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Volume 41 / Number 7 / July 2013


100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 / Fax: 478-474-5732 /



GCA President’s Report by David Gazda GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board Report by Suzanne Black Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Gibson Priest

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GCA Region Roundup Schedule Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GCA Region 15 Vice President Alvin Walker Jr. Senate Passes 2013 Farm Bill Legislative Watch A Fond Farewell by Dallas Duncan Boots and Butterflies Summer Conference Schedule Informal Guide for Georgia Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption The IRS’s Misguided Approach to “Recoupment” Segers to Join UGA Tifton Team Deep in the Heart of Texas Tour Highlights Backgrounded in History by Dallas Duncan GCA Members Challenged to Continue Donation Traditions Georgia Livestock Market Totals - YTD through May 2013 The Luckiest Man in the World by Dallas Duncan

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New Members GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Suzanne Black Associate Members Boneless Chicken by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of July Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index





Association reports

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Industry news

Reader services

 Expert advice

41 How Cattle Defined the Way We Measure Land and Distance by Ronnie Silcox 54 Mid-Year Cattle Update by Curt Lacy


Member Since 2000

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Executive Vice President: Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Dallas Duncan, GBB Director of Industry Information & Public Relations: Suzanne Black, Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes,


Editor: Josh White, Industry editorial: Dallas Duncan, Advertising: Dallas Duncan, Graphic artist: Gayla Dease, Illustrator/cartoonist: Dennis McLain, Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow,


The July 2013 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine is a throwback to the days of Livestock Breeder Journal, where Shirley Myers, the subject of this month’s feature story, worked as a field rep and ring man for years. The photo shows Myers taking bids on Angus cattle at the Gretsch Brothers sale in January 2013, one of the more recent sales he’s worked ringside at during his 50-plus years of service to the cattle marketing industry. Cover designed by Dallas Duncan.

The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.


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

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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Hear what these producers have to say....

“I've planted this field for 30 years and planted many varieties of ryegrass. BIG BOSS ryegrass has out performed them all!” — Ken Boss, Boss Brothers in Loganville, Ga.

“We've planted Prine, Marshall and Passerel Plus in the past. For the past three years we’ve planted Big Boss ryegrass and have been more than pleased with the results. It’s disease resistant, cold tolerant and produces tonnage. It has definitely out performed the competition!” — Justin and Trent Davis of Davis Farms in Sylvester, Ga. “Big Boss Ryegrass is the real deal. Great producer, great yields, customers ask for it by name!” — Roger Serritt, Calhoun Farm Supply



Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine PLAINS

Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passarel Plus Prine CALHOUN

Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Prine MARIANNA

Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine

STATEWIDE SUMMARY Brand-Variety Big Boss Flying A Marshall Nelson Passerel Plus Prine

1-05-12 1473 1259 1773 1361 1564 1710 12-19-11 1102 1261 1130 1416 1073 1209 2-01-12 1623 2179 1430 831 2213 1-17-12 1530 1369 1117 984 1125 1053

Harvest Date 2-09-12 1534 1102 1263 1538 1191 1590

DRY MATTER YIELD Season Totals 3-15-12 2012 2-Yr Avg. 3281 6287 8169 2816 5177 6890 2775 5811 7561 3067 5966 8324 2555 5310 7523 2901 6201 7968

Harvest Date 1-26-12 3-01-12 1239 2224 1403 2404 1174 2459 1287 2078 1178 2069 1131 2182

DRY MATTER YIELD 4-13-12 4866 4961 5425 5343 4646 5046

Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg. 9430 8973 10029 8728 10189 9320 10123 9102 8966 8540 9568 8846

DRY MATTER YIELD Harvest Date 3-15-12 4-11-12 5-23-12 1946 5759 4693 1632 6038 3945 2229 5811 3663 1557 5771 4771 1883 5632 5296 DRY MATTER YIELD Harvest Date 2-13-12 3-21-12 4-16-12 5-22-12 1947 2739 1080 224 1796 2357 559 1734 2296 980 1662 2441 1206 1699 2147 1269 1860 2433 1074 348

TIFTON 2012 3-Yr Avg 6287 5177 6774 5811 7467 5966 8085 5310 7343 6201 7682

DRY FORAGE YIELD PLAINS CALHOUN 2012 3-Yr Avg 2012 3-Yr Avg 9430 14020 10029 7974 13794 11262 10189 8756 13134 11518 10123 8311 12930 11786 8966 7910 9568 8183 15024 12145

Survival % 100 100 100 100 100 100 Survival % 100 100 100 100 100 100

Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg. 14020 13389 13794 12025 13134 12263 12930 12702 15024 13249 Season Totals 2012 2-Yr Avg 7519 8076 6082 6996 6126 7271 6293 7076 6240 7211 6768 7202

2012 9912 9667 9711 9673 10264

STATEWIDE 2-Yr Avg 3-Yr Avg 10177 9214 8670 9714 9247 10043 9394 10021 9337

Bolding indicates entries yielding equal to highest yielding entry within a column based on Fisher’s protected LSD (P=0.10).

“The larger dairies and producers come in year after year and ask for it by name. That’s how we know Big Boss Ryegrass really works!” — Mitchell Faucett, Coastal Plains Farmers Co-op

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According to the 2012 Agricultural Census I recently came across, the average age of the American farmer is 57 years old. Having just turned 53, the article immediately captured my full attention. Upon further reading, the census noted 40 percent of those farmers are over the age of 55. The intent of this report was obvious, implying that 57 is old. I personally took a little offense to this. At 53 I may be “slightly seasoned,” but definitely not “old.” My dad, who recently turned 83, is at the farm nearly every day, regardless of the weather or season. He singlehandedly does the work of five men and I don’t consider him old. Mature, yes, but old, no! The steady decline of the family farm has been well chronicled in recent years and entry into the farming profession by a young person today is considered nearly financially impossible. The question we begin to ask is who the responsibility will fall upon to feed a growing population and lead our nation’s agricultural sector in the coming years. Fortunately, in my opinion, our state is blessed to have the best 4-H and FFA programs in the country. Through the efforts of many dedicated agents, teachers, advisers and volunteers, Georgia’s youth are exposed to numerous learning opportunities that help shape and develop them into productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

P R E S I D E N T ’ S


A vision or goal of mine as incoming president of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association was to form a Georgia Young Producers Council, a group of young people that would become the next generation of leaders of our industry. In 2008, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association founded and organized the first YPC to provide an opportunity to build leadership qualities in young people in the industry. Since then, the concept has been adopted by several other

states throughout the country. On Saturday, July 27 at noon, the first YPC luncheon will be held during our GCA Summer Conference at Callaway Gardens. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear from state and national “The steady decline of the family farm has young farmer leaders been well chronicled in recent years and entry as young cattlemen into the farming profession by a young person from within our state gather for a grassroots today is considered nearly financially impossi- feedback session on ble. The question we begin to ask is who the forming a Young responsibility will fall upon to feed a growing Producers designation within GCA. population and lead our nation’s agricultural The intention of this group is not to sector in the coming years.”

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replace membership in the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, but is simply to offer young people the opportunity to further develop leadership and life skills as they transition to adult or regular members of our organization. In addition, Kevin and Lydia Yon of Yon Family Farms in Ridge Spring, S.C., will share their story of how they evolved from being young farm managers to having built one of the most successful and respected family owned purebred seedstock operations in the country. I would ask your assistance in helping us identify those young people who may have interest in attending this organizational meeting. The luncheon is free, but I would ask you to simply notify GCA headquarters with the individual’s name and contact information so an invitation may be sent in advance. As I stated earlier, our state is blessed with exceptional young people who, given the opportunity, will grow and develop into the next generation of industry leaders. With your help we can provide that opportunity and make the vision a reality together. GC

Y ou r Be ef Bu c k$ at W o r k


Georgia Beef Board staff, along with Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia CattleWomen’s Association members, traveled to Atlanta on May 21 for the official signing of the 2013 Georgia Beef Month proclamation. GBB presented the governor with a cooler of steak and beef goodies during the event as well. Pictured from left are Tricia Combes, Michele Creamer, Tammy Cheely, Charles Woodward, Gov. Nathan Deal, Marcia Callaway, David Gazda, John Callaway, Carolyn Gazda, Taylor Gazda and Suzanne Black.


Dozens of heifers took the sale ring on May 28 as part of the annual Calhoun HERD Sale. The heifers and herd bull were well-received by the crowd, and plans are already underway for next year's HERD program. Contact Patsie Cannon at to find out how you can get involved for 2014. For the full HERD sale report, see p. 58.


Georgia Beef Board’s Beef in the Classroom program gets rave reviews each year. Sabrina Bennett, the Madison County High School English to speakers of other languages coordinator, wrote in to tell us how much her students appreciate the curriculum. “They often do not have the opportunity to take [Career, Technical and Agricultural Education] classes, so I try to add that to my classroom when possible. Being a former [family and consumer sciences teacher] has made it easier for me to take on the task of cooking labs. We have covered kitchen safety and sanitation, measuring, recipe terms, beef safety and prep and food preparation. We also had a writing unit called “hamburger writing.” We talked about cooking hamburgers, safe handling of beef and freezing and thawing beef while completing the writing unit with a hamburger eating day,” Bennett says. “You have helped me provide so many opportunities for these students. I appreciate it so very much.”


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May and June were whirlwind months for Georgia Beef Board’s new director of industry information and public relations. Suzanne Black traveled with intern Sarah Grogan to Atlanta for the city’s Food & Wine Festival and spent the next week in Nebraska with one of Georgia’s most well-known chefs on a beef tour. And in between, Black was doing and planning beef cooking demonstrations to celebrate Beef Month! For more details, see p. 24 of this issue.

Independence A S S O C I A T I O N

Executive Vice President’s Report



The folks who attended our 2013 tour quickly self-reliance and entrepreneurial spirit. A “big picture” conlearned that Texans are an independent bunch. At near- cern for our cattle community as cattle numbers continue ly every stop we met folks who had strong convictions to decline is identifying and supporting new farmers and and took risks to pursue what they believed was the best ranchers who have the courage and desire to raise beef for course for their ranch and family. We concluded our trip future generations. GCA is confronting this issue head on (see full coverage beginning on p. 34) in San Antonio, at the 2013 Summer Conference at Callaway Gardens Texas, with participants touring the Alamo, one of the (schedule and registration info on p. 20). Featured speakers ultimate symbols of independKevin and Lydia Yon will discuss ence and bravery that lives large the journey that led them from in Texas history. farm employees to farm owners. The actual size and scope of How did they do it? What were the Alamo is not overly imprestheir biggest challenges and how sive. Instead, it is the passion, did they overcome them? Did they commitment and bravery of the catch lightning in a bottle, or can soldiers who fell to the Mexican other young or beginning cattlearmy that resonated with Texans men learn from their successes? and Americans in 1836 and This presentation will set the which continue to be sources of tone for discussions in committees, THE ALAMO inspiration to people around the in the halls and over dinner. Then world today. The letter sent out on Saturday we have a chance to by Gen. William B. Travis, commander of the Alamo hear directly from young cattle producers at our Young forces as they were under siege, did more to rally Cattlemen’s Luncheon. National Cattlemen’s Beef American support for Texas than perhaps any one other Association’s past Young Producers Council Chairman Ben action of the Texas Revolution. Neale will share his insights working with cattlemen leadWith the words “Victory or Death” written on the ers across the country. Young and beginning cattlemen are envelope, Travis sent his famous letter addressed “To the encouraged to attend this forum and contribute their perPeople of Texas and All Americans in the World,” ask- spectives on what will make a valuable and successful young ing for reinforcements and supplies for his outpost. He producer designation within GCA. Ultimately we hope to described the urgent situation of the siege with his learn what cattle industry stakeholders and supporting Alamo forces being severely outnumbered by Mexican organizations such as GCA can do to help young and begintroops under Santa Anna, yet he pledged, “I shall never ning farmers and ranchers have success both on the farm surrender or retreat.” and as future leaders of our organizations. He concluded his letter, “If this call [for reinforceIf you are a GCA member, I urge you to attend ments] is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as Summer Conference. In fact, consider this your personal long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets invitation! In addition to working on the young producer what is due to his own honor & that of his coun- initiative, each committee meeting is open to all members try. Victory or Death.” and will feature guest speakers on pertinent cattle industry If you haven’t heard the story before, reinforce- topics. The evening meals and social time are always a highments did not arrive in time to save the Alamo. But the light, providing opportunities to meet with GCA volunteer Travis letter and the story of the Alamo inspired Texans leaders, staff and members from across the state while and Americans to rally and less than two months later enjoying a delicious meal. defeat the Mexican troops capturing Santa Anna in the We need your participation and input as we continue to battle of San Jacinto. Though the Texas Revolution is fight back against over-regulation, detrimental tax policy not what we celebrate on the 4th of July, it is important and government interference. We also need feedback on to remember that there have been many wars fought more positive initiatives such as youth development prosince to establish and preserve independence for the peo- grams, the new young producer initiative, Extension ple of our nation. I appreciate all the 2013 Georgia research and educational opportunities that will help our Cattlemen’s Association tour participants for embracing members become more profitable. Summer Conference is a sense of adventure and exploring Texas with us – it was where the rubber meets the road for planning GCA’s future a unique trip that none of us will soon forget. priorities. I hope you will join us and be a part of the disFarmers and ranchers show the same spirit as our cussion. You are GCA! GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President] revolutionary ancestors through their determination, G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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


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


RANDY FORDHAM Vice President

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

Email: BILLY MOORE Treasurer

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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Kristy Arnold, Screven, 912-294-3485 Lee Brown, Colbert, 706-207-7048

Carroll T. Cannon, TyTy, 229-776-4383

Brent Galloway, Monticello, 678-410-6070 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, 478-494-9593

Jan Scott, Hazlehurst, 912-309-2349

GCA Immediate Past President: Chuck Joiner, 770-832-7299 425 Gray Road, Carrollton, GA 30116

NCBA Directors: Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961

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

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta GCA REGIONAL 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons VICE PRESIDENTS 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell Region 8: Rodney Hilley, 770-567-3909 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-775-2287 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton

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 L o c a l P r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .......Romaine Cartee / 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont..............Glenn Hayes / 404-272-7298 Piney Woods .........Steve Smith / 912-278-1460 Polk .................Glenn Robinson / 770-815-9122 Pulaski ..................Terry Moore / 478-892-3235 Red Carpet ........Doug Bramlett / 770-796-1901 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia ......................Charles Harris 912-288-3437 Stephens ...............Mark Smith / 706-779-7362 Tattnall ................Newley Halter / 912-690-0789

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-656-6351 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County..............Alan Sowar / 770-668-4226 Tri-State ...................Gary Autry / 423-902-5925 Troup ..................Tom Mahaffey / 770-329-7197 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Zach Cowart 678-315-4112 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne ................Randy Franks / 912-294-6802 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes..................Shane Moore / 706-678-5705 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779


ABAC .................Jacob Nyhuis / 352-536-5496 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian..........Phillip Jones / 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam....................David Lowe 706-485-6436 Banks ...............Bobby Whitlock / 706-654-8745 Barrow.............Mike Pentecost / 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Milo Hege / 706-554-4933 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee......Jimmy Willis / 706-769-0828 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area .......Doug Bailey / 478-361-3024 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd..........................Joe Rush / 706-346-7157 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ..................Joe Griffith / 770-301-9113 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart ........................Jason Fain / 706-436-9299 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Howie Doerr / 404-502-6267 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 478-625-1076 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln.............Stan Tankersley / 706-359-7389 Little River.........Michael Griffith / 706-465-3741 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison .................Trey McCay / 706-789-2173 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan.........................Ed Prior / 706-474-0355 Murray ................Chris Franklin / 706-263-2008 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ........................David Barnes 706-499-7194 Northwest Georgia.........................Don Douglas 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee ..............Jim Cannon / 229-467-2042

Complete and mail this form to:

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

Name ____________________________________________ Address___________________________________________ City ______________________________________________ State____________ Zip ______________________________ Phone ____________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ GCA Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by ______________________________________ Birthday (juniors only) _______________________________ GCA Dues, 1 year ______________________________$ 50 GJCA Dues, 1 year______________________________$ 15 GCWA Dues, 1 year _____________________________$ 15 Additional Local Dues, 1 year _____________________$___ TOTAL PAYMENT $___

Thank you ... for your membership!

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

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Sing to the tune of “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”by John Michael Montgomery

Well Carroll Cannon was goin' bout a mile a minute. He was takin' bids and callin' them out loud. GCA was really gettin' in it, and we just shouted out above the crowd: “Hey cowboy won’ cha join our group? We don’t want you to fly the coop. We’ll do your biddin’ and be at your beck and call! Yeah, we never seen cattlemen quite like these. Man we gotta have ya, you’re the bee’s knees! We’re goin’ once, goin’ twice, we’re sold to the cowgirl in the Miss Me jeans, to her daddy and the juniors in their teens. Here, fill out this application. We welcome you to our association!” Thomas Aderholdt, Eastanollee Jane Alexander, Monticello Austin Bedford, Rockmart Gabriel Clark, Rockmart Ray Clark, Lakeland, Fla. Courtney Crabb, Cedartown Joe Cruse, Conyers Dakota Ranch, Sandersville Jackie Davis, Mershon Ben Dennis, Newnan Mason East, Grantville Laura Eidson, Athens Keith Ellis, Covington Mallory Evans, Dudley Amy Goddard, Newnan Chad Grogan, Kingston

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H&H Farm, LLC, Danville Derek Harkins, Canton Jerry Herring, Madison, Fla. Melvin Jimmerson, Albany Douglas R. Kimble, Oxford Charlie Lane, Monticello Susannah R. Lassetter, Carrollton Jesse Lawhorn, Sharpsburg T. Joe Lee, Nicholls David Lindsey, Washington Blaine Lord, Dudley Cody Lord, Dudley Joe McKenzie, Bartow Willis L. McKenzie, Bartow Roger Middlebrooks, Dry Branch Gary Lee Miller Jr., Fort Oglethorpe

Stephen Mullis, Blairsville Piggly Wiggly, McRae Ken Pullum, Harlem Martha Reabold, Clarkesville Nolan Rhinehart, Calhoun Ronald G. Robinson, Greenville Allen Ruiz, Miami, Fla. Tom Schmitz, Hogansville Amanda Storey, Newnan James E. Sutton, Milton Drew Swafford, Cedartown Matthew Thomas, Newnan Matt Thompson, Hampton Tony Townley, Watkinsville





Share what it means to be a regional vice president and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: I enjoy it because I get to meet with all the clubs around here. I am all the time asking people to join Georgia Cattlemen’s. That’s one of the first things I’ll ask a fellow: “Are you a member of Georgia Cattlemen?” If they’re not, I’ll light into them. I’m all the time pushing it to get them to join up, whether they are hay growers, friends of cattlemen, cattlemen or whatever. I’ve been trying to push all the young people who are interested in it to come into a club. The way we set [Satilla Cattlemen’s Association] up, at our first meeting I told all the fellows who were there, “If you’ll sign up with us and come to our meetings, and if you don’t learn something at every meeting, I will pay your doggone membership.” And I have yet to pay someone’s membership. We have some of these clubs that say, “We don’t have a speaker.” We don’t have to have these highpowered speakers. Let’s have a roundtable. You’d be surprised at what some of the older fellows had come up with that we hadn’t even thought up.

Meet GCA Region 15 Vice President Alvin Walker Jr. Q

Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ANSWER: I graduated from Blackshear [High School], went to ABAC, then I came home to farm. I have been stuck on the farm ever since. We were big in tobacco ... we’ve always had cows, and then we just kept getting more involved in cows. That’s what we do today. We keep right at 400 mama cows on this place. We background the calves up here and we’ve been selling them for I reckon about five years now on the video sales. I wish that my daddy could see his cows being on TV, but I know he’s watching from above.

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Walker is married to his childhood sweetheart. They have two children, Marlee Walker-Bedford and Trey Walker. Marlee is married to Ross Bedford and they have one daughter, 3-year-old Amris.

Walker is president of the Satilla Cattlemen’s Association. He’s known for telling people they should want it in their obituary that they were a GCA member.

His favorite beef cut to throw on the grill is a T-bone steak: “To me, there’s nothing any better than a Tbone. I can cook one so good that it would make a puppy pull a freight train. I put a little secret seasoning, but as far as steak sauce and any of that, no. Don’t even bring it around me – I don’t want to mess up a good piece of meat.”

through to put that beef in the grocery store. I know beef’s high, but doggone it, there ain’t nothing better than a steak. Beef might cost a little more, but it’s worth the extra money.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: We were going to really try to push this “Eat Beef” and everything. We’re rural. We don’t Q In your opinion, what is have businesses and all that kind of the most pertinent issue Georgia’s stuff. It’s hard. We’ve got a lot of beef industry is facing today? rural grocery stores and everything, ANSWER: The people are just so and it is hard to get people to far removed from the farm, they don’t participate. Even our club. I think know what it takes to be good we’ve got a real good club, but to get stewards of the land and to take care volunteers to help with stuff like that of the beef cows and to put that steak is hard. Down here you have a lot of on somebody’s plate. Cows eat seven fellows that only have 10 or 20 cows days a week. In the rain, in the ice, and I just can’t get them involved in you got to get out there and haul hay helping us. It’s the same way with to them. Water’s running down the juniors. When I was coming along we back of your neck and just about icing had a real strong FFA program. In with you, but somebody’s got to do the past it’s just gotten weaker and it. I know we need to promote beef, weaker. We just got to get more kids but I’d just like to see more people involved in this thing because understand what those farmers go somebody’s got to grow the beef. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Senate Passes 2013 Farm Bill N C B A



The US Senate voted 66 to 27 to pass the 2013 Farm Bill on June 10. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Scott George says NCBA is pleased with the result. “We commend both Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Senate Agricultural Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran for their leadership on this very important piece of legislation,” George says. “Cattlemen and women have been asking Congress to pass a farm bill which not only provides certainty for agricultural producers nationwide, but also incorporates priorities important to the cattle industry.” The Senate vote came four days after Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called for a cloture vote, a measure intended to limit debate on legislation to 30 hours. Debate had come to a standstill as Democrats and Republicans tried to agree to the more than 150 amendments to the bill. The cloture vote also stopped movements of additional amendments on the farm bill. The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill on May 15. The full House was expected to vote on the legislation in June, but had not as of press

NCBA Statement on USDA Issuing a Final Rule on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

The following is a statement from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Scott George regarding the May 23 announcement that the US Department of Agriculture issued a final rule regarding Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling: “We are deeply disappointed with this shortsighted action by the USDA. Our largest trading partners have already said that these provisions will not bring the United States into compliance with our [World Trade Organization] obligations and will result in increased discrimination against imported products and in turn retaliatory tariffs or other authorized trade sanctions. As we said in comments submitted to USDA, ‘any retaliation against US beef would be devastating for our producers.’ While trying to make an untenable mandate fit with our international trade obligations, USDA chose to set up US cattle producers for financial losses. Moreover, this rule will place a greater record-keeping burden on producers, feeders and processors through the born, raised and harvested label. As cattlemen and women, we do not oppose voluntary labeling as a marketing tool to distinguish product and add value. However, USDA is not the entity that we want marketing beef, and on its face, a label that says ‘harvested’ is unappealing to both consumers and cattle producers.” GC 14 July 2013

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time for this issue. George says the House Farm Bill, like the Senate’s, does not contain a livestock title; conservation programs are maintained; and the research title is extended. Disaster assistance, which would be extended for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, is included in both the House and Senate bills. George called this a “positive step” toward providing a safety net for producers. “Passage of a 2013 Farm Bill is not only important to farmers and ranchers, but also to Americans nationwide who enjoy an abundant, safe and affordable food supply. We support the Senate’s passage of this legislation and will continue working with the House as they bring their version of the farm bill to the House floor [in June],” George says. “As Congress moves forward with the 2013 Farm Bill, I urge family farmers and ranchers to continue their grassroots efforts and remain involved and engaged in this process.” GC

Congress Reauthorizes the Animal Drug User Fee Act

The Animal Drug User Fee Act passed the House of Representatives in early June with a vote of 390 to 12. With the passage of ADUFA in the Senate in May, the legislation, which authorizes the Food and Drug Administration to collect fees for certain animal drug applications, now heads to the White House for the President’s signature. Reauthorization of ADUFA is one of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s top policy priorities. NCBA President Scott George says the passage of ADUFA is important because new animal health technologies allow cattle producers and veterinarians to prevent, control and treat diseases to maintain a healthy herd. “Raising healthy cattle is of utmost importance to cattlemen and women, and it is important for producers and the veterinarians they work with to have the ability to best manage herd health and produce safe, nutritious beef,” George says. “The reauthorization of ADUFA will provide resources for the FDA to conduct timely and thorough reviews of new animal drugs for safety and effectiveness.” George adds that with a “clean” bill free of amendments, the fees paid by animal health companies to fund FDA reviews and evaluations will be utilized to support and facilitate the new animal drug approval process. “Cattle producers know that keeping our animals healthy is critical to the viability of our operations and our industry,” George says. “We sincerely thank the Senate and House leadership for working together to pass this legislation and for realizing the importance of passing a clean bill without unnecessary language or amendments.” GC





NCBA Submits Comments on Potential European Union Trade Agreement National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently submitted comments to the US Trade Representative regarding the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and European Union. In 2012, European consumers purchased $236 million of US beef, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Last year the US and EU progressed to Phase II of the 2009 memorandum of understanding, which allows the US to compete for a quota of 45,000 metric tons of duty-free beef from non-hormone treated cattle exports.

According to NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus, this is a welcome increase from the 20,000 metric ton quota in previous years, but it is still a barrier to full market access. “Without question, expanding market access in the EU would be a great opportunity for the US beef industry. The US beef industry has a longstanding history of providing the EU with high quality US beef and we look forward to improving that relationship through the TTIP,” Bacus says. “Unfortunately, there are fundamental differences between the US and the EU regard-

ing the use of science and technology in food production. Production practices in the US are based on rigorous scientific review and are continuously improved to employ the latest advancements in scientific research and animal husbandry, with the overall goal of improving production efficiency while improving the overall environmental impact.” Bacus says the EU continues to employ the “precautionary principle,” which discourages the development and use of scientific advancements. As a result, he said, US beef has been the victim of unwarranted trade restrictions for years. “For the benefit of both the US and the EU, we must set parochial interests aside and establish a 21st century agreement based on internationally recognized scientific standards, free from tariffs, quotas and subsidies, where the free market allows compe-

Legislative Watch

S. 954 — Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill. S. 954 incorporates NCBA priorities; there is no livestock title, the conservation and disaster programs are maintained and the research title is sustained. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 954. S.954 Amendment #1011 — Prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock producers. Under the amendment, EPA cannot disclose personal information such as names, addresses and other identifying information unless the data are aggregated to prevent the identification of individual livestock and poultry producers and their families, or the individual provides his or her consent to EPA. NCBA urges a YES vote on Amendment #1011. Key Sponsors: Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. S. 258 and H.R. 657— Grazing Improvement Act To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits, and for other purposes. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 258 and H.R. 657. Key Sponsors: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho H.R. 1345 — Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 To address the forest health, public safety and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1345. Key Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. GC

tition to flourish and encourage sustainable trade,” Bacus says. “If the US and EU truly want to establish a stronger trade relationship, sciencebased and market driven agriculture policies must be part of the final trade agreement.” GC

NCBA Statement on OIE Vote to Upgrade U.S. to “Negligible” Risk for BSE

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Bob McCan made the following statement about the vote by the Scientific Commission for the World Organization for Animal Health to upgrade the United States’ risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy to negligible risk status: “This announcement by OIE’s Scientific Commission is very positive news for US cattle producers. The US being classified as negligible risk for BSE by the OIE further solidifies the fact that the safety and health of our cattle and our beef is a top priority for American cattlemen and women. With the implementation of multiple interlocking safeguards by the US beef industry and our partners, we have successfully been able to prevent BSE from becoming a threat to the US beef supply, which remains the safest in the world. The vote by the OIE, an internationally recognized, standard-setting body, is proof that the science-based mitigation measures in place in the United States effectively protect our public and animal health. This announcement is an important step forward in increasing export opportunities for US cattle producers. This is a significant achievement for the United States, our beef producers and federal and state partners who have successfully collaborated on this issue.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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A Fond Farewell

by Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications and youth activities

