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Expo 2019

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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Features 10

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Highlights


New Staff Joins OCA Team


Seedstock Producer of the Year

Paint Valley Farms focuses on producing quality by Amy Graves



Grill Smart


Ohio Beef Expo Preview


Industry Excellence Award

Cattle industry, creativity all part of Agle Family Cattle by Amy Graves


OCA Welcomes Spring Interns

News & Notes


Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views




Up the Alley


OCA News


Forage Corner


Breed News


Beef Briefs

32 On the Edge of Common Sense

70 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work 72


Cattlemen’s Youth Hold 7th Annual Celebrity Showdown to Benefit Make-A-Wish


Ohio Cattlemen Host Legislative Reception

Reference 8 OCA County Affiliate Presidents 28

Allied Industry Council


Upcoming Events


Calendar of Events


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

OBC News

On the Cover

Photo taken by Lauren Corry, Greene County

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Harsh Realities

Ohio Cattleman 10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, Ohio 43040 Phone 614-873-6736 • Fax 614-873-6835 www.ohiocattle.org cattle@ohiocattle.org Editor Elizabeth Harsh Managing Editor Michaela Kramer Sales Representative Stephanie Sindel

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 Expo 2019 issue is 3,247. 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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Meeting Consumer Expectations Cattle men and women that were fortunate enough to leave January’s mud and cold behind for a few days to attend the recent Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show heard some great news. Beef demand is up 15 percent since 2012 and the forecast for 2019 is for cattle prices to continue strong, with demand and the economy projected to continue the same. CattleFax CEO Randy Blach told convention attendees that consumers love what you are providing. One of the main reasons for this is the beef industry has responded to consumer demand for more high-quality beef. The Choice-Prime percentage moved from 55 percent in 2007 to 79 percent this past year and is projected to reach 80 percent in 2019. On the flip side, it’s also interesting to note that if beef producers had not responded to the demand signal to improve carcass quality, fed cattle would be worth $20/cwt less and calf prices would be $50/cwt lower today. Strong consumer beef demand is expected to continue into 2019, with the USDA predicting consumers in the United States will eat 8.9 percent more beef this year than in 2015. Much of beef’s demand is driven by ground beef and loin cuts retailed at the at the grocery store level. CattleFax marketing analysts discussed the good run the industry has had the last few years and noted they expect it to continue into 2019. They acknowledged the price risk will remain over the coming years in response to the last five years of expansion, but they believe the beef cowherd expansion cycle is within 1 to 2 years of being complete. Analysts also indicated that trade will have the potential to impact prices, and that trade disputes and negotiations will continue to play a role in which direction cattle prices go. This is because about 22 percent of the value of a fed steer is exported. For 2019 it is projected that exports will add $360 in per head value. Keeping trade going with Mexico and Canada through the renegotiated United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be critical. Getting on a level playing field with Australia when it comes to beef trade into Japan is important. The major trade concern is what happens with China. Still, despite trade concerns the outlook is promising for cattle producers in 2019. While I take no credit for developing this information, I share it because I find it fascinating and optimistic for the beef industry and hopefully you find it useful as well. It is remarkable the amount of change that has taken place in just a few short years to move the percentage of choice and prime cattle so much higher. On the topic of cattle prices and marketing, this issue contains all the info for the Ohio Beef Expo coming up March 15-17 at the Ohio Expo Center. There are six breeding cattle sales scheduled, some with sale numbers up and some down, but they all agree it is collectively one of the highest quality sets of breeding stock to come to the Expo in some years. The trade show is again a sell-out and for the first time ever we will open the trade show on Thursday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. It will be followed by the Expo Social at our new headquarters hotel the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. The Expo will also feature a Beef Quality Assurance certification on Friday morning. As I wrap this up, temperatures have dropped 40 degrees overnight and we’re back to winter. See you at the Expo and with any luck it arrives with some great spring weather! v *CattleFax Outlook information continued on page 16.

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OCA Officers

President • Sasha Rittenhouse Vice President • Aaron Arnett Secretary • Elizabeth Harsh Treasurer • Bill Tom Past President • Joe Foster

OCA Directors

Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 Kyle Walls Director At-Large Mt. Vernon • Term expires 2020 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2019 Scott Alexander District 1 Bowling Green • Term expires 2020 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2021 Pete Conkle District 3 Hanoverton • Term expires 2019 Troy Jones District 4 Harrod • Term expires 2020 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2021 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2019 Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2020 Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2021 Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2019 Jess Campbell District 10 Waynesville • Term expires 2020 Lindsey Hall District 11 Hillsboro • Term expires 2021 Luke Vollborn • District 12 Bidwell • Term expires 2019

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 Michaela Kramer Director of Communications & Managing Editor Cambell Parrish Director of Public Relations & Consumer Marketing Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Shelby Riley Project Manager 6 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President

Things are Heating up for Ohio Cattlemen Christmas is behind us and I’m not sure what happened to January, but it’s gone too. Now February is going to be over and March will be here before we know it. I can only hope the cold weather and mud go by just as quickly. My kids have been enjoying the school cancellations, sledding and snowman building, but as far as I’m concerned spring can come anytime now! There are a lot of things cooling off and heating up at the Ohio Cattlemen’s. First, I would like to commend the OCA staff and interns for executing a very successful OCA Annual Meeting, Banquet and Youth Quiz Bowl. Despite the snow, we still had a great turn out and lots of fun. Secondly, I would like to thank all of the membership who took the time to be involved and engaged. Thank you to the parents who brought their kids for the quiz bowl and congratulations to all the winners from the day’s events. Also cooling off is this year’s Celebrity Showdown. The kids really outdid themselves on their costumes, the amount of money raised and the silent auction items have never been better. In addition to raising money for the local Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky Make-A-Wish chapter, the kids also donated shoes for Shoes 4 the Shoeless. They brought 22 pairs of boys shoes and 25 pairs of girls shoes. I think its safe to say we have an excellent set of young people, and I am so proud of them. By the time this magazine makes it into your mailbox, we will have all gathered in New Orleans for the 2019 NCBA Convention. I am excited to find out where we stand on topics like fake meat, trade, ELD’s and much more. Plus, many of the companies will unveil their new products and technologies. I look forward to this convention every year. Also on the horizon is the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo. All indicators suggest this one will be just as dynamic as the previous ones. Breed cattle numbers look on par to be just as strong as they were last year, and the trade show is busting at the seams. It says a lot about the strength and diversity of our association to have such a good event. Please stay tuned for more information on this year’s expo, but be sure to check out some of the sponsorship opportunities for the junior show. It’s always good to support our youth. The new year has also brought change. We saw the implementation of the mandatory Beef Quality Assurance requirements from Tyson take effect. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, along with The Ohio State University Extension did a great job of getting the word out and making sure our producers were ready for these changes. Our new Governor, Mike DeWine, took office and has made his appointments. With critical issues like water quality in the western Lake Erie basin, I am optimistic that Governor DeWine will be engaged with us to solve this issue. I am hopeful that sound science will be the guiding resource to help cultivate a productive solution to this sensitive, yet vital, issue. I look for a lot of things to happen this year. I am excited about what is to come and hope that we continue to grow and build on the solid foundation that we have paved. Our industry is not an easy one to keep track of – so many things influence how we operate and how successful we can be. From the weather to our government, and from technology to trade, it all has bearings on the industry that we all love. v

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OCA County Affiliate Presidents

Adams......................................Jeremy Tomlin Allen...................................... Randy Pohlman Ashland........................................ Jared Wynn Athens/Meigs/Washington....... Andy Smith Auglaize.......................... Charles Sutherland Brown............................................Alan Scott Butler........................................... Brad Baker Carroll........................................... Fred Kungl Champaign.............................. Andy Maurice Clark....................................... Linde Sutherly Clermont......................................Chris Smith Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull................. .................................................Duane Nickell Crawford.....................................Kurt Weaver Darke.......................................... Brad Wilcox Defiance.............................. Brian Schroeder Fairfield......................................Dale Decker Fayette.............................................Luke Bihl Fulton................................... Rick Coopshaw Gallia.......................................... Scott Payne Greene.....................................Ethan Randall Hancock................................Charles Beagle Hardin....................................Marcia Hoovler Henry.......................................Scott Millikan Highland.................................. Craig Shelton Huron.................................... Michael Sparks Jackson..................................... Jim Edwards Jefferson................................... Tyler Ramsey Knox............................................... Kyle Walls Lawrence............................. Nathan Lambert Licking......................................... Steve Davis Logan............................................. Jim Warne Madison................................ Quinton Keeran Marion..................................... Dustin Bayles Mercer......................................Chad Knapke Miami...................................Robert Karnehm Montgomery......................Duane Plessinger Morrow................................... Dustin Bender Muskingum................................... Adam Heil Noble.......................................Pernell Saling Ohio Valley............................... Marvin Butler Perry......................................Jason Poorman Preble...................................... Rodney Mann Putnam............................. Dennis Schroeder Richland................................... Dave Fackler Seneca............................................ Jason Fox Shelby......................................... Jason Gibbs Stark............................................Steve Lewis Tuscarawas................................... Jerry Prysi Vinton.............................Teresa Snider-West Williams.................................. Robin Herman Wood...................................... Brett Reynolds Wyandot........................................Mike Thiel 8 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

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

• Members adopted OCA policy for 2019 at the association’s annual meeting held January 12. • Participated in multiple meetings related to Ohio’s water quality challenges including development of a 4R Farmer Certification & Verification program, Ohio Clean Water Fund bond proposal, Ohio Soil & Water task force and legislative initiatives. • Partnered with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association to host a legislative reception for members of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Statehouse on February 5. • Shared information on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) proposed amendment to the Toledo City Charter that will be on the Toledo Special Election Ballot February 26. The measure would give Lake Erie and its watershed legal standing in court and allow any Toledo citizen to represent the lake and file lawsuits on its behalf. • Encouraged members to submit comments by March 8 on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) Hours of Service exemption petition for livestock haulers. • Shared information on NCBA’s Fake Meat Facts campaign to help shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products. OCA and NCBA will continue to push for increased transparency to ensure consumers know the facts about lab-grown fake meat production.


• Held eight more BEST sanctioned shows for the 2018-19 show season. • Presented 22 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships at the Foundation luncheon on January 12 totaling $22,000. • Co-sponsored the Celebrity Showdown to benefit Make-A-Wish on January 25 with the Cattle Battle Show in Springfield, Ohio. Over $13,500 was raised to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. The Celebrity Showdown kicks off this annual community service project for BEST participants who will continue to raise money through May 4 when the program’s awards banquet takes place. • Distributed Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) information for the 2019 program year. • Hosted a policy advocacy and leadership day for OCA’s young beef leaders on February 5. The program focused on why beef industry leaders should be engaged in the public policy process.

Programs & Events

• OCA provided an association update at the Ohio dairy vets annual meeting on January 4. • Spoke at county affiliate banquets for Auglaize County, Athens-Meigs-Washington County, Darke County, Greene County, Mercer County, and Morrow County Associations and the Buckeye Hereford Association state banquet. • Finalized planning and fundraising for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo. Information available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.


• Mailed membership renewal cards and new member packets and second renewal mailing for 2019 OCA membership. • Held January joint board of director meetings for OCA and OBC. • Hosted the 2019 OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet with educational sessions and youth stockman’s quiz bowl. • Represented OCA members at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, LA. • Compiled and emailed January and February e-newsletters for OCA membership.

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Celebrating Ohio's Beef Industry Ohio beef producers and industry leaders met to develop policy, learn about consumer preferences and beef demand and to celebrate the many achievements of cattlemen at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Jan. 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 250 people attended the event. In addition to the annual meeting and evening banquet, there were educational breakout sessions and several youth opportunities throughout the day. Sponsors who contributed to the event’s success include Ag Credit, Alltech, COBA/Select Sires, Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Credit Mid-America, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company, Ohio Association of Meat Processors and the Stark County Cattlemen’s Association. The day featured youth opportunities sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, including the Youth Beef Quiz Bowl and a beef quality assurance session. Nearly 30 youth participated in this two-part contest, consisting of written and verbal rounds. The winners were as follows: Junior Division: Lara Rittenhouse, Clark County, first place individual; Emma Yochum, Highland County, second place individual; and Tatumn Poff, Geauga County, third place individual. The top junior team included Tatumn Poff, Taylor Poff, Connor Yochum and Emma Yochum. Intermediate Division: Paige

Phillips, Clark County, first place individual; Ellie Gehret, Clark County, second place individual; and Jared Cummings, Montgomery County, third place individual. The top intermediate team included Ellie Gehret, Courtney Hamilton, Paige Phillips and Lara Rittenhouse. Senior Division: Kady Davis, Carroll County, first place individual; Allison Davis, Carroll County, second place individual; Abbie Greer, Stark County, third place individual. The top senior team included Allison Davis, Kady Davis, Abbie Greer and Clare Soehnlen. The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences beef cattle researchers Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra, Dr. Anthony Parker, and Dr. Alejandro Relling presented information on their areas of research specialization during the annual meeting’s morning session. The session was followed by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon and update from retiring OCF president, Joe Foster, of Gallipolis, Ohio. 22 scholarships were presented to outstanding youth during the luncheon. Kady Davis, Carroll County; Mary Baker,

Wayne County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County; Evan Smith, Fairfield County; McKayla Raines, Adams County; Lauren Grover, Highland County; Josh Dickson, Licking County; Caitlin Koschnick, Crawford County and Adison Niese, Richland County, received the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship, funded by the 2018 event. Erica Snook, Noble County; Natalie Wagner, Brown County; Erin Dilger-Lawrence, Licking County and Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County were awarded $1,000 Tagged for Greatness Scholarships, which are funded with the sales of the Ohio Beef license plate. Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County; Nicholas Shaw, Greene County; Sarah Hunker, Huron County and Quinton Waits, Fayette County, received a $1,000 Country Club Scholarship, which was funded by the putt-putt course at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. Caroline Blay, Portage County, was awarded the $1,000 Noah Cox Memorial Scholarship. Keri Felumlee, Licking County, was awarded the $1,000 William Cleland Memorial scholarship. Allison



Robison Farms, Middletown, was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Zane, Amanda, Thad, Connie, Wyatt, Noah, Allan, Kelly and Josie Robison and Mark and Barb Zeller.

Paint Valley Farms, Millersburg, was honored with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Aaron Arnett, OCA, Dawn, Lee, Derik, Whitney and Grant Miller. Not pictured are Megan Miller and Gretchen Straits.

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Bob Agle, South Vienna, was honored with the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Peggy and Bob Agle and their daughter, Allison Regula.

Tom Price, Delaware, was honored with the Industry Service Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Tom Price and Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal.



Stickel Farms, Bowling Green, was honored with the Environmental Stewardship Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Erin Stickel; Claire Lampe; Andy Stickel; Carter Lampe; Brian, Dale and Mary Elyse Stickel.

Brad Thornburg, Barnesville, was honored with the Young Cattleman of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured are Brad and Mindy Thornburg with their children (from left), Vaya, Vonn and Voss.

