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Volume 41 / Number 3 / March 2013

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

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GCA Executive Committee Member Ronnie Griffis Introduction of Judgment Fund Transparency Act Applauded NCBA-PAC Welcomes New Members of Congress Cattle Industry Celebrates Successful Convention GCA 2013 Emerging Leaders Conference Highlights NCBA Convention Highlights GCA Convention Meal and Event Registration Form Forage Conference Schedule GCA Convention Schedule GCA Convention Sponsors GCA Convention Vendors HAIRSPRAY by Dallas Duncan Federation Subcommittees Announce Goals, Challenges Planned Furloughs of Federal Meat Inspectors Announced Boehringer Ingelheim to Sponsor BQA Certification 2013 Leadership Nominees Farming Full Circle by Dallas Duncan

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New Members In My Opinion by Scott George GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Associate Members My New Horse and Tom by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Calendar of Events Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of March Advertising Index




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Industry news

Reader services

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


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


The March 2013 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features a Hereford cow-calf pair basking in the sun on a balmy – albeit windy! – January afternoon at Sunset Ridge Herefords in Cumming, Ga.

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


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

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

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

Equipment Accepted Starting March 18th Call for Early Consignments

March 23, 2013 • 10 AM consignors welcomed are Contact people 98-2769 Mark Hart 706-4 98-2771 Colt Hart 706-4 18-9809 Stacy Britt 770-3 770-601-6286 Todd Stephens



P R E S I D E N T ’ S

R E P O R T I would like to thank each member and chapter that has taken this membership goal seriously. As my daddy used to say, “We are in the short rows now.”

The purpose of this article is to think about goals, both personal and professional. Football season is over with the culmination of the Super Bowl. No doubt the goal of any football team is to make it to the championship game and win, just like the Baltimore Ravens did. We as cattlemen should be no different in our operations. The difference is professional athletes are compensated, win or lose.

I read where Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees receives more than $200,000 every time he bats, whether he gets a hit or strikes out. Just imagine if you received that every time you sold a calf. I know this is not a very good analogy, but the one thing we have in common is he goes to bat to hit a home run each time and we sell a calf to make as much as we can each time. We need to set goals before the breeding season as to how we want to breed our cows and in the end market them. We have many tools in our toolbox we can utilize to attain this goal, we just have to make the commitment to use them. By setting goals we can turn the ordinary practices into extraordinary practices, whether it is on the production side or the marketing side of your business. As this pertains to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, we recently completed our Emerging Leaders Conference with 16 committed producers from around the state. The purpose of this conference is to educate future leaders on our industry and the workings of our association. As I sat through the first day of training I was impressed with all the participants and the input that they shared. Kendal Frazier from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association presented a leadership program that was excellent. Participants got the opportunity to discuss the traits of good leaders and how we can apply these ideas at our local chapters and on the state level. This is an example of the GCA’s goal to develop leaders for the future of our organization. Another goal of GCA is to increase the membership to 5,000 and at this time we are only 39 members short of our goal. I would like to personally challenge each chapter in the state to set their goal for the month of March to increase their membership by five members. By doing this 6 March 2013

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we can reach the 5,000 goal that Past President Steve Blackburn set last year and we continue to pursue. Chapter leaders should review delinquent member reports and touch base with these people to remind them that their membership expired. Just a phone call can make a difference. All of us have set goals in our lifetime and know the feeling we have when we attain them. I look forward to receiving that message from Macon that we have reached 5,000 so that we can set the bar a little higher next year. Another goal GCA has set is to make sure Ted Dyer’s position is filled and that the Tifton diagnostic lab is fully funded. We have been to Atlanta and shared our concern with legislators several times and are somewhat optimistic about the outcome. As of press time the State Checkoff, Senate Bill 97, has been unanimously approved by the Senate agriculture committee. This will set up a referendum for all cattle producers to vote on in the fall. In closing I would like to thank each member and chapter that has taken this membership goal seriously. As my daddy used to say, “We are in the short rows now.” Just remember to “Keep Asking” because we will not be satisfied with only a third of the cattle producers in Georgia being members of GCA. GC

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Winter Classic Show

Despite the frigid temperatures, a large amount of exhibitors came to the Carroll County Young Farmer's Winter Classic Livestock Show on Jan. 19. On Friday morning, Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association provided hot chocolate to exhibitors and their families during check-in. The event officially kicked off Friday night with a barbecue supper, live entertainment from The Johnathan East Band, a cake auction and several exciting rounds of BINGO. Kent Stanford of Alabama., judged the show on Saturday, which included showmanship, heifer and steer competitions. For full heifer and steer show results, see Goin' Showin' on page 84.

Georgia Young Farmer Convention

Neither rain nor sleet nor the threat of snow could stop the 2013 Georgia Young Farmer Convention! Held this year in Athens, Ga., at the Classic Center, several hundred GYF members gathered for two days of trade shows, meetings, banquets and competitive silent and live auctions. Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen's Association were represented by Executive Vice President Josh White and Director of Communications and Youth Activities Dallas Duncan. Several new members signed up, a gift basket was given away and members of many chapters stopped by to brainstorm on new events and speakers for their meetings.

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Georgia Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition Meeting

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Josh White attended the Georgia Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition Meeting on Jan. 17 in Watkinsville, Ga. The coalition met at the J. Phil Campbell research station and heard updates on grazing demonstration projects from Philip Brown, a Natural Resources Conservation Service grazing lands specialist. Dennis Hancock, Extension forage specialist, presented a grant proposal for a “Better Grazing” project, which will demonstrate to cattlemen the benefits of best management practices in grazing when compared to traditional management. The project was approved, setting the stage for important research and education at the Watkinsville facility. In the photo above, from left to right, are GCA representative and Vice Chairman Scott Fleming; GCA representative Shane Moore; Georgia Farm Bureau representative and Chairman Robert Fountain; Brown; and Hancock.

Turbulence A S S O C I A T I O N

Executive Vice President’s Report


urbulence is a bit of a mystery to me. Focusing on life sciences in high school and college, I missed taking any physics classes, which probably places me at a disadvantage for understanding how air can be bumpy. I’m not typically a “nervous flyer,“ but let turbulence start working on the plane I’m traveling in and I do get anxious. Sometimes I try and imagine I’m on a South Georgia summertime washboard rutted road, but the hum of the jet engines won’t let me convince myself for long and sweat beads up again. I don’t think I’ve ever flown into Washington, D.C., when I didn’t feel a significant amount of turbulence. Somehow that doesn’t seem like a coincidence. As cattlemen we deal with turbulence disrupting our lives on a regular basis. The cattle markets are prime examples and we’ve lost and gained altitude several times already in early 2013. First came the announcement of a large Texas slaughter facility being idled due to limited cattle available for processing. This announcement took the market to unexpected January lows. Russia’s position of banning US beef imports on growth promotant concerns softened markets further. Then a combination of good news showing fewer cattle in feedlots and the announcement that Japan would allow beef from US cattle up to 30 months of age sent the markets surging higher. Overall the outlook continues to be one of profitability for forage based cow-calf producers, so long as we have the moisture to produce ample grazing and hay. Speaking of moisture, we’ve dealt with turbulent weather as well. From early January winter drought concerns to flooding and tornadoes, February proved a more eventful weather month than we are typically accustomed to. Our thoughts and prayers have been with those negatively affected by the storms. It has been nice to visit with some of our South Georgia members and hear that they have actually spotted some mud that wasn’t pivot-induced! The Georgia General Assembly has had a few ups and downs this session, but the turbulence has been minimal for agriculture compared to the past few years. The Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption card and program has been a source of turbulence, but this is not unexpected with a brand-new program that involves multiple state agencies. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and others are urging farmers to be patient and reasonable with expectations of the new program as the bugs are worked out. Georgia Department of Revenue published some general guidelines that outline what is sales tax exempt. Only products, energy (fuel) and materials that are being used in the production of an agricultural commodity qualify as tax exempt. There have been



numerous reports of abuse of the program. Please remember that each GATE card holder is responsible for utilizing the card in an honest way. We worked awfully hard to gain the expanded exemptions which now include fence materials. Let us each be mindful that the exemptions could be lost much more quickly than they were achieved. We’ve seen a pretty stiff head wind on getting the northwest Georgia beef cattle specialist position filled. GCA continues to make the case for this effective position, but many interests are competing for resources in a very tight budget environment. If you have benefitted from the University of Georgia Master Cattlemen’s Program, Beef Quality Assurance, youth livestock programs, the Calhoun Bull Test and Sale, the Calhoun HERD program, articles written by UGA Beef Team members or a local chapter program conducted by one of our beef specialists, I would urge you to reach out to your state legislators and let them know we need funding for this position. Not sure who to call or what to say? Give GCA a call and we’ll help you reach your senator or representative with the right message. Much progress has been made in moving forward with legislation to form the Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef, which will enable cattle owners to vote in a referendum later this year to initiate a state program to fund research, education and promotion of our industry. Look for more details and information at the Cattle Industry Hot Topics Roundtable at the GCA Convention on Saturday, April 6. We hope to begin shifting our focus from the enabling legislation to educating and informing cattlemen in preparation for the referendum. The GCA Convention and Beef Expo is coming up quickly and there is no better place to learn how to deal with the turbulence we face as cattlemen. Beginning with the Forage Conference on April 3, each day will feature educational programs that will help you navigate for future success in our business. Be sure to sign up early and take advantage of the “Early Bird” meal pricing. Join fellow cattlemen in celebrating our success of reaching the 5,000 member mark (sign up a friend or neighbor today to make sure we get there!). See full details beginning on page 40. Finally, I must thank all the volunteer leaders who dedicated their time and resources to represent GCA on policy and Checkoff committees at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla. Without passionate farmers and ranchers willing to devote their expertise at the local, state and national levels, our industry wouldn’t survive the turbulence that continually comes our way. Thank you for your devotion. I look forward to celebrating with you in April! GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

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

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


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


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

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

Ronnie Griffis, Screven, 912-294-3483

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



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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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

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

GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-994-2079 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 5: Brent Galloway, 678-410-6070 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 7: Steve Lennon, 706-577-1400 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 14: Terry Harris, 229-344-3701 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 2010-2011 Bill Bryan, Summerville 2011-2012 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro



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

G e o r g i a C a t t l e m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n L o c a l P r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .......Romaine Cartee / 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont..............Glenn Hayes / 404-272-7298 Piney Woods .........Steve Smith / 912-278-1460 Polk .................Glenn Robinson / 770-815-9122 Pulaski...............D.J. Bradshaw / 478-957-5208 Red Carpet ........Doug Bramlett / 770-796-1901 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia....................Donnie O’Quinn 912-217-1701 Stephens ...............Mark Smith / 706-779-7362 Tattnall ................Newley Halter / 912-690-0789

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-656-6351 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County..............Alan Sowar / 770-550-4139 Tri-State ..............Steve Reasor / 423-718-1338 Troup ..................Tom Mahaffey / 770-329-7197 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Zach Cowart 678-315-4112 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne..................Joe B. Harris / 912-586-6728 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes..................Shane Moore / 706-678-5705 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779


ABAC .................Jacob Nyhuis / 352-536-5496 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian .........John Petit Jr. / 706-273-8457 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam....................David Lowe 706-485-6436 Banks ...............Bobby Whitlock / 706-654-8745 Barrow.............Mike Pentecost / 770-868-6046 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Al Cooper / 706-554-7256 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee......Jimmy Willis / 706-769-0828 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta ..................Robert Allen / 678-923-6159 Crawford Area .......Doug Bailey / 478-361-3024 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd..........................Joe Rush / 706-346-7157 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ...............Jason Johns / 770-851-0691 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart ........................Jason Fain / 706-436-9299 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Howie Doerr / 404-502-6267 Houston...............Wayne Talton / 478-987-0358 Jackson....................Cole Elrod / 678-410-1312 Jefferson ...Donavan Holdeman / 478-625-1076 Johnson Area ..........Will Tanner / 478-278-1922 Laurens ...............Brad Childers / 478-376-4670 Lincoln.............Stan Tankersley / 706-359-7389 Little River.........Michael Griffith / 706-465-3741 Lowndes ...........Andrew Conley / 706-781-8656 Lumpkin ..........Anthony Grindle / 706-300-6605 Macon....................Ron Conner / 478-847-5944 Madison .................Trey McCay / 706-789-2173 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan.........................Ed Prior / 706-474-0355 Murray.....................Chris Crow / 706-897-9891 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ......................Garnett Hulsey 706-778-5533 Northwest Georgia.........................Don Douglas 706-259-3723 Ocmulgee ..............Jim Cannon / 229-467-2042

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

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W e l c o me N ew M em b er s! The best just got better.

