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David Gazda overcomes myriad obstacles in his presidential journey New President Feature, p. 34

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GCA President’s Report by David Gazda GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board Annual Report Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Walt Lipham

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Three More Beef Cuts Certified Heart Healthy by Dallas Duncan Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GCA President-Elect Melvin Porter New Country of Origin Labeling Rule Released The New Face of Georgia Beef Board 52nd Annual Convention Award Winners Back to Living by Dallas Duncan 2nd Annual Forage Conference Highlights 52nd Annual Convention Highlights Grazing on Green All Year Long by Dallas Duncan GJCA Scholarship Winners Santa Gertrudis Again Gaining Popularity by Dallas Duncan Junior of the Year: Raising the Bar by Dallas Duncan

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New Members In My Opinion by Cleve Jackson GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Georgia Beef Bites by Dallas Duncan Associate Members A Bull Ballet by Baxter Black Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of May Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Advertising Index



Industry news

Reader services

 Expert advice

42 UGA Students Learn Lessons in Uruguay by Curt Lacy


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David Gazda overcomes myriad obstacles in his presidential journey Begins on page 34


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


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


The May 2013 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features new Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President David Gazda and wife Carolyn, president-elect of Georgia CattleWomen’s Association, on their farm in Athens, Ga. The Angus farm has been in the Gazda family since the 1970s, when David Gazda’s father realized his dream of living out of the suburbs and in the country.

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.

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As I write my first column, we have just wrapped up the 52nd Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show and the 16th Annual Beef Expo in Perry, Ga. Despite some inclement weather for a portion of the event, attendance at the trade show and at most sessions was good and attitudes were cautiously optimistic about the upcoming year in the industry. I thought Bo Reagan from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association did a nice job setting the stage for the Convention with his keynote speech at Thursday’s luncheon, which was just one of several informative presentations during the four-day event. From start to finish the Convention provided attendees with volumes of knowledge to return home with, hopefully elevating their operations to new levels of productivity and profitability. Obviously a highlight of this year’s Convention was the muchanticipated and formal announcement of our organization reaching its goal of 5,000 members for the year. What seemed to be an unobtainable goal two years ago with the launching of President Steve Blackburn’s “Just Ask” campaign became reality near the conclusion of President Chuck Joiner’s term and “Just Keep Asking” campaign. Thanks to every GCA member that did his or her part in reaching this milestone, therefore setting the stage for what many Conventiongoers, myself included, naturally thought should be the next goal of 6,000 members! It’s only by continually growing membership that GCA becomes financially able to offer more programs and services, therefore better and more effectively serving its members. Other newsworthy accomplish6 May 2013

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ments that will benefit state cattlemen took place in Atlanta during the recent legislative session. Funding for the northwest Georgia beef cattle specialist position as well as for the veterinary diagnostic labs in Athens and Tifton were budgeted thanks to the collaborative efforts of GCA, members of GCA’s Legislative Committee and many of you who contacted your senator or representative. However the most promising news was the passage through the House of the State Checkoff, SB 97, on March 21 which awaits signing by Gov. Deal. Again through the efforts of GCA, members of its Legislative Committee and other industry stakeholders — Farm Bureau, Georgia Milk Producers and Georgia Livestock Markets Association — this important legislation that would generate much-needed additional funds that will benefit all cattlemen in the state. Those are but a few examples of your membership dollars at work. Thanks to all those who made this year’s Convention a success, especially the vendors, program participants, the Georgia CattleWomen, NCBA President Scott George and staffers, American National Cattlewomen’s President Barbara Jackson, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association and you, the GCA mem-

bers. I would personally like to thank our office staff and interns who made the event run smoothly from start to finish. As I stated on many occasions, our office in Macon is the most dedicated and passionate team in the business.

It’s only by continually growing membership that GCA becomes financially able to offer more programs and services, therefore better and more effectively serving its members.

Thanks to Chuck Joiner for stepping up on short notice when I was physically unable to fulfill my obligation as president last year. Your leadership of the organization was inspiring and your friendship appreciated. To my entire family, thank you for the love, support and encouragement every step of the way. And finally to the Executive Committee and membership of GCA, thank you for the confidence you placed in me to lead your organization for the upcoming year. I am honored to do so. GC

Three More Beef Cuts Certified Heart Healthy

By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications Original version published online at Three more cuts were certified heart-healthy by the American Heart Association in March. Now, in addition to the 29 lean cuts of beef and evidence that beef in an optimal lean diet can lower cholesterol, there are a total of six cuts that have earned the AHA HeartCheck mark. “Adding more beef cuts to a hearthealthy diet is extremely profitable for the beef industry and a win-win for con-

sumers who love beef,” says Tricia Combes, Georgia Beef Board compliance and program coordinator. The six cuts, all US Department of Agriculture select grade, are the sirloin tip steak, bottom round steak, top sirloin stir-fry, boneless top sirloin petite roast, top sirloin filet and top sirloin kabob, according to a news release from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

In order to earn the extra-lean Heart-Check mark, a meat or seafood product must meet rigorous criteria. The total fat must be less than five grams, saturated fat less than two grams, trans fat less than 0.5 grams, less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol and 480 milligrams or less sodium, according to the AHA website. In addition, the product must provide 10 percent or more of the daily value of at least one of the following nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber, says the independent research and AHA certification confirm the importance of extra-lean beef in an overall hearthealthy diet. Nearly 75 percent of shoppers say seeing the Heart-Check mark increases the likelihood they'll buy a product, the news release states. The sirloin tip steak is a thin, economical boneless cut great for quick skillet cooking or in a stir-fry. The bottom round steak is best cooked medium rare and sliced thin, but thicker slices can be cooked in a skillet. Top sirloin stir-fry is quick to prepare and is best used in fajitas or stir-fry dishes. A boneless top sirloin petite roast has “melt-in-your-mouth tenderness” and a robust flavor. The top sirloin filet is a perfectly portioned cut. These filets are trimmed and ready to cook to “deliver a gourmet experience on a budget.” The final cut is the top sirloin steak kebob, derived from the boneless top sirloin steak. It is affordable, juicy and works well with marinades, rubs and sauces. It’s specifically formed to cut into strips or chunks for stir-fry dishes and kebabs. Josh White, executive vice president for GBB, says he is excited about the increased visibility of these heart-healthy cuts and the different ways they can be incorporated into Americans’ diets. “It seems like the modern consumer is looking for permission to enjoy the great taste of beef they already love,” White says. “This is just one more way we can assure them that beef is healthy and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association packed up and headed to Atlanta to share legislative priorities with the state Rural Caucus in February. GCA Executive Vice President Josh White, Georgia Milk Producers President Everett Williams, GCA Past President Steve Blackburn and Livestock Marketing Association Regional Manager John Kissee spoke with the group about the need to fund various projects to support Georgia agriculture. The presenters praised those in attendance for all they do to move beneficial legislation through the channels and for never hesitating to ask questions. GCA thanks Georgia Farm Bureau for co-sponsoring this event.

Legislative Steak Biscuit Breakfast

The staff headed to Atlanta bright and early on March 14 to feed Georgia legislators and their staff members during the annual legislative steak biscuit breakfast. More than 400 biscuits were devoured and the event was declared a success for another year running. Cattlemen, women and juniors from across the state were able to make it to the breakfast, and members were told repeatedly how much our state congressmen and women look forward to this each year.

Georgia Beef Board Events

Georgia Beef Board has continued to go strong on events during the first quarter of 2013. Program and Compliance Coordinator Tricia Combes and cattlemen volunteers had a booth at the Governor's Ag Day in March and enjoyed a weekend with some of the state's top culinary experts at the Chef’s Expo in February. GBB thanks all of the producer volunteers as well as National Beef Ambassador Chandler Mulvaney for making the trips out to these events!

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Greene County Ag Day

Georgia Cattlemen's Association Director of Communications Dallas Duncan traveled to Greene County on March 22 to teach fourth graders about the state's beef industry. Assisted by Greene Area Cattlemen's Association President Jon Dyar (pictured), Duncan discussed the beef lifecycle, nutrition and byproducts with about 400 students. Dyar shared information about how he farms beef cattle in the area, and most importantly, the students learned the very important fact that cows can have horns, too.


Executive Vice President’s Report


Every Good Harvest Starts with the Same Beginning



e don’t have near as much lush forage at the farm Headquarters Remodel Campaign, raising about one-fourth this year as we did in spring 2012. The cows are of the $60,000 goal to get the project started right (see p. 46 of still anxious to move to the next pasture every the April issue for project details). We appreciate the many time someone rattles a gate chain, but the payoff isn’t individuals and local chapters that already contributed “seed” quite as satisfying. Sure, there are patches of lush fescue, to this forward-looking project. some clover and vetch growing out of the primarily Second, an additional Checkoff for Georgia is all about bermudagrass sod. But the lush ryegrass they enjoyed last sowing to build demand and invest back in our industry. year just isn’t to be found. Having neared completion of the legislative process to enable It’s all my fault. I was busy, as I always am during the fall a producer vote on a state checkoff, GCA voting delegates fair season, and it was pretty dry in September when I did unanimously approved the following resolution at the annuhave a few days to spend on the farm. The bottom line is that al meeting: I didn’t plant any ryegrass seed last fall, so there’s no chance Georgia Cattlemen’s Association resolves to fully for the cows to graze ryegrass at our place this spring. There’s support the passage of a referendum to create the Georgia just no enjoying the fruits of an unplanted seed. Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef for the The recently completed Georgia Cattlemen’s purpose of making a positive impact on the cattle indusAssociation Convention had so many examples of sowing try through research, education and promotion of cattle and reaping that I can’t list them all. Take a look through and beef. this issue and you will see pictures Finally, newly elected President and lists of folks that worked hard to David Gazda charged the staff and volrecruit, promote and grow GCA. unteer leaders to develop, organize and You’ll also see snapshots of volunlaunch a young producers membership teer leaders representing Georgia designation. This initiative is being Junior Cattlemen’s Association, designed to help attract, retain and Georgia CattleWomen’s Associdevelop young cattlemen and women ation, National Cattlemen’s Beef who have outgrown our junior proAssociation, GCA, along with staff gram, but don’t quite feel they “fit in” and interns that put in countless with our current organization. Your hours to pull off a fantastic ideas and input is needed as GCA seeks Convention and Beef Expo. There to develop a beneficial young producer were many highlights of the week for program and identify potential leaders me, but a true favorite is the Awards for this new effort. We look forward to Banquet. Seeing that event grow over focusing an event at Summer the past several years is very encourConference — July 26 through 28 at aging. More than 20 local chapters Callaway Gardens — around this effort were recognized for having a net as we sow the seeds of a new membermembership increase of five or more ship classification. members in 2012. That’s how you As you can see, all three of these Growing and flourishing grow to top 5,000 members — plantprojects focus on sowing seeds that will ing seeds all across the state. reap a harvest for our industry in the Another highlight each year is the annual meeting. If future. It’s a fact that farmers know better than anyone else: you’ve never attended I hope you’ll plan to in 2014. It’s when you take time to plant and nurture, good things hapnot a boring affair, but an exciting set of reports given by pen. There’s a beautiful flowering crabapple in our yard at your fellow cattlemen and women on progress being home. We planted it just a few months after our daughter made at the committee level. The election of new officers, Claire was born and they’ve both grown and flourished over region vice presidents and Executive Committee members the past 10 years, proof that a well-planted seed can yield terprovides a front-row view to where the organization is rific results. headed in the future. The Nominating Committee did a Your GCA volunteer leaders and staff are putting these great job this year and the future looks very bright. principles to work every day. We would love for you to join Convention is about more than celebrating past us this planting season by contributing to the building projachievements and highlighting activities from the previous ect, supporting the state checkoff and encouraging a friend or year. It’s about setting the tone for the future and laying neighbor to get involved in GCA. We look forward to a conout an agenda forward. The 2013 Convention highlighted tinued bountiful harvest for the cattle community of several initiatives to move GCA and the cattle industry in Georgia. GC the right direction. First, we officially launched the GCA [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President] G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. DAVID GAZDA President 1985 Morton Road Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098


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


RANDY FORDHAM Vice President

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

Email: BILLY MOORE Treasurer

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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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


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

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

Brent Galloway, Monticello, 678-410-6070 Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, 478-494-9593 Jan Scott, Douglas, 912-309-2349

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

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

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

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

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


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

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W e l c o me N ew M em b er s!

Welcome to the herd!

