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GCA President’s Report by Chuck Joiner GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Nanette Bryan Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Callie Akins

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Catch Up with GCA Past President Steve Blackburn Senate Holds Hearings for Interior Secretary Nominee “Safe and Efficient Transportation Act” Introduced EPA Releases Producer Information to Activist Groups US Classified as “Negligible” Risk for BSE 2013 Convention Interns Announced Southern Women’s Show Recipe Animal Disease Traceability Rule Now in Effect Tax Court Case Involving Cow and Horse Activity GCA Announces Goal to Raise $60,000 for Remodel Project Georgia Beef Board Receives Federation Grant Foraging for the Perfect Fodder by Dallas Duncan There’s Something about Simmentals by Dallas Duncan

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New Members GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Dallas Duncan An Interesting Season by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Associate Members Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of April Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index



Industry news

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Executive Vice President: Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Dallas Duncan, Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes,


Editor: Josh White, Industry editorial: Dallas Duncan, Advertising: Dallas Duncan, Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, Contributing editorial: Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow,


The April 2013 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features a Simmental calf at Muddy Pond Simmentals in Barnesville, Ga. Johnny and Marianne Owen, owners of Muddy Pond, have bred and raised myriad variations on the breed, including Fleckvieh and red Simmental, and now focus on bringing SimAngus genetics into their herd. Full story on p. 58.

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At the end of February, the official count was 5,010 GCA members! What a great way to finish up the year!

The End? One year ago when I assumed the office of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association president, I reflected back on the past presidents of our organization to find some commonality I might have with some of them. As I contemplated which one I would most want to base my leadership style on, I realized that God made each one of us different. We are made with different fingerprints, DNA, personality, talents and abilities. I realized that all of us have God-given talents and none of us have the same. Just think if all of us were like Steve Blackburn, Mike McCravy or Bill Bryan. Scary isn’t it? I will admit it was kind of overwhelming and scary when the gavel was passed to me last April. People at the Cattlemen’s Ball asked my wife, Kaye, if she was ready to give me up for a year, which she had no problem with because most ag teachers are gone from home a lot anyway. I remember Bill Bryan telling me to write my articles about things that people would enjoy reading and Steve Blackburn telling me to have two or three already written so I would not have to do it the day before it was due. Get real Steve, really! Mike McCravy spoke with me after the article I wrote about how I procrastinate. The saying was “never do anything today you can put off until tomorrow.” He said I hit the nail right on the head. He said this because he is always prepared and I always wait to the last minute to get prepared. But I have always heard that opposites make good working partners or they complement each other, maybe or maybe not. Believe it or not I wrote this one Feb. 13, 2013, nearly a month before it was due! How ’bout them apples! We all make a big deal out of writing these articles, but I consider it a privilege to share some of my experiences and thoughts about the industry. This past year really passed by fast and I had the opportunity to meet many people from across the state. I would like to thank each of you who invited me to your chapter meetings and to apologize to the ones that I couldn’t make. With so many chapters in the state and with so many meetings on the same nights it was impossible to make it to all of them. It is amazing how many ideas you get from attending different chapter meetings regarding recruiting new members, retaining old members and beef promotion activities. I believe the Region Roundup meetings held around the state in the fall are essential for the growth of GCA because so many ideas and success stories are shared by members all over the state. And the successes are tangible. By the time you read this, I have no doubt we’ll be well over the 5,000-member mark! And we’re preparing to set our goals even higher for the next year (no pressure, David Gazda!). One priority that has already been set for the next couple of years is the building renovation project. Our kitchen in the Macon office is in desperate need of upgrading and enlarging. We hope the New Holland raffle we will hold at Convention, along with the incentives for local chapters donating to the cause, will provide the necessary funds to complete this reno6 April 2013

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vation project. We will have preliminary plans prepared for the project available for your viewing at Convention. GCA leadership made the decision not to move forward with this project until monies were raised or pledged. We’re hoping we will have adequate funding within a year. Thanks to all GCA members who have volunteered their time to help promote our industry both on the local level and on the state level. We have much work left to be done and sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zone, but it is essential if we truly want GCA to flourish. One way we can do this is to support our state beef checkoff referendum this fall. With Georgia’s population growing and the beef cattle numbers dwindling, our share of the National Beef Check Off funds has gone down significantly. I want express my sincere thanks to the whole Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for allowing me to serve you. It has truly been a humbling and rewarding experience and one that I will always treasure. I would personally like to thank Mike McCravy for getting me started on the state level years ago and Josh White for keeping me informed as to what is going on and where I need to be. Michele Creamer does so much I can’t mention it all, but one thing is, she is a prayer warrior. Thanks to Dallas Duncan for proofing and correcting my articles and the wonderful job with the junior cattlemen, Sherri Morrow for sending me membership info and timely reports and Tricia Combes for her willingness to help with everything, even baking cookies for the Executive Committee meetings. I saved the best news for last. I just received our membership report from Sherri. At the end of February, the official count was 5,010 GCA members! What a great way to finish up the year! Thanks to Steve Blackburn for urging us to set this goal and to all the region vice presidents, chapter presidents and local leadership for continually pushing GCA membership to all cattle producers in Georgia. I see no reason to stop here. We shouldn’t be satisfied until all 15,000 cattlemen in Georgia are part of our great association. And on that note, I hope everyone has a great time at Convention — and don’t forget to keep asking! GC

Y ou r Be ef Bu c k$ at W o r k


Women from all over flocked to the Southern Women's Show in February. Georgia Beef Board teamed up with Atlanta-area celebrity chef Alex Reethof, host of the TV show "Back to the Table." Reethof and Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association officer Jordan Harrison did cooking demonstrations with beef recipes and plenty of volunteers were on hand to answer questions. Several thousand people came through, picking up brochures, recipes and playing the "Wheel of Beef Fortune" game. Celebrities including the star of ABC's "The Bachelor" attended and a local Iron Chef Challenge episode was filmed. "It's a very impactful event," says GBB Executive Vice President Josh White, who attended the event. "The attendees are very interested in beef, learning more about the product and the farms that we operate." In addition, Reethof teamed up with the Georgia Peanut Commission's chef to create a new beef recipe combining two of Georgia's favorite commodities! Find the recipe on p. 32.



It was standing-room only at the 55th annual Tifton Bull Sale on March 6, as producers and industry supporters braved the icy wind to see some bulls sell! The high-indexing bull was a Charolais out of Collins & Son. The outstanding class of bulls averaged $3,042 and the top-selling bull was lot 143, an Angus bull from Lemmon Cattle Enterprises. The top-indexing bull awards are listed on page 24 and the full sale report can be found on page 66.

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More than 100 exhibitors and family members checked in with Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association at the state show in February! GJCA gave out sodas, bottled water and various bags of chips for free during check-in to raise awareness of the association and its mission. The officer team enjoyed meeting with GJCA members, potential new members and parents, as well as Georgia Cattlemen's Association leadership. We even got some new members signed up!


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Shifting into High Gear

There aren’t many folks out there driving cars or trucks with manual transmissions these days. In fact, auto industry statistics indicate only about 5 percent of automobiles sold in the US last year had manual transmissions. I guess I'm “old school” because I prefer to mash my own clutch and select my own gear. My old grey Ford F-250 has a manual transmission. I’ll never forget the day I interviewed to come to work for Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and after the interview the selection committee was taking me out to lunch. Scotty Lovett jumped in the truck with me and said almost immediately and with great surprise, “You drive a stick shift? You’re my kind of guy.” Not sure if that’s what got me the job – since Scotty was the only committee member that had the experience of riding in my truck – but it didn’t seem to hurt my chances. I also found the restaurant I was “following” Steve Blackburn to before he did, but that’s another story entirely. Anyway, last year I finally bit the bullet and bought a new small car to run around the state in. The fuel bill for the big diesel truck was pretty stout and it’s near impossible to park a four-door F-250 anywhere near the state capitol (don’t worry, I’ve still got the truck). The car dealer had to hunt all over the Southeast to find the kind of car I wanted with a manual transmission. I may be a bit old school, but I do know what I’m talking about when I say that we’ve shifted into high gear at GCA this spring. As you’ve probably heard by now, we surpassed our goal of 5,000 members and we are not looking back! The momentum that was built in local chapters across the state is impressive. The GCA staff and state leaders are here to support your efforts, but we all know that the rubber meets the road at the local level. I want to personally thank each member who asked another cattleman to join our organization. Your belief in and commitment to GCA is a tremendous encouragement. You helped shift our membership into high gear! GCA really shifted its state legislative efforts into high gear this year. The Legislative Committee and Executive Committee are to be commended for charting a bold course and working to move our priorities forward. While there are a few days left in the 2013 session of the General Assembly as I write this, things are looking very positive on all three of GCA’s main priorities: veterinary diagnostic lab funding, enabling legislation for a state checkoff referendum and cattle Extension and research specialist funding. One goal that the Legislative Committee set several years ago was to host an educational luncheon at the capitol about the cattle industry. We finally achieved that goal by partnering with Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Milk Producers and Georgia Livestock Markets to host the Rural Caucus meeting in late February. A member of each group


shared about their part in Georgia’s cattle industry as members of the House and Senate enjoyed a beef brisket lunch. Beef information, including copies of Georgia Cattleman, were made available to attendees. A special thank you to Steve Blackburn and Billy Moore for representing GCA at this event. Look for a more complete recap of the 2013 legislative session in next month’s issue.

We’ve embarked on a new project at GCA by setting a goal of raising $60,000 to upgrade the GCA headquarters. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that was involved in constructing and paying for our headquarters. It has served our members well for more than 25 years. Now it’s time to update and we can only hope that our efforts will carry us forward another 25 years. Our primary objective is to better utilize space for the way our office functions in 2013 AND to overhaul our inadequate kitchen. Our staff does a tremendous amount of cooking and sample preparations for beef promotion events and GCA functions. The GCA Executive Committee set this as a priority for the coming year and we need your help! View more details about the project on p. 46. If you read the March issue closely, you picked up that it represented the final installment of “Brooke’s Beef Bites.” Brooke Williams did an outstanding job promoting beef as our director of industry information and she is missed. We’ve been in high gear for the past month working with volunteer leadership for GCA and Georgia Beef Board to find the right candidate to fill this highly visible beef industry position. We hope to be able to announce a new hire for this position very soon. One final reminder – the GCA tour still has a few seats open. We’re heading to Texas in May and signup closes this month. Pack your bags and jump into high gear with a great group of fellow cattlemen from across our great state. We currently have GCA and junior members signed up from ages 19 to 92 and have a large group of wives going to keep an eye on their husbands this year as well. Call the office NOW if you have an interest in making the trip. You won't regret it! GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. CHUCK JOINER President

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


DAVID GAZDA President-Elect 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098


Dean Bagwell, Cartersville, 770-382-0747 Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, 478-494-9593

Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Doug Williams, Milan, 229-860-0320

Ronnie Griffis, Screven, 912-294-3483

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MELVIN PORTER Vice President 168 Hardman Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549 706-654-8283



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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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NCBA Directors: Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961

CattleWomen’s President: Nanette Bryan, Summerville, 706-397-8219

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 14: Terry Harris, 229-344-3701 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro



GCA Immediate Past President: Steve Blackburn, 214-912-1993 P.O. Box 179, Waynesboro, GA 30830

G e o r g i a C a t t l e m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n L o c a l P r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .......Romaine Cartee / 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont..............Glenn Hayes / 404-272-7298 Piney Woods .........Steve Smith / 912-278-1460 Polk .................Glenn Robinson / 770-815-9122 Pulaski...............D.J. Bradshaw / 478-957-5208 Red Carpet ........Doug Bramlett / 770-796-1901 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia....................Donnie O’Quinn 912-217-1701 Stephens ...............Mark Smith / 706-779-7362 Tattnall ................Newley Halter / 912-690-0789

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-656-6351 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County...........Gary W Autry / 423-902-5925 Tri-State ..............Steve Reasor / 423-718-1338 Troup ..................Tom Mahaffey / 770-329-7197 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Zach Cowart 678-315-4112 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne ................Randy Franks / 912-294-6802 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes..................Shane Moore / 706-678-5705 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779


ABAC .................Jacob Nyhuis / 352-536-5496 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian..........Phillip Jones / 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam....................David Lowe 706-485-6436 Banks ...............Bobby Whitlock / 706-654-8745 Barrow.............Mike Pentecost / 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Al Cooper / 706-554-7256 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee......Jimmy Willis / 706-769-0828 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area .......Doug Bailey / 478-361-3024 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd..........................Joe Rush / 706-346-7157 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ...............Jason Johns / 770-851-0691 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart ........................Jason Fain / 706-436-9299 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Howie Doerr / 404-502-6267 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 478-625-1076 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln.............Stan Tankersley / 706-359-7389 Little River.........Michael Griffith / 706-465-3741 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison .................Trey McCay / 706-789-2173 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan.........................Ed Prior / 706-474-0355 Murray ................Chris Franklin / 706-263-2008 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ......................Garnett Hulsey 706-778-5533 Northwest Georgia.........................Don Douglas 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee ..............Jim Cannon / 229-467-2042

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5,000-head and going strong!

