The annual dairy twilight tour is scheduled for Tuesday evening July 14 beginning at 6:00 pm. This year's host farm is Sterling Heights Dairy Farm, LLC (James, Matt, and Mark Saal and families). The farm is located at 7852 Easton Rd (SR 604) Sterling. The tour is planned and organized by the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit and its purpose is to highlight dairy farming and the dairy industry. A free chicken BBQ and pork dinner that includes milk, ice-cream and pie is offered throughout the evening. There will be guided wagon tours of the farm's free-stall barns and farm employees will provide some background information about the farm operation during the wagon tour. In addition to learning about general dairy cow management on the Saal farm, fly control management will be highlighted on the tour.
Another highlight of the twilight tour is the tour sponsors. Tour sponsors make the free dinner and tour event possible. Some of the sponsors also choose to set up an exhibit or display at the tour. Sponsors represent the range of services, businesses and infrastructure necessary to have a vibrant dairy economy and industry such as is present in Wayne County. I have heard our dairy tour event described as a "mini farm science review" because of the wide variety and assortment of farm machinery, equipment, supplies and displays that are on hand. At 8:00 pm the Saal family will be interviewed and will describe their farm operation in more detail.
If you are interested in or have any connection to the dairy industry plan to attend the 2015 dairy twilight tour on July 14 at the Sterling Heights dairy farm.