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Spring 2018

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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The 2018 Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio, provides unparalleled opportunities to connect with the Angus family and for the beef industry to celebrate the Angus breed’s significant milestones: the 135th Annual Convention of Delegates and the 40th anniversary of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.

Celebrate with us as we share the greatest success story in the beef business, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.






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BEST Program Banquet


NCBA Legislative Conference


Ohio Beef Expo Highlights

Join us in celebrating 19 years of the BEST program

Kyle Nickles

OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference & Tour Set for August 9-11


A Show for the Greater Good



Like father, like son — Nickles Named Young Cattleman of the Year by Amy Graves

Fraternity donates proceeds from OCA BEST show to cancer research


Best of the Buckeye Ohio Beef Expo Show Results


News & Notes



Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA County Affiliate Presidents


OCA News & Views


Beef Briefs


2018 OCA Associate Members


Up the Alley


OCA News


Allied Industry Council


Forage Corner


Letters to the Editor


Calendar of Events


On the Edge of Common Sense


Breed News


Parting Shots


County Cattle Call


Advertisers’ Index


Your Checkoff Dollars at Work

On the Cover

Photo taken by Lauren Corry, OCA Staff

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Harsh Realities

Ohio Cattleman 10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, Ohio 43040 Phone 614-873-6736 • Fax 614-873-6835 Editor Elizabeth Harsh Managing Editor Lauren Corry Sales Representative Stephanie Sindel

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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

Determination Takes Many Forms As we wrap up this issue of the magazine, bull sales are also wrapping up across the state. Many OCA members host their own bull sales and many more sell bulls private treaty off the farm. These are high-quality bulls with performance information and the diversity to meet the needs of any cow-calf operator. Some of my family sells bulls private treaty following their breeding soundness exams and closes out the sale season with an open house at the farm. Recently, my mother was complaining about her yard getting plowed by the farm’s sale bulls when they escaped from their pens. This was especially frustrating to her as she was working to get the place ready for their open house. Mom, who is in her early eighties, does far more on the farm than she should at her age. But she can also be counted on to always keep a close watch on the cattle. The yard plowing happened a couple of times, and each time she found the bulls sleeping outside her bedroom, near the house’s nightlight, following a few laps around the house. After some detective work, it was discovered one of the bulls could use his tongue on the barn gate latch to spring them from their pens. This special skill necessitated tying the latch with a string. But the next morning the bulls, once again, met her in the yard, after the determined Houdini chewed through the string. This is a story of determination. What is debatable is whether it was simply the determination to be mischievous or the determination to get out of the mud and onto something green. The determination to advocate for the best interests of Ohio’s beef producers is certainly an appropriate description of the OCA board of directors. At the OCA board meeting held earlier this month, every topic on the agenda was addressed in the same fashion. Difficult water quality issues, OCA’s PAC support and election issues, Ohio Beef Expo changes, federal issues such as trade agreements, electronic logging devices and hours of service regulations were all approached with the determined mindset of how will they affect our members and the state’s beef industry. An OCA delegation recently participated in the NCBA Legislative Conference where they visited 15 congressional offices to discuss many of these federal issues. It was an opportunity for cattlemen to educate these elected officials and their staff members on how each issue would impact their individual farm. The determination of these volunteer leaders to share their insights and advocate on issues is critically important to the process. This, coupled with an NCBA and OCA staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to represent the beef industry, makes a winning combination. As we near breeding season and bulls turn out for a majority of the state’s cow-calf farms, we are also nearing the date for Ohio’s primary election on May 8. Please exercise your right to participate in the process by researching the candidates and casting your vote. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) to predict the performance of each candidate, just like we do with cattle? But that’s a conversation best saved for another time. v


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OCA Officers

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

OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President

Spring is in the Air

OCA Directors

Aaron Arnett Director At-Large Marysville • Term expires 2020 Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2018 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large South Solon • Term expires 2019 Scott Alexander District 1 Bowling Green • Term expires 2020 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2018 Pete Conkle District 3 Hanoverton • Term expires 2019 Troy Jones District 4 Harrod • Term expires 2020 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2018 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2019 Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2020 Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2018 Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2019 Jess Campbell District 10 Waynesville • Term expires 2020 Craig Shelton District 11 Lynchburg • Term expires 2018 Luke Vollborn • District 12 Bidwell • Term expires 2019

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

OCA Staff

Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Lauren Corry Director of Communications & Managing Editor Cambell Parrish Director of Public Relations & Consumer Marketing Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Emily Henes Project Manager Amber Shoemaker Administrative Assistant & Youth Program Coordinator 6 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Boy, what a fun winter we have had! I don’t know about all of you, but I am glad “spring” is here. Although I have only seen snippets of spring thus far, at least the winter blasts seem shorter lived. Aside from all the mud, lots of other things have been taking place around the state. I have attended several banquets in my first few months as president and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many new people and updating folks on what OCA has on the horizon. I have also been very pleased with the volume of activities in which our county affiliates are involved. Our beef industry is strong and well represented across the state. Keep up the great work! We had a successful 31st Ohio Beef Expo in March. It featured the biggest breed cattle display, junior show and trade show we have had in recent years…if ever. I would like to thank the OCA staff, interns and volunteers who helped at the Expo. The event would not be nearly as successful if it were not for those folks. We are already planning for next year. I am looking forward to attending the BEST awards banquet on May 5. I am encouraged by the BEST program’s success, and I believe it shows strength in our industry and, most importantly, strength in our youth. Our youth are our future, and we should be proud of them. Competing in these shows takes hard work and dedication. The BEST program offers several life lessons for our youth, and they are disguised in clipping, fitting and showmanship competitions. For some, this may be where they discover their passion for the beef industry – it’s where I discovered mine. For others, this program helps build confidence. I hope to see many of you helping to celebrate these youth exhibitors’ accomplishments on Saturday, May 5. While we are slopping though the mud, calving out cows, getting our equipment ready to plant, beginning to think about breeding season, hay, and so on, OCA has an ever-watchful eye on issues in our state that could affect our members and our industry. From the latest on the Western Lake Erie Basin regulations to bills being potentially introduced that could have a negative impact on our industry, the ever-watchful eye of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association allows us to do our jobs, and without the worry that we might miss something while at home on our operations. Lots of things are happening in our industry right now, and I am excited to be a part of it. I hope you are too. v

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Your Dues Dollars at Work

OCA County Affiliate Presidents Adams......................................Jeremy Tomlin Allen...................................... Randy Pohlman Ashland..................................... Matt Stewart Athens/Meigs/Washington....... Andy Smith Auglaize..................................... Kevin Wright Brown............................................Alan Scott Butler........................................... Brad Baker Carroll................................ Johnna Campbell Champaign.............................. Andy Maurice Clark....................................... Linde Sutherly Clermont......................................Chris Smith Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull................. .................................................Duane Nickell Crawford.....................................Kurt Weaver Darke.......................................... Brad Wilcox Fairfield......................................Dale Decker Fayette.............................................Luke Bihl Fulton................................... Rick Coopshaw Gallia.......................................... Scott Payne Greene.....................................Ethan Randall Hancock................................Charles Beagle Hardin....................................Marcia Hoovler Henry.......................................Scott Millikan Highland.................................. Craig Shelton Huron......................................Barrett French Jackson................................ Justin Spengler Jefferson................................... Tyler Ramsey Knox............................................... Kyle Walls Lawrence............................. Nathan Lambert Licking......................................... Steve Davis Logan............................................. Jim Warne Madison................................ Quinton Keeran Marion..................................... Dustin Bayles Mercer........................................Neil Siefring Miami...................................Robert Karnehm Montgomery......................Duane Plessinger Morrow................................... Dustin Bender Muskingum................................... Adam Heil Noble..................................... Pernell Salings Ohio Valley............................... Marvin Butler Perry......................................Jason Poorman Preble...................................... Rodney Mann Putnam............................. Dennis Schroeder Richland................................... Dave Fackler Seneca............................................ Jason Fox Shelby......................................... Jason Gibbs Stark............................................Steve Lewis Tuscarawas................................... Jerry Prysi Vinton.............................Teresa Snider-West Williams.................................. Robin Herman Wood...................................... Brett Reynolds Wyandot........................................Mike Thiel 8 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Legislative & Regulatory • • • • •

OCA joined Ohio’s Ag groups to partner on a new project targeted for the Western Lake Erie Basin to expand the number of individuals who have Nutrient Management Plans and increase the use of soil testing. OCA represented the beef industry at several meetings with EPA officials, legislators and others to discuss Ohio’s water quality issues. OCA signed a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations requesting funding for Wildlife Services to control wildlife damage to the livestock industry. OCA represented the beef industry at the March meeting of the NRCS State Technical Committee. OCA organized meet and greet events for statewide and federal candidates to better understand beef industry issues.

Youth • • • • •

Held the final BEST sanctioned show for the 2017-18 show season and finalized plans for the OCA BEST Awards Banquet on May 5. Awarded the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and Saltwell Western Store Ohio Beef Expo scholarship to Natalie Wagner of Brown County. Held Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training for nearly 500 youth at the Ohio Beef Expo on March 16. Helped plan the Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo. Supported a fundraiser for the Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team.

Programs & Events • • • •

• • •

Attended county affiliate banquets and meetings in Adams, Butler, CMT, Crawford, Fairfield, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Montgomery, Muskingum, Richland and Seneca Counties. Held the 31st Ohio Beef Expo, March 16-18 and followed with extensive press release distribution. Expo coverage can be found in this issue and at Held the Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) Show in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show. The BOTB program features Ohio bred, born and raised registered cattle. Hosted the spring meeting for members of the OCA Allied Industry Council. Colin Woodall, NCBA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs provided a Washington legislative update and Chase DeCoite, Director, Beef Quality Assurance, provided a BQA update for attendees. Participated in the NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 10-12. The Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders and ADM Animal Nutrition all held meetings at the OCA office building. Attended the Ohio State University Animal Science Evening of Excellence on April 13.

Association •

Held April joint board of directors meetings for OCA and OBC and completed OBC audit and OCA compilation. v

Beef Briefs

Continued on page 31

OSU Livestock Judging Camp to be Held June 4-6, 2018

The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team will be hosting a livestock judging camp, June 4-6, 2018 on the Ohio State campus. This three-day camp is open to youth ages 8-18 and designed for 4-H and FFA members who wish to take their livestock judging and oral reasons skills to the next level. The camp includes: • housing and meals • transportation to all judging locations • individual instruction • mock contest with reasons • official camp t-shirt and popsocket • judging notebook • 2018 OSU Livestock Judging Manual • 24-hour medical assistance The fee to attend is $250 per person. Deadline to register is May 1, 2018. For more information, contact coach Hank LeVan at Find the camp registration form by visiting the OSU Livestock Judging Team’s Facebook page.

Ohio State ATI Students Travel to Sixteen Beef Operations

Each year, Ohio State ATI students enrolled in the Beef II class spend a week exploring beef operations across the country. This annual trip encourages comparison with the beef industry of Ohio and capitalizes on other educational opportunities for a well-rounded educational experience. This year’s group raised more than $12,000 to support their trip. Twenty-three students (the largest group to date) took a beef industry trip to Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Nevada with several objectives in mind. During the trip, students gain exposure to the beef and allied industries in the U.S.,— particularly those types of operations not commonly found in Ohio, such as large seedstock suppliers, large feedlots, packing plants and equipment manufacturers. By allowing the students to meet and make connections with leaders in the beef and allied industries, they are able to foster an


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OCA News Young Cattlemen’s Conference Dates Set OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference Set for August 9-11

The Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) and Tour will be held August 9-11, 2018, in Columbus and the

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to take home and use in their own operations to keep them progressive and profitable. Participants are challenged to think outside the box, as they practice their public relations skills and learn the best ways to present their operations and the beef industry as a whole to consumers. They have the chance to visit the Ohio Statehouse and discuss current issues with elected officials, as well as, learn more about the product they produce by participating in a mini Beef 509 at the Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department. To top it all off, attendees have the opportunity to take a behindthe-scenes tour of the Ohio State Football practice facility and enjoy opportunities to network with other industry leaders. YCC is open to any OCA member over the age of 20 who possesses great leadership potential and is active in their community. Counties are encouraged to nominate participants for YCC, but individuals may also self-nominate. Couples are also encouraged to attend. The cost is $150 per participant or $250 for couples, and nomination forms and payment must be submitted to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation by July 6, 2018. All meals and a two-night hotel stay will be covered by program sponsors. Forms can be found online at or requested by contacting Emily Henes at the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or v

OCA Participates in NCBA Legislative Conference Representatives from OCA traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 NCBA Legislative Conference held April 10-12. The NCBA Legislative Conference is an opportunity to spend three days in the nation’s Capitol, meeting with key congressional and agency influencers to articulate our industry’s policy priorities. While NCBA staff regularly meets with these policy makers, the most influential meetings are with producers that travel to D.C., bringing local perspective to the beltway. In total, OCA met with 15 congressional offices and had productive conversations about Trade, the 2018 Farm Bill, Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service, and the Endangered Species Act. OCA is committed to preserving the future of the cattle industry by working diligently to pass legislation beneficial to producers while defeating bad legislation which negatively impacts our members. OCA appreciates the support of the legislators that took time to meet during the 2018 NCBA Legislative Conference.

1. Pictured from left: Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President - Clark County; Tom Karr, OCA Director At-Large - Meigs County; Congressman Bill Johnson (R-6th); Aaron Arnett, OCA Vice President - Delaware County; and Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director.


2. Conference attendees met with Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-7th) during the NCBA Legislative Conference. 3. OCA leadership met with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-4th) to discuss current issues affecting the beef industry. 4. Pictured from left: Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director; Tom Karr, OCA Director At-Large - Meigs County; Aaron Arnett, OCA Vice President - Delaware County; Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Members Services & Youth Programs; Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President - Clark County; Congressman Jim Jordan (R-4th). 5. Boots on the Hill: OCA leadership on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.


6. Conference attendees had the opportunity to discuss matters important to the beef industry in Congressman Chabot’s (R-1st) office. 7. OCA board members and staff met with U.S. Senator Rob Portman during a Buckeye Coffee to talk about the current state of the industry.






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Kyle Nickles

Like father, like son — Nickles named Young Cattleman of the Year Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves


ucked away somewhere on the Nickles homestead is a video made 25 years ago. On it, renowned Ohio farm broadcaster Ed Johnson is interviewing Doug Nickles who had received the Young Cattleman of the Year award. During the shoot, a young boy is seen darting through the feed troughs. Fast forward to this past fall. On the same farm, father and son are gathered for the same reason. Only this time, the son is featured in the video and the father is briefly seen running a skid steer. Like his father, Kyle Nickles was named the Ohio Cattlemen’s Young Cattleman of the Year. “I was really surprised and honored to receive it. Dad got the same award in 1993,” Kyle said. “I can remember being little and going in his office in the barn and seeing the plaque when he got the award. When I look back at the kids we were on the judging team with (at Ohio State University) and the friends we graduated with, there’s a lot of young people doing great things here. It’s very humbling.” Kyle helps his father operate Wooden Nickle Farms just north of Loudonville. They run about 80 Simmental and 12 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Simmental Angus cross brood cows along 150 acres of picturesque pastures in Ashland County. The family has another 50 cows as part of a partnership with John and Barb Swingle of nearby Styx Ridge Farm. The Nickles manage the cows on their neighbor’s land and buy half of the calves from them in the fall. About 40 of those cows are registered.

Wooden Nickle Farms feeds out about 100 head of cattle with most of them going to Heffelfinger’s Meats in Jeromesville, which has a meat case there and also sells its meat at the West Side Market in Cleveland as well as The Rail restaurants, which feature locally sourced ingredients. Some of

the fat cattle end up at the United Producers sale in Bucyrus. The Nickles also privately sell show cattle to local 4-H students, consign a couple of Simmental cattle at the seedstock sales during the Ohio Beef Expo and sell about 10 bulls per year through private treaty. “We’re into show cattle but we want to raise cattle that have performance behind them or can work in the feedlot for a commercial producer,” said Kyle, who showed breeding cattle and market steers for 4-H. “I’ve always had an interest in the cattle from the time I was little. I always wanted to be out there feeding the cows, moving the cows and taking care of them.” Today, taking care of the cows is what brings father and son together. Kyle and his wife, Audrey, live more than an hour away in Seneca County with their 1-year-old daughter, Claire. Kyle works full time as a ruminant nutritionist for Kalmbach Feeds, traveling throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He’s on the road a couple of days a week with the rest spent in the office. That leaves just the weekend for him and Audrey, who works at an insurance

company, to help at the family farm. During the busy calving season, the couple are at the farm every weekend with father and son working side by side. Kyle helps make breeding decisions, establish nutrition programs, artificially inseminate the cows and do vaccinations. “It’s a family thing. It’s great to have something that keeps us together. When they’re working cattle, they have their own language where they don’t even talk,” Audrey said of her husband and father-in-law. “They just know where to send the cattle and where to stand. That’s hard to learn if you haven’t been around it all your life.” Audrey, who grew up on a farm and showed sheep, met Kyle at Ohio State University when they were both on the livestock judging team. They started dating after a mutual friend suggested they go to a formal together since neither one had a date. Before they got married, Audrey spent a lot of her time off in the summer at the Nickles farm, where she “learned the ropes pretty fast.” She discovered raising cattle was both fulfilling and peaceful. “There’s something about looking out at a pasture of cows. It’s just beautiful going out on a summer day and walking through the cows,” she said. “We’re excited to be raising our daughter on a farm. We both agree that (being raised on a farm) has taught us a lot about work ethic and priorities.” As the years have passed, Doug has increasingly let his son make more decisions about the farm and livestock. He and Kyle’s mom, Sherry, bought the farm in 1989 and started with about 30 registered Simmental cows. Kyle laughs that during those “wild crossbreeding days” the cattle looked a lot different

than today -- more red and white and even yellow and white. “I had a good chance to learn alongside (Dad) growing up and now help to make the decisions on how to vaccinate the cattle and wean them,” Kyle said. “Dad does most of the dayto-day stuff. For the last seven to eight years, I’ve been concentrating on the farm, making all the breeding decisions and nutrition work for the cows, feedlot cattle and show cattle.” Kyle’s work as a ruminant nutritionist and his animal science degree from Ohio State have helped guide him in making decisions about his livestock. He makes his own rations and has a couple of TMR mixers. He works to find ways to feed the cows as efficiently as possible. The addition of a fenceline feed bunk in the barn has resulted in the family cutting down on waste by about 30 percent. The Nickles grow about 150 acres of hay, 800 acres of corn and soybeans and use about 300 tons of corn silage for their cows. “We’ve been processing forages for the cows, baling a lot of corn stalks in the fall and using a lot of sorghum sudan grass,” Kyle said. “With the feedlot cattle, we try to get the best gains we can and finish them out at 1314 months of age.” The Nickles care how their cattle are raised and what the end product looks like. They see every load of cattle that is harvested at Heffelfinger’s and look at the carcasses to see which genetics marble better than others. “When it comes to making breeding decisions and selecting bulls, we try to improve the performance and quality phenotypically of the cattle and raise some exhibition cattle. We’ve sold some cattle that have been really successful

-- it’s rewarding to see young people do well with them and we enjoy helping them,” said Kyle, who as a teenager had reserve champion at the Ashland County Fair and champion steer at the Loudonville Fair four times. Over the years, the Nickles have made several improvements to their farm, including building a calving barn three years ago to reduce the amount of erosion on the land and preserve the pastures. They’ve fenced their cattle out of streams and used EQIP funding to put in a manure storage pit that can store manure for about six months. “We want to take care of the land and make it better for the next generation. That’s what sustainability is about,” Kyle said. The farm’s goal is to improve the quality of the cattle to the point where the farm can have its own production sale of replacement heifers, bred heifers and show cattle. Returning to the farm to work full-time is Kyle’s ultimate goal. He’s got the support of his wife, who enjoys being around farmers, calling them “salt of the earth, good people.” “We’re definitely passionate about the beef industry and agriculture in general,” Kyle said. “Calving season is the best time of the year. That’s when you get to see what you’ve worked for all year and find ways to make your cattle better. There’s nothing we’d rather do.” v


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MARCH 16-18 | OHIO EXPO CENTER | COLUMBUS, OHIO Beef industry enthusiasts gathered in Columbus, Ohio, March 16-18, for the 2018 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 cattle industry in Ohio, and across the nation, to learn and enhance their operations through a three-day trade show, cattle sales, youth events and educational seminars. The Expo kicked off with a trade show featuring more than 130 vendors from 17 states. Cashman’s Equipment was selected as the premier large booth exhibitor, Weaver Leather Livestock was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor and Lance’s Trailer Sales was selected as the premier outdoor exhibitor. An educational seminar, Accessing Current and Future Cattle Markets, jointly sponsored by AllFlex USA, Inc. and United Producers, Inc. took place on Friday, March 16. Five breed shows and two breed parades were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays representing the Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeds. The Genetic Pathway, located in the ShowBloom breed’s barn, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Six breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 17, selling 374 lots with an average price of $2,879 and a gross of $1,197,125. 14 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Two recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their contribution to the Expo’s annual success. Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle, and Nancy Snook, Caldwell, were both recognized. Sutherly is the owner of Linde’s Livestock Photos and a huge supporter of OCA youth programs. She has been the official Expo photographer since 2014. Snook has been actively involved in the Expo since her family participated in the first Ohio Beef Expo in 1988. Since then, Snook has served on the junior show committee, facilitated the judging contest and most recently taught youth beef quality assurance. Friday was Youth Day, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The day began with the judging contest where over 450 youth participated, and nearly 500 youth participated in beef quality assurance training. Junior exhibitors could also take advantage of two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome pizza party. Events continued Saturday with over 500 exhibitors in the showmanship competition, sponsored by Cattle Visions, LLC and ShowBloom. The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of nearly 900 head from across the state. During the junior show, Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the $1,000 Saltwell Expo

scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo. During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed nearly 200 memberships including NCBA members. Any current or new OCA member had the opportunity to win some great prizes. The OCA County Affiliate of Darke 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. A social was hosted for OCA members, volunteers, trade show participants and cattle exhibitors on Thursday, March 15, at the Crowne Plaza North. Sponsoring the event was Boehringer Ingelheim. A complete list of the event’s sponsors can be found at www. dates for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo are March 1517. Visit for more information as well as complete coverage of the 2018 event. v

FRIENDS OF THE EXPO Nancy Snook, Caldwell, Ohio, was honored with the Friend of the Expo award on Friday, March 16. Pictured from left: Snook; Pam Haley, Expo Co-Chair and J.L. Draganic, Expo Co-Chair.

Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle, Ohio, was honored with the Friend of the Expo award on Friday, March 16. Pictured from left: J.L. Draganic, Expo Co-Chair; Sutherly and Pam Haley, Expo Co-Chair.


Congratulations to the Darke County Cattlemen’s Association! They were drawn as the winners of the County Recruitment Contest and will receive their choice of a set of Tru-Test livestock scales or a 5-foot stainless steel grill. This contest is sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.

During the Ohio Beef Expo, several gathered at the Ohio Cattlemen’s membership booth to join or renew, ask questions, catch up with board members and volunteers and discuss current issues affecting cattlemen. Each day, a member drawing was held for a cooler, insulated mug and OCA gear. Congratulations to the following winners from Expo: Rich & Glena Aleshire, Fayette Co.; Jerry & Ruthann Buhrow, Ottawa Co.; Bryan & Emily Cox, Gallia Co.; Arica Hamilton, Preble Co.; Steve Harris, Scioto Co.; Chad Knapke, Mercer Co.; Doug Marine, Fayette Co.; Tadd & Heather Nicholson, Morrow Co.; and Bill Tom, Fayette Co. In addition to the daily drawings, two special drawings were held at the conclusion of the Expo. Ray

Wells, Ross Co., was the winner of the Cabela’s Polar Cap cooler in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) membership drawing. Last, but not least, Tori Kirian, a student at the University of Findlay, was the lucky winner of a pair of Tin Haul cowboy boots. This drawing was held specifically for Ohio Young Cattlemen’s members. Thank you to all who stopped by the booth! OCA appreciates your support and hopes to see you at an OCA event in the near future. Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 15



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JUNIOR SHOW MAKE-UP RING Fayette County Cattle Feeders Association


JUNIOR SHOW MARKET ANIMAL TOP 5 David L. Campbell Insurance Agency Hastings Mutual


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JUNIOR SHOW HEIFER TOP 5 Goettemoeller Show Cattle Allen county Cattlemen’s Association

BACK TAG SPONSOR Allen County Cattlemen’s Association


JUNIOR SHOW PLATINUM SPONSORS The Farmer Group Umbarger Show Feeds Merck Animal Health POET Biorefining Rowe Nutrition Ohio’s County Farm Bureaus BEST SPONSORING PARTNERS Bob Evans Farms Farm Credit Mid-America Frazier Farms Garwood Cattle Company, LLC Kalmbach Feeds - Formula of Champions M.H. Eby Weaver Leather Livestock BEST OF THE BUCKEYE SPONSORING PARTNERS The Folks Printing Dickson Cattle Co. Jones Show Cattle R.D. Jones Excavating Ohio Cat Ohio Ag Equipment Sullivan Supply Stock Show University

