Cattle producers who are planning to market their meat products directly to consumers can learn about regulations and developing effective marketing plans during an educational workshop May 10 in Paris.

The workshop begins at 7 a.m. that day at the Henry County Extension office, 1120 Tyson Ave.

The workshop, presented by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture in cooperation with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, is designed to help livestock producers better understand the regulations for marketing meat products and live animals for custom processing.

“Many consumers are interested in buying products direct from local farmers, and many of our livestock producers are interested in connecting with buyers in their local communities,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of the TCA.

“Participants in the workshop will learn about the permits and regulations needed to market individual cuts of meat directly to consumers. Participants will also learn how to minimize business risks when selling live animals to consumers for local processing,” said Rob Holland, director of the center.

A meal will be served and those interested in attending need to preregister at least five days prior to the workshop by contacting Hord at 615-896-2333 or by email at

The Paris event is one of 12 separate workshops to be presented in multiple locations across the state in May.

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