Davis, Carroll County, was award the $1,000 Julie Regula Memorial Scholarship. Kinley Kreis, Muskingum County, was awarded the Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo, that will be presented at the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo in March. Following the luncheon, 2019 OCA president, Sasha Rittenhouse, of New Carlisle, Ohio, and OCA staff offered an “Engaging OCA’s Grassroots” breakout session that outlined ways for attendees to maximize their involvement in OCA and the beef industry through events, programs and advocacy. During the annual meeting, Ohio cattlemen heard from Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research, also with NCBA. Pam Haley, an OCA Board of Directors member from West Salem, Ohio, coordinated the policy development portion of the meeting. These resolutions covered

a broad range including agriculture and food policy, cattle health and well-being, international trade and property rights and environmental management. In addition, OCA’s Membership Committee recognized the members of OCA’s Top Hand Recruiting Club. Purina Animal Nutrition and Quality Liquid Feed sponsored the awards. The top OCA membership recruiter for 2018 was Sasha Rittenhouse, Clark County. The Ohio CattleWomen (OCW) conducted their annual meeting and were joined by American National CattleWomen president, Gwen Geis of Wyoming. OCA members and guests reconvened that evening for the banquet to celebrate another successful year. NCBA’s Rivera emphasized the importance of OCA and NCBA membership, noting that without a supportive membership base, neither organization can fully advocate for the beef industry. The banquet concluded with OCA presenting seven prestigious awards to deserving cattlemen and supporters of Ohio’s beef industry.

Robison Farms, Mingo, Ohio – Commercial Producer of the Year; Paint Valley Farms, Millersburg, Ohio – Seedstock Producers of the Year; Brad Thornburg, Barnesville, Ohio – Young Cattleman of the Year; Tom Price, Delaware, Ohio – Industry Service; Stickel Farms, Bowling Green Ohio – Environmental Stewardship; and Bob Agle, South Vienna, Ohio – Industry Excellence. 2019 was the first year for the Outstanding County Affiliate award, which was presented to the Clark County Cattle Producers. Awards in these categories were sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association with Farm and Dairy, Farm World, Ohio Farmer, Ohio’s Country Journal, In Ohio Country Today and Brownfield Ag News, respectively. Award videos were sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, Heritage Cooperative, Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Beef Council, Clark County Cattle Producers, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, respectively. v Expo Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 11

OUTSTANDING COUNTY AFFILIATE The Outstanding County Affiliate award was created in 2019 to recognize the outstanding achievement, industry education and consumer promotion efforts of county affiliates from across the state. Activities, participation in OCA events, communication efforts, support of industry youth and a cohesive partnership are all areas of focus for award recognition. The first-ever recipient of this new award was the Clark County Cattle Producers. Clark County Cattle Producers was honored with the first-ever Outstanding County Affiliate Award. Pictured are members of the organization.

Scholarship Recipients Tagged for Greatness

Cattlemen’s Country Club

William Cleland Memorial

Four youth were awarded the Tagged for Greatness Scholarship that is funded by the sale of beef license plates. Pictured from left are Erica Snook, Noble County; Natalie Wagner, Brown County; Erin DilgerLawrence, Licking County and Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County.

Four youth were awarded the Country Club Scholarship that is funded by the putt-putt course in the Voinovich building at the Ohio State Fair. Pictured is Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County. (Not pictured: Nicholas Shaw, Greene County; Sarah Hunker, Huron County and Quinton Waits, Fayette County)

The William Cleland Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Bill Cleland, Sr. who passed away in October 2014. Awarded the scholarship was Keri Felumlee, Licking County.

Noah Cox Memorial

Julie Regula Memorial

Saltwell Expo

The Noah Cox Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Noah Cox who passed away in May 2017. Awarded the scholarship was Caroline Blay, Portage County, pictured with Noah’s parents Stephanie and Jeffrey.

The Julie Regula Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Julie Regula, who passed away in September 2018. Awarded this year’s scholarship was Allison Davis, Carroll County.

The Saltwell Expo Scholarshop is made possible by Saltwell Western Store, owned by Jay and Sally Puzacke. Awarded the scholarship was Kinley Kreis, Muskingum County.

Cattlemen’s Gala Ten youth were awarded the Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship that is funded by the August event. Pictured from left are Kady Davis, Carroll County; Mary Baker, Wayne County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; McKayla Raines, Adams County; Lauren Grover, Highland County; Josh Dickson, Licking County; and Caitlin Koschnick, Crawford County. (Not pictured: Adison Niese, Richland County; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County; and Evan Smith, Fairfield County.)

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Quiz Bowl Results Top 3 Junior

Top 3 Intermediate

Top 3 Senior

The top three individuals in the junior division included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Lara Rittenhouse, Clark County; Emma Yochum, Highland County; and Tatumn Poff, Geauga County.

The top three individuals in the intermediate division included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Paige Phillips, Clark County; Ellie Gehret, Clark County; and Jared Cummings, Montgomery County.

The top three individuals in the senior division included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Kady Davis, Carroll County; Allison Davis, Carroll County; and Abbie Greer, Stark County.

Top Team Junior

Top Team Intermediate

Top Team Senior

The top team in the junior division, from Geuaga and Highland Counties, included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Emma Yochum, Taylor Poff, Tatumn Poff and Connor Yochum.

The top team in the intermediate division, from Clark County, included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Lara Rittenhouse, Courtney Hamilton, Ellie Gehret and Paige Phillips.

The top team in the senior division, from Carroll and Stark Counties, included (pictured from left) David Sanders, sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America, Abbie Greer, Clare Soehnlen, Allison Davis and Kady Davis.

OCA Top Hands Since 2000, the OCA Membership Committee as offered rewards for those who are recruiting new members. When recruiters reach 5 new OCA members, they become an OCA Top Hand. Purina Animal Nutrition and Quality Liquid Feeds sponsor the OCA top hand program.

The 2019 OCA Top Hand members who recruited 5-10 new OCA members are (pictured from left) Bill Tom, Fayette; Bill Sexten, Fayette; Allan Robison, Champaign; Tom Karr, Meigs; Jim Jepsen, Fairfield; Glen Feichtner, Crawford; Kelvin Egner, Richland; Pete Conkle, Columbiana; and Aaron Arnett, Delaware. Not pictured: Ed Evans, Clark; Joe Foster, Union; Dave Puthoff, Mercer; Laura Sutherly, Miami; and Linde Sutherly, Clark.

The 2019 OCA Top Hand members who recruited 1119 new OCA members are (pictured from left) Frank Phelps, Logan; Luke Vollborn, Gallia; Pam Haley, Wayne; Joe Foster, Gallia and Joe Foster, Union (5-10 member recruiter). Not pictured is J.L. Draganic, Fayette. The top recruiter for 2019 was Sasha Rittenhouse of Clark County, who recruited 20 new OCA members. Expo Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 13

OCA Raises $7,000 for PAC The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association coordinated a successful silent auction for PAC (Political Action Committee) during the annual banquet. Proceeds raised for OCA’s PAC help to support the campaign efforts of political candidates that understand and support the beef cattle industry. OCA appreciates the support of donors and buyers. Donors: John & Janet Albert - UPI Bucyrus • Crawford County Cattlemen • J & J Steakbarn • Joe Foster • HFS Angus • Andy & Tonya Lohr • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association • Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Buyers: Andrew Armstrong • Aaron Arnett • Dustin Bender Clark County Cattle Producers • Kim Davis • Kelvin Egner Debbie Foster • Pam Haley • Elizabeth Harsh • Bryan Humphreys • Tom Karr • Lee Miller • Frank Phelps • Skylar Plank • Kim Poff • Johnny Regula • Sasha Rittenhouse • Allan Robison • Kathy Sautter • Bill Sexten • Stephanie Sindel • Erin Stickel • Bill Tom • Fred Voge • Kyle Walls • Darby Walton

Above: The OCA Awards Banquet highlighted many successes throughout the beef industry. Numerous individuals were also recognized for their involvement within the beef industry.

Above: U.S. Representative Troy Balderson attended the OCA Annual Meeting to thank OCA members for their support during the past election, and discuss his goals as a representative.

Below: Darby Walton served as auctioneer during the live PAC auction, pictured here with some assistance from former OCA president Frank Phelps of Logan County.

Below: OCA members were able to hear from a variety of speakers throughout the day. From beef cattle research to policy issues, and membership outreach to OCA activities, individuals became more informed regarding many industry topics. Here Derek Miller, Holmes County, takes notes during a speaker.

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Above: Participants of the Youth Quiz Bowl test their knowledge of the beef industry. Below: Ohio cattlemen heard from Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research at NCBA, who discussed the important role that beef plays in a sustainable food system. Attendees also heard from Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs with NCBA. She shared a policy update with members and emphasized the importance of OCA and NCBA membership.


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OCA News OCA and OBC Welcome New Staff Michaela Kramer, Wapakoneta Michaela Kramer recently accepted a position with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council as the Director of Communications and Managing Editor of the Ohio Cattleman magazine. Michaela was raised in Auglaize County on her family’s grain farm, where she was active in 4-H and FFA. Michaela will graduate from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication and a minor in agribusiness. While at Ohio State, she was active in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club and Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, where she was an officer for both organizations and was heavily involved in public relations and communication efforts. During school, Michaela completed internships with the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association, FLM Harvest and Beck’s Hybrids. Her position is responsible for the graphics design for the Ohio Cattleman and The Ring magazines and other published materials. She is also respondsible for regular updates of the OCA and OBC websites and social media platforms, along with maintaining media relations through press releases and serving as the staff photographer. Michaela enjoys working on behalf of farmers and is looking forward to using her passion for communications and writing in her new role.

Shelby Riley, Noblesville, IN Shelby Riley recently accepted the Project Manager position with the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Shelby is from Hamilton 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

County, Indiana, where she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Shelby attended Purdue University and graduated with degrees in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Economics in 2017. While on campus, she was a member of the Purdue Livestock Judging Team, was involved in the Agricultural Ambassadors program and was president of the Purdue Agricultural Council. She also received her Associates Degree from Black Hawk East College in Galva, Illinois in 2015. During school, Shelby completed internships with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana FFA Foundation, the Indiana Pork Producers and Dow AgroSciences. She was most recently employed by Corteva Agriscience as a sales trainee in Ohio. Shelby will spend her time coordinating internal and external events, monitoring beef checkoff compliance and providing graphics design support for published materials. She is also responsible for the planning of Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation programs, including fundraising events, license plate programs, scholarships, Cattlemen’s Gala and assisting with organizing the Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Shelby is passionate about the industry and is looking forward to serving Ohio’s beef producers.

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• Domestic beef, pork and poultry production is slated for 1.8% increase in 2019, resulting in 103.37 billon lb. of animal protein. Beef production should rise 1.6% during this time, accounting for 27.4 billion lb. • Since 1990, there has been an annual

growth of 7.7% for combined exports of beef, pork and poultry. • Unemployment is hovering around sub-4% and household income has been on the rise for the past five years. This has helped keep the economy going. • Gross Domestics Product growth is projected for 2-2.5% during 2019. • There will probably be one or two interest rate hikes of 0.25% during 2019. Spot corn futures prices should be above $3.50 if crude oil continues to stay between a $55-80 range. • Hay production is projected to be up for 2019 because of improved growing conditions. A lower national hay price is expected at approximately $145/ton. • The cattle industry has been going through continued herd expansion since 2014 with 6.5 million more beef cattle in the past five years. The beef cow herd added 3 million head, there were 2 million more feeder cattle and calves outside feedyards, and 1.5 million cattle on feed. • The rate of expansion is slowing with 510,000 more beef cows added in 2018. There are 180,000 cows projected to be added in 2019 and another 100,000 cows could be added in 2020. By 2021 the rate of expansion is expected to be flat. • The dairy industry to cull another 30,000 to 40,000 head because of depressed milk prices, which could impact cull cow prices. • Fed slaughter has risen since 2015. In 2017, there was a 4.9% increase in fed cattle slaughter with 25.8 million head going through packing plants. An additional 430,000 cattle (1.7% increase) went through packers in 2018 and this year another 300,000 cattle (1.1% increase) should be going through packers. • Total slaughter, including cull cattle, is anticipated to rise 1.4% with 33.5 million head. For more detailed information visit www.cattlefax.com. v




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NCBA News Cattle Industry Convention a Huge Hit

A total of 8,774 people attended the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, one of the most well-attended cattle industry conventions ever. Attendees of the event enjoyed a wide array of events that enlightened, educated and entertained Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. The proceedings began a day earlier, on Jan. 29, when more than 1,500 producers attended Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis. Cattlemen’s College keynote speaker was Bill Cordingley, head of wholesale banking North America, RaboBank. Cordingley spoke on “Greater Expectations, Bigger Opportunities.” Eight Cattlemen’s College session tracks followed to educate attendees. Entertaining a full audience at the Opening General Session Jan. 30, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, was four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Singing the National Anthem at the session was Kari Wheeler of Biggs, Calif., winner of NCBA’s fifth annual National Anthem contest, sponsored by Norbrook. CattleFax held its popular U.S. and Global Protein and Grain Outlook Seminar Thursday, Jan. 31. Sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC and Zoetis, the session looked at the factors that drive the market, such as domestic and international supplies and demand. Dr. Art Douglas presented his outlook for 2019 U.S. and world weather at the session. The Closing General Session Friday, Feb. 1, sponsored by American National, featured an appearance by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who encouraged the audience to tell its story to today’s consumers. At the session Grammy-nominated singer/ songwriter John Ondrasik, better known by his stage name Five for Fighting, asked his audience What If? Harnessing Inspiration and Creativity to Design the World that You Want, offering insights from someone who 18 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

has lived the process. Entertainment was prevalent in New Orleans. For instance, a Mardi Gras Masquerade along the Mississippi River the evening of Jan. 31, allowed attendees to experience much of what makes New Orleans a popular tourist location. Sponsored by Central Life Sciences, the event featured dancing and fabulous food, as well as songs from country singer Paul Bogard. Wrapping up the Convention on Friday night, Feb. 1, was the 2019 Cowboy Concert Series, sponsored by IMI Global, with popular headliners Big and Rich. After the concert the Louisiana Last Call After Party, also sponsored by IMI Global, with beef donated by BPI and Dos Rios, allowed the good times to continue to roll. Cattle industry members honored fellow producers throughout the Convention. Stewards of the nation’s natural resources, for instance, will again be recognized in the National Environmental Stewardship Award Program, while on Friday the Best of Beef Breakfast honored others with many different awards. Opportunities to engage and educate at Convention were endless – especially during the NCBA Trade Show. More than 350 exhibitors showcased their profit-enhancing products and services on more than seven acres. The NCBA Trade show is just one part of the most important national event for anyone in the cattle business. The 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show was a great chance for cattle producers to charge

up their personal and industry batteries for 2019; get re-acquainted with cattle industry friends from around the country; see the newest and most innovative products in the industry; be captivated by outstanding entertainment and presenters; and enjoy some of the flavor of Louisiana food and entertainment.

NCBA Members Elect Officers

Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., was named president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La., Feb. 2. Houston had served as 2018 president-elect. Houston and her husband, Mark, own and operate East Tennessee Auction Market in Sweetwater. She has been active in the beef industry for more than 30 years, first serving at the state level then being elected to positions in national posts. She has been an NCBA board member since 1996. Elected NCBA president-elect was Marty Smith (Florida). Jerry Bohn (Kansas) was elected vice president. Don Schiefelbein (Minnesota) was elected chair of the NCBA Policy Division and Todd Wilkinson (South Dakota) was elected vice chair. Laurie Munns (Utah) was elected chair of the NCBA Federation Division and Buck Wehrbein (Nebraska) was elected vice chair. Past president is Kevin Kester (California). Elected to serve on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee from the Federation of State Beef Councils,

Close to 9,000 people attended the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention, one of the most well-attended ever.

