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Farm and Family

  • 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.

  • Homeschooled students enjoy 4-H activities

    4-H offers hands-on learning opportunities for all young people, so it’s no surprise that many home school families find 4-H’s programs perfectly align with their educational objectives and goals.

    Located in offices of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H is in every county. Its curriculum covers a wide variety of interests.

  • Composting replenishes soil if rules followed

    Are you trying to figure out what to do with those fallen leaves, grass clippings and other yard wastes? Don’t throw these items in the trash. Try home composting.

    Home composting is an easy way of recycling nutrients back into your soil. The results of home composting is a high quality compost/fertilizer that can easily be applied to your soil.

  • Calf scours prevents nutrient absorption

    Calving season is almost here, and so are calf scours. Like most years, 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 Cryptosporidium are the most common causes of neonatal calf diarrhea.

  • Take online posts with a grain of salt; check reliable sources

    In today’s society, with increased internet access and social media presence, it is easy to become lost trying to research a specific topic or solution to a problem.

    If I check my social media accounts or emails, there is always that post or flyer wanting you to try this new and improved product or do this task a specific way. From the post or email, you might think, “I have to try this!”

    I’m not only talking about posts about kitchen appliances or recipes, but I’m am referring to agricultural post on social media and online.

  • Frost seeding increases pasture-hay field production

    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 and causes decrease in forage production.

    A technique called “frost seeding” is a great way to increase your pasture-hay field production without completely renovating your pastures and hay fields.

  • Environment, nutrition and separation stress weaning calves

    Over the last few months, I have gotten a few questions from beef producers about weaning calves. Most of the problems such as poor health and poor growth of calves is caused by stress. During weaning, calves experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social. All of these stresses can be minimized with proper management.

  • Conserving hay essential to animal productivity

    Just after Mark Roberts’ flight to Washington, D.C. landed, the farmer’s cell phone rang.

    On Feb. 4, an observant Pleasureville neighbor noticed a leaning grain bin on the Roberts farm along Bethlehem Road and called the grain farmer, who jumped on the next flight home.

    By the time Roberts reached the farm, a plan devised by neighbors and friends was well underway.