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with state dairy award
Eddie Klingenfus of Shelby County was among the dairy farmers honored Friday at the Kentucky Dairy Recognition Dinner at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
Klingenfus was the winner of the production award for the county.
The Lee Robey family of Logan County won the Kentucky Dairy Production Award, and the Tommy Howard family of Fleming County earned the 2011 Kentucky Dairy Quality Award.
The Kentucky Dairy Quality Award is judged on industry quality standards and farm inspections. The Howard farm received a monetary award and a farm-gate sign. Other finalists were the Glenn Diller family of Lincoln County and the Isaac Shirk family of Casey County.
The Robey farm took top prize in the Kentucky Dairy Production Award – All Herds competition with a rolling herd average (the average weight of milk a herd produces in one year) of more than 27,000 pounds. Top Herd Production – Mixed Herd was won by the University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy managed by Joey Clark.
The Proficient Dairy Producer Award was won by the Darrell Horst family of Lincoln County. The Proficiency Award is given on the basis of several factors as recorded by the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
Winning ham brings $600k
This morning $600,000 was raised for local charities at the 48th Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau. The ham auction completed the morning festivities that included appearances by local and state officials and speeches by Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
The blue-ribbon winning ham was raised by Broadbent B&B Foods of Kuttawa and weighed in at 16 pounds, 9 ounces. Republic Bank paid $600,000 for the ham.
Since its inception in 1964, the Kentucky Ham Auction has raised more than $5.6 million dollars for charity. Last year's auction tipped the scales and the record books with a record-setting $1.6 million winning bid by Bernard Trager, chairman of Republic Bank and Trust, and Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates, owner of Dr. Bizer's Vision World.
Largest pumpkin winner
Frank Mudd of Flaherty grabbed first prize in the second annual Largest Pumpkin Contest at the fair. His pumpkin weighed 1,046 pounds. Mudd, who did not compete in the inaugural contest last year, was declared the winner at a weigh-in on Friday.
Current state record holder for largest pumpkin and Prestonsburg, Kentucky native, Dwight Slone, earned second place coming in just under the one thousand pound goal with a 996 pound pumpkin.
The winning pumpkin was to be awarded $1 per pound if it weighed over 1,000 pounds. The contest has the largest premium of any Kentucky State Fair entry category.
Limestone women’s event
Limestone Farm Lawn and Worksite’s second annual Ladies Night Out is 6-9 p.m. today at Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The guest speaker will be Sentinel-Newsgardening columnist Jeneen Wiche. There will be prizes, food and gifts.
Change in conservation policy
The Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help those affected by sustained drought conditions. Throughout this year of extreme weather, USDA has supported and delivered assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across the country.
One policy change will allow producers nationwide to utilize harvested hay from expiring CRP acres when those acres are being prepared for fall seeded crops. This change enables livestock producers to feed the hay that is mechanically harvested to their own livestock or to sell or donate hay.
For further information about the Conservation Reserve Program and Emergency Haying and Grazing, producers are encouraged to visit their USDA Service Centers or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov. Search under Conservation Programs and Disaster Assistance.
Milk quality conference
The first Kentucky Milk Quality Conference is Wednesday and Thursday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. This conference will address milk quality issues for the entire production chain, from the farm to the consumer. This is a joint effort of the KY Milk Safety Branch, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Dairy Development Council, and all allied industry participating in all stages of the milk production process. For additional information contact Jeffery Bewley, UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
§ The Kentucky State Fair runs through Sunday at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville. See kystatefair.org for schedules and details.
§ The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will be having its next competition on Sept. 10-11 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road.
§ The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.
§ Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.