Regional Producers Invited to Learn About Popular Trend

Angus on pasture at the East TN AgResearch and Education Center
To help farmers understand the rigors of producing and marketing grass-fed beef, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Grass-Fed Beef Conference on November 9, 2016, in Athens. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

ATHENS, Tenn. –  Consumer demand for local grass-fed beef products continues to grow, so the interest among Tennessee livestock producers to meet this demand is growing, too. To help farmers understand the rigors of producing and marketing grass-fed beef, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Grass-Fed Beef Conference on November 9, 2016, in Athens. The pre-registration deadline is October 26.

The event is an encore presentation. Earlier this year the same program and curriculum was presented in Spring Hill to 89 producers from 64 different farm enterprises.

“Tennessee producers and other producers across the region want to learn more about grass-fed production systems and market opportunities,” said Chuck Grigsby, a marketing specialist for UT Extension’s Center for Profitable Agriculture.

The November 9 event will be held at the Western Sizzlin’ restaurant located at 1804 Decatur Pike. Check-in and networking will start at 9 a.m. EDT. The workshop will begin at 9:30 and end at 4 p.m.

The conference will include trainings from UT Extension specialists related to grass-fed beef production and marketing. A panel discussion featuring grass-fed beef producers and industry experts aims to give participants a well-rounded perspective of operating grass-fed beef enterprises. The conference targets cattle producers with direct marketing meat enterprises and beginning and transitioning beef cattle ranchers. Grass-fed producers of other ruminants may also benefit from attending.

Topics covered at the conference include: 

• Forage production and management
• Grass-fed beef nutrition
• Carcass characteristics of grass-fed beef
• Beef cattle breeding and genetics
• Production economics of grass-fed beef
• Direct marketing strategies for grass-fed beef products

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please submit registration fees of $25 per person to the McMinn County Extension office (107 W. College Street, Athens, TN) by October 26, 2016. Please make checks payable to the University of Tennessee. Include participant name, farm name, address, and contact information (email and phone). For more information about registration or the conference contact the McMinn County Extension Office at (423) 745-2852 or email hwoods1@utk.edu

This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50 percent Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) cost share for only the Value Added Meats Producer Diversification Sector. 

The 2016 Grass-Fed Beef Conference is a collaborative effort by University Tennessee Extension agents of the eastern region and the Center for Profitable Agriculture. The conference is sponsored in part by the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC).

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact:

McMinn County Extension, 423-745-2852, hwoods1@utk.edu  

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