Ag tour of New Zealand to be presented at Cattlemen’s meeting

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By Steve Moore

The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will be meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, June 27, at the Henry County Extension Office.  President Justin Atchison and the Board of Directors have another great event planned for local cattle producers.  The meeting will begin with a sponsored beef supper, then will include the ever popular Veterinarians’ Report, a USDA Report, an FFA Report, a Phase I Report, and an Extension report.  Those short, informational packed reports will precede a slide presentation by Matt Jackson, member of the Kentucky Leadership Development Class, on their agricultural tour of New Zealand.  We’ll also have an update on the latest developments in a Johnnes Disease Eradication Program and Animal Identification from Dr. Ed Hall, of the State Veterinarians Office.
To make sure you are included in the meal and program, please contact the Henry County Extension Office by Friday, June 24, at 845-2811.

Third Thursday Thing
The June 16 “The Third Thursday Thing” marks the first anniversary of the Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm and the 14th anniversary of Third Thursdays.  Directions:  From I-64 exit 53A, then take US 127 South to the fourth stoplight (about four miles), turn left onto Mills Lane — the KSU Farm is 1.5 miles on the right.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the program will include a series of 20 minute topics on fruit and vegetable production and insects with these speakers:  Dr. Kirk Pomper (KSU Horticulture), Dr. Michael Bomford (KSU Organics),  Dr. John Sedlacek (Entomology), Sheri Crabtree (Horticulture) and others.

A celebration luncheon of the first anniversary of the Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families will take place at noon.

On a personal note
Last week, Cindy and I travelled to up-state New York to visit with daughter Sarah and her husband Billy Rankin.   Both are Henry County graduates.  They recently moved to Lake George in the Adirondacks, with Billy the new director of YMCA Camp Chingachgook.  There is a lot of American history in the region, with Lake George and Lake Champlain the sites of two key forts, namely Fort Ticonderoga and Fort William Henry.  The French and Indian war and later the Revolutionary War saw several incidents in the region, some of which were portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper’s ‘Last of the Mohicans,’ hence the name of the camp.

The Adirondack region is a vast publicly controlled forest, with plenty of mostly wooded mountains and lots of lakes and streams.  It is a beautiful area with many small towns and settlements, and lots of ‘summer homes’ for folks from downstate.  On one of our drives to see the countryside, we were traveling small roads from Lake Placid down the valley containing Lake Champlain.  We decided to play the game Cemetery, which I learned to play counting the number of cattle on ‘my’ side of the road, but with the danger of having them all buried if a cemetery was also seen on my side of the road.  It really looked like we were not going to see lots of cattle, so we decided that we would include all animals, including cattle, sheep, goats, cats and dogs.

Long story short, the best we could do in about an hour and a half was 12.  You’re right, there were not a lot of animals there, but there were a lot of cemeteries.