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OCA Roundup Schedule


Ohio State Fair Schedule


OCA & OBC Welcomes Summer Interns

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OCA Industry Excellence Vincents honored for their tireless promotion of the cattle industry

By Amy Beth Graves


OCA Participates in NCBA Legislative Conference


BEST Program Concludes a Successful 14th Year


Robison Attends Elite Beef Industry Conference


News & Notes



Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views


Checkoff News

10 OCA County Affiliate Presidents

12 Forage Corner


OCA News


Up the Alley


Beef Briefs


Ohio CattleWomen Update


Breed News


County Cattle Call


Your Checkoff Dollars at Work

28 On the Edge of Common Sense


Calendar of Events


Allied Industry Council


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

On the Cover

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Ohio Cattleman

Harsh Realities

10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, Ohio 43040 Phone 614-873-6736 • Fax 614-873-6835

By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

Planning Season

Editor Elizabeth Harsh


ummer seems to be about planning. Planning for adequate winter feed, either with making hay or stock piling forages for winter grazing. It is also the time for OCA to plan future programs and educational efforts. One of these plans is for a new OCA sponsored Replacement Female sale to be held in late November. Further information on this new sale is included in this issue.

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Another planning effort is how USDA’s new Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule will effect Ohio cattlemen. It has potential impact throughout the industry and on a variety of OCA programs and events, including the BEST program and the Ohio Beef Expo. Most importantly is making sure there is awareness and understanding of the new rule on the commercial side of the cattle industry. OCA is looking at all of these areas and working with the appropriate entities to make sure you are informed on these new regulations that took effect on March 11.

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Ohio Cattleman magazine (USPA: 020-968, ISSN: 15430588) is published six times per year: Winter issue, mailed in January; Expo preview issue, mailed in February; Spring issue, mailed in April; Summer issue, mailed in July; Early Fall issue, mailed in September; and Late Fall issue, mailed in October; for $15 a year to OCA members only. It is dedicated to reporting facts about Ohio’s cattle including marketing, production and legislative news. All editorial and advertising material is screened to meet rigid standards, but publisher assumes no responsibility for accuracy or validity of claims. All rights reserved. Circulation for the Summer 2013 issue is 2,808. Published at Minster, Ohio 45865 by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Periodical postage paid at Marysville, Ohio and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS: Please send old as well as new address to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.


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The final ADT rule establishes general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving between states and pertains to all livestock, including cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats. USDA established the rule to help target when and where animal disease occurs and to facilitate a rapid response that should reduce the number of animals involved in a disease investigation. Remember the millions of dollars spent on tracebacks related to the single cow diagnosed with BSE in Washington State in 2003. The animal disease traceability rule differs from the National Animal Identification System launched by the USDA in 2006, because the new rule is now state-driven. Information on cattle movement is held by the states using secure systems that can provide data during an animal health emergency. Under the rule, when cattle are moved to or from other states, unless otherwise exempt, the animal must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection. Identification is required for all sexually intact beef cattle 18 months of age and older, all dairy cattle and all cattle used for rodeos, recreation, show or exhibition. Beef cattle less than 18 months of age are exempt for the official identification requirements under the rule. Specific traceability requirements for this class of cattle will be addressed in separate rulemaking. There are other exemptions to the official identification requirements. The two most notable exceptions are cattle moved directly to a recognized slaughter facility and those shipped under a commuter agreement. The final rule accepts brands, tattoos and breed registration if that documentation is accepted by the shipping and receiving states or tribes. Backtags will be accepted as an alternative to official eartags for cattle and bison moved directly to slaughter. Other acceptable forms of identification include metal, visual or radio frequency (RFID) tags, depending on the state requirements. RFID tags that can be scanned provide other efficiencies with data management and may work great with certain programs. As you can see, there is lots to learn in regard to this new rule. For more information on ADT regulations visit OCA will be working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and others in the coming months to hold producer meetings on topic. Hopefully your late summer plans include attending the OCA Roundup on August 24 and 25. This issue includes all the details about the Roundup hosted by Youngs Cattle Company in Belmont County. It will be a great program and we hope to see you there. v

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August 24-25, 2013

Schedule of Events Saturday, August 24

6 - 6:30p.m. - Registration - Belmont County Fairgrounds, 45420 Roscoe Road, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 7 p.m. - Steak Dinner prepared by the Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Association 8 p.m. - National Pike Pickers with special guest Joann Jones The Pickers, popular throughout the Greater Ohio Valley, bring a traditional bluegrass style mixed with a few surprises and their fresh sets include songs by a diverse group of writers and performers. They will be joined by local favorite Joann Jones for an enjoyable evening of country music.

Sunday, August 25

8 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast at Young’s Cattle Company - 67910 Pancoast Road, Belmont, Ohio 43718 Coffee and donuts will be available at the farm 8:30 a.m. - Devotional Service 9 a.m. - OCA Roundup Program State of the Beef Industry: Our Challenges & Opportunities Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, D.C. will provide a legislative update on the Farm Bill and the new Animal Disease Traceability program, as well as other issues important to cattle producers. Colin serves as NCBA’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill and 6 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

leads the Washington office in developing strategies to ensure that the cattle industry’s voice is being heard by policy makers. OCA Update of Programs & Activities OCA officers and staff will present on the latest OCA programs and Ohio beef industry news. Feeder Calf Marketing: Do you know what your customer wants? Rick Young and John Spiker, DVM & Auctioneer, will discuss the significance of successful preconditioning programs. They will provide an overview of the various vaccination programs available to cattlemen and also discuss the importance of ensuring your calves hit the correct weights for the market you are targeting. Update on Your Beef Checkoff Investment Emily Griffiths, Ohio Beef Council Director of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing Ohio Beef Checkoff Referendum Update Sam Sutherly, OCA President Lunch - Provided by Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. of Zanesville with assistance from the Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association Farm Tours - by wagon following lunch Young’s Cattle Company This year’s Roundup will be hosted by Young’s Cattle Company owned by Rick and Jayne Young. The farm is located in Belmont County on ground that was surface mined for coal and then reclaimed for farming. Today the farm is largely a backgrounding operation. The Youngs move about 13,000 head of feeder cattle annually. These calves are purchased from surrounding farmers in a tri-state

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area, backgrounded and grouped to be shipped to western feedlots. Several conservation practices have been put in place on the farm over the years, including 16 heavy use pads for feeding, 14 springs using recycled tire tanks and extensive fencing to divide the pasture into 57 different paddocks and fence cattle out of ponds. The farm was a national finalist in the 2009 National Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Award program. They also received the 2009 OCA Environmental Stewardship Award and were named OCA Commercial Cattlemen of the Year in 2007.

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Animal Health International • Bayer Animal Health • Boehringer Ingelheim • Green Valley Co-op/Purina Animal Nutrition • Merck • Merial Animal Health • Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. • Zoetis Animal Health Water Wagon Sponsored by: Biozyme VitaFerm - Don Cooper & Cody Sankey Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Suites (located one exit east of Cabelas off I-70 at Dallas Pike exit) 675 Fort Henry Road Triadelphia, West Virginia 26059 304-547-0610 $130.00 per Double Queen Room + tax Release date August 10 Ask for Ohio Cattlemen’s Association room block

Dutton Farms - 72865 Uniontown-Flushing Rd., Flushing, Ohio 43977 Dutton Farms is owned by John and Rita Dutton and is located near Young’s Cattle Company. The farm is foragebased and operates as a stocker grazer operation. The Duttons typically graze 500 to 600 head of cattle each year on nearly 700 acres of pasture. Some of the farm’s more recent improvements include building over 29,000 feet of fence, not including line fences, to divide the pasture into 23 separate fields. In addition, the Duttons have installed extensive water lines and watering systems. An added feature to this tour stop will be the shale drilling equipment and well site that will be in place during Roundup.

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OCA News & Views

President • Sam Sutherly Vice President • Frank Phelps Secretary • Elizabeth Harsh Treasurer • Jim Rogers Past President • Dave Felumlee

By Sam Sutherly, OCA President

Trial and Error


OCA Directors

Francis Fluharty Director At-Large Wooster • Term expires 2013 Dave Felumlee Director At-Large Newark • Term expires 2014 Jim Rogers Director At-Large Logan • Term expires 2015 Kevin Miller District 1 West Unity • Term expires 2014 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2015 Kris Vincent District 3 East Canton • Term expires 2013 Sam Sutherly District 4 Ft. Loramie • Term expires 2014 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2015 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2013 Janice Wolfinger District 7 Carrollton • Term expires 2014 Sasha Rittenhouse District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2015 Stan Smith District 9 Canal Winchester • Term expires 2013 Tim Osborn District 10 Hamilton • Term expires 2014 Craig Shelton District 11 Lynchburg • Term expires 2015 Dave Kline District 12 Ironton • Term expires 2013

Elections are held each year in November. If interested in serving on the OCA Board, please call the OCA office.

