The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting their annual Ranch Tour on Thursday, July 12, 2018.  Participation is open to interested cattle producers from across the Tri-state region. Tour participants will meet at 8:45 AM Central time at the grass parking lot for the Marianna High School Baseball & Football Fields, north of Marianna on Caverns Road.  Drinks will be available at each stop to keep everyone hydrated in the summer heat.  The tour will depart at depart at 9:00 AM.  The tour will conclude with a sponsored hamburger lunch at the Jackson County Agriculture Center on Highway 90, just west of Marianna.

Carpooling is recommended to limit the number of vehicles on the tour. Drivers should have more than 1/4 tank of fuel for the trip upon arrival.

The tour will feature Andy Andreasen’s AAA Farm where participants will get a firsthand look at silvopasture (combined timber and forage production) and see a demonstration of cattle handling facility design.  The second tour stop will be at Odyssey Feeders’ Preconditioning Facility to visit with Jantzen Lord.  The final stop will be a presentation at the Agriculture Center by Dr. Todd Thrift, UF/IFAS Beef Specialist.  He will share his humorous comparison of “Chevys, Cadillacs, Cows and Consumers.”  His presentation will show how the beef industry has changed over the last several decades and provide some insight on how the industry will need to evolve to meet the needs of modern consumers to remain profitable.  The half-day event will end with a sponsored hamburger lunch grilled to perfection by the Cattlemen’s Association’s famous “Cooking Crew.”

There is no registration fee for participation, but an RSVP for you and your party by Monday, July 9 is greatly appreciated for food planning and preparation.  To RSVP, call the Jackson County Extension Office at 850-482-9620, or email Liz Jackson.

Directions to the meeting place: 

Tour participants will gather at 8:45 central time in the grass parking area on the west side of the MHS football stadium and on the south side of the MHS baseball stadium.

Using a GPS or phone app for directions: is the address of Marianna High School.  Drive west of the entrance to the High School on the south side of the road, and the grass ball field parking area will be on the north side of the road on your left, immediately across the highway from the junction of Caverns Road and Old US Road.

From I-10: take either Marianna exit and follow the signs to Florida Caverns State Park.  Once you pass by the entrance of the state park, keep driving north on Caverns Road.  You will first pass the High School on the right, and then will see the baseball and football stadiums on your left.  The group will be meeting in the grass parking area on the west side of the football stadium and on the south side of the baseball stadium.

From Dothan or Campbellton: travel south on 231, turn east (left) on Highway 162.  Turn south (right) on Old US Road and go to the stop sign at the end.  Turn east (left) onto Caverns Road, pass the High School and the grass parking area will be on your left.

From Georgia: travel west on GA Highway 91 out of Donalsonville.  Cross the Chattahoochee River into Florida and it becomes FL Highway 2.  Take the left fork onto Basswood Road and drive to the merger with Highway 71.  Turn south (left) and drive through the town of Greenwood.  Turn west (right) at the traffic light on Caverns Road (CR 166) and go past the little league baseball fields and the paved football stadium parking lot, and the meeting location will be on the north (right) side of the road.