By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent
The 49 th annual Calhoun Bull Evaluation Center Bull Sale will be Friday, December 7 th at the Northwest
Georgia Research and Education Center Livestock Pavilion in Calhoun. The sale starts at 12:30 pm.
Approximately 95 performance tested bulls will be for sale with 5 breeds represented including Angus,
Charolais, Hereford, SimAngus, and Simmental.
The bulls in this sale have been tested for 112 days to evaluate their potential for growth. Only the bulls
which rank in approximately the top two-thirds of each breed are allowed to be sold (based on ADG-
average daily gain and WDA-weight per day of age). These bulls have also passed a breeding soundness
exam and are guaranteed as breeders. All known disposition and soundness problems have also been
eliminated from the sale.
In addition to performance records, other information includes Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) and
ultrasound measurements for backfat, ribeye area and percent fat in ribeye area (intramuscular fat).
Each of the bulls offered in the sale will have sound data to back up his performance. You are able to
select bulls that best fit your beef herd by comparing EPDs. The EPDs tell us how the average calf crop,
sired by a certain bull, will perform. For example, a bull with a weaning EPD of 40 pounds should sire
calves that average 40 pounds more at weaning than a bull with a weaning EPD of 0.
The same is true for birth and yearling weights. The milk EPD refers to the added weaning weight of a
bull’s daughter’s calves due to her increased milk production. Of course, there are also negative values for
each trait as well.
The EPDs have been more accurate in predicting how a bull’s progeny will perform than the bull’s own
performance. The most current information will be provided for you to make a sound decision when
selecting your next herd sire.
The bulls are available for viewing at the Bull Evaluation Center located just off Georgia Highway 140 on
Bells Ferry Road in Floyd County prior to the sale and will be on display at the Livestock Pavilion in
Calhoun from Thursday, December 6th after 2:00 pm until sale time on Friday, December 7th . Videos will
be posted online at www.ugabeef.com prior to the sale.
In addition to the sale, there will also be a cattle seminar on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30 pm so put it
and Friday’s sale date on your calendar. If you’re unable to attend the auction, you can take part in the
For more information, click here or contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.
The Burnt Mountain Classic took place on Friday night and Saturday at Pickens Co. High School. The Classic comes with high expectations by the teams attending – and although inclement weather forced school cancellations throughout the week – the tournament still lived up to the bill.
Although the weather was rough all week, 15 of 19 Varsity teams that were scheduled came off the buses ready to strap on their head gear and hit the mat. Fannin County was one of 22 varsity teams scheduled to attend but like a handful of the teams who cancelled, they followed the school cancellation schedule due to potential hazardous road conditions.
The acclaimed Gilmer Bobcats varsity squad, who have been living up to their legacy of absolute domination all season long, was originally scheduled to attend as well. After speaking with head coach Josh Ghobadpor about his decision to give his varsity the weekend off, he stated that with the weather being what it was during the week, they hadn’t been able to practice. Rather than put his varsity in a high-pressure situation so close to area and sectionals, Ghobadpor focused instead on taking his junior varsity team to compete in the JV Scramble.
“We tried to get to the gym to train but with ice on the roads we didn’t want to take any chances. This weekend we decided to bring our JV and let them get the extra work in, though. After all the JV is the future of Bobcat wrestling,” Ghobadpor told TeamFYNSports.
As the wrestlers laced up and shook hands, match-by-match the competition began to heat up right away. Pickens, Lumpkin, Creekview, Etowah, Cherokee High, Calhoun, Alcoa, Milton, Sequoyah, Chestatee, Towns, SE Whitfield, Walker, West Hall and River Ridge all came in pursuit of conquest.
With each win or loss, the cream began to rise to the top. While all in attendance had much to be proud of, two standout teams battled for the heralded prize of tournament champions. As the dust (and sweat) settled, congratulations went to the Creekview High School Grizzlies for capturing the crown in the team scoring with 219 points. Narrowly taking the runner up award in the team points was the host: the Pickens County High School Dragons.
On Saturday, the action heated up with the JV Scramble. The young freshmen and sophomore athletes showed up and showed out on the mats with Calhoun Yellow Jackets taking the JV trophy. Individual award winners from Pickens County included: Zach Meadows(113 lbs) 2nd Place, C.J. Murphy(120 lbs) 2nd Place, Joseph Ferguson(152 lbs) 2nd Place Michael Burrell(160 lbs) 1st Place, Tyler Vreeland(170 lbs), Kellie Dover(182 lbs) 3rd Place and Dalton Bruhner(195 lbs) 4th Place.
Other results were not available at the event. Congratulations to all athletes and best of luck in Area Competition and State!