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GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION 100 Cattlemen’s Drive | P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 | Fax: 478-474-5732 gca@gabeef.org | www.gabeef.org GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Will Bentley, will@gabeef.org Vice President of Operations: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Director of Association Services: Charlsy Godowns, charlsy@gabeef.org Director of Communications: Bailey Herrin, bailey@gabeef.org Director of Public Relations and Industry Information: Kaytlyn Malia, kaytlyn@gabeef.org GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, tricia@gabeef.org Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org Publication Consultant: Gayla Dease GCA Mission Statement The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance Georgia’s cattle industry. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Additionally, the Georgia Cattleman and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association staff and board members are not responsible for advertising errors made in cameraready ads, nor are they responsible for submitted camera-ready ads that may contain non-approved copyrighted text, songs, poems or images. The advertiser or agency will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission from the copyright holder and will pay any copyright fee required for publication in the Georgia Cattleman. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN (USPS 974-320, ISSN 0744-4451) is published monthly by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Subscription rate of $45.00 per year. Periodical Postage Paid at Macon, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER — Send address changes to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. For advertising information, contact Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221. Phone: 478-474-6560.


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Association Reports 6 GCA President’s Report, By Kristy Griffis-Arnold 9 Executive Vice President’s Report, By Will Bentley 10 GCA Leadership 21 GCWA Report, By Crystal Smallwood 79 GJCA Report, By Tiffany Mullins Industry News 13 The Maasai and the Segera Cattlemen's Association, By JR Krogh 14 NCBA News & Updates 30 RAA and IMI Global Join Forces, By Red Angus Media 32 Industry Obituary 34 FCCP Shatters Enrollment Records, By Red Angus Media 36 Hurricane Michael Slams Southwest Georgia Cattle Producers,

By Becky Mills

Reader Services 16 A Season of Giving, By Steve Blackburn 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 25 GCA Leadership Conference 27 Cowboy Mentality, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 66 Local Market Reports 72 Calendar of Events

Expert Advice 46 Economics of Bulls, By Lee Jones 54 Nutritional Considerations Going Into Calving,

By Dr. Lawton Stewart & Roger Gates 62 2018: Banner Year for Coastal, Tifton 85 and KY31 Fescue, By Dr. Gary M. Hill 64 Zoonotic Diseases: Cryptosporidiosis, By Dr. Ian K. Hawkins 74 Dedication is the Name of the Game, By Sarah Loughridge


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Association Reports • President's Report

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

Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind as I think about 2018. It has been a year of exciting experiences and boy howdy they were right: “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Eleven months are gone and only one left to complete this year; amazing! The fall months for GCA have been exceptionally busy with events, sales and all the other things that it does to promote our products and our producers. I am sure most everyone has heard by now that Will Bentley has left GCA to serve as the Executive for the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Will is going to be missed by all of the GCA staff, executive committee and our members. He was a great ambassador for our association and his work in Atlanta and Washington D.C. helped to really put GCA in a great spot with our government. I would like to personally thank Will for the five years of service to GCA and his friendship to me and my family. The best news is, he is still a cattleman and a member so we will have him around for years to come. As we move forward with our search for a new Executive Vice President, our membership should rest assured that the staff and executive committee as well as the Region Vice Presidents will be “workin hard” to make sure that GCA continues to move in a positive direction. We have the position open and are currently taking resumes. If you know of anyone interested in the position please have them send their resume to Michele Creamer at michele@gabeef.org. I am thinking positively and hope to have a new person in the office by January 1, 2019. I was recently at a meeting with Region Vice President Chris Taylor. As he gave his GCA update, a couple items really stuck out to me and I feel are worth restating. He was discussing Atlanta, and the political environment that we have today, and he said, “Just in case y’all didn’t know this, all those folks in Atlanta don’t think like us country 6

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folks.” There has never been a truer statement. We have some excellent supporters under the Gold Dome; several of our representatives and senators come from farms and are a blessing to our industry. But, the large percentage of our lawmakers are multiple generations removed from production agriculture and have lost their forefathers’ sense of its importance. Secondly, he discussed how important each and every vote is today in our climate in the great state of Georgia. There are 10 million people in our state and 8 million of them live in urban areas. Our rural votes are imperative to maintaining a conservative vibe. Chris said, “On the first day of early voting I headed out to the polls; just in case I died I wanted to be sure my vote was in!” It is that important. I would like to extend a great big thanks to all the GCA staff for catching a lot of the extra duties in the absence of an EVP. I have asked them repeatedly to hand off duties to us – the EC – but, they just smile and get the work done! I am so proud to have you guys in our office and industry. Holidays can be a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. As out of town guests arrive and nextdoor neighbors stop by, be sure to spread the positive BEEF message with them. Tell them how hard you work and the quality of products we are producing as an industry. Beef is a very healthy, nutritious product that can be a part of any diet. Most doctors today recommend beef as part of their regimen for their patients. Our membership is strong with a little more than 5,500 members, but we definitely have room to grow. This would be an excellent time to pay a membership for a neighbor or fellow cattleman and tag it Merry Christmas. I will leave this article by saying I wish each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Association Reports • EVP Report

Executive Vice President Report Will Bentley Nearly five years ago from the time this magazine will hit your mailbox, my brother Matt flew out to Denver, Colorado, to help pack up all my belongings into a U-Haul to begin my journey back to Georgia to start a new career with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. I had been a member of GCA since I was a kid and some of my fondest memories from my childhood revolved around the cattle industry. Cattle were in my blood, but I couldn’t believe that I was blessed enough for an organization like GCA to take a chance on a young man that had attended a liberal arts college, majored in business, and had been working in tech sales for the past several years. Besides growing up on a cattle farm, I was uniquely unqualified based on the requirements listed on the job announcement for the director of association services with GCA. All I knew is that I had always thought of GCA as a dream job that seemed so unattainable. I knew how to be a cattle producer. But I had no clue about all of the many things that make the cattle industry truly tick behind the scenes. When Josh White called as my brother and I were making our way across Kansas, I wasn’t sure if I should answer. I was afraid that he might have changed his mind and was calling to tell me the job was no longer available. He didn’t. And as fate would have it, six months later Josh was making my same journey, but in reverse, as he accepted a job with NCBA in Denver and opened an opportunity for me to become the Executive Vice President of GCA. As many of you are already aware, I have accepted a new job as President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. While I am extremely excited for my future opportunity, there is no way that I can put into words what an honor it has been to serve the cattle industry over the past five years. I’ve made so many tremendous friends throughout this industry and many of you have become like family to Ember and me. Some of you were even at our wedding and I can truly attribute my job with GCA as giving me the opportunity to run into Ember at several events in Atlanta before I had the courage to ask her out. The staff at GCA is second to none and have gone above and beyond their call of duty to ensure that the association is in as good of shape as it has ever been. They are all great employees and even better people. It was a joy to work with each of them and I look forward to seeing how they continue to take GCA to new heights. I could spend pages and pages going through how each of you has impacted my life -- from the executive committee volunteers whom I have gotten to work closely with to the

members who have welcomed me into your chapters and onto your farms. The Region Vice Presidents and local chapter leaders that give of their time and talents, and don’t receive much in return, have been an inspiration to me and have shown how deeply our members care about this industry and this association. When I was originally being considered for this job at GCA, Chris Taylor gave me a call. He began to ask me a lot of tough questions. Mr. Chris is a character, so it was unusual for him to be so serious. At the end of that call he told me that when a man recommends another man for a job, it’s like signing a note at the bank with him. If he doesn’t perform up to expectations, it looks bad on both of them. Thankfully, he was willing to sign that note with me and when I called him to tell him about this new opportunity, I was relieved to hear that he would be willing to do it again. Melvin Porter was serving as the president of GCA when I was hired and I owe him a lot for pushing the EC to hire me. Before officially hiring me as the EVP, we had a chance to travel the state together for several months while attending various meetings. In those late-night meetings and truck rides I learned as much from him about leadership, service and humbleness as I have from any other man in this world, besides my dad. Every day on the job I remembered that he had taken a huge chance on me and I never wanted to let him down. I think it’s worked out well for the both of us. Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. Melvin! If you don’t mind me being dramatic for a few more lines, I’d like to take one more opportunity to mention my family. I’ve missed a lot of family events for my siblings over the years because of work and I truly appreciate all their understanding and support. My Mom and Dad have kept up with my cows and have supported me 100 percent along the way. My Dad has probably signed up more new members for GCA than anyone and he is always willing to talk about cows with anyone who’s willing to listen. My parents would not have been any prouder of me if I had played in the Major Leagues and that love has always meant so much to me. The best thing about my new job is that this is not really a goodbye. GCA and the Georgia Agribusiness Council work hand and hand on many issues throughout the state and I’ve made a commitment to President Kristy Arnold that I will continue to be an advocate for the cattle industry. God has given me a passion for agriculture and placed me in opportunities to serve in roles that highlight that passion. I wake up every single day knowing what I was put on this earth to do. And that makes me a blessed man. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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Kristy Arnold President

1400 Dry Creek Road Screven, GA 31560 912-294-3485 karnold3@netzero.net

Brent Galloway President-Elect

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

Kurt Childers Vice-President

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

Executive Committee Members

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

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

Will Bentley Executive V. P.

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

GCA Immediate Past President

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

NCBA Directors

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

Foundation Chairman

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

CattleWomen’s President

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

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Cleve Jackson, 706-238-2464 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 cjack5216@gmail.com bentfarm@yahoo.com Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-897-2211 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 jgarner@sefcoop.com mike@burkebrangusfarm.com Region 3: Scott Andrews, 706-988-2508 Region 10: Phil Moshell, 229-881-5823 sandrews@gsp.net pmoshell@yahoo.com Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 tlcole58@gmail.com turnpikecreek@hotmail.com Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Steve Deal, 912-531-3549 charleswoodward1@bellsouth.net ihfangus@gmail.com Region 6: DJ Sheppard, 706-453-6879 Region 13: Sammy Perkins, 229-220-7612 djsheppard@gmail.com sperkinscattle@gmail.com Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Mark Manley, 229-891-1377 larry.daniel@boatwrightcpa.com marklmanley@icloud.com Region 15: Chris Taylor, 912-278-4042 christ@baxleyequipment.com 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Dr. Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard Jones, Newnan 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington


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GCA Past Presidents

1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Dr. Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Dr. Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton 2013-2014 David Gazda, Athens 2014-2015 Melvin Porter, Jefferson 2015-2016 Randy Fordham, Royston 2016-2017 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley 2017-2018 Lee Brown, Comer

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

ABAC | Caleb Brown | 478-299-3972 Appalachian | Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | Ricky Yarbrough | 478-256-2933 Banks | Michele Dalton | 706-499-2899 Barrow | Randy Davis | 770-596-2697 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Blue Ridge Mountain | Sabrina Garrett | 706-747-3793 Burke | Milo Hege | 706-554-4933 Carroll | Phil McGukin | 678-776-6517 Central Georgia | Brent Hartley | 478-919-8710 Clarke-Oconee | Chuck Lee | 706-540-3512 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Coweta | Elise M. Farnham | 770-367-3148 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-400-0097 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Micah Studdard | 706-766-2361 Franklin | Scott Andrews | 706-491-0630 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | Jon Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Brian Walker | 404-535-2104 Harris | John Britt | 706-662-0036 Hart | Jeff Brown | 706-371-0204 Heard | Caleb Pike | 706-302-6281 Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430

Henry | Allen Garland | 678-977-1357 Jackson | Matt Shirley | 706-983-0276 Jefferson | Johnny Jones | 478-697-1016 Jenkins | Horace Weathersby, III | 706-551-8384 Johnson Area | Bray Hutcheson, Jr. | 478-521-2401 Laurens | Travis Young | 478-456-0419 Lincoln | Dalton Tankersley | 706-504-1905 Little River | Joe Newton | 706-595-0520 Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Matt Perfect | 478-973-7164 Madison | Trey McCay | 706-255-8422 Meriwether | Brian McDaniel | 678-850-6640 Mid-Georgia | Cody Ham | 478-394-1642 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Evan Dover | 706-695-9180 North Georgia | Billy Martin | 404-376-6141 Northeast Georgia | DJ Bradshaw | 478-957-5208 Northwest Georgia | Justin Wells | 706-264-8253 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Johnathan Wells | 770-880-6678 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187 Piedmont | Newton Mayfield | 770-775-5125

Piney Woods | Charles Davis | 912-367-5395 Polk | Glenn Robinson | 770-815-9122 Red Carpet | Darlene Tierce | 706-280-9097 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | David Rooks, Sr. | 912-422-3233 Southeast Georgia | Charles Harris | 912-288-3437 Sowega | Matt Berry | 229-942-8456 Stephens | Freddie Long | 706-886-8996 Tattnall | Landon Boyett | 912-213-4062 Taylor | Bailey Herrin | 816-824-0002 Thomas | Charles R. Conklin | 229-228-6548 Three Rivers | Theresa Molle | 229-315-1466 Tift | Andy Dunn | 229-848-3535 Tri-County | Nora Goodman | 770-562-3531 Tri-State | Jimmy McKenzie | 423-595-2482 Troup | Ben Comerford | 706-604-5098 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Morgan Rowan| 229-560-1404 Walton | Andy Camp | 770-601-3308 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-552-9328 Wayne | Robin Thornton | 912-579-2181 Wilkes | Jenny Reville | 706-678-5269 Wiregrass | Parrish Akins | 229-356-3656 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

GCA • GJCA • GCWA Membership Form Complete and mail this form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax: 478-474-5732 Email: gca@gabeef.org ___ New Member ___ Renewal

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Thank you for your memberships!! A portion of your GCA dues are for subscription to the Georgia Cattleman, and is only available as part of the GCA membership. Payment of the GCA membership dues are tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. GCA estimates that 25% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of GCA’s direct lobbying activities. Foundation contributions are tax deductibe, however other contributions or gifts to GCA are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.


