tariffs and trade wars were hot topics at the time of our visit because of some of the tweets coming from President Trump, but we expressed the importance of trade to the beef industry with exports accounting for nearly $300 per head in carcass values. We simply can’t afford to lose some of the markets that have been gained through aggressive promotion of our product over the last 30 years. We wrapped up most of our conversations by expressing our support of the 2018 Farm Bill in its current form. We are lucky in the cattle world that we don’t require much from farm bills and the federal government. We typically prefer to be left alone when it comes to regulation. However, there are several provisions in this farm bill that are useful to our industry. Chief among them is in the Conservation Title where EQIP funds are included. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) has allowed thousands of farmers and ranchers to combine their own investments with federal dollars to make improvements to their land, water systems and other natural resources that benefit everyone. It has also allowed USDA to provide the technical assistance needed when producers are looking to increase their operations’ sustainability and decrease erosion on their land. These issues seemed to be well-received by Georgia’s delegation. We have several members of the House and Senate who sit on major committees that impact our farms, so it’s extremely important that they hear from Georgia producers from time to time. If you see any of the volunteers I mentioned earlier, let them know that you appreciate them working on issues that impact our daily lives on the farm. They sacrificed time away from their farms, jobs and families to work on behalf of our members. I’d also like to thank Tripp Cofield for joining us in D.C. and using his network to help us get into several key legislative offices. Tripp is the new National Affairs Coordinator for the Georgia Farm Bureau and will be a huge asset to all of us in agriculture for years to come. I’ll finish by reminding everyone that May is Georgia’s Beef Month. It’s a great time for your chapters to get out and promote beef to consumers in your area. If you haven’t already done so, reach out to the office and see what types of materials we have to make beef promotion easier for you. While we work to promote beef each and every day through the Georgia Beef Board, this is our greatest opportunity to have a coordinated effort all across the state with a big producer focus. Consumers truly want to hear from those who are working every day to feed their families.


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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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Kristy Arnold President

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Brent Galloway President-Elect

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Kurt Childers 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 Echols, Hull 706-540-6517 • James Vaughn, Forsyth 478-994-3830 • Kurt Childers, Barney 229-561-3466 •

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

Will Bentley Executive V. P.

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GCA Immediate Past President

Lee Brown, Comer • 706-207-7048 •

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: Cleve Jackson, 706-238-2464 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-994-3927 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 3: Scott Andrews, 706-988-2508 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: Steve Deal, 912-531-3549 Region 6: DJ Sheppard, 706-453-6879 Region 13: Sammy Perkins, 229-220-7612 Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Mark Manley, 229-891-1377 Region 15: Chris Taylor, 912-278-4042 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 2017-2018 Lee Brown, Comer

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 | Milo Hege | 706-554-4933 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! 4B Cattle Co., Glennville Randall Adams, Clarkesville Austin Allen, Alma Vicki Blackman, Elko Jo Bonds, Fort Worth, Tx Tyler Boss, Cartersville John Bostwick IV, Bostwick Jacob Boyett, Portal Denver Bradley, Blairsville Taylor Brinson, Millen Jennifer Brinton, Newnan D Brown, Garfield Thomas Browning, Glennwood Will Cagle, Canton Kabe Cain, Clermont Andrew Cape, Clermont Hunter Clark, Norman Park Michael Collins, Blairsville Bobby Dailey, Millen Michael & Amy Davis, Murphy, N.C. Nathan Dilday, Cleveland Bella Fisk, Newnan Ricky Floyd, Cedartown FRC Land Company, LLC, Macon James Gardner, Villa Rica Scott Garrett, Waverly Hall Dan Gentry, Warner Robins Daniel Gentry, Warner Robins Greg Gentry, Perry Logan Gillis, Axson Spring Groteguth, Waycross Ha-Bo's Hoof Trimming, Buckhead Justin Hand, Tifton Douglas Hanson, Breman Tim Harper, Homer Kevin Harrison, Cairo Denean Henderson, Smithville William Hockaday, Jefferson C. R. Hockaday, Bishop Henry C Hopkins IV, Waynesboro Chris Hutchison, Hazlehurst Jose' Iglesias, Cedartown Clayton Johnson, Americus Jesse Johnson, Sylvester Zachary Johnson, Moultrie


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Britt Jones, Adairsville Charles Jones, Pinehurst Earl Jones, Trenton, Fla. Jim Karlovich, Carrollton Eliott Kennedy, Nicholls Cabe Kennedy, Nicholls George Larsen, Desoto Hagan Martinson, Sylvania Stanley McDougald, Cleveland Donald McEnturff, Moultrie Todd McGukin, Carrollton Billy Mitchell, Monroe Ryan Moore, Omega Tim Nix, Danielsville Robert Oglesby, Millen Andrew Peachey, Bartow Josh Pitzer, Perry James Michael Purvis, Sr., Jesup Reiser Rahn, Clyo Diana Rawls, Stockbridge Joseph Ready, Rome Mallie Rich, Chatsworth Greg Roberson, Cedartown Joe Erin Scharko-Fisk, Newnan John Scuduto, Clayton Paul Shellnutt, Jr, Americus Shiver Lumber Co., Americus Travis Simmons, Ellaville Simmons Farms, Sale City Donald Smith, Wrightsville Anslee Smith, Pearson Adam Stanley, Dalton Kencade Sumner, Summerville Sweat & Associates, Sandersville Leon Thomason, Cleveland Casey Weredyk, Guyton West End Milling, Quitman Kendall Whatley, Comer Byron Whiggum, Cochran Brittany White, Cochran Rickey Whitley, Cairo Clay Williams, Greenville, S.C. Ed Wilson, Millen Dean Wimpy, Blairsville

In My Opinion

Gathering Together for Georgia Beef By Elizabeth Stalvey

Another Convention has come and gone! After many tired feet, full bellies of delicious beef – and thankfully no cows got out this year – I think it is safe to say that Convention 2018 may have been the best one yet. Convention is such a wonderful time for cattle producers to come together and learn more about the beef industry. Each year, the Convention Committee makes sure that we are provided with some of the best speakers to give us valuable knowledge, so we can take that information and implement it on our farms. This year, we had speakers ranging from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, to one in particular, Van McCall, AKA The Jeff Foxworthy from Denton, Georgia. Mr. McCall was one of our speakers at lunch on Friday, and let me tell you, if you were not there you certainly missed out. Mr. McCall gave us some very insightful information that I would like to share with you all. He said that USDA tells us there are three parts to the pie of having a sustainable agriculture operation. One of them is environmental issues, and we all understand that we need to be good stewards of our resources. The second one is being economical. We know that we have to make a profit so we can keep farming. But the third one is something that we don’t ever hear about, which is the social aspect – and that is to make sure that we can do anything we can to keep the character principles of the family farm in the fabric of the United States of America. Not only did we learn about the importance of family farms; producers also had the opportunity to sit in a panel to learn about locally grown beef, and the opportunities,

challenges and regulations involved with finishing beef cattle in the state of Georgia. As consumers demand locally grown beef, this panel was a wonderful opportunity for producers to be able to discuss this with one another. History was also made this year at Convention, as our second female President, Kristy Arnold, began presiding over our Association the night of the Cattlemen’s Ball. If some of you do not remember, the first female President was Betts Berry, who served from 1998-1999, which was 20 years ago. Mrs. Kristy’s hard work ethic and passion for the beef industry are things that a young cattle producer like me, especially a female, looks up to. I know Mrs. Kristy will go above and beyond by representing GCA as our President this year, and I also may be partial to South Georgia cattlewomen. As I was the communications intern for Convention for the second year in a row, I was able to see many familiar faces that I met throughout the summer while interning with GCA and GBB. I did not want the week to end, because Convention gives me the opportunity to do what I love and have a passion for, and that is photographing those in the beef industry. I smiled behind my camera the whole week while spending time with the best people on earth, Georgia’s cattle producers. One of the food interns for Convention, Evann Rowland, said, “It was such a blessing to be able to put food on the plates of the people who put food on our plates every day.” In the words of Evann… God is Great, Beef is Good, and Convention was Crazy. And that is crazy good, of course!


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NCBA News and Updates NCBA Lays Out Principles for Regulating Fake Meat Products Three pages. 715 words. That’s what NCBA needed to lay out guiding principles for regulating fake meat in comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). To protect producers and consumers from fake meat, NCBA requested two actions from USDA: 1. Work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing labeling laws for plant-based protein products. Current legislation gives FDA the power to take action, but the agency has historically been lax on enforcement. 2. Assert regulatory jurisdiction over lab-grown fake meat products. USDA is the agency in the best position

to ensure fair and accurate labeling and the safety of labgrown products for consumers. NCBA’s comments came in response to USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Petition 18-01, which asks USDA to create “standards of identity” for beef and meat. NCBA agrees that producers and consumers need to be protected from fake meat and misleading labels. But NCBA is not supportive of Petition 18-01. The reason is simple: Implementing the proposals in the petition would fail to provide sufficient protection for beef and put cattlemen and women at a disadvantage.

A Tale of Two Labels: Comparing FDA and USDA The FDA and USDA both have a role to play in regulating the food products consumers purchase in the United States. But their approaches to product labeling are very different. USDA requires pre-approval of all labels before products hit the marketplace. The pre-approval tool allows the agency to proactively guard against arbitrary marketing claims. Preapproval can therefore be a critical safeguard against deceptive labels for lab-grown protein products, such as “clean meat.” By contrast, FDA does not require labeling pre-approval. That means that products regulated by the FDA can hit store shelves despite using false or misleading marketing

claims. The FDA can retroactively take action in these cases, but it has a history of failing to do so. In fact, the U.S. dairy industry has been asking FDA to take action against improper labels for imitation milk products for 18 years. Spoiler alert: They’re still waiting. That’s why Petition 18-01 could be problematic for ranchers and beef producers. If it is implemented, USDA would have to cede regulatory authority of lab-grown fake meat products to FDA. If that happens, false and deceptive labels for lab-grown products are all but certain to hit the market, harming producers and consumers alike.

Entering the Fake Meat Spin Zone Reporters and activist groups were quick to react to NCBA’s comments. But whether intentional or not, many just got it plain wrong. The biggest source of confusion stems from NCBA’s second regulatory request: USDA should regulate labgrown fake meat products like real beef products under its jurisdiction. A policy analyst at the Good Food Institute – an organization dedicated to promoting fake meat products – took the liberty of claiming that NCBA’s position indicates an equivalence between fake meat and real beef. They are wrong. Here are the facts:

• Asking for equal regulation does not mean the products are the same thing. It does mean that lab-grown fake meat should be subject to the same regulatory scrutiny as real beef every single day. • USDA oversight is the best way to ensure that lab-grown fake meat products are labeled fairly and accurately. Without USDA labeling protection, fake meat companies could be free to market their product using terms that disparage beef, such as “clean meat.” • NCBA policy expressly opposes any fake meat product being marketed as equivalent or a substitute for beef.

NCBA “Pleased” to See U.S. House Farm Bill Language, Ready to See It Move Forward National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester issued the following statement in April in response to the release of the 2018 Farm Bill text in the U.S. House of Representatives: “We’re pleased to see the House Agriculture Committee’s language for the 2018 Farm Bill, and we’re ready to see the bill move forward. 14

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“We appreciate the Committee authorizing the Foot-andMouth Disease vaccine bank, which is vitally important to the safety of our industry. However, we were hopeful for full funding levels, which this bill does not provide in years two through five. We’ll continue fighting to secure that funding through all possible avenues.”

NCBA News and Updates

2018 Policy Priorities The five issues outlined below represent the top public policy priorities for NCBA in 2018. Visit our website or follow @BeltwayBeef for more information.

