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“Here at the Center we have been looking at Nelson ryegrass for three years ... Nelson has not disappointed us for grazing or hay. This year we planted several varieties of ryegrass for grazing and hay .. . Nelson, Big Boss, Feast II, and Winter Hawk on four acre plots each. We were very surprised with how each yielded.

Nelson was unquestionably first... Big Boss was last with the poorest production, and that will cost me. Nelson Tetraploid ryegrass gave us the yields we like and expect. No other ryegrass in this trial produced like Nelson.

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“This year I tried Nelson ryegrass and really liked what I saw. It has a broader leaf and gave us at least 20% more grass than TAMTBO.

Sometimes we abuse the ryegrass and Nelson took this abuse and bounced back even with the heavy wet soil around here. Nelson ryegrass took it all well. This fall I will be planting more Nelson and Marshall ryegrasses.”

“This past year we tried a new ryegrass, Nelson Tetraploid. Nelson looked real good with its big wide leaf and late maturing. From what we saw, Nelson could interchange with Marshall. Our customers liked what they saw also. We will try more Nelson this year.” Chris Duke - General manager Talladega County Exchange • Talladega, Alabama

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GEORGIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION 100 Cattlemen’s Drive | P.O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 Phone: 478-474-6560 | Fax: 478-474-5732 gca@gabeef.org | www.gabeef.org

GCA & GEORGIA BEEF BOARD STAFF Executive Vice President: Will Bentley, will@gabeef.org Vice President of Operations: Michele Creamer, michele@gabeef.org Director of Association Services: Blake Poole, blake@gabeef.org Director of Communications and Youth Activities: Bailey Toates, bailey@gabeef.org Director of Public Relations and Industry Information: Kaytlyn Malia, kaytlyn@gabeef.org GBB Program and Compliance Coordinator: Tricia Combes, tricia@gabeef.org Membership and Facilities Coordinator: Sherri Morrow, sherri@gabeef.org Publication Consultant: Gayla Dease

GCA Mission Statement

The mission of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is to unite cattle producers to advance Georgia’s cattle industry. The Georgia Cattleman magazine and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association reserve the exclusive right to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication. The editorial content contained in this magazine does not necessarily represent the views of the Georgia Cattleman magazine or the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN (USPS 974-320, ISSN 0744-4451) is published monthly by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. Subscription rate of $45.00 per year. Periodical Postage Paid at Macon, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER — Send address changes to GEORGIA CATTLEMAN, 100 Cattlemen’s Drive, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, Georgia 31221. For advertising information, contact Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 27990, Macon, GA 31221. Phone: 478-474-6560.


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Association Reports 6 GCA President’s Report, By Kyle Gillooly 9 Executive Vice President’s Report, By Will Bentley 10 GCA Leadership 21 GBB Update, By Kaytlyn Malia 102 YCC Report, By Evan Dover Industry News 8 Sunbelt Ag Expo Schedule of Events 14 Dairy Profits Affected by Lower Beef Prices, By Farrah Newberry 25 Pursuing A Passion, By Taylor Martin 32 The Lord, the Land, the Legacy We Leave, By Bailey K. Toates 82 GCA’s 6th Annual Summer Conference Highlights Reader Services 13 Leadership Q & A, By Carol Williams 16 The First of Many GCA Summer Conferences, By Brad & Sherry Mullins 19 Chapter Connections 20 Georgia Beef Bites, By Kaytlyn Malia 23 ACC for Beef Update, By Dr. Nancy Hinkle 24 Legislative and PAC Report, By Chris Taylor 27 Horse Psychology, By Baxter Black 28 Associate Members 90 Local Market Reports 93 Management Calendar 95 Calendar of Events Expert Advice 43 Deep South Stocker Conference, By Dr. Lawton Stewart 60 Planning for This Winter, By Dr. Dennis Hancock 70 Using Poultry Litter as a Fertilizer Source, By Melony Wilson 86 Some Finer Points of EPDs, By Dr. Ronnie Silcox 98 The Veterinary Feed Directive — Ready or Not, Here it Comes!,

By Dr. Lee Jones


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Association Reports

President’s Report


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

“Our State Fair is a great state fair; don’t miss it – don’t even be late. It’s dollars to doughnuts at our state fair. It’s the best state fair in the state.” If you’ve ever seen the musical State Fair by Rodgers and Hammerstein, then you may remember those famous words being sung. As a Midwesterner, though I wasn’t into musicals all that much, I certainly looked forward to the best part of summer, the Indiana State Fair. (And I remember well every year riding in the truck, hearing my parents singing and humming those words all the way to Indianapolis.) Every state is usually pretty proud of its own fair, but there is truly something unique to state fairs throughout the Midwest. 4H and FFA kids bring some of the world’s most impressive livestock out for public evaluation. And let’s face it – fair food may not always be healthy, but it sure is good. Some of the best friendships can be made in the livestock barns at a state fair. And between card games, water fights, banners and buckles, nothing compares to the memories made. There is, however, one downside to the state fair season in August. It is usually a good indication that school is about to start, if it hasn’t already. In the eyes of children, summer is now officially over. Every year, summer seems shorter and shorter. I’m not sure whether that is the case, or we just somehow continually add more to our summer agendas. In July, GCA hosted its 6th annual Summer Conference in Callaway Gardens. It’s hard to believe that just three short years ago, at the 2013 Summer Conference, we introduced the position of Director of Association Services. And the gentleman to first accept that position is now our Executive Vice President. Also that year: Bailey Toates was hired as Director of Communications; Dr. Jacob Segers was announced as the Beef Extension Specialist in Tifton; and a room full of young cattlemen and cattlewomen gathered together to explore and inaugurate the idea of a Young Cattlemen’s Council. At the following Summer Conference in 2014, a new proposed Strategic Plan was presented. And as our new Mission Statement says, I believe our association is doing a progressive job at “uniting and advancing Georgia’s cattle industry.” Thank you to our staff and our membership, for our strength comes from that unity. For those who united at Callaway Gardens again this year, I hope you went away with the same refreshing spirit that I did. I want to sincerely thank our staff and Summer Conference committee for planning a weekend full of fun and family fellowship. Thank you to our sponsors for your support of this 6

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event; thanks go out also to Mr. Harvey Lemmon and the Harris County Cattlemen’s Association for your hospitality during our meals. To the GCA membership, I want to say a great big Thank You for your support at our annual PAC auction. A record-breaking $11,000 was raised this year for our campaign efforts to fight for cattle producers throughout Georgia. Don Schiefelbein brought a new perspective for cattlemen to think about: In an ever-changing industry, even his father recognizes the need to keep up with technology and a “millennial’s” way of thinking; his hope for his sons and their operation is that they DON’T do things the way he did. It’s important to understand how our forefathers advanced us to where we are; however, we must adapt to an industry with new ways and new ideas. Unfortunately, our culture no longer asks mom and dad how to do anything; rather, Google is now our “go-to” advisor. We were also fortunate to welcome NCBA President Tracy Brunner to Georgia. He not only spoke of the current affairs that our Denver staff continues to push for; just as importantly, he discussed the issues that our Washington D.C. staff is currently fighting for. I’m grateful for an NCBA President who not only works hard and takes time to visit GCA, but encouragingly wraps up his speech by making people realize why he’s in the position that he is in. It’s not just about cattle, and it’s not just about producing quality beef. Most importantly, it’s about family; and it’s about integrity and the values that we must continue to live by. As I wrap up this article, I will soon head north and revisit my old stomping grounds at the Indiana State Fair. On my to-do list: After judging a few breed shows, I will support our industry at the IBCA beef tent and buy a delicious ribeye steak sandwich with a cold lemon shake-up. I’ll then cross the road to the famous Dairy Bar, and support our allies by buying a mouthwatering milkshake (flavor to be determined). And before I leave, I may or may not stock up on plenty of State Fair Saltwater Taffy… for the kids, of course. As time gets closer for our Georgia National Fair next month in Perry, I encourage all of you to go support our cattle kids from throughout the state. On Oct. 7-9, you’ll have the chance to see the hard work that our youth put into raising and caring for their heifers and steers; they’re always proud to showcase them in front of a big audience. And by the way – that’s also a really good excuse to go splurge on some state fair food for a day. See you at the fair!



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It’s an exciting time to be a beef cattle producer. More knowledgeable consumers, state-of-the-art technology, improved rations and genetics all leading to a better product from today’s producers, all lead to a perfect time to spend more time learning and growing the business of beef. This year’s beef cattle exhibit at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, will be no exception. Steve Blackburn, Sunbelt Ag Expo executive board member and beef cattle exhibit chair, is thrilled to bring the quality of speakers and demonstrations together for the beef industry during this threeday event. “It really is the premier livestock training ground for the Southeast. Producers have a wealth of knowledge and resources at their fingertips during this event, that they can immediately take back to the ranch and implement,” said Blackburn. Cattle producers, ag students or anyone looking to learn more about cattle production are welcome to attend the educational sessions each day of the three-day Expo between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. • Educational sessions run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Oct. 18,19,20. • Cattle producers can register to win a Q-Catch QC8500V manual squeeze chute valued at $7,500, provided by Arrow Cattlequip. • A Massey Ferguson Professional DM Series disc mower and RK Series rake, as well as $1,000, will be given away by Massey Ferguson as part of the Southeastern Hay Contest. The Expo is located southeast of Moultrie, Georgia, on Georgia Hwy. 133. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day of the show, remaining open until 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 and until 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 20. Parking is free of charge. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a three-day admission ticket. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Please visit our website www.sunbeltexpo.com after Sept. 1 for details about online ticket sales.

Schedule of Events Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. Southeastern Hay Contest Awards Presentation 10:30 a.m. Selection/EPD/DNA 11:30 a.m. Industry Outlook/Update, then New or Featured Products 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Changes in Antibiotic Availability and Use in Animal Feeds: What Farmers Need to Know 1:30 p.m. Warm Season Annual Forages: Current Research and Recommendations 2:30 p.m. Ruminant Health/Body Weight and Effects on Reproduction Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. Winter Forage Grazing Systems: Current Research in the Southeast 10:30 a.m. Selection/EPD/DNA 11:30 a.m. Industry Outlook/Update, then New or Featured Products 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Changes in Antibiotic Availability and Use in Animal Feeds: What Farmers Need to Know 1:30 p.m. Integrating Alfalfa into Bermudagrass in the South 2:30 p.m. Ruminant Health/Body Weight and Effects on Reproduction Thursday: 9:30 a.m. Fertilizing Forages: Tips and Challenges 10:30 a.m. Selection/EPD/DNA 11:30 a.m. Industry Outlook/Update, then New or Featured Products 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Changes in Antibiotic Availability and Use in Animal Feeds: What Farmers Need to Know 1:30 p.m. What’s New in Forages: Southeastern Forage Update 2:30 p.m. Ruminant Health/Body Weight and Effects on Reproduction

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Association Reports

Executive Vice President’s Report Will Bentley

And just like that, summer is over. It seems like it was yesterday when we were finishing up our annual convention and beef expo and making plans for May Beef Month. Now my social media pages are filled with pictures from proud parents of their young’uns headed to their first days of school. The early parts of August sure seem like too soon to be sitting in a classroom. The best thing about August, in my opinion, is that the Bulldogs and the Falcons are still undefeated and this is, again, going to be “the year.” The new football coach and a few topend recruits have many of us in Georgia itching for Saturday, Sept. 3, to see the Dawgs take the field against UNC in the Georgia Dome. I’m also excited for week 1 of the NFL season, to see what Dan Quinn is able to do in his second year with the Atlanta Falcons with a potentially potent offensive machine. Needless to say, fall and football are two of my favorite things. Let’s just hope that both of our teams in the Red and Black can stay in first place. What if I told you that there is an opportunity out there for agriculture to win the big one? And to top it all off, beef could be the MVP! That’s the opportunity we have with the current trade agreement that is awaiting congressional approval. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would level the playing field for U.S. beef exports, as well as for poultry and most other agricultural products in the Pacific market. TPP would secure a strong, science-based standard for trading with some of the largest markets in the world. In Japan, which is the largest export market for U.S. beef, we currently pay a 38.5-percent tariff; this agreement would drop that to 28 percent overnight and down to 9 percent over the next 16 years. Can you imagine the potential gains for U.S. beef if we could drop our tariff rates in a country that is already purchasing $1.28 billion worth of U.S. beef per year? This trade agreement also gives the U.S. an opportunity to do what America does best: lead! I can guarantee you that our competitors in the ag world have not sat back and waited on Congress to act. They haven’t waited to hear what our two leading candidates for the presidency will come out and say about trade next, either. Countries such as Australia and China have taken America’s role as leaders, and gone out and negotiated their own trade agreements without us, putting the U.S. at a distinct disadvantage in the Pacific market. To date, the failure to sign TPP into law has cost U.S. cattle producers

over $132,996,740 in beef sales to Japan, with those dollars going to Australian ranchers and packers. I’ve heard several conversations that suggest we should shut down our imports and exports of beef in the U.S., and that would drive up the price of American Beef. Unfortunately, that’s just not a reality in today’s world. Even with population growth in the U.S., beef demand for Americans has done well to stay flat. Americans are eating less and less beef because of misinformation and other factors from outside groups. We MUST continue to open new markets for U.S. beef to be exported to if we want to remain profitable. There is also misleading information out there that TPP would allow other countries to import inferior products into the U.S. at discounted rates. That is very misleading in several ways, as the U.S. is ALREADY one of the most open markets in the world; many of the countries that are involved with TPP are allowed to export their products to the U.S. without tariffs, regardless of this agreement. What this agreement would do is make sure that beef and other imported products meet the same strict guidelines that our own products grown in America have to meet. But more importantly, TPP would force those countries that already have access into the U.S. to remove their tariffs and other non-science-based trade barriers from commodities such as beef, so that there is an equal playing field for trade. While we would still import beef that would be combined with trim products from the U.S. that go into some fast food and other chain restaurants, we would then have access to new markets that are willing to pay higher dollars for specialty cuts and offal (variety meats and internal organs) that are not mainstays on the dinner tables of American homes. This would tip the trade balance back in favor of American farmers and ranchers. If you’ve made it this far without turning the page on me, you may be wondering what you can do to help. As always, call your congressman! Tell him that you support TPP and that they should act now! They will most likely give you the party line about waiting for a new administration to take office before they act. In some cases, this is understandable. But in this case, the time to act is now, as we are not guaranteed to have a more favorable agreement from a different administration; and the world is definitely not waiting around for the U.S. to decide. Agriculture has an opportunity to win big here. And cattle producers need to lead the way!


