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By Rick Greenwell

Central Kentucky Premier Heifer Sale:

This Saturday, June 7, will be our Central Kentucky Premier Heifer Sale beginning at 1 p.m. at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.

Approximately 150 heifers will sell from producers in Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. These heifers are bred to calve in the fall starting Sept. 1. They are guaranteed bred to bulls with known EPDs and have met stringent requirements for health, quality and pelvic measurements. They are guarantee pregnant 30 days past sale. Some heifers are synchronized and artificially bred. All consignors are certified Master Cattlemen, and there is free delivery of 10 head or more up to 100 miles.

Tobacco Census Data for Kentucky    
USDA recently released county and state data from the 2012 Ag Census. Below are some recent trends comparing the 2012 Census data with the 2007 and 2002 Census.

Total Kentucky farms with tobacco acres   4,537, down from 8,113 farms in 2007 and 29,237 farms in 2002.  

Kentucky had 45 percent of the number of U.S. farms growing tobacco in 2012 (down from 50 percent from the 2007 Census). All tobacco states lost tobacco farms since 2007, except Pennsylvania with more than 1,300 farms growing tobacco in 2012; 13 percent of the total and now the third largest number of tobacco farms by state following Kentucky and North Carolina.

The average size of tobacco production in Kentucky was 19.4 acres in 2012, up from 10.8 acres in 2007.

Only three Kentucky counties increased the number of farms growing tobacco in 2012 compared to 2007: Boyle (+5), Monroe (+2), and surprisingly Pike (from 0 to 1).

Fourteen Kentucky counties had 100 or more farms growing tobacco in 2012, led by Green County with 152 farms, Hart County with 132 farms, and Christian County with 130 farms.

Barren County lost the largest number of tobacco farms from 2007 to 2012, with a total of 115 farms exiting tobacco production.

Christian County ranked as the No. 1 tobacco-producing county for Kentucky in 2012 (11.4 million pounds), significantly above the second largest county, Shelby County (7.2 million pounds), followed by Calloway County  (7.2 million pounds), Todd County (5.8 million pounds) and Graves County (5.8 million pounds).

Eweprofit I school will be held Thursday, June 5, at the University of Kentucky C. Oran Little Research Center Sheep Unit.╩The center is located at 1171 Midway╩Rd., Versailles, KY.

This school is designed for new and prospective sheep producers, although veteran producers are welcome to come and hone their shepherding skills.╩Topics of discussion, demonstration and hands-on for Eweprofit I are internal parasite control, foot care, body condition scoring ewes, breeding soundness examination of rams and preparing ewes for breeding in August/September.

The school begins at 10 a.m., with lunch on your own from noon to 1 p.m. The school will conclude at 3 p.m.╩ There is no official pre-registration or fee for Eweprofit I, however, the school does ask that participants call or email Dr. Don Ely at 859-257-2717, dely@uky.edu prior to June 4 to verify attendance.