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First Annual Production Sale Saturday • October 2, 2010 Gaffney, South Carolina

SAR Rita 7815

IW 407 2031 of This featured Lot 1 female is one of the great- Gridmaker est daughters of SS Objective T510 OT26 to ever sell anywhere in the country. She stems back to the famous Rita family and reads with numbers second to none. She will sell safe in calf to SAV Final Answer 0035. SAR Rita 7815 and her CAR Efficient fall yearling daughter will headline this great event.

Sarratts Rita 0300

This foundation Blackcap donor by GAR Gridmaker back to the $120,000 GAR EXT 2114 will offer a daughter by the $160,000 Leachman Right Time.

This standout SAV Net Worth 4200 daughter is out of the famous Rita family and will certainly be one to watch for this fall.

SAR All Around 9335 Sarratts Evergreen 0315 Sarratts Evergreen 0327 One of the truly good OCC Emblazon 854E daughters to sell this fall is out of the Woodhill Evergreen 120 family on the bottom side.

Sarratt Angus Farm Bill Sarratt – Owner Cody Bright – Manager 845 Boiling Springs Hwy. Gaffney, SC 29341 (864) 580-9005 Bill (864) 706-0697 Cody

A powerful daughter of Duff Encore 702 back to the foundation Evergreen, Jacs Evergreen 1166, is one of the highlights in this year’s sale.

90 Head Sell!

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GCA President’s Report by Bill Bryan GCA Executive Vice President’s Report by Josh White GCA Leadership Georgia Beef Board report by Ashley Hughes Junior Cattlemen’s Report by Kim Chandler

 Industry news 11 12 13 15 16 38 42 50 52 54 56 64 65 70 73

Meet Eddie Bradley, GCA Region 2 Vice President Applauding Mexico’s Elimination of Anti-dumping Duties Beef Exports Surpass 2009 Levels NCBA On Senate Approval of Mandatory Price Reporting Stocker Conference Overview Learning & Leading by Justin Gilliard Multi-Faceted Quality by Katlin Mulvaney Brangus Breeders Directory Harness the Benefits of Brangus by Grant Keenen Georgia Beef Challenge Annual Meeting Well Attended SURVIVOR: Field Day Reflections Gazda Named NJAA Advisor of the Year Georgia Limousin Field Day Highlights Hunting in the Great Outdoors by Justin Gilliard Criteria for Operating Livestock Farm as a Business

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PETA Buys Stock by Dr. Charlies N. Dobbins Cooking BEEF with Ashley! GCA Contest Deadlines New Members The Eyeglass Incident by Baxter Black Associate Members Local Market Reports GCA Chapter Spotlight on Harris County County Connections Advertising Index Calendar of Events

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GCA President’s Report

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One more time. I would be willing to bet that most cow/calf producers know what I am talking about. For the ones of you who don’t, let me explain. We usually wean our calves in July, then along the first of August we cull cows. There are several reasons for culling cows, starting with not being bred, old age, not raising a good calf, bad feet, and right BILL BRYAN, GCA PRESIDENT, now what usually happens is we get the cows with loyal family companion, Cocoa. up in the pen, and start letting out the ones we want to keep. This is when ‘one more time’ comes into play. I will let out an old cow that still raises a good calf, even though she is 15 years old. I might even keep a few open cows that have always raised a good calf. But then there are the cows that are hard to catch when you need to or will chase you across the pasture when you try to tag their newborn calves and yes, usually, I let them out, too. Well, I am proud to tell you I am turning over a new leaf. I had made up my mind this year that all the old cows and open cows were leaving. So, my daughter Christy and I were sorting out the culls, and I made the decision to sell the bad-attitude cows. It became an easy decision when I watched one of the bad-attitude cows turn a good 16-foot gate into a pretzel as she tore out of the pen and ran across the pasture. Another cow tried to go over the top of the corral panels, bending one of them all to pieces. When she failed to escape she decided to turn on us, and she threw Christy over the top of the corral panels, landing her on the ground outside the pen. It was then that ‘one more time’ ended. I am proud to say we cleaned house, or at least for this year. I wonder if this sounds familiar to some of you and your operations. Now let me move on to Georgia Cattlemen’s Association business. The GCA staff and executive committee have been busy preparing for next year’s budget, as well as working on membership and new ways to better serve GCA members. Membership is still increasing, thanks to a lot of hard work across the state. October is just around the corner. Josh White and the staff are preparing for the Georgia National Fair in Perry and the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie. I am sure we need volunteers to help with the Beef Story at the fair, and also the GCA and GCWA booths at the Sunbelt Expo. If you have a few hours to spare, and would like to help, contact the GCA office. In late July, Nanette and I traveled to Edison, Ga., to attend the Pachitla chapter meeting. The Pachitla chapter was honoring two of their members by inducting them into the Pachitla Chapter Hall of Fame. This is something new they just started in their chapter and I believe it is a great idea. The two honorees were Bobby Lovett and Waylon Cheney. These two gentlemen have done so much for the cattle industry, not only by taking time to educate themselves, but by sharing their knowledge, experience and leadership with others. They were both presented a plaque and a standing ovation from the large crowd in Continued on the next page

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attendance. The Pachitla chapter picked two well-deserving individuals and Nanette and I appreciated the opportunity to be in attendance. I wouldn’t be “Just Bill” if I didn’t tell you about Cocoa. This last spring I planted our garden three times. Every time it came up, a groundhog ate it. A couple of weeks ago Christy called me and told me to come down to the barn lot. When I got there Cocoa had caught a huge groundhog. It was a little late for my garden, but I was glad to be rid of the groundhog. That was the good part. The bad part was a few days later Cocoa’s judgment wasn’t so good. What Cocoa thought was a groundhog turned out to be a skunk. After several dips in the creek, a couple of baths and a trip to the Poodle Parlor, needless to say she still smells. Currently she rides on the back of my truck, not up front. She is still not allowed in the house or inside any of the local feed stores in town. Well, I’ve rambled on long enough. It’s time to go back out in the heat and get to work. Until next time, Bill

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Executive Vice President’s Report

Down… Set… Hike!!!

Football and the coolness of fall are near


My favorite season of the year arrives this month and not a moment too soon. August has taken its toll on livestock and cattlemen alike. This year, the first half of August was marked by extreme heat, dry conditions, and armyworms marching across the state (for armyworm control tips, contact your county Extension agent or visit As I write this month’s column, it is raining over most of the state. Hopefully you have been blessed with some of this tropical moisture. In keeping with the season, our creative magazine team (Katlin, Ashley and Gayla) has incorporated a football theme throughout this issue, so I’m running with it as well (no pun intended of course). My oldest son, T.K., is playing tackle football for the first time this fall and his team played their first game this weekend. Our daughter, Claire, is part of the cheerleading squad that cheers on her brother’s team. Both football and cheerleading require teamwork, and it was obvious early in the game that the cheerleaders were working together more effectively than the football team that was the object of their efforts. The well-synchronized cheerleaders yelled for the boys to “rumble down the field” as T.K.’s team tried to set a Little League record for most false-start penalties in a row. The game ended mercifully with everyone shaking sweaty hands at the end and the coach announcing that the team had identified “plenty of areas to work on” during the following week of practice. Having recently returned from the

NCBA Summer Conference in Denver, the parallels between T.K.’s penalty-riddled team and the squabbling cattle industry factions were striking. There has been plenty of finger-pointing and name-calling flowing through different media outlets the last few months that I won’t rehash here. What I want to communicate is the overwhelming sense, as the meetings progressed, that the producers in attendance were throwing yellow flags for unsportsmanlike conduct and more than once the words “Time Out” were used. Representative members of the NCBA state affiliates, Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and Federation of State Beef Councils (FSBC) communicated overwhelmingly that they were ready for all of their respective organizations to find common ground, unite around a new playbook with clearly defined roles and goals, and start focusing wholeheartedly on moving the beef industry toward increased demand and the ultimate “End Zone”: profitability. I am proud of the Georgia team members who sacrificed their time, energy and resources to represent Georgia’s beef industry at the Summer Conference. Our voting members and their corresponding boards include: GCA’s NCBA director, Bill Hopkins; FSBC members representing the Georgia Beef Board, Dr. Frank Thomas and Lane Holton; and CBB member and Treasurer, Robert Fountain Jr. The American National CattleWomen met at the Summer Conference as well with Marcia Callaway, Brenda Brookshire and Ashley Hughes representing Georgia. Several other GCA members were active in various meetings and committee work. Thank you for serving your industry and representing Georgia well. Additional coverage of the NCBA Summer Conference is scattered throughout this issue. As always, feel

free to contact me if you would like additional information on events or check out our ever-improving website where we continue to archive the Leadership Newsletter and our email updates. Whether you consider your role on the GCA team that of a fan, cheerleader, player or coach, we need every member participating to advance our mission. I continue to be honored and humbled every day as I work as team co-captain with the volunteer leaders and staff to move our organization forward. Fall is an important season for our entire team. As producers, many of us are marketing our calf crop and preparing for fall and winter feeding and calving. Many counties and local chapters host Junior Livestock shows at county fairs. Georgia National Fair and Sunbelt Expo are just around the corner. Make plans to stop by and visit with us at an upcoming event. It is traditionally a time of strong membership growth and renewals. Be sure to check out where your chapter stands on the membership growth chart on page 29. I would encourage each chapter to strive to end the year in positive membership territory. If you need assistance with recruiting ideas or tools, contact your region V.P. or me; we would love to help. As I have repeated many times over the last several months, we cannot “unite” our industry, as our mission statement charges, without counting as many cattle producers as possible as members. Please also promote our association by nominating an outstanding team member for one of the annual GCA awards outlined on page 26. Finally, many chapters resume meeting each fall after a summer break. No matter the size of your chapter, I would love to come share more about what is happening in our industry and our organization. I look forward to seeing you each soon. GO TEAM GCA! GC [Josh White is GCA and Georgia Beef Board Executive Vice President.]

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Meet Eddie Bradley, GCA Region 2 Vice President Quick Facts: • Eddie and Quilla Bradley have been married 17 years. • He has served as GCA’s Region #2 Vice President for four months and resides in Towns County. • Eddie currently manages 80 brood cows and 500 to 600 stocker calves per year. • Eddie is currently a self-employed cattle producer and AI technician.

Q Share what being a Regional Vice President means and some of the responsibilities you undertake. ANSWER: A Regional V.P. is simply a link between the GCA office and the local chapters. Hopefully, we can assist the local chapters with sponsorship and program ideas, and also keep them abreast of what is happening on the state and national scene. I think currently our most important task is to increase membership.

Q Describe your background and involvement in the beef cattle industry. ANSWER: Since graduating from Berry College in 1978 with a degree in Animal Science, I have done everything from buying cattle and hogs for a packing house, working at a stockyard, working at a packaging plant cutting meat, to hauling and working cattle for producers. However, for the past several years, I have been running around 80 brood cows and 500 to 600 stockers per year. I also do a good bit of AI (artificial insemination) work.

Q Tell us about your family. ANSWER: My wife, Quilla, and I have two daughters, Jeannie, 16, and, Josie, 8. We attend Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee. Quilla works

at Towns County Comprehensive School as the gifted coordinator. Jeannie is active in FFA, and won the state extemporaneous public speaking competition this past year. She also is showing her first calf next year. Josie likes to sing and plans on being on the Grand Old Opry someday.

Q In your opinion, what is the most pertinent issue Georgia’s beef industry is facing today? ANSWER: To me, the most important issue facing Georgia’s beef industry is the dwindling number and increasing age of producers. We must find some way to lure young people away from the corporate world and back to the farm.

Q What improvements or changes would you like to see evolve over the next year within GCA? ANSWER: Instead of talking about improvements, I would like to see a change in the way the membership utilizes GCA. I think we have a staff that has incredible knowledge and enthusiasm, and are willing to assist in judicial matters, production matters, public relations or whatever cattle-related problems we may have. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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USMEF, NCBA Applaud Mexico’s Elimination of Anti-dumping Duties The anti-dumping duties are scheduled to sunset every five years, but could have been continued this year upon a request for review by an interested party. Such a request was filed by the association of Mexican cattle producers (Confederación Nacional de Ganaderos, or CNOG), but the organization later withdrew it.


n a decision announced in August, Mexico’s Ministry of the Economy has eliminated anti-dumping duties that have been imposed on imports of U.S. beef for the past ten years. The Ministry’s resolution went into effect Aug. 11, and eliminates the duties effective April 29, 2010. U.S. beef arriving at Mexico’s border should now enter the market duty-free. Companies that have paid duties since April 29 are entitled to a refund of all duties paid. The U.S. beef industry has been seeking resolution of this issue for many years. With full support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) have led a coalition of U.S. beef industry interests seeking elimination of the duties, which ranged from 3 cents to 29 cents per pound. The duties applied to about half of U.S. beef production, which steered some U.S. companies away from Mexico’s market. “For nearly 10 years, U.S. beef producers via NCBA and USMEF have spent an enormous amount of time, money and effort to resolve this issue with Mexico,” said Steve Foglesong, NCBA president and Illinois cattle producer. The news, he said, “is a big win for all segments of the beef industry because throughout these 10 years many exporters, small and large, were locked out of our top export market due to these prohibitive duties.” “This is a very important development for those who advocate free trade, as this decision very much upholds the spirit and intent of NAFTA,” said USMEF Chairman Jim Peterson, a rancher from Buffalo, Mont. “It’s been a long time coming, and is a direct result of the cooperative effort of several beef industry interests. I want to particularly thank NCBA for its policy work on this issue and the

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strong relationship it has developed with all sectors of Mexico’s beef industry, which really paid big dividends in this case.” Peterson noted that while Mexico is still the leading destination for U.S. beef exports, it is the only major market that is trailing last year’s results. The U.S. Trade Representative’s National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers has estimated that these duties have caused losses of $100 to $500 million annually because of reduced shipments and altered trade flows. Peterson is confident that elimination of the duties will help the market’s performance. “This levels the playing field for all U.S. products entering Mexico and should certainly help us regain momentum in our number one export market,” he said. “The foreign markets are very critical to cattle producers’ bottom line right now, so this comes as very welcome news. Both countries will benefit substantially from this action.” The anti-dumping duties are scheduled to sunset every five years, but could have been continued this year upon a request for review by an interested party. Such a request was filed by the association of Mexican cattle producers (Confederación Nacional de Ganaderos, or CNOG), but the organization later withdrew it. “In recent years, the interested parties in Mexico have concluded that the duties offer them no advantage,” said USMEF Regional Director Chad Russell. “Even before the withdrawal motion by CNOG, other Mexican industry associations had remained neutral or actually favored eliminating the duties. This really shows how far the U.S. industry has come in developing a strong trade relationship with Mexico.” GC


