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STEERS when sea surface temperatures convention’s final day, Leadership Comments $127.03 is a chance some regions 14% of requirement. 7-10 NCBA confirmed $160.88 The final a new officer team the United News 1% will see identification in the equatorial Pacific States Ocean Federation a return After several long years, 4% and members moreby rule will to become effective March 11, voted on new and expiring normal warmer precipitation 2013 Section TwoNCBA was age4% limit is expected to increase are characterized patterns$6.30 pleased to hear Convention $193.78 that starting13 policy issues, including thethan value on Feb. 1, 2013. the upcoming normal during temperatures. resolutions on of beef exports to the important $121.70 spring 2013, and summer Matters Japan would begin accepting beef Market market. health growing “Cattlemen and cattle women are and well being; food safety; $154.79 Since the warmer seaseason. water It was welcome 14 “This is great news for cattlemen and news to Win derived from products Claims immigration; PLCbeef and participants, cattle cattle dedicated to raising healthy cattle, and marketing and trade; temperatures were first noticed many of whom have been women and is a significant under 30 months of age. milestone in federal The new lands rule enduring anoffongoing, ranching and more. the implementation of the ADT by anchovy fisherman the our trading relationship multi-year and conditions expand market terms drought. with Japan,” said access to further reinforces the commitment by Continued on page 17 coast of Peru near Christmas NCBA Past President J.D. include a wider supply of Alexander. the U.S. the livestock industry and government “Japan is a great market they associated the inventory. Since Japan resumed cattle for U.S. beeftime and imports to ensuring that the United States we look forward to continuing phenomenon with the of beef from the U.S., the to meet country had Japanese consumer demands. continues to supply our country and “boy child”, hence restricted shipments to In El lateNiño. February the Scientifi This move beef from cattle c with safe,could is an important step forward the world highcontain qualitythe beef,” The fishermen noticed the under 20 months of age. Commission BSE agent should an for the World Organization in paving This increase in the way toward greater export animal said Simmons. “NCBA encourages anchovy fishing was severely have the disease—from for Animal Health (OIE) recommended opportunities all animals to one of our largest export presentedworking APHIS to continue with in the these for slaughter theevents UnitedasStates’ risk USDA markets.”impacted bythat United classification Through November 2012, industry leaders onStates. this and allclassifi animal Being in the for water bovine spongiform encephalopathy ed as negligible risk Japan changes was the second largest export for BSE by the OIE is proof health issues.” Continued on page 13to negligible (BSE) be upgraded market for U.S. that these risk beef totaling $849 million The U.S. submitted an application status. safeguards are working and protecting and nearly the for the 130,000 metric tons. Alexander public and animal health upgrade last year, requesting against BSE.” added that the risk MARKET SNAPSHOT ENDING 1/18/13 (prices vs. year ago)That sentiment that this announcement classifiWEEK IN THIS ISSUE cation be improved from was echoed by is a shot in the controlled arm of Agriculture to negligible. CENTRAL LIVE Th FED CHOICE SecretaryOMAHA CASH Tom Vilsack, producers Leadership Comments to a3 market andSOUTH e Scientific Commission facing continued drought,500-600 conducted that the status upgrade, LB. costs STEERS STEERS BOXED BEEFwho explained CORN high input a review of the application and Lynch Profile 4 increasing if approved by$7.48 federal regulation. before recommending the OIE later this year, $166.21 $124.20 the upgrade. $192.68 will Federation News 6 Although help support efforts to increase export volume declined The announcement by USDA U.S. that the slightly in 1% 6% 22% exports Market Matters 8 2012, the value of2% of beef and beef products. Scientific Commission is U.S. beef supporting the exports12 reached a new all-time high “In recommending that the upgrade in$125.64 Sustainability status was applauded by $182.54 United $6.12 NCBA States receive negligible $5.51 billion, an increase $169.41 at President-Elect Bob McCan, of 2 percent risk classification, a cattleman from 2011 levels. According the Commission stated that from Victoria, Texas. to the U.S. the risk Meat Export Federation assessments submitted for “This announcement by the value of beef their evaluation OIE’s exports exceeded $216 per were robust and comprehensive, Scientific Commission is head in 2012. and that great news During December of last both our surveillance for, for U.S. cattle producers. year, export and safeguards The U.S. beef values reached $242.65 against, BSE are strong,” said industry has worked with per head, Vilsack. “U.S. government time record level. Beef exports an allbeef and beef products are officials and scientists to of the highest accounted implement for 12.7 percent of total quality, wholesome and produced multiple interlocking safeguards beef production to the to prevent highest safety and 9.8 percent of whole BSE from taking hold in standards in the world. muscle cut our country,” said The production in 2012. United States continues to McCan. “The most important press for of these normalization of beef trade safeguards is the removal with several of specified risk nations in a manner that materials—or the parts of is based on science an animal that Continued on page 17 IN THIS ISSUE MARKET SNAPSHOT WEEK Leadership Comments ENDING 2/23/13 (prices 2 vs. year ago) SOUTH CENTRAL Federation News LIVE FED 6 500-600 LB. 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Association Reports 6 GCA President’s Report, By Melvin Porter 9 GCA Executive Vice President’s Report, By Josh White 10 GCA Leadership 21 Georgia Beef Board Update, By Suzanne Bentley 78 YCC Report, By Emilia Dover Industry News 14 NCBA News & Updates 16 In My Opinion, By Steve Blackburn 26 Industry Obituaries 30 Dear EPA: Is That Puddle Navigable? By Ashley McDonald 39 Animal Disease Traceability Q & A 44 Tagging the Future, By Bailey K. Toates 60 An Evolution of Lean Beef 62 Pigeon Mountain Simmental, By Maggie Hart Reader Services 13 Leadership Q & A, By Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 18 Good Moos! 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Suzanne Bentley 22 Summer Conference Schedule & Registration 25 The Roto Tiller Saga, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 44 Tagging the Future, By Bailey K. Toates 66 Local Market Reports 69 Management Calendar 71 Calendar of Events 76 Preparing for Show Season, By Matt Shirley Expert Advice 34 Mid-Year Cattle Update, By R. Curt Lacy 58 Poor Hay Can Lead to the Poor House, By Dennis Hancock 68 Management of Pinkeye in Cattle, By Brad Heins, Lee Jones

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Porter’s Post Last month a couple of my sisters retired from the local school system with 30 plus years of service. There were several retirement parties that I attended and the question that was asked to me most often was, “When are you going to retire?” I have not thought about retirement very much because I didn’t realize farmers retired! The average age of a farmer in the United States is 61 years old, so I don’t guess very many retire after 30 years! Farming is not work for me because it is something I enjoy. It would be like retiring from playing golf or fishing. There is something about being close to nature that gives me a sense of peace and serenity. One of the things that gives me so much pleasure while I am out in the hay fields is observing the different kinds of wildlife. In researching the Red-Tailed Hawk, I found that they can live up to 30 years, so I think maybe the one I see in my pasture is the same one I see each year. When I pull into the hay field, the Hawk just seems to magically appear and I just look up and say “Hello, my friend.” The Hawk always knows that when I show up with the hay cutter he will eat well that day. There is also a mother deer that will stand at the edge of the woods and watch me cutting until I get close to her little ones and then she will go and retrieve them from the field. As the sun begins to set, the raccoons, skunks and foxes begin to appear. All of them are both cautious and curious at first, but after a while don’t pay the tractor any attention. As I was cutting one of the hay fields this past week, the lady that lives there came out and sat under a big oak tree and watched. When I finished cutting, I sat under the tree with her for some time and reminisced and laughed. She told me that a few years ago my Dad would also sit and visit with her. The only difference 6

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GCA President Melvin and Donna Porter is that when she saw my Dad coming with the hay rake, she would go ahead and look up the number of the power company because she knew he couldn’t turn his head to look behind the tractor and was going to hit the guide wire with the rake and knock the power off. He never got use to the bat wing rake. She told me she was glad I let him continue to rake hay as long as he could. Well, I have a confession to make. In Dad’s later years I was afraid he would get hurt, so I told him that Hutch and I would do the hay and he could just bring us things to the field that we needed. That didn’t work. He would always ask when I was going to start baling and by the time I would get to the field, he would already have the hay raked. I thought on this for a while and decided my next plan of action would be to just hide the keys to the tractors. That didn’t work either. I think he could get the tractors started faster without the key than I could with the key. My next idea was to take the jacks off the equipment so he couldn’t get the implements hooked up. No problem for Dad. He just bought a house jack and put it in the back of his truck. I finally gave up and Mother and some of the neighbors weren’t very happy that Dad was raking hay at his age. But he continued doing something he enjoyed and I kept buying new wheels for the rake. I guess when I can’t find the keys to the tractors and the jacks are missing from all the implements, I will know it is time to retire! A GCA Strategic Planning Meeting was held in Macon on May 30. GCA’s mission and vision were reviewed along with some goals for the next three years. Opportunities, threats and core values

were discussed by the persons attending. Strategic objectives were drawn up and the top areas of focus for GCA by FY 2018 were agreed upon. A sub-committee is currently working on a formal draft that will be presented at the summer conference board meeting for additional input. Thanks to Georgia Farm Bureau for allowing us to use their facilities for the meeting, to NCBA’s Kendal Frazier for facilitating the meeting and a special thanks to those who attended. GCA Summer Conference at Unicoi State Park Lodge in Helen, Georgia, on July 25-26 is taking shape. Kim Brackett, Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and NCBA President Bob McCan will be joining us for updates. There will also be a lot of fun events for all ages. Be sure to book early to guarantee a spot. Region RoundUp schedule has been set. The RoundUps will start in Calhoun on August 21, Moultrie on August 26, Thomaston on September 2 and conclude in Lyons on September 9. The RoundUp meetings are a great opportunity to hear what other chapters in your area are doing and get some ideas for your chapter. Tentative topics include Beef Myth Busters talk, review of GCA Strategic Planning Meeting, legislative and regulatory updates and discussion of some of the best meetings each chapter has held. I hope each chapter can have one or more representatives present at a regional meeting in your area. At GCA’s Strategic Planning Meeting last month, membership growth surfaced as the top opportunity for our association. Hopefully we are all continuing to pay someone’s membership forward. Remember there is always strength in numbers.

Region RoundUp RoundUp meetings are a great opportunity to visit with other chapters in your area, provide valuable input to GCA and learn something. Topics for this year’s meeting include Beef MythBusters, GCA strategic planning review, legislative update and “Best Meeting We Ever Held” discussion.


August 12: Gordon Co. Ag Service Center, Calhoun, Ga. August 21: UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens, Ga. August 26: Colquitt County Extension Office, Moultrie, Ga. September 2: Upson County Extension Office, Thomaston, Ga. September 9: Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center, Lyons, Ga. All meetings will begin at 6 PM with supper provided. RSVP to the GCA office: 478-474-6560

The Beef Month Proclamation was signed on June 11. GBB and GCA staff along with Robert Fountain and Melvin Porter traveled to the capitol for the annual event celebrating Beef Month. Gov. Deal said it was easy to smile this year in the cattle industry.

Cattlemen from across Georgia gathered in Calhoun for the Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Workshop and HERD Sale May 27 and 28. The workshop featured a reproductive anatomy lesson by University of Tennessee extension beef specialist Dr. Justin Rhinehart, a live heifer evaluation demonstration by UGA extension beef scientist Jason Duggin and an industry update from GCA’s Josh White. A solid group of heifers sold the following day for an average of $2197.

GCA Vice President Kyle Gillooly recently participated in the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference. The annual event begins each year in Denver at NCBA headquarters, travels to Chicago for stops at the Board of Trade & a McDonalds hamburger patty manufacturer and concludes in Washington, D.C. with Capitol Hill visits. Gillooly (left) is pictured at the NCBA D.C. office with NCBA President Elect Philip Ellis and GCA’s Josh White, who came up for the day to visit Congressional offices with Gillooly. “It was an honor to be nominated for this unique tour,” relates Gillooly. “What a great experience that during this nine day tour I was able to see every segment of the beef industry, visit our nation’s capitol and share it with 61 other proactive cattlemen and women.” 8

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Association Reports • Executive Vice President’s Report

Where Do We Go From Here? Josh White

It’s been said that failure to plan is planning to fail. Fortunately for GCA, we’ve had outstanding volunteer leadership that has guided staff to embrace the correct priorities for activities that will accomplish the mission of GCA. And while we have been “Uniting and Advancing Georgia’s Cattle Industry”, our members, leadership and staff have also been working to grow membership and solidify our financial position. A quick review of where we have been over the past five years shows progress that we can all be proud of: Membership: January 2010 - 4,244 May 2014 - 5,132 Bottom Line Improvement: FY 2010 ended with a budget deficit; FY 2013 saw a strong budget surplus Legislative Priorities: We have consistently achieved our priorities in the General Assembly; Activities & Events added since 2010: Summer Conference, Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast, Cattlemen’s Tour and Region RoundUp Series; Building & Grounds: Several improvements made over the past few years culminating in the current remodel project with new Culinary Kitchen to be complete by the end of August! Other New Additions: Staff member - Director of Association Services, Will Bentley; - Young Cattlemen’s Council - engaging younger cattle producers and allied industry members; - New magazine strategy with graphics & design brought “in-house” under the direction of GCA Director of Communications, Bailey Toates;