2018 Farm Bill

Trade and Market Access

 Full funding for a foot-and-mouth

disease (FMD) vaccine bank  Protect conservation programs like

the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program  Maintain research funding

 Protect market access under the North

American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)  Protect market access under the Korea-

U.S. Trade Agreement (KORUS)  Promote bilateral trade agreements

 Protect trade promotion programs

(Market Access Program/Foreign Market Development Program)  Prevent market-disrupting policies

Fake Meat  Protect our industry

Regulatory Reform

and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels

 Find a permanent solution to electronic

logging devices/Hours-of-Service  Modernize the Endangered Species Act  Replace the 2015 Waters of the United

Antimicrobial Use

States (WOTUS) rule  Protect producers from Superfund

reporting regulations (CERCLA/EPCRA)  Revisit and correct Range Reform ‘94  Reform wildfire management and

 Secure clean Animal Drug User Fee

Act (ADUFA) reauthorization  Continue Key Technologies Task

Force action steps on antimicrobials

funding programs GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Using Next Generation Sequencing to Characterize Strains of Moraxella from the Eyes of Cattle With and Without Clinical Signs of Pinkeye Rebecca Wilkes, DVM, Ph.D., DACVM; Lee Jones, DVM, M.S.; Eman Anis, DVM equivalent, Ph.D. From the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Tifton, Georgia

Moraxella bovis, a bacterial organism, is commonly recognized as a primary cause of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK, pinkeye). The bacterium is contagious and easily spread through ocular and nasal discharges from cow to cow by direct contact or mechanical means (such as by face flies). Moraxella bovoculi and Mycoplasma bovoculi have also been implicated in the occurrence of pinkeye. In a previous study, we identified multiple species of Moraxella in both healthy eyes and eyes with pinkeye of cattle. We determined that the gene commonly used for identifying Moraxella bovis or bovoculi isolates (16S rRNA gene) is not the best gene to use, even though rRNA sequences, and especially the 16S rRNA, represent the most important current targets of study in bacterial evolution and ecology. Unfortunately, this gene is commonly used to distinguish between Moraxella isolates for autogenous vaccine production. Based on the amount of Moraxella spp. we detected in healthy eyes, we suspect that there are both pathogenic (disease-causing) and nonpathogenic (don’t cause disease) strains/species of Moraxella that colonize the eyes of normal cattle and that IBK results from secondary factors (corneal damage/breakdown of innate immunity) that lead to a shift from colonization to infection with a pathogenic strain. To address this hypothesis, we have isolated strains of Moraxella associated with pinkeye from two farms. Draft genomes have been prepared from the isolates, which include Moraxella bovis and Moraxella bovoculi. We have also sequenced an isolate that appears to be a unique species, though further evaluation is ongoing. This “species” has been identified from the eyes of cattle with pinkeye from two different farms. It has not been identified by itself; and to this point, it has been detected together with M. bovis from an eye swab from one animal and with M. bovis and M. bovoculi from an eye swab from another animal. Confirmation of a new species of bacteria requires analysis and comparison of genetic material (including 16S rRNA). Analysis of this genetic material for differences or similarity to known genetic sequences within specific regions of the genome helps us determine whether the bacteria is a new species of Moraxella or just another strain of a known species. We are currently evaluating these different regions of the genome and comparing with Moraxella bovis and bovoculi sequences, and at this point, this is a presumptive new species. At least in the region of the rRNA genes there are unique areas. Interestingly, there are also some areas that are identical to M. bovis and other areas that are identical to M. bovoculi within the 16S rRNA gene, which could explain why this strain has been previously misidentified as either M. bovis 16

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or M. bovoculi. Evaluation of other core genes in the genome is ongoing, but at least for one of these genes (rpoB), the sequences between bovis, bovoculi and this “new species” are different. Based on the current analysis, the 16S-23S intergenic region, and likely the housekeeping genes (at least rpoB), will be more useful for species determination than 16S rRNA gene sequencing. There is wide diversity in virulence factors in Moraxella spp. and even within M. bovis or bovoculi. It is critical to understand the differences in order to implement prevention, control and treatment strategies. Three important virulence factors are pili (ability to attach to the cornea), haemolysin/ cytotoxin produced by the RTX operon (causes damage to the surface of the cornea and aids in attachment), and leukotoxin (kills attacking white blood cells). A previous report suggests that several virulence factors found in M. bovis are not found in M. bovoculi, based on PCR testing with primers designed for M. bovis. However, this may be the result of genetic differences in which the sequences for these virulence factors may not be the same between the species. The RTX operon has been associated with hemolysis production when the strains are grown on blood agar plates. However, there have been isolates reported in the literature from eyes with pinkeye that were non-hemolytic. Interestingly, both isolates of the “new species” we have identified are non-hemolytic when grown on blood agar and lack the RTX operon. Therefore, it will be interesting to determine which, if any, other virulence factors are present in these isolates. These isolates may actually represent a non-pathogenic species of Moraxella that is a normal inhabitant of bovine eyes. These questions will be addressed in the coming months.

Congratulations to Shelley Hendricks on her winning entry! Watch our Facebook page for next month’s contest!

Join us as we celebrate May as Georgia’s Beef Month with this fun 5K run! Beef is one powerful protein filled with zinc, iron, B12 vitamins, and of course delicious flavor! Georgia is blessed to have more than 15,000 beef cattle producers raising safe and responsible beef and we want you to celebrate this event with us! All proceeds raised will benefit the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation. All pre-registered runners will receive an event T-shirt and a steak biscuit. 478-474-1815

Register Online: • Registration Fee $30




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Follow the GCA staff as they travel the state.

GCA staff, President and several GCA members were in D.C. to discuss important policy issues on behalf of Georgia’s cattle industry at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference.

GCA members were happy to serve a wonderful ribeye steak meal to the University of Georgia football team during the team’s spring practice. The players were very appreciative of the great meal and always ask when the cowboys are coming back with Beef.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members Emily Potter and Dalton Green traveled to Scotland, March 7-17 on a studyabroad trip with the University of Georgia. While in Scotland, they taught science-based, hands-on lessons to students at Troqueer Primary School. One lesson focused on farming, students in the P1, P1/2, P3/4 and P5 classes were given Beef on Georgia’s Mind pencils. Each teacher and faculty member at Troqueer was given a GBB cookbook. Emily and Dalton thank the Georgia Beef Board for allowing beef dollars to be used in sharing the Georgia Beef story while abroad in Scotland.

Taylor County Cattlemen’s Association held their meeting on March 22. The room was packed with members enjoying a steak-and-potato dinner. Clay Williams of Corteva presented on pasture management and weed control.

Dr. Lee Jones presented a program on worming cattle at the Three Rivers Cattlemen’s March meeting. New strategies were covered for controlling internal parasites. Members were very interested in Dr. Jones’ presentation. There was a lively question-and-answer period afterward. Merchants and Citizens Bank sponsored the meal and the meeting.

Did your chapter have a meeting? If so, we would love to feature it in the magazine! Send photos with captions to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information Because we can’t pack it all into one day, we have to dedicate a whole month: Happy Beef Month everyone! This month is about celebrating the delicious and healthy beef products we all love; and more importantly, it’s about celebrating you, the beef producer, for your dedication to our industry and for raising safe and responsible cattle that provide beef for us. We have a lot to celebrate, and here at the Georgia Beef Board we are taking that celebration statewide. Our media tour is kicking off hitting major cities across our state, and that’s always very impactful. We’re excited for our Cattle Drive 5K returning for a second year on May 12 and hope you will join us! Along with our Beef Month radio spots, we also have a Blended Burger Battle event taking place in Atlanta. Of course, we’re stepping up our social media game for the occasion, partnering with an Atlanta blogger as well as sharing both recipe videos and videos highlighting Georgia producers. Planning all of this has been so much fun, and we are so excited to see it all come to life! The month of May also kicks off summer grilling, so one of this month’s recipes has got us dusting off the grill and firing it back up for another great summer. Keep a watch on our Facebook page because during this month we’ll be doing a grill giveaway. In the meantime, check out this recipe for Beef Back Ribs grilled to perfection with tons of flavor that would be perfect for any Memorial Day cookout. I also wanted to share a recipe that would be perfect for any Cinco De Mayo festivities. I celebrate May 5 as a true holiday, with big plans on eating tacos and chips and salsa all day long. Downtown Macon is hosting a Cinco De Mayo block party, so I got my dog Maddie a bandana with tacos and tortilla chips on it and we plan on making this a fiesta! Though I wish we could all be together for this celebration, I included a delicious steak taco recipe, so at least we can be eating tacos together. Happy Beef Month to you and your family, and be sure to send us your pictures of your chapter’s local beef promotion!


Ingredients • 5 pounds Beef Back Ribs, cut into 2 to 4 rib sections • 1-1/2 cups chili sauce • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 1/2 cup water • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1 tablespoon minced garlic • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Directions 1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, garlic and pepper flakes; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chili sauce, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce for basting. 2. Prepare charcoal grill for indirect cooking by igniting an equal number of charcoal briquets on each side of fire grate, leaving open space in the center. When coals are medium, ash-covered (25 to 30 minutes), add 3 to 4 new briquets to each side. Position cooking grid with handles over coals, so additional briquets may be added when necessary. 3. Place ribs, meat side up, in large (16-1/8 x 11-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches) foil roasting pan. Pour remaining sauce over ribs; turn ribs to coat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil; place foil pan on cooking grid. Cover with grill lid and grill over medium heat 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until ribs are fork-tender. Carefully remove roasting pan from grill; remove ribs from pan and place, meat side up, on grill rack. Baste ribs with reserved sauce; grill, covered, 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting once.

Cook’s Tip: Note: Add 3 to 4 additional briquets to each side of fire grate every 30 minutes or as necessary to maintain proper heat during grilling.


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Ingredients • 1 pound Beef Bottom Round Steaks, cut 1/4 inch thick • 1 cup diced tomatoes • 1 cup salsa, divided • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce • 2 teaspoons chile powder • 1/2 cup diced red onion • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added black beans • 1 medium ripe avocado, cut into 8 thin slices • 8 small corn tortillas (5- to 6-inch diameter), warmed • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Directions 1. Combine 1/2 cup salsa, chile powder and 1 teaspoon cumin. Place Beef Steaks and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. 2. Combine 1 cup beans, remaining 1/2 cup salsa and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin in medium microwave-safe bowl. Mash with fork into chunky paste. Cover and microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until hot, stirring once. Keep warm. 3. Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot; remove from heat and coat with nonstick spray. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Cooking in batches, if necessary, place steaks in skillet (do not overcrowd) and cook 2 to 3 minutes for medium rare (145°F) doneness, turning once. (Do not overcook.) Remove steaks from skillet; keep warm. Repeat with remaining steaks. 4. Spread bean mixture evenly on tortillas. Cut steaks into 4 pieces each and divide evenly among tortillas. Top beef with remaining 1/2 cup beans, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, cilantro, avocado and lime wedge, as desired. Fold tortillas in half to serve. Cook’s Tip: Steaks may be cut into bite-size pieces in Step 4.

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INAUGURAL CATTLE DRIVE 5K As part of the Beef Month celebration in May the Georgia Beef Board (GBB) held the inaugural Cattle Drive 5K in Macon. There was a great group of runners for this event and everyone had a wonderful time. All runners received an event t-shirt, beef jerky, and beef nutrition information in their registration packets. Age division winners won prizes, and overall male and female first place finishers received summer grilling baskets. Proceeds raised benefitted the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, to continue promoting the history, heritage and future of the beef industry in Georgia. Everyone had a great time and heard a great message, and we are looking forward to seeing this event grow in the future!

BEEF FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER RECIPE BOOK One of this year’s projects included a new recipe book created in-house. This 32-page booklet informs readers about beef production and how beef is raised in Georgia, along with tips on how to select and purchase beef products. The rest of the book is filled with beef recipes perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We handed this recipe book out all over the state at recent events and everyone has loved it. Consumers really appreciate the beef industry information we included and are excited about the many unique recipes to try.

VIDEOS HIGHLIGHTING GEORGIA PRODUCERS The Georgia Beef Board partnered with Growing America to create a video series highlighting different beef producers in our state. We traveled to several operations and filmed as these producers shared their story of life on the farm. The videos cover topics such as environmental stewardship, women in agriculture and cattle handling and care. We have gotten over 30,000 views from each of the videos we have debuted so far and it has cultivated hundreds of likes, shares and an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and comments.

#ATLBURGERWEEK In April, the Georgia Beef Board hosted the second annual Atlanta Burger Week. This event grew to over 50 participating restaurants, each creating a $5 specialty burger. Participants visited restaurants, tried burgers, got stamps in their event passport and voted for their favorites online. This event was incredibly successful, as demand for beef was built, and the Georgia Beef Board got incredible coverage - including being picked up by Fox 5’s Burgers with Buck every day that week! Some of the top selling restaurants were selling 1,600-2,000 of their specialty burgers within the week. We look forward to seeing this event continue to grow in the future!


