Tour #11 – Sausage, Energy, Value-Added Beef, and Forage

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Our day will begin with a tour of Wampler’s Farm of Lenoir City, Tennessee, well known for its sausage but also as being a leader in energy conservation and generation. Wampler’s has five acres of solar panels (500 kW) and is home of the first commercial installation of Proton Power’s revolutionary cellulose-to-hydrogen power (CHyP) clean energy system. We will then travel to East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, in business since 1962, to learn about beef marketing in the Sweetwater Valley through weekly and special sales and have lunch. This livestock center is always trying to find ways to showcase their customers’ cattle in order to get the maximum price for their livestock and to make the marketing process as easy as possible. The Color Wheel Farm in Vonore will be our next stop. Color Wheel Farm is a 1,000 acre beef, row crop, and switchgrass farm. Color Wheel runs over 100 cow-calf  pairs in an Angus-based breeding program crossed with Hereford, Gelbvieh and Simangus genetics. They graze their cattle on a variety of cool and warm season grasses. Our final stop will be at the Southern Hay Company outside Madisonville to view their hay operation and value-added forage enterprise. Southern Hay Company raises acres of high quality hay and forage managed by good people and great handling equipment with trucks on site to send their product nearly anywhere in the country.

ADVISEMENT: This tour will include moderate walking, and closed toed shoes are advised.