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Volume 39 / Number 6 / June 2011

Watch for special BEEF features throughout this issue!

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GCA President’s Report by Steve Blackburn GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership GCA 2011-2012 Committees Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Brenda Brookshire Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Cole Brogdon

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GCA and GCWA Participate in NCBA Region II Meeting Help Available for Storm Victims / Foundation Assistance The 2011 Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show 10 Tips for BEEF on the Grill Brooke’s BEEF Month Media Tour Promote BEEF in your Chapter “Just Ask!” Recruitment Tips and Incentives Livestock Industry Concerned About Important Tax Benefits GCA History - 1982-1986: The Silver Anniversary 50th Annual GCA Convention Winners GCA Summer Conference Schedule in Jekyll Island

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Letters to the Editor New Members Animal Rights Activists Are At It Again by Charles N. Dobbins Associate Members Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Father of the Bride by Baxter Black County Connections Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Spotlight on Lauren’s County Cattlemen’s Association Advertising Index Calendar of Events

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Mid-Year Beef Cattle Market Update by Dr. Curt Lacy Preventing Tall Fescue Stand Losses by Dr. Dennis Hancock Cattle Warts by Carole Hicks Tritrichomonas Foetus by Dr. Laura Bryan, Miss Tia Barksdale & Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM

 Industry news


 Reader services



 Expert advice



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


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


June is BEEF Month in Georgia! This month’s cover features filet mignon, one of the 29 lean tantalizing cuts of beef you and your family can enjoy during the summer grilling months.

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GCA President’s Report


Still Kick’n



Hello again from the Bird Dog Capital of the World, Waynesboro, Ga.

I want to start this month by explaining how I came up with the title of this column. Many moons ago, when there were single pump country stores where the older gentlemen used to hang out in front chewing tobacco, discussing the weather, and drinking 8-ounce Cokes, I heard several respond to the country greeting, “How you doing?” with the simple answer, “Still Kick’n.” Youthful curiosity demanded I ask what “Still Kick’n” meant. After a graceful arch of tobacco juice toward the nearest oil can spittoon, one of the men started with, “Well, young fellow,” and I got my answer. It seems that as a young man, he and his brothers broke “green” horses for the area farmers. When the farmers asked if their stock was ready for a saddle and a return trip home, the answer was either “Yes Sir” or “Still Kick’n.” He added in a mentoring voice that was loud enough for all to hear, “If you pace yourself you, too, will have enough energy to do a little kicking at the end of the day.” There was lots of laughter that I did not understand at the time. Our family offers our deepest condolences to all that lost family or friends during the recent storms. Our thoughts and prayers are with those harmed both physically and economically in the mayhem. The pictures and words in the press do not accurately describe the destruction. Past President Bill Bryan, with several local chapter presidents, regional vice presidents and the area CattleWomen, organized a work day on May 3 to assist fellow cattlemen that were hit by the tornados. We met at Executive Committee member Dean Bagwell’s farm for a rain-shortened day of clearing fences and pastures of debris. We had about 25 GCA members, one GCA Executive VP (Josh), several industry reps, Extension agents and local friends of the family lending a hand to our friends in need. It was a mess in which we only made a dent. Thank you to all who were able to come that day, and the days before and since, as I am sure it was greatly appreciated. We have established a fund through the GCA Foundation to assist those that have been hard hit. Please contact the office for details on how to make a tax-deductible contribution. I attended two great chapter meetings in Danielsville (Madison Co) and Dublin (Laurens Co) this past month. In Danielsville they had a large crowd for their annual auction to raise funds for scholarships and the new meeting facility that is on the drawing board. I bid on a few things that I thought would have made a great Mother’s Day present for my children’s mother. If I had not gotten outbid, I know she would have loved the Shop Vac or air compressor hose. The second chapter meeting in Dublin created some butterflies at first because the livestock pavilion is behind the ball park. When I drove in, there were several ball games in progress and 6 June 2011

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


GCA Leadership Knowledge, Willingness to Help Appreciated by Proactive Member

Dear Josh, Numeric Nutrient Criteria Rule. Representative Barrow Letters I would like to thank you for the valuable insight and informed us that a committee was in the process of guidance you provided me in preparation for my cattlebeing formed in congress to govern the EPA so that men’s report to Representative John Barrow during his the practice of regulatory overreach would not continto the Editor recent farm tour stop in Washington County. The discusue to stifle the productivity and growth of farmers. sion points you informed me of were a true representation of By speaking with you before preparing my report for issues that affect not only the cattlemen in our area but throughRepresentative Barrow on the needs of the cattlemen in my area, out the entire United States. I was able to provide him a wealth of information to consider. The information on the death of earmarks and the drastic The additional information from the National Cattlemen’s Beef effects that it could possibly have on cattlemen in our state is a Association that you informed me of was very helpful as well. potential blow to the advancement of the beef industry, and It’s not only great to know that the Georgia Cattlemen’s Representative Barrow needed to be informed of this fact. Association has an Executive Vice President that is abundantly Representative Barrow appeared very knowledgeable about the knowledgeable on the issues that affect the beef industry but you environmental issues that you brought to my attention. He are very approachable and willing to share this information. agreed that the Environmental Protection Agency has increasingly Thank you for all that you and your staff do. Thanks, overstepped their boundaries on several issues such as the Timothy May, Washington County Cattlemen’s Association Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Rule and Florida’s

President’s report, continued

some of the crowd had apparently parked in front of the Livestock Pavilion. I’ll admit to being a little nervous seeing all those cars and knowing we were working a few calves in a processing demo after dinner. I got to assist in the demo by loading syringes and ushering the first calf around the arena after it somehow slipped through the squeeze chute before the equipment operator was ready. I was not sure why everyone was laughing at something that was terribly embarrassing to a fellow salesman. Honestly, Kenny (Sikes), it was contagious. Along with several members of GCA and GCWA, I attended the Region 2 NCBA meeting in Wilmington, N.C. this past month. The NCBA team in Washington, D.C., is doing a great job representing our interest. The issues of overregulation, excessive taxation, foreign trade, and a general misunderstanding of where food comes from, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the NCBA staff deals with daily. While we have scored some victories this past year, there are plenty of issues that you and I want our legislators and the regulators to understand our position on before they choose actions that potentially could make our lives on the farm more difficult. I encourage you to join NCBA and support the efforts they are making on our behalf. I hope you are planning to attend the First GCA Summer Conference in Jekyll Island (July 22- 23). We are going to have a productive and fun meeting that will give everyone that attends a front row seat to ocean view dinners and a chance to fellowship with producers and their families from across the state. You will have to show up in person to see the “First GCA Pasture Pool Tournament” since the folks from the Golf Channel will likely have a scheduling conflict. The Comedy channel has expressed some interest in picking up coverage if they can get the limbo contest and farmers tan competition, too. If you are not already registered, get on the phone or computer, or fax in the form in this magazine. Last, but not least, please remember to “Just Ask” a neighbor, friend or even relative to join GCA. We are all responsible for how the future will look. Let’s make it bright for the next generation by keeping the opportunities to raise cattle and kids on a farm possible. Hope to see you “Still Kick’n” on the trail.

GCA-GJCA-GCWA MEMBERSHIP FORM Complete and mail this form to:

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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 taxdeductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. Complying with tax laws, GCA estimates 5% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of direct lobbying activities. Also, charitable contributions to GCA are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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This is a weekend packed full of fun activities for the whole family at Jekyll Island. Enjoy the beach with your family while learning more about the beef industry, meeting with old and new friends, and hear firsthand what we are facing in the legislature. Conduct the business of our association in the morning and enjoy activities with your family and friends in the afternoon. There are so many activities on the Island to enjoy, including Summer Waves, Golf, and the Emerald Princess. Discount tickets will be available. Also register online at

GCA Summer Conference Meal & Event Registration Form, July 21-23, 2011 Complete a separate pre-registration form for each individual, couple or family that will be picking up a registration packet.

Name ____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ CIty _______________ State__________ Zip _____________ Phone (________) ___________- ______________________ Email _____________________________________________ County/Chapter _____________________________________ Registration Fee $25.00 per family _____________________ Friday night meal Friday night Kids Meal (Kids 12 & under) Friday Afternoon Golf Tournament (You will pay on site) Saturday night meal Saturday night Kids Meal (Kids 12 & under) Registration Per Family

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Room Reservation Information The conference will be held at the Jekyll Island Villas By The Sea. Villas By The Sea 800-841-6262 Ext. 2 You won’t receive the group rate on the website. Please call hotel direct for special rate. Reservations must be made by June 21, 2011


Executive Vice President’s Report


Finding Hope, Perspective and an Easter Bunny

The devastation left in the wake of late April tornadoes is something I hope we don’t experience again anytime soon. Calls were coming in and going out of the GCA office as we were hearing from and checking on members in areas that were hardest hit. GCA staff and volunteer leaders were all relieved to learn that in the midst of the destruction none of our members were killed or seriously injured. A workday was quickly organized in northwest Georgia and it was a blessing to be able to get together with fellow members and do something tangible to help. Seeing the damage firsthand certainly makes you think about your priorities and puts things quickly into perspective. As we were picking up debris in his pasture, Steve Taylor and I shared a moment of thankfulness. “The farm is a total mess,” Steve observed, “ but at least we’re here and able to work to put it back together.” Within just a few minutes Greg Bowman, Bartow County Extension Coordinator and fellow cattleman, walked over with a big blue stuffed Easter bunny that looked like it had been through a car wash, then thrown in a mud puddle. “Wonder where this came from?” Greg asked our group as he tossed the bunny into the loader bucket. I don’t remember if anyone answered out loud or if we were just all thinking it: “Probably Tuscaloosa.” I’m not much of a country music fan and can be pretty cynical about some of the overused stereotypical lines used in the radio-ready songs, but helping clean up and reading about those most devastated made me think of Lee Greenwood’s patriotic “God Bless the USA.” The line about losing material things – “…and I had to start again with just my children and my wife…” – has become a reality for many of our fellow farmers and ranchers in the past few months because of tornadoes, wildfires, drought and flooding. Curt Lacy, in his presentations and articles, often refers to the challenge of rising input costs for the big three F’s: Feed, Fuel and Fertilizer. In the aftermath of the recent storms I’ve come up with the big three F’s that will carry us through any trial or challenge: Faith, Family and Friends. Right now is the perfect time to reach out to fellow cattlemen, friends and neighbors that have been affected by the recent storms. The media attention has cooled down, but I know your encouragement and offer to help will be appreciated as the long process of clean-up and rebuilding continues. Not sure how to help? Call the office and we can put you in contact with folks in need. Another option is to make a donation to the GCA Foundation with “disaster relief ” on the “For” line.


June is BEEF Month in Georgia This issue is filled with information on BEEF Month and beef promotion. I hope your chapter is planning activities to promote beef in your area. Ultimately, the dollars spent on beef and beef byproducts by consumers are what fuel virtually every segment of our industry. You may have heard that the Georgia Farm Bureau has selected beef as their featured commodity to promote this year. Partnering with your county Farm Bureau is an excellent opportunity for our local chapters to maximize the impact of beef promotions in June and throughout the year. One of my favorite stories to share with consumers and kids is a cow’s amazing ability to consume relatively low quality feeds that we (humans) can’t eat (grass, hay, corn stalks, gin trash, etc.) and convert them into high quality beef. Ruminant nutrition is fascinating and I have yet to talk about the miracle of a cow’s digestive system and not get a “wow” from my audience. Please give us a call if we can help provide literature, presentation materials/information, or advice on how to effectively promote beef. We have excellent Checkoff-funded materials available that we would love to share.

Beef Exports Strong Another area that beef Checkoff dollars impact is development of beef export markets through the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The March 2011 export data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that exports are a major factor fueling strong beef prices. Exports are finally back up to pre-BSE (2003) levels and this has been accomplished in spite of Japan still only receiving approximately 30 percent of the U.S. beef they were importing in 2003. U.S. Beef exports were up 48 percent over March 2010, with the largest increase in volume going to South Korea. This makes South Korea the new top export market for U.S. beef. With talk of opening trade with China and positive rumors circulating about Japan reducing their U.S. beef import restrictions, the future looks bright for U.S. beef exports. It has been a fast-paced spring and I’ve enjoyed attending many local chapter meetings across the state. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you would like a staff member or volunteer leader to come visit your chapter. Remember that most chapters meet the same days, so contact us early to get on our schedule. Back home the kids have had a great time with soccer this spring, with each kids’ team winning at least one game. Claire figured out how to score last week, making two goals in one game! They are all very excited to be out of school for the summer. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

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

STEVE BLACKBURN President P.O. Box 179 Waynesboro, GA 30830 214-912-1993


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


CHUCK JOINER Vice President

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



355 Monticello Highway Gray, GA 31032 478-986-6893


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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


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

Andrew Conley, Lake Park, 706-781-8656

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

Melvin Porter, Jefferson, 706-654-8283


Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941

Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-896-1043

Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175

Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518

Region 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070

Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136

Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400

Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495

Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025

Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187

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

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

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

Region 15: Randy Franks, 912-427-8036

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

2830 E Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747

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

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

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

G C A New M em be r Rou ndu p “We're glad you've decided to join us!” Tim Beasley, Homer, Ga. Ben Bennett, Valdosta, Ga. Ian Bennett, Valdosta, Ga. John Bennett, IV, Waleska, Ga. Sam Bennett, Valdosta, Ga. Billy Blair, Jr. DVM, Jennings, Fla. Mark Boatright, Bristol, Ga. David Bridges, Stephens, Ga. Bailey Brock, Washington, Ga. James Brown, Patterson, Ga. Larry Bryson, Lula, Ga. Steve Cardin, Ringgold, Ga. David Carter, Odum, Ga. Joy Carter, Tifton, Ga. Joseph Colpaert, Blyth, Ga. Gary Cook, Blairsville, Ga. Ronald Cook, Ty Ty, Ga. Donald Culpepper, Lake Park, Ga. Kelly Daniels, Odum, Ga. Thomas Davis, Marietta, Ga. Jeffrey Deen, Milledgeville, Ga. Shane Eason, Senoia, Ga. Jacob Gibb, Fort Valley, Ga. Megan Greeson, Norman Park, Ga. Daniel Groselle, Macon, Ga. Frankie Hall, Waynesboro, Ga. Mike Henney, Midville, Ga. James Hudson, Broxton, Ga. Chester Hyers, Alma, Ga. Harald Ivey, Lula, Ga. Ross Kendrick, Sycamore, Ga.

Noel Kenny, Desoto, Ga. Ray Kinglsey, Chickamauga, Ga. Donnie Lemmon, Woodbury, Ga. William M. Lewis, Comer, Ga. Katie Mealor, Commerce, Ga. Leroy Moody, Cedartown, Ga. Sally Ree Netherland, Louisville, Ga. Jeremy & Mandi Neville, Fortson, Ga. Jacob Noland, Screven, Ga. Daina Odom, Graceville, Fla. Jessie & Julie Parks, Columbus, Ga. Bob Patterson, Hamilton, Ga. Phillip Paulk, Ambrose, Ga. Shelton Pickle, Colquitt, Ga. Chyanne Pope, Alto, Ga. Jason Ritter, Yulee, Fla. Carroll Saxon, Lula, Ga. Morgan Saxon, Lula, Ga. Paul Simmons, Danielsville, Ga. Corey Reed, Summerville, Ga. Charlie & Angie Singletary, Nashville, Ga. Christa Steinkamp, Athens, Ga. Jackson Strickland, Alton, Ga. Jimmy & Elizabeth Stubbs, Columbus, Ga. William Swancey, Carnesville, Ga. R. E. Underwood, Jefferson, Ga. Michele Waldrop, Sharpsburg, Ga. Patrick Wasden, Senoia, Ga. Andy Whitten, Claxton, Ga. Ray Wiley, Lula, Ga. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Mid-Year Beef Cattle Market Update

By Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension Economist - Livestock

Current Situation Calf prices in Georgia continue to run at historically high levels. However, at this writing they have also taken a $10/cwt. tumble from the spring highs (Figure 1). Simultaneously, corn prices are still running above $7.00 per bushel and the Texas drought is now extending into the Southeastern U.S. In fact, there are reports of cattlemen in South Georgia who are already feeding hay. All of these items add up to lots of uncertainty in the cattle markets.