OCA Staff Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Emily Griffiths Director of Public Relations & Consumer Marketing Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & BEST Coordinator Julie White Director of Communications Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations 8 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

ummer is here and many of us are gearing up for the fair season. Families spend endless hours working together to help their kids on 4-H and FFA projects to compete at the county and state level. Project books, meetings, and many words of advice or encouragement between parents and their children fill the barns and pastures. Does this sound familiar? Well, this is the first year that I have the title of “4-H parent,” I am getting the taste of standing on the outside of the ring as my kids kick off their 4-H career. What an experience this is for all of us. First, I must say that one of the biggest challenges we’ve had is trying to establish a schedule. Second would be motivation. It only seems that motivation kicks in late at night when we are trying to wind down for the day. I keep reminding myself that it is the time to teach the kids; but it is hard to just stand back and let them carry water, mix feed, clean stalls, etc. I admit, it is sometimes challenging since chores could be streamlined. I want to get in there and get it done. The kids have their own ideas. A prime example would be watering the calves. My way is filling two buckets at a time, and each carry one to the barn. The chore is done in a matter of a few minutes. Their way is inventing a contraption to transport water. After about twenty minutes of gathering bungee cords, a skateboard, milk jugs, a potting bucket, a dog’s leash and a jumbo clip, the invention came to be. Granted, the gravel drive created an obstacle that wasn’t first considered. After working and re-working, Samuel and Emma attached their invention to Samuel’s bike. Out of four gallons of water, most of it made it to the barn safety in just less than one hour. Although the invention was retired by the second day, they were so proud of what they had accomplished. It was a lesson for me as well. I had to stay back and let them work through that process. As long as the animals had fresh water, I did not care how the goal was achieved. I don’t always allow them to have this trial and error experience. Nutrition and feeding is one such area. Even though completing the 4-H books can be tedious, they have provided an opportunity to discuss proper nutrition and animal health with my kids. I think about raising cattle with my dad and what valuable lessons he taught me over the years. I ask myself how others are learning the proper management of raising cattle. It is good to have the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and OSU Extension to provide the resources needed to raise cattle. The most valuable lesson I have experienced through the summer is that you have to learn a new language in the barn. Working with your spouse and children is a great experience that leads to many moments which bring out the best in all. As a father I have learned that I must let the kids experience the trials of why we do things a certain way. As husband I have learned that the support of mom in the barn is inspiring to the kids. However, the most valuable lesson learned in this summer’s experience is that I’m not the expert; I’m a supporter of a life lesson about to be learned. As I talk about my experience I half to remember why we do this and what these programs were developed for. In the past I wrote an article about 4-H, FFA and youth programs and what the pledges meant. A daily reminder of this is reflected to me when my competitive nature kicks in. Yes we all want to be the best but must remember that the best is the experience and the friendships that are develop to succeed through life. As we enter the fair season I wish everyone the best of luck and hope that all can learn from these programs. v

2013 Ohio State Fair Cattle Schedule

All are located in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center unless noted

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1 p.m. - AOB, Hereford, Shorthorn and Simmental must be in place. *Stalling will be done by a breed representative

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9 a.m. - Simmental Jr. Show 12 p.m. - Hereford Jr. Show 3 p.m. - Shorthorn Jr. Show 4 p.m. - AOB Jr. Show

Thursday, July 25, 2013

8:30 a.m. - Simmental Open Show 12:30 p.m. - Hereford Open Show 2:30 p.m. - Shorthorn Open Show *Cattle will be released at the conclusion of the shows

Friday, July 26, 2013

6-11 a.m. - Commercial Cattle Arrive 9 a.m.-3 p.m.- Angus, Chianina, Limousin, Gelbvieh and MaineAnjou Arrival *Check-in will be Friday late afternoon or evening. Stalling will be done by a breed representative.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

9 a.m. - Gelbvieh Jr. Show 10 a.m. - Commercial Cattle Weigh-in 10:30 a.m. - Angus Jr. Show 2:30 p.m. - Chianina Jr. Show 3:30 p.m. - Maine Anjou Jr. Show 5 p.m. - Limousin Jr. Show

Sunday, July 28, 2013

8 a.m. - Gelbvieh Open Show 9:30 a.m.- Chianina Open Show 10 a.m. - Commercial Cattle Show 11 a.m.- Maine Anjou Open Show 12 p.m.- Angus Open Show 4 p.m. - Limousin Open Show Santa Gertrudis Arrive by 7 p.m.

Monday, July 29, 2013

9:00 a.m. - Both Jr. and Open Santa Gertrudis Show *2nd session Cattle will be released on Monday, July 29 on a staggered basis as per management discretion

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

12 a.m. - Market Steers Arrival, tie outs only 7 a.m. - Barn/stall assignments begin

Thursday, August 1, 2013

8 a.m. - All Market Steers must be in barn 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Market Beef Weigh-In 2 - 6 p.m. - Beef Skillathon

Friday, August 2, 2013

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Prospect Calves Arrive *Must be in place by 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - Market Beef Showmanship 6 - 8 p.m. - Prospect Calf Weigh-in 6 p.m. - Jr. Breed Heifer Champions and Res. Champion Arrive

Saturday, August 3, 2013

11 a.m. - Market Animal Show *Market calves will be released at the conclusion of the steer show *Supreme Champion Heifer Show will take place after the Outstanding Market Exhibitor Awards and prior to the selection of the Grand Champion Steer.

Sunday August 4, 2013

9 a.m. - Prospect Calf Show 2 p.m. - Sale of Champions, Celeste Center

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OCA & OBC Welcomes Summer Interns Erica Clouse, of Cambridge, is Member Services intern for summer 2013. The duties of the position will include assisting with organizing events dealing with the Ohio State Fair, member recruitErica Clouse ment and helping to plan the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Clouse is a junior at The Ohio State University, majoring in business and agricultural communications. While attending Ohio State, she has been active in the Business Honors Learning Community, Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, and Buckeyethon, as well as working as a student caller for Ohio State Calling. “I am excited to be working with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council this summer,” Clouse said. “It will be a great opportunity to get more involved in the beef industry and to interact with producers and consumers around Ohio. I can’t wait to learn more about our great industry.” Lauren Pigg of Montgomery County is serving as the Public Relations Intern. Her responsibilities include helping with the planning, coordination and execution of all displays during the Ohio State Fair; assisting with the Lauren Pigg Young Cattlemen’s Conference and with other events and promotions. Lauren, the daughter of Gregg and Mindy Pigg, is currently a senior at The Ohio State University where she is studying agricultural communications with a minor in animal science. She is involved in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club and Saddle and Sirloin club at Ohio State and will be serving as a committee chair for both organizations this coming school year. “Serving as an intern at Ohio Cattlemen’s this summer will be a wonderful opportunity to interact with Ohio beef producers and consumers alike,” Pigg said. “I hope I can use my communications skills to advocate well for the beef industry during my time here.” v Summer Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 9

OCA County Affiliate Presidents Adams............................... Heath Drummond Allen........................................... Joe Sanders Ashland.................................Christina Fisher Auglaize.........................................Jay Clutter Brown......................................... Jeff Cluxton Butler..............................................Bill Eisele Carroll........................................ Kendall Bick Champaign................................. David Clapp Clark..........................................Sam Roberts Clermont...................................Mary Hatfield Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull................. ......................................................Todd Miller Crawford....................................... Andy Stirm Darke......................................... Apollo Perez Delaware/Union.........................Matt Hobbs Fairfield.................................. Braden Moore Fayette................................. Richard Harmon Fulton................................ Max Aeschleman Gallia............................... Matthew Hemphill Greene........................................ Josh Jacobs Hancock................................ Charlie Beagle Hardin................................ Rick McCullough Henry.............................................Gary Short Highland............................. Brian Cummings Hocking.................................. Jo Ann Murtha Huron......................................Barrett French Jackson......................................Kenny Wells Jefferson................................... Tyler Ramsey Knox......................................... Bill Lawhon Jr. Licking......................................... Roger Lees Logan.........................................Troy Selhorst Mercer........................................Neil Siefring Miami....................................... Zach Havenar Montgomery......................Duane Plessinger Morgan........................................ Bill Massey Morrow.................................Junior Brandum Muskingum................................... Adam Heil Noble...........................................Adam Miley Ohio Valley.................................David Plumly Perry................................................Dave Noll Preble...................................... Rodney Mann Putnam............................. Dennis Schroeder Richland................................... Dave Fackler Seneca....................................... Dave Gurney Shelby................................... Andy Bornhorst Stark............................................ John Slagle Tuscarawas................................... Jerry Prysi Vinton...................................... Teresa Snider Warren..................................... David Bullock Wood............................................. Phil Wenig Wyandot.................................. Steve Swihart

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Your Dues Dollars at Work A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

Legislative & Regulatory

• Continued discussion with members of the Ohio House and Senate regarding legislative changes to modernize the voting requirements for the beef checkoff program. • Encouraged Ohio Senators Portman and Brown to support S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill includes key priorities for comprehensive immigration reform such as an effective guest worker program and an opportunity for current undocumented workers to gain legal work status. • Provided comments in a joint Ag letter on Ohio’s tax reform proposal included as part of the state budget bill, including CAT tax provisions and repeal of property tax rollbacks. • Participated in an Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Health Advisory Committee meeting that focused on implementation of the new Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. • Continued to monitor introduction and first hearing of the state’s water quality legislation. Sponsored by Senators Bob Peterson and Cliff Hite and Representative Jim Buchy.

Youth • Sponsored beef proficiency and meat skills awards presented at the 2013 Ohio FFA Convention. • Held the OCA BEST Awards Banquet on May 11 for 550 people and distributed extensive press releases to national, state and local papers about program participants. • Presented a check for over $19,100 to the Make-A-Wish program to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. The funds were raised by BEST program participants through their 2012-13 community service project. • Held the OCA BEST planning committee meeting for the 2013-14 BEST program year. • Coordinated registration for the OSU Livestock Judging Camp held in June and provided hamburgers for dinner for the over 70 camp participants. • Hosted the Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders at the OCA and OBC offices.

Programs & Events • Promoted beef by feeding the OSU Football Team at their spring Champions Dinner. • Sponsored Allan Robison of Champaign County, Ohio’s participant on the 2013 NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference & Tour held in early June. • Attended county affiliate events in Clark, Crawford, Fayette, Hancock and Putnam Counties. • Sponsored the United Producers Fat Cattle Show & Sale held at the Bucyrus UPI with dinner prepared by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association. • Planned the 2013 OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference set for August 22-24 • Provided the beef for a Tribute to OSU retiring President E. Gordon Gee at the Ohio State House for over 300 people. • Scheduled volunteers for the OCA Steak Barn and Taste of Ohio Café beef stand at the 2013 Ohio State Fair. • Finalized planning for the 2013 OCA Roundup to be held August 24 and 25 in Belmont County at Young’s Cattle Company. • Announced a Replacement Female Sale, held as an OCA member service and set for November 29 at Muskingum Livestock.

