Henry County Farmers/Landowners are encouraged to visit the NRCS office in New Castle now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities. Applications for Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be in the Jan. 18, 2013, ranking period. The application process for 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections are made at specific times during the year.
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to farmers who face threats to soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Through EQIP, NRCS develops contracts with agricultural producers to voluntarily implement conservation practices that have not only immediate benefits but help solve future negative issues. Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production and owner of non-industrial private forestland are eligible for this program.
To contact the NRCS Henry County office located at 1125 Campbellsburg Road, New Castle call 502-845-2890. Office hours: 8:00 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.
USAD/NRCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Timely Tips for Cattle Producers For the Spring Calving Herd
Body condition is important, plan an adequate winter program for cows to be at least body condition score 5 (carrying enough flesh to cover the ribs) before the calving and breeding season. This will help them to breed early in the spring. Thin cows should be fed to regain body condition prior to winter. Don’t let cows lose weight/condition. Forage test to allow most efficient use of stored feed.
Begin feeding the lowest quality forage to dry cows which are in good condition during early winter and save the best hay for calving time or for weaned calves.
FALL CALVING HERD
Have Breeding Soundness Evaluation performed on bulls
Fall breeding season can be accomplished on stockpiled fescue pasture; otherwise, cows with calves should be fed 25-30 pounds of good quality hay or its equivalent. Supplement with grain, if needed, and minimize hay waste. Cows shouldn’t be allowed to lose body condition.
Complete soil testing pasture to check for fertility and pH.
Consider putting down geotextile fabric and covering with gravel in feeding areas before you begin hay feeding to minimize waste of expensive hay.