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Association reports

GCA President’s Report by David Gazda GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board Report by Suzanne Black Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Madison Baugh

Industry news

Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet Curt Childers, Region 14 Vice President EPA Tries to Federalize All Waters...Again FDA’s Guidance #213 – Doing the Right Thing New Staff Added to Cattle Industry YCC Update USDA to Survey Cattle Inventories Across the Nation The Golden Cross by Bailey Toates Who Gets the Farm? by Frank Malcolm Top 10 Reasons to Vote “YES” to Fund Georgia ACC

Reader services

New Members Industry Obituaries GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner In My Opinion by Chris Taylor Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Suzanne Black Animal Husbandry? by Baxter Black Associate Members Local Market Reports Classified Ads Beef Management Calendar for the Month of January Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index

Expert advice

33 Using a Cow Lease to Expand Your Herd, Pt. 2 by Curt Lacy 54 Beef Cattle Outlook for 2014 by Curt Lacy 66 What is the Expected Life of a Fence? by John W.Worley

Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes,

MAGAZINE STAFF Editor: Josh White, Industry editorial: Bailey K. Toates, or Advertising: Bailey K. Toates, Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow,

THE GEORGIA CATTLEMAN The cover of the January 2014 issue of Georgia Cattleman features Braunvieh Angus cross heifer calf at Willow Creek Farms. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. GCA MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.

GEORGIA CATTLEMAN (USPS 974-320, ISSN 0744-4451) is published monthly by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Subscription rate of $45.00 per year. Periodical Postage Paid at Macon, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER — Send address changes to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. For advertising information, contact Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221. Phone: 478-474-6560. • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N

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During the holidays, I ventured to the grocery store one evening for Carolyn while she was preparing dinner. She still needed a few items to complete the meal and a dessert for a youth benefit auction at our local cattlemen’s meeting. Being the obliging husband that I am (and thinking that this might expedite dinner and remembering I had not had anything substantial to eat since breakfast), I agreed, albeit reluctantly, to do so. After grabbing a sweatshirt, some shoes and a ball cap, I headed out the door into the night for the short drive to the local Walmart. Upon arriving with list in hand, I grabbed a cart, secured and paid for the requested items and miraculously exited without being detained and patted down by the Walmart bag police. As I drove home and entered the quiet house, I helped Carolyn unpack the groceries and concluded the following about my outing: 1) During the holiday shopping season it is LOUD in Walmart. I mean really, really LOUD. Screaming, crying, fighting, yelling; out-of-control kids (and adults) are EVERYWHERE! I had never been to one (and don’t plan on going to one anytime soon), but I can only imagine that my outing to Walmart was similar to what it must sound like at a Justin Bieber concert with 10,000 screaming teenage girls. I think you get the idea. 2) Secondly, NEVER go grocery shopping on an empty stomach or when you are hungry, as this practice has proven to be big-time EXPENSIVE at the check-out counter. Suddenly things that you swore growing up you would never put in your mouth, and still today refuse to consume, begin to both look and smell APPETIZING. 6 January 2014

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GCA President dAVid GAZdA And FAMiLY 3) And finally, when going through the “Self-service” check-out line and sacking your groceries you might remember this bit of advice: Unless sucking pulverized saltines and Oreo crumbs through a straw appeals to you, I would strongly encourage you to consider a separate bag for the 25 pounds of apples your stomach tricked you into buying. Happy shopping! If you have not already marked April 2-5 on your calendars for the 2014 GCA Convention, Trade Show and Beef Expo in Perry, I would encourage you to do so. In addition to the annual business meeting and election of officers of your association, you will have the opportunity to attend one of the biggest and best trade shows around, listen and learn from leading industry authorities, and purchase seedstock from some of the Southeast’s premier genetic suppliers. A special highlight of the convention will be presentations by Dr. Temple Grandin, recognized as one of the leading authorities on animal behavior and livestock handling facilities design in the world. In 2010, she was recongnized as one of TIME magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world.” Dr. Grandin is also the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism, and serves as an activist for the autistic community around the world. Having had the opportunity to hear her presentations

in person before, I assure you that you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear this amazing and highly sought speaker and industry advocate at convention. In closing, I’m pleased to announce that Robert Arnold of Coffee County recently was asked and has agreed to serve as the inaugural chairman of the newly formed Young Cattlemen’s Council for the upcoming year. Robert and his wife Kristy, who currently serves on the GCA Executive Committee, and family reside in Screven where they run a large and successful commercial recipient cowherd in cooperation with several seedstock producers located in the Southeast. Robert’s sincere interest, genuine personality and leadership skills will serve this new organization well as they begin growing membership and developing the next generation of industry leaders. I would ask that you join me in giving Robert, his leadership team and their membership your full support as they embark on this exciting journey. I hope all of you and your families had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. I know that the Gazda family has been blessed this year through the generous support, friendship and prayers offered up in our behalf. We are indeed blessed to have such great friends within this industry. GC

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GBB's sUZAnne BLACk And Josh white presented a checkoff update to cattlemen gathered at the Beef Cattle Commodity meeting during the Georgia Farm Bureau Convention at Jekyll Island. The meeting was the most well attended of all commodity session during the event.

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Turning the Page...on a Real Page-Turner Josh White


My wife, Erin, and oldest son, T.K., are “readers.” They constantly have a book or Kindle nearby and will be reading if there’s any down time. They’ve both challenged me to read some of the books or series that they find most interesting. I read so much for work that I am not usually interested in reading for pleasure. One exception is if I have to take a flight for a meeting or event – reading certainly helps flight time pass quickly. Mystery and crime thrillers are some of my favorites because of their ability to draw the reader into the story. These books are often called “page-turners” because it is difficult to put them down until the story is completed and the outcome known. The sense of excitement and anticipation is very real – even though the story may be entirely fiction. As we open a new calendar and turn the page to January, I have a similar sense of excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead in the cattle industry and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Our story has taken a positive turn over the past several years and it is one of epic proportions written through hard work and selfless commitment from our volunteer leadership. It is a story of progress, growth and new initiatives. The best part of this story is that you as a GCA member are an essential part of the action. Another key to our story is that it is as real as the ground we walk on – unlike the fiction my son finds so engrossing. There are several chapters in the current period of our epic story that are especially exciting and have just begun to unfold. After much anticipation, two new beef team members are being added this January: one to GCA and one to the University of Georgia Extension beef team. Both Will Bentley, GCA’s new Director of Association Services, and Jason Duggin, UGA Extension beef cattle specialist, are high-character young men who are passionate about the cattle industry. Both grew up in the cattle industry and have a vested interest in making sure that many exciting chapters are written in our story for years to come. I hope that you will seek them out at upcoming industry events, invite them to your local meetings, and warmly welcome them to the Georgia cattle community during the coming months. You can read more about each of them on page 23 of this issue. A pivotal chapter is being written over the next few months as the ballot sign-up period ends Dec. 31 and ballots are mailed out late January to determine if the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef will be funded. The passage of this Georgia cattle industry self-funded mechanism could change the future of our industry dramatically. I hope you will make voting “yes” your New Year’s resolution!

The GCA legislative committee has established impactful priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Seeking to limit liability as visitors attend livestock shows and sales or visit our farms is a key priority that we will be working to achieve. A second priority is the funding of the Tifton Beef Research Scientist position, which has been unfilled for many years. This position is vital to our efforts to prove the benefits of diversifying farms by adding cattle to the mix of crops and livestock. Our friends in the dairy industry are adding a research scientist in Tifton and the addition of the beef researcher will enable the south Georgia bovine team to do industry leading ruminant research. If you have an opportunity to visit with your state legislators, please mention these two important issues. The first phase of the office remodel project is under way and should be completed very early in 2014. Your contributions are helping write a new chapter in the history of our association by updating a building that was originally dedicated in 1988. The first phase involves remodeling our front-office area, which will enable us to continue normal operations while our second and main project – the kitchen remodel (culinary center) – will take place. If you haven’t yet contributed please consider doing so. The renovations are designed to carry us into the next decades better prepared to advance our industry. As we wrote the final chapter of the 2013 membership year, we were blessed with exciting news of continued growth. We have exceeded 5,100 members and continue to grow at a steady pace, thanks to the work of many individuals at the local level. A new chapter that promises to help us continue this growth and develop a new stable of industry leaders is the development of the GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council. Congratulations to the young farmers, ranchers, students, educators and cattle industry professionals who are helping drive this new designation forward. Look for a more complete update on how this group is positioning itself for success on page 25. The possibilities are great as the exciting story of GCA continues to unfold. I hope that you will consider taking a more prominent role as we make the history of this great organization richer with each passing season. Don’t underestimate your importance in determining the future success of an organization that depends on committed volunteers to lead it into the future. Thank you to those who, in both the recent and distant past, have written a compelling story that we can be proud to build upon. 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 Happy New Year from our families to yours! 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. DAVID GAZDA President 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS Kristy Arnold, Screven, 912-294-3485 Lee Brown, Colbert, 706-207-7048 Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383 Brent Galloway, Monticello, 678-410-6070 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, 478-494-9593 Jan Scott, Hazlehurst, 912-309-2349

Email: MELVIN pORTER President-Elect 168 Hardman Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549 706-654-8283

Email: RANDY FORDHAM Vice President 65 Corey Drive Danielsville, GA 30633 706-207-1301

Email: BILLY MOORE Treasurer 172 Hidden Lakes Drive Gray, GA 31032 478-986-6893

Email: JOSH WHITE Executive V.P. 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560


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GCA Immediate past president: Chuck Joiner, 770-832-7299 425 Gray Road, Carrollton, GA 30116 NCBA Directors: Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 CattleWomen’s president: Nanette Bryan, Summerville, 706-397-8219

GCA pAST pRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta GCA REGIONAL 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons VICE pRESIDENTS 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell Region 8: Rodney Hilley, 770-567-3909 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-775-2287 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton

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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 L o c a l p r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .......Romaine Cartee / 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ................Scotty Lovett / 229-938-2187 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont..............Glenn Hayes / 404-272-7298 Piney Woods .........Steve Smith / 912-278-1460 Polk ....................Jason Bentley / 770-855-0082 Pulaski ...................Terry Moore / 478-952-0685 Red Carpet ........Doug Bramlett / 770-547-9851 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia ......................Charles Harris 912-288-3437 Stephens ...............Mark Smith / 706-779-7362 Tattnall ................Newley Halter / 912-690-0789

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-656-6351 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County..............Alan Sowar / 770-668-4226 Tri-State ...................Gary Autry / 423-902-5925 Troup ..................Tom Mahaffey / 770-329-7197 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Jenna Lacey 850-712-3329 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne ................Randy Franks / 912-294-6802 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes..................Shane Moore / 706-678-5705 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779



ABAC ................Aaron Weaver / 386-527-9232 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian..........Phillip Jones / 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ...................David Lowe 706-485-6436 Banks ...............Thomas Dalton / 706-677-3008 Barrow.............Mike Pentecost / 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks..................Kurt Childers / 229-561-3466 Burke ........................Milo Hege / 706-554-4933 Carroll .......................Tony Cole / 770-596-6596 Clarke-Oconee ........Walter Lee / 706-769-4231 Colquitt.............Rocky Herndon / 229-782-5660 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area .......Doug Bailey / 478-361-3024 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd...................Wesley Manis / 706-346-0874 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ..................Joe Griffith / 770-301-9113 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart ........................Jason Fain / 706-436-9299 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Howie Doerr / 404-502-6287 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 706-833-2962 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln ......................Billy Moss / 706-654-6071 Little River ........Marvin Norman / 706-595-4291 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison .................Trey McCay / 706-255-8422 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia.......Danny Bentley / 706-647-7089 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan ..............Michael Ivy, Jr. / 706-202-5046 Murray ................Chris Franklin / 706-263-2008 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ........................David Barnes 706-499-7194 Northwest Georgia ........................Don Douglas 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee ..............Jim Cannon / 229-467-2042

