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In This Issue…

March 2014 Issue GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION 100 Cattlemen’s Drive | P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 | Fax: 478-474-5732 |

GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President:  Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Association Services: Will Bentley, Director of Communications and Youth Activities: Bailey Toates, GBB Director of Industry Information and Public Relations: Suzanne Black, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow,

GCA Mission Statement

The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry. 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. 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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Association Reports 6 GCA President’s Report, By David Gazda 9 GCA Executive Vice President’s Report, By Josh White 10 GCA Leadership 21 Georgia Beef Board Report, By Suzanne Black 44 Nominating Committee Report 80 ByLaws Committee Report 102 Georgia Young Cattlemen’s Council Report, By Robert Arnold Industry News 14 Beef Industry Weighs in on Truck Weights Study, By Jim Handley 15 A Tale of Two Farm Bills, By Scott George 28 Certified Hereford Beef Update 36 34 Years in the Making:Tinney Farms, By Micky Burch 56 Forward Thinking, By Bailey Toates 72 CattleFax Market Outlook 82 GCA Convention, Beef Expo and Trade Show 101 GJCA Convention Activities Reader Services 13 In My Opinion, By Rebecca Jacobs 18 Good Moos! 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Suzanne Black 27 A Gift of Glasses, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 90 Local Market Reports 92 Classified Ads 95 Calendar of Events 104 Advertising Index Expert Advice 32 Poor Quality Forages Pose Life-Threatening Risk to GA

Cow Herds, By Jacob Segers, Dennis Hancock, Lee Jones,

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T. Brian Tankersley, Curt Lacy and Lawton Stewart

The View from Down Under, By Dennis Hancock A Newcomer’s Perspective, By Jason Duggin



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Association Reports

I have recently returned from the NCBA Convention in Nashville and I must say - if you were unable to attend this year you owe it to yourself to make plans to do so in the future! Unfortunately for us from the Deep South, the convention won’t be returning to our part of the country until 2017 when it will once again be hosted by the Music City. GCA was well represented at this year’s convention by a good turnout of cattlemen, cattlewomen and staffers as well as Georgia Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall and his wife, Bonnie. Informative and educational programs covering a multitude of topics, excellent speakers and presentations, productive committee meetings, and six and a half acres of trade show exhibits made for an enjoyable week in Nashville. Discussion during the week ranged from the recent passage of the Farm Bill and Congress’ failure to fix MCOOL legislation, to consumer perception and beef demand, to the most widely used term in agriculture (that I’m now convinced no one, including McDonalds, knows the exact meaning of ): “sustainability.” Featured speakers included Captain Richard Phillips, the inspiration for the movie “Captain Phillips,” and Archie Manning, better known as Peyton and Eli’s dad. Each shared their personal and inspirational stories and the importance of developing leadership skills, both in their own thought provoking and at times, humorous, ways. The Peterson brothers, three teenagers from a Kansas farm family, entertained attendees with their rap style music with clever lyrics that promoted their farming background and agriculture. Personally, I’m not a fan of rap music but I have to admit that I really enjoyed watching and listening to these brothers perform. Their humbleness, strong moral beliefs and sincere passion to share agriculture’s story with those removed from the farm is commendable and appreciated by this new fan. Great job! Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax and others from his organization discussed current record cattle and beef prices, potential export opportunities and the globalization of the beef market place for U.S. producers, and the necessity of 6

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President’s Report

GCA President David Gazda and Family rebuilding the nation’s cowherd in order to maintain economic stability within the industry. It’s interesting to note during this same CattleFax session all speakers, including the long range weather forecaster/ advisor were bullish on beef ’s future, confidently announcing the imminent return of El Nino, the end of the drought in the west and the beginning of another this summer in the southeast. Although I sincerely hope those cattlemen in the west receive the much-needed rain, I also hope this weatherman’s prognostication is like most others: only half right. Finally, NCBA announced the spring 2014 release of “Farmland,” a documentary film supported by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance that follows the lives of six young farmers and ranchers, all in their 20’s. The film exhibits their passion for a way of life that has been passed down generation to generation. Again, the state of Georgia is well represented as Leighton Cooley, a fourth generation poultry operator and cattlemen from Roberta, Ga, shares his story of how faith, family and hard work truly exemplify those involved in agriculture and rural America. This morning, as a winter weather system approached Georgia just two weeks after the state was made a mockery of during our first winter storm, I watched and listened as an Atlanta television station reported on two stories they obviously felt deserved equal coverage and airtime. One story involved the recall of 9 million pounds of beef, which I later discovered was actually beef by-products (liver, tongue, cheek etc.), from a California farm. The second story involved the conviction and sentencing

of an Atlanta man for animal abuse. The incident, captured on video and shown repeatedly during the telecast, shows the individual striking a young dog repeatedly, before putting it in a small crate and tossing it from a two-story balcony. Fortunately the dog survived the incident and is recovering after being adopted by a Florida family. The abuser was justifiably convicted, as he should have been, and sentenced to three years in prison. What, might you ask, does this have to do with me? Why should something that occurred on the other side of the country, or even in Atlanta, concern me? If stories like these do not concern you, they should! They should because it clearly shows the power of the news media and the influence it has on the public, our consumer. The announced recall of beef, even though it was only byproducts and not exactly a staple of most household diets, conjures up thoughts of another Jack-In-the-Box, BSE, or lean finely textured beef fiasco. Also, I’m convinced the dog abuse story, by no means do I condone the individual’s actions with that dog or any other animal, would never have been reported and covered on television had there not been video footage made available. My point simply is this: It is our responsibility as beef producers to produce not only for the consumer in this country, but to provide the world population with a safe, nutritious and humanely-raised product, without exception. Our product is the consumer’s protein of choice; let’s keep it that way. I look forward to visiting with you at the convention next month, and don’t forget to vote “Yes” on the ACC for Beef referendum!

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Georgia Cattlemen’s staff were joined by GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council board members to help promote beef and the cattle industry at the Georgia Young Farmer’s Convention in Augusta. YCC Chair, Robert Arnold, and Chair-elect, Bo Huddleston, are shown hosting “Beef Jeopardy” in the trade show. “The Jeopardy game was a huge hit,” GCA’s Will Bentley says. “We had people wanting to play over and over, especially the kids.” GCA, YCC and GBB look forward to next year’s event.

Georgia State Conservationist, James E. Tillman, Sr. addressed the Georgia Technical Committee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service at a recent meeting in Perry. The group gathered to discuss programs and services with a focus on improving for the future of Georgia agriculture. GCA Executive VP, Josh White, thanked the committee members for their guidance of EQUIP and other programs that are beneficial to Georgia farmers and ranchers while challenging them to reach out to more cattlemen around the state.

GBB staff members Suzanne Black and Tricia Combes visited with high school culinary instructors and their students at the annual ProStart Culinary Expo held each year in metro Atlanta. “Reaching the millennial generation, especially in a suburban environment, is a powerful use of our checkoff dollars,” says Black. More info on recent GBB outreach events on page 21. GBB also participated at the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah. “It is important to share with dairy producers how their beef check-off dollars are being used,” say GBB’s Josh White. “Dairymen are major investors in the check-off program.”


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Association Reports • Executive Vice President’s Report

March Madness Josh White

March Madness means different things to different people. For many it means college basketball’s NCAA Tournament is in full swing and a national champion will soon be crowned. If you are a cattleman it means that grass is - or will soon be - growing and at its nutritional peak. No matter what your age or vocation it is the time of year that spring fever is hitting everyone full force. Around the office we are in full convention preparation mode. Honestly, our convention committee and staff have been working together for two years to bring you the 2014 GCA Convention, Trade Show & Beef Expo. We are excited to bring you the world renowned animal behavior and cattle facility design expert, Dr. Temple Grandin, who will be speaking in several different sessions. We’ve also changed our schedule to host the “Cattlemen’s Hot Topics Round Table” on Friday morning before the annual meeting so that more cattlemen can attend. It was extremely popular last year and we’re hoping the time change will yield a packed house for an informative session. Come a day early for the “300 Days of Grazing” workshop that Dennis Hancock has organized with the support of the Georgia Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition. The Trade Show looks like it will be our largest in history - we’ve redesigned the layout to make it easier for you to visit all of our vendors with more space for large equipment. March Madness could certainly describe the pace that the General Assembly has set for the 2014 legislative session. We have been busy advocating for liability protection for cattle farmers and ranchers through the expansion of existing law. Hopefully by the time you read this, we will have a bill finalized and published to begin the conversation at the Capitol in earnest. Another priority that volunteer leaders and staff continue to promote is funding for the beef cattle research position in Tifton. Look for periodic email updates from GCA on the legislative session. If you have not subscribed to our email distribution list - visit www.gabeef. org/gca, scroll down and click on “join the GCA email list” to sign up today. March will finally bring the referendum vote for the Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef, or state checkoff. While it seems like a long time coming, the short delay in getting ballots mailed out was necessary to insure the legality of the vote. The original Commodity Promotions Act,

which was enacted in 1961, has some very precise provisions which may seem antiquated but have stood the test of time as reliable law when it comes to promoting agricultural products. If you went through the sign-up period and requested one, you should definitely receive a ballot by the end of March. The tentative mail-out date as of press time is March 15th. GCA policy passed at the 2013 Convention fully supports the creation of and funding for the ACC for Beef. Additional information is available on page 46 or call the office if you have additional questions. Cattle markets could also be described as March Madness this year. They have certainly started out 2014 with a fury. While market reports have been strong, hearing of actual sales from fellow cattleman quickens my pulse. Cull cows bringing over $110/cwt! Four weight calves netting $900! And those are early February values - before the grass has even thought about putting out. It is definitely a good time to own some cattle It also makes sound management decisions pay even bigger dividends as each live calf and each pound are worth more and more. We are offering great Zoetis Cattlemen’s College programs at Convention including Beef Quality Assurance training on Thursday afternoon and a very practical “Top Ten Money Makers” program Saturday morning that any cattleman can learn from. I’m drifting back to Convention must be March Madness setting in - see convention coverage beginning on page 82. At our house this year we had February Madness with all three kids playing basketball. During one 10 day period we (primarily meaning my wife) attended twelve games. It was a great experience with each of our children learning and improving tremendously. Having an exercise outlet during this icy winter was a real blessing too. I want to thank the churches, recreation leagues, volunteer coaches and parents that work so hard to give children in our communities an opportunity to learn sports and compete in a healthy environment. Now it’s on to baseball for our youngest, Nathan, and softball for our daughter Claire. T.K. says he’s earned a break from organized sports after all the running for basketball! It’s not too late to sign up for the 2014 Spring GCA Tour but the bus is getting full - call the office or visit www.gabeef. org/gca for details. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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

David Gazda President

1985 Morton Rd Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

Melvin Porter President-Elect

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

Executive Committee Members

Kristy Arnold, Screven 912-294-3485 • Lee Brown, Colbert 706-207-7048 • Carroll T. Cannon, Ty Ty 229-776-4383 • Brent Galloway, Monticello 678-410-6070 • Kyle Gillooly, Wadley 478-494-9593 • Jan Scott, Hazlehurst 912-309-2349 •

Randy Fordham Vice President

65 Corey Dr Danielsville, GA 30633 706-207-1301 randy.fordham

Billy Moore Treasurer

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

Josh White Executive V. P.

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

GCA Immediate Past President

Chuck Joiner, Carrollton 770-832-7299 •

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 •

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 Region 8: Rodney Hilley, 770-567-3909 Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 tcheely@uga.ed Region 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-775-2287 Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton


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GCA Past Presidents

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

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

ABAC | Aaron Weaver | 386-527-9232 Amicalola | George Lyons | 706-265-3328 Appalachian Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | David Lowe |706-485-6436 Banks | Thomas Dalton | 706-677-3008 Barrow | Mike Pentecost | 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Berrien | Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain | Laurie McClearen | 706-946-6366 Brooks | Kurt Childers | 229-561-3466 Burke | Milo Hege | 706-554-4933 Carroll | Tony Cole | 770-596-6596 Clarke-Oconee | Walter Lee | 706-769-4231 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Cook | Sean Resta | 229-896-8285 Coweta | Robert Allen | 678-923-6159 Crawford Area | Doug Bailey | 478-361-3024 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-246-0951 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Wesley Manis | 706-346-0874 Franklin | Keyes Davison | 706-498-6359 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | John Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Joe Griffith | 770-301-9113 Harris | Sandy Reames | 706-628-4956 Hart | Jason Fain | 706-436-9299

Heard | Keith Jenkins | 770-854-5933 Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430 Henry | Howie Doerr | 404-502-6287 Houston | Wayne Talton | 478-987-0358 Jackson | Cole Elrod | 678-410-1312 Jefferson | Donavan Holdeman | 706-833-2962 Johnson Area | Will Tanner | 478-278-1922 Laurens | Brad Childers | 478-376-4670 Lincoln | Billy Moss | 706-654-6071 Little River | Marvin Norman | 706-595-4291 Lowndes | Vacant Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Ron Conner | 478-847-5944 Madison | Trey McCay | 706-255-8422 Meriwether | David Ward, Jr. | 706-741-6260 Mid-Georgia | Danny Bentley | 706-647-7089 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Chris Franklin | 706-263-2008 North Georgia | Wesley Hall | 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia | L. C. Pruitt | 706-865-2898 Northwest Georgia | Don Douglas | 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Andrew Gaines | 706-202-5742 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187

Peach | Willis Brown | 478-956-2798 Piedmont | Earnest Nichols, Jr. | 770-314-6061 Piney Woods | Steve Smith | 912-278-1460 Polk | Jason Bentley | 770-855-0082 Pulaski | Terry Moore | 478-952-0685 Red Carpet | Doug Bramlett | 770-547-9851 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | Lavawn Luke | 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia | Charles Harris | 912-288-3437 Stephens | Mark Smith | 706-779-7362 Tattnall | Newley Halter | 912-690-0789 Taylor | Wayne Wilson | 706-656-6351 Thomas | Charles R. Conklin | 229-228-6548 Three Rivers | Derek Williams | 229-315-0986 Tift | Buck Aultman | 229-382-3202 Tri-County | Alan Sowar | 770-668-4226 Tri-State | Gary Autry | 423-902-5925 Troup | Tom Mahaffey | 770-329-7197 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Jenna Lacey | 850-712-3329 Walton | Sammy Maddox | 770-267-8724 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-240-0453 Wayne | Randy Franks | 912-294-6802 Webster | Andy Payne | 229-828-2140 Wilkes | Shane Moore | 706-678-5705 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

