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Published: June 24, 2017 5:00 AM

Guggisberg takes first of three cheese contests

FRESNO -- The first of three contests in the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association's competition to determine this year's Grand Champion cheesemaker was held June 7.

For the seventh year in a row, Guggisberg Cheese was awarded first place in the National Dairy Month Contest, taking an early lead in this year's Grand Champion competition.

For each contest, the state's Swiss manufacturers submit a sample to be judged, and each leg of the competition pays a set amount of points based on where their cheese is ranked by the judges.

At the end of the three contests, the manufacturer with the most points is dubbed Grand Champion Cheesemaker.

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The next contest will be for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 11.

The final cheese contest is to be held at the Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek in September.

The Dairy Month contest was held at Pearl Valley Cheese in Fresno.

This contest awarded the cheesemakers for two classifications: Swiss Class and Open Class (various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss cheese classification.)

Winners for the Swiss Class, in order of placement are: Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg; Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno; Broad Run Dairy, Dover.

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Winners for the Open Class, in order of placement are: Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg (Jersey Fresh cheese); Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno (Colby); Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg (Butter cheese).

Other varieties of cheese entered were Mild Cheddar and Sharp Cheddar by Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield; Marble and Gouda by Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg; Marble and Lacey Swiss by Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno and Baby Swiss by Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg.

Judges were: Dave Yaggi, cheese buyer; John Jorg, former cheesemaker; Mike Felton, former cheesemaker; Paul Chervenak, cheese buyer and Tom Mueller, former cheesemaker.

Farm Bureau funding water quality projects

COLUMBUS -- For the third year in a row, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities.

This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.

"What an incredible effort by our members and partners in reaching the $1 million mark. These projects over the past couple of years have helped improve water quality in communities across the state with the help of more than two dozen county Farm Bureaus and more than 110 partner groups," said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.

This year, more than $154,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.

Area County Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects:

Tuscarawas County: Members of OFBF's Young Agricultural Professionals will be invited to canoe the Tuscarawas River to see the region's natural assets and learn about the different tributaries and riparian areas and how they relate to water quality.

Wayne County: Dairy manure application plots will be set up and yield data collected to determine the effectiveness and best time to do side-dress application of manure, which is done after crops have started growing.

Ohio Sheep Day is July 15

WOOSTER -- Ohio Sheep Day will be July 15 at the OARDC Sheep Research Unit, 5743 Fredericksburg Road.

The program includes an OARDC Sheep Research Update, Pasture Walk with the Experts, Beginning and Novice Shepherd's Sessions, The Effect of Weaning Age on Lamb Health and Performance, Parasite Management and Managing Predator Issues on Sheep and Livestock Farms.

Registration is day of the event and is $15 for Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Members and $25 for non-members.


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