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Kentucky Master Stocker Program registration underway

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The area-wide Kentucky Master Stocker Program is set to begin on Sept. 18, and registration is now open for participants.

The Master Stocker Program is a Kent-ucky Beef Network program, funded by the Kent-ucky Agricul-ture Develop-ment Board, that is developed and delivered by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

The program consists of eight 2 1/2 hour sessions focusing on background and stocker operations in Kentucky. 

These sessions are designed to enhance the profitability and equip producers with vital information provided by University of Kentucky specialists and agents.

The program provides participants with a ready reference on the eight educational sessions.

The time spent in the sessions also allows beef producers the opportunity to network with specialists, agents, industry leaders, associates, facilitators and one another.

The cost of the program is $50 per person. The following is the scheduled dates, topics, and locations for each of the eight sessions:

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Enterprise Budgeting and Cost of Production, Boone County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Price Risk Management, Boone County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Facilities and Handling for Stocker Cattle. Boone County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Health Management, Boone County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Forage Management, Grant County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices, Grant County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Nutrition, Grant County Extension Office.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Marketing, Grant County Extension Office.

Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m., end at 9 p.m., and includes a meal. The program is a cooperation of the following counties:  Carroll, Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton.

Carroll County beef producers can register by calling me at the Carroll County Extension Office at (502) 732-7030 or directly contacting the Boone County Extension Office by phone, (859) 586-6101.

Senior Event volunteers

The 2012 Carroll County Senior Event is quickly approaching on Sept. 13. Would you like to serve our senior citizens as a volunteer at this year’s event?

If you are interested in volunteering, contact me at the Carroll County Extension Office, (502) 732-7030. We have several different areas in which you can volunteer.

Each volunteer will receive a name tag at the event as well as a bandana. To prepare all the necessary materials, I will need names of volunteers by Sept. 7.

Dates of interest

Sept. 3: Extension Office is closed for Labor Day holiday.

Sept. 5: Carroll County Agricultural Development Council Meeting, 8 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Sept. 6: Pesticide Container Recycle Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Carroll County Extension Office.

Sept. 13: Carroll County Senior Event 2012,  “Senior Picnic at the Park,” 5 p.m., Point Park in Carrollton.

 

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