We were so lonely without you! Suzanne Anderson, Sylvania William R. Anderson, Tennille Randy Bell, Waverly Hall Jenna Lee Bennett, Blackshear Neal Bennett Jr., Blackshear Big Indian Feed Tack, Fort Valley Reid A. Bowman, McDonough Dale Boyett, Cuthbert Mike Boyett, Cuthbert Peter Brown, Wray Andrew C. Bunn, Locust Grove Erin Burnett, Sale City Robert Cannon, Rockmart Alec Cobb, Colquitt Harold L. Corley, Marietta Doug Dickens, Watkinsville Mason Elzey, Cumming Nathan Elzey, Cumming Zackary Fleeman, Elberton Craig Gay, Roopville Kemberley Giddens, Jacksonville Glosson Beef Farm, Madison Billy Griffin, Alapaha Floyd Guice, Coolidge Matthew Hall, Carrollton Marc Harber, Covington

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Cindy Pritchard, Watkinsville Jake Prophett, Newnan Jessica Pyles, Knoxville Joseph J. Rhodes, Knoxville Larry Roberts, Ellabell Savannah Roberts, Alapaha Boyd Sewell, Lavonia Dylan Sheppard, Edison Barry Shurling, Tennille David & Jeff Skinner, Winder Warren F. Smith Jr., Jackson Jaycee Spicer, Alapaha Jason Spruill, Carrollton Tracy Stanley, Covington Jeffrey Thomas, Nicholls Robin Thornton, Screven David Toburen, Washington Chuck Traxler, St. George, SC. Brad Van Hove, Pine Mountain Cheri Washbish, Windermere, Fla. Jim Waters, Blackshear Josh Wheat, Buckhead John W. White III, Hampton Karen Woodard, Waycross





Share what it means to be the president-elect and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: I consider it an honor to serve in this capacity. A few years ago when I was asked to serve on the Executive Committee, I was reluctant because I felt like my plate was already full. I made a few adjustments, agreed to serve and it has been a blessing to give back to an organization that I am passionate about. I have certainly enjoyed serving with such an upstanding group of people who share the same excitement about the beef industry. One of the major responsibilities of the president-elect is to chair the Convention Committee. This is where the membership can be involved. I would love to hear from everyone who attended this year’s Convention with feedback on things you enjoyed and changes we could make to improve it. Also along those lines, I would like suggestions

As producers we feel blessed to have the opportunity to be caretakers of the land and animals and take pride in what we do.

Meet GCA President-Elect Melvin Porter

on places to hold the 2014 Summer Conference and activities you would enjoy.


Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ANSWER: I grew up on a beef cattle and poultry farm and was active in FFA. I always enjoyed showing cattle and continued to do some custom fitting after high school to help pay for college. My family and I have been active in the Angus Association most of my life and made a lot of friends across the country. My wife and I served as advisers for the Georgia Junior Angus Association for several years and during that time had four young people elected to serve on the National Junior Angus Board. These young people brought the 1997 National Junior Angus Show to Georgia for the first time.

QUICK FACTS: • Porter and wife Donna have two children – Hutch and daughter-inlaw Allison, and daughter Allison and son-in-law Justin. Justin and Allison have two children, Tate, 4, and Jack, 2. • Porter is a member of the Jackson County Cattlemen's Association. • His favorite beef entree, if cooked properly and seasoned right, is brisket.

Educating the general public and the media is essential.


What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: I feel Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has had a good year. We have an excellent staff that works hard for us. We have had a lot of success in Atlanta in the political arena and I feel as we continue to grow, our voice will be heard even more. We reached the membership goal that was set a Q In your opinion, what is couple of years ago, but that is only the most pertinent issue Georgia’s one third of the producers in the beef industry is facing today? state. I do not want to get ANSWER: Telling “our story.” complacent, so let’s continue to reach Sometimes we get a lot of negative out to our friends and neighbors. I press and with the mass media, news think we need to continue to grow in travels fast. As producers we feel numbers and train leadership for the blessed to have the opportunity to be future. GC caretakers of the land and animals and take pride in what we do. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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New Country of Origin Labeling Rule Released N C B A



The US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service released its revised rule regarding the Country of Origin Labeling in March. This action is in response to the World Trade Organization’s ruling in 2012 that COOL violated US obligations under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. WTO set aside May 23 as the date by which the US needs to come into compliance with the ruling or Canada and Mexico will be allowed to retaliate. According to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Colin Woodall, the major change is how products are supposed to be labeled. Under the proposed COOL regulations, US-origin beef and veal must carry a label that reads “born, raised and processed in the United States;” beef and veal with multiple countries of origin including the US must be labeled “born in Mexico or Canada, raised and processed in the United States;” animals imported into the US for slaughter within two weeks must be labeled “born and raised in Canada, processed in the United States;” and imported beef must be labeled “born, raised and processed in Australia” or any other applicable country.


“We do not believe that this change will satisfy the WTO panel, and will therefore lead to retaliation,” Woodall says. NCBA President Scott George says the association maintains there is no regulatory fix to bring the COOL rule into compliance with the US’ WTO obligation or that will satisfy Mexico and Canada. “The proposed amendments will only further hinder our trading relationship with our partners, raise the cost of beef for consumers and result in retaliatory tariffs being placed on our export products,” George says. “The requirements that all products sold at retail be labeled with information nothing the birth, raising and slaughter will place additional recordkeeping burdens on processors and retailers ... this combined with the elimination of the ability to comingle muscle cuts will only further add to the cost of processing non-US born, raised and slaughtered products. The end result will be hesitancy to process imported product and increased instances of less favorable treatment of foreign product, giving our trading partners a stronger case at the WTO.” USDA estimates the new labeling rules would cost between $17 and $48 million. GC

Senate Votes on Top Priority Estate Tax Amendments

The Senate narrowly voted 50 to 49 to pass the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget, the first of its kind passed by the Senate in four years. Even though the budget does not carry the force of law, it does provide guidance as to how much the federal government will generally spend in each category. The federal budget process presents an opportunity for senators to introduce amendments on policy issues. Even though these amendments are non-binding, they provide a great opportunity to score political points on key issues and they set the ground work for potential legislation later in the year. Two amendments of particular interest to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association were the amendment sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner, DVa., “to repeal or reduce the estate tax, but only if done in a fiscally responsible way,” and the amendment sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to permanently eliminate 14 May 2013

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the federal estate tax. The difference between the two amendments is that the Warner amendment would allow the repeal of the death tax to be paid for with revenues such as other taxes. The Thune amendment would not allow the repeal to be funded with revenues, instead with spending cuts. The Warner amendment passed overwhelmingly 80 to 19, but the Thune amendment failed to secure the necessary 50 votes for passage. The vote was mainly along partisan lines. “NCBA appreciates senators Warner and Thune’s leadership on the estate tax and all who supported these amendments,” NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus says. “Regardless of the outcome, it is encouraging that 80 senators supported the idea of repealing or reducing the death tax. The death tax will continue to be a top priority for NCBA until it can be permanently and completely repealed.” GC

Implementation of EPA’s Spill Prevention Rule Delayed through September

In March, President Obama signed the continuing resolution that maintains funding for the federal government through the rest of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The resolution contained language that exempts all farms from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule while the resolution is effective. The implementation date for the SPCC rule had been May 10; however, this language, submitted by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., effectively delays that date until Oct. 1. When the rule goes into effect, farms will have to meet certain requirements. Operations must develop an SPCC plan if the farm has an aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a buried oil storage capacity of 42,000 gallons. A plan must also be implemented for operations that store, transfer, use or consume oil or Continued on next page





Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Legislation Introduced in Congress

In an effort to put a stop to the sweeping settlement agreements being made between the federal government and radical environmental groups under the Endangered Species Act, Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Bill Flores, both Texas republicans, recently introduced Endangered Species Act settlement reform legislation in the Senate and House. The proposed legislation garnered the support of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, which said that for far too long, special interest groups profited from creating vicious cycles of taxpayer-funded litigation that have nothing to do with endangered species. “PLC and NCBA members pride themselves in caring for the natural resources and wildlife habitat on which their very livelihoods depend. If the true intent of these radical groups were conservation of species, surely these groups would endeavor to work with, not alienate and harm, local stakeholders,” NCBA Federal Lands Director and PLC Executive Director Dustin Van Liew says. “Instead, their ‘petition, litigate and settle’ system devastates communities across the country — especially the ranching community — and cuts state and local governments and affected parties entirely out of the decisionmaking process.” Continued from page 14

oil products; and could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to US navigable waters or shorelines. The SPCC plan can be self-certified if the operation has an aggregate aboveground storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or less, has not had a discharge exceeding 1,000 gallons in the prior three years and has not had two discharges of 42 gallons or more within any 12-month period. Operations that require a professional engineer certified SPCC plan include those which have an aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 10,000, have had a discharge of more than 1,000 gallons in the three years prior to certification or have had two discharges exceeding 42 gallons within any 12-month period. Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would lessen the burden of the SPCC rule on farms and ranches. The legislation, the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act, was introduced in the House by Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and in the Senate by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. GC

The proposed legislation would eliminate taxpayerfunded attorney fees for ESA “deadline” lawsuits that end in consent decrees or other settlements. According to Van Liew, especially in recent years, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been subject to frequent lawsuits by special interest groups. These groups inundate FWS with petitions to place numerous species on the threatened or endangered list under ESA. Overwhelmed by the workload, FWS is unable to meet deadlines to respond to the petitions — and the groups file lawsuits. “These radical enviro-litigators are very clearly clogging the system for their own benefit. No one is hit harder by this than our nation’s livestock producers,” Van Liew says. “This bill will put a stop to these backroom deals and is a big step in the direction of much-needed improvement of the ESA. We appreciate Sen. Cornyn’s and Rep. Flores’ leadership on this issue.” GC

Legislative Watch

Animal Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization — Amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and authorizes FDA to collect fees for certain animal drug applications. ADUFA is up for reauthorization every five years.

S. 19 and H.R. 1314 — Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform To protect American citizens from the burdensome and costly regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between special interest groups and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Limits the use of taxpayer dollars to fund ESA lawsuits. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 19 and H.R. 1314. Key Sponsors: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas H.R. 311 — Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act Directs EPA to change the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule to consider a producer's risk when it comes to maintaining costly oil storage facilities. The bill would allow EPA to create practical exemptions for small farmers and ranchers. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 311. Key Sponsor: Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark. H.R. 1345 — Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 To address the forest health, public safety and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 1345. Key Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

S. 541 and H.R. 1094 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 Amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale or transport of horses and other members of the equine family or the importing or exporting of equines or their parts into or out of the United States. NCBA urges a NO vote on S. 541 and H.R. 1094. Key Sponsors: Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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In My Opinion

Exploring Alternative Production Methods in South America By Cleve Jackson

Growing up in the small town of Cave Spring, Ga., I never dreamed I would one day travel abroad to study agriculture in a foreign country. I was therefore both amazed and honored to have the incredible opportunity to travel to Uruguay with Curt Lacy as part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Sustainable Livestock and Grain Production and Marketing Systems Program. During our spring break, 15 students from various CAES majors and backgrounds, Lacy and crop Extension economist Nathan Smith boarded a plane bound for South America to the porterhouse steak-shaped country of Uruguay for a 10-day trip to explore alternative methods of crop and livestock production in an agriculturally rich country. Bruno Lanfranco, UGA alumnus and agronomist for the National Institution for Agricultural Investigation and University of Georgia alumnus, would be our main host and contact for the trip. INIA serves Uruguayan farmers in a similar way as our own Cooperative Extension and research services coupled with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Gabriel Oleggini, administrator for Conaprole and also a UGA alumnus, and Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez, veterinarian and CREA member, would provide us with access to the dairy and beef industries throughout Uruguay. Conaprole is a leading supplier and marketer of milk and dairy products in the country. CREA is a movement of

livestock producers, similar to Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, who work together to increase efficiency and promote beef throughout the country. Over the course of our journey we visited dairy, beef and sheep farms, research stations, a beef packing plant, a rice farm and mill, a vineyard and even windmills! The Uruguayan climate is similar to that of central to north Georgia with an average rainfall of around 50 inches per year. It is home to 11.1 million head of cattle and only 3.3 million inhabitants. That adds up to 3.4 head of cattle for every one person in the country. Due to this ratio, Uruguay has the highest rate of per capita consumption of beef per year at 58.2 kilograms per person per year (that’s more than 128 pounds per person per year!). Because of the smaller population, its production is driven by the export markets. In fact, Uruguay has access to more than 125 international markets because of its proven record of meat safety and a tradition of success in production. More than 60 percent of the cattle in Uruguay are Hereford, so one of

Bulls at the Hereford Society test station

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our favorite stops was the Uruguayan Hereford Society’s Bull Test Station. Like our Calhoun and Tifton test stations, the Hereford Society owns and manages a bull test of its own for members. The president of the Hereford Society is an alumnus of the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science and all of the genetic evaluation and testing for these bulls is handled by UGA. In order to keep costs as low as possible and because grain prices are so high, the farmers found that a grassbased system is best for their production chain and export market. The bulls are raised on a 196-day test on grass and improved pastures. In the 2012 sale, 55 head averaged $5,800, with the top bull selling for $21,000. In addition to the bull test, they also raise and finish steers for slaughter. Because of the forage diet, the life cycle of each animal is much longer. The steers we viewed were reaching a harvest weight of 520 kilograms (about 1,100 pounds) between 2.5 and 3 years of age. Compared to the conventional US system, steers in Uruguay take one to 1.5 more years to reach a slightly lower slaughter weight. Additional stops at other beef cattle farms along the way allowed us to get a deeper glimpse of the Uruguayan system. We visited farms that were both complete cycle – cow-calf to finish – and strictly finishing farms for steers. Under the grass-based system, farmers must practice different management strategies to improve and maintain efficiency in the herd. Continued on page 46

Congratulations to Jason Storey of Newnan, Ga., a member of the Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association! His photo of violets growing on the farm was the winning entry in the May extreme details contest!

