The Georgia Cattlemen's Association (GCA) is a producer-focused, producer-led organization whose mission is to unite and advance our state's cattle industry. We aim to protect and preserve the cattle farming and ranching community through legislative representation, market development, producer education, and community engagement. Our roots date back to 1961, when producers stood together and combined their local efforts to improve the conditions of Georgia's cattle industry. Since our establishment, we have continued to work on behalf of our members through legislative and regulatory actions covering natural resource management, land-owner rights, and animal health and well-being in our state and nation's capitals.
With cattle grown in all 159 counties in Georgia, producers are the stewards of over 4 million acres of land throughout the state and bring in a $3 billion economic impact to our economy. These individuals are constantly evolving to accomplish better herd management, become more efficient caretakers of the land, adapt production practices to better match consumer preferences, and find new ways to connect with the general public. We work to protect the livelihoods of these producers through legislative and regulatory support to ensure that future generations can continue their family's pursuit of raising high-quality cattle and beef.
As a grassroots organization, GCA works to offer valuable resources that benefit our members on a local level. Being a member of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association allows you to participate in hands-on experiences and gain access to the newest industry developments, information, and research. Through the Georgia Cattleman magazine, our producers receive monthly insights on GCA activities, expert articles on ways to improve their operation and ways for them to connect with other producers in the industry. Beef Quality Assurance, in conjunction with the Beef Checkoff, offers producers the ability to learn and implement best practices in low-stress handling and and best management techniques. The Master Cattlemen’s Program provides an in-depth course on beef production and helps producers to be more profitable and sustainable. The Georgia Forage Conference, held in conjunction with GCA’s convention, provides educational support in grazing management specific to Georgia. Beef Cattle Short Courses provide continuing education for our members to receive up-to-date information on the cattle industry to put into practice on their farms.
The market development portion of GCA’s efforts work to expand the market for all producers. The Bull Test and HERD Program, both in Calhoun and Tifton, are conducted in cooperation with the University of Georgia to provide support for the success of these programs. Each are overseen by a committee of producers to ensure the success and viability of these programs. For over 60 years, the Bull Tests have developed enrolled bulls by producers across the state by feeding and subsequent marketing to other producers for use on their operations. The HERD program works to assist producers in expanding the genetics of their herd through a supervised breeding program and subsequent marketing.
The networking portion of GCA seeks to provide opportunities for producers to connect and share their own experiences in natural resource management and best practices to the benefit the industry. The events that GCA present opportunities across the state and focuses on opportunities for producers of all ages to connect.
GCA wants your input and values your opinion on how the future of the industry is shaped. You bring a unique perspective to the challenges that our industry faces and your membership allows your voice to be heard. Also, GCA is dependent on a strong membership to help carry the message to our legislators. With so many people asking for so many things from them, numbers matter and often dictate their legislative priority. That’s why it’s important for you to be counted as a member of GCA. By sharing the robust collection of membership, our voice is that much stronger in Atlanta and Washington D.C. as we share your concerns and advocate for legislation that will provide solutions to our industry’s challenges.