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Georgia Cattlem GCA Leadership Team

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

Kyle Gillooly President

Lee Brown President-Elect

2731 River Road 43 Watson Mill Road Wadley, GA 30477 Comer, GA 30629 478-494-9593 706-207-7048 predestinedcattle@hotmail.com southlandfence@yahoo.com

Kristy Arnold Vice-President

1400 Dry Creek Road Screven, GA 31560 912-294-3485 karnold3@netzero.net

Executive Committee Members

Tammy Cheely, Warrenton 706-465-2136 • tcheely@uga.edu Brent Galloway, Monticello 678-410-6070 • circlegfarms@gmail.com Scotty Lovett, Cuthbert 229-938-2187 • tailfeathers862@yahoo.com Rodney Hilley, Molena 770-567-3909 • powdercreek@yahoo.com Cole Elrod, Talmo 678-410-1312 • celrod28@gmail.com Kurt Childers, Barney 229-561-3466 • kurtchilders@windstream.net

Carroll T. Cannon Treasurer

P O Box 500 Ty Ty, GA 31795-0500 229-881-0721 cannonmarketingcompany@ gmail.com

Will Bentley Executive V. P.

P. O. Box 27990 Macon, GA 31221 478-474-6560 will@gabeef.org

GCA Immediate Past President

Randy Fordham, Royston • 706-207-1301 • krfordham89@gmail.com

NCBA Directors

Randy Fordham, Royston • 706-207-1301 • krfordham89@gmail.com Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 • sebcofarms@gmail.com

Foundation Chairman

Steve Blackburn, Waynesboro • 214-912-1993 • sebcofarms@gmail.com

CattleWomen’s President

Sara Akins, Nashville • 229-237-1607 • akinsmom@hotmail.com

Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: James Burton, 423-838-0941 Region 8: Danny Bentley, 706-647-7089 burtonfarmandhay@hotmail.com bentfarm@yahoo.com Region 2: Joe Garner, 706-994-3927 Region 9: Mike Burke, 706-551-3025 jgarner@sefcoop.com mike@burkebrangusfarm.com Region 3: Ron Ward, 706-213-9175 Region 10: Scotty Lovett, 229-938-2187 rcfarms45@hotmail.com tailfeathers862@yahoo.com Region 4: Tony Cole, 770-596-6896 Region 11: Derek Williams, 229-315-0986 tlcole58@gmail.com turnpikecreek@hotmail.com Region 5: Charles Woodward, 678-725-2292 Region 12: Ray Hicks, 912-682-8670 charleswoodward1@bellsouth.net rhicks@bulloch.net Region 6: Joe Newton, Jr, 706-595-0520 Region 13: John Moseley, Jr., 229-308-6355 dogwatchnewton@gmail.com moseleycattleauction@gmail.com Region 7: Larry Daniel, 706-812-5907 Region 14: Kurt Childers, 229-561-3466 larry.daniel@boatwrightcpa.com kurtchilders@windstream.net Region 15: Alvin Walker, 912-282-1717 newberncreekfarmsinc@gmail.com 1961-1963 Ben T. Smith, Atlanta 1963-1966 Henry Green, Sr., St. Simons 1966-1968 Dr. Jack Tuttle, Barnesville 1968-1970 J.W. Trunnell, Cochran 1970-1971 K.J. Hodges, Blakely 1971-1972 Edward B. Pope, Washington 1972-1974 George Berner, Warm Springs 1974-1976 Dr. O.E. Sell, Milner 1976-1978 Joe Gayle, Perry 1978-1980 Sam Hay, Covington 1980-1981 Lee Campbell, Carrollton 1981-1982 Charles Baker, Calhoun 1982-1983 Webb Bullard, Camilla 1983-1984 Bobby Rowan, Enigma 1984-1985 Harvey Lemmon, Woodbury 1985-1986 Don Griffith, Buchanan 1986-1987 Gene Chambers, Douglas 1987-1988 Mike Peed, Forsyth 1988-1989 Sam Payne, Calhoun 1989-1990 Bobby Miller, Lula 1990-1991 Newt Muse, Carrollton 1991-1992 Howard Jones, Newnan 1992-1993 Mark Armentrout, Roswell


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GCA Past Presidents

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

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

ABAC | Jacob Gibb | 478-954-1102 Appalachian | Phillip Jones | 770-894-2479 Baldwin-Jones-Putnam | Ricky Yarbrough | 478-256-2933 Banks | Thomas Dalton | 706-677-3008 Barrow | Randy Davis | 770-596-2697 Ben Hill-Irwin | Ronny Branch | 229-457-0407 Blue Ridge Mountain | Richard Myers | 706-745-5760 Burke | Arthur Rider | 706-554-0908 Carroll | Danny Pate | 770-832-2216 Clarke-Oconee | Mike Hunter | 706-207-5514 Colquitt | Rocky Herndon | 229-782-5660 Coweta | Elise M. Farnham | 770-367-3148 Crawford Area | Doug Bailey | 478-361-3024 Decatur | Stuart Griffin | 229-246-0951 Elbert | Ron Ward | 706-213-9175 Floyd | Leigh Rush | 706-622-1384 Franklin | Scott Andrews | 706-491-0630 Grady | Caylor Ouzts | 229-377-7561 Greene Area | John Dyar | 706-453-7586 Hall | Steve Brinson Jr. | 770-869-1377 Haralson | Chris Parker | 770-301-1990 Harris | Kit McClung | 706-628-5726 Hart | Jason Fain | 706-436-9299 Heard | Caleb Pike | 770-854-5933 Heartland | Tony Rogers | 478-934-2430 Henry | Bill Hightower | 770-320-8440

Houston | Wayne Talton | 478-987-0358 Jackson | Matt Shirley | 706-983-0276 Jefferson | Randy Miller | 478-625-3900 Johnson Area | Will Tanner | 478-278-1922 Laurens | Cody Lord | 478-278-9664 Lincoln | Dalton Tankersley | 706-504-1905 Little River | Glen Wilson | 706-595-3792 Lumpkin | Anthony Grindle | 706-300-6605 Macon | Matt Perfect | 478-973-7164 Madison | Jeff Duncan | 706-789-2516 Meriwether | Harvey Lemmon | 706-977-922 Mid-Georgia | Tracy Boyt | 706-656-8481 Miller | Trent Clenney | 229-758-2844 Mitchell | J. Dean Daniels | 229-336-5271 Morgan | Michael Ivy, Jr. | 706-202-5046 Murray | Chris Franklin | 706-263-2008 North Georgia | David Lingefelt | 770-480-6177 Northeast Georgia | Wesley Taylor | 706-754-1580 Northwest Georgia | Justin Wells | 706-264-8253 Ocmulgee | Jim Cannon | 229-467-2042 Ogeechee | Romaine Cartee | 912-531-0580 Oglethorpe | Hudson Sanders | 706-621-1384 Pachitla | Scotty Lovett | 229-938-2187 Peach | Willis Brown | 478-956-2798 Piedmont | Earnest Nichols, Jr. | 770-314-6061 Piney Woods | Jerry Baxley | 912-367-3024

Polk | Glenn Robinson | 770-815-9122 Pulaski | Terry Moore | 478-952-0685 Red Carpet | Dean Bagwell | 770-546-4436 Satilla | Alvin Walker Jr. | 912-449-5352 Seminole | Bruce Barber | 229-524-8633 South Georgia | David Rooks, Sr. | 912-422-3233 Southeast Georgia | Charles Harris | 912-288-3437 Stephens | Mark Smith | 706-779-7362 Tattnall | Newley Halter | 912-690-0789 Taylor | Wayne Wilson | 706-656-6351 Thomas | Charles R. Conklin | 229-228-6548 Three Rivers | Theresa Mollee | 229-315-1466 Tift | Andy Dunn | 229-848-3535 Tri-County | Alan Sowar | 770-668-4226 Tri-State | Stephen Wilson | 423-762-1308 Troup | Ben Comerford | 706-604-5098 Turner | Randy Hardy | 229-567-9255 UGA | Zoe Laitmer | 706-207-1142 Walton | Sammy Maddox | 770-267-8724 Washington | Bobby Brantley | 478-552-9328 Wayne | Kristy Arnold | 912-294-3485 Wilkes | Shane Moore | 706-678-5705 Wiregrass | Kurt Childers | 229-561-3466 Worth | David Carter | 229-776-9400

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

___ GCA Dues, 1 year $50 ____ Yes, I’m interested in YCC* ___ GJCA Dues, 1 year $15 ___ GCWA Dues, 1 year $15 Additional Local Dues $____ Pac Donation $____ Foundation Donation $____ Total Payment: $____ Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________________________ State____________ Zip ___________________ Email _______________________________________ Phone ___________________________________ GCA Chapter __________________________________________________________________________ Sponsored by __________________________________________________________________________ Birthday (juniors only)___________________________________________________________________ *YCC: Young Cattlemen’s Council include members ranging from 18 to 40 years of age, no additional dues.

Thank you for your memberships!! A portion of your GCA dues are for subscription to the Georgia Cattleman, and is only available as part of the GCA membership. Payment of the GCA membership dues are tax-deductible for most members as an ordinary business expense. GCA estimates that 25% of the dues payment is not deductible as a business expense because of GCA’s direct lobbying activities. Foundation contributions are tax deductibe, however other contributions or gifts to GCA are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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Welcome New Members!


Joshua Abad, Sautee Nacoochee

Harry & Dottie Lange, Cataula

Kaine Addison, Toccoa

Dwight & Becky Langston, Fortson

Bryan Babcock, Cedartown

David Lorenz, Cedartown

Bailey Cattle Co., Ellijay

Mark McCann, Athens

Coleman Bass, Warm Springs

John McCrary, Douglas

Wayne Bennett, Waleska

Zack Murray, Martin

Tommy Blackstock, Talmo

Wayne Owenby, Mineral Bluff

Bonnie Bounds, Columbus, Ohio

Grayson Payne, Blairsville

Truett Bowman, Rockmart

Brandon Pelfrey, Bishop

Alex Bradford, Macon

Kay Piper, Rockmart

Hollis Brown, Midland

Donald & Judith Ralston, Adairsville

Halin Brown, Rockmart

Bobby Reid, Commerce

Ray Channell, Stephens

Asel Rish, Jr., Broxton

James R Clarke, Covington

Levi Russell, Athens

Frank G Clouse, Cataula

Shields Farm, Crandall

Archie Crews, Folkston

Larry Smith, Aragon

Donnie Deems, Cedartown

Troy Smith, Rockmart

Farr Electric Inc., Gainesville

Danny L Stewart, Folkston

Ronnie Gaines, Camilla

Scott P Thrift, Folkston

Jason Grady, Quitman

Dane Valentine, Plainville

Hagen Realty Group, Carrollton

Johnny P White, Albany

Stephen Hendrix, Rockmart

Katie Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Hollis Farm, Musella

Brady Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Clark Holton, Douglas

Mason Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Matthew Holton, Camilla

Hayley Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Jackson Farms, Brooks

Logan Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Jkw Farms, Lineville, Ala.

Taylor Williams, Piedmont, Ala.

Tracy Kirkpatrick, Maysville

Paul Woodham, Headland, Ala.

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Carol Williams GCWA Vice President

Tell us a little about yourself. My husband, Everett, and I own and operate WDairy LLC in Madison, Georgia. We have 1,800 head of milking crossbred cattle and 1,900 head of young stock (birth to calving). Our family farm has been in operation since 1958, started by my husband’s father. We have four children: Our two sons work with us; our two daughters help with office and promotion projects. We grow all forage crops for silage, farm about 3,300 acres (owned and rented), and raise all replacement heifers. I am currently Vice President of GCWA. My favorite cut of meat is flank steak; my father taught me how to properly cook and slice it – making it a very tender, moist and flavorful cut of beef. Share what it means to be in your position with GCWA, along with some of the responsibilities you undertake (and your additional roles). I am the representative for the dairy industry on the GCWA Board of Directors and Vice President. I keep the other board members informed about topics of interest in the dairy industry. Last year, we held the board retreat here at WDairy, providing a place to stay and meet, and giving a tour of the dairy. We will be holding it again here this year. I have also helped with decorations and food preparation for the board meeting held in April in Perry. In addition to being on the GCWA board, I am President of the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation, Chairman of the Morgan County Agriculture Center Board of Authority, and volunteer leader of the Morgan County Commercial Dairy Heifer Show Team. Being on the GCWA board has allowed me to meet and get to know some of the best women and farmers that I know. I enjoy their dedication to their faith, farms, families and the beef industry. Whenever we meet, there is plenty of laughter and the sharing of similar interests and challenges associated with being female and working in production agriculture. Describe your background and your involvement with the cattle industry. I did not grow up on a farm. My father was career Air Force, but I began riding and showing horses in the ninth grade, which led me to an interest in livestock production. After high school, I attended UGA and received a B.S. in Animal Science. Upon graduation from college, I married a fellow UGA graduate who was a dairy farmer and began working on the dairy full-time. The last 41 years have been spent building our dairy into a modern, progressive and successful dairy. What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year with GCWA? I would like to see GCWA be given more attention. I think that some people feel that it is just a bunch of wives of cattlemen meeting to swap recipes – when in fact it is made up of serious beef producers who work just as hard as their male counterparts to improve the beef industry. In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? There are so many challenges facing both the beef and dairy industries today, that it is difficult to name just one. Misinformation about our products’ safety and health benefits is probably the most glaring issue facing farmers today. This incorrect or inaccurate information leads to a decline in consumption of our products, which adversely affects the use of them – thereby dropping our income while production costs continue to rise. I believe we must improve our information networks and develop new avenues of telling our story, to counter the misinformation that is being given to consumers. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Dairy Farm Profits Affected by Lower Beef Prices By Farrah Newberry, Executive Director for Georgia Milk Producers It’s no secret that 2016 commodity prices have hit Georgia’s cattle and dairy industries hard. The sharp drop in beef prices has not only surprised cattlemen, who have enjoyed several years of robust prices; it has also dealt a double blow to Georgia’s dairy farmers, who are currently struggling with record low milk prices. Current beef prices for dairy cull cows and bull calves are significantly impacting the bottom line for dairies in Georgia. Selling cull cows and bull calves has always been another tool in the dairyman’s tool chest to offset low milk prices, keeping their head above water when times get tight. When beef prices were at record highs, the income from the sale of an older, heavier cow would buy a younger, more productive heifer. This led to an increase in efficiency for dairymen. 14

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At the beginning of 2015, a typical Georgia dairy cow weighing 1,350 pounds sold for $1.15/pound, netting $1,550 for a dairy farm. Today that same cow will sell for $0.70/pound, netting around $950 for that dairy farm. This decrease in price is causing a significant strain on finances during a period of already depressed milk prices, leaving most dairies working in the red. For instance: In 2016, a dairy milking 100 Holsteins with a 35-percent cull rate is taking in $21,000 less for its cull cows than it took in during the beginning of 2015. That’s equal to a drop of $1.06/hundredweight of milk for a dairy with a daily average production of 55 pounds of milk per cow. Bull calves’ values are down as well. In 2015, bull calves were selling for $400/head; today they are averaging around

$75/head. The revenue loss from the sale of bull calves equates to a $0.70/hundredweight of milk loss for a 100cow dairy selling around 40 bull calves a year. Georgia dairy farmers recognize the importance of paying attention to the beef value of dairy-market cows and calves. Higher beef prices increase the value of a dairy herd. Low beef prices can also affect a dairy’s standing with its lender, who is no doubt more conservative with lending money to a dairy farm when beef prices are low. Beef prices affect all cattle producers – whether you’re a rancher or a dairy farmer. In fact, about 20 percent of the beef produced in the U.S. comes from dairy cows. The dairy beef market is an integral part of the beef supply chain; and it’s important that all cattle producers work together to ensure that research, legislation and promotional programs positively impact our industries. In 2014, Georgia Milk Producers and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) worked together to establish the Georgia Beef Commission, collecting an additional $1-per-head assessment to fund research, promotional and educational programs for Georgia’s beef industry. These state Checkoff funds have been used to fund several research projects on forage management, reproduction technology, integrated pest management, and herd health issues – benefitting both cattlemen and dairy farmers. Georgia dairy farmers should consider joining their local GCA chapter to help strengthen the voice of all cattle producers. The partnership between dairymen and GCA is necessary to protect the livelihood of both industries under the gold dome each winter. Georgia Milk Producers appreciates the continued support from GCA and looks forward to working together in the future to keep Georgia a leader in the Southeast beef industry.


