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Numbering System for Tagging, p. 26 • LIMOUSIN FEATURE, starting on p. 29 • Beef Production Management, p. 52


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Waiting for spring



Volume 40 / Number 2 / February 2012

Limousin cattle preparing for spring

Limousin coverage begins on page 29

Spring means Convention! See pages 24-25 








Member Since 2000

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Association reports

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GCA President’s Report by Steve Blackburn GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Brenda Brookshire

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GCA Raffle Tickets and Key Upcoming Events Meet GCA Foundation Chairman Bill Hopkins NCBA News and Legislative Watch New Study Documents the Shrinking Footprint of Beef Dallas Duncan New GCA Communications Director GCA Convention: Tentative Schedule GCA Convention Registration Form Georgia Limousin Assn: Supporting Tomorrow’s Leaders Cost Analysis of Added Value Programs Beef Ambassador Program Georgia 4-H Judging Team Leads to Bright Future

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New Members Last Regular Column by Dr. Charles N. Dobbins Associate Members Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Why No Farmer Poetry? by Baxter Black Calendar of Events Beef Management Calendar for the Month of February Local Market Reports 2011 Auction Market Totals County Connections Advertising Index

 Industry news

 Reader services

 Expert advice

26 Numbering System for Tagging Calves by Ted G. Dyer 36 Diagnosis and Prevention of Calf Scours in the Beef Herd by Dr. D. Bradley Heins & Dr. Roger W. Ellis 52 Beef Production Management by Dr. Lee Jones


100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 / Fax: 478-474-5732 /


Executive Vice President: Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Katlin Mulvaney, 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: Katlin Mulvaney, Advertising: Katlin Mulvaney, Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, Contributing editorial: Brooke Williams, Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow,


The February 2012 cover of the Georgia Cattleman shows Limousin sired calves basking in the late winter's sun waiting for Spring to come to Georgia.

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Still Kick’n


GCA President’s Report

Ready for Spring

If you are “Still Kick’n” you are measuring the days, watching the trees for buds, and chomping at the bit to start a few of those “Spring” projects you have been mulling over the last few months. As I travel around Georgia and the surrounding states I hear many discussions about marketing plans, genetic performance data, precision farming, rotational grazing, alternative feeds, regulatory overreach, tax burdens and politics. A few of these topics are suitable for coffee table debate, but most require a little deeper level of research before committing time or resources. We are lucky to live in a time when information resources are readily available and easy to access. This publication along with several other periodicals that cover the beef industry, the UGA Extension service, our livestock marketing partners, animal health and feed companies, equipment suppliers, chemical and fertilizer dealers, and most importantly our friends and neighbors that we see at the local GCA chapter meetings are all loaded with information and experience that can prove helpful. “Doing it Right” should be the first line on any plan. “Doing it Better” is what makes us all look forward to Spring. I have heard many folks say it is important that we get it right when we go to the ballot box this fall.

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Freedom and security are two things I believe the folks of this great country cherish. The national debt and the burdensome regulations coming out of federal agencies are two things that threaten our future. Excessive debt has a way of controlling your freedom and restricting your opportunities. Regulations, especially those illconceived ones that produce severe obstacles to our way of life, are destroying the opportunities for men and women to make a living. Without the ability to make a living our security is threatened. We have a responsibility to the next generation to make sound choices in leadership today. Get engaged in the discussions and voice your opinions to the political candidates. They are being interviewed for a job and you are the boss. Things are always changing around GCA. Lately it has been bittersweet as we congratulate Katlin Mulvaney on her new career opportunity with Alltech®, a national feed ingredients company, and at the same time lose a wonderful member of the GCA team. Katlin has GCA board members “Doing it Better” in prep for Spring


worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to improve the Georgia Cattleman, the GCA website, and the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association program. Her accomplishments have resulted in widespread praise for the GCA communication department and juniors program. We wish Katlin the very best in her new job and are delighted she will still be residing in Georgia and involved in our industry. The Emerging Leaders Conference and an orientation for current or upcoming chapter presidents will have taken place by the time you read this. I am grateful to the ladies and gentlemen preparing themselves to be the future leaders of GCA. Several thousand cattle industry folks are in Nashville, Tenn. right now at the NCBA Convention, learning about the issues and making decisions that will shape the future of our great industry. We are fortunate to have the input that comes from so many different sectors of the country all coming together with a common goal in mind – beef in the center of the plate. The chapter secretaries were sent some raffle tickets recently to distribute to all the members. The $5 raffle is for a large flat screen TV or cash if you prefer. We are raising funds at both the local level and state level to fund projects such as scholarships for

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GCA is sponsoring a fundraising raffle for your local chapter to raise $$$ Winner's choice of a flat screen HDTV or $500 cash

Purchased your Raffle Tickets?

See your chapter secretary to get the tickets to possibly WIN!

Help your Chapter and GCA • Tickets $5 each Drawing will be held at 2012 Convention & Expo in Perry (you do not have to be present to win)

GCA 2012 Calendar - Key Upcoming Events

State Show & GJCA Pizza Party: Feb. 22-25 (Perry)

GJCA Field Day: July 12 (Perry)

Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge (ABAC): Call 478-474-6560 for info

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Fall Octo Tour: ber (K e n 2 4 -2 7 tucky )

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Executive Vice President’s Report



Helping Others

ne of the most enjoyable aspects of my position is visiting local chapters around the state. It is such an honor to fellowship with our members and hear about their successes and struggles and to try and discern how GCA can serve our members more effectively. A few months back I was invited to attend the Satilla chapter meeting in southeast Georgia to give a cattle industry update and visit with members. It turned out that one of our local livestock market operators, Thomas Stripling, of South Central Livestock (Fitzgerald) was sponsoring the meeting. After a delicious grilled steak dinner Mr. Stripling was thanked for his sponsorship and asked to make a few comments. What he said was simple yet powerful. He talked a little about South Central and urged folks to give them a chance to earn their business. Then Mr. Stripling shared his philosophy for his business and life – help others. “If you aren’t helping other people, you aren’t doing much in life,” he said. I hope you will take a few minutes to reflect on those words like I have. My thoughts during and after the meeting were how blessed our organization has been throughout its history, and continues to be today, with volunteer leaders who give selflessly of their time, energy and resources to help move GCA and our industry in a positive direction. The GCA Nominating Committee has been in the process of visiting with members around the state and soliciting men and women of integrity, wisdom and a willingness to serve in volunteer leadership positions. Through this process it really hits home that without people who are willing to help others, our organization would not survive. I encourage you to take a minute and send a note or make a call to a volunteer leader on the state or local level and thank them for serving our industry. The beef checkoff has been described as our industry’s “self help” program and over the past month the results of two excellent research projects have been published. The first, a new peer-reviewed study by Jude Capper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dairy Sciences at Washington State University, published in the December Journal of Animal Science, found that each pound of beef raised in 2007 (compared to 1977) used 33 percent less land, 12 percent less water, 19 percent less feed and 9 percent less fossil fuel energy than equivalent beef production in 1977. See page 15 for a more complete overview of this important study.


The second study deals with beef, nutrition and health; Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD)--published in the January, 2012 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that diets including lean beef every day are as effective in lowering total and LDL “bad” cholesterol as the gold standard of heart-healthy diets (DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, led by Penny KrisEtherton, Ph.D., R.D., distinguished professor of nutrition, evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, measuring the impact of diets including varying amounts of lean beef on total and LDL cholesterol levels. Study participants experienced a 10 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol from baseline, while consuming diets containing 4.0 and 5.4 oz. of lean beef daily. The bottom line of this study – beef can be a significant part of a healthy diet. View the full article on pages 57-58 of this issue. Additional information is also available on or by calling the GCA/GBB office. June will be here before we know it; it’s not too early to begin thinking of Beef Month promotion ideas and information from both of these studies should factor into those plans. Our mission at GCA and GBB is to help cattlemen and the beef cattle industry do what cattlemen do best – help feed the world. I must acknowledge that we are losing some really good help at GCA. Katlin Mulvaney, GCA Director of Communications and Youth Activities, is moving into a new phase of her career with an allied industry partner. Katlin has improved every aspect of GCA that has come under her watch and it has been a joy to work with her the past two years. We look forward to seeing her excel in her new opportunity. On a bright note, as I write this we have just hired a new Director of Communications and Youth Activities, Dallas Duncan (see article on page 16). Dallas is an extremely talented and capable young lady that worked with our magazine team to produce the History of GCA article series for our 50th anniversary celebration last year. She brings a new perspective and great energy into our GCA team. We know she will help GCA continue to improve our service to members and effectiveness in advancing our mission. Take a moment and consider if there is a way you or your local chapter could better help promote and defend farming and ranching in 2012, and how GCA can help get you there. Your volunteer leaders and staff are here to help. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. STEVE BLACKBURN President P.O. Box 179 Waynesboro, GA 30830 214-912-1993


DAVID GAZDA President-Elect

1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

CHUCK JOINER Vice President

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



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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560

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Dean Bagwell, Cartersville, 770-382-0747 Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383

Andrew Conley, Lake Park, 706-781-8656

Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Mike McCravy, Bowdon, 770-328-2047

Melvin Porter, Jefferson, 706-654-8283


Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941

Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-896-1043

Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175




Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518

Region 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070

Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136

Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400

Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495

Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025

Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187

Region 11: D.J. Bradshaw, 478-957-5208

Region 12: Dr. Jim Strickland, 912-654-2151

Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 Region 14: Terry Harris, 229-498-5732

Region 15: Randy Franks, 912-427-8036 • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N

GCA Immediate Past President: Bill Bryan, 706-397-8219

2830 E Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747

NCBA Director: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-595-2885

CattleWomen’s President: Brenda Brookshire, Suches, 706-747-3693

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville

ABAC ....................................Jacob Nyhuis Amicalola...................................Carl Bailey Appalachian .........................John Pettit, Jr. Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ....Ricky Yarbrough Banks .................................Bobby Whitlock Barrow ....................................Keith Prasse Ben Hill-Irwin........................Ronny Branch Berrien .............................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain......Laurie McClearen Brooks........................................Jeff Moore Burke ..........................................Leroy Bell Carroll ....................................Chuck Joiner Clarke-Oconee........................Karl C. Berg Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta..........................................Bill Cline Crawford Area ............................Jim Horne Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..........................................Ron Ward Floyd......................................... Gary Willis Franklin ...............................Daryl Freeman Grady .....................................Caylor Ouzts Greene Area.................................Jon Dyar Hall .................................Steve Brinson, Jr. Haralson .................................Jason Johns Harris ................................ Sandy Reames Hart .......................................Scott Fleming Heard.....................................Keith Jenkins Heartland ................................Tony Rogers Henry ......................................Marvin Rose Houston.................................Wayne Talton Jackson......................................Cole Elrod Jefferson .....................Donavan Holdeman Johnson Area ............................Will Tanner L.T.D.....................................Brian Goolsby Laurens ......................................David Hall Lincoln ................................Chris Goldman Little River.......................... Michael Griffith Lowndes .............................Andrew Conley Lumpkin ............................Anthony Grindle Macon......................................Ron Conner Madison.................................Dave Stewart Meriwether........................Harvey Lemmon Mid-Georgia .......................Ray Brumbeloe Miller.....................................Trent Clenney Mitchell ..............................J. Dean Daniels Morgan...........................................Ed Prior Murray ......................................Terry Henry North Georgia ................Wade Castleberry Northeast Georgia................Curtis Ledford Northwest Georgia .............David Holcomb Ocmulgee.............................Raleigh Gibbs Ogeechee ...................................Ray Hicks Oglethorpe .............................Fred Gretsch Pachitla .............................B.J. Washington Peach ......................................Willis Brown Piedmont ......................Charles Woodward Piney Woods ........................D. J. Kimberly Polk ...................................Glenn Robinson Pulaski................................D. J. Bradshaw Red Carpet ...........................Steve Vaughn Satilla ................................Alvin Walker, Jr. Seminole................................Bruce Barber South Georgia ..................Donnie Courson Southeast Georgia ............Donnie O’Quinn Stephens ...................................Tony Smith Tattnall............................Jessie J. Driggers Taylor......................................Taylor Welch Thomas.........................Charles R. Conklin Three Rivers .......................Derek Williams Tift .........................................Buck Aultman Tri-County .....................Roy Lee Strickland Tri-State................................ Steve Reasor Troup ..................................Ben Comerford Turner ....................................Randy Hardy University of Georgia ..........Ashton Paisley Walton...............................Sammy Maddox Washington ........................Bobby Brantley Wayne....................................Joe B. Harris Webster ...................................Andy Payne Wilkes ..................................David VanHart Worth ..................................Donald Gilman

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the kids and educational programs for adults. The portion that each local chapter keeps is tied to new members recruited during the December to March time frame. The more new members your chapter recruits, the larger your share of the raffle proceeds will be. Please take a minute or two and run down your chapter secretary to get your raffle tickets. New members and education are both essential to the future of any industry. Let’s show what we can do when challenged. In closing, I have listened to a few of the political debates lately and for

the most part agree that the economy’s strength is important to the future of this great country. The beef industry is doing our part in a couple different ways. We are manufacturing here in the U.S. and we are keeping lots of folks working as we source the vast majority of our inputs right here at home. We are also helping the economy by exporting more beef these days, which brings dollars home. When given an opportunity I tell the candidates that will listen that we are without need of further regulations and could use more cowboy management when it comes to spending. GC



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W e l c o m e N e w M e mb e r s !