On the regulatory front things are much more challenging. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blatantly out of touch with farmers, ranchers and the “real world.” The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have published “guidance” for expanded implementation of the Clean Water Act. Providing additional “clarity” is their stated goal, but examination of the proposed guidance document reveals an expansion of EPAs regulatory reach and more uncertainty than clarity. Fortunately NCBA’s team in Washington D.C. is on top of the issue. Chief Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald is an outstanding advocate for farmers and ranchers and provides a thorough overview of the CWA guidance beginning on page 30. For additional information visit There you will find material on this subject, including resources to help you comment on the proposal. Also on the website is information about a “Town Hall” teleconference being held later in July to provide an update on the issue. EPA has recognized the concern over this rule in the countryside and extended the comment period on the guidance for 90 days. NCBA’s goal is to generate more than 10,000 comments before the October 20 deadline. Fortunately most of Georgia’s federal elected officials understand the over-reach of the EPA proposal. I recently had the opportunity to visit Congressional and Senate offices in D.C. with GCA vice president, Kyle Gillooly. Kyle was attending NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference which concludes with legislative visits in D.C. We visited seven different offices representing both political parties and ALL seven offices pledged their support to help fight back against Thanks to outstanding leadership from the county, EPA’s efforts to expand their authority through the guidance region and state level, GCA is in an excellent position today. document. Most of these Congressmen and Senators vividly As President Porter mentioned in his article this month, a recall voting against a bill that would have expanded the Clean strategic planning effort is under way at GCA to insure that Water Act several years back. They don’t seem to appreciate we continue improving and utilize the momentum we have how EPA is trying to expand their authority without a lawful created to move in the right direction for the next few years. mandate from Congress. The strategic planning committee is working on a draft plan that will be presented at GCA Summer Conference and during Finally, make plans now to attend the GCA Summer the Region RoundUp series. Additional information will also Conference if you have not already done so. EVERY GCA be published in Georgia Cattleman as we enter the fall. We MEMBER IS INVITED. All committee meetings, many hope that you will take at least one of those opportunities to of which feature guest speakers, are OPEN to any member. review the key goals the committee sets and provide input on You don’t have to serve on the committee to attend. Get where our organization is heading. It is certainly exciting to informed, get educated, provide input and be ready to have see the growth and value being created by your membership in some fun too! The Sam Gay Seafood Buffet Experience on GCA and the opportunities that lie before us. Friday night is one you will not soon forget. Your ticket to the feast includes a live performance by the Tiger Creek Band - a In other exciting news - cattle markets have absolutely popular country band that is in the running for numerous been on fire through early June. Less cattle in the country, awards. Be there so that you can say you saw them back before a slowly improving U.S. economy, strong exports, checkoff they became famous! The entire evening will be held at the funded promotion & research and the fact that beef tastes Cottrell Circle C Ranch, which features beautiful rolling hay DELICIOUS are all working in cattle producers’ favor right fields and a spectacular view of Mt. Yonah. Check out the full now. Be sure and check out Curt Lacy’s full outlook on page schedule of events and more info on guest speakers on page 22 34. It looks really positive for Georgia’s cow-calf operations and sign up to attend. I’ll see you in the mountains! over the next several years. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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

Melvin Porter President

168 Hardman Rd Jefferson, GA 30549 706-654-8283

Randy Fordham President-Elect

65 Corey Dr Danielsville, GA 30633 706-207-1301

Executive Committee Members

Kristy Arnold, Screven 912-294-3485 • Lee Brown, Colbert 706-207-7048 • Carroll T. Cannon, Ty Ty 229-776-4383 • Tammy Cheely, Warrenton 706-465-2136 • Brent Galloway, Monticello 678-410-6070 • Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert 229-938-2187 •

Kyle Gillooly Vice President

2731 River Rd Wadley, GA 30477 478-494-9593

Billy Moore Treasurer

172 Hidden Lakes Dr Gray, GA 31032 478-986-6893

Josh White Executive V. P.

P. O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560

GCA Immediate Past President

David Gazda, Athens 706-227-9098 •

NCBA Directors

Randy Fordham, Danielsville 706-207-1301 • Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 214-912-1993 •

Foundation Chairman

Bill Hopkins, Thomson 706-564-2961 •

CattleWomen’s President

Ruth Hice, Barnesville 770-358-2705 •

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 Region 8: Rodney Hilley, 770-567-3909 Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-775-2287 Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton


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GCA Past Presidents

1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton 2013-2014 David Gazda, Athens

m e n’s A s s o c i a t i o n Local Chapter Presidents

ABAC | Aaron Weaver | 386-527-9232 Amicalola | George Lyons | 706-265-3328 Appalachian | Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | David Lowe |706-485-6436 Banks | Thomas Dalton | 706-677-3008 Barrow | Mike Pentecost | 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Berrien | Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain | Joe Garner | 706-994-3927 Burke | Leroy Bell | 706-564-6066 Carroll | Tony Cole | 770-596-6596 Clarke-Oconee | Walter Lee | 706-769-4231 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Cook | Sean Resta | 229-896-8285 Coweta | Robert Allen | 678-923-6159 Crawford Area | Doug Bailey | 478-361-3024 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-246-0951 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Wesley Manis | 706-346-0874 Franklin | Keyes Davison | 706-498-6359 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | John Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Joe Griffith | 770-301-9113 Harris | Sandy Reames | 706-628-4956 Hart | Jason Fain | 706-436-9299 Heard | Keith Jenkins | 770-854-5933

Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430 Henry | Howie Doerr | 404-502-6287 Houston | Wayne Talton | 478-987-0358 Jackson | Matt Shirley | 706-983-0276 Jefferson | Donavan Holdeman | 706-833-2962 Johnson Area | Will Tanner | 478-278-1922 Laurens | Brad Childers | 478-376-4670 Lincoln | Billy Moss | 706-654-6071 Little River | Marvin Norman | 706-595-4291 Lowndes | Vacant Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Ron Conner | 478-847-5944 Madison | Jim Patton| 706-255-8079 Meriwether | David Ward, Jr. | 706-741-6260 Mid-Georgia | Danny Bentley | 706-647-7089 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Chris Franklin | 706-263-2008 North Georgia | David Lingefelt | 770-480-6177 Northeast Georgia | L. C. Pruitt | 706-865-2898 Northwest Georgia | Don Douglas | 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Andrew Gaines | 706-202-5742 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187 Peach | Willis Brown | 478-956-2798

Piedmont | Earnest Nichols, Jr. | 770-314-6061 Piney Woods | Steve Smith | 912-278-1460 Polk | Jason Bentley | 770-855-0082 Pulaski | Terry Moore | 478-952-0685 Red Carpet | Doug Bramlett | 770-547-9851 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | Lavawn Luke | 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia | Charles Harris | 912-288-3437 Stephens | Mark Smith | 706-779-7362 Tattnall | Newley Halter | 912-690-0789 Taylor | Wayne Wilson | 706-656-6351 Thomas | Charles R. Conklin | 229-228-6548 Three Rivers | Derek Williams | 229-315-0986 Tift | Buck Aultman | 229-382-3202 Tri-County | Alan Sowar | 770-668-4226 Tri-State | Gary Autry | 423-902-5925 Troup | Tom Mahaffey | 770-329-7197 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Jenna Lacey | 850-712-3329 Walton | Sammy Maddox | 770-267-8724 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-552-9328 Wayne | Randy Franks | 912-294-6802 Webster | Vacant Wilkes | Shane Moore | 706-678-5705 Wiregrass | Kurt Childers | 229-561-3466 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

GCA • GJCA • GCWA Membership Form Complete and mail this form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax: 478-474-5732 Email: ___ New Member ___ Renewal

___ GCA Dues, 1 year $50 ____ Yes, I’m interested in YCC* ___ GJCA Dues, 1 year $15 ___ GCWA Dues, 1 year $15 Additional Local Dues $____ Total Payment: $____

Name ________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________ State___________ Zip ______________ Email ________________________________________________________________________ GCA Chapter __________________________________________________________________ Sponsored by __________________________________________________________________ Birthday (juniors only)___________________________________________________________ *YCC: Young Cattlemen’s Council include members ranging from 18 to 40 years of age, no additional dues.

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

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Jordan Adams, Hampton Rodney H Alldredge, White Jonathan Barrett, Hiawassee Stanley Beaty, Pavo Sam Bissell, Lafayette Kendall Brown, Macon George Chandler, Seneca Josh Claxton, Wrightsville Nelson Claxton, Wrightsville Shane & Stacie Cooper, Flat Rock, Ala. Seth Crosby, Blackshear Maelee Dean, Cordele Maddie Dean, Cordele Ray Dick, Pavo Charlie Dukes, Quitman Jack R Edwards, Ball Ground Melanie Fowle, Etna, Ca. Brooks Franklin, Winder Madison Franklin, Winder Josh Franklin, Winder Ben Freeman, Perry John Goforth, Hoschton Mark Goldman, Lincolnton Bill Hagemann, Marietta Mike & Elsie Haley, Canton Benjamin S Hall, Fort Valley Chuck Hancock, Sandersville Clint Hancock, Tennille J. Darrell Hart, Pavo Leroy Hayes, Alma Larry Holcomb, Ringgold Dalton Ingram, Ball Ground


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Nathaniel Jones, Carrollton David Jones, Dahlonega Philip Kaufman, Newnan Gene Kearney, Smyrna Aaron Klingler, Byron Al Lanier, Pavo Kenneth Lanier, Roopville Norman Lawrence, Meansville Matthew Lindsey, Wrightsville Allie Lovvorn, McDonough Lin Malcolm, Covington Ty Martin, Dewy Rose Brian P Martin, Comer Doug McEvers, Barnesville R. C. McRae, Glenwood Jordan Mitten, Stockbridge Austin Moore, Blackshear Garry T Moss, Ball Ground Bud O’Brien, Blackshear Woody Parks, Lincolnton Lindsey Pompey, Lagrange Haley Porter, Dalton Julius T Shy, Jr., Ft. Valley Joshua Smith, Locust Grove Joshua Spears, Mansfield John Stacy, Columbus Clelland A Tyson, Lavonia Jonathan V Watkins, Cartersville Rena Bird Webb, Twin City Stan Weller, Marietta John T Williams, Buchanan Skip Zitzelsberger, Suwanee

M e e t Yo u r G C A L e a d e r s h i p




Scotty Lovett

EC Member & Region 10 VP


Share what being the on the executive committee and a region vice president means and some of the responsibilities you undertake.


I was honored when President Porter ask me to serve on the EC. I feel it is important to represent the membership and move the association forward while protecting the assets of the organization. Along with serving on the EC, I am also currently serving as the Region 10 VP and president of my local chapter, Pachitla Cattlemen’s Association.

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Describe your background and your involvement with the cattle industry.

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Tell us about your family.

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Bobby Lovett was my father and best friend. He set a strong example of what it means to give back by serving the cattle industry and GCA. After his father and brother both passed away within a few months of each other at 35 years of age, dad found himself with the complete load of a farm, a construction company, along with a wife and three kids to look after. He chose the farm over the construction company and started improving the cattle by culling hard and cross breeding. As far as involvement with GCA, he served as local president, regional vice president, EC member and treasurer of GCA. He was a strong supporter, and frequent buyer at both the Calhoun and Tifton bull test programs. After touring feedlots in Kansas on GCA tour he became a strong voice for trying to improve the reputation of Southeastern cattle. These experiences lead to his involvement with the start of the beef challenge. If Pastie Cannon didn’t have enough cattle to make a load she knew she could always call and dad would finish the load out. Same with the HERD program in both Calhoun and Tifton. In the beginning if numbers came up short he would get a call from Pastie. He served on both boards as they were created.

I am married to Becky Mills, freelance AG journalist. We live in my grandfather’s house on Lovett farms and are being raised by four dogs. Mosby the golden is Becky’s assistant and Max, Willie and Tater the shorthairs who teach me the finer points of quail hunting. We operate Lovett Farms with my partners, brother Bob and his son Graham. My entire family, mother, sister and brother live within 1/2 mile of each other. Lovett Farms consist of approximately 4,300 acres of row crops. We grow corn, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, pasture and timber. Our cow herd consists of 440 Angus/SimAngus commercial cattle. In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? I feel the greatest threat to cattlemen is water and private property rights because of government regulations. I would like to see GCA membership continue to grow from the younger generation and the passive cattlemen in our state. I feel this is the only way we can get fair representation on our concerns.


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NCBA News and Updates Antiquities Act Abuse, Obama Designates Half-Million Acre Monument In late May, President Obama signed a proclamation designating a new monument in southern New Mexico that will cover nearly a half-million acres, the largest monument designation President Obama has made to date. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association opposes the decision. Contrary to the White House’s claim of ranchers’ support, the designation encompasses 68 percent of public grazing lands and 9,000 head of cattle in Dona Ana County, threatening the livelihood of these family ranching operations. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, the President has power to declare monument designations, which often come with overreaching and restrictive management provisions in the name of environmental protections. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is President Obama’s11th monument designation, a clear abuse of power with a designation of this size and scale, said New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association President and NCBA Member Jose Varela Lopez. “This is just another decision made by the administration driven from pressure by radical special interest groups without the consideration of the negative impact on local economies or the will of local residents,” said Valera Lopez. “Our industry has operated on western rangelands for over a century in some areas creating and contributing to the very landscapes this monument claims to protect. Adding layers of red tape and regulation will only hinder ranchers’ ability to continue

operating in the area, removing the people that care for and manage the range every day.” Despite claims that grazing will continue within the monument boundaries, the proclamation excludes livestock grazing in the purposes section. This will give the managing agency the power to diminish or eliminate existing ranching operations in an effort to “protect” the land. Furthermore, if a rancher proposes a range improvement project or any other activity which is determined to be in conflict, it will be disallowed, a far cry from the multiple-use concept under which these lands have been successfully managed, said Varela Lopez. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sent a letter to President Obama urging reconsideration of the designation. In the letter he wrote that added restrictions have hindered law enforcements ability to protect the border. “National Parks, monuments, and wilderness areas along our southern border have become prime drug-trafficking corridors for violent criminals and drug cartels,” the letter stated. “Restrictive environmental laws within these federal corridors limit Border Patrol access and, as a result, make it easier for drug smugglers and human traffickers to move their drugs and people in and out of the United States unnoticed.” NCBA agrees with Rep. Bishop’s analysis; far too many ranchers along the southern border see firsthand the environmental damage and dangerous situation that exists and restrictive land designations only add to the problem.

Congress Eases Burden of EPA’s SPCC Rule Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which will become law with the President’s signature. Importantly for members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, this bill contains a provision that will ease the burden of the EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule. The current EPA SPCC rule for farms requires compliance if an operation has 1,320 gallons, or more, of aboveground fuel storage and allows self-certification up to 10,000 gallons. This not only includes fuel storage but requires aboveground feed storage to be included in the total if it meets the broad definition of “oil” which includes the base of many liquid cattle feeds. “The SPCC rule is yet another example of the EPA’s regulatory scheme threatening the economic viability of rural America and family farms and ranches,” said Bob McCan, NCBA president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman. “Cattlemen and women have been waiting too long for a permanent fix to the SPCC rule. Thanks to the efforts of Senators Inhofe and Pryor and Representative Crawford, this provision will ease the burden of this rule across the nation for many farmers and ranchers.” Under the provision in the WRRDA legislation, the aggregate aboveground fuel exemption limit is raised to 6,000 gallons for operations with no history of spills and no single tank with a capacity of 10,000 gallons or more from having to develop a plan. The provision will require a self-certified plan for operations that have aggregate aboveground fuel storage 14

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above 6,000 and below 20,000 gallons with no history of spills and no single tank capacity of 10,000 gallons or more. Moreover, the legislation exempts fuel tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or less and all tanks that hold animal feed ingredients from the aggregate calculations. Those operations that do not meet these exemptions will require a Spill Containment Plan, certified by a professional engineer. “This commonsense legislation will protect the majority of the nation’s cattle producers from the burden and cost of developing a spill containment plan,” said McCan. “Our operations are good stewards of their land and waters, and this provision recognizes our commitment to keeping our family and animals safe. Because we know the value in clean water, our producers have an excellent record in preventing fuel spills. This is a major regulatory victory for the majority of our members who live miles from town and store fuel or feed on their property.” The legislation also calls for a study to be conducted by the EPA and the USDA within one year of the bill becoming law to determine whether the 6,000 gallon aggregate aboveground storage exemption level poses a significant risk of a discharge to waters of the U.S. by agricultural operations. Based on the results of that study, the exemption level may be lowered from 6,000 gallons, but cannot be lowered below 2,500 gallons. “We expect the President to sign WRRDA shortly and look forward to this legislation becoming law,” said McCan.

