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Kim Davis, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee from Carroll County, and Timothy Ratliff, an Adams County farmer, have been named to the Ohio Wildlife Council. The eight-member board approves ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations.

Their Words

“A cow is not used to a police cruiser chasing it, so it’s going to try and get away.”

-Kent McGuire of Ohio State Extension describing the unsuccessful tactics of public safety officials who attempted to corral two cows that got loose on the Ohio State University campus during a visit to the veterinary clinic.

Save the Date: July 10

What: OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) Summer Retreat

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Who: OFBF members between the ages of 18 and 35 as well as their children.

Take a self-guided walking safari of the zoo. Following lunch, participants will attend a program showing them how to become “agvocates” for agriculture while the kids take part in a special presentation by storyteller Lyn Ford.

The cost is $5 per single, $10 per couple and $15 per family (YAP parents and children under their immediate membership). Registration includes zoo admission and lunch and is due June 24. Contact your county Farm Bureau office.

A matter of fact?

The comic strip “You Can with Beakman and Jax,” which is carried in syndication and printed in newspapersacross the nation, recently attempted to explain dairy farming to its young audience. Here’s some of the“facts” the comic strip provided in response to a question about cows from an inquisitive reader:

• Almost all dairy cows are raised in factories where they’re fed surplus corn and soy.

• At 15 months old, a female calf is a cow; cows reach maturity in about 12 months.

• Factory cows get more diseases, so they are medicated constantly. Their food includes drugs like antibiotics and hormones.

• Factory cows live from 3 to 4 years before they die. Cows that eat grasses in meadows live and produce milk for up to 20 years.

In a letter to the cartoonist, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the comic strip was “filled with errors, inaccuracies and outright lies. You have done a great disservice to America’s hardworking dairy farm families,” he wrote.

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