All folks interested in enrolling in the 2011 Master Cattleman Class are encouraged to call the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811. This is for virtually everyone in the cattle industry, primarily beef cattle, regardless of experience. We are putting the class together in the next couple of weeks, and the first session of the year will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Shelby County Extension Office.
Master Cattleman Classes have been offered six or seven times over the past nine years, taught by specialists of the UK College of Agriculture and partially funded by Phase I tobacco settlement agreement money. There are 10 sessions dealing with important topics and issues in the cattle industry. Topics like facilities, forages, nutrition, genetics, herd health, end product and marketing should provide interest for nearly everyone.
Each Master Cattleman session will be on the third Thursday of the month, through most of 2011. Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a rotation between the Shelby, Oldham, Trimble and Henry County Extension Offices. A supper is provided with each class.
At the conclusion of the class, graduates will receive a nice Master Cattleman farm gate sign. Since the inception of the Master Cattleman program in the state nine years ago, hundreds of farm gate signs proclaim the knowledge of animal husbandry and animal care of the farmer on the other side of the fence. It is important to the consumer that their supplier of food is knowledgeable and caring. If you wish to be a part of this new class, call to reserve your spot today.
A tip of the hat
At next week’s (Jan. 13-15) Kentucky Cattleman’s Association meeting at the convention center, Henry County resident and farmer Corinne Kephart will pass the gavel to a new state president, and end her term as the leader of one of the largest agricultural organizations in Kentucky. I’m sure it won’t end her generous contributions of leadership to many facets of agriculture. Thanks, Corinne, for a job well done.
The Board of Directors of the Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet early next week to plan the various programs to be offered in 2011. In addition to their cards announcing meetings, we’ll try to keep you posted through this column. At the present time, the first meeting of the new year is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at the Henry County Extension Office.