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GCA President’s Report by David Gazda GCA Management Report by Michele Creamer and Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Nanette Bryan Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Greyson Fernandez

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet Executive Committee Member Kristy Arnold NCBA News and Updates Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef Region RoundUp Sunbelt Ag Expo Set for Oct. 15-17 BVD Testing Bull Feature: Back to Basics How to Order Your Farm Signs GCA Dues Structure Membership Counts/GCA Awards: Have You Applied Yet?

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New Members In My Opinion by Gary Autry GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Suzanne Black Industry Obituary Associate Members Pickled Bulls by Baxter Black Local Market Reports Classified Ads Beef Management Calendar for the Month of October Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index

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42 Junior Livestock Programs in Georgia by Ronnie Silcox 76 Gearing up for Winter Grazing by Dennis Hancock

Executive Vice President: Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Bailey K. Toates, GBB Director of Industry Information & Public Relations: Suzanne Black, 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, Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, Illustrator/cartoonist: Dennis McLain, Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow,

THE GEORGIA CATTLEMAN The cover of our bull issue features two powerful bulls grazing the pastures at Lemmon Cattle Enterprises. For more information see advertisement on page 57. Cover photo by Bailey Toates. 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

Hear what these producers have to say.... “I've planted this field for 30 years and planted many varieties of ryegrass. BIG BOSS ryegrass has out performed them all!” — Ken Boss, Boss Brothers in Loganville, Ga. “We've planted Prine, Marshall and Passerel Plus in the past. For the past three years we’ve planted Big Boss ryegrass and have been more than pleased with the results. It’s disease resistant, cold tolerant and produces tonnage. It has definitely out performed the competition!” — Justin and Trent Davis of Davis Farms in Sylvester, Ga. “Big Boss Ryegrass is the real deal. Great producer, great yields, customers ask for it by name!” — Roger Serritt, Calhoun Farm Supply

RYEGRASS FORAGE PERFORMANCE, 2011-2012 • lb/acre tifton Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine

1-05-12 1473 1259 1773 1361 1564 1710

Plains Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passarel Plus Prine

12-19-11 1102 1261 1130 1416 1073 1209

calhoUn Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Prine marianna Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine statewide sUmmarY Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine

2-01-12 1623 2179 1430 831 2213 1-17-12 1530 1369 1117 984 1125 1053

Harvest Date 2-09-12 1534 1102 1263 1538 1191 1590

DRY MATTER YIELD Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg. 6287 8169 5177 6890 5811 7561 5966 8324 5310 7523 6201 7968

3-15-12 3281 2816 2775 3067 2555 2901

Harvest Date 1-26-12 3-01-12 1239 2224 1403 2404 1174 2459 1287 2078 1178 2069 1131 2182

DRY MATTER YIELD 4-13-12 4866 4961 5425 5343 4646 5046

Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg. 9430 8973 10029 8728 10189 9320 10123 9102 8966 8540 9568 8846

DRY MATTER YIELD Harvest Date 3-15-12 4-11-12 5-23-12 1946 5759 4693 1632 6038 3945 2229 5811 3663 1557 5771 4771 1883 5632 5296 DRY MATTER YIELD Harvest Date 2-13-12 3-21-12 4-16-12 5-22-12 1947 2739 1080 224 1796 2357 559 1734 2296 980 1662 2441 1206 1699 2147 1269 1860 2433 1074 348

TIFTON 2012 3-Yr Avg 6287 5177 6774 5811 7467 5966 8085 5310 7343 6201 7682

DRY FORAGE YIELD PLAINS CALHOUN 2012 3-Yr Avg 2012 3-Yr Avg 9430 14020 10029 7974 13794 11262 10189 8756 13134 11518 10123 8311 12930 11786 8966 7910 9568 8183 15024 12145

Survival % 100 100 100 100 100 100 Survival % 100 100 100 100 100 100

Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg. 14020 13389 13794 12025 13134 12263 12930 12702 15024 13249 Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg 7519 8076 6082 6996 6126 7271 6293 7076 6240 7211 6768 7202 2012 9912 9667 9711 9673 10264

STATEWIDE 2-Yr Avg 3-Yr Avg 10177 9214 8670 9714 9247 10043 9394 10021 9337

Bolding indicates entries yielding equal to highest yielding entry within a column based on Fisher’s protected LSD (P=0.10).

“The larger dairies and producers come in year after year and ask for it by name. That’s how we know Big Boss Ryegrass really works!” — Mitchell Faucett, Coastal Plains Farmers Co-op

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Who inspires you? Personally, I am inspired by great individual athletic performances and physical achievements, the kind that defies the odds and seem superhuman in nature. Recently for example, 64-year-old Diana Nyad made national headlines by swimming from Cuba to Key West, Fla. After four unsuccessful attempts, the first being in 1978 and the last in 2011, Nyad finally achieved her “extreme dream” on her fifth try. It goes without saying that anyone, especially a 64-year-old lady (no offense), that can stay afloat in the ocean for 53 hours and swim 110 miles, unprotected, in shark infested waters qualifies as superhuman! As amazing as this feat was, perhaps the most inspirational part of her journey is what she saved for the end. After she pulled herself from the water and caught her breath she said she had three messages to share: “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport [distance swimming], but it takes a team.” Your GCA staff and leadership recently completed five productive Regional RoundUp meetings across Georgia. Each regional meeting had excellent representation of local chapters, leadership teams, regional vicepresidents, GJCA members, CattleWomen and membership. Designed to provide a venue that allowed for an open exchange between staff and leadership teams on a multitude of topics, these meetings also offered several inspirational messages delivered by program participants. A few examples of these included Gary Autry, Tri-State president, explaining his chapter’s successful “pay it forward” membership campaign. Autry challenged attendees to refrain from making excuses about 6 October 2013

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GCA President dAVid GAZdA And FAMiLY their chapter’s inability to grow membership, but instead get to work and do it! (See In My Opinion, pg. 16) Chris Taylor, GCA legislative chairman, relayed the importance of agricultural representation in Atlanta and Washington. Taylor urged members to step forward and take an active role in issues that affect the industry.

“Profiles of a Champion,” the Sullivans recognized a young man, Cody Huwa, 15, from Roggen, Colo., and his inspirational younger sister, Kylie, who has Down syndrome. Accomplished showmen, both of these young people excel in other activities as well. Kylie is on a competitive cheerleading team that

“Have a positive attitude. Be humble if you are fortunate enough to win. And always be thankful to God for what you have and what you are able – Cody Huwa to do.”

Finally, Trey McCay, Madison Co. president, and his fellow members challenged attendees in Athens to step up and support the GCA Building Fund. They presented a $3,000 check on behalf of their chapter. A big thanks goes out to GCA staff, program participants and sponsors for their time and efforts invested in these successful and informative meetings. This summer I came across an article in the publication “Profiles of a Champion,” distributed by Sullivan’s Supply, a family-owned show supply company based in Dunlap, Iowa. The Sullivan family has created a scholarship program that awards $20,000 per year in financial aid to deserving young people in the agriculture industry. In

competes annually in the National Cheerleading competition. Recently, upon discovering all members of the team were not going to be able to attend Nationals because of the expense, Cody stepped forward and donated a portion of his recent show winnings to the team in a “pay it forward” type gesture. Need more inspiration? Cody, like Diana Nyad, saved his best advice for the end as he shared his “show day tip” with the writer: “Have a positive attitude. Be humble if you are fortunate enough to win. And always be thankful to God for what you have and what you are able to do.” Take time and reflect on those who inspire you. Who will you inspire? GC

Your Beef Buck$ at Work

GeorGiA BeeF BoArd was proud to provide beef for the culinary competition at Good Eatin’ Great Cause – a fundraising event for a child advocacy center in north metro Atlanta. “We provided a small amount of quality beef for the culinary competition and were able to visit with prominent chefs about beef, as well as have a booth to promote beef to over 1,000 consumers,” shares Josh White, GBB executive vice president. HABersHAM CountY FArM BureAu organized a successful “Ag Day” for more than 600 local fourth graders as part of the county fair. County president Gilbert Barrett (pictured on left with GBB’s Josh White) says this has been a priority for the Farm Bureau for many years: “We’ve been using this event to educate children about agriculture for 20 years now – it is a true highlight of our advocacy effort each year.” White shared the stage with Nicole Karstedt of the mobile dairy classroom to provide a complete bovine experience for the children. GeorGiA CoMMissioner oF AGriCuLture GArY BLACk hosted new University of Georgia president Jere Morehead on a tour of Georgia Agriculture. Featured on the tour was the Calhoun Bull Test and HERD development farm. The tour provided an opportunity for Morehead and several legislators to learn about cattle performance testing directly from local farmers and UGA faculty and staff that work with the programs. GCA was proud to help facilitate the event and present information on the cattle industry to those on the tour.

GeorGiA BeeF BoArd’s suZAnne BLACk hosted a training session with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s fall Beef Team before the team enters a local grocery store to promote beef. The session covered everything from food safety to industry questions. Black then joined ABAC Cattlemen’s Association at their evening meeting and spoke about the students’ role as future leaders in the industry and how they might inform consumers. 8 October 2013

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An Update from your Management Team

Beyond 5,000

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As the weather begins to cool and harvest hits full stride this year, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association closes the books on one fiscal year and looks to begin a new one. Your management team at GCA uses this opportunity to review what our members have achieved over the past year and look forward to what is planned for the coming year.

