FIVE on Friday: FIVE Industry Events in September

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September—the start of Fall sale season, Fall Field Days, and so much more! Read below and mark your calendars for FIVE Industry events happening in September!

  • September 6, 2018—CPC Fall Field, Fountain Run, KY—A day filled with food, music, prizes, and youth events to boot. You will not want to miss this industry event. Learn more here.

 

  • September 7-16, 2018—Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, TN— Get your funnel cake and corn dog fix at the State Fair! Specifically, make plans to attend the Junior and Open Cattle Shows that will be held September 7-9. This is the next show on the Tennessee’s Top Tier show point circuit.

 

  • September 15, 2018—Kenneth Ambrose Heifer Scholarship deadline—It’s not too late to apply for this unique heifer scholarship. Visit the TCA website, www.tncattle.org/scholarships, for more information.

 

  • September 18, 2018—Forage + Hay Production Field Day, Spring Hill, TN—This field day will be held at the Middle TN Research and Education Center and cover the basics of quality, nutrition, and economics in hay production. It is FREE to attend, please register to attend by contacting your local Extension office by Monday, September 10th

 

  • Fall Sales Dates— 3, Parker Bros. Females Sale, Bradyville, TN

Sep. 8, Shelby Cattle Co. Dispersal Sale, Columbia, TN

Sep. 24, The Oaks Brangus Dispersal Sale, Grantville, GA

Sep. 27, Ankony Farms Cow Sale, Clarkesville, GA

Sep. 29, Burns Farms Female Sale, Pikeville, TN

 

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Opportunities to Attend the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

unnamedEven though the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is still a few months away, you can apply now for a variety of opportunities to attend. Showcase your poetry skills, work on your resume, or just earn a way to attend. But hurry, application deadlines are quickly approaching!

Cowboy Poetry Contest – Accepting submissions August 1 – September 14.

Scholarship Opportunities – Apply today, applications open.

Intern Application –  Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show interns are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry.  Our intern positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and to interact with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry.  Selected interns must be available January 27 – February 2, 2019 to attend Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Meet the Future Monday: Juliann Fears of Lincoln County, Tennessee

As a college freshman, Juliann Fears is as level headed and success driven as anybody her age in the cattle industry. Juliann has seen much success in the show ring, livestock judging, and in 4-H/FFA. Although her accolades are many, Juliann continues to strive for success and dream big for her own future and the future of her cattle operation. Read the Q&A below to learn more about Juliann Fears of Lincoln County, Tennessee.Fears1

Q: Describe your operation.

A: I raise and show registered Angus cattle. I currently own approximately 15 cows, heifers, and calves. Right now, my focus is working with my show heifers and getting them where they need to be. I spend countless hours washing, rinsing, blowing, and grooming to give them the right look for show day. I also ration their feeding based on the size of the animal and where they should be weight wise. This is probably one of the harder tasks to do because you don’t want to get them to fat or too thin. There is a lot of time that goes into showing but it’s worth it.

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

A: Ever since I was little, I have always loved being able to go outside and be surrounded by animals. My favorite memories are helping my dad check cows or set out hay, but I really loved when he would bring home a bottle calf and I would get to feed it, care for it, and make it friendly. Fears2

Q: Who is your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

A: I must give credit to my sister and brother-in-law because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today in my cattle operation. However, my biggest role models have always been the older kids in my county, like Abigayle Pollock and John Robert Snoddy. They always push me to do my best and have been there to answer questions or help me practice for competitions. I love being able look up to them whether it be showing, livestock judging, or skill-a-thon.

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Juliann was a member of the Lincoln County FFA Livestock Evaluation team that placed 1st in the state and competed at Nationals. Two of her teammates (far left, and second to left) are her role models, Abigayle Pollock and John Robert Snoddy. 

 

Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?

A: I am definitely the most passionate about improving my herd’s genetics. Breeding is a challenging business because you don’t know the outcome of a calf until its born. You just hope you made the right decision. Genetics is also good because they never stop changing which means you can never stop improving. Overall, I think strong genetics are the basis to any successful operation. So, if I can create a strong genetic foundation then I will be able to be more successful through my operation.

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

A: Time. There is so much to do and so little time to do it. I do livestock judging, dairy judging, and several other competitions as well as work on another farm. So, finding the right balance can be a challenge a lot of times.Fears4

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

A: In 10 years, I hope to have graduated college with either a major in Ag Business or Genetics (I’m still very undecided.) Also, by that point I hope to have improved my cattle numbers and genetics enough to begin selling them in annual production sales. I hope other breeders will recognize me for having superior genetics and high quality cattle and not just from 4-H experiences.

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

A: I hope to leave my footprint on the Tennessee beef industry by marketing high quality beef cattle and being someone people can count on to do so.

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

A: Today’s farmers can help young farmers such as myself by being a guiding hand. I know in my own experiences I learn the most whenever beef producers show me what to do then make me do it on my own to fully grasp the skill or knowledge. For example, my brother-in-law taught me a lot about showing and managing cattle by doing it once and then letting me take over (with him making sure I was doing it right) until I had it down, and from there he let me take over it.