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Akins Feed & Seed, Barnesville Bruce Akins, Barnesville James Bagley, Cohutta Zach Ball, Franklin Taylor Barnes, Franklin Alan M Bass, Dudley Greg Benefield, Franklin Tenely Benefield, Franklin C R Benson Farm, LLC, Dry Branch Mickey Bentley, Sumner Bishop's Country Store, Fitzgerald James Blackmon, Barnesville John W Bowen, Sr., Garfield Austin Brewer, Franklin Danny Bridges, Fitzgerald Samuel Brown, Midway Brayleigh Bunn, Franklin Natalie Bunn, Franklin Lana Bussey, Franklin Anthony Camp, Loganville Chad Carlton, Aragon Capital City Bank, Dulbin Camillia Carter, Stockbridge Janice Chesnut, Franklin Travis Childers, Calhoun Everett Childers, Montrose Christain, Kelly, Thigpen & Co., LLC, Dublin Steve W Clark, Moultrie Norman E. Coleman, Milledgeville Sammy Collins, Talking Rock Annley Elaine Cook, Franklin Megan Cook, Brooklet Ryan Cotton, Ponce Inlet, Fla. Paul D Coughlan, Thomson O D Cullen, IV, Glenwood Andrew H Davis, Statesboro Danny E Davis State Farm, Dublin Trenton A Davis, Sylvester Jason Deloach, Valdosta Daniel Divide, Macon Daniel Divide, Thomaston Jeff Dobson, Canton A J Dovers, Willacoochee John M Ellington, Thomaston Christopher Estes, Yatesville David J Flood, Tunnel Hill Family Focus, Dublin Allen Garland, Locust Grove Steve Garrett, Centre, Ala. John Gaskins, Tifton Ray Gosdin, Roopville Betty Joe Greene, Forsyth

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Mike Greene, Thomaston Haralson Co. High School, Tallapoosa Joseph T Hardman, III, Dublin Drew Harris, Franklin Community Bank Of Dublin, Dublin Phil & Diane Hall, Dacula Ralph Hazen, Starke, Fla. Kimberlee Heard, Franklin Ben Hegwood, Doerun Helena Chemical-Wrightsville, Wrightsville Xavier Hernandez, Mcrae Alexus Higgins, Franklin Kevin Holsmomback, Sugar Valley Justin Long, Bainbridge Haley Hudgens, Franklin Katelyn Hull, Franklin Richard HunterFranklin Victoria KinneyMcdonough Adam Knight, Toccoa Michael Knight, Franklin Laura Knight, Franklin Andrew Knight, Franklin L B L Farms, Chester Jacob Lord, Dudley Mac Lord, Dudley Gary Lowe, Reynolds Bill D. Malone, Dublin Malone Farms, Dexter Kevin Malone, Dublin Justin B. Martin, Gainesville Trent Martin, Carnesville Sammy May, Tennille Mayo Cattle Co., Richland Alexis Mcdonald, Franklin Hannah Mcdonald, Franklin Jared Mcgahee, Valdosta Ryan Mckenzie, Franklin Lyndsey Mckenzie, Franklin Katielyn Mckenzie, Franklin Grant Mckenzie, Franklin Billy Mclaney, Watkinsville Harold Mclendon, Jr., Dublin Montrose Auction, Inc., Montrose Doug Myers, Franklin Adam Nauss, Forsyth Jeannie Nauss, Forsyth Karsyn Nauss, Forsyth The Four County Bank, Allentown Orr Insurance, Dublin P H White Company, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Steven Pabst, Guyton Jacob R Patrick, Jr., Bloomingdale Zach Peneguy, Danielsville Jarreth Pike, Franklin Sara Mae Pike, Franklin Edward Powell, Montrose Hadden Powell, Montrose Jeff Powell, Bainbridge Ronny Price, Canton Randy Pullen, Wildwood C Eugene Reeves, St. Simons Island Chase Reeves, Macon Jessica Reeves, Franklin Hazel Reeves, Franklin Skip Reeves, Franklin Rylee Olivia Reeves, Franklin Tyler Marie Reeves, Franklin Harper Layne Reeves, Franklin Taylor Rigsby, Sale City Nathan Roberts, Elberton Hunter Robinson, Franklin Bryan G. Rogers, Dublin Maddie Rose, Mcdonough Sheppard Farms, Danville Andy Shirley, Fitzgerald Matt Smith, Franklin Leonard J. Steele, Lawrenceville Ryan Hunter Stubbs, Rochelle Kevin Summerville, Carrollton Sumner & Avery, Llc, Dublin Swainsboro Stockyard, Swainsboro Samuel Teigue, Newnan Clayton Terry, Franklin Ronnie Thompson, Madison, Fla. Pam Traylor, Roopville Dalton Tucker, Pine Mountain Laranda Wainwright, Thomaston Carey Walker, Abbeville Warnock & Mackey, LLC, Dublin Ken Whitfield, Carnesville Adam Williams, Calhoun Ryan Wills, Royston Tyler Wood, Hogansville Billy Wright, Franklin Austin Wright, Bowdon Montana Wright, Bowdon Jacob Yearton, Franklin Reppie York, Franklin Kenny S. Young, Fitzgerald

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• He is a third-generation farmer/rancher in Brooks County. • He and his wife of 12 years, Lynn, have two daughters, Mallory Williams and Jamie Childers. They have one granddaughter, Kennedy Williams, 10 years old. • They row crop a little but he is mostly a cattle man.


Share what it means to be a regional vice president and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

experience as a manager and assistant manager of cattle operations. We run a commercial cow herd that we use as satellite recipients. We also run some ansWer: First off, to have registered Simmental and Simthe trust of my fellow cattlemen Angus. I have been privately in to represent them is highly business for four years. I run a important to me and an honor. custom cattle reproduction Being a liaison between the business that includes donor chapters in my district and the management, ET work, custom state is something of great AI and herd management under importance. It gives a face and a the name of Bar C Cattle Co. set of hands for GCA in the My career began 40-plus years ago local region. Interacting with with my first show calf and I have local chapters and local and been involved in it ever since. regional politicians to ensure Q In your opinion, what GCA’s members are represented and heard from. is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing Q Describe your today? background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ansWer: The beef referendum should be at the top ansWer: Born and raised in of everybody’s list right now. Brooks County and have had Voting “Yes” and getting the extensive work in PB operations check-off passed is important to with many different breeds. I Georgia's beef industry. Ballots have 21 years of management will be mailed early this year. If

• He is a member and deacon of Marrison Baptist Church; Brooks County Farm Bureau President; and the current president of Brooks County Cattlemen’s. • His favorite cut of beef is a Ribeye cooked medium-rare so a good vet can bring it back to life!

we are not willing to support our own product, why should anyone else support us? The need for funding on production research has never been greater.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ansWer: The passing of the beef referendum and membership increase are both important. The ACC is needed to fund research with emphasis on production and beef cattle diversification for South Georgia. We are only as strong as our numbers. We have seen tremendous growth recently and I would like to see this continue. GC

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EPA Tries to Federalize All Waters...Again You have to give it to EPA, the agency is relentless and creative in getting regulations that it wants imposed on industry. The best example, spanning decades, is its persistent attempts to expand federal jurisdiction over “waters of the United States.” From decades of guidance documents, to failed legislative proposals, more guidance documents, and finally self-serving, flawed scientific reports drafted after a proposed regulation had already been written, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) continue to try and find a way. It might be a good “Rudy” type story if what the agency wanted to do wasn’t going to put the cattle, mining and infrastructure industries (and the rest of the economy) under a mountain of new permitting requirements. The latest attempt is a proposed regulation that is simply awaiting final approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before being made public. And according to a leaked version of the proposal, ditches, streams, prairie potholes and every other depression that has any moisture whatsoever will now be a “water of the U.S.” subject to federal permitting requirements, despite it being entirely encapsulated on your property. The largest federal land grab in history is about to take place, unless we stop it. Some specifics on the proposal: • For the first time ever, man-altered and man-made water bodies, including ditches, are included wholesale in the term “tributary.” Tributaries will be jurisdictional. • Any water adjacent to navigable waters or their tributaries....jurisdictional. • Any water in a floodplain (truly any, this includes iso-

lated wetlands, ephemeral streams, ditches or any other kind of water). EPA does not define “floodplain.” 20 year? 100 year? The proposal tells field staff to use “best professional judgment” in determining the “floodplain.” • Any water in a “riparian area.” Also undefined. If there is anything left outside those areas mentioned above, EPA/Corps can “aggregate” these “other waters” within a “single landscape unit” (undefined) to find a “significant nexus,” and therefore make them all jurisdictional. Why should you care and what can you do? If you have any water located on your property that would now fall into the “jurisdictional” category (I imagine most of you do), any activity touching that water will need the permission of the federal government through a Sec. 404 permit. It will also impact Sec. 311 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) spill plans (required if you have a reasonable chance of spilling fuel/oil that could reach a “water of the U.S.”) and Sec. 402 NPDES (less than 1,000 head feedyards become “CAFOs” if there is a direct discharge into a “water of the U.S.”). Permits can cost tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands to get and satisfy, and Sec. 404 permits can take on average over two years to acquire, slowing down routine maintenance and expansion activities on your operation. To stop a federal takeover of all waters it will take efforts from NCBA in D.C., you at home, and your Congressman and Senators. Let them know you adamantly oppose an expansion of “waters of the U.S.” by the EPA and the Corps. GC

Have a “Bali” Jolly Christmas While most of us have been busy with end of the year work assignments, holiday parties and dealing with the early Arctic chill that has blanketed the entire country, our trade negotiators have been busy hammering away like Santa’s elves on new trade opportunities for us to enjoy in the New Year. Fortunately for our negotiators, Santa’s workshop was not in the North Pole this year; it was in the South Pacific. December 7th marked the end of the ninth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia. International trade junkies have been buzzing with excitement because the WTO, for the first time in nearly two decades, reached a multilateral agreement aimed at significantly reducing customs barriers, which some experts predict will add up to $1 trillion to the $65 trillion global economy. Equally as promising was the coordination of “developed” and “developing” countries in securing an agreement. We hope that momentum will carry over to the next WTO round. The positive momentum of the WTO ministerial was felt across the South China Sea in Singapore at the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. While major progress was made on most of the remaining chapters, 14 January 2014

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there is still some unfinished business when it comes to market access issues for farmers, according to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.). The good news is that enough progress has been made to spur Congress to consider voting on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast-track,” in the first months of 2014. In spite of some naysayers in both parties who oppose TPA, Chairman Camp has stated that completion of TPP and other trade agreements rests on the passage of TPA. NCBA policy fully supports the renewal of Trade Promotion Authority, and we stand by Chairman Camp and all members of Congress who support TPA. The question remains – how can other countries work with our negotiators in good faith to hammer out an agreement that could be twisted and torn apart by parochial political interests back home? That is certainly a fate the beef industry does not want to suffer. The positive momentum in both Bali and Singapore is warmly welcomed and long overdue. The U.S. beef industry, and the greater economy, could certainly use a stimulus like the potential growth that our negotiators fought for in Bali and Singapore. Let’s just hope that our negotiators and Congress can keep the momentum going in 2014. GC