Keep an eye on the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for the June photo of the month contest! Here’s a hint on the theme -- you might need to break out the grill and start cooking!

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North Georgia Producer Wins New Holland Lease

Rickey Murdock went home a happy camper on Saturday of Convention – he was the proud new leaser of the New Holland tractor or baler! Murdock, a member of the Tri-State chapter, was one of 100 producers who entered the raffle to benefit the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association building remodel project. Other prizes were awarded during this raffle as well. Charles Woodward of Covington won 40 bags of Godfrey’s feed; Bill Hopkins of Thomson won a New Holland art print; Marcia Callaway of Hogansville took home a Charolais art print; Clay and Sherri Floyd of Swainsboro won a

Longhorn art print; trade show vendor Jeff Snider of Commerce, Texas, was the winner of the Speedrite fence charger; Gerald Long won plenty of fence wire;

GCA Members, Vendors Win Big at Convention

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association amped up its membership drive raffle this year and awarded $1,000 cash to one lucky winner. Evelyn Brady of Lincolnton was drawn as the recipient. In addition, the association decided to do something a little different at the trade show. Attendees were asked to visit booths and get a form initialed. If they visited 50 booths or more, they'd be entered into a door prize drawing. The winner for this was Joel Noles, who brought home $100 in beef certificates. Attendees also voted on their favorite exhibitor. This year's winner was Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply! Ivey’s representatives each won a gift card to Outback Steakhouse.

Georgia Producer Wins HD 50K and GeneMax Sweepstakes Bob Seaton, a producer from Cohutta, Ga., was selected as the third grand-prize winner in the Zoetis HD 50K and GeneMax Sweepstakes in March. Seaton, a member of the Northwest Georgia Cattlemen's Association, says he was pleased to hear this news, according to a Zoetis news release. “I enter sweepstakes from time to time, but have never won, so I was very surprised and excited,” Seaton says. “This win really fell into our plans and is great timing because we are starting to look around for replacement bulls.” 18 May 2013

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Seaton was randomly selected to win $1,000 to use toward a registered Angus bull with genomic-enhanced EPDs powered by HD 50K, or GeneMax testing. He elected to use his prize toward the bull. “A bull tested with HD 50K will give me and my business partner, Dale Bridges,a lot more information to consider before purchasing," he says. "Our goal is to wean the heaviest calves we can, so having more information about the sire and genetics will be extremely helpful in this respect.”

David Sumner of Tifton took home a cowhide rug and Stan Tankersley of Lincolnton won the GeneMax tests that were up for grabs.

Georgia CattleWomen’s Association Shares the Good Moos About Beef

Georgia CattleWomen’s Association members had a great time at the recent Columbus Home and Garden Show. They gave out more than 1,000 National Beef Cook-off recipe brochures, enabling them to share the contest with consumers. “The cook-off can't be entered by anyone in the cattle industry,” says PastPresident Brenda Brookshire. “This is the reason we reach out to the average housewife and husband that enjoys experimenting with new and different recipes.” One lucky visitor to the booth went home with a $50 LongHorn gift card – Fort Benning soldier Ryan Alfaro. The event was so successful that the CattleWomen’s Association was invited to have a booth at the Tallapoosa, Ga., Visitor's Center during Ag Week, to greet visitors entering Georgia from Alabama. Visitor's center manager Darlis Monroe indicated that between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors had an opportunity to pick up beef recipes and learn more about the product during the week.


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Each quarter, the Polk County Cattlemen's Association votes to supply a local organization with $300 in locally purchased beef. This quarter the recipient was Helping Hands Food Bank of Rockmart, Ga. Pictured is Glenn Robinson, chapter president, presenting food bank representative Betty Cornwell with a gift card from Triangle with which to purchase beef. Surrounding them, from left, are Laura Sherman, Whitney Crawford and Jackie McClure.

Chapters Kick Off Remodel Project

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association started fundraising for its office remodel project less than a month ago, and already chapters are stepping up!

Both the Piedmont and Jackson County chapters donated $1,000 to the project. Piedmont member Charles Woodward stood up in the General Membership Meeting at Convention and thanked the Jackson County chapter for helping them set the bar high. He hopes other chapters will follow their lead and help make the GCA and Georgia Beef Board office a place that will continue to serve as home base for the state’s beef industry.

Jenifer Martin, Res. Champ. Steer

Wyatt Chandler, Grand Champ. Steer

Wyatt Chandler, Supreme Heifer

Samantha Allen, Res. Supreme Heifer

Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association

For as long as most in the county can remember, the local cattle show has always been named for the association. This tradition ended in the 2013 show season as the chapter voted to change the name to the Ed Tolbert Memorial Steer and Heifer Show, renamed in memory of Ed Tolbert, a stalwart supporter of junior livestock activities state and nationwide, who passed away in July 2012. Tolbert was honored by Georgia Cattlemen's Association President-Elect Melvin Porter, a chapter member, and a plaque was presented to Tolbert's wife Delia. A new backdrop sign was unveiled to permanently ensconce the new show name. The show started on Feb. 8, with a steer show judged by Mike McGuire of Waverly, Ala. Wyatt Chandler took home the honor of Grand Champion Steer and Reserve Champion Steer went to Jenifer Martin. The show was followed by a beef brisket supper and steer auction, during which the grand champion was purchased for $3.10 per pound by Franklin County Livestock and the reserve champion for $3 per pound by Publix Supermarkets. Special thanks are extended to buyers Casey Green and Gwinnett County Fair as well. Following the steer auction was a cake auction, which grossed $4,000. The second day of the show featured showmanship competitions and the heifer show. Wyatt Chandler exhibited the Supreme Heifer and the Reserve Supreme Heifer went to Samantha Allen. Jackson County congratulates all of the exhibitors and their families for their success, hard work and dedication on steer and heifer projects this year! Full show results will be featured on the June Goin’ Showin’ page. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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By Dallas Duncan

Growing up is hard. It’s hard when you walk into the first day of sixth grade and realize there’s no more recess. It’s hard going into high school and you’re too embarrassed to ask how to find a Spanish class that’s hiding on the math hall. It’s harder going off to college, torn between craving independence and your family, because no matter how excited you are to be a Georgia Bulldog, you’re pretty scared, too. And it’s devilishly hard when you’re what they call a “young professional,” somewhere in your mid-20s, when living only 2.5 hours from your family seems much, much farther. But through it all, every fabulous Friday and every miserable Monday, my family’s been there for me. Since it’s May, I wanted to do homage to the incredible women — mothers and “mothers” — scattered around the state that help me through thick and thin. Mom is an assistant principal, published author, songwriter and avid foodie. She’s one of those people who puts everyone else before her and never gives up on anything or anyone, and she insists when I come home I’m going to have a homecooked meal. Nanny is pretty much me, but born in another decade. We both share a love of everything Audrey Hepburn, the 1950s and Sheldon Cooper. Granny is a super classy lady who loves her family more than anything. My aunts are some of the coolest ladies I’ve ever met, and they are all proud of their kids and in some cases, grandkids. My boyfriend’s mom is sweet and loving, and I enjoy getting to know her more each time I venture to north Georgia. My best friends’ moms live in Atlanta, Colquitt and everywhere in between. It’s been great to have people checking in to make sure I get where I’m going — especially in south Georgia or in the mountains, areas where my GPS tends to steer me onto deer trails instead of dirt roads. It’s difficult being away from all of these people who are so dear to my heart. Even though they’re just a phone call away, it’s still weird knowing I can’t wake up on a Sunday morning and enjoy a family brunch on a whim. These women taught me pretty much everything I know. I say, “pretty much” because I assure you, the knowl24 May 2013

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Recipe inspired by Emeril Lagasse and Alton Brown, Food Network

edge of castrating a steer came not from my mother, but from the animal science department at the University of Georgia! One of the things I somehow gleaned from my family was how to cook. Mom liked to shoo me out of the kitchen — I have a habit of burning frozen pizza — but living away for five years forced me to take Ramen noodles to the next level. Somewhere in between calling to figure out how to boil an egg and asking Nanny for her macaroni and cheese recipe, I figured

out how to turn on an oven and make a meal. In honor of Mother’s Day, and in honor of these mothers who did so much for me these past 24 years, I bring you the mother of all beef brunch dishes. My mom’s favorite grits are topped with strips of tender flatiron steak and a beautiful poached egg, garnished with sweet waffle crisps and drizzled with a savory hollandaise sauce. It’s going to be a delicious meal for the mothers in my life on May 12, and I hope it will be for yours, too.

RECIPE: The Mother of All Beef Brunches

INGREDIENTS 2 cups old-fashioned grits 4 quarts plus 6 cups water 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream Butter Salt and pepper, to taste 2 to 3 flatiron steaks 1 egg per person ¼ cup white vinegar Water and ice, for ice bath 1 package Hollandaise sauce mix Unflavored waffles, homemade or store-bought, cut into strips

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add salt and grits. Mix with a wooden spoon. 2. When grits thicken, add 2 cups milk, cream and two tablespoons of butter and return to a boil. 3. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover saucepan and cook for 45 minutes or until grits are tender, smooth and creamy, not soupy. Taste and season with salt and pepper. 4. While grits are cooking, prepare the eggs. Put custard cups into a deep sauté pan and add enough water to cover the cups by ¼ inch. 5. Add the vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt to the water and put it on high heat. Heat it until the water begins to boil and the cups clatter against the bottom of the pan, about 20 to 25 minutes. 6. Adjust the heat to maintain a water temperature of 205 degrees outside the cups. Break the eggs, one at a time, into a ladle and pour each one slowly into a custard cup, timing them about 10 seconds apart. Cook for five minutes each. 7. Remove the eggs and transfer to an ice bath to stop cooking. Save water; refrigerate until the rest of the meal is complete. 8. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Thin out waffle strips by rolling over them with a rolling pin. Bake until crisp. 9. Grill the flatiron steaks to desired doneness — 145 degrees for medium-rare, 160 for well-done. Remove to a platter and let sit for several minutes. Cut into ¼-inch thick slices. 10. In a small saucepan, whisk 1 cup milk, Hollandaise sauce mix and ¼ cup butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and let simmer until thickened. 11. Assemble grits on plate. Top with the steak strips and garnish with pieces of waffle crisp. 12. Reheat the poached eggs. Bring the reserved water to a simmer, turn off the heat and add the eggs back. Wait one minute. 13. Top each layer of steak with a poached egg. Drizzle with Hollandaise sauce. 14. Serve with a bowl of seasonal fruit topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and your mother’s breakfast beverage of choice.

The New Face of Georgia Beef Board I N D U S T R Y


“I know that I am meant to serve farmers and ranchers and uphold the responsibility of promoting beef for future generations... I believe in the future of this industry and I am ecstatic to be able to hold such an important role in Georgia’s beef industry.” – Suzanne Black

Georgia Beef Board staff recently selected the new director of industry information and public relations. Suzanne Black started working for GBB in a part-time capacity and will take on the full role after graduation this month. Black was born and raised in Lake County, Fla. Her father worked at Disney World and her mother is a paralegal. It wasn’t until high school that her love and appreciation for agriculture blossomed. “Growing up in central Florida with a non-agricultural background, I have grown an unexpected yet deep-rooted passion for the agricultural industry,” Black says. “The FFA laid the foundation for my love of the industry.” As an FFA member, Black participated in Career Development Events, showed livestock and served as a chapter officer. She realized she was destined to serve as a leader in the agricultural industry, and chose to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. There, Black majored in diversified agriculture and became involved with the ABAC Cattlemen’s Association and the Agricultural Engineering Technologies Club. She has experience in a multitude of agricultural activities, including planning truck and tractor pulls. “I have had the privilege of serving as a former ABAC Cattlemen’s vice president and reporter. In addition, I have served on Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team for three years, where I thoroughly enjoyed working with other members to educate consumers about beef from the pasture to the plate,” she says. “Halfway through my ABAC career, my role in 26 May 2013

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the industry had become more prevalent and Georgia had become my home. Not only had I developed a more structured passion for agriculture, but I also kept myself actively involved and engaged in the promotion of the industry.” Josh White, GBB executive vice president, says he can’t wait to have Black on board full time. “Suzanne made a great impression as we were selecting the next director of industry information and public relations with her energy, knowledge and enthusiasm for the beef industry,” White says. “Her experience promoting beef through the ABAC Beef Team will definitely help her hit the ground running.”




