Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship Application Available

Kenneth Ambrose Heifer Scholarship Ad small (2).jpgMartin Farms of Lyles, Tennessee has issued a call for entries for the Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship, an ongoing program founded by Neil and Christopher Martin to help youth kick start or add to a fledgling beef project. Founders Neil and Christopher Martin started their Heifer Starter Kit program in 2006, enlisting additional donors in 2012 when the program was renamed after their late friend and mentor, Kenneth Ambrose. Ambrose was a former University of Tennessee agricultural extension agent and a great enthusiast for the 4-H youth livestock program.

“Kenneth was directly responsible for a lot of kids’ involvement in 4-H, and he fueled their accomplishments by coaching them toward success,” says Christopher Martin. “Our goal is to recognize and remember Kenneth’s spirit and enthusiasm toward youth and agriculture and to encourage that same type of involvement and success.”

Since 2006, a total of $33,084 has been awarded in scholarships and vouchers with nineteen youth receiving full or partial scholarships toward the purchase of a registered heifer and several more youth receiving sponsored vouchers. Beginning in 2012, additional heifers have been donated by Slate Farms & Cattle Co. of Vanleer and Water’s Edge Farm of Franklin, both guest consignors at Martin’s annual Open House at the Farm production sale where the scholarships will be awarded September 23rd.

Scholarship finalists will be chosen based on a written application and a special project chosen by the applicant and related to the production or promotion of beef cattle. All finalists will be invited to Martin Farms for panel interviews, and winners are chosen based on composite scores. The deadline for entry is September 15, 2016.

Additional donors who have supported the initiative in the past include Performance Feeds; ABS Global; Barry Ellis and Accelerated Genetics; Genex Cooperative; Select Sires; Patricia McDougal AI Services; Cattlemen’s Choice Genetics; Farm Credit Mid America; Mix 30 Liquid Feeds; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; and Jane Herron State Farm. A semen and embryo auction is planned prior to Martin’s Open House to raise funds to help alternates purchase a heifer of their own.

Those who might be interested in applying can download an application HERE > Juniors contact Chris Martin by email at or by phone at 931-580-6821.

First Field Day Scheduled at New Beef Heifer Development Center

Heifers-webThe University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center will host the Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center Field Day on Thursday, August 25. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. CDT. The Beef Heifer Development Center is located at the UT Dairy AgResearch and Education Center in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

“For beef cattle producers interested in nominating heifers for the development program, this field day will be an excellent opportunity to see the facility and learn more about the mission of our center,” says Justin Rhinehart, UT Extension Beef Specialist.

This is the first field day to take place at the Beef Heifer Development Center, which opened in October 2015. The new facility was built specifically to develop and breed heifers. Since the inaugural class arrived last fall, researchers have been evaluating intensive management practices in an effort to show producers how to improve the replacement heifer process.

“Replacement heifer development is expensive because of the time and resources it takes until she produces a marketable calf on her own,” says Kevin Thompson, director of the Middle Tennessee and Dairy AgResearch and Education Centers. “This program is demonstrating proper replacement heifer development to beef cattle producers and increasing the opportunity for custom replacement heifer development.”

The current class of heifers will be leaving the Center in September. Rhinehart says the Center will take in the second class of heifers in early October. Visitors to the field day can learn about the application and intake process, performance reports and the facility design.

Those unable to attend the field day can still nominate heifers or learn more about the Beef Heifer Development program by contacting their local UT Extension agent. Additional information can also be found at

The Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center is a partnership between the UT Institute of Agriculture, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Farmers Co-op.

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Donates Beef to Second Harvest Food Bank

1.jpgThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA), along with other industry partners, recently donated over 1,600 pounds of beef to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, as part of TCA’s Second Harvest Initiative. This program’s goal is to provide those in need with a fresh source of protein, while building financial support for students in the junior beef project and creating a culture where students are encouraged to give back to their communities across the state.