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FDA’s Guidance #213 – Doing the Right Thing By Roger L. Saltman, DVM, MBA, Group Director, Cattle and Equine Technical Services, Zoetis In early December the U.S. Food and Drug port of state Cattlemen’s College educational sessions, Administration (FDA) finalized Guidance #213, establish- chute-side training and meetings with local producer ing procedures for voluntarily phasing out growth pro- groups, and initiatives like Individual Pig Care and Join motion claims for medically important antibiotics used in the Cause that cover the pork and dairy industries, respeclivestock. In addition, FDA published proposed changes tively. We are also able to provide local support through to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation, which the veterinarians and nutritionists who comprise our mandates the rules and Technical Services team and One of our core beliefs at Zoetis is to our extensive field force locatresponsibilities of licensed veterinarians in prescribing the United States. always do the right thing – meaning ed across and administering medically As the new policies move important antibiotics in feed. integrity is a guiding principle for all of forward, we remain commitTaken together, Guidance ted to researching and devel#213 and the proposed VFD our decisions and relationships. oping new therapeutic prodmean that, in the future, meducts and strategies to help vetically important antibiotic products may only be used for erinarians treat illness in livestock and to help farmers and therapeutic purposes, at therapeutic doses and under the ranchers protect the health and wellness of their herds. supervision of a veterinarian. As a veterinarian for 32 years The FDA is inviting comments to the draft VFD by and a consumer of animal products, I think this is the right March 12, 2014. decision. And Zoetis does, too. We will continue to be involved in helping to shape Zoetis is committed to responsible use of antimicro- the final version of the VFD by sharing feedback on the bial drugs in animals, and we support the FDA’s efforts to proposed regulation. The opportunity to share comments lead this voluntary phase-out of the use of medically on the version put forward by the FDA is not one that we important antibiotic products for growth promotion in can take lightly. We should, as an industry, weigh in and food-producing animals. Furthermore, we believe that vet- help provide insight on the impact, potential consequences erinarians should be involved in decisions regarding antibi- and implementation of the VFD. otic use in food animals – for the health of the animal and One of our core beliefs at Zoetis is to always do the the safety of the food supply. Each and every day, pro- right thing – meaning integrity is a guiding principle for all ducers, nutritionists and veterinarians are doing great of our decisions and relationships. We view the efforts to things to care for our farm animals and provide the prepare for and implement Guidance #213 and the proworld’s safest food supply and we believe these changes posed VFD as part of our larger commitment to doing the provide clarity to efforts toward continuously improving right thing – for our customers, the animals they care for, on the great work being done. and the consumers they feed. GC The revisions to the VFD regulation will guide veterinarians, nutritionists and producers as they manage the health and welfare of their herds, which is important to those of us in the livestock industry and the consumers s. 258 and h.r. 657— grazing improvement act To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to who rely on us. As outlined in Guidance #213, implemenimprove the management of grazing leases and permits, and for other tation of these changes will take place over three years and purposes. NCBA urges a Yes vote on S. 258 and H.R. 657. Key in conjunction with the finalization of the new VFD regSponsors: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) ulation. We are fully committed to supporting our proh.r. 1462 — renewable fuel standard reform act Amends the Clean Air Act to revise the renewable fuel program. NCBA ducer, veterinary, nutritionist and feed customers by urges a Yes vote on H.R. 1462. Key Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Rworking with them to understand, and make a successful Va.) transition to, the new procedures outlined by the FDA. s. 1343 — farmer identity Protection act Protects the personal information of livestock producers from being disSupporting Guidance #213 and the VFD revisions falls tributed to third parties. NCBA urges a Yes vote on S. 1343. in line with our company-wide commitment to judicious Key Sponsors: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) use of antibiotics. Zoetis has been a leader in providing s. 1630 and h.r. 3189 — Water rights Protection act ongoing education to veterinarians, nutritionists and liveProvides a means to combat the recent directive that allows the United States Forest Service (USFS) to seize private water rights without just stock producers on the proper use of antimicrobial drugs compensation. NCBA urges a Yes vote on S. 1630 and H.R. 3189. to treat, control and prevent infection and disease in liveKey Sponsors: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.). stock. With our work to prepare for and implement h.r. 311 — farmers Undertake environmental land stewardship Guidance #213, we affirm our commitment to providing (fUels) act Directs EPA to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure this important educational and training service. Zoetis will (SPCC) rule to consider a producer's risk when it comes to maintaining continue to champion antibiotic stewardship and the costly oil storage facilities. The bill would allow EPA to create practical appropriate use of our microbial products. This commitexemptions for small farmers and ranchers. ment is evident through our Residue-Free Guarantee, sup-

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Cattle Industry Loses Diverse Group of Leaders RAlph GoSS BRIDGeS passed away on Nov. 5, 2013, at his home in the Salem Community, Lexington, Ga. Ralph was the son of the late Walter and Rosa Chafin Bridges. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Sanders Bridges; and his children: Steve (Glenda), daughter-in-law, Debbie Hopkins Bridges, Iris Walker (Barry), John Mark (Tricia), Walter (Maria), and David (Gloria); and 22 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Terry Alan Bridges Sr., and four brothers and five sisters: Walter Everett Bridges, Louis Harris Bridges, William Chafin "Jake" Bridges, Charles Cecil Bridges, Florrie Elizabeth Paul, Rosa Lee Bridges, Eleanor Louise Bridges, Jonell "Nell" Gillespie, and Emily Ann Saye. Ralph was a member and a deacon of the Salem Baptist Church. He served Oglethorpe county in several capacities of farm and cattle organization. He was a Director of the American Angus Association from 1988-1990, President of the Georgia Angus Association from 19891990, President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in 1992, President of the American Angus Association in 1996, Past President of the Oglethorpe County Cattlemen's Association and Georgia Farm Bureau, and Chairman of the Board of First Commerce Bank. He was an avid Angus cattle breeder & turkey farmer. He was the owner of Bridges Angus Farms for over 50 years. __________________________ GeoRGe DAvID QueeneR, 88, of Chickamauga, Ga. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. He is survived by his son, Dan Queener, Daughter-in-law, Valerie G. Queener, Granddaughter, Danielle Austin of Church Hill, Tenn., and half Brother, Henry Queener Jr. of Nashville, Tenn. He was a Veteran of World War II. We wish to sum up his life with his favorite quote by Thomas Carlyle, “Blessed is he who has found his work, for his is the greatest Blessedness of all.” He was truly blessed in his work and enjoyed his life. __________________________ leRoy hAll JohnSon, of Turin, Ga., passed away on Nov. 8, 2013. He was born to the late Rhodes Hall & Nancy Bowers Johnson, on September 8, 1916, in Turin, Ga. One of five children, he was raised on a cattle farm which later became a productive peach orchard. He graduated from Starr High School and attended West Georgia College. Leroy was married for 74 years to his childhood sweetheart, Ella Hill Brown Johnson. He was a successful farmer and business man. He started the Turin Manufacturing Co. which made and sold concrete blocks across the Southeast. Leroy was a member of Turin Baptist church where he served as deacon and treasurer. He was a long time member of the Senoia Lions Club and the Cattleman’s Association, where he served as president for both organizations. He was also a charter member of the Cattleman’s 16 January 2014

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Association. He was a strong supporter and member of the Coweta County 4-H programs and a trustee of the Starr High Board of Education. He had a strong personal commitment to Coweta County through his service on the Turin City Council and as a Coweta County Commissioner for 38 years where he served as Chairman of the Board for many of those years. He succeeded his father, Rhodes H. Johnson, as commissioner. As a Commissioner, he was a leader in the development of the county water system and instrumental in preserving the B.T. Brown Reservoir to meet the future water demands of Coweta County. He was a strong supporter of the recreational programs, fire department, and ambulance service for all of Coweta County. He also helped develop the Shenandoah Industrial Park in order to help balance the tax base for the county, and he worked to solve critical solid waste disposal problems to meet the federal health and safety requirements. Coweta County and the state of Georgia benefited from his leadership roles and many years of service as president and board member of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. He received the Association’s Distinguished Service Award for dedication and service to all the counties of Georgia. More important to Leroy than all of his accolades was his desire to be remembered as a loving family member and a loyal and a faithful friend to all. Leroy is survived by his wife, Ella Hill, and his three daughters, Corille and husband, Clark Hudson, Jane and husband, Ned Chambless, and Leroyce and husband, Gary Wright. He has eight grandchildren: Tom Hudson and wife Christi, Cheryl Mitcham and husband, Link, Amy Riley and husband, Lee, Lori Drake and husband, Taylor, Russell Chambless and wife, Carrie, Josh Wright, Jarrod Wright and wife, Margaret, and Maggie Wright. He had 12 greatgrandchildren. Leroy was affectionately called “Pops” by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. __________________________ JAmeS RAnDolph “RAnDy” RIGSBy, SR., 88, of the Pebble City Community near Camilla, Ga., died Nov. 12, 2013, at his home. Randy was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Camilla, he was the son of the late A.T. Rigsby, Sr. and Bess Faircloth Rigsby. Mr. Randy was a retired farmer and cattleman operating Hill Top Farms, a purebred Charolais and commercial program. He was a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and was a supporter of both the Georgia Bull Test Programs and the Georgia HERD Programs at both Calhoun and Tifton. He was a member of Pebble City Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, A.T. Rigsby, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Ruth King Rigsby of Camilla; four daughters, three sons, one brother, fourteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and two nieces. GC

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I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., back in the spring as part of Georgia Cattlemen’s delegation to the National Cattlemen’s (NCBA) legislative conference. Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go back to D.C. with a group of my customers. As many of you know, I sell equipment to saw mills all around the country. The private mill owners have an organization called Southern Lumber manufactures Association, SLMA for short. The SLMA is made up of mill owners from all over the South East and as far as Texas. It may surprise you to know that they have many of the same concerns as cattlemen since they are land owners or they deal closely with landowners. I was a little surprised myself to see the first talking point on the list to discuss with our legislators was the Farm Bill. The SLMA was concerned that the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013, which is in the House and Senate Farm Bills, stay in the bill through the conference process. The House version had a fix included concerning the permitting of forest roads, EPA is on the industry’s side of this issue but the environmentalists are the problem. This is an issue that NCBA and the Public Lands Council have worked closely together on with the forestry and lumbers folks.

Another area that would be of interest to land owners in Georgia is the Government Green Building Standards. As it stands now, the government is using the LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard for all government funded building projects. The majority of the forest in the southeast does not qualify for the LEEDS standard, therefore other products are being used for projects. As a result of our visit and the efforts of many other folks in the industry, the GSA made an announcement on the Monday after our visit that it was changing its recommendation to include other standards that would include lumber from the Southern U.S. On Tax reform, as you might imagine, the SLMA is asking that the “timber tax” provisions be maintained in any tax reform discussions that take place. As you can see, there are other organization’s that share the same concerns as GCA. As cattle producers and land owners we need to stay in touch with what is going on and share our concerns with others. There are other folks just as concerned with many things coming out of government as we are, even though we may be from different branches of agriculture. I guess the most informative part of the trip came in the cab ride from the

by Chris Taylor hotel back to the airport. The gentleman that drove me was 73 years old and has been driving a cab there for 43 years. He asked if I had a successful trip, I told him his guess was as good as mine! He said he didn’t know if I was Democrat or Republican but one thing was for sure, there wasn’t ten cents difference in either one! He did proceed to tell me something I do strongly believe. He said, son, I’ve seen and heard it all right there in that seat you’re setting in, from both parties. I’ve heard them on the phone saying “Do whatever you got to do to get this bill passed, these folks are worrying me to death!” This just confirmed something I’ve believed for a long time – it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. With that being said, it is important that we pay attention to things that are happening not only in Washington but also at the state and local government levels. We need to continue our tradition of partnering with like-minded organizations when we can to make a larger impression. We must continue to build relationships with our elected officials to try and make our country a better place to live and raise a family. I encourage you to get involved because we all can make a difference. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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ALVin  wALker  Jr.,  President  oF  the sAtiLLA  CAttLeMen's  AssoCiAtion  And reGion 15 ViCe President, is one happy grandfather these days. Alvin’s 3-year-old granddaughter, Amris Bedford, is home and doing well after a year-long battle with cancer. Amris, Satilla’s youngest member, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in July of 2012. She received intense chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. After a year of radiation and chemo, Amris received a clear MRI showing no signs of tumor in July 2013. Amris is a true example of God's mercy and the power of prayer. Amris is back home enjoying spending time on the farm with her "Papa". Her favorite farm activities include riding the golf cart and counting Black Angus cows with her Papa Walker. She attends the Satilla Cattlemen's Association meeting every chance she gets. Amris is the daughter of Satilla members, Ross and Marlee Bedford. Amris is scheduled for a checkup at St. Jude in January 2014. She will have an MRI to check for any sign of tumor. The family would like to ask that you remember Amris in prayer. You can follow Amris' story on Facebook at Love and Prayer for Amris.

wAYne  Co.  CAttLeMen's  MeMBer  ronnie  GriFFis  was named the 2013 “Excellence in Agriculture” Award winner. Wayne Co. Chamber of Commerce honored Griffis at the "Legacy Awards." Left to right are Carey Jones Chamber President, Bonnie Griffis, Ronnie Griffis, Kristy Arnold and Robert Arnold.

sam hay Prompts GCA trip down Memory Lane Sam hay stopped by the GCA office on Nov. 12 for lunch with the office staff. Hay was accompanied by Charles Woodward, Steve Kapp and Walter Savage. Current GCA president David Gazda made a trip down from Athens for our special guest. Over beef stew Hay reflected on his memories of GCA. He shared story after story about his experiences in the cattle industry. Hay was chair of the building committee for our current headquarters and served as GCA president for the 1989 - 1990 term. “We knew we wanted something along the interstate,” Hay says. Several other GCA members saw the property for sale and realized it had two things going for it – it was along the interstate and it was in GCA's price range. Members donated calves and money to fund the building.

