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OCA News & Views


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A guiding light For well over a year, I have had my own unique night light to guide me home, as well as everyone else in our nearby community. An old gas well on the farm is awaiting the appropriate permits to be capped off. Until then it is being safely flamed-off about 25 feet in the air and provides a constant light that can be seen for miles in many different directions. Admittedly we probably should buy the local fire department dinner, due to the large number of calls reporting flames that they have fielded since March 2020. I know there will come a day when the flames will be extinguished and they will finally cap the well for good, but in complete honesty I’m not looking forward to it. It’s amazing how welcoming that silly flame can be at 1:00 a.m. coming in from a cattlemen’s meeting or how I glance for it even in the middle of the day. We each have our own landmarks or symbols along the path that help guide us or tell us we made it home. For my childhood home, it’s the Misty View Angus Farm sign that hangs along the state highway at the turn-off to our township gravel road. It tells me I’ve made it and I only have to be on the lookout for deer in the next couple of miles to get to the farm. At a recent OCA meeting, the board of directors welcomed Ohio Representative Tracy Richardson of Marysville. She represents Ohio’s 86th district including most of Marion County and all of Union County where OCA’s office is located. Representative Richardson was there to present a proclamation on behalf of the State of Ohio recognizing OCA for their 70th anniversary this year. The proclamation recognized OCA’s meaningful involvement in the growth and profitability of Ohio’s beef industry through legislative advocacy, research and education over the last seven decades. In today’s world 70 years seems like a long time and a lot has changed since OCA’s early days. What hasn’t changed is the association’s unwavering commitment to be that guiding light or symbol to always work for the betterment of Ohio’s beef industry and represent the interests of our members. Do we always get it right or make everyone happy? Rarely. There are even a few days when it seems as if we get more wrong than right. Then there are those days when everything hums along like a well-oiled machine, and nothing can go wrong. But to make that machine work it takes a team of engaged members and leaders, county associations, skilled staff and lots of passion. For seven decades OCA has been fortunate to have a great team, but there is always room for more to get involved. There are many opportunities to become more engaged with OCA. Those include serving as a director for the OCA board, volunteering for a committee or helping plan an OCA event. Let an officer or staff member know your interest. Simply put just pick up the phone or send an email and volunteer. OCA’s continued success for the next 70 years will be dependent on the involvement of its members, and how bright we want that light to shine. In the meantime, if you are passing through Radnor after dark, please don’t call the fire department, it’s just the local night light.

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As I write this article at the close of another hot day, I know many producers and their cattle await the cooler weather on the horizon starting this latter part of September. We were fortunate to have ample moisture right through the late summer in Northcentral Ohio and things are currently as green as I can recall in September. One of the highlights of late summer for OCA was the Cattlemen’s Gala youth scholarship fundraiser event held the last weekend of August. We are excited to report that through the hard work and generosity of many staff, volunteers, donors and attendees, nearly $50,000 was raised for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation to award scholarships to college students of OCA-member families. While the temperature was hot, so was the bidding on a variety of live and silent auction items. Thank you to everyone who attended and purchased items. Because of fundraising efforts from previous years, even without the Gala in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation awarded its full slate of scholarships last year. If you are interested in attending next year’s Gala, please be watching for details on dates and location early in 2022. Everyone is welcome and both OCA members and non-members are encouraged to attend and contribute. On behalf of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, I want to use part of my column space this month to thank all the volunteers who help make this organization succeed. We are fortunate to have many talented members and industry friends who are continually willing to contribute their time and skills to a cause greater than themselves. For example, the BEST program is one of the featured youth cattle show circuits in the industry and it would not be possible without the many volunteers, often investing their entire weekends at these shows. The Ohio Beef Expo is the undisputed envy of beef industry trade and cattle shows in the Midwest. Many volunteers are working hard behind the scenes year-round to make the Expo possible. OCA conducted three Calving Clinics so far this fall and we appreciate the partnership with Ohio State in bringing this very popular and useful member service to OCA members at no charge. The calving simulator was at the Farm Science Review this year and we appreciate the volunteers from the Board and OSU helping during this event. These are just a few examples of the volunteer contributions that help make OCA-sponsored events flourish. Volunteerism is imperative for the success of this non-profit organization. If either you or your cattlemen’s group is interested in becoming more engaged in OCA events as a volunteer, please contact a Board member or the OCA office. If you have been a member of OCA for at least a year and want to engage at an even higher level, there are several Board positions up for election/re-election this fall. Please reach out to us regarding the nomination process if you are interested in helping determine the direction of Ohio’s Beef Industry through OCA Board leadership. This is a fresh reminder that membership renewals and voting for OCA Board seats are now electronic. Instead of a paper renewal and ballot, you will receive an email with a link and instructions on logging into the membership portal to cast your vote or renew your membership. While this method might seem daunting to some, I assure you it is easy, secure and saves both time and money. Also, remember that your membership is now good for one calendar year from the date of renewal and there is no longer a membership renewal “season.” If you have any questions about the process, please contact the OCA office and a representative will be happy to assist. Best wishes for a continued safe and prosperous harvest season.

