Tennessee Juniors attend various Junior National cattle shows

From Wisconsin to Colorado, and everywhere in between, Tennessee juniors have traveled far and wide this summer attending National Junior cattle shows across the country. These week-long events involve not only exhibiting cattle but also include various leadership contests as well. To say the least, preparing to attend a junior nationals requires a lot of time and preparation. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association would like to take the time to recognize and congratulate these juniors.

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Tennessee was represented at the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, WI by 14 juniors exhibiting 28 head. The group won the Herdsmanship award for states with 16-30 head and placed 3rd in the best 5 head bred and owned state group.  Chas Rowlett represented TN in showmanship and was honorable mention.  Shelley Rowlett won the intermediate skillathon and several scholarships.  Annie Meier was Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull. Tennessee was well represented at the NJAS. IMG-3819


Charolais

The 2018 American International Junior Charolais Association (AICJA) Junior Nationals TJCAHerds ‘Pasture of Dreams’ was held June 17th – 22nd in Des Moines, Iowa. Tennessee was proudly represented by 6 juniors.  Katie Smith, Taylor Cantrell, Eliza Weiberg, Grace Weiberg, Walynn Maupin, and William Thomas Maupin. Tennessee competed in team events; quiz bowl, team fitting contest and earned honors of State Herdsmanship with 10 or less head. Consider joining Tennessee Junior Charolais Association and participating in the 2019 AICJA Junior Nationals ‘Showdown in Cowtown’ June 16-21, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.


Chi/Maine

Tennessee Junior Chianina and Maine exhibitors traveled to Grand Island, NE to attend “The Grand Fiesta,” the annual Junior National show. The exhibitors included Chas,Chi1 Kaylee, and Avery Rowlett, and Katie Plowman. The juniors were very successful in Grand Island. Throughout the week they competed in different contests and showed six head of cattle. They had 4 class winners, 1 second, 1 division champion, 2 reserve division champions, and 3rd Overall ChiAngus heifer. Tennessee juniors are looking forward to next year’s junior nationals where they will “Double Down in Des Moines, Iowa!”


Hereford

For many juniors, the highlight of the show season is Junior Nationals. The anticipation and hard work put in for months and months all builds up for that one-week long show. This year’s Junior National Hereford Exposition was held in Grand Island, Nebraska June 30th through July 7th. Tennessee had 11 juniors participate with a total of 22 head placing as high as second in their class amongst tough competition. Tennessee juniors not only competed in the show but also competed in showmanship, the CHB cook off, livestock judging, and scholarship interviews. Join the Tennessee Juniors for the 2019 Junior National Hereford Exposition in Denver, CO July 6- 13, 2019!

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Limousin 

Six Tennessee juniors attended the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show & Congress in Denver, Colorado. Four of the six Juniors exhibited 11 head throughout the week. The four Juniors that showed were Cameron Bryant, Meghan Madewell, Jake Ozburn, and Abby Tipton. Cameron Bryant’s heifer both placed 3rd in their respective classes, and she won a $500 scholarship from the North American Limousin Junior Association. Meghan MadewellLimi1 won 2nd place in class with her Bred and Owned Limflex bull. Jake Ozburn had a 3rd overall division and a 5th place in class in the Limflex show and a reserve division and 2nd in class in the purebred show. Ozburn won 4th overall in speech contest, 5th overall in the photo contest and 6th overall in showmanship in the novice division. Abby Tipton had a 3rd overall division win in the Limflex show and had a reserve division in the Bred and Owned Limousin show. Tipton also was 4th overall in the livestock judging contest. The Tennessee fitting team made the top 3 out of 15 fitting teams. All 6 of the Juniors had lots of fun and made many memories during the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show & Congress.


