• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tips for winter management and feeding of livestock

    Rain, cold temperatures, and snow.

    Is it too early to talk about that kind of weather?

    No, not if you are a livestock producer thinking about those less than ideal feeding conditions that typically happen during the winter months.  Now is the time to be sure to have a plan for winter feeding.

  • Avoid excessive holiday debt

    As December holidays approach, plan ahead so you will remember this season, rather than the months it took to pay off the mountain of debt incurred on gifts for family and friends.

    To keep from spending too much money on holiday gifts, set a budget that won’t put you in a tight financial squeeze.

  • Clean up landscape now to prevent spring problems

    November arrives this weekend (hard to believe, right?) and as leaves continue to show their pretty colors and fall from trees, it is a great time to focus on landscape sanitation.