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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Meet GCA President-Elect David Gazda Nutrient Dense Foods an Important Part of School Lunches Congressional Races Sizzle in Cattle Producing States NCBA’s Communications Director Advocates for Agriculture Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption Structure Taking Shape GCA 2013 Nominating Committee Named GJCA Member Named to National Beef Ambassador Team GCA Awards: Have You Applied Yet? National BQ Audit Highlights Opportunities for Industry Tifton Evaluation Program Updates State Beef Councils Supplement Checkoff Program Funding Charolais Viewpoint: Think About Future of Your Operation Producer Passing the Torch of Proven Charolais Genetics

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New Members In Our Opinion by leadership and staff GCA Facebook Photo Contest Winner Good Moos! Chapter Connections Brooke’s Beef Bites by Brooke Williams Associate Members Hunting the Wily Hog by Baxter Black Spotlight on Satilla Cattlemen’s Association Industry Obituaries Local Market Reports Beef Management Calendar for the Month of November Calendar of Events Goin’ Showin’ Show Results Advertising Index



GCA President’s Report by Chuck Joiner GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board Report by Dallas Duncan Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Merritt Daniels


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Industry news

Reader services

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


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


The November 2012 cover of Georgia Cattleman magazine features a 9-day-old Charolais bull calf exploring Oak Hill Farm in Dawsonville, Ga, on a beautiful afternoon in September. Owned by Wayne and Lois Bennett, the calf was sired by a Cigar out of Vanessa, and his dam was a 914 out of a DO29. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.


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

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

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S


Fall is in the air, leaves are turning colors, brisk mornings and new calves are being born – you gotta love it.

November means it is close to the end of the fall show season as fairs are winding down. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s presence was center stage at both the Georgia National Fair and the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Thanks to all who volunteered to work at some of these events and to all GCA staff who worked diligently at the Fair and Expo as well as Taste of Atlanta. All of these events have an effect in that they help promote Georgia’s beef industry. Thanks to Polk County Cattlemen’s Association for the invitation to attend its “State of the Industry” meeting in Cedartown, Ga. Gary Black, Georgia commissioner of agriculture, gave an informative presentation on his department’s goals and initiatives. The homemade Brunswick stew and trimmings were delicious, not to mention the desserts. My hat’s off to President Glenn Robinson and officers of Polk County for their dedication to the cattle industry. One of the most interesting endeavors this past month has been teaching my 10-year-old grandson to operate the tractor. He has been driving for some time now but seems to have a hard time when it comes to backing up. Saturday I decided to let him haul hay out of the field to the barn. He had no trouble driving forward but had a hard time when it came to squaring up to the bale and backing up to pick it up. After several attempts on his own, I started giving him hand signals on when to turn the front wheels. I would make a turning motion with my hand and he would turn the opposite way; after doing this several times I stopped him and told him to do opposite of what he thought he should do. Oddly enough this seemed to work. As I was watching Jack operate the tractor, it reminded me of my father teaching my brother and me when I was about Jack’s age. Now, you have to understand, my dad could repair or make anything work with hay wire and hose clamps. Yes, we baled square bales with wire back then so hay wire was plentiful. Being short in statue, he knew he could not extend my legs so he extended the clutch by clamping a piece of two-by-four on the clutch pedal with two hose clamps. He would make the first round around the field and then tell my brother and me just to keep the tires in the furrow and plow until dark, which we did, enjoying every minute. Please remember that Nov. 30 is the membership deadline for this year. Past President Steve Blackburn set a 6 November 2012

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goal of 5,000 members during his term in office and even though we did not achieve it last year we did make great strides toward the goal. I felt like this goal was too important not to continue during my tenure, so I use the slogan “Keep Asking” to build on Steve’s slogan of “Just Ask.” The analogy used in football is, if you throw the ball three things can happen and only one of them is good. This does not relate to our membership campaign. If we “Just Ask,” two out of the three things are positive. One, they will say, “Yes,” two they will say, “Maybe” and three they can say, “No.” If the answer is “maybe,” we can steal the Tri-County chapter’s method of pay it forward. Tell them you will pay for theirs if they will ask someone else who is not a member and pay theirs using the same idea. This is one idea that was gleaned from the five Region Roundup meetings, and it has been successful for them. I think it has great potential for every chapter. I would like to personally recognize Allen Wiggins, operator of Turner County Stockyards and Jerry Franks, Red Barn Feed Store in Ashburn, Ga., for the amazing fundraising auction to help raise funds for 2-year-old Amris Bedford. I hope all of you read last month’s story about this event in the Good Moos section and get the opportunity to thank the ones involved. Also, please remember the Bedford family in your prayers. Until next time, Keep Asking! GC

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Your Beef Buck$ at Work Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association want to thank ALL of our fantastic volunteers from Georgia National Fair and Taste of Atlanta this year: Sara Akins, Andria Ashley, Rachel Austin, Kelcie Barnes, Steve Blackburn, Mac Blair, Jenna Bradner, Nanette Bryan, Marcia Callaway, Robert Cheely, Tammy Cheely, Micah Creamer, Makayla Ford,

Robert Fountain, Amanda Gilliard, Justin Gilliard, Amanda Gordy, Juanice Gordy, Ben Hicks, Chuck Joiner, Walt Lipham, Glen Major, Laura Major, Christy McCravy, Mike McCravy, Betty Metts, Billy Moore, Katlin Mulvaney, Bayleigh Pierstorff, Autrey Stalvey, John Haven Stalvey, Frank Thomas, Ruby Thomas, Erin White, Derek Williams and Joy Williams. We could not have done these events without your help!

NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications and youth activities, traveled to North Hall High School in Gainesville, ricultural Ga., on Sept. 21 for a day of beef education. She Ag in w ld Ba m for Abraha STARTS UP emABAC BEEF TEAM off another year of Beef Team the group. This year ’s team m uis, spoke to three of Mitch Davis’ agricultural educaof ed yh rt ck N ki tion classes, discussing Beef Quality Assurance don, Jacob September plied to be pa Parker, Cole Brog ajor 20 applicants ap College. Nearly Black, Amanda Gilliard, Grace cer Highsmith. Laura Daniel M ore with a veterinary science class. She also gave a e en iggly st bers are Suzann Steele, Aaron Weaver and Sp ng at the Piggly W’ll also get presentation on the beef life cycle and beef myths ki or w t be ot ill w Sc , p with a small animal care class and a general agriThe grou ter. They Glen Major liaison with GBB. at the meat coun culture class. Duncan got great questions from will serve as team Tifton, Ga., helping consumers ifts this fall. sh students and a co-teacher in the classroom and was on Tift Avenue in steak samples at each of their e able to address issues such as Lean Finely Textured to cook and serv Beef and hormone use in beef cattle.

Beef Board Honors Member

Georgia Beef Board honored one of its longest-standing members at its September meeting. Graydon Bobo of Washington, Ga., has been a member of GBB since the early 1990s and announced his retirement from the board earlier this year. Bobo was a member of the Livestock Marketing Association representation on the board. “The Georgia Livestock Markets appreciates the years of service that Mr. Graydon has provided representing the livestock marketing industry in the state of Georgia,” Georgia LMA executive secretary John Kissee says. GBB is grateful for Bobo’s dedication to beef promotion in the state, and the board would not be as successful in its endeavors without his help and support!

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FIELD DAY More than 80 cattlemen gathered Oct. 9 for a Forage Field Day at the Joe B. Harris Pond House in Odum, Ga. There were several presentations on how to better utilize annual ryeg rass and triticate as a winter silag e, baleage or grazing crop. Presente rs also talked about how to use thos e crops in a winter forage, summer row crop rotation. University of Georgia Beef Cattle Extension Specialist Law ton Stewart discussed how the high quality of these crops made them great fits for feeding beef cows, stoc kers and dairy cows. UGA Extensio n Livestock Economist Curt Lacy reviewed the expenses and show ed these crops, despite being drou ghtstressed, were still much more econ omical than other feedstuffs. The producers in attendance also had a chan ce to take a look at the equipment involved in growing and harvestin g the crop. Attendees also heard from NRCS about the services they prov ide for financial and planning assis tance, as well as Congressman Jack Kingston, who updated everyone on the status of the Farm Bill and othe r legislation.


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A Recipe for Success

all has arrived in earnest and with it come recipes that bring us the warm and delicious smells and tastes of the holidays. We just wrapped up a busy October with numerous events made successful by the key ingredient of volunteer participation and support. I say it each fall, but there is simply no way that we can make it through the Georgia National Fair, Taste of Atlanta, Sunbelt Ag Expo and the Fall Tour successfully without the sacrificial support of volunteers from around the state. I want to say a special “thank you” to the many Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association members who stepped up to help. The way that the juniors are able to connect with other youth as they share the beef story is a powerful dynamic to witness. Watching the big burly men let a 5-year-old put a “Beef it Up!” sticker on their shirts is a sight to see as well. I also must mention the support that our CattleWomen provided. This year we were blessed with both Georgia CattleWomen and the American National CattleWomen as we navigated October events. ANCW brought a National Beef Ambassador and set up their own creative and interactive game for children to play. We could not have made it without the CattleWomen’s support. If you never helped our staff at a consumer focused beef promotion event, I encourage you to put it on your list of things to do in 2013. It will definitely open your eyes to the challenges facing our industry as well as the positive attitudes that many consumers have toward “cowboys.” To quote a cattleman who helped at Taste of Atlanta, “This really opens my eyes to what the Georgia Beef Board does, reaching out to the folks that need to hear our message. We need more cattlemen to come down here and see what happens at these events.” Finally, I want to thank my fellow staff members for going the extra mile. There were more scheduling conflicts and challenges than usual this year, and each staff member stepped up to make sure all the ingredients were assembled to have a successful October of beef promotion.

A Season of Loss Our beef community lost two tremendous men in an eight-day span in late September (obituaries on page 38). Both were very important to GCA and GBB in different ways. The first, a tragic car accident that took the life of Jason Chapman, was a complete shock that rippled deeply throughout the Southeast. Jason set the bar for what a GCA and GBB intern could accomplish in one summer. He remained a favorite volunteer, helping at Convention and many beef promotion events. One of my first days on the job three years ago involved setting up the “Beef Story” display at the Georgia National Fair. Having never done it before, I had quite a few


things to figure out. I’ll never forget Jason coming by the display and coaching me on making T-Bone the talking steer work correctly. “Mr. Josh, if you need any help, you just call me,” he offered. That pretty much summed up Jason’s attitude. As part of a younger generation that is often accused of being selfabsorbed, he understood that serving others was a more rewarding course. The 2012 Georgia National Fair was not the same without his positive, high energy presence. The Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation decided to name the scholarship given annually to the GCA and GBB summer intern in his honor. Anyone wishing to make donations toward this scholarship should make checks payable to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation for the Jason Chapman Memorial Scholarship. Look for additional information about this scholarship in the future. A week after Jason’s passing, we lost University of Georgia Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Ted G. Dyer. Ted had been sick, but the shock was no less dramatic. He had hoped to fight the cancer that was discovered over the summer, but he really never had that chance. I don’t have enough space here to describe what Ted meant to the Georgia beef cattle community and me personally. As his former 4-H program assistant told me at his funeral, the beef cattle specialist position was Ted’s “dream job” and that is how he treated it. Most people associate Ted with the Calhoun Bull Test and HERD programs or remember his many articles in Georgia Cattleman, but few knew all the other things he did to support and promote the cattle industry. Ted was cochair of the GCA Tour committee; he coordinated the UGA Master Cattlemen’s programs; he was the UGA representative on the Georgia Beef Expo committee; he was cocoordinator of the Georgia Beef Quality Assurance program; he was constantly presenting programs to local cattlemen’s groups to help them be more efficient and profitable; and, perhaps most of all, he loved helping youth with 4-H livestock projects. A week rarely went by that I didn’t talk with him and we never had a cross word, because we were always striving for the same goal: Helping cattlemen become more profitable and successful. It was an honor to work alongside Ted and witness the excellent service he provided our community. Donations may be made to a scholarship fund established by the Dyer family: Ted G. Dyer Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 249, Trenton, GA 30752. As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, they will include the privilege of getting to know and serve our industry with these fine men. GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President]

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

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

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


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


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

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

Ronnie Griffis, Screven, 912-294-3483

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


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


JOSH WHITE Executive V.P.

