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Effort seeks to increase beef cattle in TN

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials have announced a public-private partnership aimed at increasing the number of beef cattle in Tennessee.

The Bristol Herald-Courier (http://bit.ly/1xll8xr) reports that the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Farmers' Cooperative have joined forces to reverse the state's decline in beef cattle.

According to the newspaper, 100 heifers consigned by farmers will go to UTIA's Dairy AgResearch and Education Center in Lewisburg, which will focus on improving procedures for animal production including nutrition, health, handling and reproductive management.

UT cattle expert Kevin Thompson says development of replacement heifers is the most economically straining part of beef management.

After spending almost a year at the center, the animals will be returned to farmers, along with the best protocols developed for replacing heifers.

Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com

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