March Third Thursday program will be March 21 starting at 10 am on the HR Benson Research and Demonstration Farm. The agenda is attached. The program like always is open to the public and free of charge.
The morning will focus on funding source for projects and improvements that are available. Spring is a time of year when many of the programs are open for application and would be a good opportunity for producers to look at finding possible funding sources to help make improvements for pasture management and other aspects on their farms.
The afternoon will start with a producer presentation on grazing browse as a commercial operation and experiences with it. There has been growing interest in this type of grazing on personal property and as a business. There are some aspects of this that people need to be aware of when working to utilize this type of grazing for their animals as well as for a business.
We will also have a presentation on pasture recovery after this winter. We all have greater pasture damage this year than most and it is important to get new forages established and address fertility and other soil concerns correctly as spring arrives. This will be a panel discussion and the panel members are still being finalized but we will cover management, soil, and forages in this discussion.
The last presentation of the day will be on quality assurance for goats and sheep. It will cover what this critical topic is and why everyone should be practicing it. It will cover proper injection cites and practices as well as assessment of animals. There will be a small hands on part to this presentation so have your questions and we will get them answered.
Ken Andries, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Animal Science
College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment
Goat Third Thursday
10:00 - 10:15 am
Welcome and Announcements
Dr. Marion Simon, Kentucky State University
10:15 – 10:50 am
“GOAP Program for Producers”
Warren Beeler, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
11:00 – 11:50 am
Katie Bowman, Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development
“KSU Small Producer Grant Program”
Joni Nelson, Kentucky State University
12:00 – 1:00 pm
KSU Farm Crew
1:00 – 1:50 pm
“Browse Programs and Grazing for Brush Control”
David Neville and Al Dilley
2:00 – 2:50 pm
“Discussion on Pasture Recovery”
Dr. Ken Andries, Kentucky State University and others
3:00 – 3:50 pm
“Small Ruminant Quality Assurance”
Emily Clement and Amber Hartell, Kentucky State University
PLEASE NOTE: The next Third Thursday Thing Program will be April 25, 2019.