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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...

UK scientist says no shortage in meat supply despite panic buying in America during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky By the looks of grocery store meat cases, many Americans may believe there is a shortage in the U.S. meat supply. But, University of Kentucky of meat scientist Gregg Rentfrow explained that is not the case. “Rest assured, what we have been witnessing is panic buying and stockpiling,” he said. “People are simply buying more meat, and it is no indication...

Kentucky cattle producers finding alternate ways of purchasing bulls while social distancing

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Traditionally, buying bulls is a very social business. Producers often visit farms, go to auctions or open houses to purchase animals, but that’s out of the question until the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements of COVID-19 begin to loosen. “Many seedstock producers are already using the internet to help market their bulls, and this crisis...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute providing sanitizer to health care workers, instructions to spirits industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic is creating shortages of sanitizing products in hospitals. Across the nation, spirits distillers are stepping up to help and using their products and equipment to make hand sanitizer for healthcare workers. At the University of Kentucky, The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits is making sanitizer and going a step further by creating...

UK ag beef specialists say planning for emergencies, disasters is best practice for cattle producers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of planning for the unexpected. Now is the time for cattle producers to review their emergency management plans to make sure their operation is not only able to withstand the consequences of the pandemic but also other future disasters. “Ideally, most operations have been cross training workers all along,...

UK livestock specialists say people can learn important lessons from animals in tough times

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky With all the uncertainty in the world during the COVID-19 crisis, University of Kentucky animal scientists say people could learn quite a few lessons from farm animals. Animals have their own culture in how they deal with life and the stresses that come along. They have relationships, disagreements, collaborations and many other things to which humans can relate. “Cattle...

Independent Stave Company, Boswell family give $1 million for spirits maturation warehouse at UK

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery. “The creation of the James...

UK celebrates 28 years of partnership with Lloyd’s of London in support of horse industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have celebrated a 28-year partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. “Lloyd’s is very pleased to have...

Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference coming to UK’s Gatton Student Center

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon is an $8.6 billion industry in Kentucky and boasts more than 21,000 jobs and rising, accounting for a third of all distilling jobs in the United States. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky will offer an inaugural industry conference Feb. 27 in the UK Gatton Student Center. The Beam Institute is a collaboration...

UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab director receives inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory director, Dr. Craig Carter, recently received the inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics. The award honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to being a leader, educator and innovator in veterinary informatics. The Association for Veterinary Informatics...

Beef Bash 2019 moves to Central Kentucky, to be held Sept. 26 at C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef Bash 2019, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, will take place Sept. 26 at the University of Kentucky C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the event. Since 2008, the bash...

Livestock producers encouraged to remain vigilant as extreme cold expected to linger well into February

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward Kentuckians already are deep in the throes of winter with a long stretch of below-freezing temperatures and bitter wind chills. Lingering periods of extreme cold put livestock at risk. “Normal temperatures this time of year are supposed to be in the low-to-mid 40s, with lows dipping into the 20s,” said Matthew Dixon, meteorologist for the University of Kentucky...