Many beef and dairy cattle producers know about the Beef Checkoff and State Beef Promotion programs and are familiar with the assessments when their beef and dairy cattle are sold at public auction; however, many producers may not know how these assessments apply to the direct marketing of their cattle and beef products. There are actually two different assessments for cattle sold in Tennessee:
- Beef Checkoff Program – national program
- Tennessee Beef Promotion Program – state program
The amount of each of these assessments is different and how the assessments apply to direct marketing and value-added beef sales varies. This document provides information about the history, purpose and benefits of the assessments and explains how to calculate and remit them.