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Volume 39 / Number 7 / July 2011

• Simmental Feature • Marketing Guide

 Association reports


GCA President’s Report by Steve Blackburn GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Clay Black

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Meet Executive Committee Member Andrew Conley 1987-1991: Building a Better Future by Dallas Duncan Flea Treatments by Charles N. Dobbins GCA Summer Conference Agenda and Sponsors Roberts’ Taste of the Farm by Katlin Mulvaney NCBA News and Updates 2011 Beef Month Proclamation Stocker Cattle Production/Deep South Stocker Conference Livestock Marketing Association Update USDA to Conduct Survey on Cattle Inventories Shady Grove Farm by Katlin Mulvaney Partisover Ranch To Host Georgia Simmental Field Day Katie Gazda of Athens One of Two Angus Summer Interns Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July Georgia Livestock Market Totals - YTD through May 2011

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Letters to the Editor Associate Members Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams New Members Sneak by Baxter Black Local Market Reports County Connections Advertising Index Calendar of Events

 Reader services




Expert advice

32 Keys to Limiting the Long-Term Effects of Drought by Dr. Dennis Hancock 36 Summer Market Update by Dr. Curt Lacy 48 Calibration of Solid Fertilizer and Manure Spreaders by Melony Wilson and John Worley 60 Beef Herd Biosecurity by Dr. Lee Jones


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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,


The July 2011 cover features a white-faced bred Simmental heifer from Shady Grove Farm located in Cartersville, Ga. Read more about Shady Grove Farm on page 52. Photo by Katlin Mulvaney. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.


The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.

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I hope everyone reading this article is forced to do so under a shelter so the pages do not get wet.

Around home everyone seems to be enjoying the summer and the long days that come with this time of year. The extra daylight is being used to make headway on the “TO DO” list so we can get to Jekyl Island later this month. Since my last article we have observed Memorial Day and the July 4th Independence Day celebration is now upon us. These are significant days to us as Americans. The many brave men and women in uniform who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for both our freedom and for the freedom of folks in other parts of the world deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. The men and women who serve today in the many branches of the military, border patrol, homeland security, federal, state and local law enforcement are all doing so to maintain and preserve the freedom and rights that have made this a great country. Saying “thank you for what you do” to the folks in uniform is important. One way of saying thank you is by providing a soldier and his family a great beef meal. Check out and see what some great American beef producers and industry folks are doing for our troops. Close to $1,000 was raised at the Mead Cattle Production sale on Memorial Day for this effort. June was Beef Month. The Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association staff were really busy, as were many local chapters across the state, doing promotional beef events. As the agricultural industry continues to shrink, estimated 2 percent of the overall population, it is increasingly important we educate the other 98 percent of society about the benefits of beef in their life and diet. With little or no connection to production agriculture, we need to expose them to the truth. People start accepting too much of what they hear in the main stream press. Sometimes it seems to me that the press is more interested in sensationalism than facts. Facts and beef are both satisfying when you are exposed to them. GCA’s mission of representing the interests of cattlemen and landowners in the political arena is never more important than the next time lawmakers congregate to discuss how we should treat our livestock and the natural resources (water and land). If dealing with the political issues weren’t enough, we now have to keep an eye on the various agencies taking it upon themselves to write rules to further restrict personal property rights or the way we conduct business. I have heard it said many times that you cannot legislate or regulate common sense. Please ask you neighbors and friends to join us so we can effectively provide the “Common 6 July 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 ....................................Chuck Joiner Clarke-Oconee........................Karl C. Berg Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta..........................................Bill Cline Crawford Area ............................Jim Horne Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..........................................Ron Ward Floyd................................... Johnny Trotter 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







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A Proud and Grateful Member Thanks Cattlemen and Women for Help Dear Josh, On the evening of April 27th tornadoes struck our community. By morning much devastation had crossed Bartow County. Many homes, buildings, barns and fences were badly damaged or destroyed. Our farm was in its path. We lost two barns, a house badly damaged and most of the trees on our farm were uprooted or twisted and broken. Most of the fences were down and the pastures were littered with debris. At a time when we were so overwhelmed with the aftermath of the storm, it was refreshing to see many will-

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Sense” needed as the issues are debated. Numbers mean everything in the political arena. Numbers earn you a seat at the table. The “Just Ask” program is doing well and I thank each and every one who has pulled in a new member. It is equally important that we keep everyone on the membership roll. If you know of someone who has recently let their membership lapse, ask them to get back on board and help us stay strong. Starting a conversation about an article in the Georgia Cattleman is a good way to find out if someone has let their membership lapse. This month’s issue is certainly packed full of great information about marketing. The Summer Conference in Jekyl Island is only weeks away and part of the reason we need to meet is to discuss our stand on political and regulatory issues. We will be setting policy for the year ahead so if you have something you feel we should address please come and join in on the process. If by chance you cannot get to the meeting, send your thoughts with your local chapter president or regional vice president. Of course, the staff and I are also only a phone call or email away if we can help. Speaking of the Summer Conference, we are not going to sit under florescent lights the whole time. There is going to be lots of open (outside) time to get to know your fellow cattle producers and their families. We will conduct discussions at the pool, the golf course, the beach, and around the grill, so we are all able to share and learn about the issues affecting other parts of the state. I know some of the better golfers will say this is sandbagging, but I am concerned about my golf game. I took my golf balls out to the local course to get some of the dust knocked off and found out all of them have developed severe sun allergies and none of them can swim. I’m banking on a strong partner. Bring your ice cream churn or pack your homemade recipe in a cooler for the ice cream contest. We may need some judges to help ME. I hope there are a few summer showers that visit you, and I look forward to visiting with you at Jekyl Island. We will be “Kick’n Sand” until next time.

ing to assist us. Thanks to the many volunteers from the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, from all over our state, in helping with the cleanup. A special thanks to the CattleWomen for preparing a delicious meal for our group, as well as for other volunteers in the community. I am so proud to be a member of an organization that is so willing to help others when needed. Memories of the storm may fade over time, but I will never forget the help and kindness shown by our Association for me and other farm families. A proud member, Steve Taylor, Rydal, Ga.

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Achieving Maximum Impact

he National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) holds the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) each June and this year I was honored to represent Georgia on this 10-day sprint through the beef cattle industry. One of the great features of YCC is the inclusion of participants from every region (even Hawaii this year) and every segment of our industry. We were treated to quality speakers on every relevant topic in our industry and enjoyed tours of a large packer, processor, feedlot, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group), beef innovation kitchen, U.S. Capitol, and an Angus seedstock operation, to name a few. The Conference ends in Washington, D.C., with a focus on government ag policy, regulation and trade. My favorite part of the entire trip was the walking tour (3-mile hike) of the national monuments at sunset. The hot and humid evening walk was led by NCBA VP for Government Affairs Colin Woodall, who provided interesting historical information about each monument. We ended our tour at the beginning – with a tribute to one of our founding fathers at the Jefferson Memorial. Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, stood (19 feet tall, bronze, and staring at the White House) in proud contrast to the bureaucrats we had spent much of our time in Washington opposing with their overreaching regulations. Standing beside Jefferson’s statue, I couldn’t help but be stirred by the closing sentence from the Declaration inscribed on the west wall of the monument. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.” As young leaders in our industry, we were all impacted by the sacrifices of those leaders that have gone before us, both in war and in courageous defiance of the British crown. The sense of selflessness, of destiny, and of serving others should lead all of us to ask hard questions about how we are using our resources to ensure that our country and our industry are viable for both current and future generations. Each and every day we at GCA are asking how we can achieve the maximum positive impact on our industry with the resources we have available. We need every member to consider the underlying question as well: What skills, talents, etc. do I have that I can use to help move my industry forward? Whether it is recruiting a new member, speaking to consumers about the nutritional benefits of beef, or visiting with your member of Congress about EPA’s efforts to regulate us out of business, there is no shortage of opportunity to promote and defend our industry. What can you do to make the maximum positive impact in your community? What tools, events or training can GCA provide to help you get there?


Drought! I share President Blackburn’s desire that by the time this article hits mailboxes the rain will be pouring down all over Georgia, but as I’m writing Governor Deal has just requested disaster declaration due to drought in 20-plus Georgia counties. We have already run expert advice on the subject (Ted Dyer encouraged you to prepare in his April 2011 article, pg. 34) and there are timely articles in this issue to help you make wise decisions in dealing with the drought. I would encourage you to reach out to your county Extension agent or visit and for more excellent information. Though I was out of town and missed the Georgia Farm Bureau prayer service for rain earlier this month, I agree with the concept and will continue praying for drought relief.

GCA Committees – Getting it Done! Several committees have met over the past few weeks in preparation for the GCA Summer Conference. The Legislative Committee met to get the ball rolling on updating the GCA Policy document which will be voted on at our Board of Directors meeting at Jekyll Island July 21-23. Other committees meeting to provide input on Policy include the Membership Committee (Region VPs), Production and Marketing Committee, and Cattle Health and Well Being Committee. The GCA Policy provides the framework for how we address issues that affect our members. Thank you to all these committee members and GCA members that have taken their time to work on Policy and help our organization make maximum impact moving forward. We would love to have your input prior to, or during, Summer Conference. The “working” version of the GCA Policy document is posted on our website under “Library” for your review. I began this column describing my experience on YCC and I have many to thank for making my attendance on YCC possible. The GCA Foundation, GCA Executive Committee and Georgia Beef Board all provided support to make the trip possible. Thank you to the entire GCA/GBB staff for taking on additional work and enabling me to attend the YCC without worrying about things at the office. They are a joy to work with day in and day out! A huge thank you to my family for holding it all together at home. They have become accustomed to me being gone a day or two each week, but ten days was a long time. It gives me a new respect and admiration for our military families and the sacrifices they make. Check out the Declaration of Independence on our website this month. Happy Fourth of July! 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 T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383

Andrew Conley, Lake Park, 706-781-8656

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

Melvin Porter, Jefferson, 706-654-8283


Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941

Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-896-1043

Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175

Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518

Region 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070

Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136

Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400

Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495

Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025

Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187

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

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

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

Region 15: Randy Franks, 912-427-8036

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






Q Share what being an executive committee member means and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: As a rookie Executive Committee member I take my responsibilities very serious. Georgia cattle producers are very fortunate to have such a strong state association and beef board. Working with the GCA staff and other committee members allows me the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process that helps steer the direction of our state association. My livelihood is dependent upon the beef cattle industry and to have my peers value my input as an Executive Committee member is truly an honor. Q

Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ANSWER: I have been involved in the beef cattle industry my entire life. Growing up in the north Georgia mountains, my family raised cattle and my uncle operated a dairy. My grandfather was a full-time cattle farmer and is


Meet Executive Committee Member Andrew Conley

responsible for igniting my passion for this industry. I have been involved in several areas of the business from working in stockyards to holding herdsman and ranch manager positions. I can honestly say I have only held one other job that didn’t involve a cow in some capacity.


In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? ANSWER: In one word, energy, and in almost every definition of the term. From volatile commodity prices in our feed rations to the price of fuel at the pumps, every aspect of the industry has a direct correlation with energy. The producer’s bottom line continues to be chiseled away by increased production cost, making it hard to be profitable even with today’s cattle prices. The consumer is also hit by higher gas and electric cost, shrinking their disposable income and in some cases forcing them away from beef and on down the meat cooler to a cheaper protein source. As for solutions, I suggest being involved with cattlemen’s groups that deal with these and other such issues on a daily basis and

Quick Facts: • Andrew is employed with Blackwater Cattle Company near Lake Park, Georgia in Echols County.

• Currently manages a cow heard inventory of an estimated 900 head of registered and commercial Brangus cattle.

• Andrew has been a GCA Executive Committee member for three months and is currently President of Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association.

communicate with your elected officials and make your concerns heard.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: As the business landscape of production agriculture changes and as more and more people lose the understanding of where food comes from, I think education should be at the forefront. Half of Georgia’s population lives in the metro Atlanta area and as producers and members of GCA it is our responsibility to tell our story and make people aware of the compassion and integrity that farmers and ranchers put into their operations. We must be supportive of education incentives that reach out to those that might otherwise be listening to groups and organizations that are not Ag friendly. We also have to continue to work together and unite as cattle producers to ensure that we all take part in educating the general public about the safety and wholesomeness of the beef we produce. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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1987-1991: By Dallas Duncan Building a Better Future SINCE THAT EVENTFUL DAY IN 1961, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association fought for a memorable position in the state, both in terms of visibility and in terms of location. The first 25 years of its existence were spent shifting the GCA office all over the state. In the mid-1980s, construction finally began on a permanent home.

