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GCA President’s Report by Chuck Joiner GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board Report by Brooke Williams Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Hella Moore

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GCA Region Roundup Schedule 2012 Your Beef Buck$ at Work Retired Taxpayers Lose Tax Court Case by John Alan Cohan Meet Executive Committee Member Carroll T. Cannon NCBA News and Updates Defining Beef’s Future by Forrest Roberts Marketing Cattle Via Tele-Auction by Dallas Duncan Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines by Carole Knight There Ain’t No Doubt I Love This Land by Dallas Duncan Growing Pride, One Calf at a Time by Dallas Duncan GCA Jekyll Island 2012 Summer Conference Schedule Summer Conference Sponsors and Registration GJCA Summer Conference

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New Members In My Opinion by Charles Dobbins Good Moos! County Connections Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Industry Obituaries Associate Members Testosterone Toro by Baxter Black Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July Calendar of Events Advertising Index

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Bermudagrass Stem Maggot by Dennis Hancock Mid-Year Cattle Update by R. Curt Lacy Brace Yourselves by Chris Chapman and John Randle Drought and Surface Water Quality by Lee Jones

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


The July 2012 cover of the Georgia Cattleman magazine features images of marketing livestock: The front of Swainsboro Stockyard’s sale barn; John Moseley Jr. of Moseley Cattle Auction discussing futures markets via smart phone with Kip McMillan of Graham Angus in Albany, Ga.; breaking down fresh beef whole muscle cuts at Buckhead Beef; and a traditional direct sale inside Turner County Stockyard in Ashburn, Ga. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

CORRECTION. On page 51 of the July 2012 Georgia Cattleman magazine, there was a mistake in the order of Beef Ambassador placement. Dalton Green placed third in the junior division and Jordan Harrison placed second in the junior division. The staff of Georgia Cattleman regrets this error.


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

GEORGIA CATTLEMAN (USPS 974-320, ISSN 0744-4451) is published monthly by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Subscription rate of $45.00 per year. Periodical Postage Paid at Macon, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER — Send address changes to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. For advertising information, contact Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221. Phone: 478-474-6560.

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S


We have grown this year and with your help we will reach and surpass the 5,000 member mark soon.


ast night I spent several hours on an Internet sale for Jack’s (my grandson) show pig. I just don’t understand why they say the sale will end at 8 p.m. but I am still bidding at 9:30. Why don’t they just say the sale will end when everyone stops bidding? After the final bidding we were successful, so now we have a pig in Oklahoma that needs a ride to Georgia. It is amazing how fast time goes by; it seems just yesterday I submitted my last article and now it is time for another one. I am sure most of you have come to the conclusion that writing is not one of my talents. I actually started writing several times, but each time I start over with something totally different. Bill Bryan would say the reason for my writer’s block is the absence of a dog to write about and Steve Blackburn would probably say it was a lack of salesmanship. I have seen movies about writers who go to some secluded place to try to recapture their creative thought processes, so I decided to try this myself. We had already scheduled our vacation to Wears Valley, Tenn., a couple of months ago, so I thought I would just wait until we got here to try this logic out. Plus this would allow me to procrastinate a little more. I have been told by an unnamed person that my motto is “never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” I believe if you live by this motto, you will always have something to do tomorrow. Another thing hindering my writing skills is what I left at home undone. The show barn we started for heifers and pigs is almost finished, the house painters showed up the day we left and I still have not finished mowing pastures. But all that stuff will be there when I get back, still undone, probably. We are now into our second day of vacation and I finally started the article. Of course this is with Dallas’ blessings since she gave me an extra day to send it in. Our cabin is absolutely beautiful and secluded which should make for clearer thinking and fresh ideas. I represented Georgia Cattlemen’s Association at several events over the last few weeks that were both informative and enjoyable. First, I attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Region II meeting in Montgomery, Ala. I had the opportunity to speak with our counterparts representing their respective states. There was a lot of interesting dialogue concerning membership, magazine issues, state producer investment programs and legislation – both state and federal – that might affect our industry. We had several members from Georgia attend the conference and I appreciate your willingness to represent GCA. Secondly, I had the pleasure of attending the Georgia Simmental Field Day in Corinth, Ga. at Callaway Farm. John, Marcia and Wes did an outstanding 6 July 2012

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job as hosts for this event. The programs were great and the food was delicious. Our summer conference is July 27-28 in Jekyll Island. This will be an excellent opportunity for you and your family to come and enjoy the beach as well as attend the conference and activities that are planned for the whole family. Please see information in this issue and register as soon as possible. I urge all of you to remember Steve’s challenge to us last year: “Just Ask” a friend, coworker, family member, neighbor or business to join our organization. We have grown this year and with your help we will reach and surpass the 5,000 member mark soon. As I finish this article you can see that the seclusion of a mountain cabin has helped my creative thoughts, or maybe not: I am thankful I am not being graded on my writing skills. Oh, by the way, if anyone is going to Oklahoma and would like to give a pig a ride to Carrollton, let me know. He won’t take up much room.

Your Beef Buck$ at Work


Georgia Beef Board kicked off June Beef Month with a host of activities! Daren Williams of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association traveled to Macon on May 19 to give local chapters and Georgia Farm Bureau a taste of what it means to be an agvocate for the beef community. Along with a roundtable discussion of what attending chapters did during their 2011 Beef Month celebrations, participants learned interview tips and best promotion practices. Everyone who came also got to take home a Georgia Beef Month reusable shopping bag filled with BEEF brochures, balloons, pencils, banners and other goodies.



Georgia Cattlemen’s Association sent its Executive Vice President, Josh White, and summer intern Cleve Jackson to Calhoun on May 29 for the HERD Sale and Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Workshop. White presented a legislative update and an overview of beef trends and exports to workshop participants. Attendees also heard from cattle experts Dr. Lee Jones, Ted Dyer, Cliff Lamb and the Gordon County 4-H livestock teams. At the sale the next day, 102 bred heifers brought in more than $178,000. 8 July 2012

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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Beef Board Executive Vice President Josh White traversed the mountains to visit Georgia’s smallest public school, Woody Gap, for its annual Ag Day event in Suches, Ga., which is coordinated in part by Georgia CattleWomen’s Association Past-President Brenda Brookshire. “It’s a really unique school in that they cater to all grades K through 12 and it’s a public school,” White says. “It was a privilege to get to meet and share information about beef and the beef community with kids of all ages.”


Executive Vice President’s Report


Better than Expected

It’s nice to receive unexpected blessings. Like finding a $5 bill in your old coat pocket the first time you wear it in the fall or having more rain across the state in June than in April. Sometimes things just work out better than you expect. That was the case a few weeks ago when our family snuck to the north Georgia mountains for a couple of days to “celebrate” the kids completing another year of school with passing grades. We went to our usual mountain getaway location, Vogel State Park, which our family has been visiting for several generations. As we arrived we noticed the rangers had changed the language slightly on their often-posted warnings about leaving food or coolers in cars or on cabin porches because of black bears in the area. We’ve never seen a bear in the area and always assumed it was just a marketing plan to give an extra air of intrigue and adventure to Vogel. This year was a different story. While black bears weren’t seen in the Park, we saw three different bears over a three-day stretch as we explored the mountains. We were in the car each time we spotted one – and needless to say we were all pretty excited. Our oldest, T.K., said it made him sweat. He probably would have passed out if we had seen them on the hiking trail or the porch of the cabin. Out of all the trips we’ve made to the mountains we won’t soon forget this one – it was better than expected. Cattle markets have also been better than expected through May, driven largely by strong boxed beef values that have been powered by increased demand for middle meats such as steak. We’ve also seen a continued rise of the value of beef exports, though tonnage has slipped a bit. For a full mid-year market analysis, be sure to read Curt Lacy’s article beginning on page 36. It’s a great time to be in the cattle business and a great time to think about how to receive the most value out of the animals you are producing. “Energized” is the best way to describe my mindset as I flip through this issue and examine the opportunities that are coming up over the next several months for our members to engage with each other and move Georgia Cattlemen’s Association forward. Beginning with the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day July 12, there are events and activities that will enable members of all ages to participate. I hope you will plan to bring your family and join us for the GCA Summer Conference July 26 through 29. The GCA Convention and Summer Conference Committee came up with a great mix of education, business and fun. There are plenty of events scheduled the 26 through the 28, but we encourage everyone to stay through the 29 and see what


Jekyll Island has to offer. For the second year in a row, this event provides an opportunity to have several important committee meetings, a mid-year Board of Directors meeting in an environment that allows participants to focus on the business of the Association and an opportunity to learn more about imports and exports in our state. An increased number of activities for junior members is also a focus of the Conference this year. Later this summer we again organized Regional Roundups across the state to update local leaders and provide a forum for input. We’re bringing state, regional and local leaders together at a location near you in an effort to engage as many interested members as possible. Regional Roundups were perhaps the most rewarding activity held in 2011 for those who attended. We are working to set an equally compelling agenda for the meetings this year. See page 7 of this issue for dates and locations and mark your calendar to attend. The 2012 Fall Tour (see page 17) has been set for Oct. 24 through 27. The Tour Committee has worked very hard to fill the agenda with fantastic stops. Call one of the tour committee co-chairs or someone you know who participated in the 2011 Tour and visit with them for a few minutes if you are even considering attending. If you didn’t have summer plans before reading this column, hopefully all the GCA and GJCA events will help make those hot days “better than expected!” Our goal is for you to leave these events feeling that your time was well-spent and the event was better than expected. Most rewarding is the fact that all these activities provide a platform to enable us to work together to achieve the GCA Mission by uniting cattlemen and advancing the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry. Your participation is essential to the accomplishment of this Mission. Also essential is that every rural elected official knows who you are and understands the importance of the cattle industry and agriculture. After listening to a load of rhetoric and seeing plenty of yard signs, it’s almost time to cast your vote in the statewide general primary elections to be held July 31. All of our state representatives are up for election this year and the vast majority of Georgia’s General Assembly serves constituents in the Metro Atlanta area. We will continue to work with like-minded agricultural organizations to educate ALL legislators about the importance of agriculture in our state. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you or your chapter would like to become more involved in this important aspect of our Mission. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

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

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


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


Dean Bagwell, Cartersville, 770-382-0747 Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, 478-494-9593

Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Doug Williams, Milan, 229-860-0320

Ronnie Griffis, Screven, 912-294-3483

Region Region


MELVIN PORTER Vice President 168 Hardman Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549 706-654-8283



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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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


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Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region

NCBA Directors: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961

CattleWomen’s President: Nanette Bryan, Summerville, 706-397-8219

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 14: Terry Harris, 229-498-5732 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro



GCA Immediate Past President: Steve Blackburn, 214-912-1993 P.O. Box 179, Waynesboro, GA 30830

ABAC ....................................Jacob Nyhuis Amicalola..............................George Lyons Appalachian .........................John Pettit, Jr. Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ....Ricky Yarbrough Banks .................................Bobby Whitlock Barrow ....................................Keith Prasse Ben Hill-Irwin........................Ronny Branch Berrien .............................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain......Laurie McClearen Brooks........................................Jeff Moore Burke ..........................................Al Cooper Carroll ....................................Chuck Joiner Clarke-Oconee........................Karl C. Berg Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta..........................................Bill Cline Crawford Area ........................Larry Cooley Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..........................................Ron Ward Floyd......................................... Gary Willis Franklin ...............................Daryl Freeman Grady .....................................Caylor Ouzts Greene Area.................................Jon Dyar Hall .................................Steve Brinson, Jr. Haralson .................................Jason Johns Harris ................................ Sandy Reames Hart .......................................Scott Fleming Heard.....................................Keith Jenkins Heartland ................................Tony Rogers Henry ......................................Marvin Rose Houston.................................Wayne Talton Jackson......................................Cole Elrod Jefferson .....................Donavan Holdeman Johnson Area ............................Will Tanner L.T.D.....................................Brian Goolsby Laurens .................................Brad Childers Lincoln ...............................Stan Tankersley Little River.......................... Michael Griffith Lowndes .............................Andrew Conley Lumpkin ............................Anthony Grindle Macon......................................Ron Conner Madison.................................Dave Stewart Meriwether........................Harvey Lemmon Mid-Georgia .......................Ray Brumbeloe Miller.....................................Trent Clenney Mitchell ..............................J. Dean Daniels Morgan...........................................Ed Prior Murray.......................................Chris Crow North Georgia ..........................Wesley Hall Northeast Georgia ..............Garnett Hulsey Northwest Georgia .............David Holcomb Ocmulgee.............................Raleigh Gibbs Ogeechee ...................................Ray Hicks Oglethorpe .........................Andrew Gaines Pachitla .............................B.J. Washington Peach ......................................Willis Brown Piedmont ......................Charles Woodward Piney Woods ........................D. J. Kimberly Polk ...................................Glenn Robinson Pulaski................................D. J. Bradshaw Red Carpet ..............................Lewis Miller Satilla ................................Alvin Walker, Jr. Seminole................................Bruce Barber South Georgia .......................Lavawn Luke Southeast Georgia ............Donnie O’Quinn Stephens ...........................Nicholas Moody Tattnall............................Jessie J. Driggers Taylor......................................Taylor Welch Thomas.........................Charles R. Conklin Three Rivers .......................Derek Williams Tift .........................................Buck Aultman Tri-County .....................Roy Lee Strickland Tri-State................................ Steve Reasor Troup ..................................Ben Comerford Turner ....................................Randy Hardy University of Georgia..............Zach Cowart Walton...............................Sammy Maddox Washington ........................Bobby Brantley Wayne....................................Joe B. Harris Webster ...................................Andy Payne Wilkes ..................................David VanHart Worth ..................................Donald Gilman

Retired Taxpayers Lose Tax Court Case The tax court held that a married couple that engaged in a cattle and horse breeding activity was not engaged in a business, despite the full-time nature of the venture. The case was Garbini v. Commissioner IRS [T.C. Summary Opinion 2004-7]. Garbini, of Myrtle Creek, Oreg., listed his occupation as a rancher and his wife indicated she was a housewife. Both taxpayers were retired during the two taxable years in issue, and for Garbini this was a fulltime venture. They had a net loss of $127,341 in one year and $124,584 for a second year at issue. The court examined whether the taxpayers carried on the activity with the actual and honest objective of making a

by John Alan Cohan, attorney at law

profit. Although a reasonable expectation of profit is not required, the facts and circumstances must indicate that the taxpayer entered into the activity, or continued the activity, with the actual and honest objective of making a profit. The court says the taxpayers did not seek expert advice before entering the activity and that was viewed with disfavor. They had no business plan to prove their activity originated with the honest objective of making a profit. There is no single controlling factor in deciding whether a horse or cattle venture is engaged in for profit. In applying the factors to determine profit objective,


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Jed Adams, Lyons Madison Adams, Lyons Shane Arrington, Buford Greg Barlow, Eastman Cordy Batchelor, Monticello Chad Burton, Westminister, S.C. Clay Bussell, Social Circle Michael Cooper, Millen Copelan Cattle, Greensboro Howard Doerr, Stockbridge Lacelle Doss, Canton Double L Red Angus Farm, Monticello Jared Floyd, Dawsonville Wendell Floyd, Cedartown Chris Franklin, Dalton Autum Gosdin, Roopville Tate Gosdin, Roopville Alex Hess, St. John’s, Fla. Jacob Hess, St. John’s, Fla. Wesley Hopgood, Blairsville Timmy Jackson, Camilla Madalyn Jenkins, Roopville Mason Jenkins, Roopville Billy S. Johnson, Tennille Haley E. Jones, McRae David P. Kitchens, Gibson Austin Madonna, Roopville Tim McCoy, Maysville Lois Meeks, Tennille Kayla Moore, McRae Garrison Morgan, Newnan Troy Morgan, Newnan Joel Nobles, Warthen Chris Owens, Rockmart JQ Russ Jr., Jacksonville Nora Simons, Stapleton Art Smith, Columbus Wendell Unruh, Louisville Glenda Walker, Calhoun Jay Westmoreland, Cleveland Dalton Yarbrough, Cedartown 12 July 2012 •


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Q Share what being a member of the Executive Committee means to you and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: This is the third term I’ve been privileged to serve on the EC. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is a great organization, and this gives me the opportunity to give back to an industry that has been a huge part of my life both personally and professionally. It’s a blessing for me to have worked alongside so many great folks that have also served GCA. I knew many of those who are members of the GCA Hall of Fame and it’s humbling for me to be able to help carry out much of what they started. Those who serve today are equally men and women of character and sacrifice and it’s a pleasure to see and hear them face up to the challenges of our industry.

Meet Executive Committee member Carroll T. Cannon

for three more years before making the move to become a full-time cattle auctioneer. God has blessed me by allowing me to do something that I really enjoy while meeting friend after friend along the way.

Quick Facts: • Carroll is a member of the Tift County Cattlemen’s Association • He’s married to Patsie Cannon, who most folks know through her work with UGA’s Tifton Campus Animal Science Department. They have one son, Patrick.

voice when it comes to squaring off against bad legislation. On the positive side, Josh is really on top of things in Atlanta and Washington.


Tell us about your most memorable livestock auction. ANSWER: There have been lots of memorable moments down through the years. One that some of our members will recognize happened about 25 years ago in Washington, Ga. We were mid-way through a 300-cow dispersal that we were conducting at the stockyard. The barn was packed with people. Every seat must have been filled. This entire herd possessed a lot of “spirit,” but one cow in particular had so much “spirit” that she was able to clear the sale ring and end up in the audience without touching the top rail of the sale ring. It was a pretty helpless feeling watching her climb the seats. That cow Q Describe your background in parted the crowd. I felt like Moses watchQ What improvements or the marketing side of the beef cattle ing the Red Sea. Fortunately, she went up industry. changes would you like to see evolve toward the door that led outside to the catANSWER: When I was 15 I took a over the next year within GCA? walk. The folks near the door had already home-study course in auctioneering and at ANSWER: The challenges that we exited by the time she reached the top, so 17 graduated from auction school. After face now aren’t really that different from she followed everyone out onto the catspending some time with Uncle Sam and what they were a few years back. Like any walk. Best I can recall the catwalk was then graduating from the University of organization, membership is the backoval shaped so she made a few laps Georgia with a degree in Animal Science, I bone. Sadly non-GCA members have no before slowing down enough to walk down worked with Johnny Jenkins at the idea how much they are benefited by what the stairs and return to captivity. We didn’t Livestock Breeder Journal for three years GCA does for all cattlemen. Budget and bring her back into the sale ring. GC then with the International Limousin Journal services are tied to membership as is our


In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef markets face today? ANSWER: I think the biggest problems that we face as an industry are too much government and consumers who will believe anything they read on the Internet or hear on television without checking the facts. There are lots of people who have good intentions in this world, but they are clueless when it comes to doing something positive that results in a win-win for both producers and consumers. The good news is that we have a product that still raises the bar when it comes to taste.

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Senate to Consider Mandate on Farm Production Practices; Sen. Feinstein Introduces Legislation Allowing Big Government to Dictate Animal Care

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation on May 25 that has farmers and ranchers concerned about the future of their businesses. The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 (S. 3239) is modeled after a similar bill (H.R. 3798) that was introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oreg., in the US House of Representatives earlier this year. The concerns about the precedence of federally mandated production practices have been raised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, Egg Farmers of America, National Pork Producers Council and more. Specifically, S. 3239 and H.R. 3798 would codify a controversial agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States which would dictate exactly how eggs can be produced. The proponents of the legislation say it will advance animal welfare standards in the egg industry. NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts has a different take on the legislation. “We fully support any and all science-based advancements in animal welfare. However, a federal mandate is not needed to accomplish production practices that secure the wellbeing of livestock. This legislation is a one-size-fits-all approach to animal welfare and is the wrong answer. In fact, the World Organization of Animal Health has even acknowledged mandated animal production practices are not in the best interest of promoting true animal welfare because they cannot easily be adapted or updated for different farming models,” Butts says. “Prescriptive farming standards hinder efficient modifications as new science becomes available.” Butts says a better approach to animal welfare is demonstrated by programs such as the Beef Quality Assurance program and the Cattle Industry’s Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle. She says these programs are updated

regularly as new science becomes available to meet the needs of the very diverse US beef cattle community. These voluntary programs set guidelines for raising healthy cattle and provide hands-on training. “For decades, cattlemen and women have worked with veterinarians, cattle health and wellbeing experts, universities and with each other to develop science-based, voluntary animal care programs,” Butts says. Tom Talbot, a veterinarian and California cattleman, echoes the beef cattle community’s commitment to adhering to stringent animal welfare standards put in place by experts. He says despite challenges cattle producers face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a top priority. “The US beef industry has changed through the years, but the one thing that remains the same is our commitment to raising healthy cattle and providing our animals the best care possible,” says Talbot, who is also chairman of NCBA’s Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee. “NCBA’s Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee rely on the latest information from government officials, veterinarians and cattle health experts to ensure our policies reflect the latest science and ensure effective cattle care practices on cattle operations throughout the country.” Talbot looks forward to the opportunity to work with Congress to reduce burdens on farm and ranch families responsible for providing food for consumers around the world. He says this “out-of-touch” legislation is “dangerous” and will only cripple farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to provide an affordable and healthy food supply. “Instead of mandating production practices and increasing regulatory burdens on America’s farmers and ranchers, we urge all US Senators to reject this legislation and to work with food producers to enable them to continue raising the healthiest, safest and most wholesome food supply in the world,” Talbot says. GC

In what National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President J.D. Alexander calls a “victory vote” for the US beef cattle community, the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed legislation introduced by Congressmen John Mica, R-Fla.; Nick Rahall, DW.V.; Frank Lucas, R-Okla.; Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, by a 33 to 18 vote. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4965), which is strongly supported by NCBA and the Public Lands Council, would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from using their clean water guidance to expand the regulatory regime under the Clean Water Act. Alexander said the legislation would stop EPA's intentional avoidance of the rulemaking process and Congress. “The problem with EPA is accountability. This admin-

istration has made clear its preference to use guidance documents as opposed to going through the rulemaking process. This allows the activists turned government officials to avoid public scrutiny and bypass the consideration of legal, economic and unintended consequences,” says Alexander, who is also a Nebraska cattleman. “This is a clear violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.” The document that triggered this bipartisan legislation was the CWA jurisdictional guidance. The draft, which was proposed by EPA and the Corps April 26, 2011, should be finalized soon. The guidance attempts to give EPA and the Corps jurisdiction over all types of waters and many features not waters at all. The next step for H.R. 4965 is the full US House of Representatives, which is expected to come to a vote later this month. GC

House Committee Rejects Manipulation of Clean Water Act, Urges Accountability

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Senate Prepares to Tackle Farm Bill; Senate Ag Committee Touts Farm Bill Ahead of Amendment Process The leaders of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture stood before the media on June 6, during a news conference to promote their version of the 2012 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., touted the financial scale back of nearly $24 billion in taxpayer dollars. Sen. Roberts attributes the savings in part to eliminating four commodity subsidy programs and condensing them into “one, more efficient program.” “No other committee, in the House or Senate, has voluntarily undertaken programmatic and funding reforms at this level in this budget climate,” says Sen. Roberts, who is on his seventh farm bill. Senators Stabenow and Roberts express confidence that the “bipartisan bill” will garner the 60 Senate votes needed to

Defining Beef’s Future

Last year, we took a big step toward not only putting a stake in the ground to determine where we are, but also in setting a course for the future. As an industry, we have set forward the Beef Industry Long-Range Plan with six key goals we will be working to achieve through 2013. These LRP goals include: • Increasing the Consumer Beef Index preference measure from 28 percent to 31 percent • Increasing the value of exports by 25 percent per head • Developing an index to measure and track our industry's freedom to operate • Measuring public perceptions of beef and beef production • Establishing a benchmark of industry stakeholder perceptions of unity and trust. The key goals above are designed to enable cattlemen and women the opportunity to begin working toward the final goal of increasing bred heifer retention to 18 percent, while stabilizing US beef production at a minimum of 26 billion pounds. We certainly take our role at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association very seriously with the implementation phase of this LRP. In the first half of 2012, that's exactly what we've been doing. With that in mind, our first job was to examine the changes in our industry structure and further study

proceed with its consideration. The question left mostly unanswered is the amendment process. Sen. Roberts states that is not known how many amendments will be allowed. “Both of us agreed that if the number of amendments doesn't get too big, then we can accommodate that,” Roberts says. “I’d prefer that all non-germane amendments to agriculture be considered in a separate venue, but that's not possible.” The 2008 Farm Bill will expire at the end of September, which is reason enough to move quickly, according to Stabenow. She refers to the legislation as a “jobs bill.” “The 2008 Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September — we must pass this commonsense bill immediately to give farmers the certainty they need to continue growing the economy. Sixteen million American jobs rely on agriculture,” Stabenow says. “The time for reform is now.” GC

by Forrest Roberts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association chief executive officer

the implications of these infrastructure changes for global beef demand. We've taken into consideration domestic and international economic trends, current food trends and the ultimate impact of those trends on US beef markets now and in the future. While this economic outlook is important, there are other factors that are equally significant, such as identifying potential threats to global beef demand as well as consumer perceptions of beef and beef production. By better understanding the entire playing field, we will help define the scope of

future work and the required resources to get the job done! We've been defending beef's brand a lot recently. We've faced issues from lean, finely-textured beef and bovine spongiform encephalopathy to questions about cold binding agents as well as the use of production technologies to feed a growing global population, just to name a few. In each case, NCBA and our industry partners have worked together to protect beef's image while continuing to grow consumer demand at home and abroad. GC

Legislative Watch

H.R. 1259 / S. 2242 – Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act To fully and permanently repeal the estate tax. NCBA urges a YES vote on the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. Key Sponsors: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. S. 1129 / H.R. 4234 – Grazing Improvement Act To make improvements to the efficiency and stability of the federal lands grazing permit process. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 1129 / H.R. 4234. Key Sponsors: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho S. 2245 / H.R. 4965 – Preserve the Waters of the United States Act To prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from using their “guidance” document to expand their jurisdiction of waters under the Clean Water Act. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 2245. Key Sponsors: Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; and Reps. John Mica, R-Fla.; Nick Rahall, D-W.V.; Frank Lucas, ROkla.; and Collin Peterson, D-Minn. H.R. 5381 – Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms Act of 2012 (CLEER Act) To amend the Clean Air Act to exempt exceptional event demonstrations, like dust storms, and for other purposes. NCBA urges a YES vote on the CLEER Act. Key Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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In My Opinion

Big Brother is Coming! By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins

The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have, for years, tried to remove meat from the human diet and stop what they call “Factory Farming.” What they couldn’t accomplish by direct and indirect action has now moved to the regulatory level. In their annual report, they claim to have 3,000 lawyers on staff or available to assist in their efforts. Federal and state regulatory authorities are being encouraged to take actions that will change animal agriculture as we know it. Be on the lookout for the signs. For example, Nebraska beef producers just recently accidentally learned that the Environmental Protection Agency has been using drones, flying 1,500 feet above the ground, to conduct aerial surveillance of feedlots even though EPA has inspectors on the ground to check for compliance of the Clean Water Act. It is all legal and agriculture uses aerial photographs in many ways to certify crops, but it is strange that EPA did not alert the feedlots they were using aerial surveillance before they started the practice. Makes you wonder who will have access to the aerial information generated. I suppose your farm could be next. Maybe you should check it out the next time you are sitting on your deck and hear or see something flying nearby. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, at HSUS encouragement, proposes to change the definition of “Retail Pet Store” to bring more pet animals sold at retail under the Federal Animal Welfare Act. They would change the definition of retail pet store so that it means a place of business or residence that each buyer enters in order to personally observe the animals available for sale prior to purchase and/or take custody of the animal after purchase. No dog or other pet animal will be sold at retail WITHOUT either public or 16 July 2012

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APHIS oversight. In the past, retail shops have been exempt from federal license since it would duplicate state or local authority. All retail pet stores must be United States Department of Agriculture-compliant facilities and meet federal regulations. Most residential environments would not permit zoning variances for such facilities. Breeders with four or fewer breeding females and those that gross less than $500 income from the sale of other animals are exempt. While this does not directly affect production agriculture yet, changes in definitions could move in our direction. It appears that HSUS has won the battle concerning swine producers and the use of farrowing crates. Kroger, McDonald’s and other food retailers buckled to HSUS pressure and now require that pork products come from farms that do not use farrowing crates. The price of pork must go up to cover the extra cost of raising swine. The idea from HSUS is that if the price of pork goes up, people will eat less. The same idea applies to egg producers and the use of cages. It will cost more to produce eggs when egg producers are forced to go away from cages to open floor production. The US Food and Drug Administration proposed to limit the use of antibiotics in food animals.

FDA is worried that antibiotics on farms MAY breed drug-resistant pathogens that could endanger public health, although it has been a practice since the late 1940s. FDA must meet a high standard of proof to remove an already approved drug, just because of a potential effect. The fact there is no proof that using antibiotics in food animals poses a significant human health risk clouds the debate. No antibiotic labeled for growth promotion or disease prevention has ever been withdrawn in the US because of concerns about drug resistance. There is an effort to remove the American Veterinary Medical Association from the debate since they oppose restrictions on food animal antibiotic use. In other words, if you do not agree with us, we will remove you from the debate. We want to be like Denmark and the United Kingdom and limit antibiotics in food animals – forget the history and scientific proof. I can only hope that a change in administration in Washington in November can begin to reign in the regulatory agencies and give us back our country. Remember the un-elected, notapproved-by-Congress Czars that now actually run the various federal regulatory agencies. GC

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Congratulations to Brady Ward

of Villa Rica, Ga., a member of the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association, for the winning entry in the July photo of the month contest!

