Ag Report: Feb. 11, 2011

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Farmer wins donation

Robert Ellis of Eminence has won $2,5000 for the Shelby County High School FFA program through the America’s Farmer Grow Communities fund presented by Monsanto.

He was being honored at a ceremony Thursday night at SCHS.

The program gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Ellis designated the SCHS FFA. In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win from a pool of more than $3 million to highlight the contributions farmers make to society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.

For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com.


Pleasureville farm honored
Dutch Creek Beef of Pleasureville owns one bull listed in the Spring 2011 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. Evaluations are generated on a weekly basis; however a biennial report is still printed. Issued in both the spring and fall, the Sire Evaluation Report features the latest performance information available on 4,765 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angus.org .
"This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," said Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer and director of performance programs.

Information was submitted by nearly 8,300 Angus breeders this past year through the association’s Beef Improvement Records program. They show growth and maternal traits, docility and carcass traits that integrate DNA databases in addition to performance records.


Profit with Produce meeting
There will be a free Profit with Produce meeting from 9 a.m.-3p.m. Tuesday at Capstone Produce Market in Campbellsburg. Contact the Shelby County Extension Office for more information or E-mail Carrie@capstoneproducemarket.com


Winter CoverAll stops in Shelby

A stop in Shelby County is part of this year’s Winter CoverAll Dairy Series, sponsored by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech, which got under way Thursday in Lincoln County and will tour around the state for a half-dozen sessions. Shelby County will be the final stop on the tour, with a session scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Shelby County Extension Office.

Experts will be at the meetings to discuss and answer questions on such topics as how mastitis causing bacteria actually affect the udder with a real udder dissection; treatment protocol and prevention, with a local veterinarian; and up to date reproductive technologies.

Registration for each session will begin at 10 a.m. local time, with presentations starting at noon. Lunch is provided.

If you want to register, call Sam Finney at 859-516-1966, and if you have any questions regarding the meetings and locations, you can contact your local KDDC Dairy Consultant, Extension office or Denise Jones at 859-516-1619.


Upcoming dates:

§              Beef Cattle Marketing, Management and Health will be the topic at 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Beef Cattle Marketing is 5:30-7 p.m., with a beef dinner at 7-7:30 p.m., and beef cattle health and management is 7:30-9 p.m. Call 633-4593 to reserve a meal.

§       San-N-Tone will host the Horse Show Series 2010-2011 at 9 a.m. on March 6 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds (Indoor Arena). Each entry must be received by prior Thursday (no phone entries). The cost is $10 per class or day of the show, $12 per class. Stalls are $20 and the grounds fee is $5. For more information call Sandy Stewart 502-241-1262 (leave a voicemail), 502-722-9330 or E-mail SANNTONESHOW@yahoo.com. Mail pre-entry forms and fees to Sandy Stewart, 468 McElvain Lane, Lebanon Jct., 40150.


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