Ashland dairy producers honored

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio – The Ashland County Dairy Service Unit recognized their outstanding producers during their annual meeting at Hillsdale High School.

Four herds shared the county’s top honors. Ayers Farms Inc. and Idyl Wild Farms shared the county’s top honors for 3X herds, while Glenn Mutchler and Robert Brightbill shared the county’s top honors for 2X herds.

Ayers Farm Inc. was recognized as the top herd for milk with 28,847 pounds of milk, 829 pounds of protein and 971 pounds of fat, while Idyl Wild Farms was recognized as the top herd for protein with 26,387 pounds of milk, 834 pounds of protein and 904 pounds of fat.

The duo has also been recognized as being among the top 5 percent of Holstein herds in the state.

Mutchler was recognized as the top herd for milk with 25,443 pounds of milk, 770 pounds of protein and 949 pounds of fat, while Brightbill was recognized as the top herd for protein with 25,182 pounds of milk, 784 pounds of protein and 928 pounds of fat.

Brightbill was also recognized as the most improved herd for milk with an increase of 1,120 pounds of milk over last year’s production.

Herd improvement. Richard West was recognized as the county’s most improved herd for protein 20,844 pounds of milk, 645 pounds of protein, and 823 pounds of fat, an increase of 60 pounds of protein over last year’s production.

Ayers Farm Inc. was also recognized for the top 3X Holstein cow for milk with 39,890 pounds of milk and 1,096 pounds of protein, while Mutchler had the top 2X Holstein cow with 36,350 pounds of milk, and 967 pounds of protein.

Idyl Wild Farms were recognized for the top 3X Brown Swiss with 30, 798 pounds of milk and 1,011 pounds of protein, while John Boyer had the top 2X Brown Swiss with 23,970 pounds of milk and 769 pounds of protein.

Walkabout Farm had the top Jersey cow with 20,530 pounds of milk and 775 pounds of protein, while Tom McConnell had the top Guernsey with 16,440 pounds of milk and 530 pounds of protein.

Mohican Forty and Gus Rupp had the top Ayrshire cow with 31,680 pounds of milk and 1,075 pounds of protein.

Other business. During the banquet, the county recognized their junior fair dairy exhibitors and buyers in the dairy products auction.

Kathy Ayers, Jean Britton and Brenda West were elected to a three year term on the Ashland County Dairy Service Unit board of directors.

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