Late Fall 2018
Official Publication of the Ohio Cattlemenâ€™s Association
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Features 10 Cattlemen’s Gala Highlights 14 Replacement Female Sale Planned 16 OCA to Celebrate Ohio’s Cattlemen at Annual Meeting & Banquet
22 Best of the Buckeye Breeder Reception Highlights
40 Celebrating 20 Years of the BEST Program
24 PBS Animal Health PBS Animal Health grows from humble beginnings to nationwide distributor by Amy Beth Graves
30 Ohio Cattlemen’s Camp 42 2018-2019 BEST Program Schedule
News & Notes
Your Dues Dollars at Work
OCA County Affiliate Presidents
OCA News & Views
Allied Industry Council
Up the Alley
County Cattle Call
Calendar of Events
Your Checkoff Dollars at Work
On the Edge of Common Sense
On the Cover
Photo taken by Lauren Corry at Corry Farms, Greene County
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It may be fall, but OCA and others have been working since early summer to push back against Gov. John Kasich’s action to exclude agriculture and the general assembly from the state’s water quality discussions. Following is a brief recap of these water quality related events, and the good news is that agriculture’s efforts are making a positive impact for Ohio farmers. On July 11, Kasich issued an executive order that asked the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to designate eight watersheds in the Maumee River Basin as “Watersheds in Distress” and adopt a rules package to address nutrient runoff. The plan would impact some 7,000 farmers across nearly 2 million acres. On July 18, Ohio legislators held a news conference at the Statehouse led by Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith, House Ag Committee Chairman Brian Hill, Senate Ag Committee Chairman Bob Hackett and other lawmakers. They called on the governor to rescind the executive order. They also asked the Soil and Water Conservation Commission to withhold its approval until it received more information to make an informed decision. The next day, the commission voted 4-2 to study the issue before acting. In addition to public comments from several farmers, the validity of the data the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency used to justify the watershed in distress request was questioned. OCA applauds the commission’s decision to study such an important and impactful decision. The commission subcommittee held their first organizational meeting in early September to study the distressed designation. Although, the timeline for the subcommittee process remains uncertain, the next full commission meeting will be held on November 1. Since July many organizations have also questioned why the executive order only dealt with agriculture, as the administration has prioritized other water quality initiatives instead of farm conservation programs. This is demonstrated by the Kasich administration’s reported investment of more than $3 billion to improve Lake Erie water quality. But the Cleveland Public Broadcasting station WCPN reported that upon their examination of the expenditures they found only one percent of that money was used to address agriculture’s portion of the water quality challenge. In the meantime, the rules package to support the distressed designation has been moving forward at an extremely rapid pace. OCA submitted joint comments on the latest version as this issue went to press. The legislature has also established a study group of House and Senate members to consider the issues and challenges facing the long-term health of Lake Erie. Their first hearing included testimony from various water quality scientists and other experts. The next hearing is expected to be held in the Western Basin of Lake Erie in late September and include testimony from area farmers. OCA will participate in the Soil and Water Conservation Commission study process and continue to work with the legislature’s study group. Agriculture’s stance throughout has been that farmers have a significant role to play in improving Ohio’s water quality and need to be a part of the discussion. OCA intends to remain fully engaged as this unprecedented issue continues to unfold. v
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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
Advocacy is the Best Policy
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.
Elizabeth Harsh Executive Director 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
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Recently a friend of mine was having several calves dehorned by their veterinarian. After they had finished, the vet had cleaned up and was about to hop in his truck and leave. However, one of the freshly dehorned calves had found a small gap by the working chute. The calf whizzed by the vet and my friend at thoroughbred pace, and despite desperate attempts by the two individuals, the heifer found herself on the road headed south. My friend jumped in the truck to follow her, while the vet slipped around a couple of the neighbors’ houses to try to cut the calf off and head her back to the barn. However, before he could get around her, she hooked a left and went down another neighbor’s drive on the opposite side of the road. My friend gently followed her back the drive hoping she would run into something that would turn her back towards the direction from which she had come. By some miracle, the heifer realized whatever she was hunting for was not the direction she was going, and she turned around, passed the truck, and headed back. She hooked a right, headed north, and then ran right back into the barn. A few days later, my friend got a text from an alarmed neighbor. She was looking through her security camera video footage and found a picture of a man she did not recognize walking right behind her house. She wanted to know if my friend had also seen this person around and sent my friend a picture of her veterinarian. Thankfully the vet had cleaned up from dehorning, for had he not, I can only imagine what the neighbor would have done if she had seen a calf with blood on its head followed by a man with blood all over him. The news crew, and maybe the police, would have been called I am sure. In our industry, perception can often be reality to those who don’t know or understand what we do. Things we don’t think about at all, can cause alarm to our neighbors, friends and community. In a world run by social media, things can get twisted up and out of hand quickly. I have seen videos on social media of calves being turned out on grass, and they are jumping and playing. Antagonists claim “this is the first time these calves have seen grass in their lives because they were kept in a barn or dirt lot their whole life.” We all know when you turn your show calves out of the barn on a cool evening, they jump and play like they have been inside for a week. Perception is reality to many. I am constantly amazed by the lack of knowledge the general public has about agriculture in general. And I am sure I am preaching to the choir, but it’s very scary to me. When I hear a poll on the radio and well over 50 percent of the people surveyed think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, I don’t know what to think. I feel like I can’t be doing my job very well. How are we missing so many opportunities to educate people? We need to tell our story. We need to be our own advocates. Any of you that follow me on Facebook know that I spend a lot of time talking about my kids and my cows. And many of you probably agree I do a better job at shedding good light on my cows more so than my kids sometimes. But we all have kids or are kids, or at least understand the family dynamic and find the humor in the kid who lost all his clothes in the yard and is now running around in his underwear. But when it comes to agriculture, the public often thinks they understand what we do, but often they don’t. It is our responsibility to help change that. 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.......................... Charles Sutherland Brown............................................Alan Scott Butler........................................... Brad Baker Carroll................................ Johnna Campbell Champaign.............................. Andy Maurice Clark....................................... Linde Sutherly Clermont......................................Chris Smith Columbiana/Mahoning/Trumbull................. .................................................Duane Nickell Crawford.....................................Kurt Weaver Darke.......................................... Brad Wilcox Defiance.............................. Brian Schroeder 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 Saling 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 8 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
A review of actions by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Legislative & Regulatory
• Participated in a stakeholder meeting with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss the proposed distressed watershed rules. • OCA and NCBA supported and attended fundraisers for various members of the Ohio congressional delegation. • OCA supported and attended several fundraisers for various member of the Ohio general assembly. • Attended the first hearing of the joint Ohio House and Senate study group to consider the issues and challenges facing the long-term health of Lake Erie. • Participated in the first subcommittee meeting of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission (OSWCC) held to study the distressed watershed designation requested in the Governor’s executive order issued earlier this summer. • Submitted joint comments with the Ohio livestock organizations on August 17 and September 7 concerning the rules packages for the distressed watershed designation. • Represented beef on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee tour.
• Distributed information on the 2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships. Application deadline is October 31. • Advertised internship opportunities available through the OCA and the Ohio Beef Council. Internships will begin in January 2019 and run through early April. • Distributed Best of the Buckeye (BOTB) information for the 2019 program year. • Planned the Cattlemen’s Camp for October 13-14 cosponsored by OCA and Weaver Livestock. • Held a drawing for two $500 sale credits for OCA Young Cattlemen’s (OYC) members. The sale credits to be used with OCA members marketing cattle through December 31, 2018.
Programs & Events
• Held the second Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser on August 25 benefiting youth scholarships. • Planned and hosted Beef Industry Update Meetings in Ashtabula, Butler, Clermont, Crawford, and Gallia/Jackson/Lawrence Counties in partnership with various members of OCA’s Allied Industry Council. • Met with several sponsors of OCA programs including BEST sponsoring partners and Best of the Buckeye sponsors to discuss 2019 sponsorship opportunities. • Exhibited at the Farm Science Review in conjunction with members of the OCA Allied Industry Council.
Association • • • • •
Emailed OCA e-newsletter for September. Held OCA Board of Directors meeting on August 9. Hosted the fall meeting of the OCA Allied Industry Council. Compiled candidates for the OCA Board of Directors election. Planned the 2019 OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.
Mid-Ohio Valley Cattleman’s Select Sale SATURDAY • 6:00 P.M.