Red Angus

Mary Ali Oliver, Ethan and Jacob Bell, and Andrew, Annie, and Alyssa Meier representedRed Angus Tennessee at the North American Junior Red Angus Event held in Hutchison, KS June 17-23, 2018. The group had a successful showing across the board. Andrew Meier claimed Reserve Champion Junior Showmen honors, along with exhibiting Champion Bred and Owned Bull and 3rd Overall Bred and Red 1Owned Heifer. Jacob Bell exhibited the Reserve Bred and Owned Female. Annie Meier was selected as the 5th Overall Junior Showmen. Mary Ali Oliver claimed high individual honors in the livestock judging contest. The Red Angus juniors are looking forward to next year’s event in Grand Island, NE.


Shorthorn

The 2018 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference, ’50 Years Under the Big Top,’ was held June 26- July 1 in Madison, WI. Tennessee was represented by Murray Perkins, Buchanan, TN and Samantha Reese, Petersburg, TN. Perkins and ReeseShorthorn2 participated in a variety of leadership contests throughout the week and each exhibited two head of cattle. Perkins placed in the top five in the speech, cattlemen’s quiz, and graphic design contests. Reese placed in the top five in the photography and digitally enhance photography contests. In addition to his success in various contests, Perkins also exhibited the Grand Champion Purebred Market Steer at the 50th Annual National Junior Shorthorn Show. Just as the show’s theme suggests, it was indeed a BIG week under the BIG top!


Simmental

Tennessee had four junior members competing in various contests at the Simmental Junior Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Cole Ledford, Walker Housley, Lexi Housley, and Emily Ivey brought home many awards and honors. Cole  Ledford was 20th overall Intermediate participant in the Genetic Evaluation Quiz. Emily Ivey had 11th overall Bred and Owned Purebred heifer, 19th overall Bred and Owned Percentage heifer, 20th Simm 1 overall Senior in Livestock Judging, 7th overall Senior in Public Speaking, 9th overall Senior in Genetic Evaluation Quiz, and was named the  15th overall Senior participant.    Lexi Housley participated in the AJSA Photography contest. Walker Housley was 1st overall Junior in Livestock Judging, 1st overall Junior in Cattlemens’ Quiz, 3rd overall Junior in Genetic Evaluation Quiz, 6th overall Junior in Sales Talk,   9th overall Junior in Public Speaking, and 17th overall Junior in Showmanship.   He was named the top overall Junior and brought home the coveted Swiss Bell award.  It was a fun and successful week for Tennessee members.   We look forward to next year!


Congratulations to these juniors! Way to represent Tennessee well!

UT Institute of Agriculture Reveals Economic Contributions of Agriculture Per County

yp Fields of gold and Brand new babies by Mika Davis Dry Fork Farms, SpencerThe importance of agriculture to the state of Tennessee is undeniable, accounting for 9 percent of the state’s economy and $57.6 billion in output. A new report from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture reveals the economic impact of agriculture by county.
Online reports for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties are available on an interactive map. In the reports, agriculture includes crop and livestock production; food and fiber processing, such as ice cream plants and textile mills; farm inputs, such as fertilizer plants and feed mills; and forestry-based products, such as sawmills and paper mills. Reports include the multiplier effect, which is the impact of agriculture on the non-agricultural part of the economy. Examples of the multiplier effect include farmers and other agricultural businesses purchasing local inputs, such as utilities, and local spending by agricultural workers and owner-operators. Each report provides an estimate of agriculture’s contribution to output — dollar value of sales — and jobs for the county in question. For example, activity in agriculture and the resulting multiplier effect are responsible for $1.017 billion in sales and 4,003 jobs in Weakley County.
David Hughes, Greever Chair in Agribusiness Development and project leader, states that there is a real need for this type of analysis at the county level. “Many areas of Tennessee have new residents that are often unaware of local agricultural roots and the important role that agriculture plays in the local economy,” says Hughes. “Even long-established residents are often unaware of this contribution.”
Agricultural activity is spread out across fields, pastures, and woods, and this lack of concentration can make its contribution much less obvious than that of a large factory. “The information in this report can be used to educate local leaders and the public at large regarding the contribution of agriculture and the necessity of resisting unwarranted encroachments on agricultural activities,” adds Hughes.
To access the reports, go to ageconomicimpact.tennessee.edu and click on the county of interest. The webpage also provides training materials for those who wish to learn more about the method of analysis used to generate the reports.
The research was supported by Farm Credit Mid-America; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; Tennessee Department of Agriculture; Tennessee Farm Bureau; and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. It was also supported by members of the county-level agricultural economic impact workgroup that assisted in developing the final version of the reports.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ​​​​ag.tennessee.edu​.