Association • Held board meeting for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation on June 13. • Emailed OCA e-newsletter for June. • Sold, designed and printed the 2013 edition of The Ring. • Printed the 2013 Ohio Feeder Calf Special Sales promotion brochure. v

Checkoff News Ohio Beef Council Launches Redesigned Website The Ohio Beef Council’s website,, has a new look and functionality to continue to help educate consumers on all things beef. With a more contemporary appearance, the new website offers featured recipes, nutritional information and educational materials for teachers and youth. The newly added “events” section keeps consumers updated on current promotions and upcoming events. Retail and foodservice entities now have a place to stay updated on current consumer trends and resources available, and sign up for newsletters. Also included in the redesign is a place just for beef producers that provides information on checkoff compli-

ance, how dollars are used by the Ohio Beef Council to build beef demand and industry educational opportunities. Farmers can sign up for the “Producer’s Post,” a bi-weekly enewsletter that details current checkoff-funded programs. The responsively designed website will adjust its size according to the device used (e.g. laptop, tablet or cell phone) increasing ease of user experience. v

OCA News OCA to Raffle off a New Holland Tractor and Front End Loader

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is selling tickets for the chance to win a one year lease on a New Holland T6.175 tractor with proceeds funding policy efforts on behalf of Ohio’s cattlemen. Through the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) spring membership contest, OCA received the tractor lease. In addition, Franklin Equipment is providing the year’s use of a front end loader. The raffle will run from July 1 through December 10, 2013. Contact OCA for tickets.

Enter to win!

• Renew or join OCA before Dec. 10 and receive one FREE drawing entry

• Renew or join NCBA before Dec. 10 and receive one FREE drawing entry

• Purchase raffle tickets at $10 per ticket or 6 for $50 v

Equipment provided by New Holland and Franklin Equipment

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Forage Corner

By, Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County

Summer is the Right Time to Plan Fall Grazing


n important function of the farm manager is to look ahead, assess the needs of their herd and develop a plan that provides options and flexibility for the fall and winter feeding program. There are a variety of annual and perennial forages that can be grown and managed specifically for fall and winter grazing. To exercise any of these options takes some advance planning. It is during the heat of summer that a farm manager must begin thinking about fall and winter grazing management. It is more economical to harvest forage through grazing than to mechanically harvest, store and feed forage. Stockpiling for late fall and winter grazing is a simple, straightforward option to consider, but it does take some planning and preparation on the part of the farm manager. In short, stockpiling is setting aside a pasture paddock and letting it grow. The general recommendation here in Ohio is to take a last cutting, clipping or grazing pass in early to mid-August and then let the pastures regrow and accumulate forage (stockpile) until the end of the growing season. Stockpiling research and on-farm trials results have shown this timing is the best compromise, amassing a substantial quantity while retaining an acceptable quality of forage stockpiled. Beginning earlier can result in more tonnage but with lower quality, while beginning later results in higher quality forage, but with reduced total tonnage. Tall fescue is the best grass species to stockpile because it retains its quality through the winter, even into the month of March. Orchardgrass has also been successfully used for stockpiled forage, providing good grazing in the late fall through the early winter period. Legumes are not a good choice for stockpiling because they lose their leaves after several heavy frosts in the fall. Preparation for stockpiling begins by adjusting the summer paddock rotation to insure that the best-suited fields are 12 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

reserved for stockpiling. Choose welldrained paddocks to minimize mud issues. Installing heavy use pads near designated stockpile fields is another tool to cope with mud. I have also seen farmers take advantage of dry fall weather by placing hay bales in strategic locations across the stockpiled field so that supplemental forage is available during the winter months. Of course water and electric fencing are other considerations that must be addressed when planning a successful fall grazing plan. Nitrogen fertilization can increase both the quality and the quantity of the forage being stockpiled. Plan to apply 50 to 60 pounds per acre of actual nitrogen. Research results from a southeastern Ohio location showed that applying nitrogen increased the crude protein content of stockpiled fescue as compared to the unfertilized fescue across late fall and into winter. Tall fescue fertilized in the mid-August time frame and sampled in November contained 14 percent crude protein (CP) vs. 9.5 percent CP for the unfertilized fescue. Dr. John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension, conducted a demonstration to compare fertilized vs. unfertilized stockpiled forage. One fescue field had abundant

summer growth and was left as is. Another fescue field was grazed off in late August then fertilized in September to encourage high-quality fall forage growth. In January, forage tests revealed that the unfertilized fescue was 7.9 percent CP and 56 percent TDN, while the fertilized fescue was 11 percent CP and 66 percent TDN. Stockpiling research in both Ohio and Kentucky has demonstrated that nitrogen applied to tall fescue in the early to midAugust time period should return 20 to 30 pounds of additional stockpiled dry matter (DM) per lb of nitrogen as compared to stockpiled fescue without supplemental nitrogen.Ohio research at the Jackson Experimental station compared DM yields of unfertilized stockpiled fescue to fertilized stockpiled fescue. The unfertilized fescue accumulated 2,290 pounds of DM when stockpiled from mid-August to the end of the growing season. Fescue fertilized with 46 pounds per acre of nitrogen accumulated an additional 1420 pounds of DM, for a total of 3710 pounds of DM. The biggest risk to plans for stockpiled grazing is lack of rainfall. Late summer and early fall grass growth depends on soil moisture and rainfall.

Stockpiling grass in the late summer through fall period also benefits the grass plant. Fall is a critical time for the grass plant to store carbohydrate reserves that allow the plant to over winter and that determine the green up and vigor of new growth in the spring. Stockpiling allows grass to grow and build carbohydrate reserves during this critical period. If necessary, consider feeding hay in the August to November time period to allow some pasture paddocks to stockpile. Feeding first cutting hay at this time to cows as calves are weaned and the cow’s nutritional requirement drops makes sense. The lower quality forage matches the cow’s nutritional needs and allows higher quality forage to be stockpiled and then used when the cow’s nutritional needs are higher. Besides stockpiling, planting annual forage in the late July to early August time period can also provide some fall and winter grazing. Last year in the August 1 issue of the Beef Cattle Letter, Stan Smith, OSU Extension Fairfield County, and Mark Sulc, OSU Extension Forage Specialist outlined some late summer supplemental forage planting options.

Here is what they wrote concerning early August annual forage options: “The best options are to plant spring oat, spring triticale, or annual ryegrass. An increasing number of Ohio producers are gaining experience with August planted oat. Oat seed usually can be purchased at a more economical price than spring triticale seed, but either species will produce good dry matter yields within 60 to 80 days after planting. When planted the first two weeks of August and with adequate rainfall, oat and spring triticale can produce from 4000 to 5000 pounds per acre of dry matter by midOctober. They will reach the boot stage of growth in October, which provides the best compromise of yield and forage quality. If harvest is delayed until November, the early August planted oat and spring triticale will be in heading stage and will yield 6000 pounds of dry matter/ acre or more. Early August planted oats or spring triticale forage will have crude protein (CP) content of 12 to 15 percent and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) of 38 to 50 percent depending on planting date and stage at harvest.” Plant oats at a rate

of 80 to 100 pounds per acre and triticale at 100 to 120 pounds per acre. Annual ryegrass can be seeded at a rate of 20 to 30 pounds per acre in pure stands. Another annual forage option that can be considered for late July through early August planting is a brassica, such as turnip, combined with a cereal grain such as oats or winter wheat. Turnips produce a high quality, high CP (17 to 24 percent CP), low fiber feedstuff. Adding the cereal grain provides the needed fiber. Seed this mixture at about 1.5 to 2.0 pounds per acre of turnip with about 60-70 pounds per acre of oats or winter wheat. Turnips and oats will winterkill, but the wheat will produce some additional spring growth.Reported yields from numerous brassica studies and demonstrations have consistently been in the 1 to 3 tons/acre of dry matter in pure stands. Planting a cereal grain with the brassica could add to those reported yield figures. There is a lot to be done on hot summer days, but sipping on a cool lemonade while making plans for late fall/winter grazing might be the most important task that gets done. v

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he way Kris Vincent sees it, his membership in the Cattlemen’s Association at the county, state and national level, is the best insurance plan and return for his farm. “They provide me with a lot of piece of mind that when I’m at home tending things or going to work that these organizations are working for me,” he said. “I tell folks this is the cheapest insurance that I ever buy.” Kris’s comments were made to a national audience when he appeared in February on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” show. The Stark County resident and his wife, Becky, have been singing the praise of the Cattlemen’s Association ever since they joined in 2000, whether it’s at the local farmers market, a farm tour or just around town. And Kris doesn’t just target farmers when he’s talking about the benefits of membership. “If you’ve ever enjoyed a great steak and don’t want it to ever go away, you should be a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association,” he said. The Vincents’ love of the cattle industry and tireless promotion of the benefits of the Cattlemen’s Association resulted in them receiving OCA’s 2012 Industry Excellence Award. The couple were humbled by the honor.

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“We don’t do anything for recognition. We do it because we love it,” Becky said.

‘Very rewarding’

Kris, a maintenance supervisor at Malone University, grew up down the road from his grandparents’ Tri-Pine Farm in East Canton. He has worked on the farm ever since he was a youngster and converted it from a hog, sheep and grain operation to a commercial cow-calf farm when he bought it in 1996. The farm isn’t large (about 50 cows) but it’s more than enough for the couple who work full-time and are active volunteers in many organizations. Kris has been known to disappear for a long time while going out to check on his cows. “I take a cup of coffee in the morning and go out in the pasture and look at those calves nursing the cows. You get these black calves looking at you with their milk white noses and that’s a fantastic thing,” he said, smiling at the memory. “To watch those calves grow, it’s infectious.” While both Kris and Becky grew up around cattle, neither one knew about the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association until 2000 when Becky’s work brought her to OCA’s summer roundup in Jackson County. She works sales for PBS Animal Health and was asked to set up a booth at the event.

“We were blown away by the organization,” Becky said. “We were really amazed and joined that day. Now we go to every NCBA event. I go for PBS and he goes with me and does his cattle thing. It’s been very rewarding for us.” The Vincents have been active at the county, state and national levels. They helped spearhead the creation of the Stark County Cattlemen’s Association and have served on the board in various positions, including president. Kris serves as OCA’s District 3 director, is OCA’s representative on NCBA’s policy committee and has been on NCBA’s nutrition and health committee. Becky has been chairwoman of OCA’s Allied Industry Council and served on the membership committee at the state and national levels. They are members of the Top Hand Club, which means they have recruited at least three NCBA members each year. “We’re very passionate about the industry, which is why we do so much. All of our vacation time is centered around the Ohio Cattlemen’s and NCBA,” Becky said. “We’ve made some great friendships.”

