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O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • M A R C H 2 0 1 7

In This Issue…

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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: Will Bentley, Vice President of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Association Services: Blake Poole, Director of Communications and Youth Activities: Bailey Toates, Director of Public Relations and Industry Information: Kaytlyn Malia, GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, Publication Consultant: Gayla Dease

GCA Mission Statement The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance 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. Additionally, the Georgia Cattleman and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association staff and board members are not responsible for advertising errors made in cameraready ads, nor are they responsible for submitted camera-ready ads that may contain non-approved copyrighted text, songs, poems or images. The advertiser or agency will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission from the copyright holder and will pay any copyright fee required for publication in the Georgia Cattleman. 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 Kyle Gillooly 9 Executive Vice President’s Report, By Will Bentley 10 GCA Leadership 21 GBB Report, By Kaytlyn Malia 101 YCC Report, By Wayne Manning Industry News 13 Building the Future while Preserving the Past, By Steve Blackburn 14 NCBA News & Updates 32 Growing a Herd, Expanding Influence, By Bailey K. Toates 80 Convention Schedule and Registration 88 2017 Leadership Nominees Reader Services 16 In My Opinion, By Cody Ham 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 25 ACC for Beef Update, By Rebecca Wilkes 27 John’s Scrapbook, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 90 Local Market Reports 93 Management Calendar 95 Calendar of Events Expert Advice 46 Politics, Religion and ...., By Jason Duggin 56 2017 Tifton and Calhoun HERD Program Update,

By Dr. Jacob R. Segers and Jason Duggin 64 Making Great Baleage, By Dr. Dennis Hancock 72 Mineral Nutrition: How Do I Get Them to Eat the Right Amount?, By Dr. Lawton Stewart





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Association Reports

President’s Report


GCA President Kyle Gillooly with his wife, Jennifer; son, Grant; and daughter, Diana Kate.

“I placed the class of Chianina heifers 1-4-2-3…” I remember it like it was yesterday, and remembering something from 16 years ago is not as easy as it used to be. I was on the Purdue livestock judging team, and we were at one of our biggest contests of the spring semester. That was a very challenging class of heifers to evaluate, and an even more difficult class to discuss and try to make sense in the reasons room. But two of the most important things that I ever learned while judging were: (1) Don’t ever lie. (2) Always be as complimentary of the livestock as possible, because you might be talking to the guy who owns them. Well, I didn’t lie, and I described the heifers like I saw them. It turned out that my evaluation of the heifers didn’t quite match the opinion of the officials that day (as they placed the class 4-2-1-3); however, it just so happened that I gave reasons to the guy who owned the heifer that I started with. I didn’t score very high on the class, but I had the high score for Chianina Heifer Reasons that day. I learned a valuable life lesson that day. There will be a lot of times when we don’t see eye to eye with everyone; however, with careful evaluation and a sincere, honest approach, you just might get further ahead than you realize. To this very day, livestock judging is the single most important educational activity that I have ever participated in. Sure, because of judging collegiately and making important contacts at a young age, it’s rewarding to be asked to judge shows around the country. However, the life skills, business tools and friendships will forever outweigh any cattle show. I utilize a great majority of those tools every single day in my profession. I’m constantly evaluating the cows and heifers at our farm, and eventually that leads to further evaluation on which bull needs to be used to improve those females. If I have a customer looking at cattle, and he or she asks for my honest opinion, it becomes my responsibility to not only describe and appraise those cattle, but also try to predict which ones could be the most profitable. A general knowledge of the animals’ genetics and EPDs then becomes an important discussion tool as well. And just as no two cattle are alike, no two cattle judges are alike; and I assure you that no two bull buyers are alike. What approach do you take when buying cattle? Do you travel the countryside until you’ve come to a place 6

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that gives you the cheapest price, or do you look until you’ve found exactly what you need? Do you search for your next bull with a pessimistic attitude that he probably won’t work, or do you search optimistically for the bull that will do everything you want him to do? Here, we stand behind our cattle that we sell, but it’s always a pet peeve of mine when a customer’s first question is, “Do you guarantee him?” I’ve started answering with, “If you’ll send me the check from his first calf, that’s when you’ll know he’s guaranteed.” I’m joking of course; but seriously, don’t just expect the worst-case scenarios. I think too many folks believe that buying a bull is like buying a truck. It is certainly okay to shop around – except don’t ask for a test drive. It is also very rare for reputable operations to jack up the sticker price on bulls. It’s okay to ask, “Is that the best you can do?” However, be careful not to insult the breeder with a thoughtless counter-offer. Ask for as much information as you need and that the breeder can give you. He’s not a used-car salesman, and he knows that selling a lemon will not only lose him customers, but also cost him his reputation. As I sell cattle for our farm, it’s important that I’m not merely selling an animal; rather, I’m selling a representation of our operation. Accidents happen, and nature will sometimes throw you a curve ball; prepare for the worst, but expect the best! The more folks and fellow cattlemen that you meet, a better understanding and more opportunities you’ll find at your fingertips. There’s no better time to do that in Georgia than at our Annual GCA Convention and Beef Expo in Perry, March 29 to April 1. Vendors from Georgia and all across the Southeast will be there to showcase new products and ideas, and answer all of your questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit with numerous producers all in one location. Talk to them about bulls and cattle they have for sale, and attend the Southeast Elite Female Sale, Commercial Heifer Sale and Georgia’s Hereford Sale. From the Forage Conference to BQA training, and from agriculture comedy to professional rodeo guests, we’ve got more excitement planned than ever before. We want you to learn a little, laugh a lot, and just relax and enjoy all that the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has in store for you. Safe travels and have a blessed spring!


• March 2017



Emerging Leaders Conference

GCA’s 2017 ELC was a success! Nine emerging volunteer leaders came from across Georgia. Day one started at the office with an overview of GCA and GBB by Will Bentley and GCA President Kyle Gillooly. After lunch the group made its way to UGA’s J. Phil Campbell’s research station in Athens and the group was treated to a tour of UGA’s new vet school. The second day began with an insightful tour of Buckhead Beef, by Sierra Coggins. John Hankins, Director of Merchandising for Buckhead Beef, gave us his perspective on the beef industry. The group headed to the Capitol and met with Bo Butler, the Lt. Govenor’s Chief of Staff. The group visited the Georgia Department of Agriculture and had the chance to meet with Commissioner Gary Black. Commissioner Black spoke to the group about the issues facing agriculture today.


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Association Reports

Executive Vice President’s Report Will Bentley “The poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck and Gene Talmadge.” Those are the famous words of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge when he was making his initial run into state politics for the office of Agriculture Commissioner in 1926. As I read through the pages of The Wild Man from Sugar Creek, which is a biography about one of the South’s most polarizing and interesting politicians of the early 20th century, I couldn’t help but see the connection between the populism that carried Talmadge to statewide political power almost 100 years ago and the wave of political change that recently occurred across our nation. It could possibly be Talmadge’s use of the Market Bulletin during his time as Agriculture Commissioner as the equivalent to a modern-day Twitter account, that makes me think of President Trump. Or it could be the unrest and division that was felt during both times. The rural vote and that of the inner city were about as split then as they were in this past election. This isn’t to say that the politics of the two men are comparable; it’s just an observation that reminded me that the protests that are occurring in major cities across the country are not new to the political arena. Back in Talmadge’s day, it wasn’t uncommon to have protests and pickets for a wide range of issues on a regular basis. It’s easy to think that we are living in the craziest of times, but in reality these types of things have always happened. The right of people to publicly and peacefully gather in opposition is what makes our country so unique. It seems like every few years, things switch and the other side gets to be unhappy for a little while. At second thought, their politics have at least one thing in common; they both seemed to favor a smaller role of the federal government in the lives of farmers and ranchers across the country. And that’s a good thing. Let’s hope that the President can avoid some of the craziness that seemed to follow Gov. Talmadge wherever he went during his time in the political spotlight. As we work each day during the 40-day legislative session on behalf of the cattle industry, I’m very thankful that we are blessed with a relatively stable situation in our great state, compared with what was going on in the 1920s and 30s. While we may sometimes disagree on certain details of policy with folks on both sides of the aisle, I don’t foresee any legislative battles on the horizon that would require a governor to call in the National Guard to intimidate opponents, as Gov. Talmadge was known to do. But that’s enough political history for one article. Let’s talk about the things that are currently affecting our industry. As of this writing, we have had a productive session advocating for cattle farmers, and we hope that the remainder of the session will continue on the same path. We continue to focus on protecting the Georgia Ag Tax Exemption (GATE) program from unnecessary changes. We are pushing for protection of cattle farmers from frivolous litigation that comes from not having liability protection equivalent to that enjoyed by equine and llama farms. We are following legislation regarding issues such as CUVA, water and

transportation. We are also working on legislation that would protect cattle farmers from the increase in false claims of animal abuse that have occurred over the past year of drought. Requiring an expert to be involved in food animal abuse claims will not only protect innocent farmers, but in the rare cases of true neglect it will serve justice to those that have acted irresponsibly and purposely mistreated their livestock. These issues and many more are at the forefront of what we do on a daily basis as we represent you in Atlanta. We work with several other agriculture-based organizations to ensure that the future of farming and ranching is as sustainable and free of over-burdensome regulations as possible. However, sometimes the most effective type of advocating comes at the grassroots level. The GCA Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast is one of those grassroots opportunities that I hope each of you will take advantage of. This year’s breakfast has been moved to March 3 at 7:30 a.m. in Room 203 of the Capitol. The Steak Biscuit Breakfast is one of the events that legislators and their staff look forward to each year, and it provides cattlemen with a great opportunity to speak with your representative about the issues that are important to us. Legislators will often ask if we have anyone in attendance from their districts, and we’d love to be able to say “yes” to anyone who asks. Beef cattle are the only ag commodity that have a presence in all 159 of Georgia’s counties, so this is definitely attainable. If you are able to join us, please reach out to your representatives and make sure that they have plans to come by. We will make sure that they not only hear about how they can help out Georgia farmers, but also will be well fed to carry them through a busy Day 28 of the session. If you can’t make it to Atlanta on March 3, or even if you can, be sure to clear your calendar for this year’s GCA Convention and Beef Expo, to be held in Perry from March 29 to April 1. We will kick off the week with world-renowned forage expert Dennis Hancock and his annual Forage Conference. We will also be offering BQA certification and recertification training. We have several pages further in this issue that will give additional details about the exciting speakers and educational opportunities that will be available. I want to take this opportunity to extend a personal invitation to each of you for our Cattlemen’s Ball that will be held at the Convention on Friday evening, March 31. We will be joined by world champion tie-down roper Stran Smith, who will share his story of overcoming a debilitating stroke and career-threatening injuries to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo 11 times. His faith in God and his family’s support carried him through it all, and I think everyone will enjoy spending the evening with him and fellow cattlemen from the state. We have individual tickets available as well as an opportunity to purchase a table for your chapter or group. As you can tell, it’s going to be an exciting month for GCA. While I know that cattlemen across Georgia have many more friends than Gov. Talmadge claimed back in the 1920s, there are two that I know will always be there for our industry no matter what: God Almighty and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association! 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 to visit about the cattle industry.

Kyle Gillooly President

Lee Brown President-Elect

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Kristy Arnold Vice-President

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Executive Committee Members

Tammy Cheely, Warrenton 706-465-2136 • Brent Galloway, Mansfield 678-410-6070 • Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert 229-938-2187 • Rodney Hilley, Molena 770-567-3909 • Cole Elrod, Talmo 678-410-1312 • Kurt Childers, Barney 229-561-3466 •

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

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Will Bentley Executive V. P.

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GCA Immediate Past President

Randy Fordham, Royston • 706-207-1301 •

NCBA Directors

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

Foundation Chairman

Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 •

CattleWomen’s President

Sara Akins, Nashville • 229-237-1607 •

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-994-3927 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 Region 6: Joe Newton, Jr, 706-595-0520 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-561-3466 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 1991-1992 Howard Jones, Newnan 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell


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GCA Past Presidents

1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Dr. Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Dr. Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro 2012-2013 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton 2013-2014 David Gazda, Athens 2014-2015 Melvin Porter, Jefferson 2015-2016 Randy Fordham, Royston

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

ABAC | Wayne Manning | 423-488-8594 Appalachian | Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | Ricky Yarbrough | 478-256-2933 Banks | Thomas Dalton | 706-677-3008 Barrow | Randy Davis | 770-596-2697 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Blue Ridge Mountain | Richard Myers | 706-745-5760 Burke | Steve Blackburn | 214-912-1993 Carroll | Danny Pate | 770-832-2216 Central Georgia | Brent Hartley | 478-919-8710 Clarke-Oconee | Darryl Matthews | 706-338-0889 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Coweta | Elise M. Farnham | 770-367-3148 Crawford Area | Doug Bailey | 478-361-3024 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-246-0951 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Leigh Rush | 706-622-1384 Franklin | Scott Andrews | 706-491-0630 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | Jon Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Chris Parker | 770-301-1990 Harris | Kit McClung | 706-628-5726 Hart | Jason Fain | 706-436-9299 Heard | Caleb Pike | 706-302-6281

Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430 Henry | Bill Hightower | 770-320-8440 Jackson | Matt Shirley | 706-983-0276 Jefferson | Randy Miller | 478-625-3900 Johnson Area | Will Tanner | 478-278-1922 Laurens | Cody Lord | 478-278-9664 Lincoln | Dalton Tankersley | 706-504-1905 Little River | Glen Wilson | 706-595-3792 Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Matt Perfect | 478-973-7164 Madison | Derrick Horne | 706-789-2392 Meriwether | Brian McDaniel | 678-850-6640 Mid-Georgia | Tracy Boyt | 706-656-8481 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Evan Dover | 706-695-9180 North Georgia | John Wofford | 678-848-2162 Northeast Georgia | Tim Teague | 706-968-8016 Northwest Georgia | Justin Wells | 706-264-8253 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Hudson Sanders | 706-621-1384 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187 Piedmont | Newton Mayfield | 770-775-5125

Piney Woods | Charles Davis | 912-367-5395 Polk | Glenn Robinson | 770-815-9122 Red Carpet | Rucker McDonald | 770-313-7080 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | David Rooks, Sr. | 912-422-3233 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 | Theresa Molle | 229-315-1466 Tift | Andy Dunn | 229-848-3535 Tri-County | Nora Goodman | 770-562-3531 Tri-State | Jimmy McKenzie | 423-595-2482 Troup | Ben Comerford | 706-604-5098 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Brianna Roberts | 706-340-5468 Walton | Andy Camp | 770-601-3308 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-552-9328 Wayne | Kristy Arnold | 912-294-3485 Wilkes | Shane Moore | 706-678-5705 Wiregrass | Kurt Childers | 229-561-3466 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