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In August, the Georgia Beef Board rebranded their social media with the phrase “Beef On Georgia’s Mind.” We have been using this phrase and logo for a couple of years to brand different educational and promotional products and have found it has been well received by consumers. To continue growing our social media presence, we rebranded our social media handles to further promote and create a community of beef lovers in Georgia. This change helps us maintain our social media platforms as the best resource for consumers on all things beef. In the few months since it has changed, we have continued to grow; if you haven’t connected with us on social media, we encourage you to do so!

Every season, the University of Georgia (UGA) football team works with the charity Extra Special People (ESP) for the annual Bulldawgs and Buddies event. This event gives children with special needs the opportunity to hang out with UGA cheerleaders and football players and be reminded how special and awesome they are. GBB got involved this year and cooked hotdogs and hamburgers for the kids and volunteers. Not only does this event draw many media and the chance to share Georgia’s beef industry with hundreds of people, but it’s a great cause to support. Special thanks to our volunteers, and the Ag Commodity Commission for Beef, for sponsoring the event t-shirts.



REVENUES Gross assessments $622,095 Assessments remitted: Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (286,312) Other states (49,471) (335,783) Net assessments 286,312 Interest income Beef certificate revenue (loss) Grants and other revenue TOTAL REVENUES EXPENSES Program services: Promotion Consumer information Industry information Producer communication National programs Total program services Supporting services: Collection and compliance Administration Total supporting services TOTAL EXPENSES INCREASE IN NET ASSETS NET ASSETS - BEGINNING OF YEAR NET ASSETS - END OF YEAR

100 (517) 60,778 346,673

10,612 189,461 2,571 37,734 14,000 254,378 1,440 65,542 66,982 321,360 25,313 273,693 $299,006

We were invited to be a sponsor for the Culinary Fight Club’s Pitmaster Throwdown in June. Five top chefs in Atlanta were competing for the opportunity to represent Georgia in the national competition. GBB sponsored the beef used in the competition. Beef was truly the star of the show because it was the only meat being cooked in this competition. Chefs used different cuts and recipes to impress the judges, but what was cooked, presented, judged and tasted by over 100 attendees was all beef! It was a great event to be associated with, showcasing beef as the delicious choice it is.

PUBLIX MARATHON The GBB attended the Health and Fitness Expo that led up to the Publix Half and Full Marathon in March. The group of athletes with whom we interacted were very concerned about their diets, especially their protein choices, so it was critical for a strong and positive beef presence at this event. The UGA Beef Team and GBB’s Kaytlyn Malia gave out beef nutrition information, beef jerky samples, information about beef production, and information on beef as a protein. This crowd had a lot of questions on how beef was raised, antibiotic use in the industry, and beef’s benefits to our diet. It was a very fruitful time ensuring confidence in our industry, and we were ecstatic to be a part of the event and share our message. We also loved the opportunity to connect with and cheer on our Team Beef runners participating in the weekend! GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Consumers really these beef-eating experiences even as well as cows and bulls, show that the industry continues to improve the quality appreciate the beef industry information we included more memorable? of its product, and identifies where improvements can still be made. Among and are excited about the many unique recipes to try. the findings was a significant increase in USDA Choice and Prime carcasses, Those are just a few of the questions and a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants, which shows an VIDEOS HIGHLIGHTING we ask ourselves through the Beef improvement in animal handling. The number of blemishes, condemnations and Checkoff ProgramPRODUCERS to assure that we’re GEORGIA other attributes that impact animal value remain small. not just meeting consumer Theexpectations Georgia Beef Board partnered with Growing for wonderful beef experiences, America tobut create a video series highlighting Improvements can still bedifferent made, however. The NBQA for steers and heifers exceeding them. This report shows beef producers in ouridentified state. We traveled to several lost opportunities in hitting optimum carcass yield and grade targets how the checkoff helps provide and filmedand operations as these producers shared theirrates, particularly for livers, while among other reducing offal condemnation measurements for beefstory quality thaton the farm. of life Thethe videos topics such issues cow cover and bull report identified opportunities to make progress by are quantifiable, guidelines that are as environmental stewardship, implementing measures to eliminate carcass bruising on the farm, in transport reasonable and consumer insights women in agriculture and and at cattle the packing facility. about quality that are handling helpful and and care. We have To help we tell the positive beef story, the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance valuable. You30,000 will alsoviews learn from abouteach someof the videos gotten over Program,ofmanaged by NCBA as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program, of the debuted tools we’re to itcommunicate have so using far and has cultivated hundreds helps beef producers understand the do’s and don’ts of raising high quality beef. quality and value likes, shares andto anconsumers. overwhelming amount of positive feedback and comments. The pursuit of quality is never-ending, Consumers can learn more about how beef is produced through many checkoffbut at the same time satisfying and funded programs that tell that story. The multiple efforts to connect with #ATLBURGERWEEK rewarding. Beef is a great product consumers issues have been highly successful. For example, research In April, thethat Georgia Beef Boardabout hosted the second already fills a consumerannual want. Atlanta Making Burger it conducted IPSOS Public Affairs Week. 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Some of Federation of State Beef Councils The checkoff-funded National of Beef Tenderness Survey demonstrates the top selling restaurants were selling 1,600-2,000 tenderness has improved significantly since 1990. In fact, there has been a 34 their specialty burgers within the week. We look forward to seeing this event percent improvement in beef tenderness over that time. continue to grow in the future!

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experience to consumers. It also suggested the industry is keeping its eye on the ball when it comes to protecting the improvements in tenderness it has made. Most steaks surveyed were considered tender. While cuts from the round have a wonderful flavor profile they remain an industry tenderness challenge. Increased efforts to optimize aging practices and checkoff-funded consumer education on proper cooking for cuts from the round and other primals will help provide greater consumer satisfaction with tenderness.

AN EVOLVING CONSUMER Knowing what the consumer wants, and how they go about purchasing it, is at the heart of beef checkoff consumer research and marketing efforts. The research is conducted by the checkoff’s market research team using a variety of surveys and data-driven consumer behavior and attitude research tools. For instance, CBI research shows that beef performs well on key quality attributes important to consumers. Almost 90 percent of consumers say beef is great tasting as well as a great source of protein. A checkoff-funded steak satisfaction tracker supports this, showing in a current survey that 90 percent of consumers say they were very satisfied with their recent beef eating experiences. Consumers who say they are planning to consume more beef give their reasons as: They prefer the taste (85 percent); They want to add protein to their diet (77 percent); They believe there is better availability of cuts (76 percent); and They say beef is more of a family favorite (73 percent).

REACHING BEEF’S FINAL STOPS The beef checkoff’s Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program had acquired 10,000 graduates by 2017, providing consumers with a link to producers who put quality beef on their tables. Started in 2009, this group of beef and dairy producers – along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community – are equipped to engage with consumers and encouraged to participate in advocacy efforts. MBA graduates have put their skills to use in many ways, from providing a rancher’s perspective for a magazine article to promoting an MBA campaign. The Top of the Class, a next-level advocate training program, regularly taps its members for media interviews, speaking engagements and other national opportunities. Building on the program’s initial success, a new set of MBA lessons were released in 2015, and an interactive app for iPhone and Android introduced in 2016, giving MBA graduates access to beef information at their fingertips. Consumer beef marketing efforts use digital media that include social and entertainment platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Hulu and others. The Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner Facebook ( BeefItsWhatsForDinner/) page has more than 1 million

followers, and the website has circulated more than 1.4 million recipes. The beef checkoff will have had more than 40 million video views in 2017. This past year Facebook Live, for instance, hosted a “Be Your Own Butcher” from the checkoff’s Culinary Center that provided hands-on cutting demonstration by a meat cutting expert, reaching nearly 140,000 consumers.

OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS Whether working to expand high-end chilled beef exports to Asia, or helping find new destinations for beef livers, the Beef Checkoff Program’s international marketing efforts are boosting global demand for U.S. beef. In the first six months of 2017, U.S. exports totaled 606,876 metric tons (mt) – an increase of 12 percent over the first half of 2016. Export value increased 15 percent to $3.35 billion, which equates to about $270 for every fed steer and heifer slaughtered – up 8 percent year-over-year. Beef exports to leading market Japan exceeded last year’s pace by 23 percent in volume (150,812 mt) and 28 percent in value ($905.8 million). Exports to South Korea were up 13 percent in volume (83,357 mt) and 21 percent in value ($527.7 million). Chilled beef exports to Japan and Korea were up 40 percent and 83 percent, respectively, as the U.S. captured more than 50 percent of both countries’ chilled beef market. The beef checkoff will also play a major role in reintroducing U.S. beef to meat buyers in China, which in June reopened to U.S. beef for the first time since 2003.

CATTLEMEN’S BEEF BOARD FISCAL YEAR 2017 EXPENDITURES Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,871,078 Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,102,863 Consumer Information . . . . . . . . . . $7,913,258 Industry Information . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,180,808 Foreign Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,140,797 Producer Communications . . . . . . $1,498,613 Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$202,832 Program Development . . . . . . . . . .$292,090 USDA Oversight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $465,853 Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,796,725 TOTAL EXPENSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . $41,464,917 Audited Numbers *This total also includes CBB’s costs associated with Freedom of Information Act requests and legal fees associated with lawsuits.


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GET LEAN WITH PROTEIN Protein can have a beneficial role in weight loss and management, and in optimizing muscle strength and metabolism associated with physical activity. The amount, quality and timing of protein intake are important factors in improving the body’s ability to feel satisfied longer, achieve a healthy weight, and build and retain muscle mass.

The Power of Protein Many Americans could benefit from adding high-quality protein to their diets because of its positive role in weight management, muscle maintenance and disease prevention.1-4 • The Institute of Medicine recommends protein intake at 10-35% of total calories for adults, or 50-175 grams of protein per day for a 2,000 calorie diet.5 • The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein (0.8 g/ kg/day for adults) is set at the lower end of this range.5 • Most adults only get 16% of their daily calories from protein, which includes protein from all food groups.5,6

• On average, Americans (age 2 years and older) consume 5.7 ounces from the Protein Foods group each day (meat, poultry, eggs, fish/seafood, nuts, seeds and soy products), which is at levels consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.7 A growing body of evidence indicates that eating a higher-protein diet, between 1.2 and 1.6 grams per kilogram of body weight per day with at least 25–30 grams of a high-quality protein at each meal, may help maintain muscle mass and maximize optimal health.2,8-10 In addition, eating enough protein-rich food is essential to help protect lean body mass and prevent the loss of muscle and strength associated with aging, and it may play a role in reducing risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.1,4,9-11

Understanding High-Quality Protein

Protein Satisfies

When it comes to choosing protein, not all food sources are created equal. Animal proteins, such as lean beef, provide complete high-quality protein that contains all the essential amino acids the body needs for optimal health. To get the same amount of protein as beef, one would have to consume 1½ to 2 times more calories from most plant protein foods, such as beans, nuts and grains. Lean beef is also a top source of readily absorbable iron and zinc and an excellent source of vitamin B12, an essential nutrient not naturally available in plant protein sources.12-13

When it comes to satiety, or feeling satisfied after eating, protein has more staying power than carbohydrates and fat, helping to curb hunger and the desire to eat.2,14-17 Consuming a high-protein meal (containing at least 25-30 grams of protein), particularly at breakfast, leads to improved appetite control and satisfaction throughout the day, which could help combat obesity.18 In fact, individuals who followed a high protein diet (about 30% of daily calories from protein) complained less often about hunger and felt more satisfied compared to a typical diet.18 In addition, equal distribution of protein intake throughout the day (approximately 30 grams of protein at each meal) supports muscle protein synthesis and maintenance, increased satiety and, when protein is consumed at breakfast, reduced hunger and cravings later in the day.8,17,18
















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Protein Preserves Muscle and Fuels Fat Loss High-quality protein can help maintain a healthy weight, sustain weight loss, and keep a favorable body composition over time.2,3 The essential amino acid leucine, present in complete proteins like beef, interacts with insulin and glucose metabolism to promote skeletal muscle growth and may be beneficial for weight loss and maintaining muscle.4,19 In fact, consuming an energy-restricted diet with a higher ratio of protein to carbohydrate may help people lose more fat mass compared to conventional diets,20 and help to lower waist-to-hip ratio by reducing abdominal fat.21 Compared to other weight loss approaches, increasing lean protein intake may be more effective because it helps to increase satiety and preserve lean muscle.2


S U R P R I S I N G FAC T S A B O U T L E A N B E E F Many people are often surprised to learn that the bundle of nutrients in lean beef, like high-quality protein, iron and zinc, comes in such a delicious package with relatively few calories. There are several other facts about beef that many people may not realize, therefore, we are busting some common myths about many people’s favorite protein, beef.