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Convention in Perry (see an update on page 19). We now have a link at to make contributions, or just pick up the phone and visit with one of us. Any donation is sincerely appreciated! Engaging Young Cattlemen We wish every member could have been present at the Young Producer luncheon at Summer Conference to feel the excitement in the room. President Gazda has definitely struck a chord. We are excited to help develop and support them over the coming months and years. This large, untapped pool of talented members is ready to learn, grow and contribute. No doubt they will help shape the future success of GCA. If you missed Emilia Dover’s “In My Opinion” column about this new initiative (see the September Georgia Cattleman), it is worth the time to read it.

Beyond 5,000 In April of 2011, then-President Steve Blackburn began the “Just Ask” initiative and challenged GCA members to “Just Ask” friends and neighbors to join and help get our membership back over 5,000. While we didn’t make the goal during his tenure, your hard work paid off this year and we eclipsed the goal. It is exciting to see our total membership come out of the summer months still above the 5,000-member mark and poised to go higher this fall. There are many cattle producers, ag-related businesses and junior livestock particiContinuing Successful Events pants who are not members. Please keep This year GCA saw record attenasking! It is so exciting to hear the new dance at Summer Conference, the Texas ideas for recruiting and retaining memTour, Region RoundUp meetings and a bers at the local chapter level. Be sure and strong Convention. We can’t thank the check out the “In My Opinion” on volunteer leaders who help plan and exepage 16 this month for a fresh take on the cute these events enough for adding value subject. The bottom line – the first action to GCA membership activities. Thank in the GCA mission statement remains to you to all of those who participate and “unite cattlemen.” The only way we respond to our post-event surveys, which know to interpret “unite” is to increase help us continue to improve. If you have membership numbers, membership value MICHELE CREAMER & JOSH WHITE ideas for future speakers, meeting places and membership participation. or tour locations, please share them with staff or committee members. Planning for 2014 is well under way; see page 15 Building on a Successful 2013 in Atlanta Legislative representation is a longstanding priority for of this issue for dates and locations. GCA and a valuable service to our members. Thanks to the great leadership from the Legislative Committee and volun- Increasing Local Chapter Support Finally, the local chapter is the most important piece teer leaders from around the state, GCA was able to accomplish our top three legislative priorities for 2013. Stay tuned of the GCA puzzle. By the time you read this, a GCA as legislative priorities for 2014 are finalized this fall. Make Director of Association Services will hopefully be hired attending the GCA Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast at the and ready to hit the road supporting vibrant local chapters State Capitol this winter a priority; it is truly where the rub- and building membership. GCA staff and volunteer leaders all believe we can well exceed 5,000 members. We enviber meets the road for legislative advocacy. sion GCA being so valuable to producers they would not want to own cattle without being a member. Each perTime to Spruce Up the Office A major project the GCA Executive Committee set in son’s decision to join cannot be controlled – but our goal motion in 2013 is our Building Remodel Campaign. An is to have an organization that is so effective at uniting catupdated kitchen and reception area will increase efficiency tlemen and advancing the cattle industry forward that our and help us to better promote beef. THANK YOU to all value is undeniable. We are honored to serve you each and the individuals, businesses, organizations and local chapters every day and look forward to helping grow GCA in size, that have donated so far. Donations total well over half of value and effectiveness during the coming year. GC our goal of $60,000 and we are confident that members [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President; Michele Creamer is GCA and GBB Director of Operations] across the state will rally to accomplish this by the 2014 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. 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 ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont..............Glenn Hayes / 404-272-7298 Piney Woods .........Steve Smith / 912-278-1460 Polk ....................Jason Bentley / 770-855-0082 Pulaski ...................Terry Moore / 478-952-0685 Red Carpet ........Doug Bramlett / 770-796-1901 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia ......................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......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Milo Hege / 706-554-4933 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee ........Walter Lee / 706-769-4231 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area .......Doug Bailey / 478-361-3024 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd..........................Joe Rush / 706-346-7157 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ..................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 / 404-502-6267 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 478-625-1076 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln.............Stan Tankersley / 706-359-7389 Little River.........Michael Griffith / 706-465-3741 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison .................Trey McCay / 706-789-2173 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan ..............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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Membership dues entitle you to receive a one-year subscription to the Georgia Cattleman magazine. Payment of GCA membership dues is tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. Complying with tax laws, GCA estimates 5% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of direct lobbying activities. Also, charitable contributions to GCA are not taxdeductible for federal income tax purposes. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Mike & Pamela Aiken, Barnesville Daniel Aiken, Barnesville Lorick Anthony, Butler Teena Atkins, Cumming Bill Avra, Dvm, Cumming Greg Batten, Douglas Johnsie Benson, Macon John K Biddy, Jr., Madison Jeff Boatner, Aragon Robert E Bodiford,Iii, Colquitt Tom & Annette Bowman, Senoia Stephen & Kristin Bowman, Senoia Gerald Burgess, Dalton Tyler Burnette, Tifton Bailey Ann Burns, Alachua, Fla. Anastasia Cannon, Covington Randy Clarke, Covington Bobbie Compton, Stephens Chris Compton, Lexington Kathrine Cooper, Covington Kelly Cooper, Covington Massimo Danese, Macon Coy Deaton, Cave Spring Broxton Faulkner, Cumming

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Eric Greyson Fernandez, Pine Mountain Wes Fussell, Bartow, Fla. Jordan Gaylard, O'brien, Fla. Rosemary M Gibbs, Conyers Steven Gibson, Nahunta Sarah Jean Mcleod Giroux, Oxford Tracy M Graham, Bowman David Hood, Woodland Scotty Ingram, Ballground Wanda Jenkins, Roopville Jeffrey N Johnson, Adairsville Brianna Lynn Johnson, Covington Haley Kneece, Oxford Sue Lasseter, Franklin Zack Laws, Franklin Luke Lineberger, Perry Tyrayle G Mccarty, Elberton Ricky Mcdonald, Franklin Alex Mcgee, Lincolnton Bill Mclemore, Midland Emily Mcnerney, Chester Chandler Morris, Adrian Rachel Nance, Mcconnells, S.C. Kelsea Neill, Loganville

Jack Newberry, Donalsonville Neely Page, Jackson, Sc Brendon Parks, Loganville Hillary Pope, Tifton Marc Proctor, Cumming Taylor Randell, Tifton Brandy Rhodes, Dublin Gene Scott, Ballground Ben Scott, Hazlehurst Michelle Sheffield, Eastman Troy Smith, Danville Michael Smith, Ozark, Ala. Stacey Stovall, Cleveland P. Alan Thomas, Johnson City, Tenn. Mattison Touchstone, Tifton Jason Upchurch, Lineville, Ala. Emily Vermillion, Athens Kent Walker, Greensboro Meredith Walker, Conyers Will Watson, Camilla Amanda Werho, Stockbridge Jack Weesner, Covington D. Heath Wolford, Lakeland Walker D Wolford, Lakeland

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Share what it means to be an Executive Committee member and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

returned home after college and began a teaching career that I gave up after seven years to return to the farm full time. I purchased 50 percent interest in Boggy Creek Farms and became the answer: Being asked to serve farm manager. Today we currently as a member of the GCA executive maintain 350 brood cows. Our farm committee was surprising to me and specializes in raising embryo transfer also a very exciting honor. I am calves for purebred breeders. We were really enjoying the time I have spent the GCA Commercial Cattle Farm of so far with the committee learning the year in 2010 and a finalist for the the ropes of GCA. Learning to Georgia Young Farmers Farm Family balance budgets and help make of the year in 2012. decisions about the future of this Q In your opinion, what is great organization is a lot of fun and a job that I take seriously. The the most pertinent issue Georgia’s organization is especially blessed to beef industry is facing today? have a great leadership body in Macon; the office staff we have are answer: I feel like the most excellent. They make the EC work pressing issue we face today as a beef much easier. industry is preparing the next generation of cattlemen to take the Q Describe your background reins. Our industry is a great and and involvement in the beef cattle exciting one to be in, but it does place a industry. large financial burden on young producers to get started into the answer: I was born and raised business. We must focus on grooming on the same beef cattle farm that I the younger folks on how to take on now co-own with my father. I grew these challenges. up pulling calves, hauling hay and Q What improvements or making calf feed. As with most kids on cattle farms, I showed cattle for changes would you like to see evolve numerous years. My passion for over the next year within GCA? livestock led me to pursue a degree in animal science at UGA. I also earned answer: As for changes or my master’s in AgEd from UGA. I improvement that I would like to see

• Kristy Griffis Arnold and her husband, Robert, have been married for 11 years. They have two children: Kayle, who is 8 years old, and Karson, who is 5. Both kids have been active in showing pigs for several years already! • Kristy currently serves on the Executive Committee for GCA, and is co-chair of the Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee. She also serves as an advisor on the BQA Council for GCA. • Her favorite cut of beef is the filet! Especially, she adds, the bacon and aged white cheddar stuffed filet at LongHorn Steakhouse.