Pam Andrews, Roberta Dennis Balcom, Knoxville Colby Barber, Alma Ed Barber, Mershon Joe Barber, Mershon Amris Bedford, Blackshear Bubby Bell, Roberta Jill Bell, Watkinsville Jimmy Bell, Watkinsville Shane Blalock, Claxton Jerry E. Boatright, Alma Sammy Boatright, Alma Jenna Bradner, Douglas Hanna Brague, Tifton James A. Brewer, Alma Patti Buck, Ignacio, Colo. Sam Bullock Jr., Manchester Cally Farm, Greenville Rebecca S. Campbell, Buchanan Tara Cannon, Box Springs Chad Capehart, Chickamauga Tony L. Carter, Alma Dave Clark, Madison Casey Cooper, Colbert Kurt Cooper, Jefferson Kyle Cooper, Carlton David Cravens, Washington Chris Crawford, Warm Springs Phillip Crowe, Watkinsville John Dalton, Gillsville Jacob L. Davis III, Alma Jessica Davis, Roberta Gary M. Deeb, Fort Valley Richard Deloach, Patterson Daniel DeWeese, Loganville David Dozier, Appling Rusty Drew, Covington Robin Dunaway, Roberta Larry Dycus, Cohutta Chris Edwards, Commerce Kourtney Ellerbee, Musella Paul Ellison, Bremen Eddie Elsberry, Mount Berry

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Ms. Lu Flaherty, Danielsville Bill Flurry, Glennville Daryl Frost, Sandersville Joe Gallagher, Fairfax, SC. Michael Gardner, Chickamauga Molly Rose Gilbert, Stephens William Arthur Gilbert, Stephens Matt Gonzales, Groveland, Fla. John W. Gowin, LaFayette Chuck Graham, Chickamauga Ivey W. Griner Sr., Camilla James E. Hall, Claxton Nick Hartley, Perry Shane Hatcher, Albany Joanne Henderson, Temple Jane Hendricks, Woodland Sue Holland Hobbs, Claxton James T. Horne, Ludowici Tony Hurst, Camilla Barbara Jackson, Tucson, Ariz. Kevin R. Jacobs, Hoboken Bobby Kay, Rock Springs Joe Keith, Greenville Ryan Kirn, Ocala, Fla. Georgia Knabb, Macclenny, Fla. Riley Korinda, Ringgold JR Krough, Dacula Don Lawrence, Abbeville, SC. Little Springs Farm, Covington Robert K. Lynn, Claxton Gary Martin, Roberta Dianne C. Mauldin, Carlton Patricia McGowan, Knoxville George Milton, Baxley George H. Milton, Surrency Lannis Moody, Waycross Aaron Moore, Blackshear Andrew W. Moore, Resaca Mark Moore, Eatonton Cole Myers, Loganville Lewis L. Newton, Blackshear Tony Nunley, Dahlonega Katie Nyhuis, Montverdes, Fla.

Parker O'Bannon, Boca Grande, Fla. Jim Owenby, Roberta Michael Pass, Danielsville Charles Peacock, Alma Troy Pollard, Alamo Michaela Pollex, Waynesboro Christopher Ramey, Midville Jennifer Ratts-Harrison, Cairo Blake Raulerson, Blackshear Nelson Rentz, Ehrhardt, SC. Candice Rice, Waycross Donald Roberson, Murphy, NC. Hunter Robertson, LaFayette Gage Rogers, Rockmart McKayla Snow, Athens Morgan Spivey, Axson Cecil D. Stewart, Ochlocknee Chris Stokes, Hoboken Austin Suggs, Macon Charles R. Sykes Jr., Brooks Andrew Taft, Pearson Roger Taft, Pearson Timberland Cattle, Vernon, Ala. Todd W. Trice, Madison Jenna Tulp, Tifton Sarah Turner, Reynolds Twin Bay Farms, Inc., Thomasville Johnny Varner, Carnesville Gary Ward, Douglas Logan Waters, Waynesboro Mark Watson, Rock Springs W.C. Smith Pulpwood Co., Commerce Charles Westberry, Roberta Bruce Wheatley, Washington C.E. Willis, Meigs Trenton Willoughby, Watkinsville Robert Wooditch, Ty Ty Chuck Woodward, Covington Paul O. Woodworth, Watkinsville Albert C. Wright, Alamo Greg Wright, Dalton





What were some of your responsibilities this year as past president? ANSWER: In addition to attending the Executive Committee meetings and serving as the Nominating Committee chairman, I was passed into the role of co-chairman for the Georgia Cattle Promotion Investment Study Committee for the in-state checkoff program.

Catch Up with GCA Past President Steve Blackburn

encompassing one – is that the general public is not aware of where their food comes from and what it takes to produce food. It’s our job, I think, as an industry to not only produce a wholesome, safe product, but also to point out the positive benefits of the product, promote it and defend our industry, our lifestyle and our product from segments of society that aren’t on the same page or even in the same book. What we’re challenged with is producing in an ever-changing economic environment, promoting in an environment that we’re not familiar with and dealing with the normal conditions that nature throws at us, such as dry weather and, infrequently, too much rain. I think that we’re working towards that issue now of getting some promotional funding so that we can tell our story and benefits and talk about the positives of beef production, safety, wholesomeness and all those types of things that need to be said to others, not in a defensive mode, but in a positive mode.

Q What are some positive changes you’ve seen in GCA over the past year? ANSWER: We rang the bell on 5,000 members – yahoo! All the credit goes to regional vice presidents, local presidents and members who led the charge to grow this organization. The role of the regional vice presidents and local leaders has grown. They’ve taken up more responsibilities, accepted more responsibilities and moved forward with promoting the association politically and at home in their own region, which is what we had hoped to achieve when we decided to push out from the Q What advice do you have for Executive Committee and utilize the incoming GCA leadership? regional vice presidents more. It is a ANSWER: Maintain a vigilant effort grassroots organization and everything to build membership. Keep the needs to happen out in the grass. communication lines open and clear as Q In your opinion, what is the to the effects that GCA has in the political arena, the impact that we have most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef when it comes to both regulatory and industry is facing today? taxation in Atlanta as well as on the US ANSWER: I think the most level through NCBA. Support youth pertinent issue – and this is a pretty

QUICK FACTS: • Blackburn was president from 2011 to 2012. He is a member of the Burke County chapter. • Blackburn and wife Jan have two daughters, Sally Kate and Anna Marie. • His favorite beef dish, other than steak, is a brisket that’s been slow grilled for a long time over wood chips.

programming and young leader programming, and place those as high priorities. And promote anywhere and everywhere you can the benefits and values of beef production on the environment and beef as part of a healthy diet.

Q What’s your fondest memory of your time as president? ANSWER: I don’t have any one specific memory, but I’d say it’s a combination of meeting all the people at the chapter meetings and seeing how enthusiastic they are about the cattle industry and how deep their appreciation is for the land, the livestock and the young people, and how much they truly want to pass along the opportunities to be in the agricultural industry to their children and grandchildren. I think that probably is No. 1. No. 2 would be leadership at the local, regional and executive level; working with all those folks as well as staff and seeing how committed they are to the industry and to the people they are charged with assisting. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearings for Interior Secretary Nominee

The Senate held a confirmation hearing in early March for President Obama’s pick to head the Department of the Interior. Sally Jewell, chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc., a popular outdoor sporting goods store, was chosen by Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior. Jewell faced the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her confirmation hearing. Though Jewell has never held public office, she has an extensive private industry background. She worked as a field production and special projects engineer for Mobil Oil and spent 19 years in the commercial banking industry. She became CEO of REI in 2000 and became president in 2005. In her leadership role at REI, Jewell lent support to anti-multiple-use environmental groups and initiatives. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Director of Federal Lands and Public Lands Council Executive Director Dustin Van Liew says that though PLC appreciates her substantial private sector experience, the livestock industry has concerns regarding her ties to litigious anti-

Registration Opens for 2013 Legislative Conferences

Registration is now open for the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 2013 legislative conferences, to take place this spring. The PLC event will be held April 15 and 16, while NCBA’s will take place April 16 through the 18. Both will be in Washington, DC. In addition to meeting with US legislators, attendees will hear from administration officials, industry experts and other multiple-use representatives. PLC members will attend a congressional address at the Capitol Building Visitor’s Center and NCBA attendees are invited to attend a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by Outback Steakhouse. To register: You may visit; look under the “Convention & Events” tab. GC 14 April 2013

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grazing groups and her support for initiatives such as Secretary Salazar’s “Wild Lands” order. Jewell is vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Alliance, an environmental activist group that has demonstrated substantial opposition to grazing on public lands. As CEO of REI, she oversaw the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Conservation Alliance, another radical group that actively pursues the elimination of grazing on public lands. “While we applaud Jewell’s private sector experience and success, we hope that her support for special land designations and her ties to environmental organizations don’t prove to be negative for our industry. The groups she is affiliated with have consistently used taxpayer dollars to file suit against the federal government to further an anti-multiple use agenda and to remove grazing from public lands,” Van Liew says. “We would have liked to have seen her distance herself more decisively from those kinds of actions in today’s hearing, as it’s a big concern to all of those dependent on public lands to maintain livestock operations.” GC

“Safe and Efficient Transportation Act” Introduced in US House

In an effort to reduce transportation costs for agricultural producers, Re. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., and Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, introduced the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act in the House. The bill would modernize truck weight laws, which have not been updated in more than 20 years. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association supports the legislation. “[The act] would give states the option to allow six-axle vehicles with a gross weight limit of up to 97,000 pounds, an increase from the current weight restriction of 80,000 pounds on five-axle vehicles. This would not only increase efficiency for shippers to utilize more space inside the truck, but would also help keep our roads safer by moving heavier trucks off small, rural roads and onto federal highways where truck-related accidents are less likely to happen,” says Kent Bacus, NCBA associate director of legislative affairs. “Also, since trucks would be required to add an additional axle, which decreases the weight per tire, road maintenance costs are reduced.” NCBA and other agricultural groups previously worked hard to secure language in a highway bill that gave states the authority to increase truck weights on federal roads. However, that language in the bill was replaced with a twoyear safety study. Bacus says safety is a top concern for the agricultural community. “Dozens of objective, science-based studies show that increasing truck weights with an additional axle provides the same braking capacity as a five-axle truck and has led to fewer truck-related accidents in other countries which have implemented the same standard,” Bacus says. “Congress should not continue to deny states the ability to enact these provisions by requiring more studies, especially when the science shows this is a safe way to increase shipping efficiently.” Bacus adds that allowing states to increase weight limits will help the US compete with major trade partners such as Canada and most of Europe, which allow six-axle trucks with a gross weight limit of 95,000 pounds or higher on highways. GC

EPA Releases Producer Information to Activist Groups N C B A




National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently learned the Environmental Protection Agency had been collecting information from states on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Extremist groups including Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council requested this information through a Freedom of Information Act request and it was granted to them. “I am alarmed at the detail of the information provided by EPA to these extremist groups on hardworking family farms and ranches … including my own,” says NCBA Past President J.D. Alexander. “This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates. The only thing it does not do is chauffeur these extremists to my house.” In January 2012, EPA proposed the Clean Water Act Section 308

CAFO Reporting Rule to collect information from CAFOs and make it publicly available and readily searchable through its website. Cattlemen and women, along with the Department of Homeland Security, expressed concern that this was not only a serious overreach of EPA authority that would create a road map for activists to harass individual families, but the proposal would aid and abet terrorism and provide a very real

threat to the nation’s food security. EPA later withdrew the 308 rule. However, Alexander says, instead of protecting this information, EPA was compiling it. “My question is, with government overspending and ... [USDA] threatening to shut down meat inspection to control spending, why is EPA using valuable government resources to do the dirty work of extremists, activists and terrorists?” he says. GC

The US Department of Agriculture recently announced that the Scientific Commission for the World Organization for Animal Health upgraded the risk status of US cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy from “controlled” to “negligible.” Under the OIE code, this is the lowest risk level. In 2012, the US submitted an application and supporting information to the commission to upgrade the risk classification. The commission conducted a thorough review before making its recommendation. Formal adoption of negligible risk status is expected to occur at the OIE General Assembly meeting in May. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Bob McCan says the decision is great news. “The US beef industry has worked with government officials and scientists to implement multiple interlocking safeguards to prevent BSE from taking hold in our country. The most important of these safeguards is the removal of specified risk materials – or the parts of an animal that could contain the BSE agent

should an animal have the disease – from all animals presented for slaughter in the United States,” McCan says. “Being classified as a

negligible risk for BSE by the OIE is proof that these safeguards are working and protecting the public and animal health against BSE.” GC

US Classified as “Negligible” Risk for BSE Legislative Watch

H.R. 317 — Judgment Fund Transparency Act To provide increased oversight and transparency of the Treasury Department Judgment Fund. H.R. 317 would require the Treasury to issue a public report detailing funds allocated, a brief description of facts surrounding the agency request and identification of the fund recipient. NCBA encourages a YES vote on H.R. 317. Key sponsor: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. S. 141 — Extension of Agriculture Disaster Relief Programs To make supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. NCBA encourages a YES vote on S. 141. Key sponsor: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

S. 10 — Reauthorization of Agricultural Programs Through 2018 Placeholder bill for the Farm Bill. S. 10 incorporates NCA priorities from the version of the 2012 Farm Bill passed by the Senate. NCBA encourages a YES vote on S. 10. Key sponsors: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

H.R. 612 — Safe and Efficient Transportation Act To amend title 23 with respect to vehicle increasing weight limitations applicable to the interstate highway system and improve transportation efficiency. NCBA encourages a YES vote on H.R. 612. Key sponsors: Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., and Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Congratulations to Rachel Hammond of Evans, Ga., a member of the Little River Cattlemen’s Association, for the w i n n i n g e n t r y in t h e April garden photo contest! Keep an eye on the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for the May photo of the month contest!

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Morgan Morris, a sixth-grader at Jeff Davis Middle School, competed in her local prepared public speaking contest in February and won. She beat out the high-school students with her speech “Life Lessons Learned on the Farm,” which focused on livestock and its effects on life.

Georgia Angus Association Members Honored

The Georgia Angus Association held its annual awards banquet in January at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. The group photo features the board of directors: seated, from left, are Phil Page, Jan Scott, President Mike McCravy, Executive Secretary Christy Page and Carolyn Gazda; standing, from left, are John Jarrell, Michael Jones, Melvin Porter, Kyle Gillooly, Andrew McPeake, Harvey Lemmon, Randy Daniel and Douglas Williams. Not pictured are Vice President Smitty Lamb and Clint Smith.

GJCA Member Earns Junior Bronze Award

Logan Steed, 16, a Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association member from Carrollton, Ga., earned the National Junior Angus Association Bronze Award in February. The Bronze Award is the first of three levels of the NJAA recognition program that began in 1972. Junior breeders must apply for the award and then meet point requirements before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities, leadership, showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle. Steed is involved in the Georgia Angus Association and served as past royalty in 2009. Here, she receives her award from American Angus Association Regional Manager David Gazda at the 2013 Georgia Angus Association banquet in January. 18 April 2013

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THE MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to the Gretsch family of Crawford, Ga. Pictured are Jaden, Anne, Fred, Abbey and Will Gretsch along with KayLeigh Gaines.

BAYLEE STEED, left, and sister Logan Steed were selected as Georgia Angus princess and queen for 2013. Outgoing Georgia Angus Queen Shelby Eidson and Princess Abbey Gretsch were also honored for their service in 2012.

