If you would like to learn more about general beef cattle management recommendations for your herd, make plans to attend our upcoming meeting on Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.

Animal science undergraduate students from the University of Kentucky and UK beef extension specialist, Dr. Darrh Bullock, will be on hand to present information on nutrition, reproduction, genetics and health as it pertains to beef cattle. This year the general theme for each of these topics will be about how to get our cattle through the upcoming winter.

If you are new to the cattle industry, thinking about buying a few cattle, or just curious about what is involved in raising them, I think you will enjoy this program. These animal science students have been working hard to bring you timely and up to date information. Come out and support them!

NOTE: This meeting will qualify for CAIP educational credit, and we will have a meal, so please call 859-623-4072 to reserve your spot by Dec. 6.

CPH-45 Sale Dec. 10

Our fall CPH-45 feeder calf sale will be held at the Bluegrass Stockyards of Richmond on Dec. 10, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The weaning deadline for calves was on Oct. 26, 2019. Ownership deadline was Oct. 11, 2019. All consignors have a current BQA number, use approved CPH-45 tags, vaccinate and deworm, use a mineral that meets program requirements and have followed other guidelines as required.

Country Ham Project

Curing country ham has been a tradition in Kentucky for hundreds of years and the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service is continuing this tradition by offering the 2020 Country Ham Project.

There are several meetings for this project over the course of the year beginning in mid-January and concluding in July with additional educational meetings for youth and an auction. Contracts for this project are available now. There are two components: 4-H Youth and Adult.

• 4-H Youth Country Ham Project: Madison County Youth ages 7-18 are eligible to participate. Youth ages 7-8 can purchase one ham for $40 and youth ages 9-18 pay $60 for two hams. Hams are cured, cleaned and hung at Madison County Extension Office. Other requirements to complete the project are: participate in at least six livestock educational hours about country hams provided by Madison County 4-H; and give a 3-5 minute speech at the Madison County Fair and at the Kentucky State Fair

Call the Madison County Extension Office to get on the list to have a contract mailed to you. Complete the contract and return with payment by Dec. 6. More details will be sent directly to those who register for this project.

• Adult Country Ham Project: Adults interested in the Country Ham project can participate as well. Adults may purchase one ham per person, participate in the curing process, hang the ham on site and may participate in optional educational opportunities with the 4-H program. Adult registration fee for one ham and supplies is $40 and the deadline to register is Dec. 13.

• NOTE: All adults will be put on a list and will be notified of acceptance into program on a first come first served basis. 4-H youth participants receive first priority. For the Adult contract, call the Madison County Extension Office at 859-623-4072.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

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