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Expo 2018

Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

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Features 10

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Highlights


Ohio Beef Expo Preview


E.R. Boliantz Co.


J&L Cattle Services

Diversity is the key to success for J&L Cattle Services by Amy Graves


OCA Welcomes Spring Interns

Bob Boliantz hand selects cattle, dry ages beef by Amy Graves


Cattlemen’s Youth Hold 6th Annual Celebrity Showdown to Benefit Make-A-Wish


Red Hill Farm

News & Notes


Harsh Realities



OCA News & Views


Up the Alley

41 Your Checkoff Dollars at Work


Forage Corner

50 On the Edge of Common Sense


Your Dues Dollars at Work

From Farm to Plate - the Rabers do it all by Amy Graves

Reference 8 OCA County Affiliate Presidents 14

Allied Industry Council


OBC News


Calendar of Events


Breed News


Parting Shots


OCA News


Advertisers’ Index


Beef Briefs

On the Cover

Photo taken by Emily Henes, OCA Staff

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Harsh Realities

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By Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattleman Editor

A Rodent’s Winter

Editor Elizabeth Harsh Managing Editor Lauren Corry Sales Representative Stephanie Sindel

Ohio Cattleman magazine (USPA: 020-968, ISSN: 15430588) is published six times per year: Winter issue, mailed in January; Expo preview issue, mailed in February; Spring issue, mailed in April; Summer issue, mailed in July; Early Fall issue, mailed in September; and Late Fall issue, mailed in October; for $15 a year to OCA members only. It is dedicated to reporting facts about Ohio’s cattle including marketing, production and legislative news. All editorial and advertising material is screened to meet rigid standards, but publisher assumes no responsibility for accuracy or validity of claims. All rights reserved. Circulation for the Expo 2018 issue is 3,405. Published at Minster, Ohio 45865 by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Periodical postage paid at Marysville, Ohio and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS: Please send old as well as new address to Ohio Cattleman, 10600 US Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.


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That dang groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month indicating six more weeks of winter weather. And as we finalize this issue, it’s easy to believe the rodent’s forecast, as it’s another cold week with ice and snow across most of the state. Extremely cold temperatures made caring for cattle difficult enough at the first of year. Now as calving season moves into a higher gear, snow and ice makes things even more problematic for cattlemen. This magazine contains all the latest info for the upcoming Ohio Beef Expo March 16-18. Hopefully by then the weather is better making it a little easier to get away from the farm and attend this year’s event. As you read through the Expo pages, you’ll see the Expo has something for every cattle person. One of the highlighted events I encourage you to attend is Friday morning’s educational seminar Accessing Current and Future Cattle Markets, that will focus on market access programs to add value to your cattle. With trade opportunities from China to NAFTA in the news and food marketing partners adding requirements to access their programs, this seminar is indeed timely. The program will present information on export qualifications and requirements, source and age requirements, qualifying cattle for various value-added programs and the future trends of value-added programs. The featured speaker will be Doug Stanton, V.P. Sales and Business Development for Where Food Comes From, Inc. (WFCF). Doug has been involved from the ground up with WFCF. He has managed the development and implementation of most of the verification product offerings under IMI Global, a division of WFCF primarily focused in the beef industry. Staying on the topic of market access, new this year the Expo will also offer an adult Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification session on Friday afternoon following the online feeder cattle sale. Ohio State University Extension experts Dr. Steve Boyles and John Grimes will present the chute-side program. Never has it been more important to get your BQA certification and maintain it. If during Expo you have other irons in the fire and can’t attend this session, there are many other avenues to get BQA certified. The OSU Extension beef team has produced videos on Gaining Greater Market Access for Ohio Feeder Calves that local Extension educators will be using this year. These will be accompanied by a BQA certification program. And of course, BQA certification is as easy as completing it online at Online you can become certified in one session or break it up in multiple sessions to fit your schedule and it’s free. Expo is a great time to catch up with other cattle folks. The sold-out trade show, six breed sales, and junior show activities are the core elements of what makes the Ohio Beef Expo one of the very best anywhere in the country. While there, be sure to stop by the OCA booth for the latest info on industry issues and sign up for the membership drawing. To those of you calving cows during this challenging weather, we wish you warmer temperatures and fewer difficulties. As for the groundhog, I hope he gets confused, leaves his hole and freezes in a snow drift. Was that too strong? Forgive me. My mind is a bit fuzzy from the cold as I thaw out my toes from the latest trip outside to check cows. v


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

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



OCA Officers

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

OCA News & Views By Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA President

Now is the Time

OCA Directors

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

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

OCA Staff

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

For those of you who do not know me, my husband Scott and I live in western Clark County. We have 3 kiddos, Lara (11), Lexi (7), and Rylan (4). We run about 130 cows, mostly Angus, Gelbvieh and Simmental composites. Our primary goal is to raise bulls that are feed efficient, but also excel in carcass quality. I did not grow up in the beef industry; I grew up in the retail grocery business. At its largest, my parents owned and operated 10 grocery stores. I have worked nearly every position within the stores from cashier to management. My passion was never in retail, though I have a deep appreciation for it and believe everyone should work in retail at some point. With my passion being in cattle, I chose a bit different path from my parents and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University. Nowadays my “job” is taking care of kids and cows; I feel very blessed to do what I love. I hope many of you attended the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in January, and took advantage of the opportunity to hear Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra’s presentation on how to get cows bred and keep them pregnant. His presentation just reaffirms the reason OCA appreciates the great relationship we have with Ohio State. During the annual meeting, we also heard from Dr. Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, on her vision for the future of the college. NCBA’s Colin Woodall presented an update on issues important to cattlemen from Washington, D.C. One of the top priorities for NCBA is getting a fully funded Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Our current FMD vaccine bank is small and outdated, and a need for this is urgent. Secondly, NCBA is working very hard in Washington, D.C. on the hours of service issue associated with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandate and hauling livestock. We currently have a 90-day waiver, but we need a longer waiver or exemption to give the industry more time to address this issue. I was also fortunate enough to attend the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona along with several other members of our association. The biggest thing I took away from that meeting is that the time is now! Many things are coming together on a national level, and I am truly excited to be a part of it. Our new NCBA President Kevin Kester is a 5th generation rancher from California – the most regulated state in our nation. If anyone in the beef industry understands and appreciates the need for repealing regulations, it’s Kevin Kester. If you are not currently a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, I encourage you to give its membership a strong look. As excited as I am to be your OCA president, I am more excited to be able to give back to our great industry. Democracy works, but it’s not a spectator sport. I’m sure you have heard “the world is run by those who show up,” well I encourage each of you to give OCA a little bit of your time. Reach out to us; help OCA be bigger, better and stronger. Donating items for PAC, sitting on a committee or volunteering a day or two at the Ohio Beef Expo, are just a few examples of ways to be involved. You can help OCA in small ways or big ways, and I encourage you to join me in giving back to an industry we all love. I’m looking forward to a great year! v

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Your Dues Dollars at Work

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

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

Participated in a meeting with Representative Brian Hill, Chair of the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee to discuss the threeyear review of Senate Bill 1 and other agenda items for the coming session. Finalized OCA policy for 2018 at the association’s annual meeting held January 20. A top priority for OCA and NCBA has been addressing CERCLA and EPCRA reporting requirements for cattle producers on their cattle’s release of ammonia. In early February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for an additional extension, until May 1, of the current stay of the mandate to submit reports. Represented the beef industry at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Confined Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee meeting.

Youth • • • •

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Hosted two additional networking and career development nights for OCA Young Cattlemen’s members and Allied Industry Council representatives. Held eight more BEST sanctioned shows for the 2017-18 show season. Presented 14 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships at the Foundation luncheon on January 20 totaling over $14,000. Co-sponsored the Celebrity Showdown to benefit Make-A-Wish on January 26 with the Cattle Battle Show in Springfield, Ohio. Over $13,000 was raised to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. The Celebrity Showdown kicks off this annual community service project for BEST participants who will continue to raise money through May 5 when the program’s awards banquet takes place. Distributed Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) information for the 2018 program year. Selected applicants to receive $500 scholarships from the Best of the Buckeye program sponsored by Ohio Cat and Ohio Ag Equipment.

Programs & Events • • •

• • •

OCA provided an association update at the Ohio dairy vets annual meeting on January 5. OCA staff provided an association update at cattlemen’s meetings held throughout eastern Ohio with Heritage Co-Op and Purina. Attended county affiliate banquets for Auglaize County, Athens-MeigsWashington County, Butler County, Darke County, Greene County, Logan County, Mercer County, Morrow County, Ohio Valley, and Shelby County Associations. OCA was a sponsor for the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts annual meeting in February. Ohio Shorthorn Association and Buckeye Hereford Junior Association held meetings at the OCA office. Finalized planning and fundraising for the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo.

Association • • • • • •

Mailed membership renewal cards and new member packets and second renewal mailing for 2018 OCA membership. Held January joint board of directors meetings for OCA and OBC. Hosted the 2018 OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet with educational sessions and youth stockman’s quiz bowl. Represented OCA members at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, AZ. Compiled and emailed January and February e-newsletter to OCA membership. Nominated OCA members for the NCBA Environmental Stewardship award and the Ohio Agricultural Council Ag Hall of Fame. v

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& January 20, 2018 Columbus, Ohio

Celebrating Ohio’s Beef Industry

Ohio beef producers and industry leaders met to develop policy, learn about consumer preferences and demand for beef and to celebrate the many achievements of cattlemen at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 attended the event that offered educational breakout sessions and several new youth opportunities, in addition to, the annual meeting and evening banquet. Sponsors who contributed to the event’s success include Ag Credit, COBA/Select Sires, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Association of Meat Processors and the Stark County Cattlemen’s Association. This year, the day featured new youth opportunities including the Youth Beef Quiz Bowl and a beef quality assurance session. Nearly 40 youth participated in the first year of the two-part contest consisting of written and verbal rounds. The winners were as follows: Junior Division: Sydney Sanders, Highland County, first place individual; Carly Sanders, Highland County, second place individual; and Caitlin Cottrill, Fayette County, third place individual. The top junior team included Sydney Sanders, Carly Sanders, Caitlin Cottrill and Wyatt Osborn. Intermediate Division: Sam Stickley, Champaign County, first place individual; Dawson Osborn, Highland County, second place individual; and Tate Liming,

Clermont County, third place individual. The top intermediate team, included Dawson Osborn, Victoria Waits, Tate Liming and Luke Jennings. Senior Division: Garrett Stanfield, Adams County, first place individual; Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown County, second place individual; Amber Storey, Sandusky County, third place individual. The top senior team included Katelyn Cowdrey, Justin Cowdrey, Garrett Stanfield and Amber Storey. Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra, Assistant Professor in the department of animal sciences at The Ohio State University, gave an informative summary of his cattle reproduction research – specifically sharing his findings with attendees on preventing pregnancy loss in cattle. The session was followed by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon and update from retiring OCF president, Frank Phelps, Belle Center. Fourteen scholarships were presented to outstanding youth during the luncheon. Josh Dickson, Licking County; Kady Davis, Carroll County and Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, received the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship,

Industry Excellence

Bob Boliantz of E.R. Boliantz Co, Ashland. was honored with the Industry Excellence Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Zane Gross, Russ Chapman, Jessica Gordon, Bob Boliantz, Susan Boliantz and Amie Sites of Brownfield Ag News. 10 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

funded by the 2017 inaugural event. Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; McKayla Raines, Adams County and Erica Snook, Noble County were awarded $1,000 Tagged for Greatness Scholarships, which are funded with the sales of the Ohio Beef license plate. Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County; Garrett Stanfield, Adams County; Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County and Evan Smith, Fairfield County, received a $1,000 Country Club Scholarship, which was funded by the putt-putt course at the 2017 Ohio State Fair. Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County, was awarded the $1,000 Noah Cox Memorial Scholarship. Hannah Frobose, Wood County, was awarded the $1,000 William Cleland Memorial scholarship. Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo, that will be presented at the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo in March. Following the luncheon, 2018 OCA president, Sasha Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, and OCA staff offered an “Engaging

Industry Service

Representative Brian Hill was honored with the Industry Service Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal and Representative Brian Hill, Zanesville.

Seedstock Producer

Young Cattleman

Jeff and Lou Ellen Harr, J & L Cattle Services, was honored with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Susan Mykrantz, Farm World, Jeff and Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville.

Kyle Nickles was honored with the Young Cattleman of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Jennifer Kiel, Ohio Farmer, and Kyle Nickles, Sycamore.

Environmental Stewardship

Commercial Producer

Gibbs Farm, Maplewood, was honored with the Environmental Stewardship Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Chris, Deb, Jason and Shelby Gibbs.