“We raised a good bit of money that way and through donations,” Hay says. People he least expected were donating calves, Hay says. “Everybody did a good job,” Hay says. “We pretty much had it paid for with no loan or debt.” GCA moved from the east side of town to the west side. Based on the recollection of Hay, the office used to be in Bob Nash’s basement before it moved across town. The current building was completed and dedicated in 1988. Twenty-six years later, we are in the same building but tight on space. The building remodel campaign will allow GCA to revamp current space to increase efficiency in both the front office and in the new culinary center.

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C H a P t e r on    deC.  5,  riCkY    YArBroUGh  oF  CherrY  ridGe  FArMs  LAnd  And  CAttLe hosted Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) for their Low Stress Cattle Demo during their annual three day training event in Gray. This lesson was taught by Michael Connell from Nevada - students learned the proper way to herd and handle cattle following a situation where the cattle could have been loose from escaping their pasture or escaping during a traffic accident. The class then continued at the TLAER ( International Training facility in Gray owned by Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Chapter member and President of TLAER Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, where students learned about other aspects of large animal rescue such as: extraction from ponds, extrication from overturned trailers, and removal of large animals from burning buildings. The training class drew 42 students from 12 states and Canada and was composed of Law Enforcement, First Responders, Animal Control Officers, Veterinarians and large animal owners. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Beef Bites By suzanne Black, gBB director of industry information and public relations

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Beef Board Update January 2014 By Suzanne Black, GBB director of industry information and public relations Savannah Rock N’ Roll Marathon Nov. 6 and 7 Georgia Beef Board headed to Savannah to participate in the Rock N’ Roll Marathon Expo. The two days were spent handing out thousands of beef recipes and information. Runners were excited to register for the beef gift certificate giveaway and had many questions about different options of beef. This was the first time GBB has participated in a fitness event and we think it is a great avenue to continue to explore for future promotional events. Many runners anxiously approached the booth eager to be a future member of “Team Beef.” Beef 101 Tour & Seminar GBB hosted a Beef 101Tour and Seminar on Nov. 19 in Athens. This tour is a product of a grant from the Federation Initiative Fund that was received back in August at NCBA’s Summer Conference. This Fund is provided by large cattle states to provide resources for states with large populations to help promote beef. Twelve retail and foodservice professionals participated in the tour; these attendees represented Publix, Diaz Foods, Sysco Foods and Cobb Galleria. The morning began with a farm tour given by Beth Daniel of Partisover Ranch. The attendees had the opportunity to see first-hand what cattle operation looks like and how it works. Clay Talton, Elbert County Extension agent, covered beef quality assurance by demonstrating low stress handling, discussing flight zones and injection sites. After the farm tour, the group traveled to UGA’s Meat Science Technology Center to meet with Dr. Alex Stelzleni and Ryan Crowe. Stelzleni discussed yield grading and quality grading with these professionals before we broke for a delicious lunch from Stuffed Burger. Following lunch, Crowe demonstrated a carcass breakdown discussing different cuts that were of interest to each attendee. All participants completed a survey before and after the tour which provided us with nothing but positive feedback about the tour. We will host a second tour through this grant in March 2014. Georgia Farm Bureau Convention Dec. 8 and 9 Suzanne and Josh traveled to Jekyll Island to attend the Georgia Farm Bureau Convention. GBB set up a booth in the trade show for an opportunity to hand out beef recipes and visit with producers while encouraging them to participate in the beef trivia jeopardy game. Participants in the game received beef giveaway items such as a cutting board or pot holder. On Dec. 9, both Suzanne and Josh addressed attendees at the Beef Cattle Commodity Committee Meeting with upcoming events and a beef board update. This was a great opportunity to meet many of our Georgia producers.

GEORGIA BEEF BOARD Harvey Lemmon, Chairman P.O. Box 524 Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5124 Home 706-553-3911 Work

Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Dr. Frank Thomas 68 GA 149 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743 Betts Berry 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049 Zippy Duvall P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31298 478-474-8411 Robert Fountain Jr. P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 4541 Mountville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Allen Wiggins 1315 U.S. 41 Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-3371 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201

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Will Bentley Joins GCA Staff

Jason Duggin New UGA Specialist

GCA is excited to announce Will Bentley as the new Director of Association Services. Will is from Upson County where he grew up on a cow-calf operation outside of Thomaston, Ga. Will has been heavily involved in his family’s cattle operation his entire life as well as a previous member of GCA and Mid-Georgia BentLeY Cattlemen’s Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Shorter College where he majored in business marketing with a minor in communication. Will was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team at Shorter. After graduation, will partnered with his Dad, brother and brother-in-law to expand their commercial cattle herd as well as a small registered Black Angus herd. Will has resided in Denver, Colo. for the past four years. He has a professional background in sales and recruiting. During his personal time, Will thoroughly enjoys fishing, hunting and any activity outdoors.

The University of Georgia welcomes Jason Duggin as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. Jason is from Manchester, Tenn. where he grew up with a small beef cow herd and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. He received his bachelor’s and master’s in animal science at Oklahoma State University in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and was a memdUGGin ber of the 2000 livestock judging team. Since graduation, Jason has worked for Sealed Air Corporation’s food packaging division and most recently was an animal science instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. During his professional career he has also served as a judge for numerous youth livestock shows including assistant judge of the 2012 National Junior Angus Show. His wife, Katie, is also from Manchester, Tenn. They have two sons Lowry and Henry, ages 5 and 4.


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GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council Established GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council is officially a functioning part of GCA. On Nov. 3, 2013, a planning meeting was held at the GCA office in Macon. We had 11 attendees and two staff members who laid the groundwork for the YCC. In order to be a member of the YCC you must be between 18 and 40 years old. Anyone who can qualify as a GJCA member or a YCC member may be a member of one or the other. GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council exists to provide a unified voice for young cattlemen through networking, leadership development and educational opportunities while advancing the GCA mission. Young Cattlemen’s Council Board will consist of officers including a chairman, chair-elect, vice chair and secretary/treasurer. Officers will serve one-year terms and be elected during the GCA annual meeting. The chair-elect will automatically become chairman unless extenuating circumstances arise. Other members of the Board will include five regional representatives each representing three of the GCA Regions as follows: GCA Regions 1, 2, 3 = YCC Region 1 GCA Regions 4, 5, 6 = YCC Region 2 GCA Regions 7, 8, 9 = YCC Region 3 GCA Region 10, 11, 12 = YCC Region 4 GCA Region 13, 14, 15 = YCC Region 5 The region representatives will serve two-year terms and they will be staggered with odd numbers elected in odd number years and even numbers in even numbered years. The final member of the board will be an at-large member appointed by the chairman for a one-year term. The initial group of officers and board was appointed by the GCA President and approved by the Executive Committee to get the YCC initiative operating. Robert Arnold was appointed as chairman and has gladly accepted. The YCC chair will serve on the GCA Executive Committee as an ex-officio member. Each GCA committee will include at least one YCC member. YCC regional representatives will be invited to attend GCA Region VP meetings and both groups will be encouraged to work together for the benefit of GCA and the cattle industry. “The YCC can and will be an opportunity for young cattlemen to participate in enriching educational experiences,” Arnold says. “As well as gaining day to day knowledge necessary to be successful in the cattle industry.” The YCC has a clear set of goals they are working toward: • YCC will work closely with the GCA Convention and Summer Conference committee to help develop relevant and impactful programs for young cattle producers. • YCC will help with GJCA and seek to act as a mentoring source for interested youth. • YCC will host/support unique educational opportunities for young and beginning cattlemen. • YCC will educate and engage members in the political arena. The YCC plans to hit the ground running with a number of events and activities. YCC will reach out to juniors and future potential YCC members and their families at State Show, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. YCC members will help with GCA/GBB booth at Georgia Young Farmer Convention Jan. 31-Feb. 1, in Augusta. YCC plans to “host” a junior-oriented afternoon program with Temple Grandin on Friday, April 4, 2014. Be sure to stop by the YCC “info” booth near the Sale Ring during Convention. The YCC will be self-funded by selling unique t-shirts, reaching out to corporate AG sponsors that have “leadership development” as a core principle, conduct a feasibility study on hosting a rodeo – possibly as a joint venture with a local chapter. “Getting a young cattlemen’s designation started was a priority for this year,” says GCA president David Gazda. “I am pleased with how our young cattlemen have answered the challenge and put together an outstanding foundation for the new YCC.” Gazda is working with Arnold and the GCA Executive Committee to appoint the remaining YCC board members January 2014. Look for a GCA YCC presence at upcoming events including the 2014 Convention & Beef Expo. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N • January

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

Built on Six Essentials: Disposition, Fertility, Weight, Conformation, Milk Production & Hardiness Registered Beefmasters

3C BEEFMASTERS 385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

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

keith w. and susan w. Prasse, dVM 889 Austin Reynolds Road Bethlehem, GA 30620 706-248-1431 (cell) 770-867-2665 (home) Herd Consultant: Bruce Robbins 210-861-5136

tUrner PoLLed BeeFMAsters BLACk polled bulls available at all times



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

Georgia Chianina TALMO RANCH

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

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

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Somewhere in the annals of land grant colleges, the ag departments converted from offering a degree in Animal Husbandry to a degree in Animal Science. As far back as 1628 “husbandry” was defined as agricultural produce, land under cultivation, farming. The word husband also implies a caretaker of land and livestock, a hands-on activity. From shepherds watching their flocks by night as described in the Bible, up to farm managers milking cows, showing fat steers and roping at the branding fire, Animal Husbandry was an appropriate title for a Bachelor’s degree for a century. As our knowledge of genetics, physiology, nutrition and medicine grew, many students began to specialize. Now we have, to mention a few, range management, horticulture, veterinary technology, statistics, parasitology, economics, wool growing, poultry and hogs. To be able to master the information required for a specialty, it became apparent that an Animal Husbandry degree did not describe the variety and extent of the knowledge required. A basic understanding of math, chemistry, anatomy, biology, both animal and plant, and economics soon became the norm. Their level of learning expanded and eventually the official conversion from Husbandryman to Scientist became a more accurate description.

I like to think, when I look at the huge industry that animal production has become, the description of Husbandryman still has a place. Much of ag production has been mechanized; dairy barns, confinement operations, computer driven self-feeders in chicken houses and in hog barns, hydraulic chutes and covered barns, for example. But no matter the beast, all along the way the hands-on touch of a human is involved. The animal we saw, or felt, or tended to; milked three times a day, observed from a’horseback in a feedlot pen, walked through the veal barn, feeder pigs, chicken house, checked farrowing crates, layer hens, calving barns, sheep jugs, while feeding hay, plowing snow or shoeing the horse. These procedures cannot be learned from a book. They are learned from experience. It defines the difference between raising livestock with quality checks on a daily basis by a savvy Husbandrymen, vs. the derogatory characterization of the process as ‘factory farming.’ You cannot just turn on a button at one end of the hog barn, let robots take over, and take him off at the other end cut up and wrapped. So, though we proudly consider ourselves knowledgeable Animal Scientists, we could and should still be considered compassionate Husbandrymen first. They go together.