GERALD HOOKS of Swainsboro, Ga., was inducted into the Georgia Angus Hall of Fame. Pictured from left are Addison, Kimberly, Evans, Gerald, Clark, Maribeth, Linda and Jerry Hooks.

MARION BARNETT SR., of Washington, Ga., was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Angus Hall of Fame. Pictured from left are Charles and Mamie Rhodes, Marion Barnett Jr. and Wilkes Barnett.


Congratulations to the following Georgia Junior and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members who placed in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual youth contests in Tampa, Fla: Sloan Witherow, 2nd high individual in the youth cattle judging contest; Chris Campbell, 4th high individual in the youth cattle judging contest; and Matthew McQuagge, 9th high individual in the youth cattle judging contest. In addition, ABAC Cattlemen’s Association member Spencer Highsmith was awarded an NCBA scholarship.


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The Wayne County chapter elected new officers at a recent meeting. Randy Franks of Jesup, Ga., will serve as president. Kristy Arnold of Screven, Ga., will be vice president. County Extension Agent Mark Frye will serve as secretary and Wallace Moody, also of Jesup, will be treasurer. Congratulations!


The Piedmont cattlemen are full of news! The association sponsored the 2012 - 2013 FFA and 4-H livestock show year by donating $1,000 to the Newton Classic Livestock Show, held Feb. 16 at Newton High School. Pictured are Todd Teasley, Junior Ellis, Dale Dylong, Carey Bennett, Earnest Nichols, Glenn Hayes, 4-Her McKenzie Powell, Ted Wynne and Wesley Belcher. The association also recently recognized two outstanding farms for top-quality hay production. Woodward Farm, represented by Charles Woodward, was this year's winner in the Cool Season Perennial and Mixed Annuals categories with Kentucky 31 fescue and oats hay. Little Springs Farm, represented by Crystal Smallwood, produced the highest quality Warm Season Perennial hay with a Russell Bermuda. Finally, in January, the chapter honored its outstanding members: Past President Charles Woodward, commercial breeder of the year Stephan Cook, purebred breeder of the year Donald Griffin and member of the year Carey Bennett.

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The Bunn Family Ranch LLC • Cattle for sale! Selling April 3, 2013 ... 51 Angus pairs (Dec. - Jan. calves) 56 Charolais cross pairs (Dec. - Jan. calves) 2 SimAngus bulls in Dec. 1, 2012

Selling April 24, 2013 ... 35 Angus pairs will sell open 40 Charolais pairs will sell open Approximately 30 heavy springers

Selling April 17, 2013 ... 46 Angus pairs (Jan. - Feb. calves) will sell open 54 Charolais cross pairs (Jan. - Feb. calves) will sell open

*Ranch is enrolled in the Pfizer Herd Health Solutions Program. Cattle are up to date on all medications.*

Sales will be held at Roanoke Stockyards in Roanoke, Ala.

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE! (1) Complete auction ring with PA system and two remote TVs, like new (3) WW Corral systems with two chutes (3) Sections of bleachers (1) Portable loading chute

Equipment is located at Bunn Ranch in Barnesville, Ga. Will sell off-site at Roanoke Stockyard on April 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. CST. To view, go to Bunn Ranch: 678-350-5380

Cal Green, 334-863-0246 • Don Green, 334-863-0007 • Chad Green, 334-863-0833

S E LL I N G 7 5 B R E D H E I F E R S On MAY 4, 2013 • 12:30 p.m.

Sleepy Creek Farm near Forsyth, GA

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

All heifers will sell confirmed safe in calf to calving ease Angus Bulls. All heifers were A.I.’d at least once to Sydgen Trust 6228 (CED +9, BW -0.8, WW +54, YW +89, Milk +29). For more information or to receive a catalogue, call the Monroe County Extension at (478) 994-7014. Web info at Email; Type HERD in the subject line.

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Augusta-Inspired Roast Beef Club Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS, PER SANDWICH Nanny's Pimento Cheese (recipe follows) Three slices marbled rye bread Roast beef Olive oil Leaf lettuce Toothpicks, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Brush the slices of bread with olive oil. Lightly toast on a grill pan. 2. Spread pimento cheese on each slice of toasted bread. 3. Assemble sandwich as follows: bread, lettuce, roast beef, lettuce, second slice of bread, lettuce, roast beef, lettuce and top slice of bread. 4. Slice sandwich diagonally. Top each half with toothpick.

Nanny's Pimento Cheese

INGREDIENTS: 1 block sharp cheddar cheese Mayonnaise (low-fat for a lower calorie version) 2 small jars diced pimentos

By Dallas Duncan

AH, THE SWEET SMELL OF SPRINGTIME! For me, that smell means three things: the pollen count is on its way up (and so is the amount of money I spend on allergy medicine), Mama is making Daddy’s honey-do yardwork list and the countdown for spring break has begun. Spring break in the CSRA, which includes my hometown of Evans, is Masters Week. And lawd have mercy, let me tell you — that is the time when many native Augustans high-tail it out of there. The smart people rent their homes out to golf enthusiasts who flock to the Augusta National each April, and the rest of us who stay home during spring break literally stay home. We avoid Washington Road like the plague and plan daily activities around what time the practice and tournament rounds end and begin. But there is one quintessential cultural icon about the Masters that makes it on my family's menu during spring break: the pimento cheese sandwich. Granted, we might have to visit the grocery store a week in advance to get all the fixings without getting stuck in traffic, but since I was little pimento cheese sandwiches are Duncan and Ashley family picnic staples. And y’all, the ones in Augusta are famous. They’ve been featured on CNN, golf blogs and various other foodie news sources. And unlike the prices of ticket badges, they’re less than $3 each. While the actual recipe for these sandwiches remains a 22 April 2013

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Grate about one cup of cheese. 2. Strain the pimentos. Mash them slightly with a fork to make them creamier. Add pimentos to grated cheese. 3. Add mayonnaise one teaspoon at a time, mashing mixture with a fork, until the desired consistency is reached. Pimento cheese should be creamy and spreadable without being soupy. 4. Adjust ratio of cheese and pimentos to taste. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Classic Arnold Palmer

INGREDIENTS For lemonade: For tea: 2 cups sugar Water 1 cup hot water 2 bags black or 2 cups lemon juice Southern-style tea 1 gallon cold water 2 cups sugar Lemon slices and mint sprigs for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make lemonade. Bring water to a boil. Add hot water and sugar to a onegallon container and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water until container is full. Cool lemonade in refrigerator. 2. Make tea. Bring water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for several minutes, according to package instructions. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Cool tea in refrigerator. 3. Put ice in each glass. Pour half-full with cooled lemonade. Fill remainder of glass with cooled sweet tea. 4. Garnish each glass with a small lemon slice. Serve.

highly-guarded secret of the Augusta National, not unlike that of Coca-Cola, my grandmother’s is pretty darn amazing, and it’s practically mouth-watering on these Augusta-inspired roast beef club sandwiches. And whether you’re enjoying one at Amen Corner or like my family, on the back patio in the sunshine, nothing goes better with them than a classic Arnold Palmer. I invite you to take part in this Augusta tradition, as my family will undoubtedly do in a few weeks. Grab your green jackets, pack your picnic baskets and you’re good on par for a perfect tournament lunch!


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Spring into Volunteering! By Nanette Bryan

Wow, spring is in the air. The grass is growing, which means hay time is just around the corner. We have been blessed with a lot of rain and so the first cutting of hay should be good.

asking someone to volunI cannot believe it has teer – they think they will been a year since I became not know what to say if Georgia CattleWomen’s asked a question, but let me Association president. This tell you, you know more has been a challenging year than you think you do. for me personally. My I would attend every mother has been in and out event if I could because it is of rehab for the last 12 so much fun to me. months, including breaking Talking with people and her hip just a couple of NANETTE BRYAN telling them about our months ago. My mother-inindustry and about my law found out she had breast cancer so she had to go farm is a great way to build a relathrough chemo and then surgery. She tionship with consumers. I find they is doing great and we are so thankful are really interested in what you have for the blessings God has given us. I to say. Send me an email at bryanam hoping this next year I will have and let me more time to do some of the things I know if you are interested in becomwanted to do as GCWA president. ing a volunteer. I know you will The ladies I serve with on the board enjoy it and it would be greatly apprehave had to pick up a lot of the slack ciated. Lastly I have had several people this past year and I greatly appreciate ask me about Cocoa. When Bill was that. Now I want to focus on volun- GCA president he introduced his teering. The Georgia Cattlemen’s readers to our Australian shepherd Association, the Georgia Beef Board and her many adventures. Since I have and Georgia CattleWomen are always become GCWA president I have been in need of volunteers. It is so hard for asked a lot about her as well. Cocoa is those who work at the office and those doing well and she now has a friend, who hold office to be everywhere in Maggie, another Australian shepherd the state that we need to be. We are we brought into our family. They looking for volunteers like you who make a great pair. The only problem is Cocoa is ready to would like to take part slow down a little at one of the many bit and Maggie is events during the year. going wide-open all What we would the time. Maggie is like to do is get your still learning her information and where duties on the farm you live so when GCWA and sometimes she something is in your WANTS YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Join us during Convention and receive a FREE beef area we could contact license plate! Contact a GCWA officer for more does not do exactly on the association and how you can get what we need her to you and see if you details involved. do, but we love her would be available to help out. Don’t worry; there will usu- and Cocoa and could not imagine our ally be someone from the office there family without them. Until next time may God bless to help and answer questions! I know that is the biggest response I get when your family and your farm. GC


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

President-Elect: Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

Vice-President: Cynthia Douglas 5500 Barnesville Highway The Rock, GA 30285 706-647-9414 Secretary: Carla Payne P.O. Box 246 Calhoun, GA 30703 770-480-7004 Treasurer: Sara Akins 1177 S. Coffee Rd. Nashville, GA 31639 229-686-2771

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

Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe

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

Grilled Southwestern Pasta Salad from Beefin' Up the Kitchen

Recipe courtesy Kim Reynolds, Chattooga County

INGREDIENTS 8 ounces multigrain or whole-wheat penne 8 ounces lean boneless sirloin steak 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 medium poblano chili peppers, halved and seeded 1 ear fresh corn, husked 1 medium sweet onion, sliced Nonstick spray 2 large tomatoes, cut into bite-size chunks 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup lime juice 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cook pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water as package directs. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large serving bowl. 2. Heat outdoor grill. Rub steak with 1/4 teaspoon each of the cumin, salt and pepper. 3. Coat steak, peppers, corn and onion with nonstick spray. Grill steak, turning once, until medium-rare. Remove to cutting board and let stand five minutes. 4. Grill peppers, corn and onion eight to 10 minutes, turning as needed until lightly charred and tender. Cut into bite-size pieces and add to pasta. 5. Slice steak thinly against the grain and add to bowl. 6. Add remaining cumin, salt, pepper and other ingredients to bowl. Toss to mix and coat. Serve. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN • April

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Tifton Bull Test Winners C O N GR A T U L A TI ON S

to the top indexing bull and breed winners at the 55th Annual Tifton Bull Sale! The following consignors were honored with plaques at the sale, presented by Bull Test Committee Chairman John Jarrell.

TED COLLINS, right, of Collins & Son Farm accepts his awards for Top Indexing Overall Bull and Top Indexing Charolais.

HARVEY LEMMON, right, owner of Lemmon Cattle Enterprises, shakes Jarrell's hand as he receives his award for Top Indexing Angus.

JACK JONES, right, accepts the award for Top Indexing Hereford from Jarrell.

JIMMIE SAYER, center, and great-grandson Jonathan Sayer of Sayer & Sons Farm were presented with plaques for both the Top Indexing Limousin and LimFlex bulls.

ASHLI STALVEY accepts the award for Top Indexing Maine-Anjou on behalf of Rock Lake Cattle Co., owned by Betty and Ronald Metts.

WAYNE JERNIGAN, right, of Jernigan Ranch is presented the award for Top Indexing Santa Gertrudis.

JAMES FORDHAM of James W. Fordham Farm accepts the award for Top Indexing SimAngus from Jarrell.

ASHLI STALVEY of Creek Cattle Co. was presented the award for Top Indexing Simmental.

Not pictured: Verner Farms, Top Indexing Gelbvieh Balancer and Gabe Parker, Top Indexing Brangus

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Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale



Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, Ga.

Twenty-eight progressive breeders entered heifers in this year’s Tifton HERD program. All heifers were born between Sept. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2011, and are all safe to calving ease bulls.

HA Program 5652 was the primary AI sire used this year.

Data Available: Pelvic Area, Frame Score, Disposition Score, Reproductive Tract Maturity Score, WDA, ADG

To receive a catalog or other information contact:

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

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

Or Contact Your Local Extension Agent

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

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Georgia Chianina

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

Chianina Bulls Make the Difference TALMO R A NC H

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


P.O. Box 330 Stephens, GA 30667

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





Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

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

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board selected several students to serve as this year’s Convention interns. The communications intern will be responsible for covering Convention events in print and social media, and the five GBB interns will help prepare and serve all of the delicious meals attendees will enjoy! Communications Intern

Melea Baldwin School: University of Georgia Year: Junior Major: Agricultural communications

Suzanne Black School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Senior Major: Diversified agriculture

Cole Brogdon School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Sophomore Major: Diversified agriculture

Emilia Dover School: University of Georgia Year: Senior Major: Agricultural education

Britney Gordon School: Colorado State University Year: Master's student Major: Animal nutrition

Jacob Nyhuis School: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Year: Senior Major: Diversified agriculture


FARMS, INC. Roddy Sturdivant mobile phone: (770) 372-0400 office phone: (770) 921-3207

2013 Convention Interns Announced

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Get brand recognChianina ition every m onth with a Hereford ANGUS Red Angus Beefmaster Gelbvieh

classified or breeder business card ad! Polled Shorthorn Simmental Brahman Charolais Only for GCA members!

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385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

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Apalachee Beefmasters

Our Foundation: The Six Essentials Our Future: Quality & Carcass Composition

Keith W. and Susan W. Prasse, DVM

889 Austin Reynolds Road Bethlehem, GA 30620 706-248-1431 (cell) 770-867-2665 (home) Herd Consultant: Bruce Robbins 210-861-5136

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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


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

G L A w a n t s t o r e c og n i z e t h e L i m o u s i n e x h i b i t or s fr o m t he 2 0 1 3 G e o r g ia J un io r N a ti o na l He i fe r a n d S t ee r s h ow s :

Hunter Armour, Washington-Wilkes FFA Sydney Arnold, Madison County Middle FFA Hutch Arrowood, Stephens County High FFA Parker Ausley, Seminole 4-H Brittany Bass, Colquitt County FFA Matthew Beville, Berrien 4-H Mac Blair, Colquitt County FFA Gage Browning, Lowndes County FFA Annalyn Butler, Jeff Davis High FFA Tucker Carlan, Banks County Middle FFA

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Casey Chastain, White County High FFA Jacob Chastain, White County High FFA Hope Edwards, Haralson 4-H Tyler Ertzberger, Franklin County Middle FFA Brady Gentry, Bartow 4-H Rayne Gipson, Thomas 4-H Jaci Handley, Berrien 4-H Caleb Hurst, Thomas 4-H Ron Johnson, Bacon County FFA Kaleigh Mobley, Grady 4-H Gage Nichols, Berrien 4-H Luke Nichols, Berrien 4-H Nate Sartain, Madison County FFA Hailee Sellers, Jeff Davis High FFA Anna Sizemore, Spalding 4-H Gayla Sizemore, Spalding 4-H Max Tilson, Spalding 4-H Zachary Weaver, Screven County FFA Jessica White, Mary Persons FFA


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

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

Visitors always welcome!


Larry & Linda Walker Registered Limousin Cattle 266 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville GA 30204 770-358-2044


Dexter and Nicholas Edwards 209 Willard Edwards Road • Beulaville, North Carolina 28518 910/298-3013 • Fax: 910/298-6155 • Nicholas, mobile 910/290-1424 email: • Nicholas, email:

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Champion Limousin Heifer: Kaleigh Mobley

Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer: Tucker Carlan Champion Limousin Steer: Hope Edwards

Reserve Champion Limousin Steer: Hunter Armour Third Overall Steer: Hope Edwards

Don’t forget! GLA annual meeting, field day and cattle shows will be held July 19 through 20! Contact Skyler Davis or Lillian Youngblood for more information!

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

931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628

CMC Limousin

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

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

HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires

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

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

Sayer & Sons Farm

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

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

Big D Farms, Inc. Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

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


Keith and Dixie Wyatt

176 Shirley Road S.E., Ranger GA 30734 678-575-9154

An Interesting Season R E A D E R


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

It’s been an interesting season for those of us in agriculture. Several shifts in the world’s social gyroscope came to light that will affect the public’s perception of our farming world. For years the ANTI’s led the battle to disparage the safety and health benefits of eating and raising meat, but “facts” are rearing their ugly heads.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 10-year study that revealed more than half of the cases of food poisoning were related to produce — fruit and vegetables. The majority of the remaining sources were attributed to poultry. Less than 7 percent of the total was traced to beef consumption, such as E. coli in hamburger meat. This small number was attributed to significant safety improvements in beef handling. It is also worth noting that most of the contamination, be it meat or produce, is related to food handling after it’s left the farm. In a related issue, the irradiation of meat and produce is gaining traction. The slow acceptance of this life-saving procedure, which kills microbial pathogens from the field to the kill floor, is from the public’s erroneous perception that you can get x-rays from the food you eat. It is one of those puzzling wives tales like your feeder calves contracting IBR from IBR vaccination, or smoking stunts your

growth, or Notre Dame really is a better team than Alabama, even though they lost. In the end you need to be able to trust your friendly local scientist! Speaking of which, we had a big splash! A vociferous British Luddite, anti-technology, animal rights advocate and eco-looney proclaimed to the world that his blindfolded opposition to the use of genetically modified foods was wrong! Maybe Prince Charles will take notes! What caused this stark turn-around was his realization that without modern agriculture methods, the growing population of the world will be ravaged by an inconceivable famine. I admit I felt relief that at least one of the “pied pipers” allowed common sense to be a factor in his decision. Which takes me to the abandoned horse travesty. I hear more and more states are considering a horse meat plant. Yet we are still piddling as Rome burns. The problem continues unabated. Horse rescue missions, wild horse feedlots and pastures are swamped and the price of hay is exorbitant. I don’t know how much longer those who caused this tragedy can keep up their protest. Forgiveness for “unintended consequences” can only go so far. And, to top it off, US carbon emissions plunged to a 20-year low! What surprised the Environmental Protection Agency czars was that the drop was not the result of direct government regulations and interference. It was caused by free market forces, specifically the infusion and production of cheaper natural gas instead of coal! How ’bout that? Mark one up for us. GC


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

Give us a call! Vince Roberts, Farm Manager - 678-378-4697 cell Scott Barkley, Herdsman - 678-378-0598 cell




For the best in


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

Char-No Farm

Registered Brangus and Ultrablacks Black Simmental / Angus Composites

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

Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin



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Georgia Brangus Breeders


Beef Peanut Marinade and Sauce Recipe

Editor’s Note: This recipe is a collaboration between chefs Alex Reethof and Don Koehler for the Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Peanut Commission, created at the Southern Women’s Show in February 2013. INGREDIENTS: 4 New York strip steaks, 12 ounces each 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 tablespoon hot sesame oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 yellow pepper 1 red pepper 1 small zucchini 1 small yellow squash 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 1 tablespoon hoisin 3 tablespoons Five Alarm Chili flavored peanuts, crushed 1 head iceberg lettuce, broken into leaves

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Marinade steaks for four hours in the peanut marinade (recipe follows). 2. Add both oils to a hot skillet, followed by onions, peppers and squashes. Sauté for several minutes. 3. Add ginger and garlic. Sauté for two minutes and add soy and hoisin. Sauté for two more minutes and remove from heat. 4. Finish sauce with a sprinkle of the flavored peanuts. 5. Grill or broil steaks according to personal taste. Be sure to let cooked meat rest a few minutes before slicing. 6. Use extra dressing to drizzle over the vegetables and thinly sliced beef. Wrap in the lettuce leaves and serve as a grazing item or for the main course.


INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup peanut oil 1/8 cup sesame or hot sesame oil 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. In a glass mixing bowl, mix all marinade ingredients thoroughly with a wire whisk. 2. Toss the steaks in the marinade until coated thoroughly. 3. Place the steaks and marinade in a Ziploc bag and hold in refrigerator for time required by recipe.

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Animal Disease Traceability Rule Now in Effect



By Dr. Robert Cobb, Georgia state veterinarian

UNDER THE NEW ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY RULE, all identification-eligible cattle and bison coming into a market must come into a market either with identification, receive identification at the market or return to their place of origin.

stock markets must meet the identification and travel requirements. They must either come into a market with identification, receive identification at the market or return to their place of origin. Georgia cattle and bison leaving the livestock market with an out-of-state destination must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection. If they are staying in Georgia, the certificate is not required. Cattle and bison may come from out of state directly to an official tagging site without individual identification, but upon leaving they must be individually identified and listed on an official certificate. Tags will be distributed to official tagging sites, which may include producers, veterinarians and livestock markets. Metal eartags can be obtained from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and electronic identification can be acquired from a vendor of choice. Remember, all identification tags approved by APHIS bear official identification numbers for individual animals. The official eartags manufactured after March 11, 2014, must bear an official shield, and after March 11, 2015, all tagged animals must bear the eartags with an official shield. Producers are encouraged to apply official identification to livestock on the farm. Livestock markets are required to identify the identification-eligible livestock if they are not already tagged. It is important to maintain the speed of commerce necessary for livestock markets to operate in an efficient manner. The more identification-eligible livestock that are tagged prior to entering the markets, the more efficiently the markets are able to operate. This allows the producers to market their livestock in a timely manner. GC For more information on the traceability rule or to purchase an official metal eartag, call the state veterinarian office at 404-656-3671 or the department of animal health at 404-656-3667.


The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service passed a new rule for livestock traceability that became effective March 11. The rule affects all states and can be found on the USDA APHIS website. Georgia will implement the national rule and work closely with producers and markets to meet the requirements. Animal disease traceability, including knowing where diseased or at-risk animals are and at what time they are in a location, is very important to ensure a rapid response when an animal disease event takes place. An accurate and efficient traceability system helps reduce the number of animals involved in an investigation, reduces the time needed to respond and decreases the cost to producers and the Department of Agriculture. This rule addresses requirements for identification and for proper documentation of movement. The species covered in the rule include beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, sheep, goats, swine, equines, captive cervids and poultry. The covered animals moved interstate, unless otherwise exempt, will have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other movement document. In order to have a system that can be used efficiently, the system has to be used by everyone. Thus, identification of livestock must be consistent across the state and nation. Official individual identification standards were set by USDA in order to ensure that each state will recognize and accept livestock identification from other states. Each state has importation rules that are required to be met when livestock enters the state; however, no state can require identification other than the official ones listed. Official identification includes an official eartag, a metal eartag, electronic identification eartag and a registration tattoo or brand along with appropriate registration papers. The official eartag approved by APHIS bears an identification number for individual animals. Beginning March 11, 2014, all official eartags manufactured must bear an official shield. Animals tagged with the “non-shielded� tags applied before March 2015 will be recognized as official for the lifetime of the animal. All beef cattle and bison age 18 months or older, except for steers and spayed heifers, must have official identification. Beef cattle going directly to slaughter for harvest within three days may travel with only backtag identification. Group or lot identification numbers may be used, and beef cattle under 18 months are exempt. On the dairy side, all dairy cows of any age and all males born after March 11, 2013, are required to be officially identified. DHIA official eartags are accepted, and like beef, dairy cattle going to slaughter for harvest within three days may travel with only backtag identification. Exhibition, show and rodeo cattle and bison of any age require official identification. In addition, all cattle and bison moving through live36 April 2013

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Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

13th Annual Calhoun HERD Program Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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


Several semen packages will be auctioned to benefit the Ted G. Dyer Scholarship Fund.


Also selling a 3-year-old Angus herd sire – Reg. #AAA 16565535

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

All heifers were born between Dec. 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012 and are all safe to calvingease bulls. HA Program 5652 (AAA 15161251) was the primary AI sire used this year. To receive a catalog or other information contact: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Lawton Stewart P.O. Box 27990 706/542-1852 • Macon, GA 31221 UGA Extension Animal Science 478-474-6560 Phil Worley; 706/624-1398; NW GA Research and Education Center PO Box 640 / 1 McDaniel Station Road Calhoun, GA 30703

Or contact your local Extension agent • 1-800-ASK-UGA1

a Georgia tradition.



Cattle Industry Loses Large Number of Friends in Past Month Memorialize ... or honor someone today!

Lemuel “Lemmy” Wilson Feb. 24, 1937 – March 3, 2013 Lemuel Jackson “Lemmy” Wilson, 76, passed away March 3, 2013, at University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. He was internationally known in the livestock industry. He was the founder of Wilson Livestock, Inc. and founder and president of Wilson Livestock Network. He was a pioneer in the video sales arena. Over the years, Wilson served as president of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, United Livestock Marketing Association, National Livestock Dealers Association, Tennessee Livestock Marketing Association and sessions chairman of the fourth International World Meat Council. Wilson was a member of the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, The US Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade, a director of the US Livestock Marketing Association and a former director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He was a 1955 graduate of Cocke County High School and was state president of the Tennessee FFA during his senior year. A 1959 graduate of UT, Wilson served as president of the Block & Bridle Club and in 1979 was named the group’s Outstanding Alumnus. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Maxie Denton Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Edna Murr Wilson; daughter Jill Wilson Holmes and husband Patrick of Valle Crucis, NC; son Jack Wilson and wife Molly of Knoxville; stepdaughter DeAnna Jackson and husband Bill of Lawrenceville, Ga.; stepson Dean Hilton and wife Susan of Tallahassee, Fla.; two grandsons, Jeb and Jesse Holmes of Nashville, Tenn.; and three step-grandchildren, Kathleen Jackson of Bloomington, Ind., and Elena and Kevin Hilton of Tallahassee, Fla.

Sons in College Park, Ga. In the late ‘50s, the family and farming operation moved to Coweta County. Later in life, Sullivan raised beef cattle and hay. He was a longtime member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Sullivan was a member of First Baptist Chuch in Newnan, Ga., where he attended the Earl Stewart Sunday school class. He also served on the transportation committee, driving different groups and providing direction of maintenance oversight. In addition to his wife, Sullivan is survived by son Johnny Sullivan and wife Kathy of Tampa, Fla.; son Bud Sullivan and wife Pam of Newnan; daughter Nina Sullivan Williams and husband David of Greenville, SC.; daughter Beth Sullivan and husband John Ehrensperger of Decatur, Ga.; son Frank Sullivan and wife Lynne of Moreland, Ga.; grandchildren Christy Baskin, Cathryn Sullivan, Camp Sullivan, Russ Williams, Rob Williams, Baxter Williams, Peter Ehrensperger, Will Ehrensperger, Thomas Sullivan, Anna Kate Sullivan and Nina Sullivan; great-grandchildren Draven Baskin and T.Q. Sulilvan III; sister Judy Sullivan Bernal of Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sullivan was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ann Sullivan Henry, and his brother Thomas R. “Smoke” Sullivan.

John Russey Sullivan May 11, 1924 – Feb. 22, 2013 John Russey Sullivan, 88, loving husband of Mary Anne Timmons Sullivan, passed away on Feb. 22, 2013, at his home. Born in Atlanta, Ga., on May 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas Quarles and Helen E. Russey Sullivan. Sullivan was a lifelong cattleman. He was first a dairyman with T. Q. Sullivan and

Ralph Thompson Feb. 22, 2013 Ralph Thompson of Colquitt, Ga., died Feb. 22, 2013, at the age of 82. Born in Wewoka, Okla., in 1930, Thompson graduated from Oklahoma A&M University in 1952 with a degree in animal husbandry. A notable figure in the cattle industry for 50 years, he managed Jo-Su-Li Farms, the premier registered Hereford operation in the

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By contributing to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, you will honor and preserve the memory of a special person while providing important funding toward long-term goals, including scholarships, educational research programs and youth activities. And, like the memories you share with your loved ones, this is a gift that will last forever. Call 478-474-6560 for details.