JUNIOR SHOW GOLD SPONSORS All American Scales & Calibration, Inc. Barnesville Livestock Auction Bell Farms Ag, LLC. Claylick Run Angus Crop Production Services Greene County Cattlemen Haley Farms Highland County Cattlemen’s Association Jerry Haag Motors Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association Seneca County Cattlemen’s Association UIS Insurance and Investments Miami Valley Plastics JUNIOR SHOW SILVER SPONSORS Alltech Nutrition Andrews Auctioneers Animal Hospital of Tiffin Goff Genetics Granville Milling Co. Hamilton Insurance Agency Hanby Farms Inc. Hara Farms Hord Livestock Johnny Regula, Auctioneer Kim Davis Insurance Agency/Nationwide Insurance Maplecrest Farms Merchant’s National Bank Miami County Cattlemen’s Association Morgan Cattle Company

SILVER SPONSORS (CONT.) Ohio CattleWomen Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Association Paintcreek Cattle Richwood Bank Ron Kreis, Auctioneer STS Cattle Co. Toussaint River Angus Farm JUNIOR SHOW BRONZE SPONSORS The Andersons Feed Ingredient Group Ashland County Cattlemen’s Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association Gahler Farms Graze On Catering - Ali Muir Personal Chef Heil Farms Hess Auction Company / Hess Cattle HFS Angus Ke-Car Farms Kyle, Ashley and Adalida Culp Seth and Emily Miller Tiffin Farmer’s Co-op Trans Ova Genetics Trinity Cattle Company JUNIOR SHOW CLASS SPONSORS Circle L. Fence, Ltd Creek Bottom Farms Highland Livestock Supply Huron County Cattlemen

CLASS SPONSORS (CONT.) Knox County Cattlemen’s Association Lance’s Trailer Sales Locust Lane Farms Logan County Cattlemen’s Association Mars Angus Matt, Amy and Parker Kleski Menzie Cattle Noble County Cattlemen’s Association Reiterman Feed & Supply Rockin’ W Cattle Scott and Shannon Clark BREED SPONSORS Buckeye Hereford Association Chippewa Valley Angus Farms Ohio Angus Association Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association Ohio Simmental Association TRADE SHOW HOSPITALITY FLM Harvest Mercer Landmark COWBOY HAPPY HOUR Heartland Bank Mercer Landmark

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Champion Gelbvieh Female: KJSG OHIO MV Eden 400E Exhibited by: Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, OH

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Female: KJSG OHIO MV Elliana 409E Exhibited by: Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, OH

Champion Balancer Bull: LARA Grand Slam Exhibited by: Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, OH

Champion Balancer Female: LARA Alexa Exhibited by: Lexi Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, OH

Reserve Champion Balancer Female: RAAB OHIO Miss Estelle Z70E ET Exhibited by: Maple Valley Farm, Hillsboro, OH

Champion Hereford Bull: JLCS M742 Ante Up D58 Exhibited by: J&L Cattle Services, Jeromesville, OH

Reserve Champion Hereford Bull: Grassy Run Moutaineer 7002 Exhibited by: Grassy Run Farm, Winfield, WV

Champion Hereford Female: WPM Emily Hand Shake E2 Exhibited by: Grassy Run Farm, Winfield, WV

Reserve Champion Hereford Female: UHF AI Stephanie U14 E Exhibited by: Ralph E. Ullman & Son, Grayville, OH

NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Champion Hereford Cow/Calf: SRF Crystal 138C Exhibited by: Keets Herefords, Berlin Heights, OH

Reserve Champion Hereford Cow/Calf: MHF 430 Legend 42C Exhibited by: Cope Stock Farm, Leetonia, OH

Champion Miniature Hereford Bull: 5H7 Izar Hummer Exhibited by: Julie Sandstrom / Sandy Hills Farm, Huntsville, AR

Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Bull: PB Skeeter Exhibited by: Julie Sandstrom / Sandy Hills Farm, Huntsville, AR

Champion Miniature Hereford Prospect Steer: MLU Thunder Exhibited by: Ulrich’s Miniature Herefords, Pioneer, OH

Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Prospect Steer: BAT Ruff Exhibited by: Fordyce Farms, Byesville, OH

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NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Champion Miniature Hereford Market Steer: BAT Mango Exhibited by: Drew Carpenter, Nashport, OH

Champion Miniature Hereford Female: FSC Mini Pearl 701E Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Female: R70 Striker’s Bett Exhibited by: Hudson Fleener, Biglerville, PA Exhibited by: RFD Farms, Seymour, IN

Champion Murray Grey Bull: LRF Edsel Exhibited by: Limestone Ridge Farm, Bedford, IN

Reserve Champion Murray Grey Bull: LRF Denali Exhibited by: Limestone Ridge Farm, Bedford, IN

Champion Murray Grey Female: Victory Darcy Exhibited by: Victor & Sherie Clark, Carrollton, OH

Reserve Champion Murray Grey Female: Victory Extra Special 76E Exhibited by: Victor & Sherie Clark, Carrollton, OH

Champion Shorthorn Bull: Byland Soggy Dog 73 Exhibited by: Byland Polled Shorthorns, Loudonville, OH

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Bull: LSF MD Easy Livin Exhibited by: Leemon Stock Farms, Hoopston, IL

Champion Shorthorn Plus Bull: HVF Red Stockman 4E Exhibited by: Hornhead Valley Farm, Washington, PA

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Bull: FFDL Rockstar Exhibited by: Foster Farms, Amanda, OH

Champion Shorthorn Female: HFS Foolish Express 714 Exhibited by: Horton Farms, St. Charles, IL

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Female: Layla’s Red Willow 1189 Exhibited by: C&S Hetrick Show Cattle, Fremont, OH

Champion ShorthornPlus Female: LSF Belle 712 Exhibited by: Leemon Stock Farm, Hoopston, IL

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Female: Lorenz’s Black Express Exhibited by: Lorenz Shorthorns, Grant Park, IL

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Managed by: Dan Wells Auctioneer: Ron Kreis Live Lots: 66 Sale Gross: $204,075 | Live Average: $2,968

High Selling Bull: Lot 5 – UHF 10Y Home Boy U26D ET Sold to Double G Farm – St. Clairsville, OH for $4,300 Consigned by Ralph E. Ullman & Son – Graysville, OH

High Selling Female: Lot 105 – ML 40E ET sold to Maurice Kaiser – Cedar Grove, IN for $14,500 Consigned by Martin Livestock, Bargersville, IN


Managed by: Dan Wells Auctioneer: Ryan LePage Live Lots: 20 Sale Gross: $46,250 | Live Average: $2,043

High Selling Bull: Lot 9 - Egners All In E586 Sold to Ray & Kris Campbell - Beallsville, OH for $5,600 Consigned by Egner Farms Angus - Shelby, OH

High Selling Female: Lot 34 – Mears Bright Star Indy Sold to Mary Faidley – Colfax, IA for $7,000 Consigned by Mears Family – West Alexandria, OH / Minges Show Cattle – Okeana, OH

High Selling Female: Lot 53 – HFS Beauty 716 Sold to Peyton Hogg – Fredericktown, OH for $11,500 Consigned by HFS Angus – Radnor, OH


Managed by: Craig Reiter Auctioneer: Kevin Wendt Live Lots: 104 Sale Gross: $321,650 | Live Average: $3,108

High Selling Bull: Lot 2 – SCC Nexus S621 Sold to DeeAnn Demling – McLean, IL for $4,700 Consigned by Steiger Cattle Co. – Delavan, IL


Managed by: Lisa Keets Auctioneer: Dale Stith Live Lots: 54 Sale Gross: $163,375 | Live Average: $2,930

High Selling Bull: Lot 3 – ASC Apollo 80 103D Sold to Thornhill Farms – Springfield, OH for $6,600 Consigned by Alexander Show Cattle – Sabina, OH

High Selling Bull: Lot 17 – JLCS M74Z Ante Up D58 Sold to Michael Reeve – Albany, OH for $4,300 Consigned by J & L Cattle Services – Jeromesville, OH

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High Selling Female: Lot 17 – SCC Bonnebell S620 Sold to Roseberry Farms – Jackson, OH for $4,200 Consigned by Steiger Cattle Co. – Delavan, IL


Managed by: Cagwin Cattle Service Auctioneer: Kevin Wendt Live Lots: 46 Sale Gross: $132,000 | Live Average: $2,675

High Selling ShorthornPlus Female: Lot 47 – LSF Belle 712 Sold to Robin Archer – West Finley, PA for $4,000 Consigned by Leemon Stock Farm – Hoopeston, IL


High Selling Shorthorn Bull: Lot 7 – Byland Soggy Dog Sold to Paint Valley Farms – Millersburg, OH for $12,500 Consigned by Byland Polled Shorthorns – Loudonville, OH

High Selling Shorthorn Female: Lot 34 – Layla’s Red Willow Sold to Ron Zimmerly – Bellefontaine, OH for $4,750 Consigned by C&S Hetrick Show Cattle – Fremont, OH

High Selling ShorthornPlus Bull: Lot 10 – Rains Invisioned Mips

Sold to Ron Robarge - Bryan, OH for $2,000 Consigned by Rains Farms - Mercer, PA

Managed by: Doug Parke Auctioneer: Ron Kreis Live Lots: 84 Sale Gross: $329,775 | Live Average: $3,549

High Selling Bull: Lot 1B – STCC Double Up 7005 Sold to Larry Fulton – Waterford, OH for $10,500 Consigned by Trennepohl Family Farms – Middletown, IN

High Selling Female: Lot 40 – KNSC Miss Maternal Sold to Richard Young – Belmont, OH for $22,000 Consigned by Kyle Nickles – Sycamore, OH

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Grand Champion Heifer & Champion Angus Exhibited by Addison Jones, Allen County

Reserve Champion Heifer & Champion % Simmental Exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Auglaize County

3rd Overall Heifer & Reserve Champion Angus Exhibited by Paige Pence, Clark County

4th Overall Heifer & Champion Purebred Simmental Exhibited by Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County

5th Overall Heifer & Champion MaineTainer Exhibited by Hailee Carter, Holmes County

6th Overall Heifer & Champion Chianina Exhibited by Kathy Lehman, Richland County

7th Overall Heifer & Champion Crossbred Exhibited by Karlie Kennedy, Adams County

8th Overall Heifer & Champion ShorthornPlus Exhibited by Hanna Schroeder, Putnam County

9th Overall Heifer & Champion Shorthorn Exhibited by Olivia Wood, Clinton County

10th Overall Heifer & Reserve Champion MaineTainer Exhibited by Chris Tooms, Muskingum County


NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Abbie Collins, Preble County

Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Jenna Phelps, Union County

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Maddox Cupp, Fairfield County

Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer Exhibited by Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer Exhibited by Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer Exhibited by Caroline Winter, Pickaway County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer Exhibited by Reed Hanes, Mercer County

Reserve Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Justin Reed, Sandusky County

Reserve Champion % Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Reed Hanes, Mercer County

NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Champion Miniature Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Isaac Wiley, Morrow County

Reserve Champion Miniature Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Andrew Johnson, Preble County

Champion High % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Hudson Drake, Ross County

Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Ohio Beef Expo Highlights continued on page 38 Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 23

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Letters to the Editor To Ohio’s Cattle Community, As parents, we carry many titles; nurturer, protector and guardian of our children. For our family that all changed on Saturday, September 30, 2017. It started like any other day on our farm; with everyone going in different directions. Our son Jerod is a typical young farm kid; he showed cattle, helps on the farm and loves tinkering with his truck. He graduated high school, went to ATI for a bit, and decided he was ready to start working for a living. He started making long term plans and was buying a little farm and fixing it up. Jerod had arrived home late Friday evening from Illinois with a large car lift that he purchased from a farm auction earlier in the month. This wasn’t unusual for Jerod to take off to drop things off or pick things up in different states, he’s always been on the move! That Saturday turned out to be a day that will always be etched in our minds. Jerod was struck on the right side of his head and neck while trying to move the lift that he had just drove so many hours the night and day before to get for the new barn at his farm. The accident resulted in a spinal surgery to first repair a shattered C6, and fractures to his C1, C5, C7 and T3 vertebrae and spinal system. The following day he underwent another surgery to place a titanium plate in the right side of his skull where it was pushed inward and pressing on his brain. This left him paralyzed from the waist down. By God’s grace, Jerod was able to celebrate his 20th birthday while in the hospital. With the loving support of family, his girlfriend, extended family and many good friends; Jerod is thankfully on the slow and daunting path to recovery. He is currently in a program at The Ohio State University NeuroRecovery Network funded by The Christopher Reeves Foundation three days a week. As many of you know in the farming/cattle community, there is always a hand extended for families when ANY type of problem arises. On March 10, 2018 that hand was extended to our family from the Richland County Cattlemen’s Association. At their annual banquet while raising $2,940 for their scholarship program, they also raised $5,738 to support rehabilitation costs for Jerod. Mike & Janice Link of Link’s Country Meats donated two half hogs with processing for a raffle, while donations of a cattle themed fire-ring and OSU lap quilt were auctioned off to raise funds for Jerod. A large group of friends purchased the fire-ring, and then donated it back to be auctioned off for the RCCA scholarship fund. Dave & Tammy Grauer along with Dustin & Erin Bender bought the fire-ring and then presented it to Jerod later that week – along with the funds raised. “Thank You” isn’t enough for how grateful we are to the RCCA and everyone that has supported our family during this time. Jerod’s road to recovery will be long, we just ask that everyone keep him in your thoughts and prayers! Blessings to All, Scott, Trish & Jerod Fulmer

Breed News

Continued on page 34 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Angus Achievements Ohio Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet

Ohio Angus breeders attended the 2018 Ohio Angus Association Annual Meeting and Banquet, January 27 in London, Ohio. Award recipients are as follows: Sydney Sanders, Leesburg - Junior Silver Show Award; Emily Wogan, Hebron - Girls Bred-and-Owned Silver Show Award and Girls Silver Show Award; Kacey Felumlee, Newark Boys Bred-and-Owned Silver Show Award and Boys Silver Show Award; and the John King family, Tiffin Distinguished Service Award. Auxiliary officers were also elected. Those elected to serve are Kerrie Miller, Wapakoneta - treasurer; Kellie Miller, Wapakoneta - vice president/secretary; and Barbara Dance, Hillsboro - president. Kristina Scheurman, Warsaw, Ohio, was crowned Miss Ohio Angus during the event. The newly elected officers of the Ohio Junior Angus Association are McKayla Raines, Seaman - president; Keri Felumlee, Newark - vice president; Sarah Millikan, Napoleon - secretary; and Kristina Scheurman, Warsaw treasurer.

