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Volume 41 / Number 6 / June 2013


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





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Donate to the Office Remodel Fund Today! Meet GBB's 2012 Beef Month Promotion Winner HSUS/UEP Agreement Kept Out of Senate Farm Bill FUELS Act Passes Senate 3rd Annual Summer Conference Schedule and Registration 52nd Annual Convention GCWA Award Winners 2013 - 2014 GCA Committees Georgia Bull Evaluation Programs by Patsie Cannon 2013 Summer Intern Announced Promotion Investment Working Group Update by Josh White Georgia Beef Month: Retro Rad Georgia Beef Tour 52nd Annual Convention Award Winners 52nd Annual Convention GJCA Award Winners Integrated Movement by Dallas Duncan 52nd Annual Convention Highlights 52nd Annual Convention Award Winners/Beef Board Winners ADUFA Reauthorization Comes Before House Committee 2013 Legislative Conference a Success by Dallas Duncan

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New Members In My Opinion by Chris Taylor GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Dallas Duncan Associate Members The Faces of the Cattle Business by Baxter Black Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of June Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index


Industry news

Reader services

 Expert advice

42 Fire Ants in Georgia Pastures and Hayfields by Will Hudson


Member Since 2000

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GCA President’s Report by David Gazda GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Nanette Bryan Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Merritt Daniels


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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 June 2013 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features the All-American Cheeseburger, a recipe created for Georgia Beef Month by Next Food Network Star chef Emily Ellyn. Ellyn was the face of Georgia Beef Board's Retro Rad Georgia Tour de Beef in April, during which GBB traveled to four burger restaurants in four cities and learned the tricks of the trade to making these awardwinning creations. To see the cheeseburger recipe and the tips on how to make the Retro Rad Tour burgers in your own home, turn to the Beef Month feature on p. 33.

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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In case you couldn’t tell by the magazine cover, June is Beef Month in Georgia, as declared by Gov. Nathan Deal during a special proclamation signing at the state capitol on May 21. Many promotional items are available from the Georgia Beef Board to local chapters for events, most which are free of charge. Contact Suzanne Black, GBB director of industry information and public relations, or refer to page 26 of the May magazine for further details. Do your part in promoting beef as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle!

One way you can do this is help fund an “Extreme Home Makeover” for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association office. A primary goal of the project is to construct a stateof-the-art Beef Culinary Center, where staff can produce educational videos, social media campaigns and other informational materials for use by culinary teachers, nutritionists, media and more. The building remodel project kicked off at Convention in April. Since opening nearly a quarter century ago the building in Macon, Ga., has served its members well. The kitchen area is used frequently by staff and volunteers to prepare food for meetings and events held both in and outside GCA headquarters. As futuristic as the kitchen design may have been nearly 25 years ago, today it is sim6 June 2013

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ply too small and its appliances too outdated to be efficient. Office staff met earlier this spring with the original contractor to discuss renovations to expand and upgrade the kitchen area. Estimated costs for this renovation project are $60,000. These improvements will not only allow for a more efficient food preparation area, but also include other small renovations to the building that will improve work areas and expand storage capabilities. Approximately $15,000 of the estimated amount required for this project has been raised so far through the recent New Holland raffle, local chapters donating and individual donations. A special thanks to the Jackson and Piedmont chapters for their $1,000 donations to the fund and for issuing a challenge to other local chapters to follow their lead! There are three recognition levels for donations to the building fund: Individual: A donation of $250 or more will be recognized on a plaque in the building foyer and a donation of $1,000 or more will get an authentic replica of your outfit’s brand hung in the boardroom

Corporate/Association: Donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a plaque, including company or association logo, in the boardroom Chapter: The chapter that raises the most money for the building fundraiser will have the Beef Culinary Center named in its honor Regardless of how large or small one’s donation may be, ALL contributors will be recognized in the Georgia Cattleman magazine. The Gazda family accepted the Jackson and Piedmont chapters’ contribution challenge for $1,000 — I hope your family will do the same! I also hope your family will make plans to attend GCA’s Summer Conference this year, held July 26 through 28 at Callaway Gardens. This casual event promises to be both fun and informative, and a great opportunity to interact with other GCA members and staff. Look on pages 20 and 21 in this issue or contact the office for more information on registration and specific events. I look forward to visiting with you at the conference and other industry events this summer, and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you and your chapter in any way! GC

Help GCA Help YOU! Donate to the Office Remodel Fund Today! The Goal:

Raise $60,000 to build a commercial-grade Beef Culinary Center, create more efficient use of workspace in the office and design a more inviting lobby area

Why Remodel:

The office has been Georgia Cattlemen's Association and Georgia Beef Board's home for 25 years, but as the needs of membership have grown, so have the needs of the office!

What’s in it for You:

In addition to having access to more resources and a homier office to be proud of, GCA has some rewards for those who donate. Everyone who wishes to be recognized will have their name in the magazine. Plus, the Beef Culinary Center will be named for the chapter that donates the most money; the top 10 donating chapters will receive special recognition in the magazine; any individual donating $250 or more will have their name on a permanent

plaque at the office; and any individual donating $1,000 or more will have a brand added to the board room.

Call 478-474-6560 to donate today!

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

Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen's Association staff thoroughly enjoyed seeing junior members and recruiting new ones at the 2013 state FFA Convention in April. Thousands of FFA members from around the state came to Macon, Ga., on April 25, and many stopped by the booth. GBB did a drawing for a beef jerky bouquet, won by Samantha Seckinger, and shared beef information and freebies with those who stopped by.


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal passed a state budget in early May and included language Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Milk Producers were beyond excited about. Two Extension positions the associations had been pushing for during the legislative session have been funded! The actual language of the budget reads, “Provide funding for scientists specializing in the areas of ... dairy heat stress and the Ted G. Dyer Beef Cattle Animal Scientist position at the Calhoun Extension Bull Test Station.”

Left to right: Dr. Dennis Hancock, GCA past president Steve Blackburn, NZ Trade & Enterprise Rep. James Wilde and Chris Chammoun with GA Center for Innovation for Agribusiness.


As you’ll see on p. 33 of this issue, the Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen's Association staff truly had a rad time with Emily Ellyn, the retro rad chef finalist from the 2012 season of Next Food Network Star. Ellyn and GCA Director of Communications Dallas Duncan traveled to four cities tasting eight burgers from award-winning restaurants for this inaugural Tour de Beef. They had media coverage in two cities, handed out recipes and beef goodies and got the opportunity to sit down and talk about beef with consumers. For additional coverage of the event, please see the blog posts at



UGA Beef Team members wrapped up a successful semester at the end of April. The nine team members – Isis Blanco Vera, Alli Reid, Jenna Lacey, Jennifer Schaffer, Morgan Mather, Philip Brooke, Kaitlyn Chandler, Lauren Cobb and Stephanie Denham – worked two shifts each week during April at the Kroger on College Station Road in Athens, Ga. They handed out dozens of recipe brochures, sampled a variety of beef cuts for consumers and got to have hands-on experience representing the beef industry. UGA Beef Team is funded by the Beef Checkoff and is done every spring semester. Pictured: UGA Beef Team members Isis Blanco Vera, left, and Morgan Mather, right, help chef Emily Ellyn talk to consumers about beef during the Retro Rad tour in April. 8 June 2013

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Georgia agriculturalists wished “g’day” to a group of New Zealanders in early May. The group included representatives from nine agritech companies, including Aldera, Z Tags, Baker No Tillage and Tru-Test Group. They came to Georgia to view new market and production technology opportunities, but the visit included forage talks and a trip to the dairy farm owned by fellow New Zealander Richard Watson in Girard, Ga. Georgia Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Josh White got the opportunity to participate in the trip. “New Zealand has a huge forage-based livestock system, and they’ve long exported associated technology to the US,” he says. “Many of these New Zealand-based companies are looking for a base of operations in the US to operate from and we want them coming to Georgia. We feel like we have the ideal situation for them to locate in Georgia.”


Executive Vice President’s Report


More Beef On More Plates More Often


t’s the time of year when the weather warms up, folks start firing up the grill and Georgia celebrates Beef Month. I hope you are helping promote beef and the cattle industry in your community every month, but especially in June. We’ve got a fantastic product – here are a few points I like to share when visiting with consumers: • Beef is nature’s most tasty multivitamin! A 3-ounce serving of beef provides 10 percent or more of 10 essential vitamins and nutrients while representing less than 10 percent of the calories in your daily diet. Nutritionists call that a “nutrient rich food” – I call it delicious! • The US is home to 7 percent of the world’s beef cattle, yet because of the high quality genetics and efficient production system we use, our farmers and ranchers produce 20 percent of the world’s beef. • Cattle are amazing in their ability to convert lowquality forage and roughages into high-quality beef. Many consumers listen to media rhetoric and have the perception that when calves are born farmers start shoveling corn into them. When I tell them that we feed almost no corn to cattle in Georgia, they are very curious. Then I share that cattle in Georgia are almost exclusively fed forages and tell them how we use byproducts such as cotton gin waste, soybean hulls, peanut hulls, cottonseed hulls, corn stalks and ethanol byproducts to supplement cattle diets. • Cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to continuous improvement. A recent Washington State University study by Jude Capper, published in a 2011 issue of Journal of Animal Science, showed that between 1977 and 2007 US cattlemen reduced the carbon footprint of beef production by 16 percent. In fact, by improving our efficiency and breeding more productive cattle, we are now producing 13 percent more beef with 30 percent fewer animals than in 1977. • Beef production is a family affair! With all the talk of “big agriculture” in the media, consumers are also surprised when I share that 97 percent of cattle farms and ranches in the US are family-owned. Another unique characteristic of the beef cattle community is that 54 percent of farms and ranches have been in continuous family ownership for three or more generations, almost unheard of for any business category in the 21st century. • A comment consumers often make at beef promotion events is that their doctor told them to stop eating red meat for various reasons, usually in relation to cholesterol or heart problems. Fortunately, we have some exciting Beef Checkoff-funded research to


share with them that shows beef can be part of a heart healthy diet. You’ve probably already heard of the study — Beef in an Optimum Lean Diet, or BOLD — which showed that eating three to four ounces of lean beef as part of a heart healthy diet lowered cholesterol just as much as a similar diet without beef. Another news release you may have seen in the May Georgia Cattleman reported the American Heart Association designated three more lean beef cuts as “certified heart healthy.” This brings the total number of AHA designated heart healthy beef choices to six. The fact is, beef can be a valuable part of a heart healthy diet. • Consumers have plenty of questions about whether growing cattle is a sustainable practice. The short answer is yes! Seventy to 80 percent of the land grazed by cattle in the US is not suitable for crop production. Grazing is a productive use of marginal quality land. Numerous studies show that planned grazing strategies actually improve soil characteristics in a variety of climates. To take it a step further, get on your computer and search YouTube for a TED talk by Allan Savory. An African ecologist and biologist, Savory believes that grazing livestock may be the only hope for worldwide improvement in our climate and a real game-changer for third-world living conditions. The best information you can share is not the facts and ideas I’ve just listed, though they may prove helpful. What consumers really want to hear from you is what you do on your farm! They’ve heard just about all they can stand from TV “doctors” and Ivy League journalists. They want to hear from the men and women with stuff on their boots that take care of cattle day in and day out. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board can help prepare you for the questions that will come your way if you step up to engage consumers. What the cattle industry needs now more than ever are individuals who will answer the challenge and visit with consumers. You’ve probably blown your New Year’s resolution by now. I challenge you to make a Beef Month resolution and take a step toward personally engaging consumers about the cattle industry. We can help you on your journey. A great resource to get you started is the Beef Checkoff resource landing page, This site has links to the Masters of Beef Advocacy program as well as a great site for answering consumer questions, Explore Beef. From getting you comfortable talking about beef and cattle production to providing the venue for you to visit with consumers — we’re just a phone call or email away. Let us know how we can help you make this June a Beef Month to remember. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

