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Volume 38 / Number 10 / October 2010

Bull Power Throughout Georgia

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GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Josh White, Director of Operations: Michele Creamer, Director of Industry Information: Ashley Hughes, Director of Communications & Youth Activities: Katlin Mulvaney,

 Association reports 6 9 10 58 89

GCA President’s Report by Bill Bryan GCA Leadership Report by Josh White & Michele Creamer GCA Leadership Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Hella Moore Georgia CattleWomen’s Report by Brenda Brookshire

 Industry news


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Meet Randy Franks, GCA Region 15 Vice President Industry News and NCBA Updates July Exports Slightly Lower than June; Ahead of 2009 Pace Power Behind Every Bull by Katlin Mulvaney Poaching & Hunting Safety for Landowners, Land Managers Retirement and Succession Planning of Farm Households GCA Foundation: Giving Back to Move Forward Beef Capitalizes On The Power Of Lean Turner County Stockyard Celebrates 50 Years Robert Dasher Named 2010 Georgia Farmer of the Year GCA Past President Honored at 2010 4-H Gala Jurisdiction of the U.S. Tax Court Ag Commissioner Candidates On Beef Industry Issues Georgia Juniors Excel No Matter the Breed Gubernatorial Candidates On Beef Industry Issues Congressional Staff Participate in Grassroots Tour

Membership and facilities coordinator: Sherri Morrow, GBB administrative program specialist: Patricia Combes,

MAGAZINE STAFF Editor: Josh White, Billing: Michele Creamer, Circulation: Sherri Morrow, Industry editorial: Katlin Mulvaney, Contributing Editor: Ashley Hughes, Advertising: Katlin Mulvaney, Graphic artist: Gayla Dease,


Looking for a quality bull this Fall? Look no further. All throughout this October 2010 issue there are bull sales advertised. The cover features some of the outstanding quality Georgia bred bulls that are being offered this Fall. Photos compliments of 52 Holly Alford. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive e r o m Addinge to right to accept or reject advertising or editorial  Reader services lu va material submitted for publication. The editorial A C 18 Humane Society v. Ohio Livestockmen by Dr. Charlies N. Dobbins your G ship! content contained in this magazine does not r 31 Rock and a Hard Place by Baxter Black e b mem necessarily represent the views of the Georgia 51 New Members Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s 57 55 Associate Members Association. 88 Cooking BEEF with Ashley! GCA MISSION 92 Local Market Reports 102 Advertising Index STATEMENT 103 Calendar of Events The mission of the

 Expert advice 12 Know When to Hold ’em – and Know When to Load ’em: Cow Culling Economics by Dr. Curt Lacy 34 Parasite Resistance Study by Ted G. Dyer 68 Is a Controlled Breeding Season Worth it? by Dr. Lawton Stewart


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GCA President’s Report

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Finally, fall has arrived. It has been a long hot and dry summer here in the Northwest corner of the state. Between the drought and armyworms during August and September, grazing and hay cuttings have been very slim. I don’t even want to talk about my soybeans, but the weather is cooling off, we got a little rain and we have a great deal to be thankful for during this time of year. BILL BRYAN, GCA PRESIDENT, October is a busy month for the Georgia with loyal family companion, Cocoa. Cattlemen’s Association. It starts with the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Then we are on to Moultrie for the Sunbelt Expo. Both of these events draw large crowds, and GCA and Georgia CattleWomen’s Association will take part in each of these events. Hopefully, Nanette and I will get to spend some time at both of them. Both groups still need volunteers, so if you would like to help out please call the GCA office in Macon. Your help would greatly be appreciated. I enjoy walking through the livestock barns seeing the young people getting their animals ready for the show at the fair. Both of our daughters have shown calves at the fair. I can remember the first year Kayla, our youngest, showed. She was so short she would have to stretch to see over the top of her heifer just to see where the judge was or if he was looking at her heifer. I also remember it was easier to get Kayla to give her 700-pound heifer a bath than it was to get her to take one herself. Well, that was back when she was only 10 years old though. Nanette and I always enjoyed taking the girls to the livestock shows and helping them with their calves. This is a good way for families to spend time together. Calf showing has changed a lot over the years. There are cattle that are bred solely to produce show calves. There are all kinds of expensive show equipment and even professional fitters that can be hired to get a calf ready for a show; but there is one thing money can’t buy and that is the responsibility instilled, experiences they learn, the new friendships they make, and the life-long memories they have of showing. Now on to GCA business! Membership has continued to grow. At our last Executive Committee meeting we approved the organization of two new chapters. We also approved the 2010-2011 GCA Budget. Even though the economy is still bad and money is tight, the GCA leadership and GCA staff are continuing to find better ways to serve you, the members. If you have any ideas, please call and tell us about them. Don’t forget the election is coming up in November. It is very important for everyone to get out and vote. I urge you to try to choose candidates that are “Agriculture Friendly.” Remember, we in agriculture are a minority and we need all the help and support in Atlanta and Washington that we can get. On the farm, Kayla just celebrated her 16th birthday. We have just finished getting up hay and have shipped most of the calves off. Mid-October means the cows will start calving and they will need to be checked more than just once a day until all have calved. Now that Kayla can drive, she can start helping check the cows. Last, but not least, I have to talk about Cocoa. As I sit at my desk writing this article, she is doing what she does best: lying on the floor sound asleep and snoring. Thankfully, the skunk smell has left her and she is out of trouble since last month. I have to admit she has been a lot of help in sorting the calves and loading trucks. I reckon she is part of the family and it wouldn’t be the same around the farm without her. - Till next month, Bill 6 October 2010

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ABAC ....................................Justin Gilliard Amicalola...................................Carl Bailey Appalachian ......................Charles Roberts Baldwin-Jones-Putnam ....Ricky Yarbrough Banks..................................Eddie Hickman Barrow .................................Linda Crumley Ben Hill-Irwin....................................Vacant Berrien .................................Joe Allen Kent Blue Ridge Mountain.................Bob Kinnie Brooks........................................Jeff Moore Burke ......................................Ellis Godbee Carroll ......................................Doug Smith Clarke-Oconee........................Karl C. Berg Colquitt ...........................Thomas Coleman Cook.........................................Sean Resta Coweta.....................................Jay Duncan Crawford Area ............................Jim Horne Decatur ...................................Stuart Griffin Elbert ..........................................Ron Ward Floyd ..................................... Keith Mickler Franklin ..............................Charles Tawzer Grady .....................................Caylor Ouzts Greene Area ....................................Vacant Hall .................................Steve Brinson, Jr. Haralson ...........................Stanley Williams Harris ................................... Steve Lennon Hart ....................................Larry Bramblett Heard.....................................Keith Jenkins Heartland ................................Tony Rogers Henry ......................................Marvin Rose Houston.................................Wayne Talton Jackson......................................Cole Elrod Jefferson..................................Arthur Rider Johnson Area.....................Jimmy Harrison L.T.D.....................................Brian Goolsby Laurens ......................................David Hall Lincoln ................................Chris Goldman Little River ................................. Billy Mays Lowndes ..................................Andy Carter Lumpkin ............................Anthony Grindle Macon.............................Stewart Newberry Madison ............................Randy Fordham Meriwether........................Harvey Lemmon Mid-Georgia...................................Ed Trice Miller.....................................Trent Clenney Mitchell ..............................J. Dean Daniels Morgan .................................Zeke Lambert Murray...................................Doug Douthitt North Georgia ................Wade Castleberry Northeast Georgia................Curtis Ledford Northwest Georgia .............David Holcomb Ocmulgee.............................Raleigh Gibbs Ogeechee .................................Jody Burns Oglethorpe .............................Fred Gretsch Pachitla .............................B.J. Washington Peach ......................................Willis Brown Piedmont................................Todd Teasley Piney Woods............................Chris Taylor Polk ...................................Glenn Robinson Pulaski................................D. J. Bradshaw Red Carpet .............................Wes Mitchell Satilla ................................Alvin Walker, Jr. Seminole................................Bruce Barber South Georgia....................Maxwell Wilcox Southeast Georgia..............Mickey Carnes Stephens ...................................Tony Smith Tattnall............................Jessie J. Driggers Taylor......................................Taylor Welch Thomas.........................Charles R. Conklin Three Rivers .......................Derek Williams Tift .........................................Buck Aultman Tri-County .....................Roy Lee Strickland Tri-State ............................... James Burton Troup....................................Ross Hoffman Turner ....................................Randy Hardy University of Georgia........Tyson Strickland Walton...............................Sammy Maddox Washington ............................Timothy May Wayne....................................Joe B. Harris Webster ...................................Andy Payne Wilkes ..................................David VanHart Worth ..................................Donald Gilman




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Kudos to the Magazine Team

Spotlight Feature a Real Hit

Dear Editor, I just finished reading (and looking at the pictures) the September issue. Probably the best issue I have seen. Obviously a lot of thought and work went into this endeavor; interesting and informative along with enjoyable. Sometimes we get too involved with “them vs. us” and preach to the choir. We know about “them.” Thanks for telling us about “some of us.” From the advertising, I would say someone is doing a good sales job; of course, the better the magazine, the easier to sell the ad. Carry on! Stanley Cauthen Coweta Chapter

Dear Editor, I haven’t talked with you since the Little River Spotlight came out, but I wanted to tell you that I think it turned out awesome! Thanks for putting that together for us. We appreciate being featured and encourage more chapters to submit pictures and information. Thanks, Tammy Cheely GCA Region VP #6

“Where’s My Magazine?” The magazine team at GCA works diligently each month to do everything we can to ensure your magazine arrives at your home, office or P.O. box within a few days of the first of each month. Let’s run through our typical magazine production schedule so you understand our process. We began working on the plan for this (October) issue in August. Editorial, ad layout and design for the issue was well under way by Sept. 1st. Our deadline for advertising is the 5th of each month, so things really get hectic with ads between the 5th and 10th. We finalize the layout and really push the last-minute editorial, so the news isn’t too old, from the 11th to 13th. The magazine is usually finished (digitally) and sent to the printer between the 13th and the 16th, depending on how the calendar treats weekends and holidays. Our printer has the magazine to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) between the 18th and 21st of each month. All of this is to say that if you don’t receive your magazine until the 15th of October, the issue lies with the USPS. The # 1 reason we have found for people not receiving their magazine (other than them forgetting to pay their membership dues) is that the front cover of the magazine, which contains the mailing label, has been mangled or ripped off. We have worked with our publisher to experiment with a tracking system, but the USPS is not required to scan bar codes until next spring; until then, we are not able to track each magazine. We would encourage all of our members to email us ( and request that a user-friendly digital copy of the magazine be delivered to your inbox each month. You will still receive your copy in the mail, but we can guarantee delivery of the digital copy before the first of each month. If you don’t receive your magazine by the 15th of any month, don’t hesitate to call the office and we’ll get one to you ASAP. Be assured that the GCA magazine team is doing everything in our power to get your magazine to you in a timely manner. - Josh White


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Executive Vice President’s Report

Moving GCA Forward into FY 2011

An Update from your Management Team In the 2010 Convention book we wrote a management report communicating the challenges GCA faced in 2009, and announcing we were now “under new management.” We gave you our management and operations philosophy. As fiscal year 2009-2010 comes to a close for GCA, we want to provide you, as members, an update of the State of the Organization. We have worked hard over the past year in all aspects to make GCA stronger than ever. This is what we said we would do. Below are updates of where we are as an organization: • Evaluating all activities against the GCA Mission Statement. Every project and activity we do, we make sure that it lines up with the Mission Statement, “To unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia’s cattle industry.” As staff, this will be an on-going process to evaluate everything we do to be sure it coincides with our Mission Statement. • Providing accurate information to our volunteer leaders in a timely manner. We send monthly updates and the calendar to all members who are on our email list (if you are not already receiving these emails, please sign up for them by going to our website at and click on the link “Join the GCA email list”). We send a summary of the actions of the Executive Committee to each local chapter president and are setting up email lists for local leaders. We want to be able to give you quick and timely information that you can use to make your operations even more successful. • Focusing on the health and growth of local chapters – the lifeblood of our Association. We are very excited to tell you about

the membership benefits that we are now able to offer all of our members. (See page 52 for all of the details.) As a GCA member you can receive discounts throughout the state on a variety of services. We want to make it easier than ever for you to sign up new members and keep current members on board. What better way than to tell them that it pays to be a GCA member in more ways than one! Every member matters – regular and efficient communication both to and from GCA and the membership. We are committed to listening to the membership. We have had two meetings with the Regional VPs to hear what you need across the state and how we can better serve you. We have also improved the GCA website to make it a tool for every member to have the information that you need. We are here for you and we are listening! Every dollar matters – we are committed to the efficient and careful management of our membership dollars. As you know, we have had some challenges. In order to get back in a positive cash flow, we have reevaluated staff and eliminated a position, we have bid everything possible to make sure we are getting the best price available, and spending as efficiently as possible. If everything goes as planned we will end the 2010-11 fiscal year with a positive cash flow. Our commitment continues to be to use your membership dollars as wisely as possible. Re-energizing the committees and affiliate organizations that provide grassroots input and energy into our activities. Eight out of 10 of the GCA committees have met since Convention, with plans for the other two to meet soon. We have also formed two



new committees. The Media and Communications Committee is a new committee that provides grassroots leadership in the print and online media produced by Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. The Tour Committee is a new committee that is in the beginning stages of planning a fall 2011 tour to visit Beef Challenge facilities and learn more about the cattle feeding industry in the Corn Belt; look for more details in the coming months.

A milestone GCA will celebrate in 2011 is our 50th Anniversary. We believe GCA will be stronger than ever; however, we need every GCA member to take personally the call to recruit one new member in the coming year. The math is simple – we would have a record number of members if each member recruited a new member and we would be able to carry out our mission and expand our voice. The producers are out there; we just need to ask them to join us. Working together with the terrific volunteer leaders, from local chapter presidents and regional vicepresidents to the Executive Committee, we can achieve our goals of having a fiscally strong organization that effectively advances the mission of Georgia’s cattle industry. We believe the best years for GCA are ahead of us and we can make this organization stronger than it has ever been. A milestone GCA will celebrate in 2011 is our 50th Anniversary. For 50 years this organization has been promoting and supporting the cattle industry in Georgia. Thank you to the individuals who have given of their time and resources and served this association to the fullest. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2011! GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President, and Michele Creamer is GCA Director of Operations.]

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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 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Your GCA leadership team is here to serve you. Contact us with your ideas about our association or to visit about the cattle industry. BILL BRYAN President 2830 E Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747 706-397-8219

Dean Bagwell, Cartersville, 770-382-0747 Ernie Ford, Edison, 229-835-2873 Randy Fordham, Danielsville, 706-207-1301 Chuck Joiner, Carrollton, 770-832-7299 Billy Moore, Gray, 478-986-6893 Melvin Porter, Jefferson, 706-654-8283



STEVE BLACKBURN President-Elect P.O. Box 179, Waynesboro, GA 30830 706-554-1993

Region 1: Fred Kerce, 706-291-7811 Region 2: Eddie Bradley, 706-896-1043 Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175

Email: DAVID GAZDA Vice President 1985 Morton Road, Athens, GA 30605 706-227-9098

Region 4: Bill Cline, 770-251-3518 Region 5: Glenn Hayes, 770-786-6425 Region 6: Tammy Cheely, 706-465-2136 Region 7: Gilbert Andrews, 706-561-9725

Email: STEVE BARFOOT Treasurer 2125 Rebie Road, Dudley, GA 31022 478-676-3035

Region 8: Danny McLeod, 770-358-4495 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 Region 10: Bobby Lovett, 229-732-3305 Region 11: D.J. Bradshaw, 478-957-5208

Email: JOSH WHITE Executive V.P. 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 24510, Macon, GA 31212 478-474-6560

Region 12: Dr. Jim Strickland, 912-654-2151 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 Region 14: Terry Harris, 229-498-5732 Region 15: Randy Franks, 912-427-8036


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GCA Immediate Past President: Bill Nutt, 770-748-6424 1418 6th Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 NCBA Director: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-595-2885 Foundation Chairman: Bill Hopkins, Thomson, 706-595-2885 CattleWomen’s President: Brenda Brookshire, Suches, 706-747-3693 GCA PAST PRESIDENTS 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard T. Jones, Foley, AL 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell 1993-1994 Ralph Bridges, Lexington 1994-1995 Lane Holton, Camilla 1995-1996 Jim Goodman, Temple 1996-1997 Dr. Frank Thomas, Alamo 1997-1998 Joe Duckworth, Milledgeville 1998-1999 Betts Berry, Chickamauga 1999-2000 Curly Cook, Crawford 2000-2001 Chuck Sword, Williamson 2001-2002 Robert Fountain, Jr., Adrian 2002-2003 Louie Perry, Moultrie 2003-2004 Tim Dean, Lafayette 2004-2005 John Callaway, Hogansville 2005-2006 Bill Hopkins, Thomson 2006-2007 Dr. Jim Strickland, Glennville 2007-2008 Evans Hooks, Swainsboro 2008-2009 Mike McCravy, Bowdon 2009-2010 Bill Nutt, Cedartown

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Meet Randy Franks, GCA Region 15 Vice President Quick Facts: • Randy and Joyce Franks have been married 34 years. • He has served as GCA’s Region #15 Vice President for four years and resides in Wayne County. • Randy currently manages 20 cows. • Randy is currently employed at UGA Extension as a part-time County agent in Wayne and Long counties.

Q Share what being a Regional Vice President means and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: I enjoy serving as a GCA Regional Vice President. We have held three heifer sales, field days and many programs in Region 15. I hope to see an improvement in membership this coming year.

Q Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ANSWER: I grew up on a cattle, hog and row crop farm in Tift County. I showed cattle and hogs from 5th grade through high school. In 1977, I was a member of the UGA Livestock Judging Team, where I graduated with an animal science degree. Last October I officially retired from the Georgia Extension system as a county agent and was shortly hired back to work part-time in Wayne and Long counties. Before working for Extension, I was employed at Appling Company and was a farm manager at Jo-Su-Li Farms in Miller County. My family and I have attended many shows, sales and livestock events throughout the years as my children showed cattle and hogs growing up. Also, I had the opportunity to judge hundreds of livestock shows throughout my career, too. We have Empire Angus, consisting of a small herd of cattle, and offer bulls and club calves for sale each year.

Q Tell us about your family. ANSWER: Joyce and I have been married for 34 years. Joyce teaches 4th grade. We have two children, Justin and Gina. Justin is married to Erin, and is an energy specialist, and Erin teaches school. My daughter, Gina, works for Liberty Regional Medical Center in the human resources department. Gina has Tyson, who is 6 years old and our only grandchild.

Q In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? ANSWER: I believe the most important issue would be input costs producers are facing and consistent forage quality to graze their animals. Marketing your cattle efficiently is a very important topic, too.

Q What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: Membership is so important to GCA! I am most interested in retaining and recruiting members. I would like to see us push for more junior members, too. Maybe adult members would be willing to pay or sponsor one or more new junior members. Youth will become our future. What more can I say? G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Know When to Hold ’em – and Know When to Load ’em: Cow Culling Economics By Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension Economist-Livestock

Introduction This month’s article is in direct response to a question. The question is: “I thought a good topic might be when to cull an old, healthy, fertile cow. It is an easy decision if they are lame, have bad teats, or come up empty. But if they are doing well, is there an age at which you should cull? Does that age tend to vary with breed? Is there research to show that she becomes so inefficient at a certain age that it is better to sell her and buy or keep a replacement? I suspect purebreds do not last as long as crossbreds in general, but should my old purebred Angus cow go if she is performing well and we are not in a drought? Would one calf with a lower weaning weight than usual cause you to cull? There may not be much research on this but if there is, it would be an interesting topic.” Actually there are several good questions from this reader. Fortunately, there has been some research done in this area but probably not as much as we would like. Most of the research I was able to review indicates that a crossbred cow will live 12 to 18 months longer and produce at least one calf more than a purebred, yet another vote for heterosis in the commercial cowherd. I will defer the question of specific breeds and combinations to my animal science colleagues for future consideration. Regarding the optimal culling age, there have been numerous agricultural economists who have examined this topic from several different angles using all types of advanced statistical techniques and have come to an astounding conclusion: It depends. Hopefully after reading this article, cattlemen will realize that there is no set age at which to cull. However, there is a process and several pieces of information that are key in making this decision. Economic Model Conceptually, a cow is an incomeproducing asset. As a result, she should remain in production until it is more economical to replace her with a new production unit than it is to keep her operating. In the real world, this means 12 October 2010 •


she should remain in the herd as long as she is profitable or until she can be replaced by a heifer or younger cow that is more profitable. From a practical standpoint, the cow culling decision actually involves answering three questions: 1) How profitable is the cow today? 2) What are her expected profits? 3) How do these profits compare with her potential replacement? Determining cow profitability The easiest way to determine current and projected cow profitability is to subtract the cow’s annual cost from the value of the calf. The two big assumptions here are that you can match the cow to the calf and you can actually determine the annual cow cost. To aid our discussion, I have prepared an example table below that shows how one might go about calcu-

lating actual net returns per cow. Before venturing too far, a couple of items should be pointed out/explained. First, this example assumes the cattleman is marketing his calf crop individually, and so each price is known. If calves are marketed as part of a group or a larger lot, then the lot price should be used. Second, the average cow cost is merely the total variable costs for the cow herd divided by the number of cows. However, this is only an average. Some producers may want to make individual adjustments to cow costs based on additional health costs, cow size and those implications for cost or any other items that you can legitimately tie to a specific cow. Readers are cautioned not to “read too much” into this table. It is presented only as an example to show how the math works.