GeorGia Polled

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

Shorthorn BreederS OSBORN FAMIly SHORTHORNS Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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

USDA to Survey Cattle Inventories Across the Nation

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

Tenderloin Members ($600+) AgGeorgia Farm Credit

Fuller Supply Company

AgSouth Farm Credit


Alltech, Inc., Thomasville

Pennington Seeds

Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southern States


Purina Mills

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Yancey Bros. Company

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company AssOCiATE MEMbErshiP APPLiCATiON Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 / Macon, GA 31221 (478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5732 • Email:


For the first time in a year, this January the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey cattle operations throughout the country to obtain a current measure of beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle on feed operations. NASS will publish the survey results in the Cattle report on January 31, 2014. “This January Cattle Survey is more important than ever because it’s NASS’ first comprehensive measurement of the industry in an entire year,” said Southern Region Director Doug Kleweno. “Due to budget reductions there was no July Cattle Survey and resulting report, so this current information is much needed by producers and the industry.” During the first two weeks of January Southern producers will have the opportunity to report their beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle on feed operations. In Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, NASS will contact about 3,190 operations to request their responses to the survey. The information is a critical decision-making tool for the cattle industry, Kleweno explained. “For instance, it helps producers make informed marketing decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export. To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate in the survey, NASS offers the option of responding via the Internet, telephone, mail, or a personal interview with a local NASS representative. Kleweno noted that, as is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. “NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state and national level data, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified,” he said. The Cattle report and all NASS reports are available online at For information, call the NASS Southern Region Field Office in Athens, GA at 1-800-253-4419. GC

q New Member q Renewal Business Name ________________________________________ Contact _____________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City ___________ State___ Zip ___________________________ Phone _______________________________________________ FAX _________________________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________________ Chapter ______________________________________________ Sponsored by _________________________________________ MEMbErshiP LEVEL q Tenderloin Member

$600 or more

q T-Bone Member

$300 - $599

q Rib-Eye Member

$150 - $299

q Sirloin Member $ 75 - $149

Contribution Amount_

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

T-Bone Members ($300-$599) Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Tifton Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville

Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Georgia Metals Inc., Danielsville Manor Cattle Company, Manor Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Amicalola EMC, Jasper C & B Processing, Milledgeville Cabinet Depot Inc., Knoxville Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, FL Farmers Seed Co., Inc., Doerun First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville

Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Jackson EMC, Gainesville Jackson EMC, Hull Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Mid State Meat, LLC, Sandersville Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely Nationwide Insurance, Winston Parks Livestock Fencing & Barns, Murrayville

Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie United Community Bank, Carrollton Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto

Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Akins Feed & Seed, Barnesville Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Baggett Farms, Montrose Baker Cattle Service, Quitman Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Dudley, Dublin Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville BBWH Insurors, Statesboro Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Bishop’s Country Store, Fitzgerald Black’s Seed Store, Dublin Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Bubba’s Tire, Dublin Bull Hill Ranch, Gray Court, SC Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Capital City Bank, Dublin Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Cat Creek Cattle Co., Valdosta Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Christian, Kelly, Thigpen & Co. LLC, Dublin Citizens Bank, Dublin Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Community Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Community Bank of Dublin, Dublin Country Pride Market, LLC, Milan C R Benson Farm LLC, Dry Branch Danny E. Davis State Farm, Dublin Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Dublin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Assoc., Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Family Focus, Dublin Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia

Farmers State Bank, Dublin First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Flint EMC, Perry, Dahlonega Forsyth County Farm Bureau, Cumming Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Helena Chemical-Wrightsville, Wrightsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Land South Group, Lakeland, FL Laurens County Farm Bureau, Dublin LBL Farms, Chester Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Medical Park Pharmacy, Dublin Meriwether County Farm Bureau,Greenville Montrose Auction, Inc., Montrose Morris Bank, Dublin Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Orr Insurance, Dublin Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Piggly Wiggly, McRae

P H White Company, Dyersburg, TN Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Ralph Jackson, P.C., Dublin R. C. Tire, Dublin Reedy Creek Farms, Metter Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Roberta Drugs, Roberta Roberta Piggly Wiggly, Roberta Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R.W. Griffin Industries, Nashville Security State Bank, McRae Sheppard Farms, Danville Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Woodstock Sumner & Avery, LLC., Dublin SunSouth, Carrollton Swainsboro Stockyard, Swainsboro The Four County Bank, Allentown Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Turner’s Wings, Reynolds Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Bank, Barnesville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland United Community Bank, Cornelia Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Viridiun LLC, Cumming Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Warnock & Mackey LLC, Dublin Watson’s Towing, Dublin Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Wash. Woodmen of the World, Dublin Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, FL


President: skyler davis 971 Hwy. 211 N.E. Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036 Vice President: keith Wyatt 176 Shirley Road Ranger, GA 30734 678-575-9154 sec/treas.: lillian Youngblood 330 Youngblood Road Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-4044 229-567-1584 (cell) President: larry Walker

GeorGia liMoUSin aSSoCiation Check us out on Facebook at for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

Happy New Year! and remember to pay your 2014 dues! T.l.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369

WHITE ACRES LIMOUSIN FARM 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

931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628 Nila Corrine Thiel Paul Thiel, Herdsman Owner Steven Thiel, Herdsman “Leaner cattle for today’s beef industry”

Visitors always welcome!

L & L Limousin Farm

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


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

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

WYatt limoUsin

keith and dixie Wyatt

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

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

Strict Vaccination and Herd Health Programs DARREN CARTER Auctioneer / Sale Manager 864-980-5695 (cell) •

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

The 16th Annual Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Friday, April 4 at 3:00 pm Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry, Georgia

We want your top Commercial Females! It is time to consign to the 2014 Georgia Expo Commercial Female Sale. We want your top open, bred and cow/calf commercial females. All cattle will be screened on the farm in January and early February. Cattle will sell in uniform pens of 2 and 3. Call now to reserve your spot in this exciting event. Contact: Sale Manager, Mike Jones • cell 706-773-3612 • email These Georgia Cattle Breeders were among the award winners at the 2013 Georgia Expo Commercial Female Sale:

Champion Cow/Calf Pair Poe Farms

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Champion Pen of 3 Bred Heifers Honeywood Farms

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Open Heifer Champions Four Oaks and Britt Angus

Pair Bred Heifer Champions Goldman Farms and Eddie Bradley

Note: The following is an adaptation of an article written for GC back in 2005-2006. Given the current price of cows and the current price forecast, its revision is warranted.



Part 2

Using a Cow Lease to Expand Your Cow Herd By curt lacy Last month we began the discussion of using a cow lease to expand or begin your herd. This month we work through a couple of examples to show you how the math works. The intention is for you to be able to adapt this to your own operation if you so desire. The basic assumptions and contributions are shown in Table 1. Example 1 Suppose we have a person (owner) that will furnish 50 mature cows to another producer (caretaker) to place on 75 acres of improved pasture. These 50 cows are currently worth about $1,300 per head and will be worth about $900 in 6 years when they are culled (15 percent cull rate). It is assumed that 2 percent of the mature cows will die each year which in addition to the loss of the cattle will make the realized cull value $882 per head. Interest on the cattle is assumed to be 7 percent. The total fixed cost for the year is $143.77 per cow ($66.77 depreciation plus $77 interest). Improved pasture in the area with comparable cattle working facilities typically rents for $25 per acre. It is estimated that pasture expenses (fertilizer, seed, fuel, etc.) will be $150 per head per year and other feed and vet expenses will be $275 per head. Caretaker and owner will split the pasture maintenance, feed and vet expenses 50/50. Caretaker will furnish the pasture, equipment and facilities and owner will cover the fixed costs of the cattle. Based on the information presented, we see that an equitable share would be about 60/40 with caretaker getting 40% of the revenue. At this point, some may be wondering about accounting for heifers held as replacements. This is eas-

ily resolved because the heifers should have a value placed on them at weaning just like market steers or heifers. However, if both parties agree that the heifers held for replacements should have a higher weaned value than market heifers that is certainly reasonable as long as the caretaker receives 40% of the value of the ENTIRE calf crop. Example 2 Suppose now that the owner provides the cows and the pasture (rental portion only) and the caretaker provides 100 percent of all of the other costs including the pasture maintenance, hay production and other operating costs. Now, the owner is contributing $9,063.50 (cows plus pasture rent) and the caretaker is contributing $25,000 (pasture maintenance plus cow expenses) for a total $34,063.50. In this instance, the equitable arrangement is 73/27 which really means 75/25 with the caretaker getting the largest share since he is contributing the most. Example 3 Finally, let us assume that the caretaker is responsible for all expenses other than the cows. This includes pasture rental, pasture maintenance and cow expenses. In that instance, the share rental agreement changes from 75/25 to an 80/20 share. So, as you can see, the more one party contributes, the more they should be compensated. Other thoughts Several significant points should

be mentioned in closing. First, in these examples it is assumed that the facilities costs are included in the land rent. If that is not the case, you would use the exact same method for calculating depreciation and interest on handling and other facilities as you did for the cows. The only thing that would be changed would be the values for the equipment, the life of the equipment and possibly the interest rate charged. Second, depending on the arrangement, there could be some tax implications for the two parties. This could be especially true for the cow owner. In any event, interested individuals should consult with their tax preparer or accountant before finalizing the deal. Summary and Conclusion Cow leasing can be an attractive way for some people to ease into the cow business without being heavily leveraged. The most equitable way to share revenues is to use the contribution approach where expenses are tallied and revenues are shared based on the percentage of expenses each party contributes. As with any other business agreement, the terms should be clearly defined in writing and signed by both parties. Although it would be an additional expense, a lawyer for each party would be a good idea. If you have questions about beef cow leasing, contact your local county extension office. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia siMMentAL siMBrAh Association

Junior Advisor donna Priest Phone 770-655-8133

Billy Moss, secretary/treasurer  Phone 706-654-6071  


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

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

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

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

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


Established 1963

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

Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223

DANFOWIN Farm Balanced Performance Simmentals



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

Rodney Hilley Family 8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:

4 Simmental - 11 Angus - 10 SimAngus Bulls Sell Strickland Angus Farm & Driggers Simmental Farm

Special Guest Consignors Wasdin Ranch & Clary Simmentals View the sale catalog online at or call one of the participants to receive a printed catalog in the mail.

Jessie Driggers — 912-237-0608 Jes Strickland — 803-617-8415 Dr. Jim Strickland — 912-654-2151 Ed Wasdin — 229-873-1230 Andy Clary — 912-294-3064

Saturday, January 11, 2014 Silent Auction Sale begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM. Lunch at 12 Noon Sale will be held on the farm of Dr. Jim & Norma Strickland, 1.5 miles North of Glennville, Georgia, Hwy. 301. Bulls are A.I. Sired by GAR Predestined, MYTTY In Focus, GW Lucky Dice, Nichols Manifest & WS Beef Maker, to name a few

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Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders


Georgia Hereford Association 660 Seaburn Vickery Road, Statesboro, GA 30461 • 912-865-5593 leonard Polled hereFordS


Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

Sherman Leonard P.O. Box 280 Chatsworth, GA 30705

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

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

private treaty cattle for sale at all times.

Email: •

Herd Certified & Accredited

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

thiS ad CoUld Be YoUrS!

Steve Roberts

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

CALL RAY HICKS 912-865-5593

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

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



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

POLLED HEREFORDS 1095 Charles Smith Rd. Wadley, GA 30477

Charles Smith - (478) 494-7567 Kyle Gillooly - (478) 494-9593

Cattle Enterprises

Hunter Grayson


(706) 206-1824

Registered Polled Herefords Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty

Performing on our forage.

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

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

WhaleY Polled hereFordS

“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959” 1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467 James 912-863-7706 912-690-0214 cell

• line 1 cattle for sale •

Since 1960

Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

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

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

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”

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

Horned Hereford Breeders

Greenview Farms, Inc.

Registered Polled Herefords

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

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525 district line road americus, ga 31709 (229) 924-0091 cell (229) 337-0038 or (229) 886-7465

Johnson Polled Herefords Thomas R. Johnson, Owner


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

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

Third Annual

Upstate South Carolina Replacement Female Sale Saturday, March 8, 2014 • 12:30 pm • Upstate Livestock Exchange, Williamston, SC

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

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Thank You... Todd and Holly Alford, Hartwell, GA Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX Fisher Armour, Cornelia, GA Austin Barnes, Baconton, GA Commissioner Gary Black, Commerce, GA Ward Black, Commerce, GA Charlie Brooksher, Winder, GA Drew Brooksher, Winder, GA potts Brothers, Jefferson, GA Ridge Chaison, Jefferson, GA Randy Daniel, Colbert, GA Joe Fife, Hoschton, GA Katie Fife, Hoschton, GA John Reed Foster, Fountain Run, KY Darrell Freeman, Martin, GA Casey Green, Bishop, GA Stacey Hanley, Jefferson, GA John Hill, Marianna, FL Champ Kelly, Calhoun, GA Mark Linkesh, Gainesville, GA Mitch Mitchell, Jefferson, GA Jerry pittman, Nicholson, GA pleasant Hill Farms, Rockfield, KY Melvin porter, Jefferson, GA Landis Seagraves, Nicholson, GA Macy Seagraves, Nicholson, GA John Sullivan, Dunlap, IA Herbert Tante, Buena Vista, GA Dr. Cliff Thompson, Mineral Bluff, GA Josh Whitworth, Commerce, GA your name be the glory - Psalm 115:1

elrod and tolBert Angus • simAngus • Commercial females Cole Elrod: 678-410-1312 • Alex Tolbert: 706-338-8733


For more information on GJAA activities, contact: Chris and Julie Throne, Advisors Doug and Tammy Williams, Advisors Jr. Dues - $10 per year

For more information on GAA activities, contact: Christy Page 2681 Gum Springs Church Rd. Jefferson, GA 30549 770-307-7178 • Dues - $50 per year

Wa t c h f o r t h e s e U p c o m i n g E v e n t s : GAA Annual Meeting & Banquet Saturday, January 25, 2014 The Classic Center Athens, GA

Georgia Beef Expo Southeast Angus Sale Friday, April 4, 2014 Georgia National Fairgrounds Perry, GA

Happy New Year! • Accredited • Certified

*Seeking nominations for Angus consignments. Contact the GAA for more information.