Educating consumers

The Vincents aren’t shy about telling consumers about their farm and how they raise their animals. They do rota-

tional grazing for their Angus-base cows, which are crossbred with Hereford bulls. Artificial insemination is used on about half the herd, and Kris works hard at determining what bull should be used on the rest of the cows. They focus on calving ease because they work full-time and sometimes aren’t around for the births. “I don’t just use strict calving ease bulls. I pick different bulls to fit that cow and get the most out of her,” Kris said. “The bulls that produce 85-95 pound calves go on bigger cows. The heifers all get low birth weight calving ease bulls that we can rely on to go very smoothly. For the last few years we’ve had 100 percent calving rate.” The cows are rotated among 16 paddocks and kept on a dry lot during the winter where they are fed hay grown on the farm and rental property. Kris looks for bulls that have a high docility rating. The result is that the cows move from one pasture to the next simply at the sound of his voice. “Those heifers are so quiet and loving. I don’t work with them but I could stand out there and get licked to death by some of them,” he laughed. The Vincents background the calves for a feed lot in Mt. Vernon and sell them at the beginning of November with the calves averaging 600 pounds. They keep about 10 heifers back each year. Some of the animals are sold for 4-H projects, and the couple helped implement a county born and raised class at the fair a couple of years ago. The Vincents enjoy telling consumers about their farm and how they raise their animals. For several years, they drove a truck full of their all natural freezer beef to the local farmers market and loved talking with consumers about their beef. Kris was known for his cooking demonstrations and tips on how to cook steak. Some of the techniques he learned while serving on NCBA’s health and nutrition board, taking part in culinary classes. One year the Vincents handed out 10,000 pieces of literature that included recipes, cooking tips and general beef information that came from the state and national Cattlemen’s Association.

“When you cook something at an open market like that and people come up and take something from you, there is a level of confidence there and people are satisfied,” Kris said. Unfortunately when fuel and corn prices doubled, the couple made the difficult decision to stop selling freezer beef two years ago. The decision was difficult. “We didn’t lose money but for our efforts, we made 40 cents an hour for the year. We’re in this to make the consumer happy with the product but we have to be happy at the same time,” said Kris, noting that sometimes customers would show up late at night. “I miss it a lot.”

Putting down roots

Tri-Pine Farm gets its name from three large pine trees that were in Kris’s grandparents’ front yard. When the trees died, Kris and Becky planted three new ones, putting down their own roots. The couple have lots of dreams for their farm. To quit their jobs and work only on the farm. To get back in the freezer beef business. To open up a store. To increase the size of the herd. The biggest goal is to make the farm sustainable enough to provide for the next generation. The couple have two children and

five grandchildren and their son-in-law is Kris’s right-hand man. “We’re going to try to keep this in the family for another generation. If they want to change it and go back to sheep and hogs, that’s fine,” Kris laughed. The couple plan to keep traveling throughout the county and country, promoting the cattle industry. Not because they have to but because they love to. “We are very passionate about the beef industry,” Becky said. “It’s sometimes hard to get people to understand the value of the cattle industry. We work really hard at it.” At the end of the day, Kris can be found standing in the pasture, watching his cows. It’s not only his release from a hectic day but his future. “We were raised here and I don’t ever plan to leave,” he said. “This is my relaxation. I go and move the cows and stand out there for hours sometimes. I just love it.” v

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Up the Alley

By John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator Program support provided by OCA and Ohio Beef Council

If You Build It, Will They Come?


any of you may remember the popular 1980s movie “Field of Dreams.” In the movie, the star character, Ray Kinsella, hears a voice that whispers, “If you build it, he will come,” and sees a baseball diamond. Ultimately, Ray takes a leap of faith and builds a baseball field in prime Iowa corn ground with the belief that people will actually come to rural Iowa to watch baseball games. As with any good Hollywood movie ending, this is exactly what happens and he winds up saving his family’s farm. Today, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is following some of the same themes found in that movie. On

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Friday evening, Nov. 29, OCA will be hosting their first Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 7 p.m. Why is the group sponsoring such a sale? The primary purposes of the Replacement Female Sale are to: 1. Provide Ohio cow-calf producers with a viable source of quality replacement breeding stock; 2. Encourage beef cattle operations to consider the purchase replacement breeding stock as a viable option to keeping small numbers of replacement females and hopefully reduce management and production difficulties; and 3.

Offer a marketing option to producers as a membership benefit to OCA members. I believe these are all valid justifications for such a sale. When you examine the current beef cattle landscape in Ohio, we are uniquely positioned for potential expansion of the beef industry. This state is certainly blessed with more than adequate annual rainfall amounts and significant acreage that can be devoted to forage. While grain crop prices in recent years have impacted the number of acres committed to forage production, significant forage acreage remains in southern and eastern Ohio. Much of this acreage is not suitable for grain crop production and should be used for beef or other ruminant species production. Producers still have adequate numbers of markets available to sell their feeder calves. Besides traditional marketing methods, there are increasing opportunities for age-and-source verification programs, breed-influenced programs, and natural and certified organic marketing. Prices for all classes of beef cattle have been strong over the past 2-3 years. Economic price projections for the short to intermediate-term future look very good for beef cattle. These projections are driven by our current supply of beef cattle. The United States Department of Agriculture’s January 1, 2013 Cattle Inventory reported that the nation’s beef cow herd was at 29.3 million head, down 3 percent from the year before. Ohio beef cow numbers held true to the national trend with 290,000 beef cows on hand as of January 1, 2013, also down 3 percent from 2012. Nationally, the inventory of all cattle and calves was at the lowest level since 1952. There are concerns that have held back potential expansion to this point. As with any enterprise, input costs have risen including grain, forage and land costs. Weather issues have dampened the enthusiasm to own beef cows across much

of the country, but to a lesser extent in Ohio. As with most aspects of production agriculture, the producer population is aging and fewer younger producers are entering the business. The bottom line is that there are opportunities available to those who are willing to pursue them. According to the 2007 National Animal Health Monitoring System’s (NAHMS) Beef Survey, 16 – 18 percent of the national cow herd is replaced annually by heifers. This same survey indicated that the typical beef cow herd in Ohio averaged 17 cows in size. This would indicate that the typical Ohio beef herd adds three replacement heifers annually or an expected 49,300 head for the entire state in 2013. This same NAHMS survey indicated that of the heifers that calved in 2007, 83 percent were raised on the original operation and 17 percent were purchased. Raising your own replacement heifers is the most popular choice based on tradition, but is it CORRECT? Does it make sense (or cents) within your operation? Are you willing to commit to “doing it right”? What else could you do with your current resources? Do you take advan-

tage of maternal and terminal heterosis? Do you need to reduce the number of enterprises that you manage? Is your calf crop capable of generating higher prices in today’s market? Are your “home-raised” heifers more economical than purchased heifers? Of course, replacement females do not have to be heifers. Adding productive young cows may be the best management decision for your particular operation. The 2013 OCA Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of Jan. 1, 2014, and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation or ultrasound, or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.

Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by Oct. 1, 2013. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the OCA at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle. org. If you have any questions about the sale, you can call me at my office at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242 or contact me by e-mail at Please consider this sale as an option for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd. v

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Beef Briefs Ag Industry Leaders Appointed to Board of Trustees Brent R. Porteus Ohio Governor John Kasich has named Brent R. Porteus of Coshocton County to serve a nine-year term on The Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Porteus is a managing partner of the familyowned farming and agricultural business, Blair Porteus and Sons. Robert H. Schottenstein, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, says Porteus is an important addition to the Board. “As one of the nation’s premier land grant universities, Ohio State is deeply involved in the state’s largest industry – food and agriculture. Brent Porteus will be a tremendous addition to the Board of Trustees, bringing an incomparable mix of business and leadership experience, agricultural expertise and deep knowledge of the university.” Porteus served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation from 2008-2011 and prior to that, held many leadership roles within the organization. He also represented the Farm Bureau on trade missions to Cuba and Hong Kong. Since 2011, he has served as a board member of Nationwide Insurance, one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services companies in the world. Porteus has held leadership positions with the Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the National Corn Growers Association. He earned his BS in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University in 1978. Stacie Seger Ohio State University student Stacie Seger has been appointed by Governor Kasich as the undergraduate student member of the Board of Trustees for a two18 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

year term beginning May 16, 2013, and ending May 13, 2015. Seger is a junior from Fort Loramie, where her family operates a swine and grain farm. She is pursuing a degree in agricultural communication with minors in international studies and agribusiness and hopes to own a marketing and communication firm after graduation in 2015. Seger has been involved in student government as well as advancement activities for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has studied abroad in Brazil, Ireland and Ecuador and is currently an intern at the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal.

Ohio Agricultural Council Announces 48th Class of Hall of Fame Inductees Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm and agribusiness community will be honored Friday, August 2, 2013, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC),

when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) will induct Shirley Dunlap Bowser of Williamsport, Louis M. “Mick” Colvin of West Salem, Bernard J. Scott of Tontogeny, and Doug White of Manchester, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The 48th annual event will attract approximately 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio agriculture. “OAC is privileged to honor these four individuals who have made significant contributions to Ohio’s number-one industry,” said David Barrett, OAC president. “We are proud to recognize this deserving class of hard-working professionals for their unwavering commitment to protecting and advancing Ohio’s food and agriculture community, promoting agricultural education, and serving others in their local communities and beyond.”

