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Calhoun Bull Test, p. 47


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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GCA Region 12 Vice President Ray Hicks How Election 2012 Results Will Affect Agriculture Despite Setbacks in 2012, Future Bright for US Beef Trade Legislative Watch Livestock Industry Concerned About Important Tax Benefits Tribute to Ted Dyer Georgia Cattlemen – Your Voices Count Georgia Shines at National FFA Convention GCA Fall Tour Report: Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Diagnostic Laboratory System Facing Budget Crisis Sign-Up for New Tax Exemption Certificate Open Power in Partnership by Dallas Duncan Cattlemen’s Gift Guide

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New Members In My Opinion by Steve Blackburn GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Associate Members Barry and Otis by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of December Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Show Results Advertising Index



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


Association reports

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Industry news

Reader services

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20 Great Vaccine Debate: Killed or Modified Live? by Lee Jones 34 Beware the Risks of Mycotoxins by Dennis Hancock

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


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


The December 2012 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features three Red Angus cows enjoying the cool weather on Lazy S Farm in Newnan, Ga. Lazy S Farm is owned by Mike and Debbie Smith. Photo by Josh White.

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S

R E P O R T We are only 194 members short of our goal of 5,000 members.

As I was driving to Montgomery, Ala., to visit my brother-in-law who had been in the Intensive Care Unit for five weeks I was thinking about what to write for my next article in the magazine. As most of you know driving alone gives us plenty of opportunity to reflect back on things as well as plan ahead. During this drive I wrote my article in my head, wishing that I had brought my mini tape recorder, kind of like the one Randall Weiseman sticks in your face every time you see him. Later that night when I returned home I tried to recall all the wit and wisdom I had thought about that morning driving, but I just remembered portions of it. This was just a small regret that I had that day. As I reflected back to my younger years I compiled a short list of some of the missed opportunities that my parents made available to me that are now regrets. First of all my mother wanted my older brother, sister and I to learn to play the piano. I took lessons along with my siblings from Mrs. Summerford, who was a very kind and patient woman. I soon discovered that the beginner books had numbers to use to know which key to press and I thought at the time this would be a piece of cake. I even played in the recital that year. But to my surprise as soon as I mastered the beginner book the numbers disappeared on the new books and so did my piano playing career. My sister was the only one of the three to continue the piano. My mother was disappointed I’m sure, but she had another idea: Maybe the trumpet was my calling. Little did she know the baseball field was next to the school where these phantom lessons were supposed to take place. Finally my sister told her that as soon as she would drop us off for lessons I would head straight for the baseball field to hone my skills in something that was more interesting. Needless to say I continued my baseball games, but regret the opportunity I was afforded to learn something that I could do for the rest of my life. These are a couple of childhood regrets but more importantly is the regrets we have in our adult and professional life. These could be an encouraging word to a student, friend or coworker. As regrets pertain to us as beef producers and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members we should make sure not to miss the opportunity to educate the American consumer about the humanely raised, nutritionally rich and affordable product we produce and the benefits of being part of such an important industry. GCA has several initiatives it is promoting, such as the State Producer Investment Initiative program we are working on. As cattle numbers decrease and human population increases the monies needed for research, promotion and education is declining. As I wrote in previous articles I personally believe that the Beef 6 December 2012

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Checkoff has done more for the beef industry than any other program we have. Secondly, in an attempt to increase membership and help local chapters with fundraising activities, we are again sponsoring the local chapter fundraising raffle. This year the lucky winner will receive $1,000 and the local chapters will have the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds. The top three chapters with the largest increase from Dec. 1 to March 31, 2013, will keep 100 percent of the revenue from ticket sales. Any chapter that has a net increase of five new members retains 75 percent of revenue and GCA 25 percent. Finally all other chapters retain 50 percent of revenue from ticket sales. Folks, there is no way your chapter can lose money with this fundraiser and I know most of our chapters could use a little extra income. Great news, we are only 194 members short of our goal of 5,000 members. I know we want to get to that number by Convention but it would be wonderful if we could reach this goal by Christmas. Remember, there is strength in numbers and we need to “keep asking” our neighbors, friends, and coworkers to become a part of our organization. I would personally like to thank all GCA members that helped in all the October activities where we were promoting GCA and the beef industry. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and to remember the reason for the season. Happy New Year and “Keep Asking.” We are so close! GC

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is proud to announce the launch of its fed beef cattle program to go along with our existing cow and bull harvest. Producers throughout the Southeast can take advantage of our program and keep our Southeastern raised cattle in the local market to be fed, harvested and merchandised to consumers across our region. The fed program at FPL consists of a traditional commodity fed program where USDA Choice and Select graded cattle are the target. Fed cattle can be forward contracted and/or purchased direct. Cattle will be purchased on a yield and quality grade grid system. Cows and bulls can be purchased direct from your farm or delivered to our facility. If you are interested in supplying cattle for either of these programs please contact Brad Chandler at 706.910.9397 or via email at If you want additional information about FPL Food LLC, please review our web page at

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work


Nearly 40 new members joined Georgia Cattlemen’s Association during the three-day Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga., in midOctober. In addition, 13 people joined National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and received bottles of Dectomax courtesy of Pfizer.

VOLUNTEER THANKS! A special thanks goes out to all of our Sunbelt volunteers: Steve Blackburn, Mac Blair, Bill Cline, Robert Cheely, Merritt Daniels, Ben Hicks, Cleve Jackson, Chuck Joiner, Walt Lipham and Jacob Nyhuis!


TWO LUCKY CONSUMERS took home prizes after events this fall! Georgia Beef Board gave away a Big Green Egg grill, complete with charcoal and a recipe book, to Leslie Peevler of Evans, Ga. Pictured are her husband and grandson who picked the grill up from the GBB office. Georgia CattleWomen’s Association also gave away a sought-after prize at Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition – a Crock Pot, won by Bob Perkins of Elberton, Ga.

Foodservice Beef Backer Winner Announced

Georgia Beef Board is proud to announce that Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Roswell Road, Atlanta location) won the 2012 Georgia Foodservice Beef Backer award! Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse exhibits leadership and innovation in beef menu items and promotion. The steakhouse will receive a $2,000 from GBB that may be used as an advertising package, which can include newspaper, magazine, radio or signage advertising. 8 December 2012

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation member Steve Blackburn and Executive Vice President Josh White attended the Andrews Family Foundation Cabin dedication at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Nov. 4. The late Bob and Iris Andrews are GCA Hall of Fame members and the Andrews Foundation contributes regularly to the scholarship fund and leadership development programs of the GCA Foundation. Above, Andrews Family Foundation Board member Mike Bunn shares the vision of Bob and Iris Andrews in the formation of the Foundation. Inset photo: State 4-H leaders join Foundation Board members Mike Bunn, Mike Wright and University of Georgia Associate Dean for Extension Beverly Sparks as they cut the ribbon for the Andrews Foundation-sponsored cabin.


Executive Vice President’s Report


An Underdog Story


Fast-forward a few weeks to the last two games of the I’m going to depart from my normal cattle industry focus during this holiday season and tell a story of com- season. Telfair is now 5 and 3 with two tough regular season munity and football, one that has plenty of beef and cattle games remaining: At home versus No. 5 Charlton County and the final game, away at No. 2 Wilcox County. connections. First Baptist of McRae stepped up to provide a steak dinIf you were paying close attention, you might have noticed an interesting little piece on page 19 of the ner (prepared by the Three Rivers Cattlemen’s Association October Georgia Cattleman about the Three Rivers grilling crew) to fuel the boys before the Charlton County Cattlemen’s Association and Turnpike Creek Angus — game. The steak dinner was not the only support that First Doug and Derek Williams and family — feeding the Baptist members provided during the season. Before the first kickoff, church members Telfair County High School launched an “adopt a football Trojan football team a beef dinplayer” program so that they ner before their first home game could provide each player with of the season, which they won prayers, support and messages of handily. encouragement throughout the They lost the following week fall. The “prayed up” Telfair after being fed chicken, but they Trojans shocked Charlton, winhad already matched their win ning 29 to 21 in a hard-fought total from the previous year with game. The win made the final the beef-fueled season opening game of the season hugely signifvictory. Telfair County High, a icant – it will be the greatest chalClass A school, had built a footlenge of their season. The win ball team that over the past over Charlton propelled the decade developed a reputation as Trojans to a No. 20 Class A rankan “easy win” for their competiing. Only the top 16 will make tion. The team hadn’t earned a the state playoffs, making the winning season record in several final game against Wilcox years and folks can barely rememTHE PRIDE OF TURNPIKE CREEK, starting Telfair Trojan nose County a “must win” for the stober the last time they went to the tackle Drew Williams (on the left in four-point stance), prestate playoffs. pares to attack the line of scrimmage against state ranked rybook season to have a chance to continue. But this season is different. No. 5 Charlton County. The Trojans “showed up” The change began with the hiring of a new head coach, Matt Burleson. He brought a and played tough, but they found out why Wilcox County is ranked No. 2 as it was a “really good team!” The final score winning coaching record and a contagious new attitude. “There’s a whole different vibe about everything,” says was Wilcox County 21, Telfair 0. But this season was meaningful. It was a winning season Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association member Drew Williams, the team’s sophomore starting nose tackle. “Our highlighted by several “signature wins.” These boys now new coach is a leader that shows us how to win. He’s won know what it feels like to win and have proven to themselves and other teams that they are capable of playing at a high big games before, and he’s a good Christian man.” The Telfair Trojans followed the “chicken dinner” level. Congratulations Telfair Trojans and all the high school loss with a road win over Southeast Bulloch County – a Class AAA school. Nose tackle Williams, who’s also the players that fought hard all year and learned important lesson of GCA Executive Committee member Doug sons about perseverance, discipline, winning and losing. You Williams, gives part of the credit for the second win to the are more prepared for the battles that lay ahead because of the sport you committed to play. delicious pre-game steak dinner. I want to thank each of you for being a valuable member “Having beef before several of the games has definitely helped us,” he says. The feeling of community support of team GCA. This season has been very successful for us as and care for the team is powerful. Everyone is more hope- well. We continue to close in on our goal of 5,000 members ful about what this team can accomplish. But a challenge while never losing sight of our mission to advance the interloomed around the corner with a tough team scheduled ests of the cattle industry. I hope that each of you are overfor homecoming. Turner County, ranked 10th in the state whelmed this Christmas with the amazement that struck the in the Class A division, had beaten the Trojans 54 to 0 just shepherds, tending their flocks, when they were told a “child last year. But this season the Trojans showed up fueled by has been born.” Merry Christmas. GC beef, ready to play and soundly defeated Turner County by more than 20 points. [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President] G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

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

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


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


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

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

Ronnie Griffis, Screven, 912-294-3483

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


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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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NCBA Directors: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961

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

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



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

G e o r g i a C a t t l e m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n L o c a l P r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .................Ray Hicks / 912-682-8670 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont ....Charles Woodward / 770-786-9264 Piney Woods............Joe Eason / 912-240-0503 Polk .................Glenn Robinson / 770-815-9122 Pulaski...............D.J. Bradshaw / 478-957-5208 Red Carpet.............Lewis Miller / 770-386-6622 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia....................Donnie O’Quinn 912-217-1701 Stephens .........Nicholas Moody / 706-716-0381 Tattnall..........Jessie J. Driggers / 912-237-0608

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-656-6351 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County...Roy Lee Strickland / 770-459-5997 Tri-State ..............Steve Reasor / 423-718-1338 Troup ................Ben Comerford / 706-604-5098 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Zach Cowart 678-315-4112 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne..................Joe B. Harris / 912-586-6728 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes ................David VanHart / 706-678-4428 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779


ABAC .................Jacob Nyhuis / 352-536-5496 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian .........John Petit Jr. / 706-273-8457 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ............Ricky Yarbrough 478-986-5034 Banks ...............Bobby Whitlock / 706-654-8745 Barrow ..................Keith Prasse / 404-867-2665 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Al Cooper / 706-554-7256 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee......Jimmy Willis / 706-769-0828 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area ......Larry Cooley / 478-836-3268 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd .........................Gary Willis /706-777-3732 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ...............Jason Johns / 770-851-0691 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart .....................Scott Fleming / 706-376-0151 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Marvin Rose / 770-957-5591 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 478-625-1076 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln.............Stan Tankersley / 706-359-7389 Little River.........Michael Griffith / 706-465-3741 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison...............Dave Stewart / 706-797-2076 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan.........................Ed Prior / 706-474-0355 Murray.....................Chris Crow / 706-897-9891 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ......................Garnett Hulsey 706-778-5533 Northwest Georgia .....................David Holcomb 706-463-3088 Ocmulgee ..............Jim Cannon / 229-467-2042

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W e l c o me N ew M em b er s! Taylor Adams, Commerce Ethan Arnold, Millwood Chloe Boullon, Athens Colt Bragg, Pembroke Justin Bramlett, Winterville Allison Braun, Newnan Zachary Braun, Newnan Brooks Ranch, Williston, Fla. Katelyn Bickett, Chickamauga Gary A. Bubb, Reynolds Klayton & Sonya Burns, Chula Wayne Cleveland, Baconton Trevor Cox, Dawsonville Noel Creasy, Statesboro Benney Dockery Jr., Broxton Reuben Duffey, Jackson Dan Durrett, Newnan Merrit Eavenson, Toccoa Lane Erickson, Leesburg Seth Evans, Jasper Van Foster, Jefferson Caitlyn Frost, Athens Gene Garrett, Lafayette Kevin Geter, Bowdon Cody Gibbs, Athens Kevin Goble, Ranger Rikki Griffith, Athens Justin Gurley, Dearing Russell Herring, Lake Park Matt Hestad, Athens Jordan Howard, Lafayette Ronnie Jeter II, Temple Kallie Johnson, Canton Damon Kennedy, Ludowici Scott Knight, Dudley Robby Kobee, Douglass Trey Lancaster, Tifton Justin Lanier, Lake Park John Sims Ledford, Hiawassee Carter Lumsden, Griffin Clark Macallister, Dahlonega 12 December 2012 •


We wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Donald K. McCartney, Rincon Wyatt McFarlin, Lavonia Melissa Miller, Athens Bethany Mitchell, Haddock Billy Mitchell, Haddock Kale Mize, Clarkesville Wade Morgan, Rock Spring Sam Nelson, Gray Joe B. Newton Jr., Thomson Scott Orcutt, Castle Rock, Colo. Parobelas Farms, Hahira Daniel S. Paulk, Ambrose Elizabeth Payne, Lawrenceville Chris Phillips, Watkinsville Ethan Phillips, Carnesville Wallace Phillips, Athens Brandon Poole, Carnesville Nicollette Poole, Gibson Jeff Pruitt, Dahlonega Jeffrey Pruitt Jr., Dahlonega Michael Purvis, Douglas Stan Redfern, Warwick Scott Reece, Dawsonville Courtnee Mae Reed, Loganville Stacy Reed, Loganville