• No Creep • Est. 1979

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

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

1095 Charles Smith Rd. Wadley, GA 30477 Charles E. Smith (478) 494-7567 Kyle Gillooly (478) 494-9593

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

Mature Cow Herd Dispersal, May 5, 2012

BARNETT ANGUS FARM Cell: 706-202-8435 Wilkes Barnett cell: 706-401-9157

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.



SINCE 1947

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

Turnpike Creek Farms

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

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057 478-396-5832 •

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)

H igHway 341 S outH C HiCkamauga , g a 30707 L arry & V irginia r igSby Http :// CirCLerCattLeCompany. Com p Hone : 423.595.0539 • e maiL : LCr igSby @ windStream . net

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Purebred Angus Cattle Harvey Lemmon Woodbury, GA


See our menu for success at Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming


Georgia Angus Breeders Harris Livestock, LLc terry Harris 229-344-3701

1689 Watkins Road Boston, GA 31626

One straw at a time

Breeding good mama cows...

Tim & Tandy West • 256-927-2025/678-986-2510 846 County Road 26, Centre, Al 35960 Black Angus & Sim-Angus Bull Sale 3rd Saturday in November

David horton 912-663-8085 farm Address 722 herndon rd Midville, Ga 30441



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


15271 County Rd. 49 • P.O. Box 1260 •Vernon, AL 35592

Cloud Brothers Angus

Davis Farms

The Bart Davis Family 7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744

Female Sale 1st Saturday in May

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

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

WaSdin anGUS ranCh 485 Davis Rd. Norman Park, GA 31771 Owner: Ed & Dot Wasdin

Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230 “Where Quality & Customers Come First in Cattle & Hay”

Cattle that Work Winder, GA 30680

Phil Page: 770-616-6232


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

Jeff heuer


Phone and fax 706-745-5714

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

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

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696

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

BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 highway 11 south social circle, ga 30025

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

line breeding with graham angUs genetics. following graham’s Program begun over 45 years ago. Best of stock. complete records.

Jason Johns MANAGER 770-851-0691

All Natural Beef

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132


Idone Angus Farm


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

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i n D U S t r Y

Who Gets the Farm? Not many people have more estate planning issues to deal with than farm families. The farm or land may be the most valuable asset in the owner’s estate. Yet, two out of three familyowned farms don’t survive the next generation. If you are a farm owner, you should address the following concerns as you plan your estate. WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE FARM WHEN YOU DIE? Owners often fail to develop a management succession plan. It is vital to the survival of the farm that successor management, in the family or otherwise, be ready to take over the reins. WHO SHOULD INHERIT THE FARM? Splitting this asset equally among your children may not be a good idea. For those active in the farm, inheriting it may be critical to their future motivation. Those not involved in the day to day operation, may want their share in cash. Perhaps your entire family feels entitled to equal shares in the farm. Resolve this issue now to avoid discord and possible disaster later. The following is a common scenario in our practice: Mom and Pop have a very successful farm. The farm produces for them and their child, who has stayed and worked on the farm, a comfortable annual income. There are two other children who aren’t interested in farming and have moved away. The child who has stayed on the farm has invested his or her entire adult life to continuing the farm operation and expects the farm to pass to him or her at the death of the last parent. The dilemma for Mom and Pop is: “How can we divide our estate equally among the three children?” Their life’s work is invested in this farm and they feel that their child who stayed on the farm should get the farm at the last spouse’s death. But to do this, they may have to disinherit the other two children. They have a strong desire to treat their kids equally at their passing. It’s not conceivable that they would accumulate enough cash for this purpose by the last death. An insurance trust and a life insurance policy insuring both mom and dad 48 January 2014

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would solve this problem. They could fund the trust by way of gifts each year to the children. The results: the farming son or daughter gets the farm; each of the other two children get the life insurance proceeds. Since the insurance proceeds are outside the estate it doesn’t complicate the tax issue. The alternatives are very costly in the absence of a plan such as laid out above. The heirs will most likely have to sell the farm, perhaps at a sacrifice

price, totally disrupting the livelihood of the farming child or they may face borrowing a huge sum of money to buy their sibling’s share of the farm. Of course, each farm family has its own set of circumstances and concerns; no two are alike. The solution is to sit down with someone who is qualified to assist with some type of estate plan. Your children will be glad you did. GC You may contact Frank Malcolm, CLU, at 800-884-4820 – office; 770-598-7192 – cell; or by email at

UGA Animal & Dairy Science The Rhodes Center University of Georgia 425 River Road Athens, GA 30602 ronnie silcoX 706-542-9102

Beef Unit Coordinator (Athens)

mike mathis 706-614-2864, 706-485-6015 Senior Farm Manager (Athens)

karl halBig 229-445-0424

Beef Unit Manager (CPES Alapaha)

Sale Site Phone: 706-613-0971 Lunch at 11 a.m. Learn more about the sale offering at ugabullsale

PO BOX 500 TY TY, GA 31795-0500 229/776-4383 • CELL 229/881-0721 Email: L#249

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By Curt Lacy

2013 RECAp

This past year was generally a very good one for many Georgia cattlemen. Abundant rains combined with falling corn prices to keep feed costs low and push prices higher in the mid-late summer and fall. This strong counter-seasonal move was so powerful that feeder cattle actually posted their highest prices for the year in November (Figure 1).


It remains to be seen how long prices will maintain the counterseasonal strength. However, one thing is certain: Unless something major happens, 2014 should be a good year for Georgia cattlemen. Tight supplies, low corn prices and good

Figure 1

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consumer demand should combine to keep prices favorable for the year.


Domestic beef production is projected to be down almost 6 percent to slightly less than 24.2 billion pounds. This decline in production is driven by fewer cows producing fewer calves to go to the feed yards. Also, assuming there is favorable weather across much of the country, beef cow slaughter will be lower due to producers preparing for herd expansion. The lower US beef production will lead to lower total beef supplies in 2014 as carryover stocks of beef are projected to be lower headed into Jan. 1. Simultaneously, beef imports

are projected to remain essentially the same in 2014 as they were in 2013. The overall net effect will be lower supplies of beef in 2014 (and 2015 as well as perhaps even 2016).


Beef demand continues to hold up fairly well considering the current state of the US economy. This is an important point to make because consumption is often confused with demand. Consumption (beef) is how much we eat and is directly tied to beef production. That is, consumers can’t eat any more beef than is being produced. Since beef production has been declining in recent years, beef consumption has to decline. Demand takes into account not

table 1

only consumption, but also price. It is affected by consumers’ income, the prices of competing and complementary goods, and consumers’ tastes and preferences. When all of this information is considered, beef demand has noticeably improved since 2009. Although beef demand has improved, it will be difficult to drive beef prices much higher than they already are, at least domestically. The two primary impediments to pushing

prices higher are 1) stagnant disposable consumer income and 2) increasing production levels of competing meats. So, even though cattle supplies are extremely tight, it will still be harder to push beef prices much higher when consumers don’t have any more real (adjusted for inflation) income than they did in 2006. Also, broiler production is expected to be up about 2.5 percent in 2014 and pork production

2014 Georgia Ag Forecast Dates, Locations and Times FRIDAY, JAN. 24: Macon (Georgia Farm Bureau) o Check-in at 9:30 am, seminar from 10:00 - 11:30 am, and lunch following. MONDAY, JAN. 27: Athens (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) o Check-in at 9:30 am, seminar from 10:00 - 11:30 am, and lunch following. TUESDAY, JAN. 28: Lyons (Toombs County Agri-Center) o Check-in at 9:30 am, seminar from 10:00 - 11:30 am, and lunch following. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29: Tifton (UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center) o Check-in at 7:00 am with breakfast line opening at 7:30. Seminar follows from 8:00 - 9:30 am. THURSDAY, JAN. 30: Bainbridge (Cloud (Decatur County) Livestock Facility) o Check-in at 7:00 am with breakfast line opening at 7:30. Seminar follows from 8:00 - 9:30 am. FRIDAY, JAN. 31: Cartersville (Clarence Brown Conference Center) o Check-in at 9:30 am, seminar from 10:00 - 11:30 am, and lunch following.

should be up about 3 percent in 2014. The combination of these factors will keep a lid on beef and the resulting cattle prices even though cow numbers are low and feeder cattle supplies are remarkably snug. The stable to slightly improving demand is driven not only by domestic demand but also by international demand. Data from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) indicates that even though beef export volume (tons) was down in 2013, the value of beef exports was up, indicating strong demand for US beef abroad. In fact, exports as a percentage of beef production were almost 9 percent in 2013, which is right in line with our historical performance.


Prices for 2014 are projected to be higher than 2013 (Table 1). For the year, prices for 500-600 pound steers are expected to run $5-$10 per hundredweight higher than in 2013. Virtually all of this increase can be attributed to higher live cattle prices and lower corn prices. As a result, feed yards can justify paying more for the calves. It should be noted that any changes driving corn prices higher or reducing consumer demand will result in lower prices.


Last year was a very unusual but hopefully rewarding year for many cattle producers. 2014 is shaping up to be a very promising one as tight feeder cattle supplies, higher fed cattle prices and lower corn prices should converge to keep calf and feeder cattle prices favorable for the foreseeable future. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Sponsored by Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Saturday - Feb. 22, 2014 - 12:30 p.m. Saluda Livestock Market - Saluda, SC


200 Open and Bred Heifers Selling è Sired by Angus, Simmental, SimAngus, Gelbvieh, Balancer & Polled Hereford bulls è Performance Tested è Offering both open heifers and fall calving bred heifers è Calfhood vaccinated and on excellent herd health program è All heifers are BVD-PI tested è Sold in uniform groups of 2 to 5 head è Officially screened and sorted by Clemson University Extension Service Representatives Consigned by 12 leading beef cattle farms: henry & Wayne Black Black crest farm clinton & Vanoy clark cecil eaddy don & marty havird terry kirkland & ryan mayo

Woody Padget riley farms Bruce rushton Virgil Wall Yon family farms Joe & kay Yonce

adaMS ranCh

Registered Red Brahman Cattle

Quality, gentle bulls and heifers for sale. Also have Simmental and Simbrah. 3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

(352) 585-1732 Po BoX 703 • san antonio, fl 33576

GeoRGIA SAnTA GeRTRuDIS BReeDeRS Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association 3175 Bridgeshaw Drive Cumming, GA 30040 phone: 678.852.7301 email:

Lunch provided by Saluda 4-H For Information Contact: Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Travis Mitchell, Area Livestock and Forages Agent 201 East Church Street, Saluda, SC 29138-1403 (864) 445-8117, extension 113 (office) • (803) 609-2828 (cell) (864) 445-8119 (fax) • email: G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Local sale reports commercial sale rePorts moseley cattle auction november 19, 2013 Lot 1: 670 lb. steers avg Lot 2: 800 lb. steers avg

$164.20 $152.50

moseley cattle auction november 26, 2013 Lot 1: (split load) 580 lb. steers avg 500 lb. heifers avg Lot 2: 535 lb. heifers avg Lot 3: 635 lb. steers avg

$169.00 $157.00 $156.00 $163.75

southeast livestock exchange december 3, 2013 Lot 1: 610 lb. steers avg Lot2: (split load) 575 lb. steers avg

$169.75 $165.50

575 lb. heifers avg Lot 3: 570 lb. heifers avg Lot 4: 670 lb. heifers avg Lot 5: (split load) 600 lb. steers avg 575 lb. heifers avg Lot 6: 640 lb. steers avg Lot 7: 640 lb. steers avg Lot 8: 720 lb. steers avg Lot 9: 750 lb. steers avg Lot 10: 625 lb. steers avg Lot 11: 740 lb. steers avg Lot 12: 750 lb. heifers avg Lot 13: (split load) 765 lb. steers avg 680 lb. heifers avg Lot 14: (split load) 790 lb. steers avg

