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Livestock Solutions

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle - 100 Head
Goats/Sheep - 150 Head
Swine - 1,000 Head
BQA - Beef and Dairy
PQA Plus – Swine
Not Applicable
$10,000 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 head requirement.
Swine = commercial growers only

Attention Dairy Producers

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

Eligible Items

New Only
Items 1 - 8

1. Bunker/silage pit — must have concrete floors and walls
2. Commodity shed — new structures and additions to existing structures used for storage of bulk raw commodities, including whole grains and co-products used in a mixing process to produce feed
3. Feed lot scraper
4. Manure spreader; not eligible — litter spreader
5. Mobile working system — must be a mobile self-contained trailer unit; must include head gate, alley, and crowding/holding area
6. Self-unloading feed wagon
7. Silage bagger — machinery used for the bagging or debagging of silage
8. Unloading forage feeder wagon

New or Used
Items 9 - 12

9. Bale processor/windrow bale feeder
10. Hay wrapper — machinery used for the wrapping of hay for use as haylage
11. Mixer wagon and grinder/mixer — equipment directly used to mix and/or grind hay, grain, and other supplements for feed
12. No-till pasture drill — minimum 6 ft. working width

Used equipment must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Excellent working condition
    • Minimal rust
    • Functions as new
    • Reasonable market price

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

Swine Only Items: Swine producers can purchase items 11, 13, 14
13. Feed Bin
14. Generator for swine barn

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