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Features 10 OCF Cattlemen’s Gala Registration 12 Replacement Female Sale Planned 13 OCA & OBC Welcome Summer Interns
14 Environmental Stewardship Award
Environmental stewardship an important part of Stickel Farms’ diverse operation by Amy Beth Graves
29 BEST Program Concludes a Successful 20th Year at Annual Banquet
32 Dean’s Charity Steer Show New event ties together Ohio
agriculture, communities and youth by Elizabeth Harsh
34 BQA: One Year Later by Garth Ruff, OSU Extension
News & Notes
Your Dues Dollars at Work
OCA County Affiliate Presidents
OCA News & Views
Allied Industry Council
OSU Beef Team Update
Calendar of Events
On the Edge of Common Sense
Your Checkoff Dollars at Work
On the Cover
Photo taken by Michaela Kramer, OCA Staff, at Raines Farm, Adams County.
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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor
Beef: No Alternative These days there is lots of discussion surrounding various issues and their degree of importance to cattlemen. But invariably when a group of cattlemen gather, the topic of Fake Meat always seems to come up in conversation. Maybe that’s because we don’t take kindly to those that are trying to capitalize off our good name by hijacking it for their product. Lately, there has been a lot of media coverage on the new alternative protein products hitting the market. But it’s important to note that the products currently in the marketplace are plant-based, made from such sources as soy and peas, and have been available for decades. There has also been a lot of media coverage on “Lab-Grown Meat” made from animal cell cultures. These products are NOT available to consumers today and it is uncertain when they will be available. With all the hype, this is a good opportunity to share the latest information on how NCBA is executing Checkoff-funded programs to position beef as the top protein. Their ongoing efforts help consumers accurately compare plant-based proteins and beef, as well as to correct misinformation about beef production. Checkoff funds are not being used on regulatory issues. Organizations, such as OCA and NCBA’s policy division, using non-Checkoff funds, are working to ensure that all protein sources, including existing plant-based proteins and future cell-based proteins, are produced and marketed using the same standards as animal-based proteins. The Checkoff is funding research to determine how consumers think about beef and alternative proteins; as well as where they are spending their protein dollars. For example: • Meat alternatives represent a fraction of pounds sold; registering at 0.1% share in 2018. The share of beef alternatives is 0.5% compared to beef’s 99.5% of market share. • 2019 annual projected beef consumption is more than 58 pounds per capita versus beef substitutes measuring in at a few ounces per capita. 2019 will mark the fourth straight year per capita consumption increase from 2015’s low of 53.9 pounds. • The U.S. Retail Beef Demand Index has increased by almost 15% since 2012. This increase in demand is being driven by consumer expenditures on beef, which reached an all-time high in 2018 of more than $105 billion in sales. • While this is a great story to tell, it’s important to note that chicken remains a formidable force and beef’s number one protein competition. In terms of share of total meat and poultry consumption, chicken is in the lead with 42% share, or 93 pounds per capita, compared to beef’s 26% share, or 58.3 pounds per capita. Through a nearly $5 million consumer advertising budget, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., funded by the Beef Checkoff and managed by NCBA, is always-on (never dark) and is reaching more consumers today than ever before in the places where they spend their time – online. Innovative marketing techniques target consumers who are actively searching for information related to beef – including searches for whether or not beef is sustainable, one of the key ways that alternative proteins are marketing against beef – on Google and drive them to the BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com website to get accurate information. The Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand has also created a series of social media ads that clearly position beef as the top protein and address meat alternatives head on. These ads appear on popular websites and social media platforms. The Checkoff also provides the resources to test consumer messages to determine how to best position beef as the number one protein, whether that’s showing comparative ingredients or nutrient data on beef alternatives. Yes. There is a lot of talk right now about new meat alternatives but know there is also an aggressive strategy to compete every day for the consumer dollars spent on beef. v This information excerpted from the beef checkoff’s Quarterly Issues Newsletter.
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President • Sasha Rittenhouse Vice President • Aaron Arnett Secretary • Elizabeth Harsh Treasurer • Bill Tom Past President • Joe Foster
Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 Kyle Walls Director At-Large Mt. Vernon • Term expires 2020 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2019 Scott Alexander District 1 Bowling Green • Term expires 2020 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2021 Pete Conkle District 3 Hanoverton • Term expires 2019 Troy Jones District 4 Harrod • Term expires 2020 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2021 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2019 Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2020 Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2021 Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2019 Jess Campbell District 10 Waynesville • Term expires 2020 Lindsey Hall District 11 Hillsboro • Term expires 2021 Luke Vollborn • District 12 Bidwell • Term expires 2019
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OCA Staff Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Kagney Collins Director of Education Michaela Kramer Director of Communications & Managing Editor Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Shelby Riley Project Manager Tracie Stanley Administrative Assistant 6 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President
Summer is in Full Swing Summer break is in full swing at the “Rittenhouse Ranch.” As a mom of 3 kids and a job title of taking care of kids and cows, it has been a busy summer so far. We have 2 kids who are showing their Gelbvieh and Balancer heifers this summer at junior nationals and just one kid taking cattle and goats to our county fair. The turnaround time between junior nationals and our county fair is less than 1 week. So, you can imagine the hustle that goes on around our place every day trying to stay ahead of the game and have everything ready for both events. It is constant chaos around here. Add to that this year’s crazy weather, the never-ending planting season and the neverbeginning hay season, and it is enough to wear me out just thinking about all of it. Though I feel we have been very fortunate that we have not received flood level rain where we live, we are still in the group of farmers who does have some prevented planting acres. I am thankful to be a part of an organization who went to bat for all of us in that prevented planting group and asked to push up the date when we can graze or harvest a forage crop from our prevented planting acres from the normal November 1 deadline to September 1, 2019. Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association both stood up for cattle producers across the affected areas and sent letters to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for these adjustments and worked with legislators to get the problem solved. Now hopefully the weather will cooperate with us to get something done. On a brighter note, I hope most of you have been following the excitement surrounding the Dean’s Charity Steer Show at the Ohio State Fair this year. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th in the Voinovich building at the Ohio State Fair. If you haven’t been following all the buzz, you might want to get caught up. It’s going to be fun and it’s all for a great cause. There will be 13 celebrities, such as Clark Kellogg, Shelley Meyer, Woody Johnson, Bobby Carpenter and of course Dean Kress. It will involve steer showing and raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. It promises to be a good time, but if you can not make it feel free to go to give.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow and you can choose to support the contestant you hope to see raise the most money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. We have been fortunate that we have never had to utilize the Ronald McDonald House, but I know several parents who have, and they say it’s a wonderful blessing. I look forward to seeing this fun event help a great cause, and I hope to see you there. Have a great summer! v
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OCA County Affiliate Presidents Adams..........................................Craig Black Allen...................................... Randy Pohlman Ashland........................................ Jared Wynn Athens/Meigs/Washington....... Andy Smith Auglaize.......................... Charles Sutherland Brown............................................Alan Scott Butler........................................... Brad Baker Carroll........................................... Fred Kungl Clark....................................... Linde Sutherly Clermont......................................Chris Smith Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull................. ....................................................Brady Baker Crawford.....................................Kurt Weaver Darke.......................................... Brad Wilcox Defiance.............................. Brian Schroeder Fairfield......................................Ray Breagel Fayette.............................................Luke Bihl Fulton................................... Rick Coopshaw Gallia..................................Danielle Sanders Greene...........................................Jarrot Test Hancock................................Charles Beagle Hardin........................................ Dane Jeffers Henry.......................................Scott Millikan Highland.................................. Craig Shelton Huron.................................... Michael Sparks Jackson..................................... Jim Edwards Jefferson................................... Tyler Ramsey Knox............................................... Kyle Walls Lawrence.................................... Gene Myers 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 Saling Ohio Valley............................... Marvin Butler Perry......................................Jason Poorman 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............................................. Drew Baus Wyandot........................................Mike Thiel
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A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Legislative & Regulatory
• OCA presented testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee in support of the DeWine administration’s proposed H2Ohio Fund to address Ohio’s water quality challenges, updates to existing qualified immunity from law suits, as well as the language to support a tax credit for helping beginning farmers and necessary funding for OSU’s Extension, OARDC, and College of Veterinary Medicine. • OCA submitted testimony before the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 2, as introduced by Senators Peterson and Dolan. SB 2 works to create a statewide watershed planning and management program for the improvement and protection of Ohio’s watersheds and creates a watershed coordinator in each watershed region to collaborate with organizations. • OCA joined an Ohio Chamber letter sent to the Ohio Senate requesting the removal of language added to House Bill 166 that reduces the business income deduction (BID) from $250,000 to $100,000 and removes the cap of 3 percent on business income over $100,000. The letter outlined OCA’s concerns about the negative impact the reduction of the BID and removal of the 3 percent cap on business income would have on small businesses. • OCA signed a letter to USDA, alongside other Ohio agriculture groups, urging Secretary Perdue to act swiftly to allow planting, normal harvest and grazing of forage crops/cover crops on prevented planting acreage and CRP ground without penalty and date restrictions. This exemption would include making silage and baleage. • OCA contacted Ohio’s congressional delegation to urge their support and cosponsorship of HB 3183 the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act) that will create an emergency waiver to allow for haying, grazing or chopping of a cover crop before November 1. • OCA compiled photos and quotes of cattle industry leaders for inclusion in NCBA’s website designed to assist in illustrating the importance of Congress passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The website’s message is that America’s farmers need USMCA to remain competitive in Canada and Mexico. In 2018, U.S. beef exports to Canada and Mexico totaled $745 million and $1.06 billion respectively. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, exports to Canada and Mexico account for $70 per head of fed cattle. • OCA submitted comments to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), in support of a feasibility study on the potential of establishing a livestock dealer statutory trust.
