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Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) is the state cattlemen’s association whose mission is to unite and advance the cattle industry in Georgia through legislative representation, producer education, market development and community events. GCA was established in 1961 as producers recognized the need for combining their county association efforts to improve the cattle industry in Georgia. GCA represents over 5,000 members through legislative and regulatory efforts that include natural resource management, land-owner rights animal health and well-being, transportation, and other areas in both Atlanta and D.C.
The cattle industry in Georgia is responsible for $3 billion in economic impact to the state and cattle are raised in every county in the state. Cattle producers steward over four million acres of land in Georgia with many producers engaged into other areas of agriculture. The cattle industry is constantly evolving through the use of technology for better herd management, consumer preferences and attitudes towards beef and cattle production. External threats to the industry which threaten the livelihood of producers and aimed at doing away with animal agriculture. GCA’s efforts in legislative and regulatory support seeks to ensure that future generations are able to continue their family’s pursuit of raising high-quality cattle and beef. GCA has dedicated staff who are focused on protecting the political interests of Georgia’s cattle industry on the State and National levels.
GCA provides producer education opportunities including a wide range of topics that impact cattle operations across the state. 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.