• September 2016


Reader Services • In My Opinion

The First of Many GCA Summer Conferences By Brad & Sherry Mullins

As the summer comes to a close and we look back to the GCA Summer Conference that took place in Pine Mountain, Georgia, a few weeks ago, we reflect not only on the information we received, but also on the friends we made. Traveling from Northeast Georgia seemed a small price to pay to get our minds off the severe drought we have currently been dealing with; and the friends made along the way enhanced our experience that much more. During the conference, GCA business was taken care of; and we received information through committee meetings and guest speakers Don Shiefelbein and Tracy Brunner. Friday morning began the meat of the conference with registration followed by committee meetings; after a short break, it was time for the Opening and Welcome to occur. The keynote speaker for Friday was Don Shiefelbein of Kimball, Minnesota. The focus of Don Shiefelbein’s insight on the cattle industry was “It’s No Longer Your Grandpa’s Business.” The cattle industry is constantly changing; and to be productive, agriculturists will have to adapt to the times we are living in. In our opinion, Don Shiefelbein brought not only humor, but also wisdom, into the meeting room. We appreciated the advice he gave that spoke directly to us as individuals on: improving our own cattle business through In vitro fertilization; embracing new technology; and using the resources around us to our advantage. After a morning full of meetings, we had an afternoon free to relax, join in with GJCA at games on the beach, or participate in the sporting clay event. The sporting clay event was the one I chose to participate in. With decades of hunting experience but none shooting skeet, it was just all fun and games until the winners were announced; winning 3rd in class C wasn’t too bad for a rookie. Later that evening, we met at Lemmon Cattle Enterprises for the Sam Gay Seafood Experience. After the meal, we took part in the GCA auction to support PAC, NCBA’s Political Action Committee. This 16

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auction was not only enjoyable to watch and participate in; it also raised over $11,000 to support the cattle industry across the state of Georgia. Saturday morning began bright and early as we started our day with the Production and Marketing Committee meeting. That and subsequent committee meetings allowed us to sit and listen in on the discussion that decided what would take place in the upcoming year. After the committee meetings and a short break, it was time for the General Session meeting to occur. In this General Session, NCBA President Tracy Brunner was the keynote speaker; committee reports were also given. Tracy Brunner discussed some of the political issues that the cattle industry is facing, such as the possible reasons that the cattle market has crashed. The information Tracy gave was informative and interesting. The following afternoon began with a wonderful meal, followed by the 3rd annual YCC Corn hole tournament. We chose to observe the tournament, and it was a sight. As teams advanced further, the tournament got a bit more serious. In the end, Blake Poole and Mike Jones took home the Corn Hole title of champions. The fun continued into that evening with more games, including: DJ Name That Tune; a Hula Hoop Contest; and a Watermelon Eating Contest after the steak dinner had been served. DJ Name That Tune was by far our favorite game to participate in and observe overall; even though we didn’t do so well, it was a great experience. All in all, GCA Summer Conference was more than we could ever have imagined; from meeting individuals who share the same passion we have for the cattle industry to expanding our knowledge, GCA has truly amazed us. Summer Conference was an amazing opportunity that led us to meet many new friends. We want to thank each individual, and the GCA staff, who made this conference possible; we are truly grateful for all that you have done. The 2016 GCA Summer Conference may have been our first – but it definitely will not be our last!

Congratulations to Melinda Rooks on her winning entry! Watch our Facebook page for next month’s contest!

Save The Dates! Athens Region Round Up September 6, 2016

Georgia National Fair October 6 - 16, 2016

Sunbelt Ag Expo

October 18 - 20, 2016

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


• September 2016


Follow the GCA staff as they travel the state.

Dr. Ron Gill, from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, provides a cattle handling demonstration at the recent Deep South Stocker Conference held in Carrolton, Georgia. Dr. Gill uses BQA techniques to make cattle work more efficiently and with less stress.

Kaytlyn Malia and Blake Poole traveled to the U.S. National Diving Championship, held in Moultrie, Georgia. They shared the benefits of beef in the diet with competitors from all over the country. During this event, other agricultural commodity groups were in attendance; so this was a great opportunity to share Georgia’s beef story with people from all over the country.

GCA joined other ag groups from around Georgia at the 2016 Ag Issues Summit hosted by the joint House and Senate Ag committees. Updates were given on several vital programs, including GATE, water issues and TPP.


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hapter onnections

The Tri-State Cattlemen’s Association recently awarded their first of what is planned to be an annual scholarship. The 2016 recipient is Emily Potter, who is currently pursuing an AG Education/Animal Science degree at UGA. Making the presentation is Steve Wilson, chapter president.

More than 100 members and visitors, including many families with children, attended the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association meeting on Tuesday, July 26. They hosted Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black along with Rep. Trey Kelley and members of the Polk School and Career College boards. Commissioner Black spoke directly to the FFA members by quoting their creed – “Believe in the future of agriculture” – as he stressed the importance of agricultural programs in the schools.

The 5th Annual Boot Camp was held at Lacoda Farms on July 18-21, 2016. There were 53 children in attendance. The kids interacted with many different farm animals – including cows, horses, chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits. The 17 staff members have a variety of jobs – including group leadership, game time, crafts, photography and barn duties.

Elbert County Cattlemen’s Association President Ron Ward hosted a tour group of 19 students from Mura, Japan; the students participate in a summer exchange program with Elbert County. Ron discussed the BEEF process, and handed out BEEF brochures and other souvenirs for the students to take home with them. After having lunch at RC Farms, the students visited six other farms within the county.

Tasum Daniels – future owner of Creekside Ranch in Bowdon, Georgia, and grandson of GCA member and Carroll County Livestock Sale Barn manager Barry Robinson – reading his issue of the Georgia Cattleman magazine in the car.


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Georgia•Beef•Bites By Kaytlyn Malia Director of Public Relations and Industry Information Football season is finally upon us! Friday nights under the lights, bringing together community traditions – and college football Saturdays, where the tailgate and the actual game have the same importance. There’s something so unifying about football, with the perfect combination of the crowd’s energy, excitement and anticipation – and getting to share those memories with those around you. Now, as I mentioned before, tailgating is part of the experience – and it’s a very important part. Football and food – they just go together. As you’re putting together your menus for the big day, I’ve got a recipe for you to check out. When we were doing some cooking in our kitchen with Chef Holly from Georgia Grown, she whipped up this dish – using ground beef, a couple of spices, fresh veggies, cheese, and a tortilla to wrap it all together. This is the perfect finger food for game days; and by the time this issue reaches your mailbox, it will be time for those September kickoffs. Happy game day!

Hamburger Burritos Ingredients 1-1.5 pounds ground beef 4 ounces “Dinner Tonight!” seasoning mix for burgers 1/2 cup “Hot Squeeze” sweet chipotle sauce 3/4 cup chopped green peppers and white onions salt and pepper to taste 1-1.5 cups shredded pepper jack cheese 6 tortilla shells Directions Mix together beef, spices and half of sauce, then form into 6 cylinders (log shaped). Cook over medium-high heat in large skillet, rotating until all sides are cooked with internal temperature of 160 degrees. Place peppers and onions in skillet, top with rest of chipotle sauce, and cook until desired texture. Place a small handful of cheese on each tortilla; top with cooked ground beef log, as well as a spoonful of cooked peppers and onions. Roll up and serve individually.

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Association Reports

Georgia Beef Board

Beef Board Update September 2016

By Kaytlyn Malia, Director of Industry Information & Public Relations

Georgia Beef Board

Savannah Burgers and Beer For 10 days, the Georgia Beef Board partnered with The Savannah Morning News and hosted the first-ever Burgers and Beer Week. Each of 25 participating restaurants created an $8 specialty burger; let’s just say that this was a beefy and delicious week for the people of Savannah! The other partnering sponsor was Sweetwater Brewery; every burger that was created was paired with a Sweetwater beer, making an unbeatable combination and an unforgettable beef-eating experience. Of the 25 restaurants, 16 have come back and reported selling a collective 1,900 pounds of beef during that week!

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

Peachtree Road Race Kaytlyn Malia and Taylor Martin were in Atlanta July 2-3 as part of the Health and Fitness Expo for the Peachtree Road Race. They spoke to runners about the benefits of beef in their diet and its role in a healthy lifestyle. Some of the conversations included opportunities to bust beef myths and tell the true beef story, share information on lean beef and correct portion control, and much more. While in Atlanta, Kaytlyn and Taylor also recruited for Team Beef. Not only were they able to recruit new members; they also cheered on our current team members and the dozens we had participate in that race weekend. Videos with Georgia Grown Exciting things happened in the culinary kitchen of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association! Chef Holly from Georgia Grown joined us and our film crew to whip up beefy dishes featuring fresh Georgia Grown products. We were thrilled for this chance to partner with her and her cooking expertise as we continued with our video series. These videos will continue to be used in social media promotion; and if you haven’t already connected with “Georgia Beef Board” on social media, we encourage you to do so. Georgia National Fair Calling all cattlemen and women! October is right around the corner, and that means fair is not far! This is one of our largest events of the year – reaching tens of thousands of consumers from all across the state. We need you to help us at the Georgia National Fair as we share our beef story. Each day will be broken into shifts; and if you can help by covering one shift during any of the 10 days (Oct. 7-15), please contact Kaytlyn Malia at kaytlyn@gabeef.org. Thank you in advance; our beef story wouldn’t exist without you as the producer, and we appreciate your work and willingness to serve with us.


Robert Fountain Jr., Treasurer P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Gerald Long 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Chuck Joiner 425 Gray Road Carrollton, GA 30116 770-832-7299 Betts Berry 546 Tom Hunt Rd Chickamauga, Ga 30707 706-375-4049 Bill Bryan 2830 East Armuchee Rd Summerville, Ga 30747 423-605-0561 Kenneth Murphy 7432 Rocky Mount Road Gay, GA 30218 770-550-0339 Cell Joel Keith 2772 Mountville Hogansville Road Hogansville, GA 30230 Home 706-637-8818 / Cell 706-594-2873 Brent Galloway 1348 Millen Road Monticello, GA 31064 678-410-6070 Jim Malcom P.O. Box 758 Greensboro, GA 30642 706-453-7368 Clay Floyd P.O. Box 566 Swainsboro, GA 30401 478-237-3201 The Georgia Beef Board 478-474-1815 www.gabeef.org GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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2015 Member Contest Winner

Congratulations to the Wiregrass Chapter! Recent Winners Blue Ridge Mountain (2014) | Laurens County (2013)

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

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Georgia Cattlemen Collaborating with UGA Entomologists Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D. Veterinary Entomologist, University of Georgia

Georgia cattlemen have been wonderfully accommodating in working with UGA Extension for the past several years in evaluating fly control products. Their commitment to research-based recommendations has led them to volunteer their herds for University of Georgia projects and to contribute their time and efforts to ensure that studies are properly conducted. Even realizing that less-effective products might mean lowered productivity of their herd for the study’s duration, these committed producers allowed us to use their herds and investigate just what kind of fly control could be expected from tested materials.

Cooperating producers have to agree to not treat their cattle with any additional controls (pour-ons, sprays, backrubbers, feed-throughs, tags, etc.) even when horn fly numbers increase, to allow evaluation of test product efficacy. Most cattlemen can’t tolerate seeing their animals eaten up with flies, so only the die-hard committed producers are willing to work with us to this degree. This study requires that a cattle herd remain intact for the duration of the study; so even in drought situations, the producer must be ready to maintain the animals as a single group without bringing in additional animals prior to study completion. In addition, the cooperator must allow Extension personnel to come on their property every week to take fly counts and evaluate the test. And finally, the cattleman must be ready and willing to re-treat on short notice, for products in which the test protocol requires reapplication. Because the person doing weekly fly counts must be able to get close enough to the animals to accurately count flies, we can work only with herds that are approachable, either on foot or in a vehicle. County Extension agents identify cattlemen who want to work with this project, assist in treatments, and make fly counts.