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

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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 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...............D.J. Bradshaw / 478-957-5208 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

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George Allen, Hull Charles C. Bailey, Bainbridge Lana Ball, Sandy Springs Mike Ballew, Chatsworth Roy Barnes, Marietta David A. Barr, LaGrange Peter Batty, Key West, Fla. Scott Blymire, Alamo Donald Bozeman, Sumner Ray A. Bryant Jr., Gray Harold Burrus, Cumming Judy Callahan, Chickamauga Robby Cantrell, Ellijay April Cawthon, Rockmart Billy D. Clark Jr., Elberton Jeffery L. Clark, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Caroline Coarsey, Tifton Eddie Cook, Climax Robert Couey, Dublin John Crouch, Tignall Danny Dunn, Crandall Maggie Dunn, Crandall

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T. Gene Edwards, Ringgold Ed Fernandez Jr., Pine Mountain Larry Garner, Chickamauga Georgia Metals Inc., Danielsville Glen's Royal Barnhart, Waynesboro Bill Gowin, LaFayette Wendell Graham, Eastman Travis Griffin, Metter Rudy Hancock, Nashville Todd Harris, Lizella John T. Helms Jr., Cordele Cade Houston, Surrency Gary Hulsey, Cornelia Dave Hutchinson, Macon Fred Jarrell, Butler Jackson Johnson, Cordele Kent Kingsley, Milner Nathan Lawrence, Temple David I. Lee, Hoboken Jerry Long, Ellijay Hamish Lusty, Thomson Bruce Martin, East Dublin

Terry Meadows, Monroe Ron Mitchell, Columbus, Miss. Britney Paulak, Rydal Chris Perry, Dublin James Pritchard III, Duluth Benjamin Pruett, McDonough Richard A. Pullum, Washington Joey Roberts, Bowman Robinson Farms, Tignall Jeff Searcy, Key West, Fla. John Norman Segars, Homer Sammie Simmons, Reynolds Brenda Speed, Clarkesville Dennis Steed, Carrollton Chad Stewart, Talking Rock Mike Tankersley, Appling Dr. George C. Temples, Mauk Elwyn Tomlinson, Atlanta Aubrey R. Thompson, Sparta Cannon Warnock, Dublin James & Amy Watts, Statham





Share what Georgia Beef Month means to your chapter. ANSWER: Our chapter really sees it as the cornerstone of our promotional activities for the year as well as a chance to thank our membership. We schedule quarterly events to get the word out about beef including donations to local charities, participation in school programs and the county fair. In June, we try to do something every weekend culminating in a free steak dinner for members and their spouses. And this year, we will be holding our first mini trade show for our members.

Polk County Cattlemen's Association 2012 Outstanding Beef Month Chapter Promotion Winner Questions addressed by Laura and Glenn Robinson

and other goodies. Our annual membership appreciation steak dinner is June 25.


What is the most pertinent issue facing beef promotion in Georgia today? ANSWER: Ensuring that consumers know that beef is an excellent, healthy and low fat way to enjoy quality protein. The increasing prices of premium cuts makes it imperative that we offer ways of using less expensive cuts by providing recipes and cooking tips.


Give us some tips and tricks to implementing and Q What are some of the executing an outstanding beef promotion event. activities your chapter has ANSWER: First, start early. We planned for 2013 Beef Month? work closely with our two locally ANSWER: We brought two owned sponsor grocery stores all heifers to Farm Day sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau. Here, we year. We coordinate the talked about and answered questions promotional dates with them early about beef cattle for 634 first graders so they can arrange for additional and their teachers. We will kick off deliveries of beef, come up with special deals for consumers and add Beef Month by presenting a our event to their weekly certificate to a local food bank to advertisements. We also send the buy beef at a local grocery store. information to the county June 1 and 15 will be our visits to grocery stores in our county where newspapers and radio stations and put out large banners by June 1 at we will pass out information, balloons, certificates for buying beef each end of the county.

POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERS promoting beef during a June 2012 grocery store event.

Quick Facts

• The Polk County chapter was founded in 1972. • There are 107 Georgia Cattlemen's members in the chapter and about 10 who are local members only. • Polk County Cattlemen’s Association meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, rotating meetings around the county to encourage as many attendees as possible.

Next, be organized. Planning begins in April with setting the dates, then talking about it at our general meeting. Balloons, candy (Crabby Patties, which are gummy treats that look like burgers) and helium are ordered in early May. A volunteer sheet will be out at the May meeting so our members can volunteer for two-hour store shifts. We set up early with signs – in both English and Spanish – and a decorated table. We hold raffles every half-hour to give away beef certificates. Both stores match our gift amounts and are true partners in the promotion. Finally, we give clear instructions to all volunteers as to what is needed from them. When everyone gets to the store -- wearing beef aprons, hats or t-shirts -- we just have fun greeting customers and promoting beef. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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HSUS/UEP Agreement Kept Out of Senate Farm Bill N C B A




After announcing in early May that it planned to include language in the draft farm bill legislation that would codify an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers to seek federally mandated production practices for the egg industry, the Senate Agriculture Committee decided to not include the proposal in the farm bill set for markup on May 14. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stated it would oppose the farm bill should the HSUS and UEP agreement be included in the legislation. NCBA reached out to its membership and cattle producers across the country to make them aware of the proposal. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says cattlemen and women made their voices heard loud and clear that they, not the federal government, are the ones who know how to best raise their animals. “NCBA is pleased that the Senate Agriculture Committee decided to not include the HSUS/UEP legislation in the farm bill,” Woodall says. “This proposal would have been devastating to all of agriculture. Allowing the

federal government to mandate on-farm production practices and basically telling farmers and ranchers how to do their jobs ... is unacceptable.” House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has said that his shop would do its markup on May 15. The HSUS and UEP proposal could be debated as an amendment to the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill. Woodall added that NCBA sees the removal of the language from the farm bill as a short-term victory, but there is the possibility of other senators bringing the legislation up as an amendment either during the markup or when the bill goes to the floor. “We do expect this issue to still come up. This is not the end of it, and this is still very much a real threat to all of us in livestock production,” he says. “If we allow this agreement to move forward and be passed into law, it will be the first time that Congress has ever dictated a production practice for animal agriculture. Congress has never told us how to lay that egg or produce that calf. This would change the dynamic of that drastically.” GC

The Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition praised the introduction of legislation that would assist in establishing a stable workforce that can help sustain the rural communities where farmers, ranchers and food manufacturers grow and process the nation’s and world’s food supply. The Agricultural Guestworker Act, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., replaces the H-2A program with a guestworker program. The new program, known as H-2C, modernizes and streamlines the agricultural guestworker program and would be administered by the US Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that understands the unique needs of America’s food manufacturers and farm and ranch operations. “The introduction of this legislation, and the bill introduced in the Senate, are important first steps in the immigration reform process, which will be a dynamic debate featuring many proposals to reform our flawed immigration process,” the coalition says. “We commend Chairman Goodlatte, and we look forward to working on a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.” The existing temporary programs for general labor skilled workers are for seasonal labor only. Under the Agricultural Guestworker Act, the H-2C program would offer workers and employers more choices in their employment arrangements, creating more flexibility and making it easier for workers to move freely throughout the marketplace to meet demands. This new program will support food manufacturers, cattle operations, dairies, hog

and poultry farms and other year-round agricultural employers. “An effective occupational visa system may be the most important barrier to illegal immigration,” the coalition says. “The right visa system with the right screening tools will in effect be a ‘virtual border.’ The Agricultural Guestworker Act and the creation of the H-2C program would serve the diverse interests of the agriculture and food manufacturing industries and will boost the modern agriculture labor market.” Since not all agriculture jobs are the same or require the same level of skill and experience, the H-2C program would give employers the opportunity to invest their time in training workers for jobs by allowing them an initial stay of 36 months. Workers would then be required to leave for up to three months. After the period of leave, each H-2C visa holder would only be required to leave once every 18 months. This would provide farm labor stability and would encourage illegal farm workers to identify themselves and participate in the H-2C program. GC

Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition Applauds Introduction of Agricultural Worker Bill House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte introduces legislation to create new guestworker program

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The Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition is composed of: California Poultry Federation, Georgia Poultry Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, North American Meat Association, The Poultry Federation (Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma), US Poultry & Egg Association and Virginia Poultry Federation


FUELS Act Passes Senate

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hailed the passage of the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship, or FUELS, Act — S. 496 — which passed by unanimous consent by the Senate as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act, which was considered by the Senate in late May. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by senators James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., revises the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure program enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. Spill control regulations call for agricultural operations to develop a plan if the farm has an above-ground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a buried oil storage capacity of 42,000 gallons. Under the FUELS Act, the burden of the spill control regulation is eased by raising exemption and selfcertified levels for on-farm fuel storage. The legislation exempts farms with a storage capacity of 6,000 gallons or fewer from having to develop a spill control plan. The legislation also allows more operations to selfcertify by raising the self-certify level to up to 20,000 gallons of fuels storage. Operations with more than 20,000 gallons will be required to have a Professional Engineer-certified spill plan. “While NCBA would have liked an exemption level of 10,000 gallons like the original language called for, ultimately the Senate-passed version of the FUELS Act will save many farmers and ranchers from expensive spill plans,” says NCBA Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. “NCBA will continue to work with the House to get the legislation passed in that chamber.” McDonald adds that the FUELS Act also excludes from calculation of aggregate above-ground fuel storage all tanks that have a capacity of 1,000 gallons or fewer and all tanks holding animal feed ingredients approved for livestock feed by the Food and Drug Administration, a provision very important to cattle producers. GC




Senators Tell EPA to Drop Clean Water Act Guidance

In an effort to prevent overreaching regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency on its interpretation of the Clean Water Act, 30 Republican senators sent a letter to the agency asking Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe to scrap its controversial CWA guidance. The proposed guidance would increase the number of waters, streams and wetlands under the jurisdiction of the CWA, which was enacted in 1972, has been stalled at the White House Office of Management and Budget for more than a year. The Obama administration is still deciding whether or not it wants to move forward with issuing the guidance. Republican members of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee such as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., are encouraging EPA to drop the guidance and subsequent rulemaking. “Leaving the guidance in place would further frustrate any potential rulemaking process,” they wrote in the letter. “Given the significance of redefining jurisdictional limits to impose CWA authority, a rulemaking process provides a greater opportunity for public input and greater regulatory certainty than a guidance document.” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald says the urging to not move forward with the CWA guidance is a positive step forward for farmers and ranchers who have already been overburdened by EPA regulations. “In this guidance, EPA has expanded the scope of the term ‘traditional navigable waters’ to cover any water body that can support waterborne recreational use, such as floating a canoe. That puts a huge burden on cattle producers, who would be required to obtain a permit for common, everyday activities like cleaning out a ditch,” said McDonald. “This guidance would amount to one of the largest-ever land-grabs by the federal government. It is also a severe infringement on Americans’ private property rights granted by the US Constitution. NCBA appreciates the efforts by these 30 senators in urging EPA to drop these nonsensical regulations which would negatively affect agricultural operations nationwide.” GC

See more timely NCBA news on page 57.

Legislative Watch

Animal Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization — Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and authorizes FDA to collect fees for certain animal drug applications. ADUFA is up for reauthorization every five years. 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. S. 895 — Antimicrobial Data Collection Act Would require a pilot program to look into new data sources on antibiotics used on food producing animals. The legislation would require the FDA to collect more data on antimicrobial drug use. NCBA urges a NO vote on and S. 895. Key Sponsors: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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In My Opinion


All That for a Dollar? By Chris Taylor GCA Legislative Committee Chairman

I stopped by my local sale barn the other day to pick up a check for cows I’d sold. As I came out the door there were two older gentlemen leaning on the hood of their truck, comparing their checks and discussing how some calves bring more than others of the same size. I asked if they thought the price was good for their calves and we struck up a conversation.

