dd farmsHORSE BRANCH, Ky. (8/1/19) — Bub and Lakayah Daugherty started their cattle operation in 2013 and began D&D Farms, but quickly ran into productivity issues with unreliable sources for forages and water, particularly during the summer.

Determined to do things differently from past generations, implementing new technologies on the farm that allowed them to improve their grazing program and have a reliable water source. They worked closely with the local office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service to return crop land to pasture, install automatic waterers and temporary fencing, and renovate pastures with orchardgrass, novel endophyte fescue and clover. They also attended the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Kentucky Grazing Schools, which offered ideas on how they can move toward year-round grazing.

D & D Farms is not perfect, but a work in progress, in various stages of renovation. “reviving a rundown farm” is the goal for Bub & Lakayah. They are experiencing many of the same questions and issues all livestock farms see. To allow producers to learn from D&D Farms, join us on Aug. 6 for the “Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour”, from 3 – 7 p.m. at D&D Farms, 50 Fox Hunters Road in Horse Branch.

There will be opportunities to speak with Bub and Lakayah as well as UK Extension, NRCS and industry specialists to assist in improving the forages, fencing and watering system on your operation. This field day will be different from many field days. With more discussion between participants and specialists about the why and how, than just presenting information.

Topics to be covered for the field day include:

Herbicide as part of an integrated weed control program (35 acre demonstration of GrazonNext HL + PastureGuard HL along with non-treated and clipped blocks)
Watering and fencing systems for controlled grazing
Building soil fertility with poultry litter
The role of summer annuals in pasture
renovation (eight cultivars from Southern States, Gayland Ward Seed, and Advanta will be in
demo plots)
Crabgrass as forage (four cultivars of crabgrass
from Dalrymple farms and Barenbrug Seed)
Novel endophyte tall fescue (established stand
of novel endophyte tall fescue and clover will be
featured)

We ask that you pre-register, so we can plan the meal after the tour, but you may pay your registration fee at the door. To register online go to https://wkyforagefieldday.eventbrite.com or contact Rehanon Pampell at 979-224-5507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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