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

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

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

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

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Call To Action At ELC What an adventure this year’s Emerging Leadership Conference ended up being! What I envisioned as a two day workshop turned into so much more; and yes, I’m partially talking about the effects SnowJam had on our fun. When I first sent my Emerging Leaders application to GCA I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn a few things and meet some influential people. Once I received the itinerary for the conference I realized I was in for quite a treat. While I am somewhat a newbie to the cattle industry I am fully vested; I believe in this lifestyle heart and soul. Getting to meet and hear from so many of those who work so hard every day to ensure a better future for our farms was invaluable to me. David Gazda, our current GCA president, opened the conference and really set the tone for the next two days. He reminded us that our mission “is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.” This would be our focus for the next two days. Our first day was spent in the conference room of the GCA building in Macon. Our first speaker was Dr. Keith Bertrand from UGA who talked about programs the school sponsors, i.e. the HERD program, Bull Test program and GA Beef Challenge. Colin Woodall, VP of Government Affairs for NCBA, spoke of the 2014 Farm Bill and noted the challenges we face going forward: changing dietary recommendations, use of veterinary drugs, trade initiatives and immigration laws. We were also fortunate enough to have Zippy Duvall join us; Zippy is the current Georgia Farm Bureau president and a fellow cattle-lover. He reminded us that we must advocate for ourselves. If we confine ourselves to our farms and decline to let our voices be heard, then we’ll be stuck with whatever our non-farming lawmakers come up with. Robert Fountain, a former CBB Treasurer and current GBB director, reviewed highlights of the Beef Checkoff structure. By electing to have an additional dollar collected in Georgia we will be able to invest in production research and continue to build demand for beef in our state. Dr. Kim Lawson, Director of Sustainability Research for NCBA, joined us via conference call to fill us in on the sustainability research currently being conducted through Checkoff dollars. The Sustainability Study concluded that in just five short years the beef industry has improved sustainability by 5 percent and the overall environmental and

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social footprint has decreased by 7 percent. Pretty amazing, right? The final speaker, Julie McPeake, focused her activity on media training. Yikes, I know, it was scary for me at first too but looking back on the training I’m glad I participated. It’s only natural for us to be defensive of the business that we love but we have to learn to channel that passion into positive messages that the general public can understand. Are you ready for day two? This is where it gets interesting. Our second day began with a breakfast meeting at the Atlanta Farmer’s Market where we were joined by Paul Thompson, the Farmer’s Market manager; Dr. Robert Cobb, our state veterinarian; and Melvin Porter, GCA presidentelect. It’s pretty obvious to tell that we as cattle farmers have a lot of great people in our corner that are committed to the growth of our business. After an informative update from Dr. Cobb on animal traceability we headed to Buckhead Beef for a tour of their new state-of-the-art facility. What a neat experience to see the end processing of our beef products. If you ever have the chance to go, DO! As we walked out of Buckhead Beef there was a solid blanket of snow on the ground. It wasn’t even noon and the interstates were a mess. The majority of our group decided to head for home but some of us who still had standing appointments with our state representatives decided to brave the snow and head to the Capitol. Our goal was to discuss important legislative issues with our representatives. I was lucky enough to meet with my state representative, Trey Kelley. It was now time to hit the road and after checking the traffic several times I knew my drive home to Rockmart would be interesting to say the least. Long story short, after spending four hours in the car, and only traveling eight miles I ended up getting stuck near the Vinings area, when a kind stranger and his wonderful family took me in for the night. I was extremely grateful to have a warm and safe place to spend the night until my husband, with a beast of a 4-wheel-drive farm truck, came to rescue me the next day. While I could look back on my experience at the conference with a sour taste due to Atlanta gridlock, I do not. The Emerging Leaders Conference was absolutely worth the trouble and I am thankful to have been a part of it. Anyone who is able to attend in the future definitely has my recommendation. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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NCBA News and Updates

The Beef Industry Weighs in on USDOT Truck Weights Study

By Jim Handley, executive vice president, Florida Cattlemen’s Association Truck weight regulations affect every cattle producer’s bottom line. In my home state of Florida, we don’t have the abundant resources to feed out cattle. Instead, we operate primarily as a cow/calf state and ship our calves west to feed yards where the resources are more readily available. Handley Contrary to popular belief, the days of the cattle drive have been over for a long time. Cattle are no longer shipped by rail, and nearly all of the transportation (with the exception of Hawaii) occurs via truck. For producers in areas far from feed yards, the added cost of shipping comes out of their profit margin. While we have a vast network of interstate highways and critical infrastructure in the states, we are hindered by outdated truck weight laws that keep us from reaching our full potential. The cost of the truck weight burden is borne by cow/calf producers like myself in every state. In Florida, current trucking costs are approximately $3.80 per mile and have been as high as $4.00 per mile. Consider a truck traveling from Okeechobee, Fla. to Amarillo, Texas. At $3.80 per mile, traveling 1,750 miles, the cost would be $6,650. For a 50,000 lbs truck load, the cost per pound is 13.3 cents. If the gross limit is increased by 10% (10,000 lbs.) that would increase the tare weight by 20% (10,000 lbs), from 50,000 lbs to 60,000 lbs. This increase would reduce costs by 2.2 cents per pound to 11.1 cents per pound. This could reduce the annual shipment of 800,000 calves at an average of 500 lbs. per calf, from 8,000 semi-truck loads per year to 6,400 loads per year. The higher ratio of 13.3 cents per pound is an additional net cost of $8,800,000 annually to the Florida cattle industry. Meanwhile, sealed containers with imported goods are allowed to be shipped in excess of the truck weight limit on the very same roads as our domestic products that must be shipped under the weight limit. That puts us at a competitive disadvantage to not only our competition in the U.S., but around the world. According to Meat & Livestock Australia, Australia produces four percent of the world’s beef supply and is the third largest beef exporter. Like the United States, large population centers are found near the coastal areas with beef production found in the rural areas. Unlike the United States, Australia does not have a major feed yard sector as part of its production. However, cattle are shipped by truck from the farm or ranch to the abattoir, or beef packing facility, once the animal is ready for harvesting. Yet, they are not burdened with outdated truck weight regulations and their ability to use much larger and heavier trucks gives them the advantage of consolidating shipments and keeping their shipping costs low. FCA stands with NCBA in support of not only higher 14

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truck weights but the addition of a sixth axle to compensate for weight displacement and braking abilities. A sixth axle truck weighing 97,000 lbs has the same braking capacity as a five axle truck weighing 80,000 lbs. The beef industry is very diverse and relies on the safe, timely transportation of livestock from all corners of the country to keep up with global demand for a high quality product. For cattle producers, the safety of our animals is our top priority. The last thing we want to do is jeopardize the safety of their animals by cutting corners in shipping. We should learn from the transportation advancements of others like Canada, Australia, and the European Union. Since the United Kingdom raised its gross vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for six-axle vehicles in 2001, fatal truck-related accident rates have declined by 35 percent. More freight has been shipped, but the vehicle miles traveled to deliver a ton of freight has declined. As a result of the 2012 Highway Bill, USDOT was authorized to conduct a study on the current status of our roads and bridges and to consider their safety with possible increase in truck weights. NCBA and affiliates submitted comments discussing the impact on our industries. We expect USDOT to issue a final report later in 2014 after the findings are reviewed objectively.

Legislative Watch 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.), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho)

H.R. 1462 — Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act Amends the Clean Air Act to revise the renewable fuel program. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1462. Key Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)

S. 1343 — Farmer Identit y Protection ActProtects the personal information of livestock producers from being distributed to third parties. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 1343. Key Sponsors: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

S.1900 & H.R. 3830 — Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 To establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs. NCBA urges a YES vote on S.1900 and H.R. 3830.

Key Sponsors: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)

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A Tale of Two Farm Bills

By Scott George, NCBA President

The past few weeks brought to light the tale of two very conflicting farm bills. There was the House-passed version that NCBA supported – that version contained all of our priorities – and the Bill the SenateHouse Conferees released on Monday – which NCBA could not support. George The original House version would have revised the Freedom of Information Act provisions and prevented EPA from releasing producer’s personal information. We have long maintained that producers and their families live at their place of business and to turn address, telephone numbers and, in some cases, geographic coordinates over to anyone who has a computer is in effect reckless and poses serious agro-terrorism threats. Legislation preventing EPA from implementing the Spill Convention Control and Countermeasure rule was included that would put an end to forcing costly containment plans on all ag producers regardless of size. It also included language that would have ended the debate on the GIPSA provisions, leaving producers the freedom to operate and market in ways that serve their bottom line. The House bill contained the King Amendment to protect interstate commerce, and prevented states from implementing costly production mandates on all of agriculture. And of course, permanent disaster assistance was included, providing relief for states hard hit by flooding, drought, snow and wildfire. Our heavy lift in the Senate came not on what was in their bill, but what was not in the bill. Namely, the HSUS/ UEP agreement or “egg-bill” that would have, for the first time, Congressionally mandated production standards on a segment of animal agriculture. We believe that producers are

the best care-takers for their livestock and the ability to adapt and improve management practices cannot continuously improve if it is mandated in statute. This agreement had no place in legislation and would have handed HSUS a major win. We appreciate actions taken by the Senate to keep this language out of the base bill. The other farm bill was the bill that was released Monday by the Senate-House conference committee. In evaluating the bill, solutions to our long-term regulatory concerns were not included. Additionally, we are disappointed a World Trade Organization-compliant resolution to address mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling was not included, particularly in the face of retaliatory actions by the governments of Mexico and Canada. COOL was originally created in the 2002 Farm Bill and has been a failure by every measure. The WTO has ruled on multiple occasions that the U.S. mandatory COOL policy violates WTO standards and if not resolved, Mexico and Canada will be forced to retaliate against the U.S. beef industry. Mexico and Canada are two of our largest export markets for U.S. beef. That is why our officer team made the decision to oppose the farm bill conference report. It was a difficult decision, but we needed to make the decision that was best for the long-term profitability of the cattle industry. We had a golden opportunity to fix many of these issues. These issues that were created by Congress, need to be addressed by Congress, and that did not happen. It is not the way anyone involved wanted this issue to end. But the truth is in Washington, these issues do not ever end. We will continue to serve our members and carry out our policy priorities and we look forward to continuing to work with our friends in Congress.

NCBA Requests Extension to Brazilian Beef Import Comment Period

USDA’s proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil recently appeared in the Federal Register. Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinarian for NCBA, is working with our membership to carefully review the current APHIS risk-analysis for the importation of fresh beef from designated regions in Brazil. NCBA plans to submit comments on behalf our members. Although NCBA generally favors decisions to expand export markets for beef based on internationally sound science, concern exists regarding the risk for the introduction of Foot-and-Mouth Disease with the future implementation of this proposed rule. Currently, the fresh beef trade from Brazil is restricted to the region of Santa Catarina, which is the only region of Brazil considered free of FMD without the use of vaccination. The proposed rule addresses opening

imports from the States of Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia, Sao Paulo, Sergipe and Tocantins, which are considered free of FMD with the use of vaccination. In order to secure and review the associated background documents to the APHIS risk-analysis, NCBA has requested a 60- day extension to the comment period. Currently, NCBA policy specifically addresses the importation of fresh beef from regions in Brazil and advocates against the action. Given the high stakes and possible devastating effects of FMD to our U.S. cattle herd, NCBA most certainly believes that a 60-day extension to the current comment period is critical to apply the necessary due diligence to our review and comment on the proposed rule . GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Hunter Grayson received the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce award for The Outstanding New Farmer at their 2014 annual Awards Banquet. The Outstanding New Farmer Award is a new farmer recognition program established this year by the Chamber Agribusiness Committee. The goals of the Outstanding New Farmer Award is to foster better urban-rural relations through the understanding of farmers’ challenges, as well as the appreciation of their contributions and achievements, to bring about a greater interest in farmers/ ranchers; and to help build an urban awareness of the farmers’ importance and impact on America’s economy. The Outstanding New Farmer Award program encourages a greater interest in agriculture through the appreciation of the farmers’ contributions and achievements and recognizes local citizens’ contributions and encourages better urban-rural relations. Hunter was also awarded his FFA American Degree at the last FFA National Convention.

Farmers and agribusiness leaders attending the Georgia Ag Forecast meeting at the Georgia Farm Bureau office in Macon Jan. 24 heard 2014 economic outlooks for Georgia’s major commodities and learned about succession planning for family farms and agribusinesses. UGA Extension Economist Dr. Curt Lacy gave the economic outlook for Georgia’s livestock, honey and timber crops. Lacy said as the overall economy improves, demand for livestock and timber products should increase in 2014. He added that lower grain prices and increasing exports should support livestock and poultry prices. “I’m predicting that things will be as good as they can be this coming year,” Lacy said. “If you can’t make money this year, it’s a problem for you because things are going to be about as good as they can be.”

A huge thank you goes out to Fred and Anne Gretsch of Gretsch Brothers Angus for their donation of a Gretsch Historic guitar to benefit the GCA Building Remodel campaign. The guitar was auctioned during their January 25th Bull & Commercial Female sale. Madison county cattlemen’s board member David Echols took charge of organizing a syndicate of GCA supporters who bought the guitar for $4800 and donated it back to GCA. Be sure and attend the GCA Convention and Beef Expo where the guitar will be auctioned off to the highest bidder Friday afternoon, April 4th during the Commercial Heifer Sale. 18

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hapter onnections Past Barrow County Cattlemen’s President, Linda Crumley, just completed a three year term representing Georgia as part of the Southeast Unit on Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB). As a volunteer leader on CBB, Crumley helped guide decisions on how beef checkoff dollars are spent at the national level. “I have learned so much about the checkoff and met people from all over the country,” shares Crumley, “it is really eye opening to see challenges folks face from other areas of the U.S. and work with them to effectively use checkoff dollars.” Crumley has served on a number of committees that guide contractors work on behalf of the checkoff. If you’ve been to any of the state cattle shows during the past two decades you know that Crumley is an avid supporter of the junior livestock programs in Georgia. She also serves on the board of Georgia CattleWomen and is a great promoter of our product – BEEF! Thank you Ms. Crumley for your service to Georgia’s cattle industry on the CBB!

Cattlemen from Brooks and Tift counties recently took the opportunity to visit Florida and get a glimpse of its cattle operations. The educational experience was made possible by planning of Brooks county extension agent Garvie Nichols, Brooks county Young Farmer advisor Dave Bearden, Tift county Young Farmer advisor Carl Nichols, and the dean of agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Dr. Tim Marshall along with sponsorship from ADM Alliance Nutrition. Some of the lessons learned were to be stewards of the land, to raise cattle we must first raise grass, health and nutrition is essential, one does not have to be fancy to function, a little ear can be a positive attribute, and involve youth on the farm. The farms that were visited will continue on because the children are allowed to help make decisions while still being able to learn upon the knowledge of parents and grandparents, ensuring the operation have the experience to continue in the years to come.

The Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association recently met in the Culinary Arts Cafe in the Lincoln County High School. Lynn Gay, Culinary Arts teacher, and Dennis Gay, Ag teacher, prepared a wonderful steak supper, which was served by their FCCLA/FFA students . The meeting was sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. Kevin Yon, owner of Yon Family Farms, Ridge Spring, S.C. presented a great program on “Managing Cattle By Seasons.” Forty one people attended and several new individuals joined. Billy Moss serves as the new president and Stan Tankersley serves as treasurer. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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By Suzanne Black GBB director of industry information & public relations March is here and warmer weather is in sight. I have had a very eventful past few months experiencing ice and snow! The excitement didn’t last very long and I am thankful for that. I have come to the conclusion that no matter how long I have been in Georgia I will always have some Florida in me. Quite frankly I will always be a wimp when it comes to cold weather. Moving away from the weather and on to sports, the Super Bowl is behind us and March Madness is upon us. I hope all you college basketball fans out there have your brackets ready to fill out. The NCAA college basketball tournament is this month and it provides the perfect time to feature this BEEFY Cheese Dip. Some of my favorite dishes include finger foods or easy dips that are great for a group of friends to share. This dip is similar to your average queso dip but there are so many options for spicing, creaming, beaning and BEEFing it up! The best thing about this dip is that it is easy and it is a great way to put your left over’s to use! Don’t you just hate it when you have left over taco meat but you ran out of taco shells and toppings? Well, stir that seasoned beef into some Velveeta cheese and add some extra fixings to it if you’d like. Everyone will love it and it’s a perfect snack to fix for the big basketball showdown or any time of the year! Enjoy this BEEFY Cheese Dip while you’re cheering on your favorite team! Ingredients: 2 pounds ground beef 2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained 3 pounds Velveeta Tortilla chips of your choice Directions: 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in cheese, Rotel tomatoes and green chilies. 2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Serve with tortilla chips. If you are in a hurry you can always fix this beef lovers favorite on the stove top stirring until the dip is heated and mixed thoroughly. Tip: the longer it simmers the better the flavor. Make this BEEFY favorite your own by adding some flavor! Cream it UP!: Add 1 can cream mushroom soup Spice it UP!: Add 1 small white onion, finely diced Add 1 can green chili peppers (7 ounce), finely chopped Add 1 jalapeno, chopped Add ½ packet of taco seasoning Bean it UP!: Add 1 (10 ounce) can refried beans 20

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Association Reports

Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update March 2014 By Suzanne Black, GBB director of industry information and public relations It has been a busy first few months of 2014! With several events keeping us busy, summer will be here before we know it. We also have some exciting news to share with you! It was announced at the NCBA Annual Convention in Nashville that we received a grant from the Federation Initiative Fund to promote beef at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th! A portion of this grant will go towards a “Team Beef ” in the race. If you are interested in running on our Team contact Suzanne at the office for more information. Get excited to RUN FOR BEEF! Rotary Club of Jones County GBB spent some time with the Rotary Club of Jones County to talk about beef and our role in the industry. It was great visiting with leaders in the mid-Georgia community about the importance of incorporating beef in their everyday diets. The club members left with knowledge of beef nutrition and beef production in Georgia. Food Blog South Partnering with Florida Beef Council and Alabama Beef Council, GBB attended Food Blog South in Birmingham, Ala. as an event sponsor and exhibitor. This event is geared toward foodie bloggers who would like to enhance their profession or involvement as a food blogger. Blogging has become a huge outlet for consumers to seek information and recipes. We enjoyed meeting bloggers with intentions of building relationships and sharing ideas of how we can partner to feature and promote beef on future blog posts or events. UGA Beef Team Spring semester at UGA is in session and the 2014 Beef Team has been chosen. Eight Beef Team members were chosen, trained, and have already hit the ground running in their local Kroger. The team of eight will complete a total of 192 hours of beef promotion breaking down into eight, three hour shifts each. During their shifts team members will be handing out beef recipes and industry information to consumers. They will assist consumers by answering any questions about beef cookery or how to select beef cuts that best fit their needs. The team will offer beef samples at every shift highlighting any cuts that are on sale that day with the end goal of increasing beef sales throughout the three months they spend in the store. ProStart The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia host the ProStart Culinary Expo which is geared toward high school culinary students. GBB has established a relationship with this organization and each year we attend their Expo to educate culinary students about the beef industry and cooking beef. We spoke to hundreds of students who were eager to learn about beef through our trivia game. Students were also thrilled to sample our Beefy Cheese Dip and take home their own recipe card. ProStart has allowed us to maintain our relationships with culinary teachers to ensure beef is kept in the classroom and on the plate.

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


Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Dr. Frank Thomas 68 GA 149 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743 Betts Berry 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049 Zippy Duvall P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31298 478-474-8411 Robert Fountain Jr. P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 4541 Mountville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Allen Wiggins 1315 U.S. 41 Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-3371 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Emerging Leaders Conference

GCA’s 2014 Emerging Leaders Conference was a success! Twelve emerging volunteer leaders came from across Georgia. Speakers on day one included: Dr. Keith Bertrand (UGA), Colin Woodall (NCBA), Zippy Duvall (GFB), Robert Fountain (GBB), Dr. Kim Lawson (NCBA), Darren Williams (NCBA) and Julie McPeake (SE AgNet). On day two of ELC we ventured to Atlanta for breakfast with Paul Thompson, Atlanta State Farmer’s Market manager and Dr. Robert Cobb, Georgia’s state veterinarian. We then headed to Buckhead Beef where Sierra Coggins gave us an insightful tour. After our tour we were greeted by falling snow. Our goal was to meet with Senators and Representatives, but the weather caused many to cancel. Some folks pressed on to visit the GA Department of Ag to meet with Commissioner Gary Black and on to the Capitol for legislative visits. 22

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The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show concluded with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings. Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, succeeded Scott George as NCBA president during the association’s board of directors meeting. “It is a great honor to be elected to lead NCBA for the next year. A strong future lies ahead of us with endless opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women,” said McCan. “There are many issues that need our attention, and my goal is to bring unity to our efforts to address them. In addition, I look forward to meeting cattlemen throughout the country to hear their concerns and work to make our industry as successful as it can be.” The Board of Directors also voted on policy issues, including resolutions on cattle health and well-being; cattle marketing and international trade; federal lands ranching and more. Steve Blackburn and Randy Fordham represent Georgia’s interest on the policy division of the Board of Directors. Dr. Frank Thomas serves on the NCBA Federation of State Beef Councils. A record-setting number of over 8,200 cattlemen and women attended the industry’s convention. This year’s convention participants heard from industry leaders, gathered insight on industry trends, met with their fellow cattlemen and women, and enjoyed a night at the Grand Ole Opry. “Our strength as an organization and as an industry will only be as strong as the producers in it,” said McCan. “I look forward to working with our state affiliates and our state beef councils to build programs that will have the most impact on our operations and industry.”


1. Randy Fordham, Steve Blackburn and Dr. Frank Thomas voting on NCBA audit report. 2. Cattlemen from across the U.S. participate in the policy development process at NCBA Annual Convention. 3. Jacob Nyhuis serves on the Property Rights & Environmental Management committee meeting. Nyhuis is also on GCA’s YCC board. 4. Bob McCan addresses Region II welcoming them to Nashville and thanking them for attending. 5. Bill Nutt, chair of Cattle Health & Well-Being committee and past GCA president discusses hot topics.





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We have lots of folks come through our office and home. We try to be hospitable. While cleaning up the office, I found a pair of glasses. They were the frameless kind that make you look like Benjamin Franklin. I asked around the office, yet no one claimed them. In the midst of all this I had been trying to buy a pair of glasses on the Internet. I had actually bought several pair on Craig’s List but since I have astigmatism in my left eye it was hard to find one with my requirements. I did get a pair whose right lens was for astigmitites (or whatever optometrists call our handicap). So my choice was to take out the right astigmatic lens, drill little holes on each side big enough to insert a rubber band, and be a one-lens left-eyed bandit...which I did. The right lens looked good on my left eye except I had to get within 2 inches to get an object into focus. But then, like manna from heaven, I found those glasses in the office! I can read with them a little out of the right eye and the left eye is fuzzy anyway, but the best part is I GOT THEM FOR FREE! I wear good boots (Paul Bond) when I’m on the road, then they graduate down to my spur boots and that pretty much wears them plum out. But for everyday doin’ chores, I go to our local western store and look for work boots on sale. A hundred dollars is my top price. Obviously, since price and

rubber soles are the biggest factors, the size is never quite right. But, it only costs me $12 at Wal-Mart to get plastic insoles that can change a 9 ½ double E to a ten C. And I only limp for a week or two till I get them broke in! HECK OF A DEAL! I like wearing my Wranglers when I’m dressed up, but for everyday workin’ jeans I get those no-name brands at K Mart. They aren’t pretty. They don’t fit. But it’s impossible to wear them out. They must be made of NASA asteroid repellent. They are like a pair of shark boots I bought one time (yes, second-hand) at Leddy’s boots in Ft. Worth. The longer I wore them them uglier they got. But…I wore those boots for five years until I put them out of my misery. I’ve got jeans older than my son and he’s old enough to vote! YOU CAN’T SAY I DIDN’T GET MY MONEY’S WORTH! Every couple of years I buy a new used vehicle. Since I buy on the low end I usually have to buy more of them and buy them more often. IT’S HARD TO TURN DOWN A BARGAIN. I buy horses that way. Sometimes you have to trade in temperament for high mileage. Seems like if he’s old he’s a plug and if he’s young he’ll buck you off. I guess life is a matter of give and take. Do you want to see well or look good? Like these glasses I found. See or be seen, I always say!

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Tenderloin Members ($600+) AgGeorgia Farm Credit AgSouth Farm Credit Alltech, Inc., Thomasville Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Lake City Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Dow AgroSciences Fuller Supply Company Intervet Merial Pennington Seeds Purina Mills Southern States Yancey Bros. Company Zoetis

Associate Membership Form

Complete and mail this form to: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 • Fax: 478-474-5732 • Email: ___ New Member ___ Renewal Business Name _________________________________________ Contact ______________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________ City _____________________________ State____ Zip ________ Phone ________________________________________________ Fax __________________________________________________ GCA Chapter __________________________________________ Sponsored by ___________________________________________ Membership Level ___ Tenderloin Member $600 or more ___ T-Bone Member $300 - $599 ___ Ribeye Member $150 - $299 ___ Sirloin $75 - $149 Contribution Amount $ _____

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

By: Angie Stump Denton Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC experienced another year of growth during fiscal year 2013 despite the challenging U.S. economy. The company posted a record year in volume with 48.8 million lb. sold – a 4% increase compared to the previous year. “Despite tight cattle supplies, record high beef prices and somewhat stagnant beef promotion due to the wide price spreads between beef and competing proteins, CHB LLC reported another record year for volume,” says Craig Huffhines, American Hereford Association (AHA) executive vice president. CHB LLC is a subsidiary of the AHA, with its fiscal year ending Aug. 31. “At a time when retailers and consumers are cinching their belts, CHB LLC expanded the program,” Huffhines says. “Both harvested cattle numbers and carcasses certified that meet the specification were up by 5% during fiscal year 2013.” Much of the growth came from expansion of new retail store openings for existing customers along with a rejuvenated case-ready ground beef program. CHB LLC’s largest customer — The Fresh Markets (TFM), based in North Carolina — added eight new locations since the first of the year to bring total store numbers to 137 in 26 states. Total CHB® volume for TFM increased 12.6%, generating more than 8 million lb. of beef sold during the fiscal year. Cattle numbers required to supply the CHB program continue to create demand for Hereford and Hereford-English baldie cattle. More than 382,000 cattle were identified through CHB-licensed packing facilities during FY 2013 as eligible from a live specification standpoint, while more than 259,000 carcasses were certified for the program — a certification rate of 68% for FY 2013. “We are thrilled with the growth of the Certified Hereford Beef program and the continued credibility that the Hereford breed is gaining not only in the consumer food sector but also in the demand created for Hereford genetics within the commercial cattle industry,” Huffhines says. “The Hereford breed is a wellestablished iconic breed within the U.S. cattle industry that is bringing a rejuvenated value to the industry at a time when the industry needs it the most.” Currently CHB is offered in 301 retail supermarkets in 35 states, as well as through 38 foodservice distribution centers serving restaurants. Since the inception of CHB, 4.3 million cattle have been identified through licensed packing plants as meeting the live animal specifications, and 2.6 million carcasses have been certified to carry the CHB name.

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

Georgia Metals Inc., Danielsville Manor Cattle Company, Manor Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee

Ribeye Members ($150 - $299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Amicalola EMC, Jasper Cabinet Depot Inc., Knoxville Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, Fla. Colquitt Ag Services, Doerun Farmers Seed Co., Inc., Doerun First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Jackson EMC, Gainesville Jackson EMC, Hull Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City

Mid State Meat, LLC, Sandersville Moseley Cattle Auction LLC, Blakely Nationwide Insurance, Winston Parks Livestock Fencing & Barns, Murrayville Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, N.C. Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Resaca Sun Feeds LLC, Resaca Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, Ala. Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Sunbelt Builders Inc., Covington United Community Bank, Carrollton 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 Akins Feed & Seed, Barnesville Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Athens Stockyard, Athens, Tenn. Baggett Farms, Montrose Baker Cattle Service, Quitman Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Dudley, Dublin Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville BBWH Insurors, Statesboro Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Bishop’s Country Store, Fitzgerald Black’s Seed Store, Dublin Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba’s Tire, Dublin Bull Hill Ranch, Gray Court, S.C. Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Capital City Bank, Dublin Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Cat Creek Cattle Co., Valdosta Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Christian, Kelly, Thigpen & Co. LLC, Dublin Citizens Bank, Dublin Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Community Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Community Bank of Dublin, Dublin C R Benson Farm LLC, Dry Branch Danny E. Davis State Farm, Dublin Demott Peanut Co., Doerun Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Dublin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Assoc., Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Elrod Garden Center, Dallas Family Focus, Dublin

Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farmers State Bank, Dublin Flint EMC, Perry, Dahlonega Forsyth County Farm Bureau, Cumming 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 Helena Chemical-Wrightsville, Wrightsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Land South Group, Lakeland, Fla. Laurens County Farm Bureau, Dublin LBL Farms, Chester Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Medical Park Pharmacy, Dublin Meriwether County Farm Bureau,Greenville Montrose Auction, Inc., Montrose Morris Bank, Dublin Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Orr Insurance, Dublin Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Piggly Wiggly, McRae P H White Company, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Ralph Jackson, P.C., Dublin R. C. Tire, Dublin 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 Sheppard Farms, Danville Shepherd’s Building Supply, Moultrie Silveus Insurance, Dumas, Texas Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern Bank & Trust, Clarkesville Southern States, Woodstock Sumner & Avery, LLC., Dublin SunSouth, Carrollton Swainsboro Stockyard, Swainsboro The Four County Bank, Allentown Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Turner’s Wings, Reynolds Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Bank, Barnesville United Community Bank, Blairsville 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 Warnock & Mackey LLC, Dublin Watson’s Towing, Dublin Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville Weeks Farm Machinery Auction, Moultrie White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Wash. Woodmen of the World, Dublin Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, Fla. Youngblood Farm, Sparta


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Poor Quality Forages Pose Life-Th Jacob Segers¹, Dennis Hancock², Lee Jones³, T. Brian Tankersley�, Curt Lacy� and Lawton Stewart¹

1) Extension Animal Scientist, Animal and Dairy Science Dept.; 2) Forage Extension Specialist, Crop and Soil Sciences Dept.; 3) Extension Veterinarian/Case Investigator, Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; 4) Tift Co. Extension Coordinator; and 5) Extension Livestock Economist, Applied and Agricultural Economics Dept.

A large number of beef cattle producers in the Southeastern US are reporting that their cows are experiencing diarrhea, dying soon after calving, or dying unexpectedly. Some producers have also reported an increase in the number of cows aborting or giving birth to weak or stillborn calves.


Although the exact causes can vary, the most likely culprit is poor nutrition, primarily as a result of feeding lowquality hay (overly mature hay caused by the unusually wet summer in 2013) which is inducing an energy deficiency as it is poorly digested. This issue has been exacerbated by the feeding of supplemental feed sources that do not provide adequate energy, protein, or other nutrients and/or poorlychosen supplements that contain high concentrations of starch or simple sugars (e.g., corn, “lick tanks”, etc.) that cause the bacteria to become less efficient at digesting the forage that is provided. This insufficient diet, combined with the exceptionally cold winter, has resulted in numerous cases of malnutrition and/or impacted gastrointestinal tracts that have resulted in death. WHAT SHOULD CATTLEMEN DO? 1) Understand your resources! Sample and test your hay and know the ingredient inventory and pricing schedule of your local feed provider. 2) Understand the body condition score (BCS) of your cow herd, and have a sense of what that means. Beef cows should be maintained at a BCS of 5 or greater. If the BCS drops below this level, it will drastically reduce conception/ calving rates (BCS 5 = conception rates of >85%) and stretch the calving interval (BCS 5 = calving interval every 360 to 370 days, whereas BCS 4 or lower = calving intervals > 380 days). Given the difficulty of this winter season and the poor quality forage serving as the basis of the diet, producers who have consistently maintained their brood cows at a BCS of 5 or greater will be better able to withstand extreme weather shifts or short-term nutritional deficits. Keep in mind that it requires a ration that is 9% higher in TDN above requirement for about 70 days to recover a cow’s BCS from a 4 to a 5. 3) Avoid additives that are applied to poor quality hay designed to increase intake. Cattle can starve to death with a full belly. As forage digestibility decreases, cows are forced to consume more to sustain sufficient energy intake. When forage quality is exceptionally low (such as this year), increased intake of hay that is largely indigestible will increase the risk of impaction within the digestive tract. 32

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4) Consider a grain or byproduct-based feed to supplement low quality forage. Although more labor intensive, supplemental feeds instead of liquid feeds or protein blocks may help alleviate some of the performance and health issues associated with feeding low quality forages. From the standpoint of maintaining a healthy rumen environment, fiber based energy supplements such as: soybean hulls, corn gluten feed, distillers grains, citrus pulp and whole cottonseed are recommended over those that contain high levels of starch (e.g., ground corn, oats, etc.) and simple sugars (e.g., molasses). In most cases, two or more of these fiber based energy sources may be the most economical way of meeting nutrient requirements. The table below illustrates some potential rations that can be used for cows at different stages of production using different commodity feeds or blends. 5) Use winter annuals with caution. If winter grazing is available, then use it, but use it carefully. Winter forage production has been extraordinarily slow this winter because of the cold weather and dry conditions at planting. So, if you have some winter grazing available but not enough to sustain the herd, consider limit grazing the winter annuals for only a few hours per day. While you may not be able to completely meet nutrient requirements, the addition of winter grazing to the diet should help to prevent impaction issues and will improve ruminal fermentation of both annuals and hay. 6) Do NOT attempt to background calves on low quality hay. Feeder calf prices are currently at record highs and with nutrient availability in jeopardy, taking calves to market at weaning is a win-win. Not only are you likely to increase return on investment from the calves themselves, but you simultaneously alleviate nutritional stress on the cow allowing her to begin rebuilding body reserves. TAKE HOME CONCLUSIONS It is important to realize that forage quality is extremely low this year, and traditional supplementation methods may not be adequate to prevent loss of body condition or even loss of life in some herds. Supplements should contain quality protein and metabolizable energy that will work together to maintain a healthy and productive rumen environment. It is essential to know where you stand in terms of BCS and forage quality on your farm, and it is important to market calves as soon as possible in order to preserve resources and reap the benefits of an extremely healthy feeder calf market. Infectious diseases or parasites can also cause similar problems in cow herds so it is important to determine if the reason is inadequate nutrition or other cause.

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Picture 1: A sound nutrition program is crucial to maintaining your cow herd through the winter. Picture 2: Low quality forage can rob body condition from our herd, especially in first calf heifers that are still growing.

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34 Years in the Making: Tinney Farms By Micky Burch, managing editor Santa Gertrudis USA Established in 1980, Tinney Farms is at home in Hanceville, Ala., about 45 miles north of Birmingham. Its founder, Howard Tinney, attended the University of Alabama and became a successful businessman, creating Birmingham Fastener, a manufacturing company. Howard also put his passion and efforts into breeding Santa Gertrudis cattle. Also in 1980, he began to put together an outstanding group of cattle from breeders throughout the country. Given their strong show ring presence, it’s no wonder Tinney Farms has earned the SGBI Breeder & Exhibitor Award multiple times, and are the winners of many SGBI High Point Awards. Along with show ring and performance cattle involvement, Howard was also very active in SGBI breed association activities, including serving multiple terms as an SGBI board member, as the Shows & Exhibits Committee Chairman and as SGBI president in 2006-2007. He’s also a past president of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association. To top their list of accolades, in 2007 Tinney Farms was named the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association Purebred Breeder of the Year. In an effort to promote the Santa Gertrudis breed, Tinney Farms served as one of the founding members of the Alabama Connection Sale that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. Through this sale and other marketing outlets, Tinney Farms has established itself as a staple for many commercial breeders throughout the southeast, serving as a reliable source for Santa Gertrudis bulls and females as the foundation for their crossbred herds and Star Five programs. More than 30 years ago, Tinney Farms began as a passion and vision that, through hard work, a great marketing plan and superior management, today is one of the top Santa Gertrudis herds in the country. Even with Howard’s untimely death in the spring of 2013, Tinney Farms continues on with the same passion that Howard had. His family and farm manager, plan to continue the great program that Howard built. Howard loved his red cows, and the cattle family that grew each time he met a new breeder. Once you drove through the front gate at Tinney Farms, you weren’t a stranger – you were his friend and were treated with great Southern Hospitality. Tinney Farms invites you to visit – the gate is wide open. 36

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D own U nder The view from

Dennis Hancock, forage extension specialist, University of Georgia

country. It produces about 4 percent of world’s beef supply but provides about 22 percent of the beef that is traded internationally. The majority of Australia’s beef goes to Japan, South Korea and the US. A big portion of the Australian beef that is traded internationally is grassfed, and it is the US’s largest supplier of grassfed beef.

A Drive in the Country

Fig. 1. Distribution of the Australian beef cattle herd. In September of last year, I was fortunate to be able to attend the International Grassland Congress in Sydney, Australia. It was an incredible experience. In addition to gaining insight about what is now very much a world-wide beef industry, I was able to spend a little time getting to know Australia better.

Australia and Its Beef Industry It is a surprise to most folks to learn that Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. In fact, Australia is nearly the size of the Continental US (2.97 mi2 vs. 3.12 mi2, respectively). It has a population of approximately 23.4 million people, which is only about 7.5 percent of the US population. Much of the interior of Australia is arid. Consequently, Australia’s agricultural industries are primarily located along the eastern coast where rainfall and climatic conditions enable greater productivity. This is also true of Australia’s beef industry (Figure 1). The Australian beef industry is similar in many ways to the US (Table 1). The majority of the cattle are the same breeds common in the US, though a Brahman-influence (primarily used in the hotter Northern Territory and Queensland) represents a fair percentage of the herd there. Though Australia has only 3 percent of the world’s cattle inventory, it is the world’s seventh largest beef producing 38

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Sydney is a remarkable city. I must admit, that of all the cities I have visited, Sydney is one of my favorites. The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the famous Sydney Opera House are all truly memorable. But, after enjoying the four days of the International Grassland Congress and spending the evenings touring the highlights of Sydney, this country-boy needed to get out of the big city. I decided to spend an extra couple of days in Australia on a bit of a tour (or as the Aussies would say, a “walk-about”). I knew that the state of New South Wales was in one of the most important agricultural regions, so I wanted to see what Australian agriculture really looked like. I convinced three colleagues from Auburn University to go with me and we split the cost of the travel. We drove south out of Sydney in a general direction toward Melbourne. Though we knew that we didn’t have time to drive all the way to Melbourne (despite what it looks like on the map, it is at least a 12-hr drive), we resolved to make it as far as we could. The Australian countryside south of Sydney is quite similar to the southern US. Pastures and cropland stretched out across the rolling hills and broad river bottoms (Figure 2). We were there during the last few days of their winter. So, as we drove, great valleys of green wheat and the golden blooms of canola opened out in all directions, hedged on either side by pastures on the foothills of tree-covered mountains. Annual ryegrass, wheat and other small grains on some crop fields provided pasture for many stocker calves, while many brood cows grazed perennial ryegrass and tall fescue on the steeper slopes. The small towns in that region of New South Wales made one almost feel as if they were back home. I say “almost” only because they drive on the wrong side of the road and everything was flipped to what we normally see. The coffee shops, diners, and farm supply stores were full of nice and hospitable folks. To avoid spoiling this opinion, we skirted

Fig. 2. Scenes from New South Wales, Australia. Canola and wheat (top left) were common winter crops, though much of the surrounding landscape was used for beef cattle. points like this one (top right) just outside of Cooma, which is one of the larger ones in the region. Rolling pastures (bottom left) at the edge of the mountains look similar to spring scenes in North Georgia.

around the nation’s capital of Canberra. After about an 8-hr drive that included more than the occasional stop to take a closer look at their pastures and the spectacular scenery, we arrived in the small resort town of Cooma. This region is to the east and down the slope from Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest point and the origin of the Snowy River (made famous in the western movie, “The Man from Snowy River”). Beginning our return trip the next morning, we drove east out of Cooma. We had never seen such a stark transition in the landscape. Within just 10 miles, we left the trees and scenic “bush” of Cooma and entered a vast treeless prairie reminiscent of the Nebraska Sandhills. Herds of Merino sheep and Hereford and Angus cattle dotted the countryside. Only occasionally did we spot the haggard but practical homes of the ranchers in this area. But, nearly as suddenly as it appeared, the prairie gave way to an abrupt tree line as we approached the Deua National Park, which seemed very similar to the southern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains. All of this stark change in landscape occurred within 70 miles of Cooma. Once we crossed this mountain chain, we skirted along the eastern coastline, traveling north back toward Sydney.

Rolling pastures reminiscent of North Georgia and occasional stretches of freshwater swamps and tidewater marshes similar to parts of the Georgia/Florida flatwoods separated the seaside towns. Closer to the coast and nearer to Sydney, pastures were primarily kikuyugrass, a hardy perennial similar to bermudagrass but in the same family as pearl millet. An exclamation point was put on the trip when, in the last few hours of daylight, we stopped to admire the view of the Tasman Sea just south of Sydney. We stood at the edge of the Australian continent on pastures that abruptly ended at a cliff that dropped 30 feet to the sea. As we stood there listening to the waves crash against the rocks, watching sheep graze, and keeping an eye on an approaching rain shower, a brilliant double rainbow appeared. We knew we had had a blessed trip. I hope that someday you might also have a chance to go to that special somewhere over the rainbow, to that land called Oz. For a look at some of the pictures from my trip down under or to find information on our own forage systems, visit our website, If you have additional forage management questions, visit or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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2014 Leadership Nominees The following GCA members have been selected by the GCA nominating committee and will be officially nominated and voted on at the GCA annual membership meeting on April 4th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. These individuals meet the qualifications for their respective offices and have agreed to serve if elected.

Melvin Porter President

Billy Moore Treasurer

Randy Fordham President-Elect

Lee Brown Executive Committee

Kyle Gillooly Vice President

Kristy Arnold Executive Committee

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James Burton Region 1 Vice President

Scotty Lovett Region 10 Vice President

John Moseley, Jr. Region 13 Vice President

Tony Cole • Region 4 Vice President Tony Cole lives in Carrollton and raises poultry and beef cattle. Tony currently has 60 brood cows as well as four poultry houses. He and wife Debbie Cole have two sons, David and Tyler. Tony participated in the GCA emerging leaders program in 2009 and is currently president of the Carroll County Cattleman’s chapter. Tony and his family are very active in their church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, where Tony serves as a deacon. Tony and his whole family are strong GCA supporters and long time members. Tony looks forward to expanding his service to GCA by representing Region 4 as a vice president.

Larry Daniel • Region 7 Vice President Larry Daniels has been involved with cattle his entire life. He currently resides in his hometown of Lagrange, Ga. where he has raised Red Angus since 1983. Daniels attended Valdosta State College where he majored in Accounting. He also spent three years in the U.S. Army. Larry retired from his career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner in December and is happy to be spending more of his time with his 80 mama cows. Daniels currently serves on the board of directors for the Red Angus Foundation and has previously served on the board of the Troup County Cattlemen’s Association. Larry has been married to his wife Ann for 40 years and is also lucky enough to have his daughters, Laura Daniels Major and Ashley Tolbert, live on the family farm with their families.

Harvey Lemmon • Georgia Beef Board Harvey Lemmon has served Georgia cattle producers on the Georgia Beef Board for more than two decades. He and wife Nina own Lemmon Cattle Enterprises, a purebred Angus operation in Woodbury, Georgia. Lemmon is a past president of GCA, Georgia Angus Association, American Angus Association, Beef Improvement Federation and past chair of AgSouth Farm Credit. He continues to serve on local and state boards of various organizations. Lemmon believes that the beef checkoff is one of the key reasons we are enjoying such a strong cattle market today. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Top Ten Reasons to Vote “YES” to Fund the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef Due to legal notification requirements, the tentative date for referendum ballots to be mailed out is now March 15, 2014. 1. Increase needed advertisement, education and promotion of beef to consumers in Georgia. - Urbanization has taken Georgians further from the farm; - Consumers today have more questions about their food than ever before.

2. Combat anti-animal agriculture activist groups with positive cattle industry information. - Provide training for cattle producers to be positive cattle industry spokesmen; - More resources for media outreach - reaching more Georgia families with our message; - More opportunities to share a positive cattle story in classrooms throughout Georgia.

3. Increased cattle industry education opportunities for Georgia youth.

- A key cattle community concern is the increasing average age of our cattlemen – this is our chance to invest in the future of our industry; - Increase support of youth livestock and junior activities; - New initiatives that focus on “real world” cattle production for young cattle producers.

