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Ohio Beef Expo Highlights


Beef 510 Equips Producers


OCA Young Cattleman of the Year Allan Robison returned home with 90 cows and brought life back to the family farm

41 OCA Youth Raise $15,500 & Counting to Benefit Make-A-Wish®


News & Notes


Harsh Realities


BEST Program Updates



OCA News & Views


Your Dues Dollars at Work

12 Forage Corner


OCA News


Up the Alley


Your Checkoff Dollars at Work


Ohio CattleWomen Update


Beef Briefs


Breed News


Letters to the Editor


County Cattle Call


Young Cattlemen’s Conference & Tour Set for August 22-24

40 On the Edge of Common Sense

By Amy Beth Graves

8 OCA County Affiliate Presidents 10

OCA Associate Members


Allied Industry Council


Calendar of Events


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index

On the Cover

Photo taken by Julie White, OCA Staff at Pedro’s Angus, Hamilton, Ohio.

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Ohio Cattleman

Harsh Realities

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

By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

A Successful Spring

Editor Elizabeth Harsh


nother Expo has come and gone very successfully. You already know this if you were there and if not, you can read through the coverage in this issue. Our office tends to measure time by this event, partly because it is such a large event that requires so much planning and partly because spring is always just around the corner once Expo is over. Thanks to all the great volunteers and participants whose involvement made it a success. Ohio can be proud that our Expo has earned the enviably reputation of a successful event by which others are measured.

Managing Editor Julie White Sales Representative Stephanie Sindel National Representative The Powell Group 4162-B Carmichael Ct. Montgomery, AL 36106

As this magazine arrives at your farm, OCA leadership will be heading to Washington, D.C. to participate in NCBA’s spring legislative meeting and meet with members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation. There are lots of important legislative issues to discuss on behalf of the beef industry, including the fall-out of sequestration. Thankfully Congress worked together to avert one crisis created by the administration’s sequestration decisions. This was accomplished as key members of the House and Senate recently passed a continuing resolution containing a funding amendment to avoid furloughing Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) meat inspectors in packing plants as a result of sequestration.

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 Spring 2013 issue is 2,808. Published at Minster, Ohio 45865 by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Periodical postage paid at Marysville, Ohio and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS: Please send old as well as new address to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.


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Had meat inspectors been furloughed, packing plants would have been forced to cease operations when inspectors were not present. The consequences would have been devastating for the beef industry, resulting in a backlog of animals, shortened supplies of beef to market, higher prices and harm to the futures market. By Secretary Vilsack’s own estimates, removing meat inspectors would have equated to $10 billion in production losses and $400 million in lost wages. The problem however remains. This is because the sequestration cuts were permanent and the continuing resolution is only good through the remainder of the federal government’s fiscal year that ends September 30. So there is more work to be done this spring and summer on that issue and many others important to the beef industry. As spring arrives another BEST season ends. The enthusiasm of the participants and their families for the BEST program continues to grow beyond expectations each year. But what has been truly amazing is the way BEST participants embraced this year’s service project with the Make-A-Wish program. You blew the fundraising goal out of the water. And with the assistance of some generous individuals and companies, the BEST program has raised over $15,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. You make us proud. Join us for the program’s awards banquet on May 11 as we finalize the fundraising total for Make-A-Wish, recognize program winners and thank our tremendous sponsors. Coordinating the Ohio Beef Expo, representing your interests on the legislative and regulatory fronts and providing opportunities for youth, are just some of the things your OCA membership makes possible. But there are also added value opportunities through OCA’s Allied Industry Council (AIC). This group of local, state and national companies come together to support the work of OCA and Ohio’s beef industry because you are their customers. Check out the list of AIC members printed in this issue. It is growing with eight new members since the end of 2012. Many of them have stepped forward to provide member benefits and incentives. OCA values these relationships and appreciates partnering with them. Steven Thompson of Vinton County is one lucky OCA member who also values these partnerships. During the Expo his name was drawn from among OCA members to win a year’s use of a New Holland skid steer from Franklin Equipment. Congratulations Steven. And enjoy the use of that skid steer this spring. v

OCA Officers

OCA News & Views

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

By Sam Sutherly, OCA President

A Few Not-So-Simple Questions


OCA Directors

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

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

OCA Staff Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Emily Griffiths Director of Public Relations & Consumer Marketing Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & BEST Coordinator Julie White Director of Communications Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations 6 x Ohio Cattleman x Spring Issue 2013

ith a flip of a calendar page, March is now April. Last month was busy for our industry. I must congratulate the Ohio Cattlemen’s, our members, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and visitors on the biggest Ohio Beef Expo to date! I really enjoyed being part of this fabulous event, especially since it brings many aspects of our industry together. The expo would not be a success without the vast number of individuals who volunteer their time, resources and energy. It isn’t just a weekend event. The planning, time commitment and execution starts months in advance. These folks all put their heart and souls into promoting our industry, showcasing our breeds and supporting our youth. I can’t list all of the volunteers here, but this hardworking group is listed online at www. I overheard an individual ask a committee member “Hey, how can I get an Ohio Beef Expo jacket?” The answer provided is an open invitation to anyone wanting to be involved on the Expo Committees. Contact the OCA office to learn more. I would like to personally thank the sponsors as well. I also encourage our members to thank and in turn support these fine companies for their contributions. Mark your calendars for March 14-16 as planning is already underway for the 2014 Ohio Beef Expo! It is now April. Many of us are anxious to get the cows on the pasture and to begin field work. While we are doing this, I would encourage you to think about what makes your beef product so valuable to you and your consumer. Ask yourself these questions: “Why is the product that I’m producing a valuable source of protein?” “How can we keep beef on consumers’ tables?” “What questions do consumers have that as a farmer I am not answering?” How did you answer these? As families reallocate their budgets, read the latest “diets” and eat on the run, we must meet their needs. The questions or concerns that consumers have today might just surprise you. As we worry about genetics, feed rations and weather, the people who buy our product have other concerns. Yes, the basics do matter to us on the farm. We do need to have healthy calves in order to transition to the next step. But the newest audience may be giving us challenges that our parents and grandparents did not have to even consider. It isn’t so much about healthy, nutritious and delicious. It is more the question of “how do I even cook this?” Cooking a cut of meat the wrong way can leave a “tough” impression to overcome. During a presentation at the NCBA Convention in Tampa, one of the top concerns was thawing beef. When asked, moms said that it was too much of a hassle to thaw beef for dinner. Chicken was a more convenient choice of protein. Does the concern of “thawing” surprise you? Did you see this as an obstacle before? How will the next generations cook? Or will they cook? How are we marketing easy-tofix meals, the power of protein, or popular lean cuts to them? We might not hesitate to utilize beef as a main ingredient any day of the week, but will our buyers look past beef for another protein? Our efforts must continue to keep beef a main protein source in the diets of the American consumer. We can only do this with continuing outreach, education and promotion. The Ohio Beef Council does this on many levels and in many venues. One strong program to reach the students is the BEEFonomics program. If you enjoy working with kids, contact Emily at the OCA office about this opportunity. As we work together, we will continue to produce a desired protein that does benefit us on the farm and the families in our communities. Enjoy the spring days and be safe in the fields. v

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

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Your Dues Dollars at Work A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Legislative & Regulatory • Met with several members of the Ohio House and Senate regarding legislative changes to modernize the voting requirements for the beef checkoff program. • Submitted comments to ODA and ODNR on proposed legislation to make changes regarding the movement and application of agricultural nutrients in Ohio. Within the proposal is a plan to develop and implement a fertilizer application certification program. • Solicited Ohio members to co-sponsor of H.R. 612, The Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (SETA). In addition to preserving the infrastructure of our nation’s highways for the future, SETA gives states the option to allow six-axle, 97,000 pound trucks on the Interstate Highway System within their borders. • Provided beef for lunch at Speaker Boehner’s annual Farm Forum held March 2 at the Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. • Co-signed a letter to U.S. House and Senate members supporting funding for USDAAPHIS/Wildlife Services program.

Youth • Coordinated remaining BEST sanctioned shows to complete 16-show season and planned BEST Awards Banquet on May 11. • Awarded Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and Saltwell Western Store Ohio Beef Expo scholarship to Jessica Harsh. • Held Beef Quality Assurance training for several hundred youth at the Ohio Beef Expo on March 16. • Helped plan Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo.

Programs & Events • Held 26th Ohio Beef Expo, March 15-17 and followed with extensive press release distribution. Expo coverage can be found in this issue and at • Hosted the spring meeting for members of the OCA Allied Industry Council on March 26. NCBA’s head of government affairs Colin Woodall provided a legislative update and Elizabeth Harsh presented information on the beef checkoff program. • Held the OCA Seedstock Improvement Bull Sale April 13 at Union Stock Yards in Hillsboro. • Assisted Franklin Equipment with the presentation of the New Holland skid steer to OCA member Steven Thompson. • Participated in several OCA county affiliate banquets including Ashland, Crawford, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Hardin, Highland, Huron, Licking, Logan, Muskingum, Seneca, and Vinton Counties. • Assisted OCA members in Madison County with their county affiliate organizational meeting.

Association • Held joint board meeting for the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association on April 9. • Emailed OCA e-newsletter for April. v

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OCA Associate Members 2013 OCA Associate Members

Thank you for your continued support of OCA and Ohio’s beef industry These Associate members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association believe in and are supporting the efforts of OCA. Their associate membership helps OCA to continue to work on behalf of Ohio Cattlemen on all the important issues facing the industry. We thank them for their continued support.

