Agriculture News: Annual Derby Showcase held at Lakeview Park

By Keenan Bishop Published:

The annual Derby Showcase was held on Sunday, May 6 at Lakeview Park. This is an all-breed dairy sale that is sponsored by the Franklin County Fair Board and managed by Louisville Jersey Parrish.

Jackie Branham, who volunteers to facilitate the event every year, reports that the beautiful weather brought out a large crowd that bid actively for the 31 lots offered. The majority of these were purchased for youth to show in 4-H and FFA projects.

The high seller was $1,600 for a Brown Swiss heifer born in March. Kenny Manion and Meredith Hayes of Scottsville consigned her. The Franklin County Dairy Show will be June 9 at Lakeview Park.

Equine Field Day

The 4th annual Equine Farm Facilities Show will be Thursday May 31 in Woodford County from 4-8 p.m. with a meal provided. The host site is Margaux Farm, LLC, a leading Thoroughbred breeding opera-tion focused on producing sound and durable top-quality race-horses.

Margaux Farm stands several stallions, including five-time Grade 1 Winner Devil His Due. It is managed by 2001 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club President and 2003 Farm Manager of the Year Steve Johnson.

The Expo will highlight companies throughout the central bluegrass displaying equine equipment and supplies as well as a variety of informational booths staffed by UK specialists. There will be a farm tour and then field demos.

Talks include “Selecting the Right Feed” by Dr. Laurie Lawrence; “Tall Fescue: Friend or Foe” Dr. Ray Smith;  “Muck Management and Herbicides”, Dr. Bill Witt and Dr. J.D. Green; “Field Renovation Options: Round-up Ready Alfalfa®, Teff and Others”, Dr. Garry Lacefield.

An RSVP is appreciated to the Woodford County Extension Office at (859) 873-4601 or


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