Stories by Susan Mykrantz

Wayne County 4-H honors outstanding members and volunteers at banquet

Monday, November 15, 2010

By SUSAN MYKRANTZ Contributing writer ORRVILLE, Ohio — -The recipients of the 2010 Wayne County Excellence in 4-H Award and Meritorious Service Award were recognized Nov. 4 during the annual member and volunteer recognition banquet. This year, the Excellence in 4-H Award went to Shelbie Aylsworth and Sarah Finney, while Priscilla Sprang received the Meritorious […]

Ashland County Fair results

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sept. 23 and 24, 2010 STEERS Grand champion: Nathan Keener Bid: $6.85/pound Weight: 1,296 pounds Buyer: Debbie and Zane Gross Reserve champion: Colton Hickey Bid: $3/pound Weight: 1,339 pounds Buyer: Sorellas II Restaurant Champion baby beef: Bobbi Jo Litten Bid: $3.75/pound Weight: 1,360 pounds Buyer: Fin, Feather & Fur Reserve champion baby beef: Shelby White […]

Showing dahlias is not for sissies!

Monday, June 28, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Experience in dairy judging and helping with the family showstring as a 4-H and FFA member taught me what to look for in a good dairy animal. But when I decided to try raising and exhibiting dahlias at the county fair, I was in for a whole new experience. Even though my […]

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 […]

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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.