Southeast, from 1956 to 1981. Thompson traveled extensively to sell bulls, primarily in Florida, during this period. His children were actively involved in raising and showing cattle. In 1981, Thompson founded T-Bar Ranch in Colquitt, where he raised registered cattle of multiple breeds. He operated there until he retired in 2007. During that time, he was also a representative for Superior Livestock Auction Company. Thompson was a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Miller County chapter. He was active in the Young Farmers organization for many years and was a great influence on an untold number of cattlemen. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA programs. Thompson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Estelle; son Robert Thompson and wife Debi of Carney, Okla.; son Michael Thompson and wife Tina of Farmington, NM.; son Will Thompson of Douglas, Ga.; daughter Sally Wells and husband Penn of Colquitt; daughter Debbie Henry and husband Bruce of Colquitt; six grandchildren, Steve Thompson, Daniel Thompson, Dusty Bannister, Will Henry, Desi Deschenie and Tasha Deschenie; great-grandson Will Reid Thompson; brother Don Thompson of Tulsa, Okla.; sister Melba West of Henryetta, Okla.; and sister Barbara Humphrey of Holiday, Fla. Thompson was preceded in death by son Ralph Frederick Thompson Jr. Joe Darnell May 20, 1933 – Feb. 18, 2013 Robert Joe Darnell, 79, of Cedartown, Ga., passed away suddenly on Feb. 18, 2013. Darnell was born in Lusk, Texas, on May 20, 1933, a son of the late Roy Brock Darnell and the late Villa Waldrep Darnell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers D.Y. Darnell and Ross C. Darnell. Darnell graduated from Breckenridge High School in Breckenridge, Texas, in 1951 and then served in the US Army for two years, stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Since that time he was a businessman and cattle rancher. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. Darnell is survived by daughter Continued on page 51

Saturday May 11 at 12 noon

Selling 100 female lots Shorthorn, Gelbvieh, Simmental and Red Angus Auction will be held at the T. Ed Garrison Arena in Clemson, SC. Southeast breeders of Shorthorn, Gelbvieh, Simmental and Red Angus cattle have joined forces to bring together one big auction featuring females from each breed, creating a marketplace for purebred breeders to buy and sell superior seedstock. All cattle were screend on the farm and meet quality and breeding standards set by the sale committee.

20 Red Angus females

30 Shorthorn females

30 Gelbvieh females

Jackpot Heifers: Show prospect heifers from each breed will be featured and designated as Jackpot Heifers eligible to show in a special “Full House” class at the 2013 South Carolina Junior Beef Roundup. Cash prizes will be awarded to every heifer exhibited! For information or sale catalogs, contact sale manager Mike Jones: 19120 Georgia Highway 219 West Point, GA 31833 706-773-3612

30 Simmental females

Sale Co-Chairs: Steve McGill 864-376-9407 • Randy Griffis 864-933-6367

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Tax Court Case Involving Cow and Horse Activity

Some tax court cases involve a combination of activities, such as Smith v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2007368. This involved a cattle and dairy farm, a cutting horse operation and dog breeding. The court held the cattle and dairy farm was engaged in for-profit under the IRS hobby loss rules, but not the other activities.The taxpayers took significant tax deductions against their income from the activities, thus prompting an IRS audit, which they lost and then appealed to the tax court. The taxpayers believed their dairy farms were not doing well and sought a niche market in Normande cattle. They installed a milking parlor with automatic milking equipment and made other improvements, reclaimed pastureland and installed miles of fencing. The taxpayers had a formal sevenyear business plan written by a professional that focused on importing bull semen from France. They obtained certification as an organic farm to sell milk at higher prices than conventional. They consulted with experts, maintained a separate checking account and focused on ways to maximize revenue. Gross revenues exceeded $100,000 for some years, but there was still a net loss. They took steps to maximize revenues the court said demonstrated their intention to show a profit (despite ongoing losses). They hired a full-time farm manager who “did approach the operation of the cow activity in a businesslike manner,” although he did not keep many formal records. The manager lived on a trailer on the property and the taxpayers retained decision-making authority. The taxpayers gained expertise in cattle breeding and in the use of Normande cows for dairy purposes. They grazed the cattle because they believed that grazing positively affects their longevity. They sought professional advice and successfully used their previous dog-breeding expertise in the farm venture. They spent an average of 20 to 30 hours per week on the cow and dairy farm activity. The court said this was “significant.” The court ruled in favor of the taxpayers on the cow operation, noting the taxpayers reduced expenses, had a farm manager, spent a significant amount of time on the farm, had a separate checking account and focused on a competitive breed. Their formal business plan helped them win the case. The court ruled against them regarding their horse activity, however. There was no business plan and very little by way of books and records. Oral testimony about the horse activity was “lacking in specifics.” The taxpayer who testified “discussed horse bloodlines, but failed to 42 April 2013

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indicate much about his horses, such as the year and cost of purchase, the training regimen, the events entered, purses and competitions won, breeding efforts, profit analyses, business plans, necessity of expenses, sale price and so forth.” The bank account used for the horse activity was the taxpayers‘ personal checking account. There was no evidence to show the horses purchased or their progress and profitability. There were no budgets, operating statements or analysis to show the financial aspects of the activity. The court said, “Someone with the intent to make a profit from cutting horses could be expected to have adequate information from which to analyze the expenses and to project the progress of the activity. The activity was for the most part undocumented and there was little or

by John Alan Cohan, attorney at law

no interest shown in the financial aspect of the activity or its prospects.” The court noted the taxpayer consulted with numerous experts, but didn’t have details of the specific advice obtained. There was no explanation of “how the advice he obtained was used or how it assisted in the attempt to seek profits from the activity.” The court said this factor was in favor of the taxpayer, despite the limited nature of the evidence. Still, the court ruled against the taxpayers on the horse activity. The court also ruled against the taxpayers on their dog breeding activity, for much of the same reasons as it denied the horse activity deductions. GC John Alan Cohan can be reached at his website,, by phone at 310-278-0203 or via email at

“Let’s talk marketing!”


Contact Dallas Duncan at to talk about marketing and advertising rates.

Georgia-Florida Charolais Association For information on the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association, contact Scott Tipton, President, 1001 Preacher Campbell Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523 706-200-6655 •

Directions: I-75 To Exit 41, Right Onto Roundtree Br. Rd., 4 Mi. To Farm Sign On Right

Easy Calving, Smooth Polled Charolais With An Emphasis On Milking Ability


Marshall & Mary Beth Bennett P.O. Box 406 Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: (M) 229-300-3164 (O) 229-896-4517

Buck & Jean Bennett 1175 EM Rogers Road Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: 229-549-8654



Polled Charolais Cattle

Performance Testing for over 35 years Ted A. Collins 693 Old 179 South Whigham, GA 39897

ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited


2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Oak Hill Farm

Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett

Barn: 770-893-3446 Home: 770-893-2674 Cell: 770-826-9551

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty


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Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by Oglethorpe County Cattlemen's Association and UGA Double Bridges

Hands-on live cattle demos! Only 35 spots available, so reserve yours today!

Cost: $20

Meal and program sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and Rolling Rock Livestock Systems

Northeast Georgia BQA Field Day at UGA Double Bridges Beef Facility


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

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

 Tenderloin Member $600 or more

 T-Bone Member

 Rib-Eye Member

 Sirloin Member

$300 - $599

$150 - $299

$ 75 - $149

Contribution Amount ______________

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Thank you ... for your membership!

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



Tenderloin Members ($600+) Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 28 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee United Bank, Barnesville

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Amicalola EMC, Jasper Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN C & B Processing, Milledgeville Cabinet Depot Inc., Knoxville Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, FL Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany Jackson EMC, Gainesville Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Mid-America Feed Yard, Ohiowa, Nebraska Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely Parks Livestock Fencing & Barns, Murrayville Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Ware Milling Company, Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto

Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer

Yancey Bros. Company

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville


AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Country Pride Market, LLC, Milan Crossroads Animal Hospital, Newnan CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Flint EMC, Perry Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville

Fuller Supply Company Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States

Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Reedy Creek Farms, Metter Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Roberta Drugs, Roberta Roberta Piggly Wiggly, Roberta Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Security State Bank, McRae Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Turner’s Wings, Reynolds Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Viridiun LLC, Cumming Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, FL

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GCA Announces Goal to Raise $60,000 for Office Remodel Project I N D U S T R Y

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board office has been home base for 25 years – but as our membership has grown, so have the needs of the office in Macon! GCA and GBB plan to remodel the existing residential-style kitchen into a commercial-grade Beef Culinary Center. There, in addition to testing recipes for the magazine, preparing samples for events and cooking meals for committee meetings, GBB staff will be able to hold cooking demonstrations and create educational videos to share with consumers on food safety, beef cookery and nutrition. In addition, the front portion of the office is in need of a facelift. There’s a lot of space that could be used more efficiently as cabinets, desk areas and workspace! The divider wall will be gone and the area will be turned into a more functional, inviting lobby area. We’re kicking off the project with GCA’s proceeds from the local chapter raffle and the New Holland raffle at Convention. In addition, the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association donated $1,000 already and is challenging other chapters to follow suit! What’s in it for you? In addition to having access to more resources and a homier office to continue to be proud of, GCA has some rewards for those who donate: • The Beef Culinary Center will be named for the chapter that donated the most money • Top 10 donating chapters receive special recognition in the magazine • Any individual donating $250 or more will have their name engraved on a permanent plaque in the office • Any individual donating $1,000 or more will have a brand put in the office board room • Everyone who donates will be recognized, with permission, in the magazine GCA and GBB staff want all of our members and industry support46 April 2013

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ers to enjoy their experience visiting the Macon office. The projects will not go forward until the required funds are raised, and they are necessary to continue expanding the services GCA and GBB are able to offer to members, consumers and office visitors. Help us help you to tell your beef story – donate to the remodel project today! GC

Georgia Beef Board Receives Federation Grant I N D U S T R Y

Georgia was one of several states that received a Federation of State Beef Councils grant at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Tampa, Fla., in February. The grant will go toward Georgia Beef Board’s efforts to reach out to the Georgia Nurses Association to share the nutritional content and value of beef with persons in the medical community. “The grant from the Federation of State Beef Councils to the Georgia Beef


Board gave us an opportunity to really get the attention of the Georgia Nurses Association,” says Dr. Frank Thomas, Georgia member on the federation Board of Directors. “All professionals are flooded with all kinds of information, and it takes money to support these people in a factual, non-biased way. This grant gives Georgia Beef Board an opportunity to get the facts and positive benefits of beef before people who can influence diet choices.”

The federation approved more than $105,000 in promotion and education grants during its 50th anniversary meeting, according to a news release. Other approved grants include farm tours in California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin; veal promotions in Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania; and a statewide best burger promotion in New York. Since 2006, the federation has awarded more than $2.5 million for beef activities in states with high consumer populations. The federation initiative grant promotion is supported by voluntary contributions from state beef councils as well as reinvested state dollars. “The opportunity to receive funds from states with high cattle-to-people ratios like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and others is excellent for getting the good message of beef's benefits out to people who are key influencers in the positive facts of beef's role in human diets,” Thomas says. “All these projects support each other and each project gives an individual touch.” The federation also elected new officers in Tampa, including Chairman Richard Gebhart of Oklahoma and Vice Chairman Cevin Jones of Idaho. Tod Fleming, Wisconsin and Steve Hanson, Nebraska, join existing regional vice presidents Garry Wiley of Michigan, Jennifer Houston of Tennessee, Clay Burtrum of Oklahoma, Sid Viebrock of Washington and Jane Frost of New Mexico. In addition, Jurian Bartelse, New York, was selected as the veal representative to the Executive Committee. Beef Promotion Operating Committee Representatives include Gebhart, Jones, Houston, Hanson, Dawn Caldwell of Nebraska, Terri Carstensen of Iowa, Jerry Effertz of North Dakota, Dick Sherron of Texas, Irv Petsch of Wyoming and Beky Walth of South Dakota. The BPOC submits the National Checkoff plan each year for final approval from the US Department of Agriculture. “Now in our 50th year, the federation continues to be a vital component of successfully bringing together state beef councils and focusing Checkoff resources on increasing beef demand,” former foundation Chairman Craig Uden told meeting attendees. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Foraging for the Perfect Fodder

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

Upper Coastal Plain

Lower Coastal Plain

Ken Quesenberry, a forage and turf breeding professor at the University of Florida, is one of many forage experts who have been experimenting with various forage varieties, including crimson and red clover, for decades, trying to answer this very question. “We needed something our cattlemen could feed in winter when our Southern grasses go dormant,” he says. “The mother cows need quality food during lactation. Not only is it important for the calves to be fed well, but it’s imperative that the cows breed again for the next cycle.” More than 60 varieties of forage grow well in Georgia’s varied climate. Some are suited to the cooler temperatures up north and others are bred specifically for the dry summers down south. Others, however, can be found pretty much anywhere. Alfalfa is commonplace throughout the state. It produces between four and six tons per acre in rain-fed fields and up to eight tons per acre in irrigated fields in south Georgia. Scott Fleming of Hartwell, Ga., has been grazing and baling alfalfa for the last two years.

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There’s a reason Georgia is primarily a cow-calf state — producers are able to grow grass yearround, enabling beef cattle to spend most, if not all, their lives on grass, depending on the producer’s preference. This leads to a lot of decisions for producers. What forage grows best where, and at what season, depending on where they live?

“Alfalfa is the king of the forage crops as far as quality,” Fleming says. “There’s just been a good bit of research and different experiments with alfalfa, especially by the [University of Georgia] and other agencies like them, in the last three years as to using that to one, help improve the quality of forage and then two, since it is a legume, to cut down on the nitrogen cost that we have to put out as a fertilizer.” Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage specialist, says Alfalfa produces high yields that are highly digestible and high in protein. He says the crop is planted on more than 15,000 acres in Georgia, “from LaFayette to Lake Park and in many places in-between.” The cereal grain rye is also found in many Georgia counties. Hancock says it’s the most drought-tolerant and winter hardy small grain grown in the state, and is more tolerant to soil acidity. Ryegrass, too, is planted statewide. As one of the highest-quality forages that can be grown in Georgia, it is often

planted for hay or silage cuttings in the spring, usually into dormant bermudagrass hayfields. “Ryegrass has a later grazing season than the small grains and can be grazed until early May in south Georgia and late May or early June in north Georgia when moisture is adequate,” Hancock says. Fleming interseeds ryegrass with existing forage. “Whereas rye or wheat may start to reach their peak ... at late April and then we’re running out of that grass by May 1, ryegrass may still keep producing on until June,” he says. “On the other hand, the rye or the wheat may give us earlier grazing than the ryegrass does ... We’ll get use of the of cereal grains a lot earlier, but the ryegrass will hold us a lot longer.” Bermudagrass is grown in all areas of Georgia except for the mountains. There’s approximately 1.5 million acres of pastureland and 350,000 acres of hay land in Georgia, “making it the most economically important forage crop in the state by far,” Hancock says. Growing bermudagrass is the main part of Adam Verner’s family business. The Rutledge, Ga., producer says in his mind, it’s the only option in the South for long periods of growing season. “It’ll be growing pretty good in April and sometimes through November,” he says. “We have five or six different varieties of bermudgarass at our place. My granddad liked it back in the ‘70s and got one of the first Tifton 44 plots started in north Georgia.“ Since then, the Verners have used the cold-tolerant Tifton 44, drought-tolerant coastal, fine-stemmed Alicia, natural cross Russell and high-yielding Tifton 85 bermudagrasses. “During the summer time it’s as good as you’re going to get in the hot summer in the South,” Verner says of bermuda grazing. “[Cattle will] gain a pound and a half a day, maybe even two pounds, if it’s fertilized correctly.” There are plenty of forage options specified to different parts of the state, too.