George Richar, Cordele Terry L. Richards, Canton Joseph O. Roberson, Screven Raymond Roberts Jr., Rebecca Rickey Roberts, Vidalia Jackson Schieszer, Nicholson Raymond Shedd, Colbert Chad Shrouder, Douglas Mike Simmons, Norman Park John P. Spires Jr., Rhine Wayne Stevens, Fortson Van Streat, Nicholls Chuck Taylor, Abbeville Hannah Taylor, Blairsville Hillary Thornton, Athens Alex Vaughn, Carnesville Nicholas Vidal, Toccoa Dana Vidal, Toccoa Brock Ward, Cuthbert Rodger Welch, Havana, Fla. Paul White, Dry Branch Anthony Whitworth, Jasper Tim Whorton, Canton Jamie Williamson, Jefferson Mark J. Woodard, Macon





“When push comes to shove, just scramble up some hamburger meat and rice and make some Texas hash.” RAY HICKS



Meet GCA Region 12 Vice President Ray Hicks


daughter [Carole Hicks Knight] showed 4-H all her life. We started keeping some heifers that she showed and started building us a herd and that’s really still our base herd right now, the Hereford cattle ANSWER: I look at it as a voice she showed. She was very involved from the local chapters into the in the youth activity of the Hereford association. I try to keep as much association and even served on the involvement between the local chapters and the association as I can. national board. My wife and I have been junior advisors for a number of Region 12 hasn’t got that many chapters in it, per se, but we do cover years. a large area and we’ve got a number Q In your opinion, what is of cattle producers in that area. the most pertinent issue Georgia’s Q Describe your background beef industry is facing today? and involvement in the beef cattle ANSWER: Still educating the industry. general consumer. Of course the ANSWER: I’ve been an Extension animal welfare is a hot topic everywhere and we have to be very agent for 22 years and have been proactive with that. We also need to involved with the youth livestock program that entire time. I really got continue to push to tell the story of started in the cow business right out beef and how nutritious it is and to keep it on the consumer’s plate. of college. I worked for a farm in north Georgia where we had a lot of Q What improvements or stockers and a cow-calf operation changes would you like to see around Cartersville. I grew up in evolve over the next year within Chattanooga [Tenn.] and did not have a farming background, but got GCA? interested in agriculture and went to ANSWER: For the past couple of Middle Tennessee State University years we’ve been really pushing for with an agricultural degree. My Share what it means to be a regional vice president and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

QUICK FACTS: • Hicks is president of Ogeechee Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Hereford Association. • His favorite Hereford was purchased in the mid-80s from Circle M Ranch. His daughter showed her at Junior National and won her class as a young heifer, and the next year showed her at Junior National as a long yearling … and won her class again. • Hicks’ favorite cut of beef is ground beef: “I know that’s unusual, but hamburger you can do so many different things with. … Hamburger to me is so versatile. I like tacos, stroganoff, anything. When push comes to shove, just scramble up some hamburger meat and rice and make some Texas hash.”

membership. I think that’s still a strong point. We still need to be advocates for our producers in the state and we really need to push the benefits of becoming a member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association to the local producers and get that membership built up. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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How Election 2012 Results Will Affect Agriculture N C B A



With President Barack Obama securing a second term in the White House, it is unknown whether there will be changes in his administration. One potential change is the top position within the Environmental Protection Agency, with talk that current EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson may not stay with the agency. However, Jackson may face pressure to stay in the position to avoid a tough confirmation battle in the Senate. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald says that should Jackson leave, the person who replaces her is important to cattle producers across the country. “Livestock producers continue to battle with burdensome, overreaching regulations,” McDonald says. “We hope that a new EPA administrator shows a willingness to work with the cattle community by recognizing our members are the foremost stewards of the land. Farmers and ranchers employ many conservation practices on their operations, and to keep that land in production agriculture we need common

NCBA and PLC Comment on Proposed Rule on ESA Economic Impacts

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council submitted comments in late October on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rulemaking to revise regulations under the Endangered Species Act regarding economic impact analyses of critical habitat designations. The comments primarily focus on ensuring the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the economic analysis. They support a co-extensive approach that fully measures the affects of a species’ listing and subsequent critical habitat designation along with transparency in the economic analysis process. The comments also support that the discretion the secretary has in deciding critical habitat designation must be exercised in a manner that aligns with Congressional intent. FWS states the proposed regulation supports transparency and public comment by providing the public access to both the scientific and economic analyses when a critical habitat is proposed. According to Dustin Van Liew, director of federal lands for NCBA and executive director of PLC, both organizations support this aspect of the proposed rule. However, Van Liew says other parts of the proposed rule would render the required economic impact analysis meaningless. “The listing of a species under the ESA can place devastating land and water use restrictions on landowners and their communities, and designating critical habitat increases those burdens,” Van Liew says, adding that Congress intended for the economic impact analysis to be done to determine whether certain areas should be excluded from critical habitat designation in order to establish whether the economic harm of a critical habitat designation outweighs the benefits. “In the proposed rule, the agency would only analyze the incremental cost of designating critical habitat. This waters down the overall impacts and makes it less likely that an area will be excluded from critical habitat,” he explains. “The best shot we have at protecting species is protecting economically viable ranches and communities as well.” GC

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sense regulations.” McDonald says the most important environmental regulatory issues facing the cattle industry include greenhouse gas regulations, the dust standard, which EPA proposed to retain — though the end result may be different than the proposed standard — and the draft of Clean Water Act guidance, which would potentially require producers to obtain permits for everyday activities occurring near surface waters. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for NCBA, says both the House and Senate agricultural committees can now focus on issues important to rural America. “It’s time for Congress to begin working on the real issues affecting farmers and ranchers nationwide, such as passing a full Farm Bill and addressing permanent relief from the death tax,” Woodall says. “We look forward to working with both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees so that NCBA continues to provide a voice for cattlemen and women that is heard loud and clear in Washington.” GC

Agriculture Transportation Exemptions Implemented

Two sections of the recently passed highway bill MAP-21 have been implemented due to drought conditions, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These provisions — sections 32934 and 32101 — provide additional relief to farmers and ranchers; include an exemption from regulations for the operation of covered farm vehicles by farm and ranch operators and their employees; and an exemption from the hours of service regulations for certain carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies. “We’re pleased to see these two provisions of the Highway Bill finally enacted,” says Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of legislative affairs. “This transportation legislation is important to farmers and ranchers across the country. It’s vital for America’s agriculture producers to be able to deliver commodities, livestock and farm supplies in a timely manner.” The operation of a covered farm vehicle is exempt from regulations such as meeting commercial driver’s license requirements and inspections, repairs and maintenance. A covered farm vehicle includes a commercial motor vehicle driven by a farm owner or operator, their family members or employees. Such vehicles are also exempt from these regulations if they are transporting agricultural commodities, livestock or farm machinery. The vehicle must also be equipped with a special license plate or other state designation. The hours of service exemption provides relief from federal hours of service rules during the planting and harvesting seasons. This exemption covers drivers transporting agricultural commodities or farm supplies within a 150 air-mile radius from the source or distribution point. “The last thing cattlemen need is more regulatory overreach,” Bacus says. “These provisions help provide relief and certainty for producers, balancing the need for efficient and effective transportation policies with the importance of safety.” GC





Despite Setbacks in 2012, Future Looks Bright for US Beef Trade


By Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association associate director of legislative affairs rought, fires, floods, skyrocket- beef, we have seen tremendous growth ment of high quality beef at a 15 pering input costs and record herd in other Asian markets such as Hong cent tariff. If all goes well, this could be shortage are factors we have Kong and Vietnam. In 2012 there has another great opportunity for the beef unfortunately become very familiar been a 28 percent increase in US beef industry. At the same time, Russian with over the past couple of years and sales in Hong Kong, totaling nearly demand for US live cattle is through all of which would send cattlemen and $200 million. Meanwhile, Vietnam the roof. According to the US women running to the hills. In fact, purchased $133 million, 19 percent Department of Agriculture more than many cattle families are wondering if more than in 2011. As part of the 43,000 head of US cattle were sold to right now isn’t the best time to hang it TransPacific Partnership there is a Russia from January to August 2012. up while prices are good and land val- strong possibility that Vietnam will The demand for America’s superior ues are high. But before you make that represent an even greater opportunity genetics and technology has created a tremendous opportunity for US cattle decision, I encourage you to consider for US beef exports. TPP is a multilateral trade agree- families who are willing to expand into what you will be missing. At the end of this year, we will be ment between the United States, this niche market. Many are saying that these fortunate enough to see the implemen- Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, tation of three free trade agreements: Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, advancements sound good, but given the Korea - US agreement, the Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and the volatile political situation in Colombia - US agreement and the Canada. Under this agreement, the Washington how can we be sure this Panama - US agreement, which was beef industry could see the elimination isn’t just a house of cards that will colimplemented Oct. 31. The agreement of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers lapse after the election? Newly re-electwith Korea repeals a 40 percent tariff that have plagued the industry for ed President Barack Obama has said on US beef and gives our country a many years. While the final terms of that trade is and will continue to be a competitive tariff advantage over com- the agreement are still far from conclu- fundamental part of our economic petitors such as Australia. Likewise, sion, TPP could give the United States recovery. President Obama promised the Colombia agreement repeals a mas- a stronger foothold in the growing to double exports in five years and so sive 80 percent tariff on US beef and Asian and Pacific Rim markets. It far has done a good job at making sure the agreement with Panama eliminates could also set the stage for future trade the FTAs with Korea, Colombia and a 30 percent tariff on US beef. agreements that allow a science-based Panama are implemented, and his team Eliminating high tariffs gives us a com- and market driven set of guidelines to is hard at work on the TPP agreement and expanding trade with other counpetitive advantage in all three markets spur economic growth. Another market with vast poten- tries. And for the first time, many in and a strong foothold in Asia and South America where demand for beef tial for US beef and live cattle exports Congress are finally starting to view is Russia. As the fifth-largest export trade in a positive light, realizing that is strong and growing. Another Asian market with strong market for US beef at nearly $214 mil- exports create jobs and can help potential for growth is Japan. As the lion through August 2012, Russia expe- address our revenue shortfall. Without question, times are second-largest export market for US rienced a 31 percent increase in beef behind Canada, Japan accounted American beef sales this year. Russia tough right now and it will take our for nearly $720 million in US beef sales recently became a member of the industry some time to replenish the through August 2012. This is a 23 per- World Trade Organization. As part of losses nature has dealt us. But keep in cent increase over 2011 sales figures the accession agreement with the mind the one advantage we have: US and is within striking distance of sur- United States, Russia established an beef and livestock are superior prodpassing 2011 total beef sales at $874 import quota of 60,000 metric tons for ucts that foreign consumers want to frozen US beef and an unlimited allot- purchase. GC million. The Japanese government is reviewing its bovine spongiform Legislative Watch encephalopathy protocols for domestiH.R. 1259 / S. 2242 – Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act cally produced beef and imported beef. To fully and permanently repeal the Estate Tax. NCBA urges a YES vote on the Death Tax There is recent discussion of lifting the Repeal Permanency Act. age restriction on US beef imports Key Sponsors: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. from 20 months and under to 30 S. 1129 – Grazing Improvement Act months and under, which could be a To make improvements to the efficiency and stability of the federal lands grazing permit tremendous opportunity for US beef process. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 1129. producers. It is obvious that Japan conKey Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. tinues to be a strong export market H.R. 6083 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act with much potential. The House version of the 2012 Farm Bill. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 6083. While Korea and Japan are certainKey Sponsor: Frank Lucas, R-Okla. GC ly strong export markets for American G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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In My Opinion

We Need to Establish our Place AT the Table... Not ON it

ver a lifetime we log into memory a few special songs, prayers, jokes, advertising jingles and clever sayings. A recent addition into my pot of keepers comes courtesy of J.D. Alexander, president of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association: “If you are not at the table you may be on the menu.” Theses wise words are certainly applicable to many facets of our lives and especially true when it comes to the ongoing discussions in the beef industry. We all know that some folks in today’s society want to stop animal agriculture. Animal rights activists, radical environmentalists and vegetarians have spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians, making unsubstantiated public statements about our industry and creating doubt about the benefits of protein in diets. They have in many instances utilized regulatory agencies to get their mission accomplished by demanding rules and laws be drafted that have a dramatic effect on livestock production. We spend a lot of time and resources pushing back the chaos created by these organizations. Fortunately, there are many folks other than cattle producers and beef consumers who are both supportive and interested in the survival of the beef industry – packers, retailers, food service companies, restaurant chains, agricultural equipment companies, fertilizer and chemical companies and animal health companies, just to name a few. Their future is closely tied to the viability of the cattle industry. We may all come at problems from different perspectives, but we work well together when we have a common goal. The middlemen, the ones between the cow-calf operator and the consumers, are reporting a growing demand from consumers for more information about where and how 16 December 2012

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food is produced. The demands have been growing in part due to the increasing number of foodborne illnesses that are being reported on the nightly news. Another factor is the rising price of beef. We can give some credit to the anti-meat crowd for continuing to stir things up with their tactics to sell the idea beef is not good for the body, is produced without regards for the environment or is produced under inhumane conditions.

Our friends in the industry are asking for our help in framing the answers to the questions being raised about where and how beef is produced so they can assure their customers that all phases of the industry are producing safe and wholesome product, protecting the environment and humanely caring for our livestock. We really must be at the table during these discussions so that we all understand the needs and cooperatively work through the answers. Discussions about a future sustainable beef supply are also popping up around the world. There is concern about an adequate beef supply in the future due to the declining trend line in cow numbers and the growing population. Producing more beef while keeping the public’s concerns about the environment and animal welfare in the forefront is the goal. Producing a

“sustainable beef supply” is in all parties’ interest; therefore, everyone should be at the table. What we may encounter is that not everyone understands the differences that topography, soil types, climate and feed resources have on our highly variable production systems. Adding regulations or narrowly defining an acceptable production system would increase the already high number of obstacles to entry in the business. We can only educate folks to these issues if we are at the table. For me, the oversimplified answer is that the bottom line must be equal to or better than the available alternatives in order to encourage the next generation to take on the challenge of beef production. While at a recent internationally attended meeting in Florida to discuss many of the above issues, I was honored to sit at the table with J.D. Alexander and some of the producer leaders from Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Hearing some of the discussions was a little unnerving, but having producer leaders at the table to give a clear perspective to the group certainly calmed my nerves. I am grateful to J.D. Alexander and all the Florida guys that took the time to engage in these discussions. If you know someone who is not a member of Georgia Cattlemen’s association, NCBA or their state cattleman’s association, please ask them to join and support the industry leadership so that we have a seat and a voice of reason at the table. For some funny reason I now see those cows in the Chick-fil-A commercials in a different light. GC

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Congratulations to Samantha Bone of Roopville, Ga., for the winning entry in the December photo contest, “Season Your Holidays with Beef!”

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Kyle and Carole Knight of Sylvania, Ga., welcomed Beau Phillip Knight into the world on Oct. 29. They are members of the Ogeechee Cattlemen’s Association, of which Beau Knight’s grandfather, Ray Hicks, is president. Carole Knight is state BQA Coordinator for Georgia.

Hereford Breeder to Serve on National Board

GJCA Officer Crowned Pageant Winner

Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day Coordinator Merritt Daniels was named Mitchell County Miss Young Farmer on Oct. 20. The pageant was a fundraiser for the local Young Farmer chapter.