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reply was, “You mean they do all that for a dollar?” I replied they do, and on top of that, for every dollar we spend we get more than $5 in return. He said if I’d told him that to start with he’d know the government didn’t have anything to do with that dollar!!!

I’m afraid many people are like these gentlemen I met at the sale barn. They don’t know what the National Beef Checkoff is or what it’s used for. As many of you know, there has been legislation passed and the governor signed the law to create a referendum for a Georgia Beef Checkoff program. This would be an additional, voluntary $1-per-

head assessment that would be used to beef up the monies from the national checkoff and cover areas that federal law prohibits the national program from funding. In our case, that’s production research, but the state checkoff would be used for beef promotion and education, too. This new checkoff is a combined effort of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Livestock Markets Association and Georgia Milk Producers. With the economy still recovering and the Georgia Beef Board budget tens of thousands lower than it has been in the past, we feel it is important to have funding available to promote our industry. When the time comes for cattle producers around the state to vote on this important issue, I hope you’ll take time to get informed if you’re not already, and please take time to help inform your neighbors as to the facts of the checkoff. GC Chris Taylor lives in Baxley, Ga., and is a member of the Pineywoods Cattlemen’s Association. For more information on the Beef Checkoff and the upcoming state checkoff referendum, please call the GCA office at 478-474-6560. A state checkoff progress report can be found on page 32 of this issue.


One of the men asked, “What about yours, how’d they sell?” Now what that really means in south Georgia talk is, “hand me your check boy and let me compare it to ours.” I handed mine over and he made the comparison as to weight and prices. The conversation shifted to the selling fees and such charged by the stockyard. They thought it all seemed “mighty high.” We talked about overhead, insurance and the cost of being bonded and they sorta started to think the charges might not be so bad. Then he said, “I see here the darn government is still taking their part.” I leaned over and questioned what he was talking about. He then showed me the line on the check where the $1 per head was deducted. A little bit taken aback, I explained that was not at all the government, but the national Beef Checkoff! I was surprised he didn’t know what the Beef Checkoff was. We discussed the various ways that dollar was used. I told him about different programs such as beef promotions, consumer information tours and educational programs all funded by the $1 checkoff. When I finished, the gentleman’s

Congratulations to Michelle Towler of Thomson, Ga., a member of the Little River Cattlemen’s Association! Her picture of Italian-style beef meatballs was the winning entry in the June beef photo contest!

Keep an eye on the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Facebook page for the July photo of the month contest! You might want to have your patriotic pride ready to photograph!

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GJCA Member Elected to FFA State Officer Team Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association congratulates member Abbey Gretsch, 17, a junior from Athens Christian School, on being selected as a North Region vice president for the Georgia FFA Association. Gretsch is a member of the Oglethorpe County Cattlemen‘s Association. Many other junior members placed in competitions as well: Charlsy Anesetti, Discussion Meet CDE 1st place; Sam Bennett, Agriscience Research Animal Systems Proficiency 3rd place and Sheep Production Proficiency 2nd place; Dakota Grace Claxton, Livestock Record Books area 6 and state winner; Steven Cooper, Beef Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency 1st place; Daniel Dobbs, Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE junior 3rd place and Reporter Book middle 1st place; Lori and Kevin Edwards, Agriscience Fair - Animal Systems; Lori Edwards, Agriscience Research Animal Systems Proficiency 2nd place; William Gilbert, Agriscience Fair - Environmental Systems/Natural Resources; Abbey Gretsch, Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE 3rd place; Jordan Harrison, Beef Production Placement Proficiency 1st place; Chad Henning, Agricultural Communications Proficiency 3rd place; Stephanie Hilburn, Job

Interview CDE 1st place; Makayla Holmes, Creed Speaking CDE 2nd place and Livestock Evaluation CDE junior 1st place; Alan Ivey, Tractor and Machinery Operations and Maintenance CDE 2nd place; Kevin Jones, Star in Agricultural Placement, Agricultural Mechanics CDE 1st place, EMC Wiring CDE 1st place and Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Entrepreneurship 1st place; Mark Lents, Livestock Evaluation CDE senior 3rd place; Chantell Matthews, Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Proficiency Placement 1st place; Olivia Minish, Land Evaluation CDE senior 1st place, Treausurer Award high 3rd place and Agricultural Communications Proficiency 1st place; Samantha Neal, FFA Quiz CDE 1st place and Livestock Evaluation CDE senior 2nd place; Brandon Poole, Agricultural Communications CDE 2nd place and Agricultural Education Proficiency 1st place; Cole Roper, Poultry Production Proficiency 1st place; Ray Sanders, Agricultural Sales Placement Proficiency, 3rd place and Diversified Crop Production Placement Proficiency, 2nd place; Brooke Smith, Woodworking Fabrication CDE junior 2nd place; Blake Taylor, Forestry/Natural Resources Record Books area 2 winner; Garrett Whitworth, Goat Production Proficiency 1st place; and Will Woodard, Livestock Record Books area 2 winner


David Cromley, a member of the Ogeechee Cattlemen’s Association and a producer from Brooklet, Ga., proposed to girlfriend Jamie Samuels in early May. Cromley is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has participated in numerous Georgia Cattlemen’s Asso-ciation events and programs, including the Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast and the Emerging Leaders Conference. This year he is a member of the Legislative Committee.

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Mitchell County Juniors Win State

The Mitchell County 4-H livestock judging team won the state competition this spring and will go on to represent Georgia at the national contest in Louisville, Ky., later this year. Several members of the team are also members of Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association. In the picture, front row, are Shawnee Fenton, Lauryn Mayes, Merritt Daniels and Erin Burnett; back row is Austin Barnes, Mattison Barnes and Branson Beasley.


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Pachitla Cattlemen’s Association

The Pachitla chapter represented Georgia’s beef industry at the Randolph County 4-H Ag Adventure Day in Cuthbert, Ga., on April 26. Nine classes of fourth and fifth-grade students visited 10 exhibits representing different commodities, Cobb EMC and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Member Phil Moshell taught students how cattle take forages and byproducts that humans can't digest and turn them into valuable nutrients that we can use, such as zinc, iron and protein. He also got a chance to interact with students and answer their questions about beef cattle production.

Northeast Georgia BQA Field Day

The Oglethorpe and Elbert County associations partnered together to host a Northeast Georgia Beef Quality Assurance Field Day at Double Bridges Farm in Athens on April 13. About 20 people from the area were able to attend. They heard from Extension Agent Clay Talton, University of Georgia Veterinarian Dr. Lee Jones and others. After lunch, attendees went out to the barn and got hands-on experience working with beef cattle, learning how to put BQA principles into practice.


Mitchell County Cattlemen’s Association

The Mitchell County cattlemen hosted their annual steer and heifer show this spring. Grand Champion Steer was awarded to Blake Beasley and Grand Champion Heifer was awarded to Austin Barnes. Blaze Beasley was selected as the champion junior showman and Merritt Daniels the champion senior showman. A full list of results will be featured on the July Goin' Showin' page.

Floyd County Cattlemen’s Association

The Floyd County chapter held its annual Ladies’ Night Banquet on Nov. 19, 2012, at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome. In between awards, attendees were serenaded by Martha’s Finest, a local barbershop quartet. The Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to longtime cattle farmer Drew Vann and officers were elected, including new president Joe Rush. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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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! Sponsored by Merial

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 Sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health

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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; Production and Marketing Committee 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 state and national young farmer leaders as we gather young cattlemen for a grassroots feedback session on forming a Young Producers designation within GCA. Sponsored by Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation

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! Sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health

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 to make reservations and ask for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association meeting rate.

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CattleWomen’s Report

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Time’s a Changin’

By Nanette Bryan, president

I cannot believe it is June Barbara Jackson with us. Barbara already. Wow, how time flies! talked with us about getting involved Do you ever feel like things are with beef promotion, youth developchanging and there is nothing you ment and legislative issues affecting can do to stop it? Bill and I just cele- the cattle industry. As always we brated our 29th year of marriage. I ended the meeting with desserts and started thinking back on door prizes. This year’s when we first got married goal was to inspire volunand how many dreams we teers and I think we had, and I realized we did accomplished that. We had not dream big enough. It’s a several new members sign good thing God is in charge up at Convention and we because He has given us want to welcome each one more than we could have of you! ever asked for. Kayla just Friday night was a big graduated from high school night for the cattlewomen. and is getting ready to leave Peggy Bledsoe was named NANETTE BRYAN for college. Christy has a Cattlewoman of the Year. great job, but she lives in Moultrie, The Friend of the CattleWomen which is not close enough for me! award went to honor Jason And although times are changing, Chapman. Jason was an exceptional I am excited to see what the next 29 young man who was taken from us years have to hold. too soon. He worked with the Speaking of my family, we have CattleWomen’s Association on many had so much rain on our farm in the different occasions and we are going northwest corner of the state we can to miss him. He was a true friend of hardly move. I know we will be grate- the cattlewomen. We also had two ful in about July and August for all Hall of Fame inductees this year, this rain, but right now we cannot get Vivian Chambless and Connette into any of our fields and that is not Gayle. good when your hay is ready to be We selected three recipients for cut! Oh well — God is in control and our Cattle Drive for Hunger. For He knows what is best for us, so we those of you who do not know what will thank Him for the rain and all this is, each year at Convention we the wonderful hay we might be able provide snacks at our booth for anyto get up. one who wants something and we We had a great time at take donations for them. This Convention in April. If you were money goes into a fund to be used to there, we were glad to see you; if you provide beef to organizations that were not, we missed you. The cattle- feed the hungry in local communiwomen had some great workshops on ties. The groups awarded this year Friday. We started out with Melissa each got $250: God’s Market Place in Miller and Richelle Miller teaching us Washington, Ga., Macon Outreach about cuts of beef, what to look for in at Mulberry in Macon, Ga., and Area the store and how to prepare them. Churches Together Serving in Next came Cynthia Douglas and Bogart, Ga. We also once again had a Lynn Bagwell showing us how to go beautiful quilt made by our very into a classroom setting and tell our own Ruth Hice that we raffled off, story. We went home with some and the money raised from that went great ideas and a lot of information. into the Jason Chapman Summer Our social this year was especial- Intern Memorial Scholarship. As ly great because we had American you can see, Convention was a true National Cattlewomen’s President success! GC 22 June 2013

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President: Nanette Bryan 2830 E Armuchee Road Summerville, GA 30747 706-397-8219

President-Elect: Carolyn Gazda 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

Vice-President: Cynthia Douglas 5500 Barnesville Highway The Rock, GA 30285 706-647-9414 Secretary: Carla Payne P.O. Box 246 Calhoun, GA 30703 770-480-7004

Treasurer: Sara Akins 1177 S. Coffee Rd. Nashville, GA 31639 229-686-2771

Past President: Brenda Brookshire 6179 State Hwy 60 Suches, GA 30572 706-747-3693

Parlimentarian: Peggy Bledsoe

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Courtesy Linda Crumley

Recipe from Beefin' Up the Kitchen

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds lean ground beef, rolled into 1-inch balls 2 cans pineapple chunks drained (save juice) 1 cup reconstituted lemon juice 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 medium green bell peppers, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Brown meatballs in a large skillet and drain. Meanwhile, combine reserved pineapple juice (about one cup), lemon juice, sugar, soy sauce and ginger. 2. In a small cup, stir two tablespoons of real lemon mixture and cornstarch; set aside. 3. Add remaining real lemon mixture to the skillet. Cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. 4. Add pineapples and green peppers and allow to heat. Gradually stir in the cornstarch mixture; let it come to a boil and stir for one minute. Serve.