$155.50 $159.25 $154.50 $158.50 $148.50 $160.75 $167.75 $156.75 $157.75 $165.00 $158.25 $149.30 $156.00 $150.00 $154.75

700 lb. heifers avg Lot 15: 840 lb. steers avg Lot 16: 850 lb. steers avg Lot 17: 875 lb. steers avg

northeast georgia livestock auction Wednesday, december 11, 2013 Lot 1: 750 lb heifers avg $146.00 Lot 2: 750 lb heifers avg $149.00 Lot 3: 785 lb heifers avg $148.25 Lot 4: (split load) 650 lb steers avg $163.00 625 lb heifers avg $153.00 Lot 5: 600 lb steers avg $169.90 Lot 6: 650 lb steers avg $166.90 Lot 7: 810 lb steers avg $155.90 Lot 8: 825 lb steers avg $153.20 Lot 9: 825 lb steers avg $156.70


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$149.75 $151.75 $155.90 $155.70

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$157.00 $154.90 $151.00 $151.00 $154.75

Wednesday, november 20, 2013 Lot 1: 575 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 2: 775 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 640 lb steers avg Lot 4: 765 lb steers avg Lot 5: 800 lb steers avg Lot 6: 825 lb steers avg Lot 7: 825 lb steers avg

$110.00 $142.10 $164.25 $162.10 $153.75 $153.50 $155.00

Wednesday, november 13, 2013 Lot 1: 860 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 2: 725 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 750 lb heifers avg Lot 4: (split load) 625 lb steers avg 625 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 650 lb steers avg Lot 6: 675 lb steers avg Lot 7: 760 lb steers avg Lot 8: 750 lb steers avg Lot 9: 775 lb steers avg Lot 10: 800 lb steers avg sayer and sons Purebred Limousin Bulls avg Lim-Flex Bulls avg Percentage Limousin Bulls avg Angus Bulls avg Purebred Limousin Three-In-Ones avg Lim-Flex Three-In-Ones avg

$116.30 $108.00 $149.30 $146.00

$109.00 $148.10 $149.80 $158.00 $148.00 $165.80 $163.60 $157.85 $158.85 $157.25 $153.00 $1,673.00 $2,100.00 $1,500.00 $2,400.00 $2,650.00 $2,725.00

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Purebred Limousin Pairs avg Lim-Flex Pairs avg Percentage Limousin Pairs avg Commercial Pairs avg Purebred Limousin & LimFlex Safe-In-Calf Cows avg Percentage Limousin Safe-In-Calf Cows avg Commercial Safe-In-Calf Cows avg Purebred Limousin Safe-In-Calf Heifers avg Lim-Flex Safe-In-Calf Heifers avg Percentage Limousin Safe-In-Calf Heifer avg Angus Safe-In-Calf Heifers avg Commercial Safe-In-Calf Heifers avg Purebred Limousin Open Heifers avg Lim-Flex Open Heifers avg Percentage Limousin Open Heifers avg Angus Open Heifers avg Total Lots avg next step cattle co. december 7, 2013 12 Total Registered Bulls avg 12 Total Reported Sale Total avg Lot 31: HR Concrete Z24 Lot 11: HR Concrete Z11 Lot 14: HR Realy Windy 4097 W200 TT Lot 13: HR Concrete Z17

$2,375.00 $2,025.00 $1,975.00 $2,050.00 $1,650.00 $1,775.00 $1,908.00 $1,750.00 $1,700.00 $1,500.00 $1,875.00 $1,617.00 $1,383.00 $1,410.00 $1,275.00 $1,317.00 $1,808.00

$3,312.00 $3,312.00 $4,250.00 $4,000.00 $4,000.00 $3,750.00

Bramblett angus Bull & commercial female sale december 7, 2013 Top Bull: Lot 22 E/T Bismarck 215 $5,000.00 Top Open Heifer: Lot 40 Bramblett Momentum B444 $4,600.00 Top Fall Pair: Lot 46 E/T Ester 151 $4,000.00 29 Total Registered Bulls avg $3,213.00

THE BEEF CHECKOFF It’s the law - no one is exempt!


• Every time you sell a bovine animal, regardless of age, sex, breed, purpose or number, a dollar-per-head is due. • The dollar is to be collected by the buyer from the seller, although both parties are responsible. • The checkoff is designed so that everyone pays their fair share.

HOW ARE CHECKOFF DOLLARS BEING USED? • Beef and veal television, radio and print advertising. • Food safety, health and nutritional research. • Product technology and development. • Educating consumers and children about beef’s role in a healthy diet. • Refuting issues that could negatively impact the industry.

WHO pAYS? • When cattle are sold, the buyer of the cattle must withhold $1 per head from the seller’s purchase price. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and may be subject to a $5,500 penalty.

HOW DO YOU pAY? • Complete a remittance form and send it with your check to the Georgia Beef Board, PO Box 116797, Atlanta, GA 30368-6797. For more forms, call the Georgia Beef Board at 877-444-BEEF.

8 Registered Females avg Sale Total avg calhoun Pt Bull sale december 6, 2013 High Selling bull–Lot 1 SimAngus 54 Angus avg 1 Brangus 3 Braunvieh 8 Charolias 2 Black Hereford 6 Hereford 16 SimAngus 2 Simmental 92 Bulls avg Performance legends november 16, 2013 Top Open Heifer: Lot 57: Primus Hazel 1265 Top Bred Heifer: Lot 55: Primus Barbramere Nell 1115 Top Bred Cow: Lot 18: SFA Rita FY24 Top Fall Pair: Lot 16: SFA Rita AX51 55 Reported Sale Total

$3,325.00 $3,237.00 $8,400.00 $2,893.00 $1,400.00 $1,800.00 $1,725.00 $1,650.00 $2,550.00 $3,689.00 $2,600.00 $2,853.00

$2,300.00 $1,900.00 $2,500.00 $3,100.00 $2,705.00

gibbs farms 8th annual Bull & replacement heifer sale november 9, 2013 150 Bulls avg $3,982.00 15 Bred Cows avg $3,050.00 13 Bred Heifers avg $2,685.00 88 Open Female Heifers avg $2,476.00 1 Pick of the Herd avg $1,400.00 301 Total Lots $3,403.00 knoll crest farm fall Bull sale december 6, 2013 Overall Average $4,836.00 Bull Average $4,836.00 [December Issue correction] hill-Vue farm Production Average $2,249.00 Bulls $2,417.00 Females $1,980.00

Beef Promotion & Research Program Private Treaty Sales Checkoff Investment Form Date: Seller: Address: City, State, Zip: Seller’s signature: Total # Sold:

X $1 per head = $

Dale of Sale: State of Origin: Buyer: Address: City, State, Zip: Buyer’s Signature: Person remitting assessment:

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


MiKe JoneS


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


TRIPlE E POUlTRy Fertility testing Bulls A-I training

Jim Cumming

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



Perry Smith


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

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

Auctioneer/ Sale Manager 1410 Carter Rd. Ninety Six, SC 29666 (864) 980-5695 Please contact me for additional information on these upcoming sales: • Yon family farms fall female and Bull sale, nov 2. • Wilkes county front Pasture sale • Yon family farms spring Bull sale • Upstate south carolina replacement female sale


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 • Email Conveniently Located For Accessibility To All Southern States

HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding cattle since 1973 • Williamson, ga

Joey Roberts: 706-318-8848

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

 Senepol Cattle  Heat tolerant • Red & Black • Easy Calving Milk • Great Crosses • Good Udders • Gentle Disease Resistance • Polled • No Brahman George Fiveash Bobby Griffin Roy Lee Strickland

229-563-5380 — South GA 478-230-0422 — Middle GA 770-459-5997 — North GA

come see oUr senePol!

3000 Deep Creek Rd., Bowman, GA 30624

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

Visit GCA at CLEMENTS’ LIVESTOCK SERVICES, INC. Embryo Transfer (In house or on farm) Mobile lab

Pregnancy Detection (Via Ultrasound) (200,000+ Head Checked)

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Greg Clements 1800 Hog Mountain Rd. Statham, Ga. 30666

Fetal Sexing (Via Ultrasound) 19 years experience

Office: 770-725-0348 Cell: 706-202-7208 Home: 770-725-2611


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beef Management Calendar for the Month of January GENERAL • Provide a high magnesium mineral supplement for cows on winter grazing. • Vitamin A supplementation might be needed if frosted grass, weathered hay or byproducts are the primary feedstuffs (35,000 IU/day for 1,000 lb cows). • Do not graze winter annuals closer than four inches. Overgrazing can reduce winter production.

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SpRING CALVING January, February, March Check cows frequently during calving season. Tag calves at birth. Record birth dates, tag numbers and cow IDs. Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth. Keep yearling heifers gaining weight. They need to weigh about two-thirds of their mature weight at breeding in March.

• Bulls will be turned in with heifers in March and with cows in April. Evaluate bulls, trim feet, line up breeding soundness exams and decide on buying new bulls. • A cow’s nutrient needs increase by at least 50 percent after calving. If possible, separate dry cows from cow-calf pairs to feed more efficiently. • Order calf and cow vaccines. FALL CALVING October, November, December • Breed cows. Cows bred Jan. 1 should calve Oct. 13. • Be prepared to remove bulls from heifers after a 45 to 60 day breeding season. • Use your best feeds now. With average quality hay, a lactating cow needs four to five pounds; 1.5 pounds of cottonseed; two pounds of corn, of whole cotton-


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seed, 1.5 pounds of cottonseed meal plus 2 pounds of corn or free choice liquid supplement or block plus 2 pounds of corn. A forage analysis enables you to supplement your cows more precisely. • Limit grazing on winter annuals. Two hours of grazing per day and free choice hay stretches grazing. Editor’s Note: Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, spring calving and fall calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The spring calving list is based on Jan. 10 March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 - Dec. 20 calving dates. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through the breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. With good winter grazing, fall calving is a good option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture offers the best feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving season is different, adjust management practices accordingly.

Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists.

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

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

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February 8, 2014 Black Crest Sumter, S.C. • 517-546-6374 [See advertisement, 48] January 4, 2014 Bricton Farm Bull Sale Social Circle, Ga. • 770-787-1644 Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale Cookeville, Tenn. • 931-265-9200 January 8, 2014 Curt Pate Low Stress Handling Seminar, Bainbridge, Ga. [See advertisement, 31] January 11, 2014 Lake City Invitational Lake City, Fla. [See advertisement, 65] Driggers & Strickland Angus & Simmental Bull Sale Glennville, Ga. 912-237-0608 [See advertisement, 41] Southeast Angus Classic’s 8th Annual Angus Bull Sale Opelika, Ala. 662-837-1776 January 18, 2014 Firm Foundations Bull Sale Uniontown, Ala. University of Florida Bull Test Sale Greenwood, Fla. Bull Hill Ranch “More Bull for a Buck” Sale Gray Court, S.C. 864-981-2080 January 21, 2014 SE Master Cattlemen's Johnson County Ag Center 478-552-2011

February 12, 2014 Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Shortcourse, UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens, GA. 706-542-6627 February 13, 2014 UGA 22nd Annual Focus on EPDs Bull Sale Athens, Ga. • 706-542-9102 [See advertisement, 50] February 15, 2014 Yon Family Farms Performance Tested Angus and SimAngus Bull Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048 [See advertisement, 49] **New Sale Date** Turnpike Creek Farms Bull and Female Sale Milan, Ga. 229-315-0986 [See advertisement, Back Cover] February 21, 2014 Beef Maker Bull and Female Sale Debter Hereford Farm Sale Facility, Horton, Ala. 678-858-0914 [See advertisement, 1] Februrary 22, 2014 22nd Annual Replacement Heifer Sale Saluda, S.C. • 803-609-2828 [See advertisement, 57] Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull & Commercial “Brangus Gold” Female Sale Fair Play, S.C. 864-972-9140 or March 4, 2014 Tifton Beef Cattle Short Course Irwinville, Ga. 912-386-3214 or 229-386-3683

January 25, 2014 Gretsch Brothers Angus Genetics with a Great Foundation Bull & Commercial Female Sale Colbert, Ga. 706-340-0945 [See insert]

