Caring for cows that will soon be producing the milk we drink, that’s how one local farmer makes his living.
“You have to keep it fresh… if it lays there more than a day it gets old and they don’t like it,” said Art Logan of Logan Acres.
Logan takes care of about 280 cows under the age of two. Most of them won’t be in his barns at Logan Acres for long.
“I keep them healthy, I watch them every day and at about 14 months we watch for heats, get them bred artificially,” he said.
He raises dairy replacement heifers.
Caring for the calves from when they’re about two months old until they’re almost ready to produce milk and go back to their home farm.
“Raising heifers is actually an expense to the dairy farmers,” Logan said.
“For a farmer to raise his heifers the way, the way that Art’s doing, it would make them have to have more facilities, so that means extra outgoing money. It would cost him more, the overhead is higher,” said Ed Agler, director of Trumbull County Agriculture Center.
The farm has been in the Logan family since 1913, but 25 years ago they turned to raising heifers.
“It’s worked out real well for us and I think it’s worked out real well for my farmer clients also,” Logan said.
His farm is one of hundreds in Trumbull County’s agriculture industry. A business that’s important to the county’s economy.
“We have approximately 900 farmers and producers in Trumbull County. Our number one industry is agriculture,” Agler said.