By Rick Thomason

University of Tennessee
Johnson County Extension Director

The UT/TSU-Johnson County Extension office will be offering the Advanced Master Beef Producer Program in Johnson County during February and March.  The program is a series of classes that includes Beef Quality Assurance, Forages, Genetics, Reproduction, Marketing Management, Breeding Soundness Exams, Cattle Handling Facilities, Herd Health and Nutrition.
Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the basement of the Farm Bureau building.  The first class will be held on February 19th and then on subsequent Monday’s until the end of March.  The registration fee which covers all educational materials, a farm sign, cap and certificate is only $50.00 and can be paid at the Extension office.The Advanced Master Beef Producer educational program is designed to continue the impact of the original Tennessee Master Beef Producer series.  The program uses a combination of hands-on and classroom teaching.  Individual sessions will be delivered by UT Extension Agents and Beef Cattle Specialists.
Over 23,000 individuals have participated in the original Master Beef Producer and the Advanced Master Beef Producer series.  The programs are designed to leverage that success into an even more productive industry in Tennessee by improving a producer’s profitability, position in the industry, and to be competitive with other states.
Producers who complete the course will qualify for 50% cost share through the Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program to purchase livestock handling equipment, improved genetics, hay storage facilities, feed storage and working facility covers.  Anyone needing more information about the Adv. MBP program, please contact the UT/TSU-Johnson County Extension office at 727-8161 or e-mail; rthomaso@utk.edu.