Steelman: Plan for upcoming events

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Horse Night Planned for March 12th
Care and Disease Control of Pregnant Mares will be discussed at the upcoming Horse Night Sponsored by the Cannon County Walking Horse Association. This year's speaker will be Dr. Lew Strickland, Veterinarian with University of Tennessee, The meeting will be held at the Woodbury Lions Club beginning at 6:30. Members of the CCWHA always does a great job with the refreshments during this annual event. This meeting is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For additional information contact a Shane Gannon or contact the Cannon County UT Extension Office at 615-563-2554.

Locally Raised Beef Marketing Workshop
For those interested in learning more about selling locally raised beef directly to consumers, there will be a workshop hosted by the University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture. Topics will include consumer preferences for local beef with results of a Tennessee beef consumer survey; marketing lessons and how to develop a marketing budget. The meeting will be at the Centertown Community Center on March 26, 6- 9:00 PM. There is no cost for the meeting. A meal will be provided so please call the UT Extension Office at (615) 563-2554 to register by March 19.

27th Annual Tennessee Beef Agribition
The annual Tennessee Beef Agribition will be held at the James Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon (Wilson County Fairgrounds) March 13-15. This annual event includes nine breed sales and show, and one of the largest trade shows in the Southeast. Listed below are the times and dates of the specific breed shows and sales.
Breed Show: Friday, March 13 Sale: Saturday, March 14
Simmental 12:00 PM 10:00 AM
Hereford Horned/Polled 12:30 PM 11:30 AM
Shorthorn 1:30 PM 12:00 PM
Angus 3:00 PM 2:00 PM
Charolais 3:00 PM 2:00 PM
Chiangus 4:30 PM 4:00 PM
Gelbvieh/Balancer 4:30 PM 4:00 PM
Limousin 6:00 PM 6:00 PM

Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate
A new law will have impact on dairy producers across Tennessee as well as other livestock producers. All female dairy animals, male dairy animals and sexually intact beef animals born after 3/11/13 must be officially identified along with movement documents when moving across state lines. The exception to this rule is the movement to recognized slaughter establishment, livestock markets and veterinary clinics.
The official identification is a tag issued by the Tennessee State Veterinarian's office. This tag is similar to the old bangs tags that were used at local stockyards. It is important that producers contact the State Vet's office at 615-837-5120 and order these tags for their operation. Most stockyards have these tags and will tag your animals, but most charge a rather hefty amount to tag your animals.
Make the call, get the tags and tag your animal before you send it to market. This will help keep more money in your pocket from your operation.

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