Meet the Turners

Tom and Susie Turner, of Somerset, Ohio own and operate Turner Shorthorns, a registered Shorthorn cattle operation. Since 1948, it has been Turner Shorthorns' main priority to find and use the best genetics of the Shorthorn industry to produce the best mama cows they can.

The Turners, along with their farm dog, Trooper, have the motto "all hands-on deck all the time" as they work and manage their 65 cows and calves. As seedstock producers, the main objective is to calve the cows each year and then raise them, so at maturity their cattle can serve as breeding stock for other commercial cow/calf farmers. Tom and Susie realize the importance of taking care of the livestock, but also the land. In fact, the pasture that now sustains cows 365 days a year was once a sandstone mine that has since been reclaimed. For the Turners, taking care of the land allows them to have their cows outside year-round.

Retired from The Ohio State University Animal Science department as the general livestock judging team coach for 32 years, Tom's expertise lies in beef genetics and livestock selection. Susie is a real-estate agent in central Ohio, but claims her job on the farm is to "challenge Tom's thought process." They say that every day is different on the farm and depending on the season, provides a change in tasks, therefore there is never down time. With Trooper by their side and working together, Turner Shorthorns takes pride in breeding valuable Shorthorn cattle and working hard for the beef industry.