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  • It’s not too soon to think about calving season

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.
    It is impor-tant to have a short calving period to allow frequent obser-vation and assis-tance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • Fun indoor activities during the winter months to teach reading skills

    During the cold winter months, it is harder to find activities to do with younger children. It seems all too easy to allow a child to spend more time on the computer or in front of the television. However, these activities can get in the way of time together as a family and can even impede development of important kindergarten readiness skills. What are some ideas that families can do instead to help young children learn reading skills?

  • Fun indoor activities during the winter months to teach math skills

    During the cold winter months, it is harder to find activities to do with younger children. It seems all too easy to allow a child to spend more time on the computer or in front of the television. However, these activities can get in the way of time together as a family and can even impede development of important kindergarten readiness skills. What are some ideas that families can do instead to help young children learn math skills?

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  • Be safe when heating your home this winter

    During the winter there are many different ways that you can keep your home warm. No matter the way you choose, do it safely! Here are some tips for staying safe all winter long:
    q You should have your furnace examined by a qualified technician each year.
    q If you use a fireplace or wood stove, make sure that there is ventilation which will guide the smoke outside and not leak gas into the home.
    q You should not burn paper in the fireplace.
    q If your heater uses a certain type of fuel, make sure that you use that fuel and do not substitute.

  • Make 2017 the ‘Explore the Great Outdoors’ year

    For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.

  • Create a car winter emergency kit

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.
    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:
    lA cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries
    lJumper cables
    lBlankets and extra layers of clothing like hats, coats and mittens

  • Managing horses in winter

    When winter arrives, horses feel it. You can lessen the blow and help your animals thrive in cold weather.  Ultimately, the ideal time to prepare for winter is in the fall, but there are still things you can do now.

  • Keep your balance this winter

    Winter in Kentucky is often synonymous with inclement weather. Snow, ice and black ice not only make it hazardous for drivers, but such weather can also make it hazardous for pedestrians. Falls, slips or trips can result in injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to broken limbs or serious head injuries. Here are some pointers to help you stay upright this winter.

  • Mistletoe: From tree thief to holiday tradition

    Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common variety of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern United States. Mistletoe extracts—steals— water, mineral elements and food from tree hosts; hence the name.