Summer and Early Fall Outlook The key drivers on the high prices we witnessed were driven by a combination of tight supplies and improving demand. Nothing has really changed on the supply side, but the demand aspect is certainly not clear. Positive forces that have improved beef demand include increasing household income (lower unemployment) and increasing beef exports, especially to countries like Japan. This burgeoning beef demand led us to the higher calf and feeder prices we saw earlier in the spring. However, it is not entirely clear to many that we are out of the economic woods yet. While not many analysts are seriously discussing a double-dip recession, there are concerns that housing values have declined and stagnated. Also, there is some concern that U.S. unemployment seems to be stuck at around 9.0 percent. From all indications, it seems that in those instances of business expansion, employers are working their employees longer and 12 June 2011 •


MED. & LRG. #1 & 2 STEER CALF PRICES 500-600 Pounds, Georgia, Weekly

Figure 1

not hiring many, if any, new employees. Combine this with a nationwide gasoline price in excess of $4.00 per gallon, which reduces consumer’s expendable income, and it is easy to see why beef producers are nervous. In spite of all the negativity surrounding consumer demand, one fact has not changed. The U.S. cow herd is getting smaller, not larger. As a result, any declines in demand will be tempered by tight cattle and beef supplies. While drought and high input prices are not good for cattle producers, the combination of the two effectively conspires to limit the expansion of the cattle sector by existing producers or entry by new would-be cattlemen. More to the point, how many cattlemen do you know that are retaining large amounts of heifers or getting into the business? In terms of summer prices, cattlemen can expect slaughter and feeder

cattle prices to stabilize by early-mid June and begin picking back up in late July to mid-August. There are two main reasons for this prediction. First, cattle prices typically exhibit a late-spring/early-summer swoon similar to that experienced in April and May, so this dip was expected. Secondly, late-winter drought conditions in the Plains regions caused an early exodus of stocker calves from pasture to the feedyards. So, while cattle on feed numbers are relatively higher now, once the system works through these cattle there should be increased demand in mid-late summer as feedyards look to replenish their finishing cattle. While I am not sure we will return to the prices we saw this spring, especially for 500 to 600 pound calves, I would not be at all surprised to see the heavyweight feeders approach their

spring 2011 prices beginning mid-July through early September. My current estimates are for 500 to 600 pound steers to average $128 to $133 through August and 700 to 800 pound steers to average $115 to $125 for the same time period. These estimates are for singlehead sales so cattlemen with truckload lots of cattle can add $5 to $12/cwt. to these prices, depending on how many other attributes (source-verified, Pi-3 negative, natural or other designation, etc.) they have added.

Longer-Term Outlook In case readers have not heard, the U.S. cow herd is shrinking. Not only are we experiencing year-to-year declines, but we are also seeing a longterm contraction in the industry. A review of Figure 2 yields an understanding of this fact. Since 2002, we have lost almost 2.3 million beef cows in the U.S. Major causes for the contraction include drought, high crop prices taking land from pasture, high land prices/urban encroachment, higher input prices for cattlemen, and the combination of aging ranchers and high cow prices. The bottom line is


Figure 2

over the past 10 years there have been more reasons to leave the business than to remain. However, there is some good news in all of this misery. For producers who can/are willing to hang in there, cattle prices the next several years should yield some palatable dividends. Of course, there is considerable

risk in the cattle venture and there will certainly be periods of negative returns. However, longer-term the U.S. will continue to be Number One on a very short list of producers of highquality finished beef in the world. As a result, we should be in a favorable situation to feed the ever-expanding global population. GC

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Deep South Stocker Conference SAVE THE DATE!

Aug. 19, 2011 Auburn University’s E.V. Smith Research Center Shorter, AL

NEW: Conference will be ONE day • Educational seminars covering economical and marketing, forage management, health and nutrition • Trade show with industry professionals displaying new products and services • Tour of E.V. Smith’s Research Center $75/person or $100/ couple

For more information, contact your local Extension office (1-800-ASK UGA-1) or Lawton Stewart (706-542-1852; • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GCA 2011-2012 Committees

COMMITTEES APPOINTED AND APPROVED GCA President Steve Blackburn appointed the 2011-2012 GCA committees and they were approved by the Executive Committee the end of April. Below are committee chairs with their contact information. Please feel free to contact them with your ideas or concerns:

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By-Laws Committee – Co-Chairs: Robert Fountain, Johnson Area Chapter, 478-668-4808, Billy Moore, Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Chapter, 478-986-6893, MEMBERS: Billy Moore • Joe Duckworth • Frank Thomas • Robert Fountain Bill Bryan • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Legislative Committee - Chair: Bill Nutt, Polk Co. Chapter, 770-748-6424, MEMBERS: Louie Perry • Billy Moore • Henry Jones II • Joe Duckworth Gerald Long • Jay Duncan • Steve Whitmire • Chris Taylor • David Cromley Stan Tankersley • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Awards Committee – Chair: Billy Moore, Baldwin-Jones-Putnam, 478-986-6893, MEMBERS: Carroll Cannon • Bill Hopkins • Ernie Ford • Emory Seay Norma Sword • Wes Smith • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Convention Committee - David Gazda, Clarke-Oconee Chapter, 706-296-7846, MEMBERS: Ernie Ford • Randy Fordham • Billy Moore • Carroll Cannon • Melvin Porter • Curt Lacy • Holly Alford • Brenda Brookshire • Laurie Sterner • Kim Chandler • Linda Crumley • Henry Jones • Mary Bea Martin • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Health & Wellbeing Committee - Chair: Dr. Jim Strickland, Tattnall Co., 912-654-2151, MEMBERS: Bill Nutt • Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks • Dr Lee Jones • Dr Roger Ellis • Carole Hicks • Caylor Ouzts • Kristy Arnold • Jason Bentley • Dr. Carter Black • Dr. Doug Ensley • Dr. Ben NesSmith • Eddie Bradley • Stephen Cummings • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Media & Communications Committee – Chair: David Gazda, Clarke-Oconee, 706-227-9098, MEMBERS: Mike McCravy • Reggie Beasley • Frank Malcolm • Tammy Cheely • Billy Moss Christy Page • Joy Carter • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

Tour Committee - Co-Chairs: Jason Johns, Haralson Co,, 770-851-0691 Ted Dyer, Tri-State Chapter,, 423-605-1034 MEMBERS: Mike Burke • Jessie Driggers • Joe Duckworth • Carolyn Gazda • Ricky Lane Bill Nutt • Dr. Jim Strickland • Paul Thompson • Ex Officio - Steve Blackburn 

THE GEORGIA BEEF BREEDS COUNCIL AND BEEF EXPO COMMITTEE met May 2nd to evaluate the 2011 Georgia Beef Expo and start making plans for the future. The Council elected to keep Carroll Cannon, Tift County Chapter, 229-776-4383,, as the Chairman. Thank you, Carroll, for your service to the Expo Committee.

THE GEORGIA BULL TEST COMMITTEE held their annual meeting April 27th to review policy for the Bull Test Stations. The current Rules & Regulations are available online at, or by calling 229-386-3683. The Committee elected Melvin Porter, Jackson County Chapter, 706-654-8283,, as Chairman for 2010-2011. SEVERAL OF THESE COMMITTEES will meet in the coming weeks so don’t hesitate to call the chairmen or the GCA office to visit with them.

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GEORGIA ATTENDEES TOUR FUNSTON FARM (top left photo). Top right: Left to right are GA NCBA Director Bill Hopkins, ANCW President-Elect Tammy Didlot and ANCW Reg II Director Marcia Callaway. Bottom left: NC State Extension experts demonstrate Low Stress cattle handling techniques. Bottom right - Dinner held aboard the USS North Carolina.

GCA and GCWA Participate in NCBA Region II Meeting Cattlemen and CattleWomen from across the Southeast gathered in Wilmington, N.C., on May 6-7 to discuss NCBA policy issues as well as Federation of State Beef Council related checkoff issues. The session started with a welcome from North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association Executive Bryan Blinson and the group quickly got down to business. Kent Bacus, NCBA Director of Legislative Affairs, provided an overview of Federal legislative and regulatory issues that the D.C. office is currently addressing. Issues ranging from overregulation by EPA to the implementation of Free Trade Agreements highlighted the presentation. NCBA Region II Policy Division VP Dr. Hal Philips from Florida provided information on Florida Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA lawsuit challenging the EPA’s Numeric Nutrient Criteria as, “arbitrary, capricious, and beyond EPA’s statutory authority.” The lawsuit further asks the court to set aside the regulation, “due to the irreparable harm Florida agriculture producers will suffer if EPA actions are not stopped.” Philips shared that the EPA was requiring level of some nutrients in water leaving farms and ranches to be “lower than the level of nutrients God put in our rainwater.” Mr. Sammy Blossom, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Beef Council and member of the Federation of State Beef Council (FSBC) Executive Advisory Committee, gave an update on the continued efforts of the FSBC to carry out the desires of their Board by becoming more independent. A number of actions will be considered by the FSBC at the NCBA summer conference, including the possibility of chang-

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ing the name to “The U.S. Beef Council,” which many feel provides a better description of the organization. The session concluded with a brief update from each state on their spring activities, much of which focused on storm damage and flooding updates. Sixteen American National CattleWomen (ANCW) gathered to conduct business during the meeting representing six southeastern states. New officers were elected, including Caci Nance (former GA Beef Ambassador) from South Carolina as Consumer Education chair and Melissa Miller (UGA) as Beef Promotion chair. Marcia Callaway will continue to serve as Region II national board member. The group was pleased to have ANCW President-Elect Tammi Didlot (OK) attend the meeting. Saturday the entire group enjoyed a group tour of nearby Funston Farm. The Centennial farm is diversified with swine, cattle, hay and row crops. Members of the NC State Extension and Veterinary team led a Low Stess Handling Demonstration and Discussion as part of the Tour. The afternoon featured a visit by Rob Hosford, NC Department of Ag trade expert, on the function of ports followed by a tour of the port in Wilmington. The evening concluded with a dinner on the retired battleship “USS North Carolina.” The North Carolina Cattlemen, CattleWomen and Beef Council were excellent hosts. Thank you to all the GCA and GCWA volunteers for taking time to attend this important planning meeting in preparation for NCBA Summer Conference, Aug. 1-4, in Orlando, Fla. GC


In My Opinion

Animal Rights Activists Are At It Again By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins, retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty

Animal rights activists must have way too much time on their hands and access to too much money. The California based Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) mission is to advance the interest of nonhuman animals through the legal system and expand the boundaries of animal law through groundbreaking lawsuits. They advocate changing the legal status of animals from property to personhood so animals have the legal right to sue anyone who uses animals. In other words, a person would not own an animal, but all animals would be free with legal protection. Remember the effort a few years ago to change the legal terminology of pets from “OWNER of an animal” to “GUARDIAN of an animal” so the animals would have more rights? Animal rights attorneys could sue on behalf of the animals if this ever occurs. As ALDF attorney Valerie Stanley recently stated, “Everything we are doing lays the foundation for the day when animals will have rights. We need to get into their faces and sue animal users so often they don’t know which courtroom they are supposed to appear in next.” According to a Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners Voting Alliance (SAOVA) article, the current ALDF campaign is to establish a “National Animal Abusers Registry” – however, they are starting one state at a time. An Animal Abusers Registry bill was introduced in California. The bill required individuals convicted of felony animal abuse to register in a central computerized system for a 10year period. Failure to register would have been punishable as a misdemeanor. The bill was not passed after the Senate Appropriations Committee estimated the start-up cost to be $750,000 to $2,000,000. An abusers registry bill was introduced in Virginia. The bill would have created a new crime for failure to register. The cost in Virginia was estimated to be about 1 million dollars to set it up and $126,411 per year for the State Police to support the program. No estimate for the cost of the un-funded mandate for local governments. The bill didn’t pass in Virginia. A registry bill was introduced in the State of Washington. The cost estimate was quite similar to California and Virginia. No word on the status of this bill. The most recent registry bill is in Texas. Senate Bill 779 Animal Abusers Registry is currently under consideration by the Texas Criminal Justice Committee. This bill creates a central public database, updated daily, containing information about persons over the age of 17 who have been convicted of, or have received a grant of, deferred adjudication for one or more animal cruelty offenses. The person must register until the 10th anniversary of the conviction. Failure to register creates a Class B misdemeanor offense. A different twist in this bill is that there are provisions to allow third parties to fund the establishment and implementation of the bill. It allows the Department of Public Safety to solicit and accept a gift, grant or donation from any source to establish and maintain a computerized central database. 18 June 2011

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In my opinion, this campaign is just another step of using the legal system to further the mission of animal rights groups to outlaw the ownership of animals, remove meat from the human diet, and give all animals the right to sue anyone who uses animals. It has nothing to do with animal welfare, but it may have an appeal for people raising money and it does give their attorneys something to do. What do they wish to accomplish by establishing a national or state registry? Just how many convicted animal abusers are there? It certainly is not as serious as the sexual predator register. Look at the cost. Is it really such a problem as to justify using these amounts of money for this purpose when there are much more worthy needs for the funds? How about the unfunded mandate for local governments (costs for court impacts, judicial cost, clerk cost and court fees)? It will strain already over-worked police and further overload the court system for a useless registry. How do animal rights advocates get politicians to sponsor such bills? Either the politician is clueless about the mission of these groups, they agree with the mission, they do not take time to question details when local constituents requests such bills, or perhaps some monetary consideration occurs – legal, of course. GC


Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 / Macon, GA 31221 (478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5731 • Email:

 New Member  Renewal Business Name_________________________________ Contact ______________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City ___________ State___ Zip ___________________ Phone _______________________________________ FAX _________________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by _________________________________ MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

 Tenderloin Member $600 or more  T-Bone Member

$300 - $599

 Sirloin Member

$ 75 - $149

 Rib-Eye Member

$150 - $299

Contribution Amount ______________

Thank you ... for your membership!

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



Tenderloin Members ($600+)

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

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville, GA Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely United Bank, Barnesville Ware Milling Co., Waycross

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Back Water Package Store, Fortson BB&T Bank, Dainelsville Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Jackson EMC, Gainesville Manor Cattle Company, Manor Novartis Animal Health, Crystal River, Fla. Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Union County Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton

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

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Bekaert Corp., Douglas Berry Angus Beef, Mount Berry Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Circle R Ranch & Livestock Equipment, Ft. Meade, Fla. Citizens Bank Washington County, Sandersville Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center, Dahlonega Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dogwood Veterinary Hospital, Newnan Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Double S Farm, Danielsville Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose Fields Auto Parts, Comer First Citizens Bank & Trust, Comer First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Floyd County Farm Bureau, Rome Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holland Fertilizer, Cedartown David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville

Fuller Supply Company

Intervet Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin L NB Equipment, Comer Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Mason Tractor and Equipment Company, Blue Ridge Merchants and Citizens Bank, McRae Murray Mix Concrete, Inc., Chatsworth Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Polk County Farm Bureau, Cedartown Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Saddle Up Tack and Feed, Hamilton Silver Creek Feeders, Treynor, Iowa Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto

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GCA Foundation for Disaster Relief Assistance

Deadly twisters ripped across the Southeast in April, leaving thousands of people without homes and billions of dollars in damage. The twisters inflicted widespread devasation, flattening whole neighborhoods and farmland, making it the deadliest U.S. natural catastrophe since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, reported Reuters. More than 100 deaths were reported across Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia and Louisiana and 340+ people in Alabama. When disaster strikes, it has been said you realize who your real friends are. Cattlemen across Georgia proved this to be true on Tuesday, May 3, when more than 30 cattlemen volunteers donated their time to help north Georgia cattlemen unbury from the tornadoes’ destructive path. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped during the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Disaster Relief Workday and who continue to donate their time and energy to help the producers rebuild. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the GCA Foundation for Disaster Relief Assistance please contact us by calling 478-474-6560. 20 June 2011

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Help Available for Storm Victims

Sixteen Georgia counties were declared federal disaster areas by President Obama in the wake of late April storms. Federal aid is available directly for residents of Bartow, Catoosa, Dade, Floyd, Polk, Spalding and Walker counties. Also in his designation, Obama made federal funding available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the above counties plus Coweta, Greene, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Pickens, Rabun and Troup counties for debris removal and emergency protective measures. You may apply for assistance online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs may be available to assist with the recovery process as well. “Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many ranchers and farmers. Whether it’s wildfires in the Southwest, flooding or tornados in the Midwest, Plains, and Southeast, learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step for producers in the recovery process,” said acting FSA administrator Val Dolcini in a recent press release. FSA administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at or by visiting your local FSA office. GC

Erika Rachal Elected to NIAA’s Board of Directors I N D U S T R Y

Erika Rachal, Thomasville, Ga., was elected by members of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture to serve on the organization’s 21-member Board of Directors. “Erika’s vast marketing and business knowledge coupled with her enthusiasm and passion for animal agriculture make her an ideal fit for NIAA’s Board,” states Dr. Robert Fourdraine, Chairman of NIAA’s Board. “As a new NIAA member, Erika will bring a freshness and a spark that can help take the organization to an even higher level.” As Eastern Regional Marketing Manager for Alltech, Inc., a Top 10 global animal health and nutrition company based in Nicholasville, Ky., Rachal has overseen the company’s Southeast market focused mainly on campaigns and events directed at dairy, beef and poultry. She is now moving more toward a poultry species focus for the Southeast region while supporting and encouraging the marketing efforts for



Alltech’s Eastern North American marketing team. Rachal and NIAA’s 20 other Directors guide the organization’s activities and membership that includes national and state livestock organiza-

tions, poultry and equine organizations, producers, veterinarians, government regulatory personnel, academia, researchers, extension specialists and allied industry businesses from across animal agriculture: the beef, dairy, equine, goat, poultry, sheep and swine industries. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that unites and advances animal agriculture – the beef, dairy, equine, goat, poultry, sheep and swine industries. NIAA is dedicated to programs that work towards the eradication of diseases that pose risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promotes a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promotes best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA members include farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, scientists, state and federal officials and business leaders. GC

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

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

Steve Roberts

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

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

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


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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

Herd Certified & Accredited No. 127 478-553-8598 Bobby Brantley 478-552-9328 1750 Wommack-Brantley Road Tennille, Georgia 31089

“Breeding cattle since 1959”



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

Cattle Enterprises

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

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

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

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


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

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

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

Hunter Grayson

(706) 206-1824

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

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

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

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


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


Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

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

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

Line breeding Neil Trask Plato Dominos for over 40 years with Felton blended in. Thick Muscled. Grass Performers. Complete Program. Full Records. BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

Phone and fax 706-745-5714


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

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

Greenview Farms, Inc.

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

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Georgia Hereford Association

Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams

Beef Burgers with Mushrooms and Aioli Source: Food Network Chef Giada De Laurentiis

Ahhhh… summertime in Georgia! Outdoor entertainbeefy flavor of the burger and the aioli (a flavorful, ing, pool parties and burger grill-outs fill my summer creamy sauce including lemon and garlic) add a slight months and I love every minute of it! Gov. Nathan Deal tangy flavor. Although it may be a little fancier than your has proclaimed June “Georgia’s BEEF Month.” I hope you usual burger, it could not be easier. You can prepare the will join us and celebrate your southern summer season beef patties, the mushrooms and the aioli up to one day with BEEF! ahead. Nothing whets my appetite more than the smell of This recipe comes from one of my favorite Food burgers on the grill! Network chefs, Giada Grilling is a low-fat De Laurentiis. I had ECIPE and healthy way to the pleasure of meetcook. From flavorful ing Giada while repINGREDIENTS DIRECTIONS beef kabobs and Tresenting the Georgia • 1 1/4 pounds lean • Combine the ground chuck, salt, and pepbone steaks to farmBeef Board at the ground chuck per in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture fresh fruits and vegMetropolitan Cooking • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. etables… everything and Entertaining • 3/4 teaspoon freshly • Lightly drizzle both sides of the mushtastes better on the Show in Atlanta, April ground black pepper rooms with the oil. Sprinkle with salt and • 3 portobello mushpepper. grill. But, my favorite 30-May 1, and could rooms, stems trimmed • Mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl to blend. has to be a good ‘ole not have been more • 3 tablespoons olive oil (The patties, mushrooms, and garlic mayonnaise can be prepared up fashioned hamburger. impressed with her to this point 1 day ahead. Cover them separately and refrigerate.) However, since we • 1/2 cup mayonnaise cooking skills, as well • 2 teaspoons fresh • Prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill the burgers until are celebrating BEEF as her sweet and lemon juice cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for mediumthroughout the month genuine personality! • 1/2 teaspoon minced rare. Grill the mushrooms until just tender, about 5 minutes per side. of June, rather than So, Giada, wherever garlic Grill the focaccia squares cut side down, until lightly toasted, about 2 the traditional lettuce, you are, thank you • 4 (4-inch) square or minutes. tomato, and cheese, I for this recipe and I round ciabatta or foc- • Spread the garlic mayonnaise over the roll bottoms. Cut the mushchose to dress it up a hope you will celecacia squares, halved rooms into strips and arrange the mushroom strips over the mayonhorizontally naise. Place the burgers atop the mushrooms. Spread garlic mayonlittle. The Portobello brate BEEF Month • 2 cups fresh arugula naise on the cut side of the tops and arrange a handful of arugula on mushrooms in this with your Georgia each. Cover the burger with the roll tops and serve. recipe add to the fans and friends!


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Beef Burgers with Mushrooms and Aioli ________________________

The 2011 Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

BEEF was on our minds and our palates as more than 10,000 people gathered at this year’s Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, April 30 & May 1, at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. The Metropolitan Show has become one of the most eagerly anticipated and respected consumer events in the nation for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts. The Georgia Beef Board was proud to sponsor this year’s “Tasting and Entertaining Workshop” area and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining hundreds, if not thousands, of excited participants. We were able to offer helpful demonstrations from secrets to preparing mouthwatering beef dishes to tips for easy appetizers, exciting entertaining ideas and even how to start a vegetable garden for delicious side dishes. The most attended workshop was “Tips for Fitting BEEF into YOUR Healthy Lifestyle.” Mary Moore, of “The Cook’s Warehouse,” represented GBB as our chef, and enlightened our audience on the 29 lean cuts of beef and how to properly cook and slice different cuts of beef. Mary also fed the beef loving crowd samples of her “Thai Beef Salad,” a delicious and healthy recipe featuring flank steak. GBB also set up a booth featuring several beef recipes, bumper stickers, car tags, cookbook, and other beef give-a-ways. GBB had the opportunity to meet Giada De Laurentiis, one of the featured Food Network chefs, and presented her with a beautiful BEEF gift basket, which she mentioned in front of thousands during her theatre presentation!

Thank you to the Georgia CattleWomen, Beef Ambassador winners, GBB staff and Giada for making BEEF the most popular protein at the Metro Show this year! Congratulations, everyone!

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Grilling, a form of dry heat cooking, is one of the most exciting and healthy ways to enjoy beef, whether you're cooking on a gas or charcoal grill.

1. Chill out. Grilling times are based on beef going directly from the refrigerator to the grill. There is no need to bring beef to room temperature. Shape burgers in advance, cover and refrigerate until the grill is ready. 2. Only you can prevent flareups. Remove visible fat before grilling to help prevent flareups, charring and excess smoke formation. 3. Take a dip. Always marinate in the refrigerator. Tender beef cuts can be marinated for 15 minutes for flavor. Less tender beef cuts should be marinated at least six hours, but no more than 24 hours, in a mixture containing an acidic ingredient or a natural tenderizing enzyme. Pat dry beef after removing from marinade to promote even browning and prevent steaming. Do not save marinade for reuse. If a marinade has been in contact with uncooked beef, it must be brought to a full rolling boil before it can be used as a sauce. 4. Reach a happy medium. Grilling over medium heat ensures even cooking and flavorful, juicy meat. If beef is grilled over too high heat, the exterior can become overcooked or charred before the interior reaches the desired doneness. 5. Give it some gas. Some gas grill brands vary greatly. Consult the owner's manual for information about preparing the grill for medium heat. 6. Be cool with charcoal. Never grill while the coals are still flaming. Wait until the coals are covered with great ash (approximately 30 min.), spread in single layer. To check cooking temperature, cautiously hold the palm of your hand above the coals at cooking height. Count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that position before the heat forces you to pull it away; approximately 4 seconds for medium heat. 7. No piercings allowed. Use long-handled tongs for turning steaks; spatulas for burgers. A fork will pierce the beef, causing loss of flavorful juices. And don't be tempted to press down on burgers – it only releases the juices and creates flareups. 8. Use the right tool for the job. The best way to determine doneness of burgers and steaks is to use an instant-read meat thermometer, inserted horizontally from the side to penetrate the center of the meat. Allow 10 to 15 seconds for the monitor to register the internal temperature. 9. Get ’er done. Cook burgers to at least 160°F. The color of cooked ground beef is not a reliable indicator of doneness. Cook steaks to at least 145°F (medium rare doneness). The color will be very pink in the center and slightly browned toward the exterior. 10. You gotta keep ’em separated. Keep raw beef separate from other foods both in the refrigerator and during preparation. Wash hands, all utensils and surfaces in hot soapy water after contact with raw beef. Never place cooked beef on platters that held raw product. Use clean serving platters in utensils. Serve cooked food promptly and refrigerate immediately after serving (within two hours after cooking).

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Brooke’s BEEF Month Media Tour Coming to a city near you… ? ? ? e k o Where’s Bro



MACON WE ARE GEARING UP FOR A BEEFY SUMMER AND FALL SEASON! WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN THE GEORGIA BEEF BOARD AT ANY AND ALL EVENTS! CELEBRATE BEEF ALL YEAR LONG! June 16 – “Father’s Day at Bloomingdale’s” in Atlanta – The Georgia Beef Board will celebrate dad’s day with a tasty tidbit of BEEF and also have some “manly” giveaways! So bring your dad to Bloomie’s and celebrate his day with BEEF! July 11 – Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers’ Association Summer Conference in Augusta. The GBB will give out a BEEF sample, inform the teachers about our BEEF in the Classroom and BEEF 101 programs, as well as our ProStart summer workshop. July 19th & 20th – ProStart workshop in Athens. The GBB, along with Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia, will present a workshop for culinary arts teachers that will include demonstrations from NCBA chefs and experts on topics such as butchery, cooking tips, BEEF safety tips, nutrition and much more! July 19 – To Live and Dine event in Atlanta. This event is described as “a moveable feast of farm to table cooking”. GBB will provide nutritional info and recipes as well as tasty samples to culinary experts and enthusiasts. September 17 – UGA South Campus Tailgate. GBB will be cheering on the Dawgs and teaching them about BEEF at the Coastal Carolina game in Athens. October 1 – Battle of the Burgers in Atlanta. Hundreds of Atlanta restaurants will be battling to win the title of the best BEEF burger! Visit the GBB booth and pick up a few BEEFY bumper stickers to show your support of the best protein on the planet! October 6 – 16 – GA National Fair – Stop by our BEEF Story booth in the barn and learn about the BEEF and cattle industry. October 18 – 20 – Sunbelt Expo – Visit GBB in Moultrie and view the latest in agriculture equipment, technology and research. October 22 & 23 – Taste of Atlanta – Visit the GBB grilling booth and get a free sample of delicious BEEF, recipes and more!

Macon/Middle Georgia area: June BEEF Month radio ads will start in Macon and Middle Georgia on WPEZ 93.7. GBB will also be giving away BEEF certificates as part of 93.7’s staycation package! Listen out for details! June 2nd – Brooke will be a guest on Fox Files with Portia Lake at 5:30 p.m. cooking and promoting BEEF! June 13th – Brooke and Junior Cattleman Joel Noles will be guests on Macon & Middle Georgia’s CBS affiliate 13 WMAZ’s Midday show at noon. Joel will be cooking his own BEEF recipe, while he and Brooke talk about BEEF and BEEF Month.

Savannah and surrounding areas: June BEEF Month radio ads will run June 1-30 on six different stations, including, 97.3 KISS FM, 94.1 The Beat, NewsRadio 1290. GBB will also run a BEEF Month promotion on these stations giving away six $25 beef certificates, but you have to listen to win! June 24th – Brooke will appear on Savannah’s WTOC at 6:30 a.m. to cook a BEEF recipe and talk to Savannah about BEEF Month and summer grilling. Right after that interview, she SAVANNAH will head over to News Radio 1290 to talk with Bill Edwards about delicious and nutrious BEEF and how Savannah can celebrate BEEF Month. Then back over to WTOC for the Midday news at noon for another BEEFY interview, chock full of BEEF Month ideas and more recipes! Athens, Commerce, and surrounding areas: June BEEF Month ads will run June 1 – 30 on WJJC 1270 AM

We have many more tv and radio appearances being scheduled. Be on the lookout for Brooke and her BEEF Month tour in your city! G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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“Any Job Worth Doing...”

By Brenda Brookshire

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ing plans now to get My uncle told me that ready for next year’s “any job worth doing was competition. Just keep worth doing right!” telling everyone you Well, ladies, we did it!!! meet about “Your Beef Convention was a great Story.” success. I’m sorry if you Some of our had to miss any of the fesCattleWomen worked at tivities. Thanks to everyone the Metropolitan Cookfor all the hard work. I ing Show in Atlanta, know if I try to name April 30-May 1. It was a names, I will leave somegreat two-day event. An one out, so I’ll just say a BRENDA BROOKSHIRE estimated 10,000 people special thanks to everyone. attended the show. It’s Membership meetings and Convention are not a one person oper- wonderful to share our great product ation. All of you working together and information with them. Thanks to Brooke Williams, our new Director of proved the truth of this statement. Industry Information, for setting everything up. Please don’t forget this month is “Beef Month.” Some of us traveled to the Capitol on May 31 to meet with Governor Nathan Deal. He signed an official proclamation declaring June as Georgia’s Beef Month. We will once again be giving out the showmanship awards at this year’s Georgia Junior Beef Futurity. If any of you are available and want to help at the Congratulations to our Beef Junior Cattlemen’s Field Day, please let Ambassador winners. Our senior win- Katlin at the GCA office know. The ner is Elizabeth Arnold, of Fairmount, GJCA Field Day will be the same Ga. (pictured above). Gibson Priest, of morning as cattle check-in for Futurity. Since my last article, CattleWomen Cartersville, Ga. (pictured below), is have said a final farewell to Betty Nash. our junior winner. She was truly a very special lady and a friend, and will be greatly missed in Georgia. Ladies, isn’t it amazing how quickly our lives can be changed. As I write this we have just finished the April storms of the century. Except for a little flooding in part of our basement and some at our rental house, we escaped the storm. Not so for many of our Cattlemen and CattleWomen across the south. It is heart wrenching to see all the devastation. It just lets us know how precious They will both be attending the life is and how we so easily take living for National Beef Ambassador competi- granted. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who suffered the ultition in Ohio Sept. 30- Oct. 2. Thanks to all the students who par- mate loss in this tragedy. Hope to see you soon, ticipated in the competition. You all Brenda Brookshire did a great job. I hope you will be mak28 June 2011

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

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

Vice-President: Carolyn Gazda Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 (706) 227-9098

Secretary: Paula Myers 3488 Gumlog Road Young Harris, GA 30582 706-745-5760

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

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

Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe

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

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INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb. ground beef • 1 sm. onion, chopped • 1/2 med. bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper • dash Worcestershire sauce • 2 T. Cream of Mushroom Soup; save rest of can for sauce • 2 T. Parmesan Cheese • 2 (8-02.) pkgs. Crescent Rolls

INSTRUCTIONS Brown meat in skillet with onions and peppers; add rest of ingredients except ralls. Separate rolls into 16 triangles. Place approximately one tablespoon meat mixture in the center of each triangle. Fold up and seal sides. Place an a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile prepare sauce. SAUCE: • remainder of Cream of Mushroom Soup • 1/2 cup blended cottage cheese • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce • (6-oz.) sharp cheddar cheese • (3-oz.) can sliced mushrooms

Mix all ingredients together in saucepan over low heat. Stir until bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve over triangles.

