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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@gabeef.org | www.gabeef.org GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Will Bentley, will@gabeef.org Vice President of Operations: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Director of Association Services: Charlsy Godowns, charlsy@gabeef.org Director of Communications: Bailey Herrin, bailey@gabeef.org Director of Public Relations and Industry Information: Kaytlyn Malia, kaytlyn@gabeef.org GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, tricia@gabeef.org Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org 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 21 GBB Update, By Kaytlyn Malia 79 YCC Update, By Jarrod Creasy Industry News 14 NCBA News & Updates 16 2018-2019 GCA Committees 36 Dealer Trust Would Prioritize the Producer, By Livestock Marketing Association 44 Education, Innovation and Dedication, By Caroline Waldrep 74 Summer Conference Schedule and Registration Reader Services 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 22 ACC for Beef Update, By Dr. Lisa Baxter 27 Officer in Need of Assistance, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 66 Local Market Reports 69 Management Calendar 71 Calendar of Events 72 GCA Foundation is BEEFing Up Our Future, By Caroline Waldrep Expert Advice 25 Zoonotic Diseases: Rabies Edition, By Dr. Paula M. Krimer 30 Mid-Year Beef Cattle Outlook, By Dr. Levi Russell 52 Dealing with Pinkeye in Cattle, By Dr. Lee Jones 58 Is Cottonseed Going to Make My Bulls Infertile?, By Dr. Lawton Stewart 64 Tips for Building and Enhancing Your Junior Cattlemen's

Participation in Your County, By Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks

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Association Reports • President's Report

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

Well, it appears that those of us who spent most of the spring praying for rain had our prayers answered! Over the last three weeks, South Georgia has turned into a rain forest. I have not kept up with complete accuracy, but my best guess is that our farm has received somewhere around 10 inches of rain. My neighbor, Mr. Joe B Harris, stated, “I don’t think I have ever seen grass respond to fertilizer like it has these last few weeks.” We are ready to start cutting hay, but we will have to wait for the ground to dry out and get a few days with less than a 50-percent chance of rain to do so! Though it has been rainy and wet, we have still been “workin hard” for our members this last month. The team in Macon has kept the road hot with meetings and beef promotion activities all across the state. The most recent Executive Committee meeting proved to be a productive one, with some changes being made to our committees and updating the schedule for Summer Conference. If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to send in your registration for the conference on Jekyll Island, July 26-28. Summer Conference is a time to get involved with the organization, meet new folks, and spend some time with your family. The agenda for the conference includes cookouts, fun and games, a watermelon eating contest, golf, corn hole, and of course beach time. Then there’s the real business. We will have committee meetings for Production and Marketing, Cattle Health and Well Being, Legislative, Youth Advisory and Region Vice Presidents membership committees. Also, we will have a general session with NCBA President Kevin Kester as well as Dr. Christine Navarre will be speaking about the "6 steps of a herd health program." It's sure to be a fun and educational event. Our Region Vice Presidents spent the day on June 4 in the office in Macon, learning more about the programs that GCA offers and focusing on ways to grow our membership. The overview included the History of GCA, Leadership Structure, Mission, Strategic Plan, as well as a staff and committees review. We also discussed the Beef Board and its function with the 6

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Checkoff program and heard a report from Kaytlyn Malia on upcoming events. As the heat of summer approaches and the normal trends with cattle prices to follow, please encourage your neighbors and cattle friends to join our organization if they aren’t members already. Our mission is to “Unite Georgia’s Cattlemen,” and to complete that process we must have their membership. GCA spends tireless hours focusing on protecting family farms in Georgia; each cattleman is a recipient of that, regardless of membership. However, it tremendously helps the fight with larger numbers to report. The small $50.00 fee is a drop in the bucket for the returns our members see. I would like to spend a few moments telling you about our “dog days” of summer. With more daylight, it only seems fitting that we would get more work accomplished, right? Somehow that doesn’t ever seem to be the case. People ask me all the time, “When is the slow time of year on your farm?” Well, I haven’t found one yet! All the cattle have been vaccinated, dewormed and fly tagged. Grass is growing and no more hay is being hauled. Calves have either been weaned or are on their way to it. So it’s slow-down time, right? Not hardly! We typically roll between 5,000 and 6,000 round bales each summer. Most of our grasses are hybrid Tift 85, Coastal or Alicia. Normally we put up around 1,800 rolls of haylage each season to feed our lactating mothers in the winter. Some of the hay is custom work for cattlemen in my area. Cutting, fluffing, raking and rolling hay takes time and good weather. I tell folks I get really used to the way a tractor seat feels from June to October. No matter what challenges you face today or tomorrow, know that GCA is here to help. I am always just a phone call away. I would love to visit with you and your chapter as the months pass by. As we celebrate our great nation on July 4, please remember to pray for our nation and those men and women who are protecting it all across the world. Happy Birthday America!

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Executive Vice President’s Report Will Bentley July brings lots of summer memories to mind for me. When I was a kid, the Fourth of July meant that my family was spending the morning running the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta and then catching a Braves game later that evening. The fireworks shows that they put on were pretty spectacular. We always seemed to have a homegrown version of these firework shows down on the farm as well. My Uncle Tommy was (and still is) the family fireworks expert, and you could always count on him to bring over the best fireworks smuggled across state lines. Back then, the fireworks on the farm were just as impressive as those done by the professionals, and they were even more fun because Uncle Tommy wouldn't hesitate to let you hold a rocket while he lit it up. (Have I ever mentioned that safety has not always been our family’s strongest attribute?) The rest of the month seemed to be dedicated to the hay field and all the fun a kid can have loading square bales in hot barns around Upson County. Several members of my family still choose to wake up early on the Fourth and run the 10k in Atlanta; luckily, I’m not one of them. My dad still spends most of July trying to make enough hay to get our cows through the winter time. Georgia has made fireworks legal to purchase now, so Uncle Tommy's fireworks shows continue. Some things never change, I guess. For many of you, July is spent in the summer sun, parties with friends and family, and cooking burgers on the grill. It’s a time to celebrate freedom, togetherness, and the USA. I’d also like to invite each of you to add one more event to the list of your traditions that your family does each year. I hope that you will join us on Jekyll Island on July 26-28 for our annual Summer Conference. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Christine Navarre, who will be speaking on the “Six Parts of a Herd Health Program” and how to utilize herd health to add profit to your operation. Dr. Navarre graduated from the LSU Vet School and then worked in a private mixed-animal practice in Sulphur Springs, Texas, before completing a large-animal internal medicine residency at Texas A&M, where she also obtained a Master’s Degree. She returned to LSU in 2005 and is currently the Extension veterinarian at the LSU AgCenter. Dr. Navarre works with cattle producers all over the Southeast to develop programs that will increase the overall level of health in their livestock while driving profits back to their bottom line. Her discussion will be something that all of our members will be able to gain knowledge from. We will also have NCBA President Kevin Kester join us at

the Conference. Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher. He was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County in California, where his family has lived for over 125 years. They have a yearling stocker and an Angus-based commercial cow-calf operation. They also farm wine grapes on their 22,000-acre ranch. Kester attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Management. It’s always a pleasure to have the leader of our national organization on hand to answer any questions our members have about our industry. Our Summer Conference is also where each of our committees meets to set the strategy and policy for the Association for the upcoming year. If you have an interest in the legislative arena, cattle markets, cattle health, membership or youth activities, we will have an opportunity for your impact to be made during one of our many meetings held over the weekend. There are also plenty of opportunities for the family to enjoy time on Georgia’s coast. The Georgia Junior Cattlemen will have activities on the beach, as well as visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Young Cattlemen’s Council will be hosting their 5th annual corn hole tournament, and if you’ve ever wanted to play golf with a bunch of cowboys, there will be an opportunity for that too. We will again be offering bull credits for auction at Summer Conference in support of the GCA PAC. These credits will be for $500 toward the purchase of a bull during the bull sales of each individual farm. Thank you to those seedstock operators who have donated a credit so far: Yon Farms, Gretsch Brothers Angus, Bridges Angus, Salacoa Valley Farms, Cowboy Logic, and Mike Jones has donated a $250 credit toward the purchase of a heifer during the 2019 Beef Expo. If you will be in the market this year, this is a great way to purchase a bull and support GCA’s PAC at the same time. As we continue to see demographic changes away from rural Georgia and away from a farming background, it is becoming more and more important that we expand our efforts to connect with legislators on all levels who can impact our industry. Our PAC is an important tool in the toolbox to achieve these goals. We hope that you will be able to join us on Jekyll Island and help shape the future of our Association and the cattle industry in Georgia. As you can see, our volunteer leaders and staff have put in a lot of work to make this one of the best Conferences yet. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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Kristy Arnold President

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Brent Galloway President-Elect

1295 GA Hwy 152 Lyons, GA 30436 678-410-6070 circlegfarms@gmail.com

Kurt Childers Vice-President

2006 Yates Road P O Box 500 Barney, GA 31625 Ty Ty, GA 31795-0500 229-561-3446 229-881-0721 kurtchilders@windstream.net cannonmarketingcompany@ gmail.com

Executive Committee Members

Tammy Cheely, Warrenton 706-465-2136 • tcheely@uga.edu Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert 229-938-2187 • tailfeathers862@yahoo.com Rodney Hilley, Molena 770-567-3909 • powdercreek@yahoo.com David Echols, Hull 706-540-6517 • dpe962@aol.com James Vaughn, Forsyth 478-994-3830 • jamesavaughn@att.net Joe Garner, Blairsville 706-897-2211 • jgarner@sefcoop.com

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

Will Bentley Executive V. P.

P. O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 will@gabeef.org

GCA Immediate Past President

Lee Brown, Comer • 706-207-7048 • southlandfence@yahoo.com

NCBA Directors

Randy Fordham, Royston • 706-207-1301 • krfordham89@gmail.com Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 • sebcofarms@gmail.com

Foundation Chairman

Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 • sebcofarms@gmail.com

CattleWomen’s President

Crystal Smallwood, Monticello • 706-318-7040 • crystalsmallwood89@gmail.com

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Cleve Jackson, 706-238-2464 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 cjack5216@gmail.com bentfarm@yahoo.com Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-897-2211 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 jgarner@sefcoop.com mike@burkebrangusfarm.com Region 3: Scott Andrews, 706-988-2508 Region 10: Phil Moshell, 229-881-5823 sandrews@gsp.net pmoshell@yahoo.com Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 tlcole58@gmail.com turnpikecreek@hotmail.com Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Steve Deal, 912-531-3549 charleswoodward1@bellsouth.net ihfangus@gmail.com Region 6: DJ Sheppard, 706-453-6879 Region 13: Sammy Perkins, 229-220-7612 djsheppard@gmail.com sperkinscattle@gmail.com Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Mark Manley, 229-891-1377 larry.daniel@boatwrightcpa.com marklmanley@icloud.com Region 15: Chris Taylor, 912-278-4042 christ@baxleyequipment.com 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 | Morgan Rowan| 229-560-1404 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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Thank you for your memberships!! A portion of your GCA dues are for subscription to the Georgia Cattleman, and is only available as part of the GCA membership. Payment of the GCA membership dues are tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. GCA estimates that 25% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of GCA’s direct lobbying activities. Foundation contributions are tax deductibe, however other contributions or gifts to GCA are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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Welcome New Members! Patrick Benard, Alpharetta Joel Beverly, Arcadia, Fla. Paul C Boettcher, Thomaston Robby Bondurant, Bonaire Jerome Bowman, Rockmart Brigadoon Farm, Pikeville, Tenn. C & O Farms, LLC., Canon Berlin Campbell, Molena Robert Cantey, Appling Keith Carter, Martin Mark Christian, Carnesville Crosby Equipment Co., Douglas Chase Crumbley, Watkinsville Gates Curl, Millen Pat Durden, Bainbridge Ryan Elliott, Bonaire Kollin Eubanks, Butler Edward Farmer, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Marlan & Rita George, Perkins Mark Gipson, Carnesville Cathy Graham, Waco Timothy Hadden, Jackson Travis Hardy, Butler Jake Harris, Hamilton Jimmy Holliman, Marion Junction, Ala. Ethan Holton, Tignall Cody Hughes, Warrenton Robert Middleswarth, Midville Butch & Rhonda Morgan, Bowdon Billy Nessmith, Statesboro Charlie & Nan Newman, Moreland Jesse O’Dell, Otto, N.C. Perry Brothers Oil Company, Inc., Americus Ken Pullin, Zebulon David Sinclair, Cartersville Kristi Smith, Toccoa Mark Smith, Carrollton Darren Smith, Martin Bryan Tolar, Commerce Clay Walden, Mitchell Seth Waldroup, Westminister, S.C. Aly Webb, Greensboro Brad Yuille, Lavonia


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NCBA News and Updates Senate Committee Vote a “Positive Step” for 2018 Farm Bill

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera issued the following statement last month in response to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee’s 20-1 vote to advance the 2018 Farm Bill: “The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is pleased to see the positive step of moving the Senate bill out of committee successfully. This brings us closer to providing

producers with the certainty they need to focus on their operations and feed the world. While areas of improvement remain, the Senate bill does include some important provisions that address the priorities of America’s cattlemen and women. We look forward to working with Congress during the next stages of the legislative process, and ultimately passing a new Farm Bill before the September 30, 2018 deadline.”