Eddie Ayers, Ellijay, Ga. Chad Barrett, Dawsonville, Ga. Bartholomew Family, Macon, Ga. John Beattie, Ellijay, Ga. Brad Bettis, Social Circle, Ga. Mackenzie Blair, Moultrie, Ga. Lucas Bramblett, Ellijay, Ga. William Brown, Jr., Jasper, Ga. Chester Cantrell, Mansfield, Ga. Geri Cates, Newnan, Ga. Sunni Cates, Newnan, Ga. T. J. Cochran, Carrollton, Ga. J. D. Cook, Shellman, Ga. Larry Cox, Armuchee, Ga. Josh Davis, Franklin, Ga. Deana Digby, Covington, Ga. Jessica Gallop, Monroe, Ga. Odie Galt, Canton, Ga. Brian Hart, Lafayette, Ga. Hodges Hartley, Tennille, Ga. Gabe Hayes, Talking Rock, Ga. Jacob Holcombe, Franklin, Ga. Vic Holcombe, Franklin, Ga. AL Joiner, Douglas, Ga. Annalora Jones, Eastman, Ga. Terry Jones, Eastman, Ga. Scout Josey, Cannon, Ga. Whitney Kirkpatrick, Newnan, Ga. Walt Klein, Newnan, Ga. Rick Lewis, Hogansville, Ga. L & R Cattle, LLC, Davisboro, Ga. Johnny Lovett, Sardis, Ga. Mac McClure, Rock Spring, Ga. Kecia Moronese, Newnan, Ga. Pete Ogletree, Greensboro, Ga. Bubba Oubre, LaGrange, Ga. Michael Pinion, Lafayette, Ga. Hutch Porter, Jefferson, Ga. Ronnie Richardson, Braselton, Ga. Curtis Salter, Milton, Fla. D.J. Sheppard, White Plains, Ga. Mikel Skinner, Avera, Ga. Bob Starley, Milledgeville, Ga. Randy Stubbs, Rochelle, Ga. Trent Tanner, Hazlehurst, Ga. Brett Teasley, Ellijay, Ga.

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We are glad you joined us!

Bill Thompson, Yatesville, Ga. Tolemac Farm, Jasper, Ga. Brad Vines, Tallapoosa, Ga. Alonzo Walden, Glennville, Ga. Joshua Whitworth, Nicholson, Ga. Steven Williford, Jr., Covington, Ga. Gene Willis, Jr., Meigs, Ga.







Share what being a regional vice president means and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: My background with the EC and Foundation started out as serving as a director on the EC Board. Robert Fountain recruited me in 2000. I was President of GCA in 2005 when the cattle industry was at one of its strongest points. Since the early 2000s, GCA has been losing members. Membership is the largest issue we face, I believe. Each committee is trying to strive for increased membership. I have recently been appointed National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Director and GCA Foundation chairman. The Foundation Board is made up of past GCA Presidents who oversee how funds will be spent toward junior programs and scholarships and help with major decisions at the state Cattlemen’s office.


Meet GCA Foundation Chairman, Bill Hopkins

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and local cattlemen’s chapter as well as other ag industry businesses for the past 26 years. I have been using Angus crossed cattle since 1995. We still have my father’s original farm in Waynesboro and my brother, Henry Hopkins, manages that operation.


In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? ANSWER: We have a lot of issues we are facing, but the industry is very strong right now with high cattle prices. Everyone is excited to be a cattleman. Other than membership, which I talked about in a previous question, I believe higher input prices and the increased cost of doing business is a huge issue for cattlemen. We also have land issues. A lot of focus has been on land use, and as cattlemen we have to be conservationists. Everyone is in Q Describe your background and love with beef and we have to be mindful involvement in the beef cattle industry. of how we do our business. The industry is ANSWER: I was born and raised on a constantly changing and it is vital for us to be willing to adapt to new, more efficient farm in Waynesboro, Ga. I have been ways of doing things to keep the next involved in raising cattle ever since and now have about 250 commercial cows in generation interested in coming back to Thomson. I have been involved with the the farm.

Quick Facts:

• Bill is self employed at Folly Lake Farms in Thomson, Ga., in McDuffie County. He is a member of Little River Cattlemen’s Chapter. • Currently manages 250 cow calf pairs.

• Bill and Liz have been married 27 years and have three children and one granddaughter. • Bill has been an Executive Committee member for six years, then off for two years; has now served as NCBA Director for three years and Foundation chairman for one year.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: I really don’t see where GCA has failed in any aspect the past few years. The magazine is high quality. The President is active and stays on the road speaking to chapters. Josh is great with the members. I do see that the Foundation is an aging group of farmers and there is a concern that youth are not going to be there to fill the gap in a few years when we are looking for new leadership. We need passionate new leaders to stay involved in the industry to keep it thriving, just as much as we need high cattle prices for us to make a living. GC

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Make 2012 the Year for Permanent Estate Tax Relief N C B A




By Kent Bacus, NCBA manager of legislative affairs

If you're like me, you enjoy watching the History Channel and Discovery Channel. I enjoy learning about other cultures and civilizations and listening to experts discuss how mankind has advanced throughout the years and make predictions on what the future will hold. Lately, a theme has revolved around what will happen on Dec. 21, 2012. Many ancient cultures have predicted that some major, perhaps apocalyptic, event will happen on that day. Perhaps the ancient Mayans were a few days off. For the beef industry, our real concern is what will happen after Dec. 31, 2012. One of the most important issues facing family farmers and ranchers and small business owners nationwide is the future of the estate tax, more commonly referred to as the death tax. The death tax is one of the leading causes of the breakup of multi-generation family farms and ranches. At the time of the death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or the entire ranch to pay off tax liabilities on assets that have likely been taxed two or three times over the course of a lifetime. This outdated tax is not a tax on the wealthy. The wealthy can afford accountants and estate planners to help them evade the tax. The death tax hurts family-owned farms and ranches hardest. Unfortunately, this is not a new issue for farmers and ranchers. As you may recall, at the end of 2010, Congress and the White House agreed to a two-year tax package that included temporary estate tax relief. For now, estates worth more than $5 million per individual or $10 million per couple are taxed at a 35 percent rate. The two-year estate tax package also reinstated stepped-up basis, indexes the estate tax exemption for inflation and contains a spousal transfer of any unused estate tax exemption amount. The tax package also included a two-year extension of 2001 and 2003 income tax rates for all income levels, set the capital gains tax rate at 15 percent for two years and included a two-year patch for the alternative minimum tax. All of these issues must be addressed by the end of 2012. As Congress begins the second session of the 112th Congress, it’s time, once again, to turn our attention to providing permanent relief from the death tax. If Congress fails to act by the end of this year, the estate tax will revert to a staggering $1 million exemption with a 55 percent tax rate. Increasing production costs, rising property values and an uncertain tax code make it difficult to form a business plan, much less plan for the future of your estate. We cannot afford for the estate tax to continue being a political football that is punted year after year. We need permanency in the tax code. 14 February 2012

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As the oldest and largest national organization representing cattlemen, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will work tirelessly seeking full and permanent estate tax relief. Members of Congress have already begun working on this issue. In fact, Congressman Kevin Brady (RTexas) introduced the Death Tax Permanency Repeal Act and has support on his legislation from more than 190 bipartisan members of Congress. NCBA is a staunch supporter of Congressman Brady’s legislation. If a full repeal is not achievable, NCBA supports making the 2010 estate tax package permanent. While there has been some discussion of movement toward comprehensive tax reform in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, it is difficult to predict what Congress and the White House will do this year. One thing is certain, however. Congress and the White House need to hear from you about why we need permanency in the estate tax. They need to know that the estate tax is not a political football. They need to understand that there are no political points to be earned by punting this issue to a later day or by kneeling on the ball to run out the clock. Join us as we continue to fight for permanent estate tax relief. As we begin 2012, many of us are striving to keep those New Year’s resolutions we announced to our friends and families as an attempt to improve ourselves physically, intellectually or financially. For the sake of all Americans, let us hope that one of the resolutions of Congress and the White House is providing permanent estate tax relief in 2012. GC


S. 1528 - Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act To establish a temporary prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter (dust), to limit Federal regulation of nuisance dust in areas in which such dust is regulated under State, tribal, or local law. The House version, H.R. 1633, passed on Thurs., Dec. 8, 2011. NCBA urges a YES vote S. 1528. Key Sponsor: Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)

S. 1061 / H.R. 1996 – Government Litigation Savings Act Will amend the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) to prohibit organizations with a net worth exceeding $7 million from filing for EAJA funds; require EAJA filers to show a “direct and personal monetary interest” in the action to be eligible for payments; and cap the attorney fees. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 1061 / H.R. 1996. Key Sponsors: Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) H.R. 3097 – The Renewable Fuel Standard Flexibility Act To partially waive the renewable fuel standard when corn inventories are low. NCBA urges a YES vote on the Renewable Fuels Flexibility Act. Key Sponsors: Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.)



New Study Documents Shrinking Environmental Footprint of Beef Over Past 30 Years

A study published in the December Journal of Animal Science found that raising a pound of beef in the United States today uses significantly fewer natural resources, including land, water, feed and fuel than in the past. “The Environmental Impact of Beef Production in the United States: 1977 compared with 2007” (Journal of Animal Science, December 18, 2011) by Jude Capper, Ph.D., Washington State University, documents that each pound of beef raised in 2007 used 33 percent less land, 12 percent less water, 19 percent less feed and 9 percent less fossil fuel energy than equivalent beef production in 1977. Waste outputs were similarly reduced, shrinking the carbon footprint of beef by 16.3 percent in 30 years. According to Capper’s research, improvements in the way cattle are raised and fed in the United States between 1977 and 2007 yielded 13 percent more total beef from 30 percent fewer animals. Raising more beef from fewer animals maximizes natural resources while providing essential nutrients for the human diet. As the population increases, it is crucial to continue the improvements demonstrated over the past 30 years to meet demand for nutrient-rich beef while reducing resource use and mitigating environmental impact. Turning back the clock on these advancements is not the solution to feeding a world population that recently reached 7 billion and will grow to 9.5 billion by the year 2050, concludes the author. “As the number of mouths to feed increases and the quality of diets in many areas around the world improves, the demand for nutrient-rich protein like beef will increase,” says Capper. “At the same time, resources like land, water and fossil fuels will become increasingly scarce. These realities are like two trains speeding toward each other on the same track. If we listen to alarmists shouting at us to slow down, we could face a head-on collision of epic proportions. The only way to avoid this disaster is to accelerate the pace of progress.” Capper attributes much of the reduction in beef’s environmental footprint to raising cattle on grass pasture before finishing them on an optimal balanced diet of grasses, grains and other forages in a feedyard. According to previous research conducted by Capper, each pound of grain-finished

beef requires 45 percent less land, 76 percent less water and 49 percent less feed and at the same time generates 51 percent less manure and 42 percent fewer carbon emissions than grass-finished beef. “As we work on solutions for the future it is important to understand how far the U.S. livestock industry has come in reducing its environmental footprint in the recent past and how this significant reduction was achieved,” says Capper. “The facts are in. Improved cattle diets in the feedyard and responsible use of science-based

technologies to improve the ability of cattle to convert feed to pounds of beef, reduces the amount of land, water and fossil fuels it takes to raise beef.” Capper says focusing resources to provide more nutrient-rich foods like beef is a critical success factor in meeting nutrition needs at home and abroad. “Making the best use of resources like land, water and energy to raise nutrient-rich beef is the key to sustainability,” says Capper. “The result is delicious, healthful beef you can feel good about.” GC

Upstate South Carolina Replacement Female Sale First Annual

Saturday • March 24, 2012 • 12:30 pm Upstate Livestock Exchange • Williamston, SC

• First Calf Pairs • Bred Heifers • Open Heifers

Here is your chance to buy replacement females from some of the most reputable producers from Upstate South Carolina and Northeast Georgia All females come from excellent herd health programs and will be screened and sorted into uniform groups. Over 175 Females will sell!

