Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 Lauren took off to Columbus to work at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation office. She’ll be back on Wednesday. We sure miss her help on the farm when she’s gone, but her enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the business side of agriculture is vital. In the meantime, everyone pitches in to work that much harder to fill in when someone is not here. The “I’ll sleep when the...
- Van Wert
Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture are invited to apply for a set of scholarships through three programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Collectively, these programs will award at least 10 scholarships, each featuring a minimum $1000 award. The application deadline for all scholarship programs is Monday, March 1, 201...
Saturday, January 1, 2011 Hello. I am Herb's wife Sarah, and it can get very confusing at times having the same name as my mother-in-law… but it's a great name. Herb and I have six children, ages 12 years old down to 3 years old. Besides the milking and farming, we raise market goats for pets and for 4-H projects to take to the county fairs. The kids and I spent a couple of hours today getting thi...
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...
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 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...
Saturday, January 1, 2011 Happy New Year! We had a fun time ringing in the new year with three 4-H families. We didn’t 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...
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 ...
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...
Monday - December 27, 2010 Well, it’s 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...
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