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Ag Report: April 1, 2011

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By The Staff

Gallrein Farms named
to roadside market program

Gallrein Farms of Shelby County is one of the 98 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2011 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.
In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Gallrein Farms has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that Gallrein Farms meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.
Gallrein Farms sells a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables at its location on Vigo Road, specializing in sweet corn, with 18 varieties on 1,000 acres. There are also nine greenhouses full of flowers.
The farm market opens approximately on July 1 to offer fresh veggies, jams, jellies, local honey and much more.
In the spring Gallrein has you-pick strawberries and in the fall you-pick pumpkins.
“The Certified Roadside Farm Market Program was established to help our farmers generate local interest in the wide array of products they produce on the family farm,” said Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau. “Along with promotional efforts designed to attract consumers, the program also partners with farm market owners to educate the public about the importance of locally grown and produced products.”
For a full list of  2011 Certified Roadside Farm Markets, visit kyfb.com/roadside.
For more information on Gallrein Farms, visit gallreinfarms.com call 633-4849.

Dairy shows open Thursday
The 2011 Kentucky National Dairy Shows and Sales and the seventh annual Kentucky Kow-A-Rama are expected to attract dairy cattle exhibitors from throughout Kentucky and several other states to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on Thursday through April 9.
Show schedule: Guernsey at 2 and 5 p.m. Thursday; Ayrshire at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday; Holstein at 9 a.m. and noon Friday; and Jersey at noon and 4 p.m. Friday.
The Kow-A-Rama Open and Youth shows begin at 4 p.m. Friday, with Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn, and continue at 9:30 a.m. April 9 with Holstein, Jersey, and Red and White. A youth showmanship competition will begin activities on April 9 at 8:30 a.m., followed by Youth and Open Supreme shows.
For more information, visit www.kyagr.com/marketing/fair/nationaldairy.htm.
 
Dairy nominations sought
The Dairy Products Association of Kentucky is accepting nominations for the annual Kentucky Quality Dairy Producer and Kentucky Quality Milk Hauler awards. Both awards will be presented at the 2011 Kentucky State Fair Dairy Recognition and Awards Banquet in August.
The producer award recognizes a  producer or farm family that exemplifies quality milk production in Kentucky each year. The milk hauler award recognizes the hauler who samples and weighs milk while exemplifying quality hauling procedures and exceptionally representing Kentucky’s dairy industry.
Applications are available at www.rs.uky.edu.

UK grazing school returns
University of Kentucky's Grazing School will be held April 13-14 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.  With an emphasis on ruminants – beef, dairy, sheep and goats – this 2-day course covers rotational grazing, traditional forages, establishing forage, mineral and nutritional needs of different animals and parasite control, among other topics. Registration is $50. Preregistration is necessary and limited to the first 45 respondents. For more information or to register, contact lyndsay.jones4@uky.edu or call 859-257-7512.
 
Mount Eden horse shows
The Mount Eden Saddle Club 2011 horse shows is 6 p.m. each second Saturday of each month, starting April 9 and running through October. The rainout date is the fourth Saturday. Admission is $2, and children 6-years-old and under are free. For more information contact Chasidy Hawkins at 502-680-0497 or turnem04@bellsouth.net; Sharon Gilbert at 502-738-9741 or gilbert1035@aol.com or visit www.mtedensaddleclub.weebly.com.

Bulletin board:
•    Learn to graft specific fruit tree varieties onto hardy rootstocks at 3 p.m. today at O.J. Jennings Orchard, located at 266 Hannah Road. Call 633-4593 to reserve your class materials.
•    A championship dressage rider, Kimberly Peterson, will help riders understand and ride dressage with private or semi-private lessons Sunday at the Shelby Trails Equine Ed Center, 5063 Aiken Road in Simpsonville. Call 502-232-2110 for more information or E-mail braidpal@insightbb.com.
•    The Shelby County Cutting Horse Association will hold its next show April 9-10 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. Following that will be shows May 21-22, July 16-17, Aug. 5-7, Sept. 10-11 and Nov. 4-6. Members also will be participating in shows in Duquoin Ill., and at the Kentucky State Fair (Aug. 8-9). For more information, you can visit www.kchacutting.org.
•    A GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification course will be held at 5:30-8 p.m. April 12 at the Cooperative Extension Office. Pizza will be served for dinner. Call 633-4593 to reserve your meal. No cost to attend.
•    USMGA will sponsor another season of Mounted Games at Red Orchard Park on April 16. A tradition in England is now becoming a fast-growing sport for teaching kids to ride and play with their equine partners. Come out and join the fun or watch the exciting event. For more information call 502-232-2110 or E-mail braidpal@insightbb.com.
•    A course on marketing trends and practices, including new ideas for selling and promoting your operations and market outlook for grain crops, fruits and vegetables, will be at 6-8 p.m. April 18 at the Cooperative Extension Office.  Dinner will be served. Call 633-4593 to reserve your meal. No cost to attend.
•    Cornerstone Christian Academy will hold an Ag Day celebration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 at the school. Guest speakers include business and governmental leaders. There will be booths for vendors, too. The program will provide students with background and in-depth information on agriculture and agricultural opportunities. In case of rain, the vent will be May 18.

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.