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NCBA Directors: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961 Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro, 214-912-1993 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-564-2961

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

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



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

G e o r g i a C a t t l e m e n ’s A s s o c i a t i o n L o c a l P r e s i d e n t s Ogeechee .................Ray Hicks / 912-682-8670 Oglethorpe .......Andrew Gaines / 706-202-5742 Pachitla ...........B.J. Washington / 229-835-2745 Peach ....................Willis Brown / 478-956-2798 Piedmont ....Charles Woodward / 770-786-9264 Piney Woods............Joe Eason / 912-240-0503 Polk .................Glenn Robinson / 770-815-9122 Pulaski...............D.J. Bradshaw / 478-957-5208 Red Carpet.............Lewis Miller / 770-386-6622 Satilla ...............Alvin Walker Jr. / 912-449-5352 Seminole..............Bruce Barber / 229-524-8633 South Georgia .....Lavawn Luke / 912-345-2102 Southeast Georgia....................Donnie O’Quinn 912-217-1701 Stephens .........Nicholas Moody / 706-716-0381 Tattnall..........Jessie J. Driggers / 912-237-0608

Taylor .................Wayne Wilson / 706-648-3065 Thomas.......Charles R. Conklin / 229-228-6548 Three Rivers .....Derek Williams / 229-315-0986 Tift.......................Buck Aultman / 229-382-3202 Tri-County...Roy Lee Strickland / 770-459-5997 Tri-State ..............Steve Reasor / 423-718-1338 Troup ................Ben Comerford / 706-604-5098 Turner ..................Randy Hardy / 229-567-9255 University of Georgia .....................Zach Cowart 678-315-4112 Walton.............Sammy Maddox / 770-267-8724 Washington.......Bobby Brantley / 478-240-0453 Wayne..................Joe B. Harris / 912-586-6728 Webster .................Andy Payne / 229-828-2140 Wilkes ................David VanHart / 706-678-4428 Worth.................Donald Gilman / 229-776-3779


ABAC .................Jacob Nyhuis / 352-536-5496 Amicalola............George Lyons / 706-265-3328 Appalachian .........John Petit Jr. / 706-273-8457 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ............Ricky Yarbrough 478-986-5034 Banks ...............Bobby Whitlock / 706-654-8745 Barrow ..................Keith Prasse / 404-867-2665 Ben Hill-Irwin......Ronny Branch / 229-457-0407 Berrien .....................................................Vacant Blue Ridge Mountain .............Laurie McClearen 706-946-6366 Brooks......................Jeff Moore / 229-263-4248 Burke ........................Al Cooper / 706-554-7256 Carroll ..................Chuck Joiner / 770-301-3243 Clarke-Oconee......Jimmy Willis / 706-769-0828 Colquitt .........Thomas Coleman / 229-941-2930 Cook.......................Sean Resta / 229-896-8285 Coweta........................Bill Cline / 770-213-9175 Crawford Area ......Larry Cooley / 478-836-3268 Decatur .................Stuart Griffin / 229-246-0951 Elbert ........................Ron Ward / 706-213-9175 Floyd .........................Gary Willis /706-777-3732 Franklin .............Daryl Freeman / 706-491-3354 Grady ...................Caylor Ouzts / 229-377-7561 Greene Area.............John Dyar / 706-453-7586 Hall ................Steve Brinson Jr. / 770-869-1377 Haralson ...............Jason Johns / 770-851-0691 Harris................Sandy Reames / 706-628-4956 Hart .....................Scott Fleming / 706-376-0151 Heard...................Keith Jenkins / 770-854-5933 Heartland ..............Tony Rogers / 478-934-2430 Henry ....................Marvin Rose / 770-957-5591 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...............Dave Stewart / 706-797-2076 Meriwether......Harvey Lemmon / 706-977-9222 Mid-Georgia .....Ray Brumbeloe / 770-567-0808 Miller...................Trent Clenney / 229-758-2844 Mitchell ............J. Dean Daniels / 229-336-5271 Morgan.........................Ed Prior / 706-474-0355 Murray.....................Chris Crow / 706-897-9891 North Georgia ........Wesley Hall / 770-888-7249 Northeast Georgia ......................Garnett Hulsey 706-778-5533 Northwest Georgia .....................David Holcomb 706-463-3088 Ocmulgee ...........Raleigh Gibbs / 229-365-7113

Complete and mail this form to:

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Name ____________________________________________ Address___________________________________________ City ______________________________________________ State____________ Zip ______________________________ Phone ____________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ GCA Chapter_______________________________________ Sponsored by ______________________________________ Birthday (juniors only) _______________________________ GCA Dues, 1 year ______________________________$ 50 GJCA Dues, 1 year______________________________$ 15 GCWA Dues, 1 year _____________________________$ 15 Additional Local Dues, 1 year _____________________$___ TOTAL PAYMENT $___

Thank you ... for your membership!

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

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W e l c o m e N e w M e mb e r s !

Nick Armeda, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Abigail Alexander, Mountville, S.C.

William D. Alexander, Lafayette

Kelcie Barnes, Martin

David Barron, Whitesburg

Royce E. Bemis, Moreland Blake Burkes, Whigham Edward E. Clemons, Cumming

Max Demott, Hartsfield

Jimmy Duke, Georgetown Joey Durham, Reidsville

James A. Eblen, Reynolds Bob Evans, Hartwell

We’re thankful you joined our herd!

Sandra Evans, Baldwin

Timothy Redden, Lafayette

James Wilkerson, Defuniak

Lindsey Hall, Tifton

Michael Roper, Cumming

Jesse Wilkerson, Defuniak

Jason Lewis, Register

Scott Steele, Auburndale, Fla.

Candi Willis, Ellerslie

Nicole McAleer, Midland

James Tenewitz, Cairo

Haley Green, Dawsonville Cora Jones, Odum

Kaytlyn Malia, Carnesville Ken McCollom, Carrollton

Victoria Robinson, McRae Neal Spooner, Iron City

Samantha Strickland, Perry

Catie Trammell, Reddick, Fla.

Kayla Mercer, Sorrento, Fla.

Daryl Warren, Pelham

Randy Miller, Wadley

Kathye Warner, Douglasville David Warren, Pelham

Larry T. Moore, Newnan

Aaron Weaver, New Smyrna

Amanda Murphy, Tifton

Haley Webb,

Louell Morris, Tifton

Joe Padgett, Cumming

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Springs, Fla.

Timothy S.Wilson, Grayson

Troy Thomas, Whitesburg

Floyd Ray McCord, Barnesville

Springs, Fla.

Beach, Fla.

Punta Gorda, Fla.

Ja’Quez West, Irwinton


There are just a few weeks left in this year’s membership drive! Turn to page 35 to see how your chapter is doing in the contest. The chapter with the greatest increase in members will win a squeeze chute courtesy of Fuller Supply Co. and Priefert!







Meet GCA President-Elect David Gazda

Q Share what it means to be president-elect and some of the responsibilities you undertake.

developed an interest in beef cattle and I attribute that to my dad’s Midwestern upbringing. Both my parents were raised in small, Midwestern ANSWER: I am fortunate to work farm and coal mining communities in with a board and regional vice an area of the country where several of presidents who are extremely dedicated the early influential Angus herds origito this organization – individuals who nated. My dad was a professor at the take their leadership positions seriously University of Georgia and had and are truly concerned about the dreamed upon retiring to own a small viability of Georgia Cattlemen’s farm and to raise a few beef cattle. At Association, its membership and the some point during my high school industry. I feel equally as fortunate to years land was purchased and later work with such a dedicated staff in upon graduation a house was built and Macon, a group that is passionate dad’s dream became a reality. My about what they do and are as talented involvement from a career standpoint as any cattlemen’s organization in the really began in college where I attendcountry. As president-elect my main ed UGA, majoring in agricultural ecoresponsibilities are to assist in the nomics. It was during this time while planning of our Summer Conference participating on the livestock judging and with the Convention held in Perry team and working at the hog and beef in April. cattle units that I developed an interest in the livestock industry and the desire Q Describe your background to make it a career. and involvement in the beef cattle Q In your opinion, what is the industry. most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef ANSWER: My background would industry is facing today? be pretty unconventional in comparison to others who have served this ANSWER: The public is being organization. I was raised in Athens, barraged by negative press, false lived in the suburbs and participated in information and sensationalistic all the normal activities any youngster journalism by the media on a daily would, but was never really ever forbasis regarding production agriculture, mally exposed to the 4-H and FFA particularly production animal programs. It wasn’t until college that I agriculture in our nation. As producers

QUICK FACTS: • Gazda met his wife, Carolyn, in college. They have two daughters: Katie, who graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture degree from UGA and Taylor, who is a sophomore hospitality management major at Ole Miss. • The Gazdas live outside of Athens on a farm with a registered Angus herd they operate with Gazda’s father. • Gazda’s favorite cut of steak is strip.

we must address these accusations with intelligence and conviction. The practices we utilize are environmentally sound, socially responsible and we are in fact producing a safe, wholesome product in one of the most regulated industries in the country.

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

ANSWER: Membership, or lack of membership, in the association continues to be our biggest challenge. In a state where approximately 15,000 producers exist roughly one-third are members of GCA. Revenues from the magazine and membership dues are our largest sources of income and are used primarily to pay staff salaries, maintain office facilities, fund educational programs and provide various services offered to the members. By continually growing membership we could potentially add more staff, provide more programs and services, therefore more effectively serving and representing our membership and its interests. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Nutrient Dense Foods an Important Part of School Lunches

In light of new US Department of Agriculture school lunch guidelines that went into effect this school year, many parents are wondering if their kids, especially those who are active on the family farm and in after-school athletics, are getting enough to eat. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Associate Director of Food & Nutrition Outreach Shelley Johnson says that with the new guidelines in place, it’s a good time for parents to have a conversation with their kids about the importance of choosing healthy, nutritious nutrientdense foods, such as beef, as part of a healthy diet. “By being part of this dialogue we can help the next generation better understand the importance of choosing healthy foods at home or at school,” Johnson says. According to the USDA guidelines, the amount of meat or meat alternate required as part of the new school lunch plans are almost identical to previous requirements, but there are now maximum limits. The new guidelines provide the basic nutritional needs for the average American student and outline specific calorie ranges and amounts of food for each age and grade group. However, Johnson says that not all kids

are the same and don’t have the same nutrition needs. “Those kids who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs. Proteinrich foods like lean beef and low or non-fat dairy products can help kids feel satisfied,” she says, adding that one 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides half the protein needed to meet dietary guidelines. “If kids are hungry after lunch, parents may want to pack a protein-rich snack or pack lunches if possible.” USDA has asked for feedback about the guidelines and created a website with more information. Johnson stressed the importance of parents letting USDA know if they have questions or concerns about the new standards. GC

Congressional Races Sizzle in Cattle Producing States

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall stressed the importance of cattlemen and cattlewomen getting to the polls this year in order to cast their vote for candidates who support a “healthy, vibrant cattle industry.” “This election will be a critical turning point in our country’s political future, and we must ensure that more members of Congress are elected who truly understand and support the beef industry,” Woodall says. “This is a crucial time for cattlemen and cattlewomen to make an impact and support those candidates who realize the importance of having a strong US agricultural economy, and who will work to make it happen.”

One closely watched race is the Senate race between former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin. Wisconsin has been a consistently Democratic state, but in 2010 Republicans gained the governorship, a US Senate seat and two Democratic House seats. In Montana, Rep. Denny Rehberg is running for the Senate against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. The two candidates come in as having unanimous partisan support, with 91 percent of Republicans supporting Rehberg and 92 percent of Democrats supporting Tester. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is running for reelection against Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. Nevada is a key state in the national race for control of the Democratic-led Senate, in which Republicans need to gain four seats to win control. Virginia’s former Republican Gov. George Allen is fighting for a Senate seat against another former Virginia governor, Democrat Tim Kaine. Polls show the race is currently tied. NCBA Political Action Committee Director Anna Lee says that the organization is also paying attention to more than 50 races which will fill House seats come January 2013. “These are all critical races in states where agriculture is a vital part of the economy. Farmers and ranchers must realize that as a voter, they have the ability to choose who represents them and their needs in Washington, D.C.,” Lee says. “With all 435 House seats up for grabs, every vote counts.” 14 November 2012

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In Iowa, redistricting led to an incumbent versus incumbent race between Republican Rep. Tom Latham running against Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell. The close race in this Republican-leaning district is drawing political attention across the nation. Also in Iowa, Republican Rep. Steve King is facing off against Christie Vilsack, wife of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. King easily won reelection during the last five campaigns, but polls show the race is close. Texas Republican Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco is running for reelection against Democratic challenger Pete Gallego. According to The Dallas Morning News, polling data released earlier this week by the Canseco campaign shows him ahead of Gallego by 10 percentage points. Andy Barr, R-Ky., is battling against Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler for a House seat in Kentucky’s District 6. Barr, an attorney, worked for former Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher. According to a new poll by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Barr holds a lead over Chandler by 49 percent to 46 percent. “Whether you head to the polls on Election Day, vote by absentee ballot or choose to vote early, make sure that you exercise your right to vote,” Lee says. “The NCBA-PAC enables the beef industry to assist political candidates who are committed to our vision. We must increase our participation in the political process to preserve the future of the cattle industry.” GC

As NCBA’s New Communications Director, Adams Advocates for Agriculture N C B A




By Chase Adams, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of communications

I am pleased to join the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as the director of communications for NCBA’s Washington, D.C., office, filling the position left by Mike Deering, who returned to Missouri as the executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. As a native of Wyoming, I grew up in cattle country. I have always had a passion for agriculture and ranching. During my career I’ve held a number of positions in agriculture from working at the sale barn in Belle Fourche, S.D., to agriculture journalism, which was a nice change from doing the work to talking about it. I received my bachelor’s degree in political science from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., in 2005. After graduation I took a year off from school and started working for a large radio station, KBHB in Sturgis, S.D. KBHB has been broadcasting to the farming community since 1962, but had never had a farm director or been a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. I continued my education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where I earned my law degree in 2009. I came back to the Black Hills area and set up a small law practice in Sturgis. As an attorney, I intended to focus on property law, but was drawn to criminal defense and the courtroom. As a criminal attorney, I had the opportunity to take on a number of jury trials and gained tremendous experience in a short period of time. While practicing law I still worked as KBHB’s radio farm director and was a member of NAFB. In addition I was a lobbyist in the South Dakota legislature for our state’s sheep industry which gave me great insight into the state legislative process. Throughout my career I have had the privilege to serve on a number of boards. Last year, I was elected from the broadcast council of NAFB to represent the Western region on the board of directors. I also served on the board for the Days of ’76 Museum which celebrates the Deadwood, S.D., historic rodeo. The museum board oversaw the

construction of a new $6.5 million facility to house the museum’s world class collection of historic horse-drawn vehicles and the merger of Deadwood’s four museums under one umbrella of Deadwood History, Inc.