Angus producers elected to serve on the Ohio Angus Association board of directors. Photo by Alex Tolbert, American Angus Association.

The Angus producers elected to serve on the Ohio Angus Association board of directors are Shawn Howell, Shelby, director; Scott Millikan, Napoleon, director; Daniel Wells, Frankfort, secretary; Todd Raines, Seaman, vice president; Joseph

Sanders, Harrod, president; Allen Gahler, Graytown, treasurer; and Tim Harsh, Radnor, chairman of the board. Directors are Kelvin Egner, Shelby; John Hall, Cardington; James Rentz, Coldwater; John Grimes, Hillsboro; Jay Clutter, Wapakoneta; David Baird, Washington Court House; David Felumlee, Newark; Chip Enos, Cambridge; Henry Bergfeld, Summitville; Nick Wagner, Attica; and John King, Tiffin.

Ohio Youth Earn Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

Keri Felumlee, Newark, and McKayla Raines, Seaman, have earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. Keri, the 17-year-old daughter of Dawn and David Felumlee attends Licking Valley High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she serves as vice president. McKayla, the 17-year-old daughter of Todd and Melanie Raines attends North Adams High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she has served as shows committee chairman and currently serves as president and Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show fundraising chairman. The Bronze and Silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972.

Eastern Regionals to be Held in Ohio; Entries Open for National Junior Angus Show

The 2018 Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show will be held at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio on June 14-16, 2018. The 50th National Junior Angus Show will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on July 7-13, 2018. Online entries for both shows are available only to junior members of the American Angus Association.

Chianina Conquests

National Junior Show Entries are Open

Chianina, as well as Maine-Anjou, junior exhibitors will gather in Grand Island, Nebraska for the Maine-Anjou and Chianina National Junior Show. “The Grand Fiesta” will take place June 17-23, 2018. Entries can be made online at The entry deadline is May 1, 2018.

Charolais Classics Ohio Youth to Attend Pasture of Dreams

The American International Junior Charolais Association (AIJCA) will hold the 2018 AIJCA Junior National, “Pasture of Dreams”, in Des Moines, Iowa on June 17-22, 2018. The early entry deadline is May 1, 2018 and the final entry and ownership deadline is May 10, 2018. Entries can be made online at jr_national.html.

Gelbvieh Gatherings Junior Classic to be Held in Iowa

One of the highlights of the summer for AGJA members is participating in the annual junior national show. Junior members of all ages from across the United States gather with their families for a week of youth development, education, competition and fun at the 2018 Junior Classic held in Waterloo, Iowa on July 1-6. Check juniors/agja-events/junior-classic for more information regarding the event.

Hereford Happenings All Aboard the Hereford Express

The 2018 Junior National Hereford Expo is scheduled for July 1-7, 2018 in Grand Island, Nebraska. The early bird entry deadline is May 1, 2018. The final entry and ownership deadline is June 3, 2018. Find the schedule of events at jnhe. Entries can be made online at Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 25

OCA Associate Members 2018 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/NCBA PRESIDENT’S CLUB MEMBERS S & F Transport Co Inc., Glen Feichtner, Chatfield – Crawford Full Throttle Trucking, Gus Bonham, Washington C.H. – Fayette OCA/NCBA ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Ohio Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, Michael Bihl, Treasurer, West Union Adams Kewpee Hamburger, Harrison Shutt, Lima - Allen Johnny Regula, Auctioneer, Ostrander Delaware McClelland Agribusiness, LLC, Robert & Shelly McClelland, Powell - Delaware The Ohio State University, James & Denva Kinder, Powell - Delaware Laura Schmuki, Columbus - Franklin Clemson Cattle Company, Mark & Sheryl Clemson, Chardon - Geauga J & J Food Concessions, Jim & Jackie Murray, Xenia - Greene Brookview Farms, Jack Lugbill, Archbold - Henry Rohn Ranch Trailer Sales - Navarre Stark Certified Angus Beef LLC, John Stika, Wooster - Wayne Certified Angus Beef LLC, Mark McCully, Wooster - Wayne Certified Angus Beef LLC, David O’Diam, Farmersville - Wayne Certified Angus Beef LLC, Tracey Erickson, Wooster - Wayne Ohio Simmental Association, Pam Haley, Treasurer, West Salem – Wayne Out of State Sierra Jepsen, Laramie - WY OCA PRESIDENT’S CLUB MEMBERS E R Boliantz Co. Inc., Robert Boliantz, Ashland - Ashland Turk Brothers Custom Meats Inc., Roy Turk, Ashland - Ashland 26 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Feedlot Nutrition Consulting Services, Curtis Cupp, Carroll - Fairfield Bricker & Eckler LLP, Christopher Slagle, Columbus - Franklin OCA ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Adams Douglas White, Manchester Joseph Wright, Seaman David & Mande Payton, Winchester Hillsboro Area Feeder Calf Imp Assn., Peebles Allen Ingredient Distributors Inc., Ted Williams, Delphos Ashland Roger Amos, Ashland Don Nickles, Loudonville Heffelfinger Meats Inc., Rick/Ryan Heffelfinger, Jeromesville Athens Lance’s Trailer Sales, Chris Lance, Athens Ohio Murray Grey Association, Coolville Auglaize Kurt Kaufman, Waynesfield Dave Puthoff, St. Marys Josh Mahoney, Wapakoneta Wyatt Wahlbrink, St. Clairsville Butler Patrick Barker, Liberty Township Champaign David Lynn McIntosh, Urbana Cambell & Jessica Parrish, Mechanicsburg King Feed & Supply Inc., Alvin King, West Liberty Neer Farms, John Neer, North Lewisburg Clark Sexing Technologies - Ohio Heifer Center, Paul Detwiler, South Charleston Clinton Charles Von Bergen, Sabina Buckley Bros. Inc., Tim Klink, Wilmington Darke Jim Buchy, Greenville White’s Show Supply, Roy White, Greenville

Defiance Derrill Kline, Hicksville Delaware Pork-Q-Pine Farm, Tom Price, Delaware Select Sires Inc., Todd Kranz, Dublin Sugar Valley Farm LLC, Billy Walters, Delaware Franklin John Yarrington DVM, Worthington Roger Thompson, DVM, New Albany Animal Science Ext Specialist, Stephen Boyles, Columbus Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham, & Eselgroth, LLP, Troy Callicoat, Dublin COBA/Select Sires Inc., Duane Logan, Columbus Dept of Animal Sciences, Dr. Mike Davis, Columbus Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Roger High, Columbus Ohio Soybean Association, Kirk Merritt, Worthington Fulton Pondview Veterinary Clinic, Pat Dougherty DVM, Archbold Gallia The Butcher Shoppe, LLC, Nathan Frazee, Crown City Greene Kent’s Feed Barn LLC, Kent Campbell, Cedarville Highland Merchants National Bank, Bertha Hamilton, Hillsboro Huron Michael Sparks, Norwalk Licking Granville Milling Co., Granville John McLeish, CPA, John & Linda McLeish, Newark USDA NASS Great Lakes Region, Reynoldsburg Logan TechMix Inc., George Clayton, Rushylvania Lorain Brittany Nemeth, Wellington


Madison Judith & James Wilson, London Mahoning Farmers National Bank, Marla Pieton, Canfield Miami Opal Holfinger, Troy

Annual Membership - $75

First Name: Last Name: Operation Name: Address:

Morgan Morgan Veterinary Services, McConnelsville


Morrow Loren Coleman, Mount Gilead


Muskingum Muskingum Livestock Auction Co., Zanesville Perry Jon & Jackie Stottsberry, Roseville Pickaway Vaughan Dresbach, Circleville Preble Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, New Paris


Shelby Wayne Kiesewetter, Piqua Stark Kiko Meats, Ron Kiko, Minerva Tuscarawas Kris Welch, Newcomerstown Stocker Sand & Gravel, Gnadenhutten Union Select Sires Inc., Plain City Washington Kearny Hambrick, Marietta Phil A Lowe, DVM, Phil Lowe, Beverly Wayne Mike Borger, Apple Creek OSU Extension Wayne County, Rory Lewandowski, Wooster Steve Andrews Auctioneer, Steve Andrews, Wooster Out of State Chip Morgan, Briport - VT Joshua Hill, Wakarusa - IN Kencove Farm Fence, Blairsville - PA Trans Ova Genetics, Boonsboro – MD


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Recruited By: A. OCA Membership (Producer Status)

New Member

Type of Cattle Operation Dairy Commercial Cow-Calf Stocker Club Calf* Seedstock* - Breed:


Feeder Freezer Beef*

* Marking these selections will ensure your operation will be listed in The Ring and Fresh From the Farm Freezer Beef Directory (where applicable).

A. SUBTOTAL OCA Producer Dues $

B. NCBA Membership (Optional - Must also be an OCA member)

Check number of cow-calf pairs or feeders marketed annually to determine dues:

Sandusky Gary Norman, Fremont Hasselbach Meats Inc., Dave Hasselbach, Fremont Seneca Jeffrey Miller, Tiffin - Seneca Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Gregory Matthews DVM, Republic


1-100 head..$150

101-250 head..$300


501-750 head..$650

751-1,000 head..$900

1,001-1,250 head..$1,150

1,251-1,500 head..$1,400

1,501-1,750 head..$1,650

1,751-2,000 head..$1,900

2,001 head & up...$1,900 + 0.38 cents/hd.

Stocker / Feeder Member $150 + 0.38 cents/hd.


C. OCA/NCBA Associate Membership (Non-Voting & Non-Producer) OCA Associate Member.................................................................$75 $

Associate Members will be listed twice yearly in the Cattleman magazine.

OCA President’s Club.................................................................... $175 $

Members of OCA’s President’s Club will receive extra recognition as such in the Ohio Cattleman magazine and one OCA Banquet ticket that includes recognition at the event.

OCA/NCBA Associate Member................................................. $225 $

Associate Members will be listed yearly in the Ohio Cattleman magazine and receive the National Cattleman.

OCA/NCBA President’s Club...................................................... $325 $

Will receive the National Cattleman, receive extra recognition in the Ohio Cattleman magazine and one OCA Banquet ticket that includes recognition at the event.

C. SUBTOTAL Associate Member Dues $

D. Additional Contributions (Voluntary) Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.......................................................... $ Additional monetary support to further the mission of OCA

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation ............................................................. $

501 (c) (3) Charity with funds used for industry education & youth scholarships.

OCA Political Action Committee ....................................................... $

Funds will be used to support ag friendly state and federal candidates from Ohio. To comply with Federal law, OCA uses its best efforts to obtain, maintain, and submit the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per calendar year. Contributions to OCA-PAC are not tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purpose. OCA-PAC may accept only personal checks and credit cards.