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board have been huge parts of my life since 2010, when Ashley Hughes brought me onto the UGA Beef Team. Since then, I spent about a year and a half researching and writing stories chronicling the 50-year history of GCA and GBB for the magazine. I did a second stint on Beef Team under the guidance of Brooke Williams, and kept my membership dues up even after I graduated and took a job as the education reporter for The Times newspaper in Gainesville, Ga. And now, a year and a half after working full time as the director of communications and youth activities for GCA, it’s with a bittersweet taste in my mouth that I write this farewell letter. This July issue will be my last in this position, but I’m not going too far. July 1 I started with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, editing the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin and bringing it into the 21st century. In the coming months, look for revised layout, more editorial content and photos and an increased online and social media presence from the Bulletin. It’s a position I’m very excited about, but I could not have gotten this far in my career without the folks at GCA, GJCA and GBB. Really, y’all rock, and there’s a few of you I’d like to thank especially. To the juniors: There are more than 600 of you! You hear it a thousand times I’m sure, but y’all are the future of the agricultural industry. We’ve been raised in a generation of technology, and we have the ability to harness that power, share it with other producers and most importantly, tell our side of the story through Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Pinterest. Got a crazy lookin’ cow? Snapchat it! Start the conversation in a way that your friends will better understand. Whether you’re in elementary school or about to graduate from college, now is YOUR time. To the “Dream Team” and the team that kept me going: When I started this job, I had absolutely zero experience showing livestock. And by zero, I mean negative, really. John Reasor, Cole Brogdon, Katherine Throne, Hella Moore, Callie Akins and Gibson Priest showed me the way — whether it was buying my first non-steel-toed pair of boots at Tractor Supply on the way to State Show or telling me to take a chill pill, I could not have made it this far without you guys. Callie, Gibson, Jordan Harrison, Merritt Daniels, Ben Hicks and Walt Lipham ... man guys. I don‘t even know what to say. Keep the dream alive, and keep GJCA stronger than ever. You’ve laid a great foundation that I can’t wait to see future officer teams build upon. And don’t freak out, Granmama D ain’t too far away and she can still see your Facebook! To “my” interns: Anna McIntyre, Mary Porter, Cleve Jackson, Melea Baldwin and Sarah Grogan, I recommend you guys for any and every job you ever apply for. Your spirit and passion for the beef cattle industry is evident in everything you do, and I’m excited to see where your career paths will take you. To our members: There are more than 100 chapters, more than 5,000 members and only six staff persons in the office, not counting interns. The calendar is always, always full. The staff cannot do this alone. You’ve heard it before,

but I’ll say it again. You’re the lifeblood of this organization. We could do nothing without you. Your enthusiasm, your ability to take the time out of your schedule to volunteer at events ... seriously, it is appreciated far more than you can ever imagine. I’m sure I’ve driven you crazy at some point (ahem, advertiserswho-shall-not-be-named), but each one of you who I’ve met these past months has been instrumental in pushing this association forward. Keep it up, and encourage your chapter members to do so as well. To the staff, past and present: It’s been a pleasure working with you. Even though we’ve had our rough moments, I appreciate all of your encouragement and open minds towards my sometimes out-there creativity with the magazine and website, PowerPoints, videos and whatever else projects have come my way. It’s been an adventure, to say the least, but one I wouldn’t change for the world. To Gayla: For those of you who don’t know, the magazine is produced in MAJOR part by Gayla Dease, a fantastic graphic designer based out of Florida. Many of you have worked with her to design ads for the magazine, and if you like how the magazine looks, then you’re well aware of her talent and abilities. Sometimes I don’t think we thank her or our illustrator, Dennis McLain, enough for all of their hard work, especially when it’s down to the wire on deadline and the two of us are about to make each other pull our hair out. Gayla, you’re awesome, and I hope I didn’t give you too many gray hairs! And last, but not least, to Josh: From the first day I started working with GCA and GBB, Josh White has been a constant. You’re the boss (no offense to my new bosses!) who everyone should strive to be. I can’t say enough good things about your leadership, your passion and your drive. You’re the epitome of what a state executive vice president should be and every time we are at a national event, or even regional, I look around and can’t help but think that none of these other communication directors have it as good as I do. Thank you for everything. The past 18 months have been a life-changing experience. I’ve been to New Mexico, Tampa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, DC. I toured Georgia with a Food Network celebrity chef. I went to just about more trade shows than I can count on two hands. I learned that no matter what time of the year it is, it WILL BE windy in Irwinville and it WILL BE cold and rainy in Perry and anyone who goes there should come prepped with a jacket. Or two. And also probably a hat. I learned that it does occasionally flood in San Antonio, that our legislators actually do want to hear what we have to say and that there exists such a dance as “The Wobble.” This job taught me all that and more. I hope I’ve served you well in this capacity, and I look forward to working with you through the Bulletin up in Atlanta. This isn’t goodbye — it’s hello to a new beginning. If you need me, you know where to find me. And if you don’t, Josh and Andrew Gaines probably do, so just call them. GC

Congratulations to Amanda Morphis and Jason Storey of Newnan, Ga., members of the Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association! Their photo of cattle cooling off on J3 Farm won the July “anything goes” contest!

Stay tuned to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for the August photo of the month contest!

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Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association

The Jefferson County chapter recently participated in the county's first annual Ag and Safety Day. Their booth welcomed about 250 people and featured displays of cattle photographs, beef cattle byproducts, meat cuts, the Beef Nutrition Wheel game and of course, some live cattle!

ABAC Cattlemen’s Association

Members of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College chapter sponsored an ABS artificial insemination school in May, the fifth such school the association has put on. Students learned from ABS representative Steve Valente and were able to put their lessons into practice during the event. Group photo at right: front row, left to right: Kendall Singleton, Annie Hofmann, Kayla Mercer, Jenna Bradner and Lizzie Horton. Second row: Valente, Philip Joyce, Jacqueline Owens, Lauryn Whitlock, Amanda Gilliard, Lynnanne Moody, Amanday Gordy and Seth Poppell. In back, Nathan Kirk and Matt Gonzales.

Georgia Vet Nominated to Hall of Fame

Dr. H. Fred Troutt, DVM and Ph.D., a former University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, has been nominated to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Troutt, who passed away in 2010, taught large animal medicine and pathology and established herd health programs for cattle and swine at UGA CVM. A Pennsylvania native, he earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctorate was earned at the University of Missouri. Later in his career, Troutt TROUTT held leadership positions at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He was a diplomate for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, founder of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and served as a consultant for the World Bank. In addition, Troutt was honored with the Dairy Preventive Medicine Award in 1987. Troutt is one of three nominees in the dairy category for the Hall of Fame, which celebrates individuals who've helped shape the industry. Voting on nominees goes through Aug. 5 and a final announcement will be made Sept. 21. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health and Osborn Barr. 18 July 2013

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Junior Cattlemen Headed to Oklahoma

Two Georgia juniors recently signed letters of intent to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla. Gibson Priest of Cartersville, Ga., and Tyler Arnold of Athens, Ga., will start at NEO A&M in the fall as members of the livestock judging team. Arnold, son of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association member Sid Arnold, is a recent graduate of Madison County High School and Priest, GJCA chapter relations officer, graduated from Abeka Christian Academy and Gordon Central High School. GJCA and GCA congratulates both of these young men on this accomplishment.

Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Association

More than 100 people attended the 2013 annual meeting of the Georgia Simmental Association on May 10, making the meeting and ceremony a big success. The meeting featured Jessie Driggers, a member from Glennville, Ga., welcoming attendees with updates from the American Simmental Association. Driggers serves as the eastern region trustee and board chairman for ASA. Photo 1: John Wilkinson, Georgia state Senate Agricultural Chairman, brought attendees up to date on policy and legislative issues. Photo 2: New officers were also elected at the meeting. Rodney Hilley of Molena, Ga., and Todd Alford from Bowman, Ga., will serve as directors. Cole Elrod of Talmo, Ga., was elected vice president. Golden Book Award: Photo 3: Mike and Barbara Wheeler of Commerce, Ga., presented by Marty Seagraves; Photo 4: Dan and Sophia Brown of Blairsville, Ga., presented by Robert Harkins. Photo 5: Breeder of the Year Award: Burt Jeffords family of Fairmount, Ga., presented by Gibson Priest. Photo 6: Swiss Cow Bell Award for hosting the 2012 Field Day: John and Marcia Callaway of Hogansville, Ga., presented by GSSA Secretary Billy Moss and President Dwight Cooper. Lindy Davis Memorial Scholarships: Photo 7: Steven Cooper of Jefferson, Ga., presented by Josh Whitworth; Photo 8: Gibson Priest of Cartersville, Ga., presented by GSSA Secretary Billy Moss and President Dwight Cooper. Photo 9: American Simmental Association Bronze Merit Award: Chris Hart of Danielsville, Ga., presented by GSSA Junior Adviser Donna Priest.










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FRIDAY, JULY 26 7:30 a.m. Early Registration and Check-in

8 – 9:30 a.m. Committee Meetings: Media and Communications; Cattle Health and Wellbeing 9:30 – 10 a.m. Gathering and Refreshment Break

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Opening and Welcome – GCA President David Gazda

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Kickoff Presentation: Yon Family Farms - Starting from Scratch... Kevin & Lydia Yon went from farm managers to successful farm owners. Beginning farmers & ranchers face many challenges in the 21st century. Hear the story of how the Yons made this transition “in their own words.”

1 p.m. Robin Lake Beach with GJCA: Get ready to get wet! The juniors will enjoy an afternoon on Robin Lake Beach full of fun in the sun. There’s miniature golf, a playground, giant games, swimming and sunbathing; plus we’ll be visiting Aqua Island and traversing a crazy water obstacle course!

1 p. m. Sporting Clay Tournament: Let’s Shoot! Come join us for an afternoon of fellowship, laughter and fun and an opportunity to establish bragging rights at Big Red Oak Plantation Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

OR ... Shoot water guns instead with the blaster boats, relax by the water or go play a round of golf. There are plenty of opportunities for fun at Callaway!

6:30 p.m. Sam Gay Seafood Buffet Experience at Lemmon Cattle Enterprises featuring live entertainment

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 7 a.m. GJCA Sunrise Run: Wake up early and go for a jog with us! We’ll meet in the hotel lobby, chart a course through some of Callaway’s scenic acreage and get back in time for breakfast. 8:30 – 10 a.m. Committee Meetings: Legislative Committee; Regional Vice Presidents

9:30 – 11:45 a.m. GJCA Butterfly Tour: Meet in hotel lobby to go on GJCA Butterfly Tour. Join GJCA at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center for a tour full of color and inspiration. Hundreds of butterflies fly freely in the center, one of the continent’s largest glass-enclosed tropical butterfly conservatories. 10 – 10:15 a.m. – Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. GCA Board of Directors Meeting: Our mid-year general policy board meeting. See what’s up with your association and how you can get involved!

12 p.m. Young Producers Council Initiative: Hear from Ben Neale, past chair of NCBA Young Producers Council, as we gather young cattlemen for a grassroots feedback session on forming a Young Producers designation within GCA. 1:30 p.m. – Production & Marketing Committee

FREE AFTERNOON! There is so much to do at Callaway Gardens one afternoon won’t be enough! Junior officers will meet at this time to discuss plans for the upcoming year

6:30 p.m. Grill-Out and Social at FDR State Park: Come ready to play at GCA's annual game night with “Name that Tune,” horse shoes and the always popular ice cream contest. Enjoy friendship, food and a fun evening for the whole family!

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. Register online at!

Name ____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ CIty _______________ State__________ Zip _____________ Phone (________) ___________- ______________________ Email _____________________________________________ County/Chapter _____________________________________ Registration Fee $25.00 per family

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

Friday night meal (seafood buffet) Number of People _____ x $20.00 = $________ Friday night Kids Meal Number of Kids _____ x $10.00 = $________ (Kids 12 & under) Friday Afternoon sporting clays Number of People Shooting _____ Cost: $55 on-site. Instructions will be emailed.

Saturday night meal (steak night) Saturday night Kids Meal (Kids 12 & under)

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

Registration Per Family

Number attending _____

# of T-shirts – $5 GJCA members who pre-register, $10 for adults and on-site purchases ______ YS ______ YM ______ YL ______ S ______ M ______ L ______ XL ______ XXL


= $________ =$ 25.00 = $________

To receive these prices, form must be received by June 25, 2013.

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 Callaway Gardens. Call

1-800-CALLAWAY for room reservations

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Photo courtesy Conny Davidson,

B y S u z a n n e B la c k G B B d ir e c t o r o f i n d u s t r y i n f o r m a t io n a n d p u b li c r e l a t i o n s

It’s that time of year again! Yes, that’s right -- summer is in full swing! That means sunshine, good times and most importantly it’s the perfect time to get your grill on! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July and National Grilling Month. After all, nothing screams “God bless America” better than eating a mouthwatering steak on Independence Day, whether you’re lounging by the pool or playing in the mud. Now, my idea of “fun in the sun” isn’t exactly a trip to the beach. Growing up in central Florida my friends and I always enjoyed going to a good mud bog every now and then, especially when the weather was perfect. Four years ago I made my way up to Georgia and my love for mud bogging and trucks followed me. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon my fiancé and some friends who enjoy the same pastime. Nowadays instead of watching the dirt fly from the sidelines, I am the proud coowner of our own little mud bogging “toy” (thanks to all of the hard work done by my fiancé, Daniel Bentley). Even though I love mud bogs all year long, my favorite time to enjoy them is in the summer, and I think my Florida roots are to blame for that. Typically, you can always find us at one of these events with our grill and beef tagging along. I’ve got to bring our seasoning with us too, especially since my favorite way to prepare a great steak on the grill is with a rub! You can’t go wrong with a beef rub, especially if you are traveling because they are easy to mix and quick to apply. We used this one on ribeye steaks, but if you’re searching for a leaner meal there are 29 lean cut options to try it on! A little tip is to pre-mix your rub before you begin traveling. This will help cut down even more on the grilling time. When you’re grilling a delicious cut of beef, it’s always a good idea to have summery sides on the menu. We threw some corn on the grill too and made a quick pasta salad with Italian dressing, grated cheese and olives to enhance the meal even further! Whether you are celebrating the Fourth of July or just a fun weekend at a mud bog, try this beef rub on your steak that is sure to yield flavorful results to spice up your summer! 22 July 2013

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Suzanne’s Savory Summer Spicy Beef Rub

Ingredients: Beef cut of choice 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried parsley Pinch of salt Pinch of pepper

Instructions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. If premixing, use within three months and store in a cool, dark place. 2. Submerge beef cuts in the mixture, massaging it into the surface. 3. Preheat grill to between 425 and 450 degrees F and place steaks on grill, flipping halfway through. The recommended grilling time is two to three minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. 4. Use a meat thermometer to confirm doneness at 145 degrees for the most mouthwatering experience.