Jonny Harris of Screven, Ga., a member of the Wayne County Cattlemen's Association, was selected in November to serve on the American Hereford Association National Board of Directors. Harris co-owns and manages Greenview Farms Inc., the oldest, continuously active Hereford operation in Georgia. Harris also produces F1 HARRIS IS IN TOP ROW, THIRD FROM LEFT (IN COWBOY HAT) Brafords and manages timber, annual forages, hay, haylage and row crops. He is now serving as a director of the Georgia Hereford Association and United Braford Breeders. Harris is a former UBB treasurer; Georgia Cattlemen's Association regional vice president and executive committee member; Florida Cattlemen's Association member, Wayne County Livestock Association president; Southeast Georgia Cattlemen's Association president; Wayne County Farm Bureau director; and Wayne County Supervisor. He represents GCA on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association property rights and environmental committee and has testified at a listening session for the US Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior. Harris and his wife, Toni, have three children and six grandchildren. Harris will serve four years on the national board.

Hillary Thornton, a member of the University of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, took center field on Nov. 3 as the Bulldogs took on Ole Miss. Thornton was one of five women named to the university’s Homecoming Court for 2012. She is a senior majoring in poultry science from Folkston, Ga., and is involved in many activities on campus. Thornton is a sister of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, a past senator and current associate attorney general of Student Government Association and is a member of the Arch Society, Poultry Judging Team and Student Alumni Council. She has also participated in the Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, Block and Bridle, Poultry Science Club, Dawg Camp, University Council and Ag Hill Council. 18 December 2012

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UGA Member on Homecoming Court


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THE MID-GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION was well-represented at the Spalding County Fair this year. Members manned the booth each of the 10 nights and provided beef brochures to visitors. The association thanks all of its volunteers who were able to attend and help share the beef story!


POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION cattlemen got an agriculture update from Commissioner Gary Black at their Sept. 24 meeting. The event, an annual beef stew supper and State of the Industry meeting, was held at the American Legion Post in Cedartown, Ga. During the meeting, Black reiterated a commitment to cutting waste while providing personal and effective services to Georgia producers. He also spoke about the Georgia Grown program, “Feed My School for a Week,” and the Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption Program, which Georgia Cattleman reported on in the November magazine.

THE POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S CHAPTER was selected as the winner of the Georgia Beef Board Beef Month Chapter Promotion Contest. The chapter partnered with two locally owned grocery stores and set up p ro m o t i o n s on June 9 and June 16. Both stores gave funds to buy $25 beef certificates, which consumers could enter to win. Their events were publicized on local radio stations and in newspapers in two languages! The association ended Beef Month with its annual member appreciation night.

THE ABRAHAM BALDWIN AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION chapter celebrated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its second annual Savin’ the Ta-Tas Square Dance on Oct. 11. The event was held in the National Peanut Museum at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village. More than 70 students, faculty and staff from ABAC attended, enjoying line dancing lessons from a member of the faculty. The ABAC members would like to thank their sponsors for the event and everyone who came out to support breast cancer awareness. Chapter members are excited for their upcoming spring events, including the continuation of their license plate fundraiser. They invite everyone to “like” them on Facebook. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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The Great Vaccine Debate: Killed or Modified Live? By Dr. Lee Jones, DVM, MS

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the use of killed versus modified live vaccines, especially when it comes to Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis – referred to as Bovine Herpesvirus -1; BHV-1 — and Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus protection. Making sense of the discussion and deciding what to do can leave producers confused and concerned that their long-time vaccine program isn’t good enough and leaves their herds at risk.

BHV-1 (IBR) used to be called “red nose” before many of the cattle became black-hided. It can cause respiratory and reproductive diseases. Like many of its herpesvirus relatives it has a nasty habit of hiding in parts of the body and reappearing after a stressful event. Even though a calf may recover following infection, the virus can become latent in part of the ophthalmic nerve called the trigeminal ganglia and emerge after stress or pregnancy. In cattle the most common occurrence is in post-weaning calf pneumonia, but it can cause genital diseases such as infectious pustular vulvovaginitis in females or infectious pustular balanoposthitis in bulls. IPVV and IPB look like severe rashes on the mucous membranes of the vulva or penis. BHV-1 infection causes severe inflammation of the mucous membranes. In the respiratory form it is usually restricted to the upper respiratory tract and trachea. BHV-1 infection causes a high fever, watery, inflamed eyes, nasal discharge and salivation, coughing and occasionally difficulty breathing. It can also cause conjunctivitis, or eye inflammation, and has been blamed for leading to pinkeye in calves. Often viral infection is followed by a bacterial pneumonia requiring antibiotic treatment in younger cattle. Adult cattle may not show any clinical signs following infection and pregnant cows may abort up to 100 days after exposure even though they never got sick. Bovine viral diarrhea virus is another economically important virus included in routine cattle vaccines. 20 December 2012

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BVD also has respiratory and reproductive disease forms and can cause severe pneumonia and abortion in cattle. Many BVD vaccines have two types, type 1 and type 2. There are also two biotypes: Cytopathic and non-cytopathic. The cytopathic biotype causes visible damage to the infected cell while the non-cytopathic does not.

VIRUSES such as Bovine Viral Diarrhea and Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis can be prevented and treated by both modified live or killed vaccines, depending on which methods work best for a producer's operation.

Viruses are spread by contact and shared body fluids. This includes methods such as nose-to-nose contact or any other natural transfer with

body fluids containing a virus. Humans can transfer viruses between animals by using the same needle to vaccinate several animals or using instruments between animals without first disinfecting them. Once the virus enters the body it spreads via the blood stream or through the respiratory tract. Viruses have to enter a cell and use the cell’s genetic material to replicate. When it invades a cell, a virus takes over normal cell functions and uses the cell to reproduce its genetics and viral envelope. While the virus is in the blood stream or on the mucous membranes it can be neutralized by antibodies, but once it is inside the cell it is hidden from the antibodies and free to reproduce and in most cases destroy the cell. However, the cell can signal the body that something is wrong by special proteins that are on the cell membrane. If these proteins are present on the membrane, special lymphocytes called killer T-cells can attack the cell and prohibit the virus from reproducing there. Killed and modified live viral vaccines work to enhance the immune response to these viruses but they work in very different ways. Killed virus vaccines mostly stimulate the humoral-mediated immune response and MLV stimulate the cell-mediated immune response. The HMI is made of cells that produce specific antibodies that attack foreign material in the body. The antibodies are produced by special lymph tissues made of B-lymphocytes. Some B-lymphocytes are programmed to change into plasma cells,

which produce antibodies specific to an antigen – a specific part of a virus or protein that can cause disease. These plasma cells multiply and become a factory to mass-produce antibodies when the body is attacked by the antigen or stimulated by a vaccine. When the virus is in circulation the antibodies can attach to it and neutralize or hold it until a white blood cell engulfs it and destroys the antibody-antigen complex. However, as mentioned above, after the virus enters the cell the antibody cannot find it any longer. The body has a system to deal with that called the CMI.

Another important part of the vaccination discussion is the adjuvant – the ingredient in the vaccine that improves the immune response to the killed antigen. There are several types of adjuvants that increase the inflammatory response and extend the antigen exposure, thereby enhancing the immune response to the vaccine. Adjuvants are used with killed vaccines but the killed vaccine still requires a booster dose to obtain the best protection. MLV vaccines stimulate the cells of the CMI that attack infected cells. The vaccine mimics an actual infec-

tion because the weakened virus infects cells and stimulates the immune cells that respond to the cellular invasion — those killer T-cells already mentioned. Like B-cells, once these T-cells get programmed they multiply to produce an army of cells that circulate through the body looking for infected cells. They are very specific for the cells infected with one kind of virus. For instance, a T-cell programmed for BVD will not attack a cell infected with IBR. When the killer T-cell encounters a cell infected with the virus it recognizes, it attacks the virus and causes cell death, which prevents the virus from reproducing. It also exposes the free virus to antibodies that can neutralize it in circulation. Therefore, both parts of the immune system are important. Some of the controversy about MLV vaccines is because the vaccines can cause abortion, especially in heifers. Most of the cases that have been investigated involve cattle that had not been vaccinated with a MLV before breeding. Cattle that were not vaccinated before becoming pregnant are at a very high risk of aborting following MLV vaccination. If in doubt, vaccinate with a killed vaccine while the animal is pregnant and then vaccinate with a MLV after the animal calves. Thousands of animals have been safely vaccinated with MLV vaccines when done according to the label. So what is a producer supposed to do? If a producer raises his own replacements it is very easy to get two to three doses of MLV vaccine in a heifer before she is bred and then revaccinate with a killed or modified live each year thereafter. If producers are buying their replacements, it is important to get an accurate, specific vaccine history. For producers in doubt, vaccinate with a killed viral vaccine while she is pregnant and then use a MLV after she calves. Ideally, an animal should be vaccinated at least two times with a MLV to be confident it has adequate immunity and can be vaccinated during pregnancy thereafter. As always, follow the label directions with vaccines or any health products for the best results and to minimize any negative side effects. GC

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B r o ok e ’ s Be e f B i t e s By Brooke Wi lliams Georgia Beef Board director of industr y information

The holiday season is upon us! Christmas is a special time to honor the birth of Jesus, family traditions, festivities and of course, food. Families gather around tables that are filled with a beef roast (or perhaps a ham or turkey), mashed potatoes, peas, green beans and cheesy casseroles on Christmas Day. That’s enough food to feed the family for weeks!

Lean beef can serve as your premiere protein in dishes such as roasts, but it can also provide a wealth of options for holiday leftovers. Not sure what to do with all those leftover mashed potatoes, green peas and cranberries? Try this delicious and comforting Beefy Shepherd’s Pie. With fewer than 400 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving, this recipe is a great way to kick-start your New Year’s resolution a little early! During the holidays, you can feel good about choosing beef for its great taste, wholesomeness and versatility whether you’re cooking a large holiday feast or a few bite size snacks. With lean beef on your menu, you can enjoy the holidays without worrying about your waistline. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Food & Nutrition Communications department came up with lots of leftover ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Check out their homage to the “12 Days of Christmas” on the next page. The “12 Days of Holiday Beef Recipes” includes appetizers, entrees and other beefy dishes that are sure to please family and friends alike during the holiday season. This winter, share the gift of flavor and serve up some delicious BEEF!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

RECIPE: Beefy Shepherd’s Pie

INGREDIENTS 1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 12 ounces mushroom or beef gravy 1.5 cups frozen peas ¼ teaspoon pepper 2.5 to 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes, warmed 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 450oF. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef and onion. Cook eight to 10 minutes, breaking the meat into three-fourths inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. 2. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and pour off drippings. Return beef to skillet. Stir in gravy and peas and season with pepper. 3. Spoon beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Top with potatoes and spread evenly, and top with cheese if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.

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Nutrition information: 389 calories; 10 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat, 4 grams monounsaturated fat); 85 milligrams cholesterol; 1,054 milligrams sodium; 4 grams carbohydrates; 2.7 grams fiber; 35 grams protein; 8.9 milligrams niacin; 0.8 milligrams vitamin B6; 2.4 micrograms vitamin B12; 4.4 milligrams iron; 20.4 micrograms selenium; 7.1 milligrams zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc, and a good source of fiber.


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Wishing You a Merry Christmas! By Nanette Bryan

I can’t believe it is December already. Christmas will be here before we know it, and I am nowhere ready for it. When you were little it was funny, because it used to seem to take forever for Christmas to get here, but now for me, it seems like it was just last month. When I was a little girl, going to go to college with we would open our presher and she tells me she is ents on Christmas morning, not going to tell me where and then we would have to she is going. Imagine load up and go to my grandthat!!!! parents for dinner with the I am not sure what I family. I would always will do when she is gone. It complain because I did not has been a long time since want to leave my toys to Bill and I had no children go. My grandparents would in the house. I do not NANETTE BRYAN always greet us as we pulled know if we will know up in the driveway with hugs and what to do, but I guess we will figure kisses. I did not realize at the time it out. how much I would miss that. My A new year means another excitgrandparents have both since passed ing year for this association. If you away, and I would give anything for have not been involved with the one more hug and kiss. They were CattleWomen or any of the events special to me and I miss them very we have, please let me encourage you much. I think we get so caught up in now to come on board in 2013. We the hustle and bustle of everything would love to have you. Let this be that we forget to the year that slow down and you step out of enjoy the time your comfort we have with zone and speak our family and out for the beef friends. Take industry. the time to As you enjoy those who gather with you love not your family and just in gift givfriends this holing, but in feliday season, be lowship. You sure and serve will be glad you some delicious did. beef, because no As another matter the occayear comes to an sion, Beef is end, we can What’s for look forward to Dinner! Also, 2013. This will be a hard year for me along with eating beef, do not forget because my youngest daughter, to remember the true meaning of Kayla, will be graduating from high Christmas: “For unto you is born this school and going off to college. It was day in the city of David a Saviour, really hard for me when Christy went which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). to college, but I still had Kayla at I hope you and your family have home and in some ways that made it a Merry Christmas and a Happy New easier. I keep telling her I am just Year. GC 24 December 2012

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

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

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

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Beef Crescent Loaf

Recipe courtesy Lois West of Gordon County, “Beefin’ Up the Kitchen” cookbook

INGREDIENTS 1.5 pounds ground beef 1 can cheddar cheese soup ¾ cup chopped green onion ½ cup chopped onion ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 8-ounce can crescent dinner rolls Ground beef is the basis of this festive recipe! ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Sautee ground beef in a skillet until brown and drain off excess fat. 2. Add soup, green pepper, onion, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well-mixed. 3. Separate crescent rolls into two large rectangles on an ungreased cookie sheet. Overlap edges to form one large rectangle, pressing firmly to seal. 4. Spoon about 2.5 cups of meat mixture in 4-inch wide strips down the center of the rectangle to within 1 inch of each end. Fold long sides of dough over meat mixture to center. 5. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. 6. Spoon remaining meat mixture down center of crust. Sprinkle with cheese. 7. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Slice to serve.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Livestock Industry Concerned About Important Tax Benefits By John Alan Cohan, attorney at law

Proper decision making and advance planning are crucial elements in operating a profitable livestock venture. Ever since the inception of income tax, all areas of farming have enjoyed generous tax benefits. Livestock owners are permitted to take depreciation deductions on their farm to offset gross income, as well as

to deduct reasonable costs of operating a livestock breeding or activity from other income. When challenged by the Internal

Revenue Service, many a livestock owner has found it to be a daunting handicap in being unprepared. After losing an audit there is the option to go to IRS Appeals and, failing that, to US Tax Court. Dr. Louis J. Novak of Cleveland, Ohio, a radiation oncologist, ended up taking his case to Tax Court. At stake was more than $1 million in losses and $370,000 in depreciation. The IRS felt that Novak had no time that he could even devote to the livestock activity because of a heavy work schedule. Novak had $269,000 in sales for the years in question. But the judge questioned why some of the commissions Novak paid to brokers were as high as 50 percent and even 60 percent in one instance. Unfortunately, Novak and his counsel could not rationally explain this. Perhaps the broker was being given a bonus, which is perfectly permissible, but the judge received no explanation to satisfy him. The judge also said that Novak had not prepared “a written analysis to determine how he could make a profit or what he would have to do to break even. Petitioner has not consulted with persons with expertise regarding the financial aspects of his livestock activity.” Thus, the judge held Novak’s activity was not engaged in for profit. Novak honestly believed he had the primary purpose and dominant intent of realizing a profit, but apparently the judge disagreed. That meant that Novak lost his $1 million-plus in deductions. The judge felt that Novak did not perform a detailed analysis of his activity. The judge also felt that some of his actions seemed contrary to a

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profit objective, such as paying the high rate of commissions on livestock sales instead of the standard commission. The judge wanted to distinguish between someone being an expert in a field of livestock breeding and one who is an expert in the economics of the undertaking: “A taxpayer’s failure to obtain expertise in the economics of [livestock-related] activities indicates a lack of profit motive.” The judge had a hard time figuring out how Novak had any spare time in which to engage in the livestock activity, given his demanding work schedule at a hospital where he saw patients as well as taught medical classes. There were other deficiencies in his case. He failed to show that he had bought his farm primarily with appreciation in mind, or that he expected the value of his herd to increase over time. Finally, the judge believed that recreational objectives were a significant compo-

nent in Novak’s livestock-related activities. Being a physician or in some other high-income profession is a red flag in IRS screening for those who are declaring tax losses in connection with livestock or other farming activities. It is important to have periodic appraisals of ranch property to show appreciation in value. It is important to have written contracts with ranch managers and it is equally important to maintain time logs of the producer’s own time devoted to ranch activities, specifying what he did and when he did it. In addition, priority should be given to maintaining proper business records and financial projections. If a producer is audited by the IRS he has many rights and should consult an expert to discuss strategy. GC JOHN ALAN COHAN has served the livestock and farming industries since 1981. He can be reached via email at, at his website, or by phone at 310-278-0203.

