At the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo in Lebanon on July 2-3, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, with help from industry partners, purchased the winning show steers at a premium price.
In the following days, the cattle were harvested for beef at Anderson Meats and Processing in Hartsville.
The meat will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee later this month. This will equate to approximately 3,000 pounds of beef for the local community.
“The Second Harvest Initiative creates a win-win opportunity for TCA,” said Melinda Perkins, director of youth programs and outreach for TCA.
“We are able to reward the youth exhibitors for their hard work while serving a larger purpose and supplying a nutrient-rich product to those in need.”
This is the ninth year for the TCA Second Harvest Initiative. TCA was able to coordinate the purchase of five steers from the State Beef Expo. TCA engaged several industry partners to raise $18,500 to buy these steers. Those partners included:
$5,000: H&R Agri-Power.
Grand champion: Annie Meier, Anderson County.