Livestock Economics

Tri-State Beef Conferences

Educating cow/calf producers and stocker operators of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina

The Tri-State Beef Conference is an educational program for cow/calf producers and stocker operators to learn about managing production and price risk. The annual conference is presented by University of Tennessee Extension, Virginia Cooperation Extension and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

2017 Tri-State Beef Conference to be held August 8th in Abingdon, VA

The Tenth Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia on August 8th. 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, pinkeye impacts and considerations, retail beef business, managing calving difficulties, stocker receiving program, veterinary feed directive, and the big picture in the cattle industry. 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 28 and $25 after July 28.

Download conference brochure which includes registration form and complete details.

Additional information can be obtained from

Andrew Griffith
Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock Economist
University of Tennessee Extension
Phone: 865-974-7271

or through your local Extension office.

Proceedings from the past conferences are available below. The proceedings include presentations from university and industry experts as well as, for the most recent years, virtual tours of operations in all three states.