in our organization, I feel the new Young Producers Council is going to be the answer to the problem I was just discussing. NCBA and many individual states have YPC type groups within the larger sector and it serves as a catalyst to educate and encourage younger producers. I really feel that the GYPC that we are currently working to form will be an asset to GCA and to the next several generations of cattlemen. GYPC will help bridge the gap between high school/college kids and the older, more established farmers. I hope it will serve as a foundation for mentoring and molding younger cattlemen (and women) to be successful at feeding our world for years to come. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Environmental Groups Challenge EPA CAFO Reporting Rule Withdrawal On Aug. 28, the Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, the Humane Society of the United States and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) withdrawal of the proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Sec. 308 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule lacks a rational basis required by law. EPA proposed the rule in October 2011 but after taking comments on the proposal decided to withdraw the rule in July 2012. The intent of the rule was to create a database of CAFO information which would be made available to the public. EPA proposed the rule based on a settlement agreement with environmentalist groups that was negotiated without any agricultural organizations at the table. “Their goal is to get the court to say that EPA has to rein-

state the rule and take final action on the rule,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. The complaint alleges that in the proposed rule EPA stated it was necessary for the agency to gather this data from CAFOs to perform its statutory duties under the CWA, then made the decision in the notice that the agency was withdrawing the rule that it did not need this information. What EPA actually said in the withdrawal is that the agency agreed with industry commenters that, as an alternative, there were already publicly available sources of information that the agency could use instead of burdening livestock producers with this regulatory action. EPA has discretion to decide policy matters and the agency appropriately used its discretion in the withdrawal. GC

NCBA Comments on 30-Minute Mandated Rest Break Rule

NCBA Participates in Renewable Fuels Standard Debate on Capitol Hill

As reported in the September Georgia Cattleman, the U.S. Department of Public Safety’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently accepted comments regarding the livestock industry’s application for an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the agency’s hours of service regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. According to FMCSA, the exemption would enable all CMV drivers transporting livestock to operate without taking a break during the work day if eight hours have passed since the last off-duty period of at least 30 minutes. FMCSA implemented a rule on July 1 mandating a 30-minute rest period for all CMV drivers. However, FMCSA listened to the concerns of livestock organizations such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), which expressed concerns over the mandate, stating that requiring drivers to take mandatory rest breaks when extreme heat conditions exist may pose health risk for cattle being transported. As a result, CMV drivers hauling livestock are currently operating under a 90-day waiver that expires early next month. In its comments, NCBA stated that not only could this pose potential risks for transporting cattle during hot summer months, but the association is also very concerned of the potential impact of implementing the 30-minute rest period during cold weather. “The beef industry is very diverse and relies on the safe, timely transportation of livestock from all corners of the country to keep up with global demand for a high quality product,” said NCBA president Scott George in the official comments. NCBA is strongly encouraging FMCSA to provide a two-year exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision for all CMVs transporting livestock. GC

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sat across the table from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) in a September debate hosted by AgriTalk and AgriPulse discussing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in early September on Capitol Hill. The RFS mandates that 13.9 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline in 2013, an amount that will use about 4.9 billion bushels of corn, or about 40 percent of the nation’s crop. While a waiver to the biofuels standard may be implemented, two previous attempts have been denied by Congress. “We think that the waiver process needs to be fixed,” said NCBA Executive Director for Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts. “When you look at government policy mandating one user of corn over the other, it’s not the true market dictating that price per bushel.” Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of RFA, expressed concern of refiners’ willingness to use ethanol without a government program. However, in a July hearing the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency stated regardless of the mandate, the market will utilize ethanol due to the price and octane levels that are achieved. Many NCBA members have a vested interest in corn and cattle. The association supports energy independence and the development of the renewable fuels industry. However, NCBA believes it’s time to move toward a market-based approach for the production and usage of ethanol produced from corn. “We want there to be the best corn crop year after year,” said Butts. “But we know that there’s going to be times when there are natural disasters that we can’t control. What can we do to have some kind of release valve, waiver, or off ramp for those years when there is that horrible situation?” Butts wrapped up the debate stressing the importance of putting differences aside and inviting RFA to work collectively to develop a solution that will work for all parties involved in the discussion. “We are very engaged in the conversation, we’re excited Congress is talking about this, and we truly hope we can find middle ground on the policy moving forward,” she said. GC

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Progress Continues: Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef The process of holding a referendum for cattle owners to vote on the “state checkoff” for cattle has taken another step forward. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black announced recently that the Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef has been established with the naming of the five-member board. Members include: • cattleman John Callaway, Troup Co.; • cattleman Jeff Duncan, Madison Co; • cattleman Ernie Ford, Calhoun Co; • marketing rep. Allen Wiggins, Turner Co; and • dairyman Kenneth Murphy, Meriwether Co. Commission members are working with industry stakeholders and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to establish a timeline and process for executing the referendum. Indications are that an on-line sign-up period, lasting several months and beginning in October, will allow cattle owners to request a ballot. Producers who sign-up will receive a ballot by mail which will be completed and returned by mail to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The referendum vote will most likely occur in early 2014. If passed, collections from the new checkoff may be used to bolster beef promotion and education across the state. Funds may also be used for practical production research that can be used to make cattlemen in the state more profitable. Like most Georgia Commodity Commissions, 25 percent of those requesting a ballot must vote in the referendum for it to be considered valid. In addition, 66 2/3 percent of those voting must vote in the affirmative for the

ACC For BeeF MeMBer ernie Ford from Edison, Ga., shares the latest information about the state checkoff with cattlemen at the Moultrie GCA RoundUp meeting.

“state checkoff” to become a reality. “This is an opportunity for all beef producers to make a worthwhile investment on their behalf in the future of our industry in Georgia,” states commission member John Callaway. Local chapters are encouraged to invite a member of the ACC for Beef, a GCA officer or GCA staff to visit with your members at a meeting this fall about this important initiative. GC

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Pay it Forward By gary autry, president, tri-state cattlemen’s chapter

Farmers do what they say and say what they do. That is probably one of the most refreshing things I re-discovered when I came back to the farm after several decades in the business world. Integrity is in short supply in some industries – but not with Georgia cattle folks. Farmers are all about helping each other and doing the right thing by our cattle, our land, our neighbors and our country. This mindset is also at the core of the Georgia People ask us what it’s all about and we tell them that catCattlemen’s Association – uniting cattlemen and advanc- tlemen are all about helping each other. Then we try and ing our industry. I must say I’m proud to be a cattleman sign them up as a new member! and a member of GCA. That’s why I ask people to join I was able to share this message with several other our local and state association; it’s a great group of folks chapters by attending a few of the Region RoundUp meetwith a noble mission. ings. It’s great to hear what is I have one friend who has going on in other parts of the cattle and I asked him to join state and to see other people GCA for several years. I excited about the cattle busialways got the response “I ness. But it’s also discouragmeant to do that – I’m going ing to me to hear people talk to.” I finally just filled out a about “trying” to recruit new membership form with his members. The “pay it forname on it, wrote a check and ward” idea is about doing sent it in. I called him up a few something– not just “trying.” days later and told him to look Sometimes you just have to for his GCA membership card step out and do something in the mail. I also told him he positive to get the momenwas riding with me to the next tum rolling in an organizalocal chapter meeting. I picked tion. Then, other people will him up for the meeting a few catch on, new members will weeks later and he immediatebe added, and the whole vibe ly started trying to repay me. I at your chapter meeting will shrugged him off and told him be rejuvenated. The more I not to worry about it. He thorhave thought about it, the oughly enjoyed that first meet- GArY AutrY visits with cattlemen friends at the Calhoun Region more I realize how natural ing and loved receiving the RoundUp. “pay it forward” is for cattlemagazine. men. In our area we are constantly helping folks fix fence After the meeting he started up again about re-paying after a storm (I am from near Georgia’s tornado alley) or me and without even really thinking I said, “Why don't helping folks get hay baled and put up. Cattlemen natuyou pay it forward.” He looked at me a little funny. “You rally want to help neighbors and lend a hand. Why probably know someone that was like you – not getting shouldn’t we go ahead and get those same folks involved around to joining. Instead of paying me back, pay their with the only organization in our state whose sole mission membership for them; you know– do something good for is to promote and defend our industry? I hope you’ll do someone else. Pay it forward.” He caught on and liked the more than flip the page. Take time right now to think of idea. He joined up a friend. someone that would benefit from you “paying it forward.” Here we are about a year and a half later and our local Flip back to page 11 of this issue, fill out the membership chapter membership is up about 30 percent with most of application with their info, write a check to GCA and that due to “paying it forward.” Our board of directors send it on to Macon. Then call that person and ask them has really latched onto the idea that this can be more than to ride with you to your next cattlemen’s meeting. When a quick membership campaign – it’s now our chapter's they start asking questions you can tell them you value philosophy. We even had Tri-County Cattlemen’s chapter their friendship and instead of paying you back they can hats made with “Pay it Forward” on the back of the hat. “pay it forward.” GC 16 October 2013

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Congratulations to Johnathan Wells for submitting the winning entry in GCA’s October photo contest. Check out our Facebook page for the November photo of the month contest!

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sArAH GroGAn is the first recipient of the Jason Chapman Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Georgia CattleWomen’s Association.

CAttLeMen FroM ACross tHe soutHeAst gathered at the Grazing School and Deep South Stocker Conference in Watkinsville and Athens. Producers learned new management practices; approximately 120 cattlemen were in attendance.

GJCA’s kelsie Bickett student Ambassador for industry

GeorGiA  wAs  weLL  rePresented  at the 2013 LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Angus Development) Conference, Aug. 1-4 in New Orleans, La. Pictured from left are Haley Throne, Lexington; Taylor Gazda, Athens; Anna Scott, Hazelhurst; Shelby Eidson, Arnoldsville; Madison Baugh, Macon; and K.C. Smith, Douglas. A total of 173 juniors from 32 states, Canada and Uruguay attended the conference, “Cajun Livin' Angus Leadin,” where they enhance leadership and interpersonal skills while learning more about the beef industry. Photo by Laurin Spraberry, American Angus Association. 18 October 2013

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Partnering with future generations, Alltech is currently working closely with universities across the southeast, specifically, the University of Georgia. A current sophomore in agricultural communication and a minor in animal science, Kelsie Bickett will be an instrumental component for reaching the undergraduate audience and helping to bridge the gap between agriculture and consumers. She is also a member of the GJCA.

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A big thank you to these chapters for taking us over $35,000 so far!

tHe  PuLAski  CountY  CAttLeMen’s  AssoCiAtion promoted June Beef Month by passing out beef recipes, stickers and bumper stickers at M&T Meats in Hawkinsville on June 22. Pictured above are Terry Moore, Pulaski County Cattlemen’s Assoc. president, Phil and Tammy Mathis, owners of M&T Meats, and Robert Moore, junior member.

MAdison  CountY  CAttLeMen’s  BoArd  MeMBers present GCA president David Gazda with the largest single chapter donation (in physical size and dollar amount) at the Region RoundUp in Athens.

HiGHLiGHtinG tHe MouLtrie reGion rounduP were donations presented by Pachitla Cattlemen's Assoc. ($1,000), Southwest Georgia Feeder Cattle Marketing Group ($1,000) and Moseley Cattle Auction, LLC ($500).

CLArke-oConee CAttLeMen’s AssoCiAtion recently recognized outstanding members at their annual awards banquet. Local community leaders were invited to enjoy a prime rib dinner with COCA members as the association celebrated the achievements of the past year. Awards presented included: Outstanding Service – Dr. Charles Dobbins; Cattleman of the Year – Dr. Fred Liebl; and Special Award for Dedicated Service – Dr. Russ Page. The Larry Risse memorial scholarship was awarded to two outstanding junior members, Ben Guthrie and Meg Mitchell. GCA EVP Josh White, pictured with the 2013-14 COCA board of directors, presented the keynote address for the evening.

wAsHinGton  CountY donated $1,000 to the remodel fund in honor of their president, Bobby Brantley, pictured with his wife Carolyn along with GCA’s Michele Creamer and Josh White. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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By Suzanne Black, GBB director of industry information and public relations

This year is going by so fast, fall is already here! Before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be too. I’m always on the search for new recipes throughout the year. Fall is the perfect time of year to be on the lookout for new stew, chili and soup recipes. Even better, all three of these cold weather dishes call for company at the table; I sure don’t know of many people who can finish a whole pot of stew in one sitting! Rewinding back to my senior year at ABAC, we always tried to arrange some time for a “Monday Funday” meal. These meals helped us look forward to those exhausting Mondays, all because we knew our day would end with some great friends and good food.

Well, this Cowboy Beef Stew is perfect for any Monday Funday, Sunday family supper or just a good excuse to reunite with old friends. We added corn to ours but you could always add more veggies and enjoy it with biscuits. You could even turn it into a Mexican dish (Josh White) and eat your stew with tortilla chips. This beefy stew can be found on the Beef It’s What’s for Dinner website, which was recently relaunched with a new look and improved functionality. The site is used to help educate consumers on options of beef, preparations tips and beef nutrition. The contemporary feel of the revamped site is easy to use and will engage any visitors while answering their beef questions. So, are you looking for new beef recipes? Check out to find more beefy recipes like this Cowboy Beef Stew. GC

COWBOY BEEF STEW Total Recipe Time: 2-1/4 hours to 3 hours Makes 6 servings ingredients 2-1/2 pounds beef Stew Meat, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 package (12 to 14 ounces) dried bean soup mix with seasoning packet (not quick cooking) 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) beef broth 3 cups frozen diced or hash-brown potatoes (optional) Salt and pepper instrUctions 1. Soak beans in water overnight in refrigerator according to package directions. Reserve seasoning packet. 2. Coat beef with seasoning from reserved packet. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/3 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat twice with remaining oil and beef, adding additional oil as needed. 3. Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot. Drain beans; discard water. Add beans, tomatoes and beef broth to stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours, or until beef is fork tender. 4. Stir in potatoes, if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. 20 October 2013

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A Moment of reflection By Nanette Bryan, president

The mornings are just a bit cooler, the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the days are getting shorter. All are signs that fall is in the air. After this hot rainy summer I am ready for some cooler weather. I hope your families are well, and things are running smoothly on your farm. As I write this letter my mother CattleWomen awards time is is in the hospital suffering from pneu- quickly approaching. The nominamonia. As her condition improves I tion deadline for CattleWomen have reflected quite a bit on child- awards is Jan. 15, 2014. Awards are hood memories. I grew up with my CattleWoman of the Year, Friend of dad, mom, brother and sister. I was the CattleWomen, Chapter of the the baby of the family. My brother Year and Hall of Fame. Please conand sister would be the first to tell tact the Cattlemen’s Office with you I got away with everything. I was nominations; they will pass on the definitely a Daddy’s girl. information to the committee for When I look back, I see all my consideration. mother did to make our family what Beef Ambassador time will soon it was and is today. My dad worked be upon us! Please begin reflecting on third shift. When I got the program and brainhome from school supper storming ideas to improve would be ready and I it this year.Since my time would wake up my dad to is now consumed largely eat. I always had clean with caring for my mothclothes, a clean house, food er, during her illness I will to eat and all the love I be stepping down as Beef could imagine. Ambassador chairman. Looking back I realize Serving as Beef it was my mother that Ambassador Chairman made it all possible. She did has been a tremendously nAnette BrYAn without so I could have. rewarding experience for She worked hard at home to provide me. I hold to my opinion that the us with the best that she could; Beef Ambassador Program is the best believe me, it was more than I program CattleWomen are involved deserved. in. It is great to see our youth out proI thank God I was blessed with moting the beef industry and sharing such wonderful, caring parents. the beef story with their peers. I am Although we did not have a lot of proud to say that Sara Akins was money, we were rich beyond measure. ready to jump right in and serve as As the years roll, on I see some of Beef Ambassador chairman. She is my mother’s qualities in myself. I excited about this new adventure and hope I pass some of these same quali- has some great ideas. Look for some ties down to my daughters. I would changes coming to the program in the not be the person I am today if it were coming year. If you would like to not for the hard work and dedication email Sara with any questions you can of those loving parents that I was so do so at blessed to have. Happy Fall, Ya'll!!! GC

GEORGIA CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICERS President: Nanette Bryan 2830 E Armuchee Road Summerville, GA 30747 706-397-8219 President-Elect: Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098 Vice-President: Cynthia Douglas 5500 Barnesville Highway The Rock, GA 30285 706-647-9414 Secretary: Carla Payne P.O. Box 246 Calhoun, GA 30703 770-480-7004 Treasurer: Sara Akins 1177 S. Coffee Rd. Nashville, GA 31639 229-686-2771 Past President: Brenda Brookshire 6179 State Hwy 60 Suches, GA 30572 706-747-3693 Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe

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Amish Meat Loaf recipe by lois walker

ingredients 2 lbs hamburger meat 4 slices bread, cubed 2 tsp. slat & pepper, mixed 2 eggs in a cup plus enough milk to make 2 c. 3/4 c. chopped onion 1/2 c. French dressing instrUctions 1. Mix all ingredients together. 2. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 3. You can brush the top of meat loaf with some of the French dressing.

Some of the ingredients you will need

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Georgia Sunbelt Ag Expo Chianina Set for Oct. 15-17 P.O. Box 330 • Stephens, GA 30667 706/759-2220

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The 36th anniversary Sunbelt Ag Expo will take place Oct. 15-17 in Moultrie, Ga. The event attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors from all over the world. Visitors come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 1,200 commercial exhibitors, and capitalize on educational opportunities from university and college research specialists. The Expo strives to provide access to practical solutions, by showcasing the latest innovations in agricultural techniques and practices, cutting edge research and development, and stateof-the-art machinery and related products. The Beef and Cattle Seminars and Demonstrations will be sponsored by the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. Seminar topics will include market outlook, forages, cattle care and well-being, disease traceability and antibiotic regulations. A daily producer panel will also address forage, nutrition, health and genetics. For a complete listing of the schedule of events, visit our website.

Sponsored by Santa Gertrudis Breeders International

For more information please refer to article in show guide. 9:30 a.m. Market Outlook 10:00 a.m. Forages 11:00 a.m. Beef Cattle Care and Well Being 12:30 p.m. Disease Traceability & Antibiotic Regulations 1:30 p.m. Producer Panel 2:30 p.m. Forages

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The Expo is located on Georgia Hwy. 133, southeast of Moultrie, Ga. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day of the show. Admission at the gate is $10 per person with children under the age of 10 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For additional information, please check the Expo Web site: or call us at 229-985-1968. GC cattle management and forage seminars location - Beef Pavilion, e-8

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Ralph Hubert “Hub” Liles Aug. 24, 1942 - Aug. 8, 2013 Mr. Ralph Hubert “Hub” Liles, 70, of Cedartown, Ga., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 following a brief illness. Mr. Liles was born on Aug. 24, 1942 in Polk County to his parents, the late Ralph Emanual Liles and Helen Virginia Lewis Liles. Mr. Liles was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation, where he served as a Projects Supervisor and was also retired from the Moreland Altobelli Company. He was a Mason having served in both the Douglasville Lodge and the Caledonia Lodge#121F&AM of Cedartown. Mr. Liles held the distinction of being a Scottish Rite 32 degree Mason, was a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple of Atlanta and a member of the Cedar Valley Shrine Club. He helped with many shrine fundraisers which helped children admitted to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. A farmer who enjoyed nature and the outdoors, he was a member of the Polk Cattlemen’s Association and a proud member of the Calvary Assembly of God. He is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Linda Barber Liles; his son, David Liles; his step-children, Leslie Covington, Tracy Stovall and Michael Covington; his grandson, Justin Liles; his step-grandchildren, Alexis Obermeyer, Alyssa Covington, Tristan Covington and Noah Covington; a number of cousins and other relatives also survive. Memorial contributions can be made to either: The Calvary Assembly of God, Building Fund, 401 West Gibson St., Cedartown, GA 30125 or to the Caledonia Lodge#121 F&AM, North Main St., Cedartown, Ga., 30125. Visit to extend your personal condolences to the family and to sign the on-line guest book. GC 28 October 2013

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

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

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 United Bank, Barnesville 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 First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany Jackson EMC, Gainesville Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Mid-America Feed Yard, Ohiowa, Nebraska Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely 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 Ware Milling Company, Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN

Yancey Bros. Company

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

AgSouth Farm Credit

Fuller Supply Company

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville

Intervet Merial

Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Pennington Seeds

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Southern States

Baker Cattle Service, Quitman Bank of Camilla, Camilla Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Community Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Country Pride Market, LLC, Milan Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Flint EMC, Perry, 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 Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Laurens County Farm Bureau, Dublin

Purina Mills Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau,Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville 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 Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Reedy Creek Farms, Metter Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Roberta Drugs, Roberta Roberta Piggly Wiggly, Roberta Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R.W. Griffin Industries, Nashville Security State Bank, McRae Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Woodstock SunSouth, Carrollton Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Turner’s Wings, Reynolds Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland 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 Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Wash. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Robin lives in a valley that is dotted with grazing pasture and selected irrigated vegetables. She has neighbors who graze yearling heifers to sell in the fall and another neighbor who grows pickling cucumbers. Her heifer neighbors, Barry and Claire, had their yearlings comin’ on strong. The grass held up and they supplemented them. Their heifer market was good, but one of the requirements of their buyers were that they were guaranteed “open” as opposed to bred. To their dismay, one of the cattlemen in the valley had his bulls, good bulls, no doubt, but still bulls, within “wafting distance” of the 600 yearin’ heifers. I’m guessing 50 or so were in the estrogenic phase of the estrus cycle on any given day. A wreck was predictable! That day came. A rutting Angus was discovered in with the heifers. In concert Barry and Claire opened gates on each end of the pasture. They cared not which end the bull went out of, just as long as he went! They were horseback and got the bull headed in a long trot toward one end. He became agitated and stirred up, as any testosterone carrier can in the presence of estrogen dispensers. The bull shifted into high gear and was roaring and blowing when he swerved from the gate and plowed through the four-strand bobwire fence… into the pickle grower’s field where workers were hard at it. Normally the biggest enemy of cucurbits (cucumbers, pumpkin, squash and calabash) is the nasty little cucumber beetle. It comes in striped or spotted attire and carries the dreaded bacterial wilt. However, on this day a bull tornado was heading that way! El Toro crashed through the field scattering gherkins, trailing vines, dragging yards of

black plastic covers, startling pickle pickers and ambushing bacterial wilt! He upset boxes, bags and bugs! Cucumber beetles were racing for cover! According to the rules of OSHA, one chemical toilet should be available per 20 people. In our pickle farmer’s situation only one Tommy’s Totable Toidies stood tall in the field. Tommy’s business logo was a bull’s eye on the door. Whether the logo had any influence or not, the green outhouse with the black and white bull’s eye drew the attention of the mad bull. He attacked it, knocking it over and rolling it several times. It was a page out of the

rodeo clown’s “man in the barrel” instruction manual. Barry thundered by after the bull, chasing him down the road while Claire was calling the bull’s owner. She left a message then looked back at the overturned Toteable Toidy. It had landed with door up. It creaked open and a head appeared. It was as you might expect, except he was still wearing his hat. Although it was very inappropriate, she couldn’t help herself. And… she already had her Smart Phone out, so she took a picture. She told herself it might be needed if OSHA ever became involved. GC

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Junior Livestock Programs in Georgia By ronnie silcox

During last school year 2,461 youth participated in state-wide 4-H/FFA livestock show projects. Participants in state livestock show projects in 2012-2013 included 1,023 4-H members and 1,438 FFA members who raised 4,832 animals. The numbers of animal entered in state projects and the numbers shown at state shows by 4-H and FFA members are presented in Table 1. State market lamb and market goat shows are held at the Georgia National Fair in October. State steer, beef heifer, dairy heifer, market hog and breeding ewe shows are held at the Georgia Junior National Stock Show in February. Entry deadlines for the various shows are three to six months before the state show. As shown in Table 1, there were 4,832 animals entered as state projects in all shows and only 3,384 or 70 percent were shown at the state level. Some of the animals entered do not make it to the state show for a variety of reasons, but most of those are shown at other local shows and fairs. As shown in Table 1, there are more market hogs, steers, beef heifers and dairy heifers shown by FFA members than 4-H members. There are more market lambs, market goats and breeding ewes shown by 4-H members. One reason for this is that there is a difference in age requirements for the different shows. An exhibitor must be nine years old or older to show market hogs, steers, beef heifers and dairy heifers. Exhibitors must be in the first grade or older to show sheep or goats. Sheep and goat shows attract a lot of young exhibitors who are not old enough to be in FFA. Table 2 contains the total number of animal entered in each show since 1990 when the Georgia National Fairgrounds opened and state livestock shows were moved to Perry. The first state breeding ewe show at the Georgia National Stock Show in February was held in 42 October 2013

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Table  1.  Georgia  junior  livestock  show  exhibitors  &  animals  entered  in 2012-2013.


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total *

4-h shown

ffa shown




*Many exhibitors compete in more than one show.

Table 2. Total number of animals entered in state shows by year of show.  Year

Beef heifer

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

476 504 344 520 623 695 785 788 739 728 723 761 803 923 905 898 900 921 903 805 732 683 644 608

dairY heifer

82 167 261 289 336 359 319 280 300 311 307 304 283 307 328 340 355

Breeding sheeP

58 47 69 57 56 82 109 91 113 96 95 118 111 162 133 134 150 116 100

marKet goat

321 404 582 758 946 1,061 1,129

marKet hog

marKet lamB

1504 1,869 1,948 1,838 2,347 2,518 2,384 2,281 2,297 2,070 1,850 1,887 1,885 1,919 1,966 2,014 1,955 1,953 1,973 1,835 1932 2,007 2,006 2,058

550 664 954 864 807 727 609 553 516 548 523 521 530 528 452 524 464 444 500 418 378 345 316


510 442 381 412 398 419 470 459 478 421 401 396 383 383 393 413 414 415 396 364 324 335 308 266

1995. The commercial dairy heifer show began in 1997 and the state market goat show was introduced in 2006. Over the past seven years beef heifer and steer numbers have declined. This is probably as much due to economics as anything else. Peak numbers of beef entries were in 2007. The steers and heifers shown in 2007 were purchased in 2006 and entered in the fall of 2006. Corn price for September 2006 was $2.20 per bushel. In September 2007 corn was $3.28 and in September 2008, when exhibitors were entering the 2009 show, corn has gone to $5.01 and was still rising. In 2009 we saw a drop in all entries except the new goat show. Anyone reading this is probably acutely aware that it costs a lot more to raise a heifer or steer now than it did ten years ago. We saw the same thing last summer with high calf prices and very volatile feed prices. The number of market goats has more than tripled since the project began in 2006, while the number of market lambs has declined over the past five years. Some of the decline in market lamb numbers is probably due to exhibitors getting involved in the goat show instead of the lamb show. Entries in the state market hog show have been fairly stable. The hog project is much shorter than a beef project and they don’t consume nearly as much feed. Dairy heifer numbers have increase over the last two years. This is probably due to a rule change in weight requirements that made that made it easier for exhibitors to locate a heifer. To get involved in 4-H contact your county extension office. To get involved in FFA contact your high school or middle school agricultural education teacher. More information about state livestock shows can be found at: GaJrLivestockShow/default.htm GC



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GCA dues structure GCA regular dues are $50 per year. This structure includes a standard rebate of $5.00 per member that is returned to the local Association the member is affiliated with. Some local sTATE duEs ArE $45. ChAPTErs WiTh $5 LOCAL duEs ($50):

Amicalola Appalachian Baldwin-JonesPutnam Banks Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien Blue Ridge Mountain Brooks Burke Carroll Colquitt Cook Coweta Crawford Area Decatur Elbert Floyd Franklin Grady Hall Haralson Harris Hart Heard Henry Houston Jackson Jefferson Johnson Area Lincoln Little River 46 October 2013

Lowndes Lumpkin Macon Madison Meriwether Mid GA Mitchell Morgan Murray North GA Northeast GA Ocmulgee Ogeechee Oglethorpe Pachitla Peach Piedmont Polk Seminole South GA Southeast GA Tattnall Taylor Thomas Three-Rivers Tift Tri-Co. Walton Washington Webster Wilkes

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Associations have chosen to levy additional local dues beyond the $5.00 which is presented in the information below. Please use this table as you are signing up new members into GCA. ChAPTErs WiTh  $10 LOCAL duEs ($55):

Barrow Clarke-Oconee Greene Area Heartland Laurens Northwest GA Pulaski Stephens Tri-State Turner Worth Chapters with $15 local dues ($60): Red Carpet Chapters with $20 local dues ($65): Satilla Wayne County Chapters with $30 local dues ($75): Piney Woods AbAC Chapter local dues are $5 ($15) uGA Chapter local dues are $10 ($20) All Junior members dues for every chapter is $15: $10 State dues $5 Local dues Troup County collects their own  local dues; therefore they pay  state dues only ($45).