D. SUBTOTAL Contributions............................ $

A + B + C + D = GRAND TOTAL $

Make checks payable to: OHIO CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION Credit Card:




Card number: Exp. Date:

Security Code:

Cardholder’s Signature:

Membership and Additional Contributions are Non-Refundable

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Up the Alley By John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator Program support provided by OCA

The Forage Calendar We are currently at a very important point in the annual beef and forage production calendar. We are concluding the winter hay feeding season and transitioning to the spring grazing season. Most producers are welcoming this change as we have just experienced a difficult winter with extreme conditions ranging from bitter sub-zero temperatures to excessive mud. I know that I am ready for warmer temperatures and greener grass! Now is a good time to evaluate the forage portion of your farming operation and how it is influencing your beef production unit. Forage management decisions can focus on pastures as well as hay production, storage and feeding. These decisions will have a huge impact on the overall profitability of your beef enterprise. Keep in mind that the largest expense in any cow-calf budget that you can find will be feed costs. Grazed and harvested forages obviously will comprise the largest portion of the feed expense line of the budget. Most Ohio beef operations will typically have a forage base that combines a variety of cool-season grasses with legumes. A few producers will also utilize warm-season grasses when appropriate. Are your permanent pastures and hay fields producing adequate yields to support your beef herd in a “normal” year? If not, is the lack of production a result of poor forage stands or from a lack of fertility? The recommended period for making a spring forage seeding is quickly closing, but a late summer seeding is a viable option. Perform a soil test every 2-3 years to insure that your fertilization program is meeting the needs of the forages to achieve productive yields. If you are looking to generate a larger volume of quality forage, consider annual forages such as wheat, rye or 30 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

ryegrass, triticale, brassicas or corn silage as options. These forages can be utilized in acreage devoted to annual cropping or as a part of a renovation project of a permanent pasture or hay field. Harvested forage will be an expense for every beef producer regardless if you are purchasing hay or making your own. Forage expense is lower when the animal grazes the forage as opposed to mechanical harvest. Management decisions that can extend the grazing season and reduce the number of days feeding hay will positively influence potential profitability. However, as the winter of 2017-2018 has shown us, it is virtually impossible to eliminate the need for harvested feed in the winter. If you are producing your own hay, make timely hay harvest a priority. Keep in mind that Mother Nature gives us an indication as to when we should harvest grasses and legumes. Research has shown that for every day that a forage displays a seed head or bloom, digestibility declines by 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 percentage units. I also understand that Mother Nature can make timely harvest a very difficult task due to frequent rains or poor drying conditions. Complicating this issue are other farming considerations within the total agricultural enterprise. However, harvesting overly mature forage generates a lower quality forage that will affect beef animal productivity at all stages of development. Regardless if you produce or purchase your hay supply, storage and feeding practices are important considerations. University of Kentucky research has shown that unprotected hay stacked on the ground can experience significant economic losses ranging from 15 to 35 percent. Here are a few key points to help

reduce hay storage losses: • Hay/soil contact is typically the primary source of losses associated with hay stored outdoors. • If placing bales on the ground cannot be avoided, make sure a welldrained area is selected. • Hay should be stored in an open area that can receive maximum sunlight. • Bales should be placed so the sides of the bales do not touch. An exception to this would be if you were stacking bales in a pyramid fashion for covering under roof or with a tarp or other material. • The flat ends of bales should be firmly butted against one another as this can protect the ends almost as well as if they were one continuous bale. As much as I admire the beef cow, she can be very wasteful when it comes to hay consumption. Cows will trample, over consume, and use for bedding 25 to 45 percent of the hay when it is fed with no restrictions or is not processed. These losses are magnified when a multiple day supply of hay is fed. Hay loss and waste can be reduced by feeding hay daily according to diet needs. Feed hay at a well-drained site and on firm ground or a feeding pad when possible. Hay racks or bale feeders with solid barriers at the bottom prevent livestock from pulling hay out to be stepped on and help reduce hay wastage. It is hard to underestimate the value of forages to any beef operation. There is not a single day in the year that the beef female is not consuming forages through grazing pastures or eating hay. Forage management decisions made by the producer should be made with the entire calendar year in mind. v

Beef Briefs appreciation for management issues and techniques utilized by others in the industry; examples include water availability and usage, grazing of government lands or using alternative feedstuffs. The students visited sixteen different beef operations across four states. Their stops included Riverbend Ranch, Idaho Falls Idaho; Carter Cattle Co., Pingree, Idaho; Snake River Farms, American Falls, Idaho; Standlee Forages, Kimberly, Idaho; Intermountain Beef, Eden, Idaho; Ira & Kim Brackett Ranch, Jordan Valley, Oregon; CS Beef Packers, Kuna, Idaho; Reynolds Creek Calf Ranch, Melba, Idaho; Agri-Beef Wagyu Bull Development Center, Parma, Idaho; Shaw Cattle Co., Caldwell, Idaho; JR Simplot Co. Feedlot, Grand View, Idaho; Colyer Herefords and Angus, Bruneau, Idaho; Elko Land and Livestock Company - TS Ranch, Elko, Nevada; J.M. Capriola, Elko, Nevada; Wasatch Meats, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Powder River Equipment, Provo, Utah. v

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Forage Corner Timothy McDermott, DVM, OSU Extension Educator, Franklin County

Monitor for Ticks When Working Pasture There has been an increase in tickvectored diseases in Ohio to livestock, companion animals and humans over the last several years. This has occurred as the different tick species that inhabit Ohio have increased their habitat range and gradual spread from the south and east towards the north. The increase in awareness of tick-vectored diseases is now only starting to catch up as a public and livestock health awareness priority. Ticks have been found to vector not only bacterial diseases, but new-vectored viral diseases as well as allergic reactions have increased in frequency and severity. As the producer gets ready for spring production work, they have multiple potential chances to interact with ticks. This might include inspecting fence for post-winter repair, checking on spring calving, walking pasture to evaluate forage stands or moving cattle to different paddocks to take advantage of lush spring growth. Understanding tick habitat preferences, knowing what life cycle stages are present and making a personal protective biosecurity plan will allow the producer to decrease

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their chances of a tick-vectored disease concern. The ticks of consequence in Ohio are hard shell ticks, in the Animal Kingdom, Phylum Arthropods, Class Arachnids, and Subclass Acari. This means that they are related to spiders. They do not fly and use a hunting method called “questing� where they use their back pair of legs to hold onto vegetation and the front pair of legs to grab prey as it passes by. This is useful information for prevention as you encounter a tick when you enter the habitat they prefer. The main Ohio tick species are the Brown Dog Tick, the American Dog Tick, the Blacklegged or Deer Tick and the Lone Star Tick. A common misconception about ticks is that they are only present during spring or summer. Most ticks have a one-year life cycle, except Blacklegged (Deer) ticks, which have a two-year life cycle. Different growth stages are more active during different times of the year. Currently in Ohio, according to, the ticks that are most prevalent are adult American Dog ticks and adult Blacklegged ticks. As the spring progresses to summer, the Lone Star Tick will increase in frequency. Each tick species has its preferred habitat and individual characteristics. The preferred habitat of the American Dog Tick is pasture grasses and meadows while the preferred habitat for Blacklegged ticks are dense woodlands. The current adult stages will look to feed on larger mammals such as deer, cattle, small ruminants, horses and humans. It is important for the producer who will enter tick habitat to have a personal protection plan to prevent tick attachment

and potential disease transmission. Producers should wear long pants and shirts, preferable light colored to be able to see the ticks. The preferred repellant strategy is to wear permethrin treated clothing, as this will repel ticks when they are questing to find blood meal sources. Clothing can be purchased already treated from major outdoor or work clothing suppliers as well as clothing can be treated at home using a permethrin spray or concentrate labelled for use on clothing. Should a producer find an embedded tick on their person, the tick should be removed and saved as ticks can now be tested to see if they carry infectious disease. Details on how to treat clothing with permethrin, correct tick removal as well as laboratories that will test ticks for disease can be found at A prevention strategy for tick disease in livestock is challenging. Treating a pasture for ticks is not feasible and full daily close visual examination of a herd is difficult in many grazing systems. A producer should try to keep pasture fence lines mowed to suppress weeds and shrubby habitat and try to minimize exposure of livestock to wild animals who are the preferred blood meal for ticks. It is important for a producer to make a plan to deal with potential tick encounters when working their livestock. Having a personal biosecurity plan for repellant clothing, removal strategies, and post-pasture tick checks are critical to keep the producer safe and decrease the chances of tick-vectored disease. If a producer suspects a tick-vectored disease is present in one of their animals, they should contact their veterinarian immediately. v


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Ohio Limousin Youth Will Celebrate Christmas in July

Junior Limousin exhibitors will celebrate “Christmas in July” at the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLSC) on July 1420, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The schedule of events and information about entries can be found at juniors/shows/national-junior-show. NALJA and the Limi Boosters offer four scholarship programs for junior members pursuing higher education. These scholarships are presented at the NJLSC. Scholarship applications are due May 15, 2018 and are available at

Maine-Anjou Moments

Registration is Open for National Junior Show Maine-Anjou, as well as Chianina, junior exhibitors will gather in Grand Island, Nebraska, for “The Grand Fiesta”, June 17-23, 2018. Entries are due May 1, 2018 and can be made online at The American Maine-Anjou Association is proud to support the advanced education of Maine-Anjou juniors. The American Maine-Anjou Scholarship Award is presented annually and will be announced at the Junior National Maine-Anjou Show this year. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2018.

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Miniature Hereford Junior National Scheduled for June 19-24

The Miniature Hereford Junior National, “Showing Mini’s Making Memories,” will take place in Kearney, Nebraska on June 19-24, 2018. For more information on the event, like the Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals Facebook page.

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Salers Standouts Diamonds in the Rough

The AJSA Junior National will be held on July 8-14, 2018 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The show is open to all AJSA members. For more information, visit

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National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference in Wisconsin

Shorthorn exhibitors will travel to Madison, Wisconsin this summer to the National Junior Shorthorn Show & Youth Conference, June 26- July 1, 2018. The event will be celebrating 50 years “Under the Big Top.” Entries can be made online at Each year, there are several scholarships sponsored by the Shorthorn Foundation as well as the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) available to American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) members. The ASA and the Foundation find offering college support to the youth of the association is very important, as they are a part of the future of the industry and the Shorthorn breed. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2018.

ARE YOU TAGGED FOR GREATNESS? Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation License Plate Program Show your pride as an Ohio cattle producer and support Ohio’s youth by purchasing the Beef license plate. Plates are available through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. By purchasing an Ohio Beef license plate, you will be supporting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Program and making a positive difference in the future of the industry by supporting those youth who have been “Tagged for Greatness.” The Beef plate will cost $25 annually, in addition to regular registration fees. With each Ohio Beef license plate sold, $15 goes directly to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. The plates are also available for commercial farm trucks. Call 1-866-OPLATES or visit for more information.

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On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

The New Head Catch It was a fairly nice day for Cut Bank in early April.  A little breeze blowin’ off the reservation, the sun about the color of skimmed milk and the creek startin’ to show the runoff. That afternoon Myron had spotted one of his cows with a calving problem.  Only one foot was showing.  He brought her up to his covered preg checkin’ shed where he had installed a new head catch. Since his wife had gone to town he called his neighbor, Florence, for help.  When she arrived, they eased the ol’ cow into the crowding pen and started her down the long alley toward the head catch.  I think I should describe his head catch. Think of it as French doors with a gap down the center. Except the doors weigh over fifty pounds each and are made of steel and pipe.  To set the head catch you open the doors inward, part way.  Then when the cow’s head starts through you swing the lever so that it closes in front of her shoulders. To release the beast, you trip the latch and the doors swing open to the outside. Halfway down the alley the cow stopped and went down.  No amount of tail twistin’ and bad language could unwedge her. At his request Florence brought Myron a bucket of water and the O.B. chains.  He lathered up and slipped one end of the 32-inch chain over the protruding leg. On examination he found the other foot further back but already in the birth canal.  Myron smiled with relief.  But remember, God does have a sense of humor. Myron deftly slipped the other end of the chain around his slippery wrist and dove back in.  He grasped the recalcitrant foot with his hand and popped it into position.  Miraculously, the cow sprang to her feet and started down the alley.  Myron, of course, followed . . . approximately 32 inches behind! Florence was racing the cow and her attached obstetrician to the head gate. Florence swung the gate open.  Too wide.  Then she tried to close it.  Too late.  The cow shot through.  Too fast.  Followed by the tethered arm.  Too bad. Just as the head catch clanged shut, Myron hit it head-on and rang his bell!  The procession screeched to a halt.  Florence, in a panic, hit the latch and the head catch blew open.  Myron was jerked forward and rear-ended the cow.  Surprised, she kicked him smartly in the groin!  He fell backwards.  She laid rubber and whiplashed him into a belly flop! Across the corral she ran dragging Myron like a locked-on Sidewinder missile.  Through the mud and muck he torpedoed.  His waistband was scooping up the night soil and pounding it down his pants until his belt and pockets piled up around his ankles. In spite of the slick sledding Myron was no longer aerodynamic.  His drag coefficient was approaching that of a trawler with a net full of moldy hay.  The cow idled momentarily and Myron slipped the chain off his wrist.  He plopped in the flop and lay like a plow left in the furrow. The cow jumped the fence and calved unaided fifteen minutes later. Myron was treated for abrasions on his oil pan and now wears a 16 1/2, 34, 36 shirt. v 

County Cattle Call Crawford County Cattlemen Host Tour and Annual Meeting, Banquet

The Crawford County Cattlemen hosted a tour and held their annual meeting and banquet in March. Their winter tour hosted 75 attendees who visited Lepley Farms’ feedlot, with upward of 1,000 head feeding capacity and a slatted floor. The Lepley’s have a manure storage facility that can hold up to 400 days’ worth of manure. The operation feeds by-products and silage. The next stop on the tour was Erf Farms, where 500 head of Holstein cattle are fed annually. The calves are started on an automatic milk replacer system and finished out and marketed. Dr. Michael Mulls, DVM, hosted the group for lunch at his clinic and discuss Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) guidelines. The Huron County Cattlemen grilled hamburgers for the event. Finally, Kevin Elder from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) provided an update on the Western Lake Erie Basin and nutrient management protocol regarding manure hauling regulation. There were 160 members and guests present at the annual meeting and banquet. Attendees heard from Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA president; Jack Fisher, Crawford County native and former Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Vice-President; and John C. Foltz, PhD, Chair, Department of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University. Crawford County Cattlemen raffled a rifle, won by Tonya Lohr, with proceeds benefitting the group’s scholarship fund. Retiring board member, Eldon Pfleiderer, was recognized for his years of service alongside Tom and Sue Shawk who were recognized with the prestigious Industry Service Award.