OCA and/or NCBA President’s Club Members

Kewpee Hamburger, Harrison Shutt, Allen*** Nationwide Athens, Aaron Bickle, Athens** Beiser Farms, INC, Steve Beiser, Butler*** S & F Transport Co INC, Glen Feichtner, Crawford*** 5 C’S Farm INC, William Cleland Jr., Defiance*** 5 C’S Farm INC, William Cleland Sr., Defiance*** Richard Landsberg, Delaware** Feedlot Nutrition Consulting Services, Curt Cupp, Fairfield** Bricker and Eckler LLP, Christopher Slagle, Franklin** Roger Thompson, DVM, Franklin** Bill Tom, Greene** Dance Farm Supply, Shaun Dance, Highland*** Master Feed Mill, Steve Venturi, Highland** Quality Liquid Feeds, Joe Foster, Union**


David and Mande Payton, Winchester Douglass White, Manchester Hillsboro Area Feeder Calf Imp Assn, Peebles


Ingredient Distributers Inc., Ted Williams, Delphos


Roger Amos, Ashland ER Boliantz Co Inc, Robert Boliantz, Ashland* Heffelfinger Meats Inc, Rick & Ryan Heffelfinger, Jeromesville Don Nickles, Loudonville

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Turk Brothers Custom Meats Inc, Roy Turk, Ashland


Ohio Murray Grey Assn, Coolville


Dave Puthoff, St. Marys


Green Valley Co-op, Bethesda


Patrick Barker, Liberty Township


King Feed and Supply, Alvin King, West Liberty Neer Farms, John Neer, North Lewisburg Heritage Coop, Allan Robison, Urbana*


Sexing Technologies-Ohio Heifer Center, Paul Detwiler, South Charlestown Oaklawn Farms INC, Gordon Flax, South Charlestown*


Buckley Bros. INC., Tim Klink, Wilmington Charles Von Bergen, Sabina


Chris Baker, East Rochester


River View FFA, Warsaw


Jim Buchy, Greenville Bennet Farms, Kimberly Marker, Ansonia


Blystone Farm LLC, Joe and Jane Blystone, Canal Winchester Animal Science Extension Specialist, Stephen Boyles, Columbus* Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham, & Eselgroth, LLP, Troy Callicoat, Dublin Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team, Kyle Culp, Columbus* OSU Dept. of Animal Sciences, Dr. Mike Davis, Columbus OSU Dept. of Animal Science, Ron Kensinger, Columbus* Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Sandy Kuhn, Columbus* Dave Saunders, Farmeron, Columbus William Shulaw, DVM, Hilliard Ohio Soybean Association, Adam Ward, Worthington John Yarrington, DVM, Worthington


Pongview Veterinary Clinic, Pat Dougherty, DVM, Archbold* Maurice Jones, Wauseon


Josh and Kendra Bodimer, Gallipolis


Kent’s Feed Barn, Kent Campbell, Cedarville Custom Cabs and Trailers, Larry Persinger, Jamestown


Farm Credit Services, Cambridge





Derrill Kline, Hicksville Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association, Beth Carper, Delaware* Steak Makers Acres, Richard Fleming, Delaware Select Sires INC, Todd Kranz, Dublin Mike Little, Galena John Miller, Delaware Johnny Regula, Auctioneer, Ostrander* Harsh’s Farm Service, Radnor


Fairfield County Farm Bureau INC, Circleville

R Kent Jeffers, Mt Victory Brookview Farms, Jack Lugbill, Archbold*


Daniels Farms, David Daniels, Hillsboro Jerry Haag Motors, Steve Haag, Hillsboro Merchants National Bank, Bertha Hamilton, Hillsboro Miller Insurance Co, John Miller, Greenfield Five Points Implement Co., Jeff Parry, Hillsboro* Sandlin Welding, Zack Sandlin, Fayette*


County Road Veterinary SVC, Polly Modransky, DVM, East Springfield


John McLeish, CPA, John and Linda McLeish, Newark Farm Credit Services of Mid America, Roger Smith, Utica Granville Milling Co, Granville


Techmix INC, George Clayton, Quincy Nevin Smith, Bellefontaine


Michael Stell, LaGrange


Pleasent View Stock Farm, Robert Hunter, London*


Town and Country Coop, Jim Hitchcock, Medina Eastern Laboratory Services LTD, Beverly Rhoads, Medina*


Cooper Farms, Scott Mattraw, Ft Recovery


Carl & Opal Holfinger, Troy


Landes Fresh Meats, Joe Dunn, Clayton Cargill INC, Doug Myers, Dayton* Cargill INC, Adam Tabor, Dayton


Morgan Veterinary Services, McConnelsville*


Crooked Creek Feed, Josh Lehman, Mt. Gilead


Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. Zanesville


Tim & Tom Hartsock, Hartsock Ag, Circleville Vaughan Dresbach, Circleville


Joyce Mckee Sec-Treas, Ohio M.E. Maine Anjou Association, New Paris Mark Ulrich, DVM,West Alexandria


Krietemeyer Concrete Inc, Ft Jennings


Milan Hansen, Adm / Countrymark Chillicothe

Pam Haley, Treasurer, Ohio Simmental Association, West Salem* Dr. James Kinder, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Wooster* Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Wayne, Wooster Dr Steven Loerch, OARDC Animal Science Dept., Wooster Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Wooster David O’Diam, Certified Angus Beef LLC Wooster* John Stika, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Wooster* James M. Tucker, Tucker Packing Company Inc, Orrville Cody Utt, First National Bank, Orrville


Dave Hasselbach, Hasselbach Meats Inc Fremont Gary Norman, Fremont


Angela Sherman Dvm, Lucasville


Gregory Matthews Dvm, Countryside Veterinary Clinic


Ted Holthaus, Central Life Sciences, Ft Loramie Wayne Kiesewetter, Piqua


Ron Kiko, Kiko Meats, Minerva Rohn Ranch Trailer Sales, Navarre



Stocker Sand & Gravel, Gnadenhutten*


Edon Farmers Co-Op Inc, Edon

Out of State

Don Cooper, Cicero, IN Jessica Duralia, Kencove Farm Fence, Blairsville, PA

Brian House, Select Sires Inc, Plain City Thomas Rausch, Marysville Wayne Steve Andrews, Steve Andrews Auctioneer Wooster Mike Borger, Apple Creek Robert Butzer & Sons, Orrville Tracey Erickson, Certified Angus Beef, LLC, Wooster


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Forage Corner

By, Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Morgan County

Getting the Most Out of Your Pastures


ou may have heard the term “Management intensive Grazing (MiG)� and thought it sounded like a good idea, but may not have fully understood the concepts. Each year, there are several grazing courses, grazing councils and pasture walks that are conducted around the state which can help us improve pasture performance. With spring now here, I thought this would be a good time to review the five basic principles of (MiG) that is the foundation for successful grazing. Psychological Barriers - The development of the electric fence revolution-

ized grazing in that a single strand of fence can be used and moved to wherever it is needed, improving our ability to control how much animals can graze. Prior to that we had permanent fences, and we could only control how many animals we put in the field or how long we kept them in. With the development of portable electric fencing, we can also adjust the size of the field any way we need at a low cost. No Seed Heads - Will mowing down your pasture in May cause you to waste pasture? I will argue that in most cases, no. When a perennial plant starts to grow

in the spring, its main objective is to reproduce, and once it does, it will just sit there, overripe and of poor quality. If you remove the seed heads, it will stimulate the plant (especially grasses) to move to the vegetative stage, produce leaves for our cattle and put energy into the roots of the plants to carry them through the winter. Perennial legumes will continue to develop seed heads; perennial grasses will likely produce only leaves. My point is if your cattle do not consume the seed heads as they develop, clipping pastures when grass sets seed heads will eliminate the poor quality, low digestible forages and encourage new vegetative growth and higher quality feed. Rest Periods - The reason we have multiple fields (paddocks) is to allow the forages to rest and grow again. The forages are at the highest quality when they are young and tender, but if they are grazed too much when they are at that stage, the root reserves will diminish and the plant will die. If the plant gets too mature, the quality will be lower and less digestible. Therefore, we need to balance the needs of the plants with the needs of the animals. This brings me to the next principle.

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Short Grazing Intervals - How long should we keep animals in a paddock before we move them? Some, like dairy producers, move animals two or more times a day. Some may have just a few paddocks and may move cattle once a week. For most of us, the ideal duration in a paddock would be to move cattle before the forages that were consumed starts to grow again. How long is that? I will us the analogy of how long does it take your lawn to start growing after you mow it, which is normally three days. For most of us, three days is ideal, but if you are not rotating cattle and

you can divide the field in half, you will see improvements, then maybe you can divide the paddocks again into four, and so on. Also, the speed of the rotation will vary based on weather conditions and the season. In mid spring, the forages may be growing very fast and you will want to move cattle often. In the summer, the rotation may slow down . During dry periods, you may rotate through the paddocks and new growth may not be adequate. In that case, you may want to put the livestock in a “sacrifice area� and provide stored feed. Grazing a paddock that does not have adequate new growth will cause a greater loss in future production than the stored feed you provide until the paddock is ready to graze. Match the Animals Needs to the Forage Values- This one can be more of a challenge, but the principle is to make sure the high producing cattle are receiving the highest quality forages, and early gestating, good condition cows get lower quality forages. A good condi-

tion, early gestation cow does not need high quality alfalfa, and a 500 pound stocker will not gain to its potential on mature grass. Summary- Some of the benefits of MiG are the pounds of livestock produced per acre, improved pasture quality, extended grazing season, more control of the livestock, and increased stocking rates. Keep in mind that more pounds per acre does not always mean more pounds per animal. If you are grazing stockers and the market prices are dropping, you will want to maximize the

pounds gained per animal vs. pounds per acre. If you have high performance cattle where growth rates are measured on a per animal basis, you may also want to increase the focus on the needs of the individual animal. As you get started, one the most important issues you will face is do you bring the cattle to water or do you take the water to the cattle. Research and experience with other grazers will indicate that taking water to the cattle will provide more balanced grazing and improved animal performance. v

Welcome to the Allied Industry Council

Strayer Angus Farms would like to thank everyone for their attendance and support at our 13th Annual Production Sale

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Up the Alley

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

The Replacement Heifer


subject that has been addressed at the 2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School and other Extension educational programs is the topic of beef replacement heifers. These females are a mixed blessing for most cow-calf operations. On the positive side, they represent the future profitability and genetic improvement of the cow herd. The primary drawbacks associated with replacement heifers include the major nutritional and management considerations required of this group. By anyone’s standards, raising replacement heifers is a long-term proposition. If you are raising your own replacements, add up the days involved from conception

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until the female weans her first calf. You might be surprised to determine that it adds up to over 1220 days. That is a long time to accumulate expenses and unless you are committed to proper management techniques, there is plenty of time for problems to arise. Regardless if you raise your own replacements or purchase them, establish your selection criteria based on the particular needs of your herd. Traits of importance will include fertility, calving ease, growth rate, structural correctness, milk production, disposition, fleshing ability, muscling, and frame size. I would contend that fertility and calving ease should be at the top of every producer’s selection criteria list. A cow must get bred and calve every twelve months in order to cover her expenses and hopefully make a profit. A calf cannot be sold at market unless a live, healthy calf is delivered at birth. How many replacement heifers does the average producer retain or purchase for addition to their herd? According to the 2007 National Animal Health Monitoring System’s (NAHMS) Beef Survey, 16 – 18 percent of the national cow herd is replaced annually by heifers. This same survey indicated that the typical beef cow herd in Ohio averaged 17 cows in size. This data would indicate

that the typical Ohio beef herd adds three replacement heifers annually. This same survey indicated that of the heifers that calved in 2007, 83 percent were raised on the original operation and 17 percent were purchased. So what would you consider an ideal replacement heifer? While I am sure that this question will result in a variety of answers, consider these criteria as solid building blocks for a high-quality replacement heifer. Start with a maternally oriented F1 (crossbred) female: Angus X Hereford, Angus X Simmental, Red Angus X Shorthorn, etc. A producer can achieve advantages associated with heterosis by crossbreeding purebred parents of two different breeds. However, research has shown that the F1 female has distinct advantages in terms of fertility and longevity. She should be 60-65 percent of her mature weight at breeding time. Artificially breed her to a proven calving-ease sire so she can calve unassisted as a two-year-old at approximately 85 percent her mature weight. Develop her so she can breed back within 90 days after calving. Target the heifer’s calving date at two years of age, one cycle ahead of the mature cows. Regardless if you use artificial and/or natural breeding programs, utilize sires that excel in calving ease and maternal traits. Synchronize heats when possible and limit the duration of the calving season to 90 days or less. In a “perfect world,” replacement heifers should be managed as a separate group from weaning until she weans her first calf. I will admit this last suggestion is a very optimistic goal that rarely happens. Do you have an idea what it should cost to develop a replacement heifer to the “springer” stage or when she is ready to deliver her first calf? One of the best budgets I have found is titled “Raising Beef Replacement Heifers” from Kansas

