Dairy Twilight Tour July 18 at Rittman farm

Dairy Twilight Tour July 18 at Rittman farm

New Prospect Farm in Rittman will host the 2023 Dairy Twilight Tour on July 18.


The Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit and OSU Extension Wayne County will hold the 2023 Dairy Twilight Tour on July 18 at New Prospect Farm, 12391 Benner Road, Rittman.

There will be a Dairy Summit from 3-5 p.m., with the tour taking place from 6-9 p.m. There will be free dinner served from local favorites including Amy’s, Joe’s, Exclusively Yours and Lerch’s. Ice cream, milk and cheese also will be available. There will be over 65 different companies to visit, activities for kids, and an opportunity to see the farm and visit with the Gary Dotterer family.

New Prospect Farms LLC is a partnership between Gary Dotterer and sons Kent and Kevin. After farming with Gary's brothers in the past, this dairy farm was established in 2008. The crops continue to be raised with the extended family through the Dotterer Brothers operation. New Prospect Farms continually strives to become more efficient by making improvements to the farm. The most recent improvements include a flush free stall barn, sand recovery system and a sort gate used with the SCR activity monitoring system.

This year’s Dairy Summit lineup includes the following speakers: David Marrison, OSU Extension, director of the Ohio State University Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute; Jason Hartschuh, OSU Extension, state specialist in dairy management and precision livestock; Robert Moore, attorney and research specialist with the OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program; Derek Reusser, tactical marketing manager for Massey Ferguson with AGCO; Frank Burkett, president and CEO of Hill’s Supply and currently serving on the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors; Scott Higgins, president and CEO of American Dairy Association Mideast; and Tom Stocksdale, senior vice president and manager of agricultural lending at Farmers National Bank.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Brian Baldridge will share with those in attendance at 6 p.m. to kick off the evening’s festivities.

This event is free of cost, thanks to support from all sponsors and supporters. Attendees will receive their meal and beverage voucher as they check in to the event. There is no need to RSVP.

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