TABLE 1 Example Net Returns per cow of Different Cows within a Herd

Based on Table 1 we can see that the average net income is a little over $150. As a result, Cow 1, Cow 2, Cow 3 and Cow 5 all should at least be considered for culling because their net incomes are below the group average. Obviously Cow 2 and Cow 3 deserve closer scrutiny because they had the lowest net returns of the group. What are her expected profits? The next step in the decision-making process is to determine the cow’s future profit potential. This is done by considering how many calf crops one can expect from the cow, as well as the projected value of the calf crops. Any future age-dependent health or other expenses must also be considered as well as her current cull value. The financial method most often used in this situation is called Net Present Value (NPV) analysis. While it may sound rather complicated, NPV is nothing more than taking a projected income-stream and accounting for inflation to put it into today’s dollars. The variables that one needs to know are: 1) expected net income for each period (years); 2) the number of years; 3) the residual or salvage value at the end of the asset’s useful life (cull value); and 4) the interest rate or discount value. In answering the questions regarding projected calf crops and value, it is helpful to know that according to the Beef Improvement Federation guidelines, calves from cows that are 11 years old or older receive a positive weight adjustment while those from cows aged 5 to 10 receive none. The implication is that after cows reach 11 years of age, their productivity starts to decline enough that it is statistically possible to lower calf weights. So productive cows 11 or older start becoming better candidates for culling. Returning to our example, Cows 1, 2, 3 and 5 were all considered potential candidates because of their below-average net returns. However, upon further review we find that Cow 1 and Cow 5 are 4 years old while Cow 2 and Cow 3 are 12 and 14 years old respectively. Making several assumptions, including

a maximum age at culling of 16 and discount rate of 4 percent, we determine that the Present Value of the projected income stream of the cows in questions is as follows: TABLE 2 Example Estimated Net Present Values and Culling Implications for Several Cows

Since Cows 1 and 5 are younger, they should remain in the herd several years longer, and so their NPV is much larger. Cows 2 and 3 will only remain in the herd a maximum of two to four more years, and so the value of their NPV is much lower. If we can cull both of these cows for close to $600 this year and replace them with young females with projected income streams similar to Cows 1 and 5, then a suggested alternative would be to cull Cow 3 and let the producer decide what to do with Cow 2 as Cow 3’s NPV is almost twice that of Cow 2.

Don’t be overwhelmed by culling decisions! Use the Beef Cow Replacement Calculator at to aid in your decision. Obviously, the culling decision for Cows 2 and 3 depends not only on the NPV of the two cows in question, but also on their replacement costs. For instance, if Cow 2 can be replaced for $800, then it might be wise to cull her.

However, if it will cost $1,200+ to replace her, then perhaps you should try to get one more year out of her. Risk Management Considerations There are some pieces of information that we either don’t have a value for or cannot quantify. For instance, one of the risks associated with keeping older cows one more year is their susceptibility to injury. Just like people, as cows get older they become more prone to injury. Since there is virtually no market for downer cows, it is advisable to sell cows one year too early as opposed to waiting one year too late. Another consideration is replacement costs. With all indications pointing toward higher cattle prices for the next several years, replacement female values are also expected to increase in the next several years. So for cows that might otherwise stay one more year, it may make sense to purchase their replacements in anticipation of higher prices in the coming years. Math made easy... and final thoughts There is quite a bit of arithmetic involved in making a thorough culling decision. However, readers should not feel overwhelmed. By utilizing the Beef Cow Replacement Calculator found in the Budgets and Decision-aids section at, cattlemen can compare the NPV of cows and decide which ones to keep and cull. This month’s article was generated by a reader’s question. I hope I have succeeded in answering both his question and yours. If you have more questions like this that you would like to see addressed in the Georgia Cattleman, either let the GCA staff know or e-mail questions to me at or GC

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GIPSA Proposal Threatens Free-Market Principles On June 22, 2010, the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced plans for a proposed rule regarding livestock and poultry. “This is the government trying to interfere in the private market by telling producers when and how they can market their cattle,” said NCBA President Steve Foglesong. “This rule could take the industry back 30 years by stifling the innovative efforts of cattle producers to add value and enhance the quality and safety of their products for consumers.” The proposed rule goes well beyond the intent of Congress and even contradicts previous court decisions. During a hearing in July before the House Ag Committee, Representatives from both sides of the aisle criticized USDA for proposing a rule including many provisions which were rejected by Congress during debate on the 2008 Farm Bill. The potential for altering or eliminating alternative marketing arrangements is likely to encourage consolidation, rather than provide more opportunities for cattlemen. GC

Georgia Congressman Pressures USDA to Conduct Analysis on GIPSA Rule In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) called for a sound economic analysis to judge both the need and the utility of a proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule that deals with the procurement of livestock. “In my view, it is unprecedented for a federal agency to propose such a wide-sweeping regulation and not conduct an economic analysis,” Kingston said in a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I am concerned that despite Congress having appropriated $13 million in the current fiscal year for the USDA Office of the Chief Economist, GIPSA has seemingly ignored this resource to analyze the proposal.” In addition to a lack of economic analysis, Kingston said there are other questions that have been raised with the rulemaking that require immediate response, including what some view as

an attempt by the agency to circumvent the intent of Congress and what Kingston says appears to be a carefully choreographed effort by the agency and others within the USDA to lobby Congress, press, industry and public officials on the proposed rule. Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs, said U.S. cattle producers need to urge their elected officials to follow suit. He said USDA has yet to offer any type of economic or legal clarification to the rule with a thorough analysis. “We need USDA to clarify this rule. We need facts. The only way to provide producers with facts is for USDA to conduct an objective economic and legal analysis of this rule using outside experts,” said Woodall. “We cannot stand by and hope this rule is in the best interest of U.S. cattle producers. We need to be certain. As it is written now, this rule is anything but a good thing.” GC

EPA Regulations Could Cause Job Loss; Producer Action Needed “Agriculture is the backbone of rural America. The best way to stop this regulation is for producers to contact their respective state governor, who would be responsible for enforcing these regulations if implemented.” – Thies Tamara Thies, NCBA chief environmental counsel, said producers need to contact their respective governor in order to prevent “the most stringent dust regulation” ever proposed from being implemented. Thies said producers need to discuss the potential loss of jobs in rural America that could result from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) foundation for unprecedented regulation of dust released in June. The comment period ended Aug. 16, 2010. Specifically, EPA was considering regulating coarse particulate matter (dust) at levels as low as 65-85 µg/m3, twice as stringent as the current standard. Most recently, EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee suggests regulating dust at the low end of EPA's proposal at 65-75 µg/m3. Thies said such regulations could put family operations at a standstill. “It would be virtually impossible for many critical U.S. industries to comply with this standard, even with use of best-management practices to control dust,” said Thies. “All of us certainly want healthy air for our communities, but this is nothing more than the everyday dust kicked up by harvesting crops or simply driving down a dirt road, and it has long been found to be of no health concern at ambient levels.” 14 October 2010 •


If EPA regulates dust at the level of 65-75 µg/m3, areas across the country would be classified as “nonattainment,” forcing states to impose extreme dust-control requirements on businesses across the board. Thies said the results of this rule will be costly to rural economies and will result in a loss of jobs. “It would be impossible, given the current economic challenges, for rural America to afford the unnecessary financial burden that would result if these unfounded regulations are finalized in their current form,” said Thies. “We are talking about agricultural jobs here. Agriculture is the backbone of rural America. The best way to stop this regulation is for producers to contact their respective state governor, who would be responsible for enforcing these regulations if implemented. The potential impact to state economies will encourage governors to take a closer look at this proposed regulation, which could spark EPA to give this a closer look.” GC Editor’s Note: See page 46 for article in which GCA Executive Committee member Ernie Ford from Edison, Ga., comments to the Administrator of EPA on this very issue.


July Beef Exports Slightly Lower than June But Ahead of 2009 Pace Despite being well below last year’s results in Mexico – the No. 1 export market for U.S. beef – and remaining relatively flat in No. 2 market Canada, beef exports are performing extremely well across the globe. South Korea, Vietnam and Russia posted the largest year-overyear increases in July, but strong growth has also been achieved this year in Japan, the Middle East, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the European Union and the Caribbean. Exports to Mexico still trail last year’s pace by more than 20 percent in both volume (138,807 metric tons) and value ($450.5 million), but showed signs of strengthening in July as export value ($70.1 million) was just 3.5 percent below last year's level. “While Mexico has been very slow to recover from the economic crisis that first took hold two years ago, we are beginning to see some promising signs,” said Chad Russell, USMEF regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. “The peso has strengthened modestly in the past few months, and U.S. beef still holds a very strong market share in Mexico. Consumer confidence and buying power also appear to be on the upswing, and recent sales results for U.S. beef reflect that. While we are still a long way from the outstanding results U.S. beef achieved here in 2008, USMEF is continuing to aggressively work with retailers and importers and we are headed in the right direction.” January-July exports to Canada were even with last year in terms of volume at 84,149 metric tons but up 6 percent in value at $387.4 million. In every other major market, results are substantially above year-ago levels. Beef highlights include: Exports to Japan are 25 percent higher in terms of both volume (64,959 metric tons) and value $336.2 million. A USMEF promotion with nearly 13,000 7Eleven stores in Japan has helped fuel U.S. beef sales there. The “Sumibiyaki Gyu Karubi Bento” promotion is projected to sell 30 million bento (lunch) boxes containing U.S. beef short plate over the coming year. Korea continues to climb the export market rankings with results of 63,189 metric tons valued at $290.8 million – an increase of 122 percent and 162 percent, respectively. Vietnam is still the leading market in the ASEAN region at 31,036 metric tons valued at $112.5 million – up 6 percent and 20 percent, respectively. But more dramatic growth in Indonesia and the

Philippines pushed the ASEAN region’s results 28 percent higher in volume (44,657 metric tons) and 33 percent higher in value ($145.5 million). Led by strong exports to Egypt, the Middle East was up 31 percent in volume (69,837 metric tons) and 56 percent in value ($77.3 million) as the region shows an increasing appetite for U.S. muscle cuts. Excellent results were also achieved in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Exports to Russia totaled 32,982 metric tons valued at $94.1 million – an increase of 154 percent in volume and 575 percent in value, reflecting a surge in mus-

cle cut demand. Muscle cut exports to Russia reached 16,930 metric tons but will likely slow in the remainder of 2010 as the U.S. share (21,700 metric tons) of Russia’s import quota is nearly filled. However, the higher out-of-quota tariff rates do not apply to variety meat. Taiwan is likely headed for another new value record this year as results reached $109.7 million – up 48 percent compared to last year’s record pace. Volume was up 36 percent to 20,554 metric tons. Exports to Hong Kong were up 66 percent in volume (18,635 metric tons) and 87 percent in value ($68.9 million). GC

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Nominating Committee Named, Will Begin Work Later This Fall At the Aug. 23, 2010 meeting of the Executive Committee of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, President Bill Bryan appointed and the Executive Committee approved the following GCA Nominating Committee: • Bill Nutt, Chairman (Polk Co.), • Ernie Ford (Pachitla), • Mike McCravy (Carroll Co.), • Joe Duckworth (Baldwin/Jones/ Putnam), • Bobby Lance (Blue Ridge Mountain), • Ron Ward (Elbert Co.), and • Mike Burke (Burke Co.). The GCA Nominating Committee is charged with nominating a slate of GCA officers at the Annual Membership Meeting held in conjunction with the GCA Convention and Beef Expo April 1, 2011. The officers consist of the President, PresidentElect, Vice-President, and Treasurer. The Nominating Committee will also nominate Regional Vice-Presidents this year for Regions 1, 4, 7, 10 and 13. Finally, the committee will nominate two GCA Executive Committee members to be elected by the GCA Board of Directors at the Annual Board of

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Directors Meeting also on April 1, 2011. The Nominating Committee will begin their work later this fall. Please take time to consider respected beef cattle producers in your area who would be strong leaders for GCA. Contact committee Chairman Bill Nutt (770-7486424 or or any of the committee members to share your input in this vital process. GC

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In My Opinion

Humane Society of the United States v. Ohio Livestockmen


n last month’s column, I mentioned that the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board recently buckled under a threat from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Actually, the Livestock Care Standards Board may not have been officially formed. According to sources, the Ohio Farm Bureau, other animal industry groups and the governor were involved in the agreement. The Ohio legislature recently created the Livestock Care Standards Board expressly to address animal welfare/ husbandry issues using common sense and scientific study rather than by emotion. As far as I can tell, the group acting for the Board was outmaneuvered and intimidated into accepting rather wide-ranging issues recommended by HSUS. HSUS is really not a humane society, but is more involved in lobbying for rules concerning their version of animal rights (not welfare) that will be negative to the animal industry. In fact, they


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By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins, retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty are being sued for misleading the public in spending more money on lobbying activities after promoting and collecting the money for humane works. HSUS

HSUS is really not a humane society, but is more involved in lobbying for rules concerning their version of animal rights (not welfare) that will be negative to the animal industry. gives less than one-half of 1 percent of its $100 million budget to animal shelters. More than $2.5 million goes to

HSUS employee pension plans. The 2008 federal IRS report reveals an annual payroll of almost $38 million for its 555 employees. Although they are not as outlandish as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), both organizations share the same goal of removing meat from the human diet, eliminating animal agriculture and requiring everyone to be a vegetarian. It is the right of any person or organization to collect a sufficient number of legitimate signatures to satisfy the Secretary of State and present a ballot issue for vote by the public. The HSUS, instead of asking the Livestock Care Board to address a variety of animal welfare issues, began to collect signatures to force a ballot issue this fall. They claimed to have more than 500,000 signatures for delivery to the Secretary of State to put what they call an anti-factory farming measure before Ohio voters. In addition, they had a secretly taped video of animal cruelty on an Ohio dairy farm. I am told the video showed pictures of animal abuse that would offend anyone who watched the video. HSUS threatened to show the video to public groups in order to gain support for their ballot issue. It did appear on the Internet. Although the acts of animal cruelty would inflame most any audience, the acts had nothing to do with the points of the ballot issue. There is now some evidence that some of these abuse events were staged by HSUS employees after they had been planted in a farm operation so animal abuse could be videotaped. We cannot condone acts of animal cruelty, but the way to address such issues is through the legal system, not by using them as a wedge to support a political point of view. According to the HSUS website,

the Ohio agriculture groups agreed to the following provisions: • A ban on new gestation crates after Dec. 31, 2010. Existing facilities are grandfathered, but must cease use within 15 years. • A ban on veal crates by 2017. • A moratorium on permits for new battery cage confinement for laying hens. • A ban on transport of downer cows for slaughter. • The mandatory use of humane methods of euthanasia for farm animals. • Legislation establishing felony-level penalties for cockfighters. • Legislation cracking down on puppy mills. • A ban on the acquisition of dangerous animals as pets. While I may or may not agree with any/many of the above provisions, I strongly disagree with how the HSUS intimidated the agriculture groups into accepting their wishes under threat of a possible ballot issue and unfavorable publicity that did not even relate to the ballot issues. After the agriculture groups agreed they would support the above agenda, HSUS withdrew their efforts for a ballot issue in 2010. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board now says it will take HSUS recommendations under consideration as it would any other public comment. It will examine possible impacts of the recommendations and see how they fit industry standards. If the HSUS provisions do not become law in 2010, HSUS could again pursue the ballot initiative. GC

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Oct. 30, 2010 • 12 noon at the North West Georgia Livestock Pavilion in Calhoun, Ga.

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Roberts, a soft red winter wheat cultivar was  Roberts Wheat cooperatively developed and (Recomended for grazing, hay, silage) released by the Georgia and Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations in 1997.  Georgia Gore Wheat The major advantages of this cultivar are its high (Certified or Select) grain yield, late maturity and improved disease resistance. This cultivar is adapted throughout the South, especially Wrens Abruzzi Rye in the Upper Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions. It is similar in lodg(Georgia’s Leading Forage Rye) ing to GA Gore. Roberts is similar in susceptibility as Coker 9134 to leaf rust. Roberts has shown to have better resistance in Hessian fly than GA Dozier and Coker 9134. 5/ U.S. Protected Variety Coker 227 Oats (A great forage variety) (PVPA 94 and title V) -- to be sold by Variety name only as a class of certified seed. Description Call Lewis or Phil Sanders supplied by the University of Georgia. (706) 759-3871 or (706) 340-5669 Exclusive marketing rights have been licensed to Buffalo Creek Straw & Seed Farm.

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PRESIDENT: Larry Walker 266 Silver Dollar Road Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-2044 VICE PRESIDENT: Skyler Davis 971 Hwy 211 NE Winder, GA 30680 770-307-7036 SEC/TREAS.: Lillian Youngblood 330 Youngblood Road Ashburn, GA 31714 229-567-4044 229-567-1584 (cell)

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Rock and a Hard Place It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used ¾-ton pickup with mud and snows and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the color of camouflage, and an antique gas-stingy hatchback coup. The story began early one chilly morning when ‘Marilyn,’ as he affectionately named the hatchback, wouldn’t start. When this happened back at the ranch, they would push Marilyn up into the back of the stock trailer and haul her to the mechanic 18 miles away in Mountain Home. Not having a push tractor there on campus, Brett strategically placed the opened trailer at the foot of a steep grade next to the sidewalk. He set up two stout board ramps and walked back up the hill to get Marilyn.

The campus seemed deserted, Brett observed, as he pushed Marilyn over the edge, jumped in and coasted down the hill. He hit the ramp tracks and loaded the projectile on the trailer BAXTER BLACK, DVM with less than six inches of clearance! “Step One!” he said, much satisfied. It was then that Step Two reared its ugly head. On the ranch, they never needed to actually sit behind the wheel to load her, he remembered... too late! There was no way to get the door open. There was no space through the window against the solid-sided trailer. “The hatchback!” he thought, hope in his heart. He could see the empty street behind him through the back window.

Over he climbed, only to find that it would not open! As the day warmed, people began appearing. He heard children talking to a mom nearby. “Hey, Lady,” Brett whispered, trying not to scare her. No response. “Hey, Lady!” he said, raising his voice. The mom looked around, grabbed her kids and hurried away from the menacing voice. For 45 minutes Brett tried to catch the attention of passersby. He whistled, banged on the trailer and rocked Marilyn. Finally, by plastering himself against the hatchback window and flailing like a shipwrecked sailor, he caught the attention of a bicycling journalism major. She agreed to go get help if Brett agreed to let her film his plight and do an interview first. He was cornered and acquiesced. The article was titled, “Carpooling, the Cowboy Way!” GC [Baxter Black is a cowboy poet and author. Visit his site at]

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Parasite Resistance Study By Ted G. Dyer, UGA Extension Animal Scientist

A recent study was conducted at the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center (Red Bud Farm – Gordon County) to determine the effectiveness of deworming products and protocols specific to cattle located at the Red Bud Farm. The adult cows on this farm have been dewormed annually for the past 10+ years with avermectin products. This study involved a group of 80 weaned steers from the cow herd. Preliminary fecal samples were pulled on around 100 calves that were near the same age and weight. Upon review of the preliminary fecal samples, the group was divided into four uniform groups (20 steers each) based on preliminary fecal sample results, weight and age. The project started by weighing each steer, taking a fecal sample (pre-egg count), and applying dewormer to the appropriate groups (A. No deworming – Control; B. Fenbendazole oral drench; C. Injectible Moxidectin; D. Combo Treatment – Fenbendazole oral drench and injectable ivermectin – brown box). The entire group was placed on pasture for 16 days. After 16 days, fecal samples (post-egg count) were taken and steers were weighed. The steers were placed back on pasture and weighed again at day 57. A summary of the results is shown at right: 34 October 2010

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No Deworming (Control)

Fenbendazole Treatment (Oral Drench)

Moxidectin Treatment (Injectable)

Combo Treatment (Fenbendazole Oral Drench plus Injectable Ivermectin-brown box)

BIG QUESTION – Are parasites becoming resistant to deworming? This study indicated that there are differences in the reduction of FECs (Fecal Egg Counts) among the different products used. Possible resistance may be developing. Continuing to use or overuse the same product may be contributing to the possibility of a growing problem with parasite resistance. Knowing the levels of parasites in your beef herd is critical – take fecal samples to determine parasite loads, plus identify those critical parasites. Continuing to overuse low-priced pour-ons may be the biggest problem – which could lead to possible parasite resistance. Parasite resistance could have a damaging impact on cattle productivity and beef quality, with reduction in feed intake and decreased weight gain, and reduce the animal’s ability to defend itself from disease because of impaired immune function. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS... that need to be answered: • What is the economical threshold of tolerable egg counts? • Will one product alone solve internal parasite risk? • Are we overusing deworming products – how often should we deworm different weights and ages of cattle? • Does every farm need to be treated the same when it comes to parasite control?

CONCLUSION Controlling internal parasites in beef cattle will become more of a challenge. Taking the following steps should help in reducing parasite loads in your beef herd. First, take random fecal samples in your herd to determine parasites present. Second, deworm in accordance with your herd needs. DO NOT OVERWORM. Know the weight of the animal – use the correct amount and the correct product based on FECs. Third, deworm when it will be the most effective. And fourth, utilize other management strategies such as pasture management – don’t overgraze or overstock pastures and rotate pastures to allow regrowth. Thanks to the following for their assistance with the study: • Dr. Mel Pence, DVM – retired UGA Veterinarian • Ronnie Able, Senior Territory Manager – Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health • Randy Fordham, Sales Representative – Boehringer Ingelheim • Dr. Ray Kaplan, UGA Professor – Infectious Diseases • Phil Worley, UGA Superintendent – NW GA Research and Education Center • Staff at Red Bud Farm GC Do you have questions for the experts? Write to Ted Dyer at

For Sale Private Treaty Beginning Oct. 9th

EPD’s- BW: 0.1 WW: 24 YW: 47 API: 96 BW: 78 WW: 725 - 56 day ADG on Test 3.66 lb BD: 9/24/09 HOMOZYGOUS Black, Polled

17 Simmental, SimAngus, & Angus Bulls come off of performance test Oct. 9th

EPD’s- BW: 2.1 WW: 32 YW: 56 API: 94 BW: 81 WW: 590 - 56 day ADG on Test 4.36 lb BD:11/28/09 Double Black, Polled

Contact Chris Keller or Andy Clary for more information or to view the bulls. Keller’s Simmentals, Inc 193 Keller Trail, Alma, GA 31510 Chris Keller • 912-286-0286

Clary Simmental Farms 6929 Tank Rd, Odum, GA 31555 Andy Clary • 912-294-3064 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Power Behind Every Bull By Katlin Mulvaney

It is within the power of every man to become great. - Wallace D. Wattles


he Merriam Webster dictionary defines power as the ability to act or produce an effect; possession of control, authority or influence over others with a physical might. Throughout history, individuals in influential positions have had to earn the respect of their peers before they could lead effectively. Even in our country’s darkest hours, we have seen individuals’ true colors and character arise. This holds true for the Georgia Bull Power Group. Over the last six years from the sale’s inception, the Bull Power Group, made up of numerous consignors raising different breeds, has defined “power” in its own way.

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What is the Bull Power Group? More than six years ago, there was concern about having an outlet for smaller producers to market their cattle. Marty Ropp, director of field services for the American Simmental Association, helped promote a group marketing concept to several influential Georgia purebred producers. Why not consolidate resources and pull together a few lots from several different breeders to make sale costs more cost-effective? Once the vision was embraced by Billy Moss, now the Bull Power Group coordinator, the wheels began moving toward making the vision a reality. Continued on next page

“It [Bull Power Group] is made up of a handful of producers who don’t have enough cattle to have a sale of their own,” says Moss. “I began prompting producers to come up with the ‘cream of their crop’ bulls to offer in the sale.” Behind Every Great Bull is a Great Manager After interest was sparked among several potential consignors, the next decision was hiring a full-time manager for the bulls, a manager with cattle sense and a strong agriculture background. They located and hired Terry Chandler to manage the bulls. Coming from a strong farming background and having worked as a County Agent in Walker County, Chandler displayed a trustworthy work ethic and a strong cattle sense, shares David Gazda, Southeast regional manager for the American Angus Association and owner of Gazda Angus Farm. The bulls are brought to Chandler’s farm in Danielsville, Ga., in May, where they are fed and raised through November. “The group has great confidence in Chandler and his management practices,” says Moss. “We place great emphasis that all the bulls need to be fed and handled the same way so they all are on a fair playing field.” There is Power in a Name After consulting a group from Alabama that had been successful in hosting a similar group sale, the newly formed group still lacked a name. Moss explains how years earlier there was a group called “Steer Power Group,” known for selling quality steers for Georgia Junior Cattlemen. This is where the name “Bull Power Group” was coined. The consignors wanted to be known for quality bulls that prove themselves in any commercial or seed stock operation. The sale started as a predominantly SimAngus sale, but on Nov. 5, 2010, more than 70 bulls ranging from Gelbvieh and Balancer to Angus and Hereford will be offered. “The bulls are managed in a pasture situation and fed once a day, getting them as ready as they can be to do their job when they leave here,” says Terry Chandler, manager of the Bull Power Group bulls. Being in a forage-based environment and fed a high soluble fiber diet provides the bulls with the opportunity to gain 3 pounds or more a day. Chandler explains that the goal is not to push the bulls hard so they can gain quickly, but so they will be healthy and properly conditioned to handle breeding conditions. Along with a healthy body condition score, there are other criteria the bulls must meet before being sold in the sale. “We require the bulls to have ultrasound data that measures back fat, intramuscular fat and ribeye areas; breeding soundness exam and have been vaccinated twice prior to the sale,” explains Chandler. “Potential buyers want to know this information, so we provide all of this on the day of the sale.” When seeking consignors for next year’s sale, the Bull Power Group prides itself on having a consistent set of

breeders who value a quality breeding program, utilize optimal genetics within their respective breeds and guarantee their offspring are proven. “When I need a bull, I am looking for genetics I know will work, coming from some of the most respectable breeders across the state,” says Russ Elliot, of Elliot Farms located in Lizella, Ga. “I recommended the sale to a friend last year and we both are going back looking for a few replacement females this fall too.”

The sale offers 70 elite bulls as well as 50 to 60 females ranging from 12- to 15-month-old heifers to heavy bred females. Offering a variety of replacement females targets another set of potential buyers, Moss explains. Unlike the bulls that are raised on Chandler’s farm beginning at 200 to 240 days of age, the heifers remain at each consignor’s farm until three days before the sale, when they are brought to Partisover Ranch in Colbert, the official sale site. This allows the females to acclimate to their surroundings for a few days, Moss says. Each January the executive Bull Power committee meets to review the sale the previous fall. They reevaluate the market and what buyers are demanding, while establishing a number limit of how many consigned lots will be needed to meet the demand. “Anyone who has ever come to the sale has never said they couldn’t afford a bull,” Gazda explains. “The quality of the bulls runs deep from start to finish, and at the end of the day you have bought yourself a powerful herd sire for next year’s calf crop.” Wattles’ opening quote makes you realize the Bull Power Group is more than just a name or set of bulls. It is truly made up of men and women who are leaders within the entire beef industry. Their values and character will long outlive the quality “power” of their bulls. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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706-485-9848 We offer custom fertilizer applications and a wide selection of feeds, as well as highquality horse hay in round or square bales. Also contact us for your fall Marshall ryegrass and custom overseeding requirements. Roy Embry

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Poaching and Hunting Safety for Landowners, Land Managers By Melissa Cummings Georgia DNR/Wildlife Resources Div.


resh tire tracks on a secluded part of your property, a hastily set-up tree stand found in a patch of woods, a pile of corn discovered in an open field. Should you be suspicious? Maybe.

CPL. ERIC SANDERS reviews hunting license of hunter John Bowers.

What is Poaching? A poacher is a thief who steals wildlife that belongs to you and all other Georgians. Poachers rob us of recreational opportunities that hunters pay for through hunting and fishing license fees. Examples of poaching incidents are hunting during illegal hours, taking over the limit of wildlife and/or fish, hunting or fishing in unauthorized

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LOT # 37 - SimAngus Built Right x Angus

areas, killing deer illegally, hunting over bait, buying or selling wildlife or game fish, killing or being in possession of nongame/endangered species, stocking wildlife, hunting or fishing without proper licenses and more. How Do I Report Poaching? Fight back by reporting all poaching incidents to Turn in Poachers, Inc. TIP, a non-profit organization, was organized to protect wildlife from poachers by increasing public support for wildlife law enforcement. TIP creates a framework to promote ethical hunting and to promote the conservation of natural resources. Get paid for turning in a poacher? Possibly. If you report a poaching incident to TIP and that report turns into an arrest, the TIP program may provide you with a reward (even if you wish to remain anonymous). Contact TIP at 1-800-241-4113 (24 hours a day/7 days a week) or at *DNR (for AT&T Mobility customers) or send an email to turninpoachers@ The type of information you will need to report includes: a description of the violator, a description of their vehicle, the location of the violation, date and time of the violation and the type of violation. Protecting Yourself There is likely no one that knows your lands better than you. But there is someone who can help you watch your land. Get to know your local Georgia Department of Natural Resources conservation ranger. Arrange a meeting with them, and allow them to get to know your property so that he or she can do proactive overt patrols. This will help familiarize them with your property if they are ever called in on a complaint. DNR conservation rangers know the laws, are armed and know how to approach someone, who likely also is armed, trespassing on your property. DNR does not recommend approaching any suspected poacher on your own. For your safety AND the potential legal

issues that may result, allow law enforcement to handle any confrontation. What if you don’t suspect any poaching? It is still always a good idea to protect yourself – especially during active hunting seasons. Wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange during hunting seasons (visit and select “Hunting Regulations” for season information), carry a cell phone or

radio that can easily reach someone and ALWAYS let someone know what part of the property you will be patrolling, working on or otherwise visiting and when they should expect you to return. For more information, contact your local Conservation Ranger or DNR Law Enforcement Office (find office and ranger information online at, click on “Contact us”). GC

Lot 57 Sire: OCC Missing Link 830M MGS: Finks 5522-6148 MGGS: RR Traveler 5204 CED









• Four flushmate brothers that are thick, deep, easy fleshing and bred to work in the southeastern foragebased enviroment.

• Donor dam descends from the most productive cow family ever SC MILK developed at Fink Beef Genetics and records a progeny record of +.51 +21 WW 5 @ 101, YW 3 @ 101, IMF 9 @ 103, REA 9 @ 103. FAT • Outcross genetics designed to

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moderate size, add muscle, and improve fleshing ability, structural soundness and udder quality.


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sell at Bull Power VI Friday, November 5, 2010 12 Noon Partisover Ranch Colbert, GA G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Retirement and Succession Planning of Farm Households Many farmers have a deep connection with the land they are farming. The farm may have been passed through several generations to them. Farmers work and care for their land for decades and through generations. This results in the land they farm being almost an “heirloom.” Today’s farmers face difficult decisions with their heirs living and working off of the farm. Farmland is especially vulnerable when passing from one generation to the next. Often the process of finding the individual who is interested in maintaining the farm and farming operation is challenging. Good communication and family meetings can often reveal solutions to the dilemma, however. For these reasons, even farmers who have plans to pass on their farm to the next generation can encounter pitfalls without sound estate planning. Good estate planning (or farm transfer planning) can help transfer their land and business from generation to generation. The bottom line is, without proper planning – this heirloom is often lost or is reduced to unfarmable acreage. So what is “farm transfer planning”? It is a process of decision-making that protects your land’s agricultural and forest productivity while preserving family relationships and enhancing community development. Ultimately we hope that it will make opportunity available for the next generation of farmers. The planning process should involve careful family planning, good communication between generations, family meetings, and a trustworthy professional to assist you in navigating the options. Be sure and remember that even though the land is important – your family is even more important. The Rolling Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council is coordinating a dual state program to provide information and tools to farm and forest landowners across Georgia and South Carolina on farm transition. The goal of this initiative is to help producers know where to start in the process, how to work with their families, and how to ask the right questions of their professional advisors. A

bi-state workbook is being developed to assist landowners with the process and will be available later this year. Call 770-749-0444 to schedule a workshop for your chapter. In addition to the workbook, educational opportunities will be available across Georgia and South Carolina for farm and forest landowners. Agricultural agencies and organizations will be hosting workshops on farm estate planning and land preservation as a method of distributing the workbooks and providing landowners an

opportunity to learn more about the topic. If any local chapters of the Georgia Cattlemen would like to participate or host a local workshop, please call the Rolling Hills RC&D Council office at 770-749-0444. We would be glad to support any locally driven initiatives to be able to distribute this information. For more information on this topic or to see if a workshop will be available in your area, please visit our website at and click on the Farm Succession link. GC

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Executive Committee Member Speaks at EPA Town Hall Meeting Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop hosted a Town Hall meeting Sept. 10 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Congressman Bishop welcomed the crowd of approximately 100, stating that the purpose of the gathering was to let

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GCA Executive Committee member Ernie Ford from Edison, Ga., represented our organization with a statement relaying farmers’ concerns.

Administrator Jackson “…hear the concerns of my constituents in their own words and voices.” Administrator Jackson thanked everyone for coming

out to share their concerns. She committed to listen and include agriculture’s comments in policy-making decisions, but reminded the group that her primary responsibility was the protection of the environment as well as the health and safety of Americans. Newly appointed EPA Region 4 (southeastern U.S.) Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming was also in attendance to hear concerns from agriculture and industry. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Committee member Ernie Ford from Edison, Ga., represented our organization with a statement relaying farmers’ concerns. “Farming and ranching is both a way of life and a business,” Ford commented. “We operate on very close margins that cannot withstand intervention by government that will add to our expenses but not our income.” Ford went on to state that increased regulation of naturally occurring dust, which EPA has been considering, was unwarranted, given that there has been no proven health risk. “…it has not been a health problem in the past. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Ford went on to make comments about what impact raising the EPA allowable blending level for ethanol in motor vehicle fuel, a subject brought up by Administrator Jackson, would have on the cattle business. “Increasing the ethanol blend from 10 percent to 15 percent would use approximately 1.6 billion bushels of additional corn,” Ford relayed. “This is equivalent to the entire amount of corn used to feed cattle each year.” Ford concluded, “If left alone, the American farmer and rancher can feed the nation and the world while helping us to reach energy independence. But give us time to adjust to demand changes, and let the free market work.” GC

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation: Giving Back to Move Forward The mission statement of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation (GCAF) is a charitable foundation established to educate and build leaders and advocates for the cattle industry and to promote the history and heritage of this industry in Georgia. The Foundation supports youth leadership development by regularly providing funding for 4-H, FFA and Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association activities. GCAF has also identified education as a key element in developing the beef industry leaders of tomorrow and has committed to funding many undergraduate college scholarships. The Foundation was pleased to be able to award over $19,000 in scholarships over the past year. GCAF also provided financial assistance to a UGA graduate student working on a beef cattle research project during the summer of 2010. The Foundation has invested over $110,000 over the last five years toward scholarships, youth and leadership development. In addition to these exciting leadership development activities, the

EIGHT GCAF SCHOLARSHIPS were awarded at the 2010 GCA Convention. For more information about applying for these scholarships visit or call (478) 474-6560.

Foundation also provides funding and guidance in preserving the heritage of our industry through the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame, historical magazine features and the regular magazine obituary page. The Foundation is excited to support the recognition of the history of Georgia’s cattle industry as we plan activities for the coming 50th Anniversary GCA Convention in April of 2011. All of these important activities would not be possible if it weren’t for the generous donations from GCA members and beef industry supporters. GCAF was established in the mid1990s as a way to receive tax-deductible

funds to support the cattle industry. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to the Foundation may be given in memory or honor of a person who loved the cattle industry, or for a specific purpose. The use must be in accordance with the purpose of the Foundation such as scholarships, education programs, research, leadership development, etc. Donations help supplement programs that ultimately support the cattle industry. A donation to GCAF helps preserve the past while providing meaningful leadership development to ensure the future vitality of Georgia’s beef cattle industry. GC

SHOULDERBONE PLANTATION Is Offering By Private Treaty The Following: Registered Angus Cows Clean of AM and NH: Registered Angus Cow Recips with Clean Angus Embryo’s: Commercial Recips with Clean Angus Embryo’s: Contact: ROBERT LANIER, OWNER 404-310-0412 48 October 2010

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Dr. Lee Jones Joins UGA in Beef Production Medicine Position New role marks “homecoming” to south Georgia, where he has strong ties to family and friends The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Lee Jones has been hired to fill the beef production medicine position at the Tifton lab previously held by Dr. Mel Pence. Dr. Jones comes to Georgia from Curtis, Neb., where he has worked in private practice and as owner of Frontier Genetics International. His business focused primarily on embryo transfer and reproductive management of beef cattle and his services included reproductive ultrasound, estrus synchronization programs and herd health consulting to purebred breeders and

commercial producers. While cattle reproduction has been his focus, he has also provided regular veterinary services to commercial producers, including calving assistance, bull evaluations and nutritional advice. Dr. Jones received his master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia and his D.V.M. from Colorado State University. He has family and friends in south Georgia and

his grandparents owned a dairy in this area until 1985. As such, his new position at the Tifton Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory will be a bit of a homecoming for him. Dr. Jones will be providing clinical support for the south Georgia beef industry and will work with other faculty members to support UGA’s missions of teaching, service and research. He will begin work Oct. 1, 2010. GC

For Consistency and Predictability... Mark your Calendar for Monday, 1:00 P.M., October 25, 2010 at Hill-Vue Farm, Blairsville, GA


50- YEAR


Featuring the Get and Service of these Hill-Vue owned Angus Herd sires BLACK ANGUS BULL













































ON OUR HEREFORD PROGRAM WE ARE CONTINUING OUR OWN 45-YEAR LINEBREEDING WITH TRASK PLATO DOMINO BREEDING. THIS LINE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF WITH TRUE GRASS PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY. Our Featured Herd Sires are: Plato Mossy Domino Hv176, Plato Mossy Domino HV634, FF Plato Banner H11 N457, Plato Banner HV801 WE OFFER OUR TOP PRODUCTION. NONE WILL BE SOLD PRIOR TO OUR SALE OPEN HEIFERS BRED HEIFERS BULLS 12 - ANGUS, 18-mo+ 4 - P. HEREFORD, 16-mo 20 - ANGUS, 18-mo+ Bred Angus 12 - P. HEREFORD, 18-mo+ 4 - P. HEREFORD, 18-mo+ 12 - ANGUS, 16-mo Bred Hereford EE FREE FR VERY 10 P. HEREFORD, 30-mo I LUNCH AT HIGH NOON L N Bred Hereford DE ITHI LE W -MI Semen Tested, Pregnancy Checked, UltraSounded, Forage Developed, Health Certificate 100 DIUS RA Bud & Lorraine Hill, owners Troy Dyer, Herdsman HILL-VUE FARM


Phone & Fax 706/745-5714 Dr. Dan Brown, Advisor 1159 Deep South Farm Rd. Cells 423/322-6007 & Carroll Cannon, Auctioneer Blairsville, GA 30512 706/897-0847 Cell 229/881-0721 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GCA Dues Structure GCA regular dues are $50 per year. This structure includes a standard rebate of $5.00 per member that is returned to the local Association the member is affiliated with. Some local Associations have chosen

to levy additional local dues beyond the $5.00 which is presented in the information below. Please use this table as you are signing up new members into GCA.




$10 LOCAL DUES ($55):

Amicalola Appalachian Baldwin-Jones-Putman Banks Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien Blue Ridge Mountain Brooks Burke Carroll Clarke-Oconee Colquitt Cook Coweta Crawford Area Decatur Elbert Floyd Grady Hall Haralson Harris Hart Heard Henry Houston Jackson Jefferson Johnson Area L.T.D. Lincoln Little River 50 October 2010

Lowndes Lumpkin Macon Madison Meriwether Mid GA Miller Mitchell Montgomery Morgan Murray North GA Northeast GA Ocmulgee Ogeechee Oglethorpe Pachitla Peach Polk Seminole South GA Southeast GA Tattnall Taylor Thomas Three-Rivers Tift Tri-Co. Walton Washington Webster Wilkes

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Barrow Franklin Greene Area Heartland Laurens Northwest GA Piedmont Pulaski Stephens Tri-State Turner Worth Chapters with $15 local dues ($60): Red Carpet Chapters with $20 local dues ($65): Satilla Wayne County Chapters with $30 local dues ($75): Piney Woods Junior Chapters local dues are $5 ($15): ABAC UGA All Junior members dues for every chapter is $15: $10 State dues $5 Local dues Troup County collects their own local dues; therefore they pay State dues only ($45).

New Member Roundup Harold Allison, Young Harris, Ga. Lamar Ball III, Monroe, Ga. John Benca, Bishop, Ga. John & Lora Bower, Douglasville, Ga. Luke Butler, Elberton, Ga. John Edward Bryans, Jr., Newborn, Ga. Bradford Childers, Montrose, Ga. David Cook, Murphy, N.C. Kaitlyn Duckett, Newborn, Ga. John Eldridge, Flintstone, Ga. Ashley Gill, Tifton, Ga. Mike Harper, Cadwell, Ga. Ty & A.J. Hayes, Douglasville, Ga. Bradley Heins, Athens, Ga. Hunter Helms, Ailey, Ga. Spencer Highsmith, Wray, Ga. Mike Hollifield, Dahlonega, Ga. Stanley Ireland, Wildwood, Ga. Russell Jackson, Danielsville, Ga. Heath Johnson, Tallapoosa, Ga. Robert Ledbetter, Jr., Rome, Ga. Joe Lewis, Camilla, Ga. Jimmy McKenzie, Rock Springs, Ga. Matthew McQuagge, Gainesville, Fla. Eric Miller, Rochelle, Ga. Danny Mosley, Springfield, Ga. Dr. Chanda Moxon, Barnesville, Ga. Blake Neal, Elberton, Ga. Jacob Nythuis, Tifton, Ga. Greg & Lora Parker, Clayton, Ga.

