Western Rodeo Poster.american West Cowboy Hat And Lasso On WoodThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) will celebrate 32 years of serving the state’s cattle producers with its annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on January 13-14. This year’s theme is “Farm Families and Friends,” honoring all livestock producers who will be attending. Nearly 1,000 attendees will hear from top livestock industry speakers that will address herd health, market outlook, forage systems, and the current state of the business.

Members will have the opportunity to vote on TCA policy and board appointees at the Delegate session on Friday.

Cow College speakers include: Dr. David Kohl, Agricultural Economist from Virginia Tech; Tracey Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Josh White, Producer Education Coordinator for NCBA; Dr. Cliff Lamb who will discuss cattle reproduction; University of Tennessee’s Extension Specialists; and Dr. Ron Scott who will discuss fetal programming.

“We have some great speakers this year, with information that will benefit all who attend,” said Gary Daniel, TCA’s president and Cypress Inn cattle producer. “We’ll also be working on policy for the association and it’s important as a grass roots organization that cattle producers show up and make their voice heard.”

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 will come together for a general session. Also, 20 hours of Continuing Education credits will be available for veterinarians that attend both days of convention through an agreement with the University of Tennessee.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, attendees can visit the largest livestock trade show in the southeast, with more than 100 exhibitors expected to participate. 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 to 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.

The Tennessee CattleWomen will meet on Saturday as well. They will conduct a business meeting, followed by speakers and entertainment.

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 December 30. 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 HERE. 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.

UT Extension Posts Information for Dealing with Drought

Switgrass hay from Vonore, TNIt’s dry. Producers throughout the state are feeling the effects of an uncommonly hot, dry autumn. Many are concerned for the health and welfare of their livestock, and concern is growing regarding wildfires.

To help the state’s farmers, rural communities and families deal with the ongoing situation, University of Tennessee Extension has posted an online “drought resources” webpage. The site provides links to a variety of educational information that can help people make informed decisions on how to deal with extended dry conditions. You can find the website at this URL:https://extension.tennessee.edu/Pages/ANR-CED-Drought.aspx

“We intend for this website to be a ‘living document,’” said Robert Burns, Associate Dean of UT Extension who works with agricultural, natural resource and community economic development issues. “It will be continually added to and updated with information from UT Extension specialists and other credible sources.”

The site includes dates, locations and times for statewide producer webinars where drought management techniques will be presented. Some webinars have already occurred, but recordings of all the webinars are being posted for later viewing.

Along the top of the page is a link to the UT Extension publications page, where a simple search for topics of interest, such as “drought” or “livestock watering” may be entered to generate a list of publications by UT Extension specialists that may provide valuable information. Most of the publications are available for download free of charge.

Producers and landowners may also find information online at these websites:

·         UT Beef and Forage Center: utbeef.com

·         Their local county UT Extension Office: extension.tennessee.edu. Just click on the link for “Your Local Office” and click on your county’s image or name.

·         Tennessee Department of Agriculture: tn.gov/agriculture

·         The National eXtension site: ask.extension.org

Of particular concern to livestock producers is where to find enough feed for their animals during the late fall and winter. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, maintains a Hay Directory (www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-farms-hay) for producers looking to purchase hay.

For those with limited access to the internet, phone numbers for the local Extension Office are generally found in the government section of the telephone book.

Annual Cattle Sale Scheduled for UT Plateau AgResearch Center

prec-cattle-web_jpgThe University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will host its annual fall sale of cattle on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 10 a.m. CST.

The sale will feature open and bred cows from the center’s herd, all of which are registered Angus. Bred Angus heifers will also be on sale. Minimum bids per head will be required. The cows will be penned and available for viewing beginning November 17. Registration documentation will also be available.

For more information, including a list of the cattle to be sold, or to make arrangements to preview sale stock, contact the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center at 931-484-0034 or e-mail Jennifer Burns at jburns35@utk.edu

The sale will be conducted by Marcka Auction Services and will be conducted at the center’s headquarters on U.S. Highway 70 North, approximately 8 miles west of Crossville. The address is 320 Experiment Station Road. A map and directions are available on the center’s website: plateau.tennessee.edu

The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. 

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is scheduled for November 13-19

bigstock-Boy-Reading-23265302.jpgTennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is an outstanding opportunity for farmers, ranchers, Farm Bureau, FFA, 4-H and YF&R members and other agriculture industry representatives to read a children’s book about the agriculture industry to school students.

Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

“Agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to schedule classroom visits with schools the week of November 13 – 19, 2016,” states Lou Nave, executive director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. “With a statewide, concerted effort, we have the opportunity for the largest impact sharing accurate agricultural information. With the majority of consumers now 3 -5 generations away from the family farm, it is more important than ever that we share correct information about what happens on Tennessee farms in the production of food, fiber and fuels.”

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world’s growing population.

Each Tennessee County Farm Bureau has an excellent educational resource for teachers and classroom volunteers, their Agricultural Literacy Library. Including a host of books representing agriculture plus hands-on lesson plans that meet state standards, Agricultural Literacy Library, may be obtained for loan by contacting a local Farm Bureau office.  The University of Tennessee Extension, the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and local libraries also have additional educational resources to assist readers.

All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week report (available on the TennesseeAg.org website) by December 31, 2016 to be eligible for incentive rewards.  All participating teachers who complete a short survey about the Ag Literacy Program are also eligible for incentives.

Tennessee Farm Bureau is providing Orca chasers as incentives for readers.  Two chasers will be awarded in each of Tennessee’s three grand divisions to adult readers, chosen at random from those who complete the Ag Literacy Week report.  Youth readers (4-H and FFA) who participate as readers in the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week activities and complete the report will also be entered for a chance to receive an Orca chaser (2 chasers awarded in each grand division).

Teachers who participate by allowing volunteers to read in their classrooms, and complete the survey will be eligible for a drawing for Walmart gift cards, two awarded in each of the state’s three grand divisions.

More information is available at www.tennesseeag.org