OCA’s Grassroots” breakout that outlined ways for attendees to maximize their involvement through events, programs and advocacy. During the annual meeting, Ohio cattlemen heard from Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Cathann A. Kress, PhD, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and John Foltz, chair of the department of animal sciences. The 2017 OCA President, Joe Foster of Gallipolis, coordinated the policy development portion of the meeting. These resolutions covered a broad range including agriculture and food policy, cattle health and wellbeing, international markets and property rights and environmental management. 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. OCA’s officers reported that in 2017 the association set

Gerber Farms, Middletown, was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award at the OCA Banquet. Pictured from left are Susan Crowell, Farm and Dairy, Gary, Kelli and Cari Gerber.

a membership record. Renewals for 2018 are on track with previous years. The Ohio CattleWomen (OCW) conducted their annual meeting and were joined by American National CattleWomen president, Penny Zimmerman. Coinciding the OCW meeting, was a youth opportunities session that highlighted several possibilities for youth to get involved in the beef industry speakers included representatives from The Ohio State University. During the last breakout session of the day, Cambell Parrish, Ohio Beef Council Director of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing, shared with attendees how checkoff dollars are put to work throughout the year engaging with consumers and strengthening beef demand. OCA members and guests reconvened that evening for the banquet to celebrate another successful year. NCBA’s Woodall, gave an update on policy within the beef industry and spoke to attendees about challenges ahead regarding tax reform, hours of service with electronic logging devices and the Comprehensive Envi-

ronmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The banquet concluded with OCA presenting six prestigious awards to deserving cattlemen and supporters of Ohio’s beef industry. Gerber Farms, Middletown - Commercial Producer of the Year; J & L Cattle Service, Jeromesville - Seedstock Producer of the Year; Kyle Nickles, Sycamore - Young Cattleman of the Year; Representative Brian Hill, Zanesville - Industry Service; Gibbs Farms, Maplewood - Environmental Stewardship; and E.R. Boliantz Co., Ashland - Industry Excellence. Awards in these categories were sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association with Farm and Dairy, Farm World, Ohio Farmer, Ohio’s Country Journal, In Ohio Country Today and Brownfield Ag News, respectively. Award videos were sponsored by the Ohio Angus Association, Centerra Co-op, Heffelfinger’s Meats, Inc., Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association, Kalmbach Feeds, Certified Angus Beef ® brand, respectively. v Expo Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |11

Cattlemen’s Gala

Scholarship Recipients Country Club

Tagged for Greatness

Three youth were awarded the inaugural Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship that is funded by the August event. Pictured from left are Kady Davis, Carroll County; Meredith Oglesby, Highland County; and Josh Dickson, Licking County.

Four youth were awarded the Country Club Scholarship that is funded by the putt-putt course in the Voinovich building at the 2017 Ohio State Fair. Pictured from left are Evan Smith, Fairfield County; Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County; Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County; and Garrett Stanfield, Adams County.

Four youth were awarded the Tagged for Greatness Scholarship that is funded by the sale of beef license plates. Pictured from left are Erica Snook, Noble County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; and McKayla Raines, Adams County (Not pictured: Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas County).

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Noah Cox

& January 20, 2018 Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio CattleWomen’s Association awarded a scholarship to Nick Erf, Huron County.

The Noah Cox Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Noah Cox who passed away in May, 2017. Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County, was the scholarship recipient. Pictured from left are Jeff Cox, Athens County; Hannah Jarvis; Stephanie Cox, Athens County.

Quiz Bowl Results

Top 3 Junior

Top 3 Intermediate

Top 3 Senior

The top three individuals in the junior division included (pictured from left) Sydney Sanders, Highland County; Carly Sanders, Highland County; and Caitlin Cottrill, Fayette County.

The top three individuals in the intermediate division included (pictured from left) Sam Stickley, Champaign County; Dawson Osborn, Highland County; and Tate Liming, Clermont County.

The top three individuals in the senior division included (pictured from left) Amber Storey, Sandusky County; Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown County; and Garrett Stanfield, Adams County.

Top Team Junior

Top Team Intermediate

Top Team Senior

The top team in the junior division included Sydney Sanders, Highland County; Carly Sanders, Highland County; Wyatt Osborn, Highland County; and Caitlin Cottrill, Fayette County.

The top team in the intermediate division included Victoria Waits, Fayette County; Dawson Osborn, Highland County; Tate Liming, Clermont County; and Luke Jennings, Clermont County.

The top team in the senior division included Amber Storey, Sandusky County; Katelyn Cowdrey, Brown County; Garrett Stanfield, Adams County; and Justin Cowdrey, Brown County.

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OCA Top Hands

Above: Ohio cattlemen heard from Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs at NCBA, who gave an update on NCBA activities and discussed many of the issues the organization is working on for the beef industry. Below: Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, shared an update of what’s coming in 2018 for CFAES.

OCA Top Hand Club Members were rewarded for their recruitment efforts during OCA’s Annual Meeting by Patrick Gunn, Purina Animal Nutrition; and Joe Foster, Quality Liquid Feeds. Sasha Rittenhouse was recognized as Top Recruiter.

Above Left: Members had the opportunity to hear reproduction research from Assistant Professor, Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra from Ohio State’s Department of Animal Sciences. Above: The OCA Awards Banquet highlighted many successes throughout the beef industry.

OCA Raises Over $3,000 for PAC

Left: John Foltz, Chair, department of animal sciences, informed meeting attendees of many new exciting changes for the upcoming year.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association coordinated a successful silent auction for PAC (Political Action Committee) during the annual banquet. Proceeds raised for OCA’s PAC help to support the campaign efforts of political candidates that understand and support the beef cattle industry. OCA appreciates the support of donors and buyers. Donors: Allflex • Crawford County Cattlemen • Fred & Leslie Kungl • Glen Feichtner • Jim & Jackie Murray • Ohio Cattlemen’s Association • Purina • Stark County Cattlemen’s Association • Stephanie Sindel • Tim & Elizabeth Harsh Buyers: Scott Alexander • Erin Bender • Lindsey Cole •Todd Davis • Debbie Foster • Gary Gerber • Kelli Gerber • John Grimes • Lindsey Hall • Dee Jepsen • Mary Lou King • Kyle Nickles • Frank Phelps • Kelly Robison • Bev Roe • Mindy Sanders • Denise Short • Connie Smith • Linde Sutherly • Bill Tom • Fred Voge Expo Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |13

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ABS Global Inc. Brian Good, Aaron Short, Buck Owen, Roger Sundberg, Mike Allerding 330-466-2588 | ADM Animal Nutrition Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, Travis Smith 937-537-1164 Ag Credit David White 419-435-7758 | Ag Nation Products Bob and Marie Clapper 1-800-247-3276 | AgriLabs Ezra Swope 814-977-6167 | Agtivation LTD Laura Sutherly 937-335-3286 | Allflex USA, Inc. Dave McElhaney 724-494-6199 | Alltech Melisa Rayvid 802-524-7460, Reese Windham 440-364-2687, Duff George 717-327-9470 | American Angus Association Alex Tolbert 706-338-8733, Clint Mefford 816-383-5143 | Armstrong Ag & Supply Dean Armstrong 740-988-5681 Beck’s Hybrids Bruce Kettler & Ryan Moore 1-800-937-2325 | BioZyme, Inc. Lindsey Grimes-Hall 816-596-8779 | Boehringer-Ingelheim Ryan Shroer 812-243-5128, Brent Tolle 502-905-7831 Cargill Animal Nutrition Neil Bumgarner 304-615-9239, Bradley Carter 330-234-2552 Tom Rohanna 412-217-8939 COBA/Select Sires Duane Logan, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie Ziegler, Abby Mayer 614-878-5333 CompManagement, Inc. Anthony Sharrock 614-760-2450 | DHI Cooperative, Inc. Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO, Tim Pye 912-682-9798 Elanco Animal Health Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak 330-298-8113, Katie Oney 614-725-6332 Engelhaupt Embroidery Leslie Gardisser & Linda Engelhaupt 937-592-7075 | Evolution Ag LLC Doug Loudenslager 740-363-1341 |

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Farm Credit Mid-America David Sanders 740-335-3306, Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 Fennig Equipment Gary Fennig 419-953-8500 | F.L.Emmert Company – ShowBloom David Westhoven 954-261-5730 Ken Rod 513-721-5808 Justin Little 940-206-2860 | Franklin Equipment Troy Gabriel 614-389-2161, Corey Muncy Heartland Bank Brian Fracker 740-349-7888 Joel M. Oney 614-475-7024 Heritage Cooperative Allan Robison, Dave Monnin, Cy Prettyman, Stef Lewis 937-652-2135, Dale Stryffeler 330556-8465 | Highland Livestock Supply Curt & Allison Hively 330-457-2033 | Hilliard Lyons Patrick Saunders 740-446-2000 | Hubbard Feeds Bradley Gray 937-693-6393, Jeremy Baldwin 765-730-5459, Darl Bishir 419-236-0656, Perry Owen 937-726-9736 JD Equipment Inc. Matthew Damschroder 740-653-6951 | K Buildings Doug Hemm 937-216-5620 | Kalmbach Feeds Jeff Neal, Kyle Nickles, Cheryl Miller & Levi Richards 419-310-4676 | Kent Feeds Patrick Barker 513-315-3833, Joseph Wright 937-213-1168 McArthur Lumber & Post Stan Nichols 740-596-2551| McBurney’s Livestock Equipment Chris McBurney 502-667-3495 | M.H. Eby Inc./Eby Trailers Kirk Swensen & Steve Rittenhouse 614-879-6901 | Mercer Landmark Randy Seeger 419-230-9832, Joe Siegrist 419-305-2451, Travis Spicer 419-733-9915, Chad Knapke 419-733-6434 | Merck Animal Health Seth Clark 330-465-2728 Multimin USA, Inc. Thomas Carper 540-336-2737 |

Ohio CAT Linda Meier, Chad Wiseman, Alan Rhodes, Brian Speelman, Bill Kuhar 614-851-3629 | Ohio Soybean Council Jennifer Coleman 614-476-3100 | PBS Animal Health Becky Vincent 1-800-321-0235 | POET Biorefining Marion Duane McCombs 740-383-9774 | Priefert Ranch Equipment Corey Hinterer 304-625-1302, Kayla Gray & Steve Campbell 903-434-8973 Purina Animal Nutrition LLC Patrick Gunn 317-967-4345 | Quality Liquid Feeds Joe Foster 614-560-5228 | Reed & Baur Insurance Agency Jim & Paula Rogers 740-593-6688 | Richwood Bank Chad Hoffman 740-943-2317, Cody Johnston 740-436-0607 Emily Davis 740-943-2317 Rock River Laboratory Megan Kelly 330-462-6041 | ST Genetics Aaron Arnett 614-947-993, Al Gahler 419-3502091, Ty McGuire 937-533-3251 Straight A’s Nikki McCarty 330-868-1182 | Summit Livestock Facilities Richard Hines 765-421-9966, Angie Dobson 219-261-0627, Mike Schluttenhofer 765-4272818, Mike Sheetz 800-213-0567 Sunrise Co-op, Inc. Phil Alstaetter 937-575-6780 | Umbarger Show Feeds Jackson Umbarger 317-422-5195, Eric King 419-889-7443 | United Producers, Inc. Sam Roberts, Bill Tom, Hayley Beck 1-800-456-3276 | Weaver Leather Livestock 330-674-1782 Angela Shoemaker - ext. 251, Lisa Shearer - ext. 206 The Wendt Group Kevin Wendt 614-626-7653, Dale Evans 260894-0458, Nick Cummings 740-572-0756, Tyler Wilt 740-572-1249, Wesley Black 740-572-1670 Zoetis Animal Health Leesa Beanblossom 937-447-3044, Ted Holthaus 937-489-1548, Mindy Thornburg 740-255-0277

For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office 614.873.6736 or visit

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Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, March 14

No cattle are permitted on the fairgrounds before 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. Junior Show open for stalling in barn and viaducts, ALL stalling for both locations will be done out of the Jr. Show Office, Gilligan Complex

Thursday, March 15 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m.

Official Website

Official Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel at I-71 & 161 614.885.1885 $89 Room Rate

9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

10600 U.S. Highway 42 Marysville, OH 43040 614.873.6736

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 18

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

Trade Show set up for large equipment All breeding cattle must be in place ShowBloom Breeds Building General Trade Show set up The Social, Crowne Plaza North Trade Show set up for smaller vendors Judging Contest Registration, Voinovich Building Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Breed Shows begin in Cooper Arena 8:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford Show, North Ring 10:00 a.m. Angus Parade, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Hereford Show, South Ring 12:00 p.m. Shorthorn Show, North Ring 1:00 p.m. Red Angus Parade Judging Contest, Denny Hales Arena Educational Seminar, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex Stock Show U Fitting Demo, Voinovich Building Breed Shows begin in ShowBloom Breeds Building Gelbvieh Show 12:00 p.m. Murray Grey Show 1:00 p.m. Online Feeder Cattle Sale, Voinovich Building Judging Contest Awards, Cooper Arena Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Adult Certification, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Cooper Arena Cowboy Happy Hour, Voinovich Building Junior Show Welcome Party & Fitting Demonstration Junior Show Check in, Gilligan Complex Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Breed Sales begin in Voinovich Building 10:00 a.m. Shorthorn Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 10:00 a.m. Red Angus Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 12:00 p.m. Hereford Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 12:00 p.m. Angus Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 2:00 p.m. Simmental Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 1 2:00 p.m. Maine Anjou Sale, Voinovich Sale Ring 2 Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Junior Showmanship, Cooper Arena Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Junior Show, Cooper Arena Trade Show Open, Voinovich Building Genetic Pathway Open, ShowBloom Breeds Building Expo Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |17


The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association invites you to join in an evening of networking with fellow cattlemen and industry leaders at the pre-Expo event, The Social, on Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza North. The Social is open to OCA membership, Expo cattle and trade show exhibitors and volunteers. It’s free to attend thanks to sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim, 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 in the Buckeye Room at the Crowne Plaza, 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 educational seminars, beginning Friday, March 16. Stock Show U will be hosting a clinic at noon, and a Weaver Leather Livestock demonstration will take place along with the Junior Show Welcome Party at 5:30 p.m.


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New this year: on Friday, March 16, 3:00 - 4:00 a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Adult Certification Program session will be offered in the Voinovich building. The session will be instructed by Dr. Steve Boyles and John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension.


begin at 8 a.m. with a registration fee of $5 per individual or $15 per team if registered before March 10. After March 10, registration is available for $30 per team and $10 per individual. Teams pre-registering must send their form to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association office at 10600 U.S. Hwy 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. All judging contest participants will meet in the Voinovich Building mezzanine and break into their respective groups for the day. 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 (14-18 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. Lunch will be provided and awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. in Cooper Arena prior to BQA.

