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Extension

  • 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.

  • Sharing time makes a great gift

    The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for some older adults, especially those living alone or in long-term care, holidays can be met with stress, confusion, and feelings of sadness and loneliness, often intensified because holidays can be further reminders of the loss of loved ones, health and even independence.

    During this time of year, older adults can become isolated from their friends, family and community, leading to an increased risk of depression.

  • Real Christmas trees can bring in unwanted visitors for the holiday

    Having a live Christmas tree in the home over the holidays is one of my favorite traditions. Sometimes, when we bring those trees into our homes, we may also encounter a few extra visitors.

    A number of arthropods live on Christmas trees while others may use them for winter shelter. Most are inactive or sluggish at outdoor temperatures but become active when their tree is brought indoors.

  • Doyle thanks 4-H volunteers

    As 2016 comes to an end I am reflecting on my greatest gift for which I am so grateful. In Kentucky 4-H, one of the things we are most grateful for is the volunteer support we have throughout the commonwealth.

    Our volunteers are leaders, cheerleaders, mentors and advocates for our youth. It is with their help and service that many young people find their voice or passion and become healthy, capable, caring and productive adults.

  • Drought conditions in Kentucky affect cattle’s quality

    According to Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, the impacts of the fall drought conditions can be seen in some of the cow herds across the state. Cows are lower in body condition as a result of the grass shortage.

    Fall vegetative fescue grass will often be in the low 60’s on Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) and mid-teens for crude protein, much higher in quality than our average hay. The lack of this fall forage growth will necessitate some early intervention.

  • Be more environmentally friendly this holiday season

    Often we associate environmental topics with spring time, but you can be environmentally friendly any time of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by about 25 percent in the United States.

    The holidays are a great time to reduce your waste and get young people interested in the environment. Here are some ways you and your children can reduce your impact on the environment while still enjoying the season and showing loved ones that you care.