The Second Harvest Initiative began at the University of Tennessee Junior Beef Expo in July in Murfreesboro.  This is the annual “Super Bowl” of cattle shows for kids across Tennessee.  In addition to TCA providing $10,785 of premium money for winning animals, showmanship & Skill-a-thon events, TCA also offered to buy four of the top placing steers and donate the beef to Second Harvest Food Bank. TCA engaged several partners across the state to raise $15,500 to buy these four calves. Those partners included:

$5,000             Yearwood Equipment, Hardin County Stockyards

(Grand Champion: Shelley Rowlett of Weakley County)

$4,000             Farm Credit Mid-America

(3rd place: Callie Fisher of Lawrence County)

$3,500            TriGreen Equipment and My Team Insurance

(4th place: Morgan Lehnert of Lawrence County)

$3,000            Athens Stockyards & Mountain Farm International

(5th place: Katie Plowman of Henry County)

The University of Tennessee’s Animal Science staff then transported the steers to Blankenship Farms Meat Processors in Calhoun, TN and where it was harvested. Blankenship Farms donated half the cost of the processing while TCA funded the other half of the cost.

“This kind of thing is something we don’t have to think twice about,” said Steven Blankenship. “We were glad to sponsoring the processing because it’s a great cause.”

In August, after the meat dry-aged, students from McMinn County FFA helped to load the 1,626 pounds of ground beef, roasts and steaks into Second Harvest Food Bank’s van.

David Cloniger, representative from Second Harvest Food Bank, was there to transport the beef. “We never get fresh meat direct from the processor. It is always from the grocery store, so this is a really special thing for us. We are getting the best we can get which means needy people are too.”

After the meat was loaded in the van, it was then taken to Abundant Life Assembly of God in Winchester, TN to be given away at their food pantry.

“It brings joy to our hearts that through teaching our students how to care for their livestock ultimately ends with feeding the hungry,” said Gary Daniel, president of TCA.

TCA hopes that this program can continue next year and feed even more of Tennessee’s people in need.

For more information on how you can become a sponsor or on the program, please visit:

Future Angus Stockmen: Scholarship Application Available

College students encouraged to apply for the $1,000 scholarship by Sept. 16.

bigstock-Balck-Angus-cows-51692065.jpgAimed at fostering the next generation of commercial cattle producers, the Future Angus Stockmen program, established by the American Angus Association, offers opportunities for young cattlemen and women to gain the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.

Now in its second year, Future Angus Stockmen is proud to partner with Allfex USA to award a $1,000 scholarship to a college student involved in the commercial Angus business. Applicants must be enrolled in the Future Angus Stockmen program, and applications are available online and must be returned by Friday, Sept. 16.

“We are looking forward to recognizing another outstanding student this year through the Future Angus Stockmen scholarship,” says Ginette Gottswiller, Association director of commercial programs. “Thanks to Allflex for supporting us in this mission to encourage young cattle producers and build their future in the beef business.”

The winner will be notified in October 2016, and the scholarship presented during the Angus Convention, hosted Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. Applications will be judged on the participant’s future agriculture career path, passion for beef cattle and leadership experiences within the industry.

“The Future Angus Stockmen scholarship is really an opportunity for that young producer who really wants to go back and contribute to the family operation or step out in their own commercial farm or ranch,” says Scott Holt, Allflex North American marketing manager. “It’s exciting for us to support these students in their future endeavors.”

To be eligible, the applicant or applicant’s parents/guardians must have transferred or have been transferred a registration paper in the last 36 months (on or after May 1, 2013). They must also have an affiliate member code or a current membership with the American Angus Association.

Applications are available for download online and must be postmarked by Sept. 16. Reference the application for more instructions on how to apply.


About Future Angus Stockmen

The American Angus Association launched Future Angus Stockmen in 2014 as an effort to impact young cattle producers through learning and networking opportunities, while also building a bond with the Angus breed and its member-driven organization.

“Our goal with the Future Angus Stockmen initiative is to give young producers who want to play a role in beef production the jumpstart they need to be successful in the business,” Gottswiller says. “Strong skills in communications, marketing, data analysis and business planning are critical in our industry’s challenge to produce quality beef.”

Future Angus Stockmen is aimed toward college-age or recent graduates who want to raise high quality Angus-based commercial cattle. The program will offer educational opportunities that teach participants how to thrive in the cattle industry, social networking to connect them with fellow producers and leadership development to instill an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve their businesses.

Participants will learn how to use proven information such as expected progeny differences (EPDs) and dollar-value indexes ($Values), while incorporating DNA technology to make data-driven decisions. In partnership with Zoetis, the American Angus Association offers those enrolled in the program a special, reduced rate for GeneMax® Advantage™ and GeneMax Focus™ tests.

Future Angus Stockmen enrollment can be completed at any time, and enrollment forms can be found in the commercial programs section