Welcome to GCA! We are glad you decided to join us! Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. Tim Pilgram, Rockmart, Ga. Brianna Roberts, Carlton, Ga. Scott Rushing, Statham, Ga. Clarance Sanders, Ailey, Ga. Curtis & Rebecca Terry, Ranger, Ga. Colten Van Meter, Tifton, Ga. Shane Watson, Taylorsville, Ga. Matthew Waters, Wrightsville, Ga. Steve Waters, Wrightsville, Ga. Eddie & Jada Wessinger, Bowdon, Ga. Aaron Winkler, Dahlonega, Ga. Eric Young, Millen, Ga.

GCA Leadership Serving You for 50 Years

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Beef Capitalizes On The Power Of Lean During the last decade, the beef industry has gone from representing six cuts that qualified as ‘lean’ to 35 today, with the inclusion of the latest additions.

Gone are the days when healthy or convenient food is synonymous with “bad-tasting.” When it comes to beef, you can get good taste and a lean, tender, healthy product all in one. “The rules have changed,” John Lundeen, executive director of market research for the Beef Checkoff Program, told meat processors, manufacturers and retailers at the 2010 Innovative Beef Symposium in Denver. “We continue to see growing demand for tasty new ways to cook lean, healthy beef quickly,” he continued, noting that the beef checkoff persists in uncovering products that meet those demands. Lundeen’s comments came as he helped unveil six new cuts from the beef round, developed in Phase 3 of the checkoff ’s muscle profiling research. Phases 1 and 2 resulted in new cuts from the shoulder clod and the chuck roll.

Today, more than 90 percent of saturated fat in the diet comes from food other than beef.

According to consumer research, the key drivers for consumer beef purchases include safety, convenience, ease of preparation, good value, ‘a taste my family craves,’ a lean cut, and a versatile cut that everyone in the family likes, Lundeen said. All six new cuts – the Sante Fe Cut, Round Petite Tender, San Antonio Steak, Tucson Cut, Braison Cut and Merlot Cut – qualify as ‘lean’ or ‘extra lean’ by USDA guidelines, and all have passed a multitude of taste and tenderness tests. “There’s a resurgence in consumers’ interest

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in protein, too,” Lundeen said, “so these new lean, tender cuts are right on target.” And their convenience is key, since 80 percent of meals are prepared in 20 minutes or less and 75 percent are cooked in 30 minutes or less (the NPD Group/Dinner Mealscape, data period May 2003April 2004). Dr. Shalene McNeill, executive director of nutrition research for the checkoff, said the fact that all of the new cuts derived from the round are lean is extremely good news for consumers who might still question beef ’s nutritional profile. “Nutrition remains the key barrier for beef, as nutrition is the number 1 reason consumers cite for eating less beef,” McNeill told symposium participants. “But today, more than 90 percent of saturated fat in the diet comes from food other than beef.” “Most Americans just don’t understand how much fat we’ve taken out of beef, simply through close trimming,” she added. “In fact, cuts from the chuck, rib, loin and round have 34.68 percent less separable fat than is reported in the National Nutrient Database. Checkoff research gives us this information to provide evidence for nutritional labeling and dietary guidelines.” During the last decade, McNeill pointed out, the beef industry has gone from representing six cuts that qualified as ‘lean’ to 35 today, with the inclusion of these latest additions. For example, she said, the beef tenderloin has less cholesterol than a skinless chicken breast – and that’s the kind of message that consumers need to receive. “Beef ’s health and wellness opportunity is about capitalizing on the Power of Lean,” McNeill said. For more information about your beef checkoff investment, please visit the website GC


Total 11/30/09

Amicalola Appalachian At Large Baldwin/Jones/Putnam Banks Barrow Ben Hill/Irwin Berrien Blue Ridge Mountain Brooks Burke Carroll Clarke-Oconee Colquitt Cook Coweta Crawford Area Decatur Elbert Floyd Franklin Grady Greene Area Hall Haralson Harris Hart Heard Heartland Henry Houston Jackson Jefferson Johnson Area L.T.D. Laurens Lincoln Little River Lowndes Lumpkin Macon Madison Meriwether Mid GA Miller Mitchell Morgan Murray North GA Northeast GA Northwest GA Ocmulgee Ogeechee Oglethorpe Pachitla Peach Piedmont Piney Woods Polk Pulaski Red Carpet Satilla Seminole South GA Southeast GA Stephens Tattnall Taylor Thomas Three-Rivers Tift Tri-Co. Tri-State Troup Turner Walton Washington Wayne Webster Wilkes Worth ABAC (primarily junior chapter) UGA (primarily junior chapter)

Total Inc/Dec 08/31/10 thru 8/31

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Last year’s Chapter of the Year: Mitchell County

GCA Award Deadlines Drawing Near CHAPTER OF THE YEAR This award is to recognize 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 not later than November 30. Supporting materials may include scrapbooks or other documentation, which would verify the material found in the entry form. Supporting materials will be returned upon request. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. CATTLEMEN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding GCA members for their cattle and farming operations. Awards will be presented in three divisions: Seedstock Producer of the Year, Commercial and Stocker. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will be recognized with video at the GCA Convention. Award sponsored by Fuller Supply. OUTSTANDING COUNTY AGENT This award encourages excellence in county Extension agents who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 15. Winners will receive complimentary convention registration. Local associations are encouraged to nominate their deserving county agents. VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURAL TEACHER This award encourages excellence in vocational agricultural teachers who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will receive complimentary convention registration. Local associations are encouraged to nominate their deserving vocational agricultural teachers. VET OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding large animal veterinarians who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will receive a GCA jacket and be recognized at the GCA Convention. CATTLEWOMAN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes an outstanding CattleWoman who supports the state and local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. TOP HAND SERVICE AWARD This award recognizes any individual in the cattle industry who goes beyond the call of duty. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. This award will be given on an as-needed basis. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Grand Prize 2010 Chapter Membership To the chapter with the largest membership increase. Contest ends November 30, 2010

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READER SERVICES 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 the page or call 478-474-6560. GCA members are encouraged to use the services of these industry-supporting professionals.

T-Bone Members ($300-$599) Callahan Charolais Farm, Carnesville Franklin County Farm Bureau, Carnesville Georgia Development Authority, Monroe United Bank, Barnesville Ware Milling Co., Waycross Rib-Eye Members ($150-$299) Aden’s Minit Market, Douglas Back Water Package Store, Fortson BB&T Bank, Dainelsville Carroll County Livestock, Carrollton First Georgia Banking Company, Jefferson Flint River Mills, Bainbridge Manor Cattle Company, Manor Murray Mix Concrete Inc., Chatsworth Novartis Animal Health, Crystal River, Fla. Pasture Management Systems, Mount Pleasant, NC Ridley Block Operations, Montgomery, AL Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Moultrie Union County Bank, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton Sirloin Members ($75-$149) Abercrombie Garage, Dahlonega AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Dublin AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Royston AG Daniel Company, Eastman Amicalola EMC, Jasper Athens Stockyard, Athens, TN B B & T Bank Dahlonega, Dahlonega Bank of Camilla, Camilla Bank of Hiawasse, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, and Hiawasse Banks County Farm Bureau, Homer Bartow County Farm Bureau, Cartersville Bekaert Corp., Douglas Berry Angus Beef, Mount Berry Blue Sky Ag Marketing, Calhoun 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 Circle R Ranch & Livestock Equipment, Ft. Meade, Fla.

Citizens Bank Washington County, Sandersville Colony Bank Wilcox, Rochelle Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center, Dahlonega Dawson County Farm Bureau, Dawsonville Dogwood Veterinary Hospital, Newnan Dosters Farm Supply, Rochelle Eastonollee Livestock Market, Eastonollee Enterprise Banking Company, Abbeville Farm and Garden Inc., Cornelia Farm Touch Inc., Dewey Rose Farmers State Bank, Lincolnton Fields Auto Parts, Comer First Benefits, Inc., Macon Floyd County Farm Bureau, Rome Fort Creek Farm, Sparta Gerald A. Bowie, Auctioneer, West Point Glennville Bank, Glennville Greg’s Meat Processing, Comer Habersham Co. Farm Bureau, Clarkesville Haralson County Farm Bureau, Buchanan Harris County Farm Bureau, Hamilton Hartford Livestock Insurance, Watkinsville Henry County Farm Bureau, McDonough Holland Fertilizer, Cedartown David Hilliard, CPA, McRae Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm, Albany J&B Tractor Company, Waynesboro Jackson Brothers Farm, Round Oak Jackson EMC, Hull James Short Tractors & Equipment, Inc., Carnesville Lasseter Implement Co., LLC, Ocilla Laurens Co. Farm Bureau, Dublin Macon Co. Veterinary Hospital, Montezuma Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Danielsville Madison County Farm Bureau, Danielsville Madison Co. Hardware, Danielsville Martin and Martin Cattle Company, Williamston, SC Mason Tractor and Equipment Company, Blue Ridge Merchants and Citizens Bank, McRae Merchants and Farmers Bank, Comer Meriwether County Farm Bureau, Greenville Northeast Georgia Livestock, Athens Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, Watkinsville Oconee County Farm Bureau, Watkinsville Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville Oconee Well Driller, Watkinsville Owens Farm Supply, Toccoa Palmetto Creek Farm, Hamilton Pickens County Farm Bureau, Jasper Polk County Farm Bureau, Cedartown Rhinehart Equipment Company, Rome Rollin-S-Trailers, Martin R.W. Griffin Feed, Douglas Saddle Up Tack and Feed, Hamilton Silver Creek Feeders, Treynor, Iowa

Sonny Mathis Farm, Rome Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Stokes Farm, Covington Stovall Dairy, Danielsville Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Cleveland 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

Tenderloin Members ($600+) AgGeorgia Farm Credit AgSouth Farm Credit Athens Seed Co., Watkinsville Southwest Georgia Farm Credit FPL Food, Shapiro Packing Company Fuller Supply Company Intervet Merial Pennington Seeds Purina Mills Southern States


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$600 or more

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$300 - $599

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$150 - $299

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$ 75 - $149

Contribution Amount __________

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

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Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Host Beef Leadership Training More than 60 cattle enthusiasts, representing nine states, attended the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA) Beef Leadership Training on Aug. 27, 2010. The training was held in Carrollton, Ga., at the Carrollton Ag Center. To couple the training’s excellent turnout, producers participated in educational seminars, as well as the Miss Beefmaster America Futurity. Mike Green, 3G Sales and Service, served as the program’s moderator. Speakers from Georgia, Missouri and Texas made presentations that included yield and quality grading carcasses, advertising to promote cattle, phenotypic evaluation of live cattle, and an open question-and-answer session that ended the training once all the speakers had presented. One of the session highlights was from Dr. Alex Stelzleni, University of Georgia at Athens, who presented the importance of yield and quality grade classifications. He brought along actual ribeye steaks from cattle that were recently harvested in a UGA research project that allowed attendees to participate in a hands56 October 2010

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on session. Participants were able to see, first-hand, what impact fat thickness and ribeye area have on final calculated beef yield grade. Additionally, participants could see the different levels of marbling visible in a select versus a choice ribeye steak. Lunch was provided by the Greener Burger Co. from Rome, Ga. Greener Burger is a 100 percent registered Beefmaster program that serves only Beefmaster meat. They served a delicious meat loaf meal with the fixings. We would like to extend a special thanks to all the guest speakers, SEBBA, attendees, the Greener Burger Co., and Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. White gave the crowd updates of the most current issues of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) activities and other pertinent political actions impacting the beef industry. For more information and results, please call the BBU office at (210) 732-3132, or visit the website GC

Being a member e r o is a valuable m g n i Add o t e u l investment in va A C G r u yo ! p i your future! h s r e b mem • Legislative & Regulatory Renewing your membership or signing up a friend or neighbor is more valuable than ever. See page 7 to submit your renewal or sign up a new member.

Representation • Timely Industry Information • Leadership Development • Industry Promotion

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report Jumping in Head-First By Hella Moore

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As we enter a new year and a new chapter in the life of GJCA, I have high hopes. This year our officer team has set the theme, “Get Aboard the LeaderSHIP!” For our officer retreat we took a camping trip. We talked about our goals for 2010-2011, worked on leadership and team-building activities led by Dr. Mulvaney from Auburn University, and came up with new ideas on how to make GJCA more visible at events. We participated in team-building activities, which taught us about each other’s morals and where we stand on important issues. Once we determined each other’s characteristics, we are now better prepared to serve the GJCA as a team. This year I hope to increase membership and get junior cattlemen more active not only in the beef industry, but also through activities that help them to become better leaders. This year’s officer team is setting the bar high for officer teams who follow us. We are going to try to be at more events around the state, not just in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Some of our goals are to increase membership to 500 members; hold activities that help junior cattlemen learn communication skills; and show people not only in the state of Georgia, but across the country, that GJCA members are ready to jump in head-

first and lead the way! We will also be introducing GJCA apparel this year, such as shirts and hats. Be sure to keep up with the GJCA on Facebook on our “GJCA Fan Page.” We will soon be starting video biography clips that will be posted each month on our page to help you get to know your leadership of the association. Ms. Katlin is going to have interviews of the GJCA officer team, GJCA members and their parents, so you may be the next face of the association. This year I hope to not only ignite your “inner cow,” but also help lead the way for GJCA to make this year the best it can be. An incentive we are offering to increase membership is that the junior member who recruits the most NEW GJCA members by the end of the year will receive $100 toward a new pair of boots. Also, look for our newsletter in the spring when we will mail out a tentative schedule of the events for the year. I look forward to serving GJCA as chairman this year, and helping improve the program for generations to come. I am open to any suggestions or ideas anyone has to improve our program. I am hopeful this year we will lead the way for junior cattlemen around the country. Let’s jump in head-first and make this year a huge success! GC

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P.O. Box 24510 Macon, GA 31212 478-474-6560 GJCA MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association is to prepare the members of the junior association for membership and leadership in the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, and to offer educational opportunities to prepare them to become industry leaders.


Chairman Hella Moore - (478) 719-0910 Convention Coordinator Kim Chandler - (706) 614-9264 Field Day Coordinator Laura Daniel - (706) 882-7423 Chapter Relations Austin Askew - (229) 402-4052 Chapter Relations Cole Brogdon - (478) 697-6317 Chapter Relations Clay Black - (706) 297-8016 Youth Activities Advisor Katlin Mulvaney (478) 474-6560 GET CONNECTED ON FACEBOOK GJCA FAN PAGE

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Does the cost of books and tuition SCARE you? Let Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Foundation help! More than $19,000 in total scholarships were presented to deserving GJCA members the past year. What’s stopping you? Start applying today! Applications must be received by Nov. 30. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation Scholarship is a charitable foundation established to educate and build leaders and advocates for the cattle industry and to promote the history and heritage of this industry in Georgia. Clarence and Jennie Cross Memorial Scholarship is given in recognition of the Cross’ lifetime of commitment, dedication, and contribution to the agriculture and livestock industry. The Cross family established this scholarship to honor their father’s 68 years as a successful farmer and breeder of top quality Hereford Cattle. Miss Jennie was active in the farming operation and was very active as a community volunteer as well. Johnny Jenkins Scholarship is presented in memory of Johnny Jenkins and his five decades of service to the livestock publishing industry. The scholarship is funded through donations to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Foundation in recognition of Johnny and his wife Liddy’s life time commitment to the livestock industry and their love and support of the youth in our industry. Judy Thomas Memorial Scholarship was established by her family to honor Mrs. Thomas’ many years of work with the Local, State and National CattleWomen and Cattlemen Associations and particularly her devotion to the youth of the cattle industry. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Turner County Stockyard Celebrates 50 Years August 25, 2010, H.R. Wiggins, son Roy Wiggins and grandson Allen Wiggins and their respective families welcomed several hundred friends, neighbors and customers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their family run business, Turner County Stockyard. The day began with an early bar-b-que lunch at the Turner County Civic Center. The crowd then moved to the Stockyard to hear H.R. Wiggins personally thank “…all of the loyal buyers and sellers that have made the Turner County Stockyard the successful auction market that it has been over all of these years.” Mr. Wiggins also acknowledged the supportive extended family and employees that make their Stockyard work week in and week out. Wiggins introduced several other guests including Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin who commented, “It is fine people like the Wiggins family that have made my job so rewarding over these many years.” Following Mr. Irvin’s remarks Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive VP, Josh White, presented the Wiggins family with a plaque of recognition congratulating them on their 50 years of “dedicated service to the cattle industry”. “GCA’s mission is to unite cattlemen and advance the cattle industry and the Wiggins family has provided an example of how to live out that mission for many years,” White shared as he presented the plaque. Turner County Stockyard is located in Ashburn and sells cattle every Wednesday at 1 PM and has had the highest volume of cattle sold among auction markets in Georgia for the past several years. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Robert Dasher Named 2010 Georgia Farmer of the Year

A pioneer in the Vidalia onion industry, Robert Dasher of Glennville, Ga., has been instrumental in making the sweet onion a sought-after food item in grocery stores throughout the United States. As a result of his success as a Vidalia onion grower, Dasher has been selected as the 2010 Georgia winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. Dasher now joins nine other state winners from the Southeast as finalists for the award. The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga. Dasher’s G&R Farms is a family partnership. He started farming full-time 42 years ago with 130 acres. Now, his farm encompasses 4,800 acres with 800 acres of rented land and 4,000 acres of owned land. His crops include 700 acres of onions yielding 30,000 pounds per acre, 1,200 acres of corn yielding 165 bushels per acre, 950 to 1,000 acres of soybeans yielding 55 bushels per acre, up to 400 acres of peanuts during some years yielding two tons per acre, 400 acres of hay yielding five tons per acre, 250 acres of wheat and rye that typically yield 40 bushels per acre and 150 acres of pecans yielding 800 pounds per acre. In addition, his cow-calf beef herd operation has about 1,500 cows. As a hobby, he raises a one-acre patch of tomatoes each year. He enjoys giving away buckets of tomatoes to friends and people he meets. He has made a concentrated effort to irrigate his land and convert his center pivots from diesel to electric power. “Many people think there’s a secret to growing sweet onions,” he says. “The reason they’re sweet is due to the texture and the elements in our soil. It must be the soil because we grow the same varieties that are planted elsewhere in the U.S.” 62 October 2010

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His dad grew onions in the 1940s and 1950s. In the mid-1960s, the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain, with a distribution center in Vidalia, Ga., started selling the local onions. During the early 1980s, Dasher and his brother, Gerald, started selling onions to out-of-state customers through a farm-based mail order business. In the late 1980s, Kroger started buying and promoting the onions in its grocery stores. “It was like lighting a match and starting a fire,” Dasher recalls. “We underwent a major expansion at that time, and now Vidalia onions are available in every state.” He uses controlled-atmosphere storage, a method developed by the University of Georgia, to extend his shipping season. He can store 220,000 bushels of onions, and this year he installed a new onion dryer. “Wet onion stems can lead to botrytis, a bacterial disease, and this dryer will really pay off during wet years,” he explains. Dasher and other family members handle the marketing of their onions. “We keep in touch with customers, and we don’t normally hire outside brokers,” he says. G&R was one of the first farms to ship onions in cardboard cartons. “This cuts down on bruising,” Dasher adds. Though he’s growing no peanuts this year, he added cotton as a major crop on land he bought in Bulloch County, Ga. He plants rye with crimson clover for his cattle to graze. He also grazes cattle on family land growing pine trees. He rotates onions with other crops, and says onions produce better on sandy, loamy soils while cotton, soybeans and peanuts perform best on heavier land. He can store about 75,000 bushels of grain on his farm, and has had good results selling corn to Claxton Poultry. “They sometimes pay 50 cents per bushel higher than the going prices,” he says. “Overall, the poultry industry has been good for Georgia. I also use poultry litter to fertilize my pastures.”

