Stephen S. Harris
County Extension Director
We will be offering an Advanced Master Beef Producer Class during March on Monday nights and Tuesday nights. This program includes seven educational classes on beef cattle production and a graduation program. The classes will be held on March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and end with a class and graduation on March 21. The classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night at the Coffee County Farm Bureau Meeting room located at 225 E. Main St, Manchester, TN 37355. Class topics will include: herd health, forages, genetics, nutrition, marketing, reproduction, cattle handling and transportation.
Participants must be B.Q.A. certified in order to complete graduate as an Advanced Master Beef Producer. If you are not currently B.Q.A. certified, either attend the B.Q.A. certification class listed in this newsletter or call our office to get an appointment to get your B.Q.A. certification during our office hours of 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The fee to participate in this program is $75. In order to register for our Advanced Master Beef Producer Class, you must complete an application and pay the $75 fee at our UT-TSU Extension Office-Coffee County by Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Master Beef Producers and Advanced Master Beef Producers are eligible for 50% cost share, compared to 35 percent cost share for standard producers for genetic improvement, hay barns and livestock equipment in the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. It is not required to complete the Master Beef Producer Program prior taking the Advanced Master Beef Producer Program.
Also, producers who have completed the original Master Beef Producer Program will need to complete the Advanced Master Beef Producer Program by a December 2017 in order to continue to receive the 50% cost share. If you have questions, please call our UT-TSU Extension Office at 723-5141.
B.Q.A. Certification Training – February 27
We will conduct a Beef Quality Assurance certification training session on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Coffee County Farm Bureau Meeting room located at 225 E. Main St, Manchester, TN 37355. This class will give cattle producers the opportunity to become B.Q.A certified or recertified. If your card has expired or will expire during 2017, you will need to get re-certified. If you attend this classes and pay the fee, you will get a B.Q.A. card that does not expire until Nov. 1, 2020.
Remember, you must have a B.Q.A certification that has not expired in order to take the Advanced Master Beef Producer Class or apply for cost share funds for livestock equipment, livestock working facility cover, livestock feed storage or genetic improvement through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.
The cost is $20 for Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association members and $40 for non-members. Producers can get B.Q. A. certification, become Coffee-Grundy County and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association members for $60. Checks should be made to the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Please call our office UT/TSU Extension Office – Coffee County at 723-5141 by Friday, Feb 24 to reserve your seat.