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The following inductees nominations were supported by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, West Salem, Ohio Louis M. “Mick” Colvin has made significant contributions to the agricultural industry as a herdsman, farm manager, fieldman, brand creator and beef marketer. During his four decades of service to Ohio agriculture, he has shown great vision and integrity in the creation of the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) brand. Serving as CAB’s first executive director, Colvin led Ohio to become home of the nation’s numberone branded beef marketing program. During his tenure, sales grew to nearly 500 million pounds per year. Today, more than 811 million pounds are marketed through the world. Colvin has been a leader in the beef industry serving as past president and chairman of the Board for the Ohio Angus Association, on several boards for the Ohio and National Cattlemen’s Associations, and as a consultant to organizations including Veal USA. Colvin’s leadership and dedication to agriculture has been widely recognized over the years. In 2009, Colvin was inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery and he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State, College of Agricultural Sciences in 2010. Doug White, Manchester, Ohio A third-generation farmer, Doug White continues to manage a livestock and crop operation with his family. His career as a public servant has included 15 years as county commissioner, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for five years, and a member of the Ohio Senate for eight years. During his time in the Ohio Senate, White served as the Chair of the Agriculture Committee and Finance Committee, as well as Senate President. He also served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce for Governor Bob Taft. As an elected official, White used his agricultural background to guide him through the decision making process. In his many years of public service, White consistently worked to make a positive impact on policy changes and supported the adequate funding necessary to ensure Ohio agriculture remained strong. He also supported conservation programs and practices carried out by the Ohio

Department of Natural Resources and the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts. White currently serves on the Ohio Expositions Commission Board and works to promote the Ohio 4-H program, strengthen the presence of commodity groups, and continually advocate for agricultural education at the Ohio State Fair. For tickets to the Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Agricultural Council at 614-7948970 or via email at info@ohioagcouncil. org. For more information about the Ohio Agricultural Council, please visit www. v

Breed News Angus Achievements 2013 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Junior Show

Angus exhibitors led 125 entries at the 2013 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Junior Show, June 15 in Louisville, Ky. Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, Ga., evaluated the entries. L L F Brave 2572 won grand champion bred-and-owned bull. Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the March 2012 son of S A V Brave 8320. D C C Peg 1306 won bred-and-owned reserve junior champion heifer. Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio, owns the winning heifer.

Grand Champion Bred and Owned Bull owned by Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio.

2013 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory (ROV) Show

Angus exhibitors led 130 entries at the 2013 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory (ROV) Show, June 16 in Louisville, Ky. Travis Pembrook, Fairview, Okla., evaluated the entries before naming champions. S A V Best in Class 2586 won reserve grand champion bull. Champion Hill, Bidwell, Ohio, and Schaffs Angus Valley, Saint Anthony, N.D., own the April 2012 son of S A V First Class 0207. L L F Brave 2572 won reserve junior champion bull. Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the winning bull. Continued on pg. 21

Reserve Champion Bull at the All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity ROV Show is owned by Champion Hill, Bidwell, Ohio and Schaffs Angus Valley, Saint Anthony, N.D. Summer Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 19

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Ohio State Fair, Ohio Expo Center. NCBA Summer Conference, Denver, Colorado. For more information visit www. 11 Ohio Shorthorn Picnic, Turner Shorthorns in Somerset. For more information visit or email Tom Turner, 22-24 OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference. For more information contact the OCA office at 23 Beef Night with the Clippers at Huntington Ball Park, Columbus. For more information contact the Ohio Beef Council at 24-25 Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup, Belmont. For more information, visit

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2013 Beef Leaders Institute (BLI)

Men and women representing 11 states and Canada attended the 2013 Beef Leaders Institute (BLI), June 17-20 in St. Joseph, Mo. BLI is designed to cultivate leaders in the beef industry while enhancing understanding of the total beef production system. This is the sixth year for BLI, sponsored by the Angus Foundation. Daniel Wells, Chillicothe, represented Ohio at the 2013 Beef Leaders Institute. BLI is designed to cultivate leaders in the beef industry while enhancing understanding of the total beef production system. This is the sixth year for BLI, sponsored by the Angus Foundation.

Champion Bred and Owned Female at the Ohio Angus Association Jr. Preview Show is owned by Lauren Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Champion Female at the Ohio Angus Assoc. Jr. Preview Show is owned by Kinsey Crowe, West Alexandria, Ohio.

2013 Ohio Angus Assoc. Junior Preview

Angus exhibitors led 91 entries at the 2013 Ohio Angus Association Junior Preview Show, June 15 in Zanesville, Ohio. Steve Patton, Frankfort, Ind., evaluated the entries before naming champions. L L F Brave 2572 won grand champion bred-and-owned bull. Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the March 2012 son of S A V Brave 8320. Woodside Brilliance WC 136 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull. Kerrie Miller, Wapakoneta, Ohio, owns the June 2012 son of S A V Brilliance 8077.

Champion Bred and Owned Bull at the Ohio Angus Association Jr. Preview Show is owned by Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Maplecrest Rita 2026 won grand champion bred-and-owned female. Lauren Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the January 2012 daughter of Connealy Confidence 0100. D C Georgina 1206 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned female. Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio, owns the April 2012 daughter of S A V Bismarck 5682. Maplecrest Rita K0240 won grand champion cow-calf pair. Lauren Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the September 2010 daughter of PVF ALL PAYDAY 729. A March 2013 heifer calf sired by G A R Predestined completes the winning duo. Dameron SRF Pride 1144 won reserve grand champion cow-calf pair. Will Harsh,

Champion Cow-Calf Pair at the Ohio Angus Assoc. Jr. Preview Show is owned by Lauren Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Champion Steer at the Ohio Angus Association Jr. Preview Show is owned by Will Harsh, Radnor, Ohio.

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Angus exhibitors led 89 entries at the Radnor, Ohio, owns the May 2011 daugh2013 Ohio Angus Association Preview ter of PVF ALL PAYDAY 729. An April Show, June 9 in Zanesville, Ohio. John 2013 daughter sired by S A V Brilliance Hausner, Dover, Pa., evaluated the en8077 is at side. tries before naming champions. SCC Royal Blackbird 213 won grand Champion Hill Peg 7350 won grand champion owned female. Kinsey Crowe, champion owned cow-calf pair. Kaitlyn West Alexandria, Ohio, owns the January Continued on pg. 23 2012 daughter of OSU Currency 8173. Dameron Northern Miss 249 won reserve grand champion owned female. Will Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, owns the March 2012 daughter of EXG RS First Rate S903 R3. RF Buckeye 1227 won grand champion steer. Will Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, owns the April 2012 son of Rito 9FB3 of 5H11 Fullback. Paradise Kevin 248 won reserve grand champion steer. Caroline Winter, Ashville, Ohio, owns the April 2012 son of Paradise Freedom 044. Paradise Jimmy 251 won reserve champion Ohio bred steer. Christina Winter, Ashville, Ohio, owns the winning steer. OCA Allied Industry Council Member and Roundup Sponsor Summer Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 21

OCA News OCA Participates in NCBA Legislative Conference In mid-April, OCA leaders participated in NCBA’s Legislative Conference held in Washington, D.C. OCA Treasurer Jim Rogers, Hocking County, and District 3 Director Kris Vincent, Stark County, met with 15 of Ohio’s Congressional offices to discuss how issues at the national level are having an impact on how we produce beef in Ohio. In total, more than 200 cattlemen participated in the event. Issues discussed covered each of the key policy area s on this year’s agenda with specific focus on the farm bill and immigration reform, both topics are critically important and the timing couldn’t have been better. Both issues were making progress on Capitol Hill as OCA members met with their elected officials during the NCBA meeting allowing them a chance to have a direct impact on key priorities for the industry.

Pictured are Kris Vincent, OCA Director, Rep. Bob Latta and Jim Rogers, discussing Ohio beef industry issues during the NCBA Legislative Conference.

Pictured are Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director; Rep. Bob Gibbs; and Kris Vincent, OCA Director.

Pictured are Rep. Jim Jordan; Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director; and OCA Directors Jim Rogers and Kris Vincent. 22 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

During the NCBA Legislative Conferece, OCA won a year’s lease of a New Holland tractor. Pictured from left are Kris Vincent, OCA Director; Michael Cornman, New Holland; Jim Rogers, OCA Director; and Abe Hughes, New Holland.

Pictured are Jim Rogers, OCA Director; Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director; Rep. Steve Stivers; and Kris Vincent, OCA Director.

Continued from pg. 21 Clarke, West Chester, Ohio, owns the September 2009 daughter of S A V Bismarck 5682. A March 2013 daughter sired by S A V Momentum 9274 is at side. Dameron SRF Pride 1144 won reserve grand champion cow-calf pair. Will Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, owns the May 2011 daughter of PVF ALL PAYDAY 729. An April 2013 heifer calf sired by S A V Brilliance 8077 completes the winning duo.

Shorthorn Success

2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference

Shorthorn juniors from 24 states made their way to the 2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, June 24-29. A total of 566 head of cattle were exhibited at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Wes Hudson, Arkansas, and associate judge Todd Herman, Oklahoma, evaluated the Owned Purebred Shorthorn Heifer Show. Scott Werning, South Dakota, evaluated the Bred &

Owned Females, ShorthornPlus Females, Purebred Cow/Calf Pairs, ShorthornPlus Cow/Calf Pairs, Bred & Owned Bulls, Purebred Steers and ShorthornPlus Steers. Clayton Boyert of Seville, Ohio, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Female, Boy Cherri Brandi 207, an April 2012 daughter of Free K0Kim Hot Commodity ET. Boyert’s female was the Reserve Division IV Champion Female. Hannah Winegardner, Lima, Ohio, led the Champion Bred & Owned Female, Mona Lisa ET, a daughter of DF Waco 6W ET. Continued on pg. 25

Champion Cow-Calf Pair at the Ohio Angus Assoc. Preview is owned by Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio.

SCC Royal Blackbird 213 won grand champion owned female. Kinsey Crowe, West Alexandria, Ohio, owns the January 2012 daughter of OSU Currency 8173. Womack Burgess 1232 won reserve grand champion owned female. Brandee Painter, Hebron, Ohio, owns the October 2011 daughter of S A V Prosperity 9131. Champion Hill Shadoe 8107 won owned reserve senior champion female. Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio, owns the winning female. Champion Hill Georgina 8125 won owned reserve junior champion heifer. Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio, owns the winning heifer. Dameron Nothern Miss 2136 won owned intermediate champion heifer. WillHarsh, Radnor, Ohio, owns the winning heifer. L L F Brave 2572 won grand champion bull. Tanner Ayres, Hillsboro, Ohio, owns the March 2012 son of S A V Brave 8320. Paradise Style 223 won reserve grand champion bull. Caroline Winter, Ashville, Ohio, owns the February 2012 son of Silveiras Style 9303. Paradise Motive 301 won reserve senior bull calf champion. Christina Winter, Ashville, Ohio, owns the winning bull.

Champion Female at the Ohio Angus Assoc. Preview is owned by Kinsey Crowe, West Alexandria, Ohio.

