UGA Beef Team

Information and practical application from Georgia' beef industry



All programs are developed to advance the beef cattle industry in Georgia.  For additional information please click on the title of each program.

Live Animal Programs

Georgia Bull Evaluation Centers

Located in Tifton and Calhoun, the evaluation centers conduct a 112-day test of bulls consigned by producers in Georgia and surrounding states.  Testing demonstrates individual performance differences in a uniform environment; provides breeders with a sound scientific basis for selecting bulls with the ability to gain weight rapidly and to make such bulls available to cattle producers; serves as an educational demonstration of the value of records of performance. The Programs are sponsored by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, University of Georgia Animal & Dairy Science Department, Cooperative Extension, Coastal Plain Experiment Station, and the NW Georgia Research & Education Center.

Calhoun Bull Sign

Calhoun Bull Evaluation Center 2017


Tifton Bull Evaluation Center 2017-18


Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Program

Conducted in Tifton and Calhoun, the HERD Programs allows producers to consign heifers for heifer development.  The program was developed to serve and educate the beef industry in Georgia; to demonstrate feeding and health programs that result in replacement heifers reaching target weights required for successful breeding performance; to provide a method of evaluating heifers including performance, reproductive traits, and disposition; to develop heifers which are source identified and genetically verified; and to demonstrate the benefits of cooperative efforts involving cattle producers, animal health professionals, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department, the UGA Diagnostic Lab and College of Veterinary Medicine, and Georgia County Extension Agents.

Calhoun HERD 2017-18

Tifton HERD 2017-18 

Georgia Beef Challenge

The Georgia Beef Challenge was organized in 1991 to allow Georgia cattle producers to gain information on the health, performance, and carcass merit of their cattle.  Over 33,000 calves from Georgia cattle operations have been evaluated since the beginning. 

Educational Programs

Master Cattlemen’s Program

The Master Cattlemen’s Program delivers a practical, science-based production management curriculum to Georgia’s beef producers.  University of Georgia Extension Agents work with industry experts to deliver classes on beef cattle topics such as nutrition, facilities, forages, economics, marketing, foreign animal diseases, agro-terrorism, general herd health, external parasites, reproduction, Beef Quality Assurance, sire selection, record keeping and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association goals.  The materials are intended to help Georgia beef producers be more profitable and sustainable. Participants meet one night a week for eight weeks.  Over the eight week period, attendees learn and discuss current issues, meet industry experts, and network with area producers. The program is held in the fall and winter of each year, and rotate between the four regions of Georgia. Please click on the title above for additional information.

2016 Fall Program

Short Courses

Each year beef cattle short courses are conducted in Tifton, Athens, and Calhoun.  The annual programs are developed to cover pertinent issues in the beef cattle industry.  The short courses leverage classroom style seminars, live animal demonstrations, and hands-on learning to improve the knowledge of producers in the area.