Serves 5 to 8.

This delicious recipe was taken from page 66 of the CattleWomen’s BEEF Cookbook.

Mmmm… the sizzle, the smell, the excitement of beef on the grill and spreading the beef message to all corners of the state. June is BEEF Month in Georgia. What does your county cattlemen’s association have planned?

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Here are a few helpful hints for promoting BEEF Month in your local community:

 Partner with area Little League teams to grill burgers and hotdogs  Do a radio promotion where your chapter will do the grilling for 20 people from a local business. Area businesses fax in the names of 20 employees and one business is selected at random. See if a local hardware store will donate a grill.  Plan a “Beef for Father’s Day” breakfast or lunch at your local church or religious affiliate. Invite fathers and their families for a steak biscuit breakfast or a hamburger and hotdog picnic lunch.  Contact your local grocery store about handing out beef recipes and nutritional information at the meat case.  Festivals, fairs, celebrations, and community events are a great way to promote BEEF! Set up a booth or table



with recipes, bumper stickers, balloons. You can order these materials and more from GBB. Submit a letter about beef month, along with your favorite beef recipe to your local newspaper’s editor. Contact your local rotary, lions, exchange, sertoma, or civic clubs and ask to be a guest speaker at their next meeting to educate their members about beef. You can also offer to provide roast beef sandwiches (or burgers) for their next lunch meeting. For more tips or ideas for promoting beef in your community, call or email Brooke Williams, 478-474-1815, We are here to help you promote BEEF! Always remember this is YOUR product! You raise cattle in a humane way to produce safe, wholesome, nutritious beef. Tell your story – consumers want to hear it! G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Recruitment Tips

Approach potential members with a friendly and positive attitude:

Notice something unique about their operation and show interest:

Ask open-ended questions and LISTEN to their response:

Be ready for any objections or excuses:

Tell them what GCA is doing for them and their cattle operation:

Share why you joined GCA and why you continue your membership each year.

Tell them you will mail the application for them today!

Have incentives!

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Incentives for Recruiters


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CAB: Local Connections Far Reaching I N D U S T R Y


within the beef industry as it is in selling beef to consumers. Any of the 37 meat technical and sales professionals from Buckhead Beef Atlanta who came to Kensington Cattle Company, near Woodbury, Ga., for a ranch field day this spring would surely agree. Kara Wilson, marketing specialist with the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, who helped organize the visit, summarizes: “The Buckhead team had an eye-opening experience, seeing the time, resources and financial commitment it takes to put out high-quality cattle.” There were several demonstrations, but conversations took information exchange to a new level. The Angus farm’s managing partner, Roland Starnes, and customer service specialist, James Stice, talked openly about how the production world works. To learn about the science and experienced judgment that goes into selecting high-quality animals for a registered purebred operation, the group had the opportunity to evaluate a pen of Angus cattle. “We discussed genetic selection – how we balance carcass traits with ideal maternal traits, and how a good disposition relates back to high-quality beef and efficiency in the industry,” Starnes

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explains. Other topics came up in turn, from stewardship and natural resource management to such issues as hormones, Midwestern finishing on corn rations, antibiotics and locally grown.” The group from Buckhead Beef, a top-ranked CAB distributor for more than 15 years, learned about the role grain finishing plays in developing the flavor in beef, but also came to understand how proper nutrition at each stage of life is essential to keeping up the potential for highest quality. Amanda Wydner, CAB executive account manager for the Atlantic region, notes some chefs and restaurateurs are asking for “local products.” “We must equip our distributors with an understanding of how it supports local farmers and ranchers when they offer the Certified Angus Beef brand,” she says. “Across the U.S., our brand has a positive impact on agriculture and sustaining family farms. We must take a proactive role in educating customers about how we connect with the grassroots of the beef industry.”

To close the day, the Buckhead Beef professionals learned ways to apply the knowledge they gained as selling points on the street. Starnes appreciates all they do, too. “We are all in this together,” he observes. “This is a little something that we can give back to our industry as we help them help us sell more Certified Angus Beef.” Kensington Cattle Co., a relatively new operation set up in 2008, works on building relationships from every angle. “As we get our feet wet in this industry, we try to line up prospective buyers for our customers’ calves,” Starnes explains. To that end, he and Stice aim to help customers target the CAB brand and keep up with all American Angus Association programs. “Basically it is a 365-day-a-year promotion and education process," he says with a grin. “From our customers to these folks selling our beef, we want to help them play the game or to be cheerleaders for our industry.” GC

Father of the Bride R E A D E R


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

work out so he was It was a chance for testing a new horse Kurt to shine. He was in the sulky. The father of the bride. Kurt is next time she saw a seasoned, tough-hided, Kurt, he was limpbow-legged Wyoming cowing up the lane, shirt boy. He was not the kind of hanging off his person you would ask to shoulder and his hat help you select the bridesdown around his maids dresses or the pattern ears! In the padon your china. But his docks behind him daughter knew that, so she she could see a trail asked if he could make it of broken sulky! possible for her and her BAXTER BLACK, DVM Wheels, shaft, seat bridal party to arrive in a horse drawn surrey. “Sure,” he said, and harness spread across three fences! The horse was nowhere in sight. beaming. “That’s what Dads are for!” On closer inspection, to her horThe wedding was taking place at a big ranch headquarters, east of ror, the left side of Kurt’s face looked Cheyenne. Jolene was helping plan the like somebody had scraped it with a wedding. On the afternoon of the cheese grater! Gravel and dirt were rehearsal she spotted Kurt putting a embedded in the wound and flaps of horse through its paces pulling a sulky. skin hung down, dripping blood. For you quarter horse people, that is a Jolene was a nurse and insisted that he two-wheeled rickshaw with bicycle let her take him to the emergency room in Cheyenne. “Nope,” he said. wheels. She waved and they visited. He “Ain’t gonna do that. It’s not that bad. explained that the horse he had Yer a nurse, you can do it.” She explained she didn’t have planned to use for the surrey didn’t

instruments, but by luck there was a vet tech in the gathering crowd who offered an emergency kit. The only place with electricity, lights and running water was the ladies bathroom. Jolene cleaned the wound best she could but there were still flaps of skin hanging down. “I don’t have a scalpel or any local anesthetic,” she apologized. He offered her his castrating knife, and you know it was sharp. “This is gonna hurt,” she said. “Don’t worry,” he said. “Cowboys been bitin’ bullets since Buffalo Bill shot himself in the foot!” After her triage was completed, the only bandage she could find was a Pampers that one of the young mothers lent her. Which didn’t seem out of place in the ladies room. As for the wedding next day, they cancelled the surrey. The bride and her entourage rode in on a hay wagon pulled by a tractor; oh, and every wedding photo in the scrapbook showed Dear ol’ Dad doin’ his part, in right side profile! GC


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PRESIDENT: Larry Walker 266 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-2044 VICE PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy 211 NE Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036 SEC/TREAS.: Lillian Youngblood 330 Youngblood Road Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-4044 229-567-1584 (cell)

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Georgia Limousin Association annual meeting will be held July 22 in conjunction with the Georgia Limousin Association annual Field Day (Jr. Heifer/Steer Show), July 22-23, in Cleveland, Ga. Attend GLA For motel, call Days Inn, Cleveland 706-865-4079. Annual Meeting A competitive, black polled, halter-broke Limousin and Field Day in heifer will be auctioned off July 23 at the Cleveland, GLA Field Day, with proceeds benefiting the GLA Georgia Scholarship fund. Please contact Lillian Youngblood for further information. T.L.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369

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FIELD DAY Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, 2011

Junior Heifer and Steer Show

at the White County Agri-Science Building, Cleveland GA



12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Entry deadline July 1, 2011

Check in cattle Junior Meeting Activities / Tour Cook-Out Annual Meeting Bingo - Juniors / Adults Registration for Judging Contest Judging Contest – Individual Juniors, 4-H/FFA Teams/Men, Ladies (Anyone eligible to participate. Membership not required.) Welcome, Speakers, Special Recognition - Awards Earthen Roast Lunch – Compliments of association, auctions, steer show, heifer show, showmanship and pre-club

Grand Champion Heifer, $750 Scholarship • Reserve Champion Heifer, $500 Scholarship • B/O Heifer, $500 Scholarship • Reserve B/O Heifer, $250 Scholarship Grand Champion Steer, $250 Scholarship • Reserve Champion Steer, $150 Scholarship Each Exhibitor, $100 50 percent Limousin Heifers/Steers Eligible • A class for Lim-Flex if 4 or more shown For entry form and complete rules, contact: Lillian Youngblood

Exhibitors are required to be members of the Georgia Junior Limousin Association by July 1, 2011.

PRESIDENT: Larry Walker 266 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-2044

Lodging: Make your reservations by July 1, 2011 and ask for GA Limousin Association block of rooms for special rates. Days Inn Cleveland GA 706-865-4079


VICE PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy 211 NE Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036

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Livestock Industry Concerned About Important Tax Benefits roper decision-making and advance planning are crucial elements in operating a profitable livestock venture. Ever since the inception of income tax, all areas of farming have enjoyed generous tax benefits. Livestock owners are permitted to take depreciation deductions on their farm to offset gross income, as well as to deduct reasonable costs of operating a livestock breeding or activity from other income. When challenged by the IRS, many a livestock owner has found it to be a daunting handicap in being unprepared. After losing an audit there is the option to go to IRS Appeals and, failing that, to U.S. Tax Court. Louis J. Novak, M.D., of Cleveland, Ohio, a radiation oncologist, ended up taking his case to Tax Court. At stake was over $1 million in losses and $370,000 in depreciation. The IRS felt that Dr. Novak had no time that he could even devote to the livestock activity because of a heavy work schedule. Dr. Novak had $269,000 in sales for the years in question. But the judge questioned why some of the commissions Dr. Novak paid to brokers were as high as 50% and even 60% in one instance. Unfortunately, Dr. Novak and his counsel could not rationally explain this. Perhaps the broker was being given a bonus, which is perfectly permissible, but the judge received no explanation to satisfy him. Also, the judge said that Dr. Novak had not prepared “a written analysis to determine how he could make a profit or what he would have to do to break even. Petitioner has not consulted with persons with expertise regarding the financial aspects of his livestock activity.” Thus, the judge held Dr. Novak’s activity was not engaged in for profit. Dr. Novak honestly believed that he had the primary purpose and dominant intent of realizing a profit, but apparently the judge disagreed. That meant that Dr. Novak lost his $l million plus in deductions. The judge felt that Dr. Novak did not perform a detailed analysis of his activity. The judge also felt that

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By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law some of his actions seemed contrary to a profit objective, such as paying the high rate of commissions on livestock sales instead of the standard commission. The judge wanted to distinguish between someone being an expert in a field of livestock breeding, and one who is an expert in the economics of the undertaking. “A taxpayer’s failure to obtain expertise in the economics of [livestock-related] activities indicates a lack of profit motive.” The judge had a hard time figuring out how Dr. Novak had any spare time in which to engage in the livestock activity, given his demanding work schedule at a hospital where he saw patients as well as taught medical classes. There were other deficiencies in his case. He failed to show that he had bought his farm primarily with appreciation in mind, or that he expected the value of his herd to increase over time. Finally, the judge believed that recreational objectives were a significant component in Dr. Novak’s livestock-related activities. Being a physician or in some other high income profession is a red flag in IRS screening for those who are declaring tax losses in connection with livestock or other farming activities. It is important to have periodic appraisals of ranch property to show appreciation in value. It is important to have written contracts with ranch managers, and it is equally important to maintain time logs of your own time devoted to ranch activities, specifying what you did and when you did it. In addition, priority should be given to maintaining proper business records and financial projections. If you are audited by the IRS you have many rights and should consult an expert to discuss strategy. GC

[John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the livestock and farming industry since l98l. He serves clients in all 50 states, and can be reached at: (3l0) 278-0203 or via e-mail at, or visit his web site at]

UGA Junior Rebecca Kersey, of Dacula, is New Summer Intern



Rebecca Kersey, of Dacula, Ga., located in the northeast part of Gwinnett County, is the 2011 Georgia Beef Board/ Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Intern. She was born and raised in Snellville, where she graduated from South Gwinnett High School in 2004. She received an associate of science degree from Gainesville State College before transferring to the University of Georgia. While at GSC she was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society. Kersey is a junior at UGA and is a member of UGA’s Livestock Judging team and Beef Team where she says she has learned more than any textbook or teacher could teach in a classroom. Kersey says she has discovered the fascinating field of meat science and is planning to attend graduate school at UGA studying meat’s science. “Rebecca exhibits a strong work ethic and commitment to not only achieving her educational goals, but in all areas of her life,” said Josh White, GBB/GCA executive vice president. “We look forward to expanding her industry knowledge through a productive internship this summer.” She enjoys spending time with family, friends and riding/showing horses. Kersey was active in Rockdale County 4H and says she is looking forward to her internship opportunity with GBB/GCA. GC

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1982-1986: By Dallas Duncan The Silver Anniversary THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association brought with it many milestones. Between 1982 and 1986, GCA reached more than 5,000 members. The Tifton Bull Test turned 25. The American Angus Association turned 100. The first crossbred registries — Braford and Chiford — began cropping up. Products such as IVOMEC and SYNCROMATE-B were approved for use in cattle, and the Georgia Cattle Exchange opened in 1985.

A major drought in 1986 caused producers to start selling cattle before their intended market date, but both the state and national governments worked to help cattlemen out with the problems via hay assistance and crop insurance programs. Though the beef industry would always face challenges, there seemed to be something different about GCA’s 25th birthday.

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“The situation in agriculture has been awfully bleak, but maybe folks in the cattle business are beginning to take a new perspective,” former GCA 1st Vice President Mike Peed said in the February 1985 Georgia Cattleman. “They seem to have a renewed enthusiasm.” By the end of 1986, GCA finally had a permanent home off of Interstate 475 in Macon. The Association added two new staff members — Doris Bennett, office manager, and Glenn Smith, who was in charge of membership development and the building project. It dealt with additional challenges regarding the office of Executive Vice President. GCA also formed the Georgia Beef Breeds Council on Feb. 24, 1984, representing 12 of the major purebred beef breeds. New technology was evident, as GCA columnists began advocating the use of computers in both Associations and Extension offices. “We have a small microcomputer in the Georgia Association office. We use it primarily for keeping membership lists and in producing mailing labels for our magazine,” Executive Vice President Clyde Triplett said in the October 1982 GCM. “Computers have potential for much more wide use

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and benefit and we are certainly investigating the use of our computer to be of more help to our state Association.” The August 1985 GCM announced two computerized feeding programs would soon be in most of the state’s county Extension offices. Hog Feeder II and Beef Feeder used up to 30 ingredients and 20 nutrients as well as restrictions to help producers formulate rations for their herds. “The main purpose of using a computer to formulate rations for livestock is to be able to complete many calculations accurately in a short time,” Rick Jones, Georgia Extension animal scientist, says. “In a matter of seconds, a microcomputer can do more than I can with a hand calculator in a week.”

The beef industry: On new horizons The FDA was approving plenty of new products to improve herd health between 1982 and 1986 — Rumensin in 1983, IVOMEC in 1984 and an improved version in 1986, and SYNCRO-MATE-B in 1986. As emphasis on animal welfare rose, Extension agents and GCA promoted good management practices to ensure improved health and wellbeing of the state’s beef cattle. In one June 1984 GCM story, Jim Vogt advises cattlemen of several

such practices, including using wide lanes, 20 square feet of space per mature animal and moving the animal using its natural tendencies. In 1984, the FDA approved a new extra label drug use policy, which was met with mixed reactions from cattlemen. The policy stated the FDA can take action if anyone uses a drug for off-label use, unless it is by a licensed veterinarian using a drug with no substitute and the veterinarian already has an established client/patient relationship. Additional grievances with the government came from the USDA dairy buyout in 1986, and GCA was not alone in its opposition. GCA, NCA and numerous other organizations filed a lawsuit in April against the USDA because of the market consequences. The USDA later conceded to implement actions to reduce the harm the buyout was doing to the beef industry. “Cattle prices in the week ending April 4 plummeted by as much as $6 to $8 per CWT,” the May 1986 GCM reported. “Losses to persons who sold cattle during the week were estimated at more than $25 million nationwide. In Georgia, losses to farmers during that week were estimated at more than $700,000.” One way the beef industry sought to relieve some of the buyout’s effects was

to donate live dairy and beef cattle to victims of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, according to the June 1986 GCM. Doing this would alleviate some of the pressure on warehouses and packers as dairy beef was flooding the market due to the buyout. Good news for Georgia cattlemen came in 1985, when Georgia was given the possibility of being upgraded to Class A brucellosis status. This meant Georgia has no more than 2.5 infected herds per 1,000 for a 12-month period. “Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said recently the move from Class B to Class A status will be an economic plus for producers because fewer health tests will be required on cattle they are selling for out-of-state markets,” the April 1985 GCM reported.

Beef promotion — ZIP-ping along “We have always thought that merely by doing a good job of producing food and managing our business, we could get along,” thenPresident Webb Bulloch said in the August 1982 GCM. “But the truth is we are a minority group and we are not as much loved and understood by city people and the consumers as we should be.” Consumers and various organizations advocated for less beef in the diet, and increased poultry, pork and fish consumption, much to the distaste of NCA and GCA. “Newspapers, magazines, journals, television and radio are full of people giving advice on diet and it seems that about 95 percent of them recommend eating

less beef,” Phillip Worley, Red Carpet Association member, said in the January 1983 GCM. It also did not help matters much that consumers were purchasing more convenience foods and spending less on more time-consuming beef products, according to the September 1986 GCM. “Food is no longer ‘the stuff of life,’” CowBelles member Cynthia Curtis wrote in the May 1985 GCM. “It is an issue, a source of controversy, and highly competitive as to nutrition, ease of preparation, economy and fashionability. Beef no longer competes just with other meats, but with all food.” Some of the biggest proponents of beef nutrition were Olympic athletes who came to the 1984 summer games. “People are putting meat and beef down when they don’t even know what’s in it,” Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas said. “I think it’s tremendous that your current (beef) campaign addresses the product’s nutrient content — the proteins, iron, zinc and riboflavin — people just aren’t aware that beef contains all of these … You’ve got a tremendous product and if you continue with this kind of educational process of telling people what beef and meat can do for you, you’re going to have a record year.” The beef industry continued to be strong in beef promotion, gaining an increased desire from the anti-animal agriculture groups and consumer education groups that began flourishing in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The National Livestock

& Meat Board launched the Meat Nutri-Facts program in 1985 as an attempt to educate consumers about the nutritional aspects of beef as part of a healthy diet. Stores such as Kroger and Chief Supermarkets were given materials including stickers posters, informational handouts, case strips and rail cards. “This consumer education program … provides consumers with detailed, easy-to-understand nutritional information on the fresh cuts of red meat,” Mike Darnell, GCA executive vice president, wrote in the December 1985 GCM. “It is the first nutrition information about our product available right at the meat counter.” Perhaps the biggest step beef promotion took, however, actually came from the federal government. President Ronald Reagan signed a national beef check-off into existence as part of the new farm bill in 1986. The check-off, which began Oct. 1, 1986, collects a mandatory $1 per head, and the industry aimed at being able to generate $60 to $70 million annually for promotion at both the state and national levels, Darnell reported in the February 1986 GCM. “The enactment of the national check-off bill represented a major victory for the beef industry. The successful implementation and wise use of the funds collected represents a major challenge ahead of us,” Darnell wrote. “Over the past few years the Georgia Beef Board has been relatively inactive due to the lack of check-off funds in Georgia. With the national

checkoff, we’re certainly hoping the Beef Board will become the effective organization it should be.” Fifty cents of each Georgia donation would be sent to the NCA and the remaining 50 cents stayed in-state “to carry out promotion and research programs in line with the national program” via the Georgia Beef Board, according to the September 1986 GCM. NCA approved a logo to identify all beef promotion products that were funded by the national check-off — “a red check mark outlining the word ‘beef,’ which is in bold, black letters. The ‘v’ section of the check mark contains the outline of a steer’s head,” the November 1986 GCM reported. It seemed that beef was, at least somewhat, getting the recognition it deserved, as national, state and local organizations were kicking into high gear, setting a good foundation for the next 25 years of GCA. “We all dream dreams — for ourselves, for our families, for our own operations, for our Association, for our industry and for our state,” CowBelles President Cynthia Curtis wrote in the July 1982 GCM. “What are dreams but a road map for the future, and all of us working together can make them happen!” GC

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To the chapter with the largest membership increase.

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Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association Wins Outstanding Chapter of the Year


lthough the Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association is in the pathway of Atlanta’s urban sprawl, a strong cattle industry still remains in the county with an estimated 7,000 head of cattle. With more than 80 members, the Association holds monthly educational meetings throughout the year and is active in community affairs. The Association sponsors a benefit rodeo each year, with the proceeds distributed to local social service and charitable organizations. The rodeo proceeds are also used to fund academic scholarships, 4-H programs and west-central Georgia livestock shows and events. Increasing chapter membership was a priority for CCCA in 2010. They established a membership committee and emphasis was placed on the following: 1) recruiting new and younger members, 2) membership retention


OUTSTANDING CHAPTER. Pictured receiving Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award is (l to r): Bill Cline, GCA regional vice president #4, Jay Duncan, CCCA president, Robert Allen and Lisle Bowers, CCCA charter member. The chapter sponsors a benefit rodeo each year.

and 3) recruitment of past members. During Beef Month the Association distributes beef recipes and nutritional handouts through retail stores and farm supply companies. Beef recipes are also featured in the local newspaper. During the Coweta County Fair, the Association establishes an educational exhibit and sponsors a Beef Cook-Off Contest. Contest winners are given a monetary prize. They also support the local 4-H Favorite Foods Contest by giving prize money to those who prepare the best beef dishes. The Association has several members who are active in Georgia Cattlemen’s Association committees. Congratulations CCCA for your hard work this year. This is the fourth time this chapter has received this award, which stands as a great testimony to their hard work.

Dr. Zager Recognized as GCA Veterinarian of the Year r. Michael Zager, of Ocoee Animal Hospital, in Fannin County, was awarded the 2010 Veterinarian of the Year. Nominated by the Blue Ridge Mountain Cattlemen’s Association, Zager provides service to cattlemen in five north Georgia counties, as well as parts of southwest North Carolina. Zager helps county Extension agents throughout the region with herd health demonstrations providing hands-on opportunities for producers to learn best management practices. Zager appreciates and understands the role of the county Extension agents and is willing to help them get to the bottom of producers’ problems. “Approximately 10 years ago some producers in Union County were losing a lot of calves. Dr. Zager was called and he and the county Agent visited with the producers and after an hour long question and answer session Dr. Zager suggested the producers begin a good vaccination program against Blackleg,” said Fannin County Agent, Mickey Cummings. “The producers had no more strange calf deaths after this vaccination program was initiated.” Zager is also active in encouraging and training the next generation. He is a regular sponsor of local livestock shows, hosts clinic tours for 4-H and FFA members, and allows eager youngsters to get hands-on experience at the Ocoee Animal Clinic.

THE ALLIED INDUSTRY COUNCIL representative Randy Fordham and Past GCA President Bill Bryan awarded Zager with his Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year plaque at the Cattlemen’s Ball, April 1, in Perry, Ga.

“Dr. Zager hosts and sponsors our October Blue Ridge Mountain chapter meeting each year focusing on herd health,” said BRMCA President, Bob Kinnie. “This event is the most popular and well attended meeting of the year for our chapter. The session runs longer than normal because people will not quit asking Dr. Zager questions.” Thank you, Dr. Zager, for your excellent service to the cattle industry in north Georgia. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Ray Hicks Presented Georgia Beef Education for Excellence Award


he Georgia Beef Education for Excellence Award is designed to recognize outstanding County Extension Agents and Vocational Agriculture Teachers who excel in the education and support of beef cattle farmers and ranchers. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association sponsors this award which is presented each year at both the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention. The recipient of the 2010 Georgia Beef Education for Excellence Award is Mr. Ray Hicks, County Extension Coordinator for Screven County. Ray provides outstanding educational and organizational support to the Ogeechee Cattlemen’s chapter, a multicounty chapter in southeastern Georgia. Ray has served in various

leadership positions in his local chapter and is currently President. Jody Burns, past President of the Ogeechee Chapter, shares, “Ray has helped organize educational meetings and keeps our members up to date so we can make wise decisions on our

THE GEORGIA BEEF EDUCATION FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM awarded Ray Hicks, Screven County Extension Coordinator, the Outstanding County Agent for 2010. Presenting Hicks with his plaque is Past GCA President Bill Bryan.

farms.” A champion of the Beef Quality Assurance program, Ray has helped usher groups of producers through the on-line training and certi-

HALL OF FAME Harris Brantley • 2010


Brantley has always been very passionate about the cattle industry and membership into GCA. He has won four belt buckles for membership recruitment.

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fication program. He has also been active in helping area cattlemen market their cattle through the Tri-County South Georgia Marketing Association. After several years of subpar hay yields due to poor late summer weather, Ray helped many producers work through the decision to move to a silage based system. This has been a big success for many of the local farmers who Ray also helped gain USDA cost-share dollars to construct silage storage bunkers. Ray’s service does not stop with helping local farmers and ranchers. His impact is felt around the state as he serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Georgia Hereford Association. His work in assisting young people with their youth livestock projects makes a difference as well. He and his family invest countless hours helping juniors through their involvement as advisors for the Georgia Junior Hereford Association. Thank you, Ray, for your outstanding service to the Georgia beef cattle industry.

arris Brantley has been married to Mildred for 69 years and they have four children. He served in the United State Army and attended college at Gordon Military and Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College. Brantley has been in the cattle business since 1958. He has been a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association since it was founded in 1961 and a life-time member of the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. He has been a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association since the early 60s. Brantley served on the MidGeorgia Directors’ Board for many years. He served as MGCA President in 1972 and 1973. He has been active in the community and a 40-year

member of the local Chamber of Commerce. He has won numerous awards for his hay and cattle operation. He won the first Georgia Beef Cook-Off in 1977 with his Barbeque Beef Brisket. He has always been very passionate about the cattle industry and membership into GCA. He has won four belt buckles for membership recruitment. He has served GCA and MGCA well for the last 50 years.

BRANTLEY RECEIVES HIS HALL OF FAME PLAQUE from GCA Past President, Bill Bryan, and Georgia Beef Board Chairman, Harvey Lemmon.


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Individuals Recognized for their Commitment to GCWA he Georgia CattleWomen’s Association recognized three individuals for their outstanding commitment and service to GCWA, during the Cattlemen’s Ball on April 1. Three awards are sponsored by GCWA each year: Beef Educator of the Year, Friend of the CattleWomen and CattleWoman of the Year. Board of Directors nominate and select individuals who have displayed hard work, commitment to Georgia’s beef industry and a servant attitude. The 2010 Beef Educator of the Year was awarded to Paula Myers, of Young Harris, Ga. Myers currently serves as the Secretary of GCWA. From organizing blood drives for the Blue Ridge Mountain Cattlemen’s Chapter, keeping a scrapbook of all the GCWA events, to speaking at local Ag days about beef cattle, Myers has a willing spirit that’s devoted to the cattle industry.


The Friend of CattleWomen award recipient was Danny Morris, of Colbert, Ga. “Every time we asked Danny to help us he always put forth 100 percent and never complained,” said Brenda Brookshire, 2010-2011 GCWA president. “We are very thankful to have his continued support in our events.” The CattleWoman of the Year award was presented to the previous Georgia Beef Board Director of Industry of Information, Ashley Hushes, of Kissimmee, Fla. Hughes was GCWA’s liaison during her two years employed by GBB. She helped organize meetings and mail outs of GCWA newsletters, and served as a sounding board between GBB/GCA/GCWA. “Ashley worked hard for us and we appreciate the hours she invested in GCWA while she was here,” said Brookshire. “We wish her the best of luck at the Florida Beef Board.”

Paula Myers, Beef Educator of the Year

Danny Morris, Friend of CattleWomen

Ashley Hughes, CattleWoman of the Year

e are so blessed at the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association to have people who volunteer of their time and talents endlessly. From time to time there are those who absolutely go above and beyond to help and volunteer. GCA created an award several years ago just for individuals who display these characteristics. The Top Hand Service Award is designed to recognize those who serve the cattle and beef industry and give of their time. It was GCA’s privilege to honor

a man who has been a chef, grill master, server at events and much more. Billy Moore was the 2010 Top Hand Service Award recipient for his outstanding service to the Association. At the State Level, Moore has served on various committees, chaired the By-Laws Committee, served as a Regional Vice President and on the Executive Committee. He has been at every event we have needed him including, the Georgia National Fair, Taste of Atlanta, the Governors Ag Day, the GCA Legislative Breakfast, the Wild Hog Supper and AgriBusiness Council Breakfast. He is also the chef at most of the GCA Executive Committee and Georgia Beef Board meetings. Not only has he served GCA, he has also served the Baldwin-JonesPutnam Cattlemen’s Association by being a member of the Board of Directors, Vice-President and as President. The BJPCA Board of

Directors is accustomed to a “Billy Moore Fish Fry” at least once a year. He has been instrumental in many beef promotion programs throughout the year, but a few he enjoys the most are the Gray Day Lilly Festival, Ingles Grocery Store beef promotions and being at the Lake Oconee Farmers Market serving brisket samples. This man has been outstanding asset to GCA. His family surprised him by attending the 50th Annual Cattlemen’s Ball in his honor. Thank you Mr. Billy for your service and investment in GCA.

Billy Moore 2010 Top Hand Service Award Recipient

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rom time to time, we are reminded of the incredible force of nature. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our friends in North Georgia as they recover from the devastating effects of the recent storms. Having been with many of those effected just the night before the tornados passed through, I am struck by just how quickly things can change and the fragility of life. As farmers and members of the agricultural community, we know weather can change our operation overnight. But, it can also change our operation gradually. In stark contrast to the horrendous and awesome power of a tornado, subtle changes in our weather have occurred that have caused an accelerated rate of stand loss in our tall fescue pastures and hayfields.

Weather-Induced Changes in Tall Fescue Stands One of the most common discussions after recent Cattlemen’s meetings in North Georgia has centered on the observed reduction in tall fescue stands in this region. I frequently ask how much stand loss the producers have observed. The typical response is between 40-60 percent loss of stand. Though this isn’t a scientifically accurate estimate, it is troubling. It is also consistent with what we have observed on UGA Experiment Station facilities in North Georgia. In fact, stands in our tall fescue variety trials went from an average of 86 percent at the end of 2009 to less than 54 percent at the end of 2010. This change equates to about 40 percent less tall fescue across the board. So what was different about 2010? There are several things that were different, but the most obvious thing was the weather. Starting in April and continuing through much of October, we were an average of 2° F warmer than normal (Figure 1). Of course, it is not unusual for Georgia summers to be hot. But, it is rather unusual for it to be so consistently hot. In addition, the relative humidity during the later summer and early fall months was stiflingly and

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Preventing Tall Fescue Stand Losses

By Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist

Figure 1. Precipitation and temperature received at the Plant Sciences Farm near Athens, GA during 2010 relative to the 30-year average. abnormally high. The combination of high heat and humidity causes plants to respire more than normal, and this reduces the carbohydrate reserves in the plant. This problem is especially acute in cool-season species, like tall fescue, because of the type of photosynthesis (C3) that they use. Suffice it to say that this period of prolonged heat and high humidity was especially damaging to tall fescue as it began trying to emerge from the summer dormancy period. As this weather continued through September and midOctober, the tall fescue had used up much of it’s carbohydrate reserves and many plants died as a result. It should also be noted this stress has come on the heels of several successive droughts, which had already weakened many stands.