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Ohio CattleWomen Update

By Kayla Alexander, Ohio CattleWomen President

Jumping in with Both Feet Summer is here, it seems as though it was just yesterday that we were sitting with our families for the holidays. Summer is full of fairs, national junior shows and lots of family time. While this time fills us with memories that will last a lifetime, it comes with hard work, trials and tribulations. With half of 2013 already in the rear view mirror, the Ohio CattleWomen have faced our own series of trials, both individually and as a team. However, we are not letting this hold us back. We are jumping into summer with both feet and have a full schedule to cruise us through. OCW members ended the spring right with their attendance at the Region 1 American National CattleWomen’s Meeting. Hosted at Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, Ohio, representatives from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and California were in attendance in a meeting that produced a Region 1 Regeneration Team. Ohio was proudly represented by Becky Vincent, Nikki Schmelzer and myself. We are trying to expand from the current three state affiliates to include 18 states in our region. Next on OCW’s agenda for the summer is preparing for state and county fairs with some fun thrown in the mix. OCW will be having a store again this year at the Ohio State Fair. If you are interested in working in the store please let us know and we will get you scheduled. We also have joined up with OCA to work a shift at the Steak Barn and for this event we are calling on our youth to participate. If you ran for Ohio Beef Ambassador in 2013, are planning to run in 2014, are a current county queen, county ambassador, or breeds queen, we ask that you and maybe a parent to volunteer. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these activities contact me at or at 937-302-0073.

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OCW is looking forward to all of our scheduled events for the summer, but don’t let us count you out. If your county is holding an event and would like an OCW representative there, please contact us as we are more than willing work it into our schedules. We want to help build those summer memories with your families. From the Ohio CattleWomen to your family we wish you a safe and happy summer! v

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Simmental Solutions Simmental Memorial Day Classic/ State Show

The Ohio Junior Simmental Association and Ohio Simmental Association hosted its annual Memorial Day Classic/ State show at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, May 25-27. Juniors participated in numerous contests including a judging contest, public speaking, sales talk and a cattlemen’s quiz. On Memorial Day the juniors competed in showmanship and then kicked off the first show of the summer show season. Following the heifer show, OJSA presented awards to the top 10 in junior and senior divisions. The 2013 Queen and Princess were also crowned. Kyndall Williams was named Queen and Rachel Dickson, Princess. Champion Purebred Heifer, DSC Sheza Force 99Z, is a daughter of TJSC Optimus Prime 12W and shown by Rachel Dickson, St.Louisville, Ohio. Reserve Champion Purebred Heifer was shown by Cade Ligget, Dennison,

Champion Purebred Heifer at the Simmental Memorial Day Classic was shown by Rachel Dickson, St. Louisville, Ohio.

Ohio. His heifer, STF Moonrise ZU29, is sired by STF Shocking Dream SJ14. Champion Percentage Heifer, Mackenzie HR Z535, is a daughter of Mack AF W273 and shown by Kyle Brinkman, Holgate, Ohio. Reserve Champion Percentage Heifer was shown by Rachel Linder, Lousiville, Ohio. Her heifer, E&D Meeka, is sired by WAGR Driver 706T. Champion Steer was shown by Camren Fedderke, Holgate, Ohio. His steer, M-R Simme Steer, is sired by W1545 HR. Champion Cow-Calf Pair was shown by Dana Handrosh, Litchfield, Ohio.

Champion Percentage Heifer at the Simmental Memorial Day Classic was shown by Kyle Brinkman, Holgate, Ohio.

Champion Cow-Calf Pair at the Simmental Memorial Day Classic was shown by Dana Handrosh, Litchfield, Ohio.

The cow, HFHF Ms Painted Sunrise, is sired by HFHF Bold Red Colby. The calf, HFHF Ms Dreaming Giesha is a daughter of Scarlet Dreams. Continued on pg. 27

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County Cattle Call Clark County

On June 7, Clark County Cattlemen gathered at Bob and Peg Agle’s farm for a night of fun and fellowship. The hosts prepared steaks and guests each brought a passing dish. Emily Agle, Certified Angus Beef (CAB), was on hand to talk about the benefits of the CAB program and marketing. Ohio Beef Council staff was present to discuss how beef Checkoff investments had been carried out this year and OCA district representative, Sasha Rittenhouse, was also at the event communicating efforts on behalf of OCA to the local cattlemen. Sasha ended the evening by collecting signatures on behalf of OCA’s Checkoff Referendum initiative.

Crawford County

Exhibitors, buyers and local cattlemen packed the United Producers, Inc. (UPI) in Bucyrus on Monday, June 25. More than 374 head were split among 124 pens of cattle evaluated early in the day. That evening, Crawford County Cattlemen grilled hamburgers for a complimentary meal provided to everyone that attended the awards and sale for the cattle show. With the help of increased sponsorship, show coordinators at UPI Bucyrus were able to provide plaques to the Champion and Reserve winners of the pen show.

Fairfield County

Ohio Beef Ambassador and recently retired Fairfield County Beef Queen Sierra Jepsen is donating 200 pounds of locally grown, lean ground beef to local Food Pantries. Jepsen shared in her presentation at the recent Fairfield County Cattlemen’s As-

Sierra Jepsen recently donated 200 pounds of locally grown, lean ground beef to local Food Pantries. Those attending Farm Fare Day on July 20 are invited to support the effort each time they purchase a hamburger. 26 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

sociation annual banquet, that 4000 local families are served each month by Fairfield County food pantries. In an effort to bring awareness to the work of organizations like Fairfield County’s United Way and the food pantries who address the hunger situation across the County, Jepsen announced her donation, and challenged local cattlemen to do the same in the coming year. In an effort to match Ms. Jepsen’s donation of 200 pounds of lean ground beef, the “Hamburger for the Hungry” campaign has been initiated. Local cattlemen have pledged to donate to local food pantries ½ pound of ground beef for each hamburger they sell at the upcoming Farm Fare Day, being held at the fairgrounds as an activity of the Lancaster Festival, July 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who can’t attend Farm Fare Day are invited to participate by making a cash donation to the “Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association Hamburger for the Hungry” campaign and send it to Kristi Miller, Treasurer, P.O. Box 239, Sugar Grove OH 43155.

Madison County

A group of local cattlemen have recently joined together to form the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association (MCCA). MCCA, an affiliate of OCA. “In particular, our efforts are to develop a more personal connection between consumers and the farmers in our community,” said Elizabeth Mead, MCCA president. “Despite the fact that we have only had a few official meetings, we have had great participation and we all seem to have the same goals: to promote the beef industry, tell the story of agriculture, and help the youth of Madison County to develop the skills necessary to become the next generation of animal stewards.”

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The newly founded organization welcomes any Madison County resident interested in the beef industry to join. Annual membership is $20 per family and MCCA meetings are held in the community building at the Madison County Fairgrounds the third Tuesday of each month. Through their affiliation with the OCA, MCCA will provide members with opportunities to get involved at the state level. In an effort to reach out to the community and garner funds for beef promotions and education, MCCA is selling tickets for a chance to win a new six-burner, stainless steel, propane grill. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any member of the group, by calling 614-857-5575, 740-808-3381, or by emailing

Putnam County

On June 27, Putnam County Cattlemen hosted a Best of Beef Challenge at the Putnam County Fair. More than 10

dishes were entered in the contest and nearly 50 attended the beef cookoff. The beef dishes were evaluated by local family and consumer sciences staff and the contest was coordinated by Dennis Schroeder with the Putnam County Cattlemen and the Putnam County Ag Society. The winning dishes were: First Place, Diana Horstman – Enchilada Casserole; Second Place, Jane Kamphaus – Por-Q-Pine Ball Casserole; Third Place, Susah Rhodes – Tamale Pie. Winners were presented with a cash prize donated by the Putnam County Cattlemen and the Ottawa Ordnance sponsored medallions. Emily Griffiths, Ohio Beef Council, was in Ottawa to share recipes, beef safety and cooking tips with attendees and did a radio spot talking about the benefits of beef to local listeners. v

Pictured front row are Diana Horstman, 1st place; Jane Kamphaus, 2nd place; and Susan Rhodes, 3rd place. Back row from left are Dennis Schroeder, Putnam Co. Cattlemen; Emily Griffiths, Ohio Beef Council; Sarah Wilker, Ohio Fair’s Queen; and Cindy Verhoff, co-owner Ottawa Ordnance.

Continued from pg. 25 Champ Purebred Bull, Driver Ecoboost, is a son of WAGR Driver 706T and shown by Matt Beath, Winchester, Ohio.

Champion Purebred Bull at the Simmental Memorial Day Classic was shown by Matt Beath, Winchester, Ohio.

OJSA Royalty pictured from left are: Rachel Linder, 2012 Queen; Morgan Fackler, 2012 Princess; Rachel Dickson, 2013 Princess; and Kyndall Williams, 2013 Queen.