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

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Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________________________ State____________ Zip ___________________ Email _______________________________________ Phone ___________________________________ 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!! A portion of your GCA dues are for subscription to the Georgia Cattleman, and is only available as part of the GCA membership. Payment of the GCA membership dues are tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. GCA estimates that 25% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of GCA’s direct lobbying activities. Foundation contributions are tax deductibe, however other contributions or gifts to GCA are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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Welcome New Members! Dan Andrews, Barnesville

Kaden Kauger, Surrency

Gary Baggett, Dexter

Terrie Long, Morganton

Dusty Baggett, Dexter

Adam Mcdaniel, Dexter

Tom & Debbie Day Braceland,

Charlotte Meeks, Abbeville


Logan Merritt, Wray

John Branch, Baxley

Rob Merritt, Wray

Joy Branch, Baxley

Randall Merritt, Wray

Will Burt, Moultrie

Northeast Georgia Bank, Lavonia

Jody Canaday, St. George

Adam O’Steen, Surrency

Levi Chappelear, Lavonia

Jason Page, East Dublin

Chauncey Farm Supply, Chauncey

Papa Top Farms, Damascus

Louis Eason, Surrency

Hunter Pass, Hoschton

Joshua Ethridge, Bremen

Albert Perkins, Newington

Jessie Ethridge, Bremen

Joe Phelps, Folkston

Jesus Garmas, Wrightsville

Justin Sealy, Camilla

Raegan Gilbert, Lula

Allen Smith, Sandersville

Logan Gordy, Thomaston

J. Adam Andrews, Barnesville

Chris Grau, Molena

Vincent Smith, Comer

Emalee Green, Social Circle

Terry Stratton, Griffin

Jake Gresham, Covington

Eddie Sullivan, Buchanan

Anne Gretsch, Lexington

Todd Thornton, Colquitt

Danny Guess, Clarkesville

Will Tucker, Pine Mountain

Vernon Hagen, Powder Springs

Jason Weaver, Norman Park

Andrew Hicks, Toccoa

Weeks Auction Group, Moultrie

Ashley Hughes, St Cloud, Fla.

Whitney Farm South, Greensboro

Justin Johnson, Plains

Weslie Williford, Perry

Shawn Johnston, Lyons


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GCA Foundation Herd

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Building the Future while Preserving the Past By Steve Blackburn, GCA Foundation Chairman

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation Inc. was established with the mission to educate and build leaders and advocates for the cattle industry and to promote the history and heritage of the industry in Georgia. This is accomplished by supporting scholarships, research, FFA, 4-H, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association programs, the GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council, and other leadership development programs such as Advancing Georgia Leaders in Agriculture (AGL) and Leadership Georgia. The GCF is announcing the Foundation Herd as a unique opportunity for cattle producers in Georgia to give back to the industry through a tax-deductible donation of a calf. The Herdsmen (all those who participate) pledge a cow to the herd for one to five years and then sell the calf it weans, with the proceeds designated to go to GCF. For example: Farm X pledges two cows to the Foundation Herd. They put two calves in the GCF name when they deliver the calves to the local livestock market. Because the Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization, Farm X is able to receive a tax deduction and able to support the industry at the same time. Industry partners, local GCA Chapters, and retired cattlemen who no longer have cattle are also encouraged to participate in building the herd. For Herdsmen without cattle, an average statewide 500-pound steer price for the month of September will be established and notices sent out. Checks for these calves are also tax-deductible. All GCF Herdsmen will be recognized monthly in the

Georgia Cattleman magazine. Special tags will be provided to those selling calves at Georgia livestock markets or private sales, so that the audience of buyers will recognize the added value each Foundation Herd calf carries for our industry. Any amount paid for a Foundation Herd calf over the average price of calves on the sale day will be considered a tax-deductible contribution, for which a receipt will be sent to the buyer. A Foundation Herd calf produces benefits for everyone. The establishment of the Foundation Herd is a major step in the evolving history of the GCF, as we look for new and innovative ways to fund projects that secure the future of ranching in Georgia and develop the leaders who will take us there. Several generous cattlemen from across the state have already committed to get the Foundation Herd started. The goal is to have 100 head pledged to the Foundation Herd each year, so that the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation can continue the work of its mission and ensure that the cattle industry is able to take a progressive approach of securing the future leaders of our industry. We will be glad to expand the pasture if needed. Cattlemen who would like to make a pledge to support the GCF through the Foundation Herd can visit the Foundation booth at the GCA Convention or contact GCA Executive Vice President Will Bentley at the office at 478474-6560 or GCA Foundation Chairman Steve Blackburn at 214-912-1993. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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NCBA News and Updates Trump Urged to Start Trade Talks With Japan Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scheduled February state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free and fair trade agreement with Japan. In a joint letter transmitted in early February to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, beginning with Japan. ... As you continue to lead America forward, we want to be a resource for your administration for possible strategies in improving existing and future trade agreements for the benefit of our producers.” Abe was to be in Washington to meet with Trump on a number of matters, including security challenges and bilateral trade. “A successful, comprehensive agreement with Japan would result in one of the greatest trade agreements for the U.S. pork and beef industries and for many other sectors,” said NCBA President Craig Uden, a cattle rancher from Elwood, Nebraska. NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa, said, “Securing strong market access to Japan and other Asian markets is a priority for the U.S. beef and pork industries, and we appreciate the president’s leadership and dedication to making our products the most competitive around the world.”

For U.S. beef and pork exports, Japan is the highest-value international market. In fiscal 2016, Japanese consumers purchased $1.4 billion of U.S. beef products and $1.5 billion of U.S. pork products. Demand in the Asian nation for U.S. beef and pork is very strong, despite Japanese tariffs and other import measures that limit market access for both products. Under terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Japan’s 38.5-percent tariff on fresh and frozen beef would have been cut to 9 percent over the agreement’s phasein period and would have given the U.S. beef industry parity with Australia in the Japanese market. Japan’s tariffs on pork, which are determined through a so-called gate price system, would have been substantially reduced as part of the TPP agreement. An analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission found that beef exports to TPP countries – which included the United States, Japan and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations – would grow by $876 million a year by the end of the phasein period, and that most of the growth would be in trade to Japan. Likewise, it found that pork exports to TPP countries would grow by $387 million, with most of the exports going to Japan. Nearly 9,000 U.S. jobs would be generated by increased exports of livestock products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s export multiplier.

USDA Delays Implementation of Rules in Accordance with White House Memo In response to the White House memo issued on President Trump’s first day in office directing federal agencies to temporarily postpone any regulations in the works, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last month that both the new GIPSA rules and the Organic Marketing Standards rule are on hold. Postponing the effective date allows the new administration an opportunity to review the rules pushed forward by the previous administration before they are implemented. NCBA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said, “This is a positive sign and we are hopeful that this action indicates that President Trump and his staff are listening to their constituents and are keenly in tune with the needs of the U.S. cattle industry.” The interim final rule that USDA’s Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration released in December was originally scheduled to take effect Feb. 21. The announcement by GIPSA in early February delayed the effective date and also stated that the agency would take public comment on the rule until March 24. “For years, we have called on the administration to reconsider the proposed rules, which would have a devastating impact on the U.S. livestock industry,” said Woodall. “By 14

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allowing additional time for substantive comments, we believe the agency intends to give this proposal the necessary analysis and consideration that was so lacking in the previous administration.” Additionally, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service said that it would delay the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule by 60 days to May 19, 2017. The rule, which is of great concern to NCBA, attempts to codify production practices under a voluntary marketing label: the National Organic Program. Immediate Past President of NCBA Tracy Brunner said that the Obama administration bowed to the whims and demands of animal activists rather than talking to the industry as a whole to see what is best for the program and for consumers. “The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not an animal health, welfare or safety program, and certainly not a place to set animal welfare requirements. Cattlemen and women have worked diligently over the past 30 years to develop and improve animal care and handling standards through the Beef Quality Assurance Program, which is continuously reviewed and updated as new science becomes available.”

NCBA News and Updates A “Huge Victory”: Cattlemen Hail U.S. House Passage of Resolution to Repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule In February, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) hailed U.S. House passage of a resolution that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule, calling it a “huge victory” for America’s ranchers. If the U.S. Senate also quickly passes the resolution, it would go to the White House for President Trump’s signature. “For years, the Obama administration ignored the concerns of ranchers and local officials and instead rammed through this massive regulatory overreach as they were being shown the door,” said Ethan Lane, Executive Director of PLC and NCBA Public Lands. “This is a huge victory for America’s cattle producers and a sign that some common sense is finally being restored in Washington.” “Planning processes are critical to the ability of grazing permittees to operate in the West,” Lane continued. “The final rule’s shift away from multiple use, as well as its disregard for both local input and economic analysis, make it unworkable for the more than 18,000 ranchers operating on BLM-

managed lands.” NCBA and PLC have long expressed concerns about BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, which would represent a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by prioritizing “social and environmental change” over ensuring multiple use of public lands, and by eliminating stakeholder and local input into the planning process. The Obama administration finalized the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule in December. Under the Congressional Review Act, the U.S. House and Senate have up to 60 legislative days after a new rule becomes final to approve a joint resolution of disapproval, which will fully repeal the final rule if and when the resolution becomes law. “Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming deserves a great deal of credit for her leadership on this issue, and we call on the Senate to follow suit and approve Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) companion resolution as soon as possible,” Lane said.

Legislative Watch Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 437) Requires congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (H.R. 26) Requires congressional approval for all major rules that would have an economic impact of more than $100 million before they can be enforced. It has passed the House, still needs approval through the Senate. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 21) Congress would be authorized to pass a single joint resolution blocking multiple rules completed during the final year of a president’s term. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has 60 legislative days after a rule is completed to introduce a joint resolution of disapproval. Currently, there must be a separate resolution of disapproval for each rule. It has passed the House, still needs approval through the Senate. NCBA encourages a YES vote. Key Sponsor: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Regulatory Process Changes (H.R. 5) The bill would reform the process by which federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes. It has passed the House, still needs approval through the Senate. Key Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) To direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes (H.R.424) NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsors: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (H.R. 198) The bill would permanently repeal the federal estate tax. NCBA urges a YES vote. Key Sponsors: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services • In My Opinion

Take Some Time to Ensure that There Will Be a Future By Cody Ham

The GCA Emerging Leaders Conference is held in January every year. While most of us are busy feeding cows, putting out hay, working calves, and continuing with our breeding season, a small group of cattle producers meet and travel the state to learn and help grow our industry. On Jan. 23, eight of us joined our GCA staff at the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association office in Macon, where we spent that morning meeting our President Kyle Gillooly, Executive Vice President Will Bentley, our VP of Operations Michele Creamer, Blake, Bailey and Kaytlyn. We then discussed the current priorities of our association and what they mean for Georgia cattle producers. It will always be important to understand and take part in the constant protection of our industry. As cattle farmers in Georgia, we can grow the greenest grass, select the best genetics, and wean the best-looking set of uniform calves; however, there are other conditions influencing our overall success. Favorable conditions for this business are vital. The GATE cards have been a great help for farmers and will continue to be only if we keep fighting for and protecting this vital program. Legislators have tried several times to raise the threshold of who qualifies for a tax exemption. It is important to remember that if we give the small producers the same chances, then they can grow and help add to our population of farmers. Has everyone noticed the equine liability protection signs posted on barns and fences? This seems like a great legal protection for horse owners, but does not protect cattle owners. House Bill 50 is an upcoming bill that would include livestock in this protection. We also discussed a hope for future legislation to protect cattle trucks from long roadside inspections that can lead to higher sickness, loss of pounds, and even animal death. From an animal health and welfare standpoint, and as an industry necessity, a time limit requirement for law enforcement officials to detain loaded cattle trucks needs to be put in place. After our introductions and discussions, we loaded up and drove to Athens where we visited with Dr. Lawton 16

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Stewart and Eric Elsner at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center. We toured the grounds and learned about forages, conservation and the research farms. We then visited the new UGA veterinary hospital. I had not seen the new teaching hospital yet, and it was impressive. The facility cost $94 million to construct, and I saw a greater value in the future given to our animal health needs, and appreciate those involved in its conception. The following morning, we toured Buckhead Beef with Sierra Coggins, Director of Quality Assurance, and met with their Director of Merchandising, John Hankins. Lately there has been a lot of attention from consumers who want to know where their food comes from, and I must say I want even more to know where the food I raise goes. To see another link in the chain, with labeled beef that originated from right here in Georgia on the shelves, was a great experience. Understanding the needs of the end-user can also help strengthen the industry. We finished up at the Capitol, where we spent time with Rep. Tom McCall, Chairman of the Ag Committee, a good friend to cattlemen, a sponsor of HB 50, and a good-natured farmer. Commissioner Gary Black, one of our leaders in the Ag industry who helps keep conditions favorable for farming, discussed many topics with us in his office and encouraged us with his advice and leadership. We also met with Bo Butler, Chief of Staff for the lieutenant governor. We also have our GCA staff fighting to keep conditions favorable for cattle producers, and they need our help. An important take-away from the conference would be the necessity of a strong, active membership. When we are trying to address our leaders in Atlanta, it would be very helpful for legislators to know that the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association represents 5,500 or more members who are an integral part of communities all over this state. I encourage every cattle farmer to do three things: Become more active in this industry’s future; include more people so that our message is stronger; and attend a GCA Emerging Leaders Conference if you haven’t already done so.

Congratulations to Rich Gilbert on his winning entry! Watch our Facebook page for next month’s contest!

Save The Dates! GCA’s Convention & Trade Show and Beef Expo March 29, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Beef Improvement Federation Meeting May 31, 2017 - June 3, 2017

Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge June 15 - 16, 2017


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Follow the GCA staff as they travel the state.

GCA’s Bailey Toates attended the Georgia Angus Annual Seminar and Convention in Athens on Jan. 21. The educational event included guest speakers Dr. Larry Corah of Certified Angus Beef and Abbey Gretsch, former National FFA Vice President. The evening was filled with fellowship and awards recognizing achievements of Angus breeders across the great state of Georgia.

GCA’s Will Bentley attended the Brahman Field Day, held at Kinderlou Farm in Valdosta, Georgia. The day included leading Brahman experts from across the country as well as attendees from several states in the Southeast.