Piedmont and Above White clover grows north of the Coastal Plain and in some areas of south Georgia. Large, or ladino, white clover is higher yielding than other types, but does not reseed as well and is generally more short-lived. Hancock says the intermediate types, such as Durana and Osceola, are well-adapted to most sites throughout Georgia. “It’s a very hardy clover in dry weather and shady places and places where you’ve got some moisture,” says Larry Walker, a producer from Barnesville, Ga. “We tried several clovers through the years and had real good luck with

Durana. We overseeded it in the fall [with bermudagrass] and the clover just kept right on trucking.” He first planted his stand five years ago, and the only reason he’s having to re-plant this year is because he had to spray an herbicide in the pasture that the clover is not resistant to. “Yields of white clover are usually not sufficient for it to be grown alone or in a hay crop, but it contributes a substantial amount of high-quality forage when produced with cool-season perennial grasses such as tall fescue,” Hancock says. Tall fescue is planted in more than 1 million acres in the northern regions of Georgia, providing its highest yields along creek bottoms, he says. The high-quality forage can accumulate in pastures and hayfields from August to October and then be grazed later in the fall and early winter, an effective method for reducing winter feed costs.

Lower Piedmont and Coastal Plain The southern two-thirds of Georgia are clover country, home to both the arrowleaf and crimson clover varieties. Crimson clover is an annual winter legume, furnishing some grazing in the late fall and abundant grazing in early spring. It flowers earlier than other clover types, produces high yields and has a shorter grazing season. Crimson clover can be mixed in with ryegrass and small grains and is commonly used to overseed bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures, Hancock says. Calvin Minchew, a producer from Macon, Ga., uses clover because it inexpensively adds biologically fixed nitrogen back to his soil. “ I can mix it in with my ryegrass and overseed my pasture at the same time, and as spring comes on it gives me a good bit of grazing,” Minchew says. “If I let it go to seed and mature, sometimes I have a volunteer crop of clover and I don’t have to reseed it every year.” Minchew says crimson clover comes up quickly in the fall and cattle start grazing it before ryegrass is readily available. He’s been using the crop for about 10 years and says it provides sufficient nutrition for his cattle, as well as the benefit of having to feed less hay. Arrowleaf clover is “an excellent way to achieve spring grazing” and introduce fixed nitrogen into the soil, Hancock says. “It has a very low bloat potential and its late spring production extends the grazing season while providing excellent quality forage,” he says. “However, unchecked vigorous spring growth can reduce early spring growth of the perennial grass. In overseeded pastures, closely graze arrowleaf clover during much of spring to Continued on page 64

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Obituaries, from page 38

Patty Tillery and husband Rocky; daughter Karen Hatch and husband Ken; daughter Darla Betts and husband Tommy; wife Raylene Darnell; sister Nell Nichols; grandchildren Joy Robinson, Breck Tillery, Kendall Hatch, Tyson Betts, Hannah Hensley, Megan Betts, Ahren Wood and Derrick Hatch; great-grandchildren Emma Hensley, Gray Elyse Robinson, Halee Wood, Harlee Wood and Gunner Hatch; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Holly Kemp Hadden Feb. 16, 2013 Florence Holland “Holly” Kemp Hadden, 57, loving wife of 32 years to Larry W. Hadden and devoted mother to James Jim Eulen Hadden and John McCoy Hadden, entered into rest Feb. 16, 2013, at her residence in Gibson, Ga. Hadden was born and raised in Florida, graduating from the University of Florida and working for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. She was noted to be the first woman ever to work for a cattle magazine. After receiving her masters in biology from Georgia State University in Milledgeville, Ga., Hadden taught school in McDuffie, Washington and Glascock counties where she was very active in school and community activities. She was a Girl Scout leader and cheerleader sponsor. After 19 years of teaching, she retired to work the farm and ride horses, her passion. Hadden loved going on trail rides, competitive ranch sorting and recently renewed her interest in English riding with intentions of competing. Her favorite time was riding every Sunday afternoon with her best friend, her husband. Hadden was a devoted mother who cherished and supported her sons without fail. Her loving free spirit will be greatly missed. Hadden was preceded in death by her father, William Holland Kemp and her stepfather, John David McCoy Jr. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Rush McCoy; brother William Holland Kemp and wife Alison; brother Bryan Lambert McCoy; stepbrother J. Daniel McCoy and wife Denise; stepbrother John David McCoy III; several nieces and nephews and many friends. GC

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Picking a Summer Annual Forage

By Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist

Editor’s Note: The authors wish to acknowledge and express their appreciation for Don Ball, Carl Hoveland and Gary Lacefield, authors of Southern Forages 4th Edition, and to Don Armstrong of the International Plant Nutrition Institute for their willingness to allow the reproduction and use of their original copyrighted photographs of forage species.

hough summer annual grasses are not, in my humble opinion, among the 10 most important forage crops in Georgia, they most certainly do have a significant fit in the state’s forage systems. Many producers use summer annuals for their high tonnage and quality. In fact, the industry has taken note of the significance of these species in Southern forage systems. In the last few years, it has gotten a lot more difficult to pick a summer annual forage because of all the different species, new varieties and limited information, not to mention the erratic seed supplies because of drought issues. It has become confusing.

What is the Right Species? There are at least 10 different summer annual grasses that could be used as forage crops in Georgia. In general, these do not make good hay crops in this environment because of their slow drying rate. However, a few of these play a role in grazing or silage and are recommended for use — pearl millet and the sorghum family.

Pearl Millet Pearl millet originated in Africa and is the most widely planted summer annual grass in Georgia. This tallgrowing, erect annual grass produces several stems from a central plant. It tillers out more aggressively and generally recovers more rapidly after grazing than those in the sorghum family. Consequently, it’s generally the best choice for grazing.

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Millet produces good-quality grazing from June through August. If properly grazed to avoid advanced maturity stages, the range of total digestible nutrients ranges between 52 to 58 percent, though crude protein ranges from 8 to 11 percent. Millet planted in April should be ready for grazing 30 to 40 days after planting and should be productive for 80 to 110 days. However, most of the production will be during the stand’s first 60 days of life. The grazing supply can be more stable over the summer by making three to four plantings, staggered by about two weeks each. Well-fertilized millet should carry three to four stocker cattle or two to three mature cows per acre during the first 60 days. Lower the stocking rates during the last part of the grazing season to compensate for

Pearl Millet

Figure 1. Average forage yield of pearl millet in the variety trials in Griffin and Tifton from 2003 - 2012.

the reduced growth rate and lower quality. Pearl millet is also less variable from year to year. During the last 10 years, the average yield in variety trials in Griffin, Ga., and Tifton, Ga., was approximately 9,000 and 16,000 pounds per acre, respectively, as shown in Figure 1 (above). In both cases, the year-to-year variability was approximately 25 percent. Generally, pearl millet holds up better under drought stress than other species. In addition, all summer annuals have the potential to accumulate nitrates, but pearl millet does not have the added risk of prussic acid toxicity.

Sorghums The species in the sorghum family used most commonly in Georgia include forage sorghum, sudangrass and the sorghum-sudangrass hybrids. These species are generally better choices when the crop is fated for silage, but sudangrass and the hybrids can be used for grazing. Members of the sorghum family generally produce more tonnage than pearl millet, except during prolonged drought. Figure 2 (next page) shows the yield of sorghum-sudangrass

Sorghum x Sudangrass Hybrid

hybrids in the variety trials in Tifton and Griffin during the last 10 years. The average yields were approximately 10,200 and 16,600 pounds per acre, respectively. In both locations, the year-to-year variability was approxi-

Lots to Choose From In the last few years, a lot of new summer and annual forage varieties have come out of the market. Many of these new varieties were evaluated in the Georgia Statewide Variety Testing Program for only one year, or they may be so new as to have not yet been submitted for testing. In addition, seed supplies have been severely limited because of major drought issues in areas of the US where summer annual forage seed is produced. Consequently, the seed supplies of


better or at least better-known varieties are often depleted quickly.

Figure 2. Average forage yield of sorghum x sudangrass hybrids in the variety trials in Griffin and Tifton from 2003-2012.

When selecting a summer forage crop, compare the performance of the available varieties against one another using the yield comparison trials in the University of Georgia Statewide Variety Testing Program. The data are published annually in the Soybean, Sorghum Grain & Silage, Summer Annual Forages and Sunflower Performance Tests. These reports are available through local county Extension offices, on the variety testing program website or via the Georgia Forages website. GC Additional information about summer annual forages can be found at and For these and other forage management questions, visit the Georgia Forages website or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.



mately 35 percent, which is substantially more variable than pearl millet and likely due to an increased susceptibility to drought. Still, the sorghums are more drought-tolerant than corn. In fact, forage sorghum is a good alternative to corn silage, especially when a producer’s crop fields are not irrigated. Members of the sorghum family generally produce forage that is slightly higher in nutritive value — total digestible nutrients ranging from 53 to 60 percent and crude protein between 9 and 15 percent. Like corn silage, forage sorghum produces a substantial amount of grain. However, the yields are generally less than corn silage in irrigated fields or under adequate rainfall. Forage sorghum really only works as a chopped silage product. If baled silage is desired, sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids work well. These species produce relatively little grain, so it is generally best to harvest them before the seed head fully develops. Photoperiod-sensitive hybrid and forage sorghum cultivars are available. These varieties are capable of sustaining more consistent growth over a longer growing season because they remain in a vegetative stage into late September, until day length is less than 12 hours and 20 minutes. This trait may negate or lessen the need for staggered plantings. Otherwise, these varieties are generally managed in the same way as conventional cultivars.

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Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders

There’s Something about Simmentals

Article and photos by Dallas Duncan Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

No matter the market, Johnny Owen’s got cattle on his mind. For the past several decades, it’s specifically been a Simmental breed. Owen grew up on a polled Hereford farm, but his family had to sell the cattle due to an economic downturn when he was young. That didn’t mean he lost interest in the industry, however. “Back when I was in high school, I used to go to the sale barn and buy heifers, doctor them up and fatten them up a little bit, take them back to the sale barn and make a little bit of money,” he says. And as he says, “sometimes your path takes you away, but you always come back.”

Owen and wife Marianne are now situated in Barnesville, Ga., on acreage tucked back in the woods, far from the hustle and bustle of city life Marianne Owen grew up in. Though she wasn’t raised on a farm, being the woman of the house at Muddy Pond Farm is an experience she wouldn’t trade for anything. She enjoys getting to interact with the cattle, the dogs and her horses. She especially enjoys the blaze-faced Simmentals and the Fleckvieh cattle they had previously — it’s easier to tell them apart and name them. Two of their first cattle were Buttercup and Shorty, she recalls. “I love it. I love the outside anyway,” she says. “When [Johnny] was on the road I took care of everything around here. He does his own AI-ing and everything, but I would check heat and stuff for him.” For about 35 years, Johnny Owen and his brothers worked in a commercial business in Atlanta. The Owens got their first Simmental heifers in 1988.

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A MUDDY POND BULL CALF, far left. The Owens have put bulls on test at Tifton, Calhoun, Clemson and Florida for years and have been named the Top Indexing breed bull in the past. Johnny Owen enjoys raising Simmental and SimAngus cattle because of their docility and mothering ability. He says the Angus genetics add sought-after meat qualities as well.

Johnny Owen was drawn to their maternal traits and docility. Since then, the couple has owned just about every variation on the Simmental breed. “We were involved in the full Fleckvieh and we stayed with them through ’95 or ’96. Then we went to red Simmental. We stayed with them through ’99,” Johnny Owen says. “Then the black started, so we went to the black Simmental. We had to stay with the market.” The Owens introduced Angus genetics into their herd in 2005. That same year, they won Top Indexing SimAngus, Marianne Owen says. “Over the years we’ve sent bulls to Florida, to Clemson, to Tifton and to Calhoun,” Johnny Owen says. “Basically now we just send them to Tifton because it works into my weaning program.” They’ve been going to Tifton for at least 20 years. He says putting bulls on test is a great way to see what kind of job he’s doing in the cattle business. “We’re all trying to breed the best animal. You breed the best, do the best and hope for the best,” he says. Though the financial aspects of farming can be challenging at times, Johnny Owen’s favorite part of the beef cattle industry is choosing which bull to breed to which female. “You AI the cow and you know what you’ve got in your cow,” he says. “But it’s just like a wrapped Christmas present — you don’t know what you’ll get out of it until calving season.” Breeding at Muddy Pond is done completely through artificial insemination. The Owens AI about 50 cows on their 300 acres, selling heifers and bulls primarily through private treaty. “Normally we sell bred heifers to commercial cattlemen and we try to sell bulls at yearling to commercial peo-

MARIANNE AND JOHNNY OWEN have been avid Simmental breeders since the late 1980s.

