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Mid-January and springing forward

By BARB LUMLEY Published: January 14, 2017 5:00 AM

The holidays are in the past, Christmas lights are down, decorations are packed away, the fudge, cookies, scramble and puppy chow have all been either given away or consumed. We have been reminded that January can be a tough month, with ice, snow, bone-chilling wind, and minus wind chill temperatures. It is Ohio and we know what to expect and how to prepare. 2017 is busy with activities! Look on the bright side, January is half over and it is only 67 days until spring arrives! It is time to tally the account books on 2016 and prepare to do taxes. Farmers are spending time with fertilizer, seed, spray and machinery salesmen and putting in orders. Gardeners are thumbing through seed catalogs and dreaming of fresh peas, tomatoes, etc. Livestock farmers are anticipating new babies. Each day is just a little bit longer. We are springing forward!

Plans for the Ohio Holstein Convention Sale have been finalized. The sale will be held on March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Holmes County Fairgrounds, Millersburg. The sale will feature show age calves and heifers, bred heifers, outstanding cows and embryos from solid pedigrees. Consignments are currently being chosen. For information contact Dave Gunkelman, Marketing and Sales Manager at 330-464-3259 email dgunkelman@yahoo.com or the Ohio Holstein Association at 330-264-9088 email oholstein@sssnet.com. Following the sale will be farm tours and special activities currently being planned. The Ohio Holstein Association Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 11 in Wooster.

The Ohio Holstein District 7 Annual meeting will be held on Monday, January 16, at Mrs. Yoder's Restaurant in Mount Hope. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and seating will be at noon. The cost for the buffet dinner is ages 3-6 $8, ages 7-10 $12 and ages 11 and up $15. Junior members who participated in the District 7 Show eat free. Juniors will be selling raffle tickets to earn money for their trip to the National Convention in Bellevue, Washington.

The Ohio Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Annual Meeting will be held Monday, January 16, at the Select Sires Kelgren Center, 11740 US 42 N. Plain City, Ohio. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting at 11 a.m. There will be a catered meal at $15 per plate. There will be a round table discussion on current milking systems. For information contact Randi Dilbert, Secretary, email ohiopdca@gmail.com 937-869-5229.

The Ohio Jersey Breeders Association Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m. at Der Dutchman Restaurant, Plain City, Ohio. January 20 is the deadline for applications for Ohio Junior Jersey Breeder's Association's Outstanding Boy and Girl, Achievement Award and Ohio Jersey Queen applications. They should be sent to Kathie Ashcraft, 14722 London Road, Orient, Ohio 43136 email kashcraft66@gmail.com.

The North-Central Ohio Grazing Conference will be held January 26-27, at the Mt. Hope Event Center, Mount Hope, Ohio.


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