Harvest Showcase continues as a crowd pleaser

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By Steve Moore

Just a quick reminder about the Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council Forage and Beef Cattle Field Day at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Rivercrest Farm on Mayo Lane — just off U.S. 42 near Goshen and Prospect.  The farm is owned by Caldwell Willig, and you may remember our Regional Cattleman’s Field Day was held there a few years ago. 

Rivercrest Farm has focused on development of their forage potential for several years now, for their Angus-Tarentaise fall calving herd.  They have installed pastures with Eastern Gamagrass, Bermuda grass and BMR Sudan Hybrid to supplement cool season pastures such as fescue, orchardgrass, red clover, and alfalfa.  They have also begun a pasture poultry operation, developing and marketing fryers.

A sponsored meal is planned, so please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to reserve your spot and to get additional information.


Eden Shale Field Day This Saturday

The Eden Shale Farm near Owenton will host a field day and open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The farm is at 245 Eden Shale Road.

The agenda includes a farm tour starting at 8:30 a.m., with the formal Eden Shale ribbon cutting ceremonies at 10 a.m.

Topics throughout the day include repurposing buildings for winter feeding; pasture walk to look at Eden Shale cows; fall 2013 market outlook; introduction to Graze 300 program and demonstration of managing around fescue toxicosis; portable shade structures for pastures; and weed control for pastures.

A sponsored lunch on the grounds is available, and there will be door prizes. Please RSVP by Aug. 1 directly to the KCA Office (859) 278-0899 or the Owen County Extension Office – (502-484-5703).


Fourteen great Harvest Showcases – and counting!   Each year, I find myself in awe and in deep appreciation of so many individuals, groups, and organizations for their efforts in putting together another Showcase of so many things that are great about Henry County.  The event this past Saturday was no exception.

During takedown, and in the couple of days since Saturday, I’ve heard many good stories concerning the event.  Many Farmers Market vendors sold out of produce, craft folks told me they had a great day, and several of the lunch food vendors sold out.  Several members of the crowd indicated to me that this was the best family day they had for quite some time.  There were a lot of entertaining and educational activities for the whole family.  Where else might you learn how to shoe a horse, milk a cow, herd ducks with dogs, see a magnificent display of antique farm tractors and implements, participate in kids games, be able to pet a big display of farm animals, or watch a celebrity Cow milking contest?  

The fact that no one is taking money when you arrive at the event kind of surprises lots of folks, and it’s a good surprise. That allowed these good participants a chance to spend their dollars where they chose:  and there were a lot of great values to be had.  But, remember that the Harvest Showcase isn’t really free.  A lot of Henry County organizations, businesses, and even individuals stood tall at the plate and funded a lot of little and big behind the scenes things that make the whole Showcase possible, and possible at a high level.  It is still the largest free, all-agriculture event in the state of Kentucky. Kudos to all who give so much to make it happen!