52nd Annual Convention -- GCWA Award Winners Friend of the CattleWomen

Jason Chapman was posthumously selected as the 2012 Friend of the CattleWomen for his dedication to serving the association members and the beef industry as a whole. Chapman graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor's and master's degrees and was a past summer intern for Georgia Cattlemen's Association and Georgia Beef Board. Even after his internship ended, Chapman attended and volunteered at numerous events for GCA, GBB and GCWA. He was an inspiration and instant friend to everyone he met. Chapman was from Washington, Ga. He passed away in a car accident in September 2012. Accepting the award are his sister, mother and grandmother.

Cattlewoman of the Year

The 2012 Cattlewoman of the Year is Peggy Bledsoe. Bledsoe was first introduced to GCWA when it was the CowBelles, back in 1965. As an employee of the University Extension Service in several counties, Bledsoe promoted beef through 4-H and adult classes. She played a vital role in the 1980s helping critique the Georgia Beef Cookoff recipes so they would be ready for publication. Bledsoe has always been there to guide and assist competitors in the Beef Ambassador contest, including offering her office to hold the contest, lining up a cooking event at the Georgia National Fair and serving as a judge on many occasions. Bledsoe served on the GCWA Board as the Extension liaison and parliamentarian. She helped create the association’s bylaws and has also served on the budget committee.

GCWA Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame inductees or family representatives were presented with crystal vases in honor of these outstanding cattlewomen.

Joe Gayle accepting award for Connette Gayle

Connette Gayle

Connette Gayle of Perry, Ga., was the wife of former Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Joe Gayle. She didn’t grow up raising cattle, but quickly learned all kinds of information about beef, including how many workable quarters are on a cow’s udder. Gayle served as Georgia CattleWomen’s Association president from 1988 to 1989, coordinated the Region II meeting in 1989, was on the Beef Cookoff Committee for many years and assisted with numerous other association activities. Gayle traveled to Chicago, Denver, Ohio, Michigan and more representing Georgia’s cattlewomen. She also served as the American National Cattlewomen Region II chair of the legislative and calling tree. Her service didn’t stop there – Gayle was also a strong supporter of her local community and the Extension service.

Vivian Chambless

Vivian Chambless of Dawson, Ga., was a very active CowBelle when it first began. A founding member, she helped at many conventions and served as state first vice president in 1977. On the local level, Chambless was Terrell County CowBelle president and organized the county beef cookoff. Chambless worked with local organizations to promote beef, including appearing on the Albany and Columbus news stations to promote Beef for Father's Day and Beef Month. In addition to being active in the association, Chambless worked with the Horned Hereford Association, a breed she and her family still raise today.

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Convention & Summer Conference Committee Chairman: Melvin Porter (706-654-8283; Members: Andrew Gaines, Ernie Ford, Randy Fordham, Billy Moore, Carroll Cannon, Curt Lacy, Nanette Bryan, Laurie Sterner, GJCA Convention & Summer Conference Coordinator, Linda Crumley, Henry Jones, Mary Bea Martin Ex officio David Gazda

Cattle Health & Wellbeing Committee

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Georgia Bull Evaluation Programs


Courtesy Patsie Cannon

The Calhoun Bull Evaluation Program will soon begin its 44th year and the Tifton Bull Evaluation Program will begin its 56th year. The programs have three primary purposes: to record differences in the ability of bulls to gain in a uniform environment; to provide breeders with a sound scientific basis for selecting bulls with ability to gain weight rapidly and to make such bulls available to cattlemen; and to serve as an educational demonstration of the value of performance records. The programs are sponsored by Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the Animal and Dairy Science Department of the The sale for those University of Georgia College of Agricultural and bulls that end the test Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension, Coastal Plain in approximately the Experiment Station and the Northwest Georgia Research and top two-thirds on a Education Center. The 2013 to 2014 Bull Test Advisory combination of rate Committee members include C. L. Cook of Social Circle, Ga., of gain and weight James W. Fordham of Cochran, Ga., Gary Hill of Tifton, Ga., per day of age in each Rodney Hilley of Molena, Ga., John Jarrell of Butler, Ga.; Gary breed group is scheduled for Wednesday, Jenkins of Moultrie, Ga., and Melvin Porter of Jefferson, Ga. Birth dates for bulls entered at Calhoun are from Sept. 1, March 5, 2014. GC 2012, to Nov. 30, 2012. Entry deadline is June 3, 2013, with delivery on either July 1 or 2, 2013. The sale for those MORE INFORMATION bulls that end the test in approximately the top twothirds on a combination of rate of gain and weight per For additional information about the bull tests, please contact: day of age in each breed group is scheduled for Friday, Ronnie Silcox: 706-542-9102 or Dec. 6, 2013. Phil Worley (Calhoun): 706-624-1398 or Birth dates for bulls entered at Tifton are from Dec.1, 2012 to Feb. 28, 2013. Entry deadline is Sept. 2, Patsie Cannon (Tifton): 229-386-3683 or 2013, with delivery on either Sept. 30 or Oct. 1, 2013.

“Let’s talk marketing!”


Contact Dallas Duncan at to talk about marketing and advertising rates.

Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 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

Easy Calving, Smooth Polled Charolais With An Emphasis On Milking Ability


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

478-396-5832 •

Oak Hill Farm

Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett

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

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty


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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! 26 June 2013

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2013 Summer Intern Announced

Sarah Grogan, a rising senior at Berry College, has been selected as the 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board summer intern. Grogan started at the office in mid-May.

Her responsibilities will include assisting in planning and executing June Beef Month events, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day, Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge, Summer Conference and writing for Georgia Cattleman magazine. “We’re very excited to have Sarah come on board with us this year,” says Josh White, association executive vice president. “Her background growing up on a beef operation will be a tremendous asset to the office team and her desire to work in the marketing and advertising side of the industry will allow her to gain some publication experience with the magazine as well.” Grogan, originally from Calhoun, Ga., is the daughter of a longtime member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. She is an animal science major and spent the past three years working at the Berry

College beef unit. Recently she started a new student enterprise dealing with beef cattle genetics and embryo transfer. After college, she wants to continue to work in the beef industry in the fields of reproducGROGAN tion, marketing and advertising and consulting for private owners to ensure producers make educated decisions on breeding, marketing and animal management. “This internship is not something that I would take lightly. I would not have considered such a position unless I was willing to take initiative to represent the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association,” Grogan says in her application. “I have been able to see the impact that this organization has on educating the community. I feel that these organizations are a major staple in the beef industry in Georgia. They inform farm families in order for them to make reasonable decisions on their objectives and are crucial for helping the public to understand the importance of the beef industry.” 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

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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


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 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 Bank of Camilla, Camilla

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

Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Boling Farm Supply, Homer 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 CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe 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 Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City

Fuller Supply Company Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States

Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma 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 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

GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION Check us out on Facebook at

GLA Field Day July 19 - 20, 213

for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

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


FIELD DAY Friday and Saturday, July 19 - 20, 2013

Junior Heifer and Steer Show

at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens, Ga.



12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Entry deadline July 1, 2013

Check in cattle Junior Meeting Activities / Tour Cook-Out Annual Meeting Bingo - Juniors / Adults Registration for Judging Contest Judging Contest – Individual Juniors, 4-H/FFA Teams/Men, Ladies (Anyone eligible to participate. Membership not required.) Welcome, Speakers, Special Recognition - Awards Earthen Roast Lunch – Compliments of association, auctions, steer show, heifer show, showmanship and pre-club

Grand Champion Heifer, $750 Scholarship • Reserve Champion Heifer, $500 Scholarship • B/O Heifer, $500 Scholarship • Reserve B/O Heifer, $250 Scholarship Grand Champion Steer, $250 Scholarship • Reserve Champion Steer, $150 Scholarship Each Exhibitor, $100 50 percent Limousin Heifers/Steers Eligible • A class for Lim-Flex if 4 or more shown For entry form and complete rules, contact: Lillian Youngblood

Exhibitors are required to be members of the Georgia Junior Limousin Association by July 1, 2013.

PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy. 211 N.E. Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036

Lodging: Make your reservations by June 28, 2013 and ask for Georgia Limousin Association block of rooms for special rates. Best Western Athens, Ga. 706-546-7311


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)

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Georgia Cattle Promotion Investment Working Group Update

By Josh White, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president Callaway, along with representaDepartment of Agriculture staff The Georgia Cattle Promotion Investment Working Group met this tives from GFB, GCA and GMP, met was supportive of the general time spring to continue guiding the process with Department of Agriculture staff frame of a fall signup and public hearof providing for a cattle producer ref- on April 12 to convey the group’s ideas ing process with a winter vote. The erendum that would establish an on the referendum process. Depart- voting period will be 30 days. Agricultural Commodity Commis- ment staff was receptive to the ideas, Department staff also asked the stakesion for Beef, a state checkoff to sup- but is seeking clarity from legal coun- holder groups to nominate individuals port research, education and promo- sel on some of the finer points of the to serve as the commodity commission tion of cattle and beef in Georgia. The 1961 Commodity Promotions Act board members. This board will need study group consists of three members before moving forward with the refer- to be seated before the referendum. appointed from each of the following endum. Department Information Department of Agriculture staff will organizations: Georgia Farm Bureau, Technology staff shared the ability to communicate with the working group Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, use an Internet-based signup and vot- as the process moves forward. Georgia Georgia Livestock Markets Associ- ing procedure in addition to mail-in Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 97 into ballots. This would make the process law on April 17. GC ation and Georgia Milk Producers. The group met by conference call more efficient. on March 29. Senate Bill 97, legislation that the group worked to draft that will enable a producer referendum to estabInformation from lish the commodity commission, had passed in the Senate and House at that A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but time. The group agreed to set a meeting with Georgia Department of consumers don’t see eye to eye with different names for Agriculture staff to discuss the process beef cuts in the meat case and on a restaurant menu. of carrying out the referendum. Based In one county, it’s tenderloin. Two cities over, there’s a grocery store that on Georgia statute, it is the responsibilisells it as filet mignon. To producers and many involved in the meat industry, ty of the commissioner of agriculture to the two cuts are one and the same, but in the consumer’s mind, that might not establish the best possible list of producbe the case. ers and provide for a referendum vote to These inconsistencies lead to confusion in the meat case, especially when establish the Agricultural Commodity shoppers are looking for a specific cut in a recipe and they cannot find it Commission for Beef. All stakeholders because it’s called by a different name. agreed that a well advertised signup periRecently the beef and pork industries collaborated to improve the od of at least 90 days to allow cattle Uniform Retail Meat Identity Standards, or URMIS. Since 1973, URMIS has owners to register to vote would be the guaranteed that shoppers can identify and purchase the same cut of meat best way to ensure that all cattle farmers under the same name in every store across the country. During the past year and dairymen had an opportunity to and a half, consumer research has indicated there is a need to revise the existvote. The group discussed that a fall ing beef and pork nomenclature. A cross-industry effort was established to signup and winter vote would be an increase consumer confidence by simplifying common names for meat and ideal timeline for the process. offering shoppers consistent, easy-to-follow preparation instructions. Representatives from each stakeholder The proposal includes a group were charged with meeting with new way of naming cuts on Department of Agriculture staff to get labels — the cut identifier clarity on the process. (sirloin, T-bone, etc.); the cut Working group Co-Chairman form, such as steak or roast; Steve Blackburn provided an update at bone state; and cutting stanthe GCA annual membership meeting dard. For example, a boneless and also submitted the following polibeef top loin steak would cy which was approved unanimously: NEW WAY OF NAMINIG now be labeled as, “strip “Georgia Cattlemen's Association CUTS ON LABELS steak, beef, boneless, great resolves to fully support the passage of a Coming soon to a meat for topping salads.” In addireferendum to create the Georgia department near you tion, there will be added Agricultural Commodity Commission encouragement to include an on-pack recipe sticker to provide consumers for Beef for the purpose of making a posiwith meal ideas. tive impact on the cattle industry Once stores have implemented the new URMIS nomenclature, staff with through research, education, and promothe Beef Checkoff will provide them with training and opportunities to capition of cattle and beef.” talize on the new names and labels through meat case merchandising, staff John Callaway, working group training and shopper education. chairman, also provided an overview The full list of new common names and other program elements will be and update during the Cattlemen’s available this month at GC Hot Topics Roundtable event during Convention.

