Livestock Solutions

Minimum Requirements* Certification Required to Apply Beginning Famer Option**
Cattle - 100 Head
Goats/Sheep - 150 Head
BQA - Beef and Dairy
PQA Plus – Swine
Not Available
$6,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share   |   Master 50% Cost Share
50% Cost Share Eligible Master Courses for Livestock Solutions

Master Beef

Master Dairy

Master Farm Manager

Master Small Ruminant

Master Farm Family Health & Wellness

Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Goats/Sheep can be combined to meet minimum head requirement.
*Applicant must meet at least one minimum program requirement at time of application.
**This program is not available for individuals qualifying for the Beginning Farmer Option.

Eligible Items

New Items Only — 1-10
New items cannot be previously owned.
Items purchased at an auction are considered used and are not eligible.
Replacement parts are not eligible.

1. Bunker/silage pit or pad — must have concrete floor
2. Commodity shed — new structures and additions to existing structures used for storage of bulk raw commodities; minimum specifications and examples available at in Producer Programs under Livestock Solutions.
3. Feed bin — minimum 9 tons with optional auger and concrete pad
4. Feed lot scraper — skid steer/tractor mounted pusher blade/rubber attachment for cleaning heavy use feeding area
5. Manure spreader — minimum capacity 140 bushels; not eligible — litter spreader
6. Mobile working system — must be a mobile self-contained trailer unit; must include head gate, alley, and crowding/holding area
7. Self-unloading feed wagon — single or dual compartment “v” floor wagon with a vertical discharge auger
8. Multiple animal scale — load bars/platform, indicator, and optional concrete pad; not eligible – single animal scale
9. Silage bagger — machinery used for the bagging or debagging of silage
10. Unloading forage feeder wagon — silage/haylage wagon with a chain floor or pusher blade and side discharge

New or Used Items — 11-14
11. Bale processor/windrow bale feeder
12. Hay wrapper — machinery used for the wrapping of hay for use as haylage
13. Mixer wagon or grinder/mixer — equipment directly used to mix and/or grind hay, grain, and other supplements for feed
14. No-till pasture drill — minimum 10 ft. working width


Used equipment must meet ALL of the following criteria:

    • Excellent working condition
    • Minimal rust
    • Less than 10 years old, check serial # and previous purchase documentation
    • Reasonable market price

Tennessee Department of Agriculture may verify used equipment prior to payment.


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