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Black says she is excited about the opportunity to serve GBB in this capacity. “I know that I am meant to serve farmers and ranchers and uphold the responsibility of promoting beef for future generations,” she says. “I am confident that my past experience in promotion and coordinating events will be a great asset to the team. I love speaking with consumers and sharing the facts about beef that prove it to be a healthy, wholesome food. I believe in the future of this industry and I am ecstatic to be able to hold such an important role in Georgia’s beef industry.” GC

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AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston Arnall Grocery Company, Newnan Bank of Camilla, Camilla Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Big Indian Feed Tack, LLC, Fort Valley Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Bubba Chicks, Hamilton Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & H Hardware & Outdoors, Roberta Carroll 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, Dahlonega Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Griffins Warehouse, McRae Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holly Hill Farm, Roberta David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Knoxville Store, Knoxville Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Lumber City Meat Company, Lumber City

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

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fear in their eyes -- all frightening the bulls that were already scared poopless! Every now and then the feeder would dig into the mud so the back would tip up along with the butt end of the bull, whose tail was waving in the air like a loose air pressure hose. Each flip and flop jiggered the gathering crowd. In one final assault, surrounded by 11 testosterone-powered, adrenaline-fueled, thick-headed white bulls, he lead the charge through the metal gate out into the farm yard and right into the machine shed! In a matter of seconds all living things cleared the area except for the barking dogs, Uncle Joe on his tractor and the still struggling captive bull. Joe called the dogs off and gave the bull five minutes to wiggle during which time the bull managed to back out of the feeder and stumble into the yard. After an hour of pushing, sliding, dislocating, cursing, twisting and a couple of “back up and take a run at it,” maneuvers, Uncle Joe returned with his welding trailer and removed the stuck-tight round bale feeder … in three pieces. Men and machinery in a bull ballet – it never ends. GC


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52nd Annual Convention Award Winners Congratulations to the President’s Award winners! The presidents of any chapter with an increase of 50 or more members won either a jacket or a check to the chapter with $100.

Top Member Recruiter Derek Williams (left), Three Rivers, accepts the Top Member Recruiter Award from 2012 GCA President Chuck Joiner.

Ricky Yarbrough, Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Ronny Branch, Ben Hill-Irwin Bill Cline, Coweta County Gary Willis, Floyd County Jon Dyar, Greene Area Steve Brinson, Hall County Keith Jenkins, Heard County Cole Elrod, Jackson County Donovan Holdeman, Jefferson County Michael Griffith, Little River Ed Prior, Morgan County Wesley Hall, North Georgia Garnett Hulsey, Northeast Georgia

Charles Woodward, Piedmont Glenn Robinson, Polk County Lewis Miller, Red Carpet Lavawn Luke, South Georgia Jessie Driggers, Tattnall County Charles Conklin, Thomas County Derek Williams, Three Rivers Roy Lee Strickland, Tri-County Steve Reasor, Tri-State Sammy Maddox, Walton County Jacob Nyhuis, ABAC Zach Cowart, UGA

Recruitment Awards Chuck Joiner presented Recruitment Awards to sponsors of 20 or more new members. This year, these awards were presented to Cole Elrod, Jackson County, and Alvin Walker, Satilla.

Chapter with Greatest Percentage Increase Chuck Joiner presents President Derek Williams of the Three Rivers Cattlemen's Association with the award for the chapter with the greatest percentage increase.

Largest Single-County Chapter Cole Elrod accepts the award for Largest Single-County Chapter on behalf of the Jackson County Cattlemen's Association.

Chapter Membership Awards The local chapters with the greatest net increase in membership during 2012 were awarded cash prizes. Accepting their awards from Chuck Joiner are (left) Ronny Branch, Ben Hill-Irwin, in third place; (top right) Cole Elrod, Jackson County, second place; and (top left) in first place, Three Rivers Cattlemen’s Association. Three Rivers was honored as the Priefert squeeze chute winner for 2012 in recognition of its membership recruitment.

Largest Multi-County Chapter Derek Williams accepts the award for the Largest Multi-County Chapter on behalf of the Three Rivers Cattlemen's Association.

Increase of 50 or More New Members Three chapters were honored this year with an increase of 50 or more new members. These chapters received $300 to use toward audiovisual equipment for their chapter meetings. Chuck Joiner presented the awards to the following presidents on behalf of their chapters for reaching this accomplishment: Derek Williams, Three Rivers; Ronny Branch, Ben Hill-Irwin; and Cole Elrod, Jackson County;

Three Consecutive Years’ Increase Two chapters were honored this year for having a net GCA membership increase of five people for the previous three consecutive years. Chuck Joiner honored Derek Williams of the Three Rivers chapter (above) and Bill Cline of the Coweta County chapter (above right) for this accomplishment.

Back to Living

This April, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Chuck Joiner passed the gavel to David Gazda. The exchange was supposed to be the opposite. “Chuck stepped right up and God knows he wasn’t expecting it,” Gazda says. “None of us were.”

The diagnosis came on Halloween 2011. “The receptionist ... when she said, ‘It’s melanoma,’ it’s just like, I’m not hearing this. This can’t be. Here I am, the picture of health — I run, I cycle, I take care of myself and I eat well — and here I am with melanoma,” Gazda says. “There’s not real glowing reports on survivability.” His wife Carolyn didn’t believe him. There were no warning signs, nothing to alarm them or their two daughters. “He was literally scared to death,” she says. “Katie was here when we got the call, but we were waiting until the next day to tell Taylor. When Mom and Dad call you from the house phone and they’re both on the phone together, it’s not good.” They traveled to MD Anderson in Texas a week after Christmas. David Gazda started on an immunotherapy regimen to prepare his immune system to fight off stage 3C melanoma. The drug he was prescribed only helps 10 to 15 percent of those on it. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the ones who could stay on it,” he says. “My treatment program now is, we go to Houston every three months and I have CT scans done and bloodwork. Once a year I have an MRI and a brain scan.” Like Joiner, his colleagues at American Angus

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

THE GAZDA FAMILY shortly before David is inducted as president. Back row, from left, Taylor, Katie, Carolyn and David Gazda; front row, from left, Lola Gazda, George Gazda and Anna Shackelford, David’s parents and motherin-law.

Association were quick to step in, urging David Gazda to focus on getting well. “I went into this diagnosis not really knowing how I was going to be able to function. We didn’t know what we were going to get into,” he says. “There’s not a cure for melanoma, per se, for the type I have. The best treatment is surgery.” The worst part about the diagnosis wasn’t the cancer — it was the depression. “I felt bad because of the therapy I was on, but the depression aspect was something that you never realize until you’re there. It was pretty scary. I had absolutely no interest in doing anything. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t bike,” David Gazda says. “I felt like Hell.” And every time they went to the doctor, it snowballed — a heart condition; a tumor; the diagnosis was in a lymph node. Things worsened. David Gazda found himself in the hospital not because of the cancer, but because of stress and depression. He realized they were doing all they could, and he turned things over to a higher power.

“Something came over me and it was going to be all right. I haven’t looked back,” he says. Carolyn Gazda remembers it vividly. “After he got up out of bed, it was like he was a different person. He wanted cheeseburger pizza,” she says. And now, a year later than intended, David Gazda is ready to take on the next challenges life has to throw at him and the beef industry. Oddly enough, the 2013 GCA president didn’t get involved in agriculture until college, when his father retired and began raising beef. Gazda Cattle DAVID GAZDA, above, rounds Company began with commercial catup cattle to move pastures. tle and was steered toward Angus after Gazda Cattle Company is spread out over several farms in David Gazda enrolled at University of Athens, Ga. The Gazdas focus Georgia. on raising heifers – including It was there that he met his wife on retired show females – that turn the livestock judging team. They graduinto productive cows. ated in June 1983, married in August and moved to Texas, where David gave me the job,” he says. “When I found out I had the Gazda worked at and Carolyn attended Stephen F. Austin interview ... I had a coat and tie and wanted to be wellState University. dressed. I didn’t know how to tie a tie, so I called our Two years later, they returned to Georgia, unsure of county agent and went down to his house and he tied my where their careers would next take them. tie for me. I guess he gets part of the credit for me getting “We went to work at Quercus Farms in Gay, Ga.,” David Gazda says. “I was the cow-calf manager and she ran the job.” Six months in, David Gazda recalls asking himself the embryo transfer program. We were there for three what he’d gotten into. years.” “We went from farming to traveling up and down the During that period, his father ran their farm pretty much full time. David and Carolyn would come up on the road constantly. It was a totally different lifestyle,” he says. “My responsibility is to educate the commercial and weekends to work when they could. purebred producers about American Angus and how to “When we were at Quercus, I loved the production implement, utilize and use the programs and services we end of the industry. Generally in the purebred sector, offer. One day I may be taking sale pictures; one day I regardless of breed, most of those production jobs ... tend may be at a sale doing ring work; one day I might be to be pretty short-lived. ... We knew if we stayed in that sector doing what we were doing it would be making quite working with juniors and helping them plan a junior Angus show. That’s the great thing about this, you don’t a few moves and we didn’t want to do that,” David Gazda do the same thing every day.” says. “We wanted to settle down and raise a family and The Gazdas moved back to the family farm full-time have our own cattle at some point in time.” in 1999. With two young daughters, Katie and Taylor, and And so they started looking. David being gone so much, it was a struggle at first to run David Gazda found out about the American Angus the farm. Association regional manager opening on accident. “I travel pretty extensively in my territory, so I’m Though the association had closed interviews, staff allowed gone quite a bit,” David Gazda says. “I’m gone probably him to submit a résumé. about 110 nights and I travel about 265 days a year. ... My “I sent it in and had an interview and somehow, after doing the absolute worst interview in my life, they Continued on page 56

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2nd Annual Forage Conference Highlights Convention kicked off on Wednesday, April 3, with a fantastic turnout to the second annual Forage Conference! Cattlemen from all over the state came out to listen to some of the Southeast's most notable forage experts and learn about the latest and greatest management practices to keep their forage crops in check.

Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage specialist, greets attendees. Topics at this year’s conference included weed management, round bale production and storage, insect management, insurance options and more.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn about the current issues in forage production, which all the livestock producers in my county are very interested in. I really enjoyed the talks on baleage. That's something a lot of our producers are looking at ... so that’s information I can take back to the county.” – Lucy Ray, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Morgan County

There was plenty of break time for Forage Conference attendees to visit vendor spaces. Vendors this year included DuPont Range & Pasture, Fairlie Seed Company, Vigortone, Resaca Sun Feeds, Embry Farm Service, Western Livestock Commission Co., Boehringer-Ingelheim, Pasture Management, Mix 30, Allflex, The Wax Company, Sea-Agri Inc., Southern States, Gallagher, Silveus Insurance Group, American Angus Association, Ragan & Massey, Zeeland Farm Services, Pennington Seed, Inland Tarp & Liner, Koch Agrinomic Services, RW Griffin Industries and Genex Cooperative, Inc.

Presenters this year included Extension entomologist Will Hudson and Auburn forage Extension specialist Jennifer Johnson (far left in right photo).

Forage producers take a break from the conference to ask Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock some specific questions about their operations.

Tune into the June 2013 issue to see more Convention highlights and award winners, including the junior contest winners, Sweepstakes champions, Cattlemen’s Ball honorees, CattleWomen’s Hall of Fame inductees and more!

UGA Extension livestock economist Curt Lacy and Extension specialistbeef cattle Lawton Stewart joined forces to educate producers on forage production budgets and insurance options, using a hands-on approach with some new software programs.

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board would like to thank all of the 2013 Convention sponsors, vendors and supporters! Special thanks goes out to the Roscoe Gay Seafood Experience, Yoder’s Catering, FPL Foods and Publix for providing meals and beverages during Convention; Perry FFA and Andria Ashley for the lovely centerpieces throughout the week; and most of all, the wonderful interns – Melea Baldwin, Suzanne Black, Cole Brogdon, Emilia Dover, Britney Gordon and Jacob Nyhuis. We could not have done this without you!

52nd Annual Convention Highlights

Hundreds of cattlemen, women and juniors made their way to Perry for Convention this year! The state’s biggest beef event was one to be topped. Despite some inclement weather on Thursday, each event was wellattended and producers took home plenty of information to share with their chapters and fellow cattlemen.

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association leadership welcomed vendors to the second annual vendor appreciation dinner on Wednesday night, featuring the Roscoe Gay Seafood Experience! The amazing meal, served by Georgia Beef Board interns, included shrimp, oysters, grits, crab and a host of other delectable bites.

“The thing we have to keep in mind is we can’t just plant more cows, we must do our best to care for the ones we have now.” – Curt Lacy, UGA Extension livestock economist

“[In March], BoehringerIngelhiem sponsored a free online Beef Quality Assurance certification and out of 3,700 producers, Georgia was the third-largest state in certified producers for the month of March.” –Bo Reagan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Everyone goes home ready to grow their operation after this event! The 2013 marketing seminar, featuring Extension Livestock Economist Curt Lacy and Bo Reagan of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, focused on the recent weather patterns and Beef Quality Assurance.

Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association officers helped the interns serve up a delicious hamburger lunch as attendees listened to Bo Reagan’s keynote speech during the Zoetis Cattlemen’s College Luncheon. Producers gathered in the Beef & Dairy Arena to hear from Zoetis Animal Genetics’ Randy Schoenbine and Kara Wilson of Certified Angus Beef. The two discussed genomics, a relatively new genetic technology, and how it can be utilized by producers on the farm.

