The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund is now taking applications for Henry County Phase I Cost-Share Funds. Applications are available at the Henry County Extension Office at 2151 Campbellsburg Road, New Castle, and must be submitted to the same location by 4 p.m. Friday, June 15. This will be the only application period for KADF funds in 2012.
Any Henry County farmer or farm owner is eligible to make application for Phase I Cost Share Funds. Once all applications are scored soon after June 15, all funds will be allocated to the top scorers, using a state mandated scoring criteria. Successful applicants will be able to complete eligible projects chosen from 11 different farm investment areas, and be reimbursed up to $2,500 if total eligible receipts are $5,000 or greater. Expenses for completed projects may be retroactive to Sept. 28, 2011, and all projects must be compete and all receipts submitted to the project administrator by mid-October 2012.
The Cost-Share Funds for improving farm infrastructure, production capacity and marketing ability are made available by the Henry County Agriculture Development Council, with the program being administered by the Henry County Cattleman’s Association. Inquiries may be made to the Henry County Extension Service at 845-2811.
Help livestock beat the heat
The Memorial Day weekend brought some real summertime temperatures and some uncomfortable heat index numbers. Humans aren’t the only ones that suffer from the heat of summer. Farm animals feel the heat, too. It’s time to think about ways to know when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what to do to reduce their discomfort.
Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity and is used to describe how it feels outside.
The Agricultural Weather Center regularly monitors heat indices across the state and provides an index of its own – the Livestock Heat Stress Index – to help producers know when heat stress could create a problem for their animals. The county-by-county index indicates three levels of heat stress: no stress, danger stress and emergency stress.
Periods of heat stress call for livestock producers to be vigilant in making sure their animals are adequately prepared. One of the most important things producers can do is provide cool, clean drinking water. Providing an adequate source of drinking water helps to keep animals’ internal body temperatures within normal limits.
It is also important for animals to have shade and for buildings to be as open as possible for adequate ventilation.
It is best to avoid working or transporting animals during periods of heat stress. When livestock must be transported, haul fewer animals per load. Planning trips so the animals can be loaded immediately before leaving and unloaded quickly upon arrival can likewise help minimize the risk.
Producers who want to keep up-to-date with the livestock heat stress index can access the Agricultural Weather Center’s website weather.uky.edu .
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