Tour #15 – Smoked Bacon, Beef Production & Marketing, and Hay Making

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Our first stop will be in Madisonville at Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams started in 1947. Allan Benton and his employees have honed the dry-curing of hams and bacon into a culinary art and have catapulted the products from a simple breakfast mainstay into the world of gourmet cooking, where they have been praised for their characteristic flavor. We will then travel to DW Farms, a large stocker/backgrounding operation in Vonore. They will discuss their operation and protocols for their stocker program during the tour. Next stop will be lunch at Athens Stockyard, selling more cattle each year in the past seven years than any other barn in the state. Learn how they achieved this through weekly and special sales over the past 14 years. We will then visit Gal- laher Farm in Decatur to tour their custom bermudagrass hay business. The Gallahers serve livestock and horse owners all over Tennessee.

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