4. Current promotion revenue has dwindled to less than 3 cents per Georgian to tell our story.

- It’s time to BEEF UP our message to the 10 million+ Georgia citizens; - University of Florida researchers found for every $1 invested in the national checkoff, cattlemen receive $5.50 in return; - The $1 national checkoff, passed in the 80’s, is worth only 40 cents today; - Revenue for beef promotion is down more than 25% over the past two decades.

5. ACC for Beef funds will support research vital to the success of Georgia cattle producers.

- Government budget cuts have taken their toll on research being performed on cattle, grazing and hay; - ACC for Beef funds can be used to conduct real world production research – national beef checkoff dollars cannot. - Cattlemen are committed to continuous improvement; this is our chance to invest in our own future success.

6. More educational opportunities for cattlemen on ways to be more profitable.

- Production methods continue to advance – Georgia cattlemen must be educated and informed to insure they remain competitive in a global marketplace; - More resources mean moving beyond traditional venues and reaching more cattlemen with new information.

7. Promote Georgia cattle to potential buyers across the United States and here at home.

- ACC for Beef dollars can be used to promote Georgia feeder cattle to order buyers & feed yards in the press and at key feeding industry gatherings. - Support may also be offered to those marketing cattle directly to consumers through the Georgia Grown program.

8. No new bureaucracy.

- Georgia Department of Agriculture will administer the new ACC for beef, - GDA currently administers 12 commodity commissions, at a cost of less than 5 percent of collections.

9. It is run by cattlemen! Here are the initial ACC for Beef directors:

3 cattlemen: John Callaway, Hogansville; Jeff Duncan, Danielsville; and Ernie Ford, Edison; 1 livestock market operator, Allen Wiggins, Ashburn; and 1 dairyman, Kenneth Murphy, Luthersville; will make the decisions on how state collections are invested.

10. This is all about you as a cattle producer –

You vote for funding the Commission. • You nominate those that run it. • You make suggestions of how best to invest the proceeds. • You vote for the Commission again every three years. • You benefit from increased educational opportunities,profitable research and a powerful beef promotion effort in Georgia.

Vote “YES” for the future of Georgia’s Cattle Industry


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Georgia Limousin Association is finalizing plans for our annual meeting and field day. Mark your calendar for July 18 & 19 and look for additional details on our Facebook site.


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White Hawk Ranch leads the industry in Hereford cattle and intensive grazing strategies. The Hereford heritage runs deep in the Hedrick family. Gary Hedrick owner of White Hawk Ranch has a special place in his heart for the breed. Hedrick’s grandfather, Perry Hedrick, bought his first Hereford female in 1926. Hedrick had his own Hereford herd until the late 1980s when he sold out to start White Hawk, Inc., a steel building business in Marietta, Ga. “Gary’s heart never left the cows,” says Josh Cabe, manager of White Hawk. Hedrick reestablished his herd of Herefords in 2008 with White Hawk Ranch. At the start of this new adventure, Hedrick made a conscious effort to intensively manage grazing on the ranch. “He knows the ins and outs of the cattle business,” Cabe says. Hedrick hired Cabe to manage White Hawk Ranch in March of 2012. Cabe had been working in South Carolina on a cattle operation when he decided to take Hedrick up on his offer to manage White Hawk Ranch. “My family was starting to grow and I wanted something back in Georgia,” Cabe says. “This was a great opportunity to do that.” Cabe brought more than just his cattle expertise to White Hawk Ranch. He also brought a new business opportunity with him. In South Carolina Cabe learned about Pasture Management, Inc. products. Cabe and Hedrick both agreed it would pay to become a dealer for Pasture Management, Inc. David Hill of Pasture Management, Inc. set White Hawk Ranch up to be a dealership about a year and half ago. With the intensive management and rotational grazing going on at White Hawk Ranch, quality equipment and fence are essential. “Pasture Management provides a great product that is high-end and affordable,” Cabe says. “Pasture Management combines quality product with awesome customer service.” One of the first things Cabe did as manager was upgrade the fences and cross fences at White Hawk Ranch. “Our goal is the graze at least 300 days out of the year,” Cabe says. “Last year we grazed 310 days.” White Hawk Ranch grazes the native pastures along with no-till winter annuals. This allows them to operate up to one cow/calf unit per acre. 52

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By maximizing the grass available, they can save on hay and feed costs. Cabe admits it is labor intensive. “Depending on weather, growth stages and stocking rates, cattle have to be rotated, sometimes daily, through one and a half to two acre paddocks,” Cabe says. “It beats firing up a tractor or carrying feed buckets through the winter months.” This method allows 85 to 90 percent of the land to be resting at any given time. Most years, they will not have to put out hay until late December or early January. When the time comes to feed hay, one section is sacrificed and is then later skipped in the rotation until it has made a full recovery. Hedrick and Cabe have both done their share of research on intensive management. The two have learned a lot from Dennis Hancock. Hancock is an extension forage specialist with the University of Georgia. “Dennis Hancock is a forage genius!” Cabe says. “I try to attend all of his programs that I can.” When Hedrick reestablished White Hawk Ranch, he didn’t have to think twice about what breed to go with. Herefords are in his blood. Approximately one third of White Hawk Ranch’s herd traces back to Woods Domino III, one of Perry Hedrick’s herd sires in the late 40s early 50s. White Hawk Ranch intensively uses AI and embryo transfer to expand and improve the herd. “They are just good cattle,” Cabe says. “We are breeding for performance with added carcass merit.” White Hawk Ranch prides themselves on breeding performance based, good-footed and sound bulls to turn out on females with no worries, all while maintaining maternal traits. Cabe firmly believes that if you are not making quality females, you will be out of business in a few years. “We breed bulls that meet the needs of the most discriminating commercial cattlemen,” Cabe says. “At the end of the day, the commercial cattlemen are the back bone of the industry. White Hawk Ranch selects cattle by balancing EPDs with a modest birth weight along with plenty of growth. They have bulls in the top one percent of the Hereford breed in weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling, ribeye area and milk. White Hawk Ranch is sure to remain at the top of the industry because of their breed leading cattle and forward thinking grazing strategies.


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For Subcutaneous Use in Beef Cattle, Non-Lactating Dairy Cattle and Swine Only. Not for Use in Female Dairy Cattle 20 Months of Age or Older Or In Calves To Be Processed For Veal. Brief Summary: Before using Enroflox 100, consult the product insert, a summary of which follows. CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Federal (U.S.A.) law prohibits the extra-label use of this drug in food producing animals. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Each mL of Enroflox 100 contains 100 mg of enrofloxacin. Excipients are L-arginine base 200 mg, n-butyl alcohol 30 mg, benzyl alcohol (as a preservative) 20 mg and water for injection q.s. INDICATIONS: Cattle: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. Swine: Enroflox 100 is indicated for the treatment and control of swine respiratory disease (SRD) associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida, Haemophilus parasuis and Streptococcus suis. Enroflox 100 is administered as a single dose for one day (swine) or for multiple days (cattle) of therapy. Enroflox 100 is not approved for a one-day, single dose of therapy in cattle. RESIDUE WARNINGS: Cattle: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days from the last treatment. This product is not approved for female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Swine: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 5 days of receiving a single-injection dose. HUMAN WARNINGS: For use in animals only. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes. In case of dermal contact, wash skin with soap and water. Consult a physician if irritation persists following ocular or dermal exposures. Individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to quinolones should avoid this product. In humans, there is a risk of user photosensitization within a few hours after excessive exposure to quinolones. If excessive accidental exposure occurs, avoid direct sunlight. PRECAUTIONS: The effects of enrofloxacin on cattle or swine reproductive performance, pregnancy and lactation have not been adequately determined. The long-term effects on articular joint cartilage have not been determined in pigs above market weight. Subcutaneous injection can cause a transient local tissue reaction that may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. Enroflox 100 contains different excipients than other enrofloxacin products. The safety and efficacy of this formulation in species other than cattle and swine have not been determined. Quinolone-class drugs should be used with caution in animals with known or suspected Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders. In such animals, quinolones have, in rare instances, been associated with CNS stimulation which may lead to convulsive seizures. Quinolone-class drugs have been shown to produce erosions of cartilage of weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species. See Animal Safety section for additional information. ADVERSE REACTIONS: No adverse reactions were observed during clinical trials. ANIMAL SAFETY: In cattle safety studies, clinical signs of depression, incoordination and muscle fasciculation were observed in calves when doses of 15 or 25 mg/kg were administered for 10 to 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, inappetance and incoordination were observed when a dose of 50 mg/kg was administered for 3 days. An injection site study conducted in feeder calves demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue and underlying muscle. In swine safety studies, incidental lameness of short duration was observed in all groups, including the saline-treated controls. Musculoskeletal stiffness was observed following the 15 and 25 mg/kg treatments with clinical signs appearing during the second week of treatment. Clinical signs of lameness improved after treatment ceased and most animals were clinically normal at necropsy. An injection site study conducted in pigs demonstrated that the formulation may induce a transient reaction in the subcutaneous tissue. Norbrook Laboratories Limited Newry, BT35 6PU, Co. Down, Northern Ireland I02 Mar 2013


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Georgia Heifer Evaluation & Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

Selling Approximately 85 Heifers! Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, Ga. Twenty-one progressive breeders entered heifers in this year’s Tifton HERD program. All heifers were born between Sept. 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2012, and are all safe to calving ease bulls. TC Thunder 805 was the primary AI sire used this year.

Data Available: Pelvic Area, Frame Score, Disposition Score, Reproductive Tract Maturity Score, WDA, ADG Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

To receive a catalog or other information contact: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560

Dr. Jacob Segers Extension Animal Science University of Georgia 229-386-3214 •

Patsie Cannon 229-386-3683 • 2360 Rainwater Rd, Tifton, GA 31793-5766

Or Contact Your Local Extension Agent

The test center is located 14 miles northeast of Tifton on Georgia Hwy 125 or 12 miles east of I-75 (Exit 78) on Georgia Hwy 32 near Irwinville. Auctioneer: Carroll T. Cannon

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A Newcomer’s Perspective Jason Duggin, NW Georgia Beef Extension Specialist

Greetings from Northwest Georgia. It’s great to be settled into the Gordon County community serving the needs of the state’s beef producers. This article is listed in the “expert advice” section, but please consider this as simple cowboy encouragement. When I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the UGA Animal and Dairy Sciences Department, it seemed many people I knew in Tennessee were perplexed as to why I felt it necessary to make such a sudden career change when everything was going well. There are a number of factors leading to why I felt the need for my family and me to uproot and replant in Georgia. I’d like to share the things that swayed most of my decision here in this article. It most likely involves you, and I would like to publicly share my appreciation. Before making the commitment to relocate to Georgia, I had to ask myself: “Is the grass truly greener in Georgia?” After looking at the facts and meeting the people, I easily knew the answer was “Yes”. If you are curious as to what I discovered, here are the facts: • For starters, I contacted a colleague familiar with the position at Calhoun, and he had very positive comments about the people, programs, and facilities. I heard this same positive feedback many times from others familiar with the


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Calhoun Bull Test. Then I began to dig deeper. • The Bull Test Programs are well managed and current to the needs of producers. I have had the fortune of seeing a number of bull tests across the nation, but the bulls I saw at Calhoun last fall were in ideal body condition and had outstanding docility as the buyers sorted through them. These bulls were of high quality and ready to work when they hit the breeding pasture. • The heifer evaluation and reproductive development program (HERD) certainly grabbed my attention as well. This program is more relevant and urgently needed than ever before. Other states may still be wishing they had a way to establish something similar, but Georgia cattle producers have had access to this very practical and progressive herd rebuilder for over 14 years now. • Master Cattlemen’s meetings are delivered by highly qualified individuals in Georgia. I have seen watered down versions in other areas, but you all get the complete deal. This quality was evident when I visited the regional meeting in Johnson Co. where the room was filled to capacity with 55 producers. • Beef Quality Assurance in Georgia is strongly supported by both the University of Georgia, the Georgia Beef Board and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

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Although this seems to be typical for most states, there is a sincere interest in those involved with BQA to make sure Georgia producers have access to this certification. This is 100 percent vital to the success of our industry. More on that in a moment. • UGA Extension offers regional events and short courses that are timely and up to date. Beef cattle short courses and clinics are routinely offered in conjunction with most of the HERD and Bull Sales. I witnessed the success of these types of events at the Northwest Georgia Forages Workshop in January with over 75 in attendance. The vast majority were beef cattle producers. • Georgia has one of the top youth programs in the nation including both 4-H and FFA. This serves as a great foundation for the future of all agriculture in the state. Many of us owe an unpayable debt to these organizations, and the Georgia programs go above and beyond. • You, the producer, have access to extension programming delivered at the county level. These Agents are second to none. Without them, none of these programs would be what they are today. • The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is as vibrant and as strong as any in the United States. That is a hard working bunch. They support every segment of the industry, and they are a necessary advocate in this day and time. Obviously, this is a condensed list that could be extended with many other programs and the names of people who deserve a lot of credit for what is now the “gold standard.” Yet, the most important reason to brag on the Georgia beef industry is you, the producer. It takes beef enthusiasts like you folks who are willing to go the extra mile for this industry

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to continue to grow and thrive through all the ups and downs. As you already know, nothing is perfect, but we should always strive for excellence. We want to continue to develop and shape existing programs to meet your needs. We must all do a better job telling “Your Story”. This is the story of how you are striving to do things the right way because it’s the right thing to do. This starts with getting Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training. If all the producers in Georgia were BQA certified, a signal would be sent to cattle feeders and consumers that we have pride in our products and stand behind them 100 percent. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get this accomplished, simply contact me or Carole Knight, Georgia’s BQA coordinator, and we can get you headed in the right direction. You can even get BQA training during this year’s GCA convention in April. When we implement BQA standards, our herds and feeder calves should be healthier and more marketable. That should equate to more profit and better beef. In conclusion, it’s likely that many of you have heard that a three-fold chord is not easily broken. Although the original writing wasn’t referring to the beef cattle industry, common sense tells us that three chords working together are stronger than a single chord working alone. The Georgia beef cattle producers are the heart of the chord (1), and when they are supported by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (2) and UGA Extension (3), success stories will happen. That’s why I made the move. The proverbial grass is greener in Georgia. Thanks for all you do to support this great beef industry in Georgia! I look forward to meeting you at one of the many events this year.