University of Georgia, is the state coordinator of the Dasher grew tobacco for more than 40 years. He grew Farmer of the Year award. Cliff Riner, Extension agent in his first acre of tobacco at age 10. “Tobacco was a good Tattnall County, nominated Dasher for crop,” he recalls. “We grew it a few years In addition to crops, the honor. after the quota buyout, but then our Robert Dasher and wife, As the Georgia state winner, Dasher input costs tripled, with jumps in fertiliz- Debbie, also have a cowwill now receive a $2,500 cash award er and gas prices. Also, spotted wilt virus calf beef herd operation with about 1,500 cows. and an expense-paid trip to the Sunbelt hit our tobacco, and it was no longer Expo from Swisher International of profitable. This is our third year not to Jacksonville, Fla., a jacket and a $200 gift grow tobacco.” certificate from the Williamson-Dickie As he looks to the future, he’s conCompany, and a $500 gift certificate sidering expanding in cotton. He’s also from Southern States. exploring new crops. He believes sweet He is also now eligible for the corn could be a good fit because he $15,000 that will go to the overall wincould use the same labor force and packner. Other prizes for the overall winner ing facilities he uses for onions. “All we’d need would be ice-making machines and a hydrocooler,” he include the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America, a custom-made adds. He has also invested in some related businesses. Dasher Canvasback gun safe from Misty Morn Safe Co., and another $500 gift certificate from the Southern States cooperaIndustries harvests timber and manages timberland owned tive. Also, Williamson-Dickie will provide another jacket, a by family members and others. Another of his business $500 gift certificate and $500 in cash to the overall winner. ventures was responsible for mowing 6,000 acres of grass Swisher International, through its Swisher Sweets cigar over a 15-year period at the nearby Fort Stewart Army base. Labor issues have been an ongoing concern for Dasher. brand, and the Sunbelt Expo are sponsoring the He currently relies on H-2A foreign guest workers to plant, Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award for the 21st consecutive year. During the past 20 years, Swisher has conharvest and grade his onions. He’d like to see the H-2A tributed some $804,000 in cash awards and other honors to program become more user-friendly for both employers southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990. and employees. Georgia has had two overall winners with James Lee Conservation is a priority. In 1982, Dasher was named Adams of Camilla in 2000 and Armond Morris of Ocilla in Soil Conservationist of the Year for Tattnall County, Ga. 2002. GC He has enrolled some of his land in the Wildlife Incentive Program. “Nobody has to tell me to put in a grassed waterway or a terrace,” he says. “Our topsoil is precious, and if you don’t protect it, that would be like a carpenter leaving all of his tools out in the rain.” He was named Vidalia Onion Grower of the Year in 2004. Dasher is a member of the Canoochee EMC board. He has been a member of the Vidalia Onion Committee board and chaired the Vidalia Onion Business Council. He has been active in the Young Farmers Association and Farm Bureau of Tattnall County. He serves on an agricultural advisory board for Sen. Johnny Isakson. He has also served on the board of the National Onion Association and was active in the Produce Marketing Association. G&R Farms is a strong supporter of community organizations, including Relay for Life and Tattnall Productions featuring local talent and musical performances each January. Dasher has donated historical farm equipment to the Vidalia Onion Museum and he supports Glennville’s Sweet Onion Festival. G&R has also donated the use of a large smoker for barbecue fundraising projects held by more than 15 clubs and schools. Dasher and his wife, Debbie, are members of First Baptist Church of Glennville. They have two sons, Heath October 19-21, 2010 and Blake. Heath manages row crops on the farm and Blake 1200 Exhibitors - Field Demonstrations oversees the timber division. Debbie also helps in onion Over 40 different specialized seminars grading and packing. Dasher’s brother, Gerald, died in 2003, and demos daily but Gerald’s widow and son still work at G&R Farms. • 229-985-1968 Steve Brown, assistant dean for Extension with the

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GCA Past President Honored at 2010 4-H Gala “We must continue our support both financially and politically for the land grant system and especially the 4-H program.” - Cook More than 300 Georgia 4-H supporters and enthusiasts came together to celebrate Georgia 4-H at the 2010 Gala held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., in August. Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston served as Honorary Chair of the event and revealed in his remarks that “My first campaign was in 4-H for district office.” Ralston received a standing ovation from the crowd as he responded to the budget drama surrounding 4-H in the 2010 Georgia legislative session by pledging his support for Georgia 4-H by stating, “We are going to keep alive, promote and grow 4-H in Georgia.” A highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to M.K. “Curly” Cook in recognition of his years of visionary service to Georgia’s 4-H program. A video including comments

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GCA MEMBERS Beth and Randy Daniel, GCA Hall of Fame member Dr. Dan Daniel, GCA Past Presidents Betts Berry & Robert Fountain, Honoree M.K. “Curly” Cook, GCA Past President John Callaway and wife, Marcia, Carolyn and David Gazda, current GCA Vice-President.

from Laura Perry Johnson, Dr. Robert Stewart, Associate Dean of Agriculture Dr. Beverly Sparks, and others, presented insight into Mr. Cook’s career and character. Cook presented heartfelt remarks giving generous credit to those who surrounded him throughout his

career. He challenged the audience, “We must continue our support both financially and politically for the land grant system and especially the 4-H program.” Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is proud to count “Curly” Cook as one of our past Presidents (1999-2000) and congratulate him on this tremendous honor. The 2010 4-H Gala raised more than $170,000 to help support the 4-H project achievement program, which helps prepare thousands of Georgia youth with real-life skills. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is proud to annually sponsor the Georgia Livestock Judging Contest and the Georgia 4-H Record Book Contest. To learn how you can support Georgia 4-H programs, please contact the Georgia 4-H Foundation at (706) 542-8914 or visit their website, GC

ABAC Career Connections: Agriculture, Horticulture and Natural Resources MORE THAN JUST A JOB FAIR. When: November 16, 2010; 10 AM till 2 PM; set-up 9-10 AM Where: Agricultural Science Building on the north end of ABAC campus Format: 10’ booth; your company exhibit, four hours of student interaction

Cost: No cost to participating employers Lunch: Box lunch will be provided to exhibitors/employers. Career Connections is a great opportunity to recruit interns and

make connections with future employees; promote agribusiness and green industry issues and opportunities to ABAC students; provide employers an opportunity to give feedback to faculty and students about their human resource needs; and more. Sign up by Nov. 8. by contacting Dr. Tim Marshall at 391-4792 or GC

2011 Redbook is Now Available; Supplies Limited So Order Soon The handy pocket-sized book cattlemen have been using for decades to keep record of their cow inventory, birth weights, weaning weights and herd health program is NOW available for 2011! The Integrated Resource Management Redbook contains more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture usage and cattle inventory, plus a date book and notes/address section. The book also includes Beef Quality Assurance national guidelines and proper injection technique information. Just as records are important for your life, it is invaluable to have an organized record-keeping system to keep your herd efficient. For just $5.00, plus shipping and handling, you can get yours today by calling 478-474-6560 or sending an e-mail to Limited supplies are available and will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Jurisdiction of the U.S. Tax Court By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law Most of the problems with hobby loss audits involve people who have a history of losses in their ranch, farm or horse venture. The IRS tends to say that the activity is not conducted as a business, so that the tax losses are disallowed. This can be a substantial tax payment for quite a few taxpayers. Most people who get an unfavorable result in an IRS audit often are so frustrated that they accept the IRS agent’s determination that their activity is not run “for profit,” and that their deductions are disallowed. They may have not adequately prepared for the audit, or failed to present favorable evidence (such as appreciation in assets, changes in methods of operation, explanation of setbacks, efforts to promote the venture, etc.). The problem, if you agree to the IRS determination, is that you may be denied tax deductions in the future should you continue to treat your venture as a business on tax returns. If you are assessed a deficiency after an audit, the IRS will want you to sign a letter “agreeing” to the assessment. However, there are remedies available to disgruntled taxpayers. For example, you can request to have an appeal within the IRS bureaucracy. This often can be a fruitful route to negotiate for a settlement or even to get the matter entirely dismissed, depending on the strength of your evidence. It is important to have a taxpayer representative or a tax attorney handle your case at this point, so as to ensure you will be able to present favorable facts in the best possible light. Alternatively, you can go directly to U.S. Tax Court once the IRS issues a 90-day letter, known as a Deficiency Notice. The U.S. Tax Court is a federal court established by Congress to provide a forum in which taxpayers can dispute IRS tax deficiencies assessed against them. Most cases are settled, often with favorable terms. Tax Court cases can be filed in most major cities in the United States. Most cases are handled by tax attorneys expe66 October 2010

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rienced in Tax Court procedure. Federal rules of procedure apply to all proceedings. Tax planning in advance is always the best approach in operating a ranch, farming or horse activity. Although these industries are crucial to the American economy, the IRS takes a skeptical view toward taxpayers who have a history of losses in these areas. But at the same time, taxpayers who go to the effort of pursuing their cases in Tax Court usually can get a better opportunity to have a satisfactory result. It will still be necessary to have evidence that your activity is conducted in a businesslike manner, and often this entails proving that you consulted an expert at an early stage – preferably at the time of starting the venture – in order to determine just how you could make a profit in this activity over time. The main issue in an audit is the taxpayer’s honest intentions, even if there is a history of losses. An occasional profit year can be helpful in supporting your overall intentions. Evidence of significant sales of livestock is also helpful. Evidence of a written business plan, with income and cost projections, is always especially important in withstanding IRS scrutiny. Evidence of efforts to advertise and promote the activity can be very important as well. All of these point to the honest intentions and expectations of the taxpayer. Still, in an audit the revenue agent’s main goal is to raise revenue, and you will often be met with skepticism. But keep in mind that the end of an audit is not the end – for worthwhile remedies are available GC at that point in IRS Appeals in U.S. Tax Court. [John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the horse, livestock and farming industries since 1981. He serves clients in all 50 states, and can be reached by telephone at (3l0) 2780203 or by e-mail at Website is]

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14th Annual Carcass Merit Bull Sale Saturday • December 4, 2010 • 11:00 a m At the Sale Barn in Clanton Alabama Selling 115 Homozygous Black Sim-Angus and PB Simmental Bulls 5 Homozygous Black Sun-Cross Bulls 5 Homozygous Black Brangus Bulls Sunshine Farms is the Southeastern source for Sim-Angus Bulls that are genetically planned to produce cattle that will help our customers to survive the escalating production costs. We have been busy analyzing thousands of records gathered since 1993 and have sorted our bulls into 4 lines to simplify the selection of bulls for specific programs. Due to the constraints of time and cost of traveling we are developing these lines of bulls so customers can buy the bulls they need at the December 4, 2010 Bull Sale by phone. Complete satisfaction will be guaranteed on all bulls purchased through the sight unseen purchasing program. The bulls will be delivered to the buyer as economical and timely as possible.

Sunshine Farms –Genetically designed lines of Sim-Angus Bulls SSF A Plus Bulls (A+) - All Purpose bulls The A+ Bulls are selected for negative BW EPDs, calving ease, av. growth and milk and a high API index. SSF P Plus Bulls (P+) – Power Bulls The P+ bulls have average BW EPDs and above average growth and milk EPDs. SSF T Plus Bulls (T+) –Terminal Bulls The T+ bulls have growth EPDs that are in the top 10% of the breed. These bulls are ideal for the Brahman influenced cowherds located throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. SSF Sun-Cross Composites The Sun-Cross Composites were developed using top Brangus bulls on Sim-Angus cows to maintain at least 3/16 heat tolerance in customers cowherds. The A+, P+, and T+ and Sun-Cross bulls all come with the convenience traits of being Black and Polled and have different % of Simmental and Angus genetics to fit the variations in our customers cowherds. These bulls also have Carcass Merit -Feed Efficiency-Tenderness traits bred in to increase value of their progeny. Visit our web site for information on the genetic lines and the total genetic program at Sunshine Farms.

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Is a Controlled Breeding Season Worth it? Part 1: Improving Reproductive Efficiency By Dr. Lawton Stewart, UGA Extension Animal Scientist


s I speak at county meetings throughout the state, a common question I ask is, “How long is your breeding/calving season?” The answer generally ranges from 90 days to 365 days (a.k.a. continuous calving season or ‘I run the bull with the cows year-round’). My next question is, “What are the benefits of a continuous breeding season?” The best answer is cash flow. This allows a pro-

Using Your Holidays to Make Money: Converting to a Controlled Breeding Season By Dr. Lawton Stewart UGA Extension Animal Scientist Converting to a controlled breeding season can be overwhelming. It’s a process that can take years and involves keeping up with dates and records and culling what you may think are your better cows. However, the long-term benefits are well worth the work. For any task this large, it’s best to develop a plan of attack. To convert to a controlled breeding season, the first step is to determine the time of year you want to market your calves. Then, work backwards to determine when the calving season needs to be in order to wean your calves for this marketing window. You now have three dates set: 1) when to pull the bull from the herd; 2) when to pregnancy check; and 3) when to wean calves. The next step is to squeeze the breeding season over time by changing the date you are putting the bull in with the cow herd (or the date you synchronize your herd for artificial insemination). This is the process that will take time to accomplish because you’re trying to get cows bred back sooner each year; therefore it’s a good idea to spread this out over several years. Each year, delay putting the bull in with the herd by approximately 45 days. These dates and strategies can be confusing, but there are two methods to make the process easier. The first is See “Holidays” on next page

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ducer a fairly constant, regular source of income when calves are sold at the stock yard each month. This is an extremely valid reason, but if we start discussing the reasons for converting to a controlled breeding season, the benefits start to outweigh those of the continuous system quickly. In fact, there are enough benefits that we will disSee “Controlled Breeding Season” at top of next page

Figure 1. Utilizing holidays for planning a controlled breeding season

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cuss these in a three-part series that will include: 1) Improving reproductive efficiency; 2) Developing a nutrition plan; and 3) Management and marketing strategies. Now remember, this is a nutritionist writing this, but even so, I know it takes a calf on the ground every 365 days to maintain economic livelihood in the cattle business. From a reproductive efficiency standpoint, we can consider three major advantages: 1. Reproductive Management. Under a controlled breeding season, all cows are managed similarly within a given window of time. Therefore, it is much easier to employ breeding strategies such as estrous synchronization and artificial insemination. Additionally, this forces a closer observation of the cow herd. This will help identify potential reproductive problems in cows such as infectious disease, but also in bulls such as low libido and lameness/injury. 2. Reproductive Efficiency and Record Keeping. If the calving season is confined to a given amount of time, it is easier to perform record keeping on cow and calf performance. Many producers use the ‘Little Red Book’ from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to keep records on their herd. The book is much easier to keep up with for 90 days on the dash of the truck compared to 365 days. Also, a producer is more likely to keep up with the details necessary to monitor and improve reproductive efficiency

if the calving season is condensed. This makes it much easier to calculate data such as conception rate, pregnancy rate, live calving rate, weaning rate and calving interval. All of these numbers will assist in improving the efficiency of the herd. 3. Genetic Advancement. If a controlled breeding season is utilized properly, all cows are pregnancy checked following the breeding season, and all open cows are culled. Indirectly, a producer is selecting for the genetics that work best for their given production environment. Also, under a controlled breeding system, producers have an extended period of time when the bull is not being utilized for breeding. This allows time to evaluate the quality of their bull and possibly purchase a new bull annually or biannually. Additionally, a producer is more likely to utilize artificial insemination in a controlled breeding program. Both A.I. and rotating bulls allow producers the chance to introduce new and improved genetics routinely and, in turn, improve the genetics of the herd. Ultimately, converting to a controlled breeding season is a concept that is a lot easier to discuss than it is to employ. Realistically, you’re looking at a process that can take up to five years. However, if you focus on the final goal and the rewards, it is definitely a management practice worth investigating. For more information about a controlled breeding season, please contact your local Extension office (1800-ASK-UGA-1). GC

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the holiday method. Once you’ve determined the time of year for your calving season, target holidays that coincide with important breeding season dates to help you remember when to perform the tasks. Here is an example: The calf crop will be marketed in October/November, so the goal is a 90-day calving season starting in January and ending the first of April. Now we can construct a plan based around holidays to help us remember how to manage our breeding season. This is illustrated in Figure 1 (page 68). As you can see, once we determine our breeding season, 4th of July and Labor Day serve as permanent time points for removing the bull and pregnancy checking, respectively. Then, beginning with the first year, start turning in the bull around Christmas, then Valentine’s Day, and finally April Fool’s Day to squeeze down to a 90-day calving season. The second method uses a computer-based program to calculate the important dates (Figure 2, this page). “UGA’s 90-Day Calving Season Calculator” is an excellent example of one of these programs. This is an Excel-based program that allows you to enter your target weaning date, and the program will calculate the dates needed to convert to a 90-day calving/breeding season. This program is available at the UGA Beef Team’s website ( Although it may be overwhelming at first glance, utilizing a controlled breeding season can have a positive effect on

all aspects of your production system. For more information on converting to a controlled breeding season, contact your local Extension office (1-800-ASK-UGA-1). GC Figure 2. Utilizing computer programs for planning a controlled breeding season.

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Veterinary Hospital, LLC 3326 Hwy 26 East, Montezuma, GA 31063 478-472-7063 phone • 478-472-2217 fax 478-244-8426 after hours LeAnna Wilder, DVM

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 National Junior Angus Show Denver, Colo. July 11-17, 2010

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 Junior National Hereford Expo. Indianapolis, Ind. July 2-12, 2010


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 National Junior Salers Show Lancaster, Ohio July 7-10, 2010


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International Group Learns From Georgia Cattle Industry An international educational tour group including participants from Namibia and Croatia recently toured South Georgia. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Region 14 Vice-President Terry Harris was able to share a brief overview of Georgia’s beef cattle industry as the group toured Towson Meats in Tifton. The purpose of the group’s trip was to learn about supply chain management, consumer demand for agricultural products and rural economic development. Dr. Curt Lacy, Extension Livestock Economist, helped organize the tour and provided further insight into the U.S. agriculture industry. While the tour seeks to educate, Dr.

FROM LEFT: Dr. Curt Lacy stands with Marsha Towson of Towson Meats, the International group, with GCA Region 14 VP Terry Harris and Bill Towson on far right.

Lacy relates that the program is somewhat protective of where our industry information is going. According to Lacy, “part of the selection criteria for

the specific countries participating in the tour includes that they not be considered a threat or a competitor to U.S. agricultural interests.” GC

GCA Stands Up For Cattlemen’s Rights At Fact-Finding Sessions “Think of Georgia’s cattle producers as a factory, churning out beef for our country and the world. Do not tax our inputs which are raw materials that go into the factory.” – Steve Blackburn The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians created earlier this year by House Bill 1405 held “Fact-Finding” sessions across the state from late August through early September. The Council is charged with conducting a thorough study of the state’s current revenue structure and submitting its findings and recommendations for changes to the state’s tax code to the Speaker of the House and Lieutenant Governor at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association was represented by volunteer leaders and staff at seven of the eight sessions across the state. President-Elect Steve Blackburn spoke at the hearing in Augusta, sharing with Council members: “Think of Georgia’s cattle producers as a factory, churning out beef for our country and the world. Do not tax our inputs which are raw materials that go into the factory.” Blackburn went on to say, “If you are seeking to grow the tax base and economy of Georgia, tax exemptions on inputs for agriculture is a proven step in the right direction.” Other GCA members that

addressed the Council included Region 12 Vice President Dr. Jim Strickland, Legislative Committee member Louie

Perry, GCWA President-Elect Nanette Bryan, Immediate Past President Bill Nutt, and Executive VP Josh White. GC

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Davis Farms Inaugural Bull Sale • November 19, 2010

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For more information on GJAA activities, contact: David & Carolyn Gazda, Jr. Advisors 1985 Morton Rd. Athens, GA 30605 706/227-9098 Jr. Dues - $10 per year

For more information on GAA activities, contact: Christy Page 638 Lake Crest Drive Jefferson, GA 30549 706/387-0656 • Dues - $35 per year

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Hosted by Kensington Cattle Co. Molena, GA Saturday, December 4, 2010 12:00 Noon

For more information, contact sale chairmen: Mike Jones at 706/884-6592 or Melvin Porter at 706/367-9731, GAA Executive Secretary Christy Page at or 770/307-7178, or American Angus Hall of Fame Sale Manager Jeremy Haag at 816/516-1309.

Georgia Angus Breeders 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

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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2186 Pete Smith Rd. Wynder • 478/252-5905 Charles Smith • 478/252-5622

MULE CREEK CATTLE CO. 6133 Peach Pkwy • Byron GA 31008

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HILLSIDE Angus Farm 6585 Jett Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534

Source of Great Females Custom Built Since 1982 Home of Hillside Juniatti ND 598 (Third Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Georgina ND 6475 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow) Hillside Dividend 47 (Second Generation Pathfinder® Cow)

See our menu for success at Jay Tinter, owner Billy Kidd, Manager 404-316-4969 Terrell Higgins, Farming

BRIDGES ANGUS FARM 119 Ralph Bridges Road Lexington, GA 30648 Ralph Bridges (706) 743-5517 Alan Bridges, manager 2200 Centennial Church Road White Plains, GA 30678

Robert Lanier, Owner Clay Bussell - Herdsman (478) 232-8729

home 706-743-5817 mobile, 706-340-1421

Cloud Brothers Angus

PO Box 539 • Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5455 Office • 706-553-5456 Fax Roland Starnes, Managing Partner • 706-601-0800 James Stice, Customer Service • 863-899-4869 Dan Beckham, Owner • 415-830-0509 “Keeping Business in the Business Breed”



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



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

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

2505 GA Highway 198 Baldwin, GA 30511 Richard Cochran 706/677-3917 Farm located on GA Hwy. 198 south of Baldwin

Jarrell Angus John Jarrell 348 West Old Wire Road Butler, GA 31006 • 770-468-4812

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

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

C.L. & Joyce Cook 1185 Highway 11 South Social Circle, GA 30025 (770) 787-1644 C.L.’s Cell (678) 910-4891 Chris Wallace, Manager, Cell (678) 313-1594

Bulls for Sale at the Farm


Idone Angus Farm

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738


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


Cattle that Work Benny Bowen P.O. Box 449 • Swainsboro, GA 30401 Farm: (478) 237-6825 Home: (478) 237-8459

Wasdin Angus Ranch Cattle and Hay Available Owners: Ed & Dot Wasdin Ranch: 229-769-3964 Cell: 229-873-1230 ********************

"Quality and customers come first!" Mickey & Patricia Poe OWNERS 404-697-9696

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

TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459


Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239


Angus All Natural Beef

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132

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

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These 12 individuals will serve as the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors for the coming year, and were announced at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 16 in Denver, Colo. Officers pictured (seated front row, from left) are Britney Creamer, Montrose, Colo., chairperson; Cody Smith, West Plains, Mo., vice chairman; Jennifer Ann Smith, Elysian Fields, Texas, Foundation director; Clinton Laflin, Olsburg, Kan., communications director; Danielle Foster, Niles, Mich., leadership director; and Jaclyn Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa., membership director. Directors standing back row, from left, include Austin Brandt, Corning, Iowa; Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Alisha Nord, Wolverton, Minn.; Garrett Knebel, Winamac, Ind.; Shane Clary, Brodnax, Va.; and Clay Williams, Bishop, Ga. Photo by Crystal Young, American Angus Association.

Angus Juniors Elect New NJAA Board of Directors The 2010-2011 National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors was announced July 16 during closing ceremonies at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Denver, Colo. NJAA voting delegates elected six new directors including: Austin Brandt, Iowa; Shane Clary, Virginia; Lindsey Grimes, Ohio; Garrett Knebel, Indiana; Alisha Nord, Minnesota; and Clay Williams, Georgia. Austin Brandt, Corning, Iowa, was the 2008 Iowa Junior Angus Association president and has participated in multiple contests at the national level. He is the son of Kirk and Lynn Brandt and is pursuing a career in agriculture by farming and working with his family’s cattle operation. Shane Clary, Brodnax, Va., is the son of Randy and Susan Clary. He serves as president of his state junior Angus association and credits his leadership and communications skills to his involvement in the NJAA. Clary is enrolled at Christopher Newport University where he is majoring in biology with plans to become a veterinarian. Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, has served as vice president and has represented Ohio as its Angus queen, in addition to serving on numerous committees. She is the daughter of John and Joan Grimes and is a sophomore at Ohio State University where she is pursuing a major in animal science and a minor in agribusiness. Garrett Knebel, Winamac, Ind., is the son of Dan and Jenny Knebel. He has served as president of the Indiana Junior Angus Association for two years and has participated in countless contests at the NJAS. Knebel will be a junior at Oklahoma State University, where he is working toward degrees in animal science and agricultural business. Alisha Nord, Wolverton, Minn., has served as vice president of the Minnesota Junior Angus Association and as 2006 Minnesota Angus Queen. The daughter of Robert and Amber Nord is a junior at North Dakota State University where she is pursuing a degree in agri80 October 2010

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cultural communications, with a minor in animal science and extension education. Clay Williams, Bishop, Ga., is the son of David and Connie Williams. He served as president of the Georgia Junior Angus Association last year and played an integral role in hosting the 2009 NJAS. Williams will be a freshman this fall at the University of Georgia where he plans to major in agribusiness. Board members entering their second year were elected to officer positions. Britney Creamer, Montrose, Colo., was named chairperson; Cody Smith, West Plains, Mo., was named vice chairman; Clinton Laflin, Olsburg, Kan., communications director; Jennifer Ann Smith, Elysian Fields, Texas, Foundation director; Danielle Foster, Niles, Mich., leadership director; and Jaclyn Upperman, Chambersburg, Pa., membership director. Board members ending their terms on the junior Board included: Kirbe Schnoor, Chowchilla, Calif.; Christopher Cassady, Ancona, Ill.; Lindsay Waugh, Goodhue, Minn.; Robert Myers, Yamhill, Ore.; Andrew Rogen, Brandon, S.D.; and Ashlyn Carter, Noblesville, Ind. “The National Junior Angus Association Board has had such a rich history of youth leadership,” says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities. “I’m proud of the work the outgoing six junior directors have done during their time on the Board, and I’m looking forward to beginning another year with an eager group of well-rounded young leaders.” NJAS closing ceremonies also included the announcement of several awards and placings, including all winners of NJAS contests; Gold Awards; the Crystal Award; and Auxiliary, CAB/NJAA and Angus Foundation scholarships. Visit as information becomes available following the show, or visit the NJAA Facebook fan page. Show results from the weeklong event are available, as well as backdrop and candid photos, and videos. GC


Ag Commissioner Candidates Respond to Critical Beef Industry Questions

GARY BLACK Republican

QUESTION 1: Food Safety is a concern for virtually every citizen. In a state whose #1 industry is agriculture, how do you suggest Georgia keep a safe food supply and remain free from recalls that could potentially decimate a commodity? Gary Black: Never before in our history has food safety been such an important topic starting at the farm and ending at the dinner table. Everyone involved in the food chain must have a 24/7/365 commitment to food safety to achieve the desired goal mentioned in this question. I am committed to improving continuing education opportunities and better utilization of technology for current GDA sanitarians. I will establish an internal certification program for employees to provide a better career path and allow GDA to attract and retain high quality food safety professionals for Georgia’s future. I will utilize new media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to engage Georgia consumers more quickly with real-time, accurate information during recall, disaster or threat events. Clear communication from the agency is vital to ensuring public health and consumer confidence. Lastly, I will build stronger partnerships with our federal counterparts to ensure better teamwork focused on preventing problems before they arise. Kevin Cherry: We can help protect Georgia’s food safety by enlisting private certified professionals to supplement the government process. By allowing private companies to inspect products at the producers’ facilities, we can focus more action at the most critical junctions. Requiring the government and private companies to meet the same standards of training and experience will raise every level of performance. Establishing more local slaughterhouses and processing plants could be a way of limiting the scope of recalls. J.B. Powell: We need to ensure the highest commitment to food safety because beef production practices at every level – not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry – affect consumer confidence and consumer purchasing decisions. I believe we can increase food safety in Georgia by ensuring that we protect the number of meat and produce inspectors in Georgia as our highest budget priority within the Department of Agriculture. Currently, the Department has a 25 percent vacancy rate for unfilled positions and we need to make sure that food safety inspector positions are not left unfilled, which could leave Georgia vulnerable to food safety problems. The highest area of threat for food safety is from diseases brought into Georgia from international origins via produce, meat and the personal belongings of international travelers. We need to fully staff and increase staffing of food inspectors for international travelers as well as produce and meat imports to prevent pathogen and disease entry from international origins. 82 October 2010

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KEVIN CHERRY Libertarian

J.B. POWELL Democrat

QUESTION 2. USDA has charted a new course on animal disease traceability placing responsibility back on states to establish “officially” recognized forms of animal identification among other requirements that are currently being developed. What are your thoughts on mandatory animal identification and how the state can help producers deal with this potential challenge? Gary Black: I oppose mandatory identification. I support voluntary, market-based initiatives for source verification. I was pleased to work with Senator John Bulloch, GCA and Farm Bureau in 2005 to exempt premise identification from Georgia’s Open Records Act, an important step to protect producers. There is no doubt that clear communication on disease issues between the livestock industry must remain a priority. More government officials checking ear tag or chip information is not the way to achieve this objective. Kevin Cherry: USDA is right to make the animal ID program mandatory when animals are involved in interstate travel. I believe that animals moved only inside states should remain voluntary, though I would encourage farmers to register. I believe the “official methods” should be broad enough to include all systems that meet government standards and the customers’ needs. If the state is involved , the Department should be helping to negotiate price breaks from manufacturers. J.B. Powell: I believe animal identification practices can help Georgia cattle ranchers get a better price because some countries we can export our beef to, such as South Korea and Japan, require age and source verification of imported beef. Additionally, there is growing demand among American beef consumers for this information. In advance of the rule on animal traceability being promulgated in early 2011 by the USDA, I would like to establish volunteer pilot projects in Georgia to evaluate implementation strategies for animal identification. My goal is to then grow participation voluntarily in Georgia’s animal identification system with the help of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association ahead of other southeastern states in order to create premium pricing for Georgia beef in Georgia and surrounding states. I will help generate demand for Georgian Grown beef and value for cattlemen who opt into a Georgia animal identification by creating a campaign targeted at Georgia consumers about buying Georgia Grown produce and beef.

3. Price discovery and market fairness have been in the news often the past few months with many Federal policies being reviewed. What suggestions do you have for the state funded portion of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s market reporting system? Gary Black: It seems that the federal government is intent on following a course aimed at controlling every aspect of life. I am very concerned about any additional federal influence or control over contract relationships in the marketplace. As to market information, Louisiana has abandoned its market news reporting. My budget realignment plan will not allow this to happen in Georgia. Must we search for ways to integrate technology to drive efficiency in the system? Absolutely. I will not leave Georgia producers in a vacuum when it comes to market information. Kevin Cherry: I would work to ensure the reports and market information required and gathered is geared towards helping the needs of farmers and producers instead of bureaucracy. J.B. Powell: Market transparency improves the ability of beef producers to receive a fair price in the market and I support mandatory price reporting that was initially signed into law by President Clinton. Unfortunately, it is set to expire September 30, 2010 and the U.S. House of Representatives needs to join the Senate in passing s.3656, a bill supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The USDA provides financial grants to state departments of agriculture to administer the market reporting system. In Georgia, the USDA and the Department of Agriculture work collaboratively to collect price and transaction information. While I support this program, I want to make sure that the federal government funds 100 percent of the market reporting system so that Georgia does not bear an unfunded mandate, especially when the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s budget is projected to be reduced by 10 percent in 2011. QUESTION 4. The Farmer’s and Consumer’s Market Bulletin was the subject of much discussion in the most recent legislative session. Do you anticipate any further changes in this service should you be elected? Gary Black: The “Market Bulletin” is the official organ of the Department, and likely one of the most popular services rendered to taxpayers by state government. Budgetary constraints dictate the need for the recently instituted subscription fee of $10.00. I think this is reasonable. However, the net state appropriation for the paper is only $148,000.00. This figure requires $580,000.00 to be generated during the fiscal year from subscriptions for all things to remain consistent. I believe it is possible to not only secure 58,000 subscribers, but also expand the service as new consumers perceive value in the subscription. I commit to enhance the online version emulating a “Craig’s List” format with still picture and video upload capabilities. The “paper” will arrive in mailboxes for those who have relied upon it for generations. We must also better utilize technology for those who prefer this format. Kevin Cherry: In the short term I would continue the increase of online content to bring a faster more immediate presence and expand the print edition to offer indepth market information. Long term the

Market Bulletin should be removed from the Department of Agriculture and privatized. J.B. Powell: Keeping the Market Bulletin will be a top priority of my administration. I support continuing the Market Bulletin because it is a valuable way to help Georgians keep up to date on agricultural news and for facilitating the exchange of agricultural products and supplies. I plan to improve and modernize the Market Bulletin to safeguard its continued existence, reduce costs, increase revenues and improve services with the input of Georgia farmers and Market Bulletin subscribers. My goal is to improve the value for Georgians while also making the Market Bulletin cost neutral to the Georgia Department of Agriculture so that the Market Bulletin is never in danger of being cut during budget crises. QUESTION 5. How do you plan to manage many unfunded initiatives and issues generated from outside sources that may not have traditionally been in the Department of Agriculture’s budget? Gary Black: We will immediately initiate a planning process that will help identify what GDA does well, what areas need improvement and what functions we should eliminate. Only through an open process with stakeholders – several GCA members will be invited to participate – will we ever be able to, first, properly allocate resources to the funded mandates. Unfunded, inherited duties on potential issues like animal identification quench productivity and keep GDA professionals from doing their primary jobs, ensuring food safety, accurate scales and fuel pumps and promoting Georgia products. I have the experience necessary to make the case for the needs of the Department, its services and employees, in order to lead the agency in the 21st century. Kevin Cherry: All unfunded mandates will be prioritized within the budget and will be forced to compete for funding like every other program, generally at the lowest priority. If Congress or the Legislature wants something to happen, it should allocate the funding. J.B. Powell: The Georgia Department of Agriculture, like most state agencies, is facing budget cuts for FY 2011 and cannot take on unfunded mandates without significant risk to its core mission of supporting Georgia agriculture and ensuring food safety in Georgia. I plan to reduce unfunded mandates by being proactively engaged in federal and state agricultural policy and working with policy makers to identify mechanisms/funding for service delivery in conjunction with creating service delivery requirements. From my experience as a state senator, I understand how to help legislators place equal importance on policy goals and mechanisms/funding to achieve these policy goals.


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Clay Williams Represents Georgia at LEAD Event Clay Williams, of Commerce, Ga., attended the 2010 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference themed, “Angus: Live and Loud,” in Nashville, Tenn. LEAD brought together 207 Angus participants – including juniors ages 14-21 – from 34 states, Canada, Russia and Australia, Aug. 5-8. Junior members participated in team-building and leadership activities organized by the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) board of directors. “LEAD Conference is a unique, once-a-year opportunity for Angus youth,” says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities. “The juniors had a great time and learned valuable leadership skills that will benefit them in all areas of their lives. Most importantly, their enthusiasm will encourage the success and future of the Angus breed.” The conference opened with an overview of Tennessee agriculture presented by former NJAA member Jamie Smith-Nicholson, while speaker Diane Johnson of Details by Design presented a session on business etiquette and public speaking. Conference attendees traveled to Deer Valley Farm, Fayetteville, Tenn., and Robert Elliott & Sons Angus, Adams, Tenn., for operation tours and to broaden their understanding of the Angus industry. The incoming NJAA board members for 2010-2012 were introduced and presented a leadership workshop to conference participants. In addition, outgoing NJAA board officers shared their retiring remarks. On the final day of the conference, Rhett Laubach, motivational speaker and former Oklahoma FFA state president, gave an interactive and hands-on presentation about what it takes to be a good leader. While in the Music City, Angus juniors also spent time interacting with their peers while sightseeing at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Ryman Auditorium and Nashville Shores. LEAD Conference is funded in part by the Angus Foundation. Contact NJAA at (816) 383-5100 or visit for information. GC 84 October 2010

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2010 NATIONAL JUNIOR SALERS SHOW RESULTS Celebrating their 26th Annual Junior National Show, Junior Salers breeders from 13 states came together in Lancaster, Ohio, July 7 – 10, to participate in the heifer show and other educational contests and seminars. The competition, held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, set a high standard. Judge Steve Patton of Frankfort, Ind., addressed the crowd and commented that Salers cattle are a very solid and proven breed. “Anyone would like to have these cattle in their pasture.” Patton was highly complimentary about the quality of cattle exhibited at this year’s show. Grand Champion Heifer Ashley Pike, Mitchell, Neb. – DCS Windy 91W, born Feb. 16, 2009, Sire: MAC Topeka 159T. Earlier named Grand Champion Junior Heifer. Reserve Champion Heifer John Reasor, Wildwood, Ga. – JCGC Whoopi 934W, born July 7, 2009, Sire: GGT P Blk Stockade 82S. Earlier named Grand Champion Intermediate Heifer. Division Heifer Winner Grand Champion Heifer Calf John Reasor, Wildwood, Ga. - JCGC Wanda 936W, born Sept. 29, 2009, Sire: JCGC Trailblazer 754T. GC

Daniels Named Fundraising Director for JRA Junior Red Angus Association (JRA) members recently elected the JRA Board of Directors and Officers during the 2010 JRA Round-Up held in Oregon. Laura Daniel of LaGrange, Ga., was elected to serve a twoyear term and represent JUNIOR RED ANGUS MEMBERS recently elected the 2011-2012 JRA Board of the South Region. Directors. Pictured are: (L to R): Fund Raising Director Laura Daniel of LaGrange, Daniel is a sopho- Ga.; Leadership Director Cele Ketchum of Plevna, Mont.; First Vice President more at Abraham Cassie Kniebel of White City, Kan.; Second Vice President Daniel Weidenbach of Highmore, S.D.; Public Relations Director Shana Morcom of Arlington, Wash.; Baldwin Agriculture College and is majoring President Alyssa Looney of Denton, Texas. in Diversified Ag Production. She is active in 4-H and is involved in her family cattle and timber operation. During her year as Fundraising Director, Daniel will direct and assist the JRA board in determining and completing fundraising projects for the JRA. As the Board’s first official capacity, they were scheduled to attend the National Red Angus Convention, Sept. 15 – 18 in Springfield, Mo., and help prepare the “JRA Year In Review” presentation. At Convention, the JRA will also hold its first board meeting since elections, complete fundraising activities and plans, conduct the junior activities meeting, and attend workshops and seminars. The JRA Board will also devote time to plan and schedule the 2011 Round-Up in Kansas – an educational, leadership event for JRA members that highlights the cattle industry and Red Angus stops. In addition, they will confirm plans for the 2010-2011 National Red Angus Junior Show to be held in January at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. GC


Gubernatorial Candidates Respond to Critical Beef Industry Questions

ROY BARNES Democrat QUESTION 1: Agriculture and Forestry represent a large portion of Georgia’s economy, over $50 billion dollars. Georgia currently has a program through the Center of Innovation for Agriculture to support and facilitate the application of cutting edge research, technology, and production techniques to agriculture. How do you propose to support these and similar initiatives to advance and grow the agricultural sector in our state? ROY BARNES: Just selling raw materials is not enough. Georgia produces a wide variety of agricultural products, but we lose revenue when we export only raw goods. Instead, we must develop the capacity to take Georgia’s raw agricultural products and process them in-state, so that the chain of production puts more Georgians to work. This type of value-added agriculture will create products that are ready for consumption, and are therefore more valuable by the time they cross the state line. Additionally, Georgia has the ideal climate and rural space needed for the growth of renewable resources such as pine, corn and switchgrass. By maximizing the use of our own homegrown natural resources, we can usher in the age of biofuels. If we act now to get ahead of the curve, Georgia has the potential to be a leader in the field of green energy – this would stimulate trade, reduce pollution and, most importantly, create jobs and put more Georgians back to work in the growth field of the 21st century. NATHAN DEAL: Agriculture is the cornerstone to our state’s economy, and as we work to strengthen Georgia’s economy and restore prosperity for hardworking families, promotion and support of agriculture is a fundamental ingredient in this effort. Working with business leaders, economists and tax policy experts, I have developed a comprehensive blueprint for economic development and job creation in our state. With the combination of tax relief for small businesses and hardworking families, the non-partisan Tax Foundation has determined that my plan, “Real Prosperity,” will enhance Georgia’s tax climate from 29th nationally to 16th, making it the best environment in the southeast for small businesses to establish themselves and grow. In addition to critical tax relief to trigger job creation and small business growth, my plan focuses on efforts to promote cutting edge research and technology to harness the power of our excellent research institutions here at home. As governor, I will continue our collective effort to maintain Georgia’s status as an agricultural leader in the United States and across the globe. JOHN MONDS: A major stimulus to the growth of Georgia’s Agricultural Sector lies in the production of ethanol, textiles and industrial hemp, in particular. Though we’re permitted to import produce derived of hemp here in Georgia, the production is illegal. Therefore, we stimulate agriculture in other states by consuming the hemp we’re equally - if not better - equipped to grow here at home. ROY BARNES, DEMOCRAT 678-626-2010 • NATHAN DEAL, REPUBLICAN 770-297-0011 • JOHN MONDS, LIBERTARIAN 404-353-6004 •

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NATHAN DEAL JOHN MONDS Republican Libertarian The advantages of hemp are many. Over a twenty year period, an acre of hemp will produce the same amount of paper that’s produced by 4 acres of trees. Three times as much fiber per acre is produced by hemp than cotton. Hemp can grow in rainwater, reducing the cost of irrigation. Hemp has no natural enemies, eliminating the cost of pesticides and insecticides. Most importantly, hemp differs from marijuana. In 1937, Narcotics Commissioner Henry J. Anslinger declared that, as hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (thereby provoking no Narcotic effects as does marijuana), farmers and manufacturers of hemp were protected and would be permitted to continue growing. As we’ve learned, the promises of Government officials are less than meaningless. You should determine what you grow and sell, not the government. QUESTION 2. The 2010 Legislative session was dominated by the struggle to balance the budget. Currently, the Council on Tax Reform and Fairness is meeting to reassess the way our state generates revenue. How do you propose to update the tax code and maintain an economic climate that is friendly to agriculture and agribusiness? ROY BARNES: We know that times are hard and that just like families, Georgia has to prioritize its spending - focusing on essential services like educating our kids and keeping our citizens safe. Over the past few years; however, State leaders have passed billions of dollars worth of special interest sales and income tax exemptions. For example, in a report from 2006, there were sales tax exemptions worth over ten billion dollars alone. As Governor, I’ll take a hard look at these exemptions and if a tax break doesn’t benefit every Georgian – like the exemptions on groceries and drugs – then it’s on the table to be suspended till we can afford to educate our children and protect our citizens. We cannot continue to expect taxpayers to bare the burden for these special interest groups. Furthermore, we need to move to a point-of-sale tax system that would make sure that all businesses were paying their fair share just like the rest of us taxpayers. NATHAN DEAL: I am following the progress of the Georgia Special Council on Tax Reform very closely. I believe it is important not to preempt the work of the council by prescribing specific reforms that the council should recommend to the Legislature. I do, however, believe we must not raise taxes on hardworking families and small businesses – including farmers – who are struggling to make ends meet. As governor, I will look forward to the conclusion of the council’s work that is slated to continue into the fall and will work with the Legislature to ensure Georgia’s tax code is generating the most benefit with the least cost to all taxpayers. JOHN MONDS: The income tax must be eliminated. Money generated in local communities should stay in local communities. Taxing the income of hardworking Georgians only to send it to Atlanta so it can be distributed mostly to the Metro Atlanta area is unacceptable. What’s more, once that money is redistributed to local governments, the state attaches strings, requiring that the funds are only spent according to their priorities. The priorities of every community in Georgia are not the same of those in Atlanta. Central State government has no business with its hands in your pockets. Instead, a tax on luxury items (not on food, for example) should be implemented. When everyone is taxed at the same rate, the tax is fair.

3. Water and water management issues are important to all Georgians, especially those involved in agriculture. As the tri-state water rights issue continues to be debated, what are your views on the current statewide water plan? How do you see regulation of agricultural water use fitting into that plan, now and in the future? ROY BARNES: Because water and water management is imperative to the success of Georgia’s agri-business, I’ll act immediately to make water access and conservation a leading statewide priority. This includes building new reservoirs, looking into alternatives such as underground storage and abandoned rock quarries and repairing leaky pipes and updating inefficient municipal water infrastructure. As governor, I ensured that our farmers were always taken into consideration when it came to water management issues. For example, I formulated the Flint River Basin Drought Protection Act, which compensated Georgia’s farmers who abstained from irrigation during periods of declared drought. NATHAN DEAL: Georgia’s next governor will have a challenge, as well as an opportunity, to make a lasting impact in resolution of the water dispute that has persisted for many years. Georgia, Florida and Alabama will all be represented by new governors next year, providing a renewed opportunity to return to the drawing board and develop workable solutions that protect the interests of all Georgians, including farmers who rely so heavily on access to needed water. We must ensure our agriculture industry maintains access to these resources. I will work swiftly to bring additional storage capacity online that is maintained under state and local control, not federal. I will also continue to promote strong conservation measures and will work to update aging water infrastructure that is losing water. Much remains to be done, and as the process moves forward, farmers can be reassured that I will lead our state forward with their interests at the forefront of my decision making. JOHN MONDS: Over the last few summers, the citizens of Georgia learned many lessons about the importance of our water resources due to less than average rainfall. At this time, we face an extraordinary situation over the usage of water from Lake Lanier, due to a decision from a Florida court. As Judge Paul Magnuson noted in his ruling, “Congress authorized and paid for the Buford Dam and gave the Corps authority to operate the dam. Congress specified, however, that the Corps' authority was not without limits.” Being in possession of the water resource itself, the State of Georgia has more than the upper hand when negotiating this issue; in fact, we hold all the cards. What is ours is ours. Years of lawsuits have gotten us nowhere. We must now support our Congressional delegation to get this problem solved in the next three years. It is imperative we work with Georgia's Congressional Delegates in Washington to ensure OUR needs here are met before the desires of the Federal Government. Until Georgia wins back control over her natural resources, it is up to local governments to eliminate the price controls that have led to irresponsible use and waste of water. You, the Consumer - not your government - should control the price of water. QUESTION 4. With the average age of the American farmer or rancher approaching 60, our country faces a looming crisis of who will produce the food and fiber needed to feed and clothe ourselves and the many countries we export our products to. What policies or initiatives would you support to address this issue? ROY BARNES: First and foremost, I have always supported Georgia’s legacy of agribusiness because I believe it’s also our future. In 2002, I joined with my fellow Southern governors in urging Congress to pass the Farm Bill to restore profitability and stability to agriculture. Keeping agri-business profitable and expanding innovation in our fields will help attract a new generation of agri-business leaders. Additionally, as governor, I’ll support organizations like Future Farmers of America and 4-H and higher education institutions like the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences because I believe that we should fight to keep our best and brightest right here in Georgia.

NATHAN DEAL: It will be critical for Georgia’s next governor to address the looming issue of a declining agricultural workforce in our state. Generating a sufficient workforce starts with education. Working with teachers, parents, administrators as well as local and state school officials, I have developed a plan to strengthen Georgia’s P-20 education system to meet the needs of our 21st Century economy. A fundamental component of this plan is the promotion of multiple pathways for high school graduation which will allow students to follow an education track that suits their interests and career goals. Whether a student is seeking a post-secondary or graduate level education, or planning to enter into the workforce upon completion of their studies, we will provide an opportunity for students who aspire to enter into the agricultural workforce to follow a track that best prepares them for their future goals. I support vocational agriculture classes in high school. I am the product of those classes and know their value. JOHN MONDS: Deregulation will be the glue that holds the Agricultural Industry together in the state of Georgia. The biggest hurdle when it comes to generating revenue for most industries in this state is the overbearing regulations. Young people will flock to the industry once they see it as profitable. We must allow the marketplace – not the government - to set prices and determine “winners and losers”. The government's involvement ensures only that those with the most money and the government itself will generate a profit. This practice destroys the fundamental incentive to start a business: revenue generation. The youth of Georgia must see that they can make a living farming or the agricultural industry in Georgia is ruined for the future. Those that choose to earn their living farming will simply leave Georgia in search of a place where regulation is relaxed. In order to remain competitive, we must empower the citizenry, not the government. QUESTION 5. Georgia farmers and ranchers are the original experts on conservation and animal welfare, yet we increasingly face “activists” and a media culture that constantly presents the industry in a negative light. How will you help protect farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to produce food and fiber for the world without overbearing regulation? ROY BARNES: Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I developed a passion and deep understanding for agri-business. Still today, I keep several cows on my farm in Cobb County. Farmers are the new scientists and that’s why as governor, I’ll make sure they have the resources and flexibility they need to care for animals and expand innovation in our fields. NATHAN DEAL: I am a firm believer in smaller government and less onerous regulation by bureaucratic government officials. The work of our state’s farmers who produce food for our tables and clothes for our backs should be promoted for the critical, labor-intensive work that they do. My father was an agriculture teacher in Washington County, Georgia who taught me the importance of agriculture from my early years as a young boy. Rest assured, I will be a governor who will be a friend to the agriculture industry and those who produce our food and fiber. JOHN MONDS: As it stands, Agriculture is greatly over-regulated. The regulation that's preventing farmers from delivering a product to the marketplace, thus preventing the farmer from earning a sustainable income, absolutely must be repealed. Often it seems “activists” fail to understand that farmers and ranchers are not “evil corporations” who benefit from pollution. In fact, farmers need a clean environment to produce a quality product which feeds not only the populus, but the farmer's family, as well. None of us benefits from a polluted environment. None of us wants our children sick on harmful pesticides or ill with E. coli, yet in this regulated industry, recalls are happening at an unacceptable rate. Regulation simply isn't the answer. Regulation makes the fine for poisoning American families cheaper than producing clean products. Not only will new regulation be veoted, old regulation will be reviewed.

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BEEF with Ashley!

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Preparation Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 8 oz. can Refrigerated crescent rolls 2 slices American Cheese 1 pkg. Beef hot dogs Ketchup or mustard Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Unroll crescent roll dough and press to seal the perforations. Cut vertically into 20 strips. Cut slices of cheese into 5 strips. 2. Wrap each hot dog with 2 pieces of dough and 1 strip of cheese. Leave about ½-inch from one end for the face and stretch dough to wrap as bandages on the mummy’s head. 3. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. 4. Draw features on face with ketchup or mustard.

Mashed Potato Ghosts Ingredients 1 pkg. Instant mashed potatoes 2 Tbsp. Sliced black olives Directions 1. Prepare package of instant mashed potatoes according to package directions. 2. Scoop mashed potatoes into a sandwich zip lock bag, and snip ¼-inch off a corner for piping. 3. Pipe mashed potatoes into ghosts and decorate with sliced black olives.

Meatball Spiders Ingredients 12 Italian-Style Beef Meatballs 8 slices American Cheese 1 Tbsp. Black olives, chopped 2 Tbsp. Milk 2 cups Shredded Cheddar cheese Chow mein noodles Directions 1. Prepare 12 meatballs according to package directions. 2. In a microwaveable bowl, add 8 slices of cheese and 2 tbsp. of milk and microwave for 1-1/12 minutes. Stir to mix well. 3. Dip warm meatballs in melted cheese, roll over shredded cheese. 4. Stick 6 chow mein noodles on both sides as legs, and decorate with chopped black olives as eyes.

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Fall has officially arrived and the weather is finally cooling down outside, which is quite the relief after this blazing hot summer. One of my favorite parts of fall is the food! Warm, comforting and full of flavor, fall-inspired food is so satisfying. From beef stews to chili, meatballs to beefy cheese dip, fall food is hearty, fun and oh so tasty! With this month’s entertaining recipe, kids and adults alike will be shouting ‘Trick or Treat!’ for a sample. Spooky spiders, creepy mummies and eerie ghosts will be the hit of any Halloween or fall festival party. Beef is a fan favorite at any occasion, especially when the temperature drops outside. It can provide the favorite flavors of fall, while still being quick and convenient. NCBA and BIG (Beef Innovations Group) work diligently to create value-added beef options for the time-crunched consumer. Value-added products are meant to provide ease and convenience to foods that will please the whole family. Hamburger crumbles, preseasoned taco meat, barbeque beef and fully-cooked pot roast are just a few examples of value-added beef products you can find in the grocery store. These foods are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways besides their obvious applications – try shredding the pot roast on top of a pizza, use the hamburger crumbles in cheese dip, or maybe experiment with precooked beef strips in a quick quesadilla. The meatballs and beef hot dogs in this kid-friendly recipe are wonderful value-added products that make this recipe easy to put together. While there is not much actual cooking in this recipe, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its fun characters. I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe and the onset of the beautiful fall weather!

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By Brenda Brookshire Ladies, what happened to summer? dents so far who have completed the One minute our gardens are just com- course. Please go online and see what it is about. It gives woning in and the next it’s the derful talking points and end of summer! I sure information so we can all hope you have had a great share the REAL story one nonetheless. about BEEF. After all, it We CattleWomen have is YOUR story. Who been busy. We had a great better to tell the story time at the Georgia Junior than CattleWomen? Beef Futurity in Perry. Marcia is the Region GCWA sponsored the II Director for ANCW. showmanship awards and She put together a cheer they were well received. BRENDA BROOKSHIRE for our pep rally. Her We gave away director chairs with our emblem and the cheer was a 10-word sentence made up Futurity showmanship division of two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is embossed on the back and seat. The up to me.” She had everyone from winners loved them. A new item we did Region II up front leading the chant this year at the Futurity was the “Can and the whole group repeating. At the Pyramid” contest. Students brought end of the pep rally, Marcia handed out canned food items, formed teams and Georgia peaches to everyone. The then used the cans to build creative peaches were donated by Al Pearson, of structures out of the cans. Check out Pearson Farms, Ft. Valley, Ga. One of the national programs that the pictures of the pyramids on the GCWA Facebook page. Many thanks GCWA is involved in is the National to the show committee that puts this Beef Ambassador program. This year 4-H/FFA show together. They do a the competition is in Rapid City, S.D., great job! We CattleWomen appreciate on Oct. 1-3. Our senior competitor representing Georgia is Chris the opportunity to be involved. Three of our CattleWomen mem- Campbell. This year we also have a junbers were able to attend the National ior competitor, Jordan Harrison. Good Cattlemen’s Beef Association Summer luck to Chris and Jordan. I know you Conference in Denver. Ashley Hughes will both do a great job. Ladies, look for the CattleWomen has taken on the Legislative Chair position for the American National to be at the Georgia National Fair CattleWomen (ANCW). She is already (Oct. 7-17) in Perry helping in the beef involved and getting everyone on board exhibit, and also at the Sunbelt Expo by keeping us informed about the (Oct. 19-21) in Moultrie. If you have issues affecting our industry. She is time and would like to volunteer, we can always use the help. truly an asset to our team. Last, but certainly not least – ladies, At summer conference, Marcia Callaway and I graduated and received remember that October is Breast Cancer our MBA (Master of Beef Advocacy) Awareness Month. I am a three-time certificates. The MBA program is open breast cancer survivor. It’s important to everyone who wants to take the class. that you take good care of yourselves. Stay healthy and I hope to see you It is done online and is a six-course Brenda Brookshire GC program. We have nine ladies and stu- soon.

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BRAISED BEEF WITH TOMATO-GARLIC WHITE BEANS Total recipe time: 2 to 2-1/4 hours • Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS: 4 beef chuck mock tender steaks, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick (about 6 ounces each) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1-1/2 cups chopped onions 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 can (15 ounces) white beans, rinsed, drained 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place beef steaks in skillet; brown evenly. Pour off drippings. Add onions, tomatoes, salt and pepper to skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender. Remove steaks; keep warm. 2. Stir beans into cooking liquid; bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. 3. Stir in spinach; remove from heat. Let stand 1 minute. Serve steaks with bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Nutrition information per serving: 354 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 6 mg cholesterol; 628 mg sodium; 38 g carbohydrate; 6.9 g fiber; 34 g protein; 3.8 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 3.2 mcg vitamin B12; 7.2 mg iron; 26.4 mcg selenium; 8.9 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of niacin. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

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

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


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



P.O. Box 287 Broxton, GA 31519 Home (912) 359-5546

Office (912) 384-0956 Fax (912) 384-2218

2445 Gadsden Road S.W. Cave Spring, GA 30124 R.L. (Bob) Angel • (706) 777-3968

Rocky Ford Red Angus

“Red, A Step Ahead”

Sam & Georgia Thurmond 706-335-6441 2412 Waterworks Road Commerce, GA 30529 “Since 1968” 90 October 2010

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CAMP’S RED ANGUS Registered I-A Rogeal & Sue Camp Home: (770) 466-8094 Mobile: (404) 210-3965

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

Red Power for Ultimate Beef Quality & Profitability Janet & Bill Nutt 1418 Sixth Street Road, Cedartown, GA 30125 770-748-6124 •

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 Simmental-Simbrah Breeders Georgia Simmental/Simbrah Association Gail Hilley, Sec.-Treas. 8881 Hwy. 109 West • Molena, GA 30258 • (770) 567-3909 DANFOWIN Farm Balanced Performance Simmentals



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

8881 Hwy. 109 West Molena, Georgia 30258

770-567-3909 Email:



Registered Beefmasters

3C BEEFMASTERS 385 Stokes Store Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029


L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

John Cary Bittick (478) 994-0730

Georgia-Florida Charolais Association For information on the Georgia-Florida Charolais Association, contact Emmett Callahan, President, 7050 Stonebridge Road, Carnesville, GA 30521 706-384-4235 • Tony Walden Registered Charolais

Plan to attend The Fall Sale Oct. 16, 2010

office: 334-527-3021 home: 334-527-8704 fax: 334-527-8774 P.O. Box 24 Brantley, AL 36009

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

LITTLE RIVER CHAROLAIS Marshall & Mary Beth Bennett P.O. Box 406 Adel, Georgia 31620 Phone: (H) 229-219-0486 (O) 229-896-4517

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

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

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


ollins & Son

Herd Certified & Accredited

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Local Sale Reports CSR Polled Hereford Farm 3rd Annual Production Sale Sept. 11, 2010 Alapaha, Ga. 2 ½ bulls averaged: $1,680 66 females averaged: $2,288 Overall average: $2,265 Smith Angus Farm: A Continued Progress Sept. 3, 2010 Wadley, Ga. 46 Total Female Lots

Grossed: $137,780 Average: $2,995 CES Polled Herefords: Partners In Progress Sept. 4, 2010 48 Total Lots Grossed: $129,530 Average: $2,698 43 Female Lots: Average: $2,729 5 Two-Year Old Bulls: Average: $2,435

Feeder Cattle Sale Reports Mosley Cattle Auction Sept. 14, 2010 Split Load: Steers 565 lbs. $111.20 Heifers 535 lbs. $103.20 Load of Heifers: 625 lbs. (Lot 2) $105.00 650 lbs. (Lot 4) $105.30 650 lbs. (Lot 6) $104.60 Load of Steers: 650 lbs. (Lot 3) $ 110.50


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READER SERVICES 700 lbs. (Lot 7) $109.00 710 lbs. (Lot 5) $110.25 Southeast Livestock Exchange, Swainsboro, GA Sept. 7, 2010 (Georgia Consignors) Split Load Steers 650 lbs. $104.75 Heifers 650 lbs. $99.75 Split Load Steers 760 lbs. $106.75 Heifers 730 lbs. $101.75 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. $108.60 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. $106.75 1 Load Steers 800 lbs. $106.25 1 Load Steers 800 lbs. $105.50 1 Load Heifers 675 lbs. $104.70 1 Load Heifers 700 lbs. $103.75 4 Loads Heifers 725 lbs. $103.90 4 Loads Heifers 725 lbs. $102.50

1 Load Heifers 750 lbs. $102.25 1 Load Heifers 750 lbs. $104.30 Turner County Stockyards, Inc., Ashburn, Ga. August 19, 2010-Video Auction Results 3 Load Steers 500-600 lbs. $116.00-117.85 2 Load Steers 600-700 lbs. $107.75-113.75 5 Load Steers 700-800 lbs $112.00-113.00 2 Load Heifers 500-600 lbs. $111.00 5 Load Heifers 600-700 lbs. $105.75-108.00 2 Load Heifers 700-800 lbs. $104.75-111.00 Northeast Georgia Livestock August 11, 2010 • Video Prices: Steers 565 lbs. $111.20 Heifers 535 lbs. $103.20 Load of Steers: 775 lbs. (Lot 1) $108.80 825 lbs. (Lot 2) $103.00 Load of Heifers: 775 lbs. (Lot 3) $101.75

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Frank Malcolm, CLU & Lin Malcolm


P.O. BOX 1306 WAYNESVILLE, NC 28786 828-454-0267 OFFICE 828-454-0268 FAX

OWNERS/OPERATORS John Queen 480 Queen Cove Road Waynesville, NC 28785 828-421-3446

Evans Hooks 79 Highway 57 East Swainsboro, GA 30401 770-316-9611



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Harold George Jarrell Sr. - ‘Gregarious Southern Gentleman and Farmer’ - Passes Away Harold George Jarrell Sr., beloved Columbus, Ga., physician, died Saturday, August 21, at Timm’s Creek Plantation, his Taylor County home near Butler, Ga. His funeral was August 23 at Union United Methodist Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Mark Sasser, the Rev. Matthew Avera and the Rev. Daryl Brown. Jarrell, the youngest of 10 children of Mary McCants Jarrell and Floyd Cannon Jarrell Sr., was born on Jan. 14, 1926. Growing up on the farm where his family settled in the early 1800s, Jarrell developed his vigorous work ethic. He had a passionate love for his family, friends and patients. At 15 years old he entered the University of Georgia and later graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. Jarrell was the first resident of a partnership between Macon General Hospital and the Medical College of Georgia, the predecessor of the ObGyn Department of Mercer University Medical College. As chief resident, he developed the Medical College of Georgia’s ObGyn Residency Program in Columbus. After completion of his residency, he served his country in Japan as a captain in the United States Medical Corps during the Korean War. Following his military duty, he established ObGyn Associates of Columbus, which continues today as one of the leading practices in the region. He spent the next 42 years of his life delivering newborns and devoting his life to his patients. It was important to him that his patients understood his concern for and commitment to their well-being. As an innovative pioneer in his specialty, Jarrell took pride in sharing the art of medicine with medical residents and students. In 2008, St. Francis Hospital honored Jarrell and his brother, Dr. Floyd C. Jarrell Jr., as recipients of the Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award. A gregarious Southern gentleman and farmer, Jarrell found great joy in working with his nephew, John Jarrell and wife, Nina, overseeing Timm’s Creek Plantation. He had registered Angus cattle. Jarrell sought to glorify God through his efforts to restore, preserve and beautify Union United Methodist Church. For more than 50 years he served its administrative board in numerous positions. He was instrumental in bringing honor to Union Cemetery by achieving its placement on the National Historic Trust Registry.

Jarrell was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Mary Jarrell; brothers, Thelmon, Polk, Gorman, Fred and Arthur Jarrell; and sisters, Hazel Jarrell and Marie Jarrell McGlaun. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Corinne Betts Jarrell; daughters, Julie Yancey and husband, Patrick Yancey IV, of Newnan, and Chappell Miller and husband, Charles Miller Jr., of Birmingham, Ala.; son, Harold George Jarrell Jr. and wife, Kim, of Columbus; grandchildren, Patrick, Jefferson, and Barkley Yancey, Palmer and Adelaide Miller, and George and Cannon Jarrell; sis-

ter, Cathryn Jarrell Cheek; brother, Floyd C. Jarrell Jr. and wife, Jody; sister-in-law, Estelle Spinks Jarrell; brother-in-law, Dequindre McGlaun; beloved nieces, nephews and more than 100 extended family members. Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 415 West Old Wire Road, Butler, GA 31006; Jarrell Family Scholarship, c/o Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322; or Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, GA 31909. GC

Calling all history buffs!! We need your historical photos and information to help us prepare for the 50th Annual GCA Convention next year. Please send ANY pictures, past member information or history to Thank you!