Stay tuned to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for updates on the August photo of the month contest! G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GJCA Members Receive Georgia Farm Bureau Scholarships



The Georgia Simmental Association hosted its annual meeting on May 11. The association raised nearly $18,000 on auction items and a semen sale. The 2012 award winners were also announced: Breeder of the Year is Gibbs Farms, operated by Wendell, Doug and Nan Gibbs; the Golden Book Award went to Rick Wood, who

assisted GSSA “beyond expectations;” and Partisover Ranch was awarded the Swiss Cow Bell for hosting the 2011 Field Day. The association also named its officers and directors for 2012: Dwight Cooper, President; Tad Harper, Jason Johns and Chrissy Driggers, directors. GC

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Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association member Garrett Whitworth, of the Madison County chapter, was awarded one of the top three Georgia Farm Bureau 2012 Scholarships for Agriculture, valued at $3,000. The scholarships are intended to recognize and assist deserving and outstanding young people who are pursuing college degrees in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or related agricultural fields. Eligibility is limited to students who plan to enroll in a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College for the 2012 to 2013 academic year. “I am proud of the support our counties give to our young people,” says Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “They are the future movers and shakers in our agriculture industry and they need the leadership of Farm Bureau to help prepare them for this role.” Whitworth plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and study agricultural education. In addition to the three top awards, seven other students were awarded $750 each. Two of these are GJCA members: Meridith Franks of Burke County Cattlemen’s Association and Garrett Hibbs of ClarkeOconee Cattlemen’s Association. GC

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Georgia Simmental Association SecretaryTreasurer Billy Moss calls the 2012 association field day one of the biggest and best. Sixty people attended the miniSimConference on June 1, which included Simmental, Red Angus and Angus breeders along with commercial cattlemen. Moss says the meeting lasted until nearly 10 p.m. because of all the questions attendees asked of Wade Shafer and Dean Pringle, speakers from the American Simmental Association and University of Georgia, respectively. The next day more than 130 people attended the field day event hosted by John and Marcia Callaway. The program included additional presentations from Shafer and Pringle and a judging contest for the juniors. “Thanks to everyone who came, and especially Wade Shafer,” Moss says. “We hope to get him back to Georgia in January when Montana freezes over and he can come back when we have warm January days!”

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Ber m u da gra s s S te m Ma gg ot

By Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist

Georgia cattlemen will need to keep an eye out for a new invasive pest, the bermudagrass stem maggot. Damage caused by this new exotic species, Atherigona reversura, was first discovered in Pierce, Jeff Davis and Tift Counties in 2010. The damage done by BSM was much more widespread in 2011. The effects of BSM pose a significant risk to bermudagrass production in southern Georgia and the rest of the Southeast.

Totally New, Totally Blindsided This species of Atherigona is native to Japan, Indonesia, India and Hawaii. Its appearance in 2010 in Georgia was the first time BSM was discovered in North America. It is unclear how it got here. Nonetheless, it is here now and the fly has been confirmed from Savannah to Columbus and down into south Florida, with unconfirmed reports in Alabama and South Carolina. It is not unusual for new species to show up in North America. Unfortunately, in this case, there is very little information about this insect, its life cycle, the damage that it could do and much less, how to kill it. In fact, the length of this article is not much smaller than a complete compendium on BSM, including all the scientific literature on the subject. The consequence of having so little data on the subject is that there is not yet any good information on how to control BSM. Will Hudson, UGA Extension entomologist, and I are currently working on research projects that should provide us more information on how to control this insect. We secured funding for two graduate students who will be focusing on how to manage this problem and consequently, we should have better information on control in the coming months. 20 July 2012

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Mechanism of Damage The larval or maggot stage of BSM is what is causing the damage. It is believed the adult fly lays its eggs on a bermudagrass pseudostem. Upon hatching, the larvae work their way toward a node, where the leaf blade emerges from the stem. As the larvae develop, they feed on the node, which results in the death and chlorosis (lack of green color) of the last one to three leaf blades.


which they can move from field to field means that simply killing the flies is unlikely to result in satisfactory control. Unfortunately, killing the larvae may be just as difficult. The growth habit of this insect – the development of the larvae and the damage being done inside the plant’s pseudostem – means that a successful insecticide application will likely require a systemic mode of action. Systemic insecticides are generally not approved in forage production systems because systemic action in the plant means the pesticide is likely to also be ingested by the animal, and it could ultimately make its way into the food system. However, we will be investigating all Damage Affects the Last One to Three Leaves on possible control options. a Pseudostem Until a pesticide option is discovered, harvest manageAlthough all varieties of bermudagrass seem to be sus- ment is our only option for mitigating the damage. If damceptible, the number of affected stems seems to be depend- age is found within one week of the normal harvest stage, ent upon stem coarseness, or size. Our preliminary proceed to harvest the crop as soon as weather conditions research and some work done in Japan shows that the allow. Once the damage becomes apparent, the crop is thicker-stemmed variunlikely to add a eties such as Tifton 85, amount The insecticides that are typically used on significant Coastcross-I and Tifton of yield. If damage 68 have fewer stems bermudagrass have not proven very helpful, is observed within affected by the damage one to three weeks as a proportion of the as of yet. There have been many reports of pro- after the previous number of stems per it is also ducers who unsuccessfully applied insecticides harvest, unit area relative to the likely that the crop finer textured varieties in attempts to kill either the fly or the larvae. will not add a signifsuch as Alicia. icant amount of The amount of the Our preliminary experiences resulted in simi- yield. The damaged damage seems to lar frustration. The large numbers of flies and crop should be cut depend on the point and, if the yields are during regrowth when the ease with which they can move from field substantial enough the flies lay their eggs. to warrant, baled In instances where to field means that simply killing the flies is and removed from good soil and moisture unlikely to result in satisfactory control. the field as soon as conditions allow a norweather conditions mal, rapid growth rate allow. Leaving the the damage seems to occur later and the loss of the last one damaged crop in the field will only compete with any to three leaves seems to have a minimal impact on yield. attempts by the plant to re-grow and decrease the However, many producers report major yield loss in those opportunity that the next cutting will have to accumugrowth periods that are limited by poor soil and moisture late mass. GC conditions. In those situations, it is believed the slow growth rate allows the egg laying and larvae development Updates on the bermudagrass stem borer stages to occur relatively early in the growth cycle. problem and additional information about insect management in forage crops can be found at Management Strategies For additional forage The insecticides that are typically used on bermudamanagement questions, contact your local grass have not proven very helpful, as of yet. There have University of Georgia Cooperative Extension been many reports of producers who unsuccessfully office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. For specific applied insecticides in attempts to kill either the fly or the forage questions for Dennis Hancock, email larvae. Our preliminary experiences resulted in similar frustration. The large numbers of flies and the ease with G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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B r o o k e ’ s Be e f B i t es

By Brooke Williams Georgia Beef Board director of industry information

I have so much to celebrate this month: Independence Day, National Grilling Month and my niece’s first birthday! Last year, I became an aunt for the first time, and I discovered just how much you can love a child who isn’t even your own. My niece Avery is, in my humble opinion, absolutely the cutest, smartest and sweetest little girl in the world!

In the past year, I’ve made some wonderful memories with her – holding her just hours after she was born, seeing her huge smile when I walk into a room, listening to her sing and babble happily during bath time. And I know that for the rest of our lives, we’ll keep making great memories together. Since before she was born, I’ve had activities planned for us to do – I want to do chalk drawings on the driveway with her, take her to get pedicures, teach her how to cook and make each birthday very special! As I thought about how to celebrate all of these events in July, I came across a recipe that would work perfectly: Star-Spangled Cheeseburgers! Can it get any more American than that? Burgers are the No. 1 grilled item during the summer and these just happen to be so cute for a first birthday party. You can even turn them into sliders, a perfect size for little hands! I used 95 percent lean ground beef to keep them healthy for little Avery, and I also found star-shaped cheese slices from Sargento. Whether you’re grilling these burgers for a birthday party or steaks for a midweek supper, there are a few simple tips to always remember when firing up the grill. First off, start with a hot grill! Medium to medium-high heat is perfect for making sure the beef stays juicy. Also, never use a fork to turn your steaks (or squish your burgers with a spatula) because 22 July 2012

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RECIPE __________________________ Star-Spangled Cheeseburgers Total recipe time: 30 minutes • Makes eight servings

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ground beef ¼ cup regular or reduced-fat mayonnaise ¼ cup honey mustard 8 slices American cheese 8 hamburger buns, split Romaine lettuce, tomato slices

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Combine mayonnaise and mustard. Cut star shapes from cheese with a cookie cutter. 2. Lightly shape ground beef into eight half-inch thick patties. Place patties on grid over medium ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, eight to 10 minutes (over medium heat on gas grill, covered, seven to nine minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit, turning occasionally. Season with salt and pepper after turning. About one minute before burgers are done, top with cheese stars. 3. Serve in buns with sauce, lettuce and tomato. Nutrition information (using 95 percent lean ground beef and reduced fat mayonnaise): This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc. 407 calories, 18 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat, 3 grams monounsaturated fat), 95 milligrams cholesterol, 883 milligrams sodium, 28 grams carbohydrate, 1.2 grams fiber, 33 grams protein, 7 milligrams niacin, 0.4 milligrams vitamin B6, 2.2 micrograms vitamin B12, 4.1 milligrams iron, 29 micrograms selenium, 5.8 milligrams zinc.

it will pierce the meat and cause it to lose its juices, so it’s always best to use tongs when grilling. Lastly, always check the doneness of your steaks and burgers with a meat ther-

mometer: 145 degrees for steaks and 160 for burgers. Now, go grab your buns, get to grilling and celebrate a summer full of BEEF! GC


Georgia Beef Board Report


Sharing the Beef Experience

Compiled by Brooke Williams

The past few weeks were filled with opportunities to share the BEEF experience with consumers across the state, beginning with the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown Atlanta on May 10-13. This is a weekend like none other!

This food festival brings together leaders of their crafts: Award-winning chefs, barbecue pit masters, Master Sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers, all in the spirit of celebrating the deep food and beverage traditions of the South. Georgia Beef Board sponsored the “Beef Trail” at the festival, which featured acclaimed chefs from

BLT Steakhouse, The Cooks Warehouse, Eleven Restaurant and nine other eateries from the state capital. More than 7,000 “foodies” attended the festival this year and 2,600 of those sampled delectable beef bites such as Chilled Smoked Flat Iron Steak, Summer Beef Skewers and Braised Beef Short Ribs. On May 19, GBB participated in the 2012 Georgia Travel Media Marketplace dinner at Elements Bistro in Lyons, Ga. The city of Vidalia hosted almost 30 travel writers from the United States and Canada to meet with representatives from around the state to get story ideas about Georgia’s tourism destinations, attractions and events. Brooke Williams attended the dinner to speak to the travel and food writers about Georgia’s cattle and beef industries. Chef John Mark Lane served an incredible six-course meal, all featuring Georgia grown products! GBB donated Georgia grown beef for a steak tartar appetizer! It was a wonderful way to celebrate all of Georgia’s commodity groups. The Beef Checkoff partnered with Sam’s Club® and the Kansas City Barbeque Society to promote the

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

Phil Harvey, Vice Chairman P.O. Box 928 Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-7314 Home 770-775-7351 Work Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519

Second Annual American GrillMaster Experience – a Checkoff-funded beef grilling demonstration and educational tour. An emerging trend in retail is the sponsorship of consumer food festivals that move events from parks and fairgrounds into the parking lots of major retailers. To take advantage of the excellent opportunity provided by the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, the Beef Checkoff partnered with Trybe Targeting for the second time to bring The American GrillMaster Experience back for 2012. This year the Georgia event once again took place at the Sam’s Club in Marietta on June 2.

Our grillmaster, Michael McDearman, returned to entertain and educate while grilling up healthy and delicious beef samples, such as Sesame Crusted Strip Steak and Cumin Rubbed Flank Steak served with a Salsa Verde. Brooke and GBB summer intern Cleve Jackson were on hand to serve samples and talk with consumers about Georgia’s beef and cattle industries. The American GrillMaster Experience provided The Beef Checkoff and the GBB with a unique opportunity to showcase beef cuts that perform great on the grill at a variety of price points while engaging directly with consumers. GC

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Zippy Duvall GA Farm Bureau Federation P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31298 478-474-8411 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 Charles Rucks 6209 Newnan Road Brooks, GA 30205 770-599-3515

Graydon Bobo Wilkes Co. Stockyard P.O. Box 623 Washington, GA 30673 706-678-2632 Kelly Buchanan 505 Southerfield Road Americus, GA 31709 229-928-5881

The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF

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the court focused on the manner in which Garbini carried on the activity. The fact that the taxpayer carries on the activity in a businesslike manner and maintains complete and accurate books and records indicates the activity is engaged in for profit. In this case, the court says there was little by way of books and records. Rather, Garbini made a monthly list of expense categories and, based on his canceled checks, recorded the amounts expended for each category. At trial, Garbini submitted various invoices, canceled checks and the monthly lists for the taxable years in issue. The court says he did not keep the type of records which could be used to increase the profitability of a business. He never prepared budgets or market projections which would outline strategies for ensuring a profitable business venture. The court says his recordkeeping practice of creating monthly lists from canceled checks simply was inadequate and not indicative of a prudent and reasonable person in business. Garbini says he made efforts to reduce expenses in order to operate the ranch in a profitable manner. Nothing in the record indicated what efforts he actually made to reduce expenses. Garbini never ascertained how or when he would make a profit or how he could change his operating methods to improve his profitability. Garbini worked on the ranch almost every day and employed one full-time ranch hand, who performed general maintenance of the property and barns. Garbini occasionally hired outside temporary labor. There were no sales during the years at issue. One strength in this case that unfortunately was not set forth adequately in the evidence was that according to Garbini, the ranch increased in value as a result of improvements he made. Garbini testified that he bought the property for $566,000 in its undeveloped condition, and its value at the time of trial was $15 million. However, he did not provide any evidence other than his verbal testimony. In order to prove this, an expert’s report showing the appreciation in value must be introduced into evidence, but all the court had was the taxpayer’s testimony. Garbini also argued that part of the ranch activity involved planting and harvesting trees. He states he planted 3,000 to 5,000 trees per year and that they are suitable for harvesting after seven years. The court notes that no trees were harvested during the taxable years in issue. The court also considered the history

of income or losses with respect to the activity. Garbini did not provide a history of income or losses for the activity. During the taxable years in issue, losses exceeded $250,000, an average of $125,000 for each year. Garbini claims the losses gradually declined, but this was not adequately presented. Over a period of about 12 years, the losses were losses more than $1,500,000. There was no evidence of any profit year. The court considered the financial status of the taxpayers. The court notes that as a result of their other income, the taxpayers realized substantial tax benefits from the approximate $125,000 loss deduction for each taxable year in issue.

