The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Forage Testing Program provides nutritional value information for Kentucky producers!
Forage testing enables producers to determine the fair market value of their forages and compare the quality of their forage from year to year. Whether raising forages to sell or to feed, forage testing can help producers minimize cost and maximize production.
This service is eligible for Kentucky producers only. If you grow hay in Kentucky or buy hay and live in Kentucky, you qualify for this service!
The testing service cost is $10 per sample. The producer receives an analysis report of the forage's nutritional value and an "Interpreting Forage Quality Report" guide.
Contact your local County Extension Agent for help with pulling samples and shipping them to KDA for analysis.
To ensure that samples are properly collected, KDA recommends producers and County Extension Agents complete a free, one-hour course provided by the National Forage Testing Association (NFTA). This training can be accessed online at foragetesting.org, by click on the "Certification" tab.
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Join the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council on Tuesday, August 6 for the Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour!
When Bub and Lakayah Daugherty purchased D&D Farm in 2013, they set a goal to raise cattle and be profitable. Technology and ideas on how to graze cattle have changed and evolved over the years, but most farmers in the area have not adopted the new ideas. The farm they bought was no different. For two decades, the farm had been grazed with little or no management with the sole goal of keeping it from reverting back to forest. When the farm was purchased, the only water supply was from a small stream and two small ponds, all of which would be dry by the summer months.
After many nights of online research and YouTube videos, the Daugherty's decided to take the first steps to restore their rundown farm. By partnering with the NRCS, the couple has been able to make the needed improvements, moving them toward their goal of year round grazing. The Daugherty's farm is not perfect and is in various stages of renovation. The tour will not have formal presentations, but rather a series of stops designed to stimulate discussion and questions.
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