October 27, 2018 Parkersburg Livestock Auction; Mineral Wells, WV
Rooker Anita 1015
Reg#: 17107432 Sire: BC Eagle Eye 110-7 Dam: EHF Anita J217 Anita 1015 is the electrifying dual purpose donor of the Hammick Ridge donor lineup that blends the power sire Eagle Eye with the legendary Anita cow family. Anita 1015 came to Hammack Ridge as the $15,000 selection of the 2014 Work Land and Cattle sale for offering the unique combination of leading performance traits and elite phenotype. An own daughter of Anita 1015 and the multi-trait sire SAV Bismarck will be featured.
KCF Miss Answer Y250
Reg#: 17259017 Sire: S AV Final Answer 0035 Dam: Thomas Miss Lucy 5152 Miss Answer Y250 is a full sister to the featured Genex/CRI roster member KCF Bennett Absolute, that came to Exline Farms as a $25,000 private treaty selection. Miss Answer Y250 has established herself as an elite member of the Exline Farms embryo program, as her first daughters to be offered have averaged $7,500. A direct daughter by the popular sire Basin Payweight 1682 will be featured in the elite sale offering!
Circle J Angus - Buckhannon, WV Pleasant View Farm - Ravenswood, WV Sunridge Farms - Bolt, WV Mountaineer Meadows - Letart, WV Paradise Cattle Co. - Ashville, OH Hammack Ridge Farms - Looneyville, WV
Lazy S Angus - Looneyville, WV Diamond J Farms - Loneyville, WV Exline Farms - Elizabeth, WV D & S Farms - Belleville, WV Meadow River Angus - Diamond, OH Mt. Hope Farm - Avella, PA
Bred Cows • Cow/Calf Pairs • Donor Cows Bred Heifers • Open Heifers • Embryos
SALE MANAGED BY: Dan Wells, Sec./Fieldman 740-505-3843 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.ohioangus.org
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For the Next Generation of Beef Industry Leaders The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) held the second annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser Saturday, August 25 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. The event supported the OCF youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. Attendees gathered in their boots and hats for dinner, drinks and dancing in the barn at Leeds Farm where guests enjoyed live music from the John D. Hale Band, a nationally known Red Dirt music group from Missouri. Silent and live auctions were held to support youth scholarships. Thanks to several generous donors, buyers and sponsors, in total, the event raised $35,000. “The young people in our industry are impressive, and the opportunity for them to further their education and careers is well deserved. The Cattlemen’s Gala is an exciting way to show our support,” said Joe Foster, OCF President, Gallipolis, Ohio. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser that will take place Saturday, August 24.
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For more information on the event, contact the Foundation at 614-8736736. The complete list of available scholarships can be found at www. ohiocattle.org/foundation/scholarships. The application deadline for OCF scholarships is October 31. v
Above: The John D. Hale band, a nationally known Red Dirt music group from Missouri, performed for guests throughout the evening. Top Right: OCA members and Gala attendees, Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mount Vernon, Ohio stopped at the backdrop for a photo. Right: Darby Walton held the evening’s live auction with all proceeds going to the Foundation’s youth scholarship fund.
Far Left: OCA Director and past Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation President, Frank Phelps, Belle Center, was recognized for his dedication to the organizations with a gifted cow planter. Left: Dave Eschedor and Jenny Feehan of Wood County posed for a photo at the Cattlemen’s Gala. Below: Over 150 OCA members and friends of the industry gathered at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio for a celebration and fundraiser benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders.
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Thank you for your support: Ag Credit Alltech Beth & Mike Carper Certified Angus Beef, LLC Clark County Cattle Producers Gallia County Cattlemen’s Association Haley Farms Heartland Bank MAC Trailer Enterprises, Inc. Miller’s Country Gardens Nationwide Ohio CattleWomen PBS Animal Health Select Sires The Farmer Group United Producers, Inc. United Producers, Inc. Credit Services Wood County Beef Producers
Allflex Cedar Point Champion Feed & Supply Delaware Bonnie Coley-Malir & Rick Malir Columbus Clippers Delaware Tractor Supply Company Eby Trailer Foster Sales Genex Curtis Harsh Tim & Elizabeth Harsh Heritage Style Inspire PR Group Jones Show Cattle Dean Cathann Kress Tom Karr Angie & Kathy Lehman Maplecrest Farms Jessica Millenbaugh Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Rod’s Western Palace Dave & Mindy Sanders Sementanks.com Amber Shoemaker ST Genetics Rob Stout Sullivan Supply Linde Sutherly Fred & Linda Vollborn Luke & Courtney Vollborn Weaver Leather Livestock Y-Not Cattle Zoetis
Thanks to those mentioned above and those in attendance, the Foundation has added several additional $1,000 scholarships in the name of the Cattlemen’s Gala. The application can be found at ohiocattle.org/foundation/scholarships. Apply by October 31. 12 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
Bob Agle Cameron Alexander Scott Alexander Allen Armstrong Andrew Armstrong Mike Bumgarner Clark County Cattle Producers Jeff Combs Dickson Cattle Company J.L. Draganic Evans Cattle Company Jenny Feehan Joe Foster Scott & Trish Fulmer Grauer Show Cattle Pam Haley Lindsey Hall Tim & Elizabeth Harsh Quinton Keeran Kerlee Cattle Company John King Vivian Martin Janet Millenbaugh Jill Pfister Dave Sanders Gary Short Noah Skrinjar Dave Smith Diane Smith Andy Stickel Linde Sutherly Roger Thompson Anthony Topmiller Fred Voge Luke Vollborn Kyle Walls
Mohican Farms and Guests
( SATURDAY - OCT. 27, 2018 - NOON ) Glenmont, Ohio • 60 Lots of Quality Polled Herefords Sell!
BW 1.8 WW 38 YW 63 MM 34 M&G 53
MOHICAN DURANGE 52C
Beautiful freckle-faced daughter of NJW 72N P606 Good Day 150X. Outstanding heifer calf by SSF 832 Rev X51 230. Don’t miss this pair.
BW 2.1 WW 54 YW 90 MM 26 M&G 53
SSF 253 LADY KICKSTART 336
A dark red, deep bodied daughter of the popular Churchill Kickstart 501C out of a great producing cow family.
BW 3.2 WW 59 YW 95 MM 23 M&G 53
LBK 9360 VICKY 30A
A daughter of THM Garmin 9360 that is young and has an excellent calving interval. Bred to NJW 135U 10Y Hometown 27A.
SSF 968 MS GRASSMASTER 167
KESC P606 CAMEOS ROSE
A super freckle-faced daughter of NJW 72N P606 Good Day 150X, the full brother to the dam of Trust, Hometown and Homegrown. Excellent heifer calf by SSF 832 Rev X151 230.
BW 4.5 WW 55 YW 86 MM 22 M&G 50
PWF CTE LAST CHANCE RIVA
A beautiful daughter of PWF CTE Last Chance. A pedigree loaded with greats. Will have a calf by SSF 23Y The Prof 227 by sale date.
BW 4.2 WW 58 YW 77 MM 25 M&G 54 A pigmented, conservatively marked Grassmaster daughter. Top bull calf by JLCS U34 Standout 0091.
BW 4.1 WW 46 YW 74 MM 30 M&G 53
BW 2.3 WW 51 YW 81 MM 26 M&G 52
MOHICAN TESS M33B
A really productive daughter of Mohican Wheatland 60W. She has an excellent herd bull prospect by Boyd Next One 4019.
BW 2.5 WW 56 YW 90 MM 30 M&G 58
PENNELLS LADY HOMETOWN 1609
A very special daughter of NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y. Excellent bull calf by Mohican Equity 407C.
BW 3.3 WW 57 YW 98 MM 31 M&G 59
NJB DANA DAWN 204B
A beautiful daughter of NJW 73S M326 Trust 100W out of a daughter of MSU TCF Revolution 4R. Sells with heifer calf by Boyd Next One 4019.