After hearing what cattle prices looked like they might be hitting, producers stuck around to participate in the Cattle Video TeleAuction.

Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association member Ashley Knowles looks over the winning GJCA poster and photo contest entries. The winners will be announced in the June issue of the magazine.

The annual Membership Awards Banquet was well-attended this year. Dozens of members came and enjoyed a tenderloin dinner while congratulating the winners. Awards presented Thursday night included the Presidents Awards, recruitment awards, Vet of the Year, County Agent of the Year and the new Beef Quality Assurance Award. For the full list, see p. 34.


Where there’s green grass in Brooks, Ga., the commercial cattle of Sebren Farms aren’t far behind.

Mike and Annelle Sebren say their cattle are just a tad spoiled. When one of the farm’s two red trucks appear in the pasture, the cattle start mooing and moving. They’re at the fence before the hay gets to them, and most of the time they’re more interested in the forage on the other side of the fence: as soon as the gate is opened, it’s a stampede to see who gets the greenest grass first. “These cows out here are so rotten,” Annelle Sebren says of the group nearest the house. “If you come out, they start bellowing, waiting to move.” The Sebrens discovered rotational grazing has many benefits for their farm. “The best thing that works is our winter grazing,” Mike Sebren says. “We seem to do better with the cattle, keeping grazing for them. Hay quality is good and our winter grazing is what keeps the cows in better shape. We do a lot of no-till overseeding.” They overseed with ryegrass and wheat, as well as a little clover, but no matter what gets put out, it gets eaten. The Sebrens rent and own nearly 1,000 acres, spread across eight different farms. Each group of their commercial cattle has between 30 and 50 head. IN PHOTOS ABOVE: Mike and Annelle Sebren watch their commercial cattle graze on one of their eight farms. The couple grew up on farms and row cropped for several years before getting into the commercial business. Inset: As visible from the top of the trees missing, portions of the Sebrens' land was affected by a tornado that ripped through Brooks, Ga., two years ago, leaving lots of growing and rebuilding in its wake; and cattle chase after the hay truck on Sebren Farms in Brooks, Ga. They’re not chasing the hay though — they’re after the green winter grazing in the next pasture.

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They know what it’s like to come up from rock bottom. Two years ago, they were devastated when tornadoes rolled through Georgia, uprooting trees, destroying structures and sending fences and farm implements all over their city. Their farmland was affected and all but the bathroom of their old “party barn” was demolished, but they didn’t let that stop them. Today, their commercial operation is stronger than ever, with plenty of family history tying their farms together. Annelle Sebren grew up on a farm not far from the one she now owns. “As far back as we can track, they’ve always been out here farming on my daddy’s side,” she says. “It was a hodge-podge — bell peppers, corn, cotton, you name it.” Her husband, though an “implant” to the area, also grew up around a variety of animals, including ducks and dairy cattle. The Sebrens have four children and five grandchildren. One of the Sebrens’ daughters, Jodi, and her husband Patrick Wasdin, are instrumental in making sure the farm runs smoothly. Their two children “stay on the farm 90 percent of the time,” Mike Sebren says. “Everybody helps out. If it’s hay season, Jodi will drive a tractor and put out hay,” he says. Though they were selected as the 2012 Commercial Cattlemen of the Year, the Sebrens haven’t always been in the beef cattle business. Mike Sebren is a mechanic by trade. He built metal buildings and roofs and invented a

way to transport hay on the back of a truck instead of via tractor. “I started planting soybeans for food plots for deer and ended up with about 100 acres one year. I quit my job as a mechanic and started row cropping, but we never had cattle,” Mike Sebren says. It wasn’t until he started looking for other things to generate some income that cattle came up. Now, raising beef cattle and hay make up about 80 percent of the operation. Mike Sebren was a mechanic by trade, but he spent 25 years working for a man in the purebred business. He says he “got his fill” of the registered business and decided to try his hand on the commercial side. “I have bought out a few registered herds and they’re pretty good cattle, but we don’t register anything now,” he says. “We’ve got pretty good bloodlines. We made sure of that and we’ve tended to stay to that.” The Sebrens’ cattle include genetics from polled Herefords, Angus, Gelbvieh, Simmental and Brangus. “We try to use good bulls and decent cows. If we have problems, we cull and keep heifers back,” Mike Sebren says. “I think a lot of the influence we used was from the Gelbvieh breed for its maternal instincts, milk ability and their frame size. That’s kind of what we stayed with, breeding different bulls to do that with.” Though some of Mike Sebren’s record-keeping is similar to what might be found on a purebred farm, it’s not to the same extent as what’s required in a seedstock operation, he says. That, combined with his ability to sell cattle in groups, makes some aspects of the commercial cattle business less cumbersome. “I can put together a group of calves when I need to and don’t need to bother with the registered paperwork for the sales,” he says. There’s one Hereford cross on the farm that’s a special family cow. Her name is Pet. “[Mike] called me one day and said, ‘Are you back at the house? Meet me at the barn.’ He comes pulling up and he comes up with a truck and a trailer and there stands this young heifer,” Annelle Sebren says. “He’s getting shots to give to her and she’s just standing there. We go put her in the pasture and she comes and follows us around. She’s turned out to be a really good cow, raising a good calf every year.”

IN ADDITION TO COMMERCIAL CATTLE, Sebren Farms is home to several chickens. Mike Sebren says it’s rare for a community member to not have gotten some of his wife’s eggs at some point.

ANNELLE SEBREN reaches out to touch Pet, a Hereford cross cow that’s been a hit with the grandkids.

FROM LEFT, Shane Eason, Annelle Sebren and Mike Sebren, at their farm in Brooks, Ga. Annelle Sebren credits much of their success to their farmhands, including Eason, who’s worked for them since he was 14.

Mike Sebren says his favorite part of farming is seeing the end result — looking at calves after weaning and seeing what kind of job they’ve done. His wife’s favorite part, however, clucks rather than moos. In addition to enjoying the calves, she loves her chickens. She collects eggs from them daily and “just about everyone” in the area has been given free eggs a time or two. And just like the cows, Annelle Sebren says her chickens are spoiled, too. “They’re rotten. When I open the gate, they want to go out and eat some grass,” she says. When they’re not busy on the farm, Mike and Annelle Sebren are usually somewhere out West. They’ve been to Wyoming, Montana and Oregon, visiting friends and friends’ relatives. And on occasion, they’ve been known to do a jig or two in their party barn. The couple did Western dancing for nearly 20 years. “We started it for exercise. We started going once a week to that. It graduated to two or three times a week, then four or five and then we were on a team that does exhibitions,” Mike Sebren says. The Sebrens’ home where they’ve lived for the past seven years could be described as “ranch style” — not because it fits the architectural model, but because it’s supposed to be a barn. “We sold our farm on Fairview Road and we talked about building a house. This was going to be a small apartment, my workshop and storage. We were going to live in it while we built the house,” Mike Sebren says. Though they can’t remember whose idea it was originally, the temporary living quarters were redesigned into a livable house, with a barn’s high ceilings and, contrary to popular belief, real rooms instead of horse stalls. The Sebrens credit much of their success to their dedicated help. Outside of the family, they’ve had three farmhands who stuck around for a decade or more — Hock, Scott and Shane, who has been with the Sebrens since he was 14. “The people that work for you can make or break you, and we’ve had some good people,” Annelle Sebren says. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GJCA scholarship winners

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association received numerous outstanding applications for all of these scholarships. Congratulations to the following juniors who were selected as the 2013 scholarship winners!

GCA Past President Louie Perry presents Georgia Cattlemen's Foundation scholarships to the following students (clockwise): Justin Cole Brogdon, Emilia Shea Dover, Dillon Gregory Parker, Hannah Michelle Porter, Gibson Dyer Priest and Samantha Gayle Strickland.

Louie Perry presents the Clarence and Jennie Cross Memorial Scholarship to recipient Chandler Mulvaney.

Cleveland Norton Jackson, left, accepts the Johnny and Liddy Jenkins Scholarship from GCA Foundation representative Louie Perry.

Callie Lena Akins, left, accepts the Judy Thomas Memorial Scholarship from GCA Foundation representative Louie Perry.

Rodney Hilley, right, presents the Gail Hilley Memorial Scholarship – established to honor his late wife – to T. Spencer Highsmith.

Raymond Taylor of The Wax Company presented scholarships to the following juniors: Justin Cole Brogdon, Hannah Michelle Porter and Dillon Gregory Patrick.

The following scholarship recipients are not pictured: Ariel Sloan Witherow, Foundation scholarship; Meridith Louanne Franks, Clarence and Jennie Cross Memorial Scholarship; Shelby Danielle Butler, The Wax Company scholarship; and Rachel Olivia Patrick, The Wax Company scholarship.

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UGA Students Learn About Sustainable Beef and Grain Production and Marketing Systems By Curt Lacy, Extension economist-livestock


During the week of March 10 through 16, I had the opportunity to go on a spring break trip with 15 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Georgia. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension crops economist, also accompanied us on our adventure. This trip was part of a study abroad program entitled “Sustainable Livestock and Grain Production and Marketing Systems” offered through UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.

The purpose of the trip was to tie together the economic and production aspects of the meat we eat as well as demonstrate what alternative production systems — such as organic and grass-fed beef — look like in real practice. Uruguay was chosen as the destination because of its similarity to Georgia in climate and topography (think from Perry to Chattanooga, but close to the beach) as well as the close working relationship that UGA CAES shares with many Uruguayan agriculture professionals. To be honest, it was also chosen because as the coordinator of the program, I like going there. It is a very pastoral country with very few large cities and great food. Need I say more? Cleve Jackson, in his accompanying piece on p. 16, does an excellent job of recapping the trip and our stops so there is nothing for me to add in that regard. However, what I would like to spend the remainder of my allotted space discussing are some general observations made during this and previous trips. 42 May 2013

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Producer perspectives Uruguay is a small country that relies heavily upon exports. As such, the agricultural producers are very business savvy and always looking for ways to add value to their products and get their products in more markets. That is why implants and sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics is illegal. Genetically modified rice varieties are also illegal in Uruguay. Mind you, these policies have nothing to do with “what the science says” or “feeding the world,“ but rather recognizing marketing opportunities and meeting them. Uruguay also has perhaps the most comprehensive national cattle tracking system in the world. Once all cattle reach a certain age they have to be entered into a national database and tagged with an electronic identification ear tag. After that, any time the animal is moved from the farm of origin, those movements must be reported to a national database. Does this system open markets that insist on trace-

ability? Most likely. Will it aid in the prevention of a disease outbreak? Probably. Does it provide an overall net benefit to the country? In all likelihood, yes. Is it a pain for producers? Yes. Am I suggesting the US do the same? No. What I do think though is that many of our livestock and crop producers could take a few notes from our South American counterparts. Instead of arguing with the consumer about who or what is right, they simply provide what their market wants. To be sure, their resource situation and infrastructure do not allow them to compete with the US on the price of grain-finished beef. However, their market savvy and business acumen do allow they identify marketing opportunities and exploit them.


usually lower than ours with 6 to 7 month old calves being weaned at around 400 pounds. Not surprisingly also, is the fact that that a beef steer finished on pasture is between 24 and 36 months old at slaughter as opposed to our 14- to 24-month-old livestock and finished animals.

