The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) awarded seven individuals for their hard work and dedication to the beef cattle industry during the 33rd Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro.
Lincoln County’s Dan Owen, an agent working in 4-H youth development for the UT Extension Service here, was presented the Outstanding Work in 4-H Beef Programs Award.
“I am honored to receive the youth award this year,” said Owen. “I appreciate all the kids I have had the opportunity to work with. I want to say thank you to our county livestock association and the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association for their support of our youth programs.”
Awards presented by TCA were created to recognize outstanding individuals in the various sectors of the cattle industry in Tennessee. Nominated by their peers, the awards presented recognized individuals who have excelled in stocker and cow-calf production, educational programs, business, and service to the beef cattle industry.
“All of this year’s award recipients are dedicated and passionate about their work in the industry,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. “They are trustworthy and knowledgeable in their fields and widely respected among producers.”
Jerry Lay from Madisonville won the Dr. Emmit Rawls Outstanding Stocker Producer Award, and Mike Jones from Sweetwater won the Dr. Clyde Lane Outstanding Cow-Calf Producer Award.
Another extension agent, Laurie Mobley from Houston County, won the Dr. Jim Neel Outstanding Work in Beef Extension Educational Programs Award.
Alan Thomas of Zoetis Animal Health from Johnson City won the Business Person of the Year Award, and Billy Ashe from Stantonville won the John Bartee Distinguished Service Award. Senator Dolores Gresham from Somerville was recognized as the TCA Legislator of the Year.
TCA was founded in 1985 and has more than 7,000 members from across the state and the southeast. The organization works to provide the cattlemen of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work toward the solution of cattle industry problems and to build the necessary goodwill that will bring both governmental esteem and recognition to the industry.