Myth #1: Beef consumption should be limited because it’s bad for your heart and raises cholesterol. FACT:

Contrary to conventional wisdom, research shows that including lean beef every day, as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, can reduce risk factors for heart disease.1, 2, 3 A randomizedcontrolled trial found that participants who consumed lean beef, as part of a dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and lowfat dairy and low in saturated fat, experienced a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol and a moderate decrease in blood pressure, both markers of lower heart disease risk.1, 2 Another study found that subjects who followed a healthy and higher-protein weight loss dietary pattern, combined with physical activity, and consumed lean beef four or more times a week, saw reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.3 In addition, evidence has shown that beef has a similar effect on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides as poultry or fish.4 The current body of evidence provides convincing support that lean beef can support a strong heart, as part of a healthy dietary pattern and lifestyle.

Myth #2: Americans already consume too much protein.

Myth #4: Beef is the primary source of fat in the diet. FACT: Beef contributes ten percent or less of saturated fat and total fat to the American diet.9 Many people are surprised to learn that not all the fats in beef are saturated fats. In fact, half of the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated – the same heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil. Approximately one-third of beef’s total saturated fat is stearic acid, which has been shown to be neutral in its effects on blood cholesterol levels in humans.10, 11 Myth #5: It is difficult to find lean cuts of beef in the grocery store. FACT: Thanks to enhancements in cattle breeding and feeding, today’s beef is leaner than ever as more than 65 percent of the whole muscle cuts sold through the supermarket meat case are lean when cooked with visible fat trimmed.12 In fact, the number of beef cuts that qualify as “lean” increased sixfold from 1989 to 2013.13 Many Americans’ favorite cuts, such as Top Sirloin, Tenderloin (Filet Mignon), Strip Steak and Flank Steak, are lean, when cooked with visible fat trimmed.12 What does “lean” mean?14 • To be considered lean, a 3.5 ounce (100 grams) serving of cooked beef must have: o Less than 10 g total fat o Less than or equal to 4.5 g saturated fat o Less than 95 mg cholesterol

Myth #6: Beef is difficult and time-consuming to prepare.

FACT: Although the American diet has evolved over time, Americans FACT: Beef is a nutrition powerhouse that can be easy to prepare by have not increased their percentage of calories from protein in 30 years.5 On average, Americans (age 2 years and older) consume 5.7 ounces from the Protein Foods group each day (meat, poultry, eggs, fish/seafood, nuts, seeds and soy products), which is at levels consistent with the recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).6 Including high-quality protein, like lean beef, in a healthy dietary pattern can help Americans meet their protein needs, improve satiety and preserve lean muscle mass.7, 8

Myth #3:

using common ingredients and matching the right cooking method to the right cut. By planning ahead, you can also save time in the kitchen when preparing recipes made with beef. Beef can be paired with fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and there are many cuts of beef available in the marketplace. Therefore, you have an endless amount of culinary possibilities at your fingertips to create a delicious, satisfying and healthy meal.

Myth #7:

Americans consume too much red meat, especially beef.

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On average, Americans consume 1.7 ounces of beef daily, which is well within the recommended amount of 5.5 ounces from the Protein Foods group per day.6, 9 The fact is, beef is a natural source of essential nutrients with relatively few calories, which makes it a great lean protein option that Americans can enjoy at any meal.

Grass-finished beef is more nutritious than grain-

There are a variety of beef choices, including grain-finished and grass-finished, but no matter the choice, there is a delicious and nutritious beef option for you. All cattle, whether grass- or grain-finished, spend the majority of their lives eating grass on pastures, and beef is a natural source of more than 10 essential nutrients, like protein, iron and zinc. While grass-finished tends to be a little leaner, there are a number of variables that contribute to leanness, including breed, age, grade and cut.15, 16 GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Summer Time: It’s All About That BEEF Alexander Stelzleni, Ph.D., University of Georgia Meat Science Technology Center

As summer months approach, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and people around the country get ready to pull out their grills. Everyone starts to look forward to backyard cookouts with friends and family and the taste of that great steak cooked to the perfect temperature. Before you can start your coals, though, you need to set yourself up for success by picking a good steak. Some people may get confused by the maze of steak options available today and a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. In this post, we will cover a few of the great options consumers can choose for their grills this season, so that you can make an informed choice. The tenderloin, or filet, comes from the loin primal. It sits just under the top loin, or strip steak, separated by the transverse processes of the backbone. Per pound, the filet usually brings the highest price because it is known for being one of the most tender cuts, if not the most tender cut. The filet is low in fat, and as such has a much milder flavor than some of the other steaks. Because of its smaller portion size and expected tenderness, it remains a crowd favorite.

The top loin, or strip steak, is also located in the loin primal. It sits on the very top of the back, just above the filet. The top loin steak is also known as the New York Strip or KC Strip. The strip usually comes as a boneless cut, but more and more you can find strip steaks as a partial bone-in cut at some restaurants. The strip remains one of the more popular cuts, as it pairs both tenderness and flavor. The next cuts on the list are the T-bone and porterhouse steaks. Both of these are classic steakhouse cuts and are the previous two steaks (filet and strip) put together. The first steaks removed from the rib end are T-bones, and those that follow are the porterhouse. The porterhouse steaks will have a larger filet, and you may see the sirloin starting to appear with the strip steak. The porterhouse steak is a great option if you are sharing; one person can have the filet and the other can have the strip. The top sirloin will round out our common steaks from the loin. The sirloin tends to be less tender than the strip but is full of flavor. It also has a more economical price point, making it a great option and a “go to” when cooking for a larger group. The top sirloin can be found as a larger cut (as pictured) or as a center cut, or sirloin filet steak, which is great for portion control. The sirloin also pairs with a variety of marinades and flavors. 32

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The ribeye steak, another classic steakhouse cut, comes from the rib primal and can be found bone-in or boneless. The main muscle of the ribeye is the same as the top loin (strip steak) but is rounder in shape. The ribeye is my personal steak of choice, as it pairs both tenderness and flavor for a great eating experience. My preference is to get a ribeye from the fore rib (closer to the chuck) because they have a larger cap muscle. The cap of the ribeye (the spinalis) is the portion I save for “dessert.” This part of the steak is exceptionally tender and flavorful. Although it is hard to find, if you come across something labeled as ribeye cap, make sure to get it! You won’t regret it. The flat-iron isn’t a new steak, but a newer way of cutting a steak that has been around for a while. The flat-iron comes from the chuck and is also known as a top blade steak. All flatirons are top blade steaks, but not all top blade steaks are flat-irons! The flat-iron is a long rectangular cut where the heavy seam of sinew between the two halves has been removed. For me, the flat-iron ties with the ribeye as a “go-to” steak. The flat-iron is similar in tenderness to the filet and is packed with flavor like the ribeye.

The chuck eye steak comes from the beef chuck roll and is the first 2-3 steaks closest to the rib primal. Chuck eye steaks have been known to butchers for a long time but are gaining popularity with consumers. Chuck eye steaks eat similar to a ribeye for about half the cost.

The Denver steak is a newer steak cut that also comes from the chuck roll. The muscle that makes up the Denver steak ranks high in tenderness (4th) and is well marbled. The Denver steak is great for portion control and eats similar to a top loin (strip steak). Sometimes this cut can be found labeled as chuck flap, chuck flat, or boneless chuck short ribs. If found by the latter names, it is still great for the grill; just make sure to cut into thinner strips across the grain when finished cooking.

Here I am grouping the skirt steaks (from the plate) and sirloin flap (bottom sirloin) together. Skirt and sirloin flap steaks are thin, long steaks that are probably better known for their use in fajitas. These cuts have more texture than most of the previous cuts but are excellent options for a marinated steak that can feed a group. Plus, they are full of flavor.

I will end this post with the flank steak (from the flank). The flank steak is thin and lean with long fibers. The flank works well when cooked whole and then thinly sliced across the grain. This steak eats similar to a sirloin and is a great option when grilling for a family or larger group.

All of the steaks mentioned above are great options for high-heat direct grilling. Remember to use a thermometer when you grill! To maximize tenderness and flavor, the “sweet spot” for steaks is usually between medium-rare and medium. Use this information to try something new this summer and explore the variety that beef has to offer. No matter which cut you choose, these steaks will leave your family and neighbors in awe of your grilling skills. *All steak pictures came from by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association via the Beef Checkoff. Be sure to check out www.beefitswhatsfordinner for additional information and other great beef options. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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The Science behind Savory Beef By Bailey K. Herrin Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. It’s also what students are learning about at the Meat Science and Technology Center (MSTC) at the Rhodes Animal Science Complex at the University of Georgia. The UGA meat sciences program was originally housed in the Food Science Department. In the late 1980s, the Animal and Dairy Science Department (ADS) began a meats program, although there were no ADS meats facilities. That all changed in 1998 when the Rhodes Complex was built and included the current MSTC as part of the department’s facilities. “We can process about 25 head of cattle for two days,” Dr. Dean Pringle explains. “After that, we are limited due to cooler space.” The Meat Lab, as it is commonly known, is designed to support the three missions of the Land Grant University. Teaching is the top priority of the Meat Lab. Students are in the lab for a variety of classes – such as the Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation class, The Meat We Eat, The AllAmerican Hot Dog, freshman odyssey classes, Introduction to 36

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Meat Science, and several more. The Meat Lab offers a handson learning opportunity to students, where they learn about production, processing, sanitation and food safety. The Meat Lab offers a more intimate setting for students to get into a smaller classroom and learn about the program, the university and set up, and get to know faculty members. Introduction to Meat Science teaches about inspection, meat safety, sanitation principles, anatomy, composition of muscles, and production practices. This class spends a lot of time in the lab. Students get to slaughter and process pork, lamb and beef. The students are involved in every step of the fabrication process, which allows them to see how everything affects the end product. “In the Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation class, students evaluate market livestock (cattle, sheep and hogs) on the hoof and later on the rail,” explains Dr. Pringle. “The students estimate factors that influence carcass value based on what they observe while the animal is living. Then once it is on the rail, students calculate yield and quality grades and

value based on the measurements they collect off the carcass.” The cattle that are harvested at the Meat Lab are generally owned by the Department or College and come from the UGA herds at Eatonton, Calhoun or Double Bridges. After harvest, the beef is available for sale at the Meat Lab and is also sold to some local restaurants. “We are able to sell the products we produce because we are federally inspected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture through the Talmadge-Akin Act,” says Dr. Pringle. “By being able to sell the beef, we are able to recoup some of the cost associated with operating the ADS beef programs. Even though they are university cattle, the Meat Lab is still responsible for covering the cost of the animals they harvest.” The Meat Lab has one full-time employee, Ryan Crowe, the manager. Ryan has been with the lab for more than 12 years. Dr. Pringle and Dr. Alex Stelzleni both agree that Ryan is integral to the Meat Lab’s success. “He is involved in workshops and outreach programs,” Dr. Pringle elaborates. “Ryan also works on research projects and helps with classes. He manages the retail outlet and maintains all the necessary paperwork for a federally-inspected meat plant. Additionally, Ryan is responsible for hiring and training the 10-12 undergraduate students that work in the lab.” While Ryan manages the Meat Lab, Ms. Gina McKinney is in charge of the research labs for the ADS meats program and plays an invaluable role in the program’s success. Gina supervises student workers, collects data, and analyzes samples for the meat science faculty and their students. At any given time, there are several research projects going on in the Meat Lab. Dr. Stelzleni is currently working on two projects that look at the ability to finish cattle in the Southeast and other subtropical areas. He also has projects focusing on beef safety and shelf life. Another interesting project is Dr. Stelzleni’s research on Sous vide cookery. Sous vide is controlled cooking under vacuum in a water bath. They are looking at how this method of cooking impacts tenderness, compared with other cooking methods. Dr. Pringle is working on improving feed efficiency in cattle by genetically selecting cattle that utilize the nutrients available to them more efficiently and studying the underlying physiological mechanisms of feed efficiency. Many of the ongoing projects are funded through the ACC for Beef and USDA. As if research and teaching didn’t keep the lab busy enough, the Meat Lab also offers workshops and education opportunities to support the Extension arm of the Land Grant University. The research, education and outreach are necessary to keep beef in the center of the plate. As people learn more about the benefits of beef, we will see it being what’s for dinner more and more. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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2017 Member Contest Winner

Congratulations to the Polk Co. Chapter! Recent Winners Franklin Co. (2016) | Wiregrass (2015)

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57th Annual Convention Award Winners

County Agent of the Year

This year’s GCA Outstanding County Agent of the Year goes to Paula Burke. She is the Carroll County Extension Agent. Paula works very closely with the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association throughout the year. She attends all of their meetings and helps recruit sponsors and arrange for speakers whose programs are both educational and entertaining. She is always looking for ways to make their association better including setting up tours so the members can visit other farms and see what other cattlemen are doing and arranging for specialists from UGA to share new ways of making their marketing more successful and other cattle businesses more profitable, as well as better for the cattle.

YCC Visionary Award

This year’s David Gazda YCC Visionary Award winner is Danny Bentley of Mid-GA Cattlemen’s Association. Danny’s dedication to mentoring the future generations of cattle producers has not gone unnoticed. He is always the first one to offer to help a young person get started. Danny is always promoting the cattle industry and recruiting for Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Charles William Graham has over 50 years of service to the Grady, Mitchell, Thomas and Decatur County producers. In 2011 the vet office closed in Mitchell County. This man along with two of his colleagues came in and purchased the facility and opened it back up. He saw the importance of having a full-time veterinarian in the area. He is a huge supporter of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association including sponsoring and speaking on whatever topic is needed at our local chapter meetings. He has been a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for well over 20 years. He has laid a great foundation locally for herd health in the future.

YCC Herd Sire Endowment Outstanding Beef Month Chapter

For the last 2 years a generous Georgia cattleman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated a SimAngus Bull for a deserving young cattleman getting started in the cattle business. This endowment allows a young producer to take advantage of superior genetics and without having to make a significant financial investment. This year’s winner was awarded during the recent Young Cattlemen’s Council Farm Tour. Congratulations Morgan Danielle Rowan!

The Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association worked hard during the month of May to publicize beef month through a well planned out 10 day Burger Contest. They partnered with 5 restaurants within the respective counties. Each time a person ordered a burger at a participating restaurant, customers were entered into a drawing to win $50. Restaurants received positive feedback as well as people who came to order a burger just to participate in the contest. Not only did people eat more beef, supporting the industry, but the restaurants and the Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association were able to build relationships with the community. Throughout the contest, Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association had an active role on social media to promote the contest. They reached over 1800 people on their posts.

57th Annual Convention Award Winners Congratulations to President’s Award winners!

The presidents of any chapter with an increase of 5 or more members won either a jacket or a $100 check for the chapter.

Franklin Co - Scott Andrews Haralson Co - Chris Parker Jackson Co - Matt Shirley Meriwether - Brian McDaniel Miller - Trent Clenney Piedmont - Newton Mayfield

Top Member Recruiter

Chapter with Greatest

Bobby Brantley (Left), Percentage Increase Washington Co. Cattlemen’s, Lee Brown presents President accepts the Top Member Glenn Robinson of Polk Recruiter Award from 2017 Co. Cattlemen’s Association GCA President Lee Brown. with award for the greatest percentage increase.

Piney Woods - Charles Davis Polk - Glenn Robinson Southeast GA - Charles Harris Stephens - Freddie Long Washington - Bobby Brantley (Not all chapters pictured.)

Largest Single-County Chapter Glenn Robinson accepts the award for Largest SingleCounty Chapter increase on behalf of Polk Co. Cattlemen’s Assn.

Largest Multi-County Chapter Will Godowns accepts the award for Largest MultiCounty Chapter increase on behalf of Mid-GA Cattlemen’s Assn.

Three Consecutive Years Increase

Two chapters were honored this year for having a net GCA membership increase of five or more people for the previous three consecutive years. Congratulations Polk Co. Cattlemen’s Assn. and Washington Co. Cattlemen’s Assn. (Pictured left to right)

Sponsors of 20 or More Members

Chapter Membership Awards

Three members sponsored 20 or more new members this year. Jeff Hawkins (top left), Scott Andrews (top right), Cory Andrews (bottom left), and Dean Daniels (John Dean Daniels standing in, bottom right)

The local chapters with the greatest net increase in membership during 2017 were awarded cash prizes. Accepting their awards from Lee Brown are (right) Bobby Brantley of Washington County in third place; Charles Davis of PineyWoods Cattlemen’s Assn., tied for second place; Jackson Co. Cattlemen’s Assn (not pictured) also tied for second place; and Polk Co. Cattlemen’s Assn. in first place. Polk Co. Cattlemen’s Association received a Priefert squeeze chute from Fuller Supply. Congratulations to all three chapters!

FENCE Membership Winners

Sponsors of 10 to 19 Members

Glenn Robinson - 16 Phil Moshell - 13

Bobby Dodd - 12 Joe Garner - 10

Sponsors of 5 to 9 Members

Carole Knight - 9 Travis Young - 9 Danny Bentley - 8 Randy Davis - 6 Mike Ferguson - 6


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Theresa Molle - 6 Wayne Wilson - 6 Will Cabe - 5 Cole Rowland - 5

FENCE Winner Jeff Hawkins

Cory Andrews Dale Dylong Phil Moshell Scott Andrews Elise Farnham Zack Murray Stan Bartles Mike Ferguson Paula Myers Corey Bennett Joe Garner Earnest Nichols Danny Bentley Mark Gossett Glenn Robinson Bobby Brantley Bo Grimes Laura Robinson Ray Brumbeloe Jeff Hawkins Cole Rowland Paula Burke Richie Hancock Matt Shirley Lana Bussey Carey Harris Corinne Stiving Will Cabe Jean Hulsey Edmond Strickland David Cannon Bray Hutcheson Roger Taft Tammy Cheely Helen Jowers Jimmy Thomas Emmit Collins Carole Knight Bobby Tucker Dean Daniels JR Korgh Brandon Walker Randy Davis Savannah Maddox Ron Warn Bobby Dodd Kit McGlung Clay Washburn Kaitlyn Dules Jason Morrow Wayne Wilson

57th Annual Convention Highlights Hundreds of cattlemen, women and juniors made their way to Perry for the 57th Annual GCA Convention. Educational opportunities, awards banquets, contests and the trade show kept the attendees busy from the moment they arrived. All of the events were very well attended, drawing people from all age ranges. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Convention, Trade Show and Beef Expo.

Left: The Tradeshow was jam packed with vendors. Attendees were sure to find something to meet their needs. Right: The Milk Life break was a huge hit as always. Attendees enjoyed delicious dairy treats.

Left: Van McCall offered his humor and insight on how agriculture drives America. Right: “Finishing Cattle in Georgia” Panel was a huge hit as producers learned about the opportunities, challenges and regulations involved with finishing beef cattle in Georgia.

Left: The YCC Steak Biscuit Breakfast was well received. It was a great way to start off the final day of convention. Right: All three sales offered premier cattle and were a huge success!


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7th Annual Forage Conference The 7th Annual Georgia Forages Conference kicked off the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s Convention in Perry, Georgia, on Thursday, April 5, 2018. More than 120 participants and exhibitors from across Georgia attended the annual conference, which focused on forage production and management strategies for sustainable beef cattle production in Georgia and the Southeast. The 2018 conference featured renowned forage and grazing researchers Drs. Monte Rouquette (Texas A&M University) and Paul Beck (University of Arkansas). UGA Forage Extension Specialist Dennis Hancock opened the conference with a discussion about understanding forage distribution, the differences in stocking rate and stocking density, and the importance of understanding profitability per acre. Drs. Roquette and Beck discussed the importance of flexibility in stocking rate on soil health and strategies for matching forage quality and distribution to improve stand longevity and meet the nutrient requirements of cattle in both warm- and cool-season based pastures. The advantages and disadvantages of using legumes, such as clover and alfalfa, were also discussed in depth. Drs. Beck and Hancock examined the benefits of using legumes to reduce commercial N costs, extend the grazing season, and improve overall forage quality and yields. UGA doctoral student Taylor Hendricks rounded out the conference with an overview of ongoing research on the benefits of interseeding alfalfa into bermudagrass, which had been funded by the Georgia Beef Commission. Upon conclusion of the conference, participants had the opportunity to visit with this year’s sponsors, including ACI Distributors, Agri-King, Boehringer Ingelheim, Dow AgriSciences, and RW Griffin Industries.

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GJCA Scholarship Winners Georgia Cattlemen’s Association received numerous outstanding applications for all of the scholarships. Congratulations to the following juniors who were selected as 2017 scholarship winners!

Steve Blackburn, Foundation Chairman, presents Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships to the following students (top left): Savannah Kaitlin Austin (not pictured), Matthew Patrick Holton, Claire Elise Hunkler, Zackary Dale Murray, Cassie Nora Powell, Emmalee Luvene Richardson, Morgan Danielle Rowan, Lauren Virginia Rutledge, Madison Blake Walker, and Case Donald Wilson. Congratulations and best of luck in college!

Caroline Suzanne Hinton, right, Daniel Jeremiah Williams, accepts the John and Liddy right, accepts the Judy Thomas Jenkins Scholarship from Memorial Scholarship from Steve Blackburn. Steve Blackburn.

Kencade Sumner, left, accepts the Harvey Lemmon Memorial Scholarship from Nina Lemmon.

Not Pictured: Dalton Canner Green - Gail Hilley Memorial Scholarship Cameron Alexander Watts - Clarence & Jennie Cross Memorial Scholarship GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Madam President By Bailey K. Herrin

In a male-dominated industry, Kristy Arnold found a way to stand out. Her hard work, passion and dedication to the cattle industry didn’t go unnoticed. David Gazda, past Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President, originally asked Kristy to serve on the GCA Executive Committee as a board member. She happily accepted and finished the two-year term that had been vacated because of another member advancing in the ranks. “It all started when I attended the Emerging Leaders Conference in 2011,” Kristy recalls. “That’s what sparked an interest in getting more involved at the state level.” After her term as a board member, she moved up to the position of Vice President and has been working her way up ever since. Kristy will serve as the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s second female President, exactly 20 years after GCA had their first woman President, Betts Berry. Under her leadership, Kristy hopes to see the Association continue to grow and see an increase in membership. “I think all presidents have this goal,” Kristy says. “But I believe with more programs targeted toward molding and mentoring younger producers, we will see an increase.” Kristy says she would like to see additional YCC and GJCA activities that help to keep young people motivated and interested in an industry where the average age of a farmer is continually increasing. In addition to getting young people involved, Kristy believes in the importance of lobbying on behalf of cattle producers. “We need to continue to strengthen and grow our relationships in Atlanta and D.C.,” Kristy explains. “Those relationships allow us to protect Georgia producers from the negative impacts of government regulations.” Kristy says she plans on making it to as many chapters and events as possible. She already has several meetings on the calendar. The love of cattle is in Kristy’s blood. Her family farm, Boggy Creek Farms, was originally started by Julian Griffis more than 60 years ago as a row crop and hog farm with a few cows here and there. Kristy’s dad, Ronnie, increased the cattle numbers to transition the farm into primarily a cattle operation. After Kristy graduated from the University of Georgia, she returned home to help on the farm. Shortly 44

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thereafter, Ronnie was approached by Blake Callaway to grow some embryo transfer calves for him. “From then on, we were in the business of growing ET calves for people,” Kristy says. “We have grown calves for Wehrmann Angus, Sarrat, Bamboo Road, Bridges Angus Farm, Ogeechee Farms and CAM Ranches.” Boggy Creek Farms’ recipient herd is currently around 300 head. The attention to detail in record keeping and their use of BQA protocols ensure that their customers are happy with the calves they grow. The farm has received numerous awards – such as GCA Commercial Producer of the Year in 2010, BQA Producer of the Year in 2013, and several more. At this year’s GCA Convention, Tradeshow and Beef Expo, the farm was honored at the Commercial Heifer Sale for having bought more than 200 heifers since the sale’s inception. In 2015, Ronnie passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Kristy knew that it was up to her to continue her father’s legacy. And that, she has. Kristy and her husband, Robert, have been married for 16 years. The two have two children: Kayle, 13, and Karson, 10. Bonnie, Kristy’s mom, plays a huge role on the farm by helping with the kids. The family stays busy with Kristy serving on the School Council at Martha Puckett Middle School, as a board member of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, as Supervisor for the Satilla Soil and Water Conservation District, and as a board member of the Wayne County Young Farmers. Robert also coaches Karson’s Little League baseball team and works full-time. The kids stay busy too with gymnastics, soccer, baseball and showing pigs. Don’t worry; showing cattle is next on the list. “I don’t know how she does it,” Kayle says proudly of her mom. Kristy says the next year will be exciting, but challenging. “The kids and Robert are going to have to do more work than ever,” Kristy predicts. “But I know they can do it and everything will be well taken care of.” Kristy is ready to hit the ground running and to continue her legacy in Georgia’s cattle industry. “I’m excited and humbled to be in this position,” Kristy says. “It’s an honor to lead this Association following so many other great Presidents."

