Attendees will be able to visit the displays and exhibits set up by the tour sponsors
Ohio: The Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit invites all dairy producers, dairy service industries, businesses and anyone with an interest in dairy farms and the dairy business to the 2018 dairy twilight tour scheduled for July 10.
Winkler Farms LLC located at 13344 Kauffman Ave. in Sterling, Ohio, will host the 2018 tour that begins at 6 p.m. Jim, Joan, Jeff, Rebecca and Jerrod Winkler operate Winkler Farms LLC. At the March 2018 Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service annual meeting, Winkler Farms LLC received the Herd Management Award and the farm was a silver winner in the 2017 National Dairy Quality Awards program.
Parking is limited on the farm site so all tour participants will need to park at Norwayne High School located at 350 South Main Street in Creston, 44217. The high school is approximately three miles from the farm and buses will provide transportation to and from the farm all evening from the high school location. Buses will begin transportation to the farm at 5:30 p.m. and continue to run until the evening’s activities at the farm are finished. There is limited handicapped parking available at the ballpark located immediately across the street from the Winkler farm.
The farm will offer a walk-it-yourself tour of some of the facilities and participants will can expect to see a well-managed dairy that produces high quality milk, and that provides a comfortable environment for their cows. The farm milks 350 plus cows and has a rolling herd average of 27,657 pounds of milk per cow with an average somatic cell count below 100,000.
Winkler Farms LLC also does an outstanding job of raising calves and recently completed construction on a new calf barn. Other topics that will be covered during the tour include dairy farm economics, labor and manure management. There will be an interview of the Winkler family at 8 p.m. during the tour to introduce the family, provide an overview and explanation of the farm operation and management, as well as to provide an opportunity for questions from tour participants.
The support structure of feed, seed, supplies, equipment and services such as electric, insurance, financial consultants and ag lenders is necessary to have a thriving dairy industry. Another highlight of the tour, thanks to our sponsor’s support, is the free chicken and pork meal. Meal serving begins at 6 p.m. and continues throughout the evening. In addition to the meal there is pie, ice cream, cheese, and of course, plenty of milk available.
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the dairy twilight tour the evening of July 10 at Winkler Farms LLC in Sterling. An informational flyer is available on the Wayne County Extension web site at http://go.osu.edu/agwayne or contact the Extension office at 330-264-8722 for more information.