The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of State Veterinarian needs your help.

The OSV mission is to protect and promote animal agriculture and the investments farm families have made into their herds. For beef cattle farm families, that means working together to protect the health of your cattle.

This year, efforts are focused on equipping you with the information needed to prepare for a potential Foreign Animal Disease event, so that we can work together to ensure prompt identification, control and eradication of such a disease. In any potential outbreak, KDA’s top priority is to support producers in resuming animal production and commerce.

With those thoughts in mind, Kentucky Department of Agriculture needs your help in developing a Secure Beef Supply plan for Kentucky.

This plan includes a biosecurity template that can be used as guidance for your farm, should a FAD outbreak occur in the future.

As it currently stands, during a Foreign Animal Disease event in Kentucky, the KDA would have to order a statewide stop movement of all affected animal species. An OSV approved biosecurity plan would allow Kentucky producers to begin permitted movement of animals and product from uninfected premises, reducing disruption to your business.

National guidance plans are available, but they do not suit the specific needs of Kentucky farm families. Therefore, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has designed a survey to gather information that will ensure the development of a Kentucky specific Secure Beef Supply plan that meets the needs of Kentucky farmers.

Survey information about current management and biosecurity practices of Kentucky producers will be for the sole purpose of developing Kentucky’s Secure Beef Supply plan and providing outreach and education.

Remember the survey is anonymous. You will not be identified or associated with your answers.

For more information on Kentucky’s Secure Beef Supply efforts go to kyagr.com/statevet/emergency programs.html.

To participate in the survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/PY8XSXD.

If you have any questions, contact Alex Hagan by email at alex.hagan@ky.gov or by phone at 502-782-5921. Your time and assistance with their efforts is greatly appreciated.

KATS SPRAY CLINIC. The Ken­tucky Agricultural Training School will hold an in-person spray clinic July 15. Registration now is open.

The clinic is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UK Princeton Research and Education Center. A provided lunch follows.

Topics include fungicide spray application technology; economics of sprayer sizing; nozzle selection for herbicides; pulse width modulation and nozzle selection; weather conditions during spray applications; and herbicide tank mixing and adjuvants.

Registration is limited and closes at 11:59 p.m. July 13. The cost is $75.

To register, go to katssprayclinic21.eventbrite.com.

Doug Shepherd is a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. He can be reached at doug.shepherd@uky.edu.