New Legislation Shows Momentum on Reforming Hours of Service for Livestock Haulers

The momentum in Congress to find a permanent legislative fix for the challenges facing livestock haulers is picking up speed. Two bills introduced in June (one in the House, one in the Senate) would require reforms to overlyrestrictive Hours of Service rules. You can read an overview of the various Hours of Service reform bills introduced in Congress on NCBA’s blog.

Introduction of legislation is an important first step, and the various bills have already attracted bipartisan support. Still, there is a long road ahead before livestock haulers are in the clear. Meaningful reform legislation needs to get through Congress and be signed by the President before October 1, 2018 to ensure that livestock haulers have the flexibility they need to look after animals in their care.

Fake Meat Manufacturers Are Calling for FDA Oversight. Will Anybody Listen?

In a recent op-ed published in Forbes, former Obama Administration official Susan B. Dudley took up the cause of fake meat manufacturers and called on Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over lab-grown fake meat products. NCBA’s new blog post explains why that’s a bad idea. Here are some of the highlights:

• “[FDA oversight] is a textbook argument advanced by fake meat promoters. In fact, the Good Food Institute wrote

a blog post with the same claim way back in April 2017.” • “USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service is the agency best-placed to ensure that lab-grown fake meat products are safe and accurately labeled.” • “Do USDA’s exacting standards impose regulatory burdens on food producers? Absolutely. But the benefits for consumers are immense.”

Sustainability Framework Needs Producer Comments!

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is accepting online comments through www.usrsbframework.org. To provide comments through this online platform, producers need to


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create an account, review the details of the framework, and click on specific paragraphs to share your views.

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


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2018 - 2019 GCA Committees Membership & Services Committee Co-Chairs: Tony Cole, Region 4, tonylcole@bellsouth.net, 770-596-6896 Joe Garner, Region 2, jgarner@sefcoop.com, 706-897-2211 Members: Cleve Jackson (1), Joe Garner (2), Scott Andrews (3), Tony Cole (4), Charles Woodward (5), Dr D J Sheppard (6), Larry Daniel (7), Danny Bentley (8), Mike Burke (9), Phil Moshell (10), Derek Williams (11), Steve Deal (12), Sammy Perkins (13), Mark Manley (14), Chris Taylor (15), Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley & Charlsy Godowns

Youth Advisory Committee Co-Chairs: Patsie Cannon, Tift Co Chapter, 229-881-2705, ptcannon@uga.edu Sarah Loughridge, Murray Co Chapter, 706-618-4716, sloughridge91@gmail.com Members: Derek Williams, Crystal Smallwood, Cole Elrod, Justin Hand, Emilia Jackson , David Gazda, Cleve Jackson, Rebecca Jacobs, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Charlsy Godowns & Michele Creamer

By-Laws Committee Chair: Robert Fountain, Johnson Area Chapter, 478-668-4808, rfjr51@hotmail.com Members: Joe Duckworth, Frank Thomas, Kyle Gillooly, Carroll T Cannon, Billy Moore, Bill Bryan, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley & Michele Creamer

Legislative Committee Chair: Chris Taylor, Piney Woods Chapter, Christ@baxleyequipment.com, 912-278-4042 Members: David Echols, Louie Perry, Billy Moore, Bill Nutt, Henry Jones II, Joe Duckworth, Carroll T. Cannon, Steve Whitmire, David Cromley, Brent Galloway, Mark Manley, Scott Andrews, Stan Tankersley, Mark Stalvey, Randy Fordham, Sam Duke, Nora Goodman, Dalton Green, Emily Potter, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley

Production & Marketing Committee Co-Chairs: Lawton Stewart, 706-542-1852, lawtons@uga.edu Rodney Hilley, 678-372-9111, powdercreek@yahoo.com Members: Lee Brown, Justin Sheely, Ricky Yarborough, Andrew McPeake, Terry Harris, Mike Burke, 2 LMA Reps - Barry Robinson and Clay Floyd, Grace Nyhuis, Kurt Childers, Patsie T Cannon, Jason Duggin, Will Godowns, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley

Convention/Summer Conference Committee Chair: Brent Galloway, Piney Woods Chapter, 678-410-6070, circlegfarms@gmail.com Members: Andrew Gaines, Ernie Ford, Billy Moore, Carroll T. Cannon, GJCA Convention Coordinator, Linda Crumley, Henry Jones, Fred Gretsch, Kyle Gillooly, Scott Andrews, Crystal Smallwood, Melvin Porter (Expo Chairman), Dennis Hancock, Rusty Drew, Kurt Childers, YCC Chairperson - Sarah Loughridge, Ex-Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Michele Creamer and Will Bentley

Awards Committee Chair: Billy Moore, Baldwin Jones-Putnam Chapter, 478-986-6893, nanapapamoore@aol.com Members: Steve Blackburn, Ernie Ford, Lee Brown, Bobby Brantley, Paula Myers, Justin Gilliard, Brenda Jackson, Melvin Porter, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Michele Creamer

Media and Communications Committee Chair: David Gazda, Oglethorpe Chapter, 706-296-7846, dgazda@angus.org Members: Emelia Jackson, Dean Daniels, Tammy Cheely, Billy Moss, Kyle Gillooly, Joy Carter Crosby, Melvin Porter, Tommy Moore, Mike McCravy, GCWA Rep, Jacob Segers, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Bailey Herrin & Michele Creamer

PAC Committee Chair: Fred Gretsch, Oglethorpe Chapter, 706-340-0945, gretschbros.angus@yahoo.com Members: Chris Taylor (Legislative Committee Chairman), Cleve Jackson, David Echols, Melvin Porter, Steve Blackburn and Carroll T Cannon, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley & Michele Creamer

Tour Committee Chair: Ernie Ford, Pachitla, 229-357-0703, erniefordfarms@windstream.net Members: Jason Duggin, Kyle Knight, Jerry Baxley, Joe Duckworth, Carolyn Gazda, Bill Nutt, Evan Dover, Steve Deal, Jason DeLoach, Tommy Moore, Charles Woodward, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley & Charlsy Godowns

Cattle Health & Well-Being Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Lee Jones, UGA Dept of Vet Med, 706-206-5141, leejones@uga.edu Tyson Strickland, DVM, 478-319-7089, stickland.tyson@gmail.com Members: Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks, Bill Nutt, Carole H. Knight, Dr. Rusty Gibson, Caylor Ouzts, Bo Huddleston, Dr. Robert Cobb, Randy Fordham, Eddie Bradley, Jason Duggin, Allen Bridges, Andrew McPeake, Phil Ham, Jacob Segers, James Vaughn, Matt Berry, LMA's - Todd Stephens, Ex Officio – Kristy Arnold Staff Contact: Will Bentley

Beef Expo Chairman Chair: Melvin Porter, Jackson Co, 706-654-8283, porter168@aol.com

The following committee descriptions may be found in GCA Constitution and Bylaws under Article XI: SPECIAL AND STANDING COMMITTEES: Nominating Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Bull Test Station Advisory Committee, Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Advisory Committee, and Cow-Calf Stocker Council.


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

Make Plans to Attend the 8th Annual

GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Georgia July 26-28, 2018 See pages 74-75 for a detailed schedule. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Follow the GCA staff as they travel the state.

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association was proud to partner with Vaughn Farms in Monroe County and the Georgia Forestry Foundation in hosting the Georgia Department of Economic Development as they toured Middle Georgia during their spring board meeting. We discussed the importance of the cattle industry to the state and ways that we think they could help grow farm gate value and jobs for our industry.

Congratulations to Franklin County Livestock Sales on their 50th anniversary in business in Carnesville, Georgia. GCA was happy to set up a booth and be in attendance with such a large crowd to help celebrate their accomplishment.

GCA hosted our Region VPs to learn about the resources we have available for our membership and how they can best serve our industry in their roles. They serve completely out of a passion for our industry and are great assets to GCA.


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The Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association had a busy May. They hosted a meet-and-greet at Arnall’s Feed and Grocery in Newnan, Georgia, handing out recipe books and promotional items for kids and soliciting membership in GCA. They also held an IPRAsanctioned Rodeo, including an appearance by Summer Weldon, Ms. Rodeo USA 2018. Proceeds from the rodeo are used to fund scholarships for college students.

Carol Williams was the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Three Rivers Cattlemen’s Chapter. Carol did a presentation on their family farm, Williams Dairy. The presentation covered the methods of milking and feeding the cows, as well as the technology that is used in the day-to-day operations. Members enjoyed it and found it to be very interesting. The meeting and meal were sponsored by Security State Bank of McRae.

The Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association is proud to present two $1,000 scholarships to junior members of our association. This year’s recipients are Cason Galloway and Emmalee Richardson. Cason Galloway is the son of Jim and Valerie Galloway of Newton County. Cason will be attending ABAC this year. Cason showed livestock for two years and is an FFA and Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association junior member. Emmalee Richardson is the daughter of Tracey Richardson. Emmalee is a proud junior member of the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association, where she produces and mails out our monthly program invitations. She is a student at Alcovy High School and Newton College and Career Academy in Newton County. Emmalee will be attending Eastern Oklahoma State College.

As part of our annual Beef Month celebration, the Floyd County Cattlemen’s Association fed the Floyd County sheriff ’s deputies in an effort to show them appreciation for what they do for us each day. Each deputy was served a hamburger from beef donated by Lyons Bridge Farm raised in Floyd County.

Thirty cattle producers and others interested in beef gathered at the Union County Schools Agri-science Center May 12 for a seminar on Producing and Marketing Value-added Feeder Calves. The program introduced new concepts and answered questions about raising cattle to specifications and cooperatively marketing them. Ten farms covering North Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee were represented. Speakers and topics were: Mr. Rickey Hudson, Auburn University Cooperative Extension, on “South Alabama Feeder Exchange (S.A.F.E.) Program”; Mr. John Moseley, Moseley Brothers Cattle Company, on “Video and Internet Cattle Sales”; and Mr. Steve Whitmire, Brasstown Beef and Ridgefield Farms, Brasstown, North Carolina, on “Producing Marketable Animals.” The cattlemen welcomed Lisa K. Nolan, DVM, Ph.D. and Dean, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, to the seminar. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information This time of year, many of us are looking for some relief from the heat, so our recipes need to be light and fresh. During May Beef Month, we had the opportunity to work with Atlanta Food and Lifestyle Blogger Rosalyn Daniels and she created the perfect recipe for these long summer days. Several of the ingredients can be pulled straight from your summer garden and the steak can be cooked quickly on the grill, so no one has to spend a lot of time in the kitchen with this one. Be sure to check out our social media for the quick recipe video for this meal as well as the link to Rosalyn’s blog post about Georgia Beef Month and this recipe. Keep enjoying these long summer days and continue to make great memories with your family. I know I’m excited to spend some time with our GCA family at Summer Conference in a few weeks. See you at Jekyll Island!

SUMMER BEEF TOAST Ingredients: 2 cups cherry tomatoes 2 medium sirloins - about .5 lb each 2 tablespoons butter 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme salt pepper ciabatta bread ½ cup feta crumbles Herb Sauce: 2 bunches of parsley 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup olive oil 1 lemon - juiced salt pepper

Directions 1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until it reaches your desired consistency, adding salt and pepper to taste. 2. Season steak with salt and pepper, and in a large hot pan add olive oil. Add seasoned steak to pan for about 2 minutes and flip to each side. Add butter, thyme and herb sauce, and cook to medium-rare temperature. Slice into medium-size strips. 3. Add steak to toasted ciabatta bread that has been bathed in herb sauce and olive oil; top with arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes that have marinated in the herb sauce for about 30 minutes. Finish with crumbled feta cheese on top.

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Association Reports

Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update July 2018

By Kaytlyn Malia, Director of Industry Information & Public Relations

#ATLBurgerWeek The Georgia Beef Board was the presenting sponsor of the 3rd Annual Atlanta Burger Week, which was hosted April 23-29 in more than 50 restaurants in Atlanta. Participating restaurants each created and sold a $5 feature burger and Atlanta residents took full advantage of the deal. Burger lovers flooded the restaurants to participate, and their social media feeds were filled with pictures of the burgers they tried. This is always such a fun week to promote beef through delicious and unique burger creations, and we look forward to it every year. Congrats to The Imperial in Decatur for selling 970 of their Mac Attack Burgers and being crowned the winner for 2018! Beef Month Media Tour May Beef Month kicked off many beef promotional activities, one of which was our TV media tour. We partnered with Food and Lifestyle Expert Parker Wallace and hosted TV segments across the state. We traveled to Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, Macon and Augusta to share about Georgia Beef Month, the industry here in our state, as well as several beef recipes. This part of Beef Month is always a highlight for us, and we look forward to continuing it in the future. 2nd Annual Cattle Drive 5K Our Cattle Drive 5K came back this year and was bigger and better than ever! We hosted it at Amerson River Park in Macon and had nearly 100 runners participating. Not only did the participants enjoy the run; we also grilled up steaks for steak biscuits and served milk from West Georgia Creamery, both of which were big crowd-pleasers. All participants received an event shirt and a bag filled with beef goodies, and the overall winners received a basket filled with summer grilling supplies. Proceeds benefitted the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, and we are so grateful for your support of this event as well as the help of so many of our GCA members! Blended Burger Battle During Beef Month, we partnered with the Culinary Fight Club to sponsor the Blended Burger Battle. This event took place in Atlanta and brought together several top chefs to compete in a live cooking competition. The event was high-energy and well-attended, as chefs battled it out for the best beefy burger creation. We loved sharing about the Georgia Beef Board and Beef Month during this event, and we love any opportunity to connect with chefs and restaurant owners. Mother’s Day Recipe Video We partnered with Craft Box Girls to create a recipe video perfect for Mother's Day brunch. The recipe was for a steak-and-eggs bake and it was a hit! We received over 10,000 views on the video and lots of great comments on the creativity of the recipe and the quality of the video.