Richland County Cattlemen Hold Annual Banquet; Support Local Youth

On March 10, 2018, the Richland County Cattlemen’s Association held their annual banquet. At the event, Richland County Cattlemen and community members raised $2,940 for their scholarship program and $5,738 to support rehabilitation costs for

Jerod Fulmer, a twenty-year-old from Mansfield, Ohio. The Fulmer family is grateful for the support of the Richland County Cattlemen’s Association and everyone that has supported their family during this time (find the family’s letter to the editor on page 24).

performance data and submit it to the association • Photo taking and uploading skills • Understanding Veterinary terms, interstate health paper requirements, developing an annual herd health and vaccination protocol • BQA certification The event will be held at C.A.B.B. Farms, LLC, 8888 State Route 314 Lexington, Ohio 44904. There is no cost to attend. RSVP by May 31 to either Carri Jagger, jagger.6@osu. edu, 419-947-1070 or Dustin Bender, 740-225-1074.

Butler County Cattlemen’s Association put on Spring Gathering

Community members and friends presented Jerod Fulmer with a fire ring and over $5,700 of rehabilitation funds at the Richland County Cattlemen’s Banquet. Pictured from left: Amelia, Mathias, Erin and Dustin Bender, Lexington, Ohio; Jerod Fulmer, Mansfield, Ohio; and Dave and Tammy Grauer, Shiloh, Ohio.

Morrow County Cattlemen to Host Field Day June 9 On June 9, 2018, the Morrow County Cattlemen are planning a field day. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the class will start at 10:00. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend. The program will be a chute-side, hands-on BQA class and certification. Afternoon will be a program covering the following: • Tattoo lessons and herd identification techniques • DNA collection methods and understanding parentage verification • Understanding AI certificates, lease agreements and other useful documents • How to keep accurate breeding records • How to accurately collect and record

The Butler County Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) held their Spring Gathering April 8, 2018 at the Collinsville Community Center and had nearly 75 people in attendance. Scott Rittenhouse, United Producers, Inc., spoke to the group on cattle marketing options. BCCA will hold their next event on June 30, 2018. The day will include a beef-focused clinic to help local 4-H and FFA members get their animals ready to show at the Butler County Fair.

The Butler County Cattlemen’s Association held their Spring Gathering April 8, 2018 at the Collinsville Community Center and had nearly 75 people in attendance.

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Champion Low % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Morgan Neill, Huron County

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Natalie Wagner, Russellville, Ohio, 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 of New Philadelphia, Ohio, 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. Applications for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships are due October 31, 2018.

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Natalie Wagner, Russellville, Ohio, was the recipient of the Saltwell Expo Scholarship. Pictured from left: Scott Puzacke, Saltwell Western Store; Sally Puzacke, Saltwell Western Store; and Wagner.

THE SOCIAL The 2018 Ohio Beef Expo kicked off with an evening of networking with fellow cattlemen and industry leaders at The Social, the evening of Thursday, March 15, at the Crowne Plaza North. OCA members, Expo cattle and trade show exhibitors and volunteers attended the event for free thanks to sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim.

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OCA PAC is the political arm of the state’s largest cattle association representing Ohio cattlemen and women and their family’s business interests. It is a federal PAC that can support state and federal candidates. OCA PAC raises funds from personal voluntary contributions from OCA members and pools those contributions together to support political candidates who support the beef cattle industry. OCA PAC gives cattle producers the access and visibility the industry needs to have its voice heard at the State House and on Capitol Hill. Not everyone can run for office or travel to Columbus or Washington to speak with each Representative or Senator. Cattlemen and women need to be back home running their day-to-day farming operations. OCA PAC enables us to have daily representation on the issues important to our industry. The true power of OCA PAC is in its ability to support state and federal candidates from both sides of the aisle.


Jerry & Mary Ann Berg • Reb & Denise Billman • Paul & Marsha Farno • Andrew Armstrong • Fred Voge Tom Karr • Darby Walton • Kingsway Angus • Jon Beceril • CJ Brown • Glen Feichtner • Sasha Rittenhouse




Pictured from left: Dave Puthoff, Trade Show Committee Chaiman; J.L. Draganic, Expo Co-Chair; Angela Shoemaker, Weaver Leather Livestock; Joe Foster, Trade Show Committee Vice-Chairman.

Pictured from left: Dave Puthoff, Trade Show Committee Chairman;Terry Glassford, Cashman’s Equipment; J.L. Draganic, Expo Co-Chair; and Pam Haley; Expo Co-Chair.

Pictured from left: Dave Puthoff, Trade Show Committee Chairman; Raven Williams, Lance’s Trailer Sales; Chris Lance, Lances’s Trailer Sales; Pam Haley, Expo Co-Chair; and J.L. Draganic, Expo Co-Chair.

Thank you, County Affiliate, Athens, Meigs and Washington, for preparing lunches for the trade show exhibitors at the Ohio Beef Expo! Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 39


Grand Champion Market Animal & Champion Crossbred, Division III Champion Exhibited by Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County

Reserve Champion Market Animal & Reserve Champion Crossbred, Division II Champion

Exhibited by Brady Turnes, Perry County

3rd Overall Market Animal & 3rd Overall Crossbred, Division II Reserve Champion Exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz, Auglaize County

4th Overall Market Animal & Champion Chianina Exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz, Auglaize County

5th Overall Market Animal & Champion Maine-Anjou Exhibited by Micayla McClure, Hamilton County

6th Overall Market Animal & 4th Overall Crossbred, Divsion III Reserve Champion Exhibited by Addie Shaffer, Lake County

7th Overall Market Animal & Champion ShorthornPlus Exhibited by Kassidy Thompson, Miami County

8th Overall Heifer & 5th Overall Crossbred, Division I Champion Exhibited by Fox Morgan, Perry County

9th Overall Market Animal & Reserve Champion Chianina Exhibited by Hudson Drake, Ross County

10th Overall Market Animal & Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou

Exhibited by Harrison Blay, Portage County


Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Carly Sanders, Highland County

Reserve Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Avery Wood, Clinton County

Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Ross Michael, Montgomery County

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Ashton Bain, Highland County

Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Abigail Thornton, Fairfield County

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Taylor Muhlenkamp, Mercer County

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer Exhibited by Delaney Chester, Warren County

Champion Simmental Steer Exhibited by Carter McCauley, Guernsey County

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer Exhibited by Grant Belleville, Wood County

Champion Miniature Steer Exhibited by Noah Smith, Sandusky County

Reserve Champion Miniature Steer Exhibited by Seamus Bly, Lake County

Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Sydney Sanders, Highland County

Reserve Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Wally Minges, Butler County

Champion Market Heifer Exhibited by Josh Champer, Madison County

Reserve Champion Market Heifer Exhibited by Payton Freed, Muskingum County

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NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Reserve Champion Division I Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Hayden Belleville, Wood County

Champion Division IV Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Amelia Willis, Pike County

Champion Division V Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Samantha Augustine, Ashland County

Reserve Champion Division V Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Adam Kinsman, Fulton County

Reserve Champion Division IV Crossbred Steer Exhibited by Kade Gowitzka, Richland County




First: Beau Johnson, Gallia County Second: Bryce Hines, Gallia County Third: Karly Goetz, Wood County Fourth: Hannah Lang, Wood County Fifth: Kendall Davies, Wood County Sixth: Brianna Blakely, Clermont County Seventh: Luke Jennings, Clermont County Eighth: Ethan Davies, Wood County Ninth: Dena Wilson, Champaign County Tenth: Levi Knopp, Jackson County


Junior High Team was Wood County B. Team members pictured from left are Hannah Lang, Samantha VanVorhis, Brooke Simon and Ethan Davies.

Senior High Team was Brown County FFA. Team members pictured from left are Katelyn Cowdrey, Adrianne Moran and Amber Storey.

Second: Gallipolis FFA Team Members: Beau Johnson, Jayden Shriver, Bryce Hines and Dylan Brumfield

Second: Talawanda FFA Blue Team Members: Colleen Minges, Wally Minges, Peyton Weekley and Michael Schwab

Third: Wood County E Team Members: Garrett Ziegler, Karly Goetz, Riley Burtchin and Kendall Davies

Third: West Liberty Salem Team Members: Cooper Havens, Kenedie Cox, Kayleigh Metz and Mallary Caudill

Fourth: Sanders / Valley Hill Team Members: Carly Sanders, Sydney Sanders, Hudson Drake and Ross Michael

Fourth: Wood County 4-H A Team Members: Kylie O’Brien, Ashlyn O’Brien, Sydney Mazey and Karter Convers

Fifth: Highland County All Stars Team Members: Connor Yochum, Sydney Shelton, Ellie Day and Sydney Schneder

Fifth: Lawrence 4-H Team 1 Team Members: Kaylee Cade, Karsyn Ball and Maddy Calaway

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First: Wally Minges, Butler County Second: Emily Jennings, Pasco County, FL Third: Gavin Puckett, Highland County Fourth: Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown County Fifth: Sydney Mazey, Wood County Sixth: Ellie Kidwell, Knox County Seventh: Alyssa Carter, Warren County Eighth: Ashlyn O’Brien, Wood County Ninth: Amber Storey, Sandusky County Tenth: Allie Yoder, Champaign County




Top 10 Beginner Showmanship include, from left to right: 1. Carly Sanders, Highland County; 2. Emma Yochum, Highland County; 3. Sydney Schneder, Clinton County; 4. Lance Brinksneader, Darke County; 5. Delaney Chester, Warren County; 6. Taylor Barton, Clinton County; 7. Tucker Shepard, Henry County; 8. Conner Yochum, Highland County; 9. Wyatt Osborn, Highland County; 10. Brooklyn Manning, Brown County

Top 10 Junior Showmanship include, from left to right: 1. Beau Johnson, Gallia County; 2. Hayden Smith, Holmes County; 3. Montana Hulsmeyer, Allen County; 4. Ross Michael, Montgomery County; 5. Hudson Drake, Ross County; 6. Madison Paden, Guernsey County ; 7. Delaney Jones, Allen County; 8. Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County; 9. Kinzee Shafer, Preble County; 10. Ellie Day, Athens County



Top 10 Novice Showmanship include, from left to right: 1. Caroline Winter, Pickaway County; 2. Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin County; 3. Riley Rismiller, Darke County; 4. Audriana Albert, Richland County; 5. Garrett Miley, Noble County; 6. Maggie Mathews, Clinton County; 7. Audrey Wurts, Clark County; 8. Alicia Graham, Licking County; 9. Lukas Perry, Ottawa County; 10. McKala Grauel, Hardin County

Top 10 Intermediate Showmanship include, from left to right: 1. Allison Davis, Carroll County; 2. Caden McLaughlin, Monroe County; 3. Hannah Whitted, Portage County; 4. Tanner Cordes, Montgomery County; 5. Tyler Michaels, Montgomery County; 6. Addison Jones, Allen County; 7. Mya Hetrick, Sandusky County; 8. Macy Burchett, Madison County ; 9. Sydney Mazey, Wood County; 10. Madalynn Bruckelmeyer, Muskingum County




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Top 10 Senior Showmanship include, from left to right: 1. Kyle Piscione, Medina County; 2. Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County; 3. Kathy Lehman, Richland County; 4. Jordan Johnson, Gallia County; 5. Kassidy Thompson, Miami County; 6. Dalton Kennedy, Adams County; 7. Hannah Topmiller, Warren County; 8. Addie Shaffer, Lake County; 9. Haley Frazier, Jackson County; 10. Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway County Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 43



A Show for the Greater Good

An Ohio State fraternity donates proceeds from the AGR Holiday Classic to cancer research and awareness


he Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) Beta Chapter at The Ohio State University recently donated $10,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with proceeds from the AGR Holiday Classic, a sanctioned show of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST program. The AGR Holiday Classic is a two-day cattle show hosted by the fraternity each December, that offers a market animal and heifer show along with a showmanship competition. The fraternity is responsible for organizing and staffing the event as well as fundraising to cover the costs of

the facilities at the Ohio Expo Center. Members of the fraternity also serve as representatives to the BEST committee that oversees the program. AGR uses the proceeds from their hard work of orchestrating this show as a major fundraiser -- not for profit, but for philanthropic efforts. One avenue of the fraternity’s philanthropic efforts is the BuckeyeThon -- Ohio’s largest studentrun philanthropy event. A 24-hour dance marathon and official program of Ohio State’s Office of Student Life, all proceeds from BuckeyeThon support Nationwide Children’s Hospital, specifically the Hematology/ Oncology and BMT (Blood and Marrow Transplantation) Department. Drew Baus, an AGR from Deshler, Ohio, participated in the 2018 BuckeyeThon. Baus, on behalf of the AGR Beta Chapter, was recognized as the second highest individual fundraiser with the $10,000 donation made after the show. This is the second consecutive year a representative from AGR earned this title. Over 4,500 Ohio State students participated in the event held February 9-10, 2018, and raised a total of $1.6 million dollars.