Chris Alexander, Elberton Josh T. Barrett, Pelham Phillip Beegle Jr., Newnan Kathy Boutwell, Camilla Jason Brooks, Hogansville Terry Brown, Cochran Michael Bugden, Newnan John Burdin, Flovilla Josh Cabe, Rockmart Austin Cofield, Temple Anthony Coleman, Harlem Frank L. Dancy, Johns Creek Cal Deloach, Claxton Mike Derrick, Tignall Mitchell Dickey, Winterville William Tim Finch, Jefferson Hali Gladden, Carrollton Douglas Graham, Washington Charles Griffis, Covington Amanda Hague, Austell Andrew Hall, Camilla Kevin Harrison, Camilla Joe A. Hart Jr., Statesboro Joshua Hawkins, Colbert

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Welcome to our herd!

Ray Dean Heard, Colquitt Karen Holcombe, Franklin Dalton Howell, Willacoochee Robert Keith, Dalton Jerry L. Kight, Broxton Lee Lancaster, Eastman Carlos Leach, Stockbridge Rick Lear, Winter Haven, Fla. Jason Lewis, Camilla Laurie Long, Reynolds Ty Martin, Dewy Rose Will McDaniel, Alpharetta Walker Moore, Washington Ken Murphy, Douglasville Marcus Nash, Marietta Nadine Pike, Franklin Eric Pope, Watkinsville Michael Powell, Pearson Chris Purvis, Newnan Brad Rahn, Springfield Louis Redding, Brooks Steve Register, Chula Mark & Michelle Reid, Rockmart

Sam Robinson, Lake City, Fla. Colby Ross, Quitman Jane A. Rutledge, McDonough Jeff Scogin, Gay Jim Sells, Grantville Roy Smith, Camilla Kevin Sumner, Fitzgerald Shirly Tankersley, Fitzgerald Keaton Thompson, Eastanollee Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Jack Walters, Barnesville Michele Wiesner, Colbert Phillip White, Rocky Face Ricky Whitley, Williamson W. David Whitley, Grantville Maxwell Holland Wilcox, Collins James Wilson, Cohutta Dale A. Woodward, Forsyth David Yelton, Perry





Share what it means to be an Executive Committee member and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

ANSWER: It’s a good opportunity for me to try to participate in the leadership of the Cattlemen’s Association. We’re just trying to learn and help the Cattlemen’s Association so we can move forward. We try to take care of the association’s business, membership drives, do things to make money for the association and try to improve the quality of our association so the other state associations want to be like us. We try to empower individual producers, too.


Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry.

ANSWER: I was raised up on the farm that we’re on now. I’m the second generation, Kristy [Arnold] is third and her kids are the fourth generation. That’s all I’ve ever done, is work with cows and row crops and hogs. I’ve been

Meet GCA Executive Committee Member Ronnie Griffis

farming all my life. I showed with 4-H and FFA all over the state when I was young. Now we only do cows, and since we’ve changed to embryo it’s a little more complicated, but it’s enjoyable, too.


QUICK FACTS: • Griffis has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for 38 years. They have one daughter, Kristy Arnold, an up-andcoming member of GCA’s leadership, and two grandchildren ages 4 and 7. • Griffis is a member of the Wayne County Cattlemen's Association. • His favorite cut of beef is the ribeye – though he’ll eat them all. But he says if he goes out to buy steak, that’s what he comes home with.

In your opinion, what and men getting involved n cows is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing and production and agriculture as a whole. I think that’ll not only today? help the Georgia Cattlemen’s, but it will help the country as a ANSWER: Trying to educate whole. Somebody’s got to the consumer on what we do, produce the food and fiber. GC how we do it and the quality of what we’re doing. A lot of them don’t realize how well they’re Griffis believes we eating and how cheap they’re should educate beef eating.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA?

ANSWER: Probably just to keep on with the quality of people we have running GCA. I think we’ll just keep moving forward and helping out young farmers, the younger generation of women

consumers about what we do, how we do it and the quality of what we’re doing: “A lot of them don’t realize how well they’re eating and how cheap they’re eating.” G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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PLC and NCBA Applaud Introduction of Judgment Fund Transparency Act

The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently voiced their support of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act. The bill was introduced in January to the House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., seeks to provide increased oversight and transparency of the Treasury Department Judgment Fund. The fund, established in 1956, is used to pay court judgments and settlements in cases brought against the federal government, if those costs are not otherwise covered by appropriated agency budgets. The Treasury has no reporting requirements or accountability to Congress or taxpayers.

The legislation would require the Treasury to issue a public report describing funds allocated, a brief description of facts surrounding the agency request and an identification of the recipient of those funds. The legislation targets abuse of the fund by groups that consistently challenge the federal government in court and receive reimbursement. “The livestock industry fully supports Rep. Gardner’s introduction of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act, a good-governance transparency bill which will serve as a major step forward in the effort to track currently unaccounted-for tax dollars being used to put

our producers out of business,” says PLC Executive Director and NCBA Federal Lands Director Dustin Van Liew. Van Liew asserted the bill would have a significant impact on the pervasive anti-agriculture lawsuits facing the government and livestock producers. “Our members, in order to defend their businesses, often end up paying out-of-pocket for personal attorneys at the same time that their tax dollars are being funneled to their opponents,” he says. “This legislation will help make government more accountable.” GC

NCBA-PAC Welcomes New Members of Congress

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Political Action Committee continues to make an impact, hosting meet and greet events for new members of Congress and setting lofty goals for the 2014 mid-term election cycle.

Starting in January, the NCBA Washington, D.C., office hosted meet and greet events for Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. All newcomers to Capitol Hill, the three joined 81 other new House members and 14 new Senators who were sworn in as part of the 113th Congress. “We have made significant progress, but our work is far from being completed,” says NCBA-PAC Director Anna Lee. “It is vital to keep our priorities in the forefront of our policy makers’ agendas.” In the last two years, NCBAPAC has gained momentum, becoming one of the leading animal agricultural PACs in the country and ranking 70th among all trade association 14 March 2013

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PACs, according to Congressional Quarterly’s Money Line. Lee adds that with fewer and fewer members of Congress with a background in agriculture and with well-funded, anti-animal agriculture activists trying to put a stop to the cattle industry, it is critical that NCBA constantly work to be the authoritative voice in the US beef cattle industry in Washington.

“It is important that members of Congress understand and appreciate the importance of a vibrant US cattle industry that operates best under free market principles,” Lee says. “We need to continue the educational process for current and future members of Congress about the hurdles that face the cattle industry and how we can work together to overcome them.” GC

Legislative Watch

H.R. 317 — Judgment Fund Transparency Act To provide increased oversight and transparency of the Treasury Department Judgment Fund. H.R. 317 would require the Treasury to issue a public report describing funds allocated, a brief description of facts surrounding the agency request and an identification of the recipient of those funds. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 317. Key Sponsor: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

Cattle Industry Celebrates Successful Convention N C B A




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

TAMPA, Fla. – More than 6,500 cattlemen and women gathered in Tampa, Fla., in early February to commemorate the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The schedule was jam-packed with a wealth of speakers, committee meetings and information sessions, not to mention the multitude of social gatherings for everyone to enjoy.

The 2013 Cattlemen's Colleges, sponsored by Zoetis -- formerly Pfizer Animal Health -- kicked off Feb. 6 with a session featuring futurist Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. His discussion touched on gender roles in agriculture and the changes he foresees in the industry. “Technology -- oh my God, think about it! We’ve got a whole generation raised on this thing,” he says, holding up an iPhone. “Isn’t it amazing how we changed this simple thing and we didn’t forecast it? ... The demand for beef has no known bounds. If you don’t do it, Apple will.” The individual Cattlemen’s College sessions followed that note, updating producers on the latest information on succession planning, credit policies, consumer attitudes about beef, weather predictions and genetics. And after a luncheon, cattle producers and industry supporters packed the convention center ballrooms for the opening session featuring keynote speakers Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, adoptive parents of Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher. There were a host of guests and speakers throughout the next several days. National Football League Pro Bowler Mike Alstott made an appear-

ance; Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave a moving history of the “Florida crackers,” known for their special whips, and the state’s beef cattle industry. Attendees heard from NCBA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and American National CattleWomen leadership. They received policy and federation updates and learned more about what NCBA is doing at the national level to promote beef’s best interests to the legislature, and what CBB is doing to ensure continued beef promotion to the public. “Even in the most dire situations we’ve dealt with in the past several years, we have won,” NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall told the crowd during the policy update. “We have won some major battles.” Among those were the trade agreements in Colombia, Panama and Japan and getting the livestock title removed from the 2012 Farm Bill. And on the CBB side, 2013 Chairman Weldon Wynn reminded cattle producers that for every $1 they paid into the Beef Checkoff, the industry got about $5.50 in promotion returns. In the second general session, Stuart Varney of Fox Business News gave cattle producers some insight into why the country’s economy is where it is, and cautioned his audience about America moving “more and more” towards a European model, as he feels the country is “government all the time.” There was no lack of economic updates at the Convention. The auditorium was packed a third time for the CattleFax 45th anniversary update, featuring forecasts into supply and demand, futures and weather. Though the next few months look promising for much of the Midwest in terms of rainfall, California is drier due to La Niña weather patterns, experts reported. The Southeast has a spring outlook of early planting and harvesting of crops and will be OK with precipitation as a

result of above average hurricanes this year. There is a chance for beef prices to continue to increase thanks to beef and offal exports, according to CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach. “We have record high prices, but it’ll still be very hard to make any money because we have record high break-evens,” Blach says. And with a cowherd that’s predicted to be flat at best and consumers with less disposable income in 2013, it’s going to be an interesting year for the beef industry. But morale was still high at Convention — possibly helped by the advent of libations, networking opportunities at the trade show and entertainment provided by high-jumpers, tango dancers and even pirates. However, the highlight of the event was the Beach Bash and Hot Havana Nights After Party, featuring plenty of good vibrations and “Dancin’ Cowboys” as The Beach Boys and The Bellamy Brothers took the stage, followed by a fireworks show that arguably woke up half the Tampa Bay area — or at least seemed to, as it was the talk of the town the next day during the NCBA Board of Directors meeting. The final day of Convention culminated with that meeting, during which some 48 pages of resolutions were passed, regarding myriad topics. Outgoing President JD Alexander was presented several gifts in honor of his service to the national beef cattle industry, and the gavel was passed to President Scott George, a dairy and beef producer from Cody, Wyo. “I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring for the cattle industry,” George says in an NCBA news release. “There will always be challenges … But like the challenges we’ve faced in our past, we will overcome hurdles. We will succeed and we will move our industry forward.” For continued NCBA coverage, see pages 21 and 52. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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The Year Ahead

In My Opinion

By Scott George, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President

N C B A L e a d e r s h i p Te a m 2013 – 2014

As you might know, I have a slightly different perspective on this industry. I started my role in cattle industry leadership serving as the dairy representative on the Wyoming Beef Council in 1991. My family owns a dairy and beef cow farm in Cody, Wyo., where the third generation is now working its way into the operation. We have five cousins joining the operation and each of them brings a different skill set to the farm. It has been interesting and rewarding to be a part of that succession process, but as many of you know firsthand, it also presents challenges in the current operating environment. The drought, tight credit markets and rising costs have taken a toll on our industry, but perhaps none are as difficult to cope with as the legislative and regulatory burdens placed on our shoulders by state and federal officials. Over the past several weeks I’ve frequently been asked about my priorities for my term as National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president. As an NCBA officer, my response has always been to look toward the membership for direction. However, I do think there are a cou-

ple of very important items that will come to the surface over the year ahead and those two issues are the Farm Bill debate — which Congress has delayed — and the discussion about Beef Checkoff resources and the future of our industry as cattle herd numbers continue to decline. As an officer I have seen how hard our NCBA team in Washington, D.C, works on behalf of our members and this industry. During the recent fiscal cliff calamity at the end of 2012, our staff worked through the holidays to keep the death tax and other agriculture issues front and center on Capitol Hill. A base membership in NCBA is $100 and I strongly believe that’s inexpensive insurance in today’s operating environment. Many of us would spend that on a gate and never blink, so an investment of that amount, to have someone represent you and your interests in our nation’s capitol, makes sense. But it isn’t just NCBA where your support is needed. We’re dealing with a public that no longer understands agriculture. I encourage each of you to belong to your county and state cattle-

NEW NCBA PRESIDENT SCOTT GEORGE dons an eye patch in the spirit of Gasparilla Pirate Fest at Convention in February.

men’s organizations. You need representation at the local level and your county organizations have that united voice that can protect your interests. State legislators too often have good intentions, but they don’t always understand how their actions can affect agriculture. Your state association has the ability to visit with legislators, educate them and stop many problems before they get started. It’s important that we speak with a single, united voice going forward. GC

NCBA President Scott George

NCBA President-Elect Bob McCan

NCBA Vice President Don Pemberton

NCBA Federation Division Chair Richard Gebhart

NCBA Federation Division Vice Chair: Cevin Jones

NCBA Policy Division Chair Philip Ellis

NCBA Policy Division Vice Chair Craig Uden

Treasurer Dave True

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Congratulations to Jason Storey of Newnan, Ga., a member of the Coweta County Cattlemen's Association, for the winning entry in the March “funny face” photo contest! Stay tuned to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for the April photo of the month contest!

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Cattleman Featured in Angus Publication

Georgia Cattlemen's Association member Max Freeman, a producer from Martin, Ga., was featured as the cover story on the January 2013 edition of Angus Beef Bulletin. The story focuses on how Freeman handled the problem of having too much hay during the drought in 2012 – dividing 80 acres into eight permanent pastures and up to 12 paddocks. The new management technique allowed him to increase the amount of cattle he has on pasture, and increasing the amount of clover he has is partially credited to his higher conception rates. Because clover is also a nitrogenfixer, Freeman’s practices lowered his nitrogen bill, too. To read the full story, visit

Past GCA Scholarship Winner Named to Fellowship

Anna Daniel, a member from Jackson, Ga., and student at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine, was one of 12 student fellows from the US selected to the International Livestock Congress this year. Daniel graduated from the University of Georgia and is completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University this spring. The award was presented at the Beef's Greatest Challenge: Feeding the World II

Talmo Ranch Wins in Texas

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Jessie Driggers of Glennville, Ga., president of the Tattnall County Cattlemen’s Association, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Simmental Association on Jan. 19. He is only the second Georgian to hold this role in the 45year history of ASA, says fellow Simmental breeder Rodney Hilley. Driggers is joined on the board by Vice Chairman Jim Butcher of Lewiston, Mont., and Treasurer Jimmy Holliman of Marion Junction, Ala. The remaining board members are Bob Lanting of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Dale Miller of Gildford, Mont. Driggers succeeds Bill McDonald of Blacksburg, Va., in the position. He has served on the board before as vice chairman and twice as chairman of the ASA Growth and Development Committee.

2013 Fair to Feature Georgia Grown Building

Meeting the Challenge luncheon program in January. Daniel, right, is pictured with Staci DeGreer, a PhD candidate in meat science from Auburn, who was also named to the fellowship.

Talmo Ranch in Talmo, Ga., brought home awards from the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in February. Classic Doc Holiday 457Z ICF was the Open Chianina Division Late Junior Bull Calf Champion and Open Chianina Division Reserve Grand Champion.

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Member Elected Chairman of Simmental Board

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter and the Georgia Department of Agriculture announced the opening of the Georgia Grown building in a January news release. The 20,000-square foot building will open at the 2013 Georgia National Fair. Hours of operation will be from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening day and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily afterwards. The building will feature space dedicated solely to Georgia Grown products, manufacturers and businesses and will be specifically geared towards agriculture. Proceeds from the building will aid in benefitting agricultural scholarships for Georgia youth.



The Mitchell County cattlemen (above) kicked off their annual raffle at a meeting on Jan. 28 at the local agricultural center. The Quarter of Beef Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from any chapter member. All proceeds go to fund the upcoming 65th Annual Steer & Heifer Show. Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day Coordinator Merritt Daniels, a member of the chapter, welcomed everyone and thanked them in advance for helping raise the money to fund this show.


The Three Rivers chapter met Feb. 7 at Turnpike Creek Farms in Milan, Ga., and elected new officers to serve a twoyear term: Derek Williams, president; Brett Bland, vice president; Carey Knowles, secretary/treasurer; and Board of Directors members Joey Thomas, Jamie Gay, Craig Hunt, Russell Hart and Neal Stanley. The meeting, sponsored by Lumber City Church of God Pastor David Deen, featured guest speaker Colton Farrow, a new resident of McRae, Ga., and new chapter member. He spoke about his lifetime involvement in agriculture and cattle and his new job at Golden Peanut Co. Farrow also joined with Three Rivers members Bland and Kyle Jones to provide entertainment for the nearly 100-member crowd with singing and guitar.


Al Green was selected as the 2012 Heard County Cattleman of the Year and was honored at the chapter's recent meeting. Green has been farming in Heard County since 1987. He is pictured here accepting his award from chapter president Keith Jenkins.

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Kendal Frazier, far left, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association senior vice president of planning, governance and leadership development, was the keynote speaker at ELC 2013. Frazier stands with GCA President Chuck Joiner, Georgia Beef Board member Robert Fountain and GCA Executive Vice President Josh White.

Members of the 2013 ELC class introduce themselves and learn about each others’ beef cattle operations.

The ELC group gets “frocked up” to tour the new Buckhead Beef facility near Atlanta.

David Gazda, far right, checks out a produce stand at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta, where the ELC members enjoyed lunch.

Tom McCall, Georgia House representative and chairman of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, speaks GCA Executive Vice President Josh White on the top three legislative priorities given to him by ELC participants.

After meeting with their state legislators, members of the ELC class visited with Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and heard updates on the department and the Georgia Grown program.

2013 ELC members chow down on delicious steak with Randall Weiseman of Southest AgNet Radio. Weiseman did mock media interviews with cattlemen earlier in the day to test their skills at getting the beef message out, even when under a barrage of reporters' questions.

The second morning of ELC 2013 started bright and early with a breakfast at Oakwood Cafe at the State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. Members listened to a legislative update in preparation for upcoming meetings with their state legislators.

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ELC participants tour the "meat candy store" at the new Buckhead Beef facility in Atlanta, led by employee and former ABAC chapter president Sierra Coggins. Chris Taylor, GCA Legislative Committee chairman and ELC participant, listens in as a meat cutter from Buckhead Beef demonstrates proper cutting techniques on the tenderloin, sirloin and ribeye.

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2013 Participants in GCA’s Emerging Leaders Conference

Blake Bagley, Cohutta Kurt Childers, Barney Dean Daniels, Camilla Howie Doerr, Stockbridge Dallas Duncan, Macon Kyle Gillooly, Wadley Ray Hicks, Statesboro Rodney Hilley, Molena

Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert Phil Page, Jefferson Joe Rush, Adairsville Chris Taylor, Baxley Alex Tolbert, Nicholson Charles Woodward, Covington

And a special thanks to Kendal Frazier, Chuck Joiner, David Gazda, Paul Thompson, Gary Black, Sierra Coggins and the Buckhead Beef staff and employees, Ross McQueen and the Georgia legislature for helping make this year's event a success!

NCBA OUTGOING PRESIDENT JD ALEXANDER swapped his sport coat for a Hawaiian shirt in honor of the Convention theme, Boots on the Bay.

THOUSANDS of cattle producers packed the house to hear keynote speakers Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, parents of Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher and inspiration for the movie "The Blind Side" and Stuart Varney, host of "Varney & Co." on Fox Business News. PIRATES take over Convention to promote the Gasparilla Pirate Fest evening event. By the time they left, the National Beef Ambassadors had given them plenty of beef swag to wear! COLIN WOODALL, NCBA vice president for government affairs, addresses attendees at the policy meeting at Convention.

GCA WAS HONORED at the Best of Beef Breakfast for outstanding NCBA membership recruitment as well as winning the New Holland top recruiter award drawing. Receiving the award from Mark Lowery, New Holland marketing specialist, are Executive Vice President Josh White, Past President Steve Blackburn, Treasurer Billy Moore and former summer intern Cleve Jackson. Andrew Conley, a member of the Lowndes County Cattlemen's Association, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Young Cattlemen's Conference in 2013. Conley attended the 2012 event and was selected to return as YCC chairman this year.

LEFT, cattle producers fill the auditorium to hear the 2013 CattleFax update and outlook, which included topics on weather patterns, feed prices, exports and the supply and demand for wholesome, nutritious American beef. ABOVE, everyone had some fun, fun, fun at NCBA Convention, especially when The Beach Boys took the stage, followed by country stars The Bellamy Brothers!

GCA MEMBERS Steve Blackburn and Randy Fordham vote on policy resolutions at the NCBA Board of Directors meeting.

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Br o ok e ’ s Be ef B ite s

By Brooke Williams, GBB director of industry information

“Out with the old, in with new.”

This is an old quote that is often associated with ringing in the New Year. However, as the spring season rolls in, I find that this quote is actually more appropriate now than ever! Winter is fading, warmer weather is on the horizon and a new season’s worth of crops are beginning to pop up. The same could be said for our diets – so out with the heavy fall and winter meals and in with springtime fruits and veggies! Green peas and firm asparagus are at their peak. Plump red strawberries and sweet, delicious pineapples tingle the taste buds at every turn. And what goes better with all this fresh produce than delicious lean beef? These Beef Spring Rolls are a perfect light springtime meal that combines fresh veggies with your favorite cut of lean beef. The recipe says to use sirloin, top round or flank. Flank steak is one of my favorite cuts. It is so easy to prepare and if cooked and sliced correctly is extremely tender and juicy! This recipe can be served as a great appetizer, or do as I did and make a light lunch or dinner by pairing the spring rolls with fresh grilled asparagus and a fresh fruit salad. With about 250 calories, 5 grams of fat and a whopping 31 grams of protein, this recipe will definitely help to “spring clean” your diet! And to keep with the theme of “out with the old, in with the new,” I have decided to pass the beef baton to the next generation. The past two years as the director of industry information have been such a blessing! I learned so much about this incredible industry and had the chance to meet so many wonderful farmers, ranchers and friends. As I depart from Georgia Beef Board, I would like to thank Josh, Michele, Tricia, Dallas, Sherri, Harvey Lemmon, Billy Moore and the countless others who made such an impact on my life. You all will always have a special place in my heart. Whenever I eat a delicious, juicy steak or burger, I will think of you all! Thank you again for your support of this article! I will truly miss “Brooke’s Beef Bites!!” 22 March 2013

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Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro Courtesy

INGREDIENTS 1 pound beef top sirloin, top round or flank steak, cut into 3/4 to 1-inch thick pieces 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce and marinade 8 rice paper wrappers (8 to 9 inches diameter) 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup cilantro Additional stir-fry and marinade, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut beef lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick strips. Combine 1/4 cup stir-fry sauce and beef in a medium bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to two hours. 2. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add half of beef and stir-fry one to three minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. 3. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip one rice paper wrapper into the water for a few seconds or until moistened. Rice paper will still be firm but will continue to soften during assembly. 4. Spoon 1/4 cup of beef, two tablespoons carrots and two tablespoons cilantro evenly in a row across the wrapper, leaving a oneinch thick border on the right and left sides. Drizzle with about one teaspoon stir-fry sauce. 5. Fold right and left sides of wrapper over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up tightly. 6. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling ingredients. Cut each spring roll diagonally and half. Serve with additional stir-fry sauce.


Georgia Beef Board Report


New GBB Board Members Enjoy First Meeting

Georgia Beef Board welcomed three new board members at its December meeting. Allen Wiggins from Turner County Livestock in Ashburn, Ga., replaced Graydon Bobo as a Livestock Markets Association representative. Jim Malcolm of Duvall Livestock Market in Greensboro, Ga., replaced Kelly Buchanan as a second LMA representative. Joel Keith from Hogansville, Ga., replaced Charles Rucks as a Georgia Milk Producers representative. GBB staff is thrilled to have these three new members join our team. Welcome aboard! The new year has already been a busy one for GBB. On Feb. 1, GBB staff headed to the College Park Convention Center in Atlanta for the ProStart Expo, where 3,000 culinary arts and foodservice-focused students gathered to learn more about commodity groups, restaurants and other areas of the foodservice industry. GBB served more than 1,000 brisket slider paninis with gorgonzola barbecue, made by chef Wendell Thompson of the Treehouse Bar and Grill in Vidalia, Ga. The ProStart Expo is always a great opportunity for GBB to reach hundreds of culinary students and pass along a positive and accurate beef message to future chefs!

ProStart Instructor Feedback: “Kids had a great day ... these were the best exhibitors ever.” “Awesome! Everything the exhibitors shared was relevant for our students.”

It’s also the time of year for Georgia cattlemen and women to start preparing their own future culinary careers.

Compiled by Brooke Williams

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

Phil Harvey, Vice Chairman P.O. Box 928 Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-7314 Home 770-775-7351 Work

NEW GEORGIA BEEF BOARD MEMBERS enjoy their first meeting. Jim Malcolm, a new Livestock Markets Association representative, left, and Joel Keith, the new Georgia Milk Producers representative, stand with Phil Harvey, GBB vice-chairman and LMA representative. Not pictured is the second new LMA representative Allen Wiggins.

