Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Program

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Our Developed Bred Heifer sale will be on June 7th, 2024, at 1:00 pm (CDT) at Middle TN AgResearch & Education Center in Lewisburg, TN. Offering 60-plus fall calving heifers, selling in lots of 2 to 5-pregnant heifers. They are Bred to low birthweight bulls from Select Sires, ABS, and pasture exposed to UT Angus bulls. The sale will be in person and there will be no online bidding. For lot and sale order, please view this for the groupings during the sale event found below.

Link Pointer Fall 2023-2024 Sale Cattle List

Link Pointer Lot and Sale Order

The Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Program is to incentivize the re-population of the beef herd through custom heifer development. It will be accomplished by the implementation of management practices with access to more productive replacement females allowing for more rapid expansion of Tennessee’s beef herd. This will improve the longevity of these females, decreasing turnover and providing for exponential improvement in genetics with associated revenue generation.


The program is a partnership of The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture designed to:

  • Increase the opportunity for custom replacement heifer development,
  • Demonstrate proper replacement heifer development to beef cattle producers in Tennessee,
  • Increase the implementation of heifer development practices that will result in optimum reproductive efficiency as mature cows,
  • Demonstrate management techniques necessary for replacement heifers to reach target weight and breed successfully,
  • Demonstrate methods of evaluating heifers for disposition, performance, and reproductive traits.

Reproductive Management
Heifers will be evaluated for pelvic area and reproductive tract score prior to breeding. Estrus will be synchronized and heifers exposed to a single timed artificial insemination (AI). Estrus detection and AI will be conducted for the remainder of a 45-day breeding season. Selection of AI sires will be performed by the program’s administrator working with the advisory committee. Sires requested beyond committee selections must qualify under Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement program sire genetic requirements. Calving ease will be a high priority for sire selection. Pregnancy will be diagnosed approximately 30 days after the end of the breeding season via ultrasonography.

Nutritional Management
Heifers will be maintained on standing forage, hay or haylage, and supplement designed for optimum growth. A grazing plan that includes cool and warm-season grasses will compose a majority of the nutritional program. Heifers will be fed to weigh approximately 65% of their projected mature weight at the beginning of the breeding season.

Important Information & Dates

Important information for the current Heifer Class Groups offered in the program:

Link Pointer Fall Born Heifers: Calved September – November

Link Pointer Spring Born Heifers: Calved January – March

Link Pointer Rules and Regulations

2024-2025 Fall Heifers
Intake dayJuly 8-9, 2024
REvaccJuly 22-23, 2024
Weigh day/early preliminary preg checkAugust 20-21, 2024
Weigh daySeptember 19, 2024
Carcass data day (repro data)November 7-8, 2024
CIDRs in/weigh day GNRHNovember 25-26, 2024
CIDRs out/prostaglandinDecember 1-2, 2024
First round AIDecember 3-4, 2024
2nd round AI based off of natural heatDecember 15-19, 2024
Bulls inJanuary 2, 2025
Early preg checkFebruary 4-5, 2025
Bulls outMarch 5, 2025
Final preg check/weight/brandApril 10-11, 2025
Sale VideosApril 25, 2025
Non-sale cattle pickupMay 12-13, 2025
Heifer saleJune 6, 2025
2024-2025 Spring Heifers
Intake dayOctober 7-8, 2025
REvaccOctober 23, 2025
Weigh day/early preliminary preg checkNovember 4, 2025
Weigh dayJanuary 15, 2025
Carcass data day (repro data)February 28, 2025
CIDRs in/weigh day/GNRHMarch 24, 2025
CIDRs out/prostaglandinMarch 31, 2025
First round AIApril 2-3, 2025
2nd round AI based off of natural heatApril 21-25, 2025
Bulls inMay 1, 2025
Early preg checkJune 11, 2025
Final preg check/weight/brandJune 28, 2025
Bulls outJuly 1, 2025
Cattle pickupAugust 11-12, 2025

Program Contacts

For more information please contact: Claire Hunkler, Saulo Zoca, Hugh Moorehead, or Charlie Strogner

Link Pointer Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Lewisburg
1070 New lake Road
Lewisburg, TN 37091
P: 931-270-2240

Our Partners

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