AGR members at the 2018 BuckeyeThon held in February — Ohio’s largest student-run philanthropy event. Photo submitted by AGR Beta Chapter. 44 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Devin Coon is an AGR from Jackson, Ohio and a former BEST participant and Junior Representative. Alongside many other AGR members, he helped organize the 2017 AGR Holiday Classic. “The most rewarding part of hosting the AGR Holiday Classic is being able to make such a large donation to Nationwide Children’s thanks to the show’s many exhibitors,” said Coon. However, the chapter’s charitable efforts do not stop there. Over the past 5 years, the AGR Beta Chapter has donated $35,000 to BuckeyeThon as well as $2,500 to last year’s wildfire relief efforts in Colorado. In addition, two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen. The chapter’s philanthropic donations focused toward agricultural advancement comes to a total of nearly $50,000 over the past five years. “Donating to causes like BuckeyeThon is a great opportunity to improve the lives of others through an industry we love. AGR is proud to be involved in the local community, and we are able to do that by hosting the AGR Holiday Classic through the OCA BEST program,” said Baus. OCA is proud of these young agricultural leaders and congratulates the AGR Beta Chapter for their hard work and selflessness. v

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

2018 Ohio Beef Expo Results

* Additional premiums for the Angus divisions were sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association

Scholarship Division

Heifer Division

Steer Division

Breeder Recognition ®

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted the Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio Beef Expo on Sunday, March 18 during the junior show. The Best of the Buckeye program, coordinated by OCA in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair, had a strong start with, to date, more than 230 head of cattle nominated by youth and breeders. The program recognizes top Ohio bred and born registered steers and heifers, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Best of the Buckeye provides Ohio seedstock breeders with an enhanced marketing opportunity for Ohio bred and born registered steers and heifers, creates a source of more moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program

with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair. New for the 2018 program, a breeder recognition category has been added. All nominating breeders will be recognized on the website at and will also be recognized for their honors achieved with the cattle they sell and nominate for the program. All participating breeders are invited to attend the first Best of the Buckeye Breeders Reception preceding the Cattlemen’s Gala on August 25 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. This year’s generous sponsoring partners are The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company, heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R & D Jones Excavating, steer division; Ohio Cat and Ohio Ag Equipment, scholarship division; and Sullivan Supply

and Stock Show University, breeder recognition. Over $60,000 will be presented between the two shows in the form of premiums, scholarships and awards. Every winning Best of the Buckeye exhibitor received a basic premium of $300 for champion, $200 for reserve champion, and $100 for third overall. Ohio breed associations also contributed additional premiums. OCA would like to thank these sponsors for contributing to a successful year of the Best of the Buckeye program. Visit for more information.

Heifer Division Sponsor

Best of the Buckeye Heifers - Sponsored by The Folks Printing & Dickson Cattle Company

Champion Angus Heifer Exhibited by Kelsey Shope, McDermott, Ohio Bred by Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, Ohio Total Premium: $500*

Reserve Champion Angus Heifer Exhibited by Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio Bred by Hara Farms LLC, Dublin, Ohio Total Premium: $325*

Third Overall Angus Heifer Exhibited by Beau Johnson, Gallipolis, Ohio Bred by Agle Family Cattle, South Vienna, Ohio Total Premium: $175*

Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Kathy Lehman, Shelby, Ohio Bred by Garwood Cattle Company, Columbiana, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Adison Niese, Shelby, Ohio Bred by Adison Niese, Shelby, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Jared Godown, New Paris, Ohio Bred by Megan Hunt, New Madison, Ohio Total Premium: $100 Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 45

Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Maddox Cupp, Lancaster, Ohio Bred by Jim Herman, Edgerton, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Caroline Vonderhaar, Camden, Ohio Bred by Adams Family Show Cattle, Springfield, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer Exhibited by Lori Millenbaugh, Crestline, Ohio Exhibited by Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio Bred by Colton Braska / Grauer Show Cattle, Shelby, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $200 Total Premium: $300

Third Overall Hereford Heifer Exhibited by Caroline Vonderhaar, Camden, Ohio Bred by Adams Family Show Cattle, Springfield, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Third Overall High % Maine-Anjou Heifer Exhibited by Rylee Closser, Hebron, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $100

No Picture Available Champion MaineTainer Heifer Exhibited by Chris Tooms, New Concord, Ohio Bred by Green Oak Farms, New Paris, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer Exhibited by Tanner Cordes, Farmersville , Ohio Bred by Green Oak Farms, New Paris, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer Exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Shorthorn Heifer Exhibited by Caroline Winter, Ashville, Ohio Bred by Ben Harner, Xenia, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer Exhibited by Sara Britton, Custar, Ohio Bred by Greenhorn Cattle Company, Bellbrook, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer Exhibited by Cooper Hetrick, Fremont, Ohio Bred by Cooper Hetrick, Fremont, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer Exhibited by Abigail Thornton, Amanda, Ohio Bred by Brandee Painter, Hebron, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer Exhibited by Jenna Godown, New Paris, Ohio Bred by Elizabeth Shatto, Ft. Loramie, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Heifer Exhibited by Macy Burchett, London, Ohio Bred by Justin Shonkwiler, London, Ohio Total Premium: $100

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Champion Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Justin Reed, Lindsey, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Tyson Woodard, Cambridge, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion % Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio Bred by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion % Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Owen Fennig, Coldwater, Ohio Bred by Hara Farms LLC, Dublin, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall % Simmental Heifer Exhibited by Jordan Flax, London, Ohio Bred by CampbellCo, Cedarville, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Miniature Heifer

Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer Exhibited by Luke Strow, Custar, Ohio Bred by Lakyn Holley, Gibsonburg, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Miniature Heifer Exhibited by Brock Mills, Shelby, Ohio Bred by TNT Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Exhibited by Issac Wiley, Mt. Vernon, Ohio Bred by 4 Wiley Farm, Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Total Premium: $300

Save the Date

Breeder Recognition Reception

August 25

No Picture Available Champion High % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Hudson Drake, Chillicothe, Ohio Bred by VanHorn Farms, Malta, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Austin Frazier, Fredericktown, Ohio Bred by Frazier’s Farm, Fredericktown, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Champion Low % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Claire French, Wakeman, Ohio Bred by STJ Ruffing Cattle Company, Republic, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Kayler Frey, Avon, Ohio Bred by Piscione Cattle, Burbank, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Sponsored by ®

Third Overall Low % AOB Heifer Exhibited by Gavin Burke, Mt. Vernon, Ohio Bred by Frazier’s Farm, Fredericktown, Ohio Total Premium: $100 Spring Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 47

Best of the Buckeye Steers - Sponsored by Jones Show Cattle and R & D Jones Excavating

Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Erica Snook, Caldwell, Ohio Bred by Ron and Tonya Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio Total Premium: $550*

Reserve Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Arica Hamilton, Eaton, Ohio Bred by Dawson Ward, New Paris, Ohio Total Premium: $350*

Third Overall Champion Angus Steer Exhibited by Christina Winter, Ashville, Ohio Bred by Caroline Winter, Ashville, Ohio Total Premium: $175*

Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Hudson Drake, Chillicothe, Ohio Bred by Grauer Show Cattle, Shiloh, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Madison Paden, Salesville, Ohio Bred by Steele Paden, Salesville, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Chianina Steer Exhibited by Shala Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio Bred by Matt Gainer, Urbana, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Ross Michael, Germantown, Ohio Bred by Hill & Hollow Farms, Bradford, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Hereford Steer Exhibited by Caroline Vonderhaar, Camden, Ohio Bred by Adams Family Show Cattle, Springfield, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Hereford Steer Exhibited by Alexis Shaw, Newcomerstown, Ohio Bred by Adams Family Show Cattle, Springfield, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Maine-Anjou Steer Exhibited by Garrett Agle, South Vienna, Ohio Bred by Agle Family Cattle, South Vienna, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer Exhibited by Hayden Smith, Millersburg, Ohio Bred by Hayden Smith, Millersburg, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer Exhibited by Collin Fedderke, Napoleon, Ohio Bred by Herman Show Cattle, Edon, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Taylor Muhlenkamp, Celina, Ohio Bred by Muhlenkamp Show Cattle, Celina, Ohio Total Premium: $300 48 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Kate Hornyak, Chardon, Ohio Bred by Cornerpost Farms, Republic, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Shorthorn Steer Exhibited by Isaac Gehret, Yorkshire, Ohio Bred by Shatto Show Cattle, Ft. Loramie, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion ShorthornPlus Steer Exhibited by Alicia Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio Bred by Valerie Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer Exhibited by Mallory Peter, Hicksville, Ohio Bred by Erica King, Wauseon, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall ShorthornPlus Steer Exhibited by Trent Broermann, Camden, Ohio Bred by Trent Broermann, Camden, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Champion Simmental Steer Exhibited by Grant Belleville, Bowling Green, Ohio Bred by Miller Family Show Cattle, West Unity, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Simmental Steer Exhibited by Allison Herr, Metamora, Ohio Bred by Gary Short, Archbold, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall Simmental Steer Exhibited by Bailey Dusseau, Graytown, Ohio Bred by Ferguson Show Cattle, Chardon, Ohio Total Premium: $100

steer Division SponsorS

Champion Miniature Steer Exhibited by Noah Smith, Fremont, Ohio Bred by RDS Herefords, Weston, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion Miniature Steer Exhibited by Seamus Bly, Painesville, Ohio Bred by Robert McDonald, Bainbridge, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Sydney Sanders, Leesburg, Ohio Bred by Lawrence Family Cattle, Hebron, Ohio Total Premium: $300

Reserve Champion AOB Steer Exhibited by Victoria Waits, Washington Court House, Ohio Bred by Darrington White, Manchester, Ohio Total Premium: $200

Third Overall AOB Steer Exhibited by Gavin Burke, Mt. Vernon, Ohio Bred by Frazier’s Farm, Fredericktown, Ohio Total Premium: $100

Ohio’s Premier Bred, Born & Raised Registered Steer & Heifer Youth Event Scholarship Division

Heifer Division

Steer Division

Breeder Recognition ®

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Best of the Buckeye scholarships sponsored by Ohio cat and Ohio Ag Equipment

Pictured left to right back row: Rob Kuhar, Ohio Cat / Ohio Ag Equipment • Zach Sillman, Ohio Cat / Ohio Ag Equipment • Nick Helmke, Napoleon, Ohio • Brooklyn Cunningham, Howard, Ohio • Alexis Watkins, Carey, Ohio • Brock Retcher, Defiance Ohio • Blaine Grant, Hicksville, Ohio • Brandon Barr, Xenia, Ohio • Heath Hamer, Green Springs, Ohio • Wesley Stumbo, Logan, Ohio • Linda Meier, Ohio Cat. • front row: Shala Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio • Lukas Perry, Woodville, Ohio Jordan Flax, London, Ohio • Claire French, Wakeman, Ohio • Russell Fox, Tiffin, Ohio • Tatumn Poff, Chardon, Ohio • Gracie Stirm, Galion, Ohio • Not pictured is Conner Yochum, Hillsboro, Ohio and Raymond Beneker, Hamilton, Ohio.

The Best of the Buckeye program awarded $500 scholarships to Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf awarded based on show experience and need. These scholarships were awarded to participants of all ages, whether they’re just looking for a boost to get started or they’re a more experienced showman, but could just use a little help offsetting the cost of a steer or heifer project.


Rob Stout, DVM 1345 Legend Lane Alexandria, Ohio 43001 IVF services provided in conjunction with:

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to all Best of the Buckeye Exhibitors,

&Thank You

to all PARTICIPATING breeders!

