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Cattle Outlook for 2010, p. 12 • Hay Supplementation Strategies, p. 34 • GNF Junior & Open Show Winners, p. 76

Georgia Cattleman

official magazine of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association • January 2010

Demand for Braunvieh is Strong Special feature starts on page 17

Mark Your Calendar! See pages 72-73

2010 GCA CONVENTION & BEEF EXPO TENTATIVE SCHEDULE


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18 TH ANNUAL REPLACEMENT HEIFER SALE Sponsored by Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Saturday - February 27, 2010 - 12:30 p.m. • Saluda Livestock Market - Saluda, SC

250 Open and Bred Heifers Selling       

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

Consigned by 18 leading beef cattle farms: Henry & Wayne Black Black Crest Farms Clinton & Vanoy Clark John & Michelle Coon Cecil Greene Joey Greene AUCTIONEER: Darren Carter SCAL#3385 Lunch provided by Saluda 4-H

Junie Greene Don & Marty Havird Ira Jones Terry Kirkland & Ryan Mayo Woody Padget Riley Farms

Al Risinger Bruce Rushton Ed & Grace Satcher Virgil Wall Yon Family Farms Joe & Kay Yonce

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

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Contents

Volume 38 / Number 1 / January 2010

Braunvieh featured this month!

 Association reports 6 9 10 51 61

GCA President’s Report by Bill Nutt GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Report Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Katherine Throne Georgia Beef Board Report by Ashley Hughes

 Industry news 13 16 17 21 25 29 30 31 32 37 40 48 54 76

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Steer and Heifer Weights Fall Below a Year Ago EPA Ruling Could be Devastating to Agriculture Demand for Braunvieh is Strong by Jo Dexter Ridgefield Farm and Brasstown Beef by Ashley Hughes Braunvieh Cattle from Pasture to Plate by Ashley Hughes Fact Sheet: E.coli 0157:H7 Thank a Farmer Campaign Success in Georgia, Across U.S. Feeding Culls May be Effective Marketing Strategy Don’t Blame Cows for Climate Change Getting to Know Your Hall of Fame GCA Participates in Georgia Farm Bureau Convention 40th Annual Calhoun Sale Winners Exports Key to Beef Demand GNF Junior and Open Show Winners

Reader services Letters To and From the Editor The Luddites by Baxter Black Cooking BEEF with Ashley! County Connections The Vegetarian Diet by Dr. Charles N. Dobbins New Members Local Market Reports Advertising Index Calendar of Events



Expert advice 12 Cattle Outlook for 2010 by Dr. Curt Lacy & Dr. Walt Prevatt 14 Fertilizing and Grazing Winter Annual Stands by Dennis Hancock 34 Hay Supplementation Strategies by Lawton Stewart 39 Winter Grain Mites by Bobby Smith and Dennis Hancock, UGA

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GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Josh White, josh@gabeef.org Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Communications & membership coordinator: Dana Ham, dana@gabeef.org Industry information director: Ashley Hughes, ashley@gabeef.org Director of Communications: Katlin Mulvaney, katlin@gabeef.org Membership and facilities coordinator: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org GBB administrative program specialist: Patricia Combes, tricia@gabeef.org Administrative assistant: Stephanie D. Sims, stephanie@gabeef.org

MAGAZINE STAFF Acting Editor: Bill Nutt, billnutt@gabeef.org Billing: Stephanie D. Sims, stephanie@gabeef.org Circulation: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org Industry editorial: Dana Ham, magazine@gabeef.org Contributing Editor: Josh White, josh@gabeef.org Contributing Editor: Ashley Hughes, ashley@gabeef.org Advertising: Dana Ham, magazine@gabeef.org Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, gdease@aol.com

ABOUT THE COVER

The January 2010 Georgia Cattleman cover features Braunvieh cattle. Photo courtesy of the Braunvieh Association of America. 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.

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GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION LOCAL PRESIDENTS

ABAC ......................................Riley Hulsey Amicalola...............................Janice Hayes Appalachian..........................Emmett Farist Baldwin-Jones-Putnam .........Melvin Couey Banks .....................................Mike Gordon Barrow .................................Linda Crumley Ben Hill-Irwin....................................Vacant Berrien .................................Joe Allen Kent Blue Ridge Mountain.................Bob Kinnie Brooks........................................Jeff Moore Burke.........................................Sam Kyzer Carroll ......................................Doug Smith Chattahoochee Valley ............Scott Bickley Clarke-Oconee........................Ric Grayson Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta.....................................Jay Duncan Crawford Area ............................Jim Horne Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..................................James Hogsed Floyd ..................................... Keith Mickler Franklin ..............................Charles Tawzer Grady .....................................Caylor Ouzts Greene Area...........................Lanis Adams Hall .................................Steve Brinson, Jr. Haralson ...........................Stanley Williams Harris ........................................ Dan Duval Hart ....................................Larry Bramblett Heard.....................................Keith Jenkins Heartland ................................Tony Rogers Henry ......................................Marvin Rose Houston.................................Wayne Talton Jackson ............................Kenneth Bridges Jefferson..................................Arthur Rider Johnson Area.....................Jimmy Harrison L.T.D.....................................Brian Goolsby Laurens .................................Terry Crooms Lincoln ................................Chris Goldman Little River ................................. Billy Mays Lowndes ..................................Andy Carter Lumpkin ............................Anthony Grindle Macon ....................................Carlton Jinks Madison .....................................Lee Brown Meriwether............................William Heard Mid-Georgia...................................Ed Trice Mitchell ..............................J. Dean Daniels Morgan .................................Zeke Lambert Murray.................................Michael Ballew North Georgia ...........................Billy Martin Northeast Georgia................Curtis Ledford Northwest Georgia .......Samuel Duckworth Ocmulgee.............................Raleigh Gibbs Ogeechee .................................Jody Burns Oglethorpe ...............................Kelly Postin Pachitla ..................................Scotty Lovett Peach ......................................Willis Brown Piedmont................................Todd Teasley Piney Woods............................Chris Taylor Polk ...................................Glenn Robinson Pulaski................................D. J. Bradshaw Red Carpet..........................Harry Pugliese South Georgia....................Maxwell Wilcox Southeast Georgia ..................Steve Smith Stephens ...................................Tony Smith Tattnall............................Jessie J. Driggers Taylor .....................................Wayne Smith Thomas.........................Charles R. Conklin Three Rivers...........................Neal Stanley Tift .........................................Buck Aultman Tri-County ..........................Nora Goodman Tri-State ............................... James Burton Troup .......................................Ned Mallory Turner ....................................Randy Hardy University of Georgia................Katie Smith Walton...............................Sammy Maddox Washington......................James Hitchcock Wayne ....................................Jonny Harris Webster ...................................Andy Payne Wilkes .....................................Jeff Pendrey Worth ..................................Donald Gilman

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GCA President’s Report

Shaping Our Future by Bill Nutt Happy New Year! Once again, we have made it through the Christmas and New Year holiday season and all the related festivities. Once again, we have been able to participate in and enjoy the many holBILL NUTT iday opportunities for gathering with family and friends for fellowship  and renewal of our collective spirits. The holiday season provided us welcome chances to count our many past and current blessings and to look forward to our future in our personal, family and business lives. New Year’s is a particularly appropriate time to review where we are, establish goals for our future, and if we choose, to plan our future actions to achieve our goals. I have had the opportunity to attend a number of local chapter meetings recently and have enjoyed each of them. I really appreciate seeing all that is going on in the various chapters and meeting members. I attended the Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Convention in early December, as did many other GCA members. I thoroughly enjoyed the many events that addressed the annual convention activities and business but also provided for participation, fun and fellowship for all who attended. The Commodity Conferences were particularly interesting. I attended the Hay and the Beef Cattle sessions and both were interesting and informative. I was particularly impressed in the General Session with Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval’s annual address on the subject of “Embracing Change.” Georgia Farm Bureau recognized several years ago that their organization needed to change to enable them to more effectively operate in the current and future business environment. They carefully reviewed their operations and implemented a deliberately planned restructuring process that continues today. The process has resulted in many changes to the way their business is conducted but is built around the strength of the members’ voices guiding operational policy and daily business being conducted on sound good-business principles. Their restructuring process is ongoing and will continue. President Duval addressed the very human resistance to and reluctance to change, and lauded Farm Bureau members’ willingness and success in accepting and embracing the necessary changes made to date. He called for continued member support of the restructuring process and changes in the future as necessary to meet their operational challenges. He concluded with a call to “Embrace Change to Ensure the Future,” commenting that tradition is an important part of Farm Bureau’s past as is willingness to change, and that change can be an opportunity for the future. There are many parallels between our Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Farm Bureau, and his remarks are meaningful to GCA as well. Farm Bureau recognized their need to update their operations earlier and started a deliberate process to move forward. Our Georgia Cattlemen’s Association faced up to our need this past year and we began our restructuring review activity. During the course of the past year, we have identified problems and made various changes in the way we operate and conduct your business. We have made many needed improvements, and the process of review and restructuring is continuing. This is not to say that we have identified and solved all our problems. We have made significant progress and are continuing to do so. The goal is to operate your Association so that it effectively represents the collective interests of all of our members in the face of the increasing challenges and threats to our cattle industry. This must be done by operating our GCA Team efficiently and effectively under sound good-business principles. We must maintain adequate qualified leadership and staff in our office to provide the support and services we expect and, at the same time, balance our income and expenses. Our key elected officers must be knowledgeable, engaged and involved in our operations. We must embrace technology to improve information exchanges and enhance efficiency wherever it is cost-effective to do so. Timely flow of information to and from GCA leadership, staff, local chapters and members is mandatory! Member participation, input and feedback are essential to GCA and must be easy and effective. If you have not already done so, please provide GCA with your email address to make it easier for us to pass information of interest quickly and economically. The financial challenges of our GCA operations are formidable, but not at all unique to GCA. NCBA is also well into their own restructuring. They have clearly recognized their operational and financial challenges and are facing up to an inevitable dues increase as a part of their restructuring process. The NCBA Annual Meeting scheduled for 25-30 January in Continued on page 7


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IT’S YOUR TURN! Send your letter of 500 words or less to the editor at billnutt@gabeef.org. Letters may be edited due to space limitations.

Grass Finishing Merits Should be Openly Explored and Explained

Editor’s Note: This letter to the editor was written in response to an Editor’s Note that appeared with the article “Locally Produced, Locally Marketed Beef Field Day & Conference” in the October 2009 issue of the Georgia Cattleman. Dear Sir: Those of us who try to make a living raising beef are always ready to try the next new breed, forage, feed, supplement or whatever product is advertised to do a better job for us. We don’t try to convert our neighbors, we just do what we think will work best for us. If the new way of doing things or the new product works out to make more money for us, we do brag about it to whoever will listen. Each breed association brags about how much more growth efficient, more tender or more desirable its animals are than the other breeds. The Cattleman’s Association is large enough and diverse enough to include information about all breeds and even encourage periodic highlighting of each breed. The idea of advertising, after all, is to get someone to switch to another product. Any information that can differentiate one product from another is used to encourage the switch. Look at ryegrass ads, look at dewormer ads,

look at lick tank ads, and look at any ads. Each proclaims “my product is best and this is why…”. Some claims are backed by scientific studies, most are not. I raise and direct market grass fed beef because of the research I have done on the product and because I love selling a product that people really enjoy. I believe the Cattleman’s Association is forward thinking enough to include articles and information on grass finished beef without issuing a disclaimer. Grass finishing is another way to add value to our beef and its merits should be openly explored and explained in our Georgia Cattleman magazine. There are numerous scientific studies on the differences in grass fed and grain fed beef and I would like to see this topic given a fair amount of press by our magazine. This is not meant to discourage anyone from grain fed beef; it is meant to give producers another option to consider when deciding how to market their beef. There is a large demand by the public for grass fed beef and this is a niche that more cattle producers should investigate. Why not take the lead in giving them the information they need to make their own decisions? One very helpful website is www.eatwild.com, which presents a good overview of grass fed beef and also con-

GCA President’s Report, continued fron page 6 San Antonio will be focusing on and discussing the changes. I encourage each of you to attend the NCBA meeting and participate in the activities there. Registration material is available in the GCA Office. We must also be realistic about our Georgia Cattlemen’s Association as we proceed with our restructuring. We must find ways to increase our membership in the face of decreasing numbers of cattle operations and the aging of our current membership base. We must operate efficiently and control our expenses, and at the same time, look for additional revenue sources. As we continue, we may well have to face up to deciding whether we can continue some of the activities we have traditionally done. I encourage each of you to participate in your local association and to let your local and state leadership know what you think about the issues we are facing and problems you have that we may not know about. I would also remind you that many items of interest and concern to Georgia cattlemen will likely come before the Georgia General Assembly in their session that begins this month. As an example, the current financial situation in Georgia state government is likely to result in review of various existing tax exemptions for agricultural activities. Your GCA Legislative Committee will stay on top of things and will act accordingly. If you have an interest in participating, please let us know. We hope and pray for a mild winter and good moisture conditions for the coming year. Hopefully, we all have enough hay to get us through until green grass starts growing. We also look forward to improving worldwide demand for beef that will result in higher returns to us for our beef operations. Be sure to put our GCA Annual Meeting the first week in April on your calendars and plan to attend. We will elect officers for next year and you will vote on some necessary updates GC to the GCA Constitution and Bylaws. Come join us and make your voices heard.

tains dozens of scientific studies broken down by subject matter. Sincerely, Susan Woodall, Fort Creek Farm

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Maintaining Our Integrity Keep those letters coming! This magazine is published expressly for the membership of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Our continuing goal is to make each and every issue as valuable as possible to GCA members by providing timely and useful information in the content. Paid ads are great and help by providing revenue, but they are secondary! They frequently provide useful information and also generate revenue. That is a great combination. Ads sell the best when they are placed in widely read magazines with credibility to the readers. Our goal is clear: Make this magazine your choice for providing useful and timely information and the ads will follow. Once again, please continue to let us know how we are doing, how we can do better, and what is on your mind. In response to the letter regarding claims made for niche marketing products, there is no disagreement with the freedom of any producer to pursue and develop markets for whatever products they choose. There is, however, a long-standing expectation that there will be truth in advertising and that marketing claims will be truthful and reasonably valid. We in the beef industry are more and more faced with threats from multiple sources that attack our industry and our products with agenda-driven negative comments and accusations that rarely have any sound-science basis. Our coordinated industry responses are to provide verifiably factual information and to advocate responsible decisions being made based on sound science and fact rather than on political and or emotional appeals. We as responsible individuals should operate with the same level of integrity by marketing our products based on their verifiable and proven qualities and not by using negative and unsubstantiated claims about other producers’ products. We should also be sure to establish the sound-science validity of any studies we consider using in our marketing. Thank you to the grass fed and organic farmers who base their publicity on sound science without condemning the conventional farming methods that enable us to feed the world. - Bill Nutt G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Executive Vice President’s Report

A New Year Brings a New Calendar Full of Opportunities HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you and your family have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. With three young children at home, we had a holiday filled with joy, family, Legos and baby dolls. My schedule has been so full the last several weeks that I have watched very little television. When I have had the opportunity to see a news program, I’ve been reminded of the negative themes that are pervading the airwaves, and I’ve been struck by the number of negative stories that are written to evoke from the viewer a response of fear, worry and helplessness. This disheartening atmosphere is not what America is about. We live in the land of opportunity. I have a friend, Ray, who fairly late in his career decided he no longer wanted to be an employee. Around the same time the entrepreneurial bug was biting, he also set a goal to have a net worth of over a million dollars within a few years. To accomplish his mission, he opened a small business, grew it for a few months, and then quit his job. Ten years later, his business had grown to include several employees and quite a bit of equipment, so he sold the company to one of the employees. Ray then started three more businesses, two of them on-line, when many people his age would be scared to turn on a computer. My friend is always telling everyone he cares about, “don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can.” He doesn’t let a small setback or loss discourage him from his overall goal. Today, Ray has built a large net worth and has helped other people by providing jobs and opportunities for them. He is a unique man, but his story is one that can be told by many in our great land. We live in a country where we can pursue our goals and dreams. To listen to the popular media and many politicians today, you would think that Ray’s story is one from another

land. There is no doubt we are going through tough economic times, but we must fight the pessimism and hopelessness that seems at times pervasive. At Georgia Cattlemen’s, we are focused on our Mission and looking for areas where we can make a difference. • GCA continues to work with NCBA and our many like-minded friends in state and national organizations to tell our legislators our concerns and urge them not to pass legislation that will regulate or tax us out of business. We are battling on several regulatory and legislative fronts right now (see NCBA update on page 16) and we need your help in communicating with your senators and representatives to let them know how you feel about these issues. • The Georgia Beef Board continues to work diligently to spend our check off dollars in ways that will help increase beef demand through education, research and promotion. • GCA and UGA Cooperative Extension are working as closely as ever to provide producers with tools that help lower our cost of production and educate producers on all viable marketing strategies. • In the coming months, we plan to evaluate and refocus our efforts in our Junior Cattlemen’s program to make sure that we are achieving our goals in this important area. • We will continue to use the Georgia Cattleman and other communication tools to share information and help us work together more effectively. The staff and volunteer leaders of GCA are committed to moving our organization forward. We need every GCA member, and many who are not yet members, to join us in this pursuit. Your feedback and participation are essential in helping us Advance the Mission.

JOSH WHITE



I was honored to make a presentation at the Georgia Farm Bureau Beef Cattle Commodity Committee meeting at their convention in early December. The meeting happened to fall on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and the WWII themes and battle imagery were almost overwhelming to me. We in animal agriculture are under assault, and while our lives are not being lost as they were at Pearl Harbor, if we don’t fight back our livelihood might be. What was our country’s response to that horrific attack? Many historians say it was the beginning of the end of the war. Our nation rallied so strongly and became so united that winning the war was the only option. We cannot let the media and a small number of “animal rights” and environmental activists run our nation. It is time to fight back not only as cattlemen, but as freedom- and opportunity-loving Americans. I continue to be humbled and honored to represent Georgia’s cattle industry. As I travel the state and meet many hard-working cattlemen and GCA members, your stories and ideas only deepen my passion for our industry. I attended the Calhoun Bull Test Sale, which closed out the fall 2009 sale season, and it was a great one: highquality bulls combined with progressive producers willing to pay top dollar for them. It has been an amazing time of year at our house with our 3-year-old, Nathan, fully enjoying Christmas for the first time. The look on his face as I carried our Christmas tree into the house was one of utter astonishment. “It’s BIG!” he said, followed by, “when I get bigger I want to help you.” A promise of things to come! As we embark on a new year, let each of us resolve to spend our time, resources and energy where they can GC make a difference. [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 OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Bill Nutt janbil@bellsouth.net 1418 6th Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6424

BILL NUTT President

BILL BRYAN President-Elect

STEVE BLACKBURN Vice President

STEVE BARFOOT Treasurer

JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

Katlin Mulvaney is On Board as Director of Communications The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to bring on board Katlin Mulvaney, a December 2009 Auburn graduate, as GCA’s Director of Communications. Beginning Jan. 4, she will serve as magazine production coordinator, website coordinator and junior cattlemen’s coordinator, along with handling many other duties. Katlin majored in Agricultural Communications and minored in Agriculture Leadership while holding many volunteer agricultural leadership positions. She served on the NCBA Youth Media Relations Committee and is vice president of National Junior Herefords. She has been president of the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association; has been an active 4-H participant, rising to leadership roles; and was an Auburn

Agriculture Student Ambassador. Katlin explains that she sought “a job in the beef cattle industry, where I can remain an advocate and spokesperson for the industry.” “She combines a quality education with a vast blend of experiences and leadership skills to help her in her new role at GCA,” said Josh White, GCA Executive Vice President. “We are excited about Katlin becoming a part of the team,” Director of Operations Michele Creamer added. Katlin is from Opelika, Ala., where she owns cattle and helps manage her family’s registered Hereford herd on Chapel Hill Farm. As she relocates to Georgia, she will be meeting, interviewing and writing about many GCA members. Join us in welcoming her to GCA and the great state of Georgia. If you’d like to learn more about her, go to her website at http://katlinmulvaney.com. GC

Past Presidents Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 1961-1963 1963-1966 1966-1968 1968-1970 1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1974 1974-1976 1976-1978 1978-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984-1985 1985-1986 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990

Ben T. Smith, Atlanta Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville J.W. Trunnell, Cochran K.J. Hodges, Blakely Edwin B. Pope, Washington George Berner, Warm Springs Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner Joe Gayle, Perry Sam Hay, Covington Lee Campbell, Carrollton Charles Baker, Calhoun Webb Bullard, Camilla Bobby Rowan, Enigma Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury Don Griffith, Buchanan Gene Chambers, Douglas Mike Peed, Forsyth Sam Payne, Calhoun Bobby Miller, Lula

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Newt Muse, Carrollton Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL Mark Armentrout, Roswell Ralph Bridges, Lexington Lane Holton, Camilla Jim Goodman, Temple Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville Betts Berry, Chickamauga Curly Cook, Crawford Chuck Sword, Williamson Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian Louie Perry, Moultrie Tim Dean, Lafayette John Callaway, Hogansville Bill Hopkins, Thomson Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville Evans Hooks, Swainsboro Mike McCravy, Bowdon

President-Elect: Bill Bryan bryanfarms@windstream.net 2830 E Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747 706-397-8219 Vice President: Steve Blackburn sblackburn@allflexusa.com PO Box 179, Waynesboro, GA 30830 706-554-1993 Treasurer: Steve Barfoot arbarfoot@gmail.com 2125 Rebie Road, Dudley, GA 31022 478-676-3035 Past President: Mike McCravy mmcattle@yahoo.com 34 Williamson Road, Bowdon, GA 30108 770-258-9411 Executive Vice President: Josh White josh@gabeef.org, 478-474-6560 Committee members: Chap Cromley, Brooklet, 912-842-9427, ccromley@bulloch.net Ernie Ford, Edison, 229-835-2873, erniefordfarms@wildblue.net David Gazda, Athens, 706-227-9098, dgazda@angus.org Jonny Harris, Screven, 912-586-6585, greenviewfarms@windstream.net Chuck Joiner, Carrollton, 770-832-7299, chuckjoiner@bellsouth.net Paul Thompson, III, Buchanan, 770-646-2026, pault3@uga.edu NCBA director: John Callaway, Hogansville, 770-583-5688 Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-595-2885 Foundation president: Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo, 912-568-7743, fhthomas@windstream.net CattleWomen’s president: Carla Kelsoe, Calhoun, 770-480-7004 GCA REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS Region 1: Fred Kerce, 706-291-7811 Region 2: Robert Harkins, 706-747-2464 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 Region 5: Alan Verner, 706-557-2161 Region 6: Ray Copelan, 706-453-7707 Region 7: Gilbert Andrews, 706-561-9725 Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 10: Bobby Lovett, 229-732-3305 Region 11: Emory Seay, 229-362-4735 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 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.


