Moore County’s Chris Ray was one of eight individuals honored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) for their hard work and dedication to the beef cattle industry during its 35th annual Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro recently.
Ray was recognized as the outstanding stocker producer.
The awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals in the various sectors of the cattle industry in Tennessee. Nominated by their peers, the awards presented recognized individuals who have excelled in stocker and cow-calf production, educational programs, business, and service to the beef cattle industry. Each award had many criteria the nominee needed to fulfill including years of service/operation, character, and community impact.
“All of this year’s award recipients are dedicated and passionate about their work in the industry,” said Charles Hord, TCA executive vice president. “They are trustworthy and knowledgeable in their fields and widely respected among producers.”
Ray attributed his father and family for his award, “It is not just me who won this award. It is my family that helps around the farm and I can especially thank my father’s guidance, Jerry Ray.”
The winners are:
Dr. Emmit Rawls Outstanding Stocker Producer Award: Chris Ray of Moore County
Dr. Clyde Lane Outstanding Cow-Calf Producer Award: Edsel Belyew of Benton County
Dr. Jim Neel Outstanding Work in Beef Extension Educational Programs Award: JC Dupree of Lauderdale County
Business Person of the Year: Matt Niswander of Lawrence County
TCA President’s Award: Mike Sharp of Sevier County
John Bartee Distinguished Service Award: Darrell Ailshie of Tennessee Livestock Producers
TCA Legislator of the Year: Congressman Phil Roe
Outstanding FFA Beef Program: Jennifer Gilbert of Claiborne County