Georgia CattleWomen’s Association invites all GCA, GJCA and GCWA members to submit their own delicious lean beef recipes for the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off Contest. The cook-off is held every other year and is ranked one of the top three recipe or cooking contests in the nation. The cook-off seeks recipes that meet the tastes and techniques of the home cook while demonstrating the benefits and versatility of cooking with beef. This year’s theme is “Making the Most of MyPlate,” encouraging delicious, healthy recipe entries from a variety of food groups. GBB wants participants to develop an original and tasty beef-focused recipe that includes broadly appealing ingredients from the fruit, vegetable, grain and dairy products groups to submit under one of the following categories: belt-tightening beef recipes; semi-homemade beef recipes; real-worldly, real simple beef and potato recipes; and craveable fresh beef and fresh California avocado recipes. Twenty-one finalists will be selected in June. Seven regional winners will then be chosen to win $1,500 and one $25,000 grand prize winner will be announced in November. The grand prize winner will also win a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show in Washington, D.C. Create and submit your best beeffocused recipe for a chance to represent Georgia, and a chance to win! For more information, visit or talk to a local GCWA member. GC GEORGIA CATTLEMAN • March

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Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Dr. Frank Thomas 68 GA 149 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743

Lane Holton 7851 N Turkey Road Camilla, GA 31730 229-336-5686 Zippy Duvall P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31298 478-474-8411

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

Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Cell Allen Wiggins 1315 U.S. 41 Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-3371

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

Joel Keith 4541 Mountville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF

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SWAINSBORO STOCKYARD Sale every Monday at 1:30

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

Contact: Clay Floyd 479-230-6996

Drive thru unloading

Cattle receiving: begins every Sunday at 12 p.m.

Clay Floyd 479-230-6996

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Fast and efficient Load Out Hauling available

We offer cattle grouping and load lot sales



Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale



Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:30 p.m. Tifton Bull Evaluation Center Irwinville, Ga.

Twenty-eight progressive breeders entered heifers in this year’s Tifton HERD program. All heifers were born between Sept. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2011, and are all safe to calving ease bulls.

HA Program 5652 was the primary AI sire used this year.

Data Available: Pelvic Area, Frame Score, Disposition Score, Reproductive Tract Maturity Score, WDA, ADG

To receive a catalog or other information contact:

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560

Dr. Lawton Stewart Extension Animal Science University of Georgia 706-542-1852 • Patsie Cannon: 229-386-3683 • Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793-5766

Or Contact Your Local Extension Agent

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

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Georgia Chianina

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

Chianina Bulls Make the Difference TALMO R A NC H

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



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

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

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





Registered Shorthorn & Commercial Cattle Charles and Vickie Osborn

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

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

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Bred Angus and SimAngus heifers, Angus and SimAngus bulls HAYS FARM

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

Get brand recognChianina ition every m onth with a Hereford ANGUS Red Angus Beefmaster Gelbvieh

classified or breeder business card ad! Polled Shorthorn Simmental Brahman Charolais Only for GCA members!

$25 Limousin

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


385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029

L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

Apalachee Beefmasters

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

Keith W. and Susan W. Prasse, DVM

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

TURNER POLLED BEEFMASTERS BLACK polled bulls available at all times


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

Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by Oglethorpe County Cattlemen's Association and UGA Double Bridges

Hands-on live cattle demos! Only 35 spots available, so reserve yours today!

Cost: $20

Meal and program sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and Rolling Rock Livestock Systems

Northeast Georgia BQA Field Day at UGA Double Bridges Beef Facility


Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 27990 / Macon, GA 31221 (478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5732 • Email:

 New Member  Renewal Business Name_________________________________ Contact ______________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City ___________ State___ Zip ___________________ Phone _______________________________________ FAX _________________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by _________________________________ MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

 Tenderloin Member $600 or more

 T-Bone Member

 Rib-Eye Member

 Sirloin Member

$300 - $599

$150 - $299

$ 75 - $149

Contribution Amount ______________

Contact Oglethorpe County Extension at 706-743-8341 to RSVP. 28 March 2013

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Thank you ... for your membership!

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



Tenderloin Members ($600+) Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 28 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton Franklin County Livestock, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe Manor Cattle Company, Manor Stephens County Farm Bureau, Eastanollee United Bank, Barnesville

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

Sirloin Members ($75-$149) AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Amicalola EMC, Jasper Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla

Yancey Bros. Company

AgGeorgia Farm Credit

FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

Alltech, Inc., Thomasville


AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank-Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Country Pride Market, LLC, Milan Crossroads Animal Hospital, Newnan CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Dublin Eye Associates, Dublin Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Flint EMC, Perry Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma

Fuller Supply Company Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Osceola Cotton Co., LLC, Ocilla Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Public Service Communications Inc., Reynolds Reedy Creek Farms, Metter Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Security State Bank, McRae Smith Agricultural Insurance Services, LLC, Fitzgerald Smith’s Pharmacy, McRae Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston Walker County Farm Bureau, Lafayette Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington Y-Tex Corporation, St. Augustine, FL G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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My New Horse and Tom R E A D E R


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I traded for a new horse a while back. He’s a buckskin, 11 years old by his teeth, no papers, 15 hands and sound. It was not long after my friend Tom had been diagnosed with cancer. It was a bad one. He was younger than me and, by outward appearances, a healthy man. I included him on my prayer list and called occasionally. I put my new horse into the string. He had come from a ranch in California. They said, “Try him out. Don’t know much about him except he’s supposed to be gentle.” Tom’s condition continued to crumble. Each call I made he described the treatment he was on, its expectations and alternatives. We also discussed his sister who was in another hospital and suffering through a malignant cancer problem of her own. Tom was part of her “Circle of Hands and Hearts” that kept her spirits up. I received this horse sight-unseen. The first 10 yards out of the corral he stuck his head between his knees and started pitching! I let him get in a couple of buck’s worth, then clamped down. He’s never tried again. Our first trip to the rancho he was a little nervous. It was new country for him – rocks, canyons, mesquite, cactus, rattlesnakes, snakey cows, the scent of strange horses and a new cowboy on his back. There was lots of snorting, stopping, jumping sideways and asking directions on his part. But as soon as he figured it out, it was OK. Tom was the kind of person who often served as part of the foundation in his community’s enterprises. A quiet, God-fearing man who worked behind the scenes to get things done. He shared the credit with modesty and addressed missteps or obstacles with firm resolve, regardless

of who was to blame. He was like an offensive lineman, protecting and clearing a path for the flashier MVPs in the game. It took a while to get to know him. Well, months have gone by and I’ve made a lot of circles on the new horse’s back. I’m getting used to his character. He doesn’t really care to be petted. He’s touchy about his head. He stands there waiting while I dump hay in his trough, just watching. Most horses talk to you while you are feeding, indicating you should feed them first. Not him. You do your job, he’ll do his. He cooperates when I shoe him, doesn’t kick or lean on ya. I have a term for big footed, cover-the-country horses like him, Nevada Slogger. Nothing delicate, nothing fancy. One word, strong. I got the word yesterday that Tom had passed away. It hurt a lot. There’s no justice, no explanation, just the hope that someday we’ll meet again. We each have to handle death in our own way. This morning we made a 20-mile circle just trying to see where the cows were getting scattered. The buckskin packed me through the brush, up the canyon walls, over the rocky ridges, staying where I pointed him, standing when I got off to warm my toes. He just soldiered on, crashing through the mesquite, diggin’ in, always forward, getting me where I needed to be and getting the job done. I guess he was doin’ it the way Tom would. It takes a while for me to name a horse. It came to me as I looked down at his ears when we turned back to the corral. I’m gonna call him TOM, I decided … TOMPERRY. GC


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Georgia Brangus Breeders


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

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Polled Charolais Cattle

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1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

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2013 Georgia Beef Expo Friday April 5, 2013 • Noon (EDT) Held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & AgriCenter • Perry, GA

50 Hand Selected Angus Lots!

Productive 3 in 1 Packages • Powerful Bred Heifers Show Heifer Prospects Elite Embryo Packages

Sale Sponsored by: Georgia Angus Association President: Mike McCravy 34 Williamson Rd. Bowdon, GA 30108 (770) 328-2047 Vice President: Smitty Lamb 605 Azalea Dr. Tifton, GA 31794 (229) 386-0491 Secretary/Treasurer: Christy Page 638 Lake Crest Dr. Jefferson, GA 30549 (770) 307-7178


Acres Away • Hampton, GA

Berry College • Mt. Berry, GA

Breaking Point Farm • Summerfield, FL Coosawattee Farm • Calhoun, GA

Gazda Cattle Co. • Athens, GA

MM Cattle Co. • Bowdon, GA

Happy Hills Angus • West Point, GA

Rolling Acres Farm • Winder, GA

Gretsch Brothers • Crawford, GA

Hill Angus Farm • Tifton, GA

Elrod Farms • Talmo, GA

Katie Colin Farm LLC • Cartersville, GA

Four Oaks Angus • LaGrange, GA

MB Farms • Macon, GA

Emilan Angus Farm • LaFayette, GA

Lawrence Angus • Temple, GA

Poe Farms • Dallas, GA

Shady River Farms • Calhoun, GA T&W Angus • Waycross, GA

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers. TOM BURKE, KURT SCHAFF, JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME, at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone: (816) 532-0811. Fax: (816) 532-0851. E-Mail

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The 14th Annual Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Replacement Female Auction

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3 p.m. * Perry, Ga.

100 Top Commercial Females Will Sell!

Cow-calf pairs, bred heifers and open heifers will sell!

Approximately 1,900 females have sold through this auction over the past 13 years. They have met strong demand, have been of high quality and have been a focal point of the successful Georgia Beef Expo. With the strong demand for replacements and the strong prices at the marketplace, heifers are hard to find. You can expect an extremely high quality offering this year from reputation herds. Females will sell in uniform pens of two and three. 2012 Expo Champions •Awards Sponsored by ABS Global, James Umphrey Rep.

Champion Cow-Calf Eddie Bradley

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We encourage you to patronize our corporate sponsors: ABS Global, Allflex Tags and Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health)

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For your Georgia Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale Catalog, clip and mail this coupon to sale manager Mike Jones.

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GCA CONVENTION MEAL & EVENT RESERVATION FORM, APRIL 3 - APRIL 6, 2013 Complete a separate pre-registration form for each individual, couple or family that will be picking up a registration packet at the convention.

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

RAMADA INN 478-987-3313

Room Block Cutoff Date: March 3, 2013

(Ask for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association room block)


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Save the dates and attend these Simmental functions in the next few months.

March 6 TIFTON BULL EVALUATION SALE • 21 Simmental & 27 SimAngus Bulls Sell • Irwinville, Ga. April 13 CATTLEMAN'S CHOICE SALE • Stacey Britt Farm • Hartwell, Ga. April 14 PARTISOVER SOUTHERN STYLE • Partisover Ranch • Colbert, Ga. May 10 GSSA ANNUAL MEETING • Ila Restaurant • Ila, Ga. May 11 GENERATIONS OF VALUE SALE • Partisover Ranch • Colbert, Ga. May 31: 7 pm COMMERCIAL CATTLEMAN SIMCONFERENCE • Stacey Britt Farm • Hartwell, Ga. June 1 SIMMENTAL FIELD DAY • Stacey Britt Farm • Hartwell, Ga. For additional information and to locate a breeder near you visit our website at:

Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders

Robert Harkins Stock Farm

Simmental and SimAngus Cattle

Georgia SIMMENTAL SIMBRAH Association

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

Angus • SimAngus

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

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

Kurt Childers 11337 Moultrie Hwy. Barney, GA 31625

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

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


Will Godowns Cattle Manager Phone: 770-624-4223


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

Rodney Hilley Family

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

here’s something about hairspray that gives hair-dos a little extra “oomph” and takes people’s look from drab to fab.