In 1987, the dreams and plans and fundraising finally came to fruition. “Sept. 19, 1987 was a historic day for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association as the association offices were moved into the new headquarters building in Macon,” Executive Vice President Mike Darnell wrote in his Oct. 1987 column in Georgia Cattleman. The 3,825-square-foot building, located off Interstate 475 in Macon, was paid for entirely by private donations of the 6,000 GCA members and others invested in the industry. It featured an auditorium, confer-

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ence room, kitchen, reception area, offices and storage space. It was the perfect home for the leaders of the state’s primary cattle organization, especially in this era. GCA needed a base camp for its continued battle on behalf of cattle producers. The fight began with the Beef Checkoff, which was turning one year old in 1987. Beef-eating celebrities, including James Garner, Erk Russell and Barbara Dooley, started making headlines in early 1987, helping to promote the product as part of the Checkoff. “A total turnaround is not going to happen overnight,” GBB Chairman Joe Gayle wrote in the November 1987 GCM. “It is vital to our industry as a whole that we continue to support the Beef Checkoff Program. Never before has our industry had such a unified and complete program as the one we have now.” The Beef Referendum was back in 1988, hoping for the continued promotion, research and education about beef and associated products. In Georgia alone, $850,000 was raised during the first Beef Checkoff year for these programs, and $73 million was collected nationally. Darnell announced in his


June 1988 column that 260,000 cattlemen voted nationwide

in the May 10 referendum. Of these, 79 percent voted “yes” to the referendum. In Georgia, 88 percent of the more than 4,000 producers who voted also approved the continued Checkoff. With all of the challenges facing the beef industry, GCA and NCA both insisted promotion of this caliber was needed. The March 1987 GCM reported Americans, on average, were consuming 26 percent less fat per day from retail cuts of beef and pork than they were 10 years earlier. “This research confirms what cattle producers have said for several years,” GCA President Mike Peed said in the March 1987 GCM. “Beef cattle are leaner today because of the technological advances our industry has made in breeding, genetics and nutrition.” Also helping the decreased intake of fat was the style of beef hitting retail shelves.

As the 1980s progressed, “modern” beef took center stage. This was, according to the November 1987 GCM, beef that “reflects a trend to leaner, more closely trimmed beef, with less waste fat and more edible meat per pound.” According to McDonald’s, “modern” beef also meant the need for leaner processed ground beef products, such as its McLean Deluxe burger. The 1988 National Beef Cookoff added a microwave meal category, another example of changing beef preferences. J.O. Reagan, a University of Georgia meat scientist, created recombined boneless beef cuts, five percent fat ground beef and fully cooked microwavable beef products to reflect “heat and enjoy” foods the day’s consumers desired. Some consumers, however, wanted absolutely nothing to do with beef, or any livestock, for that matter. One October 1989 GCM article referred to the actions of animal rights and welfare activists as “terrorism.” Activists associated with certain groups, such as Earth First! and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sprayed graffiti on the Florida and North Carolina Cattlemen’s Associations headquarters and burned a California sale barn. The California Cattle-

men’s Association was targeted by a Molotov cocktail bomb as well. The cattle industry’s response to these actions was to propose legislation to make it illegal to break into, vandalize, remove animals from or in any way disrupt a farm, research facility or ranch from its agricultural practices. This legislation was met with challenges. A North Carolina Representative introduced H.R. 3223, which “advances the concept of legal standing for animals, so that individuals could file lawsuits on animals’ behalf” if they believed the law was being violated, according to the July 1990 GCM. Cattle producers continued to feel the heat at the federal level during the late 1980s and early 1990s as things such as the “heifer tax” loomed over their heads. “This burdensome provision is an undesirable fallout of the 1986 Tax Reform Act,” NCA Tax and Credit Manager Alan Sobba wrote in the February 1988 GCM. “All taxpayers currently deducting the costs of raising these breeding animals must capitalize these costs, similar to what is done with a purchased breeding animal.” The March 1988 GCM printed estimates the heifer tax would cost producers $50 to $100 over the life of a replacement heifer. NCA chose to fight the legislation. The heifer tax was repealed by the time the December 1988 GCM went to press. An article in the issue called the tax “burdensome” and “an infringement on cash accounting.” Additional regulations from the government came in the form of the Clean

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rn Water Act and the Conserof 1980 G ell’s Viewpoint vation Use Amendment. CA Histor Some hav y The conservation amende c alled the 1 greed and 9 8 0 s s e th lf is e dec ade hness. Ob ment, introduced in 1990, weren’t in of vious v sought to address Georgia’s Cattlemen’s olved with the folk ly, those people s A o s f s ad valorem tax property 1983-1989, the ociation. In my time the Georgia wit p assessment and encourage and with, were ameople I was fortunate h GCA from to work fo o n g is th one of m e least se r conservation based on the stepped fo y big impressions fr lfish I’ve ever been around. I s rward, no om my tim amount of productive land. were uppose tha matter e at t The CWA was less appre- leadersbig thinkers, compassiowhat the challenge oGCA – how people alw r th na . ay s ciated by cattlemen.“These the hope Paeople bound together te persuaders, quiet w e time involved. There ork by nd [Environmental Protection benefit all. An belief that we could actheir involvement with ers, and unheralded d I believe c complish s we ome things attle, but also with Agency] officials are dead GCA achie together th ved and w did. in c at would lu as involved ding: serious,” GCA Executive in some big • R e th cord mem ings in the Vice President Glenn • late eightie The establis bership growth, s, Smith wrote in his May h m ent of more the state le lo c a l vel, association 1991 GCM column. “As • Con s and their ce involvemen absurd as it may sound, • Passingiving, building & paying t at fo a nd beginnin r a perman • these beliefs could lead ent home fo g impleme Raising the n r ta p th ti o to burdensome ‘emis- • Georgia’s prog litical profile of Georgiaon of the national bee e Association, f checkoff, re sions control’ regula- • The establishmenss towards “brucellosisbeef industry t fr o e f e tions on cattle produc- of th But no matter what th the Georgia Agri-Cen ” status, ter e challenge e people w illin w tion.” I wouldn’t d g to work together a as, it was easier to u ndertake b are to nd get The consensus about sible for G ec aus e CA’s accom try to list names or s it done. ingle out p plishments agriculture, according every level of th e o p during this le e period – th who were responto NCA Policy people involved in organization. But the fa ere are too G c C t th A p e a in rs m t the numb creased du onally mos Analyst Kathleen er, scope & any, at ring this ti t proud o th Hartnett, is that agri- graat might have been acfhduring my tenure. Thame, was the one thing thrange of t teful, are w ie a hat made m ved. And those peo is what led to everyth t I was culture “has had all ing else ple, for wh y time there o m so rewardin those exemptions long g and mem I will always be orable. enough; it should be regu- lifted, U.S. beef lated like all other indus- and veal sales would increase from $700 million tionist trade barrier unsubtries.” One way cattlemen want- in 1987 to $1.4 billion by stantiated by any scientific reasoning” by the March ed regulation was when it 1991. In late June 1988, the 1989 GCM. came to exporting their “[U.S. Trade Represenproduct. The United States U.S. and Japan reached an faced challenges in beef agreement to move forward tative] Hills and [U.S. imports and exports in the with a more liberalized Secretary of Agriculture] late 1980s, most notably Japanese market. “For the Yeutter made it clear to the first time ever, the Japanese Europeans that certification with Europe and Japan. “You’re producing quali- consumer will [have] access does not solve the problem ty beef at competitive prices to more U.S. high quality and that U.S. retaliation will — beef which Japanese beef at affordable prices,” remain as long as the ban is consumers have shown that Darnell wrote in his July in place,” the April 1989 they want,” the NCA wrote 1988 column. “While we GCM reported. It was a in the May 1988 GCM. “It will not have totally free hard place for GCA to be in, means that Japanese pro- access to the Japanese mar- and it was clear all efforts ducers are really concerned ket, the new agreement will would be needed to improve about the strength which substantially expand our faith in the industry. “This means that cattleU.S. cattlemen and NCA, access and give us a chance along with cooperating to compete more freely in men have a tough battle ahead to maintain public groups, have shown in the Japanese market.” Europe’s beef with U.S. confidence in their industry insisting the Japanese marbeef was based on produc- and in their product,” Steve ket be totally liberalized.” The United States tion practices. Europe Allender, NCA associate Department of Agriculture banned U.S. beef because of director of industry inforestimated if Japan’s quota its use of hormones. The mation, wrote in the and trade restrictions were ban was called “a protec- November 1990 GCM. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Randy Fordham 706-207-1301


In My Opinion

Flea Treatments

By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins, retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty

Some are probably wondering Selected Flea Treatments why we are discussing flea treatFrontline Advantage Frontline Program Bio Spot K9 Avantix Revolution ments in a Cattlemen’s magazine. Trade name Plus II This is in response to a reader’s Company Merial Merial Novartis Bayer Farnam Bayer Pfizer question about being overrun with fleas last summer and who wanted Fipronil Imidacioprid Permethrin Active Lufenuron Permethrin to know how to prevent a reocMethoprene Pyriproxyfen Imidacioprid Fipronil Selamectin Ingredients (IGR) Methoprene (IGR) (IGR) (IGR) Pyriproxyfen (IGR) currence. Besides, most cattlemen have dogs and most dogs have Kills Adult Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Fleas fleas. It seems that there are as Kills Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Ticks many flea control products as there are fleas. How does one Controls Flea No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes select the proper flea medication? Development By understanding the flea life Kill Fleas 18 Hrs Fleas 24 Hrs Fleas 12 Hrs Fleas 24 Hrs Fleas 12 Hrs Speed Ticks 48 Hrs cycle, a selection can be made by reading the claims of the manu- Kills/Repels No No No Yes No Yes facturer on the package insert. Mosquitoes The most effective products will Frequency Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly kill adult fleas and prevent egg or Of Dosage larval development. But rememApply Apply Oral Apply Apply Apply Apply Topically Topically Pill Topically Topically Topically Topically ber – the use of any pesticide car- Administration ries certain dangers! Most companies make products compounded for puppies, ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION dogs, cats, house and yard in the form of powders, sprays, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association aerosols, dips, collars, pills and gels. One should be careful not 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 / Macon, GA 31221 to use an adult dog product on a puppy or cat unless the pack(478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5731 • Email: age insert approves that use. Be careful about judging on the basis of cost. Most low cost  New Member  Renewal products do not contain an insect growth regulator (IGR) to Business Name_________________________________ keep the larvae from developing. There are counterfeit flea Contact ______________________________________ products that are offered at very low prices. Look for a legitimate company and the EPA registration number. Make sure the Address_______________________________________ information is written in English. Legitimate products will have City ___________ State___ Zip ___________________ “Warning” and “Keep out of reach of children” written on the Phone _______________________________________ FAX _________________________________________ box. Insect growth regulators (IGR) are relatively low in toxicity E-mail _______________________________________ and have six to eight months’ residual activity indoors. IGRs can Chapter_______________________________________ be applied as dusts, sprays, aerosol, topically or orally. They Sponsored by _________________________________ work by interfering with normal egg, embryo or larval developMEMBERSHIP LEVEL ment. Widespread use of IGRs should be limited to indoors or specific resting areas out of doors, since they may also have a  Tenderloin Member $600 or more negative effect on beneficial insects.  T-Bone Member $300 - $599 Space does not permit a listing of all flea products. The  Rib-Eye Member $150 - $299 accompanying chart lists examples of products that are most  Sirloin Member $ 75 - $149 popular in controlling adult fleas and larval development. Most companies have improved their formulation to include an insect Contribution Amount ______________ growth regulator. (example - Frontline and Frontline Plus). Thank you ... for your membership! Many products, in addition to killing adult fleas, may also kill ear mites, mange mites, ticks and in one case, claims are made for 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 the control of heartworms, hook worms and round worms. 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 contribuREAD THE PACKAGE INSERT. tions to GCA are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. Continued on page 41 18 July 2011

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Tenderloin Members ($600+)

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

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville, GA Georgia Development Authority, Monroe 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 Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie 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 Bekaert Corp., Douglas Berry Angus Beef, Mount Berry Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

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 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 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 Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin L NB Equipment, Comer Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma

Fuller Supply Company

Intervet Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Mason Tractor and Equipment Company, Blue Ridge Merchants and Citizens Bank, McRae Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville 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 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams

Red, White & Blue Grilled Steak Salad

“I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know toes I found, from Tifton, were beautifully red and deliI'm free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave cious. The Vidalia onions were huge and had just the right that right to me.” For me, these lyrics, by Lee Greenwood, amount of sweetness. When you grill the onions, as the create images of patriotism, pride, fireworks and flags. I recipe suggestions, the Vidalias will get a little smoky flavor am so grateful to the men and women who are overseas that really complements the sweetness! However, the New fighting for my freedom. I am also equally grateful to those York strip, from Buckhead Beef in Atlanta, was by far my who live right here in favorite part of the Georgia who are putsalad! The herb rub on ting food on my table this steak pairs well ECIPE every day! As we celewith the fresh vegetaINGREDIENTS PREPARATION brate Independence bles. Day this year, I think it This salad is a per***Balsamic Vinaigrette*** • Combine first five ingredients. 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar • Pour oil in slowly and whisk is very important to fect reflection of our 2 cloves garlic, minced until smooth. (Can also comsupport not only our July 4th celebration. 1/2 tsp sugar bine in screw-top jar or salad troops, but our local The red, white & blue 1/2 tsp kosher salt mixer and shake well.) Stir in farmers and ranchers. of our country’s flag 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepchopped herbs. Set aside. Trim These people work so and the produce and per excess fat from steak. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil • Remove 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette and use to brush on both sides hard every single day meat from the land we ****** of steak and thick onion slices Salt and pepper to taste and set to provide delicious, love. I hope you will 1 tbs Fresh Thyme, snipped aside. Can brush on vinaigrette ahead of time - cover and refrighealthy, fresh food for serve this salad to 2 tbs Fresh Parsley, snipped erate until time to grill. Reserve remainder of the vinaigrette to thousands of families! friends and family as 2 tbs Fresh Basil, snipped drizzle on finished salads. To show my supyou honor those who 2 tbs Fresh Rosemary, snipped • When time to grill, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill 2 New York Strip Steaks, grates lightly. Grilled onion slices will take 10-15 minutes total port to Georgia farmserve our country! To approximately 1" thick, time, turning just once. ers, I bypassed the big quote Lee Greenwood, trimmed of excess fat • Grill seasoned steak on oiled rack of grill directly over heat to supermarkets and “there ain't no doubt I 1 large Vidalia or Sweet Onion, desired doneness, turning once. Allow 8-12 minutes for mediumheaded to my neighlove this land, God sliced 1/2" thick (WHITE) rare and 12-15 minutes total for medium doneness, depending on borhood Farmer’s bless the USA”. 1 cup sundried tomatoes the thickness of steak. After removing from grill, allow steak to 6 cups Lightly packed torn mixed rest about 3 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Market to gather fresh, And may God Salad Greens • To Serve: Divide mixed greens among dinner plates. Arrange local ingredients for bless you, your famioverlapping meat slices down the middle of the plate. Separate lies, your crops, and this month’s Red, White 1 cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled (BLUE) grilled onion slices into rings (WHITE) to top the salad. Add sliced your cattle. and Blue Grilled Steak 2 large tomatoes, sliced (RED) tomatoes (RED) to salad and sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese Happy 4th of July! Salad recipe. All I can (BLUE). Drizzle salads with the reserved vinaigrette. say is WOW! The toma20 July 2011 • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N


Red, White & Blue Grilled Steak Salad ________________________


THURSDAY, JULY 21 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee and Georgia Beef Board meetings

FRIDAY, JULY 22 8:00-9:30 a.m. Committee Meetings Media and Communications Committee Animal Health and Well Being Committee 9:30-10:00 a.m. Opening and Welcome 10-10:15 a.m. Break 10:15-11:45 a.m. Researching New Beef Round Value Cuts Session 1:00 p. m. Golf Tournament 6:30 p.m. Grill Out & Social by the Pool w/Beach Music Ice Cream Contest SATURDAY, JULY 23 8:00-10:00 Committee Meetings Legislative Committee Regional VP’s and Membership & Services Committee 10:00-10:15 Break 10:15-12:00 General Policy Board Meeting 12:30 p.m. Emerging Leaders Conference Reunion Luncheon 2:30 p.m. Local Leadership Roundup 6:30 p.m. Grill Out and Social on the Veranda 7:30 P.M. Horseshoe Tournament

GCA SUMMER CONFERENCE - JEKYLL ISLAND Plan your registration information below, then go online and sign up now!

Family Registration $25.00/family Submit list of all names Friday night Meal $15.00/ea # Person(s) Attending ____ Friday night Kids Meal - Kids 12 and under $7.50/ea # Person(s) Attending ____ Friday Afternoon Golf Tournament You will pay on site # Person(s) Attending ____ Saturday Night Meal $15.00/ea # Person(s) Attending ____ Saturday Night Kids Meal - Kids under 12 $7.50/ea # Person(s) Attending ____ CALL THE GCA OFFICE AT 478-474-6560 FOR MORE INFORMATION


Overall Sponsor – INTERVET/SCHERING PLOUGH ANIMAL HEALTH Meeting Room Sponsor – BAYER ANIMAL HEALTH Friday Night Entertainment Sponsor – MERIAL Friday Night Meal sponsor – PFIZER ANIMAL HEALTH Saturday night meal Sponsor – PFIZER ANIMAL HEALTH Ice Cream Contest Sponsor – BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM Horseshoe Contest Sponsor – GOLD RIVER FEED PRODUCTS Training Workshop Sponsor – DUPONT Emerging Leaders Conference Reunion Luncheon Sponsor – GODFREY’S FEEDS and the GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION Local Leadership Roundup Sponsor – GEORGIA FARM BUREAU Break Sponsors – SUNBELT EXPO GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS Golf Tournament Luncheon Sponsor – BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM Trophy Sponsor – ALLFLEX Refreshment Cart Sponsor – BAYER ANIMAL HEALTH Hole Sponsors – 1 - MM Cattle 2 - Gazda Cattle 3 – Boehringer Ingelheim 4 – Florida Mineral, Salt and Agriculture Products 5 – Alltech 6 – Genex Cooperative 7 – Genex Cooperative 8 – Ivey’s Outdoor Supply 9 – Viridian G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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G C A Ne w M e m b e r R o u n d u p David Adams, Hull, Ga.

Miranda Adams, McDonough, Ga. Vona Sue Alley, Lenox, Ga.

Patricia Anderson, Jasper, Ga.

“We're glad you've decided to join us!”

Michael Bilow, Elberton, Ga.

Will McWhorter, Lincolnton, Ga.

Mitcham Cattle Company, Oxford, Ga. Brandon Pinson, Daisy, Ga. Tab Reed, Lincolnton, Ga.

Gene & Lori Roberts, Bowman, Ga.

Mike Blackburn, Baconton, Ga.

Matthew Sanders, McDonough, Ga.

Keith Brady, Danielsville, Ga.

Hill Smith, Cartersville, Ga.

Carl Bowen, Jr., Thomson, Ga.

Kathy Schwock, Homer, Ga.

Tanner Brady, Danielsville, Ga.

Colby South, Thomaston, Ga.

George Brooks, Comer, Ga.

Lanie Staines, Tifton, Ga.

Matthew Brooks, Comer, Ga.

Roger Stone, Baxley, Ga.

Dwayne Clark, Bowman, Ga.

Logan Waldrop, Canon, Ga.

Robert Crockett, Waynesboro, Ga.

Thomas Waldrop, Jr., Canon, Ga.

Jamie Cook, Murphy, NC.

Taylor Waldrop, Canon, Ga.

Dale Daniel, Carrollton, Ga.

Hannah Walker, Locust Grove, Ga.

Carol Dewrell, Holt, Fla.

Jennifer Green, Hampton, Ga.

Brock Hammontree, Dalton, Ga. Randy Hill, Maysville, Ga.

Tom & Lynna Hilliard, Glennville, Ga.

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James Wallace, Bowdon Junction, Ga.

D.F. McCluney, Milledgeville, Ga.

Melena McCoun, Cedartown, Ga. Lee McGarity, Royston, Ga.

Pauline Wallace, Bowdon Junction, Ga. Amber Willis, Moreland, Ga.

Walt Woodward, Cedartown, Ga. Joe Wright, Douglas, Ga.

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

Email: •

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

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

Steve Roberts

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

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

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


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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

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

“Breeding cattle since 1959”



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

Cattle Enterprises

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

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

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

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


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

NEW SALE DATE: MARCH 31, 2011 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

Amanda Fender hands Wayne Jones the home-raised hamburger meat he ordered.

Photos and story by Katlin Mulvaney

hy decide to open a locally grown produce and meat minimart store? This question might seem elementary to some, but Steve and Elaine Roberts have been embarking on a unique entrepreneurial adventure since August 2010. This is when the vision of building the 1,800square-foot store started becoming a reality. Elaine recalled a few apprehensions she and her husband had to face over the course of the next six months of building the store. The husband-wife team of 43 years and now owners of Roberts Taste of the Farm in Nashville, Ga., said they had never run a store before; nor did they know anything about how successful a “buy fresh/buy local” market store would be. For years the Roberts had entertained opening a small store right on the farm, because of the dozens of requests they would receive throughout the year about the opportunity to purchase some of the meat from Steve’s steer calves. After meeting the demands of the Roberts’ nearby neighbors and family members for meat, Steve began designing the blueprints of what is now a thriving family-owned and operated business located 21 miles from the farm and homestead.

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Inheriting the land from Elaine’s father, they built the store on the site where her family’s old Gulf Gas distributer was located. Groundbreaking of the new enterprise began in Fall 2010 and nine months later the community welcomed a new business. For the burgeoning business, opening the doors to the public on May 2 required numerous hours of organization, certification and several levels of inspections from state and local meat inspectors. Conforming to the city limit requirements and obtaining permits to open a business was also a tedious process, said Elaine. From a required sign permit for the store’s road-side sign to USDA surprise inspections, the Roberts’ entrepreneurial adventure is well on its way of being a great success. The official grand opening was scheduled for the last part of June, as the vegetables were due to be in full harvest. Remaining a family-owned and operated business is a niche market for the Roberts. Steve and Elaine’s only son, Carroll, supplies the store with all the produce he and his four children grow. Some of the popular

items sold daily are Silver Queen & Meritt varieties of sweet corn, red and green tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and zucchini. Another unique marketing tool the business strives to offer is selling all-American products. From

Steve and Elaine Roberts stand in front of their new store in Nashville, Ga.

the bottled drinks in the cooler and old-fashioned hoop cheese to the boxed dinner products found on either side of the store’s two isle shelves, Elaine prides herself on ordering all-American made items – except the chicken wings, which she pulled out of the freezer to show were imported from Chile. “Want to have the reputation that we have quality, rather than quan-

tity,” smiled Elaine as she opened one of the cooler’s doors and organized the left-over barbequed meat Steve made from the prior day’s smoked Boston butts. “I want to have our customers walk away knowing they received the best quality possible and supported American products.” Even though the produce and beef are mostly raised by a Roberts family member, the demand for the beef is greater than Steve’s current supply. Meat sold is steers Steve has raised that are primarily purebred Hereford and Angus crossed calves. Moving an estimated 1,400 pounds of home-raised beef a week means Steve will have to have steers ready for harvest at different times of the year to fill this demand from his customers. Currently Steve is raising 300 calves a year, with a strong market to sell around 30 high-quality seedstock Hereford and Angus bulls to cattlemen, then steering everything else. Steve said the demand for produce

and meat has more than doubled since the doors opened for business. “A lot of our customers want to have a convenient dinner after a long day at work, so I’ll cook steaks, ribeyes and roast on the grill all day so when they get off work they can stop by and pick one up on their way home,” explained Steve as he opened the smoke-filled grill to turn pork chops for the restaurant’s lunch

crowd. Steve’s home-raised beef is harvested at a processing plant 22 miles from the store, and sides of beef are picked up in freezer trucks every four to five days. The hamburger sold is guaranteed to be 90 to 95 percent lean with no fillers. All of the hamburgers sold in the store and restaurant are hand-made patties. Steve and Elaine have trained all four of their employees to be multifaceted in all areas of the business. From kitchen duties and filling meat orders from customers to checking out people at the register in the front of the store, everyone pitches in and pulls their weight when needed, said Elaine. “There are not enough words to use when describing the type of kind-hearted and good people the Roberts are,” thoughtfully shared Amanda Fender, full-time salaried employee at Roberts Taste of the Farm. “They really care about serving the community from the bottom of their hearts.” Cathy Barber, kitchen manager, said beginning each work day with a prayer sets the tone for the positive working atmosphere and depicts her ‘kind-hearted’ bosses perfectly. “They believe in treating people right,” said Christal Jarvis, one of Roberts Taste of the Farm multi-purpose staffers. Future aspirations for the business include expanding the restaurant, making it more of a steak house, and also becoming certified to ship the

custom meat within and out of state. “People buy cheaper grades of meat in the stores partly because that’s all that’s available sometimes,” explained Steve. “The meat we are producing is some of the most tender, highest grading Choice beef, and I want to make this readily available for my customers.”

Wayne Jones, lifetime friend and Berrien Middle School Health and Physical Education teacher, said having a store selling “home-fed cattle is not only convenient, but something that is not readily available.” “Our school has started ordering teacher lunches from the restaurant, because it’s great food, so convenient and is supporting a business owned by tremendous people,” shared Jones. The Roberts are “good folks with hearts of gold,” Jarvis concluded. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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U.S. Beef Farmers and Ranchers Issue First Social Responsibility Report

U.S. cattlemen are pleased to announce the release of “The Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review: Connecting Our Vision and Values,” which is a first-of-its-kind inside look at cattlemen’s influence on the nation’s communities, the economy, public health and the environment. “Our jobs as cattlemen are complex and it takes an entire community of people to responsibly bring beef from our pastures to your plate,” said Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma cattleman, University of Tulsa professor and vice-chair of the beef industry’s Joint Issues Management Subcommittee. “After reading this, people might be pleasantly surprised to learn that they have more in common with the values and vision of cattlemen than they previously thought.” The “Cattlemen’s Stewardship Review” comes at a critical point in time when people are more disconnected from agriculture and food production, yet there is an increasing interest in knowing more about who raises food. In fact, nearly three-outof-four people say that they want to know more about how beef is raised and who raises it, according to research conducted by The Beef Checkoff. Built on a statement of seven fundamental principles adopted by U.S. cattle farmer and rancher leaders at the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in February 2011, the Review details cattlemen’s commitment to preserving the environment, raising healthy cattle, providing quality food, enhancing food safety, investing in communities, embracing innovation and creating a sustainable future for generations to come. The Review is broken into five key sections, which showcase key accomplishments of U.S cattle farmers and ranchers, including: • U.S. cattlemen provide 20 percent of the world’s beef with only 7 percent of the world’s cattle, meaning that they are helping provide valuable nutrients to a growing population both in the United States and abroad. • Since 1993, cattlemen have invested $30 million of their beef checkoff dollars in safety improvements. Collaborative beef-industry efforts have helped reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses, including E. coli O157:H7, which now affects less than one person in 100,000 people. • More than 90 percent of feedyard cattle raised in the U.S. today are influenced by Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), a checkoff-funded program that sets guidelines for animal care and handling. • Between 1977 and 2007 the “carbon footprint” of beef shrank 18 percent as farmers and ranchers raised 13 percent more beef with 13 percent fewer cattle. When compared to 1977, each pound of beef raised in 2007 used 20 percent less feed, 30 percent less land, 14 percent less water and 9 percent less fossil-fuel energy. • Environmental efforts by cattle farmers and ranchers help manage and protect more than 500 million acres of permanent grassland and a variety of wildlife and endangered species. • Nearly one-half of cattle farmers and ranchers volunteer with youth organizations and more than one-third donate their time to other civic organizations, compared to a national average of 7 percent of all Americans. Most important, the Review identifies opportunities for farmers, ranchers and checkoff-funded programs to continue to 26 July 2011

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grow and improve down the road. Visions for the future include: • Responsibly conducting and sharing research about beef and healthy diets, pathogens and food safety and animal health and nutrition; • Continuing to expand and refine quality-assurance programs to encourage broader adoption of beef quality-assurance standards; • Conducting a multi-phase, multi-year lifecycle assessment that details the environmental footprint of U.S. beef; and • Identifying more consistent and complete ways to quantify the beef industry’s contribution to the community and the country’s economic stability. The Review is available at, along with short videos of stakeholder interviews discussing the beef industry’s accomplishments. GC

147 Members of Congress Corner USDA on Proposed GIPSA Rule

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack received a letter from 147 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 18, 2011, regarding USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing. The so-called GIPSA rule was proposed June 22, 2010, and as a result of pressure from members of Congress, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other industry groups, USDA is currently conducting an economic analysis on the proposed rule. In the letter, which was led by Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), the members of Congress urge Secretary Vilsack to proceed in a transparent manner, which includes allowing stakeholders to comment on the rule before moving forward. “Particularly in a climate in which additional scrutiny is being applied to regulations seen as overreaching or overly burdensome, we urge the department to proceed in a transparent manner that allows for those most impacted by this action a chance to comment on not only pending changes to the rule and the accompanying economic analysis as well,” penned the members of Congress, adding that a timeline for completion of the economic analysis and any further action is also needed. NCBA President Bill Donald said the 147 members of Congress stood up for U.S. cattlemen and women. Included in the 147 were 11 of Georgia’s 12 Congressmen; David Scott (D), Austin Scott (R), John Barrow (D), Paul Broun (R), Tom Price (R), Phil Gingrey (R), Tom Graves (R), Hank Johnson (D), Jack Kingston (R), Sanford Bishop (D), and Lynn Westmoreland (R). “The proposed GIPSA rule puts big government smack dab in the middle of our business. It is the most pervasive invasion of federal government into the private marketplace I have ever witnessed,” said Donald, who is a Montana rancher. “I am proud we have leaders inside the Beltway willing to hold this administration accountable for its actions.” The members of Congress stated in the letter that it is troubling that USDA appears to be using the rule-making process to accomplish objectives specifically rejected by Congress. Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs, said the elected leaders are holding USDA accountable in a big way. He said it is unprecedented to see an agricultural issue receive this level of bipartisan alignment. “It is clear that USDA’s unpopular rule goes above and beyond the intent of Congress,” said Woodall. “Withdrawing the rule and developing a solution that is consistent with the intent Congress made clear in the 2008 Farm Bill is the only acceptable solution for Secretary Vilsack. This rule absolutely cannot move forward as written.” GC


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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Showmanship Clinic will be Insightful

The Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association is once again excited about the annual GJCA Field Day. The field day will take place in Perry, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The field day theme is, “Come Aboard the LeaderSHIP!” During check-in and registration, the GJCA will offer the stockman quiz for the kids to participate in. We are excited to provide a Showmanship Clinic with some very experienced guest speakers. These speakers will inform the kids of not only fundamentals in the show ring, but give them a better insight on how to be competitive among their peers. After lunch, the presentation of the awards for the stockman quiz will

By Clay Black take place, which will be followed by a fun afternoon of team-building and water games. We have ordered light blue t-shirts with the GJCA logo on the front like last year The members of the GJCA are anxiously awaiting the arrival of field day and hope those attending will not only enjoy the experience, but be able to leave with a better knowledge gained from the showmanship clinic. I think I can speak for all the officers when I say that we are pumped for this year’s field day. I hope to see you all there this year as we plan to have another excellent field day down in Perry! GC

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There is more than one definisneak,” up to the resting tion for pasture roping, as Carter heifer. And it was imprespointed out to me. It was during sive, especially when you calving season. He and his wife realized it was a good 100 were making the 5 p.m. heifer yards! She never moved. check. They were in the pickup He looked back at his wife driving through the calving pasture and gave her a thumbs up. and noted a good size critter in the He put the loop on one of process of calving. They had seen it the calf ’s feet and was tryBAXTER BLACK, DVM earlier. She’d been at it several hours ing to wind a half-hitch on and seemed to be tuckered out. the other foot. His wife’s suggestion that it might be During the process the heifer kept wiser to try and push the cow to the calv- throwing her head to see what was going ing corral flew in like a mosquito by his on. Carter leaned forward and put a little ear but he swatted it away! Carter prided pressure on her so she would stay down. himself on his ‘sneaking prowess.’ It didn’t work. She rose from the spot like “I believe I can do a good ‘pasture a Trident missile and hit top speed in two sneak’ on her. Even out here in the leaps! Twenty feet of rope burned through open.” Carter’s paws as he sat there! As luck She rolled her eyes. He cautioned her would have it, and it sometimes does, the to be still. half hitch came tight… around his arm, He had no chains and handles with and he was jerked to his feet faster than him. “We could go back and get them,” you can say, “W-A-T-E-R-S-K-I-E-R!” said his wife. He swatted away her wisFor the first few yards he maintained dom, “That would take ten minutes! And his TRACK STAR status, then went into I could’ve done snuck up on her by then!” a tumbling routine worthy of any GYMHe chose instead to use the 30-foot NAST. At one point he performed a team roping rope soft-lay coiled up in the FIGURE SKATER triple axel, a HIGH bed of the pickup. To her skeptical eye, DIVER half-gainer, a SKATE BOARDhe made what he later called “A perfect ER triple misty flip, and finished the last

20 yards leaping brush, irrigation pipe, a cut bank, and an abandoned harrow like a HURDLER with his tail on fire! Thank goodness the cow was slowing down when she leaped through the turned-over round bale feeder and finally tripped on a buried hot-wire fence that surrounded the compost heap. “Mother!” he cried from the wreckage. “Mother, come dally this rope around somethin’! I don’t want to waste this good sneak! I might make a tee-shirt out of it!” His wife swerved in with the pickup and jumped out! Carter was untangling the hitches off his longest arm. She tied the rope hard and fast to the bumper ball and, with her at the wheel and him at the back, on foot, they cajoled the cow the last 20 yards to the corrals. After examining the damage, he discovered some parts missing. “Mother, reckon you could go back to the pasture and see if you can find my hat and my left boot?” She looked at him, “Why don’t you just sneak on down there and find it yourself.”

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Here we go again!

Keys to Limiting the Long-Term Effects of Drought

I know you are all hoping for an end to these cycles of severe drought. But, it isn’t a matter of “if ” but “when” drought hits us in the Southeast. Having been involved in the cattle industry in various ways (cow-calf producer, County Agent, and now Forage Extension Specialist), I know how stressful these times can be. I also know that all droughts eventually end. The most important thing to do is to ensure that the decisions made during the drought minimize the cost after the drought. As I travel giving updates at Cattlemen’s meetings around the state, I have been hitting the following keys to limiting the long-term effects of drought.

Confine Your Damage The institinctual reaction to dry weather is to allow the cattle to graze over more acres. This is a short-term tactic that will help weather a dry spell, but it is not something one should do through a severe drought. There’s no reason to overgraze the whole farm. Limit the damage and place the cattle in a sacrifice area. The best sacrifice areas are the fields or paddocks that one may already have plans to renovate. In fact, overgrazing in those areas may help during the reestablishment phase. Since it is dry, extra hoof traffic is not unlikely to cause severe compaction deep in the soil profile, so don’t be afraid to keep animal numbers high on those smaller areas. Just ensure that the area is not in a spot where the animal waste will runoff into the creeks once that drought-ending rain finally arrives. Wean Early Cows with suckling calves require relatively high quality forage and lots of it. Cows have their lowest nutritional needs in early to mid-gestation. Calves that are 5 months old or older can be weaned off the cows relatively quickly and easily. Thus, early weaning can maintain brood animals on poor quality forage with little or no supplemental feed while 32 July 2011

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By Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist

allowing the producer to stretch available feed. If the drought persists and gets worse, wean all calves that are 60 days of age or older. In some years, feed prices allow calves to be retained and fed a low-forage and high grain/by-product-based diet (80 percent grain/by-product) to continue growing at acceptable rates. Use a sharp pencil on this one, though. High grain and by-product prices this year may not make this feasible.

Cull Following a Priority List You should view forage and supplements as investments, especially during a drought. Producers should invest only in animals that are likely to generate a return and should focus on those animals that will provide the highest returns. Add up what you will have invested in each cow and make sure she can pay you back. Be sure you’re not throwing good money after bad. Carrying open, old or unproductive animals through a drought is unlikely to be feasible. Even in a normal year, we generally recommend that you pregnancy test and sell cows that are open, old (≥ 10 years old), did not wean a calf, have a physical defect, or are of bad disposition. As the drought enters an advanced stage, start culling cows that had calves sub-standard weaning weights. Try to maintain a herd of cows that will calve within a 90-day period. As the drought worsens into severe or extreme conditions, cull more deeply based on calf weaning weights, cow age, and calving date. As the drought worsens, prices for culled animals will drop quickly. Pay close attention to the long-range weather forecasts and the current market. Do not hesitate to lower the population early rather than too late. If no drought relief is in sight, sell before the market price declines sharply. Remember, cattle come and go, but your pasture stays put. It may be that the best investment you can make is not in your cows, but in your pastures. Don’t Depend on Hay that You Don’t Have Running through all of your hay stocks this early in the year is akin to counting chickens before they’ve hatched. This is not a year that one should count on buying hay to meet their needs. There may not be much to be had and what is available is likely to be extraordinarily expensive. Hay stocks in Georgia are still at historically low levels. Further, USDANASS statistics have indicated that hay acres in Georgia have decreased by about 12 percent. Though residues from other crops often contribute much to hay stocks in a drought year, that forage mostly won’t be available until late in the year and the amount, quality and value of that forage is still to be determined. Use a Hay Stretcher Given these concerns about hay availability, one should take care to stretch out the hay supplies that they do have. The first step, which was purposefully mentioned first, is to

feed hay only to those cows that can turn a profit. But, there are a number of by-product feeds that are available that are low in startch, which will help keep fiber digestion high while providing supplmental energy. This will stretch one’s hay supplies, but remember to do so only after counting the costs. One should also use a feeding strategy that minimizes hay losses. Using a hay ring or cone feeder will keep feeding losses below 10 percent (some < 5 percent). Don’t unroll hay directly on the ground if it takes them more than 5 to 6 hours to clean it up, as losses in this situation may exceed 30 percent if it remains on the ground for several days.

Know What it Will Take As we’ve already established, one should always figure what it will take to feed them enough and that it is costeffective. Here’s how to calculate it. Ruminants must have a certain amount of food (dry matter) everyday. For cows, it’s about 2 percent of their body weight. So, a 1200 lb cow must eat 24 lbs of dry matter every day (1200 x 2 percent = 24). But don’t forget to account for storage and feeding losses. For example, if you’re storing hay outside on the ground with no cover, you can pretty much assume you will lose 40 to 50 percent to weathering and feeding loss. So, in this case, you may need 48 lbs per head per day. That equates to nearly 1 ½ bales (1000 lb round rolls) of good quality hay per cow per month. Know What You are Feeding Testing your hay’s quality is absolutely critical. Much of

the hay that was produced last year (which we are feeding now) was exceptionally low in digestibility and energy. This will require more energy supplementation to retain body condition in one’s cattle. Furthermore, one should be acutely aware of the risk high nitrates in forage produced this year. Don’t make this drought even worse by losing cows or calves to nitrate toxicosis! Watch the Long-Range Outlook Catching the “7-day Outlook” from your favorite TV or radio meteorologist has become a favorite pastime, but it is the long-range outlook (one or more months in advance) that gives us something to plan around. Though predictions of summer trends are highly variable because of thunderstorms and tropical depressions (etc.), fall and winter trends are more predictable and long-range forecasts give reasonable estimations of what the future holds. Climatologists from all over the Southeast contribute to the Southeast Climate Consortium ( to routinely update weather outlooks. Extension agronomists and animal scientists collaborate with the climatologists to make management recommendations based on these long-range outlooks. These recommendations can help you plan how best to invest in your cattle operation. To learn more about drought management strategies and how to best position your operation for when the drought ends, check out the “Drought Info” quicklink on our website at or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. GC

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2011 Beef Month Proclamation

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GEORGIA BEEF BOARD, GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION AND GEORGIA CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION joined Gov. Nathan Deal as June was declared Georgia Beef Month, May 31. The Governor was presented with a beef gift basket, steaks for grilling, and a basket of fresh vegetables (from Gerald Long of Bainbridge, Ga.) as tokens of appreciation for his support of the Georgia beef industry. Deal recognized the importance of agriculture and proper nutrition in family diets, as seen by his participation in Georgia Beef Month and the Governor’s Ag Day held in March – and through the signing of key legislation directly benefiting Georgia beef producers. We would like to thank everyone who promoted and celebrated BEEF this June and hope you continue to do so throughout the year.

