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OCA Directors & Officers


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OCA Commercial Producer of the Year


OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

Christian Hoffman helped family add a larger, more efficient cattle operation


OCA Recognizes PAC 250 Club

By Amy Beth Graves


What’s New at the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo

16 Maximize Your Membership Online

News & Notes


Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views


Beef Briefs

12 Forage Corner


Breed News


Up the Alley


BEST Program Updates


Ohio CattleWomen Update


County Cattle Call

24 On the Edge of Common Sense

28 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work

Reference 8 OCA County Affiliate Presidents 22

Calendar of Events


Allied Industry Council


Parting Shots


Advertisers’ Index


Ohio Beef Expo Schedule

On the Cover

Photo taken by Morgan Smith, Washington County, BEST Photography Contest Entry

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Ohio Cattleman

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

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Ohio Cattleman magazine (USPA: 020-968, ISSN: 15430588) is published six times per year: Winter issue, mailed in January; Expo preview issue, mailed in February; Spring issue, mailed in May; Summer issue, mailed in July; Early Fall issue, mailed in September; and Late Fall issue, mailed in October; for $15 a year to OCA members only. It is dedicated to reporting facts about Ohio’s cattle including marketing, production and legislative news. All editorial and advertising material is screened to meet rigid standards, but publisher assumes no responsibility for accuracy or validity of claims. All rights reserved. Circulation for the Winter 2013 issue is 2,837. Published at Minster, Ohio 45865 by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Periodical postage paid at Marysville, Ohio and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS: Please send old as well as new address to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.


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It’s not my job.

This thought was the focus of several recent conversations regarding the defeat of the Ohio Beef Checkoff Referendum held last fall. The referendum was held to increase the state’s checkoff from $1 to $2 per head. One of these conversations took place in December at OCA’s county leader meeting. These leaders are certainly not among those that subscribe to the “not my responsibility, it’s someone else’s job” line of thinking. They are the folks that get things done in their communities through beef promotions, industry educational programs and community outreach efforts. These county leaders interacted with the OCA board of directors, at their first meeting since the referendum, to discuss the outcome and consider the future.

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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

It’s not my job or responsibility, someone else will do it. How many times have we heard those words or thought those thoughts? As we wrap up the holidays and usher in a New Year, I am considering the many things I should have done in the spirit of the holiday season, but either I thought I was too busy or that someone else would have done it.

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Harsh Realities

As you recall, last year OCA leadership saw the need for increasing the checkoff and initiated the effort. They observed the decrease in buying power of the dollar and the overall reduction in checkoff income as cow numbers decreased. At the same time, they understand that today’s consumers don’t have a farm background and are asking more questions than ever about where their beef comes from, how it is produced and if it is a safe and nutritious choice for their families. And we all know the beef industry faces a growing number of challenges from well-funded activists and anti-meat groups. Although lots of questions were identified and lots of issues were discussed, there was agreement that the focus of the discussion should be on why only 317 individuals that marketed cattle in Ohio actually voted in favor of the increase, when over 1,000 individuals signed a petition asking the state to hold a referendum. Over and over these leaders reported producers saying they didn’t know about it, forgot about it or simply thought it would pass easily without much effort. These excuses and a long list of other questions provide the leadership of Ohio’s beef industry with lots to consider. And your input is welcome as well. As with most elections, there are individuals on both sides that will never change their opinions. But it is the majority in the middle that doesn’t have strong opinions who hold the power. The Ohio Beef Council has an outstanding history of leveraging Ohio beef producers’ checkoff dollars to the fullest extent to promote our product to Ohio’s 11.5 million consumers. And the Operating Committee of the Ohio Beef Council works hard to make the difficult choices and get the most out of every dollar to fund the best possible programs to increase demand for our product. However, these referendum results indicate there is still more work to do to effectively communicate to those folks in the middle how existing checkoff funds are used to increase beef demand. The good news is the Ohio Beef Council welcomes the opportunity to share that information. At the same time as the beef council is looking for new opportunities to share information on checkoff funded programs, many opportunities already exist through state and national websites. Be sure to visit and to learn more. Also each Ohio Cattleman magazine has a page that highlights the latest on your checkoff dollars at work. And if you are involved in social media, be sure to like the Ohio Beef Council and Beef Its What’s for Dinner Facebook pages. I leave you with this thought that I borrowed from a friend. No defeat is permanent. All victories are temporary. Happy New Year. v

OCA Officers

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

OCA News & Views

By Sam Sutherly, OCA President

The Winter Blues

OCA Directors

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

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

OCA Staff Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & BEST Coordinator Julie White Director of Communications Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations

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‘Tis the season – to be jolly – or shall we say, go crazy? This was our experience this holiday season. Have you ever felt like you do the same routine every day and have a problem getting motivated to start a new project or even complete one? I think that every person may encounter this at one point in time or may even struggle with it daily. This especially comes true for me during the holiday period when we as a family bundle up the kids and trek across Ohio, only to return home to a dirty house that has been over taken by the holiday excitement. Don’t get me wrong, holidays are a time to reflect on the meaning of the season, but they are very exhausting for Laura and me. We try to please and accommodate all members of the family from both sides which makes it difficult and trying at times. We are now at the stage in our lives that we struggle to continue traditions of our own youths while nurturing new traditions of our own. No matter the chaos, we do cherish these moments of the holiday season because we know that these moments will not last and life can deal you cards unexpectedly. I feel that I found a solution to my yearly holiday whirlwind or the winter blues. You probably wonder what possibly can be the cure if it isn’t alcohol or a trip to a sandy beaches with that special someone. For me, it was a little league basketball with third and fourth grade boys and girls. Being active with my children has changed the realm of my attitude and has made me realize there is hope for before the Golden years. I gladly accepted the opportunity to coach basketball for both of my kids this year and it has been a great pleasure. Their energy is refreshing. I admit that I’ve enjoyed getting to know their friends better, watching them all develop into athletes. But it is more than that. They look at the world differently. Nothing holds them back. The same can be said for the youth of Ohio’s beef industry. They too have the energy and excitement. As we get them involved, they can rejuvenate not only us as adults and leaders, but they can create a whole new attitude industry wide. During the busy holiday season, I rushed from a Cattlemen’s meeting to attend another event on the calendar. It was the musical production of “Flakes.” The cast of third graders included my son and daughter. What an inspiration and a blessing to hear those voices! In Miami East School District, I believe that we have a music teacher who doesn’t get bored by everyday routines. He absorbs the energy from the youth teaching performances that would compete with Broadway. My point is that being involved with our youth within the industry may be the best way to avoid the winter blues. So just remember if you ever get stuck in that groove of non-motivation, stop and rejuvenate yourself. Volunteer. Find a group of youth to mentor or coach and you will get the best present ever – a smile. You can cherish this forever. Who knows, you might even get a thank you. v