Georgia Beef Board Report


Summer Starts Strong for Beef Board

By Suzanne Black, GBB director of industry information and public relations

I couldn’t think of a more Oakdale Farms in Rome, exciting time to begin Ga., at its Farm & my journey with the Nutrition Field Day. At Georgia Beef Board than the field day consumers in the midst of Georgia gathered to learn more Beef Month and prime about this great indusATLANTA STIVAL try through different grilling season! It has been FOOD & WINE FE a very eventful summer seasessions including beef son thus far as I have been nutrition and wildlife on the road at different promanagement. GBB motional and educational staff spent time events throughout Georgia speaking with attenand Nebraska. dees about Beef After Gov. Nathan Deal Month and beef nutrition. At signed the 2013 Georgia Beef Month the end of the session GBB did a cookProclamation, GBB’s first order of ing demonstration, followed by samBeef Month business was the Atlanta pling of strip steaks on the grill seaFood & Wine Festival, held May 31 soned with a savory with cowboy through June 2 in midtown Atlanta. rub, which was a big hit! This event For the second year in a row, GBB gathered a wide range of attendees sponsored the Beef Trail, which ages 13 to 70. housed talented chefs who whipped There up some of the most mouthwatering was barely beef samples of the South. Foodies time to gathered to expand their beef experibreathe ence with tastings from Buckhead before the Beef, American Grocery Restaurant, next stop: BLT Steak, Glass Haus Kitchen and Nebraska. five other well-known restaurants. As GBB staff the chefs provided extraordinary joined recipes to the consumers who gathAtlanta ered each day at the festival, GBB chef Alex teamed up in the beef tent handing Reethof, STOP ON THE NEBRASKA host of the out stickers and recipes to beef tasters. ONE BEEF TOUR was Alexander During the course of the weekend Cattle & Farms Feedyard in television more than 2,500 beef lovers hit the Pilger, Neb. series Back Photo courtesy Jen McKinney beef trail proudly sporting their I  to the Table, BEEF stickers. on a tour cross the state of Nebraska to different operations to broaden our knowledge of the industry. The tour was hosted by Nebraska Beef Council and included 20 other state beef council staff members, dieticians, chefs, nutritionists and food service personnel. The tour kicked off at Omaha Packaging and included three different feed yards, farms and a veterinary clinic. It was a great opportunity for GBB staff and OAKDALE FARMS IN ROME, GA. Reethof to network with other proDuring the middle of the Atlanta fessionals who were eager to learn event, GBB staff went to celebrate the about the industry and take their first day of Beef Month with con- role as influencers seriously. GC sumers and industry leaders at

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 Dr. Frank Thomas 68 GA 149 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743

Lane Holton 7851 N Turkey Road Camilla, GA 31730 229-336-5686 Zippy Duvall 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 Allen Wiggins 1315 U.S. 41 Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-3371

Jim Malcolm P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368

Joel Keith 4541 Mountville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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An Informal Guide for the Georgia Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption Courtesy Georgia Agribusiness Council


This guidance document was compiled as a member service for agribusinesses and qualified ag producers that use GATE certificates to help identify items that are and are not exempt from sales tax in Georgia. The information does not constitute written tax guidance issued by the Georgia Department of Revenue or other regulatory agency. This document is subject to change as additional clarifications are made.

Machinery, Equipment and Facilities • Machinery and equipment used for agricultural production, processing and service operations • Motor oil, oil filters, grease, lube and hydraulic fluid for agricultural machinery and equipment • All repair and replacement parts to be used on agricultural production and processing machinery and equipment • All equipment used in the storage, packaging and processing of agricultural products • Commercial lawnmowers if used to maintain areas around chicken houses and other farm structures • Chainsaws and other hand-held tools strictly used for agricultural operation upkeep • ATVs and off-road vehicles used for farm, agricultural processing and agricultural service purposes • Non-motorized trailers for transport of agricultural products, including livestock trailers • Employee safety equipment • Welding equipment, excluding shield gases, if used for farm or agricultural processing applications or repairs, and for repairs on exempt property or poultry houses Planters, Crops and Irrigation • All fertilizers, pesticides and all other plant protectants used for agricultural applications • Seeds, seedlings and plants grown from seeds, cuttings and liners • Materials used in production greenhouses (hoses, trays, shades, hangers, tables) • Materials used for plant production, processing and packing • Irrigation units and systems • PVC pipe to be used above ground for irrigation purposes • Ice and other refrigerants used to cool agricultural products in storage facilities, delivery trucks

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Other fuels (propane, butane, LPG, CNG, electricity, wood, wood products/by-products) for agricultural operation use Energy sources for agricultural purposes. These must be metered separately from energy used for non-agricultural purposes, unless the non-agricultural use purpose represents 10 percent or less of total use Shipping or freight on items that are qualified as tax exempt


Machinery, Equipment and Facilities • Any motorized vehicles designed for on-road use • Replacement parts for on-road use motor vehicles • Barns, greenhouses, strand metal buildings and other buildings used on farm or agricultural processing facility. These structures are considered real property. • Property or fixtures attached to barns, greenhouses and other metal buildings such as electrical wiring, HVAC, windows and doors. These are considered real property. • Concrete pads. These are considered real property. • Clothes, boots and other apparel • ATVs and off-road vehicles not used for farm and agricultural processing purposes

Administrative equipment and machinery • Crushed rock, gravel for road/path construction • Planters, Crops and Irrigation • Plants, fertilizer, pine straw and other inputs used for aesthetic or landscaping purposes • PVC pipe used for below ground applications • Fish used for aesthetic or weed or algae control applications for pond irrigation (Koi, Grass Carp, etc.)

Livestock and Poultry • Animals that are not cattle, hogs, sheep, other livestock, poultry or bees • Pet food and supplies (dogs including cattle/herding dogs, cats, birds, etc.)

Energy, Fuel and Shipping • Gasoline or on-road (clear, non-dyed) diesel, including aviation gasoline • Energy used for administrative purposes • Energy metered for residential properties • Shipping or freight on items that are not qualified as tax exempt agricultural inputs For questions about GATE and getting your GATE card, contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at, 1-855-FARM-TAX or 1-855-327-6829. For questions about item exemptions, contact the Georgia Department of Revenue at 1-877-423-6711.


Livestock and Poultry • All livestock and poultry feed used specifically for agricultural production or services • Veterinary medicines and instruments used in their application used specifically for livestock and poultry production • Feed and other items for qualified horse boarding facilities • Cattle, hogs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats and bees when sold for breeding purposes • Products related to husbandry for production purposes • Fencing for livestock and poultry facilities • Materials used for meat production, processing and packing • Products used for required agricultural operation cleaning



The IRS’s Misguided Approach to “Recoupment” by John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law for recouping losses sustained in prior years. This seems inherently unfair. Other businesses are not asked to demonstrate a plan to recoup past losses. In some industries past losses have been so great that the companies might never really end up recouping them. “In my experience with audits, quite often an auditor will be obsessed with the cumulative losses and they fixate on it. And the losses might not ever be recoupable. Luckily there is a Tax Court case on the subject and usually when you show auditors this case they move on,”

says Terrence D. Miller, a certified public accountant with Miller and Miller Accountancy Corporation in Fresno, Calif. He is referring to Helmick v. Commissioner IRS, T.C. Memo 2009-220, which involved a horse breeding and boarding operation with losses for a period of 17 years. The tax court held in favor of the taxpayers and rejected the IRS “recoupment” argument. The court said the IRS “seems to assume that the requisite profit motive as of any given year must involve an expectation that even all past losses will be recouped, so that the activity will have generated a net profit over its entire course. This position distorts the notion of profit motive for purposes of section 183.” The court cited a hypothetical example: “If a natural disaster caused the death of 90 percent of a rancher’s herd and resulted in a catastrophic loss that could never be recouped, but the rancher thereafter expected to generate an overall prospective profit by breeding and selling the remaining 10 percent of his herd on a foregoing basis, then he could not be said to lack a profit objective after the disaster merely because he would never recoup the prior loss.” The court pointed out something important — the “recoupment” concept is forward looking. That is, the profit objective is shown where the taxpayer expects that the activity will generate an overall profit between the year being audited and the time at which future profits are expected. To some extent, taxpayers often can explain a poor history of profits due to circumstances beyond their control, including personal issues, casualties, stillborn foals and the negative effect of the recession on horse sales. The implication is that the activity, in a given year, would have been profitable if these events had not occurred. Whether an activity producing losses is a business or a hobby is a question that has generated substantial litigation in US Tax Court. If faced with an audit of horse or livestock activities, it can be frustrating when confronted with an IRS auditor who wheels out the “recoupment” argument. Thankfully, there are tax court cases that provide a rational approach in determining whether the taxpayer has a bona fide profit motivation. GC John Alan Cohan can be reached at his website,, at 310-278-0203 or via email at


Horse or livestock operations have a history of losses, but the expectation is that future operations will be profitable. The Internal Revenue Service wants to see evidence the taxpayer has taken steps to correct or abandon unprofitable strategies, and to demonstrate steps taken to improve operations. Often, the IRS argues that a profit motive ultimately depends on whether the taxpayer expects future earnings and appreciation to be sufficient to recoup accumulated losses of prior years. The IRS will want to see a meaningful plan

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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

Are you a Shorthorn breeder? Want to increase your visibility with fellow cattlemen? Contact the Georgia Cattleman and start being a valued advertiser today!

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Segers to Join UGA Tifton Team

The University of Georgia Extension beef cattle division has been strapped with budget constraints and a smaller staff for several years. Finally, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. Jacob Segers, an alumnus of both University of Georgia and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, comes back to his home state this month to start work as an Extension animal scientist at the UGA Tifton campus. “Coming home to support the people and programs that are responsible for my successes is a dream come true to me,” Segers says. “I am excited for the opportunities and challenges that UGA and the Georgia beef industry hold for me.” Josh White, executive vice president of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, says GCA members and staff are excited to have Segers as another set of hands and advocate for the industry. “Jacob was a tremendous help back when he was a master’s student at UGA, helping with beef promotion events. His background in livestock production and meats will help him be a great asset to the Georgia [Extension] beef team,” White says. Segers grew up on a commercial beef cattle herd in the Georgia mountains and became involved with 4-H and FFA at a young age. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in animal science from UGA in 2008 and stayed on to become a “Double Dawg,” finishing a meat science master’s degree under pro-

fessors Alex Stelzleni and Lawton Stewart. During his time at UGA, Segers had the opportunity to participate in a number of Extension activities, and came to the realization that he wanted this to be a focal point of his career. Upon completion of his master’s, Segers headed north for a Ph.D. in beef cattle nutrition at Illinois. His work with professor Daniel Shike focused on high fat corn co-product utilization in early calf nutrition, and how it affects genomic regulation of marbling development in the feedlot. His research was highlighted in the October 2012 issue of Illinois AgriNews. In his new position, Segers will run the Tifton bull and heifer evaluation program tests and sales. White says he’ll be incorporated into the GCA committee structure as well, similar to those who had the position in the past. And with the open Extension beef position in Calhoun soon to be filled as well, the future looks bright for UGA’s beef programs. “As an Extension animal scientist, it is my responsibility to present cattlemen with timely, accurate and comprehensive information as well as to build coalitions that address the issues facing producers and consumers within the community,” Segers says. “By providing the most current and accurate information in interesting and engaging ways, I believe that Georgia’s beef producers can be empowered to enrich their own lives.” GC

Built on Six Essentials: Disposition, Fertility, Weight, Conformation, Milk Production & Hardiness Registered Beefmasters


385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

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

Apalachee Beefmasters

Our Foundation: The Six Essentials Our Future: Quality & Carcass Composition

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

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

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

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm Steve Roberts


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

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

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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



CALL RAY HICKS 912-865-5593


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

Cattle Enterprises

Hunter Grayson

(706) 206-1824

Registered Polled Herefords

Performing on our forage.

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

C: 478-553-8598 Bobby Brantley H: 478-552-9328 1750 Wommack-Brantley Road Tennille, Georgia 31089


“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959”

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467 James 912-863-7706 912-690-0214 cell

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

Since 1960

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

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”


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

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

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

Your ad could be here! Call 912-865-5593 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

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For information on the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association, contact Scott Tipton, President, 1001 Preacher Campbell Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523 706-200-6655 •

Directions: I-75 To Exit 41, Right Onto Roundtree Br. Rd., 4 Mi. To Farm Sign On Right

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Marshall & Mary Beth Bennett P.O. Box 406 Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: (M) 229-300-3164 (O) 229-896-4517

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




Polled Charolais Cattle

Performance Testing for over 35 years Ted A. Collins 693 Old 179 South Whigham, GA 39897

ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited


2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

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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Put your operation at center stage with a spotlight ad in the magazine! Call 478-474-6560 or email to place yours today.


Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Deep South Stocker Conference! This year's conference will be held in conjunction with Georgia Grazing School. When? Aug. 8 - 9, 2013

Where? Athens and Watkinsville, Ga.

Cost? $125 per person Covers meals, materials, seminars and trade show attendance

Find out more by calling your local Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visiting!


Georgia-Florida Charolais 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

Contribution Amount ______________

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.