Southeast All Black Classic

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced recently that USDA is awarding more than $14 million in grants to organizations throughout the country that will provide training and assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Merrigan said USDA's Food Commodity Contracting Opportunities for Rural America initiative is designed to enable rural economic growth by increasing small business contracting participation in rural areas of the country. USDA intends to help small farmerowned cooperatives and small rural businesses to better compete for government and commercial contracts. Merrigan also highlighted USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) grant program which is administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Developed to provide increased opportunities for socially disadvantaged producers, the program enables socially disadvantaged producers to successfully acquire, own, operate, and retain farms and ranches, and to assure equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs. A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice without regard to their individual qualities. Generally, socially disadvantaged producers who participate in OASDFRfunded projects develop profitable new farming or ranching practices, receive loans more rapidly, increase their farm or ranch income, continue farming or ranching longer and are less likely to go out of business. The fiscal year 2009 grants awarded in Georgia went to Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Inc., Albany, Ga., $300,000 and Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga., $300,000. Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more informaGC tion, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

The 5th Annual Southeast All Black Classic Noon • Saturday • January 23, 2010 Auction held at Southern Cattle Co., Marianna, Florida

Over 80 Females Sell! The heifers pictured were exhibited by the Nichols Family at several Junior shows throughout Florida, Alabama and Georgia. These heifers were produced by Joe Williams and he will be selling 31 heifer mates to them in the Southeast All Black Classic.

Angus SimAngus Simmental Cattle selling from these Southeast All Black Classic members 3 Waddail Farm

334-406-2178

Moonlight Cattle Co.

334-693-2703

Boyd Simmental

334-894-6467

Pine Ridge Simmental 229-292-4131

County Line Angus 334-791-7665

Southern Cattle Co.

850-352-2020

Graydon Farms

334-657-1408

Stephens Cattle Co.

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Cattle Outlook for 2010 By Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension Economist-Livestock and Dr. Walt Prevatt, Auburn University

Note: The following article is from the latest Southeast Cattle Advisor, a regional newsletter and website for beef cattle producers in Georgia and surrounding states. For up-todate beef cattle market information and analysis, check out www.secattleadvisor.com. Introduction For most Southern cattlemen, 2009 was a better year than 2008 due to lower input prices and better grazing conditions. Granted, cattle prices were not much better for most of the year compared to 2008. However, a more steady, albeit less-than-positive, economic situation allowed calf and feeder prices to avoid the freefall experienced during the fall quarter of 2008. Cattle producers were beneficiaries of lower fertilizer and feed costs as well as adequate precipitation across most of the region during 2009. This combination allowed cattle farmers to have improved grazing conditions and one of the better hay crops in recent memory. Granted, in some instances, the abundance of rainfall made it difficult to get the hay in the barn. For the most part, many hay producers were able to increase the amount of stored forage on hand. Looking forward to 2010 and later, cattle producers should begin to see price improvements in the next year or so, as the recent perpetual herd reductions combined with expected improved consumer demand begin to take effect. This improvement in cattle

prices is expected to coincide with the economic recovery. Supply Reduced cattle slaughter numbers will cause beef supplies to be lower in 2010. For the year, the total beef supply is forecast at 25.6 billion pounds, down slightly from the 25.9 billion pounds produced in 2009. Total red meat and poultry supplies will increase slightly in 2010 (Figure 1) as broiler production increases by a little over 2 percent this coming year. Cattle and beef supplies are projected to be lower for the next few years. Virtually all of this decrease in production can be attributed to the persistent herd reductions that have occurred in the last few years. Calf crops in 2008 and 2009 were the lowest

Table 1 PROJECTED PRICES FOR CALVES, FEEDER AND FINISHED CATTLE

Time Period

500-600# Steer

700-800# Steer

1,200# Choice Slaughter Steer

Jan-Mar 10

$85-$90

$78-$84

$82-$87

Apr-Jun 10

$90-$95

$85-$90

$88-$92

Jul-Sep 10

$95-$100

$95-$100

$92-$97

Oct-Dec 10

$88-$93

$85-$90

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in almost 60 years. As a result, it will take several years for cow-calf producers to get back to previous levels. As prices improve in the next few years, some cattlemen will likely begin retaining replacement heifers, assuming the weather and input prices cooperate. As heifer retention increases, supplies of feeder and fed cattle will be reduced, lowering beef production. This effect will be more pronounced if prices increase rapidly, and more muted if they improve gradually. Demand Beef and calf/feeder cattle demand should improve in 2010. Much of this improved demand will be dependent on improving domestic and economic conditions. Certainly the amount of price improvement will be heavily dependent on the strength of the overall economic recovery. Price Forecast The price forecast for calves, feeder cattle (basis Georgia) and live cattle (5-Area) is presented in Table 1. We expect prices for all classes of cattle to be slightly better in 2010 than in 2009. However, if the economy improves stronger and faster than we expect, the price improvement should be greater. GC


Steer and Heifer Weights Fall Below a Year Ago

According to a summary of the report from the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), average steer and heifer weights peaked in early October and have declined each week since, with the largest weekly declines posted in late October and early November.

USDA reports national carcass weights for steers and heifers have recently declined significantly due to winter weather and less of a backlog of market-ready cattle. According to a summary of the report from the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), average steer and heifer weights peaked in early October and have declined each week since, with the largest weekly declines posted in late October and early November. In fact, as of early November, weekly average steer and heifer weights had fallen below the year before, the first time in calendar year 2009. Seasonally, steer dressed weights typically peak in early October and then moderately decline through the balance of the year and continue to decline until about late April or early May. Average steer dressed weights this past fall climbed to a high of 870 pounds the first week of October, versus 861 pounds for the corresponding week in 2008 and the 2008 peak of 865 pounds. Since early October, average steer weights have declined each week, falling to 847 pounds by the first week of November, a 23-pound decline over a four-week period. By mid-October, average steer weights had fallen to about even with October 2008, and by the end of the month were below 2008. As of the week ending November 7, average steer weights of 847 pounds were 10 pounds less than the same week in 2008, but still 12 pounds heavier than the 2003-2007 average. Average heifer dressed weights peaked in early October at 806 pounds, nine pounds heavier than the same week in 2008, but nearly 38 pounds above the prior five-year average. After peaking in early October, average weights for heifers modestly fell, with the average weight – as of the week ending Nov. 7 – reported at 786 pounds, a decline of 20 pounds over the four-week period. Similar to steer weights, average heifer weights were about even with 2008 in late October,

and by the first week of November had fallen below 2008. Looking ahead, the long-term trend in cattle dressed weights is higher and dressed weights for steers have averaged more than eight pounds heavier than the respective period in 2008, with heifer weights up about nine pounds. Current LMIC forecasts suggest steer and heifer dressed weights for the calendar year 2009 will surpass the prior year record by about 1%. Cattle on Feed On Nov. 20, the USDA released the monthly Cattle on Feed (COF) report which reported cattle on feed supplies were slightly above a year ago for the second consecutive month. As of Nov. 1, the number of cattle on feed – in feedlots with 1,000 or more head capacity – totaled 11.1 million head, a little more than 1% above a year ago, but about 3% below the prior five-year average (2003-2007). As expected, the number of cattle on feed seasonally increased from October to November as feeders placed 1.5% more cattle into feedlots during October than a year ago. This was the fourth consecutive month that placements have been above a year ago, but when compared to the prior fiveyear average (2003-2007), placements during October were 8% smaller. On a weight group basis, feeders continued to place more heavyweight cattle in October as only the lightweight category (600 pounds and less) had placements below a year earlier. According to the USDA, feedlot marketings at 1.76 million head were about 3% less than last year. However, there was one less slaughter day in October versus in 2008; thus – on a daily average basis – marketings were actually 1% higher in October. Of note, the report showed that during October, feeders in the Northern Plains and Midwest worked through a backlog of market-ready cattle. GC

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Fertilizing and Grazing Winter Annual Stands By Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist

In Georgia, our biggest competitive advantage in the beef cattle industry is our ability to grow and graze forage during the winter months. One of the most important parts of a winter forage program is, of course, the cool season annual grasses. However, it takes skill (and a healthy dose of common sense) to manage winter annuals so that the forage produced matches the stocking rate. Now that your winter annuals are in the ground for this season, this article presents seven keys to optimizing the production and management of your winter annual forage.

grazing. Ryegrass and rye are generally very tolerant of repeated grazing and generally regrow rapidly. On the other end of the spectrum, barley and triticale do not regrow well after grazing. Wheat and oats are more intermediate, as they are quite a bit slower to regrow than rye or ryegrass and have poor tolerance to heavy continuous grazing.

Feather the Throttle When I was a kid, we had a tractor that had poor brakes. You had to think ahead to slow it down. Just as with that old tractor, the key to manipulating winter annual forage growth is to think ahead and throttle it back. Putting down N at Avoid Grazing Too Early There is a big difference between “can” and “should”. planting (or soon after) is critical, as that initial 40-50 lbs of N per acre increases tillering Grazing of winter annuals (thickening of the stand) can begin as soon as the and provides earlier plants are well-established grazing. and have accumulated 3-4 A second application in. of growth. However, of N per acre should be grazing should begin only applied in mid-January to after the plants accumulate early-February to increase 6-8 in. of growth. The winter and spring forage plants will survive if they production. If there is a are grazed too early, but great need for forage at they will never fully recover. that time and the coming Some recent research that weeks, 40-50 lbs of N per Dr. Gary Hill and I have acre should be applied. If been doing in Athens and the need is less, decrease Tifton suggests that starting the N rate accordingly. If to graze too early (i.e., at ~4 Picture of Ag-Chem Equipment, Co. Inc fertilizer equipment courtesy of AGCO winter annual legumes in.) reduces the total forage were used and they yield in the season by at contribute 30-40% or more of the stand, then no more than least one-third. 25 lbs of N per acre will be necessary. Because ryegrass is longer-lived, a third application of Start Light, End Heavy Along those same lines, it is best to begin with a light 40-50 lbs of N per acre may be needed in early spring when stocking rate and gradually increase it as the growing ryegrass is grown alone or used in a mix for late spring conditions improve and forage growth rate increases. A good grazing, hay or silage. (Again, if winter annual legumes are 30way to do this is by restricting the animal’s time on the 40% or more of the stand, then little if any additional N will paddock, rotating animals between paddocks, or using strip be necessary.) The key to remember is that ryegrass is very responsive grazing techniques. But, later in the season, the growth rate of the winter annuals will be much more rapid. If a light to N, and this makes the “throttle” very touchy. Further, you stocking rate is maintained, much of the forage will get rank should keep in mind that late ryegrass production can and overly mature. Ideally, more animals would be added to decrease bermudagrass yields by 30-50%. So, if you don’t increase the stocking rate. Of course, that usually is need the extra forage or you are worried that it will slow the impractical. So, increase the stocking rate by reducing the bermudagrass or bahiagrass, decrease the N rate accordingly number of acres grazed. In practice, this means shutting or cut it out altogether. animals out of some pastures or paddocks and letting those areas grow up for hay or baleage. Be sure that you select those Adjust for Previous Weather Conditions If your soil is sandy and low in organic matter, the rainy areas in advance, so that you don’t put N fertilizer out if you conditions of November and December of last year have don’t need the extra forage. likely caused you to lose a significant portion (20-40% or more) of the N that you applied. (Aren’t you glad you didn’t Know Your Forage Our winter annual species differ a lot in their tolerance of put all your N on at once?) As a result, you may want to put 14 January 2010 •

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on your N earlier in January than normal in attempts to get additional tiller formation prior to the spring flush of growth. If the soil has more clay and/or organic matter, N losses due to leaching are likely to be much less significant and adding the N early is likely unnecessary. On the other end of the spectrum is the situation that we had in the fall of 2007 and 2008, where drought and/or cool temperatures and overcast skies dramatically slowed fall growth. In these situations, N leaching losses are likely to be minimal, but so will be plant uptake. In addition, losses from volatilization (escape as a gas) may have occurred. In either case, you may want to use the plant to tell you if there is a deficiency by getting a plant tissue analysis done. To do this, contact your county Extension Agent for more information. If the plant tissue analysis shows that the vegetative growth has an N content lower than 3.00-3.50%, then some additional N may be needed. If this is the case, then consult with your county Extension Agent to develop a plan. Adjust for Future Weather Conditions To continue the analogy to my old tractor, I would always be looking ahead to anticipate when I needed to start slowing down. The best way to do this in managing winter annual forage growth is to keep an eye on the medium-range weather predictions. I highly suggest that you bookmark the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center’s website (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/). On this page, they provide links to the 6-10 day, 8-14 day, 1-month and 3-month outlooks. In the summertime, the weather is too random to

be predictable. However, they are fairly accurate in the fall, winter and spring months. Adjust for Low Fertility An abundance of N will do no good if the soil pH is so low that the plant’s roots cannot extract it from the soil. In addition, low P or K in the soil will limit the growth of the winter annuals even if plenty of N is available. In fact, high N with low P and K may make them even more susceptible to disease and insect pressures. So, if the field’s fertility is too low, then adding more than 30-40 lbs of N per acre at a time is throwing good money after bad. If the forage growth is stunted and sporadic, it may be that the field’s fertility is too low. If you have a pasture that exhibits stunted or sporadic growth, it also makes managing the grazing more difficult. It is best to keep a high stocking rate on one of these pastures. So, this pasture should be one that is grazed instead of being allowed to grow up for late spring grazing, hay or silage. More information on fertilizing and managing the grazing of winter annual pastures can be found on the Georgia Forages website (www.georgiaforages.com). Of course, your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent can also provide you with additional information and advice on managing your winter forages. If you have questions about how to adapt these recommendations to your operation, contact your local Extension office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. GC

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EPA Greenhouse Gas Ruling Could be Devastating to Agriculture The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is extremely concerned about the potential impacts that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent greenhouse gas (GHG) ruling could have on agriculture operations. EPA’s decision claims that GHG emissions are an endangerment to public health and the environment. This sets the stage for greenhouse regulation under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and would give the EPA unprecedented control over every sector of the U.S. economy. “It’s premature to issue this kind of finding, especially given the recent controversy surrounding the scientific validity of alleged human contributions to climate change,” said Tamara Thies, NCBA chief environmental counsel. “Regulation of greenhouse gases should be based on science, and it should be thoughtfully considered and voted on by Congress through a democratic process, not dictated by the EPA.” The endangerment finding does not itself regulate GHGs; but unless Congress acts, it sets in motion EPA regulation of GHGs from stationary sources and the setting of new source performance standards for GHGs. On Oct. 27, 2009, EPA proposed a rule designed to regulate GHG emissions from sources that emit 25,000 tons per year or more, instead of the statutory 250 tons per year threshold for pollutants which is included in the Clean Air Act. The extent to which EPA can change statutory permitting requirements, however, is unclear. Only time will tell how our federal courts will address citizen suits to force regulation of all sources that emit GHGs in excess of the statutory thresholds. EPA indicated that it also would be developing an approach to regulate GHGs from hundreds of thousands of small operations, including farms and buildings. While agricultural sources are currently generally not required to obtain permits for greenhouse gas emissions, regulation of GHGs under the CAA may for the first time trigger such regulation. Given the fact that America currently has over 2,000,000 farms, it would be virtually impossible to permit a majority of them. It would also impose massive regulatory compliance costs on producers, which could force many operations out of business. 16 January 2010

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“Congress never intended for the Clean Air Act to be used for greenhouse gas regulation,” said Thies. “While the Act has done a good job of cleaning up pollutants, it is not adequately equipped to address global climate change. Any attempts to use it for this purpose would be devastating to U.S. agriculture.” According to the EPA, in 2007, GHG emissions from the entire agriculture sector represented less than 6% of total U.S. GHG emissions in Tg CO2 Eq. At the same time, land use, land use change, and forestry activities resulted in a net carbon soil sequestration of approximately 17.4% of total U.S. CO2 emissions, or 14.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. “Agriculture actually provides a significant net benefit to the climate change equation,” said Thies. “Rather than being subject to overly-burdensome regulations, agriculture should be rewarded for the carbon reductions we provide.” NCBA submitted comments in opposition to EPA’s proposal in April. EPA Delays Decision on E15 Blend Waiver Until Mid-2010. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will delay its decision on an E15 blend waiver petition until mid-2010. The petition, filed by the bio-fuels industry association Growth Energy, requested a waiver to allow for the use of up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline, an increase of five percent points over the current allowable level. EPA said it will make a decision “when more testing data is available.” NCBA continues to urge EPA to delay its decision until an independent and comprehensive assessment is complete to determine how any changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard will affect corn and cattle markets. In 2008, livestock producers experienced significantly higher feed costs as a direct result of competing demands for corn and by higher energy prices. From January of 2008 through July 2009, cattle feeders lost a record $5.2 billion in equity due to high feed costs and economic factors which have negatively affected beef demand. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS), in 2008, feed

costs for livestock, poultry and dairy reached a record high of $45.2 billion an increase of more than $7 billion over 2007 costs. Yet farm gate cattle and calf receipts have essentially remained flat, at between $49 and $50.2 billion during the past five years. Projections show that increasing the blend percentage from 10 to 15% would require an immediate 4.5 billion gallons of ethanol, and would require approximately 1.6 billion bushels of corn-which is nearly equivalent to the amount of corn used by the cattle industry in an entire year. NCBA submitted comments to EPA in July. Estate Tax Reform. While the health care debate may have cooled off in Washington, it seems that many agriculture-related issues have really heated up over the last several weeks. One recent legislative development is the passage of H.R. 4154, which permanently extends the Death (Estate) Tax at the 2009 levels of a 45% tax rate for couples with estates over $7 million. H.R. 4154 passed under a closed rule by a vote of 225-200, with all Republicans and 27 Democrats voting against the bill. GCA and NCBA had supported the Lincoln-Kyl amendment, which would have raised the exemption level to estates worth up to $10 million, included an inflation adjustment, and had a maximum tax rate of 35%. The issue now must be addressed by the Senate before the end of the year or exemptions will revert to the 2000 level of $1 million with a tax rate of 55%. While both Senators Chambliss and Isakson have been supportive of GCA’s position on this issue, it is important that we continue to let them know that real reform is essential to the succession plans of Georgia’s farms and ranches. NCBA is extremely disappointed that Congress has ignored repeated calls for estate tax reform. “The Pomeroy bill is a disservice to America’s family farmers and other small businesses,” NCBA President Gary Voogt said. “By keeping a flawed law in place, Congress will simply extend our problems with the current system into the future. A simple extension of current law is unacceptable,” Voogt said. “America’s farmers and ranchers deserve more than the status GC quo; they deserve a true reform.”


BRAUNVIEH FEATURE

Demand for Braunvieh is Strong By Jo Dexter, Managing Editor, Braunvieh World raunvieh cattle in the U.S. have been proving their merit since they were first imported in the early 1980s. Many commercial cattlemen and feedyards have experienced the unique feed efficiency and carcass qualities of Braunvieh genetics. Additionally, many highly respected carcass contests and feeding trials have come to appreciate Braunvieh as it has dominated these events for more than 20 years. For 2009, our progress continues. Braunvieh have won nearly every carcass contest or feeding trial and, despite the challenging economy, Braunvieh cattle are in demand from a growing number of buyers who recognize their built-in profit potential.