Memorialize or honor someone today! By contributing to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, you will honor and preserve the memory of a special person 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. Please mail form and donation to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Foundation, P.O. Box 24510, Macon GA 31212 Enclosed is my gift of (check one) _____$25 _____$50 _____$100 _____$_______ ____ In memory of ________________________ ____ In honor of __________________________ Name of person to be remembered: (please print): ____________________________ Please send an acknowledgement to:

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KEY STAFF from U.S. Senate and House offices recently spent a day in central Virginia learning about the beef industry by attending feeder calf sales and farm tours. The event was coordinated by Southeastern Livestock Network, in conjunction with the Central Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Congressional Staff Participate in Grassroots Tour Ben Beshears, Legislative Assistant to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, was among key staff from United States Senate and House offices that recently spent a day in central Virginia learning about the beef industry through attendance at feeder calf sales and farm tours. The Southeastern Livestock Network (SLN), in conjunction with the Central Virginia Cattlemen’s Association (CVCA) and Virginia Cooperative


Extension, coordinated the tour, which began by attending the CVCA feeder calf sale held in Radiant, Va. Tour participants were able to see graded feeder calves in the barn, as well as seeing truckload lots of preconditioned calves sell in a board sale format. Approximately 1800 head of preconditioned cattle were sold, with the majority of these cattle Source- and Age-verified through Integrated Traceability Solutions


DIXIE LIX DIXIE LIX WILL HELP CATTLE DIGEST HAY AND TOUGH GRASSES 32% Protein Liquid Supplement • Slow release protein • Vitamins A D E • Liquid Trace Minerals • Cost effective DIXIE LIX is formulated for feeds grown on Georgia soils. A high level of SELENIUM and COPPER compensate for low levels of these minerals in Georgia soils.


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(ITS). ITS is the Source and Age Verification partner of the Southeastern Livestock Network. Through this partnership, more than 67,000 feeder cattle from the southeastern states have recently been verified. A large crowd of producers was on hand to see the cattle sell, hear featured speakers and participate in field day events. This group provided the opportunity to directly interact with producers to learn about their production and management concerns that can be impacted by federal regulation and pending legislation. Virginia State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes addressed the group about the role of state animal health officials in working with producers and industry to accomplish disease surveillance, traceability and eradication. After the sale, tour participants visited several cattle operations and learned more about the challenges facing today’s beef producers. Serving as tour leader, Jim Collins, SLN Director of Industry Relations, outlined the different grades of feeder cattle and value of physical and management uniformity to sales like these and the industry. Georgia Cattlemen’s Association was one of 10 southeastern cattlemen’s associations that founded SLN to work collectively in protecting their members from unfair regulatory and legislative initiatives as well as provide programs to enhance producer profitability. GC

Dealership Opportunities Available Contact Ben Housch for more information: 706-859-1394

All South Turf Irrigation Ocilla GA 31774 Tate Arnold Evans Construction & Irrigation Ashburn GA 31714 Tommy Evans

Helton Irrigation Walnut Hill FL 32568 Jacky Helton Mobley Irrigation Girard GA 30422 Evan Mobley

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS for more information or to advertise, call 478-474-6560 AUCTIONEERS



MIKE JONES PUREBRED LIVESTOCK AUCTIONEER GAL #978 19120 GA Hwy 219 West Point, GA 31833 Ph. 706/884-6592

Carroll T. Cannon Auctioneer P.O. Box 500 Ty Ty, GA 31795-0500 229/776-4383 Cell: 229/881-0721

Fertility testing Bulls A-I training

CHICKEN LITTER TRIPLE E POULTRY Established 1976 Delivered In Bulk 25 Ton Loads. 243 TALKING ROCK DR. N BOB EDWARDS JASPER, GA 30143 (706) 692-5149 CELL: (404) 408-3709

Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. • Semen Collection • Semen Storage • Semen Shipping • Semen Sales • Storage Tanks • Custom Breeding Scott Randell 16878 45th Rd. • Wellborn, FL 32094 386-963-5916 Conveniently Located For Accessbility To All Southern States


Daniel Livestock Service Randy Daniel 348 Daniel Road Colbert, GA 30628 706/788-2533

Distributors for: Pearson Chutes Riverode Galvanized Equip. Paul Scales Stoll Trailers Barrett Trailers


Martin’s Cattle Services Bill & Stephanie Martin

P.O. Box 683, Jefferson, GA 30549, (706) 367-8349 Distributor: Titan West Livestock Handling Equipment C.U.P. Certified Carcass Ultrasound


Embryo Transfer Service RUSS PAGE, PhD (706) 769-0797 On-Farm Semen Collection Pregnancy Ultrasounding Sexing Pregnancies

Embryos and Semen For Sale Synchronization and Breeding Semen Testing Bulls

One Company For All Your Cattle Reproductive Needs Reproductive Progress - 1201 Sunset Ridge • Watkinsville, GA 30677

Jim Cumming 706-342-3740 Cell 706-318-8844

D. J. Bradshaw Cell 478-957-5208

Gene Roberts • 1-800-241-8794 Lori Roberts: 706-988-8327 • Joey Roberts: 706-318-8848 132 N. McIntosh Street, Elberton, GA 30635

Riley Hulsey Area Beef Representative


5823 Wycliff Roberts Rd. Alapaha, GA 31622 Phone 706-244-4613 Email

Bob Dugger • 205/594-5931 1848 Slasham Rd. • Ashville, Alabama 35953

Mike Howard The Howard Group Financial Services Tax Preparation & Retirement Planning 6416 Peake Rd Ste 6 Macon, GA 31210 Phone: 478-960-5185

We Understand and Specialize in all the Financial Issues Unique to Cattlemen!

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Dugger Tent Inc. • Colorful Tents, All Sizes • P.A. & Lighting Equip. • Complete Corral & Pen Systems • Chairs & Tables • Auction Platform & Sale Ring • Bleachers

Embryo Transfer Ultrasounding for Early Pregnancy Synchronization & Breeding Programs Fetal Sexing

Office (229) 776-7588 361 Doerun Road Fax (229) 776-3509 Doerun, GA 31744


Beef Management Calendar for the Month of October GENERAL of bermudagrass and bahia declines rapidly from now to frost. Watch condition of cows. Supplemental feed may be needed. Fertilize fescue pastures (60 lb N; P, K and lime according to soil test results). Finish planting winter grazing in prepared seed beds and begin over-seeding winter annuals into pastures. Watch feed conditions closely when grazing stalks and stubble. Cows will eat the best of the crop residues rather quickly. Remove cattle from sorghum crops after a light frost due to the danger of prussic acid poisoning. Continue to monitor supplemental feed prices. Corn and by-product feeds like cottonseed are usually cheaper in the fall.


SPRING CALVING January, February, March Finish weaning late calves (follow September management list). Heifers need to weigh about 2/3 of their mature weight at breeding time in March. They usually need to gain 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per day after weaning. Watch the body condition of bred heifers. Separate them from the cows and provide supplemental



DEAVER BEEFALO BEEFALO ARE FORAGE EFFICIENT AND EASY CALVING Bulls, Cows, Semen and Meat for Sale O.E. “CORKY” DEAVER 1088 Liberty Hill Rd. • Blairsville, GA 30512 706/374-5789 Visitors Welcome


Heifers need to weigh about 2/3 of their mature weight at breeding time in March. They usually need to gain 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per day after weaning... Watch the body condition of bred heifers. Separate them from the cows and provide supplemental feed as quality of fall grazing declines... Identify thin cows and supplement them at a rate where they will reach moderate body condition at calving. feed as quality of fall grazing declines. Identify thin cows and supplement them at a rate where they will reach moderate body condition at calving.

FALL CALVING October, November, December Cows due to calve should be put into clean pastures and checked frequently. Tag calves at birth. Record birth date, tag number and cow ID. Castrate, dehorn and implant bull calves at birth. Bulls will be turned in with heifers in December and cows in January. It is time to evaluate bulls, trim feet, line up a breeding soundness exam or decide on buying a new bull. Check with your veterinarian about suggested pre-calving and pre-breeding vaccinations for cows. Start feeding high magnesium mineral supplement 30 days



LAND FOR SALE Working Cattle Ranch For SALE by Owner Located in Centre, AL in Cherokee County $1.8 million 770-459-5013

before cattle are turned in on winter grazing or lush fescue pasture. Editor’s Note: This Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates, and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. GC

435 acres • Improved pastures • Fenced and cross fenced • Large barn with living quarters • Shop building • Two LARGE hay barns



HIGHVIEW FARMS Breeding Cattle Since 1973 • Williamson, GA

Hereford, Angus and Baldies For Sale Private Treaty Call Harold Leo Corley at 770-567-3942 or 678-333-3509

Grading, Hauling and Landscaping Div. LLC. Proudly serving Northwest Ga. Pasture Clearing, Ponds, Rock, Topsoil, Sand, Fence Building, Riding Arenas Kenny Sargent 770-490-1227

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. RANDY FORDHAM Cattle Sales Manager • Cell: 706-207-1301 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560. For the General Classified Ad section see pages 98 and 99 Adams Ranch 773-461-6321 .....................8 Anderson Steel Builders 800-263-9629 .........................................64 American Angus Association 816-383-5100 ...........................................70 American Angus Association Regional Manager .................................76 American-International Charolais Assoc. 816-464-5977 ...........................90 American Simmental Association 406-581-7940 ..........................................19 Black Crest Farm 803-491-6798 ...........26 Black Grove Female Sale 803-924-1000 .........................................45 Blackwater Cattle Company 888-237-9120.............................................5 Boehringer-Ingelheim 706-207-1301 ...........................................99 Bramblett Angus & Friends 706-654-8272 ..........................................77 Buffalo Feed and Seed 706-759-3871 ...........................................27 Bull Fest Sale 770-547-6291..................21 Bull Power VI 706-654-6071...............38 Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 .............98 Burns Farms Herefords 423-886-1325 ..........................................32 Callaway Cattle Company 770-355-2165 ..........................................42 Carroll T. Cannon 229-776-4383 .........98 Clary Simmental Farms 912-2943064 ...........................................35 Classified Ads .....................................98,99 Commercial Cattle ..................................90 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ..........................................98 Dasher Farms 706-836-8898.................43 Davis Farm 229-881-3510.......................76 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 .............99 Debter Hereford Farm 205-429-4415............................................3 Dixie Lix 800-642-5612 .........................96 Dugger Tent Inc. 205-594-5931..........98 Edwards Land & Cattle 910-298-3012...........................................65 Embry Farm Supply 706-485-9848 ....39 Fall Simmental Fleck Fest 214-542-8162 ..........................................47 F-R-M Feeds 800-841-8502 ................15 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia 800-673-0405............................................2 Floyd Farms Feed & Supply 706-498-2136 ..........................................98 Frank Turner & Sons 251-331-1741 ............................................44 Gazda Cattle Company 706-227-9098..........................back cover 102 October 2010

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Genex Cooperative, Inc. 706-318-8844 ..........................................98 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 ....................................78,79 Georgia Beefmasters ................................91 Georgia Brahman Breeders ....................90 Georgia Brangus Breeders.......................31 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 ..........................................16 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-384-4235 ........................................91 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ...................90 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 .........................................22 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044.........................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders......16 Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423..........................................90 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 ......................90 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 770-567-3909 ......................90 Gibbs Farms 256-568-9141 ...................20 Graham Angus Farm 229-854-5061 ...27 Grazer’s Select Ball Clover 979-575-0272 ..........................................76 Greenview Farms, Inc. 912-294-2470..........................................23 HayMaster South 478-521-0856...........23 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..........99 Hill-Vue Farm 706-745-5714................49 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592 ....................98 Keller’s Simmentals, Inc. 912-286-0286 ..........................................35 Kensington Cattle Company 706-601-0800 ........................................40 Land for Sale 770-459-5013...................99 Little Creek Farm 662-418-0686.........70 Macon County Veterinary Hospital, LLC 478-472-7063..............70 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820 .......................................94 Martin Cattle Services 706-367-8349..........................................98 MM Cattle Company 770-328-2047 ..........................back cover Mountain Laurel Classic Sale 423-364-9281...........................................19 National Swine Registry 765-463-3594..........................................93 Osborn Family Shorthorns 706-540-5992..........................................16 Padgett Farms 770-328-2047 ..........................back cover Pasture Management Systems 980-581-0755 .........................................46

Pennington Seed 800-285-SEED ..........61 Pfizer Animal Health...........................16,17 Poe Angus 678-796-3239 .......................39 Ragan & Massey, Inc. 800-264-5281.........................24,25,28,29 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711............................................98 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797 ..........................................98 Rocky Top Land Services 770-490-1227 ..........................................99 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794.......98 Santa Gertrudis Breeders Int’l 361-592-9357 .........................................90 Shoulderbone Plantation 404-310-0412..........................................48 Southeast AgNet 850-492-7196 .........94 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-454-0267.........................................94 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................98 Southern Cattle Company 850-353-2020..........................................33 Sunbelt Agriculture Exposition 229-985-1968 ....................................63,99 Sunshine Farms 205-755-4203 .............67 Sweetlix 1-87-SWEETLIX .....................75 The Absolute Auction 800-482-0775 ........................................101 The Howard Group Financial Services 478-960-5185..........................98 T-L Irrigation Systems 800-330-4264 .........................................97 TriCheck Seeds, Inc. 800-868-2435...100 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ...........98 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ....................98 United Country Certified Real Estate 800-711-9175............................................98 Walden Farms 334-527-3021 ...............71 Wax Company 800-922-8961..........41,60 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048 ........81

To reach your target audience, advertise in the Georgia Cattleman. Call 478-474-6560 about these special upcoming advertising opportunities:

 NOVEMBER: Charolais  DECEMBER: Red Angus Feature / Gelbvieh Feature / Calhoun Bull Test Spotlight

 October 1, 2010 14th Annual Southern PRIDE Heifer Sale Columbia Livestock Market Lake City, FL Call 386-755-2300 [see advertisement, page 32] October 1, 2010 2010 Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival Kissimmee, FL [see advertisement, page 5] October 2, 2010 Salacoa Valley Farms Fall PT Bull & Brangus Commercial Female Sale Calhoun, GA Call 864-723-3779

READER SERVICES October 16, 2010 Kensington Cattle Company & Walden Farms Bull Sale The Fall Sale Brantley, AL Call 863-899-4869 [see advertisement, page 71] October 16, 2010 20th Annual Murray County 4-H/FFA Steer & Heifer Show Chatsworth, GA Call 706-271-8410 October 19-21, 2010 Sunbelt Agricultural Expo Moultrie, GA Come see GCA’s booth in the cattle barn! [see advertisement, page 63] October 23, 2010 Bramblett Angus PT Bull Sale Hartwell, GA Call 706-654-8272

October 2, 2010 Edwards Land & Cattle Company 5th Annual Genetic Improvement Sale Beulaville, NC Call 910-290-1424 [see advertisement, page 65]

October 23, 2010 Debter Hereford and Fleming Angus Bull Sale Horton, AL Call 205-429-2040 [see advertisement, page 3]

October 2, 2010 Sarratt Angus Farm First Production Sale Gaffney, SC Call 864-706-0697

October 23, 2010 Fall Simmental Fleckvieh Fest Sale Calhoun, GA "sponsored by the FSFF" [see advertisement, page 47]

October 5, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale Call 828-454-0267

October 25, 2010 Hill-Vue Farm Angus and Hereford Sale Blairsville, GA Call 706-745-5714 [see advertisement, page 49]

October 7-17, 2010 Georgia National Fair Perry, GA October 9, 2010 Cow Creek Ranch Brangus and Ultrablack Bull Sale Aliceville, GA Call 205-373-2269 [see advertisement, page 55] October 11-12, 2010 Southeast Select Sires, Inc. Artificial Insemination School Calhoun Stockyard Calhoun, GA Call 931-489-2020 October 12, 2010 Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Tele-Auction Calhoun, GA Call 423-413-3124 October 13, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535

October 27, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 October 30, 2010 Bull Fest 2010 Sale NW GA Livestock Pavilion Calhoun, GA Call 770-547-6291 [see advertisement, page 21] October 30, 2010 Black Crest Farm Sumter, SC Call 803-481-4451 [see advertisement, page 26] October 30, 2010 Southern Cattle Company Annual Bull Sale Marianna, FL Call 850-352-2020 [see advertisement, page 33]

October 31, 2010 Black Grove Female Sale Newberry, SC Call 803-924-1000 [see advertisement, page 45] October 31, 2010 Cattle Farm Auction Coweta, GA Call 800-482-0775 [see advertisement, page 56] November 2, 2010 ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to VOTE! November 4, 2010 Kempfer & Kensington Cattle Company’s Bull Sale, Kissimmee, FL Call 863-899-4869 November 5, 2010 Bull Power VI Sale Colbert, GA Call 706-654-6071 [see advertisement, page 38] November 6, 2010 Burns Farms Annual Bull Sale Pikeville, TN Call 405-464-2455 [see advertisement, page 32] November 6, 2010 Yon Family Farm Fall Angus Female and Bull Sale Ridge Spring, SC Call 803-685-5048 [see advertisement, page 81] November 6, 2010 Frank Turner & Sons Farms Angus Sale Hayneville, AL Call 251-649-1148 [see advertisement, page 44] November 10, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 November 11, 2010 Adams Ranch Production Sale Fort Pierce, FL Call 772-461-6321 [see advertisement, page 8] November 13, 2010 Gibbs Angus Farm 5th Annual Bull & Replacement Heifer Sale Ranburne, AL Call 336-469-0489 [see advertisement, page 20]

November 13, 2010 Blackwater Cattle Company The Cowman’s Kind Brangus Sale Lake Park, GA Call 229-316-0930 [see advertisement, page 5] November 19, 2010 Davis Farms Inaugural Bull Sale Doerun, GA Call 229-881-3510 [see advertisement, page 76] November 22, 2010 Graham Angus Open House Sale Albany, GA Call 229-854-5061 [see advertisement, page 27] November 22, 2010 Kensington Cattle Company Bull Sale Linden, AL Call 863-899-4869 November 30, 2010 Deadlines for GCA Foundation Scholarships Call 478-474-6560 December 4, 2010 Georgia Angus Association Fall Female Sale Molena, GA @ Kensington Cattle Company Call 706-601-0800 December 4-7, 2010 Georgia Farm Bureau Convention Jekyll Island, GA Call 478-474-8411 December 7, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale Call 828-454-0267 December 8, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 December 10, 2010 Calhoun Bull Test Sale NW Livestock Pavilion Calhoun, GA Call 706-624-1403 December 31, 2010 Deadlines for Wax Scholarships Call 478-474-6560

November 13, 2010 Mountain Laurel Classic Sale Calhoun, GA Call 423-364-9281 [see advertisement, page 19] G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Lot 61 - Gazda Emblazon 925 of 108 Sire: OCC Emblazon 854E MGS: Bon View New Design 878 BW +.4 WW +40 YW +73 Milk +18 REA +.09 Marb. +.11 A full brother to last year’s top selling bull - Lot 61 is deep ribbed, big hipped and stout! Out of our most productive cow family, dam and granddam are both Pathfinders.

Also Selling

Lot 61

Lots 59, 60 and 62 - Three half-brothers sired by OCC Kanga 886K - balanced trait, outcross genetics out of three of our most productive cows. Their daughters will be the cowman’ s kind !

Lot 32 – Gazda Jet Macho W901 (3/4 Angus ¼ Simmental) Sire: OCC Jet Stream 825J MGS: 3C Macho

Lot 45 - PF Retail Product 008 Sire: GAR Retail Product Selling 3 full brothers! Dam: GAR Solution A635 these are power bulls with low birth, great for groups BW 1.1 WW 46 YW 90 M 27 of heifers or cows. Breed them the same with these REA +.50 Marb. +.48 3 sibs from a top cow bred in the Gardiner herd.

Lot 45

Lot 51 - MM Gazda Big Daddy 0228


Also S

Sire: BC Big Daddy Dam: MM Heather 6101 BW 3.9 WW 61 YW 102 M 20 Moderate birth with explosive growth from our top cow family, this bull is a real tank. Dam was one of the top heifers in the southeast during 06/07 show season.

Tony Padgett 383 Stoney Point Rd. Bowdon, GA 30108 (678) 878-1248 Mike: (770) 328-2047

Lots 47, 48, 49, 52, 53, 54 These bulls are loaded with power, growth and phenotype from the top cows in our program.

Lot 51

David, Carolyn, Katie & Taylor 1985 Morton Road ● Athens GA 30605 706-227-9098 ●


Producing functional Angus seedstock through proven genetics.

Mike & Christy McCravy 34 Williamson Rd. Bowdon, GA 30108 (770) 328-2047

October Georgia Cattleman  
October Georgia Cattleman  

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