FIVE on Friday: FIVE Cattle Breeds

FiveOnFridayHereford, Charolais, Angus, Simmental, Shorthorn, Maine, Romagnola, Brangus, Red Angus… SO. MANY. CHOICES. In this week’s FIVE on Friday, we are highlighting FIVE beef cattle breeds and what they could add to your operation. For more information on where you can purchase these breeds, refer to the ads in the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine.

  1. Hereford. Hereford cattle were founded in Herefordshire, England as a way to efficiently convert native grass to beef while making a profit. If you’re looking for aHereford breed of cattle that is easy keeping, calving ease, and easy tempered then this red and white breed is the breed for you.
  2. Brangus. 3/8 Brahman + 5/8 Angus = Brangus! This breed make up was created as way to utilize the superior traits from both breeds. Brangus cattle are known for maternal excellence, longevity, and heat tolerance, just to name a few traits.
  3. Angus. Angus is an English breed of cattle that is widely known as the “business breed.” As the business breed, Angus females are known for their superior maternal traits which makes them ideal for crossbreeding. On the Angusterminal side, Angus are known producing high quality beef (Certified Angus Beef) with minimal days on feed. Angus are black in color and polled.
  4. Simmental. Originating in Switzerland, the Simmental breed is one of the oldest and most widely distributed breeds of cattle. Simmental cattle are known for their growth yields which can be attributed to their heavy muscling, larger frame size, and of course their hearty mothers.Simmental
  5. Romagnola. As a less familiar breed, Romagnola cattle can be white, gray, or tan in color. They are known for their growth, adaptability, maternal excellence and carcass quality. They are extremely heavy muscled and compact in their size.

Learn more about these breeds by visiting their Association website. Do you want the opportunity to connect with like-minded cattle producers or breeders? Join the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association today!

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Meet the Future Monday: the Bell Boys of Friendship, Tennessee

Raising Red Angus cattle and falling in love with life on the farm came naturally for Jacob (16) and Ethan (13) Bell. As highly involved teenagers, they still find the time to manage their own herds and are devoted to making their operations better with each generation. Read the Q&A below to learn more about the Bell boys.Bell4

 Q: Describe your operation.

Jacob: We live on a farm my Great-Great Grandparents bought back in 1906.  Our family has always raised cattle.  My Granddaddy brought the registered Red Angus cattle to West TN in 1996. My Granddaddy gave me my first calf in 2007 and I bought my first one in 2012. I currently own 19 registered cows. My family and I show cattle across the country.  We have shown cattle in places such as Denver, Louisville, and Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Ethan: I have 15 registered Red Angus cows. I’m a partner with my Granddaddy and brother on our 75 head cattle farm.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Jacob: What I enjoy most about growing up on the farm is the sense of family instilled in me and it has given me a good work ethic.  Living on the farm has taught me to be respectful, accountable, and responsible.

Ethan: I’m able to hunt all the time and the wide-open spaces.

Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

Jacob: My Dodaddy is my biggest role model. He’s 79 and still works with the cows every

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Ethan and Jacob with their biggest role model, DoDaddy. 

day. He’s the one who got me going in the business.

Ethan: My Dodaddy because he watches me while I work hard and keeps me motivated.

Q: What are you passionate about in your business?

Jacob: Genetics! I like to always try to improve my herd so that I can sell cows people want. I enjoy showing cows to market my own genetics!

Ethan: I like the nutritional aspect of how to feed a cow and also what to feed to make a show calf better.

Q: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

Jacob: Time to get it all done! I play football at Dyersburg High School and I’m also an officer at Dyersburg FFA. AND- I still have to make good grades.Bell3

Ethan: Having the time to focus on my herd. I’m an Honor Roll student, play football and golf, shoot trap and I’m president of the 4H Chapter at Dyersburg Middle School.

 Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Jacob: I want to go to college to learn how to be a genetic engineer. I will still have my own herd and I can help other people improve theirs as well.

Ethan: I want to go college to be a doctor. Hopefully, I will still live on the farm and continue raising cows.

Q: How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

Jacob and Ethan: Our goal is to have one of the best registered Red Angus herds in the state so when people come looking for good red cows, they will call us.

Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

Jacob: Share their knowledge with kids my age who are trying build their own herds.Bell1

Ethan: Show us how to do it the right way.