• Held the OCA BEST awards banquet for the 2018-19 show season with over 600 people attending. Followed the banquet with the distribution of press releases and shipping participant gifts to all BEST exhibitors. • Sponsored beef proficiency and meat skills awards presented at the 2019 Ohio FFA Convention. • Exhibited at the Ohio FFA Convention and shared information on the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program available for individuals or as classroom lesson plans. • Served as a presenter and helped coordinate registration for the OSU Livestock Judging Camp held in June on the OSU Columbus campus. • Processed Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) program nominations for the Ohio State Fair BOTB shows and planned the BOTB breeder reception for August 24.
• Partnered with the Ohio State College of Food, Ag & Environmental Sciences and Telhio to plan the Dean’s Charity Steer Show for July 30 to be held during the Ohio State Fair with proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
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• Hosted the OSU incoming freshman football players and their families for a beef meal on June 2. • Sponsored the Bucyrus United Producers, Inc. Fed Cattle Show and Sale on July 2. • Planned the 2019 OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference set for August 8-10. • Scheduled volunteers for the OCA Steak Barn and Taste of Ohio Café beef stands at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. • Finalized plans for the annual Cattlemen’s Gala celebration and fundraiser on August 24 to benefit the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship program. • Met with representatives of the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA), Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio’s commodity groups to discuss procedures for seeking a U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster declaration following Ohio’s unprecedented wet spring.
• Held June board of directors’ meetings for OCA and OCF directors. • Compiled and emailed May and June e-newsletters to OCA membership. • Held the second meeting of the OCA County Affiliate Study Committee to discuss and develop recommendations regarding OCA and the county affiliate structure. • Produced the 2019 edition of The Ring. • Printed the 2019 Ohio Feeder Calf Special Sales brochure for distribution beginning at the Ohio State Fair. v Summer Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 9
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6 p.m. Leeds Farm - Marysville Rd. Ostrander,OH 43061 Put on your boots and hats for dinner, drinks and dancing in the barn and supporting youth scholarships!
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Live & Silent Auction Items Available Ohioâ€™s cattlemen have a lot to celebrate! Plan to join the celebration to support the Ohio Cattlemenâ€™s Foundation youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders.
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OCA News Replacement Female Sale Planned The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is announcing an event of potential interest for both the buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle. On Friday evening, November 29, OCA will be hosting their seventh annual Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2020 and may be of
registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements. At the 2018 sale, buyers evaluated 107 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,437, 25 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,377, and two cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,450. The 107 total lots grossed $152,275 for an overall average of $1,423. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Why discuss a sale that is several months away? As we are in the midst of the 2019 breeding season,
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now is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers. It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. A Body Condition Score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2019. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or www.ohiocattle.org. If you have any questions about the sale, contact John Grimes at (937) 763-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider this sale as an option for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd. v
OCA and OBC Welcome Summer Interns Taylor Duckett Tipton, Iowa
Taylor Duckett is serving as the 2019 summer Communications Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Todd and Bonnie Duckett of Tipton, Iowa, where she grew up on a row crop and purebred Angus cattle operation, showing livestock at a local, state and national level. Duckett is a 2019 graduate of Western Illinois University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in agriculture. Her main responsibilities involve assisting with graphic design, social media and coordination and execution of Ohio State Fair displays. She will also be responsible for assisting with event photography, as well as working with the county cattlemen’s organizations. “I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to work with an industry I am so passionate about and to be able to educate and inform others about our amazing industry.”
Megan Maurer Fort Loramie, Ohio
Megan Maurer is serving as the Public Relations Intern for the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) this summer. She is the daughter of Jim and Linda Maurer from Fort Loramie, Ohio. She grew up showing livestock and was a 4-H volunteer for Shelby County, which sparked her interest in agriculture. This fall, Megan will be a junior at The Ohio State University where she studies agricultural communication with a minor in agribusiness. Her main responsibilities include assisting with updates to the OBC website and creation and management of social media content. She will also be responsible for assisting with event photography, coordinating and executing Ohio State Fair displays and other beef promotion activities. “I am eager to learn more about the beef industry, while enhancing my graphic design and communication skills. The opportunity to work with experienced individuals in such an important industry is something I value.” v
INTERN WITH OCA! The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers a variety of internships for college students throughout the year. Scholarships are awarded to each intern and the intern can earn course credit while completing the internship. Learn more at www.ohiocattle.org or by emailing email@example.com. Summer Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 13
STICKEL FARMS Environmental stewardship an important part of Stickel Farms’ diverse operation
eeing is believing. Andy Stickel was listening to the speaker talk about cover crops when something clicked in his brain. Cover crops would be a good fit for his family operation, Stickel Farms Inc. in northwestern Ohio. Diversification was a key component for the farm, and this would be another piece to add. “(The speaker) talked about the benefits he’d seen of 20 plus years of using cover crops and we thought ‘Well, why not?’ We started with cereal rye and have had cover crops since 2013. We truly believe in it,” Andy said. The timing was perfect. A year later, a toxic algal bloom on Lake Erie made tap water unsafe to drink for three days for residents in Toledo, drawing worldwide attention to water quality problems in the Western Lake Erie Basin. A favorite target was the agricultural community, and the Stickels knew they had to continue to ramp up environmental stewardship on their farm, which consists of feeder cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, 14 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
Story by Amy Beth Graves Photos by Amy Beth Graves & Shelby Riley straw, alfalfa and processed tomatoes. “Our end goal is clean water,” Andy said. “We cannot survive without clean water, whether it’s from Lake Erie, ditches, streams or rivers. Without clean water, we’re nothing. Fresh water is our greatest natural security.” Andy spoke these words with passion. For the Stickels, being environmental stewards of the land is front and center at their farm in Bowling Green. The family was thrilled when it learned that it received the Ohio Cattlemen’s 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award. Andy and his brother, Brian, are the fourth generation to operate the farm, along with Andy’s wife, Erin, and the brothers’ parents, Dale and Mary Elyse. “We were honored, surprised and humbled to receive the award,” Andy said. “We’re trying to build up this healthy soil so that when we get big rain events or dry spells that we have enough water holding capacity and enough organic matter to sustain our crops. That’s the nuts and bolts of what we’re doing – we’re adding natural
biological bacteria to our soil.” That natural bacteria he mentions is cattle manure, which is incorporated a couple of inches into the ground. The cover crops help keep the nutrients in place and break up the soil below, allowing more water and nutrients to filter down. A bonus for the family is the cost savings of using manure instead of commercial fertilizer. “Water quality in northwestern Ohio is our No. 1 issue,” Andy said. “There’s no bigger issue. It’s something we have to deal with … we have to be careful and comply with regulations like not spreading manure on frozen or saturated ground because if we don’t, more regulations could end up putting us and others out of business.” Having a diverse operation has perhaps never been as important as this year. As of mid-June, the Wood County family only had one-sixth of its corn planted, tomatoes weren’t in the ground, the alfalfa crop didn’t grow and it was still questionable if they could plant their non-GMO food-grade soybeans.
“From a financial perspective, we’ve always had the philosophy to not put all of our eggs in one basket. Hopefully we’ll still have hay and straw for the cattle. We’ve never had it this bad,” Andy said, his voice trailing off. With the crops in question this year, the Stickels are focused on their cattle. They raise 400 head of feedlot cattle per year and also have 40 commercial cows that they calve and finish out in their feedlot. They purchase the cows out West and the feeder cattle come from farms in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina. The cattle weigh around 650 pounds when they come to the Stickels and are finished out at 1,250-1,400 pounds. They are forward marketed through Coloradobased Meyer Natural Foods though its Meyer Natural Angus program. The requirements are that the cattle be at least 50% red or black Angus, under 30 months of age, grade “choice” and meet certain feeding requirements. They can’t have any antibiotics, implants or ionophores. The family receives a premium of 30 cents per pound by following these protocols. The family’s current cow business started when Andy and Brian were in middle school. They’d bought their first four commercial cows as part of a 4-H project and decided to go beyond just showing them. Since they now had a growing cattle herd, they needed to start growing hay. They sold the high-quality hay and used the
lower quality for their own cattle. That’s when they realized they could use other lowquality forages and byproducts like distillers grain and corn screenings for their cattle. They typically get a load of low-cost distillers grain once a week, helping them meet the protein needs of their cattle while maximizing their bottom line. “Finding the best balance for your operation is always a challenge. We’ve tried to do that with diversification, which helps us find that happy medium. But it’s easier said than done. Our goal is to be self-sustaining so every piece supports the other. Diversification is usually a headache because there’s zero down time for this operation,” Erin said, noting that she and Andy are busy raising their four children: 12-year-old Carter, 9-year-old Claire, 2-year-old Gia and 1-year-old Julia Jean. With weather playing havoc on the crops, Andy said he is relieved Erin recently started an off-farm job as a financial advisor for Edward Jones, giving the family some financial security in a year of uncertainties.
“Erin had been home with the kids but starts working July 1. The good Lord has his timings – it could not have come at a better time,” he said. In terms of goals, the short-term one is “to make it through 2019,” Andy laughed half-heartedly. The long-term goal is to continue to become more selfsustainable, build up their soil health, use fewer inputs and be more efficient with their time. A dream is to add more cattle and a feedlot. “We’re not going to sit on the sidelines if there’s opportunity for ground acquisition. But we need to make sure it’s a good economic decision – ground is not getting any cheaper,” Erin said. Both Andy and Erin believe being active in the agriculture industry is important. Andy is on the Ohio Soybean Association’s board of
“OUR GOAL IS TO BE SELF-SUSTAINING SO EVERY PIECE SUPPORTS THE OTHER.” - ERIN STICKEL
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“We want to make sure we’re leaving our land and resources in a better way for the future generation.” - ANDY STICKEL trustees, representing Wood County while Erin serves as the treasurer on the Ohio Beef Council’s operating committee. The couple have hosted virtual field trips for elementary school students around the state. “We want to make sure we’re educating people about what we’re doing in agriculture,” Erin said. “We’re here to produce a safe, healthy food supply. We’re here to describe what happens on our slice of heaven in northwest Ohio.” Life on the farm has taught their children about where their food comes from and the value of hard work, Erin said.
“They’re going to feel the positive effects their lifestyle has allowed them. They’ve had success in the showring because of the things we’ve told them to do. They get to see life and death every season. The hard work and long hours – that’s grueling on a family,” Erin said. “We want them to understand the many different ways of life and how they are producing food for the world.” Properly taking care of the animals and land are critical parts of their
succession plan, Andy said. “Our operation wants to be sustainable for several generations. We have to continue building our land and our legacy as a farm so the next generation will be able to farm and raise their families,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re leaving our land and resources in a better way for the future generation.” v
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OCA Young Cattleman of the Year Attends NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference
Representing the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Brad Thornburg of Barnesville, Ohio, participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2019 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). After ten days of intensive leadership training and a three-city tour which showcased every facet of the beef industry, Thornburg and 60 other emerging beef leaders successfully completed NCBA’s 2019 YCC, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, Elanco, Farm Credit, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, John Deere, Tyson and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Now in its 40th year, YCC is designed to develop and train the next generation of ranchers, beef producers, and advocates. The group began its journey in Denver, Colorado, with classroom sessions designed to provide background knowledge about NCBA and the work it conducts on behalf of its members and the beef community. In Denver, participants took part in leadership development sessions, media training, and hands-on demonstrations of NCBA’s consumer marketing programs. The group made a visit to Greeley, Colorado, to tour Five Rivers Cattle Feeding’s Kuner Feedyard, the JBS
processing plant and an opportunity to meet with the executive team at JBS Headquarters. Prior to leaving Denver, participants also stopped at one of Safeway’s flagship stores to learn how beef is being marketed to consumers at the retail level, giving the group an indepth understanding of every aspect of the beef supply chain. “The market for beef is becoming increasingly complex and it’s important that the next generation of leaders has a complete understanding of how changes in the marketplace impact our product,” said NCBA President-Elect Marty Smith. “The participants in YCC return to their respective state associations and serve in a wide variety of leadership roles and many of them rise to the national level...” Visits in Chicago included stops at Hillshire Farms and McDonald’s global headquarters office. Participants also gained a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing facilities of OSI, Inc., one of the nation’s largest beef patty manufacturers. The 2019 YCC class finished its whirlwind tour in Washington, D.C., where participants learned how NCBA’s policy work impacts their operations and the broader industry. After an indepth policy issue briefing from NCBA’s lobbyists and staff experts, participants took to Capitol Hill, visiting more than 200 congressional offices to advocate for industry policy priorities. “This week, we had participants from across the nation come together, both as a class and as leaders, to serve the beef industry. The knowledge and friendships that have been gained over the past 10 days will last a lifetime and each of the 2019 participants will leave their mark on the future,” said 2019 YCC Chair Andy Bishop, a cattleman from Kentucky. v Brad Thornburg, his wife Mindy, and their children Vaya, Vonn and Voss, at the 2019 OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet where Thornburg was awarded the Young Cattleman of the Year Award.
In Memoriam Jeanne Neer
Jeanne Neer, 95, of North Lewisburg, Ohio passed away on April 22, 2019. She was born in 1924, graduated from Urbana Local Schools and in 1945 married John Neer. Together they enjoyed 73 years of marriage. Neer was a true partner in every sense on the farm where the family raised hogs, registered Angus cattle and feeder cattle. She also kept the farm records. It wasn’t unusual to see Jeanne driving the truck to the elevator to deliver the grain, helping give the pigs iron shots, driving the cattle or loading pigs. Neer’s talents were many and varied. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed exhibiting flowers, landscaping and garden tours. She was also a 4-H sewing advisor and was an active member of the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Through her business, Jeanne’s Gifts, she enjoyed creating floral wreaths, country crafts and decorations for every statewide cattle event. The Neers reconstructed a pre-1820 log cabin on their property which they rented for vacations and meetings and where they later retired. Neer left her mark of excellence on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) helping create programs and events that continue today. She was known for her passionate promotion of beef at the county fair, Farm Science Review, and was instrumental in the establishment of the first OCA Steak Barn beef stand at the Ohio State Fair. Neer’s leadership was also a driving force behind the creation of the Ohio Cattleman magazine. In addition, she served on the Ohio Beef Council and was past president of the Ohio Cattlewomen. Through their beef connections, the Neers traveled to all fifty states and Brazil and attended the annual National Cattlemen’s convention. Neer is survived by her husband John, her children, and numerous additional family members and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in Neer’s name to the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 124 W. Maple Street, North Lewisburg, Ohio 43060. Summer Issue 2019 | Ohio Cattleman | 17
Beef Briefs In Memoriam (cont.) Jerry Ballard
Jerry Ballard, 80, of Nashport, Ohio threw his last bale of hay on June 29, 2019. He was born in 1938 and graduated from Middletown High School. In his early years he could be seen riding on the backs of pigs as he dreamed of life on the range as a cowboy. After graduation, he achieved his dream as the entire Ballard clan moved to Nashport to begin cattle farming. Walnut Hills Farm, which later became Ballard Stock Farm, was one of the preeminent Polled Hereford and Angus cattle breeders in North America. Over the span of almost 60 years, Ballard won numerous local, state and national Grand Champion and Premier Breeder awards at many fairs and shows. Later in his years, Ballard became a talented livestock photographer. He served as the show photographer at many of the early OCA BEST shows and worked for a time as the executive secretary for the Ohio Angus Association. Ballard is survived by Patricia (Pat), his loving wife of 56 years; his children Jay, Ray and Jeri Ann; his daughter-inlaw, Dale, and his son-in-law, Bob, his grandchildren Riley and Logynn as well as many extended family members and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ’s Table, 28 South 6th Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701.
Bruce Dickerson, 68, of South Charleston, Ohio passed away on May 9, 2019. He was born in 1951 in Springfield and graduated from Southeastern High School. Following a career as a truck driver that took him across the country, Dickerson returned home and began his second career as a third-generation farmer on the family farm. Dickerson was a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Clark County Cattle Producers. As a cattleman, he enjoyed exhibiting market beef steers from his own herd at the Ohio State Fair commercial cattle show of which he had several first-place pens. Dickerson was also an avid hunter, gun enthusiast and dog owner. His military 18 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
career consisted of seven years in the Ohio National Guard as a member of the 216th Engineer Battalion stationed in Springfield. His duties included truck driver, heavy equipment operator and air compressor operator. Dickerson is survived by his wife Deborah, and many other family members and friends. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 2451 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202 or Heartland Hospice, 580 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Suite 320, Kettering, Ohio 45429.
Joyce McKee, 78, of New Paris, Ohio passed away May 13, 2019, after bravely battling cancer. Born in 1940, McKee was a lifelong resident of Preble County. She graduated from Eaton High School in 1958 and attended Miami University. Over the years she worked at Esmond’s Shoes and the Preble County recorder’s office, and volunteered with many local organizations, including the National Trail FFA. McKee was actively involved with the American Maine-Anjou Association and founded the Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine Anjou Association. For many years she served as the Maine-Anjou breed representative for the OCA Ohio Beef Expo. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Omicron Sigma sorority, and the Preble County Republican Women’s Club. She loved horse racing, nature, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Jim, daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Jason Landreth, grandchildren Samantha and Alex Landreth, and numerous additional family members and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Lutheran Drive, Eaton, Ohio 45320.
Sandy Ostgaard, 67, of Dayton, Ohio passed away June 9, 2019. She was born in 1951, attended school in Milford Center, and was raised on a Hereford farm in Irwin, Ohio. She graduated with
a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University and pursued a teaching career in the Fairborn City and Greenon Local Schools, retiring after 35 years of service. Ostgaard was a member of the Clark County Retired Teachers Association, Secretary of DAR-Daughters of the American Revolution Hannah Emerson Dustin Chapter, President of the Ohio Hereford Women’s Association, a director of the National Hereford Women’s Association, and a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. She enjoyed baking, sewing, swimming, showing cattle, and spending time with her grandchildren. Ostgaard is survived by her husband of 47 years, John; three children, Thomas Ostgaard, Andrea VanFossen, Erika Evoniuk; six grandchildren; brother John Adams; and numerous family members and friends.
Mike Wagner, 79, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on June 27, 2019 following a decade long battle with cancer. He was born in 1940 in Bellefontaine, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics and a minor in Animal Science. While at Ohio State Wagner became an active and lifelong member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He had a long and successful career within Ohio’s, Illinois’, and Florida’s agricultural industries where he developed programs to increase education, market development, and research for the corn industry globally. During his career, Wagner traveled to 26 countries on five continents representing Ohio farmers. One of Wagner’s career highlights was establishing the Ohio Corn Marketing Program in 1989, which resulted in a substantial investment in Ohio agriculture and the introduction of ethanol production in Ohio. Wagner is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Michael and daughter, Amanda and numerous family members and friends. He was an avid Buckeye fan and cattle enthusiast.
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Attention Ohio State Fair Cattle Exhibitors
2019 Ohio State Fair Cattle Schedule
OCA has received information from the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair clarifying the use of the viaducts for the 2019 Ohio State Fair (OSF). The north portion of the viaduct will be closed for repair during the OSF which has resulted in the cancelation of the commercial cattle show for 2019. The south half of the viaduct will continue to be available for show cattle exhibitors to use for tie-outs during the 2019 OSF.
Arnett Attends Beef Improvement Federation Convention
8:30 a.m. Open Hereford 12:00 p.m. Open Simmental 3:00 p.m. Open Limousin 4:00 p.m. Open Gelbvieh
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) held the organization’s 51st annual convention June 18-21, 2019 in Brookings, SD. In attendance was Aaron Arnett of Galena, OH, Sexing Technologies, who serves on the 2019-2020 BIF Board of Directors. More than 500 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the convention. Tommy Clark, Culpeper, VA, was named the 2019-2020 BIF president.
All are located in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center unless noted
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. Hereford, Gelbvieh, Limousin and Simmental must be in place.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
8:00 a.m. Junior Showmanship(all breeds) 11:00 a.m. Junior Hereford 2:00 p.m. Junior Simmental 4 p.m. Junior Limousin 5 p.m. Junior Gelbvieh *First session release time is to be determined by management after the completion of show.
Friday, July 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. AOB, Crossbred, Chianina, Angus, Maine-Anjou and Shorthorn cattle must be in place.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
8:00 a.m. Open Angus 10:30 a.m. Open Shorthorn 1:00 p.m. Open Chianina 2:30 p.m. Open Maine-Anjou Aaron Arnett (back row, third from left) of Galena, Ohio pictured with the 2019-2020 BIF Board of Directors.
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Sunday, July 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. Junior Showmanship (all breeds) 10:30 a.m. Junior Angus 12:30 p.m. Junior Shorthorn 2:00 p.m. Junior Chianina 3:00 p.m. Junior AOB 4:00 p.m. Junior Maine-Anjou *Second session release time is to be determined by management after the completion of show.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
8:00 a.m. Open Santa Gertrudis 10:00 a.m. Open Miniature Hereford *Release time is to be determined by management after the completion of show. 2:00 p.m. Dean’s Charity Steer Show
Market Beef permitted on the grounds after 6:00 p.m. for tie outs only on Tuesday, July 30.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10:00 a.m. Voinovich Stalling
Thursday, August 1, 2019
10:00 a.m. ALL Market Beef must be in the barn. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Weigh-In 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Skillathon (Voinovich mezzanine)
Friday, August 2, 2019
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Prospect calves arrive (cattle will be stalled as they arrive) 9:00 a.m. Market Beef Showmanship 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Prospect Calves Weigh-In 6:00 p.m. Junior Breed Champion and Reserve Champion Heifers arrive
Saturday, August 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. Market Beef Show 5:30 p.m. Approximate time for Final Drive *Market animals will be released at the conclusion of the show.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. Pre-4-H Prospect Showmanship Prospect Calf Show immediately following Pre-4-H Showmanship 2:00 p.m. Sale of Champions
Monday, July 29, 2019
2:00 p.m. Santa Gertrudis and Miniature Herefords must be in place.
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OSU Extension Beef Team Update By Stan Smith, OSU Extension, Fairfield County, and Allen Gahler, Extension Educator, Sandusky County
There’s time to grow more feed! It’s not often we talk about forage shortages and above normal precipitation in the same breath. Regardless, that’s exactly where we are now throughout Ohio. Over the past year while abundant rainfall may have allowed us to grow lots of forage, unfortunately, it seems the weather has seldom allowed us to harvest it as high-quality feed. Since last fall the demand for quality forages has been on the increase. It began with a wet fall that forced us from pasture fields early. Followed by constantly muddy conditions, cattle were requiring more feed and energy than normal. At the same time, even though temperatures were moderate during much of the fall of 2018, cows with a constantly wet hair coat were, yet again, expending more energy than normal to remain in their comfort zone. Then, as a cold late January 2019 evolved into February, in many cases mud had matted down the winter coats of cattle reducing their hair’s insulating properties, thus causing them to require even more energy in the cold weather. Reduced supplies of quality forages coupled with increased demand over the past year have led us to a perfect storm that’s resulted in the lowest inventory
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of hay in Ohio since the 2012 drought, and the 4th lowest in 70 years. The spring of 2019 weather didn’t provide the opportunity to improve that situation. Today, many cattlemen throughout the Midwest border on having a forage and feed crisis. While it behooves us each to examine our herds and decide if there are some ‘open’ freeloaders that could be eliminated, this year we have still opportunities to grow more feed. With many fields remaining unplanted due to the inability to complete spring corn or soybean plantings, annual forages such as oats can still be planted. Oats planted in July or early August can yield from 2 to 5 tons of dry matter yet this calendar year that could then be harvested as either feed or bedding. Prior to seeding at a rate of 80 to 100 pounds of seed, weeds should be controlled. Thirty to fifty pounds of nitrogen will cost effectively boost yields. With seed in short supply this time of year, there are some options on oats as far as what to plant. The alternatives include forage type oats that are bred specifically for forage production, bin run oats that may be harvested locally or around Ohio yet this summer, or
feed oats that are likely shipped in from Canada and used in many of our livestock rations at co-ops all around the state. Depending on your goal, all three sources of seed will work. If high quality hay is your goal, forage seed oats will be more expensive, but are likely the best option, as nutrient levels tend to be higher given the later maturity of the plant and the lower likelihood of the plant trying to form a seed head. Fungus issues in the form of rust are about the only major issue we see in any type of oats seeded for forage, but the varieties bred for forage production are generally less susceptible, helping keep these more palatable as hay. If you plan to use this option, contact your seed dealers ASAP to check on availability. If you’re simply looking for the cheapest and easiest source of seed, and are not as concerned about germination, seed quality, or foreign material in your seed, then locally produced oats are your best option. Be aware that many oats were planted late this year, may not yield as much as needed, and likely will have significant weed seed in them at harvest. Having them cleaned would be a must. The third option of utilizing feed grade oats as seed is likely the most realistic
and economical option this year. First off, most feed oats have come from Canada, where production has not been an issue. To this point we’ve not talked to any co-op or feed mill that has any indication of a tightening supply or major cost increase. Feed oats are usually triple cleaned to provide horse quality feed, so weed seeds should not be present, and you can likely buy these in bulk from your local co-op for $15-22/hundred weight. With the recent announcement by USDA’s Risk Management Agency to move the earliest date for haying and grazing of forages from November 1 to September 1, and to also allow chopping for silage, haylage, and baleage under RMA’s prevented planting provisions, an opportunity exists to harvest the oats and follow them with yet another forage planting that could then be harvested in Spring 2020.
