September 10, 10am–6amWhat
Stop #1: Sylvia Zimmerman – 10:00 am – 518 Welsh Rd, Richwood, Ohio, 43344
Fulton Creek Jersey Farm “grew out of an idea that a bit of the good life is released when one works in harmony with the land and its fruits. And nothing is more fruitful that the Jersey cow!”
Join us for a tour of Sylvia Zimmerman’s grass based Jersey farm where she works in partnership with herdsman/cow owner, John Van Gundy & wife, Kelly, to turn fresh Jersey milk into Fulton Creek Jersey Cheese and Ice Cream!
The farm consists of 840 acres of row crops, farmed by her husband, Ed and his son, 50 acres of grass for the cows and produces cheese, fluid milk and ice cream from Riverside Ice Cream in Marion, Ohio. A flock of chickens and a few Red Devon beef cows also earn their keep on this diversified north central Ohio farm.
After lunch, we will make a quick stop at Sylvia’s neighbors, the Oman Family Farm. See how three brothers have divided their interests and labor to manage this successful operation. One brother has livestock (cow/calf, stockers, hair sheep), the second is making hay, and the third grows organic row crops and vegetables utilizing a greenhouse.
Stop #2: Philip Bauer – 2:30 pm – 16548 Tr 65, Belle Center, OH 43310
Phillip Bauer’s 144 acre (92 tillable/22 grazable/30 rented) farm supports 80 pure bred Jersey cows and their young stock. He is moving towards a hybrid system of grazing and limited confinement. Hear how he takes pasture measurements to make whole farm decisions for farm management. He, his wife and children are the labor force with limited off farm assistance. Philip depends on high quality forage production using a Krone baler with self-contained wrapper. If conditions cooperate, we will see a demonstration!
For more information or to call in your reservation, call Sara Duvall at 740-775-0860 or email [email protected]
Cost: Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Members, $10; Nonmembers, $15.