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Rebecca Long Chaney is proud to announce the release of her daughters' third children's book, "Star Becomes A Mother." This book is the third book in a children's agricultural education book series by 5-year-old twin sisters Rianna and Sheridan Chaney and focuses on the beef industry. The Chaney twins are working on their fourth book, which will be available Fall 2011.

The second book highlights the twins' personal experiences in the dairy industry, including time with their grandfather, a retired dairy farmer; learning about what happens at a dairy farm from birth to milk production; participating in the Pee Wee division of the pretty cow contest at the county fair; joining the 4-H Cloverbuds club; and helping to make ice cream at South Mountain Creamery. The third book is about the twins’ beef cattle experiences.

“Exemplary! The factual story of agriculture and beef being taught by the Chaney twins is fun and real. The best children’s agriculture education book series I have ever read. The book series should be in every elementary and pre-school in the USA.” - Marcia Callaway, retired educator and beef producer, Callaway Cattle Co., Georgia Books are $12 each or the three-book bundle special is $30. Discounts for Ag-Education for box orders are also available. E-mail Rebecca at for details.


Summer Market Update

By Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension Economist - Livestock

Introduction As I write this month’s article it is hot, dry and the corn market just made a 30-cent up move. Don’t you just love the cattle business!

Prognosticating during these volatile times is certainly a tricky venture. There are a lot of moving parts affecting the beef industry today. To make matters worse, many of these moving parts are bumping into each other, which only adds to uncertainty and risk. However, before we overthink the situation, I think it is important for us to take a step back and look at some of the fundamentals and technical factors affecting the cattle markets. More importantly, what does this mean for cattlemen weaning calves here in the near future? Supply Situation The good news for cattlemen is that beef supplies continue to be and are expected to remain tight. So far in 2011, domestic beef production continues to run about equal to that from last year (Figure 1). However, when one considers the Year-to-Date increase in cow slaughter (plus 0.6 percent), it becomes apparent that the equality in beef production is due to the drought impacts of cull cows and not increasing numbers of feeder cattle. That is, if we weren’t culling cows due to drought, beef production would be down. In other words, fed or finished beef production is down and non-fed or cow 36 July 2011

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Figure 1 BEEF PRODUCTION Federally Inspected, Weekly

beef production is up in 2011. Moreover, as calf crops continue to decline and the resulting feeder cattle supplies wane, beef production will decline. It is worth noting that while cattle on feed (COF) numbers are currently more than one year ago, this difference is due to cattle being pulled from pastures early due to drought and placed in feedlots. As a result, COF numbers are expected to decline as we move later into the year. USDA projects that total beef supplies in 2011 will be essentially the same

as 2010 but will be down by as much as 5 percent in 2012. The bottom line is that beef supplies are tight and will remain that way for the next 3-5 years.

Demand The U.S. economy continues to show anemic growth. In fact, some analysts are even whispering about a double-dip recession. While I’m not so sure that we will actually experience a double-dip recession, it is apparent that the economy continues to struggle. As a result, consumer demand is likely to be diminished.

Further adding to demand concerns regarding beef and cattle prices is the apparently smaller than hoped-for corn crop. In a June 9 outlook report, USDA lowered expected harvested corn acres by over 2 million acres. As a result, corn production was lowered resulting in carry-out or stocks-to-use ratio of slightly more than 5 percent – the lowest since 1995/96. It is worth noting that USDA left projected yields per acre unchanged. Depending on what happens with summer weather, final tallies from the spring flooding and other data, USDA could very likely revise projected yield down further, tightening the corn-supply situation. None of this is good news for cattlemen and feeder cattle prices. On a positive note, it appears that fuel prices have peaked for the summer and should remain stable, barring a hurricane in the Gulf or something similar. As a result, consumers who are employed have slightly more disposable income than they had just a few months


previous which should be supportive for beef demand. Even better news comes to us from the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) which is published by the National Restaurant Association (NRA). According to the report, “The restaurant industry continued to build momentum in April, with restaurant operators reporting positive same-store sales and customer traffic levels for the sixth time in the last eight months,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the Association. “Barring any significant external shocks, restaurant sales and traffic levels will continue to improve in the months ahead.” These sentiments are based on the fact that the RPI stood above 100 for the fifth month in a row. An index above 100 indicates expansion in the restaurant business, so certainly things are looking up for restaurateurs. The implication for beef producers is that even though the economy is slow, people are beginning to eat out more,

which should be supportive of beef and cattle prices.

Outlook “Prediction is hard. Especially about the future.” So said Yogi Berra. Given all of the conflicting information, it is really difficult to make a definitive statement regarding cattle prices. However, it is my measured opinion that the underlying supply factors outweigh the demand situation – at least for now. My expectation is that we see calf and feeder prices improve slightly through the summer until around September-October when they could likely experience their seasonal decline. Incentives still remain in place for cattlemen to sell cattle as heavy as economically feasible. These incentives will only grow larger if corn prices increase. The short story is that cattle producers preparing to sell cattle in mid-late summer should still evaluate pre-conditioning/backgrounding as it appears that heavier feeder calves will still fetch attractive prices come July-September. GC Email questions to

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Many flea medications and collars should not be used with debilitated, aged, nursing, pregnant or medicated animals. When used correctly, the use of a topical medication or an oral pill is simply a mater of preference. Some people do not wish to use chemically based medications to control fleas. The following are some natural or non-insecticidal products – Brewers yeast, garlic, eucalyptus oil, neem oil, orange oil, sonic collars, herbal collars, flea combs and flea traps have been used but they are not very effective. Diatomaceous earth may be helpful but it is messy to use. Parasitic nematodes may offer some hope in outside areas, but studies in Florida have been inconclusive. In my opinion, flea control should be based on the weather, degree of flea exposure, and conditions of resting/bedding areas. A mild winter and a wet summer makes conditions ideal for flea development and control efforts may need to be accelerated. However, a cold winter and a dry summer may not be as conducive for flea development. If fleas have ever been a problem, it would be well to start the spring season with a change or washing of bedding, vacuuming/cleaning and treating the bedding and resting areas/kennel with an insecticide plus an insect growth regulator with the appropriate insecticide/IGR collar or monthly insecticide/IGR treatment, depending on the exposure level. Low exposure: An indoor dog that only goes for walks on a leash would only need an insecticide shampoo every six weeks plus normal household vacuuming. If that doesn’t control fleas, a flea collar that contained an insecticide plus an insect growth regulator should do the job. Moderate exposure: A dog that sleeps indoors but is confined to the yard the remainder of the day. A collar that contains an insecticide and an insect growth regulator plus normal household vacuuming should be adequate. High exposure: A dog that is outside all of the time and exposed to numerous other animals would need an insecticide/IGR collar or the monthly application of an insecticide and insect growth regulator - plus cleaning and insecticide/IGR treatment of the bedding and resting areas. ALWAYS READ THE PACKAGE INSERT.

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Historically, stocker cattle enterprises have been one of the more profitable beef cattle enterprises in

Alabama. In general, purchasing 4weight calves in the fall and selling 7- to 8-weight calves in the spring has been

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the most common stocker cattle system. The current situation of high corn prices has also fueled the move toward heavier cattle entering the feedlots. Thus, stockering or backgrounding calves in the Southeast to near 800 pounds before shipping them appears to have a lot of attention in 2011. The keys to being successful in this endeavor are related to having a good health program and providing good nutrition at an economical cost. Health When purchasing large numbers of freshly weaned calves during the fall of the year, it is a question of when you will have sickness not if you will have sickness in the calves. As with most situations the best defense is a good offense. There is no substitute for having a sound health program in place before the first calf arrives on the farm. The biggest health problem associated with incoming stocker calves is respiratory disease. Most stocker cattle producers use a combination of visual evaluation and rectal temperature to make treatment decisions. Typically calves are treated when the rectal temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher. It is very important to develop a treatment strategy in conjunction with a veterinarian and use the most effective antibiotics available. Anytime that a calf dies, a post-mortem exam should be conducted and if possible identify the organism responsible for the respiratory disease so the drug effectiveness can be assessed. Some producers choose to mass treat at arrival. There are as many different health programs for stocker calves as there are stocker producers.

The best strategy is to have a plan and implement it immediately.

Nutrition Most of the stocker calves in Alabama are grown with a combination of forages and supplemental feeds. In north Alabama, a forage base consisting of novel-endophyte fescue and clover would provide an ideal stocker cattle system. Likewise, novel-endophyte fescue fertilized with poultry litter may also provide an economical forage system for stocker calves. In south Alabama, the forage base would be based on the use of cool-season annuals. Small grains and/or ryegrass with or without legumes would provide the base for most systems. Similar to fescue, use of poultry litter as a fertilizer would make the system more economical. Even with a well-planned forage system there will be times when supplemental feed will be needed. In general, the calves will need to be fed a diet containing 68 percent TDN and 12 to 14 percent crude protein. The receiving diet is the most critical to get the calves started on feed. High-moisture feeds (e.g., silage or haylage) are not good choices for the receiving diet because most calves are not accustomed to these feeds and are slow to start eating. A good quality hay in conjunction with a cereal grain or dried by-product feed combination makes a good receiving diet. Commodities such as soyhulls and dried corn gluten feed make good ingredients for a receiving diet.

Marketing Making a profit with stocker calves relies on having a good health program in place and providing adequate nutrition for the calves to gain 2 to 2.5 pounds per day over an extended period of time. After accomplishing this it is extremely important to do a good job of marketing the calves. Most of the calves were purchased in the fall at a discounted price because they were sold as individuals with little to no management placed on the calves up until they were sold. After being purchased and placed into a stockering system they have now been castrated, dehorned, and grouped into uniform lots consist-

Making a profit with stocker calves relies on having a good health program in place and providing adequate nutrition for the calves to gain 2 to 2.5 pounds per day over an extended period of time.

ing of approximately 48,000 pounds of live weight. By doing this, the value of

the calves has been increased and they have put on an additional 300 to 400 pounds of weight gain. It is important that the calves are offered for sale in a marketplace that pays for this additional management and uniformity. If you would like to learn more about the stocker cattle enterprise, make plans now to attend the Deep South Stocker Conference at the EV Smith Research Center in Shorter, Ala., on Aug. 19, 2011. Details are located on page 44. GC

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Livestock Marketing Association Update on the Eastern Livestock Bankruptcy:

Market Livestock Through Member Auction Markets to Ensure Prompt, Secure Payment

In light of recent events surrounding the default and bankruptcy of Eastern Livestock Company, the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and its member livestock auction markets want to reassure Georgia livestock producers that they still have a proven, fiscally-sound method for marketing their cattle.

For information about the Livestock Marketing Association or to locate your local livestock auction market, please visit

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livestock auction,” said Mark Mackey, LMA chief executive officer. “Unfortunately those producers probably wish now that they had sold through a livestock auction market where 100 percent of payments to producers were made. “Livestock auction markets remain the most secure way to market cattle,” Mackey explained. “Local auctions protect the farmers and ranchers they serve by acting as the agent to transfer ownership from the seller to the buyer. That means that at the end of the sale, the producer gets a check that is backed by a bonded and regulated account and the auction market assumes all of the risk for non-payment. You don’t hear a lot about this because livestock auction markets assume that risk for a very small cost – commission.” “Georgia is a prime example of the peace of mind that can come with selling at auction,” said John Kissee, secretary of the Georgia Livestock Markets Association. “The 20 livestock auction markets serving our Georgia cattlemen and women marketed 193,574 head last year. These markets were left with over $1 million in unpaid debts when Eastern and another broker defaulted but not one producer doing business with these auctions went unpaid. They shouldered that risk and loss because they are committed to serving the producers in this state.” “All of the auctions in Georgia are working together to remain efficient and viable in an ever-changing industry,” said Kissee. “We encourage livestock producers to get in touch with their local livestock auction market to learn more about the advantages of working with this proven channel for marketing their livestock.” For more information about the Livestock Marketing Association or to locate your local livestock auction market, please visit GC

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Calibration of Solid Fertilizer and Manure Spreaders

By Melony Wilson, Extension Animal Waste Management Specialist, UGA, and John Worley, Extension Engineer, UGA

s a follow up to the April nutrient management planning article, it seemed appropriate to explain how to determine application rates and uniformity of distribution of those nutrients. Part of nutrient management planning includes determination of an application rate for each individual field (ex. 2 tons poultry litter/acre). So the question is how do you know that your equipment is applying the material evenly across the field and at the rates specified in the nutrient management plan unless you measure it? Many think that calibration just gives you a rate of application (ex. Tons/acre); however, it is just as important to make sure the land applied material is dispersed evenly across the field. Proper calibration of any land application system, whether it is pesticides, irrigation water, or nutrients, should include both. Calibration of your equipment will help you protect the environment and save money by not over applying nutrients, and will help produce a uniform yield across each field. For more detailed information on calibration, you can read the Extension Publication C 825 at the following link http://ag p-content/uploads/SpreaderCalibration.pdf.

