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Livestock Equipment

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle – 30 Head
Goats/Sheep – 50 Head
BQA – Beef and Dairy
Not Applicable
$2,500 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share    |   Master 50% Cost Share
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.
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Attention Dairy Producers

Additional cost share opportunities are available for licensed dairy farms through the Tennessee Milk Quality Improvement Initiative. Please contact TDA Consumer & Industry Services Division at 615-837-5336 to learn more.

Eligible Items

1. Head gate*

2. Neck extender/ brisket bar*

3. Hoof trimming table or chute*

4. Tilt/roll table*

5. Squeeze chute*

6. Carriage for squeeze chute*

7. Palpation cage*

8. Alleyway*

9. Add-on alley sheet

10. Alley frame*

11. Rolling block door/ alley back stop*

12. Animal scale/indicator

13. Crowding/sweep tub*

14. Loading chute*

15. Automatic cube pellet feeder/cake feeder

16. Bunk feeder – concrete formed and/or steel only; not eligible poly bunks

17. Covered mineral feeder – stand alone and ground only; not eligible insecticide and/or oil applicator combinations

18. Creep feeder

19. Feed bin

20. Unload auger for feed bin – max. 29 ft. length

21. Hay ring/hay feeder

22. Hay unroller

23. Slant bar hay feeding wagon*

24. Mobile calf catcher pen – ATV or UTV attachment; scales and/or hitch optional

25. Kidding/lambing pen – max. size per pen, 144 sq. ft. (12’x12’)

26. Fitting stand

27. Sheep shear – min. 3 in. wide head, min. 2,000 RPM

28. Headlock stanchion, palpation rail, stall loop

29. Fly sprayer

30. Clover seeder – cone type 3 pt. hitch or ATV/UTV mounted seeder that broadcast seed

31. Pasture sprayer

        - minimum tank capacity: 100 gal.

        - minimum pump output: 20 gal. per minute

        - PTO, shaft, or hydraulic drive

        - roller or centrifugal pump

32. Pasture sprayer GPS

33. Corral panel* – portable panel, gate in frame/bow gate, creep/feeder panel

34. Pasture gate

35. Ultrasound and accessories

36. Electronic identification (EID) reader

37. Permanent working pen – for receiving, separating, weaning, or holding livestock prior to working and/or loading. The pen should be in close proximity to working facility equipment.

        • New construction of permanent working pen only

            ° Maximum size – 10,000 sq. ft.

            ° Minimum size – 420 sq. ft.

            ° Rails – minimum of 4

            ° Multiple pens are allowed

            ° Eligible materials include:

                - Treated lumber – boards (min. 2 in. x 6 in.) and wood posts (min. 6 in.)

                - Metal – guard rail and I-beams

                - Pipe fence – standalone pipe (min. 16 gauge, 2 in. diameter) and/or continuous fence panels (min. 16 gauge)

                - Gates – min. 2 in. – 16 gauge tubes, min. length 8 ft.; gates must be installed

            ° Labor is not eligible for reimbursement

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their project is eligible and meets all TAEP criteria.

* Only items where (*) is indicated may be new or used. Used items must be:
     • In excellent working condition
     • No excessive rust
     • Functional soundness 
     • Reasonable market price

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