Daffodil Dairy Sale marks anniversary

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CARROLLTON, Ohio – On a cold November night in 1973, Jim Clay, Ohio State University Extension Agent for Carroll County, convened a meeting of dairy producers in the basement of the Carroll County Courthouse to determine if there was enough interest to organize a dairy cattle sale in Carroll County.

Thirty-one years, $13 million, 1,212 head of cattle, and three Extension agents later, Carroll County’s Daffodil Dairy Sale is one of the most successful, longest running dairy club sales in the country.

When and where. The 30th anniversary edition Daffodil Dairy Sale will be held at the Carroll County Fairgrounds March 30 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Approximately 60 head of Holsteins, Brown Swiss, Jerseys, and Ayrshires will be offered for sale by auctioneer Steve Andrews of Wooster.

Fresh cows, bred heifers, fancy show calves, and service-aged bulls will be offered in the sale.

Free money. Immediately prior to the sale, a drawing will be held for three $300 vouchers to be used toward the purchase of any animal. The drawing is open to any youth 8 to 19.

Complementary milk, cheese, and ice cream will served at the sale.

While many Carroll County dairy breeders have provided cattle and leadership for the sale through the years, one stands out.

Special honor. Floyd Casper of Hycrest Farms in Brown Township has consigned cattle to all but one of the 30 sales. During the past 30 years, Hycrest Farms has consigned over 100 head of Holstein cattle to the sale.

Casper was one of the founding members of the sale, has served as sale chairman for several years, and is serving as the sale chairman of the 30th anniversary sale.

He will be recognized in the sale ring this year as Honorary Lifetime Chairman of the Daffodil Dairy Sale.

Sale catalogs. Sale catalogs for the 30th anniversary sale are available by calling the Carroll County Office of OSU Extension at 330-627-4310.

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