GBB’s Kaytlyn Malia traveled to the Northeast Georgia Livestock Sale Barn last month. She shared with producers about the value of the Beef Checkoff program for our state. She discussed several of the beef promotional programs that are currently being funded by the Beef Checkoff. She also shared about the ACC for Beef Checkoff and its added value as it funds Georgia-specific research and additional beef promotion for our state. If you are affiliated with a sale barn in our state and would like Kaytlyn to share about the Checkoff, please contact her today at

GCA’s Blake Poole and Kaytlyn Malia attended the annual Young Farmers Convention in Savannah, Georgia. They spoke to attendees about the benefits of joining GCA and signed up several members. It was a great event to have a GCA presence with so many beef cattle producers in attendance. Also pictured here are Robert and Kristy Arnold of the Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association.


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hapter onnections The Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association is proud to announce their 2016 outstanding award winners. Front row L-R: Earnest Nichols, Past President; Crystal Smallwood, Outstanding Member of the Year; Emmalee Richardson, Junior Member of the Year. Back row L-R: Frank Pool, Cool Season Perennial Hay Contest winner; Scott Shelton, Warm Season Perennial Hay Contest winner; Ken McMichael, Baleage Contest winner; Pete Leonetti, Mixed Annual Grass Hay winner; Little Springs Farm, “Cattle Producer of The Year.”

Eli Smallwood, GJCA Chapter Relations Officer, and Dalton Green, GJCA Chairman, had a successful day showing at the West Georgia Livestock Show. The two had a great time representing GJCA.

The Coweta County Cattlemen hosted a program for Coweta County 4-H members and Scouts (often the kids belong to both organizations). John Denning from SunSouth John Deere and Jason Chandler from Stihl discussed equipment safety and maintenance issues. Each of the youth received a Certificate of Completion for use in their ongoing projects. In appreciation, the 4-H members provided homemade desserts for the members of CCCA. What a fun and informative night!


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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information When I was looking for a recipe to share with all of you this month, I knew it as soon as I saw this picture. Earlier this week, I had one of the best steak salads of my life. It had strips of mediumrare Ribeye over a bed of mixed greens with some tomatoes and other fresh veggies. I topped it with a jalapeño ranch dressing, and every bite I had was wonderful. So when I came across this recipe, it took me back to how satisfying and how fresh that salad was. The great thing about this particular recipe is that it is created to serve the whole family and can be prepared in about 30 minutes. As you gather together in this beautiful weather and welcome the spring season to come, try out a recipe like this! There are so many different ways to do it: Use a variety of fresh or roasted veggies; try out different dressings; or utilize more economical cuts, such as a strip steak, to save a little but not lose the satisfaction or flavor. The options are endless with the versatility of the beef product, and there is always something new to try!

Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad

Ingredients 1 beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound) 2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-fat or regular balsamic vinaigrette, divided 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 12 cups mixed salad greens 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges Salt and pepper Directions 1. Brush onion slices with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; set aside. Press chile powder onto beef steak. Place steak in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange onions around steak. Grill steak, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 16 minutes) for medium-rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill onions 13 to 15 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. 2. Separate onion slices into rings. Carve steak into slices. Season beef and onions with salt and pepper, as desired. 3. Toss salad greens with remaining 1/3 cup vinaigrette and divide among 4 salad plates. Top with tomatoes, onions and beef.



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Association Reports

Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update March 2017

By Kaytlyn Malia, Director of Industry Information & Public Relations

Georgia Beef Board

Cattle Drive 5K Join us for the first annual Cattle Drive 5K, presented by the Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation on May 20th. We are thrilled to celebrate Beef Month with an event like this, and we invite you to participate! The race will be held in beautiful downtown Macon, Georgia, and the course will wind through Mercer University’s campus and the surrounding area. You can register as an individual or as a team (i.e., a Cattlemen’s chapter). Race registration is not available quite yet; but if you would like Kaytlyn to add you to a list to send you a link when it goes live, email her at

Betts Berry, Vice-Chairman 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049

ABAC Beef Team Over the past couple of weekends, our ABAC Beef Team (Chelsey Daughtry, Taylor Martin, Zach Postin and Allie Williams) has been hard at work at Carroll’s Sausage and Country Store in Ashburn, Georgia. They have been preparing and cooking several different beef cuts for sampling with the customers. This has always been a great opportunity for interaction with consumers in the several years we have hosted cooking demonstrations there. It has allowed these Beef Team members to get into conversations about selecting, buying and cooking beef. They have also been given opportunities to answer questions that customers have about the beef industry and beef production. This team will continue to host demos several times a month, from now until the end of April. Be sure to stop in one Saturday morning and visit them!

Gerald Long 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519

GTFACS GBB’s Tricia Combes attended the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Trade Expo on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 300 teachers were in attendance at this popular event. Many teachers visited our booth and received valuable information on the GBB Beef for the Classroom Grant program, which is offered in August each year. More than 50 teachers signed up to participate in next year’s grant program. Basics About Beef booklets, brochures and pencils were some of the goodies we provided to teachers who visited the booth. It was a wonderful event to provide teachers with such valuable beef education material. TV Promotion We have been very fortunate to receive opportunities to promote Georgia’s beef industry through Georgia-specific television channels and audiences. Our first opportunity came about last fall with the Craft Box Girls’ channel on Apple TV, which allowed us to share recipe messages with a unique viewership. At the end of last year, Atlanta Eats came along with food and lifestyle expert Parker Wallace to create four 60-second beef recipe videos. We got some great air time with these videos that targeted Atlanta crowds, including a spot in the primetime special at the conclusion of the SEC National Championship. Since then, we received an incredible deal to further share these great videos on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in the next couple of months. If you haven’t already seen these mouth-watering videos, be sure to check out our Facebook page!


Robert Fountain Jr., Treasurer P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808

Chuck Joiner 425 Gray Road Carrollton, GA 30116 770-832-7299 Bill Bryan 2830 East Armuchee Rd Summerville, Ga 30747 423-605-0561 Kenneth Murphy 7432 Rocky Mount Road Gay, GA 30218 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 2772 Mountville Hogansville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Brent Galloway 1348 Millen Road Monticello, GA 31064 678-410-6070 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201 Melvin Porter 168 Hardman Rd Jeffersn, GA 30549 706-654-8283 The Georgia Beef Board 478-474-1815


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Vote YES to Renew the State Checkoff! Ballots will be mailed out May 1, 2017.

“The funding from the Georgia Beef Commission is absolutely crucial to my team’s research and educational efforts. We have been able to provide management strategies for the bermudagrass stem maggot, new research that contradicts some EPA regulatory efforts, answers on how to best manage summer annual grazing systems, alfalfa in bermudagrass, baleage production systems, and brassica production in the fall of the year.” - Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist “The money provided by the Georgia Beef Checkoff has been instrumental in allowing us to focus on issues that are important to cattlemen in Georgia, and the data generated by our work has the potential to provide real-world solutions to diseases that have affected cattle for many years. In addition, some of the work we have recently completed has put Georgia in a place to be a major player in cattle disease research for many years to come.” - Dr. Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Georgia Beef

Annie Rich, UGA master’s student in Veterinary Entomology, demonstrates insecticide application using the VetGun delivery system.

Dr. Ray Kaplan’s research focuses on solving the problems posed by drugresistant parasites in cattle.

C o m m is si o n ACC for Beef Producer Representatives

Beef cattle specialist, Dr. Jacob Segers, explains to a producer how the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot affects plants in a pasture.

John Callaway, Hogansville Jeff Duncan, Danielsville Ernie Ford, Edison Allen Wiggins, Ashburn Kenneth Murphy, Gay

Dr. Dean Pringle collecting ultrasound marbling image data for the Angus feed efficency study being conducted at the Northwest Experiment Station in Calhoun as part of a five-year project.

Highlights of the ACC for Beef Managed by Cattle Producers from Georgia Research vital to the success of Georgia cattle producers Educational opportunities for cattlemen on ways to be more profitable Combat anti-animal agriculture activist groups with positive cattle industry information Increase needed advertisement, education and promotion of beef to consumers in Georgia Increased cattle industry education opportunities for Georgia youth Current promotion revenue has dwindled to less than 3 cents per Georgian to tell our story A program focused on YOU as a GEORGIA cattle producer Efficiently Managed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture


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Reader Services • ACC for Beef Update Your State Checkoff Dollars Working For You! Georgia Beef

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Investigation of the pathogens contributing to naturally occurring outbreaks of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye), using Next-Generation Sequencing

Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) or pinkeye is a clinical syndrome defined by a typical progression from a watery eye (epiphora), squinting (pain from sunlight) and redness (conjunctivitis) to an ulcerated cornea with cloudiness. In the worst case, the eye may rupture completely, resulting in permanent blindness. It has been estimated that IBK lesions are associated with a 15- to 30-pound decrease in weaning weight, compared with calves with no recognized IBK lesions. The bacterium recognized as the primary cause of pinkeye is Moraxella bovis. Moraxella bovoculi and Mycoplasma species have also been implicated as additional causes of pinkeye, but experimental infections with these organisms alone have failed to reproduce the disease. However, this has raised new questions about the role that other organisms may play in the pathogenesis of pinkeye. Determining the cause of IBK is complicated by the fact that Moraxella bovis can be detected from healthy eyes, so the disease is multifactorial. Diagnostic microbiology has relied on culturing the organisms involved. Culture will detect viable bacteria present in the sample, but in cases of sample mishandling, culture can be unrewarding. Additionally, the organisms detected are dependent on the particular methods or media used and the differential growth of the organisms present. We hypothesized that there are intrinsic changes that may occur to resident flora or the involvement of additional unrecognized organisms that contribute to IBK that might have been previously missed because of the use of bacterial culture techniques or specific PCR assays that bias the testing. We proposed to use NextGeneration Sequencing to evaluate this disease in cattle; and with our funding from the Georgia Beef Commission, we used a 16S rRNA metagenomic method, which detects all the bacteria present in the sample without biasing the results with selective culture. Swabs from the eyes of 100 cattle, representing 15 different herds in South Georgia, were tested. Of these 15 herds, 11 had current cases of pinkeye, 3 had a past history of pinkeye but no current cases, and one farm had no history of pinkeye. Sixty-one samples were from eyes with pinkeye, and 39 were from healthy

PI Rebecca Wilkes, DVM, PhD, DACVM

eyes. We detected 22 different bacterial groups in the eyes of the cattle. The types of organisms detected were similar across the herds, and there was no difference between pinkeye cases and controls with respect to the total number of bacterial groups represented. However, the numbers of the organisms varied between pinkeye samples and controls. We found a correlation between increased numbers of Moraxella bovis and bovoculi with pinkeye cases, but there was not a correlation between Mycoplasma species and pinkeye in these herds. Yet there was a difference in the amount of Mycoplasma detected in calves versus adults, suggesting that Mycoplasma composes a greater proportion of the normal ocular microbiome in calves. More samples would need to be collected to determine the significance of this finding. In cases of pinkeye in calves, detection of Mycoplasma might just be the result of the increased presence of the organism in this age group and not a result of the disease. An unexpected finding was the amount of Moraxella species in samples from healthy eyes. Of the 39 samples from healthy eyes, only nine of the samples contained no Moraxella species. Four of these samples were from animals on the farm with no history of pinkeye. However, there were three animals from this same farm that had small numbers of Moraxella. We speculate that there are both non-pathogenic and pathogenic Moraxella that are inhabitants of the eye, and secondary factors that cause corneal inflammation lead to an infection with a pathogenic strain and the associated clinical signs known as pinkeye. We hypothesize that this leads to changes in the microbiome of the eye that might be permanently sustained; and with shedding of these organisms to other herd members, the pathogenic strain is maintained within the herd. Vaccines containing pilin antigen to prevent Moraxella attachment are not likely to be useful in these cases because the bacteria are already present in the eye, and this may explain the lack of effectiveness seen with currently available vaccines. Future work will be directed toward evaluating genes associated with pathogenesis of Moraxella species, with hopes of determining what would make an effective vaccine.


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I stood with George, ears perked, eyes alert, like border collies womb. And my favorite: John sewing away at waiting for the signal. John (we’ll call him John) finally made his the uterus while keeping one knee on the ground and the other pressed momentous decision known: “We’ll do a C-section! But I want pictures against the protruding rumen. for my scrapbook!” I don’t know whether the last one made the scrapbook. John was a senior veterinary student spending the week with me during calving season. George was my assistant. The object of John’s attention stood quietly ® in the chute. She was a crossbred heifer, carefully selected for those quality criteria: four legs and a pulse. Although she weighed over 800 pounds, she wasn’t much taller than a bathroom sink and wide as a mobile home. Being nine months pregnant made you want to paint “GOODYEAR” on her side. John was well taught, so George and I offered to be his surgical aides during the procedure. John had never actually performed one before, but I had insisted that he call the shots. George and I were at his beck and call. John chose to make a lateral incision in the left flank. We haltered and cast the beast on the ground. Under John’s watchful eye, we clipped and scrubbed and shaved the incision site. He asked for a drape. I had one, fortunately. I had been cutting hair with it in the bunkhouse. But it was clean. Before he double-gloved up, he asked if I would record his first C-section on film. I took his camera and snapped him poised above what appeared to be Plymouth Rock. He looked over his shoulder at me as I clicked on. Once he made his first incision, he peeled off the outer gloves and asked me to adjust the light. I moved George closer. All was going well, as the photographs would show. John was doing the perfect imitation of a Cat ® Agriculture Equipment is the brand of machine you need to increase qualified veterinary surgeon. He penetrated the productivity and efficiency on your farm. Each machine is multi-purpose and can abdomen authoritatively, and immediately the provide a wide range of solutions which will save you time and increase your bladder of a blue whale welled up through the profit margins. incision. John recoiled in terror as the mass came at him like a driver’s-side air bag! Your Cat dealer is committed to providing reliable, fuel-efficient farm equipment It was, of course, the rumen. This huge organ that is more economical for cattle producers to own and operate. Contact your obscured the surgical field and interfered with his dealer today. manipulation of the uterus, which he couldn’t find, and 26 feet of small intestine that kept crawling into play. Before I could say, “No! Wait!” John pricked the rumen wall with his scalpel to relieve the pressure. A stream of green fluid at 2800 psi painted the left half of John’s body. YANCEY BROS. CO. KELLY TRACTOR CO. RING POWER CORPORATION THOMPSON TRACTOR CO., INC. I took one photograph of George sluicing AUSTELL, GA MIAMI, FL ST. AUGUSTINE, FL BIRMINGHAM, AL 800-282-1562 down the young surgeon with a bucket full of 305-592-5360 904-737-7730 205-841-8601 water. Another of John wiping his face on the © 2016 Caterpillar. All Rights Reserved. CAT, CATERPILLAR, BUILT FOR IT, their respective logos, “Caterpillar Yellow,” the “Power Edge” trade dress as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission. drape. One of him lifting the newborn from the




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

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

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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.


