Eden Shale Research Farm & Learning Center

The Kentucky Beef Network

The Kentucky Beef Network
The Kentucky Beef Network

In the summer of 2012 the Kentucky Beef Network (KBN) was granted the opportunity to manage the EdenShale Farm in Owenton, KY.  The contract is a cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture ad KBN, LLC.  UK still owns the property, but KBN will operate the farm and oversee day-to-day operations.  Corporate Partnerships will also play a role at the farm in helping with showing economically feasible BMP’s that farmers can utilize on their own operations.  KBN’s plan is to use it as a demonstration farm to show cost-effective/highly efficient production practices that producers can take and use to make their operations more profitable.

Eden Shale Farm Goals:

  • Keep Eden Shale a working cattle farm that is representative of a commercial cattle farm in Kentucky

  • Treat Eden Shale as a demonstration farm and learning center for cattlemen

  • Continue the spirit and legacy of the farm by providing solutions to production agriculture and challenges that farmers face to make them more efficient and profitable

  • Engage Industry Partners to help new demonstrations and management practices to Eden Shale Farm.


  • Eden Shale Far was established in 1955 as a research farm for the University of Kentucky.  Thirty-three counties rose between $500 ad $1000 while farmers in those counties put one cent per acre of Eden Shale soil type on their farm to put towards the total cost of the farm.  Research centered on pasture improvement, management, and livestock grazing and pasture and some early research on Kentucky 31 fescue was completed at Eden Shale.  The farm is 960 acres with 600 acres in pasture and hay ground and the balance in trees.  Over the course of 55 years this farm only saw three managers, two of which retired from the farm  after 25+ years of service.  The University of Kentucky closed operations of Eden Shale in July 2012 due to budget constraints.

Click on the Kentucky Beef Network Photo above for more information including the Calendar of Events.


From Cincinnati – Follow 71S to Broadway Street/E. State.  Highway 22 West in Dry Ridge.  Take Exit 159 from 75S.  Turn right on to Highway 22 West, go approximately 14 miles.  Turn left onto KY-845 S (Farm will be on the right).

From Louisville – Take 71N to KY-35.  Take Exit 57.  Follow KY-35 to US 127, East State Highway 22 East, turning right onto KY-845S.  (Farm will be on the right).

From Lexington – Take 64W / 75N from Newtown Pike.  Follow 75N.  Take Exit 144 / Highway 330W.  Continue on 330W to KY-845S (Farm will be on the right).

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