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Braunvieh Claim Top Bid on Superior Video Auction Richards Braunvieh of Grafton, Neb. offered ½ and ¾ blood Braunvieh calves in the Superior Livestock’s Big Horn Classic video cattle auction. The calves brought top price for all regions in the 550 to 590 pound weight range. The five-day sale, Aug. 17-21, moved over 221,000 head of calves, feeder cattle and breeding stock. The top Braunvieh calves were an offering of 40 steers and 30 heifers out of black cows and percentage Braunvieh and Black Angus bulls. The sale average for the Region 2 (N.D., S.D., Mont., Wyo., Neb., Utah and Colo.) was $97 to $119.00 per cwt. The Braunvieh calves were the high-selling lot at $119 per cwt. – $10 per cwt. higher than any other lot sold in this weight range. The calves were purchased by Weitzenkamp Farms of Hooper, Neb. Blaine Richards had possession of the calves until late Oct. “…we weighed and shipped these calves with six inches of snow. After shrink, they averaged 670 pounds on steers and 590 pounds on heifers. Based on the Superior

sale contract, the calves averaged $720 each at delivery,” explains Richards. With the contract weight average at 590 pounds, Richards’ Braunvieh calves performed better than estimated and brought $90 per head more than expected. Braunvieh Cattle Appeal to Gregory Feedlots, Inc. Ideally situated in southwest Iowa near Mo. and Neb., Gregory Feedlots offers custom cattle feeding for both large and small operators. They have predominately fed Certified Angus Beef (CAB) cattle – and were even awarded the CAB Feedlot Partner of the Year in the 20,000 head and fewer category in 2002. In the last seven years, however, Gregory Feedlots has contracted to finish several Braunvieh-cross calves. “We have had success with both growth and carcass quality of Braunvieh cattle,” says David Trowbridge, Gregory Feedlots manager. “The Braunvieh cattle have competed with top cattle from other breeds in our yard on gain, feed conversion and carcass grade.” While there are not many Braunvieh cattle in southwestern Iowa, Trowbridge hopes to feed more Braunviehbred calves and fat cattle in the future. Gregory Feedlots’ niche in the cattle feeding business is exceptional customer service that provides cattle owners with individual animal feedlot performance and carcass information. “Braunvieh cattle have shown me that they are a great crossbreeding option and they can be very competitive with other top cattle making them a profitable option for our customers and our yard,” states Trowbridge. Source: Articles and photos for this special feature about Braunvieh cattle provided courtesy of Jo Dexter, Braunvieh World. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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New Data Finds Braunvieh Cattle Have More Longevity Recent data from the JHL Ranch, Ashby, Neb., a 1,500-head commercial cow operation, indicates that Braunvieh cows have from five to 10 percent more staying power at 9-11 years of age than other breeds in the ranch’s commercial herd. Braunvieh females are well known for their longevity and remain productive well into their teens and many as long as 20 years of age. With increasing costs, cattle producers are looking for any trait or breed benefit that will give them an edge in profitability. Cow

longevity is a relevant financial trait in the industry and can help reduce annual cow costs by spreading the high cost of developing and producing replacement heifers over a longer period of time. JHL Ranch data compares Angusand Braunvieh-sired replacement females starting in 1998 until 2005. Of the original herd, 47 percent of the Braunvieh-sired females are still in the herd, while 28 percent of the Angussired females from the original herd are still in production. Studies of this

Braunvieh Facts BRAUNVIEH is a German word meaning Brown Cattle. Braunvieh may be the oldest pure breed on earth, with records dating back to 800 B.C. These animals formed the basis for the development of the American Brown Swiss. Canada imported the first modern Braunvieh in 1968 and selected cattle with emphasis on beef production. Braunvieh are various shades of brown, predominately mousy brown, but ranging from light brown with gray to very dark brown. Body weights range from

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1,200 to 1,500 pounds for adult females and 2,100 to 2,500 pounds for adult males. The Braunvieh is a very docile, long-bodied, well-muscled animal with correct feet and legs. Braunvieh are known as a balanced breed, possessing body confirmation for optimum physiological performance. This and the fact that their hair is sleek and fine in warm weather and can be grown heavy in response to extended cold weather makes Braunviehs adaptable to different environments. The physical characteristics that this breed are rapidly becoming noted for are the carcass traits desired by today’s consumers. “Braunviehs put it all together: Maternal, Muscling, Marbling, and Performance.”

length are costly for university researchers to perform. Therefore, this type of cow herd data is in short supply. JHL Ranch has turned over their cow longevity data and records to the University of Nebraska for further review. “In addition to our Braunvieh cows having increased longevity, we have found that our Braunvieh bulls will last three to four years longer than our Angus bulls and service 10 more cows per year. That adds up!” says Merry Brownlee, owner of JHL Ranch. For several years, Braunvieh cattle have proven themselves in the pasture and on the rail. “They are more feed efficient than most breeds, and they are truly unique in being able to lower yield grades while generally maintaining the ability for Choice quality grades,” said Mark Nelson, executive vice president of the Braunvieh Association of America (BAA). “This makes them the sire of choice for cattlemen who seek profitability in producing, feeding and grid marketing their calves.” On Oct. 27, 2008, the BAA will hold their Fall National Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale, providing an opportunity for commercial bull buyers and Braunvieh breeders alike to compare the best Braunvieh genetics with measured performance records and to select herd bulls using residual feed intake data. Young female packages will also be offered in the upcoming fall sale. For more information about the Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale, call Mark Nelson at (402) 984-8263 or visit the Web site braunviehbull.com. Bull data, video and sale catalogs are available now. Source: Jo Dexter, Braunvieh World


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Braunvieh Winning Streak Continues Topping 2009 Beef Empire Days Steer Trial

Braunvieh breeders Mike Long of Rocking L Cattle Co. and Mike Long, Nick Long and Matt Traster of LLT Cattle Co. from Ulysses, Kan. continued their success in the Beef Empire Steer Trial (BEST) contest held in conjunction with Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kan. They have won this contest with Braunvieh-influenced cattle for the past four years. For over a decade at nationally recognized carcass contests, Braunvieh and Braunvieh-influenced cattle have shown their unique ability to lower carcass yield grades while posting exceptional carcass quality grades. The BEST contest was no exception with three divisions, including: rate-of-gain, carcass and a combined division. This year, Rocking L- and LLT-bred cattle had 10 entries in a field of 40. Their cattle placed first, second and third in the overall results. Additionally, Rocking L-bred cattle won grand champion and reserve grand champion in the combined gain and carcass division. The champion steer posted an average daily gain of 4.569, yield grade of 2.23 and a “Choice-” quality grade. He placed seventh in the carcass division, fourth in rate-of-gain and was

named the overall winner with the lowest combined scores. The champion steer was 5/8 Braunvieh and 3/8 Angus, out of a percentage Braunvieh cow and a Braunvieh bull. The reserve champion steer had an average daily gain of 4.277, yield grade of 2.25 and an “Average Choice” quality grade. This steer was 1/2 Braunvieh sired by PFI Forecast, a fullblood Braunvieh bull, and out of a commercial Angus cow. The second and third place overall steers as well as the second, third and fifth place carcass steers all graded choice and were also sired by PFI Forecast owned by Rocking L and Pella Farms, Inc., Adams, Neb. The BEST steers are evaluated for feedyard performance and carcass value. Entries are taken to a designated feedyard, fed for a 30-day warm-up period then placed on feed for 137 days. Rocking L and LLT entries were born between midMay and mid-June and backgrounded from November 1 to February 21 on ground cornstalks and 40 percent wet distiller’s grain. The cattle were harvested in early July making the winning animals 13 to 14 months of age. Source: Jo Dexter, Braunvieh World

Manley Farms 1808 Hwy 52 Alt • Chatsworth Ga. 30705

“Full-blood & Purebred Braunvieh” We currently have Purebred Braunvieh Heifers, Bulls and Cows. We also have some half blood Braunvieh heifers and bulls. Prices starting at $450.00. At these prices, now is the time to add Braunvieh cattle to your herd!! Give us a call!! Visitors are always welcome!!

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Manley Farms 1808 Hwy 52 Alt • Chatsworth GA 30705

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Ridgefield Farm and Brasstown Beef By Ashley Hughes

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tarted in 1951 by E. J. Whitmire, Ridgefield Farm, located in Brasstown, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains just over the Georgia border, has grown from the modest 200-acre farm to an impressive 1,020-acre cattle operation through the management of E. J.’s son, Steve Whitmire, along with the help of his family. Even before Steve’s primary influence on the farm, Ridgefield Farm received the 1994 NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award for Region II for E. J.’s hard work and dedication to give back to

the land what he and his cattle borrowed from it. After the passing of E. J. Whitmire in 1998, Steve took control of the farm and, thanks to numerous learning opportunities such as NCBA’s Cattlemen’s College, and by reading trade-associated publications, he created a plan with which to develop his herd and grow Ridgefield Farm. By retaining ownership of their cattle, Whitmire learned that new genetics would most likely be the key to increasing the quality of his calves and Braunvieh was going to be the breed

to bring him that success. Seeing that Braunvieh could deliver a heavily-muscled, docile animal with desirable maternal and carcass traits, such as rib eye area and marbling without the use of hormones or antibiotics, Ridgefield Farm began using Braunvieh bulls on their pre-existing commercial cow herd. “Braunvieh was a perfect match for the Whitmire family to use since they are docile, produce small calves and they like to eat,” claims Steve as he compares his beloved cow herd to his even more beloved family. They have since grown their Braunvieh herd

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Brasstown Beef is the response to consumers asking for “Real Beef. Raised Right. Around Here.”

to over 160 registered cows and eight bulls and also use 70 registered Angus cows as recipients for Braunvieh embryo transplants, as well as providing the platform on which to create their Braunvieh Angus Cross cattle, “because we are always looking for the best.” While trying to increase the quality of their breeding stock, cattle that did not meet their strict standards for excellence were culled, fed out on their farm and given to family and friends as freezer beef, as is customary of the Whitmires’ generous nature. What the family quickly learned was that people were extremely impressed by the flavor and quality of the Braunvieh meat. Seeing an entrepreneurial opportunity, Steve created the idea of Brasstown Beef, in which he would harvest his own cattle for public consumption. Brasstown Beef is the response to consumers asking for “Real Beef. Raised Right. Around Here.” Steve sells his Braunvieh-influenced beef to consumers, foodservice operators and butchers with the intent of promoting his locally and humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. The source of cattle for Brasstown Beef are Braunvieh-influenced calves whose 22 January 2010

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Steve Whitmire explains the feeding and nutritional strategies used for Ridgefield Farm and Brasstown Beef.

genetics originated at Ridgefield Farm, most of which come from the Ridgefield Farm Braunvieh Bull Deal. As part of Ridgefield Farm’s selling contract, the farm will buy back all calves sired by a Ridgefield Braunvieh bull with the intent of feeding out those calves to slaughter for Brasstown Beef ’s supply. “Our goal is to produce cattle that will make our customers more money,” says Whitmire. “We value the genetics of those calves and know that we will be getting quality meat characteristics if there is at least 50% Braunvieh influence. We have had bull buyers coming back for years, not only because of the prices that they are getting for their calves, but because of the quality of the bulls they purchase.” Steve Whitmire and family have become pioneers in the cattle industry by controlling all aspects of their Ridgefield Farm herd from conception to slaughter, then on to the dinner plate as products of the Whitmires’

Brasstown Beef. One way that they have furthered their knowledge of the growth and feeding performance of their calves is through the GrowSafe system, which measures residual feed intake (RFI). There have been scientifically documented correlations between low RFI and high feed efficiency, allowing for selection of animals who gain pounds more quickly while consuming less feed, thus allowing the producer to save money on calves that are not performing well. By analyzing the obtained feeding information, Ridgefield Farm can select for more feed-efficient genetics and subsequently pass along those genetics to their customers who are battling with rising feed costs and land prices, thus affecting nutritional strategies and stocking rates. “Breeding and developing the optimum beef cattle and taking care of the land is our vision and our passion. At Ridgefield Farm, we are serious about our commitment to produce top, registered


BRAUNVIEH FEATURE Braunvieh and hybrid Braunvieh/ Angus genetics,” says Whitmire. Brasstown Beef also maintains consistency of its products through intense feeding practices and recommendations by an acclaimed beef nutritionist. The feeding regimen during the feedlot phase of production relies on a ration that remains the same during the entire feedlot phase regardless of feed prices in order to ensure a consistently high-quality beef product. Another way that Brasstown Beef aims for excellence is by using ultrasound technology. By ultrasounding every 90 days, the cattle can be selected for precise harvest times based on ribeye area, backfat thickness and marbling characteristics. Braunvieh cattle are known for their traditional lack of backfat while still having significant marbling and ribeye areas. After slaughter, the carcass is dry aged for a minimum of two weeks, reducing the moisture content of the meat and concentrating the flavors. “Dry aging just makes the beef taste even better,” says Steve Whitmire. After dry aging, the carcass is cut into primals and subprimals, then vacuumsealed and wet-aged an additional two weeks until sold. Since 100% of Brasstown Beef is fed at Ridgefield Farm with genetics from Ridgefield, they can carefully track the progress of the beef literally from conception to consumption. For the quality of Brasstown Beef product, Chef Paul Crisp and Vicky Dockery, owners of Hometown Diner in Murphy, N.C., say their customers claim, “These are the best hamburgers we have ever eaten. I didn’t know that hamburgers could be different, but these are noticeably different.” “We cook a lot of locally-raised, unpretentious food and our customers value the quality of Brasstown Beef and are willing to pay the price for it,” says Paul Crisp from Hometown Diner. Steve Whitmire mentions, “Whenever I go to a new customer, I take them a package of our hamburger, because it is that good.” Brandon Holloway and Joseph Andrews, chefs at Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant, a casual/fine dining establishment in Murphy, N.C., say that they started using Brasstown Beef because “our customers prefer locally

grown products. Our restaurant prides itself on using local produce and when we had the opportunity to try a locallyraised protein, we jumped at the chance. The fact that Brasstown Beef is hormone- and antibiotic-free is just an extra bonus that we can pass on to our customers. The name recognition and demand for Brasstown Beef, starting with our Brasstown Burger, was unbelievable. The end result has been a quality product that our customers love; when all is said and done, there is nothing left on the plate,” says Andrews. “After touring the farm today and learning about how the animals are raised, we are going to definitely con-

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tinue to use Brasstown and pass along this information to our customers.” By contracting with a third-party verification system, Brasstown Beef and its calf producers are constantly audited to ensure the validation of its claims. “You have to have a product that tastes good. When it’s all said and done, people aren’t going to want to buy it simply because it’s raised in Brasstown; you have to lead with the flavor,” says Whitmire of the focus behind his beef. Steve Whitmire and family have created opportunities for Ridgefield Farm and Brasstown Beef where pasture to plate is their way of GC life.

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appear to have insufficient external fat cover to quality grade a minimum of Choice. However, for over a decade at nationally recognized carcass contests, Braunvieh

and Braunvieh-influenced cattle have shown their unique ability to lower carcass yield grades while posting exceptional carcass quality grades. Additionally, Braunvieh cattle have proven through prestigious contests and feeding trials that they are more feed-efficient than most breeds. This makes them the sire of choice for cattlemen who seek profitability in feeding and grid marketing their calves.

Braunvieh cattle are a total package – including a live, well-muscled calf with high growth, which is essential to all cattlemen’s profit equations; moderately framed cows with maternal ability and fertility for profitminded producers; and a feeder calf prone to good health that converts well and has grid value potential for progressive cattle feeders. Many benefits, from growth and carcass value of the Braunvieh-sired steers to the fertility and productivity of F1 daughters, are well documented in research. Braunvieh is a fast-growing breed and one of the first breeds in North America to begin RFI testing and offering that data to bull buyers. A relatively new measure of feed efficiency, residual feed intake (RFI) is an individual record taken during longterm feeding trials that measures feed offered, feed refused and average daily gain. For more information, call (402) 466-3292 or visit www.braunvieh.org GC and www.braunviehbull.com.

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raunvieh calves offered in the Superior Livestock’s Big Horn Classic video cattle auction brought top price for all regions in the 550- to 590-pound weight range. The five-day sale, Aug. 17-21, moved over 221,000 head of calves, feeder cattle and breeding stock. The top Braunvieh calves were an offering of 40 steers and 30 heifers bred by Richards Braunvieh, Grafton, Neb. These calves were out of black cows and percentage Braunvieh and Angus bulls. The sale average for the Region 2 (N.D., S.D., Mont., Wyo., Neb., Utah, Colo.) was $97 to $119 per cwt. But the Braunvieh calves were the high-selling lot at $119 per cwt., $10/cwt. higher than any other lot sold, for the entire sale in their weight range. They sold to Weitzenkamp Farms, Hooper, Neb. Braunvieh have a unique cattle feeding and carcass advantage. During live evaluation they often

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Ridgefield Farm: Braunvieh Cattle From Pasture to Plate By Ashley Hughes

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barn and taught how Ridgefield Farm formulates the rations for its animals depending on the production stage of the cattle. Since most of the participants had very little previous interaction with a farm, they appreciated being able to see behind the scenes of a cattle operation. The participants also enjoyed a walking tour of the grounds around the cattle; however, this was cut short by the strong winds and bitter cold that had all participants tightly holding on to their jackets. Quickly moving to the wind-protected barn, the chefs were shown the down and dirty side of the farm. Kathy Richburg, a trained ultrasound technician, showed the participants how ribeye area, backfat thickness and marbling can be shown on a live animal, thus indicating if the animals are ready for slaughter or need more time on feed. After the grounds tour was completed, the chefs were provided a lunch of Brasstown Beef cooked by Hewett and Saxon Culinary Services Catering in Atlanta. The meal consisted of wine-braised short ribs with roasted vegetables, ribeye slices with chimichurri sauce, grilled vegetable salad and stuffed baked potatoes, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. While some of the participants had used Brasstown Beef for over a year, some had only recently tried their products, but all agreed that the taste and flavor of the beef was exceptional. “We have people who come to our the day, the pardiner specifically for the hamticipants were shown the details of the burgers because they operation from pasture to plate. love the taste,” says The Chef ’s Day started with an explanation of the Paul Crisp of genetic basis of the herd and the decisions behind the use of Hometown Diner in those genetics, and an introduction to the intricacies of the Murphy, N.C. Joseph cattle business. Jason Bates, Ridgefield Farm’s farm manager, Andrews of Doyle’s explained how the GrowSafe feed tracking system allows Cedar Hill Restaurant them to track the residual feed intake (RFI) and growth perclaims, “Ever since we formance of each animal in their feedlot by using radio frecreated the Brasstown quency ear tags and specialized feeding bunks, thus enabling Burger, we have had them to pinpoint the animals with the greatest growth potenrepeat customers.” tial for the least amount of time and feed needed for growth, The Butcher Block then relate this information to the sire and dam of the calf Farm Day involved the since RFI is highly heritable. “Based on ADG and RFI, the same tour activities but bottom 1/3 of our herd is used for Brasstown Beef, while also included a butchery the remaining 2/3 is used for our breeding stock,” Whitmire demonstration by Dr. told the chef group. “It may be that our bottom 1/3 this Dean Pringle, UGA Meat year would have been in the top 1/3 five years ago, so Science professor, and Brad understand that we are constantly improving our herd.” Lowe, UGA Meat Science The Farm Day participants were also taught about the Photo by Scott Wallace graduate student. third-party verification system that ensures the claims of “We are trying to promote our high-quality meat while Brasstown Beef are being met. Mark Nelson of Samson Inc. giving extra knowledge as to the care for our animals so that says, “Brasstown Beef is one of the few beef programs out our customers can see for themselves why Brasstown Beef there that truly does everything to the level that exports not only tastes better, but is cared for in a humane and safe require, and exports have a series of rigorous requirements way without the use of hormones or antibiotics,” says for quality.” GC Whitmire. The Farm Day participants were then shown the feed

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oping to increase not only demand for their Brasstown Beef, but also the knowledge about the values of their Ridgefield Farm operation, Steve Whitmire put together a Chef ’s Day and a Butcher Block Farm Day for his Brasstown Beef customers. For the Chef ’s Day and Butcher Block, each held on separate days, Steve invited his foodservice customers to Ridgefield Farms for a tour of the operation. The customers either currently use or at least have had the opportunity to try Brasstown Beef products and range from small home-style diners to casual and fine dining restaurants, as well as butcher and meat shops. Over the course of

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Lemmon Angus at Kensington Changes Name to Kensington Cattle Company New Name Depicts the New Proprietor and Organization Management Effective Jan. 1, 2010, Lemmon Angus at Kensington’s name changed to Kensington Cattle Company. The goal of the name change is to best reflect the company’s ownership and management for the Registered Angus cattle program. “We are excited about the future as we continue to expand