Darren Carter, Sale Manager/Auctioneer • (864)980-5695 Carter Auction Co., 1410 Carter Rd., Ninety Six, SC 29666

Upstate Livestock Exchange, LLC 1901 Cherokee Rd. Williamston, SC 29697

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Georgia Chianina

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

Chianina Bulls Make the Difference TALMO R A NC H

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



FARMS, INC. P.O. Box 330 Stephens, GA 30667

Roddy Sturdivant mobile phone: (770) 372-0400 office phone: (770) 921-3207

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



Familiar name joining the team

GCA Introduces New Director of Communications and Youth Activities

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is excited to introduce Dallas Duncan, past GCA Foundation history intern, as their new Director of Communications and Youth Activities. Duncan has worked at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., as an education reporter since May 2011, but will be officially joining the GCA team Jan. 27. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she double majored in animal science and agricultural communication. Duncan was selected to be the DALLAS DUNCAN Foundation’s Communication intern for 2010-2011. Her responsibilities included researching and compiling artifacts of the past 50 years of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and writing articles featuring major milestones of GCA in five-year increments. “Dallas did a great job on the GCA history article series last year. She is an excellent writer, has a great work ethic, and is passionate about the beef industry. We are excited to have her joining the GCA team,” said Josh White, executive vice president of GCA/Georgia Beef Board. During college Duncan led the UGA Beef Team, a Georgia Beef Board Check-off funded program, as well as active in organizations on UGA’s campus, serving as President of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority and as a member of Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Fraternity. She worked as a student contractor for the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Resource Network and as senior reporter for The Red & Black. To contact Duncan email her at or call the office at 478-474-6560. GC



Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

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

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Registered Beefmasters


385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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

Thunder Valley Ranch

859 Erastus Church Rd Commerce, GA 35030 Paul Hill 706-296-3979 “Red or Black Polled Beefmasters”


1200 Winterville Road Athens, Ga 30605 Ph: 706.549.4790 Fax: 706.549.1701 Manager: Todd Stephens

Cow/Calf pairs • Heavy bred 5 years old and younger

February 18, 2012 at 12 noon For more information call Todd Stephens: 770.601.6286

Café Open Serving Breakfast and Lunch

Regular sale every Wednesday @ Noon Video sale every Wednesday @ 2pm Commission $12.00 per head

Video sale representatives

Ross Strickland: 770.547.3644 Northwest Ga Mark hart: 706.498.2769 Northeast Ga & SC Donnie duke: 706.491.6103 Northeast/Northwest Ga & SC Parrish Akins: 229.356.3656 South Ga

2nd Bi-Annual Consignment Equipment sale march 24, 2012 @10am

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In My Opinion

Last Regular Column Suggests Domino Effect By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins, retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty

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ties that have the most people and the least animals. This would lead to the greatest underground flow of meat from the rural counties to the cities we have ever seen. It would be worse than when alcohol was outlawed during prohibition. You say, “We would just plant more vegetables.” This may be more difficult than one might think. If activists succeeded with their goal – that people would not own animals and all animals would live free – then farmers would have to open their pasture gates, barns, pens and chicken houses, and the free-ranging domestic animals would eat all of the vegetation, not to mention go wandering in the roads, yards and towns. We would have to fence our vegetable fields to keep the animals out. During the first winter, where would all of the animals get food when plants are not growing? Death would not be limited to the United States; people all over the world would die laughing at the Continued on page 23


his will be my last regular “In My Opinion” column for the Georgia Cattleman. Due to a changing family situation and other factors, I find I must make some adaptations in my life. I may write an occasional article when time and subjects allow. For the past 30 months it has been my privilege, honor and pleasure to express my opinion on many subjects from this forum. I want to thank Josh White, Katlin Mulvaney and Gayla Dease for their assistance. We have some talented professionals publishing the Georgia Cattlemen’s magazine. This is one of the premiere Cattlemen’s magazines in the United States. We should be proud of what they have accomplished. As has been stated, “Opinions are like belly buttons – everyone has one.” In the past months we have expressed an opinion on things that directly or indirectly affect animal agriculture. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just go about being the environmentalists that we are, looking after our land and animals to the best of our ability, without outsiders who have no investment in our operation trying to tell us how we should do our job. Unfortunately, anti-animal agriculture organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are too well funded for them to go away. Their leaders have found a place that pays them well with a generous retirement program and they get a lot of publicity and notoriety. Our best defense would be for all animal agriculture groups in each state to get together and form an organization to counter legislative efforts that affect animal agriculture or... confront them with humor. In the past few days I have been thinking what would happen if the anti-animal agriculture activists won and their points of view are made into law or government regulations. What would happen if vegetarian activists successfully removed meat from the human diet, the animal rights activists actually gave human rights to animals, and the activists who want animals to live free and not be owned by humans got their wish? First, the 1 percent vegetarians would have to share their vegetables with the other 99 percent. There would be hunger and chaos in the United States. Hunger and starvation would be rampant in humans and animals. There would not be enough vegetables to go around, so we would have to introduce the program gradually. I suppose they would start the meatless diets in coun-

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Tenderloin Members ($600+)

Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 18 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville, GA Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely United Bank, Barnesville

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Jackson EMC, Gainesville Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie United Community Bank, Carrollton Ware Milling Co., Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla

Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston AG Daniel Company, Eastman Amicalola EMC, Jasper Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Hiawasse, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, and Hiawasse Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Bekaert Corp., Douglas Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Double S Farm, Danielsville Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Echols County Farm Bureau, Statenville Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose Fields Auto Parts, Comer First Citizens Bank & Trust, Comer First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haney Farm and Ranch, Rockmart Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Heleski Beef Farm, Cuthbert Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin L NB Equipment, Comer

Fuller Supply Company

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Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Patrick Ag Chemical Co., Danielsville Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Polk County Farm Bureau, Cedartown Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Saddle Up Tack and Feed, Hamilton Shepherd’s Building Supply, Moultrie Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington WJM Farms, Luthersville Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Chateaubriand with Béarnaise Sauce

INGREDIENTS 1 lb centre-cut beef tenderloin 2 cloves garlic 3/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 1 tsp cracked black peppercorns

BÉARNAISE SAUCE 2 tbsp tarragon vinegar or white wine vinegar 2 tbsp minced shallots 1 tbsp dry white wine 1 tbsp minced fresh tarragon (or 3/4 tsp dried) 3 peppercorns, cracked 2 egg yolks 1/2 cup butter, melted Pinch each salt and pepper 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley

PREPARATION 1. Mince garlic; sprinkle with salt and, with side of knife, mash to paste. Mix in 1 tbsp of the oil and peppercorns; rub all over beef. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 2. In cast-iron or other heavy ovenproof skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Sear beef on all sides until well-browned. 3. Transfer to 500°F oven; roast beef in centre of oven until thermometer inserted in centre registers 145°F for medium-rare, about 10 minutes, or 160°F for medium, about 12 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.

BÉARNAISE SAUCE 1. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, bring vinegar, shallots, wine, 2 tsp of the tarragon, and peppercorns to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Let cool until lukewarm. Transfer to double boiler or heatproof bowl set over barely simmering water. Whisk in egg yolks, whisking constantly until the mixture is thick and foamy, about 30 seconds. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in butter and whisk until thick enough to coat spoon, about 2 minutes. 2. Stir in salt and pepper. Strain into clean bowl; adding up to 1 tbsp hot water if too thick. Stir remaining tarragon and parsley into sauce. Slice beef across the grain and top with sauce. 20 February 2012

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Br oo ke’ s Bee f Bit es

by Brooke Williams

My husband, Brad, and I don’t really exchange gifts for holidays or birthdays (except Christmas). We would rather plan a fun date night and spend some time together. Some of our favorite date night memories include food, especially steak. Our first date was at Carrabba’s, where we both ordered the Filet Marsala. While spending a day in Atlanta we had the most amazing rib eye at Stoney River Steakhouse. But our very favorite steak night date was on a vacation to the Cayman Islands. We shared the most mouthwateringly delicious Chateaubriand, pronounced sha-toe-bree-AHN, at a restaurant called Casanova. Neither one of us had ever tasted a more juicy, tender, and flavorful steak! This meal is one we still talk about (and drool over) to this day. This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to recreate that special memory for us. Obviously, we won’t be traveling back to the island any time soon, so I decided to test my culinary chops and create this Chateaubriand recipe at home. Chateaubriand is a small roast made from the center section of the beef tenderloin. The traditional chateaubriand recipe uses an approximately four-inch section of beef tenderloin, which is one of the tenderest cuts of beef. An average chateaubriand steak weighs approximately 12 to 16 ounces and is traditionally prepared for two servings, which makes this steak perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two. Because it is so thick, the chateaubriand must be roasted carefully to ensure it is properly cooked. Always use a meat thermometer to check doneness…145 degrees for medium rare. This meal was the perfect choice for our Valentine’s Day date night! The meat was just as tender and juicy as we remembered and the Béarnaise sauce had just the right amount of tanginess. My at-home version took us right back to that little table at Casanova! I hope this Chateaubriand recipe will create a special memory for you and your special someone.


CattleWomen’s Report


What Happened to Christmas? By Brenda Brookshire


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Can you believe the holidays are worked in this booth both days. I behind us? I remember in my youth, worked in it on Sunday. (just a couple of years back), that I Brooke worked in the third could hardly wait for Christmas to booth, our Social Media Booth. come. The days just drug by and the Brooke, along with the other volunwait was beyond too long. Now, I teers in this booth, answered quesblink and not only has Christmas tions and helped consumers underpassed, but another birthday is just on stand more about our taking care of the horizon. Life and age just seems to our animals and our role in the Beef keep creeping up at a very fast pace. Community. The interest we had in Speaking of fast pace, Beef over the two days what fun we had in 2011! was unbelievable. I have The National Beef Cookbeen a part of the CookOff was absolutely great!! Off since 2006 and have Linda Crumley and never seen it be like this. Brooke Williams accomIn the past, we never panied me to Washington, even got to taste a recipe D.C. for the Cook-Off. and never saw a chef The event was held at the preparing one. The conMetropolitan Cooking sumers who tasted the Show, in the Walter E. recipes were asked to Washington Convention vote for their favorites. BRENDA BROOKSHIRE Center. I have never had It was a lot of fun getting such a busy two days. Our the reactions of the consumers when CattleWomen had three booths at the they tasted the recipes. They enjoyed show. We had a cooking demo booth choosing their favorite. There were at with celebrity chefs Mary Beth least 12 volunteers in the tasting Albright and Aviva Goldfarb actually booth at all times to handle the demoing the 20 winning recipes in crowds. our brochures. On Saturday, I The highlight of the event was worked in this booth. We had at least the awarding of the grand prize of 10 volunteer at all times in the booth. $25,000. to Sheryl Little, Ark., for her Another booth was the Cook-Off Vegetable-Mango Beef Stir-Fry. I Recipe Sampling booth. In this later learned that the awarding was booth, each day, 10 of the recipes shown on the giant Teletron in Time were sampled for the consumers. We Square, New York!!! Ladies, I believe gave out 750 + samples of each of the we really got a lot of bang for our recipes. (Did you do the math? That bucks with this Cook-Off. Thanks was over 15,000 samples!!!) Linda for your support and letting me be a part of the program. And now, back to earth! As I look out my window it is snowing and it is time to get out and finish the evening chores. I hope each of you have a wonderfully 2012. I look forward to each and every day. I’m thankful for you and all you do for Georgia Cattlemen and CattleWomen. Brenda Brookshire, President, GCWA

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

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

Vice-President: Carolyn Gazda Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 (706) 227-9098 Secretary: Paula Myers 3488 Gumlog Road Young Harris, GA 30582 706-745-5760

Treasurer: Cynthia Douglas 5500 Barnesville Highway The Rock, GA 30285 706-647-9414

Past President: Carla Payne P.O. Box 246 Calhoun, GA 30703 770-480-7004

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Directors: Pat Bobo, Christy Bryan, Ann Payne, Ruth Hice, Sara Akins, Linda Crumley, Marcia Callaway, Mary Bea Martin

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T-Bone Steak with Parmesan-Dusted Mushrooms Makes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS 1 beef T-Bone or Porterhouse steak, cut 1 inch thick 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 2-1/4 teaspoons steak seasoning blend 8 ounces button mushrooms, cut into quarters 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat; stir in bread crumbs and cheese. Cook and stir 3 to 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from pan. Set aside. 2. Press 2 teaspoons steak seasoning evenly onto beef steak. Place steak on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning once. 3. Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 teaspoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, green onions and remaining 1/4 teaspoon steak seasoning; cook and stir 4 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are just tender and lightly browned; keep warm. 4. Remove bone from steak; carve crosswise into slices. Serve with mushrooms. Sprinkle crumb mixture over mushrooms and steak.

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Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Breeders Angus • SimAngus Club Calves • Replacement Females • Bulls • Hay

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

Home: 770-583-5688 John’s Cell: 770-355-2165 Herdsman: Wes Pope Cell: 770-833-4142

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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

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Dobbins, continued from page 18

99 percent of the people who let the 1 percent get them into this situation. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would be out of business. HSUS would no longer have anyone to tell how to raise animals and PETA’s paint cans would dry up since they would not have any fur coats on which to throw the paint and their scantily-clothed models would have to find another occupation. Activist lawyers would no longer have legislative issues to pursue. Once they establish that animals are not property but have some rights of humans, the next step is equal rights. Since the strict vegan diet is deficient in some essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, we should invest in protein and mineral supplement businesses. When we look at the rest of the world to see what they eat when food is scarce, in Africa and the Orient, they turn to insects and grubs. We could invest in insect and grub farming but I am sure that HSUS and PETA would hop all over our production methods. I would not like to live in the neighborhood of a zoo. They would have to open their gates and cages and let the animals run free. If one of the animals attacked a human, we could not shoot it. We would have to call the police and have it arrested. The police would have to read it its rights before they could question it. Since animals would have equal rights and you could not own them, the only way you could have a pet dog would be to marry it. “That is crazy,” you say. In some places we already allow people of the same sex to marry, so why not humans and animals? Remember, they would have the same rights as you. I suppose if a cattleman wanted to keep his cattle he could marry his entire herd. He couldn’t sell the animals but he might give their hoof away in marriage. I just hope no one wants a pet goat. I guess we could change the wedding ceremony because when it came to the part, “will you take this man/woman to be your lawfully wed-

ded spouse,” the goat would say, “ naaa naaa.” Well, these are just the first few thoughts of what might happen if we let a small minority of people who make the personal choice to eat only vegetables (not a moral choice) insist that the majority of the people do the same, or the well-paid activists and lawyers try to mandate that animals are not property but try to give human rights to animals and we let them succeed. GC

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April 4-7, 2012 Perry, GA


9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration Opens Forage Conference with Dennis Hancock

9 a.m. 10 - 11a.m. 11 - 12 p.m. 12 - 1 p.m.

Registration Opens Livestock Marketing Seminar, Tom Brink (JBS) & Dr. Curt Lacy Cattle Video Tele Auction Pfizer’s Cattlemen’s College Luncheon – Defending Your Rights A Powerful Partnership with Colin Woodall from NCBA Trade Show Kickoff Pfizer’s Cattlemen’s College – Herbicide Calibration Clinic Georgia Farm Bureau Beef Commodity Meeting Commercial Heifer Pen Show Judging Awards Banquet – Beef & Dairy Arena


1:00 - 6:45 p.m. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m.


