Stories by Susan Mykrantz

Sheep farmers need to change methods

Monday, April 12, 2010

By SUSAN MYKRANTZ Contributing Writer SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Tradition is a bigger predator concern for the sheep industry than coyotes, according to Charles Parker, retired chairman of the Department of Animal Science at The Ohio State University. Parker told shepherds attending the 2010 Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association annual meeting that sheep have a lot […]

Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District honors conservation promoters

Monday, November 23, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Parry and Susie Cochran were recognized as the recipients of the 2009 Conservation Farm Award during the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting Nov. 17. The Cochrans The Cochrans operate a heifer and grain farm in Plain Township. Parry, Susie and their children, Aaron, Andrew and Audrey, reside on the […]

Ashland Co. 4-H recognizes members

Monday, November 16, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — The Ashland County 4-H program recognized their outstanding members, advisers and friends during its annual volunteer recognition banquet. The 2009 Meritorious Service Awards were presented to Beckie Parsons, Mike Sagar and Cathy Rice in appreciation of their support of the 4-H program with their time and talents. Parsons, a former 4-H adviser […]

Holmes County Fair Junior Dairy Show

Sunday, August 30, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — William Hughes exhibited the grand champion Holstein and was named as the supreme grand champion dairy exhibitor during the Holmes County Fair Junior Dairy Show. Hughes also won the junior showmanship contest. The supreme junior champion was exhibited by Martin Overholt. Overholt exhibited the junior champion Brown Swiss and also won senior […]

Virgil Gasser farm a highlight of WCDSU Twilight Tour

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CRESTON, Ohio — No farmer should have to go through one barn fire, let alone two, but that is just one of the challenges Virgil and Lois Gasser have faced during their 37 years in the dairy business. Just one week before the annual Wayne County Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour, Gasser lost a barn […]

Holmes County dairy producers awarded at banquet

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Holmes County dairy producers were recognized for their accomplishments during the annual dairy recognition banquet March 30 at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mount Hope. Awards Hal and Rod Hunsberger had the high Holstein herd in the county among herds over 50 cows with 29,148 pounds of milk, 1,113 pounds of fat, […]

Ohio cattlemen hear what’s hot: HSUS, OSU Extension cuts

Monday, April 6, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — Just when livestock producers are finding ways to clear the murky waters of low commodity prices and high input prices, comes another deluge of challenges in the form of steep funding cuts to the Ohio State University Extension and assaults from theHumane Society of the United States. Producers are being targeted by […]

Wayne County dairy producers honored

Friday, April 3, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Producers already reeling from falling milk prices and rising input prices are facing yet another challenge; this time in the form of groups determined to either change the way animal agriculture does business or put it out of business altogether, according to John Fitzpatrick, organization director for Ashland/Medina/Wayne County Farm Bureaus. Ohio […]

Wayne County honors 4-H leaders at banquet

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ORRVILLE, Ohio — When it comes to making the best better, no one does it better than Wayne County 4-H volunteers, according to Bob Troutman, president of the Wayne County Agricultural Society and a former extension educator and 4-H volunteer. Troutman told the audience at the 2008 Wayne County 4-H recognition banquet that while the […]

Holmes County celebrates 4-H clubs

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Ohio — The 2008 Holmes County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet, Life is a highway: Make every mile a memory, marked the end of the 4-H year and miles of memories for members and volunteers alike. Shaver At the banquet, Eric Shaver received the 2008 Friend of 4-H award. Shaver owns the East Holmes […]

Wayne County Fair livestock auction results

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Wayne County Fair.

Wayne Co. FB applauds Sautter, sheriff

Thursday, September 4, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Wayne County Farm Bureau and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department will kick off a new campaign during the Wayne County Fair. The “My Home, My Neighborhood” campaign is intended to encourage county residents to get to know their neighbors and keep an eye out for them and on their property. During the […]

Holmes County Junior Fair Auction Results

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Holmes County Fair.

Business Profile: Leppo Rents and Bobcat

Friday, June 13, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — When Roy and Stella Leppo founded their company in 1945, they handled Oliver farm equipment out of their Akron-based store. During the 1950s and 1960s, their son, Richard, oversaw the company’s growth and as the area changed, Leppo also changed to meet the needs of their customers. Today, Leppo offers construction equipment, […]

Animal agriculture most vulnerable to terrorism

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Animal agriculture is a vulnerable target for activist groups and terrorists.

Sustainability, questionable dairy market techniques discussed

Thursday, March 13, 2008

There is a battle taking place over milk and other animal products, technology and production practices, animals, farming and, in the end, producers’ livelihood.

Dairy community recognizes the leading producers in Wayne County

Thursday, April 10, 2003

K-Land Farm is home to Ohio’s top Brown Swiss and Holstein herds.


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About Susan

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.