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Lemmon in 2008. Our focus will be to serve our customers, meeting their growing needs for superior Angus cattle for both purebred and commercial cattlemen,” said Dan Beckham, owner of Kensington Cattle Company. “My histor y with this prog ram has humble beginnings, working with Mr. Lemmon for eight years while in high school, through college at the University of Georgia, and two years following college graduation,” explains Beckham. “I am proud to have Roland Starnes as Managing Partner. Together we plan to continue to build on the potential of this high performance Angus cow herd that was founded in 1971. “Roland has been center stage in the Angus business since his g raduation from Auburn University in 1982. Together we combine over fifty years of experience and love for the Angus breed,” says Beckham. “While our prog ram’s name has evolved, our core values remain the same. Kensington Cattle Company is committed to raising Angus cattle in the heart of Georgia that can withstand the severe Gulf Coast environment and beyond; building on the legacy of this herd to produce cattle that combine strong maternal traits, production performance and valuable carcass merit for the end user; and providing customers the highest level of quality herd sires in quantity to those seeking superior Angus genetics. “We are committed to the success of our customer through our own actions, integrity and a satisfaction guarantee,” promises Beckham. GC


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Increase In IR$ Audits Forecast By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

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he IRS has been cracking down on individuals and small businesses – including farmers, ranchers and horse owners – with increased tax audits and aggressive tactics to collect taxes. The tactics include an increased volume of audits, and more bank levies and liens on real property. While it is possible to negotiate with the IRS over past due taxes – to get an installment agreement, for instance – the best strategy is to be prepared in the event of an audit in the first place by proper tax planning. The U.S. Tax Court has stated many times – and this is also reiterated in the IRS Audit Manual – that a business plan is evidence that a taxpayer is operating a farm, ranch or horse activity in a businesslike manner. The absence of a business plan will almost certainly result in an adverse determination by the IRS unless you can show profit years. A business plan should be formalized in writing, and should contain realistic projections of income and expenses that will point towards a profit year down the line. It is impossible to avoid getting audited. Even if you have the best professionally prepared tax returns, if you have sustained losses over a period of years and you are deducting losses against your main source of income – you should be prepared for an audit. Fortunately, you can withstand IRS scrutiny if you are prepared (hopefully well in advance). It takes a significant amount of effort to put together a business plan, and this is one of the reasons why the IRS views this as a positive indicator of your intention to be engaged in a business rather than a hobby. As you know, if your farming, ranching or horse activity has sustained a history of losses – which includes a significant percentage of owners – the IRS may claim that this activity is simply a “tax shelter” by which you deduct 28 January 2010

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Striving to keep a few extra dollars in your pocket now could trigger an IRS audit later. Creating a business plan shows your intent to make a profit. costs against your principal source of income. Most of my clients are physicians, architects, industrialists and other wealthy individuals who have plenty of money that they hope to utilize in one way or another to generate more income and to help shelter them from taxes. Farming is not only an extremely vital segment of the economy, but for many it is a worthwhile endeavor to engage in while enjoying tax benefits. But in order to “enjoy” tax benefits it is ultimately necessary to comply with IRS Regulations. Years ago it was much easier to withstand IRS scrutiny, but I can assure you those days have passed. I grew up with horses and my family never had problems with the IRS even though we never made a profit. But today a more modern IRS is capable of focusing on specific areas of commerce and selecting people for audits that fit certain profiles that seem likely candidates for paying more taxes than they have claimed. In my book, “Turn Your Hobby Into a Business – The Right Way” (available at www.amazon.com and book stores), I have several chapters pertaining to farmers and ranchers and how to avoid IRS problems, but ulti-

mately it is important to obtain professional guidance in formulating a business plan, so that the person who prepared it can sign off on it, just as CPAs sign off on profit reports of large companies. Even a brief evaluation of your activity can be helpful in pointing out ways that you can improve the profit picture – by way of reducing costs, or at least helping to articulate why certain costs are there that can’t go away, and how it is you can achieve a profit year at some point in the near future. What the IRS wants is to collect revenue, especially since the Federal Government is in financial straits. So, under the circumstances it behooves people to do what they can to avoid IRS problems by advance planning. The main point is that it is important to prove that it is your intention to be engaged in a profit-making venture, not a tax shelter or a means of taking significant tax deductions from your GC main source of income. [John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the livestock, farming and horse industries since l98l. He serves clients in all 50 states, and can be reached by telephone at (3l0) 278-0203 or via e-mail at johnalancohan@aol.com, or you can visit his website at JohnAlanCohan.com.]


What is E. coli O157:H7?

E. coli O157:H7 is one of hundreds of strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Although most strains of this bacterium are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, this particular strain produces a powerful toxin and can cause illness. The combination of letters and numbers in the name of the bacterium refers to specific genetic markers found on its surface, which distinguishes it from other types of E. coli. Eating food that has not been cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7 can cause severe illness in humans.

Incidence of E. coli O157:H7

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in the United States declined significantly between 1996 and 2004. Since 2004, illnesses in the U.S. population have leveled off at approximately one case per 100,000 people.

Commitment to Safety Research

Years ago, America’s beef producers set out to reduce and eliminate E. coli O157:H7 and today remain committed to that goal. • Beef producers have invested more than $27 million since 1993 in beef safety research, leading to best practices which serve as a road map in reducing E. coli O157:H7. The best practices are in addition to strict oversight by USDA. • Greater than 80 percent of the research funded by America’s beef producers is used throughout the beef supply chain on a daily basis to enhance the safety of beef and beef products • The beef industry invests approximately $350 million every year in testing, interventions and research to ensure beef safety. Today, because of the research and cooperative efforts with all partners in the beef supply chain, interventions to reduce and eliminate E. coli O157:H7 are in place on farms, in feedlots and in packing plants across the country.

Making Progress Using Best Practices

Individuals representing each segment of the production chain meet yearly to review and update the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) Best Practices, which serve as a roadmap in reducing E. coli O157:H7. • Individuals and companies involved in this process recognize that safety is a non-competitive issue. • These Best Practices are ever-changing documents that are updated and reviewed as scientific and technological advances are made. These resources are available free of charge at www.bifsco.org.

Tips for Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

Consumers can take important steps in the kitchen to ensure their food is safe: • Always wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water before and after handling meat. • Don’t cross-contaminate — separate raw meat and poultry from other foods and don’t place cooked food on a plate that previously contained raw meat or poultry. • Refrigerate leftovers in shallow containers promptly after eating. • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the proper internal temperature and eliminate any harmful bacteria. Recommended Cooking Temperatures Poultry 165oF Ground Beef 160oF Beef Roasts and Steaks 145oF Seafood 145oF

Food Safety Questions

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: For food safety answers on topics including safe storage and handling of food, safe preparation, product dating, product content and more. The hotline is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays year round. Call toll-free: 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) Email: mphotline.fsis@usda.gov Online: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Home/index.asp

Funded by The Beef Checkoff For more info, contact the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at info@BeefFromPastureToPlate.org • Updated 8/2009

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Thank a Farmer Campaign a Success in Georgia and Across U.S. In the wake of all of the negative media in recent months surrounding farmers and ranchers, the NCBA launched a campaign in November to bring recognition and thanks to the individuals who produce America’s food. The effort was designed to help kick off Farm-City week, as well as the Thanksgiving holiday. The campaign included a letter-tothe-editor template that could be used to thank farmers in local newspapers, a blog where consumers could thank farmers and ranchers online (http://tinyurl.com/thankfarmer), a series of “Give Thanks” promotional items (see logo above), and a “Give Thanks” proclamation that could be issued by State Commissioners of Agriculture or Governors. GCA and GBB staff and volunteers ran with the idea, incorporating it into our e-mail and social media websites. We were also instrumental in initiating Governor Sonny Perdue to declare November 20, 2009 as “Thank a Farmer Day” in Georgia. The Governor announced the proclamation at the Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Harvest Celebration and commented that in his thinking “every day should be thank a GC farmer day.” GCA/GBB Executive Vice President Josh White receives the “Thank a Farmer Day” proclamation from Governor Sonny Perdue. Also in the photo are Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, the Governor’s Ag Liaison Donnie Smith, Georgia Agribusiness Council Chairman Steven Woodruff, Georgia Agribusiness Council President Gary W. Black, and representatives from other Georgia agriculture commodity groups.

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Feeding Culls May Be Effective Marketing Strategy Producers searching for inventive ways to add dollars to their beef cowcalf operations may want to consider retaining and feeding cull cattle as a value-added marketing strategy. Based on the last six years of Iowa Beef Cow Business Records analysis data, 21 percent of gross revenue for cow-calf operations comes from the sale of culled breeding animals. Therefore, selling cull animals represents a significant portion of the income generated in a beef cow enterprise. If a producer can improve the weight and value of cull animals while keeping the cost low, significant improvement in income can occur. Many factors influence cull values, but two that producers can use to their advantage are price seasonality and weight and condition of harvested cattle. Typically, culls have their lowest market period from October to December, mainly because of market saturation. February and March markets can range from $3 to $4 per cwt. higher. Therefore, adding weight and condition to cull cattle through the fall and early winter has the potential to garner a better bottom line. This strategy has many challenges as well as opportunities. Adding weight to mature cows is not efficient, especially if a producer is doing it using stored feedstuffs. Cows can require 10 to 14 lbs. of dry matter intake for every pound of gain. Producers either need to provide a very low cost feed source, such as corn stalks with quite a bit of downed corn or stockpiled pastures, or, drylotted cows should be fed a high energy ration so they achieve the best conversions possible. In a study conducted at South Dakota State University, cull cows were fed a high energy ration of 76 percent corn, 15 percent corn silage and 9 percent protein supplement. The animals gained 2.8 to 3.1 lbs. per day. As the SDSU study demonstrates, it is possible to achieve decent gains with cull cows. Additionally, research shows cows implanted with a moderate-level implant

“Selling cull animals represents a significant portion of the income generated in a beef cow enterprise. If a producer can improve the weight and value of cull animals while keeping the cost low, significant improvement in income can occur.” can see a 10 to 15 percent gain advantage. As the culls gain weight and condition, their dressing percentage when sold as beef rises. Generally, value

increases as dress percentage increases. And, past markets show an 8 to 12 percent price increase moving a harvested cow from canner to cutter or utility. Producers who want to add value to culls should first make sure they’re working with healthy, sound animals. Cows that are already fat won’t gain in the lot, so it’s best to use animals with a body condition score of 3 to 5. It’s also best if culls can be managed separate from the rest of the herd so pregnant cows aren’t gaining the same amounts as GC the culls. Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln,

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Don’t Blame Cows For Climate Change Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change, says a University of California authority on farming and greenhouse gases. UC Davis Associate Professor and Air Quality Specialist Frank Mitloehner says that McCartney and the chair of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ignored science recently when they launched a European campaign called “Less Meat = Less Heat.” The launch came on the eve of a major international climate summit, which ran through Dec. 18 in Copenhagen. McCartney and others, such as the promoters of “meatless Mondays,” seem to be well-intentioned but not wellschooled in the complex relationships among human activities, animal digestion, food production and atmospheric chemistry, says Mitloehner. “Smarter animal farming, not less farming, will equal less heat,” Mitloehner said. “Producing less meat and milk will only mean more hunger in poor countries.” Mitloehner traces much of the public confusion over meat and milk’s role in climate change to two sentences in a 2006 United Nations report, titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” Printed only in the report’s executive summary and nowhere in the body of the report, the sentences read: “The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents). This is a higher share than transport.” These statements are not accurate, yet their wide distribution through news media have put us on the wrong path toward solutions, Mitloehner says. “We certainly can reduce our greenhouse-gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk. “Rather, in developed countries, we should focus on cutting our use of oil and coal for electricity, heating and vehicle fuels.” Mitloehner said leading authorities agree that, in the U.S., raising cattle and pigs for food accounts for about 3 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, while transportation creates an estimated 26 percent. “In developing countries, we should adopt more efficient, Western-style farming practices, to make more food with less greenhouse gas production,” Mitloehner 32 January 2010

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continued. In this he agrees with the conclusion of “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” which calls for “replacing current suboptimal production with advanced production methods – at every step from feed production, through livestock production and processing, to distribution and marketing.” “The developed world’s efforts should focus not on reducing meat and milk consumption,” said Mitloehner, “but rather on increasing efficient meat production in developing countries, where growing populations need more nutritious food.” Mitloehner particularly objects to the U.N.’s statement that livestock account for more greenhouse gases than transportation, when there is no generally accepted global breakdown of gas production by industrial sector. He notes that “Livestock’s Long Shadow” produced its numbers for the livestock sector by adding up emissions from farm to table, including the gases produced by growing animal feed; animals’ digestive emissions; and processing meat and milk into foods. But its transportation analysis did not similarly add up emissions from well to wheel; instead, it considered only emissions from fossil fuels burned while driving. “This lopsided ‘analysis’ is a classical apples-and-oranges analogy that truly confused the issue,” Mitloehner said. Most of Mitloehner’s analysis is presented in a recent study titled “Clearing the Air: Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change,” published in October in the peerreviewed journal Advances in Agronomy. Coauthors of the paper are UC Davis researchers Maurice Piteskey and Kimberly Stackhouse. “Clearing the Air” is a synthesis of research by the UC Davis authors and many other institutions, including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Writing the synthesis was supported by a $26,000 research grant from the Beef Checkoff Program, which funds research and other activities, including promotion and consumer education, through fees on beef producers in the United States. Since 2002, Mitloehner has received $5 million in research funding, with 5 percent of the total from agricultural commodities groups, such as beef producers. GC Source: UC Davis News Service From Cattlenetwork


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Hay Supplementation Strategies for Small Producers By Dr. Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientist - UGA

Recently I was asked the question, “You write good material on feeding byproducts to cattle, but what should the small producers do that can’t buy these feeds?” This was a good question and was aimed at looking at liquid, block, and cube supplements. Therefore, it would be interesting to look at different strategies for small producers looking to supplement hay over the winter. As discussed in a previous article, the first step is to test hay to determine the nutrients available to start with. Next, look at the requirements of the cow to see what, if any, nutrients are deficient. Some supplements that will be sufficient for a dry cow may not provide the nutrients needed within the given intake limits for lactating cows. Finally, the most economical supplement should be chosen based on price per pound of nutrient needed. This can be done with a decision aid like the UGA Feed Cost Analyzer (www.ugabeef.caes.uga.edu/Tools.html). Now a strategy needs to be evaluated that will work for an operation with limited capabilities due to small herd size.

Table 1. Influence of Inadequate Dietary Nutrient Intake on Reproduction in Beef Cattle (Bearden And Fuquay, 1992).

Table 2. Feed amounts and costs of several supplements for hay (Early lactating cows; average milk production).

Winter Annuals These are always excellent sources of nutrients that are suitable for any class of production. It is too late to consider these this year if they have not already been established, but they can be an excellent tool in the future. Cooperative Commodity Feeding Many producers do not have the facilities or machinery to handle large amounts of commodity or byproduct feeds. A possible solution is to form a cooperative agreement with others in the area. Bulk feeds can be purchased and divided (the weight capacity of a front-end loader is not hard to calibrate). Liquid or Dry Protein Supplements There are three major advantages to liquid, block, or tub-based protein supplements; those are convenience, reduced labor, and increased forage intake. These are fed in addition to low-quality hay to increase forage intake. These can be an excellent source of protein when a small amount is needed to bridge the gap with marginal hays, especially with dry cows. However, like with any other feed, they need to be analyzed to ensure they are meeting the nutritional needs of the animals in a cost-effective manner. Another positive for many of these is the addition of essential vitamins and macroand trace-minerals. Whole Cottonseed This is an excellent source of protein and energy, but has been priced out of usefulness in recent years. Current prices have cottonseed back as a competitive choice in areas where it is available. Another major consideration is weighing the consequences of not meeting the nutrient requirements of your herd, especially during breeding season. Table 1 outlines some of the consequences of a deficient feed program. The prevalent production system in Georgia is a winter/spring calving herd. Therefore, most producers are calving and breeding through the winter while feeding hay and a supplement. What often is perceived as cattle doing well, eating 34 January 2010

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plenty of hay and eating a little supplement, may actually turn into several open cows when pregnancy checked in late summer. Just because the cows are eating plenty of hay does not mean they are receiving enough nutrients. Table 2 illustrates feeding some of the options described above with poor and decent quality hay for lactating cows. Note that if the amount of supplement needed exceeds the safe feeding limitations or the manufacturer’s suggested intake levels, other supplementation strategies should be considered. The most common limitation when feeding liquid or block based supplements is the level of energy provided. These may work when a high-energy, low-protein feed, such as corn, is available. The convenience feeds (molasses tub and liquid feed) may adequately balance hay for dry cows, but will not meet supplemental requirements for lactating cows. Therefore, you may observe some of the deficiency symptoms described in Table 1. The most costly result will be reduced conception rate. The truth is, it may be more of an art than a science when it comes to developing a strategy. The best indicator is cow condition and conception rates each year. Remember: when evaluating the conception rate of your herd this summer, think back to your winter feeding program before you blame your bull if conception rates are low. No matter the size of your operation, always start by understanding your available nutrients in your forages, and then develop your supplementation strategy around maintaining proGC duction in an economically feasible manner.


Wilkes County Commercial Replacement Female Sale Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. Washington, GA Auction will be held at the Wilkes County Livestock Barn near Washington, Georgia This auction is a function of the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association. Sale Chairman, David Reville 706-318-5457

150 Commercial Females and 10 Breeding Age Bulls Sell!

The sixth annual Wilkes County Front Pasture Commercial Replacement Female Sale will again be offering a top set of females from commercial producers in Wilkes County and the surrounding area. Always a high quality offering of the very best commercial females available for sale in this area!

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS THAT SHAPED OUR INDUSTRY

Getting to Know Your Hall of Fame Since it was created in 1976, only 20 individuals have been inducted into the GCA Hall of Fame. It was established to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to Georgia's cattle industry. Inductees may be nominated by any GCA member or chapter. Once an individual has been nominated, the Executive Committee examines the nominee's qualifications and determines if he or she will continue in the selection process. A majority vote of the Executive Committee is required before the nomination is submitted to the Board of Directors for final consideration and approval. A two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors is required to approve the nomination. The names and pictures of all Hall of Fame inductees are prominently placed on permanent plaques in the GCA headquarters office in Macon. Additionally, all Hall of Fame members are granted lifetime membership in GCA. Although neither Bob nor Iris held a political office, they were very involved in the Democratic Party, with Iris serving as the Walker County Chairman for several Bob Andrews grew up on Andrews years. The Andrews were well respected, influential indiHereford Farm in Kensington, Ga. The viduals that were known for their love of cattle and for Andrews were pioneers of the Hereford strongly supporting all aspects of agriculture. business in Walker County. Bob developed a love for the cattle industry in his early years while working closely with his father, Jim, and showing cattle through 4-H. Bob and Iris, both graduates Dr. J. G. “Jack” Tuttle was married to of Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, got married Betty Ann Tuttle. He graduated from the in 1952 and resided on the family farm the rest of their University of Georgia Veterinary School in lives. During that time, they made a big impact on the 1950. Tuttle was instrumental in organizing the Georgia local and statewide cattle industry. They worked closely Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) and Mid-Georgia together, both on and off the farm. While Bob served as a Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Director, Iris was active- Cattlemen’s Association (MGCA) chapter. He served as the president of GCA in 1966 and presily involved in the Georgia CattleWomen’s Association. As Bob served on the Walker County Farm Bureau Board dent of Mid-Georgia from 1965 to 1966 and director for Mid-Georgia for many years. Under his leadership, GCA of Directors, Iris put her time and energy into the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Throughout their lives, they promoted beef at Lenox Square. On the local level, Tuttle saw a need to keep his local chapter informed, so he creatstrived to promote agriculture and to educate youth and ed the MGCA newsletter called the “Bull Sheet”. It was adults about the importance of agriculture. started in 1965 and is still a powerful way to communicate The Andrews were an essential part of building the today. framework of the Georgia cattle industry. From serving From the beginning Dr. Tuttle was committed to have as Director of the Hereford Association in 1959, to being GCA become an affiliate with NCBA and become a leader named Commercial Cattleman of the Year in 1979, to of our cattle business. Tuttle devoted many active years to helping make the current Georgia Cattlemen’s our industry as a leading veterinarian and a leader for our Association offices in Macon a reality, Bob’s support of GC organization. the cattle business was obvious.

