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James B. Beam Institute receives donation of barrel storage equipment to advance teaching, research

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky An equipment donation from Koetter Construction will enable the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky to construct a modern barrel-storage system inside the Independent Stave Company – Boswell Family Barrel Warehouse at the institute. “With the announcement that the James B. Beam Institute was going to build a barrel warehouse...

UK extension poultry specialists leads veterinarian training to treat growing backyard flocks

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans were showing an increased interest in backyard poultry flocks. Once the pandemic took hold, that interest began to grow even more, as people pursued hobbies at home. University of Kentucky extension poultry specialists Tony Pescatore and Jacquie Jacob saw growth in backyard flock numbers and were concerned the...

UK extension beef specialist says managing calf stress helps improve weaning outcomes

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The most stressful period in a calf’s life is probably at weaning. Until that time, a calf relies on its mother for just about all its needs—nutrition, protection, comfort. Although producers can’t completely eliminate stress during weaning, helping cattle deal with it can go a long way. “It’s important that we think about weaning as a period of time,...

UK agricultural economist says fall calf market depends on corn, wheat and a few unknowns

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle prices have been on a roller coaster ride in 2020 thanks in part to COVID-19. While there are still a few unknowns, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Kenny Burdine sees potential for a stronger fall calf market than we saw in fall 2019. In the spring, the pandemic created a bottleneck in the processing industry that Burdine said led to a decrease...

UK Beef Bash goes virtual in COVID-19 world; annual event for beef producers moves online, set for Oct. 1

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef Bash is a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, held annually since 2008. Due to concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 event will go online Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. CST. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association have traditionally...

KDA establishes annual scholars fund with UK distillation, wine and brewing studies program

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is establishing a scholars program to fund scholarships aimed at increasing diversity in the distilled spirits industry. The KDA UK Scholars Program Fund will annually support full tuition for up to four students in the University of Kentucky’s distillation, wine and brewing studies program. “As there are too few diverse...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers Virtual State Fair for next 11 days

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is offering 11 days of a Virtual State Fair, Aug. 20-30 on the college website at https://www.ca.uky.edu/statefair2020. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky State Fair officials decided to close the fair to the general public, but that doesn’t mean Kentuckians can’t enjoy some...

Free pasture-finished beef production workshop offered online by UK, Virginia Tech and WVU

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers and consumers have a growing interest in forage-finished beef. The University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University are offering a free pasture-finished beef production online workshop Aug. 11-13 from 7-9 p.m. “Getting adequate growth to reach a ‘finished’ state and addressing market issues can be challenging for producers...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute rallies industry partners to provide vital sanitizer during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of vital sanitizer for everyone. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky has rallied during the crisis and gathered industry partners to make sure UK HealthCare and the entire UK campus has enough sanitizer to reopen more safely this fall. “Early on in the pandemic, we made about...

UK alums lead effort in Kentucky milk product giveaways, work with dairy farmers during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky On a hot July day, cars lined up as far as the eye could see at Pulaski County High School to collect free dairy products. Similar lines are forming across the state. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many Kentuckians have adapted to temporary food and supplies shortages. Many have also become food insecure for the first time in their lives due to unexpected...

Extended heat wave in forecast will put stress on Kentucky livestock producers, corn growers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Things are heating up again in the Bluegrass. As the week progresses, the humidity and temperatures will rise and Kentucky’s agricultural producers need to be aware of the impacts the heat may have. “We are looking at an extended period of heat stress, beginning July 15,” said Matthew Dixon, meteorologist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture,...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute receives donation of distilling equipment to advance teaching, research

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky received a large donation of distilling equipment from the institute’s founding partner, the James B. Beam Distilling Company. Jim Beam’s donation included two tractor-trailer loads of stills, tanks, pumps and instruments from the historic craft distillery in Clermont, reducing...

UK equine specialist reminds horse owners to begin planning for future hay needs right now

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky In the midst of a bountiful first cutting of hay, a University of Kentucky equine specialist reminds horse owners to start thinking about how much hay they need in the future. “The photos I’m seeing look great,” said Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “There is some good-looking hay out there,...

With interest in backyard chickens on the rise, experts warn of dangers of bacterial infections

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky When school is out and the weather turns warmer, people become more interested in raising backyard chickens. Since human interactions with poultry can raise the risk of bacterial infections, University of Kentucky poultry specialists are urging new and experienced backyard flock enthusiasts to remember safe handling principles. “We’re seeing an even higher...

UK specialist offers strategies for dairy farmers in case of pandemic-induced demand drop

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected many aspects of agriculture. While Kentucky dairy production has operated on schedule thus far, University of Kentucky dairy scientists want to offer guidance to producers to help them prepare in the event they are asked to decrease milk production. “As of yet, Kentucky producers haven’t been asked...

UK College of Agriculture alumni association welcomes new grads in unique way

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Graduating college amid a global pandemic is far from how 2020 spring graduates envisioned ending their time at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Even though they won’t be taking that famous rite of passage across the Rupp Arena stage, the college’s alumni association is making sure the transition is memorable. “Along...

Meat scientists answer COVID-19-related consumer questions with practical, science-based answers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Consumers have raised questions about meat supply and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help them sort through the information, meat specialists from three land-grant institutions recently joined forces to offer practical, science-based answers. Many of the questions revolve around food safety and the concern that humans could get COVID-19 by eating meat...

UK alumni veterinarians adapting to COVID-19 challenges; interaction with clients has changed

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Veterinarians are essential and open for business in Kentucky, but the way they are interacting with clients has changed. Regardless of practice size or whether they service large or small animals, all practitioners must limit human-to-human contact and maintain proper distancing, following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Veterinary...

UK specialist says to plan ahead for equine feed needs, but no need to overbuy during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual. Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases. “I...

UK economist says cattle markets constantly swinging in volatile COVID-19 economy

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle markets are swinging up and down amid the COVID-19 economy. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment economist Kenny Burdine said prices are constantly changing, “almost as fast as we can type.” “I can tell you what’s going on right now, but by next week, things could be very different,” he said. Cattle markets made...