MASTER SMALL RUMINANT PRODUCER   

The original Master Goat Producer series has been revamped to a new Small Ruminant school with goats and sheep both included.  We discuss marketing, management, reproduction, forages, nutrition, animal health, economics, selection, carcass merit, facilities and other topics that will serve both sheep and goat producers.  The series for 2018 for the Bedford County area has been completed.
 
You may contact me at 684-5971 or jteague1@utk.edu to discuss the class.
 
 

BASIC MASTER BEEF PRODUCER

The Basic Master Beef Producer series is designed for those who want to learn basic knowledge in the following areas of beef production.  
  
The classes cover reproduction, genetics, nutrition, animal health, forage production, environmental issues, behavior and facilities,
carcass merit, management, marketing, and food safety.  Nearly 500 Bedford County beef producers have completed the course over the
past twelve years and it has been rated highly by all.  
 

This school is designed for those who have not had any master beef school training.  Many participants have herds of small to large numbers or don’t own any but are thinking of starting a cattle operation. 

It is a good basic start, and it qualifies applicants of the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program for a higher cost-share in the various projects.   

The Basic Master Beef Producer School for 2018 has been completed. 

For more information, contact John Teague at 931-684-5971 or jteague1@utk.edu
 

 


MASTER HORSE OWNER PROGRAM

 

Tennessee is home to more than 110,000 horses, donkeys, burros, mules and ponies combined.  Because each of these equines requires responsible ownership, proper nutrition, health care, management and environmental stewardship, the University of Tennessee Extension and the UT Animal Science Department are excited to announce the launch of a new educational program for equine owners.

The Tennessee Master Horse Program (TMHP) is designed to provide a foundation of science-based information applicable to all horse owners and those interested in equine well-being. Using a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on teaching, the program will cover a variety of equine-related topics to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to implement best management practices and improve equine care.

Dr. Jennie Ivey, UT Extension Equine Specialist and program manager, says in addition to responsible ownership, proper nutrition, health care, management and environmental stewardship, the TMHP also provides attendees with information on animal behavior, fundamental training, and equine law and liability. Youth development programs will also be discussed.

The purpose of the TMHP is to raise the level of education and improve overall success of horse owners and producers within the state, according to Dr. Ivey. The science-based program will provide families, youth, and communities the knowledge to generate or continue to build successful equine industry for years to come. 

The program for 2018 for Bedford County has been completed.  Inquiries for other locations are welcome. 

 


 

TENNESSEE AG ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

It is a program that has benefited hundreds of farmers across the state and in this county, with several million dollars in funds spent on farm assets and infrastructure here in this county to date.

 
This fund provides cost-share monies for purchases for improved livestock genetics in beef, dairy, sheep and goats.  Livestock equipment is also a major category, with animal handling equipment, feed and mineral equipment, A.I. breeding equipment, and pasture equipment on the new list of eligible items.  Bulk feed storage and hay storage buildings can be built with cost-share funds, and grain farmers can also get grain bins funded on this program. 
 
Farmers involved in diverse operations, such as bees, horticulture, fruits and vegetables, ag tourism, value-added products and organic production can also apply for cost-share for eligible expenditures in their operations.  There is also a component for poultry growers.   
  
The application period for 2018-2019 is October 1-15, 2018.  The application can be done online or by mail, but must be postmarked 
within this above time period. 
 
 
TENNESSEE AG ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM EPD REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBLE BULLS 

See the 2018-2019 EPD requirements for bulls at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture website for Ag Enhancement at the following

link.

2018-2019 Tennessee Ag Enhancement EPD Requirements

 

 

 

ADVANCED MASTER BEEF PRODUCER         

This Advanced series will requalify participants of the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program for higher cost-share who have had previous master beef program trainung.  For those who completed the Basic series in 2014 or before, this is a requirment for the Master level of cost-share under TAEP.

Topics for this series include those that are timely and deal with subjects above the basic level.

The 2018 session of the Advanced Master Beef School has been completed.

For more information, contact me at 684-5971 or at jteague1@utk.edu   

 

 
 

BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM 

The initial concept of Tennessee’s BQA program focuses on producers learning about the vital importance of injection site selection, proper injection techniques and seeing the results of improper injection techniques.  Record keeping is stressed because it helps producers track their costs and also provides a documented paper trail to prove to your buyers what treatments your calves have had. Proper cattle handling to reduce stress and bruises will also be emphasized.
  
