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Cattlemen’s meeting moved; educational sessions set

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The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Meeting that I mentioned in my article for Jan. 6 will now be Jan. 27 as part of the presentation by Ray Smith about decisions and options for our pastures and hay fields following the drought. 

There will be a meal starting at 6 p.m. with the forage program starting at 7 p.m.

 

Small Ruminant
Grazing Conference

Small ruminant production is on the rise in Kentucky, as farmers realize the potential of raising sheep and goats in the commonwealth.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is teaming up with sheep and goat breed associations, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund to offer the 2011 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service office in Elizabethtown. Scheduled for Jan. 15, the conference will offer many sessions for all levels of experience.

“We’ve got something for anyone who is interested in raising small ruminants,” said David Ditsch, director of the UK Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Quicksand. “We’re going to present science-based research in ways that producers can understand and apply in their own operations.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with sessions starting at 9:15 a.m. The conference is divided into four main areas including nutrition, grazing management, producer presentations and an economic and marketing outlook.

Topics include:

• Using annual forage species for grazing

• Endophyte-infected tall fescue: do we have a problem?

• Characterizing the parasite challenge of meat goats grazing summer pastures in Western Maryland

• Predator control for sheep and goat production

• From IBM to goat production

• Lambing in the fall

• Sheep and goat marketing for 2011

• A five-point evaluation system for deworming and decision making.

KSU’s Ken Andries will offer an optional FAMACHA training at 3:10 p.m.

Registration, due Jan. 7, is $20 for the conference and an additional $10 for the FAMACHA training.

Those planning to attend the conference should send name, address, phone number and e-mail along with payment to UK Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability, Attn. Jackie Allen, 130 Robinson Road, Jackson, Ky. 41339.

The 2011 Small Ruminant Grazing Conference is sponsored by the UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Kentucky Goat Producers Association, Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers Association and Kentucky State University.

 

Education opportunities

The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention will be Jan. 13, 14 and 15 in Lexington at the Civic Center. Registration information is available in the Cow Country News and at the www.kybeef.org web site.

The Burley Tobacco Growers Council and the Kentucky Horse Council will be having their annual meetings on Jan. 14 in Lexington. What is cool is the fact the Cattlemen, Burley Council and the Horse Council will be having a joint trade show on Jan. 14 at the Civic Center.

 

Last reminders
for 2011 EQIP and WHIP

Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets ranking period dates for applications taken for USDA Farm Bill programs.  Although ranking dates may vary from program to program, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

The next ranking cut-off date is Jan. 28, 2011, and will include applications for both the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The WHIP program can provide financial and technical assistance to develop upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on your property.  There is a 10 acre minimum per application for this program.

The EQIP program can provide financial and technical assistance to plan and design measures on your property such as but not limited to: grazing management (fencing and livestock watering systems); nutrient management (manure storage structures, planned nutrient applications); and erosion control (grade control structures, diversions, grassed waterways).  The EQIP program can also assist farms that are currently certified organic or transitioning to organic.

If you are interested in participating in either or both of these programs, you should sign-up as soon as possible and request a conservation plan if you do not have an existing current plan. Anyone seeking cost share assistance must develop a conservation plan with your local USDA/NRCS office (1802 Highland Avenue, Carrollton). For more information, please contact Paul Veech, NRCS District Conservationist at (502) 732-6098 or (502) 732-0070.

 

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