Accessing Current and Future Cattle Markets: One of the highlights for Friday, March 16 at the Expo will be an educational seminar on market access programs to add value to your cattle. United Producers, Inc. and AllFlex USA, Inc. will jointly sponsor a seminar at 10:00 a.m. in the Voinovich Building (trade show sale ring). Topics discussed will include export qualifications and requirements, source and age requirements, and qualifying cattle for various value-added programs and the future trends of value-added programs. The featured speaker will be Doug Stanton, V.P. Sales and Business


Youth Beef Quality Assurance training will once again be offered in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Cooper Arena. BQA training is a requirement for the OCA BEST program. All participants will receive documentation of attendance and a copy of the document will be sent to the participant’s county. Some counties may require additional certification. Three age divisions for BQA will be available: 8-11, 12-15 and 16-21.

Development for Where Food Comes From, Inc., the leading agricultural and food verification and certification company in North America. Cattle feeders, cow/calf producers, backgrounders and everyone interested in the cattle industry is invited to attend. Doug Stanton is the V.P. Sales and Business Development for Where Food Comes From, Inc., the leading agricultural and food verification and certification company in North

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS America. Where Food Comes From, Inc. and its subsidiaries (IMI Global, International Certification Services, Sterling Solutions, Validus Verification Services SureHarvest and A Bee Organic) offer programs and services allowing tens of thousands of food producers across all types of commodities to meet specific market needs, including public standards, private brand initiatives and international trade requirements. Doug has been involved from the ground up as WFCF has grown. He has managed the development and implementation of most of the verification product offerings under IMI Global, a division of Where Food Comes From, Inc, primarily focused in the beef industry. The array of verification programs includes Source and Age Verification, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle program for the EU, Verified Natural Beef, GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare Program, verification programs for feed claims, breed claims, and genetic indexing claims. He has also managed the identification, traceability, and chain of custody tied to product marketing claims of credence attributes. Additionally, Doug has managed and calibrated the auditor team for IMI Global. He now manages Sales and Business Development for the team.


The 2018 Ohio Beef Expo will continue to host a feeder cattle internet board sale, sponsored by United Producers, Inc. (UPI). The sale will be

held Friday, March 16 at 1 :30 p.m. in COWBOY HAPPY HOUR the Voinovich Building (trade show OCA will be offering a happy hour sale ring) on the Ohio Expo Center Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m sponsored by grounds. Mercer Landmark and Heartland Bank. A board sale offers consignments This happy hour will happen in the main of uniform packages of feeder cattle. aisle of the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show The cattle are sold while on the farm and will be a social event you won’t want with specific pick up period defined to miss. 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 Holstein feeder cattle may range as low as 300 pounds. Consignments will be accepted any time prior to 12:00 noon Monday, March 5, 2018, 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 2018. Sale commission will be $1.50 per cwt. The commission will be divided between the UPI sourcing Jay & Sally Puzacke, Owners market and OCA. Sale catalogs will be posted on UPI and Western Apparel OCA’s websites at least one week in Men’s • Ladies’ • Children’s • Show advance of the sale. Justin * Tony Lama * Ariat * Dan Post * Laredo * Twisted X * Double H More information is available at www. Official Clothier of the Ohio Beef Expo and Proud Sponsor of the Saltwell Expo Scholarship To consign cattle or request information, contact your local United Outfitting Cattlemen for More than 50 Years Producers, Inc. • 330-343-0388 representative or Sam Roberts at 2000 Seven Mile Drive • New Philadelphia, OH 44663 937-477-0060. Expo Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |19

SPONSORS THE SOCIAL Boehringer Ingelheim BREEDS BARN SPONSOR F.L. Emmert Company ShowBloom EXPO SPONSOR OF THE DAY Boehringer Ingelheim - Saturday EXPO COMMITTEE APPAREL Breeders’ World Online Sales Farm Credit Mid-America OFFICIAL EXPO COMMITTEE UTILITY VEHICLE SUPPLIER Franklin Equipment OFFICIAL EXPO VET Zoetis OFFICIAL OHIO BEEF EXPO PROGRAM SPONSOR United Producers, Inc. OFFICIAL CHUTE SPONSOR Armstrong Ag & Supply CONCESSION STAND CUPS Hilliard-Lyons R&C Packing COWBOY HAPPY HOUR Heartland Bank Mercer Landmark SALE RINGS The Wendt Group Ferguson Cattle

WIRELESS SERVICE IN VOINOVICH Experience Columbus TRADE SHOW HOSPITALITY FLM Harvest Mercer Landmark YOUTH DAY Ohio Farm Bureau SHOWMANSHIP SPONSOR Cattle Visions, LLC Engelhaupt Embroidery F.L. Emmert Company ShowBloom JUNIOR SHOW HEIFER RING BioZyme, Inc. - Sure Champ JUNIOR SHOW MARKET ANIMAL RING Green Oak Farms & Schaeffer Show Cattle JUNIOR SHOW MAKE-UP RING Fayette County Cattle Feeders Association JUNIOR SHOW MARKET ANIMAL TOP 5 David L. Campbell Insurance Agency - Hastings Mutual JUNIOR SHOW HEIFER TOP 5 Goettemoeller Show Cattle

JUNIOR SHOW PLATINUM SPONSORS The Farmer Group Umbarger Show Feeds Merck Animal Health Bob Evans Farms M.H. Eby Farm Credit Mid-America Frazier Farms Garwood Cattle Company, LLC Kalmbach Feeds - Formula of Champions Weaver Leather Livestock JUNIOR SHOW GOLD SPONSORS All American Scales & Calibration, Inc. Barnesville Livestock Auction Bell Farms Ag, LLC. Claylick Run Angus Crop Production Services Greene County Cattlemen Haley Farms Highland County Cattlemen’s Association Jerry Haag Motors Mercer County Cattlemen’s Association UIS Insurance and Investments BACK TAG SPONSOR Allen County Cattlemen’s Association

As of 2/7/2018

NEW IN 2018: WATCH THE JUNIOR SHOW LIVE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 18 THROUGH WALTON WEBCASTING. Sponsored by Franklin Equipment, McGuire Excavating, Willis and Sons and Winegardner Show Cattle, 20 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

TRADE SHOW FRIDAY, MARCH 16 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



SUNDAY, MARCH 18 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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JUDGE Parade N/A Bob Agle Ray Ramsey N/A Duane Stephens Bob Agle Parade Aaron Arnett N/A


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 937642-2936 or see the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www.


All cattle (from Ohio and out-of-state) consigned to breed sales, show cattle, display breeds and Genetic Pathway cattle at the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo must be tested negative for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status prior to arrival at the 2018 event. Any animals (required to be tested) arriving at the Expo without a negative BVD PI test, will be ineligible to participate in the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo and will be excused from the show grounds. Type of test and negative test results must be 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 2018 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at www.ohiobeefexpo. com). 22 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

BROADCAST AVAILABLE ONLINE The Hereford, Shorthorn and Simmental sales on Saturday, March 17 will be broadcast live through DVAuction.


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 2018 Ohio Beef Expo health requirements at


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


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.


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 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.


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IMPORTANT! • Registered animals must be in the junior exhibitor’s name; exhibitors must show their own animal. • Exhibitors that have not had their tattoos checked at a previous BEST sanctioned show must have proof of registration to verify tattoos at check-in (hardcopies are preferred, but electronic copies are accepted) • 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. • There will be NO TENTS allowed in the Gilligan Building. • There will be a set number of viaduct bays sold on Breeders World Online Sales during the Junior Show Online fundraiser on March 6, 2018. Complete details will be available at The remaining viaduct bays and Gilligan Building stalling will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. The line for ALL (remaining viaduct and barn) stalling will start outside of the Jr. Show Office, located on the South side of the Gilligan Building.

JUNIOR SHOW The 2018 Ohio Beef Expo will host

the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Junior Show March 16-18 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Showmanship will be held Saturday, March 17 at noon. The junior show will be Sunday, March 18. 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 show entries must be made online. Participants must register into the system at and enter their cattle information. The online show entry window will open Monday, March 12. For more information regarding the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show contact OCA at 614.873.6736 or by email at

ALL CATTLE MUST HAVE AN EID TAG 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.

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Junior exhibitors should note the stalling procedures have been changed in 2018. There will be a set number of viaduct bays for stalling sold in the Jr. Show online fundraiser on March 6. On Wednesday, March 14, the line for stalling will be outside of the Jr. Show Office in the Gilligan Complex. At this time, the Jr. Show committee will stall the barn, starting at the beginning of the line and moving through until all have been stalled. If there are any remaining viaduct bays after, exhibitors that are in the line may choose to stall in the viaduct or the barn. No cattle or equipment are permitted on the Ohio Expo Center grounds prior to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. This means that no reserving of viaduct bays will be allowed by equipment, bedding, etc. Tents will not be allowed inside the Gilligan building.

is completed through the online show entry and must be completed by the close of check-in on Saturday.

JUNIOR SHOW WELCOME PARTY As the junior show check-in wraps up Friday evening, exhibitors will be welcome to join in the Junior Show Welcome Pizza Party Open to all junior exhibitors, the party will commence at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and run just prior to the fitting demonstration.

CHECK-IN Check-in for the show will be on Friday from. 11a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturday from. 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. All cattle must be entered online, stalled and checked in by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. Please arrive with cattle at least an hour prior to ensure completion of stalling, entries and check-in by 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival at the show all cattle must check-in first, before stalling. Showmanship sign-up

Best of the Buckeye nominations are due:

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There will be a set number of viaduct bays sold on Breeders World Online Sales during the Junior Show Online fundraiser on March 6, 2018. Complete details will be available at

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he Ohio Cattlemen’s Association would like to express its sincerest thanks to all of the volunteers who have been involved in this annual industry event. Each year, dedicated volunteers spend countless hours ensuring the success of the Ohio Beef Expo. In an effort to show the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s sincere appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves over the years, the Ohio Beef Expo planning committee presents the Friend of the Expo award to worthy recipients, who like many others, have contributed to the success of the past 31 years of the Expo.


ativity and is willing to volunteer at every turn to make them successful,” said Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director. Showmanship, the junior show and youth events are Linde’s favorite parts of the Expo. She loves watching the kids and being a part of the tradition. “The Expo is a big deal for a lot of folks, I love seeing the excitement that families have for this event,” Sutherly said. She has noticed several changes to the Expo over the years. The most obvious change to Sutherly is how the Expo has grown in attendance, including the trade show, genetic pathways and sponsorship. Sutherly shared a few of her favorite Expo memories. She recalled in 2002, she won reserve champion crossbred heifer that her family raised, and in 2012 her family sold the champion steer. She also recalled how fun it was to experience the Expo with her son for the first time.


“It’s awesome to see kids get excited to learn about the beef industry. Nancy has executed fun, interactive and highly educational BQA sessions to Ohio’s youth for several years. Her tireless planning and enthusiasm to go above and beyond are what make her such an asset to not only the Expo, but Ohio’s beef industry,” remarks Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Member Services and Youth Programs. Snook’s family participated in the breed show and sale at the first Ohio Beef Expo in 1988. In the early 90s, she was asked to join the junior show committee and helped facilitate the judging contest during her time on the committee. Today, Snook teaches youth BQA at the Expo and has been a mainstay since 2012. When asked about her favorite part of the Expo, Snook answered by saying all aspects. “I like that the trade show and youth activities have grown. With that happening, the breed sales and shows are still the heart of the Expo. It’s neat to see an entire weekend focused on the beef industry,” she said.

PAST FRIENDS OF THE EXPO Linde Sutherly of New Carlisle, Ohio is a rightful recipient of the Friend of the Expo Award. Sutherly grew up on a farm in northeast Ohio. Her family raised club calves and she continues to raise cattle today with her husband, Dave, and son, Austin. Sutherly studied animal science at The Ohio State University and started Linde’s Livestock Photography in 2001. Sutherly has been taking pictures of seedstock shows and sales and the junior show at the Expo since 2014. In addition to the Expo, she photographs OCA’s BEST shows, several exhibitions across the Midwest, the North American International Livestock Exposition and other major livestock events. “Linde is a huge supporter of OCA’s youth programs. In addition to the Expo, she assists OCA year-round with other youth programs and events. She approaches each with great cre26 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

Nancy Snook of Caldwell, Ohio is a very well deserving recipient of this award. Snook grew up on a family farm where she raised registered Angus cattle and was involved with 4-H and FFA – showing at the county and state levels. Now, Snook is a 4-H extension educator in Noble County and serves as one of Ohio’s most dedicated and interactive volunteers, specializing in her youth beef quality assurance (BQA) sessions.

