Stories by Susan Mykrantz

Ohio sheep grazing tour is July 12

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CHARM, Ohio —Just a few seats remain for the Sheep Grazing Management Tour July 12 in Holmes County. The tour will be conducted in the scenic Charm area, with stops at four sheep farms owned by Amish producers. Topics to be discussed will include information for the beginning sheep farmer using low-cost start-up investment, cool […]

CNG makes sense for Smith Dairy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — Smith Dairy is committed to sustainability for their company as well as their customers, said Chuck Diehl, fleet manager for Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio. Established in 1909, Smith Dairy has plants in Richmond, Ind. and Pacific, Mo. in addition to their main plant in Orrville. Diehl was the featured presenter at […]

Wayne County honors top managed dairy herds

Thursday, March 28, 2013

By SUSAN MYKRANTZContributing Writer SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Over the years, the Wayne County Dairy Service Unit has recognized the county’s outstanding milk producers during its annual banquet. This year, they also recognized the county’s best-managed dairy farms during the annual banquet at The Barn Restaurant. Management emphasis Matt Kauffman, a member of the Dairy Service […]

Sheep conserved by program

Friday, March 22, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — After winning a Border Leicester in the 2012 Youth Conservation Program, Taylor Howman, of Wooster, is now encouraging other young shepherds to enter the 2013 contest. The purpose of the Youth Conservationist Program is to introduce young shepherds to breeds of sheep not commonly found in the United States. The ultimate goal […]

Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association honors Suzie Gortner

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Suzie Gortner received the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association’s Meritorious Service Award winner during the annual banquet at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. Gortner served as secretary/treasurer of the group for nine years and helped coordinate many of the group’s activities during her tenure. Gortner and her husband raise and show […]

Ashland Dairy Service Unit honors top herds; talks about the future of farming

Monday, March 4, 2013

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — A comedian, a report on what is going on in Washington and the outlook for the dairy industry were on the agenda for the 2013 Ashland County Dairy Service Unit annual meeting. Darrell Kick, field representative for Congressman Bob Gibbs, told Ashland county dairy producers that right now it looks like the […]

Event introduces people to the taste of lamb

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — When Don Brown heard about a grant made possible by the American Lamb Board he took a chance and filled out an application. The result was an $800 grant which the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association used to introduce consumers to the taste of lamb. Funds from the grant were used to […]

Plans are set for the northcentral Ohio grazing conference in Dalton, Ohio

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DALTON, Ohio — Managing the farm under drought conditions will be among the topics covered at the 2013 Northcentral Ohio Grazing Conference, Jan. 24-25 at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, Ohio. The conference opens Jan. 24 with a presentation by Mark Martin, who operates a grazing dairy near Shiloh, Ohio.Following Martin will be Edwin […]

Velvet View Farm receives Holmes SWCD conservation award

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The 2012 drought serves as a reminder as to why soil and water conservation districts were formed over 70 years ago, and why it’s important to recognize the work of landowners like the Schlauch family.

Wayne County Farm Bureau ODA director: Agriculture is big deal

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — David Daniels is passionate about keeping Ohio agriculture a strong industry. “Ohio agriculture is a $105 billion industry,” said Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, at the 2012 Wayne County Farm Bureau annual meeting held at Ramseyer’s Pumpkin Patch in Smithville. “That is a big deal. If it had not […]


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Freelance writer Susan Mykrantz has been writing for Farm and Dairy since 1989. She is a graduate of the ag college at Ohio State University and also serves as editor of the "Ohio Jersey News." She lives in Wayne County.