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  • Resources help protect farm animals from summer heat

    Humans are not the only ones that suffer from the heat of summer.  Farm animals feel the heat too.  With summer temperatures already upon us, it is time to think about ways to know when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what to do to reduce their plight.

  • Hembree becomes angus association member

    Cody C. Hembree of Carrollton is a new junior member of the American Angus Association

    Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

  • Summer bounty: Memories of good and fresh eating

    One of my favorite things about summer is having fresh “vineripe” fruits and vegetables available. It’s too good to miss.

    Growing up on a farm in southwestern Michigan meant a large part of my spring and summer involved picking (harvesting) an endless bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables and helping my mother can and freeze them for our winter enjoyment. 

    My father was not only a fruit farmer — as were many of his relatives and other families in that region of Michigan — we had a small herd of about 40 prized Guernsey cattle.

  • Exhibits for Carroll County Fair to be accepted June 1

     We invite all interested Carroll County youth and adults to enter exhibits at the 2012 Carroll County Fair. Exhibits will be accepted for entry on Friday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at the exhibit trailer inside the fairgrounds to the left of the entry gate. Items must be hand-crafted, homemade, or grown by the exhibitor this past year.

  • Follow safety rules to protect against injury on an ATV

     Kentucky is known for its rolling hills, but these hills can pose great dangers when navigated by inexperienced all-terrain vehicle drivers. 

    Under-standing how to safely ride on hills is important for ATV drivers of all ages and experience levels.

    Realize that some hills may be too steep for safe travel, regardless of driver age and ability.

  • Totally Tractors

     Pioneer Power Tractor Club celebrated the heritage of farming at its 10th annual show in Carrollton Saturday, May 12. The three-day family event puts the spotlight on antique tractors, but also features family fun, music, demostrations and farm animals

  • Three Rivers Gun Club hosts shoot on June 3

    Three Rivers Gun Club, 3041 Hwy 55 in Carrollton is sponsoring a Shotgun Shoot, (50 clay targets), Sunday, June 3, 2012, starting at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 for 50 targets or Three River Member cost is $10. Tied score at end of regulation 50 targets will result in a 10 shot shoot off to determine the winners. Prizes: high shooter gets return of entry fee or $1 for each shooter whichever is greater. For more information contact Derrick Willis at (502) 525-8724 or Cody Human at (502) 377-6451. Everyone welcome, please park across road from range.

  • Governor proclaims May beef month in Kentucky

     The weather is getting warmer, and Kentuckians are again firing up their grills for tasty burgers and steaks. Gov. Steve Beshear recognizes this American tradition and has proclaimed May 2012 Beef Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

     “I urge all Kentuckians to support Kentucky’s beef cattle industry and to salute the cattle farmers for their contribution to Kentucky’s agricultural and rural economy during the month of May,” Beshear said.

  • Interpreting and using Expected Progeny Differences

     With a little understanding, Expected Progeny Differences may actually be the best tool producers have to address the genetics of their herds.

    While calculating EPD takes a lot of math, producers do not have to do the math; they just need to understand the answers. The calculation results usually appear in the first pages of a sire summary before the actual EPD tables. They may look a little confusing, but the information is very beneficial. It comes down to the fact that you are buying the DNA of a particular animal.

  • State parks are the perfect place for summer activities

     This is the perfect time to take in the beauty in the state of Kentucky and the good news is that you can get in a lot of good exercise while we are doing it.

    In fact, walking and hiking can help you lose weight, decrease blood pressure and improve bone strength.