• Manure management, possible nutrient benefit

    As you walk into my office, you may notice my little farm animal figurines on the shelf.  I have just about every species of farm animal covered:  beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, alpacas, poultry, rabbit, and the list goes on.  These little guys come in real handy when I am not able to bring in the real thing, especially to a classroom.

    They are the easiest animals to take care of because they barely eat a thing and manure management is a breeze (wink, wink).

  • Leftover turkey talk

    The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them, the season of great eating. Soon, you’ll have more turkey and dressing than you’ll know what to do with.

    It’s a great idea to save your Thanksgiving leftovers, as it stretches your holiday food dollars and provides quick meals for your family. Leftovers must be stored and reheated safely to prevent foodborne illnesses. Follow these tips to ensure your leftovers are safe to eat:

  • Extension homemaker holiday craft ideas
  • Dec. 1 is the deadline to enter 4-H ham project

    It is that time of year again to get ready for the 4-H country ham project. By Dec. 1, those interested in the 4-H Country Ham project must let me know so that the number can be sent to the University of Kentucky.

  • Slow Food Movement embodies traditions and sustainability

    Eco-gastronomy. It’s not a word you hear every day. And if you look in a dictionary, chances are you won’t find it. But to the 80,000 members of Slow Food, it is an apt description of their growing worldwide movement.

    According to the Slow Food website, the word describes “the strong connections between plate and planet,” and in an age when people are beginning to take an interest in sustainable living concepts, it’s a word you may see used more frequently.

  • Feed bunk management an important task in calf care

    Managing feed intake in calves is an important task to pay attention to, and Dr. Roy Burris, Beef Extension Professor at the University of Kentucky, offers his expertise on the topic:

    The most common problem Dr. Burris sees in feeding calves is feed bunk management. It sounds simple but it can be a real problem … one that can easily be solved by paying attention to details.

    Start with managing self-feeders.  Just dump the feed in and the calves take care of the rest, right?  Wrong.

  • Tips for managing holiday stress

    The holidays are fast approaching and while you probably haven’t hit your maximum stress level yet, it will surely hit soon enough.  With last minute shopping, problems with turkey baking, finding all your stuffed-away decorations and dealing with relatives right around the corner, it’s expected that everyone will have stressful moments.

  • Sugar-cane aphid is making its way through Kentucky farms

    There is a new invasive insect species that has made its way into Kentucky, and although it has not reached Carroll County or our part of the state, it is still important to be aware of its presence.

    The sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) was first detected in western Kentucky counties in late August.  The insect has been found in grain sorghum (milo) fields in Allen, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McLean and Webster counties.

  • Activity ideas to replace holiday electronic distractions

    Have you been to a family gathering lately and looked around to see how many of the people in the room are texting or playing on their cell phone.  I would like to suggest some family activities that do not include technology.

  • Large serving sizes— Waste not adds to the waist

    We’re all familiar with the adage, “waste not, want not.” But sometimes when we try not to waste food, it shows up on our waists and other parts of our bodies as well.  The super-sized foods, so common today, can add to our sizes.  And since portion sizes also have been getting bigger, so are people of all ages.