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Selling 40 halter-broke steers and heifers sired by the top club calf sires. For more information visit Georgia Club Calf Producers Association Carole Knight, Exec. Secretary 863 Effingham Hwy Sylvania, GA 30467 66

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Vice President Doug Williams Executive Secretary Christy Page • (770) 307-7178 2681 Gum Springs Church Rd. Jefferson, GA 30549 Sale Chairmen Mike McCravy (770) 328-2047 and Phil Page (770) 616-6232 Sale Sponsored by: Georgia Angus Association

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers. Tom Burke, Kurt Schaff, Jeremy Haag, American Angus Hall of Fame, at the World Angus Headquarters, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone: (816) 532-0811. Fax: (816) 532-0851. E-Mail

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CattleFax Projections Include Improved Weather Conditions and Record Prices preferences and different pockets books.” Cattlemen and women who gathered at the 2014 Good said because of the continued tighter feeder cattle Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef supply, the margin segments of the beef production system, Association Trade Show heard CattleFax market analysts’ both feed yards and packers, will struggle with excess capacity. projections for the year ahead. Creighton University Professor Look for continued closure of both packing and feeding Emeritus Art Douglas told the audience he expects improved entities over the next 12-24 months. (Continued on p. 79) moisture conditions in the majority of the United States, including improvements of the droughtaffected areas of the west coast. As precipitation returns back to more “From the beginning, our focus has been on developing the normal levels for the 2014 growing season, cow herd. The heifers and their mothers were born in a CattleFax predicts farmers in the U.S. drought. These cows rustle for food, breed back, calve should grow an adequate corn crop to build on their own and can get around in this country. the carry over supply. The improved corn supplies should assure lower corn/input Today, our relationship with GAR is much costs over the next 12-24 months, according more than a genetic resource for buying bulls. to CattleFax Grain Market Analyst Mike The Gardiners have become tremendous Murphy. “The lower input cost will have a direct family friends while doing quite a correlation to improved feeder cattle and bit of business for over 30 years.” calf values in 2014 and with continued help Jon & Bodie Means • Means Ranch Company from Mother Nature, we will be in better Van Horn, Texas shape with regard to hay supply and prices Means Ranch Company is a fourth generation beef operation moving forward,” Murphy said. located in the vast and often very difficult Davis Mountains of Global Market Specialist Brett Stuart West Texas. Means Ranch is a founding member of USPB. Jon Means is the 2013 Golden Spur Award recipient for outstanding indicated that beef exports are expected to contributions to the ranching and livestock industry. be near even in 2014 with record high prices being the limiting factor. At the same time, expectations are for beef imports to be near even, despite the need for 90 percent trim due to the expected lower non-fed slaughter rates in the U.S. The driving factor for stagnant imports is the growth of China demand for global beef which will continue Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 9 AM to divert beef from Australia into the China Visit the website & learn At the ranch • Ashland, KS market and away from the U.S. market. about GAR genetics in the Texas high CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good desert on the Means Ranch & see Selling Approximately 1,200 Head indicated the combination of improved videos of the sale offering. 400 Bulls • 600 Registered Females moisture conditions resulting in lower input 200 Bred Commercial Heifers costs and record high calf values should lead to beef cow herd expansion beginning in 2014. Beef production in the U.S. will fall, with per-capita supply declining 4.5 percent. 1136 CR Y • Ashland, KS 67831 However, he said the pork and poultry Join us on Facebook Office (620) 635-2156 supplies are expected to increase, leaving email: GardinerAngusRanch total meat supplies near even. CattleFax projects the Retail Beef Demand Index will Henry • Mark (620) 635-5095 improve by one percent due to continued Greg (620) 635-0233 modest economic growth. Watch the sale and bid live online. Garth (620) 635-5632 “As we think about our consumers Proud to be a founding member of U.S. Premium Beef. More than $4.92 million in premiums and dividends today, not only domestically but globally, paid to GAR customers using USPB delivery rights. Free delivery to anywhere in the lower 48 states. they’re a lot more diverse than they All cattle eligible for the Guaranteed Gardiner Genetics (G3) age- and source-verified program. have been in past,” Good said. “We’ve got different customers with different 72

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Selling: 65 Top Cut Females and 10 Stout Service-Age Bulls 2014 Firm Foundations Consignors: Harrell-Lazenby at Highlander Ranch Double TT Farms Legacy Farms McGuire Cattle Company Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit Paramore Angus Richburg Cattle Company Plantation Farms

Sandy Ridge Farm Turner Farms Falls Creek Angus Emuckfaw Creek Farm BAR Farms LLC Fred Penn Rocking W Cattle Company Triple M Farms

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Fat cattle prices are expected to average $135 compared to $126 during 2013, an increase of seven percent. Yearling prices are expected to average $168, an increase of 13 percent from the 2013 average of $146. According to Good, calf prices will average $193, up 13 percent from last year’s average of $168. “After years of tightening supplies, the cowcalf sector will again remain in the driver’s seat during 2014,” Good said. CattleFax CEO Randy Blach summarized the year ahead by saying almost all segments of the production chain will be profitable, although margin operators will continue to face challenges over the next few years. Blach remains optimistic for the long-term cattle industry as the profit incentives will result in a larger U.S. cattle herd over the next five years, creating business opportunities for those willing to adapt to a dynamic and changing business environment. “You can start to see the globalization of the protein markets from the 1990’s on”? Blach said. “We have the most efficient production system in the world and we are the largest exporter of protein onto the global market.” Remember...

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• March 2014


2014 Proposed By-Law Ammendments The GCA Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. According to our By-Laws the By-Laws may be may be amended, repealed, or altered in whole or in part, by a majority vote of the general membership. The By-Laws Committee have voted on the following changes to present to the general membership for approval. Adding: Section 8. Young Cattlemen’s Council: Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) is a designation within Georgia Cattlemen’s Association which may be joined voluntarily by those ages 18 through 40. No additional dues will be required to join the YCC. The YCC may raise funds to finance its programs, projects or activities consistent with their Mission Statement. At the direction of the YCC Board the Vice President of Operations of GCA will maintain the books and records. Young Cattlemen’s Council exists to provide a unified voice for young cattlemen through networking, leadership development and educational opportunities while advancing the GCA mission. The YCC Board will consist of officers including a Chairman, Chair-elect, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. Officers will serve one year terms and be elected during the GCA annual meeting. The Chair-elect will automatically become Chairman unless extenuating circumstances arise. Other members of the Board will include five Region Representatives each representing three of the GCA Regions as follows: - GCA Regions 1, 2, 3 = YCC Region - GCA Regions 4, 5, 6 = YCC Region 2 - GCA Regions 7, 8, 9 = YCC Region 3 - GCA Region 10, 11, 12 = YCC Region 4 - GCA Region 13, 14, 15 = YCC Region 5 Region Representatives will serve two year terms and will be staggered with odd numbers elected in odd numbered years and even numbers in even numbered years. YCC Officers and Region Representatives will be nominated through the GCA Nominating Committee process. The final member of the YCC Board will be an at-large member appointed by the Chairman for a one year term. The YCC Chairman will serve on the GCA Executive Committee as an ex-officio member and shall report at each Executive Committee meeting. Also, all places in the By-Laws that states Director of Operations would be changed to Vice President of Operations. To see the full By-Laws with changes please go to our website at 80

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• March 2014


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

Name : ___________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ City: ____________________ State: _______________ Zip: _________ Phone: (____)____-_______ Email: _____________________________ County/Chapter: ____________________________________________ A packet will be made containing your convention tickets if you pre-register. Your pre-registration packet may be picked up at the convention registration desk upon arrival. List names of individuals or family members pre-registering 1. ________________________________________

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Early Bird Special: Save $25 when you pre-register! No Registration Fees!

Build Your Own Package! Meal Tickets

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Wednesday Forage Conference w/ Lunch

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Thursday Lunch and BQA Session

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Thursday Lunch ONLY

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Thursday BQA Session Only

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Thursday Awards Banquet

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Friday Trade Show Luncheon

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Friday Night Cattleman’s Ball

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Saturday New Products & Junior Luncheon

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Advance Meal & Event Reservation due by March 15! Credit Card Payment Card #_______________________________ Expiration Date ________________________ Visa Mastercard American Express Signature: ____________________________ Make checks payable to GCA and mail with this form to: Georgia Cattlemen's Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221

Room Reservation Information

The Ramada Inn is the convention headquarters hotel. Contact the GCA office if you need additional information.

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478-987-3313 Room Block Cutoff Date: March 15, 2014 (Ask for Georgia Cattlemen's Association room block)

The 53rd Annual Georgia Cattlemen's Association

Convention & Trade Show and 17th Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 2 - 5, 2014 • Perry, Ga.

3rd Annual Forage Conference

9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Tentative Schedule Wednesday, April 2

Sign-in & Get Notebooks/ Materials Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Dennis Hancock, Moderator

Feeding Less and Grazing More 9:45 a.m. Forage Systems for Extending the Grazing Season - Dr. Dennis Hancock, Forage Extension Specialist 10:30 a.m. Break (Visit Display Area) 300 Days of Grazing: Lessons Learned in Arkansas 10:45 a.m. Introduction - Dr. Tom Troxel, Professor and Dept. Head, Animal Sciences, Univ. of Arkansas 11:00 a.m. Pasture Projects and Management - Dr. John Jennings, Forage Ext. Specialist, Univ. of Arkansas 12:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Visit Display Area) 1:00 p.m. Cattle Management - Dr. Shane Gadberry, Ext. Animal Scientist, Univ. of Arkansas 1:45 p.m. Budget Information - Dr. Tom Troxel, Professor and Dept. Head, Animal Sciences, Univ. of Arkansas 2:15 p.m. Nonconventional forages in a conventional system - Dr. Steve Jones, Ext. Animal Scientist, Univ. of Arkansas Kenny Simon, Program Associate, Univ. of Arkansas 2:45 p.m. Break (Visit Display Area) 3:15 p.m. Practical Tips and Tricks: Experiences in Arkansas - Kenny Simon, Program Associate, Univ. of Arkansas Pest Management Update 4:00 p.m. Insect Management Update - 2014 - Dr. Will Hudson, Extension Entomologist 4:30 p.m. Weed Management Update - 2014 - Dr. Patrick McCullough, Extension Weed Scientist

Featuring These and More Industry Experts... Shane Gadberry is an associate professor in the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Science. He received his PhD from the U of A. His Extension education and research interests are beef cattle nutrition and management.

John Jennings has 29 years experience as a forage agronomist. He has served 16 years as Extension Forage Specialist for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture. He received an Associate in Arts degree from Crowder Junior College, B. S. degree from Southwest Missouri State University, M. S. degree from the University of Arkansas, and Ph. D. from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Tom Troxel earned his B.S. from West Texas A & M University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. Since 1983, Dr. Troxel’s primary responsibility is planning, executing and evaluating Animal Science programs in order to support, strengthen and improve county programs.

Kenny Simon holds a BS degree in Agri Business from AR Tech University and a MS degree in General Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science from U of A at Fayetteville. Kenny started his Extension career in the fall of 2001 as an Ag agent in Cleburne Co., AR. In addition to his professional career, Kenny operates a cow/calf operation called Simon Farm.

Steve Jones started his 33 year Extension career in his native state of Louisiana as an assistant county Ag agent. In 1989, Steve moved to Arkansas as the first state 4-H Livestock Specialist. Steve has also served as Extension Horse Specialist and Small Ruminant Specialist. Steve has conducted on-farm forage and grazing demonstrations for horse, small ruminant and beef producers.

Dennis Hancock is an associate professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences department and is the forage Extension specialist at the University of Georgia. Hancock has more than 12 years of experience in research and Extension. He heads the Forage and Biomass Agronomics program, where he conducts research to resolve basic issues facingt forage and livestock producers in Georgia.

Forage Conference Sponsored By: Merial, RW Griffin Industries, DuPont Range & Pasture.

The 53rd Annual Georgia Cattlemen's Association

Convention & Trade Show and 17th Annual Georgia Beef Expo April 2 - 5, 2014 • Perry, Ga. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 - 11a.m. 11 - 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 - 1 p.m. 1:30 to 6 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 - 4:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 3

Registration Opens – Sponsored by Alltech Zoetis Cattlemen’s College – Livestock Marketing Seminar - Dan Dorn, supply development manager for Decatur Co Feedyard will be presenting “You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure”, offering a strong perspective from a forward thinking cattle feeder. Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA livestock economist, will also provide a market update. Don’t miss two great speakers to kick off Zoetis Cattlemen’s College! Cattle Video Tele Auction GJCA Contest Check-in– Hard copies of photos and posters are due in the registration office. Zoetis Cattlemen’s College Luncheon–Come enjoy BBQ Beef brisket with delicious macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and of course a variety of desserts while listening to a keynote address by world renowned animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin! Zoetis Cattlemen’s College BQA Training – Join fellow cattlemen as the UGA BQA training team, with the help of Dr. Temple Grandin and Zoetis’ Dan Scruggs, DVM, provide BQA training and certification. How many people to you know that can say they received their BQA training from Dr. Temple Grandin! Commercial Heifer Pen Show Judging Trade Show Kickoff – (BQA training break) featuring Temple Grandin book signing sponsored by Zoetis & Ivey’s Outdoor & Farm Supply- Check out all the latest products and equipment from our newly redesigned trade show. Awards Banquet – Sponsored by the Georgia Livestock Markets and Boehringer Ingelheim. Come help us recognize individuals and chapters that have done a great job recruiting members, promoting the cattle industry and our product – BEEF! For dinner, you are going to love UGA’s famous Earthen Roast served with scalloped potatoes, green beans and carrots. Reserve your meal tickets now so we will have enough room for all!

Friday, April 4

8 a.m. Registration Opens 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. Trade Show Open 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Hot Topics Round Table – Sponsored by Silveus Insurance. Come drink a cup of coffee and enjoy a donut while Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Robert Cobb (Georgia State Veterinarian), Georgia EMC’s Bill Verner (vice president, external affairs) and Bryan Tolar, Georgia AgriBusiness Council provide updates on key areas of interest to cattlemen, and then participate in a question-and-answer session. This is always a hit of the Convention! 10 – 11 a.m. Georgia Cattlewomen’s Association Educational Seminar – Come join the ladies for a great time of fellowship and learn more about promoting the product we all love – BEEF! 10 - 11:30 a.m. GCA General Membership Meeting – This is your opportunity to hear an update on the association. Each GCA committee will report their activities over the past year and plans for the future. You will hear about the financial state of GCA and the Nominating Committee will present the 2014-2015 slate of officers. Elections will be held for vital leadership positions. Every member is encouraged to attend – your voice is important in creating the future of GCA!