Bob and Iris Andrews - 2008

Dr. J. G. “Jack” Tuttle - 2007

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Winter Grain Mites During the past two growing seasons, we have had an infestation of winter grain mites in small grains (wheat, oats, etc.) and pastures overseeded with ryegrass. These little critters caused significant havoc in our area in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and they may pose a threat to small grain and winter annual forage crops again this year. The adult winter grain mites are small (1 mm) bugs that are dark brown to almost black with red legs. Small grains, including wheat, barley and oats, are susceptible along with grasses, especially bluegrass, bentgrass, ryegrass and fescue. The mite also infests and damages legumes, vegetables, ornamental flowers and various weeds. Winter grain mites are active during cooler periods of the year (mid-fall to late spring) with peak populations in winter months. Infestations usually occur in January or February and appear to be more common in fields that have lots of thatch at the soil surface or have historically received poul-

by Bobby Smith and Dennis Hancock, UGA

WINTER GRAIN MITES caused significant havoc in our area in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and they may pose a threat to small grain and winter annual forage crops again this year. Foliar applications of pyrethroids such as Warrior on small grains or Mustang Max on forage grasses are the best chemical controls available for winter grain mites. (Photo source: the University of Nebraska Department of Entomology.)

try litter, other animal manures, or biosolids. Heavily infested fields appear grayish or silvery, a result of the removal of plant chlorophyll by mite feeding. When high infestations occur and feed on the leaves of plants for several days, the tips of the leaves exhibit a scorched appearance and then turn brown, and the entire plant may die. The mites do

not cause the yellowing of leaves characteristic of spider mite infestations. Many infected plants do not die, but are stunted and produce little forage or grain. Damage on young plants is more severe than on older, more established plants. Damage also may be greater in plants stressed by nutrient deficiencies or drought conditions. The result of this damage is reduced forage yield and reduced grain yield. Foliar applications of pyrethroids such as Warrior on small grains or Mustang Max on forage grasses are the best chemical controls available for winter grain mites. Be sure and follow the rate and usage restrictions on all chemical labels. Winter grain mites are another reason for good cropping practices, like crop rotations. For more information on this and other current local issues, please visit the Georgia Forages website (www.georgiaforages.com) or contact your local County Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.

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TOKEENA ANGUS PERFORMANCE-TESTED BULL & FEMALE SALE

* * * February 13, 2010 * * * Second Saturday in February at 12 noon 320 Coyote Lane Seneca, SC 29678

Our female sale features 75+ Angus sired commercial heifers that will range in weight from 850 to 1100 pounds by sale day. These heifers will sell exposed to calving ease Angus sires, Diamond Payweight 4156 or Basin Future Direction 6S16. The sale will also include 25+ purebred Angus heifers ranging from 775 to 875 pounds by sale day. This premium group will sell exposed to Ideal 8735 of 4608 6038, a high maternal and high feed efficiency sire we recently purchased out of the Jorgenson herd. There will also be 20 + purebred Angus cow-calf pairs, 2 to 5 years old. The cows are registered and many are AI sired. Some pairs will be three-in-ones.

Heifers sell exposed to our herd sires pictured above - Diamond Payweight 4157 or Basin Future Direction 6S16. Dams in cow-calf pairs sell exposed to Basin Payweight UO33 (not pictured). All are exceptional calving ease sires.

For more information contact Neil McPhail 864-247-0000 / 864-972-3192 Daniel McPhail 864-903-5833 Or visit our website www.tokeena.com

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GCA Participates in Georgia Farm Bureau 71st Annual Convention A large group of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members and staff were on hand for the annual Georgia Farm Bureau convention at Jekyll Island Dec. 6-8. GCA, Georgia Beef Board and Georgia CattleWomen’s Association all volunteered at the trade show booth, visiting with and answering questions for both consumers and producers. In the Beef Commodity Committee meeting Gerald Long, treasurer of the Georgia Beef Board, and Ashley

Dr. Jim Strickland, GCA President Bill Nutt and GCA Executive V.P. Josh White at GFB Convention. Inset are GFB President Zippy Duvall (left) and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (right).

Hughes, GBB Director of Industry Information, gave an educational overview of the Beef Checkoff program. Josh White, GCA Executive VP, followed them with a GCA update entitled “New Horizons at GCA and the Beef Industry”. GCA and GFB are organizations that share similar goals of promoting agriculture, protecting private property rights, and lobbying for the right to farm and ranch without unnecessary taxation and regulation.

REPRESENTING BEEF. Above, in photos left to right, GCA Executive Vice President Josh White talks with Robert Fountain, uses PowerPoint to discuss “New Horizons at GCA and the Beef Industry”, and reviews the Calhoun Bull Test Catalog with Raymond Bailey. Below, left to right, Jonny Harris and Billy Moore are among the GCA members attending the GFB Convention, and GBB Director of Industry Information Ashley Hughes and CattleWomen’s Vice President Nanette Bryan of Georgia welcome guests to the trade show booth.

Yon Named Miss American Angus Sally Yon of Ridge Spring, S.C., was crowned Miss American Angus during the recent North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. The annual Miss American Angus contest is sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and provides one Angus junior an opportunity to promote the breed both inside and outside the show ring. As an Angus ambassador, Miss American Angus 40 January 2010

assists with shows, educational events, field days and additional activities to educate others about the breed and the benefits of Angus beef. Each year, five young women are chosen as candidates for the position through the Auxiliary’s scholarship program. Each completes a written test, delivers a prepared speech, completes an interview and answers impromptu questions from a panel of judges.

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Yon was also the winner of the fourth-place, $1,400 Auxiliary scholarship awarded earlier this year during the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). She lives with her parents, Kevin and Lydia, and brothers Drake and Corbin, at Yon Family Farms near Ridge Spring, where the family raises approximately 800 head of Angus cattle. Yon is involved in state and national junior Angus associations, where she shows cattle and participates in other activities.

SALLY YON, MISS AMERICAN ANGUS

She succeeds the 2009 Miss American Angus Katie Gazda of Athens, Ga.


20th Annual

Performance Tested Bull Sale

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Noon Offering 150 Bulls, including sons of: Predestined (22) Final Answer (15) Mytty in Focus (15) Bextor (12) Objective (11) Net Worth (9) New Design 878 (9) Extra K205 (8) Matrix (7) Plus, 3 Sim Angus, 2 Balancers

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2010 Beef Ambassador Program

The purpose of the Beef Ambassador contest is for youth to know the nutritional and economic values, cooking principles, safe handling, and versatile use of beef, as well as the importance of beef as an agricultural product.

Contestant entry forms must be received by March 1, 2010. The entry form can be accessed on the GJCA and GCWA websites at www.gabeef.org. You may also call the GCA office for a copy of the entry form. THIS IS A GREAT LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FUTURE LEADERS OF THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. The contestants chosen as the Georgia Beef Ambassadors will have a great time gaining invaluable knowledge of the beef industry from pasture to plate. The Senior Ambassador winner will also compete in the National Beef Ambassador competition to be held in South Dakota in 2010.

Register now for 2010 Georgia Beef Ambassador contest, which will be held April 3, 2010 during the Georgia Cattlemen’s Annual Convention and Beef Expo in Perry. The Georgia Beef Ambassador contest is open to all youth ages 13 through 20. There are two divisions - Senior and Junior. For the Senior Division, the contestant must be age 17 but not over 20 by Jan. 1, 2011. For the Junior Division, the contestant must be age 13 but not over 16 by Jan. 1, 2011. 2009 winners....

Are YOU a future winner?

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Hughes at 478-474-1815 or ashley@gabeef.org.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

USMEF Unveils Integrated Beef Imaging Campaign in South Korea The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has unveiled a multimedia advertising campaign with a “womento-women” theme designed to raise the visibility of U.S. beef among South Korean consumers and counteract persistent negative images that have lingered since U.S. product reentered the market in mid-2008. Developed after extensive consumer surveys and testing of the messages with focus groups, the campaign consists of television commercials, print ads and bus ads on the theme of “Trust.” The “Trust” theme will be integrated into other USMEF activities, including retail and foodservice promotions. “The ads are designed to respond to what Korean consumers have been telling us,” said Jihae Yang, USMEF-Korea director. “In our research, consumers have told us they want to see images of safety and wholesomeness, and they are most receptive to hearing such messages from people like themselves: women who feed U.S. beef to their families. Trust in U.S. beef needs to be rebuilt.” “The time is right to disseminate positive images of U.S. beef to Korean consumers, which in turn will support the impact of retail and restaurant promotions, and other activities in support of the trade,” said Yang. U.S. beef consumption in Korea is on the rise, according to the local trade. Although the velocity of beef consumption remains below that of the pre-BSE period, there are clear signs of gains in U.S. beef distribution and usage by the foodservice sector, which accounted for an estimated 65 percent of U.S. beef consumption in 2003. Particularly encouraging is growing usage by small- to medium-size independent barbecue and rib soup establishments, whose collective potential demand for U.S. beef is considered the largest among all sectors. There is also new buying interest by some catering and institutional operators. “There is growing willingness by small restaurants to use U.S. beef,” said Elly Sung, USMEF/Korea’s assistant marketing manager. “Several months ago, restaurants were reticent to use U.S. beef because of requirements which obligate

them to display the country of origin. These concerns are abating.” Large U.S. beef stocks, purchased late last year when the value of the Korean currency plummeted during the global economic downturn, have clouded domestic wholesale marketplace psychology through the first three quarters of the year. However, USMEF estimates these stocks may have shrunk by about 25

percent in the past two months. According to local traders, as U.S. beef usage increases, the ratio of stocks to annual consumption, seen by local traders as a key health barometer of the market, has declined to more normal levels. Weekly statistics for U.S. beef exported to South Korea show a steady rebound of sales, with the pace in late November reaching the second-highest level for all of 2009 and the highest level GC since February.

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2010 NCBA IRM Redbooks Available

Helpful Website Launched

These pocket-size record books provide an effective way for cattlemen to keep better production records and enhance profitability of their operations. The Redbook provides more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture use, cattle inventory, body condition, scoring section, summary of death loss, calving and cattle treatment, and an annual calendar and notes/address section. IRM Redbooks are $5 each, plus shipping and handling, and can be ordered online at www.gabeef.org, through the GCA online GC store, or contact Stephanie or Sherri at 478-474-6560.

Livestock enthusiasts, check out the new Southeast Cattle Advisor website at www.secattleadvisor.com. This website is a joint effort between UGA, Auburn University, Clemson University and University of Florida. The objective of the website is to serve as a clearing-house for timely and easily navigable beef cattle marketing and management information. The website also includes the latest release of the bi-monthly newsletter entitled “The Southeast GC Cattle Advisor.”

Select Cattle Enterprises “Performance with Class” Production Sale Saturday, February 27, 2010 1:00 p.m. NW Georgia Livestock Pavilion, Calhoun, Georgia

* Simmental * * Simbrah * * Sim-Angus * * Angus *

Selling 75-80 lots

Bulls • Open Heifers Bred Heifers and Cows Cow/Calf Pairs Embryos • Pregnancies

New SPCC Regulations Become Effective in January The United States Environmental Protection Agency released final revisions to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule on Nov. 10. The new regulations will become effective on Jan. 14, 2010, and all farms must be in compliance with the new rule by Nov. 10, 2010. The owner/operator of a farm is potentially subject to SPCC requirements if the farm: • Has above ground oil storage capacity greater than 1320 U S gallons • Has buried oil storage capacity of 42,000 gallons or more • Stores, transfers, uses, or consumes oil or oil products; and • Could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to U S navigable waters or shorelines. The rule requires farms subject to the SPCC Rule to have a Facility Response Plan certified by a professional engineer that details equipment, workforce, procedures, and training to prevent, control, and provide adequate counter measures in the event of an oil discharge. For more information go to www.epa.gov/emergencies and click on GC “SPCC Rule”.

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Beef Checkoff-funded MBA Program Reaches 1,000th Student Mark The MBA –Masters of Beef Advocacy Program – launched this past fall by the beef checkoff, recently hit a major milestone: 1,000 registered course participants and of that total, nearly 350 have graduated from the program. The MBA program continues to teach (or refresh) farmers and ranchers, University and Extension representatives, 4-H and FFA kids and industry affiliates across the country how to become effective spokespersons for the industry. The program consists of six, 1-hour core courses: beef safety, beef nutrition, animal care, environmental stewardship, modern beef production and the beef checkoff. “This really shows that producers are actively taking a role in promoting their industry by telling the story about beef,” says Daren Williams, executive director of NBCA communications and MBA program manager. “In less than six months since we opened the doors on the MBA classroom, we have enrolled more students than we expected in the entire first year.” A majority of the graduates are also

connected via an online alumni association that enables course graduates to network and engage in responding to

media issues as they arise, share personal success stories, get others motivated and involved and join a group in their state. “We post action alerts when we need to engage the graduates in response to increasing attacks on modern food production like the Time cover story,” says Williams. “The MBA program is just proof that one voice can be

heard, and a crowd is even louder. Beef producers are making a difference.” “Through the MBA program, I gained confidence to talk to anyone about beef production and open the door for conversation about what beef production is really like in America,” says Danielle Johnson, an Ohio beef producer who recently attended an MBA commencement training sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. “I decided to earn my MBA because as a beef producer I am appalled at the negativity associated with beef production and agriculture in America. I just did not know how to combat the negativity and I did not feel I had the tools to create an intelligent rebuttal. Upon completion of the program, I feel confident that I can tell my story and that people do want and need to hear it. I encourage all beef producers to participate in the program and tell your beef story anyway you can.” Producers wanting more information should e-mail MBA@beef.org or contact their state beef council. For more information about checkoff-funded programs, you may visit GC www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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40th ANNUAL CALHOUN SALE ACTIVE! Above, during Calhoun HERD weigh-in, GCA President Bill Nutt checks things out. Far right, Thursday night prior to the Calhoun bull sale, the University of Georgia’s Dr. Roger Ellis, DVM presented an educational program on reducing risk with proper fertility testing and management of bulls. Below, frigid early December temperatures did not deter a large crowd of cattlemen from coming out to evaluate an excellent set of bulls at the 40th annual Calhoun Bull Test Sale on Dec. 11. Bidding was very active with the sale averaging over $2,300 per bull. The sale had the highest average in its 40-year history.

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque for Top Indexing Bull over all Breeds to Powder Creek Simmentals for their SimAngus bull

Georgia Angus Assoc President Melvin Porter presents plaque to Hayfields Farm for their high indexing Angus bull

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque to Collins and Son for their high indexing Charolais bull

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque to high indexing Red Angus bull breeder Lazy S Farm

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque to Sunset Ridge Farm for their high indexing Hereford bull

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque to Twin Oaks Brangus for their high indexing Brangus bull

GCA President Bill Nutt presents plaque for high indexing Simmental bull to Boatrights Simmental

Photos not available for High indexing Braunvieh bull bred by Bagley Farms & High indexing Gelbvieh Balancer bull bred by Verner Farms, LLC


Georgia FFA Members and Chapters Earn Top Honors at the 82nd National FFA Convention The Georgia FFA Association had seven national winners, and was recognized for the largest membership growth in the nation, at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Audrey Davis of the Bainbridge FFA (Agricultural Education), Bradley Weaver of the Dawson County FFA in Dawsonville (Agriculture Sales - Entrepreneurship), Staten Levings of the Echols County FFA in Statenville (Forest Management & Products) and Courtney Curlin of the Lowndes County FFA in Valdosta (Emerging Agriculture Technology) were each named national proficiency award winners for the success they earned in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs. Georgia had 14 national proficiency finalists who competed at the convention. Only four students from across the nation are named National Finalists in each proficiency area. Newt Gilman of the East Jackson FFA chapter in Commerce was named the national winner in the FFA Creed Career Development Event (CDE). Gilman bested 43 other participants in three rounds of competition to be named the national winner. In each round, Gilman delivered the FFA Creed to a panel of judges, and answered oral questions about the FFA Creed. Gilman’s agricultural education teachers are Mr. Greg Gilman, Ms. Taylor Ginn and Mr. Todd Shultz. Kalie Hall of the Franklin County FFA was named the top individual in the national Livestock Evaluation CDE; and Trevor Correia and Josh Barron, also of the Franklin County FFA, were named the national winners in Division 4 of the Environmental Science category in the National Agriscience Fair. The agricultural education teachers at Franklin County are Mr. Gary Minyard, Mr. Owen Thomason, and Mr. Cale Watkins. Other CDE highlights from Georgia included the Perry FFA placing 2nd in the Nursery/Landscape CDE (Nick Wood, 6th place individual; Thomas Burnham, 7th place individual; and Spencer Freeman, 8th place individual); the West Laurens FFA placing 2nd in the Agricultural Sales CDE (Benjamin Woodard, 4th place individual); the Franklin County FFA finished 2nd in the Floriculture CDE (Ally Eavenson, 3rd place individual); Holly Ward of the Seminole County FFA placed 5th in the Job Interview CDE; the Franklin County FFA placed 5th in the Livestock Evaluation CDE; Andrea Sweeny (4th) and Rachel King (10th) of the Putnam County FFA earned individual honors in the Environmental Science & Natural Resources CDE; and the Banks County (Poultry), Franklin County (Dairy Evaluation), Ware County (Forestry) all earned national Gold CDE rankings. Twenty-three Georgia FFA chapters received a national 3-Star ranking, the highest ranking offered in the National Chapter Award program. Those chapters included Berrien County (Nashville), Brantley Middle (Nahunta), Cross Creek (Augusta), Early County (Blakely), Etowah (Woodstock), Echols County (Statenville), Effingham County (Springfield), Franklin County Middle (Carnesville), Jackson County (Jefferson), Jasper Middle (Jasper), Jeff

Davis High (Hazlehurst), Jeff Davis Middle (Hazlehurst), Loganville, Lowndes County (Valdosta), Montgomery Middle (Mt. Vernon), Murray County (Chatsworth), Oconee County (Watkinsville), Pelham, Screven County (Sylvania), Seminole County (Donalsonville), Southeast Bulloch (Brooklet), Treutlen County (Soperton), and Wayne County (Jesup). Three chapters earned a national 2-Star ranking. Those chapters included Oconee Middle (Watkinsville), Putnam County (Eatonton), and Stephens County (Toccoa). The Lowndes County FFA chapter was named a national finalist in the Models of Innovation program for their creative work in Student Development. Nine Georgians were recognized for their support of agricultural education and the FFA. Mr. John K. Wilkinson of Toccoa received the VIP award for his more than 30 years of service as an agricultural education teacher, FFA Executive Secretary and State Program Manager. State Senator Jack Hill (Reidsville), Mr. David Turner (Commerce), Mr. Rodney Kellum (Swainsboro), Dr. David Bridges (Tifton), Mrs. Gale Cutler (Tucker), Mr. Jack Barnes (Jasper), Mr. Bill Waldrep (Forsyth), and Mr. Conrad Davidson (Waycross) each received the Honorary American FFA Degree for the contribution that they make to the agricultural education program and FFA. Seventy-one Georgia FFA members received the prestigious American FFA Degree, the highest degree offered to an active FFA member. These students each spent several years developing and growing their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs to reach this honor. Those receiving the degree include: Jacob Allen (Fannin County), Bryan Babcock (Cass), Leigha Beckum (Toombs County), Brantley Bell (Bleckley County), Caroline K. Black (Jackson County), Corey Booth (Jackson County), Brianna Bryant (Jackson County), Katy Burden (Greene County), Lauren Burton (Pelham), David L. Chapman, Jr. (Pickens County), Alan Chavous (Cross Creek), Candace Claxton (Treutlen County), Nicholas Collar (Etowah), Katie E. Collins (Oconee County), Megan Cornelius (Ware Magnet), Austin Crown (Union Grove), Jennifer Dalton (Banks County), Kami Dalton (Banks County), Jacob Daniel (Oconee County), Jake D. Daughtrey (Cook County), Katie Daughtrey (Cook County), Jacob Dungan (Mary Persons), Andrew L. Dunn (Seminole County), Michelle Edge (Treutlen County), Sara C. Ervin (Southeast Bulloch), Dustin Farmer (Franklin County), Hannah Findley (Gilmer County), Hunter Freeman (Treutlen County), Ashleigh Gainer (Jeff Davis), Eli Garrett (North Oconee), Paul Gates (Cook County), Cody Greeson (Cook County), Samantha Grinstead (Treutlen County), Claudia Hagan (Rockdale Career Academy), Trenton W. Hammock (North Oconee), Justin Hand (Tift County), Jessica B. Harston (Winder-Barrow), Ronald Hearn (Bleckley County), Alana Heath (Treutlen County), Jessica Jones (Toombs County), Kella Kicklighter (Ware Magnet), John

D. Kimbrell (Colquitt County), Justin Lanier (Eagle’s Landing), Michael Leggett (Jeff Davis), Lauren Matthews (Jeff Davis), Matthew Mayhue (Elbert County), Travis McArthur (Gilmer County), Emory McAvoy (Thomson), Samantha Meeks (Swainsboro), Donnie Nash, Jr. (Appling County), Daniel New (Elbert County), Rachel Patrick (Putnam County), Seth Peavy (Bleckley County), Hayden Phipps (Southeast Whitfield), Betsy Pye (Jeff Davis), Donna L. Ramay (Jeff Davis), Kayla-Dale Roberts (Franklin County), Trey Rogers (Treutlen County), Cassidy N. Shields (Fannin County), Brandon L. Smith (Jeff Davis), Tommy D. Spell (Appling County), Andrew J. Strickland (Jackson County), Kalyn Stuart (Screven County), Lottie Thomas (Ware Magnet), Robyn R. Thompson (Franklin County), Layton Tompkins (Lowndes County), Thomas Turcotte (Pickens County), Jacob Williams (Jeff Davis), Katie A. Williams (Morgan County), Chris Wright (Pickens County), and Savannah Wyatt (Gordon Central). The Georgia FFA Association was recognized as the state Association with the largest membership growth in 2008-2009, with an increase of over 1,400 members. This marks the 11th consecutive year that the Georgia FFA has increased in membership. The 2008-2009 National FFA Officer Team presided over the Convention. Serving as the 2008-2009 National Southern Region Vice-President was Regina Holliday of the East Laurens FFA. Holliday presided over the second general session on Thursday, Oct. 22, and presented her retiring officer address, entitled “Something That Matters,” on Friday, Oct. 23. Holliday awarded the Honorary American Degree to her parents, and recognized her agricultural education teachers and state staff for their support of her FFA career. Johnny Jones of the Toombs County FFA Alumni chapter was elected to serve on the National FFA Alumni Council. Jones will serve a three-year term as the Southern Region Representative on the national Council, representing the states of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. Jones currently serves as President-Elect of the Georgia FFA Alumni Council. Kaitlyn Cass (Gilmer County) performed as part of the National FFA band; and T.J. Cochran (Pepperell), Jarrett Fail (Southeast Bulloch) and Debra Smith (Jackson County) each performed in the national FFA talent program. More than 53,000 attended the 82nd National FFA Convention. The theme for the convention was “Lead Out Loud.” A complete set of results and a variety of highlights from the 82nd National FFA Convention can be found at www.ffa.org/convention/2009/awards.cfm. There are more than 500,000 FFA members nationwide. The Georgia Association has over 29,000 members, third largest Association in the nation. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career GC success through agricultural education. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N • January 2010 49


2010 GJCA and Adult Photo Contest

Now includes an adult contest

New this year: Photo entries must be submitted electronically

Deadline: March 19, 2010

This contest is open to all GJCA and GCA members. All photos will be displayed and judged at the GCA Convention/Expo in April. Photo Contest Rules: 1. Photos may be about farming, livestock, conservation, or anything to do with agriculture. 2. A single photo for each category will be accepted. Photos may be in color or black and white. 3. Photos must be taken by the contestant during the past year. Photos may not be altered in any way. 4. All photos must be submitted electronically to magazine@gabeef.org by March 19, 2010. Entries should also be mounted on cardboard/cardstock. Photos may be any size (3” x 5”, 4” x 6”, etc.), but should not exceed 8” x 10”. Photos should have a title or caption. 5. Attach a copy of entry form to the back of the photo. 6. All originals of the entries must be received by 12 NOON Thursday, April 1, 2010 in Perry at the GCA Convention/Expo in order to be eligible for judging. Contestants who are unable to bring their entry to the convention by the noon deadline must send it to the GJCA, P.O. Box 24510, Macon, GA 31212 by March 19, 2010. All original photos submitted may be picked up after awards are given. 7. A maximum of four entries per contestant is allowed. One photo per category per contestant. 8. The Categories are as follows: Landscape: Photos that focus on the landscape of the farm or ranch. Funny Photos: This may be any photo that may be considered funny. It may include people, animals, etc. Livestock: These photos may focus on any livestock either on the farm or at an event. Agriculture and Conservation: Photos may have anything to do with agriculture or the conservation of it. 9. Any inquiries may be made at 478-474-6560 or by visiting the GJCA website at www.gabeef.org/gjca.

