Grass-Fed Beef Workshop Scheduled for West Tennessee

bigstock-cattle-in-a-grass-field-12154154For the third consecutive year, University of Tennessee Extension will offer producers a “one-stop” opportunity to learn about producing and marketing grass-fed and pasture-raised beef. On August 14, 2018, at UT-TSU Extension’s Gibson County Ed Jones Agri-Plex Auditorium in Trenton, Tennessee, a full-day workshop will be conducted to introduce producers to pasture-based beef production systems and help producers address challenges of managing forages, finishing cattle and marketing beef.
“The interest in grass-fed beef has increased in recent years. Some customers are interested in buying beef that is ‘grass-fed’ or ‘pasture-raised.’ Producers who can tap into this niche market could potentially increase the price they receive for their cattle,” says UT Extension farm management specialist Danny Morris, one of the organizers of the event.
Also, according to UT forage specialist and workshop 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.”
These topics will be discussed at the workshop:
* Considerations for grass-fed finishing.
* Developing a forage system for grass-fed beef.
* Grass-fed beef nutrition.
* Carcass characteristics of grass-fed beef.
* Marketing and labeling considerations for grass-fed beef.
* Production economics of grass-fed beef systems.
* Grass-fed beef producer experiences.
The workshop qualifies as one educational course requirement for Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Producer Diversification Value Added Sector only. Check-in and networking will start at 8:30 a.m. CDT and the event will begin at 9 a.m. The workshop will conclude at 4 p.m.
The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes a meal. Preregistration is required as space is limited. The pre-registration deadline is August 3, 2018. To pre-register, please complete and return a registration form to the Gibson County UT Extension office, 1252 Manufacturer’s Row, Trenton, TN,  38382, by August 3, 2018. The registration form can be found online here: tiny.utk.edu/2018GFBeef. 

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