They say that time somehow speeds up every year, but I’m not sure how it is going to get much faster than this last year has been. However, with one year old twins at home I can see how it is not going to slow down anytime soon.
Eden Shale has been going at a fast pace all year as well. We hosted the final Pasture to Plate live evaluation on December 1st. Participants evaluated the animals based on yield grades, quality grades, and total weight. The 10 head of finished animals (including two holsteins and four heifers) averaged 1,343 lbs. The Pasture to Plate program has been very successful and I am looking forward to doing it again next year at the farm.
We sold 44 calves on December 9th at Producers Stockyards in Owenton. The calves performed well this year, averaging 2 lb/hd/day gains for 90 days post weaning. The group averaged 617 lbs and brought $1.35/lb. We did select 14 heifers out of them to keep as replacement females, and they will continue to get grain throughout the winter.
We have wrapped up the last of the water harvesting/barn improvement project at Eden Shale. We were able to get sawdust down in the maternity barn and the bull barn. Cox Shaving delivered a semi load of shavings and several dusty hours later we had both barns bedded down.
We now have the fencing done around these barns. I would like to thank David Cartinhour for doing a great job with the fence installation. These projects have turned out great and I want to again thank Dr. Higgins for working with us to get these improvements completed.
I would also like to invite you to come check out the work that we have been doing. We will have a full schedule of field day opportunities in the spring, or you can give us a call and we would love to show you around anytime. As for the new year; it is off and rolling, try to keep up…
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.