If the need for additional forage is expected to continue into next spring, either biennials such as Italian ryegrass or cereal rye, or perhaps a permanent seeding, can be planted into any fields that are still vacant in August, or that perhaps become available after September 1. Italian ryegrass or cereal rye will grow modestly yet this fall and could be grazed, but abundant growth will happen in the spring that could be harvested as highquality hay or silage in mid-May before the field is then planted into another crop such as corn or soybeans. If the permanent seeding is preferred, August provides that opportunity on available fields. The reality is, the inventory of quality forages across Ohio is very short, and we’ll all agree it’s impossible to starve a profit into a cow. Today, time remains to explore some creative ways to increase feed supply before winter! v
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Forage Corner Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Morgan County
Grazing Options for Supplementing Poor Quality Forages Many of us will be feeding poor quality hay again this winter, likely similar to last winter. When I mowed down hay over the weekend, the grass was past mature to the point that fescue had already dropped seeds and the tops were brown. Weeds were continuing to overtake the stand and I am not halfway done with first cutting. We have learned of many issues arising from feeding poor quality hay this past winter including lower body conditions, difficulty calving, not re-breeding and even some cows starving to death with full stomachs. What can we do to avoid problems for this winter? We are still early enough in the year to consider additional grazing options such as planting crops to supplement poor quality hay and extending the grazing season. Stockpiling fescue and orchard grass will likely provide higher quality feed than our late cut hay, but we have some other options while feeding. Oats, cereal rye and turnips are three crops that come to mind. Oats and cereal rye can be planted in August and September and provide a high protein feed. Turnips have good protein (8-10% in the tubers
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and 16-18% in the leaves) and good energy but are low in fiber. Some of our hay may be low in protein and energy but high in fiber. If we can plant any of these crops or a combination of them and feed with the poor-quality hay, we may be able to provide a decent ration to our cattle. Rye, oats and turnips each have their place, but if you need an emergency crop, I think turnips are a viable option. In addition to the good protein and energy, they can provide up to 10,000 pounds of dry matter per acre in less than 90 days. The cost is only a few pounds of seed per acre (two will work broadcasted but in trials conducted, we needed at least four per acre to run through the drill) and if fertility is adequate, only an additional 50 pounds of nitrogen per acre. I recommend planting turnips in late July, but you can get by seeding into early August. The key to feeding turnips is to finish grazing before it gets too cold, around 15-20 degrees. One way to allow grazing them in a little colder weather is to plant them with cereal rye and/or oats. In any of these scenarios, I would have the poor-quality hay available to help balance the ration.
Turnips can likely be grazed through November and oats through the end of the year, if not longer. Cereal rye is good through the winter. One downfall to growing these crops is that deer can put a lot of pressure on these forages. We still have time to make the best of a bad developing feeding program for this winter, but we can minimize problems by planning now and stockpiling grass, and planting oats, cereal rye and turnips may be an option. v
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It’s What I Do A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause cows don’t punch a clock. That separates him from the crowd that keeps a job in town That stack the boxes all in rows Or bolt the knobs on radios But when the evening whistle blows They lay the hammer down. “A job ain’t done until it’s done,” that’s life down on the farm. To gather those who tend to stray To treat the sick on Christmas Day And if she needs your help, to stay. Until she’s safe from harm. You see, you can’t just quit a cow. Sometimes yer all she’s got. No reinforcements in the hall No Nine-One-One to hear her call Just you. Nobody else, that’s all, to get her through the spot. His calling is as old as time. It is, will be and was. Through blizzards, bogs and bob wire fence He stands against the pestilence And though he feigns indifference, he’s proud of what he does. It’s done without a second thought by those who tend the flock “It’s what I do,” you’ll hear them say With no demand for higher pay And I believe they are that way because we work with stock. v www.baxterblack.com
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Breed News Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows
American Angus Association names new CEO
Mark McCully was named the new chief executive officer of the American Angus Association, effective June 10. As CEO, he will also serve each of the Association’s subsidiaries which are: Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Angus Genetics Inc. and the Angus Foundation. McCully comes from the Cleveland, Ohio area with 19 years of experience, and has most recently served as CAB’s Vice President of Production.
2019 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory Show Angus exhibitors led 131 entries at the 2019 All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity Roll of Victory (ROV) Show, June 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Chris Cassady, Ankeny, Iowa, evaluated the entries before naming champions. DCC Shadoe 1720 won grand champion bred-and-owned female,
owned by Maggie Davis, Bidwell, Ohio. She first won senior champion.
Manning Completes Term on AJCA Board of Directors
At the 2019 Maine/Chi Junior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, June 23-29, Shelby Manning of Union City, Ohio completed her term on the American Junior Chianina Association’s (AJCA) Board of Directors.
Hereford Happenings American Hereford Association Launches Hereford on Demand
In mid-June, the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) announced the official launch of Herefords On Demand. This new online catalog production system for Association members and Hereford breeders is an efficient and complete sale resource for sale offerings of any size. Herefords On Demand
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features “live” expected progeny differences (EPDs) and pedigree information, with data refreshed on a daily basis. Another effective element is the search function capabilities within and across Herefords On Demand catalogs, with criteria including minimum and maximum EPD numbers, sex, horned and polled identification and a quick search by name and registration number. “Herefords On Demand is a great promotional tool for Hereford programs regardless of size,” says Joe Rickabaugh, AHA director of field management and seedstock marketing. “It will allow private treaty sale listings, video sale offerings, select small sale events, ongoing sire directories as well as traditional sale catalogs. Herefords On Demand will take promotion of Hereford seedstock to an all new level.”
Maine-Anjou Moments Ohio Youth recognized at Junior National Event
At the 2019 Maine/Chi Junior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, June 23-29, several Ohio Youth were receognized. Adison Niese, of Shelby, Ohio, completed her term as the President and At-Large Director for the American Junior Maine-Anjou Association (AJMAA) Board of Directors and was awarded the $1,500 Herdsman Scholarship. Hannah Topmiller of Pleasant Plain, Ohio also completed her term on the AJMAA Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. Emma Yochum, of Highland County, was named one of the National Maine-Anjou Princesses for the coming year.
Shorthorn Success Miller Named to AJSA Board of Directors
At the 2019 Shorthorn Junior Nationals in Lebanon, Tennesse, Whitney Miller, of Millersburg, Ohio, was named a director to the American Junior Shorthorn Association’s Board of Directors. Ohio was also once again named the Outstanding State Association. v
Beef Briefs Ohio NRCS Annouces EQIP Funding to Plant Cover Crops on Flooded Acres
Extreme weather conditions havee negatively impacted Ohio farmers. On June 28 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced they will invest $4 million to help Ohio agricultural producers recover. Technical and financial assistance is now available to producers who were unable to plant their crops, or who have experienced crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop. “NRCS can be a valuable partner to help Ohio landowners with their agricultural recovery effort,” said State Conservationist Terry Cosby for NRCS in Ohio. “This special sign-up encourages farmers to plant cover crops to improve water quality and soil health, prevent soil erosion, and suppress weeds on areas not planted to crops.” NRCS will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery signup. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. Cover crops provide an alternative to fields going fallow and remaining uncovered. Cover crops also improve soil vitality by adding nutrients and organic matter. Many fields that are saturated for a long period of time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots re-establish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it. According to NRCS the EQIP program will be available in all 88 counties and the payment for planting cover crops will be $30 per acre with a 500 acre or $15,000 maximum cap. The Ohio NRCS office estimates the program could provide assistance for 80,000 - 130,000 acres across the state. Corn and soybeans planted at higher rates are also permitted as a cover crop. Educational cover crop workshops are readily available throughout Ohio to learn more. Additional information is also available on the NRCS website and farmers.gov/prevented-planting. Landowners should coordinate with other
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USDA farm agencies when participating in related programs. It is a producer’s responsibility to work directly with their insurance agent and RMA to ensure they understand their policy. To apply for this special EQIP opportunity, visit your local USDA Service Center. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019 until funding is exhausted.
RMA Announces Change to Haying and Grazing Date for Prevented Planting Acres Planted to a Cover Crop Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced June 20, 2019. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring. “We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.” RMA has also determined that silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity. “These adjustments have been made for 2019 only,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. “RMA will evaluate the prudence of a permanent adjustment moving forward.”
2019 Manure Science Review
Manure Science Review, now in its 19th year, willl be held August 7. The event will offer expert-led educational sessions, field demonstrations, and a tour
of commercial compost producer Bull Country Compost in nearby Dundee. The program is aimed at farmers, crop consultants, and soil conservation workers, among others. The event runs from 9:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. at JIMITA Holsteins, 9877 Strasburg Bolivar Road NW in Strasburg, Ohio, and from 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Bull Country Compost, 10316 Kohr Road NW in Dundee, Ohio. Registration for the event is $25 by July 30; $30 after July 30; and includes lunch, coffee, doughnuts, and the tour. Participants can earn credits for continuing education. Full program details, including the speakers, topics, and a mailable registration form, are available at go.osu.edu/2019MSR or by calling 330202-3533. Online registration is available through Aug. 1 at go.osu.edu/msr2019.
Farm and Dairy Names Miller New Editor-In-Chief
Farm and Dairy Publisher Scot Darling has named veteran journalist and Columbiana County, Ohio, sheep farmer, Rebecca Miller, as editor-in-chief, effective June 4. In a related move, longtime copy editor and paginator, Aimee Tenzek, of Lisbon, Ohio, has been named managing editor. Miller succeeds Susan Crowell, who is retiring June 30 after 34 years with Farm and Dairy. She will be just the ninth editor in the newspaper’s 104-year history. “We are delighted to have Rebecca on board as editor of Farm and Dairy. She is an accomplished journalist with a welldeveloped farm background,” Darling said. “As a local Columbiana County sheep farmer, she strikes me as just as comfortable with a pen in her hand as she is pulling on a pair of boots — and that seems to me to be just what we need.” During her career, Miller has worked at daily newspapers, national magazines, higher education marketing and as a journalist overseas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Grove City College, in Grove City, Pennsylvania. v
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BEST Program Concludes a Successful 20th Year at Annual Banquet
Sponsoring Partners Frazier Farms The 2018–2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 4 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. “This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the BEST program,” says Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “Throughout the years, the committee’s focus has been to keep a progressive, family engaged program while utilizing cattle as a tool to help educate and raise the next generation
of leaders. The BEST program boasts numerous successful professionals that have walked through the ring at BEST shows.” Several representatives from program sponsors were on hand to help present awards, totaling more than $60,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards. The BEST Sponsoring Partners for 2018-2019 were Ag-Pro – John Deere, Bob Evans Farms, M.H. EBY, Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid–America, Garwood Cattle Co. LLC, Kalmbach Feeds – Formula
of Champions, and Weaver Leather Livestock. This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that wove their way across the state. Over 431 youth participants showed 618 head of market animals and heifers throughout the course of the 2018-2019 program. “The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Sindel. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
Ronald McDonald House Charity
eby trailer winner
novice showbox winner
Tait Dusseau, Ottawa Co., received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Bain collected 37 pounds of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Karly Goetz, Ottawa Co., was the lucky BEST participant to receive the free use of an 8’ by 26’ livestock trailer for the 2019 - 2020 BEST season, courtesy of EBY Trailers. Pictured from left are Karly Goetz and Steve Rittenhouse, EBY Trailers.
friend of the best program
character traits winners
Madison Clark, a former BEST participant from Miami County, helps the BEST program in countless ways. From the first head through the chute at Lima to the last head through at the Expo this show season, she typically had an EID reader in her hand and was always ready to get started. She works tirelessly as a volunteer, and greatly contributed to the success of the program this year. Thank you, Madison, for everything you do for BEST!
BEST participants’ efforts in academics and extracurricular activities were also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, which awarded three $1,000 sholarships this year. The 2018-2019 scholarships were awarded to (pictured left to right) Ellie Kidwell, Knox County; McKenzie Riley, Fayette County; and Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton County.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and Weaver Leather Livestock teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Weaver Leather Livestock sponsored the 2019 BEST Character awards, highlighting passion, integrity, determination, motivation and influence. Pictured from left is Angela Kain, Weaver Leather Livestock; Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.; Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.; Olivia Wood, Meigs Co.; Madison King, Logan Co.; and Hudson Drake, Ross Co.
Novice participant, Hunter Krivesti, Athens Co., won a new chute in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. Pictured from left are Angela Kain, Weaver Leather Livestock and Hunter Krivesti.
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breed division champions Champion Angus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Harrison Blay, Portage Co. Champion Angus Steer – Isaac Miley, Noble Co. Reserve Champion Angus Steer – Carly Sanders, Highland Co. Champion Chianina Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co. Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer –Fulton Kennedy, Adams Co. Champion Chianina Steer – Mason Kinney, Huron Co. Reserve Champion Chianina Steer – Zachery Retcher, Defiance Co. Third Overall Chianina Steer – Carter McCauley, Guernsey Co. Fourth Overall Chianina Steer – Tait Dusseau, Ottawa Co. Fifth Overall Chianina Steer –Calvin Trigg, Fairfield Co. Champion Hereford Heifer – Maddox Cupp, Fairfield Co. Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Champion Hereford Steer – Madison Frey, Wyandot Co. Reserve Champion Hereford Steer – Levi Yelton, Champaign Co. Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Mason Love, Fairfield Co. Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer – Owen Fennig, Mercer Co. Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Emily Jones, Butler Co. Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Marcus VanVorhis, Wood Co. (TIE) Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Reed Schumacher, Putnam Co. (TIE) Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer – Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin Co. Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Victoria Waits, Fayette Co. (TIE) Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Mallory Peter, Defiance Co. (TIE) Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer – Allison Lust, Crawford Co. Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Bailey Dusseau, Ottawa Co. Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer – Cheyenne Baker, Preble Co.
Champion Low % AOB Heifer – Colten Luyster, Belmont Co. Reserve Champion Low % AOB Heifer – Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co.
Champion AOB Steer – Harrison Blay, Portage Co. Reserve Champion AOB Steer – Maggie Mathews, Clinton Co. Champion Crossbred Heifer – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co. Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer – Michelle Shafer, Perry Co. Third Overall Crossbred Heifer – Audriana Albert, Richland Co. Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Luke Fulton, Miami Co. Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer – Karlie Kennedy, Adams Co. Champion Market Heifer – Natalie Wagner, Brown Co. Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Collin Fedderke, Henry Co. Third Overall Market Heifer – Paige Gehret, Darke Co. Fourth Overall Market Heifer – Riley Schumacher, Putnam Co. Fifth Overall Market Heifer – Zachery Retcher, Defiance Co. Champion Crossbred Steer – Micayla McClure, Hamilton Co. Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer – Grant Belleville, Wood Co. Third Overall Crossbred Steer – Kayler Frey, Lorain Co. Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer – Fox Morgan, Perry Co. Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow Co. Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer – Colten Luyster, Belmont Co. Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Ladson Mathews, Hardin Co. Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer – Emma Mathews, Clinton Co. Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer – Ross McNary, Madison Co. Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hayden Smith, Holmes Co. Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer – Calvin Trigg, Fairfield Co. (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark Co. (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Annette Augustine, Ashland Co. (TIE) Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer – Owen Brinker, Wood Co. Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Hayden Belleville, Wood Co. Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Aubrey Csapo, Wayne Co. Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer – Carly Csapo, Wayne Co.
BEST Participants raised $14,175 for Make–A–Wish®. Victoria Waits (left), Fayette Co., was the top fundraiser for Make–A– Wish® and was awarded a $500 Weaver Leather Livestock gift certificate. Participants raising $50 or more were also entered to win a $500 gift certificate, and Hailey Cornett, Highland Co., was selected as the drawing winner. Pictured are the Top 10 participants in attendance at the BEST Banquet. The Celebrity Showdown for Make–A–Wish®, took place January 25, 2019.
Bred & Owned division champions
Champion Shorthorn Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow Co. (TIE) Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Skyler Ward, Preble Co. (TIE) Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer – Emma McLaughlin, Monroe Co. Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Alyssa Carter, Warren Co. Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Amanda Annett, Knox Co. Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer – Karly Goetz, Ottawa Co. Champion Shorthorn Steer – Garrett Agle, Clark Co. Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer – Logan Schroeder, Defiance Co. Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co. Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Alex Linder, Huron Co. Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer – Hannah Lang, Wood Co. Champion Simmental Heifer – Hudson Drake, Ross Co. Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow Co. Champion % Simmental Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Reserve Champion % Simmental Heifer – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene Co. (TIE) Champion Simmental Steer – Karlie Palmer, Clark Co. (TIE) Champion Simmental Steer – Macie Riley, Fayette Co. Reserve Champion Simmental Steer – Montgomery Alexander, Wood Co. Champion Miniature Heifer – Isaac Wiley, Morrow Co. Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer – Walker Wiley, Morrow Co. Champion Miniature Steer – Jocelyn Bellevile, Wood Co. Reserve Champion Miniature Steer – Seamus Bly, Lake Co. Champion High % AOB Heifer – Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Reserve Champion High % AOB Heifer – Amanda Annett, Knox Co. 30 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
Champion Bred & Owned Heifer Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co. - Low % AOB Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer Amanda Annett, Knox Co. - Shorthorn Third Overall Bred & Owned Heifer Mekenzie Jolliff, Hardin Co. - MaineTainer Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer Cole Carlin, Williams Co. - MaineTainer Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer Fulton Kennedy, Adams Co. - Shorthorn Champion Bred & Owned Steer Delaney Chester, Warren Co. - Maine-Anjou Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer Montgomery Alexander, Wood Co. - Simmental (TIE)Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer Calvin Trigg, Fairfield Co. - Chianina (TIE)Third Overall Bred & Owned Steer Luke Kiefer, Butler Co. - Simmental Fourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer Amanda Annett, Knox Co. - Shorthorn Fifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer Karli Gaddis, Morrow Co. - Chianina
novice market animal winners
beginner showmanship winners Champion Beginner Showman – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene Co. Reserve Beginner Showman – Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co. Third Overall Beginner Showman – Andrew Johnson, Preble Co. Fourth Overall Beginner Showman – Kendall Davies, Wood Co. Fifth Overall Beginner Showman – Brynn Shearer, Wayne Co. Sixth Overall Beginner Showman – Caiden Daugherty, Morrow Co. Seventh Overall Beginner Showman – Morgan Neill, Huron Co. Eighth Overall Beginner Showman – Masen Jolliff, Hardin Co. Ninth Overall Beginner Showman – Tyler Neill, Huron Co. Tenth Overall Beginner Showman – Cade Carlin, Williams Co.
