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- Sunbelt Expo beef demos get new sponsor, producer presentations
- Forage management sessions
• The beef producers will be making their presentations at 2:30 p.m. each day of the show, and will address topics raised in previous presentations of the day while focusing on their own operations and the overall topic of where the beef industry is headed from a producer’s perspective.
Forage management sessions
Then, at 1:30 p.m. each day, forages will once again be featured in the presentations, with vital information on stand losses, grazing and baling management. These forage presentations will be given by University of Florida Extension forage specialist Yoana Newman on Tuesday, by Cheryl Mackowiak, University of Florida associate professor of nutrient management and water quality, on Wednesday, and by Clemson University Extension forage specialist John Andrae on Thursday.
The Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Association is based in Kingsville, Tex. The breed organization’s board of directors will be meeting in South Georgia just prior to the Expo. During the Expo, the board members will staff the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International exhibit at the farm show. They’ll be telling visitors how Santa Gertrudis cattle can adapt and perform in a wide range of environments. The organization is also targeting beef farms in the Southeast with a promotional campaign “Rebuild with Reds” aimed at expanding the breed’s footprint in warm humid areas such as the Southeast.
The Santa Gertrudis breed was developed starting in 1910 at the King Ranch in south Texas. The breed was developed by crossing Brahman and Shorthorn cattle. Santa Gertrudis cattle today consist of 3/8th Brahman blood and 5/8th Shorthorn. The breed’s foundation sire was red in color and named Monkey. In 1940, the Santa Gertrudis received official recognition from the USDA as a separate breed, the first beef breed developed in the U.S.
In previous years, the Expo beef presentations have introduced cattle producers to important management concepts such as Beef Quality Assurance, country-of-origin labeling along with weaning and health management practices.
Companies and organizations planning to exhibit in the Bill Patten Pavilion include the following: Accelerated Genetics, Allflex USA, Inc., American Angus Association, American Belgian Blue Breeders Inc., Blackwater Cattle Company, Callicrate Banders/No Bull Enterprises, Cattle Guard Forms, Cattle South, F-R-M Feeds/Flint River Mills Inc., Georgia Hereford Association, Georgia Simmental-Simbrah Association, Gibbs Farms, Merck Animal Health, Mid-America Feed Yard, Mix 30 by Agridyne, LLC, Prime Tech USA, Ritchey Livestock ID, Ridley Block Operations, Romagnola & Romangus Cattle Association, Ragan and Massey, Southeast Brangus Breeders Association, The Oaks Farms, USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services/Georgia Department of Agriculture, United Braford Breeders, Van Beek Natural Science, Westway Feed Products, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association/Georgia Beef Board, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, Agri-Pro Enterprises, Bayer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica, Inc., Pennington Seed, Inc., Central Life Sciences, and Animal Health International, Inc.