Simplifying the Meat Case for Consumers

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Robert Harkins Stock Farm

Simmental and SimAngus Cattle

Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association

Billy Moss, Secretary/Treasurer Phone 706-654-6071

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

521 Robert Harkins Drive Suches, GA 30572 706-969-0457


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



Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders

Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223




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

Rodney Hilley Family

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:


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




For the best in


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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Fire Ants in Georgia Pastures and Hayfields By Will Hudson, University of Georgia Extension entomologist

Fire ants — more precisely the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta — present something of a dilemma to Georgia cattlemen and hay producers. Control is always a challenge, often unnecessary and sometimes impractical. Problems posed by these invasive ants include regulatory requirements for shipping hay out of the infested zone, damage to equipment and associated expenses for haying operations and the threat of stings for workers handling the hay in the field and when unloading. Though fire ants seldom cause significant harm to livestock, it is always a possibility. Many people find the mounds unsightly and insist on control for that reason alone.

First introduced into the southern US in the early part of the last century from South America, fire ants spread over the years and now infest the entire states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. They are found in all but the extreme upland parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Arkansas and began invading Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The ultimate extent of the area where fire ants can survive is unknown, even without considering climate change. They are extremely adaptable and tolerant of colder conditions than originally believed. They do require moisture, so arid conditions in Texas seem to provide a barrier to westward spread that the ants can’t overcome without help. Unfortunately, their ability to “hitchhike” into new areas

A FIRE ANT RAFT ON A LAKE AT J3 FARM. Fire ants are an invasive species moving their way above the Carolinas and westward of Mississippi. Photo by Jason Storey

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LEGEND Maximum range of Solenopsis invicta (Red Import Fire Ant) in the United States

Restrictions are imposed on the movement of regulated articles from the quarantined areas into or through the non-quarantined areas.

Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Area

as has been demonstrated by populations found (and eradicated) in Arizona and California in past years. This threat explains the regulatory requirements for many agricultural products or equipment moving out of the infested states. If we didn’t have fire ants here already, would you want to risk getting them?

Controlling the Ants Fire ant control over an area larger than an acre is pretty straightforward whether the area is a pasture, an athletic field or a home lawn. Baits offer by far the most cost-effective option and may even offer a “no mounds” guarantee if used consistently and according to label directions. There are many fire ant baits on the market but only a few that have pastures and hay fields on the labels. Fortunately, those that are available are effective when used properly.


Some other products are labeled for mound treatment, but chasing mounds around even a small suburban yard is an exercise in frustration. The best approach for most producers is to apply a bait twice a year. Some distributers will mix the bait with fertilizer, which makes application of the small amount of product — typically one to 1.5 pounds per acre — easier. Accurate application of the bait alone requires a special spreader that can be calibrated down to very low rates. Several manufacturers make such devices for mounting on a truck bumper or ATV. The investment is well worth it as over-application can significantly increase the cost of control. Coverage is important but not as critical as with other types of insecticides since the baits have an attractant in them that brings foraging ants to the THOUGH FIRE ANTS SELDOM CAUSE HARM TO LIVESTOCK, the possibility still exists. for that reason alone. particles very quickly. The twice yearly Many find the mounds unsightly and wish to control the insect Photo from application schedule has proven very effective at reducing or eliminating fire ant mounds. Since mating flight of winged reproductive ants, the males and the mounds are, in most cases, the source of the damage in new queens. These ants fly up into the air on warm days, hay fields particularly, this approach usually solves the often after a rain. They mate in the air and fall back to the ground. Males then die and the newly fertilized queens go problem. underground and begin laying eggs. They tend this first generation brood until they mature into workers and from How It Works then on the workers do the foraging Fire ant baits work by attracting and other work of the growing colony. worker ants to gather the particles as The time span is about six months food for the colony. These workers from the mating flight to the point then take the bait back to the mound where the colony has enough workers and feed it to the queen and developto build a noticeable mound. ing brood — the immature stages of Interrupting the cycle twice a year the ants that represent the next genkeeps mounds from becoming a proberation. The active ingredient may lem. be a slow-acting poison or an insect There is no residual control since growth regulator. the bait is taken very quickly if ants are In the first case the queen and foraging actively, so ants from mating brood are killed, in the second the queen is sterilized and the brood FIRE ANT CONTROL PRODUCTS can be used in flights that invade between applicafails to develop into adult workers. tandem if quick results are needed. Spraying a tions can establish new colonies. The workers do not eat the bait pyrethroid as a follow-up to the bait will yield Mating flights are not directed though, so the ants just fall back to Earth wherthemselves, and any of the brood good results. that are in the pupal stage do not feed and are not affected. ever the wind takes them. That often means that once the Consequently, there will still be ants around the mounds population of fire ants has been knocked back the bait can for as long as it takes those workers to die, which can be be applied around the edges of larger fields rather than covseveral weeks. If quicker results are needed, a pyrethroid ering the entire area. Experienced growers are able to insecticide can be used as a follow-up to the bait. This reduce the area treated and cost by treating a “donut” and would be referred to as the “two-step.” Formerly recom- leaving the center untreated. GC mended as a mound treatment, it is usually more practical For more information on fire ant reduction and control, or as a broadcast spray and is much more effective if the grass any questions about insecticide labels and materials, contact is short so the spray can reach the soil surface. your local Extension agent for the latest recommendations on The twice-a-year timing takes advantage of the life baits and other insecticides by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1. cycle of the fire ant colony, which starts with a swarm or G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

For more information on GAA activities, contact: Christy Page 638 Lake Crest Drive Jefferson, GA 30549 770-307-7178 • Dues - $50 per year

SOUTHERN NATIONAL JUNIOR AND OPEN SHOWS June 7- 8, 2013 • Perry, Ga., at the Georgia National Fairgrounds

Thursday, June 6, 2013 8 a.m. Begin Receiving Cattle 3 - 5 p.m. Cattle Check-in 5 p.m. Watermelon Cutting 6 p.m. GJAA Pool Party - Ramada Inn 6 p.m. Auxiliary Contest Deadline Friday, June 7, 2013 9 a.m. Junior Show & Silent Auction Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred-andOwned Bulls, Steers, Bredand-Owned Heifers, Owned Heifers, Showmanship • Accredited • Certified


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

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

SINCE 1947

Marion Barnett, Jr. 1685 Lexington Road Washington, GA 30673

Cell: 706-202-8435 Wilkes Barnett cell: 706-401-9157

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.


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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Purebred Angus Cattle

Harvey Lemmon Woodbury, GA


Friday, June 7, 2013, continued 5 p.m. Georgia Angus Auxiliary Reception 6 p.m. Georgia Angus Auxiliary Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 8, 2013 9 a.m. Open Show & Silent Auction Cow/Calf Pairs, Heifers, Bulls, Supreme Champion, Get-of-Sire, Junior Get-of-Sire, Breeder Six Head 11 a.m. Silent Auction Closes For more information, visit

Turnpike Creek Farms

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

HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

Home of Hillside Juniatti ND 598 (Third Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Georgina ND 6475 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Dividend 47 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow)

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Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming

HARRIS LIVESTOCK, LLC Terry Harris 229-344-3701

1689 Watkins Road Boston, GA 31626


Davis Farms


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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744


Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

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

Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230

“Where Quality & Customers Come First in Cattle & Hay”

Cattle that Work

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Andy Page: 770-307-7511

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Jeff Heuer

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Breeding good mama cows...

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Selling Bred Angus and SimAngus heifers, Angus and SimAngus bulls

Mack and Kathy Hays 8555 Gravel Hill Road Doerun, GA 31744 Home: 229-787-5791 • Cell: 229-881-0158

Cloud Brothers Angus PERFORMANCE TESTED REGISTERED ANGUS Clark and Wally 155 Stover Drive • Canton, GA 30115 Herd Certified & Accredited AHIR 770/479-5947 (Wally)

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

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

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(770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Clay Bussell, manager, 478-357-6113

1851 Syrup Mill Crossing Greensboro GA 30642 Phone 404-421-0686

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696



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2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132



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Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423

Lazy S Farm

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Red Angus & Red Simmental


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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

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Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

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(407) 908-9866

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


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


Di d you know ? T her e ar e 29 cuts of l ean beef and s i x cu t s c er t i f i ed ex t r a - l e a n h e ar t he a l t h y by t h e Ameri can H ear t Associat ion! Tur n back to pa ge 40 for some examples to ins pir e your next meal!



The Faces of the Cattle Business Baxter Black is a cowboy poet and author. Visit his site at

The cattle business today has evolved into several distinct segments. Each draws certain people whose personality, skill and savvy make them best suited to that segment. We’ll start with the purebred breeders, the architects who design prototypes for the industry. They are academic-minded. They steep themselves in statistics, fiddle with and refine genetics in an effort to define subjective traits, objectively. Not unlike ancient

mariners drawing and redrawing the constellations in the night sky. The next segment is the commercial cow-calf operator. They are the bedrock of the industry; the workers on the assembly line. They produce our product, beef, from scratch just as a welder builds a bumper guard, a cook bakes an apple pie and an artist paints a picture. They think in terms of generations – both human and bovine – take the good with the bad

and have a loyalty to the land. You rarely hear them say “I’m just ranchin’ to make enough money to buy the car dealership downtown!” The grower, segment three, takes calves once they’ve been weaned and keeps them until they are big enough to go to the feedlot. These grower calves come from a wide variety of sources: farms, ranches, sale barns, dairies, dog pounds, gypos, traders and team ropers! It is a hands-on, intensive, frustrating, demanding job. It’s equivalent to teaching kindergarten through third grade, lots of babysitting. Economically, it’s like buying used cars and trying to make them re-saleable! Segment four is the feedlot. This is where we take a new car off the showroom floor and turn it into a NASCAR Sprint Cup contender! Today average daily gain, conversion, genetics, fixed expenses, health problems, purchase price, feed price and sale date are predictable within reason. Predicting the market, however, the sale price 120 days later, is like rolling the dice! Those who call themselves cattle feeders could easily be wild-catters in the oil business, prospectors, explorers, crap shooters, test pilots, magicians’ assistants, circus acrobats, punt returners or Wall Street speculators. They thrive on risk. If you guaranteed them a 20 percent profit on a truckload of steers, they’d hold out for 25! And the final segment in our cattle business is the packinghouse where live cattle are turned into beef. Very little is known about this curious group of men. They sequester themselves in ritualistic confines, not unlike the Dalai Lama or Idi Amin where they chant and mutter phrases like “yellow sheet,” “on the rail,” “triple grande no foam latte.” To all of us who have provided every animal that enters into their castle-like facility, they are as mysterious as the Vatican. We are only aware of their presence when we see a white puff of smoke and the phone rings … offering less! GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

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

Montgomery, Alabama (334) 263-7316 1-800-782-5739

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

52nd Annual Convention Award Winners

Chapter of the Year

Ted G. Dyer was recognized at Convention as the 2012 Top Hand Service Award winner. Dyer passed away in September 2012 after a battle with cancer, but he never stopped fighting and never stopped promoting beef. Dyer served as an Extension agent in Dade and Floyd counties for more than 20 years before taking the position of Extension animal scientist in Calhoun, Ga. He took that position to a new level, leading the Calhoun HERD and Bull Test programs, coordinating Extension participation in Georgia Cattlemen’s Assocation activities and co-leading the Beef Quality Assurance program in Georgia. “Ted was very thorough and conscientious in his work and wasn’t afraid to take a stand for what he believed,” says Melvin Porter, GCA president-elect. “His job wasn’t work to him, it was enjoyment. I am not sure Ted worked a day in his life because he was able to follow his passions in the jobs he held. In my opinion, there is no one in the state more deserving of the Top Hand Award than Ted Dyer.”

