Successful turnout for Cattlemen’s Association

Friday, July 20, 2018

For a county once known as the “Jersey Capital of the World,” it only makes sense that Marshall County ranchers and dairymen organize to protect their interests and their way of life.

More than a hundred people showed up to the organizational meeting of the Marshall County Cattlemen’s Association on Tuesday night at the Church Street Church of Christ annex. Organizers were expecting forty.

The dormant association is finally being revived thanks to several Marshall County residents. Throughout its history, Marshall County has a reputation for dairy and beef production.

Farmers and beef producers in Marshall County now have a chance to become a member of an organization that provides a voice in legislatures, local networking opportunities and a community filled with agricultural supporters none other than beef production advocates.

Many people are “disconnected with agriculture” in the eyes of MCCA. It serves as an advocate for beef production and an educational output on agriculture.

“Somebody asked me why you keep farming and when it’s in your blood, it’s just there,” Dr. Ray Wakefield, a guest speaker at the meeting said.

MCCA discussed several issues at the meeting: animal health updates like the electronic tagging for transport and diseases within the livestock market.

Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher mentioned the state is not prepared to handle an outbreak of diseases. He explained a future solution includes vaccine banks throughout the state.

He discussed the competition between poultry and beef distribution. Hatcher explained both markets are “neck and neck with each other” and compete with one another for the top industry in Tennessee.

“There is no better place to live than on a farm. It teaches children responsibility and confidence,” Hatcher said. “It’s a way of life.”

MCCA will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 15, 2018. At this meeting, members can vote seven active members to serve on the Board of Directors.