August 19, 2pm–8pmWhere
Orchard Hill Stable/Ohio Valley Veneer 6077 State Route 772/165 No Name Rd, Piketon, Ohio
Pike County Farm Bureau is offering two tours prior to the county Annual Meeting Aug. 19.
Tour one will be at Orchard HIll Stables, 6077 State Route 772, Piketon, from 2-3 p.m. Orchard Hill Stables is a small boarding stable where they provide equine education, safety and teach riding lessons in multiple disciplines. Owner Robin Williams has been riding and showing horses since childhood and her husband Tim and she opened the boarding stable in 2000. They keep 28 head of horses and have some very sweet and versatile lesson horses. Their students learn to care for the horses as well as the other farm animals that they have. They have a well rounded equine program and Robin also works with students at TCPH, a performance horse show barn in Kingston, Ohio.
They have four farm locations: Orchard Hill Stable, which is their boarding stable that they board and train horses, as well as operate their lesson program. They have a small orchard at this location that has been in operation since 1989. They produce apples, peaches, blueberries and make apple cider and apple butter each fall. At the family farm, Jerico Hill Farm, they pasture horses and harvest part of the hay crop. At the Brush Creek Farm, they raise beef cattle, Friesians, and hay crop. ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL WIN A $50 GIFT CARD for two, one-hour riding lessons AT THIS STOP! (Compliments of Pike County Farm Bureau)
Tour Two will take place at Ohio Valley Veneer, Inc. (OVV), 165 No Name Rd, Piketon, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. OVV specializes in the timbering and cutting of hardwoods. Currently, the company’s timberlands consist primarily of Appalachian Hardwoods. Managed and overseen by Ohio Valley Realty Company, OVV currently owns over 3,000 acres of land in the Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia regions with additional acres that they are contracting timber. OVV offers Walnut, Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Poplar, Hickory, and Ash. The operation cuts approximately 30-32 million board feet of Appalachian Hardwood annually. The company continues to expand and now has multiple operations in the region. Edward Robbins, founder, and CEO of Ohio Valley Veneer focuses on quality and customer satisfaction in the hardwood industry. Ed also owns Taylor Lumber Worldwide Incorporated can now guarantee Taylor’s and OVV quality manufactured lumber is produced from the highest grade Appalachian forest logs. Ryan Knight, Plant Manager is no stranger to the sawmill industry. Ryan started his career working at the mill in 2011 as an edger, and worked his way up to managing two of the facilities owned by Ed. ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL WIN A $50 RURAL KING GIFT CARD AT THIS STOP! (Compliments of Pike County Farm Bureau)
The day will end at the Pike County Fairgrounds for the Annual Meeting. Registration will begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6 p.m.