In the club calf industry, the same goes for anisteers, except about where their stop was at the back mals entering the show ring. And just like the Miss legs, and then we’d take adhesive and bone their legs America pageant, these contests have seen hair-dos up there and make the legs look fluffy on the back from the 1970s turn into modern-day hair don’ts. end,” he says. “I started showThe objective in those days was to make cattle ing in 1972 and that look taller, a complete 180 from 20 years before, was about when when cattle were short, stocky and would stand in they were trying to straw for official portraits. get the cattle a little “They really didn’t look like cattle back then. taller,” says Bill They look like giraffes,” Claxton says of the typiMartin, owner of cal show animal from 30 years ago. Martin’s Cattle Now, the show calf styles have evolved to fit Services. “We were the modern-day beef cattle look. balling the tails up “Sixty years ago the cattle were three feet tall about as high as we and very moderate. Then we tried to go the other could get them. We direction and were shaving the make them bellies on them, we eight- or nineused to use saddle frame cattle and soap ... [and] curry that’s not right combs to make the either,” says hair curly to make Kyle Gillooly, it stand up.” livestock judge CLAXTON, agriculture teacher at Jeff Davis and owner of Todd Claxton, TODD middle and high school, performs a fitting demonstraagriculture teacher tion at the 2012 GJCA Region 11 Field Day at Predestined Creek Farms. Fitting has evolved from Cattle at Jeff Davis middle Turnpike something parents and kids do to a professional KYLE GILLOOLY, right, a livestock judge and owner of and high schools, Company. industry in the past several decades. Cattle Company, looks at beef animals during remembers the days “We’ve become Predestined the 2012 UGA Bulldawg Showdown. Because fitting can of balled tails as well. probably the right cover flaws in an animal's composition, he watches the way they walk as well as the way they stand to observe muscles. “We would actually take and slick-shear all the size of cattle. ...

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The Art of Fitting

“It’s amazing to see, first of all, the talent and the art that goes along with it,” Gillooly says. “Just like an artist, they can take a pretty mediocre calf, and if they’ve got enough hair and the right type of hair they can turn it into a supermodel pretty quick.” Martin says the show ring “is a beauty contest,” which does require high-quality fitting for most shows. For those who watch pageant shows on television, think of these as “high glitz” pageants for cattle. “I’m not saying it’s right or Parents and exhibitors line up outside the barn at the 2013 Winter wrong, but as LOGAN STEED'S ANGUS is styled with a honeycomb tail Classic in Carrollton, Ga., to work on fitting calves before the show. clipping to accentuate muscle makeup, a stark change a part of the and from the tall, shaved cattle shown in the '70s and '80s. project the These 5.5- to 6.5-frame cattle is where we need to be as hair is used to either cover up some flaws or make the an industry as a whole, from the production side to better parts look even better,” Martin says. “The hair the show ring to feedlot standards.” is more or less there to make them look thicker or bigToday’s show calves have legs that are pulled out and fluffed out to show more muscle expression. They ger boned — if you have one that doesn’t have a level top, you try and leave some hair have a bit more body and aren’t 1 2 on the stops to make it level.” quite as tall as their predecessors, However, fitting can have and instead of a balled tail, they some drawbacks. Just as are typically clipped to be a honPhotoShop can make commercial eycomb shape. models look fake, over-fitting can And some of the tools have make a calf look almost “artifievolved as well. Though the cial,” Gillooly says. Though every basics are still the same — many 3 4 livestock judge is different, he of the products used 20 years ago watches the way calves move to are still show box staples — fitters see if the sculptured hide matches are expanding their horizons to the stride. include adhesives instead of “If you see an animal at a beeswax and mane and tail condistandstill and they’re perfect and tioner. A 1965 PROSPECT from Fairmeadows in Hampton, Ga., displays the shorter, stockier calves and show styles popular in that their legs are exactly where they Claxton credits the opening age. Photos 2, 3 and 4: These 1970s-era ads and Quercus Farms need to be, you can hide some of the Georgia National show calf from the early '90s display the popular balled tails and short-clipped styles of show calves, which were much taller than things with that hair and having Fairgrounds and Agricenter with today’s animals. the right showman on the halter. much of the modern-day show But then watch the animal walk and you can tell the styles. In those days, it wasn’t as common to travel on difference between muscle and fat,” he says. the open show circuit or have someone from outside And the move toward more fitting means more the family fit calves, much less incorporate different judges are inclined to handle cattle during a show, just styles popular in other parts of the country. to see if what they’re looking at is hair or muscle. “The first junior show in 1991 that came into the “You get so much hair on them you’re just carving fairgrounds was the Rebel Run of ’91. I think it out a shape. You see more judges putting their hands opened a lot of our eyes about doing things differently on them more because of that,” Claxton says. — leaving hair on them, fitting the legs,” Claxton says. In addition, there are some shows that only allow “I think the Agricenter ... really brought Georgia 1/4-inch of hair on a show calf, to ensure the judge is along. Now you see a lot more people from the midlooking at the cattle instead of the style. west coming in and fitting and clipping for the state But whether it’s a natural, blow-and-go show or shows and doing wonders with hair.” G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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the high glitz version with extra hairspray, fitting experts say it’s important to appreciate the work professionals do, especially for exhibitors who want to get involved in the trade.

Knowledge is Power

Claxton attended one of the first fitting clinics Kirk Stierwalt, a professional fitter from the Midwest, hosted in Georgia. “It just blew my mind how good he was,” he says. For exhibitors who want to practice fitting outside of their barn at home, Claxton advises them to compete in the Georgia Junior National grooming contest each year. In addition, there are numerous tutorial videos available, featuring professional fitters from around the country, and fitting clinics such as the one he attended with Stierwalt. Gillooly says one of the best ways to learn fitting tips and tricks is to interact with those who are doing it. “Go visit with people, whether it’s at shows or at their operations, and watch them. If they’re fitting cattle, watch them fit those cattle. Ask them for advice on hair care and what products they use on those cattle to make their hair healthy and shiny,” Gillooly says. “You’re not going to learn all that overnight and you’re probably not going to learn all the things in the first year or two, but after you’ve started and watched the professionals, the most important thing you can do is practice at home. ... You’re not going to learn as much if you don’t do it yourself.” Now that fitting is a profession, Claxton says exhibitors are not getting the same experiences he had learning to fit his own calves. “Don’t expect someone to clip your cattle all the time. My daughter is in sixth grade right now. She’s been pulling legs and clipping legs since fourth grade,” he says. “We all didn’t become good at 50 March 2013

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As seen in these two Angus Southern Nationals logos, show calf styles changed from leggy and balled tails to more moderate, muscled looks in the last half-century.

what we do by sitting on the sidelines. Take the bull by the horns and get it done.” Martin echoed his sentiments. “The parents, myself included, are probably the ones who don’t let our kids do as much as we do, because we’re afraid they’re going to mess up,” he says. “It’s more confidence than anything. ... The good fitters are the ones who don’t necessarily not make mistakes, they’re the ones who can fix their mistakes.” GC

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MARTIN CATTLE CO. 21ST ANNUAL FALL BORN CLUB CALF SALE Sunday, March 17, 2013 2 p.m. EST Perry FFA Farm • Perry GA Congratulations & best of luck to all those who have exhibited calves sold by us. Calves sired by: Monopoly, Believe In Me, Pecos, Walks Alone, Milkman, Headliner, and Red Rock.

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

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Data Available: • A.I. Breeding & Sire EPD’s • Pelvic Area • Frame Score • Disposition Score • Weight per Day of Age • Average Daily Gain

All heifers will sell confirmed safe in calf to calving ease Angus Bulls. All heifers were A.I.’d at least once to Sydgen Trust 6228 (CED +9, BW -0.8, WW +54, YW +89, Milk +29). For more information or to receive a catalogue, call the Monroe County Extension at (478) 994-7014. Web info at Email; Type HERD in the subject line. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Joint Federation of State Beef Councils Subcommittees Announce Goals, Challenges for 2013 Compiled by Dallas Duncan

Convenience Subcommittee Mission: To fulfill consumer expectations for beef selection, preparation and ease of use Opportunities: Convenience products, education through social media, simplifying labeling Challenges: Grab-and-go meals exist for other proteins; defrosting beef; lack of consumer knowledge on cooking

Safety Subcommittee Mission: To continually improve consumer confidence in safe beef Opportunities: Communicate about beef’s safety tools; develop a safety toolbox for proactive reaction; document and be traceable for food safety Challenges: Perceptions of beef safety; prevention; self-regulation

Value Subcommittee Mission: To satisfy consumer preference for beef in order to be competitive in the marketplace Opportunities: Multiple preparation methods; cuts for every budget; cost per serving as opposed to cost per pound; nutrient density; microwave utilization Challenges: Price compared to other proteins; perception of beef nutrition; need for more convenience products Nutrition & Health Subcommittee Mission: To enhance consumer knowledge of the positive health and nutritional benefits of beef Opportunities: Working with dieticians and the medical community; building a pipeline of nutrition research; millennial audience is looking for new information; good evidence on heart health and blood sugar Challenges: Lack of access to healthcare professionals; millennials don’t feed their families beef because of nutrition concerns; need more research not funded by the industry or Beef Checkoff; anti-agriculture activist messages

Taste Subcommittee Mission: To deliver a consistent and enjoyable beef eating experience for the consumer Opportunities: Beef will enhance a meal while chicken has to be enhanced; balance of taste and nutrition; provide cooking and recipe information to consumers; creating convenience products for at home and on the road; beef is the chosen protein for the grill Challenges: So many grades and cuts; product consistency; hard to reach and affect a generation of “McNugget kids;” consumers confused by reality and perception of health information; understanding the needs of millennials

Global Growth Subcommittee Mission: To increase the volume and value of US beef in foreign markets Opportunities: Quality, consistency and safety of US beef; cowboy mystique is marketable; meeting consumer needs with new products Challenges: Lack of traceability; lack of Checkoff resources; production cost compared to competition; beef industry lacks a “chicken nugget” 52 March 2013 • G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N

Beef’s Image Subcommittee Mission: To strengthen the image of the beef community and how beef is brought from pasture to plate Opportunities: Educating consumers and schools; sharing beef’s story at retail and foodservice outlets; capitalize on the American lifestyle image of beef Challenges: Not taking time to establish and build trust with consumers; misinformation about beef and production practices; disconnect with consumers on production and shared values

13th Annual

Freedom to Operate Subcommittee Mission: To protect and enhance beef producers’ freedom to operate in coordination with the industry long-range plan Opportunities: Enhance transparency with consumers to minimize detrimental regulations; work to improve Dairy and Beef Quality Assurance; disseminate positive messages from Checkoff research Challenges: Misperceptions about beef technologies; minimize quality compliance issues; balance production costs with environmental sustainability without affecting producer profitability GC


April 13 at 1 p.m.

Britt Angus Facility, Hartwell, GA

Simmental and SimAngus genetics from some of the top operations in Georgia

full sister sells

Outstanding set of females sell!

Doug and Debbie Parke Drew and Holli Hatmaker

153 Bourbon Hills • Paris, KY 40361

859-987-5758 • 423-506-8844 859-421-6100 Cell for information and catalog requests

Real Quality...

E/T Ester 020 -

Senior CHAMPION 2012 Kentucky State Fair. Check out her SimAngus sister by Upgrade.

E/T Esteem 082 - Reserve CHAMPION % Simmi 2011 Georgia National Fair.

WR Lady 076 -

Senior CHAMPION Female 2013 National Western Stock Show, 2012 American Royal. Owned with Hillside Angus Pierce City, MO.

E/T Meldon Blackcap 094 - Reserve CHAMPION

E/T Blackcap 154 - Reserve CHAMPION

...In a Functional Package

Female 2012 Georgia National Livestock Show.

2012 Southern National Angus Show.

Check out our prospects on your way to

(March 10).

ELROD and TOLBERT Matt - 706-983-0276

Angus • SimAngus • Commercial Females Cole Elrod: 678-410-1312 • Alex Tolbert: 706-338-8733


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

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

Mark your calendars for the Southern National Junior and Open Shows! June 7 - 8, 2013

Georgia Beef Expo Southeastern Angus Showcase Sale

Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.

Friday, April 5, 2013 Perry, Ga.

• Accredited • Certified

*Entry information will be available at beginning in April.


• No Creep • Est. 1979

Windell & Lawanda Gillis (478) 374-4868 2891 Hawkinsville Hwy. Eastman, GA 31023 Cell 478-231-8236

Clint, Kim, Will & Samuel Smith P.O. Box 820 Wadley, GA 30477 (478) 252-0292 Clint’s Cell: (706) 551-2878

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

Ma t ur e C ow H e r d D i sp e r sa l , M ay 5 , 2 01 2


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

SINCE 1947

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

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

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.


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2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Purebred Angus Cattle

Harvey Lemmon Woodbury, GA


Turnpike Creek Farms

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

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

HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

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

See our menu for success at

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

Congratulations to the Gretsch family, Georgia Angus Association members of the year! All award winners will be featured on the April “Good Moos” page!


Georgia Angus Breeders One straw at a time

Breeding good mama cows...