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Readers send me stories and ideas for the column. Sometimes they are so good they deserve retellin’ in their own words. This is Barry’s tale about a “real cowboy” named Otis. Otis wore his long-sleeved shirt and long-handled underwear winter and summer. It worked like a thermos, he claimed; cold in the summer and warm in the winter. His old Blanchard spurs left tracks in the dirt when he walked because the heels were so worn down on his boots. Otis showed up at Barry’s place one morning to help him gather a cow and calf that had been missed. Otis is a real ole timer, a typical Arizona no-nonsense cowboy. “Is that a new horse?” Barry asks. “You bet,” Otis says. “Best horse on the ranch, goes back on a direct line to Man O’ War, Yellow Jacket and Hancock. Why, Cody Ohl’s cousin-in-law almost bought him for Cody to ride at the Finals!” Barry was impressed. They set out on a high trot. However, about the third stride Barry says he witnessed one of the most interesting bronc rides he’d ever seen! Otis went up and down for about four jumps and then the horse took off for the walnut grove doing 160 miles per hour! WHAM! BAM! SLAM! Barry says he’d never seen anyone on a horse peel so much bark off of so many trees! Otis was hangin’ in there despite the fat lip, torn clothes and blood dripping from assorted contusions, abrasions and lacerations. He looked like he’d spent 15 minutes in a clothes dryer with a bear and 50 horseshoes! His horse was just getting warmed up as he squealed and bucked so high

Barry could see the frogs in his feet! They came down in a heap, driving Otis’ head down in the dirt, adding more “crash marks” to his old Stetson, leaving it looking like something a Hippopotamus regurgitated! After reviving, recovering, re-standing and re-mounting, both cowboys resumed their search and found the missing pair. Otis immediately threw and caught the calf, and half-hitched the rope to the saddle horn. Then using the tried-and-true vaquero technique (although most tie the rein to the rope), he tied his left split rein around his leg as he dismounted to flank the calf. The calf did not cooperate. Having never seen a human up this close, he bawled and kicked. The mama cow was incensed and charged Otis. This “best horse on the ranch” saw a wreck coming and wheeled for home! He was accompanied by the calf, still tied to the horn, and Otis, still tied to the rein! Barry remarks he’d never seen such a strong split rein as Otis, the horse and the calf careened through the junipers and banged over the rocks. Barry finally caught up with this cowboy version of the potato sack race and got ’em stopped, whereupon the cow laid a track up his back as he was cutting the rope and the rein. True to his cowboy nature, when he regained consciousness, Otis dressed Barry down for cutting his favorite rope and ruining his brand new split rein. Epilogue: Barry says the last time he saw the “best horse on the ranch” was at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. They’d named him Otis. GC


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Ronnie Silcox 706-542-9102

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Beware the Risks of Mycotoxins

By Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist

The 2012 crop year will likely go down in the record books as one of the worst in more than a century. Widespread drought and other challenges caused the yields to be low and prices to be high. But there is another problem that has gotten very little attention: A high risk of mycotoxin contamination.

Forages and grains are exposed to a number of different fungal spores before and during harvest, transport and storage. If crop moisture, harvest problems or adverse weather conditions arise, some of these fungi can grow on the forage or grain and contaminate the crop. The contamination comes from toxic chemicals called mycotoxins that are produced by the infecting fungi. Mycotoxins are natural chemicals produced by fungi as defense mechanisms against other microorganisms. The problem is that some of these mycotoxins can be harmful to animals and humans. In fact, some can cause severe illness or death even at very small concentrations, such as at concentrations of parts per million or parts per billion. Mycotoxins pose a risk even in “normal” years, but 2012 has been far from a normal year. Drought conditions increase the incidence of some mycotoxins and cool and wet conditions at harvest favor the development of others. Nearly 80 percent of the US experienced some sort of drought in 2012 and many of these areas also experienced cooler, wet conditions at harvest. Consequently, we may see major issues with one or more mycotoxins in our grain and forage crops this year.

Brief History Mycotoxins have a long history of causing major disruptions in society, such as mass hallucinations and changes in birthrates. For example, mycotoxins (ergot alkaloids) on grain are the suspected cause of the symptoms associated with witchcraft surrounding the Salem Witch Trials in the 1690s in Salem, Mass. Mycotoxin poisonings have also had tragic results in more recent history. Recent incidences include the death of 125 people 34 December 2012

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in Kenya in 2004 from aflatoxin poisoning in corn and the death of 75 dogs in the US in 2005 from aflatoxincontaminated pet food produced in a Gaston, SC, facility. Though inspections by the US Food and Drug Administration help to prevent such problems, no system is perfect and contaminated products could get into animal feeds.

The aflatoxins, which are produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, are among the most dangerous mycotoxin classes. Aflatoxins are frequent issues in the Southeast. Consequently, peanuts, corn, cottonseed and tree nuts are routine tested at buying points, gins and the local grain elevator for aflatoxin concentrations. In addition, dairy

Table 1. Common mycotoxins, the common feeds or food products that may be contaminated with mycotoxins and the effects of the major classes of mycotoxins.a Mycotoxin Class


Common Mycotoxins in the Class

Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2

Ergot alkaloids Ergotamine, lysergic acid, ergovaline

Common Products Contaminated

Corn, peanuts, cottonseed, tree nuts, dairy products Rye, pasture grasses, sorghum


Fumonisins B1, B2, B3 Corn, silage


Ochratoxin A

Trichothecenes deoxynivalenol (DON aka vomitoxin), T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin Zearalenone

Zearalenone (ZEA)

Cereal grains, coffee, grapes Wheat, barley, oats, corn Corn, hay


Animals Affected

Swine, dogs, cats, cat- Liver damage, intestinal tle, sheep, young birds, bleeding, cancer humans Cattle, sheep, humans

Hallucinations, gangrene, loss of limbs, hastening of birth

Pulmonary edema, leuko-encephalomalacia, esophageal cancer, Horses, swine, humans neural tube defects, liver damage, reduced growth Swine, humans

Kidney and liver damage, cancer

Feed refusal, diarrhea, Swine, dairy cattle, poultry, horses, humans vomiting, skin disorders, reduced growth Swine, dairy cattle

from the APS’s Mycotoxins in Crops

Mycotoxin Classes There are a number of different mycotoxins, each having slightly different chemical structures and modes of action. To simplify, the American Phytopathological Society groups the mycotoxins into six classes (see Table 1). Though all of these can be problematic, beef and dairy producers should be aware of aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, fumonisin and zearalenone.

Clinical Effects

Enlargement of uterus, abortion, malformation of testicles/ovaries

products are screened for the aflatoxin derivative M1 to assure that this mycotoxin does not make it into the human food supply. Several fungi in the Fusarium genera form problematic mycotoxins, including deoxynivalenol, the fumonisins, and zearalenone. Feed intake is severely reduced when deoxynivalenol, which is also called vomitoxin because it is known to cause hogs to vomit,

contaminates the feed. Fumonisins are problematic in several animal diets, but are extremely dangerous to horses, causing severe damage to the brain, nervous system and liver, a condition called leukoencephalomalacia. In ruminants, both deoxynivalenol and the fumonisins tend to be less problematic because they are largely metabolized and detoxicified in the rumen. However, both can alter rumen function and tend to reduce milk production or animal performance. The same fungus that produces deoxynivalenol can also produce zearalenone, which can adversely affect ruminants. Zearalenone is a mycotoxin that mimics estrogen, causes abnormal reproductive health, and has adverse effects on breeding soundness. Cool, wet weather during harvest increases the risk of deoxynivalenol, the fumonisins and zearalenone. Another common mycotoxin issue is one that is more problematic in pasture-based systems: Ergot alkaloids. These mycotoxins are behind animal production issues such as dallisgrass staggers and fescue toxicosis. In general, ergot alkaloids in the diet will cause animals to be nervous, reduce weight gains, produce less milk and have suppressed immune systems.

Prevention Through Management Seldom is there much that a producer can do to alter weather-related factors that increase the risk of mycotoxin development. However, there are several management practices that can help reduce the risk of several of these mycotoxins. For example, adhering to recommended planting dates, plant population, hybrids, nitrogen fertilization rates and insect management can substantially reduce aflatoxin levels. The use of Bt hybrids has also been associated with substantial reductions in fumonisin, though it hasn’t consistently had a demonstrably positive effect on aflatoxin levels. Proper adjustments to the combine cylinder speed and concave settings can reduce damage to the grain and prevent fungal infection. Having the combine’s fan speed at an appropriately high setting will also blow out the low-density, moldy kernels that serve as inocu-

Table 2. Recommendations and regulations for safe limits on mycotoxin concentrations in grain in the US (as of 2008a) and reports of average and maximum mycotoxin concentrations in random samples from the 2011 US crop (including grain, grain byproducts, silage and haylage).b Mycotoxin

Grain for human food

Grain for animal feed






Deoxynivalenol (DON)











No guidance levels; case-by-case basis





a Adapted


from the APS’s Mycotoxins in Crops ( b Adapted from Swamy et al. in April 9, 2012 issue of Feedstuffs magazine.

lum for these infections. Drying the grain soon after harvest and storing the grain in closed bins with proper aeration and insect controls can also prevent the development of toxigenic fungi.

Prevention Through Detection The standard axiom of “if in doubt, throw it out” is especially costly in years like this when feed supplies are tight. Certain levels of a specific mycotoxin can still be tolerated in a diet. In addition, it is possible for a nutritionist to dilute the toxins when developing a ration by mixing with other feedstuffs that are low in mycotoxins (see Table 2, above). Therefore, producers should consult with their county Extension agent or nutritionist to obtain a mycotoxin analysis for any suspect sample. Historically, lab staff had to conduct multiple analyses to provide a broadspectrum screen. These procedures were costly and time consuming. However, advanced analytical techniques and the use of immunoassays have substantially reduced the cost and time required of these analyses without sacrificing accuracy. In fact, there is now a technique to rapidly screen for more than 37 different mycotoxins at one time. Some laboratories even offer this mycotoxin screening for free. Feed Additives Occasionally, a situation presents itself where a producer is forced to use a particular feedstuff, even if

it is higher in mycotoxins than what would be recommended. In these instances, there are some feed additives that can be used that can bind to or adsorb mycotoxins in the feed, limit the toxicity of the mycotoxin and aid the elimination of the toxin in the feces. Historically, several types of clays or minerals — such as bentonite, zeolite and kaolin — that bind to certain mycotoxins have been used with reasonable success. However, these additives may only be helpful with a subset of the mycotoxins that are present and can cause adverse effects, such as reducing feed intake and animal performance. More recently, scientists developed additives that enable multiple mycotoxins to be bound without affecting feed intake or animal performance. These include microbiological additives such as cell walls of certain strains of some bacteria species and cell wall extracts from certain yeasts. These products bind multiple mycotoxins without compromising feed intake and animal performance, making them a better and less risky choice, especially given the current uncertainty about mycotoxin levels in feed. GC FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION on mycotoxins in forage and grain crops, please visit websites and You may also contact Dennis Hancock directly by emailing him at

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SMITH ANGUS FARM 1095 Charles Smith Road Charles E. Smith Owner • 478/252-5622 Kyle Gillooly Manager • 478/494-9593

SINCE 1947

Marion Barnett, Jr. 1685 Lexington Road Washington, GA 30673

Cell: 706-202-8435 Wilkes Barnett cell: 706-401-9157

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.


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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Purebred Angus Cattle

Harvey Lemmon Woodbury, GA


Turnpike Creek Farms

s Bu Reg. Blk. Angus & Blk. Simmental itor ll Vis ys Fo s a Certified & Accredited Herd #152 r Alw me Sa le lco We David (229) 362-4716 David T. Doug (229) 860-0320 Williams & Sons 1555 Workmore-Milan Rd. Derek (229) 315-0986 Milan, GA 31060

BRANCH & LAKE CATTLE FARM 3935 Johnson Lake Rd. Cedartown, GA 30125 Bobby Harrington, Owner 404-634-1040 Jimmy Wright , Farm Mgr. 404-403-2261

HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

Home of Hillside Juniatti ND 598 (Third Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Georgina ND 6475 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Dividend 47 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow)

See our menu for success at

Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming

Davis Farms

A powerful line-up of Angus bulls take the ring on Dec. 7 Join us at the Calhoun Bull Test Sale!

Cloud Brothers Angus

The Bart Davis Family Bart: 229-881-2110 Trey: 229-881-3510 (Primary Contact)

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744



Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

229 Cook Road Griffin, Ga. 30224 (770) 228-5914

WASDIN ANGUS RANCH 485 Davis Rd. Norman Park, GA 31771 Owner: Ed & Dot Wasdin

Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230

“Where Quality & Customers Come First in Cattle & Hay”

Cattle that Work

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738 58 Saint Ives Crossing • Winder GA 30680

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

Phil Page: 770-616-6232



(229) 567-2344 Fax (229) 567-2352

~ Pedigree and Performance ~

We have Registered Angus Cattle that combine both elite pedigrees and strong performance. Bulls are available.

