Renovated Brehm Animal Science Building welcomes Farmers Co-op event on Aug. 15 

  

UTIA Animal Science Arena

​Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will hold its “Co-op Knows Beef Bonanza” at the newly renovated Brehm Animal Science Building on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. This event is for Tennessee cattle producers or anyone interested in learning more about producing beef. Photo by R. Maxey, UTIA.

 


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cue the "Bonanza” theme and picture Hoss and Little Joe riding up on their horses. Okay, that’s not exactly what will happen this week on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus, but there is a bonanza of sorts going on.

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will hold its “Co-op Knows Beef Bonanza” at the newly renovated Brehm Animal Science Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. This event is for Tennessee cattle producers or anyone interested in learning more about producing beef – which is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity and a half-billion dollar a year business in our state.

The event is free, but each participant must have a ticket to get in. You can pick up tickets at your local Farmers Co-op. Hundreds of people attended this event when it was held in Murfreesboro in 2011 and Morristown in 2009.

“Beef Bonanza” will feature educational sessions, the latest on equipment and technology and a trade show with exhibits. Six educational sessions will include presentations on “Injection Site Management,” “Proper Pasture Management” and “Beef Cattle Reproduction.” The sessions will be repeated throughout the day so participants can attend as many as possible.

Neal Schrick, head of UTIA’s Animal Science Department, says recent renovations to Brehm – including the construction of a new livestock arena – make the building a good fit for this event. “Having the opportunity to host such a large event as the ‘Co-op Knows Beef Bonanza’ is a privilege that the Department of Animal Science very much appreciates,” says Schrick. “We look forward to hosting many more of these educational events related to animal agriculture production in the future.”

“Co-op Knows Beef Bonanza” will also have a Big Orange flavor as football season approaches on the UT campus. “Voice of the Vols” Bob Kesling will be a featured speaker after lunch to help kick off the season and celebrate the Farmers Co-op’s continued sponsorship of the Vol Network. Participants will also be treated to a free ribeye steak sandwich for lunch. More than 1,000 guests are expected.

The new Brehm Animal Science building opened this spring for faculty, researchers and students. It’s a four-story, 150,000 square foot building that features offices, stadium-style classrooms, teaching and research labs and a large livestock arena with several hundred seats. It took about eight years to design the new facility, tear down the previous building which dated from the 1950s, and build the new facility in its place. Department leaders say having this new facility frees them up to teach and conduct research for Tennessee agriculture and consumers.

“With our rapidly increasing undergraduate enrollment in Animal Science, high job demand for graduates, and changing demographics of our students and producers – the new facility provides state-of-the-art teaching, research and extension opportunities for faculty, staff and students,” Schrick says. “New information from research studies is all targeted at improving efficiency of animal production in Tennessee and improving profitability for producers.”

The Brehm arena got almost immediate use this spring. It hosted the “Block and Bridle Roundup” featuring both 4-H and FFA teams from all over East Tennessee. It was a livestock and meats judging event where some 200 high school students attended clinics on how to evaluate animals and care for livestock.

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Contact:

Dr. Neal Schrick, Department of Animal Science,
fschrick@utk.edu, 865-974-3139