FIVE on Friday: top FIVE heifers at the TN Junior Beef Expo

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The 47th annual Tennessee Junior Beef Expo was held July 11-13th in Murfreesboro, TN. This week’s FIVE on Friday highlights the top FIVE heifers that were selected at the show.

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Dylan Inman of Decatur Co exhibited the Supreme Champion Female, MMK Elastic Heart 10E. Congratulations, Dylan!

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Eli Mundy’s Charolais female was selected as Reserve Overall female. Eli is from Clairborne Co.

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Samantha Roberts of McMinn Co exhibited the 3rd Overall Female. Good job, Samantha!

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Cole Lehnert’s Simmental heifer, B & K Knockout 113E received 4th Overall. Cole is from Lawrence County.

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Libby Rushton of Humphrey’s County exhibited the 5th Overall female.

Congratulations to all of the heifer exhibitors at this year’s event. Best of luck this fall as you travel to county and state fairs! To learn more or to become a member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association, click here.

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Meet the Future Monday: TN Cattlemen’s Scholarship Winners Announced

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Kendall Martin of Petersburg, TN

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) and Tennessee CattleWomen’s Association awarded four educational scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

These scholarship awards are $600.00 each and awarded on an application basis. The application includes 4-H and FFA involvement, letter of reference from a teacher or industry leader, and an essay explaining an issue impacting the beef industry in Tennessee. Applicants must also be a member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association, or their parent/grandparent must be a member of TCA.

Hannah Nave from Woodbury, TN received the Tennessee Cattlewomen’s Scholarship. Alayna Turbyfield of Elizabethton, TN won the Joe Houston Memorial Scholarship. Nave and Turbyfield both attend UT-Martin. Juliann Fears of Fayetteville, TN received the TCA Scholarship. Fears will attend Motlow State Community College in the fall. Kendall Martin of Petersburg, TN won the Bill Tyrell Memorial Scholarship. Martin will attend UT-Knoxville in the fall.

“I am thankful to receive the CattleWomen’s scholarship,” said Nave. “I have been involved in the beef industry my whole life and served as a state and national beef ambassador. I know how important beef producers are to the state and country.” Nave is currently pursuing a degree in agriculture hopes to use it to be a voice for agriculturalists. “This industry is vitally important and it means so much to be financially supported so I can help out.”

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association believes in investing in the future. “These impressive young women are the future of our industry and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish,” said Charles Hord, TCA Executive Vice President.

TCA is honored to recognize these young leaders with scholarships and wishes them the best this academic year.

Meet the Future Monday: Haylee Ferguson of Rutherford County, Tennessee

Haylee Ferguson from Rutherford County is passionate about the cattle industry, but perhaps an even larger passion of hers is educating others about the agriculture way of life. As a highly involved young leader, Haylee seeks every opportunity she can to promote the beef industry and educate consumers. Read this week’s Meet the Future Monday to learn more about how Haylee plans to grow her herd and continue educating others for many years to come.

 Describe your operation.

My beef operation is a registered cow-calf herd predominantly with Shorthorn and Shorthorn Plus genetics. My breeding program is focused on producing show heifers, replacement heifers, and show steers. Currently, I have 18 breeding age females. My parents and I live in Rockvale, TN. With an operation limited by available land, I try to utilize the best genetics and technology available. We utilize A.I., embryo transfer and have utilized in vitro fertilization to incorporate the best genetics and produce top quality animals. Ferguson1

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

 Growing up on a farm allows life lessons you can’t receive anywhere else. Yes, it is hard work and a commitment. As a livestock producer, I care about my animals, and I see the positive outcome of time spent at the barn. I understand the importance of responsibility in caring for my show animals and the entire herd. Seeing a new born, healthy baby calf is certainly something I enjoy!

