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 good bull decisions when selecting for genetics.
Afterwards, the junior members participated in some Agriculture Literacy games provided by the Breckinridge and Grayson County Extension Office. The event ended with the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association providing a delicious lunch with products from the KY Proud garden at the Breckinridge County Extension Office.
The Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank the Bell family for hosting this year’s field day as well as the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association; Breckinridge County Ag Agent, Carol Hinton; Grayson County Ag Agent, Whitney Carman; and Dr. Darrh Bullock for their time and dedication to the event. Because of their generosity, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is able to continue its outreach for youth in the cattle industry.