The First Calves By $105,000 Boyd 31Z Blueprint 6153 Sell!! Jim and Linda Reed • P.O. Box 126, Green Ridge, MO 65332 660-527-3507 • Fax 660-527-3379 email@example.com • www.reedent.com
Mohican Farms Conard and Nancy Stitzlein 4551 State Rt. 514 Glenmont, OH 44628 330-378-3421 firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Stitzlein 330-231-0708 cell email@example.com
BRIAN AND LISA KEETS 10509 Main Rd. Berlin Heights, OH 44814 440-320-6193 firstname.lastname@example.org
DALE STITH Auctioneer
W. Massey Booth Jr. and Curtis H. Booth 711 Kings Run Rd. Shinglehouse, PA 16748 814-697-6339 email@example.com
918-760-1550 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.dalestith.com
Jeff, Lou Ellen and Keayla Harr 334 Twp. Rd. 1922, Jeromesville, OH 44840 419-685-0549 cell • email@example.com
PEY TON’S W ELL Polled Herefords
Cecil Jordan • 740-828-2626 Jeff Jordan • 740-828-2620 or 740-704-4807 cell 8460 Shannon Rd. Dresden, OH 43821
Scott, Stacey and Piper Pennell 330-705-4339 Andy and Tricia Pugh-Pennell DVM 502-741-3091 firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com Louisville, Ohio
Lowell, Barbara and Beth Atwood Paul, Linda, Caleb and Luke Epling 133 Edgewood Dr. Stanford, KY 40484 606-669-1455 • 606-669-2178
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OCA News OCA Replacement Female Sale Planned On Friday evening, November 23, the OCA will be hosting their sixth annual Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The 2018 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2019 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound
or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements. At the 2017 sale, buyers had the opportunity to evaluate 79 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs. The sale included 63 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,949, 10 lots of bred cows that averaged $2,380, and six cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,925. The 79 total lots grossed $158,125 for an overall average of $2,002. This represented a $355 per head increase in price over the 2016 sale. Prices ranged from $1,300 to $2,900. Now is the time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. A body condition
score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. Experience indicates that while prospective buyers may complain about overly fat breeding cattle, they certainly resist purchasing breeding cattle that are in thin body condition. Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2018. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or www.ohiocattle.org. If you have any questions about the sale, contact John Grimes at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider this sale as an option for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd. v
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SOUTHERN OHIO ELITE ANGUS SALE CHAMPION HILL EMBLYNETTE 6539
CHAMPION HILL GEORGINA 4402
AAA: 15032559 • The ELITE matron of the Georgina Family that anchored the Champion Hill embryo program, producing numerous national champion show heifers. • Georgina 4402 was the 2006 All-American Junior Show Reserve Grand Champion and 2006 North American Junior Show Reserve Grand Champion. • Direct descendants of Georgina 4402 will highlight this inaugural event!
SOUTHERN OHIO ELITE ANGUS
AAA: 16073776 • The $18,000 featured selection of Wells Cattle Com. through the legendary Champion Hill Dispersal sale. • An own daughter of Champion Hill Emblynette 7319 the famous matron of the Emblynette cow family. • Descendants of this ELITE female will be featured!
Selling over 60 Lots of Registered Angus Females & 10 Reg. Angus Bulls !!
OCTOBER 7th, 2018 Sunday • 1 p.m.
Union Stock Yards • Hillsboro, OH
LOUISO SALE MANAGED BY: Dan Wells, Sec./Fieldman 740-505-3843 • email@example.com www.ohioangus.org
Louiso Angus Farm West Union, OH Randy Louiso 937-892-0519
2600 The Farm New Richmond, OH Jason Pelcha & Debra Woods 513-314-0067 • 513-314-4539
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Barber Cattle Farm Hillsboro, OH Danny Barber 513-479-4754
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OCA News OCA to Celebrate Ohio’s Cattlemen at Annual Meeting & Banquet Jan. 12, 2019, Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Red Angus Heifers, Bred Heifers & Bulls For Sale 12-18 month & 2 year-old bulls for sale
34740 State Route 7 Pomeroy, Ohio 45769 740.591.9900 (cell) 740.985.3444 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in becoming more involved in OCA, or do you know someone who is?
OCA Board of Directors Nominations Due October 1 Find the OCA director nomination form at www.ohiocattle.org/about-us/board-of-directors
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The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2019 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Banquet on January 12, 2019, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. County leader sessions and interactive industry education sessions will be offered throughout the morning prior to the Annual Meeting. At the lunch hour, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation will hold their annual meeting, which will feature the Foundation scholarship winners. During the annual meeting, attendees will hear about OCA programs and the 2019 policy will be discussed and set by the membership. Youth are encouraged to attend to participate in the Cattlemen’s Youth Quiz Bowl. This competition will allow Ohio youth to showcase their beef industry knowledge in a two-part contest consisting of a verbal and written round. 4-H and FFA members, junior breed associations and county teams are encouraged to partake. At the evening’s banquet, seven distinguished awards will be presented in the following categories: Environmental Stewardship, Commercial Producer, Young Cattleman, Seedstock Producer, Industry Service, Industry Excellence and Outstanding County Affiliate. New for 2019, there will be a PAC auction and social held following the banquet. Registration will be available online in October as well as in the fall newsletter and the winter issue of the Ohio Cattleman. v
+18534952 | Rampage x Morgans Direction Rampage son who is not only one of our top-sellers, but he is complete in terms of numbers and phenotype with super projections for CED, growth, carcass merit and end product.
18094501 | Black Granite x BEXTOR A true favorite, FLAT TOP blends tremendous good looks, impressive performance and a fantastic cow family into a genetic package that excels for customer satisfaction.
CED: 13 BW: -0.9 WW: 66 YW: 112 $W: 66.45 $B: 166.50
CED: 16 BW: -1.5 WW: 62 YW: 120 $W: 72.00 $B: 145.36
18624785 | TAHOE x Earnan Study his data, this bull is primed and ready. Moderate, deep, wide and gentle, BONANZA offers incredible EPDs, pedigree strength and outcross genes for progressive breeders.
+18429666 | WEIGH UP x Onward Few can write a more notable pedigree (WEIGH UP x 643T) and when combined with his phenotype and his EPD projections, youâ€™ll see why we are so high on this bull.
CED: 13 BW: 0.1 WW: 80 YW: 138 $W: 81.52 $B: 147.82
CED: 11 BW: 0.5 WW: 62 YW: 118 $W: 68.01 $B: 161.17 EPDs as of 09/06/18
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Up the Alley By John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator Program support provided by OCA
What Are We Doing For Our Customers? Few enterprises are as productive as American agriculture. The American farmer is very good at their specialization: efficient food production. Farmers and ranchers are at their best when it comes to using recommended practices and modern technologies to achieve profitable yields from their available resources. However, one area that the typical producer is not as comfortable with is the subject of marketing. For any business to achieve long-term success, they must strive to satisfy the wants and desires of their customers. The beef industry is no exception to this concept. Our competition for the consumer’s protein purchasing dollars is a fierce battle with the pork and poultry industries. This battle takes place domestically and across the globe. How is the beef industry working to meet the needs of our customers? Today’s consumer is more demanding about the product we are providing them and we cannot take their expectations for granted. 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. One very visible change that the beef industry has made in recent years is the fact that we are providing more branded products than ever 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 higher quality grades (mid-Choice and higher) than were for the Select grade of beef. This increase in the production of higher quality beef has allowed brands such as Certified Angus Beef to achieve record sales. Global customers for U.S. beef have shown a strong preference for our product. U.S. beef exports for the first half of 2018 were up 15 percent in volume and up 20 percent in value compared to the same period a year earlier.