Forages and Production Systems In addition to limitations on antibiotics and hormones, Uruguay has a much different approach to gov- Many of our ernment crop programs -- they don’t crop producers could take have any. A farm “safety-net” doesn’t exist there. As a result, many of their a few notes from our operations are diversified with crop South American counterand livestock enterprises. Generally speaking, most of the parts. Instead of arguing operations we visited utilized either a four- or five-year crop and livestock with the consumer about rotation. who or what is right, they The first, and in some instances second, year is some type of agro- simply provide what their nomic crop such as rice or soybeans, and then planted to either endo- market wants. To be sure, phyte-free fescue plus the legume their resource situation lotus, alfalfa or a mixture of fescue alfalfa. In about three or four years, and infrastructure do not the fescue or alfalfa dies out or is terallow them to compete minated and then is planted back to an agronomic crop. The Uruguayans with the US on the price do utilize ryegrass as a finishing forof grain-finished beef. age, but due to the higher nitrogen requirements, they are very strategic However, their market about its use. savvy and business acuThe livestock production systems in Uruguay are extensive and less men do allow they identiintensive than the ones in the US. In other words, they utilize more land fy marketing opportuniwith fewer inputs as opposed to utities and exploit them. lizing fewer acres with more inputs. As a result, their weaning weights are

Parting Thoughts The seven-plus days I spent with our UGA students was very gratifying and exciting. I was also very encouraged by what I saw from some of our future beef industry leaders that made this trip. It was also very gratifying to see the level of adoption of US, specifically UGA, research and technology in this foreign country. To realize that I am part of an organization that is making a global impact in feeding the world is something that I do not take lightly. I should also mention that even though we have exported technology and information to South America, there are also some perspectives that many of our Southeastern US producers should consider integrating into their operations. I think it is important to remember that producers from all of the world can stand to learn a lot from talking to each other and that it doesn’t matter how old you are: you are never too old to learn something that makes you better. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Opinion, continued from page 16

In these situations, farmers rely on their CREA groups for guidance and support. These CREA groups meet once a month at different farms to review the financials and management practices of each farm. Under this culture of collaboration, farmers work together to solve problems and increase profitability. Each CREA group employs a fulltime agronomist who prepares analytical data, graphs and charts for each farm. One farmer in the group practiced early weaning of all calves at 60 to 90 days to increase breeding efficiency of cows to more than 90 percent. Calves are supplemented with a high-protein ration and cows are placed back on pasture to rebuild the essential nutrients needed for reproduction. This is just one of the many examples of necessary adaptation to the production supply that stemmed from the cooperation and communication within the CREA groups. Our final stop was to a cattle farm managed by Mauricio Rodriguez. There we had the opportunity to view a complete system Hereford cattle farm, windmills and ride horses around and through the beautiful Uruguayan countryside. Most importantly, as our time came to a close in Uruguay, we were able to reflect back on the entire trip. Through the various stops, tours and visits, we concluded that the mission of the farmers in Uruguay and the farmers in the US is very similar. We both have a commitment to provide a safe, wholesome and nutritious product to the consumer regardless of the way the beef is produced. Like American farmers and ranchers, Uruguayan cattle farmers developed a way to best care for their animals to thrive in the environment in which they are raised. Farming in Uruguay is more focused as a business and not a way of life; as a result, farmers are more willing to share financial records with other farmers to increase productivity, not only for the individual, but for the entire group. It is important for us as producers to take a page from their book and work together and collaborate in all areas to increase productivity and drive demand for our product. 46 May 2013

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The themes of cooperation, collaboration and constant improvement were present throughout the trip. Farmers and ranchers worldwide have a commitment to feed a growing population, and it will be impossible to reach this goal without keeping these three elements of the Uruguayan system in mind as we move forward with production. This trip had indeed been the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did I have an all-access pass to farming in Uruguay, but I also had my eyes

opened and developed a broader worldview of agriculture. And maybe the most important aspect to me was that, even though my Spanish is minimal, the bond that I felt with my newfound friends transcends the language barrier. I made friendships that I will never forget with farmers who may not always be able to understand this Southern boy from Georgia, but who understand and share my passion for agriculture. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this special, lifechanging experience. GC




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Red, White and Beef: Santa Gertrudis Again Gaining Popularity By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

The original American breed is gaining popularity again in the Southeast, as more commercial cattlemen are seeking red-hided animals with maternal and carcass traits.

“We sold more bulls these past couple years than we have in a long time,” says Burton McDaniel, owner of MC Ranch in Ringgold, Ga. McDaniel got into the breed during its height of popularity in the 1970s. “I got into the breed because I saw an ad in the Market Bulletin,” he says. “They talked about Santa Gertrudis and about it being the original American breed … I ended up buying a bull and the rest is history.” Development of this original American breed of beef cattle was not a happy accident. Rather, it was well thought out, well-planned systematic cross breeding. King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, developed the breed and it quickly gained popularity across the globe. “Work started in the early 1900s, when they started systematically using Shorthorns and Brahmans, working towards a very predictable blend of 3/8 50 May 2013

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Brahman and 5/8 Shorthorn,” says John Ford, executive director of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. The breed took off with the birth of an exceptional sire in the 1920s. “Those were the breeds that seemed to meet the requirements to be able to survive in this deep south Texas country with the Brahman influence to withstand the heat and the pressure from the insects and the occasional drought,” Ford says. The Shorthorn genetics were added for carcass traits and milking ability, he adds. “Shorthorns are one of the oldest breeds in the world and we’re fortunate that when King Ranch was developing them in the early 1900s that they had access to all the different British breeds and they were bringing Brahman in through South America,” McDaniel says. The breed was officially recognized by the US Department of Agriculture in 1940. Its popularity soared, especially in the South, thanks to its heat tolerance and ability to function on Southern and coastal forages, Ford says. “In the early ‘70s everyone was crossing their animals with Brahman and Santa Gertrudis. There was lots of influence,” McDaniel says. “They

BURTON MCDANIEL of MC Ranch got into the Santa Gertrudis breed in the 1970s after seeing information about them in the Market Bulletin. Since then, he's been a national breeder of the year five times and continues to watch the breed regain its popularity in the Southeast. Below, Santa Gertrudis bulls at the 2013 Tifton Bull Test.

make great mother cows for your basic cowherd in Georgia. … We’re a great breed to bring into your black cattle. If you breed one of ours to a black cow it’s going to look like it’s Brangus. Most of the older herds have Santa Gertrudis in them. There’s a lot more Santa Gertrudis-influenced animals out there than we realize.” However, because of the worldwide popularity of the breed, it was sometimes hard for smaller breeders in the US to get their hands on the topquality Santa Gertrudis bulls to use in their programs. It’s also been a challenge fighting with all the black-hided cattle in the market, but there’s opportunities for market growth these days, especially in the commercial sector. “The crossbred F1 commercial female is highly prized,” Ford says. “People may not realize it, but we also possess very good carcass traits and also feed efficiency.” In a recent national steer feed-out that involved 1,000 head of purebred Santa Gertrudis, the bulls had an average daily gain of 3.49. “This breed was one of the early breeds as far as looking at gain tests, so focus also turned toward those growth traits,” Ford says. “The association itself was formed in 1950, but bull gain tests were going on even

prior to the formation of the association.” In addition, a tenderness measurement on Santa Gertrudis beef demonstrated a shear-force tenderness measurement of 6.25, “well under” the seven pounds considered tender by consumers, Ford says. “When we first started doing the DNA testing with tenderness and marbling, we had a bull that we had raised that was personally tested with the US with five-star tenderness,” McDaniel says. “We always eat our own. We eat what we raise and our cattle have always been tender.” He credits the Shorthorn genetics with that part. “We’d all like to think we produce the best bulls, but if you have a maternal bull, our bulls crossed on a British breed makes a great replacement female. Our breed wants to produce the best bulls, the terminal cross bulls,” McDaniel says. Santa Gertrudis has proved a successful venture for McDaniel. MC Ranch has been national Breeder of the Year five times and it’s a key partner in the breed’s NuGen project, which began about 15 years ago. NuGen centers on recreating Santa Gertrudis genetics using the finest and most modern Brahman and Shorthorn traits, McDaniel says. He works with a breeder in Indiana and another in Texas on the project. The purpose of the NuGen project, aside from modernizing the breed’s genetics, is to clean up the breed’s phenotype. “We need to clean up the underlines on our animals … and the females, level them up from the hooks to the pins and make them look more like a British breed; try to take some of the ear off them,” McDaniel says. Ford says the association and breeders are “extremely proud” of the ability to cross Santa Gertrudis. “Santa Gertrudis crosses well with any breed,” he says. “There’s great demand right now for the Santa Gertrudis-Hereford cross F1 female, the Red Baldie, and there’s a lot of demand for the Santa Gertrudis-Angus F1 cross female. That cross you get the added heterosis, the increased maternal traits and a very, very marketable feeder.” The demand in the Southeast is growing for those crosses, he says. “Our demand for bulls in commercial cattle programs has seen a sharp increase in the Southeast in the past two years,” Ford says. “We like to think that knowledgeable commercial cattlemen recognize they get that added heterosis and improved maternal traits, feed efficiency and ultimately a real consumer-pleasing product.” GC

Rebuild Your Cowherd with Time-Tested and Improved Beefmaster Females

Courtesy Tommy Perkins, Beefmaster Breeders United executive vice president

US Department of Agriculture data suggest that cattle owners are an aging group with more than onethird of them being 65 years of age or older. Additionally, more than 50 percent of them are age 55 or older, which is even more reason to use Beefmaster cattle in the rebuilding phase. Beefmaster BEEFMASTER CATTLE are known for their cattle have been selected for longevity, calving ease and fertility and will be docility for more than 60 years good building blocks to construct a modern cowherd, according to Beefmaster Breeders and producers can rest assured United Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins. that they will make working cattle more pleasurable because of their superior temperament. Data clearly show that selecting for calm, docile cattle simultaneously improves feedlot gain, health and ultimate carcass performance. Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the cowherd because they excel in fertility, calving ease and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the economic advantages that improvements in these traits offer a beef operation. These include higher conception rates, more weaned calves per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs. Producers will appreciate the high-quality females Beefmaster bulls produce as they will excel in the hot, humid environments of the South to the wet, cool climates up north and everywhere in between. Efficiency is also a strong attribute of the Beefmaster breed. In a recent all-breeds performance test in Texas, yearling Beefmaster bulls were the highest average daily gain on test as well as the lowest residual feed intake on test. Beefmaster cattle not only have high daily gains, they also consume less feed per pound of gain. Use of Beefmaster-influenced cattle allows producers to be low-cost with reduced input levels in the cow-calf enterprise. These cost-cutting measures have been built into the Beefmaster-influenced female and will be necessary for cow-calf operators to survive in the developing beef industry. Producers will also appreciate the early growth of these calves. Weaned calves will have heavy weights at the marketplace and will have added value in the feedlot segment of the beef industry. For example, feed out data from Mississippi show that Beefmaster-sired calves made $201 more per head than Angus-sired calves. All of the calves were born on the same ranch, in the same season, weaned and backgrounded together and all fed in the same Kansas feedlot. The Beefmaster calves harvested with an average yield grade of 2.7, high select quality grade and 1,361 pound live weight whereas the Angus calves averaged a yield grade 2.5, high choice and weighed 1,112 pounds. The Angus calves may have had a higher quality grade but the combination of increased weight and efficiency of gain improved the bottom line for the Beefmaster sired calves. Interest in Beefmaster genetics has been extremely good the past several years. For producers desiring solid-colored, muscular, fertile and easy-calving cattle, they don’t have to look much further than Beefmasters. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Raising the Bar GJCA Junior of the Year 2012

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


GJCA JUNIOR OF THE YEAR CALLIE AKINS works hard each day to prepare her show animals for the ring. She’s been showing livestock for most of her life and recently completed her final show season.

s a ninth generation cattlewoman, Callie Akins knows a lot about striving for achievement.

The 17-year-old homeschooled senior is an accomplished livestock exhibitor, a second-year Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association officer and a business partner. “The values that we’ve tried to instill for 18 years have finally come to fruit,” her father, Parrish Akins, says. “We’ve always had high values and we’ve always tried to set a bar really high. When Callie and [her brother] Chandler first started showing, I think I made the comment that if you beat the best, you’re always bettering yourself. There’s a plane of competition that needs to be elevated to make everyone achieve higher standards.” She’s been striving for that betterment since elementary school. At age 5, Callie Akins started showing pigs. She had a brief stint showing sheep as well, but by the time she was old enough, the beef show ring was calling her name. Callie Akins started her cattle showing career with the 2004 Georgia

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Junior Beef Futurity, showing a 300-pound Shorthorn heifer. She’s barely missed the futurity, state show or state fair since, and racked up countless accomplishments, belt buckles, banners and ribbons in between. “I showed at the [North American International Livestock Exposition] in fourth and eighth grade. I showed at Angus Junior Nationals when it was in Georgia in 2009. … I won my first-ever belt buckle at the 2005 state steer showmanship. I mastered in heifer showmanship in ninth grade and I had the fifth overall steer in 11th grade,” Callie Akins says. “I’ve met people from the Tennessee line to the Florida line and everywhere in between.” Most of her show calves were SimAngus or percentage Simmental — this year she had the champion low percent Simmental heifer at the state show — but she also showed Shorthorns, Maine-Anjous, Chianinas, Angus and crossbreds. Her most memorable show moment was in 2012, when her Limousin steer was fifth overall. “That was the first and only time my family has had an overall champion at one of the major livestock shows,” she says. “We bought the steer from my cousins and then my brother, other cousin and other people worked on the steer, so it was kind of a big extended family project.” The other family project Callie Akins is most proud of is Akins Cattle Enterprises, the farm she co-owns in

