Author Archives: Leanna Jackson
Being a girl was never an excuse I could use to get out of farm chores growing up. I was raised on a 6th generation cattle ranch in California alongside my two older brothers, and although the only daughter and the baby of the family, I was still expected to buck hay bales, brand cattle, and fix fence. Weekends with friends were sacrificed during calving season, manicures and spa days were few and far between. While my older brothers and dad are the skilled mechanics and equipment operators on the ranch, it is my mother and I that managed the majority of the livestock. Being female never made us any less instrumental to the ranch operation, and the boys would never even dream of telling us that our place as a woman belonged in the kitchen (although we can both cook up a mean steak).
Too often I feel that the [ … ]
January 31, 2016
Lexington, KY – The fire yesterday at Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington destroyed a large piece of Kentucky cattle industry history and we are saddened to hear that it was a total loss. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) is proud to represent over 38,000 beef producers in the state and will do anything necessary to help Blue Grass Stockyards and our producers in the coming days, weeks and months.
“We consider the owners and staff at Blue Grass Stockyards friends,” stated Dave Maples, KCA Executive Vice President, “Because of that we are very grateful that no one was hurt in the fire.”
Farmers work hard every single day of the year to take great care of their livestock, so it saddens us all to know that 20 head of cattle perished in the fire. However, we are also grateful that it didn’t happen on another day when the [ … ]
2016 KCA Convention
January 15-16, 2016
Owensboro Convention Center
501 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42301
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Kentucky is the largest producing cattle industry east of the Mississippi River. Those cattle farmers, however, are getting older. According to a recent survey by The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association the average cattle producer in the Commonwealth is 62-years-old.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is a membership organization that represents Kentucky cattle producers. Becky Thompson works with the association and is the director of the Kentucky Beef Network. She says this is an issue for future cattle production in the state.
“There’s a large group of farmers right now, that have been in there for years and you know it’s something that has been declining as we have progressed in the industry.” Thompson said.
Thompson says access to land and capital are the biggest hurdles for young farmers looking to produce. She says making agriculture production more attractive by letting younger farmers know there is a place for them in the industry is key to [ … ]
Cattle producers have benefitted from high calf and feeder prices in the not too distant past. More recently, however, cattle markets appear to be weakening, and farmers are wondering just how low the prices could go.
“I don’t think many cattlemen and women are surprised that the cattle market has softened,” said Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment livestock marketing specialist. “But, I do think that many have been surprised at how quickly things have changed and how much lower prices have gone. Calf markets usually reach seasonal lows in October or November.”
The U.S. beef herd continues to expand, and Burdine said that plays a part in the current markets, although not a huge part. The growth in beef cow inventory hasn’t really had time to impact beef production yet. The cattle market is dealing with a growing supply of fed cattle and a significant increase [ … ]
Lexington, KY – August 4, 2015– The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation on Tuesday, announced the six winners of the Animal Shelter Assistance program totaling $5,000.
The Animal Shelter Assistance program is in its fifth year and was funded by the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation. Foundation Chairman,
Harvey Mitchell recognizes the important role animal shelters serve in our communities and encourages everyone to get involved at the local level. “Find out who your local shelter is and how you can help,” stated Mitchell. “All cattlemen understand the need to take care of our animals and it is nice to support others who are doing the same thing.”
The winners of the grants were presented this week to shelters around the state. Winners include:
Clark County Animal Shelter, Winchester, KY – $1500 will be used to repair older kennels to make a safer environment for the dogs.
Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Stanford, KY – $1000 will be used to [ … ]
The Kentucky Beef Network is pleased to announce an educational opportunity for (5) Kentucky high school students. This program is a joint venture with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and their Youth Beef Leadership Symposium. The dates for this program are November 20-22, 2015 and will be held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus.
We are now accepting applications for this program. Students must be high school juniors or seniors. They should have a desire for continuing their education and a strong interest to learn more about the beef cattle industry.
Registration fee, air transportation, meals and lodging costs will be funded through the Kentucky Beef Network grant from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund. Adult chaperone(s) will be traveling with the students.
Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2015. Finalists will be notified to participate in a personal interview. Interviews will take place at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association office in Lexington.
If [ … ]
Membership in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is open to any individual or organization that has an interest in the cattle industry of Kentucky. KCA’s funding is generated partly by voluntary dues paid by the over 9,700 members belonging to KCA. There are 99 Cattlemen’s Association Chapters that represent beef producers across the state and serve as a link between local associations and KCA.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is partnering with McBurney Livestock Equipment to award one lucky KCA member with an EASY WAY Cattle Saver. The winner will be announced in August.
By joining or renewing your membership before July 31, 2015 you are automatically entered in to win an EASY WAY Cattle Saver sponsored by McBurney Livestock Equipment. This EASY WAY face fly fighter, mineral feeder and cattle scratcher, aids in the control of face and horn flies, mosquitoes, lice and other pests.
In addition, every KCA member who also joins the [ … ]