8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 - 12:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 12 noon 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

Registration Opens Trade Show Open GCWA – Beef Rocks!!! GCA General Membership Meeting Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation Board meeting Steak Sandwich Luncheon Angus Sale Pfizer’s Cattlemen’s College - RMA GCCPA Annual Meeting GCWA Meeting and Dessert Social GJCA Team Activity Marketing Contest Commercial Heifer Sale Got Milk Break Club Calf Sale Preview Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting Georgia Hereford Association Banquet Cattlemen’s Ball Reception sponsored by ABAC Cattlemen’s Ball including the GCA Foundation and Magazine Back Cover Auction


8 a.m. 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 - 1:30 p.m. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Noon Noon -1:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

Registration Opens Coffee and Donuts with GCA Leadership & GA Dept of Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Cobb Beef Ambassador Contest Registration Trade Show Open Beef Ambassador Contest - Roquemore Building Pfizer’s Cattlemen’s College – “Stay Legal” GA State Troopers & DOT Hereford Sale in Multi-Purpose Building New Products & Junior Awards Luncheon (including Scholarships and Beef Ambassador) Club Calf Sale

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Numbering System for Tagging Calves

According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), two-thirds of beef operations (66.1 percent) surveyed used some form of individual animal ID on at least some cows. Overall, 79.1 percent of all beef cows in the 24 states surveyed were individually identified by one or more methods. Plastic ear tags were the most common form of individual animal ID for cows (50.4 percent of operations and 57.5 percent of cows). Plastic ear tags were by far the most common individual animal ID method used for calves (37.7 percent of operations and 50.2 percent of calves). Identification of cattle is a must for a good record system. A unique numbering system will help in positive identification for each animal in your herd, plus assist in maintaining a sound record on the animal. Below are some different options to consider as you develop a numbering system for tagging. 1) Use a three or four digit number for each animal. The first digit would represent the year of birth, the second number could represent a sire number, and the fourth and fifth number would represent the animal’s indi26 February 2012

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By Ted G. Dyer, UGA Extension Animal Scientist

vidual number. Example: 2301 – this would be the 1 calf sired by #3 bull in 2012. This system would only allow 99 calves per sire per year. An additional number could be added to allow 999 calves per sire per year. In some cases, two different animals may be assigned the same number. For example – a heifer tagged 2301 (born in 2012) and cow tagged 2301 (born in 2002) may have a similar number if the sire is the same. However, by the time the heifer has her first calf as a two-yearold, the cow will be 12 years old and probably been culled from the herd.

2) Use a two or three digit number for each animal. Assign consecutive numbers to animals in the herd. When 99 or 999 are reached, then the numbers can be restarted at 1. This is a simple system that works great with pre-numbered tags or small herds.

3) Use a three or four digit number with a dash or slash for each animal. This numbering system would be similar to a system used for branding cattle. The first, second or third number would represent the animal number and the fourth number would represent the year of birth.

Example: 025/2 or 25-2 would represent the 25th animal born in 2012.

4) Use a year letter code along with a three- or four-digit number. The difference is the year of birth is represented by a letter. Example Z25 or Z025 would represent the 25th animal born in 2012. Z represents year 2012 and 25 or 025 represents the animal number. There is a standard accepted year letter codes - see chart at right. Select a numbering system that works best for your individual herd. Make the system simple to use and understand. Start tagging animals at young age (at birth if possible). Keep the numbers or letters on the tags visible and remember to replace missing tags on a regular basis. Individual ID will not only prove animal ownership but provide a way to keep better performance, breeding and health records. GC

Year Letter Codes, Letter = Year of Birth (I, O, Q, and V are not used)








N=2003 P=2004

R=2005 S=2006 T=2007


X=2010 Z=2012

A=2013 B=2014 C=2015 D=2016 E=2017

G=2019 J=2021

K=2022 L=2023

M=2024 N=2025 P=2026

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Why No Farmer Poetry?

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

Cowboy poetry is one of my efforts. I do my best, but sometimes when I am in the corn belt or entertaining the Western Pistachio Growers, I’m asked why I don’t do more farmer BAXTER BLACK, DVM poetry? I try to explain to them that cowboy poetry is about wrecks: horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, Tyrannosaurus wrecks, the never-ending wrecks. For instance, when someone tells a story about a horse buckin’ over the haystack and dumping the cowboy into the pig pen, or a rancher missing a cow in the chute then getting run over while he’s trying to check her teeth, or the vet wrapping the calving chain over his wrist then looping the other end over the nearly-born calf’s feet followed by the inevitable escape, or the mama cow chasing the cowboy around the pick-

up and through the cab whilst he tries to ear tag said calf… everybody listening is laughing their heads off! For some reason, a cowboy getting bucked off or run over, plowed down, drug through the cattails, trampled, stomped or butted, is funny! I’m not sure why. I can think of two possible explanations: #1 -The Cowboy Mentality #2 - the Cow herself The Cowboy Mentality is an attitude, a view of life, an ability to focus so intently on one thing that other parts of the picture are blocked out. Like he’s standing on a railroad track at night, concentrating on the headlamp so hard he does not see the locomotive behind it! This tunnel vision Cowboy Mentality makes it feasible for cowboys to step right into an obvious trap that others would normally avoid. It often starts with the cowboy saying, “Whataya mean I can’t ride that horse?” or “Go ahead and let off on the squeeze, I think I can

hold her!” or “Don’t worry, dogs really like me.” Then you mix this mentality with #2, the Humble Cow. There is a fine line between the “Fight or Flight” behavioral mechanism in the bovine. But the cowboy always seems to be straddling the divide with a leg on either side when the cow makes her decision: Fight or Flight? Either way, the cowboy gets run over so it all works out. Thus, it’s the idea that one of God’s dumbest creatures seems to regularly outwit our cowboy Hero, and that makes it funny! On the other hand, farmer wrecks are always about machinery. Hanging your Carhartt coverall sleeve in the PTO and being stripped naked in a nanosecond or getting run down by a robotic controlled chemical spraying drone, doesn’t really illicit large guffaws. So that’s why I don’t write more farmer poetry. Of course, there’s always the one about the farmer’s daughter! GC


Georgia Brangus Breeders


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

Give us a call! Cobus Coetzee, Farm Operations Manager - 678-378-0598 cell Vince Roberts, Cattle Operations Manager - 678-378-4697 cell

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For the best in


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

Char-No Farm

Registered Brangus and Ultrablacks Black Simmental / Angus Composites

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

Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin



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Georgia Limousin Association

For more information and a list of our breeders, contact Lillian Youngblood at (229) 567-4044.


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

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GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION visit us online at for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

State Show Premiums for February 2012

• Grand Champion Limousin Heifer $500 Savings Bond • Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer $250 Savings Bond • Each Limousin Heifer Exhibited $50 Cash

• Grand Champion Limousin Steer $500 Savings Bond • Reserve Champion Limousin Steer $250 Savings Bond • Each Limousin Steer Exhibitor $50 Cash

If the Grand Champion heifer and steer is bred by a member of the Georgia Limousin Association, an additional $250 savings bond will be awarded to the exhibitor. If the Grand Champion steer is a Georgia bred and born Limousin steer, a $250 savings bond will be awarded. Georgia Junior Limousin exhibitors and Georgia Limousin Association members are required to have 2012 annual dues paid by January 1, 2012 for Junior exhibitors to be eligible for the premiums offered. Contact Lillian Youngblood for additional information.


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

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

Visitors always welcome!

L & L LIMOUSIN FARM Larry&LindaWalker RegisteredLimousinCattle 266SilverDollarRoad BarnesvilleGA30204 770-358-2044

Bulls, Heifers, Cows & Embryos For Sale At All Times!

Registered Purebred, Fullblood & LimFlex Cattle

Nathan & Morris Williams 6160 Broadwater Trail Cumming, GA 30040 Home: 770-887-3708 Cell: 404-886-8003

AI sires used extensively in our AI & Embryo Transplant Programs

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

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Your Georgia Connection for Limousin Cattle!


Minchew Farms Calvin and Brenda Minchew 9001 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 478-781-0604 •

CMC Limousin

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

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

HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires

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

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

931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628

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

Sayer & Sons Farm

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

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

Big D Farms, Inc. Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

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


Keith and Dixie Wyatt

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

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Howard Limousin Farm

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

Frontier Freedom progeny and semen available from owners PAFA FRONTIER FREEDOM 723 LIMFLEX 50 SON OF TC FREEDOM 104

BW: -0.3 WW 42 YW: 83 MA: 31 SC: 0.1 Marb .34 $MTI: 51

Owned with: Williams Limousin Farm 404-886-8003 White Acres Limousin Farm 770-474-4151

Howard Limousin has a stout group of black/polled Limousin & LimFlex yearling bulls for sale in NW Georgia. Call the farm for more info.

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BRED AND OPEN HEIFERS FOR SALE. We will also have show heifer prospects available. Big D Limousin and Pleasant Acres Farm are teaming up to donate a halter broke show heifer prospect at the Georgia Limousin Field Day in July. She will be GCCPA and GLA eligible, and all proceeds will benefit the Georgia Junior Limousin Association.

Big D Limousin

Donnie & Skyler Davis • 971 Hwy 211 NE Winder, GA 30680 770-867-4781 (Home) • 770-868-6668 (Donnie) • 770-307-7036 (Skyler) •

Georgia Limousin Association –

Limousin Feature Supporting the junior livestock cattle show program is a priority for the Georgia Limousin Association.

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

By Josh White “The Georgia Junior Limousin Association is a vital part of our mission within the Georgia Limousin Association,” states recently elected GLA President Skyler Davis. Davis’ sentiment is not a new one among Limousin breeders in Georgia. Back in 1984 the GLA Board of Directors voted to incorporate a Junior heifer show into their annual field day. To attract interest and provide support to youth, a $1000 scholarship was awarded to the Grand Champion Heifer at the field day. Georgia Junior Limousin enthusiasts were encouraged to expand their horizons and participate in National Junior Shows in the 1980s as well. The GLA Board supported juniors by paying for transportation to the often far away National Shows. This led to several Georgia Juniors being elected to the National Junior Board of Directors and in 1991 the GLA hosted the National Junior Heifer & Steer Show at our very own Georgia National Fairgrounds. The Annual Field Day, held each summer, is an event that continues to be a priority for GLA. “It gives juniors an opportunity to have fun and make friends, learn more about the cattle industry and exhibit their Limousin steers and heifers,” says Davis. “This event gets the whole family involved.” The state junior livestock shows provide an additional opportunity for GLA to show their support and encourage juniors to show Limousin cattle. Secretary/Treasurer Lillian Youngblood shares that the Association has put its money where it thinks it can help young people. “Since 2000 the Association has funded more than $63,000 in premiums

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Cost Analysis of Added Value Programs


Limousin Feature

By Joe Epperly NALF Director of Commercial Marketing

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April 14, 2012 1 : 0 0 p . m . (E S T) B r i t t A n g u s Sa l e F a c i l i ty H a r t w e l l, G A

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section of the American public has become increasingly concerned with some of the technologies used within the industry. Whether it is through the propaganda of animal rights activists and some doctors, reporting by some in the media or the demonization of performance enhancing drugs in sports, a large section of the public believes that food that is natural, organic or grass fed is healthier. Even in a recession, they are willing to pay a premium for this perception of increased safety. Don’t get me wrong, the American beef supply is the safest beef supply in the world and our advances in technology have made the industry safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. This has allowed us to produce at a constant level despite a shrinking cow herd. But the fact is that Chipotle, a fast food restaurant that exclusively serves all natural product, is the fastest growing restaurant in the country. This is why in the past five years the industry has seen expanded popularity of different programs like natural and growth in importance of source and age verification and NonHormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) for export. These programs along with humane handling programs like the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) program are becoming important to the public and have enhanced profitability in the retail sector. This has yielded premiums for cow/calf producers and the feedlot sector to produce cattle that work in these programs. Along with these premiums come some costs ranging from the extra cost and hassle of

This In Dew Time daughter sells

Georgia Generations of Value Sale Saturday May 12 Partisover Sale Facility Colbert, Georgia

Sale sponsored by the Georgia Simmental Association. Accepting nominations. For details contact DP Sales Mgt. or Dwight Cooper, Billy Moss or Rick Wood.

These champions sold in last year’s sale

Doug & Debbie Parke Drew & Holli Hatmaker 153 Bourbon Hills Drive Paris, KY 40361 Office 859-987-5758 Cell 859-421-6100

paperwork to the decreased cattle performance. In order to evaluate costs of the different programs we have to look at the additive values of different production processes used in today’s cattle industry. The most widely used program currently used by cow/calf producers is Source and Age verification for export to countries with a 20- or 30-month age requirement. It requires third party verification and written calving records. The main focuses of the two highest value programs currently available Natural and NHTC are the use of growth promotants, antibiotics and ionophores. Then there is the GAP humane handling program which is required for Whole Foods Market: Natural and Organic Grocery and carries a large premium with some stringent animal welfare requirements that must be third party verified. Source and age verification is the simplest program and the easiest to implement for the producer. A number of companies, such as IMI Global Inc. and Tri-Merit, who are USDA certified as either a Quality System Assessment (QSA) program or a Process Verified Program (PVP) can do the third party verification. The program typically requires that a set of forms or kit is filled out on a group of cattle for the program. This is sent into the company along with written calving records that record at least birth dates on the first calf and last calf born and records to support group count like pregnancy check records, brand inspection records or vaccination records. A phone conversation typically takes place with a company auditor for the off-site audit. The cost is typically around $200 to $300 to get a group verified plus the cost of EID tags which is around $2 per head. Premiums for source and age verification are running at $2-$3/cwt. As we look at both natural and NHTC programs, the costs of verification are around $1,000 for the onsite audit plus the cost of tags.

