5 County Beef Tour

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cute calves in pasture

Calves on green grass

The 2023 Five-County Beef Tour will take place on Friday, July 21st and will be hosted by Granville County. The five counties on the tour include Franklin, Granville, Vance, Wake and Warren. However, interested producers from throughout the region and state are invited to attend and participate in this educational, very diverse tour. Registration will take place starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab located at 8800 Cassam Rd. Butner, NC. (look for the silos and brick house)

The first stop on the tour will be at Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab. We will look at the bulls at the Butner Bull Test station and discuss what goes in to the bull testing program.

The second stop will be at Mill Creek Farm, owned by Randy & Barbara Guthrie. At this stop, we will see a heifer development program. Off-farm heifers are purchased, developed, bred and sold as bred heifers to other cattle producers. There are also a lot of conservation enhancements on this farm.

The third stop will be High Rock Farm, owned by David and Beth Hollister. Here, we will see a stocker/finisher operation and learn why the transition away from cow/calf was made. We will eat lunch at this farm which is also an event venue. During a sponsored hamburger lunch, Evan Davis with NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation Division, is scheduled to discuss farmland preservation. The tour should conclude around 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is asked to carpool to the various stops. An agenda with driving directions and tour stop locations will be provided at registration the day of the event.

Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register for the tour is 5 p.m., Friday, July 14. Register online. Contact Kim Woods, kim_woods@ncsu.edu, or 919-603-1350 for more information.