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Cattleman’s Association to meet on Feb. 28

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By Steve Moore

The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at the Henry County Extension Office. Looks like another great program has been planned by the Board of Directors. Leading off with a sponsored beef supper, the program will feature the ever popular veterinarian’s report, the FSA/NRCS update, a Phase I progress report, and a quick Extension report. Program sponsors will give a brief update on products and services available.

The featured program for this meeting will be a special presentation by the Henry County FFA Chapter.  Members of the chapter meeting team will demonstrate the smooth and proper use of Parliamentary Procedure in a mock meeting. I’m told there will be a few twists and turns, but the officer corps will manage to conduct business efficiently and fairly.
To reserve your spot, please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811.

Kentucky Alfalfa Conference
The Kentucky Alfalfa Conference will be held Feb. 24, at the Fayette County Extension Office.  The day-long conference will feature alfalfa experts discussing varieties, establishment, fertilization, hay drying, preservatives, conditioning, hay for horses, economics and equipment.  Please contact us at 845-2811 to register.

Meat marketing cooperative
Livestock has always played an important role in Henry County’s rural economy.  As momentum builds toward a ‘local food economy’ where an increased amount of food needed in the Louisville area is produced locally, production and marketing methods for both produce and meats will need to be altered.  A great deal of attention has been focused on the produce side of the equation over the past few years, with increasing numbers of farmer markets, more food distributors such as Grasshoppers and more CSA’s.  What about the meat side?

One of the steps may be in the development of a producer owned value added meat marketing cooperative.  The Potential for such a venture will be discussed at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at the Oldham County Extension Office near Buckner.  We’ll have a consultant there to explain how it may work, along with some budget analysis.  The Jefferson Market Meat Cooperative could be one of the first steps in building a viable local meat economy.

Contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 for more details.