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Kentucky’s cattle are taking a hit from the wettest year on record, showing signs of stress

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky 2018 was Kentucky’s wettest year on record, and the new year seems to be more of the same. This means most livestock producers are dealing with less than ideal conditions, and cattle are showing signs of stress. “It is important to understand this winter has been relatively easy temperature-wise but difficult for cattle in Kentucky,” said Michelle Arnold,...

KFB Marketbasket Survey shows slight decrease in food prices for second straight quarter

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight decrease to the overall cost of food in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the average marketbasket price showed an overall increase for the year, going from $115.07 in 2017 to $116.92 in 2018. The final 2018 survey is still lower than the final marketbasket of 2016 which was $118.87. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four...

UK Cooperative Extension offers information on ticks and alpha-gal syndrome — the ‘red-meat allergy’

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic reaction also known as the “red-meat allergy” that some people develop after a tick bite, is a life-changing diagnosis. Mackie Jo Pennington of Adair County knows that to be too true. “Since I was diagnosed in 2014, I have researched recipes and support options every day,” Pennington said. “I eat pretty much a vegan diet...