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Claylick Farm and Their Heartland Bank Agribusiness Partnership

Saturday, March 25, 2017/Categories: Customer Stories, Products & Services

Photo of Horse from the Claylick FarmIt’s been several years since Dave Felumlee stepped away from his family’s dairy farm and opened his own operation, Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Newark. He began to learn the cattle business through a high school 4H project, and soon thereafter, purchased his first Angus heifers. The entire Felumlee clan, including parents Orville and Rachel (who have a separate 1,200 acre grain-farm operation) and his wife Dawn and kids Keri and Kacey, are proud caretakers of their family’s farm. Their years as dairy farmers have certainly contributed to their success at Claylick Run.

Claylick Run emphasizes quality genetics and performance in their herd. “We utilize DNA marker technology to enhance the strengths and fix the weaknesses of our cattle,” Dave said. He and his family sell purebred bulls and heifers to seedstock producers, as well as commercial producers, throughout the state of Ohio and eastern United States. The farm was honored in January of 2017 with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Seedstock (breeding cattle) Producer of the Year Award that recognized top beef producers in the state.

Business is built on relationships, whether it’s with a supplier, a bank or a business partner. As a young farmer, Dave started to build his beef herd with the help of other beef producers, including well-known cattleman Fred Penick of the Way View Cattle Company in Hebron. The two have remained friends and today still own cattle together and market that cattle in several sales throughout the year. The upcoming “Partners in Performance” bull sale is held at the Muskingum Livestock Company in Zanesville, on Saturday, April 1. The female sale is called “Cattleman’s Choice” and is held in October at the Claylick Run farm.

The partnership between Claylick Run and Heartland Bank began over a conversation with Agribusiness Banker, VP Brian Fracker. “After sitting down and talking with him, we decided that Heartland was a very good fit for us,” Dave said. “Agriculture is very capital intensive business and we often work on very low margins that are dictated many times by things that are out of our control: weather, technology and commodity prices. Heartland understands the industry and my business.”

Season after season, Heartland Bank is committed to being the right financial partner for those working in Ohio’s farm community. Visit one of our 13 central Ohio locations today and let us help you “moooove” your farm in the right direction!