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Beef training July 14; UK grazing school Aug. 15-16

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There are several producers still needing to obtain Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training to be eligible for cost-share with Cattle Genetics and Cattle Handling Facilities.

A final makeup class is set for 7 p.m. Thurs-day, July 14, at the Carroll County Exten-sion Office. The fee is $5 per person, and the training takes a little over an hour. We will accept cash; checks must be made out to the Kentucky Beef Network.


Outdoor Cooking Series

The second in the series of outdoor cooking classes hosted by the Carroll, Gallatin and Owen Cooperative Extension Service offices, meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Gallatin office, located just past the Southern States store on U.S. 42 on the Ghent side of Warsaw.

This session will give an overview of the indirect-heat cooking method. We will look at how to do this on your gas grill, as well as how to use smokers and what foods you can make with them. Slow-cooking of any type of meat helps add tenderness and flavor throughout the cut. The added bonus: We will taste the delights that come off the grills.

To register for the class, call the  Extension Office by Tuesday, July 26. We need at least 8-10 people from the three counties to make it a go.


Kentucky Grazing School

The second installment of the 2011 Kentucky Grazing School is Aug. 15-16 at the Woodford County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles.

Preregistration is necessary, as the school is limited to the first 45 applicants.

The Woodford County program is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT both days. Each day begins at the Woodford office, with participants traveling to the University of Kentucky’s C. Oran Little Research Center for hands-on activities.

“Participants seem to love the hands-on aspect of the grazing schools,” said Lyndsay Jones, UK’s Master Grazer program coordinator. “One such program allows small groups of participants to construct a small paddock and water system for a few cattle to graze for 24 hours. The next day, they are able to compare and discuss the different paddock designs.”

The program’s agenda covers grazing information relative to Central and Eastern Kentucky with an emphasis on ruminants. UK College of Agriculture specialists in forages, beef cattle and dairy cattle will present information on a variety of topics, ranging from meeting nutritional needs on pasture to implementing a grazing system.

A grazing-land specialist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss available cost-share programs, and a representative from a fencing company also will present information.

Participants should bring a printed aerial map of their farms, so they can design a grazing system based on their own property and needs. Maps are available through the local office of the Farm Service Agency or online through Google Maps.

Producers can register for the school through the local agriculture and natural resources Extension agent (me) or by contacting Jones at (859) 257-7512 or e-mail lyndsay.jones@uky.edu.

Registration forms also are available online at the UK Forages website, UKY.edu/Ag/Forage.

Cost is $50, which includes all materials, grazing manuals and lunch for both days. Payment is required to reserve a spot in the class.

Co-sponsors of the school include the Master Grazer Educational Program, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, the UK College of Agriculture, the National Resources Conservation Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.


FSA crop reporting deadlines

The final crop reporting date for crops other than small grains is July 15. Excessive rain created soil conditions that have prevented the harvest of some crops and delayed planting of others. If a crop has not been planted by the final reporting date, the acreage must be reported by 15 calendar days after planting is completed. 

The FSA office for Carroll, Gallatin and Trimble counties is located at 1800 Highland Av., Carrollton. The phone number is (502) 732-6931.


4-H Camp deadline passed

I am sorry that we cannot take any more kids for 4-H Camp. We are to the point that, with paperwork and scheduling educational classes for camp week, we are unable to take any more applications.

If everyone shows up who has registered, however, we will be taking a total of 81 adults, teen counselors and campers to camp this year. Not too bad for a 4-H program that hasn’t had an agent for two years.

 

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to tim.hendrick@uky.edu.