TN Cattlemen’s Supports Youth and Community Through Beef

Top 5 Steers

Top 5 steers at the Beef Expo

At the Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo in Murfreesboro on July 12-13, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) with help from industry partners, purchased the winning show steers at a premium price. In the upcoming days, the cattle will be harvested for beef and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. This will equate to approximately 2,500 pounds of beef for the local community.

“The Second Harvest Initiative allows us to supply a nutrient-rich product to a segment of the population that often suffers from iron deficiency or other disorders caused by a lack of protein,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA. “All the while, we’re rewarding the youth who work hard preparing these steers to show.”

TCA coordinated the purchase the first place steer for $5,000 with sponsorship from Yearwood Equipment and Hardin County Stockyard. The second place steer was purchased for $4,000, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America. The third place steer was purchased for $3,000, sponsored by TriGreen Equipment and My Team Insurance. The fourth place steer was purchased for $3,000, sponsored by Mountain Farm Equipment and Athens Stockyards.

Gary Daniel, president of the TCA, watched the shows with joy both of the days. “TCA gladly supports this program because we recognize that participation in 4-H and FFA livestock projects develop future leaders in our industry,” said Daniel. “We will need these leaders as part of the cattle community of Tennessee for many years to come.”

TCA also funded approximately $6,500 in premium money for division and reserve winning steer & heifer breed champions and reserve placing. Also, TCA gave $3,000 in sponsorship of the showmanship category and Skill-a-thon competition.

In total, TCA distributed nearly $12,000 directly to the youth participating in the Expo and coordinating with sponsors to donate an additional $14,500 for a total of over $25,000 in awards.

Veterans to be Honored at Milan No-Till Field Day

farmer veteran picnic invitation

Tennessee AgrAbility is planning a special event to honor veterans and farmers. The Tennessee Farmer Veteran Picnic will be held in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Milan No-Till Field Day on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Organizers say the picnic is open to any veteran who has also been employed in agriculture, or active duty military interested in agriculture as a post military career.

“I wanted a way to say thank you for serving twice,” says Joetta Turbeville White, area specialist with UT-TSU Extension and event organizer. “These men and women have protected our country through military service, and now they’re providing food, clothing and shelter to Americans through agriculture. They deserve to be recognized.”

The Farmer Veteran picnic begins at noon. In addition to a lunch featuring homegrown Tennessee steaks, the picnic will include a patriotic presentation led by local 4-H students and information on programs and services available to farmers and veterans. The guest speaker will be Charley Jordan, a farmer veteran from Woodlawn, Tennessee.

To attend, farmer veterans, plus one guest, must pre-register. Call 731-855-7656 to make reservations. Transportation to the picnic site will be available at the field day Overview Tour Tent, located near the main field day registration area.

Tennessee AgrAbility is a collaboration of UT-TSU Extension and USDA. According to White, the vision of AgrAbility is to enhance the quality of life for agricultural producers with disabilities so they can increase their independence and productivity.

The Milan No-Till Field Day will also feature 40 research presentations, an extensive agricultural trade show and the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. The field day begins at 6 a.m. More information is available at

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