Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference Registration Now Available

Bales of hay and a fenceThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, along with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, and North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, is holding the first annual Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference in White Pine on June 27. This event is sponsored by the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

Headlining the conference is radio personality Trent Loos, who will be discussing his role on President Trump’s agriculture advisory committee and other issues relating to cattle producers. Following Loos will be Extension Specialists Dr. Andrew Griffith and Dr. Gary Bates from the University of Tennessee, addressing the topic of grazing management. Afterwards, there will be lunch served and a live cattle grading demonstration, presented by Jodee Inman from USDA’s Livestock Marketing department. Following that, there will be a live cattle health demonstration, presented by Extension Specialists Dr. Justin Rhinehart and Dr. Lew Strickland. Additionally, Royce Towns from the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will be speaking on summer fescue. Lastly, Rob Holland from the Center for Profitable Agriculture will present on direct marketing meat cuts and live animal sales for custom harvest. Also during the day, attendees can learn about new livestock products from the trade show exhibitors.

This conference will be held from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Registration is 20 dollars per attendee which includes lunch. This rate will be available until June 20. Registration after that date will be 30 dollars per attendee. There is a hotel block rate available at the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Morristown by mentioning the TCA’s event.

Information and the registration form are available at www.tncattle.org or in the current issues of the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine.

2017 Grass-Fed Beef Conferences Scheduled for Two Locations

Angus on pasture webFor the second consecutive year, University of Tennessee Extension will offer cattle producers a “one-stop” opportunity to learn about producing and marketing grass-fed beef. This year’s conference offers new materials and speakers for the benefit of those interested in grass-fed beef production.
Called the Grass-Fed Beef Conference, the educational workshop will be held on two dates at two locations in 2017: June 28 in Spring Hill, Tenn., and June 29 in Athens, Tenn. Both conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m. local time and adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

The same conference sessions will be provided at both Spring Hill and Athens locations. Educational topics will include:

  • Considerations for Grass-Fed Finishing
  • Developing a Forage System for Grass-Fed Beef
  • Grass-Fed Beef Nutrition
  • Branding and Labeling Considerations for Grass-Fed Beef
  • Grass-Fed Beef Producer Experiences –Video Farm Tours

Consumer interest in purchasing local meats from farmers that use specialized production practices has motivated many cattle producers to adopt grass-fed beef production systems on their farms. Special claims such as “Grass-Fed” or “Pasture-Raised” are increasingly used on meat product labels, promotional materials and in popular press. According to UT forage specialist and conference presenter, Gary Bates, “Transitioning from a conventional cow-calf operation to pasture-based cattle finishing can present many challenges and often entails a knowledge base and skill set distinct from more traditional pasture management programs.”

Value-added activities related to processing and marketing can also create hurdles for producers transitioning to grass-fed beef. Other conference presenters include UT extension specialists in beef nutrition and marketing, and University of Kentucky livestock and forage management extension economist, Greg Halich, co-author of the publication “Producer’s Guide to Pasture-Based Finishing.”

Pre-registration for each conference is required by June 20, 2017. The cost is $40 per person per event. Lunch will be provided. To register, go online to https://tiny.utk.edu/grassfedbeef17.  Conference location information will be emailed to registered participants the week prior to the events. The conference qualifies as one educational course requirement for TAEP Producer Diversification Value Added Sector only.

In addition to the general conference sessions, a free, pre-conference tour of UT’s Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (MTREC) in Spring Hill will be offered on June 27 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CDT. The pre-conference tour will show participants some of the current forage and livestock research being conducted, including information on:

  • Native warm-season grass trials
  • Integrated crop-livestock systems
  • Intercropping annual cash crops with forages

The pre-conference tour is free to registered participants from either the Spring Hill or Athens conference locations, but an additional pre-registration is required.

Funding for these conferences has been provided, in part, through the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center and the United States Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit the website for the Center for Profitable Agriculture: ag.tennessee.edu/cpa. Look for a link under the “educational events” menu.

TENNESSEE CATTLEMEN’S DONATES $2,500 TO UTIA FOUNDATION

10The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) Board of Directors recently voted to contribute $2,500 to the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Foundation, in support of the 4-H Junior Livestock Programs. These projects are part of the “Developing Champion Youth Endowment” which was spearheaded by recently retired Extension Specialist Dr. Jim Neel.

