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Tim Hesselbrock and son Jon

Diary of Tim Hesselbrock - week 1- Jan. 1-2, 2011

Published Jan. 4, 2011

January 1-2, 2011 Happy New Year! Here we are starting a new year and I sure hope it is better than last year with the bad weather we had-- the excessive rain in the spring and the drought conditions starting in July through fall. We got it all planted to watch it dry up and die later in the year. This is a short holiday week and most businesses are closed. I've been looking for a replacement semi...

Herb & Sarah Summe and family

Meet a Farmer- Sarah & Herb Summe and family

Published Jan. 4, 2011

Hello everyone! We are the Herb and Sarah Summe family from Morgan Township. We† own and operate a family dairy farm. The family farm is owned by Herb's parents, Carl and Sarah Summe. They started the farm around 40 years ago by only milking a handful of cows. Today we milk around 80 holstein cows and the dairy is operated by Carl, Sarah and their two sons Drew and Herb, along with their families....

Tim Hesselbrock and son Jon

Meet a Farmer- Tim Hesselbrock

Published Jan. 4, 2011

Tim Hesselbrock is a life-long grain farmer in Morgan Township. He farms 800 acres raising corn and soybeans in a 50/50 rotation. Tim does all of his own applications of fertilizers and chemicals, as well as hauls all of the grain to market. He has two sons, Jon and Gary. Tim has been a Farm Bureau member for 32 years and has served on the board for six years. He is a 32-year member of the Nationa...

Schwab Family Farm

Diary of the Schwab Family- January 1-2, 2011

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011 Happy New Year!† We had a fun time ringing in the new year with three 4-H families.† We didnít get home until 1:45 a.m., and then up at 6 a.m. to take care of the animals.† No time to sleep in for us.† We were so happy to have a mild winter day as compared to the much colder days in December.† Toni drove a few minutes away to another farm to take care of the feeding.† Sur...

Minges Show Cattle

Diary of Cathy Minges - Week 5 - December 27-31

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010 Allen up early to get chores done. Today is the last day to have the cattle ready before the trip to Zanesville. All the cattle fed, bedded and watered before he starting washing the heifer they will finish clipping today. I worked at the Farm Bureau office. After washing the heifer, Allen blew the heifer dry so her hair is clean and dry for clipping.† They will clip her ...

Beeler Family Farm

Diary of Rosemary Beeler - Week 5- December 27-31

Published Jan. 3, 2011

December 27, 2010†† Monday: It seems to be very cold out this morning. I took Teddy for a walk, then went to do the milking and feed calves. One of my weaned calves is sick so I moved him inside the barn. I hope he does ok. I had a dentist appointment today. We have the parts in for our chopper so we are working on putting it back together again. Bill is not working today so I am doing the evenin...

Dry Run Acres Pygmy Goat Farm

Diary of Nancy Powell - Week 5- Dec. 27-31

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Monday - December 27, 2010 Well, itís another really cold morning.† I guess I should be happy that the big blizzard of 2010 went south of us and hit the east coast instead of burying us in two feet of snow.† I like winter weather as long as it is not in the extreme, too cold or too deep!† Dewey is still not feeling well so I am letting him sleep in another day.† I am getting all of my micro chippi...

Schwab Family Farm

Meet A Farmer- Jeff Schwab and Family

Published Dec. 28, 2010

Jeff, Toni, Lauren and Ryan are the family behind the Schwab Family Farm in Butler County.† We proudly produce pork as a high quality and nutritious food for the American people.† Our farm is a breed to wean operation.† We donít raise crops and only have a few cows to keep the pastures cleaned up.† So we like to say we do one thing and do it well since we are a small family operation.† Neither Jef...

Minges Show Cattle

Diary of Cathy Minges - Week 4 - December 20-26

Published Dec. 27, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010 Allen did his barn chores before he left for work. Another cold day with a lot of snow on the ground that is not going anywhere anytime soon! I worked at the FB office. Short week for me with the holidays. Allen will finish the week on Thursday. After work Allen worked on the livestock trailer. The back doors seem a little loose and he is tightening up the bolts. Not a ve...

Beeler Family Farm

Diary of Rosemary Beeler - Week 4- December 20-26

Published Dec. 27, 2010

December 20, 2010 Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.† The cows seem to get used to it but I prefer warmer weather. My son Keith doesn't think it is cold since he is from Alaska. We did the usual milking and feeding. All the equipment is working so that helps. Keith is helping me with my new laptop and transferring programs and files over t...

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