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Logan County’s ag in the spotlight

Drive-it-yourself tour is Sunday

Logan County’s southwestern quadrant is home to stops on the 2013 biennial Top of Ohio Ag Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tour stops include:

• Bunker Hill Farm, 3378 County Road 21, DeGraff

Owned and operated by Bill and Susan Shultz, and theirson, Joe Shultz

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Established in the early 1930s as a diversified livestock and crop farm, the family now concentrates on sheep production. In use are the original barns and the homestead that date to the 1870s. The fourth-generation operation has 100 purebred ewes and uses technology to make breeding decisions based on detailed records, ultrasound measurements and DNA testing. Tourists will see a wool fiber display at this site, along with a shearing demonstration. Participants can take a walking tour of the family’s re-established hardwood forest at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on weather-permitting guided tours. The woods includes nearly 15,000 trees planted since 2005 when they enrolled 80 acres in the Federal Wetland Reserve program. The Logan County Sheep Association will serve samples of lamb and various community organizations will offer information at this stop.

• Logan CountyElectric Cooperative,1587 N. County Road 32

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The cooperative’s new office building will be featured at this stop. The remodeling project was completed recently. The first rural homes were energized by the cooperative in 1936. The cooperative can trace its beginnings to the dedication of six Monroe Township farmers who circulated petitions in the county to urge the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation to do whatever it could to obtain electricity in the community. Vendors from the Logan County Farmers’ Market that operates in downtown Bellefontaine each Saturday from May through October will be set up at the site, and presentations about electricity will be offered.

• Re-Al Winner Farms, 7300 State Route 47, DeGraff

Owned and operated by Alan and Renee Winner

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In the spotlight at this family-owned dairy operation are the recently installed modern and innovative robot systems that milk 200 cows daily. They allow for computerized monitoring of movements, size, weight and feed consumption. An automated feeding system is also in place, and a flush system is used to clean the barn floor. The family farms more than 3,000 acres of ground, and they also have enrolled 1,050 acres of farmland in the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s farmland preservation programs. In addition to the milking parlor tours, baby calves will be on display and ice cream will be served at this stop.

• Yeasel Farms, 10218 County Road 54, Lewistown

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Owned and operated by Monty and Dawn Heppard, who moved in 1993 to the farm, originally owned by Monty’s grandparents, Dean and Phyllis Yeasel

In addition to farming more than 1,300 acres, the Heppards have a herd of belted Galloway cattle, also known as Oreo cattle because of the white belt that circles their middles. A 110-acre wetland has been established on their farm and other conservation practices have been adopted, as well. A  state-of-the-art grain drying facility will be showcased. A petting zoo is available at this site, along with a Logan County Antique Tractor association display and samples served by the Logan County Cattle Association.

More information about the tour, which is made possible through efforts of various sponsors, is available by calling (877) 775-7642 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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