2002: Dave Dailey, Don Lowry, Henry Bergfeld and Jim Rentz 2003: Leslie Milleson and Rod Bauer 2004: Virgil Strickler, Jim Sutherly and Gene Rowe 2005: Tim Sheeley and Dr. Glen Hoffsis 2006: Dean Armstrong and Earl Foreman 2007: Joyce McKee, Jim & Jackie Murray and Curt Hively 2008: Jim & Marlene Campbell and Dr. Earl & Cynthia Arnholt 2009: Keith Moore and Tom Wilcox 2010: Sam Roberts and Laura Sutherly 2011: Alan Halderman and Rex Sullinger 2012: Gale Long, Dave Puthoff and Steve R. Rauch 2013: Doug Conkle, Johnny Regula and Wood County Beef Producers 2014: Ginger Natolis and Sally Puzacke 2015: Jon Becerril, David McElhaney and Sam Sutherly 2016: LouEllen Harr, M.H. Eby and Bill Sexten 2017: Roy White and Dave Russell


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lipping through a thick folder of family history, a lifetime of memories flashes before Bob Boliantz’s eyes. The times he stocked shelves as a child at his grandmother’s small grocery store in Mansfield. The time he rejected his father’s suggestion he go to college, instead opting to continue the family’s meat processing business. The time he persevered and bought a building in 1985 that today houses his own business, E.R. Boliantz Packing in Ashland, which harvests, fabricates and wholesales beef for retail markets, independent meat stores and restaurants. Over the years, Bob has shared a lifetime of lessons with others and worked with local cattle producers to help them develop quality beef. Those efforts earned him the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Industry Excellence Award. Tears welling up in his eyes, Bob said he was overwhelmed to learn he was receiving the award. “Our goal is to provide the best beef possible and we do that the old-fashioned way. We know we can’t compete (with large meat processors) when it comes to efficiency and convenience,” Bob said. “What sets us apart is we dry chill and dry age the beef, which gives it a more flavorful cut.” His company, E.R. Boliantz Packing is also proud to 30 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

be a licensed plant with the Certified Angus Beef program and values an ongoing partnership with the program, whose headquarters is located nearby. Bob has a great relationship with farmers and has worked with them to produce quality cattle that qualify for Ohio Premium Beef, Ohio All Natural Beef or Ohio Certified Angus Beef branded cuts, said Russ Chapman, a longtime friend and retired Cargill employee who now works at Boliantz. “This is a unique operation -- there’s probably not another one like it in the United States,” Russ said of the business, which promotes quality genetics and responsible management practices. “Bob goes out and hand picks quality cattle that’s source verified. You can trace it right back to the farm from the box.” The Frobose family in Wood County trucks its Angus-Simmental cattle two hours away to Boliantz to have them

harvested and dry aged to sell in their butcher shop and grocery store. “Bob’s the best of the best. He’s a great person. He’s real intense about what he does,” Ben Frobose said. Randy Raber of Red Hill Farm relied on Bob’s advice before he bought his restaurant, the Bear’s Den Steakhouse near Cambridge (see story on page 66). “He helped me along when I was first thinking of buying the place. We needed someone to tell us how to make it work with the cuts of meat. Obviously, if you have a steakhouse, you can only get so many steaks out of a steer and there are so many other cuts you can’t use. He’s been helpful. He buys some of the other pieces that we can’t sell

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like chucks and rounds,” said Randy, who is one of 15 farmers profiled on Boliantz’s website. Shortly after opening his business, Bob recognized he needed a marketable brand of beef to draw in and retain customers. He started building a brand with Ohio Proud but since he couldn’t set the criteria of only offering choice or higher cuts of beef, he started looking at other options. Around the same time, Dr. Francis Fluharty, research professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, asked him if he’d be interested in helping farmers learn how to better feed their cattle so their beef would grade higher. “I didn’t come from a feedlot background but I saw that if I could help these guys on their feedlot management that in the end my customer would benefit, I would benefit and we could market their cattle,” Bob said. Francis asked him to get together a group of farmers for a five-week feedlot management class in Ashland County. He was expecting 12-15 producers; 80 showed up. “The thing we had to overcome was if this is all you’ve ever done and all you’ve ever seen, you get set in your ways,” Bob said. “You’ve got to open up to change … that was one of the struggles in going through this but we’ve overcome that a lot now.” Bob said he’s proud of the work he’s done to promote healthy, local herds and effective feedlot management techniques. Today, demand for his business has grown so much that he’s in the process of opening another plant in Mansfield. All the cattle will continue to be harvested at the Ashland facility, and the other plant will focus on custom cuts for customers and provide cold storage space. With his daughter, Jessica, involved in the business and the addition of a second plant, Bob feels he’s in a good place. “You’ve got to have a passion for this. After buying this place, there weren’t a lot of vacations,” he said. “There are very few of us who still do what I do and I wouldn’t do it any other way. It’s all about keeping the integrity and credibility of the company foremost.”v


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

The Rate of Change Recently I heard a speaker make a statement that I believe applies to all of us. It goes something like this: “The rate of change that we are experiencing today will be slower than any other point in the rest of our lives.” This statement is hard to argue with when you look back over the course of time and examine where we are today with societal and technological changes that are impacting our everyday lives. While we all have experienced significant changes over time, we shouldn’t underestimate the amount of change that is on the horizon. These thoughts about change are particularly relevant to today’s beef industry. I doubt that any experienced

cattleman could have anticipated the multitude of changes they have seen over their years as a producer. Think about the changes that you have experienced in your involvement with the beef industry. While we all have seen positive and negative developments, I think we all can agree that the beef industry is not going to stand still and more changes will impact our business. What are some of the areas in the beef industry that are experiencing the greatest change? One area that has seen a significant change is in the area of consumer relations. Today’s consumer is more demanding about the product we are providing them, and we cannot take their expectations for granted.

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They want to know more about how we feed and care for our animals. They want a safe and wholesome product, and they expect us to produce it in a sustainable fashion that protects the environment. The consumer’s taste buds are also changing. Retail demand for beef has been improving over the past several years for a variety of reasons. Your Beef Checkoff dollars have been used to conduct research to improve the quality and safety of beef as well as promote our product to the consumer. While the Checkoff impacts consumer demand, the fact is that the beef industry is providing more branded products that suit the specific needs of the consumer. The meat case at your local grocer may offer choices such as all-natural, hormone-free, grass-fed, and other brands to meet a wide variety of tastes. Today’s consumer appears to be more willing than ever to pay for quality. In 2017, a greater percentage of cattle were harvested for the Certified Angus Beef brand (mid-Choice and higher) than were for the Select grade of beef. There are other people that are expecting consumer’s tastes to continue to evolve. People such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson (Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways), and Leonardo DiCaprio as well as companies such as Cargill are investing in companies that are producing plant-based foods or “fake meat.” The logic beyond these companies is that rather than using animals to convert plants to protein, they can use technology to make food that looks like a hamburger from plants or develop lab-grown meats. The natural reaction of production agriculture might be to dismiss “fake meat” as a fad. After all, it seems pretty hypocritical to me to endorse “fake meat” as a logical use of technology to produce protein while opposing the use of genetically-modified organisms

(GMO’s) as a viable option to increase the quality and quantity of our food supply. However, I believe the livestock industry should closely monitor developments in the area of “fake meats” as a potential threat to our traditional business model. The evaluation and manipulation of genetics is another area of immense change. The use of genetic testing has real benefits for livestock production. Cattlemen today can draw a blood or hair sample from an animal to evaluate the breeding and feeding potential of an animal. Genetic defects can be detected to avoid costly breeding mistakes. Technology advances have also made gene editing a real possibility. Today, we can “fix” animal deficiencies in the laboratory. At the risk of oversimplifying extremely complex procedures, it is possible to remove a variety of genetic disorders or improve

deficiencies in a laboratory setting. One such example is that we can now make horned cattle polled without traditional animal breeding practices. The big question is whether society in general will allow and accept this use of genomics in food production. Another significant change in production agriculture is the fact that it has become much more global in nature. Production and market developments across the globe have a greater impact on American agriculture than ever before. Weather impacts on cattle numbers in Australia, Canada, and Mexico directly impact our beef economy. Corn and soybean yields in South America impact prices U.S. grain farmers receive. Oil production in the Middle East influences energy costs for all aspects of agriculture. The impacts of foreign trade are extremely significant on the beef in-

dustry. Trade can be volatile due trade agreements, currency valuations, and world-wide competition. The current status of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership can have long-term impacts on the beef industry. Total U.S. beef exports have generated over $6 billion in sales in each of the past five years. As the middle class grows across the globe and in SE Asia, there will be an increasing demand for meat protein. I hope the beef industry is positioned to take advantage of these growing markets. These are a few of the areas that may see significant changes that will potentially impact the beef industry for years to come. This discussion reminds me of another quote that is pertinent to this article: “Change is not always progress, but progress is always change.” v

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

Forage, Frostbite and Fescue Foot In January, I had the opportunity to attend the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference with some of our other Ohio Extension Educators. It was a wonderful experience to learn from others and share what we have learned with forage producers and professionals across the country. Two sessions that specifically caught my interest were “Managing Clovers in the 21st Century” and “Understanding and Mitigating Fescue Toxicosis.” Both are struggles for many producers in my region of Ohio. The clover session included a presentation by Dow Agrosciences about a new product they are developing for treating broadleaf weeds in clover stands. It was definitely intriguing and encouraging. Hopefully, in a couple years it will be available on the market. Broadleaf weed control is a challenge for most forage producers. Having more tools in the tool box would certainly be helpful in fixing up pastures. More tools would also be welcomed for understanding and mitigating the impacts of tall fescue on the livestock industry. Although we have known about the endophytic fungus that lives within the plant for half a century, it continues to puzzle livestock and forage managers. Producers in the fescue belt of America have learned to live with it and how to improve management. We have discovered that the concentration of the endophyte changes throughout the growing season. Researchers worked diligently to develop endophyte-free and novel endophyte varieties. Many producers have turned to dilution to be the solution by incorporating more legumes and other grasses into the pasture. However, it is still estimated that effects of Fescue Toxicosis cost the U.S. beef industry alone between $500 million and $1 billion dollars each year. 38 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

Usually we discuss the issues of fescue endophyte in the context of mid-summer management. The endophyte accumulates in seed heads of mature plants and is accentuated in drought conditions. Since many other common grasses go dormant in that situation, fescue may be the only thing left to eat. Symptoms of distress due to the fescue endophyte include: decreased appetite, laziness, overheating, and in severe cases, loss of circulation to body extremities and/or the fetus of a late gestational animal. In the Fescue Toxicosis session at the conference, we were reminded to watch for fescue foot in winter. The decreased circulation that results from the constricted blood vessels in the animal makes them increasingly susceptible to frostbite. Frostbite can easily go unnoticed in snowy and cold situations and could even lead to gangrene. If this occurs, the appendage (foot or tail) could be lost and it is likely the animal will need to be culled. This is usually a problem that starts in summer and carries into winter. In most cases, the concentration of the ergot alkaloids that cause these symptoms is low in dried mixed hay. Even so, this is a condition to scout for during winter. The bitter cold we have experienced

this year in combination with great volumes of snow increases the chances for animals to have frostbite damage. While you work your livestock, be sure to check feet and tails for signs of frostbite. If you do see it, contact your vet ASAP. I hope that no one encounters a fescue foot turned frostbite injury. If you do, take steps to make improvements to your forage supply. There are ways to mitigate the impacts of fescue endophyte on your livestock in all seasons. I am confident that your county extension office would be interested to know and eager to assist you in making crucial decisions about living in harmony with tall fescue. There is still a lot of winter left. I hope Mother Nature will be kind as we venture forward. v

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Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion A Look Back at 2017

The beef checkoff and the Ohio Beef Council’s (OBC) mission is to ‘Engage with Ohio’s producers and consumers to strengthen the demand for beef. In 2017, OBC continued to make strides to improve consumers’ demand and opinion of the beef industry through a vast array of innovative programs. From Virtual Field Trips to Blogging about Beef, the marketing efforts of OBC have helped keep beef at the center of plates in restaurants, homes and cafeterias. View the inserted 2017 Annual Report to see some of the results from a successful year. In addition to highlights of the activities and investments made in Ohio, information from the federation of state beef councils is included in the annual report.

Ohio Stories: Raising Cattle Right

The second installment of the Ohio Beef Producer Image Campaign has officially hit the market and is off and running. The Clark and Hollowell families of Covington, Ohio open up their operations and families to share more about what makes the beef industry important to them. Consumers watching the video will learn

more about animal care and how keeping the end product, beef, on families’ dinner tables, is always top of mind. Building on the first video’s success of over half a million views, this installment has already collected over 600,000 views. The video will continue to be heavily promoted over the next few months. This video series has become part of a larger national effort to reintroduce the modern beef farmer to consumers. Many state beef councils have created similar content to the Ohio Stories series along with the National Cattlelmen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The campaign named ‘Rethink the Ranch” has been well received alongside the relaunch of the iconic Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner slogan. If you haven’t had the chance to view some of these national efforts checkout the campaign, be sure to visit our YouTube channel.

Showing Consumers How Cattlemen Combat Harsh Weather

Each winter brings challenges for people all across the state of Ohio. Simple tasks such as commuting to work, talking out the trash and bringing in the groceries become daunting endeavors for the average person. For farmers the challenges only get more difficult from there. Produced in 2015, the Cattlemen Care video series follows the Rittenhouse family of New Carlisle, Ohio

through spring calving. This ninepart episodic video series captures the struggles of raising cattle in the winter and illustrates the passion that the family has for their cattle. Each episode highlights a different aspect of calving; from preparation to calf care. The video series was re-launched in early January. Cumulatively the videos have been viewed nearly 200,000 times by consumers in 2018 alone. Check out the series on the OBC website, Facebook Page or on YouTube.

Answering Tough Sustainability Questions

The checkoff continues to address tough sustainability questions such as: “If we fed corn to humans instead of cattle, would land use be more sustainable?” One way consumers can learn more about how cattle have a positive impact on the environment is by interacting with new animated infographics. A dozen of the toughest sustainability questions have been addressed with this technology. By utilizing an animated infographic, the topics become easy to follow, and readers can find additional information just one click away. Check out all the infographics here: v

The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, or visit Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman Sam Roberts, South Charleston, Treasurer • Henry Bergfeld, Summitville • Mike Carper, Delaware • Kathy Davis, Perrysville • Dave Felumlee, Newark Randy Hollowell, Covington • Brent Porteus, Coshocton • Allan Robison, Cable • Bev Roe, Hamilton • Neil Siefring, Coldwater Stan Smith, Canal Winchester • Erin Stickel, Bowling Green • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director Expo Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman |41

Ohio Beef Council & Checkoff News Checking in on the Checkoff OBC News

Retiring Operating Committee Members Recognized

Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee Chairman Bev Roe, Hamilton, left, presented a plaque to Bill Sexten, Washington Court House, in appreciation for his years of service as a member of the operating committee for the Ohio Beef Council. Not present, but also recognized was Jim Beattie, Greenwich.

New Appointments Made for Ohio Beef Council The Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee welcomed new and reappointed members at their meeting held in January. New appointments to the board are Mike Carper, Delaware, and Erin Stickel, Bowling Green. Members serving another term are

Henry Bergfeld, Summitville; Bev Roe, Hamilton; and Jamie Graham, Patriot. Pictured from left are Henry Bergfeld, Mike Carper, Erin Stickel, Bev Roe and Jamie Graham.

