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Farm and Family

  • Get your pastures ready to reduce grass tetany

    One thing about farming is that you always have to look towards the future, and one thing to look forward to is spring pastures.
    In early spring, cool season grasses start growing at a rapid rate. When this happens, magnesium may not be as available to your livestock, and when magnesium is low, your livestock can encounter grass tetany.
    Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder caused by reduced magnesium (Mg) levels in the animal’s blood.

  • Online health and wealth challenge to start soon

    Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution?
    The most common New Year’s resolutions revolve around something to do with either our health or our wealth. We are launching an online Challenge called “Henry County, Ky., Small Steps to Health and Wealth” that may help you to get back on track.    
    This challenge is a part of a national four-week program designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors.  
    It will run for the month of February and is done on-line.

  • More details about the upcoming youth beef contest

    The Henry County Extension Office is offering a new contest this year — the 2017 Henry County Youth Best Beef Contest.
    This contest’s purpose is to educate youth about finishing beef animals and determining potential marketing opportunities for their beef while competing for the best beef animal and best speech.
    Participants in this contest will raise a beef animal to market weight, have that animal processed, attend a three-week educational series, and give two speeches on how the animal was raised and how that processed animal will be marketed.

  • Local producer found an organic way to control the weeds

    Goats turned out to be the brush control for David Neville that helped him to certify Capstone Farms as organic, according to a news release from the Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Compliance Assistance.

  • Important safety tips for heating your home in winter

    Winter is upon us and we need to remember that fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.
    Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires, and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Helping kids get healthy during 4-H Health Month

    The new year is a time for resolutions, many of which include getting healthier by eating better foods and exercising more.
    While health has always been one of the cornerstones of 4-H, clubs across Kentucky will ramp up their health efforts during the 4-H Health Month in February to encourage young people to develop healthy habits.
    Kentucky 4-H is participating in the fourth H for Health Challenge and has teamed up with the Health Kids Out of School Initiative and Tufts University School of Nutrition to offer this program.

  • New youth beef contest announced

    I am extremely excited to announce a new project offered by the Henry County Extension Office, the 2017 Henry County Youth Best Beef Contest.
    This contest’s purpose is to educate youth about finishing beef animals and determining potential marketing opportunities for their beef while competing for the best beef animal and best speech.

  • Get encouragement on your New Year’s resolutions

    Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution?
    It has been well documented that, when people monitor their behavior and measure how they are doing, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results.
    The Henry County Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online challenge called “Henry County Kentucky Small Steps to Health and Wealth On-Line Challenge.”  
    This free program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors and will last from Feb. 1 through 28.

  • Clubs will provide activities during the winter

    This month several 4-H clubs for those 9 to 18 years old will start up again.
    These clubs are usually held during the winter months when student activities are fewer and weather is not as agreeable for being outside.
    Sewing Club begins meeting regularly on Mondays and Thursdays starting Thursday, Jan. 19.
    This club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Extension office.  
    Through this club, 4-H youth will learn how to operate a sewing machine and learn the basic sewing tools.

  • Are you getting the most out of your pastures?

    Since I have started working in Henry County and learning the county, one thing is always very prominent with the farmers here.
    They are very passionate about their pastures and hay, and on many days, I will receive forage questions for eight straight hours.
    However, there is one management practice not widely used, but can help increase pasture forage yields. That is rotational grazing.
    Studies from the University of Kentucky have shown that continually grazed pastures utilize only 30 percent of potential forage.