Farm Highlight: Shady Meadows- Gene and Marcy Dobbs

Shady Meadows pic 1When Gene and Marcy Dobbs purchased Shady Meadows in 1971, the 65 acre farm located in Campbell County consisted of 2 large paddocks with many briars, bushes, and rocks.  Their now successful cow/calf operation has 8 paddocks which are used for both hay and grazing.

Big Spring Farm: Greg Brann

Big Spring Farm: Greg BrannGreg Brann, owner and operator of Big Spring Farm, emphasizes overall diversity on his farm which is located on the Kentucky/Tennessee boarder. His efforts to increase farm diversity not only apply to forages, but also to livestock. Greg rotationally grazes cattle, sheep, and goats in one large herd.

Farm Highlight: Buddy Smith

Buddy Smith owns and manages a beef cattle and hay operation on over 400 acres in Anderson County and does an exemplary job of managing his unique grazing program. A graduate of UK’s Master Grazer, Master Stocker, Master Cattleman, and Advanced Master Cattleman programs, Buddy often participates in grazing schools, field days, and other programs to share his knowledge and experience with others. Buddy raises registered Angus cattle for seedstock as well marketing some animals as freezer beef. He also produces and sells quality hay.

Farm Highlight: Russell Hackley

HackleyKnown as a leader in agriculture, Russell C. Hackley has not only integrated a profitable beef operation, but also highly enjoys his work and involvement in the industry. He recognizes the value of high quality forage and is willing to try new things to better utilize forage.

Rotational Grazing: David Burge

This summer the Master Grazer Educational program conducted several demonstrations across KY for producers to see best management practices in place, and the benefits they possess. One of these demonstrations was implemented in Anderson County by David Burge. He had always utilized a continuous grazing system but was looking for ways to improve his grazing management and maximize land utilization.

Farm Highlights: Turpin Farms

The Turpin farm, owned and operated by Billy Glenn and his son, Scott Turpin, is a 155- acre farm stocked with a herd of spring and fall calving Angus/Simmental cattle. This farm has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. Billy Glenn Turpin retired from the Madison County school system as an agriculture teacher for 31 years.

When Will There be an Answer for Pinkeye?

By Dr. Michelle Arnold, DVM - Pinkeye or IBK (infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis) is a costly disease for cattle producers. The cost of treatment coupled with the fact that affected calves wean off on average 15-30 pounds lighter and bring less at the market due to corneal scarring make this disease a significant economic consideration. Despite all we know about how pinkeye develops, control programs are often only partially successful. In particular, pinkeye vaccines seem marginal at best in preventing outbreaks during the summer.

Stockpiled Fescue Demo Completed in 14-15 Results

The Master Grazer program conducted several stockpiling tall fescue research demonstrations across the state last year. The five different counties (Madison, Meade, Oldham, Pulaski, and Warren) completed stockpiling fescue research demonstrations between November 2014 and January 2015. These demonstrations were designed to measure (1) the number of days the grazing season was extended while grazing stockpiled fescue and (2) the impact of applying 100 units of urea (46 lbs. of actual N) would have on stockpiled fescue yield and number of grazing days.

Forage Tip of the Month: Common vs. Certified Seed

Plowing fields pictureOnce you have selected a forage species and variety, it is recommended to buy a quality seed that is high in germination rate and free of weed seed. Buying certified seed guarantees that the requirements for both of these parameters has been met and should be the first purchasing option.

Overseeding Pastures in Kentucky

written by Ray Smith - Overseeding of pastures is an excellent management tool that improves pasture production, forage quality, and ensures a good ground cover the following year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of planting seed in a field with existing grass cover in order to fill in bare patches and thicken the stand. It can be done over the entire pasture or limited to trouble areas. The best time for overseeding is the fall when weed competition is low and ideal growing conditions exist for cool-season grasses.