Registration for Two March Workshops Now Open

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In March 2015 producers interested in marketing beef directly to consumers will have the opportunity to attend two University of Tennessee Extension workshops geared toward enhancing their profitability. See the Center for Profitable Agriculture website for more information.

Producers selling locally raised beef directly to consumers experience the same challenges as other farmers who sell their produce at farmers markets or through other direct marketing outlets, according to Megan Bruch Leffew, marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture. “Assessing market potential and developing marketing plans are crucial for successful beef producers,” she said.

In March, experts with UT Extension will conduct two separate beef marketing workshops at locations throughout Tennessee. A workshop for livestock producers interested in “Marketing Live Animals for Custom Processing and Freezer Beef” will be presented by Rob Holland, Center for Profitable Agriculture director, and Dwight Loveday, UT associate professor of food science and technology. Topics will include regulations for selling live animals for custom processing, improving communications with the processor, how much meat to expect from a beef carcass, and how to develop a bill of sale to document live animal transactions.

Many beef producers are interested in selling live animals for custom processing and freezer beef, says Holland. “Producers often have many questions about how to sell their animals following Tennessee Department of Agriculture guidelines, and what options are available to both producer and buyer.” The workshop will answer such questions.

Also in March Leffew and CPA financial analysis specialist Hal Pepper, will present a separate workshop, “Locally Raised Beef Marketing.” Topics will include consumer preferences for local beef, with results of a Tennessee consumer survey; marketing lessons learned from state value-added beef producers, including results from focus groups; and how to develop a meat marketing budget.

Locations, dates and preregistration information for each workshop are listed below:

Marketing Live Animals

*Greeneville, March 2. Registration deadline is February 23. Call the Greene County Extension Office at 423-798-1710.

*Lebanon, March 9. Registration deadline is March 5. Call the Wilson County Extension Office at 615-444-9584.

*Paris, March 10. Registration deadline is March 6. Call the Henry County Extension Office at 731-642-2941.

Locally Raised Beef Marketing

*Loudon, March 19. Registration deadline is March 12. Call the Loudon County Extension Office at 865-458-5612.

*Waverly, March 24. Registration deadline is March 17. Call the Humphreys County Extension Office at 931-296-2543.

*McMinnville, March 26. Registration deadline is March 19. Call the Cannon County Extension Office at 615-563-2554 or the Warren County Extension Office at 931-473-8484.

All workshops will begin at 6 p.m. (local time) and end by 9 p.m. Each workshop also includes a meal. There is no charge, but preregistration is required, as space is limited in some locations. Each workshop fulfills 50 percent of a TAEP requirement in Value-Added sectors with farm-fresh meat projects only. Participants may attend both workshops for a full credit.

Learn more about these workshops and other resources available through the Center for Profitable Agriculture website:

The Center for Profitable Agriculture is a joint effort of University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.



Rob Holland, director, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777,

Megan Bruch Leffew, marketing specialist, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777,