The top export markets for U.S. beef thus far in 2018 (in order) are Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Hong Kong, Canada, and Taiwan. The potential for growth in China and other countries is significant but the U.S. beef industry will have to adjust to their traceability requirements and restrictions on hormones and beta agonists to fully capitalize on these markets. Beef marketers are using innovative ideas to put beef on consumers’ plates. With online purchases, consumers are quickly changing how they are going to obtain food for their families. Meal kits deliver food ingredients directly to consumers in individually packaged proportions. These kits come with stepby-step recipes and allow the consumer to efficiently cook meals at home. While meal kits may be more expensive for consumers, they may eliminate the need for some to go grocery shopping. Beef is a popular component in the meal kit segment. Retail grocers are looking at using technology to attract customers. Increasing
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numbers of consumers are purchasing groceries online across the country. Groceries can then be picked up curbside at the store or in some locations actually delivered directly to the consumer’s home. Beef sales should benefit from increased convenience for the consumer. While this concept is relatively new, it would be premature to dismiss the longterm potential of this use of technology by the consumer. How important is the voice of the consumer? Their concerns have resulted in Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25 percent of the U.S. beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., both announcing that beginning in 2019 they will be sourcing beef from producers who are Beef Quality Assurance certified. The consumer’s voice is being heard, and it is influencing how we implement our management practices at the farm level. A growing middle class around the world is increasing the global demand for protein. There is also an increasing consumer desire for foods that have been produced in a sustainable manner. For beef, that means a supply chain that is socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable. Today’s cattlemen must be responsive to the public’s demand for more transparency about how we produce beef. If we ignore our customer’s requests for more sustainable production of beef, we will lose their trust and ultimately hurt demand for our product. I am sure most of you are familiar with the phrase “The customer is always right.” This phrase may be more meaningful than ever for the beef industry. v
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Fennig Equipment ABS Global Inc. Murphy Tractor Gary Fennig Brian Good, Aaron Short, Eric Bischoff, Chad White 419-953-8500 | www.fenningequipment.com Buck Owen, Roger Sundberg, Mike Allerding 614-876-1141 F.L.Emmert Company – ShowBloom 330-466-2588 | www.absglobal.com Brent Chauvin, Marty Mhlawati David Westhoven 954-261-5730 ADM Animal Nutrition 937-898-4198 Ken Rod 513-721-5808 Dan Meyer 330-466-3281, www.murphytractor.com Justin Little 940-206-2860 Ohio CAT Kevin Steele 330-465-0962 www.emmert.com | www.showbloom.com Linda Meier, Chad Wiseman, www.admworld.com Franklin Equipment Alan Rhodes, Brian Speelman, Bill Kuhar Ag Credit Troy Gabriel 614-389-2161, Corey Muncy 614-851-3629 | www.ohiocat.com David White www.franklinequipment.com Ohio Soybean Council 419-435-7758 | www.agcredit.net Heartland Bank Jennifer Coleman & Barry McGraw Ag Nation Products Brian Fracker 740-349-7888; Joel M. 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Tom Rohanna 412-217-8939 Legends Lane Phil Alstaetter www.cargill.com Rob Stout 740-924-2697, 937-575-6780 | www.sunriseco-op.com COBA/Select Sires www.legendslaneET.com Umbarger Show Feeds Duane Logan, Kevin Hinds, Bruce Smith, Julie McArthur Lumber & Post Jackson Umbarger 317-422-5195, Eric King Ziegler, 614-878-5333 Stan Nichols 419-889-7443 | www.umbargerandsons.com www.cobaselect.com 740-596-2551| www.totalfarmandfence.com United Producers, Inc. CompManagement, Inc. McBurney’s Livestock Equipment Sam Roberts, Bill Tom, Hayley Beck Anthony Sharrock Chris McBurney 1-800-456-3276 | www.uproducers.com 614-760-2450 | www.sedgwickcms.com 502-667-3495 | www.cattleeq.com Weaver Leather Livestock DHI Cooperative, Inc. M.H. Eby Inc./Eby Trailers 330-674-1782 Angela Kain - ext. 251, Brian Winters 1-800-DHI-OHIO, Kirk Swensen & Steve Rittenhouse Lisa Shearer - ext. 206 Tim Pye 912-682-9798 614-879-6901 | www.mheby.com Christy Henley 208-320-1675 www.dhicoop.com Mercer Landmark www.weaverleather.com Elanco Animal Health Randy Seeger 419-230-9832, The Wendt Group Jon Sweeney 515-249-2926, Jim Stefanak Joe Siegrist 419-305-2451, Kevin Wendt 614-626-7653, Dale Evans 260330-298-8113 | www.elanco.com Travis Spicer 419-733-9915, Chad Knapke 894-0458, Nick Cummings 740-572-0756, Engelhaupt Embroidery 419-733-6434 | www.mercerlandmark.com Tyler Wilt 740-572-1249, Leslie Gardisser & Linda Engelhaupt Merck Animal Health Wesley Black 740-572-1670 937-592-7075 | engelhauptembroidery.com Seth Clark www.thewendtgroup.com Evolution Ag LLC 330-465-2728 Zoetis Animal Health Doug Loudenslager www.merck-animal-health-usa.com Leesa Beanblossom 937-447-3044, Ted 740-363-1341 | www.evolutionagllc.com Multimin USA, Inc. Holthaus 937-489-1548, Neal Branscum 606Farm Credit Mid-America Thomas Carper 872-5395 www.zoetis.com David Sanders 740-335-3306, 540-336-2737 | www.multiminusa.com Tara Durbin 740-892-3338 www.e-farmcredit.com For information about joining OCA’s Allied Industry Council, call the OCA Office 614.873.6736 or visit www.ohiocattle.org. 20 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
Social Security Retirement Benefit Basics By Patrick Saunders, Financial Consultant
Social Security benefits are a major source of retirement income for most people. Your Social Security retirement benefit is based on the number of years you’ve been working and the amount you’ve earned. When you begin taking Social Security benefits also greatly affects the size of your benefit.
How do you qualify for retirement benefits?
When you work and pay Social Security taxes (FICA on some pay stubs), you earn Social Security credits. You can earn up to 4 credits each year. If you were born after 1928, you need 40 credits (10 years of work) to be eligible for retirement benefits.
How much will your retirement benefit be?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) calculates your primary insurance amount (PIA), upon which your retirement benefit will be based, using a formula that takes into account your 35 highest earnings years. At your full retirement age, you’ll be entitled to receive that amount. This is known as your full retirement benefit. Because your retirement benefit is based on your average earnings over your working career, if you have some years of no earnings or low earnings, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked steadily. Your age at the time you start receiving benefits also affects your benefit amount. Although you can retire early at age 62, the longer you wait to begin receiving your benefit (up to age 70), the more you’ll receive each month.
You can estimate your retirement benefit under current law by using the benefit calculators available on the SSA’s website, socialsecurity. gov. You can also sign up for a my Social Security account so that you can view your online Social Security Statement. Your statement contains a detailed record of your earnings, as well as estimates of retirement, survivor’s, and disability benefits, along with other information about Social Security. If you’re not registered for an online account and are not yet receiving benefits, you’ll receive a statement in the mail every five years, from age 25 to age 60, and then annually thereafter.
Retiring early will reduce your benefit
You can begin receiving Social Security benefits before your full retirement age, as early as age 62. However, if you begin receiving benefits early, your Social Security benefit will be less than if you wait until your full retirement age to begin receiving benefits. Your retirement benefit will be reduced by 5/9ths of 1 percent for every month between your retirement date and your full retirement age, up to 36 months, then by 5/12ths of 1% thereafter. For example, if your full retirement age is 66, you’ll receive about 25% less if you start benefits at age 62 than if you wait until your full retirement age (30%less if your full retirement age is 67). This reduction is permanent--you won’t be eligible for a benefit increase once you reach full retirement age. However, even though your monthly benefit will be less, you might receive the same or more total lifetime benefits as you would have had you waited until full retirement age to start
collecting benefits. That’s because even though you’ll receive less per month, you might receive benefits over a longer period of time. Retirement benefits for qualified family members Even if your spouse has never worked outside your home or in a job covered by Social Security, he or she may be eligible for spousal benefits based on your Social Security earnings record. Other members of your family may also be eligible. Retirement benefits are generally paid to family members who relied on your income for financial support. If you’re receiving retirement benefits, the members of your family who may be eligible for family benefits include: • Your spouse age 62 or older, if married at least 1 year • Your former spouse age 62 or older, if you were married at least 10 years • Your spouse or former spouse at any age, if caring for your child who is under age 16 or disabled • Your children under age 18, if unmarried • Your children under age 19, if full- time students (through grade 12) or disabled • Your children older than 18, if severely disabled
For questions and for more information on social security retirement benefits, contact Patrick at 740-446-2000.
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Best of the Buckeye Breeder Reception The Best of the Buckeye Program, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, successfully concluded its fifth season. The program rounded out the year with 269 head of cattle nominated by 146 breeders. The Best of the Buckeye program recognizes top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. This year a new event was created for breeder recognition sponsored by Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University. Thanks to these generous sponsors, over $10,000 was awarded in prizes to breeders at the first annual Breeder Reception. Nominating breeders gathered on August 25 for an ice cream social, program and prize drawing held prior to the Cattlemen’s Gala. The following breeders were winners of the prize drawing: full page ad in the Ring – Agle Family Cattle; Fitter’s Guard – Maplecrest
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Farms; tattoo kit – Haley Farms; e-blast to OCA’s membership: Lindsey Weaver, Hall Cattle Company; Muhlenkamp Show Cattle; $1000 Sullivan Supply Shopping Sprees: Hunter Harris and Adison Niese; Air Express III Blower – Gary Short and Paige Gehret; frozen genetic Shipping Tank – Alexander Show Cattle and DaLin Show Cattle; Val-6 KBE5I Radiant Heater - Hara Farms, LLC; 4 custom director’s chairs – Kingsway Angus; Tin Haul boots – Turner Shorthorns; $500 Credit at Legends Lane Reproductive Services - Adams Family Show Cattle; 1 dozen customized hats - Y-Not Cattle; custom Yeti cooler - Miller Family Show Cattle; Sullivan’s Turbo Fan – Carper Family Shorthorns; cordless clippers – Leroy Billman; custom fabricated music system – Jacob Ruffing. All attending breeders at the reception received a coupon for half off the price of a purchase of an e-blast to OCA’s membership to market their Best of the Buckeye cattle for the 2019 season.