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Lone Cypress Farms

Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Atlantic & Southern Equipment, LLC, Lake City Boehringer Ingelheim Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Cattle Time, LLC, Atlanta Dow Agrosciences Ed Murdock Superstores, Lavonia Georgia Farm Bureau Georgia Livestock Marketing Association Georgia Metals Inc. Lasseter Equipment Group Merck Merial Purina Raymond James & Associates, Griffin Southern States Vigortone/Cargill Yancey Bros. Zoetis

T-Bone Members ($300 - $599) Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Laurens Livestock, Laurens, S.C. Langdale Farms LLC, Valdosta Manor Cattle Company, Manor

Moseley Brothers Cattle, Blakely Old South Ag Agency, Norman Park Weeks Auction Group, Moultrie

Ribeye Members ($150 - $299) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry Alltech, Inc., Thomasville American Commerce Bank, Bremen Carden and Associates, Winter Haven, Florida C & B Processing, Milledgeville Columbia County Farm Bureau, Harlem First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Hagen Realty Group, Carrollton Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Jackson EMC, Gainesville Jackson EMC, Hull King Ford, Murphy, North Carolina Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City

McRea Farms Hay Hut Dealer, The Rock Morris Bank, Dublin Oglethorpe Co. Farm Bureau, Crawford Oglethorpe Feed & Farm Supply, Crawford Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pitts Insurance Agency, Pitts Resaca Sun Feeds LLC, Resaca Robert Hutson Ford-Lincoln , Moultrie Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Swainsboro Stockyard, Swainsboro Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland

Sirloin Members ($75 - $149) AgAmerica Lending, Lakeland, Florida AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Athens Stockyard, Athens, Tennessee B & S Concrete, Moultrie Baker Cattle Service, Quitman Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Dudley, Dublin Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Bill Hembree Insurance, Winston Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba’s Tire, Dublin Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro Carhan Farm, Atlanta Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Central GA Farms LLC, Eatonton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Chauncey Farm Supply, Chauncey Circle G Ranch, Adel Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Colquitt Ag Services, Doerun C R Benson Farm LLC, Dry Branch DogLeg Ranch, Harlem Dublin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Assoc., Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Elbert Co. Farm Bureau, Elberton Elder Farm, Jefferson Elrod Garden Center, Dallas

Entrekin Equipment Greenhouses, Bremen Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farmers State Bank, Dublin Field Auto Parts, Comer Flint EMC, Perry Forsyth County Farm Bureau, Cumming Fort Creek Farm, Sparta FPL Food, Augusta Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Gulf Coast Cattleman, San Antonio, Texas Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Hancock County Farm Bureau, Sparta Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville 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 Laurens County Farm Bureau, Dublin LBL Farms, Chester Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Manor Timber Company, Manor Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla

Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Piggly Wiggly, McRae P H White Company, Dyersburg, Tenn. Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Producers Cattle Auction LLC, Mobile, Alabama Ralph Jackson, P.C., Dublin Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas R.W. Griffin Industries, Nashville Security State Bank, McRae Silveus Insurance, Dumas, Texas Southern States, Woodstock SunSouth, Carrollton The Four County Bank, Allentown The New Peoples Livestock Market, LLC, Cartersville Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange United Bank, Barnesville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland United Community Bank, Cornelia US Land and Farms, LLC, Macon Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Youngblood Farm, Sparta


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This space is waiting on you! Call Ray Hicks 912-865-5593

Three State of the Art Cow/Calf Facilities in Good Hope and Monroe GA

This space is waiting on you! Call Ray Hicks 912-865-5593

Add color to your business card ad for $250 more a year! Call Bailey update your ad! 478-474-6560

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Jonny & Toni Harris Cooper Hill

1159 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

Cell: 423-618-4304 Cell: 423-618-4304


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Growing a Herd, Expanding Influence By Bailey K. Toates When someone starts a story with, “It got out of hand,” you don’t think that the story is going to end very well. That is just how Tommy Mead’s story started out. “It was a 4-H project that got out of hand,” Mead laughs. “My dad bought a registered heifer in 1977, in addition to the few cows we already had, and it grew from there. It has continued to steadily grow.” Over the last 40 years, the herd has grown to 250 32

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registered Hereford females, 100 crossbreed recipients, 40 registered Red Angus – along with the 100-plus replacement females, 75 bulls, and 100 steers on feed. “We also work closely with several cooperators to grow our embryo-transfer calves,” Mead explains. “That helps us get to our total numbers. We don’t have the typical calving season, since we start flushing donors in October and continue until Memorial Day with us consistently flushing every five

weeks. If you walk into the house, you can count on there being a flush schedule on the fridge. We try to put the eggs in fresh, so this stretches the calving season out more. It has also helped our client base, as different parts of the country prefer to have calves born, and in turn calve in different seasons. The longer calving season means we are always having something coming ready for buyers so we can meet their needs.” The industry is all about relationships. A key reason for Mead Cattle Enterprises’ success is its good working relationship with cooperators, embryologists, veterinarians and customers. “Each year at our sale on Memorial Day, we will have 250 to 300 people in attendance,” Mead says. “Plus, we have hundreds watching on the Internet from across the country. We try to talk to everyone and personally thank them for being there. We appreciate all of our customers coming from all over to support us.” Mead Cattle Enterprises has been having a sale on Memorial Day for 17 years. Prior to starting their own sale, they were a founding member of the Partners in Progress sale with CES Herefords in Wadley, Georgia. “Although we sell most of our bulls private treaty, we do send a lot through the sale as bull calves or yearlings,” Mead says. “Each year we will sell cattle to 20 or more states and Canada. We have even sent semen to Uruguay and Brazil. We also sent embryos to Kazakhstan.” Tommy and Valarie love it when customers visit the farm. The relationships they have built are priceless. It’s more than just a cattle purchase for the Meads. The Meads have started a new approach to generating sale cattle. “We try to flush the females at three and four years old,” Mead explains. “This allows us to sell them at a young enough age that they are beneficial to our customers and they have a chance to own one of our donor cows and incorporate her genetics into their herd.” In addition to using AI and embryo transfer, Mead Cattle Enterprises uses genomic testing on their bulls and donors to help advance EPDs. All of these tools have helped to elevate their level of cattle so much that Select Sires recently acquired their bull named Excede. He is marketed as a low-birth-weight, heifer bull that offers carcass quality and ranks in the top 20 percent of the breed for 15 EPDs and indexes,

offering one of the most complete EPD profiles. The Meads are also staying ahead of the curve by becoming GAPcertified. GAP stands for Global Animal Partnership. Mead Cattle Enterprises voluntarily participates in audits that verify that the cattle are being managed and treated per the USDA guidelines. Mead has been very involved in the cattle industry and the Hereford breed. Mead has been a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for decades and is involved in both the Burke and Jefferson Cattlemen’s Associations. He has been a board member of the Georgia Hereford Association for more than 30 years and served as President for two terms. His most recent accomplishment was being elected to the American Hereford Association’s Board of Directors. Mead will serve a four-year term. “It is truly an honor to be elected to the board by other breeders,” Mead says. “I was originally asked to run a few years ago, but Valarie and I decided that now was a good time for me to finally do it. I currently serve on the hall of fame/ merit, publications committee, and the marketing committee. It’s interesting to see it from the other side. The staff sends us reports and keeps us in the loop of what is going on at the office. It’s been a very positive experience full of conference calls and emails. We will meet in Kansas City, Missouri, two times a year, once at Denver, and have our summer meeting in the stomping grounds of the President.” Everything on the farm is taken care of by Tommy and Valarie with the assistance of two employees. One of them is family, Valarie’s brother Luke. Their four children like to help on the farm when they are there: Tommie Lynne, 24; C.W., 17; Katelyn, 14; and Jackson, 12. Each one of them has a favorite thing to help with on the farm. The farm has been family-owned since it “got out of hand” in 1977, and will continue to be for many generations to come.


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April 1, 2017 GeorGia NatioNal FairGrouNds Perry, Ga. 11 a.m. est

For sale catalogs or information, call Taylor Neighbors 229-337-0038 View sale catalog at 34

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HEADED TO PERRY GEORGIA BEEF EXPO HEREFORD SALE Saturday, April 1, 2017 • Perry, Ga. OFFERING... 3 Young Cows & Calves 2 Bred Heifers • 3 Open Heifers

Bulls and females for sale at any time at both ranches. Please contact us for more information —

Roy and Marie Barnes, Owners Kevin Atkins (256) 706-9405

Gary R. Hedrick (678) 858-0914 Ben Hedrick (404) 216-4274 Herdsman, Diego Gutierrez (678) 629-1804 James Atkins (404) 922-6508


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Selling Annually

120 Bulls

Hereford & Braford *Southern Adapted* *Total Performance Records* *400 Registered Cows* Taking Orders for 2017 Heifer Calves!

Greenview Farms, Inc. 334 K-Ville Road Screven, GA 31560

Jonny Harris | 912-294-2470

Paul Harris | 912-294-2472

Making Herefords Great Again! A new year and renewed optimism reminds us that better days are ahead. Whether you are needing fresh genetics or are already using our bulls, we welcome the opportunity to work with you in the coming year.

Plan Ahead!

Bulls will be available private treaty beginning Oct. 2!

Twelve Stones Farm

Line 1 Herefords P. O. Box 2 White Plains, GA 30678 DJ Sheppard 706.453.6879 | Mo Sheppard 706.347.0850 36

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Introducing Premium Conditioning Options for 600 and 800 Series Mower Conditioners.

Now you can get the same premium conditioning systems used in our large 900 Series MoCo’s and self-propelled windrowers on our smaller 600 and 800 Series MoC’os. The steel V10 conditioning feature a chevron pattern that provide more crop-crimping action to help strip more moisture from the hay, helping to accelerate drydown. What’s more, the V10 steel rolls last longer, reducing repair costs and downtime. Partner that with the wide swath kit which spreads your windrow 25 percent wider and you’ll reduce your need to ted and rake and see big increases in dry down speed. See it in action at – then visit your John Deere dealer for more details.

More power. More getting work done. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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The Superior Seedstock Source for Commercial Cattlemen

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – noon

CSR Farms Sale Facility • Alapaha, Georgia Selling 190+ Head of High Quality Commercial Cattle Selling . . .

From these Producers . . .

• CSR Farms • Harry Smith • UGA Eatonton Beef research Farm • Wasdin Cattle Ranch

• 50 Pairs • 95 Bred Heifers • 5 SimAngus Bulls Again the offering will feature Angus, Black Baldie, SimAngus, and Hereford females with calves at side by or bred to primarily Angus and SimAngus bulls. Almost all of the heifers were AI’d once before going with the bulls. S A V Bismarck 5682 was used again this year as the primary AI sire. Sale hoSteD By:


Carroll T. Cannon, 229/881-0721 Patsie Cannon, 229/881-2705 P.O. BOX 500 TY TY, GEORGIA 31795-0500 L#249


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DirectionS to the Sale: From I-75 in Tifton, travel 20 miles east on U.S. Hwy. 82 to Alapaha. Continue east to the Alapaha River. Immediately after crossing the river turn north on Gladys Rd., then immediately turn east on Wycliff Roberts Rd. and travel 5 miles to the CSR Sale Facility sign on the right.

CSR Farms

STeVe & elAIne RoBeRTS 5561 Wycliff Roberts Road Alapaha, Georgia 31622 229/532-7963 • 229/686-4541 (Cell) 229/532-4637 (Fax) e-mail:

Georgia Genetics 4.15.2017


Saturday // 12:00 Noon // at Britt Angus Farm

Rollin Rock Merle X021 // 16740867 // 2.2.10

Britt Ruby of Tiffany 2429 // 17818905 // 11.25.12

Deer Valley Blackcap 9777 // +16577701 // 9.15.09

Bricton Lady 1157 // +17242864 // 9.12.11

Selling 80 Lots! & Friends Acres Away // Alexander Angus Farms // Bramblett Angus Farm Gazda Cattle Company // Gretsch Brothers Angus // Hargis Angus Farm For additional info contact the American Angus Hall of Fame. 816-532-0811

Britt Angus Farm | 724 E & M Dairy Road | Hartwell, GA 30643 | | Britt Angus Farm Stacey Britt 770.318.9809 | Korey Duke 706.599.4025


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Annual Production Sale

Saturday • April 1, 2017 • Noon • Greeneville, TN


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The 46th

Carolina Angus Futurity

SATURDAY • MARCH 18, 2017 • NOON T. Ed Garrison Arena Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Elite Angus Genetics from the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic & Southeast ~ Foundation Angus Seedstock That Will Add Value To Your Program


Over 60 Head of Quality Angus Females Many By Leading AI Sires Cow/Calf Pairs • Bred Heifers Open Show Heifer Prospects Bred Cows • Embryos Flushes • Pregnancies

Call or Email to Reserve Your Free Reference Sale Book Go to for Sale Book, Updates, Videos Sale Broadcast & Bidding Online at

Ken Brubaker Harrisonburg, Virginia 540/908-5799 42

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Steve McPhail, Sale Chairman 864/978-6358

CAM OAF Momentum A561 Lot 1 • 18380805 • Top 1% $B • Top 2% RE, MW • Top 3% $F, $G • Top 5% CEM, $QG

The Southern Synergy partnership is a commitment to designing better beef using the most accurate and reliable tools available to seedstock producers. The results are some of the most predictable females available in the Angus breed today. Their sibling brothers compete at the highest level and are marketed at Gardiner Angus Ranch at their annual sales. The opportunity for profitability reaches every segment of the supply chain.

10 th Annual Angus Female Production Sale

Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 12 Noon At the farm near Wadley, Georgia

Selling 15 Donors • 15 Fall Pairs 18 Spring Calving Pairs 40 Fall Bred Heifers 25 Fall Bred Cows If we can be of any assistance in adding value to your present genetic program, please give us a call!

Ogeechee Miss Wix 565 Lot 2 • 18397464 • Top 1% $B, $W, Milk • Top 2% $G • Top 4% RE • Top 5% CEM, WW, $QG

GAR Sunrise A60 Lot 3 • 18520602 • +12 CED • Top 1% RE • Top 2% CEM • Top 4% $B, $W, Milk • Top 5% WW

Ogeechee Miss Wix 3316 Lot 4 • 17822738 • Top 1% CW, RE, $W, $G, $B • Top 2% WW, Marb, $QG

Watch the sale and bid live online.

