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Did you know that Kentucky is the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River?
As a Common- wealth, that is something to be proud of.
Kent-ucky is home to about 1.1 million beef cows, and ranks fifth nationally in total number of cattle farms.
Carroll County, even though small in land size, has about 8,000 cows and calves as reported in the 2010 cattle estimate conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
To maximize cattle production, it is critical for producers to use all opportunities to learn new information and improve their current management practices. The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association is one resource that is readily available to all cattle farmers here in the county.
The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association works in connection with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. The KCA is an organization that has chapters in 93 of the 120 counties in Kentucky. Their mission is to provide a strong, proactive voice for all of Kentucky’s beef farm families, serve as a resource for information and education for producers, consumers and the industry, and be a catalyst for enhancing producer profitability.
The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association meets regularly throughout the year and invites speakers to discuss topics of interest or concern to Carroll County cattle producers.
Do you have interest in learning more about the Cattlemen’s Association in our county?
If so, the association invites you to attend their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Carroll County Extension Office. The evening’s guest speaker will be J.D. Green, weed Extension specialist at the University of Kentucky.
Green will be discussing weeds commonly seen in our area, such as ironweed, ragweed, thistles and cocklebur, etc. In addition, he will discuss ways to get rid of or manage the weeds. A meal will be provided.
Anyone can attend the meeting next week to listen and join the discussion with Green’s and the members of the association. Furthermore, you can learn more about becoming a regular and active member of the Cattlemen’s Association, and the benefits you can experience after doing so.
No matter where you are in life or in your agriculture practice, there is always the opportunity to learn more. In this regard, the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association can be a very useful tool for you. Take advantage of their knowledge, and attend the Cattlemen’s Association Nov. 22 meeting at the Carroll County Extension Office.
Upcoming dates of interest
Nov. 17: First Aid and CPR Certification, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office. Fee is $35.
Nov. 17: Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting, 7:30 p.m., FSA Office in Carrollton.
Nov. 18: Farmers Market Meeting, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.
Nov. 28: “Common Equine Parasites & A New Strategic Approach to Deworming” talk by Dr. Mary Rossano, UK equine professor, and information about the upcoming 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, 7 p.m., Grant County Extension Office.
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.