Dr. Neel’s efforts have focused on raising funds to ensure the future of the 4-H Livestock programs. These programs offer Tennessee youth valuable educational opportunities through raising, exhibiting, and judging livestock and horses.”

65,000 boy and girls from across Tennessee enrolled in the Junior Livestock programs in 2016.

“Consider a gift in support a continue to the legacy,” said Dr. Neel. “Invest not just in our youth, but in our future.”

TCA felt the investment in these programs was the right thing to do. “TCA Board of Directors voted to give this money to the Developing Champion Youth Endowment to support the future of the livestock programs, but also as a thank you to Dr. Neel for all he has done to support youth development and the future of our industry,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA. “Multiple generations have benefited from Dr. Neel’s efforts and many more will in the future.”

To help youth learn lifetime lessons of leadership, work ethic, cooperation and financial management, consider a gift to UTIA. Online contribution is available at www.advanceUTIA.com/championyouth or call (865) 974-5779. Gifts may be tax deductible.

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) Board of Directors recently voted to contribute $2,500 to the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Foundation, in support of the 4-H Junior Livestock Programs. These projects are part of the “Developing Champion Youth Endowment” which was spearheaded by recently retired Extension Specialist Dr. Jim Neel.

Dr. Neel’s efforts have focused on raising funds to ensure the future of the 4-H Livestock programs. These programs offer Tennessee youth valuable educational opportunities through raising, exhibiting, and judging livestock and horses.”

65,000 boy and girls from across Tennessee enrolled in the Junior Livestock programs in 2016.

“Consider a gift in support a continue to the legacy,” said Dr. Neel. “Invest not just in our youth, but in our future.”

TCA felt the investment in these programs was the right thing to do. “TCA Board of Directors voted to give this money to the Developing Champion Youth Endowment to support the future of the livestock programs, but also as a thank you to Dr. Neel for all he has done to support youth development and the future of our industry,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA. “Multiple generations have benefited from Dr. Neel’s efforts and many more will in the future.”

To help youth learn lifetime lessons of leadership, work ethic, cooperation and financial management, consider a gift to UTIA. Online contribution is available at www.advanceUTIA.com/championyouth or call (865) 974-5779. Gifts may be tax deductible.

TCA and TBIC Select Young Cattlemen’s Conference Representative

Will Mayfield HeadshotThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) and the Tennessee Beef Industry Council (TBIC) have selected Will Mayfield of Pulaski, TN. to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) happening May 31-June 8.

According to NCBA, the YCC trip’s purpose is: “to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing.”

Mayfield, and others, will begin the trip at NCBA’s headquarters in Denver, CO to take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and what NCBA is doing to address these issues. They will also receive a comprehensive view of market information from Cattle-Fax. The group will then travel to JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner Feedyard, one of the nation’s largest cattle feeding operations and later, tour the JBS Greeley facility, which is one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. After that, the group will travel to Chicago, IL to visit the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc. one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. To complete the trip, the group will then finish in Washington D.C., where they will meet with their state’s representatives and visit with a number of regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.

“I am excited about the opportunity to encounter the full scope of the beef industry,” said Mayfield. “From policy-to-plate, I believe this conference will allow me to gain an increased knowledge of the industry that can be used back home to help Tennessee.”

Mayfield is a third generation Angus breeder from Giles County. In high school, he was involved with 4-H and FFA programs. He graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a degree in animal science and was a member of the Alpha Kappa chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho. Mayfield was also on the livestock judging team. He then continued his education through the Master’s program, under the direction of Dr. Neal Schrick, focusing his studies on Angus genetics. Because of his work with the Angus Association, he was offered the regional manager position with them, covering the northeast U.S. During that time he was offered the Beef Coordinator position with Select Sires, which is now his current job.

“The TBIC is pleased to support Will Mayfield’s placement on the YCC tour this year,” said Valerie Bass, executive director of the TBIC. “He is a young leader and this experience will broaden his knowledge of the industry segments, expand his understanding of programs and grow his peer relationships across the nation.”

Charles Hord, the executive vice president of TCA added, “Will has a promising future in the cattle industry. We know he will represent Tennessee well.”

Mayfield will be joined by nearly 50 other young leaders from across the country, as well as NCBA staff. He will also be joined by Tennessee’s Chris Martin of Lyles, representing the Tennessee Simmental Association and Lake Elliott of Adams, representing the American Angus Association.