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joining Munns, Wehrbein and ten members elected from the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, were: Katie Brenny (Minnesota), Gary Deering (South Dakota), Bradley Hastings (Texas), Chris Jeffcoat (Pennsylvania), Clark Price (North Dakota), Jeff Rudolph (Nebraska), Don Terry (Tennessee) and VeaBea Thomas (South Dakota). NCBA policy priorities were also established at the meeting. These priorities included 2019 work in Fake Meat; Trade and Market Access; Dietary Guidelines; and Regulatory Reform and Implementation. In addition to the NCBA annual meeting, the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, CattleFax, American National CattleWomen and National Cattlemen’s Foundation also conducted business meetings.

Cattlemen Release 2019 Policy Priorities

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recently unveiled its 2019 Policy Priorities, which will guide the group’s lobbying efforts in Washington over the coming year. The document was released at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans. This year’s Policy Priorities will engage on a wide variety of policy issues the organization in 2019 will focus on four main issue areas: Fake Meat, Trade and Market Access, Dietary Guidelines and Regulatory Reform and Implementation. NCBA was successful in 2018 in arguing for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have primary jurisdiction over the inspection and marketing of lab-produced and plant-based fake meat. Now in 2019 the group will work to ensure that a regulatory framework is properly implemented - one that protects the health and wellbeing of consumers, prevents false and deceptive marketing and ensures a level playing field for real beef products. A perennial issue for U.S. cattle producers, 2019’s priorities on trade


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NCBA News will focus on promoting a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, securing swift passage of the U.S.-MexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA) and expanding access for U.S. beef in key markets like China, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The federal government updates its official Dietary Guidelines every five years, and as that process ramps up in 2019, NCBA will work to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet. The past two years have brought about significant regulatory relief for beef producers, but much work remains to be done on additional relief and implementing recent reforms. This includes issues such as full implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, enacting a permanent solution to overly restrictive Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers, finalizing a new water rule to replace the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, exempting livestock producers from EPCRA air emissions reporting requirements, modernizing and streamlining the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and federal grazing regulations, and promoting antimicrobial stewardship by producers and preserving access to key veterinary technologies. “Thanks to the dues-paying members of NCBA and our outstanding team in Washington, D.C., we’ve made a lot of good progress over the past couple of years,” said NCBA President Kevin Kester. “But this is no time to rest on our laurels. There are many policy challenges still facing our producers, and these Policy Priorities will act as our roadmap over the coming year. I’d encourage my fellow producers who are not yet members of NCBA to join us in the important battles ahead.”

Ohio Native Receives National Cattlemen Foundation Scholarship

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school year have been awarded by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry. The scholarships are sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME). Nolan Newman, an Ohio native attending The Ohio State University, was one of the ten individuals awarded a scholarship. The overall scholarship winner, Colorado State University student Olivia Willrett of Illinois, received a trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans. Willrett wrote an essay for her scholarship entry titled “Tracing Beef from Farm to Fork.”

”Fake Meat Facts” Campaign

At the beginning of February, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association launched a new campaign highlighting critical questions about the production of lab-grown fake meat. The Fake Meat Facts campaign will shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products. “The federal government is moving in the right direction on lab-grown fake meat oversight, but new information raises more questions than answers,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “The lack of scientific consensus surrounding cell-cultured protein products became crystal clear

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to me when I participated in last year’s joint public meeting. NCBA will continue to push for increased transparency to ensure consumers know the facts about lab-grown fake meat production.” Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a framework for regulating lab-grown fake meat. USDA will have primary oversight of food production and labeling, while the FDA will have oversight of cell collection and cell growth. However, as NCBA noted at the time, many details still need to be worked out. Additional information about the production, composition, and safety of cell-cultured protein is needed to inform the development of a comprehensive framework that protects consumers. “It is critical that manufacturers make samples of their cell-cultured products available for independent, objective analysis,” added NCBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck. “Until then, stakeholders will be forced to base their assessments on the unverified claims of manufacturing companies and fake meat activists.” Cattle and beef producers provide consumers with extensive resources on the production of real beef. Learn more about how beef goes from pasture to plate at beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

SEEDSTOCK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Paint Valley Farms focuses on producing quality, eye appealing cattle


trip to Denver to see the National Western Stock Show was a game changer for Lee Miller. The year was 2009 and the Holmes County producer was looking to make a change with his Shorthorn operation. It was the pen bull show that drew his eye. “I walked in and saw the pen bull show and I was hooked. I knew that we wanted to raise herd bulls – that everything moving forward was about raising herd bulls. Not just Shorthorn bulls but all breeds. I liked the consistency and quality,” Miller said. At the time, Miller had about 20 Shorthorn momma cows, of which about 18 were different kinds. “Here’s where my past experience with agriculture said ‘That can’t be right. I need to know what I’m getting for a product when I breed these cows. I don’t want to shoot and guess what I’m getting – I want to know what I’m getting,’” he said. “The consistency in that group of cows led us to go buy a herd bull. We decided we’re going to commit to a certain kind of cow and we’re going to use him hard.” Now 10 years later, Miller pretty much knows what he’s getting because he’s worked hard over the years on consistency with his predominantly Shorthorn operation. His farm, Paint Valley Farms in Millersburg, has 160 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves brood cows of which 120 are registered Shorthorn females, 30 Angus and the rest Shorthorn-Angus F1 crosses. He was surprised and honored that the Holmes County farm was recipient of this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Seedstock Producer of the Year award. “I understand somebody thought well enough of us to nominate us and I’m flattered by that,” he said. From an early age Miller has been interested in the breeding side of the cattle industry, even though he grew up on an Amish dairy, beef and hog farm. When he was 9 years old, his family moved from eastern Holmes County to Adams County where they had their largest farm – about 25 dairy cows, hogs and 70-80 commercial steers that they fed out. They had some registered Holsteins and started doing artificial insemination on the cows. “By the time I was 12 or 13 years old, I remember going through AI catalogs and I was intrigued by that – the genetic side of how do you mate cattle to get the results you’re looking for,” he said. “With the beef steers we fed, I had an interest in that but always enjoyed the genetic side of the Holsteins more.” About four and a half years later, his parents decided to move back to Holmes County, get rid of the dairy cows and try something else. They

bought a farm and focused on farrowing hogs and feeding out fat cattle, but it wasn’t a good fit for Miller’s father, who he described as a “mad engineer who can build anything.” His father, Levi, started buying and selling heavy equipment before getting into the manufacturing side of what today is Paint Valley Equipment, a supplier and manufacturer of heavy construction equipment parts. “Once the building started, he walked away from the rest of the ag because all of a sudden the creativity took him in that direction,” Miller said. Meanwhile, a teenage Miller was going through his own transformation. He left the Amish sector and went to work in 1987 for Better Bilt Storage where he built dairy manure pits. It was there that he met Tim Miller (later killed in an accident), who he described as his mentor. “Working for somebody else was one of the smartest things I ever did. It was about watching somebody lead and learning from it,” Miller said. “He was a second-generation owner and he still worked with his father, which is what I stepped into when in 1990 I came back to work with my dad with Paint Valley Equipment.” It wasn’t until he and his wife, Dawn, had children that he became interested again in the farm, which had been

rented out. Their youngest daughter, Megan, started 4-H and wanted to show animals. “It went from showing a hog to showing a steer at the fair and we started buying cows. We started with a few crossbred cows and those four cows turned into a couple of hundred cows,” Miller laughed. Attracted by the docility of Shorthorns and intrigued that it was the oldest breed of cattle in the world, the Millers decided to switch from having a menagerie of breeds and concentrate on Shorthorns. After seeing the pen bull show, they got a bull and started buying females of the same kind. “We didn’t buy singles; we bought trailer loads,” Miller said. “I’d go somewhere and buy 15 of one kind. You can’t do it by buying a single out of every herd in the country. You can’t be consistent that way.” In 2010, the Millers started selling heifers and bulls at the Ohio Beef Expo and after a couple of years, they felt they’d developed strong demand for their cattle, in particular the bulls. “One of our earliest successes was finding calving ease bulls. People were really searching for that kind of bull,” he said. Paint Valley Farms now sells its cattle by private treaty, online sales and partners with Byland Polled Shorthorns on a female sale in December at the Millers’ farm. They’re hosting their first live bull sale at the farm on April 6. Miller continues to travel around North America looking for certain cattle genes. He’s traveled by car as

far as Edmonton, Canada to pick out a bull. “I think it’s really important to put boots down and see other places. You need to do that. It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t see what else is around you,” he said. Since Miller is general manager and a partner in the now 60-employee Paint Valley Equipment, he doesn’t have the time to take care of the cattle by himself. He relies on herdsman Gretchen Straits, who is now full-time on the farm after working part-time for seven years during high school and college. The Millers’ oldest daughter, 22-yearold Megan, works as a receptionist for Paint Valley Equipment; 18-year-old Whitney is majoring in agriculture business at The Ohio State University’s ATI; and 17-year-old Grant is a high school junior. Their 13-year-old, Derek, right now is the most interested in the farm, helping out after school and on weekends. “Derek doesn’t think he’s leaving (the farm),” Miller laughed. “When it gets to sale prep time, those open heifer calves need to be cleaned up and clipped out. They need washing, cleaned out for photos – that’s Derek and Gretchen doing that.” Straits, 24, said her numerous duties include helping with calving, vaccinating, AI, pasture checks, getting cattle ready for show and sale and punching ears for DNA testing. Paint Valley Farms keeps track of birth, weaning and carcass weights and does genomics as it works to improve the herd. “I’m passionate about the quality you

can breed. It’s about creating not just one or two but a field full of cattle that meet your genetic goals,” Miller said. “It’s fun to be able to offer that to a customer base and very specifically if you can create what they’re looking for. That’s really rewarding.” Miller said having about 350 head of cattle at one time can be challenging, especially since some of the pasture he rents is far away (almost one and a half hours from end to end). The farm is focusing on finding ways to improve feeding and handling facilities and get more cattle on hard ground. “I don’t see a lot of growth moving forward,” he said. “The scope of trying to run that many cows in this country is a challenge. In this part of the country, winters and springs can be disastrous for mud and we’re calving in that. The more days the cows can stay on grass, the better it is for the cow, environment and our bottom line.” Paint Valley Farms continues to do a bit of showing, including at the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Beef Expo. A return trip to Denver in 2016 – this time to show and not just observe – resulted in the ultimate result Miller had been seeking. Paint Valley Farms had the champion pen of five bulls at the National Western Stock Show. “We believe phenotype and genotype come together. Our goal as a seedstock operation is to produce beef cattle that are eye appealing and perform well and have functional and maternal traits,” Miller said. “I love what I do. It’s a whole lot better than sitting on a couch and watching TV.” v Expo Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 23

Grill Smart

Hands-on Learning, Great Grilling


he next summer get-together is just around the corner. Family, friends or old classmates will be in town. It’s the perfect time for inviting them over to grill out for dinner – or is it? Few things can satisfy or impress family and friends like the aroma, tenderness, juiciness and deep rich flavor of a steak or chop grilled to perfection. However, there may not be anything that strikes as much apprehension and fear into the hearts of a dinner host as that of failing to correctly select, prepare and grill the perfect steak. If you’ve ever struggled with the angst of whether you can pull off that perfect meal and eating experience of dinner originating from your grill, then the Grill Smart class is designed for you. Grill Smart is a program adapted by Henry County OSU Extension Educator, Garth Ruff from the Barbecue Science class that is taught annually on campus at The Ohio State University. The Grill Smart program, funded in part by grants from the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Poultry Association, takes participants all the way from meat selection to properly serving a perfectly grilled masterpiece. More specifically, during the threeand-a-half-hour Grill Smart course, participants learn to match the

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appropriate cooking methodology with a particular muscle or cut, gain an understanding of how or why different muscles are typically merchandised as steaks or roasts and which cuts to select for various types of entertainment functions. Furthermore, those in attendance will become more familiar with terminology associated with the meat industry and learn about potential food safety issues when preparing meat and other food products. Participants will gain experience with various cuts of beef, turkey and pork chops. Seasoning and the use of spices and oils will be explored, along with cooking temperatures and determining doneness. Lighting the grill and properly cleaning it, all in the name of food safety and eating experience, will also be covered. In order to acquire

a general understanding of sensory evaluation, participants will get to sample the end product of each learning objective, a highlight of the program for many. When it comes to meat, a satisfactory eating experience is directly related not only to the selection at the meat case, but also the tenderness, juiciness and flavor of the cooked product. Regardless if you’re entertaining and feeding family, friends or long-lost classmates, your success on the grill will always set the tone for the entire event. Don’t let your anxiety over whether you’re doing it right ruin your evening. Contact your local OSU Extension office and ask when they will be offering the opportunity for you to become Grill Smart – after all, no one ever invites friends over to microwave! v

Fairfield County hosted two sessions of Grill Smart in November 2018. Participants ranged from ages 12 to 17 and worked in groups of four to become grill masters, leaving behind overwhelmingly postive comments.

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Up the Alley By John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator

It’s Time to Get Serious About Reproduction and Genetics The first quarter of any calendar year is an important time for most commercial cow-calf producers. If it has not started already, calving season will begin soon. Shortly after the onset of calving season, decisions must be made in regards to breeding season. Management choices in the areas of reproduction and genetics made during this timeframe can certainly influence a cow-calf operation for years to come. Regardless of whether you use a natural service sire or artificial insemination in your breeding program, there is little justification for a lengthy breeding season. A 60-day breeding season is an ideal goal to shoot for, and I would recommend nothing longer than 90 days. If you are currently involved in a longer breeding season, there are valid economic and management reasons to make a change. It requires a little discipline, some rigid culling and a willingness to use technology and other resources available. Nearly every management decision associated with the cowherd is simplified with a shorter calving season. Herd health and nutritional and reproductive

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management are much easier when all cows are in a similar stage of production. Restricting the breeding season to 60 to 90 days will produce a more uniform calf crop that enhances marketing opportunities. It is easier to match up your forage supply with the nutritional demands of your herd when all animals are in a similar production cycle. Vaccination programs are more effective when animals in the breeding herd are in a similar reproductive status, as well. A more concentrated calving season is important for smaller or part-time producers who have major time restrictions in their daily lives. I don’t know of any producer that enjoys the stress and worry of calving season over an extended period. This is especially true if calving season comes during inclement weather and you are away from the farm for long stretches of time during an average day. A shorter calving season will eventually lead to greater efficiencies in reproduction rates. Palpate shortly after the conclusion of the breeding season and cull heifers and cows that do not conceive within your given calving season

and do not look back. Keep daughters of the cows that are bred early each calving season. If necessary, buy bred females that calve within your desired window to replace the open females. Implementation of these practices will certainly improve your herd’s reproductive performance over time. As an extension professional and a seedstock producer, one of the most interesting discussions I can have with a producer is reviewing what they are looking for in a potential a herd sire. Obviously, there is a wide range of criteria to be considered depending on the production goals and size of the herd. In my experience, a few very consistent themes emerge with discussions on a potential herd bull purchase: calving ease, disposition and price. While calving ease is extremely important, I believe there is a tendency for the typical Ohio herd owner to overemphasize calving ease across the entire herd. The average cowherd in Ohio is approximately 17 head, with most herds retaining some number of replacement heifers to add to the herd. Herds of this size usually work with one herd sire to cover both mature cows and yearling heifers. If you choose a herd sire with the proper calving ease for the heifers, he should also possess enough quality in the traits of importance, such as growth and carcass merit, for the mature cows. I don’t know of any commercial cowcalf producers that want to deal with disposition issues with a herd sire or a member of the cowherd. Good disposition becomes an increasing priority given the fact the average age of the cow-calf producer has increased over time. Raising beef cattle has enough challenges – you should not have to tolerate poor dispositions in the herd.

