by Chris Hicks, Smith County Extension Agent:

Purchasing and caring for your herd bull is one of the most critical aspects of cow-calf production. Since half of your calf crop’s genetics come from this one animal, giving attention to proper selection and management should be a priority. The Upper Cumberland Bull Summit scheduled for October 19 at the Hyder Burks Agriculture Pavilion in Cookeville, TN will be a great opportunity to sharpen your bull evaluation skills. 

The Upper Cumberland Bull Summit is hosted by UT Extension Agriculture Agents in the Upper Cumberland Region. We are excited to announce that Governor Bill Lee will be on hand at this event to provide some comments on the state of agriculture in Tennessee. Governor Lee is a cattleman himself and is still active in Triple L Ranch, a third-generation family farm founded by his grandparents.

Along with Governor Lee, this event will also feature talks and demos from industry and Extension experts. Brad Bennett with ABS Global will have a live demonstration covering “Bull Selection” while Dr. Levi Holt of Green River Embryo Transfer will discuss “Bull Management.”

Finally, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Faculty members, Dr. Neil Schrick and Dr. Lannett Edwards will examine “What Makes a Bull Work…. Bull Anatomy and Issues Affecting Fertility.”

Along with a great lineup of speakers and demonstrations, the Bull Summit will have a trade show featuring various bull breeders, equipment dealers, and agribusinesses. A ribeye sandwich meal will be served for lunch.

The Upper Cumberland Bull Summit kicks off with registration from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00. The event is free to the public but for meal purposes we do ask that you  RSVP by calling your local University of Tennessee Extension office at 615-735-2900 by Friday, October 11.