Congratulations to this year's winner, the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College chapter! The ABAC association has nearly 70 members and nine National Cattlemen's Beef Association members. They spent the last year working on professional development and volunteering, doing work at the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center, a hay bale decorating contest and hosting a ring toss game at the ABAC Fall Carnival. In addition, several members volunteered outside of the chapter at events with Georgia Cattlemen's Association and Georgia Beef Board. The Beef Team at ABAC put in more than 240 man hours promoting beef in a local grocery store. In addition, the chapter supported breast cancer awareness by hosting the second annual Savin' the TaTas Square Dance. The ABAC chapter partnered to host a wild game chili cookoff and hosted the first annual Ag Awareness Day on campus in 2012.

Top Hand Service Award

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. James “David” Loughridge was recognized as the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year at the annual Membership Awards Banquet. Loughridge has been a veterinarian in Murray County for more than 30 years, and his practice, Murray Veterinary Services, is well-known in the community. When he founded the practice, he was the only vet in the county, but since then the clinic expanded to be a three-vet practice with a focus on bovine medicine. Loughridge grew up showing calves in 4-H and FFA and is a Master 4-Her. Loughridge and his brother own a 300-head commercial cow-calf operation and also grow more than 1.9 million broilers for Tyson Foods each year. The broiler litter from the poultry operation is used to grow grass to support the cattle side. “He is known for saying that he has been blessed in life to have his friends and to have the chance to be a veterinarian,” says Randy Fordham, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association vice president. “It is our honor ... to congratulate Dr. James ‘David’ Loughridge as the 2012 Vet of the Year.”

52nd Annual Convention -- GJCA Award Winners


LYNNANNE MOODY (18 - 21) Landscape

DONNA PRIEST (21 & OVER) Agriculture & Conservation

all first place winners featured on this page! RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GIBSON PRIEST (14 - 17) Agriculture & Conservation

SAVANNAH PAGE (13 & UNDER) Agriculture & Conservation

LYNNANNE MOODY (18 - 21) Agriculture & Conservation


LAURA STONES (14 - 17) Livestock

LYNNANNE MOODY (18 - 21) Livestock

GIBSON PRIEST (14 - 17) Funny

LYNNANNE MOODY (18 - 21) Funny

ASHLEY KNOWLES (14 - 17) Landscape

ASHLI STALVEY (21 & OVER) Landscape

Congratulations to all of these talented winners!

ASHLI STALVEY (21 & OVER) Livestock


watch for some of these photos in future magazines



52nd Annual Convention -- GJCA Award Winners



Junior division winners, from left: Autrey Stalvey, first place; Dalton Green, second; John Haven Stalvey, third; Senior division winners, from left: Merritt Daniels, second place; Ashley Knowles, third; Gibson Priest, first place.

Above: Second place, from left: John Dean Daniels, Merritt Daniels and not pictured, Erin Burnett. Below: First place, from left: Lori Edwards and Kevin Edwards

congratulAtions to these amazing juniors!


Pictured with National Beef Ambassador Chandler Mulvaney are the top three junior division contestants, Merritt Daniels, Dalton Green and Makayla Holmes. The junior winner is Makayla Holmes and senior winner is Jordan Harrison.


Junior division winners, from left: Makayla Holmes, first place; John Dean Daniels, second; and not pictured, Morgan Morris, third (award accepted by Jordan Harrison). Senior division winners, from left: Gibson Priest, first place; Merritt Daniels, second; Lori and Kevin Edwards, tied for third; Overall winner: Gibson Priest (at right).


Dalton Green, first place: "Sirloin Steak, Tater and Rolls"


By Dallas Duncan Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

Andrew Conley, manager at Blackwater, checks on the Brangus cattle out in the field on a dusty, windy afternoon in March.

It’s easy to see the 60-plus years of Coggins family legacy in Lake Park, Ga.

Once people turn on J. Frank Culpepper Road, the name “Coggins” is everywhere, proof of the 8,000-plus acres of food and fiber crops grown in the area. And nestled in the middle of it all is the cream of the crop: Blackwater Cattle Company. “Our background is 100 percent ag,” owner Mike Coggins says. “I think a lot of people who are in the registered business are absentee owners. They’re not always involved in the day-to-day farming operation. Got to get a little poop on your boots if you’re going to be in it for a long time.” And his family’s been at it for a long time. Coggins is a third-generation farmer. His grandfather moved to Lake Park in 1945 and started farm- THE BLACKWATER CATTLE CO. CREW includes Felton Coggins, son Mike Coggins and manager Andrew Conley. ing. The commercial cattle 52 June 2013

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side of the operation began in 1950, and about eight years ago Blackwater expanded into the registered business. Today, the whole family is integrated into the farm business — Coggins’ father and two uncles, six grandkids and some greatgrandchildren, four generations in all. At Blackwater, the Coggins family raises registered and commercial Brangus cattle. “Brangus cattle allow us a breed that can thrive in our environment, which includes a lot of heat, a lot of humidity and a lot of insects,” Coggins says. “They’re a breed of cattle that will remain fertile, that will raise a scale-crushing kind of calf, breed back and we still have a carcass that will grade. ... We’ll have a lot of cattle today that will go into the feedyard and work.”

They’ve pretty much always used Brangus, he adds. About 400 registered cows and 500 commercial heifers are on the farm at any given time. Coggins says what drives his operation is quality above all else, to the point of wanting the name Blackwater Cattle Co. to be synonymous with the word. “The Brangus breed on the commercial side works so well for us in an effort to satisfy our passion for quality, we elected to get into the registered Brangus business. Now our cattle operation is really integrated,” he says. “We use the commercial cattle to aide in the registered side by acting as recips. We also purchase a lot of heifers from our bull customers. ... That gives us a continuing pool to replenish our commercial cattle as well.” Blackwater integrates Coggins’ family heritage in more ways than just having family members on the farm working. There’s a multitude of crops grown on the Coggins’ farmland, including green beans, carrots, field corn and cotton. This leads to an unusual feed ration for Blackwater Brangus. “We are vertically integrated from a management perspective. ... We feed all of our vegetable culls to our cattle, carrots being the main nutritional driver,” Coggins says. “We actually winter 1,000 cows on carrot culls and hay.” He says a nutritional analysis was run on several vegetables grown on the farm, and carrots seemed to be the most nutritious of the bunch. They feed roughly 40 tons of cull carrots a day. “Cull vegetables are a liability for any vegetable grower. As a means to rid ourselves of the waste, we began experimenting with feeding them to cattle,” Coggins says. “We had to get rid of them and it wound up being an asset to the farming side because we got rid of waste and an asset to the cattle side because we are able to winter the cattle much cheaper.” The vegetable program is one way Blackwater staff is able to “think outside the box,” says ranch manager Andrew Conley. “Blackwater Cattle Company’s approach to marketing has been ... innovative in their approach by devel-

oping a program and producing a product that is unique in itself, and by doing that creating a market stigma,” Conley says. “The breeding philosophy is closely woven with the marketing technique resulting in a product that is visually and intangibly distinguished from competitors.” Coggins says he looks for heifers that are in the top 20 percent of their contemporary group in terms of quality and eye appeal. Calves are weighed at birth, at weaning and at 1 year old. Every animal at Blackwater gets a carcass ultrasound and they “cull religiously.” “It costs the same to feed a cow that’s worth $1,500 as it does to feed a cow that’s worth $5,000. ... Our model is to mass produce the top 2 percent of our cowherd while constantly culling on the bottom 25 percent,” he says. “The heifers will be required to breed in a 60-day breeding season or they are culled. Then they must raise a calf every year and breed back in that same window, or they are culled.” The passion to integrate all facets of the farm life to produce quality animals extends even into the sale ring. There have been four sales at Blackwater, and each year they end up with the high-averaging sale in the US for Brangus. In November 2012, 190 bulls averaged more than $7,000. In addition, the ranch sells cattle 365 days a year, according to Conley. “We’ll usually have 300 to 350 people in attendance [at sales],” Coggins says. “Our sale is different because it’s a real family event that people enjoy coming to. ... We sell old school, the traditional auction with an auctioneer and an animal in the ring. We probably will in the future sell on TV or Internet, but ... we want folks to come and see what we’re doing and meet the people behind the program.” And no matter if he’s behind the scenes or in front of a camera talking about his award-winning operation, Coggins wants one thing to be clear. “We’re focused on providing beef bulls. Not Brangus bulls, but beef bulls,” he says. “That’s what we try to get people to understand about Blackwater. They’re not coming to a Brangus sale. They’re coming to a beef sale.” GC

THANKS TO THE COGGINS FAMILY FARM OPERATION NEARBY, Brangus cattle at Blackwater get to eat cull carrots and other vegetables as part of their ration.

BLACKWATER CATTLE CO. strives to produce quality Brangus cattle. Their record-breaking averages from their November sales in the past few years demonstrate that producers will pay a premium for quality animals like those produced on the Lake Park, Ga., farm. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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52nd Annual Conference Highlights

The Beef & Dairy Arena was packed Friday morning as members attended the annual membership meeting to hear the latest goings-on of the association. After committee reports and updates on events, Past-President Chuck Joiner congratulated the retiring members of the Executive Committee: Dean Bagwell (pictured), Ronnie Griffis and Doug Williams.

Tickets almost sold out for the annual steak sandwich luncheon on Friday! Danny Morris’ grills were going early in the morning, so by the time lunch came around everyone’s mouths were salivating!

Cattlewomen of all ages attended the annual GCWA meeting and dessert social, including American National CattleWomen President Barbara Jackson. The meeting was a success with great door prizes given out and plenty of activities planned for the upcoming year.

Thirsty in the trade show on Friday? No fear, there was ice cream near! The dairy side of beef was well-represented at the Got Milk? Break this year with cheese, milk and various creamy treats in the Multipurpose Building.

Friday morning kicked off with the CattleWomen’s Association hosting two workshops. The first featured University of Georgia graduate student Melissa Miller and Clemson University lecturer Richelle Miller discussing different cuts of beef and how they can be promoted, and the second included tips on volunteering within the association.

It was a packed crowd at both the commercial heifer and Angus sales this year. The Angus sale had 79 lots that totaled more than $132,000 and the commercial heifer sale had 128 females grossing more than $207,000. The junior team marketing contest was back this year and had two great teams competing. Teams had to have a visual aid and a sale flyer, business card or other piece of print collateral to hand out to judges as they tried to market a bull.

52nd Annual Conference Highlights

Silveus Insurance sponsored a delicious reception prior to the Cattlemen's Ball this year. There were meatballs, cheese and crackers, fruits and veggies and plenty of time to network before the amazing dinner!

Three outstanding juniors competed in the Beef Ambassador contest this year. They had to do a media interview with Julie McPeake of Southeast AGNET radio and did a mock beef promotion activity, answering the questions of consumers who wanted to know everything about the nutrient content of beef to whether beef came from chicken.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early with members attending the Cattlemen's Hot Topics Roundtable. They learned about the upcoming State Checkoff, heard policy updates and networked with leaders in the industry.

Supper at the Cattlemen’s Ball was a hit – steaks, veggies and even peach cobbler were on the table as cattlemen, women and juniors listened to guest speakers, watched award videos and congratulated the award winners, including GJCA Junior of the Year Callie Akins (pictured).

Following the Cattlemen’s Ball the juniors hosted a GJCA Throw-Down After Party. Though only a few were able to stay late and dance, the junior officer team and interns had a great time dancing to music put on by DJ Judah Swilley and enjoying snacks and sodas.

The Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association officer team did a great job planning Convention activities for kids of all ages. After a yummy beef lunch, junior luncheon attendees congratulated all of the contest winners and scholarship winners and heard from National Beef Ambassador and GJCA member Chandler Mulvaney.

