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Master Beef Producer Program

The Master Beef Producer Program is an educational program designed to provide information to Tennessee cow-calf producers to help them be the very best in the country, improve their profitability and position the industry to be competitive with other states. The Master Beef Producer Program is led by a team of University of Tennessee Extension specialists and agents, with the support and involvement of representatives of state level agencies, businesses and organizations that have an interest in the state’s cattle industry. For information and how you can participate, contact the Extension Agent in your county.

Upcoming Sessions

Master Beef Producer Program Scheduled for East Tennessee Counties

East Tennessee Beef cattle producers will have the opportunity to participate in a Master Beef Producer Program. This has been a popular program for Tennessee cow-calf producers with more than 10,000 people participating.

The program is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension.  For more information on the program and how you can enroll, contact either your local UT Extension office or Mr. John Goddard, UT  Extension Director in Loudon County.  Mr. Goddard may be contacted  by any of the methods listed below. 865-458-5612 or (931) 268-9437


DeKalb County Advanced Master Beef Producer
UT Extension Office, DeKalb County Complex
All Classes will be 10am to 1pm on the following dates: March 21 and 27. April 3, 10, 17, and 30th.

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Bledsoe Countced Master Beef Producer
Bledsoe County Middle School, 6:00 pm Central Time
Thursdays, March 27, April 3,10,17, 24 and May 1, 8.

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Robertson and Cheatham Counties
Advanced Master Beef Producer Schedule
UT Highland Rim Research and Education Center, Springfield, TN
Classes begin each evening at 6:30 pm

Paul Hart (615) 384-7936
Ronnie Barron (615) 792-4420

Date Topic
3/4 Beef Quality Assurance Training - Current Issues in the Beef Industry
3/11 Forage Production Updates - Forage Sampling & Interpreting Results - Pasture Sprayer Calibration
3/18 Beef Cattle Nutrition - Applying Forage Analysis to Cow/Calf Nutritional Requirements
3/25 Beef Herd Health
3/31 Beef Marketing & Management/Production Economics
4/8 Beef Cattle Reproduction
4/15 Beef Cattle Handling and Facilities

Jackson County Advanced Master Beef Class
Registration deadline is March 14, 2014 and classes begin March 18, 2014
$70 with Premise ID. All classes begin at 5:30 CST
Contact: Cynthia Zeitz (931) 268-9437

Date Topic Speaker
3/18 Herd Health, Vaccination Schedules and Addresing Calving problems Dr. Lew Strickland
3/25 Economics of Feeding the Herd Rebekah Norman/Kevin Ferguson
4/1 Understanding EPD's, Genetic Defects David Kirtpatrick
4/8 The End Product TBD
4/10 Reproduction of Beef Cattle Justin Rhinehart
4/30 or 5/1 Fencing School Buddy Rowlett/Jimmy McGill

Middle Tennessee Fencing School
April 30 and May 1st.

Greene County - Master Beef Producer Class Schedule
All classes are 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Must attend all sessions or have excused absence and make up missed session for certification.

All classes to be held at the Greene County Extension Office
March 11 and March 13 are snow days.

Date Topic
2/4 BQA and Orientation
2/11 Replacement Heifer Selection and Management
2/13 Replacement Heifer Selection and Management
2/18 Animal Health
2/20 Facilities
2/25 Nutrition
2/27 Forages
3/4 Reproduction

Contact: Milton Orr 423-798-1710

Unicoi County - Master Beef Producer Schedule
Mondays at 6:30 PM, Farm Bureau Building in Jonesborough

Date Topic Speaker
2/10 Intro/Industry Issues/BQA Anthony Shelton/Ty Petty
2/17 Nutrition Anthony Shelton
2/24 Reproduction Ty Petty
3/3 Marketing David Bilderback
3/10 Forages (6PM @ Appalachian Fair) Dr. Gary Bates
3/17 Herd Health Dr. Robert Monin
Mountain Empire Large Animal Hospital
3/24 End Product/Genetics Ty Petty
3/31 Cattle Facilities/TAEP Cost-Share/Zoetis K. Hart, J. Hodges & A. Thomas

All participants should attend at least 7 out of 8 sessions. A meeting will be cancelled if Johnson City Schools close due to inclement weather on the day of the meeting.

Anthony Shelton: 423-753-1680
Ty Petty: 423-735-1637

Tipton, Fayette and Hardeman County - Master Beef Producer Classes

February 10 through March 17 every Monday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at:
The University of Memphis Bolivar Campus
208 Hope Street
Bolivar, Tennessee

Registration fee is $200.  Producers with BQA Certification and Premise ID are eligible for a $100 scholarship through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.   (BQA Certification and Premise ID will be covered during our first meeting.)   

Please send check for $100.00 to:
Hardeman County Extension Office, P.O. Box 186 Bolivar, TN 38008

For additional information contact:
Tipton County:              Becky Muller( 901 -476-0231
Fayette County:            Jeff Via (901) 465-5233
Hardeman County:       Lee Sammons (731) 658-2421

2014 Advanced Master Beef Producer Schedule
Rhea County Ag Center, Evensville, TN
All classes are at 5:30 PM

Monday, February 17 Jerry Lamb BQA
Monday, February 24 Lew Strickland Herd Health
Monday, March 3 John Goddard Facilities & Equipment
Monday, March 10 Andrew Griffith Marketing & Management
Monday, March 17 Lynwood Ondrusek Nutrition
Monday, March 24 Jessy Shanks Reproduction
Monday, March 31 Jerry Lamb Forages

Jefferson and Cocke County - Master Beef Producer
Meeting location is the Jefferson County Extension Office
Steven Huff, Cocke County Agent - 423-623-7531
Adam Hopkins, Jefferson County Agent - 865-397-2969

Pre-Registration Required by February 14th, 2014
All classes starte at 6:00 PM
March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20th

Jefferson County - Beef Quality Assurance Re/Certification Class
Meeting location is Jefferson County Extension Office
Adam Hopkins, Jefferson County Agent - 8659397-2969

February 27, 2014 at 6PM
March 8, 2014 at 9AM

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Eastern Region Office - Knoxville

Classes will be held at Brehm Animal Science Building on the Agricultural Campus at The Univeristy of Tennessee. Rooms 263 and 265.

Advanced Master Beef
Saturday, March 8          9am-3pm
Tuesday, March 11         6-9pm
Thursday, March 13       6-9pm
Saturday, March 15        9am-3pm

Producers will received a cap, farm sign and farm manual covering topics including: Goal Setting, Genetics, Feeding, Forage, Carcass Merit, Reproduction, Management, Herd Health, Cattle Handling, Marketing, Food Safety and Biosecurity.

The cost of the program is $175.00. If you have a Premises ID and BQA number the cost is only $75.00. Refreshments will be available.

For more information contact UT Loudon County Extension at 865-458-5612 or




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