Champion Novice Steer - Madison Frey, Wyandot Co. - Hereford Reserve Champion Novice Steer - Macie Riley, Fayette Co. - Simmental Third Overall Novice Steer - Levi Yelton, Champaign Co. - Hereford Fourth Overall Novice Steer - Fox Morgan, Perry Co. - Crossbred Fifth Overall Novice Steer - Allison Lust, Crawford Co. - Maine-Anjou Sixth Overal Novice Steer - Caiden Caugherty, Morrow Co. - Crossbred (TIE)Seventh Overall Novice Steer - Riley Schumacher, Putnam Co. - Market Heifer (TIE)Seventh Overall Novice Steer - Jocelyn Belleville, Wood Co. - Miniature Eighth Overall Novice Steer - Ladson Mathews, Hardin Co. - Crossbred Ninth Overall Novice Steer - Ross McNary, Madison Co. - Crossbred Tenth Overall Novice Steer - Seamus Bly, Lake Co. - Miniature
junior showmanship winners Champion Junior Showman – Hudson Drake, Ross Co. Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Karlie Kennedy, Adams Co. Third Overall Junior Showman – Delaney Chester, Warren Co. Fourth Overall Junior Showman – Madison Paden, Guernsey Co. Fifth Overall Junior Showman – Logan Schroeder, Defiance Co. Sixth Overall Junior Showman – Sydney Sanders, Highland Co. Seventh Overall Junior Showman – Carly Sanders, Highland Co. Eighth Overall Junior Showman – Karly Goetz, Ottawa Co. Ninth Overall Junior Showman – Hayden Smith, Holmes Co. Tenth Overall Junior Showman – Wyatt Binckley, Licking Co.
novice heifer winners novice showmanship winners Champion Novice Showman – Sydney Kleman, Putnam Co. Reserve Novice Showman – Allison Lust, Crawford Co. Third Overall Novice Showman – Rachel O’Reilly, Geauga Co. Fourth Overall Novice Showman – Halee Robinson, Athens Co. Fifth Overall Novice Showman – Taylor Blanton, Clark Co. Sixth Overall Novice Showman – Logan Hackworth, Wayne Co. Seventh Overall Novice Showman – Jordan Marcum, Athens Co. Eighth Overall Novice Showman – Libby Grossniklaus, Wayne Co. Ninth Overall Novice Showman – Courtney Hamilton, Clark Co. Tenth Overall Novice Showman – Nathan Videkovich, Pickaway Co. Champion Novice Heifer – McKala Grauel, Morrow Co. – Shorthorn Reserve Champion Novice Heifer – Emily Jones, Butler Co. – MaineTainer Third Overall Novice Heifer – Michelle Shafer, Perry Co. – Crossbred Fourth Overall Novice Heifer – Kolten Greenhorn, Greene Co. – % Simmental Fifth Overall Novice Heifer – Audriana Albert, Richland Co. – Crossbred Sixth Overall Novice Heifer – Cody Kanicki, Ashtabula Co. – % Simental Seventh Overall Novice Heifer – Brynn Shearer, Wayne Co. – % Simmental Eighth Overall Novice Heifer – Reed Schumacher, Putnam Co. – MaineTainer (TIE)Ninth Overall Novice Heifer – Delaney Moore, Fairfield Co. – Crossbred (TIE)Ninth Overall Novice Heifer - McKala Grauel, Morrow Co. - Purebred Simmental (TIE)Ninth Overall Novice Heifer - Cade Carlin, Williams Co. - High % AOB Tenth Overall Novice Heifer – Sydney Kleman, Putnam Co. – ShorthornPlus
intermediate showmanship winners Champion Intermediate Showman – Alex Linder, Huron Co. Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman – Skyler Ward, Preble Co. Third Overall Intermediate Showman – Beau Johnson, Gallia Co. Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman – Victoria Waits, Fayette Co. Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman – Drew Browning, Muskingum Co. Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman – Alyssa Carter, Warren Co. Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman – Caden McLaughlin, Monroe Co. Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman – Harrison Blay, Portage Co. Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman – Mallory Peter, Defiance Co. Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman – Erin Pope, Gallia Co.
junior representatives senior showmanship winners
During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2019–2020 season were announced. They are Owen Brinker, Wood Co. and Ellie Kidwell, Knox Co. Continuing for the second year of their two-year term is Brook Egbert, Auglaize Co.; Haley Frazier, Jackson Co.; and Madison King, Logan Co.
Champion Senior Showman – Haley Frazier, Jackson Co. Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co. Third Overall Senior Showman – Emily Jones, Butler Co. Fourth Overall Senior Showman – Kyle Piscione, Medina Co. Fifth Overall Senior Showman – Kayler Frey, Lorain Co. Sixth Overall Senior Showman – Zachery Retcher, Defiance Co. Seventh Overall Senior Showman – Kristina Scheurman, Coshocton Co. Eighth Overall Senior Showman – Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co. Ninth Overall Senior Showman – Darcy Howser, Brown Co. Tenth Overall Senior Showman – Madison King, Logan Co.
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DEAN’S CHARITY STEER SHOW New event ties together Ohio agriculture, communities and youth
new event that will celebrate Ohio agriculture, Ohio communities and Ohio youth is planned for the 2019 Ohio State Fair. The inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. The event will be hosted by Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The annual event will be coordinated by CFAES, Telhio Credit Union, and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. “This will be an exciting event to bring together our community to celebrate agriculture and kids, both for our 4-H youth development programs as well as youth benefitting from the Ronald McDonald House,” Kress said. “All proceeds from the show will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC).” Thirteen celebrity exhibitors, most of whom have no livestock experience, will be paired with an experienced 4-H livestock family and their steer. Families and 4-Hers will represent the counties of Athens, Carroll, Fayette, Geauga, Highland,
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Story by Elizabeth Harsh Photos by Michaela Kramer & Shelby Riley Huron, Licking, Miami, Pickaway, Putnam, Tuscarawas, and Wood. Most of the 4-Hers and their families are also participants in the OCA BEST program. Celebrity exhibitors, in addition to Kress, will include Matt Barnes, WCMH-TV Channel 4 anchor; Mark Berven, president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Property & Casualty; Bobby Carpenter, former Ohio State and NFL football player, and Andy Rothman, sports talk hosts for “Carpenter and Rothman” on 97.1 FM The Fan, Columbus; Jay Edwards, small business owner from Athens County; Clay Hall, sports director for Columbus’ WSYX 6/Fox 28 TV; Woody Johnson, host of “Woody and the Wake-Up Call” on WCOL-FM 92.3, Columbus; Clark Kellogg, former NBA player and lead CBS Sports college basketball analyst; Rick Malir, chief executive officer and co-founder of City Barbeque; Bob McElligott, sports broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets; Shelley Meyer, former first lady of Ohio State football and instructor for Ohio State’s College of Nursing; Bob Peterson, public servant and 8th-generation farmer from Fayette County; and Adam Sharp, executive
vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau. Emcees for the show are Matt Andrews, Anchor and Reporter for 97.1 FM The Fan and Kolt Buchenroth, Farm Broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net. Awards will include best steer, showmanship, and people’s choice. OCA Vice President Aaron Arnett and OCA Executive Director Elizabeth Harsh will serve as judges. The people’s choice award will be determined by a vote of the crowd in attendance. “OCA is proud to be a part of this event that will benefit the great work of the Columbus Ronald McDonald House,” said Aaron Arnett. “We look forward to helping it grow into an annual event that is always highly anticipated.” During the event, there will be a “sale” following the same procedures as a typical livestock sale, but without the actual transfer of livestock. Instead, all sale proceeds will be donated to the RMHC. OCA appreciates the great group of auctioneers that have agreed to “sell” the sale. They are Colonels John Regula, Ron Kreis, Kevin Wendt and Darby Walton. Donations can be made prior to the sale by visiting give.osu.edu/ deanscharitysteershow. Following the sale, the online donations will be totaled with the sale proceeds for a grand total for each celebrity. “Every dollar we raise means families can stay together only steps away from their hospitalized child during one of the most stressful times of their lives,” Kress said. “Last year, more than 4,500 families were provided 82,000 nights of lodging by The Columbus Ronald McDonald House, the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world.” The facility provides a home-awayfrom-home for families facing a child’s illness and hospitalization. Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Ronald McDonald House provides not only lodging, but meals, a place to
HOW TO DONATE: ONLINE The Dean’s Charity Steer Show website features links to every celebrity exhibitor’s webpage. give.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow
CHECKS Checks will be accepted both prior to the event and the day of the event. Please make checks payable to “The Ohio rest, laundry facilities, exercise room, informal gathering areas, and activities for siblings of hospitalized children. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is challenging OCA’s county affiliates to help support this fundraiser by making a donation to the RMHC. As an incentive, the Foundation will match every county affiliate donation up to a maximum of $5,000. Any contribution amount is welcome for the good of the cause. County affiliate donations should be made payable to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and mailed to 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. The Foundation will total the contributions and write one check that includes its matching donation to the RMHC. Every county making a donation will be recognized in the Ohio Cattleman magazine. Make plans to attend the show on July 30 and cheer on your favorite celebrity. And don’t forget to clip the coupon and bring it along for a free hamburger or cheeseburger redeemable on the day of the show at the OCA Steak Barn. v
State Universtity”, memo line: #316593 and the celebrity’s name. Mail to: OSU Foundation Attn: Gifts Processing 1480 W Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221
CASH Cash will only be accepted on the day of the event.
TEXT-TO-DONATE On the day of the event, there will be a text-to-donate option. The number and word to text will be announced at the show and will direct donors to the website where they can give.