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Currently most natural programs don’t require third party verification. Most packers that process naturals

with the use of modern technologies like implants, beta agonists, and ionophores. The difference in the

rely on an affidavit for producers to sign to verify cattle meet their specifications for natural product. Most of the cost behind NHTC and natural cattle is in the lost performance and feed conversion that typically comes

two programs is that NHTCs can be fed ionophores and treated with antibiotics. To accurately access the cost of these programs, the added benefit of these technologies must be evaluated. GC

The most widely used program currently used by cow/calf producers is Source and Age verification for export to countries with a 20- or 30-month age requirement.

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Diagnosis and Prevention of Calf Scours in the Beef Herd

By Dr. Bradley D. Heins, DVM, MFAM Candidate and Dr. Roger W. Ellis, MS, DVM University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health

Diarrhea and other digestive diseases are one of the most common causes of death loss and morbidity in beef and dairy herds in the United States. With a variety of viruses, bacteria, and parasites capable of causing disease, it is difficult to accurately identify the organism responsible for the disease, even if diagnostic samples are submitted for analysis. This occasionally limits our ability as producers and veterinarians to adequately respond to an outbreak and reduce or eliminate the problem. As with many other diseases, prevention is often the best course to take to limit the exposure of our animals and reduce the risk of disease in the herd and the subsequent risk of death and lost production of those animals affected.

Causes of Scours Young calves are the most susceptible to many of the scours-causing viruses and bacteria. With an unprimed immune system, the calf is often infected from the environment or from the cow. Viruses such as rotavirus and coronavirus often infect the animal in the first few days of life and may cause clinical symptoms of diarrhea due to destruction of the cells lining the intestine which leads to malabsorption of nutrients. Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVD) may also affect neonatal calves, leading to diarrhea, oral lesions, hemorrhage and death. Disease due to BVD may be more common if persistently infected animals are found within the herd as the high level of shedding represents a significant risk factor for neonatal diarrhea. Many of the bacterial agents responsible for scours are commonly isolated in the environment and carrier adult animals within the herd. The primary bacterial agents responsible include E. coli, Salmonella, and Clostridium species. Some E.coli species may cause a profuse watery diarrhea while others may be linked to bloody scours of variable severity.

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Whether or not these bacteria actually cause diarrhea is dependent on environment and management factors. A number of parasitic agents may also be responsible for causing calf diarrhea including Cryptosporidium and Coccidia species. These organisms are shed by the adults within the herd and are able to infect the calves through dirty equipment and contaminated environments.

volume of antibodies that may help to limit early infection. Shortly after birth, the calf begins to lose the ability to adequately absorb the antibodies from the colostrum, making it less effective at preventing disease. Calves born to heifers represent a significant area of concern as beef heifers may have lower quality of colostrum due to decreased antibody content. Poor quality colostrum or poor absorption of antibodies can result in the calf having a condition termed “failure of passive transfer�. Consequently the affected calves are at increased risk of digestive and respiratory disease. Calves that experience dystocia at birth or are born as twins may have reduced ability to nurse the cow due to being weak, thus it is important to pay close attention to these animals to ensure they have a chance to absorb these early nutrients. Cows with large sagging udders or those with poor teat conformation

Protection from Colostrum One of the best ways to Figure 1: Demonstrates the ability of the calf to absorb prevent scours in calves is to colostrum as it ages. ensure each calf receives and adequate amount of colostrum delivered in a timely manner. Colostrum is the milk produced by the cow or heifer available shortly after calving. It contains a higher concentration of maternal antibodies and increased fat and protein content when compared to the regular milk produced. Colostrum in beef cows is often more may limit the ability of the calf to adeconcentrated than that from dairy ani- quately nurse and absorb an adequate mals, but one way to boost colostral volume of colostrum from the cow. A variety of commercially availantibodies is to vaccinate the cow 4-6 weeks before anticipated parturition. able colostrum supplements and From a management standpoint, it is replacers are available on the market essential that the beef calf rises to but there is a significant difference nurse the cow within the first two or between the two product types. three hours after birth. It is also Colostrum supplements often only important that managers ensure the contain 50 grams of immunoglobulin cow or heifer does not reject the calf. (IgG), the important antibodies In situations where the cow does not responsible for improving calf immuhave sufficient colostrum, a nity, while colostrum replacers concolostrum replacer may be used to tain 100 grams or more of IgG. drench the calf to provide an adequate Colostrum replacers also contain

many of the fat and protein molecules found in natural colostrum which are important for helping the calf get a good start, especially in cold weather. An additional option would be to collect a gallon of colostrum from a local dairy (keeping in mind farm biosecurity measures) or from any fresh mature cow and freezing it in a ziptop bag and thawing in warm water when needed. If one should choose to use this method, it is important to never use colostrum that has been frozen for more than one year and ensure that the water used to thaw the colostrum is not excessively hot, as that will often destroy the antibodies one are trying to provide. In calves that don’t suckle, one way to guarantee the calf receives an adequate amount of the colostrum substitute is to use an esophageal feeder to provide the liquid, taking care not to insert the tube into the trachea which will force liquid into the lungs and lead to calf death.

Pasture Management One of the easiest ways to reduce pathogen exposure from environmen-

tal contamination is to have a dedicated calving area. It is best if cattle are kept out of the calving area for 3 months prior to moving in cows nearing delivery. This decreases the amount of contamination on the pasture. As the herd progresses through the calving season, animals that have not yet calved may be moved to an additional clean pasture, to further reduce the opportunity for the newborn calves to be exposed to scourscausing agents. This method of pasture management was developed in the Great Plains and is known as the “Sandhills Calving System” and has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of neonatal calf diarrhea when compared to calving in regular year-round pasture environment. Additional pasture management should be used to ensure there is adequate grass or other forage available. Low stocking density, adequate grass cover and length, plus good drainage will help reduce the environmental contamination that often negatively affects calf health and production. Not only will this maintain body condition and milk production in the

cow herd, but it will limit the ability of the infectious agents to be transmitted due to increased pasture length.

Scours Diagnosis and Treatment It may be difficult to distinguish which calf or calves in a herd are suffering from scours, but it is important to look for those animals that may appear clinically sick or to have lost weight, have a wet or manure covered tail, or observe defecation whenever possible. While many people may claim to be able to distinguish which agent is responsible for the disease, it is important to submit appropriate diagnostic samples whenever possible so that correct therapy can be provided. In general, fecal samples may be used to identify some organisms such as the parasites, but are very poor samples for diagnosing viruses and bacteria. If a calf dies on the farm and is to be submitted for diagnostics, it is important to have the samples taken by a veterinarian and submitted within a few hours as other bacterial organisms often overgrow the agents Continued on page 48


Sponsored by Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Saturday - February 25, 2012 - 12:30 p.m. • Saluda Livestock Market - Saluda, SC       

250 Open and Bred Heifers Selling

Sired by Angus, Simmental, SimAngus, Gelbvieh, Balancer & Polled Hereford bulls Performance Tested Now offering both open heifers and a select group of fall calving bred heifers Calfhood vaccinated and on excellent herd health program All heifers are BVD-PI tested Sold in uniform groups of 2 to 5 head Officially screened and sorted by Clemson University Extension Service Representatives

Consigned by 15 leading beef cattle farms:

Henry & Wayne Black Black Crest Farms Carter Farms Clinton & Vanoy Clark Joey Greene AUCTIONEER: Darren Carter SCAL#3385

Lunch provided by Saluda 4-H

Don & Marty Havird Ira Jones John & Michelle Koon Terry Kirkland & Ryan Mayo Woody Padget

Riley Farms Bruce Rushton Virgil Wall Yon Family Farms Joe & Kay Yonce

For Information Contact: Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Phil Perry, County Extension Agent 201 East Church Street, Saluda, SC 29138-1403 (864) 445-8117, extension 115 (office) • (864) 445-8413 (home) (864) 993-5145 (cell) • (864)445-8119 (fax) • email: G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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54th Annual

One of the oldest and most respected performance test sales in the U.S.!

Wednesday March 7, 2012 • 12:30 P.M. near Tifton, Georgia

Selling Approximately 105

Outstanding Bulls!

This year, 160 bulls are being tested, and the top two-thirds of these will be sold. This will afford buyers a large selection of the top breeding bulls available in Georgia in 2012. The state of the art facility design, deep sand soil type and large lots have given these bulls ample exercise. They will be sound and ready for work. The official 112-day feed test gain records, 205-day adjusted weaning weights, 365-day adjusted yearling weights, hip heights, ultrasound data, and EPD's will be available. All sale bulls tested negative for PI-BVD.

Only the top two-thirds of the bulls will sell — the best of the best!

• Angus • Brangus • Charolais

• % Charolais • Chiangus • % Gelbvieh

• Hereford • LimFlex • Limousin

Auctioneer: Carroll T. Cannon GAL #249 To receive a catalog or other information, contact:

Dr. Ronnie Silcox & Patsie Cannon UGA Extension Animal Science 2360 Rainwater Road • Tifton, GA 31793 229/386-3683 and

• Santa Gertrudis • Simmental • SimAngus

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478/474-6560 SALE-DAY PHONE: 229/831-5416

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

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Come a day early for the Beef Cattle Short Course!

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Lot 69 Sire: Predestined MGS: Expectation 4915 54th Annual

LOT 68 69

SIRE TC Total 410 G A R Predestined

Come by and see our 2 lots March 7 at Tifton!

ADG 4.32 4.38

RATIO 99 101

WDA 3.36 3.26

RATIO 104 101


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EMILY AND LANNY BENSON (706) 397-2329 • (423) 315-1347


5100 Davis Academy Rd., Rutledge GA 30663

Alan Verner: 706-342-5667 • Adam Verner: 706-474-0091 •

See our Gelbvieh Balancer Bulls March 7

Great selection of bulls at the farm! Lot #


Collins and Son

187 AN (PCC 338 1R)

54th Annual

56-Day Report ADG Ratio 4.46

188 AN (PCC 338 1R)




WDA Ratio 3.08





1000 1140


Ted A. Collins • 693 Old 179 South • Whigham, GA 39897 • 229-762-4259

Lot 171

Come see Lots 167-172 at Tifton! 54th Annual

Lot 167

Lot # 167 168 169 170 171 172



CCF Poll Gridmaker 74 CCF Poll Gridmaker 74 HBR Profit 588 Polled CCF Poll Gridmaker 74 HBR Buck 585 Polled HBR Profit 588 Polled

ADG RATIO WDA 4.79 3.79 4.68 4.16 4.50 3.96

119 94 116 103 111 98

3.50 3.29 3.52 3.33 3.54 3.78

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1265 1235 1315 1205 1265 1410

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Meldon Farm

54th Annual

Performance Cattle with Eye Appeal

Lot# 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66


Sire S A V Bismarck 5682 S A V Bismarck 5682 SydGen Mandate 6079 Sitz Upward 307R TC Total 410 TC Total 410 S A V Pioneer 7301 TC Total 410 G A R New Design 5050 G A R New Design 5050

Melvin & Donna Porter

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ADG 5.95 4.77 5.36 4.13 5.57 4.66 5.36 4.59 4.41 4.34

Ratio 137 110 123 95 128 107 123 106 101 100

WDA 3.37 3.29 3.43 3.37 3.62 3.14 3.38 3.09 3.65 3.06


Ratio 104 102 106 104 112 97 105 96 113 95

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Boatright Simmental Farm

Hwy 56 N. Midville. GA 30441 478-589-7144

Come see lots #20-29 of our black-polled Simmental bulls, especially Lot #29, who is one of the top indexing Simmental bulls at 56-day weigh-in!

Lot 12 56-DAY-REPORT Lot# Sire ADG Ratio 12 STCC Sheriff Taylor 4.55 109

WDA 3.25

Ratio 99

Check out this marvelous bull March 7 at Tifton! 54th Annual

Claire Woodard

3061 Indian Creek Rd. Madison, GA 30650 770-601-0492

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Lot 29

56-DAY REPORT: Lot # 29


RC Club King 040R

54th Annual

ADG 4.50

Ratio 108

WDA Ratio 3.58




Yearling bulls available at the farm



Featuring Heavy Weaning, High-Gaining Bulls by Connealy Forward and G A R Progress

Tifton Bull Test Sale, March 7, 2012

Irwinville, GA

Herd Bull Prospects from the Herd That Produced the Great Heifers Sold in the UGA/CPES “Sharing the Legacy” Angus Sale, December 7, 2011, Irwinville UGA CPES Angus Herd Established in 1944

Tag 85 G A R Progress X New Design 036

Tag 86 C. Forward X Coalition

UGA Bulls in Tifton Bull Test Sale Tag



G A R Progress


SydGen C C & 7

86 88 89

Connealy Forward Connealy Forward Connealy Forward

______EPDs_______ Birthdate Birth wt Wean Birth Wean Year 1/12/11













1/09/11 1/19/11

UGA AI-sired Bulls Provide:

78 88 70

601 670 666

1.4 2.9 0.3

46 57 58


100 104

56-d ADG

56-d Ratio



5.36 4.61

5.27 5.09

123 106

121 117

High Weaning Weights, Practical EPDs, Muscling, Growth, Outstanding Heifers

Solid Performance Angus Bulls with Moderate Frame Size for Southern Pastures The University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Dept. Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA

Contact: Dr. Gary M. Hill E-mail:


Scours, from page 37

responsible for disease. One critical point is to use disposable gloves when handling scouring calves, as many of the pathogens that infect calves also affect humans, some leading to severe diarrhea, dehydration, septicemia, or even death in rare cases. Much of the treatment for calf scours involves supportive care to ensure the animal has adequate access to milk and water. The calf should not be removed from the source of nutrients as this provides the best source of energy and electrolytes for the young animal. The primary cause of death in affected animals is usually not the agents themselves, but the dehydration that follows. If necessary, one should consult their veterinarian to provide appropriate oral therapy of electrolytes or intravenous fluid therapy in order to prevent the loss of the calf. The typical response to outbreaks of neonatal diarrhea is to give antibiotics. However, as one can see many of the causes of diarrheal disease are not bacterial so it isn’t surprising that many times antibiotic treatment is not effective. Guidance from the herd veterinarian should be used in all cases when treating neonatal calves to ensure appropriate antimicrobial choice, as well as ensuring that the animal being treated is not severely dehydrated as those individuals often may have reduced ability to clear the antibiotic from the body due to reduced kidney and liver function which may lead to a reduction in survival despite therapy. A number of other potential products are available to assist with reducing the risk of calf scours including electrolyte solutions, antimicrobial drugs, and vaccines, but as with all herd health problems, the herd veterinarian should be consulted whenever possible to ensure appropriate diagnostics and therapy are provided for each individual situation. It may not always be possible to save every calf, but with improved management, producers may reduce the losses associated with calf scours. GC

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

Strict Vaccination and Herd Health Programs For More Information Contact: DAVID REVILLE Sale Committee Chairman 706-318-5457 (cell) • 706-678-5269 (home)

DARREN CARTER Auctioneer 864-980-5695 (cell) •

Lazy S Farm


Red Angus & Red Simmental


Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

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

Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6124 •

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


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

Sam & Georgia Thurmond

Since 1965

Rocky Ford Red Angus 706-335-6441

2412 Waterworks Road Commerce, GA 30529 “Since 1968”


Registered Red Brahman Cattle

Quality, gentle bulls and heifers for sale. Also have Simmental and Simbrah.

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

(352) 585-1732

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

Field Day and Heifer Sale April 28, 2012 • Kenansville, FL

Registered Red Angus

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

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968


Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association 3175 Bridgeshaw Drive Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678.852.7301 Email:



Yearling & Service Age


ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280

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


Rogeal & Sue Camp Home: (770) 466-8094 Mobile: (404) 210-3965

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

Larry & Holly Hadden 800-348-2584 • 706-831-1679 Breeders of Purebred Cattle Since 1952


Looking for an article you read a few months ago, but can’t find your magazine? Georgia Cattleman is digital! Check out the archived issues at Want to receive the magazine electronically? Call 478-474-6560 to request yours today. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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JanBil Farms


Georgia Red Angus Breeders


Georgia Hereford Association

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

Email: •

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

owners: Ed and Delores Davidson home 770-599-8342 office 404-888-6805

Steve Roberts

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

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

farm manager: Bryan Massengale home 770-599-3302; barn 770-599-1157 P.O. Box 275, Senoia, GA 30276 certified and accredited herd No. 114


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

Herd Certified & Accredited No. 127 478-553-8598 Bobby Brantley 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

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

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

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

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1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

NEW SALE DATE: MARCH 31, 2012 See advertisement on back cover

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

VISIONARY CATTLE Ray, Debbie & Carole Hicks 660 Seaburn Vickery Rd. Statesboro, GA 30461 Phone: 912-865-5593 email:

Hunter Grayson

(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


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


Hereforrndal Breed e t Pat Neligan T h e Ma

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


“Let’s talk marketing!”

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

For information on the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association, contact Scott Tipton, President, 1001 Preacher Campbell Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523 706-200-6655 • Directions: I-75 To Exit 41, Right Onto Roundtree Br. Rd., 4 Mi. To Farm Sign On Right

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



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

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

2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Oak Hill Farm

Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett

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


1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty

Polled Charolais Cattle

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

ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited

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Georgia-Florida Charolais Association


Beef Production Management By Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM

Beef production management (BPM) is not complicated, though some folks try to make it so. It is simply a plan to accomplish your goals for your herd. It is your herd so you have every right to decide what purpose they serve for you. Some folks just like having and looking at their cows while others intently manage to get the optimal production from their herd. Like any other asset you only get out of your herd what you put into it. I chose beef cattle veterinary medicine because I really enjoy beef cattle and cattle people. I manage cow herds with two goals in mind: 1) to protect owner’s assets and 2) to optimize production (and therefore, income). Cow herds can be an effective part of an integrated resource management program. BPM first starts with a goal. What do I want from my herd? Some herds are like savings accounts: every once in a while I make a withdrawal when I need some cash. Like savings accounts these herds don’t provide much of a return on investment and when accounting for inflation I might even be losing money without knowing it but it doesn’t require much effort and provides the tax benefits to reduce tax burdens. The other end of the spectrum might be the producer that carefully selects genetics, retains ownership of the calves through the feedlot and looks over their kill sheets to see what calves and genetics performed best and gave them the best return on invest52 February 2012

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ment. It doesn’t really matter what your herd goals are but without a goal you can’t really develop a plan to achieve it. Just like Alice in Wonderland, if you really don’t know or care where you are going it doesn’t much matter what road to take to get there. The plan starts with a calendar. Ideally, beef production’s foundation is forage production. My farm’s resources determine what kind of production I choose. It might be the best use of my farm is for stockers. Or maybe I would rather have cows and need to decide when the best time of year is for me to produce calves. Determining the capacity of my farm and what fits best with my resources helps me decide when and what I need to do. When and what kind of production I want to market determines when I start the process. For instance, if I want to raise high quality replacement heifers I need to select genetics three years before I sell my first bred heifer. Or if I don’t want my money tied up that long I might choose to purchase stockers and graze over winter and sell yearlings in

the spring. Depending on forage production I might be able to combine different production strategies as long as the biosecurity issues do not threaten my primary herd. Using the calendar I can decide what procedures need to be done when. If I have a cow herd then I select times for procedures like pregnancy checking, vaccinating, working calves and weaning. I manage my bulls for optimum fertility, calf production and heterosis. (A semen check is not the same as a thorough breeding soundness examination. A cheap semen check can cost a lot of calf production if it misses injuries or other abnormalities affecting bull service.) If I am planning to use AI to breed my heifers then I determine whether I am going to use a synchronization program and which one and what bull I need to order. Many semen companies offer seasonal discounts on volume but genetics may be a more important consideration. Getting these procedures scheduled on the calendar is not only important to ensure I get the important things done, but it also helps to make sure cattle work doesn’t conflict with birthdays, anniversaries or other family or community events. Planning time is a good time to consult a veterinarian who understands beef production. Not all veterinarians are interested in or capable of helping cattle producers develop a good program but I do know a lot of veterinarians in Georgia who enjoy working with beef producers. A good beef cattle veterinarian knows how to help you make money and protect your herd through best management practice recommendations and effective, timely services. While you are with your veterinarian review last year’s records, including number of calves sold and calf weights or average weights. See if there are areas of improvement. Cattlemen get paid on weaning rates and weaning weights. Sometimes a few simple improvements or adjustments to the production program can bring good returns. If you don’t have those records start this year by developing a set of records. Records can be very simple and don’t necessarily have to be on the computer. A simple list of cows and which ones calved and weaned calves can tell me who is working for me and who isn’t. The next level might be weaning weights to help me determine which cows are most efficient by evaluating weaning weight as a percentage of the cow’s weight. A cow needs to wean at least 40-45 percent of her body weight to be worth her keep. There are a lot of things to keep track of in a well-managed cow herd or production operation: production and

financial records; feed quality, inventory and cow herd nutrition; herd health program including vaccinations and internal and external parasite control; genetics and fertility; environmental issues, effects on carrying capacity and production decisions and marketing. Not only that but at some point you actually need to spend time with the cattle to monitor health and condition or hire good, qualified people to do that for you (which can be a challenge at times). It is almost enough to take all the fun out of owning cows! We have several really good specialists in Georgia who really want to help cattle producers succeed. Sometimes we teach the information in fragments, which can leave a producer confused about how to integrate all the information. Where does a new herd owner get advice? There is a lot of information out there. Some of it is good and some will ruin you and your cows. Some folks really do care about helping you and some folks mostly want to help themselves at your expense. As a cattle veterinarian I have always cared about my producer’s success and the wellbeing of their herds. Yes, I too had to make a living and my relationships with my producers had to be win-win or we were both in trouble. In practice I had a handful of folks I trusted to call to find answers and information to questions I didn’t know. Technology in the cattle industry is changing at breakneck speed so it is impossible for any one person to keep up with all of it. Identifying and partnering with those folks to provide the necessary resources is key to success. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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For more information on GAA activities, contact: Christy Page 638 Lake Crest Drive Jefferson, GA 30549 706/387-0656 • Dues - $35 per year

Georgia Beef Expo Southeastern Angus Showcase Sale Friday, April 6, 2012 Perry, GA

For more information on GJAA activities, contact: David & Carolyn Gazda, Jr. Advisors 1985 Morton Rd. Athens, GA 30605 706/227-9098 Jr. Dues - $10 per year

Good luck to exhibitors in the Georgia National Junior Livestock Shows!

GAA to award premiums to Champion Registered Angus Heifers, B&O Registered Angus Heifers and in the Registered Angus Steer Show!

Georgia Angus Breeders

Turnpike Creek Farms


Clint, Kim, Will & Samuel Smith P.O. Box 820 Wadley, GA 30477 (478) 252-0292 Clint’s Cell: (706) 551-2878

Smitty, SuzAnne, Tatum & Beau Brinson Lamb (229) 386-0491 Smitty’s Cell: (229) 392-1409

Ma t ur e C ow H e r d D i sp e r sa l , M ay 5 , 2 01 2


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

SINCE 1947

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

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

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.

• Accredited • Certified


• No Creep • Est. 1979

Windell & Lawanda Gillis (478) 374-4868 2891 Hawkinsville Hwy. Eastman, GA 31023 Cell 478-231-8236

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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •


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

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

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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744


NV Cattle

300 Falling Springs Rd Rydal, GA 30171

770-796-4163 - Home • 770-547-6291 - Cell

Steve, Rena, Stephen and Sarah Vaughan

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

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

“To God be the Glory”

Jerry L. Steverson Jr. Owner / President 478-230-2007

China Hill, GA 478-230-4726

Melvin Durden Marketing Director 678-234-2416

Greg Durden General Manager 478-230-9478

58 Saint Ives Crossing • Winder GA 30680

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

Phil Page: 770-616-6232

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


Benny Bowen

P.O. Box 449 • Swainsboro, GA 30401 Farm: (478) 237-6825 Home: (478) 237-8459

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


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



(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.


Cattle that Work

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738

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

Wasdin Angus Ranch Cattle and Hay Available Owners: Ed & Dot Wasdin Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230 ********************

"Quality and customers come first!"

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


PO Box 539 • Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5455 Office • 706-553-5456 Fax

Roland Starnes, Managing Partner • 706-601-0800 James Stice, Customer Service • 863-899-4869 Dan Beckham, Owner • 415-830-0509 “Keeping Business in the Business Breed”


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

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

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

Female Sale: April 21, 2012



Idone Angus Farm


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

TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459

WHITNER AND LEWIS ANGUS FARM Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327


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GJLA, continued from page 33

and scholarships,” Mrs. Youngblood says. “This school year one student received $4400 to apply to college expenses and another student has earned $4750 and is still exhibiting Limousin cattle with the opportunity to win more!” Junior member Taylor Scheiszer, a student at ABAC, shares her experience as a Georgia Junior Limousin Association member: “Through the Junior Limousin Association I not only showed cattle, but became a Junior officer as well and developed a sense of professionalism that benefits me in my endeavors today.” “Through the scholarships and support I received (from GLA) I was encouraged to continue striving for success in college academics and in my career, just as I did while exhibiting show cattle,” relates Ashley Spivey, a UGA Senior who plans to teach Agriculture in Georgia upon graduation.

Great show careers begin at the GLA annual summer field day

President Davis is walking proof that GLA’s junior programs are effective in developing you leaders: “I

joined the Jr. Association as a teenager and now I’m in my twenties and I’m serving as President of the GLA.” GC

Carolina Angus Breeders’ Futurity

l Annua

Saturday, M a r ch 1 7, 20 12 • N o on

Held at the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena • Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina Plan to attend the Annual Banquet and Meeting 7 pm Friday • March 16, 2012

Tuckers Restaurant , 3501 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC • (864) 844-2452 Carolina Futurity Headquarters: Ramada Inn, 1310 Tiger Blvd., Clemson, SC 29631 • (864) 654-7501

Sale Sponsored by: South Carolina Angus Association

President: Lewis Smith, 5100 Olden Porter Rd., Pendleton, SC 29670 (864) 261-6982 Vice President: Frankie Mullikin, 210 Mullikin Rd., Liberty, SC 29657 (864) 506-1282, (864) 224-0910 Secretary: Windy Bartee, 1717 St. Paul Church Rd., Clover, SC 29710 (803) 222-7533, (803) 222-9068 (fax) Treasurer: Mike Johnson, 4368 Indian Creek Rd., Kinards, SC 29355 (864) 697-6430 Sale Chairman: Frankie Mullikin (864) 506-1282 •

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For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers. TOM BURKE, KURT SCHAFF, JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME, at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone: (816) 532-0811. Fax: (816) 532-0851. • E-Mail

54th Annual

LOT 7 8 9

Quality SimAngus Yearling bulls available at the farm. Watch for our superior females consigned in Cattlemen's Choice Sale, Generations of Value Sale and S.E. All Black Classic Sale!

