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Extension

  • 4-H 2017 Schedule
  • Tips to reduce chance of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning

    As winter gets into full swing, remember fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires, and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Herbst provides advice for upcoming calving season

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.

    It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • Encourage children to play outside

    For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.

  • EPA approves two new dicamba formulations

    Dr. J.D. Green, UK Extension Weed Specialist, reports that two dicamba formulations, XtendiMax (Monsanto) and Engenia (BASF), received federal EPA approval in December for use with RoundupReady2Xtend soybean.

    In addition to federal registration, a pesticide must also be registered and approved within a state before it can be sold. The XtendiMax product received state approval in early January for applications in Kentucky. The Engenia product is still pending state approval, but is anticipated in the near future.

  • Extension offers winter tips, weather information

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.

    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:

    • A cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.

    • Jumper cables.

  • Herbst provides information about Johne’s disease

    Johne’s (pronounced Yo-knees) disease is a chronic disease of severe, watery diarrhea, and weight loss in adult cattle caused by a bacterium. These bacteria are very hardy due to a protective cell wall that can withstand harsh conditions and allows survival for long periods in the environment. Once the bacteria gain entry into an animal, the organism lives permanently within the cells of the large intestine where it multiplies and is then “shed” in the feces in large numbers.

  • Friendship is an important element of our daily lives

    Friendship is one of the most precious gifts you can give any time of year. It is especially important to have close friends around during holiday seasons. These times of year people often are stressed or depressed. Perhaps they are hundreds of miles away from loved ones, or recently have lost a family member or close friend.

    Meaningful relationships are based on friendship, which thrives on kindness and respect.

  • 4-H camp is an important way to help youth develop proper skills

    I realize that 2017 is not yet here, but planning for the future is exciting, so let’s talk about summer: 4-H Camp. Carroll County 4-H campers will again camp with Gall-atin, Owen, Kenton and Grant Counties at North Central 4-H camp in Carlisle, Kentucky.

    The date is July 3-7 and the cost is $200.

    Campers are to be 9 through 14 by the camp date.

    We are assigned to two boy’s cabins and two girl’s cabins so if you are interested, please call (732-7030) and let Rhonda know you are interested and she will send you the proper forms.

  • New reporting rules affect Veterinary Feed Directory

    The new Veterinary Feed Directive will go into effect on Jan. 1, issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

    There are two important principles that will change the way all livestock producers will obtain feeds containing antibiotics.  The first principle limits “medically important antimicrobial drugs” to uses in animals that are considered “necessary for assuring animal health.”  These uses include the treatment, control, and prevention of disease but do not include improved weight gain or feed efficiency.