2013 MEMBERSHIp TOTALS Total 11/30/12 20 Amicalola Appalachian 78 158 At Large Baldwin/Jones/Putnam 94 Banks 63 Barrow 36 67 Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien 9 Blue Ridge Mountain 61 12 Brooks 95 Burke Carroll 154 Clarke-Oconee 96 46 Colquitt 9 Cook Coweta 112 Crawford Area 17 12 Decatur Elbert 39 Floyd 72 Franklin 116 Grady 35 Greene Area 39 Hall 36 41 Haralson Harris 54 79 Hart 54 Heard Heartland 34 Henry 60 Houston 13 167 Jackson Jefferson 32 Johnson Area 27 L.T.D. 11 Laurens 84 Lincoln 37 Little River 82 Lowndes 43 Lumpkin 21 Macon 17 Madison 130 Meriwether 47 Mid GA 182 Miller 38 Mitchell 100 Morgan 73 Murray 28 North GA 61 Northeast GA 72 Northwest GA 52 Ocmulgee 37 Ogeechee 98 Oglethorpe 74 Pachitla 49 Peach 10 Piedmont 123 Piney Woods 26 Polk 109 Pulaski 16 Red Carpet 105 Satilla 108 Seminole 11 South GA 91 Southeast GA 19 Stephens 52 Tattnall 77 Taylor 18 Thomas 16 Three-Rivers 206 Tift 40 Tri-Co. 36 Tri-State 118 Troup 13 Turner 14 Walton 44 Washington 85 Wayne 40 Webster 3 Wilkes 68 Worth 16 ABAC (primarily junior chapter) 55 UGA (primarily junior chapter) 44


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GCA Awards: have You Applied Yet? Winners will be announced at the 2014 Convention Awards Banquet and Cattlemen’s Ball or Summer Conference ChAPTErs Of ThE YEAr These awards recognize outstanding work by local associations in a variety of areas, including state and national membership, participation in GCA activities, legislative affairs, community involvement, local association activities and service to members. The completed form and supporting materials must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. Supporting materials include scrapbooks or other documentation verifying material found in the entry form. Supporting materials will be returned upon request. Each winning chapter receives $250 and a commemorative plaque. Two divisions: Chapters with 61 or more members ANd chapters with 60 or less members. CATTLEMAN Of ThE YEAr This award recognizes an outstanding GCA member for their cattle and farming operation. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque, a two-page spread in Georgia Cattleman magazine and a recognition video. CATTLEWOMAN Of ThE YEAr This award recognizes an outstanding CattleWoman who supports the state and local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque. TOP hANd sErViCE AWArd This award recognizes an individual in the cattle industry who goes beyond the call of duty. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque. This award will be given on an asneeded basis. bEEf QuALiTY AssurANCE AWArd This award recognizes individuals who are BQA certified, use these principles on their farm and show BQA leadership in their communities. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office no later than Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and $250. OuTsTANdiNG COuNTY AGENT This award recognizes excellence in county Extension agents who support their local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Oct. 1. The winner will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque. OuTsTANdiNG VOCATiONAL AGriCuLTurE TEAChEr This award encourages excellence in vocational agriculture teachers who support their local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and $100. VETEriNAriAN Of ThE YEAr This award recognizes outstanding large animal veterinarians who support their local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque, GCA jacket and $100. Award sponsored by Georgia Allied Industry Council. JuNiOr Of ThE YEAr This award recognizes an outstanding junior member who is involved in the beef cattle industry. Nominations must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 1. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and custom belt buckle. Award sponsored by Carroll County Cattlemen's Association. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N • October 2013 47

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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

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

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

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

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.

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

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


Selling Bred Angus and SimAngus heifers, Angus and SimAngus bulls

Mack and Kathy Hays 8555 Gravel Hill Road Doerun, GA 31744 Home: 229-787-5791 • Cell: 229-881-0158

Jeff heuer

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


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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Georgia Angus Breeders

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Bill Helton, Sale Consultant - 256/962-0256

Bred Heifers For Sale At The Farm.

300 head on hand now... but constantly changing!

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sayEr & sons Edwards L and & CattLE Co.

Herd reduction sale saturday, oct. 19 • noon at Csr Farms sale Facility alapaha, Ga

Fall Female and Bull sale saturday oct. 26 • 12:30 p.m. at on-Farm sale Facility Beulaville, nC

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!


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:

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

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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

Collins & Son Selling Six Performance Tested Charolais Bulls Coming 2-year-olds

October 26, 2013 2012-2013 Wiregrass Forage Based Bull Evaluation

Collins & Son

Sale is at Advance Genetic Resource Farm South of Elba, AL

ted a collins

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

For more information call the farm or visit and select "BCIA Bull Evaluations"

The Graham line continues... Announcing

Hill-Vue Farm Annual Production Sale Monday • 1 p.m. • october 28, 2013 Hill-Vue Farm, Blairsville, GA Offering 72 lots of time-tested, performance genetics BuLLs

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24 Angus 18-mo 12 Polled Hereford 18-mo

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1. Over 60-years of disciplined linebreeding started by Graham Angus, Albany, GA 2. True forage developed, low input seedstock, 100% Graham 3. Semen and pregnancy checked for reproductive soundness; ultrasounded for carcass merit 4. Balanced trait, outcross genetics that will complement today’s popular A.I. sires

Featuring the Get and Service of these Graham sires

With The NEIL TRASK PLATO DOMINO line and featuring sires: Plato Mossy Domino HV634, Plato Mossy Domino HV990, and Plato Banner HV080 and Plato Banner HV801 (2540 lbs) From Old Courthouse Go .7 mi. N On Haralson Drive, Turn Right On Deep South Farm Rd Go .8 mi. NNE

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Troy Dyer, Herdsman Dr. Dan Brown, Advisor Carroll Cannon, Auctioner • Cell 229-881-0721

HiLL Vue FArM 1159 Deep South Farm Rd., Blairsville GA 30512

2 miles west of Jackson, Ga on Hwy 16

“Our customers make the difference!” Beef Sale each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. • Cattle received on Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m. • Feed and water available to cattle • Hauling available • Cattle working available by request after each sale


Dairy Sale the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. • •

Cattle received on Sunday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday beginning at 7 a.m. Hauling available



New Operators at Mid-Georgia Livestock: Jeff Holloway (770-550-4340) and Brent Galloway (678-410-6070)

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

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

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

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

Polled Charolais Cattle


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

ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited



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Oak Hill Farm Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett Barn: 770-893-3446 Home: 770-893-2674 Cell: 770-826-9551

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

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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

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

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

770-567-3909 Email:

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Gearing up for Winter Grazing By Dennis Hancock, Forage Extension Specialist, The University of Georgia

It is that time of year again! Yes, it is time to gear up and get ready to plant your winter grazing. As you grease up your no-till drill or pick up the one you’re renting, here are some key considerations to help ensure your plantings are successful and cost-effective. Clear out and Clean Up One should never take anything for granted. This is especially true for assumptions about no-till drills. For example, one is likely to find at least one of the drop tubes or feed cups will be clogged or has a spider web in it that will obstruct normal flow (Figures 1 and 2). Spiders seem to have an affinity for seed tubes. Use compressed air to blow out the tubes. After blowing them out, use little wads of paper to pass through the drop tube to test to make sure it is clear of obstruction. If it doesn’t drop through easily, take off the tube and treat it with more vigor. One might also find that the last person to use the drill left a surprise in the hopper. Several years ago, I picked up a no-till drill that I had rented. Apparently, when the last person finished with it, they failed to empty out the seed. Since this drill was stored outside and the lid wasn’t watertight, I found a cake of half-rotten tall fescue seed in the bottom of the hopper and a bunch of seedlings growing like a Chia pet on top. Surprise! Set Up for Proper drop Larger seeded species, can usually be planted using the large seed box without any problem. This is handy because the large seed box usually holds much more volume than

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Figure 1. This feed cup (under each seed box) is full of seed from the previous use.

the small seed box. Many of our forage seeds are small and require a shallow seeding depth. Any seed that is the size of tall fescue, annual ryegrass, or smaller should be able to be sown using the small seed box. Seeds that are approximately the size of tall fescue or annual ryegrass can be sown using either seed box. Check to make sure the feed cups are appropriately set up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure these are properly set BEFORE pouring seed into the box, otherwise your seed will flow right through and form neat little piles under each opener. Check for Unusual Wear Running a no-till drill across some of our rough (and sometimes rocky) terrain is hard on it. Check to make sure that the coulters on the front, the openers in the middle (where the furrow is opened), and the press wheels in the back are not chipped, bent, or wobbling and that they run true with one another. Ensure that each moving part turns freely and that all bearings are sound and greased. Also, ensure the openers are allowing sufficient gap for the seed to fall into place. These considerations are especially important when dealing with rented drills. No one who reads these articles would do this, but there are some people in this world who fail to pick up the drill when turning around. Such is commonly the case for rented drills and this will cause extreme wear and stress on the moving parts and result in failure. ensure Proper Planting depth Most of our most common forage species (e.g., annual ryegrass, bahiagrass, tall fescue, etc.) should be planted at a depth of ¼ to ½ inch. Some can be planted as deep as 1

inch without hampering emergence (e.g., rye, wheat, triticale, pearl millet, sorghum x sudangrass, etc.). In fact, when soil moisture is limited, it would be wise to plant those species at that depth. In contrast, most of the legumes (e.g., the clovers, lespedeza, alfalfa, etc.) should be planted no deeper than ¼ inch deep. There are three major adjustments that can be made to adjust the planting depth. The first of these adjustments is the cutting depth of the rolling coulter in the front of the drill. As a rule of thumb, the coulter should be cutting twice as deep as the planned seeding depth. So, if the desired planting depth is ½ inch, then the coulter should make a 1-inch slice into the sod. This is usually adjusted by a “depth control” knob or hydraulic setup. Those who are unfamiliar with using a no-till drill may assume that turning the “depth control” knob is the only adjustment that is needed. Unfortunately, they may not realize that this only sets the coulter depth. There are two other adjustments that are necessary. Second, ensure that the springs above the opener are providing sufficient down pressure (Figure 3). Typically, there are one or two springs for each row unit that pushes the opener down. These may be placed on their lowest down pressure setting when shipped from the manufacturer. This may be sufficient down pressure, at least at the start. However, in dense sod (e.g., when planting into thick bermudagrass or bahiagrass) Figure  3. Parts important to or after a few seasons of use, depth. these springs may not provide enough down pressure. To create more down pressure, shorten the length of the spring’s travel according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually by removing the “W” clip at the bottom of the spring and moving it to a higher hole in the rod that runs through the spring). The final step, adjusting the press wheels correctly, is equally crucial to no-till planting success. Most press wheels have a T-handle that can be adjusted forward (toward the tractor) allowing the depth to be shallower or backward (toward the press wheel) to enable a deeper seed placement. The press wheels are designed to ensure that the openers aren’t pushed too deeply by the springs. The press wheels work in tandem with the springs to create what is called “reserve power.” In other words, as the properly adjusted press wheel traverses the rough terrain of pastures and hayfields, there is enough travel in the spring that the openers are always positioned at the right depth. The springs and press wheels work together in the same way as the suspension system and the tires on your truck or car work to ensure that the wheel doesn’t bounce off of the surface. Remember that conditions often vary

within the field and will change throughout the day. Regularly check seeding depth and adjust the press wheels accordingly. For the shallow-planted (<¼ inch) species, establishment success is often greatest when the seed is dropped directly in front of the press wheel. The press wheels can provide enough soil coverage to ensure adequate seed:soil contact. Some no-till drills are designed this way (such as the drill pictured). If working with a drill that is not designed in this fashion, the small seed box drop tube can be removed from where it is dropping seed into the opener, and it can be cable-tied or wired in place so that it drops the seed in front of the press wheel. When checking depth, carefully scrape away the soil from the middle of the furrow outwards. Measure the depth relative to soil surface. Note that the layer of thatch or residue is not included in the planting depth. Checking planting depth can sometimes be difficult because the seed are hard to find. When adjusting the seeding depth, use a quart-sized bag full of seed that has been lightly sprayed with orange turf paint so that one can easily see the seed when measuring seeding depth. Calibrate the drill The final step in preparing for planting is to ensure that the proper ensuring proper opener/ seeding seeding rate is being sown. It is likely that your drill’s manufacturer provides settings for most forage crops that you plan on seeding. However, these settings are not always perfect, nor do they account for normal wear with the moving parts. The manufacturer’s recommended settings are a great place to start, but they may not be sufficiently accurate. With seed prices where they are currently, it has never been more important to calibrate your drill. Your drill’s manufacturer likely has provided a step-by-step guide to calibrating your drill in the manual. Other methods for calibrating a drill are also provided on and in an Extension article from our colleagues at the University of Arkansas entitled “Calibrating Drills and Broadcast Planters for SmallSeeded Forages,” which is directly linked here: GC

additional information about setting up and calibrating your no-till drill can be found by visiting our website at If you have additional forage management questions, visit our website or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. 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 august 6, 2013 Lot1: 485 lb steers avg Lot2: 480 lb heifers avg Lot 3: (split load) 625 lb steers avg 600 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 615 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 655 lb steers avg Lot 6: 685 lb steers avg

$163.40 $150.10 $142.00 $132.00 $140.25 $145.25 $149.10

southeast livestock exchange september 3, 2013 Lot 1: 700 lb steers avg $152.00 Lot 2: 700 lb steers avg $153.00 Lot 3: 750 lb steers avg $149.75 Lot 4: 750 lb steers avg $149.75 Lot 5: 850 lb steers avg $143.50 Lot 6: 680 lb heifers avg $142.25 Lot 7: 710 lb heifers avg $140.75 Lot 8: 725 lb steers avg $151.30 Lot 9: (split load) 580 lb steers avg $152.75 600 lb heifers avg $142.75

Lot 10: 600 lb steers avg

northeast georgia livestock august 14, 2013 Lot 1: 825 lb Holstein steers $104.60 Lot 2: 825 lb Holstein steers $104.50 Lot 3: 950 lb Holstein steers $ 98.75 Lot 4: 760 lb heifers (sort two loads) $135.00 Lot 5: 725 lb steers $153.95 Lot 6: 750lb steers $147.00 Lot 7: 850 lb steers $142.70


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Lot 1: 825 lb Holstein steers Lot 2: 825 lb heifers Lot 3: 800 lb steers 750 lb heifers Lot 4: 775 lb steers 725 lb heifers Lot 5: 700 lb heifers Lot 6: 725 lb steers Lot 7: 825 lb steers Lot 8: 860 lb steers

$105.90 $135.25 $147.00 $140.00 $147.50 $140.50 $145.50 $155.50 $140.50 $137.00

northeast georgia livestock august 28, 2013 Lot 1: 765 lb heifers $139.10 Lot 2: 750 lb steers $150.10 Lot 3: 825 lb steers $140.90 Lot 4: 850 lb steers $144.10

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Lot 3: 765 lb steers Lot 4: 700 lb steers Lot 5: 725 lb steers (part. load) Lot 6: 735 lb steers Lot 7: 850 lb steers Lot 8: 790 lb steers Lot 9: 800 lb steers Lot 10: 800 lb steers Lot 11: 800 lb steers (part. load). Lot 12: 825 lb steers Lot 13: 785 lb steers Lot 14: 825 lb steers Lot 15: 840 lb steers Lot 16: 840 lb steers Lot 17: 850lb. steers

$154.00 $151.75 $149.00 $153.00 $142.75 $148.45 $148.00 $145.75 $144.00 $148.20 $150.60 $147.50 $148.70 $144.50 $145.00

Lot 18: 885 lb steers Lot 19: 875 lb steers Lot 20: 800 lb steers Lot 21: 920 lb steers (2 loads) Lot 22: 585 lb heifers Lot 23: 575 lb heifers (part. load) Lot 24: 615 lb heifers Lot 25: 685 lb heifers Lot 26: 700 lb heifers (part. load) Lot 27: 725 lb heifers Lot 28: 750 lb heifers Lot 29: 775 lb steers Lot 30: 725 lb steers (part. load) Lot 31: 675 lb heifers (part. load)

$142.75 $141.00 $146.75 $137.00 $154.90 $149.00 $152.10 $145.35 $132.00 $141.00 $142.60 $151.50 $149.50 $138.10

northeast georgia livestock september 4, 2013 Lot 1: 575 lb heifers $150.75 Lot 2: 640 lb heifers $147.10 Lot 3: 725 lb heifers $142.00 Lot 4: 750 lb heifers $139.60 Lot 5: 750 lb heifers $141.50 Lot 6: 820 lb heifers (sort two loads) $138.15 Lot 7: 660 lb steers $156.90 Lot 8: 900 lb steers $140.20 red carpet cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s association tele-auction/athens tennessee stockyard september 11,2013 Lot 1 : 635 lb steers (unweaned) $151.50 Lot 2: 665 lb steers $159.00

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beef Management Calendar for the Month of October GENERAL • Quality of bermudagrass and bahia declines rapidly from now to frost. Watch condition of cows. Supplemental feed may be needed. • Fertilize fescue pastures (60 pounds N; P, K and lime according to soil test results). • Finish planting winter grazing in prepared seed beds and begin overseeding winter annuals into pastures. • Watch feed conditions closely when grazing stalks and stubble. Cows will eat the best of the crop residues quickly. • Remove cattle from sorghum crops after a light frost due to the danger of prussic acid poisoning. • Continue to monitor supplemental feed prices. Corn and by-product feeds such as cottonseed are usually cheaper in the fall. SpRING CALVING January, February, March • Finish weaning late calves (follow September management list). • Heifers need to weigh about twothirds of their mature weight at breeding time in March. They usually need

to gain about 1.5 pounds per day after weaning. • Watch the body condition of bred heifers. Separate them from the cows and provide supplemental feed as quality of fall grazing declines. • Identify thin cows and supplement them at a rate where they will reach moderate body condition at calving.

suggested pre-calving and pre-breeding vaccinations for cows. • Start feeding a high magnesium mineral supplement 30 days before cattle are turned in on winter grazing or lush fescue pasture.

