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Virginia Master Cattleman Program

The Master Cattleman Program is intended to provide beef producers with essential knowledge in the areas of economics, nutrition, forages, reproduction, genetics, herd health, and marketing. Participants attend seven, two-hour sessions in the basic course. The program is offered on an area basis by local Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and is taught by local agents and Virginia Tech specialists. The cost of the course is $70 per person. Those who complete the course receive a notebook, farm sign, certificate, and cap.  To date, more than 200 people have completed the basic course.

Advanced Master Cattleman courses are offered to build upon this foundation. Advanced courses have been offered in advanced reproduction and meats. The advanced courses last from one to two days.

2022 Virginia Master Cattlemen's Progra Flier (pdf)

Virtual Online Course
Beginning at 6:30pm
March 7nd through April 18
Registration deadline: February, 25th

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 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28
  • April 4
  • April 11
  • April 18

Please Register at the link below:

Registration fee of $70


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