EDEN SHALE FARM
In the summer of 2012 KBN was granted the opportunity to manage the Eden Shale Farm in Owenton, KY. The contract is a cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and KBN, LLC. UK still owns the property, but KBN will operate the farm and oversee day-to-day operations. Corporate Partnerships will also play a role at the farm in helping with showing economically feasible BMP’s that farmers can utilize on their own operations. KBN’s plan is to use it as a demonstration farm to show cost-effective/highly efficient production practices that producers can take and use to make their operations more profitable.
Eden Shale Farm Goals:
- Keep Eden Shale a working cattle farm that is representative of a commercial cattle farm in Kentucky
- Treat Eden Shale as a demonstration farm and learning center for cattlemen
- Continue the spirit and legacy of the farm by providing solutions to production agriculture and challenges that farmers face to make them more efficient and profitable.
- Continue to find ways to make KBN sustainable
- Engage Industry Partners to help bring new demonstrations and management practices to Eden Shale Farm
Eden Shale Farm was established in 1955 as a research farm for the University of Kentucky. Thirty-three counties rose between $500 and $1000 while farmers in those counties put one cent per acre of Eden Shale soil type on their farm to put towards the total cost of the farm. Research centered on pasture improvement, management, and livestock grazing and some of the early research on Kentucky 31 fescue was completed at Eden Shale. The farm is 960 acres with 600 acres in pasture and hay ground and the balance in trees. Over the course of 55 years this farm only saw three managers, two of which retired from the farm after 25+ years of service. The University of Kentucky closed operations of Eden Shale in July 2012 due to budget constraints.
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UK BEEF IRM
The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (KCES) Beef Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program will change the Kentucky beef industry in a measurable, positive way by providing a dynamic educational program that benefits the maximum number of beef producers with small, medium and large herds. This program will use an integrated approach to provide the beef industry of Kentucky (beef producers, allied industry, KCES agents) with interdisciplinary, unbiased, research based, training and resource materials to enhance an individual's ability to make decisions.
Land Dale coordinates the Advanced Master Cattleman Program and Cow College. The UK extension website www.uky.edu/Projects/BeefIRM contains information on Master Cattlemen, CPH 45, BQA, calendars as well as UK College of Agriculture research publications.
For More Information, contact:
Les Anderson, Ph.D,:
Phone: (859) 257-2856
The primary purpose of the Southeastern Livestock Network, LLC is to represent the interests of regional livestock producers in the regulatory and legislative arenas that impact their ability to manage and market their animals and to provide data management services for cattlemen, auction markets, order buyers, and the beef industry.
The goals of the SLN are to:
• Protect, promote, and improve the livestock industry and its marketing infrastructure in the partner states
• Serve as an independent party, representing the interests of the producers and markets in legislative and political arenas
• Provide valuable services to the livestock industry in a manner which seeks to control the cost of those services
• Serve as a collective voice to address future issues of concern to livestock producers in cooperating states
• Expand the uses of Electronic ID technology in the industry for the benefit of the producers and market channels
• Serve as the voice for the cattle industry in national and state legislative and regulatory arenas in a collaborative effort with other like purposed groups
• Support the eleven state cattlemen's association and their members.
Alabama Cattlemen's Association
Florida Cattlemen's Association
Georgia Cattlemen's Association
Kentucky Beef Network, LLC
Louisiana Cattlemen's Association
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
North Carolina Cattlemen's Association
South Carolina Cattlemen's Association
Tennessee Cattlemen's Association
Virginia Cattlemen's Association
West Virginia Cattlemen's Association