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Juliann was a member of the Tennessee 4-H Skill-a-thon team that earned National Champion honors in 2017.  

Q: What is your favorite beef dish? 

A: I love a good filet mignon, but when I go to a restaurant I always get a New York Strip.

 

FIVE on Friday: Livestock Markets in Tennessee

FiveOnFridayThe cry of the auctioneer, stock trailers lining the parking lot, and the distinct smell of cattle mingling in the air. There is only one place this could be… the livestock market. Tennessee is fortunate to have many livestock markets across the state to meet the needs of the cattle industry. In this week’s FIVE on Friday, we are sharing FIVE of the livestock markets in the Volunteer state. Visit our older blog post to see FIVE other Markets we featured earlier in the year.

  1. Mid-South Livestock Center, LLC., Unionville, TN—Regular sale every Monday at 11:00 A.M. Visit their website, midsouthlivestock.com/index.htm, for News, Events and Updates
  2. Hardin County Stockyard, Inc., Savannah, TN—Regular sale every Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. Take a look at the Hardin County Stockyard on their Facebook page (Hardin County Stockyard, Inc.)
  3. Crossville Stockyard, Crossville, TN—Regular sale every Saturday at Noon. More information can be found on their website, crossvillestockyard.com.
  4. Farmers Livestock Market, Greeneville, TN—Visit their Facebook page (Farmers Livestock Market) to learn more about upcoming special sale dates!
  5. Southwestern Stockyards, Huntingdon, TN—Regular sale held every Tuesday. Visit their Facebook page (Southwestern Stock Yards) for more information.

Weekly market reports can be found at www.cattle.com! Stay tuned to learn more about the livestock market in your area in the coming weeks.

Meet the Future Monday: Allison Stoglin of White County, Tennessee

Although she didn’t grow up a farm, Allison Stoglin from Sparta, TN, took the first opportunity she was given to get involved in the cattle industry. Allison has leased heifers and shown cattle for the Luke Teeple family and Oakdale Farms for the past few years. This experience has allowed Allison to gain an appreciation for cattleStoglin1 production and she is now dedicated to the business. Learn more about Allison in the Q&A below.

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

A: I have enjoyed seeing all my hard work pay off for the Teeple family over the years. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the herd grow and seeing the changes made to the herd.

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

 A: Luke Teeple. He’s shown me that no matter how hard the work, the joy and success that you get out of it is always worth it.

 Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?

 A: I am most passionate about the show cattle business. This is just one way that I can show off the best of the best from my herd.Stoglin3

 Q: What are some of the challenges you face as a young farmer?

 A: One challenge that I face is not always being on the farm. I also find it challenging to balance farm chores and sports.

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

 A: In 10 years, I hope to be finished with college and operating my own cattle operation.

 Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

 A: I plan on purchasing select heifers and keeping them as brood cows. I would also like to purchase some heifers for kids to show.

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

A: Existing farmers need to encourage future farmers to get involved in FFA and 4-H. They can also help young farmers by leasing out heifers for kids to show.

 Q: What is your favorite beef dish?

 A: My favorite beef dish is a rib-eye.Stoglin2.jpg

Apply for Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Internship

CamCooper1.JPGCam Cooper’s legacy lives on through Talon Youth Education Learning Program.

Camron Cam Cooper of Talon Ranch (Montana) loved the land and Angus cattle. She believed in educating young people and promoting the future of the beef industry. Cam believed that if she didn’t help young people, she wouldn’t have a legacy, so she set up the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009, designed to be a holistic educational experience for students.

Cam’s legacy will live on through this internship program pairing motivated Angus youth with working registered-Angus breeders/ranches to give youth valuable education and work experience during the summer months.

The internship will begin in mid-May and conclude mid-August, with some variation in the starting and ending dates considering the availability of the student and host Angus breeder.

Applications for Angus breeders interested in hosting an intern are available here and are due to the education and events department by September 15, 2018.

College sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates who do not exceed the age of 25 on date of application, majoring in an agricultural related field of study, will be eligible to apply for this internship position(s). Applicants must be members of either the American Angus Association or the National Junior Angus Association.

Youth wishing to apply click here for an application, due to the education and events department by December 1, 2018.

To learn more about Cam’s story visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spcxu9ThWps for a special I am Angusremembering Cam Cooper.

For more information, please contact the Angus Foundation, or contact the Events Department

Meet the Future Monday: Kendra Sellers of Knox County, Tennessee

You would be hard pressed to find a harder working 4-H member than Kendra Sellers from Knox County. Kendra is devoted to every aspect of her operation, and Sellers1has seen the benefits of her hard work time and time again. Read our Q&A with Kendra below.

 Q: Describe your operation.

I have a registered Angus cow/calf herd. I am currently raising/showing four heifers and, for the first time, a show bull. I have approximately 15 other cows in the herd.  My mortality rate was 95% this year with only losing one bull calf at birth.

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

I have enjoyed being able to have so many animals to love and care for. Also, being able to grow a garden with my dad and fish in our pond that is stocked with catfish. Also, having lots of land means lots to explore plus the potential to expand my herd.

Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations.

