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The Livestock Program offers assistance, education, and resources for livestock producers in Union County. Topics covered include cattle, equine, and small ruminants, as well as forage and pastures. On this page you will find resources and information for livestock producers, covering production, marketing, regulations, etc. as well as upcoming events.

Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

Events will be added as they are scheduled

Tri County Hay Directory Banner

Click the banner to access the directory. It lists producers selling hay in the Union, Anson, and Stanly County areas. If you would like to be added, contact Rachel Owens at

Union County Cattlemen’s Association

No meetings over the summer. We will resume with our Annual Meeting in August.

Simpson Event Center- 307 Cultivation Cir Monroe, NC 28112

The Union County Cattlemen’s Association is driven by their Union County Cattlemen's Association Logopassion and love for the cattle industry. Their aspirations are to provide our local community both farm & nonfarm related educational opportunities to learn about all avenues of the local beef industry. By providing meetings, field days, and educational events; they strive to promote and grow consumer and producer relations.

For more information about the Association or any educational events, contact Rachel Owens, Livestock Agent.

TriCounty Livestock Newsletter Banner

Click the banner above to access the latest edition! The Tri-County Livestock Newsletter is released quarterly and covers various topics such as beef cattle, small ruminants, equine, and pasture management.

Archived Newsletters

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Spring 2023

 Tri-County Livestock Newsletter Winter 2022

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter Fall 2022

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Summer 2022


Extension Portals

These portals are managed by Extension Specialists and have information about upcoming events, resources, guides, and more related to the respective topics.

Beef Portal Tile Small Ruminant Portal Tile Forage Portal Tile
Equine Portal Tile Poultry Portal Tile Enterprise Budgets Tile

Forage Resources

Forage Management Calendar for the Piedmont 

Forage Planting Guide

CEFS Amazing Grazing Program

Forage Facts Grazing Guide

Winter Annual Species Fact Sheet

Forage Needs and Grazing Management for Goats

Production and Utilization of Stockpiled Tall Fescue

Realistic Yield Expectations– Use this tool to determine how much yield you can expect for your soil type. They have hay crops included in this tool

Comparison of Commercially Available Novel-Endophyte Tall Fescue Forage Varieties 

Ram and Ewe Sales Banner If you are looking to purchase rams and ewes for the 2022 breeding season, click the banner for a list of upcoming sales.

Livestock Care Basics Sheet Infographics

Sheep Goat Care Basics Tile Horse Care Basics Tile Poultry Care Basics Tile Swine Care Basics Tile

Additional Resources

Raising Pasture Pork SeriesRaising Laying Hens Series

Poultry House Resources

Livestock Videos