With the excitement of the New Year, also comes the annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention & Trade Show at the end of January. There will be activities of interests for all ages, specifically the youth.
On Friday night, approximately 40 youth will be recognized for their honors and achievements at the first annual Alltech/Kubota Youth Awards Banquet. This banquet will include awarding the Farm Credit Mid America/ Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Heifer scholarships, the new TCA Outstanding Youth Award, and the Tennessee’s Top Tier show points circuit awards. The excitement and anticipation for this event is high so stay tuned for more pictures during and after convention!
A new aspect to the youth activities at convention this year is the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training sessions on Saturday. YQCA is a program that UT Extension will be promoting and implementing to youth who exhibit livestock in 2019. Youth whom are planning to participate in state expo will receive an incentive for having the YQCA certification or could potentially be required to have the certification.
SIGN UP TODAY, for YQCA training at TCA Convention! Details on how to register for your training session can be found on our website, here. The training will be offered for ages 8-18. The sessions will be held on Saturday morning— Junior (ages 8-11) and Intermediate (ages 12-14) will be held from 9:30-10:30 and Senior (ages 15-18) will be held from 10:45-11:45. We encourage youth members to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain their certification at convention.
Also at convention, we will hold a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association informational meeting for youth, parents, and others who are interested to learn more about TCYA and it’s programs. The 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest will be back at convention again this year. Those teams interested in participating should register through Aaron Fisher, email@example.com. Lastly, youth can network in the trade show as they complete the Convention Scavenger Hunt to compete for a cool prize.
Youth can attend convention for a discounted price of $10.00 which includes Saturday lunch. Registration forms for be found here.
There are a lot of exciting things happening at the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention & Trade Show this year! A full agenda and registration information can be found in recent issues of the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine or on our website at, http://www.tncattle.org. Hope to see you at convention!