Collin Cook Of Robertson Co A Winner In TN Cattlemen’s Assoc. Top Tier Program

Collin Cook of Robertson Co. A winner in TN Cattlemen's Assoc.  Top Tier ProgramCollin Cook (far left) – TN Cattlemen’s Assoc. Winner. – Photo: Lauren Neale

Collin Cook of Robertson Co. A winner in TN Cattlemen’s Assoc. Top Tier Program

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) — The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) and Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association (TCYA) recognized over 30 youth members for their achievement in the fifth year of the Merck Animal Health-sponsored Tennessee’s Top Tier points program. Winners were recognized at the TCA Youth Awards Banquet, sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, held January 21 at Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Tennessee’s Top Tier program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, was created by TCA to increase youth participation in cattle shows statewide and create more opportunities for agricultural youth recognition. The program has continued to grow, attracting the interest of young cattle enthusiasts across the state.

“The fifth year of the Tennessee’s Top Tier program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, has been extremely rewarding for everyone involved,” said Melinda Perkins, TCA director of youth programs and outreach. “There were several new entrants to the program this year and we were able to recognize more youngsters for their hard work with their show cattle projects.”

Competitors can receive points in three categories: heifers, steers and showmanship. Exhibitors must be youth members of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to earn points.

Collin Cook of Robertson County and Weston Rowlett of Weakley County received top honors for the 2022 Tennessee’s Top Tier program year sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Rowlett was awarded Show Heifer of the Year Cook was awarded Show Bull of the Year.

“I wouldn’t be able to show cattle without the great support system I have,” Cook said. “My dad takes me to shows and Jim Young teaches me how to do things right. It feels good to see that all our hard work is paying off.”

Tennessee’s Top Tier program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, is now in its sixth year. The rules and a full list of pointstrack shows can be found online at

Founded in 1985, TCA has more than 7,000 members from across the state and the Southeast. The organization works to provide Tennessee ranchers with an organization through which they can work collectively to protect their interests and work toward solving the problems of the cattle industry and building the goodwill necessary for the industry as well as governmental standing as well as recognition.

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