Program set to provide training for Master Stockers

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The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service will host the Master Stocker Program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The Master Stocker Program is a Kentucky Beef Network Program, funded by the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board, that is developed and delivered by the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

It consists of eight 2 1/2-hour sessions focusing on background and stocker operations in Kentucky.  All sessions will be held through Micro-soft Lync at the Carroll County Exten-sion Office.

A stocker operation can be defined as taking cattle, usually 6-9 months old, 400-700 pounds each, and feeding them on pasture (forage) rather than strictly grain. A backgrounding operation would feed cattle primarily on grain.

Both operations lead to the same end—those cattle entering the feedlot—but it is just a difference in management and using the resources you have.

These sessions are designed to enhance 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 fee for the program is $50, which covers all materials and dinners. All sessions will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dates and topics of the educational sessions are:

• Feb. 6: Enterprise budgeting and cost of production

• Feb. 20: Health management

• March 6: Marketing strategies for stocker and backgrounding operations

• March 20: Marketing

• April 3: Nutrition

• April 17: Environmental compliance and best management practices

• May 1: Forage management

• May 15: Facilities and handling for stocker cattle

Space for this program is limited to 10 producers, but it is open to anyone that would like to attend, including those from outside of Carroll County.

All sessions must be attended to be deemed a Master Stocker and earn the farm sign.

For more information on the Master Stocker Program and to register, contact the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service at (502) 732-7030.


Dates of interest

Feb. 3: Carroll County Extension District Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Feb. 4: Carroll County Extension Council Meeting, 6 p.m., Carroll 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.