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


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


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Research Update on the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Lisa Baxter, Ph.D., Postdoctoral 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 U.S. 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! The Potential Economic Impact According to the National Ag Statistic Service, there are 600,000 acres of hay produced in Georgia. If we assume that half of these acres are bermudagrass that produce an average of 4 tons/acre/year, then there are 1.2 million tons of bermudagrass hay produced annually in our state. Adopting a very conservative yield loss from BSM damage of 25% results in an estimated 300,000-ton yield lost each year. The latest hay market update for the Southeast priced bermudagrass hay at $100/ton on average (depending on quality and bale size). This translates into a potential loss of $30 million in the state of Georgia alone. Yield Loss Trends from previous work have indicated that coarsetextured, stargrass-influenced (C. nlemfuensis) cultivars exhibit more tolerance to BSM damage, compared with the denser, finer leaf textured bermudagrass cultivars. Unfortunately, the majority of the bermudagrass hayfields in the Southeast are planted in susceptible varieties (i.e., Coastal, Alicia, Russell). Results from a three-year, small-plot experiment have shown that when BSM damage is most severe (late July to early September), yield loss can exceed 50% in fine-textured varieties. Even though coarser varieties (such as Tifton 85 or Coastcross II) are less susceptible to damage, these varieties can still sustain up to 20% damage when BSM populations are at their greatest. 22

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Reduction in Forage Quality Research has also shown that BSM damage decreased Relative Feed Quality (RFQ) of late-season bermudagrass hay by 7% on average. This decrease was attributed to lower Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) and slightly lower dry matter intake (DMI). Crude protein (CP) actually increased in the damaged bermudagrass, but this was a function of dilution of desirable carbohydrates. This would be similar to the phenomenon seen in weathered hay, where CP is actually higher in the outer edges of the hay bale where desirable carbohydrates have leached out of the bale while the nitrogen remains. An economic analysis is in progress to determine at what point it would be more economical to renovate a pasture or hayfield instead of continuing frequent insecticide applications on an existing stand (the current recommendation costs ~$15$20/acre/hay cutting). Ongoing Research Will Refine Insecticide Recommendations 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 U.S. 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 pyrethroids insecticides. Multiple research projects are ongoing at the Darrell Williams Research Farms (at the Sunbelt Ag Expo) to refine the insecticide recommendations for managing the BSM. The first research trial is evaluating the use of trap strips, a targeted insecticide application on an unmown strip after mowing. By attracting the BSM flies to this area and killing them, we hope to be successful in reducing adult BSM populations in the next

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An economic analysis is in progress to determine at what point it would be more economical to renovate a pasture or hayfield instead of continuing frequent insecticide applications on an existing stand (the current recommendation costs ~$15-$20/acre/hay cutting). Ongoing Research Will Refine Insecticide Recommendations 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 U.S. 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 pyrethroids insecticides. Multiple research projects are ongoing at the Darrell Williams Research Farms (at the Sunbelt Ag Expo) to refine the insecticide recommendations for managing the BSM. The first research trial is evaluating the use of trap strips, a targeted insecticide application on an unmown strip after mowing. By attracting the BSM flies to this area and killing them, we hope to be successful in reducing adult BSM populations in the next regrowth cycle. Ideally, this will improve the efficacy of the insecticide application. The second trial involves measuring BSM damage in real time. Ultimately, we hope that we can use weather data to develop a growing degree-day model that will help us to predict when to spray just as the flies begin to go to work on the fields. We also plan to develop an integrated mobile phone app that would combine instantaneous estimates of BSM damage in a field with real-time reports of the BSM population to generate a pest management recommendation for the user. Finally, we are evaluating the potential of alfalfa to deter the BSM in bermudagrass-alfalfa stands. On-farm Onvolving Agents regrowth Work cycle. Ideally, this willCounty improve the efficacy of the focused on determining the best protocol for detecting and insecticide application. the BSM. County Agents set up sticky County Extension Agents in 10 counties throughoutmonitoring South Georgia areHere, alsoour actively The second trial involves measuring BSM damage in real card traps at multiple heights and participating in two on-farm research trials. The first is screening potential insecticides check with them against sweep time. Ultimately, we hope that we can use weather data to samples at several time points throughout the day. Results different action. The goal to find a suitable pyrethroids so that develop amodes growingofdegree-day model thatiswill help us to predictalternative from bothtotrials are promising and a second year of research is producers can just rotate modes of action during thethe growing The Agents are also working when to spray as the flies begin to go to work on fields. season. underway. We producers also plan to in develop integrated app that with theiran counties to mobile collectphone fly sweep samples before and after insecticide would combine instantaneous estimates of BSM damage in a Fordetermining More Information application in this blind study. The second trial is focused on the best protocol for field with real-time reports of the BSM population to generate The new Extension bulletin “Managing Bermudagrass Stem detecting and monitoring the BSM. Here, our County Agents set up sticky card traps at multiple a pest management recommendation for the user. Finally, Maggots” is available online at www.georgiaforages.com or for heights and check them against sweep samples at several time points throughout the day. we are evaluating the potential of alfalfa to deter the BSM in immediate download by scanning theResults QR code provided. bermudagrass-alfalfa stands. from both trials are promising and a second year of research is underway. On-farm Work Involving County Agents

For Information More County Extension Agents in 10 counties throughout South

Georgia are also actively participating in two on-farm research trials. The first is screening potential insecticides with different modes of action. The goal is to find a suitable alternative to pyrethroids so that producers can rotate modes of action during the growing season. The Agents are also working with producers in their counties to collect fly sweep samples before and after insecticide application in this blind study. The second trial is GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Zoonotic Diseases: Rabies Edition Dr. Paula Krimer, Associate Professor & Outreach Services Chief, Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

and drool excessively. Sometimes they display head pressing or bellowing, try to defecate repeatedly, or might be lame in the back legs. Producers often think that something is stuck in the cow’s throat because of the drooling and difficulty drinking, and reach inside her mouth to assist, but this can expose you to the rabies virus. Since 2015, the Athens and Tifton diagnostic laboratories have checked 25 cows for rabies, and 3 have been positive. One case was a 3-month-old calf with respiratory disease that didn’t respond to medication. In that case, the calf had been handled, and the brain was sent to the Georgia Public Health The primary role of the Georgia Veterinary Laboratory for confirmatory testing. The second case Diagnostic Laboratories is to detect disease in was a 1.5-year-old bull with bellowing, aggressive animals, but did you know that they are essential in behavior and sudden collapse that died right on the maintaining your health too? Zoonotic diseases are farm while charging the owner. The most recent case transmitted from animals to people, and the GVDL detects many organisms in pets, livestock and wildlife was an 8-year-old cow that had stopped eating and was running around in her pasture. The last two that are also able to infect people. Because of their cases did not involve human exposure. All cases are close association with both livestock and wildlife in reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. rural areas, cattle producers have a greater risk of If your cow is acting odd, call your veterinarian. contracting some zoonotic diseases. Veterinarians are vaccinated against rabies, and are In Georgia, the more critical zoonotic diseases at less risk when exposed to infected cow saliva. If of concern to producers include Rabies, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, Tuberculosis, Salmonellosis, your veterinarian is concerned about rabies, the cow needs to be euthanized. The whole body or head and Cryptosporidium. Rabies stands out among the should be sent to the GVDL to remove the brain. zoonotic diseases in Georgia, as there is no known The GVDL can run a test on brain tissue to detect treatment after the patient shows clinical signs. Preventing exposure and post-exposure (prophylactic) rabies infection; in cases of human exposure, the definitive diagnosis is performed by the state Public vaccination are the only options available to manage Health Laboratory. The GVDL is responsible for this disease in people. removing and sending the brain to the Public Health Wildlife such as raccoons, foxes and skunks act Laboratory for you after we receive the cow or cow’s as a reservoir for the rabies virus. They can infect head. In the past 3 years, we have submitted 22 people, pets and livestock through saliva from rabid bovine brain samples to the Georgia Public Health animal bites. Dog and cat vaccination programs (is your pet up to date on their rabies?) have been the key Laboratory for testing in cases with potential human exposure. If a positive is detected, work with your to keeping people safe. As livestock are not routinely veterinarian, physician, and county public health vaccinated for rabies, they can become infected if office to come up with the best plan for your bitten by a rabid wild animal. Consider vaccinating situation. Positive cases must be reported to the animals that are routinely handled by people at Georgia Department of Agriculture. livestock shows and exhibitions. Next month I’ll be writing about Brucellosis, with After infection, the virus travels to the animal’s the assistance of Georgia’s Assistant State Veterinarian, brain and changes its behavior. Though dogs and Dr. Janemarie Hennebelle. Brucellosis is an important wildlife tend to become aggressive, cows are more pathogen that infects many livestock species, pets, likely to exhibit strange behavior in other ways. wildlife and people. They often stop eating or have difficulty drinking, Key Points: • Cows infected with rabies drool, have difficulty eating and drinking, and act strangely. • Don’t handle rabies suspects. Call your veterinarian if a cow is acting odd. • Diagnosing rabies requires testing the brain at the GVDL and the Georgia Public Health Laboratory. • Keep your pets current on rabies vaccinations to protect you and your family. • Consider rabies vaccinations in livestock that are used for exhibition.


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


AgGeorgia Farm Credit AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Lake City Boehringer Ingelheim Southwest Georgia Farm Credit C & R Fleet Services, Griffin Dow Agrosciences GA Agribusiness Council Georgia Farm Bureau Georgia Livestock Marketing Association Georgia Metals Inc. Lasseter Equipment Group Merck Merial Nelson Tractor Purina Raymond James & Associates, Griffin Ritchie Industries Southern States The Nolan Group Vigortone/Cargill Yancey Bros. Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zoetis NolanGroup


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Complete and mail this form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P. O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax: 478-474-5732 • Email: gca@gabeef.org ___ New Member ___ Renewal Business Name _________________________________________ Contact ______________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________ City _____________________________ State____ Zip ________ Phone ________________________________________________ Fax __________________________________________________ GCA Chapter __________________________________________ Sponsored by ___________________________________________ Membership Level ___ Tenderloin Member $600 or more ___ T-Bone Member $300 - $599 ___ Ribeye Member $150 - $299 ___ Sirloin $75 - $149 Contribution Amount $ _____ Thank you for your memberships!! Membership dues entitle you to receive a one-year subscription to the Georgia Cattleman magazine. Payment of GCA membership dues is tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. Complying with tax laws, GCA estimates 5% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of direct lobbying activities. Also, charitable contributions to GCA are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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T-Bone Members ($300 - $599) Big Daddy's Cattle Farm, Tyrone Cain Equipment, Clermont Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Manor Timber Company, Manor Old South Ag Agency, Tim Hartsfield, Norman Park

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Ribeye Members ($150 - $299) Big Creek Feed, Byron Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, Florida C & B Processing, Milledgeville DogLeg Ranch, Harlem Farmers Seed & Feed Service, Americus First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Foodland Grocery, Blairsville Furst-McNess Company, Cordele Jackson EMC, Hull Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City McClure's Processing, Blairsville

McRea Farms, The Rock Oglethorpe Feed & Farm Supply, Crawford Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Perry Brothers Oil Company, Americus Premium Peanut, Douglas Shiver Lumber Co., Americus Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Swainsboro Stockyard, Swainsboro Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Bank, Barnesville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland

Sirloin Members ($75 - $149) AgAmerica Lending, Lakeland, Florida All American Panel LLC, Nicholls Alltech, Inc., Thomasville Athens Stockyard, Athens, Tennessee Baker Cattle Service, Quitman Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Dudley, Dublin Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bayer Animal Health, Cave Spring Bekaert Corp., Douglas Bill Hembree Insurance, Winston Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba’s Tire, Dublin Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro Carhan Farm, Atlanta Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Cat Creek Cattle, Valdosta Central GA Farms LLC, Eatonton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Chauncey Farm Supply, Chauncey Circle G Ranch, Adel Circle T Feed, Broxton Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle C R Benson Farm LLC, Dry Branch Crosby Equipment Co., Douglas Deep South AI Service, Colquitt Dow Chemical AgroScience, Greenville, SC Dublin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Assoc., Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Elbert Co. Farm Bureau, Elberton Elder Farm, Jefferson Elrod Garden Center, Dallas

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Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper P H White Company, Dyersburg, Tenn. Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Producers Cattle Auction LLC, Mobile, Alabama Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Robert Hutson Ford-Lincoln, Moultrie Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R.W. Griffin Industries, Nashville S & S Premix, Wray Security State Bank, McRae Silveus Insurance, Dumas, Texas Solar Tyme USA LLC, Columbus Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee SunSouth, Carrollton The Four County Bank, Allentown Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland United Community Bank, Cornelia Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville Westway Feed Products, Bonaire Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Woody Folsom Automotive, Baxley Yates Farms, Moultrie Youngblood Farm, Sparta


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A d v i c e


Beef Cattle Outlook Dr. Levi A. Russell, Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock Economist, University of Georgia So far this year, prices have been on quite a roller coaster. After a strong run-up in early spring, we saw a big drop in cash prices here in Georgia in March and early April. Since then, cash prices have found some support in the high $140/cwt range. While there are some reasons to think prices won’t drop significantly this summer, a recovery to February and early March highs is not really in the cards. During 2017, markets were bailed out by unusually strong demand. However, continued growth in beef supplies will likely make that difficult to repeat this year. Exports have continued to strengthen this year, which 30

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has helped packer margins and has likely been responsible for some support in cattle markets as well. Given the significant increases in beef production we are likely to see this year, export growth is especially important. Forecasts of domestic consumption and exports will not be enough to fully offset increased production this year, but a strong showing on exports this year could help support cattle prices as we move into the typical marketing season this fall. Pasture conditions across the Southeast have been quite good, especially compared with other cattle-producing regions of the U.S. Continued abundant rainfall in Georgia

E x p e r t should help producers keep costs down and bolster the bottom line for this calf crop. On the other hand, hay prices have not moved much in recent months. Time will tell as producers continue to cut hay this summer whether prices will respond to expected increases in production. Packer margins have been strong so far this year, which has helped buoy cattle prices. Strong packer margins help support marketings at the feedlot level, leading to a “pull” effect on placements. However, the concern is that, with supplies continuing to increase, packer margins will likely shrink at some point this year. When that happens, the base of support for market cattle prices will be removed and could lead to significant downward movement in board prices. Some of this risk is already priced in, but producers should pay close attention to feedlot placements and marketings. Trade policy is a significant concern as well. Any time there is significant policy risk, we can see markets react negatively. Given that the policy uncertainty directly impacts trade, we are likely to see a lot of volatility as the media reports on talking points, negotiations, and potential retaliation from other countries. Though trade with China doesn’t currently have a significant impact on beef trade, there are a couple of major issues. First, China and other Asian countries represent a significant opportunity for future growth. Second, restrictions on pork exports to China could have an indirect impact on beef prices. The bigger concern, though, is a potential shift in trade policy with Canada and Mexico. Beef exports to these countries make up a significant portion of overall beef exports. It’s too early to say what will happen here, but there is significant risk of retaliation that will not be good for cattle producers. As of this writing, the futures market is predicting a significant decline in 5 weight prices into the fall marketing

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A d v i c e season. The price of a 550-lbs. medium/large #1-2 steer in central Georgia in mid-October is predicted to be $133/ cwt. and $134/cwt. in November. This is in contrast to current prices, which are in the high $140/cwt. range. While these prices are significantly lower, they should cover cash costs, especially in light of abundant rainfall so far this year. Producers selling 500-lbs. to 600-lbs. calves in the fall should look for opportunities to lock in higher prices during the summer, using forward contracts or other price risk management mechanisms. I have heard several discussions across the state in the past several months among producers about coordinating production methods and timing to facilitate marketing truckload lots of cattle. I think this is a great idea and I hope producers will consider it. These agreements not only ensure the best price per hundredweight for a given lot of cattle, but they also open up opportunities to lock in prices using the futures market as well. As of this writing, stocker operators who buy 550-lbs. calves in November and market 800-lb. feeders in March can expect a value of gain in the $1.05 to $1.12 range, which is likely to be profitable. This is despite a much lower March futures price at $141. Cash prices for 800lbs. feeders in Georgia in March 2019 are expected to be between $120.52 and $130.60 per cwt. There is some significant downside price risk in 2018. If exports disappoint or beef production outpaces current expectations, cattle prices could see a significant downward correction. Current forecasts of fall prices, however, indicate that Georgia producers should be in relatively good shape, especially considering strong pasture conditions across the state. Producers should carefully track their costs this year and look for opportunities to lock in profitable prices.

MED. & LRG. #1 & 2 STEER CALF PRICES 500-600 Pounds, Georgia, Weekly

190 180 170 160 150 140 130 120 110



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OCT 05/29/18

Data Source: USDA-AMS, Compiled by LMIC Livestock Marketing Information Center


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Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative 53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, Iowa 51544 • www.tcscf.com

Matt Groves, mjgroves@iastate.edu | Catherine Henry,cbhenry@iastate.edu


Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) would like to thank all Georgia beef producers who have participated in the Georgia Beef Challenge since beginning the partnership in 1998. Year to date, over 44,000 head of farm-raised Georgia Beef Challenge cattle have been fed with TCSCF’s cooperating Southwest Iowa farmer-feeders. TCSCF is owned by Southwest Iowa cow-calf producers that utilize the program and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by those cow-calf producers. The Board consists of cow-calf producers, veterinarians and beef industry leaders. We look forward to working with you in the future. Please give us a call and let us know how we can be of greater service to you.

Who We Are and What We Do

The principle objective of the TCSCF program is to provide information to beef producers they can use in managing and marketing their product. The program will provide cow-calf producers information on feedlot performance, average daily gain, and carcass data on one or more steers/heifers entered. This information can be used by the producer to change breeding and management programs or may be used as a basis for change in a producer’s marketing program. Producers may use data obtained from participation in TCSCF with high performing cattle as a tool in selling their cattle.

TCSCF Cooperative Feedlots Gregory Feedlots Jim Gregory David Trowbridge 1164 305th Avenue Tabor, IA 51653 Phone: 712-625-2311 Fax: 712-625-2321 http://www.gregoryfeedlots.com Email: gregfeed@heartland.net Gary Nilan 38909 Hwy 6 Oakland, IA 51560 Phone: 712-482-6785 Fax: 712-482-6788 32

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Kay Farms Brad and Stephen Kay 31437 530th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 Home: 712-784-3335 Cell: 712-249-0783 Fax: 712-784-3732 Email: bkayfam@walnutel.net Tri Tower Farms Roger & Cale Jones 2842 Fremont Avenue Shenandoah, IA 51601 Phone: 712-246-9704 Email: rogerjones728@gmail.com

Kennedy Cattle Company LLC Zak & Mitch Kennedy 66737 660th St. Atlantic, IA 50022 Feedlot Address: 64646 660th St. Atlantic, IA 50022 Phone: 712-779-0006 Fax: 712-774-2384 Email: kennedycattleco@gmail.com mitch.kcc@gmail.com


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Dealer Trust Would Prioritize the Producer Livestock Marketing Association

What if after all the time and money invested, your work as a producer resulted in a bad check for your calves? No paycheck on what should have been your annual payday. Who would you call first? The buyer? Their bank? Your bank? How would you break the news to your family and business partners? Sounds painful, right? In the event of a dealer payment default, livestock producers sell to a livestock dealer and then are left “high and dry,” wondering how to recover. CURRENT LAW: A BAD DEAL FOR PRODUCERS If you raise cattle long enough, stories of bad payment – or no payment at all – will become old hat. The “check is in the mail” statement has become an eye-roll-inducing, all-toocommon excuse. Often, ranchers learn of a buyer’s frozen or empty bank account only after cattle they’ve sold have been shipped down the road. The rancher is left without payment for their cattle, often with no recourse to go after the stock they spent months and thousands of dollars to raise. The most devastating example of a dealer default is still fresh on many minds. Ranchers who sold to Eastern Livestock (Eastern) experienced the panic of a bad check, or no check, when Eastern was forced into bankruptcy in 2010. After the smoke cleared, the entity owed approximately $112 million to creditors, including hundreds of livestock producers, other dealers, and auction markets. At the time, Eastern seemed like a sure bet – too big to fail – as the largest cattle dealer in the United States. Many producers avoided suffering a loss after the Eastern default because they sold their livestock at a local livestock auction market. Thankfully for those producers, the auction markets paid them for their consignments through the markets’ federally required custodial accounts. Unfortunately for the markets, however, instead of making a small commission for their selling services as would normally be the case, these markets ended up like the ranchers who sold to Eastern directly: unpaid for the full price of the cattle sold, with nowhere to turn. Notions of fair play and justice might make one think that these sellers could simply reclaim the livestock for which they were never paid. Unfortunately, under today’s law, this is typically not the case. A buyer’s bank will typically have priority over the unpaid seller with a blanket security interest that includes livestock their customer might later acquire. That’s right: Even if their customer hasn’t paid for the livestock, the buyer’s bank will get paid – while the rancher who raised, fed and cared for the livestock, or the market that sold the livestock on their 36

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behalf, is left hanging. That is patently unfair. The default issue is especially challenging when the buyer is a livestock dealer, because of the high volumes purchased and quick turnaround for resale. Dealers are in the business of buying and reselling livestock, often grouping them to meet volume and type needs of their customers. Existing prompt payment rules allow dealers to take possession of livestock and pay for them later by placing a check in the mail the next day. With a slowing mail system, it often takes several days before the rancher or auction market receives the dealer’s check or finds out that a check is not coming. Unlike markets, dealers are not required to maintain a custodial or trust account to guarantee payment. Dealer bonds under the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act are designed to protect against buyer payment default. However, dealer bond payments average less than 15 cents on the dollar. While Eastern is the best-known example of livestock dealer default, the problem is not rare. There have been dozens of additional defaults of various sizes since the Eastern default. In the fall of 2015, a bonded livestock dealer, longtime customer and personal friend purchased $2.9 million worth of cattle from Ogallala Livestock Market in a week’s time frame. Checks sent to pay for the cattle came back to the market as non-sufficient funds (NSF). When the checks were run again, the bank account was closed. “You think, ‘Wow, is this a nightmare I’m having? No, it’s reality,’” lamented Dwayne Mays, co-owner of Ogallala Livestock Market. The devastation did not stop in Ogallala. During the time period of the purchases from Ogallala Livestock Market, the same dealer bought $980,000 at Rezac Livestock Commission in Saint Marys, Kansas, and also purchased from producers in the country. Unpaid sellers filed on the dealer’s GIPSA bond and received less than 5 cents on the dollar. For Ogallala, this meant receiving just $140,000 on $2.9 million owed. Simply put, dealer bonds are not enough in times of dealer payment default. ADDING INSULT TO INJURY: PREFERENTIAL TRANSFER IN BANKRUPTCY A big default is scary, but a preferential transfer claim can be ruinous. In some cases, nonpayment for livestock is followed by a dealer’s bankruptcy trustee demanding money that has already been deposited in the seller’s bank

I n d u s t r y from 90-days’ worth of livestock sales. This money can be pulled into the bankruptcy action for distribution to other creditors. THE SOLUTION: PUTTING UNPAID SELLERS FIRST Thankfully, better protection for sellers of livestock in the event of a livestock dealer payment default is in the works. Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) has introduced the Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, H.R. 4058, which would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act to create a Dealer Statutory Trust. A dealer trust would give unpaid sellers of livestock first priority in livestock, or if the livestock have been resold, the proceeds/receivables from livestock in the event of a dealer default. Instead of the banks being first in line for these assets, it would be ranchers and other sellers. A dealer trust would be patterned after the existing Packer Statutory Trust, which Congress created to address similar issues with packer defaults in the 1970s. Also, in the event a dealer trust is created, producers would also have protection against preferential transfer claims. Dealer trust assets would not be part of the bankrupt dealer’s estate and would not be subject to preferential transfer rules. This would give ranchers and markets, as well as their lenders, the peace of mind to know that money already in the bank will not be pulled out of the account after the fact. “The Dealer Statutory Trust is the most commonsense legislation I’ve come across in a long time,” said Joe Goggins, owner of Public Auction Yards, Billings Livestock, and

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Northern Livestock Video Auction. “It’s only fair and right that the unpaid sellers of livestock have priority over the lenders, and their customers that did not pay for the livestock. It’s also only fair and right that a person who has been paid in good faith during the 90 days prior to a dealer’s filing bankruptcy should not be forced to pay that money to the bankruptcy trustee.” A dealer trust would be simple and efficient. If a livestock dealer pays for livestock, the dealer trust would not change current business practices or lender standing. No separate account is needed. The trust would make a difference only if a dealer defaults and would only affect enough livestock and receivables/proceeds from livestock to make unpaid cash sellers of livestock whole. Lenders would retain their priority in other assets (e.g., trucks, property, equipment, etc.). “Had this law been in place earlier, it would have saved our organization and family a lot of hardship and money over the years. I know, from first-hand experience as an unpaid seller and market owner who guarantees our sellers a good check, that when you go through a bankruptcy situation under the current laws, and without the protection of a dealer trust, it makes you actually wonder if we live in America,” commented Goggins. At the end of the day, there is no question as to who should be in the front of the line when it comes to payment for a livestock deal. It’s time to put ranchers, and the markets who serve them, first.