With the farm bill, death tax and an abundance of rules and regulation on the forefront, I think it is more important now than ever to have NCBA leading the charge on these issues and I look forward to ensuring those messages are communicated back to the ranching community.... NCBA is the definitive voice of the beef industry, and I will work hard to make that voice heard loud and clear.

The opportunity I had to work as a farm broadcaster has been invaluable to be able to report on agriculture; not only in the High Plains region, but on issues across the nation. I had the chance to meet with and get to know such a wide array of ranchers, farm


groups, agricultural leaders and Congressional members. I look forward to bringing these experiences to NCBA and our nation’s capital for the benefit of our members and the beef community as a whole. My passion has always been agriculture and communicating its triumphs and struggles. I am a firm believer in the work being done by NCBA on behalf of cattlemen and women and as communications director for the organization, I now have the opportunity to use my skills and my background to aid in that effort. I relish this opportunity as this is a vital time to be here in Washington D.C., working for our nation’s cattlemen and women. With the farm bill, death tax and an abundance of rules and regulation on the forefront, I think it is more important now than ever to have NCBA leading the charge on these issues and I look forward to ensuring those messages are communicated back to the ranching community. As director of communications for NCBA, it is my goal to use my understanding of the legal, legislative and rulemaking systems and my background and contacts in farm broadcasting to ensure we communicate to cattlemen and women the best information available about the issues that affect their livelihood. NCBA is the definitive voice of the beef industry, and I will work hard to make that voice heard loud and clear. GC

Legislative Watch

H.R. 1259 / S. 2242 – Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act To fully and permanently repeal the estate tax. NCBA urges a YES vote on the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. Key Sponsors: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

S. 1129 – Grazing Improvement Act To make improvements to the efficiency and stability of the federal lands grazing permit process. NCBA urges a YES vote on S. 1129. Key Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. H.R. 6083 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act The House version of the 2012 Farm Bill. NCBA urges a YES vote on H.R. 6083. Key Sponsor: Frank Lucas , R-Okla. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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In Our Opinion

We Give Thanks...

Editor’s Note: This month, we asked leadership and staff from Georgia Cattlemen’s, Georgia CattleWomen, Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board to tell us what they are thankful for this November. Callie Akins, GJCA chairwoman “As I sit down to reflect on the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, I realize most of the things I am thankful for have something to do with agriculture. First and foremost I am thankful that God has provided me with amazingly supportive family and friends. Many of these friends I have met through showing cattle and my time as a GJCA officer. This year I am extremely thankful for the bountiful harvest God has provided me and my family with this fall. Last but not least I am grateful for my time as a GJCA officer and the wonderful GCA staff and members I get to be involved with.”

Nanette Bryan, GCWA president “I am thankful for parents who were loving and caring and taught me to be the same. For my husband who is my best friend and has shown me love beyond measure. For two daughters who are the center of my world and make me glow with pride for the young ladies they have become. For a family that is better than I deserve. For friends who give me wealth beyond measure. I am very blessed to get to work at a job that I love. But I am most thankful for my faith in God and the assurance of everlasting life I have in Him.” Tricia Combes, GBB program & compliance coordinator “God’s delightful blessings: Cool fall mornings with lots of sunshine A grandson’s delight to see you Rain on a tin roof and a cozy couch Breakfast with granddaughters A friend who never screens your calls Local libraries where reading is still free A ‘just thinking of you’ call from a grown child Coworkers who laugh a lot Freedom to worship A husband who will grocery shop for you Bosses who work harder than you do No lines at the checkout counter I pray each of you has a happy, blessed holiday season.”

Michele Creamer, GCA director of operations “I have so much to be thankful for The Lord has been so good to me! I have a wonderful family. I have been married to my husband for 24 years and I wouldn’t trade those for anything. I have two wonderful children, Micah, 13, and McKenzie, 2. They are the love of my life. I absolutely love my position at GCA. I love the people and the industry. I have way more than I deserve!” 16 November 2012

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Gayla Dease, GCA graphic artist “I am thankful for the blessings I have gained and the lessons I have learned from the Georgia cattle producers and their family members over the past eight years. It has been my honor to help tell the Beef Story in the pages of Georgia Cattleman, and it has been a privilege to watch many of the juniors grow into successful young adults.”

Dallas Duncan, GCA director of communications & youth activities “I am so thankful for each of you who makes my job possible! Without your support and hard work, Georgia’s beef industry would be hard-pressed to be as successful as it is. I’m beyond grateful for the faculty and staff at UGA and ABAC who continue to promote research and junior involvement in the cattle industry, for my family and friends who no longer bat an eye when I explain to them what’s on the bottom of my boots and most of all, for the chance to be part of our state’s exceptional beef community.”

Chuck Joiner, GCA president “Each year as Thanksgiving season rolls around, we are all reminded of how blessed we are. Just the change of seasons each year is evident of the amazing power of our God. I am so thankful for my family, friends and coworkers who I interact with each day who share the same appreciation of this power as I do.”

Sherri Morrow, GCA membership coordinator “I am thankful to have been a part of GCA and GBB for the past 15 years. I have been fortunate to get to work with and meet so many different people. I am also so thankful for my wonderful family, especially my 4-year-old son Aiden!”

Josh White, GCA & GBB executive vice president “I am so thankful to have a loving, healthy family. I am thankful to live in a country with such overwhelming opportunity and freedom – even during ‘tough’ times. I am thankful to be able to work alongside an amazing staff and committed volunteer leaders in an industry that I love. I am thankful for the faith I've been blessed with and the freedom to express it.”

Brooke Williams, GBB director of industry information “I’m thankful to have a job in a profession that I love, working with people who I respect and admire. I am also thankful to (finally!) be moving into my dream house this month. And lastly, I am incredibly thankful for my loving and supportive husband and family!”

Congratulations to Nicole Allen of Covington, a member of the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association, for the winning entry in the November photo contest, “I’m Thankful for Beef Cattle!”

Stay tuned to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page for the December photo of the month contest!

FPL Food, LLC in Augusta, Georgia

is proud to announce the launch of its fed beef cattle program to go along with our existing cow and bull harvest. Producers throughout the Southeast can take advantage of our program and keep our Southeastern raised cattle in the local market to be fed, harvested and merchandised to consumers across our region. The fed program at FPL consists of a traditional commodity fed program where USDA Choice and Select graded cattle are the target. Fed cattle can be forward contracted and/or purchased direct. Cattle will be purchased on a yield and quality grade grid system. Cows and bulls can be purchased direct from your farm or delivered to our facility. If you are interested in supplying cattle for either of these programs please contact Brad Chandler at 706.910.9397 or via email at If you want additional information about FPL Food LLC, please review our web page at G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Burt, Jaren, Josh and Lynne Jeffords of 3J Farms

3J FARMS HONORED WITH SPOTLIGHT AWARD Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Association member Burt Jeffords and family were honored in September with the Georgia Club Calf Producers Association’s Spotlight Award. The Jeffords have a family owned and operated grading and construction business as well as numerous farms in and around the Calhoun, Ga., area. Their herd is predominately Simmental-based with some Angus and composite cattle, according to a story from Georgia Junior Simmental Association President Gibson Priest. They utilize artificial insemination and an embryo transfer program. During the past show season, 3J Farms’ heifer won the Reserve National Champion Simmental female in the junior show at the North American International Livestock Exposition, as well as either Supreme or Reserve Supreme heifer at all shows. She was also the third overall heifer at the state show in Perry, Ga. The Jeffords also bred the Reserve Champion Commercial heifer at the Georgia National Fair, and the family is a founding member of the Final Drive Club Calf Sale held every March.

UGA Cattlemen’s Member Featured as Amazing Student

Anna McIntyre, a past Georgia Cattlemen’s Association convention intern and a member of the University of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, was recently featured on the UGA website as one of the university’s amazing students. McIntyre will graduate in December with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture degree in agricultural communication, a minor in horticulture and a certificate in agricultural leadership and service. She is a member of numerous organizations, including Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, AGHON, Student Government Association, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H and Block & Bridle. McIntyre interned this summer with Sen. Johnny Isakson and has plans to one day be a government relations representative for the Georgia Department of Agriculture or work in the agricultural communications field. To read the full story, visit and click on “Amazing Students” in the bottom left of the page.


Steve Brinson, president of the Hall County Cattlemen’s Association, invited 10 North Hall High School students to visit his farm in September as part of the Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day. Brinson and his wife, Tabitha, took the students on a hayride farm tour and discussed with them the economic aspects of farming, their tools, conservation measures and breeding methods, according to a story in The Times newspaper. For students who already farmed, it was a good experience to see differences in farming methods, and for those who didn’t, it was an opportunity to get immersed into the daily life of a beef cattle producer.

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Heard County Junior Places 10th in Bull Riding Championship Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association member Lance Daniel brought home a Top 10 Belt Buckle from the Youth Bull Riders World Finals this summer. Daniel, a junior at Heard County High School, traveled to Abilene, Texas, on Aug. 1 to compete amongst 300 of the best bull riders for the World Champion title. Daniel is the Georgia State Champion in the Junior Bulls Division. His bull riding achievements include winning the Franklin IPRA rodeo by scoring an 84 at the Heard County Covered Arena in April 2012. This is a big accomplishment, as it was his first pro bull and highestmarked ride. Daniel thanks God for giving him the ability to ride and for keeping him safe. He thanks his sponsors, family and friends for their continued support, and offers a special thanks to Reeves Supply and the Heard County Cattlemen’s Association.


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Hall County Cattlemen’s Association to Sponsor Six New GJCA Members

The Hall County chapter voted at its Sept. 20 meeting to sponsor six new members of Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Not only was it an opportunity to gain new members for the chapter, but the association deemed it a worthy investment in the future of the north Georgia beef community. Several of the new members are interested in showing beef cattle while others want to learn more about the career opportunities in the industry.

MID-GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION Barnesville Buggy Days celebrates the Barnesville, Ga., heritage as the Buggy Capitol of the South during the late 1800s. Held this year on Sept. 15 and 16, the festival includes a display of historic buggies, more than 150 local artists, a parade and the Miss Buggy Days pageant. Each year, the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has a booth at the event, using Buggy Days as an opportunity to promote beef and sell ribeye steak sandwiches as a successful fundraiser.

COWETA COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION Coweta County cattlemen hosted their annual Beef Steak Cook-Off on Sept. 29. Flat iron steaks were provided for all contestants. First place of $250 went to Kendra Hyatt, competing in the adult category; second place of $150 went to eighth-grader Raven Jacobs; and third place of $100 went to Alex Taylor, a fifth-grader. Marcia Callaway, a member of the association, says it was wonderful to see youth cooking and eating beef. In group photo, Coweta County President Bill Cline poses with winners and members of the association.

POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Each year, the Polk County chapter enters a booth at the county fair under the “educational category.” This year, the theme was “No Farms … No Food!” The chapter placed third for its display, which featured green and white balloons with the theme message and backdrops encouraging consumers to buy food from local farmers. Above, from left, Luke Robinson, Hunter Forsyth, Glenn Robinson, Laura Robinson, CW Purser and Dondra Casey. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Qualifying Georgia farmers may soon be exempt from sales tax on select farm equipment and implements, thanks to new regulations passed by the Georgia agriculture and revenue departments.

Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption Structure Taking Shape By Josh White, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president

The Georgia Department of Agriculture recently published proposed regulations which will provide the framework for farmers and ranchers to receive expanded sales tax exemptions that were passed as part of 2012 tax reform legislation. The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption Certificate will identify farmers and ranchers as qualified agriculture producers. GATE Certificates will be issued annually by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Farmers may apply either online for a $20 fee or through a traditional written application process for a $25 fee. A threshold of $2,500 of annual gross sales of agriculture or forestry products is required to qualify for the GATE certificate. The Georgia Department of Revenue will be responsible for review, audit and possible prosecution of violation of the provisions outlined for the GATE program. “It is exciting to see this long-awaited exemption structure finally begin to take shape,” says Chris Taylor, GCA Legislative Committee chairman. “Come Jan. 1, 2013, we should be able to save a substantial amount on inputs such as fencing, cattle handling equipment and baler parts that we are currently paying sales tax on.” The Georgia Department of Agriculture plans to begin issuing GATE Certificates later this fall. As of press time, the Georgia Department of Revenue had not published its proposed regulations outlining the tax exempt items under the new legislation. FOR MORE INFORMATION about the exemptions and to read the full regulations, visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture legal notices site at:

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B r oo k e ’ s B e e f B i te s By Brooke Williams Georgia Beef Board director of industry information

There are so many great traditions that center around Thanksgiving that it is almost hard to list them all. For my family, it is a time to get together, have a ridiculously large meal and then crash while we watch football or movies.

Last year, I convinced my family to mix up the menu a bit and try a beef roast instead of the traditional turkey. While a turkey-free Thanksgiving might sound crazy to traditionalists, my family actually requested it again this year! Are you ready to imagine Thanksgiving without the turkey? Well, here comes the BEEF! The recipe I chose for my untraditional Thanksgiving is herbed tenderloin with holiday rice. When preparing a roast to cook in the oven, there are a few important steps to remember: Place the roast, directly from the refrigerator, fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Then, insert an ovenproof meat thermometer so the tip is centered in the thickest part of

the roast without touching bone or resting in the fat. Finally, do not add water or cover the meat. This particular recipe calls for a rub to go on the outside of the roast. Rubs are commonly used on roasts, steaks and ground beef. Rubs not only add flavor, but they can also help seal in juices and form a delicious crust. You can make your own dry rubs by combining your favorite fresh or dry herbs, spices and other dry seasonings. As in this recipe, you can add additional zing and spice to your favorite cut with a paste rub. To make a paste, combine dry seasonings with oil. You can use your favorite oil that’s infused with garlic, red pepper or lemon, or any other oil of your choice. You can also add small amounts of finely chopped garlic or

onion, or seasonings such as mustard, soy sauce or horseradish that will help bind the mixture. The goal is to maintain a consistency that can be spread thick on the beef. Once the roast is seasoned, put it in a 425-degree oven for about 40 minutes. Oven roasting is great for holidays because larger, thicker cuts of beef, which are usually used when serving a holiday crowd, benefit most from roasting in the oven. Although it requires more time, roasting is the simplest cooking method. It requires little attention, allowing you more time to spend with your family during the holiday. I hope you all will enjoy this nontraditional holiday roast recipe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of friends, family and food!

RECIPE: Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice

INGREDIENTS 1 well-trimmed center-cut beef tenderloin roast, 2 to 3 pounds Seasoning 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1.5 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Holiday Rice 2 tablespoons butter ¾ cup chopped onion ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 9 ounces frozen French-style green beans, defrosted 3 cups hot cooked rice 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine seasoning ingredients and press onto roast. 2. Place roast on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert an ovenproof meat thermometer so the tip is centered in the thickets part. Do not add water or cover. 3. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes for medium rare or 45 to 50 minutes for medium. 4. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare, 150 for medium. Tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise about 10 degrees. 5. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook and stir five minutes or until tender. Add beans. Cook and stir two minutes. Stir in rice and almonds and heat through. 6. Carve roast and season with salt. Serve with rice.

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Georgia Beef Board Report


GBB Thankful for a Busy Fall Promoting Beef

Compiled by Dallas Duncan

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

Phil Harvey, Vice Chairman P.O. Box 928 Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-7314 Home 770-775-7351 Work Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519

GBB had a successful first two weeks in October with the annual Georgia National Fair and Taste of Atlanta events. The fair, held Oct. 4 through 14, was very busy as thousands of schoolchildren, families and beef supporters strolled through the Beef Story exhibit. In addition to TBone the talking steer and a grab-and-go recipe board, GBB offered several new interactive games. Build MyPlate allowed patrons to create their healthiest plate, given options such as bottled water, soda, a double cheeseburger, lean beef, French fries and fruit. At the Beef Cuts Quiz, people filled out what they believed were the answers to questions about different retail cuts of beef, and next door at the Beef Cuts Chart, students matched up where different retail cuts come from on the beef carcass and how they should be cooked. There were plenty of photo opportunities in the Beef Story – either in front of our photo backdrop, with Glory the byproducts cow or with T-Bone, and a chance to meet experts in the beef community. GBB thanks all of its volunteers who were able to come out and help at the interactive

exhibits and hand out prizes! We would also like to thank the American National CattleWomen and its National Beef Speakers Bureau, who were able to make the trip to Georgia along with 2012 Beef Ambassador team member Arika Snyder. These women helped us tremendously to tell the beef story and worked hard meeting consumers and sharing factual information with them about BEEF! Even as the fair was going on, GBB staff drove to the state capital for Taste of Atlanta on Oct. 6 and 7. Taste of Atlanta is a premiere “foodie” event featuring top restaurants and commodities from across the metro area. Nearly 10,000 consumers passed by our booth during this twoday event, taking home recipe brochures and enjoying free samples of beef brisket. GBB had some great volunteers for Taste of Atlanta this year, including culinary arts students from Le Cordon Bleu. Though the weekend was busy, GBB staff and volunteers got the chance to meet beef chefs from the Atlanta area and see some of the most popular beef preparation trends taking the food world by storm. GC

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GCA 2013 Nominating Committee Named

The 2013 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Nominating Committee was appointed by President Chuck Joiner and approved by the Executive Committee in September. The committee will begin working later this fall to select a slate of nominees to serve in the following GCA positions: State officers; two Executive Committee members; regional vice presidents for regions 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14; and a GCA representative on the Georgia Beef Board. The GCA bylaws dictate that the GCA immediate past president will serve as chairman of the Nominating Committee. The entire committee includes: • Steve Blackburn, Chairman (214-912-1993, • Carroll T. Cannon (229-776-4383, • Daryl Freeman (706-491-3354, • Mike McCravy (770-258-9411, • Lawton Stewart (706-542-6627, • Dean Daniels (229-886-8219, • Kristy Arnold (912-294-3485, Please take a minute to consider individuals in your area who could help move GCA and GBB forward and share those suggestions with a nominating committee member. GC

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GJCA Member Named to National Beef Ambassador Team

SEVERAL OF THE BEEF AMBASSADOR COMPETITORS, including GJCA members Chandler Mulvaney (back row, third from left), Makayla Holmes (back row, second from right) and Gibson Priest (middle, far right), were able to go on a farm tour during the national competition in California. Photos courtesy Chandler Mulvaney and Donna Priest

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

Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association had three members at the National Beef Ambassador competition in California this September, including Chandler Mulvaney — the Alabama contestant selected to serve on the national team for 2013. “I’ve been preparing for the competition well over this past summer. I wanted to make sure I was representing [my state] in a professional manner and I’m just very blessed to be on the team of five,” Mulvaney says. “I can already tell it’s going to be a great year, and it’s going to go beyond that and we’ll be best friends for life.” Mulvaney, 19, a freshman at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala., competed alongside fellow GJCA member Gibson Priest, the senior Beef Ambassador from Georgia. As senior Beef Ambassador contestants, Mulvaney and Priest competed in four areas: Issues response, consumer promotion, a media interview and a classroom presentation. Junior contestants participated in the media interview and consumer promotion. “The most challenging for me was the media interview, just because you don’t know what they’re going to ask,” says Makayla Holmes, 15, Georgia’s junior Beef Ambassador and a freshman at Sonoraville High School. “You could study up on one topic and know it really well, but the questions they ask would be something you didn’t study so hard.” The competition wasn’t all work, however. Participants were able to visit Yolo Land & Cattle Co. in Woodland, Calif., as part of the trip, as well as attend a leadership skills seminar hosted by Beef Ambassador National Coordinator Sarah Bonnenkamp. There was also

some down time to travel around the area. “I absolutely loved the trip to California. I got to meet so many people from all over the place. I took a lot of friendships away from it,” Holmes says. “It was a wonderful learning experience and I will definitely be more prepared for next year. I had a blast.” Mulvaney says though the competition was a little nerve-wracking, the American National CattleWomen did an excellent job making everyone feel at home and get excited.

GIBSON PRIEST AND MAKAYLA HOLMES represented Georgia's beef community. At right, Priest is interviewed by Southeast AGNet radio.

The national competition was like Georgia’s “maximized,” Holmes says. “It was the same perspective, the same concept, but it was just bigger,” she says. “At our contest you kind of know your competition, but you go out [to the national one] and you don’t know anybody.” All three encourage GJCA members to consider participating in the state contest in April 2013. “Do it,” Holmes says. “It’s really fun. You get to promote beef, and industry that I live every day. … I’ve learned so much from being a Beef Ambassador and it’s a really good program to get involved with.” Though not on the national team,

GJCA MEMBER CHANDLER MULVANEY, middle, was named to the National Beef Ambassador team in September. Mulvaney represented Alabama in the competition. HIs 2013 teammates include Jacquelyn Brown, Oregon; Emma Jumper, Arkansas; Erin Morrison, Minnesota; and Katie Stroud, California.

Holmes and Priest still have plenty of Georgia duties to keep them busy. They’re going to attend a variety of promotional events throughout the state over the next year, encouraging consumers to eat beef and educating them about the nutritional aspects of the product. Mulvaney says he was overwhelmed at first when preparing for the competition, but set aside an hour or two each day between June and September to study and practice for California. “I’m pretty knowledgeable about the beef industry, but now I feel so much more confident,” he says. “It takes a lot of hard work but it’s really worthwhile. It’s a program that not only educates you but helps your impact as a producer in the beef community.” In addition to being an industry spokesperson, Mulvaney is required to attend a certain number of beef events, such as a tour of Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention in Tampa, Fla. “We’re here for the customers, 365 days a year to inform you and answer all your questions. We’re here to bridge the gap from the beef community to the consumers,” Mulvaney says. To find out more about Mulvaney’s tenure on the National Beef Ambassador team, please visit his website at GC

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

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Tenderloin Members ($600+)

Each month, the GCA Associate Members section recognizes GCA’s allied-industry and business members. To become an associate member, complete the form on the bottom of page 36 or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599)

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

Ribeye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose First Madison Bank & Trust, Danielsville Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Jackson EMC, Gainesville Lumber City Supplements, Lumber City Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Peoples Community National Bank, Bremen Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Waters Agricultural Labs, Inc., Camilla Zeeland Farm Services Inc., DeSoto

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

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FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company

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Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Boling Farm Supply, Homer Braswell Cattle Company, Athens Burke Truck and Tractor, Waynesboro C & B Processing, Milledgeville Carroll E.M.C., Carrollton Chapman Fence Company, Jefferson Chattooga Farm Bureau, Summerville Clarke County Farm Bureau, Athens Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Crossroads Animal Hospital, Newnan CSRA Technology LLC, Blythe Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Echols County Farm Bureau, Statenville Edward Jones, Carrollton Elbert County Farm Bureau, Elberton Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Fields Auto Parts, Comer First State Bank of Randolph Co., Cuthbert Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Greene County Extension Office, Greensboro Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Habersham EMC, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hart Co. Farm Bureau, Hartwell Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Holland Fertilizer Company, Cedartown Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment of Alto, Alto James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville

Fuller Supply Company Merial

Pennington Seeds Purina Mills

Southern States Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin 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 Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Patrick Ag Chemical Co., Danielsville Paulding County Farm Bureau, Dallas Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Shepherd’s Building Supply, Moultrie Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Twin Lakes Farm, Hull Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland Upson County Farm Bureau, Thomaston 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 Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta 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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Hunting the Wily Hog R E A D E R


Baxter Black is a cowboy poet and author. Visit his site at

So there I was in the early morning haze between the hours of dawn and daylight, stealthily walking across a mowed field in search of the wily feral hog. Actually the first half-mile was not as stealthy, it was more like trudging, since my packer — whom we’ll call Newt — had partied the night before and failed to gas up the four-wheeler. Carrying pistols, rifles, ammo, bandoliers, reams of toilet tissue and video filming equipment, we looked more like refugees fleeing the Libyan conflict, followed by the paparazzi. Suddenly my guide, who asked us to call him Bwana, froze in his tracks. It was quite dark but we could hear him: “Shush! There, on the edge of the field, see ’em?” I stared at the shadow-streaked horizon. If there was a pig I sure couldn’t tell. It was all melded into the cedars and brush. We ducked behind a round bale to disguise ourselves. Doc, the videographer for the hunting show, set up his camera apparatus. Newt handed me a semi-automatic left-handed 30.06 rifle with scope. He took aim himself, while Bwana unhooked his AK-47 with electronic sight from its shoulder strap. I wondered at the time how we must have looked in a pig’s eye view. A round bale, back-lit by the rising sun, festooned with arms, legs, heads, cameras and weapons sticking out in silhouette. A pig’s eyesight is not good so we might have appeared to him like a Mars landing module that had crashed back to Earth. After five minutes of intense scrutiny Bwana said, “They’ve gone. Must have smelled us.” Then suddenly Newt said, “There’s a big one!” Casting our attention eastward we spotted a large black creature. “I think it’s a cow,” Newt said. “Or a pig.” “How ‘bout a big dog?” I asked as Boar Fever came over

me. “Or a bear, a small buffalo…do they have buffalo here? Maybe a musk ox.” I was buzzing in anticipation. “How far a shot is that?” I asked. “600 yards,” Bwana said. I raised my rifle and the crosshairs actually blocked out the target. Calculating windage, fall, distance, instability, the hiccups, the mosquitoes and the bowl of chili Newt had eaten the night before, I figured my odds of hitting the beast was about 100 to one. “Did we leave the bazooka at home?” I asked, knowing the bazooka’s range was only 300 yards. What we needed for this shot was a mortar or even a drone with guided missiles. “Follow me,” Bwana said. In the center of the field 200 yards away was a high-line pole. We lined up single file to reduce our image and stumbled on, reminiscent of the Bataan Death March. I leaned against the pole to steady my aim. Four hundred yards I calculated. I took aim. “How much should I elevate the shot?” I asked. “About this much,” he instructed. I looked back to see Bwana holding his thumb and index finger in the “C” position about two inches apart. I remember trying to decipher, does that mean two inches above the pig or two inches above the crosshairs? I know it sounds dumb, but I hesitated. I looked back — too late! — and the pig was gone. They told me he would have been a Boone and Crockett Record. They’d never seen one that big: Hoof-prints like a rhino, tusks as long as a mastodon, enough meat to make twoand-a-half tons of sausage. I’d have my picture on the cover of Pigs Unlimited! I felt my future melt away. Oh, well, at least we got it all on film. GC


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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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The chapter’s main goal is to improve the quantity and quality of cattle and forage in southeast Georgia.