• December 2018


Welcome New Members! Alachua Ranch, High Springs, Fla.

Richard Dycus, Tunnel Hill

Michael Johnson, Eastman

Farrell Baggett, Eastman

Justin Edwards, Tifton

Jay Moon, Buckhead

Ty Baker, Lenox

Eryn Elliott, Jefferson

Eric Mooney, Thomaston

Angela Barker, Eastman

Rudy Muro Felix, Flintstone

Steve Morgan, Hamilton

Buster Bell, Cairo

Chris Fields, Wrightsville

Ricky Nixon, Lagrange

Landon Bentley, Toccoa

Tanner Foster, Athens

Greg Owenby, Blairsville

David Blackwell, Albany

Jacob Fowler, Gibson

Peyton Parker, Butler

Brock Bloodworth, Abbeville

Sean & Jack Freeman, Woodstock

Cade Perry, Dawsonville

Henry "Doc" Brown, Conyers

Jason Frost, Casseta

Cooper Pike, Franklin

Billy Bruning, Chickamauga

Earl Garland, Locust Grove

Cloyce Pittman, Arlington, Va.

Kerry Buckley, Suwanee

Dustin Giesbrecht, Louisville

Gus Pounds, Decatur

Nikki Burch, Camilla

Doug Haley, Hartwell

Victoria Richardson, Bowdon

Anna Butler, Athens

Billy Hanson, Carrollton

Macy Rowan, Valdosta

Janis Cannon, Brookhaven

Kara Hardin, Athens

McCoy Savage, Athens

Parker Capparelli, Lake City, Fla.

Jim Harding, Greenville

Mason Savage, Murrayville

Brooklyn Carr, Fairmount

Justin Harrell, Nicholls G

Paul D Schmidt, Whitesburg

Annelies Carr, Fairmount

Brian Harriss, Harlem

Dallas Chris Simmons, Sale City

Stanley Jason Carver, Douglas

Kenne Hillis, Evans

Casadi Smith, Toccoa

Evan Clay, Twin City

Tyler Hortman, Reynolds

Bobby J Smith, Ball Ground

Landon Colelsugh, Decatur

Roy Howard, Montrose

Bobby C Smith, Ball Ground

Gavin Collins, Monticello

Dani Kelley, Thomaston

Randy P Smith, Ball Ground

Chris Cook, Carrollton

Jacob Kingery, Claxton

Wade Sullivan, Sale City

Harold Crow, Gainesville

Randy & Lisa Kirkpatrick,

Andrew Swann, Ranger

Sy & Heather Crumley, Ty Ty

Silver Creek

Jack Thompson, Senoia

Ashley Curry, Ellerslie

Sadie Lackey, Ellijay

Blake Tillery, Moultrie

Louis Dalton, Sandersville

Sarah Langley, Hoschton

Triple S Farms, Clermont

Everlee Dalton, Sandersville

Lazy Y Farms, LLC, Pelham

David Tyson, Buckhead

Ben Dean, Thomaston

Max Lewis, Albany

Jonathan Vickers, Moultrie

Matthew Detweiler, Rome

Liberty Utilities, Columbus

Becky Vinson, Flowery Branch

Billy Duke, Summerville

Maverick Martin, Jefferson

Bryce Walker, Lake Placid, Fla.

Suzanne Durden, Metter

Katie Martin, Cartersville

Brittney Westmoreland, Cleveland

Mikayla Dycus, Tunnel Hill

Tim McKimon, Talbotton

WJ Cattle Co., Eastman

Daniel McMillan, Enigma


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Industry News The Maasai and the Segera Cattlemen’s Association By JR Krogh For the Maasai, cattle are everything: food, material, culture, ritual. Cattle are life. “I hope your cattle are well,” they say in greeting. More than any other Kenyan people, the pastoralist Maasai are a cattle-herders par excellence. Cattle provide almost everything they need for survival, and much more besides. They are a symbol of wealth and a source of pride; a person’s entire life revolves around the herds: the need to pasture and care for them, the need to protect them, and the need to move with them in search of fresh pasture and water. The paramount importance of cattle – “the more, the better” – has also marked the aggressive nature of Maasai relations with their neighbors: warfare was inevitably fought over land and grazing rights, and cattle raids were essential in guaranteeing a family’s prosperity. (www.bluegeco.org) In 2017, 410 Bridge (a Christ-centered non-profit organization committed to relentlessly pursuing healthy community development in nations confined by poverty) planned to send a business/ mission team to Segera, Kenya, to work with the women to develop their marketing skills for the sale of beaded artifacts. 410 Bridge had been successful working with the community improving water recovery, supporting the development of a school, and working with the women to develop a market for their beaded products. (410 Bridge is based in Alpharetta, Georgia. For more information on 410 Bridge, check out their website at www.410bridge.org.) Attending a leadership conference, I indicated on the application form that I was a “farmer” and confirmed when asked that I owned cattle. I was introduced to Mark Crosslin, the group leader for the business team. I was asked to consider going to Kenya to speak to Maasai men. I had places I wanted to go after retirement; Kenya was not on the list. I said I would have to pray about it. I agreed, and in September 2017 I journeyed to Kenya, where I first met Jack Silange, a local Maasai and 410 Bridge Representative. Jack was very cordial, and he asked the question that I had prepared for: “How many head of cattle do you own?” You see, to the Maasai, cattle are everything – to the extent that the value of the content of a conversation is greatly determined by the number of cattle owned. I responded with a photo of “Sonny,” my 1,800-pound Gretsch bull. My phone disappeared, as the men viewed the likes of a bull not seen in Kenya. I was in; Sonny was the credential I needed to sit with the men and talk cattle. Over the years, many have come to Kenya to solve the “cattle problems” and show the Maasai the right way to raise cattle. The Maasai are proud people who have been herding

cattle for more than 3,000 years and are not anxious to change – but change is coming fast. The Maasai are semi-nomadic; they live in temporary housing and move across vast areas of land of the Segera Plain at the base of Mount Kenya in search of grazing land for their cattle. I indicated that I was not there to teach, but to learn from their vast experience. The Maasai go out with their herds, equipped with a stick, horn and knife, for months on end. How do they do it? The one main thing we have in common is parasites. The problem is compounded for them because the dewormer purchased in the market is often out of date. When I returned to Georgia, I made Jack Silange a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and stayed in weekly contact with developments in the Segera area. In planning my return to Kenya, two seminars were developed: deworming cows with a pour-on versus injection; and trimming goat hooves with trimmers instead of knives. When I returned to Kenya on Oct. 5, 2018, the seminars and discussions were well-received. I took old copies of the Georgia Cattleman magazines, which we reviewed and had discussions on the parasite life cycle and how animals with parasites infect healthy cattle in the field. We also discussed the fact that all herds used a common grazing area. They realized that for the common good of the herds, deworming was effective only when all parties did their best to deworm their animals. One of the leaders indicated that an association like the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association was needed in Segera, Kenya, to bring the cattlemen together and deworm animals as well as cull herds to a size that the public grazing lands could support. Discussions followed, with a great deal of questions being answered as best as possible. An association would provide “best practice” guidelines for all, focus on healthy cattle versus “numbers,” and finally cull out old unproductive cattle. Furthermore, working together and exchanging information will allow for a better vaccination program to ward off the spread of disease in the herds. Reducing the herds during drought periods will mean that more animals will have a better chance of survival. As the semi-nomadic grazing lands shrink, an association will help the transition with alternatives that can be pursued with focus on a bright future versus embracing past practices. Kenya is a wonderful country and the Maasai people have a rich heritage that is beyond belief. If you are interested in learning more about the Maasai people, please contact me, JR Krogh, at lazykfarms@gmail.com. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

• December 2018


NCBA News and Updates

Dust Settles After Midterm Elections After the Election Day dust settled, the contours of a split Congress came into focus. Republicans expanded their numbers in the Senate, but the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. A new crop of committee leaders will arrive once the House changes hands in January, and NCBA stands ready to work with all of them to address key public policy issues for

the cattle industry. A number of Democratic candidates supported by NCBA’s Political Action Committee were also successful in their election bids, including Representatives Sanford Bishop (Ga.), David Scott (Ga.), Darin Soto (Fla.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Filmon Vela (Texas) and Sylvia Garcia (Texas).

They Said It: NCBA Reacts to Election Results Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera on the Farm Bill and cattle transportation: “NCBA is fully committed to working across both sides of the aisle to deliver policy wins for cattle producers. Passing a new Farm Bill remains an urgent priority, and NCBA is grateful that funding for the FMD vaccine bank has found bipartisan support in Congress. We look forward to working with House and Senate leaders to get a new Farm Bill across the finish line. We will also continue our efforts to fix overly-restrictive Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers – an issue that resonates with Republicans and Democrats who understand these rules were not written with the livestock industry in mind.” Deputy Environmental Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart on environmental regulations: “In 2018, a bipartisan Senate led the charge to rid cattle producers of burdensome reporting requirements under CERCLA. We look forward to continued bipartisan efforts in the 116th Congress to reduce environmental regulatory burdens for America’s cattle producers.”


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Senior Executive Director of Federal Lands Ethan Lane on choosing results over ideology: “This election does not appear to be as much a referendum on the President as a signal to members of Congress that they have strayed from the needs of their constituents. Across the country, members that chose ideology over results are now packing their bags and heading home. It is my hope that members of the 116th Congress will heed that lesson and start delivering for folks at home – we certainly stand ready to help them do just that.” Senior Director of International Trade Kent Bacus on supporting free market principles: “No matter which party is in control of the House or Senate, NCBA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who support trade and the free market principles that have made America strong. For America’s farmers and ranchers to be competitive, we need Congress and the Trump Administration to work together to open and improve market access to the 96 percent of consumers who live outside of our borders. We hope the new Congress will rise above the rhetoric and take action to implement trade agreements and enforcement measures that will keep our economy strong.”