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

 For as long as I can remember, I’ve followed my dad to the barn. He has been so patient with me, sharing with me how to mix just the right feed ration for my show animals, how to set an animal for the show ring, and talking with me about the details of why we do what we do. He has and continues to encourage me with plans for my beef operation.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Through the years, I have had the opportunity to share beef industry information at numerous farm days and promotional events. It is interesting to hear peoples’ thoughts and perceptions about agriculture. I believe it is so important to inform students and consumers about the Beef industry. I am passionate about sharing accurate information Ferguson2with consumers.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

As other young producers have mentioned, land and equipment costs are a challenge. Also, as a young producer, decision making or the confidence to make the best decision is a challenge. This could be the decision to purchase land or equipment or day to day decisions on the farm that arise. However, the more decisions I am faced with, the more confidence I gain in my past experiences and what I am learning.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

 Following college, I hope to pursue a career in some area of agriculture. I am interested in the Beef nutrition area, but I realize there are other animal science careers of interest. In 10 years, I also hope to maintain and improve my own herd.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

By utilizing improved technologies in the areas of breeding, reproduction, and nutrition, I hope to continue to produce the best quality beef possible. The technology improvements, for example in the area of genomics, allows a producer like me to focusFerguson3 on quality not quantity.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

I believe it is important to be active in organizations that represent the Beef industry. I am a youth member of the TN Cattlemen’s Association. The leaders of the organization recognize we have to continually plan for the future. In the future I want to assist with promoting the beef industry and sharing our message with consumers.

 What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

When farmers communicate and share ideas with young people in the beef industry, we listen. In the future we can incorporate what they are teaching us now as we grow the beef industry for tomorrow.Ferguson7

What is your favorite beef dish?

A Filet grilled medium.

 

FIVE on Friday: top FIVE steers at the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo

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The 47th annual Tennessee Junior Beef Expo was held last week, July 11-13, in Murfreesboro. This week’s FIVE on Friday highlights the top FIVE steers that were selected at the show. Stay tuned for next week when we share the top FIVE heifers from the event…

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Samantha Roberts from McMinn County with her Grand Champion Market Steer. Samantha is also pictured with Farm Credit Mid America representatives and TCA President, Steve Anderson.

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Murray Perkins from Henry County showed the Reserve Champion Market Steer. Pictured with Murray are TCA and United Livestock Commodities representatives.

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Parker Saum’s (McNairy Co) 1252 pound steer was selected as the 3rd Overall Steer. This steer purchase was sponsored by TCA and Tri Green Equipment.

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Murray Perkins from Henry County also exhibited the 4th Overall Steer with his steer weighing 1341 lbs. This steer was sponsored by My Insurance Cattle Insurance, Marvin Jackson/Custom Blend, Select Sires- Will Mayfield, and TCA. 

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Gage Latham from McMinn Co exhibited the 5th Overall Steer. 

The top four steers from this year’s event were purchased by industry sponsors and the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. This years sponsors include: Farm Credit Mid America, Athens Stockyard, Tri Green Equipment, My Insurance Cattle Insurance, Marvin Jackson/ Custom Blend, Select Sires- Will Mayfield. The processing of these steers was also donated by Blankenship Processing. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors! To learn more about the TCA Second Harvest Initiative, click here.

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Congratulations to all of the exhibitors at this year Tennessee Junior Beef Expo! To learn more or to become a member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association, click here.

