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Blount Unit

The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center–Blount Unit, acquired in 1943, is located on Alcoa Highway, eight miles south of UT’s agricultural campus. This 515-acre tract is the primary site of the Center’s registered Angus cattle herd and serves as the Center’s main hub of activity for livestock research, teaching, and outreach. The unit is used to provide land, equipment, cattle, and support for faculty and graduate students to conduct agriculture-related research, with a primary emphasis on beef cattle, sheep, and swine production. The Blount Unit also is used for different programs and studies in reproductive physiology, embryo transfer, and estrus synchronization. The Unit’s soil taxonomy is predominantly Cumberland.
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Facilities available at the Blount Unit include fifty-four pens that make up three feeding barns and four cattle-working facilities that consist of shaded holding pens, a sweep tub, electronic scales, and squeeze chute. The Unit also contains a sheep barn and multiple covered outside shade pens.

The Blount Unit has 135 cow/calf pairs. In addition to cattle research, the Unit conducts multiple projects in crop production research, including: twenty-four acres of land dedicated to eastern gammagrass research and half an acre devoted to orchardgrass grazing. The Unit also grows their own hay and corn silage for cattle feed.

Contact the Blount Unit:

East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center–Blount Unit
4341 UT Farm Road
Louisville, TN 37777

Brandon Beavers
Phone: 865-387-5149
Email: bbeaver2@tennessee.edu