GJCA - Mark your calendar...April 1-3, 2010!

Make plans now for the GCA Convention and Beef Expo in Perry, GA Your junior officer team is looking forward to seeing you and your fellow juniors at GCA Convention and Beef Expo in Perry. Join the excitement of the sales, speakers and trade show. Friday night, April 2nd, junior activities will include a dance and karaoke. During the evening event, no doubt we’ll find some real talent as well as have fun with our fellow juniors from across the state. On Saturday, Sweepstakes Contest and scholarship winners will be recognized. Start preparing now to enter and compete in the Georgia Beef Ambassador Contest also on Saturday. You could win a trip to South Dakota to compete in the national contest. For more details on this fun and educational contest sponsored by the Georgia CattleWomen’s Association, turn to page 42 of this magazine. For a tentative convention schedule see page 72 in this issue of the Georgia Cattleman. Watch for more details in future issues. 50 January 2010

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Shaped in the Showring Hello all! I hope ya’ll had a great Christmas and New Year’s. Now, as 2010 gets underway, we can look forward to the upcoming winter shows – notably the State Steer and Heifer Show. I’m a freshman in college now, but nearly every day I look back fondly on my years of showing livestock. I think of all the memorable people I met, all the lessons I learned, the confidence I gained, the goals I achieved... and it dawns on me that if I had not started showing livestock, I would more than likely not be the person I am today. Nor would I be in the good place I am now in life. One thing stands out: People who show livestock have had a far more profound influence on me than those who don’t. So it should come as no surprise that I still attend those 4-H and FFA shows (even though I’m no longer eligible to show at them). It’s a joy to watch my little sister and my friends who still show. While it’s nice to be able to watch them without having to dash back to the barn to get my own calf ready, a part of me still yearns to relive my many special moments in the showring.

Often indeed I felt more at home in the showring than anywhere else – especially when I had achieved one of the many goals I had set and strived so hard for throughout the year.

“Survivors: Get Down and Get Dirty.” Then there are all those younger exhibitors who started their first or second year when I was a senior in high school. I marvel at how far they have come in the showring since then, and I share their pride of accomplishment. Yet it saddens me when I overhear some exhibitors in the barn wishing they could be done with showing already so they can fast-forward to college or the next phase of life. If only they knew how lucky they are

By Katherine Throne

to still be exhibitors; if only they could fastforward in their minds to the nostalgia they will one day feel for their showring days. Showing livestock was once pretty much my life… and deep down inside it still is – even though I’m now immersed in college life, far from the sights and sounds of the showring. I am truly blessed to have shown livestock for as long as I did, especially in these shaky economic times. My family has been my rock of support and encouragement to persevere. Now it is my turn to help. It is a privilege to be able to mentor my little sister and share her excitement as she sets out to make her own mark in the showring. So, junior exhibitors: Be thankful for these “showring years” you have the opportunity to enjoy now. You may not realize it yet, but one day you will look back on these times as springboards to far-reaching accomplishments in life. You will learn many valuable things and meet many inspiring people – and, most importantly, you will be shaped by these experiences into the GC person you were meant to be.

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Now a 2-Day Event with Exciting Improvements Watch upcoming magazine issues and your emails for details and registration forms. This unique contest focuses on junior cattlemen’s knowledge and skills in all areas of beef production. The goal of the contest is to provide an educational experience to better prepare youth for careers in agriculture. Juniors compete in subject matter stations that emphasize various facets of the beef industry, including business and finance aspects. The stations are based on real world situations that every beef producer faces.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Exports Key to Beef Demand Feeders focus on the high-quality beef that leads to a brighter future.

Opportunities hide within every challenge, but beef producers can find them through analysis and planning. That was part of the take-home message at the Feeding Quality Forums, Nov. 10 in South Sioux City, Neb., and Nov. 12 in Garden City, Kan. “While domestic demand struggles, tremendous economic growth in Asia points to market potential for high-quality U.S. beef,” said Dan Basse, president of the Chicago-based AgResource Company, who reprised his 2007 role as lead speaker. The fourth annual sessions were sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Feedlot magazine and Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed LLC. More than 150 cattle feeders and allied professionals attended. Beef exports represent just 7% of production, compared to pork and poultry each around 19%, Basse told them. “If U.S. beef could get that export share up to 14%, it could add $9 to $13 per hundredweight (cwt.) to cattle prices.” He suggested devoting some beef checkoff funds to building global demand. “You will need to broaden your base to generate more income and finance feed purchases in the volatile grain markets,” Basse said. In the short term, demand from a recovering ethanol industry will help support an upward trend in corn prices, he added. Mark McCully, CAB assistant vice president for supply, pointed out reasons for the recent increase in beef quality grades and highlighted the greater demand for Certified Angus Beef® brand product that makes it a more rewarding and stable target than simply USDA Choice. One measure of that demand can be seen in CAB international sales. At 10% of the company’s 663 million pounds (lbs.) in 2009, the ratio outpaces exports of all U.S. beef. McCully agreed that global markets hold a key to the future, and noted there are few obstacles to greater supply. “We keep finding more areas where

the high-quality beef target coincides challenged” of livestock, seemingly by with making a profit,” he said. design. “We plan for them to lose weight “Producers just have to understand their during the winter,” Scott noted, counterown cost-value relationships that govern ing, “What if we cared for the cow herd the purchase of feeder calves, use of like we do pregnant women?” technology and marketing strategies.” In a closing presentation Alex Avery, Genomics, or DNA marker-assisted director of research for the Hudson selection of cattle, holds greater promise Institute, suggested “the tide is about to to adding more quality and profit potenturn” in both the real and figurative tial, according to Mark Allan and Kent “Food Wars.” Andersen of Pfizer Animal Genetics. Fear of hunger has fueled war for The charted markers for various centuries, but Avery focused on the war traits have increased from just seven in of ideas about how food should be pro2004 to 54,000 today. That lets seedstock duced, considering that demand for it will producers make decisions earlier to focus more than double in the next 40 years. It on promising lines, and plans for “markcould triple if living standards keep er-assisted management” will open this trending higher. world to commercial cow-calf, stocker All that added demand won’t come and feedlot operators, Allan and just from the growth in population, Andersen said. which should peak at 8.25 billion in 2050, Making the most of genetic potential but mainly from growth in disposable requires focused nutrition, said Ron Scott, income in Asia, he said. director of beef research for Purina Mills. Echoing comments from Basse, He reviewed data on health and weather Avery said the beef industry should not factors relating to performance and grade look to U.S. demand for its future base, before settling into a discussion of feedbecause domestic demand for meat has ing strategies. stagnated to the point of “social debates The ideal balance of grains, vitamins that elevate myth over science.” and minerals optimizes beef quality and Among the myths he works to dispel producer profitability. Scott presented are global warming, organic utopia and details on industry research into distillers’ the supposed unsustainable nature of byproducts and the most effective feeding large-scale farming. levels, generally from 12% to 25%. “Corn-fed beef and dairy are the However, finishing diets mainly just most planet-friendly products we can fill the marbling cells determined much have,” Avery said. “Unfortunately, some earlier in life. Recent research has conresearch is ignored by mainstream media cluded that nutritional marbling starts and even government organizations. with fetal programming, especially in the Pandering to perceptions justifies their third trimester, Scott said. budgets.” “It’s based on the concept of epigenAuthor of “The Truth About ics, that the environment can cause genes Organic Foods,” Avery challenged proto behave differently,” he explained. ducers to engage the media by adding “Studies of Holocaust survivors and their “planet-friendly” claims to all packaged offspring prove such changes are permafresh beef. “That will force them to face nent and can be passed on to future genfacts, even though it’s a debate they don’t GC erations.” want to have,” he said. Beef cows are “the most nutritionally Source: Certified Angus Beef, LLC The event was covered by BeefCast, and audio versions of the presentations are available at http://www.beefcast.com/2009-certified-angus-beef-feeding-quality-forum. E-mail info@certifiedangusbeef.com for print or other details.

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The Luddites The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA-approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine completed a BAXTER BLACK, DVM 10-year, 2.5 billion-dollar study that determined the unproven but heavily-promoted benefits of ‘Alternative Medicine,’ for the most part, have zilch medicinal value, just as their label proclaims. Food safety issues have been in the news lately. Outbreaks have stimulated greater scrutiny as each incidence of illness occurs. Recently, E. coli in hamburger and the demand to legalize the sale of raw milk universally are making us examine the debate between ‘the common good’ vs. ‘right to personal choice.’ Standing in the room of the hysterical hamburger hoorah is the John Wayne of solutions … IRRADIATION! That’s right! Xray your ground beef and it eliminates E. coli and salmonella. But standing in the way of this immediate solution are the LUDDITES! These cautious obstructionists have managed to prevent the use of irradiation, thus the elimination of bacterial poisoning at the source, the packinghouse. Granted, mishandling by retailers and consumers down the line can still allow these potentially disease-

causing organisms to propagate, but gosh! Why let them in the backfield if you can stop them at the line of scrimmage? Raw milk, meaning unpasteurized, was a common source for the tuberculosis organism. When pasteurization was established and required by law, uncountable millions of cases of death and disease were prevented. But… do individuals have the right to drink raw milk and consume un-irradiated ground meat if they choose? And further, do they have the right to prevent others, often the majority, from benefiting from the health advantages of pasteurized milk and irradiated hamburger? In my opinion, the answer to the first is yes… they have the right to choose for themselves, the same as vegetarians, smokers, steroid users, long-distance runners, over-eaters and bull riders can choose their own abnormal lifestyle as long as it is available and legal. The answer to the second is no. The LUDDITES do not have the right to prevent others from making their own choice. The tricky issue is: Do parents have the right to give their own children raw milk, irradiated hamburger, BBQ, raw fish, vitamin overdoses, peanut butter or too much ice cream? OR the right to decline for their children to participate in Meatless Monday or Fruitless Tuesday or flu shots? Does the community have the right to intervene? In any civilization, courts, legislators, bureaucrats and occasionally the voters make choices for us all and there is no guarantee that common good, common men or common sense will prevail. The less you know, the easier the decisions. With knowledge GC comes responsibility, and that’s the rub. [Baxter Black is a cowboy poet and author. Visit his site at www.baxterblack.com.]

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

Registered Polled Herefords • Herd Accredited & Certified 2954 Springfield Egypt Rd. • Springfield GA 31329 www.heidtfamily.com Chris Heidt Philip M. Heidt (912) 661-1239 (912) 856-2100


GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR 2009

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

CALHOUN BULL TEST DECEMBER 2009

#1 Indexing Hereford Bull Ranked #21 Overall

#2 Indexing Hereford Bull Ranked #39 Overall

Billy Martin, owner 1359 County Line Road, Cumming, GA 30040 770-886-6849 • Cell: 404-376-6414 • srherefords@att.net G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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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 gazdacattle@bellsouth.net Jr. Dues - $10 per year

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

GAA Annual Meeting and Banquet Saturday, January 30, 2010 The Classic Center Athens, GA

Georgia Beef Expo Southeastern Angus Showcase Sale Friday, April 2, 2010 Georgia National Fairgrounds Perry, GA

Georgia Angus Breeders Turnpike Creek Farms

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Bu s Fo lls Reg. Blk. Angus & Blk. Simmental itor Vis ys Certified & Accredited Herd #152 Saler a Alw me April 1,2 & 3, 2010 lco e W Pasture Bid Sale David T. David (229) 362-4716 Williams & Sons 1555 Workmore-Milan Rd. Doug (229) 860-0320 Derek (229) 315-0986 Milan, GA 31060

Throne Stock Farm 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

2nd Production Sale May 2, 2009

BARNETT ANGUS FARM SINCE 1947

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

• AHIR

• No Creep • Est. 1979

Chris, Julie, Katherine, Haley & Hank Throne 111 Duck Pond Rd. Lexington, GA 30648 706-302-2675 Angus • Sim-Angus • Club Calves

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

MULE CREEK CATTLE CO. 6133 Peach Pkwy • Byron GA 31008

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

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• Accredited • Certified • AHIR Johne’s Level 2 Test Negative Phone: 478-956-2288

Cell: 478-396-4474

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560 AHIR Herd Established 1982

HILLSIDE Angus Farm 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 www.hillsideangusfarm.com Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming jaytinter@comcast.net


BRIDGES ANGUS FARM

Kensington Cattle Company

119 Ralph Bridges Road Lexington, GA 30648 Ralph Bridges (706) 743-5517 Alan Bridges, manager 2200 Centennial Church Road White Plains, GA 30678

Robert Lanier, Owner Clay Bussell - Herdsman (478) 232-8729

home 706-743-5817 mobile, 706-340-1421

16810 Woodbury Highway 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 Pat Evers, Office Manager • 706-553-5455 Dan Beckham, Owner • 415-830-0509 www.lemmonangus.com

Cloud Brothers Angus

A.H.I.R “QUALITY GENETICS”

PERFORMANCE TESTED REGISTERED ANGUS

Clark, Wally and Sam 3072 Univeter Rd • Canton, GA 30115 Herd Certified & Accredited AHIR 770/479-5947 (Wally) • 770/345-6308 (Sam)

201 Bellevue Plantation Rd. Perkins, GA 30822

Burnis Coleman III Phone/Fax (803) 593-4846 • Cell (706) 832-7011 Email: HildaC@aol.com

COCHRAN ANGUS FARM REGISTERED ANGUS CATTLE DREW & KAYLAR HOWARD 2576 BELL ROAD SYCAMORE, GEORGIA 31790 (229) 567-2344 Fax (229) 567-2352 paradoxfarms@hotmail.com

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

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

Farm located on GA Hwy. 198 south of Baldwin

Visitors

Jarrell Angus

Make Us

John Jarrell

Happy!

348 West Old Wire Road Butler, GA 31006 • 770-468-4812 BRANCH & LAKE CATTLE FARM 3935 Johnson Lake Rd. Cedartown, GA 30125 Bobby Harrington, Owner 404-634-1040 Hal Ridgeway, Farm Mgr. 404-403-2261

2505 GA Highway 198 Baldwin, GA 30511 Richard Cochran 706/677-3917

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

Bull Sales at Auction, Saturday, 1/23/2010 at noon

Will & Josh Cabe 721 Sosby Road Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-7119 chancabe@windstream.net

Call (770) 787-1644 for free catalog

PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN OPTION

Idone Angus Farm

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738

IAF

Jeremy Dyer Ted Dyer (423) 605-2431 (423) 605-1034 DyerLivestock@msn.com

AHIR

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

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

"Quality and customers come first!"

Lamont Ennis General Manager 850-352-2020

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696

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

TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459

WHITNER AND LEWIS ANGUS FARM

Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

Registered

Angus All Natural Beef

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132 www.poefarms.net

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

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Happy New Year!

Cooking

BEEF with Ashley!

By Ashley Hughes

Cooking BEEF with Ashley! Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing Total recipe time: 25 minutes • Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS 4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 3/4 inch thick (4 ounces each) 1/2 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper 1 package (5 ounces) mixed baby salad greens 1 medium red or green pear, cored, cut into 16 wedges 1/4 cup dried cranberries Salt 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (optional) Honey Mustard Dressing: 1/2 cup prepared honey mustard 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1/8 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Season beef steaks with 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place steaks in skillet; cook 7 to 9 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. 2. Meanwhile whisk Honey Mustard Dressing ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Set aside. Divide greens evenly among 4 plates. Top evenly with pear wedges and dried cranberries. 3. Carve steaks into thin slices; season with salt as desired. Divide steak slices evenly over salads. Top each salad evenly with dressing, pecans and goat cheese, if desired. Nutritional Information Per Serving Nutrition information per serving: 321 calories; 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat); 67 mg cholesterol; 434 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 3.3 g fiber; 26 g protein; 7.6 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 1.4 mcg vitamin B12; 2.4 mg iron; 30.0 mcg selenium; 5.1 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc, and a good source of fiber and iron. Recipe as seen in The Healthy Beef Cookbook, published by John Wiley & Sons. • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N



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As the New Year rolls in and people make their resolutions for the upcoming year, one of the most popular goals is to be healthier. Now more than ever people want to feed themselves and their families with healthy and nutritious products. Beef is one of the most safe, nutritious and wholesome foods available. From pasture to plate, the cattle industry continues to improve on the systems they have in place to ensure the quality and safety of beef. By supplying 10 essential nutrients, including vitamin B12, zinc, iron and protein, beef is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. You would have to eat 7 ½ skinless chicken breasts to get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a three ounce serving of lean beef or 2 ¾ cups of spinach to get the benefits of the same amount of iron as a single three ounce serving of healthy, lean beef. High quality protein, made up of essential amino acids, such as lean beef, chicken, fish, or low fat dairy products help the body build and maintain muscle mass. High-protein diets have also been found to increase satiety or the feeling of being full after a meal. Also, with 29 cuts of beef considered to be lean with less than 10 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat in a three ounce serving, beef can satisfy even the hungriest of eaters without providing extra fat and calories to their diet. With the price of middle meats (from the rib or loin area) still low and your New Year’s resolution ringing in your ears, tenderloin is an affordable, low fat, nutrient-rich way to “beef up” a healthy salad while you’re trying to cut back on the calories and slim your waistline.


Georgia Beef Board Report

GEORGIA BEEF BOARD

Wrapping Up Another Good Year of Beef! Compiled by Ashley Hughes ABAC Beef Team The ABAC Beef Team has completed another AMAZING semester promoting beef in a retail setting. With NCBA’s MBA program goal of training its students for interaction with consumers and media when talking about beef, GBB and Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks strongly suggested that the Beef Team members complete this helpful course for their shifts at Harveys. Hopefully, the students can use the information learned as they continue on in school and in their future careers. A sincere thank-you also needs to be given to Justin Gilliard for his leadership as the liaison for GBB and the Beef Team.

AT GFB CONVENTION Dr. Bertrand and GCA’s Josh White discuss DNA testing of beef cattle, and at right, Ashley Hughes enjoys a light moment with GFB Beef Commodity Committee Chairman Charles Crumbley.