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Number of Cattle Sold in Georgia Sale Barn


Day of Sale


2017 Total

Calhoun Stockyard Carroll County Livestock Dixie Livestock Duvall Livestock, Inc. Eastanollee Livestock Market Franklin County Livestock L&K Livestock Lanier Farmers Livestock Middle GA Livestock Moultrie Livestock Northeast GA Livestock Auction Pulaski County Stockyard Seminole Stockyard South Central Livestock Sumter Co. Stockyard Swainsboro Stockyards Thomas County Stockyards Turner County Stockyards Wilkes County Stockyard

(706) 629-1900 (770) 834-6608 (912) 578-3348 (706) 453-7368 (706) 779-5944 (706) 384-2105 (706) 468-0019 (770) 844-9223 (770) 775-7314 (229) 985-1019 (706) 549-4790 (478) 892-9071 (229) 524-2305 (229) 423-4400 (229) 380-4901 (478) 237-3201 (229) 228-6960 (229) 567-3371 (706) 678-2632

Thursday Monday Tuesday Thursday Monday Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Tuesday Wednesday Monday Monday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Total:

8,506 10,884 18,789 7,201 6,182 19,932 1,350 6,297 6,348 7,056 30,844 9,732 7,131 4,483 1,098 8,886 9,258 25,916 6,116 196,009

19,710 28,764 49,706 15,331 15,170 50,568 5,040 16,459 13,990 18,491 93,050 23,039 18,147 11,589 -17,988 23,653 57,541 17,455 495,319

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Industry Obituaries Dr. Patrick James Neligan Sr. Dr. Patrick James Neligan Sr., 90, died peacefully at his Putnam County home, Stonegate Farm, on April 19, 2018. Known to family and friends as Pat, he lived a full and wonderful life. He was born on Sept. 10, 1927, the youngest of four children of John T. Neligan Sr. and Maude Boone Neligan of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pat attended Catholic schools in Chattanooga and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1945. Following high school, he attended the seminary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In 1946, Pat volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan under General Douglas MacArthur. He earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Tennessee in 1951. In college, Pat met Dorris Marie Paetzell of Milford, New Jersey. Dorrie was the love of his life. Pat and Dorrie married on June 19, 1954, and would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year. Following college, Pat pursued a career in dentistry, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis in 1955. Pat and Dorrie moved to Milledgeville for Pat’s residency in oral surgery. Following a long career in private practice in Milledgeville, Pat entered the public health field and served in Atlanta for a term as Director of Dental Public Health for the State of Georgia. He retired in 1992. Throughout his career, Pat was very active in church and community affairs, in preserving local history, and in supporting the arts. After retirement, he volunteered to provide dentistry to children from low-income families through the Head Start program. In 1960, Pat and Dorrie purchased Stonegate Farm in Putnam County. Pat raised beef cattle on the farm since 1960 and was a respected breeder of registered Polled Herefords. He was a member of the Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia Hereford Association, and the American Hereford Association. Pat had a longstanding focus on the environment and received several conservation awards for his environmental efforts. Whether serving as a husband and father, practicing dentistry, volunteering for the community, or working on his farm, Pat always took a positive and supportive approach. He was driven to changing society for the better. James “Jimmy” Harold Cochran Jr. Georgia State Patrol Master Trooper (Retired) James Harold “Jimmy” Cochran Jr., 65, of Sylvester, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Mr. Cochran was born on Nov. 7, 1952, in Sylvester to the late James Harold and Annette Pate Cochran. He had lived in Worth County most of his life. Mr. Cochran retired from the Georgia State Patrol as a Master Trooper with over 24 years of service. He was a faithful member of Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class. Mr. Cochran was a member of the Worth County Livestock Association, the Worth County Young Farmers Association and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, and was a supporter of the Youth Livestock Committee. Jimmy enjoyed traveling, helping out on the family farm and working with his cows, but he loved spending time with his family.


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2018 Cattle Producer of the Year: James Vaughn, owner of Vaughn Farms, L.P.

Education, Innovation and Dedication By: Caroline Waldrep, GCA & GBB Summer Intern Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” Being a cattle producer is by no means an easy task. It brings with it the responsibility to provide a high-quality, safe product for consumers, the duty to treat your cattle and the earth with respect, as well as the opportunity and drive to be an advocate for the agriculture community and beef industry. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, it takes a person of good faith who possesses endurance to persevere through the hard times, leadership, dedication, passion, and a strong work ethic. While it may seem difficult in this day and 44

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age to find someone who possesses all of these qualities, all you have to do is look for a cattle producer. They put in countless hours and work from sunup to sundown to provide for their families, and to provide for the consumers. While it may seem like a daunting task, it can also be an extremely rewarding one. Out of the more than 15,000 cattle producers in the state of Georgia, only one is selected each year to receive the honor of being named the Georgia Cattle Producer of the Year. It is a once-in-a-lifetime award that the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is humbled to give out to a very deserving producer. This award is given to someone who displays genuine hard

work, dedication and leadership abilities that other producers in the state are able to look up to. They are innovative with the techniques they use on their farm, don’t shy away from solving problems, and are strong advocates for the cattle industry in Georgia. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is excited to recognize James A. Vaughn of Vaughn Farms, L.P., as the 2018 Georgia Cattle Producer of the Year. Vaughn, a member of the MidGeorgia Cattlemen’s Association, has spent more than 60 years in the cattle business, and is currently the managing partner of their farm that was started in the 1950s by his father, T. Butler Vaughn. His farm still has strong family ties; his wife, Beth, and two of their four children, Matthew and Jordan, are working the farm along with James. Vaughn himself got an early start on the farm, as he grew up there working with his father. After graduating with a B.A. in history from Emory University and a J.D. from UGA Law School, he practiced law in Savannah, Georgia, for a brief period before returning home to the farm in the early 1980s. Since then, he has also received his Master of Laws and Taxation from Emory Law School, and has been practicing law with Vaughn, Wright and Boyer in Monroe County. After spending about 10 years with an office in town, Vaughn moved his practice back to the farm because, as he put it, ”I found that I could practice law in the country better than I could farm in town.” On their Angus cattle operation, Vaughn is currently running approximately 425 cows, with 45 to 50 of them being registered, and the remaining being purebred commercial Angus. James is direct-marketing preconditioned feeder calves into Southwest Iowa, as well as marketing a significant number of bred heifers in a regional

market along with 10-15 registered bulls each year. Additionally, he markets some grass-finished cattle at White Oak Pastures, where he is a GAP Level 4 producer. What really sets Vaughn apart in the Georgia cattle industry is the direct marketing he uses, along with their recent expansion of the farm. He helped start a marketing alliance for high-quality, non-hormone treated cattle that go up into Iowa before going to the European trade markets. The group runs more than 3,000 head of cattle annually, with Vaughn being a large contributor. From 2007 to 2016, he was also working on converting a 650-acre tract pine plantation into a cattle farm with the help of the NRCS and Extension. When this project was completed, it doubled the size of their operation. Along with his cattle operation being quite impressive and serving as a leader in his community, Vaughn especially stands out as a leader for the producers of Georgia because of the educational opportunities he provides and his advocacy of the cattle industry. As part of his involvement with the Forsyth Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and its leadership program, James leads a tour of Vaughn Farms annually to explain the economic impact of agriculture, and to recognize its role in our day-to-day lives. Vaughn also hosts a group of eighth-graders each year in order to familiarize them with the agriculture industry. Vaughn is a well-known leader in his state and community, as he is on the Executive Committee for GCA, and active in the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Monroe County Cattlemen’s Association. Additionally, he is currently serving as Chairman of the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority, is one of the Governor’s Appointees to the Mid-Georgia Regional Commission, and is on the Board of the Monroe County Development Authority. He is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Angus Association, and the Georgia Angus Association. Vaughn has been using cutting horses to work the cattle for quite a while and says, “If you've got a family and they’re all on horses, they’re having fun while they’re working together." James Vaughn is an outstanding example of a family man, a hard worker, and an innovator in the Georgia cattle industry. He is truly deserving of Cattle Producer of the Year.

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Dealing with Pinkeye in Cattle Lee Jones, MS, DVM University of Georgia and Sarah Greer, ANR Extension Agent, Crawford County

With summer approaching, a new season of challenges arrives for Georgia’s cattlemen as well. Summer heat can lead to stress, which reduces feeding and grazing, lowering weights among herds. The seemingly ever-looming threats of drought from June to September lead to diminished hay harvests and lower forage quality, which can affect herd nutrition in the winter. A tough summer in Georgia can lead to lower conception rates from heat-stressed cattle as well. All of these issues lead to financial concerns in Georgia’s cattle herds. However, few might list pinkeye as a common cause of lost revenue on beef operations. While it rarely causes death, pinkeye is associated with pain, treatment costs, reduced feed intake, and even blindness in cattle. Not only can pinkeye reduce weaning weights by 10% or more, but also heifers that suffer from pinkeye during breeding season may not become pregnant. Proper management of several factors surrounding pinkeye can ensure that you have one less thing to worry about this summer. Causes The primary cause of pinkeye, or keratoconjunctivitis, in cattle is a bacterium known as Moraxella bovis. Additionally, although it has not been linked as a definitive cause of disease, another bacterium known as Moraxella bovoculi has also been identified as a potential cause of disease. These bacteria live on both normal healthy animals and those found with pinkeye, indicating that there are other factors that may influence the risk of disease. There is wide diversity in virulence factors in Moraxella spp and even within M. bovis or bovoculi. Three important virulence factors are pili (ability to attach to the cornea), haemolysin (causes damage to the surface of the cornea and aids in 52

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attachment) and leukotoxin (kills attacking white blood cells). Some Moraxella spp are commonly found in the eyes of cattle and do not cause disease. More research is needed to identify the risk factors associated with pinkeye outbreaks and better treatment and management options. As the spring turns to summer, cattle are faced with increased numbers of flies, decreasing forage quality, increased heat, intense sunlight, and crowding into shaded pasture areas. Long, mature grass and poor hay cause significant irritation or injury to the eye, which is ideal for bacteria to infect the eye. Animals lacking pigment around the eye are commonly affected, as the UV light from the sun leads to sensitization and inflammation of the eye. Other microorganisms – such as Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis virus (IBR), Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or other bacteria – may cause irritation and lead to secondary infection. The most common vectors or carriers for M. bovis are the face fly (Musca autumnalis), the house fly (Musca domestica), and the stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans). These fly species not only carry the bacteria, but also serve as a source of irritation on their own. These factors combine to create the ideal situation for pinkeye infection to spread through a cow herd. Research indicates that there is a certain recipe for the creation of a pinkeye infection. M. bovis has been isolated in animals that are in closed herds that haven’t experienced pinkeye in years, suggesting that pinkeye occurs after a certain “perfect storm” of risk factors. Irritation, whether from a fly irritation or a scratch from coarse hay, can initiate a reaction with the cornea that allows it to become infected. This scenario is not unlike another common disease in cattle. Bovine Respiratory Disease is prevalent in stressed cattle as they adjust to life in a feedlot. They carry the

E x p e r t infectious agents, but when mixed with stress, the disease presents itself. The same idea applies to pinkeye. Proper management of known risk factors can have a positive impact on breakouts of pinkeye in your herd. Clinical Signs Perhaps one of the most frustrating parts of this disease is not knowing if or when a herd will be affected. Even if a herd has been free of it for years, flies may come from a neighboring pasture carrying the organisms and cause an outbreak of pinkeye. Since older cattle often develop immunity to the organisms, it is usually the young, growing calves and replacement animals that are most affected by the disease, but adult cows occasionally do get pinkeye. Although not truly seasonal, pinkeye most commonly occurs from late spring to early fall but may also be seen in the winter. The initial signs of pinkeye are excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, squinting, and redness on the white portions of the eye. Animals may seek shaded areas to minimize stress from sunlight. A small, white spot called an ulcer may appear on the globe of the eye and the cornea may appear cloudy because of inflammation. As the disease progresses, the eye may appear more inflamed with increasing redness, more cloudy as it is filled with white blood cells, or may completely ulcerate, causing rupture of the eye, which causes extreme pain and blindness. Blood vessels may begin to grow across the eye, indicating that the eye is trying to heal by providing additional blood flow and nutrients. Once the animal develops immunity and the active infection ceases, the eye will usually heal, leaving an inactive, blue-white scar on the cornea, or in severe cases, permanent damage to the eye and blindness may occur. Treatment Early identification and treatment of pinkeye is important to minimize the negative effects on growth and development as well as prevent permanent damage to the eye. Several treatment options – including long-acting antibiotics (check label to see if approved to treat pinkeye), corticosteroids used in conjunction with antibiotics, eye patches, eye washes and surgical care – are available and should be discussed with your regular veterinarian prior to implementation. If antibiotics are used, treatment should be recorded and appropriate withdrawal times should be observed. Covering the eye with a patch not only aids in healing, but also prevents flies from spreading the bacteria from the affected animal. Prevention While not a guarantee, several management steps may be beneficial in reducing or controlling an outbreak of pinkeye. The use of fly tags is common, but care should be taken to appropriately rotate the tags so resistance does not occur. Current recommendations are to utilize ear tags containing organophosphates for two years, followed by a pyrethrin for a single year before returning to an organophosphate. A new ear tag has been introduced containing a macrocyclic lactone (avermectin class) which can be included in the rotation

