Farm and Family

  • Student: Why you should invest in ag tags

    Submitted by Mason King

    Henry County Middle School

    As a proud member of 4-H, I would like to share a little about what 4-H means to me and why it is important to our community. I am involved in the Livestock Club. These 4-H programs provide me and my fellow 4-H members skills that are vital to our success in today’s global society. I know 4-H will help me to learn valuable lessons and provide me with opportunities that I would not be exposed to otherwise.

  • How to prevent tetanus when banding bulls

    In the United States, more than 17 million bulls, which range in age from one day to one year, are castrated yearly. Tetanus is a potentially life-threatening neurologic disease affecting all species of domestic livestock, including cattle, so it’s important for producers to take steps to prevent it.

  • 4-Hers receive full Capitol experience

    Last Tuesday twelve Henry County 4-Hers made their way to Frankfort for the 4-H Capitol Experience.

    The day began with a discussion led by Robert Jenkins, the Deputy Director for Committee and Staff Coordination. He explained how the Legislative Research Commission works with legislators to write potential bills based on the information given to them by the legislator. It is a quick turnaround with LRC bill drafters only having two to three days to write the proposed bill.

  • Introducing horses to lush spring pastures

    Spring isn’t that far away, and guess what? That means cool season grasses are starting to explode with growth.

    The spring growth provides excellent forages for horses, but the quick change in diet can cause issues in your horses. Horses that have been fed hay all winter have adapted their gut microbes to break down more fibrous material, and the lush pastures are low in fiber compared with cured hay. This means that the spring lush pastures can easily upset your horses’ stomachs because the horse was not accustomed to eating fresh pastures for months.

  • HC Homemakers, cultural ribbon results

    The Louisville Area Homemakers Cultural Arts contest was held this past Friday at the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service. Henry County homemakers entered items in 20 categories.

  • Honey bees helped by volunteers; soil sampling

    A swarm of honey bees can startle you at first, but don’t do anything drastic if you see a swarm.

    Honey bees will sometime swarm around houses, cars, in trees and many places, and the worst thing you can do is to kill the swarm of honey bees.

    The Henry County Extension Office keeps a list of individuals who will come to your residence and remove the swarm of bees for you. If you see a swarm, contact the Henry County Extension Office to find a bee keeper in your area and help find those bees a new home.

    There is still time for soil sampling

  • Summer 4-H program to host South Korean 4-Hers

    Kentucky 4-H is providing young people and their families more opportunities to expand their cultural awareness and understanding.

    During summer 2019, Kentucky 4-H’s International Program is hosting delegates from South Korea 4-H for the first time in the program’s history.

  • Conserving hay essential to animal productivity

     The following information was sent to me by Dr. Lehmkuhler, UK Beef Nutrition Specialist, and I wanted to share this information with you.

    Having a limited hay supply can cause stress, but sound management will allow you to conserve hay without sacrificing animal productivity. Remember that the animals’ nutritional needs should always come first. Here are a few tips to help you figure it out.

  • New program teaches 4-Hers environmental stewardship

    In 4-H, we strive to teach our members about the environment and how to be good stewards of it. That effort continues through a new campaign called Pass on Plastics (POP).

    Globally, less than one-fifth of all plastic used is recycled, and in the past 10 years, we have produced more plastics than during the previous century. The POP campaign is a small way 4-Hers can reduce their personal plastic waste and lessen their environmental impact.

  • BSE exam tests fertility in bulls and cows

    Every year, I will hear stories about how a majority of someone’s cows will come up open during pregnancy checks, and I will hear excuses such as “I think this poor quality hay caused my cows to be open,” or “This mineral was the problem.” However, in most cases, the trusty old bull is not performing as he should, and cows are coming up open. The easiest way to combat a bunch of open cows is to have a breeding soundness exam done on your bulls.