State University. It can be found at: www. . This covers all of the expenses associated with bred heifer development that one can incur. I realize that costs can vary from operation to operation but this document represents current replacement heifer development costs accurately in my opinion. The Kansas State University budget assumes that 83.5 percent of heifers started make it to calving. It allows for 16.5 percent loss due to poor reproductive performance and death loss. The budget documents ALL expenses up to calving. As of December 2012, it projects a springer heifer break-even price of $1,906.88. I’m sure this is a very eye-opening number that will be called into question by many producers. A close examination of the budget reveals a very accurate depiction of expenses in today’s economic climate. Simply put, when developing only a few heifers per year, the economics of scale and the unique management demands for properly developing those heifers make it very difficult for the typical Ohio cattleman to raise bred heifers for less.

After reading these management suggestions and reviewing associated expenses, one has to question why we raise our own replacement heifers. Given the size of the typical Ohio beef cow-calf operation that is keeping low numbers of heifers, this is a legitimate question. Ask a producer why they keep a few heifers, you will likely hear one or more of the following reasons given: 1) Tradition: we’ve always done it that way; 2) We can’t find the genetics desired or needed; 3) Biosecurity: worries about introducing unwanted health problems; 4) A known commodity with home-raised genetics; and 5) I can raise heifers cheaper than I can buy them. I will contend some of these are legitimate reasons (#’s 3 and 4) while others (#’s 1, 2, and 5) are a bit weak in my opinion. I’m sure you can think of a few more Raising your own replacement heifers is the most popular choice based on tradition, but is it CORRECT? Does it make sense (or cents) within your operation? Are you willing to commit to “doing it right”? What else could you do with your current resources? Do you take advan-

tage of maternal and terminal heterosis? Do you need to reduce the number of enterprises that you manage? Is your calf crop capable of generating higher prices in today’s market? Are your “homeraised” heifers more economical than purchased heifers? The average Ohio cow-calf producer cannot justify devoting significant resources to the raising of replacement females. Replacement heifers are generally the most mismanaged group of animals in the typical cow-calf operation. Many producers do not keep enough heifers to justify a separate production group. The correct number to keep will depend on the given operation. If you are willing to look past your own “back door,” there are sources of replacement females with known genetics and health history in large numbers. Small herds should consider purchasing replacement heifers or utilize custom heifer development programs. There are also significant opportunities for producers in Ohio to become established sources of replacement heifers for other cow-calf operations. That is a topic for another day! v

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OCA News OCA to Offer New Marketing Opportunity for Commercial Replacement Females

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors recently acted to establish a bred replacement female sale for the benefit of commercial cow-calf producers. A committee has been appointed to finalize the details for a sale to take place later this year. The Board encouraged the committee to examine feasible options for a location, sale date, and sale requirements that can benefit both potential consignors and buyers. While no date has been set, any potential sale date will likely be in the late fall – early winter timeframe. This potential sale is being mentioned to allow producers to make appropriate breeding decisions for future marketing considerations. Regardless of this potential OCA-sponsored sale or other marketing opportunities that may be available, producers are encouraged to adopt management practices that will add value to replacement heifers or young cows. Purebred or commercial females bred to proven A.I. sires or young sires with desirable EPD’s, examined safe to calve within a 60 – 90 day window, subjected to recommended health protocols, and presented in good to excellent body condition will be a very marketable commodity. National beef cow numbers have

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reached numbers lower than have been seen in nearly 60 years and if drought conditions improve in the Midwest, demand should be strong for quality replacement females. If you have any questions or suggestions for this potential commercial sale that you would like the planning committee to consider, please contact John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator at 740-379-2071, Extension #242 or by e-mail at

OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference & Tour Set for August 22-24 The Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) and Tour will be held August 22-24, 2013, in Columbus and the central Ohio areas. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association coordinate the Ohio YCC Tour. The purpose of the Ohio YCC Tour is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. The three-day event involves 25-30 young cattle producers from across the state. It is designed to broaden their perspective by taking them beyond their individual beef operations. YCC focuses on the latest information from the financial, processing and marketing segments of the beef industry as it exposes the participants to promotion, research and public relations issues.

Any current OCA member over the age of 20, active in the cattle industry and possessing leadership potential are encouraged to attend. The cost is $100 per participant that can be paid either by their county cattlemen’s association or the individual. All meals and a two-night hotel stay will be covered by program sponsors. All nomination forms and payment must be submitted to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation no later than June 28, 2013. Forms can be found at or by contacting Emily Griffiths at the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or egriffiths@ Each year YCC includes a great lineup of speakers and tours that make it an educational experience for all participants. v


Ohio Beef Expo Highlights

eef industry enthusiasts gathered in Columbus, Ohio, March 15-17, for the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted more than 30,000 participants and attendees at the Ohio Expo Center. The Expo provides an annual opportunity for those in the beef industry in Ohio, and across the nation, to learn and enhance their businesses and operations through exhibition and sales. The Expo kicked off with the Trade Show opening Friday morning, featuring 105 vendors from 15 states and a set of educational seminars. Quality Liquid Feeds, Purina Animal Nutrition was selected as the premier large booth exhibitor; and Fowler Seed Marketing was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor. Eight breed shows and one breed parade were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays. The Genetic Pathway, in the upper hall of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Seven breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 17, selling 384 lots with an average price of $2,809 and a gross of $1,078,765. For junior exhibitors, Friday afternoon began with two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome party. Events continued Saturday with Beef Quality Assurance training, a showmanship contest, and a judging contest that included 290

participants. The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of more than 690 head from across the state. During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed more than 200 memberships including NCBA memberships. Any current or new OCA member who stopped by the booth had the opportunity to sign up for some great prizes. During the prize drawing on Sunday in Rauch Arena, OCA member Steven Thompson, Vinton County, won a year’s use of a New Holland skid steer loader, donated by Franklin Equipment. J&J Steakbarn, owned by Jim and Jackie Murray, gave away a $100 gift card won by Dale and Angie Foor, Licking County. Members joining at the Ohio Beef Expo also received discounted offerings on Heritage Cooperative’s Cattlemen’s Edge Program and Novartis products. Crawford County won the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest drawing and received their choice of a grill or set of TruTest Scales, sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program. A social was hosted for OCA members, volunteers, trade show and cattle exhibitors on Thursday, March 14, at the Crowne Plaza North. Sponsoring the event was LONGRANGE by Merial, Steve R. Rauch Excavation and Trupointe.

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Breed Shows

Champion Purebred Gelbvieh Bull: CIRS Shaker’s Wisp, exhibited by Shaker Hill Farm & TD Ulrich, Lebanon, Ohio

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bull: HLEE MV Rocky Top, exhibited by Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro Ohio

Champion Gelbvieh Heifer: HLEE MV Miss Raquel, Exhibited by Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, Ohio

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Heifer: OHMV Miss Jasmine exhibited by Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, Ohio

Champion Balancer Heifer: KJSG OHIO MV Edge of Glory, exhibited by Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, Ohio

Reserve Champion Balancer Heifer: KJSG OHIO MV Arianna, exhibited by Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, Ohio

Champion Limousin Bull: TMCK Superconductor 5252, Exhibited by Tubmill Creek Farm, New Florence, Pa.

Reserve Champion Limousin Bull: TMCK Tungsten 282, exhibited by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.

Champion Limousin Heifer: TMCK Lynn 44Y, exhibited by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence Pa. Lowline Champions Not Pictured: Reserve Champion Lowline Bull: RF Imperial, exhibited by Riverwood Farms, Powell, Ohio Champion Percentage Lowline Heifer: Gott GloBaby’s Glitter, exhibited by Gott Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio Reserve Champion Percentage Lowline Heifer: Riverwood Piston, exhibited by U of F Miss Liz 02Z, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio Champion Lowline Heifer: RF Norene, Riverwood Farms, Powell, Ohio

Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer: TMCK Winning Ticket, exhibited by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.

Champion Lowline Bull: HCK Willie, exhibited by Hidden Creek Farms, Mansfield, Ohio

Reserve Champion Lowline Heifer: RF Keepsake, exhibited by Riverwood Farms, Powell, Ohio Miniature Hereford Champions Not Pictured: Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Bull: DJ’s Big Boss exhibited by DJ’s Miniature Herefords, Pioneer, Ohio Champion Miniature Hereford Heifer: DJ’s Jolee, exhibited by Dj’s Miniature Herefords, Pioneer, Ohio Champion Miniature Hereford Cow/Calf: KAP LIL Reni Quip, exhibited by Spring Trail Ranch, Hillsborough, N.C.

Champion Miniature Hereford Bull: Solid Rock, exhibited by Max Hackman, Ohio 18 x Ohio Cattleman x Spring Issue 2013

Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Heifer: Bunny, exhibited by Issac Wiley, Mt Vernon, Ohio

Champion Murray Grey Bull: ATI Power House 031X, exhibited by OSU - ATI, Wooster, Ohio

Reserve Champion Murray Grey Bull: Circle S Thunder, exhibited by Circle S Stockfarm, Endeavor, Wis.

Champion Murray Grey Heifer: LRF Y-FI, exhibited by Limestone Ridge Farm, Bedford, Ind.

Reserve Champion Murray Grey Heifer: ATI Carnation 780T, exhibited by OSU - ATI, Wooster, Ohio

Champion Beefalo Bull: KSBC Avalanche, exhibited by Kyle Skidmore, Shepherdsville, Ky.

Reserve Champion Beefalo Bull: Flight Path’s Zohan, exhibited by Flight Path Farms, Noelle Hammer, Canal Fulton, Ohio

Champion Beefalo Heifer: FPF Painted Lady, exhibited by Mark and Sue Guigar, Carsonville, Mich.

Reserve Champion Beefalo Heifer: FPF Northern Winn, exhibited by Mark and Sue Guigar, Carsonville, Mich.

