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The thirteenth Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Ron Ramsey Regional Ag Center in Blountville, Tennessee on August 5th. 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 stocker health, using EPDs and genomically enhanced EPDs in today’s decision making, beef cattle outlook, price risk management tools and uses, upgrading existing working facilities, and mineral supplementation. There will once again be virtual tours of operations from each of the three states and then a time of questions and answers with the producers themselves.

A trade show will be open during the conference, with many of the organizations involved in the region’s beef industry there for participants to meet and learn more about their products and services.

The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:20 a.m. The trade show will open at 8:00 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 through July 23rd and $25 after July 23rd. Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Scott Greiner, Extension Beef Specialist, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-9159, email, through your local Extension office, or on the web at


8:00 a.m.             Registration and Visit Trade Show

9:10 a.m.             Welcome

9:20 a.m.             Managing Macro and Micro Nutrients in Mineral Dr. Katie Mason, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist University of Tennessee

10:00 a.m.           Breakout Session: EPDs and Genomically Enhanced EPDs Dr. Scott Greiner, Professor and Extension Specialist Virginia Tech University

10:00 a.m.           Breakout Session: Price Risk Management Dr. Lew Strickland, DVM, Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian University of Tennessee

10:40 a.m.           Break and Visit Trade Show

11:10 a.m.           Upgrading Existing Working Facilities and Low-Cost Options Mr. Kevin Thompson, Director of Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center University of Tennessee

11:50 a.m.           Steak Lunch and Visit Trade Show

1:05 p.m.             Beef Cattle Outlook and Risk Management Dr. Andrew P. Griffith, Associate Professor and Livestock Economist University of Tennessee

1:45 p.m.             Virtual Tours and Panel Discussion

2:45 p.m.             Wrap-up

Tuesday, January 12th 

  • Beef Production Health- Dr. John Currin-Beef Cattle Benchmarking; Dr. Seirra Guynn-The VCPR and Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Hannah Varnell-Making Smart Culling Decisions and Dr. Terry Swecker-Host
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Tuesday, January 19th

  • Individual Health Problems- Dr. Meghan Brookhart- The Thin Cow; Dr. Kevin Pelzer- The Cold Calf; Dr. Hollie Schramm-The Lame Cow and Dr. John Currin-Host
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Tuesday, January 26th 

  • Timely Topics: Beef Production in VA Dr. Laura Hungerford- Bovine Coronavirus; Dr. Kevin Lahmers- Theileria in VA: An Update; Dr. Jamie Stewart- New Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Guidelines and Dr. Sherrie Clark-Host
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2021 Virginia Master Cattlemen's Program

Virtual Online Course
Beginning at 6:30pm
Tuesday, March 2nd through Tuesday, April 13
Registration deadline: February, 19th

Seven Beef Cattle Management Modules:

  • Herd Health
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction
  • Economics
  • Genetics
  • Marketing
  • Forage Management

This program will be offered via Zoom on the following dates at 6:30 p.m.

  • March 2nd
  • March 9th
  • March 16th
  • March 23rd
  • March 30th
  • April 6th
  • April 13th

Registration fee of $70

Dr. Scott Greiner

Genetics/Bull Test Stations
(540) 231- 9159

Dr. Vitor Mercadante

(540) 231- 9153


Dr. John Currin

Extension Veterinarian, VMRCVM
(540) 231 - 9041

Katherine Carter

Assistant Youth Livestock Programming Specialist
(540) 231-2257

Jessica Dotson

Program Support Technician
(540) 231-9161

Extension Office Fax - (540) 231- 3010

Virginia Tech's Beef Cattle Extension programs help serve the beef cattle industry address the segments of the beef industry. The primary focus of these programs is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of beef cattle production systems through enhanced production efficiency and value-added ventures.