The court also says there were elements of personal pleasure or recreation even though they did not ride the horses. The court simply says the taxpayers probably had personal pleasure from residing on a large ranch. Taking the record as a whole, the court concluded the taxpayers did not possess the actual and honest objective of making a profit from their operations. Because they had no gross income for the taxable years in issue, none of their claimed expenses were deductible. GC FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit, call 310-278-0203 or email

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Georgia Chianina

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

Chianina Bulls Make the Difference TALMO R A NC H

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



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

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

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





Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

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Pfizer Animal Health to Transition to Zoetis

This time next year, Pfizer Animal Health will be a standalone company called Zoetis. Pfizer Inc. made the announcement June 7 in New York. “There have been so many rumors circulating over the last year regarding this transition that it’s good to have some direction,” says Josh White, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president. The name Zoetis has its root in “zo-,” which is familiar in words such as zoo and zoology. It derives from zoetic, meaning “pertaining to life,” and signals the company’s dedication to improving the health of animals across species and around the world based on the fundamental understanding that animal and human health are inextricably linked, according to a news release. “The name best captures the company’s focus on partnership with veterinarians, livestock producers and companion animal owners by providing innovative products and solutions that advance animal health and human well-being,” Juan Ramón Alaix, president of Pfizer Animal Health says in the news release. “We

are excited about Pfizer’s decision to chart an independent future for the Animal Health business and about our new name.” Zoetis will build on the leadership of Pfizer Animal Health in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a diverse portfolio of animal vaccines, medicines, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and genetic tests to prevent and treat disease in livestock and companion animals. Revenues in 2011 were approximately $4.2 billion, according to the news release. Ian Read, Pfizer chairman and chief executive officer, says the company is on track to have Zoetis created by July 2013. “I think everyone who uses or has benefited from working with Pfizer Animal Health over the years is relieved the company will have a fresh start and an opportunity to continue as its own entity,” White says. “It’s a good company that’s been good to our industry and it’s wonderful to see some certainty moving forward.” GC

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385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

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Keith W. and Susan W. Prasse, DVM

889 Austin Reynolds Road Bethlehem, GA 30620 706-248-1431 (cell) 770-867-2665 (home) Herd Consultant: Bruce Robbins 210-861-5136

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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

Barrow County Cattlemen’s Founder Passes Away I N D U S T R Y

William Jackson Hutchins May 12, 2012 William Jackson Hutchins, 63, of Winder, Ga., died Saturday, May 12, 2012. Hutchins was born in Buford, Ga., to Dorsey and Louise Thrash Hutchins. He graduated from Winder Barrow High School and went on to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry. Hutchins received the American Farmer Degree from the FFA and was on the UGA livestock judging team. He was the National Pork Producer of the Year during the 1980s and served in every local office with the Georgia Farm Bureau. When Hutchins passed, he was serving as the Fourth District director, a position he’d held for the past six years. Hutchins was a member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and was a founding member of the Barrow County Cattlemen’s chapter. He remained a very active member through the years. Also in Barrow County, Hutchins served on the county Board of Commissioners. He was a member of Midway United Methodist Church and a father figure to his nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews. Hutchins is survived by his parents, Dorsey and Louise Thrash Hutchins of Winder; two brothers and a

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sister-in-law, Dorsey Hutchins Jr., Joe Hutchins and Cindy Hutchins, all of Winder; nephews and nieces-in-law Joey, Lee, Jason and Sara Hutchins; and great-nieces and nephews Jackson, Will, Emily and Blake Hutchins. GC


The following members have made loving donations to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation. In Memory of Bobby Lovett, Cuthbert, Ga. John and Marcia Callaway Carroll and Patsie Cannon Hugh and Helen Mills Dwyatt and Michele Creamer Pachitla Cattlemen’s Association SOWEGA Feeder Cattle Marketing Association Robert Fountain Jr. Harris Brantley

In Memory of Mrs. Dorothy McHugh, Tignall, Ga. Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association In Memory of Elizabeth Baker, Calhoun, Ga. Red Carpet Cattlewomen’s Association Sam & Ann Payne and Family

In Memory of Richard Pounds, Junction City, Ga. Ms. Rachel Pounds

By contributing to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, you will honor and preserve the memory of a special person while providing important funding toward long-term goals, including scholarships, educational research programs and youth activities. And, like the memories you share with your loved ones, this is a gift that will last forever. Each gift will be acknowledged and contributions are tax-deductible. Please mail form and donation to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, P.O. Box 27990, Macon GA 31221 Enclosed is my gift of (check one) _____$25 _____$50 _____$100 _____$_______

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Angus • SimAngus

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

Home: 770-583-5688 John’s Cell: 770-355-2165 Marcia’s Cell: 770-355-2166

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

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

Established 1963

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

Billy Moss, Secretary/Treasurer Phone 706-654-6071 1243 Hull Road | Athens, Ga. 30601


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


Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223




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

Rodney Hilley Family

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:



Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Breeders

Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / 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 _________________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by _________________________________ MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

 Tenderloin Member $600 or more  T-Bone Member

$300 - $599

 Sirloin Member

$ 75 - $149

 Rib-Eye Member

$150 - $299

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Thank you ... for your membership!

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

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Tenderloin Members ($600+)

Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 36 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely United Bank, Barnesville

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Jackson EMC, Gainesville Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie United Community Bank, Carrollton Ware Milling Co., Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston AG Daniel Company, Eastman Amicalola EMC, Jasper Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville


AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Echols County Farm Bureau, Statenville Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Fields Auto Parts, Comer First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haney Farm and Ranch, Rockmart Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Heleski Beef Farm, Cuthbert Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma

Fuller Supply Company Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States

Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Patrick Ag Chemical Co., Danielsville Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Shepherd’s Building Supply, Moultrie Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington WJM Farms, Luthersville Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, FL G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy. 211 N.E. Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036 VICE PRESIDENT: Keith Wyatt 176 Shirley Road Ranger, GA 30734 678-575-9154 SEC/TREAS.: Lillian Youngblood 330 Youngblood Road Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-4044 229-567-1584 (cell)

JULY 20-21

Thank you to Big D Limousin, Winder, and Pleasant Acres, Nicholson, for the donation heifer!

GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION Check us out on Facebook at for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

Georgia Limousin Association’s annual meeting will be held July 20 in conjunction with Georgia Limousin Association’s annual field day (Jr. Heifer/Steer Show), July 20-21, in Cleveland, Ga. A competitive, black polled, halter-broke Limousin heifer will be auctioned off July 21 at the GLA Field Day, with proceeds benefiting the GLA Scholarship fund. Please contact Skyler Davis or Lillian Youngblood for further information. Contact Country Inn & Suites for reservations. 877 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. 30545 • 706-878-9000


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

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

Visitors always welcome!

L & L LIMOUSIN FARM Larry&LindaWalker RegisteredLimousinCattle 266SilverDollarRoad BarnesvilleGA30204 770-358-2044


Dexter and Nicholas Edwards 209 Willard Edwards Road • Beulaville, North Carolina 28518 910/298-3013 • Fax: 910/298-6155 • Nicholas, mobile 910/290-1424 email: • Nicholas, email:

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Your Georgia Connection for Limousin Cattle!


Minchew Farms Calvin and Brenda Minchew 9001 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 478-781-0604 •

CMC Limousin

Powerful Limousin & Lim-Flex Bulls/Heifers for Sale Jerry Bradley, manager 678-201-2287 John Spivey, owner McDonough, Georgia Purebred & Fullblood Limousin Club Calves

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

HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires

Larry and Joyce Howard 1350 Old Chattanooga Valley Rd. Flintstone, GA 30725 706-931-2940 • cell 423-596-3819

T.L.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369

931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628

Nila Corrine Thiel Paul Thiel, Herdsman Owner Steven Thiel, Herdsman “Leaner cattle for today’s beef industry”

Sayer & Sons Farm

“Your trusted source of quality Limousin for over 30 years”

Jimmie Sayer 12800 Bowens Mill Rd., Ambrose, GA 31512 912-359-3229 • cell 912-592-1904

Big D Farms, Inc. Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

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


Keith and Dixie Wyatt

176 Shirley Road S.E., Ranger GA 30734 678-575-9154



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

Back in Timber’s youth showed signs of impaired he got a job helpin’ gather ambulation, walking like a wild cattle out of the fields drunken sailor. They of an Arizona cotton farmer. watched him stop. Then He and his pardner Jesse drop to the ground. tried roping them but were Timber was on him unsuccessful. No. 1, the like a coon dog on a ham cows only came into the sandwich! He rolled the field at night along with the bull on his side, gathered up native deer and No. 2, the three feet and hog-tied him. horses were not nocturnally The bull began to struggle trained and wouldn’t get BAXTER BLACK, DVM and pushed back. Timber within a rope’s length of the tried to hold his ground stealthy beasts! thinking, surely the tranquilizer will Plan two involved the use of a take effect, but the opposite was tranquilizer gun. The second night our happening! boys arrived “loaded for bear,” as they The bull seemed to be gaining his say, and began stalking their prey. balance and strength back. Timber was Jesse taped a flashlight to his dart gun whacking him with his flashlight, his and Timber carried a tie-down rope, a miner’s lamp bouncing crazily in the flashlight and was wearing a miner’s dark! From a distance all Jesse could helmet with a light. I admit I can sort see were two beams of light jerkily of picture this cowboy thought process writing on the earth and the sky. It combining the skills of a spelunker, a looked like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Slim mountain climber and a referee at a Jaywalker going at it with lightsabers. blindfolded sword fight! As the bull stumbled to his feet, After two misses, Jesse pulled Timber was still draped over his back. down on a long-yearlin’ Hereford Our cowboy managed to hang on to cross bull and fired. Right on target! his flashlight in the scuffle. Again, The chase began but the bull quickly from Jesse’s seat in the bleachers, they

might have been two inebriated friends who had lost their car keys. Then the bull’s head cleared and he shook Timber off. Jesse heard a thud Timber’s flashlight broke, but to his credit, he still clung to the tie-rope with one hand and was being dragged behind the escaping bull. Finally the bull stopped and looked around. There on the ground lay a wild night-crawling predator creature with one brightshining cycloptic eye in the middle of his head. The bull did what any slightly-drugged 950-pound King-of-theHill, Top-Of-the-Heap, Testosterone Toro would do when challenged: He charged! Jesse saw it all. The one beam of light danced and banged and flipped and flew in a firecracker ballet until it finally lay, still shining, a lone beacon in the night sky. Jesse ran to the light. “Over here,” says Timber, 10 feet away from the luminous ray. “Did you see where he went?” “South,” Jesse says. “Towards Mexico.” “Good, maybe I’ll meet him again someday,” Timber says. “In a taco.” GC


David and Susan Vaughan Chris Heptinstall, General Mgr. 706-337-2295 Office 205-363-0919 Cell PO Box 185 Fairmount, GA 30139

Give us a call! Cobus Coetzee, Farm Operations Manager - 678-378-0598 cell Vince Roberts, Cattle Operations Manager - 678-378-4697 cell




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Mike Coggins • Lake Park, GA 31636 229/559-7972 Office • 229/559-6097 Fax 229/232-3096 Cell • Email: Ranch located just off I-75, on the Georgia-Florida line.

Char-No Farm

Registered Brangus and Ultrablacks Black Simmental / Angus Composites

C.E. (CHUCK) & NORMA SWORD 545 Scott Road Williamson, GA 30292 (770) 227-9241• 770-468-3486 (cell) •

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Georgia Brangus Breeders

DUVALL LIVESTOCK MARKET, LLC 1101 Apalachee Avenue Greensboro, GA 30642 SALE EACH THURSDAY - 11:30 A.M.

Drusilla Malcom Owner and Operator Residence 706-342-3683


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Jim Malcom Owner and Operator Residence 706-342-8468 Cell 706-342-5655

BARN 706-453-7368 • 1-800-282-0747 Fax 706-453-7308 Hauling Available • Feed & Hay Available

Dean Williams, Owner

PO Box 67 723 Co. Rd. 255 Athens, Tennessee 37371 Phone (423) 745-3582 • Fax (423) 745-2444

2012 Sale Schedule

Regular Sale Every Tuesday Sold by Head @ 12:00 noon Sold by Weight @ 3:00 pm Receiving cattle Mondays until 9:00 pm Winter months until 8:00 pm

Stock Cow Sales First Thursday of Every Month @ 7:00 pm Consigners Welcome Holstein Steer Sales Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm

Toll Free: 1-866-796-0625 • Thursday, April 26 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, May 24 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, June 21 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, July 26 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, August 16 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, September 20 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, October 25 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, December 13 @ 7:00 pm Athens Precondition Sales Thursday, January 26 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, June 14 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, August 30 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, October 18 @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm Check web site for Precondition Requirements

Athens Feeder Calf Sale Thursday, March 8 @ 7:00 pm Thursday, September 13 @ 7:00 pm Receiving cattle 7:30 am - 5:00 pm on day of sale South East Tennessee Heifer Sale Friday, November 2 @ 7:00 pm Consigners ONLY

We sell load lots of cattle every Tuesday @ 5 p.m. Contact Dean Williams for more information @ 865-556-5590

Customer Appreciation Day Tuesday, July 3rd • Come join the fun!

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At Moseley Cattle Auction, we appreciate the opportunity to market cattle of our friends and customers to other friends and customers in the cattle business. **FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED**


SALE DAY: Every Tuesday 11:00 AM, ET Conference Call Number 1-877-873-8018 • Access code 7999881 Auctioneer: Carroll T. Cannon SERVICES OFFERED

Cattle Marketing • Organization of Cattle Marketing Groups • Private Treaty / Special Sales Herd Improvement (Replacement Heifers / Bulls) • Order Buying • Cattle Appraisals Herd Health / Farm Vaccination(s) of Cattle •- Trucking



Moseley Cattle Auction P.O. Box 548 Blakely, GA 39823 Off/ Fax: (229) 723-7070

Contact Information

John F. Moseley III (Trip) - (229) 308-6358 Joey Moseley - (229) 308-3720 Carroll T. Cannon - (229) 881-0721 John F Moseley Jr. - (229) 308-6355 Will Moseley - (229) 308-3452


: r e h t e g o T , on te i a t l c P u o A t e l e r e T stu a i a V P From ing Cattle et k r a M , ion uncan ’s Associat D s a l l n By Da a Cattleme nications i ABOVE: Commercial cattle that will Georg r of commu o be sorted into truckload lots for sale at a tele-aucdirect tion. AT RIGHT: Previous owner H.R. Wiggins, who passed away in 2010, left many a legacy at Turner County Stockyards. One is this board in the sale ring, where his handwriting remains, proudly proclaiming the dates of the monthly video sales.