Tim & Tandy West • 256-927-2025/678-986-2510 846 County Road 26, Centre, AL 35960


Cloud Brothers Angus

Davis Farms

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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744


Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

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

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

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

Cattle that Work

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738 Winder, GA 30680

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

Phil Page: 770-616-6232



(229) 567-2344 Fax (229) 567-2352

~ Pedigree and Performance ~

We have Registered Angus Cattle that combine both elite pedigrees and strong performance. Bulls are available.

The CABE Family Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-7119 home 706-988-0018 Will

Jeremy Dyer Ted Dyer (423) 605-2431 (423) 605-1034

Jeff Heuer

Clark and Wally 155 Stover Drive • Canton, GA 30115 Herd Certified & Accredited AHIR 770/479-5947 (Wally)

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

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 Highway 11 South Social Circle, GA 30025

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

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

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696



All Natural Beef

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132



Idone Angus Farm Dot Idone 469 Pioneer Road Macon, GA 31217 478-986-6819 Herd Certified & Accredited

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USDA Announces Planned Furloughs of Federal Meat Inspectors



Courtesy National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

While speaking at an ethanol conference, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on March 1, mandatory federal spending cuts will be triggered through sequestration and federal meat inspectors will be furloughed for two weeks. In addition, he predicted billions of dollars of economic impact in the marketplace and price increases for consumers. “Without federal meat inspectors, beef processing plants shut down,” Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president for government affairs says in an email. “We believe they are an essential function, but that is not the word we are getting from the secretary’s office. ... While not the only factor, the secretary’s comments have had a negative impact on the markets.” NCBA is “highly concerned” about these statements, according to a news release. “Under the federal Meat Inspection Act and other related legislation, Congress has charged the USDA with providing federal inspection of meat, poultry and egg products at government expense. This places a legal duty on the USDA and the administration to carry out this service, a duty which the USDA has recognized as ‘essential’ in the past,” Scott George, NCBA president, says in the news release. “While we understand the hardships placed on the agencies through the possibility of sequestration, we are severely disappointed Secretary Vilsack has chosen to take this path of threatening to halt FSIS inspections.” Such a move would affect approximately 6,290 establishments and could cost more than $10 billion in production losses. Industry workers estimate more than $400 million in lost wages, limited supplies in the meatcase and possible food safety compromises. “This action has already cost cattle producers significant amounts of money with the downward slide in the futures markets caused by rampant speculation, with untold effect on producers through further regulatory uncertainty,” George says. “NCBA will not stand by while the administration threatens this kind of action against the industry.” GCA members are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and request help in keeping these inspectors on the job. For more information about this issue, visit or call NCBA’s Washington, DC, office at 202-347-0228. GC

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Three-quarter Sim granddaughter of GW Lucky Man 644N bred to "Olie"

SimAngus daughter of Rendition 738T bred to SAV Final Answer

SimAngus daughter of Built Right N48 bred to “Olie"

SimAngus daughter of Mytty In Focus with NLC Upgrade heifer calf



Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. to Sponsor Beef Quality Assurance Certification

Courtesy Rene Ward, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica associate director of public relations and internal communications

TAMPA, Fla. — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced at its annual Convention on Feb. 6, 2013, that pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is partnering with Beef Quality Assurance to sponsor the cost of BQA certification for American cattle producers this spring. The cost of BQA certification is normally between $25 and $50. However, between Feb. 11 and March 15, 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica will defray the cost of the certification, making it free for producers. “We’re proud to partner with BQA to bring this important certification program to more American cattlemen and dairy producers,” says David Korbelik, director of cattle marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. “BQA is about monitoring and making incremental improvements throughout the life cycle to prevent disease and ensure a quality end product. We will also be working with the BQA to allow access to the training and certification program for animal health and veterinary students.” BQA has customized programs specific to cow-calf, stocker, feedlot and dairy operations. The online modules teach sound management techniques that can be applied to producers’ operations. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do, but certified producers also report improvements in efficiency and increased profitability. It also helps cattle operations sell their stories to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. “It’s clear that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is committed to helping consumers understand that beef is produced in a safe and humane manner,” says Ryan Ruppert, BQA senior director. “This partnership will help producers learn about the latest industry advancements and demonstrate the ways they continue 58 March 2013

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to provide a top-quality food product.” He notes that BQA is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs, and the company’s support of BQA certification demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving the industry. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has also placed emphasis on man-

Official partnership announcement at NCBA Convention

aging herd health before problems arise to prevent issues and keep operations running efficiently. To take advantage of this certification promotion, visit GC

Lazy S Farm


Red Angus & Red Simmental


Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

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


“Red, A Step Ahead”


Rogeal & Sue Camp Home: (770) 466-8094 Mobile: (404) 210-3965

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249


Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

(352) 585-1732

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

PO BOX 703 • SAN ANTONIO, FL 33576

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

Registered Red Angus Since 1965

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

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968


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



Yearling & Service Age


ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280

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


Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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


BEEF — Mother Nature's favorite multi-vitamin! Did you know? One serving of beef gives you 10 essential nutrients while only contributing to 10 percent of your calories!

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3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

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

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


JanBil Farms


Georgia Red Angus Breeders

2013 Leadership Nominees Editor’s Note: The following members were selected and approved for their associated positions. They will be officially nominated and voted on at the GCA annual membership meeting on April 5 at Convention. All nominees met the qualification requirements of their respective offices. All nominees have been contacted and confirmed that they are able to serve and are willing to commit to the time and effort required if elected.

President* David Gazda, Oglethorpe County

For GCA officers’ and Executive Committee members’ detailed biographical information who are denoted with a *, please refer to past issues of Georgia Cattleman and

President-Elect* Melvin Porter, Jackson County

Vice President* Randy Fordham, Madison County

Treasurer* Billy Moore, Baldwin-JonesPutnam

Executive Committee, two years* Carroll T. Cannon, Tift County

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Executive Committee, two years* Brent Galloway, Piedmont

Executive Committee, one year Kristy Arnold, Wayne County Arnold is co-owner of Boggy Creek Farms, which specializes in raising embryo transfer calves for breeders around the Southeast. She was raised on the farm and has 13 years of experience showing livestock. Arnold, daughter of 2012 – 2013 GCA Executive Committee member Ronnie Griffis, is married to Robert Arnold. They have two children, Kayle Elizabeth, 7, and Karson Bailey, 4. Their farm was selected as the 2010 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Commercial Cattlemen of the Year award and the 2012 Georgia Young Farmers Farm Family of the Year. She attended the Emerging Leaders Conference in 2011 and now serves on GCA’s nominating committee, the Beef Quality Assurance advisory council and the GCA Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee. Arnold has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in animal science and a

Region 2 Vice President* Eddie Bradley, Blue Ridge

Region 11 Vice President* Derek Williams, Three Rivers

master’s in education degree from the University of Georgia. She has served as president and vice president of the Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association and is on the board of directors for the Wayne County Young Farmers. Arnold is also the Odum Elementary School ParentTeacher Organization president, a member of Oquinn Baptist Church, a sponsor for a local t-ball team and is involved in the Wayne County Show Team.

Cattlemen’s Association in August 2008. He served as president-elect in 2011 and was responsible for coordinating sponsors for membership meetings. Woodward became chapter president in 2012 and will continue his leadership role this year as past president, responsible for coordinating the annual September fundraising auction.

Region 5 Vice President Charles Woodward, Piedmont Woodward raises stocker calves and produces and markets hay for the beef industry. He’s been married to his wife Alexis for 45 years. They live on Centennial Family Farm in the home built by her great-grandfather. They have three children who also built homes on the farm, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Woodward became a board member for the Piedmont

Region 8 Vice President Rodney Hilley, Mid-Georgia Hilley graduated from Berry College in 1976 with a degree in animal science. That same year, he began raising registered Simmentals, but has raised cattle for 49 years. His family owns Powder Creek Simmentals in Molena, Ga., and runs approximately 50 Simmental, SimAngus and Angus cattle. He has served several terms as director and two separate terms as president of the Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Association. Hilley has also been a secretary/treasurer for GSSA and a director and president of MidGeorgia Cattlemen’s Association. Hilley now serves as Mid-Georgia secretary, on the GCA Bull Test Committee — and has consigned bulls to both Georgia test stations since 1981 — as well as on the Pike County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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his local Farm Service Agency committee. Hilley works as an area beef distributor for Genex Cooperative.

Region 14 Vice President Kurt Childers, Brooks County Childers operates Bar C Cattle, a commercial herd of SimAngus cows. A third generation Brooks County farmer, he does custom artificial insemination and embryo transfer and is also a herd health and marketing consultant. He does satellite embryo transfer herds for clients from Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. Childers has served as a

chapter president from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1992 to 1996. He has also served on the Georgia Farm Bureau Beef Committee and Vegetable Committee. Childers and wife Lynn have two children, Malerie and Jamie, and one grandchild, Kennedy. He is a member and deacon of Morrison Baptist Church, member of the American Simmental Association and a board member for the Brooks County Farm Bureau.

Georgia Beef Board Representative, three years, Betts Berry, Tri-State Past President Betts Berry is the

only female to have served in that role for GCA. She owns and operates Huntland Farms, a cow-calf operation, with her husband Charlie. Their two sons, David and Will, are both in college pursuing agriculture degrees. Berry teaches eighth grade agriculture classes at Gordon Lee Middle School and says it’s her mission to educate young folks about agriculture. She serves on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council, the Hutcheson Health Foundation, the Jewell Foundation and the Martin Davis House Foundation. In the past, she served on Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agriculture Advisory Commission and led the Tri-State chapter in a variety of roles. Berry also attends Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church, where she has taught the ladies’ Sunday school class for 15 years. If Berry is elected as GCA representative on the Georgia Beef Board she will be the first woman to serve in this capacity on GBB. GC

Attend the GCA General Membership Meeting at Convention on Friday, April 5, to meet the candidates!

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Greenview Farms, Inc.

Winton & Emily Harris Family Farm • Jonny and Toni Harris & Family 334 K-Ville Rd., Screven, GA 31560 • Phone 912-586-6585 • Cell 912-294-2470

See our cattle in the Expo Hereford sale!

30 open Polled Hereford heifers 20 open Braford heifers

60 yearling Polled Hereford Bulls 60 yearling Braford Bulls

Performance & Quality from Grazing Since 1942 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Georgia Hereford Association

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

Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

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

Email: •

CSR Polled Hereford Farm Steve Roberts

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

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

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

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




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


1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

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


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


Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty



Registered Polled Herefords

Performing on our forage.

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

“Breeding Hereford cattle since 1959”



BARN 770-786-8900 59 Moore Farm Rd., Covington GA 30016

Cattle Enterprises

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

1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467

• Line 1 cattle for sale •

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

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

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(706) 206-1824

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

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

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

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

Hunter Grayson


Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

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

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

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


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

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

Greenview Farms, Inc.

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

THE CALM, GENTLE HEREFORD CATTLE (left) at Sunset Ridge in Cumming, Ga., enjoy a windy January day in the pasture. Below, the sun shines down all day at Sunset Ridge in Cumming, Ga. Owner Billy Martin says his daughter coined the name after watching the sun set over the farm’s rolling hills.

By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications Billy Martin has been a lot of places and done a lot of things. He grew up on a farm in Arkansas. He was only a teenager when his father passed away, which required his family to move out of agriculture. Martin spent his career in business, traveling around the country from big city to big city, working first at Hewlett-Packard for more than 25 years and then purchasing Southern Staircase in Atlanta. He sold that company in 1996, a little more than a decade after coming back to the business to which he swore he’d never return. “When I

IN ADDITION TO HEREFORDS, Sunset Ridge is home to four horses, two dogs and two barn cats.

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was 13, I was so tired of farm work that I didn’t want to stay on the farm. As we downsized and got out of that, I said I’d probably never be in the farming or cattle business again,” Martin says. “And here I am.” “Here” is Sunset Ridge Herefords in Cumming, Ga., one of the two locations where he raises the red and white cattle. “I bought raw land. You couldn’t even get your tractor through it, hardly,” he says of the Cumming location. “My daughter was here with me after I bought my first 40 acres. We were at the place the house is now located, trying to come up with a name. Late in the afternoon, the sunset was beautiful.”

His daughter suggested the name Sunset Ridge, and it stuck. Years later, Martin says it’s still easy to see beautiful sunsets from his home. Though he’d been exposed to the breed back in high school and remembers them being “extremely calm and easy to be around,” Martin first got into the Hereford business thanks to a man named Ike Phillips, herd manager for Holly Creek Farm in Newnan, Ga.

“It just started with two or three cows, more for fun than anything, but he also got me into artificial breeding and I saw the difference that artificial breeding can make,” Martin says. “Over a number of years I continued to improve my herd, first through artificial breeding and then about five years ago I got into the embryo program.” Like AI, the embryo transfer route has been a successful venture at Sunset Ridge, both at the Cumming location and the second farm in Clarkesville, Ga. Martin has a number of donor cows and uses semen from top-quality bulls in the country. “I ship embryos to other commercial farms and put embryos in their cows. I have shipped embryos to Wisconsin in our shipping tank, and a year-plus later, I take my trailer up and bring back cows,” he says. Martin’s next venture with breeding technologies and genetics is sexed semen, using semen from a bull named Vendetta.

Vendetta was purchased from Sladek Farms in Iowa. “We took Vendetta to the National Hereford Show in January 2011 and he became the National Senior Horned Bull Champion. I proceeded to then use him extensively in my breeding program as well as selling semen,” Martin says. Semen from Vendetta traveled all over the world, from as far north as Canada to as far south as Australia. The bull was sold to Roy Barnes, Georgia’s former governor and budding Hereford breeder, in 2012. He wants his operation to be small to medium in size and focus on animal quality rather than quantity, which can pose some marketing challenges. “The market for the small breeder is interesting,” Martin says. “That leaves you a couple of options. One is to stay as closely connected as you can to the juniors for show purposes. The other is to stay connected to the larger breeder that will let you put consignments in their sale.” Martin has a relationship like that with the Lowderman Hereford sale in Macomb, Ill. He says without these ties, it’s difficult to market AI or ET

cattle and make the profit to cover costs. As for the junior side, Martin finds Herefords to be a good breed for youngsters to get involved with. “I refer to it as the ‘old man’s breed.’ They are extremely easy to manage. They have a gentle personality and for that reason among others, youths are particularly attracted to show heifers,” Martin says. Sunset Ridge Herefords have been shown at all the national shows this past year, both from professionals and from young exhibitors. Martin says he tries to work with as many young farmers, FFA and 4-H members as possible. Gabe Brogdon, 16, a junior from Laurens County, is one such person. Brogdon’s family had seen ads about Sunset Ridge and had heard about show calves with good genetics that came from the farm. The 2012 2013 show season was the first time he’d purchased a Sunset Ridge heifer for himself. “I picked out a polled Hereford heifer that was sired by Vendetta,” Brogdon says. “She’s turned out to

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SUNSET RIDGE OWNER BILLY MARTIN reflects on one of his most well-known bulls, Vendetta, one of several award-winning Sunset Ridge animals. Below, Gabe Brogdon, far right, showed a Sunset Ridge Hereford heifer named Gretchen during the 2012 - 2013 show season. He says farm owner Billy Martin has high-quality genetics that will go into production on his own operation later this year.

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Billy Martin • 404-376-6414 1359 County Line Rd., Cumming, GA 30040 Fax 770-886-6849 •

The Bunn Family Ranch LLC • Cattle for sale! Selling March 20, 2013 ... 22 Angus pairs (Sept. - Oct. calves) SimAngus bulls in Oct. 1, 2012 20 Angus pairs (Dec. - Jan. calves) will sell open Selling April 3, 2013 ... 51 Angus pairs (Dec. - Jan. calves) 56 Charolais cross pairs (Dec. - Jan. calves) 2 SimAngus bulls in Dec. 1, 2012

Selling April 17, 2013 ... 46 Angus pairs (Jan. - Feb. calves) will sell open 54 Charolais cross pairs (Jan. - Feb. calves) will sell open Selling April 24, 2013 ... 35 Angus pairs will sell open 40 Charolais pairs will sell open Approximately 30 heavy springers

Sales will be held at Roanoke Stockyards in Roanoke, Ala.

*Ranch is enrolled in the Pfizer Herd Health Solutions Program. Cattle are up to date on all medications.*

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Equipment is located at Bunn Ranch in Barnesville, Ga. Will sell off-site at Roanoke Stockyard on April 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. CST. To view, go to Bunn Ranch: 678-350-5380

Cal Green, 334-863-0246 • Don Green, 334-863-0007 • Chad Green, 334-863-0833

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be one of the thickest, probably one of the best-performing heifers on gain and forage that we’ve ever had. She puts on a really good fat cover.” The heifer, Gretchen, went to Kentucky and won second in her class out of about 60 calves her age. Continuing through the season, Brogdon believes she was overshadowed by some of the framier calves, but Gretchen caught up to them around December. She won reserve champion in both rings at the

Wiregrass show. In January, Gretchen went on to win third overall at the Winter Classic show in Carrollton, Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer at the West Georgia Livestock Show and fifth overall and Champion Hereford Heifer at the Heifers in the Hills show. For his upcoming senior show season, Brogdon plans to return to Sunset Ridge to purchase another show heifer later this spring. He plans to retire Gretchen and use her on his own operation, Brogdon 4 Farms, in Irwinton, Ga.

“My plan for her is to become a breeding cow in my small herd of retired show calves so that I can hopefully support myself in college with the calves I produce, as well as maybe produce calves that are good beefmakers and can perform in the show ring.” Sunset Ridge operates on two calving seasons, a spring - to coincide with Southeastern cattle needs, such as Brogdon’s show heifers - and a fall. “Some of my sales go directly to the Midwest. Their calving season is only in the spring; they’re not really interested in fall calves,” Martin says. “If you take a calf up there to sell ... if she’s born in the fall, she’s out of phase.” In Georgia, he says the No. 1 opportunity to sell Hereford bulls is for crossbreeding. In addition, there is a growing desire for horned Herefords. Horned and polled Herefords originally had two separate national membership organizations, but that has changed in the past few years. Since both varieties have merged through mixed breeding, Sunset Ridge breeds both. “There has been a growing feeling of crossbreeders that the horned Hereford has stronger traits to crossbreed with than the polled,” Martin says. “Georgia was very much a polled Hereford state. Over the last few years I can see a substantial change toward the horned Hereford.” As all breeds, the Herefords experience major changes in structure and quality over the past few decades, but Martin says he still sees room for improvement, especially with new genetic technologies he wants the breed to further explore. “Genetics are one of the most important things in marketing cattle, to me, as well as exhibiting. You can push hay or feed as much as you want, but if they don’t have good genetics they’re not going to perform,” Brogdon says. “Sunset Ridge brings some of the best Hereford genetics around. They’re not the largest Hereford herd around, but they bring performance and quality to the Southeast.” G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Three Longtime Cattle Industry Friends Pass Away in January

Reuben Ward Duffey Jan. 9, 2013 Mr. Reuben Ward “R.W.” Duffey, 75, of Jackson, Ga., passed away Jan. 9, 2013. He was born in Stockbridge, Ga., to the late Ralph Samuel Duffey Sr. and Kitty Mae Turner Duffey. He was preceded in death by brothers J.T. Duffey, Oscar H. Duffey and Ralph S. Duffey Jr. Duffey served his country in the United States Navy and was a member of McDonough Christian Church. He retired from Life of Georgia and was past president of the Henry County Cattlemen’s Association. Survivors include his daughter Renea Lewis of Mansfield, Ga.; brother Charles R. Duffey of McDonough, Ga.; sister

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Eloise Bowen of Jackson; special friend Carol Mobley of Rex, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara McCravy Jan. 28, 1939 - Jan. 13, 2013 Barbara McCravy, 73, of Whitesburg, Ga., passed away, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. She was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Douglas County, Georgia, to the late Fred Waldrop and Audrey Daniel Waldrop. She was the mother of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Past President and Georgia Angus Association President Mike McCravy. During her career she worked as an accountant for Douglas County for 13 years and was city clerk for the city of Douglasville for 16 years. She was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, H. Gelon McCravy; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Christy McCravy; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Mike Huckeba; grandchildren Chris Gable, Nikki Gable, Mike Gable, Carrie Gable and Tim Gable; and great grandchild Jackson Michael Gable.

B.C. “Bud” Snidow Jan. 26, 2013 B.C. “Bud” Snidow, 95, a longtime American Hereford Association employee and friend of the Hereford industry, passed away on Jan. 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House from a brain tumor. A native of Princeton, W. Va., he was a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in animal husbandry. After graduation, Snidow worked for the Eastern Breeder magazine in June 1940 as the livestock editor in Warrenton, Va. Snidow served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Snidow originally joined AHA in 1951 as a fieldman for the eastern states. In 1955, he moved to Kansas City to join the staff. Moving to Kansas City ignited his passion and volunteer work with the American Royal. Snidow served as the AHA assistant secretary from 1961 to B.C. “BUD” SNIDOW 1983. While working for AHA he traveled internationally and had many friends all over the world. After retiring from AHA in 1983, Snidow acted as a coordinator between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture and the various breed associations that participate in the US Beef Breeds Council. Snidow served as a goodwill ambassador and was an honorary governor. He will be remembered as an accomplished artist of Hereford paintings and other subject matter, as well as for his beloved knowledge of Hereford history. Snidow was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, in March 2009. GC


March 1 - 15, 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica-sponsored BQA certification

March 16 - 18, 2013 Final Drive Club Calf Sale [See advertisement, p. 47]


16th Annual Beef Expo Perry, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 42]

April 17, 2013 Bunn Family Ranch Sale Roanoke, Ala. 678-350-5380 [See advertisement, p. 68]

March 16, 2013 April 3 - 4, 2013 Elmore Cattle Company’s 9th 2nd Annual Forage Conference April 19, 2013 Annual Club Calf Sale Perry, Ga. Friendship Farms Sale Enoree, SC. Midville, Ga. 864-969-2200 [See information, p. 41] [See advertisement, p. 50] April 20, 2013 March 5, 2013 April 3, 2013 Acres Away Sale Southeast Livestock Exchange March 17, 2013 Bunn Family Ranch Sale Hampton, Ga. Tel-O Sale Martin Cattle Company Fall Roanoke, Ala. including Mountain Cattle Born Club Calf Sale 678-350-5380 Bricton Farm Female Sale Alliance and Coastal Carolina Perry, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 68] Social Circle, Ga. Cattle Alliance 706-654-8883 [See advertisement, p. 80] [See advertisement, p. 51] April 5, 2013 April 22, 2013 Georgia Beef Expo Three Trees Ranch Female Beef Cattle Short Course March 20, 2013 Commercial Heifer Sale Sale Tifton, Ga. Bunn Family Ranch Sale Perry, Ga. Sharpsburg, Ga. 229-386-3683 Roanoke, Ala. 706-773-3612 678-350-5380 [See advertisement, p. 37] April 23, 2013 March 6, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 68] Tifton HERD Sale Tifton Bull Test Sale Georgia Beef Expo Irwinville, Ga. Irwinville, Ga. March 23, 2013 Southeastern Angus Showcase 229-831-5416 229-386-3683 Northeast Georgia Livestock Sale • Perry, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 25] [See February, p. 35] Farm and Equipment Auction 770-307-7178 Athens, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 35] April 24, 2013 March 8 - 10, 2013 706-549-4790 Bunn Family Ranch Sale ABS Global [See advertisement, p. 5] April 6, 2013 Roanoke, Ala. AI Management School 15th Annual GCCPA Club Calf 678-350-5380 Calhoun, Ga. Deer Valley Farm Performance Sale [See advertisement, p. 68] 678-617-2945 Tested Angus Bull Sale Perry, Ga. Fayetteville, Tenn. 912-960-1727 April 27, 2013 March 8, 2013 931-433-1895 [See advertisement, p. 36] Crimson Classic Santa Northeast Georgia Young [See advertisement, p. 27] Gertrudis Sale Farmer Replacement Sale Firm Foundations Elite Angus Hanceville, Ala. Eastanollee, Ga. March 25, 2013 Offering 706-716-0381 MM Cattle Co. Online Sale Cullman, Ala. 334-524-9287 Bridges Angus Farm Sale March 9, 2013 770-328-2047 [See advertisement, p. 57] Lexington, Ga. Upstate South Carolina [See advertisement, p. 88] Replacement Female Sale April 13, 2013 Timberland Cattle’s 864-980-5695 Salacoa Valley Farms Sale Ridgefield Farms Bull Sale Best-of-the-Black Angus [See February, p. 44] Fairmount, Ga. Brasstown, N.C. and SimAngus 706-337-2295 828-837-6324 Female Cattle Sale Quail Creek Brangus Cut [See advertisement, p. 84] [See advertisement, p. 70] Cullman, Ala. Above Sale 205-695-6314 Cullman, Ala. March 30, 2013 Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 205-594-5307 Southeast All-Black Classic 4th Annual Spring May 3, 2013 [See February, p. 53] Greenwood, Fla. Production Sale Maternal Matrons Female Sale 706-773-3612 Beulaville, N.C. Rayle, Ga. Sarratt Farms [See advertisement, p. 56] 910-298-3012 6th Annual [See advertisement, p. 71] May 4, 2013 Spring Production Sale Partners in Progress XXVI: Ogeechee Angus Farms Sale Gaffney, SC CES Polled Herefords, Northeast Georgia Beef Quality Wadley, Ga. 864-580-9005 Predestined Cattle Co. and Assurance Field Day [See February, p. 65] Smith Angus Athens, Ga. Monroe County Wadley, Ga. 706-743-8341 HERD Sale March 10, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 28] Forsyth, Ga. GJCA 2013 Sweepstakes Southern Tradition Sale 478-994-7014 Contest begins Alapaha, Ga. 2013 Carolina Sensations Sale [See advertisement, p. 51] 229-776-4383 Williamston, SC. Shirley Show Cattle Sale [See advertisement, p. 81] 706-200-6655 SERAA Grasstime Auction 706-983-0276 [See advertisement, p. 32] Cullman, Ala. [See advertisement, p. 53] March 31, 2013 641-919-1077 GCA Membership Year ends 13th Annual Cattlemen’s March 11, 2013 Choice Sale May 7, 2013 Final Animal Disease April 2, 2013 Hartwell, Ga. Southeast Livestock Exchange Traceability Rule becomes Southeast Livestock Exchange 859-987-5758 Tel-O Sale effective Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 52] [See advertisement, p. 80] [See advertisement, p. 80] March 15, 2013 April 14, 2013 May 10, 2013 Turner County Stockyard April 3 – 6, 2013 Partisover Southern Style Sale GSSA Annual Meeting Breeder Cattle Sales Georgia Cattlemen’s Colbert, Ga. Ila, Ga. Ashburn, Ga. Association 52nd Annual 706-614-0496 706-654-6071 229-567-3371 [See advertisement, p. 46] [See advertisement, p. 73] Convention & Trade Show and [See advertisement, p. 87]

