This month’s feature farmer is Jesse Whinnery!
Jesse is a dairy nutritionist in east central Ohio. He also operates a small sheep farm in Keene Township, where he raises market lambs and produces hay. Jesse said his career gives him the opportunity to be on many different farming
operations around the state. He spends his time building diets for the dairy operations to help optimize herd health, as well as profitability for the farming families. Jesse said what makes him different from other farming operations is
right now he is exploring different options for his farm to find some niche markets. Currently, his lamb farm is the basic operation.
He said as a small farm, finding ways to diversify is one of the challenges he faces with his operation. Jesse told us the land base is limited, so maximizing profitability on small acreage is the biggest challenge moving forward. Plus, “Technically there is no off-season in the dairy industry. On my own farm, winter time is a little slower.”
“Being involved in the Farm Bureau at all levels has been a tremendous benefit to both my career and my farming operation. Networking with countless other ag
professionals, as well as being connected more with our elected officials, have helped me grow my personal and professional business. Farm Bureau gives me a wonderful opportunity to be engaged with the local community and to give back some of my time and knowledge to help strengthen the agriculture community for the upcoming generations.”
Thank you Jesse for being a Farm Bureau member!