Editor’s Note: Satilla Cattlemen’s Association was honored at the 2012 Convention Awards Banquet as the chapter membership award winner. In recognition of its recruitment achievements, the chapter was presented with a squeeze chute sponsored by Priefert and Fuller Supply Co. Meetings include keynote speakers who discuss hay production, weed control and cattle marketing. Many of their meetings are on the farm, including the recent Region 15 Forage Field Day.

Satilla Cattlemen’s Association was founded in June 2010 with 72 members. Its numbers continue to increase, with more than 130 members as of October 2012.

Officers: President – Alvin Walker Jr. Vice President – Chris Keller Secretary/Treasurer – James Jacobs Board Members – Cary Lee and Russell J. Gibson, DVM Satilla cattlemen meet every quarter in Pierce County to discuss issues affecting cattle and hay producers.

The possibility of having a local association was discussed prior to spring 2010, but little action had been taken. County Extension Agent James Jacobs worked with cattlemen and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association to garner interest. Jacobs decided to have a formal meeting with GCA representatives present, and at the meeting’s conclusion, the Satilla chapter was officially organized.

Counties represented include Brantley, Pierce, Ware and Bacon The chapter sponsors a variety of scholarships and show premiums for juniors. They used most of their GCA raffle proceeds from 2012 to send kids to 4-H camp that would have been otherwise unable to go.

Current contest ends 11/30/2012


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

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

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

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


Total 11/30/11 16 Amicalola Appalachian 79 146 At Large Baldwin/Jones/Putnam 82 Banks 62 Barrow 40 15 Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien 11 Blue Ridge Mountain 61 10 Brooks 94 Burke Carroll 150 Clarke-Oconee 95 51 Colquitt 15 Cook Coweta 96 Crawford Area 15 16 Decatur Elbert 48 Floyd 66 Franklin 129 Grady 41 Greene Area 34 Hall 31 43 Haralson Harris 67 90 Hart 45 Heard Heartland 39 Henry 60 Houston 9 60 Jackson Jefferson 17 Johnson Area 33 L.T.D. 9 Laurens 84 Lincoln 49 Little River 74 Lowndes 49 Lumpkin 22 Macon 21 Madison 149 Meriwether 48 Mid GA 192 Miller 34 Mitchell 109 Morgan 67 Murray 25 North GA 56 Northeast GA 58 Northwest GA 53 Ocmulgee 38 Ogeechee 104 Oglethorpe 76 Pachitla 45 Peach 13 Piedmont 108 Piney Woods 38 Polk 96 Pulaski 18 Red Carpet 94 Satilla 124 Seminole 18 South GA 74 Southeast GA 25 Stephens 51 Tattnall 67 Taylor 17 Thomas 10 Three-Rivers 78 Tift 36 Tri-Co. 30 Tri-State 96 Troup 16 Turner 13 Walton 37 Washington 84 Wayne 47 Webster 3 Wilkes 72 Worth 15 ABAC (primarily junior chapter) 50 UGA (primarily junior chapter) 39


Total 09/30/12 19 81 154 89 60 36 57 10 60 11 95 152 98 47 11 110 15 13 42 70 108 37 40 35 35 56 79 55 38 58 14 96 31 26 11 79 38 84 42 20 18 129 48 188 37 100 70 27 58 66 55 37 100 75 47 10 123 29 109 15 105 127 12 86 25 47 82 17 15 103 33 35 111 14 13 41 85 39 3 7 16 67


Inc/Dec for year 3 2 8 7 -2 -4 42 -1 ** -1 1 ** 1 2 3 -4 -4 ** 14 0 -3 ** -6 4 -21 -4 6 4 -8 -11 -11 10 -1 -2 5 ** 36 14 -7 2 ** -5 -11 10 -7 -2 -3 -20 0 -4 3 -9 3 2 2 8 2 -1 -4 -1 2 -3 ** 15 -9 13 -3 11 3 -6 ** 12 0 -4 15 0 5 25 -3 5 15 -2 ** 0 ** 4 1 -8 0 ** -2 1 17


**Must have minimum of 15 to be considered active chapter eligble for contest

GCA Awards: Have You Applied Yet? Winners will be announced at the 2013 Convention Awards Banquet and Cattlemen’s Ball or Summer Conference

CHAPTER OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding work by local associations in a variety of areas, including state and national membership, participation in GCA activities, legislative affairs, community involvement, local association activities and service to members. The completed form and supporting materials must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. Supporting materials include scrapbooks or other documentation verifying material found in the entry form. Supporting materials will be returned upon request. The winning chapter receives $500 and a commemorative plaque.

CATTLEMEN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding GCA members for their cattle and farming operations in three categories: Seedstock Producer, Commercial Producer and Stocker of the Year. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. Winners each receive a commemorative plaque, a twopage spread in Georgia Cattleman magazine and a recognition video. Awards sponsored by Fuller Supply. CATTLEWOMAN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes an outstanding CattleWoman who supports the state and local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque.



! JUNIOR OF THE YEAR This award recognizes an outstanding junior member who is involved in the beef cattle industry. Nominations must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 1. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and custom belt buckle. Award sponsored by Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association.

TOP HAND SERVICE AWARD This award recognizes an individual in the cattle industry who goes beyond the call of duty. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque. This award will be given on an as-needed basis. ! NEW

BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE AWARD This award recognizes individuals who are BQA certified, use these principles on their farm and show BQA leadership in their communities. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office no later than Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and $250.

OUTSTANDING VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE TEACHER This award encourages excellence in vocational agriculture teachers who support their local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and $100. VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding large animal veterinarians who support their local associations. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office by Nov. 30. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque, GCA jacket and $100. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N • November 2012 35

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GCA Mourns Loss of Extension Specialist, Former Intern

Jason Steven Chapman July 29, 1986 to Sept. 18, 2012 Jason Steven Chapman, 26, of Washington, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. A Washington native, he was the son of the late Larry Jasper Chapman and Stephanie Goldman Chapman. Jason was a graduate of JASON CHAPMAN Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School class of 2005, where he was a member of the wrestling team, a 4-H volunteer, FFA vice president, livestock exhibitor and member of the forestry judging team. Chapman earned an Associates of Science in Agriculture degree at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He attended the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture degree, majoring in animal science and minoring in agricultural communications. He continued his UGA education and received a Masters degree in agricultural leadership. While at ABAC, Chapman was Student Government Association president and was awarded the Spirit of ABAC Award by the ABAC Alumni Association. He did apprenticeship teaching at Oglethorpe County High School and was a substitute teacher for the county Board of Education. While in college, Chapman was employed at the Botanical Gardens in Athens, Ga. He was employed by Otter Creek Gardens at the time of his death. Chapman was an active member of First Baptist Church of Washington, where he participated in many activities, including youth mission trips. He was also a member of the Young Men’s Sunday School class. He was a past Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board summer intern and continued to volunteer with GCA and GBB at a variety of events, including Convention and the Georgia National Fair. Chapman was a great spokesperson for the beef industry and a role model for the junior members. In addition to his father, Chapman was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Alex Steve Goldman, and paternal grandparents Mattie and Hurschel Chapman. He is survived by his mother; sister Audra and husband Justin Armour of Rayle, Ga.; maternal grandmother Audrey Goldman of 38 November 2012

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Lincolnton, Ga.; and beloved niece, Addie Armour, of Rayle, Ga.

Ted G. Dyer April 1, 1960 – Sept. 25, 2012 Ted G. Dyer, 52, of Rising Fawn, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Dyer was a member of New Salem Baptist Church. He began his college career at Young Harris College and then transferred to the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in animal science in 1982. He then attended Western Kentucky University TED G. DYER and attained his Masters of Science in reproductive physiology in 1985. Dyer’s latest position was with the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science as an Extension animal scientist in Calhoun, Ga., after serving for more than two decades as a UGA Cooperative Extension county agent and coordinator in Dade and Floyd counties. Dyer set an example of leadership and touched many lives through the Georgia 4-H program. He developed

many young people at county, district state and national levels. Dyer received numerous awards and recognitions during his Extension career, including being chosen as Dade County Citizen of the Year for 2006. Dyer contributed many expert reports to the monthly Georgia Cattleman magazine and was instrumental in continuing the Calhoun Bull and HERD Test programs and sales each year. He owned Dyer Livestock in Rising Fawn along with his family, and his contributions to the beef community and passion for beef cattle will not be forgotten. Dyer is survived by his wife, Carla Dyer; sons Jeremy and Brett, both of Rising Fawn; parents Jack and Jane Dyer of Calhoun, Ga.; and brother Jeff Dyer, also of Calhoun. GC

Memorialize ... or honor someone today! By contributing to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, you will honor and preserve the memory of someone special such as Jason Chapman or Ted G. Dyer while providing important funding toward long-term goals, including scholarships, educational research programs and youth activities. And, like the memories you share with your loved ones, this is a gift that will last forever. Each gift will be acknowledged and contributions are tax-deductible. For more information about honoring these special people, call 478-474-6560.





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National Beef Quality Audit Highlights Opportunities for Industry By Dallas Duncan, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association director of communications

The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit identified several key challenges for the industry, but it is important to see these not as barriers, but as opportunities for improvement, says Josh White, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president.

Though the top improvement priorities were identified as telling “our industry’s terrific story” and protecting and continuously improving product integrity and satisfaction, several other such opportunities exist, according to the audit executive summary: • Creating more comprehensive, consistent recordkeeping protocols • Balancing the needs of all segments of the beef community • Developing more transparency and communication channels between industry segments • Working closer with dairy producers, especially in regard to Beef Quality Assurance programs • Generating more carcass consistency • Creating a common industry definition for “value” • Closely monitoring potential food safety challenges The Beef Checkoff-funded audit is performed every five years. The 2011 edition, unveiled this summer, is the most comprehensive audit of the beef industry to date. It involved four phases: Face-to-face interviews with people involved in each sector of beef production; a comprehensive evaluation of 18,000 beef carcasses in eight different processing plants; a survey of nearly 4,000 cattle producers about Beef Quality Assurance principles; and a strategy workshop where results from the previous three phases were analyzed. “The National Beef Quality Audits have been extremely influential in identifying the next steps the beef community nationwide needs to take in order to move our industry forward,” White says. For example, previous audits demonstrated that excess fat, injection site lesions and other defects were obstacles

the industry needed to overcome. These among other “quality challenges” have since been addressed. These factors were revealed in early audits beginning in 1991, which focused on physical attributes of beef and byproducts. As the industry and society shifted, however, more consumer attitudes and eating patterns were chosen for inclusion. Additional findings from the 2011 audit include that an increasing number of carcasses are grading USDA Choice and Prime, an indication of improvement in eating quality. Plus, the executive summary continues, more and more producers are following suggested BQA guidelines. Nearly 90 percent of producers have a working relationship with their veterinarian, 98.4 percent of surveyed producers do not use electric prods as their primary driving tool and 99 percent say they follow best management practices consistent with BQA, according to the summary. “Since the audits began in 1991, the beef community has made ample strides toward improving all aspects of our industry, from breeding and genetics all the way to the retail cuts consumers purchase in the grocery store,” White says. “Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board continue to work with local chapters and other outlets that wish to provide BQA training around the state so we can ensure the important message of beef quality and best practices makes it to all of our producers.” GC FOR MORE INFORMATION on the National Beef Quality audit, visit G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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

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

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

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

SINCE 1947

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

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

Specializes in raising bulls on forage.

2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

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Purebred Angus Cattle

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Harvey Lemmon Woodbury, GA


Turnpike Creek Farms

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

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

HILLSIDE Angus Farm AHIR Herd Established 1982

6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982

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

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Georgia Angus Breeders

American Angus Association Recognizes Georgia Breeders

Davis Farms

The American Angus Association announced the top 10 Georgia breeders who registered the most Angus in a news release on Oct. 3. Combined the following producers recorded a total of 2,196 Angus during fiscal year 2012: Three Trees Ranch in Sharpsburg, 524 head; Dan & Mia Beckham in Woodbury, 360 head; Mr. and Mrs. A. Harvey Lemmon of Woodbury, 289 head; Bridges Angus Farm LLC in

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

7861 Thigpen Trail • Doerun, GA 31744



Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

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

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

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

Cattle that Work

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738 58 Saint Ives Crossing • Winder GA 30680

Andy Page: 770-307-7511

Phil Page: 770-616-6232



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

~ Pedigree and Performance ~

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

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

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

Lexington, 184 head; Ogeechee Angus Farm in Wadley, 161 head; Bricton Farm in Social Circle, 150 head; Fred G. Blitch of Statesboro, 139 head; Rocking W Angus in Commerce, 138 head; The Graham Co. in Albany, 132 head; and Triple D Angus Farm in Whigham, 119 head.

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

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

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

(770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Clay Bussell, manager, 478-357-6113 RBC Properties Exit 350

Jeff Heuer

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

Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696


All Natural Beef

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132


Phone and fax 706-745-5714

Remco Bus. Ctr. Exit 348

607 Post Oak Road Office: (706) 965-2378 Office & Mailing Address: Fax: (706) 965-2379 31 RBC Drive, P.O. Box 889 Cell: (423) 421-1007 Ringgold, GA 30736 Email:


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

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April 3-6, 2013 • Perry GCA Annual Convention, Trade Show & Beef Expo

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Tifton Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program Report Compiled by Lawton Stewart and Patsie T. Cannon

The 14th Annual Tifton Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development Program officially started with heifer delivery on Oct. 8. This year, 189 heifers were delivered by 28 consignors from Georgia and Alabama. Registered and commercial heifers were accepted. Heifers will be heat-synchronized and bred via artificial insemination once followed by at least 45 days with a clean-up bull. HA Program 5652 will be used during 2012 to 2013. Those heifers that are eligible for the sale will be offered at auction on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. For more information about the 2012 to 2013 Tifton HERD Program, visit the University of Georgia Beef Programs website at Heifers can also be viewed at the Bull Evaluation Center near Irwinville, Ga., at any time during the development period.

Tifton Bull Evaluation Report Compiled by Ronnie Silcox and Patsie T. Cannon

The 55th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Program officially started with bull delivery on Oct. 1 and 2. This year, 170 bulls were delivered by 57 consignors from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. The 112-day testing period started on Oct. 23. The top two-thirds of the bulls, based on weight per day of age and average daily gain, will then be sold March 6, 2013. For more information about the 2012 to 13 Tifton Bull Evaluation Program, visit the University of Georgia Beef Programs website at mals/beef/index.html. Bulls can also be viewed at the Bull Evaluation Center near Irwinville, Ga., at any time during the testing period.

Breeds Entered in the 2012-13 Program:

Breeds # of Bulls Angus 100 Brangus 1 Charolais 6 Gelbvieh Balancer 2 Hereford 5 Limousin 1 LimFlex 2 Maine-Anjou 2 Santa Gertrudis 3 Simmental 21 SimAngus 27

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State Beef Councils Supplement Checkoff Program Funding Through Federation of State Beef Councils:

Nearly $6.6 Million Added to National, International Efforts Courtesy Walt Barnhart, Federation of State Beef Councils

Beef producers serving state beef council boards throughout the country have chosen to supplement national and international research, education and promotion programs funded by the Beef Checkoff Program by about $6.6 million in fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1. The supplemental funds, invested through the Federation of State Beef

Councils, are to be added to $40.3 million invested through the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and approved by the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, which met in Denver Sept. 19 – 20. The committee’s decisions were submitted to the full CBB and United States Department of Agriculture for approval.

State beef councils in 45 states are qualified to collect the full $1-perhead Beef Checkoff and retain 50 cents of each dollar for use in authorized state, national and international programs. The other 50 cents is remitted to CBB. Collections from beef importers, who must also pay the Checkoff, and from cattle producers in states with no qualified state beef council, are conducted by the CBB. Some of the funds from states with high cattle numbers and low populations are invested through the Federation to extend national and international Beef Checkoff efforts in a coordinated way. Decisions about specific programs to fund are made by individual state beef councils. “Dollars made available through cattle-heavy states help alleviate the decreasing Checkoff dollars coming through the national program,” says Frank Thomas, Georgia Beef Board representative on the Federation. “This ensures successful beef promotion programs are adequately funded.” National programs are supplemented through the Federation by $4.9 million, while international programs receive $1.7 in state Checkoff funds. Demand-building efforts funded through the Checkoff include promotion programs, such as consumer advertising, retail and foodservice marketing and new product and culinary initiatives; research programs focusing on sustainability, beef safety, product enhancement, human nutrition and marketing; consumer information, including national consumer public relations and nutrition influencer relations; and industry information, comprising beef and dairy quality assurance programs and dissemination of accurate information about the industry to consumers. Foreign marketing includes promotion and education in numerous countries around the world. GC

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Georgia Red Angus Breeders

Lazy S Farm



Red Coat 099TS Semen Available

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


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

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249



Registered Red Brahman Cattle

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

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

Cliff Adams 770-258-2069

(407) 908-9866

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

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JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

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

Registered Red Angus Since 1965

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

R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968


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



Yearling & Service Age


ANDY HAMAN ODUM, GA • (912) 266-6280


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


Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

HADDEN FARMS Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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


Eat more beef!


Poisonous Plants and Other Fall Toxins

By Dr. Lee Jones, DVM, MS

Fall is a wonderful time of the year to me: Football, hunting season, leaves changing, cooler weather, fall calves on the ground, preparation for fall breeding and anticipation of the holidays with friends and family (no, I haven’t gotten my Christmas shopping done). However, it can bring risks to our livestock. Fall is also a time when plant poisonings can occur. Nitrate Toxicity Many common pasture weeds and grasses have the potential to accumulate dangerous levels of nitrates, including Johnsongrass, pigweed, ragweed, lamb’s quarter, nightshade, oats, corn stalks, millet, sorghum grasses, rye and even Bermudagrass. Nitrates are usually converted from the soil in the plant to protein. However, plants stressed from drought, cold temperatures and frost as well as herbicide exposure often do not convert the nitrates. Animals that eat these plants when nitrate levels are high are at risk of poisoning. The highest nitrate accumulation occurs in the stem. Ensiling plants for silage will reduce levels by as much as 60 percent. The rate of conversion from nitrate to nitrite causes poisoning. That rate depends on the adaptation of rumen microbes to higher levels of nitrates, the amount of nitrates consumed and the level of carbohydrates in the diet. Low-energy diets increase the risk of nitrate poisoning from high-nitrate feeds. Nitrite ions are absorbed into the bloodstream where they react with hemoglobin to form methemoglobin, which cannot transport oxygen. Animals begin to show symptoms when 35 to 40 percent of the hemoglobin is bound, and the condition can be fatal above 75 percent. Nitrate toxicity may cause abortion in cows during late gestation by reducing the amount of oxygen circulating in the cow’s bloodstream without the cow showing any outward symptoms. This low blood oxygen stresses the late-term calf and causes premature birth. Intravenous injection of methylene blue is the only effective treatment for animals suffering from nitrate poisoning. Once symptoms are noticed the treatment response needs

to be rapid because the signs progress quickly. The best prevention is to test all forages for nitrate levels. The soil around livestock holding pens is often nitrogen-rich and plants that grow in that soil often have high nitrate levels. Generally, nitrate levels less than 1,000 parts per million are considered safe to feed to all classes of livestock.

EATING PLANTS SUCH AS THIS COFFEE WEED can lead to livestock poisoning during the fall months. See page 64 for other examples.

Cyanide Poisoning Like nitrates cyanide, or prussic acid, can accumulate in stressed plants during drought, following frost or herbicide exposure. Cyanide is converted to the toxic form by rumen microbes and acts directly on the circulating oxygen-bound hemoglobin and does not allow hemoglobin to release the oxygen. Even though there may be adequate oxygen in the animal’s bloodstream, it dies of suffocation because the oxygen cannot be used. Symptoms often progress so rapidly that treatment is usually too late. Preventing animals from grazing stressed plants for 10 to 14 days after a frost or herbicide application helps prevent poisoning. Plants that have the potential to

accumulate cyanide include Johnsongrass, Sudangrass, vetch, common white clover, corn, Bracken fern, pigweed, choke cherry and crabapple. The biggest risk of prussic acid poisoning from choke or wild cherry is when a tree or limb falls and the animals have access to leaves and berries.

Muscle Degeneration Sickle pod, coffee weed or coffee bean can cause muscle degeneration in livestock. In the fall the mature plants have yellow flowers and sickle shaped seedpods. The whole plant is toxic but the seeds especially so. Animals that consume too much of the plant may develop muscle weakness and not be able to get up. Often animals with severe muscle degeneration will eventually experience respiratory problems and die. If a necropsy is done the muscle will appear normal but the urine may be red due to muscle breakdown.

Ergots Dallisgrass and sometimes Bahia seed heads can get infected with an ergot – Claviseps paspali. Animals that eat a lot of the seed heads can get the Dallisgrass staggers and appear drunk. Usually animals are down and a little irritable but the condition is not life threatening unless their lack of coordination causes an injury or they fall downhill and bloat. The best treatment is to remove the animals from the pasture containing Dallisgrass and mow the seed heads before turning cattle back onto the pasture. Fescue toxicity is caused by a different ergot infecting fescue pastures. Typically, fescue is not a fall problem but ergot alkaloid levels begin to increase in the fall and winter and are at their highest levels in the spring. The ergot alkaloid concentrates in the Continued on page 64

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Charolais Viewpoint: Think About the Future of Your Operation


By J. Neil Orth, American-International Charolais Association executive vice president

n case you haven’t noticed, advancements, the potential for times are pretty good out quality must be bred, not fed. there. In fact, the spring sales The opportunity for a proaround the country were as ducer on up the food chain to strong overall as we’ve seen in a profit from pounds plus quality very long time. starts in the registered seedstock Beef producers obviously producers’ breeding programs. J NEIL ORTH recognize the contraction experiSince day one of the Americanenced by the industry because of International Charolais catastrophic drought. According to one Association’s National Cattle report, more than 600,000 cows were Evaluation, producers have been cauprematurely taken to market. The tioned against single trait selection. It’s financial losses, still mounting, are a breeding program heading for a road more than $5 billion. Parts of drought to nowhere sooner rather than later. country have received rain, but the The beef industry is fortunate to have long-range forecast for spring moisture tremendous technology and resources in the southwest isn’t promising. available to assist in making informed, No doubt the environmental documented decisions and make serious impact has been devastating, yet parts genetic progress in record time. of the country with adequate forage are All Charolais genetics need is a aggressively stepping up to the plate chance to perform. Commercial cattleand buying cattle. We’ve already seen men everywhere recognize that near record sale averages, attendance is Charolais cattle have added value above up and the mood is definitely bullish. the cash market. In some instances, Now is the time to think about the Charolais and Char-cross bulls have future of your operation. Culling been turned out with the very worst underperforming females while the maternal factories in cattle country. market is good is never a bad idea. Take The resulting value-added calf is a highanother look at the pedigree and per- ly recognizable smoky or cream-colformance of your bull calves. At a min- ored calf that will end up on wheat pasimum, it’s a great time to seriously con- ture or summer in the Flint Hills and sider making genetic improvements eventually end up in the meat case. that position you for the future. Those Charolais genetics have the All too often, seedstock producers potential to change the bottom line on comment, “My customers don’t care a close out from a negative to a positive. about carcass. They sell their cattle by Advancing technology presents so the pound.” That’s a fact. Since the many opportunities today for herd beginning of cattle marketing, com- improvement. Producers can add value modity cattle are sold by the pound. with more uniform calf crops as a result However, in a value-based marketing of estrous synchronization and artificial system, the final owner of the cattle has insemination, using new technology to significant opportunity to earn a premi- assist in determining end-point targets, um above and beyond the cash market improved nutritional products, herd paid for pounds if the carcass meets health management — all tools available quality benchmarks. We know today, at their disposal. because of technology and management Wes Ishmael, contributing editor

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for BEEF Magazine, wrote an article in the February issue of called “Playing for second.” The article discusses the monumental progress made in the Brazilian cattle industry, quite possibly our most formidable global competitor for beef market share. In lieu of a feed and finishing system such as ours in the US, Brazil historically has been the largest producer of grass-fed beef. Today, more than 50 percent of Brazil’s beef is finished on grain. The Brazilian beef industry is embracing technology, importing proven carcass genetics and making great progress toward designing an end product with value around the world. And, the Brazilian cow herd is more than double the size of ours. Individual producers must have due diligence to determine if additional input costs are worth it in their operations. There are many risk management tools and systems available, but confidence in a strong calf market is priceless. Multiple reports and studies document the economic benefits of pre- and post-weaning protocols. At the end of the day, information is available to assist any decision making process to make a seedstock operation better and insure the profit potential for customers and the customer’s customer. The cattle market is great, but complex, and the volatility can be frightening. Yet we are in an incredible position to make improvements that position the Charolais breed as well as its registered and commercial producers for the long term. The ability to predict the performance of our genetics has never been better. If we are to continue to supply all of our markets, domestic and global, we must never lose sight of the competition. It’s always best to see them in a rear-view mirror. GC

Collins & Son

Look for our bulls at: Calhoun Bull Sale (Dec. 7, 2012) Tifton Bull Sale (March 6, 2012) AL Wiregrass Bull Sale (October 2013)

Performance-Tested bulls for more than 35 years

Top Charolais bulls for many years at Tifton and Calhoun bull tests Collins and Son Ted A. Collins

693 Old 179 South • Whigham, GA 39897 • 229-762-4259

Mountain View Charolais Scott Tipton

Phone: 706-754-8462 / Cell: 706-200-6655 1006 Preacher Campbell Rd., Clarkesville, GA 30523

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~ Black Gold Ranch and Feedlot ~

Andrew and Rebecca Foglesong (309)-221-1439

S e l li n g C h a r o l a i s a n d A n g u s b u l l s s ir e d b y t o p A I s i r e s p ri va t e t re a t y y e a r ro u n d

Serving you from two locations 10830 N. Camp Ellis Rd Ipava, IL 61441 102 Bowers Rd. Leesburg, GA 31763


“Let’s talk marketing!”