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

2018 Farm Bill

Trade and Market Access

 Full funding for a foot-and-mouth

disease (FMD) vaccine bank  Protect conservation programs like

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

 Protect market access under the North

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

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

 Protect trade promotion programs

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

Fake Meat  Protect our industry

Regulatory Reform

and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels

 Find a permanent solution to electronic

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

Antimicrobial Use

States (WOTUS) rule  Protect producers from Superfund

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

 Secure clean Animal Drug User Fee

Act (ADUFA) reauthorization  Continue Key Technologies Task

Force action steps on antimicrobials

funding programs


• December 2018


In My Opinion

A Season of Giving Steve Blackburn Greetings to my fellow cattlewomen and cattlemen: I hope the spirit of Christmas fills your home, and that your time with family and friends is enjoyable. Relax and be thankful for those things that you have been blessed with, and be grateful for the burdens you have not had to bear. This Christmas will be a tough one for many farmers and cattle operations in Georgia, as they continue to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in October. The stories and pictures are truly heartbreaking when you see years of work pushed into a burn pile or, in some cases, untouched because there is nothing to rebuild upon. As I was writing this I received a call from a gentleman who had endured 23 days without power. He felt lucky that his damage was not as bad as in his neighboring community, and he was working to help them. It is heartwarming to see the numerous contributions to the GCF Hurricane Relief Fund, and the assistance and products that many of the suppliers to our industry have provided. The recovery will continue for months, if not years. Please consider including a tax-deductible donation to the GCF Hurricane Relief Fund any time you can in the months ahead. The Foundation will continue to collect funds and distribute every dollar sent by delivering needed materials to the worst-hit areas. I expect that this effort will go well into next year, as folks dig out and start rebuilding. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation’s primary focus has always been on helping the next generation. A lot of good things have happened because someone helped a young person get started. With the technology that is coming into our industry, it is important to get a good educational foundation so that these opportunities can be evaluated and employed to improve productivity. A smart phone, DNA testing, and

animal monitoring are tools that the next generation will take to, or will have already taken to, like a duckling does to water. While the seasoned citizens in the cattle industry can teach a few things about cattle handling, selection, and fence-building, it might be best to let someone else tackle the computer science issues. “Book Smarts,” as some call it, is becoming essential to farming. The Foundation provides scholarships and educational opportunities for the next generation. If you have not made a tax-deductible contribution to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation this year, it is not too late. Memorials in honor of loved ones and friends are always welcomed. Pictures of the scholarship winners are posted in the Georgia Cattleman the month following the Convention. This year, the Georgia Cattleman ran some follow-up stories on past scholarship recipients (July 2018, page 72; August 2018, page 76). Those stories and pictures of smiling faces are heartwarming and show that your help is making a big difference in the future of the cattle industry and the lives of young people. Go dig out the past issues and read them again if you need some Christmas spirit. The stories are available in digital form on the GCA website if you gave your copy to a neighbor. In closing, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a citizen of this great country and this great state – and to be a part of this community of people, the Georgia cattle industry, who excel in their assignment of taking care of family, neighbors, livestock and land as directed by God.

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season, Steve Blackburn GCA Foundation Chairman

It’s the season of giving… donate to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation! Reasons to Donate: In Memory of a Loved One • Tax Deductible Donation Fund GCA Junior Scholarships • Develop Future GCA Leaders • Preserve the History

Please mail form and donation to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221 Enclosed is my gift of ___$25 ___$50 ___$100 ___$______ Fund Designation: _______________________________________________ Thank you for your donation to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation!


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

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• December 2018


Follow the GCA staff as they travel the state.

GCA President Kristy Arnold and Director of Association Services Charlsy Godowns attended the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Ladies Night. They had a phenomenal turnout of more than 100 attendees. The chapter auctioned cakes and sold raffle tickets to win a .22 rifle. They also awarded their 2019 officers, Producer of the Year, Dr. E.O. Sell Award, and Hall of Fame Award.

GBB’s Kaytlyn Malia attended the October meeting of the Tri State Cattlemen’s chapter. The chapter discussed plans to assist with relief efforts for Hurricane Michael and the local extension agent shared information on how to prepare for the upcoming winter. Kaytlyn gave an update on promotional programs funded by the Beef Checkoff and what they can expect to see from the Beef Board in the next few months.

Charlsy Godowns, Director of Association Services, visited L&K Farmers Livestock Market in Thomaston for their special sale on Friday, Nov. 9. Supper was served, and the sale began at 7 p.m. They had a great turnout, with a barn full of cattle and folks there to buy them!


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The 2018 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Outstanding County Agent of the Year Award goes to James Jacobs of Blackshear, Georgia. James was recently recognized at the GACAA Annual Meeting at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The award was presented by GCA Region VP Scott Andrews.

Georgia cattle producers and enthusiasts across the state are working tirelessly to develop the first Georgia Cattle History Book. The group has formed a committee, and is now raising money for the book’s development and publishing. This book will highlight the history of the cattle industry in Georgia, as well as the folks and breeds who were behind it all. The Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has donated $1,000 to go toward this project, and we are asking that your chapter will consider contributing as well. If you and/or your chapter would like to donate to this project, please contact the GCA office at 478-474-6560.

Three Rivers Cattlemen’s Chapter had their September meeting, sponsored by Lumber City Hardware. Lumber City Hardware provided the meal and the program. Brian Wood, a sales consultant with Cargill, presented a brief history of the American privately-held global corporation that is a major producer and distributor of agricultural products. He then went over the products and services Cargill has to offer the cattle industry.


• December 2018


Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information I'm sure there are not many reading this who wouldn’t agree that most mornings are a little crazy. There’s always so much to do in such little time before running out the door for school or work. I always look forward to this time of year because if there’s one day during this month that’s slowed down a little, it’s Christmas morning. My family and I will savor the time together by spending a few extra minutes in our pajamas, enjoying coffee cups instead of travel mugs, cooking breakfast together, and enjoying each other’s company. I encourage you to find ways to slow down and savor this season of celebration and cherish the memories with those you love. Having a beeffilled Christmas morning doesn’t have to come complicated (as opposed to assembly instructions for new toys), so I wanted to share with you a recipe for beef sausage gravy that you can top over biscuits or English muffins. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season!

BEEF SAUSAGE GRAVY Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup flour 3 cups skim milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Warmed biscuits or toasted English muffins

1. Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean), 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness. 2. Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook and stir 4 minutes. Stir in milk; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Stir in sausage, salt and pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until beef is heated through, stirring occasionally. 3. Serve over desired accompaniments.

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Beef On Georgia's Mind


Association Reports • Georgia CattleWomen’s Association Coming to a Close By Crystal Smallwood, CattleWomen’s Association President I can’t believe that it is already December and I am writing my last article for 2018. Only two more to write during my term, and you will start hearing from the new President, Theresa Molle. As we end the year, I reflect on things that have happened in 2018. I am proud to be a Woman in Ag, I am proud to be a cattle producer, I am proud to be an Agvocate, I am proud to be a mother, I am proud to be a friend to many, and I am proud to have served as your GCWA President. Women have taken on a new role in the Ag industry over the years, and I am glad to be a part of it. Just last month, I attended AI school in Athens with 20 participants. Guess what? Eleven were women! By the way, that was probably the most interesting class I have ever taken. I attended the SWAG program offered by the UGA Extension agents. EXCELLENT class. I encourage all women to take the class. The more you know, the easier it is to promote the best industry in the world. We are busy around the farm now, as it is calving season. Cute little Shorthorns and Shorthorn plus are running around and enjoying life. I look forward to Eli coming home on the 17th. I really want to see him – but truthfully, we have three calves due on the 26th. Having him home is a big help! He will return to Oklahoma on Jan. 1 to begin practicing for the National Western Judging Competition. Not a very long visit this time, but I will take what I can get. Those of you who know me personally, know that he is my heart and I couldn’t be more proud of him! GCWA sponsored the Beef Recipe Cook-off during the Georgia National Fair. Entries were down this year, but what was entered was very tasty. First place went to Paula Smith of Warner Robins with her Stuffed Pepper with Beef Soup. Did you know that if you enter into the contest, you get a free pass into the Fair? Remember this for next year! GCWA also had a booth at the Sunbelt Expo. I hope that you took the time to stop by and see Linda in the booth. We call Ms. Linda our Expo Queen. She knows what to do, and she is in charge of that event each year. She greeted each one and gave out our measuring spoons, as well as selling some of our NEW T-Shirts. Get one while they last. Purple or Teal for $15 each. Not a member? Join for $15 and get a shirt for $5. Scholarships are on the website and applications are due in January. Spread the word, and have the ladies pursuing a degree in agriculture apply. One last person I want to recognize is Katie Williams of Madison, Georgia. She is the daughter of our VP, Carol Williams. She took on our website a few months ago, and she is doing a great job adding things to it for us. THANKS Katie! I hope that you all take a little bit of downtime and enjoy this Holiday season with the family. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.

Stuffed Pepper with Beef Soup Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef ½ chopped onion 6 cups water 1 28-oz can tomato sauce 1 28-oz can petite diced tomatoes 2 cups chopped green peppers ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar 2 tsp salt 2 tsp beef bouillon granules 1 tsp pepper 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional) 2 cups long-grain rice, cooked

Directions: In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion and beef together until beef is no longer pink. Drain. After draining, place back in Dutch oven and stir in water and all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the rice. Bring to boil and simmer uncovered until peppers are tender (approx. 30 minutes). Add cooked rice and continue to simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes. Ladle into bowl and enjoy!

www.gabeef.org/gcwa cattlewomen@gabeef.org President: Crystal Smallwood 2561 Calvin Rd Monticello, GA 31064 crystalsmallwood89@gmail.com 706-318-7040 President Elect: Theresa Molle 190 Long Bridge Road Helena, GA 31037 470-214-2775 tmolle@windstream.net Vice-President: Carol Williams 1141 Broughton Rd Madison, GA 30650 carolwms1217@gmail.com 706-342-3479 Secretary: Terri Parker 133 Magnolia Pointe Drive Jefferson, GA 30549 770-714-5977 coachtdawg@gmail.com Treasurer: Linda Crumley 1343 Hog Mountain Road Winder, GA 30680 whalinda23@hotmail.com 770-307-8163 Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe 197 Langston Circle Perry, GA 31069 pbledsoe@uga.edu 478-955-2734 Past President: Sara Akins 1177 South Coffee Rd. Nashville, GA 31639 akinsmom@hotmail.com 229-237-1607 AMERICAN NATIONAL CATTLEWOMEN PO Box 3881, Centennial, CO 80112 303-694-0313, fax: 303-694-2390


• December 2018


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The 2019 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Conference is a program targeted at current and future industry leaders. Twelve applicants will be selected to participate in a two-day conference addressing the beef cattle industry. GCA Leadership Conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 21 and conclude late afternoon on Jan. 22. GCA will help coordinate travel once attendees are selected. The conference will feature a half day in the Macon office highlighting the operations of GCA and the Georgia Beef Board. The second half of the day will be spent on a cattle operation where participants will learn how GCA policy affects life on their farms. Day two takes participants to Atlanta to tour a beef wholesale facility, visit the State Capitol and the Georgia Department of Agriculture headquarters.

The conference is open to GCA members age 21 and older who have a desire to learn more about the beef industry and help move it and GCA forward.

2019 GCA Leadership Conference Application Name: Phone: Address: Email: Describe your involvement within the beef industry:

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Send application and any additional pages to: Charlsy Godowns Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P. O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 OR

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• December 2018


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

I ran into Randy in the airport. He was draggin’ his right hind leg like an escaped convict tryin’ to cover his tracks. I could see that it had taken him a while to pull his pant leg on over the swollen knee. He side-slid to a stop to visit for a minute. “So,” I asked stupidly. “Hurt yourself?” Randy is a rodeo announcer. A good one, I might add. I’ve seen him work. But this injury could certainly not be workrelated, I thought to myself. Rodeo announcers are a little higher up the food chain than those of us who actually get within striking distance of large herbivores. They sit in their ivory towers above the dust and flailing hooves, inciting the fans and titillating the timers. Occasionally stooping to act as straight man to the barrel man’s jokes, but above it all, maintaining their dignity. Ringmaster of all they survey. He gave me a raised eyebrow, realized that I was not smart enough to have asked the question facetiously, and explained. In an effort to “keep up with the competition,” he had taken to announcing rodeos on horseback. “Say no more,” I thought. Riding a strange horse furnished by the stock contractor into the center of the arena surrounded by thousands of foot-stompin’, whistlin’, avid rodeo fans, reins in one hand, microphone in the other, with flags flyin’, banners flappin’ and music blarin’ – the outcome is almost predictable. His story included all of that and concluded with a wild bucking exit where he bailed out with the grace of a sand bag fallin’ off the back of a runaway stagecoach. What makes people do things like that says something about the cowboy mentality. This mentality is best characterized by that old joke where the guy holds his hand in front of his face and bets his friend that he can’t “hit my hand before I move it.” I once had to wear a neck brace for several weeks. Not in public, of course. Maybe I wouldn’t have been so reluctant to wear it if I didn’t have to respond to the question, “So, did you hurt your neck?” What did I tell them? “No. It’s just decorative.” “A cosmetic article of clothing designed to offset my bad posture and enhance my fine facial features.” Or maybe: “My wife gave it to me on our anniversary.” Or: “I wrenched it saving a school bus load of children from a burning building.” If I had been forced to explain, I would have to have said I was riding down the trail with an amigo whose horse was jiggin’

and tossin’ his head. So I told this amigo that he didn’t have to put up with that kind of unsavory equine behavior. When he throws his head, I said, conk him between the ears. “Whattya mean?” asked my amigo. So I demonstrated by leaning out of the saddle and whacking his horse on the poll with a 32-ounce mug I’d gotten at the GIT AND GO. The mug broke, his horse stampeded, and when I straightened up, I couldn’t move my neck. See what I mean? Randy’s story isn’t that preposterous after all. Just part of the cowboy way. Here – bet you can’t hit my hand before I move it.