SIRE SVF Steel Force S701 Ankonian Red Caesar CNS Dream On L186

ADG 3.98 4.77 3.91

Lots 8&9

RATIO 95 114 94

WDA 3.25 3.61 3.51

453 Swain Wood Road • Clarkesville GA 30523 Owner Rick Wood • 706-499-2325 • E-Mail

G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

Lot 8

RATIO 99 110 107

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UGA CAES Strategic Planning 2020 – Regional Meetings Allow Producer Input

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is developing a Strategic Plan to guide the College to 2020. Meetings are scheduled throughout the state to gather input from employees and stakeholders of the College. This is an opportunity for GCA members to help shape the future of Agriculture Education, Research, and Extension in Georgia. The meetings will be held from 8:30 to Noon on the following dates and locations: January 31 February 15 February 21

February 29

Eatonton, Rock Eagle 4-H Center Gainesville, Georgia Mountains Center Acworth, North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Tech. College Lyons, Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center

For further information or to register to attend, please visit the Strategic Planning website at or call the GCA office at 478-474-6560.

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February 1-4, 2012 National Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show Gaylord Opryland Hotel Nashville, TN February 2, 2012 UGA 20th Annual Focus of EPD’s Bull Sale UGA Livestock Instructional Arena Athens, GA 706-542-9102 February 4, 2012 Turnpike Creek Farms Black Angus & Black Sim/Angus Milan, GA • 229-315-0986 [see advertisement, back cover] February 11, 2012 Black Crest Farm Annual Spring Production Sale Sumter, S.C. 803-968-9358

February 11, 2012 Tokeena Angus Bull and Female Sale 18th Annual “Right for the Times” Seneca, S.C. 540-908-5799 February 17, 2012 Beef Maker Bull Sale Horton, AL 405-464-2455

February 18, 2012 Cepcot Angus Farm Liquidation Sale, On-Site Auction Colquitt, GA 800-323-8388 [see advertisement, page 27]

February 18, 2012 Northeast Georgia Livestock, LLC Commercial Cattle Sale Athens, GA • 770-601-6286 [see advertisement, page 17] February 18, 2012 Yon Family Farms Performance Tested Angus & Composite Bull Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048 [see advertisement, page 5]

February 23, 2012 GJCA Pizza Party at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show FREE PIZZA & DRINKS for GJCA members 478-474-6560 [see advertisement, page 67] February 25, 2012 Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull Sale Fair Play, S.C. 864-972-9140

February 25, 2012 Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association 20th Annual Replacement Heifer Sale Saluda, S.C. 864-993-5145 [see advertisement, page 37] March 6, 2012 Tifton Beef Short Course Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, GA 706-542-1852

March 7, 2012 Tifton Performance Tested Bull Sale Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, GA 229-386-3683 March 9, 2012 Eastanollee Livestock Market Northeast Georgia Young Farmer Replacement Sale Eastanollee, GA 706-716-0381 [see advertisement, page 51] March 9, 2012 Eighth Annual Wilkes County Front Pasture Herd Replacement Sale Washington, GA 706-318-5457 [see advertisement, page 47] March 10, 2012 Quail Creek Brangus Cut Above Sale Cullman, AL 336-745-5252 [see advertisement, page 2]

March 17, 2012 41st Annual Carolina Angus Breeders’ Futurity Clemson, SC 864-654-7501 [see advertisement, page 56]


March 17-18, 2012 MM Cattle Co. Open House Sale Bowden, GA 770-328-2047 [see advertisement, page 35]

March 24, 2012 Upstate South Carolina Replacement Female Sale 1st Annual Female Sale Williamston, SC 864-980-5695 [see advertisement, page 15] March 24, 2012 Northeast Georgia Livestock, LLC 2nd Bi-Annual Consignment Equipment Sale Athens, GA 770-601-6286 March 31, 2012 Partners in Progress XXV Herefords & Angus CES Polled Herefords / Smith Angus Farm Production Sale Wadley, GA 478-494-9593

March 31, 2012 Southern Tradition Sale Alapaha, GA • 229-881-0721

April 4-7, 2012 51st Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention, Trade Show & Expo Perry, GA 478-474-6560 [see advertisement, page 24] April 6, 2012 GJCA Team Marketing Contest Perry, GA 478-474-6560 [see advertisement, page 67]

April 14, 2012 Britt Angus Sale Facility 12th Annual Cattlemen’s Choice Sale Hartwell, GA 859-421-6100 [see advertisement, page 34] April 14, 2012 Ridgefield Farm, LLC. Bull Sale Brasstown, N.C. 828-837-6324

April 18, 2012 Georgia Mountain Beef Cattle Field Day Blairsville, GA 706-745-2655 April 24, 2012 Georgia Heifer HERD Sale Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, GA 229-386-3683

April 28, 2012 Southeast All Black Classic Sale Greenwood, FL 706-773-3612 April 28, 2012 Florida Brahman Association Field Day and Heifer Sale Kenansville, FL 352-585-1732 May 5, 2012 Ogeechee Farms Mature Cow Herd Dispersal Wadley, GA 229-392-1409

May 11, 2012 GSSA Annual Meeting Ila, GA 706-654-6071 [see advertisement, page 22]

May 12, 2012 April 6, 2012 Generations of Value Sale Georgia Beef Expo Simmental and SimAngus Females Southeastern Angus Showcase Sale Colbert, GA Perry, GA • 706-387-0656 706-654-6071 [see advertisement, page 54] [see advertisement, page 22] April 6, 2012 Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, GA 706-773-3612

April 7, 2012 Georgia Hereford Association Sale Perry, GA 912-865-5593

May 29, 2012 Calhoun Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Workshop Northwest Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavilion Calhoun, GA 706-624-1403

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for more information or to advertise, call 478-474-6560



PUREBRED LIVESTOCK AUCTIONEER GAL #978 19120 GA Hwy 219 West Point, GA 31833 Ph. 706-773-3612

Carroll T. Cannon Auctioneer P.O. Box 500 Ty Ty, GA 31795-0500 229/776-4383 Cell: 229/881-0721

Darren Carter

Auctioneer/ Sale Manager 1410 Carter Rd. Ninety Six, SC 29666 (864) 980-5695

Contact Me For Information On These Upcoming Auctions: • FEB.18 - Yon Family Farms Performance Tested Bull Sale • FEB. 25 – Saluda County Replacement Heifer Sale • MAR. 9 – Wilkes County Front Pasture Sale • MAR. 24 – Upstate South Carolina Replacement Female Sale


Fertility testing Bulls A-I training REPRODUCTIVE PROGRESS Embryo Transfer Service RUSS PAGE, PhD

On-Farm Semen Collection Pregnancy Ultrasounding Sexing Pregnancies

(706) 769-0797

Embryos and Semen For Sale Synchronization and Breeding Semen Testing Bulls

One Company For All Your Cattle Reproductive Needs Reproductive Progress - 1201 Sunset Ridge • Watkinsville, GA 30677

Jim Cumming 706-342-3740 Cell 706-318-8844

D. J. Bradshaw Cell 478-957-5208

Embryo Transfer Ultrasounding for Early Pregnancy Synchronization & Breeding Programs Fetal Sexing


Hoof Trimming • Photography • Sale Consulting • Clipping • Livestock Hauling • Ultrasound Bill & Stephanie Martin & Family / PO Box 683, Jefferson GA 30549 / 706-367-8349 • 706-654-8883

Daniel Livestock Service

Randy Daniel 348 Daniel Road Colbert, GA 30628 706/788-2533

Distributors for: Pearson Chutes Riverode Galvanized Equip. Paul Scales Stoll Trailers Barrett Trailers


CHICKEN LITTER TRIPLE E POULTRY Established 1976 Delivered In Bulk 25 Ton Loads. 243 TALKING ROCK DR. N BOB EDWARDS JASPER, GA 30143 (706) 692-5149 CELL: (404) 408-3709


Southeastern Semen Services, Inc.

• Semen Collection • Semen Storage • Semen Shipping • Semen Sales • Storage Tanks • Custom Breeding Scott Randell 16878 45th Rd. • Wellborn, FL 32094 386-963-5916 Conveniently Located For Accessbility To All Southern States



Early Bird Specials always save you $$$$. Save $25 when you pre-register for GCA’s 2012 Convention! See page 25 for details and registration form.

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Gene Roberts • 1-800-241-8794 Lori Roberts: 706-988-8327 • Joey Roberts: 706-318-8848 132 N. McIntosh Street, Elberton, GA 30635

Office (229) 776-7588 361 Doerun Road Fax (229) 776-3509 Doerun, GA 31744



Beef Management Calendar for the Month of February GENERAL next month. Trim feet,  Remove bulls from heifers


soil samples on bermuda and bahia pastures and hay fields to plan spring fertilization and liming. Check with your county agent about pasture weed control. This is the best time to spray for musk thistle control. Check mineral feeders and continue to feed high magnesium mineral supplement to cows on winter grazing or tall fescue. Fertilize tall fescue pasture and over-seeded grazing. Apply 60 lbs N per acre in addition to soil test recommendations. Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4". Overgrazing can reduce total winter production.


SPRING CALVING January, February, March Check cows frequently during calving season. Tag calves at birth. Record birth dates, tag numbers and cow ID. Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth. Make sure bulls are in good condition for breeding heifers


conduct breeding soundness exams and provide additional feed if needed. A cow’s nutrient needs increase by at least 50 percent after calving. If possible, separate dry cows, first calf heifers and cow-calf pairs to feed more efficiently.

FALL CALVING October, November, December Vaccinate calves over 3 months old with clostridial vaccines (black-leg). Check with your local veterinarian about other problems in your area. Castrate and dehorn any calves missed at birth. Implant calves. Steers that were implanted at birth can be reimplanted. (Synovex-C and Ralgro are approved for use in replacement heifers. Follow label instructions.) Check on the condition of bulls during breeding season. Provide supplemental feed as needed.


after a 45-60 day breeding season.

Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates, and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 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.


HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding Cattle Since 1973 • Williamson, GA

Hereford, Angus and Baldies For Sale Private Treaty Call Harold Leo Corley at 770-567-3942 or 678-333-3509



Bulls, Cows, Semen and Meat for Sale O.E. “CORKY” DEAVER

1088 Liberty Hill Rd. • Blairsville, GA 30512 706/374-5789 Visitors Welcome


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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R


Gibbs Farms 6th Annual Bull and Replacement Heifer Sale Nov. 12, 2011 • Ranburne, AL 110 SimAngus Fall Yearling Bulls avg $4,330 9 Purebred Simm. Fall Yearling Bulls avg $8,806 8 Purebred Angus Fall Yearling Bulls avg $3,269 127 Fall Yearling Bulls Grossed $4,581 37 SimAngus Bred Heifers & Cows avg $2,607 68 SimAngus Open Fall Year. Heifers avg $1,874 7 Purebred Simmental Open Fall Yearling Heifers avg $3,014 7 Purebred Angus Open Fall Yearling Heifers avg $1,671


246 Total lots grossed $838,450 119 Replacement Heifers Grossed $256,700 88 Buyers from 13 states (AL, GA, FL, MS, AR, OK, SD, MT, IN, KY, TN, NC, SC) FEEDER CATTLE SALE REPORTS: Northeast Georgia Livestock Athens, GA Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Lot 1: 500 lb Holstein steers $111.25 Lot 2: 775 lb Holstein steers $ 96.25 Lot 3: 725 lb Holstein steers $ 98.00 Lot 4: 650 lb Holstein steers $101.00 Lot 5: 1000 lb steers & heifers $114.10 (same money)

Lot 6: 800 lb heifers Lot 7: 750 lb heifers Lot 8: 650 lb heifers Lot 9: 660 lb heifers Lot 10: 650 lb heifers Lot 11: 675 lb steers Lot 12: 660 lb steers Lot 13: 840 lb steers Lot 14: 775 lb steers

$120.00 $125.75 $128.75 $129.90 $128.50 $139.70 $141.00 $129.00 $133.25

Northeast Georgia Livestock Athens, GA Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Lot 1: 870 lb heifers (sort two loads) $125.60 Lot 2: 775 lb heifers $124.00


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Lot 3: 750 lb heifers (sort two loads) $130.00 Lot 4: 700 lb heifers $132.90 Lot 5: 700 lb heifers $132.00 Lot 6: 650 lb heifers $134.00 Lot 7: 900 lb steers $131.50 Lot 8: 870 lb steers $131.00 Lot 9: 800 lb steers $137.00 Lot 10: 775 lb steers (sort three loads) $140.90 Lot 11: 650 lb steers $146.10

Lot 1: Lot 2: Lot 3: Lot 4: Lot 5: Lot 6: Lot 7: Lot 8: Lot 9: Lot 1: Lot 2: Lot 3: Lot 4: Lot 5: Lot 6: Lot 7:

Northeast Georgia Livestock Athens, GA Wednesday, January 11, 2012 500 lb holstein steers $116.00 600 lb holstein steers $111.00 750 lb heifers $131.00 750 lb heifers $131.90 750 lb heifers $132.25 625 lb heifers $136.75 800 lb steers $132.50 800 lb steers $137.00 610 lb steers $156.80

Moseley Cattle Auction, LLC January 10, 2012 700 lb heifers $134.25 710 lb steers $143.90 710 lb heifers $132.75 760 lb heifers $130.90 860 lb heifers $134.85 840 lb heifers $137.30 850 lb steers $137.75

Wilson Livestock Auction, Newport, Tenn. Dec. 5, 2011 (Georgia Consignors) Steers: 1 Load 800 lbs. $136.00 1 Load 900 lbs. $133.85 1 Load 900 lbs. $132.25 1 Load 700 lbs. $134.75 Mixed Load: 1 Load 625 Steers/600 heifers $144.25/$139.25 1 Load 720 Steers/660 heifers $137.50/$132.50 1 Load 875 Steers/840 heifers $130.00/$125.00

Southeast Livestock Exchange, Swainsboro, Ga. Dec. 3, 2011 (Georgia Consignors) 1 Load Steers 700 lbs. $141.75 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. $140.25 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. $139.75 1 Load Steers 825 lbs. $138.00 2 Load Holstein Steers 900 lbs. $100.50 1 Load Steers 860 lbs. $136.00 1 Load Heifers 675 lbs. $133.75 1 Load Heifers 720 lbs. $134.25 1 Load Heifers 700 lbs. $132.00 1 Load Heifers 750 lbs. $132.90

ATTENTION PRODUCERS: Follow these quick steps online to get current data right now from the livestock Market News Service: GO TO  CLICK “Local Market Reports” on left side of page.  CLICK “Georgia”, then  CLICK on your Auction Market of choice.

