Event is Thursday, June 13; preregistration extended to June 11 at 5 p.m.


ALCOA, Tenn. Scheduled for Thursday, June 13, the annual University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Field Day will once again focus on how to help beef cattle producers manage their production costs. The event is hosted by the UT East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center and UT Extension Eastern Region. It is being held in conjunction with the East Tennessee Angus Association Field Day.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear UT experts address production and management issues including surveying forage stands and renovating pastures, the use of Eastern gamagrass, marketing livestock as related to weather issues, fencing laws, and how supplemental feeding can affect bovine fetal development. Additional discussions will cover the effect of delaying castration, organic burial of large animals and growing trees for biomass.

A trade show will feature numerous educational and industry exhibits, including one by the UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center. Debbie Joines, the center’s manager, will be offering free pH tests of soil samples at that exhibit. Visitors wishing to have their soil tested should bring about a cup of soil, sealed in a plastic sandwich bag.

Activities will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. Coffee and biscuits will be available.

A youth program will be presented concurrent to the main program, and both programs will conclude with a sponsored lunch. The luncheon speaker will be Lou Nave, executive director of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee.

The cost to attend is $10 per person preregistered by June 11. Preregistration is highly encouraged to ensure an accurate lunch count. Preregister by calling the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 865-974-7201. Those with limited mobility should call 865-974-7201 to request an accommodation for accessibility.

On-site registration is $15 per person.

The event will be held at the Blount Unit of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center located at 4341 UT Farm Road, Louisville, Tenn., at the intersection of Highway 129 (Alcoa Highway) and Singleton Station Road.

For more information, visit the Web site: http://east.tennessee.edu/

UT AgResearch and UT Extension are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture, which also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.



East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 865-974-7201