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The Tennessee Cattlemen's Association is devoted to the future of the cattle business. TCA welcomes and encourages you to become a youth member of our association. The connections made and networking opportunities available through TCA will be invaluable for years to come.

As a Tennessee Cattlemen's Youth Association, you will have the opportunity to serve in leadership roles, opportunities to explore different aspects of the cattle industry, and engage in networking opportunities through TCYA programs. 

We encourage you to check back often as we continue to work on new and exciting things for our youth members! 

For more information about TCYA memberships and membership forms, click here. Questions about Youth Programs? Contact Melinda Perkins, Director of Youth Programs & Outreach,

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Tennessee's top tier program

Tennessee’s Top Tier is a youth program that rewards TCYA members for their participation and placings at cattle shows.

outstanding youth award

The award is designed to recognize a member for their involvement in the cattle and agriculture industries, leadership, and community service.


Scholarships are available during the year for deserving youth.

Youth ambassadors

TCYA Ambassadors promote the well-being of the cattle industry, encourage youth involvement and cooperation in the cattle industry. 

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"Never regard studying as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn." - Albert Einstein


The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association (TCYA) has put together a virtual practice skillathon for Tennessee youth leading up to the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo. The virtual skillathon practice will be available from now through June 29th on this page using the links below to Google Forms. At the beginning of the practice skillathon, you will be prompted to enter your name, county, phone number, email address, and grade to be entered for a drawing for a TCYA prize pack. A winner will be drawn for each of the following divisions: Explorer, Junior, Junior High, Senior Level I, and Senior Level II. You may take the practice skillathon as many times as you wish to practice; however, your name will only be entered into the drawing one time. Additionally, it is important that you take the practice skillathon based on your grade as of January 1, 2022. You may take the practice skillathon for an older division for extra practice, but your name will only be entered into the drawing for your appropriate grade level. We are operating on the honor system so please be honest about your grade level. 


As you are studying for the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo Skillathon, we hope you will use this as a resource to refresh your memory on basic skillathon concepts and, perhaps, learn a few things too. Once you complete the virtual skillathon practice, you will be prompted to view your score and review the correct answers. The complete answer key will also be uploaded to this page on the TCA website on the morning of June 29th. This will help you be able to do any last-minute studying and go over any questions you may have marked incorrect. Winners will be drawn on Thursday, June 30, 2022, during the TCYA Ice Cream Social at State Beef Expo. We can’t wait to see you in Lebanon at State Beef Expo!  


Disclaimer: The Tennessee Cattlemen's Youth Association virtual skillathon practice is not all-encompassing. The virtual skillathon practice may or may not reflect the content of the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo skillathon. This is meant to be used as a resource for studying.

Dates of Importance


1: TBIC Culinary Training (Youth Ambassadors only)

1: TCA Scholarship Deadline

1: TNCW Scholarship Deadline

15: Deadline to submit entries for the Tennessee Junior Beef Expo Career Development Contest, Graphic Design Contest, and Photography Contest. Submit entries and/or questions to

June 20: TCYA Virtual Skillathon Practice Available

June 29: Final day to complete TCYA Virtual Skillathon Practice to be entered into the drawing

June 30: TCA Youth Ice Cream Social - Tennessee Junior Beef Expo


June 30 - July 2: Tennessee Junior Beef Expo

July 1 - TCA Steak Biscuit Breakfast - Tennessee Junior Beef Expo

July 2: Tennessee Junior Shorthorn Assn Service Project Concludes, Contact: RuthAnn Johns or Jennifer Johns

July 25: Second Harvest Initiative Meat Pick-Up and Industry Partner Visits (Youth Ambassadors only)

*TTT = Tennessee's Top Tier