FREE HAMBURGER OR CHEESEBURGER for OCA members attending the Dean’s Charity Steer Show Redeemable at the OCA Steak Barn or Taste of Ohio Food Pavillion Beef Stand ** Good only Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at OSF **
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BQA: ONE YEAR LATER
ust over a year ago, I wrote an article titled Understanding Customer Relations in a Changing Beef Industry, which examined the factors that drove the demand for cattle producers to complete Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training. Now after a years’ time, with nearly 100 in-person trainings taught, and almost 7,250 Ohio cattle producers BQA certified in-person and another 2,100 online, where do things stand? As a refresher, the push to have producers trained in BQA was at the request of Tyson, one of the major packers’ decision to only source fed cattle from cattle feeders certified in BQA by 2019. Tyson’s decision was largely due to the commitment of Wendy’s to do the same, at the demand of their customers. As we have seen in all segments of food production the consumer, now more than ever, wants to know how their food is produced. Often in the case of meat, consumers want to be assured that the animal was raised humanely and cared for under good production practices, the basic principles of any livestock quality assurance program. In 2018, the majority of the producers certified completed BQA training for the first time. Producer attendance to these trainings, I think 34 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
Story by Garth Ruff, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources The Ohio State University Extension, Henry County often exceeded expectations. Early on, in addition to not knowing how well the program would be received, there were many questions regarding the process of providing proof of certification and identifying those certified producers at the auction markets. It was through cooperation between OSU Extension, the Ohio Beef Council, and several of the livestock markets, that the implementation of a statewide BQA program was pulled off successfully. The livestock markets stressing the importance of having market access is what brought farmers in the door. Once there, the role of Extension was to teach the programs, and then forward producer information to the Beef Council, where staff generated cards and certificates that producers received
as proof of completion. Beef Council staff communicating the continuously updated certification lists with the livestock markets made the process of selling fed cattle as smooth as possible. After all that has happened in the past year, I think there are two logical questions to be asked: 1) What does “BQA 2.0” look like? 2) Where does the industry go from here? As we look at the logistics of implementing BQA here in Ohio, we now know what to expect the next time around. Recently, I have had the opportunity to ask other state beef council directors and staff how their states have implemented the program. Of those I have talked to, few appear to have had the statewide success that we experienced here in Ohio. From a curriculum standpoint, I am not sure we know exactly what the
BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN OHIO AT A GLANCE NEARLY 100 IN-PERSON TRAININGS TAUGHT (2018-2019) CLOSE TO 9,500 TOTAL OHIO PRODUCERS BQA CERTIFIED ALMOST 7,250 OHIO PRODUCERS CERTIFIED IN-PERSON ANOTHER 2,100 OHIO PRODUCERS CERTIFIED ONLINE AT BQA.ORG OHIO RANKS THIRD IN TOTAL BQA CERTIFICATIONS OF ANY STATE IN THE U.S. **as of July 3, 2019
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being discussed today. Let’s look at transportation, for example. By 2020, in order to address animal handling and carcass bruising, Tyson has said that all cattle haulers delivering live cattle to their harvest facilities will need to be certified in Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT). Coupled with current legislative discussions regarding livestock hauling and hours of service, the focus on transportation is greater than ever. As BQA becomes a routine part
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of the production cycle, attending those in-person trainings can keep producers informed as to what may be coming down the pike. Currently cow-calf producers are receiving heavy discounts for calves that are not preconditioned, weaned for 45-60 days and started on feed. Eventually, our trade partners are going to require age and source verification, (i.e. improved traceability). In order to maintaining access to premium markets and profitability, all segments of the industry will have to adapt to change. If we examine some of the changes happening in the beef industry, BQA certification for fed cattle appears to be one of the lower hanging fruits. Expectations are for the other major packers to follow Tyson’s lead. In addition to some of the previously mentioned topics, it is a possibility that the BQA requirements may be extended to producers of cull cows and bulls. If that happens, while there are likely some outliers, we here in Ohio are in good shape, thanks to a proactive industry and a statewide effort to meet growing consumer requests. v
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Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Beef
OBC’s five-person blogger team celebrated Cinco de Mayo with the creation of five unique beef recipes that families could use to celebrate the holiday or spice up meals on any other night. These recipes were diverse in both the cuts of beef they highlighted, as well as the complexity of the recipes that were created. More than 50,000 people have already seen these recipes on Facebook, and the number continues to escalate! Find all the recipes at ohiobeef.org.
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Summer Beef Billboards
As you drive throughout Ohio this summer or head to a sale barn, you might notice some delicious looking beef on the side of the road! Through August you can find four Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner billboards near state routes throughout the state. These billboards highlight the national “Nicely done, beef.” campaign with tasty recipes and fun slogans, encouraging passerby to visit Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner to find beef recipes. Billboards can be found in Darke, Highland, Marion and Ross counties.
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Ohio Stories: Dr. Lyda Garcia
Ohio Beef Council is always working to highlight the story of those in the beef industry through our Ohio Stories videos. Millions of consumers have viewed these videos over the years and learned more about how beef reaches their dinner plate. In June, OBC released a new Ohio Stories video highlighting Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Science in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Garcia is
OBC attended the 2019 Ohio FFA State Convention, exhibiting the checkoff resources that are available to teachers and students. Attendees played games of Kahoot!, an online trivia platform frequently used in classrooms, where their knowledge of beef cattle and beef production was tested with questions stemming from the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program. Convention attendees also had the chance to take photos at the Beef. It’s Whats For Dinner photo booth and promote the longstanding partnership between OBC and Ohio FFA on social media. v
Ohio Beef and Digital Marketing
OBC has been running a comprehensive YouTube advertising campaign in 2019 utilizing a variety of beef videos on our YouTube channel and that of the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. YouTube channel. This campaign will carry-on until the end of the year, showcasing beef recipes, OBC’s Ohio Stories videos and Rethink the Ranch videos from BIWFD. From January to April, we advertised OBC’s nine-part Cattlemen Care series, highlighting the Rittenhouse family of Clark County and all that goes into calving season. In total, the campaign reached viewers in every county throughout the state of Ohio and generated just shy of 500,000 video views in just four months! 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, email@example.com or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Dave Felumlee, Newark Bill Sexten, Washington C.H. • Brent Porteus, Coshocton • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Garth Ruff, Napoleon Stan Smith, Canal Winchester • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Kurt Steiner, Creston• Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 38 | Ohio Cattleman | Summer Issue 2019
Launched in 2017, the Ohio Stories video series has gathered nearly 3,000,000 views across social media platforms.
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Calendar of Events Visit www.ohiocattle.org for a complete list of events July
24-31 Ohio State Fair - Columbus, Ohio 29-31 NCBA Summer Business Meeting - Denver, Colorado
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NCBA Summer Business Meeting - Denver, Colorado Ohio State Fair - Columbus, Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Conference - Columbus, Ohio Ohio Cattleman Early Fall Issue Advertising Deadline Best of the Buckeye Breeder Recognition Reception - Ostrander, Ohio Cattlemen’s Gala - Ostrander, Ohio Highland County Circle Sale
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OCA Award Nominations Due Grauer Show Cattle Online Steer Sale Ohio Cattleman Late Fall Issue Advertising Deadline Richey Show Steers Private Treaty Sale - West Alexandria, Ohio Farm Science Review Ohio Feeder Cattle Roundup - Columbus, Ohio OSBA Fall Showcase - Newark, Ohio Agle Family Show Cattle Online Sale Ferguson Show Cattle Production Sale - Jefferson, Ohio Maplecrest Annual Production Sale - Hillsboro, Ohio
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OCA Board of Director’s Nomination Deadline OCA Spring Internship Application Deadline Cornhusker Classic Show - Upper Sandusky, Ohio Cattlemen’s Choice Female Sale Black Swamp Preview Show Wirth Family Show Cattle Online Sale Johnny Regula Invitational - Ostrander, Ohio Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Applications Due
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Advertisers’ Index American Angus Association...............................9 Armstrong Ag & Supply...................................... 40 Arrow Farm Equipment.........................................5 Beef Quality Assurance..................................... 43 Bobcat................................................................. 16 Buckeye Hereford Association.......................... 25 Bush Hog............................................................. 35 Byron Seeds........................................................ 13 COBA / Select Sires........................................... 21 Dickinson Cattle Co. ......................................... 25 Eades Seed Service............................................ 21
At the beginning of June, OCA members and staff grilled some burgers for the OSU football team’s incoming freshman and their families.
Fagaly Feed........................................................ 37 Highland Livestock Supply................................ 21 John Deere.............................................................2 Kalmbach Feeds................................................. 44 Karr Farms.......................................................... 36 Leachman Cattle of Colorado........................... 25 Mercer Landmark..................................................9 Multimin USA...................................................... 23 Novak Town Line Farm....................................... 25 O’Connor Farms.................................................. 25 Ohio Beef Council............................................... 39 PBS Animal Health............................................. 35 OCA staff visited the annual Clark County Cattle Producers Picnic on June 7 to learn more about their county affiliate and provide an update on OCA programs and events.
Reed & Baur....................................................... 25 Rural King Supply............................................... 41 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 12 Summit Livestock..................................................7 Trennepohl Farms............................................... 25 Valentine Farms................................................. 25
Did you know that Ohio Senator Rob Portman is now a cattleman? He recently purchased Red Angus cattle from OCA Board of Directors member Tom Karr.
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Farming chose you. When it comes to running your cattle operation, you do things the right way. BQA is here to help with the training and certification to build your cattle business. Get after it at BQA.org.
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