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Programs provide networking in the industry

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By Steve Moore

Almost all our agriculture enterprises are encompassed in research, teaching and education programs at one of Kentucky’s two land grant institutions. While UK has the majority of the enterprises and the extension service, KSU has been working with some of the more ‘non-traditional’ types of farming, including goats, pawpaws and aquaculture. They have also had an award winning method of showing, demonstrating and teaching through the decade old ‘Third Thursday Thing.’

The March Third Thursday Thing, March 20, will feature goats. The program begins at 10 a.m., at Kentucky State University’s Mills Lane farm near Frankfort. Topics will include soil health, management to prevent diseases, metabolic diseases, managed grazing concepts with goats and extending the grazing season. This is a great way to meet others in the industry, chat with experts, and learn how goat production can be more fun and profitable on your farm. A sponsored lunch will be provided.

EQUINE SEMINAR

The first of five Equine Seminars were last week at the Henry County Extension Office with a large group from Henry County and the area learning about pasture and forage management for horses. The next workshop is slated for 6 p.m.,Thursday, March 20, at the Shelby County Extension Office. Dr. Easley will be leading the session, focusing on dental care for horses. Please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to register.

Sheep Shearing School

The UK College of Agriculture will conduct a beginner sheep shearing school on March 25 and 26, at the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles.  Instructors will be professional sheep shearers Steve and Colin Kennedy and UK personnel.  Students will learn about equipment care and management, wool care and actual shearing. The number of participants will be limited to 12 because of space limitations. To learn more about the fee structure, contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811.