Patronize these Companies that Support your Association For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office. ABS Global Inc. Brian Good, Aaron Short, Gary Perkins, Buck Owen, Roger Sundberg 330-466-2588 ADM Alliance Nutrition Barbie Casey 330-440-4800, Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Roger Schrader 330-263-6432 Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 Buckeye Insurance Group Mary Frances Rodriguez 937-778-5000 Cargill Animal Nutrition Tom Rohanna 412-217-8939, Bradley Carter 330-234-2552 COBA/Select Sires Bernie Heisner, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler 614-878-5333 CompManagement, Inc. Tony Sharrock 614-760-2450 DeKalb/Asgrow Jeffrey Goodbar 937-605-2914 Janelle Brinksneader 937-509-4794 DHI Cooperative Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO Elanco Animal Health Neal Branscum 606-872-5395 J R Equipment Inc. - Evolution Ag Doug Loudenslager 740-363-1341 Farm Credit Mid-America Bob Foster, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 Franklin Equipment Troy Gabriel 614-228-2014, Green Valley Co-op Scott Bauerbach 740-373-2875 Heritage Cooperative Allan Robison, Dave Monnin, Derek Fauber, Cy Prettyman 937-652-2135 Highland Livestock Supply Curt Hively 330-457-2033 Hubbard Feeds Tom Linn 567-204-3065 Jeremy Baldwin 765-730-5459, Darl Bishir 419-236-0656, Perry Owen 937-726-9736 Immvac, Inc. Evan Tate 270-668-3167 Ian Stewart 517-719-9663 Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal 419-294-3838

Kent Feeds Andy McVay 765-427-5182 Luke Snider 937-606-1172, Phil Reppert 330-201-0991 Purina Animal Nutrition LLC David Newsom 317-677-5799 McArthur Lumber & Post Bob Marlowe 740-596-2551 M.H. Eby Inc./Eby Trailers Kirk Swensen and Steve Rittenhouse 614-879-6901 Mercer Landmark Travis Spicen, Randy Seeger, Joe Siegrist 419-586-2303 (Dave & Randy) 419-305-2451 (Joe) Merial Brent Tolle 502-905-7831 Multimin USA, Inc. Pete Hausser 937.372.2302 Novartis Katie Oney 614-725-6332 Ohio Soybean Council Jennifer Coleman 614-476-3100 PBS Animal Health Becky Vincent 1-800-321-0235 Performance Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Phil Brehmer 614-649-0114 POET Biorefining-Marion Duane McCombs 740-383-9774 Provico Farm & Show Supply, LLC Sam Braun 937-693-2411 Reed & Baur Insurance Agency LLC Paula Dillon, Jim Rogers 1-866-593-6688 Townsend’s Sales Dean Armstrong 740-988-5681 Trupointe Cooperative Inc. Jim Jackson 419-629-2338 Union Stock Yards Janet and Bill Butler 937-393-1958 United Producers Inc. Sam Roberts 937-477-0060, Abra Dunn 1-800-456-3276 Weaver Leather Livestock Angela Shoemaker - ext. 251, Lisa Shearer ext. 206, 330-674-1782, Zoetis Animal Health Leesa Beanblossom 937-447-3044 Tom Esselburn 330-201-1318

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On the Edge of Common Sense

By Baxter Black, DVM

If Cows Could Talk “If you are in a hurry, be deliberate.” Neil and his wife were young Alabama cattle farmers. He was very attentive to his stock, subscribed to many livestock publications, kept up on new management practices and was always in a hurry. Jenny was a practical but kind-hearted livestock person herself. Both had jobs in town. Their first-calf heifers had started their calving season. On the evening of the ‘incident’, Neil had checked the heifer lot and found one of the thinner ones in labor. After supper he and Jenny drove out to have a look and see how her parturition was progressing. Low and behold, the heifer had twins! One of the calves was standing but the smaller one was laid out on the ground. It wasn’t moving and somehow didn’t look right. Neil assumed, as often happens with twins, one of the calves is born healthy and strong, while the other was born weaker. The standing calf was trying to find his way around. Neil eased up to it, picked it up and carried it into a little panel pen with a head gate. The new mother followed and, after several minutes, the calf was sucking. “What about the other calf?” asked Jenny. “He won’t make it,” Neil said. “He looks poorly, isn’t moving, maybe didn’t get his share in the womb. Besides, the heifer ain’t got milk enough for two.” “Well, you can’t just leave it there,” she protested. “I know best, It’s nature’s way, Dummy calf, These things happen, Won’t make it anyhow, Better for them both, etc.” he explained. “It’s just not right!” she mumbled, climbing back in the pickup and slamming the door. Little was said the rest of the evening. She scolded him for his lack of compassion. He belligerently clung to the “some must be sacrificed for the common good” argument. It was chilly in bed that night. Next morning at daybreak Neil climbed in the pickup and drove out to the calving lot. A good feeling arose in him when he saw the calf, head in mama’s breakfast nook, contentedly nursing. Neil scanned the lot for the lost twin. For a moment he thought maybe the coyotes had drug off the body. He looked back to the new mother and spoke out loud to her, “Where did he go?” She looked back over her other shoulder at the second twin who was nursing heartily. “If you’d taken a moment to check last night you’d have known that the one on the ground was born first, got his colostrum, and I put him down for a nap. Then you showed up.” (Or something of the sort if cows could talk.) v

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BEST Program Concludes a Successful 14th Year at Annual Banquet


he 2012-2013 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program wrapped up on May 11 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. “The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Stephanie Sindel, BEST coordinator. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.” Several representatives from program sponsors Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $35,000 in belt buckles, furniture, show materials and other awards. This year’s BEST program featured 16 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state. More than 525 head of market animals and heifers were shown and 355 youth participated.

Banquet Sponsors

The BEST program also receives tremendous support for awards and the awards banquet. The 2012-2013 banquet and award sponsors were Franklin Equipment LLC, Hamilton Insurance Agency, Harsh’s Farm Service, Highland Livestock Supply, Linde’s Livestock Photos, Merchants National Bank, National Livestock Exhibitor - Eldon Miller, Showmaster Feeds and Umbarger Show Feeds. These sponsors donated a wonderful set of door prizes and offered monetary support for awards. State breed associations sponsored belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Chianina Association, Ohio MidEastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners. v

BEST Jr. Representatives Junior Representatives for the 2013-14 BEST season are pictured from left: Devin Coon, Jackson County; and Amber Shoemaker, Stark County. Not pictured is Jessica Lohr, Crawford County.

Scholarship Winners BEST participants efforts in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding three $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Sarah Johnson, Williamsport; Jessica Lohr, Bucyrus; and Mackenzie Shuey, Springfield.

Eby Trailer Winner Regan Robinson of Hamilton, Ohio, was the lucky BEST participant to receive the free use of a 8’ by 26’ livestock trailer for the 2013-2014 BEST season courtesy of Eby Trailer. Pictured from left Regan Robinson, trailer winner; her parents Carrie and Josh Robinson; and Ryan Daulton, Eby Trailers.

Chute Winner Novice participant Regan Robinson, Hamilton, Ohio, won a new chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock. Pictured from left are Angela Shoemaker, Weaver Livestock, and Regan Robinson.

BEST Program Sponsors:

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Breed Division Champions Champion Angus Heifer – Lydia Dance, Highland Co. Reserve Champion Angus Heifer –William “Hadley” LeVan, Champaign Co. Champion Angus Steer – Jessica Lohr, Crawford Co. Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Will Harsh, Delaware Co. Champion AOB Heifer – Kady Davis, Carroll Co. Reserve Champion AOB Heifer – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co. Champion AOB Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co. Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Breanne Gabriel, Pickaway Co. Champion Chianina Heifer – Demi Powers, Fulton Co. Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer – Jacob Jones, Brown Co. Champion Chianina Steer – Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Ashley Buell, Licking Co. Champion Crossbred Heifer – Janel Gilbert, Darke Co. Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Madison Clark, Miami Co. Champion Crossbred Steer – Madison Jones, Brown Co. Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co. Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Alexandra Witt, Greene Co. Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Carson Shafer, Preble Co. Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co. Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Gretchen Straits, Holmes Co. Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Ashton Frey, Wyandot Co. Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Ben Harner, Greene Co. Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lance Utt, Portage Co. Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co. Champion Hereford Heifer – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co. Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Aidan Woodruff, Washington Co. Champion Hereford Steer – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co. Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Case Barton, Holmes Co.

Bred and Owned Champions Champion Bred & Owned Heifer – Ashley Buell, Licking Co., Chianina Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer– Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co., High % Maine Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co., AOB Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer – Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas Co., Purebred Simmental Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer– Michelle Bockelman, Henry Co., Angus Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Ashley Buell, Licking Co., Chianina Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer – Lance Utt, Portage Co., Maine Anjou Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Isaac Gehret, Darke Co., Maine Anjou Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer – Ashley Peter, Defiance Co., ShorthornPlus Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer- Brittany Conkey, Defiance Co., Chianina

Bred and Owned Heifer Winners

Bred and Owned Steer Winners

Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co. Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Chris Tooms, Muskingum Co. Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Thane Kaufman, Holmes Co. Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Caleb Potter, Jackson Co. Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Logan Trbovich, Carroll Co. Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Madison King, Logan Co. Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Trent Broermann, Preble Co. Champion Shorthorn Steer – Cole Wildermuth, Shelby Co. Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Sara Klehm, Stark Co. Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Morgan Moore, Portage Co. Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Kaitlyn Justice, Fairfield Co. Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Kaden Frey, Wyandot Co. Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Jenna Siegel, Crawford Co.

Novice Heifer Winners

Champion Simmental Heifer – Brooke Bumgardner, Clark Co. Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Rachel Dickson, Licking Co. Champion % Simmental Heifer- Janel Gilbert, Darke Co. Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer- Curtis Harsh, Delaware Co. Champion Simmental Steer – Adam Widman, Crawford Co. Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby Co. Champion Market Heifer – Branden DeFrank, Jefferson Co. Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Branden DeFrank, Jefferson Co.

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Junior Showmanship Winners

Novice Showmanship Winners

Novice Champions

Showmanship Winners

Champion Novice Heifer – Thane Kaufman, Holmes Co., MaineTainer Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Kaitlyn Justice, Fairfield Co., ShorthornPlus Third Overall Novice Heifer – Madison King, Logan Co., Shorthorn Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – William “Hadley” LeVan, Champaign Co., Angus Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Alayna McIntosh, Adams Co., Crossbred Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Katelyn Welch, Washington Co., ShorthornPlus - TIE Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Payton Popick, Stark Co., Crossbred - TIE Seventh Overall Novice Heifer - Allison King, Seneca Co., Crossbred Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Rachel Dickson, Licking Co., Purebred Simmental Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Molly Danner, Wyandot Co., Crossbred Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Nathan Davis, Adams Co., Crossbred Champion Novice Steer – Kaden Frey, Wyandot Co., ShorthornPlus Reserve Champion Novice Steer – Adam Widman, Crawford Co., Simmental Third Overall Novice Steer – Ashton Frey, Wyandot Co., Crossbred Fourth Overall Novice Steer – Lauren Burner, Hancock Co., Crossbred Fifth Overall Novice Steer – Jacob Parker, Meigs Co., Maine Anjou Sixth Overall Novice Steer – Hannah Weymouth, Clark Co., Crossbred Seventh Overall Novice Steer – Noah Cox, Athens Co., Crossbred Eighth Overall Novice Steer – Jessica Griffith, Preble Co., Crossbred Ninth Overall Novice Steer – Zach Altvater, Wyandot Co., Crossbred Tenth Overall Novice Steer – Jonna Goss, Hocking Co., Chianina

Champion Novice Showman – Nathan Davis, Adams Co. Reserve Novice Showman – Jonna Goss, Hocking Co. TIE Reserve Novice Showman –Micah Jensen, Fairfield Co. TIE Third Overall Novice Showman – Zach Altvater, Wyandot Co. Fourth Overall Novice Showman – Branden Giffen, Preble Co Fifth Overall Novice Showman –. Devan Eckert, Morgan Co. Sixth Overall Novice Showman – Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co. Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Hannah Weymouth, Clark Co. Eighth Overall Novice Showman – Blake Mercer, Jackson Co. Ninth Overall Novice Showman – Noah Cox, Athens Co Tenth Overall Novice Showman – Courtney Carpenter, Muskingum Co. Champion Beginner Showman – Chris Tooms, Muskingum Co. Reserve Beginner Showman – Fulton Kennedy, Adams Co. Third Overall Beginner Showman – Megan Black, Adams Co. Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Steele Paden, Guernsey Co. Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Alayna McIntosh, Adams Co. Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Carson Shafer, Preble Co. Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Allison King, Seneca Co. Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Mallory Peter, Defiance Co. .Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Case Barton, Holmes Co. Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Ty Hawley, Ashland Co. Champion Junior Showman – Allison Davis, Carroll Co. Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. Third Overall Junior Showman – Kyle Piscione, Lorain Co. Fourth Overall Junior Showman – Madison Jones, Brown Co. Fifth Overall Junior Showman – Clay Foor, Licking Co. Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co. Seventh Overall Junior Showman – Dalton Black, Adams Co. Eighth Overall Junior Showman – Jenna Siegel, Crawford Co. Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Trent Broermann, Preble Co. Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Brooke Egbert, Auglaize Co.

