Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement plans summer events

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FREDERICKSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association is planning various summer events. June 16, a farm tour will be held at the Phil Maasz farm, located at 8001 Blough Road, Sterling, Ohio.

Maasz has a small sheep operation and discussion will be on his program of feeding barley fodder. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The OHSIA will hold a picnic June 26, at the Fredericksburg park. Setup will begin at 4 p.m. The social hour is at 5 p.m., with supper at 6 p.m. Dinner will be catered, and includes lamb and various sides.

Cost is $18 for adults; $10 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free.

Also, nominations and election of officers for the 2015-16 year will be held at the picnic. The park is located north of the square, to the east, near the Presbyterian church.

On July 21, a program will be presented by the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District in conjunction with Craig and Bev Miller, whose farm is located at 25267 Blanchard Road, Howard.

The July farm tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include mob grazing with sheep, organic matter, parasite cycles-plans to break, annuals, and salt/mineral plans.

On Aug. 18, a farm tour is planned at the Vernon R. Miller farm, 1740 Twp. Road 164, Sugarcreek. The Millers have 14 ewes, use rotational grazing and feed a variety of grasses. More details will be forthcoming.from OSIA.

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