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Farming

  • January: A good check point for spring heifer programs

    January is an extremely important “checkpoint” in spring heifer development programs. The key to proper heifer development lies in understanding the factors that influence conception in yearling heifers. One key factor regulating heifer fertility is age at puberty. Most producers don’t consider age at puberty of their heifers to be a major problem, yet few know how many heifers are actually cyclic at the beginning of the breeding season.

  • Quality and care means garden equipment lasts longer

    We had our Scag mower serviced a few weeks back. She suffered from some sort of oil leak all summer and looked a little weary and unkempt so I felt a bit negligent when I dropped her off.
    Taking care of your lawn and garden equipment was something that was pounded into my world view of farm responsibilities when I was growing up.  

  • Items to consider when preparing pastures for 2013

    As we approach another year with our cattle operations it is important that we consider our pastures and the maintenance that will be needed. The following is a few items we need to consider as we prepare for 2013.

  • Follow your instinct. . .

    If there was anything that I came to understand more profoundly this year it would have to be the power of instinct: mine, our animals and the forces of ideologies of which I agree and disagree.
    I reread my year end column from 2011, which reminded me of where I was 12 months ago; it helps me better appreciate where I am today.
    It seems we didn’t do too badly, after all, and it’s all because both Andy and I recognize the power of instinct.

  • Starlings en masse create nuisance

    Last Sunday I felt like I was under siege.  
    There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn.  
    The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere yet not from here.  It’s another story of one good intention going bad.
    Apparently back in 1890, in honor of a Shakespeare festival in New York City’s Central Park, 60 European starlings were released.  

  • Two Cynthiana farms join the American Angus Association

    Bluegrass Heights Farm and Sweet T Farm, Cynthiana, are new members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • Harrison County receives funds for local 4-H program

    This week Harrison County 4-H Council will receive $244 from the Kentucky 4-H Foundation as part of the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Campaign. The Kentucky 4-H Foundation will be distributing more than $14,000 to 45 County 4-H Councils.
    The TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming at the local, state, and national levels.  During the campaign, TSC customers can support 4-H by purchasing paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout.

  • CPH Sale update

    Fifteen beef producers from Harrison County participated in a Certified Pre-Conditioned for Health Sale (CPH 45) on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Paris Stockyards. The sale was the first CPH sale held in Paris under new ownership.
    The cattle were delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and were weighed at that point. Each animal was evaluated on quality and pinned with like cattle in the sale. The animals were fed and watered following their delivery.

  • Census countdown begins for America’s farmers and ranchers

    America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.

  • Harrison County Farm Bureau receives award of excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Harrison County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.