Beef Exports Surpass 2009 Levels Beef exports up sharply in most key markets



hile economic conditions remain difficult for U.S. beef in Mexico, exports are thriving in all other key global markets. For the year, Mexico remains the No. 1 market in terms of both volume (77,027 metric tons or 169.8 million pounds) and value ($246.9 million) but these totals are down by 25 percent and 27 percent respectively compared to the first four months of 2009. Despite dramatic gains in many overseas markets, Canada remains the No. 2 destination for U.S. beef. Beef/beef variety meat exports to Canada are up 13 percent in volume (45,563 metric tons or 100.5 million pounds) and 17 percent in value ($199.4 million) compared to January-April 2009. In fact, April export value to Canada ($59.9 million) pulled within just 4 percent of Mexico ($62.2 million). U.S. beef exports to Asia continued to grow at a torrid pace in April. Japan is the leading Asian market in 2010 in terms of both volume (26,740 metric tons or 58.9 million pounds) and value ($141.8 million). Each of these totals represents an increase of 34 percent over January-April 2009. But South Korea is right on Japan’s heels, with a volume of 26,321 metric tons (58 million pounds) valued at $112.3 million – increases of 39 percent and 58 percent, respectively, over last year. The ASEAN region also performed very well in April, pushing its totals for the year up by 14 percent in volume (29,589 metric tons or 65.2 million pounds) and 16 percent in value ($97.9 million). Interestingly, this increase was achieved despite fairly flat results in Vietnam – by far the largest ASEAN market. The primary growth drivers were the Philippines and Indonesia, the No. 2 and No. 3 markets in the region. Taiwan appears to have shaken off any lingering controversy over the recent reintroduction of U.S. bone-in beef, and may be headed for another record performance in 2010. Exports to Taiwan were up 69 percent in volume (11,533 metric tons or 25.4 million pounds) and 79 percent

in value ($60 million). Hong Kong has also achieved rapid growth this year, nearly tripling its imports of U.S. beef in terms of both volume (9,099 metric tons or 20.1 million pounds) and value ($35.6 million). “The growth our beef industry is achieving in Asia right now is extremely encouraging,” says Jim Peterson, a rancher from Buffalo, Mont., and chair of the U.S. Meat Export Federation which contracts to manage the beef checkoff ’s foreign marketing efforts. “Despite the marketaccess limitations we still face in several of these markets, their appetite for U.S. beef is clearly on the rise. As a cattleman, it’s really gratifying to see our exports to Asia gaining so much momentum.” Impressive growth numbers are not limited to Asia, however. Exports to the Middle East continued their strong run, increasing 24 percent in volume and 45 percent in value over January-April 2009. Led by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, a growing percentage of U.S. beef exports to the Middle East are muscle cuts. But beef variety meat exports are showing signs of a strong price recovery in the region, as they were up only slightly in volume but up by nearly 25 percent in value through April. Russia has also expanded its purchases of U.S. beef to include a much higher percentage of muscle cuts, and this was illustrated clearly in the January-April results. Exports to Russia were up 173 percent in volume (19,525 metric tons or 43 million pounds) but an even more remarkable 613 percent in value ($47.5 million) over 2009. In contrast to the downturn in Mexico, exports are performing very well in other Western Hemisphere markets. Beef/beef variety meat exports to the Dominican Republic were up more than 60 percent in volume and value, while Jamaica was up more than 30 percent. Exports to Central/South America were up by 47 percent in volume and 54 percent in value, with variety meat exports to Peru and Colombia accounting for much of the growth. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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NCBA Applauds Senate Approval of Mandatory Price Reporting “This effort to enhance transparency in the marketplace is a definite win for every aspect of the industry.” On Aug. 5, 2010, the U.S. Senate reauthorized by unanimous consent the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act (LMPR), which was set to expire Sept. 30 of this year. Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs, said the reauthorization will continue to encourage transparency in the marketplace. He said producers have come to rely on the information provided by the LMPR to aid in their negotiation of sales prices for cattle and meat products. “This mandatory reporting provides U.S. producers with readily understandable and timely information regarding pricing, contracting for purchase, and supply and demand conditions for all segments of the beef industry,” said Woodall, adding that NCBA was part of an industry coalition urging Congress to reauthorize LMPR. “Along with transparency, LMPR encourages competition, without violating producers’ privacy, in the marketplace by substantially increasing the volume of industry sales transactions reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” LMPR was signed into law by President Clinton as part of the 2000 Agricultural Appropriations Bill. Prior to 2001, information was collected by observing public auction markets and via voluntary submission by market participants. However, by 1999 many producers had come to notice fundamental changes in the market structure. About 35 percent of fed-cattle sales in 1999 occurred via contract agreements that were not covered by USDA reports. Bruce Hafenfeld, California cattle producer and NCBA’s policy division chair, said these unreported transactions hampered producers’ ability to accurately assess livestock prices, negotiate with packers or obtain a fair price when selling their livestock. He said LMPR augments producers’ knowledge base when making marketing decisions by providing them with pricing and sales information from transactions around the country.

“As a producer of food and fiber for a growing global population, I appreciate the Senate’s efforts to help continue the availability of timely and accurate information for U.S. cattle producers. By reauthorizing mandatory price reporting, cattle producers will continue to have access to daily price and volume information on purchases of cattle and boxed beef sales as well as

export and import data,” Hafenfeld said. “This effort to enhance transparency in the marketplace is a definite win for every aspect of the industry.” Woodall said LMPR now needs approval from the U.S. House of Representatives. He said NCBA will continue to urge the House to reauthorize LMPR before it expires next month. GC

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ROGER ELLIS DVM, UGA Assistant professor of beef production medicine, reviews vaccination and treatment protocols for stocker cattle.

Cutting-Edge Expertise Caps 2010 Deep South Stocker Conference Producers and industry experts from as far as Texas and Nebraska joined more than 80 southeastern producers Aug. 12-13 in Moultrie, Ga., to learn from experts in beef cattle marketing, economics, forage, risk management and animal health. Day two of the conference featured tours of two innovative backgrounder/stocker operators in southwest Georgia: Holton Cattle Company of Camilla and Ouzts Cattle Company of Cairo. With economical commodity feeds being a subject of much discussion among attendees, First United Ethanol LLC gave a presentation explaining their operation and how they

utilize distiller grain by-products, followed by a riding tour of their facility in Pelham, Ga. Deep South Stocker Conference is a cooperative effort between the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Auburn University/ Alabama Extension System, and Mississippi State University Extension Service. The conference and tour location rotates through the three cooperating states and will be hosted by Alabama in 2011. For more information, contact UGA Extension Beef Specialist, Dr. Lawton Stewart, GC

LANE HOLTON tells the group how Holton Cattle Company provides value to their customers.

DR. LAWTON STEWART helps producers make sense of the selection and economics of commodity feeds.

EVANS HOOKS, John Moseley, Jr., and Allen Wiggins (L to R) share their perspectives on marketing stocker cattle.

MATT HOLTON shows tour participants the working facilities at Holton Cattle Company.

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In My Opinion



recent article by the Associated Press indicated that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has undertaken a tactic to gain more influence in company boardrooms. PETA is one of the animal rights organizations whose real motive –- although their name mentions ethical treatment –- is to eliminate meat in the human diet. Records indicate that PETA has bought stock in some 80 companies such as Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, Safeway Grocery Stores, Burger King and Sonic. PETA says that it hopes that owning stock will give them direct contact with company officials and stockholders. PETA says that it will try to negotiate agreements behind closed doors with company management; but if that fails, the group will submit resolutions at stockholder meetings to present its proposed changes and show pictures of animal abuse and persuade the stockholders to make company changes that PETA is supporting.

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PETA Buys Stock By Dr. Charles N. Dobbins; retired from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine faculty It appears that their agreements revolve around having the company give purchasing preference to suppliers that abide by PETA’s rules of humane treatment. It seems to be working since Ruby Tuesday, Sonic and Burger King have agreed to make such changes. This is from an organization that rejects the idea that animals should be regarded as property and contends that animals have the same rights as people, with the right to sue if improperly treated. They want all animals to be free and that humans eat a vegetarian diet. So far PETA’s rules apply more to the pork and poultry industries in the way chickens are slaughtered and pork producers that use “gestation crates” for sows, according to the article. Can beef cattle and dairies be far behind? The swine industry moved indoors to obtain relief from the weather and to mediate temperature/environmental pressures. Indoor housing also eliminated predator dangers. The benefits outweighed the cost as producers

found ways to more efficiently manage the enterprise. Although I do not know of a Georgia pork producer who uses gestation crates, they do allow more animals to be placed in the house and enhance performance. A gestation crate allows the pregnant sow to stand up, sit and lie down from either side. She can move forward and backward, but she cannot turn around and foul her food and water. They can see, hear, smell and vocalize with neighboring sows, but cannot touch. Adequate food and water are readily available. Manure is more easily handled, improving sanitation while lowering the presence of parasites and especially enteric diseases. Caretaker working conditions and safety are enhanced. On the other hand, after periods of relative inactivity, some animals might develop muscle weakness, which can result in joint or leg problems. PETA is reacting emotively about the sow not being able to turn around and not being able to express her piggy-ness without factual scientific information. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has found that the state of being of the sow is equivalent in gestation crates when compared to group pens. Gestation-crate houses have higher capital and operating costs. However, the reproductive health and number of pigs per litter favors gestation crates. Animals in crates have fewer skin lesions from fighting/dominance activities and less social stress. Sows are moved from gestation crates to farrowing crates when birth of the pigs is expected. For those farms already invested in gestation crates, maybe all they need to do is modify the back of the crate so that the sow can exit but voluntarily return for rest, food and water. This

would allow the producer to retain the positive values of the crates and eliminate the cause of possible muscle weakness. There would be no need for PETA or any other organization to try to outlaw crates; however, I am sure they would find another reason to increase the cost of raising pork. Who gives PETA the right to determine humane rules? Is it not better to determine the rules by scientific study than to allow an organization that wants to make everyone a vegetarian set the standards? This movement also seems to allow PETA to counter or bypass state commissions on animal welfare. As more states set up commissions to develop what they consider humane practices in their state, based on common sense and scientific study, it will be interesting to see what happens when they conflict with PETA’s rules. Maybe national animal-producer organizations need to purchase a few shares of stock in the same companies, meet with company officials, and attend stockholder meetings to counteract the

Who gives PETA the right to determine humane rules? Is it not better to determine the rules by scientific study than to allow an organization that wants to make everyone a vegetarian set the standards? PETA movement and point out the real intent of PETA. On a similar note, as of this date, three states have passed ballot initiatives concerning animal welfare that negatively affect some phase of the animal industry. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has cut animal welfare deals with Maine, Oregon,

Colorado and Michigan. Recently, the Ohio Livestock Care Board buckled under the threat of the HSUS to promote a statewide animal welfare ballot issue and to show a graphic video of dairy animal abuse to the public. The Ohio Livestock Care Board promised to sign an agreement that, among other things, will eliminate gestation crates over the next 15 years, provided the HSUS not show the video and withdraw an animal welfare ballot issue in Ohio this fall. The secretly taped video showed a dairy farm worker kicking and poking dairy cows with a pitchfork as well as other abuses. The employee was fired and faces 12 charges of animal abuse. A grand jury found that the dairy owner was not involved and was not subject to any charges. We cannot condone any animal abuse, just as we cannot condone human abuse. We should not yield to what amounts to being blackmailed, in accepting animal welfare rules that are not based on scientific study and common sense. GC

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Kick-off Your Game With Beef! Visit for new recipes and grilling tips.

Commercial Replacement

HART SELECT 7th Annual Female Sale

September 25, 2010 at 12:00 noon Auction will be held at York Cattle Company in Hartwell, GA

Over 150 Females Sell! This auction is a function of the Hart County Cattlemen’s Association, and has become a reputable source for superior commercial replacement heifers. Offering over 100 bred heifers, mostly fall and early winter calves, several open heifers, plus several cow/calf pairs and a few breeding age bulls. All cattle have been screened on the farm and have met quality, health, breeding, and disposition requirements. For more information, contact either:

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Debter Hereford/Fleming Angus

BULL SALE Saturday, October 23, 2010

12:00 Noon at Debter Hereford Farm • Horton, AL


80 Two-Year-Old Hereford Bulls



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FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED For more information contact:

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Glynn Debter (205) 429-2040 James Debter • John Ross Debter Perry Debter (205) 429-4415 FAX (205) 429-3553 4134 Co. Hwy. 30 • Horton, AL 35980 (Blount County)


Fleming Angus JOHN FLEMING, Owner TERRY RIGSBY, Herd Manager (205) 466-5873 • (205) 466-7876 1430 Tidwell Road • Altoona, AL 35952

Georgia Hereford Association 660 Seaburn Vickery Road, Statesboro, GA 30461 • 912-865-5593 LEONARD POLLED HEREFORDS


Quality Polled Herefords At Affordable Prices

Sherman Leonard P.O. Box 280 Chatsworth, GA 30705

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

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

CSR Polled Hereford Farm

owners: Ed and Delores Davidson home 770-599-8342 office 404-888-6805

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

farm manager: Bryan Massengale home 770-599-3302; barn 770-599-1157 P.O. Box 275, Senoia, GA 30276 certified and accredited herd No. 114

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





BARN WAYNE ALLEN 770-786-8900 404-392-6321 59 Moore Farm Rd., Covington GA 30016

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

POLLED HEREFORDS 1095 Charles Smith Rd., Wadley, Ga. 30477

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

VISIONARY CATTLE Ray, Debbie & Carole Hicks 660 Seaburn Vickery Rd. Statesboro, GA 30461 Phone: 912-865-5593 email: Hunter Grayson


(706) 206-1824

Registered Polled Herefords Cows & Bulls For Sale at Private Treaty

Herd Certified & Accredited No. 127 478-553-8598 Bobby Brantley 478-552-9328 1750 Wommack-Brantley Road Tennille, Georgia 31089

Cattle Enterprises

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

“Breeding cattle since 1959”


1968 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. Sylvania, GA 30467 James 912-863-7706 912-690-0214 cell

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

The Wesley Rakestraw Family 401 Butler Industrial Drive • Dallas, GA 30132 Tom & Tammy Boatman 770-354-4195 OR 404-372-6754

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


Since 1960

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

Hereforrndal Breed e t a Pat Neligan The M

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

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

525 District Line Road Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-0091 Cell (229) 337-0038 or (229) 886-7465

Greenview Farms, Inc.

Johnson Polled Herefords Registered Polled Herefords Thomas R. Johnson, Owner Cows & Bulls Herd Certified For Sale at and Accredited Private Treaty No. 205

Line breeding Neil Trask Plato Dominos for over 40 years with Felton blended in. Thick Muscled. Grass Performers. Complete Program. Full Records.

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

Phone and fax 706-745-5714

BUD HILL 1651 Deep South Farm Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

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

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GO TEAM • GO TEAM Go Beef Go! Fight Beef Fight! Win Beef Win!


BEEF with Ashley!

Beef Sirloin Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce Total recipe time: 35 minutes Makes 6 servings From INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick 2 teaspoons coarse grind black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika 2 cloves garlic, minced Dipping Sauce: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 jars (7 ounces each) roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed or 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 1 cup ready-to-serve beef broth 2 teaspoons cornstarch INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion and 3 cloves garlic; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender. 2. Add red peppers, wine, tomato paste and thyme, stirring until tomato paste is blended. Combine broth and cornstarch in small bowl, mixing until smooth. Stir into pepper mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Keep warm. 3. Meanwhile cut beef steak into 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 x 1-inch pieces. Combine pepper, salt, paprika and 1 clove garlic in large bowl. Add beef; toss to coat. Thread beef pieces evenly onto six 12-inch metal skewers, leaving small space between pieces. 4. Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, about 7 to 9 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning once. Serve with dipping sauce. Nutrition information per serving: 235 calories; 9 g fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 689 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 4.3 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.5 mcg vitamin B12; 3.9 mg iron; 5.7 mg zinc.

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This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.


While there may be dissenting opinions as to who the best football team is, I think we can all agree we want beef to be the #1 protein! At any tailgate, especially in the Southeast, food can make or break your team’s success. If the fans didn’t get a proper helping of beef before the game, their energy levels could drop, and without having a crowd cheering them on, the team’s performance could suffer! To make sure you have the stamina to keep your cheering voice strong during the entire game, 3 ounces of lean beef can provide protein and vitamin B-12 to keep your energy levels high. Top Sirloin steak is the fifth leanest cut of beef with 4.9 grams of total fat. Hip Hip Hurray for lean beef! One issue we battle here at Georgia Beef Board is animal activist groups; their game plan is to abolish all animal agriculture and I intend to fight back. The best defense for the beef industry is our work ethic and morals: We believe in taking care of our animals, sustaining the land, and producing safe, wholesome and nutritious beef. Our strong safety is the great taste of beef! There is nothing that comes close to the delectable flavors of beef, and with a roasted red pepper dipping sauce, our defensive line is SOLID. This recipe had our expert panel of taste testers ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ until all of the food was gone! This recipe pushes beef to goal with a dipping sauce that gets the extra point every time! As football season kicks off with the roar of crazed Southeastern football fans, keep your team happy with delicious lean beef! GO TEAM!


B E E F !

GEORGIA BEEF BOARD OFFICERS Harvey Lemmon, Chairman P.O. Box 524 Woodbury, GA 30293 706-553-5124 706-553-3911 Dr. Frank Thomas Rt 1 Box 40 Alamo, GA 30411 912-568-7743

Georgia Beef Board Report

R e a d y , Set, BEEF Beefin’ Up the Blood Supply “The heat is on, on the street!” The heat was definitely on during the GBB Annual Beefin’ Up the Blood Supply blood drive, but thankfully it did little to deter blood donors. Summer intern Justin Gilliard planned, promoted and produced an amazing blood drive with the help of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Held at a Walmart in Macon, the blood drive had an incredible 29 donors step up and offer a pint of their blood to patients in need. However, we did have to turn away two potential donors because of low iron levels in their blood – apparently they had not been eating enough ironrich beef. With a grill give-a-way and a prize pack full of coupons for McAlisters, Subway and Logan’s Roadhouse, we had no problem enticing people to stop by our booth, pick up a few recipes and give the gift of life! Beef Ambassador GBB has been working with Chris Campbell, the 2010 Senior Georgia Beef Ambassador, and Jordan Harrison, the 2010 Junior Georgia Beef Ambassador, helping to prepare them for the National Beef Ambassador contest, which is going to be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in South Dakota. Chris and Jordan have inter viewed with Georgia Far m Bureau’s Farm Monitor program, as well as with Southeast Ag Net, to explain their involvement in the beef industry and why they love promoting

Compiled by Ashley Hughes beef. Chris has also been working on consumer promotions in his local county, promoting beef in different retail channels. GBB and GCWA wish Chris and Jordan the best of luck at the National Beef Ambassador contest! Chapter Meetings One of the main goals of the GBB is to provide information to consumers, but also to producers. GBB has been traveling to county Cattlemen’s meetings this summer, educating producers on how their Checkoff dollars are being spent around the state. These presentations provide a more detailed explanation of the bi-monthly GBB updates in the Georgia Cattleman magazine and are meant to show Georgia’s cattlemen exactly where their hard-earned Checkoff dollars have been used by GBB. If your local GCA chapter is interested in this presentation, please contact Ashley Hughes at 478-474-1815 or Internship GBB and GCA would like to sincerely thank Justin Gilliard for his service as our summer intern. Make sure to come by the Georgia National Fair in October and check out Justin’s creative painting skills for our new picture board! GCA would also like to recognize Justin for his commitment and hard work for the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Field Day, as well as his contributions to the Georgia Cattleman magazine. GC

Lane Holton 7851 N Turkey Road Camilla, GA 31730 229-336-5686 Zippy Duvall GA Farm Bureau Federation 1141 Bill Duvall Road Greensboro, GA 30642 478-474-8411 Robert Fountain, Jr. P.O. Box 167 Adrian, GA 31002 478-668-4808 Gerald Long, Treasurer 3005 Old Whigham Road Bainbridge, GA 39817 229-246-7519 Kenneth Murphy 5266 Luthersville Road Luthersville, GA 30251 770-550-0339 Charles Rucks 6209 Newnan Road Brooks, GA 30205 770-599-3515 Graydon Bobo, Vice Chairman Wilkes Co. Stockyard P.O. Box 623 Washington, GA 30673 706-285-2467 Kelly Buchanan 505 Southerfield Road Americus, GA 31709 229-924-2931 Phil Harvey P.O. Box 928 Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-7314 The Georgia Beef Board 877-444-BEEF G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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KICK OFF A SUCCESSFUL YEAR by applying for GCA awards! CHAPTER OF THE YEAR This award is to recognize outstanding work by local associations in a variety of areas, including state and national membership, participation in GCA activities, legislative affairs, community involvement, local association activities, and service to members. The completed form and supporting materials must be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Supporting materials may include scrapbooks or other documentation, which would verify the material found in the entry form. Supporting materials will be returned upon request. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. CATTLEMEN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding GCA members for their cattle and farming operations. Awards will be presented in three divisions: Seedstock Producer of Cattlemen of the Year the Year, Commercial and Stocker. Applications must be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will be recognized with video at the GCA Convention. Award sponsored by Fuller Supply. OUTSTANDING COUNTY AGENT This award encourages excellence in county Extension agents who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 15. Winners will receive complimentary convention registration. Local associations are encouraged to nominate their deserving county agents. VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURAL TEACHER This award encourages excellence in vocational agricultural teachers who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will receive complimentary convention registration. Local associations are encouraged to nominate their deserving vocational agricultural teachers. County Extension Agent of the Year

VET OF THE YEAR This award recognizes outstanding large animal veterinarians who support their local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will receive a GCA jacket and be recognized at the GCA Convention. CATTLEWOMAN OF THE YEAR This award recognizes an outstanding CattleWoman who supports the state and local associations. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. TOP HAND SERVICE AWARD This award recognizes any individual in the cattle industry who goes beyond the call of duty. Applications should be submitted to the GCA office not later than November 30. This award will be given on an as-needed basis. Winners will be recognized at the GCA Convention. 26 September 2010

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CattleWoman of the Year

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

2009 Winner: Mitchell County Chapter Previous


2008 Winner:


Lumpkin County Chapter

Birmingham, Alabama 1010 North 24th Street Birmingham, Alabama 35201 Phone: (205) 323-4431 1-800-633-4960 Dothan, Alabama (334) 794-7812 1-800-633-7533

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

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

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New Member Roundup Cullen Adair, Blackshear, Ga. Aldridge Farms, LCC Waycross, Ga. Edward Bennett, Blackshear, Ga. James Benton, Jr., Ochlocknee, Ga. Doug Booth, Bowman, Ga. Carl Boyette, Patterson, Ga. Joy Boyett, Blackshear, Ga. Barry Brown, Young Harris, Ga. Gordon Buchana, Evans, Ga. Shelby Butler, Chickamauga, Ga. Calvin and Linda Cannon, Elberton, Ga. Tyson Clark, Tennille, Ga. Eric Conner, Sandersville, Ga. Donnie Cordell, Dewy Rose, Ga. Jimmy Dunn, Elberton, Ga. Kayla Edwards, Fairmount, Ga. Kevin Edwards, Fairmount, Ga. Shelby Eidson, Arnoldsville, Ga. Davis Feed, Blackshear, Ga. Bob Ford, Sandersville, Ga. Steven Frith, Jakin, Ga. Tony Gilliard, Nicholls, Ga. Gillis Brothers Inc., Blackshear, Ga. Frank Gipson, Covington, Ga. Hardy Goodman, Ty Ty, Ga. Rusty Hart, Chauncey, Ga. Shayne Harris, Lexington, Ga. Gene Horn, Donalsonville, Ga. Rachel Hortman, Tennille, Ga. William Horton, Davisboro, Ga. Howard Group Financial Services, Macon, Ga. Craig Hunt, McRae, Ga. Cody Hutcheson, Wrightsville, Ga. David Jackson, Rockmart, Ga. Kyle Jackson, Adel, Ga. Lamar Livestock, Sale City, Ga. Clayton Lamar, Sale City, Ga.

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Welcome to GCA! We are glad you decided to join us! Michael Lord, Tennille, Ga. Charles McClure, Jasper, Ga. Justin Paschal, Eatonton, Ga. Alex Peskoe, Davisboro, Ga. Rick Ragsdale, Adrian, Ga. Tom Ritchie, Metter, Ga. Wilson Roberts Jr., Iron City, Ga. Dusty Smith, Donalsonville, Ga. Kyle Smith, Donalsonville, Ga. Nicholas Smith, Donalsonville, Ga. Ricky Smith, Donalsonville, Ga. Russell Smith, Donalsonville, Ga. Anthony South, Thomaston, Ga. Eric Tankersley, Adairsville, Ga. Jeff Taylor, Patterson, Ga. Charles Turk, Maysville, Ga. J. Glennis Tyre, Blackshear, Ga. Jake Walters, Aragon, Ga. Nate Walters, Aragon, Ga. Leland Wigley, Gainesville, Ga. Will Woodward, Madison, Ga. Gary Wooten, Climax, Ga. Josh Young, Davisboro, Ga.


Total 11/30/09

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

Total Inc/Dec 07/31/10 thru 7/31

16 85 152 70 43 37 16 14 67 16 83 138 111 55 26 68 20 15 42 75 118 38 33 39 34 75 78 49 46 43 17 70 25 43 16 94 47 79 30 35 23 149 44 185 4 155 73 29 47 67 64 38 107 52 44 16 103 33 87 23 89 0 0 79 33 56 80 16 11 56 47 31 98 15 15 39 45 41 4 73 18

18 82 178 79 46 41 15 13 66 12 91 138 114 55 28 74 21 14 45 73 105 41 38 34 43 80 82 47 43 53 15 71 23 38 15 98 42 75 33 19 19 130 46 179 30 151 66 25 46 65 57 36 107 63 45 15 95 31 79 16 94 33 22 70 27 49 65 19 11 62 46 29 92 12 16 35 83 37 4 66 17

2 -3 26 9 3 4 -1 -1 -1 -4 8 0 3 0 2 6 1 -1 3 -2 -13 3 5 -5 9 5 4 -2 -3 10 -2 1 -2 -5 -1 4 -5 -4 3 -16 -4 -19 2 -6 26 -4 -7 -4 -1 -2 -7 -2 0 11 1 -1 -8 -2 -8 -7 5 33 22 -9 -6 -7 -15 3 0 6 -1 -2 -6 -3 1 -4 38 -4 0 -7 -1







Last year’s Chapter of the Year: Mitchell County

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

GEORGIA LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION visit us online at for cattle for sale, news, calendar of events and more

Thank you for everyone’s support! DONATION HEIFER: White Acres Limousin FEED AND SERVICES: Sid Arnold PURCHASER OF HEIFER: Triple B Limousin - Max and Andrew Burns of Sylvania, Ga.


 Circle H Ranch  Little d Limousin  TLC Ranch  Williams Limousin  Minerich Land and Cattle  Youngblood Limousin

T.L.C. RANCH (706) 742-2369 931 Hargrove Lake Road Colbert, Georgia 30628 Nila Corrine Thiel Paul Thiel, Herdsman Owner Steven Thiel, Herdsman “Leaner cattle for today’s beef industry”

WHITE ACRES LIMOUSIN FARM Josh & Erin White 167 White Drive Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 474-4151

Using today’s top AI sires to produce quality Red & Black Polled Bulls & Heifers

Visitors always welcome! Bulls, Heifers, Cows & Embryos For Sale At All Times! Registered Purebred, Fullblood & LimFlex Cattle

Nathan & Morris Williams 6160 Broadwater Trail Cumming, GA 30040 Home: 770-887-3708 Cell: 404-886-8003

AI sires used extensively in our AI & Embryo Transplant Programs

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 Clay Allen/Honeywood Inc.  L and L Limousin  Big D Limousin  Minchew Farms  Silver Dollar Limousin  Pineywoods Farms

Your Georgia Connection for Limousin Cattle!

Big D Farms, Inc.


Limousin Cattle Chemilizer Medicators

Minchew Farms Calvin and Brenda Minchew 9001 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 478-781-0604 •

Donnie Davis 971 Hwy 221 NE Winder, GA 30680

Home 770-867-4781 Cell 770-868-6668

Purebred & Fullblood Limousin Club Calves

PINEYWOODS FARMS LOUIE PERRY & SONS ROUTE 6 • MOULTRIE, GEORGIA 31768 (229) 324-2245 324-2433 324-2796

HOWARD LIMOUSIN FARM using all top AI sires Larry and Joyce Howard 1350 Old Chattanooga Valley Rd. Flintstone, GA 30725 706-931-2940 • cell 423-596-3819

THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR YOU! Dexter and Nicholas Edwards 209 Willard Edwards Road • Beulaville, North Carolina 28518 910/298-3013 • Fax: 910/298-6155 • Nicholas, mobile 910/290-1424 email: • Nicholas, email:



Sayer & Sons Farm “Your trusted source of quality Limousin for over 30 years”

Jimmie Sayer 12800 Bowens Mill Rd., Ambrose, GA 31512 912-359-3229 • cell 912-592-1904


The Eyeglass Incident Back pain is the bane of many farmers and ranchers. A life of lifting, riding, shifting and physical exertion often leads them to a longterm relationship with osteopathic surgeons. Last spring, Colorado rancher Evan suffered through the spring branding and the state cattlemen’s meeting before making his doctor BAXTER BLACK, DVM appointment. As his wife was checking him in, he excused himself to the restroom. Even pulling the door open was a strain. Unzipping the barn door made him wince! Ah... relief! Then closure. He looked down and a sharp pain shot from his left ear down the back of his neck! His face contorted and the left lens fell out of his glasses! Leaning to the side for a quick glance, he broke the laser beam and the automatic flush mechanism fired off – gurgling, flooding and sucking water out of the wall-mounted unit! Evan straightened, looked down in the well and saw his lens floating at the bottom of the pool. “Oh, halla-loo-ya!” he thought, then reached down to pluck it out. Which, of course, activated the auto-flush again… slosh, gurgle, gulp! A pain shot down his sciatic nerve, causing him to arch backwards, firing off the auto-flush again, but he caught a glimpse of the lens burbling in the white water.