IN ADDITION TO CATTLE, Muddy Pond is also home to Perdue broilers and hayfields.

ple,” Johnny Owen says. “What I breed for, I choose in a bull birth weight, yearling weight, milk and ribeye. I like for them to come light, grow

fast and give me a good milking cow.” When she’s not on the farm, Marianne Owen works at a local feed store, but there’s hardly a time when Johnny Owen isn’t busy at work — as evidenced by the couple’s “vacation home,” a log cabin located on a pond not far from the home they live in now. Many elements of the log home were created at least in part by the Owens, including the wood barrels that decorate the countertop in the kitchen. When one of their two daughters returns home this summer, they plan to move in to the new house. “We built the lake home on nine acres over there and that’s somewhere [Johnny] likes to go

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JOHNNY AND MARIANNE OWEN at their "vacation home," a log cabin they designed and worked on for more than a year, which overlooks a pond on their property in Barnesville, Ga. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Saturday • May 11

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over and relax,” Marianne Owen said. “He’s got to be working and got to be doing something.” The couple was named Farmer of the Year for Lamar County in the past, an indication that they’re moving the right way to improve their Simmental stock. On the farm now, the Owens have purebred Simmentals, SimAngus and some Angus cattle that they breed half-bloods to. “I think the Angus breed gives the Simmental a little more thickness and marbling in the ribeye,” Johnny Owen says. “The Angus breed has done a good job of promoting the breed over the years. … Both breeds have come a long way on docility traits. They have them in the EPDs now and it really helps to choose a bull.” And for the next step in the Simmental industry, it’s anybody’s game. “I don’t think you can beat the SimAngus at this point,” Johnny Owen says. “A lot of people are trying to cross Red Angus and Simmentals now. Who knows, really.” In addition to being a wellknown Simmental farm, Muddy Pond is also home to poultry. The Owens grow out approximately 350,000 broilers each year for Perdue — which makes a lot of fertilizer for their hay fields, Johnny Owen says. “Cattle and chicken just work well together,” he says. “You’ve got all the litter to fertilize your pasture and your hayfields.” Though the two are mutually beneficial operations, there is one key difference. “In the poultry business, you have the upper management calling the shots, but in the cattle business, you’re the boss calling the shots,” Johnny Owen says. When it comes time to call the shots, he’s got some advice for burgeoning Simmental breeders. “Always research the animal and the bulls before you start your breeding program,” he says. “That way, you won’t make a mistake like many of us have over the years.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Forage, continued from p. 49

avoid a full canopy developing over the perennial grass.” Bahiagrass is also a common site in south and central Georgia. It grows on soils too poorly-drained for bermudagrass, is more shade tolerant and can be used in woodland pastures, Hancock says. However, close grazing is necessary to obtain good utliization. “Bahiagrass can become a pest in hybrid bermudagrass hay fields,” Hancock says. “Keep this in mind when rotating cattle, because seed will germinate after passing through cattle ... [and] can crowd out alreadyestablished bermudagrass.”

Coastal Plain Though many of Georgia’s forage crops are suited for the climate in the Coastal Plain region as well as other parts of the state, oats are one forage that’s region-specific for the area. “Oat is a small grain used for high-quality winter forage production in the southern two-thirds of Georgia,” Hancock says. “When seeded in early fall, oats furnish forage in late fall to early winter and spring.” Though not as cold hardy as other grasses and not grazing tolerant when grazed extensively in January and February, oats produce more forage in spring than rye and can be cut for hay and silage, he says. Hancock advises producers to plant oats in a mixture with ryegrass and a winter annual legume to produce more total forage over a longer grazing season. In addition to these, there are more than 50 other forages that will grow successfully in Georgia, and more being researched all the time. “There’s another [bermudagrass] variety we’re working on getting for our own experiments that comes out of Texas — Jiggs,” Verner says. “It produces close to the tonnage of 85 but is easier to establish.” Because there is such a variety of forages to choose from, Hancock says picking what to plant can be “like picking your favorite among your kids.” And in that case, there’s plenty of options to overseed, interseed and everywhere-in-between-seed to get just the right mix of green that’s perfect for each pasture. GC

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Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423

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

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

Purebred Sale Reports

UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale Feb. 14, 2013 6 Older Angus bulls avg 27 Yearling Angus bulls avg 5 Yearling LimFlex bulls avg 5 LimFlex open heifers avg 2 Commercial open heifers avg Total: 45 lots Buyers from GA and NC

$4,033 $3,267 $2,900 $1,530 $1,550 $137,650


Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale Feb. 15, 2013 12 Registered Angus bulls avg 29 ½ Hereford bulls avg 10 Red Angus bulls avg 2 F1 bulls avg Total: 120 lots avg

$2,958 $4,203 $3,125 $3,400 $3,493

Yon Family Farms 23rd Annual Bull Sale Feb. 16, 2013 97 Registered yearling Angus bulls avg $4,229 20 Yearling SimAngus bulls avg $4,400

1 Registered Charolais bull avg $6,000 1 Registered Simmental bull avg $3,000 Total: 119 lots $507,213 Buyers from SC, NC, GA, AL, TN, WV, VA, FL and KY

Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull Sale March 4, 2013 24 Brangus bulls avg $3,442 Total: 24 lots $82,608 Buyers from FL, GA, MS, SC and TN


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R E A D E R 55th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Sale March 6, 2013 69 Angus bulls avg $2,935 1 Brangus bull avg $1,800 4 Charolais bulls avg $2,800 2 Gelbvieh Balancer bulls avg $2,250 2 Hereford bulls avg $3,800 1 Limousin bull avg $2,100 2 LimFlex bulls avg $1,750 1 Maine-Anjou bull avg $1,000 2 Santa Gertrudis bulls avg $2,650 15 Simmental bulls avg $3,307 17 SimAngus bulls avg $3,753 Total: 116 lots $352,900 Buyers from AL, FL and GA

Commercial Sale Reports Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Feb. 12, 2013 Lot 2: 640 lb heifers avg $134.00 Lot 3: 690 lb heifers avg $132.75 Lot 4: 700 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $132.10 Lot 5: 690 lb steers avg $138.10 Lot 6: 725 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $139.80 Lot 7: 815 lb steers avg $131.00 Lot 8: 730 lb heifers avg $127.00 Lot 10: 835 lb steers avg $130.50 Lot 11: 860 lb steers avg $128.00 Lot 12: 850 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $128.30 Lot 13: 935 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $126.50 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 585 lb steers/585 lb heifers avg $149.50/$135.50 Lot 9: 740 lb steers/740 lb heifers avg $132.10/$127.10 Northeast Georgia Livestock Feb. 13, 2013 Lot 1: 825 lb Holstein steers avg $97.80 Lot 2: 760 lb steers avg $133.90 Lot 3: 850 lb steers avg $128.25 Lot 4: 875 lb steers avg $124.25

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Feb. 19, 2013 Lot 1: 685 lb heifers avg (sort 3 loads) Lot 2: 775 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 3: 820 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 785 lb steers avg Lot 5: 765 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 6: 845 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads)

$131.70 $126.10 $123.00 $132.75 $126.40 $130.00

Northeast Georgia Livestock Feb. 20, 2013 Lot 1: 875 lb Holstein steers avg $96.90 Lot 2: 700 lb heifers avg $126.85 ATTENTION PRODUCERS: Follow these quick steps online to get current data right now from the livestock Market News Service: GO TO  CLICK “Local Market Reports” on left side of page.  CLICK “Georgia”, then  CLICK on your Auction Market of choice.


Lot 3: 760 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 775 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 840 lb steers avg Lot 6: 850 lb steers avg Lot 7: 850 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 8: 975 lb steers avg Lot 9: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads)

Northeast Georgia Livestock Feb. 27, 2013 Lot 1: 950 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 2: 740 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 725 lb steers avg Lot 4: 815 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 5: 910 lb steers avg Moseley Cattle Auction LLC March 5, 2013 Lot 1: 730 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 2: 750 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 745 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 845 lb steers avg Lot 5: 800 lb steers avg Lot 6: 835 lb steers avg (sort 3 loads) Lot 7: 860 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 8: 870 lb steers avg Lot 9: 920 lb steers avg

$123.25 $124.20 $128.50 $125.00 $126.70 $119.75 $120.50 $97.65 $126.80 $135.20 $133.30 $122.95 $124.50 $123.80 $124.50 $126.85 $128.30 $126.60 $124.00 $123.80 $120.90

Southeast Livestock Exchange March 5, 2013 1 Load 600 lb steers avg $152.75 1 Load 660 lb steers avg $146.25 1 Load 715 lb steers avg $140.00 1 Load 765 lb steers avg $136.00 1 Load 835 lb steers avg $134.00 1 Load 515 lb heifers avg $149.85 1 Load 600 lb heifers avg $137.25 1 Load 675 lb heifers avg $131.50 1 Load 775 lb heifers avg $126.00 1 Load 725 lb heifers avg $128.70 1 Load 610 lb steers avg $149.80 1 Load 710 lb steers avg $140.25 1 Load 810 lb steers avg $133.00 1 Load 575 lb heifers avg $138.75 1 Load 700 lb heifers avg $128.50 1 Load 475 lb steers avg $180.25 1 Load 590 lb steers avg $153.00 1 Load 690 lb steers avg $145.25 1 Load 460 lb heifers avg $155.70 1 Load 575 lb heifers avg $145.25 1 Load 560 lb steers avg $156.50 1 Load 625 lb steers avg $150.80 1 Load 675 lb steers avg $148.75 1 Load 675 lb steers avg $146.50 1 Load 765 lb steers avg $137.00 1 Load 540 lb steers avg $145.50 1 Load 780 lb steers avg $134.60 1 Load 730 lb heifers avg $126.50 1 Load 850 lb steers avg $131.60 1 Load 850 lb steers avg $129.50 2 Loads 750 lb heifers avg $125.10 1 Load 875 lb steers avg $128.20 2 Loads 875 lb steers avg $127.00 1 Load 950 lb steers avg $122.85 1 Load 850 lb heifers avg $118.00 1 Load 560 lb heifers avg $139.25

RINGMAN DAVID GAZDA of the American Angus Association works the Gretsch Brothers Angus bull sale in January.

2 Loads 680 lb heifers avg $128.50 1 Load 760 lb heifers avg $118.25 1 Load 725 lb heifers avg $123.60 1 Load 750 lb steers avg $131.75 1 Load 735 lb heifers avg $125.00 Mixed Loads 1 Load 700 lb steers/650 lb heifers avg $134.00/$128.00 1 Load 700 lb steers/700 lb heifers avg $132.50/$127.50 1 Load 760 lb steers/740 lb heifers avg $129.75/$124.75 1 Load 790 lb steers/740 lb heifers avg $129.00/$124.00

Northeast Georgia Livestock March 6, 2013 Lot 1: 725 lb heifer avg $123.95 Lot 2: 775 lb heifers avg $118.10 Lot 3: 810 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $118.00 Lot 4: 825 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $119.60 Lot 5: 825 lb steers avg $123.85 Lot 7: 975 lb steers avg $119.30 Mixed Loads Lot 6: 900 lb steers/850 lb heifers avg $121.00/$121.00

Hodge Livestock Network March 7, 2013 Lot 1: 700 lb heifers avg $125.00 Lot 2: 665 lb steers avg (sort ½ load) $129.50 Lot 3: 850 lb steers avg $129.75 Lot 4: 625 lb heifers avg $129.00 Lot 5: 690 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $143.00 Lot 6: 690 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $129.00 Lot 7: 980 lb Holstein steers avg $95.50 Lot 8: 980 lb steers avg $123.75 Lot 9: 795 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $117.50 Lot 10: 785 lb steers avg $133.50 Lot 11: 825 lb steers avg $125.50 Lot 12: 725 lb heifers avg $123.00 Lot 13: 850 lb steers avg $124.00 Lot 16: 875 lb steers avg (sort 3 loads) $122.25 Lot 17: 850 lb heifers avg $116.50 Lot 18: 850 lb steers avg $122.50 Lot 19: 825 lb steers avg $121.00 Lot 20: 650 lb steers avg $133.00 Lot 21: 750 lb heifers avg $119.50 Lot 22: 650 lb heifers avg $123.00 Lot 23: 775 lb steers avg $129.00 Mixed Loads Lot 15: 790 lb steers/675 lb heifers avg $123.00/$117.00 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of April

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

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SPRING CALVING January, February, March For calves to begin hitting the ground around Jan. 10, bulls need to go into pastures on April 1. Check condition of bulls during the breeding season. Provide supplemental feed if needed. Be prepared to remove bulls from heifers after a 45 to 60 day breeding season. Spot check heifers for activity now to see if they are breeding. Cows need to be in moderate to good condition to rebreed. Provide supplemental feed if spring pastures are slow to grow.

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

 Brand or otherwise establish permanent IDs for bred heifers.

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


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April 2, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 70]

April 13, 2013 13th Annual Cattlemen’s Choice Sale Hartwell, Ga. 859-987-5758 [See March, p. 52]

Shady Brook Angus Spring Production Sale Leoma, Tenn. 931-242-1843 [See advertisement, p. 33]


April 23, 2013 Tifton HERD Sale Irwinville, Ga. • 229-831-5416 [See advertisement, p. 25] April 24, 2013 Bunn Family Ranch Sale Roanoke, Ala. 678-350-5380 [See advertisement, p. 68]

April 3 – 6, 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s April 27, 2013 Association 52nd Annual Crimson Classic Santa Convention & Trade Show and April 14, 2013 Gertrudis Sale 16th Annual Beef Expo Partisover Southern Style Sale Hanceville, Ala. Perry, Ga. Colbert, Ga. 478-474-6560 706-614-0496 [See March, p. 42] [See advertisement, p. 79] Bridges Angus Farm Bred Heifer & Cow Sale April 3 - 4, 2013 April 15, 2013 Lexington, Ga. 2nd Annual Forage Conference Seven Islands First 706-340-1421 Perry, Ga. Performance-Tested Angus Bull [See advertisement, p. 63] and Commercial Female [See March, p. 41] Production Sale Timberland Cattle’s Mascot, Tenn. Best-of-the-Black April 3, 2013 423-404-8138 Angus and SimAngus Bunn Family Ranch Sale [See advertisement, p. 42] Female Cattle Sale Roanoke, Ala. Cullman, Ala. 678-350-5380 April 17, 2013 205-695-6314 [See advertisement, p. 20] Bunn Family Ranch Sale [See advertisement, p. 2] Roanoke, Ala. April 5, 2013 678-350-5380 Upper Cumberland Angus Georgia Beef Expo [See advertisement, p. 68] Association 16th Annual Commercial Heifer Sale Springtime Select Sale Perry, Ga. Broad River Beef Cattle & Cookeville, Tenn. 706-773-3612 Forage Field Day 931-265-9200 [See March, p. 37] Washington, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 35] 706-678-2332 Georgia Beef Expo April 28, 2013 Southeastern Angus April 18 - 20, 2013 Quintin Smith Family and Showcase Sale Great Southland Stampede Guests Angus Sale Perry, Ga. Rodeo Lebanon, Tenn. 770-307-7178 Athens, Ga. 615-444-8701 [See March, p. 35] 706-542-9374 [See advertisement, p. 56] [See advertisement, p. 19] April 6, 2013 May 3, 2013 15th Annual GCCPA April 19, 2013 Maternal Matrons Club Calf Sale Friendship Farms First Female Sale Perry, Ga. Production Sale Rayle, Ga. 912-960-1727 Midville, Ga. 540-908-5799 [See March, p. 36] 912-663-8085 [See advertisement, p. 29] [See advertisement, p. 75] Firm Foundations May 4, 2013 Elite Angus Offering April 20, 2013 Ogeechee Angus Farms Sale Cullman, Ala. Acres Away Wadley, Ga. 334-524-9287 ED ELSale 706-551-2878 [See March, p. 57] ANC Ga. CHampton, [See advertisement, p. 21] Bricton Farm 18th Annual April 13, 2013 Female Sale Monroe County HERD Sale Ridgefield Farms Bull Sale Social Circle, Ga. Forsyth, Ga. Brasstown, N.C. 478-357-6113 478-994-7014 828-837-6324 [See advertisement, p. 80] [See advertisement, p. 51] [See March, p. 70] Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 4th Franklin County Cattlemen’s Annual Spring Production Sale Association Spring Field Day and Heifer Pen Show Beulaville, N.C. Carnesville, Ga. 910-298-3012 706-491-4926 [See advertisement, p. 32]

Northeast Georgia Beef Quality Burns Farms Female Event & Commercial Bull Sale Assurance Field Day Pikeville, Tenn. Athens, Ga. • 706-743-8341 405-464-2455 [See advertisement, p. 44] 2013 Carolina Sensations Sale Williamston, SC. 706-200-6655 [See March, p. 32]

April 22, 2013 Three Trees Ranch FemaleC Sale ELED CAN Ga. Sharpsburg,

SERAA Grasstime Auction Cullman, Ala. 641-919-1077 [See advertisement, p. 28]

The CSR Connection Sale Alapaha, Ga. 229-776-4383 [See advertisement, p. 77]

May 7, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 70]

May 10, 2013 GSSA Annual Meeting Ila, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See advertisement, p. 57] May 11, 2013 Carolina’s “Full House” Multi-Breed Female Sale: Shorthorn, Red Angus, Simmental and Gelbvieh Clemson, S.C. 706-773-3612 [See advertisement, p. 39]

July 9, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 70]

Black Diamond Angus Total Dispersion Cullman, Ala. 256-734-5650 [See advertisement, p. 73]

July 23, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale including Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Special Sale [See advertisement, p. 70]

Generations of Value Female Sale Colbert, Ga. 859-421-6100 [See advertisement, p. 61]

May 18, 2013 Southeast Angus Classic Opelika, Ala. 662-837-4904 [See advertisement, p. 27]

May 21 - 25, 2013 GCA Tour to Texas 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 17]

July 11 - 13, 2013 Georgia Junior Beef Futurity Perry, Ga. July 11, 2013 GJCA Field Day Perry, Ga.

July 19 - 20, 2013 Georgia Limousin Association Meeting and Field Day 229-567-1584 [See advertisement, p. 30]

July 26 - 28, 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 3rd Annual Summer Conference Pine Mountain, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 43]

August 6, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange May 29, 2013 Tel-O Sale including Mountain Calhoun HERD Sale Cattle Alliance Calhoun, Ga. • 706-542-1852 [See advertisement, p. 70] [See advertisement, p. 37] September 3, 2013 May 31, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Commercial Cattlemen Tel-O Sale SimConference [See advertisement, p. 70] Hartwell, Ga. 706-654-6071 September 16, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 57] Southeast Empire Angus Show Lawrenceville, Ga. June 1, 2013 Simmental Field Day September 25 – 26, 2013 Hartwell, Ga. Georgia Southern University 706-654-6071 International Agribusiness [See advertisement, p. 57] Conference & Expo Savannah, Ga. June 3 -4, 2013 1-855-478-5551 Clemson Cattlemen’s Boot Camp October 1, 2013 Clemson, SC. Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 70] June 4, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange October 3 - 13, 2013 Tel-O Sale Georgia National Fair [See February, p. 70] Perry, Ga.

June 7 - 8, 2013 Southern National Angus Show Perry, Ga. 770-307-7178 [See March, p. 54] June 21 - 22 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Athens, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 62]

October 5, 2013 Sarratt Farms Sale Gaffney, SC

October 15 - 17, 2013 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga.

October 19, 2013 Walden Farms Bull Sale

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Georgia Hereford Association

660 Seaburn Vickery Road, Statesboro, GA 30461 • 912-865-5593 HEREFORDS

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

1359 County Line Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-886-6849 / Cell: 404-376-6414

Email: •

CSR Polled Hereford Farm Steve Roberts

Rt. 1, Box 4260 Alapaha, Ga. 31622 Phone: 229-532-7963 Herd Certified and Accredited.

LEONARD POLLED HEREFORDS Sherman Leonard P.O. Box 280 Chatsworth, GA 30705

706/695-8351 day 706/695-2008 night

Private treaty cattle for sale at all times. Herd Certified & Accredited




Sam and Pat Zemurray 477 Honey Ridge Road Guyton, GA 31312-9661 Office: 912/772-3118 Night: 912/234-7430


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

Charles E. Smith, owner (478) 252-5622


Whitey & Candler Hunt P.O. Box 488, 255 W. Jefferson St. Madison, GA 30650 706/342-0264 (off.) 706/342-2767 (home)


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

Performing on our forage.

C: 478-553-8598 Bobby Brantley H: 478-552-9328 1750 Wommack-Brantley Road Tennille, Georgia 31089

“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959”



BARN 770-786-8900 59 Moore Farm Rd., Covington GA 30016

Cattle Enterprises

1230 Reeves Rd., Midville, Ga. 30441-9998 Tommy Mead (706) 554-6107 • Fax: (706) 544-0662

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

Johnson Polled Herefords Registered Polled Herefords Thomas R. Johnson, Owner

7731 Bastonville Road Warrenton, Georgia 30828 Home: 706-465-2421 • Cell: 706-339-4607

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(706) 206-1824

Home of “The Ugly Bull” PO Box 254 • Watkinsville GA 30677

WHALEY POLLED HEREFORDS A Program to Watch A Name to Remember Owners: Truman and Starr Whaley 2634 River Bend Road Dalton, GA 30720 Res. (706) 277-3240; Office (706) 277-3993 “Home of Great Victors”

James 912-863-7706 912-690-0214 cell

301 Dennis Station Rd., SW Eatonton, Georgia 31024 (706) 484-1799 cell phone: 706-473-1374

Hunter Grayson


Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

Bob Neligan 485 Milledgeville Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 706-485-9577 • 706-318-0068 cell

437 Milledgeville Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 706-485-8373

Line breeding Neil Trask Plato Dominos for over 45 years. Thick Muscled. Grass Performers. Complete Program. Full Records. BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Phone and fax: 706-745-5714 Blairsville, GA 30512


525 District Line Road Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-0091

Cell (229) 337-0038 or (229) 886-7465

Greenview Farms, Inc.

Winton C. & Emily C. Harris & Family Square & Round: Bermuda Grass Hay, (921) 586-6585 and Quality Polled Cell (912) 294-2470 Hereford & Braford Cattle Performance & Quality from Grazing Since 1942 Jonny and Teri Harris



Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Those Character-Building Days By Callie Akins, GJCA Chairwoman

Walking out of the show ring for the last time this month, I reflected on the many lessons I have learned in the small or large ring, depending on the show. When you think about the lessons learned showing livestock, everyone automatically begins to talk about responsibility, work ethic and things of that nature. While those are all very valuable lessons, I want to think about the lessons you learn on show day in the show ring. How many of us worked super hard preparing for showmanship and then our animal decides not to cooperate for the 15 minutes we are in the ring? We have all heard the judge say, "I can tell this young person really knows what they are doing, but today their team member is unfortunately not cooperating." The lesson I learned from this is that when in life my team member is not cooperating, I should not give up. I have to keep my head held high and do my best at what I can control. A few months ago at our state show, the judge referred often to the professionalism kids learn in the show ring. Every parent reminds their kids to look at the judge as they walk in the ring. Kids learn how to make eye contact, stand up straight and look professional when they enter the ring. These three things can go a long way in trying to find a job someday. Everyone always says hard work pays off. That is very true. However, sometimes the person entering the ring in front of you has worked just as hard as you have. The lesson I learned is sometimes, no matter how hard I work, someone else deserves that banner as much as I do. When applying for a job or another

competition in life, I can use this lesson to remember that all I can do is my best and leave the rest up to the judge. Along the same lines, I learned sportsmanship. Just because I worked hard and think I deserve that banner more than someone else does not mean I should have a bad attitude about it or should try to put others at a disadvantage. In the ring, I always give everyone enough space for their calf to be seen and do not cover other people up. I also twist another calf's tail if it stops to help that exhibitor out. When the show is over, whether I agree with judge or not, I always congratulate the exhibitors that win and never speak poorly of the judge. He was hired to give his opinion and that is exactly what he did. Recently I read a quote that said, "Sometimes it is the loser who really wins." So many times I have found this to be true. Most of us do not learn the valuable lessons that the show ring teaches on the days we walk out with the banner, but on the days when we are the ones walking back to the barn after the championship drive. After one of my worst show days, someone I greatly admire asked me how I did. When I told him, he replied, "That is what I call a character-building day." To this day, every time I do not do as well as I expected to, I think back to that day and remember showing cattle would not have taught me near as much without those character-building days. I challenge you, when you have one of those days, look for the lesson in it. Because one day, you will be thankful for the character-building days you had in and out of the show ring. GC

P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31210 478-474-6560

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


Chairwoman Callie Akins

Convention/Summer Conference Coordinator Jordan Harrison Field Day Coordinator Merritt Daniels Chapter Relations Gibson Priest

Chapter Relations Walt Lipham Chapter Relations Ben Hicks

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Alltech 352-212-6240 ....................................................3 Alvin Futch, Author 813-478-0227 ..................................................68 Barenbrug 800-972-1812 ....................................................7 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge 478-474-6560 ................................................62 Black Diamond Angus 256-734-5650..................................................73 Boatright's Simmental Farm 478-589-7144..................................................62 Bricton Farm 478-357-6113 ..................................................80 Bridges Angus Farm 706-340-1421 ..................................................63 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ..................................................68 Bunn Family Ranch 678-350-5380..................................................20 Burns Farms 405-464-2455 ................................................16 Calhoun HERD Program 706-542-1852 ..................................................37 Carolina's Full House Sale 706-773-3612 ..................................................39 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383..................................................68 Clements’ Livestock Services 770-725-0348..................................................68 Collins Farms 478-957-6572..................................................50 The CSR Connection Sale 229-776-4383 ..................................................77 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533..................................................68 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ................................................68 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789..................................................69 D.E. Billingsley, Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309..................................................69 Digi-Star 800-225-7695 ................................................60 Driggers Simmental Farm 912-237-0608 ..................................................56 Eblen Electronics 478-862-9848 ................................................68 Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 910-298-3012 ..................................................32 Elrod and Tolbert ............................................41 Fairlie Seed Company 979-575-0272 ..................................................51 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ........40

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

For the General Classified Ad section see pages 68 and 69

Flint River Mills 800-841-8502 ................................................64 Friendship Farms 912-663-8085 ..................................................75 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ................................68 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..........................................54, 55 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders ........................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders ............................65 Georgia Brangus Breeders ..............................31 GCA Summer Conference 2013 478-474-6560 ................................................43 GCA Tour 2013 478-474-6560 ..................................................17 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ................................................26 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655 ................................................43 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ............................65 Georgia Generations of Value Sale 859-421-6100 ..................................................61 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..................................................72 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ................................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ............26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423..................................................65 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..................................................65 Georgia Simmental Association 706-654-6071 ..................................................57 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071 ..................................................57 Godfrey’s 706-342-0264 ..................................................3 Great Southland Stampede Rodeo 706-542-9374..................................................19 Highview Farms 770-567-3942..................................................69 James W. Fordham Farm 478-308-4550 ................................................62 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..................................................68 Malcolm Financial Group 1-800-884-4820..............................................70 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349..................................................68 Maternal Matrons Volume II 540-908-5799 ................................................29 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..................................................78 Monroe County HERD Sale 478-994-7014..................................................20 Northeast Georgia BQA Field Day 706-743-8341..................................................44 Ogeechee Farms 706-551-2878 ......................21

Partisover Southern Style 2013 419-862-0117 ..................................................79 Pasture for Rent 404-367-6262 ................................................69 Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024 ............................................46 PH White Co. 800-344-0115 ..................................................34 PNC Bank 877-535-6315 ....................................................5 Powder Creek Simmentals 770-567-3909..................................................56 Quintin Smith Family Angus 615-207-0830 ..................................................56 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..................................................68 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794 ..............................................68 SEA 90 888-992-7222 ................................................50 Senepol Cattle ..................................................69 Seven Islands Farm 423-404-8138 ................................................42 Shady Brook Angus 931-242-1843 ..................................................33 Shoal Creek Farms 770-605-9376..................................................56 Southeast AGNet Radio ................................70 Southeast Angus Classic 662-837-4904 ................................................27 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..................................................68 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ................................................70 SERAA Grasstime Auction 641-919-1077 ..................................................28 Southern States..........................................34, 50 StrayHorn Hauling 706-344-7303..................................................68 Tifton HERD Sale 229-386-3683..................................................25 Timberland Cattle 205-695-6314 ....................................................2 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149..................................................68 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588..................................................68 Upper Cumberland Angus Association 931-265-9200..................................................35 Vermeer ..............................................................47 VitaFerm 478-719-7021 ..................................................44 Woodlawn Farms 706-499-2325 ................................................60 Yancey Brothers 770-941-2300 ..................................................68 Call Dallas at 478-474-6560 for advertising guidance and rates.

April 2013 Georgia Cattleman Magazine