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Kentucky Bluegrass Ranch Study Tour II

MAY 22-MAY 28, 2022

Join us as we tour our nation's prominent cattle ranches. All cattle enthusiasts are invited. 

Western Livestock Journal Tour, Kentucky Revisited! This will be our second tour to Kentucky. We have had so many requests to do another Kentucky tour, and this is your chance if you missed the first one. This tour is entirely different, with some great stops that will give you firsthand knowledge of this great state noted for Thoroughbred horses, cattle, bourbon and beautiful scenery. The tour will kick off in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 22 and finish up back in Louisville on May 28. The first day will include a stop at Maple Heights Farm, Owenton, KY, where you will see cattle, nationally renowned Southdown sheep, tobacco, hemp and a first-rate operation that is generations old. We will also visit the unique Hermitage Farm and see their carriage horses at work. That evening and the next five nights will be spent in Lexington at the Embassy Suites. No bags to pack for five days! Tuesday, we travel south to visit Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment, Dunnville, KY. This is a very impressive facility where we will see top of the line equipment all manufactured starting with flat steel. The tube plant is most impressive. After lunch at the Bread of Life café, we will visit Donald Tarter's cattle operation and see some innovative practices he has instituted. And we’ll visit Branch View Angus Ranch. The middle of the week will be spent in the Lexington area with visits to Spendthrift Farm, where we will see such greats as Malibu Moon, Omaha Beach and Bolt d'Oro. We are also invited to visit the world-famous Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital with 60 equine veterinarians on staff, and we might just get lucky enough to watch some surgery. Rood and Riddle care for some of the most valuable horses on the planet. Also in the Lexington area, we will have the opportunity to visit the Kentucky Horse Park, which is an impressive facility. Another stop in the area that will surely impress is the Bluegrass Stockyards Regional Marketplace. This is not only a premier stockyard, but the complex includes shops, educational facilities and offices. You have never seen anything like this place, and we will have lunch there with opportunities to do some shopping. Then we will visit Golden Age Farm, which direct markets their wagyu and wagyu cross beef. Many of our repeat tour members know Mr. Bob Hall and his son Lee from our tours, and we are excited to include Hallway Feeds on this year's tour. This is a premier equine feed facility that utilizes the latest technology to supply feed to some of the Thoroughbred industry’s most well-known and respected farms nationally and internationally. Wednesday evening, we will be guests of Hallway Feeds as they host a special dinner for our group. Churchill Downs is also on the list of stops, as well as Spy Coast Farm, a sport horse farm. Plan now to attend! The tours have been filling up fast the last couple of years, so don't get shut out. There is excellent air service into Louisville, and there are many sights to see for all you early arrivals. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful country with old friends, and you’ll meet some new ones along the way. 

Pete Crow and Jerry York  
Pete: 303-810-8831 or pete@wlj.net   |  Jerry: 208-863-1172 or jerryyorkwlj@gmail.com

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