The two flies of interest in these field studies are horn flies and stable flies, the two main types of biting flies on pastured cattle. Horn flies are the most numerous, about two-thirds the size of a house fly, and remain on the animal around the clock. Stable flies also suck blood; but they land on the animal only long enough to drink enough blood to fill their bellies, then fly away. Stable flies are about the same size as house flies and generally feed on the cow’s lower body, around the belly or legs. Local Georgia Cattlemen’s Association chapters invite us to make presentations at their meetings, updating them on fly control recommendations. This provides opportunities for graduate students in UGA’s Veterinary Entomology program to develop their public speaking skills and to share what they have learned about controlling flies on livestock. In addition to chatting with cattlemen about their concerns at meetings, we distribute questionnaires at all our Extension training sessions that solicit input on what research UGA’s Veterinary Entomology program should be conducting. Not surprisingly, the majority of responses cite horn flies and their control challenges, including insecticide resistance. We express our appreciation to these cattlemen who donate the use of their herds – along with their time, effort, labor and patience – and who cooperate with the University of Georgia to bring the latest information and recommendations to Georgia cattlemen about pest and ectoparasite control. They allow us to test products in real-world field settings under varied environmental and production conditions throughout the state. Without them, our research would be limited and less available. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services Legislative and PAC Report By Chris Taylor

As Gomer Pyle used to say, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, everyone will have a better understanding of what it is and how THANK YOU. The Legislative Committee had a large attenit works. It has been a great item for producers in other states to dance at our recent meeting.. raise money for their PACs. Will gave us a recap of the 2016 legislative session; we feel Many individuals and local chapters donated items for the that 2016 has been a great year, even though we had an item auction; we hope to continue to grow in donations each year. or two that didn’t get passed. We’ll continue to work on those Thanks to all those who donated. I sure couldn’t close without thanking Mr. Carroll Cannon, during this coming session. We also had a report on items that are NCBA priorities for who did an outstanding job auctioning off all the items for the the upcoming session; the most important right now is the TPP, absolute top dollar. Thanks, Mr. Carroll! In closing: As you can see, we had a great time at the PAC short for Trans Pacific Partnership. This is a multi-lateral agreement negotiated between the U.S., Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Auction. We raised a little over $11,000, which was by far the Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, most that’s been raised to date for the PAC. As we move into Canada and Mexico. This would lower the tariff rate significantly the voting season, I hope each of you will please take the time to vote. There are many things at stake in our nation; I hope and with Japan, which is one of our largest export markets. The curpray that good people will let their voices be heard. rent rate of 38.5 percent would be lowered to 27.5 percent and Thanks – and God Bless America. eventually down to 9 percent over a 15-year period. These nations make up 40 percent of the global GDP and 60 percent of U.S. beef exports. Since Australia implemented their own bilateral trade agreement with Japan, we have already lost about 5 percent YOUR BEEF SUPPLIER of our market share there. That equates to around $100 million. You can see why this subject would Dedicated to Southeastern Communities, be of utmost importance to NCBA. Agriculture and Food Safety. That night, we had what many, myself included, considered one of the best seafood meals we’ve ever had. The folks from Sam Gay Seafood, Moultrie, Georgia, really outdid themselves with the meal. Mr. Harvey Lemmon was so gracious to be our host for the meal and PAC auction again this year; true to fashion, it was outstanding. I think folks enjoyed looking at the beautiful cattle as much as they did the meal. The PAC auction was a tremendous success and exceeded anything we could have imagined. Several people we need to thank for items that made it such a success are: Dr. Ashby Green, who donated a Henry Big Headquartered in Augusta Georgia, FPL Food, LLC, is one of the largest privately Boy 44 mag solid brass with the GCA logo enowned, vertically integrated processors of fresh beef products and value-added meat graved on it. As you might imagine, this was a hot selections in the United States. FPL Food has recently become approved for the item. Georgia Grown, Fresh from Florida and the Certified Angus Beef® brand programs. Producers throughout the southeast can take advantage of our multiple marketing Mr. Chuck Gaskin, who donated a guided programs: quail hunt at Dorchester Shooting Preserve in • By shipping your cows and bulls directly from your farm to our facility, Midway, Georgia. • Taking advantage of our Fed Cattle Program by keeping our southeastern raised Mr. Jim Strickland, who donated an Osceola cattle in the local market to be fed, harvested and merchandised to consumers Turkey hunt on the Blackbeard’s Ranch in Myakka across our region City, Florida. • By shipping cattle for our fed program, which consists of a traditional commodity If there’s anything cattlemen like to do other fed program where USDA Choice and CAB graded cattle is the target. than mess with cattle, it’s look for something to o Fed cattle can be forward contracted and/or purchased direct. shoot! Both of these hunts were great items for our o Cattle will be purchased on a quality and yield grade system. fundraiser. We also had an auction item that I and lots of In addition, we are also involved with the Verified Premium Plus Dairy Beef Program, other folks were not familiar with: Bull Credits. offering premiums to those who qualify for the program. Cows and bulls can be Lemmon Cattle Enterprises, Gretsch Brothers purchased direct from your farm or delivered to our facility. Angus, Callaway Cattle Company and MM Cattle If you are interested in supplying cattle for any of these programs please Company, Yon Family Farms, Partisover Ranch contact Brad Chandler at 706-910-9397 or via email at and J. Taylor Neighbors Polled Herefords each brad.chandler@fplfood.com. donated a $500 Bull Credit to be auctioned off. 1301 New Savannah Rd. | Augusta, GA 30904 | 706.722.2694 | www.fplfood.com I think that if we have this item again, 24

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Pursuing a Passion By Taylor Martin, GCA & GBB Summer Intern

It is so hard to believe that my time here as the GCA/GBB summer intern has finally come to a close. As cliché as it sounds, it really does feel like yesterday that I was practicing for my interview and being so nervous driving to my first day of work. As nervous as I was, I soon came to realize that I had nothing to worry about; I would be in such great hands with the staff members here. I quickly came to know everyone at the office – not as people I worked with, but as family, who would help guide me and encourage me to be my very best and put my whole heart into everything that I set out to do. Not one day of this internship was the same as another. There was something new and exciting to do or learn each time I walked in the door, and I really enjoyed seeing how all the staff members’ roles molded together. Not only has this internship created a great network of people, but it has also helped grow my work experience and career goals. At times, I felt like I was bombarding the staff with questions; but they were very open and helped guide me through every new assignment. Eventually, I became more independent while understanding the hows and whys of each task. My knowledge of the beef industry, from farm to finish, has expanded tremendously; I plan to apply what I have learned during this internship in the classroom and in real life experiences. I hope to continue a career in the livestock industry, working as an advocate by educating consumers on the truths of agriculture. I am aware of how vital it is to have people represent us in a positive way; my goal is to do just that. One of my favorite things about this summer was working with the Georgia Beef Board in recruiting members for Team Beef and teaching consumers about what we as cattlemen and women do. I thrive on those conversations that break misconceptions and get people excited about agriculture. This internship sparked a flame that quickly ignited into a full blaze. I look forward to continuing my education and staying involved with GCA and GBB throughout my life. There is always something new to learn. Over the past three months, I have worked for some of the best people in the state – Georgia’s cattle producers. I know that I will be able to use these experiences, and what I have learned from them, in whatever career I end up being a part of. I would highly recommend this internship to future graduates because it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far. As Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” and I am so glad that this summer happened. Always remember to thank a farmer, eat more beef – and don’t blink.


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Horse Psychology

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

Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve I tubed him two or three times, and gave him his first full got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people series of vaccinations without a twitch, a foot up or an ear. actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses. I admire these folks’ The only restraint was a halter, my voice – and his knowledge ability and special talent. It’s always a pleasure to see a good that when it was him against me, it was ME in charge. It took horse workin’ right. But horses look at veterinarians like kids 45 minutes and was the pinnacle of my horsedom. look at Sunday School or cowboys look at weddings. He never forgot; and the times I worked on him over They make ’em uncomfortable. Even though everybody the years, he allowed it. It was a good arrangement; I got him vetted and he still hated me. tells ’em it’s for their own good, they’d lots rather be someplace else. But in the case of the horse, you can’t really For those of you who think this little experience swelled blame them. Most every time I have to handle a horse, it’s my head – some of you’ll be pleased to know that the last time to stick something in him – like a tube or a shot or a plastic I wormed Scrap Iron, I turned my back on him and he bit me sleeve. on the shoulder. I whirled around and he had this innocent And they remember you! I’ve seen horses go bug-eyed and look on his face. I stared at him. He smiled just a little and seemed to say: “I’m just keepin’ you on your toes, kid, so you snorty at the sight or smell of a vet truck! The only way you don’t get too cocky. It’s for your own good!” could give ’em a shot was to sneak it to the cowboy and let him do it from horseback. Years back, I went to a lecture and demonstration on “horse psychology for vets.” The gist of the whole philosophy says it is a matter of wills. Since the horse is a social animal, each band has a pecking order. It’s not always the 2016 Northwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program strongest or fastest or biggest that’s the leader. It’s the one with the most dominant personality. When: September 6th – October 25th, 2016 Tuesday evening of each week So every time a person meets a horse, one has to Time: 6:30 – 8:30 dominate the other. Location: 21 Vulcan Materials Road LaGrange, GA 30240 Well, I took the schoolin’ seriously and came back ready to test my new horse psychology Jason Duggin Welcome skills. I practiced on several “bronky” ones before September 6 Dr. Dennis Hancock Forages I tried it out on my archenemy. He was a dark brown, nondescript, bad-headed, ill-tempered, September 13 Dr. Nancy Hinkle External Parasites Dr. John Worley Facilities big-footed, long-haired typical Nevada-raised feedlot slogger named Scrap Iron. In six years, I September 20 Dr. Lawton Stewart Nutrition had never tube-wormed Scrap Iron or given him Dr. Jacob Segers Nutrition so much as a vitamin shot. He wouldn’t let me September 27 Dr. Brent Credille Diseases / Agro-terrorism within 20 feet of him. General Herd Health Following my instructions, I crouched real October 4 Dr. Lee Jones Reproduction low and approached him. He mistook me for October 11 Dr. John McKissick Economics the ferrier and let me pick up a front foot. I buckled on the one-leg hobble and stood up. October 18 Jason Duggin Animal Selection Basics Dr. Ronnie Silcox EPD’s and Record Keeping He immediately realized the trick I pulled on him and promptly went into his “bad actor” October 25 Jason Duggin or Carole Knight Meats and Beef Quality Assurance routine. He ran around the corral on three legs; Will Bentley Georgia Cattlemen’s Association he reared, rolled, snorted, slobbered, kicked, fell, Program participants that attend six of the eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion and UGA cussed and generally just made a fool of himself Master Cattleman Cap. Registration is $75 per person and includes a notebook of proceedings, refreshments – which, of course, was the plan. each night and a steak dinner on the final night. Pre-Registration deadline is August 12, 2016. Checks can be After soakin’ him like this for 20 minutes, made payable to Troup County Extension or you may call in (706.883.1675) and pay by credit card. I went over and humiliated him in every way For more information, contact the program coordinators at: I could think of. I tickled his flank, handled his tail, patted his belly, stuck my fingers in his Jason Duggin Brian Maddy Extension Animal Scientist UGA Extension Troup County mouth, nose and ears. He stood and took it, The University of Georgia 114 Church St. glaring at me. Then I took off the hobble and 1282 SR 53 Spur, SW LaGrange, GA 30240 repeated the tickling, handling, patting and Calhoun, GA 30701 706.616.0546 or 706.883.1675 706.624.1403 bmaddy@uga.edu poking while he stood there shaking and hating jduggin@uga.edu me. But he did stand. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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“I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied” (Deut 11:15). It’s been a tough year to keep believing that the grass will eventually grow and turn green. The Hunt family has kept their faith strong and prayed continually. Rain totals at the Hunts H+ Brangus in Calhoun, Georgia, have been less than three inches since May 20. The farm is jointly owned by Michael Hunt and his three sons – Jamey, Wesley and Seth. Faith, family and the farm are the three most important things to the Hunts. Michael, Jamey and Wesley are Baptist pastors and Seth serves as a Deacon in his church. It hasn’t always been easy, and sometimes it’s about figuring out what works. “In the early 1970s, we started with commercial cattle running with Santa Gertrudis bulls but didn’t like the horns,” says Michael. “We had a friend in Oklahoma who had a Brangus bull and was having success with them. In December of 1975, I flew to Kansas to buy 12 heifers and a bull in Rayville, Missouri. The herd transitioned back to a commercial herd by 1993, due to time constraints. The boys were in college or about to start their own families.” As the three brothers became adults, they worked to put together a commercial herd that had strong roots in the Brangus breed, which they managed jointly. “We experimented with various breeds on our commercial herd but we kept coming back to the Brangus bulls,” Wesley says. “They just work with the environment we have. You can’t really get too much Bos indicus around here. They are heat-tolerant and disease-resistant, so we rarely get pinkeye.” Hunts H+ Brangus has grown their herd through several different sources in the Southeast. They have had the opportunity to buy from proven producers such as Jim Brackett, Salacoa Valley Farms and Spitzer Ranch, just to name a few. While at a Salacoa Valley Farms sale, the Hunts met Ben Spitzer and his father, Dr. John Spitzer. When the Spitzers began looking to add another cooperator to their breeding program, they approached the Hunts. So in 2010, the H+ brand was back in the registered business. 32

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“We initially started as partners on bred cows,” Michael says. “Our cow herd had grown to around 50 cows, when two years ago, Spitzer Ranch decided to liquidate, and we were able to buy their mature cow herd and increase our size.” Everything on the place is AI-ed and then turned out with a cleanup bull. “The bulls that we use for clean-up are the best bulls that we have raised and are sired by the same bull the cows were AI-ed to,” Jamey says. The Hunts are striving to build on the Spitzers’ philosophy that their customers need bulls that are heattolerant, insect-resistant and disease-resistant – and can survive the Georgia and Florida climates and thrive with the odds against them. “We work to offer bulls that are closely related, to provide similar genetic performance,” Wesley says. “They are highaccuracy bulls with proven genetics. They offer low birth weight combined with high growth. It’s tough to find bulls that can do both things.” A lot of their buyers are looking for bulls to add some heterosis to their herds. One of their top bull buyers has a grass-finished program, where he is seeing tremendous growth and getting the best replacement heifers that he has had in years out of a Brangus bull. The buyer says he has tried other breeds but has been most satisfied with Brangus.

“The science is behind it,” Jamey says. “The strength and complementarity of the Bos indicus and Bos Taurus is evident and already done for you with Brangus bulls. They still put heterosis into their calves and replacement females.” The females that Hunts H+ Brangus offers are just as impressive as their bulls. This year, they are developing 42 heifers for their first production sale. The production sale will feature lots from two of their genetic partners. All of the cattle in the sale must be Hunts H+ genetics or be carrying a calf out of one of their bulls. “We group cows into contemporary groups,” Jamey explains. “This helps with keeping track of records and performance. It makes culling decisions easier, plus it allows us to provide buyers more accurate, and therefore more powerful, information.” The Hunts have a strict selection and culling protocol. “We look very hard at production records,” Jamey says. “Females must be productive. It’s not just about chasing fads. Fertility is very important.”

The cattle have to earn their keep, especially in years like this where forage is a precious commodity. “We have worked to cross-fence pastures where we can do more rotational grazing,” Jamey adds. “We also planted crabgrass and usually put up our own hay and sell some in good years. We are working to be more diversified. By improving the land that has been in our family for more than three generations, we are doing our part to be good stewards of the land. We’ve improved the forages and added more watering systems. We enjoy trying the advice of experts and learning from others.” The Hunts work hard to build relationships, both in the cattle business and in their churches. “We want to build strong relationships for a lifetime,” Jamey says. The strongest relationship they all have is with God. On August 3, He answered their prayers and blessed them with two inches of sorely needed rain. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Deep South Stocker Conference By Lawton Stewart Extension Animal Scientist, The University of Georgia



This year’s Stocker Conference rotated back to Georgia on Aug. 4-5. The conference was hosted by the University of Georgia, and held at the Carroll County Ag Center. The conference started that Thursday morning, with four seminars covering economics, marketing, the veterinarian feed directive, and feedback from feedlot operators. That afternoon, four handson working demonstrations covered rumen function in receiving calves, utilization of warm-season annual forages, chronic calf necropsy, and chuteside treatment. The night finished off with some educational entertainment from Dr. David Pugh of the Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System. Friday morning featured an effective stockmanship demonstration by Dr. Ron Gill of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Finally, the conference wrapped up with a visit to Randy Carden Livestock in Villa Rica. Brian Carden gave the grand tour of the facilities utilized for their order-buying operations. The conference was a huge success, with over 120 producers, students, county agents, university faculty/staff, and industry representatives in attendance. Richard Littleton, Paula Burke, and the rest of the Carroll County Extension team did an amazing job of hosting the conference. Next year, the conference is heading back to Mississippi, and will be hosted by Mississippi State University. Picture 1. Dr. Dennis Hancock demonstrating the differences in root development of warm-season annual grasses harvested at different cutting heights and intervals. As you can see in the picture, the plant on the left that is harvested at the recommended height and interval has visibly more root structure.


Picture 2. Dr. Ron Gill works a group of sale-barn calves through a budbox system. Dr. Gill emphasizes the need to acclimate cattle to you and the facilities. Also, he illustrates the importance of using pressure on the cattle at the right time and place. Picture 3. Brian Carden of Carden Livestock gives an overview of their operation, while the audience enjoys ribeye sandwiches and root beer. Courtney Carnahan (Stockman Supply) and Beth Jones (Merck Animal Health) did a great job of cooking lunch for everyone! Picture 4. Drs. Jacob Segers and Lawton Stewart describe the rumen environment and the importance of keeping your #1 employee (the rumen microbe) happy. They use an in-vitro system to mimic the rumen environment and illustrate the importance of diet, water and stress on maintaining proper rumen function.


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Hill-Vue Farm Annual Production Sale Continuing . . . Linebred Graham Angus and Linebred Trask Polled Herefords

Monday – 1 pm – October 24, 2016 – at the Farm Auctioneer: Carroll T. Cannon • 229-881-0721 Complimentary Lunch at Noon

Time-Tested, Performance Genetics Offering Bulls, Bred Heifers and Open Heifers

Foraged Developed • Semen Checked • Pregnancy Checked • Ultrasounded for Carcass • Balanced Traits All Sale Bulls will have been GE-EPD tested with Zoetis i50k (Angus) and GeneSeek (Hereford)

Hill-Vue Farm

1159 Deep South Farm Road • Blairsville, GA 30512

Cooper J. Hill • (423) 618-4304 • cooper@hillvuefarm.com | Cameron S. Hill • (423) 653-6148 • cameron@hillvuefarm.com Ashley H. Hogg • (757) 621-0176 • ashley@hillvuefarm.com



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Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Angus Bull Sale Friday • Noon

October 21, 2016 Woodbury, GA

Sale at Lemmon Cattle Enterprises

Selling . . . 75 Registered Angus Bulls • Performance-tested bulls with complete, up-to-date EPDs • Fertility tested VIRGIN bulls

Our goal is to produce Angus cattle that will enhance the economic opportunities of our customers. Our herd has had selection pressure over the years for all of the economically important traits with emphasis on performance and muscling. Our last two bulls at the Tifton Bull Evaluation Sale had Adjusted YW of more than 1,400 lbs. and RE measurements of more than 16 sq. in. These bulls, out of two-year-old heifers, were the high-selling bulls of all breeds. Give us a call for your Angus needs. Visitors Are Always Welcome!

Harvey and Nina Lemmon (706) 553-3911 Cell (706) 977-9222 Steven Bryan (706) 977-9967

Lemmon Cattle Enterprises P.O Box 524 • Woodbury, Georgia 30293 ahlemmon@aol.com


Davis Farms


SAV Resource | SAV Recharge | SAV Response SAV Privilege | SAV Hesston MR HOC Broker | Sandeen Upper Class Iron Mountain 932x | Winchester 1225 SAV Cattle Baron

Davis Iron Mountain 4243 2yr Old Angus

Davis Resource 4241 2yr Old Angus

Davis Broker 5366C

Davis Upper Class 5382C

Sept. 2015 SimAngus

Sept. 2015 SimAngus

Davis Recharge 5337 Sept. 2015 Angus

The Davis Family

Bart, Paula, Trey & Lakyn | Jedd, Natalie, Emma & Brady 7861 Thigpen Trail | Doerun, Ga 31744 Trey 229-881-3510 | Bart 229-881-2110

“Home of Efficiency”


Annual Angus Production Sale NOVEMBER 4, 2016


Their progeny sells! S A V Hesston 2217

AAA#: 17318946 S A V Harvestor 0338 x S A V Emblynette 3301 BW: 2.5 | WW: 65 | YW: 108 | MILK: 26


Tony Mayes (304) 619-8722 Gale Merritt (865) 585-4170 Jason Johns (770) 851-0691



Coleman Donna 714

AAA#: 15706882 Connealy Onward x Coleman Donna 386 BW: -0.2 | WW: 48 | YW: 94 | MILK: 40

C C A Donna 044

AAA#: 16668714 N Bar Emulation EXT x KMK Donna J337 BW: 0.9 | WW: 28 | YW: 59 | MILK: 20


3rd Annual


October 15, 2016 Noon


Selling 55 Hand Selected Lots!

Lineville, Alabama

Bulls like this Sell!

30 Big Stout Service Age Bulls 25 Elite Angus Females Look for Videos by September 15th at www.upchurchangus.com

Upchurch Net Return 253

Coleman Dixie Erica 8271 Reg. 16366770 Sire: N Bar Emulation EXT Dam: Coleman Dixie Erica 143 Selling two daughters by SAV Resource 1441!

Coleman Dixie Erica 143

Dam of Coleman Dixie Erica 8271.

BHR Elba 1094 606

Reg. 15563426 Sire: SAV 8180 Traveler 004 Dam: SAV Elba 1094 Selling a daughter by SAV Recharge 3436!

SAV Elba 1094

Dam of BHR Elba 1094 606.

Coleman Donna 1351

Reg. 17238371 Sire: OCC Paxton Dam: Coleman Donna 812 She Sells along with a heifer calf by SAV Response 2411!

Coleman Donna 812

Dam of Coleman Donna 1351.

Jason and BriAnna Upchurch For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers, TOM BURKE, KURT SCHAFF, JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089. Phone 816/532-0811. Fax 816/532-0851. Email: angushall@earthlink.net • www.angushall.com

90572 Hwy 9 I Lineville, AL 36266 256/396-9219 Home I 256/239-8540 Cell upchurchangus@gmail.com I www.upchurchangus.com

Fall Sale

~ October 29, 2016 ~ 11 a.m. at the Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina

Selling 250 BullS & 100 FemaleS Forage Developed Angus Cattle Select Offering of SimAngus & Ultrablacks

Free Bull Delivery in SC, NC, GA & FL or with $5000 Total Bull Purchases - Continental US Kevin & Lydia Yon Sally, Drake, & Corbin Yon 318 Aiken Rd. • Ridge Spring, SC 29129 Email: lydia@yonfamilyfarms.com

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DISH Network 232

bulls for sale

selling 50+ coming 2 year olds

Private Treaty

A.I. Sires: Full Power | Ten X | Upshot Herd Sires out of: Objective | Upward | CC & 7 Videos of bulls for sale will be up on the website SEPTEMBER 15. For more information visit wil-milfarms.com

18382483 | WMF FULL POWER C8

18382477 | WMF FULL POWER C18

out of herd sire by Objective

18476378 | WMF REVOLUTION C78

18382514 | WMF ADVANTAGE C40

18382517 | WMF ADVANTAGE C60

18382550 | WMF UPWARD C102

Henry Griffin, Owner | 582 Hwy 32E | Leesburg, GA 31763 Cell: 229.881.2707 | Office: 229.759.0066 Lynn Brewer, Farm Manager: 229.942.5270 Like us on facebook at Wil-Mil Farms

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The featured Lot 1 and sale topper from the 2015 DVF bull sale. The most impressive son of WEIGH UP we have encountered. He’s a stout made, sound footed bull with a tremendous hip and rear leg. He exhibits extra length of body and neck extension, yet is soft-middled and bold-ribbed. A Calving Ease WEIGH UP son with extra growth and impressive end product values. AAA EPDs as of 2/26/16 CED BW EPD 16 0.0 Acc .32 .45 % Rank 1 20

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Georgia Angus Association Seminar, Annual Meeting & Banquet Saturday, January 21, 2017 **New Location** UGA Instructional Arena, Athens, GA

Join us for seminars and visit with vendors throughout the afternoon, then attend our Annual Meeting and Banquet that evening! Great Speakers – Great Vendors Angus Fellowship – Annual Meeting – CAB Dinner Awards & Recognition


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This space is waiting on you!

Henry Griffin, Owner – 229-881-2707 Lynn Brewer, Farm Manager – 229-942-5270 582 GA Hwy 32E, Leesburg GA 31763 “South Georgia’s premier source for quality Angus bulls.”

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Gretsch Brothers Angus Fred & Anne Gretsch 706-340-0945 • Lexington, Ga. www.GretschBrothersAngus.com Angus & SimAngus Bull Sale 2nd Saturday in January. Free Delivery on Bulls in Georgia.

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D&W Angus, LLC

le a S n io ct u d ro P l a u n n A October 15, 2016 12 pm • Saturday •

Near Hartwell, GA • Sale Barn located at: 3820 Eagle Grove School Rd, Dewy Rose, GA 30643

Selling 25 Registered Angus Females 18 Service-age Bulls – including 2 Sim-Angus Bulls 50 Commercial Females – many fall pairs

D&W Rita 1417

Deer Valley Rita 4723

The featured Lot 1 female of the 2015 D&W Sale owned with Friendship Farm. Selling half interest with the option to double of her fall embryo heifer calf by Rampage plus her powerful grandam with an embryo heifer calf by Journey.

The top-valued female of the 2015 D&W Sale owned with Riverside Angus. Selling a sexed heifer pregnancy from this great Prophet daughter by Rampage along with her dam produced by the invaluable GAR EXT 614 with a calf at side by the featured D&W herd sire 44 Triple Threat 4124 and a fall yearling embryo daughter by Ten X.

D&W Rita 1516

D&W Lucy 1532

This fall yearling daughter of Ten X is a maternal sister to the top-valued female of the 2015 D&W Sale selected by Riverside Angus. Her dam also sells with a calf at side by 44 Triple Threat 4124 and her sister has a heifer pregnancy by Rampage that is a sale feature.

This fall yearling granddaughter of the legendary Basin Lucy 3829 sells as a sale feature with fall baby maternal sister heifers by Journey and Ten X and a package of frozen embryos from her dam by Journey.

D&W Ruby 1548 Selling buyer’s choice of this fall yearling and her two flush sisters by Rito 12E7 from the Riverside and D&W foundation Ruby donor that is a maternal sister to New Day 454. Also selling a heifer pregnancy from her dam by KCF Bennett Fortress and a first calf maternal sister by Upshot with a Journey calf at side.

This blaze-faced three-quarter Angus is certain to be a sale day favorite!

Forever Lady 57103 An exciting fall yearling daughter of Ten X from a dam by Upward descending from the great power cow Forever Lady 57D – line bred to In Focus for added power in outcross matings!

Sired by 9Q13 from a dam that is a maternal sister to New Day 454, this coming two year old will add pounds to a set of calves at weaning and on the rail.

Sire: Rito 9Q13

Sired by the $300,000 valued Select Sires All In from a maternal sister to the Select Sires New Day 454

Sire of dam: GAR Ingenuity

This double descendant of the famous 2536 female is a power son of 9Q13 from a Predestined daughter of the legendary 2V5 donor female.

D&W Rito 1517

The sale bulls include this power son of 9Q13 from the dam of the Lot 1 female in the 2015 D&W sale. Ranking among the top 25 of all non-parent Angus bulls for $Beef value index, he will add pounds and power to every calf that he sires!