• December 2018



GCA Associate Members

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


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Associate Membership Form

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


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Get your farm name out there! Business card ads available!

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

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Industry News

Red Angus Association of America and IMI Global Join Forces in Support of Cattle Producers By Red Angus Media An agreement between the Red Angus Association of America and IMI Global, a division of Where Food Comes From Inc., will provide convenient access into natural and non-hormone treated cattle programs to producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program. Gary Fike, RAAA director of commercial marketing, said, “IMI Global has long been recognized for its industry-leading work in verifying cattle for Verified Natural and NHTC programs in beef cattle operations. These designations allow producers to market their cattle to feedyards and packers with the assurance that all USDA requirements have been fully satisfied through enrollment and audit processes. Consumers are demanding more information from the production chain about the beef they are eating. This often includes source, age, genetics, humane handling. and how cattle are fed and managed.” Fike added that because the FCCP tag is already USDAcompliant for age, source, and genetically verified cattle (at least 50 percent Red Angus bloodlines), producers who enroll calves in the FCCP can use the yellow tag as the identifier for Red Angus and IMI Global programs. In the past, FCCP users who wished to enroll their calves into a Verified Natural or NHTC program often needed an additional identifier from IMI. However, with this new partnership, cattlemen and women can be assured that the FCCP tag itself can be the


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qualified identifier. “Many, if not all, natural and NHTC programs are now requiring electronic identification tags to be used rather than just a panel, or visual tag. The ‘nested’ set of both the visual FCCP tag with EID is $3.00 per head,” said Chessie Mitchell, RAAA tag programs coordinator. “Those who wish to enroll in these NHTC and Verified Natural programs will still need to complete the enrollment paperwork through IMI Global. The RAAA does not enroll and audit cattle for that part of the program – IMI Global is the expert in that area.” Superior Livestock Auction data collected from video markets over the past eight years (2010-2017) shows that Red Angus calves enrolled in the FCCP bring a $2.80-perhundredweight premium, on average, over Red Angus calves not enrolled in the program. The average weight of calves in the data set was 600 pounds, which equates to $16.80 per head in added value. Combined with premiums paid for Verified Natural or NHTC verified calves, the FCCP can add a lot of value to a producer’s calf crop. For more information about FCCP enrollment, contact Chessie Mitchell, RAAA tag programs coordinator, at chessie@ redangus.org or (940) 226-4762. For more information about IMI Global, contact Doug Stanton with IMI Global at dstanton@imiglobal.com or (866) 395-5883.

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• December 2018


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FCCP Shatters Enrollment Records, Validates Profitable Red Angus Genetics By Red Angus Media The Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program, the longest-running and best-recognized USDA Process Verified Program in the beef industry, continues to shatter calf enrollment records. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the FCCP, commonly known to cattlemen and women as the “Yellow Tag” program, grew total enrollments by more than 5 percent and enrolled more than 172,000 high-quality Red Angusinfluenced feeder calves. Red Angus commercial producers recognize the value of the yellow FCCP tag and continue to see market-topping premiums for a minimal investment in enrollment. The 99-cent tag returns, on average, a $2.80 per hundredweight (cwt) premium, which equates to more than $16 on a 600-pound Red Angus feeder calf – a calf that most often sells at or near the top of the market. Compound that figure across truckloads of calves, and beef producers are quick to realize the value of Red Angus genetics guaranteed by the yellow tag. The FCCP combines three important components commonly found in successful value-added programs: genetics, source, and age verification. Producers who enroll in the FCCP are able to capitalize on stronger demand from feeders and packers to fill Angus product lines. The Red Angus combination of rapid early growth and carcass quality delivers tangible benefits to producers in a highly competitive marketplace. The FCCP was first established in 1994, and to date nearly 2.5 million head of Red Angus-influenced calves have worn the profitable yellow tag. The tag is available in two options: the traditional visual tag for 99 cents each; or a combination visual and RFID tag for $3 each. Producers must answer a few breeding and management questions, thereby verifying traceability to at least 50 percent Red Angus breed influence. To learn more or enroll 34

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Hurricane Michael Slams Southwest Georgia Cattle Producers By Becky Mills After a terrifying night of listening to the sounds of Hurricane Michael, Greg Lumpkin left his Carnegie, Georgia, house before daylight. He saw a site that would make any cattle producer queasy. “All four lanes of Highway 27 were full of cows.” Two big pecan trees had fallen on the fence and the frightened herd bolted onto the highway. In a much-needed bit of good luck, though, the normally busy U.S. highway was empty. A Category Four hurricane when it hit the Florida panhandle, Michael roared through Southwest Georgia and Southeast Alabama on the night of October 10. The next morning, traffic was still almost non-existent. “There wasn’t a soul out,” says Lumpkin. He was able to herd the 37 cows and their calves back in the pasture, then move them to an adjoining pasture farther back from the highway. Lumpkin farms with his father, Thomas, and brother, Kevin, on a farm started by his grandfather, L.B. Lumpkin, in 1941. Unfortunately, this isn’t Lumpkin Farms’ first experience with a natural disaster. In January 20, 2017, two of their rented pastures were hit by a tornado and they had to replace close to a mile of fence. “This thing was different,” says Lumpkin. “It was widespread. When I saw the cows on the road, I thought, this is just the beginning.” While none of their other eight herds were out on major highways, the news was far from good. “There was damage in every direction,” says Lumpkin. “It affected every pasture we have.” 36

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Little wonder. The hurricane brought sustained winds of 75 mph plus to Randolph County, and gusts up to 100 mph. At the Lumpkins, falling trees crushed two cows and a calf. Their cow barn got hit, too. Three quarters of the roof is gone and part of the pens. Lumpkin says he is grateful the squeeze chute survived. On the morning after the storm, the Lumpkins prioritized. First, they started on the fences that bordered highways, then the ones that keep their cows away from planted winter grazing and crops. “We pushed hard for three or four days but now we’re just doing more as we can,” says Lumpkin. It is slow going. It is just the three of them with chainsaws and their John Deere 6115. They still haven’t even had time to check part of their fences in the woods. “We’ll still be working on fence this time next year,” he predicts. They did have a bit of good fortune. Most of their pastures have ponds and creeks so the cattle had access to water. “If we hadn’t gotten power that Sunday we would have had to haul water to one herd,” says Lumpkin. They are still having to haul hay to all their cattle to try to keep them satisfied while they repair fences and wait for their winter grazing to grow. They background all the calves from their 270-cow commercial herd, and forage finish part of the calves, so that adds to the strain on their pastures that do have usable fences. In nearby Albany, Georgia, Max Lewis, his wife, Paula, and his father, Buddy, are also going through their second

round with Mother Nature. They, too, were hit by a tornado in January 2017. “We had three and a half miles of woven wire fence we had just put up with financial help from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS),” says Lewis. “The tornado put it all back on the ground.” He said it completely destroyed 600 feet, although the rest was salvageable. “I’ve never repaired that much new fence,” he notes. Thankfully, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) did provide some disaster relief, but Lewis says it took him until that summer to repair and/or replace the fencing on the 150-acre pasture. After the tornado, he also had to haul water to his cows with a nurse tank for two weeks, a practice he’d repeat this October when Hurricane Michael slammed the farm again. “This has been a different experience,” Lewis says. “We were hit a lot worse. We thought all the weak trees were already on the ground, but they weren’t. I just thought, here we go again.” Lewis and Paula couldn’t even get back to their house without the help of chainsaws. When the winds picked up around their wooden farmhouse, built by Max’s granddaddy in the 1950s, the young couple packed up their children, Max Lewis IV, or I.V., who is two and a half, and daughter Willa Jane, six months, and went to Max’s parents’ house for the night. Although the older Lewis’s live within shouting distance, their house doesn’t have as many trees around it and they thought it would be safer. While there isn’t a fence without damage, their 100-cow herd is safe. One heifer did have quite an adventure, however. “When I checked the trail camera ten days after the storm, I saw a heifer that had been out for five days. It took me a half a day to find her. She was in our neighbour’s pecan grove, lost in the limbs.” A major financial hit came from their four broiler houses. “We couldn’t even get to them at first,” says Lewis. “The roofs were peeled back and there was tin flying everywhere.” The front quarter of all four houses was blown off and the equipment running the automatic feeders and waterers was destroyed. Still, Lewis says they were fortunate and didn’t lose many broilers. The chicks were only 10 days old and they were able to push them back under the section with a roof and fence them off. The timber on the farm was also hit. “That is a big loss,”

says Lewis. “We mostly had hardwoods, big oak trees.” Although the estimate for agricultural damage for the state is around $2.4 billion, the dollar figure for cattle operations isn’t available. So much of it is subtle damage. Lewis, like Lumpkin, is having to feed extra hay because he can’t rotate pastures until he has more fences repaired. “You just have to pick a pasture and put them in it. We take it one tree at a time,” says Lewis. Currently, his replacement heifers are in with his mature herd, so he can’t supplement the growing females like he wants. He also hasn’t been able to plant any winter annuals. “Every day there isn’t a seed in the ground, it hurts next year’s calf crop.” Both Lewis and Lumpkin still say they’re the fortunate ones. Lewis says, “We’re safe. We’re good. A lot of people offered to come and help.” Paula Lewis says the people in their church prayed for them, but she told them, “You need to pray for the people who don’t have equipment and don’t know what to do.” Lumpkin adds, “The first four or five days all we did was work. But I finally got out and looked. It wasn’t just us, and it could have been so much worse.” In November, he had a chance to go to the stockyard in Donalsonville where the area was even harder hit. “As bad as it was here, that put it in perspective. We can’t sell the three head that got killed, but we can still sell the rest. You can’t pick cotton up off the ground and sell it.” “I know two people who are fixing to get out of the cattle business,” he says. “People that have been in it all their lives. It isn’t cost effective to fix the fence.” So far, Lumpkin’s biggest frustration is he hasn’t been able to help others. Although he admits he did plant 80 acres of winter grazing for an older neighbour, he says, “You can’t get enough done for yourself so you’re in a position to help others.” If you’re one of those who are in a position to help the Georgia cattle producers affected by Hurricane Michael, please send a check to the Georgia Cattleman’s Foundation, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Editor’s note: Becky Mills is a freelance writer and photographer based in Cuthbert, Georgia. Rather than accept payment for the story and photos, she asked the Georgia Cattleman magazine to donate to the hurricane relief fund.