New Officers Elected for OBC Operating Committee

The officers elected for 2018 from left are Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman; Sam Roberts, South Charleston, Treasurer; and Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman.

Checkoff News

CBB Names Scott Stuart to CEO Position

After an extensive search, the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Scott Stuart of Colorado as the new chief executive officer, effective

February 1, 2018. “The beef industry is very complex,” notes Brett Morris, CBB chairman from Ninnekah, Oklahoma. “Scott has the background and understanding to bring all those pieces together to help producers meet their goal of promoting 42 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

beef and getting the most value from their checkoff dollar”. “Scott is a visionary with a strong ability to be very productive. He is thorough and productive, with an immense amount of enthusiasm for this industry. I am most excited about his cowboy background. He will resonate with farmers and ranchers from all over the country, helping them to better understand the benefits of their beef checkoff investments,” Morris added. Stuart has an extensive background in the livestock industry, including board management and as a contractor to the beef board. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), which comprises several regional livestock marketing cooperatives marketing over 2.5 million cattle annually. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Agriculture Business and completed a law degree at the University of Wyoming. In accepting the position, Stuart said, “My goal is ensuring the administration of the beef checkoff continues to be above reproach, as the producer’s dollar must be invested within all guidelines and to the greatest benefit to the industry. In addition, it is my goal to work hard to assist leadership and contractors in achieving the goals of the beef industry’s Long Range Plan.” “Scott has taken our organization to places it would never have gone without his leadership,” says Gary Smith, current chairman of NLPA. “I am sure he can, and will, do the same for Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The thing that comforts me is knowing Scott will still be working on the side of livestock producers, helping to promote the industry and making it better. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity,” Smith added. v

Launched in 2017, the Ohio Stories video series has gathered nearly 1,000,000 views across social media platforms.




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Breed News

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Angus Achievements Millikan Sisters Earn Junior Bronze Awards

Sarah and Hannah Millikan, daughters of Scott and Suzanne Millikan, Napoleon, Ohio, have earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze award, according to Jaclyn Clark, education and events director of the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. Sarah, 15, attends Patrick Henry High School and is a member of the NJAA and the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she has served as reporter. Hannah, 10, attends Patrick Henry Middle School and is a member of the NJAA and the Ohio Junior Angus Association, where she has served as awards chairman. The Bronze award is the first level of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus

breeders must apply for the award, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

Ohio Exhibitor Succeeds in Denver

The 2018 National Western Stock Show took place in Denver, Colorado Jan. 6-21. Cade Stertzbach, Louisville, Ohio, earned the title of Champion Early Spring Heifer Calf with CC SCH Ellie’s Girl 734.

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The Open Charolais Show took place on Jan. 14 in Denver, Colorado. Jared Boyert, Seville, Ohio won Grand Champion Charolais Bull with TR Mr Outkast 6605D. First, he won Champion Junior Bull.

Chianina Conquests Ohio Exhibitor claims title in Denver

Winegardner Show Cattle, Lima, Ohio, had a successful open Chianina show on Jan. 15. They won Reserve Champion ChiAngus Bull with BMW Mr. Classic 421E ET.

BMW Mr. Classic 421E ET won reserve champion ChiAngus bull at the 2018 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Gelbvieh Gatherings OCA Member Succeeds at NWSS

The National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show took place at the National Western Stock Show on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Judge Randy Mullinix, Toulon, Illinois, evaluated the 42 Gelbvieh females, 36 Gelbvieh bulls, 78 Balancer females and 30 Balancer bulls. Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana owned the grand champion Gelbvieh bull. GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D is the Jan. 27, 2016, son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z and was first named Gelbvieh champion junior bull. Griffiths also owned the grand champion Balancer bull, GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D. He first claimed the junior bull division. In the Balancer show, Griffiths exhibited, GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D, selected as the Balancer Champion Intermediate Heifer and GGGE 3G Extra Money 709E, selected as the Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf.

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Breed News

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Hereford Happenings

“The Bald-Faced Truth About Hereford Genetics” Highlighted at the Cattle Industry Convention

During an AHA hosted event at the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

(NCBA) Trade Show on Feb. 1, AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward, AHA Director of Breed Improvement Shane Bedwell and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) Operating Officer Amari Seiferman shared how Hereford genetics can maximize the value of the commercial herd by leveraging traits


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such as fertility, feed efficiency, docility and feedlot profitability. The AHA launched its first updated expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) genetic evaluation software on Dec. 4. Unique to the industry, this evaluation is fully supported by the Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. “Along with this genetic evaluation we released two new traits - Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI),” Bedwell said. “With Whole Herd TPR, we were able to develop SCF which is a longevity and fertility trait blended together. DMI is an economically relevant trait on the cost side for feeding cattle. Both are big components of our updated profit indexes which include Baldy Maternal Index (BMI$), Brahman Influence Index (BII$) and Certified Hereford Beef Index (CHB$).” The cheapest and most profitable technology available to cattle producers is heterosis. The Circle A Ranch and Harris Ranch research projects both documented calves sired by Hereford bulls have a $30 per head advantage in feedlot profitability, and females have a maternal advantage of 7% higher pregnancy rates when comparing the Hereford-sired females to Angus-sired females. Data from Circle A also proves a net income of $51 more per cow per year and a significantly higher selling price for bred heifers.

Certified Hereford Beef

The CHB brand continues the tradition of marketing and promoting the Hereford breed’s superior genetics through a specification and quality-based branded beef program established over two decades ago. In 2017, The introduction of CHB® Premium, a top Choice and Prime program, solidified the CHB brand’s position in a competitive marketplace. The CHB brand continues to position the program to increase market share and lead the industry with a premium brand of beef backed by Hereford genetics.

Health Savings Accounts: Are They Just What the Doctor Ordered? By Patrick Saunders, Financial Consultant

Are health insurance premiums taking too big of a bite out of your budget? Do you wish you had better control over how you spend your health-care dollars?If so, you may be interested in an alternative to traditional health insurance called a health savings account (HSA).

How does this health-care option work?

An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that’s paired with a highdeductible health plan (HDHP). Let’s look at how an HSA works with an HDHP to enable you to cover your current health-care costs and also save for your future needs. Before opening an HSA, you must first enroll in an HDHP, either on your own or through your employer. An HDHP is “catastrophic” health coverage that pays benefits only after you’ve satisfied a high annual deductible. (Some preventative care, such as routine physicals, may be covered without being subject to the deductible). For 2017, the annual deductible for an HSA-qualified HDHP must be at least $1,300 for individual coverage and $2,600 for family coverage. However, your deductible may be higher, depending on the plan. Once you’ve satisfied your deductible, the HDHP will provide comprehensive coverage for your medical expenses (though you may continue to owe co-payments or coinsurance costs until you reach your plan’s annual out-of-pocket limit). A qualifying HDHP must

limit annual out-of-pocket expenses (including the deductible) to no more than $6,550 for individual coverage and $13,100 for family coverage for 2017. Once this limit is reached, the HDHP will cover 100% of your costs, as outlined in your policy. Because you’re shouldering a greater portion of your health-care costs, you’ll usually pay a much lower premium for an HDHP than for traditional health insurance, allowing you to contribute the premium dollars you’re saving to your HSA. Your employer may also contribute to your HSA, or pay part of your DHP premium. Then, when you need medical care, you can withdraw HSA funds to cover your expenses, or opt to pay your costs out-of-pocket if you want to save your account funds. An HSA can be a powerful savings tool. Because there’s no “use it or lose it” provision, funds roll over from year to year. And the account is yours, so you can keep it even if you change employers or lose your job. If your health expenses are relatively low, you may be able to build up a significant balance in your HSA over time. You can even let your money grow until retirement, when your health expenses are likely to be substantial. However, HSAs aren’t foolproof. If you have relatively high health expenses (especially within the first year or two of opening your account, before you’ve built up a balance), you could deplete your HSA or even face a shortfall.

How can an HSA help you save on taxes?

• You may be able to make pretax contributions via payroll deduction through your employer, reducing your current income tax. • If you make contributions on your own using after-tax dollars, they’re deductible from your federal income tax (and perhaps from your state income tax) whether you itemize or not. You can also deduct contributions made on your behalf by family members. • Contributions to your HSA, and any interest or earnings, grow tax deferred. • Contributions and any earnings you withdraw will be tax free if they’re used to pay qualified medical expenses. Consult a tax professional if you have questions about the tax advantages offered by an HSA.

Can anyone open an HSA?

Any individual with qualifying HDHP coverage can open an HSA. However, you won’t be eligible to open an HSA if you’re already covered by another health plan (although some specialized health plans are exempt from this provision). You’re also out of luck if you’re 65 and enrolled in Medicare or if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.

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Breed News

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Beef Breed Associations Partner to Release “Premium Red Baldy” Program

Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red

Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the “Premium Red Baldy” program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females.

RAAA Announces the New Premium Red Baldy Initiative

Premium Red Baldy is a tagging program designed to take advantage of hybrid vigor by maximizing the best traits of both breeds and providing commercial producers with premium replacement females. This program, targeting only heifers, will generate females for the commercial producer by emphasizing longevity, fertility, adaptability and efficiency. This partnership of powerhouse breeds promises to elevate the best genetics from each, and will build better F1 females to further the beef industry. To take advantage of the program, producers must verify that eligible females are sired by AHA or RAAA registered and transferred bulls. The bulls must also rank in the top 50 percent of their respective breed for AHA’s Baldy Maternal Index (BMI$) or RAAA’s Herdbuilder Index (HB). Targeted breed percentages will range from 25 - 75 percent for both breeds, with the balance being the alternate breed.

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The American Hereford Association recently opened for business at its new headquarters location, 11500 N.W. Ambassador Dr., Suite. 410, Kansas City, MO 64153, in the Kansas City Northland. The mailing address for the new location is P.O. Box 901570, Kansas City, MO 64190. AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward said, “The Hereford breed has strong ties with Kansas City. From our new location, the AHA will continue to provide exceptional service to Hereford breeders across the U.S.”

Limousin Leaders

Ohio Junior Succeeds in Limousin Show at NWSS

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On Jan. 9, the National Western Stock Show hosted their Open and Junior Limousin Show. Erin Dilger-Lawrence, Hebron,

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On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM

Old Bulls If our wives had picked their husbands    with the care we buy a bull             There’d be a lot more bachelors on the street. We’d be bucked up in the willers     with the other mossy horns             Just waitin’ for a straggler still in heat.   They would check us all as yearlin’s     on the lookout for bad eyes             And notice how we traveled in the rocks But thank goodness we weren’t cattle     ‘cause a lot of us sneaked by             Nearsighted, deaf and showin’ sickle hocks.   If they’d marched us through the sale ring     as she sat there in the crowd             And studied us and read our pedigree Could she see we might get paunchy     and the highest grade we got             In heifer satisfaction was a ‘C’?   Would it make her any difference     if she knew we’d lose our teeth             And slough our hair and let our toes grow long? Would her herd sire valuation     be affected by the fact             When we were born they used a come-along?   And our famed yearlin’ libido     she’d observed when we were young             A’crackin’ horns and tearin’ up the ground Now occurred about as often     as a paid bank holiday.             Could she know then we’d all wind up unsound?   ‘Course, we tell ourselves she’s lucky     to have had a private bull             For all these years, through all the ups and downs But, down deep each cowman’s thankful     that he curled his lip just right             Before she had more time to shop around. v 

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Breed News

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Ohio, earned the title of Reserve Grand Champion Limousin Heifer with TASF Dignity 035D in the junior show and in the open show, the pair won Grand Champion Limousin Female. She first won Champion Yearling Heifer.

TASF Dignity 035D won grand champion Limousin female at the 2018 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Maine-Anjou Moments

Success at NWSS for Schaub

Ohio junior, Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio, earned several titles at the Maine-Anjou Show on Jan. 14 in Denver, Colorado. After claiming Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer, she exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Heifer, TJSC Lucky Lady 85D. In the open show she won Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female with TJSC Lucky Lady 85D. Schaub also won Reserve Champion MaineTainer Junior Heifer with TJSC Lucky Lady 81E.

