Farmer Profile for Jeff Ramseyer

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Jeff Ramseyer /Michelle Ramseyer

Experience

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

Several years of experience grazing, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goats, and a little bit of experience with grazing pigs (raised on a confinement hog farm). Managed over 200 head of Grassfed Beef Cattle, sheep, and hogs in our Livestock Partnership with a Certified Organic grain farmer. Partnership dissolved one year ago, and we are currently looking for land to lease for grazing/crops, and starting our own operation. We own a few cows and a bull in our own small beef herd. Grazing is my passion, and my favorite thing to do (Jeff). I also work with Organic dairy farmers, and I’ve been the Board President of the OFGC (Ohio Forage and Grassland Council) for several years. I’ve also attended several grazing trainings, including trainings with Ian Mitchell-Innes, Allen Williams, Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown, and many others.

Are you currently farming?:

No

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?:

Yes

Enterprises

What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?:

Livestock

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Beef
Goats
Grains
Hogs
Mushrooms
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep

The Land

Total Acres Desired:

200.0

Tillable Acres:

50.0

Forested Acres:

25.0

Acres in Pasture:

75.0

Organic:

Yes

Infrastructure

Farmhouse Needed:

No

Equipment Needed:

No equipment or barns needed, as long as there is natural cover/protection for livestock, on the farm. We work with nature (having young born after May 15th), to allow the animals to adjust to the different weather, throughout the year. If we would have pork, or poultry, we would probably use portable shelters, that we would provide. Basically only need grass, water, and electric (to power electric fencer).

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease