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Tennessee's Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health

Tennessee’s Top Tier (TTT) sponsored by Merck Animal Health is a youth program of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association (TCYA) that exclusively recognizes and rewards TCYA members for their participation and placings through a series of sanctioned junior cattle shows. The TTT program is designed to increase youth involvement at junior cattle shows in Tennessee, promote commitment to the cattle industry at a young age, and allow youth the opportunity to network with their peers and industry leaders.

 

The TTT program is coordinated by the TCA Board of Directors and its staff. TTT strives to provide an environment for friendly competition and success while serving as an opportunity to create the next generation of leaders by educating juniors on beef industry issues, promoting family membership and participation in TCA, and rewarding the successful accomplishments and hard work of Tennessee’s youth cattlemen.

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Click the buttons below to view the Tennessee's Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health points standings. There are multiple pages in each Excel spreadsheet so please make sure you click to each page to find the exhibitor/points you are looking for. This document is the easiest to view from a computer, instead of a mobile device.

Points as of September 27, 2021

NOTE: The steer and showmanship point standings listed in the files above were finalized for the 2021 TTT program year on July 30, 2021. 

UPDATE - JUNE 21, 2021- At the beginning of the 2021 Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health program year, you might have noticed that Rule #8 Minimum & Maximum Point Accumulation was left open-ended. Specifically, the maximum number of shows that would count per division was left open-ended to be determined by the TCA Youth Committee at a later date. This was done for fear that shows would cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we would end up in the same situation as we did in 2020. As we are approaching the end the 2021 Tennessee’s Top Tier year, and it appears that all shows are going to happen as planned, the TCA Youth Committee has determined that two (2) shows will be dropped per division which will equate to the following…

 

Maximum Number of Shows Counted per division:

Total number of Steer Shows = 7, Count each exhibitor's best 5

Total number of Heifer Shows = 8, Count each exhibitor's best 6

Total number of Showmanship Shows = 6, Count each exhibitor's best 4

 

The above information has been updated in the 2021 Tennessee’s Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health rules. It is important to note that counting a maximum number of shows per division (or dropping shows) has always been in effect since the inception of the Tennessee’s Top Tier in 2018. The purpose of counting a maximum number of shows per division (or dropping shows) is to account for an “off day” that an exhibitor might have had in the show ring, or account for when an exhibitor must miss a show due to a parent working, a school event, sickness, injury, etc. Please remember that you must also exhibit at THREE or more sanctioned point shows to be eligible for end-of-the-year awards. 

2021 Tennessee's Top Tier sponsored by Merck Animal Health

Please click the "2021 TTT Rules" button above to read the full 2021 Tennessee's Top Tier (TTT) rules. It is imperative that all TTT exhibitors, family members, supporters, etc. read and abide by the rules in their entirety. The nomination forms for the 2021 TTT program year can also be found using the "Nomination Form" button above. Please understand that all information and documents on the TCA website are the easiest to view from a desktop, instead of a mobile device. 

Listed below is information for the 2021 Tennessee's Top Tier shows. This information will be updated to include nomination deadlines, show entry deadlines, etc. as we are made aware by show officials. Please check back often. There is also a link to each show's website/Facebook page which is where you can find the most up-to-date information regarding a show. If you have a question about the show, you need to contact SHOW MANAGEMENT DIRECTLY!

Tennessee Beef Agribition

Location: James E. Ward Agriculture Center, Lebanon, TN

Show Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021

Check-In: Saturday, March 13, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: (UPDATED) Monday, March 1, 2021 (postmarked)

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available.

West TN Spring Classic Cattle Show

Location: Gibson County Fair Grounds, Trenton, TN

Show Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Early Entry Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 (postmarked)

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available.

Cumberland Mountain Showdown

Location: Bledsoe County Fair Grounds, Pikeville, TN 

Show Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021

Early Entry Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021 (postmarked)

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available.

Knoxville Spring Junior Cattle Expo (KSJCE)

Location: Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds, Knoxville, TN

Show Date: Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, 2021

Entry Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 (Entries MUST go through local Extension Office)

TTT Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 (postmarked)

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available. KSJCE handbook can be read HERE. 

UTM AGR Memorial Day Classic

Location: Obion County Fairgrounds, Union City, TN

Show Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021

Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 8, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Saturday, May 8, 2021 (postmarked)

Entry form: download here.

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available.

TTU Purple & Gold Showdown

Location: Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion, Cookeville, TN

Show Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Entry form: download Word version here or Excel version here.

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available. 

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Tennessee Junior Beef Expo

Location: James E. Ward Agriculture Center, Lebanon, TN

Show Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 - Saturday, July 3, 2021

Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available. Beef Expo handbook can be read HERE

Tennessee State Fair

Location: James E. Ward Agriculture Center, Lebanon, TN

Show Date: August 12-21, 2021

Entry Deadline: Saturday, July 31, 2021

TTT Nomination Deadline: Saturday, July 31, 2021

More information can be found HERE as it becomes available.

  • As circumstances continue to remain uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association reserves the right to cancel the Tennessee’s Top Tier program at any point during the year.

 

  • IF the UTK Rocky Top Classic and MTSU B&B Preview Show are rescheduled for later in the year, they will be added to the Tennessee’s Top Tier circuit. They were previously canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Questions? Please contact Melinda Perkins, melinda@tncattle.org

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