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Do’s’ and donts: local beef By Garth Ruff, Beef Cattle Field Specialist, OSU Extension If you just glanced at the title of this column, you may be surprised as to how the next few paragraphs unfold, however there are a couple of points that I want to make, and feel are warranted after seeing some misleading/untruthful advertisements for local/freezer beef recently. First off, I am a big supporter of local food production and direct marketing. When done properly in some production systems there are opportunities to capitalize on demand for locally produced food, serve as a direct link for consumer education, enhance economic sustainability of the farm enterprise, among other benefits. I have taught dozens of programs on local foods and direct marketing in the last five or so years. In each of those programs I remind participants of these two things with regards to labeling and direct marketing: 1. Do not misrepresent your product and 2. Do not misrepresent or make false statements about the product of other producers. Recently several friends of mine have shared instances of both of the above scenarios. In one such instance a freezer beef producer’s (who shall not be named) attack on beef produced by other producers and the beef industry was egregious enough to get me wound up; and I try not to get too wound up about things seen on social media. Spreading falsehoods about the wholesomeness of beef is something as an industry we should not tolerate,

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and I hope that you as producers feel the same To hopefully prevent another rant on this very topic let’s review some examples of what not to do when putting together a direct marketing plan. Do not misrepresent your product. This is the less aggravating of the two offenses, but is an offense that can be misleading to consumers. In most cases, when someone is misrepresenting their product, they are using terminology to describe the quality of the product without that terminology actually being verified. In simpler terms, one cannot market beef as Choice, Prime, or Certified Angus Beef® if that beef carcass has not been graded by a United States Departmenet of Agriculture (USDA) grader. Grading is optional, and the service comes with an associated cost. Per the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) web page: Companies can choose to have the meat and poultry that they sell graded by USDA; it is not mandatory. This is the only mark of identity you have for knowing the quality of the product. If a meat or poultry product is graded by USDA, there must be a USDA grade shield or mark on the carcass, package or product label. Only the official USDA grade can be used as a guide to the quality of the meat. If the company claims it is selling Choice beef, for example, it must be proclaimed on the package or product label within the USDA shield or another approved marking.

I truly believe that these fouls are often unintentional due to a lack of awareness of the rules. It is the second type of foul where producers misrepresent or make false statements about the product of other producers that are intentional and it gets me fired up. While these comments are fewer in number, they are more damaging to the industry, often pitting direct marketed product against producers of commodity beef. Keep in mind with regards to quality, that most commodity beef has been graded by USDA and the above-mentioned quality-based claims can be made. Also keep in mind that there are several reasons why one would want to distinguish locally produced, direct to the consumer beef in the marketplace. However, falsehoods about the wholesomeness, safety and quality of commodity beef should not be made unless there is scientific data to back it up. In the beef industry there are multiple lanes for producers and consumers to drive in. Not every lane fits every producer or consumer, which makes for the opportunity to make decisions both in production and purchasing of beef. That opportunity to choose is one of many reasons that make the beef industry unique. Lastly, regardless of which lane we are in as producers, we should all continue to drive towards a common goal of producing a high demand product with a positive consumer eating experience.

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Recognizing the risks of broadleaf weeds in pasture By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension, Noble County It is often said that, “Any plant in the wrong place is a weed.” Well, in a pasture situation, there tend to be quite a few plants that weren’t intentionally planted there but thrive there regardless. It can be challenging to determine if these weeds are threatening or adding beneficial diversity to our pasture sward. Broadleaf weeds tend to be easier to identify and control than grassy weeds in a pasture setting, but can still be puzzling depending on lifecycle, growth stage, flower arrangement and growth habit. One that commonly confuses land managers in Southeast Ohio is spotted knapweed. Spotted knapweed is a detrimental weed that shares similarities to many less threatening pasture plants. The color of the flower is similar to that of red clover, the growth habit is similar to chicory, and the flower shape is similar to Canada thistle and ironweed. However, the combination of growth habit, color, and flower shape is unique to spotted knapweed. Spotted knapweed may possess as many as 200 pink to purple blooms per plant. The mature seed heads resemble Canada thistle, a tight cluster of seeds with a fluffy pappus attached. The pappus helps the seed move with wind, water, animals and vehicles. This weed is similar to a biennial, in that the first year of growth there is no flower, just a rosette of five to twelve irregularly lobed hairy leaves. The plant will flower in the second year and continue to flower in the years following. Mature plants may be one to four feet in height, slender or

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bushy, and will have a deep taproot. It is quite attractive to a variety of pollinators but should not be propagated or preserved in the landscape for this purpose. Many other wildflowers with fewer risks are equivalent food stocks for pollinators. Spotted knapweed is a prolific seed producer, so if knapweed is not addressed in year two, a population explosion may occur in year three. It gets the name “spotted” because the flower receptacle bracts have dark brown tips. Knapweed is aggressive because it has few natural predators in Ohio. Allelopathic compounds have been isolated from knapweeds, which are chemical substances that can leach from plants and weaken competitors, but the severity of the allelopathic potential remains under investigation. Animals are unfamiliar with it, so grazing as a control is ineffective and it thrives on marginal soils. It can easily outcompete weak stands of desirable plants for nutrients. There are 21 knapweed species and three hybrid knapweeds present in North America. All of them are exotic. They originally arrived with settlers from Europe and Asia in the late1800s and early 1900s in contaminated hay. Contaminated hay continues to be one of the leading ways seed spreads throughout ecosystems. It is how we suspect it was introduced in our region as well. Spotted knapweed is just one of six especially problematic knapweeds that now colonize over five million acres of rangelands, pastures, crop fields and waste spaces across the continent. It is also the most prevalent and has been detected in 46 states as of 2015.