New this year, OCA offered a People’s Choice division for breeders and exhibitors to promote their Best of the Buckeye cattle from the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair for friends and family to vote for their favorites. The social media campaign reached over 40,000 people and the winners were named at the breeder reception. Earning the people’s choice for the heifer division was Jacob LeBrun with his Angus heifer bred by Hall Cattle Company and topping the steer division was Hudson Drake with his Chianina steer bred by Grauer Show Cattle. Both the exhibitor and breeder of the People’s Choice award winners received a banner commemorating their win. Complete Best of the Buckeye show results and additional program details are available at www.ohiocattle.org/ best-of-the-buckeye or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. v
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PBS Animal Health PBS Animal Health grows from humble beginnings to nationwide distributor Story & photos by Amy Beth Graves
obert Matthews couldn’t get the image out of his head. It was during the Depression and he and his older brother were going around buying livestock in southeastern Ohio that couldn’t breed or “settle” as he called it. It was that sad look on the farmers’ faces that stayed with him. They hated parting with an otherwise healthy animal, but the reality was that if it couldn’t breed, it didn’t have as much economic value. Years later as a young married man in Barnesville where he had operated a feed store, he saw an advertisement in the Breeders Gazette magazine for a product that claimed to improve conception rates in all farm animals. “If this stuff does what it says, I know I can sell a lot of it because there is such a big market for it,” Robert told his wife, Kathryn. In 1941 he started selling Rex Wheat Germ Oil, loading up his 1936 Chevy Coupe every Monday and traveling throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania and returning only after he’d sold all the product. The car racked up 100,000 miles, serving as Robert’s first sales office, warehouse and delivery system. When potential customers questioned the palatability of the wheat germ oil, Robert would pour out a dose and swallow it. Years later he would 24 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
laugh about how it must have worked because he and Kathryn were blessed with 10 children over 20 years. One of those children is Dan Matthews who today is president of the company, based in Massillon. On this day he’s sitting in the conference room at the company headquarters, sharing stories about the company’s humble beginnings and how it has grown over the years to become one of the oldest family owned and operated animal health products distributors in the United States with products from over 400 manufacturers. The company’s products are sold through its PBS Animal Health division, which also has five outlets in Ohio. The company sells more than 11,000 products nationwide to cattle and other livestock owners through its website, catalog and field, telephone and store sales staff. The company prides
itself on its fast, same-day shipping; if the order is in by 4 p.m. EST, it goes out that same day, for delivery the next day via UPS. PBS Animal Health has been a longtime supporter of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and almost 20 years ago it became an Allied Industry Council (AIC) member. A business partnership, AIC supports educational efforts and leadership opportunities geared toward cattlemen to advance Ohio’s beef cattle industry. As an AIC member, PBS Animal Health was invited in 2000 to attend OCA’s summer roundup in Jackson County. Long-time employee and cattle producer Becky Vincent attended and was so impressed with the cattlemen’s association that she and her husband, Kris, immediately joined the organization and have been active supporters ever since through their personal involvement as well as through PBS Animal Health. Dan Matthews praised the Vincents for their hard work in promoting the cattle industry (the couple were OCA’s Industry Excellence Award winner in 2013), saying they are exactly the type of livestock folks he likes having work at PBS Animal Health.
“It’s a great benefit having somebody like Becky with her cattle raising knowledge and her passion for the industry. Becky, and others here like her, represent PBS Animal Health at cattle and livestock related events because they want to go,” Dan said. “When you have associates who have a great work ethic, raise livestock themselves, are eager to learn more and really understand what the animals need and how to improve their well-being, it’s great for our company. Customers say they buy from us because they say we have the best, most knowledgeable people. That’s because so many of our employees are salt of the earth livestock folks themselves and they really know their products and want to make sure our customers get the right product for their specific needs.” The company also recognizes the need to support the local community as well as the livestock industry that buys its products, which include vaccines, antibiotics, custom made ear tags, de-wormers, vitamins, insect and pest control, wound care and electric fencing. Over the years, the company has sponsored many livestock and agriculture-related events as well as local nonprofits such as nearby Pegasus Farm and the Military Family Center, both therapeutic equestrian facilities. A love of animals runs deep in the Matthews family. Maybe that’s because the home Dan and his siblings grew up in was pretty much a zoo. Over the years there were dogs, cats, rats, mice, owls, geese, racoons, fish and birds. And these are only the animals that lived inside the house -- outside were horses, a pony and a donkey. Dan still gets a chuckle over the time his father brought home 100 peeps and put them in the basements and told the boys, “Now don’t tell your mother.” “My parents were hard working and fun people,” Dan said of his mom and dad who died at almost age 96 in 2011 and 2013 respectively. “My mother loved
Another saying was one that as a boy Dan and his brothers didn’t particularly care for. Every Saturday morning, his father would rouse the six boys sharing one bedroom and tell them it was time to go to work. “You don’t have to go to work; you get to go to work because you’re one of the lucky ones; some people don’t have a job,” Dan recalls his father telling his sons. Robert was determined to build a secure future for his family after watching his own father lose his wife, home and two businesses after the stock market crash of 1929. Helping Robert along the way was Kathryn, whose perfect letter writing and typing skills made their small company look professional and much larger than it was. Robert moved on from selling Rex Wheat Germ Oil out of the back of his car to setting up shop in a 1,500-square foot truck garage in Canton in 1949. The expansion was spurred by the end of World War II and an explosion of new products aimed at helping improve the health of livestock. The first “Producers Buying Service” store opened in 1968 in Circleville, across from Bowling Stockyard, followed by four other stores over the next 25 years. Almost immediately after opening up shop in Circleville, customers balked at writing out the long name on checks.
“WHEN YOU HAVE ASSOCIATES WHO HAVE A GREAT WORK ETHIC, RAISE LIVESTOCK THEMSELVES, ARE EAGER TO LEARN MORE..IT’S GREAT FOR OUR COMPANY.” - DAN MATTHEWS animals and Dad still rode horses until he was 92. When you love animals, selling health products for them is second nature. One of Dad’s sayings was ‘It’s only work if you don’t enjoy it.’”
“They complained about the long name and we told them to just make it out to PBS,” Dan said. The company started calling itself PBS Livestock Drugs but state officials didn’t like the use of the word “drugs” so it was changed to
PBS Livestock Health. Years later that changed to PBS Animal Health after the company added equine and pet products. In 2001 the company built a new distribution facility with a store in Massillon and has already added on several times, now totaling 68,000 square feet. The company has about 100 employees and operates a terminal mail order veterinary pharmacy, which fills prescriptions that attending veterinarians authorize for their clients. It still sells Rex Wheat Oil Germ (the product now advertises how its Vitamins A, D and E help maintain healthy skin and lustrous coat) 77 years after Robert first ventured out selling it in his ’36 Chevy Coupe. Today Dan says it’s a privilege to work every day at a job that he loves along with family members and a great team. His wife, Suzette, agreed and talked about how he loves to give tours of the warehouse and store. “He jokes that it’s one of the things he does best, and he loves it,” said Suzette, the company’s vice president of marketing. “He’s always taking care of the customer. Sometimes folks drive for hours to come visit and a tour and he doesn’t want them to leave hungry. He’ll take them to dinner just to thank them
for their business.” Dan credits his father’s never-give-up approach for the company’s success. That attitude was fortified early on when one day during a heavy snowstorm on Rt. 30 between Canton and Massillon he had a flat tire. He had to unload all the Rex Wheat Germ Oil from his car, change the tire, reload the wheat germ oil and get back on the road. It was a frustrating start to the first day of his week-long sales trip. But it resulted in him creating what would become the motto of the company. On a slip of paper, he wrote “I will never quit” and taped it to the car’s dashboard. “Whatever problems we have, we try to remember that quote,” Dan said. “As long as you don’t quit, you’re still in business. We thank God for all our blessings.” v Late Fall Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 25
Beef Briefs First Annual
Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale Monday, December 3 • 10:30 a.m. In conjunction with regular weekly auction.
The Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale is a competition for commercial cattleman to highlight their fall calf crop. A panel of judges, including a USDA Grader, will evaluate pens of 8-10 commercial feeder cattle weighing 400-700 pounds based on their confirmation and consistency. Judges will also consider value-added programs and genetic information. - Entries will be divided into steer and heifer divisions - Cattle must be weaned at least 45 days - Cattle must be vaccinated according to the UPI Yellow Tag Program - Pens can feature cattle from more than one producer - All cattle will sell after being judged. Awards for each division: Grand Champion Pen - $1000 Reserve Champion Pen - $500
For a complete list of rules and information, visit:
www.uproducers.com Barn space is limited! Reserve a pen by contacting: Ben Wheeler at (614) 896-0310 Scott Rittenhouse at (937) 408-4402 or the office at (937) 393-3424
JULIE LEE REGULA, 60, of Ostrander, Ohio passed away on September 1, 2018 following a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. Regula was raised in Dublin on the Tuller Fruit Farm and graduated from Dublin High School. She spent one year at Taylor University until she met her future husband, auctioneer John Regula. They were married in 1978 and moved to the Ostrander farm where they raised their two children, Justin and Jodi. She is survived by her husband, her children, two grandchildren, and many family members, including her parents and brothers. Over the years Regula worked in bookkeeping for Wendy’s until she went to work for the family farm and printing company. In later years she worked at Columbus State and Franklin County Farm Bureau. Regula was a true farmer’s wife and auction clerk for 40 years with her husband. She enjoyed her family, especially her beloved grandkids. She also loved quilting and spending time in Florida; Disney World was her “Happy Place”. She was a huge OSU fan and attended many football and basketball games. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ohio 4-H Foundation at 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43210 or the Loving Care Hospice at P. O. Box 613 Marysville, Ohio 43040. v
ARE YOU TAGGED FOR GREATNESS? Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation License Plate Program 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.OPLATES.com for more information.
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October 14, 2018 Sunday • 1 p.m. • Newark, OH
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• This powerful daughter of Net Worth 4200 was the $9,000 featured selection of Claylick Run and Way View Cattle Company through the 2011 Thomas Angus Ranch sale. • Queen 9637 posts an impeccable progeny production record and has served as the foundation donor of these elite herds. She has consistently produced power bulls that have headlined the annual joint bull sale. • An own daughter sired by Deer Valley All In will be featured with her Spring 2018 heifer calf by Connealy JT 5141!
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Hands On • Showmanship • Leadership • Tailgate • Contests • Giveaways Anybody showing cattle is invited to attend!
Join in on the 2-day event for the opportunity to learn day-to-day care of your cattle project. Also, gain showmanship, clipping and fitting experience while learning about the cattle industry. Camp participants are encouraged to bring their calves along for “hands-on” experience and learning; however, it is not required for participants to bring a calf. If more than 1 participant per family attends, families can choose to bring 1 calf per kid or 1 calf per family. We will dive into cattle care, leadership, and also have a little fun with a Buckeye tailgate on Saturday! Bring the entire family! Breakout sessions will be offered specially tailored to age-specific groups. Meals will be provided.
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Replacement Female Sale November 23, 2018 • 6 p.m. Muskingum Livestock, Zanesville, Ohio
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Forage Corner Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources Professor, OSU Extension, Morgan County
Walking Pastures As I walk around the pastures this time of the year, especially with pasture growth starting to slow down and leaves turning color, I really notice what worked this year and what went wrong. I also try to think of ways we can reduce tearing up our fields when we feed hay this winter. I try to notice trends that may need to be addressed for next year before they get out of control. For example, for over 25 years, I had been mowing under my fencerows and successfully controlling weeds. However, over the past 15 years, Autumn Olive has been growing and spreading along my fencerow. Whenever I mowed those plants, more would re-sprout. It got to the point where I could not see the fence in areas. Two years ago, I felt like I was left with no choice but to use an herbicide on the fencerow. It worked very well, and I am getting this issue under control. Another trend I continue to see is the spreading of Spotted Knapweed and other undesirable weeds in pastures. If you do not have them, keep them out! From July through September, keep an eye out for spotted knapweed in your fields and along the road. If you see one, pull it up, put in a plastic bag, dispose of it or burn it. One this year will become a hundred next year. They have been trying to invade my farm for the past five years, and I have been pulling them up or spraying them along the road where they tend to get established. When I see some starting in my fields, I spray. I do think it is a battle I will lose over time, and like many, may need to spray entire fields with a broadleaf herbicide at some point. I have seen this weed in many places south of U.S. 22 and east of U.S. 23. As you walk can you notice other trends? For example, two of my paddocks have some poverty grass growing in them this year. That is a sign that I need to take a soil sample because my p.H and phosphorus levels are low, probably very low. When you have a situation like this, it will take time to correct, so now 34 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
is time to take soil samples and get the p.H. corrected before adding fertilizer. However, we can also help this process along. I had one field on my farm that was run down by harvesting hay for the past twenty years. More recently I have fed hay in the field during the winter. Now the organic matter and fertility is way up and is very productive. If you have an area that needs to be improved, is feeding hay there an option? If you are feeding large round bales, can you move them out to the field before the weather turns bad? Space the bales around twenty feet apart and utilize portable electric fence to allocate the hay as it is needed this winter. Even if you feed small square bales, can you feed it this winter in those areas that need fertility? When you feed hay out in a field in the winter, there is a strong chance that the soil may get exposed from the heavy livestock traffic and tractors. Can this be avoided or minimized? In addition to moving large bales out before bad weather, can you feed small square bales with an all-terrain vehicle when the ground is soft so damage can be reduced? If you are able to consistently feed in different spots, damage can be minimized. If damage to the field becomes too severe, maybe a heavy use pad is a good option for you. Can you still see signs where hay was fed last year where maybe there is a weed problem? Now is a good time to plan to reduce potential issues. If you feed out in a pasture or hay field this winter and damage is not too severe,
but soil is exposed, frost seeding may be a good option for you in February and March. Some that have put out round bales in a certain area may do so with the understanding that the area will need to be lightly tilled and reseeded the next spring. This is where an area with low fertility will work well. The added fertility and organic matter from the hay and manure will help if a new crop is established. Finally, are you still grazing, or are you feeding hay? As you think about the season, was there anything you could have done to extend the grazing season? Even now, are there potentially any hay fields you could graze without damaging future crops? Are there crop residues that are available? One of the most underutilized crops for grazing in Ohio is harvested corn fields. If you have cattle, and calve in the late winter/early spring, is there an area you can keep the cattle off of until calving time to reduce mud issues? As we walk our forage fields now and move towards winter, there is still time to plan and evaluate to reduce issues for next year such as mud and fertility. We also need to look at trends such as invasive species establishing themselves on our farms. They are much easier to control when there are not many. Finally, if fields are looking run down, now is a great time to soil test so we can figure out where fertility needs corrected for next year. v
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Dates to Remember:
On the Edge of Common Sense By Baxter Black, DVM
OCA Board of Directors Nomination Deadline
OCA Spring Internship Application Deadline
Replacement Female Sale Consignments Due
Ohio Cattlemen’s Camp
October 13-14 Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline
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That Time Again It’s fall on the cow outfit. Time to get out the WD 40 and grease up the handles on the squeeze chute. Maybe find the three or four syringes that work, buy some new gaskets and barrels along with a box of needles. Time to look for the ear tagger, nose tongs and dehorning saw. You could stock up on hot shot batteries and plastic whips and shovel out the chute floor before it freezes. That’ll be the easy part of workin’ your cows this fall, the mechanical tasks associated with good management. Yet, laying in wait like the hangover after the night before, is that ominous responsibility that all good cowmen dread… that’s right, boys… the open cow. You know they are in the bunch. And you can bet your hired help, your neighbors and your family will all be lookin’ over your shoulder anxious to see your decision. They will be full of advice. But, in the end, whether you keep that open cow or not, will be strictly between you and her. Say she bangs into the chute. Her teeth are good, she’s fat, five years old and just weaned a 550 lb calf. The vet shouts “Open!” The vaccinators are poised waiting for your decision. You rapidly calculate that open cow will bring $$880 at the sale Wednesday. You dither, remembering her first calf. You had to pull it. It was a cold night in February. The two of you spent four hours in the shed getting’ that calf to suck. Once he was goin’, she took’im and never looked back! Dang, you hate to see her go. You bite the bullet… “Cull her!” you say, but you can’t look her in the eye. In comes a first calf heifer. Sorta thin, not full grown. She’s showin’ some potential but when the preg checker calls out “Open!”, you realize she won’t have a calf next spring. If she settles, she’ll wean her second calf 24 months from today. That’s a long time to hold your inventory. “Cull’er,” you say. Wow! Yer, feelin’ like a business man! In the last chute load, an old red neck mama comes through. You recognize her. When the boy punches her with the hot shot, you wince. Popcorn teeth, hollow flanks and a scruffy tailhead. Her bag hangs like a four dollar drape. She raised a big strappin’ calf this year but it took all she had. She was in the first bunch of heifers you bought when you took over the ranch 12 years ago. She put you over the fence a time or two but now she doesn’t seem to care. Too old, too wore out. “Open,” comes the intrusion. The silence is heavy. Your eyes travel down her spine and back to her lifeless eyes. “Run’er one more year!” ‘She’ll die on this place.’ Nobody says a word. v
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STONE GATE FARMS
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Years Time Flies When You’re Having Fun Two decades of Ohio’s cattle youth preparing for the future in and out of the show ring Story by Stephanie Sindel, Director of Member Services and Youth Programs Photos from OCA Archive
magine sitting around a meeting table at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in 1998, talking about things that were unheard of in the show cattle “world”. Major changes were on the table, times were changing, and it was the dawn of a new day. Goals of the new program were the following: youth education and leadership development, beef industry youth recognition and awards and to provide a series of shows that have consistent and ethical regulations. The BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program launched in the Fall of 1999, thanks to a forward thinking committee and sponsoring partners who also believed in the goals of the program. Little did those around the room know that they would be setting the stage for the nation’s cattle shows and youth livestock programs. “The BEST program was created by harnessing the passion youth have for showing cattle and channeling it into one of the most successful youth development programs in the country. The youth of Ohio’s beef industry have truly been the beneficiaries of those visionary leaders that helped develop the BEST program,” said Elizabeth Harsh, OCA Executive Director.