Champion Hereford Bull: KEB Dakota Durango 4037Z, exhibited by Oak Ledge Farms, Belmont, N.H.

Reserve Champion Hereford Bull: TFF RWD X-Caliber 95X, exhibited by Randy Davee, Mooresville, Ind.

Champion Hereford Heifer: PHH PCC 561 Vanessa 276, exhibited by Pierce’s Hereford Haven, Baraboo, Wis.

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer: GLF GCC Miss Kit Z243, exhibited by Bob and Jami Goble, Alto, Mich.

Champion Hereford Cow/Calf: TLR Judy’s 301L 80P 814U, Calf: TLR Bennet Maker 230Z, exhibited by TLR Herefords, Berlin Center, Ohio

Reserve Champion Hereford Cow/Calf: PJ7 Ladys Luck, Calf: BK 18 Sweet Heart, exhibited by Brennan Kolega, Ijamsville, Md.

Champion Shorthorn Bull: BOY Stone Cold, exhibited by Boyert Show Cattle, Seville, Ohio Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 19

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Bull: Byland Rifleman 2G34, exhibited by Byland Shorthorns, Loudonville, Ohio

Champion Shorthorn Plus Bull: MSC The Duke 1201, Marsch Show Cattle, Green Lane, Pa.

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Bull: FF Rocky Road, exhibited by Fries Farm, Willard, Ohio

Champion Shorthorn Heifer: Augusta Rose 2201-9, exhibited by Simon Farms, Rockford, Ohio

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer: LCCC Una Mary 1210, Little Cedar Cattle Co., Beaverton, Mich.

Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer: LEB Norma Jean, exhibited by LEB Show Cattle, Fredericktown, Ohio

Breed Sales Angus Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer: FF Miss Bella, exhibited by Fries Farms, Willard, Ohio

Managed by: Dan Wells Auctioneer: Ron Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio Total Number of Lots: 53 Sale Gross: $167,300 | Sale Average: $3,156

High Selling Bull: Lot 18, WayView Rocky Top 010264, Sold to Brent Staten, Carthage, Ind. for $8,200, Consigned by Way View Cattle Co. LLC


Managed by: Tyler Humphrey Auctioneer: Ron Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio Total Number of Lots: 26 Sale Gross: $74,250 | Sale Average: $ 2,855

High Selling Bull: Lot 11, LDU Winston 1Z 1CM, sold to Tom Keele, N.Y. for $7,500, Consigned by Martin Livestock, Ind.

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High Selling Female: lot 37, WayView Queen 537-231, sold to John R. Hildreth, Sycamore, Pa. for $5,200, Consigned by Way View Cattle Co. LLC, Hebron, Ohio

High Selling Female: Lot 27, Sold for $7,000, Consigned by Guyer Cattle Co, Ill.


Managed by: Lisa Keets, Berlin Heights, Ohio Auctioneer: Dale Stith, Guston, Ky. Total Number of Lots: 72 Sale Gross: $141,325 | Sale Average: $1,962

High Selling Bull: lot 38, CF 242 KUDZU Legend C3, sold to Bruce Cook, Bucyrus, Ohio for $3,600, Consigned by The Core Farm Herefords, Rushsylvania,Ohio


Sale Manager: KK Seedstock LLC Auctioneer: Ron Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio Total Number of Lots: 17 Sale Gross: $43,650 | Sale Average: $2,568

High Selling Bull: Lot 9, TMCK Tungsten, sold to Logan Hills Limousin, West Harrison, Ind. for $3,200, Consigned by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.

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Sale Manager: Craig Reiter, PrimeTime Auctioneer: Kevin Wendt, Irwin, Ohio Total Number of Lots: 74 Sale Gross: $226,425 | Sale Average: $3,060

High Selling Bull: Lot 1, Daddys Money sold to Tolle/ Lehnert/Jones Ky. for $7,350, Consigned by Pettigrew Farms, Columbia City, Ind.

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High Selling Female: Lot 20, PJ7 Ladys Luck, sold to Donald Schifer, Bucyrus, Ohio for $6,500, Consigned by BK Cattle Enterprises, Ijamsville, Md.


Sale Manager: Cagwin Cattle Service, Virginia, Ill. Auctioneer: Kevin Wendt, Irwin, Ohio Total Number of Lots: 72 Sale Gross: $216,840 | Sale Average: $3,012

High Selling Female: Lot 14, TMCK Lynn 44Y Sold to Joe Pryor, Cutler Ohio for $10,000, Consigned by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.

High Selling Female: Lot 54, GFS Eva sold to Delbert Lewis, Terra Haute, Ind for $7,500, Consigned by Goff Farms Show Cattle, Rockville, Ind.


Sale Manager: DP Sales Management/Doug Parke Auctioneer: Ron Kreis Total Number of Lots: 70 Sale Gross: $208,975 | Sale Average: $2985

High Selling Bull: Lot 16, Byland Rifleman 2G34 sold to Key Ridge Shorthorns, Bellaire, Ohio for $8,750, Consigned by Byland Shorthorns, Loudonville, Ohio

High Selling Bull: Lot 3, M-R After Shock 2072, sold to Kaylea Post, Avella, Pa. for $4,750, Consigned by Missing Rail Simmental, Holgate, Ohio

High Selling Female: Lot 50, Cinderalla sold to Stephenson Cattle, Faulkton, S.D. for $5,600, Consigned by Wise Show Stock, Atwater, Ohio

High Selling Female: Lot 9, SBS/SVJ/DD Drive Right, sold to W&E Simmentals, Holbrook, Pa. for $11,000, Consigned by SVJ/SBS Simmental

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Junior Heifer Show

Judge: Kyle Conley, Sulfur, Oklahoma

Grand Champion Heifer & Champion Shorthorn Exhibited by Clayton Boyert, Medina County

3rd Overall Heifer & Champion Crossbred Exhibited by Shelby Manning, Darke County

Reserve Champion Heifer & Champion Angus Exhibited by Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

4th Overall Heifer & Champion Maintainer Exhibited by Tyler Clark, Miami County

5th Overall Heifer & Champion Percentage Simmental Exhibited by Clayton Hara, Franklin County

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Reserve Champion Angus Heifer Exhibited by William Harsh, Delaware County

Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Demi Powers, Fulton County

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Megan Hunt, Darke County

Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Addison Jones, Allen County

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

Champion High % Maine Anjou Heifer Exhibited by Abbie Collins, Preble County

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Reserve Champion High % Maine Heifer Exhibited by Chris Tooms, Muskingum County

Reserve Champion Maintainer Heifer Exhibited by Clayton Boyert, Medina County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer Exhibited by Madison King, Logan County

Judging Contest Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer Exhibited by Morgan Moore, Portage County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer Exhibited by Kaitlyn Justice, Fairfield County

First Place Junior Team is Wood County 1. Team members pictured from left are Hayden Belleville, Sydney Mazey, Morgan Mazey and Kylie O’Brien.

Champion Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Lauren Grimes, Highland County

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Allison Reed, Sandusky County First Place Senior Team is Greene County #2. Team members pictured from left are Cole Hiser, Sarah Harner and Ben Harner.

Junior Division Top 10

Reserve Champion Percentage Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Janel Gilbert, Darke County

Champion AOB Heifer Exhibited by Kady Davis, Carroll County

First: Hannah Topmiller, S.H.T. Second: Allison Davis, Carroll/Tuscarawas Third: Regan Robinson, Butler Co. 2 Fourth: Hadley Levan, Buckeye Valley 4 Fifth: Emily Valentine, Bedford PA/Crawford Sixth: Trent Broermann, Butler Co. 1 Seventh: Owen Brinker, Wood Co. Junior 3 Eighth: Kylie O’Brien, Wood Co. Junior 1 Ninth: Shelby Manning, S.H.T. Tenth: Katelyn Cowdrey, Show Girls

Senior Division Top 10

Reserve Champion AOB Heifer Exhibited by Addison Jones, Allen County

Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer Exhibited by Jared Cluxton, Brown County

First: Cole Hiser, Greene Co #2 Second: Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas Sr Third: Haley Drake, Columbia 2 Fourth: Logan Browne, Wood A Fifth: Jack Hagenmeyer, Wood Co. Red Sixth: Jacob Bosley, Crawford Seventh: Justin Nofziger, Shelby FFA 2 Eighth: Brianna Gwirtz, Shelby FFA 2 Ninth: Kelsie Hinds, Tuscarawas Sr. Tenth: Garrett Stanfi eld, Brown/Adams 1 Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 23

Junior Market Animal Show Judge: Jarold Callahan, Yukon, Oklahoma

Grand Champion Market Animal & Champion Crossbred Division II Exhibited by Carson Shafer, Preble County

Reserve Champion Market Animal & Champion Maine Anjou Exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz, Auglaize County

3rd Overall Market Animal & Reserve Crossbred, Champion Division III Exhibited by Gerrett Davison, Madison County

4th Overall Market Animal & Champion Simmental Exhibited by Adam Widman, Crawford County

5th Overall Market Animal & Third Overall Crossbred, Champion Division V Exhibited by Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by William Harsh, Delaware County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Jessica Lohr, Crawford County

Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Danielle Heintz, Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Ashley Buell, Licking County

Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Sarah Johnson, Pickaway County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Mitch Kissamore, Portage County

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Reserve Champion Maine Anjou Steer Exhibited by Issac Gehret, Darke County

Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Sara Klehm, Stark County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Kinsey Crowe, Montgomery County

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Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer Exhibited by Kaden Frey, Wyandot County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer Exhibited by Lauren Ott, Huron County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer Exhibited by Keeley Trigg, Franklin County

Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Derek Miller, Williams County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Lindsey Pugh, Stark County

Champion Market Heifer Exhibited by Branden DeFrank, Jefferson County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer Exhibited by Madison Clark, Miami County

Champion Division I, Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Madison Clark, Miami County

Reserve Champion Division I Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne County

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Reserve Champion Division II Steer Exhibited by Danielle Heintz, Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Division III, Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Cam Deckling, Hardin County

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Junior Market Animal Show

Reserve Champion Division IV Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Ashton Frey, Wyandot County

Reserve Champion Division V Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Gretchen Straits, Holmes County

Membership Booth During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed more than 200 memberships including NCBA memberships. Any current or new OCA member had the opportunity to win for some great prizes. During the prize drawing on Sunday in Rauch Arena, OCA member Steven Thompson, Vinton County, won a year’s use of a New Holland skid steer loader, donated by Franklin Equipment. J&J Steakbarn, owned by Jim and Jackie Murray, gave

away a $100 gift card won by Dale and Angie Foor, Licking County. Members joining at the Ohio Beef Expo also received discounted offerings on Heritage Cooperative’s Cattlemen’s Edge Program and Novartis products through PBS Animal Health. Crawford County won the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest drawing and received their choice of a grill or set of Tru-Test Scales, sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.

