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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.

Raising Pasture Pork Series Raising Laying Hens Series

Tri-County Forage Directory

Access the directory

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

Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

Events will be added as they are scheduled

Union County Cattlemen’s Association

The UCCA will resume meeting in August at the Annual Meeting. No meetings over the summer.

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.

Livestock Newsletter

The Tri-County Livestock Newsletter is released quarterly and covers various topics such as beef cattle, small ruminants, equine, and pasture management.

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Summer 2022

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Spring 2022

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Winter 2021

Tri-County Livestock Newsletter- Fall 2021


Forage Resources

Forage Management Calendar for the Piedmont 

Forage Planting Guide

CEFS Amazing Grazing Program

Forage Facts Grazing Guide

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 

Sheep Sales for 2022  If you are looking to purchase rams and ewes for the 2022 breeding season, here is a list of upcoming sales.

Livestock Care Basics Sheet Infographics

Swine Care Basics

Horse Care Basics

Poultry Care Basics

Sheep and Goat Care Basics

Additional Resources- More Coming Soon

Poultry House Resources

Livestock Videos