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Economics of Bulls

Lee Jones, MS, DVM, University of Georgia Pregnancies matter. Reproductive efficiency is a priority in beef herds. If producers depend on natural service, then bulls contribute to at least half of reproduction and at least as much to the future of the cow herd through their daughters. Selecting the right kind of bull (from the right program) and a fertile bull is an important investment – not just in the calves sold each year, but a bull leaves his influence in the kind of daughters and cows kept in the herd for 2-3 decades. While a good, fertile bull might be half the reproduction equation of a herd, a bad one could be 100-percent responsible for reproductive failure. While we can never guarantee that all bulls will be successful breeders, there are steps we can take to pick bulls that are up to the task of achieving an effective, efficient reproductive program. Bulls affect the economics of cow-calf systems by getting cows pregnant and by breeding them early. The best bulls don’t have to rebreed many cows. Even under the best herd conditions, not every breeding results in a sustained pregnancy. Some matings don’t result in conception, while some do but don’t result in pregnancy. Research has shown that only 70-80 percent of natural services actually result in a pregnancy under the best management conditions. If the bull has any fertility issue, then cows may not get bred early or 46

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may not get bred at all. The most productive cows calve early in the calving season, resulting in older, heavier calves. In a study done on the King Ranch in Texas in 1986, researchers compared the pregnancy rate (PR) of a random group of bulls to ones that had passed a complete Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE). What they found was that in the herds that used bulls that passed the BSE, there were 5-6 percent more pregnant cows than in the herds that used the randomly selected bulls. In another 2011 study done in Brazil in Nelore cattle, researchers found that using bulls that passed a BSE not only improved calf production by 31 percent but calf weaning weights increased by 50 pounds because more cows were getting bred earlier and calves were older at weaning. Every mating that doesn’t result in a pregnancy means the cow has to recycle (21 days +/- 3 days) for another chance to get pregnant. Every cycle means the calf is 45-50 pounds lighter at weaning. Therefore, sub-fertile bulls not only have more open cows, but the cows that finally do get bred have lighter calves. They cost producers money in two ways. Table 1 is an example of the cost of infertility in a herd of 35 cows, which would be typical for many Southeast herds. The example assumes that 25/35 cows are cycling at the

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beginning of the breeding season, and the fertile bull has a 60-percent conception risk compared to 30 percent for the sub-fertile bull. As you can see from this example, the fertile bull was able to produce 4,560 pounds more calf at weaning and had 8 more bred cows than the one that was sub-fertile. www.fas. scot/article/the-cost-of-bull-infertility Plain and simple, sub-fertile bulls cost the cattle industry money. Lots of money. Studies tell us that 1 out of every 8-10 bulls is sub-fertile. That means at least 1 out of every 8-10 herds is losing over 2 TONS of calves not produced each year just because of the bull. That cheap, sub-fertile bull not only costs $500-600 to carry each year, but he also costs his owner over $5,000/year ($120/cwt) in lost revenue and more open cows! Not very cheap, in my opinion. What is a BSE? The Breeding Soundness Evaluation was developed by the Society for Reproduction (now Society for Theriogenology) decades ago as a standard to use to determine the breeding fitness of bulls. A BSE is a thorough examination of the bull to determine whether he is fit to breed cows. First, the bull must pass a physical exam. He must be sound with no lameness and good feet and legs; no vision impairment and no evidence of disease or other physical abnormalities. Then there is a reproduction exam – sort of like what proctologists do for men. Then there is a semen/sperm evaluation. Sperm are examined for shape of head and tail as well as progressive motility. Sometimes sperm might be motile but they may not swim straight and forward. Studies that look only at overall motility miss this important point. Sperm that don’t swim straight can’t get to the egg to fertilize it. The sperm also have to have the right morphology or shape. This is checked using a microscope under high (400-1000x) magnification and a special stain that allows sperm shape to be seen clearly. Studies show that more bulls are failed for morphology than for any other reason. So, it is important to perform that part of the procedure correctly. Though the BSE is thorough, it doesn’t evaluate breeding capacity (number of cows the bull is capable of breeding) or libido (enthusiasm for breeding). These traits have to be determined by observing the bulls with the cows. Fertile bulls also pass on their genetics better than subfertile ones. Bulls that breed more cows earlier have more daughters in the herd. Their daughters also are old enough to

breed because they were born earlier and have reached puberty earlier compared to younger, lighter-weight heifers. Bulls that pass a BSE also have larger scrotal circumference (SC). Studies have shown that daughters from bulls that have larger SC reach puberty earlier and breed earlier than daughters of bulls with smaller SC. Therefore, bulls that are fertile and pass a BSE have a more beneficial impact on the herd for years, even years after they leave the herd. Whereas, the sub-fertile bull costs money and leaves younger, less productive daughters as well as fewer calves to sell. Why don’t producers use BSE? A 2008 USDA survey found that only 1 in 5 owners with fewer than 50 cows had BSEs done on their bulls. Of course, fewer than half of these herds have a controlled breeding season either, so perhaps reproductive efficiency isn’t a high priority among that group of producers. But the benefits of using fertile versus sub-fertile in bulls are well known. So why aren’t producers asking their veterinarians for this service? Perhaps it’s because of a bad previous experience. I have talked with farmers who won’t even discuss this because they felt that the procedure was too hard on the bulls. I would have agreed 20 years ago, but not today. Our modern equipment is much smoother and doesn’t elicit the negative reaction we used to see in the bulls tested. Maybe it’s facilities. It takes a sturdy, large chute to handle a mature bull. Not every farm has a chute or alley big enough to accommodate a big bull. A few practices have haul-in facilities capable of handling bulls. Check around to see if there is one nearby. Whatever the obstacle, it’s worth finding a way to have the procedure done. Buying a bull.. Don’t buy a bull that hasn’t passed a BSE: a real BSE. I have heard too many owners complain that they didn’t have calves one year because their bull ‘went bad,’ when in fact the bull had never had a BSE done. This is critical when buying a yearling bull. There are more problems found in yearling bulls than mature bulls, and that makes sense. Get a form from the seller. Each bull that passes an official BSE gets an individual form with all the findings recorded. This is especially important if the bull fails to breed and needs to be rechecked. Though the BSE is a good procedure, some bulls pass but don’t or can’t breed cows. Bulls are a good investment. Buying a good one pays dividends for years – even decades. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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For Sale

25 Hereford Heifers 35 Hereford Bulls & 20 F1 Braford Bulls *Southern Adapted* *Total Performance Records* *400 Registered Cows*

Greenview Farms, Inc. 334 K-Ville Road Screven, GA 31560

Jonny Harris | 912-294-2470

Paul Harris | 912-294-2472



Georgia Brangus Breeders a Division of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.

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

Home of Oaks Manning 30T 541Z71

Purebred & Commercial CATTLE FOR SALE


Office: 912/565.7640

1188 Lawson Road, Lyons, Georgia 30436

L.G. Herndon, Jr., Owner 912/293.1316 bo@vidaliasfinest.com


Shawn Johnston, Manager 850/557.1145




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Three State of the Art Cow/Calf Facilities in Good Hope and Monroe GA

Tommy Mead & Family

This space is waiting on you! Call Ray Hicks 912-865-5593

Add color to your business card ad for $250 more a year! Call Bailey to update your ad!


This space is waiting on you! Call Ray Hicks 912-865-5593

Cody Cleveland Herefords 132 Roberts Lane Colquitt, GA 39837 229-254-0399 CodyCleveland19@yahoo.com

Jonny & Toni Harris Cooper Hill

1159 Deep South Farm Rd. Cell: 423-618-4304 Blairsville, GA 30512 cooper@hillvuefarm.com www.hillvuefarm.com


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Richburg Cattle, LLC “Striving to consistently produce value added cattle”

All bulls have genomically enhanced EPDs, docile, BVD free, and have BSE performed at AU Vet School


Brands of Distinction Bull Sale Mid State Stockyards - Letohatchee, AL December 11, Noon SimAngus Lots 18-21 Angus Lots 25-27

Mahlon & Mary Richburg 642 Shawnee Street Auburn, AL 36830 334-524-3861 mmrichburg@att.net

Southeast Angus Classic Bull Sale Lawler Farms - Opelika, AL January 12, Noon Angus Lots 78-84


Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Association Donna Priest, Secretary/Treasurer P: 770-655-8133 E: DonnaLPriest@gmail.com


Registered Simmental and SimAngus available Private Treaty

Donnie Lane & Lisa Lane 229.938.7845 dk31092@gmail.com

39 Peacock Rd Vienna, GA 31092

Breed Simmentals? Advertise your farm here! Email Bailey@gabeef.org T ODAY! 52

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December 1 – The Source Bull Sale, Akins Cattle Enterprise, Nashville, GA • Info: 229-237-2449 December 7 – Calhoun Performance Tested Bull Sale Calhoun, GA • Info: 706-542-9102 December 8 – Cowboy Logic Bull & Commercial Female Sale Talmo, GA • Contact: Cole Elrod 678-410-1312 Looking for Simmental/ SimAngusTM Bulls? Visit our website to find a breeder near you!

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Nutritional Considerations Going Into Calving

Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientist, UGA Roger Gates, Whitfield County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension This year has proved to be quite an interesting one. Most producers were able to put up plenty of hay. However, due to average to above-average rainfall, a large proportion of the hay produced was harvested at a later-than-ideal maturity. Based on the samples submitted to the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory, we are dealing with lowerquality forage for winter feeding. For producers with a late winter/spring calving season, this could cause potential issues. Combining this with a few other observations, here are a few situations we are seeing, and the potential ramifications: 1. I will restrict feed in the last trimester to decrease calf birth weights. 2. I need more protein to go with my hay. 3. There is a tendency to under-estimate crude protein and over-estimate energy. 54

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I will restrict feed in the last trimester to decrease calf birth weights. Is this correct? Absolutely! The problem is, that is not the only thing it will affect. Recent research has focused on fetal programming. Fetal programming is the concept that maternal stimulus or insult during fetal development has long-term effects on the offspring. One of the most critical aspects of fetal programming involves adequate nutrition, or lack thereof, for the dam. Research has shown minimal impact on calf birth weights; however, restricted nutrition during the last trimester decreased weaning weights, finishing weights, and hot carcass weights. Additionally, research from Nebraska indicated that heifers from nutritionally restricted cows reached puberty 14 days later than those with proper nutrition.

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Figure 1. The nutrient requirements of a mature brood cow through a 365-day calving interval. 

I need more protein to go with my hay. Is this correct? Possibly; however, protein is only half of the equation. From April 1 to Nov. 1 of this year, 1,260 bermudagrass hay samples and 291 fescue hay samples were submitted to the UGA lab. The mean crude protein and energy (TDN) values were 12.1 percent and 53.4 percent, respectively for bermudagrass, and 14.2 percent and 55.2 percent, respectively for fescue. Figure 1 represents the CP and TDN requirements of a brood cow throughout the production year. As you can see, as cows are entering the final trimester, their CP requirement is exceeded by the average bermudagrass and fescue sample, but the energy requirement falls short for bermudagrass. More importantly, the CP requirement is met for peak lactation, but falls tremendously short for TDN. There is a tendency to under-estimate crude protein and over-estimate energy. The cheapest money you will ever spend in a beef cattle operation is a forage test, guaranteed!!! As part of the recent Master Cattlemen’s Program, Dr. Roger Gates offered free forage testing for participants along with a survey for producers asking them to estimate what they thought the quality of the hay was (prior to testing). This survey resulted in 83 percent of producers under-estimating the protein of their hay compared to the actual. This would result in the purchasing of protein supplement when not needed. For energy, 50 percent over-estimated energy. This would result in depriving needed energy during late gestation and early lactation. In addition to the previously discussed fetal programming issues, this could also cause delayed breeding. An actual example of over-estimation of

energy is illustrated in Figure 2. The over-estimation could likely result in breeding delayed 42 days. The resulting loss in weaning weight could easily reach 80 pounds, resulting in an approximate $120 decrease in value per calf. Through forage testing, the producer would know to feed 4 lbs/d of a supplement such as corn gluten feed. Based on a 25-cow herd, this could easily return $1,920 above cost. That is a nobrainer! Brood cow nutrition is a crucial part of a beef cattle operation. Between fetal programing and maintaining the proper calving interval, it is imperative for producers to pay close attention to the nutrients available in their forages, and whether they meet the requirements of their herd. If you have any questions on nutrition, hay testing, or developing winter feeding strategies, contact your local Cooperative Extension office (extension.uga.edu, or 1-800-ASK-UGA-1). Figure 2. Actual example of over-estimating energy. Example of over-estimation of energy for 25 cows: • Estimated TDN: 60% ACTUAL TDN: 55.5% DIFFERENCE: 4.5% • No feed – cows lose condition, slip 2 cycles • Calf is ~80lb lighter than contemporaries/expected WW • At $1.50/lb, $-120/calf IF ONLY I’D KNOWN… • $25 for forage test ($1/cow) • 4 lb/d of Corn Gluten for 60 days ($190/ton) = $23 TOTAL • $24 investment/cow returns $96/cow • X 20 cows = $1,920 return on investment!!!! GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Office: 912/565.7640

1188 Lawson Road, Lyons, Georgia 30436

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Nov 9 – Arcadia Black & White Bull Sale, Arcadia, FL Dec 7 – It’s All Black & White Bull Sale, Montgomery, AL Feb 23 – Black & White Spring Forward Sale, Montgomery, AL

Richard Meadows 334-797-4870


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President: Sid Arnold 3870 Crabapple Hollow Rd Nicholson, GA 30565 706-207-6113 sarnold@escoeindustrial.com Sec/Treas.: Jodi Sizemore 149 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-6229 • 770-235-4891 (cell) jodisi@bellsouth.net

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Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association

27th ANNUAL REPLACEMENT HEIFER SALE Saturday • Feb. 23, 2019 • 12:30 p.m. Saluda Livestock Market • Saluda, SC

Selling 200 bred and open heifers è Sired by Angus, Simmental, SimAngus, Gelbvieh, Balancer & Polled Hereford bulls è Offering both open heifers and fall calving bred heifers è Excellent herd health program è Sold in uniform groups of 2 to 5 head è Officially screened and sorted by Clemson University Extension Service Representatives