This brings us to the subject of price. It should be the goal of every cow-calf producer to purchase the best possible bull that fits within a determined budget. I realize that philosophy would result in a wide range of bull prices amongst producers. A rule of thumb that I have heard for many years is that the value of a typical herd bull should be equal to the value of two to three market steers or three to five feeder calves at weaning. There are exceptions to these guidelines, but an above average bull that excels for traits such as calving ease, growth, carcass traits, etc. will likely demand a premium. A few suggestions for producers as they search for their next herd sire: 1. Establish the production goals for your herd and select a sire that compliments the needs of your cowherd. 2. Use EPDs, actual performance data and Selection Indexes to identify outstanding sire prospects. 3. Never buy a bull without a Breeding Soundness Examination.

4. Select the appropriate age and size that matches the number of cows to be bred. A time-honored rule-of-thumb is to place about the same number of cows or heifers with a young bull as his age is in months. Putting too many cows with too young of a bull is a recipe for open cows. 5. A bull that can increase the number of live calves born, add growth and increase the maternal strength of a herd

through daughters retained should be viewed as a sound investment. 6. A low-cost bull that may not excel in traits of importance may be purchased just to get cows bred and does little to add to the profitability of the herd. This bull is little more than a “cow settler.” The rapid expansion of the nation’s beef cowherd over the past five years has presented today’s producer with some unique economic dynamics. Prices for all classes of beef have moderated from the record-high levels of the middle of this decade. This means that quality bred heifers or young cows can be purchased at prices that are more reasonable and you should be able to purchase a higher quality herd sire for similar historical prices. Current economics also dictate that you must be less tolerant of poor reproductive performance and you must cull the herd accordingly. Serious consideration of reproduction and genetic management decisions can pay dividends for years to come. v

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ADM Animal Nutrition Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Kevin Steele 330-465-0962 www.admworld.com Ag Credit David White 419-435-7758 | www.agcredit.net Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 | www.agnation.com Agtivation LTD Laura Sutherly 937-335-3286 | www.agtivation.com Ag-Pro Ben Butcher & Jenna Phelps 740-653-6951 | www.agprocompanies.com Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 | www.allflexusa.com Alltech Ryan Sorensen 40-759-8938 | www.alltech.com Armstrong Ag & Supply Dean Armstrong 740-988-5681 BioZyme, Inc. Lori Lawrence 614-395-9513 Ty McGuire 937-533-3251 www.biozymeinc.com Boehringer-Ingelheim Brent Tolle 502-905-7831 www.boehringer-ingelheim.com Burkmann Nutrition Brent Williams 859-236-0400 www.burkmann.com COBA/Select Sires Duane Logan, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler, 614-878-5333 www.cobaselect.com CompManagement, Inc. Anthony Sharrock 614-760-2450 | www.sedgwickcms.com CPC Animal Health Devon Trammel, Paul Alan Kinslow 615-688-6455 | www.cpcanimalhealth.com DHI Cooperative, Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO, Tim Pye 912-682-9798 www.dhicoop.com Elanco Animal Health Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak 330-298-8113 | www.elanco.com Engelhaupt Embroidery Leslie Gardisser & Linda Engelhaupt 937-592-7075 | engelhauptembroidery.com Evolution Ag LLC Doug Loudenslager 740-363-1341 | www.evolutionagllc.com Farm Credit Mid-America Wendy Osborn 937-444-0905 David Sanders 740-335-3306, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 www.e-farmcredit.com

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Multimin USA, Inc. Thomas Carper 540-336-2737 | www.multiminusa.com Murphy Tractor Eric Bischoff, Chad White 614-876-1141 Brent Chauvin, Marty Mhlawati 937-898-4198 www.murphytractor.com Ohio CAT Linda Meier, Chad Wiseman, Alan Rhodes, Brian Speelman, Bill Kuhar 614-851-3629 | www.ohiocat.com Ohio Soybean Council Jennifer Coleman & Barry McGraw 614-476-3100 | www.soyohio.org PBS Animal Health 1-800-321-0235 | www.pbsanimalhealth.com Priefert Ranch Equipment Corey Hinterer 304-625-1302 www.priefert.com Purina Animal Nutrition LLC Patrick Gunn 317-967-4345 | www.purinamills.com Quality Liquid Feeds Joe Foster 614-560-5228 | www.qlf.com Reed & Baur Insurance Agency Jim & Paula Rogers 740-593-6688 | www.reedbaurinsurance.com ST Genetics Aaron Arnett 614-947-9931 Al Gahler 419-350-2091 www.stgen.com Straight A’s Nikki McCarty 330-868-1182 | www.ranchcity.com Summit Livestock Facilities Richard Hines 765-421-9966, Angie Dobson 219-261-0627, Mike Schluttenhofer 765-4272818, Mike Sheetz 800-213-0567 www.summitlivestock.com Sunrise Co-op, Inc. Phil Alstaetter 937-575-6780 | www.sunriseco-op.com Umbarger Show Feeds Jackson Umbarger 317-422-5195, Eric King 419-889-7443 | www.umbargerandsons.com United Producers, Inc. Sam Roberts, Bill Tom, Hayley Beck 1-800-456-3276 | www.uproducers.com Weaver Leather Livestock 330-674-1782 Angela Kain - ext. 251, Lisa Shearer - ext. 206 Christy Henley 208-320-1675 www.weaverleather.com The Wendt Group Kevin Wendt 614-626-7653, Dale Evans 260894-0458, Nick Cummings 740-572-0756, Tyler Wilt 740-572-1249, Wesley Black 740-572-1670 www.thewendtgroup.com

For information about joining OCA’s Allied For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office 614.873.6736 or visit www.ohiocattle.org. Industry Council, call the OCA Office 614.873.6736 or visit www.ohiocattle.org. | Ohio Cattleman | Winter 2828 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo IssueIssue 2019201

Forage Corner Erika Lyon, OSU Extension, Jefferson & Harrison Counties

The Role of Soil Health in Water-Logged Fields It was just a little while ago when we wanted the rain to stop and the temperatures to drop below freezing to end the accumulation of mud in our fields. We got our wish later in January, but what will be the long-term implications of these muddy fields? First, we need to understand what created these water-logged conditions in the first place. While excessive rainfall certainly has a role to play, the health of the soil affected will determine how long mud persists and whether forages will be able to recover in the following spring. Before going into what soil health is, let’s explore what soil is. Soil is not just made up of “dirt.” It consists of mineral material derived from the bedrock below, pore space filled with air and water and organic matter generated by microbes and macro-invertebrates. Healthy soils will have all of the aforementioned components and function as a living ecosystem – if a component is missing or one occurs in excess, we will begin to see problems develop in our fields that will negatively impact forage growth. The amount of organic material present is especially important when it comes to water-logged soils – organic matter acts as a sponge, and the more organic matter present, the more water soil can hold. While thinking about sponges, are all pore spaces within a sponge the same size? Good quality soil will have both smaller micro-pores and larger macro-pores that plant roots can access for water, while poorer soils will often have more micro-pores retaining water that roots by themselves cannot access. Another important component of soil health is infiltration, or how water on the surface moves through the soil profile. When water initially makes contact with the soil surface, it usually does not immediately head downwards to the water table, rather it initially moves horizontally along the surface. When you

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slowly add water to a sponge, it takes time for that water to occupy pores and move further downwards, and with an extremely dry sponge, it may take several seconds for water to become absorbed at all. What we see in soils that are poorly drained due to either soil type (high clay), compaction or hardpans caused by tillage is water moving through the soil at a much slower rate and remaining on the surface for a much longer period of time. If water remains at the soil surface, this will also affect nutrient cycling. When soils become saturated, pore space becomes filled with water as air is pushed out. These soils lack oxygen, which affects the soil bacteria that require oxygen to survive. These microbes will turn to nitrate (NO3-) that has oxygen as part of its chemical structure. When the oxygen is used, the NO3- molecule breaks apart, releasing nitrogen (N) into the atmosphere through a process known as denitrification and resulting in a loss of N that cannot be taken up by plant roots. Water-logged fields can drastically impact soil health.

Nitrogen is not the only nutrient that plants cannot uptake in poorly drained soils. Arbuscular mycorrhizae are fungi that have a mutually beneficial relationship with forages – one of the benefits provided to plants is better access to nutrients such as phosphorous (P) that is often out-of-reach for forage roots. When waterlogging occurs, mycorrhizal activity is suppressed, limiting the amount of P uptake that can occur. Come spring, many of us will be renovating our pastures. As we look to improve affected fields, we should also look to improve the soil health in these places. Avoiding traffic in muddy fields will help to avoid soil compaction. Having sacrificial paddocks or fields or installing a heavy use pad are a few ways to minimize compaction issues due to traffic. Some fields may require the use of a ripper to break up heavily compacted areas or hardpans. Using no-till practices can prevent hardpans from forming, build soil organic matter and improve habitats for beneficial microbes. Furthermore, by avoiding excess applications of fertilizer, especially phosphorous, we can promote the development of arbuscular mycorrhizae that provide so many benefits outside of improved nutrient access. These fungi can make plants more resistant to stressful conditions such as drought and disease, and they also produce a substance known as glomalin that acts as a soil glue. Glomalin creates soil aggregates that are important for improving soil structure and creates macro-pores. When we have flooded conditions, use tillage or apply too much fertilizer, the population of arbuscular mycorrhizae declines, leading to a reduction of glomalin production in the soil and limiting root access to water and nutrients. In short, manage the livestock and pasture both above and below ground to get the most from your fields. v

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Dates to Remember:

On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

Best of the Buckeye Ohio Beef Expo Nomination Deadline

Cow Attack

March 1

Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Online Fundraiser

March 5

Ohio Beef Expo

March 15-17 BEST Character Trait Nominations, Photo Contest, Junior Representative Application and BQA Submission Deadline

April 1

Ohio Cattleman Spring Issue Advertising Deadline

April 3

“What happened to your pickup seat? Is that buffalo track?” Well, I guess you had to be there. We had a cow attack. It all began when me and Roy went out to check the cows. We’d finished lunch and watched our ‘soap’ and forced ourselves to rouse. We’s pokin’ through the heavy bunch for calves to tag and check. I spotted one but his ol’ mom was bowin’ up her neck. She pawed the ground and swung her head a’slingin’ froth and spit Then bellered like a wounded bull. ‘Say, Roy,’ I says, ‘let’s quit!’ But Roy was bent on taggin’ him and thought to make a grab. ‘Just drive up there beside the calf, I’ll pull him in the cab.’ Oh, great. Another stroke of genius, of cowboy derring do. Shur nuf when Roy nabbed the calf, his mama came in too. And I do mean climbed up in there! Got a foot behind the seat Punched a horn right through the windshield and she wasn’t very neat. She was blowin’ stuff out both ends till the cab was slick and green It was on the floor and on the roof and on the calf vaccine. If you’ve been inside a dryer at the local laundromat With a bear and fifty horseshoes then you know just where I’s at. At one point she was sittin’ up, just goin’ for a ride But then she tore the gun rack down. The calf went out my side. I was fightin’ with my door lock which she’d smashed a’passin’ by When she peeked up through the steering wheel and looked me in the eye. We escaped like paratroopers out the window, landed clear. But the cow just kept on drivin’ cause the truck was still in gear. She topped a hump and disappeared. The blinker light came on But if she turned I never saw, by then the truck was gone. I looked at Roy, ‘My truck is wrecked. My coveralls are soaked. I’ll probably never hear again. I think my elbow’s broke. And look at you. Yer pitiful. All crumpled up and stiff Like you been eat by wild dogs and pooped over a cliff.’ ‘But think about it,’ Roy said. ‘Since Granpa was alive, I b’lieve that that’s the firstest time I’ve seen a cattle drive. v


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OCA News Lake Erie Bill of Rights Could put Farmers at Risk of a Lawsuit You could be sued by Lake Erie, or more precisely, by any resident of Toledo who wants to speak for the lake and finds fault with the way you’re farming or doing business. While this might sound incredible, the threat is real. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) is a proposal to amend the Toledo City Charter that will be on the Toledo Special Election Ballot on February 26. The measure would give Lake Erie and its watershed legal standing in court and allow any Toledo citizen to represent the lake and file lawsuits on its behalf. The rights this measure would grant the lake include, “an ability to exist, flourish, be free from pollution” and other broadly described entitlements. Any farming practice that allegedly infringes on these rights presumably makes the farmer subject to a lawsuit. Lake activists attempted this last fall but were unsuccessful in getting it placed on the ballot. In early January many Ohio agriculture groups filed a second friend of the court brief making a legal argument against it going to voters. In the brief the groups pointed out that the city of Toledo cannot simply grant itself new legal powers that don’t exist. It is also important to note that no one has approved the actual language of this amendment. The Supreme Court has only ruled that the process for putting it on the ballot was correct. The issue potentially impacts all Ohioans as this case could establish law that applies statewide. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights is an example of a growing trend toward regulation through litigation. Disgruntled parties who have been unable to create public policy through the legislative process are turning to lawsuits as a means of getting their way.

While much of LEBOR is legally unsound, likely unenforceable and unconstitutional, it will take significant amounts of money in legal fees to invalidate its provisions. A law cannot be reviewed for validity until it is enacted. It will likely take multiple appeals before any ruling is final on LEBOR’s

Target Area for LEBOR Lawsuits If your farm or business is located in the red area, the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) puts you at high risk of a lawsuit.

Graphic courtesy of Ohio Farm Bureau

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status, meaning not just one court battle, but multiple courts, multiple years and possibly millions of dollars. For more information on LEBOR and details on how you can protect yourself from this risk, visit the OCA website at ohiocattle.org. v


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- Cowboy Boots - Sale credit for OCA member cattle sales - Registration for OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet


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Ohio’s Premier Bred, Born & Raised Registered Steer & Heifer Youth Event Hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.

Mission • To promote the exhibition of Ohio bred & born and registered steers and heifers. • To recognize the top Ohio bred, born & raised steers and heifers and the breeders in each breed division at the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.

Program Goals • Provide Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred & born and registered steers and heifers • Create a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige • Attract new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair

2019 Sponsoring Partners Steer Division

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Mark your calendar! Nominations:

march 1/june 20

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Cattle Eligibility For cattle to be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, they must be registered and bred by an Ohio cattleman. ET Calves and calves out of purchased bred cows are eligible if they list an Ohio cattleman as the breeder. Best of the Buckeye nominations must be made by the breeder listed on the calf’s registration.

nOMINATION dEADLINE To be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, cattle must be registered and a per animal nomination fee must be submitted. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by March 1, 2019 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2019 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee per show. Cattle may be nominated for both shows by March 1, 2019 for a rate of $40. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased late nomination fee of $75 per head. To participate in Best of the Buckeye, breeders must complete a nomination form and sign an affidavit verifying Best of the Buckeye eligibility.

