FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 6, 2018) The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) is pleased to announce that 11 of the 19 dairy farms whose contracts were canceled by Dean Foods have found a market for their milk. Scioto Milk Producers Cooperative from Hillsboro, Ohio; United Dairy, Inc. in Charleston, West Virginia; and, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Southeast Area Council in Kansas City, Kansas have signed new contracts with the remaining dairies. The other eight dairies involved have made the decision to sell their herds privately.
“Dairy farming involves milking twice a day, seven days a week and is as much a lifestyle as it is a method of farming,” said Warren Beeler, GOAP executive director. “These eleven producers can now continue their family dairies thanks to Scioto, United Dairy, Inc. and DFA Southeast.”
The newly contracted producers will begin milk [ … ]
READ THE FULL DETAILED ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF COW COUNTRY NEWS
The 2018 KCA Convention was in Lexington January 11-12, 2018. Approximately 1187 producers, educators and industry professionals joined the KCA for the 45th convention. For the 8th year, KCA welcomed back the partnership with Burley Tobacco Growers Coop to host their individual convention and a joint Ag Industry Trade Show.
Registration opened early Friday morning and helped to keep the lines down. Over 500 people pre-registered this year. By pre-registering it ensures a smooth check-in while giving KCA staff time to plan accordingly for events and meals during the convention. To say thanks for pre-registering each registrant received a pair of gloves. Attendees that completed pre- or on-site full registration were given five tickets for $100 cash drawings during the Beef Efficiency Conference, Ag Industry Breakfast, Opening General Session, Forages Session, and Closing Session. After the [ … ]
January 20, 2018 * Contact: Jacob Redway, KCA * 859-278-0899 or email@example.com
Four deserving cattlemen were honored during this year’s Evening Banquet at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Lexington. Roy Burris, Hansell Pile Sr., Billy Glenn Turpin, and Jay Price were the association’s 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.
In his role as a Professor and Extension Beef Specialist with the University of Kentucky, Roy Burris has been instrumental in implementing educational programs that have greatly benefited the beef cattle industry. Roy secured a $750,000 grant from USDA along with other funding that helped start programs such as Master Cattlemen, Master Stocker, and Integrated Resource Management. He is well know for his writing, as he’s authored numerous extension publications and wrote for 31 years in the Cow Country News. His friends and peers say, “Roy changed Kentucky Agriculture.” Roy lives in Princeton, KY with Karen, his wife of 45 years. They [ … ]
With the fair board thinking outside the box and a change in facility layout everyone was excited to make the trip to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair. As always the Kentucky Beef Council was on site with lots of events happening every day. We showcased local producers at the commodity breakfast and on the gourmet garden cooking stage, revamped our education space at the “big red barn”, and added a little competition with our Backyard Burger Contest and Cooks vs. Cons.
State Fair is a time to showcase our great commodities and the people who produce them. With Kentucky’s booming local product market the Kentucky Beef Council decided to highlight some of those farmers during morning media coverage of the commodity breakfast. This year we were able to highlight KY Darling Meats, Sherwood Acres Beef, Harrison County High School FFA Chapter, and Kentucky Hemp Dawgs. Each producer was able to highlight [ … ]
The Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association had their Summer Field Day at Bell’s Angus Farm in Irvington on August 2nd. Around thirty-five youth from across the state, along with their parents, came together on the beautiful Registered Angus farm in Breckinridge County to learn about agriculture and beef cattle genetics. KJCA Officers, Sara Crutcher (President) and Kalli Flanders (Reporter), were on hand to welcome the group to the field day.
Bobby Bell, a third generation cattle farmer, gave an overview of the Bell’s operation. Bobby’s father, Floyd Bell, along with Bobby and his family, run 30 Registered Angus cows on their 65 acre farm. Bobby explained how they use EPD’s in selecting breeding stock with superior genetic merit to increase the economic importance of their herd. Dr. Darrh Bullock, UK Beef Cattle Genetics Extension Professor, spoke to the crowd more on EPD’s and why it is important for a producer to make [ … ]
Newsletter Sign-up: http://bit.ly/KCANewsletterSignUp
Beef Solutions Gets Approval for Ground Beef Project
LEXINGTON, KY. (May 19, 2017) – On Friday, May 19, Beef Solutions, LLC received funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. Beef Solutions, LLC was formed to provide a pathway for Kentucky’s cattle producers to enter the market for locally produced and marketed ground beef, guiding the product from the Kentucky farm to the meat counter.
Beef Solutions will provide a way for Kentucky consumers to purchase local ground beef and a way for Kentucky retailers to have a reliable, source verified product. While it will probably be fall before the product hits the shelves, the venture will provide a fresh, local 80/20 Kentucky ground beef product, “Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef”, that will be available to purchase in 1 pound packages.
“Our producers are thrilled to finally be able to offer Kentucky beef to consumers across the Commonwealth,” stated Dave [ … ]
Beef Education Center Set to Open This Fall
LEXINGTON, KY. (May 19, 2017) – The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is proud to announce that it will be supporting a beef education center set to open this fall at the Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace called The Yards.
The Yards is an acronym for Teaching, Health, Environment, Youth, Agricultural Advocacy, Research, Demonstration and Scientific Learning. It will be an educational facility focusing on the science and practices of the beef industry. The concept was created when Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group opted to give a teaching space to the beef industry in their new stockyards being built off of I-75 in Fayette County. The classroom will provide a unique learning experience for all based on its location. In addition to The Yards, the Marketplace will include business, shopping, a full-service restaurant and the stockyards.
The educational space will be available to everyone but [ … ]
LOCAL KY Response
Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association continues to send our thoughts and prayers to the ranching communities affected by the devastating fires throughout the Midwest last week. There is an immediate need for fencing supplies in these areas. The following includes various relief efforts throughout Kentucky to support those ranchers.
The Breckinridge County Extension Service will be collecting fencing donations at their office located at 1377 S Hwy 261, Hardinsburg, KY 40143. You can also drop-off donations at the Hancock, Daviess, Webster, Meade, and Ohio County Extension Offices, which will then be delivered to Breckinridge County. You can contact Bobby Bell at (270) 547-8547, Evan Tate at (270) 668-3167, or Jeremy Armstrong at (270) 668-2056.
Hayden Farms – Daviess County
You can contact Daniel Hayden at (270) 570-2815 if you would like to coordinate a drop-off with him.
You can contact the Southern States of Winchester store at (859) 744-3313 or contact Mike [ … ]