Help is available for local dairy farmers affected by the recent drought.
The Mennonite Disaster Service’s Eastern Ohio/Northwest Pennsylvania unit recently sent out a letter to churches in its network requesting assistance for farmers in Holmes, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties who can no longer feed their herds due to a lack of pasture.
MDS Secretary/Treasurer Wyman Miller of Berlin is helping to coordinate donations of hay or funds.
He says farmers who have been hit the hardest by the drought are those who practice “intensive grazing”.
Miller says response to their request for help has been great so far.
Miller says he anticipates the need for donations to continue for some time.
Miller says monetary donations will be used to help farmers defray the cost of buying hay.
Those who need help feeding their dairy cows this summer or those who want to donate hay or funds to help dairy farmers in Holmes, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties, contact Wyman and Marie Miller at 330-893-2866 (preferred) or 330-231-8732.
Contributions can be sent to Wyman Miller, 5452 TR 377, Millersburg, OH 44654. Make checks payable to MDS Hay Fund.