Tenn. – A bus load of Hereford breeders from across the United States, Canada and New Zealand took part in the first-ever National Hereford Tour. “Rollin Through Dixie” hosts in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama treated participants with southern hospitality and opened their farms and ranches to the National Tour guests.
“The purpose of this tour was to give producers the opportunity to witness quality Hereford genetics from some of the southeast's most prominent farms and ranches,” said Andee Marston, AHA eastern region fieldman. “Great cattle were on display at each of the seven tour stops and participants enjoyed the chance to interact and discuss the Hereford breed.”
Tour stops included: Four L Hereford Farm; Triple L Ranch; Burns Farms; Leonard Polled Hereford Farm; JWR Land & Cattle Company; Debter Hereford Farm and Tennessee River Music Inc.
BioZyme Inc., and Gallagher were co-sponsors for the tour. Representatives from Gallagher gave a working fencing demonstration at Four L Herefords and BioZyme representatives addressed the tour attendees about how incorporating the VitaFerm product line can increase efficiency in the cow herd. Both companies have been great supporters of the Hereford breed and AHA programs.
Aside from visiting Hereford operations across the Southeast, participants enjoyed an interactive tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a reception in the rotunda where the Hall of Fame plaques hang.
Tour guests enjoyed Music on the Mountain as the grand finale event on Friday evening when Randy and Kelly Owen and their family hosted their 25th annual sale at their Tennessee River Music Ranch. Over $200,000 was raised for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.