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 28 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Tifton Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Georgia Metals Inc., Danielsville Manor Cattle Company, Manor Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee United Bank, Barnesville

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Amicalola EMC, Jasper Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN C & B Processing, Milledgeville Cabinet Depot Inc., Knoxville Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, FL Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany Jackson EMC, Gainesville Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Mid-America Feed Yard, Ohiowa, Nebraska Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely Parks Livestock Fencing & Barns, Murrayville Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Ware Milling Company, Waycross Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan

Yancey Bros. Company

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville


AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Bank of Camilla, Camilla Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Community Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Country Pride Market, LLC, Milan Crossroads Animal Hospital, Newnan Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Flint EMC, Perry, Dahlonega Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City 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 Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Piggly Wiggly, McRae Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Reedy Creek Farms, Metter Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Roberta Drugs, Roberta Roberta Piggly Wiggly, Roberta Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R.W. Griffin Industries, Nashville Security State Bank, McRae Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock SunSouth, Carrollton Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Turner’s Wings, Reynolds Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland United Community Bank, Cornelia Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Viridiun LLC, Cumming Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette 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 Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington 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) PRESIDENT: Larry Walker

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UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens

Every exhibitor guaranteed $100 premium, regardless of placement! • Champion Heifer $750 scholarship Headquarters hotel: Best Western in Athens • Reserve Champion Heifer $500 scholarship 706-546-7311 • Champion “Bred & Owned” Heifer $500 scholarship Limousin room block held until June 28 • Champion Steer $250 scholarship

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


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!


Larry & Linda Walker Registered Limousin Cattle 266 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville GA 30204 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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931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628

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

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


Boneless Chicken


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KFC, formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken, is one of a handful of fast food pioneers that changed the world’s eating habits. For more than 60 years they have staked a claim on the cheapest meat commodity you can buy. The chicken my children grew up on is vastly different from the chicken I ate as a boy. Both are equally nutritious, yet the new chicken is so much more convenient. I can remember cutting up the whole chicken and fighting over the parts! Nowadays eating a box of chicken nuggets is as simple as sticking coins in a soda pop machine. KFC recently announced a new plan to make all their chicken boneless! I guess I assumed it was going to anyway. Their surveys show that 60 percent of consumers prefer it that way. The holdout is the popular “Big Bucket” that has real pieces of the carcass, bone-in. There’s a mind switch when I hear “boneless chicken.” I’m reminded of the cartoonist Gary Larson’s drawings of limp chickens laying about the barnyard. But if the market goes completely boneless, I can see poultry breeders embarking on a course of eliminating as many bones as possible from the live chicken. For instance, why do chickens have wings? They are as useless as arms on a Tyrannosaurus rex! Another idea would be inventing an invertebrate chicken. It could have an exoskeleton like lobsters or big beetles. Or they could be planted like oysters in a shell or barnacles in a pier. How ’bout chicken meat in a shell like a five-pound

egg? Basically an egg with a head. Easy to feed, easy to gather, easy to entertain. Or possibly a genetic combination of hen and fruit … all natural. Imagine boneless chicken you could peel like a banana! We already have chickpeas, Chiclets chewing gum, chicken fried steak, Chicken of the Sea, Rooster Cogburn and Fryer Tuck restaurants … why not Chickmelon? The possibilities are endless.

It’s been a long time since I had fried chicken like Aunt Effie used to make. She used Crisco. I liked the heart and “second joint,” as Mother called it. It had a flavor of its own. Now it seems that chicken tastes like whatever you put on it, like feathered tofu. Well, good luck KFC. As I’ve always said, I eat all the eggs I can. It’s one less chicken I have to contend with! 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! Vince Roberts, Farm Manager - 678-378-4697 cell Scott Barkley, Herdsman - 678-378-0598 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) •

Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members had an absolute blast on the tour to Texas in May. Between petting Brahman bulls, trail-riding in a charter bus and evacuating a flooded San Antonio interstate, there was no end to the adventure. View all of the tour photos on the GCA Facebook page! STOCKYARDS: After a three-hour flight delay in Houston, GCA finally made it to Texas! Members toured the historic Fort Worth Stockyards rodeo coliseum with owner Steve Murrin and later enjoyed some free time exploring the city’s many steakhouses.

ALLFLEX sponsored a wonderful lunch after the museum. As you can see here, GCA literally took up the whole restaurant at Dickey’s BBQ! CATTLE RAISERS MUSEUM: A huge thank-you goes out to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association for letting GCA tour the Cattle Raisers Museum! The museum, housed inside a larger Fort Worth facility, chronicles the history of Texas' ranching and beef cattle industries. And it just so happens to be across the street from the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, where James Burton found himself a pony.

PROOF THE TOUR IS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! Our oldest and youngest participants: John Dempsey, 92, and Rachel Hammond, 15. TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M University graduate students Kyle and Alyssa gave GCA a tour of the university’s beef cattle nutrition center, located just outside of College Station. Tour participants heard details about their research, which includes the metabolism differences between Brahman and Angus cattle – studied through the use of duodenal and rumen cannulas, algae as a food source and some top-secret pharmaceutical research at the university’s feedlot area.

W4: The tour's fearless bus driver traversed the terrain during a trail ride (in the bus!) at W4 Ranch in Morgan, Texas. The experience was akin to being on a Disney ride as tour participants stood on seats and leaned into the windows to get photos of 7-frame Hereford cows and the Brahman bulls used to breed Brafords.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS got a one-of-akind experience at Sexing Technologies in Navasota, Texas. The company specializes in producing sexed semen and does so for many breeds in its collection facility. GCA members watched a bull collection and observed the lab in progress. In addition, they enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Alltech and Godfrey's and networked with Kyle Devoll, a Texas cattle marketer.

JD Hudgins: GCA members got an incredible opportunity to see the farm where the American Brahman breed truly began. J.D. Hudgins, Inc., was home to Manso, one of the pioneers of the breed. Now his offspring continue to take the breed places. Tour participants hopped off the bus to visit with bulls, heifers and even pet some show animals.

VINEYARD: Tour participants saw Brafords, Brahman and Herefords already. It was time to throw some Brangus in the mix! A hayride through Vineyard Cattle Co. featured quality Brangus cows, calves and bulls that lead the breed in excellence.

AT GRAHAM LAND AND CATTLE (left and above) GCA members got to see a Texas feedlot in full fashion. They learned exactly what a “bee sting” is on the underline and visited the feed mill, where the steam-flaked corn that makes up a big portion of the cattle diets is created.

AFTER A SLIGHT DETOUR due to bad directions, the bus was back on track to get tour participants to Black's Barbecue, the oldest family-owned barbecue joint in Texas. The restaurant specializes in beef brisket, but a few tour participants – including Cabe Carney, pictured – bit off a little more than they could chew with a two-pound beef rib meal. A special thanks goes to Boehringer-Ingelheim for sponsoring lunch!

THE TOUR GROUP SPLIT UP ONCE IT HIT SAN ANTONIO, giving everyone plenty of time to tour the Alamo and enjoy dinner and fun on the river!

GCA TOOK TEXAS BY STORM. Literally. San Antonio flooded during the drive to the airport, causing vehicles in both directions on the interstate to turn around and go back the way they came. This was one of the top three record rainfalls the city had ever received!

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BROTHERS PHILIP, LEFT, AND BRION AKINS' FAMILY has been farming in Nashville, Ga., for more than 100 years. They continue this legacy with their stocker operation, Akins Farms.

By Dallas Duncan Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

Thirteen-hundred cattle live on Akins Farms in Nashville, Ga. And it’s just about always been that way. on the farmland. They picked it up and moved it “I can’t remember a day when there wasn’t a cow across the street, refurbished parts of it and created a on this farm. Daddy always had cows,” says Philip homage to the Parrish family, their ancestors. Carter Akins, who co-owns the stocker phase farm with his House, a second homestead with a large, wraparound younger brother, Brion. porch and spacious yard, was revitalized as well, and The Akinses’ ancestors settled on the farm decades now plays host to numerous Akins family gatherings. ago. It’s a point of pride as well as family history that the brothers, and several family members who live near- It’s also got some of Akins Farms’ cattle grazing in a backyard pasture. by, are keeping the agricultural heritage alive and well. The Akinses purchase 400-pound commercial heifers Brion Akins says theirs is a centennial farm, meanand sell them around 750 pounds. Rackley Livestock, ing it’s been around for at least 100 years. After he and based out of Camilla, Ga., buys most of the cattle for Philip graduated from the University of Georgia, both them. of them returned to Nashville and worked on the farm “They buy all week and bring them to us on Friday. with their family. We’ve got a man and a woman that precondition them Both the Akins brothers love what they do, and for us and they keep them five weeks. They’re on a who they do it with. Brion Akins says his favorite part is being able to look out and see cattle that are “healthy, medicated feed, hay and get vaccinations and everything they need there,” Philip Akins says. “In five weeks we fat and in good shape.” pick them up, bring them out here and put them on They take pride in everything on their farm and in their hometown, including two historic family homes and buildA GROUP OF HEIFERS ON AKINS FARMS. There are about 10 plots ing their own working pens and of land used for the cattle stocker operation, taking the heifers to feeders. 750 pounds before being sold through Moseley Cattle Auction. “Most of our working pens are built out of wood, which is easier on the cattle,” Brion Akins says. “We built them ourselves. We built the troughs and hay rings ourselves.” Down the road from Akins Farms is the Lane House, a white cabin that was originally

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grass — and feed, if we don’t have enough grass. We keep them wormed and well ... until they weigh 750 pounds. Then we put them on video auction with Moseley Cattle Auction.” The 400-pound weight was the perfect fit, Philip Akins says. “We found out that if we go any smaller, we have a little more health problems and if we go any bigger we go into ones that are bred,” he says. “We decided not to mix steers in there because it was too much trouble to keep everything separated.” They try to purchase a gooseneck load a week, and there are only four weeks out of the year when they don’t have sales. “We got to ... buying in the fall and selling in the spring and it seemed like it worked out good for us. Then we decided that we couldn’t get enough just by buying in the fall, and we decided to get in and do it every week instead of part time,” Philip Akins says. “We got one of the most perfect marketing plans if you buy and sell continuously. We don’t do any buying ahead, selling ahead or contracting.” Akins Farms’ cattle only get a feed byproduct when there’s no grass, unless they’re being preconditioned. In that situation, their mixer blends corn gluten, soy hulls and hay. The people who precondition the calves live about 10 miles from Akins Farms. “We had an older lady that lived at one of our farms back when we were boys and she took care of her daddy’s cows over there,” Philip Akins says. “We figured out that if we can get a woman to take care of your cows, you’ve got something special. We really depend on this woman to take care of our cows.” The biggest issue the stockers deal with is health problems — primarily pneumonia and shipping fever, but the Akins brothers say the cattle are vaccinated and well-cared for to keep these illnesses at bay. Brion Akins says once the cattle get used to the farm, health problems are few. “We give the shots in all the right places. We try to treat the animals good and do everything we can to take care of the animals,” Philip

Akins says. “We don’t use the hot shot unless we have to.” The farm wasn’t always a stocker operation. Philip Akins worked at the local livestock barn in the early 1980s, and it ignited his interest in the backgrounding field. His main responsibilities at the sale barn were tagging and sorting calves before the sale, and loading them out for buyers afterwards. “Our daddy was in the hog business real big. He wasn’t raising hogs, he was just buying and selling. He had a mama cow herd, but right before he passed away we started buying and selling cows,” Brion Akins says. He and Philip say they were honored and surprised to hear they’d been selected as the 2012 StockerFinisher of the Year. “I said, ‘Who in the world sent that in?’” Philip Akins says. “We’re not trying to get awards or anything, we’re just trying to do a good job and enjoy what we do. I was really honored that somebody noticed what we were doing.” Brion Akins echoed his sentiments. “I felt like, we’re not very showy. It was really nice of somebody to see that we were doing good enough to be recognized,” he says. They have cattle on roughly 10 farms around Nashville, including the one at home and at Carter House. But that’s not the only thing they raise. “We also grow cotton and peanuts and corn,” Brion Akins says. “We’ll have about 150 acres of corn, 800 acres of peanuts, 1,600 acres of cotton and we use about three of us to work the row crops.” The Akinses want to keep their kids involved in the cattle and row crop portions of their farm. Philip Akins has two children and four grandchildren. The grandkids are starting to become more interested in working on the farm, as are Brion Akins’ two daughters. Whether it’s pulling pigweeds or helping in the field, there’s something for all ages to help with. “This is a family farm,” Philip Akins says. “We’re trying to keep it all together so that it will just go on and on.” GC

PHILIP AKINS stands in the pens he and his brother built to work cattle before and after loading and unloading. They specialize in backgrounding 400pound commercial heifers and process at least one load a week on their farm.

BRION AND PHILIP AKINS take pride in preserving their family history through their woodworking and refurbishing skills. In addition to building their own feeding troughs, hay rings and other facilities used on the farm (top) and renovated two historic family buildings, Lane House (center) and Carter House. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GCA Members Challenged to Continue Donation Traditions By Sarah Grogan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association summer intern

Harris Brantley, a 94year-old cattleman from Thomaston, Ga., has always had a hand in different businesses over the years. Everything from the laundry business, school bus driving, egg farming and since 1958, raising cattle and hay – and even fundraising to build the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association headquarters in Macon, Ga.