Many buyers of feeder cattle are seeking out BQA Certified, source verified calves.  As a matter of fact, with some of the most highly regarded branded beef product lines, such as Nebraska Corn Fed Beef, the only cattle eligible for enrollment are BQA Certified calves.  By establishing the BQA Certified program here, we are opening up a market outlet for those progressive cattlemen who become "Certified".  Certification is also a requirement for certain sections and increased cost-share funding of the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
  

The BQA certification is provided by the Tennessee Cattlemen Association.  Training is provided by certified trainers, and the Bedford County training is available as part of the Master Beef Producer series and by appointment from the Extension office.  For more information, contact John Teague at 931-684-5971 or jteague1@utk.edu

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE BEEF PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

The Middle Tennessee Beef Producers Association is a group of beef cattle producers from Bedford and surrounding counties that meet bi-monthly for a sponsored meal and educational session.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the odd months (except when it falls on a holiday) at the Bedford County Ag Center at 6:30 p.m.   
 

Dues are $20 for the year to help cover meals and to fund college scholarships for our youth majoring in agriculture.  This a good group of folks that meet to learn and keep current in the beef cattle business, and all are invited to come.  For more information, contact John Teague at 931-684-5971 or jteague1@utk.edu

  

BLACK VULTURE CONTROL 

Black vultures, commonly referred to as buzzards, are protected under various migratory bird treaties.  However, they do present an extreme nuisance to livestock and buildings and other assets on farms.  Therefore, there is a need to control these birds at times to prevent death to livestock and damage to real estate.
 

A permit is required for the legal extermination of black vultures, and the process requires a contact to the Wildlife Services section of USDA/APHIS.  The service personnel will give the details of the process.  The contact person is Brett Dunlap, State Director, and his contact is as follows:

  

Brett Dunlap

USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services
537 Myatt Drive
Madison, TN 37115
Phone 615-736-5506
Email brett.g.dunlap@aphis.usda.gov
 

 

 

PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM 

 

Pesticide Safety and Education Program (PSEP) in Tennessee is a statewide educational program with an overall goal to protect the environment and the public health from improper use of pesticides by providing applicator and public education. The primary target audience includes certified and non-certified pesticide applicators of all kinds, farmworkers, and the general public.​​​

 

What is a certified, private, commercial and/or licensed pesticide applicator?

A certified pesticide applicator is one who purchases and/or uses or supervises the use of a restricted-use pesticide.
  

A private applicator is one who purchases and/or uses or supervises the use of a restricted-use pesticide on their own property or anyone else's property as long as they do it without direct compensation for their services. These include farmers, greenhouse and nursery operators.

 

A commercial applicator is an individual who purchases and/or uses or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides, who do not fall under the definition of a private applicator.

  

A licensed pest control operator is an individual engaged in commercial pest control with a chartered company that charges a fee for their services or engaged in pest control with a non-chartered company or establishment, such as, a food processing plant, prison or school.

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE BEDFORD COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT 931-684-5971 OR CONTACT JOHN TEAGUE AT jteague1@utk.edu

 

 

 

DEAD ANIMAL REMOVAL

 

The Bedford County Commission has contracted with the Appertain Company of Elkton, Tennessee, to provide dead animal removal service for free to livestock producers of the county.  These animals must be moved to the side of the road at the farm property and preferably covered with a tarp to prevent scavengers and the unsightly view.  In hot weather the recommendation is to cover the dead animal to be picked up with ground lime.  Minimum size to be picked up is 80 pounds, and would include newborn calves or foals up to mature animals, and mature sheep and goats but not newborns of those two species.  The contact number for the Appertain Company is 931-363-8284.   

  

State of Tennessee regulations require that a dead animal not so removed is to be buried under at least two feet of soil or compost material.  Failure to do is subject to misdemeaner charges and fines.

 
 
 

The resources and links below are aids for Livestock and Forage management.  Use these in addition to more general Agricultural resources and links found on the Agriculture Programs page.​​​ 

Contact for more information:

John Teague

Extension Agent

jteague1@utk.edu



 

Kevin Ferguson

Extension Area Specialist

kferguso@utk.edu



  

 

 

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