4 Wiley Farm, Mt. Vernon Adams Family Show Cattle, Springfield Agle Family Cattle, South Vienna Zach Altvater, Alvada Amanda Annett, Utica Justin Austen, Ashland Al & Brenda Barnes, West Alexandria Leroy Billman, Fredericktown Boyert Show Cattle, Seville Colton Braska, Shelby Emily Brinkman, New Bavaria Adam Brodman, Carey Trent Broermann, Camden Campbellco, Cedarville Carper Family Shorthorns, Delaware Tyler Carter, Oregonia Brittany Conkey, Hicksville Cook Show Cattle, Carroll Cornerpost Farms, Republic Cornerstone, Republic Crystal Creek Farm, Greenville Brian Cummings, Hillsboro Kelsey Decker, Pickerington Dickson Cattle Company, Edison Gage Farrar, Oak Hill Keri & Kacey Felumlee, Newark Ferguson Show Cattle, Chardon Ferris Farms, Cecil Forsythe Cattle Co., Sardinia Founds Polled Herefords, Somerset Frazier’s Farm, Fredericktown Gahler Farms, Graytown Matt Gainer, Urbana Austin Garner, Hamilton Garwood Cattle Co., LLC, Columbiana Paige Gehret, Yorkshire Valerie Graham, Frazeyburg Grauer Show Cattle, Shiloh Green Oak Farms, New Paris Greenhorn Cattle Co., Bellbrook Haley Farms, West Salem Hall Cattle Company, Hillsboro Heath Hamer, Green Springs

Hara Farms, LLC, Dublin Harmony Hill Herefords, Newcomerstown Ben Harner, Xenia Hunter Harris, West Union Keirsten Harris, Bloomingdale Brooke Hayhurst, Shreve McKalynne Helmke, New Philadelphia Jim Herman, Edgerton Herman Show Cattle, Edon Herr Show Cattle, Metamora Mya & Cooper Hetrick, Fremont HFS Angus, Radnor Hill & Hollow Farms, Bradford Holley Land & Livestock, Gibsonburg Holley Show Cattle, Bowling Green Megan Hunt, New Madison Jordan Johnson, Gallipolis Nicole Johnston, Wauseon Jones Show Cattle, Harrod Kirt Keener, Wooster Ellie Kidwell, Walhonding Erica King, Wauseon Kingsway Angus, Tiffin Kyle Kisling, Hillsboro Darryl Klehm, Minerva Ron, Tonya & Kinley Kreis, Adamsville KSD Farms, Eaton Lawrence Family Cattle, Hebron LeVanderosa Farms, Woodstock Emma Lewis, Litchfield Long Hall Cattle, Hillsboro Morgan Love, Baltimore Manning Show Cattle, Winchester Maple Knoll Shorthorns, Clyde Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro McDonald’s Miniature Herefords, Bainbridge McMahan Show Cattle, Marion MEB Herefords, Wooster Miller Family Show Cattle, West Unity Minges Show Cattle, Okeana Taylor Morbitzer, London Morgan Cattle Company, Mount Perry Muhlenkamp Show Cattle, Celina

Ali Muir, Waynesfield Chad Neer, Catawba Adison Niese, Shelby P & C Farms, Bloomingdale Steele Paden, Salesville Brandee Painter, Hebron Jordan Parker, Tupper Plains Scott Pennell, Bolivar Kyle Piscione, Burbank Kyle Porter, Norwich Gavin Puckett, Hillsboro RDS Herefords, Weston Jacob Ruffing, Republic Schroeder Family Show Cattle, Columbus Grove Elizabeth Shatto, Fort Loramie Shatto Show Cattle, Fort Loramie Davin Sherman, Cardington Gary Short, Archbold Alyson Simpson, West Union Hayden Smith, Millersburg Cody Sollars, Utica STJ Ruffing Cattle Company, Republic STS Cattle Company, London Mark Swallow, Beallsville Rufus Levi Tackett, Otway Logan Test, Cedarville Mike Thiel, Upper Sandusky TNT Cattle, Shiloh Turner Shorthorns, Somerset Vince Untied, Granville VanHorn Farms, Malta Samantha Wallace, Kansas Skyler & Dawson Ward, New Paris Wayview Cattle Co., Hebron Darrington White, Manchester Christina & Caroline Winter, Ashville Wright Show Cattle, Wapakoneta Y-Not Cattle, Pleasant Plain Connor Yochum, Hillsboro

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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work

2014 Ohio Fall Feeder Cattle Sales

Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion ProStart Burger Battle Returns

Building on the success of the Burger Battle contests in 2017, the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) partnered with the Ohio Restaurant Association’s youth education program ProStart, to host another installment of the contest at the 2018 state culinary finals held February 24 and 25. A total of 14 teams, featuring over two dozen aspiring chefs from high schools and career centers across Ohio gathered to showcase their creativity, skill sets and knowledge. Judges from Wendy’s, White Castle, Michael Simon Restaurants, The Rail and many more organizations from across the Midwest evaluated contestants on dozens of criteria. The winning team from Normandy High School in Parma, Ohio created an Asian-influenced Bahn-Mi burger. Check out all the amazing entries on Ohio ProStart’s Facebook page.

To be added to the email list for information on future educational events, please contact Emily Henes at

Free Printed Materials Available to Producers

of Columbus, Ohio, OBC shared a short rib recipe with tips and tricks to get the most out of your pressure cooker. Lydia has a diverse following unique to many of the current OBC blogger team members, so the beef message will now reach new consumers. The recipe has reached around 100,000 consumers digitally and will continue to be shared over the next several months. OBC’s effort to help increase beef use in pressure cookers is part of a larger nationwide campaign with the pressure cooker company, InstantPot, and the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner brand. View the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner Recipes on the InstantPot website

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Pressure Cooker Posts

OBC has joined in on the pressure cooker trend that has reemerged across the United States. In March, with the help of lifestyle blogger Lydi Out Loud

On March 3, OBC partnered with the Department of Animal Sciences – OSU and OSU Extension to offer an educational program focused on the evolving beef marketing landscape. Nearly 50 attendees had the opportunity to learn from representatives of Tyson Foods, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, OSU Extension, OBC, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and OSU Wexner Medical Center. In addition to gaining valuable insights, attendees received certification in Beef Quality Assurance.

In 2017, received a much-needed facelift along with an update to functionality and features. One of the features available to all producers and beef advocates in Ohio is the online store. This store contains all available print materials in circulation. The materials range from recipe collections to youth education with everything in between. Place your order today if you have an upcoming consumer event or for distribution at a local-point of sale. Find the available resources at

Understanding the Importance of Protein

As people age, getting the right amount of protein becomes increasingly important to fight off diseases like sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass). One benefit of including beef in the diet is its ability to build and maintain muscle. Learn more from this beef checkofffunded study, “Moderate Beef Intake Can Benefit Muscle Health,” at v

The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, or visit Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman Sam Roberts, South Charleston, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Kathy Davis, Perrysville • Dave Felumlee, Newark Randy Hollowell, Covington • Brent Porteus, Coshocton • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Neil Siefring, Coldwater Stan Smith, Canal Winchester • Erin Stickel, Bowling Green • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 52 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

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Entries due: June 20th All Junior Market Beef entries must be made online.

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OCA News OCA BEST Program Takes Disciplinary Action Honesty Always the Best Policy; Never Know Who Might Get Hurt

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors and the OCA BEST program recently issued final disciplinary action involving the following parties: one breeder, two traders (sellers)and one participating family in the 2017-18 OCA BEST program. This action is the result of a formal protest made through the BEST program’s protest rule, which initiated an investigation and DNA testing. The protest alleged that a steer nominated in the BEST program had falsified registration papers to obtain breed eligibility status in the Simmental steer division. This allegation was confirmed by DNA testing of the dam whose information was obtained in the protest of the animal in question. Throughout the investigation the names of the BEST exhibitor, traders and the alleged breeder were never used to avoid any perception of partiality. The OCA BEST committee reviewed all the information and developed recommended penalties for those involved in the protest. Through a unanimous vote the OCA BEST committee recommended the following disciplinary actions, which were supported and finalized by the OCA Board of Directors. This disciplinary action includes disqualifying the BEST participant from the Simmental steer division and forfeiting points accrued throughout the 2017-18 BEST sanctioned show series. The exhibitor remains in good standing with the BEST program and OCA and is eligible for end of year recognition as a BEST participant and no future barring was issued to the exhibitor. The traders (sellers) involved are required to provide proof of maternal DNA on file for any registered cattle raised by the traders that are to be nominated as a breed into OCA’s BEST and/or Best of the Buckeye program for a period of three years. Failure to provide proof of dam DNA on file will result in cattle showing as crossbred at 54 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018

any BEST sanctioned show until proof of DNA is provided. The breeder involved is banned from selling any registered cattle to participate in any BEST sanctioned show (for BEST or non-BEST participants) and the Best of the Buckeye program for a period of three years. Any registered progeny out of any registered dams owned by the breeder or others living in the same household will be ineligible to participate as listed above. Registered dams listing the breeder or others living in the same household listed as the breeder and/or owner sold between February 16, 2018 through the period of the ban expiring will be ineligible. The initial barring will expire at the end of the 2019-20 BEST program year. After the barring expires, the breeder must provide proof of maternal parent DNA on file for registered animals participating in a BEST sanctioned show (for BEST or non-BEST participants) or BOTB show at the time of nomination for a probationary period of two years. Failure to provide proof of dam DNA on file will result in cattle showing as crossbred at any BEST sanctioned show until proof of DNA is provided. The breeder was asked to provide a letter of apology to the exhibitor affected and both the state and national breed associations have been notified of the incident. The secondary probationary period will expire at the end of the 2021-22 BEST sanctioned show season. The OCA BEST committee and OCA Board of Directors take these actions very seriously and have handled them accordingly. OCA makes every effort to create an equal and fair program for every exhibitor while maintaining the BEST program and the Best of the Buckeye program at the highest levels of integrity to further their purposes as youth development programs for Ohio’s beef industry. The exhibitor shares her experience in the following letter:

Dear Fellow BEST Show Families: I’m writing this article to share my experience with my steer Harvey. I purchased him as advertised, a Simmi, Best of Buckeye eligible, and a full sib to last year’s winner. I, and my family, trusted the breeder and learned the hard way that Harvey’s ASA papers were falsified. Like many of you, we love the beef industry and showing. As a family, we enjoy our time in the barn working with our animals. We are honest and hardworking and it was never our intention to deceive anyone or to misrepresent Harvey. If the breeder had been honest I would have entered and shown him as a crossbred. I’m the victim in this situation and was totally blindsided that an Ohio breeder would be unethical. My reputation and ethics are being scrutinized, regardless that all of my previous activities were without blemish. My family, who only supported me and my goals, are now under fire, and people who know us as hardworking, respectful, and willing to help others, are questioning our integrity. Mr. Breeder, is falsifying records just to sell a steer or heifer, worth the risk to your reputation or to the showman who buys it? Please consider your actions and how your decisions affect others. My 2017-18 BEST show season has been tarnished by this situation, but I’m not going to let your lack of ethics stop me from following my passion for showing beef projects. I have learned a hard lesson, and hope when I decide to buy another breed steer or heifer, the breeder will be honest. I appreciate those who supported me and have shown empathy. There are still others who think we are dishonest. If you want to know the whole story, just ask. I’m using this experience to speak out and to raise awareness among buyers. Hannah G. Weymouth


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Calendar of Events Visit for a complete list of events

April 28-29 Southern Ohio Spring Smackdown Private Treaty Sale

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Order collages, metals, prints and banners to remember your BEST season!

Ohio Valley Limousin Spring Sale - Mineral Wells, West Virginia BEST Awards Banquet - Columbus, Ohio Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association 41st Annual Sale - Old Washington, Ohio

June 12 The Ring Advertising Deadline 15 Best of the Buckeye Scholarship Application Deadline 20 Best of the Buckeye Nomination Deadline for Ohio State Fair 20 Ohio State Fair Entry Deadline 22 Ohio Cattleman Summer Issue Advertising Deadline 21-23 Beef Improvement Federation Convention - Loveland, Colorado

July 1 OCA Fall Internship Application Deadline 6 Young Cattlemen’s Conference Nomination Deadline 25-31 Ohio State Fair - Columbus, Ohio


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NCBA Summer Business Meeting - Denver, Colorado Ohio State Fair - Columbus, Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Conference - Central Ohio Ohio Cattleman Early Fall Issue Advertising Deadline Best of the Buckeye Breeder Recognition Reception - Ostrander, Ohio Cattlemen’s Gala - Ostrander, Ohio

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OCA board members and staff have been traveling across the state to attend County Affiliate banquets this winter and spring. Pictured: The Greene County Cattlemen had nearly 150 in attendance at their annual meeting and banquet on February 22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

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Several beef producers gathered at the Ohio Beef Expo to complete their Beef Quality Assurance certification. Many foodservice suppliers are announcing their requirement of BQA certification by January 1, 2019. The session was instructed by John Grimes and Steve Boyles of OSU Extension.

OCA board members and staff had the chance to discuss current issues facing the beef industry during the NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. April 10-12. Pictured from left: Senator Rob Portman; Tom Karr, OCA Director-at-Large; Aaron Arnett, OCA Vice President; Stephanie Sindel, Director of Member Services & Youth Programs; Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director; Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President. 58 | Ohio Cattleman | Spring Issue 2018


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