The CABE Family Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-7119 home 706-988-0018 Will


Georgia Angus Breeders

Jeremy Dyer Ted Dyer (423) 605-2431 (423) 605-1034

PERFORMANCE TESTED REGISTERED ANGUS Clark and Wally 155 Stover Drive • Canton, GA 30115 Herd Certified & Accredited AHIR 770/479-5947 (Wally)

Line breeding with GRAHAM ANGUS Genetics. Following GRAHAM’S Program begun over 45 years ago. Best of stock. Complete records. BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 Highway 11 South Social Circle, GA 30025

(770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Clay Bussell, manager, 478-357-6113 RBC Properties Exit 350

Jeff Heuer

1851 Syrup Mill Crossing Greensboro GA 30642 Phone 404-421-0686

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696


All Natural Beef

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132


Phone and fax 706-745-5714

Remco Bus. Ctr. Exit 348

607 Post Oak Road Office: (706) 965-2378 Office & Mailing Address: Fax: (706) 965-2379 31 RBC Drive, P.O. Box 889 Cell: (423) 421-1007 Ringgold, GA 30736 Email:


Idone Angus Farm Dot Idone 469 Pioneer Road Macon, GA 31217 478-986-6819 Herd Certified & Accredited

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Editor’s Note: In the November issue, Georgia Cattleman reported on the loss of University of Georgia Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Ted G. Dyer, who passed away from cancer in September. Beginning in 2008, Dyer wrote Expert Advice articles for the magazine. He served as the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Fall Tour co-chairman from 2011 until his death and was an avid supporter and organizer of the Calhoun bull and heifer performance tests. In memoriam, the staff compiled some “words of wisdom” from Dyer’s many expert reports and contributions to the state’s beef cattle industry. We hope you enjoy these and continue to remember Dyer’s family and the many individuals whose lives he affected while working in this industry.

Georgia Cattlemen – Your Voices Count I N D U S T R Y


Courtesy Douglas Kleweno, USDA NASS Georgia Field Office director

In just two months, Georgia cattlemen will have the opportunity to affect their communities by participating in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the United States Department of Agricutlure’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Census captures a complete count of all US farms, ranches and those who operate them.

Georgia’s cattlemen and cattlewomen have a story to tell and the Census gives the opportunity and responsibility to voice it. As ranchers, only you know and can report accurately for your operations acreage, livestock numbers and technology use! Reported data are kept confidential by law and combined for publication with other ranchers in the county, ranchers across the state of Georgia and ranchers across the nation. The Census also helps tell the whole story of US agriculture. Without the information collected we wouldn’t know that 3 million farm and ranch operators in the United States – only 1 percent of our country’s total population! – provide food, fuel and fiber to the other 99 percent. While that seems like a huge task, we know that ranchers such as yourselves are stepping up to the challenge because the data tells us that US agricultural productivity continues to grow. The 2007 Census counted more than 17,700 beef cow operations in Georgia and nearly 765,000 beef cow operations in the United States. For comparison in 2007, there were 47,846 farms and ranches reported in Georgia and more than 2.2 million farms and ranches in the United States. As you know, your industry and agriculture as a whole have changed considerably in the past five years, so current information for 2012 is very important. To feed an ever-growing world population expected to double by 2040, updated and reliable information is critical for local, state and national decision making. As preparations continue for this year’s Census of Agriculture, we encourage cattlemen and cattlewomen like you to share your stories, ask questions and to discuss this most important task with your fellow ranchers. Your answers to the Census help pro40 December 2012

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mote your farm’s future, shape farm programs and boost services for you, your community and your industry. NASS will mail out the Census forms at the end of the year with responses requested by Feb. 4, 2013. You also have the option to complete the form online. After all, the Census

is your voice, your future and your responsibility. GC FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Census, visit, call 1-888-424-7828 or call the Georgia Field Office at 1-800-253-4419.

Georgia Shines at National FFA Convention I N D U S T R Y


Recognized as a membership growth state for 14th consecutive year

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association congratulates the winners and honorees of the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October! Winners are listed followed by their FFA chapter or city. National FFA Secretary: Kalie Hall, Franklin American Star in Agribusiness: Bradley Weaver, Dawson Livestock Evaluation CDE: Gibson Priest, Gordon

Outstanding Middle School Chapter: Screven County Middle National FFA VIP Citation: Terry England, Winder National FFA Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award: Luther Wilkes, Jackson Honorary American FFA Degree: Sara Clark, Calhoun; David Connell, Cairo; Larry Guthrie, Watkinsville; David Yelton, Elko National Proficiency Winners: Brandon Wiley, Screven; Jonathan

Mobley, Colquitt; Ansley Akin, Franklin; Steven Cooper, Jackson; Kyle Moore, Early; J.W. Oliver, Wayne; Kason Lott, Irwin; Jacob Schindler, Lowndes; Candace Barnes, Franklin; Mary Catherine Cromley, Southeast Bulloch National Agriscience Winners: Hunter Pruitt, Sonoraville; Kevin and Lori Edwards, Sonoraville; Hunter Corbett, Pine Grove Middle; Reaud Sims, Lowndes National 3-Star Ranking: Colquitt County, East Jackson, Emanuel County Institute, Madison County High, Southeast Bulloch, Screven County Middle, Wayne County American Degree Recipients: Eric Allen, Franklin; Tyler Allen, Franklin; Benjamin P. Amerson, Hephzibah; Brandon Arnold, Jefferson City; Kadum Aselton, Etowah; Ben Bennett, Lowndes; Brandi M. Bishop, Pike; Kathy Brunner, Jeff Davis; Bert Carithers, East Jackson; Michael Carroll, Colquitt; Jesse D. Chitwood, Madison; Jackson C. Cloud, Seminole; Ashley B. Cochran, Northwest Whitfield; Justin Cochran, Franklin; Jared Corbett, Echols; Kari Crandall, Putnam; Josh Daniel, Oconee; Jamie Davis (Jeff Davis); Tyler Dungan, Mary Persons; Ronald Few, Alcovy; Jessica N. Fife, Jackson; Katie Garrett, North Oconee; Cody L. Gibbs, Perry; Casey E. Graham, Jefferson City; John W. Hanna, Seminole; Gunnar A. Hartley, Elbert; Beth Hickey, Stephens; Eric S. Hickox, Ware; Kendal J. Hickox; Kenneth Houseal, Dawson; Joshua P. James, Elbert; Rachel Johnson, Mary Persons; Trevor Jones, East Jackson; Eli Kesting, Dawson; Michelle H.O. Kinsey, LaFayette; Amanda Miller, Jeff Davis; Jennifer A. Mitcham, Rabun; Jason Neal, Franklin; Ben Pope, Irwin; Brandon Porter, Franklin; James Porter, Echols; Nick Reynolds, Dawson; Dustin Rhoden, Brantley; Brianna Roberts, Madison; Patrick T. Savelle, Oconee; Taylor Schieszer, East Jackson; Becky L. Shirley, East Jackson; Daniel Sills, White; Kendall Singleton, Upson-Lee; Caleb B. Slay, Elbert; Garrett South, Franklin; Kaylyn Stout, Lowndes; Seth Stowers, Dawson; Katy Summers, Tift; Jessie K. Sumner, Berrien; William Z. Taylor, Madison; Joey Temperly, Berrien; Chastity Tompkins, Loganville; Courtney R. Wall, West Laurens; Caleb Walston, Mary Persons; Bradley R. Weaver, Dawson; Brandon Wiley, Screven; Branden Williams, Montgomery; Christopher R. Williams, Appling; Kourtni Williams, Berrien; Weslie N. Williford, Perry; Thomas Wilson, Jefferson City GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N • December 2012 41

Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

By Dallas Duncan Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

As the fall morning dawned cool and crisp in late October, 25 members of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association gathered in Calhoun, Ga., to hop on the bus for the annual GCA Fall Tour. Led by driver J.W. Kirk, a member of the Tri-State Cattlemen’s Association, the group traveled around northwest Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina on Oct. 24 through 27. The tour took members to delicious restaurants – there were plenty of steak dinners and local fare – and allowed everyone the opportunity to experience farming in the more northern parts of the Southeast. A major highlight was touring the Tate and Lyle plant, which processes about 2 percent of the country’s corn crop into products for the food, beverage, paper and livestock feed industries. The bus stopped at well-known Red Angus, Black Angus and Hereford operations, a BVD-PI testing laboratory, two stockyard facilities and several spots with unusual approaches to grazing and waste management. In addition, attendees enjoyed the rich history of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery as well as the classic beauty of America’s sports car in the National Corvette Museum.

Reseca Sun Products in Resaca, Ga.

Walker Polled Hereford Farm in Morrison, Tenn.

Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn.

Bowman’s Restaurant in Resaca, Ga. Maple Street Grill in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Red Hill Farms in Lafayette, Tenn.

Big Spring Farm in Adolphus, Ky.

Harper Cattle Company in Scottsville, Ky.

National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

ZWT Ranch in Crossville, Tenn.

Heritage Livestock in Oakland, Ky. Gold Standard Labs in Bowling Green, Ky.

Ridgefield Farm & Brasstown Beef in Brasstown, N.C.


Athens Stockyard in Athens, Tenn.

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Former Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Member Passes Away

Ralph Harrington Aug. 10, 1924 – Oct. 5, 2012 Ralph Augustus Harrington, 88, passed from this world into eternal life through Christ Jesus on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Milledgeville, Ga. Harrington was born on Aug. 10, 1924, to Glenn Terrell and Mary Priscilla Williams Harrington, who preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of Baldwin County. He attended Georgia Military College and graduated from GMC Junior

College as battalion commander prior to joining the United States Army during World War II. He fought in the European Theatre and survived a German Prisoner of War camp. Later, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his active military service and retired as Colonel. Harrington completed his education at the University of Georgia. While he earned his degree in animal husbandry, he took active parts in campus organizations. He served as

president of Saddle and Sirloin, AGHON and Demosthenian, which presented him with gold keys. He was also a member of Grid Iron. Upon completing college, he began an agricultural business, G.T. Harrington and Sons, which grew into Harrington Milling Company. Harrington owned and operated the custom mill and warehouse providing local farmers feed, seed and fertilizer for 43 years before selling out and retiring in 1994. Simultaneously, he owned and managed Harrington Farms, a commercial cattle operation. He was a lifetime farmer, conservationist and steward of the earth. Harrington was involved and provided leadership in local organizations, including serving as a Baldwin County commissioner, Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor, director of the Milledgeville Banking Company, Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Cattlemen's Association member and Baldwin County Farm Bureau member. Harrington was also a member of the Progressive Farmers Club of Baldwin County, Milledgeville JCs, and Hopewell Methodist Church. Harrington is survived by his loving wife, Mary Roslyn Daniel Harrington, who he met shortly after arriving at UGA in 1946 and married on Oct. 9, 1948. They shared a devoted marriage each to the other for nearly 64 years. He is also survived by his blessed children Ellen H. Mayers and Carol H. Melder of Milledgeville; David R. and Diane Harrington of Montevallo, Ala.; and Charles G. Harrington and Beverly Socha of Macon, Ga.; his adored grandchildren Roslyn and Frank Mullis and Clark Mayers of Milledgeville; Penny Melder of Clarkston, Wash.; Michael Melder, Jr. and wife Katie of College Place, Wash.; Claire Harrington and Mary Harrington both of Montevallo, Ala.; his cherished great grandchildren Catherine, Rachel, Emily and Ashley Mullis of Milledgeville; his faithful brother William M. Harrington and wife Carolyn of Omaha, Neb.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. GC

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Join NCBA and GCA Today!

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NCBA MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES Annual Producer Dues 1-100 Head = $100 $______ 101-250 Head = $200 $______ 251-500 Head = $300 $______

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GCA MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES GCA Dues, 1 Year = $50 $______ GJCA Dues, 1 Year = $15 $______ GCWA Dues, 1 Year = $15 $______ Additional Local Dues, 1 Year $______ GCA Subtotal $______ Return payment to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax 478-474-5732


Let 3-J Farm put the three “P's” to work in your herd:

Pounds, Performance and Profit

LOT 108

DOB 10/20/11


WT 1380

ADG 4.48


WDA 3.82


3-J Farm

View our SimAngus (lots 103 through 109) and our Lot 99 Red Angus at Calhoun!

Burt Jeffords P.O. Box 458, Fairmount, GA 30139 • 706-676-8323

Who will be the Grand Prize winner in 2012?

Plan now to attend the 2013 GCA Convention when the winning chapter with the largest membership increase will be announced! SPONSORED



Dothan, Alabama (334) 794-7812 1-800-633-7533

Birmingham, Alabama 1010 North 24th Street Birmingham, Alabama 35201 Phone: (205) 323-4431 1-800-633-4960

Douglas, Georgia (912) 384-8104 1-800-241-7702

Montgomery, Alabama (334) 263-7316 1-800-782-5739

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Emilan Angus Farm

Emily & Lanny Benson Lafayette, GA • 706-397-2329



G A R EXPECTATION 4915 X JLB XACTO 416 Dam of Lots 48, 49 and 51 2012 Calhoun Bull Test

Lot 48 High WDA Angus Bull (3.76) at 83-day report Second-high is Lot 51 (3.74)

• Three embryo sons by TC TOTAL 410 (Lots 123, 124 and 125) averaged 3.68 WDA and 4.14 ADG • A grandson by Predestined was highindexing Angus bull (8.52) among 91 Angus bulls on test • A great-grandson sold as Lot 120 A Predestined son sold in the 2012 Tifton Bull Sale (Lot 69) for $3,000 Seven daughters in production excel for milk, growth and carcass

Lot 125 High WDA Angus Bull (3.74) Second-high was Lot 124 (3.72) G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

This bull is full brother to G A R 5050 New Design A84, the No. 3 top-selling donor cow at Gardiner Angus Ranch this past spring.

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534 Jay Tinter, owner • Billy Kidd, manager 404-316-4969

CED BW WW YW Milk $ Beef +10 +1.2 +56 +106 +34 +71.29 .30 .34 .29 .28 .22

Lot 26


83-Day Report

CED BW WW YW Milk $ Beef +7 +2.0 +47 +90 +30 +76.76 .30 .36 .28 .27 .22

LOT 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29

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DOB 09/09/11 09/09/11 09/06/11 09/09/11 09/03/11 11/10/11 09/29/11 10/17/11 10/22/11 10/28/11 09/06/11 10/14/11 • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N

WT 1290 1325 1230 1245 1370 1105 1245 1145 1255 1115 1270 1220

Lot 28

ADG 3.75 4.13 3.51 3.07 3.88 4.40 3.96 3.55 4.64 3.96 3.83 3.71

Come check out our powerful lots Dec. 7 at Calhoun!

RATIO 102 112 95 83 105 119 107 96 126 107 104 101

WDA 3.21 3.30 3.04 3.10 3.36 3.25 3.26 3.15 3.50 3.16 3.14 3.32

RATIO 100 102 94 96 104 101 101 98 109 98 98 103


Williams Angus

Come see our Lots 30-33 at Calhoun!


LOT 31

Lot 148 Lot 152




31 SITZ UPWARD 307R 3.92




LOT 32

Lot 153 Lot 151

LOT 32







LOT 33

83-Day Report LOT
















149 151 152 153

09/01/11 09/17/11







3.43 2.87

105 88








RATIO 100 85





2.65 2.46


105 97

Proven & Reliable • Black Polled Genetics BLAKE BAGLEY • 706-280-7733 TIM BAGLEY • 706-217-5459 •








1782 EVERETT SPRINGS RD., NE. CALHOUN GA 30701 706-238-2636

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Meldon Farm Sire: TC Total 410 EPDs Birth Weaning Yearling Milk $ Beef

.7 71 120 33 $88.96

Performance Cattle With Eye Appeal

Lot 2

Sire: Connealy Impression

Consigning Lots 1-13 Bull Sired By: BR Destination 727-928 Colerian Regi 904 Connealy Final Product Connealy Impression SAV Bismark 5682 SAV Pioneer 7301 TC Total 410

EPDs Birth 1.0 Weaning 60 Yearling 101 Milk 32 $ Beef $65.18

Lot 6


168 Hardman Rd. Jefferson, GA 30549 • Melvin & Donna Porter 706-654-8283 • Hutch & Allison Porter 706-983-0304

These Powerful Angus Bulls Sell Dec. 7!