Instead, Ford markets via tele-auction: A relatively new sale service that specializes in selling uniform truckload lots of cattle. Though the specifics differ from market to market, the general process is similar. Sale barn employees visit with a prospective seller, sort their cattle and either film or photograph each load lot. The videos and photos are distributed to buyers online, by mail or both several days before the sale, and the actual auction is held via conference call. Some auction markets are tele-auction only while others have tele-auctions alongside direct sales. Todd Stephens, part-owner and manager of Northeast Georgia Livestock in Athens, Ga., says his outfit went the tele-auction route due to the local economy: There were more houses going up than there were cattle, so marketing via tele-auction allowed the business to branch out to a wider territory. Stephens says the tele-auctions are beneficial for both buyers and sellers. TODD STEPHENS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA “We sell some cattle from LIVESTOCK IN ATHENS, GA., says his outfit began selling via tele-auction because the South Carolina that won’t economy brought more houses and less cattle to his area. truck them here every week, but we take their pictures and come to the farm and load them,” he says. “With the barn, you’ve got less labor involved and … every calf is bringing the same price.” 34 July 2012

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Carroll Cannon has been auctioneering for Moseley Cattle Auction for about four years now. “Video auctions are no longer the future, but rather they are the now,” he says. “The popularity of marketing in load lots continues to increase. Buyers are able to fill their orders quicker and with cattle that have had the same management protocol and in many cases have a similar genetic makeup. Well-managed stockyards will continue to thrive, and many are offering load lot marketing as a part of their service package.” Turner County Stockyards in Ashburn, Ga., was one of the first auction markets in Georgia to offer video auctions. Owner Roy Wiggins says it had the first tele-auction as well. For them, it started as a way to sell market hogs, but in the mid-90s they changed to a way to sell beef cattle. “If a fella sells them right DANNY VICKERS OF TURNER STOCKYARD IN off his farm, he doesn’t have COUNTY ASHBURN, GA., is in charge of videoing the market's catany hauling fees, hauling to tle for sale and handling the conference calls during the sale barn or any extra Turner County's monthly feed costs,” Allen Wiggins, tele-auction. part-owner, says. “The sale lasts usually no longer than an hour on the phone and we can sell 500 to 1,000 head.” At Turner County, the tele-auctions are handled by Danny Vickers, who sits on conference call with buyers and sellers alike. The setup in the Moseley Cattle Auction headquarters in Blakely, Ga., is a little different. John Moseley Jr.

and sons Trip, Joey, auctions is trying to get what the Will and sometimes a cattle are worth when the futures friend or two each market is down on a sale day. have a phone glued to Ford, however, believes the their ears, and the hardest part of marketing via telesale barn’s patriarch auction for producers is getting the is not far from his numbers there. For a tele-auction to THE MOSELEY CATTLE AUCTION HEADQUARTERS IN BLAKELY, GA. On sale day, the Moseleys congregate in smart phone when be successful, a producer needs to their home office to call in on the conference call, each with a different smart phone to their ear with a it’s tele-auction have a full truckload lot of about buyer on the other end. time. 80,000 pounds. Ford, owner of Ford Beefmasters If a producer does not have a full truckload lot to and Ernie Ford Farms, says marketing market, some sale barns will put his partial lot together via tele-auction works for him because it all boils with calves from other producers in order to create a down to money. complete lot. And in the event that cannot happen, there “There’s more money in my pocket and that comes are still plenty of traditional sale barns around to fit the from having increased price, but by having truckload marketing bill. lots, it comes from getting paid for added value in terms “There definitely is a place for livestock markets, of vaccinations and (other management practices),” he even for large producers because we always have individsays. ual cattle, but there are always smaller lots that need to Ford was one of the first producers to sell truckload be sold,” Ford says. lots via direct sales. Though some markets such as Southeast Livestock “So when the tele-auctions really began to come on, Exchange do use Internet services for auctions, Cannon we were familiar with selling truckload lots and it didn’t believes it will remain a supplement for most markets scare us as much as it might somebody else,” he says. rather than a replacement for direct sales. Evans Hooks of Southeast Livestock Exchange says Hooks says the Internet is a powerful tool that can some buyers like to purchase via truckload lots because help his sellers share their story with buyers. there is no comingling effect: One lot is everything a “On the producer profile page it tries to tell the story farmer has to offer. of your farm, your mission and your operation and we “The cattle grew up together; they go from pasture try to convey that to the buyer base,” he says. “There’s to plate together,” he says. “One set of cattle should have something unique about every producer and we try to similar sires or similar genetic attributes that would make figure that out and build on those strengths.” them grow up similar.” When it comes to the auction itself, Hooks says live Producers like to market via tele-auction because conference calls are preferable in case a buyer has a questhere tends to be less shrink in their calves. Shrink is tion: There is someone on the call able to answer it weight loss on cattle during transport to the feedlot or straight away. sale ring. Ford says depending on when cattle get to the “We were going to try an actual Internet sale being auction market, cattle could be standonline, but we called our buyers severing for several hours before they go al years ago and they liked the interacacross the scale, leading to about six tion the way we do it right now,” percent shrink. Allen Wiggins says. “It’s more or less “There’s less sickness in the cattle like they’re sitting out there bidding in because they’re not comingled. We’re the ring but they can’t see each other.” seeing the producers weed out cattle The Internet might actually pose JOHN MOSELEY OF MOSELEY CATTLE AUCTION stands that aren’t as good and they buy into more problems to set up an auction in front of the cattle pens used to sort cattle into truckload lots. Producers who do not have full truckload lots better cattle, so it’s making the cattle than benefits, Will Moseley says. The to sell can send their calves to Moseley to be combined market better as a whole,” Will Windows operating systems most peowith other partial lots to make a full load for upcoming tele-auctions. Moseley says. “It’s a lot less expensive ple run are prone to computer viruses, because not everybody’s driving to a which can’t always be fixed right stockyard to sit around the ring.” before an auction. Plus having the conference call allows Allen Wiggins says most of the cattle that are marbuyers to bid nickels and dimes, where most of the keted through Turner County’s tele-auctions go to buyInternet sales are on a quarter system. ers in the Southeast and are shipped out west. “(Tele-auctions) are not for everybody, everybody’s Ford also purchases some truckload lots via tele-aucnot equipped to handle it and not everybody has enough tion. cattle to sell video loads, but it has been a good thing for “For the same reason that it was an advantage for me our customers and us as well,” Allen Wiggins says. “And (as a seller), it’s an advantage to the buyer,” he says. “He we wouldn’t be here without our customers. You’ve got gets a truckload lot at one time of uniform, same-sex catto let them know you appreciate your business whether tle.” they’ve got one cow or 400 cows. You’re working for Allen Wiggins says the most challenging part of telethem.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GCA Annual



eorgia cattle producers have enjoyed record-high prices thus far in 2012. As of early June, prices for 500 to 600 pound steers and bulls averaged around $160 per hundredweight (Figure 1). While these prices certainly are favorable, the persistent drought in Georgia and the southeastern United States in addition to high feed prices provides plenty of challenges for cattlemen. In July, many cattlemen will evaluate their marketing alternatives for marketing their calf crops. Part of this decision is, or should be, influenced by price expectations for this summer and fall, along with projections for spring 2013. The reminder of this article focuses on several items that will affect cattle markets as well as providing some price projections for future months.

Outlook for 2012 Total beef production will be reduced by 3.5 to 4.5 percent due to drought-driven herd liquidations and high feed costs (Table 1). The United States Department of Agriculture projects that US beef production will decline to just barely 25 billion pounds, the lowest in quite some time. As a result, cattle and beef prices should be the same or higher in 2012. However, there are several factors including macroeconomics, weather and the corn market that could stymie price increases and profits. 36 July 2012

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Marketing Guide

Mid-Year Cattle Update

By R. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension economist-livestock Figure 1

MEDIUM & LARGE # 1& 2 STEER CALF PRICES 500-600 pounds, Georgia, Weekly

Total beef production will be reduced by 3.5 to 4.5 percent due to drought-driven herd liquidations and high feed costs... cattle and beef prices should be the same or higher in 2012. However, there are several factors including macroeconomics, weather and the corn market that could stymie price increases and profits. Table 1

Economic Concerns Abound The domestic and global economies continue to weigh heavily on consumers’ minds and ultimately their pocketbooks. In early June, there were concerns about the potential for debt contagion from Greece, Spain and other countries within the European Union. Certainly, one could argue whether these fears were well-founded or just a tempest in a teacup. The main point is that while the EU imports very little US beef, any debt default by major EU members could cause significant trauma to the world’s banking and finance industry thus resulting in a drop in demand for all beef products. In the US, continued high unemployment and the uncertainty created by deficit and debt reconciliation committees in Congress continue to cast a shadow over consumer confidence. The implications are that until consumers have more actual money to spend and feel more comfortable about the US economy, it will be hard for beef prices to increase much at the retail level. Weather and Feed Price Concerns are Still Real Dry weather had major implications on the industry in 2011. While

in the corn markets at least until mid-July 2012.

drought conditions have mitigated in the southern plains, the situation has not improved much if any in the southeast. Currently, all most-avail-

Good News Does Exist In spite of all the doom and gloom, there is quite a bit of good news in the beef industry. While a smaller cow herd with resulting smaller calf crops and fewer feeder cattle are symptomatic of challenges in the beef industry, the implications are generally favorable. Basically, supplies of cattle are so tight that any favorable demand news such as an improved economy

A smaller-than-expected 2011 corn crop combined with increasing usage of corn for ethanol and exports combined to keep prices upwards of $7 per bushel in 2011. USDA projects steady to improving corn stocks heading into fall 2012.

able weather forecasts predict a mixture or improving conditions to continued drought in the region at least through this month. In addition to weather-related cattle concerns, there is also much risk associated with feed-grain prices. A smaller-than-expected 2011 corn crop combined with increasing usage of corn for ethanol and exports combined to keep prices upwards of $7 per bushel in 2011. USDA projects steady to improving corn stocks heading into fall 2012. The good news is that once we get to fall 2012, we should have very reasonably priced corn. The bad news is that we have to make it to fall 2012. So, even though things are looking good for feed prices and we have seen considerable improvement in recent months, the fact remains that there will likely be continued volatility

or increased exports could result in an extreme escalation of prices. One of the major bright spots for the beef industry in 2011 was increased exports. While exports are expected to be down in 2012, it is important to note that exports as a percentage of production will actually be higher in 2012 than in 2003. The combination of these two factors along with other favorable demand developments will be very supportive of cattle prices in 2012.

Overall Outlook Supplies and corn prices will continue to be the leading factors affecting feeder cattle supplies. Assuming the economy remains in stable or improving condition prices will continue to remain where they are to slightly higher. Current futures-based price projections indicate $155 to $160 for 500 to 600 pound steers this fall with 700 to 800 pound feeders being in the $135 to $145 range. In spring 2013, look for feeders coming off of grass averaging anywhere from $140 to $155, depending on the economy and feed prices. GC

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Barry Robinson,Manager Cell: 256-453-6123

Carroll County Livestock

Hwy 166, Carrolton, GA • 770-834-6608

Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative 53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, Iowa 51544 •


Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) would like to thank all Georgia beef producers who have participated in the Georgia Beef Challenge since beginning the partnership in 1998. Year to date, over 30,000 head of farm raised Georgia Beef Challenge cattle have been fed with TCSCF’s cooperating Southwest Iowa farmer-feeders. TCSCF is owned by Southwest Iowa cow-calf producers that utilize the program and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by those cow-calf producers. The Board consists of cow-calf producers, veterinarians and beef industry leaders. We look forward to working with you in the future. Please give us a call and let us know how we can be of greater service to you.

Who We Are and What We Do

The principle objective of the TCSCF program is to provide information to beef producers they can use in managing and marketing their product. The program will provide cow-calf producers information on feedlot performance, average daily gain, and carcass data on one or more steers/heifers entered. This information can be used by the producer to change breeding and management programs or may be used as a basis for change in a producer’s marketing program. Producers may use data obtained from participation in TCSCF with high performing cattle as a tool in selling their cattle.

Bentley East Bruce & Ruby Bentley 38038 Aspen Road Macedonia, IA 51549 Phone: 712-486-2568 Fax: 712-486-2568 Email:

Gregory Feedlots Jim Gregory David Trowbridge 1164 305th Avenue Tabor, IA 51653 Phone: 712-625-2311 Fax: 712-625-2321 More info: Email:

TCSCF Cooperative Feedlots CLAN Farms, Inc. Nicholas Hunt 59433 585th Street Atlantic, IA 50022 Phone: 712-243-5485 Fax: 712-243-6542 Email:

Gary Nilan 38909 Hwy 6 Oakland, IA 51560 Phone: 712-482-6785 / Fax: 712-482-6788

Larry Kay 233 Pearl Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 Phone: 712-784-3045 Email:

Carson Feeders Jeff Clausen 16983 370th Street Carson, IA 51525 Phone: 712-484-3314 Fax: 712-484-3819

Tri Tower Farms Roger & Cale Jones 2842 Fremont Avenue Shenandoah, IA 51601 Phone: 712-246-9704 Email:

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SWAINSBORO STOCKYARD 310 Lambs Bridge Rd. Swainsboro Sale Barn - 478-237-3201

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Georgia Livestock Market Totals - Year-to-Date through May 2012

The GA Livestock Market News recently released the following cattle sales volume: 2012 YTD OTHER 2012 YTD Location Day Phone Number AUCTIONS SALES TOTALS Turner Co. / Ashburn Wed 229-567-3371 24,369 4,808 29,177 Dixie / Oak Park Tue 912-578-3263 24,266 633 24,899 Franklin Co. / Carnesville Tue 706-384-2975 23,907 23,907 NE Georgia / Athens Wed 706-549-4790 12,465 11,356 23,821 Carroll Co. / Carrollton Mon 770-834-6608 15,127 15,127 Calhoun Thu 706-629-1900 13,362 13,362 Seminole / Donalsonville Wed 229-524-2305 11,561 828 12,389 Thomas Co. / Thomasville Tue 229-228-6960 9,408 1,151 10,559 Mid-Georgia / Jackson Wed 770-775-7314 8,326 1,588 9,914 Pulaski Co. / Hawkinsville Tue 478-892-9071 9,767 9,767 Duvall / Greensboro Thu 706-453-7368 9,710 9,710 Swainsboro Mon 478-237-3201 9,071 9,071 Moultrie Wed 229-985-1019 8,096 8,096 Eastanollee Mon 706-779-5944 7,857 7,857 Wilkes Co. / Washington Wed 706-678-2632 7,754 7,754 Lanier / Gainesville Tue 770-844-9223 7,474 7,474 South Central / Fitzgerald Mon 229-423-4400 7,432 7,432 Sumter / Americus Thu 229-924-2931 3,182 3,182 Blackshear Mon 912-449-8505 1,887 1,887 D & N / Thomaston Mon 706-647-7431 1,015 1,015 Total 216,036 20,364 236,400


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Phone: 828-646-0270 Fax: 828-646-0202 OWNERS/OPERATORS

John Queen 480 Queen Cove Road Waynesville, NC 28785 828-421-3446

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 July 10  August 7  September 4

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Brace Yourselves

nyone who has built wire livestock fence knows quite well that without a good corner it’s hard to have a good fence. While there are several good brace designs, the most common and generally easiest to build is the ‘H’ brace. By following some basic principles of design, producers can be assured their braces will stand the test of time. The dimensions of the brace relative to the fence and the placement of the brace or twitch wire are the most critical factors in determining the brace’s strength and how it will hold up over time. Keep in mind these guidelines are based on stable soils. Extremely wet and mucky soils or dry sandy soils will require oversizing of the posts and longer horizontal rails to achieve adequate holding power in the soil. The end or corner post should be set in the ground to a depth equal to the height of the fence. In other words, if a fence is 4 feet high, it should have an 8-feet-long corner post set 4 feet in the ground. The other key dimension of the brace is the horizontal, which should be at least twice as long as the fence is tall. For this 4-feethigh fence, the horizontal would then be 8 feet long. The H brace post, which is the post that holds up the end of the horizontal rail opposite the corner post, can be a 7-feet-long post set 3 feet in the ground. Generally if the digging or driving is easy enough to drive a post in 4 feet without drilling a pilot hole or dig a hole 4 feet deep without an excessive amount of extra work, producers should use an 8 feet post for the brace post, too. For most typical livestock fences the corner posts should be a minimum of 6 inches in diameter, the brace posts a minimum of 5 inches in diameter and the horizontal rail should be straight and a minimum of 4 inches in diameter. For high tensile field fence or smooth wire fence with more than 10 wires producers should

By Chris Chapman, North American Fence Contractors Association past president, and John Randle, NAFCA School Instructor

use end or corner posts at least 7 inches in diameter. It is usually best to set the height of the horizontal halfway between the top two wires for looks, strength and ease of tying off the wire. The brace or twitch wire for the H brace should run from 2 inches above grade at the end post to the elevation of the center of the horizontal at the brace post. A second twitch wire is often installed on highway fence braces, but at end and corner braces this is actually unnecessary and even counterproductive. For proof of that statement just stop and look closely at such a brace: The wrong brace wire is nearly always loose because the brace has typically moved or leaned in the direction of the fence pull. The twitch wire can be anything strong enough to hold the pressure over time, but remember that Class 3 galvanized wire will last three times longer than Class 1 wire and that high tensile wire will not stretch as easily over time as lower tensile strength wire. Also remember that if a ‘twitch’ stick is used to tension the wire it

should always be left in place once the twitch wire has been tensioned. It should be wired to the horizontal to prevent it from being knocked loose. The twitch wire may also be tightened by use of chain grab wire strainers and spliced with compression sleeves, or by means of wrapping mechanics wire around the two sides of the brace wire loop and then sliding these wraps towards the posts. These methods require somewhat more skill and tools, but yield a strong brace with a cleaner appearance than the use of a twitch stick. The bottom line is, if corner posts are set as deep as the fence is tall and a horizontal that is twice as long as the fence height is used, and a twitch wire runs from the bottom of the corner post up to the brace post, the fence will have a fundamentally strong brace that will last for years. Just don’t forget to use top-quality materials so that all the time to drive posts good and deep isn’t wasted on posts and wire that will only last for a short time. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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For more information on GJAA activities, contact: Chris and Julie Throne, Advisors Doug and Tammy Williams, Advisors Jr. Dues - $10 per year

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

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Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines

Courtesy Carole Knight, Georgia BQA coordinator

BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.

