Livestock Equipment

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle – 30 Head
Goats/Sheep – 50 Head
BQA – Beef and Dairy
Not Applicable
$1,500 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share    |   Master 50% Cost Share
50% Cost Share Eligible Master Courses for Livestock Equipment

Master Beef

Master Dairy

Master Farm Manager

Master Small Ruminant

Master Farm Family Health & Wellness

Applicant must meet at least one minimum program requirement at time of application.
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 number requirement.

Eligible Items

New Equipment Only — Items 1 - 26
New items cannot be previously owned.
Items purchased at an auction are considered used.
Replacement parts are not eligible.

1. Add-on alley sheet
2. Animal scale/indicator
3. Automatic cube pellet feeder/cake feeder — scales optional at time of purchase only
4. Bunk feeder
5. Clover seeder — cone type 3-point hitch or ATV/UTV mounted seeder that broadcasts seed
6. Covered mineral feeder — stand alone and ground only
7. Creep feeder
8. Creep panel
9. Electronic identification (EID) reader
10. Feed bin — gravity flow or auger only
11. Feeder panel
12. Feed bin unload auger — maximum 29 ft. length
13. Fly sprayer and/or upright oiler — not eligible – stand-alone cloth rubs
14. GPS — display and/or receiver only
15. Hay ring/hay feeder
16. Hay unroller
17. Livestock trailer — min. 16 ft; at least one cut gate; must be titled in the applicant’s name at time of reimbursement
18. Mobile calf catcher pen — ATV or UTV attachment; scales and/or hitch optional at time of purchase only
19. Pasture drag/harrow — commercially manufactured
20. Pasture gate — must be installed at time of reimbursement
21. Pasture sprayer — 100 gal. min. tank capacity; PTO, shaft, or hydraulic drive
22. Sheep/goat automatic milk feeding machine
23. Sheep/goat fitting stand
24. Sheep shear — min. 3 in. wide head, min. 2,000 RPM
25. Ultrasound — accessories are optional and eligible only if purchased along with ultrasound
26. Wick applicator/wiper — not eligible – handheld applicator

New or Used Equipment — Items 27 - 42

27. Alley frame
28. Alleyway
29. Carriage for squeeze chute
30. Continuous pipe panel — must be installed at the time of reimbursement
31. Corral panel — portable panel, gate in frame/bow gate
32. Crowding/sweep tub
33. Head gate
34. Headlock stanchion/palpation rail/stall loop
35. Hoof trimming table/chute
36. Loading chute for semi-trailer
37. Neck extender/brisket bar/head holder
38. Palpation cage
39. Rolling block door/alley back stop
40. Slant bar hay feeding wagon
41. Squeeze chute
42. Tilt/roll table

Used equipment must meet ALL of the following criteria:

    • Excellent working condition
    • Minimal rust
    • Less than 10 years old
    • Reasonable market price

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

Email livestock.equipment@tn.gov for additional information.