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Youth Education and Leadership Development
The BEST committee has invested in youth for the past two decades, providing opportunities for youth involved in the program. Those who have taken advantages of what it has to offer have went on to become farm and ranch managers, veterinarians, doctors, lawyers, educators, livestock judging team coaches, livestock photographers, professionals and the list goes on - but most importantly, they’re advocates for the beef industry and agricultural community. At age 16, BEST participants can apply to be a BEST Jr. Representative, and add to their leadership skills by serving on the program’s planning committee. Assisting with program promotion, show check-ins, and serving as a banquet emcee, highlight a few of the Jr. Representative’s responsibilities. As youth graduate from the BEST program and move through their college years, into the workforce
or head back to the farm, their success can be attributed to their experiences learned from showing cattle. Today, five Jr. Representative seats are available, alternating the two and three available seats every other year.
Beef Industry Youth Recognition and Awards
Last year’s BEST program boasted over 750 head of cattle nominated into the program and even more importantly, over 525 youth participants, a third of which are first or second year Novice participants. The year-end BEST awards banquet hosts over 600 attendees and celebrates nearly 200 accomplishments achieved by the participants throughout the season. While there are awards for the top placing cattle, it proves true year after year that the showmanship competitions are the most fiercely sought after titles. As youth exhibitors take their skills to national
shows, they continue to make the state of Ohio proud with their top finishes beyond our borders.
Consistent and Ethical Shows
The BEST program and its organizers have come a long way from their beginning years and learned many lessons along the way. Efficiencies have been gained from a show management perspective, in addition to the improvement in how the program can communicate with BEST participants and their families. Each sanctioned show event is encouraged to promote their individuality while furthering the goals of the BEST program. The program wouldn’t be where it is today without the tremendous leadership from the OCA board of directors, BEST committee and each sanctioned show’s volunteers. A great working relationship between all three can be largely credited for the program’s success over the past 20 years. Maintaining a focus on morals and ethics both in and out of the showring have provided avenues to communicate with both youth and their families about the program’s high regard for doing things the “right way”. The opportunity for individuals to exemplify these values and show others around them how to do the same has been a key contributor to the program’s success. This year will mark the second year of recognizing participants with outstanding Character Traits. Be sure to nominate outstanding youth throughout the BEST season at www.ohiocattle.org.
Year in and year out, the BEST committee puts a significant amount of their focus on keeping the program focused on the family. Very few events and extracurricular activities allow families to jump into one vehicle and head to the same location for a day or maybe two days throughout the Fall and Winter.
The mornings are early and the nights are long, but the years are short. The preparation, focus and hard work put forth to prepare and exhibit cattle from both an individual and team perspective are things that cannot be easily replicated and create lasting memories.
Small acts of kindness and selflessness have given BEST participants and cattle industry supporters across the state an opportunity to take part in one of the largest community service events by raising money for Make-A-Wish. To date, over $80,000 has been raised for the cause and the 20th year of the BEST program marks the program’s most lofty goal yet to raise $20,000 to help grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. Reaching this goal will mark a total BEST contribution of over $100,000 to Make-A-Wish.
Fast forward 20 years from the original planning meetings for the BEST program, reminiscing on the program’s vast improvements and its history writes itself. The BEST program has embraced technology through the years, putting it at the forefront of proficient show management and user-friendliness. Electronic identification tags have encouraged families to learn more about obtaining a premise I.D. and the importance of tagging cattle before they leave their farm. Each participant’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training helps keep them informed about today’s beef industry. The online check-in process and ability to quickly communicate with BEST families before, during and after the shows has proven valuable and are unique features that make the program envied by other show programs. Some of the most important values instilled by the BEST program can’t necessarily be measured. The willingness
of previous BEST participants to take an active role in their community by volunteering, standing up for what is right, donating resources and providing for the greater good is one of the best ways a current or past BEST participant can give back. Portraying the values of cattlemen through the generations is a timeless gesture of cattlemen’s heritage and tradition and encourages the next generation of leaders to do the same. In today’s society, there are many thoughts about raising kids the right way. The time and money spent showing cattle is an investment in the future. From ages 8-21, the time spent crowded around a heater under the infamous viaduct may not seem like a lasting moment; however, it’s the memories made over the miles traveled that make the BEST program’s lasting impression on participants, families, supporters and judges that get the chance to see Ohio’s cattle youth in their most competitive environment - the show ring. The triumph of a win or the feeling of defeat is embraced by those around you and even though they may be your most fierce competitor in the ring, chances are they’re also one of your biggest fans the second you step out of the ring. Competitive events create the desire to excel, in turn providing the need to study, prepare, and analyze - all important for success with any task or challenge. The OCA board of directors has placed a tremendous amount of emphasis on youth development in their association’s strategic plan. OCA leadership understands that the future of the association depends on its youth and their families. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the start of the program. The phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” has never been more fitting. Join us this year in celebrating 20 years of the program’s participants, their families and success had by all during the 2018-19 BEST season! v Late Fall Issue 2018 | Ohio Cattleman | 41
2018 - 2019 Show Schedule
Celebrating 20 years of the
Heart Of it All • Lima December 8-9
Ohio AGR Holiday Classic • Columbus January 5-6
Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown • Springfield January 26-27
Clark County Cattle Battle • Springfield February 9-10
Madison County Winter Classic • London February 16-17
War at Warren • Lebanon March 2-3
Holmes County Preview • Millersburg March 15-17
Ohio Beef Expo • Columbus May 4
BEST Banquet • Columbus Ohio Cattlemen’s Association • www.ohiocattle.org • 614-873-6736 • email@example.com To create your online user & cattle profiles and to make show entries prior to each show visit best.ohiocattle.org. All cattle must have an EID tag to participate in a BEST sanctioned show.
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OCA News Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council Accepting Applications for Full-Time Positions The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council are accepting applications for the following full-time positions:
Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, mail a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director,
Ohio Beef Council, 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040. v
Director of Communications and Ohio Cattleman Managing Editor
The position is responsible for all OCA internal and external communications. Internal communications includes production of the Ohio Cattleman magazine, member e-newsletters and graphic design work for association programs. External communications includes distribution of press releases, regular updating of association websites, and management of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts. Similar communications functions also required for the Ohio Beef Council. Position requires excellent writing skills and publication layout and design skills including a high proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Cattle industry background is preferred.
Administrative Assistant and Youth Program Coordinator
The position requires excellent customer service and phone skills. It involves general office work, including managing various computer databases, receptionist duties, shipping materials and mailings, ordering supplies, and coordinating storage and display materials. The position provides event, communications and graphic design support for other staff members. Graphics design skills and proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop are preferred. Cattle industry background is preferred, but not required. For complete position descriptions and more information, visit the About Us tab under position openings at ohiocattle.org, or contact the Ohio
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ohio young cattlemen’s association members:
Congratulations, $500 Sale Credit Drawing Winners: Chase Gostomsky, Arcanum Troy selhorst, Rushylvania
to be used with an OCA member with the purchase of cattle.
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE
Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Association • 2 issues of Ohio Cattleman Magazine • intro to advocacy & public policy • networking & career development opportunities • VARIOUS SoCIAL EVENTS
Join online at www.ohiocattle.org
The Ohio Beef Council engages with youth culinary programs throughout the year to inspire and educate students about cooking with beef.