What Can be Done to Prevent Tall Fescue Stand Loss? At the risk of starting off this discussion on a pessimistic note, we should recognize there will always be some amount of stand loss associated with tall fescue in Georgia. Even the most favorable environments in the North Georgia mountains will see some stand loss from year to year. For

those in the Piedmont region, the rate of loss is typically higher because that region is on the edge of the adaptability zone of tall fescue. But, there are steps that can be taken that will minimize the stand loss. One of the most important preventative measures is the use of varieties of tall fescue that can withstand these stresses. Table 1 demonstrates that several of the newer varieties produce high yields and maintain strong stands. In fact, the original (Jesup MaxQ) and the latest (Texoma MaxQ II) novel-endophyte varieties are among the best at maintaining stands. One can see that KY-31, the oldest and most common tall fescue variety, provides strong stands, too (mostly because of the toxin-producing endophyte that it has in it). But, the major negative effects that endophyte-infected tall fescue has on animal production make this variety one to avoid. Arguably, the most important step to avoid tall fescue stand loss is proper timing of N fertilization. Most folks put on a large amount of N on tall fescue pastures and hayfields in mid-April. This is commonly applied as poultry litter. Though poultry litter is an excellent resource and one that can fit with tall

fescue production systems, it has to be porperly timed. A time of year that is crucial for fertilizing tall fescue is in mid- to late-October. This is especially true for users of poultry litter. There are several reasons for this, but suffice it to say that tall fescue tillers (spreads out) in response to fall N applications. This will enable the stand to thicken and give it a healthier stand in the spring. Further, when N is applied to the stand in mid-April, it causes the tall fescue plants to grow longer into the summer dormancy period than it would otherwise do. This results in a weaker stand of tall fescue and one that is more susceptible to the heat, humidity, and high respiration rate discussed previously. This is especially common in poultry litter-fertilized pastures and is exaccerbated by the fact that much of the N from poultry litter only becomes available in time for tall fescue’s warm season rivals (e.g., common bermudagrass, crabgrass, dallisgrass, broadleaf weeds, etc.). There are many other steps that can be taken to prevent tall fescue stand loss. These include: 1) avoid overgrazing (i.e., grazing tall fescue shorter than 2-3 inches), 2) avoid cutting the plants shorter than 3 inches when mowing or cutting for hay, 3) prevent winter annual weeds, 4) avoid sod-seeding winter annuals into tall fescue stands, and 5) minimize grazing and foot traffic during summer dormancy and winter months.

Table 1. Average yield and percent basal cover of tall fescue varieties near Athens, GA.†

† Planted October 10, 2007. LSD = the smallest difference in response that would be considered significant. Within a column, values that are bolded indicate that they were not significantly lower than the best entry. § Experimental variety (not available).

More Information Additional information about recommended practices for tall fescue management can be found by visiting our resourceful online website at If you have additional forage management questions, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. GC

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Stay the Distance, Finish Strong

Throughout our lives, we all face tough challenges. These challenges can push us to the edge and stretch us to our limit. At times it would be easier to simply give up and go home, throw in the towel and quit. However, to succeed we must push through, we must persevere and endure and not give up. We must fight the good fight and finish the race. This is true in many areas and circumstances in our lives. Most recently for me, it has been my senior year and all the forms and late nights that I would have rather just left untouched. I would rather just have relaxed and finished out my year without worrying about all the little homework assignments that seem to constantly be there. However, with support from my mother I managed to finish them and endure until graduation. Just as many of us face similar challenges, the junior cattlemen also face challenges in our daily lives and in the life of our industry. It is up to us to stand up to these challenges and push through. We are the ones who must preserver and hang in there till the very end of the battle. This is our responsibility because if we don’t do it, no one else will. We must fight our own battles and hold true to our beliefs. Whether it be something as simple as finishing our homework, smiling despite defeat in the showring, or GJCA officers Hella Moore and Clay Black attended the Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Cattlemen’s Chapter Meeting, Feb. 28, where they spoke about upcoming GJCA events and activities. They are pictured with the winner of the GJCA t-shirt donated to the Chapter for a door prize.

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By Cole Brogdon something as difficult as maintaining a courteous disposition when dealing with others that are hard to get along with, it is important and prudent that we finish strong. By finishing strong we show others that we mean what we say and we intend to carry out what needs to be done. It shows others we care about what we are doing and we love it. If we didn’t really care about what we were doing we probably wouldn’t bother to finish what we started. Therefore let us succeed by fighting the good fight, finishing strong, persevering, and enduring. Let us set the example for others by committing to these ideals. Also, let us set the example by participating in the junior cattlemen events of the Beef Industry Scholarship challenge on June 17-18, and the GJCA Field day on July 14 (see page 47 for details). The BISC will be an excellent opportunity to earn some money for college. It is also an awesome opportunity to learn more about the beef industry while potentially earning some mooolah! The GJCA field day will be a fun and exciting time and we look forward to the fellowship with other members and the chances to make new friends. Please go out and tell others and bring them with you to these great events. GJCA members, fight the good fight, finish strong, and come out and participate. 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.


Chairman Hella Moore - (478) 719-0910

Convention Coordinator Kim Chandler - (706) 614-9264 Field Day Coordinator Laura Daniel - (706) 882-7423

Chapter Relations Austin Askew - (229) 402-4052

Chapter Relations Cole Brogdon - (478) 697-6317 Chapter Relations Clay Black - (706) 297-8016 Youth Activities Advisor Katlin Mulvaney (478) 474-6560



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THURSDAY, JULY 21 • Georgia Cattlemen's Association Executive Committee and Georgia Beef Board Meetings • Early arrival and check-in to hotel

FRIDAY, JULY 22 8 – 9:30 a.m. – Committee Meetings Media and Communications Committee will meet and look at proposals for printing of the GCA magazine. They will also look at the GCA website and discuss any changes or additions to it. Also examining freelance co-op opportunities with the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Ag Communication Students. Animal Health and Well Being Committee will meet and look at various hot topics affecting the health and well being of the cattle in Georgia. The committee will also make recommendations for changes to GCA Policy to be submitted at the Board Meeting on Saturday, July 23.

9:30 – 10 a.m. Opening and Welcome – GCA President Steve Blackburn will welcome everyone to the Summer Conference. He will present the Goals for the weekend and discuss why we are here and what we hope to accomplish. 10 – 10:15 a.m. Break 10:15-11:45 a.m. Researching new Beef Round Value Cuts – Dr. Alex Stelzleni with the UGA Meat Science Department will present the research findings on new Beef Round Value Cuts and how 48 June 2011

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commodity based rations affect beef quality and flavor. This is a Georgia Beef Checkoff funded research project. You won’t want to miss this insightful and informative session.

1 p. m. Golf Tournament – Tee Time! All members are encouraged to come and take part in the afternoon of golf. This will be a great time of laughter and fun. When is the last time you were able to see a bunch of cowboys on the golf course? Everyone will want to see this! Don’t want to go to the Golf Tournament? No problem, there is plenty to do on Jekyll Island! Read a book on the beach, go splash in the wave pool at Summer Waves, go on the Casino Cruise or play a round of Putt-Putt Golf. There is something for everyone! The Golf Tournament Luncheon Sponsor is Boehringer Ingelheim. The Golf Tournament Trophy Sponsor is Allflex.

6:30 p.m. Grill out & social by the Pool – Come and enjoy an evening by the pool with Beach music, food and an Ice Cream Contest. It will be a great chance to meet new friends and visit with old. We usually don’t have enough time to visit and relax. This is our chance. You will enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs off the grill. Also, come bring your favorite churn of ice cream and compete in the Ice Cream Contest. It will be a cool and fun evening! The Ice Cream Contest Sponsor is Boehringer Ingelheim. The Friday night Entertainment Sponsor is Merial.


8 – 10 a.m. Committee Meetings Legislative Committee – The GCA Legislative Committee will meet and discuss the GCA Legislative and Regulatory Policies. The existing policy, circa 1998, needs to be updated to align with current needs of our members. This committee will discuss the needs and desires of the cattlemen in Georgia and create a policy to move the organization forward. Revised policy will be presented, discussed and voted on at the Board of Directors Meeting at 10:15. Regional VP’s and Membership & Services Committee – The Regional Vice Presidents, which is also the Membership and Services Committee, will meet and discuss goals for the next year. They will look at member benefits and ways to enhance the GCA membership as well as look at the goal of 5,000 members with our “Just Ask” Membership Drive. This committee will also review GCA Policy document for changes. 10 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 12 GCA Board of Directors Meeting We will hold our mid-year General Policy Board meeting. The Committees will have an opportunity to share with the members what each group has been working on and receive member input. We will also be voting on the Legislative Policy that the Legislative Committee presents. This will be a

great time to look at where we are and where we want to go in GCA.

12:30 – Emerging Leaders Conference Reunion Luncheon – All of the Emerging Leaders Conference attendees are invited to a Reunion Luncheon. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation is hosting the Luncheon. ELC graduates will have a chance to visit, share how ELC participation affected them, and also have a chance to participate in further leadership development planning. The Emerging Leaders Conference Reunion Luncheon Sponsor is Godfrey’s Feeds.

6:30 p.m. Grill-out and social on the VerandaCome and enjoy an evening on the Veranda out over the ocean and enjoy fellowship and food. It will be a great chance to meet new friends and visit with old. We don’t have enough time to visit and relax. This is our chance. You will enjoy beef skewers off the grill with all the sides. It will be a peaceful and relaxing evening out by the ocean!

7:30 P.M. Horseshoe Tournament The Horseshoe Tournament will be the highlight of the evening. Come and trade in your cowboy boots for some horseshoes and compete with your neighbors and see who can hurl the horseshoe the best. The Horseshoe Contest Sponsor is Gold River Feed Products

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The key to wart control on cattle is to examine the calf early and often for warts. At the first sign of warts, they should be crushed and/or removed. This process may need to be repeated numerous times before the calf is old enough to develop immunity to bovine warts.


Cattle Warts

By Carole Hicks – UGA Extension Beef Specialist

une marks the beginning of the summer show season here in Georgia. Field days fill the weekends and kids start taking out their cattle projects for their first shows. With that come the many health problems that often plague show cattle – one of the worst being warts. Warts may not result in severe losses to the beef industry, but they can be a real aggravation and a serious problem if cattle are disqualified from a show.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture Health Regulations state, “No livestock will be allowed entry onto the show grounds with visible warts… Livestock may be inspected at the show facility for infectious and contagious diseases and those suspected of having disease will be removed from the show facility.” Bovine warts are caused by an infectious and contagious virus that spreads by direct contact from infected cattle to noninfected cattle. If an animal has warts, it cannot be considered free of disease and a health paper cannot be issued on the animal. Papillomatosis (Warts) usually occur in younger cattle as cattle generally develop resistance to the virus that causes warts as they mature. Warts are caused by species-specific viruses. People do not get warts from cattle; cattle only get warts from other infected cattle. The papillomas are usually dry, white to tan colored growths that protrude from the skin and may have a horny surface. There are several strains of bovine papilloma virus (BPV) and each strain has an affinity for dif-

ferent regions of the body: BPV1 on nose, teats and external sex organs; BPV2 on head, neck and brisket; BPV3 on head, neck and possibly intra-digital; BPV4 on alimentary track and bladder; BPV5 on teat; and BPV6 on teat. Most of these strains are mildly pathogenic and only cause minor problems to the animal. As cattle mature, they develop an immune response to the virus and the wart regresses, leaving little or no scarring. Problems with cattle warts usually arise with show cattle or young purebred bulls ready for sale. Their immune system is at the developmental stage between losing their maternal immunity from colostrum and developing their own immunity to bacteria and viruses in their environment. Since the virus that causes warts tends to be isolated in the wart and not circulating in the blood stream, the animal’s immune system is poorly stimulated. Therefore, it may take an extended length of time to develop immunity to the wart virus and see regression of the wart. Virus may also be transmitted indirectly by getting

Getting a handle on warts early is the key to avoid a potentially embarrassing moment with the state health inspectors.

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on feeders, water troughs/buckets, halters and even pen walls, and non-infected cattle then come into contact with the virus. Treatment for bovine warts involves surgical removal and/or crushing the wart. The immediate result is that more virus enters the circulation and stimulates the calf, increasing its immunity to bovine papilloma virus. The success of this procedure varies, depending on the animal’s ability to develop an immune response. This process will not remove the possibility of the wart virus spreading to other cattle. Vaccination for bovine warts is often not effective in causing the rapid regression of warts. Commercial vaccines are more effective if they contain the specific strain that is involved in the infection. If commercial vaccines are used, they should be administered three to four times at two-week intervals and the last vaccination should be given 30 days before any show. Autogenous vaccines can be made by your veterinarian and involve removing the wart to produce a specific virus serotype vaccine. The key to wart control on cattle is to examine the calf early and often for warts. At the first sign of warts, they should be crushed and/or removed. This process may need to be repeated numerous times before the calf is old enough to develop immunity to bovine warts. Multiple vaccinations with commercial vaccines should start 100 to 120 days before

the show season or sale. In addition the use of bleach for halters, feeders and water buckets, and isolation of clinically affected cattle, may help slow the spread of this disease. Getting a handle on warts early is the key to avoid a potentially embarrassing moment with the state health inspectors. Although never having a calf with a wart is probably impossible to accomplish, minimizing the chances and its spread is. Be sure to always refer to the state’s health regulations when attending a show. GC

Visit the Georgia Simmental Association website to view pictures and pedigrees of cattle for sale: For more information on GSSA activities, contact: Billy Moss 1243 Hull Road, Athens, GA 30601 706-654-6071 • Dues -- $35 per year

Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Association

Linking SimGenetics To Commercial Cattle Producers

Richard & Louise Davis, Jr Advisors 217 Floodtown Circle Chatsworth , GA 30705 706-517-5315 email : Jr. Dues -- $15 per year


Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders SimAngus Bulls & Females Available

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

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

Angus • SimAngus Club Calves • Replacement Females • Bulls • Hay

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

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




Billy Moss 1243 Hull Road Athens, GA 30601 706-654-6071

Established 1963

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

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


Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 706-594-4971

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

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:

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UGA Meat Judging Team Wins Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest

The University of Georgia earned the title of Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest Champion in April 2011. Team members include: Justin Brown, Zachary Cowart, Jessica Long, Kayla Mangrum, Tyson Strickland, Britney Gordon, Adrienne Conley, Jordan Wiener and Palmer Smith. The contest was hosted by the Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. Being a member of the meat judging team teaches students to evaluate meat based on value. Students gain a further understanding of the meat industry by learning to evaluate beef, pork and lamb and by visiting multiple meat processing facilities. The competition includes 10 placing classes including beef, pork and lamb carcasses and beef and pork cuts. Students write five sets of reasons that defend their placing decisions. The competition also includes beef yield and quality grading and specifications.


The Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College Cattlemen’s Association took a trip to Iowa for their spring break. A group of five students (Jacob Nyhuis, Laura Daniel, Max Lewis, Daniel Lowther and Matthew McQuagge) and two advisors (Mary Ellen Hicks and Doug Hicks) headed north on March 12th for an eight-day trip touring different cattle industry producers’ operations in Iowa. The group set their headquarters in Council Bluffs, Iowa and visited feedlots, purebred operations, and a RFI testing station, all across the southwestern portion of the state. They all learned a great deal about feedlot operations and said it was a great experience. The group also had the opportunity to visit the group of cattle that they sent up to Gregory Feedlots earlier in the year. It was a great experience seeing the progression of the cattle as they saw them in the early fall at the ABAC Beef Unit and in March after they had spent several months on the feedlot. They had the opportunity to visit the Tyson kill plant in Denison, Iowa and received an exclusive tour from Jack Crowl (chief cattle buyer for Tyson). The group came back with a vast amount of knowledge about a portion of the industry that we do not see much of in Georgia: the feeder operation. They greatly appreciated the hospitality that was received from the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity, Dr. Duane Warden and Jack Crowl. They appreciate the generosity of Steve Blackburn and Allflex USA, Inc. for their donations to the trip.