May 11, 2013 Carolina’s “Full House” MultiBreed Female Sale: Shorthorn, Red Angus, Simmental and Gelbvieh Clemson, S.C. 706-773-3612 May 11, 2013 Generations of Value Female Sale Colbert, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 46]

May 21 - 25, 2013 GCA Tour to Texas 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 70] May 29, 2013 Calhoun HERD Sale Calhoun, Ga. 706-542-1852

May 31, 2013 Commercial Cattlemen SimConference Hartwell, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See advertisement, p. 46]

June 1, 2013 Simmental Field Day Hartwell, Ga. 706-654-6071 [See advertisement, p. 46]

June 4, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See February, p. 80] June 7 - 8, 2013 Southern National Angus Show Perry, Ga. 770-307-7178 [See advertisement, p. 54]

July 9, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale including Mountain Cattle Alliance and Southeast Georgia Cattle Marketing Association [See advertisement, p. 62] July 11 - 13, 2013 Georgia Junior Beef Futurity Perry, Ga. July 11, 2013 GJCA Field Day Perry, Ga.

July 19 - 20, 2013 Georgia Limousin Association Meeting and Field Day 229-567-1584 [See advertisement, p. 30]

July 23, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale including Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Special Sale [See advertisement, p. 80]

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

Purebred Sale Reports Bricton Farms Bull Sale • Jan. 19, 2013 56 Yearling Angus bulls avg $3,891 15 Commercial bred heifers avg $1,493 21 Commercial bred cows avg $1,528 Total: 92 lots avg $2,960

Gretsch Brothers Angus Genetics with a Firm Foundation Bull Sale Jan. 26, 2013 8 Yearling SimAngus bulls avg $2,638 4 Older Angus bulls avg $3,450 22 Yearling Angus bulls avg $3,022 70 Commercial bred heifers avg $1,301 1 Commercial bull avg $1,800 Total: 97 lots avg $1,850


Clemson Performance Tested Bull Sale Feb. 2, 2013 22 Commercial open heifers avg $1,400 2 Gelbvieh bulls avg $2,600 4 SimAngus bulls avg $3,050 1 Hereford bull avg $2,500 2 Red Angus bulls avg $1,550 37 Angus bulls avg $2,705 Total: 46 bulls avg $2,676 Commercial Sale Reports Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Jan. 8, 2013 Lot 1: 620 lb heifers avg $139.70 Lot 2: 710 lb heifers avg $137.00 Lot 3: 730 lb heifers avg $135.80

Lot 4: 750 lb heifers avg Lot 5: 860 lb steers avg

Northeast Georgia Livestock Jan. 16, 2013 Lot 2: 800 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) $128.70 Lot 3: 750 lb steers avg $136.50 Lot 4: 775 lb steers avg $136.50 Lot 5: 800 lb steers avg (sort three loads) $137.00 Lot 6: 850 lb steers avg $126.25 Lot 7: 900 lb steers avg $131.50 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 780 lb steers/740 lb heifers avg $134.50/$134.50


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$136.00 $140.00

R E A D E R Northeast Georgia Livestock Jan. 23, 2013 Lot 1: 775 lb Holstein steers avg $97.00 Lot 4: 725 lb heifers avg $129.50 Lot 5: 730 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) $126.50 Lot 6: 800 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) $126.90 Lot 7: 900 lb steers avg $128.10 Lot 8: 960 lb steers avg $128.00 Mixed Loads Lot 2: 625 lb steers/605 lb heifers avg $143.00/$143.00 Lot 3: 700 lb steers/700 lb heifers avg $134.75/$134.75 Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Jan. 29, 2013 Lot 1: 685 lb heifers avg $136.50

Northeast Georgia Livestock Jan. 30, 2013 Lot 1: 800 lb steers avg $137.20 Lot 2: 850 lb steers avg (sort two loads) $134.50 Lot 3: 900 lb steers avg $132.70

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Feb. 5, 2013 Lot 1: 610 lb heifers avg Lot 2: 765 lb heifers avg Lot 3: 750 lb heifers avg Lot 4: 850 lb steers avg Lot 5: 885 lb steers avg Lot 6: 915 lb steers avg Lot 7: 930 lb steers avg

$142.20 $130.90 $131.70 $135.90 $131.10 $132.90 $129.50

Southeast Livestock Exchange Feb. 5, 2013 2 Loads 775 lb steers avg $140.70 1 Load 850 lb steers avg $134.75 2 Loads 860 lb steers avg $134.75 2 Loads 900 lb steers avg $129.30


1 Load 950 lb steers avg $129.00 2 Loads 680 lb heifers avg $129.25 1 Load 725 lb heifers avg $132.75 1 Load 725 lb heifers avg $132.70 1 Load 760 lb heifers avg $132.80 1 Load 775 lb heifers avg $131.25 1 Load 825 lb Holstein steers avg $100.00 Mixed Loads 1 Load 700 lb steers/650 lb heifers avg $138.90/$132.90 1 Load 775 lb steers/775 lb heifers avg $135.25/$130.25 1 Load 640 lb steers/600 lb heifers avg $143.00/$136.00 1 Load 700 lb steers/675 lb heifers avg $134.75/$129.75

Northeast Georgia Livestock Feb. 6, 2013 Lot 1: 740 lb heifers avg $126.60 Lot 2: 775 lb heifers avg $129.60 Lot 3: 800 lb heifers avg $123.75 Lot 4: 800 lb heifers avg (sort two loads) $127.90 Lot 5: 825 lb steers avg $134.00 (no ear)/$128.90 (one load ear) Lot 6: 850 lb steers avg $129.50 Hodge Livestock Network Feb. 7, 2013 Lot 26A: 650 lb steers avg Lot 7: 700 lb steers avg Lot 10: 775 lb steers avg ( sort ½ load) Lot 26: 750 lb steers avg Lot 1: 875 lb steers avg Lot 2: 825 lb steers avg (sort 3 loads) Lot 6: 850 lb steers avg Lot 9: 825 lb steers avg Lot 12: 895 lb steers avg Lot 15: 860 lb steers avg Lot 16: 850 lb steers avg

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


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

$137.00 $137.00 $129.50 $132.00 $138.75 $133.25 $126.50 $136.50 $129.75 $132.25 $134.00

Lot 18: 825 lb steers avg $129.25 Lot 19: 850 lb steers avg $132.50 Lot 21: 800 lb steers avg $133.00 Lot 23: 800 lb steers avg $134.50 Lot 24: 800 lb steers avg $133.25 Lot 25: 850 lb steers avg $128.50 Lot 11: 645 lb heifers avg (sort ½ load) $131.00 Lot 20: 675 lb heifers avg $129.00 Lot 28: 650 lb heifers avg $129.00 Lot 4: 750 lb heifers avg $125.50 Lot 14: 700 lb heifers avg $132.50 Lot 17: 700 lb heifers avg $131.25 Lot 22: 700 lb heifers avg $132.00 Lot 22A: 750 lb heifers avg $127.50 Lot 27: 750 lb heifers avg $124.25 Lot 3: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $126.80 Lot 5: 840 lb heifers avg $123.25 Lot 8: 715 lb Holstein steers avg $101.25 Mixed Loads Lot 13: 725 lb steers/715 lb heifers avg $135.50/$129.50 Northeast Georgia Livestock Feb. 13, 2013 Lot 1: 825 lb Holstein steers avg $97.80 Lot 2: 760 lb steers avg $133.90 Lot 3: 850 lb steers avg $128.25 Lot 4: 875 lb steers avg $124.25 ATTENTION PRODUCERS: Follow these quick steps online to get current data right now from the livestock Market News Service: GO TO  CLICK “Local Market Reports” on left side of page.  CLICK “Georgia”, then  CLICK on your Auction Market of choice.

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of March

GENERAL Continue feeding high magnesium mineral supplement to cows on winter grazing. Do not overgraze winter annuals. Pull cows when the annuals are shorter than 4 inches. Fertilize permanent pastures according to soil test.



SPRING CALVING January, February, March For a Jan. 10 to March 30 calving season, bulls need to go in April 1 to 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.


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.



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Editor’s Note: This calendar contains a monthly listing of the common management practices needed for commercial beef herd production in Georgia. Some practices

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


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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Make Plans to Come to Perry! By Jordan Harrison, GJCA Convention & Summer Conference Coordinator

Every April I look forward to Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s biggest event of the year! For three days cattlemen and ranchers of all ages from across Georgia (and even other states) gather to learn and share ideas at the annual GCA Convention and Trade Show and Beef Expo. Here you can surround yourself with fellow cattlemen and meet new people within the beef industry.

One of the most popular events is the Cattlemen’s Ball. The Cattlemen’s Ball is a formal event where cattlemen gather to socialize and be recognized for their achievements. While this event is more geared to adults, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association is hosting an after-party following the ball. It’ll be a gathering for kids of all ages! This will give everyone a chance to break out of the formal environment and cut loose! There will be dancing, music and refreshments. Make sure you’re there for a good time. On a more competitive note, GJCA will host a team marketing contest again this year. This contest will test competitors’ knowledge of the beef industry from an insider’s perspective. In this scenario teams will market their cattle operation and services to a panel of judges acting as potential clients. You’ll need to prepare materials in advance, so be sure to check the GJCA website for signup information! The Georgia CattleWomen’s Association will host the annual Georgia Beef Ambassador contest on Saturday of Convention. This contest will test juniors’ skills in many different scenarios! The Beef Ambassador contest prepares junior members for interacting with consumers and media authorities in a knowledgeable and formal way. Depending on the age division, competitors will be placed in situations that anyone promoting the beef industry would be placed in. The mock media interview will give a feel for interacting with a reporter and the questions they may ask, and the promotion event will place contestants in a scenario where they will have to 82 March 2013

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answer consumer questions as well as describe the benefits of a product sponsored by the Beef Checkoff. Senior division contestants will participate in a more in-depth contest, which includes a classroom presentation and a written issues response. If you’re considering participating in this event, make sure you know your beef facts and are up-to-date on current issues pertaining to the beef industry! Also on Saturday, to wind down the junior events, the New Products and Junior Awards Luncheon will be held at noon. At that time, junior members will be recognized for their participation in GJCA throughout the year as well as at Convention. Winners of the team marketing contest, Beef Ambassador contest, photo contest, poster contest, YouTube video contest and scholarship winners will be recognized. It’s important to be at this event not only so that you can receive your award and prizes, but to show support for your fellow GJCA members. We’re doing great things in our association, and this is our time to shine! Regardless of which event you come for, make sure you’re here! Junior members, this is your chance to be recognized for your achievements, test your skills in contests and meet new members from across the state. This is the place to be GJCA members! The 52nd Annual Convention will be held April 3 through 6. See you there! To suggest future Convention and Summer Conference events and contests, contact Jordan Harrison at the email address to the right. GC

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

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


Chairwoman Callie Akins

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

Chapter Relations Walt Lipham Chapter Relations Ben Hicks

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March 2013 Georgia Cattleman Magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association