 

Tri-State Beef Conference to be Held August 9

yp Sarah Sadler Prestoncow1 Hickman TNThe Eleventh Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Ron Ramsey Regional Ag Center in Blountville, Tennessee on August 9th. This year’s conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers. The conference will be a one-day event and will include educational sessions covering such topics as beef cattle outlook, stocker versus feedlot health, management intensive grazing, breeding soundness exam, agricultural policy impacting the beef industry, and aerial chemical application. There will once again be virtual tours of operations from each of the three states and then a time of questions and answers with the producers themselves. “This year’s conference will be one that should add dollars to your bottom line whether you run a stocker or a cow-calf operation,” stated Dr. Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee Extension Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock Economist.

A trade show will be open during the conference, with many of the organizations involved in the region’s beef industry there for participants to meet and learn more about their products and services.

The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:20 a.m. The trade show will open at 8:00 a.m.

The meeting is being sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Registration information and complete details will be available through your county Extension Office. Registration for the conference is $20 through July 27th and $25 after July 27th. Additional information can be obtained through your local Extension office or on the web at https://ag.tennessee.edu/arec/Pages/tristatebeefconference.aspx.

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Memorial Heifer Scholarships To Be Awarded Sept. 28

Scholarship Ad-small.inddMartin 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 $50,125 has been awarded in scholarships and vouchers with twenty-nine youth receiving full or partial scholarships toward the purchase of a registered heifer. In addition, several more youth have recognized as alternates and received sponsored vouchers toward the purchase of cattle. Beginning in 2012, additional heifers have been donated by Slate Farms & Cattle Co. of Vanleer, Water’s Edge Farm of Franklin, and Williams Brothers Simmental or Milan, MO, all guest consignors at Martin’s annual Open House at the Farm production sale where the scholarships will be awarded September 28th. Hadley and Camden Williams, owners of Williams Bros. Simmental, received scholarships in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and joined the Martins as a guest consignor and scholarship donor in 2017.

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.

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.

Anyone interested in applying can download an application directly from the Martin Farms website at MartinFarmsBeef.com / Scholarship. For further information, contact Chris Martin by email at seehimdesign@gmail.com or by phone at 931-580-6821.

Meet the Future Monday: the Johns siblings of Williamson County, Tennessee

R1 loves the Simmental breed, R2 loves the Shorthorn breed, and R3 loves all thingsJohns6 tractor and equipment related. R1 desires to learn all she can about the cattle industry, R2 craves working with her show cattle, and R3 is always itching to learn more about row crops. Although they each have their own desires within the agriculture industry, there is one thing they all have in common… a love for “farm life.” Read below as the Johns’ siblings from Williamson County share more about their family’s operation.

 RuthAnn Johns

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Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

Outside of raising cattle, plays volleyball and plays clarinet in the school band

RoseMary Johns

11 years old

Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

Outside of raising cattle, plays volleyball

Ransom Johns

10 years old

Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

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Ransom Johns, 10 years old

Outside of raising cattle,    hunts turkey and deer, and will drive anyone’s tractor that will let me.

Describe your operation:

Our family raises about 20 registered Simmental and Shorthorn/Shorthorn Plus cows/calves in Holt’s Corner, TN., where our family has been involved in different aspects of farming for 6 generations. Our parents let us name our farm Rx3 Livestock.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Ruthie: I enjoy being around all of the animals and learning new things, but I like that our parents allow us to buy new animals the most.

Rosie: I like being able to go outside and working with our animals, but I like when our animals have new babies more than any other part.

Ransom: My favorite part of growing up on a farm is driving the tractor and baling hay.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?Johns2

Ruthie and Rosie: Our parents have encouraged us to be involved in the cattle industry and helped by buying each of us a registered heifer and a steer to get started.

Ransom: My dad is my farming role model. He teaches me everything he knows about farming.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Ruthie: I am passionate about learning more about cattle and how to best take care of them. My study skills have helped me to do well on skill-a-thon at the state beef expo.

Rosie: I am most passionate about grooming our show cattle and getting to show them.