“We asked people to donate calves. I believe it was 14 calves donated by Mid-Georgia,” Brantley says. “I backgrounded. I raised $3,400 on those calves.” In addition to the money raised from selling the calves, GCA raffled off two Ford trucks and asked for cash donations to pay for the headquarters building project 26 years ago. For the latest renovation project, GCA hopes to use Brantley’s advice and not have to rely on membership money, but instead rely on donations. It’s definitely an inspiration to hear the stories of individuals such as Brantley and how their hard work and dedication to the cattle industry over the years has not only benefited themselves, but has also benefited cattlemen throughout the state of Georgia. As part of the GCA Executive Committee for the original headquarters building project, Brantley had a big responsibility in selecting both a convenient and desirable location as well as helping to raise money for the project. Brantley, who is a member of both the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s and the GCA Hall of Fame, is always looking for ways to help GCA, and this most recent renovation is no exception. The tradition of donating calves over the years has become a great non-dues revenue generator for GCA 40 July 2013

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that we hope cattlemen will continue to carry on in the years to come. Brantley challenges fellow members to follow his lead. “I’ve always believed a person should support what they are trying to make a living out of. ... I sold my calves recently, so I’ll be willing to give a cash donation and I encourage all of our members to either do the same or donate a calf. It’s going for a real good cause,” Brantley says. “By not having to use membership money for the renovation project – that is the way to go.” GC



How Cattle Defined the Way We Measure Land and Distance

Way back in high school agriculture class I learned that an acre is 43,560 square feet. I wondered how someone came up with such an odd number. And why is a mile 5,280 feet when the word “mile” comes from the Latin word “mille” meaning 1,000? The answer involves cattle. Specifically, it revolves around how much land a team of medieval oxen could plow in a day. Let’s take a little trip back in time and look at how this developed. Around the 5th century, Anglo-Saxons migrated from Germany to southern England. A unit of measure they used was the rod, which is also referred to as a pole or perch. A rod was just a long stick about 16.5 feet long. There are different theories about why a rod is that long, but let’s just accept that that is how long a rod is and go with it. If you have ever plowed a field, you know that it is much more efficient to plow long rows than short rows. Anglo-Saxon farmers figured that about 40 rods was a good distance to plow with a team of oxen before they needed to take a little break and turn around. That became a standard that they tried to follow as they laid out fields, and 40 rods became known as a furlong. The word “furlong“ comes from the Old English words for furrow and long — “furh“ and “lang.” Unless you are a horse racing fan, you probably don’t hear the term furlong used much anymore, but it literally means the length of a furrow. By the 8th century the Anglo-Saxons were using the term “acre” to refer to a piece of land 40 rods, or one furlong, long by four rods wide. They figured this was about how much land a team of oxen could plow in a day. By the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the acre — 160 square rods — was the standard unit of measure for land in England. The Norman kings of England were not as concerned with how land was measured as they were with how much tax they could collect on the land, so they continued to use the old system. By about the end of the 13th century, the “modern” 12-inch foot that we use today was adopted as the standard in England. Since a rod measured 16.5 feet long, an acre worked out to 43,560 square feet. Of course, anyone using a goose quill calculator wasn’t going to measure land in feet! They measured land in rods and furlongs. In more recent times surveyors use the chain as a unit of measure. One chain is four rods, or one-tenth of a furlong. The surveyor’s chain used in land measurement is based on the Anglo-Saxon rod. Saying an acre is 43,560 square feet is like saying your two-liter bottle of soda is 2.11337642 quarts. You get an odd answer because you are converting from one system to another. Now let’s look at how we got the 5,280-foot mile. Back when the Roman Empire ruled, Roman soldiers measured long distances in “mille passuum,” or 1,000

By Ronnie Silcox, Extension animal scientist

paces. That is why the word mile comes from the Latin word mille. A pace is two steps which is about five feet. One thousand paces is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 feet, depending on how long your legs are and how long your feet are. Through the Middle Ages, the exact length of a “mile” varied in different parts of Europe and in different parts of England.


Let’s face it, if you had to walk or ride a cart everywhere you went, would you really care how long a mile was? As Europe was coming out of the Dark Ages, trade began to develop between regions. A demand was developing for good maps and it started to matter that people measure distances the same way. In 1593, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the English Parliament passed an act that defined the mile. The statute stated, “A mile shall contain eight furlongs, every furlong 40 poles, and every pole 16 foot and a half.” Note that Parliament used furlongs to define the mile, not feet or paces. Measuring land involved measuring wealth, so Parliament used the well-established and very economically important units that were used to measure land to define the mile. A “statute mile” is eight furlongs, or eight times the length of the furrow that suited medieval oxen. This converts to 5,280 feet. We don’t talk about rods or furlongs much anymore, but you can see artifacts of those old units. Ever wonder why woven fence wire comes in rolls that are 330 feet long? That is because the roll is really 20 rods — one-half furlong — of wire. The next time you are driving cattle up out of the pasture, be patient with them and let them move at their pace. After all, it was their ancestors that defined the area you are covering and the distance you are traveling. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

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

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

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6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744


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WASDIN ANGUS RANCH 485 Davis Rd. Norman Park, GA 31771 Owner: Ed & Dot Wasdin

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Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696



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Cattlemen, Farmers Among Recent Industry Losses I N D U S T R Y


Richard Cornell “Dick” Kleedehn March 6, 1932 - May 10, 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association member Richard Cornell “Dick” Kleedehn, 81, of Hartsfield, Ga., died Friday, May 10, 2013, at Unihealth at Magnolia Manor South. Kleedehn was born March 6, 1932, in Cullman, Ala. He was the son of the late Richard Fritz Kleedehn and Virginia Ottillia Frank Kleedehn. He served in the US Air Force and was a hay and cattle farmer as well as a member of Bay Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Louvenia Faison Kleedehn of Hartsfield; daughter Kirsten Saunders and husband Troy of Hartsfield; granddaughter Kari Saunders of Hartsfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Ronnie Martin Sept. 1, 1958 - May 26, 2013 Ronnie Martin, 54, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at his residence. Martin was born Sept. 1, 1958. He was the son of Wesley Martin and Mary Jo Booth Martin. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, class of 1976, and retired as a senior chief ranger with the Georgia Forestry Commission after 28 years of service. Martin was a cattle farmer for 42 years. He enjoyed the junior livestock events and actively participated in the Georgia HERD program. In addition, he was a member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Decatur County Young Farmers and a board member of Southwest Georgia Cattle Feeders Association. Martin was also a member of the West Bainbridge Baptist Church where he actively served in the men’s ministry. Survivors include his wife, Kerri Martin of Bainbridge; daughter Cricket Glover and husband Bryan of Tyler, Texas; daughter Melissa Martin of Longview, Texas; daughter Bethanie Robinson of Bainbridge; brother Randall Martin and wife Tina of Bainbridge; Sister Sue Tillary and husband Jed of Bainbridge; and grandson Luke Glover of Tyler, Texas. Martin was preceded in death by his sister Gail Martin.

Marijane Scarborough Feb. 6, 1940 - April 27, 2013 Marijane Lane Scarborough, 73, of Iron City, Ga., passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 in LaGrange, Ga. Scarborough was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Brinson, Ga., the daughter of Thomas Clay Lane and Lila Russell Lane. She was a graduate of Seminole County High School class of 1956, received an associate’s degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and was a farmer. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Donalsonville Garden Club. Scarborough served as president of the Seminole County Farm

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Bureau since 1985 and also served on the Seminole County DFACS Board, the NRCS Soil and Water Board and the Georgia FSA Board. She was selected Mother of the Year by the Seminole County Junior Women’s Club. Survivors include her husband, Ed Scarborough of Iron City; son Mark Spooner and wife Lisa of Donalsonville, Ga.; daughter Ellen Spooner King and husband Ed of Brinson; daughter Lisa Joy Spooner Conoly and husband Mike of Iron City; daughter Melissa Spooner Brock and husband Dee of Bainbridge, Ga.; daughter Stacy Scarborough Sauls and husband Brian of Villa Rica, Ga.; sister Merle Lane Davis of Blakely, Ga.; sister Joy A. Lane of Iron City; sister Laura Pearce Easom of Jakin, Ga.; grandchildren Marcus King, Russell King, Ray Spooner, Bailey Brock, Caden Brock, Micah Conoly, Merredith Conoly, Marlow Steed and Braden Sauls; and many nieces and nephews. Scarborough was preceded in death by her first husband, Marcus Ray Spooner, grandson Buck Spooner and brothers Clay Lane Jr., Billy Lane and Dave Lane.

Howard Payton Tinney May 21, 2013 Santa Gertrudis breeder Howard Payton Tinney passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Tinney was a loving grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. Tinney was an active member of First Baptist Church of Hanceville, Ala., and board member for Wallace State Community College. He was founder and chief executive officer of Birmingham Fastener and its affiliates; Tinney Farms; and Stouts Mountain Ranch. He was a past president of both Santa Gertrudis Breeders International and Alabama Cattlemen’s Associations. Tinney won numerous Santa Gertrudis National Championships, both male and female, and was named Breeder of the Year several times. Tinney was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Lane Tinney and Dorothy Smith Tinney, and two brothers, Tommie and David Tinney. He is survived by his wife, Retha Tinney; daughter Laila Tinney; son Brad Tinney and wife Sloan; grandchildren Cameron Tinney, Townsend Tinney, Teddy Moss Tinney, Hayes Tinney and Baker Tinney; brother Glenn Tinney and wife Sharon; brother Robert Tinney and wife Elizabeth; sister Delores Stewart and husband Steve; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. GC

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The following members have made loving donations to Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation: The Knox Foundation Carroll T. and Patsie Cannon

In memory of Owen Callaway: Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association In memory of Adele DeHill: Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association In memory of Thomas Fleming: Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association In memory of Fred Green: Harris Brantley In memory of Holly Hadden: Carroll T. and Patsie Cannon In memory of Dr. Hewlette Hendricks: Harris Brantley

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

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Regular Sale every Tuesday at noon (EST) Preconditioned Sales: • August 8 • August 29 • October 17 • November 21

WEDNESDAY: Sept. 11, 2013 and Nov. 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. EST

OFFER: Composite Loads, Piece of Loads, and Load Lots

COST: $12.00 per head plus beef promotion

Contact: Bill Bryan - Sales Manager 423-605-0561 or Dean Williams - Sales Manager 865-556-5590

Feeder Calf Sale: • July 25 • September 19 • November 14

Holstein Steer Sales: • July 18 • August 15 • September 12 • October 24 • December 12

Crossville 2013 Schedule: • August 22

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Georgia Livestock Market Totals - Year-to-Date through May 2013

The GA Livestock Market News recently released the following cattle sales volume: 2013 YTD OTHER 2013 YTD Location Day Phone Number AUCTIONS SALES TOTALS NE Georgia / Athens Wed 706-549-4790 11,034 11,865 22,899 Dixie / Oak Park Tue 912-578-3263 21,030 1,390 22,420 Turner Co. / Ashburn Wed 229-567-3371 17,356 4,492 21,848 Franklin Co. / Carnesville Tue 706-384-2975 19,582 19,582 Carroll Co. / Carrollton Mon 770-834-6608 12,613 356 12,969 Calhoun Thu 706-629-1900 9,949 9,949 Seminole / Donalsonville Wed 229-524-2305 9,087 203 9,290 Mid-Georgia / Jackson Wed 770-775-7314 6,523 2,053 8,576 Thomas Co. / Thomasville Tue 229-228-6960 8,046 459 8,505 Moultrie Wed 229-985-1019 8,257 8,257 Duvall / Greensboro Thu 706-453-7368 8,107 8,107 Pulaski Co. / Hawkinsville Tue 478-892-9071 8,100 8,100 Eastanollee Mon 706-779-5944 6,576 6,576 Lanier / Gainesville Tue 770-844-9223 6,110 323 6,433 Swainsboro Mon 478-237-3201 6,095 51 6,146 Wilkes Co. / Washington Wed 706-678-2632 5,300 102 5,402 South Central / Fitzgerald Mon 229-423-4400 5,275 5,275 Sumter / Americus Thu 229-924-2931 3,290 3,290 Blackshear Mon 912-449-8505 1,496 1,496 D & N / Thomaston Mon 706-647-7451 782 782 Total 174,608 21,294 195,902


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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 33,000 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.

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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.

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The Luckiest Man in the World

SHIRLEY MYERS AND HIS “HONEYS” Dog Honey, wife Kathy and daughter Stephanie Lanier-George, at home in Macon, Ga.

By Dallas Duncan Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

G. Shirley Myers Jr. wants to yell at your sale, and with his service comes years of experience. About 53 years, to be exact. “That’s something I really, really love. I’ve put a lot of energy into trying to be a good ring man. It’s something I enjoy and I don’t want to give it up,” Myers says. “Some said, ‘Why don’t you retire?’ I say, this is where my friends are. This is fun for me.”

During his more than 50 years working ringside, Myers has seen many things and met many people. Former Tennessee Sen. Al Gore Sr. saw him at sales and recognized him at the airport. Country stars Leroy Van Dyke and Roy Acuff, former Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Fellow, “Bonanza” actor Dan Blocker, and a representative for actress Barbara Streisand are just a few that come to his mind. He’s worked sales at some unusual locations — dispersing the Callaway Gardens herd, a sale inside the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman. There’s even been a few in Atlanta, and one in North Carolina required an improvisation of a sale ring and seats from bales of straw. He's been honored for his service to the cattle industry with recognitions including the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Top Hand Award and induction into the Georgia Angus Association Hall of Fame. Success as a ring man aside, Myers originally didn’t have Macon, Ga., in 50 July 2013

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his career plans. He thought he’d return home to Leesburg, Va., and work on his family’s farm after graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, now Virginia Tech. Some of the best memories Myers has from college come from being in the VPI regimental band — the “Highty Tighties” — and got the opportunity to play at US President Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration in the parade.

“I remember being up at the capitol and Ike was sworn in,” he says. “Before we got to Pennsylvania Avenue ... we were told to play ‘Hail to the Chief.’ Well, we played that, and we never missed a beat and we started playing ‘Dixie.’” He was supposed to keep his eyes straight ahead, but he snuck a peak at the new president. Eisenhower was standing with his hand over his heart, one of the most powerful sights he’s ever witnessed. His other main interest at VPI was the livestock program. “VPI ... had a Little International, which was a showing and fitting contest. ... I was the champion freshman showman. That included hogs and sheep. Then we got into the beef cattle and I won the champion beef he cattle showman,” he says. “Then I bovine ute e h t with hnic Instit on , t f went up against the champion le far tec sw YERS, irginia Polyshow. Myer M Y hog and champion sheep and I E V L SHIR d at the al livestock freshman. e n won the whole ball of wax — as a w io o s t a h s terna tition a freshman.” Little Inhole compe the w

Myers took up a third job on campus after winning Little International. He started work for a professor who studied dwarfism and was involved in the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Myers’ job was to help work and weigh cattle, and doing so he met many important faces of the state’s — and the region’s — cattle industry. One of his prizes for winning Little International was a subscription to Livestock Breeder Journal, and one of the men he met was Jim Grehan, who at the time worked for the publication.

