Ohio sheep grazing tour is July 12


CHARM, Ohio —Just a few seats remain for the Sheep Grazing Management Tour July 12 in Holmes County. The tour will be conducted in the scenic Charm area, with stops at four sheep farms owned by Amish producers. Topics to be discussed will include information for the beginning sheep farmer using low-cost start-up investment, cool season pasture species, warm season annuals, use of minerals, fencing and rotation management, breeding management and marketing.

Each farm will have something different to offer as they explain how their sheep operation works for their farm and family.The speakers. Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services, Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Morrow County, Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Wayne County and Troyce Barnett, NRCS Grasslands Specialist.

They will be on hand to provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and to answer questions.Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 people. Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program and the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, the cost is only $35 per person.

Register soon. Registrations must be received by July 1. No refunds after July 1. Check-in for the tour will begin at 8 a.m. in the back parking lot of Keim Lumber located at 4465 state Route 557 in Charm.

The bus will leave at 9 a.m. from Keim Lumber. Lunch, included in the registration cost, will be served at the Carpenter’s Cafe located inside Keim Lumber.

For more information about the tour, contact Rory Lewandowski at the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.Return your reservations, along with a check made payable to OHSIA to: Velda Limbach, 14950 Stanwood Street, S.W. Dalton, Ohio 44618.


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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.



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