Friday, April 4 Continued

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.Steak Sandwich Luncheon – Sponsored by Georgia Allied Industry Council and The Georgia Cattleman. We are once again bringing back the ever-popular ribeye steak sandwich luncheon! This has been a favorite of attendees for the last eight years! This is an excellent time to grab your sandwich and walk through the tradeshow while you eat. Visit with the vendors and see everything they have to offer. It is very possible you will learn something new! 12 noon Angus Sale – Come early to reserve a seat for the popular Angus sale. They will be selling 50 lots and they always go fast! 12 noon GJCA Team Marketing Contest Registration – Stop by the registration office to get materials for the team marketing contest - sign up early or on-site. 1 p.m. GJCA Team Marketing Contest – Come watch the juniors show off their cattle marketing skills as the top teams compete for CASH! 2 p.m. GCWA Meeting and Dessert Social – Come join the ladies for sweets, fellowship and lots of fun! There will be door prizes and a great opportunity to learn about what GCWA does throughout the year! 3 - 4:30 p.m. GJCA & YCC Leadership Talk w/Temple Grandin – GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council is proud to offer this opportunity for young people to hear Dr. Grandin’s story of overcoming life’s challenges and making a positive impact. Sponsored by Godfrey’s Feed 3:00 p.m. Commercial Heifer Sale – This sale is always standing room only! Don’t miss your opportunity to check out offerings of quality cattle from top breeders across the south. 3:00 p.m. Got Milk? Break – Sponsored by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. This break will allow all Convention and Expo attendees to enjoy FREE milk, ice cream sandwiches and cheese as a mid-afternoon refuel. Don’t miss your chance for snacks and support our dairy producers! 4:30 p.m. Club Calf Sale Preview – Before you head to the Cattlemen’s Ball, go to the GCCPA “Sip and See!” As you sip and enjoy a delightful glass of flavored ice tea or lemonade, you will have the opportunity to see the quality sale offerings from club calf producers all over Georgia. 4:30 p.m. Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m. Georgia Hereford Association Banquet 6:15 p.m. Cattlemen’s Ball Reception – This is a chance to fellowship with old friends and make new ones while enjoying delicious appetizers! 7 p.m. Cattlemen’s Ball – Sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Georgia and Southeast AgNet. Come spend the evening with us and enjoy a delicious Prime Rib steak served with a garden salad, mashed potatoes, asparagus, Yoder’s rolls, and peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert. We will reveal the Chapter of the Year, Cattlemen of the Year, Junior of the Year and awards for outstanding GCWA members! In addition, there will be a live auction for the back covers of the 2014-15 magazines and items benefiting GCA including the Young Cattlemen’s Council, Foundation and NCBA-PAC.

Saturday, April 5

8 a.m. Registration Opens 8:30 – 9 a.m. Meet & Greet – Young Cattlemen’s Council welcomes you to meet the new folks on GCA’s volunteer leadership team, new UGA beef cattle specialists and new GCA staff. Come put faces with names as we enjoy coffee, donuts and conversation. 9 - 10 a.m. Immediately following the YCC meet & greet – UGA Beef Team members will share their “Top Ten Ways to Keep More Money in Your Wallet” for 2014 as part of Zoetis Cattlemen’s College 10 a.m. Club Calf Sale – Come find your next show calf today! Offering 45 halter-broke steers and heifers sired by some of the TOP club calf sires in America. Today is your chance to buy! 8:30 - 1:30 p.m. Trade Show Open Noon -1:30 p.m. Junior Awards Luncheon – Sponsored by the Georgia Beef Board and FPL Food As you chow down on a delicious Chili Dog with Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili with all the trimings and sweet desserts you will get to watch our top juniors from across the state receive Scholarships and Sweepstakes awards. Everyone will enjoy seeing these amazing young people being awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes! If you are looking to grab lunch as you get ready to make your trek home, we will gladly box up this meal for you, BUT you must reserve meal tickets so that we make sure we have enough!

Thank You to Our Sponsors





Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk

Georgia Livestock Market

Georgia Allied Industry Council


Trade Show Vendors Attend the Trade Show Kickoff Thursday evening at 5!

ABS Global Accelerated Genetics AGriBuckle Allflex Alltech American Angus Association American National Bankers South Bayer Animal Health Bickett Genetics Boehringer Ingelheim Cowco D &H Equipment Dupont Range & Pasture Embry Farm Service Fairley Seed Company Farm Credit Associations of GA Flint River Mills Feeds Florida Mineral Salt Fuller Supply Co Furst-McNess Company GA Department of Agriculture Gallagher North America

Georgia Cattlewomen’s Association Georgia Agribusiness Council Georgia Angus Association Georgia Club/Calf Producers Georgia Commercial Heifers Georgia Development Authority Georgia Farm Bureau Georgia Hereford Association Georgia Limousin Association Georgia Pollette’s Association Georgia Red Angus Association Georgia Simmental Association Godfrey’s Feeds Kitchen Craft Lasseter Equipment Merial Mix 30 Agridyne NCBA Pearls, Pistols & Outlaws Perfect Equipment Purina Animal Nutrition R W Griffin Industries Ragan & Massey

Resaca Sun Feeds Ridley Block Operations Rolling Rock Livestock Systems Santa Gertrudis Association Silveus Insurance Southeast AgNet Southeast Livestock Exchange Southeast Select Sires Southeastern Animal Lab Southern Agri-Gro, LLC Stay Tuff Fence Sunbelt Ag Expo Swainsboro Stockyard The Sumner Agency TJB Gelbvieh Truax Company USDA-NASS Vigortone Westway Feed Products WF Equipment Young Cattlemen’s Council Zeeland Farm Services Zoetis

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Haemonchus placei Oesophagostomum radiatum

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Moseley Cattle Auction February 4th, 2014

Lot 1: 625 lb. heifers avg $164.90 Lot 2: 625 lb. steers avg $170.75 Lot 3: 610 lb. heifers avg $166.50 Lot 4: 735 lb. heifers avg $154.90

Local Sale Reports Lot 5: 760 lb. steers avg $158.30 Lot 6: 815 lb. steers avg $158.50 Lot 7: 815 lb. steers avg $158.90 Lot 8: 925 lb. steers avg $152.10 January 21, 2014 Lot 3: 650 lb. steers avg $166.90 625 lb. heifers avg $156.90

Lot 4: 645 lb. steers avg $167.75 620 lb. heifers avg $157.75 Lot 5: 685 lb. heifers avg $155.80 Lot 6: 710 lb. steers avg $166.50 Lot 7: 815 lb. steers avg $159.00 Lot 8: 745 lb. heifers avg $152.25 Lot 9: 725 lb. heifers avg $152.75


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WEIGHT 850-1200 LBS 850-1200 LBS OVER 1200 LBS 800-1200 LBS 600-800 LBS

BULK 88.00-93.00 89.00-94.00 92.00-97.00 84.00-89.00

YIELD GRADE 1 1500-2100 LBS 105.00-110.00 YIELD GRADE 1 1000-1500 LBS 104.00-109.00 STEERS & BULLS WTD MED & LGE 1-2 MED & LGE 2-3 AVG 230.00-245.00 235.40 215.00-230.00 220.00-235.00 227.14 205.00-220.00 215.00-230.00 221.75 195.00-210.00 200.00-212.00 205.36 180.00-195.00 187.00-200.00 193.47 170.00-185.00 176.00-188.00 181.80 160.00-175.00 167.00-180.00 173.49 150.00-165.00 155.00-167.00 159.59 140.00-155.00 150.00-160.00 157.04 136.00-149.00 140.00-153.00 144.81 127.00-135.00 140.00-150.00 143.72 125.00-132.00






10% 10%

14% 10%

15% 9%



80.00-85.00 87.00-91.00 74.00-79.00

95.00-100.00 97.00-102.00 91.00-93.00

100.00-102.00 114.00-118.00 95.00-100.00 112.00-115.00 HEIFERS WTD MED & LGE 1-2 AVG 221.81 197.00-205.00 200.91 213.22 187.00-197.00 191.28 202.85 175.00-190.00 182.67 186.16 170.00-180.00 175.61 176.73 160.00-175.00 168.11 167.45 155.00-168.00 161.04 158.03 145.00-157.00 151.57 146.64 140.00-152.00 146.31 140.86 135.00-145.00 139.87 132.17 126.00-135.00 131.15 128.02 124.00-132.00 128.28

MED & LGE 1-2 104.00-115.00

MED & LGE 2-3 89.00-99.00



MED & LGE 2-3 175.00-185.00 170.00-182.00 160.00-175.00 155.00-170.00 145.00-160.00 140.00-152.00 130.00-140.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-130.00

WTD AVG 181.01 176.45 168.07 163.05 152.81 145.84 136.38 130.08 124.65




DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 1,594 HEAD: ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT: 10 DAY PICKUP. STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 44 HEAD 550-600 LBS 183.00; 157 HEAD 600-650 LBS 170.75-172.75; 74 HEAD 650-700 LBS 170.50; 170 HEAD 700-750 LBS 158.00-160.00; 503 HEAD 750-800 LBS 150.50-159.50; 610 HEAD 800-850 LBS 158.50-158.90; 119 HEAD 850-900 LBS 153.50157.00; 219 HEAD 900-950 LBS 149.25-152.10; STEERS LARGE 3 HOLSTEINS 62 HEAD 800-850 LBS 115.25; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 44 HEAD 550-600 LBS 171.00; 325 HEAD 600-650 LBS 162.55-166.50; 180 HEAD 650-700 LBS 152.00-155.25; 210 HEAD 700-750 LBS 150.50154.90; 67 HEAD 750-800 LBS 149.00; 57 HEAD 850-900 LBS 139.50.


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Lot 10: 765 lb. heifers avg$151.70 Lot 11: 770 lb. heifers avg $151.50 Lot 12: 750 lb. heifers avg$158.30 Lot 13: 700 lb. steers avg $163.00 Lot 14: 825 lb. steers avg $159.25 Lot 15: 775 lb. steers avg $159.75 Lot 16: 850 lb. steers avg $156.25 Lot 17: 825 lb. steers avg $159.00 Southeast Livestock Exchange February 4, 2014 Lot 1 Steers Avg 575 lbs $190.00 Lot 2 Steers Avg 650 lbs $172.75 Lot 3 Heifers Avg 600 lbs $162.50 Lot 4 Steers Avg 660 lbs. $174.75 Lot 5 Steers Avg 775 lbs. $158.00 Lot 6 Steers Avg 800 lbs. $159.50 Lot 7 Heifers Avg 690 lbs. $155.25 Lot 8 Heifers Avg 680 lbs. $155.25 Lot 9 Heifers Avg 725 lbs. $153.00 Lot 10 Steers Avg 750 lbs. $160.00 Lot 11 Heifers Avg 700 lbs. $154.25 Lot 12 Steers Avg 825 lbs. $158.00 Lot 13 Steers Avg 840 lbs. $159.79 Lot 15 Steers Avg 850 lbs. $157.00 Lot 16 Steers Avg 875 lbs. $155.50 Lot 17 Steers Avg 675 lbs. $170.50 Lot 18 Heifers Avg 625 lbs. $162.75 Northeast Georgia Livestock February 5, 2014 Lot 1: 775 lb steers (sort 2 loads) $154.75 Lot 2: 850 lb steers $153.50 Lot 3: 915 lb steers (sort 2 loads) $152.10 January 29, 2014 Lot 1: 750 lb heifers $154.00 Lot 2: 725 lb heifers $161.75 Lot 3: 750 lb steers $ 159.50

Lot 4: 760 lb steers $164.20 Lot 5: 800 lb steers $162.85 Lot 6: 825 lb steers $160.10 Lot 7: 860 lb steers $ 159.95 January 22, 2014 Lot 1: 635 lb Holstein steers $128.00 Lot 2: 725 lb Holstein steers $122.50 Lot 3: 750 lb heifers(sort 2 loads)$155.00 Lot 4: 750 lb heifers $151.75 Lot 5: 775 lb heifers $156.10 Lot 6: 800 lb steers $161.00 Lot 7: 825 lb steers $155.20 Lot 8: 880 lb steers $154.50 Lot 9: 875 lb steers $148.00 Lot 10: 875 lb steers $157.50 Lot 11: 900 lb steers $156.70 January 15, 2014 Lot 1: 725 lb steers (sort 2 loads) $167.50 Lot 2: 800 lb steers $162.25 Lot 3: 900 lb steers $156.00 Lot 4: 825 lb steers $159.25 Lot 5: 885 lb steers $158.75 Lot 6: 900 lb steers (sort 2 loads) $157.00 Gretsch Bros. Bull & Commercial Female Sale January 25, 2014 41 Registered Bulls averaged $2,508 Total Bull Sales $102,850 4 Commercial Open Heifers avg $1,112 23 Commercial Bred Heifers avg $1,536 25 Commercial Pairs avg $2,116 High Selling Lots: Lot 24 TSF Zepher Z25 $4,100 Lot 27 Gretsch Ingenuity 2303 $4,000 Lot 5 Happy Hill Final Product 307 $4,000 Lot 18 GBA Bismarck 2343 $3,700 Lot 39 Gretsch Regis 2302 $3,700

NE Alabama Performance Breeders Bull Sale February 1, 2014 83 Total Registered Bulls avg $2,835 Sale Total $235,350 High Selling Lots: Lot 45 WCA Topshot 1230 $6,500 Lot 44 WCA Longshot 1228 $5,250 Lot 46 WCA Coal Train 1214 $5,100 Lot 42 Hillside Objective 212 $4,400 Lot 56 RW Newstandard Ascendent 1450 $4,200 Lot 75 TT Bismarck Traveler W309 $4,000 Clemson PT Bull Sale February 1, 2014 41 Total Registered Bulls avg $2,968 Total Sales $121,700 High Selling Lots: Lot 49 Primus Timeless 1201 $5,600 Lot 29 Brillance II of Rice Farms $4,800 Lot 25 PB 9B2 Rito 313 $4,200 Lot 28 Stillwater Payweight Y46 $4,000 Black Crest Farms Cow Herd & Bull Sale February 8, 2014 77 Total registered Bulls Averaged $3,067 Total Sales $236,200 High Selling Lots: Lot 9 BCF 1P55 Complete Z425 $5,800 Lot 15 BCF 4200 Z406 $5,600 Lot 53 BCF 1P55 Complete Z561 $5,000 Lot 1 BCF 0100 Confidence Z401 $5,000 Lot 10 BCF 1P55 Complete Z420 $4,800 Lot 14 BCF 0035 Final AnswerZ439 $4,800

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of March General

 Continue feeding high magnesium mineral supplement to cows on winter grazing.  Do not overgraze winter annuals. Pull cows when the annuals are shorter than 4”.

Free Course Online (p. 34)  Fertilize permanent pastures or according to soil test. Live Training at GCA Convention (p.82) Spring Calving

January, February, March  For a January 10-March 30 calving season, bulls need to go in April 1-June 20. Make sure bulls are in good condition and conduct breeding soundness exams.  Cows need to be in moderate to good condition to rebreed early. You may need to start feeding your best hay and put them on your best grazing now. Supplement as needed accord-ng to forage test.  Start breeding heifers about a month before the cow herd. Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth.

Fall Calving

October, November, December  Remove bulls March 23 to end calving season about December 31.  Keep bulls in a small pasture withstrong fences. Feed bulls enough to keep them in good condition for next year’s breeding.  Spot check cows to see if most are bred. By now, there should be little activity.  Vaccinate for clostridial disease, castrate and dehorn late calves or those missed in early working.