BQA programs evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers. When better quality cows leave the farm and reach the marketplace, the producer, packer and consumer all benefit. When better quality beef reaches the supermarket, consumers are more confident in the beef they are buying and this increases beef consumption. The efforts of BQA across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes that continue to re-build and sustain beef demand. Through BQA programs, producers recognize the economic value of committing to quality beef production not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry. The Georgia BQA Program is a joint effort of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Beef Board and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The guiding principles of BQA are based on these core beliefs: WE BELIEVE production practices affect consumer acceptance of beef. WE BELIEVE the BQA Program has and must continue to empower beef producers to improve the safety and wholesomeness of beef.

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WE BELIEVE these fundamental principles are the fabric of the BQA Program. Empowering people … because producers can make a difference. Taking responsibility … because it’s our job, not someone else’s. Working together … because product safety and wholesomeness is everyone’s business. How to get BQA Certified There are two ways to get Beef Quality Assurance Certified in Georgia. The first is to attend a live training provided by a BQA Trainer. These sessions last approximately 2.5 hours. Following the educational training participants must pass a written exam. Participants receive a BQA Manual and sign a producer agreement. Upon completion of the course, participants are issued certificates and BQA Certification Numbers. The cost of this course is $20. The second way to get BQA Certified is to do so online through This site is approved by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Georgia Beef Board to provide training and certification. There are several video modules to watch and then a short exam after each one. Participants must pass each quiz before moving on to the next module. This costs $25 and goes directly to Kansas State University to maintain the site. Upon completion the site notifies GBB and a certificate and certification number are issued. A Georgia BQA Certification is good for three years. Participants must be re-certified to renew their Georgia Beef Quality Assurance Certification. There are two options to accomplish this. The first option is to take the BQA Training and Test again to renew the certification. The second option is to accumulate the required re-certification credit hours during the three year certification period. Producers and industry members must obtain three re-certification credit hours in accordance with the re-certification guidelines in order to renew their certifications. Please note that all re-certification credit hours must be received in the Georgia Beef Board office within 90 days after the expiration of a certification. All producers who obtain the required re-

“There are two ways to get Beef Quality Assurance Certified in Georgia. The first is to attend a live training provided by a BQA Trainer. These sessions last approximately 2.5 hours. The second way to get BQA Certified is to do so online through This site is approved by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Georgia Beef Board to provide training and certification.” certification credit hours will be mailed a renewal notice after certification expiration. Educational credit hours can be obtained by attending or participating in an educational event containing at least 20 to 30 minutes of educational presentation on the following topics: • Importance of Beef Quality Assurance • Vaccine and drug practices • Livestock feeds and feedstuffs • Impact of practices on carcass quality (genetics, meat science) • Quality Assurance of market cows and bulls • Handling and facilities • Transportation • Biosecurity measures • Non-ambulatory cattle • Cattle identification and recordkeeping Examples of presentations that would qualify include cattlemen’s association meetings, GCA Convention sessions, educational allied industry meet-

ings or university-sponsored educational events such as short courses or training. Credit hours are assigned as follows: 20 to 30 minutes = .5 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour = 1 hour 1.5 to 2 hours = 2 hours University Beef Cattle Short Course = 3 hours A UGA County Extension agent or specialist must sign off on the event. If one is not available, please contact Carole Knight or Ted Dyer for approval. GC


For questions, contact Carole Knight, Georgia BQA coordinator, at: 151 Langston Chapel Road, Suite 600, Statesboro, GA 30458 912-871-6130 • Or contact North Georgia BQA Co-Coordinator Ted G. Dyer at: PO Box 640, Calhoun, GA 30703-0640 706-624-1403 •

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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Oak Hill Farm

Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett

Barn: 770-893-3446 Home: 770-893-2674 Cell: 770-826-9551

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty


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Dothan, Alabama (334) 794-7812 1-800-633-7533

Birmingham, Alabama 1010 North 24th Street Birmingham, Alabama 35201 Phone: (205) 323-4431 1-800-633-4960

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Douglas, Georgia (912) 384-8104 1-800-241-7702

FPL Food, LLC in Augusta, Georgia

is proud to announce the launch of its fed beef cattle program to go along with our existing cow and bull harvest. Producers throughout the Southeast can take advantage of our program and keep our Southeastern raised cattle in the local market to be fed, harvested and merchandised to consumers across our region. The fed program at FPL consists of a traditional commodity fed program where USDA Choice and Select graded cattle are the target. Fed cattle can be forward contracted and/or purchased direct. Cattle will be purchased on a yield and quality grade grid system. Cows and bulls can be purchased direct from your farm or delivered to our facility. If you are interested in supplying cattle for either of these programs please contact Brad Chandler at 706.910.9397 or via email at If you want additional information about FPL Food LLC, please review our web page at

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There Ain’t No Doubt I Love This Land

By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications


ranklin County cattleman Sam Freeman always knew he was just as at home in camouflage as he was in a cowboy hat and boots. He had two uncles on his mother’s side who served in the military, one in the Navy and one in the Marines. Both were officers. “I thought that was neat growing up,” Freeman says. And while his relatives’ experiences weren’t necessarily the direct catalyst for his enlistment, they stuck with him. His father has a two-photo picture frame proudly on display: The top photo has a young Sam Freeman wearing one of his uncles’ Army helmets; the bottom is Sam in an Army helmet of his own. Freeman was deployed to Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard from 2009 to 2010. He was part of the Delta Company out of Milledgeville in the 48th brigade. He refers to the National Guard as “part-time Army.” The Army National Guard is state-funded except when a unit is deployed. One weekend a month and two weeks per year the Guardsmen are required to do training. They are on standby in case the Army calls them up on deployment, to help in a natural disaster event or to assist in handling a riot. Freeman’s mother wasn’t overly pleased with the idea of her son enlisting. When he first tried to join at 17, she wouldn’t sign the waiver, but now that he’s officially a part of it, Freeman says she’s proud of him. “We were part of an infantry company that was focused on training the Afghan army,” Freeman says. “We would train their army and we would take them out to do missions … try to get them ready to run things themselves without us. We showed them out to do things and let them do things more and more as time progressed, and hopefully they’re in much better shape now after I left.” His company also had the opportunity to give aid, food and supplies to Afghan orphanages and villages. In fact, that’s what stands out most in his mind of his experience overseas: Handing out toys and school supplies to children at the orphanages. Sam Freeman refers to himself as “not really an indoor job kind of guy.” His original post-college plan was to join the

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SAM FREEMAN AND WIFE ASHLEY display their American pride in front of his father's home in Martin, Ga. Sam Freeman is a Georgia Cattlemen's Association member who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Georgia National Guard from 2009 to 2010.

Sam Freeman and wife Ashley with some of the Freeman family cowherd. The Freemans have a commercial cattle and purebred Simmental operation in Martin, Ga.

Army fulltime, but the idea of moving around constantly did not appeal to him as much as continuing the family business. He chose to remain part of the National Guard, however. “I’ve always enjoyed (farming). I worked at a dairy farm in high school … I wanted to go to college and I wanted to get a degree, and I didn’t see any other job where I could do this other than large animal vet,” Sam Freeman says. “I saw that as an opportunity where I can accomplish my college goals, work outside every day and be around livestock. It’s just a passion, I guess.” His father Daryl, president of the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association, raises commercial beef cattle and purebred Simmentals on land in Martin and Lavonia, Ga. Daryl Freeman is a sixth-generation cattle farmer. Sam Freeman, now 24, will be the seventh. “I don’t know what made me want to join (the military). I’ve always known I wanted to join the Army and I also wanted to go to college, so that’s why I joined the National Guard,” Sam Freeman says. “I came back and realized I didn’t really want to be active Army. I bought some cows and realized this is what I really wanted to do.” Prior to his deployment, Sam Freeman was a history major at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Ga. Now he’s a biology major pursuing a career in large animal veterinary medicine. “I’ve always shown cows from about first grade up through middle school, then I took a break for high school sports,” Sam Freeman says. “Once I was able to save up a little bit of money, that’s what I wanted to do. Two years ago I started with nothing, buying a cow here and there and now I’m up to 15.” He wants to either have his own practice or work for one, but either way he wants to keep increasing his herd size. “That’s my plan, whenever I have a little bit of extra money, to keep building as I go … Eventually I’d like to have enough cows to where I don’t have to be a vet Sam Freeman, 24, feeds some of his commercial cattle that run alongside his father Daryl’s herd in Martin, Ga.

either,” Sam Freeman says. “Right now I’m just sticking with commercial and I’ve been trying to focus on quality rather than quantity. I’ve been buying first- or secondcalf heifers to build a good herd from the ground up.” He says his time in the military allowed him to be where he is today career-wise. “Financially (the National Guard) allowed me to set up to do this, to be able to go to college full time,” Sam Freeman says. “It’s just opened a lot of doors for me financially. I was able to work over a year without any bills and with the money just going into my account, not to mention the GI bill that pays for my college.” Daryl Freeman says he was nervous when Sam told him he was being deployed, but he knew only Sam knew what would make Sam happy. “I’m just glad he’s done his own thing: He’s done what he wanted to do. I’ve told him and his brother both, ‘I don’t care if you’re President of the United States or a trash man as long as you’re doing what you want to do,’” he says. “If they wanted to do farming that’s great, and if they didn’t that’s their choice.” Sam Freeman says he was completely away from agriculture during his deployment. There were a number of crop farms, but he “maybe saw two cows” the entire time he was in Afghanistan. Now that he’s back in the states, his small herd runs alongside his father’s on land in and around Martin, Ga. For this north Georgia producer, it means a lot to have had the chance to be a part of the military. “It’s a good experience,” Sam Freeman says. “I know it’s not for everyone, but I’d recommend it to anyone. There’s a lot that we’re doing over there that nobody sees. It seems we haven’t made progress in the past 10 years, but if you’re over there you see it has. I know it’s important and it does make a difference.” His father is glad Sam got to help make that difference. “When he joined, I was proud,” Daryl Freeman says. “I was proud when he went over there, and really proud when he came back.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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RICKY YARBROUGH checks on his cattle at Cherry Ridge Farms outside of Gray, Ga. He was drawn to the Georgia Grown program by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, who wants to bring more cow-calf producers into the program.

Pride, One Calf at a Time

By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

Consumers nationwide have been interested in purchasing locally grown produce, meat and other agricultural products for several years now. Though the definition of “local” depends on a lot of factors, there’s something about buying food labeled “locally grown” that makes people feel good.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture realized that desire and found a way to meet it — Georgia Grown, an incentive program for farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, agritourism locales, processors, suppliers and organizations to market their products to a public full of locavores. Georgia Grown is two things: It is both a brand to fulfill that consumer need and a program to aid agricultural economies. According to a story in the July/August 2012 Urban Ag Council Magazine, it is a powerful tool for marketing and for education and business connections to expand agribusiness and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Georgia Club Calf Producer’s Association got involved with Georgia Grown after a member attended the Georgia Young Farmers Conference in 2011 and saw information on the program at the Department booth. 52 July 2012

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“This breeder said they’d pay the initial membership to get us started,” says Carole Knight, GCCPA executive secretary. “Really they fall hand in hand, the goals of GCCPA and Georgia Grown. We’re marketing Georgia-bred calves so we thought maybe we could use this program to our advantage.” Depending on the membership level, Georgia Grown members are able to purchase various marketing kits, including rights to use the program logo, a business profile on the website, priority placement on online search displays, access to webinars, discounts on Georgia Grown merchandise and feature stories in the Georgia Grown newsletter and Market Bulletin. There are RICKY YARBROUGH, president of the Baldwin-JonesPutnam Cattlemen's Association, joined Georgia Grown also perks such as custom earlier this year to help market his beef animals in the designed banner stands, company logo inclusion Georgia Beef Challenge and as show cattle.

on the Georgia Convention and Grown calendar and he said he’d like custom advertising to get some new opportunities, cow-calf people according to the involved in program website. Georgia Grown, “The updated so I came home logo that they came and investigated out with when they and decided I’d rehashed this prosign up for it,” gram is really userYarbrough says. friendly,” Knight Yarbrough says. “It’s really rechas only been a ognizable. We’ve Georgia Grown tried to use it in all member for a aspects of our marfew months but keting whether it be already has social media, on the plans to use his website or in print advertising media. We try to perks marketing The homepage for Georgia Club Calf Producer's Association features the get it out there that with Georgia Georgia Grown logo, which GCCPA is it’s associated with Beef Challenge allowed to use as per its membership our product.” and to sell show level in the program. Gary Black, calves. able to use the Georgia Grown Georgia commissioner of agriculThe show calf market is also logo on advertisements. ture, says the program’s success what drew GCCPA to the proMost of those involved in beef depends largely on the support and gram. Some cattle shows, such as cattle production for Georgia strength of its members, some of the Georgia National Junior Grown market the beef product, whom, like Knight, are members Livestock Show in Perry, Ga., but not all, says Ricky Yarbrough, offer premiums if a Georgia-born of Georgia Cattlemen’s president of the Baldwin-JonesAssociation as well. and bred steer wins Grand Putnam Cattlemen’s Association “Agriculture is a $70 billion Champion. and owner of Cherry Ridge Farms, industry that touches every Knight says Georgia Grown is Georgian every day and beef is one a registered Angus and Hereford a way to encourage show operation outside of Gray, Ga. of our state’s top 10 commodities, exhibitors and those purchasing “I saw Gary Black at the with an annual farm gate value of calves to support local breeders. (Georgia Cattlemen’s Association) more than $406.7 million,” Black “It’s putting money says. “The Georgia Grown back in our indusprogram has been redesigned try and if we don’t to showcase all farmers, prosupport them, then ducers, distributors and they’re not going agribusinesses who make this to be in business our state’s No. 1 industry … very long,” she Through Georgia Grown, we says. “It’s taking look forward to bringing pride in the fact together all Georgia beef prothat our products, ducers as we strive to promote being show calves, all of Georgia’s agricultural are raised right products under one branded there in-state and program.” MEMBERS OF GEORGIA 4-H AND FFA show club calf steers during are just as competithe Maine-Anjou portion of the 2012 Georgia National Junior tive as those that Membership levels range Livestock Show in Perry, Ga. Georgia Club Calf Producer's are being brought from Silver at $100 to Association Executive Secretary Carole Knight sees the opportuniFounder’s Circle at $10,000, ty to market club calves as Georgia Grown of great value for young in from out of but producers can join for free exhibitors, as some shows award premiums for Georgia-born and state.” GC — they will not, however, be bred cattle winning Grand Champion. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Overall Sponsor – Georgia Farm Bureau

Thursday, July 26 • •

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee Meeting Early arrival and check-in to hotel

Friday, July 27

7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Port Authority Tour: Reservation required as space is limited! We will tour the Brunswick Port and hear all about imports and exports in the state. After the tour Bill Dawson with the Georgia Port Authority will address attendees and share exciting possibilities for the future of ag exports. Sponsored by Georgia Allied Industry Council

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Welcome & Opening Session: Fueling Georgia’s Ag Economy with Trade Georgia Port Authority – Bill Dawson, Brunswick Georgia Dept of Ag – Bo Warren, director of international trade

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break Sponsored by Mix 30 Liquid Feed

10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Committee Meetings Media & Communications Committee Meeting rooms sponsored by Alltech

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1 p. m. Golf Tournament: Tee Time! All members are encouraged to come and take part in an afternoon of golf. This will be a great time of laughter and fun. When is the last time you were able to see a bunch of cowboys on the golf course? Everyone will want to see and be a part of this! Don’t want to go to the Golf Tournament? No problem, there is plenty to do on Jekyll Island! Read a book on the beach, go splash in the wave pool at Summer Waves, go on the Casino Cruise or play a round of Putt-Putt Golf. There is something for everyone! Golf Tournament Luncheon is sponsored by Swainsboro Stockyard; Golf tournament awards sponsored by Allflex; Refreshment cart sponsor is Mix 30 Liquid Feed; Hole sponsors are Alltech, Gallagher with scales (2 holes), MM Cattle Company (2 holes), Gazda Cattle Company and Zeeland Farm Services.