DR. LEE JONES, UGA EXTENSION VETERINARIAN visits with cattlemen about proper herd health at Dixie Livestock's January breeder sale. The GCA Production and Marketing Committee initiated educational outreach to several Livestock Markets over the past few months to reach an expanded group of cattlemen. Thank you to the UGA Beef Team for providing excellent programs during these events.

2011 Auction Market Totals

Market Turner Co Stockyard Dixie Livestock Mkt Franklin Co Livestock NE GA Livestock Carroll Co Livestock Calhoun Stockyard Seminole Stockyard Duvall Livestock Mkt Mid-GA Livestock Mkt Pulaski Co Stockyard Eastanollee Livestock Wilkes Co Stockyard Thomasville Stockyard Moultrie Livestock Lanier Farmers Lvstck South Central Lvstck Swainsboro Stockyard Sumter Co Livestock Blackshear Stockyard D & N Livestock TOTAL

Auction Receipts 49,453 57,899 55,321 28,326 37,142 33,154 26,341 23,726 18,523 21,828 21,814 20,880 18,422 19,636 17,162 16,863 15,200 9,538 4,192 3,519 498,939

Other Sales 13,233 385 25,546 139




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Total Receipts 62,686 58,284 55,321 53,872 37,281 33,154 26,341 23,726 22,511 21,828 21,814 20,880 20,455 19,636 17,162 16,863 15,200 9,538 4,192 3,519 544,263

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Have you registered for Convention yet? Early Bird deadline is March 15! See page 25.



Frank Malcolm, CLU & Lin Malcolm



P.O. BOX 908 Canton, NC 28716

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

John Queen 480 Queen Cove Road Waynesville, NC 28785 828-421-3446

Evans Hooks 79 Highway 57 East Swainsboro, GA 30401 770-316-9611


TEL-O SALE 2012 CALENDAR • Tuesdays at 10 A.M.

 February 7  March 6  April 3  May 1

 June 5  July TBD  August 7  September 4

 October 2  November 6  December 4

PROUD SUPPORTERS OF NCBA AND STATE ORGANIZATIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WNC Regional Livestock Center 474 Stock Drive Canton, NC 28716 828-646-3700

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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2012 Beef Ambassador Program The Georgia CattleWomen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board are the primary sponsors of this educational contest.

Are You Up To The Challenge?

REGISTER NOW FOR 2012 GEORGIA BEEF AMBASSADOR CONTEST, held April 7 with registration at 8 a.m. during the Georgia Cattlemen’s Annual Convention and Beef Expo in Perry. The Georgia Beef Ambassador contest is open to all youth ages 13 through 20. There are two divisions - Senior and Junior. For the Senior Division, the contestant must be age 17, but not over 20 by Jan. 1, 2012. For the Junior Division, the contestant must be age 13, but not over 16 by Jan. 1, 2012. The purpose of the Beef Ambassador contest is for youth to know the nutritional and economic values, cooking principles, safe handling, and versatile use of beef, as well as the importance of beef as an agricultural product. Contestant entry forms must be received by March 1, 2012. The entry form can be accessed on the GJCA and GCWA websites at You may also call the GCA office for a copy of the entry form. The contestants chosen as the Georgia Beef Ambassadors will have a great time gaining invaluable knowledge of the beef industry from pasture to plate. The Senior Ambassador winner will also compete in the National Beef Ambassador competition to be held in California in October. If you have any questions, please call the GCA office at 478-474-1815. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Celebrating GJCA members!

Feb. 23 4:30 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars!

Perry, GA during the 2012 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show ** FREE ** pizza and drinks

Bring a non-member and be entered to win a new pair of Roper boots!

April 5 - 7 for the 51st Annual GCA Convention!

GJCA Activities include: • Sweepstakes Program • Photography contest (see website for rules and entry form) • Poster contest • Beef Ambassador Program

* NEW! *

Team Marketing contest

Visit for information

Georgia 4-H Judging Team Leads to Bright Future



By Mitch Talley, Calhoun Magazine

The four members of the Gordon County 4-H Livestock Judging Team finished second in the nation overall in the National 4-H Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 15. “That’s the best a Georgia team has done since 1920 when Georgia won it,” says Lee Crump, who serves as a volunteer coach for the team, along with Gordon Central agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Melissa Hubbard and Gordon County Extension Service livestock specialist Kurt Sutherland. Members of the Reserve Champion team, as the second-place finisher is known, include Crump’s daughter, Lea, a senior at Gordon Central; Hubbard’s son, Timothy, a junior; and two recent GC graduates, Taylor Langford and Krissi McCurdy. At the national contest, the team had to evaluate 10 classes of livestock, including cattle, sheep, hogs, and goats. Gordon County wound up as national champs in sheep and goats, took sixth in cattle, and finished second in oral reasons to earn the overall Reserve Champion title. Hubbard, Langford, and McCurdy earned All-American status, and Crump was only points away. “Getting second in oral reasons was the one that I was most impressed with,” Lee Crump said. “That’s very hard to do. The kids have to give an oral set of reasons on why they placed the animals the way they did. They have to defend their decisions and have to be able to use transitional terms and be able to pronounce the words right. It takes a lot of hard work to get good at it.” Timothy Hubbard agreed. “Oral reasons is really an art,” he says. “It 68 February 2012

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RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION TEAM WITH AWARDS. Front Row: Krissi McCurdy, Lea Crump, Timothy Hubbard, Taylor Langford Back Row: Coaches; Kurt Sutherland, Melissa Hubbard, Lee Crump

takes a special amount of talent to be really good at it.” To advance to the national contest, Gordon County’s 4-H team had finished first in the state contest at the University of Georgia in Athens in March, where they also had the top four high individual finishers.

The team of Crump, Hubbard, Langford, and McCurdy – by virtue of their Reserve Championship title in nationals - has been invited to be one of 10 squads to represent the United States at the International Livestock Judging Contest in Scotland come June.

‘You can’t just say you’re one of the best programs in the Southeast, now you’re one of the best programs in the nation.’

A college coach, describing the Gordon County juniors

Colleges across the country definitely have an appreciation for the Gordon County/Gordon Central livestock judging teams. “We’ve always been known as having one of the best programs in the Southeast, between Gordon County 4-H and Gordon Central FFA,” Crump says, “but now with our Reserve Champion finish in nationals in 2011, one of the college coaches told us, ‘You can’t just say you’re one of the best programs in the Southeast, now you’re one of the best programs in the nation.’ ”

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids,” Crump says of the two-week trip overseas, “and I’ll be honest, for myself, too, because I’d probably never got to go over there if it hadn’t been for this.” Livestock judging has opened doors for all the team members that never would have been opened. For more information about financially supporting the team’s endeavor to Scotland please contact Lee Crump at GC


A LARGE CROWD GATHERED DEC. 13 FOR THE ELBERT COUNTY CATTLEMEN'S CHRISTMAS MEETING. President Ron Ward and GCA’s Josh White presented a program highlighting information and pictures from the GCA Fall 2011 tour to Iowa and Nebraska. A delicious roast beef dinner was served. The meeting was sponsored by AgGeorgia Credit in Royston.

THE BALDWIN-JONES-PUTNAM CATTLEMEN’S CHAPTER recognized their 2011 award winners at the chapter’s December Awards Program, Dec. 12, at the Hut in Eatonton, Ga. Award recipients pictured (left to right) are Linda & Frank Bandel – Putnam County (Environmental Stewardship); Jane Haddock – Jones County (Distinguished Service); Clayton Lancaster – Lancaster Fertilizer County – Putnam County – (Top Hand); and David Blizzard – Baldwin County (Cattle Producer of the Year).

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN CHAPTER elected officers for the 2012 year. They are (front row, left to right) Director Murray Woods, Vice President Jon Cook, President Laurie McClearen, Secretary Paula Myers and (back row, left to right) Bobby Lance and Bob Kinnie, directors. Not pictured are Richard Myers and Bill Hutson, directors.

HANNAH BARRETT, OF LUMPKIN COUNTY FFA, with her Supreme Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer. Pictured with her are Judge Brian Bolt and Elbert County Farm Bureau President Randy Ruff who sponsored the Champion Heifers.

HUNTER WILSON, OF CARROLL COUNTY 4-H, with his Supreme Champion Angus Heifer. Pictured with him are Judge Brian Bolt and Elbert County Farm Bureau President, Randy Ruff, who sponsored the Champion Heifers. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Next Month: Hereford, Club Calf, Convention & Expo

ABS 1-800-227-7883.................................60 Accelerated Genetics 540-247-4282...66 Acres Away Angus Farm 770-597-8007..........................................44 Advance Network Solutions 888-354-0181.....................................42,44 American Angus Association American Angus Association Regional Manager.................................58 Big D Limousin 770-307-7036 ...............32 Boatright Simmental Farm 478-589-7144..........................................46 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. 706-207-1301 .............................................8 Bricton Farm 478-357-6113 ....................45 Brown’s Twin Oaks Angus Farm 770-228-5914 ..........................................42 Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 .............60 Cattlemen’s Choice Sale 859-421-6100 ..........................................34 Carolina Angus Breeders Futurity .................................56 Carroll T. Cannon 229-776-4383 .......60 Circle R Cattle Company 423-595-0539 .............................................41 Classified Ads.......................................60,61 CMC Limousin 678-201-2287................31 Collins & Son 229-762-4259 ................43 Danfowin Farm 770-550-7954...............41 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ..........................................60 Darren Carter 864-980-5695.................60 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ..............61 Edwards Land & Cattle Company 910-290-1424 ..........................................33 Emilan Angus Farm 706-397-2329 ......42 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia 800-673-0405............................................3 Florida Brahman Association Franklin County Livestock ..................61 Genex Cooperative, Inc. 706-318-8844 ..........................................60 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 .................................. 54,55 Georgia Beefmasters .............................16 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................49 70 February 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 60 and 61

Georgia Brangus Breeders......................28 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ..........................................16 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-384-4235 ........................................51 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ...................49 Georgia Generations of Value Sale 706-654-6071 ..........................................34 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..........................................50 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ...................................29,30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders......16 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423 .........................................49 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..........................................49 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 706-654-6071 ..........................................22 Gillis Angus Farm 478-231-8236..........45 Gold River Feed Products 706-342-5417 ..........................................60 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ...........61 Howard Limousin Farm 706-931-2940...........................................31 International Brangus Breeders Association ....12 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592....................60 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114.............60 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820 .....................................64 Martin Cattle Services 706-367-8349..........................................60 Meldon Farm 706-654-8283 .................44 Merk Animal Health MM Cattle Company North American Limousin Foundation .................29 Northeast Georgia Livestock, LLC. 706-549-4790 ..........................................17 Northeast Georgia Young Farmer 706-716-0381 ............................................51 Parallise Properties, LLLP 770-889-4515 ..........................................42 Powder Creek Simmentals 770-567-3909..........................................43

Quail Creek Brangus 336-745-5252 ............................................2 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797..........................................60 Reproductive Management Services ....... 229-881-9711............................................60 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794.......60 Rowell Auctions, Inc. ..................27 Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association 864-993-5145 ..........................................37 Sarratt Farms 864-706-0697 ................40 Sayer & Sons Farm 912-359-3229 ..........................................46 Southeast AgNet 850-492-7196..........................................64 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-454-0267.........................................64 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................60 Southern States,58 The Oaks Charolais Farm 706-437-1477...........................................45 The University of Georgia ANSC 229-386-3215 ..........................................47 Tifton Gain Evaluation Test Sale 229-386-3683 ....................................38,39 Turnpike Creek Farms cover Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ...........60 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588....................60 Upstate South Carolina Replacement Sale 864-980-5695 .................................15 Vermeer Verner Farms, LLC. 706-342-5667..........................................43 White Limousin Farm 770-474-4151............................................31 Whippoorwill Farm 770-601-0492..........................................46 Wilkes County Front Pasture Sale 706-318-5457 ..........................................48 Williams Limousin Farm 404-886-8003..........................................31 Woodlawn Simmentals 706-499-2325..........................................57 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048 ..........5

Annual Production Sale

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 • 1 p.m. Selling 35 performance tested bulls and 25 cow-calf pairs & bred heifers.

All buyers will have a chance for a $500 credit


OCC Unity 675U

Birthdate 03-10-2008. Sire OCC Headliner 661H Dam is OCC Dixie Erica 612H (DHD Traveler 6807 )

Lot 38

Turnpike Enchantress 7135 Birthdate 12-18-2007 Sire Rito 2 878 Dam's sire is DHD Traveler 6807 Bull calf is 3/4 Angus 1/4 Simmental Birthdate 10-11-2011 Sire Turnpike Meyer Ranch 8057 (Meyer Ranch 734 X Sitz 6807 Donor)

Lot 12

Turnpike Dream On 1011 Birthdate 10-31-2010 Sim/Angus Sire CNS Dream On L186

David T. Williams & Sons

Black Angus and Black Simmental 1555 Workmore-Milan Road Milan, GA 31060

Call for Catalog & Sale Info • Doug (229) 860-0320 • Derek (229) 315-0986

visit our web page at • (you can also find us on Facebook) Herd established in 1980 • Visitors always welcome • Herd certified & accredited

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Georgia Cattleman magazine, February 2012