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2004-01-09 communities
Extension News
by John Sparks,

Lawrence County Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural Resources

The annual beef recognition banquet will be held on Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Louisa Senior Citizen Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Turner, associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service University of Kentucky. David Maples, executive director of Kentucky Cattlemen Association, has also been invited to attend.

The board of directors voted to increase dues to $15 for single and $20 for family. This is the first time dues have been increased since the organization of the association. The reason for the increase in dues is do to the cost of the meal for the annual meeting, which is ribeye steak with the monthly meetings hosted by various counties.

Our sponsors, mainly veterinarian supplies, are merging and we can't keep asking the same ones to donate because other associations are also asking for help in sponsoring their activities.

Ned Compton, county director, and Joe Hart, vice-chairman of HBA will be collecting the dues on Jan. 16 from the Lawrence County beef producers. Call the extension office by Jan. 12, to give a number of those who plan to attend. I will be looking for a volunteer to collect dues from those from West Virginia who are helping our organization to grow closer to 200 members. 

Other counties in the association will also have someone to collect dues for their county. The Senior Citizen Center is located on Pike Street, across from Giovanni's Pizza on Route 2565

Hay Shed and Commodity Storage

This is a new program being offered and carried out by the Agriculture Advancement Council. Nine participants were selected in the first cycle of this program. Seven have completed their hay sheds by the designated time given. This is a 50/50 cost share program up to $3,000.

Tommy Queen is one of the participants in the Hay Shed Program. He built his hay shed 34x77 and holds around 350 round bales, stacked three bales high. They have built the biggest hay shed in the county, at this time.  Abby and Tommy are pleased with their hay shed and have it already full of hay. They know it will pay for itself by preventing storage loss or harvesting loss, when the only place they had to store it was in the field.

The participants are selected by applications on points received on questions they have been asked to fill out and they will have to carry insurance on the shed and attend an educational meeting on the specifications of building the shed.

The next cycle of applicants will be taken Jan. 20, starting at 9 a.m. at the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Office on 310 East Main Street, across from Wellman Hardware. $40,000 was allocated by the county Agriculture Development Council to the Agriculture and Economic Council to administer the Hay, Grain and Commodity Storage Program.

Beef Cattle Handling Facilities

Luke Kitchen put in a Filson headgate, and squeeze chute. He used pressure treated wood to make his alleys, to move the cattle into the headgate for vaccinating and deworming. He used heavy duty gauge cow panels for enclosing their bull and weaning lots. He used the self catching gate latch, that quite a few others have copied from him on making it easier to open and close the gates.

Faye Kitchen and their grandson, Brandon Scott, who helps them work their cattle, really like their new facilities. It has made the job easier and safer on them when they work their cattle.

John McGuire went with the Green River Gate system, which uses gates to crowd the cattle and alley way into the headgate area.  He also used the heavy 4 gauge cow panels which are 16 feet long to enclosed his weaning and bull lot.

Both of these systems are economical to use. I am sure either one of them would be happy to share their experiences with their systems. Both families like their systems because it has taken out the drudgery of working their cattle and made it easier and safer on the people working the cattle.

A total of $60,000 was set up for the Beef Cattle Handling Facilities, those who signed up to participate in the CPH 45 program, the matching funds are $4,000.  Those who do not, the cap is $3,000; with the handling facilities $1,000 weaning lot, $1,000 handling facilities, and $1,000 bull lot. To qualify one must have 10 or more cows, attend Beef Quality Assurance training and keep facilities for five years and keep records on number worked through the facilities.

$40,548.96 has been spent out of the $60,000 allocated to the Beef Cattle Handling Facilities. A limited amount of money is left in the handling facilities, appliactions will be taken on Jan. 22, starting at 9 a.m. at the Lawrence County Extension Office.  This will be the third cycle of this program.

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