Award Winners Friend of the Expo Recipients

Volunteers are an essential part of ensuring a successful event; and the Ohio Beef Expo Planning Committee seeks to recognize those who truly dedicate themselves. Friend of the Expo award winners are the individuals that make things happen at the Expo. All three with years of service to several aspects of the event, Doug Conkle of the Ohio Expo Center maintenance crew; Johnny Regula, owner and operator of an auctioneer and mulch business out of Ostrander, Ohio; and Wood County Beef Producers, long-time supporters of the youth judging contest; were chosen for their time and dedication in contributing to the success of the Expo.

Pictured from left are OCA President Sam Sutherly and members of Wood County Beef Producers.

Top: Congratulations to Steven Thompson, winner of the New Holland skid steer, donated by Franklin Equipment. Pictured from left are Steve Thompson, Steven Thompson, Gavin Clark and representatives of Franklin Equipment. Left: The drawing took place during the Junior Show at the Ohio Beef Expo. Pictured from left are Sam Sutherly, OCA President; and Vonda and Troy Gabriel, part owner of Franklin Equipment. 26 x Ohio Cattleman x Spring Issue 2013

Pictured from left are Johnny Regula, Doug Conkle and OCA President Sam Sutherly.


More than 280 contestants competed for showmanship. Awards totaled more than $5,000 and were sponsored by Green Oak Farms. Judging showmanship were Ben Williamson, Ky. and Cody McConnell, Ohio. Beginner Showmanship Novice Showmanship

Top 10 beginner showmen pictured from left: Fulton Kennedy, Adams County, 1st; Alyssa Carter, Warren County, 2nd; Karlee Knapke, Mercer County, 3rd; Avery McGuire, Champaign County, 4th; McKalynne Helmke, Tuscarawas County, 5th; Audrey Ross, Athens County, 6th; Kinzee Schafer, Preble County, 7th; Steele Paden, Guernsey County, 8th; Mya Hetrick, Sandusky County 9th; Addison Jones, Allen County, 10th.

Top 10 novice showmen pictured from left: Mary Baker, Wayne County, 1st; Hannah Weymouth, Clark County, 2nd; Caitlin Gallagher, Lorain County, 3rd; Branden Giffen, Preble County, 4th; Issac Gehret, Darke County, 5th; Natalie Snook, Wyandot County, 6th; Macy Burchett, Madison County, 7th; Jordan Johnson, Gallia County, 8th; Kelsea Ebie, Portage County, 9th; Noah Cox, Athens County, 10th.

Junior Showmanship

Intermediate Showmanship

Top 10 junior showmen pictured from left: Morgan Mazey, Wood County, 1st; Wally Minges, Butler County, 2nd; Trent Broermann, Preble County, 3rd; Haley Frazier, Jackson County, 4th; Madison Jones, Brown County, 5th; Allison Davis, Carroll County, 6th; Jenna Siegel, Crawford County, 7th; Erika Scott, Portage County, 8th; Cole McLaughlin, Monore County, 9th; Kathy Lehman, Richland County, 10th.

Top 10 intermediate showmen pictured from left: Kady Davis, Carroll County, 1st; Taylor Broermann, Preble County, 2nd; Curtis Harsh, Delaware County, 3rd; Tori Walker, Highland County, 4th; Logan Trobvich, Carroll County, 5th; Meghan Reed, Sandusky County, 6th; Adam Widman, Crawford County, 7th; Devin Coon, Jackson County, 8th; Natalie Wagner, Brown County, 9th; Clayton Wildermuth, Shelby County, 10th.

Senior Showmanship

The Social

A social was hosted for OCA members, volunteers, trade show and cattle exhibitors on Thursday, March 14, at the Crowne Plaza North. Sponsoring the event was LONGRANGE by Merial, Steve R. Rauch Excavation and Trupointe.

Top 10 senior showmen pictured from left: Taelor Cox, Champaign County, 1st; Cameron Alexander, Clinton County 2nd; Madison Jensen, FairďŹ eld County, 3rd; Lauren Fehlan, Lorain County 4th; Lauren Grimes, Highland County, 5th; Paige Siefring, Mercer County, 6th; Sarah johnson, Pickaway County, 7th; Lindsey Miller, FairďŹ eld County, 8th; Cole Benjamin, Portage County, 9th; Dara Howser, Brown County, 10th.

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Social Hours & PAC Auction The Ohio Beef Expo hosted silent auction fundraisers for OCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fund. A special thanks to the donors and buyers who helped OCA support ag friendly candidates.

PAC Supporters

CJ Brown Kris & Becky Vincent Ohio Simmental Association Purina Animal Nutrition Jim Jackson Reinecker Columbus Clippers - Mark Warren Clark County Cattlemen Sandbur Tack and Western Wear Dessert First - Beth Carper Farm Girl Factory Steve Reinhard Matt Lautner Cattle Straight A’s Ranch and Supply Custom Signs PBS Animal Health White’s Show Supply Heritage Cooperative Inc. Tru Form Technology All Aluminum Show Equipment Triple J Metal Arts

Ohio Cattlewomen Allan and Kelly Robison Jenni Morbitzer Mona Sprague Bill Lehman Richard Sautter Bruce Durst Kendall Shonkwiler Tim & Elizabeth Harsh Sam & Michele Roberts Kate Maher Jim Weymouth Steve Rust Fred Voge Agribuckle: The Leather Box Cheryl Miller Sue Bowman Mike York Taylor Frazier Delilah Hickman

Steve R. Rauch Excavation & Demolition and Cox Concessions teamed up to offer a Cowboy Happy Hour Friday and Saturday afternoons. Held in the main aisle of the trade show, the event was once again a hit with attendees.

Premier Trade Show Exhibitors Semen Sale

The Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show Committee and OCA recognized two trade show exhibitors as Premier Exhibitors. Congratulations to Fowler Seed Marketing and Quality Liquid Feeds.

Thank you to donors, buyers and volunteers who contributed to a successful semen sale benefiting the Expo Junior Show.


ABS • Ben Hickerson • Boysel Genetics • Burroughs Frazier Farms • Chris Gilbert • Dameron Angus Farm • Jon Davis • Gene Rowe • Genex • Goddard Cattle Company • Guyer Cattle Company • Jones Show Cattle • Kerry Lawrence • Matt Lautner • Select Sires • Stertzbach Cattle Company • Top Sires • Trausch Farms • Wade Rogers Pictured from left are Kristy Klingenberg, Judge; Dave Putoff, Trade Show Committee Chair; Kevin Fowler, Fowler Seed Marketing; and Kate Maher, NCBA, Judge.

Pictured from left are Kate Maher, NCBA, Judge; Joe Foster and John Reed, Quality Liquid Feeds; Dave Puthoff, Trade Show Committee Chair; and Kristy Klingenberg, Judge.

Saltwell Expo Scholarship Jessica Harsh of Radnor was presented with a $1,000 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Saltwell Expo scholarship during the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show. Saltwell Western Store, owned by Jay and Sally Puzacke and the Ohio Beef Expo sponsor the scholarship. The Puzackes donate a percentage of the sales generated from the official line of clothing sold through Saltwell’s trade show booth at the Ohio Beef Expo. 28 x Ohio Cattleman x Spring Issue 2013

Pictured are Jessica Harsh, Radnor, and Sally Puzacke, Saltwell Western Store.


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Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ohio Beef Council, OSU Extension and OSU Department of Animal Sciences Host Beef 510 Cattle industry enthusiasts gathered March 23 in Columbus, Ohio, for the Beef 510 educational program. Nearly 30 participants heard from Season Solorio, NCBA Director of Issues Management; John Grimes, OSU Extension; and Henry Zerby and Francis Fluharty of The Ohio State University. Attendees spent the day at The Ohio State University Campus learning about a variety of topics from domestic and global beef marketing, consumer trends, issues messaging and the role of nutrition, genetics, and fabrication play in end-product value. v

The classroom information was supplemented by hands on pricing structure awareness exercises and carcass grading activities to help in understanding the economic importance of processing. Above: Participants discuss current industry issues and messaging during Season Solorio’s interactive activity. Right: Dr. Henry Zerby leads the group in a pricing exercise that compares actual yield to the retail product consumers see in the meat case.

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American Heart Association Certifies Three More Beef Cuts

The Beef Checkoff Program announced three additional fresh beef cuts now are certified to display the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. With that, retailers have the opportunity to market a total of six different extra-lean beef items to shoppers using one of the most trusted nutrition icons on food packaging today. The extra-lean beef cuts that meet the American Heart Association’s criteria for heart-healthy foods as part of an overall healthy dietary pattern, and are certified to display the Heart-Check mark include the following USDA Select grade cuts: • Sirloin Tip Steak • Bottom Round Steak • Top Sirloin Stir-Fry • Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast • Top Sirloin Filet • Top Sirloin Kabob “Having the American Heart Association certify three additional extralean beef cuts is yet another important milestone in the beef checkoff’s efforts to help consumers understand the positive

health and nutritional benefits of beef,” says Jeanne Harland, beef producer from Illinois and chairman of the checkoff’s Nutrition and Health Subcommittee. “Using strong science-based guidelines and criteria, the American Heart Association has now certified six different beef cuts, and we will continue to support and apply scientific evidence to show consumers how they can eat healthfully with extra-lean beef.”

Industry Information

Ohio Beef Producers Attend National Beef Industry Leadership Meeting

Bev Roe, a cow-calf producer from Hamilton, and Bert Tooms, a cow-calf producer from New Concord, both directors on the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) Operating Committee, were among 37 beef council directors and staff from 21 states who were in Colorado March 5-7, 2013, to attend an orientation hosted by the Federation of State Beef Councils. The Federation is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver. The two-day

meeting trained new board members on the responsibilities of volunteer leaders and shared checkoff program updates and other information of importance to beef council staff and OBC board members.


2013 Spring Dairy Expo Sampling

The Ohio Beef Ambassador team along with the newly formed Ohio State University Meat Science Club were on hand at this year’s Spring Dairy Expo held in Columbus, Ohio. The sampling event provided Expo attendees the opportunity to taste the popular valuedadded Flat Iron Steak. Both groups also enjoyed visiting with producers, answering questions and promoting the value of all beef producers’ contributions. v

Ohio Beef Ambassador Sierra Jepson offers samples to hungry attendees at the 2013 Spring Dairy Expo.

Pictured from left are Richard Gebhart, an Oklahoma cattleman and Federation chairman; Emily Griffiths, OBC Director of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing; Bev Roe, a cow-calf producer from Hamilton, Ohio; and Bert Tooms, a cow-calf producer from New Concord, Ohio.

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, or visit and Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 31

Patronize these Companies that Support your Association For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office. ABS Global Inc. Brian Good, Aaron Short, Gary Perkins, Buck Owen, Roger Sundberg 330-466-2588 ADM Alliance Nutrition Barbie Casey 330-440-4800, Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Roger Schrader 330-263-6432 Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 Buckeye Insurance Group Mary Frances Rodriguez 937-778-5000 Cargill Animal Nutrition Tom Rohanna 412-217-8939, Bradley Carter 330-234-2552 COBA/Select Sires Bernie Heisner, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler 614-878-5333 CompManagement, Inc. Tony Sharrock 614-760-2450 DeKalb/Asgrow Jeffrey Goodbar 937-605-2914 Janelle Brinksneader 937-509-4794 DHI Cooperative Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO Elanco Animal Health Neal Branscum 606-872-5395 J R Equipment Inc. - Evolution Ag Doug Loudenslager 740-363-1341 Farm Credit Mid-America Bob Foster, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 Franklin Equipment Troy Gabriel 614-228-2014, Green Valley Co-op Scott Bauerbach 740-373-2875 Heritage Cooperative Allan Robison, Dave Monnin, Derek Fauber, Cy Prettyman 937-652-2135 Highland Livestock Supply Curt Hively 330-457-2033 Hubbard Feeds Tom Linn 567-204-3065 Jeremy Baldwin 765-730-5459, Darl Bishir 419-236-0656, Perry Owen 937-726-9736 Immvac, Inc. Evan Tate 270-668-3167 Ian Stewart 517-719-9663 Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal 419-294-3838 32 x Ohio Cattleman x Spring Issue 2013

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

Beef Briefs 2013 BIF Symposium is June 1215 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma State University (OSU), in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will host the 45th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Meeting June 12-15 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Themed “Where Profi t and Progress Intersect,” this year’s program will bring together industry professionals, producers and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry. Among those issues, speakers will tackle the crossbreeding vs. straightbreeding debate, as well as using genetic tools to address environmental challenges and cow herd efficiency. The schedule boasts an array of speakers, socials and tours that promise to be exciting and informative. Special features include an Oklahoma Welcome Reception Wednesday evening, June 12, and a night out at the National Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame Thursday, June 13. Participants can choose to tour northern or southern Oklahoma Saturday, June 15. The northern tour will feature the Oklahoma State Food & Agriculture


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Products Center and Oklahoma State Willard Sparks Beef Research Center, both at Stillwater; M&M Charolais, Perry; Pollard Angus, Enid; and Chain Ranch, Canton. The southern tour will visit the historic Oklahoma City Stockyards; Raber’s Saddlery, Colgate; the Noble Foundation, Ardmore; and Stuart Ranch, Waurika. A complete schedule and links to online registration are available at Angus Journal through the sponsorship of, will provide live streaming of the meeting on the site, as well as video and audio for archiving. Early registration is $250 and ends April 15, after which time registrations will still be accepted at a higher price. Hotel rooms at the headquarters can be reserved in the BIF block at a reduced rate by contacting the hotel directly at 405-228-8000. Additional rooms at the same rate are available at the Courtyard Marriott by calling 405-232-2290, again asking for the BIF room rate. For more information about the event, contact Rolf at 201h Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; 405-744-9292; mrolf@; or Joe Cassady, BIF executive director at North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7621, Raleigh, NC 27695; or

OIG Audit Results Are In - Review finds Beef Board in full compliance with Beef Act and Order

The USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released on April 2, 2013, results of its audit of Agricultural Marketing Service’s oversight of the Beef Checkoff Program and found no audit issues (or “exceptions”) to the Beef Board’s management of checkoff funds. Upon receipt of the OIG report, the Beef Board issued this statement from Chairman Weldon Wynn: “We are gratified that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of the Beef Checkoff Program for the years 20082010 identified no audit issues and reported full compliance by the Beef Board and its contractors. “In quoting directly from the report: ‘The relationships between the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and other industry-related organizations including … the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, complied with the (Act and Order)…. Funds were

collected, distributed and expended in accordance with the legislation.’ “We are proud to receive this validation of the effectiveness of our systems and On-Farm Cattle Embryo Transfer processes to safeguard producer and importer investments into the Beef Checkoff Program. Even with OIG’s confirmation that the Beef Board’s sysnsfer tems of oversight of the embryo tra g in v er S funds are robust and past 31 years. effective and that its dustry for the in relationships with checkoff contractors are in compliance, the Beef Board maintains a mission toward conogEr hompson tinual improvement in 15 Ealy Crossing South our responsibility to producers. Since 2010, New Albany, Ohio 43054-8891 for example, CBB has Phone: 614-570-7098 ~ Fax: 815-346-2455 operated under an E-mail: intensified review and verification process, along with expanded and specific guideEntries, which can include an original lines for contractors. In addition, CBB video, photograph, drawing, or painting, now requires contractors to provide addiwill be judged in the following age cattional information about implementation egories. One winner from each age group costs as they prepare funding requests, and category will be chosen: Grades thus providing decision-makers with a K-2: Photography, Drawing or Painting; more detailed understanding of project Grades 3-5: Video, Photography, Drawing costs before approving them. or Painting; Grades 6-8: Video, Photogra“The bottom line: Producers and importphy, Drawing or Painting; Grades 9-12: ers can be assured by the OIG report and Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting the Beef Board’s mission of continual imAll entries will be judged by a panel of provement that our checkoff dollars are bejudges that may include representatives ing invested appropriately and effectively.” from the Ohio Department of AgriculFor a copy of the full report, visit www. ture, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Expo Center, and professionals in the areas of video production, photography, ODA Extending Submission drawing, painting and other visual arts. Deadline For “Ag is Cool!” Creative Judging will be based on the student’s visual representation of the “Ag is Cool” Expressions Contest theme, if it accurately reflects 21st CenThe Ohio Department of Agriculture tury agriculture, creativity and use of recently announced it will be extending the Ohio images, and quality of work. deadline for the 2013 “Agriculture is Cool!” Award winners will be recognized by the Creative Expressions contest. Ohio chilOffice of the Governor and other state offidren enrolled in school or home schooled cials at the Ohio State Fair on July 24, 2013. during the 2012-2013 academic year have For additional information about the until May 15, 2013, to capture their personcontest, a complete copy of the rules and al interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is entry forms visit www.ohioagriculture. cool for their chance to win prizes includgov/agiscool or call 614-752-9817. ing Ohio State Fair concert tickets.

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Bernard Heisner Announces Retirement

Bernie Heisner, an integral part of the continuing success of the COBA/Select Sires cooperative, has announced his impending retirement. Bernard (Bernie) Heisner has served as General Manager of COBA/Select Sires in Columbus, Ohio since April 1, 1993. He will turn over the reins of the cooperative on August 31, 2013. The COBA/Select Sires board of directors will begin the search for a new manager early in 2013. With Bernie’s leadership, COBA has had fifteen of the last sixteen record setting years in unit sales. This level of growth does not happen by accident-it takes leadership, vision, coaching and people who like what they do. Heisner has served on search committees for college deans, general managers, and executive directors for the dairy industry and other agricultural related organizations. He actively serves the Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Holstein Association, Ohio Cattleman’s Association, National Dairy Shrine and the Hilliard Chamber of Commerce. Heisner has been recognized by The Ohio State University, National Dairy Shrine, Red and White Dairy Cattle Association, Ohio PDCA and Ohio Holstein for his leadership and contributions to the industry. Judging dairy cattle is a true passion for Heisner. He shares this passion and knowledge with the youth of Ohio on a regular basis. He is involved with OSU’s dairy judging programs as well as the Ohio 4-H programs. He enjoys watching the students grow in their knowledge and experience. He takes great interest in their future and loves to see them succeed in dairy judging and in life.

Ohio State Livestock Judging Team kicks off 2013 season

The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team had a productive start in their first two contests of the year at the National Western Stock Show and Dixie National. The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. held its livestock judging competition and truckload evaluation from Jan. 17-18 at the Denver Coliseum. The judging contest included 12 classes and 8 sets of oral reasons. The truckload competition included six classes of four carloads of cattle (four

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head per load) and 10 questions on one of the classes. OSU students competed against nearly 140 individuals and 28 teams for these competitions. In the carload portion, the team placed ninth overall and Justin Bachman received reserve high individual. The judging team brought home more success from their contest at the Dixie National in Jackson, Miss. on Feb. 8-9. In the Mississippi Coliseum, OSU finished fourth overall and third in oral reasons. Individually, Emily Limes placed 10th in oral reasons and Duane Shawk was 4th in the market steer division. Team members who attended these two contests included: Bachman, Lancaster, Ohio, Adam Fennig, Celina, Ohio, Paige Guenther, Rushylvania, Ohio, Limes, Bowling Green, Ohio, Shawk, Bucyrus, Ohio, and Rebecca Wallen, Urbana, Ohio. Megan Moorman, Xenia, Ohio, will be joining the team when she arrives home from a study abroad trip to Brazil.

For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045@osu. ed or 614-292-2201.

OSU Livestock Judging Camp Any interested students from 9th grade and above for the 2013-2014 school year, including 2013 graduates eligible for the state 4-H contest, are invited to attend the “Perfect Season” Judging Camp. Ohio State Livestock Judging Coach Kyle Culp, and Dr. Paul Kuber, OSU Youth Livestock Extension Specialist, will be hosting the event in conjunction with past and present collegiate livestock judging team members. The camp will focus on strengthening already established judging skills, including presenting oral reasons during the camp. Students will stay in unfurnished dorms on campus

and transportation will be provided from the dorms to judging locations. Registration deadline is June 3 and cost is $225 which includes lodging, meals, recreation, transportation, official camp t-shirt, bound copy of the 2013 OSU Livestock Judging Manual, judging notebook and a sample oral reasons DVD. For more information on the camp, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045

Buckeye Livestock Golf Classic

Help support the Ohio State Livestock and Meats Judging Teams by participating in the 15th Annual Buckeye Livestock Golf Classic on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 starting at 9 a.m. at Locust Hills Golf Course. Receive an early registration discount by paying by April 26 at $65 for an individual and $260 per foursome. This includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, beverages and door prizes. Price after April 26 is $75 for an individual and $300 per foursome. Hole sponsorships are also available for $200. For more information contact Abra Dunn at 800-456-3276 x2176 or Sam Roberts at 937-477-0060 or email sroberts v

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Breed News Angus Achievements Juniors Lead Angus Champions at 2013 MAJAC

Junior Angus exhibitors led 213 entries at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Junior Angus Classic (MAJAC) Regional Preview Show, March 9-10 in Harrisonburg, Va. Ernie Wallace, Stotts City, Mo., evaluated the 106 owned females, 51 bred-and-owned females, 37 steers, 8 bred-and-owned steers, 8 bred-and-owned bulls, three cow-calf pairs and 81 Angus-based crossbred steers. Kaitlyn Clarke, West Chester, Ohio exhibited the Reserve Senior Champion Female, Champion Hill Shadoe 8107. William Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, led the Bred and Owned Reserve Junior Champion Heifer, PVF ALL PAYDAY 729.

