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:ho FaFm !, t .,,, t r 1 and Demonstration -H members represented Bath County at the a 4-H Speech and Demonstration which was held at Ward Elementary in County. Shon Simpson received a blue and was area champion in 16-19 year old cca Pearson (shown with her dog, was a blue ribbon winner and area chain- pion in senior animal science demonstrations. Kayla Kelly received a blue ribbon and was area champion in junior animal science demonstra- tions. Kaleigh Fultz was a blue ribbon winner in junior crafts and hobbies demonstrations. James Hawkins was awarded a blue ribbon and was judged area champion in nine year old speeches. (Extension Service photo) Gary Hamilton, Agricultural Agent Carole Rison, Home Agent Tera Rawlings, 4-H Agent John K, Wills- A County Tobacco Meeting County tobacco produc- mvted to a County Tobacco Meeting on Tuesday, 5, 2(X)2, at 6 p.m. in Owings- I the Lions Club Park on Ken- road. Topics to be cov- :the meeting i ncl ude- Tobacco Management; Field, Har- anng Management; Blue Shank Disease Con- ction: Tobacco Sit- and Outlook; and Tobacco from Syngenta and Valent. at the meeting will in- Gary Palmer, University Tobacco Specialist; Syngenta Repre- Chalfant, Valent This meeting will With a meal, sponsored by and Valent. If you would end, please call the Bath n Office at 674- Monday, March 4, and reg- Kentucky Conference &apos;ersHy of Kentucky Col- Cooperative Ex- Service and the Kentucky and Grassland Council will Central Kentucky Alfalfa esday, March 5, in Winchester at the Clark County Ex- tension Office. The pnogram will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Program topics will include: Alfalfa Varieties; Alfalfa For Hay and Pas- ture; Weed Control Options for Al- falfa; Innovative Loading and Stack- ing Systems For Custom Hay Sales; Advances in Hay Harvesting Equip- ment; Dairy Quality Hay and Horse Quality Hay. A registration fee of $10 will cov- er lunch and acopy of the conference proceedings. To get to the Clark County Extension Office in Win- chester, take Exit 96 off 1-64, go north toward Paris. Turn Left into the Industrial Park, between the BP Station and firehouse. The office is the next building on the right after the firehouse. Adding sprayer maintenance to Spring cleaning tasks Remember to include sprayer maintenance in your farm spring cleaning tasks. It will ensure that your spray equipment is ready for the plaming season, as well as save you time and money. Taking care of sprayer maintenance prior to the hec- tic growing season can prevent time- consuming equipment breakdowns, higher chemical costs, reduce pesti- cide effectiveness and potential crop damage. Poorly maintai ned sprayer equip- ment can cause variations in pesti- cide application rates. These varia- tions can lead to ineffective pest con- trol and potential crop injury, result- ing in higher chemical costs and re- duced profits. Precise pesticide ap- plication is even more important with the highly active agricultural chem- icals we have on the market today. Make the following a part of your spray equipment spring cleaning agenda: Rinse out the sprayer to remove any dirt that accumulated over the winter. Check the pump for excessive wear and to be sure it is operating at full capacity. Inspect sprayer lines for leaks. Visually inspect nozzles for ex- cessive wear, corrosion or damage. Measure to output from each nozzle to ensure uniform applica- tion. Visually inspect spray from each nozzle to find any inconsistent pat- terns resulting from worn or dam- aged nozzles. Clean filter screens and replace worn ones. Check the agitator for proper turbulence so specific formulations will be mixed well. On a driveway or other appropri- ate site, use water to check spray patterns for proper overlap. Inspect all electrical connections on sprayer controllers to find corrod- ed or loose wires. Important foaling reminders for KY horse owners and breeders Bluegrass pastures is a sign to Kentuckians that spring is on the way. Horse owners and breeders can 17"S THAT TIME OF YEAR -- fS BANK A G. APPRECIATION DINNER PRIZES , STEAK DINNER IT S TIME FOR OUR 7 m ANNUAL FARMERS APPRECIATION DINNER!! LOCATION: BETHEL SCHOOL DATE: MARCH 12, 2002 TIME: 6:00 P.M. GUEST SPEAKER: JOHN STEVENSON FROM KY BEEF NETWORK Please let Christy at Sharpsburg, Freda at Owingsville, or Louise at Georgetown ioow if you are coming by March 5, 2002. You must be-present to win door prizes. FARM ENC NG SPEC ALS CITIZENS BANK That's My Bank rg (606) 247-2721 Owingsville (606) 674-9950 Lenders are now available in both Citizens Bank locations  1 Sharpsburg and Owingsville ,.o" THE BNFH COUNTY NEWS-OUTLOOK Owingsville, Ky.Week of February 28 - March 7, 2002 7 make the foaling process easier on themselves and their mares by pay- ing careful attention to some impor- tant details. The biggest thing is making sure the mare's vaccination and worming programs are up-to- date, so the cotostrum will be good quality. And to follow up with that, make sure the foal has enough co- lostrum. If the mare's been stream- ing milk two weeks prior to foaling, chances are there won't be enough colostrum. If you aren't sure what to do, talk to a veterinarian. Some vets will have a supply of colostrum on hand; check with them if you need it. Mares carry their foals anywhere from 335 to 342 days, depending on such factors as the foars sex and the time of year. It is suggested that mares be moved to the fl)aling area between four and six weeks before the estimated foaling date, so they can become comfortable. Because foaling areas