Being a member for so Nashville, Ga., on the same land where her father’s family long, she has seen the associran stockers and a cow-calf operation for decades. ation develop during the last “At the beginning of [2012] my brother and I bought 11 years. out Mama and Daddy’s cowherd and now we have our “Field Day has grown; own cowherd that we own together of 40 to 50 cows. we’ve had really good numThey’re primarily Angus and SimAngus,” Callie Akins says. “Mama and Daddy decided they wanted to get out of bers the last couple of years. I think past and present offithe cattle business. We’d been making the decisions, but cer teams have tried to do we hadn’t been footing the bill.” more things to get different Callie Akins and her older brother, Chandler — who types of individuals she affectionately refers to as “Bubba” — became 50/50 involved,” she says. “We’ve partners on everything. They sell five bulls a year to commercial cattlemen, sell bred heifers to interested local indi- definitely reached out to the younger members. GJCA viduals and occasionally put cattle in the local Young has definitely gotten more Farmers sales each March. THIS FALL, GJCA Junior of the Year technologically advanced.” “We don’t really breed for show calves, we breed for Callie Akins plans to attend Butler She followed her brother Community College and major in agriSimAngus replacements, but if we have a really good cultural communications, a way to as a GJCA officer as well. In combine her love of livestock and her heifer we’ll sell them to show,” Callie Akins says. “We’ve 2012, Callie Akins served as love of working with youth. started an embryo transfer program within the last year.” Being cattle entrepreneurs at a young age taught Callie the Convention and summer conference coordinator, and this year she is chairwoman. and Chandler Akins many lessons about business manageOutside of the show ring and GJCA, one of Akins’ ment, and about growing up. “My brother promised me it would make money,” she other cattle hobbies is livestock judging. “I credit a lot of my livestock judging success to my says, laughing. “When we’re broke, we’re broke together. brother,” she says. “He took the time to help me and … I’ve learned I don’t like to be in debt.” And when there’s livestock, she says, there’s also dead- twice I was the high junior individual and he was the high senior individual. … I think it prepares people for life just stock. as much as showing livestock does because you learn to “I’ve called my brother crying before because we’ve had four calves die in three weeks and I was freaking out,” make decisions and stand by your decisions. Because of that I’ve become a very opinionated person, but it’s defiCallie Akins says. “I’ve definitely learned more about the nitely helped me to stand up for what I think is right, not beef cattle nutrition side of things. You have to breed only in the cattle industry but in life.” cows in the rain … and if you want something done right, Not to mention, it’s going to help pay for college. you do it yourself.” This fall, Callie Akins plans to attend Butler She enjoys co-owning a business with her brother because they think similarly, although she admits she’s less Community College in El Dorado, Kan., on a livestock judging scholarship, and then come back to University of excited about spending money than he is at times. Georgia to finish up her undergraduate work. She wants “It’s definitely helped us grow a lot closer and I’ve to major in agricultural communicalearned a lot about business. It’s tions and eventually work with helped us develop an appreciastate livestock programs or with tion for what our parents did in breed associations. the past. I like having my cows Regardless of where her career and we can do what we want path takes her, she wants to continue with them without asking our to work with youth in the cattle parents,” Callie Akins says. “It’s industry and mentor those who could been a way for him to pay for possibly follow in her footsteps as an college and it will hopefully be exhibitor, livestock judge, GJCA offia way for me to help pay for cer and even Junior of the Year. college.” Callie Akins says she was Her close relationship with shocked when she got the phone Chandler extends to her memTHOUGH CALLIE AKINS HAS HAD SUCCESS in many facets of bership in GJCA, which she got agriculture, many know herfrom her success in the show ring, call announcing the latter award. deminstrated by a large amount of trophies, banners and buck“It definitely means a lot,” she involved in at an early age. les on display in her home. says of being selected as the firstChandler Akins attended the ever Junior of the Year. “As [GJCA] chairwoman I see first-ever GJCA Field Day and she tagged along. how much other officers and other juniors do. I know “I participated in the barnyard Olympics and made a most of the individuals nominated and I know they all lot of friends that were in like, the 12th grade. I’m pretty sure I haven’t missed a GJCA field day since,” Callie work very hard and are very deserving of this. Not only Akins says. “I’ve definitely met most of my best friends does it mean the juniors recognized me, but the actual catthrough GJCA.” tlemen have recognized what I’ve done.” GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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May 10 GSSA ANNUAL MEETING Ila Restaurant • Ila, Ga. May 11 GENERATIONS OF VALUE SALE Partisover Ranch Colbert, Ga.

ALSO COMING UP: May 31, 7 pm: Commercial Cattleman SimConference Stacey Britt Farm • Hartwell, Ga. June 1: Simmental Field Day Stacey Britt Farm • Hartwell, Ga.

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Eulala Harrison Bauer March 9, 2013 Eulala Harrison Bauer, 95, of Forsyth, Ga., died at heritage Health Care of Forsyth on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Bauer was born in Foss, Okla., to the late Robert Edward Harrison and the late Ida Avera Harrison. As a child she moved to Summerdale, Ala., where she lived and farmed most of her life. She was a homemaker, a gifted cook and an active member of the Eastern Star. Bauer was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Smarr, Ga., and she was active in Summerdale First United Methodist Church. She was also a farmer and an active member of Baldwin County Cattlemen’s Association. Bauer was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Conrad Bauer, and son Larry Lamar Bauer. She is survived by daughter Barbara Ann Eulala Bauer of Forsyth; grandchildren Heidi H. and Ben Brewton of Augusta; Neil Hightower Jr. and wife Mary of Thomaston, Ga.; John and wife Juliette Hightower of Panama City, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

George Hillsman Sr. March 13, 2013 George Anderson Hillsman Sr., 83, of Watkinsville, Ga., passed away on March 13, 2013. He was an Oconee County farmer and retired from Southern Piedmont. He also served in the US Air Force. Hillsman was preceded in death by his brother, John Marvin Hillsman Jr., and infant son, James Mark Hillsman. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor Clotfelter Hillsman; son George Anderson “Andy” Hillsman Jr. and wife Charlie; daughter Pamela Hillsman Wood and husband Walt; son Charles Robert Hillsman and wife Jane; grandchildren Angela Wood Hoffman and husband Jeremy, Matthew Preston Wood, Nicholas Robert Hillsman, Kasey Lynne Hillsman and Julie Elizabeth Hillsman; great-granddaughter Kamea Mae Hoffman; sister Lula Hillsman Pace; and a number of nieces and nephews. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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President, continued from p. 35

dad still continues to come out every day. He’s in his 80s and you can’t keep up with him. Between Carolyn and my dad we couldn’t do what we need to do because I’m not here enough.” A fairly rigid schedule helped the Gazdas find a balance between when to breed cows and when David could travel. They learned quickly that everything needed to be done before David Gazda went to Denver ... otherwise his family was practically “living with the cows” to make sure things were going smoothly. “One of my cohorts always said, ‘Whatever you do, if you can get home for your kids’ activities, you need to.’ I always took that to heart,” David Gazda says. Katie and Taylor Gazda both grew up in the show ring, exhibiting steers, heifers and lambs, many of them raised on the family farm. Both are charter Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association members and are actively involved in the National and Georgia junior Angus associations. In fact, Katie Gazda is a past Miss American Angus and Taylor a past Miss Georgia Angus. “The philosophy we usually took when we were making our breeding decisions, those heifers the girls showed had to come back and become a cow or they didn’t stick around,” Carolyn Gazda says. “We’re producing functional Angus seedstock through proven genetics.” David Gazda says they stay in the middle of the road for EPDs. “Our emphasis has always been a female to put back in the herd to make a cow with, but at the same time we wanted a set of bull calves to market to commercial cattlemen,” he says. “We’ve stayed balanced-trait across the board and haven’t chased any fads.” With two years as president-elect under his belt, David Gazda’s done a lot of thinking about his priorities this year as president — the State Checkoff, the office remodel project, a new communications internship and of course, strengthening membership, especially when it comes to transitioning from being a GJCA to a GCA member. “They graduate from college and

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DAVID GAZDA (RIGHT) IS READY to get back to living and take on the role of GCA president.

there’s a dead spot,” he says. “That’s where we lack right now. We need to keep those young people involved and help them develop skills that will

give them an opportunity at some point in time.” It’s been an eye-opening past few months for the Gazda family, David says. Battling the cancer diagnosis and then the depression was not easy, but by the time he started craving cheeseburger pizza again, he knew he was ready to “get back to living” and take on the role of GCA president. “I started travelling a little bit of the time. I got involved back in things I’d always enjoyed.,” he says. “Once I was able to start building up to running and get back in a routine, it was like, ‘Wow. I’m back.’” GC

Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale

13th Annual Calhoun HERD Program Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center Livestock Sales Pavilion, Calhoun, Ga. GPS Location: 1286 Hwy 53 Spur SW, Calhoun, GA


Several semen packages will be auctioned to benefit the Ted G. Dyer Scholarship Fund.


Also selling a 3-year-old Angus herd sire – Reg. #AAA 16645771

Pelvic Area • Frame Score •Disposition Score Reproductive Tract Maturity Score • WDA • ADG

All heifers were born between Dec. 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012 and are all safe to calvingease bulls. HA Program 5652 (AAA 15161251) was the primary AI sire used this year. To receive a catalog or other information contact: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Lawton Stewart P.O. Box 27990 706/542-1852 • Macon, GA 31221 UGA Extension Animal Science 478-474-6560 Phil Worley; 706/624-1398; NW GA Research and Education Center PO Box 640 / 1 McDaniel Station Road Calhoun, GA 30703

Or contact your local Extension agent • 1-800-ASK-UGA1

a Georgia tradition.

Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

PUREBRED SALE REPORTS Sarratt Farms March 9, 2013

55 bulls avg 41 Commercial heifers avg Total: 96 lots

Louisiana Brahman Association Sale March 23, 2013 2 Paired lots avg 2 Bred lots avg 24 Open lots avg 3 Exposed lots avg

$2,537 $1,851 $215,400 $2,700 $2,350 $2,275 $2,916.67


32 lots ABBA Golden Certified F1s avg $1,518.75 5 lots ABBA Certified F1s avg $1,840 21 lots Non-Program cattle avg $1,357.14 Total: 89 lots $159,749.95 The Southern Tradition Sale March 31, 2013 38 Three-in-Ones avg 23 Pairs avg 1 Safe-in-Calf cow avg 119 Safe-in-Calf heifers avg 6 Open heifers avg Total: 187 lots 39 buyers from FL and GA

$2,139 $1,985 $1,550 $1,566 $ 938 $320,525

Southeast Angus Showcase Sale April 5, 2013 7 Open heifers avg $1,600 12 Bred heifers avg $2,016 5 Bred cows avg $3,000 12 Fall pairs avg $4,608 6 Spring pairs avg $2,650 31 Embryos avg $ 225 1 Pregnancy avg $3,000 5 Semen units avg $ 100 Total: 79 lots $132,100 Georgia’s Finest Hereford Sale April 6, 2013 31 Females avg $2,692


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R E A D E R 3 Bulls avg 13 Embryos avg Total: 47 lots

$2,500 $ 225 $93,875

COMMERCIAL SALE REPORTS Moseley Cattle Auction LLC March 19, 2013 Lot 2: 690 lb heifers avg $121.30 Lot 3: 765 lb steers avg $126.40 Lot 4: 725 lb steers avg $128.90 Lot 6: 745 lb heifers avg $118.20 Lot 7: 750 lb heifers avg $118.00 Lot 8: 750 lb heifers avg $117.00 Lot 9: 800 lb heifers avg $115.00 Lot 10: 820 lb steers avg $122.90 Lot 11: 920 lb steers avg $117.40 Lot 12: 920 lb steers avg $117.50 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 600 lb steers/580 lb heifers avg $131.90/$121.90 Lot 5: 835 lb steers/750 lb heifers avg $118.20/$112.20

Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC March 20, 2013 Lot 1: 880 lb Holstein steers avg $94.50 Lot 2: 760 lb heifers avg $113.10 Lot 3: 775 lb heifers avg $109.50 Lot 4: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 3 loads) $113.90 Lot 5: 800 lb heifers avg $112.25 Lot 6: 800 lb heifers avg $112.50 Lot 9: 840 lb steers avg $110.00 Lot 10: 830 lb steers avg $119.10 Lot 11: 875 lb steers avg $111.00 Lot 12: 850 lb steers avg (sort 3 loads) $111.95 Mixed Loads Lot 7: 750 lb steers/725 lb heifers avg $115.00/$105.00


Lot 8: 650 lb steers/650 lb heifers avg $124.25/$114.25 Moseley Cattle Auction LLC March 26, 2013 Lot 2: 765 lb heifers avg $115.50 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 745 lb steers/712 lb heifers avg $119.00/$112.00 Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC March 27, 2013 Lot 1: 975 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 2: 875 lb steers avg Lot 3: 900 lb steers avg

Southeast Livestock Exchange April 2, 2013 1 Load 475 lb steers avg $174.00 1 Load 500 lb steers avg $164.75 1 Load 565 lb steers avg $159.75 1 Load 450 lb heifers avg $155.40 1 Load 500 lb heifers avg $148.75 1 Load 670 lb steers avg $140.75 1 Load 600 lb heifers avg $134.75 1 Load 720 lb steers avg $146.00 1 Load 780 lb steers avg $133.60 1 Load 690 lb heifers avg $138.80 1 Load 800 lb steers avg $132.50 1 Load 800 lb steers avg $132.75 1 Load 860 lb steers avg $126.35 1 Load 960 lb steers avg $120.25 2 Loads 850 lb steers avg $128.00 2 Loads 750 lb heifers avg $126.20 1 Load 725 lb heifers avg $126.30 Mixed Loads 1 Load 425 lb steers/425 lb heifers avg $170.50/$158.50

THE BEEF CHECKOFF It’s the law - no one is exempt!