Richburg Cattle

Lot 52 LOT 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59


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83-Day Report DOB 09/24/11 09/04/11 09/29/11 09/12/11 10/13/11 10/29/11 09/09/11 10/24/11

WT 1290 1395 1295 1210 1105 1235 1180 1180

Mahlon Richburg: 334-524-3861 George Richburg: 334-524-3133

Lot 53 ADG 4.43 4.81 4.06 4.10 3.72 4.45 3.77 3.87

RATIO 120 130 110 111 101 121 102 105

WDA 3.33 3.43 3.39 3.03 3.00 3.51 2.94 3.31

RATIO 103 107 105 94 93 109 91 103

Tag 61

Tag 62

(SAV Duke x Traveler 4144) Massive, big bodied, muscular. ADG ratio 120

(Impression x 004) Complete, fault free, well balanced. ADG ratio 111

Lot 2

(Momentum x 878). Rugged, stout made, sure footed, long bodied.

Full brother Tag 63 (Calhoun). Gained 6.07 lbs/day 3rd wt period ADG ratio 118.

ELROD and TOLBERT Angus • SimAngus • Commercial Females Cole Elrod: 678-410-1312 • Alex Tolbert: 706-338-8733

JOIN US Dec. 1 Bramblett Angus

Dec. 7 Calhoun Bull Test

Thank you for considering our cattle.

Selling Cattle Spring and Fall.

C h ec k u s o u t at C a l h o u n !

Breeding good mama cows, one straw at a time


LOT 82 83


Lot 82

83-Day Report DOB WT ADG RATIO 10/16/11 1210 3.96 107 09/04/11 1425 3.86 105

WDA 3.32 3.50

Tim and Tandy West 256-927-2025 • 678-986-2510 846 County Road 26 • Centre, AL 35960

Twin Oaks Brangus

Elixer grandson out of a Tyson granddaughter and Transformer granddaughter. The dam is a summit cow.

83-Day Report Birth date: 11/13/11 WT: 1075 ADG: 3.34 RATIO: 100 WDA: 3.19 RATIO: 100



ADAIRSVILLE GA • 770-548-5501

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Lot 97

RATIO 103 109

LOT 97 98

DOB 11/11/11 11/19/11

83-Day Report WT ADG RATIO 1070 3.55 132 1045 3.81 142

Lot 98

WDA 3.16 3.16

Hammett Farms

RATIO 107 107

Dale Hammett - Owner

1275 C.R. 129 • Gaylesville, AL 35973 Cell: 706-506-1668 • Email:

Double Bar M Cattle

Lot 140 Reg Number: ASA2636060


FALL 2012 EPDs

CE Brth Wean Year MCE Milk MWW Stay Doc CW YG Marb BF REA Shr API TI EPD 15.6 -2.1 64.2 97.2 14.1 24.3 56.4 11.6 15.9 -0.13 0.38 -0.02 0.43 -0.40 149.0 79.0 ACC 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.13 0.16 0.18 0.22 0.22 0.21 0.02


Matthew Grogan - 678-986-7565 Brian Grogan - 770-548-2519

Come view our Lots 42-45 Dec. 7 at Calhoun!

Lot 43

CED BW WW YW Milk $ Beef I+5 I+1.3 I+48 I+97 I+37 +77.10 .05 .05 .05 .05 .05


Lot 44

Visitors always welcome!


CED BW WW YW SC Milk $ Beef I-3 I+4.4 I+56 I+96 I+.65 I+26 +69.71 .05 .05 .05 .05 .05 .05



















Donnie Lemmon 706-977-9111

Lot 45

83-Day Report

43 44

CED BW WW YW Milk $ Beef I+1 I+2.9 I+49 I+90 I+40 +61.12 .05 .05 .05 .05 .05

3.77 4.30

102 117

Harvey & Nina Lemmon 706-553-3911 / 706-977-9222

3.47 3.53

108 110

Steven Bryan 706-977-9967

P.O. Box 524 • Woodbury, Georgia 30293 •

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Lot 145 LOT 145

DOB 9/05/11


WT 1300

ADG 3.63


This and more Simmental and SimAngus bulls selling at Calhoun!

Lot 79

Check out our Angus bulls at Calhoun! WDA 3.20

LOT 76 77 78 79 81



DOB 9/01/11 10/15/11 10/10/11 10/11/11 9/11/11

83-Day Report

WT 1290 1225 1265 1140 1310

ADG 4.24 3.80 3.82 4.07 3.49

Collins & Son

Gary Jenkins • Moultrie, Ga • 229-891-8629

Check us out at the 2012 Calhoun Bull Test

DOB 11/20/11 11/25/11 11/25/11 11/24/11


Collins and Son Charolais Bulls consigned by Ted A Collins

693 Old 179 South • Whigham, Ga. 39897 • 229-762-4259

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WDA 3.15 3.35 3.41 3.08 3.28


Want some great Calves?

LOT 154 155 156 157

RATIO 115 103 104 110 95

Get a great Bull!


WT 1305 1150 1270 1240

ADG 4.58 3.42 4.78 4.45

RATIO 98 104 106 96 102

RATIO 116 86 121 112

WDA 3.95 3.54 3.91 3.80

RATIO 112 100 110 107

“G” brand!


Come ride with the This B.C. Classic Angus bull, along with a few other bulls, will be a sampling of our genetics at the Calhoun Bull Test sale Dec. 7, 2012. His weaning weight ratio is 107 with a 13.7-inch ribeye and his adjusted yearling weight is 1,230 pounds! LOT


83-Day Report WT

















118 119

10/13/11 11/02/11



1260 1375

4.28 4.37 3.47 3.55

116 116 92 94

3.36 3.40 3.62 3.41

104 100 107 101

Lot 89 Bulls are sired by these leading A.I. sires: Predestined, GAR Ultimate, Connealy Danny, Stucky Valuebull 8663, CC&7, Final Answer, Bismark, 6EM3 of 4L1 Emblazon, New Day 454, GAR 50-50, Pioneer, Werner War Party and SAV Thunderbird! SimAngus bulls are sired by Built Right N48, DFW On Base N25 and M&S Mr. Dream On 44U!

Our first annual bull sale will be Jan. 26, 2013, at the Gretsch Bull Development Center in Madison County, just a few miles north of Athens. Please join us for the sale and lunch on this Saturday. If you are not able to make it, the sale will be broadcast on the Internet by DV Auction, and videos of the bulls and 90 commercial bred replacement heifers will be available in January. Please call us for a catalog and information on these and upcoming opportunities to purchase Gretsch Genetics for your commercial or purebred operation.

Contact Fred Gretsch at 706-340-0945 or at 706-743-3999. / Like us on Facebook @ Gretsch Brothers Angus

We would like to thank our special guest bull consignors Acres Away Angus and Happy Hills Angus for their consignments to our sale.

Clark Hill Farms

These bulls available at the Calhoun Sale!

Lot 96 LOT DOB 96 10/18/11 126 9/13/11 127 9/23/11


WT 1200 1470 1395

ADG 4.30 4.40 4.12

Lot 126

Bulls available at the Beef Builders Private Treaty Bull Sale on Dec. 8. See page 5 for more information.

RATIO 117 117 110

WDA 3.31 3.69 3.60

RATIO 103 109 106

Lot 127

Clark Hill Farms • Jefferson, Ga. • Marty Clark • 770-294-5579





• Open Heifers • Bred Heifers • First Calf Pairs • Performance Tested Bulls

Strict Vaccination and Herd Health Programs

DARREN CARTER Auctioneer / Sale Manager 864-980-5695 (cell) •

For More Information Contact: DAVID REVILLE, Sale Committee Chairman: 706-318-5457 (cell) • 706-678-5269 (home)

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

Email: •

CSR Polled Hereford Farm Steve Roberts

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

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

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

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




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


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

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


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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

Performing on our forage.

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

“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959”



BARN WAYNE ALLEN 770-786-8900 404-392-6321 59 Moore Farm Rd., Covington GA 30016

Cattle Enterprises

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

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

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

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

(706) 206-1824

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Greenview Farms, Inc.

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

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Georgia Hereford Association



Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System Facing Budget Crisis Crunch Could Force Consolidation, Closure of Facilities

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

Agriculture is no stranger to state budget cuts, but a pending reduction in budget to the Athens and Tifton veterinary diagnostic laboratories could have detrimental effects on disease surveillance and diagnosis. “If this budget cut scenario continues, we’re at a point now where we can no longer make our budget meet our expenses. We cannot go into the red. We’re not allowed to,” says veterinarian and pathologist Dr. Murray Hines, director of the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory. “There’s a potential the Tifton lab could be closed within four years.” That means that June 30, the Tifton lab could begin to close sections — clinical pathology, bacteriology, serology and so on, until there’s “absolutely no sense to keep this lab open at all.” If either lab goes, so does animal disease surveillance in that region, Hines says. That means a major line of defense against foot and mouth disease, brucellosis, leptospirosis and even bovine spongiform encephalopathy — commonly referred to as “mad cow disease” — will be gone. “Several years ago the United Kingdom had an outbreak of foot and mouth disease and it cost billions of dollars to eradicate and months of work,” says Jeremiah Saliki, director of the Athens veterinary diagnostic lab. “If we have something like that here in Georgia to go undetected even for one week, the economic devastation would be unthinkable. It would affect the state of Georgia but also the nation, and many countries could jump and ban imports from the US. That happened in 2003 when we had one case of mad cow disease.” State funding for Georgia’s diagnostic labs is 44 percent, according to a recent survey of southeastern labs. In comparison, most states in the 60 December 2012

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region fund their labs upwards of 60 to 80 percent. “The state part of the budget has not increased with inflation over the long haul since 2000,” Hines says. “Since the economic funk has been going on, we’ve been in a downward spiral.” Hines says this year, the labs are approaching a 30 percent total cut in their state budget, and they’ve been put on notice for additional cuts in Fiscal Year 13. Saliki says the labs already contract out some tests to labs in Kentucky and Michigan to cut costs. “There’s no way we can stand that,” Hines says. “We’ve done everything we can do to increase efficiency.” To combat the budget crunch, the Athens lab has taken on some unusual clientele in the past few years, Saliki says. “We started offering diagnostic services for marine mammals: Seals, dolphins and others, for places such as the US Navy, the National Marine Fisheries Service and various aquariums and amusement parks,” he says. “Secondly, we started a laboratory animal diagnostic service for testing colonies of mostly mice from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], the Medical College of Georgia, UGA and Emory.” There is a significant difference in the Athens and Tifton labs’ budgets because the Athens lab is located on the UGA campus. To account for

that difference, Tifton does get a larger share of the state funding, as well as a portion of funding from UGA. “I think it costs about $700,000 for bricks and mortar in Tifton,” says Dr. Keith Harris, pathology department head at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. “The university for the one in Athens covers maintenance, utilities, repairs and all that type of support. In Tifton we have to pay all that.” The primary sources of financial support for the two labs are the Department of Agriculture, service fees and UGA. State funding for the labs was essentially flat from 2001 to 2009, and the funding cuts have been severe since Fiscal Year 2009, according to information from the Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System. The loss of between 4.1 and 9.4 percent each year since FY09, with no end in sight to the cuts, means GVDLS could be forced to initiate consolidation of major service units and take steps to close one of the labs as early as FY13. “There would be a significant impact to both cattlemen, equine, pork producers and the companion animal folks as well [if the Tifton lab closed]. We’re kind of a hub in Tifton. It’s pretty easy access and for most of South Georgia it doesn’t take more than an hour to get here,” Hines says. “I can’t see very many people loading up a dead cow and hauling it three to five hours to Athens.”

I N D U S T R Y The Tifton lab has been open since the 1940s, and the Athens lab since the 1970s. “Most of what they do is behind-the-scenes consulting with local large animal vets,” says Josh White, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president. “It’s only when one of our producers has a ‘train wreck’ or major cattle health problem that their significances becomes evident. People really realize their true value when that happens.” Diagnostic labs are one of the most productive research units that do applied animal research, Harris says. “They need to be doing those kinds of things and if they are stretched too thin, they can’t do it,” he says. There is the possibility that if the Tifton lab closes, the Athens staff would indeed be stretched thin. Harris says they would hire as many they could support with whatever budget they had, but Hines says he’s not sure that if one lab closes the other will be able to offer positions to the newly unemployed. The diagnostic labs are also


responsible for surveillance of zoonotic diseases, those that are transmissible from animals to people, Harris says. And the earlier a disease is detected, the quicker the containment, Harris says. “This is critically important,” Saliki says. “If we don’t have those animals tested and if diseases occur, it can wipe out an industry without being detected. When we do surveillance, we are like an early warning system to guard against any emergent or re-emergent diseases.” And the lab staff does not want to raise fees to fight the budget cuts. Fees are as high as they can get, Harris says, so if the labs are not subsidized, there is no way they can continue their mission. For example, cattle necropsy fees are $60 — a small price to pay considering the actual cost for the necropsy ranges between $600 and $700. “The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee voted unanimously to advocate for the adequate funding of the diagnostic labs,” White says. “We are actively working with UGA, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the

Department of Agriculture to explore solutions to the funding crisis.” Though there are no formal fundraising efforts, Hines says people can earmark donations to UGA specifically for the Tifton or Athens diagnostic labs. Hines says the diagnostic lab faculty and employees want the labs added to the Governor’s budget, and they are also asking for a $2.9 million bond to replace broken and outdated equipment. The struggle, he says, is even though the lab budget might pass the state legislature Gov. Deal could use his line item veto at the last moment and cut it out. “The state’s coffers are not bringing in as much money as there needs to be, and there are other units in the same situation that have been cut severely, and they’re wanting to get their budgets enhanced too,” Hines says. “What it’s going to take is enough public and political support to get it accomplished.” GC

FOR INFORMATION on the diagnostic labs, visit For information on Georgia Fund donations earmarked for the diagnostic labs, visit

Sign-Up for New Tax Exemption Certificate Open Producers Urged to Register Before Jan.1

Effective Jan. 1, 2013 qualified agricultural producers will be required to have a tax exemption certificate in order to purchase specified products without being charged sales tax on those items. “It is exciting to see the results of our efforts to broaden tax exemptions come to fruition,” says Chris Taylor, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Legislative Committee Chairman. “Come Jan. 1, 2013, we will save a substantial amount on inputs such as fencing, cattle handling equipment and baler parts that we have been paying sales tax on - but folks need to understand that they won’t get the exemptions until they apply for and receive their GATE certificate.” Below is an overview of the registration process, provided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

How does it work? Qualified agricultural producers must submit their new tax exemption certificate to their retailer in order to receive a sales tax exemption on agriculture equipment and production inputs, starting in January.