Application Rate The application rate can be determined by mass balance. (Weigh the spreader before and after spreading and determine the area covered.) This procedure tells us how much was applied over a given area, but it tells us nothing about how evenly the manure was applied. It also requires scales that can weigh a truck or spreader, which few producers have. An alternative is to catch samples at locations across the path of the spreader and use them to determine the spreader application pattern. The application rate at a given point can be determined using the amount (lbs) of manure captured on a tarp at that point and the following simple formula: Application Rate (tons/acre) = Sample weight (lbs) x 21.8/tarp area (ft2). (If your tarp is 21.8 ft2, it makes the math really easy - App. Rate (tons/acre) = Sample weight (lbs.))

Application Rate The two things to consider when determining uniform distribution, is swath width and distribution pattern. Both are affected by spreader type, land speed, and PTO speed (if spreader is PTO driven). So when calibrating, be sure that the equipment is operated how you would normally make a pass through the field. Swath Width: To determine effective swath width, understand that the distribution from a spreader typically resembles a triangle with the maximum application rate near the spreader path and decreasing rates farther from the spreader path (Figure 1). When the spreader pattern looks like this, the edge of the effective swath occurs at the point where the application rate is one-half the maximum rate. If the rate is 4 tons/acre in the middle, and decreases to 2 tons per acre 20 feet to the side of the spreader, then 20 feet is the edge of the effective swath. Since this occurs on both sides of the spreader, the effective 48 July 2011

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swath width is 40 feet. The overlap is necessary to even out the distribution of the litter. If the spreader paths are 40 feet apart, the overlapping patterns will produce a uniform application rate of 4 tons/acre. Distribution Pattern: When spreaders are new or are well maintained, the distribution pattern is typically very uniform. However, over time, normal wear and tear on the equipment can impact the distribution pattern. A common problem seen with twin disk spreader trucks is that the door over the spinner disks is opened so wide that much of the litter bypasses the disks and is deposited directly on the ground behind the spreader. This causes a high peak in the center of the distribution pattern with much lower rates on either side of the truck. Recommended Calibration Method The following procedure works for solid or semi-solid animal waste including broiler litter, horse and cow manure. Materials Needed • Large plastic bucket (5-gallon bucket) or cat litter box • Seven identical plastic tarps (4'8" x 4'8" or similar size) • Tent stakes or large nails (4 per tarp) • Scale (measure to nearest 1/10 lb) • 100' tape measure • Broom • Small flags or colored rag • Calculator

Procedure 1. Weigh individual tarps and bucket and note the dimensions of the tarps. 2. Lay tarps out equally spaced in a line perpendicular to the travel of the spreader. Eight-foot (on-center) spacing is typical, but spacing may be more or less depending on how far the spreader throws manure. Fasten tarp at each corner with a tent stake or long nail through eyelets. 3. Push a flag into the ground at the center of the desired spreader path. (Center of the middle tarp for most spreaders — edge of first tarp for side-discharge spreaders.) This helps the driver center the spreader as he drives over the tarps. 4. Drive the spreader over the tarps at the speed normal-

ly driven when applying manure on the field. Make sure speed and application rate are under steady state conditions. Record the speed and spreader settings. 5. Depending on how sticky the manure is, there are two options: (a) If the manure is dry, carefully pull up the tarps and pour the manure into the bucket; (b) if manure is sticky, carefully pull up the tarps. Fold the tarps and stuff them into the plastic bucket. 6. (a) If the manure is dry, weigh the bucket and waste. Subtract the weight of the empty bucket. This will give the pounds of manure applied to the sheet or (b) if the manure is sticky; weigh each tarp in the bucket. Subtract the weight of the tarp and the bucket to get the pounds of manure applied to each sheet. 7. Convert pounds/tarp to tons/acre by multiplying by 21.8 and dividing by the area of the tarp. 8. Plot the spreader distribution on a graph with the vertical (“y”) axis equal to the application rate for each tarp and the horizontal (“x”) axis as the distance from the center of the spreader path to the center of each tarp. An Excel spreadsheet is available that will do the plotting automatically on the AWARE website . 9. The points on both sides of the center that are approximately one-half the maximum value represent the edge of the effective swath width. (The effective swath width based on the above example would be approx. 25 ft.) By identifying the effective swath width and overlapping swaths each trip up or down the field, even distribution of the manure can be achieved. 10. Sweep the tarps (and wash if necessary) to remove any manure before folding.

Determining Average Application Rate If the spread pattern is acceptable and a proper swath width is used, then the average application rate is the amount at the center of the pattern. If the lane spacing is other than the effective swath width, or if the pattern is not one of the acceptable ones, the average application rate can be estimated by averaging the amount of litter recovered on the seven sample tarps and adjusting this number to account for lane spacing. Average Application Rate = (Average Rate for 7 tarps) x 56 ft/Lane Spacing (where 56 ft is the width sampled by 7 tarps placed 8 ft apart.) Manure spreader calibration enables the operator to know how much manure

is being applied and that the application is uniform across the field. Once the spreader pattern is determined and adjusted if needed to obtain

an acceptable pattern, the lane spacing that will yield an even distribution of manure nutrients can be determined. These nutrients, when applied during the growing season, can then be safely used by the crop, adding to the producer’s bottom line and lowering the risk of surface or ground water contamination. Additional information on animal manure management can be found at If you have additional nutrient or animal manure management questions, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. GC

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USDA to Conduct Survey on Cattle Inventories

During the first two weeks of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct a nationwide cattle survey to measure beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle operations in the United States. “The July Cattle Survey provides Georgia producers the opportunity to serve as the frontline source of information on U.S. cattle production,” said Doug Kleweno, director of NASS’s Georgia Field Office. “In Georgia, we will contact approximately 150 of the larger beef and dairy cattle operations.” “Once published, the information will help producers make informed marketing decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction,” he explained. It also helps packers and government agencies evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential supplies for export. As is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. “NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes data only in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified,” he said. NASS’s biannual Cattle Report and all NASS reports are available online at For more information, call the NASS GEORGIA Field Office at 1-800-253-4419. GC

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Simmental Feature

“Having good bulls on good cow stock makes good calves.” - Dean Bagwell

hady Grove Farm, located in Cartersville, Ga., might have lost a barn, fences, a creep feeder and a few trees from the devastating tornadoes that ripped through much of the Southeast in April, but Dean Bagwell is striving to continue the legacy of the Bagwells’ original 159-acre homestead purchased in 1925. Sons Tyler, 26, and Bentley, 24, are proud to play a significant role in managing their 400 Simmental x Angus x Commercial cross cow herd. Farming a total of 900 acres of hay and soybeans, the father-son trio said the cattle they raise must have ‘a high feed conversion and be structurally sound.’ With 95 percent of their mature cow herd being females they have raised, Dean said having a quality female is only half of what her progeny will be, so he also selects for the highest quality Simmental and Angus bulls to breed to his females. “Having good bulls on good cow stock makes good calves,” explained Dean. Shady Grove Farm’s bulls must be performance-tested and usually are purchased through the Calhoun Bull Test sale. Dean said he likes to cross full-blooded Simmentals with Angus and his Angus females with full-blooded Simmental bulls. Splitting the cow herd into 12 to 15 contemporary groups permits Dean and his sons to utilize proper management of each group and makes record keep-

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ing easier, said Lynn, Dean’s wife and retired Bartow County teacher. “Utilizing and crossing Angus cattle with Simmental genetics, and vice versa, has kept our frame scores moderate, excellent calving ease, heavier weaning weights and muscling, as well as receiving a premium for the black-hided calves when we are ready to sell,” said Dean, walking through the east pasture checking the bred heifers. With weaning fall borns in full swing at Shady Grove Farm, Dean shared his marketing strategies of his calves are simple. Marketing through Blue Grass Internet Auction services, he sells his calves by trailer load lots of steers and heifers to usually repeat buyers. The calves are picked up in September. “Some of our calves grade for the Certified Angus Beef® brand and receive a CAB premium, but the ones that don’t receive the premiums, go through the Beef Challenge Program in Iowa,” expounded Dean. The Beef Challenge Program offers a marketing avenue for his red, grey-hided calves that don’t make it into the load lots sold through Blue Grass. He says he can see even his most undesirable colored calves’ still grade well and make money marketing them through the program and recommends it as a perfect market avenue for the smaller producer with not many calves to sell. A past recipient of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Commercial Cattleman of the Year award, Dean said his involvement in GCA and the Georgia Simmental Association have not only been valuable resources to use to answer questions about cattle questions, but have also been influential in raising his family. “Raising cattle isn’t cheap, but it’s cheaper than rehabilitation for your kids,” recalled Dean. “Glad to have the boys back on the farm full-time and having their help.” GC

Driggers Simmental Farm Simmental Feature

For Sale this fall:

• • • • • • • Breeding Simmental & Sim-Angus cattle is our only farming enterprise. We are small in numbers, but big on quality. Please come by to visit and look over the bulls that we will have for sale this fall. They have the bred-in ability to sire the kind of calves that will make you money in the cattle business. Hope to hear from you soon!

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20 Performance Tested Simmental & Sim-Angus Yearling Bulls Complete Breeding Soundness Exam Carcass Ultrasound Data

Developed on soy hulls and corn gluten on pasture. Hard—Ready to go breed cows. Calving Ease—safe for use on heifers Homozygous Black & Homozygous Polled

Breeding Simmental Cattle since 1989 Free delivery within 100 miles of Glennville

3649 Hugh Driggers Road Glennville, GA 30427 Phone: (912) 237-0608 Email: Farm Website:

Partisover Ranch To Host Georgia Simmental Field Day Simmental Feature

More than 130 people attended the Annual Meeting and Banquet May 13-14 in Rome, Ga.


he Georgia Simmental Association will have its annual Field Day on Saturday, July 9, at Partisover Ranch, Colbert, Ga. Ranch owners Randy and Beth Daniel are serving as our hosts this year, and GSA is looking forward to a great Field Day. Registration kicks off for 4-H and FFA teams and individuals who will be participating in the Livestock Judging Contest at 9 a.m. with the contest beginning at 9:30. Teams can consist of individuals from different counties or schools. Plaques and premiums will be given to both winning teams and high individuals. The contest will consist of five classes of heifer calves, bred heifers or bull calves with two sets of reasons. The adult portion of the Field Day begins with registration from 9 to 10 a.m. The program begins with Ted Dyer, Extension beef specialist, presenting a program on “Developing An AI Heat Synchronization Program in Your Herd,” followed by a producer panel on how it has worked for them. Tonya Amen, with Pfizer Animal Genetics, will talk about Genomic Technology and how it will affect the future of the beef industry. After lunch participants will view the Partisover cow herd, looking at Angus donor cows used to make SimAngus, Mo Magic the National Champion % Simmental bull and Mo Magic’s calves. Partisover will also have calves sired by NLC Upgrade and other featured sires. The Field Day will adjourn by 2:30 p.m . For additional information and up-dates, please visit our web site at GC

Georgia Simmental/Simbrah Association officers and directors: (l to r) Rick Wood, president, Clarkesville; Eddie Bradley, director, Hiawassee; Richard Davis, director and junior advisor, Chatsworth; Wendell Gibbs, director, Ranburne, Ala ; Billy Moss, secretary-Treasurer, Athens; Bruce Van Meter, director, Rome; David Sills, director, Cleveland; Todd Alford, director, Bowman; John Howard, director, LaFayette; Dwight Cooper, director, Jefferson. Not pictured Gary Jenkins, vice president, Moultrie.

Yearling bulls and heifers for sale at the farm

MIKE CROWDER 733 Shoal Creek Road, Griffin, GA 30223 • Ph: 770-227-6801 • Cell: 770-605-9376 Will Godowns, Cattle Manager • Phone: 706-594-4971 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders Simmental Feature

Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Association

Visit the Georgia Simmental Association website to view pictures and pedigrees of cattle for sale:

Richard & Louise Davis, Jr Advisors 217 Floodtown Circle Chatsworth , GA 30705 706-517-5315

For more information on GSSA activities, contact: Billy Moss 1243 Hull Road, Athens, GA 30601 706-654-6071 Dues -- $35 per year 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

SimAngus Bulls & Females Available

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

email : Jr. Dues -- $15 per year


Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625


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

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

Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 706-594-4971

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258


770-567-3909 Email:




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

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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

Thank You to all the 2011 Southern National Angus Show Sponsors:

American Angus Hall of Fame Atkinson Farms Bamboo Road Farms Banner Angus Farm Bayou Farm in Memory of Jill Cassidy Bramblett Angus Britt Farms CABE. CAM Ranches Camp Cattle Co. Carroll T. & Patsie Cannon Cedar Creek Farms Creek Cattle Co.