TJSC Lucky Lady 85D won grand champion Maine-Anjou female at the 2018 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Shorthorn Success Several Ohioans Recognized at Association Awards Banquet

The American Shorthorn Association Awards Banquet was initiated by the ASA board of directors in conjunction with the annual meeting to recognize remarkable breeders and exceptional animals within the Shorthorn breed. The following Shorthorn breeders from the state of Ohio were recognized at the awards banquet. Century Club Awards for 2016-2017 were presented to Byland with 138 animals registered and Paint Valley Farms with 111 animals registered. Performance Awards for 2016 went to Byland with a total of seven performance animals, Hively’s Highland Farms, LTD with five performance animals, Paint Valley Farms with three performance animals, Megan Miller with two performance animals, Turner 52 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

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J&L Cattle Services Diversity key to the success of J&L Cattle Services

Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves


uctioneer Dale Stith peers out at the crowd that’s eager for the Hereford cattle sale to start. Before the first cow enters the auction pen, he shares a few words about Lou Ellen Harr, who runs J&L Cattle Services along with her husband, Jeff, and their daughter Keayla. “Lou (Ellen) is one of the most hard-working, humblest and kindest persons you’ll ever meet,” he tells the crowd as he looks over his shoulder at Lou Ellen. Nearby Keayla smiles in acknowledgement and many in the crowd nod in agreement. Hundreds have gathered this cold October day (some from as far away as Nebraska and Ontario, Canada) to attend the J&L Cattle Services and Guests Sale that the Harr family hosts every other year on their Ashland County farm. Later when Lou Ellen describes her reaction to Stith’s words, she laughs, recalling her daughter’s words: “Mom’s head is gonna get really big.” But then Lou Ellen is quick to point out that her husband and daughter should get a share of the credit for helping run the farm in Jeromesville. While it’s called J&L Cattle, the ampersand could easily be replaced with the letter K for 21-year-old Keayla who has been working with cattle for almost as long 54 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

as she could walk. “It was tough sitting up there and trying to maintain your composure when you see all those people who braved nasty weather to come out to the sale,” Lou Ellen said. “It’s been really hard work doing what we do over the years but it’s also really rewarding.” The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association recently honored the Harrs with its 2018 Seedstock Producer of the Year award. The family raises 80 mature purebred Hereford cows and calves out about 70 in the spring and a dozen in the fall. For the past few years, they’ve custom raised heifers for purebred operations in Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. The Harrs also feed out more than two dozen of their own steer calves each year and sell bulls through private treaty or during the Ohio Beef Expo. Lou Ellen has attended the expo since 1989 and two years ago was honored with its “Friends of the Expo” award. “Anytime you’re selected to receive an award that’s peer selected, it’s quite an honor,” Jeff said. “We’ve got a real love and passion for agriculture. In this industry, you’ve got to love what you do. We’re always eager to get out the door and get started. We don’t come

home grumbling about our jobs.” Lou Ellen has worked with Herefords her entire life. She grew up in Missouri on a registered polled Hereford operation and later worked at one in Virginia. At the suggestion of friends, she applied for a management position at Big T Ranch in Jeromesville where she was in charge of its show and sale cattle and developing heifers. She and Jeff, who grew up on a small beef farm in northeastern Ohio, married in 1993 and three years later found themselves at a crossroads. Big T was being dispersed and they were going to lose not only their jobs but home. With the help of friends, they successful bid on 100 acres of Big T Ranch and the farmhouse they’d been living in. Shortly after that, Conrad Stitzlein of Mohican Polled Herefords approached the couple about working together. Today the two families continue to have a close business relationship with Mohican providing cattle at J&L’s production sale and the Harrs consigning and helping run Mohican’s sale. Having a diverse operation has been key to the success of J&L Cattle. “Whatever it takes to make a buck to stay alive” is how Jeff describes the different things the family has done over the years with cattle. That’s

included raising their own competitive seedstock for shows nationwide, managing clients’ donor cows, running a custom fitting business at large cattle shows, helping run production sales and acting as a broker. With Keayla currently attending Kansas State University where she’s a junior majoring in animal sciences, Jeff and Lou Ellen have started concentrating more on the custom management of cattle. The heifers are brought to them after weaning, and the Harrs feed and develop them, gathering ultrasound data, doing artificial insemination and sending them back home as bred heifers in the spring. “All the time people call us and want us to manage their heifers but honestly we’ve run out of space,” Keayla said. Their custom feeding operation is so successful because “we treat them like they’re our own,” Lou Ellen said. “You’ve got to find your niche in agriculture and that’s our niche -custom managing cattle. You get paid monthly to do that and it’s nice having that check every month. With beef cows, you only get paid once a year,” she laughed. The recent addition of a TMR mixer has helped the family better utilize its silage and hay and get more growth out of the heifers. The Harrs grow corn and hay on 350 acres for their operation, which is spread out over the 100 acres they own and additional acreage they rent. Keayla said that while there is always room for improvement, she feels the genetic makeup of their cattle is strong. Over the past few years, they been collecting carcass data and doing genetic testing.

“I feel we’ve made a lot of improvements phenotypically. We’re always looking to make use of technology like genomics to further our cow herd and genetic base,” she said. “We’re a whole lot better at breeding and stick to bulls that are proven and can meet our demands. We don’t want to chase trends. We like to look at our cows, and they need to be pretty to look at but they need to bring in a calf and calve on time. We want to make sure we’re still relevant and current in the next 30-40 years down the road,” said Keayla who aspires to return to the farm and run it. She’s already identified several future goals for the farm: to increase the size of its purebred herd, offer a production sale every year, expand its embryo transfer program and purchase more land to make all this happen. Keayla, who received an associate’s degree in animal science at Casper College in Wyoming before starting at Kansas State, is considering eventually pursuing a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition. At Kansas State, she’s on the meat judging team and was thrilled that her team won the collegiate meat judging contest at the National Western Stock Show. This winter she was an intern at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention and will be interning at Suther Feeds this summer in Kansas. She believes these experiences will help broaden her understanding of the cattle industry. “The cattle business is first and foremost a people business and it’s always exciting to meet and work

with people in this business,” Keayla said. “We couldn’t do this with just the three of us. We feel so fortunate that there are so many people who are there who have helped us make our mark in the industry.” For Jeff and Lou Ellen, they’re proud of the work they’ve put into their farm and that their daughter wants to return. “She’s got a passion for it. She cut her teeth on it and learned how to walk in a barn. She probably needs to work for someone else for awhile before she comes back. It helps broaden your experience and makes you appreciate more what you have when you work for someone else,” Lou Ellen said. “It makes us feel good that she wants to come back. You hate to work this hard and not pass it on down. We hope it works out for her and if it doesn’t, we understand that, too.” Keayla spoke at length about the ups and downs of the family farm, saying she had a lot of respect for her parents. “I feel no one is more deserving (of their success) than them,” she said. “They’re basically first generation farmers who’ve built it all themselves because it wasn’t handed down to them. That’s impressive.” v

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Attitude is the power to stay positive despite the circumstances, so the way you approach your next big show can have a powerful effect on the results you will see. Remain positive, optimistic and hopeful, and your attitude will be contagious to those around you. Having a negative attitude will make your show day more difficult, a lot less fulfilling, and people may choose to avoid you. Things don’t always go as planned with your livestock projects and you may not always win. How you react and handle these tough situations shows a lot about your character and the effect you have on others. After all, you learn just as much from losing as you do from winning.

DON’T BLAME OTHERS: When things don’t go your way in the ring, it’s easy to blame others or make excuses. Doing this causes you lose control of the situation and the ability to choose a positive attitude.

MAKE A CHOICE: You can choose to be positive or choose to be negative. When you accept responsibility for your attitude, you can see every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.


BE IN CONTROL: Do you know someone who

YOU DOWN: You work long and hard getting your animals ready for show day, and it can be exhausting. Allow yourself time to rest and relax so your positive attitude isn’t wiped out.

CONTRIBUTE TO OTHERS: Next time you see someone upset after a class, try to encourage and compliment that person. You will make the day a little brighter for both of you.


always has a poor attitude, blames others or plays the victim? Do you enjoy being around that person? You control the effect others have on you.

Practice makes permanent. When you practice choosing a good attitude, controlling your environment and encouraging others, you’ll find being positive is much easier.


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OCA News OCA Welcomes Spring Interns Madeline Bauer, Willard, Ohio

Madeline Bauer is serving as the 2018 Youth Activities Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). She is the daughter of Steve and Michelle Bauer of Willard, Ohio, where she grew up on a grain farm and showed market beef and sheep through 4-H. Bauer is expected to graduate in Spring 2019 from The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agricultural communications and minoring in production agriculture. Her main responsibilities for the duration of her internship include coordinating the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show, including fundraising and show management. She will also assist with the Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) Program by attending shows and will help coordinate the program. “I am very excited to immerse myself into the beef industry and learn from industry professionals. I am eager to gain more knowledge about the beef industry and learn skills that I will be able to use to pursue a career within the industry.”

Hannah Johnson, Jenera, Ohio

Hannah Johnson is serving as the 2018 Industry Relations/ Public Relations Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). She is the daughter of Rick and Anna Johnson of Jenera, Ohio, where she grew up showing beef cattle, goats and hogs. Johnson’s estimated graduation date is Spring 2019 from The Ohio State University, where she 58 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

is majoring in Strategic Communications and Fashion and Retail Studies. Her main responsibilities for the duration of her internship include assisting with the preparation and implementation of the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show. She will also be responsible for assisting with event photography and writing press releases for the Expo and the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. “I’m eager to gain experience with public relations in a field that I am passionate about. I really want to get back into the industry and be a creative and helpful mind on the team.”

Cole Krawczyk, Richwood, Ohio

Cole Krawczyk is serving as the 2018 Beef Improvement Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). He is the son of Mike and Jennifer Krawczyk of Richwood, Ohio, where he grew up being actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Krawczyk’s estimated graduation date is Spring 2018 from The Ohio State University where he is majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. His main responsibilities for the duration of his internship include assisting with the Ohio Beef Expo’s breed shows and sales. He will also work with the OSU Extension Beef Team to execute advanced winter educational programs such as Beef 510. “I am most excited to learn more about the beef industry and all the opportunities it has to offer.”

Rachel Garrison, Mount Sterling

Rachel Garrison is serving as the 2018 Member Services Intern for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA).

She is the daughter of Greg and Jodi Garrison of Mount Sterling, Ohio, where she grew up showing Simmental cattle. Garrison’s estimated graduation date is Spring 2018 from The Ohio State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications and minoring in Animal Sciences. Her main responsibilities for the duration of her internship include coordinating OCA’s membership campaign, including the Young Cattlemen’s Membership, and working with the County Cattlemen’s organizations during the county recruitment contest. She will also help coordinate the Genetic Pathway and Membership Booth areas at the Ohio Beef Expo. “I’m looking forward to helping develop OCA membership campaigns and working with all the county cattlemen organizations as they develop different ways to recruit new members.” v

LOOKING FOR A GREAT OPPORTUNITIY? Fall semester internship application deadline:

July 1 To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to: Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Attn: Internship 10600 US Highway 42 Marysville, OH 43040

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Breed News

Continued from page 52 Featuring our members’ success at local, state and national shows

Shorthorns with one performance animal, RP Farms has one performance animal, and Whitney Miller with one performance animal. Show Awards went to Northeast Regional Winners. The Northeast Region Shorthorn Female of the Year went to Kinley Kreis with SULL Dream Lady 5445C ET. The Northeast Region Runner-Up Shorthorn Female of the Year went to Kathy Lehman with SULL Cherri Moon 5993C ET. The Northeast Region Shorthorn Bull of the Year went to Turner Shorthorns with TRNR Brillance 106. The Northeast Region Runner-Up Shorthorn Bull of the Year went to Key Ridge Shorthorn Farm with Key Ridge Tace 418. The Northeast Region ShorthornPlus Female of the Year went to Abbie Collins with SULL Demi’s Style 5369ET. Also, the Southeast Region Shorthorn bull of the Year went to Cedar Lane Farm with CLF Fooln’ Around 1401 ET. The ASA is proud to have such a strong membership of Shorthorn breeders represented by Ohio.

Ohio Exhibitors Succeed at National Western Stock Show

The Open and Junior Shorthorn show was on Jan. 14 in Denver, Colorado. In the open show, Leroy Miller, Millersburg, Ohio, earned the title of Reserve Champion Early Spring Bull Calf with PVF FLYWHEEL 31E. Christy Campbell, RC Show Cattle, Eaton, Ohio, won Reserve Grand Champion ShorthornPlus Bull with RC Proud Freckles 602. The pair first won Champion Junior Bull. Also, Ron Rutan of RC Show Cattle was awarded the 2018 Lawrence Grathwohl Memorial Shorthorn Herdsman of the Year Award sponsored by the Shorthorn Foundation. Many Ohio juniors traveled to Denver to exhibit at NWSS. During the ShorthornPlus show, Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, won Reserve Champion Senior Heifer with SULL Lady Crystal 6054D. Sara Britton, Custar, Ohio, won Champion Late Spring Heifer Calf with GCC Premium Revival 934 ET. In the 60 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

open show, the duo was selected as Reserve Champion Late Spring Heifer Calf. Collin Britton, Custar, Ohio, won Champion Senior Heifer Calf with GCC Homecoming Queen 69 ET. In the open show, the pair earned the title of Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf. Tanner Cordes, Farmersville, Ohio, won Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf with ELEANOR and Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio, won Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf with A&D DAMN STOUT ET.

Simmental Solutions

Ohio has much success during NWSS Simmental Show

The National Western Stock Show hosted the Open and Junior Simmental Show on Jan. 16-17. Several Ohio juniors gathered in Denver, Colorado to exhibit. Meghan Reed, Lindsey, Ohio, won Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer with TJSC SO SWEET 124D in both the open and junior Purebred Simmental show. First, she won Late Junior Yearling Heifer.

Show Cattle also won Champion Spring Bull Calf with TJSC King of Diamonds 165E and won Reserve Champion Percentage Spring Heifer Calf with TJSC Cinderella 72E. v

TJSC Hammer Time 35D won reserve champion purebred Simmental bull at the 2018 National Western Stock Show.

Breeder and Exhibitor Nomination Forms Due March 1, 2018 Download the Best of the Buckeye logo from to use in sale promotions and to share show ring successes.

ARE YOU TAGGED FOR GREATNESS? Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation License Plate Program

TJSC SO SWEET 124D won grand champion purebred Simmental female at the 2018 National Western Stock Show.

In the open show, Samantha VanVorhis, Bowling Green, Ohio, won Champion Spring Heifer Calf with TJSC So Sweet 121E. Allison Herr, Metamora, Ohio, won Champion Summer Yearling Heifer with TSC SO SWEET 123D. In the open show Herr won Champion Intermediate Heifer. Troy Jones – Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio, won Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Simmental Bull with TJSC Hammer Time 35D. He first won Champion Yearling Bull. Jones

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

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Celebrity Showdown BEST program youth raise money to benefit Make-A-Wish children


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 Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana®. The event, in its sixth year, was held on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The Clark County Cattle Producers, an OCA County Affiliate, 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, Adam Garman, a farmer and comedian from Ross County. Through donations from family, friends, the community and members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, youth participating in the Celebrity Showdown raised nearly $9,000. Additionally, a silent auction was held with numerous

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items selling to generous supporters that raised an additional $4,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In total, the event raised $13,127 of the $16,000 goal to help grant the wishes of local children with critical illnesses. Over the past six years, participants and supporters have raised more than $80,000 for Make-A-Wish. Support from events like the Celebrity Showdown, help transform the lives of children, their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals and entire communities. Incentive prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers at the OCA BEST Program Awards Banquet on May 5, 2018. Donations to Make-A-Wish will continue to be accepted after the Celebrity Showdown until the BEST Banquet. The BEST Celebrity Showdown at the Clark County Cattle Battle is a part

of the Kids For Wish Kids® program. It gives students the opportunity to help make wishes come true. Students develop fundraising ideas under the supervision of a teacher, principal or club advisor and help share the power of a wish®. About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana: Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. There are currently over 300 children in central Ohio awaiting their wish. For more details on how to get engaged with the chapter, please visit www.oki.wish. org or follow them on social media @ makeawishohkyin. v

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Beef Briefs

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In Memoriam

CYNTHIA (CINDY) WILSON, 66, of New Concord, Ohio, passed away in her home on December 9, 2017, following a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s. She, and her husband, Gary, have been long time beef producers on the family farm near Zanesville and active leaders with the Ohio Cattleman’s Association. Wilson’s professional career in accounting spanned several years and different firms. She is survived by her husband who was the Manager of The Ohio State University Don Scott Beef Unit for many years. He subsequently joined the staff of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, she is survived by their son, Josh (Christy) Wilson, her grandchildren, Payton, Brooklyn, and Evelyn, and several other family members. Donations may be made to the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology, care of the Office of Medical Center Development, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112. DALE SHAWK, 57, of Bucyrus, Ohio passed away December 11, 2017 at his farm from injuries sustained in a work accident. He was born in Bucyrus in 1960. He grew up on the family farm and was active in 4-H and FFA as a youth and supported both organizations throughout his life as a parent, advisor and livestock judge. He married Victoria Jo Linn in 1990. Shawk loved his Lord, family, and farm. He enjoyed helping his sons with their 4-H projects and was quite the handyman, keeping his home and farm in good working order. He was associated with several groups over the years including the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Soybean Association, Soil & Water District, and Ohio Farm Bureau. NANCY HOOVLER, 61, passed away on January 23, 2018 at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima. She was born in 1956 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She married Robert Hoovler in 1983. Hoovler was a member of The Owl 64 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

Creek Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, the American Simmental Association, the Ohio Simmental Association, the Ohio Cattleman’s Association and the Hardin County Cattle Producers. She had a passion for cattle, her family, and her dog Brutus. Hoovler attended Central Ohio Tech College where she received her associate degree in secretarial science. Donations may be made to St. Rita’s Development Fund-Little Miracle Fund, 730 W. High Street, Lima, Ohio 45805 in her honor.

CattleFax Predicts Large Supply and Strong Demand in 2018

CattleFax celebrated its 50th anniversary during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good highlighted the industry’s profitability during 2017 and said the trend looks to continue into 2018. CattleFax analysts told the audience U.S beef cow inventory increased 2.8 million head in four years, and an additional 200,000-400,000 head are expected to be added to the herd over the next few years. Good said there are growing supplies of protein coming to market during the year ahead, including large supplies of competing proteins, which will weigh on all beef prices. “We have a bigger supply of all proteins ahead in 2018. For the past year we were very fortunate to have solid export volume,” said Good. “We are forecasting trade to increase yearover-year in 2018, but still, the rate of production is out-pacing the rate of exports.” Although beef production is expected

to increase to 27.5 billion pounds during 2018, Good said current consumer demand is expected to remain good and potentially increase as retail prices moderate. He said CattleFax is predicting beef to remain a strong competitor against other proteins. “Demand is robust on all fronts. Domestically, retail demand is increasing and beef is being featured more in the consumer markets,” said Good. “The retail and foodservice industries are doing very well and the solid economy in the United States is one of the main drivers as unemployment rates continue to decline and per capita income rises.” Good said even though beef demand is high, leverage will continue to be a challenge for the feedlot and packing segments as shackle space becomes increasingly constrained by rising slaughter rates. With the growth in production, Good said he anticipates lower, but still profitable price levels for the cow-calf segment, while feeders and backgrounders will see their margins narrow. Input costs are expected to remain manageable, with grain prices expected to remain steady. According to CattleFax, yields will drive corn prices in 2018-19 marketing year with no significant changes anticipated in acreage or demand. Futures corn prices are projected to range from $3.25 to $3.95 per bushel as supplies remain adequate. With more livestock to feed in 2018 and the smallest acreage on record in 2017, CattleFax predicts hay prices will increase $10-$15 per ton with additional weather-related price risks. v

Letters to the Editor


Continued on page 72 1951

Dear Mr. Foster, Thank you so much for providing me with the scholarship to fund part of my education. I am currently a second year student at The Ohio State University studying Agricultural Communications. The cattle industry has always been a huge interest of mine. Thank you again!



66 Years


... for superior performance

Sincerely, Meredith Oglesby Dear Mr. Foster, I am honored to be a recipient of the Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship. Thanks to your help I have the opportunity to further my education and pursue my dreams. The Ohio Cattlemen’s generous scholarship award will help me to achieve dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at The Ohio State University. This degree will then set the foundation for either veterinary medicine or medical school at The Ohio State University, where I hope to later work on prosthetics for animals and people. Once again, thank you for choosing me for the Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship. I am fully committed to my education and this scholarship brings me one step closer. Sincerely, Josh Dickson Dear Mr. Foster and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation: I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the Ohio Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support. My goals and ambitions include completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics at The Ohio State University. Eventually, I will work towards my Master’s and Doctorate in Embryology. You have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to pursue service learning and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help student achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Sincerely, Garrett R. Stanfield

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Red Hill Farm From farm to plate - the Rabers do it all

Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves


andy Raber and his sons breeze into the Bear’s Den Steakhouse, waving to lunchtime regulars of the restaurant located just east of Cambridge. As the waitress goes over the daily specials, Randy weighs in with his recommendation. “Try the steak sandwich. I know where the cow came from,” he laughs. Indeed he does -- the steak came from a cow raised at his Red Hill Farm just a few miles away. Later executive chef Steve Wagner shows off a thick, nicely marbled cut of Wagyu steak, which is offered on the weekends or special occasions. “We try to educate people about our beef and where it’s raised. It’s very well received. We let the beef speak for itself and only use salt and pepper. You can’t get much more local than this,” Steve said. Before buying the restaurant in 2009, the Rabers had sold custom meats to restaurants and grocery stores in the Cleveland area, two hours away. When the Bear’s Den went out of business, they recognized the perfect opportunity to “bring home” their meat. It was the perfect way to capitalize on the family’s growing beef herd while supporting fellow farmers and businesses that sell their products at the restaurant located 66 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

near the busy intersection of Interstates 77 and 70. “I always wanted a niche market so we weren’t just a commodity. It made sense,” Randy said. The original plan, however, was to grow the dairy side of the family’s farm, which Randy’s father had started in the 1980s. After graduating from Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute, Randy decided to add a cow-calf herd to take advantage of the family’s pasture land. As the

size of the beef herd grew, so did the family’s indecision about how to best utilize the dairy side of the operation. “When we were milking cows, we had the intention of selling the milk ourselves or selling it for ice cream, but it never got off the ground. This was the next best fit, to be able to market it clear through … from the cows being born on the farm to ending up on the plate,” Randy said. Today, the Rabers have a 720-head commercial Angus crossbred cow-calf

operation. The farm is managed by a trust fund that oversees the family’s operations, which include beef cattle, grain crops, restaurants and hunting cabins. Randy runs the trust, while son Nathan manages the cattle feedlot and son Jonathon focuses on crops and maintenance. Located in Guernsey County, Red Hill Farm is smack in the middle of heavy oil and natural gas exploration by companies using newer technology to draw out the natural resources. “The natural gas and oil proceeds have helped us to grow,” Randy said. “We’re investing a lot of money back into the farm so it’s more financially sound for us (and allows us) to be more sustainable in the future.” Sustainability and conservation have long been important to the Rabers, and in 2013 they were honored with the state’s Conservation Farm Family award. Managing the cow-calf herd is herdsman Kyle Bunn who has worked there since December 2016. As he described his duties on the farm one fall day, his truck crested a hill and he pulled over. He wanted to share a view of his office -- all 10,000 acres of it. As far as the eye could see were the pastures and wooded lots of Red Hill Farm. “It’s just beautiful watching the cows out there. It makes you forget the rough days -- the nasty mud you get in Ohio or the wet winters when it’s really hard and terrible on you. It’s awesome when it comes spring and you see those calves out there walking on lush green grass, belly deep in it. And when fall comes and you’re weaning calves and shipping them, it’s a circle of life that never ends and it’s full of never-ending surprises as well,” he said. “A lot of people work in a cubicle but my office is 10,000 acres and that’s pretty neat.”   Kyle starts the cattle on pasture before sending them to the Rabers’ feedlot. From there they typically end up at the family’s two restaurants, the Bear’s Den and 360 Burger, or Maine-based Pineland Farms where the Rabers receive a premium for following an all natural program. “One thing that separates us from the average producer is that we feed out all our calves and don’t buy any,” Kyle said. Some of the cattle are backgrounded, which helps the family’s restaurants

meet supply and demand needs and avoid freezing the beef except for hamburgers. “We go through five head a week for the restaurants and since we can’t have them ready at all the same time, we have to hold them back a little bit and that’s why backgrounding is so important for us,” Kyle said. “We can hold the cattle back to put more frame and muscle on them without them getting fat before going into the feedlot for their final stages of being finished out.” While in college, Kyle had an internship in Montana, where he worked with the Stabilizer breed, a multi-breed composite developed by Leachman Cattle Co. in Colorado. He was happy to discover the Rabers have been buying Stabilizer bulls for more than 10 years. “I really enjoy their cattle a lot. They work really well for us,” he said. Kyle also works with Wagyu bulls, which are bred to select commercial cows to create premium steaks for the Bear’s Den. Red Hill Farm is looking into setting up another feedlot in the next year or so and continue to grow its commercial

cattle operation. While he said that at times he feels like he’s constantly on the move, Randy said he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s rewarding what I do,” he said. “I grew up on a farm and it’s a good thing to be involved with. You’re always doing different things every day and it can be stressful, but at the same time it’s fun.” v

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Beef Briefs Drought conditions have been spreading across the United States since last winter with the Southwest being impacted the most. Art Douglas, professor emeritus, Creighton University, predicts a possible transition from La Niña conditions to a weaker El Niño by summer. U.S. weather patterns over the next three months will be dictated by La Niña. However, equatorial warming could shift drought patterns across North America by late spring and summer. During the session, CattleFax analysts predicted fed cattle prices lower than prior year levels, averaging $115 per hundredweight (cwt.). Good said fed cattle prices are likely to face resistance near the $130 level, with downside risk in the upper $90 range. He predicted bargaining position will continue to favor cattle processors and retailers, with profit margins at or above 2017 levels. CattleFax projected 750-pound steers will average $1 lower than 2017 levels at $145/cwt., with a range from the upper $120s to $160/cwt. Meanwhile, U.S. average 550-pound steer calves will see a trading range from $170/cwt. at the spring high to an average price in the upper $130s, during the fall marketing season. For the full year, calf prices are expected to average $158/ cwt.

Survey shows growing approval of beef checkoff program

An independent survey of beef producers found 74 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program; this finding is 5 percent higher than the survey a year ago. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago. The random survey of 804 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research from mid-December 2017 until mid-January 2018. The survey found that in addition to stronger support of the checkoff compared to a year ago, a 68 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

substantial majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff is a good value: • 76% say the beef checkoff has contributed to a positive trend in beef demand • 78% say the checkoff has value even when the economy is weak, 5% higher than last year • 65% say the checkoff contributes to profitability of their operations • 71% say the checkoff represents their interests, 4% higher than last year • 61% believe the checkoff is wellmanaged In addition, while fewer producers (43 percent) said they remembered having seen, read or heard anything about the checkoff in the past six months, 86 percent reported the information they remembered was positive, 8 percent higher than a year ago. “We are encouraged that three out of four producers continue to support the checkoff,” said Jo Stanko, Investor Relations Working Group co-chair. “On the other hand, it is concerning that fewer producers consider themselves ‘informed’ about the checkoff, and only 43 percent say they have seen, read or heard checkoff news in the past six months. Since most producers believe it’s important for the program to communicate to them checkoff results, it’s clear we will need to step up these communications efforts in the months ahead.” The survey informs checkoff leaders of strengths and weaknesses in producer communications efforts and is used directly in developing an authorization request for the next year. See this year’s survey results as well as results from previous surveys. For more information about your checkoff investment, visit

Fluharty to lead UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department

Francis Fluharty joins the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as the new head of the Department of Animal and

Dairy Science in May, 2018. Fluharty is currently a research professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University. His career has been devoted to assisting food animal producers through research and educational programs aimed at improving animal health and growth. Fluharty has also worked to improve profitability, as food animal agriculture must be economically-sustainable for farm families. His primary research interest is determining the main nutritional factors impacting animal health and growth. He has also studied the nutritional and immunological factors that affect fat deposition and meat characteristics in ruminants. This research is essential as many consumers now demand that production practices enhance the health and welfare of animals. During his career, Fluharty has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on 46 grants totaling more than $7.3 million. His master’s degree was conducted with starch chemistry and digestibility, and his doctoral research focused on the nutritional management of stressed ruminants through optimizing the functioning of the microbial population in the rumen. Fluharty is a co-inventor of two patents for genetic marker processes and DNA sequences to detect an animal’s potential for both marbling and tenderness. He also helped develop an all-natural branded beef program, Ohio Signature Beef, designed to improve profits for family farm owners who produce cattle without the use of hormone implants or antibiotics. He has worked as a scientific advisor for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in Chile and the Chilean Institute for Agriculture Development, as well as the Japanese Wagyu F1 Council and Japan Cattlemen’s Association. v

OCA News

County Cattle Call

Beef Industry Ramps Up “Fake Meat” Advocacy Efforts

Stark County Cattlemen’s Association Celebrates Beef

The OCA membership adopted policy in January during the OCA Annual Meeting to address fake meat concerns. NCBA members followed suite during the Cattle Industry Convention recently held in Phoenix, Arizona by including fake meat advocacy efforts in their 2018 Policy Priorities. OCA and NCBA members passed official policy designed to protect consumers and the beef industry from fake meat and misleading labels. These resolutions will advance advocacy efforts as the associations ramp up the fight against imitation meat and franken-foods. What does the policy say? Recognizing that many products are being falsely marketed as equivalent or substitutes for beef, the resolution notes that OCA and NCBA opposes “alternative proteins being permitted to use nomenclature associated with protein sourced from livestock production.” It further states that OCA and NCBA support “the definition of beef to only include products derived from actual livestock raised by cattle farmers and ranchers and harvested for human consumption.” What does that mean in practice? OCA and NCBA will be waging a campaign on two fronts. First, ensuring that product labels accurately describe the product and do not disparage beef. And secondly, working with the federal government to define clear regulatory jurisdiction over new products. v

The Stark County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) began in 2002 and consists of beef cattle producers that want to share their stories with people who enjoy eating a great burger or steak. SCCA has supported the 4-H program at the Stark County Fair and has a display at the fair each year so they can talk with the public and distribute recipes and other types of literature on beef cattle. Recently, SCCA made a donation to the Stark County Hunger Task Force as a way of giving back. SCCA hopes their donation will help the Hunger Task Force to feed a few more people. After making the donation, members went to the Canton Brewing Company and awarded them with their Annual “Restaurant of the Year Award”. Each year their directors enjoy dining at local restaurants and rating them unbeknownst to the restaurant or the

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server. Most years, SCCA has been rating their steak selection along with service, atmosphere and general dining experience. This year, SCCA decided to make their selection from the “Best Burgers in Stark County”. Canton Brewing Company rose to the top. v

Pictured at the Hunger Task force and Canton Brewing Company are SCCA Directors, Steve Lewis and Becky Vincent.