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SCHEDULEMarch OF EVENTS 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com -schedule-March 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com

March 15-17

Ohio Expo Center

Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, March 13

No cattle are permitted on the fairgrounds before 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. Junior Show open for stalling in barn and viaducts, ALL stalling for both locations will be done out of the Jr. Show Office, Gilligan Complexin 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Large Equipment Move-In

Thursday, March 14 8:00 a.m. - Noon Noon Noon - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Trade Show set up for large indoor equipment All breeding cattle must be in place ShowBloom Breeds Building Trade Show set-up outdoor & small indoor displays Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building The Social, Hilton Columbus/Polaris

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m.

Judging Contest Registration, Voinovich Building Mezzanine Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Breed Shows begin in Cooper Arena & ShowBloom Breeds Building 10:00 a.m. Angus Parade, Cooper Arena, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Hereford Show, Cooper Arena, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Shorthorn Show, Cooper Arena, North Ring 12:00 p.m. Gelbvieh Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building 1:00 p.m. Red Angus Parade, Cooper Arena 1:00 p.m. Murray Grey Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building Judging Contest Begins, Denny Hales Arena Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Adult Certification, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex Stock Show U Fitting Demo, Voinovich Building Online Feeder Cattle Sale, Voinovich Building Judging Contest Awards, Cooper Arena Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Cooper Arena Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building Junior Show Welcome Party & Weaver Leather Livestock Fitting Demonstration, Cooper Arena

Friday, March 15

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10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Breed Sales begin in Voinovich Building 10:00 a.m. Shorthorn Sale, Ring 1 10:00 a.m. Red Angus Sale, Ring 2 12:00 p.m. Hereford Sale, Ring 1 12:00 p.m. Angus Sale, Ring 2 2:00 p.m. Simmental Sale, Ring 1 2:00 p.m. Maine-Anjou Sale, Ring 2 Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Junior Showmanship, Cooper Arena Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building

Sunday, March 17 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS March 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com THE SOCIAL The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association invites you to join in an evening of networking with fellow cattlemen and industry leaders at the pre-Expo event, The Social, on Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus/ Polaris. The Social is open to OCA membership, Expo cattle and trade show exhibitors and volunteers. It’s free to attend and will include appetizers and drinks. The Social will feature a live auction with proceeds going toward OCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fund to support ag-friendly candidates in the next election. Visit The Social at the Hilton, the Ohio Beef Expo headquarters, on Thursday evening to bid! Items will be featured in the Ohio Beef Expo Show Program.We hope to see you there!

FITTING DEMOS Youth exhibitors will have the opportunity to learn from beef industry experts during this year’s educational seminars, beginning Friday, March 15. Stock Show U will be hosting a clinic at noon, and a Weaver Leather Livestock demonstration will take place along with the Junior Show Welcome Party at 5:30 p.m. in Cooper Arena.

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divisions for BQA will be available: 8-11, 12-15 and 16-21. On Friday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m., a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Adult Certification Program session will be offered in the Voinovich building. The session will be instructed by Dr. Steve Boyles, The Ohio State University Extension.


begin at 8 a.m. with a registration fee of $5 per individual or $15 per team if registered before March 10. After March 10, registration is available for $30 per team and $10 per individual. Teams pre-registering must send their form to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association office at 10600 U.S. Hwy 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. All judging contest participants will meet in the Voinovich Building mezzanine and break into their respective groups for the day. Teams will consist of three or four people. The three highest scores will count for team placings. Divisions will be offered for juniors (8-13 as of January 1) and seniors (14-18 as of January 1). Six classes of cattle will be evaluated and one or more classes will include questions and the use of performance data. Lunch will be provided and awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. in Cooper Arena.


Youth Beef Quality Assurance training will once again be offered in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Cooper Arena. BQA training is a requirement for the OCA BEST program. All participants will receive documentation of attendance and a copy of the document will be sent to the participant’s county. Some counties may require additional certification. Three age

The 2019 Ohio Beef Expo will continue to host a feeder cattle internet board sale, sponsored by United Producers, Inc. (UPI). The sale will be held Friday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Voinovich Building (trade show sale ring) on the Ohio Expo Center grounds. A board sale offers consignments of uniform packages of feeder cattle. The cattle are sold while on the farm with specific pick up period defined

in the sale catalog. Typical pick up times range from one week to four months after the sale. Lots are typically sold in 48,000 to 50,000 pound load lots. However, smaller groups are encouraged as well. These sales may include all types and breeds of feeder cattle. Uniform lots sold in groups that would average between 400 and 900 pounds are common. Uniform groups of Holstein feeder cattle may range as low as 300 pounds. Consignments will be accepted any

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS March 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com time prior to 12:00 noon Monday, March 4, 2019, and are open to Ohio and out-of-state producers. Earlier consignments are encouraged since videos and pictures of all consignments will be posted on UPI’s web page. Sale consignors must be OCA members ($75 membership) for 2019. Sale commission will be $1.50 per cwt. The commission will be divided between the UPI sourcing market and OCA. Sale catalogs will be posted on UPI and OCA’s websites at least one week in advance of the sale. More information is available at www.uproducers.com To consign cattle or request information, contact your local United Producers, Inc. representative or Sam Roberts at 937-477-0060.

COWBOY HAPPY HOUR OCA will be offering a happy hour Friday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m and Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. sponsored by Armstrong Farms, Heartland Bank, Kent Feeds and Mercer Landmark. This happy hour will happen in the main aisle of the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show and will be a social event you won’t want to miss.

EXPO CHANGES FOR 2019 In 2019, there are a handful of changes to the Ohio Beef Expo that all should take note of. For the first time, the trade show will open on Thursday, March 14 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on the chance for more time to visit with vendors


and check out the booths that line the Voinovich Building. Another large change that junior show exhibitors in particular should note is there will be no junior show check-in on Saturday. This year, all junior show exhibitors must check-in on Friday, March 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Exhibitors should arrive with cattle at least an hour prior to ensure completion of stalling, entries and check-in by 8:00 p.m This check-in time has been expanded from previous years to make up for the lack of a Saturday check-in. For 2019, the Miniature Hereford show has been Jay & Sally Puzacke, Owners moved to Saturday, March 16 beginning at 8:00 a.m. This Western Apparel show has previously been on Friday Men’s • Ladies’ • Children’s • Show alongside other Justin * Tony Lama * Ariat * Dan Post * Laredo * Twisted X * Double H breed shows. Official Clothier of the Ohio Beef Expo and Proud Sponsor of the Saltwell Expo Scholarship

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.




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Angus Charolais Dexter Gelbvieh Hereford Maine-Anjou Mini Hereford Murray Grey Red Angus Shorthorn Simmental

Dan Wells Dave White Santiago Lizarraga Sasha Rittenhouse Lisa Keets Craig Reiter Dan Wiley Sherie Clark Tom Karr Keith Moore Christina Fisher



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JUDGE Parade N/A N/A Matt Kleski Jeff Koch N/A Levi Richards Matt Kleski Parade Adam Hall N/A

SALE CATTLE IDENTIFIED BY EID TAGS All Ohio Beef Expo Sale Cattle will be identified with EID tags to comply with the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule for interstate shipment of cattle. This means that no matter what an individual state’s requirements for transporting cattle may be, potential Expo cattle buyers can be assured that they can easily ship their Expo purchases into any state. For more information contact the Ohio Beef Expo official veterinarian Dr. Eric Gordon at 937642-2936 or see the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www. ohiobeefexpo.com.


All cattle (from Ohio and out-of-state) consigned to breed sales, show cattle, display breeds and Genetic Pathway cattle at the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo must be tested negative for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status prior to arrival at the 2019 event. Any animals (required to be tested) arriving at the Expo without a negative BVD PI test, will be ineligible to participate in the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo and will be excused from the show grounds. Type of test and negative test results must be listed on the required health certificate and/or laboratory report of negative status provided. Ohio Beef Expo junior show cattle are exempt from the BVD test requirement. (See 2019 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www.ohiobeefexpo. com). 42 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

BROADCAST AVAILABLE ONLINE The Hereford, Shorthorn and Simmental sales on Saturday, March 16 will be broadcast live through DVAuction.

TRICHOMONIASIS Ohio has mandatory Trichomoniasis rules for all bulls entering Ohio from any other state. Virgin bulls under 24 months of age on the date of the sale must have a virgin statement on the CVI accompanied by the veterinarian’s and owner’s signature. Bulls 24 months of age or older on the date of the sale and all non-virgin bulls must have a PCR test within 28 days of the date of the sale. (See 2019 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www.ohiobeefexpo.com).

ADDITIONAL SALE CATTLE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS Cattle in Ohio Beef Expo sales are sold into many different states and it is important that consignors keep this in mind when planning for the sales. The lot numbers of the animals that do not meet the Ohio Beef Expo health requirements will be announced prior to each breed sale. Health papers (CVIs) will NOT be issued for cattle that do not meet the Ohio Beef Expo health

requirements. These health papers are typically written at the sale’s clerking table and accompany the cattle to the new buyer’s location. A list of the lots that do not meet the requirements will be available in the Beef Expo office by Friday at 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.ohiobeefexpo.com.

BUYER PARKING - SATURDAY, MARCH 16 For Saturday only, special trailer parking for Ohio Beef Expo sale buyers will be available on the main part of the fairgrounds just east of the O’Neill Barn where the sale cattle are located. To access the parking area, cattle trailers should enter the fairgrounds off of 11th Avenue at the OHIO gate, to avoid the hassle and long walk to get your trailer by parking on the grounds. This special trailer parking area is expected to fill up, so plan to arrive early. All other cattle trailers, including show and sale cattle exhibitor trailers and junior show trailers MUST park north of 17th Avenue after unloading.

GENETIC PATHWAY GENETICS ON DISPLAY The Genetic Pathway display will once again feature the country’s best genetics. Live bulls and females will be on display between the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Genetic Pathway area is housed in the ShowBloom Breeds Barn in the O’Neill Building.

Additionally the country’s top semen companies will be in the Genetic Pathway area to talk to you about ordering semen for your spring breeding needs. The Genetic Pathway office will be located in the breeds office where the cattle are stalled. For questions or for maps, stop by the office and ask to see the Genetic Pathway representative.


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There will be no Saturday check-in, junior show exhibitors must be checked in by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Registered animals must be in the junior exhibitor’s name; exhibitors must show their own animal. Exhibitors that have not had their tattoos checked at a previous BEST sanctioned show must have proof of registration to verify tattoos at check-in (hardcopies are preferred, but electronic copies are accepted) • Exhibitors may reserve stalls for other exhibitors IF they have all of their information, the other exhibitor is a paid, current member of OCA and has entered and paid for their show entries. • There will be NO TENTS allowed in the Gilligan Building. • There will be a set number of viaduct bays sold on Breeders World Online Sales during the Junior Show Online fundraiser on March 5, 2019. Complete details will be available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. The remaining viaduct bays and Gilligan Building stalling will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. The line for ALL (remaining viaduct and barn) stalling will start outside of the Jr. Show Office, located on the South side of the Gilligan Building.



The 2019 Ohio Beef Expo will host the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Junior Show March 15-17 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Showmanship will be held Saturday, March 16 at noon. The junior show will be Sunday, March 17. Steers and market heifers will show in one ring while breeding heifers will show concurrently in the other ring. The breeding heifer show will begin at 8 a.m. with Angus heifers and the market animal show will begin at 9 a.m. with Angus steers. The top 10 overall females and top 10 overall market animals will be selected. All show entries must be made online. Participants must register into the system at best.ohiocattle.org and enter their cattle information. The online show entry window will open Monday, March 11. For more information regarding the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show contact OCA at 614.873.6736 or by email at cattle@ohiocattle.org.

There will be a set number of viaduct bays for stalling sold in the Jr. Show online fundraiser on March 5 on Breeders World Online Sales. On Wednesday, March 13, the line for stalling will be outside of the Jr. Show Office in the Gilligan Complex. At this time, the Jr. Show committee will stall the barn, starting at the beginning of the line and moving through until all have been stalled. If there are any remaining viaduct bays, exhibitors that are in the line may choose to stall in the viaduct or the barn. No cattle or equipment are permitted on the Ohio Expo Center grounds prior to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. This means that no reserving of viaduct bays will be allowed by equipment, bedding, etc. Tents will not be allowed inside the Gilligan building.

ALL CATTLE MUST HAVE AN EID TAG All cattle showing in the junior show, BEST and non-BEST, will be required to have an EID tag. Cattle that arrive without a tag will be tagged at check-in for $20 per tag.

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is completed through the online show entry and must be completed by the close of check-in on Friday.

JUNIOR SHOW WELCOME PARTY As the junior show check-in wraps up Friday evening, exhibitors will be welcome to join in the Junior Show Welcome Pizza Party open to all junior exhibitors, the party will commence at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and run just prior to the fitting demonstration.

CHECK-IN Junior exhibitors should note the check-in window has changed for 2019. Check-in for the show will only be on Friday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. All cattle must be entered online, stalled and checked in by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Please arrive with cattle at least an hour prior to ensure completion of stalling, entries and check-in by 8:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the show all cattle must check-in first, before stalling. Showmanship sign-up

Best of the Buckeye nominations are due:

MARCH 1 Find the breeder and exhibitor nomination forms at ohiocattle.org.

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There will be a set number of viaduct bays sold on Breeders World Online Sales during the Junior Show Online fundraiser on March 5, 2019. Complete details will be available at ohiobeefexpo.com.

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BY LEA KIMLEY, OCA AND OBC INTERN March 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com


he Ohio Cattlemen’s Association would like to express its sincerest thanks to all of the volunteers who have been involved in this annual industry event. Each year, dedicated volunteers spend countless hours ensuring the success of the Ohio Beef Expo. In an effort to show the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s sincere appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves over the years, the Ohio Beef Expo planning committee presents the Friend of the Expo award to worthy recipients, who like many others, have contributed to the success of the past 31 years of the Expo.


If you are involved in the cattle industry, it’s likely that you have seen one of C.J. Brown’s original paintings, as she creates unique prints for numerous cattle associations and companies. Brown grew up on an Angus and Simmental cattle farm in northern Illinois where her passion for cattle flourished. Since she was a little girl, her parent’s claim she was always drawing or painting on something. After taking her first art class as a junior in high school, she decided to pursue an art degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Brown worked in the gift art industry for multiple years, but she found herself looking for a new adventure. In 2002 Brown took her first cattle painting of a neighbor’s Angus farm to a local banquet where it generated a lot of money. After a few short years, Brown found herself at multiple cattle trade shows, including the Ohio Beef Expo. Brown’s attention to detail is what sets her apart from other painters. “I have been to multiple state beef expos, and the Ohio Beef Expo is by far the best in the United States. That’s why it is such an honor to receive this award because it is such an outstanding event – nothing comes close,” Brown praised. 46 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

Throughout Brown’s years at the Ohio Beef Expo, her business has expanded, allowing her to purchase new equipment and create more prints. Brown is always willing to donate to fundraisers and create original artwork for the Ohio Beef Expo. Brown joked, “my farm name is Paintbrush Farms because I paid for it with a paintbrush.” Brown treasures the friendships and memories she has developed with vendors, committee members and OCA staff. “C.J. has been a tremendous supporter of the Ohio Beef Expo. Over the years she has utilized her talent to benefit the Expo by designing one-of-a-kind artwork commemorating Expo milestones like the 30th anniversary. She always finds a way to help when a group asks for her assistance with various events like youth fundraisers,” said OCA Executive Director Elizabeth Harsh.

