The 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.