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Farming

  • Vaccines

    At the last Harrison County Beef Cattle Association meeting, one of the members suggested we have a meeting to discuss the merits of Kill Vaccines vs. Modified Live Vaccines. This has been discussed in meetings, at the farm supply stores, and even between one farmer to another.

  • Plant garlic now for 2012 summer harvest

    For centuries garlic has been enjoyed for its culinary, medicinal and spiritual qualities, including fending off evil spirits and vampires and acting as an anti-bacterial.
    There was evidence of garlic in King Tut’s tomb when it was discovered so obviously the ancient Egyptians were growing it as far back as 2100 B.C.
    That’s some serious culinary history.
    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or softneck garlic and Allium ophioscordon, or hardneck garlic.   

  • Smith ranked 9th in Angus registrations

    Ishmael Smith, Cynthiana, ranked as ninth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Kentucky having recorded 99 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.

  • Local livestock headed to NAILE

    Double Diamond Farm, Cynthiana, has entered eight head of Gelbvieh in the Beef division of the 38th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show. Scheduled for Nov. 5-18, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

  • 4-H News

    4-H Club Organization and Project Enrollment in Progress
    We are meeting with all 4th and 5th graders and middle school students to give them an opportunity to enroll in 4-H for the upcoming year. In addition all high school students grades 9-12, St. Edwards Club and home school students are eligible to participate in 4-H. Enrollment packets are also available at the Harrison County Extension office.
    The enrollment forms should be returned as soon as possible to school offices or the Harrison County Extension Office so we can make project member lists and club lists.

  • Yazell Farms joins membership of American Angus Association

    Yazell Farms, Cynthiana, Kentucky, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    The American Angus Association, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world.  Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 19 million registered Angus.

  • Beware of Prussic acid with frost approaching

    When we woke up Sunday morning and temperatures were in the low to mid 30’s, it became evident that the seasons were changing. Pastures are important to our livestock operations and there are precautions we need to think about when we have these seasonal changes.

  • 4-H News

    4-H Club Organization and Project enrollment in progress
    We are meeting with all 4th and 5th graders and middle school students to give them an opportunity to enroll in 4-H for the upcoming year. In addition all high school students grades 9-12, St. Edwards Club and home school students are eligible to participate in 4-H. 4-H has a lot to offer the youth of Harrison County.
    The goals of 4-H include citizenship development, leadership development and learning how to do many things through 4-H projects and activities.

  • Chinese chestnuts ready for harvest

    As the vegetable garden winds to an end, I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts.   
    Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture, which is prefect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees.  
    As it turns out, it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut. After they eat their daily grain ration they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground.  
    I first learned to enjoy roasted chestnuts when I lived in France as a college exchange student.

  • Young Farmers fall picnic is Oct. 2

    The Harrison County Young Farmers annual fall picnic will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at the FFA farm off Old Lair Road.Everyone is welcome, just bring a dish to share (meat provided).
    To become a member of the Harrison County Young Farmers contact Randy Wade at 234-4803 or join us Sunday at the FFA farm.