The 2016 Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit (DSU) annual meeting and banquet will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 29 at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster. The evening features a time to visit with fellow dairy producers and industry personnel, recognition of dairy cow production awards, dairy herd management awards, youth scholarship awards, election of dairy service unit board members, and the crowning of the Wayne County Dairy Princess (sponsored by the Wayne County Dairy Promoters). In addition, an excellent meal catered by Des Dutch Essenhaus out of Shreve will be served. The evening will conclude with the awarding of door prizes contributed by DSU sponsors.
Wayne County is Ohio’s number one dairy county in terms of number of dairy cattle and in pounds of milk produced. Ashland County is 13th in the state. The Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit (DSU) promotes the dairy industry by planning and conducting an annual dairy twilight tour, sponsoring promotional activities at the Wayne County Fair and maintaining and providing use of a milking parlor at the fair and for various dairy cattle shows and sales throughout the year. In Ashland County the DSU promotes the dairy industry through ice cream sales at the Yesteryear festival. In addition, the Wayne-Ashland DSU has helped to support and sponsor educational programs like the dairy management discussion group sessions. Youth are supported by awarding scholarships and naming an outstanding dairy youth award recipient.
The cost for the evening is $10/ person. Children 3 and under are free. The remaining portion of the meal cost is paid for by the Wayne-Ashland DSU. All dairy farm families, as well as industry and support people connected with the dairy industry are invited to attend and enjoy an evening of recognizing and celebrating dairy farms, dairy farmers, and the dairy industry. The evening begins with a social time and registration at 6:30 pm with milk and cheese available. The meal will be served at 7:00 pm. Reservations need to be called in to the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 by Monday, March 21 so that enough meals can be ordered.