JOE FOSTER Foster has been heavily involved with the Ohio Beef Expo since close to the beginning of the event. Foster began showing cattle at the Columbiana County Fair in the ‘70s and ‘80s and now raises a small herd near Plain City, Ohio alongside his wife, Debbie and their children Luke, Brooke and Morgan. He feels strongly that without their support while he’s on the road and their willingness to lend a helping hand at Expo, he wouldn’t be as successful. Foster is a district sales manager with Quality Liquid Feeds and primarily oversees sales in Ohio, southern Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia. Many years ago, Foster was encouraged by past award winner, Dave Puthoff, to become more active with the Expo and with OCA. Foster took that advice and ran with it. Soon after he found himself on the trade show committee, where he is now the assistant chair. “I got involved because I wanted to see the beef industry in Ohio expand

and grow by providing education to its producers,” he stated. Since the first time he attended the Ohio Beef Expo, Foster says it has grown tremendously and continues to get bigger and better every year because of the people involved. Every year he looks forward to seeing all the aspects of the cattle industry in one spot – live cattle, genetics, equipment, supplies and additives. “Joe’s efforts to communicate with trade show exhibitors both during the Expo and year-round are a testimony to his investment in the success of the Ohio Beef Expo’s trade show. He goes above and beyond to accommodate exhibitors during the show. His personal investment in the industry, along with the Expo, are second-to-none,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA staff and trade show coordinator. Foster is thankful for all those who help put the time and effort into making the show happen. “Every year we panic on Tuesday, and every Sunday it seems like it went off without a hitch.” v

PAST FRIENDS OF THE EXPO 2002: Dave Dailey, Don Lowry, Henry Bergfeld and Jim Rentz 2003: Leslie Milleson and Rod Bauer 2004: Virgil Strickler, Jim Sutherly and Gene Rowe 2005: Tim Sheeley and Dr. Glen Hoffsis 2006: Dean Armstrong and Earl Foreman 2007: Joyce McKee, Jim & Jackie Murray and Curt Hively 2008: Jim & Marlene Campbell and Dr. Earl & Cynthia Arnholt 2009: Keith Moore and Tom Wilcox 2010: Sam Roberts and Laura Sutherly 2011: Alan Halderman and Rex Sullinger 2012: Gale Long, Dave Puthoff and Steve R. Rauch 2013: Doug Conkle, Johnny Regula and Wood County Beef Producers 2014: Ginger Natolis and Sally Puzacke 2015: Jon Becerril, David McElhaney and Sam Sutherly 2016: LouEllen Harr, M.H. Eby and Bill Sexten 2017: Roy White and Dave Russell 2018: Linde Sutherly and Nancy Snook

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J.L. Draganic - Expo Co-Chairman Pam Haley - Expo Co-Chairman Sasha Rittenhouse - OCA President; Chairman, Breed Shows & Sales Dave Puthoff - Chairman Trade Show Joe Foster - Vice-Chairman Trade Show Bill Tom - Chairman Jr. Show Hank LeVan - Judging Contest Masa Williams - Judging Contest Lizz Share- Judging Contest

Bill Tom, Washington C.H., Chairman Andrew Armstrong, South Charleston Jenna Barbour, West Salem Karigan Blue, Deshler Kyle Culp, Genoa Kelvin Egner, Shelby Christina Fisher, Ashland Matt Kleski, New Albany Kyle Nickles, Sycamore Audrey Nickles, Sycamore Ryan Sorensen, Greenville Ashton Walls, Mt. Vernon Kyle Walls, Mt. Vernon

TRADE SHOW COMMITTEE Dave Puthoff - Mercer Landmark, Chairman Joe Foster - Quality Liquid Feeds, Vice-Chairman Patrick Barker - Kent Feeds Hayley Beck - United Producers, Inc. Derek Fauber - Heritage Cooperative Lindsey Grimes-Hall, BioZyme, Inc. Allison Hively - Highland Enterprises OMAAsale.qxp_Layout 1 2/7/19 8:37 Sales PM Page 1 Kayla Nicholson - Lance’s Trailer

Dan Wiley - Miniature Hereford Sherie Clark - Murray Grey Tom Karr - Red Angus Keith Moore - Shorthorn Christina Fisher - Simmental


BREED SHOWS, DISPLAYS & SALES COMMITEE Sasha Rittenhouse - Chairman - Gelbvieh Dan Wells - Angus Dave White - Charolais Santiago Lizarraga - Dexter Lisa Finnegan Keets - Hereford Terry Muir - Maine-Anjou

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MEMBERSHIP BOOTH March 15-17 | ohiobeefexpo.com

SEE YOU AT THE EXPO, MARCH 15-17! Looking for efficiency?

Look under “R” for Red Angus.

STOP BY THE OCA BOOTH Renew your membership, visit with other members and board representatives and catch up on the latest information in the beef industry. Each day there will be give-a-ways to OCA members! Join or renew your 2019 OCA membership to be included in the daily drawings. This drawing will include all OCA members that have joined or renewed prior to the Expo and also those that sign up during the event. Drawings will take place on Friday and Saturday during the Cowboy Happy Hour and on Sunday at the close of the trade show at 2 PM. Each day, drawings will include OCA apparel and accessory items. Large ticket items each day are as follows: Thursday - $100 J&J Steak Barn Gift Certificate; Friday – Big Horn Pellet Smoker & Grill; Saturday – Yeti cooler; and Sunday – semen tank. Winners do not need to be present to win.

NEW OCA/NCBA MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A SORTING STICK! Bring a friend or neighbor to the booth to sign them up and receive a sorting stick for recruiting a new member!


Red Angus Heifers, Bred Heifers & Bulls For Sale 12-18 month & 2 year-old bulls for sale

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Do you have $2,500 OCA cattle theft reward signs posted? Be sure to stop by the OCA booth to pick yours up during the Expo.


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INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD Dedication to cattle industry, creativity all part of Agle Family Cattle


orking with cattle brings out the creative side of Bob Agle, whose artistic talents are many: musician, painter and singer. But it’s in the barn or show ring where his creations truly come to life. In the weeks before an online sale, Agle starts picturing what his steers or heifers should look like. Their hair is grown out and blow dried in preparation for the most artistic part – the clipping. “I used to do a lot of the clipping and fitting. Those who are good at it are true artists. It’s like me doing a painting, and it’s such a creative thing as well with breeding because there’s so many options and things you can breed them to,” said Agle, who has been raising cattle for 45 years on his family’s Clark County farm. A skilled painter, he also paints pictures of his cattle and donates them for events like his county’s Cattle Battle show, which he started and is part of OCA’s BEST program. Agle has been a major supporter of the beef industry his entire life. His volunteer service over the years has been impressive: OCA state board member, three terms on the Ohio Beef Council, president of Clark County Cattlemen’s, active Clark County Fair supporter, county judging team coach 50 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves and church choir director for almost 40 years. He’s continued the family tradition of volunteering for the 4-H club that his father and grandparents helped start in the mid-1950s. His parents, Jim and Catherine, are in the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame for serving more than 100 years combined as 4-H volunteers in the county that’s the birthplace of 4-H. Recently, Agle received his own statewide recognition when he was awarded OCA’s Industry Excellence Award, an honor that OCA President Sasha Rittenhouse said was most deserving for her fellow Clark County cattleman. “He’s always been a great role model. He’s always been there for our beef community. He’s a great, great leader, especially in the beef community for Clark County,” she said. Agle owns and operates Agle Family Cattle in South Vienna along with his wife, Peggy, daughters, Emily and Allison; and nephew Adam and his wife, Megan. He lives on his great uncle’s farm and grew up just across the road. “The farthest I lived was a mile,” he laughed. His family fed cattle for 30 years but nowadays Agle focuses on breeding show cattle, which he became interested in while in high school. In 2012 he and his brother, Bill, disbursed the family’s corporation with

Bob opting for the cattle side and his brother the grain side of the operation. He raises about 60 brood cows of various breeds, including Shorthorn, Angus and Charolais, and owns 800 acres. Growing up on his family’s century farm, Agle wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue farming or pursue his artistic passions. He enjoyed painting and singing and even played trombone in The Ohio State University marching band. “I went into animal science and by then I decided I could do those things on the side and that’s what I’ve done,” said Agle, a 1980 Ohio State graduate who is involved with the Springfield Civic Theatre. “The music stuff is a blessing. My brain is always full of Sondheim songs, which helps me when things are stressful.” For the past 45 years, Agle has watched the trends come and go in the cattle industry and laughed about how in the 1980s the steers were 60 inches tall with all leg and no belly. When European breeds started to arrive in the United States to help producers increase the physical size of their cattle, he was one of the first in Clark County to get a Chianina bull and Maine-Anjou bull.

“I’ve seen all the trends come and go – great big cattle and little cattle. I’ve always done a lot of crossbreeding, but I do more of the purebred stuff now because of embryo transfer,” he said. “I’ve gotten to the point that I raise what I really like. I don’t care what the show rings are doing. I’m raising what I like.” Of his 60 cows, he has embryos put in 25 of them and does artificial insemination on the rest, as well as cleanup bulls. Embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization by Trans Ova Genetics have helped him greatly improve the quality of his cattle. Agle Family Cattle sells its steers in an online sale in September and typically sells its heifers by private treaty but this year sold a batch online, which he said is becoming increasingly popular. “I work on them for seven to eight weeks. You have to get them looking pretty good to put them online. It’s a beauty contest,” he said. Agle has always worked full-time on the farm (his wife is a nurse) and is still amazed the family survived the 1980s when interest rates skyrocketed. “We bought a lot of land in the ‘80s, which now we look like geniuses but back then it was a struggle to get it all paid for,” he said. “Back then we bought land for $2,500 an acre and now it’s $6,000 to $8,000 an acre.” The couple’s children showed cattle growing up and had some success at the state and national levels, including bred and owned Shorthorn champion in Louisville and grand champion overall heifer at the 2015 Ohio Beef

Expo. Time permitting, he continues to attend the BEST and other shows, especially if one of his animals is doing really well. When it comes time to part ways with his cattle, the tears flow freely for Agle. “I’m the biggest blubber when the kids sell their steers at the fair. It’s awful,” he laughed. “We get attached to our animals so when you have to sell a steer, it’s not real easy.” The cattle aren’t the only thing Agle Family Cattle has worked at improving. Agle is always looking for ways to improve the land his family has farmed for more than 100 years. He’s worked with his local Soil and Water Conservation District on improving a nearby creek and said he received Clean Ohio funding for the project. He put in filter strips along the creek, fenced the cattle out and planted 1,600 trees. “We do whatever we can to keep the water quality clean,” he said.

Agle is a big fan of the BEST program, saying it’s one of the best show circuits around. Almost three decades ago, he started a similar show called the Ohio Breeder’s Class, which was held at the Roberts horse facility in Wilmington. “They’re doing the same thing I started doing years ago. It’s the same idea – a higher breeder’s classic,” he said. The BEST program has helped producers because demand is up for Ohio-bred and raised show steers, Agle said. “It seemed like for awhile the steer numbers were really dropping off in Ohio. That was a challenge – to get them sold because there were less kids showing back then but since they’ve started the BEST program and some of those county (steer) shows are coming back, it’s helped a lot,” he said. Saying that he’s met some of his best friends at shows, Agle said he’s happy that others are able to experience that through the BEST shows. “There’s kids on the BEST circuit that will be friends for life and are from different ends of the state that they would never have met (if not for the program),” he said. At the end of the day, Agle says that while he has his ups and downs on the farm – as all producers do – he can’t imagine any other way to make a living. “Raising cattle is what I like to do,” he said. “I always tell everybody that raising animals is about 90 percent low times but that the other 10 percent make up for it with the high times. I absolutely love it up here.” v Expo Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 51

OCA News OCA Welcomes Spring Interns Lea Kimley, South Charleston, Ohio

Lea Kimley is serving as the Public Relations and Communications Intern for the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association this academic year. She is the daughter of Kelley and Kirsten Kimley of South Charleston, Ohio, where she grew up raising and showing hogs competitively at the local, state and national levels. Kimley will graduate in Spring 2020 from The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agricultural communication with a minor in agribusiness. Her main responsibilities for the duration of her internship include assisting with graphic design, social media and writing press releases. She also assists with photography and magazine production. “I am excited for the opportunity to work on a different side of the agricultural industry, while still remaining involved with the checkoff and working on behalf of producers.”

Alexander Ryan, Springfield, Ohio

Alexander Ryan is serving as the Member Services Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Born and raised in Clark County, Ohio, Alex grew up showing livestock in 4-H and currently serves as a 4-H volunteer in Clark County as well. Alex is a student at The Ohio State University studying Agribusiness and Applied Economics with minors in Animal Sciences and German. After completing his degrees at OSU, Alex plans to attend law school and represent agriculture on the international spectrum. In his free time, Alex enjoys flying drones, traveling Europe and spending time with friends. His main responsibilities are coordinating OCA’s membership campaign, working with the county cattlemen organizations and collaborating with youth at the BEST shows. “I’m excited to serve the members of OCA and educate others about the importance of the beef industry.”

Zachary Steiner, Creston, Ohio

Zachary Steiner is serving as the 2019 Beef Improvement Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. He is the son of Kurt and Robin Steiner of Creston, Ohio. Steiner was raised on a dairy farm where he developed a passion for the agricultural industry. He will graduate in Spring 2020 from The Ohio State University, where he is majoring in agricultural communication with a production agriculture minor. Steiner also competes on the Ohio State varsity wrestling team. His main responsibilities involve assisting with the Ohio Beef Expo’s breed shows and sales. He also coordinates and helps execute producer education programs, such as Beef 509, and other various association activities. “I am excited to be in a position to contribute to the growth and development of the beef industry, while learning from those who have years of valuable experience.” v

LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE? Look no further than the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association! The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers a variety of internships for college students throughout the year. Scholarships are awarded to each intern and the intern can earn course credit while completing the internship. 52 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

Fall semester internship application deadline:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to:

July 1, 2019

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NCBA News NCBA Unveils Cost/Benefit Principles for Climate-Change Policy Proposals

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Proposals read as follows: 1. Explain specifically what policy changes you are proposing. 2. Estimate as specifically as possible how much each of these policy changes would cost taxpayers, consumers of specific energy sources (automobile drivers, residential electricity users, airline travelers, etc.,) food consumers, and specific targeted industries / business owners, etc. Again, please be as specific as possible, and please detail costs on a monthly and annual basis for each affected group mentioned

above. 3. Estimate how much CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by a date certain (of your choosing) if your proposed policies outlined in Question 1 above were to be fully implemented. 4. Estimate how much global temperatures would be changed by the same date certain you use in Question 3 if your policy recommendations in Question 1 were to be fully implemented. 5. If any of your policy proposals are