D&W Angus, LLC Jason Fain • 706-436-9299 426 Powderbag Creek Road • Hartwell, GA 30643 dandwangus@yahoo.com




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

The list of “surefire” ways to make it rain is fairly short. I have observed a strong correlation between rain and washing my car or truck, planning a picnic, or cutting hay. I hope to add to that list by writing an educational article on how to deal with drought, a hay shortage, and what is projected to be a poor winter grazing season. If it works and we get ample rainfall this fall – you are welcome. If it doesn’t – heed this advice, and you will weather the challenge better than most. The Challenge This summer will be remembered for its hit-or-miss rain showers. Most areas started with wet soils this spring, but that moisture was fleeting. Through the summer, some areas received rain just as they needed it; but the rain showers were more “miss” than “hit” in many areas. The northern counties of Georgia were especially hard hit. Many producers there have already fed nearly as much hay as they were able to make this year. To make matters worse, the National Weather Service has observed warmer water in the western Pacific and has predicted a La Niña – the Southern Oscillation phase that is associated with drier-than-normal conditions in the fall and winter. Climatologists think that this year’s La Niña will be a weak one and will probably affect South Georgia and North Florida more than North Georgia. If these projections come true, extending our grazing season with stockpiled tall fescue or bermudagrass may be limited, and our winter grazing potential may also be challenged. Such conditions could place even more pressure on a short hay supply. So Georgia cattlemen need to take steps that will stretch what little hay they have and maximize the winter grazing resources they can grow. Stockpiling Forage In order to stockpile some tall fescue or bermudagrass for fall and winter feed, one needs enough rain to grow the forage. If it doesn’t rain, there obviously can be no forage to stockpile. However, a little water goes a long way in both of these forage species. If they get well-timed rain in early to mid-September, they are likely to provide 1,500-2,000 pounds of standing dry 60

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matter (DM)/acre this fall. Keep a close eye on the forecast in early September. If there is a reasonable chance of rain over the course of a few days, consider stockpiling either tall fescue or bermudagrass, so that it can be grazed in November and December. Follow the stockpiling recommendations for tall fescue (http://bit.ly/stockpileTF) or bermudagrass (http:// bit.ly/stockpileBG). Because of the risk of drought, hedge your bets by not putting on more than 50 pounds of N/acre to accumulate the stockpile. Also, be very cautious with toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue (e.g., KY-31) because it will often have high levels of alkaloids following drought stress. Maximizing Winter Grazing When It’s Dry One really needs to be ready to take full advantage of soil moisture when it is available during late September and October. One must balance the need to “wait on rain” with the fact that what little soil moisture is available at the appropriate calendar date for planting may be the most soil moisture one will have until it becomes too late to plant. Sometimes it is best to “dust it in” (plant in dry conditions) and take your chances. One thing is certain – it won’t grow if the seed is still in the bag. You might get lucky and have enough soil moisture or get just enough rain to get it to grow. Be sure to plant as early as recommended this year. Planting early will allow more growth going into the winter. Planting into a conventionally prepared seedbed will also improve early forage production potential; but tillage will result in the loss of soil moisture. Tillage will also result in the loss of soil organic matter, which can help hold moisture. If tillage is necessary, consider using a roller to smooth the soil back down to conserve moisture, and incorporate some poultry litter or other manures to add back some soil organic matter. The small grains (rye, triticale, wheat, and – to some degree – oats) tend to germinate relatively well in drier conditions. Though annual ryegrass is the most productive winter annual grass, it is sensitive to dry conditions at planting. If a small grain is used, be aware that early plantings are more likely to be hit by Hessian fly and the bird cherry

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drier conditions. Though annual ryegrass is the most productive winter annual grass, it is sensitive to dry conditions at planting. If a small grain is used, be aware that early plantings are more likely to be hit by Hessian fly and the bird cherry oat aphid (i.e., the vector for barley yellow dwarf virus). Our conditions are projected to be dry but warm. This increases the risk of insect injury. Consider treating the seed with an insecticide (see http://bit.ly/ForagePests for guidance on “Temporary Winter Grazing Insect Control”). oat aphid (i.e., the vector for barley yellow dwarf virus). Our be crucial to but have ample applied within two weeks of planting. A shot of 40-60 pounds of conditionsItarewill projected to be dry warm. This N increases theN/acre risk of insect injury. Consider treating seed with anpounds of dry forage/acre before winter. Good early growth at planting will result in the 1,000-1,500 insecticide (see http://bit.ly/ForagePests for guidance on ensures that the stand can take full advantage of rainfall when it does come. Be careful to not graze the winter “Temporary Winter Grazing Insect Control”). too hard,totoo supplies annuals It will be crucial haveearly. ampleIfN hay applied within are two extremely short and grazing has to start sooner than one would like,ofconsider grazing oroftimed grazing. weeks planting. using A shotlimit of 40-60 pounds N/acre at planting will result in 1,000-1,500 pounds of dry forage/acre before winter. Good early growth ensures that the stand can Stretch Your of Hay take full advantage rainfall when it does come. Be careful There are one canIf employ to stretch out hay reserves. One of the best is to use a good to not graze the winterseveral annuals strategies too hard, too early. hay supplies are extremely short and grazing has to start sooner hay feeder or unrolling/feeding a small amount at a time. Using a bale feeder that meters out just enough for one than would usinghay limitring grazing or 2) timed dayone (Fig. 1) like, or aconsider cone-style (Fig. can keep hay feeding losses under 5 percent (Table 1). Unrolling grazing. roundYour bales Stretch Hayor flaking-off rectangular bales and feeding on the ground can also be done with relatively little it requires that one the can animals it up in less than eight hours to minimize loss. waste; Therebut are several strategies employclean to stretch Fig. 1. Bale feeders can meter out just enough hay for out hay reserves. One of the best is to use a good hay feeder or unrolling/feeding a small amount at a time. Using a bale 1-day and distribute it across the field. feeder that meters out just enough for one day (Fig. 1) or a cone-style hay ring (Fig. 2) can keep hay feeding losses under 5 percent (Table 1). Unrolling round bales or flaking-off rectangular bales and feeding on the ground can also be done with relatively little waste; but it requires that the animals clean it up in less than eight hours to minimize loss. Restricting access to hay feeding areas can be a useful tool in stretching limited hay supplies. Research out of the Midwest indicated that hay supplies could be stretched by 15 percent when mature cows have their access to hay restricted to eight hours. There was no loss of weight or body condition score unless they were restricted to less than 8 hours. Of course, restricting access to hay requires one to have excellent hay quality. Every bite has to count. So be sure to test the forage quality. Buying Hay When you haven’t got enough, buying hay is often the 1. Baleoption. feeders meter out just enough Fig. 2. Cone-style hay rings elevate the bales and mostFig. reasonable Butcan don’t buy problems. In addition to testing for1-day quality,and test distribute for high nitrates. It is the common hay for it across field.in minimize hay waste. Fig. 2. Cone-style hay rings elevate the bales and a drought year for hay to exceed 4,500 ppm nitrates, which minimize hay waste. can kill or Restricting induce abortions in some classes of beef cattle. access to hay feeding areas can Table 1. Range in feeding losses that are typical for Hay brought onto your farm can also carry invasive weeds. be ifa the useful toolbeen in sprayed, stretching limited hay supplies. different methods of feeding hay. Even hay has the producer may have used Research out of the Midwest indicated that hay ineffective herbicides. Similarly, the hay producer may have Method Waste, % used herbicides that have a long residual Grazon supplies could be stretched by life 15(e.g., percent when Enclosed Feeders P+D or GrazonNext, etc.). So itaccess is important to restricted ask your hayto mature cows have their to hay Cone 2-5 provider about their weed control practices. Occasionally, eight hours. There was no loss of weight or body Ring 4 - 10 hay may also have poisonous weeds, toxic mold, or other condition score unless they were restricted to less anti-quality factors. So it is important to examine the hay lot Trailer 10 - 13 tothan know8what you are not right,toit hay is hours. Ofbuying. course,If something restrictingis access Bale Cradle 15 - 20 better to lookone elsewhere. requires to have excellent hay quality. Every Fed on the Ground Finally, know the weight of the bales you are buying. bite has to count. So be sure to test the forage Bale feeder <5 Bales should always be bought on a “per-ton” basis. If the hay quality. seller claims that the bales weigh 1,000 pounds, ask them how Unrolled and consumed in 5 - 12 they know. If the answer is, “because the baler’s manual says < 8 hrs so,” assume that Buying Hayit is 10-20 percent less or get a true weight. Unlimited Access over For more tips on how to prepare for a dry fall and winter, > 40 Whenwww.georgiaforages.com. you haven’t got enough, Multiple Days visit our website, If youbuying have hay is oftenforage the most reasonable option. don’t your buy additional management questions, visitBut or contact Table 1. Range in feeding losses that are typical for local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by problems. In addition to testing for quality, test for different methods of feeding hay. dialing 1-800-ASK-UGA1. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Using Poultry Litter as Source a


Melony Wilson, Extension Animal Waste Specialist, The University of Georgia Poultry production (mainly broilers) is the leading agricultural industry in the state of Georgia, producing 1.4 billion broilers worth $4.5 billion annually. The result of that industry is the production of 1.5 million tons of poultry litter every year. Poultry litter is a combination of bedding material, manure, and spilled feed and water that accumulated on the floors of poultry houses during production. Although some may think of poultry litter as a waste product, it is actually a valuable resource to forage and row crop producers. Poultry litter contains the three main macronutrients needed by crops – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – along with micronutrients and organic material. Perhaps the most valuable portion of poultry litter is the organic material. Organic material improves soil structure, 70

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increases soil porosity, increases cation exchange capacity (CEC), and provides a food source for microorganisms in the soil. Whether poultry litter is used on soils with high clay or high sand content, improving soil structure and increasing soil porosity will improve water-holding capacity of the soil, improving drought tolerance in forage-based cropping systems. Increasing the CEC of soils increases the number of locations in the soil where nutrients can attach to the soil, reducing leaching potential and loss of those nutrients. Organic material is an essential part of the nutrient cycling process: The organic material provides food for the microorganisms to grow and multiply; in turn, these organisms transform nutrients unusable by plants into forms that dissolve into soil solution that plants can utilize.

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In addition to organic material, poultry litter is an excellent source of nitrogen (N), phosphorus, (P) and potassium (K). Almost all of the P and K in poultry litter are considered plant-available; however, N is not. Only about half of the nitrogen in poultry litter is plant-available. Of the half that is non-available, on average 25 percent is lost to the atmosphere through volatilization; the other 25 percent is bound to organic material in the litter and must be broken down by soil microorganisms to a plant-available form acting as a slow-release fertilizer. Due to the diets fed to the chickens, poultry litter also contains adequate amounts of micronutrients needed by the soil. When using poultry litter, it is important to take environmental considerations into account. Years ago, before we knew that there was a problem with phosphorus runoff into our fresh-water systems, poultry litter was applied on the nitrogen-based need of the forage. Poultry litter contains an approximately 1-to-1 ratio of N to P. However, most forage crops need an N-to-P ratio of 7-8 to 1. Therefore, every time poultry litter was applied at the N-based rate, P was overapplied by 6-7 times. Over decades, this has led to P buildup in those soils. Research has shown that as P builds up in soils, the risk of P runoff from those fields increases. What does that mean? When P leaves the landscape and enters our waterways, it leads to eutrophication or nutrient enrichment, leading to aquatic plant growth. Some of these aquatic plants produce chemicals that can be life-threatening to livestock, such as the toxic blue-green algae that has been found in some farm ponds around Georgia. Other plants produce chemicals that

A d v i c e make water taste and smell bad and cost a lot for drinking water treatment plants to remove. When aquatic plants die in these systems the decomposition of the plant material leads to depletion of oxygen in the water and can lead to shifts in aquatic species and, in extreme cases, fish kills. So what needs to be done to safely utilize poultry litter? Always make sure to take soil samples and sample the poultry litter. Then work with your county agent to develop a nutrient management plan. Make sure you land-apply litter when there is an actively growing crop that can utilize the nutrients. Do not land-apply litter before a large rainfall event, to prevent runoff of nutrients. Also, follow all state and federal regulations, to avoid any fines or penalties. What are the regulations to follow when using poultry litter? Although there are no longer state regulations for dry poultry litter operations themselves, there are two sets of rules that pertain to handling and utilizing poultry litter. There is the state manure handler rule, which requires that anyone who hauls more than 5 tons of dry manure to a property other than where the manure was generated must obtain an animal manure handler permit through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Another important aspect of this rule is expressed as follows: “Animal manure in solid or semi-solid form must be stored at a site or facility designed, constructed, maintained and operated to prevent discharge of animal manure. The covering must be such that it prevents runoff and limits breeding of insects. The elevation and surface slope shall be such that water is diverted away from the storage site or facility”( 4013-8-.05). The second regulation is part of the federal EPA Clean Water Act: the agriculture stormwater exemption. To summarize this part of the Clean Water Act: Any field that receives animal manure must be made to do so according to a nutrient management plan (NMP); and records must be kept to show that proper application rates were followed according to that NMP. So under this rule, if you land-apply manure to a field and then a large rainfall event causes a discharge of manure from that field, as long as you have followed an NMP and have records showing that you followed that plan, the discharge is exempted from regulation and no violations or penalties will occur. Many people think that this rule applies only to poultry producers, but that is not the case; it applies to anyone who uses animal manure as a source of fertilizer on their land. Not only are nutrient management plans needed to qualify for the agriculture stormwater exemption; they are also valuable farm planning tools. So what is an NMP? The goal of nutrient management plans is to apply crop nutrients in a way that will achieve agronomic yield, while at the same time protecting the environment. What do nutrient management plans consist of? In true Extension style, the answer is: “It depends.” Every NMP is farm- and field-specific. NMPs for poultry litter use are pretty straightforward and simple to create; most county Extension ANR agents are trained to write them. Planners use farm maps, soil test results, and manure test results to determine proper litter application rates for each individual field. For more information on the planning process, contact your local county Extension office. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Callaway Gardens •Pine Mountain, Ga. • July 29 - 30

The 6th annual Summer Conference was a huge success, with several opportunities to learn and make an impact on Georgia’s cattle industry. We spent three days at beautiful Callaway Gardens with over 250 producers. We are thrilled with the turnout! Don Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minnesota, spoke to the group on Friday morning about how our industry is constantly changing and provided advice on how to adapt along with it. He motivated the group to embrace change and be leaders for our industry. Tracy Brunner, NCBA President, spoke about life on his Kansas ranch as well as some of the political issues that we face as an industry.


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The real meat of the conference occurred on Friday and Saturday mornings, as several of our committees met to set the priorities for the association in the coming year. The Legislative Committee, Media and Communication Committee, Cattle Health and Well Being Committee, Production and Marketing Committee, and Region VP/Membership committee held well-attended meetings; lively and productive discussion was held at each meeting. These meetings were well-attended and the agendas were packed with important information. The evenings were filled with lots of fellowship and lots of games. The annual YCC Corn Hole Tournament was a huge success, with Abby and Taylor Bruner claiming the 5-foot-tall trophy. Our PAC auction raised a record amount of money, bringing in over $11,000 to help fight for the rights of cattle producers across the state. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the PAC, and especially those producers who donated a $500 Bull Credit to the cause. If you have never been to a GCA Summer Conference, you are truly missing out.