The Man for the Job After an illness left Myers hospital- SHIRLEY MYERS, A FORMER FIELD REPRESENTATIVE FOR LIVESTOCK BREEDER JOURNAL and ized for several weeks, he was bound freelance ring man, has kept his camera and typewriter from his LBJ days. Among the relics of and determined to finish his VPI course- history that fill his office, Shirley Myers keeps many of the sale catalogs and copies of Livestock Breeder Journal. Pictured are a few of his favorites. load and get back to work. Despite being warned to stay away from says. “I started working September 1960 steer showing, Shirley Myers was unphased. extracurricular activities, he persevered and I’ve been down here ever since.” His job responsibilities ran the He tried in August. He tried at once again and this time, made the VPI Livestock Judging Team, a goal he’d gamut — working in production, selling Thanksgiving, at Christmas and again ads and once, even putting “the whole when the new year rolled around. And worked for until becoming sick. In the meantime, he was finishing darn thing together” when Jenkins was finally on Jan. 26, 1974, Kathy acquiesced and the two of them went on up his classes so he could graduate and in the hospital. His No. 1 job, however, was a field their very first date. figure out what kind of career he wantman, covering livestock events and ed. He’d already been offered working the ring in Georgia, positions as a county agent and North Carolina, working for a feed company. South But one day, he heard that Grehan stepped down from his post at LBJ. “I got real brave one night and I just wrote a letter to Mr. Johnny Jenkins,” Myers says. “‘Dear Mr. Jenkins, I understand you have not filled the position. ... You can quit looking ’cause I’m the man for the job.’” He explained his illness in the letter and that if he didn’t SHIRLEY YERS think his health was bid from JM .C. Pen (in hat, fac disper ing a ney sa good enough, he er as the l (see page 5 (in dark suit uctioneer o nf , fr 7) wouldn’t bother Journ auction al sho went o. Bidding on ont row behar side of rin w t n ind g) h h c wasting his time .T ases th e e reco he advertise bull in ques Myers) dur ands in a $ in 1 rd-sett Shirley Myers knows t m with a letter. He listed io ing bu ent from t n rose to g the C.V. W00,000 be a re ll. he July hitney that’s the exact date because, as 10 references and asked them all to c 1964 L ivestocord-break- his wife puts it, “his memory is write in. k Bree der all studded by cow sales.” And In July 1960, Jenkins wrote him Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Kentucky. this particular date he was in back and requested they meet in West And when he wasn’t working at the Athens, Ga., for the Northeast Virginia. Of course, the meeting was at ring, he was trying his hardest to put a Georgia Angus Association sale. a cattle herd dispersal. “A cattle sale. On the first date,” Two months later, Shirley Myers ring around someone else’s finger. At the time they met, Kathy Kathy Myers says. “Shoulda known.” was officially employed by LBJ. Cattle sale or no, something “In August they had me go to a hog Myers worked at a bank in Macon. auction. The next weekend I was at She was in the middle of a divorce and clicked. The two continued dating and Barbersfield for a sheep field day, then was not interested in dating. But just Continued on page 57 Virginia Hereford Association,” he as he did with that first attempt at G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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2013 Review What a difference a year makes! This time last year, Georgia cattle producers were recovering from a droughtstricken spring and watching prices free-fall from historic levels. This year, many cattlemen are wishing the rain would come less frequently (notice I didn’t say stop) and prices have been lackluster at best. Since late February to early March, prices for 500 to 600pound steers and bulls have been steadily declining. In fact, since late winter, the difference between 2013 and 2012 prices grew from about $15 per hundredweight to almost $28 per hundredweight (Figure 1). This difference amounts to $100 to $150 per head less for calves in 2013 compared to their 2012 counterparts. So why the big drop compared to last year? There are several reasons, none of which anybody wants to hear. Probably the first reason prices are lower is because they were likely too Figure 1: Prices for 500 to 600-pound steers and bulls in Georgia auction markets.

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high last spring. Even though deferred fed cattle futures were higher in spring 2012, the slaughter cattle breakeven prices for calves bought then were still approaching $135. The second reason prices are lower this year is because many large buyers spent and lost large amounts of money on those high-priced 2012 feeders. This was the second year in a row they had done so, and the second year in a row that they lost a lot of money. They were not about to overpay for cattle three years in a row. The third reason price are lower this year is due to uncertainty about the 2013 corn crop. After last year’s drought and the resulting tight supplies of corn, the feeder cattle market has

been on the defensive. This is in stark contrast to the first half of 2012 when supplies appeared to be abundant earlier in the year. Finally, concerns about the domestic economy and beef demand continue to haunt the beef industry. Even though choice beef prices broke through and stayed above $200 for quite some time, there is still some apprehension as to how long they can maintain those levels and what will happen when the early summer is gone.

Outlook for Remainder of 2013 The outlook for the rest of 2013 and early 2014 is uncertain. Basically, it boils down to the size of the 2013 corn crop. If the US makes an average yield, production will be considerably more than last year and cattle prices will move higher. If however, we experience problems with the crop and corn prices rally, we will continue to see weakness in the cattle markets. My expectation is that cattle prices will remain relatively flat until mid-July or August and then we will see some improvement in prices. I would not be at all surprised to see the highest prices for the year in the fall – something that is very unusual. Of course, all of this depends on the corn crop. In addition to the corn crop there are also several other factors to consider. Firstly, drought. Even though the southeastern US has had copious amounts of rain in recent months, other cattle-producing regions have not. Thus, herd reductions and liquidations continue to occur in parts of the southern plains and far West. As a result, cattle and beef supplies are projected to be slightly higher than predicted this year. Two seemingly unrelated items will also conspire to keep beef prices in check. The net effect will result in lower fed cattle prices than would be expected given current supplies. Production of poultry and pork are forecast to be higher in 2013 and 2014 (Figure 2). So, even though grain prices have not been cheap, apparently they have been at a point where pork and poultry companies feel confident maintaining or expanding production. In addition to increasing supplies of competing meats, the US economy continues to struggle. Even though recent weeks have seen an impressive run in the stock market, unemployment and employment uncertainty continue to weigh heavily on consumers’ minds. It should also be noted that the angst over increased taxes and the full ramifications of the Affordable Health Care Act (commonly referred to in the media as “Obamacare”) make it very difFigure 2: Commercial Production of Beef, Pork and Poultry (2011 to 2014). Data source: USDA, compiled by LMIC. Poultry numbers include broiler and turkey production.

ficult for many companies to hire as many people as they might otherwise. The net effect of these increasing protein supplies and economic uncertainty is that while beef prices may continue to remain relatively strong on the basis of good exports and tight supplies, it will be very difficult for them to push much higher. As a result, fed and feeder cattle prices will likely see some increase but not as much as we would normally expect.

Price Forecast Assuming the corn crop materializes, I expect cattle prices to improve some during the time from mid-July to midOctober. I project that feeder cattle prices could increase $5 to $15 during this time. For the remainder of year, I expect prices for 500 to 600-pound steers and bulls to average $140 to $145 and for 700 to 800-pound pound steers to be about $10 to $13 less. Readers should keep in mind that these are single-head prices. Larger groups of calves could bring significantly more, especially if they are correctly merchandised. Heading into 2014, I expect to see prices continuing to improve. 2013 certainly has not been the year that many had wished for. Hopefully, the abundance of rain has reduced costs enough to offset some of the lost revenue from lower prices. Looking toward this fall and next, several items pose concerns for cattle prices but there are also some positives. Expectations are that prices will increase modestly in the late summer and early fall before leveling off. Headed into next year, prices will likely increase some. However, larger supplies of pork and poultry and a sluggish US economy will keep prices from going as high as many would hope. In the long run as the US economy improves and key cattle production areas receive rain, prices will increase even more as cow-herd reductions cease and increasing numbers or heifers are retained as replacements. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Continued from page 51 were married on Aug. 11, 1974. They have two children, Patrick Myers and Stephanie Lanier-George, and five grandchildren. And everyone in Virginia was pleased Shirley Myers found himself a “Georgia peach.”

Forever at Ringside Even after leaving LBJ in the late 1980s, Shirley Myers has only missed one sale, and that was because he was in the hospital. He’s been operating as an independent ring man, yelling at sales across the country ever since.

SHIRLEY MYERS, second from right, at the SEBBA Tifton Sale in 1987. With him are Fred “Hoss” Shaw, Gerald Bowie, E.C. Larkin and Glenn Smith.

Being an integral part of cattle sales has left him with countless experiences. He’s seen the sale industry change drastically, from the three-day events full of speeches to the high-selling, one-day opportunities to fellowship and buy cattle on screen today’s producers might be more familiar with. In June 1964, Shirley Myers handed in the world-record setting bid for Whitney Bardoliermere at the CV Whitney dispersion. The buyer, who purchased the bull at $150,000 for a one-third interest, was none other than JC Penney. (See photos, p. 51.) “I have taken bids higher,” he says. The next highest was $203,000 for a one-third interest at the Ankony dispersal in New York. In 1975, he was the ring man at the RWJ dispersal, one of his most memorable sale day experiences. “I got to the sale at 10 a.m. and there wasn’t a seat left on the bleachers,” he says. “People sat down on the ground in front of me. I could hardly sit down. We averaged over $10,000 per lot that day.” One of the best parts of working as a ring man is the atmosphere and the enthusiasm. Of course, he says, it’s one of his responsibilities to help to generate that enthusiasm, and he doesn’t see himself stopping any time soon. “It’s been the most wonderful years of my life,” Shirley Myers says. “I feel like Lou Gehrig. I’m the luckiest man in the world.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

PUREBRED SALE REPORTS South Carolina Hereford Association Annual Sale May 4, 2013 30 females avg $2,339 2 bulls avg $1,475 Total: 32 lots total $73,125

Black Diamond Angus Dispersion May 11, 2013 3 Registered Bulls avg Top Bull: Black Diamond 1M34 7001 24 Bred heifers avg Top Bred Heifer: Diamond 1C35 807 13 Bred cows avg Top Bred Cow: Diamond 0464 of 9MC8

$3,900 $4,300 $2,360 $3,200 $2,576 $3,500


67 Fall pairs avg Top Fall Pair: Diamond Focus 805 8 Spring pairs avg Top Spring Pair: Rita 0M10 of Rita 5FH8 PRED Total: 115 lots total

$3,793 $6,650 $3,487

3 Spring pairs avg Top Spring Pair: Bo Bo Primrose 9701 Total: 68 lots total

$2,050 $3,300 $2,657 $4,800 $4,012 $5,250

The Mead Program Sale, Vol. XIII • May 27, 2013 77 females avg $4,716 15.25 bulls avg $5,515 Total: 92.25 lots total $447,250

$9,000 $383,900

Southeast Angus Classic May 18, 2013 4 Open heifers avg Top Open Heifer: C W L Ideal 2014 20 Bred heifers avg Top Bred Heifer: Highlander Blackcap 107 41 Fall pairs avg Top Fall Pair: TT Miss Queen Kimberly W193

Tennessee River Music 30th Annual Dixieland Delight Sale May 25, 2013 51 females avg $5,288 8.25 bulls avg $5,497 Total: 59.25 lots total $315,050


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$3,452 $3,300 $234,750


Moseley Cattle Auction May 7, 2013 Lot 1: 725 lb heifers avg Lot 2: 765 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 765 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 755 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 825 lb heifers avg Lot 6: 775 lb steers avg Lot 7: 845 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads)

Moseley Cattle Auction May 14, 2013 Lot 1: 665 lb heifers avg Lot 2: 750 lb steers avg Lot 3: 690 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 755 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 5: 750 lb steers avg Lot 6: 750 lb steers avg Lot 7: 885 lb steers avg

Northeast Georgia Livestock May 15, 2013

Lot 1: 650 lb Holstein steers avg (sort 4 loads) Lot 2: 775 lb Holstein steers avg (sort 8 loads) Lot 3: 800 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 825 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 825 lb heifers avg Lot 6: 675 lb steers avg Lot 7: 800 lb steers avg Lot 8: 800 lb steers avg Lot 9: 875 lb steers avg

$117.25 $117.10 $117.70 $117.50 $115.80 $125.30 $121.25 $123.60 $130.30 $124.30 $117.30 $129.40 $128.60 $117.90


$99.00 $104.75 $110.90 $112.40 $138.60 $120.60 $123.20 $112.60


Moseley Cattle Auction May 21, 2013 Lot 1: 710 lb heifers avg Lot 2: 740 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 740 lb heifers avg

Northeast Georgia Livestock May 22, 2013 Lot 1: 575 lb Holstein steers avg $103.00 Lot 2: 625 lb Holstein steers avg $100.40 Lot 3: 750 lb Holstein steers avg $96.50 Lot 4: 850 lb Holstein steers avg $96.25 Lot 5: 775 lb heifers avg $116.30 Lot 6: 850 lb steers avg $120.70 Lot 7: 875 lb steers avg $115.00 Lot 8: 850 lb steers avg $123.50 Lot 9: 900 lb steers avg $118.40 Moseley Cattle Auction May 28, 2013 Lot 1: 620 lb steers avg Lot 2: 735 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 865 lb steers avg Calhoun HERD Sale May 29, 2013

68 heifers avg 1 herd bull avg Ted Dyer Memorial Fund Total: Buyers from AL, GA and TN

$138.00 $117.50 $118.60 $1,820 $2,500 $1,625 $127,885

Moseley Cattle Auction June 4, 2013 Lot 1: 710 lb heifers avg Lot 2: 800 lb steers avg Lot 3: 710 lb steers avg Lot 4: 740 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 5: 760 lb steers avg Lot 6: 775 lb steers avg

$120.75 $124.00 $136.10 $122.30 $128.00 $130.30

Southeast Livestock Exchange June 4, 2013 1 Load 625 lb steers avg $135.00 1 Load 735 lb steers avg $129.70 1 Load 615 lb heifers avg $128.50 1 Load 825 lb steers avg $123.90 1 Load 735 lb heifers avg $121.00 1 Load 775 lb heifers avg $119.10 1 Load 840 lb steers avg $118.20 3 Loads 800 lb steers avg $123.70 1 Load 865 lb steers avg $124.60 1 Load 900 lb steers avg $121.40 1 Load 850 lb heifers avg $115.30 1 Load 740 lb Holstein steers avg $93.85


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• 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.


