Lyon County farmers make tough choices, trying to protect farms
LYON COUNTY, Ky. — What started as a plan at the beginning of the week has turned into action in Lyon County.
University of Kentucky Extension Agent Susan Fox organized a meeting on Monday for farmers to meet and talk about their different options. Many cattle farmers are looking to buy silage to feed their cows and many grain farmers are trying to figure out what to do with their poor yields of corn.
Fox said she started the meeting but then it was up to the farmers to figure out if and how they could work together.
Anthony Young has about 70 beef cows now and has already sold nearly 20. He decided if he sold a few more, then he could afford to pay for silage to feed the rest.
"We've invested my dad's lifetime and my lifetime into breeding that herd of cattle and you can't just destroy it on one year's time," said Young.
Bill Holsapple walked his entire 100 areas of corn before he came to a final decision.
"We just think the silage is the best situation," he said. "There's no question."
The only problem is he only has a small silo to store it but that's where his friend David Williams comes in. He has two huge concrete trenches that were used decades ago for storing silage. He's willing to work with Holsapple to see if together they can make the most out of a bad situation.
"We'll see if it works," Williams said. "It may or it may not but sometimes, you've got to do something to try."
Fox said there are partnerships likes these popping up all over Lyon county and this week, she's even gotten calls from farmers in Graves and Livingston counties who want to get involved.