FALL CALVING October, November, December • Cows due to calve should be put into clean pastures and checked frequently. • Tag calves at birth. Record birth date, tag number and cow ID. • Castrate, dehorn and implant bull calves at birth. • Bulls will be turned in with heifers in December and cows in January. It is time to evaluate bulls, trim feet, line up a breeding soundness exam or decide on buying a new bull. • Check with your veterinarian about

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



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October 1, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 86]

October 19, 2013 Sayer & Sons LimFlex and Limousin Herd Reduction Sale Alapaha, Ga. • 912-592-1904 [See advertisement, p. 63]

November 2, 2013 Burns Farm Bull & Commercial Female Sale Pikeville, TN • 706-474-0091 [See advertisement, p. 49]

Thunder Valley Ranch Sale Commerce, Ga. • 210-861-5136

October 3 - 13, 2013 Georgia National Fair Perry, Ga.

Town Creek Farm West Point, Miss. • 662-509-2233 [See advertisement, p. 33]

Pigeon Mountain “Beef Builders” Bull Sale Rome, Ga. 770-547-1433 [See advertisement, p. 70, 71]

October 5, 2013 Sarratt Farms Sale Gaffney, S.C.

October 26, 2013 Black Grove & Friends Angus Female Sale Newberry, SC [See advertisement, p. 89]

Alabama Connection Hanceville, Ala. October 11, 2013 Columbia Livestock Market Southern Pride Heifer Sale Lake City, Fl. 386-755-2300 [See advertisement, p. 53] October 11 - 12, 2013 Salacoa Valley Farms Dispersal Brangus Sale Lake Park, Ga. 706-337-2295 [See advertisement, p. 35] October 12, 2013 Gretsch Brothers Angus Genetics with a Great Foundation 1st Annual Female Sale Colbert, Ga. 706-340-0945 Edisto Forage Bull Test Sale Blackville, S.C. 803-450-0995 [See advertisement, p. 27] October 15 - 17, 2013 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 27] October 17, 2013 Athens Stockyard Preconditioned Sale Athens, Tenn. 423-745-3582 October 18, 2013 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Sale Woodbury, Ga. 706-977-9222 [See advertisement, p. 57] October 19, 2013 Walden Farms Bull Sale Brantley, Ala. [See advertisement, p. 69] Northeast Georgia Livestock Consignment Equipment Sale Athens, Ga. 706-549-4790 [See advertisement, p. 2]

Southern Connection Sale Calhoun, Ga. 979-229-4472 [See advertisement, p. 68] Edwards Land & Cattle Co. Beulville, N.C. • 615-330-2735 [See advertisement, p. 64] Debter Hereford Bull Sale Horton, Ala. • 205-429-4415 [See advertisement, p. 51] TJB Gelbvieh Production Sale Chickamauga Ga. [See advertisement, p. 7] Wiregrass Bull Test Sale South of Elba, Ala. 229-762-4259 [See advertisement, p. 66] October 28, 2013 Hill-Vue Farm Angus & Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 66] October 30, 2013 Fink Beef Genetics Annual Bull Sale Randolph, Kan. 785-532-9936 [See advertisement, p. 1] November 1, 2013 Bull Power IX Colbert, Ga. 706-474-0091 [See advertisement, p. 39] Frank Turner & Sons Farms 11th Annual Angus Bull & Female Sale Hayneville, Al. 706-601-0800 [See advertisement, p. 59] November 1-2, 2013 GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. Concord, Ark. 877-436-3877 [See advertisement, p. 34]

Yon Family Farms Fall Bull & Female Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048 [See advertisement, p. 56] November 5, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 86] November 7, 2013 Adams Ranch Annual Bull & Heifer Sale 772-461-6321 [See advertisement, p. 48] November 8 - 9, 2013 Grandview/CMR Herefords Dispersal Sale Como, Miss. • 904-613-4261

November 15, 2013 ZWT Ranch Performance-Tested Angus Bull Sale Crossville, Tenn. 304-619-8722 [See advertisement, Inside Back Cover] November 16, 2013 Timberland Cattle’s Best-of-theBlack Angus & Sim-Angus Bull Sale Vernon, Ala. • 205-695-6314 [See advertisement, p. 60] Heart of Alabama Uniontown, Ala. • 251-578-4750 [See advertisement, p. 31] November 21, 2013 Athens Stockyard Preconditioned Sale Athens, Tenn. • 423-745-3582 November 23, 2013 Ankony Elite Angus & Hereford Sales • Clarkesville, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 62] MM Cattle / Callaway Cattle Co. Bull Sale Carroll County Livestock 770-328-2047 [See advertisement, p. 53]

November 9, 2013 Blackwater Bull Sale The December 1, 2013 Cattlemen’s Kind Georgia Farm Bureau Convention Lake Park, Ga. Jekyll Island, Ga. [See advertisement, Back Cover] December 3, 2013 Gibbs Farms 8th Annual Bull & Southeast Livestock Exchange Replacement Female Sale Tel-O Sale Ranburne, Ala. [See advertisement, p. 86] 336-469-0489 [See advertisement, p. 73] December 6, 2013 Calhoun Bull Test Sale Mountain Laurel Classic Santa Calhoun, Ga. Gertrudis Sale 706-542-3102 or 706-624-1398 Calhoun, Ga. 423-364-9261 December 7, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 32] Bramblett Angus Performance Tested Bull Sale November 9 - 22, 2013 Elberton, Ga. • 706-654-8272 North American International Livestock Exposition Cavender’s Neches River Ranch Louisville, Ky. Jacksonville, Texas 877-436-3877 [See advertisement, p. 83] [See advertisement, p. 34] November 13, 2013 Deer Valley Farm Focused on the Future VII Sale Fayetteville, Tenn. 931-433-1895 Red Carpet Tele-Auction Northwest Georgia Livestock Pavilion • 423-605-0561 November 14, 2013 Athens Stockyard Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Tenn. 423-745-3582

December 14, 2013 Southern Excellence Wadley, Ala. • 404-473-6797 [See advertisement, p. 44] December 18, 2013 Northeast Georgia Livestock Customer Appreciation Day Athens, Ga. 706-549-4790 December 21, 2013 3J Farms Bull & Female Sale, Livestock Pavilion Calhoun, Ga. • 706-676-8323

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Get Active, start Learning and start building By Greyson Fernandez, GJCA Chapter Relations Officer

As an officer for the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association, I have had the opportunity to attend several agriculture events across the state. These events have allowed me to meet people and successful cattlemen from the southeastern U.S. As a young person with limited experience, I have come to the conclusion that “older” members of the Cattlemen’s Association posses a wealth of knowledge that I can learn from. I have always been interested in all aspects of agriculture, but cattle hold a special place in my heart. Living in west central Georgia has afforded me the opportunity to work for various farms, but last year marked the start of “my” cattle business. I set out to acquire top-quality registered Angus foundation stock to form the base of my fledgling company. When you are starting from scratch you want to avoid making fatal or costly mistakes; experienced mentors in the cattle industry are your most valuable resource. The first person I talked to was Gerald Bowie, president of The Auction Way Company. A cattleman himself, and a member of the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame, I knew he could provide valuable information. Bowie’s many years of running cattle auctions gave me insight into the industry and names of people in the cattle business that could be of help to me. The first person he suggested I acquire foundation stock from was Harvey Lemmon of Lemmon Cattle Enterprises in Woodbury, Ga. Lemmon is a wellrespected cattleman and breeder, and he was going to have an auction in October, 2012. It was there at that auction that I purchased my first three cow/calf pairs and a beautiful bred heifer. One might think that the top quality stock I acquired was the best 94 October 2013

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thing that came to me from that day, but that assumption is wrong. By far the best thing that I got from that nationally televised auction was the contacts I made while sitting in the stands and bidding on the cattle. I met David Gazda, president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and southeastern representative of the American Angus Association. I got valuable advice from Mike Jones, auctioneer and cattleman, who lives just a few miles down the road from me. Lemmon has become a trusted mentor who guided me through the artificial insemination of my three open cows. The point I want to drive home to young and old cattlemen alike is that the cattle business is both complex and ever changing. The advice of people that have “been there and done that” successfully is very valuable. The great thing about Georgia Cattlemen's Association and Georgia producers, is that they are all willing to help young people interested in the industry. They are not like competitive grillers hiding their rub and BBQ sauce recipes. Get active in your local Cattlemen’s chapter, attend agriculture events, develop mentoring relationships, start learning about the latest advances in our industry, build your cattle business to its fullest potential and become the future leaders of our nation’s cattle business. GC

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


Chairwoman Merritt Daniels Convention/Summer Conference Coordinator Jordan Harrison Field Day Coordinator Hope Edwards Chapter Relations Madison Baugh Chapter Relations Greyson Fernandez Chapter Relations Macy Seagraves Youth Activities Advisor Bailey K. Toates 816-824-0002 GET CONNECTEd  ON fACEbOOk GEOrGiA JuNiOr CATTLEMEN's AssOCiATiON

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