New Dairy Research Facility Built with Cow Comfort in Mind

Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, UK dairy specialist and
associate extension professor works with one
of the cows at the Dairy Housing,
Teaching and Research Facility.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Magazine

There is perhaps no other area in the agriculture industry more demanding than the dairy sector with a seven day work week and many operations running 24 hours a day.

But for those who choose to be in the dairy business, it is a passion either passed down from generation to generation or acquired through the desire to maintain a sector of the ag industry that has been in demand since the founding of the country.

Kentucky is making great strides from a research standpoint to make it better, more productive and maybe even a little easier for the hundreds of dairy producers located across the state and, perhaps more importantly, to make it better for the cows.

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed work on a facility located at the Coldstream Dairy Research Farm that will help in those efforts. The Dairy Housing, Teaching and Research Facility will operate with cow comfort a priority, according to Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, UK dairy specialist and associate extension professor.

Kentucky Reins Supreme in the Equine Industry

Article By: Rachel Bertone,

For the Clay family, breeding Kentucky’s most popular horse has been a way of life for four generations. The family owns Runnymede Farm in Paris. The 365-acre farm is the state’s oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding farm.

Founded in 1867, the farm focuses on breeding and raising Thoroughbreds that can win races, and they have proven successful in this goal, producing several Hall of Fame horses, including winners of the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and more distinguished races. The farm’s founder, Ezekiel Clay, saw a future in breeding Thoroughbreds when he started Runnymede more than 140 years ago and went on to become one of the industry’s cornerstone breeders. Clay’s great-great-grandson, Brutus Clay III, now runs the farm.

Plotting Kentucky Hemp Fields with Potential

Article by: John McBryde,

There are thousands of uses for industrial hemp, everything from automotive parts to pharmaceuticals.

It has been called a “super food” in much of the world for the strong nutritional value of its seeds and oils, and the plant could have a super effect on the nation’s agricultural economy.

Because of this, Kentucky is among several states that have lifted the veil of what has been hemp’s dark reputation. Farmers throughout the state are eager to see where this plant can take them.

Kentucky Champions of Change

Article By: Joanie Stiers,

Quint Pottinger embraces technology and innovation to improve production and sustainability on his family farm.
Variable-rate planting, highly accurate seed placement and instruments that improve seed-soil contact produce more corn with fewer resources for farmer Quint Pottinger.

Satellites communicate with the planter to eliminate over-planting, which improves yield and saves seed. All this technology, teamed with ever-improving seed and nutrient management strategies, makes Kentucky corn production more efficient and productive than ever.

Say Cheese: Artisan Cheese Makers Are Proud to be Kentucky Proud

Article by: Cathy Lockman,

Kentucky pride coupled with Commonwealth know-how has been a successful recipe for Kenny Mattingly, who began his cheese-making business to ensure the survival of his family’s dairy farm.

“We like to say, ‘We’re Kentucky proud,’” says the founder of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. “We take pride in producing quality cheeses that are made on the same farm where the cows are milked. It’s a value-added model of agriculture that allows us to build a strong family business, create jobs and make a quality local product.”