P.O. Box 820 • Wadley, GA 30477 Clint Smith: (706) 551-2878 • Smitty Lamb: (229) 646-4785 •

Free delivery to central locations in the lower 48 states.

6 Deerfield Road • Arnoldsville, GA 30619 Andrew McPeake: (478) 719-7021 • Charles McPeake: (706) 202-1635 •

Visit and for video of sale offering, sale book and more! GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Chris and Julie Throne, Advisors Jimmy and Jan Scott, Advisors

2017 Southern National Junior and Open Angus Show June 2-3 Perry, Ga. Entry form and additional information will be available in April.

735 Deer Valley Dr. Hixon, TN 37343


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Indian Hill Farm Steve Deal | 912.531.3549 3291 Nessmith Road Statesboro, Ga. 30458

This space is waiting for YOU!

Henry Griffin, Owner – 229-881-2707 Lynn Brewer, Farm Manager – 229-942-5270

Call Bailey today! • 478-474-6560

582 GA Hwy 32E, Leesburg GA 31763 “South Georgia’s premier source for quality Angus bulls.”

Sheppard Farms



Lindy Sheppard 179 Sheppards Switch Rd. Sylvania, Ga. 30467 912.682.1474

Gretsch Brothers Angus Fred & Anne Gretsch 706-340-0945 • Lexington, Ga. Angus & SimAngus Bull Sale Every January Free Delivery on Bulls in Georgia.

50 Cooper Hill

1159 Deep South Farm Rd. Cell: 423-618-4304 Blairsville, GA 30512

Add color to your business card ad for $250 more a year! Call Bailey update your ad! 478-474-6560

Kyle Potts 678.410.5157

Wayne Allen, manager (404) 985-7829

This space is waiting for YOU!

Your card would look great here!

Call Bailey today! • 478-474-6560

Call Bailey today! • 478-474-6560

Angus Cattle Bred Commercial Females


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Politics, Religion and …. Jason Duggin, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Georgia, Animal and Dairy Sciences In 1996, “Politics, Religion and Her” was a hit song for the country singer Sammy Kershaw. “Politics can start a fight Religion’s hard to know who’s right And one more topic I won’t touch Well that one’s her, it hurts too much.” You may recall that this song further suggests that it’s better to talk about NASCAR and old Hollywood movie stars. In the beef cattle community, it seems that people would much rather talk about politics and religion than about the topic addressed in this article. Whether it’s the county meeting or the state convention, it’s safer to avoid conversations about breeds of beef cattle than almost any other. If you have experience in the cattle business, you know that the best way to get hit is to criticize a breed or mention any other breed as superior in a trait. Since I moved to Calhoun, the questions I’ve been asked the most are: “Which breed is best?” “Should I crossbreed?” “Why don’t people talk about my favorite breed?” When those questions come my way, there is likely a long pause as I carefully draft my answer so as not to get shot (metaphorically, most of the time). On more than a few occasions, producers have pulled me aside to express their frustration at why their breed of choice isn’t getting a fair shake in a program, presentation or pricing at a recent sale. I grew up believing in a breed too. No other breed could compare. As time went on, I learned about all the aspects of the industry, from commercial cow-calf to retail. That caused a lot of pride swallowing. Now I am a firm believer that good cattle are good cattle, no matter the breed. They all have strengths and all have weaknesses. The key to selecting the right breed is to understand the basic strengths of each and weigh the weaknesses in your program. No matter what breed or combination you use, just make sure the selections that are made will deliver the intended goal for your herd. The most complicating factor when discussing breeds is the emotional aspect. Now that we have broken the ice, let’s look at a few breeds and their potential strengths, remembering to put emotions aside for the moment. The first topic in any discussion of beef cattle 101 is how the industry is segmented into purebred, 46

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commercial, stocker, feedlot, packer / further processing, retail, and consumer. When discussing the purebred and commercial cow-calf segments, it is crucially important to go over breeds. Breeds can be divided into two species types: Bos taurus and Bos indicus. Bos indicus refers to cattle of Indian descent, such as Brahman and Nelore. Bos taurus is the scientific name for cattle of European descent, which includes most all of the other utilized breeds in the U.S that do not have Brahman influence. Bos indicus cattle account for most of the world’s cattle population. Zebu cattle, as they are also called, make up the bulk of the cattle in Central America, South America and of course India. India has twice as many cattle as the U.S. – even though, for religious reasons, they don’t consume beef. Centuries ago, the original genetics that contribute to modern-day Zebu cattle were exposed to some extreme conditions, including famine, heavy insect and parasite exposure, numerous diseases, and extreme weather. They are certainly products of survival of the fittest. Most Zebu cattle are very hardy. They have a better ability to sweat and dissipate heat than Bos taurus cattle, and are reported to have great tolerance for internal and external parasites. They produce an oily secretion from the sebaceous sweat glands that gives off a distinctive odor. More extensive sweat glands – combined with loose skin, short hair coat, dark skin pigmentation, and a lower internal body temperature – allow Brahmans, Brahman derivatives and Nelore to thrive in some hot and humid climates. Research has well documented that they are adapted to temperatures over 105oF with little negative impact on production. Brahman derivatives such as Santa Gertrudis, Beefmaster and Brangus, also known as American breeds, have thrived and have had major impact on the Southern U.S. and Gulf Coast regions. These cattle are highly resilient and often under-appreciated for their ability to wean live calves year after year with limited inputs and management. Market skepticism and concerns about docility have held back the American breeds from becoming completely dominant in smaller herds in the South. Feeder cattle with a low percentage of Bos indicus influence can certainly be profitable when marketed correctly. When factoring in their ability to calve and rear live calves because of their exceptional hardiness and heat tolerance, they can bring more total pounds to the weigh scales at weaning. Zebu cattle do have a different

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type of temperament, but when handled correctly with selection pressure on docility, Zebu herds are as gentle and manageable as any other. Switching gears to Bos taurus cattle, they can be further divided into two sub-categories commonly known as British (or English) and Continental. British breeds originated in areas of lush grasses and were not as heavily utilized or selected for draft power. Angus, Hereford and Shorthorn cattle were selected for the ability to finish on grass. Traditionally, these breeds tend to be more moderately statured, highly fertile, moderately muscled and higher marbling compared with the European, Continental breeds. As selection pressure has been made on carcass traits within these breeds, there are parental lines that certainly excel in ribeye area, carcass weight, and yield. Still, British breeds have served as the main maternal influences in the commercial herds of the U.S. since the Civil War. Their more moderate frame and composition were well suited for maintaining body condition on forage diets having great impact on improving beef production in grass-only production. The Continental breeds hit the U.S. beef industry by storm after World War II. Grain feeding and finishing was on the rise and the British breeds alone were not meeting the demands of the time. The need to put frame on cattle led to extensive use of these new high-growth, high-yielding breeds. As far back as the late 1700s, Continental breeds such as Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin and Simmental were used as dual or multi-purpose breeds. They were selected for stature and stoutness as draft animals. Some may be surprised that these breeds

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were simultaneously selected for milk production, and used for the production of dairy products including milk, butter and cheese by varying degrees across the European countries of France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Of course, they were utilized for meat production as well. Male draft animals were finished and harvested when their usefulness as draft animals ended. Again because of selection, these breeds no longer have the excessively muscled look of their predecessors and have been selected for greater body volume and fleshing ability. The U.S. industry pressured selection toward greater efficiency on grass in some segments versus Europe’s confinement housing. Of even greater impact was the pressure by the feedlots and packers to shorten time frames to finish with higher quality grades. Although history going back 200 to 400 years ago may not seem applicable today, it is still the main driving force behind how beef breeds are utilized in America. Selection in the U.S. for particular traits, along with the influence of grading up from other breeds, has led to purebred cattle that barely resemble the fullblood versions in the originating countries. Still, many of the positive attributes have been maintained at desired levels. The discussion of breeds and how they should be utilized appropriately is back once again. In future articles, we will revisit this topic in more modern-day terms; but until then, remember that the past explains some of the present and how we can best utilize all of the great beef breeds we have access to as cattle producers. Now after all that, I’m getting a bit nervous. Let’s talk about baseball already. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Association Donna Priest, Secretary/Treasurer P: 770-655-8133 E:

Registered Simmental and SimAngus available Private Treaty

Donnie Lane & Lisa Lane 229.938.7845


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39 Peacock Rd Vienna, GA 31092


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Southeast All Black Classic Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 12:00 noon CST • Greenwood, Florida Auction will be held at the Florida Bull Evaluation Center

Selling 70 Females! Angus | SimAngus | Simmental

7L Rita X213 Selling 4 frozen embryos sired by HA Cowboy Up 5405 Southern Cattle Company

Daughter of Mr. NLC Upgrade U8676 with bull calf at side Wasdin Cattle Ranch

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Selling Approximately 110 Heifers! Tuesday, April 18 • 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center, Irwinville, Ga. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

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2017 Tifton and Calhoun Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program Update By Jacob R. Segers, Ph.D. and Jason Duggin, M.S. Department of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia It is almost spring, and after what can only be described as a volatile winter, where weather is concerned, we at the UGA Bull Evaluation Centers are ready for some consistency in the weather department. As grass begins to grow more abundant, many of us will be looking to build or restock our herds after fall and winter culling. The demand for quality females has remained strong, with buyers being more discerning in selection practices over the last year. In Georgia, we are very fortunate to have so many consignors to the heifer development program when other states are still trying to develop similar programs. The Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) programs at Tifton and Calhoun are in their 18th and 17th years, respectively. During that time, well over 5,000 heifers have been evaluated. Consignors at both locations have provided tremendous offerings that are progressing well through both programs. The Tifton HERD Sale will take place on April 19, 2017, and the Calhoun HERD Sale will be held on May 31, 2017. All consigned females are assessed based on reproductive tract score (RTMS or RTS), pelvic area, growth, disposition and structure. The heifers receive a balanced nutritional supplement composed primarily of soybean hulls and corn gluten feed, in addition to good-quality hay. Gains are managed to develop females so that they can reach 65 percent of their mature body weight by breeding and maintain at least 2-pounds-per-day gain. Health management is also important, as they are vaccinated according to a prescribed health program intended to guard them from common infectious diseases and parasites. The heifers are artificially inseminated to a calving-ease bull before being exposed to a calving-ease, natural-service sire. It may be that you are new to this program or purchasing replacement females for the first time. If that is the case, we hope that the following information can be useful to you in your decision-making process. Regardless of the breed or breed influences that best fit your program, it is safe to say that the same basic expectations exist: We expect each cow to give birth to a 56

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live calf every 12 months. Some producers have controlled calving seasons and some do not. UGA Extension encourages everyone to manage their herds with a defined calving season for a long list of reasons; but even if you don’t, each cow should calve once within a 12-month period. Cows that calve every 14 months, as opposed to yearly, lose at least one calf over their productive lifetime, or $800 in today’s market. This type of cow doesn’t stick around very long in a defined calving season anyway. No matter where you go to build or rebuild your herd, hopefully your purchases will have been developed in such a way that they allow you to achieve a first calf by 2 years of age from an animal that can maintain a 12-month calving interval. One of the primary factors in the reproductive success of the cow herd is body condition. This is a simple assessment of the animal’s nutritional status, using only the producer’s eye and a stratified scoring system. The UGA Beef Team is currently updating the guidelines for body condition scoring published on, but a hard copy of the previous publication may be found with your county agent. Try to maintain cows and heifers at a BCS 5 or 6. Research from the University of Florida and Texas A&M University indicates that producers see a 30-percent increase in pregnancy rate in cattle that are a BCS 5, compared with those that are a BCS 4. This is equal to approximately 3 percent more body fat, but represents a major step in the animal’s ability to cycle normally and consequently get pregnant. The trick, as always, is balance. Heifers should be developed in a regimented fashion. While thin females will not cycle with predictability, females that are carrying excessive condition also face challenges during breeding season. Fat accumulation around the reproductive tract can be a detrimental factor for artificial insemination programs. Also, hormones secreted by adipose tissue can influence reproductive hormones as well. At UGA HERD evaluation centers, nutritional management is used to maximize the number of females that conceive a calf in a Southeastern production setting. The success of a beef cow herd and the profitability of

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as always, is balance. Heifers should be developed in a regimented fashion. While thin females will not cycle with predictability, females that are carrying excessive condition also face challenges during breeding season. Fat accumulation around the reproductive tract can be a detrimental factor for artificial insemination programs. Also, hormones secreted by adipose tissue can influence reproductive hormones as well. At UGA HERD evaluation centers, nutritional management is used to maximize the number of females that conceive a calf in a Southeastern production setting. The success of a beef cow herd and the profitability of individual cows is dictated by the combination of genetics and their environment. Both must be optimal to have a calf every 12 months. Good nutritional management and a herd health program primarily control the environmental portion. In general, cows will perform as expected if their genetics are suited to the environment (i.e., available nutrition, health program, and climate). Yet there are some females that may not do well, regardless of management. This may be a genetic component that is undetectable during visual selection. These are the females that we hope to eliminate through culling, so that we don’t incur the unnecessary cost of developing unproductive females. Reproductive are often lowly most economic impact in cow-calf herds. andtheshow more reproductive tract maturity can be retained individual cows is dictated by the traits combination ofheritable, geneticsyet they have method for be evaluating heifers potential replacements is reproductive tractmore maturity scoring. This as is to their lifetime or purchased with confidence and their environment.One Both must optimal to as have a calf determined one month before veterinary practitioner rectally a 12productivity, assuming thatpalpates no additional abnormalities every 12 months. Goodtypically nutritional management andbreeding. a herdA bovine to 14-month heifer to assess the status of the reproductive tract of each individual heifer. Then scores exist. health program primarily control the environmental portion. ranging from 1 to 5 (Table 1) are assigned. Those heifers that have not cycled by this age and have no In general, cows will perform as expected if their genetics are Table 1 shows a pattern of larger anatomical structures palpable follicles are scored a “1”. These heifers can be selected against; and conversely, those that have asretained you goor down each In addition, the uterus has suited to the environment (i.e., available nutrition,tract health cycled and show more reproductive maturity can be purchased withcolumn. more confidence as more firmness to the touch (tone) as scores rise from 1 to program, and climate). toYet there are some females that may their lifetime productivity, assuming that no additional abnormalities exist. 5. Heifers with a higher not do well, regardless of Table 1. Summary of reproductive tract maturity score (RTMS) criteria for beef RTMS are understood management. This may heifers to be earlier to their first be a genetic component RTMS Uterine Horns Ovary Ovary Ovary Ovarian Structures estrus, and the hope that is undetectable Length Height Width 1 Immature <20 mm 15 10 8 No palpable follicles is that these heifers during visual selection. diameter, no tone will also tend to have These are the females 2 20-25 mm 18 12 10 8 mm follicles shorter rebreeding that we hope to eliminate diameter, no tone intervals upon future through culling, so 3 25-30 mm 22 15 10 8-10 mm follicles parturitions. Over the that we don’t incur the diameter, slight tone last two decades, it has unnecessary cost of 4 30 mm diameter, 30 16 12 >10 mm follicles been generally accepted developing unproductive good tone that heifers receiving females. 5 30 mm diameter, >32 20 15 >10 mm follicles, a score of 2 or higher Reproductive traits good tone, erect corpus luteum present should perform better are often lowly heritable, than those receiving a 1 with regard to their initial breeding yet they have the most economic impact in cow-calf herds. Table 1 shows a pattern of larger anatomical structures as you go down each column. In addition, the and consecutive years if proper nutrition is available to meet One method for evaluating heifers as potential replacements uterus has more firmness to the touch (tone) as scores rise from 1 to 5. Heifers with a higher RTMS are their is reproductive tract maturity scoring. This is typically understood to be earlier to their first estrus, and the hope is thatindividual these heifers needs. will also tend to have shorter two These areit has a few the ways in which females are determined one monthrebreeding before breeding. A future bovine veterinary intervals upon parturitions. Over the last decades, beenof generally accepted evaluated inthose the receiving UGA HERD Program. We hope to see you practitioner rectally palpates a 12to 14-month that heifers receiving a score of 2 heifer or higherto should perform better than a 1 with regard to all in isTifton onto April 19,individual and inneeds. Calhoun on May 31, for assess the status of the reproductive tract each individual their initial breeding andof consecutive years if proper nutrition available meet their two opportunities to find your next cow prospect. For more heifer. Then scores ranging from 1 to 5 (Table 1) are information, contact your local county Extension office at assigned. Those heifers that have not cycled by this age and 1-800-ASK-UGA-1. have no palpable follicles are scored a “1”. These heifers can be selected against; and conversely, those that have cycled GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Making Great Baleage Dennis Hancock, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Forage Agronomist, The University of Georgia

In many county Cattlemen’s meetings and trainings held of late, I have strongly encouraged producers to consider taking full advantage of spring rains and growing conditions. Included in that discussion is usually an encouragement to use baleage to harvest and store any excess winter forage production. In this month’s article, we begin a series where we will dive a little deeper into the management and use of baleage. What Is Baleage? Baled silage or baleage is a technique used for conserving and storing forage. Like all silage systems, baleage is a fermented forage product that is created when moist forage is stored in the absence of oxygen. Populations of naturally occurring bacteria on the plant surface can consume some of the readily available carbohydrates and produce organic acids. These organic acids lower the pH of the forage material and prevent fungal deterioration of the product. Fermentation has been used for millennia as a natural method of preserving food. Similar bacterial fermentation occurs when one makes yogurt, sour cream, or pickles. The advantage of silage, whether stored in a silo or wrapped in a baleage bale, is that the crop does not have to be completely dried down. This lessens the risk of weather damage between cutting and baling, and allows the producer to harvest the crop in a more timely fashion. Losses during the curing, baling, storage and feeding phases are also each substantially lower when the forage is conserved as baleage rather than as hay. Of course, this comes at an expense. The cost of the wrapper (generally $18,000 to $40,000), plastic wrap (usually $5 to $10 per ton of DM), and added labor can make this system quite costly. Furthermore, there is an environmental 64

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cost for disposal of the plastic. However, the advantage of timely harvest, higher quality, and more palatable forage makes baleage a crucial tool for livestock producers. Cut Down No More Than You Can Handle. One of the most important management decisions in making baleage is to cut down only what can be baled, hauled and wrapped in one workday. Frankly, failure to do this is the one mistake that is most often made whenever a producer changes from making hay to making baleage. One must realize that the bale-wrapping procedure is the rate-limiting step, or “bottleneck,” in the whole process. A key consideration is that bales need to be wrapped as soon as possible after baling. The ideal time would be immediately after baling; but in practical terms, the goal should be that all bales are wrapped within four hours of baling. Bales that go longer than 12 hours between baling and wrapping suffer significant respiration losses, are often heat-damaged, and frequently are so deformed or “squatty” that they cannot be wrapped easily or effectively. So, one should work backward from the wrapping step. The amount to be cut must be no more than what can be baled, hauled and wrapped in one afternoon. One must also factor in how much time will be needed to wilt the crop from the moisture it contains standing in the field (~75- to 90-percent moisture) to the target moisture for baleage (55- to 65-percent moisture). Choose The Right Bale Wrapper Since bale wrapping is the bottleneck, choosing the right bale wrapper is critical. Of course, the cost of the wrapper is an important consideration. However, the old axiom of “you get what you pay for” is certainly true when buying bale wrappers. There are two basic styles of bale wrappers:

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Figure 1. Examples of two basic categories of baleage wrappers: individual bale wrapper on a trailer platform (left) and an inline bale wrapper (below).

individual and inline (Figure 1). Individual bale wrappers tend to be less expensive, but a welltrained operator can usually wrap only 20 bales per hour with an individual wrapper, compared with 40-plus with an inline wrapper. In addition, individual bale wrappers apply 40 to 60 percent more plastic to each bale, relative to the inline wrappers. This drives up costs and increases the waste associated with the process. Even so, individual bale wrappers are best if there are plans to sell individual bales or if one expects to do custom work for several small farms within several miles of the home place. Individually wrapped bales can also be fed without exposing other bales to oxygen, which begins the deterioration process. So, for producers who plan to feed only one or two bales every few days, an individually wrapped bale may be more appropriate. In general, producers who have the scale of operation to justify baleage will find that the inline bale wrappers will be the best choice over the long run. Explore Your Options Some producers will examine the costs and potential savings and find that baleage is unlikely to pay for itself on their farm. A certain scale is necessary to make baleage economical. Yet there are many areas where there would be a market for custom-hire bale-wrapping services. Many producers have found that they could make a return on their investment by hiring out their equipment and/or themselves to wrap bales for their neighbors. For some, this has been found to be a very profitable enterprise for their farm

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By Dr. Lawton Stewart, Department of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia

As many producers are in the middle of calving and/or getting ready for breeding season, mineral nutrition is extremely important. A question we often get is, “How much should they be eating?” or something concerning too much or two little consumption. Here we will discuss some strategies to make sure we’re getting the proper consumption of the minerals. The first step will be to read the tag! Consumption rates generally range from 2 to 4 ounces per head per day. In Table 1, you will see the calculated weekly consumption rate for different rates and herd sizes. After you do the math, you may be surprised by how close or how far off you actually are from the targeted amount. For the remainder of our discussion, we will assume a consumption rate of 4 ounces per head per day. Under-consumption If the herd is not consuming enough mineral, then we’re leaving the door open for underperformance in the herd. Therefore, there needs to be a way to get more into them. 1. Mix with the ration. This can be a simple solution; however, this can 72

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Table 1. Calculated weekly consumption amounts for different feeding rates and herd sizes. Table 2. Estimated salt intake and amount to mix with mineral to limit mineral intake for a 25-head cow herd*. Estimated Salt Salt Feeding Rate get a little tricky. If you areMineral Feeding getting the feed mill to mix it Rate (lb/wk) BW you (lb/wk) in with Intake (lb/hd/d) a ration, however, are bound to feeding the

2. Mix with salt to decrease consumption. Salt can actually work as an enhancer or limiter. The trick is knowing how much salt they will consume and same amount of feed on a regular basis. If the mineral is 800 0.8 included to ensure 4-ounce consumption44at 6 pounds of 140 calculating the amount to mix with the mineral. The rule of thumb is 0.1 pound of salt per 100 pounds of feed below 6 pounds 1000per day, then dropping 1.0 44 will cause 175 body weight (Table 2). Similar to the enhancers, this mineral consumption to be too low. Alternatively, if you 1200 the ability to mix 1.2the mineral on-farm, 44 this gives 210 should be used as a place to start, and adjust accordingly. have 3. Put out only what they need on a weekly basis. This you the flexibility to adjust based on the feeding rate. 1400 flavor enhancers. 1.4 This is similar to 44our first 245 may be the easiest strategy. Simply use the numbers 2. Add from Table 1 and put out only that amount for a given strategy. However, here the goal is to make a mix that week. An example would be: I put out a 50-pound bag can be offered free-choice. This can be achieved by *Assumes a desired mineral intake of 4 oz/hd. of mineral on Monday for my 25-cow herd, and they adding small amounts of enhancers (e.g., molasses, have it cleaned up by Friday. At 4 ounces per day, this cottonseed meal, dried distillers grains, etc.) that will would be enough mineral for a week with 6 pounds make the mineral palatable enough to consume regularly. to spare. However, we tend to go ahead and refill the Unfortunately, this may take some trial and error. If too feeder on Friday because it is empty. That means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much enhancer is added, the boss cows will consume it consuming 6.4 ounces of mineral per day. That can add all before others have a chance. The goal is to start small, up quickly. Why not just wait until Monday to put out possibly 5 pounds of enhancer per 50 pounds of mineral, more minerals? Cows will store minerals in body tissue. and adjust up or down depending on consumption. Therefore, if they consume the proper amount over the Also, remember to use ground or liquid enhancer to first five days, they should be okay for the last two days. ensure a homogenous mix. Over the course of the year, the difference between 6.4 and 4.0 ounces per head per day for a $12 bag of mineral Over-consumption would be $13.14/cow or $328.50 for the herd. Typically, we get into the routine of checking mineral As we all know, minerals are a crucial part of cattle feeders and filling them whenever they are empty. It nutrition; but because of the price, it may get corners cut may not be noticed until we look at the mineral bill, but from time to time. If we use some strategies to maximize sometimes they start eating more than the amount on the efficiency, we can save some money without compromising tag. Nutritionally, this generally will not cause a problem; but performance. For more information on putting together a financially, it can cause heartburn. mineral program, contact your local Cooperative Extension 1. Mix with the ration. Use the same concept as office (1-800-ASK-UGA-1). discussed above. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM • Georgia National Fairgrounds Perry, GA Auction will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Beef Expo and Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show

Daughter of GAR Prophet sells with a heifer calf sired by Connealy Capitalist. From Harrell / Lazenby Farms.

Daughter of Mr NLC Upgrade U8676. From Callaway Cattle Co.

60 Elite Angus, SimAngus and Simmental Females Featured in this Auction! For Sale Catalog Contact Sale Manager or any Sale Committee Member John Harrell • 334-524-9287 David Gazda • 706-296-7846 Kyle Potts • 678-410-5157 Fred Gretsch • 706-340-0945 John Callaway • 770-355-2165 John Cook •706-818-1348


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Wednesday Forage Conference w/ Lunch

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Room Reservation Information

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

Holiday Inn Express 478-224-3000

Room Block Cutoff Date: March 1, 2017 (Ask for Georgia Cattlemen's Association room block)

The 56th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 20th Annual Georgia Beef Expo March 29 - April 1, 2017 • Perry, Ga.

6th Annual Forage Conference Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, March 29

9:30 Registration Opens

10:00 Welcome and Introductions Restoring Pasture Condition Following Drought 10:10 Scoring Pasture Condition to Prioritize Renovations 10:35 Renovation Recommendations for Pastures Following Drought 11:00 Weather Outlook for the 2017 Growing Season 11:30 Weed Control Recommendations for Pastures and Hayfields 12:00 Lunch Break (Visit Display Area) Research Update 1:00 Adding Alfalfa to Bermudagrass to Increase Forage Quality* 1:15 Forage Brassicas: Where Do they Fit?* 1:30 Summer Annual Forage-Finishing Beef* 1:45 Bermudagrass Stem Maggot: Agronomic Research Update* 2:15 Control Options for Stem Maggot and Fall Armyworm* 2:45 Break (Visit Sponsor Booths) Georgia Forages’ Producers’ Forum 3:15 Introductions 4:30 Sprayer Calibration Methods to Ensure Good Coverage 5:00 Dismiss * Indicates research and educational efforts supported by the ACC for Beef. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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The 56th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Convention & Trade Show and 20th Annual Georgia Beef Expo March 29 - April 1, 2017 • Perry, Ga.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 30 8:30 am 10 - 11a.m. 11 - 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 - 1 p.m. 1 - 2 p.m. 2 to 5 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 - 4 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration Opens Zoetis Cattlemen’s College – ACC For Beef Calving Simulator - Dr. Lee Jones will give a talk regarding common calving issues in Georgia. There will also be an opportunity for producers to practice with the dystocia simulator that was purchased using funds from the state beef checkoff. Cattle Video Tele-Auction GJCA Contest Check-in – Hard copies of photos and posters are due in the registration office. All cattle in place Zoetis Cattlemen’s College Luncheon – Jerry Carroll, farmer and agriculture speaker will bring a bumper crop of hilarity in his fast-paced, high-energy presentation, Dirt in my DNA! Bring the whole family to enjoy this awesome speaker! Safe Handling & Chute Side Safety – Dr. Mary Ellen & Doug Hicks will demonstrate chute side safety and the importance of handling with care! Zoetis Cattlemen’s College – BQA Training – Because quality is everyone’s responsibility we want to offer you the opportunity to get BQA Certified or Recertified as well as learn from some of the best BQA trainers in the SE! Commercial Heifer Pen Show Judging Official Trade Show Kickoff – Join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out the largest Cattle Industry Trade Show in the state and check all of the latest products and equipment that our vendors will have to offer. You just might learn something new! Awards Banquet – Sponsored by the Georgia Livestock Markets. Come help us recognize individuals and chapters who have done a great job recruiting members, promoting the cattle industry and our product - BEEF! For dinner, you are going to enjoy Tri-Tips served with baby potatoes with cheese sauce, greens and a variety of desserts.

Friday, March 31

8 a.m. Registration Open 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. Trade Show Open 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Zoetis Cattlemen’s College – Stran Smith – Defending World Tie Down Roping Champion, will give an inspirational speech that you will never forget. Come hear the trials and triumphs and see how he has overcome! This will be an unforgettable experience that you won’t soon forget! 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. GCWA Brunch & Educational Meeting – Everyone is invited to join the Georgia CattleWomen’s Association Brunch, Annual Meeting and learn how to “Working with the Media, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” for our Industry by our guest speaker, Stephanie Butcher, Coweta Co. Extension Agent. The theme for the morning is “The West Wasn’t Won on Salad”! This will be a great time for all! 9:30 - 11 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 2017-18 slate of officers. Elections will be held for vital leadership positions. Every GCA member is encouraged to attend - your voice is important in creating the future for GCA! 82

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11:30 a.m. Southeast Elite Female Sale – Don’t miss the second annual Southeast Elite Female Sale! The sale will feature 60 elite Angus, SimAngus and Simmental Females. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Trade Show Luncheon – Sponsored by the Georgia Allied Industry Council and The Georgia Cattleman. We are once again bringing back the ever-popular steak sandwich luncheon! This has been a favorite of attendees for over 10 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 that you didn’t already know plus you might meet someone new - isn’t that what it is all about! 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Exclusive Trade Show – Join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out the largest Cattle Industry trade show in the state and check all of the latest products and equipment that our vendors will have to offer. You just might learn something new! 2:30 p.m. Commercial Heifer Sale – Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred Heifers and Open Heifers out of 160 Top Commercial Females. This sale has sold over 2,500 females through this auction over the last 18 years. This sale is always standing room only! 3:30 p.m. Milk Life 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! 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Exclusive Trade Show – Another opportunity for you to join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out all of the latest products and equipment that our vendors will have to offer and support our vendors. This is the largest Cattle Industry trade show in the state! We absolutely couldn’t have a successful convention without our vendors! 5:30 p.m. Georgia Hereford Association Annual Meeting 6 p.m. Georgia Hereford Association Banquet 6 p.m. Cattlemen’s Ball Reception & Silent Auction – This year we are bringing about the ever popular Silent Auction. The auction will have lots of items large and small - something for everyone. The proceeds will benefit the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation. This is also a great chance to fellowship with old friends and make new ones while enjoying delicious appetizers! 7 p.m. Cattlemen’s Ball – Sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Georgia. We will be joined by world champion tie-down roper Stran Smith, who will share his story of overcoming a debilitating stroke and career-threatening injuries to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo 11 times. We will reveal the Cattlemen of the Year and the GCWA awards. You will enjoy a delicious Prime Rib steak served with a garden salad, scalloped potatoes, green beans and carrots, Yoder’s rolls, and dessert! In addition, there will be a live auction for the back covers of the 2017-18 magazines and items benefiting GCA, including the Foundation and NCBA-PAC.

Saturday, April 1 8:30 Trade Show Open 8:30 - 10 a.m. YCC Biscuit Breakfast – Sponsored by Godfrey’s - Join the Young Cattlemen’s Council for biscuits in the picnic areas by the sale ring. This will be a great chance to meet the YCC as well as find out how to become more involved. Come speak with Godfrey’s representatives about the importance of using a mineral program to keep your cattle herd in great condition year-round. This will be an excellent chance to have breakfast, learn more about minerals and visit with fellow producers. 10 - 11 a.m. Exclusive Trade Show – This is your last opportunity to join us in the Multi-Purpose Building to check out all of the vendors in the Trade Show and all they have to offer. We have almost 100 vendors to check out everything from tractors, balers and chutes to seed, finance, insurance, and the list goes on! Come visit with our vendors and let them know we appreciate them coming! They help make our Conventions happen! 11 a.m. Georgia Hereford Association Sale – Offering top-quality Herefords that you can take home with you! This sale is always a huge success - be sure to arrive early to get a seat! Noon - 1:30 p.m. Junior Awards Luncheon – Sponsored by the Georgia Beef Board. 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 $15,000 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 be sure to reserve your meal tickets so that we will be sure to have plenty!

**Schedule is subject to change** GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Tradeshow Vendors ACI Distributors ADM Alliance Nutrition Ag America Lending Agribuckle Agri-King, Inc. Aimtrac Allflex Alltech, Inc. American Angus Assoc Bayer Animal Health Bayer Range & Pasture Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Time Chameleon Services Cowco, Inc. Datamars, Inc. Dow AgroSciences Embry Farm Service Farm Credit Associations of Georgia Flint River Mills FPL Foods Fuller Supply Co GCA-PAC Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation Georgia Cattlewomen’s Association Georgia Commercial Heifers Georgia Department of Agriculture Georgia Development Authority Georgia Farm Bureau Georgia Hereford Association Georgia Limousin Association Georgia Pollette’s Association Georgia Simmental Association Ginn Commercial Godfrey’s Feed Ivey’s Outdoor & Farm Supply LandMart

Massey Ferguson Merial Mid-GA Farm Services, LLC Mix 30 by Agridyne MM Cattle/Callaway Cattle National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Pasture Management Pennington Seed Perfect Equipment Purina R W Griffin Industries Ragan and Massey Rolling Rock Livestock Santa Gertrudis Association Southeast Livestock Exchange Southeast Select Sires Southeastern Animal Labs Southern Agri-Gro Southern Silage Supply Southern States Cooperative Stay-Tuff Fence Strawn & Co. Insurance Sumner Agency Sunbelt Ag Expo Sundowner of GA Swainsboro Livestock & Auction SweetPro Feeds Syngenta Tru-Test UGA College of Vet Med Westway Feed White Hawk Ranch & Barnes Herefords Yancey Brothers Yon Family Farms Zeeland Farm Services Zoetis ZWT Ranch GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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The 56th Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Junior Contests and 20th Annual Georgia Beef Expo March 29 - April 1, 2017 Perry, Georgia

Poster Contest

Divisions: Junior (8th grade & under) Senior (9th grade & above) Theme: There's A Cow in My Marshmallow Deadline: Noon, March 30 or Mailed to GCA Office by March 15. 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 15. 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 & Funny Deadline: Entries must be submitted electonically by March 15. Mounted hard copies are due March 30 at convention — The photo should be 8 x 10 in size and mounted on a white mat. Prizes: Winners chosen in each age group for each category ($25); Grand and Reserve Grand win $100 and $50, respectively

Junior Specific Event

April 1 at noon: Scholarship, Convention Contests and Sweepstakes winners announced!


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• Constructing buildings or fences

• Purchasing brood cows

• Purchasing or leasing machinery, equipment, cars and trucks

• Buying feeder calves • Real estate purchases • Refinancing debts

• Paying operating expenses • Revolving lines of credit

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2017 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 March 31 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. These individuals meet the qualifications for their respective offices and have agreed to serve if elected.

Lee Brown President

Kristy Arnold President-Elect

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer 88

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Brent Galloway Vice President

Rodney Hilley Executive Committee

James Burton Region 1 Vice President

Tony Cole Region 4 Vice President

John Moseley, Jr. Region 13 Vice President

Melvin Porter Georgia Beef Board

Phil Moshell • Region 10 Vice President Phil Moshell is the owner of Deer Creek Farms in Morris, Georgia. He has run the family farm since 1969 after graduating from Auburn University, where he majored in Animal Science. He has been married to Ann for 48 years. They have three sons: Mark, Chris and Michael. They have seven grandchildren, from 5 to 19 years old. Their farm, which was established in 1859, is recognized as a Georgia Centennial Farm. Moshell says he has made a widespread group of great friends through leasing hunting and fishing rights since 1975, and a big circle of friends involved in Georgia Extension and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Moshell says: “This opportunity allows me to serve in the industry that I have worked in my entire life, and I get to enjoy the circle of friends that I have come to know and love.”

Mark Manley • Region 14 Vice President Mark Manley and his wife, Sheri, are fifth-generation owners of their family farm near Pavo, Georgia, where they grow grass, commercial beef cattle, timber and operate a custom hay baling business. Both Mark and Sheri trace their love of the land and cattle to strong grandparents who early on instilled in them the value of land ownership and the responsibility of land stewardship. Mark is President of Weeks Auction Group, an accelerated marketing firm, headquartered in Moultrie. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Auctioneer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, specializing in the sale of agricultural and timberland properties as well as farm equipment. Mark and Sheri are the proud parents of two sons: Rucker, who resides in Los Angeles, California, while pursuing a career as a screenwriter; and Tyler, a forestry data analyst, who resides in Athens, Georgia, with his wife, Amy. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services

Georgia Livestock Review

Local Sale P.O. Box 86Reports LPGMN Market News Division


Thomasville, GA 31799 229-226-1641MARKET LIVESTOCK





16% 60%

14% 65%

14% 61%

FEEDERS OVER 600 LBS FEEDERS UNDER 600 LBS SLAUGHTER CLASSES: COWS: % LEAN 75-80 80-85 80-85 85-90 BULLS: FEEDER CLASSES: 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS HEIFERS 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS BULLS 300-350 LBS 350-400 LBS 400-450 LBS 450-500 LBS 500-550 LBS 550-600 LBS 600-650 LBS 650-700 LBS






15% 7%

12% 7%

14% 9%

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

BULK 56.00-62.00 59.00-66.00 60.00-66.00 52.00-59.00



53.00-58.00 54.00-56.00 45.00-51.00

67.00-73.00 67.00-74.00 62.00-64.00

1500-2100 LBS 1000-1500 LBS

81.00-88.00 81.00-86.00

75.00-80.00 74.00-80.00


MED & LGE 2 148.00-157.00 145.00-150.00 137.00-145.00 130.00-139.00 125.00-129.00 122.00-125.00 112.00-120.00

WTD AVG 151.45 147.85 140.62 134.67 127.00 123.01 117.15

STEERS MED & LGE 1 157.00-165.00

WTD AVG 160.83

145.00-154.00 140.00-148.00 134.00-142.00 130.00-137.00 122.00-132.00 117.00-122.00

151.27 144.14 139.29 133.82 126.73 119.91

135.00-141.00 129.00-135.00 124.00-132.00 118.00-127.00 115.00-122.00 110.00-118.00 107.00-113.00 105.00-110.00

137.94 131.79 127.44 122.10 117.87 113.44 111.53 107.26

125.00-132.00 122.00-128.00 115.00-125.00 110.00-118.00 105.00-112.00 100.00-108.00 92.00-100.00 91.00-95.00

157.00-165.00 150.00-160.00 142.00-152.00 135.00-143.00 128.00-138.00 122.00-130.00 116.00-124.00 110.00-118.00

159.90 155.22 146.01 137.87 132.23 125.83 118.86 112.35

145.00-155.00 140.00-148.00 130.00-140.00 125.00-132.00 120.00-127.00 112.00-120.00 105.00-113.00 100.00-108.00 MED & LGE 1-2 75.00-85.00



MED & LGE 3 142.00-148.00

WTD AVG 145.40



128.73 125.20 119.75 113.37 108.53 104.39 97.22 93.22

115.00-122.00 110.00-117.00 105.00-110.00 100.00-105.00 95.00-101.00 90.00-97.00 82.00-90.00 80.00-85.00

118.74 113.75 108.23 103.60 98.32 93.02 86.00 81.93

150.40 143.93 135.34 129.57 123.53 116.60 109.73 103.49 MED & LGE 2-3 65.00-75.00

135.00-145.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-127.00 115.00-122.00 108.00-115.00

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DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 1,722 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 76 HEAD 600-650 LBS 126.00; 138 HEAD 700-750 LBS 125.00-125.50; 129 HEAD 750-800 LBS 126.00127.50; 188 HEAD 800-850 LBS 115.00-120.25; 177 HEAD 850-900 LBS 114.00-117.75; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 87 HEAD 500550 LBS 119.30; 267 HEAD 600-650 LBS 119.00-120.50; 474 HEAD 650-700 LBS 118.40-119.75; 68 HEAD 700-750 LBS 113.25; 118 HEAD 800-850 LBS 108.75.


MID-GA DAIRY SALE 02/08/2017 RECEIPTS: 42 March 2017APPROVED â&#x20AC;¢ GEORGIA1325.00; CATTLEMAN FRESH COWS: MEDIUM 1075.00-1250.00; COMMON 825.00-1000.00; SPRINGING HEIFERS: 7-9 MONTHS: MEDIUM 1200.00-1275.00; COMMON 950.00-1125.00; OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: APPROVED 700.00; MEDIUM 490.00; 600-900 LBS: APPROVED 750.00-800.00; MEDIUM 475.00; 900-1200 LBS: APPROVED 775.00-900.00; DAIRY BULLS: 600-900 LBS: 525.00-875.00;

Reader Services Carroll County Livestock January 30 Steers 400-440 lb Avg $147.10 400-445 lb Avg $138.69 450-485 lb Avg $144.81 505-540 lb Avg $134.13 555-580 lb Avg $128.51 605-635 lb Avg $120.30 655-675 lb Avg $120.02 760-795 lb Avg $108.53 Heifers 255-290 lb Avg $148.13 300-345 lb Avg $140.18 350-390 lb Avg $135.69 400-440 lb Avg $126.07 510-535 lb Avg $122.15 550-585 lb Avg $111.54 600-640 lb Avg $110.58 705-740 lb Avg $107.58 Pulaski County Stockyard January 31 Steers 305-335 lb Avg $165.05 350-380 lb Avg $149.00 415-435 lb Avg $139.23 425-435 lb Avg $150.65 450-480 lb Avg $146.91 465-480 lb Avg $138.72 500-525 lb Avg $137.67 630-645 lb Avg $120.00

Heifers 365-380 lb Avg $128.98 450-485 lb Avg $129.50 530-545 lb Avg $124.46 530-545 lb Avg $115.34 555-595 lb Avg $111.35 605-645 lb Avg $106.25 650-690 lb Avg $104.66 Turner County Livestock February 1 Steers 350-365 lb Avg $159.00 405-445 lb Avg $157.47 461-486 lb Avg $144.22 505-545 lb Avg $132.94 555-580 lb Avg $133.64 600-615 lb Avg $121.86 650-680 lb Avg $114.54 Heifers 354-370 lb Avg $127.93 400-445 lb Avg $125.30 450-485 lb Avg $118.33 450-485 lb Avg $111.21 503-545 lb Avg $109.74 555-595 lb Avg $105.39 Calhoun Livestock February 2 Heifers 255-280 lb Avg $126.31 300-330 lb Avg $135.54 355-370 lb Avg $133.27

355-390 lb Avg $120.30 400-440 lb Avg $131.23 400-445 lb Avg $113.39 455-465 lb Avg $127.26 465-480 lb Avg $138.72 555-580 lb Avg $105.01 Northeast Georgia Livestock February 2 Steers 445-465 lb Avg $115.54 705-730 lb Avg $110.98 766-780 lb Avg $104.02 Heifers 260-290 lb Avg $148.00 305-330 lb Avg $138.22 355-390 lb Avg $133.93 400-440 lb Avg $125.65 555-580 lb Avg $113.60 600-645 lb Avg $110.96 655-675 lb Avg $108.35 700-730 lb Avg $105.35 760-770 lb Avg $100.50 25th Annual UGA Focus on EDP’s Bull Sale Athens, GA • February 9 29 Angus Bulls Total $80,600 • Avg $2,779 2 Lim-Flex Bulls Total $7,100 • Avg $3,550 4 Open Angus Heifers Total $9,150 • Avg $2,288 10 Open Commercial Heifers Total $12,950 Avg $1,295 45 Total Lots Total $109,800 • Avg $2,440

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March Beef Management Calendar General  Continue feeding highmagnesium mineral supplement to cows on winter grazing.  Do not overgraze winter annuals. Pull cows when the annuals are shorter than 4”.  Fertilize permanent pastures according to soil test. Spring Calving January, February, March  For a Jan. 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 according to forage test.  Start breeding heifers about a month before the cow herd.  Castrate, dehorn and implant calves at birth.

