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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 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,...

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...

Murray State students maintain Equine Center operations; student workers tend to 50 horses

Remaining true to their name, a group of Racers continue to care for the Murray State University Equine Center’s stable of 50 horses amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. Bailey Coffman of Jackson, Tennessee, McKenna Debus of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Rachel Lawrence of Owensboro, Gabby Lee from Elgin, Illinois, and Danielle French of Benton are all continuing their work tending to each horse,...

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...

Kentucky no longer worst for animal protection laws; Mississippi ranked last in national report

For the first time in 13 years, Kentucky does not rank as the worst state for animal protection laws. That is according to the annual U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a legal advocacy organization for animals. Instead, Mississippi now ranks 50th with the country’s weakest animal protection laws. The longest-running report of its kind, the...

Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne featured on cover of Kentucky’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism unveiled the 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne. This issue includes many Kentucky artists highlighting 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky. “Tourism and hospitality create and support thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our...

Louisville’s Speed Art Museum to open Tales of the Turf exhibit celebrating Kentucky’s horses Nov. 15

The Speed Art Museum will open the first exhibition to examine Kentucky’s relationship to the horse through art Nov. 15. Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1825 – 1950 will feature paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints, and manuscripts to tell the story of the horse in the Bluegrass State. The exhibition will reflect all the ways that images of the horse have represented the...

University of Kentucky researchers invite equestrians to participate in online ‘Portrait of a Rider’ survey

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher Karin Pekarchik and College of Public Health researcher Kimberly Tumlin are seeking participation for an online survey to better understand who participates in horse activities and sports. (KyForward File Photo from CP National Horse Show) “Portrait of a Rider: Characterizing Active Participants in Horse Activities and...

Horses need some extra attention to cope and thrive during cold, wet winter months — watch their water

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The 2018-19 winter has served up roller coaster temperatures and record precipitation. Kentucky’s equine friends are quite adaptive to these variations, but when the temperatures dip low, along with wet and windy conditions, horse owners need to pay attention to a few things to help the animals cope and thrive. “Horses have three basic needs—shelter, feed...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

‘Horses Speak of God’: Priest Laurie Brock finds self and spirtuality in her relationship with horses

By Vicki Prichard KyForward reporter In the crisp chill of an October weekend, many Kentuckians will make their way to Keeneland to gather around the track and place their bets on sleek, powerful horses to be the first to nose their way beyond the finish line. Laurie Brock, an Episcopal priest serving at St. Michael of the Archangel in Lexington, sees many reasons to celebrate these majestic creatures,...

Mary Quinn Ramer: Lexington boosts tourism by leveraging partnerships with signature industries

There are two trends dominating the tourism industry – technology and authenticity. Travelers have an amazing amount of resources at their fingertips when they book their trips, and they want to experience something different. That has worked in Lexington’s favor as people expand their searches beyond the standard tourist stops to immerse themselves in their destinations, complete with genuine...

Constance Alexander: Justine Riley shares her sensory appreciation of the horse in new book

“Most people think horses are beautiful, but I think they smell good,” says Justine Riley. In fact, she is so passionate about sharing her sensory appreciation, she created a book called “I’m a Horse Smeller.” When she wears the teal t-shirt that depicts the book’s cover, equine enthusiasts approach and tell her they understand exactly what she means. Those who don’t have much experience...

BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

The Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America to provide food and care for the retired racehorses who are a part of the training and education for NARA students. “Your grant proposal upholds the mission of the TCA which is ‘to provide a better life for...

Keeneland announces format changes to September Yearling, November Breeding Stock Sales

Keeneland announced Thursday significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials...

Summer heat can stress farm animals, but producers have options to keep livestock thriving

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Summer hasn’t officially begun according on the calendar, but Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock is feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat. “When you get a combination of heat and humidity, it can cause concern for livestock,”...

University of Kentucky research will gauge effect of indoor arenas on horse and human health

By Holly Wiemers UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Little research has been conducted on indoor riding arena environments. To remedy this gap in understanding the effects on horse and human health from indoor arenas, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is conducting a survey...

UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo to be held May 31 at Knapper Farm in Harrodsburg

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 31 at Knapper Farm, which is located at 485 Chatham Lane in Harrodsburg. Farm managers and horse owners will have the opportunity to explore visitor booths and see displays on every aspect of horse farm management. Speakers will provide educational talks about utilizing cost sharing,...

Turfway Park announces changes to stakes schedule; Spiral Stakes purse cut, KY Cup Classic returns

Turfway Park will open its 59th season Nov. 29 with upgrades to its most important day of racing as well as modifications to its stakes schedule, General Manager Daniel “Chip” Bach announced today. Chip Bach One significant change is the resurrection of the Kentucky Cup Classic, to be run on the Spiral Stakes (G3) undercard. Last run in 2011 as a Grade 2 race, the Kentucky Cup Classic trophy has...