• Every time you sell a bovine animal, regardless of age, sex, breed, purpose or number, a dollar-per-head is due. • The dollar is to be collected by the buyer from the seller, although both parties are responsible. • The checkoff is designed so that everyone pays their fair share.


• Beef and veal television, radio and print advertising. • Food safety, health and nutritional research. • Product technology and development. • Educating consumers and children about beef’s role in a healthy diet. • Refuting issues that could negatively impact the industry.


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


$94.70 $112.90 $117.40

• 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.

1 Load 750 lb steers/800 lb heifers avg $128.25/$121.25 1 Load 540 lb steers/540 lb heifers avg $146.25/$138.25 1 Load 800 lb steers/700 lb heifers avg $126.90/$120.90 1 Load 780 lb steers/780 lb heifers avg $127.30/$119.30

Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC April 3, 2013 Lot 2: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 3 loads) $120.95 Lot 3: 875 lb heifers avg $116.60 Lot 4: 625 lb steers avg $147.70 Lot 5: 830 lb steers avg $124.75 Lot 6: 875 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) $120.80 Lot 7: 900 lb steers avg $119.70 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 600 lb steers/550 lb heifers avg $143.25/$133.25 Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC April 10, 2013 Lot 1: 800 lb Holstein steers avg $96.95 Lot 2: 650 lb heifers avg $126.00 Lot 3: 760 lb heifers avg $115.50 Lot 4: 750 lb heifers avg $116.75 Lot 5: 750 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $114.00 Lot 6: 800 lb heifers avg (sort 2 loads) $114.10 Lot 7: 810 lb heifers avg $113.50 Lot 8: 725 lb steers avg $130.95 Lot 9: 830 lb steers avg $120.00 Lot 10: 810 lb steers avg $120.50 Lot 12: 875 lb steers avg $111.10 Lot 13: 875 lb steers avg $117.60 Lot 15: 900 lb steers avg $117.60 Lot 16: 965 lb steers avg $113.50

Beef Promotion & Research Program Private Treaty Sales Checkoff Investment Form




City, State, Zip:

Seller’s signature: Total # Sold:

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X $1 per head = $

State of Origin: Buyer:


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age with clostridial vaccines (blackleg). Castrate and dehorn any calves missed at birth. Implant calves. Calves that were implanted at birth may be reimplanted. Check on condition of bulls during breeding season. Provide supplemental feed if needed. Spot check to make sure cows are settling.

FALL CALVING October, November, December Pregnancy check cows 45 to 60 days after the end of the breeding season. Sell open cows. While working cows look at eyes, udders, feet, legs and production records for others that should be culled. To precondition calves for shipment, vaccinate for respiratory diseases (IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, H. SOMNUS) 45 days prior to weaning. Check with the local veterinarian for product recommendations. Heifers should be calfhood vac-

cinated for brucellosis at 4 to 8 months of age.

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


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May 3, 2013 Maternal Matrons Female Sale Rayle, Ga. 540-908-5799 [See April, p. 29] May 4, 2013 Ogeechee Angus Farms Sale Wadley, Ga. 706-551-2878 [See April, p. 21]

May 18, 2013 Southeast Angus Classic Opelika, Ala. 662-837-4904 [See April, p. 27]

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S E R V I C E S June 9 - 13, 2013 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop Tifton, Ga. 229-391-5072 [See advertisement, p. 27] June 21 - 22 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge Athens, Ga. 478-474-6560 [See advertisement, p. 67]

September 25 – 26, 2013 Georgia Southern University International Agribusiness Conference & Expo Savannah, Ga. 1-855-478-5551

October 1, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange Tel-O Sale [See advertisement, p. 62] October 3 - 13, 2013 Georgia National Fair Perry, Ga.

July 9, 2013 Southeast Livestock Exchange May 24 - 26, 2013 Tel-O Sale including Mountain October 5, 2013 Piedmontese Association of the Cattle Alliance and Southeast Sarratt Farms Sale Monroe County United States’ Annual Field Day Georgia Cattle Marketing Gaffney, SC HERD Sale Dewy Rose, Ga. Association Forsyth, Ga. 706-213-1197 [See advertisement, p. 62] October 15 - 17, 2013 478-994-7014 [See advertisement, p. 28] Sunbelt Ag Expo [See April, p. 51] July 11 - 13, 2013 Moultrie, Ga. May 27, 2013 Georgia Junior Beef Futurity SERAA Grasstime Auction The Mead Program Sale Perry, Ga. October 19, 2013 Cullman, Ala. Midville, Ga. Walden Farms Bull Sale 641-919-1077 706-554-6107 July 11, 2013 [See April, p. 28] [See advertisement, p. 72] GJCA Field Day Perry, Ga. October 28, 2013 The CSR Connection Sale May 29, 2013 Hill Vue Farm Alapaha, Ga. Calhoun HERD Sale July 19 - 20, 2013 Angus & Hereford 229-776-4383 Calhoun, Ga. Georgia Limousin Association Production Sale [See April, p. 77] 706-542-1852 Meeting and Field Day Blairsville, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 57] 229-567-1584 May 7, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 30] Southeast Livestock Exchange May 31, 2013 October 30, 2013 Tel-O Sale Commercial Cattlemen July 23, 2013 Fink Beef Genetics [See advertisement, p. 62] SimConference Southeast Livestock Exchange Annual Bull Sale Hartwell, Ga. Tel-O Sale including Coastal Randolph, Kan. May 10, 2013 706-654-6071 Carolina Cattle Alliance Special 785-532-9936 GSSA Annual Meeting [See advertisement, p. 54] Sale Ila, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 62] November 1, 2013 706-654-6071 June 1, 2013 Bull Power IX [See advertisement, p. 54] Simmental Field Day July 26 - 28, 2013 Colbert, Ga. Hartwell, Ga. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 706-474-0091 May 11, 2013 706-654-6071 3rd Annual Summer Conference Carolina’s “Full House” [See advertisement, p. 54] Pine Mountain, Ga. November 5, 2013 Multi-Breed Female Sale: 478-474-6560 Southeast Livestock Exchange Shorthorn, Red Angus, June 3 -4, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 17] Tel-O Sale Simmental and Gelbvieh Clemson Cattlemen’s Boot [See advertisement, p. 62] Clemson, S.C. Camp August 6, 2013 706-773-3612 Clemson, SC. Southeast Livestock Exchange November 13, 2013 [See April, p. 39] Tel-O Sale including Mountain Deer Valley Farm Cattle Alliance Focused on the Future Generations of Value June 4, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 62] VII Sale Female Sale Southeast Livestock Exchange Fayetteville, Tenn. Colbert, Ga. Tel-O Sale September 3, 2013 931-433-1895 859-421-6100 [See February, p. 62] Southeast Livestock Exchange [See March, p. 27] [See April, p. 61] Tel-O Sale June 7 - 8, 2013 [See advertisement, p. 62] December 3, 2013 Black Diamond Angus Southern National Southeast Livestock Exchange Total Dispersion Angus Show September 16, 2013 Tel-O Sale Cullman, Ala. Perry, Ga. Southeast Empire [See advertisement, p. 62] 256-734-5650 770-307-7178 Angus Show [See April, p. 73] [See advertisement, p. 44] Lawrenceville, Ga. Send items to G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Cattle Enterprises

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

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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”

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

GJCA Convention Recap By Walt Lipham, GJCA chapter relations officer

This past April I had the privilege to attend the 52nd Annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention. Along with the rest of the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association officers, I had a blast at Convention! Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Convention 'til late Friday night, however I did manage to make it to the Cattlemen’s Ball, the live auction and the GJCA first Annual Throw-down on the night of my arrival! GJCA members were excited to be included in the awards portion of the Cattlemen’s Ball, as we announced our first ever Junior of the Year. Multiple deserving juniors were nominated, but I cannot think of a more deserving junior to receive this award than our very own GJCA Chairwoman Callie Akins! She was awarded a belt buckle donated by the Carroll County Cattlemen's chapter. We also gave everyone a sneak peek of the winning GJCA parody video while they enjoyed their meal. After the Cattlemen’s Ball, the live auction was also a big hit with one of our GJCA chapter relation’s officers, Ben Hicks, catching bids. He definitely enjoyed himself! Afterwards GJCA hosted an awesome after-party complete with a DJ, Judah Swilley, and we all danced the night away. Look for this event to come back bigger and better next year! Early Saturday morning, the Georgia CattleWomen's Association hosted the annual Beef Ambassador competition. Three of our junior members competed and did a great job in the junior portion of the contest. It was great to see them in their beef promotion element. Later that afternoon at the Junior Awards Luncheon, we announced the winners of the Ambassador competition

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as well as scholarships, the picture contests, the video contest, team marketing competition and our Sweepstakes! GJCA’s biggest part of Convention, our luncheon, was held in the Beef and Dairy Arena around noon. We enjoyed wonderful food and each other’s company before the program began. To kick off our luncheon, National Beef Ambassador and GJCA member Chandler Mulvaney and all of the officers engaged every attendee in a beef cheer! It was the perfect opening to Mulvaney's presentation on what it means to be a Beef Ambassador. We all enjoyed his interesting presentation! Following Mulvaney, we began announcing our competition winners. We were pleased to announce that our very own Summer Conference and Convention Coordinator, Jordan Harrison, was the senior division winner and Makayla Holmes was the winner of the junior division for the second year running. We also announced the winners of the multiple scholarships given out at our luncheon. For the first time ever, we announced the winning video in our new Convention contest category, YouTube video parodies! These parodies had to be related to the beef industry. The winning video by Dalton Green, “Sirloin Steak, Taters and Rolls," was played during the luncheon. If you missed the airing of the video at Convention, check it out on our YouTube channel or Facebook page. I highly encourage you to watch it! Finally, we made our big announcement, Sweepstakes winners! For the senior division, Gibson Priest was the first place winner and took home our GJCA Sweepstakes trailer for the year. We also announced our first-ever tie for sweepstakes points as the Edwards twins, Lori and Kevin, both took home third place and Merritt Daniels received second. In the junior category, Makayla Holmes received first, John Dean Daniels was awarded second and Morgan Morris took home third place. Congratulations too all the winners of all of our GJCA contests! But things weren't over right after lunch. After things wound down, the Georgia Club Calf sale wound up! Convention was a huge success for GJCA as well as the cattlemen and cattlewomen. Everyone had a blast and we are already looking forward to next year! 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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Alvin Futch, Author 813-478-0227 ..................................................60 American Angus Association 816-383-5100 ....................................................7 Beef Checkoff Compliance 877-444-BEEF................................................59 Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge 478-474-6560 ................................................67 Beefmaster Breeders United 210-732-3132 ..................................................49 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ..................................................60 Calhoun HERD Program 706-542-1852 ..................................................57 Cattlemen's Beef Board............................22, 23 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383..................................................60 Clements’ Livestock Services 770-725-0348..................................................60 Collins Farms 478-957-6572..................................................27 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533..................................................60 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ................................................60 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ..................................................61 D.E. Billingsley, Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309 ..................................................61 Eblen Electronics 478-862-9848 ................................................60 Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 910-298-3012 ..................................................56 Elrod and Tolbert ..............................................3 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ........65 Flint River Mills 800-841-8502..................................................55 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ................................60 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..........................................44, 45 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders ........................48 Georgia Brahman Breeders............................48 Georgia Brangus Breeders ..............................31 GCA Summer Conference 2013 478-474-6560 ..................................................17

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Plan ahead to advertise in these special issues! Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560.

For the General Classified Ad section see pages 60 and 61

Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ................................................48 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655 ................................................28 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ............................26 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593..................................................64 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ................................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ............26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423..................................................32 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..................................................48 Georgia Simmental Association 706-654-6071..................................................54 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071..................................................54 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..................................................61 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..................................................60 Malcolm Financial Group 1-800-884-4820 ............................................62 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349..................................................60 Mead Cattle Enterprises 706-554-6107 ..................................................72 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..................................................60 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop 229-391-5072 ..................................................27 Pasture for Rent 404-367-6262..................................................61 Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024..............................................27 PH White Co. 800-344-0115 ..................................................32 Piedmontese Association of the United States 706-213-1197....................................................28 PNC Bank 877-535-6315 ....................................................5 Ragan & Massey 800-264-5281....................................................2 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..................................................60 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794 ..............................................60

R.W. Griffin Industries ..................................69 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International 361-592-9357 ..................................................47 Senepol Cattle ..................................................61 Southeast AGNet Radio ................................62 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..................................................60 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ................................................62 Southern States ................................................41 Stay-Tuff 888-223-8322 ..................................................71 StrayHorn Hauling 706-344-7303 ................................................60 Strickland Angus Farms 912-654-2151 ..................................................27 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149..................................................60 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588..................................................60 Vermeer ..............................................................46 VitaFerm 478-719-7021....................................................41 Yancey Brothers 770-941-2300..................................................60

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May 2013 Georgia Cattleman Magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association

May 2013 Georgia Cattleman Magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association