NCBA News and Updates On the Road Again It is hard to imagine but the time has come once again to reauthorize our nation’s expiring transportation infrastructure projects and address the lack of funding for the Highway Trust Fund that pays for our transportation projects. It’s been less than two years since the previous Highway Bill was enacted and now Congress is back at work crafting a new Highway Bill. Two years may seem like a long time to some but this is a far cry from the typical five to seven years we traditionally have between Highway Bills. Our goal is to help explain what is going on and how to understand the complexities of transportation policy. Highway Bill On July 6, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP- 21; P.L. 112-141). The act authorized spending on federal highway and public transportation programs, surface transportation safety and research, and some rail programs and activities through September 30, 2014. You may recall that MAP-21 restricted the U.S. Department of Transportation from forcing states to require most farmers and ranchers to have commercial drivers licenses. MAP-21 also authorized waivers from the hours of service restrictions during harvest and planting seasons. Most importantly, MAP-21 authorized a two-year study to determine the health of America’s roads and bridges and their ability to handle increased truck weights with an additional sixth axle. NCBA has been engaged in the implementation of all three of these issues and the truck weight study is expected to conclude later this year. Highway Trust Fund According to the Congressional Research Service, most of the funding for surface transportation bills has been drawn from the Highway Trust Fund since its creation in 1956, but the HTF, which receives revenue mainly from federal motor fuel taxes, has experienced declining revenue due to a sluggish economy and improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency. For the past several years, HTF revenue has been insufficient to finance the government’s surface transportation programs. Although Congress was unable to agree on a long-term

solution to the HTF revenue issue, MAP-21 did provide for the transfer of sufficient general fund revenues to the HTF to fund a two-year bill. You may have seen recent news reports stating that due to unforeseen circumstances the HTF will likely run out of money by the mid-summer. If that happens, we should all expect delays in road projects because that means states are not receiving adequate federal funding needed to pay for the projects. This would be an uncomfortable political position to face during an election year, which is why some pundits predict that Congress will take separate action to provide temporary funding for the HTF through September 30, 2014, and leave the real work on long-term fiscal solvency until after the general election in November. What Should We Expect? History has proven that leadership in both parties and in both houses do not like to place vulnerable members in vulnerable voting positions by taking controversial votes during an election year. But how is a Highway Bill controversial? Simply put, it is always too expensive for conservatives and there is never enough funding for bike paths, light rail, or busses for everyone else. Not to mention all of the state and local politicians who are upset that they didn’t get the brand new highway they wanted. Unfortunately, history will probably repeat itself and Congress will reauthorize the existing Highway Bill for several months to a year- an election year playbook that has been used in recent years. Even so, there will plenty of discussion and opportunities to weigh-in between now and August recess to lay the groundwork for next year’s Highway bill, which is exactly what NCBA will be doing. What Can You Do? As previously mentioned, this is an election year. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to engage directly with your elected officials and share your concerns with them. Remind your elected officials of the important role that transportation plays in your business and how we need a real 21st century Highway Bill that allows us to compete in the global market.

House Passes Tax Extenders Legislation June 12, the U.S. House voted 274 to 144 to pass a handful of tax extenders, including the expiring section 179 expensing provisions for small business. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan says this is a victory for rural America. “The passage of these tax extenders is a good move for cattlemen and women,” said McCan. “America’s ranching families are primarily family-owned small businesses who need a stable tax code that encourages rural economic growth. That is what this package is, and we urge the Senate in turn to pass their tax extender legislation to provide greater certainty in the tax code.” Specifically for agriculture, this legislation includes an extension of Section 179 expensing for capital investments.

On January 1, 2014, expensing levels under Section 179 were reduced from $500,000 to $25,000. This and other important tax extenders still await action in the Senate. “These and many other provisions in the tax code give our producers the certainty they need to make sound financial decisions,” according to McCan. “In turn, they spur forward economic growth by encouraging the purchase of and investment in machinery and equipment. Failure to act will only prolong the effects of a weak economy for producers and the businesses that rely on them.” Cattlemen and women urge Congress to send a tax extenders package to the President’s desk as soon as possible. Greater certainty in the tax code supports small business and supports rural America. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services • In My Opinion

Should we send dirt to Washington, D.C.? Steve Blackburn

A few months ago Josh and Will from the Georgia I am not sure if all politicians are funeral directors. Just like my local funeral home director they smile, pat me on the back, Cattlemen’s office, past presidents of GCA, Mr. Louie Perry, and tell me that they will be the last guy to let me down. Mr. Bill Nutt, and I made a run up to Washington, D.C. for the National Beef Cattlemen’s Association Spring Legislative Another reason to send dirt is that many of the folks Conference. This is the annual meeting where cattlemen from in Washington D.C. may be unfamiliar with what it is and across the country gather at the U.S. Capitol to meet with how it has propelled us to become a powerful and successful their representatives and the regulators to give our industry’s nation. The underpinnings of a successful and secure nation perspective regarding any legislative issues or regulations that is an abundant food supply. In my opinion, farmers, the men are in the pipeline. This was by far one of the best trips I have and women of the past and the present that have been graced taken to D.C. We by God with the were cordially greeted responsibility of and given plenty of being caretakers time to express our of the land, water points with many of and livestock, have the state of Georgia’s proven to be far U.S. Representatives, better stewards and both senators and/or more productive their staff agricultural than the Washington assistants. My thanks crowd can claim to go to Josh, Will and be with the resources the NCBA staff for they are overseeing. all the legwork to set The staff members this up. at NCBA’s office in Washington, D.C. Getting to are doing a great the point of my job representing question about the us every day. With dirt, this year I left their nerves of steel Washington, D.C. and tireless energy wondering if there they jump right in would be any dirt the fight and try to left up there to educate the folks in support the cherry Steve Blackburn, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Bill Nutt meet to discuss issues Congress and the trees with the way facing the cattle industry during the NCBA Legislative Conference. agencies with facts the administration, and our input on legislators and federal how things should or, as is in most cases, should not be done. agencies are slinging mud at each other. I can tell you that it appears to me that a donkey and an elephant would not make It was comforting to hear from our Congressmen and their staffers that the NCBA office is considered a primary source a very productive plow team. The regulators are charting new for input when it comes to agricultural issues. If you are not a territory to plow while the team is still arguing about who is going to lead. They all claim to be looking out for the working member of NCBA please consider joining and helping in the man or the “grass roots” of this country. With all that fertilizer fight to protect our resources and so we can keep this country they are generating up there you would think they could grow well-feed and strong. a few good ideas. If an elected official or candidate for office in Washington If you think about the way the policy makers in D.C. comes through your area you might want to invite him out to your place for a visit. These are good folks with a Washington are digging a hole by constantly increasing the debt, crushing the life out of small businesses and farmers with tough job and no apparent easy way to accomplish the task. Offer your thoughts and then send them along with one of added regulations and fees, and rubbing their hands together waiting for the after death “estate taxes” you might start to feel Grandma’s Bell jars full of dirt with a label that says “Open like the guy that stumbles into a funeral directors convention. daily for inspiration.”


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The Georgia Angus Association hosted the 2014 Southern National Angus Show June 5-7 in Perry, Ga., at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Exhibitors from three states participated in this year’s events. In addition to the junior and open shows, the Georgia Junior Angus Association held its junior meeting and conducted activities, and the Georgia Angus Auxiliary served lunch during the junior show. The Georgia Angus Association Board of Directors held a board meeting. Congratulations to all of the exhibitors that participated and thank you to all sponsors for this year’s event. Watch for show results in the next issue of the Georgia Cattleman magazine.

Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmount, Georgia donated a commercial Brangus heifer to the Suwannee County Cattlemen (SCCA) for the 2014 Youth Heifer Show Raffle. In order to raise money to provide premiums and awards to the exhibitors, a heifer is raffled off during the show. Tickets were sold at $1 each in the weeks leading up to the show. The winning ticket was drawn by Gerald Biggers, owner of Caribbean Cargo Company of Live Oak. Mr. and Mrs. Biggers then generously donated the heifer to the Suwannee High School FFA Chapter of Florida.

Simmental enthusiasts gathered at Elrod Farms, Talmo, Georgia, on May 24 for the annual Georgia Simmental Field day. The hardwork and care to detail of the family was evident upon arrival at the cozy Northeast Georgia farm that has been in the family for 5 generations. Adult participants enjoyed a live demonstration of selection priorities and keep/cull methods put on by University of Georgia’s Jary Douglas and Alex Tolbert, while nearly 50 junior members participated in the judging contest. Commerical Producers Brian Grogan of Calhoun and Steve Loughridge of Eton spoke on the theme of the day “Why we use Simmentals.” The two progressive commercial producers spoke on how the influence of Simmental genetics directly affected weaning weights and post weaning gains. They each spoke of their personal experience of marketing feeder cattle and commercial females and the difference Simmentals have made to their bottom line. Georgia Cattlemen’s President Melvin Porter blessed the meal provided by AG GEORGIA FARM CREDIT and prepared by the Elrod clan. The hospitality was unmatched as the ladies, clad in Elrod Farms aprons, helped serve Cole’s famous beef brisket. After lunch, Mr. Porter provided and update from GCA and Mr. Billy Moss brought an update from GSA. Terry Chandler spoke to the crowd offering his expertise on extending grazing seasons and its effect on profits. Mr. Chandler spoke on how the majority of our expenditures as cattle producers come from winter feeding, and how extending grazing seasons and utilization of available forages can cut costs and limit the days cattle require feeding. He challenged the group to look at their cattle operation as a business and that what works today, may not be the best answer tomorrow.


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hapter onnections Sabrina Bennett of Madison Co. Cattlemen’s Association has several ESOL students from Thailand, Burma, El Salvador, Cuba, Vietnam, Mexico, and Peru. The students enjoyed cooking beef in their cooking lab.

In recognition of Beef Month, the Lincoln County Cattleman’s Association donated $100 to both the Lincoln County High School FFA and FCCLA. Both organizations and their teachers prepare the meals and host our meetings in the school’s Culinary Arts Café and the students do all the preparation and serving as part of their curriculum. Pictured is Dennis Gay, Ag teacher; Lynn Gay, Culinary Arts instructor; Stan Tankersley , LCA treasurer; and Billy Moss , LCA president.

The Mid-GA chapter hosted a Young Cattlemen’s Council cookout at Bentley Farms in Thomaston Georgia. The event featured several fun activities for the young cattlemen and their families to enjoy. There was a heifer selection contest as well as a “guess the age of the tractor” game featuring several older model John Deere tractors. The cookout was the first of its kind for the YCC. “tThe Young Cattlemen’s Council is very excited to host this event,” says Bo Huddleston, YCC Chair-Elect, “We hope to get more young cattlemen involved with the industry and the association.”


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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Suzanne Bentley GBB director of industry information & public relations When it comes to summertime there is plenty of fun in the sun to go around with family vacations, vacation bible schools, Fourth of July celebrations and for those in agriculture there are always summer projects that need to be done. Those busy summer schedules can often lead to some hectic meal planning when trying to work around everyone’s plans. In efforts to embrace grilling season for all that its worth, I wanted to share a recipe that is perfect for grilling or baking. Stuffed peppers are always a hit in the summer but this specific recipe promises to not only provide you with yet another delicious beefy dish, but a convenient one. Since getting married, buying a house and daring to begin numerous renovations while accepting my longer daily commute, I have learned that I need to start thinking smarter, not harder when it comes to meal planning. Now, this recipe will teach you never to disrespect the infamous Hamburger Helper, but embrace it. Hamburger Helper isn’t exactly on the top of my list of favorite meals, but I can promise you these stuffed peppers will increase its ranking. Adding a premade (BEEFY) boxed dinner with some flavorful produce can really add some zest to your plate. Experiment by adding extra veggies to the stuffing or use a variety of different peppers to add additional options to your family meal. Stuffed Peppers (Produce, Recipe and Picture from Maggie Hart)

1 lb Ground Beef 1 Box Hamburger Helper (Crunchy Taco) Shredded Cheese (to taste) 1 pepper per person (pepper of choice) Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook ground beef on stove top until browned and drain. After draining the beef, follow the directions on hamburger helper box to create the stuffing for the peppers. The mixture will have to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to stir the rice to avoid sticking. While hamburger helper is cooking, cut peppers in half and take seeds out. Then, boil peppers for 3 minutes or until color changes and then run under cool water to prevent over cooking. After the peppers are boiled and the hamburger helper is finished, place peppers in baking dish and stuff peppers with cooked hamburger helper mixture. Add cheese to top and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Tip: If you choose to break out the grill, skip the boiling and grill the peppers before and after stuffing them.


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Association Reports

Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update July 2014 By Suzanne Bentley, GBB director of industry information and public relations

Georgia Beef Board

Elementary School Ag. Days The Georgia Grown “Feed My School” program created in efforts to bridge the gap in student’s knowledge of how their food gets from the farm to their school cafeteria. Throughout this week long program, children grades K-5 have the opportunity to learn about different commodities found across the state of Georgia and how they end up on our plates. GBB joined in on this initiative and attended the events at Skyview Elementary in Macon and Southside Elementary in Cairo. Our booth taught students about the beef industry right here in Georgia focusing on by-products that they use every day. It is always so rewarding to see the wide eyed faces fascinated, shocked, and a little taken aback by the fact that there is “a cow in their marshmallow.”

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

Partners In Planning Conference On June 2-3 I attended the Partners in Planning conference at NCBA Headquarters in Denver, CO. The two day meeting was for all state beef council staff to engage with NCBA staff in finalizing the 2015 NCBA checkoff plan of action. A specialized workshop was held focusing on how to build relationships with influencers as well as maintain and grow those relationships. I am excited to have brought back this information to Georgia as we work to begin planning our 2015 checkoff plan of action. We aim to align our promotion and education efforts, along with the other state beef councils across the country with the guidance and expertise of NCBA. While the consumer demographic evolves, we are now maintaining our educational and promotion programs while focusing on millennial parents between the ages of 20 and 34. With this age group being the largest and most digitally connected generation, it is important to provide them with the information and relationships they are looking for to keep beef on their family’s plate.