Hereford Happenings

Hereford Champions Named at Fort Worth Stock Show Hereford exhibitors headed south to Fort Worth, Texas for the National Hereford Show held on, Feb. 4, 2013. Randy and Jamie Mullinix from Toulon, Ill., sorted more than 200 Hereford bulls and heifers. Awards were given as follow: Grand Champion Polled Hereford Female at the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show went to H JT Miranda 2033 ET by AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET owned by Hoffman Herefords, Thedford NE and Paul Gross, London, Ohio.

Shorthorn Success Shorthorns Set the Pace at the Fort Worth Stock Show

Shorthorn exhibitors headed south to Fort Worth, Texas for the Southwest Major PACE Show held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Donnie Robertson, Yukon, Okla., sorted the 65 females and 18 bulls in the open purebred division and eight females in the ShorthornPlus female show at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Awarded Reserve Grand and Early Spring Bull Calf Champion was CF Consensus, exhibited by Cates Farms, Modoc, Ind., and Studer Farms, Shelby, Ohio. The March 2012 bull is sired by CF Solution X ET. In the female show, Grand and Senior Champion Female distinction was award-

ed to CF Margie 0114 RD X ET, exhibited by Simon Farms, Rockford, Ohio. The January 2011 female is sired by SULL Right Direction ET. Reserve Senior Champion Bull, R-C WG Damn Proud, was exhibited by Will Cameron Gardner/RC Show Cattle, Eaton, Ohio. Senior Bull Calf Champion, GJD Swagger, was led by Jerry Duvelius & Family, Hamilton, Ohio.

Late Spring Heifer Calf Champion went to CF HHF Margie 2106 HCX ET, exhibited by Simon Farms.

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tion in Omaha, Neb., effective April 15, 2013. The Shorthorn breed is excited to have Soules on board in this leadership position and is looking forward to the fresh and innovative ideas that he brings to move Shorthorns ahead in the commercial and purebred ranks of the beef industry. “I am excited to be part of the Shorthorn family,” Soules says. “As a past producer I can relate to the challenges that the membership or breeders may have; I can relate because I have been there. Because of this I bring a unique perspective to the breed and its breeders.” Soules brings a lifetime of experience in the purebred beef cattle industry. He was the General Manager for the past 34 years of one of the leading registered beef cattle operations in the world, Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla. During his tenure at Star Lake, they showed 13 consecutive Champion Hereford Carloads in Denver at the National Western Stock Show. The ranch was named 12-time Junior National Premier Adult Breeder. Under Soules management, Star Lake had seven sales grossing over $1 million and sold cattle to 12 foreign countries on five continents. Soules was instrumental in starting monthly internet sales five years ago. He made it a priority to develop a commercial bull trade by reaching out with new and innovative marketing strategies. He has judged cattle in North America at Denver, Louisville, Canadian Agribition and Toronto Royal Winter Fair in addition to the Prado National Show in Montevideo, Uruguay. Soules is impressed with the strong junior program at Shorthorn and foresees bigger and greater participation in the future. The Shorthorn breed registers nearly 15,000 head and has 500 head at the Junior National show, which reflects a high percentage of participation compared to registrations. He understands the future of any organization is the young people who are its future leaders. While Shorthorns have a long history of great contributions that have been made to the beef cattle industry, including being the first purebred beef breed brought to the U.S.; Soules believes it is important in the modern beef cattle world to collect as much data as possible. “This documentation will give our product the attention and value it deserves, helping Shorthorns USA earn their rightful place in the industry,” Soules says. “The goal is to reposition the breed in this area while building on the strengths of the breeders.”v Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 37

Ohio CattleWomen Update

By Shannon Donnelly, Ohio CattleWomen President

A Season of Celebration It’s hard to believe that the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo is already in the history books! What a successful Expo it was, as it always is. Congratulations to all of the exhibitors and thank you to our sponsors and patrons. It is fantastic to see our industry well supported and well represented. The Ohio CattleWomen held their spring meeting during the Expo and we had a wonderful time catching up from the January meeting as well as planning our summer event. This year we are looking at having our summer OCW meeting in conjunction with an industry event for the whole familybe watching our newsletter and website for more information! You may have seen our Beef Ambassadors hard at work in the short time since being selected to represent Ohio at the annual meeting in January. Hayley, Josie and Sierra are busy young ladies attending events throughout the state. The ambassadors are doing a fantastic job with promoting our industry and being a positive example of young leaders in agriculture. It is the season of county banquets, and we celebrate the success for each county and district in Ohio. We know that you have much to celebrate and hope that you are enjoying time for producers to gather together and reflect on the past year. Looking ahead to summer, it will soon be time to get the trailers hitched up and the show clothes ready for summer shows and activities. We know it is a busy time for beef producers, however it is also a very rewarding time for families to share time and talents together. We wish you the best , or BEST, this summer as you compete in your respective shows! Enjoy the rest of spring! v

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Letters to the Editor Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient for the Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarship. Your generous donation to students is a great help to me for my education. Thank you again for your time, effort and support! Sincerely, Lauren E. Prettyman Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for selecting me as a recipient of the Tagged for Greatness Scholarship. Your scholarship will be of great assistance to help achieve my ultimate goal of obtaining a master’s degree. I am currently studying at The Ohio State University where I am double majoring in agricultural communications and sustainable plant systems: agronomy specialization.

It is great to know that there are organizations like yours who want to support student’s efforts to excel in life. Your scholarship will help ease the financial burdens of school and allow me to focus on becoming the best advocate of agriculture I can be. I really appreciate the time and work your organization puts into the scholarship program. I will work hard to make sure you feel that you have made a wise decision in selecting me as a recipient. Once again, thank you. Agriculturally yours, Jordan Bonham Dear Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, I would like to sincerely give my thanks for your support of my future education. The Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarship will be used to help pay for my college education. This

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available for $50/issue or $47/issue if you sign a contract for all six issues. scholarship will help greatly as I attend college at The Ohio State University, where I am majoring in animal sciences. After college, I plan to pursue a career with the goal of becoming an embryo transfer and artificial insemination specialist working mainly with cattle and sheep. I would like to express what a great honor it was to receive this recognition. Sincerely, Lydia Ulry Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 39

On the Edge of Common Sense

By Baxter Black, DVM

A Bull Ballet


ncle Joe was makin’ his rounds this spring checking the horses and cows to make sure everything had water. When he got to the bull lot, one of his prize young Charolais bulls had managed to crawl through one of the round bale feeders and was lying down happily chewing his cud. Uncle thought over how to extricate his bull, then went for the tractor. He’d put the round bale in fresh that morning and had not yet cut the twine. It made it easy to lift the bale out of the feeder and set it out of the way. Next, with the lance he tipped the feeder up to let the bull fi nd his way out BUT…the bull panicked! In his effort to escape, the bull stuck his head through one of the slots and took off wearing the feeder around his neck! Joe watched the crazed critter stampede through the other young bulls in the lot, who, in turn, went berserk, scattering back and forth as if the iron monster was attacking them! The saddle horses in the next pen caught the fever and added to the chaos by running around, tails in the air, rollers in their nostrils and fear in their eyes all frightening the bulls who were already scared poopless! Every now and then the feeder would dig into the mud so the back would tip up along with the butt end of the bull, whose tail was waving in the air like a loose air pressure hose! Each flip and flop jiggered the gathering crowd. In one final assault, surrounded by 11 testosterone-powered, adrenaline-fueled, thick-headed white bulls, he lead the charge through the metal gate out into the farm yard and right into the machine shed! In a matter of seconds all livestock cleared the area except for the barking dogs, Uncle Joe on his tractor and the still struggling captive bull. Joe called the dogs off and gave the bull five minutes to wiggle during which time he, the bull, managed to back out of the feeder and stumble into the yard. After an hour of pushing, sliding, dislocating, cursing, twisting and a couple of “back up and take a run at it,” maneuvers, Uncle Joe returned with his welding trailer and removed the stuck-tight round bale feeder…in three pieces. Men and machinery in a bull ballet…it never ends.

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OCA Youth Raise $15,500 and Counting to Benefit Make-A-Wish®



he OCA BEST Program has raised more than $15,000, surpassing the $8,000 goal, throughout the BEST season to benefit local youth through Make-A-Wish. Fifty youth helped to kick off this year’s community service project as they led their decorated show calves before a panel of judges at the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle on February 8, 2013, in Springfield, Ohio. The showdown began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Honorary Wish Child Alexis. Judging the show were NFL players and Ohio natives Justin Boren, offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos; Jim Cordle, offensive lineman for the New York Giants; and former OSU Buckeye linebacker, Zach Boren.

Celebrity Showdown final drive.

Participants were encouraged to dress up the $8,000 goal for such a great cause. their calves for the judges who had never They really do have the biggest hearts.” attended a cattle show. One judge started The Clark County Cattlemen’s Associathe show calling the calves “horses,” and tion and local sponsors provided a pizza concluded with knowing the difference party following the show. between a heifer and a steer. Showdown Incentive prizes will be awarded to the champion, Tyler Miller of Roseville, top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Ohio, was awarded Banquet on May 11, a special Seth Rog- “You never think that your child is going to have 2013. Donations to ers Memorial Tro- to go through all these things. But to know there is Make-A-Wish are still phy, in memory of an organization that for just a glimpse of time will being accepted until a local young man the awards banquet. who was granted a help you so that you can truly be a like a normal All sponsors will be family is such a blessing. This has truly been an wish and enjoyed recognized at the working with cattle experience we will never forget.” banquet, and those do- Kim, Wish Mom nating more than $100 alongside his family. Through donawill receive special tions from family, friends, the community recognition. To donate, contact Stephanie and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Sindel, BEST Coordinator, at ssindel@ Association, youth participating in the or call 614-873-6736. v Celebrity Showdown nearly doubled the goal, reaching $13,000 by the Celebrity Showdown, to help grant the wishes of Help the BEST Program Make a local children battling life-threatening Wish Come True medical conditions. • Participants raising $50 or more will be “We are excited to partner with the put in a drawing for an iPad. Drawing will Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and are be at the BEST Banquet, May 11, 2013. honored to be chosen as the charitable recipient this year for the BEST program,” • The participant raising the most money said Development Officer Cathy DeLuca. for Make-A-Wish will win an iPad. “It is inspiring to see children in the com• All sponsors will be recognized at the munity join together to help bring smiles Cattle Battle and BEST Banquet. to the faces of local Wish Children.” • Sponsors donating $100 or more will The BEST program is in its third year receive special recognition. of participating in a community service project. The past two years, BEST youth • Donations must be turned in by May 1 collected more than 1,000 pounds of pop to be recognized as a sponsor. tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. “It didn’t surprise me that the kids exceeded the goal by the time of the Cattle Battle,” says Stephanie Sindel, BEST Coordinator. “I couldn’t be more proud as they continue to raise money to double Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 41

Allan lives with his wife Kelly and son Noah in his grandparents’ house.

