Georgia Cattlemen

Every day, 15,000 cattlemen and women throughout the state wake up, pull on their work boots, put on their cowboy hats and go to work tending to more than 1 million head of cattle. Fixing fences, delivering calves, working cows and cutting hay are just a few of the tasks a farmer might perform on a daily basis. Many times, their 40-hour workweek will be finished by Wednesday, yet they press on, working from before dawn until past dark to ensure their cows have everything they need to not only survive but thrive in the environment in which they live. More than 97 percent of cattle farms throughout the US are family-owned and operated. For the land to remain productive for future generations, farmers understand that they must take care of it properly. Cattlemen don’t do it for the money and certainly don’t do it for the fame, but rather because that’s the way of life they live; the way of life they have chosen. Cattlemen labor throughout the week to ensure that the consumer has a safe, wholesome and nutritious supply of fresh beef.

In Georgia, most cattlemen work on the front side of the business on what is known as a cow-calf operation. This means that the farmer has a herd of cows (mature females) that produce calves each year. The producer will also typically own at least one bull (mature male), depending on his cow herd size. The cow-calf producer will raise the calves to about 7 months of age and sell them to a backgrounder. This backgrounder will then feed the calves until they weigh between 800 and 900 pounds and sell them again to a feedyard. The feedyard “feeds out” the calves until they reach about 1,200 pounds and are harvested. At each phase of their lives, cattle are handled with the best care and management practices possible. Through the Beef Quality Assurance program, cattlemen have made a commitment to care for animals humanely and protect the safety of the food supply from the pasture to the plate.

Why cow-calf in Georgia? To take best advantage of the resources we have within the state, we produce the calves. In many places, cattlemen take land that would not be suitable for growing crops and put it into cattle production. Producers pride themselves on being stewards of the land because it takes healthy land to produce healthy cattle.

For more information on cattle production in the US and Georgia, see this website from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association was happy to name Charles Floyd the 2012 Commercial Cattleman of the Year at their 51st Convention in April. Here is a look at Double F Farms in Smarr, Georgia.
Members of the media across the state had the opportunity to tour the beef industry in Georgia courtesy of the Georgia Beef Board. Here is a look at the tour from the Georgia Farm Monitor's Mark Wildman.
Roger and Janet Greuel, owners of Greuel Family Brangus, were named the 2011 Seedstock Cattlemen of the Year. Raising registered Brangus cattle, the Greuel's focus on genetics and progress within the herd. Over the years they have built their farm from the ground up and are thrilled to be the 2011 Seedstock Cattlemen of the Year! 
On a recent episode of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Cattlemen to Cattlemen, Steve Loughridge from Pleasant Valley Farms was featured for his progress in forage development. Another example of the outstanding work that Georgia cattlemen do on a daily basis to provide the state with a safe, wholesome, and nutritious food supply. Click on the picture to the right to see more!  
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