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Grazing forum slated in north-central Ohio

DALTON, Ohio -- Healthy cows and growing grass will be the topics of the Northcentral Ohio Grazing Conference, to be held January 23-24 at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton.

The conference will open with a presentation by Mervin Hershberger of Walnut Acres Farm, followed by Geoff Brink, who will tell what NDFD is all about. The morning will conclude with a choice of three break-out sessions.

The afternoon session will feature a panel of young farmers, including Aaron Helmick, Vernon Yoder, Ivan A Troyer, and Nathan Goodell, and a presentation by Dr. Hue Karreman.

The second day of the conference will open with presentations by David Yutzy and Anthony Steffen sharing the differences and similarities in their farming operations. They will be followed by Doug Gunnink with a presentation titled “Can grass be a complete ration for dairy?”

Dr. Karreman will be back on the schedule during the breakout sessions to do a presentation on mastitis while Gunnink will present “Q & A on Grass” and Brink will moderate a session titled “Farmers discussion on forages.”

The afternoon session will conclude with a presentation on “How to grow grass for 100% grass fed cows” and “Troubleshooting the business” with panel members Melvin D. Miller, Larry Hershberger, Ernest Martin and Eric Grim.

The deadline for registrations is January 16. The cost of the conference is $55 for the first person from each farm and $50 for each additional person from the farm if made before January 16th. Participants may also register for a single day; either January 23 or January 24 at a cost of $45.

After January 16, registrations may be made at the door and the cost is $75 for both days or $65 for a single day. The conference fee includes meals, breaks, registration and the vendor show. Checks should be made payable to the Small Farm Institute and mailed to PO Box 214, Millersburg, Ohio 44654

The conference is sponsored by the Northcentral Ohio Grazing Council, Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Small Farm Institute.