An idea slid into his tormented mind. He backed up, and with the caution of a man unfolding an origami duck, he dropped to one knee, then to the other, then to his paws. Stealthily Evan snuck up on the evil white porcelain monster, staying well below the auto-flush laser beam. Using his tactile memory he raised his right arm, cocked his wrist and reached into the quiet pool. The aperture admitted only two fingers. He explored the sidewalls and felt the lens up in the ascending ceramic pipe. “Okay!” he said. Many facial contortions accompanied his digital efforts but the lens was hard to hold on to. He considered asking one of the nurses at the desk for a six-inch curved forcep to extract the missing lens; but he dismissed the idea, thinking it would make him look “less than professional.” He was absorbed in deep concentration when suddenly the bathroom door swung open and a large man walked quickly behind him to the next wall unit. Evan looked around in surprise, pinching a nerve, as the stranger’s movement broke the red beam and cracked the automatic-flush bazooka! Trapped in the slooshing whirlpool, Evan managed to grasp the lens! He pulled it out, then raised his dripping fingers and sodden shirtsleeve in victory! The stranger peered over the divider at the pitiful demented figure crouching on his knees and grinning like a lopsided duck-billed platypus. Evan opened his mouth to speak... winced, then simply said, “...never mind.” GC

Bull Fest 2010 Plan to attend

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

BULL FEST PARTNERS: Triple M Angus NV Cattle Lewis Miller Steve Vaughan 770-547-6622 770-547-6291 3 J Farms Katie Colin Farm Burt Jeffords Greg Bennett 706-676-8323 770-560-2634 Reference Sires:

SAV Mandan • SAV Travler 004 • Duffs Encore SVF Steel Force • 3C Macho • Image Maker

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

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

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

Sonny Mathis Farm, Rome Southern States, Carrollton Southern States, Griffin Southern States, Woodstock Stokes Farm, Covington Stovall Dairy, Danielsville Thompson Appraisals, Soperton Troup County Farm Bureau, LaGrange Union County Farm Bureau, Blairsville United Community Bank, Carrollton United Community Bank, Cleveland Wallace Farm & Pet Supply, Bowdon Junction Wards Service Center, Inc., Dexter Wayne Chandler Plumbing & Well, Danielsville White County Farmers Exchange, Cleveland Whitfield County Farm Bureau, Dalton Whitner and Lewis Farm, Atlanta Wilcox Co. Farm Bureau, Rochelle Wilkes County Stockyard, Washington

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


Georgia Cattlemen’s Association 100 Cattlemen’s Drive / P.O. Box 24510 Macon, GA 31212-4510 (478) 474-6560 • Fax (478) 474-5731 Email:

 New Member  Renewal Business Name _________________ Contact _______________________ Address _______________________ City___________ State___ Zip_____ Phone_________________________ FAX___________________________ E-mail_________________________ Chapter _______________________ Sponsored by___________________ MEMBERSHIP LEVEL  Tenderloin Member

$600 or more

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$300 - $599

 Rib-Eye Member

$150 - $299

 Sirloin Member

$ 75 - $149

Contribution Amount __________

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


n i a Ag

By Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist

k e r c e a a n d B A GRAZIER’S TALE Th


recently returned from a week-long trip in New Zealand. For most Americans, New Zealand is known for its scenic vistas, rolling hills and mountains and mild climate. For others, the mention of New Zealand conjures up a vision of the scenic backdrop for the epic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that was filmed there. Yet for those of us who focus on grazing management, New Zealand is a country renowned for its emphasis on turning grass into milk, meat and wool. In this month’s article, I briefly recount my trip to New Zealand and share with you my reconnaissance. Though I usually tend to focus my monthly articles on data, facts and new recommendations, I hope you will indulge me this once as I tell you my tale of a simple grazier who went on an adventure. An Unexpected Adventure My trip to New Zealand was quite unexpected. Ironically, it was not unlike

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the adventures J.R.R. Tolkien described for Bilbo Baggins in his book, “The Hobbit.” Like Baggins, I was caught off guard when I was approached to go off on this “adventure.” After all, I am a “plain quiet” person with “no use for adventures.” But when I was approached by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (an economic development organization in New Zealand similar to our U.S. Department of Commerce), I could not turn down this opportunity for a free trip to New Zealand. Their goal was to seek advice on how to expand trade to and from the U.S. My goal was to help with this mutually beneficial economic development and learn as much as I could about their grazing management systems so I could share it with you. There were several others from the U.S. who were with me on this trip. Our party included Joe Horner, Extension Livestock Economist from the University of Missouri; Walt Cooley, Senior Editor for the Progressive

Dairyman magazine; and Rodney Ervin, Dairy Farmers of America’s Area Manager for the Gulf South region. For a time, we also met up with a delegation from Missouri, which included their state’s Senate Agricultural Appropriations Committee Chairman, officials from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, several dairy farmers from southwest Missouri, and others. Now I should say that I wasn’t involved in any high-level trade discussions. That’s well above my pay grade. But we did have an opportunity to discuss the bright future for pasture-based livestock industries in the U.S. and, in particular, the Southeast. Frankly, I was quite proud to represent Georgia and the Southeast. Our New Zealand friends have spotted what I have been saying for years: There are few other places in the world that have the opportunity to grow as much grass, graze as many days, and provide meat and milk for as many people as we do here in the southeastern U.S.

Over Hill and All Around It We arrived in Auckland at 6 a.m. local time after a 12-hour flight from Los Angeles, Calif. We wasted no time. Within minutes, we were traveling south on NZ Hwy 1 and watching the sun emerge from behind the grassy hills of the Waikato region (the central part of the North Island). I must admit it was truly breathtaking when we first crested the hill that overlooked the Waikato River valley below. Emeraldgreen pastures flowed over and around the rolling hills as far as the eye could see. Calling some of those slopes a “hill” was a bit of an understatement, though, as even a north Georgia cattleman would be likely to call them a mountain. I was surprised to see how steep some of those pastures were and how those cattle were able to keep from rolling down the hill. But what surprised me most was that even those steep slopes were efficiently grazed. Inside Information Pasture-based agriculture accounts for nearly 60 percent of New Zealand’s agricultural economy and over 30 percent of their exports. There are 34.1 million sheep, 5.6 million dairy cattle and 4.1 million beef cattle but only 4.3 million people in New Zealand. Needless to say, animal agriculture is the bedrock of their economy. This is especially true for the part of New Zealand that I visited. The Waikato region, which is about the size of the Atlanta metropolitan area, boasts a full third of New Zealand’s beef, sheep and dairy production. There is one word that can summarize their grazing management: efficient. As a result of the importance of pasture in their economy, leaders in New Zealand place a major emphasis on developing and supporting markets for these industries. It is interesting, however, that their government provides virtually no subsidies. Much of the research and development, Extension training of producers, and producer aid programs is funded by industry initiatives (similar to CheckOff funds in the U.S.). Though the costs of these programs are borne ultimately by the producer, it would appear that they have gotten their money’s worth.

Table 1. Basic information about New Zealand’s pasture-based agricultural industries.

Usefulness of Examining Other Systems One of the most intriguing things I learned about New Zealand farmers is that a substantial number of them frequently travel to other countries and study other farming systems. Certainly, looking abroad to study what does and doesn’t work in other situations can teach one a lot about what will or won’t work on one’s own farm. While I was there, I learned why and how they have become so efficient at utilizing their pasture resources. Certainly, not everything that is done in New Zealand is applicable to Georgia conditions. But, on the long plane ride back and in the days since, I think I have figured out many new ways that we here in Georgia can be more efficient at utilizing our pasture resource. This will be a very

good year for you to attend our Georgia Grazing School! It is not possible to fully summarize the differences and similarities between New Zealand and Georgia in this article. Nonetheless, I have tried to give you a summary of some key points with the information in Table 1. I hope you will catch me at one of our upcoming meetings to ask me more about my trip and what I learned. For information on how you can more efficiently manage your pastures, make plans to attend the 2010 Georgia Grazing School on Sept. 21 and 22 in Perry. You will find in-depth information on grazing management on our website at or by contacting your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office (call 1-800-ASK-UGA1). GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GCA/GBB Summer Intern Justin Gilliard reflects that this summer “has been one with many changes as we were constantly looking for ways to better serve our members.” What is the job of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board Summer Intern? For me, this is a question that has been defined and redefined daily over the course of the past several months. I began this journey on May 12 and over my first week I learned just exactly how hectic the office is during magazine deadline. From writing articles to finding businesses for ads, everyone has a part from start to finish. It takes a lot of effort to put together each magazine and it seems like a never-ending process. Once one issue is out the door, the next issue’s work begins. Over June 18 and 19 I helped score our Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge at the University of Georgia in Athens. Then the next weekend on June 26 I had the great pleasure of promoting beef at the Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers game where we passed out recipes and “I  Beef ” promotional items. We also partnered with the Big Green Egg to hand out Flat Iron Steak samples to hundreds of Braves fans. This summer I also had the benefit of learning how to better promote our product. I did an interview with Coreen Savitski of Channel 41-NBC in Macon. I provided viewers insightful tips on how to make their next grilling experience a little tastier. 38 September 2010

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REFLECTIONS BY JUSTIN GILLIARD Then the planning began for the “Survivors: Get Down and Get Dirty” themed Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association Field Day on July 14 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. This event was a fun day for junior cattlemen from around the state to come together and make new friends within the cattle industry while competing as individuals in the stockmen’s quiz and later working as teams to complete the “Survivor Games.” This year’s GBB “Beef Up Georgia’s Blood Supply” blood drive on July 24 was a great success. We completely redesigned the shirts and had more give-away items than ever before. We ended up with 31 people signing up to donate and a total of 29 units of blood being collected. When you consider that just one unit of blood has the potential to save three lives, this means 87 people could potentially benefit from our drive. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve as your summer intern these past few months. From planning the GJCA Field Day to organizing the blood drive, from revamping the picture background for the Beef Story at the Georgia National Fair to writing magazine articles, this will be a summer I will never forget. I have had the opportunity to work with a great office staff and learn from them daily. I personally believe that our Association is on the right track to achieve great things. This summer has been one with many changes as we were constantly looking for ways to better serve our members. GC

ABOUT THE GCA / GBB SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: GCA, GCWA and GBB offer a summer beef internship/scholarship. The internship pays $1,000 a month for three months. The winner is expected to live in Macon during the summer. Intern will primarily focus on creating more effective promotional marketing tactics for the beef industry as well as various responsibilities serving GCA. Upon completion of the internship the selected intern will receive a scholarship from the GCA and GCWA totaling $1,000. Applications for the 2011 internship opportunity will be due April 2, 2011. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Story and Photos by Katlin Mulvaney

BLACKWATER CATTLE COMPANY IS GROWING MORE THAN JUST BRANGUS CATTLE. Visiting with owner Mike Coggins for more than a few minutes will leave you enlightened about the vast enterprises in which he and his family are involved. This family-owned-and-operated business located in Lake Park, Ga., has been operating for more than 70 years. It is here in the sandy-soil region of Georgia the family has planted 2,600 acres of carrots, 1,600 acres of cotton, 1,200 acres of corn, bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, operates eight greenhouses, and manages a diverse line of fruits. The produce enterprise is named Coggins Farm Supply and acts as a separate business from the cattle. The Coggins family, made up of three hard-working brothers and their individual families, believes diversifying their constantly growing operation is what it takes to be successful. Diversification is what the Coggins family takes pride in and what has made their business into the multi-faceted enterprise that is thriving today. Perry Coggins, Mike’s grandfather, was a dairy and tobacco farmer in the late 1930s and early 40s, but dis-

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persed in the early 70s when the Coggins family began raising vegetables and commercial cattle. Once the family opted to re-enter the commercial cattle business, they decided that with the climate and resources available to them, Brangus genetics fit their needs. They were initially attracted to the breed’s heat tolerance, fertility, adaptability and easy fleshing ability on forages. “I have always loved Brangus cattle,” smiles Mike as he walks up to pet one of his favorite cows in the pasture behind grandmother’s house. “Over the years Brangus cattle have had a poor perception and docked at the stockyard, but I challenge folks to take another look. Brangus and Brangus influenced cattle are producing offspring with more pounds underneath the hide.” Raising not only heavier calves for the commercial producer, Mike also places emphasis on maintaining manageable birth weights. He reviews breed standards and expected progeny differences (EPDs) in all of their AI sires in the hope of producing calves that will “mash the scales down at weaning” and rise to the top of their contemporary groups.

Raising cattle with high-quality carcass merits, more efficiency in production, practicality and doability in a commercial operation, are more than just terms used to impress farm visitors coming to view cattle at BWCC. These terms are true standards that each animal, commercial and purebred alike, must meet.

“As a whole, Blackwater Cattle Company has some of the best Brangus genetics in the country,” says Cal Whatley, ranch manager for DCJ Ranch located in Opelika, Ala. “We are using their purebred bulls on our F1 tiger stripe females and they are some of the thickest bulls I’ve seen in a long time.” Raising cattle with high-quality carcass merits, more efficiency in production, practicality and doability in a commercial operation, are more than just terms used to impress farm visitors coming to view cattle at BWCC. These terms are true standards that each animal, commercial and purebred alike, must meet. Andrew Conley, manager of the beef cattle division at BWCC and president of the Georgia Brangus Breeders Association, says their vision is: “quality is not an option – it is mandatory.” After each calving season all breeding females and bulls go through steep culling standards, as Conley and Mike place much emphasis on durable and proven traits.

“We produce genetics we believe in,” shares Conley. “This means we don’t sell anything off our place, we wouldn’t use ourselves.” Extensive performance data records are kept on both herds throughout the year. All replacement females will have data including weaning weights, yearling weights, pelvic measures, carcass merit ultrasound measures and annual calving records. The bulls are put through a range-ready test, where they are turned out into a marsh-condition pasture throughout the summer. Conley says this is to make sure the bulls will hold up in real-world breeding conditions as well as be range ready for producers across the Southeast. More than 150 bulls will be sold at their third annual “The Cowman’s Kind” sale, Nov. 13. “About the only thing different between our two cow herds is that we weigh our registered calves at birth and have a spring calving season to Continued on page 46

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“Intensive herd health program.”