How do I apply? Applications for the exemption certificate were accepted starting Nov. 15, 2012. Applications may be completed electronically online at or submitted by mail. The department anticipates applications being available at your local county Farm Bureau office.

Is there a fee for the certificate? Yes. There is a small fee for the exemption certificate. Cost for the exemption certificate will be $20 if processed online or $25 for written applications. Payment can be made with Visa, Mastercard or personal check. GC MORE INFORMATION can be found at Questions can be answered by phone at (855) FARM TAX, or (855) 327-6829. If you would like to receive text messages with updates on the new tax exemption program, simply text (GATE) to 72727. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Breeders

Angus • SimAngus

John & Marcia Callaway 2280 Coweta-Heard Road Hogansville, GA 30230

Home: 770-583-5688 John’s Cell: 770-355-2165 Marcia’s Cell: 770-355-2166

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

229/561-3466 (mobile) 229/775-2287 (home)

Established 1963

MIKE CROWDER 733 Shoal Creek Road Griffin, GA 30223 Ph: 770-227-6801 • Cell: 770-605-9376

Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association



Billy Moss, Secretary/Treasurer Phone 706-654-6071

CATTLE COMPANY Gary Jenkins Moultrie, GA 31776 229-891-8629

Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223


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Balanced Performance Simmentals Edwin Foshee P.O. Box 331 Barnesville, GA 30204 (770) 358-2062

Rodney Hilley Family

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:


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Larry D. Daniel

2577 Antioch Road LaGrange, GA 30240 Phone 706-882-7423

High Quality

Yearling Red Angus Bulls and Open Heifers Available At The Farm

Hudson Red Angus

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Lazy S Farm



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Mike and Debbie Smith 2699 West Grantville Rd. Newnan, Ga. 30263 OFFICE FAX


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Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6424 •

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


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JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

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

Registered Red Angus Since 1965

ANGEL FARMS 2445 Gadsden Road S.W. Cave Spring, GA 30124

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968

McLean Red Angus Jim and Alynda McLean 206 Morningside Drive Alma, GA 31510 (912) 632-7985, (770) 595-3542 Registered Red Angus since 1970


JanBil Farms Janet & Bill Nutt

1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6424 •

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Power in Partnership:

Red Angus, Simmental Associations Establish Multi-Breed EPD Database By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

Beginning with this year’s fall calf crop, the Expected Progeny Differences of Red Angus and Simmental cattle are going to look a little bit different. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Simmental Association collaborated on genetic research and data collection for years. This summer they unveiled a new multi-breed EPD database at the Beef Profit Alliance held July 22 through 24 at Kansas State University.

There are more than 10 million animal records in the dataset, Larry Keenan, RAAA director of breed improvement says in an association news release. “I didn’t realize the database research had been that extensive,” says Bill Nutt, new president of the Georgia Red Angus Association. “It impressed me that the two breeds could get together where they could cooperate across the board. If you really want to combine Continental genetics and English genetics, you’d be hard-pressed to do any better than Simmental and Angus, Black or Red.” Nutt, the owner of JanBil Farms and past Georgia Cattlemen’s Association president from Cedartown, Ga., attended the Beef Profit Alliance meeting along with fellow Red Angus breeder Mike Smith of Newnan, Ga. “It was very impressive, the

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Bill Nutt, owner of JanBil Farms, prides himself on raising Red SimAngus crosses that gade Choice or Prime at slaughter. (GCA archive photo)

alliance between the Red Angus and the Simmental associations,” says Smith, owner of Lazy S Farm. “The two breeds just complement each other real well. … I know they’ve been trying to work with these crossbred EPDs for a long time and that was probably one of the things that encouraged them to

get together on it, and they succeeded in it.” Smith says much of the conference was about the new multi-breed EPDs and why they would work. Some workshops dealt with new DNA testing. “For a number of years now, the industry has known from research … that the animals that do the very best in the beef world in terms of profitability and acceptability and acceptance by consumers are usually crossbred animals, a mix of English and Continental genetics,” Nutt says. “The rationale is the English genetics — like Angus, Hereford and Red Angus — provide highly desirable carcass characteristics, and the Continental provides more muscle and more growth.

BILL NUTT, right, discusses Red Angus genetics with fellow producer Gordon Jones, owner of Red Hill Farms, during the 2012 Fall Tour. The collaboration between Red Angus and Simmental breeders recently resulted in the first multi-breed Expected Progeny Difference database. RED ANGUS BREEDERS Bill Nutt and Mike Smith, middle, attended the Beef Profit Alliance this July with Simmental breeders (from left) Jessie Driggers, Rodney Hilley and John Callaway.

A GROUP OF RED ANGUS BULLS at Lazy S Farm in Newnan, Ga. Mike Smith, owner, enjoys the breed because of its docility, a trait that mixes well with the Continental Simmental breed. A RED ANGUS COW-CALF pair at Red Hill Farms in Tennessee. Georgia Cattlemen's Association members got to see first-hand the products of Red Angus genetics during the 2012 Fall Tour.

And when you put those together, with the hybrid vigor the crossed animals do very well.” Both Nutt and Smith got into the Red Angus business as a sort of happy accident. Smith attended a sale at Leachman Angus Ranch in Montana, where he was exposed to numerous crossbred varieties, including SimAngus. At the time, the sale was a four-day event with square dancing and choice beverages, and Smith went with the intent of buying a Black Angus bull. He came home with a Red Angus instead. “One of the reasons is that … everyone has Black Angus that puts them in the HERD program and bull tests. You’re going to be competing

with everyone in the state. I thought maybe I ought to have something a little bit different,” Smith says. “According to most of the people out there, they were the easiest breed to handle and were fairly docile in general. That’s what [Leachman] was primarily into. He did have some blacks because the Red Angus comes from the Black Angus, it’s just a recessive gene.” The red hide color emerges by breeding two animals with that gene. It is a nondiluted gene, so the red does not mix with any other hair color, Smith says.

“The colors don’t really matter; it’s the genetics under the hide that will make the difference,” Nutt says. He began the opposite of Smith — Nutt had a Simmental operation, but he, too, wanted to experiment with SimAngus. He originally tried Black Angus and later settled with Red Angus for many of the same reasons as Smith. “This has been an informal sort of thing, but in recent years if you’re working with genetics, numbers are your mantra,” Nutt says. “In accumulating data, crossing the breed EPDs

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has been a challenge all the way. … The two associations got together a few years ago and put together a multi-breed EPD that allows you to directly compare genetic information from different breeds into a common baseline.” With the Beef Profit Alliance and multi-breed EPDs now in place, it should make it much easier for cattlemen to make Red Angus and Simmental crossbreeding decisions. According to the news release from RAAA, both Simmental and Red Angus EPDs are now described using the same language, and their EPDs are published on the same multi-breed base and scale for growth and carcass EPDs. Cattlemen will now be able to directly compare EPDs for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk, marbling, yield grade, carcass weight, ribeye area and fat across two breeds, as well as compare EPDs of registered crossbreds and seedstock. The new EPDs will look different to Red Angus breeders, according to the news release. The fall 2012 breed averages, and subsequent runs for active dams, proven sires and non-parent bulls and females will be different, as will the top and bottom 10 percent of the breed for growth and carcass traits, according to the RAAA release. However, the release continues, the rank between animals will not change: “A power bull based on last spring’s EPD run will be a power bull on the new multi-breed base. Likewise, a carcass bull will still be a carcass bull … relative to the rest of the Red Angus breed.” According to the release, the new EPDs present the breed’s genetic predictions “in a more positive light,” as prior bases used by both breeds undervalued their perceived genetic merit relative to other beef cattle varieties. “Over the years Simmentals and Red Angus have been logical, natural partners because both of them have red components,” Nutt says. “In my own calves I’ve been crossing the two breeds for a number of years. My target is white tablecloth restaurant-quality carcasses. My target is 90-percent Choice or Prime on those that go through the feedlot. … That comes from cooperatively crossbreeding those two breeds.” GC 68 December 2012

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

PUREBRED SALE REPORTS Salacoa Valley Farms Brangus Barn Burner Sale Oct. 26, 2012 3 Flushes avg $8,333 2 Donor prospects avg $8,250 37 Fall bred cows and pairs avg $3,100 10 Fall bred heifers and pairs avg $2,690 12 Open heifers avg $2,442 2 Spring 3-in-ones avg $4,675 17 Spring bred cows avg $1,818 45 Spring bred heifers avg $1,976 69 Salacoa Valley Brangus females avg $3,049 13 Coming 2-year-old Charolais bulls avg $2,269


9 ½ Yearling Brangus bulls avg $6,737 64 Coming 2-year-old Brangus bulls avg $3,750 3 Proven Brangus herd sires avg $3,033 Buyers from 13 states

Cow Creek Ranch & Southern Cattle Company “Own the Factory” Complete Dispersal Sale Oct. 12 – 13, 2012 211 Spring pairs avg $3,227 57 Spring bred cows avg $2,295 4 Open cows avg $1,700 274 Registered females avg $2,993 232 Commercial Brangus females avg $1,983

77 Brangus bulls avg 64 Ultrablack bulls avg 17 ½ and ¼ blood Brangus bulls avg 15 Charolais bulls avg 13 Angus bulls avg Total: 701 lots avg Buyers from 11 states

$4,623 $3,977

$3,823 $3,300 $3,150 $2,969

Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Oct. 18, 2012 Top Bull: Lemmon Bismarck X06 $7,000 Top Open Heifer: Lot 96 $3,000 Top Bred Heifer: Lemmon Patti 175X $2,900 Top Fall Pair: Jarrell Jilt 70U $3,700

Top Spring Pair: Pine Ridge Forever Lady N326 $5,000 92 Registered bulls avg $3,680 78 Registered females avg $3,248 Total: 170 lots avg $3,482 Debter - Fleming Bull Sale Oct. 27, 2012 200+ Commercial bred heifers avg $1,754 15 Commercial open heifers avg $1,240 80 Hereford bulls avg $5,540 Top Hereford Bull: $13,500 Top Ang. Bull: D A 878 Matrix 821 03 $4,250 Top Angus Bull: S R Spur 059 $4,250 Top Angus Bull: S R 6002 065 $4,250 Top Angus Bull: S R 6002 074 $4,250 46 Angus bulls avg $3,365


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R E A D E R Fink Beef Genetics Bull Sale Oct. 31, 2012 113 Charolais bulls avg $4,564 Top Bull: Fink 1877 of 7305 NW $15,000 Total: 182 Registered bulls avg $4,586 Frank Turner & Sons Nov. 2, 2012 Top Bull: Turner S1700 1249 5 Commercial bred heifers avg 6 Commercial pairs avg 61 Registered bulls avg 9 Open heifers avg 10 Bred heifers avg 15 Fall pairs avg Total: 95 lots avg Bull Power Sale Nov. 2, 2012 23 SimAngus bulls avg 3 Simmental bulls avg 10 Hereford bulls avg 3 Balancer bulls avg 2 Charolais bulls avg 2 Red Angus bulls avg 10 Angus bulls avg Total: 53 bulls avg

Yon Family Farms Fall Bull & Female Sale Nov. 3, 2012 88 2-year-old Angus bulls avg 1 2-year-old Balancer bull avg 8 2-year-old SimAngus bulls avg 20 Angus bred cows avg 4 Angus bred heifers avg 12 Angus fall cow-calf pairs avg 6 Angus open heifers avg 20 Angus split pairs avg 1 Balancer fall cow-calf pair avg 4 SimAngus open heifers avg 2 SimGenetics bred heifers avg 6 SimGenetics open heifers avg 69 Yearling Angus bulls avg 1 Yearling Balancer bull avg 1 Yearling Charolais bull avg 11 Yearling SimAngus bulls avg Total: 224 lots avg

$4,600 $1,360 $1,488 $2,860 $1,397 $2,100 $2,486 $2,582 $4,096 $3,400 $2,435 $2,400 $3,350 $2,300 $3,120 $3,367

$5,089 $3,500 $5,406 $3,195 $3,075 $3,925 $3,267 $2,250 $3,100 $2,325 $3,300 $2,933 $4,378 $2,750 $3,250 $5,386 $4,396

Sayer & Sons Limousin Sale Nov. 3, 2012 5 Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls avg $2,560 6 Limousin and Lim-Flex pairs avg $2,550 38 Limousin and Lim-Flex safe-in-calf females avg $1,447 12 Limousin and Lim-Flex open heifers avg $1,335 3 Angus safe-in-calf females avg $1,717 1 Commercial pair avg $1,800 7 Commercial safe-in-calf females avg $1,318 Total: 71 lots avg $1,624

COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS Moseley Cattle Auction Oct. 2, 2012 Lot 1: 650 lb heifers avg $135.50 Lot 2: 725 lb heifers avg $129.90


Lot 3: 725 lb heifers avg $127.00 Lot 4: 700 lb steers avg $137.30 Lot 5: 750 lb steers avg $140.00 Lot 6: 750 lb steers avg $140.20 Lot 7: 820 lb steers avg $133.80 Lot 8: 825 lb steers avg $133.00 Lot 9: 825 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $133.50 Lot 10: 835 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $133.50 Mixed Loads Lot 11: 980 lb steers/980 lb heifers avg $119.20/$115.20 Moseley Cattle Auction Oct. 9, 2012 Lot 2: 680 lb heifers avg $132.60 Lot 3: 700 lb heifers avg $131.10 Lot 4: 710 lb steers avg $141.00 Lot 5: 710 lb steers avg $142.00 Lot 6: 785 lb steers avg $133.80 Lot 7: 760 lb steers avg $135.75 Lot 8: 800 lb steers avg $127.75 Lot 9: 825 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $134.00 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 460 lb steers/450 lb heifers avg $163.10/$151.10

Northeast Georgia Livestock Oct. 10, 2012 Lot 1: 525 lb Holstein steers avg $109.70 Lot 2: 550 lb heifers avg $140.00 Lot 3: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $127.00 Lot 4: 825 lb heifers avg $123.75 Lot 5: 825 lb steers avg $127.00 Lot 6: 825 lb steers avg $133.50 Lot 7: 825 lb steers avg $136.50 Lot 8: 825 lb steers avg $134.30 Moseley Cattle Auction Oct. 16, 2012 Lot 1: 735 lb heifers avg $132.00 Lot 2: 865 lb steers avg $133.30

Northeast Georgia Livestock Oct. 17, 2012 Lot 1: 675 lb steers avg $133.75 Lot 2: 635 lb heifers avg $126.50 Lot 4: 700 lb heifers avg $126.25 Lot 5: 780 lb heifers avg $124.75 Lot 6: 790 lb heifers avg $124.75 Lot 7: 790 lb heifers avg $128.70 Lot 9: 760 lb steers avg $139.30 Lot 10: 850 lb steers avg $134.00 Lot 11: 895 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $133.70 Lot 12: 1,000 lb Holstein steers avg $96.10 Mixed Loads Lot 3: 625 lb steers/575 lb heifers avg $130.00/$123.00 Lot 8: 715 lb steers/685 lb heifers avg $136.00/$131.00 Northeast Georgia Livestock Oct. 24, 2012 Lot 1: 700 lb Holstein steers avg $101.00 Lot 2: 810 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $130.00

BUYERS VIEW VIDEO FOOTAGE of each lot at the Lemmon Cattle Enterprises sale Oct. 18, 2012 in Woodbury, Ga.