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION helped sponsor a local blood drive at Union General Hospital. Each donor received beef facts, coloring book and a coupon for a 5-ounce hamburger from Cook's Restaurant, which is a locally-owned restaurant. Left photo: Georgia CattleWomen Paula Myers and Brenda Brookshire stand outside the Bloodmobile. Right photo: Thank you BRMCA member Richard Myers for donating blood.

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Gordon County 4-Hers Win State Titles

JUNIOR TEAM #1 NAMED STATE CHAMPIONS & JUNIOR TEAM #2 WINS 4th AT STATE LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST. Team #1 consisted of Will McDaniel, 4th High Individual, Makayla Holmes, high junior individual, Caleb Carr, 8th high junior individual and Kam Childers, 9th high junior individual. Junior Team #2 consisted of Steven Price, Morgan Swaim, Russell Johnson, Gavin Nesbitt, Luke Stewart and Landon Vest, 2nd high individual.

All teams were coached by Kurt Sutherland and Melissa Hubbard.

SENIOR TEAM NAMED STATE CHAMPIONS. Gordon County Senior Team #2 was named state champions at the 2011 State Livestock Judging Contest, March 26, in Athens, Ga. and will travel to Louisville, Ky in November to compete at the North American International Livestock Judging Contest. Team #2 consisted of Timothy Hubbard, high senior individual, Krissi McCurdy, 2nd high senior individual, Lea Crump, 3rd high senior individual and Taylor Langford, 4th high senior individual. Senior Team #1 places 3rd overall with team members Madison Holbert, Madison Smith, 8th high senior individual, Anneke Carr and Katie Sutherland.

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CATTLEWOMEN recently hosted their annual Ag Day at Woody Gap school in Suches, Ga. There were 12 agriculture exhibitors and the event was co-sponsored by United Community Bank and Ag Georgia Farm Credit. Pictured is 4-H Extension Agent Timothy Jennings, who spoke to students about beef cattle and the daily responsibilities of a cattleman. Inset photo: Brenda Brookshire, Georgia CattleWomen’s Association president, and Diana Davidson.

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

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

GJAA Calf Camp

Southern National Junior & Open Shows

June 2, 2011 Perry, GA Georgia National Fairgrounds

June 3-4, 2011 Perry, GA – Georgia National Fairgrounds

Clinics to include advanced showmanship, beginners showmanship, fitting, hair care, and bed/stall preparation. Free to all GJAA members. $15 for all others.

Junior Judge: Kyle Conley - Sulphur, OK Open Judge: John Grimes – Hillsboro, Ohio

Entry Deadline: May 20, 2011. Sponsors needed! Please e-mail if interested!

Georgia Angus Auxiliary Reception & Annual Meeting • June 3, 2011 Perry, GA – Georgia National Fairgrounds • Please RSVP to

Georgia Angus Breeders

Registration information and entry forms on these above events can be found at

Turnpike Creek Farms


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

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

M a t ur e Co w H e rd D i sp e r sa l , Ma y 7, 2 011


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

Office: 706-678-2890 Cell: 706-202-8435

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.

• Accredited • Certified


2186 Pete Smith Rd. Wynder • 478/252-5905 Charles Smith • 478/252-5622


6133 Peach Pkwy • Byron GA 31008

Black Angus

• Accredited • Certified • AHIR Johne’s Level 2 Test Negative

Phone: 478-956-2288

Cell: 478-396-4474

• No Creep • Est. 1979

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

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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

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


HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

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

See our menu for success at

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

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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744


How will your chapter celebrate..........



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

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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



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

~ Pedigree and Performance ~

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

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

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


Jarrell Angus John Jarrell

348 West Old Wire Road Butler, GA 31006 • 770-468-4812


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


Benny Bowen

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

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



Cattle that Work

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738

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

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

"Quality and customers come first!"


Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696


All Natural Beef

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132


Visitors Make Us Happy!

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 Highway 11 South Social Circle, GA 30025 (770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Chris Wallace, Manager, Cell (678) 313-1594

Bulls for Sale at the Farm


Idone Angus Farm


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

TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459

WHITNER AND LEWIS ANGUS FARM Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327

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

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Davis Farms

EXPERT ADVICE Tritrichomonas foetus, more commonly called Trich, causes trichomoniasis in beef cattle which causes infertility, early embryonic death, pyometra and abortions in cows. It is a single-celled, motile, microscopic protozoan parasite that lives in the lining of the reproductive tracts of cattle. It was discovered in Europe in the late 1800s and in the U.S. about 50 years later. Trich has been diagnosed in many western states as well as some gulf coast states. The financial costs associated with this disease can be severe and are associated with the replacement of open cows and infected bulls, decreased calf crop and late bred cows. In today’s market, if just five calves were lost to abortion it could cost ranchers $2,500 to $3,000 or more in lost calf sales. In the initial stages of infection in a herd, the owner may only notice a slight increase in open cows or increased number of late bred cows. However, if left undiagnosed, as more bulls get infected the percentage of open or late bred cows can exceed 50 percent. In bulls, Trich resides in the sheath fluid of the prepuce and urethra. Bulls that are infected with Trich usually show no symptoms. Most importantly,

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Tritrichomonas Foetus

By Dr. Laura Bryan, DVM (2011), Miss Tia Barksdale (DVM Class of 2012) and Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM

though bulls can become long-term or chronic carriers of this disease. Since the bull doesn’t show any symptoms and it doesn’t affect sperm quality, a bull can breed and spread this disease to many cows or heifers. The chronic carrier is often an older bull (> 3 years), and this is believed to be because of the progressive deepening of the preputial crypts (wrinkles in the sheath lining) with age. The deep crypts allow the parasite to survive and reproduce. Younger bulls (< 3 years old) can also spread the disease, but may not develop into longterm carriers. It is important to know that although age is a predisposing factor, any infected bull of any age can spread the disease at any time. Unfortunately, cows and heifers are most affected by Trich. The most frequent sign is infertility; failure of the fetus to develop full term or failure for

pregnancy to occur at all. Trich causes infection in the lining of the female reproductive tract. If an infected female does become pregnant, the fetus may survive up to day 120 of pregnancy before it dies and abortion occurs. Females can clear the infection, but clearance time differs from animal to animal and may take anywhere from three months to 22 months for an infection to clear. However, infertility can remain after the infection. In rare cases, a female can become a carrier and be a source of infection even after calving. Immunity to trich is short-lived and females can be become re-infected with trich after the infection has cleared.

How is it transmitted? Transmission occurs when an infected bull breeds an uninfected female or an infected female is bred by an uninfected male. Once the female is infected, it takes about 1 to 2 weeks for the entire uterine tract to become infected with Trich. An infected herd will often present with a lot of open cows and late-bred cows during pregnancy checks. Impact The presence of T. foetus in beef herds varies throughout the U.S., with one study estimating the prevalence of disease of up to 36 percent in certain regions. It can be a very costly disease for beef producers in open cows and an increased interval between calvings (over 90 days in many cases). Increasing T. foetus prevalence from 20 to 40 percent of the herd bulls has the potential

to decrease the annual calf crop by as much as 50 percent. Several studies have estimated the total loss in income from a T. foetus outbreak to be around 22 to 33 percent, which can result in the loss of thousands of dollars for beef producers. Despite the negative consequences of introducing T. foetus into a herd, most producers do not test for the parasite. Research conducted by the USDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) as part of the 2007-2008 Beef Study determined that only 9.8 percent of the surveyed beef operations cultured bulls for T. foetus. Additionally, 53.3 percent of the producers acquired non-virgin bulls greater than 18 months of age, but only 34.4 percent cultured bulls before turning out with cows (APHIS 2009). While prevalence may remain low in some areas, one infected bull can still spread T. foetus to an entire herd.

4. 5. 6.


leased bulls over 18 months old for Tritrichomonas foetus before turning them out with cows. Do not buy cows or bulls from herds known to be infected with T. foetus. Cull all open cows, ones that have aborted or cows with uterine infections. Keep cattle from neighboring farms away from your herd. Ensure pastures have adequate fencing that can prevent neighboring bulls from mingling with your cows. Vaccination for T. foetus is only effective in cows and can be used in high-risk herds, but it offers limited protection and is not long lasting when compared to other control methods.

8. Consider artificial insemination instead of using a bull. Once the herd has been diagnosed with trich the best treatment strategy is test and cull infected bulls and sell all open cows. These animals should be sold for slaughter only. There is a vaccine for the cows which will provide some short-term protection but there is no treatment for infected bulls. Tritrichomonas foetus is not the same as Campylobacter fetus (vibriosis) so the vibriosis vaccine will not provide any cross protection against trich. Prevention of reproductive losses and stopping the spread of T. foetus begins and ends with the beef producer. Be vigilant and help protect your herd from this preventable, yet costly disease. GC

Diagnosis The most common method of diagnosing T. foetus in a herd is through culturing a sample from the sheath of the bull. Mucus from the prepuce and around the penis is collected with a sterile pipette and placed in a specific growth media for Tritrichomonas. Samples of vaginal mucus from cows can also be collected in a similar manner but this is less common. If a sample is culture positive, a second confirmatory test (PCR) is run to differentiate T. foetus from other nondisease causing trichomonads that can be found in the feces or gastrointestinal tract. Because of the motile nature of the organism and the small amounts usually carried by a bull, T. foetus is difficult to identify. Therefore, bulls should be sampled and culture negative on three separate occasions (preferably one week apart) in order to be ruled free of Trichomoniasis. Prevention Strategies 1. Do not purchase or lease non-virgin bulls or bulls greater than 20 months of age. 2. Remove bulls from the herd at five years of age. 3. Always test recently purchased or

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Georgia Bull Evaluation Program Beginning Soon The Calhoun Bull Evaluation Program will soon begin its 42nd year, and the Tifton Bull Evaluation Program will begin its 54th year. The Programs have three primary purposes: (1) to record differences in ability of bulls to gain in uniform environment; (2) to provide breeders with a sound scientific basis for selecting bulls with ability to gain weight rapidly and to make such bulls available to cattlemen; and (3) to serve as an educational demonstration of the value of records of performance. The Programs are sponsored by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Animal & Dairy Science Department of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension, Coastal Plain Experiment Station and the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center. The 2011-2012 Bull Test Advisory Committee members include C. L. Cook, of Social Circle; James W. Fordham, of Cochran; Gary Hill, of Tifton; Rodney Hilley, of Zebulon;

20 Purebred Angus & Crossbred Heifers

• Sired by top GA Bull Test Station GAR Predestined Sons • Bred to Mytty In Focus Son • Examined safe for fall calving • PI Negative

Strickland Farm

Glennville, Georgia 30427 Dr. Jim E. Strickland 912-654-2151 • 912-237-2274 Jes Strickland 803-617-8415

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54th Annual

42nd Year

John Jarrell, of Butler; Melvin Porter, of Jefferson; and Alan Verner, of Rutledge. Birth dates for bulls entered at Calhoun are from Sept. 1, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2010. Entry deadline is June 6, 2011, with delivery on either July 5 or 6. The sale for those bulls that end the test in approximately the top two-thirds on a combination of rate of gain and weight per day of age in each breed group is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9. For additional information about this year’s test, please contact Ted Dyer at 706-624-1403 or

Birth dates for bulls entered at Tifton are from Dec. 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011. Entry deadline is Sept. 1, 2011, with delivery on either Oct. 3 or 4. The sale for those bulls that end the test in approximately the top two-thirds on a combination of rate of gain and weight per day of age in each breed group is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2012. For additional information about this year’s test, please contact Dr. Ronnie Silcox at 706/542-9102 or or Patsie Cannon at 229-386-3683 or

Registered Beefmasters



385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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

Thunder Valley Ranch

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

Georgia Red Angus Breeders

Lazy S Farm



Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

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

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

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


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

Sam & Georgia Thurmond

Since 1965

Rocky Ford Red Angus 706-335-6441

2412 Waterworks Road Commerce, GA 30529 “Since 1968”

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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


JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

Registered Red Angus

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

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968


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



Yearling & Service Age


ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280

Celebrate BEEF Month by grilling a juicy and succulent flat iron! Pair it with two sides of vegetables, & you have a well-balanced meal!

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


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

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249



Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

(352) 585-1732

For more information on Florida Brahman Bulls, Heifers & Semen: G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Chianina

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

Chianina Bulls Make the Difference TALMO R A NCH

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



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

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

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

Show Steers & Heifers Breeding Bulls

Tim & Judy Gilstrap 1355 Wrights Mill Rd. Commerce, GA 30530 706-335-7448



Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

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Cattle Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA; EPA’s Numeric Nutrient Criteria Flawed

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) filed a lawsuit on April 28, 2011, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination letter and final rule establishing numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams and springs. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee. According to NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Tamara Thies, the groups are asking the court to do two things. “First, we ask the court to set aside and hold unlawful the letter and rule because they are arbitrary, capricious, go beyond EPA’s statutory authority and are in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act,” said Thies. “Secondly, we ask the court to set aside the letter and rule and stop EPA from further action on both due to the irreparable harm Florida agricultural producers will suffer if the agency’s actions are not stopped.” Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), each state must develop water quality standards that relate to the designated uses the state chooses for its waters. In a review of its water quality standards, Florida determined on its own that numeric criteria would be appropriate. On Sept. 28, 2007, EPA approved Florida’s revised Numeric Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. Environmentalists then sued EPA for failure to develop new water quality standards for Florida. EPA initially contested the argument. However, in a December 2008 memo, EPA staff caved to the environmentalists, laying the foundation for EPA to establish numeric nutrient criteria in Florida. According to Jim Strickland, FCA president and a cattle rancher from Myakka, Fla., EPA’s plan will likely serve as a model for other water basins across the country.

“There is no reason to believe that this is only a Florida or Florida agriculture issue. It touches every homeowner in the state. EPA has indicated that this rule in Florida will be a template for the rest of the country. I have no reason whatsoever to believe Florida is the only target,” said Strickland. “I believe if this rule isn't stopped dead in its track, it will be a model for every water basin in the country, including the Mississippi River Basin, which is the lifeblood of rural America.” Strickland said EPA’s plan is not just an attack on the cattle industry or rural America. He said the NNC rule will cause substantial financial damage to an already struggling economy. This rule is estimated by EPA to cost Florida approximately $113 million in implementation costs and roughly $35 million annually. However, other experts predict this rule carries a much heftier price tag. A study conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the University of Florida and Soil and Water Engineering Technology, Inc., concluded that the economic impact could easily reach $3.1 billion in implementation costs and annual costs could top $974 million. The study also predicts 15,000 agricultural jobs will be lost. “This isn’t good for Florida. This isn’t good for America. We are not alone in our opposition to the NNC rule. Both Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and their predecessors have filed suit on behalf of the state of Florida. Our elected leaders have been outspoken against this rule. Furthermore, just last week our own Department of Environmental Protection asked EPA to rescind this rule,” said Strickland. “EPA is overreaching with this mandate and their methodology is flawed. EPA has little to no regard for farmers and ranchers and obviously no respect for congressional intent.” GC

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Two Men of Great Character Leave Legacies in Cattle Industry

Clifton Ward of Bogart Clifton Albert Ward, former Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture for Georgia, died April 27, 2011, at his residence, with his family at his side in Bogart, Ga. He was born Nov. 4, 1914, in Pine Park, Ga., the son of Daniel Patterson Ward and Emma Rogers Ward. He was educated in Pine Park and Cairo public schools. He attended University of Georgia, played quarterback for the Bulldogs and received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. He went on to receive his master’s degree in animal nutrition from Iowa State, and returned to UGA, where he was a professor of Animal Science for several years. He spent two years in New York City, working for the American Jersey Cattle Club, after which he returned to Athens to continue his dairy farm operation and to teach at UGA. In 1957, he went to work in the Georgia Department of Agriculture as the Dairy Section Chief, later becoming chairman of the Georgia Milk Commission and eventually becoming Assistant Commissioner of Agricul-ture. He spent the rest of his public working career with the State of Georgia Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1978. Upon his retirement, he returned to his farm and family in Bogart. His farm and cows were one of his biggest enjoyments in life, along with his family. He changed from dairy to beef cattle production and was an esteemed breeder of Santa Gertrudis cattle. His greatest cattle breeding achievement was recognized when his prize bull “Ward’s Redman” was crowned Reserve Grand Champion at the 1985 Futurity show in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Ward always led by example and was recognized for his efforts with awards for environmental stewardship, youth livestock project leadership and local cattlemen’s association (ClarkeOconee) service. In 2003, Ward was inducted into the Georgia Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame for his contributions and dedication to the cattle industry in the state. Through the years, he served in many civic organizations and was an

active member and deacon at Bethabara Baptist Church. Ward was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Ruth Miller Ward; and son-in-law, John A. Vaughan. He is survived by his children, Mary Ward Vaughan, Albert (Margie) Ward, Lee (Cindy) Ward, and Preston (Bonnie) Ward; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Janice B. Ward. Funeral services were April 30 at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home’s West Chapel. Honorary pallbearers were members of the ClarkeOconee Cattleman’s Association and the deacons of Bethabara Baptist Church.

