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  • March 1, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 202
    Last week: 701
    Last year: 788

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady, heifers under 600 lbs. $1-$2 higher, over 600 lbs. steady, slaughter cows steady, bulls $1-$2 higher, all on a light test due to heavy rains and muddy conditions.

    Feeders: 175
    Slaughter: 19
    Replacements: 8

  • By Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Feb. 22, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 701
    Feb. 15: 703
    Last year: 788
    Compared to last week: Feeder steers 300 to 600 lbs. sold $3 to $5 higher, over 600 mostly steady. Feeder heifers under 600 lbs. sold $2 to $4 higher, over 600 lbs. unevenly steady. Slaughter cows and bulls sold mostly steady. Good demand throughout the sale.
    Feeders: 621
    Slaughter: 45
    Replacement: 35
    The feeder supply included 24.6 percent steers, 47.7 percent heifers, and 16.4 percent bulls. Near 45 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Feb. 15, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 703
    Last week: 325
    Last year: 189
    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady- $2 higher, heifers unevenly steady, slaughter cows $1-$$3 higher, bulls $2-$3 higher.
    Feeders: 646
    Slaughter: 54
    Replacements: 3
    Slaughter cows made up 6 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 0 percent, replacement cows 0 percent, and feeders 94 percent. The feeder supply included 40 percent steers, 45 percent heifers, and 15 percent bulls. Near 33 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  •  Feb. 8, 2017

     

    Cattle Receipts: 325

    Last Week: 803

    Last Year: 228

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady- $2 lower, heifers steady-  $1 lower, slaughter cows $1-$2 higher, bulls steady on a very light test.

  • by Steve Musen

    Tall fescue, specifically Kentucky 31, is a cool-season grass that is widely grown throughout Kentucky and the eastern United States because it is resistant to many unfavorable conditions including drought tolerance and insect resistance. However, the very reason for its resiliency is also its Achilles heel. It contains a harmful fungal endophyte that causes fescue toxicosis in cattle and horses. Affected animals get sick, have reduced weight gains, reproductive problems and other issues.

  • by Jeneen Wiche

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous, and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days. This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend.  It felt fantastic to get some good old fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Mildred Bond Cammack of Sparta will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, with family and friends at Gallatin Nursing & Rehab. Mrs. Cammack was married to the late Lester Cammack and lived on a farm near Sparta. Mrs. Cammack was an only child and has one son, Jim Cammack, and one grandson, F. Scott Cammack and several great-grandchildren. She retired in 1983 from Kentucky state government and was named a Kentucky colonel. 

  •  Feb. 1, 2017 

     

    Cattle receipts: 717

    Previous week: 423

    Last year: 726

     

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady-firm, slaughter cows steady, bulls $2-$4 higher.

     

  • by Steve Musen

    During the winter months, home orchard owners need to protect their fruit trees from rabbits and voles. But hold off on any pruning until after the worst of the cold, winter weather has passed.

    Rabbits and voles injure fruit trees by chewing the bark from the lower trunk and portions of the roots. This damage may kill or severely weaken the trees.

  • by Jeneen Wiche 

    Cut flowers are undoubtedly the most popular manifestation of showing your love for someone on Valentine’s Day but potted flowering plants can do the trick, too. Perhaps the potted bloom has the potential to remind your lover that the sentiment lasts all year, but what does it mean if you can’t get it to bloom again? Is your love doomed? Of course not, but here are some tips just in case.

  • Jan. 25, 2017

     

    Cattle Receipts: 717

    Jan. 18: 423

    Last year: 726

     

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady-firm, slaughter cows steady, bulls $2-$4 higher.

     

    Feeders: 673

    Slaughter: 66

  • by Steve Musen

    Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2017 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.

    To make the most of your garden, every aspiring gardener should follow seven steps to have a successful gardening season.

    1. Plan your garden on paper before you begin.

  • by Jeneen Wiche 

  •  Jan. 18, 2017

     

    Cattle Receipts: 423

    Last week: 635

    Last year: Not available 

     

    Feeders: 379

    Slaughter: 32

  • by Steve Musen

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.

    It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include: