Agriculture News: Last Winter School session about farm equipment, veggies Thursday

By Keenan Bishop, Published:

This is the time of year that baby chicks and ducks begin showing up at the farm stores. We’re also incubating eggs for hatching as school projects around the county.

Poultry continues to generate a lot of interest here in Franklin County. We have a lot of backyard flocks that keep families and neighbors supplied with fresh eggs while also teaching kids responsibility and about the food cycle. Here at the Extension Office we regularly get calls about “chicken swaps” or where can one buy and sell just a couple birds or trade for a certain breed.

Well, if you’re interested in buying or selling, or just want to get out and view a bunch of different breeds, then this Saturday is for you. The Bluegrass Poultry Association is holding its annual Agricultural Swap Meet at Lakeview Park in the Farm Bureau and livestock pavilions.

The day begins at 8 a.m. and you usually need to get there early for the best choices and opportunities. The swap actually includes all small animals, not just avians. Small animals must have a valid health certificate from within the last 30 days (poultry and rabbits excluded).

At 1 p.m. there will be an auction with Michael T. Wells as auctioneer. Poultry and animals must be in a box or cage that can be sold with the animal. There is a 20 percent commission, which is returned to the BPA.

For more information and details, the BPA can be found on Facebook or email at bluegrasspoultry@gmail.com or contact Marty Short at 859-274-3337. Their Spring Show will be April 6 at the same location.

STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMIZING THE GRAZING SYSTEM

Tommy Yankey, Agricultural Agent for Anderson County, has put together a great grazing workshop for March 21.

We’ll convene at the Anderson County Extension Office, 1026 Country Park Rd., just in time for the start of the grazing season. Registration is open from 8:30-9 a.m.

There is a $10 fee that includes lunch provided by the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association. They’ll need a head count by Friday to prepare for the meals.

At 9, Dr. Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky Extension Forage Specialist, opens the workshop with “Optimize Grazing & Minimizing Stored Feed.” He will be followed by retired University of Illinois Extension Animal Systems Educator Edward Ballard covering “Extending the Grazing Season.”

“Nutritional Value of Alternative Forages” will be discussed by Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK Extension Beef Cattle Specialist while Dr. Glen Aiken, USDA Research Animal Scientist will explain how to have a “300 Day Grazing System.”

After lunch there will be a Farmer Panel Discussion and James (Buddy) Smith, Anderson County farmer, will speak on the topic, “My Experiences with Extended Grazing.”

This is a great chance to gather some timely information right here in your own neighborhood. Contact the Extension Office at 695-9035 by Friday if you plan to attend.

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