$121.10 $117.50 $117.60

Northeast Georgia Livestock May 29, 2013 Lot 1: 850 lb Holstein steers avg $96.35 Lot 2: 800 lb heifers avg $116.90 Lot 3: 825 lb heifers avg $116.90 Lot 4: 875 lb steers avg $121.75

• 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.

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Pregnancy check heifers 45 to 60 days after the end of the breeding season. Sell open heifers now. Brand or otherwise establish permanent IDs for bred heifers.

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

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

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

 Senepol Cattle 

Heat tolerant • Red & Black • Easy Calving Milk • Great Crosses • Good Udders • Gentle Disease Resistance • Polled • No Brahman George Fiveash Bobby Griffin Roy Lee Strickland

229-563-5380 — South GA 478-230-0422 — Middle GA 770-459-5997 — North GA



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Frank Malcolm, CLU & Lin Malcolm



P.O. BOX 908 Canton, NC 28716

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

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

Evans Hooks 79 Highway 57 East Swainsboro, GA 30401 770-316-9611


TEL-O SALE 2013 CALENDAR • Tuesdays at 10 A.M.  July 9 *

 Oct. 1

 Aug. 6 *

 Dec. 3

 July 23 *  Sept. 3

 Nov. 5

* July 9 sale includes the Mountain Cattle Alliance and the Southeast Georgia Cattle Marketing Association * July 23 includes Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Special Sale * Aug. 6 sale includes Mountain Cattle Alliance

PROUD SUPPORTERS OF NCBA AND STATE ORGANIZATIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WNC Regional Livestock Center 474 Stock Drive Canton, NC 28716 828-646-3700

Weekly sales each Monday at 12 p.m. Cattle received Sundays 1-7 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7 a.m.

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R E A D E R August 5, 2013 Georgia Safe Sale Moseley Cattle Auction 229-723-7070 [See advertisement, p. 2]

August 6, 2013 July 1, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Entry deadline for Georgia Limousin Association Field Day Tel-O Sale including Mountain Cattle Alliance 229-567-1584 [See advertisement, p. 62] [See June, p. 31]

S E R V I C E S August 29, 2013 Athens Stockyard Preconditioned Sale Athens, Tenn. 423-745-3582 [See advertisement, p. 47]

September 3, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 62]

August 8 - 9, 2013 September 5, 2013 July 9, 2013 GCA Region Roundup Southeast Livestock Exchange Deep South Stocker Conference Athens and Watkinsville, Ga. Lyons, Ga. • 478-474-6560 Tel-O Sale including Mountain 1-800-ASK-UGA1 [See advertisement, p. 7] Cattle Alliance and Southeast [See advertisement, p. 28] Georgia Cattle Marketing September 11, 2013 Association August 8, 2013 Red Carpet Tele-Auction [See advertisement, p. 62] Athens Stockyard Northwest Georgia Livestock Preconditioned Sale Pavilion July 11 - 13, 2013 Athens, Tenn. 423-605-0561 Georgia Junior Beef Futurity 423-745-3582 [See advertisement, p. 47] Perry, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 47] September 12, 2013 July 11, 2013 August 9, 2013 GCA Region Roundup GJCA Field Day Entry deadline for 2013 Heart of Perry, Ga. • 478-474-6560 Perry, Ga. Georgia Beef Cattle Show [See advertisement, p. 7] [See advertisement, p. 67] Dublin, Ga. 478-290-0936 September 12 - 22, 2013 July 19 - 20, 2013 Gwinnett County Fair Georgia Limousin Association August 9 - 10, 2013 Lawrenceville, Ga. Meeting and Field Day Georgia Young Farmers 770-963-6522 229-567-1584 Livestock Show [See June, p. 31] Perry, Ga. September 14, 2013 229-386-3428 Georgia Angus Association July 19, 2013 Fall Seminar Entry deadline for Georgia August 13, 2013 Tifton, Ga. Young Farmers Livestock Show GCA Region Roundup Calhoun, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 42] 478-474-6560 July 23, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 7] September 16, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Southeast Empire Angus Show Tel-O Sale including Coastal August 16 - 17, 2013 Lawrenceville, Ga. Carolina Cattle Alliance Special Auburn University All-Star Beef Sale Conference September 19, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 62] Auburn, Ala. Athens Stockyard 334-844-1521 Feeder Calf Sale July 24, 2013 Athens, Tenn. All American Beef Battalion Jackson County Florida 423-745-3582 Steak Dinner 1st Annual [See advertisement, p. 47] Fort Benning, Ga. Championship Rodeo 770-355-2166 Marianna, Fla. September 25 – 26, 2013 850-482-9620 Georgia Southern University July 25, 2013 International Agribusiness Athens Stockyard August 17, 2013 Conference & Expo Feeder Calf Sale Southern Showcase Savannah, Ga. Athens, Tenn. Simmental Sale 1-855-478-5551 423-745-3582 Rome, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 25] [See advertisement, p. 47] 770-547-1433 October 1, 2013 July 26 - 28, 2013 August 20, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Georgia Cattlemen’s Association GCA Region Roundup Tel-O Sale 3rd Annual Summer Conference Athens, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 62] Pine Mountain, Ga. 478-474-6560 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 7] October 3 - 13, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 20] Georgia National Fair • Perry, Ga. August 24, 2013 August 1, 2013 2013 Heart of Georgia October 5, 2013 Alabama Safe Sale Beef Cattle Show Sarratt Farms Sale • Gaffney, SC Moseley Cattle Auction Dublin, Ga. 229-723-7070 478-290-0936 October 12, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 2] Gretsch Brothers Angus August 27, 2013 Genetics with a Great August 5-9, 2013 GCA Region Roundup Foundation Beef Cattle Reproduction Moultrie, Ga. 1st Annual Female Sale Management School with AI 4780474-6560 Colbert, Ga. Deer Park, Fla. [See advertisement, p. 7] 706-340-0945 407-948-8810

October 15 - 17, 2013 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga.

October 17, 2013 Athens Stockyard Preconditioned Sale Athens, Tenn. 423-745-3582 [See advertisement, p. 47]

October 18, 2013 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Sale Woodbury, Ga. 706-977-9222 October 19, 2013 Walden Farms Bull Sale

Northeast Georgia Livestock Consignment Equipment Sale Athens, Ga. 706-549-4790 [See advertisement, p. 72]

Sayer & Sons LimFlex and Limousin Herd Reduction Sale Alapaha, Ga.

October 28, 2013 Hill-Vue Farm Angus & Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. October 30, 2013 Fink Beef Genetics Annual Bull Sale Randolph, Kan. 785-532-9936 November 1, 2013 Bull Power IX Colbert, Ga. 706-474-0091

November 2, 2013 Pigeon Mountain “Beef Builders” Bull Sale Rome, Ga. 770-547-1433 Yon Family Farms Fall Bull & Female Sale Ridge Spring, SC. 803-685-5048

November 5, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 62] November 8 - 9, 2013 Grandview/CMR Herefords Dispersal Sale Como, Miss. 904-613-4261 November 14, 2013 Athens Stockyard Feeder Calf Sale Athens, Tenn. 423-745-3582 [See advertisement, p. 47]

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Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association

Phone 706-654-6071

Billy Moss, Secretary/Treasurer


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

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


Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223


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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:



Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Another Year Down

By Gibson Priest, GJCA chapter relations officer

The 2013 to 2014 show season gets underway this month, with the Georgia Beef Futurity kicking off in just a few days. However, for many of us who donned cap and gown this year, our days in the show ring in Georgia have come to an end. Let’s recap. Several hundred young agriculturists from across the state with their prize livestock in tow gather in Perry, Ga., at least three times a year for livestock shows. After thousands of hours over a period of months, feeding, grooming and preparing show animals to compete at our annual events, 4-Hers and FFA students come together in one location. Keep in mind these students not only take care of their livestock, they also compete in a number of other extracurricular activities. I have shown 26 beef heifers and steers, nine market goats, two market hogs, one breeding ewe and two market lambs. Not only have I retained the heifers and goats, I’ve learned life lessons, made memories and many lifelong friends across Georgia and the United States. These livestock shows instill friendships and industry contacts that help us as youth exhibitors promote agriculture. Whether you have been showing for years as I have or are new to the show ring, or are involved in Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association for reasons other than showing, I want to encourage you all to stay involved and help continue your support to this awesome program in Georgia. I want to encourage you to lead by example: • L stands for LISTEN: Be sure to listen to your parents, advisors and even those who have a different opinion. We must listen in order to learn. • E stands for ENCOURAGE: Encourage younger juniors to get involved in a livestock program. • A stands for ACCEPT: Accept responsibility for your animals and acknowledge the fact that this 66 July 2013

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project is both challenging and rewarding. • D stands for DEPENDABILITY and DEDICATION: Both dependability and dedication are positive attributes we all should strive for. Remember, our livestock projects totally depend on us to care for them. Dependability and dedication are both admirable life lessons. • E stands for EXAMPLE: Be a positive example for all your peers and fellow exhibitors and remember that someone is always watching you as a role model. • R stands for RESPECT: Respect yourself and most of all others around you and your surroundings. Show respect by thanking someone for his kindness, such as helping in the show ring or unloading your trailer. Remember in order to earn respect from others you must show respect yourself. I encourage you to all get involved. We have two outstanding opportunities this month for juniors to have fun and learn about the beef industry — Field Day is July 11 in Perry. In addition to games and hanging out with friends, this year’s Field Day will feature three awesome sessions: Judging Reasons 101, Cooking Beef with the Stars and Dress for Success. Just a few short weeks later, we’ll be off to Callaway Gardens for Summer Conference. GJCA members will get to tour the famous butterfly center, go on an aquatic adventure at the lake and participate in all the other events going on in Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. As for me and many other GJCA members, it’s off to college in the fall. We’ll be finding new ways to LEAD others to agriculture and all it has to offer. Enjoy your summer and please keep us seniors in your prayers as we embark on new ways to spread the word about agriculture in and around Georgia! 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.


Chairwoman Callie Akins

Convention/Summer Conference Coordinator Jordan Harrison Field Day Coordinator Merritt Daniels Chapter Relations Gibson Priest

Chapter Relations Walt Lipham Chapter Relations Ben Hicks

Youth Activities Advisor Dallas Duncan (478) 474-6560 GET CONNECTED ON FACEBOOK -


Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423

Lazy S Farm

JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental


Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

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

Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6424 •

770-253-7099 770-253-1468

Registered Red Angus Since 1965

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

GEORGIA BRAHMAN BREEDERS R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968


Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

(352) 585-1732

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

PO BOX 703 • SAN ANTONIO, FL 33576

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


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



Yearling & Service Age


ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280

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

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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



A cheese topped filet is the perfect main course of a delicious beef and vegetable dinner. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Next Month: ANGUS FEATURE AgriLabs ..............................................................19 Athens Stockyard 423-745-3582 ................................................47 Beef Checkoff 877-444-BEEF................................................59 Blitch Place Farms 912-682-8330..................................................60 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ..................................................60 Calhoun Stockyard 706-629-1900..................................................46 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383..................................................60 Clements’ Livestock Services 770-725-0348..................................................60 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 Deep South Stocker Conference 800-ASK-UGA1 ............................................28 Duvall Livestock Market, LLC 706-453-7368..................................................46 Eastanollee Livestock Market, Inc. 706-779-5944..................................................57 Eblen Electronics 478-862-9848..................................................61 Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 910-298-3012 ..................................................40 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ..........71 Farmland for Sale (Hart County) 706-654-8272 ................................................60 Flint River Mills 800-841-8502..................................................36 Fuller Supply Company ................................32 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ................................60 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..........................................42, 43 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders ........................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders ............................69 Georgia Brangus Breeders ..............................31 GCA Summer Conference 2013 478-474-6560 ..........................................20, 21 GCA Region Roundups 478-474-6560....................................................7

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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

Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ................................................26 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655 ................................................28 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ............................69 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..................................................27 GJCA Field Day 478-474-6560 ................................................67 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ................................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ............26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423 ................................................69 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..................................................69 Georgia Simmental Association 706-654-6071 ..................................................65 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071..................................................64 Graham Land and Cattle Co. 830-672-6504..................................................33 Gregory Feedlots 712-370-2205 ..................................................48 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..................................................61 Hodge Livestock Network 423-623-7483 ................................................48 Int’l Agribusiness Conference & Expo 1-855-478-5551 ..............................................25 Johnston Seed Company 877-736-2410 ....................................................5 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..................................................60 Livestock Marketing Association 1-800-821-2048 ..............................................45 Malcolm Financial Group 1-800-884-4820 ............................................62 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349..................................................60 Mid-Georgia Livestock Market 770-775-7314 ..................................................52 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..................................................60 Moseley Cattle Auction 229-723-7070 ....................................................2 Northeast Georgia Livestock 706-549-4790 ................................................72 Pasture for Rent (Arcade, Ga.) 404-367-6262 ................................................60

Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024 ............................................64 Priefert Ranch Equipment 800-527-8616 ..................................................32 Ragan & Massey 800-264-5281 ....................................................3 Red Carpet Sale Barn 423-605-0561..................................................47 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..................................................60 R.M. Braswell Jr. Cattle Co., Inc 706-543-1045..................................................48 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794 ..............................................61 Senepol Cattle ..................................................61 Sexing Technologies 936-870-3960..................................................37 SmartVet 1-800-542-8916 ..............................................17 Southeast AGNet Radio ................................62 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..................................................60 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ................................................62 StrayHorn Hauling 706-344-7303 ..................................................61 Swainsboro Stockyard 478-237-3201 ..................................................56 Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative ......................................................49 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149..................................................60 Turner County Stockyard 229-567-3371 ..................................................53 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ..................................................61 Yancey Brothers 770-941-2300..................................................60

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1200 Winterville Road Athens, Ga 30605 Ph: 706.549.4790 Fax: 706.549.1701 Manager: Todd Stephens

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 Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

** Customer Appreciation Day will be Dec. 18, 2013 ** CafĂŠ Open Serving Breakfast and Lunch

Regular sale every Wednesday @ Noon

Video sale every Wednesday @ 2 pm Commission $12.00 per head

Video sale representatives

Todd Stephens: 770-601-6286 Georgia, SC, Tennessee & Alabama Ross Strickland: 770.547.3644 Northwest Ga

r Available e t a W d n a d e e F d work We also haul an cattle

Mark hart: 706.498.2769 Northeast Ga & SC

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