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Livestock Equipment

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle – 30 Head
Goats/Sheep – 50 Head
BQA – Beef and Dairy
Permit - Dairy
Not Applicable
$2,000 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.

Eligible Items

• Pasture sprayers
     - min. tank capacity: 100 gal.
     - min. pump output: 20 gal. per minute
     - PTO, shaft, or hydraulic drive
     - roller or centrifugal pump

• Pasture sprayer GPS

• Mobile calf catcher pen
     - ATV or UTV attachment
     - scales and/or hitch optional

• Clover seeders

• Covered mineral feeders
     - stand alone and ground only
     - insecticide and/or oil applicator combinations not eligible

• Feed bins

• Unload auger for feed bin - max. 29 ft. length

• Automatic cube pellet feeders/cake feeder

• Bunk feeders
     - concrete formed and/or steel
     - poly bunks not eligible

• Creep feeder and/or creep pen for existing creep feeder

• Hay feeder - hay ring, cone insert or combo

• Slant bar hay feeding wagon*

• Hay unroller and/or windrow bale feeder

• Head gate *
     - neck extenders and/or brisket bar may be purchased for existing equipment

• Squeeze chute*

• Palpation cage*

• Carriage*

• Hoof trimming table or chute*

• Curved or offset working chute* - includes breeding box

• Animal scale/indicator

• Concrete (optional)
     - $150 maximum reimbursement per item

• EID, portable and/or panel readers

• Ultrasound and accessories

• Alleyway*

• Rolling block doors*

• Crowding tub* - includes Bud Box

• Maternity pen kit - max. size per pen 15’x15’

• Portable corral panels* for Livestock Management use only
     - includes gate-in-frame, creep panel and/or calf pass through panel

• Tubular gates - for Livestock Management use only

• Add-on alley sheets

• Alley frames* and/or alley back stops*

• Headlock stanchions and/or palpation rails

• Loading chute*

• Holding pen – max. size: 30,000 sq. ft.

• Fly sprayer

The items below are ONLY eligible if used to construct these working system components: alleyway, crowding tub, working chute, loading chute and/or holding pen. These items MUST be completely installed at time of reimbursement.

• Guard rail*

• Lumber – boards and/or post

• Metal post – includes I-beams, piping and or T-post

• Wire stockade or bull panels (1 to 6 gauge)

• Commercial water heater - must be capable of maintaining a water temperature of 165 degrees

• Water sterilization equipment

• Plate exchanger for heating water or cooling milk

• Milk vacuum pump

• Milker pulsation equipment

• Vacuum system regulators

•  Vacuum gauges

• Milk pipeline system - includes but not limited to automatic washer/sanitizing unit, clean in-place unit, washers, milker claws (units), vertical wash vat, milk meters and monitoring systems

• Milking equipment service contract - must be no longer than a 12 month period

• Antibiotic and mastitis testing for on farm use - cow-side tests including test kits, subclinical mastitis detectors, and incubator or heater block

• Milk quality lab analyses

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

• Fitting stand/hoof trimming table or chute

• Tilt/roll table*

• Sheep shears - min. 3 inch wide head - min. 2000 RPM

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.