Davis Farms Trey Davis Dogwood Farms Double T Farms Gazda Angus Farm Gazda Cattle Co. Genex Cooperative Inc. Genflo Angus Farm Georgia Junior Angus Association Good Neighbor Farm Gretsch Brothers Angus Hargis Angus Jarrell Angus Farm Katie & Taylor Gazda

Katie Colin Farm Kensington Cattle Co. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lemmon Ogeechee Angus Oleo Ranch Redwol Acres Rocking W Angus Rolling Acres Farm Shadow B Farms LLC T&W Angus Triple D Angus Farm David & Clay Williams Wiregrass Cattle Co.

Georgia Angus Breeders

Turnpike Creek Farms


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

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

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


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


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

NEW SALE DATE: March 31, 2011

Smith Angus Farms / Polled Herefords

Look for advertisement on the back cover of August for more details!

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

VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME!!! 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

“To God be the Glory”

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

China Hill, GA 478-230-4726

Melvin Durden Marketing Director 678-234-2416

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

Greg Durden General Manager 478-230-9478

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


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.


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


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

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



Idone Angus Farm


TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

Chuck & Dot Idone 469 Pioneer Road Macon, GA 31217 478-986-6819 Herd Certified & Accredited VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459

WHITNER AND LEWIS ANGUS FARM Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327


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Davis Farms


Beef Herd Biosecurity

By Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM

Biosecurity is not only about keeping foreign diseases out of the United States. It is a plan to protect your herd from common diseases, too. It involves keeping things out that could harm the herd and reducing risks within the herd as well. When done right, a biosecurity plan prevents disease by keeping it away from your cow herd and breaks the cycle of disease by blocking transmission within the herd.

Organisms that cause diseases (called pathogens) are spread directly from animal to animal or indirectly by equipment, wildlife, insects or even pets and people. Animals (hosts) are infected when a pathogen enters the body and begins to multiply. If the host has a strong immune system the animal may not get sick or the disease might be relatively mild and the host recovers quickly. If an animal has been vaccinated against a disease (specific immunity) it may not get sick at all. So disease prevention is a combination of preventing exposure (biosecurity) and improving defenses (general and specific immunity). Healthy cattle are less likely to get sick and transmit disease. A good vaccination program (explained in a previous article) is critical to help cattle stay healthy and productive. However, vaccines will not work if the animal does not have a healthy general, immune system. Animals that are sick, parasitized or that are nutritionally deficient will not respond to vaccines like those that are in good body condition and healthy. There are good vaccines against most of the common cattle diseases that affect cattle in the US. However, the best vaccines or vaccine program cannot provide perfect protection nor overcome poor management.

Risk assessment Not all acquired cattle have an equal risk. Light weight, poorly managed, comingled calves from unknown sources are very high risk while a yearling, virgin bull or pregnant replacement heifers bought from a reputable herd with a good herd health program are relatively low risk. However, all new additions should be managed to reduce any potential risk to the cow herd. 60 July 2011

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It is important to have a plan to receive herd additions. New cattle should be isolated from the herd for 30 days to watch for signs of disease and

acclimate to their new surroundings. If possible, it would be best to have a health examination done prior to purchase on all herd replacements or breeding stock if purchased from a known source like a breeder or by private treaty sale. The new additions should be vaccinated, dewormed and poured for lice at this time if not done previously (caution should be used when using modified live vaccines in pregnant cattle or in bulls less than 30 days prior to breeding) to get them on the same vaccination program as the rest of the herd. If not already tagged, new arrivals can be tagged with their new herd ID and new records generated to keep track of when they arrived and what treatments they received at that time. Buying open, mature cows or used bulls can be very risky. While there is some profit to be made buying used cattle and rebreeding them there is also considerable risk. Just like the financial

markets the most potential for return comes with a high risk of loss. Some of the infectious causes of abortion or fertilization failure in cows may not be apparent but may be present. Some infectious causes of abortion are Leptosporosis, Camplylobacter, BVD, Neospora, Trichomoniasis and anaplasmosis and any open cows purchased with the intent for breeding should be tested prior to breeding and selling or introducing to the cow herd. It is best to keep these cattle away from the breeding herd until after they are confirmed pregnant. This practice is less common when cull, open cows are as high as they are now but it may return if the price of pregnant cows goes higher and open, cull cows get cheaper. It is a common practice to test all potential ET recipients for several known causes of infectious reproductive diseases prior to embryo transfer. All used bulls should have a breeding soundness exam and be tested for Trichmoniasis prior to exposing to cows, though buying used bulls is not a recommended practice. Pathogens can be brought into the herd from things other than livestock like people and equipment. It is important to thoroughly clean any chutes, trailers or other equipment that is used between farms or used to move cattle especially cattle from multiple sources. Instruments like multi-dose syringes, tattoo pliers, taggers, etc. need to be disinfected or thoroughly cleaned prior to using between cattle and especially if used between herds. It is a common practice to reuse CIDRs for estrus synchronization; however, they should never be used between herds. Not only can people be a potential source of disease transmission for livestock but we can be infected by some

diseases that affect livestock. Diseases that can be transferred from one species to another are called zoonotic diseases and some of the bacteria that cause scours in calves such as E. coli, Salmonella and Cryptospoidia can also infect the people treating the calves, so it is very important to follow good hygiene practices like thoroughly washing your hands after feeding or treating sick calves. Another important component of an effective biosecurity strategy is identifying and stopping disease transmission. Knowing what disease symptoms look like and quickly treating and isolating sick cattle is essential to stopping a potential outbreak. Any cattle that die suddenly, without any obvious cause, should be examined thoroughly to see if the cause of death could be an infectious disease and a threat to the rest of the herd. If possible, samples should be submitted to a diagnostic lab to identify the cause of death. That information may be helpful to determine if there is a risk to the rest of the herd and design an effective prevention or treatment plan for other members of the herd.

The carcass should be removed and properly disposed of quickly to remove the potential of infecting additional animals or scavengers scattering the body parts and spreading the pathogens.

Records I know we harp on records, records, records but records are essential for many reasons including biosecurity which is a part of herd health. Records are a reference point for determining what is normal and what is not and what issues need to be corrected. Herd monitoring such as timely pregnancy diagnosis helps identify potential reproductive problems sooner than waiting to find open or late cows at the time of calving. Early recognition and treatment are critical to minimize the spread and damage of disease. Biosecurity is an old but important topic and an essential component of a successful cattle operation. Just like a good fence is necessary to keep what you want in and what you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want out , a good biosecurity program makes good sense. GC

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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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Angus Selects Katie Gazda of Athens as One of Two Summer Interns

“The Angus industry has been instrumental in making me the person I am today.” - Katie Gazda

Angus Productions Inc. (API), Saint Joseph, Mo., is pleased to announce the addition of two interns to its staff this summer. Katie Gazda, Athens, Ga., will intern with the Editorial Department. During the summer she will be responsible for contributing to the Angus Journal, the Angus Beef Bulletin, the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA and the Angus e-List. She will also attend a variety of industry events and conferences. “I am really looking forward to applying the skills I’ve acquired from school to the real world,” Gazda says. “I’m also looking forward to learning from actual real-world situations.” In the fall, Gazda will be a senior at the University of Georgia (UGA) where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural communication. On campus, Gazda serves as a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ambassador, and she is active in the UGA Block and Bridle

Club and UGA Panhellenic. She is a past intern of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show. Her experience in the beef industry includes raising and showing Angus cattle and working on her family’s farm, Gazda Cattle Co., Athens. She has been involved in the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and the Georgia Junior Angus Association for 13 years and served as 2009 Miss American Angus. She is the daughter of David and Carolyn Gazda. Upon graduation, Gazda plans to attend graduate school in public relations or journalism. After receiving a master’s degree, she hopes to pursue a career in agriculture. “The Angus industry has been instrumental in making me the person I am today,” Gazda explains. “I am confident that my summer with API will help to shape me into the professional I hope to be in the future.” GC

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”

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”



Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

(352) 585-1732

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

For more information on Florida Brahman Bulls, Heifers & Semen:

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

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


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

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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


Celebrate our country’s Independence Day by enjoying your favorite juicy steak!

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Georgia Red Angus Breeders

Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

PUREBRED/COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS: Turnpike Creek Farms, Milan, Ga. April 30, 2011 8 16 month Angus bulls averaged $2,850 1 12 month commercial $1,800 18 Purebred cow-calf pair averaged $2,267 10 Purebred bred heifers averaged $1,880 5 Purebred weaning age heifer calves averaged $1,750 3 Commercial weaning age heifer calves averaged $ 950 10 Commercial cow-calf pair averaged $1,595 13 Commercial bred heifers averaged $1,300 6 Embryo average $ 365


Good Neighbor Farms, Moultrie, Ga. May 28, 2011 Highest Selling Lots Bull Lot 25 Johnny Brantley Bear Creek Angus, Douglas, Ga. Bred Cow Lot 1 Kevin Renwick Monadnock Farms Newberry, SC Bred Heifer Lot 28 David Williams Turnpike Creek Farms, Milan, Ga.


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$4,000 $3,600 $3,000

R E A D E R Open Heifers Lot 67a Henry Smith, Jr. Puddin Creek Farms, LLC, Pearson, Ga. Volume Buyers 14 head Jimmy Parnell, Stanton, Ala. 126 Lots grossed Sale averaged

2011 Calhoun Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program 11th Annual HERD Sale June 1, 2011 66 AI-bred Heifers Averaged 39 Natural-bred Heifers Averaged 105 Bred Heifers Sale Average 1 Bull (Angus) Summary by Breed No. Breed Average 27 Angus $1,659 6 Red Angus $2,100 3 Brangus $1,400 2 Hereford $1,275 38 Registered Heifers $1,688 67 Commercial Heifers $1,273

$1,350 $24,600 $296,350 $2,352

$1,467 $1,349 $1,423 $2,750

Range $1,150 - $2,400 $1,200 - $2,550 $1,250 - $1,550 $1,200 - $1,350 $1,150 - $2,550 $ 900 - $1,600

Volume Buyer: Lee Garrett, Vanna Farms, Royston, GA (15 head) Heifers sold into 19 Counties in Georgia and Tennessee. Feeder Cattle Sale Reports: Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, Ga. Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lot 1: 550 lb steers Lot 2: 550 lb heifers Lot 3: 600 lb heifers Lot 4: 800 lb heifers (two loads) Lot 5: 750 lb heifers Lot 6: 750 lb heifers Lot 7: 925 lb steers Lot 8: 850 lb steers Lot 9: 850 lb steers Lot 10: 800 lb steers Lot 11: 800 lb steers

$141.80 $131.75 $121.00 $113.50 $116.30 $114.00 $111.50 $115.40 $114.30 $116.90 $120.40

Get timely market data from the Livestock Market News Service at Select “Local Market Reports” in left column, then click the Auction Market of your choice.

S E R V I C E S Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, Ga. Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Lot 1: 415 lb holstein steers $112.20 Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, Ga. Wednesday, June 1, 201 Lot 1: 625 lb holstein steers $100.50 Lot 2: 825 lb holstein steers $ 92.00 Mike & Clay Gaines, Taylorsville, Ga. June 2, 2011 Group 1: 104 Steers @ 950 lbs. $108.50 Group 2: 104 Steers @ 950 lbs. $108.40 Group 3: 51 Steers @ 970 lbs. $104.25 Southeast Livestock Exchange June 7, 2011 (Georgia Consignors) 1 Load Steers 800 lbs. $118.25 2 Loads Heifers 725 lbs. $114.50 1 Load Heifers 740 lbs. $113.10 1 Load Heifers 775 lbs. $113.00 1 Load Heifers 875 lbs. $100.25 Split Loads: Steers 575lbs. / Heifers 565 lbs. $128.00/122.00 Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens, Ga. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Lot 1: 750 lb heifers $107.10 Lot 2: 750 lb heifers $ 111.50 Lot 3: 800 lb steers $114.75 Lot 4: 425 lb holstein steers $108.10 Wilson Livestock Auction, Newport, Tenn. • June 11, 2011 Steers and Bulls 350 lbs. $115.00-$145.00 Steers and Bulls 450 lbs. $110.00-$130.00 Steers and Bulls 550 lbs. $105.00-$125.00 Steers and Bulls 650 lbs. $103.00-$115.00 Steers and Bulls 750 lbs. $100.00-$109.00 Heifers 350 lbs. $110.00-$125.00 Heifers 450 lbs. $108.00-$125.00 Heifers 550 lbs. $103.00-$119.00 Heifers 650 lbs. $ 97.00-$109.00 Heifers 750 lbs. $95.00-$103.000 Plainer Calves Steers and Bulls 350 lbs. $ 95.00-$115.00 Steers and Bulls 450 lbs. $ 90.00-$110.00 Steers and Bulls 550 lbs. $ 90.00-$105.00 Steers and Bulls 650 lbs. $ 85.00-$103.00 Steers and Bulls 750 lbs. $ 80.00-$100.00 Heifers 350 lbs. $ 90.00-$110.00 Heifers 450 lbs. $ 90.00-$108.00 Heifers 550 lbs. $ 85.00-$103.00 Heifers 650 lbs. $ 82.00-$ 95.00 Slaughter Cows $50.00/cwt- $82.00/cwt Slaughter Bulls $93.00/cwt- $101.00/cwt THE 11TH ANNUAL CALHOUN Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Sale averaged $1,423 on 105 bred heifers. Pictured taking bids are David Gazda, American Angus Regional Manager, Steve Sellers, EDJE Technologies, and Shirley Myers.

