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Ag report: Aug. 2, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby teams dominate 4-H team judging events

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the Stoeppell Award for High County Team Overall for earning the most total points in each of the three age divisions, clover, intermediate and senior. 

The teams are coached by Corinne Belton, Adam Miller and James Riddell.

The senior team (14-to-19-year-old 4-H members) of Kolt Bitzer, Andrew Glass, Jaycie Heath, Jackson Jeffries, Levi Stephenson, Taylor Ray, and Mckayla Thornsberry brought home the title of State Champion Senior Team and High Team in Reasons, and finished first in Beef Cattle, second in Swine, third in Sheep, and fourth in Goats.

Individually, Bitzer placed sixth in Reasons, eighth in Beef Cattle, ninth in Goats and eighth Overall. Glass placed fourth in Reasons, fifth in Swine and 20th Overall. Heath placed 17th Overall, and Jeffries was fifth in Beef Cattle and Reasons, seventh in Sheep and 11th Overall. Stephenson placed third in Beef Cattle, 9th in Reasons and ninth Overall, and Ray placed eighth in Reasons, ninth in Sheep and Beef Cattle, 10th in Swine and sixth Overall. 

Bitzer, Glass, Heath, Jeffries, Stephenson and Ray were invited to compete for the eight spots on the State 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team, and they attended the intensive Top-12 Week, spending seven days judging livestock across the state and honing their oral reasons skills, each qualifying for a spot on the all-star team, a rarity for a single county to have so many members. They will travel to judging contests across the country this fall.

The clover team, made up of 4-Hers ages 9-11, including Emma Browning, Mackenzie Cornish, Brianne Sharar and Shelby Wallace, placed second in Sheep and Swine, fourth in Reasons/Non-Traditional, fifth in Beef Cattle and second Clover Team Overall.

Emma placed fifth in Swine, seventh in Goats, seventh Overall Clover, and won the Wilson Award for High Placing 9-year-old. Shelby placed first in Sheep and Beef Cattle, sixth in Swine, seventh in Reasons/Non-Traditional and third in Overall Clover.

The intermediate team (12-13) of  Brooke Cheak, Joshua Riddell, Devin Shaw and Renee Stohlmann placed second in Reasons/Questions, fourth in Goats and Beef Cattle, fifth in Sheep and fifth Intermediate Team Overall. Brooke placed ninth in Beef Cattle, and Renee was fourth in Reasons/Questions and fifth in Sheep.

 

Fall Grazing School set

The University of Kentucky will host Kentucky Fall Grazing School at the CO Little Research Station in Versailles. This 2-day school will be held 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Aug. 21-22.

Topics include a wide range of grazing management and hands-on learning opportunities. Pre-registration is required and includes a $50 registration fee to cover course materials, the grazing manual, lunch and refreshments both days. The course is limited to the first 45 applicants.

For more information and a registration form, call the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.

 

Acre report deadline is Saturday

Farm Service Agency in Shelbyville reminds producers that the deadline for crop acreage reporting for crop year 2013 has been extended to Saturday. If you have not filed a 2013 acreage report, visit the FSA office at 65 Breighton Blvd. in Shelbyville. Acreage reports are required for participation in many FSA programs.  

Signup for the DCP program continues through Sept. 15. Producers with Shelby, Spencer, or Jefferson County farms can sign up at the Shelbyville USDA Service Center, which is in the same building as the FSA on Breighton Boulevard.

For more information, call 502-633-3294.

 

Bulletin board

  • The annual Shelbyville Horse Show is today and Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Shows are at 7 each night. Tickets start at $5 for the show, and $45 for the Horseman’s Club.
  • The Spencer County horse show will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • The Kentucky Horse Council is conducting a seminar in building sustainable trails on Aug. 24. The class is limited to 15 individuals. Registration prices are $45 for participants with a discounted rate of $40 for Kentucky Horse Council members. Registration fees include all materials and lunch. This form must be completed by July 19. Questions should be directed to Ginny Grulke at 859-533-7002 or director@kentuckyhorse.org.
  • The Spencer County horse show will resume at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • The 110th annual World’s Championship Horse Show will be Aug. 18-24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 24. Prices range from $14 to 425, based on the date and the session.
  • The Shelby County Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail. For more information, you can find and like the market organizers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shelby-County-Kentucky-Farmers-Market/173755406108757?fref=ts.
  • The National FFA Convention and Expo will be Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville.
  • Kentucky Round-Up, an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council that celebrates horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities and educational exhibits, will be Feb. 15-16 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.

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