Q: What is your favorite beef dish?

Jacob: T-Bone Steaks.

Ethan: Filet Mignon

 

Good Luck to the Bell Boys at the North American Jr. Red Angus Event this week in Hutchinson, Kansas! 

FIVE on Friday: FIVE Reasons to Attend TCA Summer Conference

FiveOnFridayThe 2nd Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference, also known as Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference, is right around the corner! This one day event will be held June 30th at the Walters State Expo Center in White Pine, TN. As time draws near, we hope that you have already made plans to attend but if not here are FIVE reasons why you should register TODAY!

  1. LIVE DEMOS. Unlike most conferences, TCA Summer Conference will include LIVE cattle demonstrations making it easier for you to learn common cattle working practices before taking the information home and applying it to your operation. This year’s demos include Cattle Grading with USDA Grading Specialists, Low StressHeath Demos Cattle Handling (on foot and on horseback), and demonstrations on Animal Health by UT Animal Science Extension Specialists.
  2. NETWORKING. There’s no better place to network than the trade show at TCA Summer Conference. Vendors will include MyTeam Insurance, YTex, Tennessee Farmers Coop, AgCentral Coop, UT Beef & Forage Center, MidContinent Livestock, and many, many MORE! Whatever your need or interests, there will be something for everyone in the TCA Summer Conference trade show.
  3. FOOD. Three, 3, THREE. Yes, THREE, meals are included with your Summer40366272581_88a38fffd9_o Conference registration. And there’s a good possibility it will be BEEF!
  4. LEARNING. In addition to the valuable information you will learn from the LIVE demonstrations, there are other speakers lined up for the event to share their knowledge too. The keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Summer Conference is the Amazing Grazing Coordinator, Johnny Rogers from NC State University. The Summer Conference premier sponsor, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, is also scheduled to present in a special TFC sponsored session.
  5. STATE & NATIONAL UPDATES. It’s no secret that things are constantly changing inAmazingGrazing the agriculture industry, and who better to keep us updated on those issues than some of the most well-informed people in our industry. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear updates from NCBA President-elect, Jennifer Houston, Tennessee Beef Industry Council Executive Director, Valerie Bass, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

These are merely FIVE (of many) reasons you should make plans to attend the 2nd Annual TCA Summer Conference. A detailed agenda, registration, and more information can be found at http://www.tncattle.org/tca-summer-conference. Don’t wait, EARLY registration ends Wednesday, June 20th. We hope to see you on June 30th in White Pine!

Meet the Future Monday: Emily Ivey from Loudon County, Tennessee

Emily Ivey is the focus of this week’s Meet the Future Monday. At 20 years old, Emily has seen much success in the livestock industry, and specifically, the cattle industry. Emily’s commitment to doing things the right way has allowed her to grow her operation, Peaceful Valley Farm, to new heights. Away from the farm, Emily serves on the American Junior Simmental Association Board of Directors, and recently graduated with her Associates Degree from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Il. Emily will attend Iowa State
University in the Fall as she continues to further her knowledge in order to grow her operation. Read the Q&A below to learn more about Emily.Ivey3

Describe your operation.

I live on a 211-acre farm in Loudon, TN where we have a 70-head cow/calf operation including my small herd of registered Simmental cattle. We raise feeder cattle, replacement females, and bulls all while putting up our own hay.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

What I have enjoyed most would be the skills that I have learned. I can do all kinds of different jobs just because I was raised doing so many different tasks. This has allowed me to be so much further ahead in life than many other people my age.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

My biggest role model and the person that helped me discover my passion for raising cattle was my grandfather. He raised cattle most of his life and taught me many of the valuable skills I know today. Growing up, I would always go and help him with projects around the farm. Anything from working cattle, fixing fences, or making hay. He played a large part in helping me find my passion.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Ivey MFM1The easy answer to this question would be cattle. I am extremely passionate about my cattle and how they are presented to other people. Although what I am most passionate about is helping younger generations learn about cattle just as I was taught when I first started out. We need more kids involved in the cattle industry since it has more opportunities to further their future than any other extracurricular activity.

 What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

The greatest challenge I face is showing the rest of the world what I do and why I do it. Many people do not understand why I would want to spend countless hours working on cattle, but that’s what it takes to raise cattle. The cattle industry needs to work harder at telling their story to the consumers.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

In ten years, I would like to see my operation raising quality Simmental seedstock cattle and making a profit. Many producers raise cattle and lose money, that’s not my goal. I also want to be working towards having a production sale of my own and have a job in cattle reproduction.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

I will always be improving my operation. This could include better cattle, higher quality forages, and even being more efficient. One big way I will always be improving and growing my operation is by never settling for mediocre.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

The footprint I want to leave on the beef industry in Tennessee is for people to know they can come to my operation and buy quality, valuable genetics that will last in their own herds for years to come. 
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What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

The more experienced farmers can help young farmers by sharing with them the experience and failures they have been through. There is no one better to learn things from than someone who has already lived through it.

What is your favorite beef dish?

My favorite beef dish is a New York Strip steak.

 

Five on Friday: Things to Wear this Summer

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Here are a few items available from the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association that are perfect for all of your summer needs! There are ways to stay cool in the field and look cool off of it! Get something for your family, and a little something for yourself. Treat yo-self! Everything listed is under $20.

  1. Orange t-shirt with white TCA logo – $15 Stand out in the crowd with this brightly colored t-shirt. It’s perfect for relaxing or doing your farm work.
  2. Purple and white trucker hat – $16 Look stylish while still keeping cool in the hot sun. Untitled
  3. Gray t-shirt with “Beef Exhibitor” on the back – $15 When you are at cattle shows this summer, let everyone know that you are proud to be exhibiting your livestock
  4. Black and red baseball cap – $16 A black hat matches everything!
  5. Eat BEEF license plate – $7 This NEW license plate is perfect for anyone looking to advocate for beef while driving around! It is white with pink lettering and sponsored by the Tennessee CattleWomen!

To shop these 5 products, see photos of them all, or browse our other merchandise, click here. Shipping and handling is included in the prices. Please allow 5-7 business days for your items.

A Cowman is What I Wanna Be

by: Barry B Cooper   Bradley Farm – Sparta, TN  931-212-3088

Mountain cowboy.Well, I sold my house up in New York city,

And I moved down south to Tennessee,

I bought a cattle farm near a town named Sparta,

That looked pretty good to me.

 

You must understand I was only 50,

When I retired from the NYPD,

I was a motorcycle riding traffic cop,

But a cowman is what I wanna be.

 

I got to know the county extension educator,

I joined the local cattlemen’s association,

Because my buddies up in New York,

Said raising cattle was surely recreation.

 

I went to lots of meetings,

I analyzed every breed,

My farm has good grass and lots of water,

What else does a cowman need?

 

We studied animal identification,

And record keeping too,

Someone from the university was explaining,

What a bull is suppose to do.

 

I started out with some six weight heifers,

I got ‘em at the local sale,

I thought every heifer would be a good one,

But sometimes it’s hard to tell.

 

I put ‘em right beside the barn,

In about an acre lot,

At first the weather was cool and damp,

And then it turned off hot

 

In about a week my heifers got sick,

I had heard about BRD,

It’s a respiratory infection,

That can kill ‘em quick you see.

 

At first the weather was cool and damp,

And then it turned off hot.

It’s a respiratory infection,

That can kill ‘em quick you see.

 

I was doctoring heifers in the morning,

I was doctoring heifers in the night,

I probably doctored a third of the herd,

Until they got alright.

 

Later on the weather got much better,

And the grass rapidly started growing,

My heifers got fat and sassy,

Grazing clovers I’d been sowing.

 

I put ’em on some Bermuda grass pasture,

Right beside the Hickory Valley road,

When a prosperous cattle buyer stopped and said,

“I need those heifers to finish out a second load.”

 

I priced ‘em way, way over the market,

I said they’re the best I’ve ever seen,

He wrote me a check right then and there,

I stuffed the money down in my jeans.

 

Yep, that’s how I started raising cattle,

I’m as happy as can be,

So if you need some fancy replacement females,

I’m the man you need to see!

 

Shade Haven Rolls Out the SH600

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SH600 1Shade Haven, LLC, designer and manufacturer of mobile shade structures for agricultural use is proud to introduce its newest model, the SH600. The new model offers a smaller, more affordable option for farms with smaller herds of cattle as well as goats, sheep, chickens, alpacas and other livestock.