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Center for Public Policy released new Cost/Benefit Principles that will help guide its decision-making process on various policy proposals regarding climate change. “It seems like every week or so, another group releases another proposal or call to ‘Do Something’ about climate change – such as the so-called ‘Green New Deal’ that was released Feb. 7,” said Colin Woodall, NCBA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. “Unfortunately, many of these proposals are often lacking in specifics, which makes it very hard for us to develop substantive responses. Hopefully, our new Cost/ Benefit Principles will help the producers we represent – as well as millions of other concerned American citizens – make better-informed decisions on important issues like climate change. U.S. beef producers have already made a great deal of progress on environmental issues like climate change, such as producing the same amount of beef with 33 percent Eastern Ohio fewer cattle, compared to 1977. Beef Angus Association producers in the U.S. now have one of the lowest carbon footprints 2019 Spring Sale Saturday • April 16, 2019 • 6 p.m. compared to many of their worldwide counterparts – now producing only Muskingum 2 Livestock Company percent of all carbon emissions in the Zanesville, OH United States. Selling: Bulls, Open Heifers, “Despite all the progress we’ve made on the environmental front inSpring Pairs, Bred Heifers & Cows! recent decades, some policymakers For more info call: Josh Wilson, 740-586still seem to think targeting U.S. beef7648 producers and consumers will makeAuctioneer: Ryan LePage a huge impact on global emissions,” For more info call: Josh Wilson, 740-586-7648 Woodall said. “That’s why we drafted our Principles – to give the folks who Auctioneer: Ryan LePage are proposing new public policies the opportunity to outline the specific costs and estimated benefits of their proposals.” NCBA’s new six-point Cost/Benefit Principles for Climate Change Policy


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Breed News

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Angus Achievements

Ohio Exhibitors Earn Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Kristina Scheurman of Warsaw, Ohio, and Samantha Wallace of Kansas, Ohio, each earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards. Scheurman, 17, is the daughter of Kirk and Jeanette Scheurman. She attends Tri-Valley High School and is a member of the NJAA, the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she has served as treasurer and royalty, and the Eastern Ohio Angus Association. She has participated in local, regional, and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show Scheurman participated in the extemporaneous public speaking, quiz bowl, livestock judging, team sales, team fitting, and skillathon contests. She also participated in the All-Ameri-

can Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off. In 2018, she participated in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference and attended the Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio. She has submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records. Wallace, 17, is the daughter of Sandra Wallace and attends Lakota Local Schools. She is a member of the NJAA, the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she has served as reporter and awards chairman, and was part of the fundraising committee. She is also a member of the Black Swamp Junior Angus Association and the Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show Committee. She has participated in local, state, regional, and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show, Wallace participated in the team fitting, poster, photography, team sales, livestock judging, quiz bowl, and skillathon contests. She

served as a voting delegate in 2017 and was a participant in the mentoring program in 2012, 2016, and 2017. The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

Charolais Classics

Garwood Claims Titles in Denver

The Open Charolais Show took place on Jan 21 in Denver, Colorado. Bailey Garwood of Columbiana, Ohio, won Reserve Champion Junior Calf Female with CAG GARW MS FAITH 8608F ET. Bailey also won Reserve Champion Senior Female with MLF MS MONTELLA 53E.

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Winegardner Show Cattle, Lima, Ohio, had a successful open Chianina show on Jan. 21. They won Champion Late Junior ChiAngus Bull Calf with BMW Mr. Classen 411F ET3.

Gelbvieh Gatherings

OCA Member Takes Multiple Titles in Denver

The National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show took place at the National Western Stock Show on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Judge Donnie Robertson, Yukon, Oklahoma, evaluated the 38 Gelbvieh females, 30 Gelbvieh bulls, 80 Balancer females, and 26 Balancer bulls. Grand champion Gelbvieh female



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Breed News was GGGE 3G Frankly My Dear 8100F owned by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana. Born April 15, 2018, this heifer is the daughter of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z. She first claimed the spring heifer calf division. Griffiths also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull. GGGE 3G Fort Apache 835 F is the February 17, 2018 son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z. He first claimed the winter bull calf division. In the Balancer show, Griffiths exibited the Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull, GGE 3G Frontier Justice 829F. This bull is the January 17, 2018 son of GGE 3G Agustus 317A, and was first named Balancer winter bull calf champion. Additionally, Griffiths showed the Champion Balancer Senior Bull Calf, GGGE 3G Empire Guilder 797E ET, as well as the Champion Balancer Two-Year-Old Bull, GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D.

GGGE 3G Frankly My Dear 8100F was the grand champion Gelbvieh female at the NWSS, owned by Emily Griffiths.

GGGE 3G Fort Apache 835 F was the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull at the NWSS, owned by Emily Griffiths.

Docility EPD Added to Gelbvieh and Balancer ® EPDs

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docility expected progeny difference (EPD) in January 2019. This is the latest update to the extensive suite of EPDs used to accurately describe registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. “The AGA is excited to be able to add docility to the line up of EPDs we offer to help cattlemen and women make selection decisions when utilizing Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics,” says Megan Slater, AGA interim executive director. “Docility is one of the many AGA EPDs produced through the multi-breed genetic evaluation powered by BOLT, and therefore is directly comparable to several breeds who also participate within the evaluation.” Studies have shown that animals with calmer dispositions are more productive both on the ranch, as well as in the feedyard, and ultimately exhibit higher carcass values and greater tenderness, among other advantages. Higher docility EPD values for Gelbvieh and Balancer animals indicate a more favorable temperament. Over the past 20 years, the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed has gained favorable progress in docility on top of a solid foundation of historically docile cattle. However, the range of docility EPDs of active sires proves that there is genetic diversity, which means further progress can be made.

OCA Member Included in Ring of Gold Champions

Throughout the 2018-2019 show year, Gelbvieh and Balancer females and bulls competed at shows across the country to earn points for the American Gelbvieh Association Ring of Gold program. Each year the qualifying animals are ranked at the conclusion of the National Gelbvieh and Balancer show at the National Western Stock Show. This year, OCA member Emily Griffiths of Kendallville, Indiana exhibited cattle that qualified for each of the four divisions. In the Ring of Gold Gebvieh Female division, Griffiths exhibited the first place female, GGGE 3G Frankly My Dear 8100F. In the Ring of Gold

Gelbvieh Bull division, she exhibited the second place bull, GGGE 3G Fort Apache 835F. In the Ring of Gold Balancer Female division, Griffiths showed the third place female, GGGE 3G Faintly Saintly ET 852F. Finally, in the Ring of Gold Balancer Bull division, Griffiths placed both second and third with GGGE 3G Frontier Justice 829F, and GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D, respectively.

Limousin Leaders

OCA Member Succeeds at NWSS

On Jan. 15, the National Western Stock Show hosted their Open and Junior Limousin Show. Kelly Hall of Lynchburg, Ohio, earned the title of Division V Reserve Champion Bull with FWLY Can Do.

Hereford Happenings Showcasing Value and Demand for Hereford Genetics

During the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in New Orleans, American Hereford Association (AHA) team members shared the efforts the Association is taking to position the breed in the marketplace. In response to consumer demand for higher quality beef, the Certified Hereford Beef® brand upgraded its minimum marbling specification from a Slight00 to a Small00, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The brand now provides a USDA Choice and higher product offering in retail and foodservice markets. Recognizing the need for high-quality cattle in the marketplace, the AHA continues to advance the genetic merit of the breed. Last year’s genetic evaluation overhaul implemented a single-step marker effects model utilizing BOLT technology, a system which simultaneously analyzes pedigrees, phenotypes and genotypes, and allows for a fully automated, weekly genetic evaluation. The overhaul is equipped

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with a genomic pipeline to provide quality control of the 70,000 genotypes entering the evaluation. Another change to the genetic evaluation was the adoption of the North American Hereford Genetic Evaluation, which merges data from the AHA and the Canadian Hereford Association. All data are totally supported by the AHA Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) Program, ensuring an unbiased data set. “Our breeders are getting the most up-to-date, relevant information to make the most informed decisions possible,” said Shane Bedwell, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. Additionally, commercial opportunities for Hereford-influenced genetics continue to increase. Backed by the Baldy Maternal (BMI$) and Brahman Influence (BII$) indices, the Premium Red Baldy and Maternal Advance Programs have been successful in their first year in extending the benefits Hereford genetics provide from a maternal standpoint. Along with maternal-focused commercial programs, the Hereford Advantage program, backed by the Certified Hereford Beef index (CHB$), is growing and adding value to high-quality Hereford-influenced feeder cattle. Looking ahead, the AHA has exciting things in store for 2019. The Association recently updated its virtual registration system, MyHerd, to feature a modern, user-friendly design that is compatible with mobile website browsers.The AHA is also working with Neogen to develop a Hereford commercial genomic panel. The purpose of the panel is to create a tool within the industry to leverage the data generated through the growing NRSP, ultimately adding value and strength to Hereford genetics in both the seedstock and commercial industries.

Maine-Anjou Moments

Exhibitors find victory in the Rockies

On Jan. 20, the National Western Stock Show hosted its Open and Junior Maine-Anjou Show. Samantha VanVorhis of Bowling

Green, Ohio, showed the Champion Summer Heifer, which was also crowned Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer, RJSC Lucky Lady 164E ET. Additionally, she won Reserve Grand Champion Female and Champion Summer Yearling Heifer in the Open Show. Winegardner Show Cattle of Lima,


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Breed News Ohio and Boyert Show Cattle of Seville, Ohio, also found success with their Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull, BMWC Hard to Replicate 404F ET.

Samantha VanVorhis with her reserve grand champion Maine-Anjou heifer, RJSC Lucky Lady 164E ET at the NWSS.

dedication of ADM and RAAA to American beef producers. ADM’s nutritional experts will work directly with Red Angus producers to help them meet their herd’s nutritional goals in order to attain optimal reproduction and growth performance, while supporting first-rate animal health. RAAA members and commercial Red Angus producers who wish to capitalize on this progressive collaboration may contact ADM cattle nutrition experts at RAAANutrition@adm.com or by calling 866-666-7626 ext. 8. For more information about the partnership, contact Gary Fike at gary@ redangus.org.

Shorthorn Success Ohioans Represent at NWSS

Winegardner and Boyert with their reserve grand champion Maine-Anjou bull, BMWC Hard to Replicate 404F ET at the NWSS.

Red Angus Royalties

ADM and Red Angus Team up to Assist Producers Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a world leader in agricultural processing and food ingredients, and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) are combining their expertise to provide Red Angus breeders and commercial bull users with tools for success to improve the breed and the beef industry. This new relationship affords RAAA members and stakeholders access to nutritional counseling at no expense. Producers can simply call or email designated ADM nutritionists with questions specific to their own operations. ADM will offer answers and perspective targeted to help those producers according to their needs. This program is a testament to the 60 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

On Jan. 20, the National Western Stock Show hosted its Junior Shorthorn Show in Denver, Colorado. Kolten Greenhorn of Greenhorn Cattle Co. LLC in Waynesville, Ohio, showed the Champion Intermediate Shorthorn Heifer, GCC Evolution Charm. In the ShorthornPlus Show, Reed Hanes of Celina, Ohio won Champion Early Spring Heifer with TSSC Blackberry Pie 829F. Christy Campbell of Eaton, Ohio, exhibited RC Proud Freckles, and won Reserve Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Bull.

Simmental Solutions

Triumph for Ohio Exhibitors at NWSS

The National Western Stock Show hosted its Simmental Show on Jan. 22. Tanner Cordes of Farmersville, Ohio earned Reserve Champion Early Spring Heifer Calf with S&S CSCC MS WEST COAST. Troy Jones of Harrod, Ohio exhibited TJSC King of Diamonds and was named Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Bull.

TJSC King of Diamonds was named reserve grand champion Simmental bull at the NWSS, exhibited by Troy Jones.

Breeder and Exhibitor Nomination Forms Due March 1, 2019 Download the Best of the Buckeye logo from ohiocattle.org to use in sale promotions and to share show ring successes.

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THAT WILL AFFECT BEEF PRODUCERS By January 1, 2019, Tyson Foods will source all their beef needs from feed yards that are BQA certified. By January 1, 2020 they will require all livestock haulers that deliver to their plants to be BQAT certified. Tyson cattle suppliers, including sale barns, will need to be BQA certified, or an equivalent, by January 1, 2019. Auction markets will need to verify the cattle seller’s BQA certification in order for a Tyson cattle buyer to bid on cattle sold through a sale barn. By 2019, Cargill plans to source 90% of their cattle needs from feed yards that are Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. BQA certifiation is mandatory for all direct beef suppliers as of January 1, 2019. By January 1, 2020, all cattle transporters delivering to National Beef facilities will be required to have Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certification. As of December 31, 2018, all cattle must be sourced from BQA certified feedlots.

By 2019, Wendy’s will only source beef from producers who are BQA certified.


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intended to reduce the consumption of beef, please detail specifically how much additional land must be converted to crop production in order to fill the proteinintake gap, i.e,, the difference between average protein intake via current beef consumption and what would have to be produced and consumed to keep proteinintake levels consistent under an all- or mostly vegetarian of vegan diet. Also, please identify specifically where this land is located, and how much additional GHGs would be released into the atmosphere by converting current pasture land into crop production. 6. Please show all your math for your estimated costs, emissions, average global temperature, and land conversion data outlined in Questions 2, 3, 4, and 5. “These are very straightforward questions that any concerned citizen or reporter should be asking anyone who proposes new climate-change policy,” Woodall concluded. “What specifically are you proposing, how much will it cost, how much will it affect global temperatures down the road, and how did you arrive at those numbers? Seems like anyone who is proposing billions or trillions of dollars’ worth of policy changes should be happy to answer those questions. Yet for some reason, few currently are.” v

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THE CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN BEST program youth raise money to benefit Make-A-Wish children


he Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program hosted the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle to benefit Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The event, in its seventh year, was held on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The Clark County Cattle Producers, one of OCA’s County Affiliate, assisted in coordinating the event. To participate in this community service project, youth are responsible for raising a minimum of $100. They are then able to use their creativity to dress up their cattle and present them to the celebrity judge. This year’s judge was The Ohio State University Marching Band Drum Major, Konner Barr, of Gahanna, Ohio. Through donations from family, friends, their local community and members of OCA, this year the youth participants raised $7,293. Additionally, a silent auction was held with numerous items. Thanks to the

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many generous supporters, an additional $6,062 was raised for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In total, the event raised $13,355 of its $20,000 goal, all of which will go towards granting the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. In the past seven years since this unique event has begun, participants and supporters have raised more than $95,000 for Make-A-Wish. The BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle is part of the Kids For Wish Kids® program. This program gives students the opportunity to help make wishes come true. Students are able to develop fundraising ideas under the supervision of a teacher, principal or club advisor and help share the power of a wish.

At the OCA BEST Program Awards on May 4, 2019, incentive prizes will be awarded to the event’s top overall fundraisers. Donations to Make-AWish will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet. New in 2019, anyone can donate conveniently online at ohiocattle.org/best/community-service. Donations can be attributed to a particular BEST participant’s name through the online donation form as well. Online contributions must be made prior to May 4, 2019 to be accredited to a BEST participant’s cumulative fundraising total for the year. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish has granted over 16,000 wishes to children in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For more information on how to engage with the local chapter, visit oki.wish. org or follow them on social media @makeawishohkyin. v
































Beef Briefs Pelanda Named new Director of Ohio Department of Agriculture

Dorothy Pelanda was sworn in as the 39th Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by Governor Mike DeWine on January 14, 2019. Pelanda is the first woman to serve as Director in the Department’s history. Pelanda lives on the small family farm on which she grew up in Union County. She served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2011-2019, serving on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Pelanda practiced law in private practice for nearly 30 years, where she represented hundreds of clients from Union County and the surrounding area. Food and agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio, adding more than $124 billion to the economy each year. In addition to providing leadership for the agricultural industry, the Director of Agriculture administers numerous regulatory, food safety, and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all Ohioans.

