On February 4 through 6, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) will celebrate 31 years of serving the state’s cattle producers with its Annual Trade Show and Convention in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Attendees will hear from top cattle industry speakers that will address herd health, sustainability, forage systems, and the beef cattle business.
Speakers include: Trent Loos, agricultural broadcast personality; Wayne Gilreath, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. Service Center president; Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist; University of Tennessee Extension Specialists; Dr. David Pugh of the University of Auburn; Dr. John Andrae and Dr. Susan Duckett of Clemson University; Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler of the University of Kentucky; and Dr. Kent Anderson with Zoetis Animal Health.
“This year’s convention is full of great educational and networking opportunities,” said Gary Daniel, TCA’s president and Cypress Inn cattle producer. “We’re hoping to see new faces and meet with old friends.”
In conjunction with TCA events, the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association (TSPA) will also meet. Each respective association will hold its own meetings, but when not in those meetings, attendees will be participating in TCA events and educational sessions.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, attendees can visit the largest livestock trade show in the southeast. Vendors will be showing off new products, services, and the latest technology for the beef, dairy and sheep industries.
TCA, along with industry partners, will be awarding scholarships to youth, giving away new farm equipment to top recruiters, and honoring members during a luncheon on Friday. Later that evening, attendees will have a chance to bid on fundraiser items to help fund the TCA.
On Saturday, there will be a special opportunity for the youth participate in activities including a quiz bowl, scavenger hunt, and workshops on advocating for animal agriculture led by Tennessee FFA leaders and Tennessee Beef Ambassadors.
Pre-registration is $20 per day or $25 for both Friday and Saturday. This includes admission to all Cow Colleges, the trade show, and the Best of Beef Reception. Lunch is extra. Pre-registration ends Jan. 25. Late registration and registration at the door will be an additional $10 over pre-registration fees.
Attendees should register by calling the TCA office at (615) 896-2333 or by downloading and mailing in the online form which can be found at www.tncattle.org. A full schedule of events can also be found on the TCA website. For hotel reservations, call the Embassy Suites Hotel at (615) 890-4464 or online: www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com.