Juniors: Quality Show Prospects Available

Roger and Janet Greuel Richard and Ann 438 Price Road Brooks, GA 30205 Certified Herd No. 262 Phone / Fax: (770) 719-8118 Email:


November 20, 2010 Alabama Brangus Breeders Heart of Alabama Bull Sale Uniontown, Alabama

January 8, 2011 11th Annual Lake City Invitational Brangus Bull Sale Lake City, Florida

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complement our fall calving season for our registered cows,” explains Mike. BWCC believes not only in their genetic quality, but also in a quality nutrition program. They have developed a creative feeding program using vegetable by-products. The vegetable culls are fed directly to the cattle, with different by-products being fed during different harvest seasons. Starting in January through the end of June is the prime harvesting season for the carrots. With more than 75,000 pounds of cull carrots harvested per day, this provides an excellent economical opportunity to dispose of the waste as well as offering a nutritious feedstuff for the cattle. The carrots have a total digestive nutrient (TDN) value of 76 percent, and when supplemented with the special blend of minerals and free-choice forages, this offers balanced nutrition. The special mineral blend was created by feed specialists after they had done a thorough nutritional analysis of the carrots, the forages and the water. Mike compares the carrot nutrient concentrations to corn, with a similarly high starch and sugar value. The carrots and vegetable byproducts have proven to be more costeffective while not losing the easy fleshing ability in both dry and lactating cows. Throughout the hot summer months, cattle have free-choice grazing of bahiagrass and Tift 85 bermudagrass; they are then transitioned over to graze oat fields during the winter months. “We produce calves with manageable birth weights, raise them on the fewest pounds of grain to yield the greatest pounds of gain,” explains Mike. Whether you are passing through for a family vacation headed to the relaxing and beautiful beaches of Florida or just coming down to buy new stock, the Coggins family will be more than happy to show you around. “They are honest people to do business with and that means a lot when your livelihood is based off this,” shares Whatley. GC








Offering great Brangus genetics! Georgia Brangus Breeders for 2010 President: Andrew Conley, 229-316-0930 • Sec/Treas: Susan Vaughan, Fairmont, 706-386-0390 Alan King Farms Alan King Bowman GA

Char-No Farm Chuck & Norma Sword Willamson GA 770-227-9241

American Brangus Barry McEntire/ Justin Hawkins Calhoun GA

ChisomTrail Brangus Nathan & Amanda Hunnicutt Clarkesville GA 706-754-5745

Back Creek Brangus Rigo Orozco Ranger GA 770-324-0752 Bamboo Road Farms Stephen Cummings Marshallville GA 478-396-5832 Blackwater Cattle Co. Mike Coggins Lake Park GA 229-559-1110 Burke Brangus Mike Burke Waynesboro GA Cedar Creek Brangus Charles & Jane Chalker Thomson GA 706-595-1390

Clover Ranch Jose Medina Marietta GA D & G Cattle Co. Duane West, Jr. Cedartown GA Duncan Farms James Veal Royston GA Davis Family Brangus Marty & Melanie Davis Pinehurst GA 229-645-3411 Double C Farms, Inc. Curtiss C. Kicliter Marshallville GA 478-967-3300

Douple P Farm Sean & Lynn Parker Barnesville GA 770-358-6826

McManus Farms Barry McManus Roopville GA 770-854-5570

Pleasant Valley Farms Brandon King Royston GA 706-476-9011

Greuel Family Brangus Roger & Janet Greuel Brooks GA 770-719-8118

N V Brangus Steve Vaughan/ Bob Neel Cartersville GA 770-796-4163

Rockhill Brangus Kevin Crump Martin GA

Harrison Brangus Farm Emmett & Billie Harrison Whigham GA 229-872-8164

Oak Grove Brangus Craig Johnson/ Gary Amos Adairsville GA 770-773-9985

Running W Farms Chris Waters Haralson GA

The Oaks Farms Joe and Catherine Kassler Newman, GA 770- 251-6522

Salacoa Valley Farm David & Susan Vaughan Fairmount GA 770-386-0390

Old Home Place Farm Randall D. Waits Rockmart GA 678-332-3358

Twin Oaks Brangus Jim and Jimmie Brackett Adairsville GA 770-877-3913

Hayston Farms Fred & Peggy Greer, Jr. Mansfield GA 770-787-3392 J Bar J Bar Brangus Jim & Joan Bishop Barnesville GA 770-358-2418 L & K Farms Lewis & Kathy Rice Monticello GA 706-468-0019

Owens Brangus John and Gracie Owens Armuchee GA 706-235-0208

Wade Brangus Jeff & Thomas Wade McDonough GA South Land Farms Gregory & Erica Shore Rome GA 706-295-3373

RRR Ranch Josh Reynolds Claxton GA

Lee McFarlin Martin GA Andrew Conley Lake Park GA George Wright Fairmount GA Board of Directors 2010-2011 Susan Burke Lynn Parker Sean Parker

Vanna Farms Lee McGarity Royston, GA

Call Susan Vaughan at 706-386-0390 for joining the Georgia Brangus Association or information on Georgia Brangus Cattle. 50 September 2010

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2010-2012 David Vaughan Chuck Sword Janet Greuel 2010-2013 Norma Sword Mike Burke Mike Coggins

SBBA/GBBA Field Day Schedule Sept. 18 in Williamson, Ga Hosted by Char-No Farm 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Registration Focus for Success Health Program Presented by Dan Scruggs, DVM Pfizer Animal Health Lunch SBBA Board of Directors/ Membership Meeting followed by GBBA Board of Directors/ Membership Meeting Presentation by Patrick Greene on Blood Sample Collection Through Tail Bleeding for Pregnancy Checking

Please e-mail or call (770) 227-9241, if you are planning on attending. Directions available upon request. SPONSORS:

Pfizer Animal Health • Southeast Brangus Breeders Association • Char-No Farm

Georgia Brangus Breeders


David and Susan Vaughan Ben Spitzer, General Manager 706-337-2295 Office 864-723-3779 Cell PO Box 185 Fairmount, GA 30139




For the best in

REGISTERED & COMMERCIAL BRANGUS Mike Coggins • Lake Park, GA 31636 229/559-7972 Office • 229/559-6097 Fax 888/237-9120 Cell • Email: Ranch located just off I-75, on the Georgia-Florida line.

Char-No Farm Registered Brangus and Ultrablacks Black Simmental / Angus Composites C.E. (CHUCK) & NORMA SWORD 545 Scott Road Williamson, GA 30292 (770) 227-9241• 770-468-3486 (cell) •

Hollonville Highway 362 12 Miles West of Griffin

NV Brangus Farm 300 Falling Springs Rd Rydal, GA 30171 770-796-4163 - Home 770-547-6291 - Cell Steve, Rena, Stephen and Sarah Vaughan Emmett C. Harrison 3637 Old 179 South, Whigham, Ga. 39897 (229) 872-8164 RESIDENT HERD SIRES ECH Jackson ECH Cadence Sugar Ray of Brinks 512K3 Sir Loin of 895K4

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Harness the Benefits of Brangus...

Numerous studies have been done showing average gains of 50 to 75 pounds per calf at weaning when using Brangus bulls versus Angus and other breeds.

we move into late summer and early fall, bull sales are just around the corner. Before long we will be listening to the cries of auctioneers and the hollers of those ring-men we all love as they turn in our bids. Yes, the time is coming soon when people should be thinking about their breeding decisions and the bull power they will need for the upcoming breeding seasons.


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• G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N Your Next Gen One of the most significant management practices a cow-calf producer can control first-hand is the bull selection for his operation. We all know that a bull will have a direct impact on each calf he sires. Therefore, producers need to make their selections based on their program goals. For example, some programs market their calves at weaning or right off of the cow, while others retain ownership through the feeding process. Some operations are strictly terminal while

others retain or market heifers as replacements. Particular traits, EPDs and performance data are viewed differently by these diverse producers. But one thing remains constant: Each bull will still affect 100 percent of the calves he sires, either positively or negatively. Commercial cow-calf producers have many choices when selecting bulls to service their cow herd. They must decide between different breeds and the various seedstock operations within each breed. Producers must also decide on the age of the bulls they wish to purchase. Then, and probably most importantly, they must make decisions based on their goals by using the various tools available for comparing animals, as we already mentioned. As a person can see, it is not as easy as just going down to the old sale barn and buying a bull – at least not for the producer wishing to make money and better his or her operation. Therefore, a producer should evaluate which factors influence his bottom line in terms of calf revenue:

netic Decision •

Is it strictly pounds of calf off of the cow? • Is it the carcass quality? • Is it the quality of the replacement female? • Is it the marketing potential of the calves raised? Whether you answered yes to one or all of these questions, the answer for your bull-selection needs is BRANGUS.

Pounds off of the Cow Brangus, being a composite breed, automatically puts heterosis or hybrid vigor into your calf crop. This simply means more pounds or “more bang for your buck.” Numerous studies have been done showing average gains of 50 to 75 pounds per calf at weaning when using Brangus bulls versus Angus and other breeds. Every producer, no matter his marketing strategy, wants more pounds at weaning. So why not use Brangus? I sure can’t think of a reason not to use Brangus.

By Grant Keenen, Director of Commercial Marketing Programs, International Brangus Breeders Association

Carcass Quality Brangus-influenced feeder cattle have proven ability to quality grade and yield grade. Research also proves that these cattle have some of the highest tenderness percentages in the industry. Now more than ever, with the choiceselect spread being so minimal, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of Brangus known tenderness, which supplies a consistent product whether choice or select. That is something our competitors cannot do! Couple the Brangus-influenced feeder calf ’s beef tenderness score, its ability to grade and yield, and its feeding efficiency, the resulting product increases the bottom line of any operation.

Replacement Female Quality Longevity! Productivity! Mothering Ability! Adaptability! Efficiency! What else does a person need? The quality of the replacement Brangus-influenced female is unsurpassed. The Brangustype female’s longevity allows her to stay in the herd longer, directly influencing your bottom line. She will raise

more pounds of calf every year; pounds pay. The Brangus female can adapt to any environment and thrive no matter the circumstances. Whether in knee-deep grass or drought country she will survive, raise a calf and breed back easier than other breeds. And the mothering ability... she has definitely got it. When you look at the quality of the Brangus replacement female, it looks like an easy decision to choose Brangus for your bull power needs.

Marketing Ability Brangus-influenced feeder calves and replacement females have great marketing potential. The IBBA is one of only three breed associations to offer a USDA-approved Age and Source Verification (ASV) Process Verified Program (PVP). OptimaxX is available to any cow-calf producer that can verify age, source and at least 50 percent IBBA Brangus parentage. This PVP allows market access into national ASV programs, which helps the producer reap premiums for his age, source and genetic-verified feeder cattle. GC G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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INDUSTRY NEWS Darrell Busby from Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity

Terry Harris, USDA

Beef Challenge attendees

Georgia Beef Challenge Annual Meeting Well Attended The annual meeting of the Georgia Beef Challenge (GBC) was held July 13 with a lively audience in attendance. Dr. Ronnie Silcox presided. Darrell Busby, Manager of the TriCounty Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF), updated GBC producers on the progress and status of TCSCF. He introduced Paul Ackley, TCSCF Board member, and Gary Nilan, owner of one of the TCSCF feedlots. Since March of 2007 a total of $131,750 has been returned to Georgia Beef Challenge (GBC) consignors as a result of the Age & Source Verification (A&SV) Premiums.

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Patsie Cannon distributed a number of handouts as well as a Summary of 2009-10 Georgia Beef Challenge (as of 7/13/10). The spreadsheet included 1,410 head of cattle and the averages of each pen of cattle that had already been harvested as well as the overall averages. A total of 1,679 calves (1,241 steers and 438 heifers) were shipped during 200910; four pens still remain to be harvested. As of July 13, 2010, $39,115 in Age & Source Verification premiums had been returned to Georgia on the 200910 calves. Terry Harris, Director of USDAGeorgia Department of Agriculture

By Patsie T. Cannon Livestock Market News, shared materials concerning GBC grading. His information highlighted the work that his reporters do in conjunction with the GBC. Harris discussed the logical slaughter potential and the 2008-09 GBC Summaries for Quality Grade, Frame Score, Adjusted Final Weight, Hot Carcass Weight, Muscle Score and Ribeye Area. Dr. Carter Black, Georgia State Veterinarian and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture, presented a short progress report on Animal Traceability and how it pertains to producers in Georgia. Dr. Curt Lacy, UGA Extension Economist for Livestock, suggested that for 2010-11, the GBC adopt the same four overall Risk Management objectives that were used last year and that were approved by the Steering Committee. Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, briefly discussed several of the concerns affecting the cattle industry. He recognized the five GCA Regional Vice Presidents (Eddie Bradley, D. J. Bradshaw, Mike Burke, Terry Harris and Jim Strickland) and immediate Past President (Bill Nutt) who were all in attendance. He announced that Carole Hicks, UGA Extension Beef Specialist, has been named Georgia’s State Coordinator for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). White and Nutt thanked everyone involved with the GBC – both in Georgia and in Iowa. Approximately 30 producers later attended the Risk Management Workshop presented by Dr. Curt Lacy (UGA) and Dr. Walt Prevatt (Auburn University), both livestock economists. Lively discussion, as well as ample opportunities for questions, made the learning session both informative and interesting! GC


They Got Down and Got Dirty! In July the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual field day at the Georgia Junior Beef Futurity in Perry, Ga. As the field day coordinator, it was an honor to be a part of this event. This year we had a very successful turnout – in fact, probably one of the best. Hopefully we can continue to increase membership and participation over the next year. Katlin Mulvaney has done a fantastic job with our Junior program and I know this year will be even better! During the field day we all competed in numerous games and obstacle courses, including water balloon tosses, a worm-eating contest (don’t worry, they were gummy worms), a scavenger hunt and even a magic carpet ride. Also, there was a Stockmen’s Quiz contest where all the participants had to identify farm equipment, breeds of cattle, feedstuffs and reproduction at different stations. Matt Shirley was even kind enough to come and give our youth a clipping and fitting demonstration. Along with Matt’s demonstration, Mary Bea Martin with Godfrey Feeds prepared a presentation on nutrition and conditioning your animal before a show. Everyone who participated in the field day was asked to bring a few canned goods to be donated to charity. Later on in the week, young 4-H’ers and FFA members used the cans in a structure-building contest. It was neat to see what was created. Make sure to be stocking up on your canned goods for next year’s competition. I would like to offer congratulations to all of the winners who exhibited their cattle during the futurity. I for one can say that the competition is steep this year and I wish all of you the best of luck! During the futurity, the Georgia Club Calf Producers Association held their annual awards ceremony. Callaway Cattle Company was granted the premier breeder award, so a big congratulations to them and to everyone else who competed in the GCCPA points system. It is somewhat bittersweet to be writing my last article as a Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s officer. I am so honored to have had this experience and look forward to continuing my involvement in the beef industry. Peace and Blessings! Christopher Campbell G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Common-Sense Biosecurity Practices for Livestock Producers By Ted G. Dyer, UGA Extension Animal Scientist

Beef cattle, just like other livestock, can be “taken down” by just a few unseen bacteria, viruses or parasites, whether they’re introduced intentionally or accidentally. By making some simple changes, you can ensure that your cattle are afforded an extra measure of health protection! Biosecurity practices don’t have to be cumbersome, confusing or expensive. In fact, a small tub, a gallon of bleach or disinfectant, and a brush will go a long way toward protecting livestock from “outside” disease. The premises needs to be a “safe” area and biosecurity practices are the barriers to keep disease out! 1. Give “germs” the boot!

You wouldn’t think of eating off the floor at the local coffee shop, livestock market, feed store or grocery. But if you walk around these places in your work boots, then head home and work with your animals, you may be tracking “germs” on the soles of your shoes to your pasture, animal bedding or any livestock feed you step in. Don’t take unwanted “guests” to your animals. Either keep a pair of boots or shoes to wear only on your own premises, or clean and disinfect your footwear before heading out to check on livestock. Commercial disinfectants are readily available, or you can 58 September 2010

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mix three parts bleach to two parts water in a small, flat tub. A quick scrub of your boots with a long-handled brush will remove manure, mud or debris, and the bleach or disinfectant will kill viruses, germs and parasites. Ask your visitors and employees to clean their boots, too. If you entertain Watch out for prospective international buyers, you germs you may might even consider providing them with carry around. rubber boots that are never removed from your premises. Where have your hands been? Handling animals at the livestock market? In Great Britain, foot-andmouth virus was spread at the livestock auction by buyers inspecting the mouths of hundreds of sheep.