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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TELO-SALE 2014 CALENDAR • Tuesdays at 10 A.M. March 4

July 8

September 2

April 1 May 6 June 3

(includes Mountain Cattle Alliance and Southeast Georgia Cattle Marketing Association)

August 5

October 7 November 4 December 2

(includes Mountain Cattle (includes the Southeast Georgia (includes Mountain Cattle Cattle Marketing Association) Alliance) Alliance)


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Beef Industry Calendar of Events March 4, 2014 Tifton Beef Cattle Short Course Irwinville, Ga. 912-386-3214 or 229-386-3683

The 7th Annual Southern Tradition Sale CSR Farms, Alapaha, Ga. 229-776-4383 [See Advertisement, 67]

Edwards Land & Cattle Co Spring Production Sale Beulaville, NC 910-298-3012 [See Advertisement, 49]

March 5, 2014 Tifton Performance Tested Bull Sale Irwinville, Ga. 912-386-3214 or 229-386-3683

SERAA’s 22nd Annual Grasstime Auction Cullman, Ala. 641-919-1077

Knoll Crest Farms Bull Sale Red House, VA 434-376-6567 [See Advertisement, 35]

March 7 - 8, 2014 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Tifton, Ga. 478-474-6560 March 8, 2014 Upstate Sale • Wiliamston, S.C. 864-980-5695 Milam & Massey Bull & Female Production Sale Olmstead, Ky. 270-847-0634 7th Annual Spring Production Sale Sarratt Farms Gaffney, S.C. 864-580-9005 March 10, 2014 3-J Farms Steer & Heifer Online Sale 706-676-8323 or 770-843-4807 or 678-848-3453 [See Advertisement, 42] March 15, 2014 Quail Creek Brangus Cullman, Ala. 336-745-5252 March 21, 2014 Turner County Stockyard Breeder Cattle Sale Ashburn, GA 800-3449808 [See Advertisement, 57] March 22, 2014 The Bull Brand- Spring Performance Bull Sale Fayetteville, TN 931-703-6330 [See Advertisement, 71] Deer Valley Farm Spring Performance Sale Fayetteville, TN 931-703-6330 [See Advertisement, 71] NE GA Livestock Equipment Auction Athens, GA 706-549-4790 [See Advertisement, 47] March 24, 2014 MM Cattle Co. Online Angus Heifer Sale Bowdon, Ga. 770-328-2047 [See Advertisement, Back Cover] Coat of Many Colors Steer & Heifer Sale Online 706-207-9675 March 29, 2014 Partners In Progress XXVI CES Polled Herefords / Predestined Cattle Co. / Smith Angus Wadley, Ga. 478-252-5622 [See Advertisement, IFC]

April 2 - 5, 2014 GCA’s 53rd Annual Convention Beef Expo & Trade Show Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See Advertisement, 70]

April 13, 2014 Partisover Share the Herd Sale Colbert, GA 706-788-2533 [See Advertisement, 1]

April 3, 2014 6th Annual Georgia Beef Expo Cattle Tele-Auction Perry, Ga. 229-723-7070

April 18, 2014 Friendship Farms Sale Midville, Ga. 912-663-8085

April 4, 2014 16th Annual Georgia Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, Ga. 229-723-7070 [See Advertisement, 76]

April 19, 2014 Bricton Farm Female Sale Social Circle, Ga. 770-787-1644

Southeast Angus Sale Perry, Ga. 770-307-7178 [See Advertisement, 70] Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting 2014 Beef Expo 4:30 p.m. Perry, Ga. Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting 2014 Beef Expo 6:00 p.m. Perry, Ga. April 5, 2014 Club Calf Sale Perry, Ga. 912-690-1727 [See Advertisement, 66] Grassy Valley Production Sale Greenville, TN 423-234-0506 [See Advertisement, 94]

April 22, 2014 Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale Irwinville, Ga. 678-234-3547 or 229-386-3683 [See Advertisement, 61] April 22 - 26, 2014 GCA’s Spring Tour Nebraska & Kansas & Missouri 478-474-6560 April 25-27, 2014 American National Cattlewomen Region II Meeting Dahlonega, GA [See Advertisement, 34] April 26, 2014 Bridges Angus Farm Passion for Progress Sale Lexington, Ga. 706-340-1421 [See Advertisement, 69] Ridgefield Farm Sale Calhoun, Ga. 828-837-6324

Firm Foundations Elite Angus & Simangus Sale Cullman, AL 334-742-9730 [See Advertisement, 73]

Tinney Farms Herd Reduction Sale Cullman Stockyards, Cullman, AL 423-364-928 [See Advertisement, 40]

April 12, 2014 Southeast All Black Classic Sale Greenwood, Fla. 706-773-3612 [See Advertisement, 60]

April 27, 2014 Rocking W Angus & Hillside Angus Farm Commerce, GA 706-540-0400 [See Advertisement, 76]

2014 Carolina Sensations Sale Upstate Livestock Exchange Williamston, SC 979-693-1301 or 864-246-6203 [See Advertisement, 31] Cattlemen’s Choice Simmental Sale Hartwell, GA 706-654-6071 [See Advertisement, 78]

May 3, 2014 Monroe County HERD Sale Sleepy Creek Farm Forsyth, Ga. 478-994-7014 [See Advertisement, 70] Dixieland Delight Red, White and Black, Angus & Hereford Sale Fort Payne, AL 405-641-6081 [See Advertisement, 68] GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Clanton River Ranch 1st Annual Production Sale Simmental – Angus – SimAngus™

Sale Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM, Odum, Georgia Selling 150 Head of top quality genetics 30 Reg. Simmental Cows with SimAngus™ calves by side by Final Answer 15 Reg. Simmental 2nd calf heifers bred to A A R Ten X 25 Reg. Simmental & Angus Cows with calves by side 30 Reg. Simmental, Angus & SimAngus™ yearling open heifers 30 Reg. Simmental, Angus & SimAngus™ yearling bulls 20 Reg. Simmental, Angus & SimAngus™, two-year-old bulls Clanton River Ranch has extensively used breed leading Simmental & Angus sires through artificial insemination on their herd for the past 15 years, along with purchasing top performance tested Simmental & Angus bulls from the University Of Georgia’s Tifton Bull Evaluation Program. For the very first time, they are opening their herd for you to select from. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase first class genetics from Clanton River Ranch on April 5th. The predominant sires of the cows that are selling are:

Hooks Shear Force 38K ASA# 2081939

GW Lucky Man 644N

ASA# 222338

Service sires to most of the cows selling are:

S A V Final Answer 0035 ASA# 2320695

A A R Ten X

ASA# 2566684

IR Range Boss Y623

ASA# 2648991

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Spring To Do List: Advertise Spring Sales Mow Pastures Attend GCA Convention Attend GCA Tour Dust Of f the Grill

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The 53rd Annual Georgia Cattlemen's Association Convention & Trade Show and 17th Annual Georgia Beef Expo

Junior Contests & Events April 2 - 5, 2014 • Perry, Ga.

Poster Contest

Divisions: Junior (8th grade & under) Senior (9th grade & above) Theme: Crazy about Cattle! Deadline: Noon, April 3 or Mailed to GCA Office by March 20. Prizes: Junior prizes are $25, $20 and $15 Senior prizes are $50, $40 and $30

YouTube Video Contest

Divisions: Junior (8th grade & under) Senior (9th grade & above) Teams must include only GJCA members, all team members must appear in the video. Theme: 2 to 4 minute "ag-vocate" video to a popular song Deadline: Videos submitted electronically by March 20. Prizes: 1st place team in each division will win $100

Photo Contest

Divisions: Under 13 • 14 to 17 • 18 to 21 • Over 21 Categories: Landscape, Livestock, Ag & Conservation, Funny Deadline: Entries must be submitted electonically by March 20 AND mounted hard copies are due April 3 at convention. Prizes: Winners chosen in each age group for each category ($25); Grand and Reserve Grand win $100 and $50, respectively.

Team Marketing Competition

Teams: Three people, preferably of different age divisions Deadline: Check-in at noon April 4, to receive materials; Contest held at 1 p.m. Prizes: 1st place $100 per person; 2nd place $75 per person; 3rd place $50 per person

Beef Ambassador Competition


Divisions: Junior (12-16) Senior (17-20) Deadline: Entry forms postmarked by March 1; Registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Prizes: To Be Determined

Junior Specific Events

April 4 at 3 p.m. GJCA & YCC Leadership Talk w/Temple Grandin April 5 at 8:30 a.m. GJCA & YCC Meet & Greet Event April 5 at noon Scholarship, Convention contest and Sweepstakes winners announced!

A s s o c i a t i o n R e p o r t s • Yo u n g C a t t l e m e n ’ s C o u n c i l YCC Update March 2014

GCA’s YCC Board

By Robert Arnold, YCC Chairman The newly organized GCA initiative the Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) has been formed to target cattlemen from the ages of 18 through 40. Any young producer, who has an interest in the beef industry, will find the YCC to be a valued asset. Hello, I am Robert Arnold, currently serving as the GCA YCC chairman. My family raises beef cattle in a small southeast Georgia town called Screven. I was truly honored to be asked by President David Gazda to be involved in this exciting new initiative of GCA. I am thrilled about this program and hope that the YCC will grow by leaps and bounds. Since the YCC’s inception in October 2013, we have established some basic operating parameters including the officer team and regional representatives. This group of hardworking, dedicated young cattlemen, are excited to build a council to serve the younger generations of cattlemen. Our first official meeting was held via conference call in January 2014. We began recruiting YCC members at the Georgia Young Farmers Convention in August in February. Becoming a part of YCC is no additional fee. It is included in your GCA membership. What is YCC? Our Mission is to provide a unified voice for young cattlemen through networking, leadership development, and educational opportunities while advancing the GCA mission. Our Goals are: Provide educational, social and economic building opportunities at the various GCA venues such as the convention and summer conference. Help GJCA by acting as a mentoring program. Provide training for the future leadership of Georgia’s beef industry and serve as a vehicle to continue to build GCA membership. How do I get involved? There are several ways to get involved if you are interested in GCA’s YCC: 1. Come to our booth and special youth oriented Temple Grandin event at the GCA Convention in Perry (April 4 at 3:00 pm). 2. Look for special events at summer conference at Unicoi State Park. 3. Call the office at 478-474-6560 ( and ask to be placed onto the YCC email blast. Will Bentley, director of association services, is our office contact. 4. Call me at 912-294-3484 or email me at I pray that this article finds you and your family in good health with moist soil and fat cattle!

Interested in learning more about YCC? Call anyone on the board or the office at 478.474.6560 We would love to tell you more about YCC has to offer!


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

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3rd Overall Heifer Case Wilson

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Advertising Index Next Month: Simmental Spotlight & Fly and Weed Control Magazine & online advertising available! 478-474-6560! 3-J Farms 706-676-8323 .........................................42 Accelerated Genetics 540-247-4282..........................................80 Agrilabs.......................................................IBC AmeriAG 1-877-551-4916.....................................100 Bankers South 855-898-2265..........................................62 Benton Cattle Co. 770-993-7121..........................................30 Black Grove Angus 803-629-1174..........................................41 BQA..............................................................34 Bridges Angus 706-340-1421.........................................69 Cain Cattle....................................................63 Carroll County Livestock Sales Barn, Inc. 770-838-1457..........................................92 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383..........................................92 Cattleman’s Choice 859-987-5758..........................................79 CattleMax/Cattlesoft 800-641-2343........................................100 CES Herefords 478-474-6560.......................................IFC Clanton River Ranch 912-237-0608........................................96 Clement’s Livestock Service 770-725-0348..........................................92 Coat of Many Colors Sale 706-207-9454..........................................43 Commercial Heifer Sale 706-773-3612..........................................76 Crystalyx 800-727-2502..........................................25 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533..........................................92 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695..........................................92 Deer Valley Farm 931-703-6330..........................................71 DowAgroScience..............................................7 Eblan Electronics 910-298-3012..........................................93 Edwards Land 910-298-3012..........................................49 Farmers Livestock Market, LLC 706-647-6895..........................................92 Firm Foundations Sale 334-524-9287..........................................73 Flint River Mills 800-841-8502..........................................98 Franklin CountyLivestock 706-384-2975..........................................92 Furst-McNess...............................................100 Gardiner Angus 620-635-2156..........................................72


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GCCPA Annual Sale 912-690-1727..........................................66 Georgia CattleWomen’s Association 813-928-2437..........................................34 Genex Cooperative Inc 706-318-8844..........................................92 Georgia Angus Association........................74,75 Georgia Beef Expo 770-328-2047..........................................70 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders..........................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders.............................41 Georgia Brangus Breeders...............................27 Georgia Chianina Breeder..............................26 Georgia Farm Credit......................................16 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeder...............................26 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593.....................................54,56 Georgia Limousin Breeders.............................48 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders.................26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 770-748-6424..........................................25 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders...................41 Georgia Senepol Breeders...............................41 Georgia Simmental Simbrah Association 706-654-6071..........................................78 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association............31 Grasstime Auction 641-919-1077..........................................24 Grassy Valley Angus 423-552-5405..........................................97 Greenview Herefords 912-294-2470..........................................57 Highview Farms 770-567-3942..........................................92 Hillside Angus Farm 404-316-4969..........................................77 HME Herefords 706-714-9012..........................................55 Knoll Crest 434-941-8245..........................................35 Krone 901-842-8011..........................................99 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114..........................................92 M&M Cattle 770-328-2047.........................................BC Malcolm Financial Group 800-884-4820..........................................94 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349..........................................92 Merck..............................................................3 Merial.......................................................88,89 Mighty Grow Organic 888-565-7378..........................................89 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612..........................................92 Monroe Co. HERD Sale 478-994-7014..........................................70 MultiMin.......................................................66

NE Georgia Livestock 706-549-4790..........................................47 No Bull 800-858-5974..........................................25 Norbrook..................................................59,60 Out Front Cattle 979-693-1301..........................................31 Partisover Ranch 706-614-0496............................................1 Pasture Management 800-230-0024..........................................50 PH White Cow-Life Cattle Rub 1-800-344-0115 ......................................30 PNC..............................................................40 Predestined Cattle Company 478-494-9593.......................................IFC Purina............................................................81 Ragan & Massey 800-264-5281..........................................99 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711..........................................92 Ritchie Industries...........................................36 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794..........................................93 Rocking W Angus 706-540-0400..........................................77 Silveus 478-550-1997..........................................58 Smith Angus 478-252-5622.....................................IFC Southeast Agnet Radio 478-718-0081..........................................94 Southeast All Black Classic 706-773-3612..........................................60 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-646-0270..........................................94 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916..........................................92 Southern Tradition Sale 229-776-4383..........................................67 Tarter Gate Farm and Rach..............................2 Tennessee River Music, Inc. 256-996-5559..........................................68 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201..........................................92 Tifton HERD 229-386-3683..........................................61 Tinney Farms 423-364-9281..........................................37 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149..........................................92 Turner County Stockyard 229-567-3371..........................................57 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588..........................................93 Vermeer..........................................................26 White Hawk 706-988-0019..........................................51 Yancey Brothers 770-941-2300..........................................92



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Georgia Cattleman March 2014  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association

Georgia Cattleman March 2014  

Official Publication of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association