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Quality Forage for Dairy Operations Farm Tour

Heckman Family Dairy
9276 State Rte. 705, Yorkshire, OH 45388

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, email

Thomas and Jamie Heckman are fifth generation dairy farmers. Together with Thomas’ parents, Bill and Mary Beth, the family maintains 80 cows year-round and raise replacements, which are rotationally grazed on the farm’s 340 certified organic acres. To be self-sufficient, they grow all their own feed, raising corn, corn silage, hay, triticale, timothy, forage sorghum, oats, and soybeans. Hear how Thomas and Jamie produce quality forages and manage their herd. This tour will feature rotational paddocks and information on expansion opportunities for organic producers. Organic Valley staff veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski will also discuss the benefits of high quality forage in a dairy feed ration. Refreshments will be provided by co-sponsor Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative.