About the Unit

The ETREC-Blount Unit, acquired in 1943, is located on Alcoa Highway, 8 miles south of UT's Agriculture Campus. This 515 acre tract is the primary site of ETREC's registered Angus cattle herd, and serves as ETREC's main hub of activity for livestock research, teaching, and outreach. The unit is utilized to provide land, equipment, cattle, and support for faculty and graduate students to conduct agriculture related research, with a primary emphasis on beef cattle, sheep, and swine production. The ETREC-Blount Unit also is used for different programs and studies in reproductive physiology, embryo transfer, and estrus synchronization. The unit's soil taxonomy is predominantly Cumberland.

Facilities available at the ETREC-Blount Unit include fifty-four pens that make up three feeding barns and four cattle working facilities that consist of shaded holding pens, a sweep tub, electronic scales, and squeeze chute. The ETREC-Blount Unit also contains a sheep barn and mutliple covered outside shade pens.

The ETREC-Blount Unit has 135 cow/calf pairs. On top of cattle research ETREC-Blount Unit conducts multiple projects in crop production research including: twenty-four acres of land dedicated to eastern gamma grass research and half-an-acre devoted to orchard grass grazing. The ETREC-Blount Unit also grows their own hay and corn silage for cattle feed.


Here's the crew!

Registered Black Angus cattle.

Welcome to the Blount Unit.

Cattle feed barn containing several pens.

The Beef & Forage Field Day is held here annually.

Exhibitors at the Beef & Forage Field Day.

Heavy grazing on Persist orchardgrass.

Blount Unit, facing north.
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Beef & Forage Field Day


Contact the Blount Unit

ETREC Blount Unit
4341 UT Farm Road
Louisville, TN 37777

Brandon Beavers
Phone: (865) 387-5149
Email: bbeaver2@tennessee.edu

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