are usually so much closer to the main farm facility, it's easier to keep an eye on mares, especially at night. Once the foaling process begins, it usually goes in three stages. Stage one is the preparation phase and can last from 30 minutes to sev- eral hours. The mare will be experi- encing contractions and may appear restless and the owner may think he is experiencing mild colic. When the mare's water breaks, releasing anmi- otic fluid to lubricate the birth canal, stage 2 is about to begin. Delivery of the foal is stage two, lasting any- where from 20 to 30 minutes. The mare will have strong contractions. When the foal begins to appear, its front feet should come first and be facing down. After the foal is out, make sure the sac is broken so the foal will be able to breath. It's not uncommon for the pair to rest up to 20 minutes after birth. The expulsion of the placenta is stage three and it occurs 30 minutes to three hours after delivery. If the placenta has not been delivered after four hours, call a veterinarian. After the foal has been delivered and has had a chance to rest, special care should be taken to make sure the umbilical cord is treated with an an- tibacterial solution to prevent infec- tion. Since foals usually want to start nursing anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours after birth, it is a good idea to wash the mare's udder. It's very important for foals to receive the first milk. It contains colostrum, which gives foals the an- tibodies they need until their own immune system is strong enough to produce them. Because of the nature of colostrum, the foal needs to con- sume it in the first six to eight hours and by 24 hours of age. Also, the foal should pass its first waste, called mecomium, within the first 12 hours of life. If the weather is nice, it's good to get the foals outside as soon as pos- sible. But be also cautioned that weaker foals should be given time to catch up and rest and not be pushed to go out too soon. As much as you should be aware of what's going on during the foaling process, and as exciting as it is to watch a foal be born, don't get too carried away. Let the mare be a mare and foal be a foal, and just don't intrude anymore than necessary. Homemaker meetings this week Friday, March I, Sharpsburg Country Homemakers; 10:30 a.m., home of Dorothy Bascom Wednesday, March 6, Kendall Springs Homemakers; 10:30 a.m. Extension Office Meeting Room Thursday, March 7, Owingsville Nite Homemakers; 2 p.m. Exten- sion Office Meeting Room Expo offers much for KY beef producers The return of a national breed show and sale will highlight the 2002 Kentucky Beef Expo at Louisville's Kentucky Fair and Exposition Cen- ter March 1-3. The National Polled Shorthorn Congress Show and Sale returns to Kentucky after more than 20 years. The show is set for March 1 at 10 a.m. with the sale scheduled for March 2 at 10 a.m. Also new this year is the "Bull Aisle" display area. Here, owners of registered or club calf bulls may ex- hibit in an effort to promote the ani- mal or indi vidual breeding programs. The bulls will not be judged. The alley-like display area will be open March 1-2, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST. In all, about 600 head are sched- uled at expo shows and sales with another 300 head expected for the Junior Heifer Show and 150 head in the Prospect Steer Show. Of the 600 head, 160 will be breeding-age bulls that qualify for cost-share monies as part of county agricultural diversifi- cation programs. The expo is spon- sored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and coordinated by its Division of Show and Fair Promo- tion. "At the expo, breeders annually find superior genetics and an oppor- tunity to judge their breeding pro- grams alongside that of others," said Kentucky Agriculture commission- er Billy Ray Smith. "Each year, the expo helps breeders throughout the state and the nation in making im- provements to their cattle opera- tions." "This year's breed shows offer producers some of the top animals available, whether you are looking for breeding females or bulls," said Kentucky Agriculture Commission- er Billy Ray Smith. Each year, the expo helps breeders throughout the state and the nation in making im- provements to their cattle opera- tions." "This year's ,breed shows offer producers some of the top animals available, whether you are looking tbr breeding females or bulls," said Wendell Bruce, Director of the Divi- sion of Show and Fair Promotion. "While most of these animals come from Kentucky farms, the expo draws top quality cattle from surrounding states as well." The Prospect Steer Show will be- gin at 8 a.m. March 3. The show is divided by breed, with prize monies being awarded to the five best Ken- tucky-owned animals and the five best animals overall, as named by the judges. For the Pen Heifer Show and Sale, animals must be 12-30 months of age. The event features both regis- tered and commercial divisions. The is set for 3 p.m. March I with the sale at 2 p.m. March 2. The event is co- sponsored by Merial. The Junior Heifer Show will be held March 3 at 8 a.m. It is open to all 4-H and FFA members. The five animals judged best by class will be awarded prize monies from a "jack- pot" made up from entry fees. A Youth Judging Contest is sched- uled for March 2, with registration at 7 a.m. and start time set for 8 a.m. the event is open to all 4-H and ETA members. All junior shows this year are co- sponsored by Merial, Pfizer, Scher- ing-Plough, Nutrena, Fort Dodge and Farm Credit. 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