Lot 3: 725 lb steers avg Lot 4: 725 lb steers avg Lot 5: 725 lb steers avg Lot 6: 775 lb steers avg Lot 7: 800 lb steers avg Lot 8: 800 lb steers avg Lot 9: 850 lb steers avg

$145.00 $143.00 $143.50 $140.50 $133.75 $136.00 $135.50

Moseley Cattle Auction Oct. 30, 2012 Lot 1: 610 lb heifers avg $136.00 Lot 2: 700 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $143.20 Lot 3: 715 lb heifers avg $131.70 Lot 4: 730 lb heifers avg $130.50 Lot 5: 775 lb steers avg $134.70

Northeast Georgia Livestock Oct. 31, 2012 Lot 1: 750 lb Holstein steers avg $100.00 Lot 2: 650 lb heifers avg $134.50 Lot 3: 750 lb heifers avg $131.20 Lot 4: 775 lb heifers avg $127.50 Lot 5: 775 lb heifers avg $128.00 Lot 6: 800 lb heifers avg $127.00 Lot 7: 850 lb heifers avg $120.50 Lot 8: 630 lb steers avg $147.60 Lot 9: 730 lb steers avg $142.30 Lot 10: 800 lb steers avg $129.50 Lot 11: 800 lb steers avg $135.50 Lot 12: 825 lb steers avg $133.25 Hodge Livestock Network Nov. 1, 2012 Lot 4: 765 lb heifers avg $130.00 Lot 6: 785 lb steers avg $136.50 Lot 7: 776 lb steers avg $135.50 Lot 8: 750 lb heifers avg $128.50 Lot 9: 925 lb steers avg $132.25 Lot 10: 800 lb heifers avg $126.50 Lot 11: 850 lb steers avg $131.00 Lot 12: 875 lb steers avg $131.50 Lot 13: 875 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $134.70 Lot 14: 775 lb steers avg $138.25 Lot 15: 700 lb heifers avg $134.00 Lot 16: 800 lb steers avg $131.75 Lot 17: 700 lb steers avg $132.50 Lot 18: 800 lb heifers avg $126.00 Lot 19: 700 lb steers avg $138.00

Lot 21: 775 lb steers avg $136.50 Lot 22: 650 lb steers avg (sort 1/2 load) $128.00 Lot 23: 630 lb steers avg $126.75 Lot 24: 800 lb steers avg $134.25 Lot 25: 825 lb steers avg $135.75 Lot 26: 765 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $140.00 Lot 27: 820 lb steers avg $136.75 Lot 28: 830 lb steers avg $135.50 Lot 29: 720 lb steers avg $142.25 Lot 30: 850 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $135.00 Lot 31: 750 lb steers avg $137.00 Lot 32: 825 lb steers avg $131.00 Lot 32A: 685 lb steers avg $134.00 Lot 34: 770 lb steers avg $142.50 Lot 20: 950 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $133.10 Lot 33A: 650 lb heifers avg $128.50 Lot 33: 750 lb heifers avg $123.00 Mixed Loads Lot 2: 810 lb steers/700 lb heifers avg $126.50/$118.50 Lot 3: 760 lb steers/760 lb heifers avg $136.50/$126.50 Lot 5: 580 lb steers/540 lb heifers avg $136.50/$131.50

Northeast Georgia Livestock Nov. 7, 2012 Lot 1: 775 lb Holstein steers avg $96.95 Lot 2: 700 lb heifers avg $129.50 Lot 3: 835 lb steers avg $134.90


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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of December

GENERAL • Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4 inches. Overgrazing can reduce winter forage production. • Provide a 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 and 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 (a 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 IDs. CATTLE FOR SALE

• Castrate, dehorn and implant at birth. • Check breeding dates on cows. Watch closely as due dates approach. • Feed requirements increase about 10 to 15 percent during the last 30 to 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.

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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 two-thirds 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 results. • Check bulls’ semen before turning in with cows.

Editor’s Note: Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, spring calving and fall calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The spring calving list is based on Jan. 10 – March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 – Dec. 20 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists. GC

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Phone: 828-646-0270 Fax: 828-646-0202 OWNERS/OPERATORS

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 December 4 Watch for our 2013 Sale Dates!

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Weekly sales each Monday at 12 p.m. Cattle received Sundays 1-7 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7 a.m.

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December 1, 2012 Bramblett Angus Performance Tested Bull Sale Elberton, Ga. 706-654-8272 Sunshine Farms 16th Annual Carcass Merit Bull Sale Clanton, Ala. 205-755-4203

December 3 - 4, 2012 Cain Cattle Company Angus and Brangus Female Dispersal Pickens, Miss. 901-494-9626

December 4, 2012 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale 828-646-0270 December 6, 2012 Calhoun HERD Program Delivery 706-624-1403 December 7, 2012 Calhoun Bull Test Sale Calhoun, Ga. 706-624-1403 [See advertisement, p. 48]

December 7-9, 2012 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Course Gray, Ga. 214-679-3629

Wiregrass Classic Jr. Cattle Show Nicholls, Ga.

December 8, 2012 Beef Builders Private Treaty Bull Sale Winder, Ga. 770-307-7511 [See advertisement, p. 5] Driggers Simmental Farm & Strickland Angus Farm Silent Auction Bull Sale Glennville, Ga. 912-237-0608 [See advertisement, p. 63]

Verner Farms Complete Dispersal Rutledge, Ga. 706-474-0091 Myers Hereford Farm Bull & Heifer Sale Statesville, N.C. 704-872-7155

AgGeorgia Farm Credit 4-H & FFA Junior Heifer Show Cleveland, Ga.


December 14, 2012 Deadline to enter NSR Winter Type Conference 765-463-3594 [See advertisement, p. 28] December 19, 2012 Northeast Georgia Livestock Customer Appreciation Day Athens, Ga. 706-549-4790 [See advertisement, p. 2] December 31, 2012 Deadline to enter Wax Scholarship competition Macon, Ga. 478-474-6560

January 1, 2013 Georgia Limousin Association Dues Deadline for State Show Premiums 229-567-4044 [See advertisement, p. 30] January 5, 2013 9th Annual Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale Cookeville, Tenn. 931-265-9200 [See advertisement, p. 27] January 19, 2013 Florida Bull Test Sale Greenwood, Fla. 850-394-9124 [See advertisement, p. 40]

Bricton Farm 11th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale Social Circle, Ga. 770-787-1644 [See advertisement, p. 44]

Bull Hill Ranch Open House and “More Bull for a Buck” Sale Gray Court, SC 864-981-2080 [See advertisement, p. 63]

January 26, 2013 Genetics with a Great Foundation 1st Annual Bull Sale Colbert, Ga. 706-340-0945 [See advertisement, p. 57] Georgia Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet Athens, Ga. 706-387-0656 [See advertisement, p. 36]

January 28-29, 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Emerging Leaders Conference Macon, Ga. 478-474-6560

February 2, 2013 Turnpike Creek Farms Bull & Female sale Milan, Ga. 229-315-0986 [See advertisement, p. 88]

NSR Winter Type Conference Perry, Ga. 765-463-3594 [See advertisement, p. 28] February 6-9, 2013 NCBA Convention Tampa, Fla. [See advertisement, p. 17]

February 8, 2013 9th Annual Wilkes County Front Pasture Herd Replacement Sale Washington, Ga. 706-318-5457 [See advertisement, p. 58]

February 9, 2013 Tokeena Angus Bull & Female Sale Seneca, SC 864-972-3192 [See advertisement, p. 44] February 14, 2013 University of Georgia 21st Annual Focus on EPDs Bull Sale Athens, Ga. 229-776-4383 [See advertisement, p. 32] February 15, 2013 White Hawk Ranch Beefmaker Bull Sale Debter Sale Facility, Horton, Ala. 678-858-0914

February 16, 2013 Yon Family Farms Performance-Tested Angus and Composite Bull Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048 [See advertisement, p. 45] February 23, 2013 Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull Sale & Commercial Brangus Female Sale Fair Play, S.C. 864-972-9140 February 28, 2013 GJCA final day for Sweepstakes contest submissions March 6, 2013 Tifton Bull Test Sale Irwinville, Ga. 229-386-3683

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report


Christmas on My Mind

By Walt Lipham, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association chapter relations officer

ver the past few weeks I have noticed the mornings getting colder and leaves beginning to change. It’s no doubt that fall has made its way to Georgia! However, in my agriculture class Mr. Joiner recently asked if anyone would be interested in working for a Christmas tree farm for the holidays. I thought to myself, “Goodness, is Christmas already here?” With this time of year being so busy between the Georgia National Fair, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition and National FFA Convention, I hadn’t actually had candy canes and snowmen on my mind. My freshman year I was required to write a paper on the true meaning of Christmas and while searching the Internet for quotes I came across this one that Charles Dickens wrote: “I have always thought of Christmas time. When it has come round, as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable time. The only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” My favorite part about Christmas is the whole family getting together and sharing stories and past memories, and needless to say all of the wonderful holiday food. As a kid I can remember having my Christmas list planned out months before the big day and there was never any talk of sleep the night before. My sister and I couldn’t wait to get up and see what was under the tree.

I’m quite sure that everyone has different traditions and ideas of what Christmas should look like. However, we can all agree it is a time to be truly thankful for all our many blessings and most of all thankful for our families. I believe Christmas brings everyone together. No matter where you’re from or what background you have, you have something that you’re thankful for and someone to thank for it. I will admit I’m not as thankful as I should be. I get up in the mornings to a warm house and when I get home at night there is always food and my family is home waiting to eat supper. There are millions of people who don’t even have the things that I take for granted; some don’t even know where their next meal will come from. As I get older I am starting to realize the true meaning of the holiday and the importance of giving instead of receiving, something that my parents always tried to instill in us. Christmas really teaches us that we are here for something besides ourselves and I encourage you to cook a meal for a family in need, volunteer to work in a soup kitchen or some other charitable venue. As decorations go up and you start your endless shopping list or even your wish list, try to keep it short and instead make a list of everything you should thank the good Lord for. I encourage all the juniors to buy a gift for someone else. You will be surprised to find that giving is often much better than receiving! I hope you have a merry Christmas and remember – the best of all gift around any tree is the presence of a happy, healthy family! GC

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

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


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2013 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks 478-474-6560 ....................28 3-J Farm 706-676-8323 ........................47 Alvin Futch, Author 813-478-0227....76 Bagley Farms 706-280-7733 ................51 Beef Builders Private Treaty Bull Sale..............................................................5 Bricton Farm 770-787-1644 ................44 Bull Hill Ranch 864-981-2080............63 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ....76 Calhoun Bull Test Sale 706-624-1398 ........................................48 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383..........................................76 Clark Hill Farms 770-294-5579 ........58 Clements’ Livestock Services 770-725-0348..........................................76 Collins & Son 229-762-4259..............56 Daniel Farms 706-882-7423................64 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533..........................................76 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ........................................76 David Gazda, American Angus Association 706-227-9098................32 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ..............77 D.E. Billingsley, Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309..........................................76 Dixie Lix 1-800-642-5612 ....................32 Double Bar M Cattle 678-986-7565 ........................................54 Double T Farms 256-927-2025 ........................................54 Driggers Simmental Farm 912-237-0608..........................................63 Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 910-298-3012 ..........................................21 Elrod & Tolbert........................................53 Emilan Angus Farm 706-397-2329 ........................................49 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ..............................................80 Flint River Mills 800-841-8502 ........68 Florida Bull Test Sale 850-394-9124 ........................................40 FPL Food 706-910-9397..........................7 Fuller Supply Company ........................47 Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale 931-265-9200 ....................27 86 December 2012

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

For the General Classified Ad section see pages 76 and 77

Genex Cooperative, Inc..........................76 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..................................36, 37 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................33 Georgia Brangus Breeders ......................31 GCA Emerging Leaders Conference 478-474-6560 ........................................81 GCA Foundation 478-474-6560 ........................................69 GCA Membership Raffle 478-474-6560 ..........................................7 GCA Summer Conference 478-474-6560 ........................................36 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ........................................26 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655................33 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ....................33 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593..........................................59 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ........................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ....26 Georgia Red Angus Association 770-748-6424 ........................................87 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423 ........................................64 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..........................................33 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071..........................................62 Gretsch Brothers Angus 706-340-0945 ........................................57 Hammett Farms 706-506-1668 ........................................54 Highview Farms 770-567-3942..........................................77 Hillside Angus Farm 404-316-4969 ........................................50 Hudson Red Angus 912-359-5546 ........................................64 JanBil Farms 770-748-6424 ..............65 Jenkins Cattle Company 229-891-8629 ..................................56, 73 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..........................................76 Lazy S Farm 770-253-7099..................65 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises 706-553-3911 ..........................................55

Malcolm Financial Group 1-800-884-4820 ....................................78 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349..........................................76 Meldon Farm 706-654-8283 ..............52 Merial LongRange ............................72, 73 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..........................................76 MPAC Angus 803-682-4850 ..............56 NCBA Convention ..................................17 National Swine Registry 765-463-3594 ........................................28 Norbrook Noromycin ............................41 Northeast Georgia Livestock 706-549-4790 ..........................................2 Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024........................................3 Priefert Ranch Equipment 1-800-527-8616 ......................................47 R&A Angus 336-212-4287 ................55 Ranch Hero ..............................................69 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..........................................76 Richburg Cattle 334-524-3861 ..........52 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794 ..76 Senepol Cattle ..........................................77 Southeast AGNet Radio ........................78 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................76 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ........................................78 StrayHorn Hauling 706-344-7303 ....76 Sweetlix ......................................................73 Tokeena Angus 864-972-3192............44 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ..........76 Turnpike Creek Farms 229-315-0986..........................................88 Twin Oaks Brangus 770-548-5501....54 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588....................76 UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale 229-776-4383 ........................................32 Vermeer ......................................................25 Wax Company Scholarships 478-474-6560 ........................................83 Wilkes County Front Pasture Sale 706-318-5457 ..........................................58 Williams Angus 706-238-2636 ..........51 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048 ....45 Call Dallas at 478-474-6560 to advertise!

For information, contact President - Bill Nutt: • 770-748-6424 Vice President - Lowell Morgan: • 912-754-1445 Secretary - Larry Daniel: • 706-882-7423

14th Annual Bull & Female Sale Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 12:30 p.m. at the farm in Milan, Ga. Selling performance-tested bulls, cow-calf pairs, show heifer prospects, bred and open heifers

Selling this 4-year-old purebred Angus daughter of GAR Retail Product and her Sept. 15, 2012, SimAngus heifer calf by Hot Shot. A featured daughter of DHD Traveler 6807 and her Sept. 7, 2012, heifer calf sired by SAV First Class will also sell.

Turnpike Creek Farms Black Angus and SimAngus David T. Williams & Sons 1555 Workmore Milan Road Milan, GA 31060

For more information and a catalog, contact Derek Williams (229-315-0986) or Doug Williams (229-860-0320) or email Certified and accredited herd established in 1980 Visitors and junior livestock teams always welcome!

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December 2012 Georgia Cattleman magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association

December 2012 Georgia Cattleman magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association