Lex W. Strickland of Claxton Lex W. Strickland, 77, passed away May 5, 2011 at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah surrounded by his loving family. The Evans County native was the son of the late E.W. and Rubye Durrence Strickland. He was a graduate of Claxton High School, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and University of Georgia where he earned an Agricultural Engineering degree. He served his Country in the U.S. Army for two years. In 1959 he returned to Evans County where he farmed and operated several businesses, some being family enterprises. He coowned and operated Claxton Grain and Elevator and Claxton Tobacco Warehouse for many years. In 1985, he began a construction business building and repairing farm ponds and erosion prevention on farmland. His interest and knowledge enabled him to improve the environmental landscape in much of Southeast Georgia. Mr. Strickland was active in community, civic, and church activities on a local, district, and state level he served eight years as County Commissioner, 29 years as District Farm Bureau Director, 25 years as member of Land Improvement Contractors of America, and Governor George Busbee’s Georgia Tax Reform Commission. He was a long-time Evans/Tattnal Co Cattlemen’s Association member, Chamber of Commerce member serving a term as president and was a Rotarian. Strickland, a man of faith and vision, was a dedicated member of Daisy United Methodist Church, serving varied leadership roles

including Chairman of Administrative Council. He valued weekly Christian fellowship at United Methodist Men’s Prayer breakfast. He was an avid reader. A special enjoyment was his daily morning Coffee Shop sessions. His greatest pleasure in later life was fun and activities with his grandsons. Lex Strickland, a caring and generous man’s final contribution was an organ donor. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, JoAn Whitfield Strickland; son, Lex W. Strickland, Jr., Decatur, Ga.; daughter, Suzanne Tippins and son-in-law, Brad Tippins, St. Marys; three brothers, Gerald L. Strickland and Daniel M. Strickland, Claxton, and Dr. James E. Strickland, Glennville; three grandsons: Alex, Scott and Nathan Tippins, St. Marys, Ga.; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Remembrances: Daisy United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 106, Daisy, GA 30423; Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 393 Bay Branch Church Road, Claxton, GA 30417.


The following members have made loving donations to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation. Donated in Memory of Gail Hilley Dr. Jim & Norma Strickland Carroll & Patsie Cannon Donated in Memory of H R Wiggins Carroll & Patsie Cannon Donated in Memory of Max Childs Carolyn Childs Donated in Memory of Waylan Cheney Pachitla Cattlemen’s Association Carroll & Patsie Cannon Donated in Memory of R E Wagner Carroll & Patsie Cannon Donated in Memory of Betty Nash Carroll & Patsie Cannon Upson Co 4-H Monroe Co Cattlemen’s Association

Rodney Hilley Roger & Janet Greuel The Harris Brantley Family Chuck & Norma Sword Wes Smith Donated Dr. Frank Thomas Ashley Hughes Mike Burke Joe McManus Randy Fordham Lee Jones Keith Holmes Sam & Ann Payne Steve Blackburn Betty Harris Parrish Akins Josh & Erin White Melvin Porter Shirley Myers John Moseley, Jr. Kenny Sikes Henry Jones Storm Donations – Disaster Relief Ernie & Marie Ford William & Lyndoll Moore

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Local Sale Reports READER SERVICES

PUREBRED/COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS: 19th Annual Replacement Heifer Sale Sponsored by Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Saluda, S.C. Feb. 26, 2011

245 head of cattle grossed Sale average 16 consignors; 36 buyers

$270,820 $1,105.39

Ridgefield Farm, L.L.C. Annual Performance/ RFI-Tested Bull Sale Brasstown, N.C. • April 16, 2011 10 Braunvieh bulls averaged $2,370 3 Angus bulls averaged $1,867 8 Braunvieh x Angus bulls averaged $2,556 21 total bulls averaged $2,369 Tifton Heifer Evaluation & Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale Irwinville, GA • April 19, 2011 88 Lots grossed $137,550

Sale averaged $1,563 23 buyers from two states: Florida & Georgia

JWR Land & Cattle Dispersal Sale Rockmart, GA • May 7, 2011 183 Female Lots $760,525 Avg $4,156 37.7 Bull Lots $134,600 Avg $3,573 220.7 Live Lots $895,125 Avg $4,074 132 Units Semen $10,625 Avg $80 75 Embryos $9,665 Avg $129 Sale Gross Total $915,415 / Equipment $147,385 GRAND TOTAL $1,062,800


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READER SERVICES Ogeechee Farms Annual Mature Angus Cow Herd Dispersal Sale Wadley, GA May 7, 2011

93 lots grossed Sale averaged 30 commercial lots grossed Commercial averaged

$373,650 $4,017 $45,200 $1,506

Monroe County H.E.R.D. Sale Forsyth, GA May 12, 2011 68 head averaged $1,355 Sales grossed $92,150

JWR LAND & CATTLE COMPLETE DISPERSAL SALE (photos below) was held May 7 in Rockmart, Ga. With standing room only in the sale barn, cattle and equipment grossed $1,062,800. Auctioneer Eddie Burks reminds the crowd how much the farm managers, Tom and Tammy Boatman, will be missed in Georgia. Good luck to the Rakestraw and Boatman families in their new endeavors.


Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA April 13, 2011 Lot 1: 675 lb steers $133.00 Lot 2: 675 lb heifers $124.80 Lot 3: 600 lb heifers $130.00 Lot 4:750 lb heifers $118.30 Lot 5: 750 lb heifers $117.30 Lot 6: 760 lb heifers (3 loads) $119.30 Lot 7: 750 lb steers $129.10 Lot 8: 700 lb heifers $123.10

Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA April 27, 2011 Lot 1: 450 lb holstein steers $115.40 Lot 2: 625 lb holstein steers $107.00 Lot 3: 675 lb steers $130.00 Lot 4: 675 lb heifers $122.75 Lot 5 825 lb steers $122.25 Lot 6: 750 lb heifers $118.95

Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA April 20, 2011 Lot 1: 825 lb steers and heifers $119.30/$114.30 Lot 2: 760 lb heifers (2 loads) $119.00

Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA May 4, 2011 Lot 1: 775 lb heifers $118.00 Lot 2: 700 lb heifers $122.90

Southeast Livestock Exchange, Swainsboro, GA May 3, 2011 (GA Consignors) 1 Load Steers 660 lbs. $133.60 2 Load Steers 850 lbs. $120.75 1 Load Heifers 625 lbs. $133.30 1 Load Steers 835 lbs. $120.25 3 Load Heifers 750 lbs. $116.50 1 Load Heifers 1000 lbs. $1,1000 1 Load Heifers 490 lbs. $135.50 1 Load Heifers 750 lbs. $115.75 1 Load Heifers 700 lbs. $117.40 2 Load Heifers 775 lbs. $114.90 1 Load Heifers 765 lbs. $114.50 1 Load Holstein Steers 425 lbs. $116.75 1 Load Holstein Steers 525 lbs. $111.75 2 Load Holstein Steers 580lbs. $108.75 1 Load Holstein Steers 650 lbs. $105.25 2 Load Holstein Steers 775 lbs. $97.50 1 Load Holstein Steers 875 lbs. $95.00 1 Load Holstein Steers 870 lbs. $94.50 1 Load Holstein Steers 650 lbs. $103.75 1 Load Holstein Steers 900 lbs. $93.30 Split Loads: Holstein Steers 375 lbs. / Jersey Steers 400 lbs. $106.50/96.50 Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA May 11, 2011 Lot 1: 775 lb heifers $116.60 Lot 2: 700 lb heifers $119.40 (two loads) Lot 3: 800 lb heifers $109.60 Lot 4: 840 lb steers $114.50 Lot 5: 890 lb steers $115.60

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of June GENERAL


 Cut hay! Plan on about 1 1/2 tons October, November, December of hay per cow for this winter.  Check and repair fences in pens  With adequate rainfall, hay should where weaned calves will be be cut every 4-5 weeks. placed.  Apply 60-80 units of nitrogen per  Consult with your marketing acre after cutting hybrid bermudagrass hay fields. (1 ton of hay removes 50 lbs of N, 14 lbs of P and 43 lbs of K from the land.) Put hay in barn or move round bales to dry, well-drained areas and cover them. Clip overgrown pastures. Continue fly control Check mineral and water supply often.


SPRING CALVING January, February, March Spot check cows to see if most are bred. By now, there should be little activity. Remove bulls on June 20 for January-February-March calving. Put bulls in a small pasture with strong fences. Young bulls in thin condition may need a little supplemental feed. Vaccinate for clostridial diseases, castrate and dehorn late calves or those missed in earlier working.


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agent about prices and special sales. Wean calves depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans. Select replacement heifers based on weaning weights. Deworm calves at weaning. Cull open and poor producing cows after weaning.

Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. It provides a month-bymonth listing of the common management practices that need to be performed in a commercial beef herd in Georgia. Some management practices are recommended at a certain time of the year while others are recommended when calves are a certain age or cows are at a certain point in their reproductive cycle. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most MISCELLANEOUS

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cattlemen in Georgia. The list has been divided into spring calving and fall calving sections. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers. They were chosen only because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Calving dates should be established based on feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements go up greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best.

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“Much like a farmer’s work, our Chapter’s work is never done.” Chapter President David Hall


Lauren’s County Cattlemen’s Association

The Laurens County Cattlemen’s Association Chapter has been busy promoting beef cattle education to its members and visitors.

he chapter meets every other month for meetings filled with interesting programs supported by gracious sponsors. A steak supper is a must for our Cattlemen, and is cooked each time by a few faithful members. Our membership is one hundred members strong, with diverse members ranging from youth to “seasoned cattlemen.” Laurens County’s agricultural background is still alive, as evidenced in its view across the countryside.

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Members have made a conscious effort to include and support our youth who are interested in cattle and agriculture as a whole. At each meeting, a donated cake is raffled off with the proceeds at the end of the year given to our local Jr. cattle show entries. All local entrants are invited to our meetings and publicly recognized for their efforts and presented with a plaque. Last summer, chapter members cooked for the Jr. Herford show at our local Ag Center. Each time the oppor-

tunity presents itself, our chapter works hard to aid in the future success of our youth. One of our main goals, beginning last year, was to first increase our treasury funds, and then disperse it back in the community through educational meetings and the sponsoring of youth projects. We held a very successful summer-long raffle for two separate beef quarters, cut to the recipient’s specs. Winners were announced in conjunction with the winner of a

$50.00 Longhorn gift certificate for our first annual Laurens County Cattlemen’s Chapter hay contest winner. Entries were judged based on their RFQ rating for coastal hay. Some of the benefits our members receive locally are the use of a portable Powder River Shute, tilt table, panels and hay probe. We are blessed to have a local County Extension Agent, Raymond Joyce, on hand to give updates at our meetings and assist landowners in the field. He is also a great liaison to the University of Georgia and its resources. Programs at our meetings consist of reminding members “the basics” of cattle production, along with the newest trends and products. We recently conducted a field day event at our local Ag Center where Cullen Equipment Company and John Deere reps gave an in-depth walk around their new baler. Later, due to the outside location and convenience, hamburgers were cooked and served. To end the evening, Matt Hannah with Intervet Animal Health gave a live demonstration on the proper methods to vaccinate, deworm and implant cattle. We used our Chapter’s chute for advertisement. The audience was very fortunate to hear from our new Georgia Cattlemen’s President, Steve Blackburn. Also in attendance was our Regional Vice president, D. J. Bradshaw, and Laurens County Young Farmer Teacher, Terry Brown. The Laurens County Chapter has been very fortunate obtaining sponsor-

ships for our meetings. We have been mindful of the ailing economy when calling upon different organizations. A couple of years ago, we started having our members and visitors put five dollars “in the hat” to help out the sponsor and their costs. Sponsors are much more receptive to the idea of $300 cost over $600, and the members get to enjoy a ribeye steak meal. Laurens County is blessed with many Ag-affiliated businesses and surrounded by several stockyards that support our Chapter. Our members are reminded at each meeting the

importance of supporting them, as they, too, support us cattlemen. The Laurens County Cattlemen’s Association Chapter is working hard to promote our industry, youth and provide the tools and information our members need to be successful cattle farmers. But much like a farmer’s work, our Chapter’s work is never done. May God bless the American farmers who work the land and raise our food! David Hall Laurens County Cattlemen’s Association Chapter President

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Georgia Junior Hereford Assn. 912-865-5593.....................back cover Georgia Limousin Association Field Day 229-567-1584 ................35 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044..................................34 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ............................................60 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423...................................59 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301....................................59 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 770-567-3909 ................51 Hay for Sale 229-239-0537..............66 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ...66 Howard, Mike 478-960-8515..........66 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592 .............66 Land for Sale 404-216-8777...........66 Land for Sale 229-928-2618 ..........66 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820 ..............................62 Martin Cattle Services 706-367-8349...................................66 Provision RX 334-745-5978 ..........61

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June 3-4, 2011 Southern National Junior and Open Angus Show Perry, GA Call 706-387-0656 [see advertisement, page 54] June 6, 2011 Calhoun Bull Evaluation deadline. Call 706-624-1403 for further information. [see article, page 58] June 10-11, 2011 Georgia Club Calf Producer’s Association Field Day Calhoun, GA Call 912-486-7721 or visit for further information.

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October 26-29, 2011 GCA Fall Tour to Nebraska and Iowa Call 478-474-6560 or visit

November 3, 2011 Kensington & Kempfer Cattle Company 8th Annual Multi-Breed Bull Sale Kissimmee, FL Call 706-553-5455

June 16, 2011 UGA/UF Corn Silage and Conserved Forage Field Day UGA Tifton Campus For more information visit

June 16, 2011 Father’s Day at Bloomingdale’s Atlanta, GA Celebrate Father’s Day by visiting the Georgia Beef Board’s booth and winning some “manly” give-a-ways! [see advertisement, page 27] June 17-18, 2011 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge More than $10,000 scholarship $ awarded to high school participants! Athens, GA Call 478-474-6560 June 21, 2011 Twilight Forage Tours Native Grasses for Summer Forage Grand Junction, TN Visit


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Join us for the 2011 Georgia Hereford Field Day June 24 - 25, 2011

Carroll County Ag Center 960 Newnan Road â&#x20AC;˘ Carrollton, GA 30117 Call Debbie Hicks at 912-865-5593 For information/entry forms Or visit

June 2011 Georgia Cattleman  

The official publication of the June 2011 Georgia Cattleman.

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