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



PUREBRED LIVESTOCK AUCTIONEER GAL #978 19120 GA Hwy 219 West Point, GA 31833 Ph. 706/884-6592

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




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

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

HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding Cattle Since 1973 • Williamson, GA

Hereford, Angus and Baldies For Sale Private Treaty



Bermuda Rectangular Bermuda Hay Bales Bales for Sale 4'w x 3'h x 8'l

Sheltered & Well Fertilized

Call Lee Bailey Pinehurst, GA 229-239-0537


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

On-Farm Semen Collection Pregnancy Ultrasounding Sexing Pregnancies

(706) 769-0797

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July

GENERAL fly control. Watch fly numbers; as tags get old, you may need to begin spraying or using back rubs. Clip overgrown pastures. Check for pinkeye, cancer eye and foot rot. Send in forage samples on hay now so you will have results to use in planning winter feeding. Check water and minerals often. Plenty of clear water is critical in summer. At 90 degrees F, a mature cow nursing a calf drinks about 17 gallons of water a day. Treat for grubs between now and the first of October.


SPRING CALVING January, February, March Consider creep feeding, depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans. Pregnancy check cows 45-60 days after the end of the breeding season. Pregnancy check heifers 45-60 days after the end of the breeding season. Sell open heifers now. Brand or otherwise establish permanent IDs for bred heifers.



FALL CALVING October, November, December Wean calves depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans. Wean replacement heifers and separate from the rest of the herd. Weigh heifers to project needed gain between now and breeding (in December). Deworm calves at weaning. Deworm cows if needed. 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-by-month 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 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



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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. With good winter grazing fall calving is a good option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture will offer the best feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving season is different, adjust management practices accordingly. Prepared by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, University of Georgia Extension Animal Scientists.

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The “Celebrate 50 Years of Georgia Cattlemen's Association” history video highlights many individuals who have been the “movers and the shakers” of Georgia's beef industry and will serve as a valuable resource for future generations. Order your personal and chapter’s copy of the video by calling 478-474-6560. A $20 donation to the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Foundation is greatly appreciated. MISCELLANEOUS Grading, Hauling and Landscaping Div. LLC.

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Georgia Livestock Market Totals - Year-to-Date through May, 2011

The GA Livestock Market News recently released the following cattle sales volume: 2011 YTD OTHER 2011 YTD Location Day Phone Number AUCTIONS SALES TOTALS Turner Co. / Ashburn Wed 229-567-3371 23,679 4,347 28,026 Dixie / Oak Park Tue 912-578-3263 26,599 385 26,984 Franklin Co. / Carnesville Tue 706-384-2975 24,571 24,571 NE Georgia / Athens Wed 706-549-4790 11,128 7,504 18,632 Carroll Co. / Carrollton Mon 770-834-6608 16,102 16,102 Calhoun Thu 706-629-1900 14,269 14,269 Seminole / Donalsonville Wed 229-524-2305 12,099 12,099 Thomas Co. / Thomasville Tue 229-228-6960 10,478 885 11,363 Pulaski Co. / Hawkinsville Tue 478-892-9071 9,748 9,748 Duvall / Greensboro Thu 706-453-7368 9,422 9,422 Eastanollee Mon 706-779-5944 9,356 9,356 Moultrie Wed 229-985-1019 9,320 9,320 South Central / Fitzgerald Mon 229-423-4400 8,765 8,765 Mid-Georgia / Jackson Wed 770-775-7314 7,310 1,366 8,676 Wilkes Co. / Washington Wed 706-678-2632 7,957 7,957 Lanier / Gainesville Tue 770-844-9223 7,115 7,115 Swainsboro Mon 478-237-3201 6,588 6,588 Sumter / Americus Thu 229-924-2931 4,261 4,261 Blackshear Mon 912-449-8505 1,852 1,852 D & N / Thomaston Mon 706-647-7431 1,305 1,302 Total 221,924 14,487 236,411

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THE PIEDMONT CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION congratulates Anna Daniel, daughter of Mary and Millard Daniel from Jackson, Ga., on being chosen this year’s scholarship recipient. Anna is a second year student at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She will graduate in May 2013. Anna is a graduate of Spalding High School, ABAC and the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Animal Science. Anna will receive $1000.00 to put toward her education with the ambitions of becoming a large animal veterinarian. The Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association congratulates Ms. Daniel on being the 2011 scholarship recipient. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants or their parents must be a member of the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association.

TELFAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL held its annual Farm Day on May 13. More than 900 students learned about daily practices living on a farm and how farmers produce the safest, most wholesome food in the world.

THE ANIMAL AGRICULTURE ALLIANCE is excited to announce the results of its second College Aggies Online scholarship competition. The nationwide program was developed in partnership with the American National CattleWomen, Inc. to help college students utilize social media tools to share agriculture’s story. More than 600 college students from more than 50 universities have participated in the competition. Members have earned points by posting blogs, photos and videos related to agriculture and by participating in "Aggie Homework" agriculture advocacy challenges via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. Jacob Nyguis of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia came in second place with 655 points and will be awarded $100. Members of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Cattlemen’s Chapter formed the top-scoring club with 3,030 points. ABAC received a $750 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C., for one representative to attend the Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit in April. Casper College’s Ag Club came in second place with 2,525 points and will receive $300. In photo at left, Jacob is receiving the check during the luncheon recognizing ABAC Cattlemen’s Association as the CAO college group winner.


regular monthly meeting on Feb. 10, 2011. The meeting was sponsored by Griffins Warehouse in Baxley, Ga., and DuPont. There was a large crowd in attendance to hear a very informative program on the latest in weed control in pastures. Our thanks to Mila Pearce and Griffin’s Warehouse, along with Mr. Gary Veal of DuPont, for their continued support of our chapter and our community. Also present was the new County Agent for Appling County, Mr. Shane Curry. We look forward to working with Shane and we appreciate his support. In the photo, left to right, are Shane Curry, new county agent, Gary Veal, DuPont Rep., Mila Pearce, General Manger of Griffin’s Warehouse, Randy Hudson, DuPont consultant and D.J. Kimbrel, Piney Woods president.

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION met May 24 at Will Nelson’s for a delicious steak dinner and a tractor safety class put on by Nelson’s Tractor in Blairsville, Ga. Pictured on the tractor are BRMCA President Laurie McClearen, Will Nelson and son Andrew. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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For the General Classified Ad section see pages 66 and 67

ABS 1-800-227-7883 .................................67 AgriLabs Athens Stockyard 423-745-3582..........43 Blue Grass Internet Auction ........................42 Boehringer-Ingelheim 706-207-1301...17,67 Buffalo Creek Straw & Seed Farm 706-759-3871............................................13 Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 .............66 C & C Farms 706-215-1251 ....................56 Calhoun Stockyard 706-629-1900 .......43 Carroll County Livestock Sales Barn 770-834-6608 .........................................40 Carroll T. Cannon 229-776-4383 .......66 Cattle Survey ........................51 Chaney Twins’ Children’s Book Series ........................35 Classified Ads ......................................66,67 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ..........................................66 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ..............66 Deep South Stocker Conference ............44 DewEze Harper Industries, Inc. 800-835-1042...........................................61 Driggers Simmental Farm 912-237-0608 ..........................................54 DuPont .......8 Duvall Livestock Market, LLC 706-453-7368...........................................51 Eastanollee Livestock Market, Inc. 706-779-5944 ..........................................41 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia 800-673-0405............................................2 Florida Brahman Association ...................63 Franklin County Livestock 706-384-2975..........................................50 Genex Cooperative, Inc. 706-318-8844 ..........................................66 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ...................................58,59 Georgia Beefmasters ................................62 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................63 Georgia Brangus Breeders.......................31 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Fall Tour 478-474-6560 ......................50 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 .........................................62 Georgia Farm Bureau Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-384-4235 .........................................37 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ....................63 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..........................................23 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044.........................................30 70 July 2011

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Georgia Livestock Markets Association ................................16 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders.....62 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423..........................................63 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301...........................................63 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 770-567-3909 ..........................................57 Gold River Feed .......................................66 Gregory Feedlots, Inc. .................42 Gwinnett County Fair 770-963-6522...22 Hay for Sale 229-239-0537.....................66 HayMaster South 478-521-0856............13 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..........66 Hill’s Fabricating 706-336-8307 ...........50 Hodge Livestock Network, Inc. 423-623-7483 .........................................42 Howard, Mike 478-960-8515 ................66 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592 ....................66 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 .............67 Land for Sale 404-216-8777 .................66 Land for Sale 229-928-2618 .................66 Legal Notice ................12 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820 .....................................66 Martin Cattle Services 706-367-8349..........................................66 Mid-Georgia Livestock, Inc. 706-816-0232 ..........................................47 Millard Braswell 706-543-1045 ............42 Moseley Cattle Auction, LLC

Mossycup Cattle Company 334-303-5800 ..........................................61 NCBA Cattle Industry Summer Conference ............................68 Northeast Georgia Livestock 770-601-6286.............................................5 Pasture Management Systems, Inc. 800-230-0024 .........................................38 Raines Insurance Company 888-393-9003..........................................65 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797 ..........................................66 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711............................................66 Rocky Top Land Services 770-490-1227 ........................................67 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794 .......67 Shoal Creek Farms 770-605-9376 ........55 Southeast AgNet 850-492-7196 ..........61 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-454-0267.........................................46 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................66 Swainsboro Stockyard 478-237-3201 ..........................................45 Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative 712-769-2600 ..................27 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ...........66 Turner County Stockyard 229-567-3371...........................................39 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ....................67 Westway Feed Products 256-436-1261 .....................................33,34 Woodlawn Farms 706-499-2325 ........54

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR REMAINING 2011 ADVERTISING BUDGET BY PLANNING TO PROMOTE YOUR CATTLE, SALES AND SERVICES IN THE GEORGIA CATTLEMAN. Call Katlin Mulvaney at 478-474-6560 to discuss these upcoming advertising opportunities:

AUGUST: Angus Feature

SEPTEMBER: Brangus Feature, Sales / Sale Calendar

OCTOBER: Fall Bull Sales / Bull Power Group Spotlight

NOVEMBER: Charolais Feature DECEMBER:

Red Angus Feature / Gelbvieh

Feature / Calhoun Bull Test


July 9, 2011 Georgia Simmental Association Field Day Partisover Ranch Colbert, GA • Call 706-654-6071 [see advertisement, page 55] July 14, 2011 Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Annual Field Day in conjunction with the Georgia Junior Beef Futurity Perry, GA Call 478-474-6560 [see advertisement, page 29] July 19-24, 2011 State 4-H Congress Perry, GA • Call 706-542-8892 July 21-23, 2011 GCA Jekyll Island Summer Conference Jekyll Island, GA Call 478-474-6560 [see advertisement, page 21]

July 22-23, 2011 Georgia Limousin Association Annual Field Day Cleveland, GA [see advertisement, page 30]


August 23-October 4, 2011 2011 Northeast Georgia Master Cattlemen’s Program Jasper, Morgan and Greene Cooperative Extension Madison, GA Call 706-453-2083 September 1, 2011 Tifton Bull Evaluation deadline Call 229-386-3683 September 15-25, 2011 Gwinnett County Fair Lawrenceville, GA Call 770-963-6522 [see advertisement, page 22]

October 6-16, 2011 Georgia National Fair Youth Livestock Shows Perry, GA • Call 706-542-8892

October 15, 2011 Walden Farms & Kensington Cattle Company - The Fall Bull Sale Brantley, AL • Call 706-553-5455 October 18-20, 2011 Sun Belt Ag Expo Call 229-985-1968

October 24, 2011 Hill Vue Farm Angus & Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, GA Call 423-322-6007 October 26-29, 2011 GCA Fall Tour to Nebraska and Iowa Call 478-474-6560 for more information or visit falltour.html

November 3, 2011 Kensington & Kempfer Cattle Company 8th Annual Multi-Breed Bull Sale Kissimmee, FL Call 706-553-5455 November 21, 2011 Kensington Cattle Company 7th Annual Bull Sale Linden, AL Call 706-553-5455 December 9, 2011 42nd Calhoun Bull Test Sale Calhoun, GA 706-624-1398


July 27, 2011 Steaks for Troops Steaks for Troops is a program to feed military troops and their family a steak dinner to show appreciation for their service. • Columbus, GA August 1-4, 2011 Beef Industry (NCBA) Summer Conference Call 303-694-0305 [see advertisement, page 68]

August 19, 2011 Deep South Stocker Conference Auburn University’s E.V. Simth Research Center Shorter, AL or call 706-542-1852

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Profile for Georgia Cattlemen's Association

July 2011 Georgia Cattleman  

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July 2011 Georgia Cattleman  

The official July 2011 publication of the Georgia Cattleman.