Farm and Family

  • 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.

  • Let’s talk turkey about food safety

    It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and soon delicious, juicy turkeys will take center stage at many of our holiday meals.
    It’s so important that these birds are properly cooked and prepared, because we don’t want anyone to get sick from a food-borne illness.
    It doesn’t matter whether you purchase a fresh or frozen turkey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cooking safety tips for both on its Food Safety and Inspection Service website.

  • November to close out with trainings, Cattlemen’s meet

    Private Applicator Training
    The Henry County Extension office will host a Private Applicator Certification Training on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Henry County Extension Office. This training is for individuals who wish to purchase and apply regulated pesticides to their own farms.
    If you are a private applicator or wish to become a private applicator, this is your chance.
    For more questions, please contact me at the Henry County Extension Office at (502) 845-2811.

  • It’s almost time for the country ham project

    Country ham applications are now available. Henry County 4-H is excited to let everyone know we are participating in this program again this year.
    We are also, once again, opening this program up to adults, too. So, all ages 9 years and older can join in this great project.
    Last year we had over 100 hams hanging in our ham house.
    A heritage project, curing meat is an old tradition that was done out of necessity due to the lack of refrigeration. People would cure their meat with salt, sugar and spices.

  • The relationship between multivitamins and diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses energy.
    More than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes and close to one-quarter of these individuals do not know they have the disease.
    An additional 86.1 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
    Many people believe they can prevent or control these diseases by taking various dietary supplements, but that may not be the case.
    A wide variety of supplements may claim to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, help you better manage the disease or prevent it all together.  

  • 4-H adds the Cloverbud Club

    4-H is proud to announce the start of another new club — the Cloverbud Club. This club is open to youth aged 5  through 8 years old. The club will provide activities and learning opportunities designed especially for the younger ages. These activities will allow the youth to develop skills in decision-making, discovery, communication, self-confidence, and building relationships.

  • How much hay is enough to feed your horse this winter?

    By Levi Berg

    Henry County Extension Office

  • Find unique, local gifts at Saturday’s holiday bazaar

    Even though we don’t have a shopping mall in Henry County, you have the opportunity to purchase those unique, one-of-a-kind gifts just around the corner by attending the 24th annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Henry County 4-H Fairgrounds building.
    Shopping locally also helps to keep those dollars circulating in our own local economy, plus it will save on your gas bill and lower the stress of driving in all that Louisville traffic.  

  • Chelsey’s Eggs to share in USDA Value Added Producer Grant

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is one of 29 organizations across the U.S. that has been awarded a Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) to provide technical and business development assistance in rural areas.USDA announced that over $1.7 million in USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) funds have been awarded to Kentucky agribusinesses, including Chelsey’s Eggs in Pleasureville.

  • FDA makes changes to its veterinary feed directive

    The Food and Drug Administration is amending its animal drug regulations regarding veterinary feed directive drugs.
    This new rule limits “medically important antimicrobial drugs” to the treatment, control and prevention of disease, but does not allow weight gain or feed efficiency claims.
    This rule also states that the use of medically important antimicrobials will have veterinary oversight.
    This means that you will not be able to purchase over-the-counter medicated feeds for livestock without having a Veterinary Feed Directive.