March 5, 2014 Tifton Performance Tested Bull Sale Irwinville, Ga. 912-386-3214 or 229-386-3683

January 27-28, 2014 GCA Emerging Leaders Conference Macon, Ga. • 478-474-6560

March 7 - 8, 2014 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Tifton, Ga. • 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, 5]

February 1, 2014 Clemson Sale [See advertisement, 60]

March 8, 2014 Upstate Sale Wiliamston, S.C. 864-980-5695 [See advertisement, 43]

February 7, 2014 Wilkes County Front Pasture Herd Replacement Sale Washington, Ga. • 864-980-5695 [See advertisement, 32]

March 24, 2014 MM Cattle Co. Online Angus Heifer Sale Bowdon, Ga. • 770-328-2047

February 8, 2014 Tokeena Angus Bull & Female Sale Seneca, S.C. 864-972-3192 [See advertisement, 50]

March 29, 2014 Partners In Progress XXVI CES Polled Herefords / Predestined Cattle Co. / Smith Angus Wadley, Ga. • 478-252-5622

March 29, 2014 The 7th Annual Southern Tradition Sale CSR Farms, Alapaha, Ga. SERAA’s 22nd Annual Grasstime Auction Cullman, Ala. 641-919-1077 April 2-5, 2014 GCA’s 53rd Annual Convention Beef Expo & Trade Show Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, Inside Front Cover] April 3, 2014 6th Annual Georgia Beef Expo Cattle TeleAuction Perry, Ga. 229-723-7070 April 4, 2014 16th Annual Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, Ga. 706-318-5457 [See advertisement, 32] April 18, 2014 Friendship Farms Sale Midville, Ga. 912-663-8085 April 19, 2014 Bricton Farm Female Sale Social Circle, Ga. 770-787-1644 April 22, 2014 Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale Irwinville, Ga. 678-234-3547 or 229-386-3683 April 22- 26, 2014 GCA’s Spring Tour Nebraska & Kansas & Missouri 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, 23] April 26, 2014 Bridges Angus Farm Passion for Progress Sale Lexington, Ga. • 706-340-1421 Ridgefield Farm Calhoun, Ga. [See advertisement, 35] May 27, 2014 Calhoun Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Workshop Calhoun, Ga. 706-542-1852 or 706-624-1398 May 28, 2014 Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale Calhoun, Ga. 706-542-1852 or 706-624-1398 July 24-26, 2014 4th Annual GCA Summer Conference Unicoi State Park, Helen, Ga. 478-474-6560

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Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin

by John W. Worley

Class 1 galvanized wire mounted on Class 3 galvanized post

A fence represents one of the most significant investments in a cattle operation. Thus when it’s time to replace a fence or build a new fence, it is worth considering what materials and methods will give you the maximum return on your investment. The cost of a fence can range greatly from a temporary electric cross fence to aid in rotational grazing systems to a decorative wood rail or even a stone fence for visual appeal, but I will confine my comments to the practical world of wire fencing. Probably the most effective (but also the most expensive) wire fence is a woven wire fence (also commonly called field fence, page wire or hog wire) with one or two strands of barbed wire on top. This fence is highly effective in containing all types of livestock and is desirable for fences along highways and in areas where small calves are pastured. Barbed wire is less expensive (roughly half the cost of field fence), but less effective especially in containing

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small calves. Electric fencing is still less expensive and is very effective if the fence and the fence energizer (charger) are maintained properly. The life of a fence is dependent on a number of factors including weather and physical punishment (trees falling on the fence, cattle pressing against it, or vehicles running into it), but many times the only factor we can control is to choose materials for the components of the fence that will hold up well

Class 3 galvanized wire mounted on painted post

over time. One of the major mistakes people sometimes make, no matter what type of fence they are building, is to choose components that have different expected lifetimes. If the wire is expected to last 30 years, but the posts will only last 15, what is the expected life of the fence? Likewise, if the posts are designed to last 40 years, but the wire has an effective life of 20 years, the life of the fence is limited by the wire. Let me interject here that I’ve patched enough fences with baler twine and replacement posts to know that fences are often used well beyond their effective life, but what I am talking about is how long it will be before we need to start thinking about replacing the fence to prevent those Sunday morning surprises when the cows get out of a fence that has outlived its usefulness. The expected life of a fence is not just how long it will be before the wire starts breaking or the posts will no longer stand up to pressure. One of the keys to fence life is avoiding rust on all metal components. If one of the components of a fence starts to rust, the rust will tend to spread to any other components it comes in contact with. For instance, if you have wire fence on wooden posts, and the staples rust, the rust will tend to spread from the staples to the wire that is in contact with them. If you use painted metal posts that start to rust in a few years, that rust will spread to the

Wire fence stapled on wooden post wires in contact with it, shortening the life of the wire. Even though it will take a number of years for the rusty metal posts to weaken, they are contributing to a shorter fence life by causing premature rust on the wires. Galvanizing has been around longer than most of us

and most people don’t give much thought to it, but it is our number one tool in delaying the rusting process. Galvanizing is simply a zinc coating over metal parts. The zinc is a sacrificial element that slowly oxidizes and delays the oxidizing (rusting) of the steel. The more zinc that is applied, the longer it will be before the steel starts to rust. Zinc coatings are classified as Class 1, 2 or 3. The higher the number is, the more zinc it has in the coating. I’ve never seen any fencing that was Class 2, although there may be some out there, but most fencing is either Class 1 or 3. The cost of adding additional zinc is cheap compared to the potential benefits of longer life, so I would always opt for Class 3 galvanizing on ALL fencing components when available including wire, staples, posts and connectors. The actual cost of galvanizing is relatively low (maybe in the order of a couple of dollars per post) but the cost of a post is more than the cost of manufacturing. If the demand for posts is such that painted posts are bought by the train car load, and galvanized posts by the truckload or partial truckload, then freight and handling will dictate that the galvanized posts will cost more. The more consumers demand galvanized posts, the more competitive they will become. Typically a galvanized T post will cost about 50 percent more than a painted post, but if you consider that it will potentially double the life of the fence, that extra cost is a bargain. If a fence lasts several years longer, you have saved not only the cost of replacing those materials, but also the labor involved in removing old fencing and replacing it with a new fence. We can now purchase high tensile, Class 3 galvanized steel wire in either single-strand (electric), barbed wire or field fence. This high tensile wire, if properly installed with posts and fasteners of equal expected life, should last 30 to 40 years. High tensile wire is resilient and – if installed with good corner braces and attached properly to posts to allow lateral movement – will tend to spring back to its original shape after an incident such as a tree falling on the fence. If, however, this fencing is installed on painted metal posts or on wooden posts with Class 1 galvanized staples, the life of the fence could easily be reduced by 10 to 15 years. The old adage that “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” certainly applies to fencing. Think about that the next time you make a significant investment in something that might just last till the next generation takes over your farm. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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STANDARD FEATURES: Quiet hydraulic system, Nylon Bushings and wear plates, emergency side exit, drop bars and doors, hydraulic lower squeeze

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Junior cattlemen’s report

New Year, New Goals,  New Opportunities By Madison Baugh

Now that a new year has begun, everyone is assessing the previous year and setting new goals for themselves for the current year! Whether the goal is a new routine or breaking an old habit, everyone should make some sort of goal for themselves this year. One of the significant goals for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to complete the kitchen remodel in the Macon office. In order to raise the funding necessary for the remodel, a commitment from the local chapters, industry partners and individuals is needed. For the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's officer team, we each have committed to enroll five new members by the end of our term in 2014. As a junior, our role in this organization is significant because we are the next generation of cattle producers! We have opportunities to play a role in increasing awareness of our industry by becoming more involved. I have come up with a few ideas to “BEEF” up your New Year’s resolutions: ATTenD An InDuSTRy evenT ThAT you hAven’T ATTenDeD BeFoRe. Each year there are scheduled monthly activities to be involved in GCA or GJCA, whether it is a local chapter meeting, an industry meeting, Convention, Summer Conference or GJCA social. Most events are listed in the current GCA magazine. Try something new this year, stay involved! ReCRuIT one peRSon To BeCome A memBeR oF The GJCA, GCA oR GCWA. All you have to do is ask! Better yet, give the membership as a gift to someone that could benefit from association with 70 January 2014

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our organization such as a fellow FFA or 4-H member. Never assume that someone close to you knows of our association or has been asked to join! Be A menToR! If you have been showing for several years, take the opportunity this year to be a mentor to a younger showman. Don’t you remember how cool it was to have an older showman show you the ropes? Share your knowledge and lend a hand! GeT BeeF QuAlITy ASSuRAnCe (BQA) CeRTIFIeD. Flaunt some of that BEEF education and get your certification this year! This program is developed to ensure that cattle are managed in a manner that will result in a safe and wholesome beef product.

P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31210 478-474-6560 GJCA MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association is to prepare the members of the junior association for membership and leadership in the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, and to offer educational opportunities to prepare them to become industry leaders.


Chairwoman Merritt Daniels Convention/Summer Conference Coordinator Jordan Harrison Field Day Coordinator Hope Edwards Chapter Relations Madison Baugh

ShoW youR BeeF pRIDe! Display those BEEF tags on your trucks and parade those bumper stickers supporting our industry. You never know who might be trying to decide “what’s for dinner” when they see your vehicle or trailer.

Chapter Relations Greyson Fernandez

ShARe The WoRD! If you are receiving the GCA magazine at home, once everyone has read through it share it with someone or a local medical office waiting room. It is a great tool to share with the community. You can always access the digital copy online if needed.

Youth Activities Advisor Bailey K. Toates 478-297-2042

I wish for each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with fluffy calves, belt buckles and purple ribbons! See ya in the Show Ring! GC

Chapter Relations Macy Seagraves


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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 Chianina Breeder ........................26 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeder ........................26 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ............................................42 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ............................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ......26 Georgia Red Angus 770-748-6424 ............................................64 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..............................................57 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071 ..............................................41 Georgia Simmental Simbrah Association 706-654-6071 ............................................40 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655 ............................................61 Gibbs Farms 336-469-0489 ............................................39 Gold Standard Labs 800-808-3552 ............................................53 Gretsch Brothers Angus 706-340-0945 ......................................Insert Haymaster 877-348-2048 ............................................22 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ............................................60 Ivey's Outdoor & Farm Supply 229-344-3038 ............................................68 Krone 901-842-6011 ..............................................34 Lake City Invitational 386-755-2300 ............................................65 Laura's Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ................................................61 Malcolm Financial Group 800-884-4820 ............................................62 Martin's Cattle Services 706-367-8349 ............................................60 Merial ...................................................... 24,25 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..............................................60 MIX 30 800-575-7585 ................................................3 MULTIMIN 1-866-269-6467 ............................................7 No Bull 800-858-5974 ............................................44 Northeast Georgia Livestock 770-601-6286 ............................................IBC

Pasture Management 800-230-0024 ......31 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..............................................60 Ridgefield Farm/Brasstown Beef 828-837-6324 ........................................35,61 Rockin' R Trailers 800-241-8794 ............................................60 Rolling Rock Livestock Systems 706-202-5742 ............................................68 Safe Cattle Marketing Group 229-357-0703 ..............................................31 Saluda Co. Cattlemen's Sale 803-609-2828 ............................................57 Senepol Cattle ............................................60 Southeast AGNet Radio ..........................62 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ............................................62 Southeast Master Cattlemen 706-542-1852 ............................................22 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..............................................60 Southern States 888-221-8987 ..............................................27 Strickland & Driggers Sale 912-237-0608 ..............................................41 Sunbelt Builders 1-800-634-1609 ............................................7 Sweetlix 1-87-SWEETLIX ......................................43 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ..............................................60 Tokeena Angus 864-972-3192 ..............................................50 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ............................................60 Turnpike Creek Farms 229-315-0986 ............................................BC Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ............................................60 UGA's Focus on EPDs Bull Sale 229-881-0721 ..............................................50 Upstate S. C. Replacement Female Sale 864-980-5695 ............................................43 Wilkes County Front Pasture Sale 706-318-5457 ............................................32 Yancey Brothers 770-941-2300 ........................................22,60 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048 ............................................49


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

Our VIDEO AUCTION TIME has changed! New video auction time is now 3 p.m.

Regular sale every Wednesday @ Noon Video sale every Wednesday @ 3 pm Commission $12 per head

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