Lunch provided by Saluda 4-H For Information Contact: Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Travis Mitchell, Area Livestock and Forages Agent 201 East Church Street, Saluda, SC 29138-1403 (864) 445-8117, extension 113 (office) • (803) 609-2828 (cell) (864) 445-8119 (fax) • email: TWMitch@Clemson.edu GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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43rd Annual Clemson Bull Sale

Presented by Clemson University and SC Cattlemen’s Association

Saturday, February 2, 2019 • 12:00 noon Garrison Livestock Arena - Cattle Complex

50+ Bulls and 30+ Open Heifers Angus • Charolais • Gelbvieh • Polled Hereford Red Angus • SimAngus • Simmental • Ultra Blacks

Measuring Economically Relevant Traits to include Feed Efficiency with the Grow Safe System Also testing for: Average Daily Gain • Weight Per Day of Age • Breeding Soundness Exams • Scrotal Size, Frame Score, Ribeye and Marbling Scans • Genomically Enanced EPD’s • All Bulls Screened for Structural Soundness and Disposition


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Banner Year for Coastal, Tifton 85 and KY31 Fescue Gary M. Hill, Emeritus Professor, Animal and Dairy Science Dept., The University of Georgia, Tifton Campus Have you heard of Coastal Bermudagrass and/or Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue all of your life? That is entirely possible because 2018 marks the 75th year since Coastal and KY31 Fescue were released as cultivars. Remarkably, these two forages were released in 1943, and they have been the standard forages for grazing and hay production on millions of acres across the Southeastern U.S., and across the Upper South, stretching into the Midwest and Eastern U.S. KY31 is a predominate cool-season perennial grass in the Upper South and Midwest, while Coastal is a warm-season perennial covering the warmer regions of the Southeast from Virginia to Florida, and westward to Texas and Oklahoma. There is a significant transition zone roughly between I-20 and I-40 from Georgia to Arkansas in which mixtures of bermudagrass 62

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and fescue may occur. In the late 1930s, Dr. E. N. Fergus, Forage Agronomist, The University of Kentucky, selected wild fescue plants from a farm in Kentucky. A selection from these plants became Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue (KY 31). While KY 31 was widely planted from seed across the region, with increased yields, high persistence under grazing or hay production, it was plagued with livestock problems resulting from a toxicity caused by a microscopic endophyte, isolated as the culprit in the 1980s. This endophyte causes poor performance and lower reproductive rates in cattle, and abortions and low milk production in mares. Management practices (incorporation of legumes, not grazing during mid-summer, etc.) were developed and promoted that partially alleviated the severity

E x p e r t of these maladies. Recently, several tall fescue varieties have been marketed containing “friendly endophytes” that benefit the persistence of fescue plants, but do not cause the problems associated with fescue toxicosis occurring in KY 31. Coastal Bermudagrass was developed as a hybrid cultivar and released in 1943 by Dr. Glenn Burton, USDA Plant Geneticist, Coastal Plain Station, Tifton, Georgia. It was accepted by cattlemen and widely distributed across the lower South over the years. Coastal must be established vegetatively by planting rhizomes or from top growth material – not from seed. In his screening program, Dr. Burton selected for yield, persistence, quality, drought tolerance, and disease resistance. Several additional cultivars were released by Dr. Burton over his long career, including Tifton 44, Tifton 68 (mostly used in tropical climates), Tifton 78, and Tifton 85. Tifton 85 (T85) has proven to be another remarkable forage, and 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of T85. Amazingly, in 1993, 50 years after the release of Coastal, T85 was released – and Dr. Burton was still actively employed by USDA at the age of 82! Compared with Coastal, T85 has 15- to 25-percent greater yields, 10- to 15-percent higher digestibility, and produces up to 19-percent higher pre-weaning calf gains.

A d v i c e Large grazing dairies, some with 1000-plus cows per unit, in Florida and Georgia are using T85 as the primary forage. After some reluctance, high-quality T85 is being fed to horses across the Southeast. Another attribute of T85 involves rapid establishment from sprigs or top-growth material, and if moisture conditions are adequate, at least one hay harvest or grazing usually occurs in the establishment year. While T85 has less cold tolerance than Coastal and Tifton 44, it has been widely planted across the lower Southeast, extending into Texas, and it is in production on millions of acres in Brazil and other countries. Higher digestibility of T85 compared with Alicia and Coastal bermudagrasses has been confirmed, resulting from a difference in chemical composition of lignin within the grasses. The future is bright for both bermudagrass and fescue to continue as predominant forages for grazing and hay production in the U.S. New bermudagrass cultivars are presently under development that promise to surpass T85 in yield and quality. Research continues with fescue selections incorporating additional endophytes that may enhance forage digestion and production.


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Zoonotic Diseases: Cryptosporidiosis Ian K. Hawkins, Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

be associated with cryptosporidiosis. All people are susceptible; however, immunocompromised individuals (those with weakened immune systems) are at a higher risk of infection and more likely to develop severe disease. It is worth noting that animals and people will continue to shed infective oocysts for up to 2 weeks after all clinical signs and symptoms have resolved. Risk factors associated with human cryptosporidiosis include: consumption of unpasteurized milk or juice; contact with sick animals (especially calves) or people; and occupational animal exposure. Infective oocysts are highly resistant to chlorination; therefore, Cryptosporidium outbreaks in people have also been associated with drinking water and recreational water systems (e.g., community pools, water Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories (GVDL) primarily diagnose and investigate animal disease. Since many parks). Such outbreaks have been linked with contamination infections in animals are zoonotic (i.e., infectious to humans as of the watershed by cattle feces. well), our labs also have an important function in maintaining In humans and animals, Cryptosporidium infections are typically diagnosed via a variety of tests conducted on stool public health. Thus far, we’ve discussed several zoonoses: samples. Tests include: fecal flotation; acid-fast staining rabies, tuberculosis, brucellosis, salmonellosis and listeriosis. on fecal smears; fluorescent antibody testing; ELISA; and This month, we are discussing cryptosporidiosis, a protozoan polymerase chain reaction (PCR). As oocyst shedding is parasitic infection that has the potential to cause significant variable and intermittent; repeated tests are often required to public health and economic impacts on Georgia producers. Cryptosporidiosis (also referred to as “crypto”) is a disease confirm cryptosporidiosis. Healthy individuals will recover without specific therapy, though drinking plenty of fluids is caused by a microscopic protozoan parasite in the genus recommended to avoid dehydration. Nitazoxanide is an FDACryptosporidium. The species Cryptosporidium parvum is a approved treatment for cryptosporidiosis in healthy people. significant cause of the disease in cattle and other ruminants Standard good hygiene practices are recommended to (e.g., sheep and goats), and it also readily infects people. In help prevent infection and spread of Cryptosporidium. For all species, the organism generally infects the intestinal tract, livestock producers, hand-washing with plenty of soap and resulting in enteritis or enterocolitis with diarrhea. water is advised after handling animals. Maintenance of Animals with active cryptosporidiosis release oocysts in the feces which can directly infect other animals and humans. good biosecurity measures on the farm will also minimize Fecal-contaminated water, milk, and food products along with infection. Measures include: wearing disposable gloves when handling ill animals; isolation of new herd introductions or direct contact are common sources of infection. In cattle, the sick individuals; disinfection of equipment between animal disease mainly affects neonatal calves 1-2 weeks old resulting treatments; and changing out of clothes/footwear after animal in diarrhea, which can be fatal. Cryptosporidiosis can overlap with other enteric infections such as bacterial or viral causes of handling. As cryptosporidiosis can be transmitted from person to person, proper hand-washing before meals, after visits to diarrhea. the restroom, and before and after meal preparation will help In people, the clinical picture of Cryptosporidium reduce the spread of this disease. Avoidance of potentially infections is similar to that in animals, with the predominant contaminated water sources (e.g., lakes, rivers, ponds, symptoms being abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, untreated water, swimming pools) for drinking water will also vomiting, dehydration and weight loss. The duration of the decrease the likelihood of cryptosporidiosis. illness is typically 1-2 weeks, and in rare instances death can Key Points • Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a protozoan parasite that causes enteritis, diarrhea and dehydration. • The disease is spread via protozoal oocysts shed in feces of animals and people. • Common sources of infection include fecal-contaminated water or food, inadequately treated water, and contact with infected animals (especially calves). • People with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of infection. • Proper sanitation, good hygiene practices, and avoiding contaminated water sources can help prevent infection.


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Young Cattlemen’s Council 2019 Farm Tour Reserve your spot NOW! Saturday, January 19th, 2019 Registration Deadline: January 11th ● Cost: $20/head *** Visit www.georgiacattlemen.org to register ***


920 Cattle & Company Chatel Farms Boggy Creek Farm All Signed up and Joining the Tour? Meet at: Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds 16942 GA-67, Statesboro, GA 30458

@ 7:45 AM Bus will leave promptly at 8:00 AM If you choose to secure a hotel room, a block has been reserved 1/18 -1/19 at: SpringHill Suites 105 Spring Hill Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458 The last day to reserve at the discounted rate is 1/1/19 Use code: Young Cattlemen’s Council for the discounted rate. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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




13% 68%

14% 65%

11% 70%


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


WEIGHT 850-1200 LBS 850-1200 LBS OVER 1200 LBS 800-1200 LBS 1500-2100 LBS 1000-1500 LBS





150.00-158.00 144.00-153.00 134.00-143.00 133.00-139.00 127.00-132.00




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152.00-160.00 145.00-154.00 139.00-147.00 134.00-142.00 125.00-135.00 124.00-127.00 115.00-125.00

156.46 149.84 142.80 137.88 130.89 125.60 120.58

140.00-147.00 130.00-140.00 123.00-131.00 120.00-126.00

143.15 134.95 129.52 123.64

138.00-148.00 135.00-142.00 127.00-137.00 120.00-130.00 117.00-123.00 116.00-120.00 115.00-118.00 110.00-117.00

144.07 138.39 132.16 126.72 121.89 118.81 116.16 113.42

130.00-140.00 122.00-132.00 116.00-125.00 112.00-120.00 110.00-115.00 107.00-113.00 105.00-110.00 100.00-108.00

133.55 126.52 121.18 116.82 111.91 110.28 108.23 105.91

112.00-122.00 110.00-115.00 108.00-113.00 102.00-111.00 100.00-105.00 96.00-102.00

118.82 111.93 110.39 107.82 103.73 99.40

160.00-170.00 152.00-162.00 145.00-155.00 138.00-146.00 128.00-138.00 125.00-129.00 122.00-127.00 115.00-124.00

165.65 157.60 150.40 141.80 133.26 127.45 123.57 120.02

150.00-158.00 144.00-153.00 137.00-147.00 127.00-137.00 117.00-127.00 110.00-120.00 109.00-113.00 108.00-112.00 MED & LGE 1-2

153.31 148.08 140.93 131.65 122.39 116.72 111.29 110.16 MED & LGE 2-3

135.00-142.00 130.00-138.00 122.00-132.00 115.00-125.00 110.00-118.00 105.00-113.00 101.00-108.00 100.00-102.00 SMALL 1-2

139.23 132.71 127.46 120.08 113.32 109.25 104.62 100.80




DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 669 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 84 HEAD 650-700 LBS 150.25; 69 HEAD 800-850 LBS 144.30. HOLSTEIN STEERS LARGE 3 132 HEAD 850-900 LBS 86.00-86.75. HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 84 HEAD 650-700 LBS 140.50; 70 HEAD 700-750 LBS 137.75; 147 HEAD 750-800 LBS 132.00-135.85; 83 HEAD 800-850 LBS 134.30. GEORGIA GOAT SUMMARY: TOTAL RECEIPTS: 78

66KIDS: December 20182 20-40 • GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 40-60 LBS 60.00-110.00; 60-80 LBS 120.00-132.50; NANNIES/DOES: SELECTION 2 60-80 LBS 75.00SELECTION LBS 50.00-65.00; 130.00; 100-120 LBS 75.00-130. BILLIES/BUCKS: SELECTION 2 75-100 LBS 102.00-150.00; 100-150 LBS 156.00-197.00; 150-300 LBS 197.00212.50. WETHERS 100-145 LBS 145.00-277.50.

