LEXINGTON, Ky. - A University of Kentucky farm that’s been out of operation for more than a year will soon be put to use by the Kentucky Beef Network for cattle demonstrations. The UK Board of Trustees recently approved the three-year collaboration for Eden Shale Farm, a 960-acre property in Owen County.
“They’re going to manage the property with cattle and trying to put into place the recommendations that Kentucky cattlemen can use to increase their production efficiency and quality of the cattle they produce,” says Dr. Nancy Cox, Associate Dean for Research at the UK College of Agriculture.
The university has owned Eden Shale since 1955, but its distance from Lexington and rising costs made research at the farm difficult.
Cox says there is already a good working relationship with the Kentucky Beef Network, which is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association.
“We feel a responsibility to the citizens in that area to have demonstrations sites for them, and this allowed us to kind of have the best of both worlds.”
The Kentucky Beef Network will be in charge of day-to-day operations and financial responsibilities at Eden Shale. The university will retain ownership of the property. UK also owns farms in Lexington, Princeton, and Breathitt County.
Kentucky is one of the top 10 beef producers in the country.