“I’m excited and humbled to be in this position,” Kristy says. “It’s an honor to lead this Association following so many other great Presidents.”


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Pictured at 9 years of age, this female is the Happy Hills icon cow sired by BC Matrix 4132 and out of the featured Happy Hills donor Thomas Lucy 3750. She is one of four flushmate sisters that form the nucleus of the Happy Hills breeding program. Three daughters sell in this auction.

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Daughter of Happy Hills Lucy 246 and Daughter of Happy Hills Lucy 246 and sired by SAV Bismarck 5682. Produced sired by SAV Resource 1441. Sells with an $8,000 son that sold in 2016 heifer calf sired by VAR Generation 2100. McCabe Genetics Bull Sale. Sells with bull calf sired by JMB Traction 292.

Daughter of Happy Hills Lucy 249 and Daughter of Happy Hills Lucy 230 sired sired by SAV Bismarck 5682. Sells with by SAV Final Answer 0035. Sells with a a bull calf sired by GBA Resource 5300. bull calf sired by VAR Generation 2100.

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Daughter of Happy Hills Lucy 246 and sired by SAV Brave 8320. Produced a $4,400 son that sold in the 2018 McCabe Genetics Bull Sale. Sells with bull calf sired by GBA Resource 5300.

Daughter of the $18,000 Happy Hills donor Thomas Adventure Girl sired by OCC Emblazon. Produced a $5,000 son that sold in the 2018 McCabe Genetics Bull Sale. Sells with bull calf sired by VAR Generation 2100.

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A d v i c e

Enhancing Crabgrass Control in Hayfields Dr. Patrick McCullough, Extension Specialist, University of Georgia Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) is a warm-season annual grass that is commonly found in pastures and hayfields in Georgia. Relative to other warm-season annual grasses, crabgrass has a low to medium yield potential but is high in forage quality. As such, it is often a desirable component in pastures and is sometimes planted for forage in pastures. Improved varieties – such as ‘Red River,’ ‘Quick-N-Big,’ and ‘Mojo’ – have quick establishment and good nutritional value for livestock. Crabgrass is also a prolific seed producer, which enables new stands to establish in subsequent growing seasons for summer grazing. Because of its high-volume seed production, crabgrass also has the potential to become a problematic and persistent weed in hayfields. Its competitive growth with perennial hayfield species contributes to stand thinning from spring to late summer, so growers are concerned about its economic impact. Crabgrass has a slower drying rate than most hay species, causing rotting and mold development after baling. Once it is dry, crabgrass often turns a dark brown or black color, which stands in stark contrast to the light green of other grass hay crops. This can substantially lower the value of the hay crop, so controlling the growth of crabgrass may be critical for longterm successful production. Problematic Crabgrass Species in Hayfields Several crabgrass species are problematic in hayfields in Georgia. These include southern crabgrass (Digitaria ciliaris), smooth crabgrass (D. ischaemum), and large crabgrass (D. sanguinalis). Southern and large crabgrass produce lateral stems that enable populations to spread vegetatively (Figure 1). These species root at the nodes, and after emergence, they may be particularly difficult to control with herbicides labeled for use in hayfields. Southern crabgrass has pubescent stems and sheaths, but the leaves have few to no hairs present. Smooth crabgrass is generally hairless, but may have several soft hairs at the base of the leaf (Figure 2). It has a clumped growth habit and does not produce lateral stems. Large crabgrass has soft hairs on the leaves, stems and sheaths of the plant. Cultural Control of Crabgrass Crabgrass begins to germinate in early spring when soil temperatures reach approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The lifecycle of summer annual weeds is predictable; therefore, growers can modify management programs to reduce crabgrass establishment in spring. For example, nitrogen fertilization should be reduced during peak germination in areas with a history of crabgrass pressure. High nitrogen rates in summer will also encourage crabgrass seed production, dispersal and survival. Mowing is an important cultural practice that can 52

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reduce the competitive growth of problematic weeds with hayfield species. Mowing before seedhead formation can suppress crabgrass growth and inhibit the production of viable seed. However, mowing will not kill crabgrass, and seedhead suppression may not significantly impact crabgrass weed pressure in subsequent years. Practices that disturb the soil – such as aeration, subsoiling, or tilling operations – should be conducted when tall fescue, bermudagrass or bahiagrass stands are actively growing. Voids left in fields with exposed soil may permit crabgrass invasion. Timing these operations during favorable periods for quick recovery promotes competition with weeds. In tall fescue hayfields, growers should reseed thinned areas to promote competition with crabgrass seedlings in spring. Pre-emergence Control of Crabgrass – Established Hayfields Growers may use pendimethalin (Prowl H2O) in alfalfa, bahiagrass, bermudagrass and tall fescue hayfields for preemergence control of crabgrass. Applications should be timed when soil temperatures reach the low 50s in late winter or early spring. Prowl H2O may be applied at 1.1 to 4.2 qt/ acre in established hayfields in a single application, with a cumulative total of 4.2 qt/acre per year. Timing applications before a rainfall may enhance soil incorporation and herbicide activation. Split applications at reduced rates between cuttings can enhance residual control throughout the summer. There is no pre-harvest interval restriction for Prowl H2O use. Sequential treatments applied at a six- to eight-week interval after the initial application may extend the length of residual crabgrass control through late summer. Prowl H2O is not labeled for perennial peanut hayfields. Post-emergence Control of Crabgrass – Grassy Hayfields Herbicide applications should be timed in late spring for post-emergence control of crabgrass on established hayfields. Imazapic (Impose) may be used to control crabgrass in bermudagrass and perennial peanut hayfields. Bermudagrass may be treated with Impose at 4 to 8 oz/acre when crabgrass is actively growing in spring, but applications should not exceed 4 oz/acre on perennial peanut. Growers may also use nicosulfuron + metsulfuron (Pastora) at 1 to 1.25 oz/acre for early post-emergence control of crabgrass in bermudagrass in May or June. Pastora is most effective on crabgrass at a pre-tiller stage, while higher rates of Impose may control multi-tiller plants. Both herbicides should include a non-ionic surfactant at 0.25 percent v/v of spray solution. Impose and Pastora should not be applied to tall fescue or other cool-season grasses because of excessive injury potential

E x p e r t in spring and summer. Quinclorac (Facet 1.5L) provides post-emergence control of immature crabgrass plants in tall fescue and bermudagrass. Applications should be timed when crabgrass is 1-tiller or smaller and should include a crop oil concentrate or methylated seed oil adjuvant for best results. Repeat applications will be needed for acceptable control of crabgrass in summer. There are several limitations to using these herbicides for crabgrass control. For example, Impose and Facet may cause temporary injury to bermudagrass, such as yellowing of foliage and growth suppression in the summer. Impose may also reduce the initial yield of bermudagrass by as much as 50 percent in the spring or early summer. Additionally, there is a seven-day cutting restriction after an Impose and Facet application in hayfields. Pastora has less potential to injure bermudagrass than Impose, but it is less efficacious on mature crabgrass. Pastora may be applied at seven days after cutting bermudagrass to control seedling crabgrass, and there is no haying restriction after application. Both Impose and Pastora will severely injure alfalfa, bahiagrass and tall fescue. Growers have no selective control options for crabgrass in bahiagrass. Spot treatments of glyphosate are recommended in these species for the control of crabgrass. In alfalfa, growers may use clethodim (Select Max, etc.) and sethoxydim (Poast, etc.) for post-emergence crabgrass control. These herbicides control grassy weeds after emergence and do not control broadleaf species. Alfalfa should not be harvested for 14 and 15 days after treatment of sethoxydim and clethodim, respectively. Clethodim will also control crabgrass in perennial peanut. However, there is a 40-day cutting restriction following clethodim applications in perennial peanut hay. Numerous clethodim and sethoxydim

Figure 1. Southern crabgrass.

A d v i c e products are available to end-users that have different adjuvant requirements for applications. Growers should always read the product label to determine whether a crop oil concentrate or non-ionic surfactant should be included with these treatments. Herbicide Resistance A major limitation to post-emergence control of crabgrass in Georgia is herbicide resistance. Resistance to acetyl CoA-carboxylase inhibitors (sethoxydim, etc.) in southern crabgrass has been confirmed at several locations in Georgia. Resistance develops from selection pressure by repeated use of the same herbicide or mode of action over years. Genetic differences among crabgrass biotypes present in populations contribute to susceptibility levels to herbicides. The main differences attributed to herbicide resistance include altered target-site binding or enhanced degradation. Other resistance mechanisms may include reduced absorption, herbicide sequestration, or overproduction of the target-site enzyme. As susceptible biotypes are controlled by a particular herbicide over years, resistant biotypes may spread in these fields. This type of selection pressure will shift crabgrass populations from susceptible to resistant biotypes over a span of years. Resistance to acetolactate synthase inhibitors (Impose, Pastora, etc.) and dinitroanilines (Prowl H2O) has risen exponentially in grassy weeds over the last decade. Growers should have an appreciation for the potential development of resistance to these herbicides, particularly in bermudagrass hayfields. This is due to the lack of herbicides available in hayfields that offer alternative modes of action. Pre-emergence control of crabgrass with Prowl H2O will help delay resistance to post-emergence herbicides; but herbicide rotation, along with cultural control practices, will be critical for long-term sustainable management.

Figure 2. Smooth crabgrass.

Figure 3. The ligule of smooth crabgrass.

Crabgrass species all have a fleshy membranous ligule (an outgrowth from the sheath) at the base of the leaf (Figures 3 and 4). The southern crabgrass ligule has a fringe of hairs present, while the others do not. Seedheads are typically branched spikelets that extend outward from the plant. Crabgrass populations decline significantly in the fall and do not survive a killing frost. As crabgrass declines, areas with heavy infestations become predisposed to invasion by winter weeds, such as annual ryegrass.

Figure 4. The ligule of southern crabgrass.


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Single-Dose BRD Treatment & Control Same Active Ingredient & Dosing Regimen as BaytrilÂŽ 100 in Beef & Non-Lactating Dairy Cattle Available in 100 mL, 250 mL & now in 500 mL Bottles Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Federal law prohibits the extra-label use of this drug in food-producing animals. Cattle intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Use with caution in animals with known or suspected CNS disorders. Observe label directions and withdrawal times. See product labeling for full product information.

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Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Lisa Baxter, Ph.D. Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia – Tifton Campus

Introduction Since it was first discovered in South Georgia in the summer of 2010, the bermudagrass stem maggot (BSM; Atherigona reversura Villenueve) has severely damaged bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) pastures and hayfields throughout the Southeast United States. The damage begins when the BSM larva bores into the pseudostem (stem-like structure made up of leaf sheathes), where it macerates the vascular tissue. This feeding occurs outward from the last node of the plant, which cuts off water and sap flow to and from the top 2-3 leaves. This gives the leaves the characteristic “frosted” or “bronzed” appearance (Figure 1). The damaged leaves can easily be pulled from the sheath, and the end inside will show either evidence of insect damage or obvious decay. Although the degree of damage depends on the bermudagrass variety, latitude of the farm, and time of year, producers have reported up to an 80% yield loss in late summer. The economic impact of the BSM damage depends on several factors; but if a conservative yield loss of 25% is generally applied to just the bermudagrass acreage in Georgia, the potential economic loss totals $40 million annually! When in doubt…SCOUT! Finding the BSM larva (Figure 2) is quite challenging, 62

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as it requires dissecting pseudostems as soon as they show the first signs of chlorosis in response to BSM damage. If the pseudostem shows extensive damage, then it is likely that the larva has already left the pseudostem to pupate. Pseudostems may be carefully dissected using a sharp knife or razor blade, then splitting the stem until the center of the shoot is revealed. Because of the small size of the larva, it is best to work over a solid, dark-colored surface so that the larva is not lost during the procedure. Alternatively, you can easily use sticky traps or sweep nets to collect and identify the adult BSM fly (Figure 3) in the field. The adult flies tend to stay down in the forage canopy and rarely fly higher than 18 inches above the canopy. To date, sticky traps have been useful only in alerting one to the presence of the BSM because fly counts on sticky trap cards have not yet been observed to be correlated with fly populations. If sticky traps are used, secure the traps to stakes at 8 inches above the soil’s surface (Figure 4). Sweep net estimates have been found to be relatively accurate predictors of actual fly populations in the field. It is not uncommon to find 50-80 flies in a sample of 10 sweeps during July and August (peak BSM damage season). This translates to ~300500,000 flies per acre! Be sure to sweep deep into the canopy, as the flies do not fly very high (Figure 5). While the flies

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are more active in the morning Figure 5 hours, it is difficult to sweep if dew is present. Plan to scout your fields just after the dew dries off the grass, around 11 a.m. to noon. Transfer your sample (about 10-15 sweeps) to an “insect cube” or a plastic bag and place in a freezer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and count the number of flies. If you have observed a significant (30%) level of damage in your field and find at least 40-50 flies in your sample, then it’s time to employ the appropriate control strategy. Control strategies are contingent upon timing of damage If the BSM damage occurs near the end of a regrowth cycle (2.5-3 weeks after the previous cutting or grazing), the yield loss is estimated to be less than 10%, so you can harvest as normal. However, if the hay crop is damaged at an early stage of regrowth (e.g., 6-8 inches), it is unlikely to further develop. If the crop is damaged at this point, it is crucial to remove (mow and harvest, if possible) the damaged grass to enable new growth to occur. Strategically-timed insecticide applications can significantly reduce the adult BSM fly population and protect the bermudagrass during the most sensitive regrowth phase. Although several different active ingredients are being evaluated, pyrethroids are the only effective mode of action at this time. In our experience, the flies do not fly very high nor very far (<10 feet) in any single instance of flight, even after being disturbed. Therefore, normal spray boom heights should be effective for chemical applications for BSM control. Furthermore, the BSM flies tend to remain deep in the canopy, so applications that do not penetrate the canopy may have limited success. It would be ideal to apply the insecticide in a volume of water in excess of 12-15 gallons/acre to ensure adequate canopy penetration. Suppressing the BSM can be effective when a recommended rate of an insecticide is applied after the bermudagrass has begun to regrow (7-10 days after

Figure 4

cutting) following an affected harvest. A second application can be made 7-10 days later to suppress any flies that have emerged or arrived since the last application. A word of caution… Chemical actions should be taken if there is a known history of BSM damage to the bermudagrass and the expense of the application(s) is justified by the forage yield saved. Based on our current observations, BSM populations are not high enough to warrant chemical suppression prior to the first bermudagrass hay cutting (or equivalent timing if the crop is to be grazed) and population buildup may not occur until late into the regrowth cycle for the second cutting for the central latitudes of the Southeast United States or third cutting for more northern areas where bermudagrass is grown. Overuse of a single mode of action to combat a pest may eventually result in a buildup of resistance. Preventing overuse and uneconomical use of insecticides is a crucial educational objective to combat the potential for resistance of the BSM to pyrethroid insecticides. For more information The new Extension bulletin “Managing Bermudagrass Stem Maggots” is available online at www.georgiaforages. com or for immediate download by scanning the QR code provided. Acknowledgements Much of the work conducted on the BSM has been funded by grants from the Georgia Beef Commission (formally known as the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef ). The author wishes to thank the GBC’s board and the beef and dairy producers of Georgia. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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12% 60%

14% 61%

10% 64%

FEEDERS OVER 600 LBS FEEDERS UNDER 600 LBS SLAUGHTER CLASSES: COWS: % LEAN 75-80 80-85 80-85 85-90 BULLS: 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





16% 9%

14% 9%

13% 11%

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

BULK 54.00-60.00 58.00-65.00 58.00-65.00 51.00-58.00

LOW DRESSING 52.00-54.00 50.00-57.00

HIGH DRESSING 61.00-66.00 67.00-71.00




1500-2100 LBS 1000-1500 LBS

82.00-89.00 82.00-89.00

73.00-80.00 73.00-80.00

91.00-95.00 89.00-94.00



172.00-178.00 162.00-170.00 156.00-165.00 147.00-156.00 142.00-150.00 137.00-143.00 129.00-135.00

173.74 164.64 160.68 152.60 144.85 139.93 130.61

MED & LGE 2 170.00-175.00 163.00-170.00 156.00-163.00 149.00-155.00 140.00-150.00 133.00-140.00 130.00-135.00 120.00-126.00

WTD AVG 172.52 167.64 160.44 152.72 145.90 135.13 133.02 123.80

147.00-152.00 142.00-150.00 138.00-145.00 132.00-140.00 128.00-135.00 124.00-130.00 120.00-126.00 115.00-120.00

150.02 146.06 141.62 134.66 131.20 126.73 122.60 117.56

139.00-147.00 136.00-142.00 130.00-139.00 125.00-131.00 122.00-128.00 120.00-125.00 112.00-120.00 111.00-115.00

172.00-180.00 165.00-175.00 157.00-165.00 150.00-160.00 140.00-150.00 134.00-142.00 132.00-135.00

175.10 169.05 160.47 154.56 145.35 137.89 133.13


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MED & LGE 3 160.00-168.00 157.00-162.00

WTD AVG 166.54 159.09

140.00-148.00 130.00-137.00

143.70 134.30



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132.00-137.00 125.00-135.00 122.00-127.00 116.00-125.00 112.00-119.00 110.00-115.00 104.00-110.00 100.00-105.00

135.64 130.62 124.72 120.46 116.86 112.79 107.72 102.56

166.11 159.46 152.00 144.36 135.93 130.11 123.56 116.43 MED & LGE 2-3 65.00-78.00

148.00-157.00 142.00-150.00 137.00-145.00 130.00-140.00 124.00-132.00 120.00-126.00 110.00-120.00

152.83 147.29 141.04 134.54 128.50 123.04 114.93



DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 1,565 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 90 HEAD 600-650 LBS 153.00; 573 HEAD 800-850 LBS 124.00-129.00; 311 HEAD 850-900 LBS 119.50123.30; 312 HEAD 900-950 LBS 116.00-116.50; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 79 HEAD 700-750 LBS 123.60; 200 HEAD 750-800 LBS 120.10. MID-GA DAIRY SALE 04/11/18 RECEIPTS: 82 COMMON 600.00-875.00; SPRINGING HEIFERS 7-9 MONTHS: MEDIUM 1000.00-1150.00; COMMON 550.00-700.00; BRED HEIFERS 4-6 MONTHS: MEDIUM 950.00-1000.00; COMMON 675.00-750.00; SHORT BRED HEIFERS 1-3 MONTHS: MEDIUM 775.00-850.00; COMMON 450.00-625.00; OPEN HEIFERS175-300 LBS: APPROVED 350.00-355.00; MEDIUM 240.00-

COWS: 1050.00-1225.00; 68FRESH May 2018 MEDIUM â&#x20AC;¢ GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

Reader Services Tifton Bull Test Sale March 7 • Irwinville, Ga. 89 Total Bulls Avg $2,711 47 Angus Avg $3,014 12 Simmental Avg $2,367 18 Sim-angus Avg $2,700 2 Charolais Avg $1,700 1 Charolais-Composite Avg $2,800 7 Hereford Avg $1,986 1 Lim-Flex Avg $1,300 1 Red Angus Avg $1,200

D&W Angus, LLC FF Rita 7P19 of 3F62 Y331 • $5,000 March 31 • Hartwell, GA Top Bred Heifer 42 Lots Avg $2,986 Lot 6 Arrow Creek Rampage 606 Gross $125,420 424 • $2,700 Southern Tradition Sale 18 Commercial Open Heifers Top Fall Pair March 24 • Alapaha, GA Avg $1,090 • Gross $19,625 Lot 22/22A 100 Lots Avg $1,875 15 Commercial Bred Heifers Highlander Rita 316 • $3,700 9 Three-N-Ones Avg $2,122 Avg $1,348 • Gross $20,225 Top Pregnancy 31 Pairs Avg $1,847 10 Commercial Bred Cows Lot 1 • $23,000 21 Bred Females (AI) Avg $930 • Gross $9,300 Lot 2 • $17,500 Avg $1,910 4 Commercial Pairs 30 Bred Females (Natural) Avg $1,225 • Gross $4,900 Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Avg $1,757 Top Open Heifer Female Sale Partners in Progress 4 Exposed Females Avg $1,938 Lot 1A D&W Ruby 1708 • $11,000 April 6 • Perry, GA March 17 • Wadley, GA 5 Bulls Avg $2,120 Top Bred Heifer 141 Lots 48 Angus Lots Lot 29 D&W Rita 1611 • $2,600 Avg $1,653 • Gross $233,200 Avg $4,321 • Gross $207,450 Georgia Angus Association’s Sale Top Open Cow 32 Commercial Open Heifers 43 Hereford Lots March 24 • Bowdon, GA Lot 10 Avg $1,289 • Gross $41,250 Avg $4,038 • Gross $173,650 48 Lots Avg $2,804 Deer Valley Rita 4723 • $3,500 93 Commercial Bred Heifers Top Open Heifer Gross $134,600 Top Bred Cow Avg $1,671 • Gross $155,450 Lot 2 Top Open Heifer Lot 1 D&W Ruby 1547 • $4,500 16 Commercial Pairs S/A Everelda Entense T4 • $16,000 Lot 49 MM Queen 8114 • $3,000 Top Pregnancy Avg $2,281 • Gross $36,500 Lot 7A Top Bred Heifer Lot 25 • $3,000 Georgia’s Finest Hereford Sale S/A WayView Eileenmere T3 • $9,000 Lot 21 April 7 • Perry, GA Top Bred Cow Bridges Sure Fire 6500 • $5,000 Southeast Elite Female Sale 52 Lots Avg $2,463 Lot 14 Top Fall Pair April 6 • Perry, GA Gross $128,050 S/A Barbara M161 • $5,750 Lot 1/1A 30 Lots Avg $3,731 Top Fall Pair MM Queen Lass 6155 • $6,200 Gross $111,950 Send Sale Reports to Lot 21/21A Top Open Heifer S/A Barbara N9 • $5,750 Lot 24 Top Spring Pair Lot 17/17A S/A Barbara N14 • $5,000


• May 2018


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May Beef Management Calendar General  Control pasture weeds by clipping or with chemical weed control.  Fertilize bermudagrass and bahia pastures according to soil test recommendations, if not done previously.  Check out the hay equipment and make sure it is ready for operation.  Control flies. Spring Calving January, February, March  Vaccinate calves more than 3 months old with clostridial vaccines (blackleg).  Castrate and dehorn any calves missed at birth.  Implant calves. Calves that were implanted at birth may be reimplanted.  Check on condition of bulls during breeding season. Provide supplemental feed if needed.  Spot check to make sure cows are settling.

Fall Calving October, November, December  Pregnancy check cows 45-60 days after the end of the breeding season. Sell open cows.  Check cows’ eyes, udders, feet, legs and production records for others that should be culled.  To precondition calves for shipment, vaccinate for respiratory diseases (IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, H. Somnus) 45 days before weaning. Check with your local veterinarian for product recommendations.  Heifers should be calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis at 4-8 months of age.

Georgia. The spring calving list is based on Jan. 10 to March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 to Dec. 20 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through the breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the Editor’s Note: This calendar contains a time of year when forage quality is at its best. monthly listing of the common management With good winter grazing, fall calving is a good practices needed for commercial beef herd option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture production in Georgia. Some practices are offers the best feed for breeding season and recommended at a certain time of the year spring calving is a better choice. If your calving and others are recommended when calves season is different, adjust management practices are a certain age or at a certain point in their accordingly. reproductive cycle. Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, spring calving and fall calving. Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original Management practices in the general category are manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists. seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

• May 2018


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Reader Services

Beef Industry Calendar of Events

May 5, 2018 TRM Production Sale Fort Payne, Ala. May 7 – 11, 2018 GCA Farm Tour California May 12, 2018 Banners and Beyond Jefferson, Ga. Cattle Drive 5K Macon, Ga.