“We are thrilled to offer a third portable shade option to livestock farmers and rotational graziers around the globe,” said Shade Haven CEO Peter Bergquist.

The SH600 is a smaller version of the company’s flagship model, the SH1200. It is constructed with a heavy-duty steel frame and knitted polypropylene shade canopy that collapses for easy transport with a truck, tractor or four-wheeler. When open, the shade structure provides 600 square feet of shade, ideal for herds of 20 to 30 cattle.

Adding mobile shade for pastured and rotationally grazed animals reduces the risk of heat stress, increases milk production, weight gain and fertility, and allows farmers to control the distribution of nutrients throughout the pasture.

SH600 Model 6In business since 2012, the company’s Shade Haven structures have become an integral part of grass-based livestock operations throughout the U.S. and the world.

“This is the second model introduced in 2017, along with various new accessories,” noted Bergquist. “As demand for our portable shade structures continues, we expect to continue to offer even more options and new products that support farming and rotational grazing livestock.”

Discover more about this innovative mobile shade manufacturer at www.shadehaven.net.

Meet the Future Monday: The Pollock Sisters of Lincoln County, Tennessee

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more driven and passionate about bettering the beef industry than Abigayle and Ella Pollock. These sisters work hard and rely onunnamed-6 each other to grow their family’s operation in Taft, Tennessee. Get to know the Pollock sisters in this week’s Meet the Future Monday!

 Describe your operation

Our family owns and operates a Shorthorn and Shorthorn Plus cow/calf operation in Taft, Tennessee. We have been involved in the show cattle industry for 11 years, and often sell show prospects to young exhibitors.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Ella: I have enjoyed seeing my hard work pay off on the farm throughout the years. I have also enjoyed seeing the herd expand and seeing changes in the ways we raise our cattle.

Abigayle: Now that I am older, I have realized that growing up on the farm has taught me so many lessons that a classroom could never teach. The concepts of hard work and
perseverance were instilled in me at an early age. Being able to watch your hard work payoff is no doubt my favorite thing about growing up on a farm. While life on the farm is not always easy, I will forever be grateful for the lessons I have learned.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

Ella: My sister, she is very passionate about agriculture. She was also very successful in her 4-H and FFA competitions and projects.

unnamed-3Abigayle: My dad. He makes juggling a full-time job, running our cattle operation, and making sure Ella and I have everything we need look easy. He taught me that without hard work, success is nearly impossible.

 

 

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Ella: I am most passionate about the show cattle in my business. They represent the best in the herd and over the years I have learned how to select the cattle to represent our farm.

Abigayle: I am most passionate about maintaining cattle that excel both phenotypicallyunnamed-5 and genotypically. I believe that keeping both of these aspects in mind is essential in any successful operation.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

Ella: One challenge that I definitely face is not always being at the farm round the clock and balancing extracurricular activities with working on the farm.

Abigayle: For me, the biggest challenge is finding the right balance. Because I am a full-time college student at UT Knoxville, it has become increasingly harder for me to stay involved with farm tasks due to both my distance from the farm and a busy school schedule. Even when I am finished with college, I feel that finding the correct balance between my work, farm responsibilities, and other obligations is key to success.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Ella: In 10 years, I hope to be finished with college, and still helping my parents with the farm.

Abigayle: Currently, I am pursuing my animal science degree at UT Knoxville and hope to eventually attain both my master’s and PhD in either reproductive physiology or nutrition. When I finally get out of school, I hope to be able to run my own operation with my family while also balancing a job within the beef industry. I hope to still be involved with the show cattle industry and be able to have an impact on livestock youth programs.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

Ella: I plan to expand my herd by keeping the select heifers for brood cows. I also would like to purchase quality replacement heifers.

Abigayle: I also plan to expand my herd by purchasing more replacement heifers. I would like to add either Simmental or Maine Anjou influence into my Shorthorn Plus herd as well. In addition, I hope to be able to fully own and manage my operation when I eventually get out of college and start a family.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

unnamed-4Ella: I intend to leave my footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee by educating the consumer about this industry. I have not chosen a career path yet, so a lot is left to be determined.

Abigayle: I hope to have an impact on the beef industry by one day serving as a leader in the industry. I hope to obtain my PhD and specialize in beef cattle. In the future, the beef industry will be facing the immense challenge of feeding more people with less land, water, and resources. I hope to do my part to help the industry meet that challenge whether that is through research or working directly within the industry.