GFB Annual Convention GBB once again had a booth with GCA and GCWA at the Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Convention at Jekyll Island, giving out Checkoff information, BQA materials and consumer recipes. Along with consumer relations, one of GBB’s initiatives is producer communications where we let you, the producer, know what new information is available to you and what we have been doing in the office. We had the opportunity to present a Georgia Beef Board report at the Beef Commodity meeting, sharing detailed information about the Checkoff and how Georgia’s Beef Checkoff dollars are being stretched for events during the year.

OFFICERS Harvey Lemmon, Chairman P.O. Box 524 Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5124 706-553-3911 Dr. Frank Thomas Rt 1 Box 40 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743

THE ABAC BEEF TEAM has completed another amazing semester promoting beef in a retail setting.

WJJC Holiday Roast Promotion GBB and Quality Foods grocery stores partnered for a radio campaign promoting beef during the holidays this past Christmas season. Quality Foods also offered a discount on beef roasts during the month of December, while the minute-long radio promotion was run on WJJC’s “The Voice of Northeast Georgia” from Dec. 2, 2009 through Jan. 1, 2010. ProStart 2010 In anticipation of the high school culinary event, Southern Hospitality Careers Expo, GBB applied for and was given a $10,000 grant toward the 2010 ProStart program! We are hoping to expand the BEEF name at the event, as well as hosting Beef 101 classes for interested high school groups after the event. These classes will reinforce the BEEF message and increase the students’ knowledge of BEEF from pasture to plate, which they will be able to take with them as they enter the hospitality and foodservice industries. This is just one other way that GBB is trying to stretch your Checkoff dollars and get the biggest bang for our buck. Beef Ambassador Program The Georgia Beef Board and the Georgia CattleWomen’s Association are the primary sponsors of this educational contest. Please see more information about the 2010 Contest on page 42 of GC this issue of the magazine.

Lane Holton 7851 N Turkey Road Camilla, GA 31730 229-336-5686 Zippy Duvall GA Farm Bureau Federation 1141 Bill Duvall Road Greensboro, GA 30642 478-474-8411 Robert Fountain, Jr. P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Charles Rucks 6209 Newnan Road Brooks, GA 30205 770-599-3515 Graydon Bobo, Vice Chairman Wilkes Co. Stockyard P.O. Box 623 Washington, GA 30673 706-285-2467 Kelly Buchanan 505 Southerfield Road Americus, GA 31709 229-924-2931 Phil Harvey P.O. Box 928 Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-7314 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF www.gabeef.org G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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READER SERVICES 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 the page or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals. Tenderloin Members ($600+) AgGeorgia Farm Credit AgSouth Farm Credit Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company Fuller Supply Company Intervet Merial Pennington Seeds Purina Mills Southern States T-Bone Members ($300-$599) Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Callahan Charolais Farm, Carnesville Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe United Bank, Barnesville Ware Milling Co., Waycross Rib-Eye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas BB&T Bank, Dainelsville Catoosa County Farm Bureau, Ringgold First Georgia Banking Company, Jefferson Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Green South Equipment, Athens Habersham Bank, Cornelia Manor Cattle Company, Manor Murray Mix Concrete Inc., Chatsworth NatruChem, Conyers Novartis Animal Health, Crystal River, Fla. Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Sirloin Members ($75-$149) Abercrombie Garage, Dahlonega AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston AgPro Industries, Eastman Amicalola EMC, Jasper B & M Metals Cedartown, Cedartown B B & T Bank Dahlonega, Dahlonega 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 Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Circle R Ranch & Livestock Equipment, Ft. Meade, Fla.

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Citizens Bank Washington County, Sandersville Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Community Bank and Trust, Cornelia Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center, Dahlonega Dogwood Veterinary Hospital, Newnan Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Enterprise Banking Company, Abbeville Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose Farmers State Bank, Lincolnton Fields Auto Parts, Comer First Benefits, Inc., Macon Floyd County Farm Bureau, Rome Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Glennville Bank, Glennville Graham Law Firm, Danielsville Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Honey Farm & Ranch, Inc., Rockmart David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Intervet, Saluda, SC Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Jasper Banking Company, Jasper Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin LHC Farms, Rocky Ford Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Madison Co. Hardware, Danielsville Martin and Martin Cattle Company, Williamston, SC Mason Tractor and Equipment Company, Blue Ridge Merchants and Citizens Bank, McRae Merchants and Farmers Bank, Comer Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, Watkinsville Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Polk County Farm Bureau, Cedartown Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome

Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R. W. Griffin, LLC, Rochelle Silver Creek Feeders, Treynor, Iowa Smitty’s Cafe, Thomaston Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Royston Stokes Farm, Covington Stovall Dairy, Danielsville Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Union County Bank, Blairsville Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland United Community Bank, Dahlonega 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

GCA ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP FORM Complete and mail this form to: GCA P.O. Box 24510 Macon, GA 31212 phone: 478-474-6560 fax: 478-474-5732 Name _____________________________ Address ___________________________ __________________________________ City____________ State ___ Zip _______ Phone _____________________________ E-mail ____________________________ GCA Chapter _______________________ Sponsored by _______________________ Membership levels: Tenderloin $600+.............................._____ T-Bone $300-$599....................._____ Rib-Eye $150-$299....................._____ Sirloin $75-$149....................._____ TOTAL PAYMENT $ _______


READER SERVICES

NCBA News From the Field

Saddle Up With the Top Hand Club! Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. I hope that you were able to join up with family or friends and at least enjoy some good cooking. I also hope that you were able to begin meeting the three challenges I outlined last month. The last part of that challenge was to improve your farm by attending the educational events at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. If financial restraints might prevent you from attending, let me present a free program that can help you get to San Antonio. The free program I am referring to is called the Top Hand Club. This is a recruiter award program that can literally pay your way to the annual convention. It works like this: the more NCBA members you recruit, the more prizes you receive. The contest runs from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. New members simply put your name down on the ‘Recruited by’ line when they mail their dues to NCBA. Listed below is the award levels required to win a free trip to the annual convention. • 3 New Members (2 for Renewed Top Hand Club members) - Top Hand Plaque, Year Plate and Lapel Pin • 10 New Members - 2010 Personalized Top Hand Club Swiss Army watch (men’s or women’s size) • 20 New Members - One Airline Ticket to Annual Convention or Summer Conference • 30 New Members - One Registration for Annual Convention or Summer Conference

By Nate Jaeger, NCBA Eastern Field Representative

40 New Members - Three Nights’ Lodging at Annual Convention or Summer Conference • 50 New Members - One Additional Airline Ticket to Annual Convention or Summer Conference This is the cheapest way to pay for a trip to Texas. We will even help you, with a monthly newsletter that includes tips and stories about how to share the positive value of NCBA membership. Last year more than 180 Top Hands recruited over 1,400 new members. If you can not recruit enough this month for San Antonio, get an early start on Summer Conference in Denver. If you are planning to attend the annual convention, I look forward to seeing you there. It promises to be a great time, where more than 5,000 cattle and beef producers will conduct the business of our industry, network, attend educational seminars, and have a little fun, too. Plus we will be continuing our youth activities that we started last year in Phoenix. Some new features at this year’s convention are listed below: • NCBA Trade Show Reception • Applied Reproductive Strategies Workshop • NCBA Invitational Bull Riding & Concert Sanctioned by Professional Bull Riders Being a member of the Top Hand Club will not only help you meet the challenge to improve your farm but also your neighbor’s farm – and that just might help you meet the second challenge from last month, too. GC Saddle up Top Hands, it’s time to ride!

Join Both Today - GCA ($50) and NCBA (see dues below)... GCA base dues - $50 $ _______________ NCBA dues - select from categories listed below * + $ _______________ TOTAL DUES AMOUNT ($50 GCA plus NCBA dues) = $ _______________ * NCBA Membership Categories (select one to calculate your NCBA dues):

If paying by credit card, please complete the information below:

Member Benefits. Beef Business Bulletin, National Cattlemen, Winter and Summer Meeting Producer Education Opportunities, Board Representation via State Affiliate, may represent State Affiliate in Committee Meetings and on the Board of Directors, participation in the Member Business Meeting, representation in Washington D.C.

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C O U N T Y

AT THE RECENT LITTLE RIVER CATTLEMEN’S AWARDS BANQUET, Tom Kile was recognized as the Cattleman of the Year. In photo below, Frank Watson presents Tom Kile with the Award. Tyler Johnson was recognized as the Friend of Cattlemen. In lower right photo, Tammy Cheely presents Tyler Johnson with the Award. Members elected as Directors for 2010 are in photo at right. Pictured left to right (front row) are Charles Phillips, Lloyd Axon, Billy Mays and Billy Silas; (back row) Frank Watson, Michael Griffith, Marvin Norman, Charles Moon and Tammy Cheely. Director Bill Barron is not pictured.

Floyd County Cattlemen Name Biddy Braden Cattleman of the Year By Carey Harris, Treasurer, Floyd County Cattlemen

At the Floyd County Cattlemen Banquet on Monday, Nov. 16, Biddy Braden was named 2009 Cattleman of the Year. Mr. Braden is a founding member of the Floyd County Cattlemen, which was organized in 1977. Not only is the 32-year veteran cattleman one of only a handful of founding members who have remained continuously active, Mr. Braden has hardly missed a monthly meeting! Floyd County Cattlemen members recognize and celebrate Biddy’s undying dedication and love for the cattle industry and the Cattlemen’s organization. 64 January 2010

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Mr. Braden was presented with a Carhart jacket, and his name was added to the Cattleman of the Year plaque on display at the Western Sizzlin restaurant in Rome. In other business, the Floyd County Cattlemen installed officers for 2010. They are: President Keith Mickler; First Vice President Johnny Trotter; Second Vice President Gary Willis; Secretary Harold Jones; Treasurer Carey Harris; and Board Members Frank Davis, Houston Roberson, Fred Kerce and Glenn Montgomery. BIDDY BRADEN


USDA to Conduct Annual Cattle Survey in January The U.S. Department of Agriculture will contact nearly 50,000 cattle operations this January to participate in the Cattle Survey. Operators nationwide will be asked to provide data on current industry conditions, including cattle inventories and calf production. “The January 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 the Georgia Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “In Georgia, we will contact approximately 1,100 operations in order to measure trends in beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle operations.” “The information gathered will help producers make informed marketing decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction,” Doug explained. “It also helps packers and government evaluate expected slaughter volume for future

months and determine potential supplies for export,” Kleweno said. To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate, NASS offers the option of responding via telephone, mail, online, or personal interview with a local NASS representative. Responses will be compiled and published in NASS’s biannual Cattle Report, on Jan. 29, 2010. The report will provide national-level estimates of total inventory, beef cows, milk cows, bulls, replacement heifers, other heifers, steers, calves and number of calves born during the previous year. As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all survey responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. All reports are available on the GC NASS Web site: www.nass.usda.gov.

Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423

Lazy S Farm

JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

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

770-253-7099 770-253-1468

HUDSON RED ANGUS

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 bullhill2@mindspring.com

Registered Red Angus

REGISTERED MATERNAL RED ANGUS

Since 1965

JIM AND LINDA HUDSON

ANGEL FARMS

P.O. Box 287 Broxton, GA 31519 Home (912) 359-5546

Office (912) 384-0956 Fax (912) 384-2218 jimdhudson@windstream.net

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

2445 Gadsden Road S.W. Cave Spring, GA 30124 R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968

“Red, A Step Ahead”

CAMP’S RED ANGUS

Red Power for Ultimate Beef Quality & Profitability Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6124 • janbil@bellsouth.net

McLean Red Angus Jim and Alynda McLean 206 Morningside Drive Alma, GA 31510 (912) 632-7985, (770) 595-3542 mcleanredangus@aol.com Registered Red Angus since 1970

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! CALL GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 478-474-6560

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

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders Yellow Creek Ranch

HADDEN FARMS

Registered Gelbvieh Cattle

Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

John & Madeline Kiss 5414 Price Road Gainesville, GA 30506 770-531-1126

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

GELBVIEH ~ BALANCER ~ ANGUS

AGNER ERFORMANCE ATTLE Dr. R.E. “Bob” Wagner

(678) 684-3725

1495 Parkview Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087

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

GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION visit us online at

www.georgialimousin.org for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

REMINDER January 4, 2010 Entry Deadline for Georgia Beef Expo Limousin Sale on April 2, 2010. For entry form or more information, contact Lillian Youngblood. T.L.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369 931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628 Nila Corrine Thiel Paul Thiel, Herdsman Owner Steven Thiel, Herdsman “Leaner cattle for today’s beef industry”

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

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

Visitors always welcome! Bulls, Heifers, Cows & Embryos For Sale At All Times! Registered Purebred, Fullblood & LimFlex Cattle

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

AI sires used extensively in our AI & Embryo Transplant Programs

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Your Georgia Connection for Limousin Cattle!

Big D Farms, Inc.

WWW.MINCHEWLIMOUSIN.COM

Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Minchew Farms Calvin and Brenda Minchew 9001 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 478-781-0604 • minchewfarms@bellsouth.net Purebred & Fullblood Limousin Club Calves

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

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J. DAVID ALLEN, DDS, Owner Home: (770) 270-1338 Office: (770) 981-9400 Farm: (770) 464-3421

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

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

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HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires Larry and Joyce Howard 1350 Old Chattanooga Valley Rd. Flintstone, GA 30725 706-931-2940

ADAMS RANCH Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069




In My Opinion The Vegetarian Diet By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins Dr. Dobbins is retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty

Vegetarian diets are related to the organic gardening/farming movement. Both exist because of a desire to “get back to nature.” Even a cursory examination reveals that a strict vegetarian diet is unhealthy unless it is carefully supplemented, and that organic farming alone cannot sustain the human population. Both seem to be based more on emotion than on science. It is true that early man was a gatherer and spent most of his time looking for nuts, fruit, leaves, seeds and roots. It is also postulated that when meat entered the human diet, many of the limiting factors of the vegetarian diet were overcome and the human brain began to develop and man progressed to the point of today. Meat and animal products are the perfect supplement for the vegetarian diet. Meat possesses all of the essential amino acids (protein building-blocks), vitamins, enzymes and minerals that are missing in the strict vegetarian diet. Common sense should tell us that humans thrive best on a balanced meat/vegetable diet eaten in moderation.

A typical strict vegetarian diet, unless carefully supplemented, is deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, vitamin B-12, calcium, certain essential amino acids (such as valine, isoleucine, leucine, cystein and methionine), iron, fats and therefore calories. Although there is plenty of iron and phosphorus in a vegetarian diet, they are not readily absorbed on a cellular level, based on hair analysis. The high phytate levels in the intestine are likely to also cause a deficiency of zinc, chromium, lithium and vanadium. Some minerals, such as iodine, magnesium and zinc, are naturally low in vegan diets compared to meat diets. A high mineral analysis of a foodstuff doesn’t mean much if the body cannot absorb the minerals in the food. Ever wonder why the skin color of a vegetarian is a ghostly gray? Why do vegetarians have such poor muscle tone? Why are their arms so thin and skinny? Why are strict vegetarians deficient in potassium, sodium, zinc and iron, based on hair analysis? It is difficult to maintain a healthy mineral balance, and therefore a normal

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body chemistry, when on a strict high-carbohydrate/fiber diet. The following are just some conditions that may be associated with a strict vegetarian diet. Autism in children. The increase of autism in children may be related to the mother’s diet while pregnant and the failure for the brain to develop properly while in the womb. A chronic deficiency of essential nutrients in the mother’s blood can result in a deficiency in brain development of the fetus. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children. A Mom’s diet during pregnancy or a child’s diet lacking in essential amino acids, animal-source Omega-3 fatty acid and Omega-6 fatty acid and other essential nutrients may contribute to the problem. Erectile Dysfunction. A vegetarian diet upsets the hormonal system in males, causing the testosterone level to fall and contribute to the condition. Female Infertility. A vegetarian diet in females may also knock the hormonal system out of whack. A female will start missing menstrual cycles or stop having them. She may lose her sex drive. If she becomes pregnant, there is a higher chance that the baby may be deformed or retarded. In some places, mothers are charged with child abuse for feeding a vegetarian diet to an infant. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Candida and others are associated with long-term poorly supplemented strict vegan diets. The human stomach, with a high hydrochloric acid production, was developed for a meateating diet. The human intestine is not like that of a horse with large areas for fermentation and, when forced to accommodate large amounts of vegetation and fiber, may develop a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome.” On May 9, 2007, in Atlanta, a couple was sentenced to life in prison on a Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Cruelty to Children charge, after a 6-week-old baby boy died while on a diet of soy milk and apple juice. If vegetarians do so because they so choose, then who is behind the continuing effort to force everyone else into a meatless diet? I will give you my opinion in the GC next column. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Your GCA Chapter Spotlight! This could be a photo of your chapter members, your officers, your bbq, your meeting, your cattle, your awards, your event....

REMINDER! Send your current news and photos to the Georgia Cattleman, to be included in County Connections. See page 64 this month for news from Little River & Floyd County chapters.

Use this list as a guide in compiling YOUR Chapter’s story! ► Name of chapter ►Meeting date and time ►Meeting location ►Geographic area or counties included in chapter ►Date chapter formed ►Number of original members ►Number of current members ►If part of a merged chapter, please share history of how the combined group formed ►Current officers ►Date of annual meeting and election ►Chapter focus ►Chapter goals ►Involvement of members in local, state or national industry affairs ►Involvement of female chapter members in Georgia CattleWomen ►Recurring chapter events, such as field days, etc. ►Recent speakers and presentations ►Contact information: • Name Mid-Georgia was featured in November • Phone • E-Mail • Address Polk County was in the spotlight last month Mail information along with photos and logo to GCA, P.O. Box 24510, Macon GA 31212 or email information to magazine@gabeef.org Attach high resolution color or black & white photo files.

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GCA Welcomes New Members! Bar W Cattle, Colquitt Cara Butler, Bishop Trent Clenney, Colquitt John Cole, Jr., Tifton Richard Dean, Climax Kenneth Deese, Newton Camille Elliott, Jefferson James Britt Fincher, Lagrange Skip French, Valdese, NC Ferris E. George, Jr., St. Augustine, FL Ronald A. Hall, Colquitt Clark Harrell, Camilla Ben Harrison, Camilla Charley Harrison, Camilla Joe Head, Roopville Michael A. Ivy, Jr., Bostwick J. Ferrell Keaton, Colquitt

“Welcome to the Herd!”