A d v i c e to control flies in cattle. Tags should be placed according to label directions and should be removed according to the label recommendations to avoid exposing flies to lower doses of insecticide. In addition to tags, pour-on insecticides or back rubbers may be used for additional treatment of external parasites. Some tags may create violative residues for meat or milk production and care should be taken to ensure that this does not occur. Gloves should be worn when applying the products to minimize insecticide exposure to the person handling the tags during application. For animals in close confinement, fly predators have been shown to be beneficial in some cases to reduce the number of parasites present. Using pour-on or injectable dewormers to control flies leads to internal parasite resistance and isn’t recommended. Appropriate clipping of mature pastures may reduce the amount of irritation to the animals during grazing, and rolling out of round bales will ensure that animals are not eating into a bale and receiving irritation from the hay. As grass or hay becomes mature, it is more likely to irritate the eye as the animal eats and releases more dust into the environment, also causing irritation. Appropriate weed control is also an important management factor, as weeds contribute pollen and mature plants that may irritate the animals during grazing. Maintaining a good nutritional program with consistent mineral access will also prove to be beneficial, as it promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent disease. Adding a fly larvae inhibiter (IGR) to the mineral may help control fly population. Providing shade through physical structures or trees may help to minimize the impact of ultraviolet light. If one has Hereford-influenced cattle, genetic selection for pigmentation around the eyes may be beneficial. Several commercial vaccines have been developed for Moraxella bovis, but have shown variable efficacy because of the number of strains of the Moraxella bovis bacteria. If the disease becomes severe, an autogenous vaccine may be created against either the M. bovis or bovoculi for the strain on your farm with the help of your veterinarian. Additionally, regular vaccination against IBR and BVD will help maintain a high level of immunity to organisms that may predispose the animal to infection. With this in mind, one should remember that modified live vaccines (MLV) are designed to simulate actual disease and, as such, may predispose animals to infection with Moraxella species. If possible, vaccines should be given when the animals are not stressed, at least two weeks prior to transport, and well before the start of fly season to minimize any effect of vaccination. When treating animals, care should be taken not to spread the disease between affected and unaffected animals. Latex or nitrile gloves should be worn and removed between each animal to prevent further spread of the bacteria. While it may be difficult to implement all of these management strategies, particularly in a small herd, it is important to note that any steps taken not only benefit by helping to reduce disease, but also improve the overall herd health and production. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Is Cottonseed Going to Make My Bulls Infertile? Dr. Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia As we’re getting into summer, many producers with fallcalving herds have picked out calves to keep as bulls and are considering a developing ration to feed their bulls. OR, for winter/spring-calving herds, producers are pulling out bulls and considering supplement to put weight back on them. So every year, about this time, I get the phone call or email asking if their bulls are going to be sterile because there is whole cottonseed in the ration they are using. My answer is always, absolutely not IF you stay within the recommended feeding levels. That brings up three questions to discuss: 1. What is it about whole cottonseed that causes concern?


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2. Can whole cottonseed cause infertility in bulls? 3. What is the recommended feeding rate of whole cottonseed? What is it about whole cottonseed that causes concern? The answer is gossypol. Gossypol is a yellow pigment produced in the roots, leaves, stems and seeds of the cotton plant, with the greatest concentration occurring in the seeds. This compound acts as a natural defense, aiding in resistance to pests. Gossypol has been studied for years and has been shown to be toxic to monogastric animals (i.e., pigs, mice,

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humans, etc.) and pre-ruminants (i.e., cows, sheep, goats, etc., whose rumen has not developed yet). For reference, monogastrics and preruminants should not consume a diet more than 100 ppm gossypol. This is why we recommend not feeding whole cottonseed to calves under 400 lbs. In fact, gossypol has been studied extensively as a birth control method for males! However, the results have been extremely variable. Can whole cottonseed cause infertility in bulls? As indicated earlier, no. The question then becomes, why is it such a hot topic? Early research in smaller mammals – in combination with cottonseed products growing in popularity in the 1960s, 70s and 80s – led researchers at Texas A&M University to look at the effects of gossypol on developing bulls. These researchers mostly found no differences in reproductive development of bulls fed diets containing gossypol. When the researchers did find differences, whole cottonseed was fed at or above 40% of the diet, or from Pima cotton. Pima cotton contains a different isomer of gossypol, compared with Upland cotton. Most cotton grown in the Southeast is Upland cotton. The 40% in the diet is an extremely high amount of whole cottonseed and would not be recommended. However, these results have been interpreted as affecting fertility. What is the recommended feeding rate of whole cottonseed? From a nutritional standpoint, whole cottonseed is an excellent feedstuff when utilized correctly. Nutritionally, it is high in energy (95% TDN), protein (24% CP) and fat (approximately 20%). Although the fat content does contribute to the high level of energy, if the fat content in the ration is too high (over 5%), it will negatively affect fiber digestion in the rumen, decreasing animal performance. For this reason, we recommend that whole cottonseed be limited to 20% of total intake, or no more than 6 pounds per day. Notice that this is half of what was fed in the previously mentioned research. When the price of whole cottonseed allows it to be used, it can be an excellent feedstuff. If you are having issues with

fertility in your bulls, make sure all the other aspects of bull management are in place (e.g., breeding soundness exam, injuries, etc.). Very rarely, if ever, will whole cottonseed cause infertility in bulls. As one of my mentors from Virginia Tech, Dr. Terry Swecker, would say, “If you hear hoofbeats, don’t go looking for a zebra… Look for the horse first!” If you have any questions on whole cottonseed, or would like help incorporating it into your nutritional program, contact your local Cooperative Extension office (extension.uga.edu, or 1-800-ASK-UGA-1). GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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GJSA Round Up Show which will be held at the GA Jr. Beef Futurity, Perry, GA. For more information contact DONNALPRIEST@GMAIL.COM

August 24, 2018

GSSA Annual Meeting & Banquet, ILA Restaurant, ILA, GA. Reservations are mandatory. For more information contact DONNALPRIEST@GMAIL.COM or one of the GSSA Officers or Board of Directors

August 25, 2018

GSSA Field Day, which will be held at Partisover Ranch, Colbert, GA. Juniors will enjoy a judging contest, numerous guest speakers and other educational events. More info in the August edition.

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Tips for Building and Enhancing Your Junior Cattlemen’s Participation in Your County Mary Ellen Hicks, DVM, Faculty Advisor, ABAC Cattlemen’s Association The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is blessed to have an established Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association. As of the May 2018 Leadership Newsletter, there are 593 junior members within the GCA membership. Does your county or multi-county adult chapter have a functioning and thriving junior cattlemen’s group? Twenty-eight years of working with a “junior” chapter has left me with a few thoughts on how to start or enhance the chapter in your county. The key component to accomplishing this revolves around a group of committed and “cattle industry” passionate adults who consistently and constantly work to achieve the goals you have developed for your youth chapter. Who are those adults I’ve described? There may already be someone in your chapter who fits this description. It may be a chapter officer who is already juggling other leadership responsibilities for the “adult” cattlemen’s chapter and would like to step out of their officer position to take on the role of this youth leader. It may be someone who isn’t a chapter officer but is willing to work with one or two others to guide and 64

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organize the youth chapter. What traits would these individuals need? Passion for the cattle industry as a whole, as well as being open to seeing the entire scope – or “big picture” – of the beef industry. Whereas the showing part of youth programs helps to develop certain traits in young people today, please keep in mind that there is a large population of young people without the resources to be engaged in that aspect of working with livestock. Years ago, I worked with a group in our county called the “Horseless Horse Club” through the county’s 4-H program. The young people involved with it were passionate about horses but came from families that did not have the resources to support that interest with horse ownership. Adult leaders with a passion for production, processing, advocacy and policy in relation to the beef industry are the “pied pipers” who can bring young people together. These adults should be passionate enough to be constantly engaged and learning themselves, but also willing to share that knowledge with young people.

E x p e r t Committed to a long-term relationship with the development of an active youth program, as well as consistent in that relationship and all it entails. These individuals should be thinking in terms of months and years – not just in terms of an event or what will be going on this summer. This leadership role should not be one of convenience in time commitment. This sounds scary, but with good organization of ideas and activities as well as encouragement from the other adults in their county chapter, it can really be fun and educational for the adults taking on the development of the youth program. When the adult leaders see the excitement level in the juniors they are working with, the adult leaders tend to be more willing to commit time and effort to the youth. On the other hand, when the adult leaders show commitment and excitement, the youth chapter will “feed off of ” the excitement of the adults. Having more than one adult leader will also provide a support team of at least one individual who has also expressed a desire to develop a new generation of well-informed cattlemen and cattlewomen. Once those adult leaders are identified, here are a few ideas for enhancing the youth chapter: • Schedule “meeting” times – and be consistent as well as regular with those dates. It definitely doesn’t have to be every other week like our ABAC Cattlemen’s chapter meets, but the dates and times need to be consistent (i.e., once a quarter, once a month, or twice a year). • Plan what will be done (based on interests and current industry issues) far in advance of those meetings that are scheduled. Location should be somewhere the youth are already familiar with in their community (i.e., county Extension office or community center). • Publicize the meeting dates and times as well as speakers and activities at those meeting times through the county

A d v i c e Extension office, agricultural education classes, and other community activities where youth are involved (example – church youth groups). • Have officer positions filled by youth who have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the youth group in terms of beef industry professional development. Officer positions should not be populated based on “popularity” vote, but by youth leaders identifying other youth who are dedicated to the chapter and have voiced a desire to become leaders (i.e., “Leaders Building Leaders”). • Adult leaders work with developing the officers, but then have the officers accountable to developing and reaching out to the youth members in the group. The officers can be instructed on how to reach out to potential speakers or other individuals by the adult leaders who then take a silent role in the running of the chapter meetings and activities. • Focus on professional development, career opportunities, current industry issues, as well as education in all areas of the beef industry. • Develop a “mentor” program between the adult county chapter and the youth membership. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated or very time-consuming on the mentor’s part. Encouragement by an older cattleman or cattlewoman can go a long way in the development of future cattlemen and cattlewomen. It could be something as simple as having one or two meetings of the year where the adult chapter invites the youth chapter for a supper or special speakers. If you are considering becoming a leader to a junior cattlemen’s chapter, keep this quote from American author Tony Robbins in mind: “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” To develop or enhance the youth chapter in your county, share your excitement and passion for the beef industry!


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Georgia Livestock Review LPGMN Market News Division Local Sale P.O. Box 86Reports Thomasville, GA 31799 229-226-1641MARKET LIVESTOCK






16% 64%

12% 63%

12% 66%

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


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

BULK 57.00-62.00 60.00-67.00 60.00-66.00 52.00-59.00



1500-2100 LBS 1000-1500 LBS

83.00-90.00 83.00-87.00

75.00-81.00 74.00-80.00



165.00-173.00 161.00-167.00 155.00-164.00 150.00-158.00 144.00-153.00 139.00-145.00 130.00-139.00

169.71 161.79 158.70 154.57 149.16 141.66 133.89

MED & LGE 2 165.00-175.00 152.00-162.00 150.00-155.00 145.00-153.00 139.00-148.00 135.00-140.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-128.00

WTD AVG 169.87 158.45 153.59 147.77 144.36 139.22 130.65 127.44



140.00-147.00 135.00-143.00 130.00-138.00 127.00-133.00 120.00-130.00 116.00-121.00

142.42 139.02 133.25 129.90 124.72 119.15

142.00-145.00 135.00-143.00 132.00-138.00 127.00-135.00 122.00-130.00 117.00-125.00 110.00-120.00 108.00-112.00

172.00-182.00 162.00-172.00 155.00-165.00 148.00-158.00 140.00-150.00 133.00-140.00 130.00-136.00 126.00-130.00

176.51 167.19 159.25 151.46 143.73 135.46 133.15 128.36

160.00-170.00 152.00-160.00 144.00-154.00 137.00-147.00 129.00-139.00 123.00-132.00 120.00-126.00 114.00-121.00 MED & LGE 1-2



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11% 7%

13% 10%

12% 8%

HIGH DRESSING 59.00-63.00 67.00-72.00 59.00-63.00 90.00-97.00

MED & LGE 3 155.00-165.00 145.00-155.00 137.00-146.00 135.00-140.00 130.00-138.00 124.00-130.00

WTD AVG 159.56 149.73 141.45 137.79 134.85 128.09

143.64 138.90 135.10 131.65 126.81 121.06 115.77 110.54

130.00-137.00 125.00-134.00 122.00-128.00 115.00-125.00 110.00-118.00 108.00-112.00 105.00-110.00 100.00-106.00