Mowing for control is marginally successful. It does help prevent the development of seed, but the plant is able to flower below the height of a mower deck. Biological control using various insects has proven beneficial in western systems but are difficult to secure in the eastern part of the United States. Chemical treatment with readily available broadleaf herbicides and glyphosate for spot treatment has been successful in grass pastures of our region if timed appropriately. Adequately fertilizing pastures can be helpful for increasing the health and competitiveness of desirable plants against the onslaught of this invader. Some commonly used broadleaf herbicides that are also effective on spotted knapweed include: • Aminopyralid • Aminopyralid + 2,4-D • Clopyralid 3, • 2,4-D amine or ester • Dicamba • Dicamba + 2,4-D • Picloram 22K • Others may work as well, but effectiveness is unknown or only considered fair in comparison. The best control tools for spotted knapweed and many other weeds are early detection and early action. Hand pulling and spot spraying young plants that are few and far between can be effective on new invasions. However, heavy infestations will likely take a more creative and lengthy approach to treat including a combination of management tactics. If you come across something you suspect might be spotted knapweed

or another broadleaf weed that is unfamiliar, please contact your county Extension office for assistance with identification and corresponding treatment, especially for those with toxicity concerns for livestock. Examples of other high-profile weeds include: poison hemlock, the nightshades, pokeweed, cress-leaf groundsel, milkweed, hemp dogbane, buttercup and more. There are some ways that you can streamline the identification process and improve the swiftness of a determination when seeking assistance. If you bring in a plant sample to an office for identification, bring a whole plant- roots, stems, leaves, flowers and all. Also, take a photo of the environment it was taken from. When submitting a photograph or video sample take a shot from far away including the surrounding location where the plant was found. Then take shots up close and in focus that capture all sides of the specimen- top side, under side, and side view. Also include an “element of scale”. This is a common item that everyone should have in their home that can be used to compare size (ex: a ruler, a pop can, a business card, etc.). In pasture systems, I define a weed as a plant that has the potential to harm livestock either by poisoning, suppressing the growth of desirable plants, destroying fence, causing skin irritation or injury, and those that reduce by-product value by contaminating hair and hide. In all cases, getting a confirmed weed I.D. is critical for appropriate treatment, early detection will minimize damages, and integrating multiple control methods into the treatment plan will yield the best results.

Step #1 for treatment of spotted knapweed is accurate identification. Spotted knapweed (far left) is often confused on first glance with other flowers like red clover, chicory or ironweed. Growth habits are drastically different between all of these plants. (Photo Sources: Steve Dewey of Utah State University and Christine Gelley of OSU Extension)

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Excuses for keeping culls By Baxter Black, DVM I try not to make this column too educational but sometimes there is a need that can’t be ignored. When ranchers and cowmen work their cowherd, they are often under pressure to cull cows that they have developed a peculiar fondness for. Their excuses for keepin’ the ol’ darlin’ can be pretty feeble. I present to you a list of excuses which can be used as a handy reference while yer standin’ there at the chute. “I always keep the roan cows. They’re good luck.” “She’s a good marker.” “She’ll be good as new once the hair grows.” “She can see just as well with one eye. Saw that horn off.” “We can turn her out on the J.P. That’ll wear of those long toes.” “My sister had a C-section and we didn’t ship her.” “It just takes a little time for a knocked down hip to heal. “I read Playtex has a new cross yer heart veterinary bra for swing bags.” “So she’s a little thin …it’s just the Jersey comin’ out in her. “I admit her head’s not too feminine, Ma, but that never kept you from settlin.” “Since when do you have to have all yer teeth to be a good mother?” “She weaned the biggest calf on the place in ‘14. “My horoscope told me ten was my lucky number and she turned ten last spring.” “I know she’s slunk her last two calves but this year might be different.” “She’s always had a snotty nose and watery eyes. I think it’s hay fever.” “You can’t cull one just because she can’t walk as fast as the others.” “Her mother was a good cow.” “If she had brucellosis, I’d know it. “You gotta admit she knows the range.” “She’s not weak, just gentle.” “So what, even I have arthritis.” “But she was Wava Dean’s first 4-H project.” “I say as long as three out of four work, she’s worth keepin’.”