OCA Young Cattleman of the Year

Allan Robison returned home with 90 cows and brought life back to the family farm Story and photos by Amy Beth Graves


llan Robison was on the verge of failing at Ohio State University when he started working at Ohio State University’s Beef Barn. The experience was life changing for the Champaign County man. “I don’t think I would have made it through college without that resource there. I was going to flunk out,” he said. “Being able to go to the beef barn and work every day and living there made it kind of like home. Everything came together.” Working at the barn made Allan realize that he still loved agriculture but was on the wrong career path. He switched his

major from ag education to animal science and started taking production and meat science classes. “The learning I got out of working at the Beef Barn was 10 times more important than any other class I took,” said Allan who enjoyed the work so much that he stayed a year after graduation as the herdsman. Only budget cuts forced him out but he quickly found a job as a herdsman in Guernsey County. Today Allan lives in his grandparents’ house on the family farm and runs a 100 head commercial cattle operation near Mingo. He jokes that he doesn’t own

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anything (his grandmother, mother and uncle own the house and land) but he’s got the cattle, a wife and a son, Noah, and that’s more than enough. Allan, OCA’s Young Cattleman of the Year, becomes emotional when talking about how Noah is the seventh generation on the farm. “I hope he likes it,” Allan said of his young son. “As a little kid, I grew up with the responsibility to take care of the animals. You can’t be selfish when raising animals. They need me to survive and I need them to survive.”

Passion for animals

Allan grew up in nearby West Liberty on 5 acres and his parents didn’t farm. He knew at an early age that he loved being around animals whether it was his grandfather’s horses or the calves at the dairy next door. One time during elementary school, he brought home a baby chick without permission because he was so enthralled with it. He later became involved in both 4-H and FFA and in high school bought his first cow, an Angus bred heifer. His ag teacher recognized that Allan had a passion for agriculture and helped guide him on possible ag careers. He continued to keep five cows on his parents’ little pasture during college

and soon realized that he wanted it to be more than a hobby. His father recognized that too and bought about 70 acres. But after Allan was laid off at OSU, he got another job as herdsman for a 1,500 head cattle farm in Guernsey County. The experience he gained there was invaluable. “That was so huge for me because I’d never gotten hands-on experience managing cows and land,” he said. “I was kicked out into the real world and had to learn how to take care of finances. Before it had been a hobby when I was working at the university where it’s not too much of the real world. That’s where it hit home.” While at the cattle farm, Allan bought his first group of cows from Montana – 40 Angus cow-calf pairs. It was eye opening how much work it took to manage his herd by himself. While he was working as the herdsman, things started to change back home, 2½ hours away. His brother had his first child, his grandmother’s land was starting to come out of lease and his father kept hinting that he’d like him to return home. “I found myself yearning to come back home,” said Allan, whose wife calls him a homebody. “By that time I was up to about 90 cows and in the summer of 2004, I called mom and dad and said I’m coming home and loaded up a couple of semi loads of cows and came home.”

‘A sloppy, muddy mess’

Moving back home with so many cows wasn’t easy. Only a 12-acre pasture was available for his cows and he had no equipment, corals, pens and little fencing. “A sloppy, muddy mess” is how he described the pasture. A friend helped him out, running some of the cows with his for the summer. Allan cut the herd in half while he waited for his grandmother’s land to become available. He and his father worked at converting his father’s farm from cropland to pasture and put up fencing. In 2006 he was able to move the cows to his grandmother’s land and kept 40 cows until 2010 when he and his brother, Thad, decided to increase that number to about 100. “Mom and my uncle made it clear that they want the farm to stay in the family,” Allan said. “We’ve taken that on. Our biggest goal is to make everything sustainable and keep it going.” Today the farm is still an Angus based herd, mostly F1 Simmental-Angus crosses with a few registered Angus

Future plans include improving the herds’ genetics and putting in a feedlot.

and some Gelbvieh Balancers from Allan’s original herd. He has two calving seasons – March/April and May/June. The first group receives AI while the later ones are turned out to the bull. All the feeder calves are sold in the fall through United Producers, Inc. He raises his own replacements and sells his bred heifers. Because Allan’s cows are fed only grass and forage, he does rotational grazing and attends grazing seminars to learn tricks of the trade. With land prices continuing to climb, he is always looking at new technology for ways to produce more with less land or forage. Future plans include improving the herd’s genetics and putting in a feedlot so he can feed out his own calves. Having a well-run operation is important because both Allan and Kelly work full time. Allan manages the feed mill at Heritage Cooperative and Kelly is a first grade teacher. Allan also is vice president of the Champaign County Cattlemen’s Association, on OCA’s membership committee and a member of the Allied Industry Council. He was surprised and honored to be named OCA’s young cattleman of the year. “I’m embarrassed but in a good way,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized but that’s not why we do it. It’s very humbling.” He is looking forward to representing Ohio at the Young Cattlemen’s Conference this summer, saying he will be the “small farm guy from Ohio standing toe to toe” with bigger producers.

Creating new memories

Life on the farm is new for Kelly, who says she was “plucked from the city.” The couple moved onto the farm last spring, and Kelly found herself scouting Goodwill stores for old clothes to work in. For Valentine’s Day, she received a pair of much needed muck boots and got coveralls for her birthday. Although she didn’t grow up on a farm, she is emotionally attached to the land like her husband. While they were dating, she spent many hours riding with him on the back of a tractor to the fields where he put up fencing and they talked. He surprised her by proposing with the help of her favorite heifer, which she had bottle fed as a calf. “I told her to go get her heifer, which is her pet baby. I had replaced the regular tag with one that said ‘Will you?’ The heifer came up to eat and scratched her head against Kelly and she saw it,” Allan said. The couple later got married under a huge oak tree at Thad’s nearby house. Allan’s dream is that one day his only job will be working the 300-acre farm and that it will be profitable enough to sustain his son and nephews. “I love the quiet. I’m gone all day and when I come home to the cows, I love that they’re so good-natured. If I didn’t have that to come back to, I’d probably lose my sanity,” he said. “It’s rewarding to come home and take care of the cows. I can’t imagine coming home and flipping on the TV and sitting down all night. I was raised to work hard and take pride in that.” v Spring Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 43

County Cattle Call

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Crawford County

Crawford County Cattlemen recently held their annual meeting and banquet with over 200 in attendance. Frank Phelps OCA Vice President gave an update on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The Beef Industry Award was presented to Crawford County’s former OSU Extension Educator Dr. Steven Prochaska for the work he has done working with the cattlemen in promoting the industry as ex-officio member of their Board of Directors. Keynote Speaker for the evening was 4th District U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan. Before the banquet the Crawford Cattlemen helped host a fundraiser for the Congressman with donations coming from both OCA PAC and NCBA PAC.

Knox County

Knox County Cattlemen’s Association has an outstanding 2013 planned with the following activities: Knox County Fair Team Penning Hartford Fair Ranch Sorting Ohio Beef Team winter meetings Ag Awareness Day Mount Vernon Farmers Market Knox County Beef Ambassador Program Fall Roundup on Sept. 21, 2013 From Farm to Table Young Cattlemen’s Conference Tours & More

Congratulations to Crawford County, the lucky winner of the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest Drawing at the Ohio Beef Expo. Thanks to the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Crawford County won their choice of a 5-foot stainless steel grill or a set of Tru-Test Livestock Scales. Crawford County was among numerous deserving county groups who met recruitment goals.

Muskingum County

180 members of the Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association enjoyed ribeye steaks grilled by their directors at their annual banquet in Zanesville on March 4. Speakers at the banquet (pictured from left to right) included State Representative Brian Hill, OCA Director Jim Rogers, MCCA President Adam Heil and State Senator Troy Balderson. Both Balderson and Hill who are members of the MCCA, provided legislative updates on the state budget, sales tax, severance tax and school funding. MCCA members grilled over 7,500 ribeye steak sand-

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Muskingum County

wiches at various community events in 2012. They provided $3,000 in scholarships, sponsored two cattle shows

and supported a number of beef cattle educational activities for adults and youth in 2012.

Shelby County

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) held its annual Prime Rib Dinner and Banquet. 125 attendees were treated to a delicious prime rib dinner, an informative program, a “members-only” raffle, and door prizes. The program started with introductions of the 2012-2013 SCCA leadership, including President Andy Bornhorst, Vice-President Jason Gibbs, and Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Puthoff. Chris Gibbs, SCCA member, then introduced the many elected officials of the County whom were present at the event. After an invocation led by County Commissioner Tony Bornhorst, a prime rib dinner, complete with potato, green beans, and salad, was served by Mary and Ken Barhorst of Al’s Place in Fort Loramie. After dinner, Jim Buchy, Ohio House of Representatives, 84th District,was welcomed to highlight various topics surrounding the cattle and agricultural production industry. Mr. Buchy spoke of recent developments concerning the humane treatment of livestock and the laws that may threaten the way of life

Shelby County

of many Shelby County farmers and producers. He also challenged those in attendance to educate all Ohioans regarding humane livestock production. This summer the SCCA also plans to operate a ribeye sandwich stand when

the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) passes through Sidney on June 21, 2013. The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association can be found on the web at v

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The OCA provided beef for lunch at Speaker Boehner’s annual Farm Forum held March 2 at the Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. Pictured are Frank Phelps, OCA Vice President and Speaker Boehner.

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invites you to get involved We believe that people have the power to shape the world in which they live. And that when they’re given a place where they can work together, they have the ability to solve their own problems. Ohio Farm Bureau exists so people can put ideas into action and bring about a better, more secure way of life. How can Ohio Farm Bureau help you accomplish your goals? Keep reading. Join our community of problem solvers PUBLIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT Farm Bureau members work together to help shape Ohio, paving the way for food and farming to be a driver of our state’s economy. Recent policy initiatives have included elimination of the Ohio Estate Tax, establishment of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, energy development initiatives and strong support of youth programs including 4-H and FFA.

In an effort to support meat producers, Farm Bureau advocated for the interstate meat shipment program, which provides an opportunity for state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines, helping small businesses access new markets.

Join our community of learners BUCKEYE FARM NEWS Farmer and agricultural industry members receive a subscription to Buckeye Farm News, which analyzes developments in public policy, communications and organizational programs. OUR OHIO MAGAZINE Farm Bureau membership includes a subscription to Our Ohio magazine. Our Ohio’s food stories feature recipes and information about the farm families who grow the products we all enjoy.

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