Zippy Duvall P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31298 478-474-8411

Beef Month Media During Beef Month we worked with three media outlets to air a Beef segment declaring that June was Georgia Beef Month and we wanted to help everyone celebrate by overcoming the grilling confusion of beef rubs versus marinades. On June 9 the segment aired on WMAZ in Macon, June 18 on WALB in Albany and on June 19 GA Farm Monitor filmed our Beef Month segment. Given the short time frame allotted for these segments, the main focus was that there is no such thing as “the best beef cut”; it is all about matching your cut of beef with a rub or marinade that accentuates that beefy flavor.


Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Dr. Frank Thomas 68 GA 149 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743 Betts Berry 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049

Robert Fountain Jr. P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 4541 Mountville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Allen Wiggins 1315 U.S. 41 Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-3371 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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4th Annual GCA’s Summer Conference Follow us to

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Unicoi State Park • Helen, Georgia July 25-26, 2014

All GCA members and families welcome!

Friday, July 25 7:30 a.m. Early Registration and Check-in 8 – 9:30 a.m. Committee Meetings -Media and Communications Committee -Legislative Committee -By-Laws Committee 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Gathering & Refreshment Break 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Opening and Welcome by GCA President Melvin Porter 10:15-11:45 a.m. Kim Brackett, an Idaho ranching wife and mother who was recently elected chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, will present our keynote address. She will share her experiences of juggling a successful cattle operation, an internet blog (, a growing family and volunteer cattle industry leadership. FREE AFTERNOON There are so many options of things to do in Helen – we cannot begin! We know many of you are avid golfers and there are great courses in the area! Let us know if you are interested in playing and we will make the arrangements. OR If golfing isn’t for you then Zipline through the woods with us. There are 4 zip lines on the tour. The tour begins with a really cool ride in a military Troop Transport vehicle and short hike. All platforms are tree based with the highest being 70’ above ground. Again, please let us know if you are interested and we will make all of the arrangements at Zip n’ Time. You can tube the Chattahoochee, shop, lay in the sun by the lake or ride bikes. There is something for every family! 6:30 p.m. Sam Gay Seafood Buffet Experience at Cottrell Ranch and Tiger Creek Band. Brought back by popular demand we will enjoy a seafood buffet at Cottrell Ranch. We will also be entertained by Tiger Creek Band who has just been nominated for the Georgia Music Awards Band of the Year (voting is still open). 22

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Saturday, July 26 7 a.m. GJCA Sunrise Run Adult Sunrise Walk with Helen history – Wake up early and go for a jog or walk with us. The trail will go from Unicoi State Park to downtown Helen through the woods! 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Committee Meetings -Cattle Health and Well Being Committee -Region VPs and Membership Committee -Production & Marketing Committee 9:45 a.m. – Noon GJCA Tubing the Chattahoochee – The juniors will spend the morning tubing down the Chattahoochee River enjoying the peace and serenity of the north Georgia mountains in Alpine Helen! 10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. GCA Board of Directors Meeting: Our mid-year general policy board meeting. See what’s up with your association and hear from NCBA President Bob McCan.We will also be making a GCA Hall of Fame Presentation that you won’t want to miss! 12:30 p.m. Picnic hosted by Young Cattlemen’s Council: The YCC will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and playing games at the mountaintop facility at Unicoi. Join us for the 1st Annual YCC Corn Hole Tournament. It will be a great opportunity to show off your skills. Prizes will be awarded. FREE AFTERNOON! There is so much to do in the Alpine village of Helen you won’t have time to do it all! Check out all the things to do in Helen at http://www. 6:00 p.m. Grill Out and Activities at Virgil Lovell’s – Ankony Farm: Come ready to play at GCA’s annual game night with “Name that Tune,” Horseshoes, Corn Hole and a Dessert Contest. Enjoy friendship, food and a fun evening for the whole family!


Northeast Georgia Livestock

Thank you to our sponsors! GCA Summer Conference Meal & Event Registration Form Complete a separate pre-registration for for each individual, couple or family that will be picking up a registration packet. Register online at! Name Address City State Zip Phone Email County/Chapter Registration Fee $35.00 per family

It’s not too late to register! Act now! Card #: __________________________ Visa Mastercard American Express

Expiration Date: ___________________ Signature: ________________________

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Friday night meal (seafood buffet) Friday night kids meal (under 12) Friday afternoon Pay onsite, instructions will be emailed. Saturday lunch picnic Saturday night meal (steak night) Saturday night kids meal (under 12)

Number of People ____ X 45.00 = $_____ Number of Kids ____ X 15.00 = $_____ Golfing # ____ Zip n’ Time # ____ Number of People ____ Number of People ____ Number of Kids ____

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Room Reservation Information The conference will be held at Unicoi State Park. To make reservations visit or call 1-800-573-9659. Overflow Hotel: Best Western • 706-878-2111 Ask for GCA Group Rate

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Reader Services

The Roto Tiller Saga

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It all started because Jo wanted a small lawn behind the house. Tom encouraged her. Tom’s friend offered to lend them his heavy duty, magnum, HumVee version of a tiller. Jo borrowed my Dodge 2500 Ram diesel to pick it up in Sierra Vista, 30 miles away. I received the call at sundown. “It won’t start.” “Try to jump it, the cables are in the tool bag.” It worked. During the week they manhandled the monster Tiller around in the close-quartered backyard. Sometimes it took both of them to control the raging beast. It was Saturday morning when Jo heard the screaming! She raced out to find Tom pinned sideways against the wall! He had tried to till and turn in a small, three-sided brick cul d sac and got stuck. Jo flailed at the machine that was attacking her man! He had somehow hooked the throttle on the handlebar with the OFF switch under his overall strap! Jo tried to push it and it reared up and growled! The spinning rotary blades jumped back, bit into the earth and slammed Tom against the wall and was climbing up his bib! Jo jerked the spark plug wire off! The dead machine crashed to a halt. It sat there ticking, like Stephen King’s 1958 Plymouth Fury in the movie “Christine.” To return the killer tiller, Jo borrowed my ’76 GMC. “Should I put gas in it?” she asked.

I said, “It should have half a tank…but the gas gauge is broken. They drove the malevolent tiller back to the lender and started home. They passed two gas stations, “Shouldn’t we top off the gas?” asked Tom. “No,” said Jo, “Baxter said it was half full.” Ten minutes later Jo was on the phone to her son asking him to meet her on hwy 90, along side the road with a can of gas. He did. It was getting darker. Tom was feeling like the can, in ‘Kick the can.’ Four miles later they saw the lights of the Circle K. “Halleluiah,” sighed Tom. That was just before he saw the red lights flashing in the rearview mirror…”Oh, no.” The officer pulled them over because of no taillights. “Could it get any worse?” Eveready Tom found a piece of wire in the pickup bed and attempted to hotwire the fuse. Jo saw the sparks and heard the sizzle. Tom raised his smoking index finger which smelled like burning hair. Tom started to cry (no he didn’t, but it sounds good). The sympathetic officer allowed them to drive home with their emergency lights on. Tom got a mile down the road. He took a deep breath. “Well, we got lucky. At least he didn’t see that the license plate expired ten months ago.”

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Jane Morgan Haddock Jane Morgan Haddock, 96, of Haddock Drive, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her residence. Miss Haddock was born November 8, 1917, to the late Alonza Lee Haddock and Julia Lane Haddock. She was a lifelong resident of Haddock and graduated from Gray High School. Miss Haddock received her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State College for Women and later, in 1988, she established a scholarship fund at the college. During and following World War II she worked with the American Red Cross in military and veteran’s hospitals in Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Miss. Haddock worked at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville for over thirty years including eight years in the Social Services Department. In 1962, the Volunteer Services Department was established at the hospital and she became the coordinator, a position she held until her retirement in 1982. In 1950, Ms. Haddock began purchasing land and established a beef cattle herd which she managed for over fifty years. She was a charter member of the Baldwin, Jones and Putnam counties Cattlemen’s Association and was made a life member in 2002. Miss. Haddock was a member of Haddock United Methodist Church, serving as it’s treasurer for fifty years.

Russell Smith Mr. Smith passed peacefully from this life on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home. Born October 18, 1930, in Patten, Georgia, he was the son of the late Benjiman Henry and Pearl G. Palmer Smith. On March 28, 1952, in Pavo, Georgia, he married Frances Anita Strickland who preceded him in death. Russell never left home. At an early age he joined his brother J.L. and under the watchful eye of their mother Pearl they continued to farm the land on which his mother and father homesteaded when they moved from Mitchell County. Russell was devoted to caring for the homeland and farm that would be his livelihood and legacy. On March 28th 1952, he married what may arguably be the best wife and mother to ever put on a pair of shoes. Together they made a house a home and a loving gathering place for grandkids, nephews and nieces. Russell was also always devoted to serving the Lord Jesus and his church family at Kennedy Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. On October 2, 2008, Anita Smith was called home to be with the Lord. Russell devoted his life to her and his family without ceasing until March 10, 2014 when he was called home as well to reunite with his loving wife and be with his Lord and Savior.

Lee Nelson Sanders Lee Nelson Sanders, 71, died Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Crisp County and the son of the late Sherry Lee Sanders and the late Ida Mae Brady. He was a farmer and member of Penia Baptist Church. He was a former president of the Crisp County Farm Bureau, a member of the Crisp County Steer & Barrow Association, a member of the Cattlemen’s Association and a golfer.

Vernon Elbert Sanders, Jr. Mr. Sanders was born and raised in Forsyth, GA on his family’s dairy farm. He was a 1962 graduate of Mary Persons High School where he played football on the 1958 team, and the 1959, 1960, and 1961 teams under Coach Dan Pitts. He was also active in Future Farmers of America. He attended Clemson University where he studied agriculture and played on the 1962 and 1963 teams. He was active in his community as a member of the MP Touchdown Club, serving as President numerous times. He was also active in Georgia Farm Bureau, the Monroe County Jaycees, the GA Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia Dairy Association and the Forsyth Golf Club, where he also served as President. He was a dedicated coach in Monroe County’s Little League football program, serving as a coach to numerous boys. Mr. Sanders could be found at every MP home game in the press box calling play by play action as the “Voice of the Bulldogs.” In 2014, the press box was named in his honor.


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Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form below or call 478-4746560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

Tenderloin Members ($600+) AgGeorgia Farm Credit

AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Lake City Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Dow AgroSciences Fuller Supply Company Georgia Metals Inc., Danielsville Intervet Merial Pennington Seeds Purina Mills Southern Farm & Forest, LLC Southern States Yancey Bros. Company Zoetis Complete and mail this form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax: 478-474-5732 • Email: ___ New Member ___ Renewal Business Name _________________________________________ Contact ______________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________ City _____________________________ State____ Zip ________ Phone ________________________________________________ Fax __________________________________________________ GCA Chapter __________________________________________ Sponsored by ___________________________________________ Membership Level ___ Tenderloin Member $600 or more ___ T-Bone Member $300 - $599 ___ Ribeye Member $150 - $299 ___ Sirloin $75 - $149 Contribution Amount $ _____

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


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Associate Membership Form

T-Bone Members ($300 - $599) Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee

Ribeye Members ($150 - $299)

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville Amicalola EMC, Jasper Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, Florida Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Columbia County Farm Bureau, Harlem Colquitt Ag Services, Doerun Farmers Seed Co., Inc., Doerun First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Jackson EMC, Gainesville

Jackson EMC, Hull Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Mid State Meat, LLC, Sandersville Nationwide Insurance, Winston Nitram Farms, Ocilla Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Resaca Sun Feeds LLC, Resaca Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Sunbelt Builders Inc., Covington United Community Bank, Carrollton Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla

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• July 2014


NCBA News and Updates

Dear EPA: Is that Puddle Navigable? Ashley McDonald, Chief Environmental Counsel for NCBA

This article highlights how far the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pushed its authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are taking public comments on a proposed regulation that would expand the federal government’s authority over waters; private property rights be damned. This is just a taste of the proposed expansion and the devastating impacts it could have on your farm, in hopes that you talk to your elected officials to ask that they do everything in their power to prevent this federal land grab. When passed in 1972, the CWA created a permitting system to control discharges (discharge includes dirt, manure, fertilizer, litter, pesticides, etc.) into “navigable waters.” The term “navigable waters” is defined in the CWA as “waters of the United States” and nothing more. This absurdly vague definition has provided the implementing agencies (namely EPA and the Corps) with the enormous loophole they needed to systematically gain more regulatory authority over smaller and less significant “bodies of water” over the past 40 years. Despite Supreme Court rulings striking down broad interpretations of their authority over isolated waters the agencies keep trying to expand federal jurisdiction over ditches, ponds and puddles. Twice there have been proposals in Congress to delete the word “navigable” altogether from the CWA. Due in large part to push back from farmers and ranchers, both attempts failed and the Congressmen and Senators who pushed for the legislation were ousted during the next election. But EPA and the Corps are now trying to do regulatorily what the American public would not let them do legislatively. On March 25, the EPA and the Corps released their proposed rule redefining what qualifies as a “water of the U.S.” Broad and ambiguous terms are used throughout the proposal and key terms are left undefined, leading to the conclusion that the federal agencies have granted themselves regulatory authority over every wet spot in the country. Here are some highlights of the proposal: •Waters that qualify as traditionally navigable waters (can float a canoe), interstate waters, the territorial seas and impoundments of these waters remain “waters of the U.S.” This is not a change. • The proposal makes every “tributary” a “water of the U.S.” The agencies definition of “tributary,” for the first time, includes ditches and ponds. It also includes streams that only hold water during a rainfall event (“ephemeral stream”). No analysis or proof is needed by the regulator, it is automatically under federal jurisdiction. • Through its broad definition of “adjacent waters,” the proposal would make every “water” (undefined) in a flood plain automatically a “water of the U.S.,” no analysis needed; if it is wet in a flood plain it is now going to be under federal jurisdiction. The proposed regulation does not provide a frequency of flooding, begging the question-are we talking about a 20-year flood plain? A 100-year flood plain? The regulation allows the regulator to use their “best professional 30

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judgment” to determine the size. • Similarly, the proposal would make every water in a “riparian area” a “water of the U.S.” Riparian area is defined as “transition areas between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.” Again, the proposal gives the regulator power to decide the size of this area. Even if a water does not fall into a flood plain, riparian area, or is outside the definition of a “tributary” it still might be a federal water. Even a water that is geographically isolated from all other waters. The agencies do this through their “significant nexus” analysis. “Significant Nexus” is the phrase coined by Justice Kennedy in one of the important Supreme Court decisions on this subject. Justice Kennedy said that the EPA/Corps could regulate isolated wetlands that are wholly intrastate if it had a “significant nexus” to a navigable water. He clarified that the phrase significant nexus means more than speculative or insubstantial. It would make common sense that such an important phrase would be clearly defined by the agencies, but common sense is not as common as you might think. Essentially EPA is saying that any connection is significant, therefore all isolated waters could come under federal jurisdiction. Again, I suppose one could say this is “clarity,” but it certainly is not the kind of clarity landowners were asking for. If the geographically isolated water doesn’t have a “significant nexus” to larger water bodies, the agencies still claim jurisdiction if they determine that when it is grouped with other “similarly situated waters in the region” it has a significant nexus to traditionally navigable waters. Clear as mud? The costs. Well, they could be catastrophic, not only monetarily but on the federalism principle of government. Looking at the proposed rule one thing is clear - it is so broad that almost everything is now under federal jurisdiction. EPA states that the purpose for the rule is “to make identifying waters of the U.S. less complicated and more efficient.” I guess they have achieved their goal if every water is now under federal control, but as an industry that is based on strong principles we should be outraged at their overall belief that the government can be so smug as to say it has the power to regulate everything. The agencies keep claiming they are going to save farmers, and that the regulation will actually benefit our industry. You read that correctly, the agencies are trying to pacify the agriculture community by putting out misleading information saying that agriculture will actually benefit from this federal land grab. Here’s why the rule will not benefit agriculture, and in fact, could paralyze production agriculture. First, state sovereignty, local land use planning, the Constitution, and the words of the CWA itself that limit the reach of the federal government would be obliterated if the agencies are allowed say “everything is a federal water, but we (the agencies) will allow you to do A, B, and C activities on your own land.” Second, farmers and ranchers should not have to depend on a regulator that may or may not grant the exemption. A farmer would be in a constant state of

NCBA News and Updates confusion about what is in and what is out, and if he might get a lawsuit filed against them by an environmentalist or EPA. Sec. 505 of the Clean Water Act allows “Any citizen [to] commence a civil action on his own behalf…against any person…who is alleged to be in violation of this Act.” If anyone does not like what you are doing you can be sued under the Clean Water Act. To alleviate some legal liability, farmers and ranchers will need more regulatory “jurisdictional determinations” (where the regulators come out and look at a water you are concerned may be a “water of the U.S.” and tell you if you need a permit or not), and these JDs and the subsequent permitting process can be extremely time consuming and expensive. Data from two decades ago show that a Sec. 404 Dredge and Fill permit costs around $30,000 and takes a year to obtain. Agricultural exemptions - don’t put much faith in them despite what the regulators will tell you. The agricultural exemptions in the CWA are confusing, so here is an attempt at clarifying what they are and what they are not. First, there are only two exclusions from the actual category of “waters of the U.S.” that involve agriculture: (1) Prior Converted Croplands (PCC) and (2) Waste Treatment Systems. By regulations under the same law these structures must catch everything that would be a “discharge” if it went into a “water of the U.S.” Obviously these should not require additional regulation when they are literally required by the Clean Water Act. The proposed regulation includes a few new exclusions that directly touch the cattle industry. First, the agencies have added exclusions for “artificial ponds used exclusively for stock watering;” “ditches that are (1) excavated wholly in uplands, (2) drain only uplands, and (3) have less than perennial flow;” and ditches that do not contribute flow, either directly or through another water, to a traditional navigable water, interstate water, the territorial seas or an impoundment of a jurisdictional water.” Emphasis added. So, for every segment of every ditch you will need to analyze whether it meets all the criteria for one of these exclusions. That is four analyses for each segment of ditch! If your ditches do not fall into these exclusions then they are “waters of the U.S.” and every activity that allows pesticides, dirt, nitrogen, phosphorus or anything else seen as a discharge will need a federal permit, unless the government gives you a reprieve via the exempted activities below. Additionally, if you have a “natural pond” on your property, it is considered a “tributary” by definition and automatically a jurisdictional water. The other “exemptions” the agencies discuss are not exemptions from “waters of the U.S.,” but are exempted from the meaning of “discharge” or are activities exempted from requiring a permit. The first is the agricultural storm water exemption, which states that storm water runoff from agricultural operations is not a discharge from a point source under Sec. 402, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The other exemptions fall under Sec. 404, the dredge and fill permit program. Under Sec. 404(f )(1) agriculture has a number of exempted activities. The waters on farm land these activities impact would still be considered a “water of the U.S.” under this proposal, but the farmer would not need a 404 permit for

these activities. Activities outside those listed that impact these waters would need a 404 permit. These exempted activities include plowing, seeding, cultivating, harvesting, minor drainage, soil and water conservation, maintenance of drainage, construction and maintenance of stock ponds, construction and maintenance of farm roads (in accordance with BMPs), and maintenance of structures (dams/ levees). Unfortunately, this section also contains section 404(f )(2), known as the “recapture provision” which gives EPA and the Corps the option to take away any of the exemptions in 404(f )(1) that were just listed if the regulator believes the activity is bringing water into a use that will create a “reduction in the reach or impairment of flow.” This provision has the result of taking away many of the exemptions that 404(f )(1) provides agriculture and therefore the agencies cannot claim with certainty that these limited activities are truly exempted. Activities that are not covered by these exemptions include introduction of new cultivation techniques, changing crops to pasture, changing pasture to crops, etc. Any of these activities would need a 404 permit. Additionally, the agencies along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have issued an “interpretive rule” clarifying that activities associated with implementing 56 specific Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practices would be exempted from the 404 permit requirement under the “normal farming and ranching” exemption under Sec. 404(f )(1). The interpretive rule is immediately effective but only applies if the producer is in compliance with the NRCS standards. In addition, the exemptions apply only so long as the conservation activities are ongoing. Once conservation activities are complete, the landowner will likely have features that will be higher quality and more likely to be considered waters of the U.S. The interpretive rule has no effect on CWA jurisdiction, i.e., the exemption is not an exclusion from federal CWA jurisdiction. The wet features these practices touch will still be considered waters of the U.S., but will not need a 404 permit, however, those activities could need a 402 permit or could create the need to have a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan in place. In addition, these newly created permit exemptions, created by interpretive rule, which is essentially nothing more than agency guidance, do not have the force of law. Therefore, it is disingenuous for the agencies to suggest that by adding this interpretive rule they have mitigated the effect of the proposed rule on cattle producers. So one must consider, after reading this, can you be certain that when conducting routine activities on your property you will not be touching a regulated “water of the U.S.” with a nonexempt activity? I certainly cannot say with any certainty that any farming or ranching activity will be safe from EPA and the Corps’ long reach. What can you do to stop these regulators run-a-muck? Comment on the proposed rule. An easy way to do so is to visit and click on the Issues tab and follow it to “Waters of the United States” proposal. Tell friends, neighbors, local elected officials, state representatives, federal representatives and senators about the devastating impacts this regulation would have on agriculture, and demand it be stopped. On social media use #DitchTheRule. The only chance of stopping this regulation is to all speak up. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

• July 2014


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E x p e r t

A d v i c e

Mid-Year Cattle Update R. Curt Lacy, University of Georgia Extension Economist-Livestock Current Situation Now is a great time to be in the cattle business. As of early June, weekly calf and feeder cattle prices continue to set records on almost a weekly basis. With the exception of a few weeks here and there, calf and feeder cattle prices have shown week over week price increases for almost a year now (Figure 1). With things going this well, the two big questions on everyone’s mind then are, how high can prices go and how long can this last? How did we get here? For the last couple of years many cattle analysts including yours truly, have been intimating that if everything went just right we could see some astronomical cattle prices. Well, everything went just right. Severe droughts since the mid2000s and lucrative crop prices conspired to reduce the size of the cow herd. As a result, beef cow inventory numbers and supplies of feeder cattle are at their lowest point in many years. In fact, US beef cow numbers are at their lowest point since 1962 and the national calf crop is the smallest on record since 1960. So, even though the reasons for what got us here are not good, the implications point to higher cattle prices for the foreseeable future. The remainder of this article deals with some of the specific supply and demand factors shaping beef cattle markets for the next several years. Supply factors Beef supplies are forecasted to be lower for the remainder of 2014, 2015 and likely into 2016 for a variety of reasons. For now, the main thing we are dealing with is cow liquidation from past years and the resulting smaller calf crops means fewer feeder cattle from which to produce beef. On January 1, 2014 there were 12.6 million steers and heifers on feed, 5.1 percent less than a year ago. On that same day, there were also 24.8 million, or 2.7 percent fewer feeder cattle outside of feed yards (stockers). In other words, the total supply of feeder cattle on January 1, 2014 was down 3.5 percent In addition to smaller supplies of feeder cattle, much of the Southern Plains continues to be in the midst of a severe drought. As a result, there will likely be no herd expansion in this area anytime soon. Finally, it appears that the higher cattle prices are encouraging heifer retention. In fact, the number 34

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of heifers held for beef replacements has been increasing for the past three years at the rate of about 5.3 million head, an average annual increase of about 2.1 percent. The net effect is that by increasing heifer retention, available feeder supplies are reduced even more which is very supportive for prices. Once the herd does begin expanding which will likely not be until 2015 or 2016, it will still be another two to three years before we see any appreciable increases in beef supplies. In other words, beef supplies will continue to be tight for the next three to five years. Beef Demand Retail beef prices continue to set records (Figure 2). The latest monthly price data shows that the average all fresh retail price of beef in April this year was $5.50 per pound. This amounts to a nine percent increase since the first of 2014 and a 12 percent increase from one year ago. One obvious question on many peoples’ minds then is, how high can prices go? The somewhat obvious answer is not much. Numerous factors impact the demand for beef. The primary factors that cattlemen should be concerned about today are consumers’ income, the prices of competing meats and beef exports. Even though cattle supplies are tight, the amount of money that people have to spend is very critical to the pounds of beef they can afford to purchase. An analysis of per capita disposable income in United States since 2005 shows that while nominal or current number wages have risen almost $10,000 in the past 10 years, the real (adjusted for inflation and higher taxes) amount has only risen about $2,000 for the same time period. So, it really is true-most folks don’t have any more money today than they did 10 years ago. The implications for beef demand are that even if supplies are extremely small relatively speaking, most consumers still don’t have the disposable income to purchase as much beef at higher prices. In addition to income being a limiting factor to demand, the beef market also has to deal with lower prices from the competition. For all practical purposes, the main competitor to beef is chicken, specifically broilers. Even though there is some substitution between beef and pork, most consumers will switch to broiler meat when beef prices get too high. Compared to one year ago, composite broiler prices are essentially the same at about $1 per pound. Since the first

E x p e r t of the year, these prices have not gone up. Moreover, as most forecasts are for broiler production to increase about two percent this year, these prices should essentially stay flat making it difficult for beef prices to go much higher, at least at the retail level. In the restaurant and foodservice sector, indications are that these establishments will begin raising their prices to help offset the higher prices they are having to pay for beef. When all of these factors are considered, it is apparent that even though there may still be some room for beef prices to increase, they cannot go much higher without resistance from consumers. On the international front, tonnage of U.S. beef exports is forecast to be down this year. This should not be a major surprise given that beef production will also be down this year. More importantly, beef export values are expected to increase this year on higher average prices of the beef that is exported. So, in the overall scheme of things, beef export demand remains very robust. In summary, beef demand remains good. Stagnant real consumer income is a challenge to pushing prices much higher. However, the export market remains very strong and supportive of beef and live cattle prices. Outlook and marketing decisions Barring some type of unforeseen event, such as a global economic calamity, major terroristic event, or a major beef cattle disease outbreak; prices should remain very strong for the foreseeable future. While there may be some seasonal weakness in late summer or fall, all indicators point to 500 pound steers remaining in the $190-$200 range and 750 pound steers in the $160-$170 range for the remainder of the year. One issue that is raised with these high prices concerns the economics of selling calves at lighter or heavier weights. In general, the current suggestion is for producers to add as much weight to calves as economically as they can. To that end, many cattlemen may be considering creep feeding calves. Even though creep-feeding can be a good way to add weight to calves, there are numerous factors to consider. Basically, creep-feeding makes the most sense when nutrients to

A d v i c e the calves are limited. So, as long as calves are fairly small or are getting plenty of milk, creep-feeding is usually not economical. However, as calves get larger, forage quality declines, milk production declines, or lactating cows’ body condition declines to the point of impacting reproduction, creep-feeding becomes more economical. One practical alternative to creep-feeding is creep-grazing. While space prohibits a full discussion of creep-grazing, producers should know that there are several ways to provide calves access to higherquality forages while excluding cows. By doing so, weight gains can often be improved at a cost less than that of creeping with feed. For more information on creep-feeding or creep-grazing, producers should contact their local county extension agent, visit, or Even with this very optimistic outlook, producers are encouraged to evaluate some of the risk management tools available to them. Cattlemen that can market in truck-load lots can utilize products such as futures or options to pre-price some part of their production. Cattle producers who can only sell in smaller lots should consider utilizing the Livestock Risk Program (LRP) which is available through some crop insurance agents. In a nutshell, LRP allows producers to purchase price protection on as few as one head. The protection level is based on the CME Feeder Cattle index. For those cattlemen that only have a few head to sell, LRP can be a very useful risk management tool. A good reference on LRP for feeder cattle producers is “Livestock Risk Protection Insurance (LRP): How It Works for Feeder Cattle” publication number W 312 available through the University of Tennessee at Summary and Conclusion Now is a great time to be in the cattle business. All indicators point to continued strong calf and feeder cattle prices. For now, producers should strive to add as much weight to calves - as economically as they can. Cattlemen are also encouraged to evaluate their risk management alternatives and take action if warranted. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Animals tagged with “non-shielded” tags applied before March 2015 will be recognized as official for the life of the animal. Metal ear tags (NUES), 840 series electronic identification ear tag, registration tattoo or brand (provided the registration papers accompany the animal) when both shipping and receiving state authorities agree. Electronic identification tags must be in the 840 series to serve as official identification. Q: What animals are required to be tagged? A: Beef cattle and bison requiring identification includes: all beef cattle 18 months of age or older (as evidence by the eruption of adult teeth) will be required to be officially individually identified. Steers and spayed heifers are exempt. Beef cattle going directly to slaughter (harvested in 3 days) may travel with a backtag identification and do not require other ID. Beef cattle under 18 months are exempt from the rule and individual identification. Group/lot identification numbers may be used. Dairy cattle requiring identification include all female dairy cattle of any age and all males born after March 11, 2013 are required to be officially individually identified, steers are NOT excluded and require official individual identification. Dairy cattle going directly to slaughter (harvested within 3 days may travel with backtag identification and do not require other ID. Exhibition/show/rodeo cattle and bison of any age require official individual identification. Q: Where do I find tags? A: Official tags are distributed to official tagging sites. Producers, veterinarians, livestock markets and possibly other locations may be approved to become official tagging sites. Metal (NUES) tags can be obtained from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, free of charge, by calling 404-656-3667. Electronic identification (840 series) should be acquired from a vendor of choice. Q: What are the benefits of using the electronic identification ear tag? A: The electronic ear tags offer more convenience. The handler only has to run the reader by the ear of the animal and requires little to no handling. The cattle can be run down a lane without catching their heads. This reduces the number of people necessary to read and record identification tags. In order for a metal tag to be read, the animal’s head must be caught and the tag must be cleaned. Even then, the animal is moving and makes reading the tag difficult. Q: What management tools will be needed when implementing electronic identification into my program? A: The minimum technology required is a reader and electronic identification tags. There are several additional pieces available such as the logger, PDA and an application for smart phones. Depending on the technology purchased, the electronic identification tags can be used as a herd management tool. The tags scanned can be downloaded into a spreadsheet used by the producer. The different technologies have fields to input data. The producer can choose what to use those fields for; examples include color, breed, sex, age, pregnancy status, etc. Q: What is required of livestock markets? A: Cattle and bison moving through livestock markets must meet the identification and travel requirements. All identification eligible cattle and bison coming into a market must come to the market with ID, receive ID at the market or return to its place of origin. Cattle and bison going directly to slaughter may move to slaughter with backtag identification and no other ID. Georgia cattle and bison leaving the livestock market with an out of state destination must travel on an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI). Georgia cattle and bison staying in Georgia do not require an ICVI. Cattle and bison may come from out of state directly to an official tagging site without individual identification, but when leaving the tagging site the animal must be individually identified and listed on an ICVI or other approved documentation. Q: What do I have to do to become an approved tagging site? A: In order to become an approved tagging site, an application must be filed with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Animal Industry Division. The agreements are valid for one year and renewal is granted upon compliance with the terms of the agreement. Each approved tagging site is assigned a premise ID number which is linked to the metal tags provided to that producer or the electronic identification purchased. Q: Will all states recognize my electronic identification ear tag or my metal tag? A: The metal tags and 840 electronic identification tags are recognized in all states. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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“If you are using the technology, why not let it work for you,” says Nathan Clackum, location manager of Rollins Ranch in White/Rydal, Georgia. Rollins Ranch is leading the charge in implementing electronic identification as a herd management tool in addition to complying with the USDA’s animal disease traceability rules. “All of our records are stored electronically,” says Heidi Meadows, financial analyst at Rollins Ranch. “We have a software program that allows us to use the electronic identification to create records for every animal from conception to disposal.” The benefits of using the electronic identifications have been felt across all of Rollins Ranch’s locations. “We have seen improved accuracy in our records and more efficient management of the herds,” Meadows says.


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“We started because of the volume of cattle we had. It was too easy to make mistakes or miss information on paper.” The software Rollins Ranch uses gives them the ability to set fields that require data to be entered before the reader will read the next tag. These fields can range from body condition score to the date a vaccine was administered. The program even has the ability to calculate the appropriate dosage for a given medication, whether it be de-wormer or a vaccine. The prompts can be tailored to contemporary groups all the way down to the individual animal. This technology has allowed us to decrease labor and increase efficiency,” Clackum says. “The electronic identification tags read when they are clean or dirty—which is something the metal tags don’t offer.” Rollins Ranch uses a matched set of electronic identification tags which means the set includes a visual tag and an electronic identification tag. The tags are “matched” because they both have the same electronic identification number printed on them. Clackum believes the reason why more people haven’t

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poor hay can lead to the poor house Dennis Hancock Forage Extension Specialist, The University of Georgia

The winter of 2013-14 is still fresh on every Georgia cattleman’s mind. It was an unusually brutal winter for us and even tougher on our cattle. Though an exact count is not possible, several hundred and perhaps thousands of beef cattle didn’t survive the winter. Several factors contributed to this tragedy. Of course, there was the cold, rain and snow/ ice, which provided extraordinary stress on our cattle and prevented our winter annuals from producing an appreciable amount of forage until late winter. But, the last straw was the exceptionally poor quality hay that was being fed. You may recall from my article in last December’s Georgia Cattleman that the forage samples we had analyzed up to that point from the 2013 growing season had been 10-16 percent below average in relative forage quality (RFQ). I warned of the potential problems from this low quality hay. Thankfully, many of the readers of this magazine took action. Unfortunately, many others did not.


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All Hay is NOT Created Equal It never ceases to amaze me that there are some poor folks that still think that “hay is hay,” as if one lot of hay has just the same amount of nutrition as any other bale. Obviously, those folks don’t read the Georgia Cattleman, so I needn’t worry about offending them. No doubt, those of you who are loyal readers of this magazine know better. The fact is that no two lots of hay are the same. Figure 1 presents three bales from three different lots of hay. Notice how the nutritional value of each is distinctly different. Lot B is nearly identical to the average sample for bermudagrass hay that went through the UGA forage lab last winter. Lot A would be sufficient for dry cows. But, Lot C is actually the only one of these three lots that could be fed to cows with calves on them and expect the cows to hold condition and get bred back.

E x p e r t Unless You Test, It is Just a Guess When consulting with the many producers who experienced problems and animal losses this past winter, I would inevitably begin by asking, “Have you tested your hay?” This is a crucial first step. As my friend and forage extension colleague at Auburn University, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, is fond of saying, “Unless you test, it is just a guess.” Even the feel, texture, smell or appearance of the hay is generally not a good indicator of how nutritious the bale is or how much of the bale the cows are likely to eat. In fact, attempting to do so has frequently caused producers to buy or use forage that has lower nutritional value and is often uneconomical or counterproductive. Cheap hay can be expensive, especially when one finds the hay needs an extraordinary amount of supplementation to meet the needs of the animal. Forage quality can only be evaluated by obtaining a representative sample of the forage and subjecting that sample to analysis in a qualified laboratory. For more on how forage quality is defined and how you can ensure you have the right forage for your animals, check out our new guide to “Understanding and Improving Forage Quality” (http:// Obtaining a Representative Forage Sample Obtaining a representative forage sample is critically important. The first step is to identify a single lot (forage taken from the same farm, same field, and cut under the same conditions within a 48-hour time period). Once a lot is defined, sub-samples should be obtained from at least 20 different bales (hay, baleage) or areas (silage) that are selected at random. Avoid taking grab samples from the bale or stack, as this may cause leaf loss and result in a sample that is not a fair representation of the lot. It is best to use a clean, sharp, forage probe (Figure 2). Detailed sampling procedures are provided by the National Forage Testing Association ( For information on selecting and purchasing forage probes, see the frequently asked question (FAQ) page entitled “What hay probe do you recommend and where can I get one?” ( fieldcrops/forages/questions/hayprobes.html) on the University of Georgia’s Forage Extension website (www. How Does Your Hay Rank? This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Southeastern Hay Contest, which allows producers to demonstrate just how good their forage quality can be. The SE Hay Contest is held each year in association with the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. Entries come in from 11 southeastern states and producers vie for bragging rights. Historically, winners get bragging rights, a handshake (if they

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are lucky), and recognition in the press. But, this year, we’ve instituted cash prizes to those who have the highest quality in their category. Thanks to AgriKing and Georgia Twine, sponsors for the Southeastern Hay Contest, we have added cash prizes for 1st-3rd places in each of the six categories, as well as one top prize winner. There is now a total of $750 in cash and in-kind prizes. We hope this encourages our very best hay producers to participate. The complete SE Hay Contest rules and entry form are available here: www. SEHC.html. Please note: all entries must be in by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 22. In addition to the prize money, we’ve added another major opportunity for our SE Hay Contest participants. As you might know, I’m constantly being asked for a listing of some of our hay producers who produce the best quality forage. I have never maintained such a list. Yet, many of our SE Hay Contest participants sell hay and baleage and could use another way of connecting with potential customers. With that in mind, we are initiating a SE Hay Directory. If the person wants to be listed in the SE Hay Directory, there is an annual set-up fee of $30 per person/farm. This only is paid once. If a producer has only one SE Hay Contest entry and they want to be listed in the SE Hay Directory, then it is $30 per farm or person. If they have 20 entries in the contest, it is still just $30 per farm or person to be listed in the directory. The details about the SE Hay Directory are available at the aforementioned website for the SE Hay Contest rules and entry forms. For more information on forage quality, beef cattle nutrition, and the SE Hay Contest and Directory, visit our website, If you have additional forage management questions, visit or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1.


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An Evolution of Lean Beef An excerpt from Lean Matters: Chronicling Beef’s Change from Gate to Plate A Distinctive Public-Private Collaboration

Building on a Success Story Responding to its market, the beef industry began making important changes in both perceived and actual nutritional properties of its products nearly 40 years ago. Those changes and the resulting impact they have had in marketing beef are more significant than most producers realize. The industry’s first wake-up call came in 1977 when the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs released the Dietary Goals for the American People. Among other things, that document recommended Americans decrease consumption of meat in favor of poultry and fish. “All of a sudden, red meat became demonized,” according to Jeff Savell, Ph.D., university distinguished professor at Texas A&M University, who has been involved in beef industry research since the late 1970s. “We found people’s attitudes were sometimes based on ancient data.” Savell and colleagues, in fact, found the biggest impediment to establishing dietary recommendations at the time was faulty product information. For instance, Savell says that up until 1986, data for the beef Porterhouse Steak showed the cut had more than 42 percent fat – and this information was based on just a few heifers from the 1950s. “It was a horrible lag in data,” Savell says. “We had outdated information for decades. Furthermore, we needed to define the concept of lean beef.” Compounding that was the fact the industry was actually marketing beef with too much fat – “dinosaur cuts, as we look at it today,” he says. With the power of Congress against it, and with consumers increasingly viewing beef as unhealthful, the industry knew it had a fight on its hands. Starting in earnest in the mid-1980s and with a battle cry of “War on Fat,” the industry effort intended to find a way of incorporating beef into a new American consciousness focused on fat. It’s important to note the war was not waged against Congress or consumers. “At the time, just about every man over 50 years old visiting his doctor was being told to quit eating red meat,” says Eric Hentges, Ph.D., who was director of nutrition research at the National Live Stock and Meat Board from 1986 to 1995. “We took more of a ‘fit, don’t fight’ approach to attacking the issue.” The results of this war were impressive by any standard. Since the late 1970s the industry has demonstrated a 44 percent reduction in available fat (from 13 percent 60

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to 7 percent), and a 29 percent reduction in saturated fat contributed by beef per capita (from 13 percent to 9 percent). Furthermore, more than 65 percent of whole muscle beef cuts sold at retail today meet government standards for lean, and 17 of the top 25 most popular cuts sold at retail (including Sirloin Steak and Tenderloin) are lean. Since the 1980 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were issued, external fat on retail beef cuts has decreased by 81 percent. Retail data show that sales of 90 percent or greater lean ground beef increased by 25 percent between 2008 and 2013. All Hands on Deck The “gate-to-plate” effort to increase leanness involved every segment of the beef chain – cattle ranchers and farmers who raised leaner animals, packers and processors who closely trimmed beef cuts, supermarkets and restaurants that offered a growing number of lean beef cuts to consumers, and researchers who made sure accurate data were used in calculating what was actually in the products. Also playing a critical role was a Beef Checkoff Program that helped fund much of the research and many of the efforts to get information into the right hands. “It was the perfect storm,” said Savell. “The need for good information came at the same time as the availability of funding. And without the checkoff, it would not have been done.” Hentges agrees, saying “without the checkoff, we wouldn’t have had the resources to go forward.” “Every pivotal point in this journey has had a checkoff element,” says Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D., executive director of human nutrition research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a beef checkoff contractor. “For instance, checkoff work led to collaboration that updated the entire gold-standard nutrient database for beef.” The Nutrient Database Improvement initiative, in fact, was a unique public-private partnership between cattle producers through their beef checkoff and the government, which established the database. The USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, or SR, has been in place for 115 years, and is the official source for food composition information. Through this initiative the checkoff has been able to update the nutrient data for one of America’s favorite foods in the official database used by nutrition professionals, media,

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marketers, government agencies and others. It’s part of an assurance to consumers that the information they’re getting to make dietary choices is accurate and complies with public health recommendations. Industry meetings about database changes involved USDA staff, which was an enormous benefit, according to Hentges, who is now executive director of the International Live Science Institute (ILSI), North America. “As soon as the data came in, it became their data,” he says. “We had the luxury of using data to get ourselves out of a hole.” With information in hand, the beef industry made a huge push through its checkoff program in the 1980s and 1990s to reach out to health professionals. For instance, a program with state beef councils and the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) starting in the late 1980s and continuing today provides seminars to local and state Academy groups on nutrient density and the new lean data. “The data was accurate and believable, and the program very well received,” says Hentges. “I think we laid a pretty solid foundation.” From a production and processing standpoint, the key milestone was a major checkoff-funded National Consumer Retail Beef Study in 1986 that demonstrated consumers would buy more beef, and pay more for it, if they were offered a leaner product. “That was probably my ‘aha’ moment,” says Savell. At that time, retail beef trim was about .5 inches of

external fat. The information from the study created a “domino effect” in the retail industry to reduce external fat on retail cuts, Savell said, with one retailer trying to outdo the other when it came to closer trim. The move by retailers to reduce fat trim led to increased efforts by packers to reduce the amount of fat going into the back of the store, according to Clay Burtrum, a cowcalf producer from Stillwater, Okla., and chairman of the checkoff ’s Nutrition and Health Committee. Burtrum worked in a retail meat department for about eight years early in his career, and says in 1992 fat would be trimmed extensively before cuts were placed into trays. Today, he says, that step isn’t usually necessary. It also was being supplemented by developments at the production level. Burtrum says on his farm, “we select for different traits, matching attributes of a bull with the dam, figuring out which pasture those animals will run on, and evaluating other options. It really is a pasture-to-plate process.” The results were demonstrated by a checkoff-funded National Beef Market Basket Survey in 2005, which found that overall fat thickness for the cuts in individual store packages had been reduced to an average of .09 inches, 81 percent less than it had been just 25 years earlier. “When you go to the meat case today, it’s a sea of red,” says Savell. “There is just no visible fat. Over time, we have seen a redefinition of lean.” To be continued in the August issue of the Georgia Cattleman. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Pigeon Mounta 2013 GCA Cattleman of the Year

Quickly after graduating college, John Howard was introduced to Simmental cattle. He soon realized he had a passion for cattle, especially the Simmental breed. “I got started with commercial cows in the early 80’s, moved into purebred blacks and reds and now have Simmental, Sim-Angus and Simbrah.” Howard says. Today, located three miles west of LaFayette, Georgia, John and his wife Becky own and operate Pigeon Mountain Simmental where they manage 150-200 head of purebred Simmental, Sim-Angus and Simbrah cattle. Pigeon Mountain Simmental is a family operated ranch where John and Becky’s three children, Julie, John and Jordan, help with the daily tasks of raising and keeping the cattle healthy and maintained properly. Julie and John each have two boys who Howard loves to get involved helping on the farm. Howard has been very active in different organizations that work to enhance the beef cattle industry and his community. He is a member of Tri-State Cattlemen’s Association where he once served as a board member, and is a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Howard 62

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is a member and past president of the Simental/Simbrah Association, a member of the Walker Board of Tax Assessors, member and Secretary/Treasurer of Walker County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, board member at North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (Walker County), and he is also a member and Deacon at LaFayette First Baptist Church. Although Howard spends time helping organizations, he also spends time to make sure his family and cattle are taken care of. Grazing management is an important aspect of what makes Pigeon Mountain a successful Simmental operation. “We utilize rotational grazing, plant ryegrass in the cool season, and supplement with hay and protein/energy balanced feed in the winter,” Howard says. “We also raise broilers, so pastures are fertilized with chicken litter.” Howard and his family strives to produce the highest quality cattle possible to continue to improve their operation as well as the breeds they produce. Over the years Pigeon Mountain Simmental has reached many different areas with their high quality cattle produced. “We host two bull sales each year, one in the fall and

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spring.” Howard says. “We market registered females in various purebred sales. This year we are planning on selling in two Georgia sales as well as Fort Worth, Houston, Granbury and Linn, Texas.” Howard says he markets his lower end calves through UGA Extension Beef Challenge Program which has worked out well for them. Pigeon Mountain Simmental have exhibited cattle in most major U.S. shows. They have sold cattle into 25 states as well as northern Mexico, Canada and Central America. Pigeon Mountain Simmental takes pride in their extensive use of AI and embryo transfer to improve their herd as much as possible. Cattle raised at Pigeon Mountain often have great success due to the excellent grazing management system they utilize to ensure the best nutritional balance for their cattle, and also the herd health practices they utilize as well. “Calves get blackleg and respiratory vaccinations as well as de-worming before weaning and again two to three

weeks after weaning,” Howard says. “Cows get annual boosters plus worming two to three times a year. Cows also get trace mineral salt with fly control in the summer and Duraset pour-on as needed for flies. Hi-mag/Trace mineral is used to prevent grass tetany in the cooler months.” Agricultural Education is also important to Howard and his family at Pigeon Mountain Simmental because they believe the importance of the beef industry as well as the agricultural industry as a whole needs to be highlighted. Due to their desire to provide agricultural education, Howard has hosted and participated in many activities through different organizations. “We have hosted farm tours and monthly meetings for Tri-State Cattlemen’s Association and hosted the State tour for Georgia Georgia’s Cattlemen’s Association,” Howard says. “Our farm also hosted a group from Walker County’s Farm/ City Tour conducted by the UGA Extension and Walker County Farm Bureau. We have also worked closely with Walker County Farm Bureau in promoting agriculture in the local schools through various projects.” Norman Edwards, extension agent for Walker Co. spoke on the success and humbleness of Howard and his family when asked to comment on Pigeon Mountain Simmental. “Pigeon Mountain Simmental has good genetics, management programs and do a good job at raising quality cattle,” Edward says. “Of course like a lot of individuals, it is hard to get folks to brag on themselves but I am proud to nominate them for this award.”

Left: Cattle grazing at Pigeon Mountain Simmental LaFayette, Georgia. Right: John, Becky and Jordan on their mules ready for a trail ride. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Local Sale Reports May 20 Lot 1 Steers Avg 725 lb $194.50 Lot 2 Heifers Avg 680 lb $182.70 Lot 3 Heifers Avg 765 lb $170.50 Lot 4 Heifers Avg 765 lb $177.90 Lot 5 Steers Avg 765 lb $173.25 Lot 6 Heifers Avg 745 lb $166.25 Lot 7 Steers Avg 815 lb $177.50 Lot 8 Steers Avg 850 lb $181.25

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12% 6%

HIGH DRESSING 108.00-114.00 108.00-113.00 101.00-104.00

YIELD GRADE 1 1500-2100 LBS 118.00-124.00 110.00-116.00 125.00-132.00 YIELD GRADE 1 1000-1500 LBS 118.00-123.00 110.00-115.00 124.00-130.00 STEERS WTD HEIFERS WTD MED & LGE 1 MED & LGE 2 MED & LGE 1 AVG AVG 295.00-305.00 300.17 280.00-290.00 285.36 250.00-260.00 254.90 275.00-285.00 279.03 260.00-270.00 263.93 240.00-250.00 243.05 250.00-260.00 254.62 235.00-245.00 238.90 230.00-240.00 235.01 230.00-240.00 234.01 220.00-230.00 222.86 215.00-225.00 219.55 218.00-228.00 223.52 210.00-220.00 214.32 205.00-215.00 208.33 212.00-221.00 216.33 200.00-210.00 205.81 195.00-204.00 198.64 207.00-215.00 211.56 194.00-203.00 197.40 185.00-195.00 190.68 198.00-208.00 201.81 185.00-194.00 189.36 178.00-188.00 182.37 188.00-198.00 193.11 180.00-188.00 185.86 174.00-180.00 176.59 177.00-185.00 183.97 165.00-175.00 170.47 160.00-170.00 169.44 174.00-180.00 178.00


MED & LGE 1-2

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MED & LGE 2 235.00-245.00 225.00-235.00 220.00-227.00 205.00-215.00 192.00-202.00 184.00-194.00 175.00-185.00 167.50-175.00 167.50-170.00 162.50-165.00

WTD AVG 240.26 228.97 222.57 209.33 197.81 189.77 178.84 172.25 169.44 163.52


DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 1,179 HEAD: ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT: 10 DAY PICKUP. STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 119 HEAD 400-450 LBS 255.00; 48 HEAD 600-650 LBS 199.00; 41 HEAD 700-750 LBS 179.50; 135 HEAD 800850 LBS 183.50; MEDIUM AND LARGE 2 17 HEAD 800-850 LBS 160.25; HOLSTEIN STEERS LARGE 3 88 HEAD 600-650 LBS 167.50; 69 HEAD 700-750 LBS 156.00; 189 HEAD 800-850 LBS 150.25-151.25; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 35 HEAD 550-600 LBS 189.00; 167 HEAD 600-650 LBS 199.00-202.90; 168 HEAD 700-750 LBS 172.50-180.75; 52 HEAD 900-950 LBS 160.75; MEDIUM AND LARGE 2 51 HEAD 800-850 LBS 153.25.


SLAUGHTER CLASSES SELECTION 2: KIDS 20-40 LBS 38.00-62.00; 40-60 LBS 62.00-75.00; 60-80 LBS 90.00-110.00; SELECTION 3 20-40 LBS 35.00-45.00; NANNIES/DOES: 60-80 LBS 75.00-95.00; 80-100 LBS 125.00-140.00; BILLIES/BUCKS: 75-100 LBS 100.00-150.00; 100-150 LBS

Reader Services Northeast Georgia Livestock June 4 Lot 1: 650 lb Holstein Steers $167.50 Lot 2: 825 lb Holstein Steers $151.25 Lot 3: 650 lb Heifers $199.00 Lot 4: 850 lb Steers $183.50 June 11 Lot 1: 850 lb Holstein steers $153.75 Lot 2: 700 lb Holstein steers $162.50 Lot 3: 750 lb Heifers $176.50 Lot 4: 800 lb Heifers $178.70 Lot 5: 760 lb Steers $193.90 Hodge Livestock Network June 5 Lot 1 Steers Avg 650 lb $185.00 Lot 2 Steers Avg 875 lb $186.50 Lot 3 Steers Avg 865 lb $184.00 Lot 4 Co-mingled Avg 850 lb $182.50 Lot 5 Steers Avg 950 lb $180.75 Lot 6 Steers Avg 950 lb $177.00 Lot 7 Steers Avg 940 lb $180.00 Lot 8 Steers Avg 925 lb $175.75 Lot 9 Heifers Avg 650 lb $181.50 Lot 10 Heifers Avg 775 lb $174.00 South Central Livestock Auction June 10 Feeder Bulls Lot 1 Bulls Avg 225 lb $295.11

Lot 2 Bulls Avg 268 lb $285.14 Lot 3 Bulls Avg 318 lb $273.05 Lot 4 Bulls Avg 358 lb $252.45 Lot 5 Bulls Avg 421 lb $237.02 Feeder Heifers Lot 1 Heifers Avg 233 lb $259.89 Lot 2 Heifers Avg 273 lb $246.71 Lot 3 Heifers Avg 323 lb $235.08 Lot 4 Heifers Avg 378 lb $221.65 Lot 5 Heifers Avg 432 lb $218.09 Cow Calf Pairs Lot 1 Pair $1,707.36 Lot 2 Pair $1,760.42 Lot 3 Pair $1,454.68 Carroll County Stockyard June 10 Feeder Steers Lot 1 Steers Avg 225 lb $319.24 Lot 2 Steers Avg 276 lb $310.42 Lot 3 Steers Avg 322 lb $304.96 Lot 4 Steers Avg 371 lb $269.36 Lot 5 Steers Avg 430 lb $239.15 Feeder Heifers Lot 1 Heifers Avg 267 lb $259.94 Lot 2 Heifers Avg 320 lb $249.96 Lot 3 Heifers Avg 359 lb $235.09 Lot 4 Heifers Avg 426 lb $222.92 Lot 5 Heifers Avg 468 lb $213.20

SE Angus Classic Female Sale Opelika, AL May 17 25 Bred Heifers Averaged $3,460 1 Bred Cow $2,400 40 Fall Pairs Averaged $5,437 3 Spring Pairs Averaged $3,033 69 Total Registered Females Averaged $4,572 Top Bred Heifers Lot 21 CWL Rosebud 2028 $5,500 Lot 20 CWL Queen 2026 $4,300 Top Fall Pairs Lot 35/35A AAF Princess 203 $9,200 Lot 4/4A Lemmon Mercury W276 Top Spring Pair Lot 50/50A Deer Valley Gammer 1230 $3,250 The Mead Program Sale Midville, GA May 26 74 Total Lots Averaged $7,034 Total Sales $520,550 14 Bulls Averaged $7,421 Top Bull $31,500 60 Females Averaged $6,944 Top Female $18,500

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July General  Cut hay! Plan on about 1½ tons of hay per cow for this winter.  With adequate rainfall, hay should be cut every 4-5 weeks.  Apply 60-80 units of nitrogen per acre after cutting hybrid bermudagrass hay fields. (1 ton of hay removes 50 lbs of N, 14 lbs of P and 43 lbs of K from the land.)  Put hay in barn or move round bales to dry, well-drained areas and cover them.  Clip overgrown pastures.  Continue fly control  Check mineral and water supplyoften. Spring Calving January, February, March  Spot check cows to see if most are bred. By now, there should be little activity.  Remove bulls on June 20 for January-February-March calving.  Put bulls in a small pasture with

strong fences. Young bulls in thin condition may need a little supplemental feed.  Vaccinate for clostridial diseases, castrate and dehorn late calves or those missed in earlier working. Fall Calving October, November, December  Check and repair fences in pens where weaned calves will be placed.  Consult with your marketing agent about prices and special sales.  Wean calves depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans.  Select replacement heifers based onweaning weights.  Deworm calves at weaning.  Cull open and poor producing cows after weaning.

Editor’s Note: This calendar contains a monthly listing of the common management practices needed for commercial beef herd production in Georgia. Some practices are recommended at a certain time of the year and others are recommended when calves are a certain age or at a certain point in their reproductive cycle. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, spring calving and fall calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The spring calving list is based on Jan. 10 to March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 to Dec. 20 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through the breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. With good winter grazing, fall calving is a good option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture offers the best feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving season is different, adjust management practices accordingly. Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists.


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July 4, 2014 Peachtree Road Race Beef Atlanta, Ga. July 10, 2014 GJCA Field Day Perry, Ga.

July 25- 26, 2014 4th Annual GCA Summer Conference Unicoi State Park, Helen, Ga. 478-474-6560 July 25-26, 2014 Georgia Limousin Association Field Day Jackson County Ag Facility Jefferson, Ga. July 30-August 2, 2014 NCBA Summer Conference Denver, Colo. 303-694-0305 August 22, 2014 GSSA Annual Meeting & Benefit Auction Ila, GA 706-654-6071

October 25, 2014 ZWT Bull & Female Sale Crossville, Tenn. 256-239-8540

October 27, 2014 HillVue Farm Angus & Polled Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. 706-745-5714 October 29, 2014 Fink Beef Genetics Annual Bull Sale Randolph, Kan. 785-532-9936 November 1, 2014 Yon Family Farms Bull & Female Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048. November 8, 2014 Gibbs Farm 9th Annual Bull & Female Sale Ranburne, Ala. 336-469-0489

August 23, 2014 Generations of Value Sale Colbert, Ga. 859-987-5758

November 8, 2014 Mountain Laurel Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale University of Georgia Livestock Pavilion Calhoun, GA

September 13, 2014 Maternal Matrons Rayle, Ga. 770-851-0691

November 14-15, 2014 Salacoa Valley “Buy the Numbers” Brangus Bull and Female Sale Fairmount, GA

October 2-12, 2014 Georgia National Fair Perry, Ga.

November 15, 2014 The Focused on the Future VIII Production Sale Fayetteville, Tenn. 931-703-6330

October 4, 2014 Alabama Connection Santa Gertrudis Sale Tinney Farms Hanceville, Ala. October 10-11, 2014 Salacoa Valley Female & Bull Sale Fairmount, Ga. October 14-16, 2014 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. October 17, 2014 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Woodbury, Ga. 706-977-9222

November 22, 2014 MM Cattle & Callaway Cattle Co. Bull & Commercial Female Sal Carrollton, Ga. 770-328-2047 December 5, 2014 Calhoun Performance Bull Test Calhoun, Ga. 706-624-1403 December 6, 2014 Bramblett Angus Hartwell, Ga. 706-654-8272

December 7-9, 2014 Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Convention Jekyll Island, Ga. 478-474-8411 January 3, 2015 Bricton Farms Bull Sale Social Circle, Ga. 478-357-6113

January 10, 2015 Gretsch Brothers Angus Bull & Female Sale Northeast Georgia Livestock Athens, Ga. 706-340-0945 February 4-7, 2015 NCBA Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show San Antonio, Texas 303-694-0305 February 20, 2015 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale Debter Hereford Farm Sale Facility Horton, Ala. February 7, 2015 Turnpike Creek Farms 16th Annual Bull & Female Sale Milan, Ga. 229-315-0986 February 20, 2015 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale Debter Hereford Farm Sale Facility Horton, Ala. April 1-4, 2015 GCA’s 53rd Convention, Beef Expo and Trade Show Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 May 23, 2015 Barnes Herefords & White Hawk Ranch “Inaugural Production Sale Barnes Herefords Cedartown, Ga.