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Some Finer Points of EPDs By Dr. Ronnie Silcox, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools. It is important to start out with the realization that EPDs are a prediction of the genetic ability that an animal can transmit to its offspring. The animal’s genetics do not change. Since the EPD is a prediction of the animal’s genetics, an animal’s EPDs can change as new information is included in the calculations. EPDs are calculated by most major breed associations. These calculations involve complex statistical equations; but to get a little bit of a feel for how it is done, let’s calculate the simplest EPD that can be calculated. Let’s calculate a withinherd EPD for a young bull, where we do not know anything but individual performance. The first thing we do is compare the bull with his contemporaries. A contemporary group is a group of animals of the same sex in the same season that were raised under the same management conditions. The bull we are interested in had a yearling weight of 1,100 pounds in a contemporary group that averaged 1,000 pounds. First, we find the difference between the selected bull and the average (1,100 lbs – 1,000 lbs = 100 lbs). Our selected bull is 100 pounds heavier than average. This is called the selection 86

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differential. Some of that 100-pound difference is due to genetics, and some of that difference is due to environmental effects. From research done over many years, we know that about 40 percent of the observed differences in yearling weight are due to genetics; or heritability = .40. If we multiply the selection differential by the heritability (100 lbs X .40 = 40 lbs), we get an estimate of the bull’s genetic difference from his contemporaries, or his Breeding Value. We figure that this bull has about 40 pounds more genetic potential than his contemporaries. A bull contributes only half of the genetics in a calf; the other half comes from the dam. So we need to take the bull’s Breeding Value (40 lbs) and divide by 2 (40 lbs/2 = 20 lbs) to estimate how much of this genetic superiority he would transmit to his calves. We would expect this bull to produce calves that are about 20 pounds heavier than the average bull in this contemporary group. In other words, we Expected his Progeny to have about a +20 lbs Difference when compared with the average bull in the group. Comparing my calculations above with a breed association’s calculation of EPDs is about like comparing a rowboat with the space shuttle. The EPD I calculated is not very accurate, and it is valid only in that one single-sire group; but the basic idea is the same. To make my EPD better, we need to develop an equation for every animal in the breed, living and dead. In each of those equations, we do compare the animal with its contemporary group; but we also include information on the ancestors (sire and dam), relatives (brothers and sisters), and progeny. In many cases, we also

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include information on the genetic relationship between traits. Before we do any of that, we also need to adjust records for things such as age of dam and sex. In some breeds, we wind up with a million-plus equations that we solve to get EPDs for every animal. Of course, when you actually start looking at the performance of an animal’s offspring, instead of just looking at individual performance like I did above, you get a much more accurate predication of EPDs. Because we use artificial insemination a great deal in purebred herds, some of the same bulls (or sons of those bulls) get used all over the county. These common ancestors and relatives give us a way to link herds together and allow us to calculate EPDs that can be used across herds. If you send in a DNA sample on an animal, we can now add the genetic testing information to the equations, in addition to performance data. When we do this, we get what is called a Genomic-enhanced EPD. For a young animal with limited performance data, this inclusion of DNA results helps a great deal in improving accuracy of EPDs. When I calculated my super-simpleminded EPD above, I compared the bull with the average of his group; so my average EPD for that group would be zero. Breed associations have been at this for close to 40 years; so breed average EPD, as reported by breed associations, is going to be based on some group of animals from the past. Today, it is important to realize that zero is usually not current breed average for a trait. In the Angus association, for example, zero is the average weaning weight EPD for animals born in 1979. The current

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breed average weaning weight EPD for young bulls in the Angus breed is +49. Most breed associations will have a list of breed average EPDs and percentile breakdowns on their website. It is also important to remember that each breed association’s EPD is based on calculations made with data from that breed. EPDs reported from one association are not directly comparable with those from another association. For example: In the Angus breed, breed average EPD for weaning weight EPD for active sires is +48; breed average EPD for weaning for active sires in the Limousin breed is +62. This does not mean that Limousin are better or worse than Angus. This is just a result of the fact that each association does its own calculations from a different starting point. Those differences do not mean anything. They are just an artifact of the way the different associations do their calculations. When I go to a sale that includes several breeds, I have to go back to the breed averages and recalibrate my mind as I move from one breed to another. We have come a long way in calculating EPDs. In the early days, EPDs were based on using a few reference sires in a few herds to evaluate a limited number of bulls. Over the years, the methods and equations have gotten much more advanced. We have recently added DNA testing results. Today, EPDs are more accurate predictions of progeny performance than ever, and we are evaluating a lot more traits; but the basic idea of comparing one animal with another animal in the same breed is the same. GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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158.57 146.84 137.97 133.78 131.03 126.47 126.49 122.82

142.00-152.00 134.00-142.00 125.00-132.00 122.00-129.00 117.00-125.00 113.00-120.00 112.00-117.00 110.00-115.00

165.00-175.00 155.00-165.00 147.00-156.00 137.00-147.00 132.00-140.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-130.00 118.00-125.00

169.99 160.11 151.87 140.68 136.24 128.99 123.96 121.15

153.00-163.00 142.00-150.00 135.00-145.00 125.00-135.00 120.00-128.00 117.00-124.00 112.00-120.00 110.00-115.00 MED & LGE 1-2




MED & LGE 3 149.00-152.00

WTD AVG 149.78

130.00-140.00 125.00-132.00 120.00-128.00

134.50 128.16 123.41

147.27 138.33 128.71 126.27 121.15 117.24 114.74 112.82

130.00-137.00 120.00-130.00 115.00-122.00 110.00-117.00 105.00-112.00

133.93 125.22 117.33 112.81 107.99

158.83 146.61 139.27 130.03 123.77 120.78 115.44 112.39 MED & LGE 2-3

137.00-145.00 130.00-140.00 122.00-130.00 115.00-125.00 110.00-118.00 105.00-111.00 100.00-105.00

141.36 135.23 127.48 119.92 114.75 107.99 103.27



DIRECT SALES: CONFIRMED SALES ON 4,843 HEAD; ALL SALES 2-3 PERCENT SHRINK F.O.B. FEEDLOTS OR EQUIVALENT, 10 DAY PICKUP: STEERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 92 HEAD 550-600 LBS 154.50; 253 HEAD 600-650 LBS 147.00-153.90; 601 HEAD 650-700 LBS 147.00-153.20; 409 HEAD 700-750 LBS 140.80-152.60; 710 HEAD 750-800 LBS 144.10-148.10; 846 HEAD 800-850 LBS 136.00-144.10; 282 HEAD 850-900 LBS 137.50-140.10; 250 HEAD 1000-1050 LBS 128.50-129.25; HEIFERS MEDIUM AND LARGE 1-2 13 HEAD 500-550 LBS 142.50; 103 HEAD 550-600 LBS 135.00-149.00; 737 HEAD 600-650 LBS 137.00-147.70; 240 HEAD 650-700 LBS 137.50-144.00; 142 HEAD 700-750 LBS 138.40-140.00; 165 HEAD 750-800 LBS 124.00-135.50.


GEORGIA GOAT SALES: RECEIPTS: 65 SLAUGHTER CLASSES: SELECTION 2: KIDS 20-40 LBS 45.00-60.00; 40-60 LBS 75.00-100.00; 60-80 LBS 110.00-145.00; NANNIES/DOES: September 2016 â&#x20AC;¢ GEORGIA CATTLEMAN 60-80 LBS 65.00-97.00; 80-100 LBS 90.00-137.50; BILLIES/BUCKS: 75-100 LBS 90.00-110.00; 100-150 LBS 135.00-160.00.

Reader Services Pulaski County Stockyard July 27 Steers 470-490 lb Avg $138.36 505-520 lb Avg $135.42 460-485 lb Avg $130.34 Heifers 370-390 lb Avg $137.55 405-435 lb Avg $133.03 520-535 lb Avg $124.10 Dixie Livestock July 27 Steers 355-380 lb Avg $157.03 400-430 lb Avg $141.12 455-495 lb Avg $134.66 505-540 lb Avg $134.04 625-640 lb Avg $126.89 Heifers 400-435 lb Avg $135.72 450-480 lb Avg $129.43 505-585 lb Avg $120.50 600-640 lb Avg $117.86 700-740 lb Avg $111.62 Northeast Georgia Livestock July 28 Steers 520-545 lb Avg $134.27 555-583 lb Avg $131.05 600-645 lb Avg $131.59 653-680 lb Avg $126.41 700-745 lb Avg $121.55

Heifers 455-480 lb Avg $126.86 500-545 lb Avg $125.27 554-593 lb Avg $126.23 600-645 lb Avg $123.34 660-675 lb Avg $120.35 Calhoun Stockyard July 28 Steers 355-380 lb Avg $165.10 410-448 lb Avg $145.21 455-470 lb Avg $139.76 500-537 lb Avg $139.13 555-575 lb Avg $134.51 600-645 lb Avg $127.04 Heifers 400-445 lb Avg $128.85 455-445 lb Avg $133.02 500-545 lb Avg $125.02 555-590 lb Avg $122.22 600-645 lb Avg $119.75 Eastanollee Livestock Market August 1 Heifers 355-365 lb Avg $142.66 405-445 lb Avg $134.25 450-490 lb Avg $132.19 500-545 lb Avg $126.96 550-595 lb Avg $122.26 600-630 lb Avg $121.31

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Carroll County Livestock August 1 Steers 455-490 lb Avg $152.67 500-535 lb Avg $140.17 555-575 lb Avg $136.78 600-645 lb Avg $134.13 655-690 lb Avg $128.51 Heifers 355-380 lb Avg $147.02 400-445 lb Avg $133.46 455-490 lb Avg $130.19 500-545 lb Avg $125.39 555-580 lb Avg $122.78 Southeast Livestock Exchange, LLC August 2 Steers Lot 1 600 lb Avg $145.50 Lot 2 625 lb Avg $138.50 Lot 3 725 lb Avg $142.00 Lot 4 750 lb Avg $134.75 Lot 5 800 lb Avg $134.50 Hodge Livestock August 4 Lot 1 600 lb Avg $147.00 Lot 2 925 lb Avg $129.50 Lot 3 925 lb Avg $133.00 Lot 5 850 lb Avg $137.50 Turner County Stockyard on the Farm of Phillip Crawford August 1 94 Bred HFS sold for an Avg of $1,795

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September Beef Management Calendar General  Quality of bermudagrass and bahia declines rapidly from now to frost. Keep an eye on heifers and supplement as needed.  Stockpile fescue for late fall.  Begin planting winter grazing.  Take stock of your hay supply so additional cuttings or purchases can be made. (Send samples in for analysis.)  Keep a close check on supplemental feed prices. Corn and byproduct feeds such as cottonseed can usually be bought cheaper in the fall.  Plan where winter grazing will be over-seeded into pastures. Graze these areas close or clip prior to planting. Spring Calving January, February, March  Wean calves depending on pasture conditions and marketing plans.  Wean heifers and select replacements based on weaning weights. Use weights to project needed gain between now and breeding (March).  Consider options for selling weaned calves, back-grounding or maintaining ownership through the feedlot.  Deworm calves at weaning.  Calfhood vaccinate heifers for brucellosis at 4-8 months of age.  Separate cull cows at weaning.  For late calves (weaning in late Oct. or Nov.), consider creep feeding and vaccination for respiratory diseases 45 days prior to weaning. Fall Calving October, November, December  Move heavy-springing heifers to clean pastures where they can be checked 2-3 times daily.  Establish an ID system and tag calves at birth.

 Gather and clean your calving supplies. Be ready to assist with calving difficulties and to castrate, implant and deworm calves at birth.  Feed requirements increase 1015% during the last 30-45 days prior to calving (i.e., about 1 lb of extra TDN per day). On fall pastures, cows may need a small amount of supplemental feed. Editor’s Note: This calendar contains a monthly listing of the common management practices needed for commercial beef herd production in Georgia. Some practices are recommended at a certain time of the year and others are recommended when calves are a certain age or at a certain point in their reproductive cycle. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, spring calving and fall calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The spring calving list is based on Jan. 10 to March 31 calving dates, and the fall calving list is based on Oct. 1 to Dec. 20 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through the breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. With good winter grazing, fall calving is a good option. If cows are wintered on hay, spring pasture offers the best feed for breeding season and spring calving is a better choice. If your calving season is different, adjust management practices accordingly. Revised by Ronnie Silcox and Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientists. Original manuscript by Ronnie Silcox and Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientists.

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Beef Industry Calendar of Events

September 16-17, 2016 28th Annual Harris Co. Cattlemen’s Assn. Professional Rodeo Hamilton, Ga. September 22, 2016 Oleo Ranch Online Sale September 24, 2016 Southeast Brangus Breeders Association Showcase Sale Lake City, Fla. September 27, 2016 Understanding EPD’s Carroll County Ag Center Carrollton, Ga.

September 30, 2016 4th Annual Melvin Adams Farms Bred Heifer Sale Dothan, Ala. October 1, 2016 The Oaks Brangus Range Ready Bull Sale Navasota, Texas October 6, 2016 UBB Sale Registered Brafords Lake Charles, La. October 8, 2016 28th Alabama Connection Sale Cullman, Ala. Walden Farms Production Sale Letohatchee, Ala. Edisto Forage Bull Test Sale Blackville, S.C. October 14, 2016 Southern Pride Heifer Sale Lake City, Fla. October 15, 2016 D&W 2nd Production Sale Hartwell, Ga. Town Creek Farm’s Production Sale West Point, Miss. 3rd Annual Upchurch Angus Bull & Female Sale Lineville, Ala. October 18-21, 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, Ga. October 21, 2016 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises Annual Production Sale Woodbury, Ga. Drummond Sparks Beef Profit Builder Bull Sale Hanceville, Ala. October 22, 2016 Sayer & Sons Angus, Limousin, and Lim-Flex Herd Reduction Sale CSR Farms, Alapaha, Ga.

Debter Hereford Farm 44th Production Bull Sale Horton, Ala. 44 Farms • The Fall Sale Cameron, Texas

Northeast Georgia Livestock Equipment Auction Athens, Ga. October 24, 2016 Hill-Vue Farm’s Production Sale Blairsville, Ga. October 26, 2016 Fink Beef Genetics Angus & Charolais Bull Sale Randolph, Kan. October 28, 2016 Friendship Farms Bull Sale Canoochee, Ga. The Oaks and Genetic Partners Female Sale Grantville, Ga. October 29, 2016 Yon Family Farms Angus & SimAngus Bull & Female Sale Ridge Spring, S.C. The Oaks and Genetic Parters Bull Sale Grantville, Ga. November 2, 2016 Adams Ranch Field Day Fort Pierce, Fla. November 3, 2016 Adams Ranch Bull and Heifer Auction Fort Pierce, Fla. North Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association of Georgia’s Field Day Lake Park, Ga. November 4, 2016 Bull Power Sale Colbert, Ga. ZWT Ranch Annual Production Sale Crossville, Tenn. November 5, 2016 TJB Gelbvieh Bull Sale Chickamauga, Ga. Pigeon Mountain Beef Builder Fall Bull Test Sale Armuchee, Ga. Frank Turner & Sons Bull Sale Hayneville, Ala. Mountain Laurel Classic Sale Calhoun, Ga. November 11, 2016 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale Cedartown, Ga.

Blackwater Cattle Company Production Sale Lake Park, Ga. November 12, 2016 Gibbs Farm Annual Production Sale Ranburne, Ala.

