Educational event should appeal to Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina beef producers



Beef Cattle at UT Greeneville AgResearch and Education Center

The Tri-State Beef Conference should appeal to producers from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. Photo courtesy UTIA.



The Seventh Annual Tri-State Beef Conference will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia, on August 12. This year’s conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers. The conference will be a one-day event and will include educational sessions covering such topics as beef cattle outlook, pre-weaning calf management and its effects on post-weaning performance, respiratory diseases, pinkeye, commodity feed and mineral supplementation.

Virtual tours of operations from each of the three states will be presented with question and answer sessions with the producers themselves included. “This year’s conference will be one that should add dollars to your bottom line whether you run a stocker or a cow-calf operation,” stated Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee Extension assistant professor and livestock economist.

A trade show will be open during the conference, featuring many of the region’s animal health, feed and marketing organizations. Industry experts will be on-hand to educate participants about their products and services.

The conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:20 a.m. The trade show will open at 8 a.m.

The meeting is being sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Registration information and complete details will be available through your county Extension Office. Registration for the conference is $20 before August 5 and $25 after August 5. Additional information may also be obtained from Andrew Griffith, UT Extension specialist, by phone 865-974-7271, by email agriff14@utk.edu or on the web. 

For more information about UT Extension’s livestock marketing programs, contact your local county UT Extension office or visit the UT Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics website.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the 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.

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Contact:

Tammy McKinley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 865-974-7271, mckinley@tennessee.edu

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