1 p.m. GJCA Games on the Beach: For the juniors who don’t want to be Tiger Woods, come enjoy an afternoon of games on the beach! We will have volleyball, croquet, Frisbees and a seashell collecting walk, so bring your buckets and your shovels and be ready to get sand between your toes! 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. GJCA Seashell Frames: We’re going to put those seashells you collected to use by creating keepsake frames for Summer Conference! Bring your buckets of shells and sealife to the picnic tables

by the pool and a member of GCA staff will get your picture to put in them.

6:30 p.m. Grill Out & Social by the Pool: Come and enjoy an evening by the pool with beach music, food and an ice cream contest! It will be a great chance to meet new friends and visit with old. We usually don’t have enough time to visit and relax so this is our chance. We will be enjoying flat iron steaks with all of the trimmings. Bring your favorite churn of ice cream and compete in the ice cream contest. It will be a cool and fun evening! We will also have a PAC auction. These auctions are always so much fun. Everyone bring something to put in the auction – can be big or small, fun or serious! Meal sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health; Entertainment sponsored by Merck Animal Health; Ice cream contest sponsored by Swainsboro Stockyard

Saturday, July 28

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Emerging Leaders Conference Reunion Breakfast: All of the Emerging Leaders Conference graduates are invited to a reunion breakfast. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation is hosting the breakfast. ELC graduates will have a chance to visit, share how ELC participation affected them and also have a chance to participate in further leadership development planning. Sponsored by DuPont Range & Pasture and Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Committee Meetings Cattle Health & Wellbeing Committee Region VPs and Membership Committee Meeting Rooms sponsored by Alltech

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. GJCA Tour of the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center: We will load up at 9:45 a.m. to visit the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center! Our tour includes herpetology and sea turtle animal encounters plus a tour of the Tidelands exhibit halls: Touch tanks, fossils, baby alligators, birds, manatees and gopher tortoises, just to name a few! Sponsored by Merial

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break Sponsored by the American Angus Association.

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. GCA Board of Directors Meeting: We will hold our mid-year general policy board meeting. The committees will have an opportunity to share with the members what each group has been working on and receive member input. This will be a great time to look at where we are and where we want to go in GCA. We will also hear from the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance as Gwen Venable shares its mission and how we can all work together to promote agriculture. Sponsored by Georgia Cattleman magazine

Noon - Georgia Beef Board Summer Meeting

6:30 p.m. Grill Out and Social by the Beach: Come and enjoy an evening by the ocean and enjoy fellowship food and play some “Name That Tune.” You will enjoy beef brisket with all the sides. It will be a peaceful and relaxing evening out by the ocean! Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health

7:30 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament: Trade in your cowboy boots for some horseshoes and compete with your neighbors and see who can hurl the horseshoe the best! Sponsored by Merck Animal Health 7:30 p.m. DJ - Name that Tune: Come out on to the Veranda, listen to the DJ, dance or compete with “Name That Tune!” The competition is fierce – this is brought back by popular demand. You don’t want to miss out on this fun! Sponsored by Allflex 8:00 p.m. Watermelon Eating/Spitting Contest: Come young, come old, one and all to the watermelon eating contest! Come join us or just watch – either way you will be entertained! Sponsored by the Georgia Allied Industry Council

SUNDAY, JULY 29: Enjoy all that Jekyll Island has to offer!

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GCA Summer Conference Meal & Event Registration Form

Complete a separate pre-registration form for each individual, couple or family that will be picking up a registration packet.

Name ____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ CIty _______________ State__________ Zip _____________ Phone (________) ___________- ______________________ Email _____________________________________________ County/Chapter _____________________________________

Registration Fee $25.00 per family _____________________ Friday night meal Friday night Kids Meal (Kids 12 & under) Friday Afternoon Golf Tournament (You will pay on site) Saturday night meal Saturday night Kids Meal (Kids 12 & under) Registration Per Family

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Names of individual or family members pre-registering: 1. _______________ 2. _______________ 3. _______________ 4. _______________

Number of People _____ x $15.00 Number of Kids _____ x $10.00

=________ =________

Number of People _____ x $15.00 Number of Kids _____ x $10.00

=________ =________

Number of People Playing _____

Number attending _____ TOTAL

$25.00 =________

To receive these prices, form must be received by July 6, 2012. CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: Card # _____________________________ Visa


American Express

Expiration Date: ______________________ Signature: ___________________________ Make checks payable to GCA and mail with form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990, Macon GA 31221

Room Reservation Information The conference will be held at the Jekyll Island Villas By The Sea. Villas By The Sea 800-841-6262 Ext. 2

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

Purebred Sale Reports Ridgefield Farm Sale April 14, 2012 High Selling Bull: Mr. RF 109Y ET High Selling BraunAngus Bull: Mr. RF 108Y Second High-Selling Bull: Mr. RF 403X Top Selling Female/Angus Cow: BVF Forever Lady G630 Top Selling Braunvieh Female: PFI Premium Plus P422







33 bulls avg $2,480 47 cows avg $2,121 Total: 80 lots avg $2,269 Buyers from NC, GA, PA, SC, VA, NB, KY, AL, MO, TN and KS

Sunshine Farms 5th Annual Female Sale April 21, 2012 5 Pick of Bred Heifers avg $4,650 28 Cow-Calf Pairs avg $2,857 25 Bred Heifers avg $2,270 9 Bred Cows avg $2,105

1 Pick of 2011 Calf Crop avg 71 Commercial Bred Heifers avg Total: 139 lots avg

Monroe County HERD Sale May 12, 2012 Lots ranged from $1,300 to $1,875 Total: 81 lots avg $1,591 Bridges Angus Farm May 26, 2012 Top Open Heifer: Bridges 505 New Design 194 $20,500


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$4,500 $1,839 $2,274

R E A D E R Top Open Heifer: Bridges 454 New Day 138 Top Open Heifer: Bridges 454 New Day 139 Top Bred Heifer: Bridges Predestined 01 Top Bred Heifer: Bridges Predestined 061 Top Bred Heifer: Bridges 454 New Day 06 Top Bred Cow: GAR 1I1 Rito 546 Top Bred Cow: Callaways Barbara 0988 Top Bred Cow: GAR Predestined A7003 Top Fall Pair: GAR 1407 New Design 1444 Top Fall Pair: GAR Predestined A8077 Top Fall Pair: GAR Objective A7031 Top Spring Pair: GAR Retail Product A7000 Top Spring Pair: GAR Future Direction M155 Top Pregnancy: Lot 1B Top Pregnancy: Lot 6 Top Pregnancy: Lot 5 Total: 51 lots avg

The Mead Program Sale May 28, 2012 Total: 69.75 lots avg

Calhoun HERD Sale May 30, 2012 15 Angus heifers avg 5 Red Angus heifers avg 4 Braunvieh heifers avg 3 Hereford heifers avg 1 Brangus heifer avg 74 Commercial heifers avg Total: 102 bred heifers avg 1 Angus bull avg 37 buyers from GA and TN






$20,000 $4,750 $3,200 $6,800 $4,550


$11,500 $3,000

$12,000 $6,500 $6,250 $4,841 $4,875 $2,180 $1,860 $1,475 $1,683 $1,650 $1,678 $1,753 $3,600

Commercial Sale Reports Northeast Georgia Livestock May 16, 2012 Lot 1: 750 lb heifers $129.90 Lot 2: 750 lb heifers $136.70

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC May 22, 2012 Lot 1: 685 lb heifers $160.25

Lot 2: 720 lb heifers Lot 3: 730 lb heifers Lot 4: 740 lb heifers Lot 5: 785 lb heifers Lot 6: 835 lb steers

S E R V I C E S $140.30 $140.10 $141.00 $136.10 $142.60

Northeast Georgia Livestock May 23, 2012 Lot 1: 525 lb Holstein steers $133.10 Lot 2: 575 lb Holstein steers $131.00 Lot 3: 775 lb Holstein steers $116.10 Lot 5: 770 lb heifers $137.40 Lot 6: 790 lb heifers $136.80 Lot 7: 740 lb steers $150.10 Moseley Cattle Auction LLC May 29, 2012 Lot 1: 650 lb steers $161.10 Lot 2: 600 lb heifers $155.00 Lot 3: 630 lb heifers $149.00 Lot 4: 730 lb heifers $140.00 Lot 5: 750 lb steers $148.80 Lot 6: 840 lb steers $144.40

Northeast Georgia Livestock May 30, 2012 Lot 1: 550 lb Holstein steers $135.60 Lot 2: 700 lb Holstein steers $121.25 Lot 3: 660 lb steers $153.50 Lot 4: 900 lb steers $136.00 Lot 5: 850 lb steers $137.00 Lot 6: 835 lb steers $143.40 Lot 7: 740 lb steers $153.00 Lot 8: 700 lb heifers $144.70

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC June 5, 2012 Lot 2: 650 lb steers $159.80 Lot 3: 550 lb steers $166.90 Lot 4: 550 lb heifers $155.75 Lot 5: 665 lb heifers $147.00 Lot 6: 690 lb steers $150.25 Lot 7: 670 lb heifers $144.70 Lot 8: 730 lb heifers $141.50 Lot 9: 750 lb steers $150.60 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 725 lb steers/690 lb heifers $150.00/$144.00

Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC. June 5, 2012 1 Load 775 lb steers $149.00 1 Load 715 lb steers $152.00 1 Load 675 lb steers $158.75 1 Load 650 lb heifers $153.50 1 Load 910 lb steers $136.75 1 Load 850 lb steers $144.80 1 Load 730 lb heifers $140.00 1 Load 775 lb heifers $139.50

1 Load 425 lb Holstein steers $143.00 1 Load 900 lb Holstein steers $111.50 1 Load 850 lb Holstein steers $105.50 Mixed Loads 1 Load 600 lb steers/515 lb heifers $168.00/$163.00 1 Load 600 lb steers/625 lb heifers $164.75/$157.75 1 Load 575 lb steers/565 lb heifers $168.00/$160.00 1 Load 630 lb steers/580 lb heifers $155.50/$147.50

Northeast Georgia Livestock June 6, 2012 Lot 1: 775 lb heifers $138.90

Hodge Livestock Network June 7, 2012 Lot 1: 950 lb steers $137.00 Lot 2: 800 lb steers $146.50 Lot 3: 775 lb heifers $140.25 Lot 4: 800 lb heifers $137.25 Lot 5: 875 lb steers $139.00 Lot 6: 700 lb heifers $147.30 Lot 7: 900 lb steers $140.00 Lot 8: 930 lb steers $138.75 Lot 9: 900 lb steers $140.00 Lot 10: 680 lb Holstein steers $112.75 Lot 11: 17 bred heifers $1,400.00 Lot 13: 850 lb steers $146.20 Lot 14: 800 lb steers $144.75 Lot 15: 825 lb steers $141.00 Lot 16: 675 lb heifers $143.25 Mixed Loads Lot 12: 705 lb steers/675 lb heifers $147.00/$142.00


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Hoof Trimming • Photography • Sale Consulting • Clipping • Livestock Hauling • Ultrasound Bill & Stephanie Martin & Family / PO Box 683, Jefferson GA 30549 / 706-367-8349 • 706-654-8883

Daniel Livestock Service

Randy Daniel 348 Daniel Road Colbert, GA 30628 706/788-2533

Distributors for: Pearson Chutes Riverode Galvanized Equip. Paul Scales Stoll Trailers Barrett Trailers

Gary Oder • cell 478.508.3015 • home 478.945.6580 P.O. Box 832 • 256 Lucas Rd., Cochran, GA 31014




Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July GENERAL  Brand or otherwise establish per- are at a certain point in their repro-

 Continue fly control. Watch fly

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


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



manent IDs for bred heifers.

FALL CALVING October, November, December Wean calves depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans. Wean replacement heifers and separate from the rest of the herd. Weigh heifers to project needed gain between now and breeding (in December). Deworm calves at weaning. Deworm cows if needed. Cull open and poor producing cows after weaning. Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. It provides a monthby-month listing of the common management practices that need to be performed in a commercial beef herd in Georgia. Some management practices are recommended at a certain time of the year while others are recommended when calves are a certain age or cows


ductive cycle. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattlemen in Georgia. The list has been divided into spring calving and fall calving sections. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers. They were chosen only because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Calving dates should be established based on feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements go up greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. With good winter grazing fall calving is a good option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture will offer the best feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving season is different, adjust management practices accordingly.

HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding Cattle Since 1973 • Williamson, GA

Hereford, Angus and Baldies For Sale Private Treaty Call Harold Leo Corley at 770-567-3942 or 678-333-3509



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

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


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THE BEEF CHECKOFF It’s the law - no one is exempt!


• Every time you sell a bovine animal, regardless of age, sex, breed, purpose or number, a dollar-per-head is due. • The dollar is to be collected by the buyer from the seller, although both parties are responsible. • The checkoff is designed so that everyone pays their fair share.


• Beef and veal television, radio and print advertising. • Food safety, health and nutritional research. • Product technology and development. • Educating consumers and children about beef’s role in a healthy diet. • Refuting issues that could negatively impact the industry.


• When cattle are sold, the buyer of the cattle must withhold $1 per head from the seller’s purchase price. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and may be subject to a $5,500 penalty.


• Complete a remittance form and send it with your check to the Georgia Beef Board, PO Box 116797, Atlanta, GA 30368-6797. For more forms, call the Georgia Beef Board at 877-444-BEEF.