Reader Services Bieber Fever in the Southeast October 25 Overall Avg $3,101 55 Red Angus Bulls Avg $3,050 10 Red Brangus Bulls Avg $3,750 10 Bred Heifers Avg $1,503 15 Open Heifers Avg $940 Top Selling Lots Lot 72 • $7,000 Lot 46 • $5,500 Lot 40 • $5,250 The Oaks and Genetix Partners Brangus & Ultrablack Bull Sale October 27 Gross $310,100 105 Total Bulls Avg $2,953 18 Yearling Brangus and Ultrablack Bulls Grossed $60,950 • Avg $3,386 84 Coming Two Year Old Brangus and Ultrablack Bulls Grossed $243,250 • Avg $2,896 3 Brangus, Ultrablack and Angus Herd Sires Grossed $5,900 • Avg $1,967 Top Selling Lots Lot 103 • $6,000 Lot 1 • $5,000 Lot 29 • $5,000

L&K Farmers Livestock Market Special Sale November 9 Bulls Avg $1,608.33 Bred Heifers Avg $769.62 Pairs Avg $1,397.41 Carroll County Livestock Auction November 5 Feeder Steers 500-545 lbs • Avg $144.34 555-575 lbs • Avg $138.51 605 lbs • Avg $133.00 Feeder Heifers 400-428 lbs • Avg $128.64 500-545 lbs • Avg $122.26 551-578 lbs • Avg $120.24 600-635 lbs • Avg $212.32 660-665 lbs • Avg $116.01 700-730 lbs • Avg $110.69 Dixie Livestock Market November 6 Feeder Steers 355-365 lbs • Avg $163.52 455-470 lbs • Avg $153.18 Feeder Heifers 310-345 lbs • Avg $140.23 360-390 lbs • Avg $136.21 410-440 lbs • Avg $129.45 455-495 lbs • Avg $126.17 525 lbs • Avg $124.00 555-575 lbs • Avg $117.47 615-620 lbs • Avg $118.49

Eastanollee Livestock Auction November 5 Feeder Steers 505-528 lbs • Avg $136.93 605-630 lbs • Avg $130.40 650-665 lbs • Avg $128.44 703-725 lbs • Avg $128.30 Feeder Heifers 305-318 lbs • Avg $137.16 350-385 lbs • Avg $136.62 400-448 lbs • Avg $127.44 550-590 lbs • Avg $123.53 600-635 lbs • Avg $116.69 660-675 lbs • Avg $112.00 705-735 lbs • Avg $108.78 Northeast GA Livestock Auction November 8 Feeder Steers (2’s & 3’s) 505-545 lbs • Avg $142.29 305-345 lbs • Avg $162.40 475-498 lbs • Avg $142.18 505-545 lbs • Avg $130.44 Feeder Heifers (1’s & 2’s) 655-695 lbs • Avg $114.29 355-395 lbs • Avg $134.89 405-445 lbs • Avg $129.35 455-495 lbs • Avg $124.74 505-545 lbs • Avg $122.22 555-595 lbs • Avg $115.77 605-645 lbs • Avg $113.95 655-695 lbs • Avg $107.94

Seminole Stockyard Auction November 7 Feeder Steers 570-575 lbs • Avg $140.60 Feeder Heifers 310-335 lbs • Avg $151.84 375-390 lbs • Avg $138.79 413-445 lbs • Avg $134.73 451-490 lbs • Avg $128.83 520-545 lbs • Avg $122.44 551-590 lbs • Avg $121.23 670-690 lbs • Avg $117.63 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC November 6 Steers 685 lbs • Avg $146.00 Steers 725 lbs • Avg $145.50 Steers 745 lbs • Avg $146.50 Steers 745 lbs • Avg $146.50 Steers 825 lbs • Avg $144.50 Steers 825 lbs • Avg $146.50 Steers 775 lbs • Avg $147.00 Steers 820 lbs • Avg $145.75 Steers 800 lbs • Avg $146.50 Steers 880 lbs • Avg $142.00 Steers 895 lbs • Avg $139.00 Steers 630 lbs • Avg $144.75 Heifers 620 lbs • Avg $136.75 Heifers 740 lbs • Avg $135.50 Heifers 780 lbs • Avg $136.75 Send Sale Reports to Charlsy@gabeef.org

Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef Assessment Remittance Form

Private Treaty Sales

Under the Georgia Marketing Order for Beef, producers of bovine animals in this State have the resonsibilty to have the $1.00 per head assessmentcollected and remitted to the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef. This form is designated for use in private treaty sales.


Date: Seller's Name:

Buyer's Name:





Seller's Signature:

Buyer's Signature:

Total Number of Cattle Sold:

X $1.00/Head= $

Date of Sale:

Person Remitting Assessment:



State of Origin of Cattle: Please remit this form and assessment payment made payable to: Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef, 19 MLK Jr. Drive, S.W., Room 324, Atlanta, Ga. 30334 GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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December Beef Management Calendar General  Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4". Over-grazing can reduce winter forage production.  Provide high-magnesium mineral supplement for cows on winter grazing.  Treat for lice if not already done.  Keep a close eye on cattle when grazing on crop residues and residual summer grass. Quality will decline rapidly now.  Evaluate your winter feed supply. Consider the amount of grazing planted, condition of grazing fields, hay quantity and quality. There is still time to buy supplemental feeds at fall prices.  Vitamin A supplementation might be needed if frosted grass or weathered hay is the primary forage source (1,000-lb cow requires 35,000 IU/day). Spring Calving January, February, March  Move heifers into dry, clean pastures and check frequently. They should begin calving in December.  Tag calves at birth. Record birth dates, tag numbers and cow ID.  Castrate, dehorn and implant at birth.

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 Check breeding dates on cows. Watch closely as due dates approach.  Feed requirements increase about 10-15% during the last 30-45 days prior to calving. Do not underfeed in an effort to reduce birth weight.  Check with your veterinarian about suggested pre-breeding vaccinations for cows. Fall Calving October, November, December  Check cows frequently. Be ready to assist with calving if necessary.  Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth.  Tag calves at birth. Record birth date, tag number and cow ID.  Start breeding heifers about a month before the cow herd. (They should weigh 2/3 of expected mature weight.)  For a high percentage of cows to rebreed early, they must be in moderate to good condition. You probably need to start grazing or feeding your best hay now. Supplement as needed according to forage test.  Check bulls’ semen before turning in with cows.

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Beef Industry Calendar of Events

December 1, 2018 Bramblett Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale Elberton, Ga. Gretsch Brothers Angus Bull Sale Athens, Ga. Heart of Alabama Brangus Bull Sale Uniontown, Ala. Osborn Red Angus Bull & Female Sale Cullman, Ala. Southeast Alabama Bull Test Sale Troy, Ala. The Source Bull Sale Nashville, Ga. December 7, 2018 Calhoun Performance Tested Bull Sale Calhoun, Ga.

December 12, 2018 NE GA Livestock Customer Appreciation Day & LMA Auctioneering Contest December 15, 2018 PDR Cattle Co. Angus Dispersal Sale Bishopville, S.C. January 5, 2019 Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale Cookeville, Tenn. January 12, 2019 Lake City Invitational Black Bull Sale Lake City, Fla. Southeast Angus Classic Bull Sale Opelika, Ala.

February 9, 2019 Turnpike Creek Farms Production Sale Milan, Ga.

April 19, 2019 Cowboy Logic Female Sale Talmo, Ga.

February 14, 2019 27th Annual UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale Athens, Ga.

April 20, 2019 Georgia Genetics Hartwell, Ga.

February 16, 2019 Yon Family Farms Spring Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. Black & White Spring Forward Sale Montgomery, Ala.

April 28, 2019 Rocking W Angus Production Sale Jefferson, Ga.

February 23, 2019 Saluda Co. Cattlemen’s Annual Replacement Heifer Sale Saluda, S.C.

May 9, 2019 Northeast Georgia Livestock Graded Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga.

January 17, 2019 March 2, 2019 Northeast Georgia Georgia Angus Association Livestock Graded Feeder Annual Meeting & Banquet Calf Sale Athens, Ga. Athens, Ga. It’s All Black & White March 6, 2019 Bull Sale January 18, 2019 Tifton Bull Test Sale Montgomery, Ala. Turner Co. Stockyard Irwinville, Ga. Breeder Cattle Sale Turner Co. Stockyard Ashburn, Ga. March 14, 2019 Breeder Cattle Sale Northeast Georgia Ashburn, Ga. January 19, 2019 Livestock Graded Feeder Bull Hill Calf Sale December 8, 2018 More Bull for Your Buck Sale Athens, Ga. Cowboy Logic Bull & Gray Court, S.C. Commercial Female Sale March 23, 2019 Talmo, Ga. Florida Bull Test Sale MM Cattle/Glore/Georgia Greenwood, Fla. Angus Assn Sale Southern Cattle Company Bowdon, Ga. Annual Bull Sale YCC Farm Tour Marianna, Fla. Southeast Georgia April 4-6, 2019 GCA Convention, Strickland-Driggers Bull January 26, 2019 Tradeshow & Beef Expo Sale Tokeena Angus Perry, Ga. Glennville, Ga. Annual Sale Seneca, S.C. April 13, 2019 December 11, 2018 Ogeechee/CAM Ranches Brands of Distinction February 2, 2019 Production Sale Bull Sale 43rd Annual Wadley, Ga. Letohatchee, Ala. Clemson Bull Sale April 16, 2019 Clemson, S.C. Tifton HERD Sale Irwinville, Ga. 72

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April 27, 2019 Bridges Angus Farm Production Sale Rayle, Ga.

June 12, 2019 Northeast Georgia Livestock Graded Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. August 8, 2019 Northeast Georgia Livestock Graded Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. September 12, 2019 Northeast Georgia Livestock Graded Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. October 10, 2019 Northeast Georgia Livestock Graded Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Ga. October 10, 2019 Ingram Angus Inaugural Sale Pulaski, Tenn. Send calendar additions to bailey@gabeef.org

Yo u n g C a t t l e m e n ' s C o u n c i l

GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council Herd Sire Endowment Application Application Deadline: January 11, 2019 Full Name __________________________________________________________________________________________ Last First Middle Address ______________________________________________________ Telephone _____________________________ City ______________________________ State ________ Zip ____________ Email _______________________________ GCA Member #___________ Are you a YCC Member? ___ Date of Birth ________ Current Occupation _______________ (Required for all GCA applications) How many head of cattle do YOU own currently? (Please check one of the following) ____1-25 ____26-50 _____51+ Please answer the following questions/requirements on a separate page: A. Industry Involvement- Please list involvement with agricultural organizations, including GCA and/or YCC activities and any other involvement contributing to your interests in the beef industry. B. Cattle Enterprise- Give a brief description of your cattle enterprise. Please answer ALL questions: Why do you have an interest in producing beef cattle? What type of operation are you starting? What are three goals you have established for your operation? What is your vision for your farm? In what type of breeding system will the bull be placed? Please include any additional information explaining your plans for your cattle enterprise that the Awards committee should know. C. References - Please list three references (ex: agriculture teacher, 4H advisor, ANR agent, Farm Bureau agent, etc.). Please include the name, title, relationship to applicant, phone number, and email address. D. Additional Information - Please note any additional information you think should be considered by the Awards Committee during the award selection process. ________________________________ Signature of Applicant

Send application to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Attn: YCC Bull Application PO Box 27790 Macon, GA 31221 Or email to Charlsy at charlsy@gabeef.org