Edward J. Knight, Suwanee Mike & Angela Leissa, Covington R. W. Little, Colquitt Erni Lopez, Jennings, Fl Ike Mccook, Sale City M Ray Farms, LLC, Crawfordville Mike McCook, Pelham Darrell Merritt, White Plains Lee Palmer, Pelham Jerry Pickle, Colquitt

Terry Pickle, Colquitt Brock Pinson, Baconton Lynn Pinson, Baconton Michael Seagraves, Hull Jerry Sercer, Rochelle Cory Thomas, Colquitt Ralph Thompson, Colquitt William Watson, Watkinsville Kenneth Williams, Camilla Jarred Williamson, Bowdon David C. Wright, Mango, FL David C. Wright, Jr., Seffner, FL David C. Wright, III, Seffner, FL Steve Wright, Dover, FL

Georgia-Florida Charolais Association For information on the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association, contact Emmett Callahan, President, 7050 Stonebridge Road, Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-4235 • ehcallahan@gumlog.net Tony Walden Registered Charolais

Plan to attend The Fall Sale Oct. 16, 2010

office: 334-527-3021 home: 334-527-8704 fax: 334-527-8774 P.O. Box 24 Brantley, AL 36009

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LITTLE RIVER CHAROLAIS Marshall & Mary Beth Bennett P.O. Box 406 Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: (H) 229-219-0486 (O) 229-896-4517

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

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

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 oakhillfarmga@tds.net www.oakhillfarmga.com

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READER SERVICES

Local Sale Reports SE Classic Sale, Opelika, AL October 10, 2009 49 Lots, averaged $1,538 Edisto Forage Bull Test Sale, Blackville, SC October 10, 2009 47 Bulls, averaged $2,045

Frank Turner & Sons, Hayneville, AL November 7, 2009 61 Bulls, averaged $2,151 32 Females, averaged $1,285 Maternal Edge Gelbvieh Sale, Cross Plains, TN November 7, 2009 16 Cow-Calf Pairs, averaged $1,507 42 Bred Heifers, averaged $1,100

4 Bred Cows, averaged $1,187 77 Open Heifers, averaged $800 Deer Valley Female Sale, Fayetteville, TN November 13, 2009 176 Lots, averaged $6,738 Deer Valley Bull Sale, Fayetteville, TN November 14, 2009 66 Lots, averaged $2,724

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READER SERVICES Gibbs Farms, Ranburne, AL November 14, 2009 11 PB Yrlg Simmental Bulls, averaged $2,991 74 SimAngus Yrlg Bulls, averaged $3,198 13 PB Yrlg Angus Bulls, averaged $2,412 11 PB Simmental Open Yrlg Heifers, averaged $1,259 8 SimAngus Bred Females, averaged $1,563 6 PB Angus Bred Females, averaged $1,350 95 SimAngus Open Yrlg Heifers, averaged $1,369 Pabo Angus & Guests, Swainsboro, GA November 21, 2009 38 Lots, averaged $1,441 Lemmon Angus at Kensington, Woodbury, GA November 23, 2009 38 Bulls, averaged $2,360 Graham Angus, Albany, GA November 23, 2009 42 Reg. Older Bulls, averaged $2,390 18 Fall Pairs, averaged $1,950 7 Spring Pairs, averaged $2,807 Tennesee River Music, Fort Payne, AL November 28, 2009 54 Lots, averaged $4,466 Dudley Angus Dispersal, Cullman, AL December 5, 2009 14 Older Bulls, averaged $1,621 61 Females, averaged $1,789 Calhoun Bull Test Sale, Calhoun, GA December 11, 2009 71 Lots, averaged $2,315 53 Angus, averaged $2,423 1 Brangus, averaged $2,100 1 Braunvieh, averaged $700 3 Charolais, averaged $1,887 2 GV Balancer, $1,750 3 Hereford, averaged $1,467 1 Red Angus, averaged $1,700 3 Simangus, averaged $2,567 4 Simmental, averaged $2,575

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ATTENTION PRODUCERS: Do you need updated weekly or daily market data? The information you need is just a  click away! Follow these quick steps online to get current data right now from the Livestock Market News Service: GO TO http://www.secattleadvisor.com  CLICK “Local Market Reports” on left side of page.  CLICK “Georgia”  CLICK on your Auction Market of choice. Feeder Cattle Sale Reports Blue Grass Stockyards (GA Lots) December 9, 2009 Load Lot of Holsteins: 650 lbs (1 load) $65.25 Hodge Livestock Network (GA Lots) December 3, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 610 lbs (1 load) $93.50 Load Lots of Heifers: 600 lbs (1 load) $81.25 Gaines Cattle Sales, Taylorsville, GA November 12, 2009 Load Lot of Heifers: 800 lbs (2 loads) $78.25 November 19, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 850 lbs (1 load) $85.30; 850 lbs (2 loads) $85.00; 850 lbs (2 loads) $85.00; 850 lbs (2 loads) $85.00; 810 lbs (2 loads) $85.30; 920 lbs (1 load) $81.30 Moseley Cattle Auction, Blakely, GA (GA & FL lots) November 3, 2009 Load Lot of Heifers: 735lbs (1 load) $82.70 November 17, 2009 Load Lots of Heifers: 700 lbs (1 load) $85.10; 700 lbs (1 load) $82.90 720 lbs (1 load) $81.80; 725 lbs (1 load) $81.30; 750 lbs (1 load) $80.25

December 8, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 840 lbs (1 load) $84.00; 785 lbs (2 loads) $87.00 Load Lots of Heifers: 700 lbs (1 load) $84.80; 760 lbs (1 load) $79.10 775 lbs (1 load) $78.30 NE Georgia Livestock, Athens, GA November 18, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 700 lbs (1 load) $88.95; 800 lbs (1 load) $85.30 Load Lots of Heifers: 660 lbs (1 load) $84.00; 775 lbs (3 loads) $81.40; 600 lbs (1 load) $85.30; 720 lbs (1 load) $82.30 Load Lot of Holstein Steers: 885 lbs (1 load) $68.10 December 9, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 720 lbs (1 load) $86.80 Load Lots of Heifers: 760 lbs (1 load) $81.10; 750 lbs (2 loads) $81.10; 930 lbs (1 load) $70.00 Southeast Livestock Exchange, Swainsboro, GA December 1, 2009 Load Lots of Steers: 730 lbs (1 load) $88.25; 825 lbs (1 load) $69.75; 825 lbs (1 load) $86.00; 825 lbs (1 load) $86.75; 800 lbs (1 load) $88.00; 725 lbs (1 load) $85.00 Load Lots of Heifers: 700 lbs (1 load) $81.25; 725 lbs (1 load) $81.50; 725 lbs (1 load) $81.75; 730 lbs (1 load) $83.00; 750 lbs (1 load) $82.00 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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2010 GCA CONVENTION & BEEF EXPO TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010 7:30 a.m.

Awards and Scholarship Breakfast w/Beef CheckR-Dee sponsored by Purina Mills 8:30 a.m. Beef Ambassador Contest Registration 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Beef Ambassador Contest 9:00 a.m. GJCA Cook-Off Contest 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Trade Show Open 9:30 a.m. Charolais Sale in the Multi-Purpose 9:30–11 a.m. PI BVD Testing Workshop 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. New Products Luncheon 12:00 noon Beef Ambassador Winners & Junior Event winners Announced during luncheon 12:00 noon Hereford Sale in Multi-Purpose 12:00 noon Brangus Sale in Beef Barn 2:00 p.m. Club Calf Sale in Multi-Purpose


Mark Your Calendars for April 1-3, 2010!

w and o h S e d a r ntion, T e v n o C A ual GC . This n A n G A , h y t r 9 r 4 e The 10 in P 0 2 , 3 1 l i r for Ap g up t n e i s p s a i h s o p s i x ! This Beef E s s i m o t t n n’t wa o d u o y t ts of o n l e e v e b l e l i n o w s i There ! t n e v e g n i not cit x d e n a n a r e e v b e o t d than l o s e l t t a c s, more t n e v e l how. a s n e d a r t d e educatio improv d n a w e n a HIS! T to mention S S I M ANT TO W T ’ N O YOU W

5 Great Improvements to the 2010 Convention

#1 No Registration Fees – That’s right it will not cost you to attend the educational seminars, trade show or to network with your fellow cattlemen! #2 New Multi-Purpose Building Layout – All of the trade show, with the exception of a few outside vendors, will be located in the Multi-Purpose Building. The sale ring is now in the middle of the building. #3 More Producer Focused Educational Seminars – Hear more about what is working for other producers across the state. Learn ways to reduce cost and maximize income. #4 Lower Meal Costs – We have worked really hard to use buildings that cost less and search for caterers who will do a better job at a lower cost to you. We know the economy is tight and we are working hard to make it less expense for your family to attend! #5 More Sales & Cattle – We have more cattle scheduled to sale than any other Expo in history. This is THE place to see more cattle from the top breeders in the South. You truly win!

More information will follow in the February magazine – be looking! G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Beef Management Calendar for the Month of January • •

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GENERAL Provide high magnesium mineral supplement for cows on winter grazing. Vitamin A supplementation might be needed if frosted grass, weathered hay or by-products are the primary feedstuffs (35,000 IU/day for 1000 lb cows). Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4". Overgrazing can reduce winter production. SPRING CALVING January, February, March Check cows frequently during calving season. Tag calves at birth. Record birth dates, tag numbers, ID. Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth. Keep yearling heifers gaining weight. They need to weigh about TRAILERS ~ FENCING ~ ETC.

2/3 of mature weight at breeding in March. Bulls will be turned in with heifers in March and with cows in April. Evaluate bulls, trim feet, line up breeding soundness exams and decide on buying new bulls. A cow’s nutrient needs increase by at least 50% after calving. If possible, separate dry cows from cowcalf pairs to feed more efficiently. Order calf and cow vaccines.

FALL CALVING October, November, December • Breed cows. Cows bred January 1 should calve October 10. • Be prepared to remove bulls from heifers after a 45-60d breeding season. • Use your best feeds now. With average quality hay, a lactating cow needs 4 to 5 lbs of whole cottonseed, 1 1/2 lbs of cottonseed meal plus 2 lbs of corn or free choice liquid supplement or block plus 2 lbs of corn. A forage analysis permits you to supTRAILERS ~ FENCING ~ ETC.

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plement your cows more precisely. Limit grazing on winter annuals. Two hours of grazing per day and free choice hay stretches grazing. Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates, and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage qualiGC ty is at its best. STOCKYARDS

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JUNIOR HEIFER SHOW RESERVE CHAMPIONS (not pictured) ANGUS RES. CHAMPION Samantha Allen Jackson Co FFA CHAROLAIS RES. CHAMPION Faith Turk Banks Co FFA CHI-INFLUENCE RES. CHAMPION Dillon Parker Rabun Co FFA COMMERCIAL RES. CHAMPION Kendall Bowman Gordon Co 4-H GELBVIEH RES. CHAMPION Callie Craig Gordon Co 4-H HEREFORD RES. CHAMPION Krissi McCurdy Murray Co FFA LIMOUSIN RES. CHAMPION Tyler Arnold Madison Co Freshman Academy MAINE-ANJOU RES. CHAMPION Lea Crump Gordon Central FFA SHORTHORN (PUREBRED) RES.CHAMPION Tanner Mooney Madison Co 4-H SHORTHORN (APPENDIX) RES. CHAMPION Hope Edwards Haralson Co 4-H SIMMENTAL RES. CHAMPION Macy Seagraves Jackson Co 4H %SIMMENTAL RES. CHAMPION Taylor Gazda Oconee Co 4-H OTHER BREEDS RES. CHAMPION Kim Chandler Madison Co FFA RED ANGUS RES. CHAMPION Becky Shirley E Jackson Co FFA


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1. OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION LaKyn Shea Davis, Colquitt Co FFA 2. OVERALL RESERVE GR. CHAMPION Clint Moser, Pike Co 4-H 3. OVERALL 3RD PLACE CHAMPION Harden Mobley, Colquitt Co FFA 4. OVERALL 4TH PLACE CHAMPION Benjamin Hegwood, Colquitt Co FFA 5. OVERALL 5TH PLACE CHAMPION Megan Crooms, Laurens Co FFA

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OTHER STEER CHAMPIONS (pictured above) 1. ANGUS CHAMPION STEER Trevor Brown, Stephens Co FFA 2. LIMOUSIN CHAMPION STEER Bentley Beggs, Lincoln Co 4-H 3. CHI-INFLUENCE CHAMPION STEER CJ Goldman, Lincoln Co 4-H 4. CHAROLAIS CHAMPION STEER Faith Turk, Banks Co FFA 5. OTHER BREEDS CHAMPION STEER Stephanie Hilburn, Madison Co Freshman Academy 6. SHORTHORN CHAMPION STEER Ben Herring, Lowndes Co FFA NOT PICTURED: HEREFORD CHAMPION STEER Krissi McCurdy, Murray Co FFA RESERVES, NOT PICTURED: ANGUS RES. CH. STEER, Brittany Bass, Colquitt Co FFA; CHAROLAIS RES. CH. STEER, Elaine Hurst, Colquitt Co 4-H; CHI-INFLUENCE RES. CHAMPION STEER, Hunter Roberts, Colquitt Co FFA; HEREFORD RES. CHAMPION STEER, Mckayla Ridley, Murray Co 4-H; LIMOUSIN RES. CHAMPION STEER, Tanner Aycock, Lincoln Co 4-H; OTHER BREEDS RES. CHAMPION STEER, Clay Corbett, Echols Middle FFA; SHORTHORN RES. CHAMPION STEER, Evan Royster, Winder Barrow FFA; SIMMENTAL RES. CHAMPION STEER, Madeline Deal, Tift Co 4-H

JUNIOR BEEF SHOWMANSHIP 4th & Under: 5th Grade: 6th Grade: 7th Grade: 8th Grade: 9th Grade: 10th Grade: 11th Grade: 12th Grade:

Abbey Cook, Carroll Co 4-H Andy Chastain, Oglethorpe Co 4-H Cindy Cooper, W Jackson Co Mid FFA Kevin Edwards, Gordon Co 4-H Macy Seagraves, Jackson Co 4-H Gibson Priest, Bartow Co 4-H Camille Sellers, Colquitt Co FFA Taylor Gazda, Oconee Co 4H Clay Williams, Oconee Co 4-H

OPEN BEEF SHOW CHAMPIONS ANGUS GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Josh Leverette, Trenton, FL GRAND CHAMPION BULL Western KY Univ, Bowling Green, KY BRAHMAN GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Joe Butt, Cleveland, TN GRAND CHAMPION BULL Joe Butt, Cleveland, TN BRANGUS GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Doug Williams, Mocksville, NC GRAND CHAMPION BULL Doug Williams, Mocksville, NC CHAROLAIS GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Delores Templeton, Abbeville, SC GRAND CHAMPION BULL Holly Alford, Bowman, GA CHI-INFLUENCE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Jill Miller, Talmo, GA GRAND CHAMPION BULL Jill Miller, Talmo, GA HEREFORD GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Tanner Mooney, Commerce, GA GRAND CHAMPION BULL Tanner Mooney, Commerce, GA LIMOUSIN GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Kelley Owen, Wynnburg, TN GRAND CHAMPION BULL Meghann Fifield, Dunnellon, FL PIEDMONTESE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cindy Kay Guilford, Sunfield, MI GRAND CHAMPION BULL Leroy Schieffer, Elsberry, MO SANTA GERTRUDIS GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE David Alderson, Williamsport, TN GRAND CHAMPION BULL Myron Colley, Metter, GA SHORTHORN GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Tanner Mooney, Commerce, GA GRAND CHAMPION BULL Charlie Hartsfield, Lynnville, TN SIMMENTAL GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Dwight Cooper, Jefferson, GA GRAND CHAMPION BULL , Bruce Van Meter, Rome, GA G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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READER SERVICES

Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560. For the General Classified Ad section see pages 74 and 75 ABS Global / Allen Southard 770-869-1609 ..........................................74 Accelerated Genetics 776-778-1445...........................................74 Adams Ranch 772-461-6321..................8 Agri-Steel Structures, Inc. 800-359-8613...........................................75 American-International Charolais Assoc. 816-464-5977.............................69 Bagley Farms 706-280-7733.................24 Billingsley, D. E., Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309 ..........................................74 Boehringer Ingelheim www.bi-vetmedica.com ......................36 Bricton Farm 770-787-1644....back cover Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 .............74 Canoochee Spring Bull Sale 912-237-0608 ..........................................27 Classified Ads ......................................74,75 Crystalyx 800-727-2502 .........................38 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ..........................................74 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 .............74 Dixie Lix 800-642-5612 ........................52 Dugger Tent Inc. 205-594-5931 ..........75 F-R-M Feeds 800-841-8502..................33 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia 800-673-0405............................................2 Floyd Farms Feed & Supply 706-498-2136 ..........................................74 Fort Dodge www.bi-vetmedica.com ......................36 Fuller Supply Company 800-241-7702 ..........................................53 Genex Cooperative .................................74 Georgia Angus Association 706-387-0656..........................................58 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ................................ 58, 59 Georgia Beefmasters ................................52 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................66 Georgia Brangus Breeders......................55 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220..........................................38 Georgia Commercial Cattle Breeders...................................................46 78 January 2010

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Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-384-4235 .........................................69 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ...................65 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..........................................56 Georgia Limousin Association 229-567-4044.........................................66 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044.........................................66 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ...................................................38 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 474-934-6998 .........................................65 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301..................... 52 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 770-567-3909 ......................52 Gibbs Farms 256-568-9141 ....................15 Graham Angus Farm 229-432-9249.........................................47 Greenview Farms 912-586-6585..........74 Hay for Sale 229-239-0537...................75 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..........74 Indian Creek Farm 770-856-6734 ........23 John Deere www.johndeere.com........44 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592 ....................74 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820.........................................74 Manley Farms 706-218-4475..................19 Online Links 478-474-6560................38 Performance with Class Sale 770-547-1433 ..........................................46 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711...........................................74 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797 ..........................................74 Richburg Cattle 334-524-3861 ............59 Ridgefield Farm 828-837-6324.......... 20 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794 .......75 Saluda County Cattlemen’s Heifer Sale 864-445-8114 ......................3 Santa Gertrudis Breeders Int’l 361-592-9357...........................................52 Select Cattle Enterprises 770-547-1433 ..........................................46 Southeast AgNet 850-492-7196..........32

Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-454-0267 .........................................26 Southeast All Black Classic 706-884-6592...........................................11 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................74 Spitzer Ranch 864-972-9140 ................43 Sunset Ridge Herefords 770-886-6849..........................................57 The “One” Sale 770-328-2047 ..............45 Tokeena Angus 864-247-0000.............39 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ...........74 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ....................75 UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale 706-542-9102 ............................................5 Wild Bill Cattle Co. 478-348-3078......46 Wilkes County Front Pasture Sale 706-318-5457...........................................35 Wilkes County Stockyard 706-678-2632 ..........................................75 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048 ........41

Call GCA at 478-474-6560 for rates and information about these upcoming Georgia Cattleman advertising opportunities: Limousin, Tifton Bull Test (February) Hereford, Club Calf Feature, Beef Expo/Convention (March) New President, Junior Spotlight, Hay & Forage (April) American Breeds, Chianina Feature (May) Beef Month Feature, Grilling, Retail Beef Sales (June)


 January 2, 2010 Genetic Excellence Angus Bull Sale Cookeville, TN Call 931-239-9785 [see advertisement, December page 19] January 2, 2010 Ray Cattle Co. Sale Hackleburg, AL Call 205-935-3737 January 5, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale Call 828-454-0267 [see advertisement, page 26] January 9, 2010 Pine Ridge Simmentals Southern Heritage Sale Valdosta, GA Call 229-559-9200 [see advertisement, December back cover] January 9, 2010 Lake City Invitational Brangus Bull Sale Lake City, FL Call 386-755-2300 [see advertisement, December page 11] January 9, 2010 Southeast Angus Classic Bull Sale Opelika, AL January 9, 2010 Florida Bull Test Sale Greenwood, FL Call 850-482-9904 January 18-19, 2010 GCA Emerging Leaders Conference Macon, GA Call 478-474-6560 [see application, December page 66] January 22, 2010 Walden Farms Charolais Sale Okeechobee, FL Call 334-527-3021 January 22-24, 2010 NJSA Southeast Regional

READER SERVICES February 6, 2010 Canoochee Spring Turnout Bull Sale Alma, GA Call 912-237-0608 [see advertisement, page 27] Winter Type Conference Perry, GA 765-463-3594 www.nationalswine.com [see advertisement, November page 70] January 23, 2010 NSR Winter Type Conference Perry, GA 765-463-3594 www.nationalswine.com [see advertisement, November page 70] January 23, 2010 Southeast All Black Classic Sale Marianna, FL Call 334-693-2652 [see advertisement, page 11] January 23, 2010 Bricton Farm PT Bull Sale Call 770-787-1644 [see advertisement, back cover] January 23, 2010 SC Charolais Assoc. Carolina Sensations Sale Clemson, SC Call 864-246-6203 January 27-30, 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show San Antonio, TX Call 303-694-0305 [see advertisement, December page 68] January 29-30, 2010 Georgia Young Farmers Convention Stone Mountain, GA January 30, 2010 Georgia Angus Assoc. Annual Meeting & Banquet Athens, GA Call 706-387-0656 February 2, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale Call 828-454-0267 [see advertisement, page 26]

February 6, 2010 Clemson Bull Test and Heifer Sale Clemson, SC February 11, 2010 UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale Athens, GA Call 706-542-9102 [see advertisement, page 5] February 12, 2010 Wilkes Co. Front Pasture Commercial Female Sale Washington, GA Call 706-318-5457 [see advertisement, page 35] February 13, 2010 Tokeena Angus PT Bull & Female Sale Seneca, SC Call 864-247-0000 [see advertisement, page 39] February 13, 2010 Black Crest Farms Sale Sumter, SC Call 803-481-4451 February 15, 2010 Cowboy Poet Contest deadline Booth Western Art Museum Cartersville, GA Call 770-387-1265 [see advertisement, August page 47] February 17-21, 2010 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Perry, GA February 20, 2010 Yon Family Farms PT Angus Bull Sale Ridge Spring, SC 803-685-5048 [see advertisement, page 41] February 27, 2010 Select Cattle Enterprises Performance with Class Production Sale, Calhoun, GA Call 770-547-1433 [see advertisement, page 46]

February 27, 2010 Spitzer Ranch PT Brangus Bull and Brangus Gold Commercial Female Sale Calhoun, GA Call 864-972-9140 [see advertisement, page 43] February 27, 2010 Saluda County Cattlemen’s Replacement Heifer Saluda, SC Call 864-445-8117 Ext 115 [see advertisement, page 3] March 2, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale Call 828-454-0267 [see advertisement, page 26] March 3, 2010 Tifton Bull Sale Irwinville, GA Call 229-386-3683 [see advertisement, December page 65] March 3-5, 2010 Beef Industry Safety Summit Dallas, TX Go to www.BIFSCo.org [see article, December page 23] March 15, 2010 Graham Angus Spring Open House Sale Albany, GA Call 229-432-9249 [see advertisement, page 47] March 20, 2010 The “One” Sale Winning Edge Genetics Carrollton, GA Call 770-328-2047 [see advertisement, page 45] March 20, 2010 Ridgefield PT/RFI Bull & Female Sale Brasstown, NC Call 828-837-6324 [see advertisement, page 20] March 25, 2010 NFREC Beef/Forage Field Day Marianna, FL Call 850-482-9904 April 1-3, 2010 GCA Convention and Beef Expo Perry, GA Call 478-474-6560 [see schedule and info, page 72 &73]

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The January issue of the Georgia Cattleman magazine.

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