YOUR $2 CHECKOFF REMINDS FUTURE CHEFS THAT BEEF
IS WHAT’S FOR DINNER
IT IS EVERY CATTLEMAN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REMIT THEIR $2 PER HEAD BEEF CHECKOFF. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR CHECKOFF AT WWW.OHIOBEEF.ORG.
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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work
2014 Ohio Fall Feeder Cattle Sales
Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion Buckeye Tastes and Traditions
This fall OBC is partnering with The Ohio State University Department of Athletics to present the Buckeye Tastes and Traditions Magazine. The magazine features beef recipes along with information about what traditions make the gameday experience so special at Ohio State. OBC and Shelley Meyer created a video showcasing one of her favorite recipes for tailgating at home or at the stadium, Beef Pinwheels. The video and recipe are part of a voting contest that allows fans to pick their favorite tailgating recipes for a chance to win tickets to a home game this fall! To check out the recipes visit the link below: www.ohiobeef.org/recipes/tailgate-time.
surrounding Amazon Prime Day due to sales on the appliances. Recipes have been viewed more than 100,000 times to date and will continue to climb over the next several months. Gather the recipes at www.ohiobeef.org/ recipes/for-the-family.
Beef Quality Assurance
Inspiring Families Heading Back-toSchool
As summer fades into fall, many families are looking for ways to keep their kids fueled properly during the transition back to school. OBC has partnered with five Ohio food bloggers to create delicious, family-friendly recipes that will keep beef on the dinner table. In addition to the blog posts being centered around the back-to-school rush, many are also created with an instant-pressure cooker. Interest in these kitchen tools spiked
The Beef Quality Assurance program has been a national standard for decades. BQA brings value to the beef industry by demonstrating commitment to food safety and quality, upholding consumer confidence, protecting the beef industry from burdensome regulations, improving sale value of marketed cattle and enhancing herd profitability through better management. With multiple ways to get certified, it has never been easier or more important to complete the certification. Learn more about the program at www.BQA.org.
Training the Next Generation of Leaders
OBC was a sponsor of the Ohio Young Cattlemen’s Conference in mid-August that featured over 20 of Ohio’s next generation of beef leaders. This multi-day conference focused on giving participants a glance at the many ways they can be involved in the industry from advocacy to education. Attendees learned about checkoff programs and investments along with receiving training from Ryan Goodman, NCBA Director of Grassroots Development and Spokesperson Development. Participants learned how to address tough questions that face our industry from reporters and consumers through a series of exercises and mock-interviews. OBC staff also conducted advocacy training with the Ohio FFA Association. Attendees of the training included staff, Ohio FFA State Officers and interns. Individuals completed the Masters of Beef Advocacy Training program earlier this year and used the knowledge they gained in the program to help prepare for the hands-on advocacy training. Trainees walked away with sharper communication skills when discussing production agriculture and many will share these skills in classrooms across the state. v
The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736, email@example.com or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee: Jamie Graham, Patriot, Chairman • Todd Raines, Seaman, Vice Chairman 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 46 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
Best of Both Worlds
Saturday • 12 Noon
November 17th, 2018 Claylick Run Sale Facility • Newark, OH • Featuring the “Best” Angus, Simmental and Sim-Angus genetics from Ohio and surrounding states! • Co-Sponsored by the Ohio Angus and Ohio Simmental Associations.
Spring Cow/Calf Pairs • Bred Heifers • Show Heifer Prospects Fall Calving Pairs • Embryos • Pregnancies • Open Heifers SALE MANAGED BY: Dan Wells, Sec./Fieldman 740-505-3843 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.ohioangus.org
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Calendar of Events Visit www.ohiocattle.org for a complete list of events
22 Maplecrest Farms 15th Annual Production Sale - Hillsboro, OH 22 Boyd Beef Cattle Elite Angus Female Sale - Mays Lick, KY 22-23 Ohio Feeder Calf Roundup - Columbus, OH 23 Shatto Show Cattle Online Sale 23 Ohio Shorthorn Fall Showcase - Newark, OH 24 DaLin Show Cattle Online Sale 25 Agle Family Show Cattle Online Steer Sale 29 Ferguson Show Cattle Production Sale - Jefferson, OH
1 OCA Board of Directors Nomination Deadline 1 OCA Spring Internship Application Deadline 1 OCA Replacement Female Sale Consignment Deadline 6 Buckeye’s Finest Sale - Zanesville, OH 7 Corn Husker Classic Show - Upper Sandusky, OH 7 Morrison Stock Farm Complete Dispersal - Lexington, OH 7 Share the Vision Production Sale - Millersburg, OH 7 Southern Ohio Elite Angus Sale - Hillsboro, OH 9 Agle Family Show Cattle Online Heifer Sale 9 Hill & Hollow Farms Online Sale 13-14 Ohio Cattlemen’s Camp - London, OH 14 Claylick Run Angus Genetics Female Production Sale - Newark, OH 20 Black Swamp Preview Show - Bowling Green, OH 20 Across the Back Fence Angus Sale - Hillsboro, OH 21 Cattlemen’s Choice Angus Sale - Hebron, OH 27 Johnny Regula Invitational - Ostrander, OH 27 Mid-Ohio Valley Cattlemen’s Select Sale - Mineral Wells, WV 29 Stonegate Farms Annual Fall Sale - Flemingsburg, KY 30 Beef Industry Update - Williams / Defiance / Henry Counties 31 OCF Scholarships Application Deadline
3 High Standards Female Sale - Harrod, OH 3 Combined Excellence Female Sale - Lebanon, OH 3-5 American Angus Convention - Columbus, OH 17 Best of Both Worlds Sale - Newark, OH 23 OCA Replacement Female Sale - Zanesville, OH 24 Right By Design Sale - Middletown, IN 24-25 Heart of It All - BEST - Lima, OH
Let’s Get Connected!
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UPI Commercial Feeder Cattle Show and Sale - Hillsboro, OH AGR Holiday Classic - BEST - Columbus, OH
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.
CELEBRATE SUCCESS. CHART A COURSE FOR THE FUTURE.
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Advertisers’ Index Alltech / Hubbard............................................... 29 American Angus Association...................... 37, 49 Armstrong Ag & Supply...................................... 48 Best of Both Worlds Sale....................................47 Buckeye Hereford............................................... 35 Bush Hog............................................................. 28 Claylick Run Angus Female Production Sale... 27 COBA / Select Sires..................................... 17, 32 Dickinson Cattle Co........................................... 35 Du-Lynn Shorthorns............................................ 43 Genex Cooperative............................................. 35
Congressman Bob Gibbs gathered with representatives from Allied Industry Council member, PBS Animal Health at a fundraiser in his support.
Highland Livestock Supply................................ 37 Hilliard Lyons...................................................... 21 J&L Cattle Services............................................ 37 John Deere.............................................................2 Jones Show Cattle.............................................. 51 Kalmbach Feeds................................................. 52 Karr Farms.......................................................... 16 Leachman........................................................... 35 Mid-Ohio Valley Cattleman’s Select Sale............9 Mix 30................................................................. 33 Mohican Farms and Guests............................... 13 OCA members, Kris and Becky Vincent of East Canton, met with U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a fundraiser for Congressman Bob Gibbs in August.
Multimin USA.........................................................7 NAILE................................................................... 39 NCBA................................................................... 31 No Bull................................................................. 19 Novak Town Line Farm....................................... 35 O’Connor Farms.................................................. 35 Ohio Beef Council............................................... 45 PBS Animal Health............................................. 14 Reed & Baur....................................................... 19 Ridley Crystalix................................................... 18 Roger Thompson, DVM...................................... 37 Saltwell Western Store...................................... 28 Southern Ohio Elite Angus Sale........................ 15 Stonegate Farms................................................ 39 Summit Livestock..................................................5
OCA members and leadership gathered with Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, Mike DeWine and his wife, Fran, during a fundraiser in his support.
Trennepohl Farms.........................................23, 35 Triple B Enterprises............................................ 35 United Producers, Inc........................................ 26 Valentine Farms................................................. 35
The inaugural Best of the Buckeye Breeder Reception took place before the Cattlemen’s Gala on August 25 at Leeds Farm. Breeders from across Ohio celebrated the 2018 season with an ice cream social. 50 | Ohio Cattleman | Late Fall Issue 2018
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FEEDLOT EFFICIENCY • Increase number of meals eaten per day
• Self-feed more efficiently • Smaller meals • Promote healthier digestive system • Reduce amount of roughage fed
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