Welcome to the Eden Shale Farm Blog. This site is dedicated to the current activity at the farm, as well as posting updates about our demonstrations and field days. I will be the first to tell you that I am not a professional writer and I will be using more pictures than words to keep you up-to-date with activity at Eden Shale Farm (which I will be referring to as ESF).
But lets start with a little recap of how we got the farm and what we are planning to do with it. The University of Kentucky operated the farm from 1955-2012 as a research station focusing on grazing research. Unfortunately UK had to close the doors due to budget constraints and was limited with what they could do with the farm. That's when they called the Kentucky Cattleman's Association and asked us if we would be willing to operate the farm. After several long meetings and a lot of lawyer work later, the Kentucky Beef Network decided that we would overtake the management of Eden Shale.
We however do not plan to do research, but instead use the farm to show best management practices that a producer can use on their own farm. We have demonstrations in place to be able to show farmers what practices work best before they make the investment with their own money. They can also come to the farm and see the practice in place and how it works. We want to have a very open, hands on approach so that the producers can become familiar with a produce/technique before implementing it at their farms.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit ESF I hope that you can do so in the near future. We have several field days scheduled for September.
September 11th - UK Advanced Grazing School
September 16th - Fencing School
September 18th - Feeder Calf Grading School
If you can't make it to a field day just stop by the farm and talk to Greg, our Farm Manager (you can't miss him. He will be wearing a cowboy hat and a handlebar mustache). We have an open door policy and he would be happy to show you around the farm.