Novice Market Animal Winners

Champion Intermediate Showman – Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co. Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman - Jacob Jones, Brown Co. Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Jonathon Hannahs, Knox Co. Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman – Kady Davis, Carroll Co. Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co. Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Jared Cluxton, Brown Co. Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Devin Coon, Jackson Co. Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman – Austin Garner, Bulter Co. Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman – Adam Widman, Crawford Co. Champion Senior Showman – Cameron Alexander, Clinton Co. Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Sarah Simpson, Brown Co. Third Overall Senior Showman – Karen Hiltbrand, Bulter Co. Fourth Overall Senior Showman – Lauren Fehlan, Lorain Co. Fifth Overall Senior Showman – Sarah Johnson, Pickaway Co. Sixth Overall Senior Showman – Dara Howser, Brown Co. Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Gretchen Straits, Holmes Co. Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Caleb Potter, Jackson Co. Ninth Overall Senior Showman – Taelor Cox, Champaign Co. Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.

Intermediate Showmanship Winners

Senior Showmanship Winners

Make-A-Wish® BEST Participants raised $19,091 for Make-A-Wish®, well surpassing their $8,000 goal. Chloe McAuley, Caldwell, Ohio, was the top fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® and was awarded with an iPad. Participants raising $50 or more were also entered to win an iPad, and Ashley Buell, Pataskala, Ohio was selected as the drawing winner. Pictured from left are Chloe McAuley, Caldwell, Ohio; Ashley Buell, Pataskala, Ohio; Devin Coon, BEST Junior Representative; Breana Krotz, Make-A-Wish; and Jennie Rogers, Sidney, Ohio. Jennie’s son, Seth, was granted a wish and enjoyed working with cattle alongside his family. A trophy was presented in memory of him at the Celebrity Showdown in February. Summer Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 31

OCA News Robison Attends Elite Beef Industry Conference


llan Robison, a cattleman from Cable, Ohio, was one of more than 50 young cattlemen and women selected to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) 34th Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). Robison was sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The YCC program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in your beef industry professionals. “YCC is a prestigious and competitive program designed to foster the future leadership of our industry,” said Forrest Roberts, NCBA chief executive officer. “The participants selected to attend YCC were chosen because of their exceptional contributions to the beef industry and their potential to be a strong voice in our future development. I look forward to seeing Allan take an increased leadership role within NCBA and the beef industry.” Robison is the owner/operator of a sixth-generation family farm in west central Ohio with his wife, Kelly, and son, Noah. The farm is in his grandmother’s estate and he is partnered with his brother, Thad, who owns part of the herd. Robison runs a cow-calf operation with 75-100 Simmental, Angus and Balancer cows. He rotationally grazes 100-150 acres eight months out of the year. He stock piles forage on another 150 acres for fall and winter feeding. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Agriculture, Robison is the vice president of his county cattlemen’s association. Robison also has a full time job off the farm, where he manages a feed mill for Heritage Cooperative. The eight day tour began at NCBA headquarters in Denver, Colo., where participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program. While in Denver, the group also heard from representatives of Cattle Fax and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. They 32 x Ohio Cattleman x Summer Issue 2013

toured a Safeway retail store and learned about Rancher’s Reserve brand beef marketing efforts. The group spent a day in Greeley, Colo., visiting JBS Five Rivers feed yards and processing facilities. “It is really important for participants to see each sector of the beef industry – from farm to fork,” said Robison. “Traveling from a cow/ calf ranch to a feedlot and processing plant really drives home the point that our industry is composed of many sectors which are all committed to produce a healthy end product.” In Chicago, the group met with the senior management of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the Chicago Board of Trade. They had the chance to watch the activity on the trading floor and witness futures trading firsthand. Participants also visited Otto & Sons Industries, a family owned company providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry since 1909. This tour offered a view of how boxed beef is turned into custom order portions for both major restaurant chains and some of the nation’s top steakhouses. The group then traveled to Washington, D.C., where participants received an issues briefing from NCBA’s government affairs staff about policy issues currently facing the cattle industry. The group then traveled to Aldie, Va., for a tour and

barbeque at Whitestone Farms, one of the nation’s elite purebred Angus operations. The next day, these future leaders were given the opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of their state’s congressional delegation, expressing their viewpoints regarding the beef industry and their cattle operations. During their congressional visits, participants focused on issues including the 2013 Farm Bill, federal lands ranching and overreaching regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. They finished the day with a reception hosted by John Deere at the company’s Washington office. v

Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Your Beef Checkoff: Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion


Relaunch of “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Website

The checkoff’s consumer-facing has a new look and functionality to continue to help educate consumers on how to purchase, prepare and enjoy beef. With a more contemporary appearance through compelling beef imagery and simplified, interactive navigation and content, the website will engage visitors like never before. There are four main sections of the site: Recipes, Butcher Counter, Cooking and Health. Recipes are the number one most visited pages on the website, which is why the redesign boasts enlarged beef photos and makes recipes the first thing consumers see. In the Recipes section, there are collections to help inspire consumers to cook beef during every season, holiday and mealtime occasion. The Butcher Counter educates consumers on how to buy the beef they’re looking for with the Interactive Meat Case. The Cooking section helps consumers learn how to have the best beef eating experience with new infographics for each type of beef cooking method. The Health section helps educate consumers on the nutritional benefits of beef.

Visit the Beef It’s What’s for Dinner relaunched website at

Recipes, recipe collections, infographics and content are now all shareable online through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Also, the website has been designed responsively, which means that no matter what device a consumer is using (e.g. laptop, tablet or cell phone) the website will adjust its size and user experience The Ohio Beef Council was a sponsoring partner at the Ohio Dietetics Conference. accordingly. This ensures that remains a top online resource for all things beef, wherever the consumer may be!



BEEFonomics: Telling the Beef Story

BEEFonomics is an educational course offered to all high school family and consumer sciences classes throughout the state. The course connects and provides our future mealtime decision makers with the tools necessary to confidently include beef in a healthy diet. It encompasses all aspects of the beef industry (from pasture to plate), providing students with a better understanding of where the great taste of beef comes from, how it gets to their plate and how to properly feature the product at dinnertime. In the spring 2013 semester the Ohio Beef Council administered 65 courses and reached nearly 1250 Ohio high school students. The Ohio Beef Council needs your help in sharing the REAL beef story to youth in Ohio’s classrooms. As a BEEFonomics administrator you will facilitate in-classroom presentations and execute interactive cooking demonstrations. OBC will provide all the training, teaching materials and compensation for time. We simply need your knowledge, creditability, and passion to keep beef at the center of the plate for generations to come. If you are interested please contact the Ohio Beef Council at (614) 873-6736 or the program coordinator, Emily Griffiths,via email at

Ohio Dietetics Conference

The Ohio Beef Council was an important part of the 2013 Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Conference held May 16 & 17, 2013, in Columbus. As a sponsoring partner of the event, the Ohio Beef Council had several excellent opportunities to discuss the benefits and importance of beef on every plate with nutritional professionals. The general welcome session speaker at the 92nd Annual Conference was Dayle Hayes, MS, RD of Billings, Mont. Hayes discussed how trends in food, health, and agriculture have a profound impact on the daily work of nutrition communicators. Hayes is one of many beef advocates that speak on behalf of the industry though the checkoff funded Nutritional Seminar Program. All nutrition professionals that participated in the session received a set of reference tools and nutrition education materials for use in their practices. Through the beef checkoff the beef industry funds nutritional research programs and supports nutrition education like the Nutritional Seminar Program. For more information, visit v

The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, beef@ or visit Summer Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 33

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Pictures from recent OCA Activities

Best Livestock Equipment................................. 18 Buckeye Hereford Association.......................... 25 Clonch Limousin................................................. 25 Eby Trailers............................................................2 Freeze Farms...................................................... 25 Green Valley Co-op............................................. 21 Highland Livestock Supply................................ 19 Kalmbach Feeds................................................. 36 Karr Farms.......................................................... 24 Multimin.............................................................. 13 O’Connor Farms.................................................. 25 Ohio Beef Council.....................................5, 23, 33 Reed & Baur....................................................... 16 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 20 Tara Verde........................................................... 25

Top: OCA members served beef to OSU’s Football Team for their Champion’s Dinner on May 28. Left: OCA member Bill Tom serves a steak to OSU Football Coach Urban Meyer.

Thompson E.T. Services..................................... 13 Townsend Sales.................................................. 28 Zoetis............................................................26, 35

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OCA Vice President Frank Phelps poses for a photo with Gov. John Kasich (left) and retiring OSU President Gordon Gee (top) at the Statehouse on June 25. OCA provided beef for President Gee’s retirement reception.

More than 500 BEST participants, families and supporters celebrated another BEST season at the annual awards banquet, May 11.

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