What is the Herd Sire Endowment Program? -A generous Georgia cattleman who wishes to remain anonymous has donated a SimAngus Bull for a deserving young cattleman getting started in the cattle business. Applicants must be a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and part of the Young Cattlemen’s Council. What is the purpose of the Herd Sire Endowment Program? -Given the ever-increasing costs of cattle production, we recognize how tough it can be for young producers to get started in the business. Thanks to the support of this generous producer, we have the opportunity to offset some of that cost through this program. The endowment will allow a young producer to take advantage of superior genetics and without having to make a significant financial investment. How will the process work? -This producer has a number of bulls being developed on feed at his operation and wants the winner to choose the best bull for their operation. Applications will be taken from GCA YCC members until January 11th. At that point, the applications will be turned over to the GCA Awards Committee who will be responsible for selecting the most deserving applicant. The winner will be notified in early January and will meet the producer at his farm to select the desired future herd sire. What type of bull will be offered in this program? -The producer has a number of SimAngus bulls being developed on his farm currently. While the final bull will be chosen by the winner, the bull will be a son top genetics in the SimAngus breed. Who is eligible to apply? -We ask that the applicant be a member of both the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Young Cattlemen’s Council. You can become a member of the GCA by calling the office in Macon, GA (478) 474-6560 or by visiting the website at http://www.georgiacattlemen.org/join.aspx . Membership dues for students that meet the age requirement for the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association are $15. Memberships for those out of college are $50. There is no cost to join the YCC – simply check the box on the membership form. If you are already a member of GCA but not sure about YCC, please email Charlsy Godowns at charlsy@gabeef.org to make her aware that you would like to join. We also ask that you be actively involved in your cattle operation. You do not have to own cattle but the references will be checked to ensure that you actively participate in your family’s operation. What is the Young Cattlemen’s Council? -The YCC is a branch of the GCA for any member 18-40 years of age. YCC exists to provide a unified voice for young cattlemen through networking, leadership development, and educational opportunities while advancing the GCA mission. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Dedication is the Name of the Game Sarah Loughridge, Youth Livestock Extension Specialist, University of Georgia Anytime you hop on I-75 driving through Perry, the Georgia National Fairgrounds are hard to miss – especially during the first two weeks of October. When the Georgia National Fair is in town, people come from all over to experience carnival games, roller coasters, fair food and live music. While the glitz and the glamour may draw a large crowd, the strong agricultural presence and youth opportunities are what make the Georgia National Fair truly a unique event. Talk to any exhibitor, and they will tell you that exhibiting livestock at the Georgia National Fair is a highlight of their year. The chance to take home a coveted showmanship belt buckle has 4-H and FFA members working around the clock to have their animals tuned in for their time in the ring. Junior exhibitors can compete in a variety of shows. The Georgia National Fair boasts a Breeding Gilt Show, Market Hog Show, Beef Heifer Show, Market Heifer Show, Steer Show, and Commercial Dairy Heifer Show. Additionally, Georgia 4-H and Georgia FFA partner with GNF to host the State 4-H and FFA Market Lamb and Market Goat Show during the Fair. Stakes are just as high in weight and breed 74

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classes as they are in showmanship. Students who exhibit a Top 5 project are awarded exceptional show equipment from a clipper box or fitting mats to a showbox, chute, or the use of a trailer for a year. The Georgia National Fair certainly rolls out the red carpet for these young agriculturalists! Another show is the Junior Invitational Heifer and Steer Show, which is hosted the second weekend of the Fair. It is open to youth outside of Georgia. This year, 132 exhibitors hailed from across the Southeast. States represented were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. 144 breeding heifers, 30 market heifers and 65 steers walked in the showring that weekend. There is plenty of involvement beyond the traditional competition in the showring. One event is the Legislative Showmanship Showdown. Each year, 10 members of Georgia Congress, five senators and five representatives, trade in their business suits for a pair of jeans to spend the morning in the boots of our 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors. Congressmen and congresswomen are partnered with a 4-H or FFA exhibitor for two hours to learn the livestock-exhibiting ropes and ultimately compete in a showmanship drive. The

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Exhibitors at 2018 GNF Lamb 153

Goat 396

Dairy 136

Swine 383

Beef 338

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Market Hogs


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Champion Showman is selected by the same judge evaluating our young people. This year, the Legislative Showmanship Showdown was hosted during the Georgia National Swine Show. Once all the showmanship points were tabulated, the Georgia House of Representatives came out on top, but not before Sen. Greg Kirk was named Supreme Showman. This is the sixth time in the program’s eight-year history that the House will proudly display the Showmanship trophy in the Speaker’s office and have bragging rights all year long. Another specialty event during the Georgia National Fair was the Peach State Livestock Judging Contest. Competitors evaluated 10 classes of livestock, including sheep, goats, cattle and swine. Participants traveled from all across Georgia, Florida and Virginia to compete. Gordon County 4-H took home the Championship plaque for the Senior Division, while Wythe 4-H was named the Champion Junior Team. Furthermore, we were fortunate to offer a Collegiate Division this year. Mississippi State University took home top honors in the Collegiate Division. Competition was stiff all across the fairgrounds this year. While the awards and banners are shiny at the backdrop, it is the people standing in photos (or the ones looking crazy getting ears just out of the frame) who make the entire livestock project worthwhile. Talk to any person whose junior livestock career has ended, and they won’t even mention the

ribbons won or the banners packed away in a box. They will chuckle about the ‘kind of cattle they used to show’ or how fitting and grooming styles have changed. They might even share a few livestock judging phrases that seem out of date. But more emphatically, they will reminisce about earlymorning hauls to shows with family and friends, using feed sacks as sleds in between showmanship and weight class, late nights in the barn with siblings, road trips with neighbors to find the ‘best one,’ and all the good times in between. If you listen long enough, you will realize that it is the people and relationships who stick around for a lifetime instead of the hardware packed away in boxes collecting dust. In a day and age when we are moving through life too fast for our own good, it is important to spend time with 4-H and FFA members in our community – even if we do not ‘know the kids anymore’ or ‘have been out so long we wouldn’t be any help.’ Future generations will admire you for your past successes, but they will respect you for your wisdom, patience and experience. If we do not take the time to instill in them the joys and values gained from production livestock, they will find something else to occupy their time. This is an industry filled with traditions, support and family, and we need to make sure that this way of life continues. Here’s to the next generation of agriculturalists! GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Goin’ Showin’ Georgia National Fair - Perry, Ga.

Overall Grand Champion Heifer Peyton Puckett

3rd Overall Heifer Taylor Barber

Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Jesse Cronic

4th Overall Heifer Blaire Beasley

5th Overall Heifer Logan Mask

Not Pictured

Angus Champion Heifer Jesse Cronic

Chi-Influence Champ. Heifer Hunter Spencer

Hereford Champ. Heifer Dru Hunt


Angus Res. Champion Heifer Jesse Cronic

Charolais Champion Heifer Maddie Dean

Charolais Res. Champion Heifer Gracie-Drue Johnson

Chi-Influence Res. Champ. Heifer Ashlyn Floyd

Commercial Champ. Heifer Reid White

Commercial Res. Chp. Heifer Austin Ertzberger

Maine-Anjou Chp. Heifer Taylor Barber

Main-Anjou Res. Chp. Heifer John Haven Stalvey

Hereford Res. Champ. Heifer Dru Hunt

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Other Breeds Chp. Heifer Grayson Jones

Other Breeds Res. Chp. Heifer Shorthorn Plus Champ. Heifer Keely Shultz Nathan McConnell

Shorthorn Champ. Heifer Logan Mask

Shorthorn Res. Champ. Heifer Shelby Dalton

Simmental Chp. Heifer Peyton Puckett

Simmental Res. Chp. Heifer Malee Dean

Champion Market Heifer Samuel Traudt

Overall Grand Champion Steer Taylor Barber

3rd Overall Steer Maddox Miller

High % Sim. Chp. Heifer Blaire Beasley

Low % Sim. Chp. Heifer Ellie Clark

Shorthorn Plus Res. Champ. Heifer Kate Day

High % Sim.Res. Chp. Heifer Grace McClain

Low % Sim.Res. Chp. Heifer Tanner Freeman

Res. Champ. Market Heifer Brock Weaver

Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer Bailey Rayfield

4th Overall Steer Luke Lynn

5th Overall Steer Ginger Mitchell GEORGIA CATTLEMAN • December 2018


Do you know a Junior who stood out in the GJCA line-up this year?

If so, nominate them for Junior of the Year! Nominations are due December 1. The winner will receive a custom belt buckle, a two-page spread in the June magazine and will be recognized at the 2019 Convention.

GJCA Scholarships Available! Applications are due Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted. GCA Foundation Scholarship: Amounts vary Johnny Jenkins Scholarship: Amounts vary Judy Thomas Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 Gail Hilley Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 Download scholarship applications at www.georgiacattlemen.org 78

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Association Reports • Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Beef for Christmas

December is finally here, which means that we can now begin to celebrate the Christmas season! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday for many reasons. For example, Christmas brings some of my favorite memories. Every year, my mom and I bake cookies, candies, pies, and just about everything sweet that we can think of. Another tradition that my family has is that every Christmas Eve, we gather at my grandmother’s house for dinner. Each year, we have either beef tenderloin, prime rib or ribeye, which is my personal Tiffany Mullins favorite. When you live and work on a farm, it’s often hard to gather together with your entire family; but during Christmas, we all put aside our busy schedules to fellowship with our loved ones. Thus, this makes the holiday season especially memorable and a time that we all cherish. Christmas is a time to relax and celebrate; however, agriculturists do not get any days off, even if it is Christmas. On Christmas morning, after my family opens their presents, we all get in my dad’s old pickup truck and ride around checking on our cows as a family. With our busy schedules, this is not always something that we get to do together on a daily basis. This particular time of year is also something that I look forward to because it is calving season for my family’s farm. When I was a child, Christmas Day was my favorite time to help check on our momma cows; when we had a calf born on Christmas, I always thought it was so special. With that being said, I remember my favorite Christmas gifts being a yearling Hereford heifer and a Holstein bottle calf, which fueled my passion for the cattle industry and helped me start my own herd. Christmas is a time of reflection, celebration, and thanksgiving for all of the things that the Lord has blessed us with. This Christmas, I hope that you reflect on the memories and traditions that the holiday season brings to you and your family. Remember to cherish this special time of the year and to always include beef in your Christmas meal. Merry Christmas from the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association!

P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 http://www.gabeef.org 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 Young Cattlemen’s Council and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, and to offer education opportunities to prepare them to become industry leaders. GJCA Leadership: Chairman J. Ben Smith jbensmith62@gmail.com Vice Chair Austin Wiggins monsterwigo@hotmail.com Secretary Tiffany Mullins tiffanymullins1999@gmail.com Board Member Madison Atkins madison.atkins@vikings.berry.edu Board Member Mackenzie Blair mackenzieblair12345@gmail.com Board Member John Dean Daniels johndeandaniels_022@icloud.com Board Member Colt Henderson tcolthenderson@gmail.com

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Reader Services Full Circle, p. 32 • Chemical Control of the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot, p. 52

Tested and True, p. 32 • Cattle Grazing Preference, p. 54 • The Ryegrass Confusion, p. 64


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The Perfect Test, p. 32 • Bulls of Fall, p. 48 • Tying it All Together, p. 64


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Georgia Chianina..............................26 Georgia Hereford Breeders................51 Georgia Limousin Breeders...............58 Georgia Red Angus Assn...................33 Georgia Red Angus Breeders.............32 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders......28 Georgia Shorthorn Breeders..............26 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Assn.....53 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders....52 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders...56 Gibson Cattle Company...................32 Greenview Farms...............................50 Herrin Livestock Services..................68 Hunts H+ Brangus............................48 Ingram Angus......................................1 JanBill...............................................33 John Deere..........................................2 Lake City Invitational Black Bull Sale...49 Luke Mobley.....................................68 Manor Timber Company..................68 Mid Georgia Livestock Market..........69 Mike Jones, Auctioneer.....................68 Mix 30..............................................57 Nationwide - Bill Hembree...............68 NCBA...............................................56 Northeast Georgia Livestock........... BC Pasture Management.........................61 PDR Cattle Co..................................38 Priefert..............................................22

Raymond James................................68 Reproductive Management Services..68 Richburg...........................................52 Rockin R Trailers...............................69 Saluda Co. Cattlemen's Assn.............59 Semex................................................70 Southeast AgNet...............................71 Southeast Angus Classic Bull Sale......42 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC..71 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc......68 Southern Land Co.............................69 ST Genetics.......................................70 Sweetlix.............................................48 T&S Manufacturing.........................48 The Bull Whisperer...........................68 The Nolan Group.............................68 Tim Hartsfield..................................68 Tokeena Angus..................................39 Trailer For Sale..................................69 Turner Co. Stockyards.......................17 Tyson Steel........................................69 Vigortone..........................................69 Wayne Groover.................................69 West End Milling Company..............69 Woody Folsom Trailers........................8 Yancey Brothers.................................70 Yon Family Farms..............................43 Zeeland Farm Services.......................69


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Customer Appreciation Day & Auctioneering Contest December 12 • Noon • Free Lunch Convenient Drop-Off Stations Near You! Let us help you get more for your cattle! Calhoun Drop-Off Station: Ross Strickland 770-547-3644 Royston Drop-Off Station: Mark Hart 706-498-2769 Good Hope Drop-Off Station: Bob Chandler 706-474-0573 Rayle Drop-Off Station: Todd Stephens 770-601-6286 • Warren Howard 706-338-4928 **All cattle at drop-off stations are covered under our LMA insurance policy** January 17

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