Genetic Power Female Sale Woodbury, Ga. She & Her Mature Cow Dispersal Sale Grantville, Ga.

June 9, 2018 C&R Farms Replacement Female Sale Cairo, Ga.

June 7-9, 2018 Southern National Junior & Open Angus Shows Perry, Ga. June 14, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. July 26 – 28, 2018 GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Ga. August 9, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

May 19, 2018 Southeast Angus Classic Opelika, Ala.

September 13, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

May 28, 2018 Mead Cattle Enterprises Sale Midville, Ga.

September 27, 2018 Ankony Only the Tops Sale Clarkesville, Ga.

May 30, 2018 Calhoun HERD Sale Calhoun, Ga.

October 4-14, 2018 Georgia National Fair Perry, Ga.

October 11, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

October 16 – 18, 2018 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. October 26, 2018 Friendship Farms Bull Sale Canoochee, Ga. October 29, 2018 Hill-Vue Farm’s Annual Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. November 8, 2018 GVP Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. December 1, 2018 Bramblett Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale Elberton, Ga. December 8, 2018 Cowboy Logic Bull & Commercial Female Sale Talmo, Ga. Send calendar additions to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Goin’ Showin’ 2018 Georgia Junior National Heifer Show - Perry, Ga.

Overall Grand Champion Heifer Blaze Beasley

3rd Overall Heifer Madyson McDaniel

Angus Champion Heifer Jesse Cronic

Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Jesse Cronic

4th Overall Heifer Taylor Barber

Angus Res. Champion Heifer Brent McDaniel

AOB Champion Heifer Trey Chafin

Black Hereford Chp. Heifer Black Hereford Res. Chp. Heifer Charolais Champion Heifer Ashley Chumbler Anna Grace Jones Gracie-Drue Johnson

5th Overall Heifer Mariah Lynn

AOB Reserve Champion Heifer Lauren Davis

Charolais Res. Chp. Heifer Gayla Sizemore

Not Pictured

Chi-Influence Champ. Heifer Hunter Spence

Chi-Influence Res. Champ. Heifer Alana Roberts

Hereford Champ. Heifer Lowry Hunt

Hereford Res. Champ. Heifer Lowry Hunt

Commercial Champ. Heifer Mariah Lynn

Limousin Champ. Heifer Georgia Larimer

Commercial Res. Champ. Heifer Ashlyn Floyd

Limousin Res. Champ. Heifer Abby Frost

Maine-Anjou Chp. Heifer Taylor Barber

Main-Anjou Res. Chp. Heifer Shorthorn Champion Heifer Katelyn Carney Luke Lynn

Shorthorn Plus Champ. Heifer Shorthorn Plus Res. Champ. Heifer Daylon Smith Kate Day

Low % Sim Champ. Heifer Drew Brooksher

Shorthorn Res. Champion Heifer Jared Sheriff

Simmental Res. Chp. Heifer Will Woodard

Simmental Chp. Heifer Robbie Arnold

High % Sim Reserve Chp. Heifer Madyson McDaniel

Low % Sim Res. Champ. Heifer High % Sim Chp. Heifer Kade Mitcham Blaze Beasley Charolais Record Chp. Heifer LeAnn Beville

Charolais Record Res. Chp. Heifer Alana Roberts

2018 Georgia Junior National Market Heifer Show - Perry, Ga.

Champion Market Heifer Parker Ausley

Res.Champion Market Heifer Nick Hurley

2018 Georgia Junior National Steer Show - Perry, Ga.

Overall Grand Champion Steer Taylor Barber

3rd Overall Steer Halle Cannon

Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer Luke Mobley

4th Overall Steer Maelee Dean

5th Overall Steer Luke Mobley

GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Georgia July 26-28, 2018 Thursday, July 26

1:00 pm - Afternoon Activity with Your Choice of: - Golf Tournament - GJCA Games on the Beach - GCWA Ice Cream Social

6:00 pm - Picnic & Fun: - Horseshoe Tournament - DJ - Name That Tune - Watermelon Eating Contest

6:00 pm - Sam Gay Seafood Experience

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

8:00 - 9:30 am - Committee Meetings: - Region VP and Membership Committee - Legislative Committee - Media & Communications

8:00 - 9:30 am - Committee Meetings: - Production & Marketing - Cattle Health & Well Being

9:30 - 10:00 am - Gathering & Refreshment Break

9:30 - 10:00 am - Break

10:00 - 10:15 am - Opening and Welcome by President Kristy Arnold

10:00 - Noon - GCA General Session Meeting with NCBA President Committee Meetings are Open to Everyone!

10:15 - 11:45 am - Keynote Speaker

GCA Summer Conference Meal & Event Registration Form Complete a separate pre-registration form for each individual, couple or family that will be picking up a registration packet. Name Address City Phone Email County/Chapter


To receive these prices, form must be received by June 26, 2018 Card #: __________________________


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Registration Fee $45.00 per family

Expiration Date: ___________________ Signature: ________________________

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Thursday night picnic

Number of Adults ____

Make checks payable to GCA and mail with form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221

X 20.00 = $_____

Thursday night kids meal (under 12) Number of Kids ____

X 10.00 = $_____

Room Reservation Information

Friday night meal (seafood buffet)

Number of Adults ____

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Friday night kids meal (under 12)

Number of Kids ____

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Villas By The Sea 800-841-6262 Be sure to ask for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association meeting rate!

Registration per family

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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 YCC Update

GCA’s YCC Board

By Sarah Loughridge

The weather never seems to cooperate. When we want it to rain, it seems like it never does. When it rains, sometimes it never stops. This was the case with our YCC Farm Tour in northeast Georgia. Besides having to weave in and out of the raindrops, we had a great time! Terry Chandler with Still Water Farm emphasized the importance of rotational grazing and pasture management. Kyle Potts with Potts Brothers Farm discussed the various facets of their operation. While Potts Brothers Farm is part of the Cowboy Logic group, he honed in on their stocker operation and how they operate on a daily basis. Our final stop was to another member of the Cowboy Logic contingent, Elrod Farms. Cole Elrod welcomed us to the sale day facility, where he elaborated on the seedstock side of the industry. He produces Angus, Simmental and SimAngus cattle for commercial and purebred producers. Their goal is to produce efficient cattle that will be productive for you. A program would not be complete without a meal. If you feed them, they will come. We certainly appreciate Commissioner Black hosting us at his farm for lunch. Our full stomachs that day want to thank Randy Fordham and Boehringer Ingelheim for sponsoring a delicious lunch. Perhaps the most exciting part of the tour was when we announced the winner of the YCC Herd Sire Endowment. Ms. Morgan Rowan from Valdosta was awarded a SimAngus bull from a generous individual who wishes to remain anonymous. The YCC is ever-grateful for this generosity and the opportunity this person has afforded to young cattlemen through this donation. YCC had a strong presence at the GCA Convention and Expo in April. YCC Region 3 Representative Marcus South presented the David Gazda Visionary Award to Mr. Danny Bentley. Marcus spoke about the influence Mr. Bentley has had on his life and the lives of other young cattlemen in the state. He even mentioned that Mr. Bentley was Marcus’ bus driver back in school. This further accentuates the fact that Mr. Bentley is not only a good cattleman, but a strong community man as well. Mr. Bentley is never one to shy away from a conversation or fail to offer words of wisdom to young people in the cattle industry. On Saturday morning of the Convention, we hosted our annual biscuit breakfast in the Trade Show. A big thank you goes out to Godfrey’s Feed for their sponsorship of the breakfast this year. We appreciate all the work and support that Godfrey’s Feed offers to the cattle industry. Looking ahead to our summer calendar, mark the last weekend in July! We will be hosting our annual YCC Cornhole Tournament during the GCA Summer Conference in Jekyll Island. Bragging rights and the famous corn trophy will once again be up for grabs! Be sure to start practicing now! Competition is stiff!

Cleve Jackson, Chairman 706-266-3188 Sarah Loughridge, Chair-Elect 706-618-4716 Evan Dover, Vice-Chair 706-695-9180 Emilia Jackson, Secretary/ Treasurer 706-618-6245 Will Cabe, YCC Region 1 706-988-0018 Tyson Strickland, YCC Region 2 tyson@customlivestocksolutions. com 478-319-7089 Marcus South, YCC Region 3 706-741-1020 Brandon Fletcher, YCC Region 4 229-325-7368 Darren Hembree, YCC Region 5 229-881-6308 Jacob Segers, At-Large 678-234-3547 Rudy Muro Felix, ABAC Rep 423-762-5940


• May 2018


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


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 • J A N U A RY 2 0 1 8

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


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 • F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 8

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


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 • M A R C H 2 0 1 8

A Life Worth Living, p. 32 • Marketing Spring Calves, p.52 • Harmful Algal Blooms. p. 60


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • A P R I L 2 0 1 8

The Science Behind Savory Beef, p. 36 • Madam President, 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 • M AY 2 0 1 8

May is Beef Month

Advertising Index

Next Month: American Breeds AgAmerica Lending.............................1

Georgia Chianina Breeders................26

Nelson Tractor Company..................71

American Brahman Breeders.............75

Georgia Hereford Breeders................56

Norbrook....................................54, 55

Bill Hembree.....................................70

Georgia Limousin Breeders...............60

Pasture Management.........................58


Georgia Metals....................................3

PH White.........................................64

Bush Hog..........................................59

Georgia Red Angus Breeders.............64


C&R Farms.......................................57

Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders......28


C&R Fleet Services, Inc....................71

Georgia Shorthorn Breeders..............26

Raymond James Financial.................70

Calhoun HERD Sale.........................67

Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders...74

Reproductive Management Services... 70

Cargill.........................................58, 72

Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders...66


Carroll County Livestock Sale Barn...71

Graham Livestock Systems................65

Rockin R Trailers...............................71

Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer..........70

Happy Hills Angus............................47

Southeast AgNet...............................72

Cattle Drive 5K.................................17

Herrin Livestock Services..................70

Southeast AgriSeeds...........................54

Daniel Livestock Services..................70

John Deere..................................... IBC

Southeast CAT..................................27

Dogwood Genetics............................70

Kittle Farms......................................51

Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC...72

Ed Murdock Superstores...................70


Southeastern Semen Services, Inc......70

Farm Credit Associations of Georgia...5

Kuhn Knight.....................................61

ST Genetics.......................................70


Luke Mobley.....................................70

The Bull Whisperer...........................70

Franklin Co. Livestock......................71

Malcolm Financial Group.................72

The Nolan Group.............................70

FRC Land Company.........................46

Manor Timber Company..................70

Tim Hartsfield..................................70

Fuller Supply.....................................38

Martin's Cattle Services.....................70

Tyson Steel........................................71

Genetic Power Female Sale................46

Massey Fergueson................................2

Westway Feed Products.....................50

Georgia Angus Breeders.............. 48-49

Mead Cattle Enterprises.................. BC

Woody Folsom Trailers........................7

Georgia Beefmasters Breeders............26

Mid Georgia Livestock Market..........71

Yancey Brothers.................................71

Georgia Brahman Breeders................28

Mike Jones, Auctioneer.....................70

Zoetis............................................. IFC

Georgia Brangus Breeders..................66



May 2018 •



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The Mead Program Sale

Monday, May 28, 2018 “Memorial Day” • Midville, Ga.

Lot 1 | Reg. # P43362070

Lot 4 | Reg. # P43774952

Lot 6 | Reg. # P43760334

Lot 14 | Reg. # P43760348

Lot 18 | Reg. # P43760356

Lot 22 | Reg. # P43760284

Lot 36A | Reg. # P43859799

Lot 41A | Reg. # P43875653

Lot 70 | Reg. # P43867481

Lot 45 | Reg. # P43375151

Lot 46 | Reg. # P43561425

Lot 48 | Reg. # P43256645

Sale Starts at 11:00 am EST Catalog Available Upon Request 82

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Mead Cattle Enterprises

Tommy Mead and Family 1230 Reeves Rd. • Midville, GA 30441 706-554-6107 • Cell 706-339-0201 •

Georgia Cattleman May 2018  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association

Georgia Cattleman May 2018  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association