Ransom: I am most passionate about raising crops and harvesting. I want to be a farmer when I grow up and go to school to learn how to work on tractors.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

Ruthie: The biggest challenges I face as a young farmer are financial challenges. In the future, I feel like large farms will be unavailable or too expensive to purchase over large developers.

Rosie: I feel like one of the biggest challenges is my size. Sometimes it is hard to handle a

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RoseMary Johns, 11 years old. Photo by Turner Livestock Photography

Ransom: Having money to buy equipment and land to farm.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Ruthie: In 10 years, I hope that I will be close to being finished with 4 years of college in a vet science field of study. I hope to still be raising quality Simmental cattle and helping my parents with the farm.

Rosie: In 10 years, I hope that I will be in college working on a vet science degree. I hope to still be working with my Shorthorn herd.

Ransom: In 10 years, I want to be working towards a degree in a John Deere Technician program. I also want to have my own equipment including a combine, harvester, hay baler, rake, corn planter, drill planter, disc, etc., and a big farm to run them on.

 How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

Ruthie: I want to improve my cow/calf operation by choosing good breeding stock and AI breeding my registered cows and heifers. My initial goal was to have my own farm bred and raise calves to show. I have almost reached that initial goal.

Rosie: I currently have 6 bred cows, 2 fall heifers, and 1 show steer. I plan to sell my steer in August, continue to show my heifers, and hopefully show some of my new, farm bred and raised, fall babies.

Ransom: I am going to continue buying quality cattle stock, breeding to quality stock, and hopefully selling my own farm bred and raised calves.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

Ruthie: I intend to leave my footprint by eventually making quality, registered show stock available to young 4-H members. I feel like it will be important to pay it forward and help younger, upcoming youth get started the same way members of our community helped me.

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RuthAnn Johns, 12 years old

Rosie: I intend to leave my footprint by making a name for our farm, a name that means quality show cattle from an honest and trustworthy family.

Ransom: I want to be the go-to-guy for row crops and hay.

What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

Ruthie: Existing farmers can help future farmers by offering advice and sharing stories about things they have already tried and were either successful or failed.

Rosie: Existing farmers can help me by teaching me how to work and train my show cattle.

Ransom: Existing farmers can help me by teaching me how to run their equipment and by allowing me to help them farm their land.

What is your favorite beef dish?

Ruthie: I like grilled filet the most.

Rosie: My favorite is when my mom cooks roast and makes brown gravy and mashed potatoes.

Ransom: I love steak with A-1.

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FIVE on Friday: FIVE things to know about Tennessee Junior Beef Expo

FiveOnFridayThe 47th Annual Tennessee Junior Beef Expo will take place next week at the MTSU Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This three-day event will include showmanship, steer and heifer shows, skill-a-thon, and so much more. Whether you’re an exhibitor, spectator, parent, sponsor, or volunteer here are FIVE things you should know if you’re headed to Beef Expo.

  1. The 2018 show will host more than 250 4-H and FFA exhibitors and over 600 head of cattle from across the Volunteer state.10
  2. Tennessee Junior Beef Expo festivities will kick-off on Wednesday, July 11th with Stock Show University and Steer/Heifer Check-in. The event will run through Friday, July 13th and conclude with the registered heifer show. A full schedule can be found here.
  3. {NEW this year!} The UT Extension/ UT Animal Science has added a Stock Show U program to the agenda. This program is a great way to expand your knowledge on showing cattle. The event will take place in the show ring on Wednesday, 30-minutes following the conclusion of the Central region show.
  4. Tennessee Cattlemen’s is proud to partner with leading businesses in the industry to contribute more than $31,000 in sponsorship for this year’s event. These sponsorship dollars will be awarded in the form of show premiums, skill-a-thon25494511957_fb68046ab9_o awards, and the purchase of the top prize winning steers.
  5. For the past several years, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association has partnered with industry sponsors to purchase prize winning market steers to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Learn more about the TCA Second Harvest Initiative here.

Make plans to attend Tennessee Junior Beef Expo next week in Murfreesboro!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee