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Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association



52-53 Industry Excellence Award Roger Thompson, DVM

66-67 Beef Entrepreneurs The Ison family


Celebrity Plate Your Steak

74-75 Cattlemen at the Capitol

36-51 Ohio Beef Expo


The Celebrity Showdown


News & Notes

10 Features 10-13 Annual Meeting & Banquet 22-23 Seedstock Producer of the Year Haley Farms

Harsh Realities


Your Dues Dollars at Work


OCA News & Views


OCA News


Forage Corner


32 On the Edge of Common Sense

Reference 28

Allied Industry Council


Calendar of Events

18-20 NCBA News


Parting Shots



Advertisers’ Index

Beef Briefs

56 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work 58-60 Breed News 70

OBC News

On the Cover Photo taken by OCA Staff.

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Harsh Realities

Ohio Cattleman 10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, Ohio 43040 Phone 614-873-6736 • Fax 614-873-6835 www.ohiocattle.org cattle@ohiocattle.org Editor Elizabeth Harsh

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Beef’s Sustainability Message Beef demand is strong and herd expansion has ended. Or in other words, the growth of beef cow numbers in the U.S. has stabilized and beef demand has gone up double the rate of inflation. Prices are likely to be stronger in 2020 and barring a major recession or drought, all industry segments should be profitable. These were some of the many positive messages delivered to cattle producers during the CattleFax outlook session at the Cattle Industry Convention held earlier this month.

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U.S. beef production is expected to be record high in 2020, reaching 27.7 billion pounds. And despite higher total animal protein production, CattleFax staff expect it to be offset by strong demand and increasing export opportunities the result of recent progress on multiple trade agreements. Implementation of the bilateral trade agreement with Japan began January 1 and immediately put U.S. beef at the same tariff levels as our competition. Phase 1 of the China trade agreement was also recently signed. It eliminates many of the non-scientific trade barriers that has kept U.S. product out of China. Implementation of these agreements and others offer great benefit for U.S. beef in 2020 and beyond. Overall the forecast is very positive for the beef industry. However, one area of caution noted was beef’s story of sustainability. The beef industry must manage our sustainability message to continue meeting consumer expectations. You don’t have to look too far to see that eliminating or reducing beef consumption to save our planet has become a popular fad for some, just look at the recent award shows for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Never mind letting facts get in the way of being trendy. U.S. beef production, particularly when it comes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is often misrepresented. The most recent data indicates that only 3.7 percent of U.S. GHG emissions come directly from beef cattle. By comparison, transportation accounts for 28 percent of GHG emissions in the U.S. It’s important to know that cattle production in the U.S., due to many scientific advancements, has one of the lowest beef GHG emissions in the world. It is also interesting to note that while U.S. beef production will be record large in 2020, the industry has done it with 35 million fewer cattle in the last 20 years. There is certainly a sustainability message somewhere in those stats. Furthermore, the U.S. produces around 18 percent of the world’s beef with only 8 percent of the world’s cattle herd. These efficiencies are possible due to scientific advancements in beef cattle genetics, nutrition, husbandry practices, and biotechnologies, Although the U.S. beef industry is the most sustainable in the world, there is always room for improvement, and as farmers we embrace that challenge. Beef farmers take pride in being stewards of the land and adopting new management practices that further preserve our natural resources. The beef industry has a great sustainability story to share. The key is effective delivery of it. Get familiar with the term upcycling. It’s the process of using discarded materials and turning them into something of higher value, for example, ruminant animals, cattle, converting low-quality forage into high-quality protein needed in the human diet. I challenge you to never miss a chance to tell your story, no matter where or when the opportunity arises. Meeting consumer expectations can’t be done if we all wait for someone else to tell our story.v

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OCA Officers

President • Aaron Arnett Vice President • Kyle Walls Treasurer • Linde Sutherly Past President • Sasha Rittenhouse

OCA Directors

Tom Karr Director At-Large Pomeroy • Term expires 2021 Kyle Walls Director At-Large Mt. Vernon • Term expires 2020 J.L. Draganic Director At-Large Wakeman • Term expires 2022 Open District 1 • Term expires 2020 Kelvin Egner District 2 Shelby • Term expires 2021 John Ferguson District 3 Chardon • Term expires 2022 Troy Jones District 4 Harrod • Term expires 2020 Frank Phelps District 5 Belle Center • Term expires 2021 Pam Haley District 6 West Salem • Term expires 2022 Brad Thornburg District 7 Barnesville • Term expires 2020 Linde Sutherly District 8 New Carlisle • Term expires 2021 Jim Jepsen District 9 Amanda • Term expires 2022 Sarah Ison District 10 Moscow • Term expires 2020 Lindsey Hall District 11 Hillsboro • Term expires 2021 Luke Vollborn • District 12 Bidwell • Term expires 2022

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 Kagney Collins Director of Education Stephanie Sindel Director of Member Services & Youth Programs Ron Windnagel Director of Accounting & Operations Tracie Stanley Administrative Assistant

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OCA News & Views By Aaron Arnett, OCA President

Exciting Opportunities Ahead for OCA It is with great anticipation for the future that I write this inaugural letter for the Ohio Cattleman Magazine. It is a privilege to serve as President of the Board of Directors in 2020. I want to first congratulate Sasha Rittenhouse for her two years as President and most importantly, her years of service to OCA. As the first woman to serve in this role in the nearly 70-year history of OCA, Sasha is a pioneer and willful leader for the greater good of this organization. We have many things to celebrate at OCA including youth development programs that are the envy of the beef industry. Our scholarship program that awards thousands of dollars annually, the BEST program with its competitive show circuit, and the Young Cattlemen’s Conference that introduces young cattlemen to the science, industry and political aspects of the beef industry are just a few examples of how this organization will continue its focus on developing our next generation of industry leaders. We will continue significant engagement and presence with elected officials at the state and national levels, led by Elizabeth Harsh, a valued advocate for the beef industry on challenging issues like water quality and plant-based protein alternatives that threaten our livelihoods and way of life. In 2019, we rolled out the Cattlemen’s Academy, an educational series for OCA members offered throughout the state with support from The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences. Full classrooms with active participation provided our membership a way to engage with expert presenters to enhance their knowledge and grow their beef business in productive and sustainable ways. If you attended one of the workshops, I hope you found it beneficial and will remain connected as we share future Cattlemen’s Academy programming for 2020. The Ohio Beef Expo is another opportunity for our membership to be engaged. It takes a great deal of planning for this event to happen and those on the planning committee deserve to be recognized. It is just as important to recognize the producers, breeders and future leaders who make the Ohio Beef Expo OCA’s largest event and the largest beef industry event in the Midwest. I hope you take advantage of the many resources available at the Beef Expo and your weekend will include stopping by the OCA membership booth in the main aisle of the trade show to visit with us about beef industry issues and discuss how we can serve you best. In case they are not in your calendar yet, be sure to hold August 4, 2020 for the Dean’s Charity Steer Show which will again take place at the Ohio State Fair, as well as August 29 when we will hold the 2020 Cattlemen’s Gala at The Pavilion at Orchard View near Stoutsville, Ohio. Both events focus on raising money to help others through the Ronald McDonald House Charities and through our Foundation’s scholarship program. I close with the reminder that OCA is a non-profit organization whose vision is to maintain and grow Ohio’s beef industry. This organization functions primarily through membership dollars. I want to thank you for being a member of OCA. Our organization has a dedicated Board of Directors, a talented officer team and hard-working staff and interns. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss OCA’s member services and programs designed to serve you. v


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Your Dues Dollars at Work Legislative & Regulatory

Programs & Events

• Members adopted OCA policy for 2020 at the association’s annual meeting held January 11.

• Partnered with the Ohio State Animal Sciences Department to host calving clinics in Columbus and Findlay through the OCA Cattlemen’s Academy program.

• Participated in multiple H2Ohio and Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI) meetings related to Ohio’s water quality challenges. The meetings are being held throughout February in 14 counties located in the Maumee River Watershed. They are for farmers to learn how to apply for the $30 million allocated to agriculture through the H2Ohio program to reduce phosphorus through the adoption of best management practices and voluntary certification. • Partnered with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association to host a legislative reception for members of the Ohio General Assembly at the Statehouse on January 28. • Hosted the first annual Cattlemen at the Capitol advocacy day on January 28 at the Ohio Statehouse for OCA board members, YCC participants and young cattleman members. • Signed a letter of support for House passage of S. 2107/H.R. 4482, Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019. This bill authorizes funding to hire additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel needed to conduct Agriculture Quarantine Inspection at the international ports of entry. • Represented OCA members on various policy committees at the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show held February 5-7.

Youth • Held additional BEST sanctioned shows for the 2019-20 show season. • Hosted OCA BEST Stockmanship competitions, including Quiz Bowl, Salesmanship, and Fitting Contest during recent BEST shows. • Presented 24 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships at the Foundation annual meeting on January 11 totaling $24,000. • Co-sponsored the Celebrity Showdown to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio on January 24 with the Cattle Battle Show in Springfield, Ohio. Over $20,000 was raised to support their work. The Celebrity Showdown kicks off the annual community service project for BEST participants who will continue to raise money through May 2 when the program’s awards banquet takes place. • Distributed Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) information for the 2020 program year.

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• OCA provided an association update at the Ohio dairy vets annual meeting on January 10. • Spoke at county association banquets, meetings, and events for Adams-Brown Southern Ohio Ag Expo, Athens-MeigsWashington County, Darke County, Madison County, Mercer County, Miami County, Morrow County, Preble County, Ross County and Wood County Associations and the Ohio Shorthorn Association state banquet. • Provided an OCA update at the Sakura Wagyu Farms producer meeting on January 28. • Finalized planning and fundraising for the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo. Information available at www.ohiobeefexpo.com.

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- Celebrating Ohio’s Beef Industry ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS BANQUET


hio beef producers and industry leaders met to develop policy, award scholarships, learn about consumer preferences and demands, and celebrate the many achievements of cattlemen at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. More than 300 people attended the event. In addition to the annual meeting and evening banquet, there

were progressive meetings and several youth opportunities throughout the day. Sponsors who contributed to the event’s success include Alltech, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company, Linde’s Livestock Photos, Heartland Bank, Ohio Association of Meat Processors, Saunders Insurance, and CompManagement. The day featured youth opportunities sponsored by Linde’s Livestock Photos, including the Youth Beef Quiz Bowl and a beef quality assurance


Haley Farms was honored with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left to right are Pam Haley, Mike Haley, Sammi Haley, and Charlie Haley.

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session. Nearly 30 youth participated in the quiz bowl. The winners were as follows: 1st place - Barn Burners: Austin Sutherly, Carly Sanders, Sydney Sanders, and Tyler Michael, 2nd place - Bovine Brainiacs Aly Simpson, Jacob LeBrun, Asa Minton, and Tatumn Poff, 3rd place - Cow Punchers: Lara Rittenhouse, Lexi Rittenhouse, Dawson Osborn, and Wyatt Osborn, 4th place - Clark County Cavaliers: Tyler Novak, Matt Hamilton, Madison Boules, Brock Fox, and 5th place- Team


Fred Voge and Voge Farms was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured are Fred Voge, Kasen Cole, Kooper Cole, and Rebecca Miller of Farm & Dairy.



Roger Thompson was honored with the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left to right are Amie Simpson of Brownfield Ag News, Roger Thompson, and Therese Thompson.

Heffelfinger Meats was honored with the Industry Service Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left to right are Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal, LeeAnn Heffelfinger, Ryan Heffelfinger, Rick Heffelfinger, and Terri Heffelfinger.

3: Tyler Legge Bobo, Lily Dennis, Courtney Hamilton, and Paige Phillips. 28 scholarships were presented to outstanding youth during the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation annual meeting. Mary Baker, Wayne County; Dalton Black, Adams County; Kady Davis, Carroll County; Josh Dickson, Licking County; Abbiegail Greer, Stark County; Lana Grover, Highland County; Sarah Jarvis, Columbiana County; Kinley Kreis, Muskingum County; Danielle Leeper, Union County; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County; McKayla Raines, Adams County and Evan Smith, Fairfield County, received the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship, funded by the 2019 event. Allison Davis, Carroll County; Keri Felumlee, Licking County; Luke McKee, Knox County and Hannah Sykes, Ross County were awarded $1,000 Tagged for Greatness Scholarships, which are funded with the sales of the Ohio Beef license plate. Taylor Ayars, Madison County; Andrea Esselburn, Wayne County; Nolan Newman, Adams County and Katelyn Summe, Butler County, each received a $1,000 Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarship, which was funded by the putt-putt course at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County, was awarded the $1,000 Noah Cox Memorial Scholarship. Sarah Millikan, Henry County, was awarded the $1,000 William Cleland Memorial scholarship. Chelsea Graham, Licking County, was award the $1,000 Julie Regula Memorial Scholarship. Caroline Blay,

Portage County, was awarded the Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo, that will be presented at the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo in March.


Abbygail Pitstick, Kady Davis, Chelsea Graham and Evan Smith were awarded scholarships from the Ohio CattleWomen. During the annual meeting, Ohio cattlemen heard from Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Janelle Mead, CEO of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Pam Haley, an OCA Board of Directors member from West Salem, Ohio, coordinated the policy development portion of the meeting. These resolutions covered a broad range including cattle health and wellbeing, property rights,

Luke Vollborn was honored with the Young Cattleman of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured are Luke Vollborn, wife Courtney, and sons Bryceton, Colton, and Hudson.


ST Genetics, Ohio Heifer Center was honored with the Environmental Stewardship Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left to right are Aaron Arnett and Paul Detweiler.

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environmental management, and membership. In addition, OCA’s Membership Committee recognized the members of OCA’s Top Hand Recruiting Club. Purina Animal Nutrition and Quality Liquid Feed sponsored the awards. The top OCA membership recruiter for 2019 was Frank Phelps, Logan County, with 30 new members.

The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association was honored with the Outstanding County Association Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Mike York, Johnny Regula, Charlie Diehl, Chris Gibbs, Ann Joslin, Woody Joslin, (front row) Maria York, Allen Jamison, Jason Gibbs, Shelby Gibbs, and Deb Gibbs.


During a luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to listen to Mark Gardiner, president of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. OCA members and guests gathered in the evening for the banquet to celebrate another successful year. NCBA’s Lane emphasized the importance of OCA and NCBA membership while discussing the work being done toward trade deals. The banquet concluded with OCA presenting seven prestigious awards to deserving cattlemen and supporters of Ohio’s beef industry. Fred Voge and Voge Farms, West Alexandria, Ohio – Commercial Producer of the Year; Haley Farms, West Salem, Ohio – Seedstock Producers of the Year; Luke Vollborn, Bidwell, Ohio – Young Cattleman of the Year; Heffelfinger Meats, Jeromesville, Ohio – Industry Service; ST Genetics, South Charleston, Ohio – Environmental Stewardship; Roger Thompson, New Albany, Ohio – Industry Excellence; and Shelby County Cattlemen’s AssociationOutstanding County Association. Awards in these categories were sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Farm and Dairy, Ohio Farmer, Ohio’s Country Journal, In Ohio Country Today and Brownfield Ag News, respectively. Award videos were sponsored by Centerra Cooperative, Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association, Burkmann Nutrition, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Beef Council, Union Stock Yards, and Muskingum Livestock Sales Company.

Pictured are OCA’s Top Hands that were recognized for their membership recruiting efforts in 2019.

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Quiz Bowl Winners FIRST PLACE

Barn Burners received first place in the youth quiz bowl. Pictured are : Austin Sutherly, Carly Sanders, Sydney Sanders, Tyler Michael and Linde Sutherly of Linde’s Livestock Photos - sponsor.


Bovine Brainiacs received second place in the youth quiz bowl. Pictured areAsa Minton, Tatumn Poff, Aly Simpson, Jacob LeBrun, Linde Sutherly of Linde’s Livestock Photos sponsor.


Cow Punchers received third place in the youth quiz bowl. Pictured are Lexi Rittenhouse, Wyatt Osborn, Lara Rittenhouse, Dawson Osborn, Linde Sutherly of Linde’s Livestock Photos - sponsor.


Clark County Cavaliers received fourth place in the youth quiz bowl. Pictured are Brock Fox, Madison Boles, Matt Hamilton, Linde Sutherly of Linde’s Livestock Photos - sponsor. Tyler Novak not pictured.


Team 3 received fifth place in the youth quiz bowl. Pictured are Tyler Legge- Bobo, Lily Dennis, Paige Phillips, Courtney Hamilton, Linde Sutherly of Linde’s Livestock Photos sponsor.

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OCA News OCA Welcomes Spring Interns Josie McDowell Seaman, Ohio

Josie McDowell is the serving as the Beef Improvement Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Chad and Renee McDowell of Adams County. McDowell was raised on a cattle and hog farm where her involvement in agriculture began. She will graduate from The Ohio State University in Spring 2021 with a degree in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Production Agriculture. Her main responsibilities include assisting in the execution of the Ohio Beef Expo and coordination of the breed shows and sales. She helps organize OCA educational programs, prepare for various association events, and maintain records. “I am looking forward to getting to know people in the industry and serve members of the association. I am also excited about getting to educate others about the beef industry and agriculture in general.”

Kinley Kreis

Adamsville, Ohio

Kinley Kreis is serving as the Industry Relations Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Ron and Tonya Kreis of Muskingum County, where she grew up raising and showing cattle competitively at the local, state, and national levels. Kreis is a student at the University of Findlay, where she is studying Animal Sciences with minors in Business Management and Marketing. She will graduate in Spring of 2020. Her main responsibilities for the duration of her internship will include assisting in the organization and 16 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

execution of the Ohio Beef Expo’s Trade Show and Genetic Pathway. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with the staff at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association as I boost my knowledge and relationships in the industry.”

Michael Anadell Amherst, Ohio

Michael Anadell is serving as the Member Services Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Born and raised in Lorain County, Anadell grew up in 4-H, FFA, and found his passion for the beef industry from working on a local cow/ calf farm and feedlot. He is a student at The Ohio State University studying Animal Industries Beef Specialization with a Meat Science minor, where he is currently a member of the Ohio State Meat Judging Team. Anadell plans to graduate in May of 2020. His main responsibilities include coordinating OCA’s membership recruitment efforts, working with the county cattlemen associations and collaborating with youth at the BEST shows. “I am excited for the opportunity to network with Ohio’s cattlemen on a professional level and to learn from many of the industry’s greatest.”

Skylar Plank

South Vienna, Ohio

Skylar Plank is servings as the Youth Activities Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Plank of Clark County, where she grew up raising and showing cattle competitively at the local, state, and national levels. She will graduate in Spring 2021 from The Ohio State University where she majors in Animal

Bioscience with a minor in Agricultural Communication. After graduation, she plans to attend veterinary school to specialize in livestock chiropractic and acupuncture care. Plank is involved in many clubs at OSU including Sigma Alpha Professional agriculture sorority and the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Her main responsibilities include coordinating the Junior Show at the Ohio Beef Expo and interacting with youth at the BEST shows and all other youth activities throughout the season. “I am excited to serve and worth closely with the future of the Beef industry while also getting to represent our great organization.”

MaKayla Eggleton New Holland, Ohio

MaKayla Eggleton is serving as the Public Relations Intern for the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. She is the daughter of Richard and Lillian Eggleton of Fayette County, where she immersed herself in 4-H and FFA experiences and currently serves on her county’s Farm Bureau board. Eggleton will graduate in Autumn 2020 from The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics and minoring in Agricultural Communications and Production Agriculture. Her main responsibilities throughout her internship include graphic design, social media, and event photography. She will assist in writing press releases and contributing to the production of the Ohio Cattleman magazine. “I am excited to serve this grassroots organization in communicating business interests and lifestyles while strengthening relationships among the organization, producers, and consumers. I am intrigued by the correlation between business and communications and hope to further develop the beef industry and myself.”v

NCBA News NCBA Unveils Top Policy Priorities For 2020

During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas the Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s top 2020 Policy Priorities. NCBA’s top policy priorities include issues related to international trade, proper regulation of fake meat, and regulatory reform, although after a series of significant policy victories in 2019, this year’s priority list is focused on implementing and protecting those gains while further advancing progress into new territory. For example, after helping secure bilateral trade deals with Japan, China, and the European Union, as well as the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, NCBA’s focus this year will turn to implementing those deals, while still expanding access in those markets -- as well as newly changed markets like the post-Brexit United Kingdom. Likewise, after securing proper regulatory oversight of fake meat by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, NCBA in the coming year will work to build on that successful regulatory framework while also advancing bipartisan legislative efforts like the Real MEAT Act in the U.S. House and Senate to end deceptive labeling of plant-based fake meat. “America’s cattle producers have made tremendous and historic progress on the policy front over the past year,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “Now it’s time to implement and defend those gains and to keep pushing for policies that will help improve conditions for cattle producers so they can better provide the nation and the world with delicious and nutritious U.S. beef.” This year’s priorities include an issue that was a late addition to last year’s list after Congressional introduction of the so-called Green New Deal: climate policy. NCBA plans to “Continue to push back against misguided climate policies while advancing the U.S. cattle industry’s tremendous environmental record, upholding the U.S. cattle industry as the global model for sustainable beef production.” In the year ahead, NCBA also plans to prioritize the importance of cattle markets — specifically promoting

“policy that creates markets free from unfair practices and manipulation both in the fundamental markets and the cattle futures markets.” The association will also aggressively pursue final rules on key regulatory issues and defend victories on issues like the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) / Navigable Waters Protection Rule,

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Strong Demand, Leverage Shift Adds Optimism for Year Ahead Focus on consumers a requirement for continued beef industry success

Beef demand is strong and with U.S. cattle numbers plateauing, prices are likely to be stronger in the year ahead as consumers at home and abroad support industry profitability. That was the message delivered during the CattleFax outlook session, held as part of the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Weather is expected to play a supporting role for agriculture during the year ahead, according to Dr. Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University. He said that following repeated El Niño events during the past five years, the U.S. will shift to a La Niña pattern, which will shift much of the nation outside of the northwest and southeastern portions of the country toward conditions slightly

warmer and drier than last year, which will be favorable for planting and growing conditions during the spring and summer. CattleFax Vice President of Research and Risk Management Services Mike Murphy predicted that corn and soybean acres will increase during the year ahead, with corn plantings rising 4 million acres to 94 million acres and soybean acreage rising 7 million acres to reach 83 million acres. He predicted 2020 spot corn prices to trade in a range of $3.50 to $4.00 per bushel, down 15-20 cents per bushel from 2019, unless weather issues become a significant factor. He noted, however, that trade could present an upside to the projected prices, particularly in light of the recently signed U.S./China trade agreement. Trade also will play a significant role in beef and cattle markets, according to CattleFax Vice President of Industry Relations and Analysis Kevin Good, who said he expects higher total animal protein production to be offset by strong demand and increasing exports. During the year ahead, Good said record-large U.S. beef production will reach 27.7 billion pounds. However, he projected that increases in beef exports and decreases in beef imports will result in per-capita beef supplies of 58.4 pounds, an increase of just 0.4 pounds over 2019 levels. “With strong demand for U.S. beef at home and rising demand overseas, the modest increases in supply will be more than offset by a growing consumer appetite for our product,” said Good, who projected all-fresh retail prices will rise to reach an average of $5.87 per pound during the year ahead, an increase of 5 cents per pound over 2019. “Higher wholesale beef values are a reflection of improving domestic and global beef demand,” Good noted, pointing out that CattleFax projects composite cutout prices will rise $3 during the year ahead to reach $222 per hundredweight. Good said CattleFax projects fed steer prices to average $120 per hundredweight during 2020, an increase of $3 from the previous year. Through the year, he noted downside risk to the $108 level, with resistance at the top near the $130 level. Calf prices are also expected to move higher in the year ahead, with 550lb. steer prices trading in a range of $155 to $180, averaging $170, up $6 per hundredweight from 2019 levels.

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NCBA News Feeder prices will also rise, with 750-lb. steers trading from $140 to $160, with a yearly average of $150, also $6 per hundredweight higher than last year’s average. Good noted that additional supplies of utility cows, the product of several years of aggressive expansion, are likely to challenge the cull cow market. “However, increased demand for lean trim and a decline in the availability of imported grass-fed trim from Australia

and New Zealand will be supportive of cow prices,” he said. He projected utility cow prices should range from the low $70 level to a fall low near $55, while averaging near $65 per hundredweight for the year, an increase of $5 per hundredweight over 2019 levels. CattleFax CEO Randy Blach closed the session highlighting the strong demand that is highly favorable to the entire industry. He noted that there is

significant outside interest in U.S. protein production, which is also highly supportive and a positive sign for the future. “The days of boom and bust in our industry are behind us,” said Blach. “Thanks to strong demand at home and abroad, we’re likely to see far less volatility in the market during 2020 than we saw last year.” “Rising demand has meant more dollars flowing into the industry, which adds to the profitability of all segments of our business,” said Blach, who noted that although the leverage has been largely held by the packing sector, that too would begin to shift during the year ahead, with more dollars flowing back into the live cattle segments. However, Blach pointed out that although the market outlook is positive during the year ahead, the U.S. beef industry needs to be vigilant and maintain a competitive posture. “There is strong demand for our product, but that’s the result of the fact that our business has paid attention to market signals and we’ve been producing a consistent, quality product that has gained a greater piece of that retail dollar. We need to protect that,” said Blach. “Cattle must continue to be better over time. We must pay attention to what the consumer is telling us. That means conversations about topics like traceability and sustainability only become more important as time goes on. We have to listen to the consumer and respond with action to meet their needs and demands if we’re going to continue to be successful in a hypercompetitive global protein market.”

Beef Quality Assurance Online Modules Updated to Boost Realism, Ease of Use Program Takes Advantage of Input from Certified Users

Building on its updated National Manual launched in Summer 2019, the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has updated its online training modules to make them more realistic and useful. The new modules are now available to those who are first becoming BQA certified online and those who are getting recertified as required after three years.

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SEEDSTOCK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Haley Farms focuses on raising quality Simmentals for commerical and purebred farms


ears ago Pam Haley received a bit of advice from a fellow seedstock producer: If it doesn’t hurt to sell your cattle, you’re not selling the right ones. “You can’t keep all the good ones just because the price isn’t where you think it should be -- not only are you building your own program but you’re also building that other person’s program,” Pam said, repeating the advice she’d received years ago from John Grimes, who recently retired as Ohio State University Extension beef programs coordinator and has an Angus and Angus-Simmental seedstock operation in Hillsboro. Pam further elaborated, pointing out it’s critical that seedstock producers maintain a good reputation among their customers. “There’s a fine balance on that, too. If you’re only willing to get rid of the good ones when the price is high, then that’s part of your reputation,” she said. “People who follow you will know if you’re willing to sell your good genetics no matter what.” Helping both commercial and purebred breeders improve their herds has been the goal of Pam and Mike Haley ever since they first started their registered Simmental operation in 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves 2004. The couple currently have about 80 cows on pasture in West Salem and have an intensive breeding plan that uses artificial semination and embryo transfer. The Haleys are recipients of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Seedstock Producer of the Year award. The Wayne County couple, who won OCA’s Young Cattlemen award in 2010, was surprised to learn they had received the seedstock award. “I probably had this blank look on my face when I was told. We don’t feel like we do anything special and are humbled that somebody else thinks we are at that level. When I look at the people I admire, I always think we’re not there yet,” Pam said. The Haleys have always been open to learning how to improve their operation. Often that means listening to established seedstock producers and making the best use of their words of wisdom. Pam said being on the Ohio Cattlemen’s board of directors has put her in direct contact with leaders in the industry like John Grimes. She shared another piece of advice from him that she now shares with others in the industry in Ohio and nationwide. “He said if you don’t have the resources to grow your own and you’re only going to grow one or

two replacement animals, then let somebody else do it who is focused on that,” Pam said. “That’s where we’ve tried to fit in -- to raise them for the guys who need replacements but don’t have the extra space. It takes extra space and extra time and an extra feeding program for those replacements. You can’t just throw them in with the cows and expect them to grow and breed.” Pam and Mike met while attending Ohio State University where they both earned bachelor’s degrees in agribusiness and applied economics. Pam, who grew up on a farm in Stark County, was the one with the passion for Simmentals. She’s been dedicated to the breed ever since buying her first one as a 4-H project 20 years ago. “As far as a breed, they’ve got good growth and maternal characteristics. They’ve also got good docility. Pam does a lot of work by herself and when I’m not around, I don’t have to worry as much. You still gotta watch them but at least you’re not watching your back 100 percent of the time,” said Mike who grain farms full-time with his brother, Brad. He also operates a trucking business that hauls grain, stone and sand.

Mike, who was with Pam when she picked out her first Simmental heifer, said he likes the versatility of the breed. “The neat thing about Simmentals is that there’s such a large variety in what they’ve been used for whether for milk, meat or draft. Meat is the most predominant purpose but they’re still milking them in parts of the world. There’s a big selection of how you want to take your program and what you want to do with it,” he said. As for the Haleys’ operation, they’ve been focused on improving their genetics. They do artificial insemination and embryo transfer with about 10 cows being used as donors and 40-50 used as recipients. With the exception of a couple of cows, all are registered Simmentals. “The idea is to put those eggs in from top cows and get your best genetics. Do AI on the next group of cows because they’re good enough on their own but maybe they haven’t proven themselves. We don’t tend to flush cows unless they’ve proven themselves (by having)

up a breed magazine and decided to go look at a cow. After talking with various cattle producers, they were directed to visit Sloup Simmentals and have been friends ever since. Participating in the New Direction Sale meant making a change to the Haleys’ operation. Like many in Ohio, they used to only calve in the spring. They decided to add fall calving to attract potential buyers to the Nebraska sale. “We found we almost needed the falls because guys like to have fall heifers -they looked a lot better and nicer when they were heavy bred. We saw a lot of potential,” Pam said. “And then selling the bulls for our commercial customers … if they’re older, they can service more cows so we transitioned part of the herd to early fall calving.” Another change in calving the couple recently made was not starting fall calving until the beginning of November. They moved the calving start date back after being frustrated by weather challenges in early fall. They also built a barn for the cows

their cattle to Nebraska. Besides being on OCA’s board, Pam is co-chair of the Ohio Beef Expo and secretary/treasurer of the Ohio Simmental Association and is also the township’s fiscal officer. “I’ve kept volunteering with the cattlemen’s because they’re more focused on what I enjoy about the farm and are more flexible,” Pam said. The Haleys said time management has been their biggest challenge ever since they had their twins. They’ve downsized the operation from 120 cows to a more manageable 80. Since it’s too early to say if their children will be the sixth generation to farm, the couple are mainly focused on the immediate future of the farm and riding out the highs and lows of the cattle market. “We can deal with swings but it’s hard when you’re on such a straight up to the top and then have it go so fast the other way … it’s hard to prepare for that so we’re trying to make decisions that will keep us going for the next 5-10 years,” Mike said. “Our goal

two or three calves on their own before they get the chance to be in the donor pen,” Pam said. “The recip cows … if they don’t take the eggs that year, we’ll either give them one chance to AI or we’ll put them out with the bulls, and some of them have just as good of calves as the rest of them.” Haley Farms participates in two sales -- the Ohio Cattlemen’s annual Replacement Female Sale held in Zanesville and the New Direction Sale, which recently held its 25th anniversary in Seward, Neb. The Haleys became friends with the Sloup family, which runs the Nebraska sale, while on vacation at a family farm in Iowa. Bored with looking at cornfields, they picked

to calve in or nearby so Pam could regularly check on them. She didn’t feel comfortable trying to keep an eye on the couple’s 4-year-old twins, Sammi and Charlie, while checking on the cows. “I couldn’t take the kids to the pasture. Mama cows don’t always appreciate that,” she said. Because Mike is tied up with the grain side of the operation and Pam busy with multiple volunteer positions, she relies on family and friends to help out. The Brinkman family, also OCA seedstock winners, have provided the Haleys with a wealth of information about the Simmental breed and recently helped drive a trailer full of

is to have those two or three cows that everybody in the breed knows and they come to you and want to buy a flush off that cow because they want some offspring or those genetics in their program.” As a fifth generation farmer, Mike is proud that he’s continuing to farm land that’s been in the family since 1907. “I’m the fifth generation on our farm and we wouldn’t still be here if we weren’t always trying to improve our farm for the next generation,” he said. “That’s our goal -- to have this farm be there for my kids and niece and nephew so they can take it over if they want.”v Expo Issue 2020 | Ohio Cattleman | 23

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nOMINATION dEADLINE To be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, cattle must be registered and a per animal nomination fee must be submitted. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by March 1, 2020 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2020 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee per show. Cattle may be nominated for both shows by March 1, 2020 for a rate of $40. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased late nomination.

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Forage Corner Christine Gelley | Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Noble County, OSU Extension

Are Genetics the Key to Dealing with Fescue Toxicosis?


ttending the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference has become one of my favorite ways to ring in the New Year. Traditionally held in early January, this conference is unique in that producers, educators, scientists, and industry come together to promote and advance the effective use of forages in agriculture. The knowledge gained and relationships formed through this conference have been invaluable for many. The same was true of the 2020 conference recently held in Greenville, South Carolina. One of the sessions that I attended at the conference explored the possibility of identifying genetic markers in cattle for tolerance of the endophytic fungus that lives within the KY-31 tall fescue forage, which is the most prominent pasture grass in our region. This endophyte provides survival benefits to the plant but causes vascular constriction in the animals that can cause mild to severe symptoms and overall reduced productivity. For decades forage managers and scientists have been working on ways to mitigate the impacts of this endophyte on livestock production. Most successes have come from the forage management side rather than the livestock side. We suggest dilution with other types of forage, rotational grazing, and conversion to novel- endophyte fescues (those containing an endophyte that benefits the plant, without harming the grazing animal). From observation and record keeping, we know that there are differences in weight gain and health of cattle grazing the same forage in the same amounts in the same location. The question of whether those differences are attributed to environment or genetics, is yet to be answered. It is likely a combination of both. Some livestock marketers already advertise livestock as being “tall fescue hardy” and they may be correct, but the causes are not fully understood. It could be the location, learned behavior, adaptation, the breed, or the genetic line. 30 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

In general, any animal (or person for that matter) that changes environments and diets will struggle to adapt at first. The transition period will be smoother from one location to another if the environment is similar. My point being cattle from Ohio will likely perform well in Ohio. Cattle loaded onto a trailer in Florida/Wyoming/Texas will likely struggle to adapt if they are dropped off in Ohio and vis-versa. Environment plays a huge role in this complex system. Management and genetics do too.

The animal science professor presenting at the conference on this topic, gave the audience some hope that maybe there are genetic markers for tolerance. But that relationship has not been consistently documented yet in the research. If this innovative hypothesis is proven to be true, utilizing those genetic markers for herd management could be another tool in the toolbox for mitigating tall fescue toxicosis and would be significant for the production of grazing livestock in the Fescue Belt of the United States. In the meantime, I will recommend to you what we do know. Most pastures still contain KY-31 tall fescue. There are manageable concerns with this forage that negatively impact herd productivity. There are steps you can take with the forage and the animals you already have that can make big differences in the herd health and profitability. There are improved varieties available to buy today that you could establish for grazing. Traditional KY-31 tall fescue

thrives because it suits our soils and management. We can choose to use it to our advantage through good management or adapt ourselves to something new. Patience often pays off when investigating new advancements like these. Many take a decade or more of documented research before approval for use in agriculture. For Example: At the 2018 conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Dow AgroSciences announced that they were working tirelessly on a broadleaf herbicide for pasture systems that was as effective as their current options but in contrast, would not harm white clover. Three years was the estimated wait for the product to be released. This year the same company, now known as CORTEVA™ Agriscience, gave conference attendees an exciting update! The reveal of the product ProClova® was met with applause by forage managers from across the country. It is nearly ready for release and will be ready for market once it is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With no soil residual activity, a short interval between treatment and reseeding, no grazing restrictions, and minimal hay restrictions, ProClova® will hopefully be an effective tool to help treat common problem weeds in pasture systems, while preserving established white clover stands in grazed pastures and hayfields. More details about ProClova® will be available soon. More information about the company and current products can be found online at www.rangeandpasture. com. There will be challenges incorporating the use of gene markers for fescue management and new products like ProClova®, but embracing those challenges wisely often leads to greater success down the line. I am excited to see what develops in the next few years. To learn more about the American Forage and Grassland Council visit www. afgc.org or view the January 2020 episode of Forage Focus on YouTube at https:// go.osu.edu/foragefocusplaylist.

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Dates to Remember:

On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

Best of the Buckeye Ohio Beef Expo Nomination Deadline

Cow Disturber

March 1

Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Online Fundraiser

March 10

Ohio Beef Expo

March 19-22 BEST Character Trait Nominations, Photo Contest, Junior Representative & Scholarship Applications & BQA Deadline

April 1

Ohio Cattleman Spring Issue Advertising Deadline

April 10

BEST Awards Banquet

May 2

McGraw posed an interesting question. If a cowboy herds a herd of cattle, we call him a herder. If a sheepman herds a flock of sheep, he’s still a herder. Why isn’t he called a flocker? Oley has always referred to himself as a cow disturber. I think that is an accurate description of what cowboys do. The definition of disturb is: to annoy or disrupt. “Where ya goin’, Bill?” “I’m gonna go check the cows.” Which really means, “I’m gonna ride into the bunch, git’em all up, turn’em around and just generally annoy and disrupt them.” I grant there are occasions when we have a certain definite task in mind; i.e. “I’m gonna bring in that cow with the arrow in her side.” Or, “Saddle up, we’re pushin’ 2600 head of Longhorns to the sale barn in Bloomfield.” But most of the time we’re just disturbing them. Like doting parents or cat fanciers, we take any excuse to fuss over the critters in our care. It’s a wonder whitetail deer or jackrabbits aren’t extinct with no one to molest them regularly. If we were honest with ourselves, our language would be more forthright. The cattle foreman in the feedlot might give his instructions like this… “Jason, I want you to enter the first pen in the north alley. Unsettle the steers by sitting quietly for a moment. Next upset them by approaching. Confuse them by weaving back and forth, agitating and irritating them constantly. Badger each one until they’ve all gotten up and milled around. Once you’re convinced you’ve stirred them up sufficiently, you may go disturb the next pen.” Or, the cowman might say to his wife, “Darlin’, while I’m at the board meeting I’d like you to torment the heifer in the barn lot every 20 minutes. She’s trying’ to calve. Peek over the fence and bother her. Shine the light in her eyes to break her concentration. Worry her as often as needed, and when I get back I’ll slip in and frighten her into calving.” In fairness, we are doing what all good shepherds do. We watch over our flocks because that is our calling. We stand guard in case any should need our help. But if truth-in-labeling is ever applied to our job descriptions, we will have to be more specific about what we do. So the next time somebody asks what you do, try one of these on for size: herd rearranger, bull nudger, sheep panicker, mule cusser, equine perplexer, steer beautician, hog motivator, Holstein therapist, cow companion, dog shouter or cowboy coddler.v


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NCBA News First launched in 2017, the online training modules have been embraced to date by more than 100,000 in the cattle industry. BQA certifications are also available at in-person training events offered through extension programs. Funded by the Beef Checkoff, the BQA program touches more than 85 percent of beef produced in the United States today. “The new online modules maintain the program’s integrity and make its lessons more real-life and user friendly,” says Bob Smith, DVM, chair of the BQA Advisory Board. “They incorporate a wealth of input from people who use the practices every day as well as experts in the field and share them in a way that is practical and understandable.” The online BQA experience is tailored to each participant by industry sector and interest. After registering, participants are taken through an interactive training module that can be completed online, anytime, with participants starting and stopping training at their convenience without losing progress. Categories for training and certification include CowCalf, Stocker, and Feedyard. Online training and certification are available for free and accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days each week, making it a convenient option for busy farmers and ranchers. To find out more about BQA online certification, go to www.bqa.org/bqacertification.

NCBA Releases Consumer Research Showing Widespread Confusion About Contents of Plant-Based Fake Meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recently released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion regarding the ingredient composition and purported benefits of plant-based fake meat products. In an online survey of more than 1,800 consumers, less than half of the respondents understood the labeling term “plant-based beef” was intended to describe an entirely vegetarian or vegan food product. One major source of confusion uncovered by NCBA’s research is that approximately one third of surveyed consumers believed that plant-based fake meat products contained at least some real beef in them. When asked to evaluate specific product labels and marketing materials from some of the leading plant-

Contiued from page 20 based fake beef products currently on the market, the results were astonishing: Nearly two-thirds of respondents believed the fake meat products produced by Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and LightLife contained real beef or some form of animal byproduct;32 percent of consumers who were shown a package of Beyond Meat’s “Beyond Burger” plantbased patties (which features a cow icon) told researchers that they thought the patties contained at least small amounts of real meat;37 percent of consumers who were shown a package of Lightlife’s “Gimme Lean”, which features the word “Beef” highlighted in a red box, said the product contained at least some real beef. Neither product contains any real beef. “The fact that so many consumers look at these labels and think that the products include meat or other animal by-products is a clear sign that the misleading labeling and deceptive marketing practices of plant-based fake meat companies has caused real consumer confusion,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “Many of these fake-meat products purposely use graphics and words that trade on beef’s good name, and it needs to stop immediately.” When asked to rank plant-based fake meat versus beef on a host of food attributes, the results were even more startling. For example: 44 percent of consumers believed plant-based products were lower in sodium, when leading plant-based fake beef is anywhere between 220 to 620 percent higher in sodium than the same size serving of real ground beef. A mere 24 percent of respondents correctly identified beef as being lower in sodium. Scientifically speaking, beef is considered to be an unprocessed or minimally processed food, whereas plant-based fake meat products are classified as an ultra-processed food product. Unfortunately, 34 percent of respondents believed plant-based fake meat to be less processed and another 34 percent believed fake and real beef products were equivalent on the food processing scale. On the broad category of healthfulness, more than half of consumers believed plant-based meat was better.

“This research is a wake-up call for our industry, the news media, and for federal regulators,” Houston said. “We in the beef industry need to do a better job educating consumers about the fact that beef is a nutrient-rich source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients that can play a key role in any healthy lifestyle.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the power to prevent this sort of consumer confusion. In 2020, NCBA said it hopes there will be an opportunity to work with the Agency to end inappropriate use of the word “beef” on all non-meat product labels.

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New for 2020!

Kick-off Reception

The Ohio Beef Expo trade show opens on Thursday, March 19 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Be sure to attend the kick-off reception at the OCA membership booth! Don’t miss out on the chance for more time to visit with the Expo’s trade show exhibitors in the Voinovich Building.

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Official Website


Event Location

Ohio Expo Center 717 East 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211

Official Hotel

Hilton Columbus/Polaris 8700 Lyra Drive Columbus, OH 43240 614.885.1600

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, OH 43040 614.873.6736 cattle@ohiocattle.org

Wednesday, March 18

No cattle are permitted on the fairgrounds before 7:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. Junior Show open for stalling, Gilligan Complex 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Large Equipment Move-In

Thursday, March 19

8:00 a.m. - Noon Trade Show set up for large indoor equipment Noon All breeding cattle must be in place ShowBloom Breeds Building Noon - 3:00 p.m. Trade Show set-up outdoor & small indoor displays 3:00 p.m Ohio Beef Expo Kickoff Reception – OCA Membership Booth 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building 7:30 p.m. The Social, Hilton Columbus/Polaris

Friday, March 20

7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Judging Contest Registration, Taft Coliseum Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Red Angus Parade, Cooper Arena, South Ring Angus Parade, Cooper Arena, South Ring Hereford Show, Cooper Arena, South Ring Shorthorn Show, Cooper Arena, North Ring Gelbvieh Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building Murray Grey Show, ShowBloom Breeds Building

9:00 a.m. Judging Contest Begins, Taft Coliseum 10:00 a.m. AgPro Forage Seminar, Voinovich Building 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex 12:30 p.m. Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Voinovich Building Sale Ring 1 2:00 p.m. Online Feeder Cattle Sale, Voinovich Building 2:30 p.m. Judging Contest Awards, Taft Coliseum 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building 5:30 p.m. Junior Show Welcome Party, Taft Coliseum

Saturday, March 21

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Shorthorn Sale, Ring 1 Red Angus Sale, Ring 2 Hereford Sale, Ring 1 Angus Sale, Ring 2 Simmental Sale, Ring 1 Maine-Anjou Sale, Ring 2 Miniature Hereford Sale, Ring 1 Junior Showmanship, Taft Coliseum Miniature Hereford Show, Cooper Arena Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building

Sunday, March 22

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

Junior Show, Taft Coliseum Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building

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The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association invites you to join in an evening of networking with fellow cattlemen and industry leaders at The Social, on Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. The Social is open to OCA membership, Expo cattle and trade show exhibitors and volunteers. It’s free to attend and will include appetizers and drinks. The Social will feature a live auction with proceeds going toward OCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fund to support ag-friendly candidates in the next election. Visit The Social at the Hilton, the Ohio Beef Expo headquarters, on Thursday evening to bid! Items will be featured in the Ohio Beef Expo Show Program.We hope to see you there!


Youth exhibitors will have the opportunity to learn from beef industry experts during this year’s youth fitting demonstration, hosted by Stock Show U, on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. in Cooper Arena.


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or $40 per team if registered before March 9. After March 9, registration is available for $60 per team and $15 per individual. ALL Individuals and Teams participating in the judging contest at the Ohio Beef Expo will sign up online at ohiobeefexpo.com. Teams will consist of three or four people. The three highest scores will count for team placings. Divisions will be offered for juniors (8-13 as of January 1) and seniors (14-21 as of January 1). Six classes of cattle will be evaluated and one or more classes will include questions and the use of performance data. The Judging Contest registration, contest, lunch and awards will be held in Taft Coliseum. Lunch will be provided immediately following the contest and awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. in Taft Coliseum.


Youth Beef Quality Assurance training will once again be offered in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo. One session will be held on Friday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the Voinovich Building Sale Ring 1 for all ages. BQA training is a requirement for the OCA BEST program. All participants will complete a form following their training that will be returned to the OBC office. County extension offices will be notified of each participant’s attendance at the training.


The 2020 Ohio Beef Expo will host a feeder cattle internet board sale, sponsored by United Producers, Inc. (UPI). The sale will be held Friday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Building (trade show sale ring) on the Ohio Expo Center grounds. A board sale offers consignments of uniform packages of feeder cattle. The cattle are sold while on the farm with specific pick up period defined in the sale catalog. Typical pick up times range from one week to four months after the sale. Lots are typically sold in 48,000 to 50,000 pound load lots. However, smaller groups are encouraged as well. These sales may include all types and breeds of feeder cattle. Uniform lots sold in groups that would average between 400 and 900 pounds are common. Uniform groups of Dairy and dairy cross feeder cattle may range as low as 300 pounds. Consignments will be accepted any time prior to 12:00 noon Monday, March 9, 2020, and are open to Ohio and out-of-state producers. Earlier consignments are encouraged since videos and pictures of all consignments will be posted on UPI’s web page. Sale consignors must be OCA members ($75 membership) for 2020. Sale commission will be $1.50 per cwt. The commission will be divided between the UPI sourcing market and OCA. Sale catalogs will be posted on UPI and OCA’s websites at least one week in advance of the sale. More information is available at www.uproducers.com To consign cattle or request information, contact your local United Producers, Inc. representative or Sam Roberts at 937-477-0060.


OCA will be offering a happy hour Friday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m and Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. sponsored by Allflex USA, Alltech, Inc., Armstrong Farms, Gallagher, HerdPro, Kent, Mercer Landmark, Universal

Windows Direct and Wm. E. Fagaly & Son, Inc. This happy hour will happen in the main aisle of the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show and will be a social event you won’t want to miss. OCA members will be treated to VIP complimentary appetizers, in addition

to the hospitality that will be provided to all Expo attendees on Friday and Saturday during the Cowboy Happy Hour. Stop by the OCA membership booth for a wristband to gain access to the special VIP area in the membership booth.

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SPONSORS Thank you to our sponsors! BREEDS BARN SPONSOR F.L. Emmert Company - ShowBloom EXPO COMMITTEE APPAREL Breeders’ World Online Sales Farm Credit Mid-America KEY TO THE EXPO SPONSOR Wm. E. Fagaly & Son, Inc. OFFICIAL EXPO COMMITTEE UTILITY VEHICLE SUPPLIER Ag-Pro OFFICIAL CHUTE SPONSOR Armstrong Ag & Supply Highland Livestock Supply OFFICIAL EXPO PROGRAM SPONSOR Hubbard Feeds OFFICIAL EXPO WIFI SERVICE Experience Columbus CONCESSION STAND CUPS Baird R&C Packing COWBOY HAPPY HOUR AllFlex USA Alltech, Inc. Armstrong Farms Gallagher Herd Pro Kent 40 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

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JUNIOR SHOW MARKET ANIMAL RING Green Oak Farms Schaeffer Show Cattle

SALE RINGS The Wendt Group Ferguson Cattle

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TRADE SHOW LUNCH Hitchings Insurance Agency TRADE SHOW HOSPITALITY Mercer Landmark Reinecker Ag, LLC SPONSOR OF THE DAY - THURSDAY Heartland Bank YOUTH BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE SPONSORS AgCredit Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association SHOWMANSHIP SPONSOR Robert Blue Trucking Inc. Cattle Visions, LLC Engelhaupt Embroidery JUNIOR SHOW HEIFER RING Goettemoeller Show Cattle

JUNIOR SHOW GOLD SPONSORS All American Scales and Calibration Houser Asphalt and Concrete Mercer Landmark Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co Ohio CattleWomen’s Association BACKTAG SPONSORS Allen County Cattleman’s Association *As of 2/13/2020


J.L. Draganic - Expo Co-Chairman Pam Haley - Expo Co-Chairman Bill Tom - Expo Co-Chairman Sasha Rittenhouse - Chairman, Breed Shows & Sales Dave Puthoff - Chairman Trade Show Joe Foster - Vice-Chairman Trade Show Bill Tom - Chairman Junior Show Hank LeVan - Judging Contest Lizz Share- Judging Contest Ben Winner - Judging Contest


Dave Puthoff - Mercer Landmark, Chairman Joe Foster - Quality Liquid Feeds, ViceChairman Patrick Barker - Kent Feeds Hayley Maynard - United Producers, Inc. Derek Fauber - Heritage Cooperative Lindsey Hall, Farm Credit Mid-America Allison Hively - Highland Enterprises Jenna Watson, AgPro


Bill Tom, Washington C.H., Chairman Erin Alava, Findlay Andrew Armstrong, South Charleston Jenna Barbour, West Salem Drew Baus, Deshler Karigan Blue, Hamler Devin Coon, Jackson Christina Fisher, Ashland Matt Kleski, New Albany Monica McKee, Chillicothe Ryan Sorensen, Greenville Trevor Tom, Chandlersville

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All Ohio Beef Expo Sale Cattle will be identified with EID tags to comply with the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule for interstate shipment of cattle. This means that no matter what an individual state’s requirements for transporting cattle may be, potential Expo cattle buyers can be assured that they can easily ship their Expo purchases into any state. For more information contact the Ohio Beef Expo official veterinarian Dr. Eric Gordon at 937-642-2936 or see the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www. ohiobeefexpo.com.


All cattle (from Ohio and out-ofstate) consigned to breed sales, show cattle, display breeds and Genetic Pathway cattle at the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo must be tested negative for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status prior to arrival at the 2020 event. Any animals (required to be tested) arriving at the Expo without a negative BVD PI test, will be ineligible to participate in the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo and will be excused from the show grounds. Type of test and negative test results must be 42 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

listed on the required health certificate and/or laboratory report of negative status provided. Ohio Beef Expo junior show cattle are exempt from the BVD test requirement. (See 2020 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www. ohiobeefexpo.com).


Ohio has mandatory Trichomoniasis rules for all bulls entering Ohio from any other state. Virgin bulls under 24 months of age on the date of the sale must have a virgin statement on the CVI accompanied by the veterinarian’s and owner’s signature. Bulls 24 months of age or older on the date of the sale and all non-virgin bulls must have a PCR test within 28 days of the date of the sale. (See 2020 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www. ohiobeefexpo.com).


Cattle in Ohio Beef Expo sales are sold into many different states and it is important that consignors keep this in mind when planning for the sales. The lot numbers of the animals that do not meet the Ohio Beef Expo health requirements will be announced

prior to each breed sale. Health papers (CVIs) will NOT be issued for cattle that do not meet the Ohio Beef Expo health requirements. These health papers are typically written at the sale’s clerking table and accompany the cattle to the new buyer’s location. A list of the lots that do not meet the requirements will be available in the Beef Expo office by Friday at 2 p.m. For more information, go to www. ohiobeefexpo.com.


For Saturday only, special trailer parking for Ohio Beef Expo sale buyers will be available on the main part of the fairgrounds just east of the O’Neill Barn where the sale cattle are located. To access the parking area, cattle trailers should enter the fairgrounds off of 11th Avenue at the OHIO gate, to avoid the hassle and long walk to get your trailer by parking on the grounds. This special trailer parking area is expected to fill up, so plan to arrive early. All other cattle trailers, including show and sale cattle exhibitor trailers and junior show trailers MUST park north of 17th Avenue after unloading.

GENETIC PATHWAY ANGUS Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge CHAROLAIS Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge GELBVIEH Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge HEREFORD Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge MAINE-ANJOU Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge MINI HEREFORD Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge MURRAY GREY Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge RED ANGUS Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge SHORTHORN Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge SIMMENTAL Representative Sale Manager Auctioneer Judge

Dan Wells Dan Wells Ron Kreis Parade Dave White n/a n/a n/a Sasha Rittenhouse n/a n/a Gary Staley Lisa Keets Lisa Keets Dale Stith Phil Trowbridge Terry Muir Craig Reiter Kevin Wendt n/a Dan Wiley & Gene Steiner Gene Steiner Gene Steiner Blaine French Sherie Clark n/a n/a Gary Staley Tom Karr Dan Wells & Ryan LePage Ryan LePage Parade Keith Moore & Jeff Winkle Cagwin Cattle Services Kevin Wendt Will Coor Christina Fisher Doug Parke Ron Kreis n/a


The Genetic Pathway display will once again feature the country’s best genetics. Live bulls and females will be on display between the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Genetic Pathway area is housed in the ShowBloom Breeds Barn in the O’Neill Building. Additionally the country’s top semen companies will be in the Genetic Pathway area to talk to you about ordering semen for your spring breeding needs. The Genetic Pathway office will be located in the breeds office where the cattle are stalled. For questions or for maps, stop by the office and ask to see the Genetic Pathway representative.

Genetic Pathway Exhibitors *as of 2/13/2020

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The 2020 Ohio Beef Expo will host the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Junior Show March 19-22 at the Ohio Expo Center.


NEW for 2020 - The Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show will take place in the Taft Coliseum. This includes Showmanship on Saturday, March 21 at Noon and the Market Animal and Heifer shows on Sunday, March 22, starting at 8:00 a.m. Steers and market heifers will show in one ring while breeding heifers will show concurrently in the other ring. The breeding heifer show will begin at 8 a.m. with Angus heifers and the market animal show will begin at 9 a.m. with Angus steers. The top 10 overall females and top 10 overall market animals will be selected.


All cattle must be entered online, stalled and checked in by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Please arrive with cattle at least an hour prior to ensure completion of stalling, entries and check-in by 8:00 p.m. Upon arrival at the show all cattle must check-in first, before stalling. Showmanship sign-up is completed through the online show entry and must be completed by the close of check-in on Friday.


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be from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m in the Gilligan Complex. There will be no Saturday check-in. All show entries must be made online. Participants must register into the system at best.ohiocattle.org and enter their cattle information. The online show entry window will open Monday, March 16. Registered animals must be in the junior exhibitor’s name; exhibitors must show their own animal.


All cattle showing in the junior show, BEST and non-BEST, will be required to have an EID tag. Cattle that arrive without a tag will be tagged at check-in for $20 per tag. Exhibitors that have not had their tattoos checked at a previous BEST sanctioned show must have proof of registration to verify tattoos at checkin (hardcopies are preferred, but electronic copies are accepted)


There will be NO TENTS allowed in the Gilligan Building. For more information regarding the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show contact OCA at 614.873.6736 or by email at cattle@ohiocattle.org.


Junior Show leadership and staff will begin the stalling process at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. The stalling line

will be handled first come, first serve. At this time, exhibitors may choose their spot in the barn or if there are viaduct bays available, they may be chosen from until they are gone. Priority stalling will be available for qualifying Junior Show sponsors and will be assigned by the Expo committee prior to the Junior Show stalling process. Exhibitors may bring their equipment and cattle as early as Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 a.m. No cattle or equipment are permitted on the Ohio Expo Center grounds prior to 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18. This means that no reserving of viaduct bays will be allowed by equipment, bedding, etc. Tents will not be allowed inside the Gilligan building. Exhibitors may reserve stalls for other exhibitors IF they have all of their information, the other exhibitor is a paid, current member of OCA and has entered and paid for their show entries.


The Junior Show welcome party, hosted by Weaver Leather Livestock, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in Taft Coliseum. As the junior show check-in wraps up Friday evening, all Junior exhibitors are welcome to attend a pizza party featuring Jason Nutt, a Texas music talent involved with the livestock industry.


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FRIENDS OF THE EXPO The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) would like to share its gratitude to all of the volunteers who have been involved with the Ohio Beef Expo. Each year enthusiastic volunteers spend countless hours planning and executing the Ohio Beef Expo. In an effort to express the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves over the years, the Ohio Beef Expo planning committee annually presents the Friend of the Beef Expo award to worthy recipients who have contributed to the success of the past 32 years of the Expo.


Phelps has been dedicated to the Ohio Beef Expo since the start of the event. In the beginning, he attended the event and purchased bulls at the breeds sales. Phelps has served on the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association board of directors since 2011 and as association president in 2014 and 2015. If you look for Phelps at the Expo, for well over a decade you could most likely locate him at the membership booth where he prides himself in recruiting members for the state and national organizations. Phelps operates an 1,800-acre grain farm and manages 250 head of registered Limousin cattle with his father near Belle Center, Ohio. He has been around the industry since birth, and this inspired him to attend The Ohio State University where he was a part of the OSU livestock judging team during his college years. Phelps has served on the Logan County Soil and 46 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

Water Conservation District board for 33 years. He is also involved with his county’s cattlemen’s association where he served as president and continues to promote their product in a variety of ways and provide scholarships to industry youth. He recalls attending the Ohio Beef Expo from the start and expressed that he hasn’t missed many. He devotes his time to working in the membership booth and assisting in the setting up and tearing down of the event. His fondest memories of the Ohio Beef Expo are meeting the people, seeing the variety in trade show vendors, and seeing the reward in start to end of the event. Since the Expo’s early years, Phelps shared the event has greatly expanded— the trade show has grown, and facilities are being expanded. He strives to make people aware of the importance of the beef industry and build membership to keep the doors of the organization open. Phelps said, “The Expo is a great opportunity to visit vendors, learn about equipment, attend educational seminars, gain different perspectives, and make friends.” “He is one of a kind when it comes to volunteers and outstanding industry leaders,” said Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director, referring to Phelps. “He just never has an off day and is always a tremendous ambassador for Ohio’s beef industry.” He believes the biggest success for the industry this year is the cooperative work among commodity and environmental groups to address Ohio’s water quality challenges and to partner with the administration on the development of the H2Ohio program. Phelps wants to share his thanks to Elizabeth Harsh, Joe Foster, and his uncle Dale Runnion for instilling the importance of the beef industry in his life and encouraging him to share that passion with others. “I look forward to expanding the event, seeing a large crowd, and witnessing quality cattle at this year’s event.”


The AMW Cattlemen’s Association serves the industry in a different perspective at the Ohio Beef Expo. The laughter and conversation flow easily as each year members of the AMW Cattlemen’s Association gives back to those involved at the Expo by preparing lunches and distributing them to each exhibitor in the Ohio Beef Expo trade show. Several years ago, there was an active organization in some of the AMW (Athens, Meigs and Washington) counties, but over time inactivity and membership and leadership changes caused the county associations to disband. In 2013, a group of community members recognized the need to form an organization to serve as a liaison to cattle producers and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. “The Athens, Meigs and Washington County Cattlemen have been instrumental to the success of the Ohio Beef Expo,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Member Services. “Their enthusiastic support and teamwork are a true testament to their organization and a highlight of Saturday at the Expo.” The organization strives to distribute scholarships to industry youth each year, annually sponsor one of the three county fairs, provide Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programs for local farmers, and expose members to educational topics such as vaccination programs, 4-H, grooming, and cover crops. Stephanie Cox said, “Our first year of attendance at the Beef Expo, we received recognition for overall

EXPO VOLUNTEERS most membership gain and won a set of cattle scales. With those scales, we raffled them off in the fall and utilized funds to provide scholarships.” At the Ohio Beef Expo, the organization prepares sandwiches and distributes meals to vendors at the trade show. They are grateful for the opportunity and appreciated it when OCA staffer Stephanie Sindel reached out to them five years ago. Roberta Washburn said, “It is a great way for members to socialize and it helps OCA to have a group to depend on to prepare and deliver lunch. It is good to support OCA, because they are so nice and supportive to us. We are one unit supporting one common goal, vendors included. It might be a small task, but its a big impact.” The organization believes their biggest challenge is membership. Washburn stated they combat this by providing programs and speakers that are inclusive to the whole industry with an array of topics. Mike Pullins, AMW president, emphasized the importance of promoting familyoriented involvement and expressed his excitement for membership drives. Cox would like to thank Stephanie Sindel and Elizabeth Harsh for encouraging their involvement at the Expo and providing information to the organization. Washburn shared her gratitude for her brother and sister-in-law being supportive of their involvement in the beef industry. Pullins shared, “We look forward to meeting people we usually only get to see this time of year. The Expo does a great job of providing something for everyone regardless of what they’re looking for. There’s diversity in vendors for individuals to check out new feeds, equipment, or genetics. There are also educational opportunities whether that be better handling or feeding efficiency. There’s opportunity to learn how to better economically benefit your operation and improve your herd based on new genetics.” “It’s a one stop shop. People are there with the knowledge and experience

to steer you in the right direction and share laughs along the way.”


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AG-PRO FORAGE SEMINAR Ag-Pro and John Deere are proud to partner with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association to present a hay and forage seminar at the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo on Friday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m. in the Voinovich Building in Sale Ring 1. Learn from industry professionals and Ag-Pro representatives as they cover what is needed to bring hay and forages from field to harvest, maintenance options and new equipment. Attendees will receive special offers, including a discount on hay wrap during Friday and Saturday of the Expo and a coupon for up to $1,500 off new balers and mocos to be redeemed by 4/11/2020. Lunch will also be provided at the end of the session. Expo Issue 2020 | Ohio Cattleman | 47


Renew your membership, visit with other members and board representatives and catch up on the latest information in the beef industry. Each day there will be give-a-ways to OCA members! Join or renew your 2020 OCA membership to be included in the daily drawings. This drawing will include all OCA members that have joined or renewed prior to the Expo and also those that sign up during the event. Drawings will take place on Thursday during the kick-off reception, Friday and Saturday during the Cowboy Happy Hour and on Sunday at the close of the trade show at 2:00 p.m.

Daily Prize Drawings

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Corn & Wheat. Winners do not need to be present to win. • THURSDAY: Semen Tank, Luggage, $100 J&J Steakbarn Gift Card • FRIDAY: CattleVac Box, Luggage, Expo Jacket • SATURDAY: Semen Tank, Luggage, Expo Jacket

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Do you have $2,500 OCA cattle theft reward signs posted? Be sure to stop by the OCA booth to pick yours up during the Expo.

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INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD Roger Thompson, DVM, a true pioneer in beef cattle embryo transfer Story & Photos by Amy Beth Graves


eterinarian Roger Thompson’s decision to change how he was doing embryo transfers on cattle came at the urging of his highest profile customer. It was 1986 and embryo transfer had only been around for about a decade. While the procedure of collecting the embryos had already switched from surgical to non-surgical, that wasn’t the case with implanting them -- that procedure was still done mostly surgically. Thompson’s customer was Randy Owen, lead singer of the popular country group Alabama, who had a cattle farm in Ft. Payne, Ala. Owen had heard about a new non-surgical technique for implanting embryos and wanted that for his cows. “He was very distraught that I was doing surgical embryo transfers on his cows. And he said, ‘I don’t want that done. I know that there’s a couple of people starting to develop non surgical techniques. And you’re going to have to learn to do that if you’re going to do my work because I don’t want my poor cows being cut on,’ Thompson recalled Owen saying at the time. 52 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

Thompson credits Owen with inspiring him to learn the newest technologies. He started learning how to do embryo transfer non-surgically, which was much easier on the cows. In the end, he lost Owen’s business but early on learned a technique that he’s used for the past three decades. “I always kind of contribute him to pushing me to learn,” Thompon said of Owen. “He pushed me to the next level that by 1989 I had completely converted to doing non surgical transfers.” When it comes to embryo transfer in Ohio’s beef cattle, perhaps nobody has had as much of an impact as Thompson of New Albany. The reason is simple -- he’s been doing it for the past 40 years. He’s spent a lifetime traveling from farm to farm across the country, racking up hundreds of thousands of miles on his trucks. Embryo transfer has been his specialty since he got his DVM from Purdue University in 1979. “I’ve learned from the beginning to do it by myself,” he said. “I kind of feel though that I’m a little bit of a dying breed because I’m not sure that young

people coming into the business want to travel like I do.” For Thompson, 2019 has been a milestone year for him. It marked four decades of doing embryo transfer work, and he was touched to learn in the fall that he’d received the Ohio Cattlemen’s Industry Excellence Award. “When (OCA Executive Director) Elizabeth Harsh told me I’d won, I basically teared up because I was not expecting that. I’d never even thought of anything along those lines and was like ‘Wow, this is such an honor and a total surprise.’ When she said it was for a lifetime of achievements, I said that kind of makes me sound like my constructive life is over since I was getting the award,” he laughed. But while Thompson has cut back on how far and how often he travels, he’s still on the go, traveling to farms and helping families improve their herds whether for production, seedstock or 4-H projects. “What makes embryo transplanting unique particularly in Ohio is there is such a large 4-H base here. We have so

many people, whether they’re purebred breeders or in the club calf business, and they all have one thing in common. They have one or two animals that are their pride and joy and considered like a member of their family and they want to keep them,” he said. For purebred cattle operations, embryo transfer is an economical way to improve and expand their herd. “(Embryo transfer) is something that allows people to take their best animal and multiply it without going out and buying another expensive cow. They feel like they can mass produce the animals themselves,” he said. Ever since he was in middle school, Thompson knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He grew up on a livestock and crop farm in central Indiana, and when he was in seventh grade, his father started giving him pigs to raise, reasoning that it would help pay for college. While in veterinarian school, Thompson went with his younger brother to a Simmental beef farm in Kentucky as part of a 4-H project. During their trip, he learned that the farm planned to build an on-farm embryo transplant facility. “I said ‘I want to go to work for you when I graduate next year’ and I was later hired. That’s how I got involved in embryo transfer in cattle. That’s all I’ve ever done since graduating in 1979,” he said. Working on the large Simmental cattle farm in Paris, Ky. was a humbling experience for Thompson. As he recalls, the cow manager didn’t have a lot of confidence in him and the owner was gung-ho to immediately start doing on-farm embryo transfers. “They had full-blood Simmentals that they imported from France and Germany and were sending their cows to San Antonio, Texas where a large embryo transplant facility at the time was located,” he said. “He didn’t want to spend the money to send the cows down there and was convinced that he could develop an on-farm operation.”

A mere two weeks after he graduated from veterinary school, Thompson did his first embryo transfer with the help of a PhD student from the University of Kentucky. “He came out to the farm and was actually the one who identified the embryos and that’s who I learned from on what embryos should look like because I had not had any exposure to that whatsoever. It was really a conglomerate of the blind leading the

and I would collect those embryos and travel across the country and put them in (cows) on other farms.” For nine years, Thompson traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, becoming friends with the customers. When the farm dispersed in 1990, he bought some of the equipment and struck out on his own. He already had a built-in network of customers. Traveling 70,000 miles a year, though, took a toll on Thompson and his wife, Therese, and their young children. “By 2001 I think our whole family was stressed out from all my travel, and my youngest daughter basically said ‘Dad, you’re never home. Are you part of this family?’ Because most of my clients were from Ohio and I was spending a lot of time there, we picked out New Albany to move to since it was in the center of the state. It was also close to an airport and a mall so it was perfect for my kids,” Thompson said.

Maybe when the truck dies, I’ll retire.” blind when we first learned how to do it,” Thompson laughed. When the farm was dispersed two years later, another Simmental farm in Tennessee bought the best animals. Thompson was hired to do embryo transfer work on the farm as well as on other farms across the country. “He wanted me to go out and try to find outside business so not only was I doing his embryo transplant work but I was doing it for other breeders around the country,” Thompson said. “He was contracting me out, and I traveled from Tennessee to Missouri to Iowa. He would bring donor cows to the farm,

Ironically, Thompson had considered a job offer from Select Sires in Plain City at the same time as he was offered the job in Tennessee. Therese, who is from New York, wanted a warmer climate and pushed for living in a southern state. Now that the children are married and living in other states, Therese accompanies her husband on busy days to help out. Over the years, Thompson has watched as families pass their farm down to the next generation and is proud that he’s helped build up their herds. After 40 years in the business, he’s often asked when he’s going to retire. He’s cut back on how far and how often he travels, generally staying within a threehour radius from his home. “I’m constantly asked when I’m going to retire,” he said. “My response is that I’ve driven the same truck since the fall of 2002 and it has 549,000 miles on it. It’s become a conversation piece for me -- maybe when the truck dies, I’ll retire.” v

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Beef Briefs OCA Opposes Division of Wildlife Proposals Related to Coyotes ISSUES MEMBER CALL TO ACTION The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has submitted proposals to the Ohio Wildlife Council, an eightmember board that approves all Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations, to change certain rules relating to coyotes. One of the Division’s proposals would require fur taker permits for the hunting and trapping of coyotes hunted or trapped on land owned by another person. The current exemption allowing a landowner to hunt and trap coyotes on his own land without a fur taker permit would remain. Another proposal would limit the trapping of coyotes to the current trapping season for fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum, and weasel, which is November 10th through January 31st. This would be a substantial change from current regulations which allow for an open season on coyotes, regardless of the way they are taken (trapping, gun, etc.), and do not require a fur taker permit for coyotes. Ohio’s cattle producers continue to experience economic losses resulting from livestock predation by coyotes, black vultures, and other predators. Maintaining, and in some instances expanding, control measures are important to mitigate farmer losses. These proposals do neither and will very likely only serve to increase predation problems. OCA members are encouraged to submit comments online opposing these proposals at www.wildohio.gov at this link: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/ stay-informed/proposed-rule-changescsi-review. Comments may also be submitted in-person March 2-6, 2020 during the Division’s open house week between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at any ODNR Division of Wildlife Office. An additional state-wide hearing on all proposed rules will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 54 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

2020 at the ODNR Wildlife District One office at 1500 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio. Interested parties will have the opportunity to provide input at this hearing. For more information contact the OCA office at cattle@ohiocattle.org or 614-873-6736.

In Memoriam Ronald Swallow, 72, of Troy Ohio passed away on December 30, 2019. He was born in 1947 in Troy and in 1966 married Delores McDaniel. Together they shared 53 years and raised their daughters on a small farm near Troy. Swallow was a member of Cove Spring Church. He worked for Schwans and ChemLawn in his early working years which evolved into establishing his own lawn care business. He completed his career as General Manager at R.D. Holder Oil Company from 1999-2015.

He was an Elizabeth Township Trustee for 22 years. During his tenure he was involved in instituting the Elizabeth Township Fire Department and EMS. Among many other accomplishments as a trustee, Swallow was passionately involved in creating the farmland preservation program in the township. Swallow loved his herd of beef cattle, which ultimately led him to become a member of the Miami County Cattlemen’s Association. He served as President of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association in 1995. Swallow is survived by his wife and two daughters, Ronda and Raegan and their husbands and families, and many extended family members and friends. Memorial contributions in Swallow’s name may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County (hospiceofmiamicounty.org) or to the James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute (cancer.osu.edu).




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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion Sharing Beef’s Nutrition Story

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Nutrition Coordinator Anna Gest, MS, RDN, LD, for the Ohio Beef Council recently presented to the BeWell Solutions, a national dietetic internship program headquartered in Solon, Ohio. Gest shared information on Beef: From Farm to Plate, which touched on the beef lifecycle, labeling, nutrition, and sustainability. Her next presentation will take place at Bluffton University. It will include a lecture to undergraduate nutrition students and a foods lab on learning how to cook beef.

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The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) partnered with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and The Ohio State University (OSU) to promote beef at its first Tastes and Traditions Chili Cookoff prior to the OSU vs. Penn State game on November 23 at Fan Fest. Team scarlet and team gray went head to head with two unique chili recipes, each featuring beef as the main ingredient. Team scarlet’s beef chili was made with ground beef, while team gray’s beef green chili was made with shredded beef brisket and a little extra spice. More than 1,000 game day attendees had the opportunity the

Former OSU football great Anthony Schlegel was in attendance to interact with the crowd while promoting beef. At the end of the cookoff, Schlegel announced team gray as the winner. In addition to the announcement during Fan Fest, the winner was also featured on the big screen during the game, garnering views from more than 100,000 people in attendance.

The Beef Checkoff was created through the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 as part of the Farm Bill. It was initiated as an effort driven by producers who saw an important need for more promotion and research to stave off falling beef demand in the late 1970s / 1980s and was designed to be producer driven at both a local and national level. Immediately following its passing, the Beef Promotion and Research Order was created, outlining the detailed rules for governance over the program, funding distribution, contractor requirements, etc. The areas where checkoff funding can be used are clearly defined: promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, and producer communications. Conversely, lobbying or “influencing governmental action or policy” is also clearly prohibited. Within 22 months, a referendum

Checkoff Gains Valuable Insights at Dairy Industry Meeting

Dairy cattle operations contribute significantly to the beef industry, making up 21 percent of the total U.S. beef supply in 2018 and representing approximately 25 percent of Beef Checkoff assessments. To underscore the important relationship between the checkoff and the dairy sector, Beef Checkoff representatives traveled to the dairy industry’s joint annual meeting-organized by the National Milk Producers Federation with the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and the United Dairy Industry Association-in New Orleans, November 4-6, to engage with dairy producers, educate them on how Beef Checkoff dollars are spent and gain their thoughts on checkoff programs and activities. As dairy producers also pay into the Beef Checkoff for their beef cattle, it is important for the checkoff to be a part of these industry events. Throughout the course of the event, producers noted feeling pressure as milk demand declines, but with that, they are thankful the Beef Checkoff is supporting them through different revenue streams. Many said they are cross-breeding their heifers with other strong beef breeds to earn better premiums when the cattle eventually go to beef processing. “It is great to see the Beef Checkoff engaging with dairy producers,” said Continued on page 61

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, beef@ohiobeef.org or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Erin Stickel, Bowling Green,Vice Chairman Stan Smith, Canal Winchester, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Dave Felumlee, Newark Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville • Bill Sexten, Washington C.H. • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Garth Ruff, Napoleon Becky Reed, Springfield • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Kurt Steiner, Creston• Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director 56 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

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Breed News Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Congratulations to these OCA members on their success!

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW The American Aberdeen Association’s annual banquet was held during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). The University of Findlay of Findlay, Ohio was recognized as the Breeder of the Year. Dr. F.D. McCarthy, Chair of Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Studies, Colton Tom, Co-Animal Science Facility Manager, and 5 university students were in Denver to accept their award. Elizabeth, Lindsey, and Maverick Pugh of Pugh Central Station, Louisville, Ohio claimed the title of Reserve Grand Champion Polled Heifer with Delhawk Claudia 70F ET during the Open Polled Hereford Show on January 18. Austin Hunker of Bellevue, Ohio, found his way to victory, with BMWC


Xactly 512F, as the pair was crowned Grand Champion Junior Maine-Anjou Heifer during the Junior Maine-Anjou Female Show on January 19. This heifer was bred by WinegardnerKlingaman of Lima, Ohio. Troy Jones and Jones Show Cattle of Harrod, Ohio, also found themselves at the backdrop with TJSC End Game, who was named Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull during the show.

NWSS Reserve Grand Champion Polled Heifer Congrats Pugh family!

Boyert Show Cattle of Seville, Ohio, received a banner at the NWSS during the Maine-Anjou show, as they were selected Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull with BMWC In Control 404F ET. Kathy Lehman of Shelby, Ohio exhibited JBOY Tammy 843 and was able to capture the title of Champion Division V and go on to be selected as Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Simmental Heifer during the Open Percentage Simmental Show.

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Lynnsey Crouch of Wauseon, Ohio, along with four other finalists for the 2020 La Prix Scholarship and Award, met in Denver, Colorado to complete the final interview process. The scholarship winners were announced that evening at the Embryos on Snow event. The Ohio Young Cattlemen earned the title of 3rd Overall Recipient and took home a $3,000 scholarship toward her education. Crouch is a Senior at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH, where she is studying Animal Science. She will graduate in December of 2020.

Samantha Wallace from Kansas was the recipient of the Ohio Auxiliary Scholarship and Kristina Scheurman of Warsaw was the recipient of the Ohio Angus Association Scholarship.

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Sarah Millikan of Napoleon was crowned Miss Ohio Angus for 2020.

The Ohio Angus Association held its Annual Meeting and Banquet in early February. The event consisted of scholarship presentation, royalty crowning, awards ceremony, and board and junior board elections. Griffin Gahler,Graytown, was awarded the Junior Silver Show Award, the Boys Silver Show Award, and the Boys Bred-and-Owned Silver Show Award during the banquet.

Caroline Winter, Asheville, received the Girls Silver Show Award.

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Breed News Fred Penick of Hebron was recognized for his industry service as he received the Distinguished Service Award.

During the annual meeting, the Ohio Angus Association elected their board of directors and are as follows: Wes Untied, Granville; Scott Millikan, Napoleon; Shawn Howell, Shelby; Allen Gahler, Graytown, Treasurer; Todd Raines, Seaman, President; Keith Kauffman, Danville, Vice President; Daniel Wells, Frankfort, Executive Secretary; Joseph Sanders, Harrod, Chairman of the Board; and John King, Tiffin; Nick Wagner IV, Attica; Michael Atterholt, Jeromesville; John Hall, Cardington; Kelvin Egner, Shelby; Henry Bergfeld, Summittville; Jay Clutter, Wapakoneta; David Felumlee, Newark; David Baird, Washington Court House; Fred Penick, Hebron; John Grimes, Hillsboro; Tim Harsh, Radnor; and Dan DeMeyer, West Union.

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The Junior Board of Directors was also elected to serve during the meeting, and they are as follows: Sarah Millikan, Napoleon, Reporter; Ellie Kidwell, Walhonding, Secretary; McKayla Raines, Seaman, President; Kristina Scheurman, Warsaw, Vice President; and Keri Felumlee, Newark, Treasurer.

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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Continued from page 56 Melvin Mederios, California dairy farmer and Cattlemen’s Beef Board Member. “As a whole, I think most producers are really pleased with the results coming out of checkoff-funded programs. The goal is to drive beef demand, and we are seeing dairy producers adjust their operations to capitalize on that demand.” Visit www.beefboard.org to read more.

Students Nationwide To Learn about Beef Production

High school and middle school classrooms around the country could soon see a new addition to their curriculum. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has enlisted beef-science and education professionals to successfully develop two beef-production, science-based

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courses to help familiarize students with the beef industry. A majority of Americans do not have a basic understanding of where their food, fiber and fuel comes from. As city populations grow the disconnect from agriculture widens, and that audience is the focus of The Beef Checkoff’s current effort. This comes from the belief that the solution to this problem is better, more focused education. “ Educating youth through science education about beef production is important because the agriculture industry relies on a scientifically

literate society,” said Rick Henningfeld, education director for The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The curriculum will show, from field to fork, how cattle farmers and ranchers are implementing sustainable practices and utilizing science standards to produce high-quality beef that’s enjoyed around the world.v




A learning experience for students and consumers


ue in part to funding and support from the Ohio Beef Council and the beef checkoff, Bay Food Market and Packing, and the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association, high school seniors in the Lancaster Culinary Arts program recently learned where their beef comes from and how best to prepare and present it. At the same time, they also enjoyed the experience of teaching literally hundreds of consumers how they too, could plate the perfect steak. On opening day of the 2019 Fairfield County Fair, Ohio Senator Tim Schaffer of Lancaster, Lancaster City School Superintendent Steve Wigton, Ohio State University Extension Educator Jerry Iles, and local news reporter Jeff Barron were the celebrities as each were paired up with two students from the Lancaster High School culinary arts program in a contest designed to ‘plate’ the perfect steak. As fair goers watched, each team was charged with preparing and grilling a ribeye steak and then ‘plating’ it along with appropriate accompaniments to gain the crowd’s support for their creation being named the most perfectly plated steak. The Lancaster culinary arts students, who each participate in the ProStart curriculum at Lancaster High School, led each of their team’s effort to get their steak prepared and presented for judging to the hundreds of fairgoers in 62 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

attendance. At the conclusion of the contest, the balance of the culinary arts senior class grilled steaks and cut them into bit size samples for all in attendance to enjoy. Throughout the entire event fairgoers were able to ask the students questions about using rubs, preparing steaks for the grill, cooking temperatures and the art of cooking the perfect steak. During the day’s leading up to the competition, the entire Senior culinary arts class of 13 students had the opportunity to visit the meat case at Bay Food Market. While there they not only chose the steaks, they would eventually prepare but also visited across the meat counter with David Kraft who had earlier harvested and cut into primal and then retail cuts the beef they were seeing. Later as they visited the meat cooler the students had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how various retail cuts are originated from the beef animals that Kraft harvests at his local packing facility. Earlier in the summer, the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association had applied for and received a Beef Promotion Grant from the Ohio Beef Council that, in part, funded the Celebrity Plate Your Steak event and the activities leading up to it. v

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Cattlemen’s Youth Hold Celebrity Showdown to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio


he Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST Program for youth ages 8-21 years hosted the BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. The event was held on Friday, January 24, 2020, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The Clark County Cattle Producers assisted in coordinating the event. Youth who raised a minimum of $100 participated in this year’s community service project, dressed up their cattle and presented them to the celebrity judge, Erica Collura of Cincinnati 12 News. Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the

Celebrity Showdown raised $16,370. Additionally, a silent auction was held with numerous items selling to generous supporters that raised an additional $3,710 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. In total, the event raised $20,080, and contributions can continue to be made through May 2, 2020. Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Awards Banquet on May 2, 2020. Donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet. Anyone can donate conveniently online at https://www. ohiocattle.org/best/community-service. Donations can be attributed to a BEST

participant’s name through the online donation form. Online contributions may be made through May 2, 2020 to be accredited to the BEST participant’s cumulative fundraising total for the year.

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BEEF ENTREPRENEURS Isons focus on growing their Angus beef operation with a goal of starting a research facility


hortly after their daughter was born, Josh and Sarah Ison decided to take a leap of faith and return to Ohio. They’d recently finished their doctorate degrees in animal science at Texas Tech University and decided it was time to leave Texas, which had been their home for more than four years. Southern Ohio was calling them. After all, it was where both of them had grown up, and they wanted to raise their children near family. Even though neither one had a job, the couple packed up everything and headed to Ohio in 2016. The goal was to get a job within six months and find a way to diversify and expand Sarah’s family cow-calf operation in Clermont County enough to support two families. After 5 ½ months of searching, Josh landed a job at BiOWiSH Technologies in Cincinnati, and Sarah eventually became an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University teaching biology and microbiology. She also started a food safety consulting business. “We went to Texas to work with beef cattle because that’s where they have highly concentrated areas. We decided we wanted to take what we had learned in Texas working with animal 66 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

agriculture and public health and see if we could make that work living close to our family,” Sarah said. “We’re both very close to our grandparents, and we wanted our kids to have that relationship as well. So we just jumped in and said we’re going to try moving back to Ohio and see what type of opportunities we could find.” Turns out there were lots of opportunities for the Isons. They had access to family land where they could start their own Angus beef herd as well as tap into a growing consumer base interested in buying local beef. The couple kept the fall calves from the family operation and started feeding them out for their new business, which they called at the time Cincy Beef. Even though they were starting local, the goal was to eventually sell nationwide, and they needed to find a nearby and reliable USDA inspected meat processing plant nearby. They found it in Trackside Butcher Shoppe in Campbellsburg, Ky. “They’re young entrepreneurs like we are,” Josh said of Trackside. “With food safety being important to us, we decided that we had to make that a top priority and know our processor. It’s a

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little farther away but they like to work with us.”

Sarah quickly started working on direct marketing the couple’s Angus beef and before they knew it, they were selling their meat at farmers markets as well as at craft markets where customers were interested in both traditional and unusual cuts of meat. “We fit right in with the customers on what they were looking for. It also gave us a platform to talk to them about how we raise our cattle and how cattle across the country are raised,” she said. Some of the common misperceptions the couple heard about the cattle industry were that the animals are pumped full of antibiotics or steroids and that feedlot cattle are treated badly. “That’s where our background and expertise we gained from living in Texas comes into play. I’d share the story that I love feedlot cattle because those cattle are some of the best treated because they constantly have veterinarian oversight and a lot of individuals watching over them and caring for them,” Sarah said.

Today the Isons have 10-16 beef cows of their own and raise them on pasture until the last 30 days when they are finished out. They’re harvested at 1824 months old with the meat typically grading at high choice or prime. The couple also help manage the family cowcalf operation owned by Sarah’s parents. “People ask us what is different about our beef compared to what they buy in the grocery store. My response is it’s local and they know who raised it and it’s going to be high-end,” Sarah said. “We know there’s scientifically nothing wrong with steroids and implants but we choose not to use them. Since we are a smaller operation, it works best for us because we’re able to capture that niche market.” The Isons recently added pasture raised pork and chicken to their operation, capitalizing on consumers interested in other locally raised meats. “We never intended on doing that but we’re doing a lot of legwork going to markets and talking to customers,” Sarah said. “Once they see the quality of beef we have and come to the farm and see how we’re raising our animals, the demand was there -- they wanted pork and pasture raised chickens.” After Sarah took a marketing and small business class, the couple decided they needed their product rebranded and a name for their farm. Now the meat is sold as Flourish & Roam, which stands for animals and people living symbiotically together. The name of their farm is 1:Nine Ranch, drawing from one of Sarah’s favorite Bible verses. They also switched from using white butcher paper to clear packaging for their frozen cuts of meat because research showed customers like seeing the product. They ship about half a dozen boxes of beef every week to friends living as far away as Texas, Colorado and Florida. The local market accounts for about 80 percent of their business. The Isons have been working on improving the genetics of their herd, buying some replacement heifers from Gardiner Angus Ranch in Kansas, saying they’ve been happy with carcass quality. Their goal is to have a mix of commercial and registered Angus and start using genomic testing to look at feeding efficiencies.

“As we continue to grow more, we’re looking at utilizing our resources the best we can. You can have 10 calves out in the field that you’re feeding who are really bad converters. So we’re looking for alternative feeding strategies and how to best optimize design of facilities,” Josh said. “Our themes for the farm have always been safety, efficiency and flexibility.” In terms of improvements to the farm, the Isons are building a manure storage facility with EQIP funding and plan to put up a barn that will allow them to store equipment as well as do more artificial insemination. They’re also interested in building a monoslope type of barn where cattle could come in from grazing in the pasture to access a covered feeding area. Another goal is to build a research facility on the farm.

“When you grow up on a farm, you don’t think about how valuable your agriculture background can be,” Josh said. “I work with a biotechnology agriculture based company, and I’m one of probably 10 percent of the total company that comes from agriculture. That’s something to relate to the younger ones … we don’t want to lose all of those really high skilled students to careers outside of agriculture. We need to show them there are high-end careers and ways to stay in agriculture.” v

“We have a university research background and worked in different laboratories and we want to have an applied research facility here. There are companies that have different products and they want to validate those products in the real world,” Josh said. Sarah recently was appointed District 10 Director for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association board of directors and was part of a committee that helped develop OCA’s Cattlemen’s Academy. The new program offers hands-on learning experiences for Ohio cattle producers. “As younger producers, we really rely on learning from other producers and we’re fortunate to have wonderful mentors and neighbors that we can rely on,” Sarah said. The couple are excited they’re raising their children, 3-yearold Thea and 2-year-old Deklan, on the farm, saying it will teach their children hard work and responsibility. It also will teach them where they’re food comes from the importance of agriculture in everyday life. Recently, the Isons hosted 65 FFA students on their farm, describing their operation. When Sarah asked how many wanted a career in agriculture, she was surprised that only one student raised his hand. Expo Issue 2020 | Ohio Cattleman | 67

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Ohio Beef Council News New Ohio Beef Council Appointments

Pictured from the left are Sam Roberts, Becky Reed, Lou Ellen Harr, Barb Watts, Stan Smith and Director Pelanda.

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) Operating Committee welcomed new and reappointed members at their re-organizational meeting held in January. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda made the appointments. New appointments are Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville and Becky

Reed, Springfield. Members re-appointed for additional terms are Sam Roberts, South Charleston; Stan Smith, Canal Winchester; and Barb Watts, Alexandria.

Retiring Ohio Beef Council Members Recognized

The Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee recognized Brent Porteus, Coshocton and Todd Raines, Seaman at the January meeting for their years of service to the beef council and their oversight of the beef checkoff program.

New Officers Elected for OBC Operating Committee

The OBC Operating Committee officers for 2020 are Chairman and NCBA Federation Checkoff Director, Jamie Graham, Patriot; Vice Chairman Erin Stickel, Bowling Green; Treasurer Stan Smith, Canal Winchester; and NCBA Federation Checkoff Director Allan Robison, Cable. v Pictured from the left are Todd Raines and OBC Chairman Jamie Graham.

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Pictured from the left are Jamie Graham, Erin Stickel, Stan Smith and Allan Robison.

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If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your election for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program and to sign your annual enrollment contract, you should call and make your appointment now. If you fail to enroll for 2019 ARC or PLC, you will be ineligible mmunities to receive a payment for the 2019 crop year.


ng determine ARC and PLC in provide financial protections to farmers state will have from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are ntatives—every vital economic safety nets for most American farms. These pact. programs cover 20 commodities produced in the U.S.

FSA anticipates more than 1.7 million producers will enroll in ARC or PLC. As of Feb. 3, FSA records in Ohio show 26,000 farms out of an expected 89,000 farms have completed ARC or PLC enrollment for the 2019 crop year. If you’re still unsure about the choice of ARC or PLC, FSA offers online decision tools to help you determine the best program election for your farming operation. To access these tools, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. Call FSA today for an appointment. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator. v

The 2020 Census is fast approaching. Census responses provide data that can attract new businesses and the jobs that come with them. The data also informs where over $675 billion in federal funding is spent each year in states and communities for things like infrastructure, health care, and food assistance. It’s important that we all respond to shape the future of our communities. Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV. 72 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2020

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CATTLEMEN AT THE CAPITOL Cattle, Corn and Wheat Legislative Reception

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, middle left, and Justice Judi French, middle right shared information on the work of the Ohio Supreme Court.


n January 28, OCA partnered with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association to host a legislative reception for members of the Ohio General Assembly. All members of the Ohio House and Senate were invited to attend the event held at the Statehouse in Columbus. OCA board members joined with their counterparts from the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association to host the successful event. Also attending were young leaders from both commodity organizations.

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Earlier in the day, OCA’s board of directors and young beef leaders participated in the Cattlemen at the Capitol advocacy event sponsored by Nationwide. The program focused on why beef industry leaders should be engaged in the public policy process. Speakers included Executive Vice President Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association; Ohio Supreme Court Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy; Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof; Janelle Mead, CEO of the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts; and Kirk

Sen. Cecil Thomas, left, Ohio Senate, Cincinnati.

Hines, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Several of OCA’s board members also met with Lydia Mihalik, Director Ohio Development Services Agency; Representative Kyle Koehler, Chair, House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee; and Senator Frank Hoagland, Chair, Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. v

Rep. Brian Baldridge, right, Ohio House of Representatives, Winchester.

Rep. Kristin Boggs, left, Assistant Minority Leader, Ohio House of Representatives, Columbus and Adam Ward, Director Government Affairs, The Ohio State University CFAES attended the Cattle, Corn & Wheat Legislative Reception.

Sen. Larry Obhof, left, President Ohio Senate, Medina spoke to the Cattlemen at the Capitol participants.

Rep. Stephens, left, Ohio House of Representatives, Getaway.

Rep. Riordan McClain, second from the right, Ohio House of Representatives, Upper Sandusky.

Rep. Kyle Koehler, right, Ohio House of Representatives and Chair House Agriculture & Rural Development.

Sen. Bob Peterson, right, President Pro Tempore, Sabina met with the OCA Board and young cattlemen leaders.

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Breed News


dedication of ADM and RAAA to American beef producers. ADM’s nutritional experts will work directly with Red Angus producers to help them meet their herd’s nutritional goals in order to attain optimal reproand growth performance, We have 250 head of Black andduction Red Angus cattle. Our cows arewhile managed like a commercial herd. The cows are of moderate frame,supporting first-rate animal health. good udders and good feet and legs. The herd has tested negative for RAAA commercial Johne’s and Leukosis, and members is free of and genetic defects AM, NH, CA and OS. Red Angus producers who wish to May 1st | $2.00/hd/day after May 1st Genomic Enhanced EPD’s | Parent Verified | Free bull care until TJSC King of Diamonds was named reserve grand champion capitalize on this progressive collaboraSimmental bull at the NWSS, exhibited by Troy Jones. tion have may contact cattlesoundness nutrition exam. All bulls passed aADM breeding experts at RAAANutrition@adm.com The bulls’ information will beor by calling 866-666-7626 ext. 8. For on our website two weeks before the sale: www.burgettangus.com more information about the partnership, contactSIRES Gary Fike at gary@ RED ANGUS SIRES BLACK ANGUS Samantha VanVorhis with her reserve grand champion Maine-Anjou heifer, RJSC Lucky Lady 164E ET at the NWSS. redangus.org. - KM Broken Bow 002 - 3SCC Domain A163 Ohio and Boyert Show Cattle of Seville, Ohio, also found success with their Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Bull, BMWC Hard to Replicate 404F ET.



- Musgrave Aviator - Barstow Bankroll B73 - Mill Bar Hickok 7242 Ohioans Represent at NWSS - SydGen Black Pearl 2006 On Jan. 20, the National Western - KCF Bennett Fortress

Shorthorn Success

- Feddes Liberty D210 - Redhill B571 Julian 1W - Beckton Accent E371 D3 Breeder and Exhibitor Nomination - BAF Prestigious E068March 1, 2019 Forms Due

Stock Show hosted its Junior ShortDownload the Best of the Buckeye logo from horn Show in Denver, Colorado. ohiocattle.org to use in sale promotions and Bryan (330) 771-0482 | Keith (330)of627-5414 to share show ring successes. Kolten Greenhorn Greenhorn| burgetts5@frontier.com Cattle Co. LLC in Waynesville, Ohio, 1246 Antigua Road SW Carrollton, Ohio 44615 | Sale Site: 2051 Burrow Rd. SE, Carrollton, OH 44615 showed the Champion Intermediate Shorthorn Heifer, GCC Evolution Winegardner and Boyert with their reserve grand champion Charm. Maine-Anjou bull, BMWC Hard to Replicate 404F ET at the In the ShorthornPlus Show, Reed NWSS. Hanes of Celina, Ohio won Champion Early Spring Heifer with TSSC Blackberry Pie 829F. Christy Campbell of Eaton, Ohio, ADM and Red Angus Team up to Assist Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation exhibited RC Proud Freckles, and won License Plate Program Producers Reserve Grand Champion ShorthornShow your pride as an Ohio cattle Archer Daniels Midland Company Plus Bull. producer and support Ohio’s youth by (ADM), a world leader in agricultural purchasing the Beef license plate. Plates are available through the Ohio Bureau of processing and food ingredients, and Motor Vehicles. the Red Angus Association of America By purchasing an Ohio Beef license plate, (RAAA) are combining their expertise you will be supporting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Program and Triumph for Ohio Exhibitors at NWSS to provide Red Angus breeders and making a positive difference in the future of The National Western Stock Show commercial bull users with tools for the industry by supporting those youth who hosted its Simmental Show on Jan. 22. success to improve the breed and the have been “Tagged for Greatness.” The Beef plate will cost $25 annually, in Tanner Cordes of Farmersville, Ohio beef industry. addition to regular registration fees. With earned Reserve Champion Early Spring This new relationship affords each Ohio Beef license plate sold, $15 goes Heifer Calf with S&S CSCC MS WEST RAAA members and stakeholders directly to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. The plates are also available for commercial COAST. access to nutritional counseling at no farm trucks. Troy Jones of Harrod, Ohio exhibexpense. Producers can simply call or Call 1-866-OPLATES or visit www. ited TJSC King of Diamonds and was email designated ADM nutritionists OPLATES.com for more information. named Reserve Grand Champion with questions specific to their own Simmental Bull. operations. ADM will offer answers and perspective targeted to help those producers according to their needs. This program is a testament to the


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Calendar of Events Visit www.ohiocattle.org for a complete list of events March

1 Best of the Buckeye Nomination Deadline for Ohio Beef Expo 7-8 Holmes County Preview - Millersburg, OH 9 Stone Gate Farms Annual Production Sale - Flemingsburg, KY 14 Boyd Beef Cattle Angus Bull Sale - Mays Lick, KY 19-22 Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 31 - April 2 NCBA Spring Legislative Conference - Washington D.C.


1 BEST Character Traits, Photo Contest, Junior Representative Application and BQA Submission Deadline 4 Burgett Angus Farm Annual Bull Sale-Carrollton, OH 4 Partners in Performance Bull Sale - Zanesville, OH 4 Paint Valley Farms & Byland Polled Shorthorns Bull Sale - Millersburg, OH 7 OCA Board Meeting / Membership Calling Night 7 OCA AIC Meeting & Expo Review 9 OBC Operating Committee Meeting 10 Ohio Cattleman Spring Advertising Issue Deadline 18 Partners in Performance Bull Sale - Mineral Wells, WV 21 Ladies of Toussaint Angus Heifer Online Sale 25-26 Southern Ohio Spring Smackdown Private Treaty Sale 27-28 Diamond T Land & Cattle Co. Online Sale May 2 BEST Awards Banquet - Columbus, OH 8 Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association 43rd Annual Sale - Old Washington, OH June 9-12 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting, Kissimmee, Florida 10 OCA Board Meeting 11 OBC Operating Committee Meeting 17 Ohio Cattleman Summer Issue Advertising Deadline 28 - July 4 Maine-Anjou & Chianina Jr. National Show - Lima, Ohio


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Fertilizer Applied Years Ago Still Affects Lake Erie

lthough corn or soybeans could not be planted on 1.6 million acres of Ohio farmland last year and little to no fertilizer was applied to those fields, the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie still was high. That might seem odd. After all, many of those unplanted acres were in northwest Ohio, the region that feeds into the Maumee River and ultimately into Lake Erie. But a lot of phosphorus was already present in fields from fertilizer applied years before, and older phosphorus is another contributor to the level of phosphorus in Lake Erie, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Phosphorus runoff from farm fields is a main cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing the lake. “Phosphorus was already in fields, ditches, rivers, and tributaries, and it just moved downstream,” LaBarge said. The rain added momentum. 2019 was the sixth wettest year on record in Ohio, which increased the chances that phosphorus, an ingredient in fertilizers and manure, would travel downstream with the rainwater, said LaBarge, an agronomist involved in a statewide phosphorus water quality monitoring effort. Given how much rain the state received last year, particularly in northwest Ohio, the predictions for the summer phosphorus levels in Lake Erie were even higher than they turned out to be. The trend toward more and more rain is expected to continue. For the state to significantly reduce the phosphorus levels in Lake Erie, a lot more needs to be done besides changing the methods and amounts of fertilizer farmers apply each year to their fields, LaBarge said. He is among 65 presenters at the March 3–4 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, an annual event sponsored in part by OSU Extension at Ohio Northern University in Ada. LaBarge’s talk, “What Did We Learn from the 2019 Ag Production Year and Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms?” will be given with Laura Johnson, director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University. “We can’t significantly reduce the phosphorus levels in Lake Erie by only

changing farming practices done each year,” LaBarge said. “We need to look at other things.” Specifically, LaBarge is referring to improving water drainage systems on fields, more planting of cover crops to increase the soil organic matter and the soil’s ability to retain more water, and installation of phosphorus filters placed underground on fields to strip out phosphorus passing through them. The fact that little to no fertilizer was likely applied to 1.6 million acres in Ohio last year likely made a difference to the phosphorus load entering Lake Erie, Johnson said. Last year, the severity of the Lake Erie harmful algal bloom was 7.3—more than double the severity level of the bloom in 2018 but less than the 2015 bloom of 10.5. “How much fertilizer farmers place on their fields and how they apply that fertilizer between the fall and spring of any crop year have a pretty big influence on phosphorus loads in the spring and summer,” said Johnson, who did an analysis last year of phosphorous loads in the Maumee River.

“There’s also a substantial amount of phosphorus leaving fields that was applied years before. It will take time and patience to achieve the reductions in phosphorus that we need to reduce the severity of the annual algal bloom.” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently approved funding cost-share programs that help farmers pay a range of tactics considered to reduce phosphorus runoff, from applying fertilizer below the surface of the soil to modifying drainage ditches to slow water flow and allow the phosphorus to settle. If trying some of these approaches leads farmers to saving money, buying less fertilizer, or earning more from higher yields, farmers will likely adopt them, LaBarge said. “The practices have to bring about some economic advantage for farmers to have widespread adoption of those practices.” Registration for the conference is $85 for one day or $115 for both days. For more information, visit ctc.osu.edu v


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