Participants in this tour will visit the heaviest populated area of Tennessee for beef cattle production. The first stop will be Deer Valley Farm in Lincoln County, founded by a rocket scientist turned cattleman who worked on the Tomahawk cruise missile and the PATRIOT air defense system. Deer Valley Farm is a progressive Angus production operation with close to 2,500 head of cattle with a focus on superior Angus genetics. The farm is fully integrated and grows the majority of its feed on part of the 5,500 acres that make up the farm. The second stop will be at the UT Dairy AgResearch and Education Center near Lewisburg. Formally known as the home of the country’s oldest Jersey herd, it is now the home of the recently established Beef Heifer Development Center. This new Center’s focus is on improving cattle reproduction. Native grasses play a large role in the development of these heifers. One of the highlights of this tour will be lunch at Corner Pit BBQ in Bryson. Corner Pit is a farm to table restaurant opened in 2009 and is gaining a nationwide reputation. The business is owned by a dynamic Extension and 4-H family who are raising grass-fed low-line Angus cattle for use in the restaurant. The final stop will be at a sustainable forest product operation that manufactures drum sticks, among other products, for 35% of the world’s market. Promark Percussion is a small company located in Elkton that is owned by D’Addario, a worldwide music company whose clients include drummers such as Phil Collins, Neil Peart of the rock band Rush and William Ellis of Montgomery Gentry.
ADVISEMENT: This tour will require about a two-hour ride by bus each way and includes moderate walking in farm field situations. Closed toe shoes are advised.