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

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

Directions: I-75 To Exit 41, Right Onto Roundtree Br. Rd., 4 Mi. To Farm Sign On Right

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


Marshall & Mary Beth Bennett P.O. Box 406 Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: (M) 229-300-3164 (O) 229-896-4517

Buck & Jean Bennett 1175 EM Rogers Road Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: 229-549-8654


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Polled Charolais Cattle

Performance Testing for over 35 years Ted A. Collins 693 Old 179 South Whigham, GA 39897

ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited


2509 Old Perry Road Marshallville, Georgia 31057

478-396-5832 •

Oak Hill Farm

Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett

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

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty


2006 – 2007

Grand Champion Charolais - Futurity Res Champion Charolais - Georgia National Fair

2007 – 2008

Grand Champion Charolais - Futurity Grand Champion Charolais - GA Nat. Fair Res Champion Charolais - GA Jr. Livestock

2007 – 2008

Reserve Champion Charolais - GA Nat. Fair Grand Champion Charolais - GA Jr. Livestock

Mr. Scott Carey, Thank you so much for six awesome years!!!! The hard work ethic, show ring experience and knowledge gained from you will be a part of me forever. Faith Turk Carey Farms Email – Website -

2008 – 2009

Reserve Champion AOB - Futurity

2011 – 2012

Grand Champion Charolais Georgia National Fair

2010 – 2011

Reserve Grand Champion AOB – Futurity Grand Champion Charolais – GA National Fair

2009 – 2010

Reserve Champion AOB - Futurity Grand Champion Charolais – Georgia National Fair Grand Champion Charolais – Georgia Jr. Livestock Show Grand Champion Charolais – SC Jr. Beef Roundup

Focus on the Family:

When they’re not in the pasture, Lois and Wayne Bennett of Oak Hill Farm in Dawsonville, Ga., enjoy family time in their mountain home with their three children and grandson.

Producer Passing the Torch of Proven Charolais Genetics

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

There’s a particular framed portrait in the office at Oak Hill Farm that Wayne Bennett is proud of. The portrait is of a Charolais cow named Vanessa, and her sons and daughters are his pride and joy. Vanessa D029 is the foundation for Bennett’s motto of “Focus on the Family.” It’s her genetics that laid the path for not only the cattle at the farm in Dawsonville, Ga., but in many cases, the lineage for the future of the Charolais breed itself. “You take that particular cow, bred to the top bulls in the industry … and the offspring were phenomenal,” says A framed portrait of Vanessa, the “nucleus” of Stephen Cummings, Oak Hill Farm's Charolais line, has a place of owner of Bamboo honor in the barn office. Road Farms. “Once I figured that pattern out it was pretty simple. The nucleus was that particular cow.” Bennett’s pride in his cattle is evident. So is his knowledge of their ancestry. He has memorized which cows won which shows, whose daughter gave birth to which bull calf and which Charolais producer purchased the offspring from which matron. Cummings was one of the producers from around the globe who was taken in by Bennett’s approach to breeding, and now the Bamboo Road Charolais line stems from Oak Hill’s. Cummings says he noticed Bennett’s

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The Bennetts are proud of the Charolais lineage they created over the years, including prizewinning cows and calves such as these.

cattle were usually the top-selling animals at sales with “the best conformation.” “What I try to do is just raise good quality cattle that hit the ground with low birth weight and grow real fast,” Bennett says. He’s no stranger to the beef cattle industry and the hard work involved in improving a breed. Bennett grew up raising Herefords. However, after talking to a friend who raised registered Charolais, he decided to see what would happen with a cross between the two.

Lois and Wayne Bennett walk through the pastures of their acreage in Dawsonville, Ga.

“I bought Charolais bulls, put them on the whiteface cows and I started getting blond whiteface,” Bennett says. “I liked that and the quality of their udder and their muscling was so much better … so I bought a few Charolais cattle. The calves I got out of them were lots better than the crossed cattle I was getting, and I started raising registered Charolais.” When French Charolais were first brought into the US in the mid-20th century, calves were being born at upwards of 150 pounds. Now, thanks to genetic improvements, Bennett had calves this season that ranged from 61 to 90 pounds at birth – much more manageable for first-calf heifers to handle. Even with the improvements the breed has made, Bennett says he continues to strive for perfection. He insists, however, that doesn’t make him picky. It just makes him a better cowman. Bennett bought a set of Charolais sisters and was later able to purchase their dam – Vanessa. “Instead of doing everything, he’d try to keep a whole family together and sell through that family, and have more longevity on knowing facts and pedigrees,” says Scott Tipton, president of the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association. “You had to throw something new in there with it, but he tried to keep closer families and keep sisters together. He’d try to stay within consistent breeding instead of getting off on chaotic stuff.” Along with Vanessa, Bennett prefers to use semen from proven bulls: Sir Duke 914, Wyoming Wind 4020 and Cigar E46, for example. However, he’s working to pass the torch of his breeding program onto younger bulls and see where they may take the breed. “I’m like Bill Gates: It’s time for us to let the young people take over,” Bennett says. “It’s your time. You’re doing the right thing … I’ve lived my life, I’ve done my thing and I’m still going to enjoy it, but it’s time for some young people to take over.” Bennett says he takes pride in being able to help new Charolais producers – such as Cummings – blossom in the breed. In addition, he works with local FFA and 4-H programs in north Georgia to allow students to show his cattle in the ring. “I’m afraid we’re losing our young farmers,”

A young Charolais calf nurses in the field at Oak Hill Farm.

Bennett says. “Maybe out of the five or six that do it a year, maybe one of those will stick and stay in the farming business. That’s what I’m trying to encourage. A lot of them I’m sure won’t do it, but a lot of them love it enough and want to stay with it.” Bennett has taught a lot about the Charolais breed to a lot of different people. He’s shared his methods and passion for the breed with producers, students and consumers alike, and all took away valuable lessons. “The main thing I learned is the cow is what makes it. If you don’t have a really good cow, it doesn’t matter what you breed it to,” Cummings says. “You have to have families. You build your operation around families of cattle. You’ve got to have a nucleus. And in this case, it’s D029.” He says the future is “really bright” for the Charolais breed because of the work producers such as Bennett did for the past 50 years. “The cattle are very fertile, the rate of gain per pound of feed is phenomenal and they yield out so much red meat,” Cummings says. “You usually think of the Angus as producing a very pretty meat. Cross the Charolais with them and it’s a very marbled, high-end product and there’s more of it.” Bennett’s passing of the torch is vital in today’s cattle industry, as fewer people are involved in the Charolais breed, Tipton says. “If he doesn’t give kids cows, there won’t be Charolais at the shows. He’s encouraging people that they’ll still see the white breed. That breed would be obsolete if he didn’t support the kids,” he says. “It keeps the Charolais breed in the public’s eye.” GC

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Toxins, continued from page 53

fat tissue. The toxin reduces blood flow to the skin and hooves. It can increase their risk of frostbite in extremely cold weather or heat intolerance during hot summer months.

Other Poisonous Fall Plants Nightshades can also poison livestock, pets and children. Plants in the nightshade family include soda apple, bull nettle, black nightshade and tomatoes. Green tomato vines or green potatoes can be toxic to livestock as well. These plants contain several toxins but the most potent is a neural toxin, which causes neurologic effects in animals that eat the plants or berries. Peanut hay can contain high levels of aflatoxin if there are a lot of damaged nuts on the plants. Aflatoxins cause liver damage and a secondary condition called photosensitivity in some animals. The damaged liver cannot convert the chlorophyll metabolite and it reacts to the light in the light-colored skin, which looks like a severe sunburn. The skin can peel in severe cases. Other plants such as St. John’s wort and Senecio contain alkaloids that can also cause liver damage. Peanut hay may also grow mold that can cause respiratory problems in cattle. Cattle that consume large amounts of peanut hay infected with Fusarium mold, or breathe in the spores, may develop severe respiratory symptoms. Affected animals may not be able to breathe well enough to be moved very far and often collapse while trying to get them to a chute for treatment. Cattle that are abruptly introduced to lush winter pasture may develop respiratory signs similar to those fed peanut hay. The tryptophan in the fast-growing grass may be converted to a substance that can cause lung edema and difficulty breathing. Heifers on lush pastures may experience short-term infertility due to high levels of phyto-estrogenic compounds in the lush, rapid-growing grasses. Reducing the grazing time and offering some hay to dilute the amount consumed can help reduce the effects. Many times it is the young calves that eat things they shouldn’t or calves may eat plants in a corral after 64 November 2012

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being weaned. Older cattle usually do not eat many of these plants unless there is nothing else to eat. The best prevention is to test the feeds and avoid feeding feeds that might cause


problems. Managing cattle and knowing what plants are in the pastures can reduce the chances of poisoning, as can mowing, spraying and controlled grazing. GC

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Local Sale Reports R E A D E R

Commercial Sale Reports

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Sept. 11, 2012 Lot 2: 660 lb heifers avg $128.60 Lot 3: 720 lb steers avg $139.20 Lot 4: 785 lb steers avg $137.10 Lot 5: 825 lb steers avg $133.75 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 590 lb steers/550 lb heifers avg $138.30/129.30 Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Sept. 18, 2012 Lot 1: 710 lb steers avg $133.00


Lot 2: 670 lb heifers avg $128.00 Lot 4: 650 lb heifers avg $134.50 Lot 5: 700 lb heifers avg $131.50 Lot 6: 725 lb heifers avg $128.00 Lot 7: 725 lb heifers avg $129.70 Lot 8: 750 lb steers avg $139.60 Mixed Loads Lot 3: 615 lb steers/570 lb heifers avg $136.50/128.50

Northeast Georgia Livestock Sept. 19, 2012 Lot 1: 700 lb Holstein steers avg $96.00 Lot 2: 750 lb heifers avg $123.25 Lot 3: 800 lb heifers avg $125.00

Lot 4: 810 lb heifers (sort 2 loads) avg $126.95 Lot 7: 700 lb steers avg $136.75 Lot 8: 760 lb steers avg $137.00 Lot 9: 770 lb steers avg $134.60 Lot 10: 800 lb steers avg $134.00 Mixed Loads Lot 5: 675 lb steers/625 lb heifers avg $134.75/$127.75 Lot 6: 725 lb steers/700 lb heifers avg $136.00/129.00

Moseley Cattle Auction LLC Sept. 25, 2012 Lot 1: 540 lb heifers avg $136.00 Lot 2: 585 lb steers avg $151.60


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R E A D E R Northeast Georgia Livestock Sept. 26, 2012 Lot 1: 550 lb Holstein steers avg $105.00 Lot 2: 710 lb Holstein steers avg $105.00 Lot 3: 745 lb steers avg $135.25

Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC. Oct. 2, 2012 1 Load 660 lb steers avg $135.50 1 Load 630 lb heifers av $127.75 1 Load 800 lb steers avg $131.70 1 Load 690 lb heifers avg $130.75 1 Load 650 lb heifers avg $135.00 1 Load 700 lb heifers avg $133.00 1 Load 760 lb heifers avg $124.25 Mixed Loads 1 Load 475 lb steers/425 lb heifers avg $160.00/$150.00