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

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

• Continued the call for full repeal of the estate tax. OCA supports extending the exemption level to $5 million per person and retaining the top rate of 35 percent until permanent repeal is achievable. Farm families are often land rich and cash poor, with the appraised value of rural land being extremely inflated when compared to its agricultural value. Many cattle producers are forced to spend an exorbitant amount of money on attorneys or sell off land or parts of their operations to pay off tax liabilities. • Urged support for S. 2245 / H.R. 4965 – Preserve the Waters of the United States Act to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) from using their “guidance” document to expand their jurisdiction of waters under the Clean Water Act. • Supported H.R. 10 – The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act that would require Congress to take an up-or-down vote on regulations proposed by the administration that would have an economic impact of at least $100 million or major increases in costs or prices for consumers before they can be enforced. • Continued support for H.R. 1633 – Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 that would establish a temporary prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter (dust), to limit Federal regulation of nuisance dust in areas in which such dust is regulated under State, tribal, or local law, and for other purposes.


• Held four BEST sanctioned shows in November and December and two mentoring mixers for Novice participants. BEST numbers are off to a great start for the 14th season with significant increases in participants and BEST cattle. • Interviewed and selected interns for OCA and OBC. Internships begin in January and run through March.

Programs & Events

• Co-signed a letter to Ohio’s farmers, along with 20 other Ohio organizations, that outlined the importance of agriculture’s roll in addressing the state’s water quality challenges.


• OCA Executive Committee meeting held to develop 2013 budget recommendations. • Appointed OCA representatives to NCBA policy committees. • Hosted an OCA County Leader meeting to discuss county affiliate services. • Finalized plans for the OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on January 26 in Columbus. • Submitted nominations to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee. v

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Industry News Farm Organizations Agree Nutrient Management a Priority 20 agricultural groups are encouraging farmers to be proactive in the effort to improve water quality Dear friend, As a farmer in Ohio you have a significant challenge bearing down quickly. Government, special interest groups, the media and the public all expect you to help clean up the state’s water resources. If farmers don’t do this on their own, there will be federal and state laws and regulations that will mandate how you farm. That is why you’re receiving this letter signed by nearly all of Ohio’s agricultural organizations – to make it clear that farmers must take seriously their responsibility to manage nutrients. This isn’t just an issue around Grand Lake St. Marys or the western basin of Lake Erie. This affects livestock and crop farmers and those who apply manure or use fertilizer in every Ohio county. The harmful algal blooms that are driving public demands for solutions should not be blamed on farmers alone. Municipalities, homeowners and other industries will be expected to do their share to address the problems. But so, too, will agriculture. There is still a lot of research to be done on exactly how we can best protect water quality while still farming economically. But the public, lawmakers and regulators won’t wait for years of research. They’re demanding action now, and we’re obliged to deliver. Agriculture must begin immediately to reduce nutrient runoff in a manner that canbe documented. If this can’t be accomplished voluntarily, it will be imposed mandatorily. A starting point is to commit to the principles of “4R Nutrient Stewardship,” which means using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time and with the right placement. In coming weeks and months you will have opportunities to attend meetings, read articles and otherwise learn about the“4Rs” and other responses to the challenges agriculture is facing. Your agricultural organizations encourage you to actively seek out information, advice and training. Farmers must proactively solve this challenge. There’s more at risk than higher costs of regulation. Unless farmers make significant reductions in nutrient runoff, they will increasingly take the blame for phosphorus loading and toxic algae. As an industry committed to doing what’s right, agriculture should lead the way in accepting responsibility and acting responsibly. Sincerely, Ohio’s agriculture community Ohio AgriBusiness Association Ohio Pork Producers Council Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Ohio Poultry Association Ohio Corn Marketing Program Ohio Produce Growers & Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Marketers Association Ohio Dairy Producers Association Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Ohio Soybean Association Ohio Farmers Union Ohio Soybean Council Ohio Livestock Coalition The Ohio State University Ohio Federation of Soil & Water United Producers, Inc. Conservation Districts Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association 10 x Ohio Cattleman x Winter Issue 2013

Beef Briefs Ohio Beef Producer Selected As USFRA’s ‘Faces Of Farming And Ranching’ Finalist

Janice Wolfinger, Morristown, Ohio, is one of the nine finalists selected by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” national spokesperson search. Janice and her husband Jake are active members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Farm Bureau, which encouraged her entry. More than 100 farmers and ranchers from across the country responded to the call to find real “faces” to share their stories on a national stage and further the dialogue about how food is produced in America today. Janice and Jake run cows in eastern Ohio and own and operate a feedyard in Nebraska, which they purchased and started renovating several years ago. The Wolfingers grew up on beef and grain farms in Ohio and now are continuing the tradition with their two daughters. Janice is a former teacher, a graduate of the checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy program and blogs about life in the beef community at Winners will share their stories on a national stage through potential media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances and events and advertising campaigns. To learn more about USFRA and the “Faces of Farming and Ranching” finalists, visit U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is a newly formed alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. This marks the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated to lead the dialogue and answer Americans’ questions about how we raise our food – while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities. v

OCA Board of Directors OCA Directors and Officers OCA Executive Committee

The OCA Board of Directors met Dec. 4, 2012, for their reorganizational meeting. New directors were seated and elections were held for officers and the executive committee during the meeting.

The 2013 OCA officers pictured from left are: President and NCBA Director Sam Sutherly, Troy; Vice President Frank Phelps, Belle Center; Treasurer and NCBA Director Jim Rogers, Logan; and Executive Committe Member At-Large, Stan Smith, Canal Winchester.

New Directors

In a mail ballot election held in November, OCA members from districts 2, 5, 8 and 11 elected representatives to the OCA Board of Directors. OCA members cast their ballot to elect one at-large Director. Jim Rogers, Logan, was re-elected as director at-large. Also elected were Kelvin Egner, Shelby, District 2; Frank Phelps, Belle Center, District 5; Sasha Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, District 8; and Craig Shelton, Lynchburg, District 11. Pam Haley, West Salem, was appointed to complete the director term for District 6.

New directors pictured from left are Kelvin Egner, Shelby, District 2; Sasha Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, District 8; and Craig Shelton, Lynchburg, District 11. Not pictured is Pam Haley, West Salem, Disctrict 6.

Retiring Directors

Retiring from the OCA Board of Directors at the December meeting were Sam Roberts, District 8; Michael Bihl, District 11; and Luke Worcester, District 2. v

Get Your Boots on t he Bay!

OCA directors retiring in 2012 are Sam Roberts (left) and Michael Bihl (right). Not pictured is Luke Worcester.

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Forage Corner

By, Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Morgan County

Did Your Cattle Have Enough Water This Year? Did you have enough water for your cattle this summer? I have a dozen springs on my farm and a small stream that runs through it and that is all. After the creek dried up and half the springs stopped running, I was in trouble. The springs were running slower than the drought of 1988. I was able to run pipe on the ground from a spring on top of the hill on one side of the farm to the other to augment the other couple springs that were barely running. This provided enough water until the rains returned ‌. I was lucky. I need more sources of water, do you? What are our options? I can think of six: public, wells, ponds, streams, springs and cisterns. We have gotten away from cisterns over the years, but when I was a kid, every building on the farm had a cistern. A 40x60 foot building with a one inch rain will provide 1,600 gallons of water or 64,000 gallons of water per year assuming 40 inches of moisture and enough storage capacity. Streams and creeks are options, but we need to be aware of potential environmental issues. We can reduce quality problems by limiting access to streams or even pumping water from the stream to the cattle. Springs are an option if you have them on your farm. It seems like every spring landowners will tell me they have a good spring and want to develop it, but I

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caution them to check it in late summer during a drought to see if it is viable. A spring not running when needed most may be a bad investment. In addition, will the spring provide enough water when needed? A 500 gallon tank with forty cows with calves on a hot summer day will not provide enough water. There are options: add an additional tank so the overflow from one can go to another, run two lines from the source to two separate tanks or, if an option, add an additional spring. I was fortunate a couple years ago to develop two springs close to each other. I joined the lines from the sources together, then separated them to two tanks in case one did not flow as well. I then placed them between two paddocks to provide more options. If public or well water is not an option, I am convinced that ponds are the next best option. Water quality can be an issue, but keeping the cattle out and pumping or gravity flowing the water to cattle is a great option. This also brings up an important point: do we bring the cattle to water or the water to the cattle? No matter what your source of water may be, providing it in each paddock will be best, within 500600 feet of the forage and in smaller tanks with quick recharge. If cattle have to travel further, they will more likely go to water as a group needing larger tanks. I have

seen several cattle operations that pump water from ponds and springs (springs have large storage tanks where the water is pumped) and use buried lines to the paddocks where portable tanks are used or some use coffin tanks (the majority of the tank is buried in a hillside or under a mounded pile of soil to prevent the water from freezing). To increase water capacity for springs, I have even seen a farmer with a large storage tank by a barn use spring and roof water to fill the tank to be pumped where needed. Whether you have a large tank or a small tank for your cattle, it is much better than a dugout spot in the ground or a stream. Research has demonstrated that a trough can improve weight gains when compared to a dugout source of water. When a drought hits and you do not have a reliable source of water, feed is not your number one concern. We have options to improve water quantity and quality. In addition, water is the most powerful force determining where livestock will spend their time, so well placed water sources can improve forage utilization productivity. Even as I write this article at the first of December, it is extremely dry and many of my springs are not keeping up with the needs of my cattle. I cannot afford to take a chance for more favorable weather next year, can you? v

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Over the past few years, Christian has worked on increasing the size of the cattle operation while focusing on efficiency.

OCA Commercial Producer of the Year Christian Hoffman helped family add a larger, more efficient cattle operation

Story and photos by Amy Beth Graves


hen Christian Hoffman finished college, he returned home with more than a diploma in hand. He returned with ideas on how to make the Fairfield County farm financially stable enough to support two families. Ideas on how to make the cattle side of the farm bigger and more efficient. Ideas on how to farm side by side with his father, Bob. “If Christian wasn’t here, we wouldn’t be feeding cattle like we are now. We’d probably have 25-30 brood cows, raise a few calves and maybe sell some freezer beef because my training is in field crops,” Bob said. Instead, the Hoffmans own a cattle feedlot operation in Stoutsville. They are finishing up a 100-head feed barn this winter and plan to build another one soon, which will give them room to house 400 cattle. Christian Hoffman is Ohio Cattlemen Association’s 2012 Commercial Producer of the Year, an honor that took him by surprise. “It’s exciting. I never expected it to happen because we’ve only been doing this for a couple of years,” Christian said. “It’s something everybody works for and kind of surprising.” Bob is quick to give credit to his son for the farm’s success with cattle. 14 x Ohio Cattleman x Winter Issue 2013

“The honor goes to Christian. He came back to the farm and made the cattle operation what it is today,” Bob said.

Adding more cattle

Hoffman Farms got its start in 1976 when then 19-year-old Bob bought 235 acres with his parents. The next year a shop area was built and the farm slowly grew, concentrating on row crops that are suitable to the county’s flat land. Christian’s interest in cattle grew out of his participation with 4-H, and in 2008 he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in animal science and crop science. “Dad said from the beginning ‘Cows are your thing and crops are my thing so I won’t worry about what you’re doing and you don’t worry about what I’m doing.’ He’s been very receptive to my ideas,” Christian said. Those ideas included making the cattle operation larger, a concept that his parents embraced. “Christian came back from school and said ‘We’re going to change this around’ and we did,” said his mother, Val, who grew up on a small horse farm in Canal Winchester and is a retired nurse. Taking a close look at the family’s 1,200 acres, Christian realized that using part of it for pasture wasn’t economically smart.

Corn prices were “wild and crazy” at the time and the cattle needed to be confined so more of the land could be used for crops. The decision to add more feed barns came out of necessity. A fire in August 2010 destroyed a barn that held cattle and all of the family’s working facilities. “That was a big game changer for us,” Christian said. “We had already started another feed barn and had that to complete as well. 2010-2011 was pretty hectic.” Having several 100-head barns instead of one large barn is more efficient for the farm, Christian said. “If you put up a 500-head building, there’s a huge outlay for the building and (even bigger) outlay for the cattle. You have a quarter million dollars worth of cattle going in there. Having a 100-head barn is slower but it works really good,” he said. Bob added that it’s easier for them to manage 80-100 head at a time in a barn because they get to know all the cattle better than if they were in a huge group. Adding more cattle meant higher feed costs. At first the family mainly used corn silage but when it became more expensive, Christian looked for different ideas. He started growing a wide variety of double crops. “The double crop was a bonus to begin with. You get the wheat and straw off

of it and you need the straw to bed the cattle and you get the second crop off of it,” Christian said. “It’s almost like you get something for very little. We’re always looking for a new crop to grow and change out the rotation and help the soil a bit.” Some of the double crops that the family has grown include sorghum sudangrass, barley, rye, oats and confectioners sunflowers, which are high in protein and oil. This year’s drought resulted in some corn high in protein, meaning the family wouldn’t have to buy as much distillers grain or other supplement. This summer the Hoffmans plan to use barley and chopped earlage for their cattle. Christian works hard at figuring out how to create an efficient ration. Not all of his mixtures have been completely accepted by the animals, though. “Two years ago we fed them ground shell corn and distillers and straw and after awhile they didn’t like it and would sort out the distillers. We would think ‘how the heck did they do that,’ but they had all day to do it,” Christian laughed. In college, Christian concentrated on nutrition so he could be the family’s nutritionist. He found studying dairy nutrition to be the most beneficial. “It seemed like with nutrition that the cutting edge was in dairy. You can learn a lot from large dairies,” he said. “They have higher nutritional management with animals. It’s not just throwing some corn and hay out and letting them roam in pastures.”