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CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR SOUND TAX POLICY With more than 40 percent of farmland expected to transition in the next two decades, Congress must prioritize policies that support land transfers to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. When doing this, it is imperative that lawmakers take into consideration the complexity of family-owned businesses and the implications changes to federal tax policy would have on them long-term. Helping lawmakers understand the complexity of family-owned agricultural businesses, specifically farms and ranches, is a top-priority for NCBA’s Government Affairs team. In April, President Biden announced his American Families Plan. Through this plan, Biden proposed changes to several provisions of the tax code to raise approximately $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. Long-standing tax provisions being threatened include stepped-up basis and like-kind exchanges – both critical tools that farmers and ranchers utilize when planning for generational transfer. After Biden announced his plan, there was legislation introduced by members of Congress that, again, called for the elimination of steppedup basis, a decrease in the estate tax (Death Tax) exclusion limits, and an increase in the death tax rates. The proposals are misguided and would be disastrous for family-owned businesses in rural America. From the beginning, NCBA has said that a budget cannot be balanced on the backs of farmers and ranchers. We, along with members of Congress and trade groups representing rural America, have led efforts to oppose changes to federal tax policy that would adversely affect family-owned businesses. NCBA has been at the forefront of 14 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2021

many of these efforts. While we have been aggressive in our efforts since these misguided proposals were announced, fighting for sound tax policy for America’s cattle producers is something that NCBA has been doing long before these proposals. The Government Affairs team in D.C. has worked for years to build relationships on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staffers, so NCBA is seen as a trusted partner in the industry and a reliable source for information. In addition, the team has worked quickly to build relationships with the Biden administration. We understand the importance of having an open dialogue with the administration and have been part of numerous conversations with Biden’s team regarding the needs of cattle and beef producers in regard to sound tax policy.

NCBA-Backed Research

NCBA is on the steering committee of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition (FBETC) – a coalition comprised of associations representing rural Americans and family-owned businesses. Last summer, we began to have conversations regarding the need for research about the importance of stepped-up basis for family-owned businesses. As a result of that, last spring, FBETC released an EY study quantifying the impact a repeal of stepped-up basis would have on family businesses. The study proved what NCBA had been saying for a long time — family-owned businesses and the local economies they support would be hit hardest by a repeal. The data from this study has been a critical tool in NCBA’s efforts to educate lawmakers on how repeal would adversely

affect a vast number of their constituents. In addition, NCBA has excellent relationships with both the House and Senate Agriculture Committee. After the Biden administration claimed that a majority of family farms would not be affected by the changes to long-standing tax provisions, NCBA knew that simply was not true and had extensive conversations with committee staffers regarding the need to combat that misinformation. Ultimately, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee John Boozman and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee GT Thompson requested a study through TexasA&M that proves the negative impact of transfer taxes on family-owned businesses. The study found that if stepped-up basis were to be eliminated and the estate tax exemption was decreased (to $3.5 million per individual and $7 million per couple), 98 percent of the representative farms used in the study would have seen an average tax increase of $1.4 million. This information has been critical in the education efforts our team has been a part of.

Legislation Introduced to Protect Farms and Ranches

In March, NCBA worked closely with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Jason Smith (R-MO) to secure introduction of The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2021. This bicameral legislation held members of Congress accountable to maintain a public record of support for full, permanent repeal of the Death Tax. NCBA also secured reintroduction of the Preserving Family Farms Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced

by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Jackie Walorski (IN-2), would allow cattle producers to take advantage of the Special Use Valuation and protect family-owned businesses from the devastating impact of the federal estate tax, commonly referred to as the Death Tax.

Letter Campaigns

NCBA has spearheaded grassroots advocacy efforts to help members of Congress understand how changes to the federal tax code would adversely affect their constituents in rural America. Through our grassroots letter campaign, we drafted a letter for NCBA members to send to their elected officials in Congress. This letter outlined the importance of federal tax policy that facilitates generational transfer. A total of 688 letters were sent to member of Congress! We also worked with our state affiliate associations to send sign-on letters to their state’s delegation from agricultural groups within the state.

We hosted a briefing call to inform state executives on recent policy developments and provided them with communications materials including a draft letter, social media graphics, a press release, and an op-ed for them to place in local newspapers.

Letters to Congress and the Administration

In addition to our grassroots campaign, NCBA has directly sent letters to lawmakers and D.C. staff have worked with members of Congress to draft and secure support for numerous letters that were sent to Congressional leadership and the administration. Immediately after President Biden announced his American Families Plan, we worked with Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) to draft a letter opposing changes to stepped-up basis. More than 130 GOP House members signed on to that effort. We worked with Sens. John Thune


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(R-SD) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to draft a letter to President Biden regarding preservation of stepped-up basis. We played a significant role in circulating that letter to garner support from other Senators. The letter was signed by every single member of the Senate GOP caucus. This sent a strong message to the administration, as it indicated overwhelming support for preservation of this critical tax provision.

“Tax Talks” Podcast

In an effort to inform staffers on Capitol Hill about the importance of sound, federal tax policy for rural Americans, we launched the “Beltway Beef: Tax Talks” podcast. Through interviews with tax experts and NCBA members, we share the real-life stories of cattle and beef producers as well as the devastating impacts that the President’s proposal would have on rural America. To listen to the podcast visit tracks.

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A night to remember The Annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration & Fundraiser was held Aug. 28 at the Pavilion at Orchard View in Stoutsville, Ohio. With the largest number of attendees to date, the night was full of laughs and conversations as cattlemen and affiliates from all over the state gathered for a great cause. The silent and live auctions were a rousing success, the food and desserts were delicious, the signature drink was a hit and Nashville star, Thomas Mac, kept the air filled with great music.

Guests also received brief updates from special guests Cathann Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and Colin Woodall, CEO for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). To end the night, attendees were entered into a drawing where OCA member, Andrew Armstrong, took home a PitBoss Grill. The Round-

up Raffle, a cattlemen’s version of a 50/50, brought over $700 back to the Foundation as winner, Frank Phelps, donated half of his winnings back to the foundation. The scholarship application is now open and can be found at ohiocattle. org/foundation/scholarships. The application deadline is Oct. 31, 2021. Photos from the night are available for free download at

A new record was set at this year’s Gala with over $50,000 raised for cattle industry youth scholarships!

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Investing in Beef Promotion, Nutrition, Education & Research BEEF. IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER. BRAND FEATURED AT THE AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION NATIONAL CONVENTION The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) joined eight other state beef councils in sponsoring the 2021 American Culinary Federation Convention in Orlando, Florida. This event attracted nearly 700 professional chefs, instructors and culinary students from across the country. During the convention, Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. focused on highlighting the taste, creativity and sustainability of real beef through an in-person and virtual tradeshow, pop-up tasting stations, the welcome reception, the President’s Gala and more. At the tradeshow booth, visitors received a bag of beef jerky trail mix and information on accessing The Raw Truth About Beef, a digital platform where chefs can learn the facts about beef production. They also received foodservice cut harts, beef marbling posters and more. The popup stations were placed in hi-traffic areas creating great visibility and attracting attendees as they moved between education sessions. The final event of the convention was the President’s Grand Ball and Dinner where over 600 attendees gathered to recap the week’s events and celebrate the accomplishments of the ACF membership while enjoying delicious beef short ribs for dinner.

OBC is a proud presenting sponsor of the Ohio State 4 Miler, a race that takes place in Columbus at the Ohio stadium where participants will “finish on the 50.” This sponsorship reaches over 18,000 racers as beef is highlighted as the #1 choice of protein for race training through video partnerships with Zach Boren, former Ohio State Buckeyes football player. Each racer receives a packet with beef jerky and informational brochures that include the health benefits of beef and beef recipes. OBC will also have a presence on the ground the day of the race with a booth for racers to learn more about the nutritional benefits of beef and how it is raised. The race will take place on Oct. 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. Registration is available at In addition to the game day festivities, OBC is also presenting the “Burger of the Game” in the Ohio Stadium at all home games. Each game will present a different burger which will be advertised throughout the stadium and on the jumbotron during the games. It will be shared through social media platforms as well.


OHIO BEEF COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH OHIO STATE FOR BEEF PROMOTION EFFORTS OBC provided the beef for the August 15 Cultivating a Cure annual fundraiser that has raised over $750,000 in the past 10 years to support cancer treatment and prevention research at The

Comprehensive Cancer Center— Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. The 2021 event was held at Porteus Farms in Coshocton and coordinated by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The event brings the agricultural community together to support efforts to find a cure to a disease that has impacted many lives and families. Cultivating a Cure was founded in 2011 by Brent Porteus and daughters Amy and Beth following Debbie’s passing from metastatic breast cancer.


OBC recently released a new video to introduce consumers to an Ohio beef farming family that is no stranger to the phrase “pasture to plate.” This video tells the story of the Raber Family out of Freeport, Ohio, the owners of Red Hill Farm and two local restaurants. The Raber’s raise their own beef for use in their restaurants, one of which is called The Bear’s Den Steakhouse where their partnering chef, Steve Wagner, provides their customers with a unique beef experience while showing consumers the different varieties and techniques that come with cooking and preparing beef. Both the Rabers and Chef Steve take pride in producing a product that ends-up on community member’s plates, and the purpose of this video is to show consumers what that pride and passion looks like. Watch the video at

The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, or visit Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Chairman • Bill Sexten, Washington C.H., Vice Chairman • Stan Smith, Canal Winchester, Treasurer • Mandy Atterholt, Loudonville Dave Felumlee, Newark • Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville • Stephanie Harris, St. Clairsville • Jake Osborn, Lynchburg • Becky Reed, Springfield • Sam Roberts, South Charleston Allan Robison, Cable • Garth Ruff, Malta • Kurt Steiner, Creston • Susie Turner, Somerset • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 18 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2021


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The American Angus Association will be hosting their annual Angus Convention in Fort Worth Texas on Nov. 4-Nov. 8, 2021. The convention will welcome Angus breeders and beef industry enthusiasts to partake in education, networking and entertainment. The 2021 Angus Convention will be three days of making connections, finding solutions and being inspired to foster operational growth and personal leadership. There will be several educational sessions taking place throughout the three-day event. From cattle handling to the latest in genomics, no topic is left uncovered. Take advantage of learning from industry professionals during Angus University-sponsored breakout sessions and watch hands-on education by attending a session in the cattle demonstration area. The Association also invites commercial producers to attend Angus Convention. Participants will gain perspective from commercial industry leaders on the future of the feeder cattle marketplace by attending the Capturing Value session. The first-of-its-kind panel will provide insight from video auction representatives, feedyard operators, seedstock producers and industry professionals alike. The 138th Annual Convention of Delegates for the American Angus Association will also convene this year, where representatives from each state will elect new members and officers to the Board of Directors and look to the future for the Angus breed. Registration for the 2021 Angus Convention and Trade Show is now open. Learn more about the convention sessions, speakers, tours and more on

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The American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Annual Meeting and Conference will be held Oct. 22–24, 2021, at the Loews Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. Held in conjunction with the national Hereford show at the American Royal, this two-day conference features an industry trade show and educational forum to provide informational and networking opportunities for members and industry representatives. Educational sessions will feature established speakers to discuss relevant industry topics, including Tom Field, Ph.D., Paul Engler Chair of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kevin

Good, Vice President of Industry Relations and Analysis at CattleFax; Scott Bennett, Director of Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation; and Dr. Scott Nordstrom, Director of New Product Development for Merck Animal Health. Attendance at the educational forum and trade show is free for AHA members and guests. Each year the AHA, National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) and Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) are pleased to honor those who are making a significant impact in the breed and industry. During the event, Hereford Hall of Fame and Merit inductees, Golden and Century Breeders, as well as youth scholarship and award winners will be honored in special awards ceremonies. To register for the event, fill out the form by Oct. 15, 2021 at


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Buckeye Creek Angus

FEATURED IN NATIONAL VIDEO THAT BRINGS CHEFS AND PRODUCERS TOGETHER Story by Amy Beth Graves Rocco Whalen jumps right in when asked to help move cattle from one pasture to another. The renowned Cleveland chef is ready to get his hands dirty on this hot July day. He’s visiting the Ashland County farm of Zane and Courtney Gross to learn more about the work and care that producers put into raising cattle, which will eventually make their way onto the menu of Rocco’s restaurant, located an hour away. Dressed in all black and a T-shirt featuring one of his restaurant’s food trucks, Rocco is amused as he finds himself just a couple of feet away from a cow that he describes as huge, calm and tame. As he helps move the cows and calves out of what he calls a “gated community” to another pasture, he keeps an eye on the ground as he dodges cow patties. At the same time, he’s keeping out of the way of a video crew capturing his interaction with Zane and Courtney as they describe their family operation, Buckeye Creek Angus. The small family operated Angus operation specializes in replacement females and breeding bulls and also sells local freezer beef. The video is part of a series developed and released through a partnership between the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Chef ’s Roll, Inc., a global network of chefs and hospitality professionals. NCBA is a contractor for the Beef Checkoff, a national marketing and research program designed to increase the demand for beef at home and 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2021

abroad. The video series features chefs visiting farms or ranches to get a firsthand look at the care producers put into producing high-quality beef. The videos also showcase producers’ experiences as they tour chefs’ restaurants and observe the creativity that goes into making succulent beef dishes. Chef ’s Roll and NCBA distribute the videos across their various outlets nationwide. “These types of story telling videos are great educational opportunities to showcase the beef industry and how our beef is produced. We started this video series in 2020, and we’ve had huge viewership of the videos and engagement from consumers. Last year’s videos reached 1.3 million consumers, were viewed over 670,000 times and had over 21,000 engagements,” said Sarah Reece, senior executive director of brand marketing for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. This year’s video series focuses on sustainability -- last year’s was about the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program. While walking around Buckeye Creek Angus, Rocco listens closely as Zane and Courtney talk about how having rotational grazing gives the grass more time to regrow and how cross seeding with red clover results in a healthier pasture in terms of yield, quality and nitrogen. Rocco is particularly intrigued by the benefits of clover. As the couple’s 3-year-old son, Nolan, picks a piece of clover and smells it, the chef describes how he’s incorporated

clover into some of his recipes such as creme brulee and a citrus relish. Improving the quality of the herd and making the farm sustainable enough to support the next generation is always a goal, the couple tell Rocco. “We’re passionate about genetics and use top bulls in the country so our cattle can be more efficient. They don’t need to eat as much to perform. We’re being more strict on whether to keep an animal or not and take a close look at how good the moms and calves are,” Courtney said. The couple invested in hay equipment so they could bale high-moisture hay, which can provide higher protein feed and reduce the amount of hay lost because it isn’t wrapped and is stored outside. “Wet wrap bales provide more nutritious feed in the winter,” Zane said. “I’ve had comments that I have fat cows but I don’t feed them corn. Having wet wrap bales is a testament that they are beneficial for the cows.” Rocco, who has spent many hours visiting farmers markets for fresh produce and meat, said visiting the Gross family’s farm gave him a better appreciation and understanding of what it takes to raise the food that he serves at his restaurant, Fahrenheit. He was impressed by the many different skill sets required to

Zane described Rocco as reserved and inquisitive on the farm but said all that changed when he was in his restaurant the next day, whipping up two beef recipes to be featured in the video. Sporting a cowboy hat, Zane acted as his sous chef, helping season and cook the meat and stirring sauces. “When he got in the kitchen, his personality blew up and he put on quite a show,” Zane said of Rocco. “It was a very cool opportunity to put the steak on the grill, pour the sauces on and listen to him describe different seasonings and the layers of the dishes.” The main dish was designed to show off the beauty of beef -- sliced tenderloin grilled and

to shake hands with someone who farms and is potentially raising the cattle that are going to me,” Rocco said. For Zane, the trip to Fahrenheit in Cleveland’s trendy Tremont neighborhood was equally educational with Rocco sharing some cooking tips. The two bonded over the meal they cooked together, savoring every bite as the video crew captured the moment. Later, Rocco invited the couple to join him in at a Cleveland Browns game. Staying connected with consumers and sharing stories about the hard work and care that goes into raising an animal is vital, both Zane and Courtney said. “So many people are disconnected from the farm and think everything is factory farmed. They don’t know that it’s families who are raising their food. They don’t know about all the love and passion and sweat that goes into it,” said Zane, who works full time at nearby E.R. Boliantz Meat Packing Co., which provides beef for Rocco’s restaurants. Buckeye Creek Angus also sells some of its cattle to Boliantz. The couple said they were proud to be selected to participate in the video and how it documents the hard work they put in to improve their herd and operation. They’re hopeful that Nolan and his little

“SEEING THE PROCESS FROM FARM TO FORK IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. IT WAS COOL TO SHAKE HANDS WITH SOMEONE WHO FARMS AND IS POTENTIALLY RAISING THE CATTLE THAT ARE GOING TO ME,” raise an animal and run a farm. “It’s good to know what all they’re doing in the process and how the cattle are treated and all the science involved,” Rocco said. “It really made an impact on me. I loved learning about the whole process and seeing how they put in long hard days, just like I do. We just do it on other ends of the food chain.”

seasoned to perfection and topped with smoked onion rings. The second dish was a byproduct of the tenderloin with the fatty cut making the perfect stir fry, which was marinated with ginger and garlic and had corn in the dish. “Seeing the process from farm to fork is what it’s all about. It was cool

sister, Sutton, will follow their lead in the future. “We are a first generation cattle producer, and we’re trying to make it sustainable enough that it will be attractive to the second generation,” Courtney said. “We hope to be good examples for our children and teach them what hard work means and that growing up on the farm is enjoyable.” Late Fall Issue 2021 | Ohio Cattleman | 23


Understanding farm succession planning By Nationwide®, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.* Finding time to talk to your family about succession planning for your farm may be difficult. You may also be uncomfortable with the thought of selling your farm or handing over control to family members. Make the time to develop a solid succession plan (often called a “transition plan”) for your farming business. As it transfers to its next generation of leaders, you’ll help ensure that your family’s wishes are met, and emotional stress is minimized.

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Unlike estate plans, which concentrate on tax liabilities and the various ways to lessen the tax burden, transition plans focus on the future of the farm. They’re an integral part of an estate farm plan. When you decide to retire, your farm succession plan may include: • Transferring or selling ownership to a vested family member. To be fair to non-farming heirs, you may leave them with equal settlements of money, stock or other assets. • Liquidating farm assets, such as auctioning equipment and livestock or selling land. • Renting or leasing your land and equipment. • Selling or contracting the property.

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What kind of income might I need for retirement or health care costs? If you have a family member who could and may want to take over the operation, you should be comfortable that they have the knowledge and skills to run it profitably. Also, think about siblings who might each want a piece of the farm. Are you being pressured to sell by those who don’t share your love of the land?

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The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Allied Industry Council is a business partnership that supports educational efforts and leadership opportunities for cattlemen to advance Ohio’s beef cattle industry. Elanco Animal Health Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak 330-298-8113 | Elgin Service Center - K Buildings Doug Hemm 937-216-5620 WM. E. Fagaly & Son Inc. Ryan Greis, Chris McConnell 513-353-2150 | Farm Credit Mid-America Wendy Osborn 937-444-0905, David Sanders 740335-3306, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 | Four Star Veterinary Service Taylor Engle 419-305-7494, Bryant Chapman 419953-4523, Trey Gellert 419-953-4523 Heartland Bank Greg Woodward 614-214-3186, Chuck Woodson 614-839-2265 Heritage Cooperative Dale Stryffler 330-556-8465, Derek Fauber, David Monnin 914-873-6736 Highland Livestock Supply Ltd. Curt & Allison Hively 330-457-2033 | Hills Supply Frank Burkett 330-704-1817, Mick Heiby 330-936-1340, Kaitlin Chaddock 330-205-8769 | ImmuCell Corporation Bobbi Brockmann 515-450-2035, Kathy Becher 800-466-2035, Becky Vincent 330-705-8755 Johnson Concrete Livestock Waterers Brad McCormick 402-463-1359 Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal 419-356-0128, Kyle Nickles & Cheryl Miller 419-294-3838 Kent Feeds Patrick Barker 513-315-3833, Joseph Wright 937-213-1168 McArthur Lumber & Post Stan Nichols, 740-596-255 Mercer Landmark Randy Seeger 419-230-9832, Joe Siegrist 419-305-2451, Travis Spicer 419-733-9915, Chad Knapke 419-733-6434 | Merck Animal Health Jake Osborn 937-725-5687 Seth Clark 330-465-2728 Multimin USA, Inc. Thomas Carper 540-336-2737 Murphy Tractor Eric Bischoff 614-876-1141 Brent Chauvin 937-898-4198 Nationwide Insurance Shawnda Vega 614-329-4500 www.

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The 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show is just around the corner, and there are ways to get involved before the event. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) offers a variety of activities to get more engaged with CattleCon22, which will be held Feb. 1-3, 2022, in Houston. Event Influencer Program The Event Influencer program is designed to give social media gurus and cattle industry spokespeople the opportunity to work at the heart of the industry by promoting the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. Individuals from across the country will be selected to promote, advocate and encourage attendance to events like CattleCon. Selected ambassadors will receive a complimentary 2022 convention registration, a travel credit of up to $500, a complimentary hotel room during convention, the opportunity to network with members and producers of the cattle industry, and other professional development experiences such as the ability to improve social media skills. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2021. National Anthem Contest The 9th annual NCBA National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Norbrook, Inc., is accepting entries through Oct. 15, 2021. The contest winner will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the convention’s Opening General 26 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2021

Session as well as at the Thursday night NCBA event. The winner will also receive round trip airfare to Houston, a hotel room for three nights, free convention registration, plus a pair of boots, jeans and a shirt from Roper or Stetson. Any member of NCBA, the American National CattleWomen, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, or family member, are eligible to participate in the contest. Previous NCBA National Anthem Contest winners are not eligible. Convention Internships NCBA is offering college students a unique behind-the-scenes experience through its annual convention internship program. Up to 18 interns will be selected and will be responsible for setting up the indoor arena, assisting at committee meetings and Cattlemen’s College, posting on social media and contributing in the NCBA booth. This one-of-a-kind opportunity offers college students the ability to network with industry stakeholders throughout the beef industry and gain valuable experience. Students will also receive a one-year NCBA student membership. Student interns must be able to work Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2022, provide their own transportation to Houston, and be at least a junior-level college student at an accredited university at the time of the event. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, should be well-versed in all areas of social media and preferably have a background in, or working knowledge of, the cattle and/or beef industry. Interested students must complete an online Student Internship Application by Oct. 15, 2021, and submit college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume. Scholarship Opportunities If you are a young beef producer, student, or farmer or rancher and are interested in attending CattleCon22, consider applying for a scholarship. Scholarship recipients receive a

complimentary Education Package registration and discounted housing accommodations for three nights, Feb. 1-3, 2022. This is a great way for youth, first-timers and others to expand their network at the largest event in the beef cattle business. The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2021. Talent Round-Up Do you have a talent that you’d like to showcase at CattleCon? Whether you’re a solo act, in a band or have a unique skit you’d like to share, we want to hear about it! Submit your talent by Nov. 8, 2021. For more information on all of these programs, visit https://convention.ncba. org/general-information/get-involved. Convention registration and housing open Nov. 1, 2021, at


According to the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), there have been an unusual number of reports about fall armyworm outbreaks in Ohio. These outbreaks seem to be more common in forage including alfalfa and sorghum sudangrass, turf and, in some cases, soybean fields. Certain hard-hit fields have been all but stripped bare. True or common armyworm is a different species than the fall armyworm. Unlike the true armyworm that only feeds on grasses (i.e., corn, wheat, forage grasses), the fall armyworm has well over 100 different types of plants upon which it feeds including many grasses but also alfalfa, soybeans, pasture grasses and more. OSU gives the following advice for fall armyworm detection, “fall armyworms are much easier to kill when they are smaller, and feeding accelerates rapidly as they grow, so early detection

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BEEF BRIEFS will provide longer residual which may help with control of the harder-to-kill caterpillars over ¾ inches. In forages, a threshold that can be used is 2-3 fall armyworm larvae per sq foot. If larvae are smaller (less than ¾ inch), they can still do a lot of feeding and are worth treating with an insecticide application. An early cut can help limit damage to the alfalfa, but one must check the field for survivors. If survivors are abundant, an insecticide application may be warranted to protect nearby fields. In corn, armyworms can randomly feed on leaves, with holes occurring throughout the leaf surface. The more damaging stage is when they feed on developing silks and kernels after entering the ear. Once they enter the ear, control by insecticides is much more difficult. Most Bt corn varieties with above ground protection is labelled for armyworm control, but resistance to several Bt traits has appeared in the U.S.

(continued from pg. 20) is important. Look for egg masses glued not only to vegetation but to structures like fence posts. Egg masses have a fluffy-looking cover. When the cover is peeled back, eggs are pearly and tan when new, and turn darker as they approach egg-hatch. Fall armyworm caterpillars vary in color from greenish to tan to dark brown with stripes along the body. They can be easily confused with other species, but a good identifier is an inverted white “Y” shape behind the head. Another species, true armyworm, feeds at night but fall armyworm will feed during the day.” For treatment of a fall armyworm outbreak, OSU advises the following, “Insecticides will not penetrate egg masses well; it’s best to spray caterpillars when they are less than ¾ inches long, at which point most armyworm-labeled pyrethroids will kill them reasonably well. For larger caterpillars, products containing chlorantraniliprole

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Ohio Representative Tracy Richardson (District-86) recently presented OCA with a 70th Anniversary recognition. Representative Richardson sponsored this proclamation as she recognizes and appreciates OCA’s meaningful involvement in the growth and profitability of Ohio’s beef industry through legislative advocacy, research and education over the last seven decades.

OCA recently hosted Congressman Troy Balderson, (District-12) member of the House Committee on Agriculture, at E.R. Boliantz Co. in Ashland, Ohio to see how meat processing facilities function and learn about their importance to the state. Zane Gross (right) provided the tour.

CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Colin Woodall, recently spent a busy (and warm) weekend here in Ohio to attend and speak at the Ohio Angus Association’s Field Day, the OCA Business Meeting and the Cattlemen’s Gala. Also speaking at the Field Day were Esther McCabe and Mark McCully with the American Angus Association.

Due to the postponement of the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in January, OCA held a business meeting prior to the Cattlemen’s Gala to conduct essential business of the association.

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