At this year’s Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) with help from other agricultural groups, is purchasing winning show steers at a premium price. Following the event, the cattle will be harvested for beef and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
TCA is coordinating the purchase the first place steer for $5,000 with sponsorship from Farm Credit Mid-America and H&R Agri-Power. The second place steer will be purchased for $4,000, sponsored by Yearwood Equipment and TCA. The third place steer will be purchased for $3,000, sponsored by Mid-South Livestock Market and TriGreen Equipment.
Shane Williams with Farm Credit Mid-America and a TCA Board Director has been organizing the efforts for Expo: “We were looking for a way to support the hard work these young people put into preparing their animals for the shows and encourage more participation in the future,” said Williams. “These kids are the future of our industry and we want to support them.”
TCA is funding approximately $6,500 in premium money for division and reserve winning steer & heifer breed champions and reserve placing. It breaks out like this: $250 for Division Champion Steers and $100 for Reserve Division Steers along with $250 for Breed Champion Heifers and $100 for Breed Reserve Heifers. In addition, TCA will pay premium money to the top five overall supreme placing heifers: 1st – $500, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $300, 4th – $200 and 5th – $100.
Also, TCA will give $3,000 in sponsorship of the showmanship category and Skill-a-thon competition.
“TCA wanted to do more this year and that’s why we decided to include new sponsorship categories like the showmanship and Skill-a-thon,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA.
“I would like to thank all of the partners that have stepped forward with money to sponsor the purchase of these champion steers,” said Gary Daniel, president of TCA. “Not only are we rewarding the kids by purchasing these steers at a premium, we are providing protein-rich beef to needy families throughout middle Tennessee by donating the meat to Second Harvest Food Bank.”
The Expo begins Monday, July 6 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University and ends Wednesday. The event is free to the public.