133.67 128.72 125.74 120.73 114.21 109.49 106.97 102.54

164.09 157.42 148.11 142.44 133.93 128.13 122.18 117.56 MED & LGE 2-3

150.00-155.00 140.00-150.00 132.00-142.00 128.00-135.00 120.00-128.00 115.00-122.00 110.00-118.00 104.00-110.00 SMALL 1-2

152.28 144.17 137.79 132.42 123.42 117.58 113.85 107.44


DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 1,447 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 50 HEAD 550-600 LBS 149.75; 253 HEAD 600-650 LBS 144.75-154.60; 385 HEAD 650-700 LBS 147.95150.30; 128 HEAD 850-900 LBS 127.00-131.80; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 110 HEAD 500-550 LBS 147.25; 131 HEAD 550-600 LBS 134.75-139.75; 100 HEAD 600-650 LBS 135.90; 290 HEAD 750-800 LBS 119.60-125.10. MID-GA DAIRY SALE 06/13/2018 RECEIPTS: 85 FRESH COWS: SUPREME 1400.00; APPROVED 1050.00-1225.00; MEDIUM 850.00-925.00; COMMON 690.00-810.00; SPRINGING HEIFERS MONTHS: 66 7-9July 2018 •SUPREME GEORGIA 1475.00; CATTLEMANAPPROVED 1175.00-1350.00; MEDIUM 975.00-1075.00; COMMON 675.00-900.00; BRED HEIFERS 4-6 MONTHS: MEDIUM 825.00-900.00; COMMON 600.00-800.00; SHORT BRED HEIFERS 1-3 MONTHS: APPROVED 950.00-1000.00; MEDIUM 750.00-840.00; COMMON 475.00-625.00; OPEN HEIFERS175-300 LBS: APPROVED 320.00-330.00; MEDIUM 170.00-200.00; 300-600 LBS:

Reader Services Northeast Georgia Livestock June 6 • Athens, GA Steers 455-495 lbs Avg $163.96 505-545 lbs Avg $161.20 552-595 lbs Avg $151.11 654-695 lbs Avg $130.76 755-795 lbs Avg $122.62 Heifers 455-495 lbs Avg $143.16 505-545 lbs Avg $135.60 555-595 lbs Avg $131.51 605-645 lbs Avg $123.25 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC June 5 Lot 1 Steers Avg 780 lbs $137.50 Lot 2 Heifers Avg 660 lbs $135.25 Lot 3 Steers Avg 610 lbs $159.00 Lot 4 Steers Avg 680 lbs $149.00 Lot 5 Steers Avg 790 lbs $139.50 Lot 6 Heifers Avg 675 lbs $137.00 Lot 7 Steers Avg 580 lbs $165.25 Lot 8 Steers Avg 650 lbs $152.00 Lot 9 Steers Avg 750 lbs $137.75

Lot 10 Steers Avg 825 lbs $133.50 Lot 11 Steers Avg 920lbs $129.50 Lot 12 Steers Avg 895 lbs $131.25 Lot 13 Steers Avg 895 lbs $125.75 Lot 14 Steers Avg 935 lbs $130.00 Lot 15 Heifers Avg 825 lbs $124.25 Lot 16 Split Load Steers Avg 600 lbs $132.00 Heifers Avg 600 lbs $132.00 Lot 17 Split Load Steers Avg 700 lbs $124.00 Heifers Avg 700 lbs $124.00 Lot 18 Heifers Avg 750 lbs $122.00 Lot 19 Heifers Avg 800 lbs $123.25 Carroll Co. Livestock June 5 • Carrollton, GA Steers 330-335 lbs Avg $187.52 455-480 lbs Avg $156.54 500-545 lbs Avg $151.29 600-610 lbs Avg $138.49 655-668 lbs Avg $133.99 754-770 lbs Avg $125.75

Heifers 350-375 lbs Avg $146.17 405-410 lbs Avg $142.39 500-525 lbs Avg $134.39 555-575 lbs Avg $129.33 Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program May 30 • Calhoun, GA 71 AI-bred Avg $1,807 • Gross $128,300 37 Natural-bred Avg $1,632 • Gross $60,400 17 Registered Angus Avg $1,971 2 Registered Hereford Avg $2,025 5 Registered Red Angus Avg $2,140 5 Registered SimAngus Avg $2,040 29 Registered Heifers Avg $2,016 79 Commercial Heifers Avg $1,649 The Mead Program Sale XVIII May 28t • Midville, GA 12 Bulls Avg $6,006 • Gross $74,050 53 Females Avg $4,877 • Gross $258,500 65 Total Lots Avg $5,090 • Gross $332,550


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Beef Industry Calendar of Events July 20, 2018 Special Bred Heifer Sale Rebecca, Ga.

Yon Family Farms Fall Sale Ridge Spring, S.C.

July 26 – 28, 2018 GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Ga.

October 29, 2018 Hill-Vue Farm’s Annual Production Sale Blairsville, Ga.

August 9, 2018 Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

November 2, 2018 Frank Turner & Sons Sale Hayneville, Ala.

August 25, 2018 Fadeosh Farms Bred Heifer Sale Boston, Ga.

ZWT Ranch Annual Production Sale Crossville, Tenn.

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

November 3, 2018 TJB Gelbvieh Annual Bull Sale Chickamauga, Ga.

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

November 8, 2018 Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

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

November 10, 2018 Gibbs Farm Annual Production Sale Ranburne, Ala.

October 6, 2018 Upchurch Angus Production Sale Lineville, Ala. October 11, 2018 Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. October 16-18, 2018 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. October 19, 2018 ZWT Ranch Bull Sale Arcadia, Fla. October 26, 2018 Friendship Farms Bull Sale Canoochee, Ga. October 27, 2018 Debter Hereford Farm’s 46th Annual Bull Sale Horton, Ala.

December 1, 2018 Bramblett Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale Elberton, Ga. December 7, 2018 It’s All Black & White Bull Sale Montgomery, Ala. December 8, 2018 Cowboy Logic Bull & Commercial Female Sale Talmo, Ga. February 2, 2019 Turnpike Creek Farms Production Sale Milan, Ga.

March 2, 2019 Georgia Angus Association Annual Meeting & Banquet Athens, Ga. March 6, 2019 Tifton Bull Test Sale Irwinville, Ga. March 23, 2019 MM Cattle/Glore/Georgia Angus Assn Sale Bowdon, Ga. April 4-6, 2019 GCA Convention, Tradeshow & Beef Expo Perry, Ga. April 13, 2019 Ogeechee/CAM Ranches Production Sale Wadley, Ga. April 16, 2019 Tifton HERD Sale Irwinville, Ga. April 19, 2019 Cowboy Logic Female Sale Talmo, Ga. April 20, 2019 Georgia Genetics Hartwell, Ga. April 27, 2019 Bridges Angus Farm Production Sale Rayle, Ga. April 28, 2019 Rocking W Angus Production Sale Jefferson, Ga. Send calendar additions to bailey@gabeef.org

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GCA Foundation is BEEFing Up Our Future Caroline Waldrep, GCA & GBB Summer Intern

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation is a charitable foundation established with the mission to educate and build leaders and advocates for the cattle industry and to promote the history and heritage of this industry in Georgia. GCF has identified education as a key component in developing the beef industry leaders of tomorrow, and one of the many ways they accomplish this is through funding several undergraduate college scholarships each year. Recently, we reached out to former recipients of the scholarships, and asked them for an update on what they’ve been doing since they received their scholarships through the GCF. There are so many great stories of their successes that we wanted to feature them in the magazine as our way of giving back to the Foundation. Shelly Patton McQuaig received the Foundation Scholarship in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the Judy Thomas Memorial Scholarship in 2012. Since that time, she graduated from Madison County High School, and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia. She received her Associate Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Education from ABAC, and her Bachelor of Education from UGA. During her first three years as the agriculture teacher at Wilcox County High School, Shelly had many successes, including advising a student to become the Area IV Vice President for 2015-16, and coaching several students and teams to success in Career Development Events and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs, highlighted by a student placing 2nd in the state for his Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency. Not only was Shelly successful in coaching her students, but she also served as an incredible mentor and advisor for them. This was exemplified when she was selected as Star Teacher in 2017. This is an award given each year to a teacher who has impacted the Star Student – the student with the highest SAT score in that year’s graduating class – and assisted that student in all of his or her accomplishments. Shelly has been teaching at South Habersham Middle School for a year now, and also raises quality beef cattle with her husband, Paul. Their operation includes replacement females and quality show calves for 4-H and FFA members across the Southeast, and Shelly 72

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has also been serving as the Junior Advisor for the Georgia Junior Hereford Association since 2017. Another outstanding recipient of these scholarships is UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student Megan Cook, who won the Johnny and Liddy Jenkins Memorial Scholarship in 2015. Since then, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Animal Science and magna cum laude honors, was accepted into the UGA CVM class of 2020, and declared her emphasis to be Food Animal Medicine. As a first-year veterinary student, Megan was one of only two students from the UGA CVM who was selected to participate in the Zoetis Early Bovine Externship Program, where she was funded to travel to Nebraska to work for a large mixedanimal practice that worked heavily with cattle. She is also involved in UGA’s student chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Club, where she served as Secretary her first year and will be serving as President for the upcoming school year. Megan has now finished her second year of veterinary school, and is currently working in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the large-animal emergency and critical care sector to earn class credit for the fall. Through this, she has the opportunity to go on farm calls with production medicine professors and fourth-year students. She will also be traveling to Montana this summer to participate in another externship with a bovine veterinarian, and will be starting her clinical rotations in the spring of 2019. Her ultimate goal is to become a mixed-animal veterinarian in a rural area where she can work heavily with cattle and play an active role in the local agriculture industry. “Agriculture has always been close to my heart,” Megan explains, “and becoming a veterinarian that works with food animals will allow me to follow two of my passions: animals and agriculture.” The final scholarship recipient we’ll highlight in this article received the Johnny and Liddy Jenkins Memorial Scholarship in 2007 and the Foundation Scholarship in 2009. Since receiving those scholarships, Caroline Black Lewallen was a student at ABAC from 2007-2009, and graduated from UGA in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education. She spent the summer

Reader Services of 2011 as a UGA Agriculture Fellow for Congressman Jack Kingston in Washington, D.C., and went on to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University. She received her Master of Science in Agricultural Communication and Journalism, with an emphasis on Food Safety Communication via social media and experiential learning. Since June 2013, Caroline has worked as the Agritourism and Marketing Coordinator at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia. She works to manage three social media platforms for the farm, their website, an on-farm school field trip program, annual agritourism events, and a food

safety program. While Caroline still plans to work in the produce industry, she has also recently purchased a farm, appropriately named teXga, with her husband, and is excited to get into the cattle business with him this summer! All three of these ladies, and many others, are in agreement that the GCF scholarships they received greatly assisted them in getting where they are today. From all of the scholarship recipients, thank you to the GCF and their wonderful donors!

Top Left: Caroline Black Lewallen with her husband, Kyle, in a beautiful peach orchard. Top Right: Megan Cook helping work cattle. Bottom Left: Shelly Patton McQuaig with her husband, Paul, and their son, Conner. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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

Thursday, July 26

6:00 pm - Grill Out, Games, DJ & Bull Riding at the Great Dunes Beach Park: We will head over to South Dunes and enjoy fellowship, food, games and the ever popular Name That Tune! We never have enough time to visit and relax so this is our chance. We will enjoy a Mexican Buffet with all the sides. We will also be riding a mechanical bull during the evening! It will be a fun evening for the whole family! - Horseshoe Tournament: Trade in your cowboy boots for some horseshoes and compete with your neighbors and see who can hurl the horseshoe the best! - DJ - Name that Tune: Come on out, listen to the DJ, dance or compete with "Name That Tune!" The competition is fierce. This is brought back by popular demand. You don't want to miss out on this fun! - Watermelon Eating Contest: Come young, come old, one and all to the very popular watermelon eating contest! Come join us or just watch - either way you will be entertained!

Friday, July 27 7:30 a.m. Early Registration and Check-in 8:00 - 9:30 am - Committee Meetings: OPEN TO EVERYONE - Committee meetings are open to all members. If you are not involved in one of these committees that is not a problem, see what interests you and join in. You will surely learn something new! - Region VP and Membership Committee: Join this meeting to discuss how GCA will take the next step in increasing value for our members and how we can recruit even more. 74

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- Legislative Committee: Attend to hear an update on the state and federal legislative issues as the committee looks forward to identify priorities for the 2019 General Assembly. - Youth Advisory Committee: Attend to hear an update on the junior programs as they set goals for the future. 9:30 - 10:00 am - Gathering & Refreshment Break: Join us for coffee and cookies and visit old friends and make new ones! 10:00 - Noon - Opening and Welcome: GCA President Kristy Arnold will welcome everyone to the Summer Conference and then welcome our special guest speaker. She will present the goals for the weekend, discuss why we are here and what we hope to accomplish, and thank all of our sponsors for their support. 10:15 - Noon - Dr. Christine Navarre, DVM is the Extension Veterinarian for the LSU AgCenter and a Professor in the School of Animal Sciences at Louisiana State University. Dr. Navarre will be discussing the "Six Parts of a Herd Health Program" that will explain ways to add value to your herd through the well being of your livestock. 1:00 pm - Afternoon Activity with Your Choice of: - Golf Tournament: All members are invited to take part in an afternoon of golf. This will be a great time of laughter and fun. These guys have a great time together every year. If you have never joined them I promise you will have an afternoon not soon forgotten!

