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Extension

  • Some hay may not provide the necessary nutrition

    A recent article released by Dr. Michelle Arnold, DVM, of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is notifying cattle producers of the danger this winter has posed on beef cattle of a variety of ages.

    Near the end of most winters, Dr. Arnold says the UKVDL frequently receives diagnostic submissions for necropsy (an autopsy performed on an animal) of aged beef cows. These cattle are often broken-mouthed or toothless and are heavily pregnant or in peak milk production. 

  • Calving is an important part of breeding program

    A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made at calving.  Cattle-men can impact rebreeding efficiency by focusing on a number of different things, but body condition score (BCS) is what we are going to take a closer look at today.

    Reproductive management begins with evaluation and management of BCS.

    Body condition score is a numerical estimation of the amount of fat on the cow’s body.  Body condition score ranges from 1-9, with 1 being emaciated while 9 is extremely obese.

  • Tips offer healthy options for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

    This coming Monday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day – a time for celebrating St. Patrick, wearing green and lots of good food friendship and frolic.

    When we lived in Chicago, watching them pour orange dye (yes, orange colored crystals) into the Chicago River and the river turning green was a great part of the Big St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

  • Shooting sports program begins

    The Carroll County 4-H program is so blessed to have such great volunteers.

    This week, I want to focus on the shooting sports program.  This program has five disciplines — archery, shotgun, rifle, target rifle and pistol.

    Tim Tritsch is now the shooting sports coordinator and has a Facebook page to keep everyone in Carroll County abreast of the events. 

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  • Quinoa, chia are proven healthy additions to any diet

    Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a small, grain-like seed native to the Andes Mountains of South America. It was grown by the Incan people thousands of years ago and is often called the “mother grain.” 

    It is not a true cereal grain, but actually the seed of a plant related to beets, Swiss chard and spinach.

    We call it a grain because it can be prepared and used in the same way as traditional grains. 

  • It’s time to look ahead to spring landscaping needs

    It has been a long, hard and cold winter for Carroll County. With the snow and ice we have experienced this week, the beginning of March has certainly lived up to the age-old saying, “in like a lion.” Let us all hope it will go “out like a lamb.”

    Believe it or not, spring really is on the way, causing homeowners to begin turning their attention to the landscape.

    To ensure healthy spring plants, consider pruning trees and shrubs around the home that have been affected by the weather.

  • Cold temperatures can damage, kill alfalfa field crops

    Concern always arises in cold periods over winter about the effect of the low temperatures on alfalfa winter survival. This is of some concern because certainly the alfalfa plant will die if exposed to cold enough temperatures.

    However, generally alfalfa survives the winter and its periodic cold spells. The folowwing are reasons why:

    • Alfalfa can survive temperatures of -10 degrees to -15 degrees.

    • This is the temperature of the crown not the topgrowth.

  • Quilting class offer in March

    Have you always wished you knew how to quilt? We have an answer for you as the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service and the Carroll County Public Library join together to conduct a four-week beginning quilting series on Tuesdays from March 4-25 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office.

  • With a little training, owners can understand what dogs have to say

    If you have a dog that you would like to be trained, please mark March 29 on your calendar and attend the first meeting of the year of the 4-H dog club.