What do temperament and health have to do with cattle feedlot performance and carcass characteristics?

A recent large-scale study suggests that cattle with poor temperaments tend to have lower value carcasses. The implications of the study will be the primary subject of five beef cattle meetings across Tennessee June 11 through June 14.

Darrell Busby, University of Tennessee Extension Livestock Specialist, will present the results of a study of more than 13,000 cattle from 12 states fed out in eight feedlots with the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) in southwest Iowa.

Busby has presented the results at several national meetings, and these local meetings will be a chance for state producers to hear the results first hand. Busby will answer questions about the study.

Emmit Rawls, Tennessee Extension agricultural economist, will also present information on the Tennessee Beef Evaluation Program in which producers can send five or more cattle to be fed out with TCSCF feedlots in Iowa. The feeder cattle are usually shipped in early August and November, but they can be shipped anytime a load can be gathered.

The meetings will be held at the following places, dates and times: June 11, Dickson Livestock Center, noon; June 11, Parker’s Crossroads Community Center, 7:00 p.m. (located on Highway 22, 1 mile north of I-40); June 12, Mufreesboro, Rutherford County Ag Complex, 315 John R. Rice Blvd, Suite 101, noon; June 12, Cookeville, Hyder-Burks Ag. Complex, 7:00 p.m.; June 13, Jonesboro, Washington County Farm Bureau, 7:00 p.m.

A meal will be served at each location. Please call 1-800-345-0561 by Friday June 8, to reserve a place, so that meal arrangements can be made.

Busby and Rawls will also make the presentations on June 14 near Knoxville at the University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Field Day (Blount Unit of the East Tennessee Research and Education Center) located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 129 and Singleton Road.

For more information about that program, visit the Web site: http://knoxville.tennessee.edu/events/