2. Don’t haul home disease. Car, truck or trailer tires can harbor “germs,” too. At the livestock market, you’ve probably driven through manure, mud or muck. Taking a few minutes to spray disinfectant over your tires can kill the “germs” you’ve picked up in the parking lots, on dirt roads or in a friend’s pasture. If you’ve been hauling livestock in your trailer, a quick trip through the car wash is advisable before returning home. 3. Bucket brigades and tool trades. Borrowing equipment or tools from a neighbor? Carrying buckets, shovels or wheelbarrows to use at the local fair or exhibit? You can bet you’ve picked up “germs” at the event. Don’t bring these items home until you’ve washed off the “crud” and sprayed the equipment with disinfectant. Clean and disinfect borrowed items before returning them! 4. Trash and garbage: “Bag it!” Control refuse on your premises. Don’t haul home trash or garbage from your office, store or another site, unless it’s bagged in plastic and sealed. 5. Tourist OR terrorist? Be aware of who is on your property! Strangers lurking near your fence line could be innocent tourists admiring the scenery and your stock... or they could have sinister intentions. Ask questions – or call the local law enforcement officials. These days, it pays to be alert – and justifiably suspicious! Friends, family or business associates coming to visit? If they’ve traveled internationally within the previous week, discourage them from handling your livestock. At the very least, make certain their footwear is disinfected. Some viruses can stay alive for several days on clothing and footwear. If you’ve traveled internationally, wash your clothes, shower and clean your boots before going out to check on livestock. Better yet, avoid getting near your animals for at least 48 hours after traveling internationally, to ensure you don’t pass any viruses that may be ‘harbored’ in your nasal passages. 6. Padlock your perimeter. Lock your gates! Keep feed sacks and veterinary supplies in a secure location. Don’t tempt someone to tamper with feed, supplements or medicines. 7. Taking animals to a show or fair? Don’t take chances with feed supplies and equipment at the show grounds. With the increased threat of agricultural terrorism, security is extremely important, particularly where unknown persons have access to livestock.

8. Give ‘germs’ space! Newly acquired animals should be isolated for at least two weeks, to ensure you don’t introduce disease to your main herd. Although it’s not required, unless you import animals from out of state, you might consider having your private practitioner inspect animals prior to, or shortly after, making a purchase. As an added precaution, consider keeping show animals segregated for two weeks after they’ve been to a fair or exhibit. If someone has introduced a disease at an event, you’ll be protecting your main herd. Lock your gates!

9. Report signs of disease immediately! Don’t wait to report unusual signs of disease to your private practitioner. Early reporting is crucial to the health and safety of YOUR herd and to the entire livestock industry! 10. Why be concerned? • A foreign animal disease outbreak could stop Georgia’s interstate and international livestock trade “dead in its tracks.” • Early reporting is the most important step in eradicating a disease outbreak! Don’t be afraid of crying “wolf!” • Don’t take shortcuts! Livestock health regulations were developed to protect herds!

SIGNS OF DISEASE THAT SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY: 1. Sudden, unexplained death loss in the herd. 2. Severe illness affecting a high percentage of animals. 3. Blisters around an animal’s mouth, nose, teats or hooves. 4. Unusual ticks or maggots. 5. Staggering, falling or central nervous system disorders that prevent animals from rising or walking normally. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Junior Cattlemen’s Report 2009-10 Year Recap Kim Chandler

P.O. Box 24510 Macon, GA 31212 478-474-6560

Check us out!

Hello again, junior cattlemen and other Georgia Cattlemen’s members! As I look back over the past year, I have seen goals achieved, friends made, and new plans being made to improve the association in the upcoming year. At the beginning of the 2009-2010 year, the officer team and I were excited to have 488 GJCA members. Unfortunately, these numbers have declined to 435 members. I would like to personally challenge everyone to go out and recruit! The only way the future of GJCA will be secure is if we all pull our weight and recruit. Increasing the membership was the main goal of the 2009-2010 officer team, but we need a LOT of help to get to where we need to be. Help has come in the form of Katlin Mulvaney, our new youth activities coordinator. Born and raised in Alabama, Ms. Katlin has brought energy, creativity, passion and her sunny, positive attitude to Georgia. GJCA is truly blessed to have Ms. Katlin as our Junior advisor. The next goal our officer team set

was to set up more Junior meetings around the state. This year we had two additional meetings. We had an ice cream social at the Young Farmers Show on Aug. 20, where we served delicious ice cream during cattle check-in. It was a huge hit! We also hosted the GJCA Western Round-Up at the Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention in April, where we served a fajita supper and danced the night away after the icebreaker games. Then came the GJCA Annual Field Day! The Field Day theme was “Survivor: Get Down and Get Dirty!” We had a great time getting to know our members and recruiting new members. This year has been one of new faces, new goals and new dreams. I thank each and every one of you who have made this year possible. Without sponsors or members, none of these great things could happen. I am very excited to have served as this past year’s chairman, but am even more excited to be the new Convention Coordinator. Thank you, and I look forward to this next year being even better. GC

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


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

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NCBA Members Vote on Policies to Address Border Security, Other Industry Challenges During the membership meeting at the culmination of the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference, members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approved a number of resolutions to guide the association’s policy efforts in Washington, D.C. “One of the pressing issues facing our members right now is the out-of-control situation at the U.S.-Mexico border,” said NCBA President Steve Foglesong. “The lack of border security has and continues to pose a serious threat, not only to those living and working along the border, but to the entire nation, in terms of personal safety, health, economic welfare and the environment.” NCBA members resolved to support an 18-point “Restore Our Border” plan developed by the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association. The plan includes securing the border along the international boundary; adding sufficient personnel to secure the border; providing the personnel with all the modern technology and resources necessary to enforce security at the international boundary; and enhancing civil and governmental communications to provide full coverage throughout the border region. A second resolution calls for full authority for federal agencies and state and local authorities to secure the border, including the suspension of all pending legislation and funding for federal-land designations along the border. Federallyowned lands along the border with certain designations such as “wilderness areas” provide unfettered access for illegal cross-border activities by restricting the motorized access of federal agents responsible for patrolling the land. In the area of animal health, members resolved that NCBA continue leading the discussions on any animal disease traceability program(s) requiring animal identification. Specifically, the resolution maintains that any federal or state animal identification program should allow lowcost tagging devices paid for by federal or state funds, if possible; ensure confidentiality of producers’ private information; operate at the speed of commerce; allow for herd movement between states; provide producers protection from liability after cattle have left their control; collect data for the sole purpose of disease surveillance, control and eradication; allow for flexibility in the use of currently established and evolving official identification methods for cattle moving across

state lines only; and not replace or impede existing state brand-inspection activities. The resolutions “are a critical step in guiding our policy priorities in Washington, D.C.,” Foglesong continued. “I’m proud to be a member, and leader, of NCBA, an association that works dayin and day-out to maintain a favorable business climate for beef producers to thrive and grow.” More than 800 cattlemen and women attended this year’s conference, held July 28 – Aug. 1 in Denver, Colo. Please visit for more news from the conference. GC

MARCIA CALLAWAY, Georgia CattleWomen’s Association and American National CattleWomen’s Association Region #2 representative (left), stands with NCBA Director of Communications Daren Williams (center) and GCWA President Brenda Brookshire (right) after the two women graduated from the Master of Beef Advocacy spokesperson training in Denver, Colo., during the NCBA Summer Conference July 28-31.

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



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ON OUR HEREFORD PROGRAM WE ARE CONTINUING OUR OWN 45-YEAR LINEBREEDING WITH TRASK PLATO DOMINO BREEDING. THIS LINE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF WITH TRUE GRASS PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY. Our Featured Herd Sires are: Plato Mossy Domino Hv176, Plato Mossy Domino HV634, FF Plato Banner H11 N457, Plato Banner HV801 WE OFFER OUR TOP PRODUCTION. NONE WILL BE SOLD PRIOR TO OUR SALE OPEN HEIFERS BRED HEIFERS BULLS 12 - ANGUS, 18-mo+ 4 - P. HEREFORD, 16-mo 20 - ANGUS, 18-mo+ Bred Angus 12 - P. HEREFORD, 18-mo+ 4 - P. HEREFORD, 18-mo+ 12 - ANGUS, 16-mo Bred Hereford EE FREE FR VERY 10 P. HEREFORD, 30-mo LUNCH AT HIGH NOON LI HIN E Bred Hereford D IT LE W -MI Semen Tested, Pregnancy Checked, UltraSounded, Forage Developed, Health Certificate 100 DIUS RA Bud & Lorraine Hill, owners Troy Dyer, Herdsman HILL-VUE FARM Phone & Fax 706/745-5714 Dr. Dan Brown, Advisor 1159 Deep South Farm Rd. Cells 423/322-6007 & Carroll Cannon, Auctioneer Blairsville, GA 30512 706/897-0847 Cell 229/881-0721 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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FARMS, INC. P.O. Box 330 Stephens, GA 30667 Roddy Sturdivant mobile phone: (770) 372-0400 office phone: (770) 921-3207

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

Show Steers & Heifers Breeding Bulls

Tim & Judy Gilstrap 1355 Wrights Mill Rd. Commerce, GA 30530 706-335-7448


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



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Registered Beefmasters

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


L. Cary Bittick (478) 994-5389

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

Plan to attend The Fall Sale Oct. 16, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Oak Hill Farm Home of Bennett Charolais Wayne & Lois Bennett Barn: 770-893-3446 Home: 770-893-2674 Cell: 770-826-9551

1779 Holcomb Road Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cattle for Sale Private Treaty

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Gazda Named NJAA Advisor of the Year “Whatever she volunteers to do or agrees to do, you know she will handle it.” Hardworking, dedicated and responsible – a general consensus of words used to describe Georgia Junior Angus Association (GJAA) Advisor Carolyn Gazda. Her allegiance to Georgia junior members and her loyalty to the Angus breed were recognized during the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 11-17 in Denver, Colo., as she received the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) 2010 Advisor of the Year Award. “I’ve seen it awarded all these years we’ve been coming to nationals,” Gazda says. “It is a great honor.” Gazda has served as the GJAA advisor for seven years. During that time she has been instrumental in coordinating meetings, activities and shows on state and national levels. Christy Page, Georgia Angus Association secretary/treasurer, says most of Gazda’s hard work isn’t in the spotlight. “Carolyn is reliable and dependable,” Page says. “She’s more of a behind-the-scenes kind of worker. Whatever she volunteers to do or agrees to do, you know she will handle it.” Page says she has known Gazda her entire life, and has had the opportunity to work with her on various committees for the last 10 years. Gazda and Page served as co-chairs for the 2009 National Junior Angus Show in Perry, Ga. Gazda says she grew up raising and showing Angus cattle and says the life lessons learned through Junior Angus activities are valuable. “Carolyn’s really good about the one-on-one talking to kids and offering support, whether they’re new kids or kids that have been doing this a while,” Page says. “It’s good to see kids excel,” Gazda says. “And even if they don’t, it’s good to see them put forth their best effort and have a good time because, ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.” GC 64 September 2010

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CONGRATULATIONS! Pictured left to right: David, Taylor, Katie and Carolyn Gazda; with Anna Shackelford (Carolyn’s mother) and National Junior Angus Association Board Member Ashlyn Carter.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 1:00 P.M. Columbia Livestock Market

LIVE! : W E • Sale every Monday at 1 PM


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Over 450 Brangus/Brangus Cross Heifers. Bred to Angus & Brangus Bulls. Tested for pregnancy & breeding soundness. Over 200 4-year-old 2nd calf females Handled for disposition • In a strict health program • Raised on Grass Cattle available for viewing Thursday, September 30, and Friday morning, October 1, before sale. - MARK YOUR CALENDAR 11TH ANNUAL LAKE CITY INVITATIONAL BRANGUS & ANGUS BULL SALE • SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011 Featuring: Char-No Farm - Brangus bulls and Thad Rush - Angus Bulls

 Georgia Limousin Field Day July 23 • Athens

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

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

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Hosted by Kensington Cattle Co. Molena, GA Saturday, December 4, 2010 • 12:00 Noon The GAA is currently seeking nominations for the sale. Nominations forms are available at and are due September 1, 2010.

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

Georgia Angus Breeders Turnpike Creek Farms


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

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

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

M a t u re C ow H e rd D i s p e rs a l , M ay 1, 2 010


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


• No Creep • Est. 1979

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

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

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

Office: 706-678-2890 Cell: 706-202-8435

Specializes in raising bulls on forage. • Accredited • Certified


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Black Angus • Accredited • Certified • AHIR Johne’s Level 2 Test Negative Phone: 478-956-2288

Cell: 478-396-4474


Throne Stock Farm Chris, Julie, Katherine, Haley & Hank Throne 111 Duck Pond Rd. Lexington, GA 30648 706-302-2675 Angus • Sim-Angus • Club Calves

AHIR Herd Established 1982

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Brothers Angus

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



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



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

Owners: Arnold & Susan Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulls for Sale at the Farm


Idone Angus Farm

154 McKaig Loop • Rising Fawn, GA 30738


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


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

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

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

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

TIM SULLENS, Manager 706-864-7885

VIRGINIA WHITNER Owner 404-255-4459


Route 1 Dahlonega, GA 30533

570 Chestnut Hall Lane NW Atlanta, GA 30327

Jason Johns MANAGER 678-796-3239


Angus All Natural Beef

2020 Mt. Moriah • Dallas, GA 30132

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

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Snell Simmental

Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition October 19-21, 2010 1200 Exhibitors - Field Demonstrations Over 40 different specialized seminars and demos daily • 229-985-1968

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Offering Six Heifers Seven to Eight months of age: • Reasonable Price • Offspring of the same sire • Out of full blood Fleckvieh cows

Snell Simmental Ferle Snell • Snellville, GA (404) 408-8208 cell and (770) 972-2704 home

By Justin Gilliard

As Cattlemen and CattleWomen, we enjoy the great outdoors. There is just nothing like sitting in a deer stand on a crisp, cool fall morning dreaming of that monster whitetail. As we now enter the month of September, many hunting seasons are just right around the corner, so it is time we start thinking about getting our hunting licenses and reviewing the laws and limits. First let’s talk about the hunting license. Just like with driving, you have to go through a hunter’s education course and buy a hunting license to legally hunt; and just like with driving, if the game warden catches you without it you get a ticket. Georgia’s hunting licenses are relatively cheap and are easy to get on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at When buying your license, there are many different types you can go with: you can get just the basic hunting license or the hunting/fishing combo. Then you have to select different permits for different game. For example, for deer hunting you will need the deer harvest permit and for dove hunting you need the Harvest Information Program (HIP) Migratory Bird permit. Again, these licenses are relatively cheap compared to the ticket you could get for hunting without them. After you obtain your license, there are many regulations and limits set by the state that we must follow. We hear all the time, “Why do we have these limits on the numbers of game we can harvest? There are too many as there is.” Let’s take a trip back in time to the 1800s and early 1900s. Back then, there were really no laws to govern the amount of game taken by sportsmen and we saw the game num70 September 2010

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bers drop to their lowest levels in recorded history. Due to this drastic decrease in game numbers, sportsmen united and imposed a code of just common-sense ethical conduct. This code imposed basic hunting seasons,

one at once; but with the near extinction of many game species, sportsmen finally united. As sportsmen, these individuals knew they had to change their ways in order to preserve the game for future generations. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To waste, to Looking back at my child- destroy our natural hood, some of my favorite resources, to skin experiences came while and exhaust the land instead of wearing camouflage; using it so as to whether it be spending time increase its usefulwith my dad in the deer ness, will result in stand or being my uncle’s undermining in the “bird dog” at a dove shoot, I days of our children the very proswas taught valuable lessons perity which we I take with me daily. ought by right to bag limits and appropriate ways of tak- hand down to them amplified and ing game. As with any new law, these developed.” guidelines weren’t accepted by everyIt was during that time in our his-

tory that sportsmen became viewed as the conservationists, because they cared enough to make sure the game was preserved for future generations. As the sportsmen of today, we owe it to future generations to teach them the same principles and ethics our fathers taught us. Looking back at my childhood, some of my favorite experiences came while wearing camouflage; whether it be spending time with my dad in the deer stand or being my uncle’s “bird dog” at a dove shoot, I was taught valuable lessons I take with me daily. So let’s continue these sportsmen traditions. Take a kid hunting with you this season and be sure to preserve the game for future generations. For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources page at GC

2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Limits SPECIES



Sept. 11 - Oct. 8 Oct. 9 - 15 Oct. 16 - Jan. 1 Oct. 16 - Jan. 15

12 per season statewide No more than 10 anterless and

Deer Archery Primitive Weapon Firearms Northern Zone Firearms Southern Zone

2 antlered with 1 antlered having at least 4 points one inch or longer on one side.