What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

Ella: I feel like the existing farmers need to encourage the future farmers by supporting the 4-H and FFA programs in their community. Farming is hard work and a lot of people are choosing other careers.

Abigayle: Keep supporting the programs that engage youth in the beef industry. If it weren’t for 4-H and FFA, I wouldn’t have had the experiences or knowledge base that I have today. These organizations have such an impact on youth across the nation and areunnamed-2 a great way to invest in the future of our industry.

What is your favorite beef dish?

Ella: Flat Iron Steak. I had the opportunity to grill these steaks several times for the 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest and really enjoy the tenderness and juiciness of the cut.

Abigayle: While I do love a nice steak, my all-time favorite is a pot roast cooked in a crockpot. With potatoes and carrots, it’s a delicious southern classic.

 

 

FIVE on Friday: FIVE Industry Events to Attend in June

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It’s hard to believe today is June 1st and summer is beginning to heat up! As you’re making your summer plans, be sure to put these dates on your June calendar.

  • Saturday, June 2nd—Tennessee Tech Purple & Gold Showdown. The fourth TCA Tennessee’s Top Tier points show will be held tomorrow in Cookeville, TN at theScreen Shot 2018-06-01 at 5.44.12 AM Hyder-Burks Pavilion. Cattle check-in is from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and steer/commercial heifer weigh-in is from 9:00-10:30 a.m. with the show starting at Noon, CST. Visit the youth section of our website to learn more about tomorrow’s show and the Tennessee’s Top Tier program.
  • Friday, June 15th—Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Deadline. Although it’s not an actual event, IT IS an important date for those who will be attending college this fall. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s and Tennessee Cattlewomen’s Association are proud to offer three scholarships again this year. Downloadable applications can be found online.
  • Thursday, June 21st—Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host this event at the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center in Springfield, TN. The field day will includeScreen Shot 2018-06-01 at 5.41.57 AM industry tours, a complimentary lunch, and a trade show. For more information on the event use the following link, https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2018-05-TobaccoBeefMore.aspx
  • June 20th through 23rd—Beef Improvement Federation Symposium. The Beef Improvement Federation will celebrate 50 years at their Annual Meeting in Loveland, CO. More information, a detailed agenda, and registration information can be found at beefimprovement.org.
  • Saturday, June 30th—Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference. Last but certainly not least, join us for the second annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference in White Pine, TN. This one-day event will include quality speakers, hands-on demonstrations, and a trade show. It’s not too late to register. More information, a detailed agenda, and registration information can be found at http://www.tncattle.org/tca-summer-conference.

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As we enter the month of June, we hope the weather works in your favor, hay production is steady, and the cows (and cattlemen) stay cool. And… be sure you make time to attend these events!

“Fill Your Grill” With Farm-Direct Meats With Pick Tennessee Products

Burger Photo by Art ColebankBetween June 1 and 15, you have the chance to win $200 worth of local meats from a Tennessee farm.

Pick Tennessee Products, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s promotion that connects farmers directly to consumers is offering a “Fill Your Grill” contest. A total of 12 winners will be randomly chosen on Monday, June 18 and notified by Pick Tennessee Products.

A link to the contest website can be found online at www.PickTnProducts.org. You may also search “Pick Tennessee Products” on Facebook and click on the “Fill Your Grill” post, which is linked to the directory of participating farmers. Contestants must choose which Tennessee farm to visit to collect their meats if they win, and then submit that choice with their own contact information.

The Tennessee Beef Industry Council, the Tennessee Pork Producers Association, and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association are among the organizations that partner with Pick Tennessee to promote state meat producers and help fund the contest. The goal is to spread the word to the public that purchasing meats directly from nearby farms is easy to do.

By choosing a preferred farm, contestants are able to choose what kinds of meats and cuts they would select if they win. Each contestant just needs to be sure to choose the farm that offers what he or she wants, whether it’s beef, pork, lamb, goat, poultry, or some of everything. There is no cash prize. Entrants win the opportunity to visit a farm or local meats business and choose up to $200 of Tennessee meats, with no cost to the winner.

More information about the contest is available on the “Fill Your Grill” contest page at www.picktnproducts.org/Grill.html. Follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.