Beef Promotion & Research Program Private Treaty Sales Checkoff Investment Form




City, State, Zip:

Seller’s signature: Total # Sold:

Dale of Sale:

X $1 per head = $

State of Origin: Buyer:


City, State, Zip:

Buyer’s Signature:

Person remitting assessment:

s e t a D Fair - 23, 3 1 . t p e S 2012

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July 12, 2012 GJCA Field Day Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 67]

July 20, 2012 USDA NASS Cattle Inventory Survey Report Available 800-253-4419 July 20-21, 2012 Georgia Limousin Association Annual Meeting and Field Day Cleveland, Ga. 770-307-7036 [See advertisement, p. 30] July 26-29, 2012 GCA Summer Conference Jekyll Island, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See information, p. 54-56]


August 28, 2012 GCA Region Roundup Camilla, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7]

September 1, 2012 Entry deadline for Tifton Bull Test Irwinville, Ga. 229-386-3683 September 6, 2012 GCA Region Roundup Lyons, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7]

September 11, 2012 GCA Region Roundup Macon, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7] October 4-14, 2012 Georgia National Fair Perry, Ga. 478-987-3247

August 2, 2012 Georgia Beef Challenge Annual Meeting Athens, Ga. 229-386-3683

October 8-10, 2012 Southeast Sires AI School Calhoun, Ga. 404-353-7497

August 16, 2012 GCA Region Roundup Calhoun, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7]

October 20, 2012 Walden Farms Bull Sale Brantley, Ala. 334-527-3021

August 10, 2012 Deep South Stocker Conference Meridian, Miss. 1-800-ASK-UGA1

August 18, 2012 Southern Showcase Sale Bruce Van Meter Farm Rome, Ga. 770-547-1433 August 21, 2012 GCA Region Roundup Athens, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7]

October 16-18, 2012 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. 229-985-1968

October 24-27, 2012 GCA Fall Tour Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 17]

October 26, 2012 Salacoa Valley Farms “Buy the Numbers” Sale Fairmount, Ga.

October 27, 2012 Southeast Bull Expo and Sale Snow Camp, N.C.

October 29, 2012 Hill-Vue Farm Angus & Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. 706-745-5714 November 3, 2012 Sayer & Sons Limousin Sale CSR Farms Sale Facility Alapaha, Ga. Yon Family Farms Fall Bull & Female Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048

December 7, 2012 Calhoun Bull Test Sale Calhoun, Ga. 706-624-1403 January 19, 2013 Florida Bull Test Sale 850-394-9124

February 23, 2013 Spitzer Ranch Professional Cattlemen’s Brangus Bull Sale & Commercial Brangus Female Sale Fair Play, S.C. 864-972-9140 February 15, 2013 White Hawk Ranch Beefmaker Bull Sale Marietta, Ga. 678-858-0914

February 16, 2013 Yon Family Farms Performance-Tested Angus and Composite Bull Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. 803-685-5048 March 6, 2013 Tifton Bull Test Sale Irwinville, Ga. 229-386-3683

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Georgia Hereford Association

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

Email: •

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

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

Steve Roberts

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

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

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



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


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

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


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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

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

“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959”



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

Cattle Enterprises

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

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

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

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

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(706) 206-1824

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

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

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

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

Hunter Grayson


Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

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

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

Line breeding Neil Trask Plato Dominos for over 45 years. Thick Muscled. Grass Performers. Complete Program. Full Records. BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Phone and fax: 706-745-5714 Blairsville, GA 30512


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

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

Greenview Farms, Inc.

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

WW STAMPEDE CHUTE FEATURES: • Front and Rear headgate controls • Quietest tailgate on the market • Self-catch with neck extenders and injection doors

• Double Dutch parallel squeeze with brisket bar • Range of squeeze: 32 inches to 9 inches • Drop bars, trim stock package • 2,200 pounds


• One handle adjustment from 32 inches to 18 inches • 20 feet or 30 feet length • Half & full sheeted versions • Overhead alley stop • Catwalk available

D e a l e r s h i p o p p o r t u n i t i es a v a i l a b l e!

Sire: EF Main Stay 541M Dam: TDOG Midland's Keepsake (BR Midland) Donated By: Big D Limousin and Pleasant Acres Farm • SELLS Saturday July 21 at the Georgia Limousin Association (GLA) Field Day • ELIGIBLE for GLA premiums and GCCPA points • QUALITY, deep bodied, free moving and super gentle; a great fit for a young showman • ENTERED to show at Field Day if buyer is a GA Junior Limousin Assoc member by July 1st • ALL proceeds benefit the Georgia Limousin Association Youth Scholarship Fund • THIS female’s dam (TDOG Midlands Keepsake) was a many time champion for Tyler Arnold

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT SKYLER DAVIS, 770-307-7036 , LILLIAN YOUNGBLOOD, 229-567-4044, SID ARNOLD, 706-207-6113 OR TYLER ARNOLD, 706 296-2779 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

We’re Bringing the Olympics to Perry!

By Hella Moore, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association field day coordinator

Are you an AG-lete? Then we want to see you show off your sports prowess and your beef knowledge at the 2012 Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day, which is right around the corner on July 12 in Perry! We will have all sorts of fun for GJCA members of ALL ages: A kids’ play area with puzzles, coloring books and toys for the younguns and Olympic games for everyone, including an AG-ility course, farmer’s clothes race, hamburger discus and a stockman’s quiz, just to name a few! Especially for the older juniors, we’re inviting several special guests to help us out. Members of the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Ambassador teams will give a session on agriculture careers and opportunities in college, including Greek life and majors. UGA animal science Professor Ronnie Silcox promises

Highlights from the Region 11 GJCA Field Day in Milan on May 12

an entertaining animal handling lesson, and Rebekah Bowen, a UGA and University of Tennessee-Knoxville alumna, is going to give a session on social media and how to be an ag-vocate. If you’re interested in participating in Field Day, you can pre-register or register at the door. A registration form was in the June magazine, sent out over email blast and is also on the GJCA website under the contests and events page. We hope to see everyone there! The officer team wants to say a special “thank you” to the folks over at Turnpike Creek in Milan, Ga., for hosting the GJCA Region 11 Field Day on May 12. The Williams family opened up their home to more than 20 junior members. Participants watched a fitting demonstration, competed in team marketing and heifer judging competitions, chowed down on some good food and went on a tour of the farm. GC

P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31210 478-474-6560

GJCA MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association is to prepare the members of the junior association for membership and leadership in the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, and to offer educational opportunities to prepare them to become industry leaders.


Chairman John Reasor

Convention Coordinator Callie Akins Field Day Coordinator Hella Moore

Chapter Relations Cole Brogdon Chapter Relations Katherine Throne

ABOVE, AND CLOCKWISE: GJCA Convention Coordinator Callie Akins works with fellow juniors to put together a marketing strategy for the team marketing contest. Region 11 juniors observe classes of heifers during the judging competition. Todd Claxton, agriculture teacher at Jeff Davis High School, gives a fitting demonstration. More than 20 juniors, plus their families, attended Region 11 Field Day. GJCA is proud to have such a dedicated membership!

Chapter Relations Gibson Priest Youth Activities Advisor Dallas Duncan (478) 474-6560



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Get ready for fun in the sun this summer with GJCA! Join us for Field Day 2012 in Perry on July 12 and Summer Conference in Jekyll Island July 26-29! A full schedule is on pages 54-55.

For more details, contact or call 478-474-6560

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Not every bloom is toxic, but the toxins, such as microcystins, may be in the water or algae and are toxic to pets, people, livestock and wildlife.

Drought and Surface Water Quality


Though algal blooms typically occur in the summer or early fall they have been known to happen during other times as well under the right environmental conditions. Usually, scum forms on the water surface when a bloom occurs, but a bloom can take place below the surface. 68 July 2012

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As surface water evaporates and isn’t recharged by fresh rains, it increases the concentration of water contents such as nitrates, phosphorus and other elements. This makes for an excellent place for growth of potentially toxic substances such as blue-green algae. Recently we received reports of livestock found dead near a shallow pond. The local veterinarian suspected an algal bloom or rapid growth. The water was tested for cyanotoxins. According to Gary Burtle of the aquaculture unit of the animal and dairy science department in Tifton, “We have few cases of cyanobacterial toxins reported in Georgia. However, I expect that to change if the dry weather continues.” Cyanobacteria, often referred to as blue-green algae, are microscopic organisms that live in all types of water. Cyanobacteria grow quickly or bloom, sometimes even overnight, when water is warm, slow moving or

By Dr. Lee Jones DVM, MS

stagnant and there is an increase in the concentration of nutrients. Farm ponds are excellent places for algal blooms under certain circumstances. Though algal blooms typically occur in the summer or early fall they have been known to happen during other times as well under the right environmental conditions. Usually, scum forms on the water surface when a bloom occurs, but a bloom can take place below the surface. Blooms aren’t always green but can be reddish brown or some combination of colors. As it dies off it may smell like rotting plants but there may be no odor at all. Not every bloom is toxic, but the toxins, such as microcystins, may be in the water or algae and are toxic to pets, people, livestock and wildlife. The toxin levels of blooms vary and toxicity depends on the amount the animal drinks. There are three types of toxins: Neural, liver – other-


wise known as hepatic – and a skin toxin. If an animal drinks enough of the neurotoxin, death can come quickly and often these animals are found very close to the water. The liver toxin or hepatotoxin usually does not cause sudden death. Sometimes the affected animal may have colic symptoms, abdominal cramps, excessive drooling, lose their appetite and be very lethargic. The skin toxin causes a contact irritation that can be severe if exposed to high levels. It is not possible to tell if a bloom is toxic without testing the water so it is best to avoid blooms and keep all livestock and pets away from water when the bloom scum is present. There is no way to predict when or if a bloom will occur. The presence of harmful bacteria can be suspected if there is a scum on the surface or the water has a bluish or green color. The presence of potentially toxic algae Photo by Shelby Corbett, Lake Park, Ga.; is determined microscopically, but Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association the presence and level of toxins have to be confirmed by a lab test. Wind will concentrate the bloom to the downwind side or ing fish from treated ponds is not recommended. The corner of a pond, so it is best to keep cattle away from that pond should be safe after a few weeks. Stagnant ponds can also be a source of other bacteria end. If dead wildlife is found around a pond it is a good idea to get the cattle away from it as soon as possible: Some such as Aeromonas, which have even been known to kill cattle develop a taste for the dried crust of pond scum on fish in hatcheries. Animals or people with an open sore that gets infected with Aeromonas or other bacteria growthe banks. Livestock affected by the neurotoxin may not die ing in stagnate water may have severe, even life-threatenimmediately but may be disoriented, stagger or refuse to ing infections. It is best to avoid stagnant water altogether get up. There is no antidote or treatment for poisoned ani- and to prevent livestock or horses from wading into stagmals. In the case of liver toxins, the effects may be delayed nate ponds, especially those covered with slime. Sediment and animals get sick three to four weeks after drinking bacteria are suspended or mixed in the water more often from the contaminated water source. Occasionally, a con- during lower water levels, too. Levels of E. coli in water dition called secondary photosensitivity occurs following from rivers have been shown to increase during drought severe liver damage. The liver breaks down chlorophyll years when the sediment was distributed. Producers who suspect their ponds may have potenfrom ingested green plants and removes it from the body, but when it is damaged the chlorophyll breakdown prod- tially toxic algal bloom should contact their local veteriucts circulate in the bloodstream. When the product is in narian or Extension agent immediately. Many veterinary the capillaries of white areas of skin it reacts to light and clinics can evaluate blood samples to see if animals have causes a toxic reaction and sloughing of the white areas of liver damage. A necropsy should be done of all animals skin. Some of these animals can get well but have to be suddenly found dead and appropriate samples should be kept out of the sun until the liver and skin heal. A blood submitted. GC test can show if there is liver damage. Ponds contaminated with algae blooms can be treated If you are unsure what needs to be done to with copper sulfate. These products can be purchased at handle a pond with a potentially toxic algal many farm livestock supply stores. Always follow label directions when applying the solution. Copper is especialbloom, contact the University of Georgia ly toxic to sheep so they should not be allowed to drink Veterinary Diagnostic Labs at 706-542-5568. from treated ponds. Copper sulfate is toxic to fish and eatG E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Next Month: ANGUS FEATURE! Schedule ad space ASAP!

Advanced Solutions Network 888-354-0181 ..........................................27 Alvin Futch, Author 813-478-0227..........................................60 Athens Stockyard 423-745-3582 ........................................32 Beef Checkoff Compliance 877-444-BEEF ......................................62 Braswell & Hodge....................................41 Brown & Brown Farms 352-748-2085 ........................................49 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201..........................................60 Carroll Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-0721..........................................60 Carroll County Livestock 770-834-6608 ........................................38 Cattle Talk Mobile ..................................32 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ........................................60 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ........................................60 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ..........................................61 D.E. Billingsley, Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309 ........................................60 Duvall Livestock Market, LLC 706-453-7368 ........................................32 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ..............................................24 FPL Food 706-910-9397..........................................49 Franklin County Livestock 706-384-2975..........................................61 Fuller Supply Company ........................48 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ........................60 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..................................44,45 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................57 Georgia Brangus Breeders ......................31 GCA Fall Tour 478-474-6560..........................................17 GCA Region Roundups 478-474-6560 ..........................................7 70 July 2012

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Plan ahead to advertise in these special issues! Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560.

For the General Classified Ad section see pages 60 and 61

GCA Summer Conference 478-474-6560 ................................. 54-56 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ........................................26 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-200-6655 ........................................47 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ....................57 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ........................................64 GJCA Field Day, Summer Conference 478-474-6560 ........................................67 Georgia Limousin Breeders 770-307-7036..........................................30 Georgia Limousin Donation Heifer ....65 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ....26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423 ........................................57 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..........................................57 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071..........................................28 Gold River Feed Products 706-342-5417..........................................60 Grassworks 800-80-WIPER......................................18 Gregory Feedlots 712-625-2311............................................41 Gwinnett County Fair 770-963-6522 ........................................62 HerdPerfect 877-531-2795 ..........................................28 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..........................................61 Lanier Farmer’s Livestock Corp. 770-884-9223 ..........................................5 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..........................................60 Livestock Marketing Association..........3 Malcolm Financial 1-800-884-4820 ....................................42 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349 ........................................60 Mid-Georgia Livestock 706-816-0232............................................2 Mid-GA Steel and Supply 478-508-3015..........................................60 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..........................................60

Moseley Cattle Auction, LLC 229-308-6355 ........................................33 Northeast Georgia Livestock, LLC 706-549-4790 ........................................72 Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024 ....................................25 Priefert Ranch Equipment 1-800-527-8616 ......................................48 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..........................................60 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797 ........................................60 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794......................................60 Rolling Rock Livestock Systems 706-202-5742 ........................................65 S&R Cattle Farm 912-389-0761 ..........................................19 Southeast AGNet Radio 478-718-0081 ..........................................42 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-646-0270 ........................................42 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916..........................................60 Swainsboro Stockyards 478-237-3201..........................................40 Tri-County Steer Futurity Carcass Cooperative 712-769-2600..................39 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ........................................60 Turner County Stockyard 229-567-3371 ..........................................71 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ........................................60

Do you want to offer your cattle sale or services to your beef industry target audience? Call Dallas Duncan at 478-474-6560 to make the most of your advertising budget.

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Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible prices for their cattle. Check out our load lot video sales results and other information at our website:

n e x t c on sig n me n t e qu i p me n t sa l e will be October 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

** Customer Appreciation Day will be December 19, 2012 ** CafĂŠ Open Serving Breakfast and Lunch

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July 2012 Georgia Cattleman  

The official publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association

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