Neal F. Schirm

Neal F. Schirm earned local, state and national recognitionas an exemplary Jersey cattle breeder, dairy producer and farmer. Schirm purchased his first Jersey heifer as an FFA project when he was a freshman in high school and invested the next 55 years of his life developing his herd on his family farm near Canal Winchester Franklin County, Ohio.

Involved in his community and in agriculture statewide, Schirm was the first president of the fledgling Ohio Young Farmers Association, served on boards of the Ohio Jersey Breeders Association, Franklin County Farm Bureau, Milk Marketing, Inc. and the Central Ohio Milk Producers Association. An innovator, he was one of the founders and original delegates to the Central Ohio Breeders Association (COBA).

The Schirm family, Neal's wife Mary and their sons Paul, Larry and daughter Sara worked together on the farm and competed showing their cattle regionally winning many top honors for showmanship, breeding and milk production. In the mid-I 980s, Schirm cattle were producing 18,137 pounds of milk, 763 pounds of fat and 628 pounds of protein and were ranked fourth in the nation.

With the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) headquarters near their farm, the Schirms opened their operation to students, boards and visitors from around the country and world. Schirm was a delegate to the AJCA and in 2004 they honored him with their Distinguished Service Award.

In the shadows of Columbus, the Schirm homestead is now being developed for housing and is known as the Village at Schirm Farms. Son Paul continues his father's herd and high quality tradition in Jersey Cattle in West Salem, Ohio, while 81-year old Neal and his wife Mary live in a housing community near Canal Winchester.