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Farm and Family

  • Be prepared with winter car emergency kit

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. 

    Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. 

    Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.

    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:

    •A cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries

  • What should be in your calving toolbox?

    It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here and some gone. It’s even harder to believe that spring calving season is only a month or so away. 

    This means you need to be ready to handle those calves through all hours of the night and during any weather condition. 

    Below is a list of items to keep in your calving tool box, and hopefully ease a little pressure during the calving season. 

  • Poultry care during winter: Chickens don’t freeze

    Winter is here, and the temperature has dropped significantly. This time of the year, I will usually receive a few questions about poultry care during freezing temperatures.
    During winter months, don’t worry about how cold it is because poultry are designed to withstand the cold. Their feathers offer plenty of heat and insulation to keep them warm, but things you should worry about are clean, thawed water, plenty of feed, good ventilation, lighting and flock safety.
    In my eyes, the largest threat to poultry during the winter is lack of fresh, thawed water.

  • This 4-H service project was for the birds

    This past week Natural Resources and Pinterest clubs joined together to create a service project for Henry County. The youth wanted to do something for the wildlife during the winter months.
    The youth first learned about the different kinds of seeds in commercial birdseeds, including their nutritional value and which birds would eat the seeds.
    The favorite of many birds are the black-oil sunflower seeds. This seed has a thin shell making it easy for many birds to enjoy.

  • Stay healthy by watching holiday pounds

    According to the study “Holiday Weight Gain: Fact or Fiction,” among the entire population, weight gain during the six-week holiday season explained 51 percent of annual weight gain.
    These results suggest that holiday weight gain may be an important contributor to the rising prevalence of obesity.
    Yes, holiday meals are often more generous when it comes to solid fats and added sugars, but they don’t have to be. In fact, there are lots of great recipes out there that still taste indulgent without actually piling on the calories.

  • Putting the frost to work

    Have your pastures and hay fields started to look a little thin? If so, now is the time to potentially remedy that problem. Grasses and legumes start to thin throughout the years, which causes decrease in forage production. A technique called “frost seeding” is a great way to increase your pasture or hay field production without completely renovating your pastures and hay fields.

  • 4-H has to fit many activities in before the holidays

    4-H has been very busy recently with over 12 clubs meeting in addition to special programs such as woodworking.
    Our newest club just for 5- to 8-year-olds, the Clover Buds Club, has met twice since mid-November.
    During the first meeting led by experienced teen leaders, the youth learned about the four Hs of 4-H: head, heart, hands and health. The youth were able to participate in four different activities, each one relating to one of the Hs.

  • Don’t let winter weather trip you up

    Winter in Kentucky often means really bad weather.
    Snow, ice and black ice not only make it hazardous for drivers, but such weather can also make it hazardous for pedestrians.
    Falls, slips or trips can result in injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to broken limbs or serious head injuries.
    Here are some pointers to help you stay upright this winter, especially for those of us who have reached the senior citizen stage of life.
    • Keep your home well stocked with food and essential household items, like batteries and toilet paper.

  • Extension to offer a four-hour self-defense class

    Although no one wants to think about the dangers in the world around us, the fact is that they are closer than we think.
    For example, there are 57 registered sex offenders in Henry County and another 171 in the surrounding counties.
    According to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, in the United States, one in six women have experienced an “attempted or completed rape” and most rape victims are under 18 when first assaulted.

  • Does scours get your cattle operation down?

    Every year, I hear producers discuss calf scours in their herds, and every year, those same producers will complain about growth rates of their calves and calf death.
    Scours is defined by neonatal calf diarrhea occurring within the first three weeks of a calf’s life.
    Rotavirus, coronavirus, bacteria (E. coli K99; Clostridium perfringens Type C, Salmonella spp.) and the parasite Cryptosporidia are the most common causes of neonatal calf diarrhea.