Bear Northern Zone Archery Primitive Weapons Firearms Southern Zone Firearms

1 per season statewide Sept. 11 - Oct. 8 Oct. 9 - 15 Oct. 16 - Dec. 5 Sept. 23-25 Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Oct. 7-9


March 26 - May 15 (2011)

3 Gobblers per season


Statewide Sept. 4-19 Oct. 9-17 Nov. 25 - Jan. 8

15 per day 30 in possession



12 per day



12 per day



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Criteria for Operating Livestock Farm as a Business By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law


n hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profit-oriented venture. That was the issue in the Tax Court case, Ralph Wesinger Jr. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue [T.C. Memo 1999-372]. Wesinger owned a lucrative computer-servicing business in San Jose, Calif. He purchased two parcels of unimproved land and started a cattle ranch. He had some experience helping out occasionally on two dairy farms near where he grew up. He did not seek any professional assistance at the time he purchased the ranch as to its suitability for cattle ranching. He had no formal business plan detailing how a profit was to be made from the ranching operations. His plan was to buy, raise and sell cows. However, he learned that the grasses on the land would not support the cattle. He made improvements, including fencing and a well, and made plans to grow alfalfa and wheat. He obtained a soil conservation report and a field inventory report. He was advised that no more than 17 animals could be grazed with the land in its current condition. He made some irrigation improvements. He tried to graze 23 head, but did not put them into service until six years after he acquired the land. Wesinger did not live on the ranch, but visited it 15 to 17 times per year for three or four days at a time. He kept no separate books and records for his ranching operations, but he kept checks

and receipts relating to the ranch in a separate file on his personal computer. In a lengthy opinion, the court held that the ranch losses were not deductible because they were for an activity carried on primarily as a sport, hobby and for recreation. First, with respect to books and records, the court said Wesinger had only minimal records that were short of what has been identified by courts as signaling a bona fide intent to carry on a business. There were no records of cost accounting or analysis that could help him evaluate the overall performance of the operation. The court said: “It seems unlikely that entrepreneurs seriously intending to profit from a ranching venture would allow land allegedly purchased for that purpose to sit unused for six years before first placing cattle on the property.” The court said Wesinger failed to make attempts to improve the profitability by changing methods and techniques. The court noted that there was no formal business plan, and not even an informal “plan for success.” The court faulted the taxpayer for not conducting a basic investigation of the factors that would affect profit, that he had little preparation with regard to the economic aspects of the venture, and that, despite his business background, he failed to investigate the field before embarking on it or consult with experts on the business end of the activity. The court also noted that he went

to the ranch only 15 to 17 times a year for brief visits, and he did not hire anyone to run the ranching in his absence. Wesinger’s ranch had extensive losses in each year of operations. The key point of this case is that livestock and other farming ventures should be operated basically in the same way as other businesses, utilizing business principles and judgment in decision-making, and maintaining appropriate books and records. It is important to have advance and ongoing planning, not only with a view towards profitability, but also to provide documentary evidence proving that it is your intention to make a profit, even if profits are not forthcoming. Some type of written business plan is important to have in case you are audited. The IRS Audit Manual says: “The taxpayer should have a formal written plan. This plan should demonstrate the taxpayer’s financial and economic forecast for the activity. The plan should show a short-range and longrange forecast for the activity. The forecast should allow for changes due to potential unforeseen and fortuitous circumstances.” Auditors are asked to be on alert for “canned” business plan documents. GC [John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has worked in the livestock, farming and horse industries since l98l. He serves clients in all 50 states, and can be reached at: (3l0) 278-0203 or by email at His website is:] G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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Local Sale Reports Feeder Cattle Sale Reports Turner County Stockyards, Inc. Ashburn, Ga. July 15, 2010-Video Auction Results 3 Load Steers 600-700 lbs. $107.85-111.80 2 Load Steers 700-800 lbs. $110.6-110.85 1 Load Steers 980 lbs. $93.60 5 Load Heifers 600-700 lbs. $102.85-107.00

Southeast Livestock Exchange Swainsboro, GA Aug. 3, 2010 (Georgia Consignors) Split Load Steers 725 lbs. $108.60 Heifers 690 lbs. $103.60 1 Load Steers 600 lbs. $91.25 1 Load Steers 600 lbs. $114.50 1 Load Steers 675 lbs. $114.00 1 Load Steers 675 lbs. $111.00 1 Load Steers 675 lbs. $115.50 1 Load Steers 680 lbs. $106.75 1 Load Steers 680 lbs. $111.00 1 Load Steers 700 lbs. $109.75

1 Load Steers 700 lbs. 1 Load Steers 735 lbs. 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. 1 Load Steers 800 lbs. 1 Load Steers 850 lbs. 1 Load Steers 850 lbs. 1 Load Heifers 650lbs. 1 Loads Heifers 650 lbs.

Aug. 4, 2010 (Georgia Consignors) Split Load Steers 675 lbs. $113.40 Heifers 600 lbs. $108.40


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$103.00 $110.25 $109.00 $107.00 $ 85.60 $105.50 $107.00 $104.50

READER SERVICES Split Load Steers 700 lbs. Heifers 600 lbs. Split Load Steers 700 lbs. Heifers 675 lbs. 1 Load Steers 650 lbs. 1 Load Steers 650 lbs. 1 Load Steers 700 lbs. 1 Load Steers 725 lbs. 1 Load Steers 740 lbs. 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. 1 Load Steers 750 lbs. 1 Load Steers 770 lbs. 1 Load Steers 775 lbs. 1 Load Steers 800 lbs. Load Heifers 600lbs.

$109.25 $104.25 $111.00 $106.00 $117.50 $116.75 $111.25 $113.50 $109.40 $109.30 $108.75 $111.00 $111.10 $109.00 $111.10

1 Load Heifers 650lbs. 1 Load Heifers 675lbs. 1 Load Heifers 700lbs. 1 Load Heifers 750lbs.


$107.25 $108.50 $104.25 $103.00

Mosley Cattle Auction August 10, 2010 Load of Heifers: 685 lbs. (Lot 1) $104.70 695 lbs. (Lot 2) $103.20 645 lbs. (Lot 3) $107.10 Load of Steers: 690 lbs. (Lot 4) $ 112.60


Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Association, Yearling Steer and Heifer Tele-Auction Sale, Calhoun, GA Aug. 10, 2010 55 Yearling Steers and 180 Yearling Heifers Sold Group 1-1: 55 Steers, 885-910 lbs $103.50 Group 2-1: 118 Heifers, 835-860 lbs. $94.60 Group 2-2: 62 Heifers, 825-850 lbs. $100.00 Group 3: 42 Steers, 725 lbs. $106.00 with 36 Heifers, 665 lbs., $100.00


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Good friends

Good food

Keynote speaker Chris Dunn, ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission, is pictured with Steve Lennon, HCCA’s 2010 President, at HCCA’s June meeting at the Harris County Agriculture Center.

Date Cha pter was fo r m e d : Ap r i l , 1 9 8 3 Number of original Member s: 50 Number of cur r ent Member s: 83 Date of Annual Meeting and election: Last Tuesday in Januar y each year Good fellowship

Chapter Focus/Mission: The Harris County Cattlemen’s Association has the mission to promote and sustain the agricultural and rural heritage of our county by investing in the growth and education of our local youth, charitable organizations and economic development. Chapter Goals: The chapter goals are to promote the beef industry, educate youth and promote landowner rights. Involvement in Local, State or National Industry Affairs: Property Tax, Landowner Rights, Beef Check-off. Recent Speakers and Presentations: Area Stockyards; Georgia Forestry Commission and Local Officials. 76 September 2010

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THE HARRIS COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION continues to have a tremendous impact on local communities by supporting the cattle industry for more than 30 years. They are a group of people who meet the last Tuesday night of the month for dinner. Their menu includes flame-charred steaks, cooked to order, baked potatoes, rolls, fresh salad and dessert: $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. We love our heritage and agrarian lifestyle and welcome everyone who visits. We do support the Georgia beef industry, and some of our members own cattle. Other members are homeowners who are interested in the legislative issues that affect property and water rights. We come together and provide our time and talents for events like our Relay for Life cookout at no cost. We lend sup-

port to the Georgia High School Rodeo Association, the 4H Club, Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts and Harris County Shotgun team. Recurring Chapter Events For more than 20 years, thousands of spectators have cheered as the West comes alive at Mike Tracy Arena in Hamilton, Ga. Set amidst the backdrop of beautiful oak mountains, the rodeo began as a fund-raiser for the local 4-H Chapter. This exciting, familyfriendly event now benefits 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Volunteer Fire Department, Relay for Life, Georgia High School Rodeo Association and the U.S. Army Wounded Warriors’ Equine Therapy. To see more information about Harris County Cattlemen’s Association, visit our website

2010 HCCA Officers Steve Lennon – President 3747 Fortune Hole Road Hamilton, GA 31811 706-582-3023 (H) • 706-689-3259 (W) Jenny Bridges – Vice President 433 Grantham Drive Cataula, GA 31804 706-628-7337 (H) • 706-580-8249 (C) Christy Tucker – Treasurer 664 Holland Road Cataula, GA 31804 706-320-2049 • 706-527-9563 Trisha Mobley – Secretary 7307 Lower Blue Springs Rd. Hamilton, GA 31811 678-467-8632 (C) • 706-634-2756 (W) Dan Duval – Ex Officio 2872 Fortson Road Fortson, GA 31808 706-332-5606

22nd Annual PRCA Rodeo • Sept. 17 & 18 The 22nd Annual Harris County Cattlemen’s PRCA Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, at 8 p.m., in Hamilton. Gates open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment and fun for the entire family. The professional western-style rodeo, which has proved to be a popular area spectator and sports event, is sponsored by the Harris County Cattlemen’s Association and held at the Mike Tracey Arena, one mile east of Hamilton on Highway 116. Proceeds from the event benefit Youth Activities for 4-H, FFA and Georgia High School Rodeo Association, according to Steve Lennon, President. The Rodeo includes traditional events of calf roping, bull riding, saddle bronx, steer wrestling, Team roping, bareback riding and the cowgirls’ barrel race. It is sanctioned and conducted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 5 and under are FREE. Join the FUN and see why RODEO is the 2nd fastest growing spectator sport in the country! G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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GEORGIA SANTA GERTRUDIS BREEDERS Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association 3175 Bridgeshaw Drive Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678.852.7301 Email:


Commercial Cattle

Route 1 • Gibson, GA • 30810

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


Quality, gentle bulls and heifers for sale. Also have Simmental and Simbrah. Cliff Adams 770-258-2069



Registered Red Brahman Cattle

3837 Stateline Road Bowdon, Georgia 30108

Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders

Dr. R.E. “Bob” Wagner

(678) 684-3725

1495 Parkview Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087



* Commercial cows for sale - Summer 2010 *


Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423

Lazy S Farm

JanBil Farms

Red Angus & Red Simmental

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

770-253-7099 770-253-1468


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

Registered Red Angus


Since 1965



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

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

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

Rocky Ford Red Angus

“Red, A Step Ahead”

Sam & Georgia Thurmond 706-335-6441 2412 Waterworks Road Commerce, GA 30529 “Since 1968” 78 September 2010

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

3599 Marce Camp Rd. Loganville, GA 30249

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

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


Score a TOUCHDOWN this football season by grilling up burgers, steaks and beef kabobs at your tailgating par ties!



Frank Malcolm, CLU & Lin Malcolm


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

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

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



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Federation of State Beef Councils Vote to Stay with NCBA The Federation of State Beef Councils passed a resolution July 31, 2010, during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., to maintain its partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Federation Division Chair Scott George said the members of the Federation voted to continue its current operating structure with NCBA. However, George said it was clear that greater independence is needed but not separation. “We asked our Federation people where they want to be housed. The issue was whether or not the Federation should be separated from NCBA or stay with the national organization,” said George, who is also a Wyoming dairy and beef producer. “They decided to stay under the NCBA umbrella but act in a more independent manner. As we move forward, we will be working to develop a structure that ensures greater independence, while still maintaining our 14-year successful working relationship with NCBA.” George said the driving factor behind the Federation’s vote was efficiency of resources. He said during the 14-year history with NCBA, the Federation has been able to rapidly address issues that could potentially impact the beef industry. “As we debate this issue, I cannot help but remember seven years ago when the first case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) was discovered in the United States,” he said. “It was because of this outstanding partnership that the discovery did not have a devastating impact on U.S. cattle producers.” GC

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SEED • WHEAT • OATS • RYE • Roberts Wheat (Recomended for grazing, hay, silage)

• Georgia Gore Wheat (Certified or Select)

• Wrens Abruzzi Rye (Georgia’s Leading Forage Rye)

• Coker 227 Oats (A great forage variety) Call Lewis or Phil Sanders (706) 759-3871 or (706) 340-5669

Buffalo Creek Straw & Seed Farm 654 Stephens-Salem Rd. • Stephens, GA

Southern Cattle Company Holds Inaugural Field Day Southern Cattle Company held their C O U N T Y inaugural field day, titled “Facing the Future Head On,” on Saturday, May 15, 2010. There were approximately 250 people in attendance to hear the powerful lineup of speakers who had traveled from all across the United States to come and speak and share their insight into the future of the cattle business. Brangus breeders in attendance as The crowd was comwell. posed of commercial and Not only did attendees get to registered cattlemen alike. hear these leaders of agriculture, but Two of IBBA’s board tour buses were lined up to take members were in atteneveryone out across the ranch as Dr. Jason Cleere dance, Bill Davis and Doug well. Attendees were able to see the of Texas A&M Williams, as well as Grant ranching operations of Southern University Keenen (Director of Cattle Company and they also got to Commercial Marketng for IBBA). Grant see for themselves a piece of cutting-edge gave a presentation on how Brangus can play a pivotal role in this ever-changing cattle business. There were also several new

Field day participants touring the GrowSafe system at the University of Florida.