Blackwater Cattle Company Production Sale Lake Park, Ga. Deer Valley Production Sale Fayetteville, Tenn. November 18, 2016 Little Springs Farm Annual Production Sale Covington, Ga. Salacoa Valley Farms Annual Brangus Sale Fairmount, Ga. November 19, 2016 MM Cattle Co./Callaway Cattle Co. Bull Sale Carrollton, Ga. Salacoa Valley Farms Annual Brangus Sale Fairmount, Ga. Timberland Cattle Angus & SimAngus Bull Sale Vernon, Ala. Southern Excellence Bull Sale Wadley, Ala. November 26, 2016 Bridges Angus Farm Bull Sale Lexington, Ga. (at Callaway Farms, Rayle, Ga.) December 2, 2016 Calhoun Performance Test Bull Sale Calhoun, Ga. December 3, 2016 Bramblett Angus Farm Hartwell, Ga. Heart of Alabama Brangus Bull Sale Uniontown, Ala. Next Step Cattle Co. Bull Sale Opelika, Ala. Tennessee River Music High Cotton Bull Sale Fort Payne, Ala. December 9, 2016 The Source Sale Nashville, Ga. December 10, 2016 Cowboy Logic Bull Sale Talmo, Ga. 5th Annual Driggers Simmental Bull Sale Glennville, Ga. To have your event added to the calendar, email blake@gabeef.org GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Expert Advice The Veterinary Feed Directive – Ready or Not, Here it Comes! Lee Jones, MS, DVM, University of Georgia

Even with all the publicity and information about the upcoming Farmers need to remember that if they need feed containing an VFD changes, many producers still don’t know about VFDs. As of Jan. antibiotic to keep their livestock healthy or to treat an outbreak of 2, 2017, when a farmer goes to the feed store to buy livestock feed con- respiratory disease after Jan. 1, 2017, they need to prepare before the taining an antibiotic, they will need to have a VFD completed by their end of the year to make sure they have uninterrupted access to these veterinarian on file at the feed store. The FDA has made this change to feeds. Veterinarians nor feed distributers can provide livestock feed for preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics in human any disease indications other than respiratory disease or anaplasmosis in medicine, and it is part of the FDA’s National Action Plan for Combat- cattle. Not pinkeye or foot rot or anything else because these products ing Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria. We can debate whether this change is are not approved for use in other diseases. This change does not affect justified; but it is the law, and we may just as well get used to it. any over-the-counter injectable antibiotics intended for use in livestock. The VFD is a form that the veterinarian fills out; the veterinarian What can veterinarians do to be prepared? Contact your farmers keeps a copy, the farmer gets a copy, and the feed distributer gets a and ask them what their needs are. Also contact local feed dealers to copy. The required information on the form includes: the issue date; find out how they plan to comply with the new feed rules. By finding the veterinary contact information; the owner of the livestock and answers to questions ahead of time, we will all be ready for a smooth farm premises where the feed will be fed to cattle; livestock description, transition when the time comes – and the Bowl season won’t be internumber of head, species and class; and medication information such rupted by a VFD! as the medication, indication (very limited), dose, duration, withdrawal and expiration date, along with the following statement: “Use of feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) in a manner other than as directed on the labeling (extra-label use) is not permitted.” All Type C medicated feeds containing one of the following medications will require a VFD: oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, tilmicosin, neomycin (common in milk replacers), and virginiamycin. Some that will not require a VFD are: amprolium, MGA, monensin or lasalocid (unless in combination with one of the VFD drugs listed), and IGR or Rabon. Check with your feed dealer if you are not sure. A VFD is not a prescription; but the water-soluble versions of the medications requiring a VFD for feed will require a veterinary prescription to include in the water to treat any food-producing animals, including farm animals and even honey bees, after Jan. 1, 2017. Some feed stores that currently carry these products may not do so after Jan. 1. This is because any store that sells a prescription-only medication will be required to become a registered pharmacy with the state of Georgia. What can farmers do to prepare for the changes? Start by contacting your feed distributor and find out what resources they have for the upcoming changes. Some feed companies are designing forms to take to veterinarians to make the VFD simple for all involved. If you don’t have a veterinarian, find one and ask them if they are willing to write VFDs for you. Contact your county agent if you don’t know a veterinarian willing to serve farm animals. 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North Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Wiregrass Cattlemen’s Association of Georgia BRING YOUR QUESTIONS FOR OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE PANEL OF EXPERTS  Dr. G. Cliff Lamb, Assistant Director and Professor at University of Florida  Dr. Don Mulvaney, Coordinator of Leadership and Student Development at Auburn University  Dr. Jacob Segers, Assistant Professor of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia

NOT IN A BOOK II The Question & Answer Event of the Year! A Florida-Georgia-Alabama Cattlemen Event

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blackwater Cattle Company 650 Roy Padgett Lake Park, Georgia 31636

 Dr. Daniel Scruggs, Managing Veterinarian Zoetis, “What does ‘VFD’ mean to everyone?”

Be sure to visit Blackwater Cattle Company’s new sales barn for presale viewing of their Brangus and Ultrablack Beef Bulls. Sponsoring vendors and food available throughout the day. Supported by Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Any questions or for more information, contact Waine Banyas, 904-273-5774, MrWaine@comcast.net or Tom Bryant, 863-640-2008, OKHFarms@gmail.com, or. North Florida Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 3554, Lake City, Florida 32056


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If so, nominate them for Junior of the Year! Nominations are due November 1. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque, a custom belt buckle, a two-page spread in the June magazine and will be recognized at the 2017 Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball.

Applications are due Nov. 30 unless otherwise noted. GCA Foundation Scholarship: Amounts vary Johnny Jenkins Scholarship: Amounts vary Judy Thomas Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 Gail Hilley Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 Download scholarship applications at www.gabeef.org/gjca 100

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A s s o c i a t i o n R e p o r t s • Yo u n g C a t t l e m e n ’ s C o u n c i l

YCC Update

GCA’s YCC Board

By Evan Dover, YCC Region 1 Representative

As summer conference has come and gone, I have spent the last week riding around the farm reflecting on everything that was mentioned during the conference. Before I attended my first conference, I thought that I didn’t have time to attend a conference to sit around and talk about cows all day. After attending my first conference, I found (to my surprise) that it was much more than that. Up until about three years ago, if you had asked me what went on at summer conference, I would have said to ask Cleve or Emilia because they had been attending for a few years, and they would know. At that time, I was not involved with GCA or the YCC. I had been involved with GCA on a local level when I was in middle and high school showing cattle; but I lost interest because there was at least a 30-year age gap between myself and the other members in attendance. Some of you may be thinking that this sounds just like your meetings. I will be the first to encourage you to stay positive and continue to be active – because there is a group of cattlemen in the state called the Young Cattlemen’s Council that would likely interest you. The YCC mission is to provide a unified voice for young cattlemen. It was formed for people between the ages of 18 and 40 who are interested in cattle production or are already producers. At summer conference, the YCC holds a cookout and cornhole tournament. During this time, members interact with other young people with the same interests. We, as YCC members, are actively planning a cattlemen’s short course similar to the one we presented last year in Tifton. For more information or to join the YCC, call the GCA office at 478-474-6560. On a final note: The Young Cattlemen’s Council appreciates all the help and support from the Georgia cattlemen and women throughout the state.

Kyle Knight, Chairman 912-690-5097 knightcattle@live.com Cleve Jackson, Chair-Elect 706-266-3188 cjack5216@gmail.com Sarah Loughridge, Vice Chair 706-618-4716 sloughridge91@gmail.com Emilia Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer 706-618-6245 edover25@gmail.com Evan Dover, YCC Region 1 edover_9180@hotmail.com 706-695-9180 Patrick Greene, YCC Region 2 404-392-6323 patrickgreenelsf@gmail.com Rust Walters, YCC Region 3 rustwal@yahoo.com Chandler Akins- Region 4 akinscattle@hotmail.com 229-237-2499 Carla Dean, YCC Region 5 229-254-5978 cdean@abac.edu

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Jacob Segers, At-Large 678-234-3547 jacobs@uga.edu Allie Williams, ABAC Rep 863.232.7725 awilli81@stallions.abac.edu

GCA Young Cattlemen’s Council Herd Sire Endowment Application Application Deadline: November 1, 2016 Full Name _____________________________________________________________________ Last



Address ______________________________________________Telephone ________________ City _________________________ State ______ Zip ____________ Email _________________ GCA Member #____________________ Are you a YCC Member? ____________ (Required for all GCA applications)

(Must be in YCC age range of 18-40 years old.)

Date of Birth ______________ Current Occupation _______________________

How many head of cattle do YOU own currently? (Please check one of the following)

______1-25 ______26-50 _______51+ _ ______ I do not own cattle but are actively involved in raising cattle.

Please answer the following questions/requirements on a separate page: A. Industry Involvement- Please list involvement with agricultural organizations, including GCA and/or YCC activities and any other involvement contributing to your interests in the beef industry. B. Cattle Enterprise- Give a brief description of your cattle enterprise. Please answer ALL questions: Why do you have an interest in producing beef cattle? What type of operation are you starting? What are three goals you have established for your operation? What is your vision for your farm? In what type of breeding system will the bull be placed? Please include any additional information explaining your plans for your cattle enterprise that the Awards committee should know. C. References – Please list three references (ex: agriculture teacher, 4H advisor, ANR agent, Farm Bureau agent, veterinarian, mentor, banker, established cattle producer etc.). Please include the name, title, relationship to applicant, phone number, and email address. D. Additional Information - Please note any additional information you think should be considered by the Awards Committee during the award selection process. ________________________________ Signature of Applicant

Send application to: Georgia Cattlemen's Association Attn: YCC Bull Application PO Box 27790 Macon, GA 31221 GEORGIA CATTLEMAN

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Reader Services No Bare Dirt p. 34 • Sire Selection p. 40 • Doing It Right p. 68

Beef Grading 101 p. 32 • Groundwork for Growth p. 36 • Convention Highlights p. 38


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Mid-Year Beef Cattle Outlook p. 30 • Faith, Foresight and Firm Resolve p. 52


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Living the Cattleman’s Dream p. 32 • Feeding Strategies When Hay is Running Out p. 70


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The Lord, the Land, the Legacy We Leave p. 32 • Planning for This Winter p. 60


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Magazine & online advertising available: Call 478-474-6560! 44 Farms........................................... 48 Adams Ranch.................................... 81 AgCo................................................. 2 Alabama Connection Sale.................. 30 American Angus Association............. 44 Barenbrug......................................... 26 Barnes Herefords............................... 65 Beef Improvement Federation........... 88 Blackwater Cattle Company.............. 35 Callicrate Pro Bander........................ 76 Carroll T. Cannon, Auctioneer.......... 92 Carroll Co. Livestock........................ 92 Cattle Time....................................... 93 Century Livestock Feeders................. 80 Char-No Farm.................................. 34 Columbia Livestock Market.............. 40 Crystalyx........................................... 78 D&W Angus...............................56, 57 Daniel Livestock Service.................... 92 Darren Carter, Auctioneer................. 92 Davis Farms...................................... 46 Debter Herefords.............................. 67 Dixie Lix........................................... 44 Drummond Sparks Beef..................... 7 Edisto Forage Bull Test...................... 72 Elrod &Tolbert............................52, 53 Farmers Livestock Market, LLC........ 92 Florida Brahman Association............. 28 Florida-Georgia Field Day................. 99 FPL................................................... 24 Franklin Co. Livestock...................... 92 Fuller Supply..................................... 22 Georgia Angus Breeders................54, 55 Georgia Beefmasters Breeders............ 26 Georgia Brahman Breeders................ 28 Georgia Brangus Breeders.................. 36 Georgia Chianina Breeders................ 26 Georgia Farm Credit.........................BC 104

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Georgia Hereford Breeders................ 66 Georgia Limousin Breeders............... 96 Georgia Red Angus Breeders............. 64 Georgia Santa Getrudis Breeders....... 28 Georgia Senepol Breeders.................. 26 Georgia Shorthorn Breeders.............. 26 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders..74 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders... 64 Gibbs Farms...................................... 75 Graham Livestock Systems................ 78 Greuel Family Brangus...................... 31 H & H Cattle LLC........................... 68 Harris County Rodeo....................... 101 Herrin Livestock Services.................. 92 Hill-Vue Farms.................................. 44 HJ Baker........................................... 79 Hunt’s H+ Brangus........................... 30 International Brangus Breeders Assn.. 38 King’s AgriSeeds................................ 59 Kuhn................................................. 62 Lake Majestik.................................... 39 Lee County Equipment, LLC............ 85 Lemmon Cattle Enterprises............... 45 Malcolm Financial Group................. 94 Martin’s Cattle Services..................... 92 Melvin Adams Farms......................... 77 Mid Georgia Livestock Market.......... 92 Mike Jones, Auctioneer..................... 92 Mountain Laurel Classic.................... 80 Multimin.......................................... 68 Nationwide Insurance....................... 92 Northeast Georgia Livestock............. 69 Oleo Ranch........................................ 5 OreGro............................................. 58 Pasture Management......................... 79 PNC.................................................. 3 Priefert.............................................. 22 Purina............................................... 89

Ragan & Massey............................... 62 Raymond James Financial................. 93 Reproductive Management Services...92 Rockin R Trailers............................... 93 Salacoa Valley Farms.......................... 37 Sayer & Sons..................................... 97 Southeast AgNet............................... 94 Southeast Brangus Breeders Assn....... 36 Southeast Livestock Exchange........... 94 Southeastern CAT............................. 98 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc...... 92 Southern States................................. 40 Southside Fence & Building.............. 93 Strawn & Co. Insurance.................... 80 Sunbelt Ag Expo................................ 8 The Bull Whisperer........................... 92 The Oaks........................................... 1 TJB Gelbvieh.................................... 73 Town Creek Farm.............................. 41 Tru-Test............................................ 76 Tyson Steel........................................ 93 UGA Diagnostic Labs....................... 78 UGA Master Cattlemen’s Program.... 27 Understanding EPDs Workshop........ 76 Upchurch Angus Cattle..................... 49 Vigortone.......................................... 94 Vitaferm............................................ 72 Walden Farms................................... 63 Wax Company.........................IFC, IBC Whitehawk Ranch............................. 65 Wil-Mil Farms.................................. 51 Yancey Brothers................................. 92 Yon Family Farm............................... 50 Zoetis................................................ 42 ZWT................................................ 47 Interested in advertising? Call Bailey 478-474-6560 or email bailey@gabeef.org



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