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Management of Pinkeye in Cattle Dr. Brad Heins, DVM, MFAM • Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM UGA CVM, Department of Population Health If you were to ask producers what they feel is the primary disease problem in their herds, many might point a finger at scouring calves or pneumonia. Others may think that their cows or bulls have an infectious disease like BVD that is keeping them from having higher pregnancy rates. Very few would list pinkeye as a common cause of lost revenue on beef operations. While it rarely causes death, pinkeye is associated with pain, reduced feed intake, and even blindness in cattle. With losses in weaning weights due to a case of pinkeye estimated at 20-40 lbs, those losses quickly accumulate. Causes The primary cause of pinkeye or keratoconjunctivitis, in cattle is a bacterium known as Moraxella bovis. Although it has not been linked as a definitive cause of disease, another bacterium known as Moraxella bovoculi has also been identified as a potential source of disease. These bacteria live on both normal healthy animals and those found with the pinkeye, indicating that there are other factors that may influence the risk of disease. As the spring turns to summer, cattle are faced with increased numbers of flies, decreasing forage quality, increased heat and sunlight, and crowding into shaded pasture areas. Long, mature grass and poor hay cause significant irritation or injury to the eye which is ideal for bacteria to infect the eye. Animals lacking pigment around the eye are commonly affected as the UV light from the sun leads to sensitization and inflammation of the eye. Other microorganisms such as Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis virus (IBR), Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or Acholeplasma species of bacteria may cause enough irritation to lead to secondary infection. The most common vectors or carriers for Moraxella bovis are the face fly (Musca autumnalis), the house fly (Musca domestica), and the stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans). These fly species not only carry the bacteria, but also serve as a source of irritation on their own. These factors all add up to create the ideal environment for a cowherd to suffer from pinkeye infection. Clinical Signs Perhaps one of the most frustrating parts of this disease is not knowing if or when a herd will be affected. Even if a herd has been free of it for years, flies may come from a neighboring pasture carrying the organisms and cause an outbreak of the pinkeye. Since older cattle often develop immunity to the organisms, it is usually the young, growing calves and replacement animals who are most affected by the disease but adult cows occasionally do get pinkeye. Although not truly seasonal, pinkeye most commonly occurs from late spring to early fall but may also be seen in the winter. The initial signs of pinkeye will be excessive tearing, 74

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sensitivity to light, and redness on the white portions of the eye. Animals may seek shaded areas to minimize stress from sunlight. A small, white spot called an ulcer may appear on the globe of the eye and the cornea may appear cloudy due to inflammation. As the disease progresses, the eye may appear more inflamed with increasing redness, more cloudy as it is filled with white blood cells, or may completely ulcerate, releasing the contents of the eye to the external environment, causing extreme pain and blindness. Blood vessels may begin to grow across the eye, indicating the eye is trying to heal by providing additional blood flow and nutrients. Once the animal develops immunity and the active infection ceases, the eye will usually heal, leaving an inactive, blue-white scar on the cornea or in severe cases, permanent damage to the eye and blindness will occur. Treatment Early identification and treatment of these calves is important to minimize the negative effects on growth and development as well as prevention of blindness in those with the disease. Several treatment options including long acting antibiotics, corticosteroids used in conjunction with antibiotics, eye patches, and surgical care are available and should be discussed with your regular veterinarian prior to implementation. If antibiotics are used, treatment should be recorded and appropriate withdrawal times should be observed. Prevention While not a guarantee, several management steps may be beneficial in controlling an outbreak of pinkeye. The use of fly tags is common, but care should be taken to appropriately rotate the tags so resistance does not occur. Current recommendations are to utilize ear tags containing organophosphates for two years, followed by a pyrethrin for a single year before returning to an organophosphate. A new ear tag has been introduced containing a macrocyclic lactone (avermectin class) which can be included in the rotation to control flies in cattle. Tags should be placed according to label directions and should be removed as soon as the major fly season has ended to avoid exposing flies to lower doses of insecticide. In addition to tags, pour-on insecticides or back rubbers may be used for additional treatment of external parasites. Some tags may create violative residues for meat or milk production and care should be taken to ensure this does not occur. Gloves should be worn when applying the products to minimize exposure to the person handling the tags during application. For animals in close confinement, fly predators have been shown to be beneficial in some cases to reduce the number of parasites present. Care should be taken

E x p e r t when choosing dewormers as some may also kill dung beetles which are responsible for reducing a large proportion of the fly population. Appropriate clipping of mature pastures may reduce the amount of irritation to the animals during grazing and rolling out of round bales will ensure that animals are not eating into a bale and receiving irritation from the hay. As grass or hay becomes mature, it is more likely to irritate the eye as the animal eats and releases more dust into the environment, also causing irritation. Appropriate weed control is also an important management factor as weeds contribute pollen and mature plants that may irritate the animals during grazing. Maintaining good nutritional support will also prove to be beneficial as it promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent disease. Providing shade through physical structures or trees may help to minimize the impact of ultraviolet light. If one has Hereford-influenced cattle, genetic selection for eyelid pigmentation may prove beneficial over time. Several commercial vaccines have been developed for Moraxella bovis, but have shown variable efficacy due to the number of strains of the Moraxella bovis bacteria. If the disease becomes severe, an autogenous vaccine may be created against

A d v i c e either the Moraxella bovis or Moraxella bovoculi for the strain on your farm with the help of your veterinarian. Additionally, regular vaccination against IBR and BVD will help maintain a high level of immunity to organisms that may predispose the animal to infection. With this in mind, one should remember that modified live vaccines (MLV) are designed to simulate actual disease and as such, may predispose animals to infection with Moraxella species. If possible, vaccines should be given when the animals are not stressed, at least two weeks prior to transport, and well before the start of fly season to minimize any effect of vaccination. When treating animals, care should be taken not to spread the disease between affected and unaffected animals. Latex or nitrile gloves should be worn and removed between each animal to prevent further spread of the bacteria. While it may be difficult to implement all of these management strategies, particularly in a small herd, it is important to note that any steps taken not only benefit by helping to reduce disease, but also improve the overall health and nutrition of the herd. As the herd health improves, production usually follows, providing not only monetary satisfaction, but also knowing that you are doing a better job managing your cattle on a regular basis.


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Preparing for Show Season By Matt Shirley The majority of the preparation necessary to be in front of the backdrop on show day is done prior to getting to the show. You must know the personality of your calf and be able to make them present well. Knowing your calf ’s strengths and weaknesses will help you clip them properly. Daily hair care and maintenance is vital to show day grooming and presentation. Clipping can help to straighten out the lines in a calf so that they are tied together are appear their very best when it’s time to hit the show ring. Learn Who Your Calf Is During the initial phases of the show season it is extremely important to learn the personality of your calf and spend the necessary time to help your calf develop a mentality it takes to be show ring worthy. The breaking process can be one of the most important during the course of the show season. Making sure you have your calf prepared for all that the show season has in store is extremely vital to a successful year. Each time you walk into the barn, you must have a patient attitude that is going to be conducive for you as well as your calf. If this is done appropriately it can contribute to a more joyful and successful experience in all aspects of the show season. Know Your Calf ’s Strengths and Weaknesses Having the ability to evaluate your project with a nonbiased eye is crucial for the development of your calf and will only enhance your skills as a cattleman or cattlewoman. This will also help you when you are grooming, clipping and fitting for a show. The object of clipping is to enhance the strong points of your calf and to blend and hide the weaknesses. Daily Hair Care and Maintenance I cannot stress the importance of daily hair and hide care. Though Georgia is known for its hot, humid climate, it is still possible to make the slickest haired cattle have a healthy coat. My suggestion for optimal hair growth and health is to strip the dirt and grime from the hide by thorough rinsing on a daily basis. This will enhance your ability to lift the hair 76

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off the hide and make it easier when it comes time to clip and fit. In order to completely strip all oils and dirt from the hide and hair, designate one day a week to wash your calf. Though it is important to wash your calf, the daily rinsing is more vital to hide and hair health. It is better to hit more base hits throughout the week rather than hit one homerun on the weekends. After rinsing and washing, utilize your brush and comb to get the hair headed in the right direction and lift it off the hide. Once all the hair is heading in the right direction use your blower to continue make the hair go the right way and to lift it off the hide. This extra pop that you get out of using your blower will add to a softer, higher quality look once in the show ring. Clipping There is plenty to learn when it comes to grooming your project. Along with what we have previously discussed, there are some necessary tools that I would strongly recommend. I have found that the Andis 5-Speed clippers along with super blocking, medium blending and Wide 10 blades are the most frequently used tools in my clipper box. The Andis 5-Speeds are light and durable while still having all the power you will need. These easy-touse clippers, along with sharp blades and practice will make for better results. I have found that the easiest way to start clipping is what I call peak and valley clipping. Pay attention to your cattle on the wash rack when they are wet to see their true conformation (peaks and valleys). Clip the hair tight on the peaks and leave hair longer in the valleys to create a more straight line look in the calf. Use the medium blending blades on the peaks. Using the super blocking blades, you can blend the extremes of the calf to help tie all of the pieces together in a uniform package. Wide 10’s can be used on heads, tails and sheaths, but they can also be utilized to blend necks and shoulders. This is particularly helpful in the hotter months when the hair is shorter. To learn more about fitting, be sure to attend the GJCA Field Day on July 10 in Perry, Ga. Matt Shirley will be giving tips.

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By Emilia Dover, Secretary/Treasurer It was July 2011, a friend serving as the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association summer intern convinced a group of eight University of Georgia Collegiate Cattlemen to road-trip down to the Villas by the Sea Resort and Conference Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia and spend the weekend at a new GCA event simply dubbed Summer Conference. The eight of us piled into the car and set off for the Golden Isles of Georgia. What was a Summer Conference? We all tried to figure out on the way down—our friend, the intern, described it as a chance to learn about the cattle industry mixed with a good time at the beach for the weekend. Although we will never know her reasoning behind adamantly suggesting we attend the event (perhaps she received a commission from our registration fees—which could not have been much seeing that all eight of us registered as one “family” and packed into a single condo unit), it was one of the best decisions I have made. Long story short, we arrived on Jekyll Island that Thursday with no idea of what the weekend would hold. Little did we know that it would eventually include Mr. Ernie’s world-famous calf fries, some awesome dancing moves courtesy of Nathan White that inspired the rest of us to get up and shake a leg and, most importantly, an introduction to a group of people who made up an association that wanted to know every detail about each of us—where we were from, who our mommas and daddies were and what were we doing with ourselves in Athens. Maybe it was delirium set on by the excess intake of calf fries or the salty breeze, but our group of young people felt right at home with everyone there. The 2011 GCA Summer Conference was my first official GCA event. Even though I grew up on a small cow-calf operation in the hills of northwest Georgia, my family was not active in the state association. When I showed up with my fellow UGA students at the conference, I did not know where to begin so I only attended the general session and nighttime activities. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to check out the committee meetings and work sessions, but to be honest, I was intimidated. Even though I cared about the subject matter, I did not think I had enough experience and knowledge of the cattle industry to actively participate. I was wrong. Now I have two additional Summer Conferences under my belt along with a slew of other GCA events, and I am a member of the Youth Advisory and Communication and Media committees and will attend those open committee meetings this year that intimidated me three years ago. I am thankful for the “seasoned” members who took in our group in 2011, made us feel welcome and invited us to keep coming back. To GCA members, continue to welcome new folks (young and “seasoned”) with open arms. To young members, come on up to Unicoi State Park and join us for the 2014 GCA Summer Conference! Our YCC group will host a grill-out lunch and cornhole tournament on Saturday to provide a time where members ages 18-40 can get together. We want you to attend because you DO have knowledge and experience that is extremely valuable in our association. Don’t make the same mistake I did by not participating. YCC is here to provide a network of young members who are all learning together and sharing ideas. I am looking forward to a weekend full of familiar faces, too much delicious food and a time to relax with old and new friends. P.S. I hear there is a pretty fancy trophy going to the 1st Annual YCC Cornhole Tournament Champions…. See you in the mountains! Interested in learning more about YCC? Call anyone on the board or the office at 478.474.6560 We would love to tell you more about what YCC has to offer! 78

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Robert Arnold, Chairman 912-294-3484 Bo Huddleston, Chair-Elect 770-608-8117 Kyle Knight, Vice Chair 912-690-5097 Emilia Dover, Secretary/Treasurer 706-618-6245 Sarah Loughridge, YCC Region 1 706-618-4716 Cleve Jackson, YCC Region 2 706-266-3188 Megan Alexander, YCC Region 3 404-330-4732 Jacob Nyhuis, YCC Region 4 352-536-5496 Justin Gilliard, YCC Region 5 912-310-8209 Jacob Segers, At-Large 678-234-3547

Goin’ Showin’ GCCPA Field Day - Athens, Georgia.

Supreme Champion Heifer Murdock Wynn

Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer Tom Morgan

Supreme Champion Steer Murdock Wynn

Reserve Supreme Champion Steer Jackson Armour

Champion British Heifer: Tom Morgan Reserve Ch. British Heifer: Tom Morgan Champion Continental Heifer: Murdock Wynn Reserve Ch. Continental Heifer: Caley Driggers Champion Commercial Heifer:Courtney Carver Reserve Ch. Commercial Heifer: Jackson Armour

The Heat Is On: Summer Preview - Athens, Georgia

Supreme Champion Heifer Cal Pope

Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer Dylan Chastain

Supreme Champion Steer Murdock Wynn

Reserve Supreme Champion Steer Dylan Chastain

Champion British Heifer: Tom Morgan Reserve Ch. British Heifer: Tom Morgan Champion Continental Heifer: Cal Pope Reserve Ch. Continental Heifer: Murdock Wynn Champion Commercial Heifer: Dylan Chastain Reserve Ch. Commercial Heifer: Cameron Carter

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Reader Services Grilling Tips p.22 • Beef Candy Shop p.36 • GJCA Junior of the Year, Macy Seagraves p.42

Fly Control p. 46 • Heifer Selection & Development p. 48 • Fetal Programming p. 74



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Georgia Cattleman July 2014  
Georgia Cattleman July 2014  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association