52nd Annual Convention Award Winners

County Agent of the Year

Elbert County Extension Agent Clay Talton was selected as the 2012 winner of this award. Talton "has worked tirelessly" to support Georgia's beef industry, says fellow Extension Agent Lucy Ray. In 2010, Talton coordinated the first Locally Produced Beef Workshop in cooperation with the University of Georgia Meat Science Technology Center. The program was repeated again in summer 2011 due to popular demand. Talton worked with nearby county agents to host the Northeast District Beef Cattle Short Course, which jumped from 44 to nearly 150 participants in just one year, and also has a role in the Elbert County Steer and Heifer Show. Talton is a member of the Elbert County Cattlemen's Association and works closely with Georgia Cattlemen's Association as well. "He truly epitomizes what is meant by a 'good county agent,'" Ray says.

Vocational Agricultural Teacher of the Year

David Burton of Jackson County was selected as the 2012 Vocational Agricultural Teacher of the Year. Burton has been heavily involved in the Jackson County Cattlemen's Association for three years and serves as program chairman on its board of directors. "He uses every opportunity, be it a cattle show, education meeting or replacement heifer sale to promote membership," says Phil Page, who presented the award. "He continually provides excellent assistance to cattlemen in such ways as forage testing, farm structures, replacement selection and marketing of cattle." Burton is the "key person" in the success of events including the Cattlemen's Choice Sale, Beef Builders Bull sale and Northeast Georgia Young Farmer Replacement Heifer Sale.

Georgia Beef Board Award Winners Outstanding Beef Month Chapter Promotion

The Polk County Cattlemen's Association was selected as the 2012 winner of this award. Though members insist they promote beef year-round, their beef month promotions in June were outstanding. Polk County members publicized beef promotion events with local radio stations and newspaper articles. They sent English and Spanish posters to grocery stores and put up "June is Beef Month" banners at intersections in the county. The chapter partnered with two grocery stores to buy $25 beef certificates. More than 500 people entered to win the certificates and in doing so received recipes, balloons, coloring books and other beef goodies. Outside of Beef Month, the chapter promotes its product by giving $300 in beef to local charities, write articles for newspaper submission year-round and promote beef at the Polk County Fair. "Georgia Beef Board appreciates all the hard work the county associations do to promote beef," says Gerald Long, the GBB representative who presented the award. "Congratulations to Polk County on winning this year's contest."

Beef Quality Assurance Award

2012 was the first year the Beef Quality Assurance Award was given out. The winner was Honeywood Farms in Barnesville, Ga. The farm, owned by Ed Mitchell and managed by Clay Allen, runs about 150 brood cows that are marketed with load lots, heifer sale and a freezer beef market. The farm is known for its heifer development, as it has been recognized for several years with the Champion Pen of Heifers at the Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale. The producers at Honeywood make it a priority to utilize BQA principles daily and share the practices with consumers. Allen opened up the farm for various groups to come and see firsthand how beef is raised, including media and chefs tours with Georgia Beef Board. The farm also plays host to field days for other producers to learn about the latest advances from industry professionals. "When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows and bulls are the best they can be," says Carole Knight, state BQA coordinator. “It is my honor and privilege to recognize and award Mr. Clay Allen with the Georgia BQA Award.�




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ADUFA Reauthorization Comes Before House Energy and Commerce Committee

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee recently held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act. The reauthorization of ADUFA is one of the top priorities for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. ADUFA legislation authorizes the Food and Drug Administration to collect fees for certain animal drug applications. This allows pharmaceutical companies to pay a user fee to FDA, which is used to hire additional technical staff. FDA then is able to approve future animal health products without adding to the burden on taxpayers.

At the hearing, the Committee heard testimony from veterinarian and pharmacologist Dr. Mike Apley. Apley teaches at Kansas State University and testified to the importance of animal health technologies that in turn allow veterinarians and producers to prevent, control and treat diseases to maintain animal health. “The overarching goal of veterinarians and producers is to replace the need for prevention or control uses of antibiotics through good management practices,” Apley says. “ADUFA allows veterinarians and producers a greater array of current products to

NCBA Urges Congress to Reform Biofuels Mandate

Following an announcement by House lawmakers that they will introduce legislation to address issues with the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association urged Congress to reform the biofuels mandate. Representatives Bob Goodlatte, RVa., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., at a press conference in May said they would introduce the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act to “help ease concerns created by the ethanol mandate and protect consumers, energy producers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, retailers and the US economy.” In 2012, the RFS required 13.2 billion gallons of cornbased ethanol to be blended into gasoline; it mandates that 13.9 billion gallons be blended in 2013, an amount that will use about 4.9 billion bushels of corn, or about 40 percent of the nation’s crop. NCBA and other livestock groups called on lawmakers last fall to make changes to the RFS, following the US Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to use the safety valve built into it to waive the biofuels mandate in the wake of a severe drought that drastically cut the corn crop. In November 2012, the EPA denied a request to waive the RFS due to crippling drought conditions that affected 70 percent of cattle country. “Cattlemen and women are self-reliant, but in order to maintain that we cannot be asked to compete with federal mandates like the Renewable Fuels Standard for the limited supply of feed grains,” says NCBA Policy Vice Chair Craig Uden. “In light of the worst drought to hit our country in over 50 years and the ever-increasing renewable mandates, we are seeing many of our members not only failing to profit, but taking a loss. Cattlemen and women want a level playing field the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2013 will help in achieving that goal.” Uden adds that NCBA is asking for a reform bill that ensures market stability, feed availability and the longterm sustainability of rural American economies. GC

use in these practices. Uses of antibiotics in food animals are highly regulated, starting with specific indications on the label as approved by the FDA. Any other use of these products must meet strict requirements, including strict oversight requirements for veterinary involvement.” The most important relationship in the judicious use of antibiotics is that between the veterinarian and the producers. Cattlemen and women work with veterinarians to implement comprehensive herd-health management plans, which include the appropriate use of antibiotics to prevent, control and treat diseases in cattle. GC

Livestock Disaster Protection Act Introduced in the House of Representatives

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association supports the efforts of Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD., in introducing legislation that would provide a safety net for livestock owners across the nation. Under the Livestock Disaster Protection Act, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Program and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program would be extended for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. “While cattlemen and women need the certainty that would be provided through a permanent disaster program in a full five-year farm bill and we continue to work toward that goal, we appreciate the efforts of all members of Congress in keeping disaster assistance part of the national dialogue,” says Scott George, NCBA President. “The continued drought which has now covered more than 70 percent of cattle country has impacted all of our ranches. Cattle producers need the tools necessary to manage the risks associated with Mother Nature.” The nation’s livestock producers have been hard hit, with this year’s drought across the country only adding to the effects caused by multi-year droughts in some of the largest cattle production areas. The drought has been a major factor in lower yields and subsequent high costs for hay and feed grains, forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle. “The risk our farmers, ranchers and all livestock owners take is undeniable,” Noem says. “The extreme weather we see across America – from drought to flood to freezes to the extreme heat – demonstrates the importance of providing a strong safety net. My bill gives some long-term certainty to our livestock owners so they’ll keep on taking the risk to contribute to our state and nation’s robust agriculture industry.” Noem previously introduced this legislation on April 26, 2012. The House of Representatives voted to approve livestock disaster assistance on Aug. 2 by a vote of 223-197. 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


Shady Brook Angus Farm • April 13, 2013 Top Bred Heifer: Shady Brook Rita 1042 $5,000.00 Top Open Cow: Shady Brook Rita 1028 $17,500.00 Total: 46 lots $187,350.00

Friendship Farms First Production Sale • April 19, 2013 Top Open Heifer: FF Rita 2Q55 of 1010 9Q13 $44,000.00 Top Bred Heifer: EXAR Primrose 1706 $5,100.00 Top Open Cow: Rita 5M46 of 2536 PRED $45,000.00 Top Bred Cow: Callaways Ideal 1804 $5,000.00 Top Fall Pair: Callaways Ideal 1828 $10,200.00

S E R V I C E S Top Embryo Top Pregnancy Total: 50 lots

Bricton Farm Female Sale • April 20, 2013 Top Open Heifer: Bricton Blackcap 2792 $18,000.00 Top Open Heifer: Lot 6B $18,000.00 Top Bred Cow: Cox Vixen 9112 $5,000.00 Top Fall Pair: Bricton Blackcap 0117 $14,250.00 Top Spring Pair: Bricton Primrose U782 $15,000.00 Top Embryo $800.00 Top Pregnancy $6,500.00 Total: 70 lots $416,500.00


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$450.00 $17,000.00 $398,300.00



Burns Farms Female Event & Commercial Bull Sale • April 20, 2013 52 bulls avg $3,545.00 68 females avg $3,965.00 1 flush avg $9,500 Total: 121 lots $434,950

Bridges Angus Farm • April 27, 2013 Top Bull: Deer Valley All In $100,000.00 Top Bred Heifer: Bridges Predestined 143 $12,250.00 Top Open Cow: G A R Objective 1885 $34,000.00 Top Embryo (2) $600 each Top Pregnancy $10,000.00 Total: 76 lots $374,350.00

Timberland Cattle Female Sale • April 27, 2013 20 bred heifers avg $2,610.00 7 bred cows avg $2,178.00 28 fall pairs avg $3,794.00 6 spring pairs avg $2,841.00 30 commercial lots avg $1,888.00 Total: 91 lots $247,400

Upper Cumberland Angus Association Sale • April 27, 2013 Top Open Heifer: Kemmer Rita Z477 $2,000.00 Top Bred Heifer: JBS 855 Bellemere Maid 108 $3,000.00 Top Bred Cow: Pride 928 of B V 111 $2,400.00 Top Fall Pair: Richview Bessie 1799 $4,700.00 Top Spring Pair: Thornbirds Shadow Mc Henry 93 $4,100.00 Total: 59 lots $155,400.00 CSR Connection Sale • May 4, 2013 6 Angus bulls avg 4 SimAngus bulls avg 2 Registered Angus safe-in-calf heifers avg 3 Registered Angus safe-in-calf cows avg 1 Three-in-one avg 31 Pairs avg 9 Safe-in-calf cows avg 26 Safe-in-calf heifers avg 8 Open heifers avg Total: 96 lots Buyers from FL and GA 54 lots avg Total: 54 lots

$1,700.00 $1,425.00 $1,750.00 $2,150.00 $1,850.00 $1,906.00 $1,778.00 $1,869.00 $1,006.00 $159,450

Generations of Value Sale • May 11, 2013

$2,445.00 $123,030.00

COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS 2013 Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale • April 5, 2013 16 Cow-calf pairs avg $1,975.00 51 Bred heifers pen of 3 avg $1,992.00 22 Bred heifers pen of 2 avg $1,718.00 73 Total bred heifers avg $1,910.00 9 Open heifers pen of 3 avg $1,334.00 22 Open heifers pen of 2 avg $1,112.00 31 Total open heifers avg $1,176.00 Total: 120 females avg $1,728.00

Northeast Georgia Livestock • April 17, 2013 Lot 1: 525 lb Holstein steers avg $111.50 Lot 2: 675 lb Holstein steers avg (sort two loads) $104.00 Lot 3: 875 lb Holstein steers avg $94.95 Lot 4: 920 lb Holstein steers avg $94.90 Lot 5: 825 lb steers avg $121.50

PRODUCERS PACK THE HOUSE for the Tifton HERD Sale in Irwinville, Ga., on April 23.