Sold by the semi load

The Hoffmans get their calves from Union Stockyards, United Producers, Inc. and Muskingum Livestock Auction, typically 100 head within one to two weeks. Many of the calves are weaned on the trailer and all are immediately vaccinated. “They get vaccinated whether they have already been or not. We’re walking those lots two to three times a day checking calves and making sure nobody is getting sick,” said Christian who designed

Christian, Val and Bob at their family farm in Stoutsville where they have a commercial feedlot.

a chute system that focuses on safety as well as efficiency. The calves are sorted by weight so Christian can make sure they are receiving the appropriate nutritional requirements. The cattle are weighed every 1 ½ to two months and sorted again by weight to make them more uniform. Having similar size cattle stay together also is more economical because the lighter cattle require more protein and the heavier ones simply need more energy, Christian elaborated. The cattle typically stay 10 months before they are shipped off by the semi load to large processors such as Tyson or JBS. The farm has two manure storage pens, which are cleaned once a week. They rotate using the pens to help keep disease, flies and smells down. Right now the two manure pens are sufficient for the four feed barns that the family will have soon. Adding more than 400 cattle will require another manure barn. “You can only expand so much. Right now our manure storage barns are maxed out,” Christian said. “Our limiting factor is manure storage and labor. Me and Dad really like to do this on our own. We have control over it and know what happens.”

The Hoffmans are working on adding feed barns that will house up to 400 cattle.

The two also have complete trust and respect in each other. Every morning they talk about what they want to accomplish during the day. “Christian brings enthusiasm and willingness to try new things. He has extra energy,” Bob said. “I feel we’re equal partners; not one of us is the decision maker. Sometimes his decisions are better than the ones I make. I have full trust in his decision making.” Looking back at the family’s early days with cattle, Val laughs as she describes the family’s experiences with raising Limousins. “We thought Limousin was the way to go. We changed our mind over the course of several years because they were so hard to finish,” she said. The couple switched to crossbreds, and their three children had success showing calves that they pulled from the farm. Bob and Val are proud that Christian and his wife Brynn, a special education teacher, live on the family farm. “Our goal was to diversify the beef production so Christian could come back to the farm,” Val said. “It’s been a joy having him here. v

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Beef Briefs Ohio State Livestock Judgers Turn Setback into Success at the NAILE

The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team placed ninth at the 107th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 13, 2012. After attending the American Royal on Nov. 3, 2012, and reporting their poorest performance of the year, placing 15th, Ohio State turned their setback into a comeback by placing ninth out of 29 teams at the NAILE. This was the first time since 2004 an Ohio State team has placed in the top 10 at the NAILE. Team members at the NAILE contest included Jake Boyert, Seville, Ohio, Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, Bailey Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, Trey Miller, Baltimore, Ohio, and Kyle Nickles, Loudonville, Ohio. Ohio State had individuals recognized at the awards ceremony. Grimes and Harsh were both named to the 10-person All American Team. This team is selected based on outstanding achievement in academics, community and industry service, and livestock judging. Boyert was the ninth high individual in swine judging. Other team members that traveled to the NAILE included Nate Benich, Plymouth, Ohio, Linsey Howell, Danville, Ohio, Audrey Neal, Tiffin, Ohio, and Nick Wright, Brookville, Ohio. Students judged 12 classes of four animals and then presented eight sets of oral reasons on select classes of sheep, swine and cattle.

Nearly 140 individual collegiate students participated in the contest at the NAILE. OSU Livestock Judging Coach Kyle Culp was humbled by the hard work and accomplishments his team achieved at the NAILE. “I am extremely proud of the progress and success this team has had this past year,” Culp said. “Not only have these students put in countless hours of practice, but they demonstrated how students who set high goals can accomplish them.” Culp was also proud that Ohio State had a majority of 4-year students on a team that placed in the top 10 teams. “Not a single 4-year student has competed on the winning team at the NAILE since 2004,” Culp said. “This year, 4 of our 5 students competing on the floor did not have previous collegiate judging experience. Despite having a few mistakes, we were still able to compete with perennial powerhouse programs, and I’m confident our teams will continue to make strides as long as they believe in themselves and are willing to work hard. The 2012 team won 2 contests and finished in the top ten 8 out of 9 times. They set the bar high for future Buckeye teams, and I’m only interested in continuing to improve our students’ success as we move our program forward.” Culp is excited to begin preparing next year’s team in December and knows they will have tremendous growth in the practice period. For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at or 614-292-2201. v

Ohio Beef Council Sets Marketing Plan for 2013

The Ohio Beef Council will invest $76,250 into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information and producer communications in Fiscal Year 2013. The marketing plan was approved by the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee at their November meeting with funds working to increase demand for beef and veal. “Agriculture is under the microscope and consumers want to know more than ever about their food,” said Bill Sexten, chairman of the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee. “Unfortunately, we had to make some tough decisions and cut more than $35,000 from the marketing plan for 2013. This of course makes our job more challenging to reach consumers with the great story of beef, but I think Ohio’s beef producers will be proud of the programs planned and the staff on board to make them successful.” Sexten adds that similar to other states and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Ohio’s checkoff collections have been trending downward for a number of years. These reductions are the result of the national cow herd being the smallest it’s been in over 50 years. Years of drought and weather related events have only compounded the reduction in cattle numbers and total checkoff collections. Ohio checkoff collections through September 2012 are down two percent from 2011 levels. Details on how Ohio Beef Checkoff dollars are invested can be found online at v

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Up the Alley

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

What is Sustainable Beef?


have to admit that I have seen many changes associated with production agriculture during my career working for OSU Extension. Educational and technological advances have made U.S. farmers more efficient and productive than ever before. Societal expectations of farmers and the agricultural industry have also driven changes that were not completely expected a few short years ago. Agriculture in this country is also more global in nature as foreign demands and interests shape our production and marketing. These dynamics have led to big changes in our vocabulary and terminology associated with agriculture. We all can think of new terms and phrases used

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in agriculture that were unheard of just few years ago. I’m sure you can think of several but here are a few that I came up with: precision farming, stewardship, greenhouse gases, carbon footprint, renewable energy, cellulosic ethanol, GMO’s, genomics, green space, biosecurity, holistic, value-added, animal rights, and anything associated with social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Another term that seems to be more widely used than ever lately in both agriculture and non-agriculture circles is the word sustainable. Sustainable is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is as follows: 1. capable of being sustained; or 2. of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. This term is showing up just about anywhere you look in the popular press, advertising, retail stores and the agricultural industry. There are many questions being raised today about the sustainability of beef production. Our customers, both private citizens and companies of all sizes, are asking questions about how we produce beef. These questions relate to the care we provide animals, the technologies that we use in our production systems, and any potential impacts that we may be having on the environment. The correct answers to these questions will depend on your perspective. If companies such as McDonalds and Wal-Mart are talking about the subject of sustainability, then you can be assured that their customers are interested in the subject. Unfortunately, there is not a universally accepted standard as to what is actually considered sustainable beef production. If you want to be an organic producer, the USDA has established standards that must be met to qualify for this standard. The Certified Angus Beef program is based on specific, measurable carcass traits. I

challenge you to find the documented, widely-accepted standards for sustainable beef production. The agricultural industry has long stood behind scientific standards to justify our production standards. However, today’s society is simply not going to give us a “free pass” and absolutely trust us to do the right thing. It is simply not going to be good enough to provide a plentiful, economical food supply. Customers want to know more about how their food is produced. If we do not maintain their trust, the economic ramifications can be devastating. It is my opinion that building a consensus between producers, companies, and consumers on an accepted definition of sustainable beef production will be a very challenging task. The vast ranges of opinions on the subject are easily found. Some promote the virtues of grass-fed beef as a means to reduce our dependence on cereal grains that could be used for other human needs. Those opposed to grass-fed beef production point out the increased time, land mass and other natural resources needed in this system. Organic production is often pointed out as a key component of sustainable beef production. Opponents of organic production point out the potential loss of beef production resulting from not using approved health aids and growth efficiency technologies. As most of you are aware, there is certainly a wide range of opinions in society as to how producers provide general care to insure the welfare of our animals. A rancher in Kansas and a member of HSUS may not evaluate our welfare standards exactly the same. We are continually learning more about improved methods of caring for animals thanks to the efforts of folks like Dr. Temple Grandin and increased research in this area. It would be foolish on the beef industry’s part to think that the consumer’s voice will not

have a large impact on our production practices down the road. If you need proof, look no farther than the changes in housing systems being made in the pork and poultry industries. If you are looking for more information sustainable beef production, check out the Sustainable Beef Resource Center located at The Sustainable Beef Resource Center (SBRC) is comprised of marketing and technical representatives from leading global animal-health companies. Members are committed to partnering with third-party and industry experts to develop factual, science-based information about the important role that sustainable beef production technologies play in conventional beef production. Establishing a broad-based acceptance of standards for sustainable beef production will be a daunting task. We have a large number of beef producers raising animals in wide ranging conditions representing many different segments of the industry from cow-calf to stockers to feedlots. There is not going to be a simple, one size fits all answer when defining sustainability standards.

I believe that there will be a place for many different modes of modern beef production in the future. They may be conventional, grass-fed, organic, or any other accepted production system. The consumer will always want a variety of choices in making their food purchases. They will also want these food choices to be safe and wholesome, affordable, and produced with minimal impacts to the environment. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The beef industry must meet this challenge head-on if we are to have a place in meeting the nutritional needs of consumers in the future. v

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Ohio CattleWomen Update

By Tonya Lohr, Ohio CattleWomen President

2012: A Year of Transitions As I reflect back to about a year ago when transitioning from OCW Vice President to President, never did I think that so many positive changes would happen. I envisioned following in my successor’s footsteps by carrying on with the same protocol. The very day that I became President I decided to listen to all of the voices around me with various thoughts and opinions. It is amazing what can happen when you are aware of issues brought to your attention. I promised myself that I would try to have an open line of communication between myself and everyone that may help the OCW become a better organization for the beef industry. I shortly realized that times are changing and although some do not like change, we as an active advocate of our industry have to give into the change that will be vital to the life of the OCW and the entire beef industry. The major change that we were approached upon was transitioning from an Ohio Queen of Beef to an Ohio Beef Ambassador. Making this change was not an easy decision but it was done and I am happy to say that it seems as if it will benefit our organization and entire industry in 2013. We will not be having one spokesperson but a team. The team will help promote the beef industry and develop leadership skills in youth. The program will also spotlight the positive impact the cattle industry has on our economy and families. The OBAP will strive to provide an opportunity for youth to educate not only consumers but also students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef community. Saturday Dec. 1, 2012, we held a seminar at the OCA office to help prepare each contestant. We had 10 young people in attendance that plan on entering our competition, with others that plan on competing but were unable to attend. Also in attendance were various parents, speakers, coordinators and the OCW officer team for a total of 22 attending. I would like to personally thank each and every person that has made my position a positive and memorable one. Thank you to my officer team, Shannon, Dona, and Joan; Ohio Queen of Beef, Paige; OCW members; OCA staff; OCA Board of Directors; Ohio Beef Council; my family, Andy, Jess, and Jake; and to everyone that has been an asset to OCW. I am very thankful to have had this experience. I am proud to say that I am a part of such a great organization. v

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Breed News Angus Achievements Junior Angus Winners Named at 2012 North American

Junior Angus exhibitors led 200 entries at the 2012 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Junior Angus Heifer Show, Nov. 11 in Louisville, Ky. Randy Perry, Prather, Calif., evaluated the females before naming champions. Reserve Senior Heifer Calf Champion was SCC Queen O Diamonds GAF 197 exhibited by Kinsey Crowe, West Alexandria, Ohio. Reserve Intermediate Champion Heifer was Gambles SS Shadoe 6011, exhibited by Lauren Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio.

2012 American Gelbvieh Junior Association National Classic in Chillicothe, Mo. She also placed first in her class with her heifer, OHMV Something In Red an October 2011 Balancer heifer, and won a $750 scholarship, sponsored by The American Gelbvieh Foundation. Kelsey is 19 and a sophomore at Wilmington College, majoring in Agriculture Education. Ohio will be hosting the 2015 AGJA National Classic.

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January 5-6 Scarlet and Gray Midwest Showdown, Columbus 15 Ohio State Fair Market Beef Nose Print Card Deadline 19-20 Gallia County Preview Show, Gallipolis 23 Great Lakes Cattle Feeding Seminar, Wood County, Contact: 26 OCA Annual Meeting 29 Beef Management Webinar, Contact John Grimes, 30 Crawford County Beef Feedlot School with Dr. Fluharty, Bucyrus

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NCBA Convention, Tampa, Fla., Clark County Cattle Battle, Springfield Crawford County Beef Feedlot School with Dr. Fluharty, Bucyrus Crawford County Beef Feedlot School with Dr. Fluharty, Bucyrus Great Lakes Cattle Feeding Seminar, Wood County, Contact: Hot Shot Classic/Rumble at Roberts, Wilmington DTS Foundation Feature, Wilmington Beef Management Webinar, Contact John Grimes, Crawford County Beef Feedlot School with Dr. Fluharty, Bucyrus

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Continued from page 21 “The Association will continue to provide our members with the most technologically superior resources available to make generational turns quicker,” says Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. “We encourage our breeders to use and accept technology to allow their commercial customers to be profitable.” The GeneSeek Genomic Profiler is derived from a 50K SNP panel and is used to obtain genomic information that increases the accuracy of traditional Hereford EPDs. In addition to being able to provide information that will enable the calculation of GE-EPDs, the GGP also provides ready access to parentage, horned/polled and other diagnostic tests of interest to the Hereford breed. The GeneSeek Genomic Profiler is derived from a 50K SNP panel and is used to obtain genomic information that increases the accuracy of traditional Hereford EPDs. In addition to being able to provide information that

will enable the calculation of GE-EPDs, the GGP also provides ready access to parentage, horned/polled and other diagnostic tests of interest to the Hereford breed. For more information about genomicenhanced EPDs available from the American Hereford Association, contact your Hereford sales representative, call (816) 842-3757 or visit www.hereford. org. For more information about GeneSeek, call (877) 443-6489 or visit www.

Shorthorn Success Shorthorn Champions Named During American Royal

The 2012 Central Major PACE Shorthorn Show was held at the American Royal on November 1, 2012. Tyler Melroe from Britton, South Dakota evaluated 47 head, 44 purebred with 10 bulls and 34 females in addition to three ShorthornPlus females for the show. Reserve Senior Heifer Calf Champion was GCC Lucky Sunshine 153 ET, owned by Lauren Corry, Xenia, Ohio. v

Beef Briefs Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Appoints Deputy Directors

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels on Oct. 29, 2012, announced appointments of Sereana Howard Dresbach and John Schlichter as new deputy directors to the department’s senior management team. Dresbach will oversee the divisions of Animal Health, Consumer Protection, Dairy, Food Safety and Meat Inspection. Prior to her new appointment, Dresbach served as education director for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine and the Center for Critical Care at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to her years of experience in education and research, she has been involved with agriculture and agribusiness at the state and national level with various organizations. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, graduate degrees at the University of Wyoming and undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University. Schlichter will be responsible for overseeing the divisions of Plant Health, Livestock Environmental Permitting, Weights and Measures and Amusement Ride Safety. He brings 35 years of agribusiness experience to the department, as a part of Schlichter Farms and Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc. Schlichter was also a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 85th district for six years, and previously served as a Fayette County Commissioner for four years. v

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On the Edge of Common Sense

By Baxter Black, DVM

The OsamaConomy

Patronize these Companies that Support your Association ABS Global Inc. Brian Good, Aaron Short, Gary Perkins, Buck Owen, Roger Sundberg ADM Alliance Nutrition Barbie Casey, Dan Meyer, Roger Schrader Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney Boehringer-Ingelheim Greg Spear, Jake Osborn Cargill Animal Nutrition Tom Rohanna, Bradley Carter COBA/Select Sires Bernie Heisner, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler CompManagement, Inc. Tony Sharrock DeKalb/Asgrow Jeffrey Goodbar, Janelle Brinksneader Elanco Animal Health Neal Branscum Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Bob Foster, Tara Durbin Franklin Equipment Troy Gabriel Heritage Cooperative Allan Robison, Dave Monnin, Derek Fauber, Cy Prettyman Highland Livestock Supply Curt Hively Hubbard Feeds Tom Linn Jeremy Baldwin, Darl Bishir, Perry Owen Immvac, Inc. Evan Tate, Ian Stewart Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal Kent Feeds Andy McVay, Kale Causemaker, Luke Snider, Phil Reppert Purina Animal Nutrition LLC John Reed, Jim Jackson, David Newsom McArthur Lumber Bob Marlowe Mercer Landmark Dave Puthoff, Randy Seeger, Joe Siegrist M.H. Eby Inc. Steve Rittenhouse, Kirk Swensen Novartis Animal Health Katie Oney Ohio Soybean Council Jennifer Coleman PBS Animal Health Becky Vincent Pfizer Animal Health Leesa Beanblossom, Tom Esselburn, POET Biorefining-Marion Duane McCombs Provico Sam Braun Reed & Baur Insurance Agency LLC Paula Dillon, Jim Rogers Townsend’s Sales Dean Armstrong Umbarger Show Feeds Eric King Union Stock Yards Janet & Bill Butler United Producers Inc. Sam Roberts, Abra Dunn Weaver Leather Livestock Angela Shoemaker, Lisa Shearer For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office. 24 x Ohio Cattleman x Winter Issue 2013

Grandpa Tommy was reminiscing, “It’s a shame everybody couldn’t go through the Great Depression.” I know what he meant. I think. He didn’t mean it like “It’s a shame everybody hadn’t been in a concentration camp or had polio.” He was remarking that most of us Baby Boomers and younger are unable to appreciate how technology has pampered us. There was no safety net back then. Grandpa Tommy spent the Dirty 30’s in the depths of the Dust Bowl in Syracuse, Kansas. Then the first half of the 40’s he was on a Navy vessel in the Pacific. He passed away without seeing our OsamaConomy. The hard times that today’s generations are suffering under, began on 9/11/2001. We sank to the bottom immediately. Unemployment in 2002 was 7.5%. We pulled ourselves out and by 2007 unemployment had fallen to 4.5%. Then we over-reached and crashed again in 2008, where we have wallowed for four years with 8-10% unemployment. But this whole series of events in the last 11 years began on 9/11/01. During this OsamaConomy, a large percent of our population has had to tighten our belts, however a smaller 10% has suffered mightily. But, in Grandpa Tommy’s defense, just a very tiny percent of those of us caught in the vise of OsamaConomy have gone hungry or have no roof over their head. Present-day technology has allowed the majority of the unemployed access to computers, cell phones, vehicles, televisions, emergency health care and school for their kids. The safety net that is helping these “victims” includes family, friends, churches, private giving and government programs financed by those still working and paying taxes. This safety net has prevented any mass migration of the unemployed seeking work. If there had been a mass migration, North Dakota and Wyoming would have doubled in population! The ten percent unemployed have been able to stay in familiar surroundings and are able to get temporary assistance to ride it out. The Great Depression had 25% unemployment at its peak and lasted 9 – 10 years. Only the outbreak of World War II brought an end to it. It is the prayer of all of us, that our foundering leaders will get their collective heads out of the mud, step out of the way and let America go back to work. It took us 5 years to recover after 9/11. In 2007 the federal government collected a record-high annual tax revenue from the private sector. That money came from people working and paying taxes, from Bill Gates to the legal immigrant mowing his lawn. We all breathed a sigh of relief when our soldiers finally sent Osama Bin Laden to hell. There seems to be a lot of blame thrown around about who should bear the burden of our toxic economy. I don’t have any doubt. It was him. Osama was this generation’s Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Yamamoto and Small Pox. In 2005 I went to New Orleans after Katrina to muck out houses. There were two kind of people that showed up; those who came to help and those who came to blame. In this OsamaConomy we’ve been barraged with ads and debates by those who come to blame. My head is ringing. But I know we will get out of this mess. Not because I have faith in the government, but because I have faith in those who get up every day and come to work, like Grandpa Tommy did, just doin’ his part. Happy New Year and God bless you.


OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 • Columbus, Ohio Marriott Columbus Northwest

The Marriott Columbus Northwest is located at 5605 Blazer Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43017 (I-270 & Tuttle Crossing). Hotel rooms are available at the special rate of $110. Call 1-888-801-7133 or visit OCA’s site for a quick link to make a reservation. Hotel reservation deadline is January 4, 2013.

Schedule of Events 9:00 a.m. OCW Registration Desk Opens

5:00 p.m. Hospitality Hour

9:15 a.m. Ohio Beef Ambassador Contest Begins

6:00 p.m. OCA Awards Banquet

10:00 a.m. OCA Registration Desk Opens OCA PAC Silent Auction Opens 1:00 p.m. Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting 2:30 p.m. Ohio CattleWomen’s Annual Meeting

Highlights include: Outstanding County Affiliate Awards, Young Cattleman of the Year, Industry Service Award, Industry Excellence Award, Seedstock Producer of the Year, Commercial Producer of the Year, Scholarship Presentations and Presentation of the 2013 Ohio Beef Ambassador.

9:00 p.m. Cattlemen’s Social

Bacus to Speak at Annual Meeting & Banquet Kent Bacus, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs in NCBA’s Washington, DC office, is scheduled to speak during OCA’s Annual Meeting and Banquet. Kent is the point man on trade issues for NCBA, and also handles tax, transportation and appropriations issues. Kent joined NCBA in September 2010 after serving on several political campaigns in Texas. Prior to that, Kent worked as the agriculture legislative assistant to Senator Elizabeth Dole from North Carolina. Kent is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, and holds a degree in history and political science from Texas Tech.

Registration for OCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Deadline for meal reservations is Jan. 11, 2013. Return to 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, OH 43040 Name Name tags should read (we must have names for each attendee) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Company/Farm Name Address City State Zip Phone County Email OCA membership number (Email will be used for Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet correspondence) Member* Non-Member Adult Banquet Meal $40 each x = $ $45 each x =$ Child’s Banquet Meal (Burger & Fries, 12 and under) $15 each x = $ $15 each x =$ TOTAL DUE $ TOTAL DUE $ Memberships are family memberships that include all *Please include your OCA membership number immediate family members. Make checks payable to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Please charge to my credit card Visa Mastercard Signature Card Number __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Expiration Date __ __ __ __ Security Code __ __ __ Winter Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 25

BEST Program kicks off 2012-2013 Season The BEST program kicked off the 20122013 with the Heart of It All Show Nov. 23-25, 2012, in Lima, Ohio. The program is proud to announce sponsoring partners for the show season: Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Farm Credit MidAmerica, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby, Inc., Ohio Farm Bureau and Weaver Livestock. An additional level of support for the BEST program is made possible by the BEST Boosters Club comprised of farms, businesses and individuals. In its mission to support Ohio beef industry youth, the BEST program will continue the Novice division, encouraging new program participants by providing them with a less competitive environment for their first or second year of program involvement. New this year, Weaver Livestock provided more than 40 sponsorships to Novice participants. BEST is also


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offering a mentoring program, pairing up experienced and novice participants. Mentors hosted a mixer at the Heart of it All in Lima and the AGR Holiday Classic in Columbus for Novice participants. BEST models all aspects of leadership, including community service. This year, BEST participants are raising money for Make-AWish®, in effort to grant a wish for a child in the region with a life-threatening medical condition. Each BEST participant has the opportunity to raise funds for this program and be involved in the Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle, Friday evening, Feb. 8, 2013 in Springfield, Ohio. The goal is to raise $8,000 from local contributions collected by BEST participants. For more information on the BEST program contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email


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OCA’s legislative efforts in Columbus and Washington, D.C. are vital to the continued success of the cattle industry. The OCA Political Action Committee (PAC) 250 Club recognizes contributions that our members annually make at the level of $250 through OCA’s PAC auctions, through donations or purchases. Direct contributions also count toward the total.

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Bill & Janet Butler, Hillsboro Corcoran Farms, Chillicothe Crawford Co Cattlemen Frank Phelps, Belle Center Drew Hastings, Hillsboro Glen & Deb Feichtner, New Washington Andy & Tonya Lohr, Bucyrus Martin Yoder, Apple Creek Steve Rauch, Dayton Townsend’s Sales, Jackson Dick & Margaret Cryder, Marysville Criss & Pamela Sparks, Norwalk Sonny Russ, Jackson John & Joanie Grimes, Hillsboro John & Kathy Siegel, Ft Loramie Fred Voge, West Alexandria

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County Cattle Call Attenion County Affiliates: OCA announced a restructured County Affiliate membership incentive and participation program at the annual county leaders meeting on Dec. 4, 2012. To learn more about how your county can receive kickbacks from memberships and participation with OCA programs, call the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or visit Vinton County Cattlemen’s Legends of the Fall show

Vinton County Cattlemen hosted their Legends of the Fall show in mid October. Show entries increased significantly this year and exhibitors traveled to McArthur from all corners of Ohio. The event hosted a show supply set-up and the local CattleWomen organization furnished attendees with homemade goodies throughout the day. Legends of the Fall t-shirts were also designed, recognizing their sponsors for the show.

CMT Cattle Blast

Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull county cattlemen had a tremendous outpouring of local support for their annual fall club calf show and sale held in early October. The group hosted a two-day steer and heifer show along with a showmanship competition. The sale provided an opportunity for local beef producers to consign cattle. Several attended the show and sale and local media was on the grounds to cover the event and interview the show committee.

Fairfield County cattlemen served beef martinis to local chamber members.

Taste of Fairfield County

Fairfield County cattlemen, along with other commodity groups, participated in the “Taste of Fairfield County” which was hosted for local Chamber members. Beef martinis were served by “bartenders” to more than 125 chamber members. The martinis were a favorite among those in attendance. The Fairfield Cattlemen shared the recipe online at

The CMT Cattle Blast club calf show and sale brought in a large crowd of local cattlemen and women.

County affiliate forms and information can be found at:

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What’s New at the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo March 15-17 You Can Renew Your OCA Membership Now and Still Win at the Expo!

During the prize drawing on Sunday one lucky OCA member will receive a year’s use of a New Holland skid steer loader, donated by Franklin Equipment. CurThanks to a great new partnership rent OCA members can have their name with Franklin Equipment, all current in the4:22 drawing stopping by the OCA members have the opportunity to 5x7.625 2c-OH Ctlmn:5x7.625 2c-OH Ctlmnentered 12/5/12 PM by Page 1 OCA membership booth located in the win big at this year’s Ohio Beef Expo.

center of the Trade Show. If you have already renewed your OCA membership, you can still enter your name in the drawing. And if you join as a new OCA member at the Expo you can also enter the drawing.

Simmental Sale to be held at a New Time at Expo

Selling 60 Angus & Sim-Angus Bulls

10 2-year-olds • 35 18-month-olds • 15 Spring yearlings These bulls have been performance tested and will sell with a breeding soundness exam. The bulls are sired by Angus breed leaders Connealy Confidence 0100, GAR New Design 5050, TC Total 410, Coleman Regis 904, B/R New Day 454 and Summitcrest Complete 1P55. The Sim-Angus bulls are by Ebonys SS Grandmaster, STF Dominance T171 and SHS Navigator N2B. These are full sibs and flush mates to the young females featured in our fall female production sale.

If you are looking to make significant genetic improvements to your present operation, don’t miss the opportunities presented March 11!

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Simmentals breeders have moved their sale time for the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The Eastern Spring Classic Simmental Sale will still be held in Ring 1 of the Voinovich Building on the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Contact Pam Haley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Simmental Association at 419-853-4657 for more details or visit

Ohio Beef Expo to Host National Murray Grey Show

The 2013 American Murray Grey Association (AMGA) will hold their national show in conjunction with this year’s Ohio Beef Expo (OBE). The breed’s show numbers will increase as Ohio expects Murray Grey entries from several additional states. The 2013 OBE Murray Grey show is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15 in the O’Neill Building. Contact AMGA President Sherie Clark of Carrollton, Ohio at 330-627-7438 for more information.

Beefalo Show Newest Addition to Expo Show Schedule

A Beefalo show has been added to the 2013 Ohio Beef Expo breed show schedule. It will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 in the O’Neill Building. Contact breed representative Andrew Hammer of Canal Fulton, Ohio at 330993-6717 for information on the show. v Winter Issue 2013 x Ohio Cattleman x 29

Parting Shots Pictures from recent OCA Activities

Advertisers’ Index American Angus Association............................ 18 Buckeye Herefords............................................. 21 Clonch Limousin................................................. 21 COBA/Select Sires................................................9 DHI Cooperative Inc........................................... 16 Eastern Laboratory Services Ltd....................... 23 Franklin Equipment...............................................5 Freeze Farms...................................................... 21

The BEST Program kicked off their 2012-2013 season at The Heart of it All in Lima. A BQA session was held (right) and a mixer for the new novice mentor program (below) sponsored by Weaver Livestock.

Gold Standard Labs............................................ 27 Highland Livestock Supply................................ 16 Kalmbach Feeds................................................. 32 Karr Farms.......................................................... 22 Kent Minerals........................................................2 Maplecrest Farms.............................................. 29 NCBA Convention & Trade Show....................... 11 Novak Town Line Farm....................................... 21 O’Connor Farms.................................................. 21 Ohio Beef Council............................................... 28 Power Show Ohio................................................ 19 Reed & Baur....................................................... 22 Revalor-XS..............................................................7 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 23 Thompson E.T. Services..................................... 19 Townsend Sales.................................................. 20 United Producers Inc......................................... 26 Way View Cattle Co............................................ 13

Cattlemen in Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull counties hosted the CMT Cattle Blast, an annual fall club calf show and and sale, in early October.

Upcoming Advertising Deadlines: Expo Issue - Jan. 15 Spring Issue - March 22 Call Stephanie Sindel at the OCA Office to place an ad. 614-873-6736

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Wednesday, March 13

No cattle are permitted on the fairgrounds before 6:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 14 8:00 a.m. - noon noon O’Neill Building 1:00 p.m. noon - 4:00 p.m.

Trade Show set up for large equipment All breeding cattle must be in place Junior Show Barn open for stalling Gilligan Complex General Trade Show set up

Official Website: Official Hotel:

Crowne Plaza Hotel I71-161 614.885.1885 $82 Room Rate Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, OH 43040 614-873-6736 |

See you at Expo!

Friday, March 15

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Trade Show set up for smaller vendors Voinovich Building opens for public Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, Voinvoich Building Educational Seminars begin in Voinovich Breed Shows begin in Cooper Arena & O’Neill Building 10 a.m. Gelbvieh Show, O’Neill Building 10 a.m. Limousin Show, Cooper Arena North Ring 10:30 a.m. Angus Parade, Cooper Arena South Ring 11 a.m. Piedmontese Show, O’Neill Building 12:30 p.m. Hereford Parade, Cooper Arena South Ring 12:30 p.m. Shorthorn Show, Cooper Arena North Ring 1 p.m. Murray Grey Show, O’Neill Building 2 p.m. Miniature Hereford Show, Cooper Arena 2 p.m. Lowline Show, Cooper Arena 2:30 pm. Beefalo Show, O’Neill Building Display Breeds: Charolais, Scottish Highland Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Genetic Pathway Open, Voinovich Building Junior Show Welcome Party & Fitting Demonstration Judging Contest Registration, Cooper Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Jr Show Check in, Gilligan Complex Judging Contest, Cooper Arena Junior Show arrival deadline Breed Sales begin in Voinovich Building 8:30 a.m. Chianina Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 10 a.m. Shorthorn Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 10 a.m. Hereford Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 12 p.m. Angus Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 2 p.m. Limousin Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 2 p.m. Maine Anjou Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 3 p.m. Simmental Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 Genetic Pathway Open, Voinovich Bldg Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Cooper Juniors will be divided into two groups by age and both sessions will run concurrently.

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The Ohio Cattleman magazine is published six times a year by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association. The issues are: Winter, Expo, Spring, Summer,...