My dad, as a young boy his grandfather taught him how to farm and raise animals. He was showed animals in 4-H when he was younger like I do now. He has taught me how to farm and raise animals. Both my parents have instilled a strong work ethic in me that if you want something to have to work hard to strive for it.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your business. 

Continually trying to better my herd through the selection of bulls to AI my cows. Also, toSellers2 continue to produce quality show cattle for the future generations to come. I am involved in leasing heifers to other 4-H’ers to show and hope to be able to continue to do this for many years. I have been awarded so many opportunities through 4-H and the beef program that I hope to one day be able to give those opportunities to other young          4-H’ers who might not get to show animals otherwise.

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

Time management for me is a challenge with school, shows, other 4-H projects, church and just life in general. There are never enough hours in the day when it comes to the farm and taking care of the cattle. Another challenge is increased prices of feed, equipment, hay production and supplies in comparison to cattle prices can sometimes be a bigger challenge when each year affects the next.

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

My chosen career path is to be a veterinarian. In 10 years, I hope to be out of school and mentoring under a seasoned vet or building my own practice. I also plan to continue raising quality cattle as well as show cattle for up and coming 4-Her’s. I want to give back to 4-H and the next generation of kids like so many people have done for me in my youth.

Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

By keeping up to date on new technology and education, especially in the breeding and reproduction areas. This is one area of raising my own herd that I enjoy most with my dad. We like to study and compare EPD’s and match just the right bull with one of my cows or heifers and then wait to see what it produces compared to what we think it will.

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

As a member of the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association, I believe that the youth of today have a voice that needs to be heard. We need to work with organizations to promote the beef industry in a positive way since so much of what we hear today is negative. We need to reach other youth through educational programs like Ag in the Classroom which I have been a big part of in Knox County for years. Youth need to understand where their meat comes from and that it is not just from a store but from a farmer who has worked hard and put in long hours to produce good quality beef for them to eat. We also need to support each other as beef producers to stand against those that try to do away with the beef industry as a whole. Sellers3

Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as myself?

As it has been reported the average farmer in Tennessee today is over 60, we as young farmers need to gain as much information from the trials, errors and most importantly the successes of our previous generation farmers. In turn the farmers need to be willing to educate and support the younger generation to keep the industry alive. I know that   4-H, FFA and Tennessee Cattlemen Association as well as other organizations are very supportive to the youth through educational and scholarship opportunities such as the TCA heifer scholarship which I was honored to receive this year.  But most importantly the existing farmers time is more valuable than anything when grooming and nurturing younger farmers, to know that someone is interested in helping and guiding us along the way and always having someone in our corner is priceless.

Q: My favorite beef dish?

A good ole juicy hamburger….

 

National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for W.D. Farr Scholarships

WD FarrThe National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. Two annual $15,000 grants will be awarded to outstanding graduate students who demonstrate superior achievement in academics and leadership and are committed to beef industry advancement. The awards will allow the students to further their study in fields that benefit the industry.

The scholarship was established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to honor the successful career of the late W.D. Farr. Farr, a third-generation Coloradan, pioneer rancher, statesman, and banker was known for his extraordinary vision. His dedication to improving agriculture, livestock and water development has resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation.

To apply for the scholarship, graduate students planning to pursue a career in the beef industry should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of applicant’s goals and experience, and statement of belief in the industry, as well as a review of the applicant’s graduate research and three letters of recommendation. Applications close at midnight on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org. All applications must be submitted online.

FIVE on Friday: FIVE reasons to join TCA

FiveOnFridayDo you have raise cattle? Are you a cattle enthusiast at heart? Do you have a desire to better the cattle industry in Tennessee? Are you looking for someone to represent you, cattle producers, on capitol hill? Do you want to stay up to date on cattle industry happenings in Tennessee? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then YOU should join the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. Read below for FIVE reasons why you should join the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.

  1. LET TCA BE YOUR VOICE. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association has a presence on Capitol Hill, in both D.C. and Nashville, to represent cattle producers across the state. Let us hear your concerns, let us work for you.US Capitol in Washington DC
  2. TENNESSEE CATTLE BUSINESS. As a member of TCA, you will receive a monthly subscription to the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine. The magazine is chockful of upcoming sale dates, educational columns, information on industry events, and of course, farm photos submitted by our members.
  3. ANNUAL CONVENTION. TCA hosts an annual convention and trade show in January that includes a large trade show, educational speakers, business meetings, and industry networking. Additionally, TCA hosts a hands-on learning conference each summer. These are events you don’t want to miss out on!1-1
  4. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITITES. The cattle industry is continually evolving. Stay up to date on industry standards and technologies through the educational opportunities and partnerships TCA offers.
  5. UNITE. From the flatlands of West TN, to the rolling hills of Middle, and Smoky Mountains of East TN, cattle producers unite with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. With approximately 7,000 members, it is certain that you’ll find someone with an operation like yours, a cattle producer with a similar problem, or at least someone who understands your way of life. 7,000 voices are louder than one.

 

More information about the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association can be found on our website, www.tncattle.org. Join today to reap the many benefits of being a TCA member!