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NCBA News The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently unveiled its 2018 Policy Priorities, which will guide the group’s lobbying efforts in Washington over the coming year. The document was released at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix. This year’s Priorities focus on five main categories: the 2018 Farm Bill, Trade and Market Access, Regulatory Reform, Antimicrobial Use, and Fake Meat. Some of this year’s priorities are familiar to longtime industry watchers. Like last year, NCBA will work to ensure that the pending Farm Bill includes full funding for a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank, protects conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and prevents marketdisrupting policies like mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Likewise, the group’s regulatory-reform efforts will again focus on finding a permanent solution to an electronic logging devices mandate, modernizing the Endangered Species Act, and replacing the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. New to the Priorities list this year is an emphasis on antimicrobial use - specifically the aim to secure clean Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) reauthorization and continuing the Key Technologies Task Force action steps on antimicrobials. Another new emphasis in 2018 will be a focus on protecting the industry and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels on products that do not contain real beef. “With tax reform, regulatory rollbacks, and new access to the Chinese market, we had some big victories in Washington last year, but this is no time to take a break, and 2018 promises a mix of new and familiar challenges,” said incoming NCBA President Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher. “We’re going to continue to ensure fair 70 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

access to foreign markets, fight against unnecessary regulation, make sure the Farm Bill addresses our needs, and guarantee that consumers have the ability to purchase a safe, healthy, and accurately labeled protein source.”

NCBA Members Elect Officers, Begin Planning for Future

Nearly 7,600 members of the cattle community enjoyed fellowship, fun, education and leadership opportunities during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, which ended in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 3. Most in attendance enjoyed a huge and energetic trade show, with more than 350 exhibitors on more than seven acres of floor and outside space. Holding business meetings at the event were the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen, CattleFax and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Members of NCBA also elected officers and engaged in a grassroots policy process at the event. Ascending to the position of NCBA president at the NCBA board meeting Feb. 3 was Kevin Kester, who in 2017 served as president-elect. Kester is a fifth generation California rancher who was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County, where his family has lived for more than 125 years. They have a yearling stocker and an Angus-based commercial cow-calf operation, and also farm wine grapes on their 22,000 acre ranch.

Voted in as president-elect was Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., who has been active in the beef industry for more than 30 years. Houston and her husband, Mark, own and operate East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, which has a history of embracing change to better serve their customers. In addition to regular weekly cattle sales, they hold video, graded feeder calf and Holstein steer sales. Houston served in 2017 as NCBA vice president. Marty Smith, a rancher and attorney from Wacahoota, Fla., was elected vice president. Smith previously served as the organization’s treasurer. Elected chair of the NCBA Policy Division was Jerry Bohn (Kansas), while Don Schiefelbein (Minnesota) was elected vice chairman. Dawn Caldwell (Nebraska) was elected chair of the NCBA Federation Division, and Laurie Munns (Utah) was elected vice chair. Caldwell will serve as vice-chair of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee. Other Federation representatives of the National Beef Checkoff decision-making body include Katie Brenny (Minnesota), Clay Burtrum (Oklahoma), Gary Deering (South Dakota), Bradley Hastings (Texas), Kristin Larson (Montana), Scott McGregor (Iowa), Clark Price (North Dakota) and Buck Wehrbein (Nebraska). Ten representatives from the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board also serve on the Committee. For photos from the Convention and more information, go to


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Letters to the Editor Dear Mr. Foster, My name is Caitlyn Gaddis and I am writing to thank you and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation for the Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarship. I was very excited to hear that I had been selected to receive this. I am currently attending the University of Findlay to study Animal Scienc-

es with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. That was made possible by scholarships like yours and, with your assistance, I hope to be able to continue to do so in future years. Furthermore, I hope to eventually attend s veterinary school and begin a career as a mixed practice veterinarian. This has been my dream since 1st grade and I am excited to be working towards making

it possible. Thanks to your generosity, I am a step closer to accomplishing my goal. Your financial contribution will allow me to focus on learning and developing the skills necessary for the field I plan to enter, instead of worrying about how I will pay for my education. Your kindness has inspired me and I hope to one day help both college and high school students reach their goals the way you do. Thanks again! Sincerely, Caity Gaddis Dear Mr. Foster,

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As the recipient of the Cattlemen’s Gala Scholarship, I am so appreciative of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and their investment in the future of agriculture. As a second year animal science student, I look forward to an appreciated career in the beef cattle industry. I have a deep passion for this industry because of the many opportunities it’s given me and for the amazing lessons learned along the way.


As a 2018 “Tagged for Greatness” scholarship recipient, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association as well as every individual that is a member of the organization or a participant of the behind the scenes success of the business. It is a great privilege to be selected for this scholarship and I plan to use the money toward my education so that I can further the beef industry in every way possible. It will be my pleasure to attend this year’s Annual Luncheon and I look forward to meeting the people that helped make it possible for me to continue my studies in agribusiness. As a member, I am excited to learn more about Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and how to bring success to the industry! With Sincere Gratitude, Emily Horst

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County Recruitment Challenge Recruitment Goals: • Submit county President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer’s OCA Membership dues • Obtain a 90% renewal rate of 2017 OCA Memberships for 2018 • Gain a 10% new 2018 OCA Membership rate (based on 2017 memberships) • Obtain a 90% renewal rate of 2017 NCBA Memberships for 2018 • Gain a 10% new 2018 NCBA Membership rate (based on 2017 memberships) • Recruit 2 new OCA President’s Club memberships • Recruit 1 new Allied Industry Council Membership Receive 1 entry into the drawing for each recruitment goal your county achieves. You may be entered up to 7 times for your chance to win a new set of Tru-Test scales or a 5’ stainless steel grill sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program. First place will receive their choice of the below mentioned prizes and the counties meeting their recruitment goal will also be recognized at the Expo at 5 p.m. on Friday evening at the OCA membership booth in the trade show.

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UPCOMING EVENTS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S COMING UP AT OCA 614-873-6736 • • March 16-18, 2018

Ohio Beef Expo Join us March 16-18 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The Ohio Beef Expo has long been the premier event for the Ohio beef industry, and this year will continue that tradition with many new, exciting opportunities. The Expo includes breed sales, shows and displays; educational events; a highly competitive junior show and a trade show with over 140 exhibitors. The Expo ranks annually as one of the top five largest conventions in central Ohio. You won’t want to miss this event! Check out the event’s new website at

May 5, 2018

BEST Banquet To conclude the 19th year of the BEST program, all BEST participants and their families are welcome to attend the BEST banquet on May 5, 2018, regardless of final point standings. The banquet is held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and recognizes the many achievements of BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring. Over 185 awards, valued at over $65,000, will be presented. All BEST participants will receive a participant gift as a special incentive. Additionally, sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards one lucky BEST participant the use of a livestock trailer; BEST participants earn a ticket into the trailer drawing for each time they exhibit a nominated animal at a BEST-sanctioned show. First or second year Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a showbox, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock. The 2017-2018 sponsoring partners are Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc. and Weaver Leather Livestock.

August 9-11, 2018

Young Cattlemen’s Conference Every summer, young cattlemen meet in Central Ohio for an unforgettable three-day event. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference and Tour (YCC) features many leadership and educational opportunities for young adults involved in the beef industry. The event offers industry insight and enhanced networking for attendees to take home and use in their own operations to keep them progressive and profitable. YCC is open to any OCA member over the age of 20 who possesses great leadership potential and is active in their community. Counties are encouraged to nominate participants for YCC, but individuals may also self-nominate. Couples are also encouraged to attend. For more information, email or call 614-873-6736.

August 25, 2018

Cattlemen’s Gala Ohio’s cattlemen have a lot to celebrate. Plan to join the day-long celebration on Saturday, August 25 to support the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. Put on your boots and hats for dinner, drinks and dancing in the barn at the Cattlemen’s Gala celebration and fundraiser. The evening will feature live music, and silent and live auctions to support youth scholarships. The event is open to all. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a good time for a good cause.

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County Cattle Call Chili Made With Beef Cookbooks Offered Thanks to OBC Grant

During each of the last three years at the Fairfield County Fair, competition has been fierce as local connoisseurs of outstanding chili soup have vied for the banner declaring them the winner of the Championship of the County, Chili Cookoff with Beef! Seventy three

outstanding chili with beef recipes later, the Fairfield County Cattlemen have shared the good news about chili made with beef by publishing each recipe into a booklet that’s being distributed throughout the county. Recently, with funding support from both the Ohio Beef Council’s County Promotion Grant and local packer and grocery store Bay Food Market, all 73

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award winning recipes that had been entered in the three years of competition were compiled into one great cookbook. Better yet, the cookbooks were available to local consumers free of charge exclusively at the Bay Food Market in Lancaster. While in the store to secure their copy of the cookbook, patrons were able to visit across the counter with the Bay Food Market meat cutters about the cuts of beef that best fit their family’s preferences. Bay purchases their beef locally and harvests and processes each in their own local state inspected facility. Also while in the store, patrons had the opportunity to sample the 2017 Grand Champion chili that was exhibited by Tarah Reed of Lancaster. Reed’s entry featured smoked beef brisket and was entitled Mimi’s Smokin’ Brisket Chili. The Ohio Beef Council encourages counties to be inspired to reach consumers and apply for a County Beef Promotion Grant. The grants are designed for consumer targeted beef promotional/educational events and grant applications are due quarterly on January 1, March 1, June 1 and September 1. Contact OBC for more details. v


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Calendar of Events Visit for a complete list of events

March 1 Best of the Buckeye Nomination Deadline for Ohio Beef Expo 3 Beef 510, Columbus, Ohio 3-4 Holmes County Preview - Millersburg, Ohio 6 Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show Online Fundraiser - Breeders’ World Online Sales 10 Boyd Beef Cattle Angus and Hereford Bull Sale - Mays Lick, Kentucky 16-18 Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 17 Eastern Spring Simmental Classic, Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 17 75th Annual Buckeye Hereford Spring Sale, Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 17 Red Wave Red Angus Sale, Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 17 Ohio Beef Expo Shorthorn Sale, Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 17 Ohio Angus Super Star Sale, Ohio Beef Expo - Columbus, Ohio 24 C.P. Mann & Family Registered Angus Yearling Bull Sale - Imlay, Michigan 30 Jackson County Regional Livestock Market Spring Spectacular - Ripley, West Virginia 31 Partners in Performance Bull Sale - Zanesville, Ohio 31 Premier Breeder’s First Angus Production Sale - Hillsboro, Kentucky

April 1

BEST Photo Contest, Junior Representative Application, BQA submission deadline 3 The Right Kind Sale - Richmond, Indiana 6 Ohio Cattleman Spring Issue Advertising Deadline 7 Combined Excellence Bull and Female Sale - Lebanon, Ohio 9 Maplecrest Bull Sale - Hillsboro, Ohio 10-12 NCBA Spring Legislative Conference - Washinton D.C. 28-29 Southern Ohio Spring Smackdown Private Treaty Sale

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BEST Awards Banquet - Columbus, Ohio Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association 41st Annual Sale - Old Washington, Ohio

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Parting Shots

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Pictured from left are Ohio Senator Bob Hackett, Chair of Senate Agriculture Committee; Ohio Representative Brian Hill, Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee; Dave Russell, Hancock County; and Ohio Representative Kyle Koehler, ViceChairman House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at the 2018 Make-A-Wish Celebrity Showdown in Springfield.

Youth from across Ohio gathered at OCA’s Annual Meeting in January to compete in the inaugural Cattlemen’s Youth Beef Quiz Bowl.

Ohio folks gathered in Phoenix, Arizona for a reception during the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The event was sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, United Producers, Inc., and OSU CFAES.

OSU Extension Beef Specialist, Dr. Steve Boyles, led a cattle handling seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, during NCBA’s Cattlemen’s College. 82 | Ohio Cattleman | Expo Issue 2018

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