Touring Southern’s embryo transfer facility

technology. Everyone was given a tour of the GrowSafe feed efficiency facility. Southern Cattle Company partners with the University of Florida on this facility and has been collecting invaluable data that will impact the entire beef industry. If you were unable to attend or just wish to review what you saw, you can visit to view the videos. Visitors walk the alleys, viewing the cattle on display.

Tour buses leaving the ET center to continue on the tour.

THE GEORGIA CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION CATTLE DRIVE FOR HUNGER CONTEST was held July 15 in Perry in conjunction with the Junior Beef Futurity Show. From a clock tower to a giant “G” for Georgia, Junior Cattlemen participants enthusiastically built creations out of the canned goods and were awarded “cattle bucks” to take back to their counties and purchase beef for the Junior Cattlemen’s Association. The Georgia CattleWomen sponsored the Cattle Drive for Hunger program and donated $100 to S.A.F.E House. GCWA members raised $300 and divided the amount among three different organizations. Pictured above right is Union County Sheriff Scott Stephens receiving the check from Paula Myers, GCWA secretary. G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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


Beef Management Calendar for the Month of September GENERAL 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



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Take stock of your hay supply so additional cuttings or purchases can be made. (Send samples in for analysis.) October or November), 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 Beef Management Calendar is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Athens. Each monthly list is divided into three sections: general, fall calving and


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spring calving. Management practices in the general category are seasonal and apply to most cattle producers in Georgia. The fall calving list is based on October 1 through December 20 calving dates, and the spring calving list is based on January 10 through March 31 calving dates. These dates are not necessarily the best dates for all producers but were chosen because they are reasonably close to what many producers use. Establish calving dates based on your feed resources and availability of labor. A cow’s energy and protein requirements increase greatly at calving and remain high through breeding season. It is best to plan breeding season for the time of year when forage quality is at its best. GC

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Lovett, Cheney Inducted into PCA Hall of Fame Two Georgia cattlemen were inducted into the Pachitla Cattlemen’s Association (PCA) Hall of Fame, July 22, in Edison, Ga. Bobby Lovett, of Randolph County, and Waylan Cheney, of Calhoun County, were presented with Hall of Fame plaques before a crowd of more than 75 association members, family and friends gathered at the Edison Baptist Church Family Life Center. The awards recognized a lifelong commitment to leadership, innovation and numerous contributions to the state’s cattle industry and community as a whole. Lovett has been running his family’s farm since 1969. A few highlights of

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INTO THE FALL OF FAME. Bobby Lovett of Randolph County (above left with his wife, Teresa) and Waylan Cheney of Calhoun County (right) received plaques before a gathering of more than 75 people.

Lovett’s career have been: enrolling calves in the Georgia Beef Challenge program;

conducting a feeding trial in cattle to compare performance traits; his cattle being named Georgia Reserve Champion pen in 1995, and Reserve Champion in a nationwide performance and carcass contest. Lovett’s heifers have brought top prices in the Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development program and have won Champion and Reserve Champion titles at the Georgia Beef Expo. The Georgia Cattlemen's Association honored Lovett by naming him 2006 Commercial Cattleman of the Year. He has served as GCA’s Vice President, Regional Vice President, Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. He also has been a member of the GCA’s Cow/Calf and Stocker councils and President of the Canyon Cattlemen's Association. Lovett continues to operate his cow/calf operation in partnership with his sons, Bob and Scotty. “Cheney exemplifies a lifelong commitment to leadership,” said Paul Wigley, Calhoun County Cooperative Extension director. “From his term as state FFA Secretary in 1956 to 57, SGA President at ABAC, Secretary-Treasurer of UGA’s Senior Class, to a member of the University Livestock Judging Team, his involvement in the industry has been a passion.” After serving in the U.S. Army in 196263, Cheney returned home to the family farm, but also pursued other business interests. He has served as County Commissioner, Farm Service Agency committee member, and a member of the Reuben Jones Masonic Lodge. He was also named Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year in 2000. A charter member of PCA, Cheney has been instrumental in keeping the organization active and financially sound. He donated a bred heifer to GCA in April that was auctioned for more than $6,000 to benefit GCA. Cheney remains active in his cattle operation with the assistance of his son-inlaw, Doyle Weekly. GC


Magazine and online advertising is available. Call 478-474-6560. For the General Classified Ad section see pages 82 and 83 ABAC Ag Classic Golf Tournament....29 American Angus Association Regional Manager.................................80 American-International Charolais Assoc. 816-464-5977 ...........................63 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef.......................................................82 Blackwater Cattle Company 888-237-9120 ..........................................44 Buffalo Creek Feed & Seed 706-759-3871...........................................80 Bull Fest Sale ..............................................31 Bull Power VI 706-654-6071..back cover Bull Whisperer 478-397-7201 .............82 Burke Brangus Farm 706-551-3025 ..........................................47 Carroll T. Cannon 229-776-4383 .......82 Classified Ads ...................................82,83 Commercial Cattle ...............................78 Cow Creek Ranch 205-373-2269........55 Crystalyx 800-727-2502........................54 Daniel Livestock Service 706-788-2533 ..........................................82 Deaver Beefalo 706-374-5789 .............83 Debter Hereford Farm 205-429-4415 .........................................22 Dixie Lix 800-642-5612 .........................62 Dugger Tent Inc. 205-594-5931..........82 Edwards Land & Cattle 910-298-3012 ..........................................84 F-R-M Feeds 800-841-8502 ................14 Farm Credit Associations of Georgia 800-673-0405............................................2 Floyd Farms Feed & Supply 706-498-2136 ..........................................82 Fleming Angus 205-466-5873.............22 Genetic Leaders International 336-998-6827..........................................47 Genex Cooperative, Inc. 706-318-8844 .........................................82 Georgia Angus Breeders 706-387-0656 .................................. 66,67 Georgia Beefmasters .............................63 Georgia Brahman Breeders.....................78 Georgia Brangus Breeders .................50,51 Georgia Chianina Breeders 706-759-2220 .........................................62 Georgia-Florida Charolais Breeders 706-384-4235 .........................................63 Georgia Gelbvieh Breeders ...................78 Georgia Hereford Breeders 912-865-5593 ..........................................23 Georgia Limousin Breeders 229-567-4044.........................................30 Georgia Polled Shorthorn Breeders ...................................................83 86 September 2010

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Georgia Red Angus Breeders 706-882-7423.........................................78 Georgia Santa Gertrudis Breeders 678-852-7301 .......................78 Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Breeders 770-567-3909 ......................63 Gibbs Farms 256-568-9141 ...................69 Graham Angus Farm................................19 Grazer’s Select Ball Clover ....................80 Greuel Family Brangus 770-719-8118............................................46 Hart Select Female Sale...........................21 Hay for Sale 229-239-0537...................82 Highview Farms 770-567-3942 ..........82 Hill-Vue Farm 706-745-5714.................61 Jones, Mike 706-884-6592 ....................82 Kensington Cattle Company 706-553-5455..........................................33 Kissimmee Florida Ranch Rodeo...........5 Land for Sale 770-459-5013..................83 Malcolm Financial Group 800-844-4820 ........................................79 Martin Cattle Services 706-367-8349 .82 Mountain Laurel Classic Sale 423-364-9281 ..........................................39 National Swine Registry 765-463-3594..........................................75 Osborn Family Shorthorns 706-540-5992 .........................................83 Pasture Management Systems 980-581-0755 ..........................................21 Pfizer Animal Health...........................16,17 Quail Creek Brangus 205-594-5307 ....47 Ragan & Massey, Inc. 800-264-5281..........................36,37,40,41 Reproductive Management Services 229-881-9711............................................82 Reproductive Progress 706-769-0797 ..........................................82

Rocky Top Land Services 770-490-1227 .........................................83 Rockin’ R Trailers 800-241-8794........................................ 82 RRR Ranch 903-495-4522.................49 Salacoa Valley Farms 706-337-2295..........................................45 Santa Gertrudis Breeders Int’l 361-592-9357 .........................................78 Sarratt Angus Farm 864-706-0697............................................3 SBBA/GBBA Field Day 770-227-9241 ...........................................51 Snell Simmental 404-408-8208.........................................68 Southeast AgNet 850-492-7196..........79 Southeast Livestock Exchange 828-454-0267 .........................................79 Southeastern Braunvieh Connection Sale.............................................................15 Southeastern Semen Services, Inc. 386-963-5916 ..........................................82 Southern Cattle Company 850-353-2020............................................8 Southern “PRIDE” Replacement Heifer Sale...............................................64 Sunbelt Agriculture Exposition 229-985-1968.....................................68,83 The Howard Group Financial Services .................................82 The Oaks Farm 706-251-6522...............48 TriCheck Seeds, Inc. 800-868-2435 .........................................85 Tri-Merit 936-827-6180 ........................68 Triple E Poultry 706-692-5149 ...........82 Tyson Steel 229-776-7588 ....................82 Walden Farms...........................................33 Wax Company ....................................20,72 Yon Family Farms 803-685-5048......65

To reach your target audience, advertise in the Georgia Cattleman. Call 478-474-6560 about these special upcoming advertising opportunities:  OCTOBER: Bull Power Group Spotlight  NOVEMBER: Charolais  DECEMBER: Red Angus Feature / Gelbvieh Feature / Calhoun Bull Test Spotlight

 September 3, 2010 Smith Angus Farm Sale Wadley, GA Call 478-494-9593 September 4, 2010 Partners in Progress XXIV Predestined Cattle Co. & CES Polled Herefords Wadley, GA Call 478-625-7664 or 478-252-5622 September 7, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale • Call 828-454-0267 September 8, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 September 11, 2010 CSR Polled Hereford Farm Alapaha, GA Call 229-238-1129 September 12-18, 2010 NCBA Legislative Conference Washington, D.C. September 13, 2010 ABS - Artificial Insemination School Calhoun, GA Call 478-955-5940 September 14, 2010 Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Tele-Auction Calhoun, GA Call 423-413-3124 September 16-26, 2010 Gwinnett County Fair Lawrenceville, GA Call 770-963-6522

READER SERVICES September 24 & 25, 2010 Quest XI - Dollars Diamond D & Guest Consignors “Quest for Excellence Fleckvieh Simmental Sale” Russellville AR September 25, 2010 Hart Select Commercial Female Sale Hartwell, GA Call 706-654-8272 [see advertisement, page 73] October 1, 2010 14th Annual Southern PRIDE Heifer Sale Columbia Livestock Market Lake City, FL Call 386-755-2300 [see advertisement, page 32] October 1, 2010 2010 Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival Kissimmee, FL [see advertisement, page 5] October 2, 2010 Salacoa Valley Farms Fall PT Bull & Brangus Commercial Female Sale Calhoun, GA Call 864-723-3779 October 2, 2010 Edwards Land & Cattle Company 5th Annual Genetic Improvement Sale Beulaville, NC Call 910-290-1424 October 2, 2010 Sarratt Angus Farm First Production Sale Gaffney, SC Call 864-706-0697

October 5, 2010 September 17-18, 2010 SLE Tel-O-Sale • Call 828-454-0267 22nd Annual Harris County Cattlemen’s PRCA Rodeo October 7-17, 2010 Hamilton, GA Georgia National Fair • Perry, GA Call 706-320-2049 October 9, 2010 September 18, 2010 Cow Creek Ranch Southeastern Brangus Breeders Brangus and Ultrablack Bull Sale Association and Brangus Breeders Aliceville, GA Association Field Day Call 205-373-2269 Williamson, GA [see advertisement, page 55] Hosted at Char-No Farm Call 770-227-9241 October 11-12, 2010 Southeast Select Sires, Inc. September 21-22, 2010 Artificial Insemination School 2010 Georgia Grazing School Calhoun Stockyard Perry, GA • Call 800-ASK-UGA1 Calhoun, GA Call 931-489-2020 September 22, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535

October 12, 2010 Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Tele-Auction Calhoun, GA Call 423-413-3124

October 13, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535

November 4, 2010 Kempfer & Kensington Cattle Company’s Bull Sale, Kissimmee, FL • Call 863-899-4869

October 16, 2010 Kensington Cattle Company & Walden Farms Bull Sale The Fall Sale Brantley, AL Call 863-899-4869 [see advertisement, page 33]

November 5, 2010 Bull Power VI Sale Colbert, GA Call 706-654-6071 [see advertisement, back cover]

October 16, 2010 20th Annual Murray County 4-H/FFA Steer & Heifer Show Chatsworth, GA Call 706-271-8410 October 19-21, 2010 Sunbelt Agricultural Expo Moultrie, GA Come see GCA’s booth in the cattle barn! [see advertisement, page 68] October 23, 2010 Bramblett Angus PT Bull Sale Hartwell, GA Call 706-654-8272 October 23, 2010 Debter Hereford and Fleming Angus Bull Sale Horton, AL Call 205-429-2040 [see advertisement, page 22] October 23, 2010 Fall Simmental Fleckvieh Fest Calhoun, GA “sponsored by the FSFF”

November 6, 2010 Yon Family Farm Fall Angus Female and Bull Sale Ridge Spring, SC Call 803-685-5048 [see advertisement, page 65] November 6, 2010 Frank Turner & Sons Farms Angus Sale Hayneville, AL • Call 251-649-1148 November 10, 2010 Blue Grass Internet Auction Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 November 11, 2010 Adams Ranch Production Sale Fort Pierce, FL • Call 772-461-6321 November 13, 2010 Gibbs Angus Farm 5th Annual Bull & Replacement Heifer Sale Ranburne, AL Call 336-469-0489 [see advertisement, page 69]

November 13, 2010 Mountain Laurel Classic Sale Calhoun, GA Call 423-364-9281 October 25, 2010 Hill-Vue Farm Angus and Hereford Sale [see advertisement, page 39] Blairsville, GA November 13, 2010 Call 706-745-5714 Blackwater Cattle Company [see advertisement, page 61] The Cowman’s Kind Brangus Sale Lake Park, GA October 27, 2010 Call 229-316-0930 Blue Grass Internet Auction [see advertisement, page 44] Lexington, KY Call 423-605-0561 or 707-468-0535 November 19, 2010 Davis Farms Inaugural Bull Sale October 30, 2010 Doerun, GA • Call 229-881-3510 Bull Fest 2010 Sale Calhoun, GA November 22, 2010 Call 770-547-6291 Graham Angus Open House Sale [see advertisement, page 31] Albany, GA • Call 229-854-5061 [see advertisement, page 19] October 30, 2010 Southern Cattle Company November 22, 2010 Annual Bull Sale Kensington Cattle Company Bull Sale Marianna, FL Linden, AL • Call 863-899-4869 Call 850-352-2020 [see advertisement, page 8] November 30, 2010 November 2, 2010 Deadlines for GCA Foundation and ELECTION DAY! Wax Scholarships Don’t forget to VOTE! Call 478-474-6560 G E O R G I A C AT T L E M A N •

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September 2010 Georgia Cattleman  

The September issue of the Georgia Cattleman magazine. It is the Brangus feature.

September 2010 Georgia Cattleman  

The September issue of the Georgia Cattleman magazine. It is the Brangus feature.