Collin Cook of Robertson Co. Winner In TN Cattlemen’s Association’s 2023 Top Tier Program
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) –The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association (TCYA) recognized over 30 youth members for their success in the sixth year of the Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health points program. The winners were recognized at the TCA Youth Awards Banquet sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, held on January 20, 2024 at the Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health program was created by TCA to increase youth involvement at cattle shows across the state and to create more opportunities for agriculture youth to be recognized. The program has continued to grow and draw interest from youth cattle enthusiasts across the state.
“The sixth year of the Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health program was very rewarding for all involved,” said Melinda Perkins, TCA Director of Youth Programs & Outreach. “There were several new participants in the program this year, and we were able to recognize more youth for their hard work with their show cattle projects.”
Participants can receive points in three divisions: heifers, steers, and showmanship. To receive points, exhibitors must be youth members of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.
Collin Cook from Robertson County received top honors for the 2023 Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health program year.
“It feels good to see my hard work and the 3C/YB team’s hard work pay off. I am grateful to have won the Tennessee’s Top Tier show steer of the year title on my last qualifying year in the program, and to have consistently done it throughout my show career,” said Collin Cook. “None of this would be remotely possible without my supporting cast and everything the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association does to make the program its very best.”
The seventh year of the Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health program is now underway. Rules and a full list of shows on the points circuit can be found online at, tncattle.org/youth.
TCA was founded in 1985 and has more than 6,500 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.
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