Humans aren’t the only ones that suffer from the heat of summer. Farm animals feel the heat, too. With summer temperatures already upon us, it’s time to think about ways to know when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what to do to reduce their plight.
The University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center provides warnings of the potential danger to livestock. Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity and is used to describe how it feels outside.
The Spencer County Fair 4-H and FFA Hog Show was Saturday, July 13. Thank you to Warren Beeler for serving as the judge for this show. It is an honor for Beeler to judge our county fair show because he is a world-renowned judge.
Spencer County High School students Darilyn Browning and Tyler Goodlett recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. Browning and Goodlett along with 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 23-27 at the University of Kentucky.
An identical IFAL conference was also held June 16-20 at Murray State University for an additional 45 students.
The USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency has announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15 to Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance did not change and was July 15.
The 2013 Kentucky Grazing School will be Aug. 21-22 in Woodford County. Informational sessions will be held at the Woodford County Extension office, with hands-on activities taking place at the University of Kentucky’s C. Oran Little Research Center.
Hosted by extension specialists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the school begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. EDT both days. Presenters will offer valuable educational information for new and experienced grazing systems managers.
It seems only fair to share an update to the story since so many of you have been kind enough to lament my troubles with predation on the laying hens and the pastured broilers. If you missed the column from a few weeks back it basically chronicled some owl and fox attacks on our pastured poultry we raise for meat down in the nut grove and our egg-laying hens that range freely around the barn and house during the day.