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Fall Calving October, November, December  Remove bulls March 23 to end calving season about Dec.31.  Keep bulls in a small pasture with strong 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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Beef Industry Calendar of Events March 1, 2017 Tifton Bull Test Sale Irwinville, Ga. March 11, 2017 Black & White Spring Forward Sale Montgomery, Ala. Genetic Edge Sale Houston, Texas Quail Creek Brangus Sale Cullman, Ala. March 17, 2017 Turner Co. Stockyards Special Breeder Sale Ashburn, Ga. March 20, 2017 MM Cattle Co. Online Angus Female Sale Bowdon, Ga. March 18, 2017 Smith Angus Farm/ Predestined Cattle Co. at Smith Angus Farm, Wadley, Ga. The 46th Carolina Angus Futurity Clemson, S.C. March 24, 2017 Franklin Co. Cattlemen’s First Annual Replacement Female Sale Carnesville, Ga. March 25, 2017 10th Annual Southern Tradition Sale Alapaha, Ga. Northeast Georgia Livestock Equipment Sale Athens, Ga. Salacoa Valley Farms Customer Appreciation & Bull Sale Fairmount, Ga. Upstate South Carolina Replacement Female Sale Williamston, S.C. March 29 - April 1, 2017 GCA Convention Perry, Ga. March 31, 2017 Georgia Hereford Assn. Annual Meeting Perry, Ga.

Commercial Heifer Sale Perry, Ga. Southeast Elite Female Sale Perry, Ga. April 1, 2017 Georgia Finest Hereford Sale Perry, Ga. 26th Annual Grasstime Auction Cullman, Ala. Grassy Valley 24th Annual Production Sale Greeneville, Tenn. Wilkes Co. Front Pasture Sale Washington, Ga. April 7, 2017 Goolsby Farms Dispersal Sale Dawson, Ga. April 8, 2017 Cattlemen’s Choice Sale Talmo, Ga. Knoll Crest’s Total Performance Bull Sale Red House, Va. Southeast All Black Classic Greenwood, Fla. Southern Synergy Wadley, Ga. April 14, 2017 Friendship Farms Savannah, Ga. April 15, 2017 Georgia Genetics Hartwell, Ga. April 18, 2017 Tifton HERD Sale Irwinville, Ga. April 21, 2017 FPL Open House at Chatel Farms Reidsville, Ga. April 29, 2017 Bridges Angus Farm Lexington, Ga. (at Callaway Farms, Rayle, Ga.) Crimson Classic Sale Cullman, Ala.

Honeywood Farms Commercial Bred Heifer Sale Thomaston, Ga. May 6, 2017 Blackwater Cattle Company’s Ranch Raise Replacement Remale Sale Lake Park, Ga. Dixieland Delight Red, White & Black Production Sale Ft. Payne, Ala. Monroe Co. HERD Sale Forsyth, Ga. Rocking W Angus Jefferson, Ga. Timberland Cattle Angus & SimAngus Female Sale May 13, 2017 GJCA Field Day (Open to Adults) Moultrie, Ga. May 27, 2017 Barnes Hereford/White Hawk Ranch Female Sale Cedartown, Ga. May 29, 2017 Mead Cattle Enterprises Sale Midville, Ga. May 31 - June 3, 2017 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention Athens, Ga. June 2-3, 2017 Southern National Junior and Open Angus Show Perry, Ga. June 15-16, 2017 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Athens, Ga. October 23, 2017 Hill-Vue Farms Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. October 28, 2017 Yon Family Farms Fall Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. Send calendar additions to


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GCA’s YCC Board

By Wayne Manning

As YCC begins its fourth year, we are continuing to grow more and more every day, seeking new leaders in our state. The new leaders we are getting today will be tomorrow’s leaders in our cattle industry in Georgia. So you may ask yourself: Why is it so important to join YCC? The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, along with others, saw the need for an organization that would provide educational, networking and leadership opportunities for young producers; YCC is such an organization. The YCC conducts and participates in various programs and events – such as the YCC short course, the GCA Annual Convention, and the GCA Summer Conference. We have also established an officer team and region representatives. This group is very hard-working and is always willing to speak at any chapter in their region to help promote YCC. At YCC, we’re excited about the New Year and all the events we’ll be holding throughout 2017. We held our annual chili social at the state show in February; this is always an ideal venue for recruiting new YCC members. Another key event will be our participation in the GCA Convention and Trade Show in Perry at the Fairgrounds, March 29 to April 1. YCC will have a booth set up, giving away free steak biscuits and more! My own involvement in YCC has enabled me to grow considerably and network throughout the cattle industry, both in Georgia and nationwide. This past December, I was privileged to be given the Bull Endowment Award from YCC. A member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association had donated a bull to YCC, and I was blessed to have been chosen to receive this bull. I received him at the Calhoun Bull Test Sale, and he has really been a blessing from the Lord. If not for that generous donor and my YCC membership, I would never have had this great opportunity. Come join us at the GCA Convention, March 29 to April 1.

Kyle Knight, Chairman 912-690-5097 Cleve Jackson, Chair-Elect 706-266-3188 Sarah Loughridge, Vice Chair 706-618-4716 Emilia Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer 706-618-6245 Evan Dover, YCC Region 1 706-695-9180 Patrick Greene, YCC Region 2 404-392-6323 Rust Walters, YCC Region 3 Chandler Akins- Region 4 229-237-2499

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May 13 • 9am - 4pm • Moultrie, Ga. Pineywood Farms • Hosted By Colquitt Co. & Mitchell Co. Cattlemen’s Association

New & Improved Format Field Day will be more cattle oriented with industry experts coming in to speak on various topics and contests! GJCA Field Day Registration Complete & Return no later than April 29.

Name: _________________________________________ GJCA No: _____________ Non-member: ______ Email: _________________________________________ Phone #: _______________________ Age: _____ Registration Fee includes T-Shirt & Meal Early Bird Registration: GJCA members & non-members*: $15 Adults: $20 when registered by April 29. Onsite Registration: $20 for GJCA members & non-members* $25 for adults

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Goin’ Showin’ GFB 2nd District Cattle Show

Angus Champion - Wyatt Chandler Angus Reserve Champion - Wyatt Chandler

Charolais Champion - Ethan Dalton Charolais Reserve Champion - Tyler Sheridan Charolais Record Champion - Madison Abbs Charolais Record Reserve Champion - Ethan Dalton Chi Influence Champion - Madison Abbs Chi Influence Reserve Champion - Chloe Boling Commercial Heifer Champion - Peyton Puckett Commercial Heifer Reserve Champion - Madison Abbs Other Breeds Champion - Keely Shultz Other Breeds Reserve Champion - Sydney Arnold

Shorthorn Champion - Luke Fulcher Shorthorn Reserve Champion - Janna Anderson Simmental Champion - Shelby Dalton Simmental Reserve Champion - Tanner Freeman Percent Simmental Champion - Casadi Smith Percent Simmental Reserve Champion - Janna Anderson Champion Overall Heifer - Keely Shultz Reserve Overall Heifer- Casadi Smith Champion Overall Steer - Wyatt Chandler Reserve Overall Steer - Ethan Dalton

Classic City Showdown

Angus Champion - Andy Chastain Angus Reserve Champion - Peyton Puckett

Shorthorn Champion - Aaron Lay Shorthorn Reserve Champion - Case Poole

Charolais Champion - Hannah White Charolais Reserve Champion - Ethan Dalton

Simmental Champion - Allie Anderson Simmental Reserve Champion - Austin Ertzberger

Charolais Record Champion - Madison Abbs Charolais Record Reserve Champion - Ethan Dalton

Percent Simmental Champion - Bailey Rayfield Percent Simmental Reserve Champion - Daniel Dobbs

Commercial Heifer Champion - Jacob Johnson Commercial Heifer Reserve Champion - Aaron Lay

Champion Overall Heifer - Aaron Lay Reserve Champion Overall Heifer- Jacob Johnson

Other Breeds Champion - Gayla Sizemore Other Breeds Reserve Champion - Eliza-Drew Willingham

Champion Steer - Ethan Dalton Reserve Champion Steer - Duncan Patton

West Central Georgia Show Angus Champion - Bryce Smith Angus Reserve Champion - Anna Sizemore Charolais Champion - Kade Mitcham Charolais Reserve Champion - Colin Lott Chi Champion - Emilee Dover Commercial Champion - Summer Edwards Commercial Reserve Champion - Colin Lott Hereford Champion - Heath Sanders Hereford Reserve Champion - Elizabeth Sanders Limousin Champion - Gayla Sizemore Maine Champion - Tripp Marks Maine Reserve Champion - Allen Miller

Simmental Champion- Kade Mitcham Simmental Reserve Champion - Katylyn Carney Shorthorn Champion – Eli Smallwood Shorthorn Reserve Champion - Justin Turner Grand Champion Heifer - Eli Smallwood Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Summer Edwards Best Homegrown Registered Heifer - Gayla Sizemore Best Homegrown Commercial Heifer - Henry Throne Best Mid-Georgia Grown Heifer - Gayla Sizemore Grand Champion Steer - Emmalee Richardson Reserve Grand Champion Steer - Henry Throne Best Mid-Georgia Grown Steer - Austin Wiggins Best Homegrown Steer - Henry Throne GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services Hard Work for the Good Life p. 32 • Thriving Through Tough Times p. 38


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6

Times Change, but Tradition Continues, p. 32 • Poisonous Plants & Other Fall Toxins p. 52


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6

Fertility and Versatility at Ford Farms, p. 32 • 2017 Beef Industry Outlook, p. 40


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • J A N U A RY 2 0 1 7

So You’re Buying A Yearling Bull, p. 38 • Reviving Pastures Following Drought, p. 66


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 7

Growing a Herd, Expanding Influence, p. 32 • HERD Update, p. 56 • Making Great Baleage p. 64


O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E G E O R G I A C AT T L E M E N ’ S A S S O C I AT I O N • M A R C H 2 0 1 7

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Magazine & online advertising available: Call 478-474-6560! Accelerated Genetics...........................50 ADM...........................................68, 99 AgAmerica Lending............................76 AgCo...................................................5 Allflex.............................................. IBC AmeriAg.............................................62 Barnes Herefords................................35 Beef Improvement Federation............68 Beef Quality Assurance.......................74 Bill Hembree Insurance......................92 Blackwater Cattle Company...............61 Britt Angus Farm................................39 CAM Ranches....................................43 Callicrate............................................96 Carolina Angus Futurity.....................42 Carroll County Livestock Sale Barn....92 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer...........92 Cattle Time........................................93 Cattlemen’s Choice Sale......................49 CES Herefords.....................................1 Chapman Fence Co............................96 Commercial Heifer Sale.....................79 Crimson Classic Sale..........................69 Daniel Livestock Service.....................92 Ed Murdock Superstores....................92 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia....87 Field Day.........................................102 FPL Foods..........................................26 Franklin Co. Cattlemen’s Sale.............48 Franklin Co. Livestock.......................92 Fuller Supply....................................100 Georgia Angus Breeders............... 44-45 Georgia Beefmasters Breeders.............26 Georgia Brahman Breeders.................28 Georgia Brangus Breeders...................60 Georgia Chianina Breeders.................26 Georgia Genetics Sale.........................39 Georgia Hereford Breeders.................30 104

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Georgia Limousin Breeders................97 Georgia Red Angus Breeders..............52 Georgia Santa Getrudis Breeders........28 Georgia Senepol Breeders...................26 Georgia Shorthorn Breeders...............26 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders...48 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders....70 Georgia’s Finest Hereford Sale............34 Graham Livestock Systems.................50 Grasstime Auction..............................52 Grassy Valley Angus...........................40 Greenview Farms................................36 Herrin Livestock Services...................92 Honeywood Farms.............................51 John Deere.........................................37 Knoll Crest Farm............................. IFC Kuhn..................................................54 Kuhn Knight......................................66 Lake Majestik.....................................58 Luke Mobley......................................92 Malcolm Financial Group..................94 Martin’s Cattle Services......................92 Mid Georgia Livestock Market...........92 Mike Jones, Auctioneer......................92 MM Cattle Co................................. BC Monroe Co. HERD Sale....................63 Multimin...........................................51 NCBA................................................63 Newport Laboratories.........................23 Norbrook.............................................3 Northeast Georgia Livestock..............53 Ogeechee Farms.................................43 P.H. White.........................................60 Pasture Management..........................67 Pennington Seed................................63 PNC Bank...........................................7 Predestined Cattle Company................1 Priefert.............................................100

Ragan & Massey................................66 Raymond James Financial..................93 Reproductive Management Services...92 Rockin R Trailers................................93 Rocking W Angus..............................41 Safety Zone........................................98 Salacoa Valley Farms...........................59 Santa Getrudis Breeders International...69 Smith Angus........................................1 Southeast AgNet................................94 Southeast AgriSeeds............................74 Southeast All Black Classic.................50 Southeast CAT Dealers......................27 Southeast Elite Female Sale................78 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC...94 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc.......92 Southern States..................................71 Southern Tradition Sale......................38 Southside Fence & Building...............93 Strawn & Co. Insurance.....................75 Sumner Ag Services............................77 Tarter Gate...........................................2 Tennessee River Music........................31 The Bull Whisperer............................92 Tifton HERD Sale.............................55 Turner Co. Stockyard...................70, 98 Twelve Stones Farm............................36 Tyson Steel.........................................93 Upstate S.C. Replacement Female Sale...54 Vigortone...........................................94 Wayne Groover..................................92 White Hawk Ranch...........................35 Wilkes Co. Front Pasture ...................62 Women In Ag.....................................96 Yancey Brothers..................................92 Interested in Advertising? Email

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