Tifton HERD Sale • April 23, 2013 117 heifers avg 1 Angus bull avg Total: 118 lots Buyers from FL and GA

$1,593.00 $3,200.00 $189,600

Northeast Georgia Livestock • April 24, 2013 Lot 3: 800 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 4: 725 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 825 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) Lot 6: 875 lb steers avg Lot 7: 900 lb steers avg Lot 8: 925 lb steers avg

$99.70 $122.00 $116.10 $120.10 $118.90 $118.50

Northeast Georgia Livestock • May 1, 2013 Lot 1: 600 lb Holstein steers avg $111.30 Lot 2: 775 lb heifers avg $118.50 Lot 3: 785 lb heifers avg $120.10 Lot 4: 800 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) $118.80 Lot 5: 800 lb heifers avg $118.25 Lot 7: 905 lb steers avg $112.25 Lot 8: 920 lb steers avg (sort two loads) $115.50 Lot 9: 975 lb steers avg $115.95 Lot 10: 850 lb steers avg $125.70 Mixed Loads Lot 6: 800 lb steers/790 lb heifers avg $114.25/$109.25 Southeast Livestock Exchange • May 7, 2013 1 Load 800 lb steers avg 1 Load 750 lb heifers avg 1 Load 800 lb steers avg 1 Load 740 lb heifers avg 1 Load 840 lb steers avg 1 Load 860 lb steers avg 1 Load 775 lb heifers avg 1 Load 670 lb heifers avg 1 Load 400 lb Holstein steers avg 1 Load 500 lb Holstein steers avg Mixed Loads 1 Load 650 lb steers/600 lb heifers avg

$133.00 $121.00 $129.00 $122.25 $129.50 $129.75 $121.00 $116.25 $110.75 $110.30


Northeast Georgia Livestock • May 8, 2013 Lot 1: 875 lb steers avg ATTENTION PRODUCERS:


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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of June


GENERAL Keep a close watch on pasture conditions. Continue supplemental feeding until grass is plentiful. Fertilize permanent pastures according to soil tests if not done previously. Start watching for flies. Order fly control products to be ready when treatment warrants. Consider the type tags or sprays used last year. Change from organophosphate to pyrethroid or vice versa. Use all outside stores of hay; clean out hay storage areas for new hay.


SPRING CALVING January, February, March For calves to begin hitting the ground around January 10, bulls need to go into pastures on April 1. Check condition of bulls during the breeding season. Provide supplemental feed if needed. Be prepared to remove bulls from heifers after a 45-60 day breeding season. Spot check heifers for activity now to see if they are breeding. Cows need to be in moderate to good condition to rebreed. Provide supplemental feed if spring pastures are slow to grow.


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



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FALL CALVING October, November, December To precondition for shipment, calves should be vaccinated for respiratory diseases 45 days prior to shipment. Check with the local veterinarian now for product recommendations so these vaccines can be ordered. Heifer calves should be calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis at 4 to 8 months of age. Pregnancy check heifers 45-60 days after the end of breeding season. Brand or otherwise establish permanent IDs for bred heifers.

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June 1, 2013 BEEF MONTH kicks off! All over Georgia Simmental Field Day Hartwell, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See May, p. 54]

June 22, 2013 Southeast Regional Junior Hereford Show Perry, Ga.

June 25, 2013 Deadline to reserve rooms for GCA Summer Conference Pine Mountain, Ga. 1-800-CALLAWAY [See advertisement, p. 21]

S E R V I C E S July 24, 2013 All American Beef Battalion Steak Dinner Fort Benning, Ga. 770-355-2166 July 26 - 28, 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 3rd Annual Summer Conference Pine Mountain, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 20]

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

October 19, 2013 Walden Farms Bull Sale October 28, 2013 Hill Vue Farm Angus & Hereford Production Sale Blairsville, Ga.

Deadline to enter GJCA Field Day T-shirt design contest Macon, Ga. August 6, 2013 June 3 -4, 2013 478-474-6560 Southeast Livestock Exchange October 30, 2013 Clemson Cattlemen’s Boot [See advertisement, p. 66] Tel-O Sale including Mountain Fink Beef Genetics Camp Cattle Alliance Annual Bull Sale Clemson, SC. June 28, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 62] Randolph, Kan. Deadline to reserve rooms for 785-532-9936 Georgia Limousin Association August 8 - 9, 2013 June 4, 2013 Field Day Deep South Stocker November 1, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Athens, Ga. Conference Bull Power IX Tel-O Sale 706-546-7311 Athens and Watkinsville, Ga. Colbert, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 62] [See advertisement, p. 31] 1-800-ASK-UGA1 706-474-0091 [See advertisement, p. 28] June 7 - 8, 2013 July 1, 2013 November 2, 2013 Southern National Entry deadline for August 17, 2013 Pigeon Mountain Angus Show Georgia Limousin Association Southern Showcase “Beef Builders” Bull Sale Perry, Ga. Field Day Simmental Sale Rome, Ga. 770-307-7178 229-567-1584 Rome, Ga. 770-547-1433 [See advertisement, p. 44] [See advertisement, p. 31] 770-547-1433 November 5, 2013 June 9 - 13, 2013 July 9, 2013 September 3, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Natural Resources Southeast Livestock Exchange Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale Conservation Workshop Tel-O Sale including Mountain Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 62] Tifton, Ga. Cattle Alliance and Southeast [See advertisement, p. 62] 229-391-5072 Georgia Cattle Marketing November 8 - 9, 2013 [See May, p. 27] Association September 16, 2013 Grandview/CMR Herefords [See advertisement, p. 62] Southeast Empire Angus Dispersal Sale June 14 - 16, 2013 Show Como, Miss. Georgia Club July 11 - 13, 2013 Lawrenceville, Ga. 904-613-4261 Calf Producers Association Georgia Junior Beef Futurity Field Day Perry, Ga. September 25 – 26, 2013 November 9, 2013 Carrollton, Ga. Georgia Southern University Blackwater Bull Sale, July 11, 2013 International Agribusiness Lake Park, Ga. June 15, 2013 GJCA Field Day Conference & Expo Florida Bull Test Perry, Ga. Savannah, Ga. Gibbs Farms Bull & Female Nomination Deadline [See advertisement, p. 67] 1-855-478-5551 Sale, Ranburne, Ala. 850-394-9124 [See advertisement, p. 47] July 19 - 20, 2013 October 1, 2013 November 9 - 22, 2013 Georgia Limousin Association Southeast Livestock Exchange North American International June 21 - 22 Meeting and Field Day Tel-O Sale Livestock Exposition Beef Industry Scholarship 229-567-1584 [See advertisement, p. 62] Louisville, Ky. Challenge [See advertisement, p. 31] Athens, Ga. October 3 - 13, 2013 478-474-6560 July 23, 2013 Georgia National Fair November 13, 2013 [See May, p. 67] Southeast Livestock Exchange Perry, Ga. Deer Valley Farm Focused on Tel-O Sale including Coastal the Future VII Sale June 21, 2013 Carolina Cattle Alliance October 5, 2013 Fayetteville, Tenn. Georgia Hereford Special Sale Sarratt Farms Sale 931-433-1895 Association Field Day [See advertisement, p. 62] Gaffney, SC [See March, p. 27] Perry, Ga. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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2013 Legislative Conference a Success

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

GCA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT JOSH WHITE AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS DALLAS DUNCAN were able to sit in on a meeting with US Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator Ambassador Isi Siddiqui to discuss country of origin labeling and source verification of cattle.

Josh White, GCA executive vice president, says he’s thankful for the participants who braved the “turbulent atmosphere” — the conference began the day after the Boston Marathon bombing, and several states’ cattlemen were holed up in congressional offices while buildings were searched for ricin. “We had the most participants that we’ve had in a number of years,” White says. “It really helped us deliver a stronger message to more of our elected officials.” Chris Taylor, Legislative Committee chairman, says that strong message is of the utmost importance. “I have realized that one of the reasons that things in our country are in the

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association members brought their boots to Capitol Hill in midApril as part of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference. GCA members were able to meet with more than a dozen of Georgia’s legis- GCA MEMBERS with Rep. Jack Kingston. From left: Josh White, Kingston, Dallas Duncan, Chris Taylor, Gerald Long, lators in Washington, Louie Perry and Bill Nutt. DC., to discuss several pressing issues affecting agriculture this year. “You always make some progress when you make face-to-face contact with staffers, congressmen and senators,” says GCA Past President Steve Blackburn, who attended the conference. “We want to make sure we’re well known and at an arm’s length if they need information.”

state that they’re in is because people are not communicating with their elected officials. Certainly folks on the other side are communicating, telling them what they want,” he says. “If the rest of us don’t make our wishes known, then how else will they know how other people see it?” And the proof is in the pudding. “Several of the main issues that we visited with our representatives about have come to the forefront in the last few weeks,” White says. “It’s so valuable to be able to pick up the phone and make sure to reiterate our position.” One of the focus points NCBA and GCA holds is that there should be no federal regulation on on-farm practices. Earlier this year, it was indicated the joint Humane Society of the United States and United Egg Producers’ bill regarding laying hen cages would be reintroduced as part of the 2013 Farm Bill. Thus far, that’s been kept out of the farm bill language. And the Animal Drug GCA MEMBERS SIT DOWN WITH REP. JOHN BARROW to discuss User Fee Act, or impending legislation that could affect Georgia agriculture, including the possible inclusion of the eastern diamondback rat- ADUFA, was passed tlesnake on the Endangered Species List. through the Senate —

clean, with no amendments, just as NCBA and GCA representatives asked. “I think it’s eye-opening to everyone who makes this trip as to why it’s necessary nowadays to have your viewpoint represented,” Blackburn says. “We’re in desperate need of people that understand agriculture, particularly livestock production, to roam the halls of Washington, DC., and Atlanta, Ga. The people now involved in the legislative process are continuing to grow farther and farther away from the firsthand knowledge of what’s involved in production.” Taylor echoed his sentiments. He says one of the most interesting parts of the trip, for him, was with Rep. John Barrow, a democrat from the 12th district. “The fact that we brought up trying to get the rattlesnake added on the Endangered Species Act just totally blew him away,” Taylor says. “He was like, ‘I can’t even believe such as that. You be sure to make a note for us to see about that.’” Overall, he says, the trip was successful. “We did an excellent job of bringing some things to light that maybe they hadn’t been paying attention to,” Taylor says. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Lights, Camera, “GJCA” ... ACTION! By Merritt Daniels, GJCA Field Day Coordinator

Last summer, as the spotlights began to swoop and swerve, the officer scouts selected our officer team. But it was last year’s Field Day that started it all as we came together as one team and stepped on the big stage. With the spotlight shining ever so bright, and just like the opening to a big production, our year began to unfold. We each knew we were being cast in roles that would be important to Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association and reaching out to new members.

The Pilot Episode: Jekyll Island

As the six members of “The Dream Team” came together at Summer Conference to discuss the events of the upcoming year, we all agreed that our 2013 Field Day had to be something unique! We wanted everyone to remember our last event together as the GJCA 2012 to 2013 officer team! To conclude the year, it was our desire to make Field Day our grand finale. Just like any great production, we wanted to leave a lasting impression, hoping to leave our audience wanting more. We knew that our venue would be the same, held in Perry, Ga., at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. However, this year’s props and script will quite different. We're going to roll out the red carpet, shine the lights and invite YOU to walk the Road to Stardom with GJCA at Field Day on July 11!

Leaked Footage

We can’t reveal too much about the upcoming production, but I can give you a little sneak peek. GJCA would like to welcome you to Hollywood with a day filled with activities that have plenty of star qual-

ity. There will be tests of athletic prowess featuring star personal trainers and glamour photo shoots. Participants can make their own stars to add to our GJCA Walk of Fame. Contest winners will walk away with Oscar statues and the 2013 to 2014 officer team will take center stage. In addition, there will be star appearances doing a livestock reasons 101 session, a beef cooking demonstration and more!


No Field Day is complete without its biggest stars. There are six leading roles that need to be filled! We are on the lookout for the six juniors who will be the next officer team. Applications are available on the GJCA website and are due in by June 17 and auditions (phone interviews!) will take place during that following week. We cannot wait to see what show-stopping ideas the next officer team will bring to the association! As Field Day coordinator, let me be the first to formally invite you to our rendition of Hollywood. It will be like no Field Day ever before as our officer team takes a final bow and the new leaders pick up their scripts to lead GJCA to its next level of stardom! GC

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