- GJCA Turtle & Beach Time: The juniors will spend the afternoon together first by going to the Sea Turtle Center then go over to the beach and play games! This is an excellent time to get to know other juniors as well as all of the Junior officers. These kids know how to have fun together! Don't miss it! - GCWA Luncheon Social: For all the ladies we have a special afternoon just for you! We will have a time to visit and get to know one another better while enjoying lunch! This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the new GCWA Board and hear of the exciting things they have planned for the year. 6:00 pm - Sam Gay Seafood Experience with the YCC Corn Hole Tournament at the South Dunes Park: We will enjoy a great seafood buffet experience, including shrimp, fish, deviled crab, scallops and the list goes on! We will also have our annual PAC auction - which is always so much fun! The YCC will also be hosting their 5th Annual YCC Corn Hole Tournament - there are titles to defend! There will be a Junior and Senior Tournament Division. This will be a great opportunity to show off your skills. Prizes will be awarded.

Saturday, July 28 8:00 - 9:30 am - Committee Meetings: - Production & Marketing: Come prepared to discuss issues and policy related to cattle production and marketing. Updates will be available on Beef Quality Assurance, GA Bull Tests, GA HERD Programs, GA Beef Challenge, and GA Verified Program - Cattle Health & Well Being: Come join us and look at various hot topics affecting the health and well being of the cattle in Georgia. 9:30 - 10:00 am - Break 10:00 - Noon - GCA General Session Meeting with NCBA President Kevin Kester: We will hold our mid-year general policy board meeting. The committees will have an opportunity to share with the members what each group has been working on and receive member input. This will be a great time to look at where we are and where we want to go in GCA. We will also hear from the NCBA President, Kevin Kester, to hear an update on the national level.

Register Now! Use the form on page 76 or register online at www.gabeef.org/gca. (Under the calendar tab)

Jekyll Island, Georgia July 26-28, 2018


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Buying A Bull This Year? If so, join us during our 2018 Summer Conference PAC auction to bid on a select offering of sale credits from some of the best breeders in the Southeast.


Bull Credit

Summer Conference PAC Auction July 27

This is your opportunity to support GCA and NCBA’s legislative efforts while taking care of your herd bull needs. All money raised will go toward legislative efforts that promote the interest of Georgia’s cattle industry. The following producers have each donated a $500 Bull Credit to be bid on during the PAC Auction... Bridges Angus Farm Cowboy Logic Gretsch Brothers Angus Salacoa Valley Farms Yon Family Farms $250 Heifer Credit Commercial Heifer Sale at Beef Expo GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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A s s o c i a t i o n R e p o r t s • Yo u n g C a t t l e m e n ’ s C o u n c i l YCC Update By Jarrod Creasy

920 Cattle & Company LLC was founded in January 2015 following the September 20, 2014, marriage of Jarrod and Becca Creasy. Headquartered in Statesboro, Georgia, 920 Cattle & Company is a first-generation cattle operation that has deep roots in production agriculture. Becca grew up in a cow-calf operation in central Florida, with family ties in large-scale produce production. I was also raised in the cattle industry, and my family owns and operates a prominent and successful well drilling and service business in South Georgia. Being a first-generation farm means that we have forged through the challenges of owning and operating a business in a highly regulated marketplace that often discourages entry. We have been able to make decisions on our own (with input from our key advisors) and not be relegated to following the hierarchical structure of traditional multi-generational farms. We have been able to be more flexible and agile in how we approach business decisions and capture upsides in the marketplace. The lessons we have learned are very close to our core, as we feel every effect of the wins and losses that our business has endured. As everyone in the industry knows, farming is a tough, labor-intensive and relentless place to work; more than that, however, it is highly lucrative for the hard-working, very purposeful and meaningful work, and an incredible way of life to raise a family. Under the current 920 umbrella, we operate a registered seed-stock cattle program; a wholesale, customcut meat business with sales direct to consumers, as well as contracted business with restaurants; a customcut and bulk hay production and brokerage business with reach across the southeastern U.S.; and a farm/ residential/commercial fencing business that operates primarily in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Being young entrepreneurs has been an incredible opportunity and has provided our family a lifestyle that is a Godsend. It has been a road full of doubt, fear, stretch, excitement, risk, independence, flexibility, gratitude and reward. We have been told, more times than we can count, that we had better run the other direction, that we don’t need to make certain decisions, that I need to just work with my daddy doing what he does, that we both need day jobs, that we need to make safer decisions, that we don’t need to go that far, or rent this land there or do business with that person. The list goes on and on. We have experienced great loss within our family: Within an 18-month period, we lost our first baby in a miscarriage, we had our little girl 12 weeks premature, and then I lost part of my hand after it got crushed in a hydraulic post driver. But in our experience, through these great lows, we have found God’s presence in our lives so obvious. Because of our personal and business experiences, we have developed a profound connection to everything, a deep appreciation for the people whom we interact with and the animals that we raise, and a humble affinity for the people who provide such basic needs for our world. We certainly do not have it all figured out and we are learning as we go. As I have told my wife before, instead of “flying by the seat of her pants,” she pulls her pockets out and flies higher and longer. We have somewhat adopted that philosophy in our approach to business, because if we listened to every piece of advice we received, we would be sitting in a water trough with our pockets full of water weighing us down. Instead, we have been intentional about evaluating things as they come, we do diligent research, we follow our instincts, we pray to God, and then we let things unfold as they will. Throughout our journeys, we have learned a lot, grown a lot, and failed a lot. And through our adventures, we have learned to: 1. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable – financially, emotionally, mentally, physically. Allow yourself the opportunity to stretch and you will be surprised at how proficient you become in unfamiliar territory. 2. Charge what you are worth. Don’t undersell yourself or your products. If you establish a solid marketing program and know your clientele very well, you will find the marketplace for your products at their value, and nothing less. 3. Educate yourself on the legal and accounting aspects of your business. Two of the greatest investments we have made have been hiring an informative accounting firm and a reliable attorney. 4. Know that not every customer is the right customer. It’s okay to turn someone away who is not the right fit for your business. You will be more proud that you avoided that risk rather than derailing some aspect of your operation. 5. Find a mentor and be a mentor. Allow yourself the privilege of learning from those who have come before you. They have laid some incredible foundation for you to build on. And in return, provide that for someone else. 6. Allow yourself to grow. Remember that the markets evolve, needs change, and customer preferences alter – and the only way to stay profitable and relevant is to grow too. 7. Take time for what matters most. Take vacations, enjoy your time, slow down for a minute. 8. Open windows and crawl-spaces when the doors seem closed. Go around, go through, go under, go over – just keep going. 9. Leverage your network. Utilize the opportunities in the form of trade organizations, such as YCC, to strengthen your core while building an outlet to be able to share your talents with the industry you represent. 10. Foster relationships. People matter most and at the end of the day, God has taught us to love and to be loved in return; that is how we define our lives.

GCA’s YCC Board

Cleve Jackson, Chairman 706-266-3188 cjack5216@gmail.com Sarah Loughridge, Chair-Elect 706-618-4716 sloughridge91@gmail.com Evan Dover, Vice-Chair edover_9180@hotmail.com 706-695-9180 Emilia Jackson, Secretary/ Treasurer edover25@gmail.com 706-618-6245 Will Cabe, YCC Region 1 willcabe@yahoo.com 706-988-0018 Tyson Strickland, YCC Region 2 tyson@customlivestocksolutions. com 478-319-7089 Marcus South, YCC Region 3 marcussouth@hotmail.com 706-741-1020 Brandon Fletcher, YCC Region 4 fletcherfarms01@gmail.com 229-325-7368 Darren Hembree, YCC Region 5 darrenhembree@yahoo.com 229-881-6308 Jacob Segers, At-Large jacobs@uga.edu 678-234-3547 Rudy Muro Felix, ABAC Rep 423-762-5940 rudymurofelix@gmail.com


• July 2018


Reader Services 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

The American Original, p. 32 • Passion & Dedication, p. 70


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 U N E 2 0 1 8

Mid-Year Beef Cattle Outlook, p. 30 • Education, Innovation and Dedication, 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 • J U LY 2 0 1 8

May is Beef Month

Advertising Index Next Month: Angus


Georgia Limousin Breeders...............55



Georgia Metals....................................7

Raymond James Financial.................68

America's Alfalfa.................................3

Georgia Red Angus Breeders.............61

Red Carpet Cattlemen's Tel-Auction.35


Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders......28

Reproductive Management Services..68

C&R Fleet Services, Inc....................69

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



Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Assn.....60

Rockin R Trailers...............................69

Carroll County Livestock Sale Barn...69

Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders...60


Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer..........68

Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders...62

Southeast AgNet...............................70

Champion Animal Health...................5

Graham Livestock Systems................57

Southeast AgriSeeds...........................57

Circle F Farms.....................................1

Hayes Trailer Sales.............................38

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

Cowboy Logic...................................49

Herrin Livestock Services..................68

Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC..70

Daniel Livestock Services..................68

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

Southeastern Semen Services, Inc......68

Dogwood Genetics............................68


Southern Tractor...............................61

Duvall Livestock................................34


ST Genetics.......................................68

East Tennessee Livestock Center........38

Livestock Marketing Association.......40

Sumter Co. Stockyard.................... IFC

Eastanollee Livestock Market............42

Luke Mobley.....................................68

Swainsboro Stockyard........................39

Ed Murdock Superstores...................68

Malcolm Financial Group.................70

The Bull Whisperer...........................68

Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.48

Manor Timber Company..................68

The Nolan Group.............................68


Martin's Cattle Services.....................68

Tim Hartsfield..................................68

Franklin Co. Livestock......................69

Mid Georgia Livestock Market....34, 69


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

Mike Jones, Auctioneer.....................68


Fuller Supply.....................................54

Moseley Brothers Cattle....................33

Turner Co. Stockyards.......................41

Georgia Angus Breeders.............. 50-51

Nationwide - Bill Hembree...............68

Tyson Steel........................................69

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


Wayne Groover.................................69

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

Nelson Tractor Company..................69

West End Miling Company...............69

Georgia Brangus Breeders..................62

Northeast Georgia Livestock........... BC

Woody Folsom Trailers......................47

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

Pasture Management.........................63

Yancey Brothers.................................69

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


Zeeland Farm Services.......................69


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When your livelihood looks like this, health and wellness are all that matters. Feed your herd leafy, nutritious precut crop with the MegaWide™ HC2 precutter from John Deere. Available on our Zero Series round balers, the MegaWide HC2 can eliminate the need for tub grinding, giving you cost savings and flexibility to make rations when you need them. And precut hay is easier for your animals to eat, ensuring they get the most out of their feed and you get the most out of your bale.

Get the industry’s first 5-ft. precut bales. Increase tonnage per hour by 80%.* Cut mixing times as much as 58%.* You deserve an efficient feed system. Your herd deserves nutritious feed. Talk to your John Deere dealer and learn why you now have zero reasons to use any other baler. *Tonnage per hour estimates compared to competitive models. Mixing time estimate compared to bales that do not contain precut crop.

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Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC Goats & Sheep Wednesday @ 11 am Regular Sale Every Wednesday @ Noon Video Sale Every Wednesday @ 3 pm Video Sale Representatives Todd Stephens: 770.601.6286 • Georgia, SC, Tennessee & Alabama Ross Strickland: 770.547.3644 • Northwest Georgia Mark Hart: 706-.498.2769 • Northeast Georgia & SC Donnie Duke: 706.491.6103 • Northeast/Northwest Georgia & SC

Drop-Off Locations Calhoun Drop-Off Station: Ross Strickland 770-547-3644

Mark Your Calendars!! September 22, 2018 • 10 AM Equipment Sale December 12, 2018 • Noon Customer Appreciation Day & LMA Regional Auctioneering Contest Lunch Starts at 10:45 am

Royston Drop-Off Station: Mark Hart 706-498-2769 Good Hope Drop-Off Station: Bob Chandler 706-474-0573 Rayle Drop-Off Station: Todd Stephens 770-601-6286 Warren Howard 706-338-4928

2018 GVF Feeder Calf Sale Dates August 9 • September 13 • October 11 • November 8 1200 Winterville Road, Athens, GA 30605 • Manager: Todd Stephens P: 706.549.4790 • F: 706.549.1701 • www.negalivestock.com Feed and water available! • We also haul and work cattle!

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