Northeast Georgia Livestock Oct. 3, 2012 Lot 3: 700 lb heifers avg $130.60 Lot 4: 790 lb heifers avg $127.50 Mixed Loads Lot 1: 650 lb steers/675 lb heifers avg $134.75/$127.75 Lot 2: 675 lb steers/650 lb heifers avg $139.30/$132.30 Hodge Livestock Network Oct. 4, 2012 Lot 1: 850 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 2: 825 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 3: 950 lb steers avg Lot 5: 750 lb steers avg Lot 6: 825 lb heifers avg

$136.25 $136.75 $129.50 $139.00 $123.50


Lot 7: 980 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 8: 950 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads) Lot 9: 815 lb steers avg Lot 10: 750 lb steers avg Lot 11: 810 lb Holstein steers avg Lot 12: 890 lb steers avg Lot 13: 825 lb heifers avg Lot 14: 775 lb steers avg Lot 15: 850 lb heifers avg Lot 16: 775 lb steers avg Lot 19: 875 lb steers avg Lot 19A: 775 lb heifers avg Lot 20: 835 lb steers avg Lot 21: 850 lb heifers avg Lot 22: 800 lb steers avg Lot 23: 800 lb steers avg Lot 24: 775 lb steers avg Lot 25: 750 lb steers avg Lot 26: 650 lb steers avg (sort 2 loads)

Lot 27: 650 lb steers avg Lot 28: 910 lb steers avg Lot 30: 770 lb steers avg Lot 31: 650 lb steers avg Lot 32: 675 lb heifers avg Lot 37: 760 lb steers avg Lot 38: 860 lb steers avg Lot 39: 700 lb steers avg Lot 40: 780 lb steers avg (sort ½ load)


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$128.50 Lot 41: 750 lb steers avg $134.75 Lot 41A: 850 lb steers avg $125.00 Lot 42: 700 lb heifers avg $127.50 Mixed Loads Lot 17: 760 lb steers/640 lb heifers avg $136.75/$129.75

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• 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.


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Lot 18: 800 lb steers/800 lb heifers avg (sort ½ load) avg $124.50/$124.50 Lot 29: 835 lb steers/835 lb heifers avg $125.00/$120.00 Lot 35: 675 lb steers/600 lb heifers avg $138.00/$133.00 Lot 36: 550 lb steers/525 lb heifers avg $145.00/$140.00

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• 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.

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Beef Management Calendar for the Month of November

GENERAL • Check parasite load of cows, collect fecal sample on 10-20 percent of herd as an indication of whether deworming is needed. Check with your veterinarian for instructions. • Deworm and implant stockers before turnout. • Start feeding a high magnesium mineral supplement 30 days before cattle are turned in on winter grazing or lush fescue. • As weather gets colder, treat cattle for lice. • Remove old insecticide ear tags as you work cows. Old tags release low levels of insecticide that tend to promote development of resistant strains of flies. • Keep a close eye on pasture conditions as residual summer grass and crop residues are consumed. Start offering some hay before pastures are totally grazed off. • Bull sale season is starting. Evaluate your herd bulls and start looking if you need a new bull. • It’s not too late to get forage analyzed and order winter supplements. CATTLE FOR SALE

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SPRING CALVING January, February, March Check on calving supplies and order any that are needed so they will be on hand in January. Feed poorer quality hay to dry cows now. Save your best hay for calving season. Check heifers frequently. They should begin calving in December. Make sure cows maintain their body condition. Supplement if necessary. Thin cows and first-calf heifers would be the most likely candidates.

FALL CALVING October, November, December Tag calves at birth. Record birth date, tag number and cow ID. Castrate, dehorn and implant bulls at birth. A cow’s nutrient needs increase by at least 50 percent after calving. If possible, separate dry cows, firstcalf heifers and cow-calf pairs to feed more efficiently. Get the bull ready! Trim feet if needed, make sure bulls are in good condition and check with your vet-

erinarian about a breeding soundness exam. • Check cows frequently. Be ready to provide assistance with calving if necessary. • Replacement heifers should be nearing two-thirds of their mature weight.

Editor’s Note: 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 – March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 – 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. Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists. GC

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November 1, 2012 GJCA Junior of the Year nominations due Macon, Ga. 478-474-6560 November 2, 2012 Bull Power Sale Colbert, Ga. 706-474-0091


November 10, 2012 Gibbs Farms 7th Annual Bull & Replacement Heifer Sale Ranburne, Ala. 256-568-7552

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Frank Turner & Sons Farms December 7, 2012 10th Annual Angus Bull & Female Sale Calhoun Bull Test Sale Deer Valley Farm Hayneville, Ala. Calhoun, Ga. Performance-Tested Angus Bull Sale 251-331-1741 706-624-1403 Fayetteville, Tenn. [See advertisement, p. 3] 931-433-1895 November 3, 2012 Sayer & Sons Limousin and Angus December 7-9, 2012 November 16 – 17, 2012 Production Sale Technical Large Animal Emergency Georgia Farm Credit Associations Alapaha, Ga. Rescue Course Southern Classic 912-359-3229 Gray, Ga. Perry, Ga. 214-679-3629 Yon Family Farms Fall November 17, 2012 Bull & Female Sale Wiregrass Classic Jr. Cattle Show McBee Angus Cow and Bull Sale for Ridge Spring, S.C. Nicholls, Ga. Commercial and Registered Operations 803-685-5048 Cowan, Tenn. [See advertisement, p. 45] December 8, 2012 931-967-1715 Beef Builders Private Treaty Bull Sale Pigeon Mountain Beef Builder Winder, Ga. Heart of Alabama Brangus Bull Sale Fall Bull Sale 770-307-7511 Uniontown, Ala. Rome, Ga. [See advertisement, p. 37] 251-230-0276 423-413-4442 Burns Farms 4th Annual Bull Sale Pikeville, Tenn. 615-477-5668 TJB Gelbvieh Annual Production Sale Chickamauga, Ga. 706-375-6586

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report

Let’s Be Thankful! By Merritt Daniels

Living in the South, there are so many things that are part of our everyday lives that we take for granted. When asked to reflect on being “thankful” they certainly move to the forefront.

There is no doubt that God blessed us in the state of Georgia with beautiful farmland and luscious pastures. Even though we should be truly grateful for this landscape that is such a big part of our communities and who we are, it seems very easy to take it for granted. I wonder how many consumers actually reflect on where each meal comes from. Farmers and cattlemen, whether or not they get the credit they deserve, are worthy of it. Not only do they play a large part in providing food locally and around the world, agriculture itself is crucial to our economy, thus perhaps providing food indirectly as well. We should certainly be thankful for the jobs and employment opportunities that agriculture brings to so many. Growing up in an agriculturalcentered community gave me the opportunity to be involved with showing cattle and judging livestock. There is no way to truly explain the satisfaction a showman feels from starting the project to seeing it through to the final product. Throughout the year, devoting much time from early mornings to late nights, being devoted to such a task pays off. I feel that many showmen would agree with my appreciativeness for the rewards that come with this: A sense of responsibility and acquiring an understanding of hard work and dedication. Personally, being involved with these activities strengthened the close-knit bond I share with my dad. I feel that these assets contribute to other areas of my life, too.

It’s amazing how these opportunities seem to open other doors. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to be involved in Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association, showing cattle and judging livestock, there have been career and college options presented to us to learn about and explore. In speaking with officers, members and other showman there are many who are considering the possibilities for their own futures. I am thankful that through my experiences, I have been given the chance to explore possible career choices that are agriculturally related. Finally, I think I speak for all the officers when I say I am truly grateful to have been selected as an officer of GJCA. I have really enjoyed getting to know all the officers and members at summer conference, field day, region round-ups, membership social drives, and shows. I’m also thankful for the leadership of GJCA’s youth activities adviser, Dallas Duncan. She does a great job of bringing us together, planning and directing our activities and helping us to merge together to help others see the benefit of being GJCA members. As Thanksgiving approaches and many of us take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I hope that you too will take a moment to be grateful for everything you have. I hope you will especially show your gratitude to those of whom we frequently forget to vocally thank and often take for granted. GC

God blessed us in the state of Georgia with beautiful farmland and luscious pastures.

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Alltech 813-478-0227..........................................48 Alvin Futch, Author 813-478-0227..........................................68 Bamboo Road Farms 478-396-5832 ..................................60, 61 Beef Builders Private Treaty Bull Sale ..................................................37 Beef Checkoff Compliance 877-444-BEEF........................................67 Black Gold Ranch and Feedlot 309-221-1439 ..........................................56 Bramblett Angus 706-654-8272 ........................................79 Bricton Farm 770-787-1644 ..........................................36 The Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 ..........................................68 Cain Cattle Co. 901-494-9626..................................42, 43 Calhoun Bull Test Sale 706-624-1398 ............................................3 Carey Farms ..............................................57 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer 229-776-4383 ........................................68 Clements’ Livestock Services 770-725-0348 ........................................69 Collins & Son 229-762-4259 ........................................55 Crystalyx 1-800-727-2502......................................49 Custom Milling, Inc. 877-348-3048 ........................................24 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533..........................................68 Darren Carter, Auctioneer 864-980-5695 ........................................60 Davis Farms 229-881-3510 ..........................................49 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 ........................................69 D.E. Billingsley, Real Estate Broker 850-510-3309..........................................68 Dixie Lix 1-800-642-5612 ......................................38 Driggers Simmental Farm 912-237-0608..........................................28 78 November 2012

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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 68 and 69

Edwards Land & Cattle Co. 910-298-3012..........................................64 Elrod & Tolbert ......................................25 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ..............................................72 Flint River Mills 800-841-8502 ........................................20 FPL Food 706-910-9397 ..........................................17 Fuller Supply Company ........................34 Genex Cooperative, Inc ........................68 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ..................................46, 47 Georgia Beefmaster Breeders................26 Georgia Brahman Breeders....................52 Georgia Brangus Breeders ......................31 GCA Emerging Leaders Conference 478-474-6560 ..........................................2 GCA Foundation Scholarships 478-474-6560 ........................................75 GCA Membership Raffle 478-474-6560 ..........................................7 GCA Summer Conference 478-474-6560 ........................................36 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ........................................26 Georgia-Florida Charolais Association 706-200-6655 ........................................56 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders....................52 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593..........................................32 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044 ........................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ..................................................26 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423 ........................................52 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ..........................................52 Georgia Simmental Breeders 706-654-6071..........................................65 Gold River Feed Products 877-618-6455 ............................................5 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ........................................69 International Brangus Breeders 210-696-8231 ..........................................50 Laura’s Lean Beef 334-701-9114 ..........................................68

Malcolm Financial Group 1-800-884-4820 ....................................70 Martin’s Cattle Services 706-367-8349 ........................................68 Merck Vista ..............................................41 Mike Jones, Auctioneer 706-773-3612 ..........................................68 Mountain View Charolais 706-754-8462 ........................................55 Myers Hereford Farm 704-872-7155 ..........................................28 NCBA Convention ....................................7 Norbrook Hexasol ..................................44 Northeast Georgia Livestock 706-549-4790 ........................................80 Oak Hill Farm 770-826-9551..........................................62 Pasture Management 1-800-230-0024 ....................................36 Priefert Ranch Equipment 1-800-527-8616 ......................................34 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711 ..........................................68 Rockin’ R Trailers 1-800-241-8794 ......................................68 Senepol Cattle ..........................................69 Southeast AGNet Radio ........................70 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916..........................................68 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC 828-646-0270 ........................................70 Stay-Tuff 1-800-223-8322......................................63 StrayHorn Hauling 706-344-7303 ........................................68 Sunset Ridge Herefords 404-376-6414 ........................................45 Sunshine Farms 205-755-4203..........................................51 Tennessee River Music ..........................77 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ........................................68 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588..........................................68 Verner Farms 706-474-0091..........................................21 Wax Company Scholarships 478-474-6560 ........................................73 Call Dallas at 478-474-6560 to advertise!

Each year the bulls as a group take on their unique descriptive. This year the two words that best describe this offering are


• Power: Most of these stout yearlings will weigh in excess of 1400 lbs on sale day. • Quality: These bulls are structurally correct from every angle. • All bulls possess moderate birth weight EPDs. Without a doubt, this offering has raised the bar. The bulls have been developed on a high-protein, high-fiber diet. They have been bred and managed to work in a practical rancher’s environment. Complete customer satisfaction is our No. 1 objective.


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

Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible prices for their cattle. Check out our load lot video sales results and other information at our website:

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Regular sale every Wednesday @ Noon Video sale every Wednesday @ 2pm Commission $12.00 per head

Last regular sale Dec. 19

Video sale representatives Todd Stephens: 770-601-6286 Georgia, SC, Tennessee & Alabama

Ross Strickland: 770.547.3644 Northwest Ga Mark hart: 706.498.2769 Northeast Ga & SC Donnie duke: 706.491.6103 Northeast/ Northwest Ga & SC Parrish Akins: 229.356.3656 South Ga

November 2012 Georgia Cattleman Magazine  

The official publication of Georgia Cattlemen's Association

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