Ag Report: April 6, 2012

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By The Staff

Kentucky dairy show opens

Friday at state fairgrounds
The Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2012 edition Friday and April 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“The quality of Kentucky dairy cattle is as strong as ever,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a news release announcing the show. “This event provides an opportunity for dairy cattle producers from all over the United States to showcase their genetics and gives buyers a chance to purchase from some of the best cow families in the business.”
This 2-day event is free and open to the public. Five breeds will be shown and sold: Ayrshire, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn.

“This time-honored tradition will not only feature some top consignments in the industry but will also showcase and remember those great cow and farm families that have been involved since its inception,” said Katherine Wheatley, dairy coordinator in the KDA’s Division of Show and Fair Promotion. “The support and passion shown by our consignors and buyers over the last 50 years is truly remarkable.”
The Kentucky Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Judging School is at 2 p.m. Thursday, the day before the Kentucky National Show and Sale.
The Kentucky National will commemorate its 50th anniversary at a dinner at 7 p.m. Friday in the exposition center’s pavilion.

USDA sets milk reimbursement rate

The Farm Service Agency has announced a February payment rate of $0.3895043 per hundredweight for the Milk Income Loss Contract program. This is the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.

MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month using the latest milk price and feed cost.

For more information, contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/milc2011.pdf.


Alpaca show coming to Louisville

Alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, gather from across the country for the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) National Alpaca Show, which will be held this May 26-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. This event is free.

Alpacas from across the country will be featured in the show ring competition. Artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts, and more. Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.
On Saturday, an alpaca auction will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 6 p.m.  Admission is free and a cash bar will be available.  The National Auction is the premiere event of the year for the North American alpaca industry.


On-farm energy efficiency incentives

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board reminds producers of the availability of $2 million in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds for on-farm energy efficiency or production projects. Application and guidelines for the KADB's new On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program are available online at ag-energy.ky.gov.

The program will provide 25 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy saving item, up to $10,000. Permissible items include, but are not limited to, energy audits, energy efficient farm building components, on-farm energy upgrades and on-farm energy efficiency training. Only expenditures made after March 11, 2011 will be eligible for reimbursement.

For questions about the program, please contact Bill McCloskey or Angie Justice at 502-564-4627 or govkyagpolicy@ky.gov.


Bulletin board

§       Mount Eden Saddle Club’s first horse show of the season will be 6 p.m. April 14. The horse shows will continue every second Saturday through Oct. 13. If there’s rain, the shows will be on the fourth Saturday. For more information, call 502-232-5071.

§       Robertson Equine Sales LLC in Shelbyville will hold its spring 2012 auction April 15 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

§       Cattail Creek and Walnut Way Farm will co-host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association saddle seat competition at 11 a.m. on April 22 at Walnut Way Farm on Shelbyville road. Riders are involved in a riding program and attend weekly practice lessons. Horses for competitions are acquired from different sources by the hosting team. Riders select their mounts by “luck of the draw.” For more information, E-mail walnutwf@aol.com.

§       Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host the 12th Annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 28 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds pavilion. Hundreds of perennial plants from members’ gardens will be offered for sale. Garden exhibits, arts and craftsman displays, as well as Kentucky horticultural organizations, will be on site. Music and food accompany the event. The Shelbyville Farmers’ Market will be open until 1 p.m. The Master Gardeners are seeking exhibitors for the fair. If interested or for more information, contact Carol Ison at 502-834-7222 or carolison@insightbb.com.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.