Mertz Named new Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Mary Mertz was appointed as the new Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by Governor Mike DeWine. Mertz is the second woman director of ODNR. She was formerly the First Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Mike DeWine where she oversaw both the legal and administrative operations of the office. Prior to her appointment at the Attorney General’s Office, Mertz practiced law at a large, multi-national law firm. She also served as chief of staff to Mike DeWine while he was Lt. Governor; in the office of legislative 66 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

affairs in the White House; and worked with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, while working for Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich. Mertz is an avid sailor and outdoorsperson. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources owns and manages over 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 21 state forests, 136 state nature preserves, and 117 wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters, 7,000 miles of streams, 481 miles of the Ohio River, and over 2 million acres of Lake Erie. The department also licenses all hunting, fishing, and watercraft in the state, among other responsibilities.

Stevenson named new Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Laurie Stevenson was sworn in as the new Director of the Environmental Protection Agency by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Stevenson was most recently the deputy director for business relations at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Stevenson has worked at Ohio EPA for 20 years, previously serving as the director’s industrial liaison and chief of the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). Previously, Stevenson managed Ohio EPA’s Small Business Assistance Office for six years. She also held positions in Ohio EPA’s Division of Hazardous Waste Management, starting in the Southeast District Office as a hazardous waste field inspector. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

Select Sires hires new Director of Genetic Research and Technology

Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei was hired as director of genetic research and technology for Select Sires, Plain City, OH, on January 11, 2019. As director of genetic research and technology, he will lead cooperative efforts in research and development of innovative genetic technologies to enhance breeding strategies for genetic improvement programs. “We are excited to have Mehdi join our dairy sire development team. He adds new capabilities to our staff and he’ll be extremely valuable in continuing Select Sires’ reputation as the premier provider of superior dairy genetics,” says Chuck Sattler, vice president of genetic programs at Select Sires. Sargolzaei obtained his master of science in animal breeding and genetics from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran before earning his Ph.D. in animal breeding and genetics from Niigata University in Japan. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2016, Sargolzaei has been an integral member of the research community at the Center for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) and Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Japan Prize goes to CFAES soil scientist Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology. Lal, whose career in science spans five decades and five continents, was honored for his research on sustainable soil management and its role in improving global food security and mitigating climate change. Lal is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the prize. He is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

In Memoriam GLENN GRAHAM, age 88, of Patriot, Ohio, passed on January 13, 2019. Graham was born in 1930 in Northup, Ohio and was raised on his family farm. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School and eventually took over the family farming operation. In 1952 he married Jacqueline Grubb. Glenn and Jackie had four children, including David Graham of Patriot, who farmed with him. In 1973, Glenn was in a tragic farming accident that took both of his legs. Despite this devastating turn of events, Glenn continued to farm with his son. However, knowing his limited mobility made full-time farming difficult, he became an adult education instructor at the Buckeye Hills Career Center. He worked in farm business planning analysis for over 40 years. Through the years, the farm produced hogs, cattle, corn, soybeans, hay, peppers, and tobacco. Graham was an active member of the Patriot Masonic Lodge and the Gallia County Farm Bureau. He was a 4-H advisor of the Triangle 4-H club for 60 years. The Graham Blessing farm partnered with The Tennessee Valley Authority Farming Co-operative for several years. He received the FFA Farmer of the Year Award. He was a long time and active member of Northup Baptist Church. He taught Sunday School and was involved in the leadership of the church. He is survived by three grandchildren, including Jamie Graham and Joe Graham, both of Patriot. He was also blessed with several great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. Donations may be made in Graham’s memory to the Gallia County Junior Fair Relocation Fund. v

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Letters to the Editor Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Tagged for Greatness Scholarship. The scholarship will allow me to continue my education at OSU-ATI where I am majoring in Animal Sciences. My future plans include being involved in some aspect of the beef industry. Again, thank you for your support of youth through your scholarship program Sincerely, Erica Snook Dear Mr. Foster, I am honored to be a recipient of the Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship this year. The Ohio Cattlemen’s generous scholarship award will help me to achieve my dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at The Ohio State University. This degree will then set the foundation for veterinary school at The Ohio State University, where I hope to work on prosthetics for animals and people. This awesome financial support provides me the opportunity to attend OSU and focus on learning advanced skills which will help me to better serve the community and livestock and not worry as much as to how I am going to pay for school. Once again, thank you for choosing me for the Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship. I am fully committed and enjoying my education at OSU and this scholarship brings me one step closer to my dreams. Sincerely, Josh Dickson Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, As a recipient of the “Cattlemen’s Gala” scholarship, I would like to extend my gratitude to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and to everyone who contributed to the fund. Thank you for helping make it possible for me to continue my education to build potential for the future. I appreciate the 68 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

mission of your organization and look forward to staying connected with the cattle community. Sincerely, Emily Horst Dear Mr. Foster, Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of the “Julie Regula Memorial” Scholarship. I never knew Julie, but I am lucky enough to know her husband, Johnny. I have known Johnny from the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions each year. He sold my champion chickens at the 2018 Sale of Champions which was something I’ll never forget! Johnny and the Regula family are very special people, so Julie was surely an amazing person!

a huge part of my life and I am greatful for these oppurtunities. It is such a blessing to have wonderful organizations like Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation to support up and coming leaders in agriculture. Thank you again! Sincerely, Mary Baker Dear Mr. Foster, I can’t thank you and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation enough for the generous scholarship. Through participating in the BEST Program for many years, I have met amazing people and learned valuable lessons. The OCA is a great organization that makes me proud to be a member of Ohio’s beef industry. Thanks again!

Thank you, Allison Davis

Sincerely, Kady Davis

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Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation,

Thank you so much for providing me with the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship. I am a current junior at The Ohio State University studying Agricultural Communication. I have huge interest in the beef industry and food security. I am excited to use these funds to obtain a degree I have an interest in. Thank you again.

Thank you so much for the generous scholarship award! I am so grateful to have the support of such an amazing organization. This scholarship will be a great asset towards my college journey. Sincerely, Keri Felumlee

Sincerely, Meredith Oglesby Dear Mr. Foster, I would like to thank you, as well as the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation for providing me with a scholarship this year. I will use this scholarship to continue earning a degree in Meat Sciences. Thank you, Evan Smith Dear Mr. Foster, I greatly appreciate your generosity and support. My cattle have been such

Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, Thank you for choosing me as a recipient for the “Tagged for Greatness” scholarship. I am currently a senior at Wilmington College and I am student teaching this semester, so this money will be very beneficial. I will also be using some of the money to start paying off my student loans. I also drive back and forth every day, so the money will help me put gas in my car. I am so glad that the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is generous enough to award these scholarships. It is greatly appreciated! Thanks again, Natalie Wagner

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The beef checkoff and the Ohio Beef Council’s (OBC) mission is to ‘Engage with Ohio’s producers and consumers to strengthen the demand for beef. In 2018, OBC continued to make strides to improve consumers’ demand and opinion of the beef industry through a vast array of innovative programs. From Virtual Field Trips to Blogging about Beef, the marketing efforts of OBC have helped keep beef at the center of plates in restaurants, homes and cafeterias.

Wrapping Up Virtual Field Trips

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) wrapped up its second year of Virtual Field Trips (VTF) in early November to cap off another successful series. Eight trips were held with students from all corners of the state reaching well over 1000 students during live sessions hosted by OBC and beef farmers Craig Corry of Xenia, Ohio and Erin Stickel of Bowling Green, Ohio. These trips helped connect students with all the steps that it takes to have safe, delicious beef on their plates yearround. Teacher surveys showed strong growth in knowledge and interest by nearly all classrooms participating.

Training Kroger Decision Makers

In collaboration with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

OBC staff coordinated a multi-faceted training with nearly 20 of Kroger’s decision makers in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kroger staff from Meat and Seafood, Nutrition, Prepared Meals and the Kroger Restaurant Division gathered to learn more about beef’s positive role in the diet through a variety of presentations and activities. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about production, beef nutrition and evolving merchandising trends from NCBA experts. The day was capped off with a beef culinary competition and a Q&A session with NCBA and OBC staff.

Showing Consumers How Cattlemen Combat Harsh Weather

Each winter brings challenges for people all across the state of Ohio. Simple tasks like commuting to work, taking out the trash and bringing in the groceries become daunting endeavors for the average person. For farmers the challenges only get more difficult from there. Produced in 2015, the Cattlemen Care video series follows the Rittenhouse family of New Carlisle, Ohio through spring calving. This nine-part episodic video series captures the struggles of raising cattle in the winter and illustrates the passion that the family has for their cattle. Each episode highlights a different aspect of calving; from preparation to calf care.

The video series was re-launched in early January. Cumulatively the videos have been viewed more than 260,000 times by consumers in 2019 alone. Check out the series on the OBC website, Facebook Page or on YouTube.

Sharing Beef’s Role in a Sustainable Food System

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) in partnership with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences hosted Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director, Sustainable Beef Production Research of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) on campus to share research and insights into beef’s role in a sustainable food system. Nearly 300 students, faculty and staff joined Dr. Place for an in-depth look into the science of the cattle industry’s impact on the environment and some of the myths perpetuated on social media. The entire presentation was captured, including the questions and answers portion. Check out the recording on the OBC Website.

Foreign Marketing in Action: Cooking in China USMEF recently conducted four consumer cooking classes in Shanghai in an effort to increase awareness of U.S. beef by engaging young professionals with an interest in home cooking. The classes combined education with social media activities to reach a wider audience across China’s most populous city. Each class featured a dietitian presenting the benefits and attributes of U.S. beef and sharing information about their nutritional aspects. 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@ohiobeef.org or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Dave Felumlee, Newark Bill Sexten, Washington C.H. • Brent Porteus, Coshocton • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Garth Ruff, Napoleon Stan Smith, Canal Winchester • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Kurt Steiner, Creston• Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 70 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2019

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Retiring Operating Committee Members Recognized

Kurt Steiner, Creston. Members serving another term are David Felumlee, Newark and Allan Robison, Cable.

The Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee recognized Kathy Davis, Perrysville; Randy Hollowell, Covington; and Neil Siefring, Coldwater in appreciation for their years of service as members of the operating committee for the Ohio Beef Council.

New Officers Elected for OBC Operating Committee

The officers elected for 2019 are Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman; Todd Raines, Vice Chairman; Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Treasurer. Jamie Graham and Allan Robison were elected as NCBA Federation Checkoff Directors. v

New Appointments Made for Ohio Beef Council

The Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee welcomed new and reappointed members at their meeting held in January. New appointments to the board are Garth Ruff, Napoleon; Bill Sexten, Washington Court House; and

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OHIO CATTLEMEN HOST LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION Ohio Cattlemen’s Association members advocate for agriculture, meet with legislators On February 5, OCA partnered with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) to host a legislative reception for members of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly. All members of the Ohio House and Senate were invited to the Cattle, Corn and Wheat Legislative reception, which was held at the Statehouse in Columbus. OCA board members joined their counterparts from the OCWGA for a successful event. Young leaders from both commodity organizations were also part of the event. Earlier in the day, OCA’s young beef leaders participated in a policy advocacy and leadership day. The program focused on why beef industry leaders should be engaged in the public policy process. Speakers included

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Dean Cathann Kress, OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French, Ohio Senate President Pro Tem Bob Peterson, and OCA staff members. Several of OCA’s beef leaders also met in individual meetings with their members of the Ohio House and Senate. The policy advocacy and leadership day was sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Rick Malir & Bonnie Coley-Malir Beef Leadership Fund. The leadership day and legislative reception is expected to become an annual event for OCA moving forward. v

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Senator Bob Peterson, President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate, spoke with young beef leaders regarding priority issues in Ohio, such as water quality. He is an 8th generation Fayette County farmer, who still farms with his family today while representing Ohio Senate District 17.


HAS AWAKENED. There was a time when Kentucky 31 fescue was the basis of every beef pasture and hay field. The beef industry had to live with: • 50% conception rates • Fescue foot • Low ADG of 0.8 lbs./day • An industry loss estimated at $1B annually

But we understand now that our success depends on quality forages. Beef farmers are renovating KY31 fields and planting improved grasses, quality alfalfas and clovers. Justice Judith L. French of the Ohio Supreme Court gave our young beef leaders an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour of the Ohio Supreme Court, even showcasing her personal chambers. She also fielded questions regarding the courts and how the system operates.


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UPCOMING EVENTS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S COMING UP AT OCA 614-873-6736 • cattle@ohiocattle.org • www.ohiocattle.org March 15-17, 2019

Ohio Beef Expo Join us March 15-17 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The Ohio Beef Expo has long been the premier event for the Ohio beef industry, and this year will continue that tradition with many new, exciting opportunities. The Expo includes breed sales, shows and displays; educational events; a highly competitive junior show and a trade show with over 140 exhibitors. The Expo ranks annually as one of the top five largest conventions in central Ohio. You won’t want to miss this event! Check out the complete schedule at ohiobeefexpo.com.

May 4, 2019

BEST Banquet To conclude the 20th year of the BEST program, all BEST participants and their families are welcome to attend the BEST banquet on May 4, 2019, regardless of final point standings. The banquet is held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and recognizes the many achievements of BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring. Nearly 200 awards, valued at over $65,000, will be presented. All BEST participants will receive a participant gift as a special incentive. Additionally, sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards one lucky BEST participant the use of a livestock trailer; BEST participants earn a ticket into the trailer drawing for each time they exhibit a nominated animal at a BEST-sanctioned show. First or second year Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a showbox, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. The 2018-2019 sponsoring partners are Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; JD Equipment Inc.; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc. and Weaver Leather Livestock.

August 8-10, 2019

Young Cattlemen’s Conference Every summer, young cattlemen meet in Central Ohio for an unforgettable three-day event. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference and Tour (YCC) features many leadership and educational opportunities for young adults involved in the beef industry. The event offers industry insight and enhanced networking for attendees to take home and use in their own operations to keep them progressive and profitable. YCC is open to any OCA member over the age of 20 who possesses great leadership potential and is active in their community. Counties are encouraged to nominate participants for YCC, but individuals may also self-nominate. Couples are also encouraged to attend. For more information, email cattle@ohiocattle.org or call 614-873-6736.

August 24, 2019

Cattlemen’s Gala Ohio’s cattlemen have a lot to celebrate. Plan to join the day-long celebration on Saturday, August 24 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio to support the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. Put on your boots and hats for dinner, drinks and dancing in the barn at the Cattlemen’s Gala celebration and fundraiser. The evening will feature live music, and silent and live auctions to support youth scholarships. This event is open to all. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a good time for a great cause.

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County Cattle Call Mercer County Cattlemen Host Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Over 100 Mercer County Cattlemen met at the local fairgrounds in late January for their 28th annual meeting and awards banquet. The evening featured a beef brisket dinner and presentation of awards to local youth, beef industry supporters. The group donated $500 to local food pantries. Incoming officers were introduced for 2019. Ty Higgins, Ohio Farm Bureau, served as the keynote speakers and attendees received an Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council update from staff.

Morrow County Cattlemen Hold Annual Banquet

Mercer County Cattlemen met for their annual meeting and awards banquet on Jan. 28th.

Morrow County Cattlemen met for their annual banquet in early February. Kicking off their banquet with a beef brisket dinner, the evening included numerous awards for local cattlemen. The focus of the evening was fundraising for the upcoming year. Attendees purchased a variety of items throughout the evening to support youth scholarships and producer focused events in 2019. Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council staff were on hand for an industry update for guests.

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