Nutrition is an important aspect of building a competitive football team, so the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association is happy to sponsor a steak dinner for the team to learn about protein before it ends up on their plates.

The annual Beefing Up the Bulldogs introduces members of the Mississippi State University football team to agriculture with a meal, ag-themed competitions and live farm animals. This year’s dinner is the third annual event and something the players look forward to each year.

Players dine on steak, milk and ice cream produced on campus before learning about beef and dairy production from industry experts.

Players have a chance to play with a dairy cow and calf. The event also includes a milking competition and a hay bale throwing competition.

Event teaches MSU football team about beef, dairy productionEvent sponsors encourage participants to share their experiences with fellow students and fans to promote nutrition and the state’s beef and dairy industries. MSU assistant herdsman J.B. Gardner says he enjoys the event as much as the players do.

“We milk every single day, so it’s fun to see the players having a good time playing with the cows and trying to milk one,” Gardner said. “Getting to talk with them and share some of what we do is a great experience for everyone.”

The event is sponsored by Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, the Mississippi Beef Council, First South Farm Credit and MSU’s Animal and Dairy Sciences Department.

Mississippi State University is a week away from its first game of the season against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31.